Mystery Road by Kevin Lucia: New Novella Series Limited Edition Just Announced!

We’re pleased to announce Mystery Road by Kevin Lucia is book #28 in our acclaimed Cemetery Dance Novella Series, and this one will be headed to the printer before the end of the year!

This book is the epitome of why we launched this successful line: a well-written tale by an up-and-coming author you’ll be hearing much more from in the years to come. Add in some beautiful artwork by Ben Baldwin, and voila, you have a new CD Novella Series classic!

Mystery Road

Read more or place your order while supplies last!

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

Review: Dead Aware: A Zombie Journey by Eleanor Merry

Cover of Dead Aware by Eleanor MerryDead Aware: A Zombie Journey by Eleanor Merry
LAC (August 2019)
154 pages; $8.99 paperback; $2.99 e-book
Reviewed by Dave Simms

When does a zombie story become interesting again, after the glut that’s thicker than the goo between the undead’s ears? Answer: Dead Aware, a tale that’s enjoyable from start to finish, and was an unexpected pleasure. Told from the points of view of an undead couple—okay, that was enough to hook me from the get-go—Merry’s story chronicles Clara and Max Jacobs from living to dead to undead to… whatever.Continue Reading

Dead Trees: Lizard Wine by Elizabeth Engstrom

Author Elizabeth Engstrom
Author Elizabeth Engstrom

I’ve read a lot of books. Some have been modest little stories; entertaining, but slight. And that’s fine. Others are written by craftspeople. Meticulous prose with riveting plots. Then there are writers who elevate fiction into works of art. Elizabeth Engstrom falls into the latter category.

I first encountered the work of Elizabeth Engstrom in a book called When Darkness Loves Us. I heard that Engstom had been mentored by the great Theodore Sturgeon, and that alone was enough to convince me to give it a try. When Darkness Loves Us is a collection of two novellas. That’s common today, but back in 1985 it was nearly unthinkable. Especially for a virtually unknown author.

Both stories in When Darkness Loves Us are excellent, but the title piece is more than that. It is a masterpiece.

As much as I love When Darkness Loves Us, it isn’t my favorite Engstrom. One of her novels hit me harder, in the places that really count. That novel is called Lizard Wine.Continue Reading

Review: The Apocalyptic Mannequin by Stephanie M. Wytovich

Cover of The Apocalyptic Mannequin by Stephanie WytovichThe Apocalyptic Mannequin by Stephanie Wytovich
Raw Dog Screaming Press (September 2019)

114 pages, $13.95 paperback; $4.99 e-book
Reviewed by Joshua Gage

The Apocalyptic Mannequin is a collection of poetry about the apocalypse, and those who survived. Wytovich attempts to tap into the emotions of survivors with her poetry, creating a cast of characters who explore their fears and pain; however, while there are some really inventive ideas and clever survivor stories in this collection, the majority of the poems ultimately fall short due to craft issues.Continue Reading

Gwendy’s Magic Feather: One Week to Go! Prepare to Return to Castle Rock!

There’s just one week until the official publication date for Gwendy’s Magic Feather, so now is the time to order if you haven’t already!

Reminder: if you purchase a copy of Gwendy’s Magic Feather from Amazon and would like a signed bookplate, just send a request to cdancepub@aol.com and we will be happy to send you one! (All copies sold through our online store will automatically be signed.)

GMF

Read more or place your order for a 1st Edition/1st Printing while our supplies last!

You can also preorder on Amazon.com!

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

Review: The Films of Uwe Boll, Vol. 1: The Video Game Movies by Mat Bradley-Tschirgi

Cover of The FIlms of Uwe Boll Volume OneThe Films of Uwe Boll, Vol. 1: The Video Game Movies by Mat Bradley-Tschirgi
Moon Books (September 2019)
142 pages; $9.99 paperback; $4.99 e-book
Reviewed by Anton Cancre

You read that right, folks. A book on the films of someone who has been often called one of the worst directors of our times. And it is only Volume One? They are making more? Someone has to watch 11 Uwe Boll films and then watch more of them?

Yup, and that person is Mat Bradley-Tschirgi. May some Being bless him, because this feels like a job of the damned right here.Continue Reading

CD eBook Spotlight: 12 Tales Lie || 1 Tells True by Maria Alexander

This latest installment of “Spotlight” is devoted to Cemetery Dance’s eBook collection of thirteen stories by Maria Alexander: 12 Tales Lie || 1 Tells True. Check out the mini-interview below, then read about the book at CD’s website.Continue Reading

LAST DAY TO ENTER Gwendy’s Magic Feather Contest!

WIN A $250 GIFT CERTIFICATE TO CEMETERY DANCE
WHEN YOU ORDER GWENDY’S MAGIC FEATHER!
LAST DAY TO ENTER!

Hi Folks!

Later tonight, we will be picking TWO lucky winners who will each receive a $250 Gift Certificate to the Cemetery Dance online store!

One winner will be selected from those who purchased Gwendy’s Magic Feather on Amazon.com and emailed cdancepub@aol.com asking for a signed bookplate to go with it, and the other winner will be selected from those who purchased Gwendy’s Magic Feather on our website!

Every book ordered receives a single entry, so the more you purchase the more chances you have to win! But today is the last day, so do not wait!

GMF

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

Review: The Pale White by Chad Lutzke

Cover of The Pale White by Chad LutzkeThe Pale White by Chad Lutzke
Crystal Lake Publishing (September 2019)

118 pages; $10.99 paperback; $3.99 e-book
Reviewed by Sadie “Mother Horror” Hartmann

On matters of horror fiction and what should or should not be defined as such, nobody gets the last word. For some people, a horror story is only as good as its ability to scare. For me, the horror genre is a spectrum, and feeling scared falls somewhere on that emotional spectrum along with a host of other feelings. Judging a book based on its ability to belong in a genre, employing the sole criteria of fear, is too subjective and limiting in my opinion.Continue Reading

Review: Whispers from the Depths by C.W. Briar

Whispers from the Depths by C.W. Briar
Uncommon Universes Press (February 2019)
296 pages; $24.99 hardcover; $17.58 paperback; $4.99 e-book
Reviewed by Kevin Lucia

I usually don’t read much fantasy. While a lot of it’s well-written, it’s just not necessarily my cup of tea. However, I thoroughly enjoyed C.W. Briar’s debut collection Wrath and Ruin a few years ago, so I felt more than confident in taking a chance on his fantasy about water witches. I’m happy to say it paid off. Continue Reading

Gwendy’s Button Box by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar just $2.99!

If you haven’t had a chance to start reading the Gwendy Button Trilogy yet and want to catch up before Gwendy’s Magic Feather is published in just a few weeks, Amazon has the deal for you!

For a limited time only, the Kindle eBook of Gwendy’s Button Box by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar has been discounted to just $2.99!

REMINDER: Anyone who purchases the hardcover of Gwendy’s Magic Feather from Amazon and would like a signed bookplate, just send a request to cdancepub@aol.com and we will be happy to send you one! (Copies purchased through our online store will automatically be signed.)

Also, both hardcovers (Gwendy’s Magic Feather and Gwendy’s Button Box) are on sale for under $20 again but we have no idea how long that will last!

GMF

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

My First Fright featuring Scott Thomas

The works of Ray Bradbury have inspired countless horror and dark fantasy writers over the years, myself included. Bradbury’s vivid imagery and dreamlike, poetic prose is something to behold. But how do his works translate to the screen? Is it possible to capture the thrills and magic of Bradbury’s work in television or film? I absolutely adore his 1962 novel Something Wicked This Way Comes (it’s one of my all-time favorite books), in which a dark carnival descends upon Green Town, Illinois, but I’ve yet to see the 1983 film adaptation (to be honest, I’ve only seen a handful of episodes of the ’80s anthology series The Ray Bradbury Theater). After my conversation with horror author Scott Thomas, I think I need to add the movie to my queue. The film had a deep impact on Thomas as a child, one that informed his sensibilities and led him to create dark, twisted tales of his own. Continue Reading

Review: The Fearing, Book Three: Air & Dust by John F.D. Taff

Cover of The Fearing Book Three Air and Dust by John F. D. TaffThe Fearing, Book Three: Air & Dust by John F.D. Taff
Grey Matter Press (October 2019)

320 pages; $9.99 paperback; $3.99 e-book
Reviewed by Sadie “Mother Horror” Hartmann

It’s hard to believe that we’re here. We’ve arrived at Book Three in The Fearing series by John F. D. Taff. There’s only one left! I freely admit, this makes me a little sad. I’m also wondering, is there anyone out there that hasn’t heard of this series? I’ll pretend for a moment that if you’re reading this review, you know nothing about it and this will make me excited to convince you of its epic awesomeness.Continue Reading

Review: In Dreams We Rot by Betty Rocksteady

Cover of In Dreams We Rot by Betty RocksteadyIn Dreams We Rot by Betty Rocksteady
Trepidatio Publishing (October 2019)
200 pages; $16.95 paperback; $5.99 e-book
Reviewed by Anton Cancre

I’ve made no bones about my absolute adoration of Betty Rocksteady’s work. Her novellas have all kicked me squarely in the heart-booty and the couple of shorter works I have read in anthologies were great. So, I can save you a little time and just tell you to buy her first collection of short fiction, In Dreams We Rot.

Okay. Clearly some of you need convincing. That’s fine.Continue Reading