Cemetery Dance Publications acquires debut novel by Ian Rogers


Kevin Lucia
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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. 


Book Trailer: Every House is Haunted by Ian Rogers

Cemetery Dance is proud to publish Every House is Haunted, the debut collection of short fiction by Ian Rogers. This collection includes the story “The House on Ashley Avenue,” which is currently in development as a feature film for Netflix.

Check out the new book trailer, and visit Cemetery Dance to learn more.


“There are haunted places in the world, all existing in reality and every bit as tangible and accessible as the house next door. Sometimes it is the house next door.”

In this brilliant debut collection, Ian Rogers explores the border-places between our world and the dark reaches of the supernatural. A mysterious double murder draws the attention of an insurance company with a special interest in the paranormal. A honeymoon cabin with an unspeakable appetite finally meets its match. A suburban home is transformed into the hunting ground for a new breed of spider. A nightmarish jazz club at the crossroads of reality plays host to those who can break a deal with the devil…for a price. With remarkable deftness, Rogers draws together the deadly and the disturbing in twenty-two showcase stories that will guide you through terrain at once familiar and startlingly fresh.