Review: ‘Angler in the Darkness’ by Edward M. Erdelac

Angler in the Darkness by Edward M. Erdelac
CreateSpace (April 2017)
384 pages; $14 paperback; $3.99 e-book
Reviewed by Chris Hallock

Versatile scribe Edward M. Erdelac is a whiz at seamless genre-blending, exemplified by his popular Merkabah Rider series featuring a demon-fighting Hasidic gunfighter and his exploits in the Wild West. Erdelac occupies a special place in literature, honoring the tradition of high concept fantasy engineered by luminaries Robert E. Howard and Jules Verne, spliced with the gritty DNA of Elmore Leonard and Joe R. Lansdale.Continue Reading

The Forsaken: Stories of Abandoned Places edited by Joe McKinney and Mark Onspaugh

We’re very pleased to announce another new addition to our eBook line-up, The Forsaken: Stories of Abandoned Places edited by Joe McKinney and Mark Onspaugh.

About the Book:
We’ve all seen them.

The abandoned gas station, its pumps gone to rust. The once popular diner, now boarded up, its bright colors fading. A luxury yacht, adrift and alluring. An amusement park, once filled with the laughter of children, now a place of eerie silence.

A church, a factory, a drive-in. Once hives of activity, now they stand mute, each one containing its share of memories…and secrets.

In this collection, editors Joe McKinney and Mark Onspaugh select twenty-two guides who take you to those places of barely glimpsed phantoms and uneasy mysteries, including contributions by Deborah LeBlanc, Harvey Jacobs, Gene O’Neill, Piers Anthony, Lisa Morton, and many others!

The Foresaken Anthology

Read more or place your order via the eBook store links on our website!

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

The Ones Who Are Waving: Stories of the Strange, Sad, and Wondrous by Glen Hirshberg

We’re thrilled to report we’ll be publishing a signed Limited Edition hardcover of The Ones Who Are Waving: Stories of the Strange, Sad, and Wondrous, a brand new collection by the incomparable Glen Hirshberg, whose past work has won him three International Horror Guild Awards and the Shirley Jackson Award. His previous collections include The Two Sams, American Morons, and The Janus Tree.

The Ones Who Are Waving: Stories of the Strange, Sad, and Wondrous is already rolling at the printer and will be published later this year!

The Ones Who Are Waving

Read more or place your order for this signed Limited Edition hardcover on our website!

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

Review: ‘Hap and Leonard: Savage Season’ adapted by Jussi Piironen

Hap and Leonard: Savage Season adapted and illustrated by Jussi Piironen
Short, Scary Tales Publications/IDW (October 2017)
124 pages; £39.95 signed, numbered hardcover; $17.99 paperback; $7.99 e-book
Reviewed by Blu Gilliand

Joe R. Lansdale’s “Hap and Leonard” series isn’t the first thing that comes to my mind when considering what books would benefit from being adapted in graphic novel form. Lansdale’s series, about a couple of blue collar buddies whose keen sense of right and wrong gets them into escalating amounts of trouble with bad guys and good guys alike, is elevated by the author’s sharp dialogue and natural storytelling ability—two things which could easily be lost in translation when moving to the more visual medium of comics.Continue Reading

EIGHT New eBooks by Bentley Little!

We’ve been swamped with projects on the print line this year, but we also recently published THIRTY brand new eBooks, which we’ll be officially announcing this month!

We’re extremely proud of this first batch, which represent some of the very best titles in Bentley Little’s backlist. These books will also be published as trade paperbacks later this year and as signed Limited Edition hardcovers in 2018, 2019, and 2020.

Click on the covers below for more information about the eBook editions or to place your order via your favorite eBook store:

The University

The Ignored

The Collection

The Association

Dispatch

Dominion

The Policy

The Burning

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

The Halloween Children by Brian James Freeman and Norman Prentiss: New Trade Hardcover Coming Later This Year!

“The Halloween Children goes beyond the creepy kids and paranormal hauntings tropes to deliver a disturbing and thought-provoking look into family dynamics and our own changing imaginations.”
Rue Morgue

We’re pleased to report we’ll be publishing a brand new trade hardcover edition of The Halloween Children by Brian James Freeman and Norman Prentiss later this year for everyone who missed out on the Earthling Press signed Limited Edition hardcover a few years back!

The Halloween Children

Read more or place your order on our website!

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

Nothing O’Clock by Neil Gaiman: Signed Limited Edition Hardcover of his Doctor Who Novella From Gauntlet Press!

We’re pleased to report we’ll be receiving a limited supply of ALL THREE SIGNED EDITIONS of the new special edition of Nothing O’Clock by Neil Gaiman, his Doctor Who novella, from Gauntlet Press & Borderlands Press!

When the BBC enlisted a variety of bestselling British authors to a collection celebrating “the twelve doctors” of their Doctor Who series, Neil Gaiman contributed a novella entitled Nothing O’Clock, which depicts Doctor Who with the task of saving all of time and space from slipping off into abject nothingness. Fans of both the Doctor Who series and the whimsical genius of Neil Gaiman will be charmed by his unique contribution to the canon.

Nothing O'Clock

Read more or place your order while supplies last!

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

The HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL eBook Series LAUNCHES TODAY!

THIS BRAND NEW HALLOWEEN ANTHOLOGY SERIES LAUNCHES TODAY!

Each volume in the Halloween Carnival series features five amazing authors presenting their very different styles of October chills and thrills — four short stories and at least one sizable novella per eBook!

Authors involved include Robert McCammon, Peter Straub, Kelley Armstrong, Glen Hirshberg, Lisa Morton, Al Sarrantonio, Ray Garton, Richard Chizmar, and MANY others!

There will be a new volume released each Tuesday in October, and VOLUME ONE is available NOW for download IMMEDIATELY! Click on the covers for more information:

Halloween Carnival One

Halloween Carnival Two

Halloween Carnival Three

Halloween Carnival Four

Halloween Carnival Five

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

Bev Vincent reviews Gerald’s Game

Stephen King News From the Dead Zone

The Moonlight Man

There’s a lot to like in Mike Flanagan’s adaptation of Gerald’s Game, a book long thought to be unfilmable since so much of it consists of internal dialog, with the main character handcuffed to a bed for much of it.Continue Reading

Everville by Clive Barker: New Signed Limited Edition Hardcover From Gauntlet Press!

We’re very pleased to report we’ll be receiving a limited supply of the signed Limited Edition hardcover of Everville by Clive Barker from Gauntlet Press! This special edition will feature color cover art by Clive Barker, black and white interior art by Clive Barker, and numerous bonus items. Caitlín R. Kiernan is writing an introduction and Josh Boone is writing an afterword.

Everville

Read more or place your order while supplies last!

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

Review: ‘Goat Song Sacrifice (Death Metal Epic II) by Dean Swinford

Goat Song Sacrifice (Death Metal Epic II) by Dean Swinford
Atlatl Press (May 2017)

201 pages, $13.00 paperback
Reviewed by Anton Cancre

Welcome back to the continuing adventures of David Fosberg, intrepid aspiring purveyor of the metallic arts most black. If you read Book One (The Inverted Katabasis), that is. If not, you’ll probably still be okay. We start off with Davey living la vida nekro in Belgium with his new bandmate, Svart. Surfing couches, drinking beer and playing only the most kvlt riffs as a part of Desekration. New members are discovered and more things happen.Continue Reading

LAST CHANCE TO JOIN The Cemetery Dance Collectors Club!

Today is your VERY LAST CHANCE to join Cemetery Dance Collectors Club before we close the membership window for another year! For those of you on the fence about joining, we thought it might be helpful to know what deals you missed out on in September:

* Advance notice and 15% off the Sleeping Beauties Artwork Portfolio
* Advance notice and 10% off A Little Gold Book by David Morrell
* Notice that we had found a dozen copies of the ‘Salem’s Lot Artwork Portfolio in our warehouse (never offered to our general mailing list)
* Advance notice and 15% off the Fearful Fathoms anthology set
* Advance notice and 10% off the signed Limited Edition of Goblin by Josh Malerman (never offered to our general mailing list)
* Advance notice and 10% off both signed editions of Strange Weather by Joe Hill (which then sold out within 6 hours of being offered publicly)
* Advance notice and 15% off the signed Limited Edition of Everville by Clive Barker (not yet offered to the general mailing list)
* Advance notice and 20% off ALL THREE signed editions of Nothing O’Clock by Neil Gaiman (not yet offered to the general mailing list)
* Advance notice and 20% off the signed Limited Edition of of Panacea by F. Paul Wilson (not yet offered to the general mailing list)
* Notice about two “just in-stock and supplies limited” Stephen King slipcases (not yet offered to the general mailing list)

This really is our best deal each year, with some collectors saving thousands of dollars with their membership, so if you’ve ever considered giving the CDCC a try, now is the time to join!

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Read more or place your order before time runs out!

“The Sanctuary” and “In the Room”

In its illustrious 29*-year print run, Cemetery Dance magazine has published no less than 560 short stories and novel excerpts in 75** issues. As the super fan that I am, Exhumed is my humble attempt to read and review them all in monthly double reviews.

*and counting!

**there were also two “double issues” (#17/18 in 1993 and #74/75 in 2016), each of which squeezed twice as much content into a single magazine.

Last time I reviewed two Steve Vernon stories…

  • “In Loving Memory” from Cemetery Dance #2 (1989), and
  • “A Wiggle of Maggot, a Curl of Bacon” from Cemetery Dance #59 (2008).

Something very interesting happened with that publication. Mr. Vernon himself read and commented! Woo-hoo! Do check it out if you haven’t already, if for no other reason than to see what he thought. 😉

This month is the 11th installment of Exhumed and, as promised last month, I’ll be reviewing two Bentley Little stories.

Let’s get to it…Continue Reading

The Cemetery Dance Collectors Club Members Are Offered Signed Limited Editions That Never Appear In Our Newsletter!

The Cemetery Dance Collectors Club:
Did You Know Members Are Offered Signed Limited Editions That Never Appear In Our Newsletter?

Hi Folks!

It’s true! Because many signed Limited Edition books from other collectible presses sometimes have very small print runs, the copies they offer us for our online store often never get posted in the general newsletter because the members of the Cemetery Dance Collectors Club snap them all up!

For example, this month we offered the CDCC our limited supply of Goblin by Josh Malerman, the newest signed Limited Edition hardcover in the acclaimed Earthling Publication Halloween Series. Members also received a special discount on that book even though we knew our copies would be claimed very quickly. We simply cannot get enough copies of an exciting new book like this one to offer to the general mailing list, so not only do members of the CDCC get offered a book no one else on our list will be offered, but they also save off the retail price! (Good news for those who missed out, though: Earthling still has some copies of Goblin left available through their website if you hurry!)

If you’ve been on the fence about joining the Cemetery Dance Collectors Club, there has never been a better year to give it a shot! Between our upcoming projects with Stephen King, Robert McCammon, Bentley Little, William Peter Blatty, Anne Rice, and many other legends of horror, there will be something for everyone!

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Read more about the Collectors Club or place your order before time runs out!

Review: ‘Goblin’ by Josh Malerman

Goblin by Josh Malerman
Earthling Publications (October 2017)
$50 signed & numbered hardcover (limited to 500)
Reviewed by Dave Simms

It’s that time of year again when horror is in the air, a celebrated author is called up, and Earthling Publications churns out another Halloween masterpiece. This year, the newest superstar in the genre, Josh Malerman, takes the helm and delivers one of the best offerings in the history of the series.

Goblin is Derry. It’s Oxrun Station. It’s Cedar Hill. It’s Green Town. It’s all of us in our home towns and yet, it’s something brand new where the greats would likely fear to live. Think of Goblin as Derry’s disturbed little brother.

This book, comprised of a sextet of short novellas, takes the small town motif and shreds it, molding it into something which fills the reader with uneasy pleasure from cover to cover. Malerman, fresh off the success of his second novel Black Mad Wheel and news that Bird Box will soon be a major motion picture, seems to display more skill, more darkness, with each story.

“A Man In Slices” shows how friendship can be a tricky concept. One boy does whatever he can to help his lonely friend, at any cost.

“Kamp” is a lighter tale about a man petrified of a seeing a ghost. Everyone in his family has, and he knows his time is coming. How Walter copes with the expectation will make many reader feel a bit better about their own issues with things that go bump in the night.

“Happy Birthday, Hunter” displays the heart and obsession of a man who cannot give up the hunt. Nash’s addiction comes to a boiling point during his 60th birthday party when he decides to kill Goblin’s most prized game in the north woods, a place from which no one ever returns.

“Presto” is a love affair with magic, the oldest and darkest kind where a young boy seeks to learn the secrets behind his favorite performer in a story which channels classic Bradbury.

“A Mix-Up At The Zoo” details the inner struggle of Dirk, a man who switches jobs to become a tour guide in a zoo, a far cry from his other employment in the slaughterhouse. He finds a talent for understanding the mighty beasts within the cages but feels a certain darkness brewing when he drifts off in thought.

“The Hedges.” Those mazes built in corn and the famed topiary in the film version of The Shining emerge here in the final story of the collection. Young Margot claims to have solved the unsolvable creation by Wayne Sherman. What she finds at the end causes her to alert the Goblin Police, a decision which might be worse than keeping the secret to herself.

The mythology about Goblin’s history is richly drawn within these stories and connects them with a style that keeps the pages turning. Malerman has created a town which may even be darker than King, Grant, and Bradbury’s nightmares. Goblin is all Malerman and should be listed on every horror reader’s itinerary of places to visit, with the lights turned low and the night breeze creeping into the room.

An incredible Halloween find for all.