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Reviews for The Halloween Children by Brian James Freeman and Norman Prentiss


February 17, 2015

For those who missed out on The Halloween Children (which I co-wrote with Norman Prentiss), it looks like Earthling Publications still has a few copies, but I have a feeling that you might be running out of time to place your order.

Here are some of the reviews for this one in case you’re interested:

The Halloween Children

“This latest installment in Earthling Publications’ annual Halloween series recollects the macabre and gruesome events that befall a suburban apartment. Delivered through a series of journal entries and interview transcripts, The Halloween Children goes beyond the creepy kids and paranormal hauntings tropes to deliver a disturbing and thought-provoking look into family dynamics and our own changing imaginations.”
— Rue Morgue issue #149

The Halloween Children is a twisty funhouse ride through the minds of Brian James Freeman and Norman Prentiss, two enormously talented writers who have created an instant Halloween classic in this, their first collaboration. Much like Norm Partridge’s Dark HarvestThe Halloween Children is an expert distillation of the Halloween season, capturing that peculiar mix of excitement, dread and outright fear in its pages… From the great, early slow build of the book to the terrifying, satisfying payoff, The Halloween Children is a complete success. Freeman and Prentiss do a great job in blending their unique styles into one pure voice – like Stephen King and Peter Straub with The Talisman and Black House, you’ll try to guess who wrote what, and you’ll most likely get it wrong. Reading this was the perfect kickoff to the Halloween season for me, and I have a feeling it will be part of my permanent October rotation for a long time to come.”
— October Country

The Halloween Children is frankly one of the more disturbing books I have ever read. From page to page my opinion of who was the monster behind what was going on changed from husband to wife to the children and then back. I was shocked and startled, grossed out and horrified – and I enjoyed every minute of it. And in the end, I still wasn’t sure who was the craziest – myself included. Freeman and Prentiss have created a disturbing tale with images so vivid they leapt from the page into brilliantly colored pictures in the mind. This is one powerful book. Treat yourself to this one for Halloween but be warned – have plenty of candy on hand for The Halloween Children should come knocking.”
— The Baryon Review

“A beautifully-written, scary novel that is as much about the dark side of marriage as it is a savagely disturbing Halloween yarn.”
— Horror Drive-In 

“Smouldering novel with a deceptively subtle start before erupting into a charnel house of vivid horror. The Halloween Children is intelligent story-telling for the discerning, and most definitely the stuff of Halloween nightmares.”
— Simon Clark, author of Blood Crazy and The Night of the Triffids

“With sledgehammer imagery that hits you right in the subconscious, The Halloween Children takes a good hard look at unconditional parental love and the insidious nature of family.”
— Kaaron Warren, Shirley Jackson Award winner, author of Slights and Through Splintered Walls

“When we grow up, we forget the strange and frightening world that children can inhabit in their minds…and sometimes we forget it at our peril. Brian James Freeman and Norman Prentiss have brought this home in a highly convincing horror story for Hallowe¹en, told in a chorus of voices that give it an eerily 3-D sense of gradually-mounting dread. One scene in particular is unforgettable…you will never be able to look at a parakeet again without it seeing it and even smelling it.”
— Graham Masterton, author of The Manitou and Night Warriors

Order the Signed Limited Edition Hardcover from Earthling Publications while supplies last!

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Carrie by Stephen King: A Quick Warehouse Photo of the Numbered Artist Edition


December 23, 2014

Cemetery Dance Publications has been shipping the Gift Edition and Numbered Artist Edition of Carrie by Stephen King for a few days now. Here’s a stack of the Numbered Artist Edition books in the warehouse waiting to be traycased:

Carrie by Stephen King Artist Edition

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Carrie by Stephen King: Doubleday Years Sneak Peek Photos


December 12, 2014

Cemetery Dance Publications is publishing a special edition of Carrie to launch our new Doubleday Years set by Stephen King, and the Gift Edition and Limited Edition approval copies arrived this week and and look terrific. Here are two links to the “sneak peek” photo galleries for the Gift Edition and the Numbered Artist Edition on the Cemetery Dance website:

Carrie Gift Edition Photo

Carrie Numbered Artist Edition Photo

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Praise For Dark Screams: Volume One featuring Stephen King, Kelley Armstrong, Bill Pronzini, Simon Clark, and Ramsey Campbell!


December 12, 2014

The early reviews for Dark Screams: Volume One are arriving and we’re very pleased with them:

Dark Screams Volume One

“This is a solid collection of quick reads, a nice selection of appetizers that represent the horror genre and many of its incarnations well.”
— Blu Gilliand, October Country

“These tales are well written, fun to read, and a great way to kill a winter afternoon. Recommended for fans of short story collections and dark fiction!”
— Horror After Dark

“Dark Screams isn’t published by Cemetery Dance, but with the editors of Cemetery Dance at the helm, it’s going to be a solid series. It certainly helped me pass a few hours in enjoyment.”
— Adventures Fantastic

“If Volume 1 is any indication of quality, I’m all in for the rest of the series.”
— Not Too Terrible

“I thoroughly enjoyed Dark Screams and look forward to future publications.”
— The Dragon’s Roost

“It’s a really good (short) collection. It’s only got five stories, but they’re all from fairly well known authors, and they’re all good… This is a really good anthology, and since it’s only available in ebook form, it’s cheap, too.”
— Yoyogod’s Reviews of Books and Stuff I Like

“It’s a really good (short) collection. It’s only got five stories, but they’re all from fairly well known authors, and they’re all good… This is a really good anthology, and since it’s only available in ebook form, it’s cheap, too.”
— Yoyogod’s Reviews of Books and Stuff I Like

“…volume one hooked me well enough that I’m anticipating the next four installments, and thus I would still recommend picking up Dark Screams. It’s only three bucks after all, and the entries from King, Campbell and Pronzini are worth the price of admission alone.”
— Christopher Shultz, LitReactor

Purchase the eBook:
Amazon.com • Amazon.ca • Amazon.co.uk • Barnes & Noble • iBookstore • Kobo

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Faithful by Stewart O’Nan and Stephen King Sneak Peek Photos


December 10, 2014

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:

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