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OUT TODAY! Dark Screams: Volume Four Featuring Clive Barker, Heather Graham, Lisa Morton, Ray Garton, and Ed Gorman!

As you might remember, Richard Chizmar and I have joined forces with the cutting edge team at Hydra, a division of Random House, to launch a series of horror eBook anthologies called Dark Screams that feature the best horror authors working in the business today! Volumes One, Two, and Three have all been very well received, and Dark Screams: Volume Four is now available for download for just $2.99.

About the Book:
THE DEPARTED by Clive Barker
On All Hallows’ Eve, a dead and disembodied mother yearns to touch her young son one last time. But will making contact destroy them both?

CREATURE FEATURE by Heather Graham
What could be better publicity for a horror convention than an honest-to-goodness curse? It’s only after lights out that the hype—and the Jack the Ripper mannequin—starts to feel a little too real.

THE NEW WAR by Lisa Morton
Mike Carson is a war hero and a decorated vet. He doesn’t deserve to be trapped in a hospital with some black thing sitting on his chest as patients die all around him. His only hope is to take out the nurse—before it’s his turn.

SAMMY COMES HOME by Ray Garton
It’s what every family prays for: a lost pet returning home. But when Sammy, the Hale family sheepdog, appears on their doorstep, he brings back something no parent would ever wish upon his or her child.

THE BRASHER GIRL by Ed Gorman
Cindy Marie Brasher is the prettiest girl in the Valley, and Spence just has to have her. Unfortunately, Cindy has a “friend”… a friend who tells her to do things… bad things.

Purchase the eBook:
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Dark Screams Volume Four

 

Detours Limited Edition Will Be Sold Out This Weekend!

The 1000 copy signed Limited Edition of Detours, which was just announced by Cemetery Dance Publications on Thursday, is already 95% sold out and will sell out this weekend! (The deluxe 52 copy Lettered Edition has already sold out.) Thank you to everyone for all of your support! If you haven’t ordered yet, there’s still time if you hurry:

Detours edited by Brian James Freeman

Preorder the Signed Limited Edition Hardcover:
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Detours edited by Brian James Freeman has been announced!

My new anthology, which features contributions from Stephen King, William Peter Blatty, Dean Koontz, Clive Barker, Peter Straub, Kelley Armstrong, Michael Koryta, David Morrell, Michael Marshall and Michael Marshall Smith, Chet Williamson, Poppy Z. Brite, Stewart O’Nan, and Owen King, has just been announced by Cemetery Dance Publications.

Detours is a project I’ve been working on for a couple of years, and it grew from my fascination with the parts of the creative process that you don’t see in the finished book: the lost chapters, scrapped scenes, and even the stories and fragments authors write when they need to get away from their current project for a day.

About the Book:
Every now and then your favorite author takes a detour while writing a new novel: a chapter gets chopped, a connected short story is dreamed up, an essay about the book’s origins is composed, or an oddity is created on a day off.

Collected here together for the first time are detours by Stephen King, William Peter Blatty, Dean Koontz, Clive Barker, Peter Straub, Kelley Armstrong, Michael Koryta, David Morrell, Michael Marshall and Michael Marshall Smith, Chet Williamson, Poppy Z. Brite, Stewart O’Nan, and Owen King.

Join these bestselling authors as they share the other works they wrote while they were writing the books you already know and love.

Table of Contents:
“Introduction” by Brian James Freeman
“Memory” by Stephen King
“When I was Twenty-four and Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth” by Dean Koontz
“Peter and PTR: Two Deleted Prefaces and an Introduction” by Peter Straub
“An Abandoned Fragment” by Ray Bradbury
“The Hunt” by Kelley Armstrong
“Winter Takes All” by Michael Koryta
“Dead Image” by David Morrell
“The Curious Odyssey of James Deacon (AKA James Dean)”/ “Where Darkness is the Only Light” by David Morrell
“Spares: The Missing First Chapter” by Michael Marshall Smith
“The Straw Men: Excerpt from Ch. 29, First Draft” by Michael Marshall
“Ash Wednesday: The Missing Chapter” by Chet Williamson
“Lost Chapter From the First Draft of Lost Souls” by Poppy Z. Brite
“The Ghost Ship: An Unfinished Manuscript” by Stewart O’Nan
“If There Were Demons Then Perhaps There Were Angels: William Peter Blatty’s Own Story of The Exorcist” by William Peter Blatty
“The Curator” by Owen King
“A Night’s Work” by Clive Barker

Preorder the Signed Limited Edition Hardcover:
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Detours edited by Brian James Freeman

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

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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:
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“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

Preview of “As She Lay There Dying” from Shivers VII

As I mentioned the other day, my new short story “As She Lay There Dying” will be published in Shivers VII edited by Richard Chizmar. Some of the other authors in the book include: Stephen King, Clive Barker, Ed Gorman, Bill Pronzini, Lisa Tuttle, Graham Masterton, Kaaron Warren, Del James, Lisa Morton, Roberta Lannes, Scott Nicholson, Bev Vincent, Norman Prentiss, and many others.

Here is a small preview of my story:

“As She Lay There Dying”
by Brian James Freeman

The roads were wet from another morning of April showers, and the co-ed freshman lying on the pavement was missing part of her head.  Her legs were twisted awkwardly under her body and there was blood on the sidewalk.  One of her tattered running shoes had landed on the other side of the street, knocked clear of the scene of the accident.  A broken iPod lay just beyond her hand.

The dying girl wore mesh shorts and a pink shirt featuring the Haverton Field Hockey logo.  She was sprawled next to the curb at the entrance to the school’s grounds, directly in front of the big stone wall with the sign proclaiming “Welcome to Haverton College.”

“Oh shit,” Sam whispered, turning to the bushes and vomiting.  The English professor wasn’t alone in his horror.

A secretary named Marge Wilson held the girl’s hand.  At the time of the accident Marge had been walking to the pizza parlor just off campus to pick-up lunch for her co-workers, and a wad of cash was still in her left hand, forgotten.  She had seen everything.

Students on their way to one o’clock classes gathered around the dying girl.  Some held their hands to their faces while others texted their friends.

The dying girl moaned.  Her disfigured head rolled loosely on her rubbery neck and blood spit from her broken mouth.  Her teeth were red.

She turned her face blindly toward Sam and she whispered in clipped breaths: “Sammy, we can’t run anymore.”

Sam blinked, startled by the sound of his name.  He stared into the girl’s glassy eyes.  He didn’t recognize her, but no one called him Sammy, especially not students.  The only person who ever called him that had been dead for six months.

Then Sam heard the artificial click and whirl as a camera phone snapped a photo.

“Get out of here, you ass,” Sam said, turning and shoving the young man with a backpack slung over his shoulder.  The student stumbled backwards and then just stood there, off balance and stunned.  Sam yelled and shoved him again, right up against the stone wall with the school’s name.

Next came more shouting, but the rest was a blur as the campus police arrived and then the ambulance—the girl was dead by then—and the questioning began. Continue reading

Cemetery Dance Talks With IDW’s Jeff Conner about Stephen King, Clive Barker, and the future of horror Limited Editions

For the past three years Jeff Conner has been the editor and lead designer for IDW Publishing’s “alt-lit” prose program. Prior to a stint working in the entertainment industry—setting up Top Dollar Comics and editing a series of original Crow novels for producer Edward R. Pressman, performing similar activities for Conan Properties—Mr. Conner ran Scream/Press, a micro-publisher specializing in short story collections and novel reprints.

He won a World Fantasy Award for his efforts there, but his biggest reward was from working with writers like Richard Matheson, Robert Bloch, Stephen King, Clive Barker, Karl Edward Wagner, Dennis Etchison, Ramsey Campbell, and John Shirley; and artists like JK Potter, Jeff Jones, and Harry O. Morris.

Notable Conner-produced releases from IDW Publishing include the “blended novel” V-Wars, Z-Boyz in the Robot Graveyard (a new Zombies vs. Robots novella by John Shirley), Classics Mutilated (a subversive mash-up collection), and In the Shadow of Dracula (an annotated collection of key Victorian-era vampire fiction). All of IDW’s short story collections feature new illustrations from a variety artists.

The trade paper version of THIS MEANS WAR!, the Zombie vs Robots collection, is notable for its full-color illustrations, pages tints, and other design details. How is the limited edition different?

You mean do we have more in the tank, book-wise? Well as you say, the mass market version is a trade paperback, so the slick hardcover binding and snazzy slipcase are noticeable right off. We went with printed boards so a dustjacket just seemed redundant, especially for a slipcased book. Dustjackets were originally just plain paper wrappers so that the books wouldn’t get scuffed during shipping. So what was once just disposable packing material has over time become a sales device, which is fine, but they can be awfully fragile. That said, the V-WARS signed limited will have a dustjacket, printed boards, and a slipcase as well, so you can see that I’m flexible on these points.

Sure, but back to the differences…

Well, aside from what I’ve already mentioned, there’s a red ribbon to hold your place, and unique printed endpapers featuring alternate cover art from the fabulous Fabio Listrani. This double-page spread has never been released to the public, so the limited edition will mark its debut. I should also mention that there’s an unsigned, unslipcased version as well. It doesn’t have the ribbon, and it has a lot of text on the back, the same as the with the trade paper version. The limited has limited text on the back so you can enjoy the cover image more fully.

I think the biggest thing is the tip-in sheet with thirteen hard-to-find signatures. We have all eleven writers, namely: Nick Kaufmann, Norman Prentiss, Nancy Collins, Sean Taylor, Jim Moore, Lincoln Crisler, Joe McKinney, Steve Rasnic Tem, Jesse Bullington, Brea Grant, and Rachel Swirsky. That’s the order they signed. Plus ZVR co-creator Chris Ryall, and myself as your humble editor and book designer. (It’s the first sheet I’ve signed, for those keeping track at home.)

I got into publishing as a fan, a way to work with my favorite writers at the time, people like Dennis Etchison and Ramsey Campbell, Robert Bloch and Richard Matheson, and later Clive Barker and Stephen King. For me, books are repositories of magic, and having a creator’s signature just adds so much to that. (I know that sounds like hippie nonsense but I hey, I used to live in Santa Cruz, so I’m entitled.)

As for THIS MEANS WAR, to have thirteen signatures on the same sheet, and all signed with same pen I might add, that’s pretty freakin’ cool. Tracking down those folks on your own would be a real chore, so if you figure a $5.00 service fee per signature that’s a $65.00 value right there, and the book’s only priced at $60.00. So it’s practically free, when you think about it properly! (Also, never buy a book purely as an investment, it lowers the value. True fact.)

You mentioned Clive Barker and Stephen King…
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“As She Lay There Dying” to be published in Shivers VII

My new short story “As She Lay There Dying” will be published in Shivers VII edited by Richard Chizmar. Some of the other authors in the book include: Stephen King, Clive Barker, Ed Gorman, Bill Pronzini, Lisa Tuttle, Graham Masterton, Kaaron Warren, Del James, Lisa Morton, Roberta Lannes, Scott Nicholson, Bev Vincent, Norman Prentiss, and many others.

Here is the complete TOC:
“The Departed” by Clive Barker
“Red Rover, Red Rover” by Norman Partridge
“Breakbone” by Bill Pronzini
“The Storybook Forest” by Norman Prentiss
“Simple” by Al Sarrantonio
“Born Dead” by Lisa Tuttle
“The Baby Store” by Ed Gorman
“A Lonely Town in Alaska” by Darren Speegle
“Zombie Dreams” by Tim Waggoner
“Echoes” by Don D’Ammassa
“Bone by Bone” by Scott Nicholson
“Sleeping with the Bower Birds” by Kaaron Warren
“Memory Lake” by Robert Morrish
“That Long Black Train” by Travis Heermann
“Beholder” by Graham Masterton
“Feel The Noise” by Lisa Morton
“Plant Life” by Greg F. Gifune
“I Am Become Poe” by Kevin Quigley
“Arbeit Macht Frei” by Del James
“Bovine” by Joel Arnold
“Depth” by Rio Youers
“GPS” by Rick Hautala
“Room 8” by Roberta Lannes
“Severance Package” by Bev Vincent
“As She Lay There Dying” by Brian James Freeman
“Weeds” by Stephen King

Of special note to collectors:
“Weeds” by Stephen King was originally published in Cavalier magazine in May 1976 and in Nugget magazine in April 1979, but has not been reprinted since, although it was adapted as “The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill” for Creepshow in 1982. “The Departed” by Clive Barker was originally published as “Hermione and the Moon” in The New York Times on October 30, 1992.

If anyone is interested, I’ll post a little excerpt from “As She Lay There Dying” next week.

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