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:
The final approval copy for our special slipcase for The Talisman and Black House arrived today and it looks great. See the photo at the end of this post.
For those who missed out on this set, I think the back story might be kind of interesting for collectors.
Last year, Scribner announced they would be reprinting The Talisman and Black House in a new matching hardcover set. A collector asked us if we would consider making an aftermarket slipcase for this set, which we thought was an interesting idea.
We’ve been producing limited run slipcases for most of Stephen King’s recent releases and our collectors really like how these cases turn out. We’re obviously big fans of the slipcases, too. In all honesty, they’re fairly expensive to make and we wouldn’t still be producing them if we didn’t like how they look!
After talking about the possibilities for a slipcase for this new set, we decided to go one step further and commission a bonus poster featuring original artwork by Tomislav Tikulin to make our set of the books extra special. You can see his awesome artwork to the right.
Then, in the fall, we learned that Scribner had only printed 2,250 copies of The Talisman and 2,660 copies of Black House, which is a tremendously low print run for a Stephen King trade edition. We had already purchased 400 of those copies, meaning there would only be 400 of our slipcased sets ever produced for collectors.
All 400 of these sets sold out last year and now that the slipcases are almost done, they’ll be ready to ship later this month.
A few people have asked about the hot foil stamping dies our printers, slipcase makers, and traycase makers use to stamp the covers/cases. These are made of copper, aluminum, or a similar material and weigh between one and 25 pounds. These photos don’t show it, but the copper ones are extremely shiny.
Review copies for a few Cemetery Dance fall releases arrived this week. A review copy is a trade paperback version of a book that is printed early so booksellers and reviewers can read the material in advance. Corrections could still be made to the text, dust jacket, etc, before the book is sent to the printer for the actual hardcover edition.
Our good friend Lilja of Lilja’s Library sent us a copy of the Swedish hardcover of Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King, which features the cover artwork Tomislav Tikulin originally painted for our Limited Edition of the book. (And yes, the “I shall call him… Mini-Me” joke has already been made.)
The Limited Edition of A Book of Horrors edited by Stephen Jones, which Cemetery Dance is co-publishing with PS Publishing in the UK, is shipping now. If you look at the cover too much, it gets kind of trippy: