I received my contributor’s copy of The Stephen King Library Desk Calendar 2013 from Book-of-the-Month Club and once again they’ve gone above and beyond to create a great gift for any type of Stephen King fan, from the casual reader to the serious collector. The theme this year was “King Anniversaries” and the calendar includes excerpts from King books that are celebrating anniversaries in 2013 including The Stand, Christine, Pet Sematary, Bag of Bones, Duma Key, and more.
As always, editor Jay Franco did an incredible job bringing together a great group of contributors including a lot of old favorites plus some strong new voices. My piece is called “Publishing a Stephen King Special Edition” and I discuss a little bit of the background and “behind the scenes” information of how Cemetery Dance published It: The 25th Anniversary Special Edition by Stephen King last December.
Welcome to the 2013 Stephen King Library Desk Calendar. If you’re here for the first time, welcome. If you are a return customer, welcome back, Mr. Torrance. We’ve been expecting you. King’s world has grown so much since we entered the Dark Tower for last year’s calendar theme. With The Wind Through the Keyhole: A Dark Tower Novel published in April 2012, we’re proudly carrying on the tradition of the ka-tet into this year with some discussion of that release. We’re also hot on the heels of King’s time-travel novel, 11/22/63: A Novel—a phenomenal ride into the past.
For this year’s theme we’re once again headed into the past, where we’ll be celebrating King stories that all hit a memorable milestone this year: the 35th anniversary of The Stand and Night Shift, and 30 years for Christine and Pet Sematary—and more. I’ll let you discover the rest of the milestones for yourselves, but we’ll be reminiscing, discussing and sharing some dark and delightful trivia for them all. We’ll also share a glimpse into the places King will be taking us in the future, like catching us up with the child hero from The Shining, Danny Torrance, in the upcoming sequel, Doctor Sleep. Join us all year long!
Stephen King Library 2013 Desk Calendar Table of Contents Dec 31, 2012 – Jan 6 — introduction / editor letter — Jay Franco
Jan 7 – Jan 13 — This Book Is a Weapon — matt bergin
Jan 14 – Jan 20 — Ever Relevant — Jay Franco
Jan 21 – Jan 27 — 35th ANNIVERSARY – THE STAND — excerpt — Stephen King
Jan 28 – Feb 3 — King’s Lord of the Rings — Myke Cole
Feb 4 – Feb 10 — A Most Generous King — Jay Franco
Feb 11 – Feb 17 — The Stand Trivia — Fotini Marcopulos
Feb 18 – Feb 24 — Irons in the Fire — Jay Franco
Feb 25 – Mar 3 — 35th ANNIVERSARY – NIGHT SHIFT — an excerpt — Stephen King
Mar 4 – Mar 10 — Night Shift TRIVIA — Fotini Marcopulos
Mar 11 – Mar 17 — It’s About Time — matt bergin
Mar 18 – Mar 24 — 30th ANNIVERSARY – CHRISTINE — an excerpt — Stephen King
Mar 25 – Mar 31 — 30th ANNIVERSARY – CHRISTINE — an excerpt — Stephen King
Apr 1 – Apr 7 — Christine TRIVIA — Fotini Marcopulos
Apr 8 – Apr 14 — A King’s Ranking — Jay Franco
Apr 15 – Apr 21 — A Birthday to Die For! — Samantha Etkin
Apr 22 – Apr 28 — 30th ANNIVERSARY – PET SEMATARY — an excerpt — Stephen King
Apr 29 – May 5 — Coming Back Wrong — Jeff Somers
May 6 – May 12 — Squeaky’s Return — Matt DeVirgiliis
May 13 – May 19 — Pet Sematary essay — Peter Brett
May 20 – May 26 — 20th ANNIVERSARY – DOLORES CLAIBORNE – an excerpt — Stephen King
May 27 – June 2 — Dolores Claiborne TRIVIA — Fotini Marcopulos
June 3 – June 9 — Mysterious Benefactor — Diane Ketcham
June 10 – June 16 — Nightmares & Dreamscapes trivia essay — Fotini Marcopulos
June 17 – June 23 — 20th ANNIVERSARY – NIGHTMARES & DREAMSCAPES — an excerpt — Stephen King
June 24 – June 30 — Fear Does Not Exist in This Dojo — Jay Franco
July 1 – July 7 — Looking into The Eyes of The Dragon — Jay Franco
July 8 – July 14 — “Maine Man” — the editors
July 15 – July 21 — King the Scrivener — Justin Brooks
July 22 – July 28 — 15th ANNIVERSARY – BAG OF BONES — an excerpt — Stephen King
July 29 – Aug 4 — Bag of Bones TV Miniseries – The Sitelet — Jay Franco
Aug 5 – Aug 11 — The King films of 1983 — Dan Kimmel
Aug 12 – Aug 18 — Bag of Bones – Trivia — Fotini Marcopulos
Aug 19 – Aug 25 — Duma Key related trivia — Fotini Marcopulos
Aug 26 – Sept 1 — 5th ANNIVERSARY – DUMA KEY — an excerpt — Stephen King
Sept 2 – Sept 8 — Divorce & Departure — Kevin Quigley
Sept 9 – Sept 15 — A Discussion of: The Wind Through the Keyhole — Jay Franco
Sept 16 – Sept 22 — Dark Tower essay — Stephen Jewell
Sept 23 – Sept 29 — 5th ANNIVERSARY – JUST AFTER SUNSET — an excerpt — Stephen King
Sept 30 – Oct 6 — Just After Sunset trivia — Fotini Marcopulos
Oct 7 – Oct 13 — The Rise and Fall and Rise Again of Carrie — Jay Franco
Oct 14 – Oct 20 — The Philosophy of Time Travel — Jay Franco
Oct 21 – Oct 27 — The ROAD RAGE Collaboration — Jay Franco
Oct 28 – Nov 3 — Top 5 Horror Websites — Jay Franco
Nov 4 – Nov 10 — Embracing It — Jay Franco
Nov 11 – Nov 17 — Inspiration Insight — Matt DeVirgiliis
Nov 18 – Nov 24 — 10th Anniversary of the Dark Tower: The Wolves of the Calla — Robin Furth
Nov 25 – Dec 1 — Insert Dead Pet Comedic Relief Here — Matt DeVirgiliis
Dec 2 – Dec 8 — A Love/Hate Relationship — Jay Franco
Dec 9 – Dec 15 — A discussion of documentary, ROOM 237 — Jay Franco
Dec 16 – Dec 22 — Publishing a Stephen King Special Edition — Brian James Freeman
Dec 23 – Dec 29 — Publishing a Stephen King Special Edition [continued] — Brian James Freeman
Dec 30 – Jan 5, 2014 — Last Night I dreamed of a Tiger — Jay Franco
The Deluxe Lettered Edition of It: The 25th Anniversary Special Edition by Stephen King was limited to 52 signed and lettered copies. Please note that the traycase is such a deep black color that it shows up gray in most of these photos because of the white backdrop and because I’m not much of a photographer.
This custom-made Lettered Edition book features:
* Cromwell Black Flanders Grain leather binding on spine
* Asahi Japanese Bookcloth, Turquoise Blue for front and back cover binding
* French Marbled endsheets
* pages edged with hand-dipped silver gilding
* hot-stamped with Black Matte and Silver Bright foils
* Smyth sewn with cotton thread
* cotton hinge cloth, sewn headbands, and black silk ribbon page marker
* dust jacket with a different design than the other editions
This handmade, custom-made box features:
* Black Matador with Lido Emboss covering material
* Bridal Satin in a Sunflower color lining
* Black Silkscreen print with silver foil stamp
* box constructed with 100-point recycled chipboard
I’ve had the pleasure of working with Erin S. Wells on several projects now, including It: The 25th Anniversary Special Limited Edition by Stephen King and my Dueling Minds anthology among others. Several collectors hired her to remarque their copies of It and she was kind enough to let me share a few samples here on the blog. (A remarque is an original drawing created by an artist directly in the book.)
As mentioned in a previous post, Cemetery Dance Publications has produced a Limited Edition Artwork Portfolio featuring all of the artwork from our 25th Anniversary Edition of It by Stephen King. Our customers have really enjoyed the “behind the scenes” photos I’ve posted in the past when we’ve been shipping a cool new project, so I thought I’d post a few shots here on the blog for this one. These photos, as always, were taken with my patented slightly blurry and out of focus camera technique that would make me an excellent Bigfoot photographer.
When it comes to my day job at Cemetery Dance Publications, I’m often tossing out random ideas for new projects, just to keep things interesting.
For example, I once suggested we put together a huge Limited Edition Artwork Portfolio featuring all of the artwork from the The 25th Anniversary Edition of It by Stephen King that we published in December, even though we had never really tried an artwork portfolio on that scale before.
Everyone agreed it seemed like a fine idea, so we made special arrangements with Glen Orbik, Alan M. Clark, and Erin Wells to collect all of their artwork from the book into an oversized portfolio. By oversized I mean the artwork alone is 11 inches by 14 inch. Obviously, the portfolio to hold the artwork would need to be even bigger. After the deals were made, we created a special signature sheet to be signed by all three artists. We publicly announced the project and we limited the portfolio to a one-time printing of just 500 sets.
But getting the actual portfolio to look and feel the way we wanted took almost three months and four prototypes. The first prototype was too flimsy and didn’t feel elegant enough. For the second prototype, we used a heavier material and we also tried an alternate closure for a different look, but the closure didn’t really keep the portfolio shut and we were concerned the artwork would just fly out if someone moved it too quickly. The third prototype nailed the material weight and closure just right, but they accidentally made it at 2/3s the final size, so we had a fourth prototype made just to be sure everything was perfect. These prototypes are constructed by hand, one at a time, so they’re not cheap, but they’re well worth the cost when you consider the alterative: producing a less than desirable collectible. The final prototype was everything we envisioned and we gave it the green light.
The finished portfolios will begin shipping in late March, but below are some photos of the final approve case they sent us today. For the first photo, keep in mind how large our special edition of It by Stephen King is and that’ll give you a good feel for how huge these portfolios are.
Cemetery Dance Publications will be shipping the Gift Edition and Limited Edition of It: The 25th Anniversary Special Limited Editionby Stephen King next week, and I thought you might like a sneak peek at the Gift Edition. I took these photos very quickly, and please note that we don’t have the slipcases for the Gift Edition yet, so this is just the book itself, but I’ll post new photos of the finished Gift Edition and the signed and traycased Limited Edition later this month.
This exclusive Cemetery Dance Publications deluxe Limited Edition features a brand new afterword by Stephen King, full-color wrap-around color artwork by Glen Orbik, and nearly thirty original color and black & white interior illustrations by Alan M. Clark and Erin S. Wells.
Here are two more shots featuring the Gift Edition (no slipcase), the Viking hardcover, and the Hodder & Stoughton hardcover to give you an idea of the size: