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Stephen King Hot Foil Stamping Dies

A few people have asked about the hot foil stamping dies our printers, slipcase makers, and traycase makers use to stamp the covers/cases. These are made of copper, aluminum, or a similar material and weigh between one and 25 pounds. These photos don’t show it, but the copper ones are extremely shiny.

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Stamping Options for The Strain by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan

It took a few tries for the stamping die maker and binder to get on the same page for Lettered Edition of The Strain by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan. At the top of this photo is the traycase (left, in red) and the leather-bound book (right, in black). Across the bottom are three different stamping samples on the leather binding, with the first version on the left and the final version on the right.

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The final stamping looked like this:

Photos of The Century’s Best Horror Fiction Artist Edition from Cemetery Dance Publications

The Deluxe Artist Edition of The Century’s Best Horror Fiction will be shipping next week. This sold out special edition was limited to just 25 signed copies that are individually lettered and numbered AE-1, AE-2, etc.

This special hand-bound, custom-made set features:

*  Cromwell Black Aristo Grain leather binding on spine

*  Asahi Japanese Bookcloth, Black Mohair, for front and back cover binding

*  French Marbled endsheets, a different sheet for each volume

*  pages edged with hand-dipped silver gilding

*  covers hot-stamped with Silver Matte hot foils

* Smyth sewn binding with cotton thread, cotton hinge cloth, sewn headbands, and black silk ribbon page marker

* each volume has an exclusive Glenn Chadbourne color frontispiece that has not appeared in any other edition

*  The books are housed in a custom-made wooden slipcase made by the extremely talented Dick Olsen of Each slipcase features a hinged door and engraved plate and there are magnetic closures embedded in the wood and a silver hook latch. The wood is poplar with a walnut stain and gloss polyurethane finish. Each door is embossed with one of three different pieces of artwork. In addition, although the interior of the cases has been sized to the exact dimensions of the books, these boxes were made by hand and each box features slightly different sizing for the door and outside dimensions, plus unique wood grain and colorations based on the piece of wood selected.

* Each set includes a one-of-a-kind original color acrylic and ink painting by Glenn Chadbourne, created exclusively for this edition, that has been matted and framed.  Each painting was inspired by a different story from the anthology. (A few samples are shown below.)

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Photos of The Exorcist 40th Anniversary Special Limited Edition from Lonely Road Books

Here are a few photos of the The Exorcist: The 40th Anniversary Revised Limited Edition from Lonely Road Books, along with a few scans of the 13 or so color plates Caniglia created for the book, which sold out in just about 30 hours after it was announced:

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A Book of Horrors Lettered Edition Traycase

The approval copy of the Lettered Edition traycase for A Book of Horrors edited by Stephen Jones has arrived. This project represented the first-ever collaboration between Cemetery Dance Publications (US) and PS Publishing (UK), so we thought it would be cool to do something a little different for the traycase. This is the first time we’ve ever “wrapped” the hot foil stamping the whole way around the traycase and the effect is pretty amazing in person. These will be shipping before the end of the month, but here are a few photos to give you a little taste of what it looks like:

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Our Warehouse Elves Have Been Busy

The Cemetery Dance warehouse elves have been busy:

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Sasha the German Shorthaired Pointer Gets Stuck In Her Cone of Shame

As many of you know, we love our pets at Cemetery Dance and we’re really lucky to have a dog friendly office. In fact, there are currently four dogs within a few feet of my desk. Kate and I have brought our German Shorthaired Pointers, Maya and Sasha, to work with us since we adopted them from a rescue group a couple of years ago. We probably never would have been able to adopt them if we couldn’t bring them to work because we’re often away from the house for 10 to 12 hours each day.

On Monday night, Sasha ripped her dewclaw and we had to get it trimmed and wrapped up at the vet. She doesn’t like bandages, and they can’t be removed for a few more days, so we have to watch out for her. We can’t watch her closely at the office since there are a few different rooms where she likes to hang out, so this week she’s wearing a cone of shame, which she hates. She doesn’t act out against it, but when she bumps into something or doesn’t know how to get around an obstacle, she simply sits and waits for help, even if no one is in sight.

Today, a young kid hawking “extra framed paintings” they had “left over from a local job” came into the front office. We’re visited by these door to door sales people all the time, and like always his unexpected arrival at the front door got the dogs jumping and barking. Normally, Sasha would have run into the front office and joined the chaos, but this time she didn’t and we didn’t think anything of it because we were busy sending the kid on his way.

A few minutes later, Mindy went into the break room and found out why we never saw Sasha. She had jumped up on the top of the couch, the dogs’ normal shortcut to the front office, and promptly realized she didn’t know how to jump down while wearing the cone.

So Sasha sat and waited. She was not pleased: