Michael Myers Death Mask

I was ten years old when Halloween hit theaters. My friends and I trudged the three blocks to the Kent Theater on an October Saturday afternoon and had our tiny minds blown. The good thing about 1978 was no one cared who went in to see a movie, even if it was four ten-year old boys. Continue Reading

John Brhel on his ‘Corpse Cold’ Kickstarter

John Brhel and Joe Sullivan grew up consuming the short, sharp shocks of horror fiction anthologies in the ’80s and ’90s. After several successful writing projects, they’ve finally found the perfect way to channel their love of twisted tales in their new anthology, Corpse Cold. They took the project to Kickstarter. and, with just under a week left ’til the deadline, they’ve blown past their $3,000 goal.

Brhel (who, when he isn’t writing short stories, writes the “My First Fright” column for Cemetery Dance) took a few minutes to answer some questions about the origins and approach to Corpse Cold.

(Interview conducted by Blu Gilliand)

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Creating Strange Stories: An Interview with Kevin Lucia

Kevin Lucia has been creating strange stories for a long time. It’s a passion project for him, borne out of a love for reading and an overwhelming desire to share the people, places and things that dominate his dreams and nightmares. His work has appeared alongside many genre greats in numerous anthologies and magazines, and now he’s looking to take his efforts to the next level with the pursuit of his very own Patreon. Recently I swapped a few emails with Kevin about his latest project (among other things—he is, after all, the Reviews Editor for Cemetery Dance magazine and Cemetery Dance Online). Enjoy!Continue Reading

UPDATE on The Outsider: A Novel by Stephen King!

We’ve received updated sales copy for THE OUTSIDER by Stephen King, his chilling new novel from Scribner, and it sounds like a seriously disturbing page turner!

About the Book:
An unspeakable crime. A confounding investigation. At a time when the King brand has never been stronger, he has delivered one of his most unsettling and compulsively readable stories.

An eleven-year-old boy’s violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City’s most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

As the investigation expands and horrifying answers begin to emerge, King’s propulsive story kicks into high gear, generating strong tension and almost unbearable suspense. Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy, but is he wearing another face? When the answer comes, it will shock you as only Stephen King can.

The Outsider

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Why did it have to be rats? Bev Vincent reviews ‘1922’

Stephen King News From the Dead Zone

Why Did it Have To Be Rats?

Rats have featured prominently in many Stephen King novels and stories. After the prom, Carrie White imagined rats crawling all over Chris Hargensen’s face. There were rats in the basement of the boarding house in ‘Salem’s Lot and in the walls of Chapelwaite in “Jerusalem’s Lot.” Rats in the sub-basement of the mill in “Graveyard Shift” and in the basement of the castle in Delain. Rats in Desperation, Nevada, in the ventilation system of Shawshank Prison and in the walls of Dooling Correctional Facility for Women. Drowned rats in the toilet bowls at Derry High School. Nigel the robot was programmed to get rid of the vermin in the Fedic Dogan, although he actually fed them to Mordred Deschain.Continue Reading

The Celebration by Paul Melniczek: Brand New Halloween eBook!

We’re very pleased to announce The Celebration by Paul Melniczek, another new addition to our eBook line-up just in time for Halloween!

About the Book:
Halloween is approaching and the small town of Shington is excited to begin their annual festivities, which they call The Celebration. But something is different this year… Something is wrong…

Seven years ago, Nick carried out a series of vicious pranks and mischief. The trouble only stopped after Nick and his beloved blue Nova crashed into the town’s river during a high speed police chase and he died of his injuries.

Now, seven years later, the pranks have started up again. Halloween decorations destroyed, pumpkins smashed, animals gone missing. Worse yet, people are claiming to have seen Nick and his blue Nova…

The Celebration is rapidly approaching and this year something evil is coming along for the ride…

The Celebration

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An Interview with Joe Hill

Joe Hill‘s compelling quartet of novellas, collectively titled Strange Weather, hits shelves tomorrow, riding a wave of anticipation and positive reviews (including our own). Strange Weather is the latest example of what has become a hallmark of Hill’s career: versatility. The author roams from horror to fantasy to sci-fi….from comics to prose to screenplays…..from massive 700-page epics to to short novels to short stories….fearlessly and effortlessly. Likewise, our discussion covers a lot of ground, beginning with his latest release, then touching on his comics work before teasing a bit about what’s in the future.

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Brand New Jack Ketchum Signed Limited Edition In-Stock Now!

We’re pleased to report Jack Ketchum’s brand new short story collection is in-stock and shipping now! These stories are full of the horror and terror we’ve come to love and expect from the author Stephen King has called, “one of the best in the business.”

Gorilla In My Room

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‘The Land of Laughs’ by Jonathan Carroll

I’m only just getting started, but I am already enjoying this column. Reading books from a time before cell phones. When people stopped their cars and jumped into a phone booth to make a call. When they went to libraries to do research. When damned near everything and everyone wasn’t available right at your fingertips. A time when people got up and out of the house to buy books at stores. Before we all (yes, I am guilty as charged) had our faces perpetually locked into electronic pacifiers.

A better time? I like to think so. Some will disagree, claiming that we are armed with information at our fingertips at all times. There may be some truth to that, but I think that all too often real information is drowned in misinformation, distortion, misdirection, propaganda, and outright lies.Continue Reading

The Listener by Robert McCammon: Just Three Copies Remain of the Signed & Traycased Lettered Edition!

If you were thinking about reserving the Signed & Traycased Lettered Edition of Robert McCammon’s brand new novel, The Listener, do not wait a moment longer because we only have THREE COPIES left for preorder!

The Lettered Edition will be limited to just 52 signed and lettered copies housed in a custom-made traycase, personally signed by the author on a unique signature page, printed on 60# acid-free paper, bound in leather with colored head and tail bands, featuring hot foil stamping on the front boards and spine, printed and bound with full-color endpapers, smyth sewn to create a more durable binding, includes a different frontispiece by Chris Odgers not in the other editions, includes interior illustrations by Chris Odgers that are not in the trade edition, and will be wrapped in a DIFFERENT full-color dust jacket than the other two editions (image to be kept secret until publication).

The Listener

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Review: ‘Quiet Places: A Novella of Cosmic Folk Horror’ by Jasper Bark

Quiet Places: A Novella of Cosmic Folk Horror by Jasper Bark
Crystal Lake Publishing (September 2017)
123 pages; $12.99 paperback; $3.99 e-book
Reviewed by Chad Lutzke

Quiet Places opens with a prologue presenting mysterious goings-on in the small village of Dunballan. Right away we’re given a potentially exciting premise as a lone woman aids local residents in their vegetative states, picking random citizens to assist while they stand slack jawed and wide eyed, empty bellies and soiled clothes.Continue Reading

The Listener by Robert McCammon: A Brand New Novel!

We’re very pleased to announce we’ll be publishing Robert McCammon’s brand new novel, The Listener, in February!

The book was profiled on the Entertainment Weekly website today, which is sending a lot of new and old McCammon fans our way. If you’re interested in ordering one of the signed editions, PLEASE DO NOT WAIT! Reservations are already flying in!

This stunning new novel will also be published as a trade hardcover, and we think readers will be blown away by what McCammon has done here. It’s an incredible story by one of the most gifted storytellers of our time.

Read more on the product page and please don’t wait to reserve your signed copy!

The Listener

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Booklist calls THE HANDYMAN “a finished mansion full of sick, playful rooms for you to explore.”

We’re pleased to report that The Handyman by Bentley Little is being lauded by the critics as perhaps his best novel to date in his already acclaimed career. Here’s what Daniel Kraus in Booklist just had to say:

“And you thought your contractor was bad? Little, one of the most dependable tanks in horror fiction, follows such delightful jobs-from-hell shockers as The Mailman (1991) and The Consultant (2015) with a story of a simple handyman named Frank Watkins. Or Watson. Or Wilton. Or Wilson. Depends on where he pops up, see. Daniel Martin was just a little kid when Frank built a vacation house for the Martin family—a house that had dead dogs buried under it and suffered a structural collapse that killed Daniel’s brother. Years later, Daniel, now in real estate, happens across other so-called “Frank houses,” structures of shoddy build that always manage to kill their occupants. Teaming up with a paranormal TV show called Ghost Pursuers (Little cleverly credits Frank’s supernatural activity as causing the rise of such shows), Daniel hits the road to track down this hammer-swinging, cement-pouring, child-killing fix-it man. Though Little appears to lose interest during the mumbo-jumbo-filled final battle, this is far from a fixer upper. It’s a finished mansion full of sick, playful rooms for you to explore.”

The Handyman

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Review: ‘Strange Weather’ by Joe Hill

Strange Weather by Joe Hill
William Morrow (October 24, 2017)
448 pages; $17.10 hardback; $14.99 e-book
Reviewed by Blu Gilliand

Earlier this year, people began calling 2017 “The Year of King.” The “King” in question is Stephen King, who’s had a busy year even for, well, Stephen King: new television series based on his novella The Mist and Mr. Mercedes; a milestone birthday (his 70th) in September; a critical and box office smash hit in IT; two more critically acclaimed adaptations for Netflix in Gerald’s Game and 1922; and a brand new novel, Sleeping Beauties, co-written with his son Owen.

Now, as the year is winding down, it’s King’s other son, Joe Hill, who has stepped up to claim his place in “The Year of King” with Strange Weather, a collection of four short novels and one of the strongest overall works in Hill’s already illustrious career.Continue Reading