Comparing Hot Foil Stamping Options

Although the differences are difficult to discern in a photo, these three traycase stamping samples were made with different foils so we could see how they would look on the final product (a Lettered Edition that we’ll be publishing in early 2013):

The Stephen King Library Desk Calendar 2013

I received my contributor’s copy of The Stephen King Library Desk Calendar 2013 from Book-of-the-Month Club and once again they’ve gone above and beyond to create a great gift for any type of Stephen King fan, from the casual reader to the serious collector. The theme this year was “King Anniversaries” and the calendar includes excerpts from King books that are celebrating anniversaries in 2013 including The Stand, Christine, Pet Sematary, Bag of Bones, Duma Key, and more.

As always, editor Jay Franco did an incredible job bringing together a great group of contributors including a lot of old favorites plus some strong new voices. My piece is called “Publishing a Stephen King Special Edition” and I discuss a little bit of the background and “behind the scenes” information of how Cemetery Dance published It: The 25th Anniversary Special Edition by Stephen King last December.

Here is the official sales copy from the Book-of-the-Month Club:

Welcome to the 2013 Stephen King Library Desk Calendar. If you’re here for the first time, welcome. If you are a return customer, welcome back, Mr. Torrance. We’ve been expecting you.

King’s world has grown so much since we entered the Dark Tower for last year’s calendar theme. With The Wind Through the Keyhole: A Dark Tower Novel published in April 2012, we’re proudly carrying on the tradition of the ka-tet into this year with some discussion of that release. We’re also hot on the heels of King’s time-travel novel, 11/22/63: A Novel—a phenomenal ride into the past.

For this year’s theme we’re once again headed into the past, where we’ll be celebrating King stories that all hit a memorable milestone this year: the 35th anniversary of The Stand and Night Shift, and 30 years for Christine and Pet Sematary—and more. I’ll let you discover the rest of the milestones for yourselves, but we’ll be reminiscing, discussing and sharing some dark and delightful trivia for them all. We’ll also share a glimpse into the places King will be taking us in the future, like catching us up with the child hero from The Shining, Danny Torrance, in the upcoming sequel, Doctor Sleep. Join us all year long!

Read more on their website today!

Stephen King Library 2013 Desk Calendar Table of Contents
Dec 31, 2012 – Jan 6 — introduction / editor letter — Jay Franco
Jan 7 – Jan 13 — This Book Is a Weapon — matt bergin
Jan 14 – Jan 20 — Ever Relevant — Jay Franco
Jan 21 – Jan 27 — 35th ANNIVERSARY – THE STAND — excerpt — Stephen King
Jan 28 – Feb 3 — King’s Lord of the Rings — Myke Cole
Feb 4 – Feb 10 — A Most Generous King — Jay Franco
Feb 11 – Feb 17 — The Stand Trivia — Fotini Marcopulos
Feb 18 – Feb 24 — Irons in the Fire — Jay Franco
Feb 25 – Mar 3 — 35th ANNIVERSARY – NIGHT SHIFT — an excerpt — Stephen King
Mar 4 – Mar 10 — Night Shift TRIVIA — Fotini Marcopulos
Mar 11 – Mar 17 — It’s About Time — matt bergin
Mar 18 – Mar 24 — 30th ANNIVERSARY – CHRISTINE — an excerpt — Stephen King
Mar 25 – Mar 31 — 30th ANNIVERSARY – CHRISTINE — an excerpt — Stephen King
Apr 1 – Apr 7 — Christine TRIVIA — Fotini Marcopulos
Apr 8 – Apr 14 — A King’s Ranking — Jay Franco
Apr 15 – Apr 21   — A Birthday to Die For! — Samantha Etkin
Apr 22 – Apr 28 — 30th ANNIVERSARY – PET SEMATARY — an excerpt — Stephen King
Apr 29 – May 5 — Coming Back Wrong — Jeff Somers
May 6 – May 12 — Squeaky’s Return — Matt DeVirgiliis
May 13 – May 19 — Pet Sematary essay — Peter Brett
May 20 – May 26 — 20th ANNIVERSARY – DOLORES CLAIBORNE – an excerpt — Stephen King
May 27 – June 2 — Dolores Claiborne TRIVIA — Fotini Marcopulos
June 3 – June 9 — Mysterious Benefactor — Diane Ketcham
June 10 – June 16 — Nightmares & Dreamscapes trivia essay — Fotini Marcopulos
June 17 – June 23 — 20th ANNIVERSARY – NIGHTMARES & DREAMSCAPES — an excerpt — Stephen King
June 24 – June 30 — Fear Does Not Exist in This Dojo — Jay Franco
July 1 – July 7 — Looking into The Eyes of The Dragon — Jay Franco
July 8 – July 14 — “Maine Man” — the editors
July 15 – July 21 — King the Scrivener — Justin Brooks
July 22 – July 28 — 15th ANNIVERSARY – BAG OF BONES — an excerpt — Stephen King
July 29 – Aug 4 — Bag of Bones TV Miniseries – The Sitelet — Jay Franco
Aug 5 – Aug 11 — The King films of 1983 — Dan Kimmel
Aug 12 – Aug 18 — Bag of Bones – Trivia — Fotini Marcopulos
Aug 19 – Aug 25 — Duma Key related trivia — Fotini Marcopulos
Aug 26 – Sept 1 — 5th ANNIVERSARY – DUMA KEY — an excerpt — Stephen King
Sept 2 – Sept 8 — Divorce & Departure — Kevin Quigley
Sept 9 – Sept 15   — A Discussion of: The Wind Through the Keyhole — Jay Franco
Sept 16 – Sept 22 — Dark Tower essay — Stephen Jewell
Sept 23 – Sept 29 — 5th ANNIVERSARY – JUST AFTER SUNSET  — an excerpt — Stephen King
Sept 30 – Oct 6 — Just After Sunset trivia — Fotini Marcopulos
Oct 7 – Oct 13 — The Rise and Fall and Rise Again of Carrie — Jay Franco
Oct 14 – Oct 20 — The Philosophy of Time Travel — Jay Franco
Oct 21 – Oct 27 — The ROAD RAGE Collaboration —  Jay Franco
Oct 28 – Nov 3 — Top 5 Horror Websites — Jay Franco
Nov 4 – Nov 10 — Embracing It — Jay Franco
Nov 11 – Nov 17 — Inspiration Insight —  Matt DeVirgiliis
Nov 18 – Nov 24 — 10th Anniversary of the Dark Tower: The Wolves of the Calla — Robin Furth
Nov 25 – Dec 1 — Insert Dead Pet Comedic Relief Here — Matt DeVirgiliis
Dec 2 – Dec 8 — A Love/Hate Relationship — Jay Franco
Dec 9 – Dec 15  — A discussion of documentary, ROOM 237 —  Jay Franco
Dec 16 – Dec 22  — Publishing a Stephen King Special Edition — Brian James Freeman
Dec 23 – Dec 29  — Publishing a Stephen King Special Edition [continued] — Brian James Freeman
Dec 30 – Jan 5, 2014  — Last Night I dreamed of a Tiger —  Jay Franco 

Another positive review for The Painted Darkness

Josef Hernandez, Minneapolis Books Examiner, posted a new review for The Painted Darkness over the weekend.  Here is just a little sample of the glowing review:

Brian James Freeman (who has previously published without his middle name) handles the story with a deftness that shows his talent. The reader is transported from the past to the present seamlessly as Freeman steers the story toward an understanding of the monsters that lurk in our world. Everyone is afraid of monsters and the things that go bump in our nightmares, but Freeman realizes that the reality is that real evil is much more horrific than the constructs of our mind. Henry is frantic to discover what is destroying the world around him as he races against his mind, and the monsters within and without, that threaten to destroy him, his family, and his world entirely. Henry has always used painting to hold the darkness at bay but the time has come for action now. This story is a great mix of psychological and supernatural horror that will hook the reader from the outset and not release him from its teeth until the final word.

You can read the rest of the review here.

The eBook is available through: • Barnes & NobleiBookstoreSony

The trade paperback is also still available through: • Cemetery Dance • Barnes & Noble

The audiobook can be downloaded immediately on  iTunes

FEARnet Reviews The Painted Darkness Audiobook

The first review for the The Painted Darkness unabridged audiobook has arrived and it’s from one of the biggest horror websites around:  Here is just a little sample of the glowing review:

Brian James Freeman’s fascinating novella, The Painted Darkness, is one of those rare gems you sometimes find in fiction that manage to effortlessly capture the strangeness of being young… The Painted Darkness concerns itself with classic themes: letting go of childhood, the power with which we wield creativity, and the tricky nature of monsters.  The novella is structured so that we simultaneously experience young Henry’s childhood snow-day adventure in the woods and his adult self’s horrific experiences in his isolated farmhouse during a snowstorm… The Painted Darkness is a rewarding, fun, scary read; it may be an even better listen.  While Freeman has been publishing books since 2004’s Black Fire, The Painted Darkness is his first work on audio.  If this production is any indication, he and the format have an interesting and thrilling future together.

Read the rest here.

The audiobook can be downloaded immediately on  iTunes

The trade paperback is also still available through: Amazon.comCemetery DanceBarnes & Noble

The eBook is available through: & NobleiBookstoreSony

The Painted Darkness Audiobook Cover

Update on Cemetery Dance’s 13 Days of Halloween Celebration

13 Days Of Halloween

Today is the last day of the 13 Days of Halloween Celebration from Cemetery Dance Publications!  For those who missed the news, here are all of the eBooks in order:

Invitation Only

A Little Halloween Talk

Quiet House

Gerassimos Flamotas

Yesterday and The Day Before

The Toll

Gerassimos Flamotas


Monster Night

The House of Cottage Lane

The Legend of Halloween Jack

Devil's Night


Short of Breath

Treats for Adeline


The Halloween Phantoms

Don’t forget, there’s a special link you can bookmark to always every Cemetery Dance eBook on their store: