Tuesday, May 24, 2011

25 Years of Stephen King's IT

It seems that Pennywise, the clown who creeped us out the most, makes his return coming this Fall.

A special, 25th anniversary edition of Stephen King's IT is on its way-but sadly, it looks like this limited edition is already sold out, and in fact sold out in the first twenty-five minutes of its announcement.

From the Cemetery Dance announcement:
Featuring a brand new afterword by Stephen King, full-color wrap-around color artwork by Glen Orbik, and nearly thirty original color and black & white interior illustrations by Alan M. Clark and Erin Wells!
Now that we've had a chance to look at the orders, the Deluxe Lettered Edition sold out within 25 minutes of being announced. Thank you for your interest in this special edition!
About this Deluxe Special Edition:
Cemetery Dance Publications is very pleased to announce our Special Deluxe Limited Edition of Stephen King's classic novel It, which he calls his "final exam on Famous Monsters" in his brand new afterword to this oversized special edition!
This is easily the biggest, most lavish production Cemetery Dance Publications has ever undertaken. Glen Orbik painted the gorgeous wrap-around cover artwork, Alan M. Clark and Erin Wells created nearly thirty exclusive interior illustrations including black & white drawings and color paintings, and we hired the designer of the Limited Editions of The Secretary of Dreams, Blockade Billy, Riding the Bullet, and Full Dark, No Stars to create a unique interior design unlike any book we've ever published!
This fine collectible volume will be available in three states this fall, all of them printed in two colors and bound in fine materials that go beyond the scope and quality of our other much-acclaimed Stephen King special editions. Already deep in production, the exclusive Cemetery Dance Special Limited Edition of It by Stephen King will be the perfect addition to any collection. We expect strong demand for this collectible given the popularity of the novel, so don't wait to place your order or you might miss out!
Special Features Exclusive to this Collector's Edition:
• brand new afterword by Stephen King detailing why he wrote the book
• deluxe oversized design (7 inches X 10 inches) featuring two color interior printing
• epic wrap-around full color cover artwork by Glen Orbik
• nearly thirty pieces of color and black & white interior artwork by Alan M. Clark and Erin Wells
• interior color artwork will be printed on a high-quality glossy stock and tipped into the book
• high-quality embossed endpapers and fine bindings for all three editions
• full-color signature sheets with exclusive color artwork in the signed editions
• a page count so high it pushes the limits of our printer — easily our largest book ever!
• extremely collectible print run that is a tiny fraction of the MILLIONS of copies of this novel you've seen in bookstores over the last 25 years — and you will NOT find our edition in chain bookstores!
 More information at Cemetery Dance.

Bummer for me about the sell-out. I would have liked a copy, but that's what I get for working yesterday!


  1. the most bittersweet blog post, i can't help but be excited for this release of my favorite book. so sad it's already soldout:(

  2. I love that publishers enthuse enough to do these things about my favorite books. But I DESPISE the b.s. 'limited to the most ridicuously miniscule number being sold in two places for fifteen minutes yesterday' bait and switch they pull every freaking time.
    In their zeal to create an instant-value collectible, they destroy any chance of anyone being able to SEE the hart work and care that went into it.
    They just... they all float. They ALLLLL... FLLOOOAAAT!

  3. Mike- Not to mention that someone probably found a way to buy a bunch of copies to sell on eBay for zillions. ;oP


  4. Hard to believe it's been 25 years! Yep, someone will pay a zillion dollars on eBay, but I still have my first edition hardcover and a paperback copy for re-reading.
    (Although now I might need my cheater glasses to read the paperback)

  5. As much as I love Stephen King, this was one of his dumber endings, and it's not just sour grapes on not getting a limited edition. The man was clearly on drugs that final chapter or two.

    Now, if a limited, illustrated edition of The Stand was released and I missed it, I would have to wear sackcloth and ashes.


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