Richard Chizmar and I have once again joined forces with the cutting edge team at Hydra, a division of Random House, to produce more volumes in our acclaimed Dark Screams horror eBook anthology series! Each volume collects stories by the best authors working in the business today and we’re pleased to announce Dark Screams: Volume Nine will be published on January 9, 2018!
I’m very pleased to announce Reading Stephen King, an anthology of essays by some seriously incredible writers, will be published later this year by Cemetery Dance Publications!
About the Book:
Stephen King has inspired millions of readers with his writing for more than four decades, and this special volume of essays gathers together some of his high-profile fans to discuss why they love reading the works of Stephen King.
Many of these fans are acclaimed authors of fiction in their own right. Some of them have written insightful books about Stephen King’s work, exploring how King’s natural storytelling gift has allowed him to create stories that reach people in every language around the world. A few of them have even written, produced, and directed movie adaptations of King’s most acclaimed works.
In this book you will join Clive Barker, Stewart O’Nan, Richard Chizmar, Frank Darabont, Stephen Spignesi, Justin Brooks, Tony Magistrale, Michael R. Collings, Rocky Wood, Robin Furth, Kevin Quigley, Hans-Ake Lilja, Billy Chizmar, Jack Ketchum, Bev Vincent, Mick Garris, and Jay Franco as they discuss their love of reading Stephen King…
As you might remember, I’m publishing a special edition of Faithful by Stewart O’Nan and Stephen King over at Books to Benefit to raise funds for some good causes the authors support. The Gift Edition approval copies arrived this week and and look terrific. Here are some quick “sneak peek” photos of the Gift Edition and the slipcase:
This has been such a wild week that I never had a chance to post this on Monday as planned! I’m pleased to announce the first book from Books to Benefit, my little side project, has been announced.
The book is Faithful: The 10th Anniversary Special Limited Edition by Stewart O’Nan and Stephen King, and it will be raising funds for The Haven Foundation and for organizations that promote cancer care and research. The Haven Foundation gives financial assistance to provide temporary support needed to safeguard and sustain the careers of established freelance artists. The authors also support cancer care and research organizations such as The Jimmy Fund. (You can learn how to donate to The Haven Foundation on their website and you can donate directly to The Jimmy Fund via their website.)
This project has been a lot of fun to work on, and I’m particularly happy with how the cover artwork turned out:
I hope you’ll check it out or maybe even place an order from one of these independent booksellers:
The 1000 copy signed Limited Edition of Detours sold out in just 55 hours, which is especially amazing since it was offered over a holiday weekend when book sales are almost always nil. Thanks to everyone for all of your support!
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:
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
Thanks for stopping by my new blog. My name is Brian James Freeman and my purpose here is to discuss writing, editing, reading, and the publishing business. In case you’re wondering if we’ve met at a convention, check out the photo to the right. I was probably the quiet one in the corner, wearing a baseball cap and not saying much.
A little about myself to get the ball rolling:
I’m the author of The Painted Darkness, Black Fire, Blue November Storms, and The Illustrated Stephen King Trivia Book (with Bev Vincent), along with some short stories and a few essays, too. I wrote Black Fire in college and sold it to Leisure and Cemetery Dance Publications. It was published in 2004 under the pen name James Kidman. At some point I’ll probably discuss why that pseudonym happened and how I view that decision now. Blue November Storms was a novella for the Cemetery Dance Novella Series and The Painted Darkness is a novella I gave away to 30,000 readers for free last summer as part of a marketing experiment to promote the hardcover. Did it work? Absolutely. I want to discuss that and some other thoughts on eBooks and marketing in the near future.
Like most writers, I have a day job to pay the bills. My day job happens to be kind of awesome, in my opinion. In 2002, I was hired by Richard Chizmar to work at Cemetery Dance Publications. These days I juggle the book production (35+ books last year), handle anything on the web (like updating the website, listing new products, writing all of the sales copy for the newsletters and customer updates, updating Facebook and Twitter, etc), organize and write anything for our marketing and publicity efforts, issue contracts, and basically try to take care of whatever seems to be falling through the cracks before it falls too far. I’m also the Managing Editor of Cemetery Dance, which is a job I started with Cemetery Dance #61 and like very much. We’re hiring some more editorial staff right now to help me with all of the work that goes into putting a print magazine together, and we have some really exciting things in the works for readers who love horror and suspense.
I’m also the Publisher of Lonely Road Books, where I’ve worked with authors such as Stephen King, Guillermo del Toro, Chuck Hogan, Stewart O’Nan, Mick Garris, Douglas Clegg, Ray Garton, and editor Kirby McCauley to produce beautiful, high-end collectible books. I’ll post some examples of our projects soon, but you can check them all out on the official Lonely Road Books website in the meantime.
That’s probably enough to get us started. If you have any questions, comments, or ideas for future posts, feel free to comment on this post or send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find me on Twitter and Facebook, or you can use the “sign me up!” button to the right to be notified via email when there are new updates. There is also a RSS feed for those who are interested in being updated that way.
Thanks again for stopping by and feel free to say “hi” in the comments if you’re so inclined.