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DISCOUNTED! Dark Screams: Volume One featuring Stephen King, Kelley Armstrong, Bill Pronzini, Simon Clark, and Ramsey Campbell!

Dark ScreamsVolume One featuring stories by Stephen King, Kelley Armstrong, Bill Pronzini, Simon Clark, and Ramsey Campbell is on sale for just 99 cents for a very limited time only! Read more or place your order:

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Dark Screams Volume One

 

NEW COVER! Dark Screams: Volume One featuring Stephen King, Kelley Armstrong, Bill Pronzini, Simon Clark, and Ramsey Campbell!

The cutting edge team at Hydra, a division of Random House, recently hired Kealan Patrick Burke to create new covers for the first five volumes in the Dark Screams series, and today I’m thrilled to show off what he came up with for Volume One:

Dark Screams Volume One

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I’ll post the other new covers over the next few days, but each one is amazing! My thanks goes out to Kealan and the Hydra team for their incredible work on this series!

All 5 Volumes of Dark Screams Available for Instant Reading or Listening!

As you might remember, Richard Chizmar and I joined forces with the cutting edge team at Hydra, a division of Random House, to publish a series of horror eBook anthologies called Dark Screams that feature the best horror authors working in the business today.

ALL five volumes are available for instant reading OR listening, so please be sure to check them out:

Dark Screams: Volume One

Featuring Stephen King, Kelley Armstrong, Bill Pronzini, Simon Clark, and Ramsey Campbell

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Dark Screams: Volume Two

Featuring Robert McCammon, Norman Prentiss, Shawntelle Madison, Graham Masterton, and Richard Christian Matheson

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Dark Screams: Volume Three

Featuring Peter Straub, Jack Ketchum, Darynda Jones, Jacquelyn Frank, and Brian Hodge

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Dark Screams: Volume Four

Featuring Clive Barker, Heather Graham, Lisa Morton, Ray Garton, and Ed Gorman

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Dark Screams: Volume Five

Featuring Mick Garris, J. Kenner, Kealan Patrick Burke, Del James, and Bentley Little

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REMINDER: Dark Screams Is Available On Audio!

As you might remember, Richard Chizmar and I have joined forces with the cutting edge team at Hydra, a division of Random House, to publish a series of horror eBook anthologies called Dark Screams that feature the best horror authors working in the business today.

Tantor Audio also published ALL FIVE volumes on audio, so please be sure to check out what they’ve done because we were really impressed with the readers they selected!

Dark Screams: Volume OneAudiobook on Amazon.com
Dark Screams: Volume TwoAudiobook on Amazon.com
Dark Screams: Volume ThreeAudiobook on Amazon.com
Dark Screams: Volume FourAudiobook on Amazon.com
Dark Screams: Volume FiveAudiobook on Amazon.com

We’ll be posting more exciting news for readers of the Dark Screams series later this year, so stay tuned!

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Breaking News! More Dark Screams Audiobooks On The Way!

As you might remember, Richard Chizmar and I have joined forces with the cutting edge team at Hydra, a division of Random House, to publish a series of horror eBook anthologies called Dark Screams that feature the best horror authors working in the business today.

Tantor Audio published an audiobook edition of Dark Screams: Volume One and we’re pleased to announce they’ve now also acquired the rights to publish audiobooks of Volumes Two, Three, Four, and Five!

Dark Screams: Volume OneAudiobook on Amazon.com — Published December 23, 2014
Dark Screams: Volume TwoAudiobook on Amazon.com — To Be Published October 13, 2015
Dark Screams: Volume ThreeAudiobook on Amazon.com — To Be Published October 30, 2015
Dark Screams: Volume FourAudiobook on Amazon.com — To Be Published November 24, 2015
Dark Screams: Volume FiveAudiobook on Amazon.com — To Be Published December 15, 2015

We’ll be posting more exciting news for readers of the Dark Screams series later this year, so stay tuned!

Dark Screams 1 through 5 titles

Praise For Dark Screams: Volume One featuring Stephen King, Kelley Armstrong, Bill Pronzini, Simon Clark, and Ramsey Campbell!

The early reviews for Dark Screams: Volume One are arriving and we’re very pleased with them:

Dark Screams Volume One

“This is a solid collection of quick reads, a nice selection of appetizers that represent the horror genre and many of its incarnations well.”
— Blu Gilliand, October Country

“These tales are well written, fun to read, and a great way to kill a winter afternoon. Recommended for fans of short story collections and dark fiction!”
— Horror After Dark

“Dark Screams isn’t published by Cemetery Dance, but with the editors of Cemetery Dance at the helm, it’s going to be a solid series. It certainly helped me pass a few hours in enjoyment.”
— Adventures Fantastic

“If Volume 1 is any indication of quality, I’m all in for the rest of the series.”
— Not Too Terrible

“I thoroughly enjoyed Dark Screams and look forward to future publications.”
— The Dragon’s Roost

“It’s a really good (short) collection. It’s only got five stories, but they’re all from fairly well known authors, and they’re all good… This is a really good anthology, and since it’s only available in ebook form, it’s cheap, too.”
— Yoyogod’s Reviews of Books and Stuff I Like

“It’s a really good (short) collection. It’s only got five stories, but they’re all from fairly well known authors, and they’re all good… This is a really good anthology, and since it’s only available in ebook form, it’s cheap, too.”
— Yoyogod’s Reviews of Books and Stuff I Like

“…volume one hooked me well enough that I’m anticipating the next four installments, and thus I would still recommend picking up Dark Screams. It’s only three bucks after all, and the entries from King, Campbell and Pronzini are worth the price of admission alone.”
— Christopher Shultz, LitReactor

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OUT TODAY! Dark Screams: Volume One featuring Stephen King, Kelley Armstrong, Bill Pronzini, Simon Clark, and Ramsey Campbell!

Just a reminder that 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 will feature the best horror authors working in the business today, and Volume One is available for download NOW for just $2.99!

About the Book:
Stephen King, Kelley Armstrong, Bill Pronzini, Simon Clark, and Ramsey Campbell are the first contributors to a mind-bending new series of short-story collections that push the boundaries of horror and dark suspense to the bleeding edge. From Brian James Freeman and Richard Chizmar of the acclaimed Cemetery Dance Publications, Dark Screams: Volume One reaches across genres to take readers beyond the precipice of mortal toil and into the glimmering void of irreality and beyond.

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Dark Screams Volume One Audiobook

Dark Screams Volume One Audiobook

Coming Next Week! Dark Screams: Volume One featuring Stephen King, Kelley Armstrong, Bill Pronzini, Simon Clark, and Ramsey Campbell!

Just a reminder that 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 will collect stories by the best authors working in the business today, and Volume One will be available for download next week! Each volume will feature different types of chills and thrills, a little something for every type of horror fan, and there are already five volumes of Dark Screams in the works.

About the Book:
Stephen King, Kelley Armstrong, Bill Pronzini, Simon Clark, and Ramsey Campbell are the first contributors to a mind-bending new series of short story collections that push the boundaries of horror and dark suspense to the bleeding edge. From Brian James Freeman and Richard Chizmar of the acclaimed Cemetery Dance Publications, Dark Screams: Volume One reaches across genres to take readers beyond the precipice of mortal toil and into the glimmering void of irreality and beyond.

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

Dark Screams: Volume One featuring Stephen King, Kelley Armstrong, Bill Pronzini, Simon Clark, and Ramsey Campbell!

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 will feature the best horror authors working in the business today.

Each volume will feature different types of chills and thrills, a little something for every type of horror fan, and there are already five volumes of Dark Screams in the works.

We would definitely appreciate your support if you could preorder a copy of Dark Screams: Volume One for the e-reader of your choice through the links below!

About the Book:
Stephen King, Kelley Armstrong, Bill Pronzini, Simon Clark, and Ramsey Campbell are the first contributors to a mind-bending new series of short-story collections that push the boundaries of horror and dark suspense to the bleeding edge. From Brian James Freeman and Richard Chizmar of the acclaimed Cemetery Dance Publications, Dark Screams: Volume One reaches across genres to take readers beyond the precipice of mortal toil and into the glimmering void of irreality and beyond.

WEEDS by Stephen King
When a meteorite lands on his property, Jordy Verrill envisions an easy payday. Unfortunately for Jordy, this is no ordinary rock—and the uncompromising force inside has found its first target.

THE PRICE YOU PAY by Kelley Armstrong
Never pay more than you owe. Sounds like easy advice to follow. But for Kara and her childhood friend Ingrid, some debts can never be repaid . . . especially those tendered in blood.

MAGIC EYES by Bill Pronzini
Edward James Toliver has found a weary sort of asylum among the insane. He knows he’s not one of them—but how can he tell anyone about the invaders without sounding that way?

MURDER IN CHAINS by Simon Clark
Imagine awaking to find yourself in an underground vault, chained by the neck to a murderous lunatic, a grunting goliath who seems more animal than man. What would you do to save yourself?

THE WATCHED by Ramsey Campbell
Little Jimmy gets a glimpse of the cold truth when he finds out that it’s not always what you see that can get you into trouble; it’s who knows what you see.

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This Month’s Question: What Horror Novel Should Everyone Read?

The Question of the Month has a simple premise: each month I’ll ask a handful of authors to answer the same question and then I’ll publish their responses exactly as I receive them. In these posts you’ll discover how these authors think, giving you insight into where their darkest tales come from. These responses are listed here in the order they were received.

This month’s question is: If you had to recommend just one horror novel for everyone to read, what would it be and why?

Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House. Why? Because it’s not only the scariest novel I’ve ever read, it’s also a “literary” novel, so it can demonstrate to snobs and skeptics that the genre can have intellectual heft.  In addition, it’s a mainstream work of fiction with no overt sex or violence, so it has the potential to win over milquetoast Middle America, those wimpy readers who flinch and flee at the sight of blood. It’s the perfect poster boy for horror. As far as I’m concerned, Jackson’s masterful novel should be required reading for every human on the planet.
— 
Bentley Little

I’m going to hail Richard Matheson’s Hell House, because I still recall finding it impossible to put down and wishing I hadn’t stayed up after midnight by myself to finish it. Truthfully, it’s the only book that made me realize that looking over your shoulder because of what you’re reading isn’t always an exaggeration. Forget the timid movie adaptation and go straight for the real thing—Matheson certainly does.
— Ramsey Campbell

The Shining by Stephen King.  I love that man.  I love that book.
— Nancy Holder

The one horror novel that I would recommend that everyone should read is Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. As an inward and an outward journey of discovery it exposes the narrator to the nature of evil. Both it and its palimpsest (Coppola’s Apocalypse Now) resonate for a generation (mine) that went to college, San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury, or Vietnam in the ’60s. Those of us who did those things (I did all three) understand perfectly Kurz’ (or Brando’s in the film) cry at the end: “The horror! The horror!”
— Robert Booth

My answer is Reprisal by Mitchell Smith. Reasons: the nightmarish scope of his human imaginings, the austere and limpid grace of his prose.
— Michael Shea

Dracula by Bram Stoker. As a King “expert” it would be expected of me to recommend The StandIt or even the under-rated Bag of Bones. But, our whole genre is founded and fed by certain great classics. Stoker’s great novel has influenced the horror genre more than any other, and no horror book has had a greater impact on popular culture. Yet, most of those who still read entire books have not actually read this novel. Surprisingly that goes for many horror or dark fiction genre readers. Yes, it is written with a Victorian sensibility and the epistolary style is difficult for many but the payoff from this carefully crafted novel, full of the back-imagery of our minds, is immense. The sexual tension, the multi-layered representational use of blood, the ancient fear of the unknown, and the tools of a newly scientific age, all combine with tremendous characterization and a rollicking good story. Best of all, when the tale is done, a mighty genre lies downstream from its headwaters.
— Rocky Wood

Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury.  This is a classic novel for a reason. The story evolves from two thirteen-year-old boys, James Nightshade and William Holloway, who are still at that age where the world is full of unknown mysteries and anything can happen. They are opposites, one adventurous and daring and spur-of-the-moment, the other cautious and grounded and wary. They are at the crossroads of innocence and adulthood. And when a dark carnival comes to town, they find themselves drawn to the darkness by all the possibilities.

And while that’s the core of the story, it’s not the whole story.  Something Wicked This Way Comesalso explores a part of human nature deeply rooted in all of us … wishing things were different.  The aging school teacher who wants to be young again. The disabled ex-football player who dreams of playing again.  The father with a bad heart who fears experiencing life to its fullest because it might mean his death.

And of course, there’s the dark carnival and the small town and the library.

How can you go wrong!
— David B. Silva

‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King.  It’s my favorite book by the best writer in the field.  It shows King at his best, with wonderful characterizations of a small town filled with fear.  I was 20 years old when I first read it and it dazzled me.  It showed what horror writers were capable of and I never looked back.  Even three decades later I remember the story vividly.  No other book has ever hit me so hard and I recommend it at every opportunity.
— 
John R. Little

This, at least for me, is a deceptively difficult question because so many exceptional books so easily come to mind. On a strictly personal level, Clive Barker’s The Books of Blood and, before that, Richard Matheson’s Hell House, and Bram Stoker’s Dracula were all huge influences that I believe remain as exceptional “ambassadors of horror” for new readers. However, if I must choose only one, (and possibly a bit of an uncommon or even contentious choice as it is often labeled as “fantasy” rather than horror) I’d have to select Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes. The novel is beautifully written, can be appreciated equally by readers of all ages, and touches upon some of our deepest universal fears and aspirations including our fears of growing old, of dying, of lost opportunities, and of lost friendship, among others. The book examines horrors of both supernatural and entirely mundane, human origin and manages to be mutually terrifying and life-affirming and a thoroughly entertaining read.
—  Norman L. Rubenstein

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