Brian James Freeman

Author, Editor, Publisher

Year: 2013 (page 1 of 9)

Meet The Cemetery Dance Publications Door Clown

This happy customer came to visit us back in October. Not sure there’s much else to say:

Cemetery Dance Door Clown

Photos of Four Exclusive Items For The Cemetery Dance Collectors Club 4

As you might know, each fall Cemetery Dance Publications offers memberships to the Cemetery Dance Collectors Club. In addition to advance notifications of new books and special exclusive discounts, along other perks, the members also receive a couple of shipments of items that are only produced for members of the club and are not sold to the general public.

Although CDCC memberships won’t be sold again until fall 2014, I thought you might like to see the shipment that is going out to the current members right now, which consists of a poster featuring artwork by Alan M. Clark, a t-shirt featuring the complete text of a Kealan Patrick Burke short short story, a Cemetery Dance keychain, and a mousepad featuring a Glenn Chadbourne painting inspired by Stephen King:

Cemetery Dance Collectors Club 4

Cemetery Dance Collectors Club 4

Cemetery Dance Collectors Club 4

Cemetery Dance Collectors Club 4

First Photos of the Custom Slipcases for Doctor Sleep by Stephen King!

Here are the first photos of the custom slipcases Cemetery Dance Publications is making for the US and UK trade hardcovers of Doctor Sleep by Stephen King:

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King Slipcase

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King Slipcase

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King Slipcase

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King Slipcase

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King Slipcase

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King Slipcase

Turn Down The Lights Edited By Richard Chizmar Shipping Soon

The trade edition of Turn Down the Lights edited by Richard Chizmar is on the way to the warehouse from the printer and will begin shipping soon. Here are some of the early reviews:

Turn Down The Lights

“I 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

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

Place Your Order:
Cemetery Dance Publications
Amazon.com
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GAK’s artwork for “An Instant Eternity”

My new short story “An Instant Eternity” will be published next month in Turn Down the Lights edited by Richard Chizmar, and I’m very pleased to show off GAK’s interior illustration for my story:

An Instant Eternity by Brian James Freeman

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

Place Your Order:
Cemetery Dance Publications
Amazon.com
Barnes & Noble

“An Instant Eternity” In Turn Down The Lights Edited By Richard Chizmar

My new short story “An Instant Eternity” will be published next month in Turn Down the Lights edited by Richard Chizmar, which features the most amazing table of contents of any book my work has appeared in. Read all about it:

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

Place Your Order:
Cemetery Dance Publications
Amazon.com
Barnes & Noble

This was a surprise, last second project to end the year, so I’ll add the other store links as they show up.

Turn Down The Lights

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King: Uncut Sheets of Vincent Chong’s Full Color Artwork

As you might know, the Special Edition of Doctor Sleep by Stephen King from Cemetery Dance Publications was delayed a bit due to an issue with the two full-color artwork foldouts that were to be tipped into the book, but everything was fixed and the books turned out great, as you can see here and here. (Orders are still shipping at the moment, but our warehouse is making a herculean effort to get them all done.)

Our printer shipped us some of the artwork that was printed at the wrong size because we couldn’t stand the thought of them being dumped in the recycle bin, and we were surprised to discover that these are entirely uncut sheets of art. That’s not something people outside the production process normally get to see, so I’ve posted a photo with a copy of the trade hardcover of Doctor Sleep to give you an idea of the size.

You can click on the image for a larger version if you’d like:

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King Uncut Artwork Sheets

Rusty Ryan On Conning (Which Is A Lot Like Writing Fiction)

I think of this quote often when I’m editing my work.

Rusty Ryan on conning someone, which is a lot like writing fiction: “Don’t use seven words when four will do.”

brad pitt in ocean's 11

Weak and Wounded reviewed by FEARnet

Kevin Quigley over at FEARnet has posted a review of my new mini-collection of short stories, Weak and Wounded, which very well may be the best review my work has ever received.

Here is a little bit of the review:

Weak and Wounded plunges us into small worlds, in which people live desperate lives and struggle with impossible decisions.  Loss permeates every page: these people survive the deaths of parents, children, spouses, and siblings, only to find that survival might be a fate worse than death.  But the power in these pages comes not from what our protagonists suffer, but how they suffer it.  How they continue to go on….  By tying these stories together by theme, feel, and intent, Freeman has created a work of collected fiction that stands as one piece.  Each story beats with its own punctured heart, but taken as a whole, Weak and Wounded is even better than the sum of its broken and damaged parts.

If a reader ever asks you what I write about, you might want to point him or her toward the full FEARnet review.

The signed Limited Edition of Weak and Wounded sold out in one week after it was announced, but there will be affordable trade paperback and eBook editions next year.

Weak and Wounded Limited Edition

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King Signed Limited Edition: First Look!

This is one of the busiest months we’ve had in a very busy year, but here’s a sneak peek at the Traycased Signed Limited Edition of Doctor Sleep by Stephen King, which will be shipping from the Cemetery Dance Publications warehouse right before Halloween. I posted photos of the Slipcased Gift Edition the other day, but we included it in a few of these shots as well.

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King Signed Limited Edition

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