“A Foolscap and a Green Eye Shade: How to be an Editor” by Al Sarrantonio

A Foolscap and a Green Eye Shade: How to be an Editor
by Al Sarrantonio

Everyone thinks being an editor is easy.

It’s not.

In fact, it requires as much (though different) talent as being a writer.

Because you have to read writer’s minds, stroke their egos, collaborate without intruding — well, there are a hundred tricks to the trade.

In my case, I was lucky because I was already editing books at a major New York publisher when I started to write, and, later, was already a well-published writer when I started to edit books with my name on the cover.

But what about the nuts and bolts of editing — the day to day slog, the record-keeping, all the boring stuff that has nothing to do with the nicely-bound, shiny-covered book you finally hold in your hands when you get that first copy? (I will never forget the first “Back to the Future” film, when Marty McFly’s father gets his box of books at the end – I felt a palpable thrill so real it was eerie.)

But, back to the nuts and bolts (which is doubly relevant if you’re editing a robot anthology).

First off, you have to become an accountant.  It’s the lousiest part of the job, but it has to be done, mostly in fairness to your contributors.  If you don’t keep track of the money and disburse it correctly, you’re letting your writers down.

But being an accountant isn’t that bad if you’re reasonably organized. In the olden days, it meant piles of paper with numbers on them.  These days, it’s lines of numbers on a computer screen.  But it amounts to the same thing: keep records.

What kind of records?  I’ll try to make it as clear as possible.

It all begins with the sale, and your contract.

Let’s say you’re buying a story from Joe Schmo for an advance of 5 cents a word, at a length of 2,000 words.  That makes for an advance payment of $100.  Now you’ve got a number to keep track of.  So you record it somewhere, along with the writer’s name, physical address, and e-mail address.

Believe it or not, you’re already halfway home.

Because if your contract is a good one, it will already stipulate what the further terms of the sale are: i.e., what the contributor can expect to get above and beyond that $100.   Usually the advance will be paid out under the term “against royalties,” which means that the book has to earn out its own advance from the publisher before anyone (including the editor) sees any more money.  To make it even clearer, I’ll break it completely down:

Let’s say the editor was paid a $5,000 advance to put together an anthology titled NUTS AND BOLTS: A ROBOT ANTHOLOGY.  The normal (and fair) thing to do is for the editor to keep half of that advance ($2,500) for all of his trouble, work and expense, and use the other half ($2,500) to pay the contributors, usually by the word.  In this case, just to keep the math simple, let’s say the anthology is going to be 50,000 words long, so he can pay 5 cents a word to his contributors.

So Joe Schmo sells the editor that story that’s 2,000 words long, and the editor pays him $100 against royalties.  That’s Joe’s share of the advance from the publisher.

But: nobody gets any more money until NUTS AND BOLTS: A ROBOT ANTHOLOGY earns out: meaning that that book makes back for the publisher, based on the royalty rate per book, the $5,000 it paid to the editor to produce it.

What does that mean?  In short, the editor and publisher have agreed on how much of the cover price of the book (the royalty rate) will count toward paying back the advance.  The numbers vary depending on what kind of book it is (hardcover, trade paperback, mass market paperback, e-book) but a nice round number for our purposes is 10 percent.

So, to keep the math simple again, let’s say the cover price of the book is $10.  That means that for every book sold, a buck goes into the kitty to pay back the advance to the publisher.

Do the math: when the book sells 5,000 copies, the debt to the publisher has been paid.

Now what?  Here’s where your accounting skills as an editor come in again.

At this point in a good, fair contract between the editor and contributor it will then say something along the lines of: “Any royalty payment received by the Editor over and above Publisher’s advance, and all other earnings of the Anthology received by the Editor, if any, shall be distributed as follows: fifty percent (50%) to be retained by the Editor, and fifty percent (50%) to be distributed among the Anthology’s contributors in equal shares.”

There we are, retaining that fair split between the editor and his contributors.

You may notice a difference now, though: any further money coming in (more on that in a moment) for the book will now be disbursed to the contributors “in equal shares,” where the advance payment was by the word.

Why?

This is, in my view, fair to all concerned.

There is another way to do this, which involves figuring out each share based on how long the story is.  But think about the math involved, concerning percentages or fractions, and your head might explode.  My own philosophy has always been that, up front (the advance, by the word) he who writes more gets more, but after the book is published every story is equal, regardless of length, and everyone should share equally in the spoils, because it’s the book as a whole that now determines how well it does.  A great short story might win all kinds of awards, spur all kinds of sales, while a novelette might just sit there, doing nothing, and share in that success.

This is, in my opinion, fair — and it avoids an accounting nightmare.  All you have to do now as an editor is split whatever other money comes in (again, more on that in a moment) using that equitable formula of 50 percent for you, and the other 50 percent split in equal shares among the contributors.

Again, for simple math’s sake:  if the book earns $1,000 (for the last time, more on that in a moment!) after the advance has earned out, the editor gets $500, and each contributor (let’s say there are ten) gets $50.

And here’s the moment, finally: how does an editor get more money over and above the advance from the publisher?

Easy.  First, there are sales of the original edition after the book has earned out its advance from the publisher.  Now the editor will receive 10% (in the case of our book, $1.00) for every copy sold.  Then there are foreign sales, other-edition sales, audio sales, all kinds of things that are stipulated in the contract between publisher and editor, or that the editor has free reign to pursue himself if those rights have been excluded from the publisher’s contract and retained by the editor.  The publisher most likely gets a cut of this further revenue, but the bottom line is that when the editor gets a check, from whatever source, for NUTS AND BOLTS: A ROBOT ANTHOLOGY, he cashes the check (after running to the bank) and becomes an accountant again, recording in his records the amount of the check, and that 50% needs to be sent to his contributors in equal shares.

And how often should he disburse that money?  That depends on the wording of the contract between editor and contributor – but even if there is no wording to that effect, at least once a year – again, out of fairness to the writers.

Then, at the end of the year, all you have to do is add up all the revenue the book brought in, subtract the amount you’ve paid out to your writers, and you know how much you’ve earned for NUTS AND BOLTS: A ROBOT ANTHOLOGY.

It’s a lot of fun to be an editor, but it’s also a lot of responsibility and work.  You have to wear your green eye shade as well as your editor’s hat (mine’s a foolscap).

But the bottom of bottom lines is: keep records.


Al Sarrantonio can be found on Facebook and his website, Alsarrantonio.com.

Cemetery Dance eBook Store Updates!

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We’re pleased to report that we’ve posted more than a half-dozen eBooks since the last update and we’ve launched a new Recently Released eBooks section in our store for easy reference! Some of the newly listed titles include our original “test cases” by Ed Gorman, James A. Moore, and Bev Vincent, and there’s also great new releases from John R. Little!

Recently Released eBooks at CemeteryDance.com

Also, some of earlier releases are now finally showing up on the iBookstore from Apple including books by Peter Straub, William Peter Blatty, Ronald Kelly, Geoff Cooper and Brian Keene, Brian James Freeman, Keith Minnion, Mick Garris, Rocky Wood, and many others!

You can view all of our electronic titles in the eBooks section our website!

If you’d like to view and purchase our titles from Amazon for your Kindle, here is a short-cut link you should bookmark:

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If you’d like to view and purchase our titles from Barnes & Noble for your Nook, here is a short-cut link you should bookmark:

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Today’s Featured eBook!

Development Hell
by Mick Garris

About the eBook:

Cemetery Dance Publications is proud to announce a new eBook edition of the first-ever novel from Mick Garris, acclaimed director of Desperation, Riding The Bullet, The Shining, The Stand, and many others!

About the Book:

Development HellHollywood, California: the Bermuda Triangle of art, sex, and commerce. The beautiful people make their daily deals with the devil on the sun-dappled patio at the Ivy, not in a fiery underground cavern. Nobodies become somebodies in the blink of an eye, but the flash of heady success can be fleeting. The rocket that shoots you into the atmosphere can be carrying weapons of mass destruction that can send you just as quickly and efficiently to Hell.

And back to Heaven again.

Development Hell is a wicked Hollywood satire, disguised as an extreme erotic horror novel. It is told knowingly from an inside perspective, tracking the career trajectory of a young film school hotshot into the annals of the Big Studio.

This arrogant young director leads us through his own set of unique experiences, starting with his explosive and disastrous first Hollywood movie; his discovery of a mutant baby in the arms of a Mexican news dealer in downtown Los Angeles that will be his ticket back to the top of the heap; into the arms of a re-animated glamorous star who died in the 1930s; and body-hopping through the most glamorous sheaths of human flesh on the planet.

It is a side of Hollywood rarely seen from beneath its unvarnished, Botox-free, crinkling, wrinkling flesh, and features a supporting cast of characters you will surely recognize.

Development Hell welcomes you into a behind-the-scenes peek unlike any other you have witnessed before.

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Please feel free to send us your feedback about what you like and don’t like and what books you’d love to see in electronic formats. There are a lot more eBooks to come and we’re open to suggestions!

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New Limited Edition Announced! A Book of Horrors edited by Stephen Jones

Featuring ORIGINAL STORIES by Ramsey Campbell, Peter Crowther, Dennis Etchison, Elizabeth Hand, Brian Hodge, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Stephen King, John Ajvide Lindqvist, Richard Christian Matheson, Reggie Oliver, Robert Shearman, Angela Slatter, Michael Marshall Smith, and Lisa Tuttle!

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A Book of HorrorsToday we’re proud to announce a special edition of A Book of Horrors edited by Stephen Jones, which we’re co-publishing with PS Publishing in the UK!

This brand new anthology features ORIGINAL STORIES by Ramsey Campbell, Peter Crowther, Dennis Etchison, Elizabeth Hand, Brian Hodge, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Stephen King, John Ajvide Lindqvist, Richard Christian Matheson, Reggie Oliver, Robert Shearman, Angela Slatter, Michael Marshall Smith, and Lisa Tuttle!

Leading off the anthology is the World’s First publication of a brand new Stephen King story called “The Little Green God of Agony” and we’re pleased to report this story is good old fashioned gothic horror at its best!

Because we’re co-publishing this book, we only have half of the print run to sell, so don’t wait to place your order because we don’t expect supplies to last long!

If you’re interested, place your order today! After they’ve all sold, we won’t offer more!

Table of Contents:
“Introduction: Whatever Happened To Horror?” by Stephen Jones
“The Little Green God of Agony” by Stephen King
“Charcloth, Firesteel and Flint” by Caitlín R. Kiernan
“Ghosts With Teeth” by Peter Crowther
“The Coffin-Maker’s Daughter” by Angela Slatter
“Roots and All” by Brian Hodge
“Tell Me I’ll See You Again” by Dennis Etchison
“The Music Of Bengt Karlsson, Murderer” by John Ajvide Lindqvist
“Getting It Wrong” by Ramsey Campbell
“Alice Through The Plastic Sheet” by Robert Shearman
“The Man In The Ditch” by Lisa Tuttle
“A Child’s Problem” by Reggie Oliver
“Sad, Dark Thing” by Michael Marshall Smith
“Near Zennor” by Elizabeth Hand
“Last Words” by Richard Christian Matheson

Cemetery Dance eBook Store Launching Today!

Hi Folks!

Today we’re pleased to announce that our new eBook store is officially open for business:

eBooks

All of these eBooks can be purchased immediately and there are already titles from William Peter Blatty, Peter Straub, Norman Partridge, Brian Hodge, Brian Keene, Mick Garris, Rick Hautala, Ronald Kelly, Geoff Cooper, Brian James Freeman, John R. Little, Rocky Wood, and even Kirby McCauley (yes, that would be the World’s First eBook edition of Dark Forces!).

You can view all of these eBooks in the new eBook section our website!

If you’d rather view and purchase our titles on Amazon for your Kindle, here is a short-cut link you should bookmark:

http://amzn.to/CDeBooksAmazon

If you’d rather view and purchase our titles on Barnes & Noble for your Nook, here is a short-cut link you should bookmark:

http://bit.ly/CDeBooksBN

(Our titles will be showing up in the iBookstore from Apple soon. Let us know if there are other stores you want to see carrying our titles and we’ll do what we can!)

Today would be a great time to purchase your own Kindle or Nook if you’re ready to jump into the world of eBooks with both feet, or if you just want to get your feet wet, there are FREE applications (apps) that let you read Kindle and Nook files on your PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry, etc:

Free Amazon Kindle Apps

Free B&N Nook Apps

Please feel free to send us your feedback. There are a lot more eBooks to come and we’re open to suggestions!

Thanks, as always, for your continuing support!

News from the Dead Zone #143

King’s official web site and Scribner today announced the September 1, 2011 release of Mile 81. This 80 page eBook exclusive contains the title story and an excerpt from 11/22/63. You can read the story synopsis here. If the title sounds vaguely familiar, you have an astute memory: the rest stop at Mile 81 of the Maine Turnpike is mentioned (just once, in passing) in Dreamcatcher. Don’t have a Kindle? There are apps for these books for iPhones and iPads, and also a program you can install on a Windows PC to read Kindle content.

Scribner has also announced the publication date for The Wind Through the Keyhole: April 3, 2012. They show the book as being 336 pages, but that’s probably just an estimate at this point. I’ll have a brief review of the book in Cemetery Dance #66. Though they aren’t ready to take orders yet, Grant Books announced that their edition will be out in February. CD & Grant are both producing custom slipcases for the trade edition.

King will have a new short story, “The Little Green God of Agony,” in Stephen Jones’s anthology A Book of Horrors. I haven’t seen anything about a US release yet, but Amazon/UK is accepting pre-orders for the British edition, which comes out in September.

The second season of Haven premieres on SyFy tonight.

Brian Grazer and Ron Howard discuss the Dark Tower movie adaptation at Deadline.com.

David Yates, who directed the last four Harry Potter films, is mulling over whether he will direct the trilogy of films Warner Bros has proposed for The Stand.

Previews of the new musical version of Carrie are set for Aug. 1 at Lucille Lortel Theatre.  Marin Mazzie & Molly Ranson star.

King’s essay My Summer Reading List is now online at the Entertainment Weekly website.

Tickets for Ghost Brothers of Darkland County are now on sale at the Alliance Theatre box office. King discusses the play in this video interview.

FANGORIA PACTS WITH CEMETERY DANCE ON NEW BOOK LINE!

Hi Folks!

Today we have some extremely exciting news about a great new addition to our 2012 line-up! We’re not taking orders just yet, but we wanted to share the good news with our collectors and supporters:

FANGORIA PACTS WITH CEMETERY DANCE ON NEW BOOK LINE

FANGORIA Entertainment and leading specialty genre publisher Cemetery Dance are teaming on a new series of lavish specialty hardcover books. The first, FANGORIA: A CELEBRATION OF FEAR, will be a deluxe coffee-table book collecting in full color Fango’s 300-plus magazine covers (the vast majority designed by longtime executive art director W.R. Mohalley). In addition, FANGORIA: A CELEBRATION OF FEAR will feature issue-by-issue commentaries, many by the famous horror celebrities and filmmakers interviewed by the magazine since 1979.

“I grew up reading each new issue of Fango from cover to cover, so I couldn’t be more pleased and proud to be partnering up with them for a brand-new line of books,” says Cemetery Dance president/publisher Richard Chizmar. “FANGORIA and Cemetery Dance should make one heckuva team!”

Edited by editor emeritus Anthony Timpone, FANGORIA: A CELEBRATION OF FEAR will be published in 2012. The hardcover will also showcase an introduction by current Fango chief Chris Alexander and a “top secret” foreword by one of Fango’s most famous fans. Future FANGORIA/Cemetery Dance books will include a mammoth DR. CYCLOPS review compendium (to be assembled by Fango managing editor Michael Gingold) and a collection of the best in new horror short fiction.

“FANGORIA Entertainment is thrilled to be working with Cemetery Dance,” says company president Thomas DeFeo. “Their specialty books have set the standard for high-quality craftsmanship and offer horror’s most unique voices. If these guys are good enough for Stephen King, they’re good enough for FANGORIA. We look forward to working with Cemetery Dance’s Rich Chizmar and Brian Freeman to create the finest possible FANGORIA hardcovers to delight our dedicated fan base.”

Cemetery Dance Publications is widely considered the world’s leading specialty press publisher of horror and dark suspense. The hardcover imprint has published the genre’s most acclaimed authors, including Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Ray Bradbury, William Peter Blatty, Peter Straub, Justin Cronin, Frank Darabont, Mick Garris, Graham Masterton, Richard Laymon, Robert Bloch, Douglas Clegg, Jack Ketchum, William F. Nolan, Joe R. Lansdale, Simon Clark, Ray Garton, Ed Gorman, Brian Hodge, John Skipp and Brian Keene, along with the best new writers including Brian James Freeman, Kealan Patrick Burke, Norman Prentiss, Tim Curran, Greg Gifune and hundreds of others. Cemetery Dance magazine has published fiction and nonfiction by many of these same authors since 1988. You can find Cemetery Dance on the web here.

For over 32 years and spanning four decades, FANGORIA has been bringing readers the best in horror entertainment. In summer 2008, FANGORIA and all of its related brands were purchased by The Brooklyn Company Inc., led by longtime Fango Family member Thomas DeFeo. As the magazine’s new publisher, DeFeo ushered in an era of renewed focus on the content that made FANGORIA great; continues to expand the brand’s award-winning website; launched new digital ventures and a video-on-demand service; and is developing exciting feature-film productions, among them a remake of CHILDREN SHOULDN’T PLAY WITH DEAD THINGS.

Join the staff of Cemetery Dance to discuss this news on our message board!

Kin by Kealan Patrick Burke! New Signed Limited Edition!

Hi Folks!

Today we’re pleased to announce Kin by Kealan Patrick Burke, a brand new signed Limited Edition hardcover with a print run of just 750 copies for the Limited Edition and just 26 copies for the Deluxe Lettered Edition!

Free US ShippingKinAbout the Book:

On a scorching hot summer day in Elkwood, Alabama, Claire Lambert staggers naked, wounded, and half-blind away from the scene of an atrocity. She is the sole survivor of a nightmare that claimed her friends, and even as she prays for rescue, the killers — a family of cannibalistic lunatics — are closing in.

A soldier suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder returns from Iraq to the news that his brother is among the murdered in Elkwood.
In snowbound Detroit, a waitress trapped in an abusive relationship gets an unexpected visit that will lead to bloodshed and send her back on the road to a past she has spent years trying to outrun.

And Claire, the only survivor of the Elkwood Massacre, haunted by her dead friends, dreams of vengeance… a dream which will be realized as grief and rage turn good people into cold-blooded murderers and force alliances among strangers.

It’s time to return to Elkwood.

In the spirit of such iconic horror classics as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Deliverance, Kin begins at the end and studies the possible aftermath for the survivors of such traumas upon their return to the real world — the guilt, the grief, the thirst for revenge — and sets them on an unthinkable journey… back into the heart of darkness.

Read more or place your order while supplies last!

Discuss this book on our new message board!

As always, thanks for your continuing support!

In Laymon’s Terms Trade Hardcover Shipping Now!

Featuring Norman Partridge, Bentley Little, Jack Ketchum, Brian Keene, Gary Brandner, Steve Gerlach, Geoff Cooper, Edward Lee, and dozens and dozens of other great authors!

In Laymon’s Terms
edited by Kelly Laymon, Steve Gerlach, and Richard Chizmar

In Laymon's TermsCover artwork by gak

Photographs from the Laymon family albums

About the Book:

This massive, oversized tribute anthology for Richard Laymon features short fiction and personal remembrances from dozens and dozens of the biggest names in horror and Laymon’s biggest fans.

In addition, there are more than on hundred pages of “Rarities and Fan Favorites” from Richard Laymon’s personal files — stories, interviews, and more, including a 17 page photo album personally selected by Ann Laymon. Several of these rare pieces were scanned directly from Laymon’s original manuscripts and contain his handwritten corrections.

Featuring more than 600 pages of fiction and essays written in honor of the man, author, and friend, In Laymon’s Terms is personal, moving, and wildly entertaining. This is a unique hardcover that would have made Richard Laymon proud.

“Richard Laymon, who was known for his lean, mean horror fiction, died in 2001 at age 54. This substantial memorial anthology features photos, fiction, and interviews from his archives, as well as scores of essays and stories written in homage to his work… The editors have produced a discerning memorial to a fine and influential writer.”

Publishers Weekly

Read more on our website or place your order today!

As always, thanks for your continuing support!

Two books published by Cemetery Dance won Bram Stoker Awards

Two books published by Cemetery Dance won a Bram Stoker Award this past weekend: Invisible Fences by Norman Prentiss (for Long Fiction) and Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King (for Collection). Congratulations to all of the winners and nominees in every category!

Replacement Slipcases & Traycases! Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Classic Cemetery Dance Titles, and More!

We finally had a chance to organize and inventory all of our extra slipcases and traycases from past projects, and we’re selling the extras to our collectors on a First Come, First Served basis.  These cases are for many of our classic books, some going back to the early days of Cemetery Dance, including projects by Dean Koontz and Stephen King.

Some of these cases ALSO fit other books we’ve published that were NOT issued with a slipcase, so you’ll probably want to look over the product pages on our website closely. Just a few of the titles we have slipcases for include:

The Secretary of Dreams, Riding the Bullet, Darker, Midnight Mass, Bad News, Taverns of the Dead, The Devil’s Wine, October Dreams, The Stephen King Universe, The Dark Tower Concordance, The Passage, The Machinery of Night, Mondo Zombie, The Dwyer Trilogy, Come Out Tonight, Born Bad, Blood Crazy, Darkness Demands, Death’s Door, Fearful Symmetries, House Infernal, British Invasion, Midnight Grinding, Mind the Gap, Occasional Demons, The Secret Backs of Things, Walpuski’s Typewriter, The Winchester Horror, Crawlers, Weed Species, Death Hunt on Ervoon, The Girl on the Glider, The Cage, Catching Hell, The Shell Collector, Retribution, Inc., The Eyes of the Carp, Blue November Storms, Cold River, Cast in Dark Waters, and Purity.

These cases are being sold First Come, First Served, but some are extremely limited and they are all available to ship next week!

Read more or place your order while supplies last!

As always, thanks for your continuing support!

Full Dark, No Stars with a Brand New BONUS SHORT STORY!

Full Dark, No StarsStephen King’s New York publisher has issued a brand new trade paperback edition of Full Dark, No Starsand this edition also includes “Under the Weather” by Stephen King, a chilling original short story that has never been published anywhere else before!

We’re only accepting orders for this edition for ONE WEEK and we will include a FREE BONUS CHAPBOOK about Stephen King’s work with your order! These chapbooks are the few remaining copies we have left from previous promotions and we can’t promise you’ll get a specific title, but you can see a list of our recent Stephen King promotion chapbooks on the Promotional Chapbook page.

These darkly thrilling stories are all linked by the theme of retribution, and are a showcase for the power of King’s inimitable imagination – satisfying established readers whilst enticing new ones. Visceral, immediate and featuring just a few characters, this is the other side of King’s writing; contrasting intimate portraits after the huge canvas that was Under the Dome.

‘I believe there is another man inside every man, a stranger…’ writes Wilfred Leland James in the early pages of the riveting confession that makes up ‘1922’, the first in this pitch-black quartet of mesmerising tales from Stephen King, linked by the theme of retribution. For James, that stranger is awakened when his wife Arlette proposes selling off the family homestead and moving to Omaha, setting in motion a gruesome train of murder and madness.

In ‘Big Driver’, a cozy-mystery writer named Tess encounters the stranger along a back road in Massachusetts when she takes a shortcut home after a book-club engagement. Violated and left for dead, Tess plots a revenge that will bring her face to face with another stranger: the one inside herself.

‘Fair Extension’, the shortest of these tales, is perhaps the nastiest and certainly the funniest. Making a deal with the devil not only saves Harry Streeter from a fatal cancer but provides rich recompense for a lifetime of resentment.

When her husband of more than twenty years is away on one of his business trips, Darcy Anderson looks for batteries in the garage. Her toe knocks up against a box under a worktable and she discovers the stranger inside her husband. It’s a horrifying discovery, rendered with bristling intensity, and it definitively ends ‘A Good Marriage’.

Read more on our website or place your order while supplies last!

News from the Dead Zone #142

Simon & Schuster has made available an excerpt of 11/22/63, which you can read here. It features a cameo from a familiar “character.” Word out of Book Expo America is that the first printing will be 1 million copies. Craig Wasson will narrate the audiobook.

King’s new short story “Under the Weather” is included in the US trade paperback of Full Dark, No Stars, out now.

Jae Lee has signed on to illustrate The Wind Through the Keyhole, which will be published as a limited edition by Donald M. Grant Publisher. Orders are not yet being taken and a final release date has not been established. King has agreed to sign 800 copies of a Deluxe Edition which will be issued in a tray case.

Hollywood Reporter has an update on the status of the Dark Tower adaptation and Ron Howard told Entertainment Weekly, “We had to pull back to our September start date due to budget delays and ongoing story development and logistical issues, but Dark Tower is moving forward,” Howard said. “We’re thinking of starting in early spring now. I can’t really say who’ll be in it yet, but Javier Bardem has shown a great deal of interest. We’ll know by the end of the summer, when our flashing green light goes solid.” The project would start with a feature film, followed by six hours of TV content, starring the same actors as in the movie. “There are elements of the Dark Tower saga that are more personal and can be best dealt with on television,” Howard continued. “TV allows you to roll out details of the characters in a more methodical way.”

King has a new essay and a recipe in Man with a Pan, edited by John Donahue.  The recipe is for “pretty good cake,” and in the essay King advocates the many uses of the frying pan and emphasizes the benefits of cooking over medium heat (plus a bit). He also returns to the pages of Entertainment Weekly with “My Summer Reading List, Best of Summer 2011” (June 3rd issue).

King is interviewed in Screem #22, their all-vampire issue. I also have an essay in that issue about ‘Salem’s Lot, the two TV miniseries adaptations and the dreadful “sequel.”

“The River” writer Michael Green is at work adapting Under the Dome in preparation for DreamWorks TV to shop to broadcast and cable buyers in a few months. There have been reports that Bag of Bones is filming as a TV miniseries as well.

Here’s a commentary by King on his Alliance Theatre musical Ghost Brothers of Darkland County and a call for cast members from Playbill. Lilja has some photos from the press conference at Lilja’s Library.

Haven is gearing up for its second season. There’s an article at Fangoria, a trailer and an interview with star Emily Rose.

Production Updates and News You Might Have Missed!

Hi Folks!

In all of the excitement of the last few weeks, there’s been a lot of news you might have missed:

* The Deluxe Slipcased Gift Edition of It: The 25th Anniversary Special Limited Edition by Stephen King is now more than 50% sold out after just 10 days, putting it well ahead of the pace of the Gift Edition of Full Dark, No Stars, which sold out in two months last year.

* The Mailman: The 20th Anniversary Special Limited Edition by Bentley Little is now more than 75% sold out and will be Out of Print on publication due to strong demand from retailers.

* Undead by John Russo is now more than 50% sold out after just 24 hours! You can also view the full color artwork on our message board if you’d like to see what the back cover looks like!

* Brides of the Impaler by Edward Lee and The Miniaturist by Jay Bonansinga have both already sold out.

* Wicked Things by Thomas Tessier is selling extremely well and we expect retailer orders to wipe out the rest of our stock soon.

* This is your LAST CHANCE to order Tomislav Tikulin’s incredible art prints for Full Dark, No Stars. These Signed Limited Edition Art Prints are 13 inches X 19 inches and they will all be signed and numbered by the artist! Please visit our website for complete details and more information.

* Read more about the Cemetery Dance Forum Short Short Story Writing Contest or send in your entry today!

* Finally, we have some news about an extremely interesting product for Stephen King fans. We’re not involved in this project, but we think it looks terrific:

“TheDarkTower.org is proud to be the EXCLUSIVE site to order and purchase a new, unique and fine Collectible case for your First Trade Edition of “Night Shift”. Glenn Chadbourne, is producing hand signed and Lettered, full-color art pieces to be carefully affixed to the inside lid of each custom, hand-made Dolso wooden tray case, designed to hold the US Trade 1st edition of Stephen King’s “Night Shift”. Glenn Chadbourne has created 26 “Lettered” art pieces for this series. Each art piece will be based upon a story from the “Night Shift” collection. Click here to read more while supplies last!

As always, thanks for your continuing support!

Undead by John Russo! New Signed Limited Edition Hardcover For Zombie Fans!

Stephen King called Night of the Living Dead “maybe the most important horror flick of the last 50 years” in Entertainment Weekly

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UndeadToday we’re pleased to announce Undead by John Russo, an omnibus signed special Limited Edition featuring his TWO classic zombie novels in one volume! John Russo and George Romero were the creative forces behind the original Night of the Living Dead movie, which changed the horror genre — and zombie films in particular — forever!

About the Book:

George A. Romero’s classic 1968 film, Night of the Living Dead, has been revered among horror buffs and moviegoers since its release. It introduced a new era of gutmunching cinematic mayhem and inspired legions of directors and writers, among them Quentin Tarantino, George Lucas, Stephen King, and Steven Spielberg.

Free US ShippingJohn A. Russo, who co-wrote the screenplay for Night of the Living Dead, also turned the flesh-eating frenzy into two blood-drenched novels which until recently were Out of Print for thirty years and lost to an entire generation of readers. This book includes the rare original version of Return of the Living Dead, as opposed to the version based on Dan O’Bannon’s movie, which was a horror comedy.

In this beautiful special signed Limited Edition hardcover of Undead, Russo’s two classic novels have been combined into one gory, chilling volume. Within these pages you’ll find gruesome, suspenseful horror at its best.

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Deluxe Slipcased Gift Edition of IT is Selling VERY Quickly!

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The Deluxe Slipcased Gift Edition of It: The 25th Anniversary Special Limited Edition by Stephen King is selling much faster than we expected. More than 1,000 copies have already been reserved, which is well ahead of the pace of Full Dark, No Stars last year, so there’s a very good chance this edition will sellout pre-publication, especially now that we’re hearing from the media and they’re starting to cover the news!

Here are the first two news stories to be posted about this special edition:

Fangoria: Celebrate the 25th anniversary of Stephen King’s “IT” with new edition

Bangor Daily News: Stephen King to release special 25th anniversary edition of ‘IT’

More news and updates to come, and a lot more great, surprise projects will be announced this summer and fall!

As always, thanks for your continued support and enthusiasm!