Review: Landis: The Story of a Real Man on 42nd Street by Preston Fassel

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Encyclopocalypse Publications (December 7, 2021)
146 pages; $9.99 paperback, $3.99 Kindle
Reviewed by Damon Smith

The modern internet has made being a fan of genre film so much easier. Information is abundant on even the most obscure z-movie and new “boutique” Blu-ray labels seem to pop up overnight with lavish releases and restorations of dozens of obscure horror, action, and exploitation films. The scene has come a long way from trading bootleg tapes at cons or mailing out orders cut from fanzine pages, and a major figure at the very genesis of this movement was the late Bill Landis. His fanzine, Sleazoid Express, set the standard for what exploitation film journalism could be and acted as an ethnography to a culture that much of America was more than happy to sweep under the rug.Continue Reading

Cemetery Dance Black Friday Sale! Save 50% Off Your Entire Order!

Cemetery Dance Black Friday Sale!
Save 50% Off Your Entire Order!

Welcome to Black Friday and the LARGEST DISCOUNT COUPON we’ve offered in a very, very long time! This coupon code is good for 50% off almost ANYTHING on the Cemetery Dance website with just a few exceptions, but it 50expires on Saturday night, so don’t wait to place your order!

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
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* slipcases
* other items
* in-stock books from other publishers
* preorders from other publishers

(Sorry, but Gift Certificates, eBooks that are sold on other stores, club memberships, and any other items that are excluded on their product page do not qualify for this special offer.)

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The Cemetery Dance Interview: John Shirley

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John Shirley

A renaissance man of ink and design, John Shirley has seen over 40 of his novels and almost a dozen short story collections published to date, spanning from 1979 with Transmaniacon and Dracula In Love to present with Stormland and The Feverish Stars. He’s written for television on such classics as Robocop and The Real Ghostbusters, as well as for major films like The Crow staring Brandon Lee. No genre border can contain him, but he’s probably best know as a cyberpunk OG. He can blend sci-fi and dark fantasy like no other and not only supports The Blue Oyster Cult with lyrics to rock out to, he’s still going strong with his own punk band, The Screaming Geezers.

Sitting down with John was the perfect opportunity to pick the brain that masterfully knows how to pluck the chords of our deep subconscious while bringing to light creations of humanity which are as apt to save us as they are to bring us to our eventual doom. Join the conversation as we discuss his latest collection, The Feverish Stars, his recent novel, Stormland, and what a day being John Shirley looks like, and beyond.Continue Reading

Review: The Feverish Stars by John Shirley

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Independent Legions Publishing (March 2021)
306 pages; $22.35 paperback; $5.90 e-book

Reviewed by Rick Hipson

A kaleidoscope of stunning visuals, The Feverish Stars delivers a bullet of an experience which ricochets off every nerve and fiber of the imagination. Firing its trajectory on a one-way collision course with any expectations you might have, Shirley grabs your senses by the roots and coaxes with a lust for more. Against the maelstrom of a sci-fi punk master’s deliberate muse, every word strikes down like a hammer of poetic reckoning, smashing down gates to portals of fantastical realms. There can be no return without alteration, but isn’t that what we’re all here for?Continue Reading

Review: The Boy with the Spider Face by AJ Franks

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Crystal Lake Publishing (November 26, 2021)
126 pages; TBA paperback; TBA e-book
Reviewed by Sadie “Mother Horror” Hartmann

In this young adult, coming-of-age horror novella, AJ Franks imagines what life would look like for a teenage boy with an actual spider-face. The story unfolds rather quickly with the protagonist, Jeff Pritchet, struggling to lead a normal life but realizing that nothing will be easy for a boy with his unique condition. At school, Jeff befriends “the new kid” which introduces a combination of subtle queer themes and very heavy-handed racism.Continue Reading

Praise for Infinity Dreams and Glen Hirshberg!

Infinity Dreams
by Glen Hirshberg

Coming Soon in Trade Paperback and eBook Formats!

We’re thrilled to be publishing Infinity Dreams by Glen Hirshberg next month in trade paperback and eBook formats, and we think it’s one of the best books we’ve read all year, but don’t take our word for it… Check out what everyone else thinks:

“The latest miracle from the master of supernatural suspense, where the grace of the prose is so measured and the charm of the characters so magical that it takes some time to notice that the stiletto of dread has already slid between your ribs.”
— Peter Atkins, author of the novels Morningstar, Big Thunder, and Moontown, and the screenplays Hellraiser II, Hellraiser III, Hellraiser IV, and Wishmaster

“Hirshberg knows all the pressure points of the human soul. With a poet’s prose and a storyteller’s keen eye for detail, he tells a heartfelt and heartbreaking story about the way we find the most precious things in life, and the way we lose them, no matter how tightly we try to hang on.”
— Ian Rogers, author of Every House is Haunted

“Glen Hirshberg asks what is lost to humanity when imagination is left to be exploited by  those more interested in destruction than creation, and what will become of what remains. Infinity Dreams is a puzzle of sorts, a quest, an unraveling, a love story, a warning. A beautifully written talisman to be treasured.”
— Mary Rickert, author of The Shipbuilder of Bellfairie and You Have Never Been Here

“Glen Hirshberg is one of the best the horror genre has to offer. His Bradbury-haunted prose is elegant, sophisticated, and always utterly chilling. Read his work, and thank me later.”
— Christopher Golden, New York Times bestselling author of Road of Bones, Ararat, Snowblind, and Red Hands

“His fiction is marked by clarity, depth and a restraint and subtlety that make the horror and the wonder seem absolutely possible.”
— Jeffrey Ford

“If there is anyone in contemporary fiction worth watching, it is Glen Hirshberg.”
— Dennis Etchison

“Glen Hirshberg’s ghost stories are among the finest tales published over the past decade.”
— Jack Cady

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Night Time Logic with Inna Effress

Night Time Logic with Daniel Braum

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Author Inna Effress

Night Time Logic is the part or parts of a story that are felt but not consciously processed. Those that operate below the conscious surface. Those that are processed somewhere, somehow, and in some way other than… overtly and consciously. The deep-down scares. The scares that find their way to our core and unsettle us in ways we rarely see coming…

In this column, which shares a name with my New York-based reading series, I explore this phenomenon, other notions of what makes horror tick, and my favorite authors and stories, new and old with you. 

“The veil of the eye” is a line from a poem that inspired one of guest Inna Effress’ recent stories. In today’s conversation we speak about what Inna calls “the fog of uncertainty” and more.Continue Reading

Review: The Strange Things We Become and Other Dark Tales by Eric LaRocca

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Off Limits Press (September 2021)
128 pages; $13 paperback; $6.99 e-book
Reviewed by Sadie “Mother Horror” Hartmann

Nobody could comfortably follow an act in indie horror fiction like Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke, except Eric LaRocca with another release.
Things Have Gotten Worse… broke every record for sales and reviews I have ever seen for an indie release. That book was released in June and just three months later, here we are with The Strange Things We Become.Continue Reading

Gwendy’s Final Task eBook IMPORTANT UPDATE!

Gwendy’s Final Task
by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar

Cemetery Dance Publications eBook IMPORTANT UPDATE!

Don’t Pay More to Read it Later!

We have a VERY IMPORTANT update for those of you who have already ordered the eBook or are considering ordering the eBook edition of Gwendy’s Final Task by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar, which will be published on February 15, and is now available for preorder on Amazon.com.

Right now, there’s a second eBook listed because Simon & Schuster will be taking over electronic sales on May 31, but if you ordered their eBook, you are PAYING MORE to read the book LATER. That eBook will not be released for more than three months after our eBook edition. You need to preorder through THIS LINK to read the eBook on February 15.

Our eBook will remain available on your device after Simon & Schuster takes over electronic sales, so there’s no reason to wait. Why pay more to read the book months after everyone else already has?

Order the official Cemetery Dance eBook of Gwendy’s Final Task today, so you can begin reading the thrilling conclusion to Gwendy Peterson’s story the moment it is released!

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Gwendy’s Button Box: The Castle Rock Novella That Launched The Gwendy Trilogy!

Gwendy’s Button Box
by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar
The Castle Rock Novella That Launched The Gwendy Trilogy!

Hi Folks!

We’ve been hearing from so many readers who missed out on the original hardcover edition of Gwendy’s Button Box by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar, so we’re pleased to report that we’re going back to press one more time and more copies will be on the way in 2022!

Featuring full-color cover artwork by Ben Baldwin and ALL of the black and white interior artwork by Keith Minnion, we really expect this to be our final printing for this title! Don’t miss your chance to snag one for the original retail price!

Please visit the product page to read more and to reserve your copy today!

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Review: Yours Cruelly, Elvira by Cassandra Peterson

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Hachette Books (September 2021)
305 pages; $22.99 hardcover, $14.99 ebook, $29.65 audiobook (or 1 audible credit)
Reviewed by Haley Newlin

Q: If your new memoir Yours Cruelly, Elvira is adapted into a movie, who would you want to play you?
A: Dolly Parton! We have the same…uhm.. assets.

Quote from Barnes & Noble Virtually Presents: Cassandra Peterson Celebrates Yours Cruelly, Elvira (Sept. 21, 2021).

I had the immense pleasure of reading Cassandra Peterson’s new memoir, Yours Cruelly, Elvira, and attending a live event celebrating the release.

Two opportunities I know I’ll never forget. I mean, it’s damn near impossible to forget the cheeky, tassel-twirling queen of Halloween.Continue Reading

Darkly Dreaming: An Essay by Wrath James White

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Wrath James White

Back in 2003, I was a new writer with only a few published short stories to my credit. There was a popular message board at the time called Shocklines. Shocklines was an online bookseller catering to fans of horror. In the early aughts, if you wanted to find the best horror fiction novels, novellas, magazines, and anthologies, you didn’t search Amazon and hope its taste algorithm pointed you in the right direction. You went to Shocklines.Continue Reading

Review: Cats of the Pacific Northwest by J.W. Donley

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Dark Forest Press (July 2021)
74 pages; $6.99 paperback; $2.99 e-book
Reviewed by R.B. Payne

Most horror fans learned about horror through seemingly innocent fairy tales read to us by loving parents before bedtime. Illustrated in fanciful colors on glossy paper, and lit by golden lamplight, we were tucked in with visions of cannibal witches, evil sisters, dark spells and curses, goblins, and trolls beneath bridges.Continue Reading

Review: The Potted Plant by Thomas Gloom

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Gloom Publishing (October 2021)
134 pages; $7.99 paperback, $2.99 Kindle, $6.08 audiobook (or 1 Audible credit) 
Reviewed by Haley Newlin

Thomas Gloom’s eco-horror novella, The Potted Plant, immediately pulled me in with a cover that:

1) sneaks in an animation of Gloom’s author persona, who is never without his shades — and which I’m sure also depicts the narrator of the tale; and

2) parallels what I imagine was a lot of fans’ gateway into the horror genre — Little Shop of Horrors. Continue Reading

The Cemetery Dance (Video) Interview: Richard Christian Matheson

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cover of Scars and Other Distinguishing MarksRichard Christian Matheson is a multi-faceted creator best known for his screenwriting achievements. Even if you’re unfamiliar with his work, I all but guarantee you’ve experienced it at some point in your life, either directly or by proxy. RC has written for such classic television properties as Knight Rider (1982), Three’s Company (1978), Tales From The Crypt (1991) and The A Team 1983-1986) as well as films like Three O’Clock High (1987), Sole Survivor (2000), Bid Driver (2014), and Nightmare Cinema (2018) to name but a scant few. According to his Wikipedia page, RC has published short stories across 150 anthologies, with more coming out each year, and is often listed in best of the year themed anthologies. His own collections, Scars and Other Distinguishing Marks, Dystopia and Zoopraxis are highly praised with Zoopraxis having since been released as an updated, expanded edition. Continue Reading