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!
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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:
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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
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Many readers asked if my 10,000 word interview with William Peter Blatty from the Cemetery Dance Publications special edition of The Exorcist/Legion would ever be available again, so I’m pleased to report it’s been republished as an eBook for just 99 cents:
Fate and The Exorcist: An In-depth Interview with William Peter Blatty
by Brian James Freeman
When Cemetery Dance Publications managing editor Brian James Freeman sat down with William Peter Blatty for a quick interview, he already knew the New York Times bestselling author of The Exorcist, Legion, The Ninth Configuration, Elsewhere, and many other acclaimed novels was a fascinating person, as well as one of our most acclaimed writers of the last fifty years.
What Freeman didn’t expect was how open Blatty would be about his entire life and every aspect of his career, including both the highs and the lows. What started as a simple interview turned into a 10,000 word career-spanning discussion that touches on just about every project Blatty has ever conceived.
Starting with Blatty’s appearance on You Bet Your Life through the writing of The Exorcist and concluding with his current projects and his thoughts on fate and life in general, there is something for every William Peter Blatty fan in this incredibly in-depth interview.
Here are a few photos of the The Exorcist: The 40th Anniversary Revised Limited Edition from Lonely Road Books, along with a few scans of the 13 or so color plates Caniglia created for the book, which sold out in just about 30 hours after it was announced:
Here is the latest update on The Exorcist: The 40th Anniversary Revised Limited Edition by William Peter Blatty that Lonely Road Books will be publishing later this year:
The book is now designed and being proofread, and we’re still right on track for a summer publication date.
As I mentioned last time, I originally planned on printing 6 color artwork plates in this special edition, but Caniglia went overboard and turned in 13 (!) color pieces, so I’m breaking the budget and adding all of them to the book. You can never have too much Caniglia artwork in a beautiful special edition like this one.
In addition, Mr. Blatty has provided an introduction and an afterword that won’t be appearing in any other edition of the book, so even though the Lonely Road Books special edition is long sold out, those essays have been added as unannounced bonus features.
Finally, there is also a special unannounced bonus for the Lettered Edition customers: because Caniglia turned in so much extra artwork, there will be entirely different artwork on the Lettered Edition’s dust jacket instead of the same artwork that will be appearing on the Limited Edition as originally planned.
I’ll post more news as I have it, but you can also always email me if you have any questions. Thanks, as always, for your support!
As I mentioned a while back, Lonely Road Books will be publishing a special Limited Edition of The Exorcist: The 40th Anniversary Revised Edition by William Peter Blatty. The book sold out just 30 hours after it was announced, which is excellent for the collectors who managed to snag a copy, and production is moving along smoothly. In fact, today I’m extremely pleased to unveil Caniglia’s incredible cover painting for the book, which I absolutely love:
Caniglia is now working on the interior artwork and I’ll try to post a few more samples between now and publication. Feel free to post your thoughts in the comments!
UPDATE: The book sold out less than 30 hours after being officially announced! Thanks to all of the collectors who ordered a copy!
Here is the latest news from Lonely Road Books, which I thought might be of interest:
The Exorcist: The 40th Anniversary Revised Limited Edition
by William Peter Blatty
featuring original artwork by Caniglia
Earlier this year, William Peter Blatty announced that he had revised his original manuscript for THE EXORCIST to be published as a special 40th Anniversary edition.
Lonely Road Books will be publishing a deluxe, oversized, slipcased and signed Limited Edition of this version of the book next year. This edition will feature full-color artwork by Caniglia and will be limited to just 374 copies of the Limited Edition and 26 copies of the Lettered Edition, making it an extremely collectible edition.
About the Revised Special Edition:
For the special 40th Anniversary Edition of The Exorcist, William Peter Blatty has returned to the manuscript, reworking portions of the book that never satisfied him. Due to financial constraints and a pressing workload at the time, he was forced to forego a desired revision. “For most of these past forty years I have rued not having done a thorough second draft and careful polish of the dialogue and prose,” Blatty says. “But now, like an answer to a prayer, this fortieth anniversary edition has given me not only the opportunity to do that second draft, but to do it at a time in my life—I am 83—when it might not be totally unreasonable to hope that my abilities, such as they are, have at least somewhat improved, and for all of this I say, Deo gratias!” Among the changes, Blatty has added a chilling scene introducing the unsettling minor character of a Jesuit psychiatrist.
About the Book:
The Exorcist, one of the most controversial novels ever written, went on to become a literary phenomenon: It spent fifty-seven weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, seventeen consecutively at number one.
Inspired by a true story of a child’s demonic possession in the 1940s, William Peter Blatty created an iconic novel that focuses on Regan, the eleven-year-old daughter of a movie actress residing in Washington, D.C. A small group of overwhelmed yet determined individuals must rescue Regan from her unspeakable fate, and the drama that ensues is gripping and unfailingly terrifying.
Two years after its publication, The Exorcist was, of course, turned into a wildly popular motion picture, garnering ten Academy Award nominations. On opening day of the film, lines of the novel’s fans stretched around city blocks. In Chicago, frustrated moviegoers used a battering ram to gain entry through the double side doors of a theater. In Kansas City, police used tear gas to disperse an impatient crowd who tried to force their way into a cinema. The three major television networks carried footage of these events; CBS’s Walter Cronkite devoted almost ten minutes to the story. The Exorcist was, and is, more than just a novel and a film: it is a true landmark.
Purposefully raw and profane, The Exorcist still has the extraordinary ability to disturb readers and cause them to forget that it is “just a story.” Published here in this beautiful special Limited Edition, it remains an unforgettable reading experience and will continue to shock and frighten a new generation of readers.
About this Special Edition:
With an oversized page size and an extremely low print run, this special edition will feature a high-quality paper stock, a deluxe binding selected from the finest materials available, and cover artwork and original illustrations by Caniglia. This stunning special edition will be like no other book in your collection.