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release date: May 16, 2017
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Gwendy's Button Box
The little town of Castle Rock, Maine has witnessed some strange events and unusual visitors over the years, but there is one story that has never been told... until now.


There are three ways up to Castle View from the town of Castle Rock: Route 117, Pleasant Road, and the Suicide Stairs. Every day in the summer of 1974 twelve-year-old Gwendy Peterson has taken the stairs, which are held by strong (if time-rusted) iron bolts and zig-zag up the cliffside.


At the top of the stairs, Gwendy catches her breath and listens to the shouts of the kids on the playground. From a bit farther away comes the chink of an aluminum bat hitting a baseball as the Senior League kids practice for the Labor Day charity game.


One day, a stranger calls to Gwendy: "Hey, girl. Come on over here for a bit. We ought to palaver, you and me."


On a bench in the shade sits a man in black jeans, a black coat like for a suit, and a white shirt unbuttoned at the top. On his head is a small neat black hat. The time will come when Gwendy has nightmares about that hat...


Journey back to Castle Rock again in this chilling new novella by Stephen King, bestselling author of The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, and Richard Chizmar, award-winning author of A Long December. This book will be a Cemetery Dance Publications exclusive with no other editions currently planned anywhere in the world!

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release date: Dec 12, 2016
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A Long December

In 1996, Richard Chizmar’s debut short story collection, Midnight Promises, was a finalist for the World Fantasy Award. Publishers Weekly called it “a sterling collection” while singling out “The Silence of Sorrow” as “an understated masterpiece.”

Two years later, Subterranean Press published a mini-collection from Chizmar entitled Monsters and Other Stories. In his introduction, acclaimed genre critic Edward Bryant said, “When all is said and done, this book should leave you in utter silence, giving you time and opportunity to contemplate what you just read. Tough storytelling from a tough writer; but a writer who is not calloused. Chizmar possesses a finely honed gift of empathy. With utter grace and loving kindness he’ll put you right inside the life (and soul) of the monster.”

Now, nearly two decades later, Chizmar assembles thirty-five stories, including a previously-unpublished novella, and presents us with A Long December. This massive new collection features more than 150,000 words of Chizmar’s very best short fiction and includes 8,000 words of autobiographical Story Notes.

Eerie, suspenseful, poignant, the stories in A Long December range from horror to suspense, crime to dark fantasy, mainstream to mystery.

As New York Times bestselling author Scott Smith (A Simple Plan, The Ruins) notes: “It’s an idyllic little world Richard Chizmar has created. Boys fish in the shallows of a winding creek. A father tosses a baseball with his young son in the fading light of a summer day. There’s the smell of fresh-cut grass. And then, well…just beneath the surface? There are those missing pets whose collars turn up in a shoebox. Or the disturbing photos the dead can leave behind. Or the terrible thing you might find yourself doing when a long lost brother suddenly returns, demanding money. Chizmar does a tremendous job of peeling back his world’s shiny layers, revealing the rot that lies underneath. His stories feel like so many teeth: short and sharp and ready to draw blood.”

release date: Dec 01, 2015
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Turn Down the Lights

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the premiere issue of Cemetery Dance, we're proud to announce Turn Down the Lights, an anthology of authors who helped make the magazine what it is today.

Featuring original horror stories by:

Stephen King, Norman Partridge, Jack Ketchum, Brian James Freeman, Bentley Little, Ed Gorman, Ronald Kelly, Steve Rasnic Tem, Clive Barker and Peter Straub.

Including bonus stories by Ray Garton and Kealan Patrick Burke exclusive to this paperback edition!


"Chizmar has essentially produced an all-star, book-length issue of his magazine, and horror fans should be sure to pick it up."--Publishers Weekly

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release date: Oct 14, 2016
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Dark Hallows II: Tales from the Witching Hour (Volume 2)
With Dark Hallows: 10 Halloween Haunts, Scarlet Galleon Publications' Editor, Mark Parker, took readers to the heart of Halloween. With Dark Hallows II: Tales from the Witching Hour, he takes them a step further, to that early morning realm known as the 'Witching Hour,' where black magic is said to be at its most potent, and where the threshold between the living and the dead grows disturbingly tenuous. Lovers of Halloween and dark fiction will relish in these 13 chilling tales, from authors such as: Richard Chizmar, Lisa Morton, Sean Patrick Traver, Annie Neugebauer, Ronald Malfi, Brian Moreland, James Chambers, Stuart Keane, Joshua Rex, JC Braswell, M.L. Roos, A.P. Sessler, and J.D. Horn, bestselling author of the wildly successful 'Witching Savannah' series.
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release date: Mar 28, 2016
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Chiral Mad 3
The third act in the critically-acclaimed series by Written Backwards, is a symmetrically-structured anthology of psychological horror by Bram Stoker Award nominated editor Michael Bailey, whose previous anthologies include The Library of the Dead, Qualia Nous and Pellucid Lunacy. The anthology contains 45 illustrations by Glenn Chadbourne, over 20 stories by the likes of Stephen King, Jack Ketchum, Ramsey Campbell, Gary A. Braunbeck, Mort Castle, Josh Malerman, Scott Edelman, Richard Thomas, Richard Chizmar and Gene O’Neill, and with 20 intertwined poems by the likes of Elizabeth Massie, Marge Simon, Bruce Boston, Erik T. Johnson, Stephanie M. Wytovich, and also includes an introduction by the extraordinary Chuck Palahniuk.
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release date: Dec 31, 2017
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release date: Jan 22, 2017
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Eternal Darkness
SOMEONE HAS MOVED INTO THE OLD BREWSTER PLACE

Ben Harris and his best friends Richie and Jack knew the stories about Old Man Brewster, what happened to his wife . . . and the flies. They had no idea why anybody would want to live there, but then they met Greg Lupescu, the new kid who had moved in. He looked strange, his father was never around, and he had this creepy butler named Karl. Soon, however, he became their close friend.

SOMETHING IS KILLING PEOPLE

First, a young boy goes missing . . . Soon after, the boy’s abusive deadbeat father is slaughtered . . . And his grieving mother burns to death in an unnatural fire . . . People are dying all over Bristol, Massachusetts and the boys are beginning to realize that it all started when the Lupescus moved to town.

SOMETIMES YOU CAN’T FIGHT YOUR DESTINY

Ben and little sister Eve can sense that a dark storm looms on the horizon threatening to engulf Bristol, and at its center stands his new friend. Can they all help Greg resist the sinister forces against him, or in the end will he choose to succumb and embrace an Eternal Darkness?
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release date: Jan 01, 2001
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The Best of Cemetery Dance (Cemetary Dance)
"Cemetery Dance is one of the best. Great stuff."—Stephen King

This amazing collection gathers the best short fiction from the best writers featured in the first 25 issues of the World Fantasy Award-winning magainze Cemetery Dance—a virtual who's who of contemporary masters of horror, including:

• Poppy Z. Brite
• Joe R. Landsdale
• William F. Nolan
• Nancy Collins
• Matthew Costello
• Thomas Tessier
• Richard Layman
• Steve Rasnic Tem
• Jay R. Bonansinga
• Bill Pronzini
• And many more...

release date: May 31, 2015
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Brothers
Chet and Michael are brothers. They are also police officers. What they are not is friends. Their mother died when they were young. Their only parent was an absent cop father who preferred women and scotch to raising them. So Chet being older had to raise Michael. Chet was the quiet responsible one; Michael was the handsome wild one who came to resent Chet's rules and regulations. Michael still resents them especially when Chet tries to break up the affair his younger married brother is having on the side. Neither man is willing to back down. Neither man is a stranger to violence. Then Chet decides to pay a late night visit to the woman he calls his brother's whore. . . .
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release date: Oct 22, 2015
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Dark Hallows: 10 Halloween Haunts
Halloween just got a whole lot darker... DARK HALLOWS: 10 Halloween Haunts is a wonderfully chilling collection of creepy tales that will have readers up late into the night--but only if they leave a light on! This new offering from Scarlet Galleon Publications and Editor Mark Parker, includes stories from industry luminaries and new voices alike: Brian James Freeman, Al Sarrantonio, Robert Morrish, Norman Partridge, Ronald Malfi, Aaron Dries, Adam Cesare, Mark Parker, and Lisa Morton. And features a never-before-published tale from Cemetery Dance founder and publisher, Richard Chizmar! Each story is beautifully accompanied by original artwork from Aaron Dries, making this a must-have for book lovers and collectors everywhere. It’s one frightful ride readers won’t want to miss. Exploring the chilling haunts of Dark Hallows, is to take a journey into the very heart of Halloween, where readers are reconnected with the best, and hopefully worst, the 'dark holiday' has to offer.
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