Brian James Freeman is the author of The Painted Darkness, Blue November Storms, Black Fire, The Halloween Children (with Norman Prentiss), More Than Midnight, Weak and Wounded, Dreamlike States, Lost and Lonely, and Seven Stories, an Amazon eBook exclusive short story collection that was the #1 bestselling story collection on Amazon.com in the US, UK, Germany, Spain, and France, and #2 bestseller in Italy, during the first week of February 2012. He is also the editor of Dark Screams (with Richard Chizmar), Detours, The Illustrated Stephen King Trivia Book (with Bev Vincent), The Illustrated Stephen King Movie Trivia Book (with Kevin Quigley and Hans-Ake Lilja), and Reading Stephen King.
Freeman sold his first short story when he was fourteen years old and his first novel when he was twenty-four. His novels, novellas, anthologies, short stories, essays, and interviews have been published by Grand Central Publishing, Cemetery Dance Publications, Borderlands Press, Book-of-the-Month Club, Leisure, Random House’s Hydra imprint, and many others.
His novella, The Painted Darkness, took the Internet by storm as an eBook during the summer of 2010, reaching more than 30,000 readers in the first three months after publication. The book was published in hardcover in December 2010 by Cemetery Dance Publications, with the signed editions selling out in just 24 hours. Due to overwhelming demand from booksellers, the first printing of the trade edition went out of print on the day of publication and Cemetery Dance rushed a second printing. The Painted Darkness was also offered as the “Free eBook of the Month” by WOWIO.com in October 2010, and within two weeks it became the most downloaded title in the program’s history.
His short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies since 1994 including From the Borderlands (Warner Books), Borderlands 5 (Borderlands Press), Corpse Blossoms (Creeping Hemlock Press), Shocklines (Cemetery Dance Publications), and all seven volumes of the acclaimed Shivers anthology series (Cemetery Dance Publications).
He’s well-known in the Stephen King fan community for his retired website, StephenKingNews.com, and his two well-regarded books of Stephen King trivia: The Illustrated Stephen King Trivia Book (with Bev Vincent) and The Illustrated Stephen King Movie Trivia Book (with Kevin Quigley and Hans-Ake Lilja), both of which featured copious amounts of artwork by acclaimed horror artist Glenn Chadbourne.
Freeman is the editor of the Dueling Minds anthology, which was published in 2013 as the 10th volume in the acclaimed Cemetery Dance Signature Series; Detours, which collects works from numerous bestselling authors including Stephen King, William Peter Blatty, Dean Koontz, Clive Barker, Peter Straub, Kelley Armstrong, Michael Koryta, David Morrell, Michael Marshall Smith, Stewart O’Nan, and Owen King; and he has several other anthologies in the works including multiple volumes of the Dark Screams series for Hydra, a division of Random House.
His essays, columns, and interviews have been published in every volume of The Stephen King Library Desk Calendar from 2009 through 2014 (Book of the Month Club), Jobs in Hell, Hellnotes, and Cemetery Dance. His non-fiction has been translated into French.
He is also the managing editor of Cemetery Dance Publications, the publisher of Lonely Road Books, and the founder of Books to Benefit. In these positions he has published the works of Stephen King, William Peter Blatty, Dean Koontz, Peter Straub, Clive Barker, Gillian Flynn, Scott Smith, Frank Darabont, Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child, Guillermo del Toro, Chuck Hogan, Max Brooks, Michael Koryta, Justin Cronin, Joe R. Lansdale, Michael Slade, Frank Darabont, Mick Garris, Stewart O’Nan, and many other acclaimed authors.
Brian James Freeman lives in Pennsylvania with his wife, his sons, two cats, and two German Shorthaired Pointers. More books are on the way.