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Two stories land on Ellen Datlow’s list of Honorable Mentions for horror stories published in 2013

I was thrilled to discover that two of my stories had made Ellen Datlow’s list of Honorable Mentions for horror stories published in 2013:

Freeman, Brian James “An Instant Eternity,” Turn Down the Lights.
Freeman, Brian James “Marking the Passage of Time,” Cemetery Dance #69.

Turn Down The Lights

Inc. magazine visits the spookiest little publisher in the world

Leigh Buchanan at Inc. magazine came to visit the Cemetery Dance Publications office and wrote an article about life at the “spookiest little publisher in the world,” which you can read online now.

Cemetery Dance magazine

First Photos of The Dark Man by Stephen King Deluxe Oversized Signed Limited Edition Artwork Portfolio

Our slipcase and box maker toiled over several different prototypes for The Dark Man Artwork Portfolio before coming up with a design that would protect the artwork for years to come. The stack of artwork is nearly 1.5 inches THICK, so housing the artwork in a way that didn’t bend or stress each print was our highest priority, which is why it took three tries to get the case just right. We ended up designing a special two piece slipcase system that we’ve never used before and we’re thrilled with how it turned out. This will begin shipping next month, but you can see a few of the first photos below:

The Dark Man Artwork Portfolio

The Dark Man Artwork Portfolio

The Dark Man Artwork Portfolio

The Dark Man Artwork Portfolio

The Dark Man Artwork Portfolio

The Dark Man Artwork Portfolio

The Dark Man Artwork Portfolio

Turn Down The Lights Edited By Richard Chizmar Shipping Soon

The trade edition of Turn Down the Lights edited by Richard Chizmar is on the way to the warehouse from the printer and will begin shipping soon. Here are some of the early reviews:

Turn Down The Lights

“I read devoured the stories in an afternoon, trying to make them last, but unable to control myself. Isn’t that what we all want? Books that compel us to just keep reading – more, more, faster! Yeah, this book has that in spades.”
— SJ, Snobbery

Turn Down the Lights doesn’t just celebrate Cemetery Dance magazine; it illustrates why the magazine is still such a vital publication a quarter of a century later. Chizmar’s eye for talent is impeccable, and his appreciation for all kinds of horror is essential to his success. These stories flow from the quiet to the surreal, from esoteric experimentation to Saturday matinee funhouse-style horror. For authors, an outlet like Cemetery Dance is a godsend. For readers, Cemetery Dance — including the magazine, this anthology and whatever projects come our way over the next 25 years — is a goldmine.”
— Blu Gilliand, FEARnet

Turn Down the Lights functions as both a celebration and a summation; aptly, quite a few of these stories are about endings, quiet and loud… ”
— Kevin Quigley, FEARnet

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GAK’s artwork for “An Instant Eternity”

My new short story “An Instant Eternity” will be published next month in Turn Down the Lights edited by Richard Chizmar, and I’m very pleased to show off GAK’s interior illustration for my story:

An Instant Eternity by Brian James Freeman

Table of Contents:
“Turn Down the Lights…” an introduction by Richard Chizmar
“Summer Thunder” by Stephen King
“Incarnadine” by Norman Partridge
“The Western Dead” by Jack Ketchum
“An Instant Eternity” by Brian James Freeman
“In the Room” by Bentley Little
“Flying Solo” by Ed Gorman
“The Outhouse” by Ronald Kelly
“Lookie Loo” by Steve Rasnic Tem
“Dollie” by Clive Barker
“The Collected Short Stories of Freddie Prothero” by Peter Straub
Afterword by Thomas F. Monteleone

Place Your Order:
Cemetery Dance Publications
Amazon.com
Barnes & Noble

“An Instant Eternity” In Turn Down The Lights Edited By Richard Chizmar

My new short story “An Instant Eternity” will be published next month in Turn Down the Lights edited by Richard Chizmar, which features the most amazing table of contents of any book my work has appeared in. Read all about it:

Turn Down The Lights

It was December 1988: George Bush had just defeated Michael Dukakis in the Presidential Election. Pitcher Orel Hershiser and the Los Angeles Dodgers had beaten the Oakland A’s in five games to win the World Series. People were waiting in line at movie theaters to watch Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman in Rain Man. Tom Clancy’s The Cardinal of the Kremlin and Anne Rice’s The Queen of the Damned were atop the bestseller lists. The most acclaimed genre books of the year were Thomas Harris’s The Silence of the Lambs and Peter Straub’s Koko.

And twenty-two year old college student Richard Chizmar had just published the premiere issue of a horror magazine named Cemetery Dance.

Twenty-five years later, there have been seventy issues of Cemetery Dance magazine. There have been more than 275 signed Limited Edition hardcovers in the Cemetery Dance book line. There have been awards including the World Fantasy Award, the International Horror Critics Guild Award, and the HWA Board of Trustees Excellence in Specialty Press Publishing Award, as well as nominations for the British Fantasy Award, the American Horror Award, and the Bram Stoker Award, just to name a few.

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of that 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. These 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 capture the genuine love of the genre that pushes Cemetery Dance Publications forward year after year.

Now, turn down the lights, flip the page, take my hand, and start the dance…

Table of Contents:
“Turn Down the Lights…” an introduction by Richard Chizmar
“Summer Thunder” by Stephen King
“Incarnadine” by Norman Partridge
“The Western Dead” by Jack Ketchum
“An Instant Eternity” by Brian James Freeman
“In the Room” by Bentley Little
“Flying Solo” by Ed Gorman
“The Outhouse” by Ronald Kelly
“Lookie Loo” by Steve Rasnic Tem
“Dollie” by Clive Barker
“The Collected Short Stories of Freddie Prothero” by Peter Straub
Afterword by Thomas F. Monteleone

Place Your Order:
Cemetery Dance Publications
Amazon.com
Barnes & Noble

This was a surprise, last second project to end the year, so I’ll add the other store links as they show up.

A Sneak Peek at “The Glass Floor” by Stephen King in Cemetery Dance #68

Cemetery Dance #68As you might have heard, Cemetery Dance #68 is shipping from the printer now and it’s our Glenn Chadbourne Special Issue. In addition to a new interview with Glenn and a new short story he wrote with Holly Newstein, every story and all of the columns feature an original illustration created by Glenn!

It was a lot of fun to put this one together since we’ve never published a Special Issue focused on an artist before and Glenn is one of our favorite people in the business. He’s a talented artist and a good friend.

There are several great new stories in this issue by Rick Hautala, Bruce McAllister, Weston Ochse, Rick Koster, and Elizabeth Voss, but the icing on the cake was being able to include “The Glass Floor” by Stephen King. “The Glass Floor” was first published in Startling Mystery Stories in 1967 and it was King’s first professional sale. The story has only been reprinted once since then, I believe, and it has never appeared in any of his collections.

King wrote the story a few months before his twentieth birthday and it’s full of raw talent. There’s a line toward the end — “Wharton felt a quiet chill steal over him.” — that really hits the mark. If you’ve never read “The Glass Floor” before, I think you’ll feel a chill, too.

To set the mood, Glenn Chadbourne created a two page illustration for the story, which I’m pleased to debut here for your previewing pleasure:

Click on the image above for a larger version. If that link doesn’t work for you, try this one instead. Be sure to order your copy of Cemetery Dance #68 because it’s already shipping from the printer!