Review: The Boneyard by Keith Minnion

The Boneyard by Keith Minnion
Crossroad Press (September 2014)
320 pages; $2.99 e-book
Reviewed by Dave Simms

Keith Minnion has long been a force in the horror genre, both as an author and artist. He made his name as an illustrator for several magazines and publishers, most notably and recently for the Stephen King/Richard Chizmar novels Gwendy’s Button Box and Gwendy’s Magic Feather. His short stories have been making the rounds since 1979 and his two collections have garnered high praise.

His first novel The Boneyard, immensely readable and well-written, tears into ground that feels untrodden and fresh. Finding something new these days is tough; finding something that is both new and successful in execution is much tougher. This novel nails it on both counts.Continue Reading

Review: A Wind of Knives by Ed Kurtz

A Wind of Knives by Ed Kurtz
Independently Published (December 2019)
140 pages; $7.99 paperback; $2.99 e-book
Reviewed by Kevin Lucia

A Wind of Knives by Ed Kurtz is a grim beauty to behold. One part realistic western reminiscent of the late Ed Gorman’s work; one part rumination on the nature of love and the desperate ties which bind us together; all parts sad, brutal, and tragic. This isn’t a Saturday afternoon spaghetti western in which the good guys wear white and the bad guys  wear black, with blazing six guns and stalwart heroes riding off into the sunset. It’s a melancholic story of a man fueled by revenge and the deep, aching pain that not only comes from loss, but also from the deepest kinds of betrayal.Continue Reading

Revival Deluxe Limited Edition Artwork Portfolio!

Just Announced!
Revival
Deluxe Limited Edition Artwork Portfolio
From LetterPress Publications
Only Available For a Limited Time Only!

We’re pleased to report that Brian Freeman over at LetterPress Publications has arranged with François Vaillancourt to collect all of his artwork from the LPP special edition of Revival by Stephen King into an oversized Deluxe Artwork Portfolio!

The Revival Deluxe Artwork Portfolio will feature twenty pieces of artwork, including the alternative version of the car accident (which only appeared in the Lettered Edition), the frontispieces for both editions, and a brand new piece of artwork for the signature page. The art will be printed on 11 inch by 14 inch sheets of a fine 100# Linen cover stock, which is archival quality and acid free.

Each set of prints will be housed in a deluxe hand-made portfolio that is covered with the same material as the Limited Edition’s slipcase, making this the perfect companion to your book. There will be two colors of hot foil color stamping on the cover. The interior of the portfolio will be lined with an elegant material that combines the luxury of suede and the richness of velvet.

Revival Artwork Portfolio

Read more or place your order on our website while supplies last!

Or, if you’d like to support Brian directly and reserve this Deluxe Artwork Portfolio without prepayment required, you can visit the product page on his company’s website for details.

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

The Red Church by Scott Nicholson: Just Announced and Already 80% Sold Out!

We’re pleased to announce we’ll be publishing The Red Church by Scott Nicholson as a signed Limited Edition hardcover in our acclaimed Graveyard Editions series, and this one is already 80% sold out from early bird reservations! Books in this series usually sell out in 24 hours after the public announcement, so now is the time to place your order!

The Red Church

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

My First Fright featuring Paul Michael Anderson

Author Paul Michael Anderson
Paul Michael Anderson

I love anthology horror movies. You get a variety of stories, often exploring wildly diverse themes and subject matter, presented with the compactness and plot-driven fun of a short story. While anthology horror movies had certainly come before it — including the iconic Trilogy of Terror and Black Sabbath — it was 1982’s Creepshow that really set the standard, paving the way for an explosion of anthology horror shows and movies in the ’80s. Creepshow being one of my favorite horror movies, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the film helped inspire a love for horror in author Paul Michael Anderson.Continue Reading

Review: Blackwood by Michael Farris Smith

Cover of Blackwood by Michael Farris SmithBlackwood by Michael Farris Smith
Little, Brown and Company (March 2020)
304 pages; $27 hardcover; $13.99 e-book
Reviewed by Blu Gilliand

If you’ve been to the South you’ve seen kudzu, the suffocating green vine that will envelop anything that stands still long enough. It fills gullys and blankets hills. It climbs telephone poles and encircles trees. It’s got a deep foothold in the region, and it’s tough. I once saw a car that had plunged nose-first into a kudzu-filled ravine, its taillights the only thing visible through the green webbing — webbing strong enough to catch the car like a net and keep it from hitting the ground.

Were the kudzu to disappear one day, to turn brown and crumble the way other, lesser plants do, there’s no telling what would be revealed. Abandoned pickup trucks. Forgotten general stores and shotgun houses. Animal bones by the millions. And secrets…so many secrets.Continue Reading

Into the Abyss with Kevin Lucia, CW Briar and Thomas McDonough

Into the Abyss creepy logoKevin Lucia stays plenty busy teaching, editing reviews for Cemetery Dance, writing horror fiction, and raising kids. So, naturally, he decided to develop a new YouTube show devoted to horror to fill his “spare time.”

Welcome to Into the Abyss, coming at you every week from Lucia’s “horror cave” and featuring CW Briar and Thomas McDonough as co-hosts. The guys break down horror movies, talk about books, and generally welcome us all into their horror-centric get-togethers.

We’re big fans of the show here at Cemetery Dance, and we think you’ll all enjoy it, too. In this special episode, Cemetery Dance Managing Editor Blu Gilliand sent the guys a few questions to help them introduce themselves and their show to you! Check out the full video below.Continue Reading

Women in Horror Month Interview: Becky Spratford

Becky Spratford, MLIS

Becky Spratford is an informed and passionate advocate of fiction (particularly horror fiction). She trains librarians to match readers with books they’ll enjoy — an amazingly important job, if you ask us! Becky maintains a magical presence on Twitter and a blog that gives great insight into the importance of the work she does.

We’re proud to feature Becky in this special Women in Horror Month interview.Continue Reading

Dreamlike States by Brian James Freeman: Newly Revised and Expanded Paperback In-Stock Now!

The signed Limited Edition of Dreamlike States by Brian James Freeman sold out in a day back in 2014, and has been out of print since, but we’re pleased to report this collection is now available as an affordable trade paperback with creepy new Vincent Chong cover artwork!

Not only is this edition more affordable, but Brian has revised each story and added a few more, along with new story notes. He will also be signing the first batch of copies we sell, so don’t wait to place your order!

Dreamlike States

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

Review: Shapeshifters: A History by John B. Kachuba

Shapeshifters: A History by John B. Kachuba
Reaktion Books (June 2019)
208 pages; $15.78 hardcover
Reviewed by Kevin Lucia

As an English teacher and lover of myths and folklore, nonfiction works on the historical and mythical backgrounds of monsters and such is right up my alley. I love reading how strange beliefs, customs, and folktales serve as the roots of some of our more famous monsters and horror fiction beasties. So, as you can imagine, when Shapeshifters: A History by John B. Kachuba showed up on my doorstep, I was pretty excited. Continue Reading

Review: The Deep by Alma Katsu

The Deep by Alma Katsu
G.P. Putnam’s Sons (March 10, 2020)
432 pages; $18.39 hardcover; $13.99 e-book
Reviewed by Dave Simms

Those who devoured Alma Katsu’s The Hunger (which should have won awards across the board last year—pun intended) will want to take the plunge into The Deep, a beautifully disturbing cross-genre tale that might even top that previous novel. Whereas The Hunger mined the ill-fated travels of the pioneers who traversed the Donner Pass, this one dives into the mystique of the Titanic, yet with a twist. The ship had a sister—the Britannic. This ship was retrofitted to be a hospital to be used during the war.Continue Reading

He Who Types Between the Rows: A Decade of Horror Drive-In

In January 2006, Mark Sieber created the Horror Drive-In website as a home for his new message board. The site also provided a platform for Sieber to discuss his lifelong passions: books, movies, music, publishing, drive-in theaters, and the horror community. Not merely content to review and comment on the state of the industry, Sieber offered insights and revelations into his own life as a horror devotee.

He Who Types Between the Rows offers a tour of the genre from 2006 to 2017. From King and McCammon to newer writers such as Rio Youers and Caroline Kepnes, from Evil Dead to Nudist Colony of the Dead, Sieber’s essays cover the vast spectrum of horror in all its forms. This book gives readers a view of the field from the trenches, written by a true fan.

So hurry back with your snacks, make one last bathroom stop, and grab that illicit case of beer from the trunk. Showtime is in one minute.

This edition includes a Foreword by Jeff Strand, and an Afterword by Thomas F. Monteleone.

Damage and Dread

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

Women in Horror Month Interview: Ania Ahlborn

Author and interview subject Ania Ahlborn
Ania Ahlborn

February is Women in Horror Month and I wanted to check in with some of my favorite writers of horror fiction. Ania Ahlborn is the author of several creepy books of which I would recommend, starting with Brother, and then working through her extensive back catalog. Her most recent release, If You See Her, is about buried mysteries, haunted houses, and the ghosts of past sins coming back to haunt you.

Ania and her husband, Will, have a toddler we will refer to as “R” in this interview. I wanted to find out how Ania has been balancing her writing career and motherhood. Continue Reading

Gwendy’s Magic Feather Italian Edition Publication Week Giveaway!

We have a new giveaway that is open to ANYONE anywhere in the WORLD! If you’ve always wanted an excuse to order a foreign edition of a Castle Rock novel, this is the excuse you’ve been waiting for!

Anyone who purchases a hardcover or eBook copy of the Italian edition of Gwendy’s Magic Feather is eligible to win our new giveaway! Grand prize is a $250 Cemetery Dance gift certificate. Two runners-up will each win $100 gift certs. Just send your full name, along with a photo of your book or an online receipt, to cdancepub@aol.com. We will pick three winners next Monday!

Also, feel free to ask for signed bookplate when you email. We’re happy to send you one!

Gwendy

As always, the free method of entry is to mail a postcard with your name and address and “Giveaway Entry” to Cemetery Dance Publications, 132-B Industry Lane, Unit 7, Forest Hill, MD, 21050. Postcard must be received by 8 AM on Monday, February 24, 2020. Cemetery Dance Publications is not responsible for lost or misdirected mail, and cannot confirm receipt of your postcard.

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