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release date: May 30, 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: Dec 21, 2019
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FEAR OF 4
GREAT stories and scripts by four award-winning writers! Horror, dark fantasy, and suspense from Richard Chizmar, Brian Freeman, Brian Keene, and Tom Monteleone. Chizmar contributes three long out of print classics; Freeman an original tale and two others; Keene and Monteleone are both represented by all-new material! With an Intro by John Skipp.
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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: Nov 01, 2000
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The Best of Cemetery Dance
From the World Fantasy Award-winning pages of Cemetery Dance—the premier horror magazine in the field—comes The Best of Cemetery Dance. This incomparable anthology showcases the best short fiction from the magazine’s first 25 issues, featuring the greatest names to ever set pen to paper and let the nightmares come out.
 
Featuring stories by:
• Stephen King
• R. C. Matheson
• Bentley Little
• And many more
 
“This hefty and satisfying anthology is superbly representative of the state of contemporary horror and dark fantasy. Selections showcase the talents of leading luminaries whose work defines the art of darkness. An embarrassment of riches about which everyone can be proud.”—Publishers Weekly
release date: Dec 15, 2010
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Shivers 6
Cemetery Dance Publications is proud to announce the sixth entry in this award-nominated and best-selling anthology series!

Shivers VI weighs in at 410 pages and contains more than 110,000 words from today's most popular authors of horror and suspense including Stephen King, Peter Straub, Al Sarrantonio, Jay Bonansinga, Lisa Tuttle, David B. Silva, Melanie Tem, Brian Hodge, Brian Keene, Alan Peter Ryan, Blake Crouch and Jack Kilborn, Bev Vincent, Brian James Freeman, Norman Prentiss, and many others.

Two of the longest pieces are "The Crate" by Stephen King, his long lost novella that has never appeared in any of his collections, and "A Special Place: The Heart of A Dark Matter" by Peter Straub, a novella that is "creepy to the core" and "shines a terrible light on the backstory of Straub's acclaimed A Dark Matter" according to the coveted Starred Review from Publishers Weekly.

Featuring original dark fiction with a handful of rare reprints, Shivers VI is available only from Cemetery Dance Publications.
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release date: Dec 13, 2016
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Beast:  A New Beginning: A Dark Ethology
Featuring the talents of Melissa R Mendelson, Brooke Lerma, Pamela O’Herlihy, Will Millar, Jason White, Richard Chizmar, Ryan C Thomas, Joshua Hider, Rae Louise, Rogan O’Herlihy, Fiona Dodwell, Elizabeth Wixley, Michael Schutz, Rob Smith, Eric Arvin, C Derick Miller, Tracy Gagnon, Joshua Mason, Christopher D Abbott, JF G Cottam, Mikhail Lerma, Iain Rob Wright and Jack Ketchum. This is an excellent collection of short stories which explores man and their interaction with the different species on this great planet earth. Each tale was especially written for this very special anthology dealing and exploring different genres from horror, real life, science fiction and humour to name just a few. Beast : A New Beginning is repackaged book which was initially released as Beast: Genesis and Beast: Revelations. Some stories have been added and some taken away to provide a more comprehensive foray into different genres and provide a more cohesive flow. If you are looking for an exciting book full of suspense and awe, you can’t go wrong with Beast: A New Beginning. Sometimes nature has a way to even the score.
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release date: Dec 31, 2017
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release date: Jun 30, 2010
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In Laymon's Terms
This massive, oversized tribute anthology for Richard Laymon features short fiction and personal remembrances from dozens and dozens of the biggest names in horror and Laymon's biggest fans.


In addition, there are almost 140 pages of "Rarities and Fan Favorites" from Richard Laymon's personal files stories, interviews, and more, including a 17 page photo album personally selected by Ann Laymon. Several of these rare pieces are scanned directly from Laymon's original manuscripts and contain his handwritten corrections.


Featuring nearly 700 pages of fiction and essays written in honor of the man, author, and friend, In Laymon's Terms is personal, moving, and wildly entertaining. This is a unique and oversized hardcover collection that Richard Laymon would be proud of.
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