A Face in the Crowd and The Longest December

A Face in the Crowd and The Longest December

  • Author: Stephen King, Stewart O'Nan, and Richard Chizmar
  • Artist: Ben Baldwin (cover), Mark Edward Geyer (interiors), François Vaillancourt (special editions)
  • Pub. Date: 2023/2024
  • ISBN: 978-1-58767-822-6
  • Status: Trade (2023) Artist (April 2024) and Lettered (Forthcoming)

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A Face in the Crowd & The Longest December
by Stephen King, Stewart O'Nan, and Richard Chizmar

A Cemetery Dance Publications Exclusive!

Featuring cover artwork for both sides by Ben Baldwin
Interior artwork for each novella by Mark Edward Geyer
Special Editions include additional artwork by François Vaillancourt

This will be another World's 1st Edition from Cemetery Dance Publications: a unique new book published in the old-fashioned "double" tradition!

A Face in the Crowd by Stephen King and Stewart O'Nan (FIRST TIME IN HARDCOVER!)
Dean Evers, an elderly widower, sits in front of the television with nothing better to do than waste his leftover evenings watching baseball. It's Rays/Mariners, and David Price is breezing through the line-up. Suddenly, in a seat a few rows up beyond the batter, Evers sees the face of someone from decades past, someone who shouldn't be at the ballgame, shouldn't be on the planet. And so begins a parade of people from Evers's past, all of them occupying that seat behind home plate. Until one day Dean Evers sees someone even eerier...

The Longest December by Richard Chizmar (EXPANDED VERSION!)
Bob and Katy Howard are a typical middle-aged couple living the good life in the suburbs. They're happily married, have successful careers, and a grown son starting college. Their recently widowed next-door neighbor, James Wilkinson, is practically a member of the Howard family. When police show up at the Howard's doorstep one snowy December morning with the news that they have been investigating Wilkinson for a series of violent crimes, Bob and Katy are left in shock and disbelief. The elderly James Wilkinson they know and love is kind and gentle. He shared their Thanksgiving table just a couple weeks earlier. He couldn't possibly be responsible for the gruesome deeds of which he's being accused. Or could he?

The Longest December (a revised and expanded version of Chizmar's acclaimed novella, A Long December) is a cat-and-mouse, Hitchcockian thriller that will shock you with its brutal twists and turns while also breaking your heart. Stephen King calls it "...a really terrific piece of work. I couldn't put it down. Chizmar played his cards with great craft. I'm an old hand at this, but I kept chasing the red herrings."

Trade Hardcover Edition
• Printed on acid-free paper
• Bound in cloth with colored head and tail bands
• Featuring hot foil stamping on the front boards and spine
• Wrapped in a full-color dust jacket
• Retail price $28

Slipcased Artist Gift Edition Hardcover:
• Limited to just 1250 copies signed by the artists
• Housed in a custom-made slipcase
• Printed on 60# acid-free archival quality 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 fine endpapers
• Smyth sewn to create a more durable binding
• Includes bonus full-color artwork by François Vaillancourt
• Limited ONE TIME printing of this special edition
• Retail price: $100

Signed & Traycased Deluxe Hardcover Lettered Edition:
• Limited to just 52 signed and lettered copies personally signed by Stephen King, Richard Chizmar, Stewart O'Nan, and the artists on TWO signature sheets!
• Housed in a custom-made deluxe case that will display this special edition in a unique way
• Featuring considerable upgrades in every aspect of production from the Artist Edition -- this will be the most beautiful special edition we've ever published!
• Bound in a fine imported leather with colored head and tail bands
• Lined with deluxe endpapers created exclusively for this edition
• Page edges gilded by hand by an expert book crafter
• Smyth sewn to create a more durable binding
• Includes an ORIGINAL PIECE OF ARTWORK by François Vaillancourt in your book -- not a print, not a reproduction, but an original painting unique to your copy!
• Limited ONE TIME printing of this special edition
• Retail price: $4000

Praise for Stephen King and Richard Chizmar's last project, The Gwendy Trilogy:
"Man, I love this story! The whole thing just races and feels so right-sized and so scarily and sadly relevant. Loved the characters... and the sense of one little girl's connection to the whole world through this weird device. It all just sang."
— JJ Abrams

"Horror giants King (End of Watch) and Chizmar (A Long December) revisit one of King's most popular locales... (this) story packs quite a punch, and the only complaint readers will likely have is that it isn't longer."
Publishers Weekly

"Starred ReviewWhere the story shines is in the universal questions it asks: how much of any of our lives is our own doing versus a result of intervention from an unseen force? And how much power do any of us have to save the world—or destroy it? Readers will eagerly devour this thought-provoking, satisfying tale, even as it leaves them unsettled."