Cemetery Dance Production Update!

We’re working hard to catch up with our hardcover publication schedule in 2024. In some cases, we’re at the mercy of overworked and understaffed printers and case manufacturers, but these companies are committed to helping us get back to a normal release schedule, and Dan Franklin is learning the ropes to help keep things moving.

Here are updates on just some of our projects in progress:

The Best of Cemetery Dance 2 Lettered Edition
Traycases are finished and approved, and we expect to ship in 1-2 weeks.

So Cold the River 
Books are finished at press, waiting on the final approval copy to arrive at office. Expect to ship in 2 weeks after that.

Stephen King Revisited
Rolling at press, expect to ship in 6-8 weeks.

Little Boy (unannounced)
Rolling at press, expected in 8-10 weeks, will be announced closer to publication.

The Stand
Books are at the press and we expect them to finish their work this summer. Slipcases and Traycases will be later in summer because we need finished books to get the sizing just right. For a book of this size, a dummy book isn’t reliable, and we want to be sure they’re perfect.

A Face in the Crowd Artist Edition
The books finished and in hand! Slipcases should be finished in 6 weeks.

A Face in the Crowd Lettered Edition
At the hand binder, who is also making the Traycases. Will ship as each batch of 10-12 copies are sent to us.

Gwendy’s Final Task Limited & Lettered 
Sig sheets are signed and the books are at the binder. We’re expecting to ship this summer.

Gwendy’s Magic Feather Lettered Edition 
Wooden feathers are completed. Books are finished and in warehouse. Traycases are being worked on at the manufacturer now.

Rolling at press and expected in 8-10 weeks.

We’ll share more news on these as they get closer to shipping, and we thank you for your continuing enthusiasm and support!

Cemetery Dance Publications acquires debut novel by Ian Rogers


Kevin Lucia
Cemetery Dance Publications
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Cemetery Dance Publications acquires debut novel by Ian Rogers

Cemetery Dance Publications has acquired Ian Rogers’ debut novel, Sycamore, in a two-book deal. 

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Sycamore author Ian Rogers

Rogers is best known as the author of the award-winning collection Every House Is Haunted (reprinted by Cemetery Dance in October 2022). A story from the book, “The House on Ashley Avenue,” was a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award and is currently being adapted as a feature film, produced by Sam Raimi and directed by Corin Hardy. 

Sycamore, which tells the story of a PI investigating a disappearance in a quaint suburb, is the first novel in The Black Lands series, set in an alternate history Earth where mysterious portals to a monster-filled dimension began appearing in the 20th century. Cemetery Dance has also acquired reprint rights to SuperNOIRtural Tales, the story collection that first introduced the Black Lands universe.

“Cemetery Dance is proud and excited to have acquired Ian’s debut novel,” said Kevin Lucia, editor at Cemetery Dance Publications. “We’re even more excited to be the official home of The Black Lands series, a rich and terrifying world with so many thrilling possibilities.” 

Sycamore is schedule to be published in fall 2024, with SuperNOIRtural Tales to follow in 2025. 

Rogers is represented by Jack Gernert of The Gernert Company for books, and Peter Katz of Story Driven for film and television. 


John Mantooth takes the HOLY GHOST ROAD to Bloody Good Reads

Bloody Good ReadsFrom our friends at the Bloody Good Reads podcast:

This week on the podcast we chat to John Mantooth, author of Shoebox Train Wreck, about his latest book Holy Ghost Road and the re-release of this first book Year of the Storm. John also shares his three Bloody Good Reads!

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Rafflecopter Giveaway: IN THE SCRAPE by James Newman and Mark Steensland

Wanna win a $20 Cemetery Dance gift certificate? Simply retweet the .99 sale for In the Scrape by James Newman and Mark Steensland through Raffelcopter for a chance to win

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HUGE Production Update: THE STAND, Cemetery Dance #78, INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE, and Much More!!

Busy start to the New Year in the Cemetery Dance warehouse, and it’s only going to get busier as 2023 goes along. Stacks of grab bags, mystery boxes, and Later slipcases headed out the door, as well as new titles from Gauntlet Publications, Borderlands Press, and Thunderstorm Books. Next week, we’ll start shipping the SST UK limited edition of Gwendy’s Final Task (an entire pallet of them!), soon to be followed by Robert McCammon’s latest Matthew Corbett novel and Bentley Little’s The Store, both from Lividian Publications

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New editions in our Graveyard Series.

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Thomas Smith talks SOMETHING STIRS on Bloody Good Reads

Thomas Smith recently sat down with the Bloody Good Reads podcast to discuss the Cemetery Dance re-release of Something Stirs. Check out the discussion below!


cover of Something StirsBen Chalmers is a successful novelist. His wife, Rachel, is a fledgling artist with a promising career, and their daughter, Stacy, is the joy of their lives. Ben’s novels have made enough money for him to provide a dream home for his family. But there is a force at work-a dark, chilling, ruthless force that has become part of the very fabric of their new home.

A malevolent entity becomes trapped in the wood and stone of the house and it will do whatever it takes to find a way to complete its bloody transference to our world.

Local sheriff, Elizabeth Cantrell, and former pastor-turned-cabinetmaker, Jim Perry, are drawn into the family’s life as the entity manipulates the house with devastating results. And it won’t stop until it gets what it wants. Even if it costs them their faith, their sanity, and their lives.

Jonathan Janz talks The Dismembered with Citywide Blackout

The Citywide Blackout podcast hosts authors, musicians, and artists of all kinds to discuss their latest projects. Recently, Jonathan Janz, author of The Dismembered (recently published by Cemetery Dance), appeared on the podcast to discuss all things horror. Check it out below!

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NEW Bentley Little Deluxe Signed & Slipcased Limited Edition Coming Soon!

Bentley Little’s classic novel of horror, published for the first-time ever as a Signed & Slipcased Limited Edition!

“Best outright horror novelist? Bentley Little, in a walk… he can go from zero to surreal in 6.0 seconds.”
— Stephen King

We’re pleased to report we will be getting some copies of the new deluxe signed, numbered, and slipcased Limited Edition hardcover of The Store by Bentley Little from Lividian Publications!

This special edition was lavishly crafted with collectors and readers alike in mind. Dirk Berger provided stunning color artwork for the dust jacket and frontispiece, plus sixteen black and white illustrations for the interior. Jeff Strand contributed an original foreword and Bentley Little wrote a brand new introduction discussing the origins of one of his most popular novels to date.

Whether you’re already a fan of this classic horror novel or a first-time visitor to The Store, this is a special edition you won’t want to miss!

WIN a $20 Gift Certificate from Cemetery Dance!

cover of Widow's PointTo celebrate the Spooky Season, the Kindle version of Widow’s Point by Richard Chizmar & Billy Chizmar is on sale for a limited time for only 99 cents! If you’ll help spread the word, you could win a $20 Cemetery Dance Gift Certificate.

All you have to do is use the widget below to tweet about the 99 cent sale. The more you tweet it through this widget, they more points you earn, and the better your chances to win! This special promotion runs until October 28th. Thanks, and good luck!

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Halloween eBook Sale!

Hi Folks!

We wanted to let you know about our Halloween eBook sale! The following three titles are on a Kindle Countdown Sale which ends October 20th! We plan to make these eBook sales a quarterly event, to highlight our impressive eBook backlist, and raise more awareness for these fine works of horror and dark fiction!

Four Octobers by Rick Hautala

cover of Four OctobersThe days are getting shorter, and the wind blows cold from the north. After the maple and oak leaves turn from green to bright reds, golds, and oranges, they wither, fall, and die, clattering like old bones as they blow down the street in the twilight. The sun isn’t as bright as it used to be, and the nights are dark and cold and long. This is the time of the harvest the time of Hallowe’en and a time for reminiscences of the summer just past  and of other summers, now long gone. This is a time of mystery and expectation as the earth prepares for the frigid onslaught of winter.

Four Octobers collects for the first time four loosely interconnected novellas from the vivid imagination of best-selling author Rick Hautala. Each story is set in October, the month of pumpkins and trick or treat, of skeletons and haunted graveyards, and each story is filled with nostalgia for times past for summers and youth now gone for chances not taken for opportunities now lost forever.

The Celebration by Paul Melniczek

cover of The CelebrationHalloween is approaching and the small town of Shington is excited to begin their annual festivities, which they call The Celebration. But something is different this year… Something is wrong…

Seven years ago, Nick carried out a series of vicious pranks and mischief. The trouble only stopped after Nick and his beloved blue Nova crashed into the town’s river during a high speed police chase and he died of his injuries.

Now, seven years later, the pranks have started up again. Halloween decorations destroyed, pumpkins smashed, animals gone missing. Worse yet, people are claiming to have seen Nick and his blue Nova…

The Celebration is rapidly approaching and this year something evil is coming along for the ride…

Johnny Halloween by Norman Partridge

cover of Johnny HalloweenNorman Partridge’s Halloween novel, Dark Harvest, was chosen as one of Publishers Weekly‘s 100 Best Books of 2006. A Bram Stoker Award winner and World Fantasy nominee, Partridge’s rapid-fire tale of a small town trapped by its own shadows welcomed a wholly original creation, the October Boy, earning the author comparisons to Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, and Shirley Jackson.

Now Partridge revisits Halloween with a collection featuring a half-dozen stories celebrating frights both past and present. In “The Jack o’ Lantern,” a brand new Dark Harvest novelette, the October Boy races against a remorseless döppelganger bent on carving a deadly path through the town’s annual ritual of death and rebirth. “Johnny Halloween” features a sheriff battling both a walking ghost and his own haunted conscience. In “Three Doors,” a scarred war hero hunts his past with the help of a magic prosthetic hand, while “Satan’s Army” is a real Partridge rarity previously available only in a long sold-out lettered edition from another press.

But there’s more to this holiday celebration besides fiction. “The Man Who Killed Halloween” is an extensive essay about growing up during the late sixties in the town where the Zodiac Killer began his murderous spree. In an introduction that explores monsters both fictional and real, Partridge recalls what it was like to live in a community menaced by a serial killer and examines how the Zodiac’s reign of terror shaped him as a writer.

Halloween night awaits. Join a master storyteller as he explores the layers of darkness that separate all-too-human evil from the supernatural. Let Norman Partridge lead you on seven journeys through the most dangerous night of the year, where no one is safe…and everyone is suspect.

A Special Message from artist Francois Vaillancourt about THE STAND

A Special Message from artist Francois Vaillancourt about THE STAND

There’s been an overwhelmingly positive response to my illustration of Randall Flagg for the upcoming edition of THE STAND by Cemetery Dance Publications, and I thank you for that.

I have decided to go big and create a stunning poster to share with you my love of that book:

The poster is 20” x 30”, signed and numbered, with a limited run of 150 copies. I cannot guarantee you get a specific number (everybody wants #19!). The price is $120USD, including shipping to US and Canada, with tracking, and the poster is not framed. For other countries there are extra fees for shipping and tracking (I have to check with Canada Post for each individual shipping tube). Payment is via PayPal.

So if you ever wanted to have the Walking Dude stare at you all day long, here’s your chance. Email me at [email protected]

Francois Vaillancourt

The Cemetery Dance .99 Summer Kindle Sale!

Hi Folks!

We wanted to let you know about our summer eBook sale! The following five titles are on a Kindle Countdown Sale which ends August 7! We plan to make these eBook sales a quarterly event, to highlight our impressive eBook backlist, and raise more awareness for these fine works of horror and dark fiction!

Voices At Midnight: Tales of Horror and Madness by Christopher W. Clark

Voices at midnight can be unsettling, especially if you didn’t think someone else was in the room, or if it’s a dreaded phone call that wakes you from a peaceful sleep. In this debut collection from Christopher W. Clark, disturbing voices will tell you:

  • how to make offerings (of a sort) to lake monsters
  • or, directions to strange old churches and their weird congregations
  • or, what you must do to avoid the gaze of Black-Eyed Susan
  • or even, about the secrets of old roads and their evil hitchhikers.

Listen to Voices at Midnight at your peril…

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And the Night Growled Back by Aaron Dries

They shouldn’t have run.

There are three of them, Sam, Lila and Paul—young travelers with nothing but the clothes on their backs, and yet, everything to lose. Their visit to Iceland has invigorated their senses…until the carnival. There, a single punch is thrown. A man lies dead on the ground. Blood speckles Sam’s bruised knuckles. In a blind panic, they flee the scene and disappear down an unpaved road, winding through the barren landscape.

Soon they find an empty cabin, the perfect place to hide. Twilight turns to night. All is still. It is then that the travelers realize they are not alone. Something is lurking out there. In the dark. They can hear its growls. And to the creature, the guilty and the innocent taste exactly the same.

“Like [The Fallen Boys], this new piece takes relatable actions and emotion – in this case anger, jealousy and panic – and spins them into horror that is as tragic and effective as anything based in the supernatural… And then, just about the time we’re locked in to thinking this is a straightforward piece about how a moment of anger and aggression can change everything, Dries flips the story upside down, turning it into a shocking and violent siege story that kick starts an adrenaline-fueled finale.” – FearNet.com

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Midnight Rain by James Newman

Midnight Rain is a dark coming-of-age novel in the vein of Robert McCammon’s Boy’s Life and Stephen King’s “The Body” (Stand By Me). It is a tale of growing up in the South, a reflection of boyhood and all its wonders, and the story of how one boy deals with a terrible secret that threatens to tear apart both his family and hometown.

1977… In a small town called Midnight, North Carolina, twelve-year-old Kyle Mackey ventures toward a strange new world called manhood… Kyle’s older brother Dan is going away to college. The night before Dan’s flight leaves for Florida, Kyle visits what he calls his “Secret Place” — an old shack in the woods bordering Midnight.

But Kyle stumbles upon something that proves his favorite spot in the world is neither as private nor as innocent as he once thought…

It begins with the naked, battered corpse of a young woman. And, standing over her, a man Kyle knows…

“A smashing dark debut that kept me turning pages.” – Ed Gorman

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Head Space & Other Uncomfortable Surroundings by James Cooper

The dark space inside our head, where reality mutates, where the people and places we trust no longer exist. This is the landscape of eternal terror, inhabited by creatures we can’t even name. It is the place we fear, and the place we belong, where our private horrors endure…

James Cooper has rapidly developed into one of the most distinguished writers of contemporary horror fiction of his generation. His stories possess a rare insight into human nature and capture the voices of those who feel at odds with the world, their strange tales resonating long into the night, leaving the reader profoundly moved. The stories collected here offer a unique view of the family dynamic and are frequently disturbing. Don’t say you haven’t been warned…

cover of Head SpaceThis House by Benjamin Kane Etheridge

What makes a haunted house? The unsettled spirits of the dead? Or the unsettled spirits of the living?

When Joey Lodge sustains a severe brain trauma, his delusions take the form of an alien spirit that guides him in the creation of a haunted house. He begins to populate the house with ghosts of his choosing, from family members to criminals, until the line between fantasy and reality blurs and even his delusions start fighting back. As terror in the house ratchets up to a maddening pitch, the alien spirit has one shocking revelation still in store…

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As always, thank you for your support!

Review: Spirit by Helle Gade

cover of SpiritSpirit by Helle Gade
Butterdragons Publishing (May 10, 2022)
94 pages; $14.99 hardcover; $3.99 e-book
Reviewed by Joshua Gage

Helle Gade lives in Denmark. She is a book blogger, poet, photographer, nocturnal creature, avid reader and chocolate addict. She has been writing poetry since 2011 and published four poetry collections since then. She has been fortunate to work with a bunch of brilliant authors and photographers on The Mind’s Eye series. Her book Nocturnal Embers won the Best Poetry Collection with eFestival of Words. Her newest collection is Spirit, a series of dark and painful poems about feeling lost.Continue Reading