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

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

Thank you, as always, for your continued support and enthusiasm!

Review: Edited By edited by Ellen Datlow

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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

Review: The Harrowing of Hell by Evan Dahm

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Iron Circus Comics (August 2020)

128 pages, $15 hardcover
Reviewed by Joshua Gage

In Christian theology, The Harrowing of Hell is the story of Jesus Christ descending into Hell after his crucifixion and rising, triumphant, three days later on Easter. Evan Dahm has taken this story, as well as some details from apocryphal gospels, and created a very dark graphic novel that, while still religiously based, is sure to appeal to horror readers as well.Continue Reading

Little Girls by Ronald Malfi: New Signed Limited Edition Coming Soon!

We’re pleased to announce our brand new signed Limited Edition hardcover of Little Girls by Ronald Malfi, and this one is headed to the printer this month!

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…

Little Girls

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Thank you, as always, for your continued support and enthusiasm!

Review: The Loop by Jeremy Robert Johnson

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Saga Press (September 29, 2020)

320 pages; $26.99 paperback; $9.99 e-book
Reviewed by Sadie Hartmann

You know, if I didn’t have to sleep, eat, or tend to the family during this stay-at-home order, I would have sat and read this one straight through. This book is everything.

Cue some strange intro music like the eerie riffs from X-Files or the digital notes of that synthesized melody from Stranger Things and settle into this binge-worthy genre mashup. Best known for his bizarro-horror style and flavor, Jeremy Robert Johnson is an unexpected hero for the coming-of-age conspiracy thriller genre.Continue Reading

New Signed Limited Edition Hardcover by Brian Keene and Bev Vincent!

We’re very pleased to announce the 11th annual Cemetery Dance Collectors Club, and we have some BIG things planned for the next year!

One of our most popular Collectors Club Bonus Items of all-time is our “Not For Sale” signed Limited Edition hardcovers, which are printed only for members of the CDCC and not sold to retailers or the general public, and this year we have something special we think our collectors will really love… a brand new book by Brian Keene and Bev Vincent!

This special edition contains TWO full-length novellas (The Motel at the End of the World by Brian Keene and The Dead of Winter by Bev Vincent), and the book is already designed and reader for the printer! The authors have set aside time to sign the signature sheets as soon as we know the print run, which is determined by the number of members in the club.

REMINDER: Your membership and your exclusive discounts technically begin on October 1st, but as has become our tradition, we’ll include you on the current CDCC emails IMMEDIATELY, so your savings will actually begin with the very next special offer mailing! Do not wait to sign up!

CDCC

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

Thank you, as always, for your continued support and enthusiasm!

Is Anyone Returning to Horror High?

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Somewhere, a school bell is ringing. The doors are open, the classrooms ready, but the halls are empty.

Funny how it takes a pandemic and a general feeling that Armageddon has its hand in our pockets to make us wax poetic about going back to school. I was a good student, but I hated school the way Leah Remini despises Scientology. Mornings, I wished for some disease that would keep me home (and got that wish in senior year when I came down with mono that had me bedridden for months). In class, I prayed the fire alarm would go off and this time it wouldn’t be a false alarm. Having to stop playing Wiffle ball or street football after school so I could get my homework done was like asking me to hack my legs off with a rusty, blunt shovel. Continue Reading

Review: Writing in the Dark by Tim Waggoner

cover of Writing in the Dark by Tim WaggonerWriting in the Dark by Tim Waggoner
Raw Dog Screaming Press (September 16, 2020)
236 pages; $34.95 hardcover; $19.95 paperback
Reviewed by Dave Simms

This review is a bit different. I’m approaching it as an author instead of a reader. I was in the midst of editing one novel and completing another—both were forever altered by this book. I’m also hitting it from the viewpoint of a creative writing teacher. Both color my opinion of this writing book by the prolific Tim Waggoner. For those unfamiliar with the author who seems to churn out a new novel every few months, either in his own worlds or dipping his toes in that of Supernatural, Alien, or Grimm, he’s also well known as a professor.

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Review: The Ghost Tree by Christina Henry

cover of The Ghost Tree by Christina HenryThe Ghost Tree by Christina Henry
Berkley (September 8, 2020)

432 pages; $13.99 paperback; $11.99 e-book
Reviewed by Sadie Hartmann

Christina Henry entices readers to travel back in time to a small town called Smith’s Hollow. It’s the 1980s. We follow best friends Lauren and Miranda, their longtime friendship seemingly in transition. Miranda is looking to make friends with older boys who drive while Lauren resents being dragged along as a third wheel. 

Wrapped in this compelling coming-of-age story is something more insidious than teenage boys. Two girls Lauren’s age are found murdered, their bodies mutilated, in the backyard of one of her neighbors. Continue Reading

The Cemetery Dance Collectors Club Is Back For Another Year!

The Cemetery Dance Collectors Club Is Back For Another Year!
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!

We’re very pleased to announce the 11th annual Cemetery Dance Collectors Club, and we have some BIG things planned for the next year! 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: Your membership and your exclusive discounts technically begin on October 1st, but as has become our tradition, we’ll include you on the current CDCC emails IMMEDIATELY, so your savings will actually begin with the very next special offer mailing! Do not wait to sign up!

CDCC

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

Thank you, as always, for your continued support and enthusiasm!

The Girl Who Builds Monsters Brian James Freeman and Vincent Chong: Beautiful Trade Hardcover Shipping Now!

The Girl Who Builds Monsters
Brian James Freeman and Vincent Chong
Beautiful Trade Hardcover Shipping Now!

Hi Folks!

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

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

Thank you, as always, for your continued support and enthusiasm!

Review: In the Shadows of Men by Robert Jackson Bennett

cover of In the Shadows of Men by Robert Jackson Bennett showing an old hotelIn the Shadows of Men by Robert Jackson Bennett
Subterranean Press (August 2020)
120 pages; $40 limited edition hardcover
Reviewed by Blu Gilliand

If there’s one thing readers of horror fiction know to be true, it’s that old, isolated motels are not the place to go if you’re looking to get your life together.

Especially if said motel is brimming with secrets.

Especially if the person seeking sanctuary is bringing his own demons along for the ride.Continue Reading

Review: The Raven by Jonathan Janz

The Raven by Jonathan Janz
Flame Tree Press (September 8, 2020)

256 pages; $24.95; $14.95 paperback
Reviewed by Sadie “Mother Horror” Hartmann

Perhaps the most interesting thing about horror is the vast variety in its sub-genres. So many tropes fit under the horror umbrella; I truly believe there’s something for everyone. I passionately believe the horror genre is plenty sufficient to cover any thirst for diversity in your reading. 

My top-shelf writers of horror, the mega-talented, often write books categorized in the full spectrum of the genre. The opposite of the one-trick pony, these authors are part and parcel of horror fiction. 

Jonathan Janz is one of those authors writing bestsellers that cover a lot of ground. Supernatural, paranormal, creature-features, noir, gothic, you name it and Janz has tried it; successfully.Continue Reading

Review: Twelve – Poems Inspired by the Brothers Grimm Fairytale by Andrea Blythe

cover of Twelve by Andrea BlytheTwelve: Poems Inspired by the Brothers Grimm Fairy Tale by Andrea Blythe
Interstellar Flight Press (September 7, 2020)

64 pages, $9.99 paperback; $5.99 e-book
Reviewed by Joshua Gage

Andrea Blythe is a well-recognized name in speculative poetry. She is a widely published author, as well as a podcast host. Blythe is most known for her work with fairytales and folktales, and her newest collection, Twelve, based on the Brothers Grimm fairytale of the twelve dancing princesses, is a potent and exquisite addition to her already impressive body of work. Continue Reading