Cemetery Dance Publications acquires debut novel by Ian Rogers


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Cemetery Dance Publications acquires debut novel by Ian Rogers

Cemetery Dance Publications has acquired Ian Rogers’ debut novel, Sycamore, in a two-book deal. 

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Sycamore author Ian Rogers

Rogers is best known as the author of the award-winning collection Every House Is Haunted (reprinted by Cemetery Dance in October 2022). A story from the book, “The House on Ashley Avenue,” was a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award and is currently being adapted as a feature film, produced by Sam Raimi and directed by Corin Hardy. 

Sycamore, which tells the story of a PI investigating a disappearance in a quaint suburb, is the first novel in The Black Lands series, set in an alternate history Earth where mysterious portals to a monster-filled dimension began appearing in the 20th century. Cemetery Dance has also acquired reprint rights to SuperNOIRtural Tales, the story collection that first introduced the Black Lands universe.

“Cemetery Dance is proud and excited to have acquired Ian’s debut novel,” said Kevin Lucia, editor at Cemetery Dance Publications. “We’re even more excited to be the official home of The Black Lands series, a rich and terrifying world with so many thrilling possibilities.” 

Sycamore is schedule to be published in fall 2024, with SuperNOIRtural Tales to follow in 2025. 

Rogers is represented by Jack Gernert of The Gernert Company for books, and Peter Katz of Story Driven for film and television. 


The Cemetery Dance .99 Summer Kindle Sale!

Hi Folks!

We wanted to let you know about our summer eBook sale! The following five titles are on a Kindle Countdown Sale which ends August 7! We plan to make these eBook sales a quarterly event, to highlight our impressive eBook backlist, and raise more awareness for these fine works of horror and dark fiction!

Voices At Midnight: Tales of Horror and Madness by Christopher W. Clark

Voices at midnight can be unsettling, especially if you didn’t think someone else was in the room, or if it’s a dreaded phone call that wakes you from a peaceful sleep. In this debut collection from Christopher W. Clark, disturbing voices will tell you:

  • how to make offerings (of a sort) to lake monsters
  • or, directions to strange old churches and their weird congregations
  • or, what you must do to avoid the gaze of Black-Eyed Susan
  • or even, about the secrets of old roads and their evil hitchhikers.

Listen to Voices at Midnight at your peril…

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And the Night Growled Back by Aaron Dries

They shouldn’t have run.

There are three of them, Sam, Lila and Paul—young travelers with nothing but the clothes on their backs, and yet, everything to lose. Their visit to Iceland has invigorated their senses…until the carnival. There, a single punch is thrown. A man lies dead on the ground. Blood speckles Sam’s bruised knuckles. In a blind panic, they flee the scene and disappear down an unpaved road, winding through the barren landscape.

Soon they find an empty cabin, the perfect place to hide. Twilight turns to night. All is still. It is then that the travelers realize they are not alone. Something is lurking out there. In the dark. They can hear its growls. And to the creature, the guilty and the innocent taste exactly the same.

“Like [The Fallen Boys], this new piece takes relatable actions and emotion – in this case anger, jealousy and panic – and spins them into horror that is as tragic and effective as anything based in the supernatural… And then, just about the time we’re locked in to thinking this is a straightforward piece about how a moment of anger and aggression can change everything, Dries flips the story upside down, turning it into a shocking and violent siege story that kick starts an adrenaline-fueled finale.” – FearNet.com

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Midnight Rain by James Newman

Midnight Rain is a dark coming-of-age novel in the vein of Robert McCammon’s Boy’s Life and Stephen King’s “The Body” (Stand By Me). It is a tale of growing up in the South, a reflection of boyhood and all its wonders, and the story of how one boy deals with a terrible secret that threatens to tear apart both his family and hometown.

1977… In a small town called Midnight, North Carolina, twelve-year-old Kyle Mackey ventures toward a strange new world called manhood… Kyle’s older brother Dan is going away to college. The night before Dan’s flight leaves for Florida, Kyle visits what he calls his “Secret Place” — an old shack in the woods bordering Midnight.

But Kyle stumbles upon something that proves his favorite spot in the world is neither as private nor as innocent as he once thought…

It begins with the naked, battered corpse of a young woman. And, standing over her, a man Kyle knows…

“A smashing dark debut that kept me turning pages.” – Ed Gorman

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Head Space & Other Uncomfortable Surroundings by James Cooper

The dark space inside our head, where reality mutates, where the people and places we trust no longer exist. This is the landscape of eternal terror, inhabited by creatures we can’t even name. It is the place we fear, and the place we belong, where our private horrors endure…

James Cooper has rapidly developed into one of the most distinguished writers of contemporary horror fiction of his generation. His stories possess a rare insight into human nature and capture the voices of those who feel at odds with the world, their strange tales resonating long into the night, leaving the reader profoundly moved. The stories collected here offer a unique view of the family dynamic and are frequently disturbing. Don’t say you haven’t been warned…

cover of Head SpaceThis House by Benjamin Kane Etheridge

What makes a haunted house? The unsettled spirits of the dead? Or the unsettled spirits of the living?

When Joey Lodge sustains a severe brain trauma, his delusions take the form of an alien spirit that guides him in the creation of a haunted house. He begins to populate the house with ghosts of his choosing, from family members to criminals, until the line between fantasy and reality blurs and even his delusions start fighting back. As terror in the house ratchets up to a maddening pitch, the alien spirit has one shocking revelation still in store…

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As always, thank you for your support!

KGB Bar hosting Cemetery Dance author Daniel Braum for livestream reading event!

Daniel Braum, whose debut novel The Serpent’s Shadow was released by Cemetery Dance in 2019, will be part of a live reading event from the KGB Bar beginning at 7 p.m. EST (6 p.m. CST) on Thursday, March 18.

The Serpent’s Shadow is set in Cancun in 1986. Mayans and Mexicans are fighting each other using strange powers they do not understand. A young American, alive with his first taste of star-crossed love, finds himself caught in the crossfire. Who is the mysterious and deadly White Lady murdering tourists? What strange, otherworldly things wait in the jungle? Will our young hero beware or heed Saint Death’s call?

Braum will be joined by Robert Levy, author of Anais Nin at the Grand Guignol.

Watch the event live on YouTube on March 18!