Walking With Ghosts, my first full-length short story collection, is being published by the amazing folks at PS Publishing and my first copy arrived this past week. Here are a few photos I took very quickly the other day of this beautiful book they’ve produced:
Cemetery Dance Publications has been shipping the Gift Edition and Numbered Artist Edition of Carrie by Stephen King for a few days now. Here’s a stack of the Numbered Artist Edition books in the warehouse waiting to be traycased:
Cemetery Dance Publications is publishing a special edition of Carrie to launch our new Doubleday Years set by Stephen King, and the Gift Edition and Limited Edition approval copies arrived this week and and look terrific. Here are two links to the “sneak peek” photo galleries for the Gift Edition and the Numbered Artist Edition on the Cemetery Dance website:
Our slipcase and box maker toiled over several different prototypes for The Dark Man Artwork Portfolio before coming up with a design that would protect the artwork for years to come. The stack of artwork is nearly 1.5 inches THICK, so housing the artwork in a way that didn’t bend or stress each print was our highest priority, which is why it took three tries to get the case just right. We ended up designing a special two piece slipcase system that we’ve never used before and we’re thrilled with how it turned out. This will begin shipping next month, but you can see a few of the first photos below:
Here are two photos of our approval copies of Smoke & Mirrors edited by Richard Chizmar and Screamplays edited by Richard Chizmar and Martin H. Greenberg, which will be published next month. I grabbed a random paperback off my desk for the front cover shot and then a copy of The Secretary of Dreams by Stephen King for the spine shot:
Bluelines (or the “approval proof”) are the pre-publication proof that a printer sends a publisher to look over one last time before the publisher gives the printer the “green light” to start printing the book. This is your very last chance to catch any mistakes in the printer’s set-up, etc. Only one or maybe two sets of bluelines exist for each book.
As shown in my post about It by Stephen King, these days most bluelines are just a digitally printed stack of loose pages, but one of our new printers actually delivered a recent approval proof as a bound (with tape) book, which was a nice surprise. You can see a little bit of the DJ bluelines under the book, too:
The Deluxe Lettered Edition of Doctor Sleep by Stephen King is limited to 52 signed and lettered copies and should be finished at our box maker in April. We received the approval case today and thought our collectors might like a sneak peek. I’ve included the Limited Edition (white traycase) and the Gift Edition (red slipcase) in a few of the shots for reference.
The hand-bound, custom-made book features:
* Three-piece hand-binding featuring Cromwell red leather on spine and Asahi Japanese Blue Mohair Bookcloth for front and back boards
* French Marbled endsheets
* pages edged with hand-dipped silver gilding
* hot-stamped with Light Blue Metallic and Silver Bright foils
* Smyth sewn with cotton thread
* cotton hinge cloth, sewn headbands, and red silk ribbon page marker
* dust jacket with a different design than the other editions
The massive hand-made, custom box features:
* Blue Galuchat covering material
* White Ester Foam With Red Satin Covering
* Two color hot foil stamping
* Heavy-duty premium recycled chipboard
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: