Category: Patreon

The next Patreon chapbook is… (Stephen King fans take note!)

Now that I have a delivery date from the printer, I’m pleased to let you know that the next exclusive chapbook for Patreon supporters is…

“What’s In a Name?” by Bev Vincent, an intriguing essay about the Stephen King titles that might have been. To make this chapbook really special, François Vaillancourt contributed the cover artwork and more than a dozen full-color interiors depicting what these Stephen King books might have looked like if he had used their original titles.

Here’s just one example:

(Can you guess what book this could have been? It’s actually kind of trick question because King tried to use this title twice, according to Bev’s research.)

This chapbook is the result of my fascination with Stephen King’s “working titles” — the title given to a book or story while it is being writing — and how King’s titles have occasionally changed by the time the project is announced… and even one title that changed after the official announcement.

Bev Vincent is one of my “go to” experts for all things King, and he wrote this incredible essay with the behind-the-scenes stories of some titles King had in mind… and why they changed on the road to publication.

Then François Vaillancourt fired up his powerful imagination and conjured his version of what the book cover could have looked like. He even tried to keep some of the details era specific in terms of how book covers were designed at the time the book would have been published.

Bev Vincent and François Vaillancourt have both signed the signature sheets for this chapbook, which is limited to 400 numbered copies.

Also, the stickers for the envelopes have arrived and look awesome:

More news soon! Thanks again for your continuing support and enthusiasm!
Best,
Brian

New Trade Paperback and Hardcover: Walking With Ghosts

As I’ve been telling my Patreon supporters as part of their “behind the scenes” access, I needed to test a POD (print-on-demand) trade paperback printer for a series of projects we have in the works for next year. The first printings will be offset, but then I need a POD printer to keep up with the whims of the distributors. These are important books, so I didn’t want to just sent them to a printer I’d never worked with before and hope for the best. Instead, I’m using Walking with Ghosts as my test subject:

Luckily, these paperbacks turned out great, so I think this printer is going to work really well for our purposes.

The company also prints POD hardcovers, which in my experience have always been kind of lackluster, but it was free to add the edition to the job, so I gave it a shot…. and I’d say this hardcover is actually pretty nice! Not as nice as what you’d expect from a Limited Edition hardcover, but not bad!

Both of these editions are the next rewards for Patreon supporters on the “Receive Every New Book” and above, but these editions are also available for the general public to purchase right now:

Amazon Trade Paperback
Amazon Trade Hardcover
Barnes & Noble Trade Paperback
Barnes & Noble Trade Hardcover

Thank you again for your continuing support and enthusiasm. More news to come soon!

Best,
Brian

Next Patreon Exclusive: Walking With Ghosts Lettered Edition

Shipping today is the latest reward for Patreon supporters on Lettered Edition Level and above, the first Lettered Edition hardcover of my collection Walking With Ghosts.

Limited to just 26 signed and lettered copies, housed in a fine clamshell case, this special illustrated edition also features 60+ pieces of artwork by horror artist extraordinaire Glenn Chadbourne:

Thank you again for your continuing support and enthusiasm. More news to come soon!

Best,
Brian

Next Patreon Exclusive: Walking With Ghosts Limited Edition

It’s been such a busy summer that I never had a chance to post about the latest reward for Patreon supporters on Level 4 and above, which shipped back in July: the first US Limited Edition hardcover of my collection Walking With Ghosts.

Limited to just 200 signed and numbered copies, this special illustrated edition also features 60+ pieces of artwork by horror artist extraordinaire Glenn Chadbourne:

Thank you again for your continuing support and enthusiasm. More news to come soon!

Best,
Brian

Next Patreon Exclusive Chapbook Shipping This Month!

The next signed Limited Edition chapbook for Patreon supporters on Level 2 and above has arrived and they turned out great!

If you’re a supporter and you’ve moved, please make sure your new address is on your Patreon profile page because that’s the database I use for shipping these rewards.

Thank you again for your continuing support and enthusiasm. More news to come soon!

Best,
Brian

Next Patreon Exclusive Chapbook Deep in Production!

The “approval copies” for the next signed Limited Edition chapbook (for Patreon supporters on Level 2 and above) arrived and they look beautiful. I’ve given the printer the green light to complete the run:

This one will ship in June based on the current timing of the other materials.

If you’ve moved, please make sure your new address is on your Patreon profile page because that’s the database I use for shipping these rewards.

Thank you again for your continuing support and enthusiasm. More news to come soon!

Best,
Brian

New Chapbook For Brian James Freeman Patreon Supporters!

We’re in the home stretch for the next signed Limited Edition chapbook for my Patreon supporters on Level 2 and above, and this one will ship in June based on the current timing.

If you’re not already on Level 2 or above, there’s still time to make the jump if you’re interested. Just visit the Join page on Patreon to join or to change your membership.

Because we have a lot of new supporters on the chapbook level this year, I’m taking a break from the “Lost Echoes” chapbook series and publishing one of my more popular standalone short stories instead. Here is a screenshot of the cover proof:

Generally speaking, the rest 2021 is going to be an extremely busy and exciting time here in the Freeman household. In addition to some new writing projects, Lividian Publications is ramping up to publish a good number of books in 2022 and beyond, and a lot of that work needs to get done this year.

Thank you for your continuing support and enthusiasm. More news to come soon!

Best,
Brian

Writing and Production Updates for Brian James Freeman Patreon Supporters!

I have lots of important updates for my Patreon supporters, so we’ll get right to it:

* The review copies of Walking With Ghosts had a small printing issue, but the ARC printer is rushing me a new batch to replace those. I should be able to get all of them shipped by this time next week. PLEASE make sure your mailing address is correct on your Patreon profile page. That’s where all of the shipments get generated from. Thank you!

* RELATED NOTE: The new “Special Illustrated Artist Limited Edition” of Walking With Ghosts will list ALL of my Patreon supporters as of March 1, 2021 in a special Thank You section. Your name will appear as it does on your Patreon profile page. I’ll be downloading the list later this week for my designer, so please be sure to double-check the spelling is exactly how you’d like it to be.

* Everything for this special edition is just about ready for the printer. Glenn Chadbourne is signing the signature sheets soon, and then I’ll sign, and then everything goes to the printer for a June shipping date:

* As before, there will be a Deluxe Lettered Edition of Walking With Ghosts created by my binder for supporters on Level 7 and above. Those editions won’t ship until later in the year, though, due to the production times involved. (The binding and case making is ALL done by hand.)

* I have a new (very short) story to post this month. It’s called “The Hired Gun,” and I think you’ll like it.

* I’ve been really stuck on the editing and rewriting of The Echo of Memory, which I’ve been wanting to serialize in full on Patreon for a long time now. For those who don’t know, here’s why I’ve been working so hard on a book I first wrote back in the ’90s:

After I graduated college in 2002, Don D’Auria at Leisure and Richard Chizmar at Cemetery Dance Publications both agreed to publish the book in 2004. Leisure would publish the mass-market paperback you’d see in regular bookstores while CD would produce a signed Limited Edition for collectors.

For reasons that are no longer important, it was recommended I use the pen name James Kidman and the title Black Fire on those first editions, which I now consider a mistake. I’ve since restored my name and my preferred title.

I also received “first reader” feedback that resulted in some more rewrites and additions to the text, many of which I later realized weren’t actually helpful to the story. There really can be too many cooks in the kitchen, and the originally published version suffered from that.

That’s probably why, while revising the manuscript this past year, I realized all of the padding needed to go. The resulting draft is leaner and maybe a little meaner, what the story always wanted to be. It isn’t perfect, but you should have seen the materials I started with!

This new draft goes to my copyeditor next month, and the serialization should start again this summer. Plus: I have a special surprise planned for later this year to thank everyone for their patience.

More news soon! Thank you very much for all of your support!

Best,
Brian

Exclusive New Signed & Illustrated Limited Edition JUST For My Patreon Supporters!

I’m now in the final stages of publishing my biggest special edition ever for Patreon Supporters in the form of a SIGNED AND NUMBERED ARTIST LIMITED EDITION of Walking With Ghosts.

This new special edition of Walking With Ghosts weighs in at a massive 488 pages and includes more than 60 illustrations by Glenn Chadbourne, along with illustrated endpapers and a full-color cover.

The print run will be limited to a maximum of 200 copies, which will be printed for anyone who is on Level 4 and above as of the end of THIS MONTH and stays there until the books ship in late spring.

HERE’S HOW YOU QUALIFY FOR THIS EXCLUSIVE SPECIAL EDITION:
You can sign-up to support my Patreon page on the JOIN page over at Patreon. Select Level 4 or higher, stick around until the book is published, and you’ll automatically receive a copy!

Here are a few details about this signed and numbered Artist Limited Edition:
• 488 pages
• More than 60 illustrations by Glenn Chadbourne
• Illustrated endpapers by Glenn Chadbourne
• Full-color cover artwork by Glenn Chadbourne
• Offset printed on an acid-free paper stock with a fine cloth binding
• Hot foil stamping on the front cover and spine
• Smyth sewn to create a more durable binding
• Colored head and tail bands
• Sewn-in satin ribbon page marker
• Everyone on Level 3 and Above as of this week will receive a special Advance Review Copy I’m having printed just for supporters — not for distribution to anyone else
• Everyone on Level 4 and Above at the time of publication will automatically receive a copy of this Signed and Numbered Artist Limited Edition, which will be published as a fine hardcover and signed by Brian James Freeman and Glenn Chadbourne

Here is a mock-up that shows Glenn’s awesome cover artwork:

More news and details to come soon! Thank you very much for all of your support!

Best,
Brian

Review Copy For Patreon Supporters: Walking With Ghosts Illustrated Edition!

Later this year, I’ll be publishing my BIGGEST special edition yet for Patreon Supporters Only in the form of an EARLY ARTIST EDITION of my collection Walking With Ghosts.

This new special edition of Walking With Ghosts weighs in at a massive 488 pages (!) and includes more than 60 illustrations (!) by Glenn Chadbourne, along with illustrated endpapers and a full-color cover.

The print run of this Early ARTIST EDITION hardcover will be limited to a maximum of 200 copies, which will be sent to my Patreon supporters on Level 4 and above.

PLEASE NOTE: Everyone on Level 3 and Above as of this FRIDAY will receive a special Advance Review Copy of this special edition,  which I’ve printed just for supporters — not for distribution to anyone else! These will begin shipping in about two weeks.

More news to come. Thank you, as always, for all of your support!

Best,
Brian