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Scenes from the Cemetery Dance office: Vincent Chong Remarques For Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

April 13, 2013 1 comment

Vincent Chong’s remarques for 100 lucky customers who bought the Cemetery Dance special edition of Doctor Sleep by Stephen King have arrived safely from the UK:

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King VincentChong Remarque Artwork

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King VincentChong Remarque Artwork

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King VincentChong Remarque Artwork

How The Talisman/Black House Slipcased Set Came To Be

April 9, 2013 Leave a comment

black house poster by Tomislav TikulinThe final approval copy for our special slipcase for The Talisman and Black House arrived today and it looks great. See the photo at the end of this post.

For those who missed out on this set, I think the back story might be kind of interesting for collectors.

Last year, Scribner announced they would be reprinting The Talisman and Black House in a new matching hardcover set. A collector asked us if we would consider making an aftermarket slipcase for this set, which we thought was an interesting idea.

We’ve been producing limited run slipcases for most of Stephen King’s recent releases and our collectors really like how these cases turn out. We’re obviously big fans of the slipcases, too. In all honesty, they’re fairly expensive to make and we wouldn’t still be producing them if we didn’t like how they look!

After talking about the possibilities for a slipcase for this new set, we decided to go one step further and commission a bonus poster featuring original artwork by Tomislav Tikulin to make our set of the books extra special. You can see his awesome artwork to the right.

Then, in the fall, we learned that Scribner had only printed 2,250 copies of The Talisman and 2,660 copies of Black House, which is a tremendously low print run for a Stephen King trade edition. We had already purchased 400 of those copies, meaning there would only be 400 of our slipcased sets ever produced for collectors.

All 400 of these sets sold out last year and now that the slipcases are almost done, they’ll be ready to ship later this month.

the talisman slipcase

Scenes from the Cemetery Dance office: Hot Foil Stamping Dies

March 18, 2013 4 comments

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.

it by stephen king stamping die

it by stephen king stamping die

blockade billy by stephen king stamping die

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

March 15, 2013 2 comments

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.

the strain stamping options

The final stamping looked like this:

Scenes from the Cemetery Dance office: A Book of Horrors Lettered Edition Traycase

January 4, 2013 4 comments

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:

A Book of Horrors Lettered EditionA Book of Horrors Lettered EditionA Book of Horrors Lettered Edition

Scenes from the Cemetery Dance office: Our Warehouse Elves Have Been Busy

December 14, 2012 10 comments

The Cemetery Dance warehouse elves have been busy:

boxes at the Cemetery Dance warehouse

Scenes from the Cemetery Dance office: Sasha the German Shorthaired Pointer Gets Stuck In Her Cone of Shame

November 30, 2012 11 comments

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:

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