Best of Cemetery Dance

Best of Cemetery Dance

  • Editor: Richard Chizmar
  • Artist: Stacy Drum, Jill Bauman, Charles Lang
  • Page Count: 786
  • Pub. Date: 1998
  • ISBN: 1-881475-24-7
  • Status: Out of Print

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The Best of Cemetery Dance
edited by Richard Chizmar

About the Book:
The Best of Cemetery Dance showcases five dozen of the very finest short stories from the first 25 issues of Cemetery Dance magazine. Published over a period of nine years — and still publishing today — Cemetery Dance is the winner of the World Fantasy Award and the International Horror Critics Guild Award, as well as a recent nominee for both the British Fantasy Award and the American Horror Award.

Featuring a virtual who's who of today's greatest authors of dark fiction, The Best of Cemetery Dance is one of the most important books of the year — including contributions from Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Richard Laymon, Poppy Z. Brite, Jack Ketchum, Ed Gorman, Ramsey Campbell, Ray Garton, and dozens of others! This special collector's volume also features a brand new, exclusive interview with Cemetery Dance editor, Richard Chizmar. More than 800 pages of top-notch horror!

Named one of "1998's Best Books" by Publishers Weekly, and called "the most important anthology of the decade, much less 1998!" by Hellnotes, The Best of Cemetery Dance was nominated for every major award in the genre and is an outstanding addition to any collection.

"Introduction" by Richard Chizmar
"Chattery Teeth" by Stephen King
"The Box" by Jack Ketchum
"Halceldama" by Gary A. Braunbeck
"The Pig Man" by Augustine Funnell
"Mobius" by R.C. Matheson
"The Rendering Man" by Douglas Clegg
"Weight" by Dominick Cancilla
"Layover" by Ed Gorman
"Johnny Halloween" by Norman Partridge
"Hope" by Steve Bevan
"The Mailman" by Bentley Little
"Silhouette" by Stephen Mark Rainey
"Roadkill" by Tom Elliott
"The Rifle" by Jack Ketchum
"Pieces" by Ray Garton
"Rustle" by Peter Crowther
"When the Silence Gets Too Loud" by Brian Hodge
"The Rabbit" by Jack Pavey
"The Flood" by John Maclay
"The Right Thing" by Gary Raisor
"Pig's Dinner" by Graham Masterton
"Crash Cart" by Nancy Holder
"Wall of Words" by Lucy Taylor
"Metastasis" by David B. Silva
"Wrapped Up" by Ramsey Campbell
"Depth of Reflection" by David L. Duggins
"The Mole" by David Niall Wilson
"Saviour" by Gary A. Braunbeck
"Great Expectations" by Kim Antieau
"Shell" by Adam Corbin Fusco
"Eater" by Peter Crowther
"Tyrannosaurus" by Norman Partridge
"Vacation" by Matthew Costello
"A Taste of Blood and Altars" by Poppy Z. Brite
"Mr. God" by Thomas Tessier
"Drive-In Date" by Joe R. Lansdale
"Desert Pickup" by Richard Laymon
"Fydor's Law" by William F. Nolan
"Five to Get Ready, Two to Go" by Hugh B. Cave
"Secrets" by Melanie Tem
"With the Wound Still Wet" by Wayne Allen Sallee
"Plainclothes" by Steve Rasnic Tem
"The Pattern" by Bill Pronzini
"Seesaw" by David L. Duggins
"Trial By Fire" by Barry Hoffman
"Almost Never" by Edward Lee
"Bloodline" by Roman A. Ranieri
"Four-in-Hand" by William Relling Jr.
"The Cutty Black Sow" by Thomas F. Monteleone
"The Liar's Mouth" by Darrell Schweitzer
"Shattered Silver" by James Kisner
"YSEX" by Steven Sprill
"Mongrel" by Steve Vernon
"The Winds Within" by Ronald Kelly
"Crying Wolf" by Rick Hautala
"Animal Rites" by Jay R. Bonansinga
"Easy's Last Stand" by Nancy Collins
"A Christmas Story" by James Dorr
"Comes the Night Wind…" Gene Michael Higney
"A Conversation with Dean Koontz" by Robert Morrish
"Afterword" by David B. Silva

Richard ChizmarRichard Chizmar is the founder and publisher/editor of Cemetery Dance magazine and the Cemetery Dance Publications book imprint. He has edited more than a dozen anthologies, including The Best of Cemetery Dance, The Earth Strikes Back, Night Visions 10, October Dreams (with Robert Morrish), and the Shivers series. Together Chizmar and Johnathon Schaech founded production company Chesapeake Films, and they've written screenplays and teleplays for United Artists, Showtime, Sony Screen Gems, Lions Gate, NBC, and many other companies. Their first projects include adaptations of Stephen King's From a Buick 8, Douglas Clegg's The Hour Before Dark, Stephen King's and Peter Straub's Black House, Ed Gorman's The Poker Club, as well as episodes of Showtime's Masters of Horror and NBC's Fear Itself.

Published in three states:
• Trade Hardcover Edition ($35)
• Slipcased Limited Edition of 400 signed and numbered copies ($150)
• Traycased Lettered Edition of 52 signed and lettered copies ($300)