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Stephen King & Richard Chizmar Announce Book Giveaway

Stephen King and Richard Chizmar are each giving away 100 books to readers who can’t afford new book purchases or don’t have access to buying new books due to COVID-19. Entry is free and easy, and they’ll be selecting 200 winners on April 21, 2020!

Stephen King has generously donated 100 free copies of If It Bleeds, his brand new hardcover due out from Simon & Schuster on April 21, and Cemetery Dance Publications is donating 100 copies of Richard Chizmar’s recent books including Gwendy’s Button Box (written with Stephen King), Gwendy’s Magic Feather, Widow’s Point, and The Long Way Home.

Click HERE to enter.

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Cemetery Dance Announces Stephen King Revisited By Richard Chizmar

Cemetery Dance Publications presents the first volume in a massive new project unlike anything the horror and suspense publisher has undertaken in our thirty years in publishing!

Cemetery Dance founder and publisher Richard Chizmar has been re-reading all of Stephen King’s books in the order of publication, and then writing down his memories from the first time he read the books decades ago and sharing his thoughts upon reading them again, often for the first time in many years.

“Like many longtime readers,” Chizmar explains, “I can chart the course of my life by when and where I read most of Stephen King’s books. Re-reading Christine recently when writing an afterword for an anniversary edition a few years back was like traveling back to my youth in a time machine.  I turned the pages, and I was a teenager again, carrying around a tattered, old paperback.  Experiencing the novel for the first time. It felt like a kind of magic.  And I wanted to do it again.”

When Chizmar asked Stephen King what he thought of the idea of him re-reading all of the books in order, King replied, “go for it!”

For readers who are interested in behind the scenes information about Stephen King’s unprecedented career, author Bev Vincent has contributed a historical context essay for each title, including insightful anecdotes about the writing and publication history of the book.

In addition, special guest contributors who are well known to Stephen King readers have provided their own take on the books.  Some of the first guest contributors include Michael Koryta (author of So Cold the River and Those Who Wish to Kill Me), Josh Boone (director and writer of the films The Fault in Our Stars, Stuck in Love, and two forthcoming Stephen King projects, Lisey’s Story and The Stand), and Jack Ketchum (author of The Lost, The Woman, and I’m Not Sam).

Stephen King Revisited is an ongoing project, and Volume One covers Carrie through The Eyes of the Dragon.

Trade Hardcover Edition:

– Printed on acid-free paper
– Bound in cloth with colored head and tail bands
– Featuring hot foil stamping on the front boards and spine
– Wrapped in a full-color dust jacket
– Retail price $35

Signed Limited Edition Hardcover:

– Personally signed by Richard Chizmar, Bev Vincent, and François Vaillancourt on a special illustrated signature page
– Printed on acid-free archival quality paper
– Bound in full-cloth with colored head and tail bands
– Featuring hot foil stamping on the front boards and spine
– Printed and bound with full-color endpapers
– Smyth sewn to create a more durable binding
– Wrapped in a full-color dust jacket
– Limited one time printing of this special edition
– Retail price $65

Signed & Traycased Hardcover Lettered Edition:

– Limited to just 52 signed and lettered copies personally signed by Richard Chizmar, Bev Vincent, François Vaillancourt, and Glenn Chadbourne
– Each copy will include an original piece of artwork by Glenn Chadbourne bound into the book to make it unique
– No scene or character will be repeated for the original artwork page, meaning each copy will truly be unique!
– Bound in a fine material with colored head and tail bands
– Featuring hot foil stamping on the front boards and spine
– Printed and bound with deluxe endpapers created exclusively for this edition
– Smyth sewn to create a more durable binding
– Housed in a custom-made traycase
– Limited one time printing of this special edition
– Retail price: $225

Pre-order HERE.

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Richard Chizmar Discusses Working With Stephen King

When it was released in 2017, Gwendy’s Button Box was an oddity for Stephen King fans. The fantasy book was short, for one thing, just larger than the size of a novella. And it featured a co-author who is not one of King’s writer sons: Richard Chizmar, owner of Cemetery Dance Publications.

Most notably, it was a story that King didn’t actually finish; he showed the incomplete story to Chizmar, who was able to complete the novel.

If Chizmar was intimidated by working with one of the world’s best known and best selling authors, it didn’t stop him from doing it again. Chizmar is back with King, who took an editor’s role, for a sequel, Gwendy’s Magic Feather (out in paperback from Gallery Books, Jan. 21), and there are plans for an as-yet-unwritten third book to complete the series.

The first book was about Gwendy Peterson, a young girl in 1974 who is given a mysterious box, by a mysterious man in black, which could cause global cataclysms. The sequel, which also takes place mostly in King’s fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine, follows Gwendy to 1999, when she’s become an author, filmmaker, and, most surprisingly, a junior member of the U.S. Congress.

Chizmar talked to Kirkus about the collaboration HERE.

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Watch The First Teaser Trailer For Widow’s Point

Here is the first teaser trailer for Widow’s Point the supernatural thriller starring Craig Sheffer, based on the book by RIchard Chizmar and Billy Chizmar, written for the screen and directed by Gregory Lamberson.

Here is a synopsis of the novella that was published by Cemetery Dance in 2018.

Longtime residents of Harper’s Cove believe that something is wrong with the Widow’s Point Lighthouse. Some say it’s cursed. Others claim it’s haunted.

Originally built in 1838, three workers were killed during the lighthouse’s construction, including one who mysteriously plunged to his death from the catwalk. That tragic accident was never explained, and it was just the beginning of the terror. In the decades that followed, nearly two dozen additional deaths occurred in or around the lighthouse including cold-blooded murder, suicide, unexplained accidents and disappearances, the slaughter of an entire family, and the inexplicable death of a Hollywood starlet who was filming a movie on the grounds.

The lighthouse was finally shuttered tight in 1988 and a security fence was erected around the property. No one has been inside since.

Until tonight.

Thomas Livingston is the acclaimed author of thirteen books about the supernatural and this evening he will enter the Widow’s Point Lighthouse, searching for material for his next bestseller. He will be locked inside for the weekend with no way of contacting the outside world. And although no human has stepped foot inside the structure in nearly three decades, Livingston will not be alone.

In this remarkable collaboration, father and son writing team, Richard and Billy Chizmar, combine forces to tell a chilling ghost story that will make you think twice about what is waiting for you in the dark. 

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Richard Chizmar’s Sequel Gwendy’s Magic Feather Returns To Stephen King’s Castle Rock

When strangers come to Castle Rock, they usually bring trouble with them. That’s what you can expect from Richard Chizmar, who is venturing solo into Stephen King’s not-so-sleepy small town in the new sequel Gwendy’s Magic Feather.

The author and Cemetery Dance publisher teamed up with King on the 2017 novella Gwendy’s Button Box, about a 12-year-old girl who receives a gift from a strange man in a black hat: a mystical box with various buttons that dispenses good fortune to its user while unleashing calamities elsewhere.

That story was set in 1974, a few years before most of the unsettling events that transpired in Castle Rock in The Dead Zone, Cujo, The Dark Half, and Needful Things, and about 15 years after The Body, which became the film Stand By Me.

When Chizmar came up with an idea to revisit a grown-up Gwendy Peterson 25 years later, King gave him permission to go it alone.

Chizmar doesn’t just bringing his own ominous story to Castle Rock, but also gets to include a few memorable King characters, like Norris Ridgewick, once a hapless deputy in Needful Things and now the sheriff of Castle County.

Richard Chizmar & Stephen King

While King didn’t write this one, he is supplying a forward and served as the first editor on the book. Otherwise, he got to enjoy it as a Constant Reader this time. “I was very curious to see Gwendy all grown up, and very pleased with the result. I think readers will be, too,” King said in a statement. “Especially when the button box makes a mysterious reappearance.”

About the Book:

Something evil has swept into the small western Maine town of Castle Rock on the heels of the latest winter storm. Sheriff Norris Ridgewick and his team are desperately searching for two missing girls, but time is running out to bring them home alive.

In Washington D.C., thirty-seven-year-old Gwendy Peterson couldn’t be more different from the self-conscious teenaged girl who once spent a summer running up Castle Rock’s Suicide Stairs. That same summer, she was entrusted—or some might say cursed—with the extraordinary button box by Richard Farris, the mysterious stranger in the black suit. The seductive and powerful box offered Gwendy small gifts in exchange for its care and feeding until Farris eventually returned, promising Gwendy she’d never see the box again.

One day, though, the button box shows up without warning—and without Richard Farris to explain why, or what she’s supposed to do with it. The mysterious reappearance of the box, along with the troubling disappearances in Castle Rock, leads Gwendy home again…where she just might be able to help rescue the missing girls and stop a madman before he does something ghastly.

From New York Times bestseller Richard Chizmar comes Gwendy’s Magic Feather, a breathtaking novel that asks whether our lives are controlled by fate or the choices we make—and what price we might have to pay for those choices when we reach for the things we most desire. Prepare to return again to Stephen King’s Castle Rock, the sleepy little town built on a bedrock of deep, dark secrets, which is about to awaken from its quiet slumber once more.

Gwendy’s Magic Feather will be published in hardcover by Cemetery Dance Publications and as an audiobook by Simon & Schuster Audio on Nov. 19. Trade paperback and ebook editions will be released next year by Simon & Schuster/Gallery Books.

To be published as a Trade Hardcover Edition:

– Printed on 60# acid-free paper
– Bound in cloth with colored head and tail bands
– Featuring hot foil stamping on the front boards and spine
– Wrapped in a full-color dust jacket
– World’s first printing, first edition!
– Retail price just $25

To be published as a Signed Limited Edition Hardcover:

– Printed at a larger trim size than the trade hardcover edition, with a different interior design!
– Personally signed by Richard Chizmar on a unique signature page
– Includes exclusive interior artwork that does not appear in any trade edition
– Featuring other exclusive Bonus Items we cannot yet announce to the general public!
– Printed on 60# acid-free archival quality paper
– Bound in a fine material with colored head and tail bands
– Featuring hot foil stamping on the front boards and spine
– Printed and bound with full-color endpapers
– Smyth sewn to create a more durable binding
– Wrapped in a different full-color dust jacket
– Limited one time printing of this special edition
– Retail price: $75

To be published as a Signed & Traycased Hardcover Lettered Edition:

– All of the special features of the Signed Limited Edition Hardcover plus…
– Limited to just 52 signed and lettered copies personally signed by Richard Chizmar, Ben Baldwin, and Keith Minnion
– Housed in a custom-made traycase
– Bound in a fine material with colored head and tail bands
– Featuring hot foil stamping on the front boards and spine
– Printed and bound with deluxe endpapers created exclusively for this edition
– Smyth sewn to create a more durable binding
– Limited one time printing of this special edition
– Retail price: $500

Order the book HERE.

Chizmar, author of the story collections The Long Way Home and A Long December, as well as the upcoming novel The Girl on the Porch, spoke with Entertainment Weekly about his solo journey through King country. Read the interview HERE.

Reprinted from Entertainment Weekly – LINK

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Subterranean Press Announces The Girl On The Porch By Richard Chizmar

Subterranean Press announces a new novella, The Girl on the Porch, by New York Times bestseller Richard Chizmar.

From New York Times bestselling author Richard Chizmar, author of Gwendy’s Button Box (with Stephen King) and The Long Way Home, comes a thriller that will forever change the way you look at your neighbors and best friends…

When the Tuckers’ next door neighbor mentions someone rang their doorbell late the previous night, Sarah and Kenny Tucker check their home’s security camera and discover something shocking: the doorbell ringer also visited their house and it wasn’t a teenager playing a prank, but instead a terrified young woman with a shackle hanging from her right wrist. She anxiously pressed the doorbell again and again, glancing over her shoulder as if someone was coming for her, before giving up and taking off into the dark.

Almost overnight, she becomes known as The Girl on the Porch—and she’s everywhere. There are updates on all the local networks, national coverage on CNN and Fox News, and the video goes viral on social media. Before long, everyone has seen the harrowing security camera footage.

Kenny and Sarah figure it’s only a matter of time before someone recognizes the woman, but as the days pass and no one comes forward, odd things begin to transpire around the Tucker family: a man intensely watches them at a restaurant and then vanishes, fresh footprints appear in the garden next to their house where no one should have been, a neighbor’s pet is viciously killed and mutilated, and a mysterious man has started following their daughter Natalie…

A rollercoaster ride of compelling twists and turns, The Girl on the Porch demonstrates why Stephen King says Richard Chizmar’s writing is “powerful” and Robert McCammon calls his work “hard-hitting, spooky, suspenseful, harrowing, and heartbreaking.”

The book will be limited to 1,500 signed copies and cost $35. You can order it HERE.

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The Long Way Home By Richard Chizmar

Gathered here for the first time ever are seventeen short stories, two essays, and a short script by award winning and New York Times bestselling author, Richard Chizmar.

Eerie, suspenseful, poignant, the stories in The Long Way Home run the gamut from horror to suspense, crime to dark fantasy, mainstream to mystery. This brand new collection features more than 100,000 words of short fiction, as well as more than 5,000 words of autobiographical Story Notes. Chizmar’s previous short story collection, A Long December, was published in 2016 to starred reviews from Library Journal and Kirkus, and was included on numerous “Best Books of the Year” lists. Entertainment Weekly gave the book high praise: “Each tale is a magic trick, luring you toward the light while leading you down an ever-darkening path. There is hope mingled with horror, and that’s Chizmar’s secret power. His storytelling always beats with a huge, passionate heart.”

Stephen King says he writes “terrific stories served with a very large slice of Disquiet Pie,” and with The Long Way Home, Richard Chizmar has taken his evocative and compelling storytelling to an entirely new level.

Contents

– The Man Behind the Mask
– The Bad Guys
– The Meek Shall Inherit…
– Silent Night
– Widow’s Point
– My Father and Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine
– The Witch
– A Nightmare on Elm Lane
– Dirty Coppers
– Mischief
– The Man in the Black Sweater
– Odd Numbers
– The Hunch
– Roses and Raindrops
– Stephen King at 70: A Tribute to the Gunslinger
– The Association
– The Sculptor
– Murder House script
– The Custer Files
– The Long Way Home
– Story Notes

Available in 3 editions:

– Unsigned Jacketed Hardcover (£20)
– 200 Hardcovers signed by the contributors in an Illustrated Slipcase (£50)
– 26 Traycased Deluxe Lettered editions signed by the contributors (£295)

Order from PS Publishing HERE.

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First Look At Widow’s Point Film Based On The Novella By Richard & Billy Chizmar

As Halloween draws near, who wouldn’t want to spend the weekend in an old lighthouse rumored to be inhabited by restless spirits? Let’s take a first look into the world of Widow’s Point, an indie horror film directed by Gregory Lamberson, opening in 2019. 

The film is based on the novella by Richard and Billy Chizmar, about a ghost-story writer who decides to promote his latest book by spending the weekend wired with cameras and recording gear inside an abandoned lighthouse with a sinister history. Richard co-authored Gwendy’s Button Box last year with Stephen King.

Click HERE for the first look courtesy of Entertainment Weekly.

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Stephen King at 70: Cemetery Dance’s Richard Chizmar Hails The Master of The Macabre

Stephen King celebrates his 70th birthday on September 21st. In honor of the author’s milestone, Entertainment Weekly is presenting tributes to the man whose Constant Readers think of as “Uncle Steve.”

First up is Richard Chizmar, editor and publisher of Cemetery Dance magazine, and author of the short story collection A Long December. He and King have known each other for years, and they recently collaborated on the novella Gwendy’s Button Box.

Read his tribute HERE.

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Meet Richard Chizmar At Barnes & Noble In Bel Air, MD On June 19, 2017

Richard Chizmar’s only confirmed book signing and public event for Gwendy’s Button Box will be held at 6:30 PM on June 19, 2017 at the Barnes & Noble in Bel Air, Maryland.

Here is the store’s address:

Barnes & Noble
620 Marketplace Drive
Bel Air, MD 21014

Richard will be reading from Gwendy’s Button Box and answering your questions about the book, working with Stephen King, and anything else you’ve always wanted to ask the founder of Cemetery Dance Publications!

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