Flight or Fright edited by Stephen King and Bev Vincent!
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Flight or Fright edited by Stephen King and Bev Vincent!

  • Editor: Stephen King and Bev Vincent
  • Artist: François Vaillancourt (trade hardcover) and Cortney Skinner (artist edition)
  • Page Count: 336
  • Pub. Date: September 4, 2018
  • ISBN: 978-1-58767-679-6
  • Status: Trade Hardcover Out of Stock; Second Printing Arriving in Late October!
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FLIGHT OR FRIGHT
edited by Stephen King and Bev Vincent
An Original Cemetery Dance Trade Hardcover
and eBook Coming This September!

Also Available As An Audiobook From Simon & Schuster Audio!
And To Be Published by Hodder & Stoughton In the UK!

Flight or Fright
edited by Stephen King and Bev Vincent

Also available as an eBook!
Amazon.com * Barnes & Noble * iTunes/iBookstore * Kobo

Fasten your seatbelts for an anthology of turbulent tales curated by Stephen King and Bev Vincent. This exciting new anthology, perfect for airport or airplane reading, includes an original introduction and story notes for each story by Stephen King, along with brand new stories from Stephen King and Joe Hill.

About the Book:
Stephen King hates to fly.

Now he and co-editor Bev Vincent would like to share this fear of flying with you.

Welcome to Flight or Fright, an anthology about all the things that can go horribly wrong when you're suspended six miles in the air, hurtling through space at more than 500 mph and sealed up in a metal tube (like—gulp!—a coffin) with hundreds of strangers. All the ways your trip into the friendly skies can turn into a nightmare, including some we'll bet you've never thought of before... but now you will the next time you walk down the jetway and place your fate in the hands of a total stranger.

Featuring brand new stories by Joe Hill and Stephen King, as well as fourteen classic tales and one poem from the likes of Richard Matheson, Ray Bradbury, Roald Dahl, Dan Simmons, and many others, Flight or Fright is, as King says, "ideal airplane reading, especially on stormy descents... Even if you are safe on the ground, you might want to buckle up nice and tight."

Book a flight with Cemetery Dance Publications for this terrifying new anthology that will have you thinking twice about how you want to reach your final destination.

Please Note:
Flight or Fright will also be available as an eBook from Cemetery Dance Publications, as an audiobook from Simon & Schuster Audio, and in the UK and related markets by Hodder & Stoughton!

Table of Contents:
Introduction by Stephen King
Cargo by E. Michael Lewis
The Horror of the Heights by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Nightmare at 20,000 Feet by Richard Matheson
The Flying Machine by Ambrose Bierce
Lucifer! by E.C. Tubb
The Fifth Category by Tom Bissell
Two Minutes Forty-Five Seconds by Dan Simmons
Diablitos by Cody Goodfellow
Air Raid by John Varley
You Are Released by Joe Hill
Warbirds by David J. Schow
The Flying Machine by Ray Bradbury
Zombies on a Plane by Bev Vincent
They Shall Not Grow Old by Roald Dahl
Murder in the Air by Peter Tremayne
The Turbulence Expert by Stephen King
Falling by James Dickey
Afterword by Bev Vincent

A Note from Stephen King on the origins of Flight or Fright:
Well, we were sitting around at dinner before a screening of The Dark Tower in Bangor, and there were a lot of people who'd flown in for the big night. I mentioned that I hated flying, and the conversation turned to various airplane stories, some scary and some funny. I said there had never been a collection of flight-based horror stories, although I could think of several (including the Matheson and the Conan Doyle, which are in the book) about the terrors of flight. I said someone ought to do the book. Rich Chizmar said, "I would, in a heartbeat." It took more than one heartbeat, but Flight or Fright is now a book. Bev Vincent, that incredible polymath, agreed to team with me as co-editor, and now the book—including several new stories, one by me and one by my son, Joe Hill—is an actual fact. Bev and I think it would make ideal airplane reading, especially on stormy descents.

A Note from Bev Vincent on the origins of Flight or Fright:
I was sitting next to Rich Chizmar in a Bangor restaurant when Steve came up to us with this idea for an anthology of horror stories involving flying. The fact that we were across the street from Bangor International Airport was especially apropos. Steve and I dug deep to come up with this collection of stories—some of them I'd read before but many of them I hadn't. It was a delight to find tales by some of my favorite authors that fit the loose theme and also to be introduced to several new-to-me writers who had published some chilling tales. Then there's the new stories by Steve and Joe Hill, both of which are terrific and disturbing contributions to this sub-genre. I spent 24 hours total on two flights to and from Japan while working on this project and I spent a lot of time...a LOT of time...thinking about all the things that might go wrong when I was 35,000 feet up hurtling through space at 500 mph in a torpedo with wings. Is it a little twisted that we hope this anthology makes a lot of other people equally nervous the next time they board a flight?

To be published as a trade hardcover edition:
• Printed on 60# acid-free paper
• Bound in full-cloth with colored head and tail bands
• Featuring hot foil stamping on the front boards and spine
• Printed and bound with full-color endpapers
• Smyth sewn to create a more durable binding
• Wrapped in a full-color dust jacket
• Retail price just $27.95

To be published as a Slipcased Hardcover Artist Edition:
• Limited to just 1000 copies, each housed in a custom-made slipcase
• Personally signed by Bev Vincent and Cortney Skinner on a unique signature page
• Includes exclusive interior artwork by Cortney Skinner that does not appear in the trade edition
• Printed on 60# acid-free paper
• Bound in a fine material with colored head and tail bands
• Featuring hot foil stamping on the front boards and spine
• Printed and bound with full-color endpapers
• Smyth sewn to create a more durable binding
• Wrapped in a DIFFERENT full-color dust jacket featuring artwork by Cortney Skinner
• Limited ONE TIME printing of this special edition
• Retail price: $85

To be published as a Signed & Traycased Hardcover Lettered Edition:
• This will be one of the most unique editions Cemetery Dance Publications has ever created
• Limited to just 52 signed and lettered copies personally signed by Stephen King, Bev Vincent, and Cortney Skinner
• Housed in a custom-made box unlike anything we've ever produced before
• Printed on the same 80# acid-free archival quality paper we use for our high-end Stephen King Limited Editions
• Bound in leather with colored head and tail bands
• Featuring hot foil stamping on the front boards and spine
• Printed and bound with deluxe marbled endpapers created exclusively for this edition
• Smyth sewn to create a more durable binding
• Limited ONE TIME printing of this special edition
• Retail price: $1500

Reviews & Praise:
This entertaining anthology of horror, mystery, and literary tales about aircraft (most reprinted) will have the reader thinking twice about flying. The stories span the entire century of human flight, beginning with Arthur Conan Doyle's riveting "The Horror of the Heights," in which a pilot attempts to discover what lurks in the clouds. Most of the tales tend to skew toward horror. In E. Michael Lewis's "Cargo," the crew of a plane bringing bodies back from Jonestown start hearing noises coming from the cargo bay. In Cody Goodfellow's "Diablitos," an art smuggler gets more than he bargained for when he tries to bring a tribal mask to the U.S. Others take a different approach, such as Ray Bradbury's "The Flying Machine," which sees a Chinese emperor realizing the risk that flight poses to the Great Wall. Standouts include the two original stories: King's "The Turbulence Expert," a perfectly tense tale about a mysterious group that prevents aircraft crashes though unusual means, and Joe Hill's "You Are Released," made terrifying by its proximity to reality: it follows the crew and passengers on a 777 en route to Boston, who learn that North Korea has just nuked Guam and other countries are retaliating. This is a strong anthology full of satisfying tales.
Publishers Weekly

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