Turn Down the Lights
- Editor: Richard Chizmar
- Page Count: 176 (trade hardcover); 200 (signed editions)
- Pub. Date: December 17, 2013 (trade hardcover); 2017 (signed editions)
- ISBN: 978-1-58767-437-2
- Status: Out of Print
Featuring original short stories by Stephen King, Norman Partridge, Jack Ketchum, Brian James Freeman, Bentley Little, Ed Gorman, Ronald Kelly, Steve Rasnic Tem, Clive Barker, and Peter Straub!
Artist Edition and Lettered Edition feature artwork by Mark Edward Geyer, Steven C. Gilberts, Will Renfro, GAK, Erin S. Wells, Keith Minnion, Jill Bauman, Glenn Chadbourne, Chad Savage, and Alan M. Clark!
Turn Down the Lights
edited by Richard Chizmar
About the Book:
It was December 1988: George Bush had just defeated Michael Dukakis in the Presidential Election. Pitcher Orel Hershiser and the Los Angeles Dodgers had beaten the Oakland A's in five games to win the World Series. People were waiting in line at movie theaters to watch Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman in Rain Man. Tom Clancy's The Cardinal of the Kremlin and Anne Rice's The Queen of the Damned were atop the bestseller lists. The most acclaimed genre books of the year were Thomas Harris's The Silence of the Lambs and Peter Straub's Koko.
And twenty-two year old college student Richard Chizmar had just published the premiere issue of a horror magazine named Cemetery Dance.
Twenty-five years later, there have been seventy issues of Cemetery Dance magazine. There have been more than 275 signed Limited Edition hardcovers in the Cemetery Dance book line. There have been awards including the World Fantasy Award, the International Horror Critics Guild Award, and the HWA Board of Trustees Excellence in Specialty Press Publishing Award, as well as nominations for the British Fantasy Award, the American Horror Award, and the Bram Stoker Award, just to name a few.
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of that premiere issue of Cemetery Dance, we're proud to announce Turn Down the Lights, an anthology of authors who helped make the magazine what it is today. These original horror stories by Stephen King, Norman Partridge, Jack Ketchum, Brian James Freeman, Bentley Little, Ed Gorman, Ronald Kelly, Steve Rasnic Tem, Clive Barker, and Peter Straub capture the genuine love of the genre that pushes Cemetery Dance Publications forward year after year.
Now, turn down the lights, flip the page, take my hand, and start the dance…
Table of Contents:
"Turn Down the Lights..." an introduction by Richard Chizmar
"Summer Thunder" by Stephen King
"Incarnadine" by Norman Partridge
"The Western Dead" by Jack Ketchum
"An Instant Eternity" by Brian James Freeman
"In the Room" by Bentley Little
"Flying Solo" by Ed Gorman
"The Outhouse" by Ronald Kelly
"Lookie Loo" by Steve Rasnic Tem
"Dollie" by Clive Barker
"The Collected Short Stories of Freddie Prothero" by Peter Straub
Afterword by Thomas F. Monteleone
Artists for the Artist Edition and Lettered Edition:
"Summer Thunder" by Stephen King — Mark Edward Geyer
"Incarnadine" by Norman Partridge — Steven C. Gilberts
"The Western Dead" by Jack Ketchum — Will Renfro
"An Instant Eternity" by Brian James Freeman — GAK
"In the Room" by Bentley Little — Erin S. Wells
"Flying Solo" by Ed Gorman — Keith Minnion
"The Outhouse" by Ronald Kelly — Jill Bauman
"Lookie Loo" by Steve Rasnic Tem — Glenn Chadbourne
"Dollie" by Clive Barker — Chad Savage
"The Collected Short Stories of Freddie Prothero" by Peter Straub — Alan M. Clark
Chizmar celebrates the 25th anniversary
of his Cemetery Dance magazine with new
stories by the small group of writers whom
he considers an integral part of the magazine's
history. New stories by Stephen
King, Peter Straub, and Clive Barker
would be enough to make this one of the
notable horror collections of the year, and all of those are indeed solid (particularly
King's "Summer Thunder," a heartbreaking
tale of two men and a dog awaiting
certain death after nuclear war). Pieces by
less mainstream, more cultish writers also
hold their own. Ed Gorman's "Flying
Solo," a tale of two widowed cancer patients
who decide to become vigilantes, is
typically clever, while Norman Partridge's
"Incarnadine" is a tight, brutal take on supernatural
revenge movies. Bentley Little's
"In the Room" is a chilling and disturbing
story of people mysteriously disappearing
from a man's life... Chizmar has essentially
produced an all-star, book-length
issue of his magazine, and horror fans
should be sure to pick it up.
— Publishers Weekly
Turn Down the Lights doesn't just celebrate Cemetery Dance magazine; it illustrates why the magazine is still such a vital publication a quarter of a century later. Chizmar's eye for talent is impeccable, and his appreciation for all kinds of horror is essential to his success. These stories flow from the quiet to the surreal, from esoteric experimentation to Saturday matinee funhouse-style horror. For authors, an outlet like Cemetery Dance is a godsend. For readers, Cemetery Dance — including the magazine, this anthology and whatever projects come our way over the next 25 years — is a goldmine.
— Blu Gilliand, FEARnet
Turn Down the Lights functions as both a celebration and a summation; aptly, quite a few of these stories are about endings, quiet and loud...
— Kevin Quigley, FEARnet
read devoured the stories in an afternoon, trying to make them last, but unable to control myself. Isn't that what we all want? Books that compel us to just keep reading – more, more, faster! Yeah, this book has that in spades.
— SJ, Snobbery
Stephen King contributes "Summer Thunder a sad, tragic tale of loneliness and death, set in the post-apocalyptic atmosphere of a nuclear disaster. Another winner is "Flying Solo, proving once again what a terrific storyteller Ed Gorman is. The story describes how two old men fighting against cancer fix a bunch of bad guys mistreating some of the Oncology Section nurses. Brian James Freeman pens the excellent "An Instant Eternity, a tense and intense piece where a photographer toys with death to save a little girl from a very dangerous situation, while Jack Ketchum provides "The Western Dead , an entertaining zombie western served with a touch of Egyptian history, and Bentley Little offers "In the Room, an offbeat, enigmatic tale depicting the mysterious side of life."
— The British Fantasy Society, Mario Guslandi
Richard 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. Chizmar's fiction has appeared in dozens of publications, including Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine and The Year's 25 Finest Crime and Mystery Stories. He has won two World Fantasy Awards, four International Horror Guild Awards, and the HWA's Board of Trustees Award. Chizmar has appeared at numerous conferences as a writing instructor, guest speaker, panelist, and guest of honor.
Artwork for the Artist Edition and Lettered Edition:
Published in three states:
• First Edition, First Printing Trade Hardcover Edition ($35)
• Slipcased Artist Edition of just 1000 copies signed by the editor and the artists, featuring TEN interior illustrations not available in the trade hardcover edition, bound in a deluxe material and Smyth sewn ($75)
• Deluxe Traycased Lettered Edition of just 52 copies signed by the editor and artists, housed in a deluxe traycase with a magnetic clasp, and bound in leather with a satin ribbon page marker, marbled endpapers, and an additional full-color frontispiece ($750)
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