Review: Dragonfly and Other Songs of Mourning by Michelle Scalise

The cover of Dragonfly and Other Songs of Mourning by Michelle SclariseDragonfly and Other Songs of Mourning by Michelle Scalise
Lycan Valley Press (May 2019)

56 pages; $15 hardcover; $8.50 paperback
Reviewed by Anton Cancre

Death may be our most common denominator, but loss is the thing that really connects all of us. While we all die eventually, we don’t usually have much to say about the experience afterwords. But, when someone we care about passes into the dense fog of whatever it is that follows, all of us are left dealing with the absence. That coping is what Dragonfly is about.Continue Reading

In Remembrance of Frank Michaels Errington

Frank Michaels Errington

Cemetery Dance, and the horror fiction community as a whole, lost a special member of our ranks last week when Frank Michaels Errington passed away.

I never got the chance to meet Frank in person, but we’ve been swapping emails and Tweets for almost four years. One of the first reviews I ran after we started Cemetery Dance Online was Frank’s take on Little Girls by Ronald Malfi. “Includes one of the most disgusting scenes I’ve ever read,” he wrote in that review, and I could just see him grinning about that. His love and enthusiasm for horror was infectious and shined through every review he wrote. Even when he didn’t love (or like) the book he was reviewing, he tried to find something positive to say.Continue Reading

Revelations: Robert McCammon

Banner for Revelations, the column written by Kevin Lucia for Cemetery Dance

Author Robert McCammon

(Before we begin, a moment of shameless self-promotion: For a limited time, the ebook of my novella quartet, Through A Mirror, Darkly, is free on Amazon. That’s a price you can’t beat! Grab it while you can.)

I have friend and colleague Bob Ford to thank for introducing me to Robert McCammon’s work. I’m not sure exactly when I stumbled across his blog entry about Boy’s Life, but it must’ve been late summer or early fall 2010, because I read Boy’s Life for the first time not long after. And, I can say—without an ounce of hyperbole—that novel impacted me more than any novel I’ve ever read. It changed me, fundamentally, as a writer. I made me realize the limitless possibilities of speculative fiction. Continue Reading

REVIVAL: The Deluxe Special Edition by Stephen King — LAST DAY TO RESERVE YOUR COPY!

REVIVAL: The Deluxe Special Edition
by Stephen King

LAST DAY TO RESERVE YOUR COPY!
TOMORROW, THE BOOK IS OUT OF PRINT FOREVER!

Hi Folks!

Well, the headline speaks for itself, we think: today is the last day ever to order REVIVAL: THE DELUXE SPECIAL EDITION by Stephen King!

Tomorrow, Brian Freeman will add up all the orders from his retailers and start printing the signature sheets, so the book have an official print run and be OUT OF PRINT forever! No additional copies will be printed or distributed.

PLEASE NOTE: Production updates galore will be shared via the LetterPress Publications mailing list, and the LetterPress Publications social media pages: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

If you haven’t reserved your copy yet. this is your very last chance, and we strongly recommend you do so because this special edition is going to be incredible!

Revival

Read more or place your order before the preorder window closes FOREVER tonight!!

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

REVIVAL: The Deluxe Special Edition: Time Is Running Out To Secure Your Limited Edition!

REVIVAL: The Deluxe Special Edition
by Stephen King

The First Limited Edition from LetterPress Publications!
From the team that helped make The Secretary of Dreams, It, Doctor Sleep, Sleeping Beauties, and many other amazing special editions!

Hi Folks!

We cannot say enough good things about Brian James Freeman’s new side project, LetterPress Publications, and obviously he’s starting out in a big way with his special edition of REVIVAL: THE DELUXE SPECIAL EDITION by Stephen King!

Brian and his wife worked together here for many, many years on hundreds of Cemetery Dance books including our most popular Stephen King special editions from THE SECRETARY OF DREAMS to IT to DOCTOR SLEEP to their final CD collaboration, SLEEPING BEAUTIES, which began shipping last week!

We hope you’ll show him the same support you’ve always show us over the years while also getting in on the ground floor of an incredible new press (wait until you hear about his plans for his second project!) by ordering your copy of REVIVAL: THE DELUXE SPECIAL EDITION by Stephen King through our online store today:

Revival

Read more or place your order while our supplies last!

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

Review: The Gemini Experiment by Brian Pinkerton

The Gemini Experiment by Brian Pinkerton
Flame Tree Press (May 30, 2019)
240 pages; $16.48 hardcover; $10.37 paperback; $6.99 e-book
Reviewed by Frank Michaels Errington

The premise is somewhat familiar and rather simple. Technology has advanced to the point where it’s possible to digitize the mind. Combine this with the ability to create a perfect, nearly indestructible, mirror-image of a human body and you have the recipe for immortality…or disaster.Continue Reading

Review: The Bone Weaver’s Orchard by Sarah Read

The Bone Weaver’s Orchard by Sarah Read
Trepidatio Pub (February 2019)

194 pages; $12.36 paperback; $4.95 e-book
Reviewed by Sadie Hartmann

Where are my fellow John Bellairs fans? Raise your hands and be counted. I need to know who you are. It’s important to this review because I’m an avid horror fan who was first nourished on the horror milk of John Bellairs novels. Bellairs wrote dark, gothic mysteries for young readers and he never shied away from being “too scary” for kids. I relished my time in those pages.

Here I am now at forty-two years of age and Sarah Read, the talented author of The Bone Weaver’s Orchard, has just rekindled that fire by tapping some of my favorite things I loved as a young reader.Continue Reading

Interview: Francois Vaillancourt on illustrating Stephen King’s REVIVAL

Artwork for the LetterPress Publications edition of Stephen King’s Revival by Francois Vaillancourt.

If you’ve bought a limited edition book from Cemetery Dance in the last decade or so, chances are extremely high that Brian James Freeman and Kate Freeman had a hand in making that book a reality. Recently, Brian announced the formation of a new small press, LetterPress Publications, which he and Kate will use to continue pursuing and creating their own publishing passion projects. (Fear not, Brian remains an integral part of the Cemetery Dance family!) They’re off to a great start with their debut* project, a special limited edition of Stephen King’s 2014 novel Revival.Continue Reading

The Cemetery Dance Interview: Joe Lansdale

Author Joe Lansdale
Author Joe Lansdale

When Joe Lansdale speaks, you listen. A fearless writer and natural storyteller who moves effortlessly between genres, Lansdale has made a career out of doing what he wants. He counts Stephen King, Joe Hill, and Dean Koontz among some of his most vocal fans, and has been steadily earning a large and devoted following since his first novel, Act of Love, was published in 1981. Since then, hardly a year has gone by without a new Lansdale book on the market, sometimes more than one. He has now written nearly 50 novels, dozens of novellas, and hundreds of short stories.Continue Reading

Stephen King Brings News From Castle Rock!

Stephen King’s introduction for Gwendy’s Magic Feather. the new full-length Castle Rock novel by Richard Chizmar, has arrived and it’s classic King non-fiction. Titled “How Gwendy Escaped Oblivion,” it’s a great read, and we don’t want to spoil the fun, but we did feel we had to share this particular quote:

“In the story you’re about to read—lucky you!—all of Rich’s formidable skills are on display. He evokes Castle Rock well, and the regular Joes and regular Jills that populate the town ring true. We know these people, and so we care for them. We also care for Gwendy. To tell you the truth, I sort of fell in love with her, and I’m delighted that she’s back for more.”

We’re accepting our FINAL RESERVATIONS for signed copies, so please visit our Gwendy’s Magic Feather page now and place your order now!

The Long Way Gwendy's Magic FeatherHome

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

CD eBook Spotlight: Sinister Purposes and Less Than Human by Gary Raisor

Cemetery Dance is famous for its long-running magazine and its impressive span of collectible print editions, but we’ve also been quietly building an extensive list of eBooks. We’ve started this column to draw attention to eBooks that some of you might have missed.

This installment is devoted to two books by Gary Raisor, the newly revised and expanded edition of his collection Sinister Purposes, and a reissue of the cult-classic vampire novel, Less Than Human.
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Review: The Judas Hit by W.D. Gagliani

The Judas Hit by W.D. Gagliani
Tarkus Press (December 2018)
298 pages; $1.99 e-book
Reviewed by Dave Simms

W.D. Gagliani returns to gift readers with a novel that combines James Bond with Constantine, but with a darker flair in a story that is pure fun to read. Those familiar with his excellent Wolf’s Trap/Nick Lupo series will find plenty of familiar elements here, yet the humor the author imbues ratchets up the entertainment level, along with action scenes that leap off the page in a style that is flawless.Continue Reading

Read Stephen King’s “The Glass Floor,” Which Has Never Appeared In His Collections! (Story Includes An Introduction By King As Well!)

The Best of Cemetery Dance: Volume Two will showcase the very finest short stories from Cemetery Dance magazine, picking up where the acclaimed and award-winning first “Best of” volume left off!

For those Stephen King fans out there who want to read one of his earliest published short stories, this massive anthology concludes with his short story “The Glass Floor,” which was originally published in Startling Mystery Stories in 1967 and marked King’s first professional sale, earning him $35! We reprinted this one in Cemetery Dance a few years ago and are very pleased to be able to include it in The Best of Cemetery Dance: Volume Two with an introduction by Stephen King that appeared in Weird Tales way back in 1990!

Featuring a virtual “who’s who” of today’s greatest authors of dark fiction, The Best of Cemetery Dance: Volume Two will be one of the most important anthologies published this year. Just a handful of the contributors include Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, Richard Matheson, Peter Straub, Bentley Little, Michael Marshall Smith, Ray Garton, Jack Ketchum, Douglas Clegg, Poppy Z. Brite, Joe R. Lansdale, Nancy A. Collins, Peter Crowther, Norman Partridge, Ed Gorman, William F. Nolan, F. Paul Wilson, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Simon Clark, Richard Christian Matheson, David J. Schow, Stewart O’Nan, Glen Hirshberg, Ramsey Campbell, and dozens of others!

Cemetery Dance magazine has been published for more than thirty years now, and is the winner of the World Fantasy Award and the International Horror Critics Guild Award, as well as a nominee for both the British Fantasy Award and the American Horror Award. Don’t miss what’s sure to be one of the most talked about anthologies of the year!

Best of Cemetery Dance 2

Read more or place your order while our supplies last!

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

Gwendy’s Magic Feather by Richard Chizmar: RUNNING OUT OF TIME FOR SIGNED COPIES!

As many of you know, Richard Chizmar is the first author to ever be allowed to write about Stephen King’s Castle Rock, and he’s returning there this fall in a brand new full-length novel, Gwendy’s Magic Feather.

What you might not know is that, although both of the signed special edition sold out within days of being announced, Richard will be making time to sign 1st Edition, 1st Printing trade hardcovers for our customers who order through our online store, but we need to limit the number of copies he’s signing or he’ll never have any time this November to spend promoting the book!

So, if you’re interested in ordering your SIGNED COPY for no additional charge, please visit our Gwendy’s Magic Feather page now and reserve your copy!

The Long Way Gwendy's Magic FeatherHome

Read more or place your order while our supplies last!

Review: The Murder of Jesus Christ by John R. Little

The Murder of Jesus Christ by John R. Little
Bad Moon Books (May 2019)
200 pages; $40 limited edition hardcover
Reviewed by Dave Simms

Books of controversial topics fall into two categories in most cases: shock value stories with poor writing, or historical revelations (a la Dan Brown) that at least convey a message. John R. Little has never been afraid to delve into sensitive areas and rile up the emotions where other authors fear to tread (see The Memory Tree). The title of this book may deter some readers, but those who know of Little and who embrace the uncomfortable will flock to this intriguing story, which is sure to not only ruffle some feathers, but scorch them.Continue Reading