Review: Captain Clive’s Dreamworld by Jon Bassoff

Cover of Captain Clive's Dreamworld by Jon BassoffCaptain Clive’s Dreamworld by Jon Bassoff
Erasherhead Press (October 2020)

234 pages; $15.95 paperback; $5.99 e-book
Reviewed by Sadie “Mother Horror” Hartmann

For anyone that’s ever lived in a small town where everyone knows each other and seems to hold secrets about their next-door neighbors, idyllic town horror is a satisfying trope. Truth is always stranger than fiction and if you live in one small town long enough, you’re bound to uncover some of the strange history and unusual happenings. Sometimes what appears to be perfectly quaint is really just good at hiding its seamy underbelly.

It’s not difficult to suspend disbelief in order to buy into the old adage, “Nothing is as it appears to be.” Or another fitting favorite, “If it’s too good to be true, it probably is.”Continue Reading

Seasons of Terror: Shirley Jackson, Ray Bradbury, Stephen King, and Robert McCammon!

Seasons of Terror
Shirley Jackson, Ray Bradbury, Stephen King, and Robert McCammon

An Epic New Special Edition For Horror Collectors!

Hi Folks!

Seasons of Terror is a very special book born from the imaginations of Shirley Jackson, Ray Bradbury, Stephen King, and Robert McCammon, and now is a good time to reserve your copy so you don’t miss outs since we expect this one to sell out pre-publication!

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Review: Something is Killing the Children Vol. 1 by James Tynion IV and Werther Dell’Edera

cover of the graphic novel Something is Killing the Children. Illustration of a child standing alone in the woods.Something is Killing the Children Vol. 1 by James Tynion IV and Werther Dell’Edera
BOOM! Studios (May 2020)

128 pages, $13.41 paperback; $12.74 e-book
Reviewed by Joshua Gage

Something has been taking the children of Archer’s Peak. At first it was just one girl, and the police assumed it was a typical family kidnapping perpetrated by an uncle. But then, young James and his friends have a sleepover, and when it’s over, James is the only survivor. There are bodies and blood. The whole town is in chaos. Then, a stranger with an uncanny knowledge of things who talks to her stuffed-animal octopus arrives and says she’ll take care of things. Something is Killing the Children is a really strong series from writer James Tynion IV and artist Werther Dell’Edera.Continue Reading

New Ronald Malfi Signed Limited Edition Coming Soon!

In case you missed the news, we are publishing a signed Limited Edition hardcover of Little Girls by Ronald Malfi, and this one is already rolling at the printer!

From Bram Stoker Award nominee Ronald Malfi comes a chilling novel of childhood revisited, memories resurrected, and fears reborn…

After years away, Laurie returns to the home where she was raised by a cold, distant father who recently exorcised his demons. But no amount of cleaning can wipe away the troubled past. She feels it lurking in the broken moldings, sees it staring from an empty picture frame, hears it laughing in the moldy greenhouse deep in the woods…

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JUST ANNOUNCED: The Night Country Signed & Slipcased Limited Edition!

“Scary, sad, funny, and when it comes to young people at the end of their ropes and hopes, dead on the money. The Night Country takes you away to a strange and special place while reminding you of the places you’ve been—especially the spooky Halloween places. A gracefully written, mesmerizing read.”
— Stephen King

The Night Country: Signed & Slipcased Limited Edition
by Stewart O’Nan
A New Special Edition from Lividian Publications!
Print run to be limited to exactly the number of copies preordered between October 9 and October 31!

We’re pleased to report we’ll be getting copies of the new Lividian Publications signed and slipcased Limited Edition hardcover of The Night Country by Stewart O’Nan, which is being offered as a “Preorder Only Limited Edition,” meaning the orders received between October 9 and October 31 will set the print run!

This is a classic tale of Halloween, ghosts, and haunted people, and always a favorite book this time of year around the Cemetery Dance offices.

The Lividian Publications deluxe special edition is being lavishly crafted with collectors and readers alike in mind. Exclusive to this edition is a “lost” introduction by the author and a new afterword by Paul Tremblay, plus eleven original black and white illustrations and a beautiful full-color wrap-around dust jacket painting by François Vaillancourt!

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Stephen King: News from the Dead Zone #221

Stephen King News From the Dead Zone

Hard Case Crime (The Colorado Kid, Joyland) will publish Stephen King’s next supernatural crime novel in March 2021. Later will be a paperback original (cover by Paul Mann) and eBook, but there will also be a limited edition hardcover featuring two covers by Gregory Manchess, one for Later itself and one for a fictitious novel within the novel that features prominently in the plot.

In this installment of News from the Dead Zone, I’ll tell you a little more about Later, bring you up to date on recent King appearances, let you know  what adaptations you can expect to see soon, which ones are in production, which ones are on the table and which ones have died on the vine. I’ll also give you an early look at Hope and Miracles from Gauntlet Press, which collects the screenplays of The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile, along with tons of ancillary material. Pull up a chair!

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Other Sandboxes by F. Paul Wilson and Divers Hands: New Signed Limited Edition Hardcover From Gauntlet Press!

We’re pleased to report we will be getting copies of both the Limited Edition and the Lettered Edition of Other Sandboxes by F. Paul Wilson from Gauntlet Press, but our allotment will not last long!

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Ronald Kelly Opens The Halloween Store

Cover of the book The Halloween Store by Ronald Kelly. Features three jack o lanterns that have been carved for Halloween. But one of them is a human face! GASP!

Ronald Kelly has been spinning his throwback style of horror since the early 1990s, blending the no-holds-barred sensibilities of Jack Ketchum with the quiet dread of Charles L. Grant. He’s recently dropped a themed collection, The Halloween Store and Other Tales of All Hallows’ Eve, just in time for our favorite holiday. With these stories (plus a couple of nonfiction essays), Kelly aims to invoke those wind-swept October nights when freedom and fear walked hand-in-hand.

Kelly, who has a long history with Cemetery Dance that he touches on briefly in this interview, was kind enough to answer a few questions about these new stories and more.Continue Reading

Review: Ring Shout by P. Djéli Clark

cover for Ring Shout by P. Djeli ClarkRing Shout by P. Djéli Clark
Tor.com (October 13, 2020)

176 pages; $15.99 hardcover; $9.99 e-book
Reviewed by Sadie “Mother Horror” Hartmann

I read a brief tagline for Ring Shout that was along the lines of, “a dark fantasy historical novella that gives a supernatural twist to the Ku Klux Klan’s reign of terror” and I was sold. I love everything the tagline promises: Dark Fantasy. Historical Fiction. Novella. Supernatural. Give me all of those things.

Ring Shout not only delivered on these promises, but it also flew past all of my expectations making this book a solid contender for my favorite book of 2020.Continue Reading

Dead Trees: Peter Straub’s The Hellfire Club

Author Peter Straub
Peter Straub

No one — no one — has ever done it better than Peter Straub. I admit that some of his work leaves me a little bit cold, but when Straub is on, he is on.

Not everyone agrees. I’ve heard a lot of people say they can’t read Peter Straub, or that he simply isn’t for them. The thing about his writing is, it takes effort. Most worthwhile things do require determination and patience, but the effort pays off. He isn’t an easy writer, but the rewards are well worth the investment.Continue Reading

LAST CHANCE for Cemetery Dance Collectors Club Memberships!

LAST CHANCE for Cemetery Dance Collectors Club Memberships!
Members Receive Exclusive Discounts, Advance Notice on New Books and Special Offers, and Other Perks Not Available to the General Public!

Exclusive Bonuses Include:
Signed Limited Edition Hardcover by Brian Keene and Bev Vincent
Printed Just For Members!
An Exclusive Brand New Signed Limited Edition Chapbook!
Optional Exclusive Bonus Items Not Offered to the General Public!

Hi Folks!

TODAY is the last day to join the 11th annual Cemetery Dance Collectors Club, and we have some BIG things planned for members! The CDCC is easily one of our most popular deals of all time, and when you look at everything you get, it’s easy to see why:

* Exclusive special offers and discounts sent straight to your inbox for the next 12 months

* Advance notice of new Cemetery Dance Limited Editions before the general public and discounts of up to 20% off the retail price

* Advance notice of books from other publishers before the general public and discounts of up to 25% off the retail price

* Advance notice of special offers such as Grab Bags and other heavily discounted deals

* Opportunities to purchase books and other collectibles never offered to the general public

* An exclusive Signed “Not For Sale” Limited Edition Hardcover Produced ONLY For Members

* An exclusive Signed “Not For Sale” Limited Edition Chapbook Produced ONLY For Members

* Plus a brand new feature we’ve never offered before: a “one day only spending spree” each and every month of your membership!

* And yes, there will be OPTIONAL Exclusive CDCC-Only Items again this year!

REMINDER: This is the last time we’ll offer these memberships until NEXT FALL, so please do not wait!

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Review: One Who Was With Me by Conrad Williams

cover of One Was With Me by Conrad WilliamsOne Who Was With Me by Conrad Williams
Earthling Publications (October 2020)
$45 limited edition hardcover
Reviewed by Dave Simms

It’s that wonderful time of year again when Earthling Publications announces their Halloween series title for the upcoming holiday. When was the last time Paul Miller failed to publish a stellar tale for this press? Hint: I’m still waiting.

Conrad Williams returns to the series in fine form here, following up his award winning The Unblemished from fourteen years ago, with a novel that at the onset sounds familiar but trust me—it’s anything but. I don’t know if the author is a baseball fan but he appears to be a master of the screwball, curveball, and sinker.Continue Reading

Graven Images: The Nancy A. Collins Swamp Thing Omnibus

In her introduction to this omnibus, Nancy A. Collins describes how comics of all kinds attracted her at an early age. Her interest in the medium kicked off right about the time the Comics Code was losing its once-considerable grip on the industry, which put her in a prime spot to catch the wave of horror comics that began flooding the newsstands. She talks about picking up copies of Eerie and House of Secrets as part of her weekly haul — but it was the cover of a comic featuring a certain muck-encrusted monstrosity squaring off with a werewolf (drawn by horror maestro Bernie Wrightson) that really stood out to the young fan.Continue Reading

The Girl Who Builds Monsters: Beautiful Trade Hardcover In-Stock Now!

The Girl Who Builds Monsters
Brian James Freeman and Vincent Chong

Beautiful Trade Hardcover In-Stock Now!

This new release is a bargain at just $19 for a beautiful trade hardcover with full-color DJ and binding!

Brian James Freeman and Vincent Chong have teamed up to tell the story of Emma, a young girl who lives with her kindly grandfather, the owner of a factory where he creates the most beautiful dolls in the world.

One day while exploring the factory, Emma discovers a forgotten workbench and some wooden crates. Inside the crates are broken pieces of machinery and rejected doll parts, which Emma begins to assemble into dolls of her own design. These dolls are very different from the dolls her grandfather makes, but Emma says this is what makes them special.

Emma loves her dolls, but she has no idea how much they love her back until the night two burglars sneak into her grandfather’s home — and her new “monster dolls” prove exactly how special they really are…

The Girl Who Builds Monsters

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Review: Edited By edited by Ellen Datlow

cover of Edited By, a collection of short stories edited by Elle DatlowEdited By edited by Ellen Datlow
Subterranean Press (September 2020)
632 pages; $45 limited edition hardcover; $6.99 e-book
Reviewed by Blu Gilliand

If you look back over the history of horror fiction, there are a few names that have become synonymous with the genre. Stephen King. Edgar Allan Poe. Shirley Jackson. Clive Barker. Ellen Datlow may not have quite the same level of mainstream recognition as these authors, but her influence on horror fiction (not to mention fantasy and sci-fi) stands equal.Continue Reading