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“Ransom’s style mimics that of the early Stephen King and Dan Simmons’s horror fiction.”
— Library Journal
Today we’re pleased to announce Killing Ghost by Christopher Ransom, which we’ll be publishing next year as a Trade Hardcover Edition, a signed Limited Edition hardcover with a print run of just 350 copies, and a Deluxe Lettered Edition of just 26 copies!
by Christopher Ransom
About the Book:
James Hastings once enjoyed a lucrative but hollow career pretending to be someone else. But when his wife Stacey dies tragically behind the Los Angeles mansion she so lovingly restored, James finds himself alone, spiraling into grief, and haunted by a familiar menace that is not ready for him to move on.
Salvation comes in the form of Annette Copeland, a beautiful widow who moves into the house next door. James and Annette bond quickly over the spousal losses they have suffered, but as their unconventional romance escalates, Annette begins to exhibit uncanny manners and desires that belong to Stacey. Concerned friends and former lovers who try to come between them meet with increasingly diabolical fates, and James becomes convinced Annette’s cosmetic changes are only the beginning of a horrific yet alluring case of possession.
Driven to isolation far outside of Los Angeles, James and his unstable companion return to the deserted gated community of Sheltering Palms, where evidence of Annette’s family tragedy is waiting for him, and James’s investigations unwillingly draw the attentions of two dangerous personalities: Rick Butterfield, a delusional policeman who knows Annette’s history and still pines for her; and Aaron, a 10-year-old boy who wanders the desolate subdivision nightly, waiting for his parents to come home.
With every attempt to atone for his failings as a husband plunging James deeper into a nightmare struggle for survival, he must finally confront the ghost of the man he used to be, the origin of his resurrected other half, and the true face of the evil that has brought them together.
Killing Ghost is at once a descent into psychological terror, a midnight meditation of the addictive nature of love, and a novel that redefines the ghost story for a culture obsessed with dark entertainments.
Previously published in the UK as The Haunting of James Hastings, this Cemetery Dance hardcover edition brings the novel to the US for the first time.
Since we launched a lot of titles at the same time, we’d like to draw your attention to a few of them at a time when we have space. Today’s featured eBook is…
by Norman Prentiss
About the eBook:
Do you see the point of the story, Nathan? We all cut parts of ourselves away, but we never lose them. Things stay with us—souvenirs with memories attached. We can’t always choose what to keep, what to throw away.
Nathan’s parents devised cautionary tales for him and his sister—gruesome stories about predatory cars racing along the “Big Street” at one end of their neighborhood, or dope fiends lurking in the woods behind their house and ready to plunge hypodermics into the skin of foolish young trespassers. These stories served their purpose during Nathan’s gullible childhood, essentially constructing an invisible fence around the yard and keeping the boy close to home where he’d be safe.
Such barriers are not so easy to discard in later life. As an adult, Nathan no longer believes his parents’ stories, and yet they still confine him. He lives cautiously, avoiding serious relationships, avoiding risk. But despite his efforts, something from his parents’ cautionary tales threatens to creep beneath that invisible border…and the enclosed yard might not be as safe and secure as it always seemed…
You can purchase from the Cemetery Dance website or:
Today we have a few production updates for anyone who hasn’t had a chance to swing by our Production Status page on the website:
It: The 25th Anniversary Special Limited Edition by Stephen King
The interior design is now set and the signature sheets are with Stephen King for signing. We hope to send everything to printer in September if all goes as planned. The Gift Edition is now more than 75% sold out.
The signature sheets have been sent to the artists. The prototype for the portfolio itself has arrived and we’re making a few small production tweaks, but it looks incredible. One box of art prints was damaged during shipping from the printer, but they have been pulped and will be reprinted before the artists are done signing the signature sheets. This is now more than 80% sold out.
Kin by Kealan Patrick Burke:
Gideon’s Sword by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child:
This book has been sent to the printer and is on track for a fall publication date.
Four Ghosts (Cemetery Dance Book Club 3.0 Exclusive)
This title is being proofread one last time and then it will be ready for the printer.
Four Killers (Cemetery Dance Exclusive Collectors Set #2):
The reprints have been scanned, one of the originals has arrived, and the other original is in the works.
Prince of Stories: The Many Worlds of Neil Gaiman by Hank Wagner, Christopher Golden, and Stephen R. Bissette:
We’ve added the exclusive introduction by Bill Hader to our file, and Stephen R. Bissette is hard at work on the exclusive artwork he is providing for this edition (including the cover). After that artwork is added to the book, this one will be ready for the printer.
Smoke and Mirrors edited by Richard Chizmar:
The book is all set for the printer now and we’re just waiting on the last TWO authors to sign the signature sheets. We’re hoping they’ll be able to sign during the next few months as their schedules allow.
The Mailman by Bentley Little:
Undergoing one last proofread. The author has not had a chance to sign the signature sheets yet, but we are still hoping to have this published at the end of the year.
Cemetery Dance #65 (unannounced):
This is another of our “Special Author” issues and it is now being proofread so we can send it to the printer next month.
“This book is filled with rich pleasures and textures — it reminded me of Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men. I highly recommend it.”
— Stephen King
New Book Announced Today!
by Ron McLarty
Today we’re pleased to announce The Dropper by Ron McLarty, a brand new signed Limited Edition hardcover with a print run of just 350 copies for the Limited Edition and just 52 copies for the Deluxe Lettered Edition! And because we were so blown away by this book, there will also be a trade hardcover edition for retailers and bookstores!
by Ron McLarty
Featuring Cover Artwork by Les Edwards
About the Book:
Some say it’s Death, Some say it’s darkness, I say it’s a game of light…
Gutsy 17-year-old Albert “Shoe” Horn is an apprentice plumber and part-time boxer in England in 1922, but when his mother dies, he finds himself responsible for an abusive, alcoholic father and a younger brother with special needs.
This marvelous novel follows the indomitable Shoe’s day-to-day survival with poetic grit, cynical genius, respect, and deep affection as he navigates a world full of very real characters: the gentle giant McAvy, his slave-driving boss, the Irish louts that resurrect his temper, the tempting ladies who seek him out, his hilarious plumbing clients, and the formidable “Dropper,” who Shoe fears will take away the most true thing in his life, his brother.
Find out for yourself why Stephen King proclaimed “The Dropper avoids sentimentality, but not sentiment; Shoe and his brother Bobby live and breathe” when this novel is published as a Cemetery Dance Publications exclusive next year.
Because we’re also big fans of Michael’s work, we’ve made special arrangements for him to SIGN and even inscribe some copies of his most recent hardcovers for our customers!
This is a very limited time offer and we’re selling these special copies for the original retail price — NO MARK-UP!
If you’d like your book(s) personally inscribed to you, please reply to your order confirmation and let Mindy know what you’d like for the inscription. Otherwise, your copy will be flat-signed by the author (which some collectors prefer anyway for collectibility reasons.)
Click on a cover to learn more about each book:
Hodder & Stoughton has produced a short promo video for 11/22/63.
Bag of Bones is currently filming in Nova Scotia, Canada. Mick Garris is directing from a script by Matt Venne. A&E network will air this four-hour minseries over two nights, perhaps later on this year. The cast includes Pierce Brosnan (Mike Noonan), Annabeth Gish (Jo Noonan), Melissa George (Mattie Devore) and Anika Noni Rose (Sara Tidwell). Kelly Rowland’s name has also been mentioned in association with the film, but not for a specific role.
Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs) has optioned 11/22/63 and will write, produce and direct the film. Variety says that King will executive produce. There’s no distributor yet, but Demme hopes to start filming toward the end of 2012.
Warner Bros. is in the process of finalizing the deals for Harry Potter director David Yates and Steve Kloves, who scripted the final three Potter films, to re-team for a multi-movie version of The Stand.
Alexandre Aja may to direct the remake of Pet Sematary for Paramount.
Upcoming short fiction appearances:
- “Little God of Agony” in A Book of Horrors, edited by Stephen Jones
- “The Dune” in Granta magazine’s Fall/Winter horror-themed issue. You can pre-order the single issue at Amazon
Mark your calendars:
- King will appear and sign books at the Fall for the Book Festival at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA on September 23, 2011. Tickets become available on Monday, August 15. Though admission is free, tickets are required and there is a limit of two tickets per request. See Center for the Arts Ticket Office.
- On Monday, October 3, at 8 p.m. (Eastern), Turner Classic Movies will premiere A Night at the Movies: The Horrors of Stephen King, with in which King will discuss the classic horror films that influenced him the most. He takes viewers on a journey through many aspects of the horror genre, including vampires, zombies, demons and ghosts. He also examines the fundamental reasons behind moviegoers’ incessant craving for being frightened. Along the way, he discusses the movies that have had a real impact on his writing, including Freaks (1932), Cat People (1942), Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), Night of the Living Dead (1968), The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974), Jaws (1975), Halloween (1978) and The Changeling (1980).
- King will be touring to support 11/22/63. The following dates have been announced: Boston (11/7), Dallas (11/10 & 11/11), New Orleans (11/12), Sarasota (11/14), Atlanta (12/14)
An abridged version of King’s introduction to the new centenary edition of Lord of the Flies can be found in the London Telegraph.
IT: The 25th Anniversary Edition Limited Edition Artwork Portfolio
29 Pieces of Artwork, Printed on 11 inch X 14 inch Sheets of 100# Archival Cover Stock!
Signed By All Three Artists and Limited to Just 500 sets!
If you love artwork inspired by the works of Stephen King or you’re a huge fan of IT, then we have a deal you won’t be able to beat — but it isn’t going to last long due to already strong demand from collectors!
We’ve made special arrangements with Glen Orbik, Alan M. Clark, and Erin Wells to collect ALL of their artwork from our upcoming 25th Anniversary Edition of IT by Stephen King into one giant artwork portfolio, which will be SIGNED by all three artists and limited to a one-time printing of just 500 sets! These special artwork portfolios will never be reprinted or reissued.
When we say GIANT, we mean it, too! Each piece of artwork — including the 6 interior color plates, the full-color cover artwork, all of the black & white interiors, plus Erin Wells’ TWO pieces of color signature sheet artwork — will be printed on 11 inch by 14 inch sheets of 100# GPA Uncoated, Heavy Duty archival quality cover stock. These will be HUGE pieces of artwork, perfect for matting and framing if you wanted!
The portfolio itself will be a spectacle to behold: it’s already in production at the same company that made the Blockade Billy Lettered Edition artwork portfolio, which was one of the most talked about features of that special edition! Not only will we be using a similar high-quality material for the folder itself, but there will be one-color hot foil stamping on the front cover, too! (You can see some photos of the Blockade Billy Lettered Edition artwork portfolio on the IT Artwork Portfolio product page.)
Remember: this is a ONE-TIME printing of this artwork portfolio and we will NOT be printing more! This set includes EVERY piece of artwork in the book, including the two color signature sheets that will only ever be seen by the collectors who were lucky enough to snag a copy of the Limited Edition or Lettered Edition before they sold out. Plus there’s a special, full-color signature sheet signed by all three artists!
The art prints are already finished at the printer and the signature sheets will be headed to the artists next week. The portfolio is ready to start rolling, too, as soon as the special order materials arrive, but don’t wait long to place your order because we don’t expect our very limited supplies to last long!
Thanks, as always, for your continuing support!
We’re pleased to report that we’ve posted more than a half-dozen eBooks since the last update and we’ve launched a new Recently Released eBooks section in our store for easy reference! Some of the newly listed titles include our original “test cases” by Ed Gorman, James A. Moore, and Bev Vincent, and there’s also great new releases from John R. Little!
Also, some of earlier releases are now finally showing up on the iBookstore from Apple including books by Peter Straub, William Peter Blatty, Ronald Kelly, Geoff Cooper and Brian Keene, Brian James Freeman, Keith Minnion, Mick Garris, Rocky Wood, and many others!
If you’d like to view and purchase our titles from Amazon for your Kindle, here is a short-cut link you should bookmark:
If you’d like to view and purchase our titles from Barnes & Noble for your Nook, here is a short-cut link you should bookmark:
Today’s Featured eBook!
About the eBook:
Cemetery Dance Publications is proud to announce a new eBook edition of the first-ever novel from Mick Garris, acclaimed director of Desperation, Riding The Bullet, The Shining, The Stand, and many others!
About the Book:
Hollywood, California: the Bermuda Triangle of art, sex, and commerce. The beautiful people make their daily deals with the devil on the sun-dappled patio at the Ivy, not in a fiery underground cavern. Nobodies become somebodies in the blink of an eye, but the flash of heady success can be fleeting. The rocket that shoots you into the atmosphere can be carrying weapons of mass destruction that can send you just as quickly and efficiently to Hell.
And back to Heaven again.
Development Hell is a wicked Hollywood satire, disguised as an extreme erotic horror novel. It is told knowingly from an inside perspective, tracking the career trajectory of a young film school hotshot into the annals of the Big Studio.
This arrogant young director leads us through his own set of unique experiences, starting with his explosive and disastrous first Hollywood movie; his discovery of a mutant baby in the arms of a Mexican news dealer in downtown Los Angeles that will be his ticket back to the top of the heap; into the arms of a re-animated glamorous star who died in the 1930s; and body-hopping through the most glamorous sheaths of human flesh on the planet.
It is a side of Hollywood rarely seen from beneath its unvarnished, Botox-free, crinkling, wrinkling flesh, and features a supporting cast of characters you will surely recognize.
Development Hell welcomes you into a behind-the-scenes peek unlike any other you have witnessed before.
Please feel free to send us your feedback about what you like and don’t like and what books you’d love to see in electronic formats. There are a lot more eBooks to come and we’re open to suggestions!
Thanks again for your continuing support!
Featuring ORIGINAL STORIES by Ramsey Campbell, Peter Crowther, Dennis Etchison, Elizabeth Hand, Brian Hodge, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Stephen King, John Ajvide Lindqvist, Richard Christian Matheson, Reggie Oliver, Robert Shearman, Angela Slatter, Michael Marshall Smith, and Lisa Tuttle!
Today we’re proud to announce a special edition of A Book of Horrors edited by Stephen Jones, which we’re co-publishing with PS Publishing in the UK!
This brand new anthology features ORIGINAL STORIES by Ramsey Campbell, Peter Crowther, Dennis Etchison, Elizabeth Hand, Brian Hodge, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Stephen King, John Ajvide Lindqvist, Richard Christian Matheson, Reggie Oliver, Robert Shearman, Angela Slatter, Michael Marshall Smith, and Lisa Tuttle!
Leading off the anthology is the World’s First publication of a brand new Stephen King story called “The Little Green God of Agony” and we’re pleased to report this story is good old fashioned gothic horror at its best!
Because we’re co-publishing this book, we only have half of the print run to sell, so don’t wait to place your order because we don’t expect supplies to last long!
Table of Contents:
“Introduction: Whatever Happened To Horror?” by Stephen Jones
“The Little Green God of Agony” by Stephen King
“Charcloth, Firesteel and Flint” by Caitlín R. Kiernan
“Ghosts With Teeth” by Peter Crowther
“The Coffin-Maker’s Daughter” by Angela Slatter
“Roots and All” by Brian Hodge
“Tell Me I’ll See You Again” by Dennis Etchison
“The Music Of Bengt Karlsson, Murderer” by John Ajvide Lindqvist
“Getting It Wrong” by Ramsey Campbell
“Alice Through The Plastic Sheet” by Robert Shearman
“The Man In The Ditch” by Lisa Tuttle
“A Child’s Problem” by Reggie Oliver
“Sad, Dark Thing” by Michael Marshall Smith
“Near Zennor” by Elizabeth Hand
“Last Words” by Richard Christian Matheson
Today we’re pleased to announce that our new eBook store is officially open for business:
All of these eBooks can be purchased immediately and there are already titles from William Peter Blatty, Peter Straub, Norman Partridge, Brian Hodge, Brian Keene, Mick Garris, Rick Hautala, Ronald Kelly, Geoff Cooper, Brian James Freeman, John R. Little, Rocky Wood, and even Kirby McCauley (yes, that would be the World’s First eBook edition of Dark Forces!).
If you’d rather view and purchase our titles on Amazon for your Kindle, here is a short-cut link you should bookmark:
If you’d rather view and purchase our titles on Barnes & Noble for your Nook, here is a short-cut link you should bookmark:
(Our titles will be showing up in the iBookstore from Apple soon. Let us know if there are other stores you want to see carrying our titles and we’ll do what we can!)
Today would be a great time to purchase your own Kindle or Nook if you’re ready to jump into the world of eBooks with both feet, or if you just want to get your feet wet, there are FREE applications (apps) that let you read Kindle and Nook files on your PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry, etc:
Please feel free to send us your feedback. There are a lot more eBooks to come and we’re open to suggestions!
Thanks, as always, for your continuing support!
King’s official web site and Scribner today announced the September 1, 2011 release of Mile 81. This 80 page eBook exclusive contains the title story and an excerpt from 11/22/63. You can read the story synopsis here. If the title sounds vaguely familiar, you have an astute memory: the rest stop at Mile 81 of the Maine Turnpike is mentioned (just once, in passing) in Dreamcatcher. Don’t have a Kindle? There are apps for these books for iPhones and iPads, and also a program you can install on a Windows PC to read Kindle content.
Scribner has also announced the publication date for The Wind Through the Keyhole: April 3, 2012. They show the book as being 336 pages, but that’s probably just an estimate at this point. I’ll have a brief review of the book in Cemetery Dance #66. Though they aren’t ready to take orders yet, Grant Books announced that their edition will be out in February. CD & Grant are both producing custom slipcases for the trade edition.
King will have a new short story, “The Little Green God of Agony,” in Stephen Jones’s anthology A Book of Horrors. I haven’t seen anything about a US release yet, but Amazon/UK is accepting pre-orders for the British edition, which comes out in September.
The second season of Haven premieres on SyFy tonight.
Brian Grazer and Ron Howard discuss the Dark Tower movie adaptation at Deadline.com.
David Yates, who directed the last four Harry Potter films, is mulling over whether he will direct the trilogy of films Warner Bros has proposed for The Stand.
Previews of the new musical version of Carrie are set for Aug. 1 at Lucille Lortel Theatre. Marin Mazzie & Molly Ranson star.
King’s essay My Summer Reading List is now online at the Entertainment Weekly website.
Today we have some extremely exciting news about a great new addition to our 2012 line-up! We’re not taking orders just yet, but we wanted to share the good news with our collectors and supporters:
FANGORIA Entertainment and leading specialty genre publisher Cemetery Dance are teaming on a new series of lavish specialty hardcover books. The first, FANGORIA: A CELEBRATION OF FEAR, will be a deluxe coffee-table book collecting in full color Fango’s 300-plus magazine covers (the vast majority designed by longtime executive art director W.R. Mohalley). In addition, FANGORIA: A CELEBRATION OF FEAR will feature issue-by-issue commentaries, many by the famous horror celebrities and filmmakers interviewed by the magazine since 1979.
“I grew up reading each new issue of Fango from cover to cover, so I couldn’t be more pleased and proud to be partnering up with them for a brand-new line of books,” says Cemetery Dance president/publisher Richard Chizmar. “FANGORIA and Cemetery Dance should make one heckuva team!”
Edited by editor emeritus Anthony Timpone, FANGORIA: A CELEBRATION OF FEAR will be published in 2012. The hardcover will also showcase an introduction by current Fango chief Chris Alexander and a “top secret” foreword by one of Fango’s most famous fans. Future FANGORIA/Cemetery Dance books will include a mammoth DR. CYCLOPS review compendium (to be assembled by Fango managing editor Michael Gingold) and a collection of the best in new horror short fiction.
“FANGORIA Entertainment is thrilled to be working with Cemetery Dance,” says company president Thomas DeFeo. “Their specialty books have set the standard for high-quality craftsmanship and offer horror’s most unique voices. If these guys are good enough for Stephen King, they’re good enough for FANGORIA. We look forward to working with Cemetery Dance’s Rich Chizmar and Brian Freeman to create the finest possible FANGORIA hardcovers to delight our dedicated fan base.”
Cemetery Dance Publications is widely considered the world’s leading specialty press publisher of horror and dark suspense. The hardcover imprint has published the genre’s most acclaimed authors, including Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Ray Bradbury, William Peter Blatty, Peter Straub, Justin Cronin, Frank Darabont, Mick Garris, Graham Masterton, Richard Laymon, Robert Bloch, Douglas Clegg, Jack Ketchum, William F. Nolan, Joe R. Lansdale, Simon Clark, Ray Garton, Ed Gorman, Brian Hodge, John Skipp and Brian Keene, along with the best new writers including Brian James Freeman, Kealan Patrick Burke, Norman Prentiss, Tim Curran, Greg Gifune and hundreds of others. Cemetery Dance magazine has published fiction and nonfiction by many of these same authors since 1988. You can find Cemetery Dance on the web here.
For over 32 years and spanning four decades, FANGORIA has been bringing readers the best in horror entertainment. In summer 2008, FANGORIA and all of its related brands were purchased by The Brooklyn Company Inc., led by longtime Fango Family member Thomas DeFeo. As the magazine’s new publisher, DeFeo ushered in an era of renewed focus on the content that made FANGORIA great; continues to expand the brand’s award-winning website; launched new digital ventures and a video-on-demand service; and is developing exciting feature-film productions, among them a remake of CHILDREN SHOULDN’T PLAY WITH DEAD THINGS.
Today we’re pleased to announce Kin by Kealan Patrick Burke, a brand new signed Limited Edition hardcover with a print run of just 750 copies for the Limited Edition and just 26 copies for the Deluxe Lettered Edition!
On a scorching hot summer day in Elkwood, Alabama, Claire Lambert staggers naked, wounded, and half-blind away from the scene of an atrocity. She is the sole survivor of a nightmare that claimed her friends, and even as she prays for rescue, the killers — a family of cannibalistic lunatics — are closing in.
A soldier suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder returns from Iraq to the news that his brother is among the murdered in Elkwood.
In snowbound Detroit, a waitress trapped in an abusive relationship gets an unexpected visit that will lead to bloodshed and send her back on the road to a past she has spent years trying to outrun.
And Claire, the only survivor of the Elkwood Massacre, haunted by her dead friends, dreams of vengeance… a dream which will be realized as grief and rage turn good people into cold-blooded murderers and force alliances among strangers.
It’s time to return to Elkwood.
In the spirit of such iconic horror classics as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Deliverance, Kin begins at the end and studies the possible aftermath for the survivors of such traumas upon their return to the real world — the guilt, the grief, the thirst for revenge — and sets them on an unthinkable journey… back into the heart of darkness.
As always, thanks for your continuing support!
Featuring Norman Partridge, Bentley Little, Jack Ketchum, Brian Keene, Gary Brandner, Steve Gerlach, Geoff Cooper, Edward Lee, and dozens and dozens of other great authors!
In Laymon’s Terms
edited by Kelly Laymon, Steve Gerlach, and Richard Chizmar
Photographs from the Laymon family albums
About the Book:
This massive, oversized tribute anthology for Richard Laymon features short fiction and personal remembrances from dozens and dozens of the biggest names in horror and Laymon’s biggest fans.
In addition, there are more than on hundred pages of “Rarities and Fan Favorites” from Richard Laymon’s personal files — stories, interviews, and more, including a 17 page photo album personally selected by Ann Laymon. Several of these rare pieces were scanned directly from Laymon’s original manuscripts and contain his handwritten corrections.
Featuring more than 600 pages of fiction and essays written in honor of the man, author, and friend, In Laymon’s Terms is personal, moving, and wildly entertaining. This is a unique hardcover that would have made Richard Laymon proud.
“Richard Laymon, who was known for his lean, mean horror fiction, died in 2001 at age 54. This substantial memorial anthology features photos, fiction, and interviews from his archives, as well as scores of essays and stories written in homage to his work… The editors have produced a discerning memorial to a fine and influential writer.”
— Publishers Weekly
As always, thanks for your continuing support!