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DISCOUNTED! The Painted Darkness eBook is Only 99 Cents Right Now!

The eBook edition of The Painted Darkness has been discounted to just 99 cents this week, so if you haven’t read the novella yet, this is a great time to snag a copy! Please consider spreading the word about this sale if you know anyone who might be interested.

The discounted eBook is available through:
Amazon.com • Amazon.co.uk • Barnes & Noble • iBookstore • Kobo

When Henry was a child, something terrible happened in the woods behind his home, something so shocking he could only express his terror by drawing pictures of what he had witnessed. Eventually, Henry’s mind blocked out the bad memories, but he continued to draw, often at night by the light of the moon.

Twenty years later, Henry makes his living by painting his disturbing works of art. He loves his wife and his son, and life couldn’t be better… except there’s something not quite right about the old stone farmhouse his family now calls home. There’s something strange living in the cramped cellar, in the maze of pipes that feed the ancient steam boiler.

A winter storm is brewing, and soon Henry will learn the true nature of the monster waiting for him down in the darkness. He will battle this demon and, in the process, he may discover what really happened when he was a child — and why, in times of trouble, he thinks: I paint against the darkness.

But will Henry learn the truth in time to avoid the terrible fate awaiting him… or will the thing in the cellar get him and his family first?

Written as both a meditation on the art of creation and as an examination of the secret fears we all share, The Painted Darkness is a terrifying look at the true cost we pay when we run from our grief — and what happens when we’re finally forced to confront the monsters we know all too well.

Purchase the eBook:
Amazon.com • Amazon.co.uk • Barnes & Noble • iBookstore • Kobo

Purchase the Trade Paperback:
Amazon.com • Cemetery Dance • Barnes & Noble

Purchase the Unabridged Audiobook:
Amazon.com • Audible.com • iTunes

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
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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:

Turn Down The Lights

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.

Fate and The Exorcist: An In-depth Interview with William Peter Blatty

Many readers asked if my 10,000 word interview with William Peter Blatty from the Cemetery Dance Publications special edition of The Exorcist/Legion would ever be available again, so I’m pleased to report it’s been republished as an eBook for just 99 cents:

Fate and the Exorcist

Fate and The Exorcist: An In-depth Interview with William Peter Blatty
by Brian James Freeman

When Cemetery Dance Publications managing editor Brian James Freeman sat down with William Peter Blatty for a quick interview, he already knew the New York Times bestselling author of The Exorcist, Legion, The Ninth Configuration, Elsewhere, and many other acclaimed novels was a fascinating person, as well as one of our most acclaimed writers of the last fifty years.

What Freeman didn’t expect was how open Blatty would be about his entire life and every aspect of his career, including both the highs and the lows. What started as a simple interview turned into a 10,000 word career-spanning discussion that touches on just about every project Blatty has ever conceived.

Starting with Blatty’s appearance on You Bet Your Life through the writing of The Exorcist and concluding with his current projects and his thoughts on fate and life in general, there is something for every William Peter Blatty fan in this incredibly in-depth interview.

Amazon.com • Amazon.co.uk • Barnes & Noble • Kobo • iTunes/iBooks

 

Brian James Freeman versus Kealan Patrick Burke and THE SEVEN!

I hope you’ll check out THE SEVEN: Brian James Freeman on Kealan Patrick Burke’s blog today.

If you’d like some updates on what I’m up to these days at Cemetery Dance Publications, Lonely Road Books, eBookBargainNews.com, or even with my own writing, that’s the link to click on. Or this link. (It’s really the same link.)

My thanks goes out to Kealan for including me in his series!

The Painted Darkness Trade Paperback Discounted Right Now

The trade paperback of The Painted Darkness is currently discounted on Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.

If you haven’t read the novella yet, this is a great time to snag a copy. Please consider spreading the word about this sale if you know anyone who might be interested.

The eBook is still available through:
Amazon.com • Amazon.co.uk • Barnes & Noble • iBookstore • Kobo • CemeteryDance.com

The audiobook can be downloaded on Amazon.com  Audible.com  iTunes

The Painted Darkness eBook is Only 99 Cents This Week!

To give a fresh boost to The Painted Darkness in 2013, I’m discounting the eBook edition to just 99 cents this week and doing a little advertising on some of the more popular eBook newsletters. For those of you who are interested in marketing and promoting eBooks, I’ll write up a report next week on how this worked out.

If you haven’t read the novella yet, this is a great time to snag a copy. Please consider spreading the word about this sale if you know anyone who might be interested.

The discounted eBook is available through: Amazon.com • Amazon.co.uk • Barnes & Noble • iBookstore • Kobo • CemeteryDance.com

When Henry was a child, something terrible happened in the woods behind his home, something so shocking he could only express his terror by drawing pictures of what he had witnessed. Eventually, Henry’s mind blocked out the bad memories, but he continued to draw, often at night by the light of the moon.

Twenty years later, Henry makes his living by painting his disturbing works of art. He loves his wife and his son, and life couldn’t be better… except there’s something not quite right about the old stone farmhouse his family now calls home. There’s something strange living in the cramped cellar, in the maze of pipes that feed the ancient steam boiler.

A winter storm is brewing, and soon Henry will learn the true nature of the monster waiting for him down in the darkness. He will battle this demon and, in the process, he may discover what really happened when he was a child — and why, in times of trouble, he thinks: I paint against the darkness.

But will Henry learn the truth in time to avoid the terrible fate awaiting him… or will the thing in the cellar get him and his family first?

Written as both a meditation on the art of creation and as an examination of the secret fears we all share, The Painted Darkness is a terrifying look at the true cost we pay when we run from our grief — and what happens when we’re finally forced to confront the monsters we know all too well.

The trade paperback is also still available through: Amazon.com • Cemetery Dance • Barnes & Noble

The audiobook can be downloaded on Amazon.com  Audible.com  iTunes

Another positive review for The Painted Darkness

Josef Hernandez, Minneapolis Books Examiner, posted a new review for The Painted Darkness over the weekend.  Here is just a little sample of the glowing review:

Brian James Freeman (who has previously published without his middle name) handles the story with a deftness that shows his talent. The reader is transported from the past to the present seamlessly as Freeman steers the story toward an understanding of the monsters that lurk in our world. Everyone is afraid of monsters and the things that go bump in our nightmares, but Freeman realizes that the reality is that real evil is much more horrific than the constructs of our mind. Henry is frantic to discover what is destroying the world around him as he races against his mind, and the monsters within and without, that threaten to destroy him, his family, and his world entirely. Henry has always used painting to hold the darkness at bay but the time has come for action now. This story is a great mix of psychological and supernatural horror that will hook the reader from the outset and not release him from its teeth until the final word.

You can read the rest of the review here.

The eBook is available through: Amazon.comAmazon.co.uk • Barnes & NobleiBookstoreSony ReaderKoboCemeteryDance.com

The trade paperback is also still available through: Amazon.com • Cemetery Dance • Barnes & Noble

The audiobook can be downloaded immediately on Amazon.com  Audible.com  iTunes

FEARnet Reviews The Painted Darkness Audiobook

The first review for the The Painted Darkness unabridged audiobook has arrived and it’s from one of the biggest horror websites around: FEARnet.com.  Here is just a little sample of the glowing review:

Brian James Freeman’s fascinating novella, The Painted Darkness, is one of those rare gems you sometimes find in fiction that manage to effortlessly capture the strangeness of being young… The Painted Darkness concerns itself with classic themes: letting go of childhood, the power with which we wield creativity, and the tricky nature of monsters.  The novella is structured so that we simultaneously experience young Henry’s childhood snow-day adventure in the woods and his adult self’s horrific experiences in his isolated farmhouse during a snowstorm… The Painted Darkness is a rewarding, fun, scary read; it may be an even better listen.  While Freeman has been publishing books since 2004’s Black Fire, The Painted Darkness is his first work on audio.  If this production is any indication, he and the format have an interesting and thrilling future together.

Read the rest here.

The audiobook can be downloaded immediately on Amazon.com  Audible.com  iTunes

The trade paperback is also still available through: Amazon.comCemetery DanceBarnes & Noble

The eBook is available through: Amazon.comAmazon.co.ukBarnes & NobleiBookstoreSony ReaderKoboCemeteryDance.com

The Painted Darkness Audiobook Cover

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