Review: A Lush and Seething Hell by John Hornor Jacobs

A Lush and Seething Hell by John Hornor Jacobs
Harper Voyager (October 8, 2019)

384 pages; $19.99 hardcover; $12.99 e-book
Reviewed by Sadie “Mother Horror” Hartmann

The cover of A Lush and Seething Hell depicts two figures standing in some brambles; a darkness looms behind them, above them, all around them. It’s a menacing tower of darkness bearing down, but also rising up. Upon closer inspection, the figures aren’t so much standing as they are cowering.

I know because I stared at the cover and the title for awhile before I ventured past it to get at the meaty insides. And it’s that posture of cowering I remembered after I finished this book. Continue Reading

The Girl on the Porch by Richard Chizmar: Brand New Signed Limited Edition Shipping Soon!

As the sale on the hardcover editions of Gwendy’s Button Box and Gwendy’s Magic Feather winds down (both are currently under $20 at Amazon.com for a limited time), we’re pleased to report Richard Chizmar’s brand new novella from Subterranean Press, The Girl on the Porch, will be shipping very soon and we’re down to our very last copies!

“From New York Times bestselling author Richard Chizmar, author of Gwendy’s Button Box (with Stephen King) and The Long Way Home, comes a thriller that will forever change the way you look at your neighbors and best friends…”

The Girl on the Porch

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Brian Keene’s History of Horror Fiction, Chapter Seven: The First Horror Novel

Welcome back. We are still traveling through time, you and I. And though it seems like it has been a year since our last column, we can undo that. We can pretend that I wasn’t almost burned to death in a terrible mishap and that no time has passed at all.

For indeed, it hasn’t. Continue Reading

Review: Walk the Darkness Down by John Boden

Walk the Darkness Down by John Boden
Macabre Ink (June 2019)
170 pages; $10.99 paperback; $4.99 e-book
Reviewed by Chad Lutzke

In the 1800s, it’s easier to kill and get away with it—if that’s your thing. Walking into a saloon, collecting body parts, and leaving out the front door doesn’t exactly trigger sirens and a team of forensic scientists, but there’s always someone you’re likely to run into that’ll try and put a stop to your slaughtering ways.  Continue Reading

Return to Stephen King’s Castle Rock in this appealing chiller!

SPECIAL ALERT! The hardcover editions of Gwendy’s Button Box and Gwendy’s Magic Feather are both currently under $20 at Amazon.com for a limited time! Just click on those linked titles to place your order!

Gwendy’s Magic Feather
A Brand New Castle Rock Novel by Richard Chizmar
A New Review Has Arrived and It’s Another Good One!

Hi Folks!

A new review for Gwendy’s Magic Feather. an original full-length Castle Rock novel by Richard Chizmar, has arrived and while we don’t want to give away too much about the story (which they do in their full review!), here’s a little bit of what Publishers Weekly had to say:

Chizmar returns to Castle Rock, Maine, after the 2017 novella Gwendy’s Button Box, co-written with Stephen King, in this appealing chiller… Short, punchy chapters keep the pages turning… the charming protagonist and thrill of temptation will enthrall fans and new readers alike.

Gwendy's Magic Feather

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Collectors Club Members Receive $10 in Store Credit Every Month! ($120 total!)

Cemetery Dance Collectors Club
Members Receive Exclusive Discounts, Advance Notice on New Books, and Other Perks Not Available to the General Public!
INCLUDING $10 in Store Credit Added to Your Account Every Month! ($120 total!)

Hi Folks!

We’re very pleased to tell you about a brand new special offer we’ve created for the 10th year of the Cemetery Dance Collectors Club!

To celebrate TEN YEARS of the CDCC, we’re giving each member something incredible: $10 in free bonus store credit on their account each month!

At the beginning of each month starting in October, we’ll automatically credit each CDCC member’s account with $10 in store credit! There’s nothing you need to do! No coupons or codes to remember! When you go to checkout through our online store, an option to use your store credit will appear on the Payment selection page.

Best of all, you don’t need to use the credit right away, it’ll be waiting on your account for when you need it and it’ll never expire!

Ultimately you’ll end up getting $120 in store credit — more than you’re paying for the CDCC membership!

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Review: Violet by Scott Thomas

Book Cover for VioletViolet by Scott Thomas
InkShares (September 24, 2019)

446 pages; $17.99 paperback; $7.99 e-book
Reviewed by Sadie Hartmann

Did Scott Thomas peek inside our horror-loving brains while we weren’t looking and use what he found there to write the most appealing book just for us? He might have. In fact, the more I sit here with all my review notes, the more I’m convinced he overheard us talking about all our favorite things to read about and he used ALL OF THEM in this one book: Violet. Continue Reading

Friday the 13th AND a Full Moon? Save Up to 52% Off Your Cemetery Dance Publications Order Today!

Hi Folks!

Well, things are probably going to be a little wild today since it’s Friday the 13th and there’s a Full Moon, so we thought we’d try a brand new kind of special for us that will help collectors and general readers alike!

Today and tomorrow only, you can save anywhere from 13% to 52% off your entire order — NO coupon needed!

With our special Friday the 13th Full Moon Special Offer, you’ll automatically save the following percentages on your order:

* 13% off all orders up to $75
* 26% off all orders between $75.01 and $150
* 39% off all orders between $150.01 and $225
* 52% off all orders between $225.01 and above

Here are some of the categories you might want to browse because there is NO MAXIMUM AMOUNT you can save, which means you can order as much as you would like:

* Cemetery Dance in-stock books including Limited Editions and Lettered Editions
* Cemetery Dance preorders including Limited Editions and Lettered Editions
* Cemetery Dance magazine back issues and Cemetery Dance magazine subscriptions
* slipcases
* other items
* in-stock books from other publishers
* preorders from other publishers

(Sorry, but Gift Certificates, Seasons of Terror, eBooks that are sold on other stores, TeeSpring items, Cemetery Dance Collectors Club memberships, and any other items that are excluded on their product page do not qualify for this special offer.)

Just add qualifying items to your cart and you’ll save up to 52% off your entire order — and there is NO MAXIMUM amount you can save, so this is the time to order anything you’ve been waiting to order!

Our shopping cart will calculate the discount for you automatically based on the prices of the items you’ve selected, too — NO COUPON NEEDED!

(If you don’t see the discount listed by the time you reach the Payment page during checkout, please email brianfreeman@cemeterydance.com for assistance and let him know exactly what items are in your order.)

Please Note: This special offer cannot be combined with other discounts or coupon codes, it cannot be used toward shipping fees, and it cannot be applied retroactively toward previous orders.

This offer expires at 11:59 PM eastern time on September 14, 2019.

Friday the 13th

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New Collectors Club Includes An Exclusive Signed Limited Edition Hardcover Printed Just For Members: Husks by Glen Krisch!

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We’re very pleased to tell you about one of the exclusive perks for the 10th year of the Cemetery Dance Collectors Club, a “Not For Sale” signed Limited Edition hardcover of Husks by Glen Krisch!

This book is already designed and proofread, and we just need to know how many signature sheets to print, which will be determined by the number of collectors who sign-up for the CDCC 10!

About the Book:
As he chased after the fleeting echo of his dead wife’s laughter, some part of him drained away, leaving a dried husk in its place…

Hank Moorland has been wandering for days, an aimless drifter running out of food and water, running out of reasons to live. The only thing that keeps him going is a promise he made long ago to his wife before she died: he would carry on, despite her absence.

With his last remaining energy, Hank stumbles onto an isolated farmhouse where he meets a kindly old man and a younger woman. Ollie and Margo welcome him and begin to nurse him back to health.

Margo’s healing attentions include a soft humming that seems to inspire vivid dreams of his long-dead wife. At night, those visions make Hank happier than he’s been in a long time. But what effect will the dreams have on his waking hours…?

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Bev Vincent reviews Mr. Mercedes Season 3

Stephen King News From the Dead Zone

“A Series of Dreams”

Today is publication day for Stephen King’s new novel, The Institute, which I reviewed last week. Book release day is always a big one for fans. However, that’s not the only thing happening today. Season 3 of Mr. Mercedes launches on AT&T Audience Network, and it’s a good one! [Note: Everything I’m going to discuss in this review is covered in the trailer, more or less.]Continue Reading

The Cemetery Dance Collectors Club Is BACK for YEAR TEN!

The Cemetery Dance Collectors Club
Is BACK for YEAR TEN!
Members Receive Exclusive Discounts, Advance Notice on New Books, and Other Perks Not Available to the General Public!
Exclusive Special Bonuses to Celebrate TEN YEARS of the CDCC Including:
An Exclusive Signed Limited Edition Hardcover Printed Just For Members!
An Exclusive Brand New Richard Chizmar Signed Limited Edition Chapbook!

$10 in Store Credit Added to Your Account Every Month! ($120 total!)
Plus: Optional Exclusive Bonus Items for EVERY MONTH!

Hi Folks!

We’re very pleased to announce we are now offering memberships for the 10th year of the Cemetery Dance Collectors Club, and we don’t expect these to last long! We have some BIG things planned to celebrate a decade of the CDCC, so please click on the image below to find out more before time runs out:

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Review: In the Garden of Rusting Gods by Patrick Freivald

Cover of In the Garden of Rusting GodsIn the Garden of Rusting Gods by Patrick Freivald
Barking Deer Press (September 2019)
210 pages; $14.95 paperback; $4.95 e-book
Reviewed by A.E. Siraki

Patrick Freivald has released a new short story collection from Barking Deer Press entitled In the Garden of Rusting Gods. An established novelist, Bram Stoker Award-nominee (and, with Andrew Wolter, winner of the Richard Laymon President’s Award in 2015), he writes horror for both young adult and adult audiences alike. His short fiction has mostly tended toward science fiction horror, which he excels at, so for readers wanting their fix, his collection will fit the bill. 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!

We’re very pleased to announce Seasons of Terror from the imaginations of Shirley Jackson, Ray Bradbury, Stephen King, and Robert McCammon!

These four classic tales of terror are each set during a different season of the year, and the text has been adapted to graphic format by Richard Chizmar and lavishly illustrated by four of our favorite artists: Ray Fawkes, Dennis Calero, Francois Vaillancourt, and Steve Wands!

To celebrate this incredible publication, we’re planning an epic set of special editions with some features that are unprecedented in the 30+ year history of Cemetery Dance Publications — and the Artist Edition and Lettered Edition are already selling out fast due to higher than expected demand from the Cemetery Dance Collectors Club!

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Kevin Lucia on Walking Lazarus — The Movie

The premise of my column “Revelations” is a reflection on fiction I encountered during a specific time in my career; fiction which changed the way I thought about horror, or influenced me in some way. The column has wandered from contemporary writers to masters of the genre, and it will at times wander off the “horror map” and into that hazy borderland of “speculative fiction.”

An author I’ll eventually feature is speculative fiction writer T. L. Hines, and how he shaped my thoughts about speculative fiction, most especially in terms of flawed characters, and how those flaws made those characters stronger. Today, however, I’m writing about Tony’s current project, and that’s his indie effort to bring his first novel, Waking Lazarus, to cinema lifeContinue Reading

Bev Vincent reviews It Chapter Two

Stephen King News From the Dead Zone

“We Are What We Wish We Could Forget”

aka

“Let’s Kill this Fucking Clown”

Let’s get this out of the way right up front. Yes, It Chapter Two is nearly three hours long. Did it feel like it? Not in the least. Because my phone was turned off during the press screening I attended on Tuesday evening, I had no sense of the passage of time, but I never felt the movie dragged. Not for a moment. I saw it on an IMAX screen, the first time I’ve seen anything on a screen that big in many years. It’s hard to say if it’s worth the premium, but the experience felt immersive to me.

The movie is R-rated, with good reason. It’s pretty darned scary, and very, very bad things happen to cute little kids. I admit, without reservation, that I was jolted into yelling out loud on at least a couple of occasions, which hardly ever happens to me. While the movie has more than its fair share of jump scares, it’s also tense, full of dread, and frightening.

It Chapter Two picks up exactly where we left off two years ago, with the young Losers in the aftermath of their battle with Pennywise, promising to come back if the killings in Derry, Maine start again.

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