Cemetery Dance Publications, the world’s leading independent publisher of collectible horror and suspense books, has just announced Blockade Billy by Stephen King, an original, never-before-published novella that only the King of Horror could have dreamed up. The Cemetery Dance exclusive hardcover will ship mid-April.
“I love old-school baseball,” Stephen King said, “and I also love the way people who’ve spent a lifetime in the game talk about the game. I tried to combine those things in a story of suspense. People have asked me for years when I was going to write a baseball story. Ask no more; this is it.”
Cemetery Dance and Stephen King kept Blockade Billy under tight wraps so it could be a surprise publication for the beginning of the baseball season. Even diehard baseball fans don’t know the true story of William Blakely, but in just a few weeks readers will be holding this dark tale in their own two hands.
This novella is not scheduled to be reprinted in King’s new collection due out this fall, and we’re only printing a small number of copies compared to what New York publishers print for a brand new book.
For a very limited time only, Cemetery Dance Publications will include an authentic William “Blockade Billy” Blakely baseball card with every copy of the trade hardcover.
Lonely Road Books, the publisher of Dark Forces: The 25th Anniversary Special Edition edited by Kirby McCauley and Riding the Bullet: The Deluxe Special Edition by Stephen King and Mick Garris, will be publishing a deluxe signed edition of Blockade Billy, but official details won’t be announced until closer to the publication date.
Author: Stephen King
Artist: Glen Orbik (cover) and Alex McVey (interiors)
Pub. Date: April 2010