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Dan Hocker
04-26-2011, 08:28 PM
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Edited by: Kirby McCauley

Cover Artwork by: Bernie Wrightson

Interior Artwork by: Alan M. Clark, Glenn Chadbourne, Keith Minnion, Allen Koszowski, Jill Bauman, Alex McVey, Chad Savage, and Erik Wilson

Status:
Out of Print (Sold Out Pre-Publication)

About the Book:
In 1980, Kirby McCauley assembled a landmark horror anthology that set the benchmark for the genre. That book was Dark Forces, and while it has been imitated many times over the last twenty-five years, it has never been matched.

Featuring stories from Stephen King, Robert Bloch, Ray Bradbury, Joyce Carol Oates, Ramsey Campbell, Charles L. Grant, Richard & Richard Christian Matheson, and over a dozen other masters of the genre, Dark Forces belongs in the collection of anyone who treasures works of classic horror and dark fantasy.

This special edition will feature a new afterword from editor Kirby McCauley and the first Limited Edition appearance for many of these classic tales. All of these stories are on the must-read list for any new horror fan, including Stephen King's classic novella The Mist, which was made into a major feature film by director Frank Darabont.

If the cover artwork looks familiar, you might have caught its cameo in a movie. Bernie Wrightson originally painted the artwork for the Stephen King movie Riding the Bullet, directed by Mick Garris. This will be the artwork's first appearance in print.

The special Deluxe Edition of Dark Forces: The 25th Anniversary Edition was published as the debut title from Lonely Road Books.

About this Special Edition:
With an oversized page size, an extremely low print run, and the finest materials available, Dark Forces was designed with the ultimate collectors in mind. Each edition features a deluxe binding selected from the finest materials available.

The Limited Edition was housed in a custom-made traycase, and the Lettered Edition has a custom-made traycase. Both editions were signed by editor Kirby McCauley and the artists. There were over two dozen illustrations, along with six color plates tipped into each book, and a full-color dust jacket featuring artwork by horror legend Bernie Wrightson.

In addition, we secretly commissioned a very long interview with editor Kirby McCauley (after the book sold out so quickly) and in this interview he discussed the popularity and importance of the book with Kealan Patrick Burke. This special bonus addition to the Lonely Road Books edition of Dark Forces has never been printed anywhere else.

Both editions sold out within days of being announced.

Table of Contents:
1980 Introduction Kirby McCauley
The Late Shift Dennis Etchison
The Enemy Isaac Bashevis Singer
Dark Angel Edward Bryant
The Crest of Thirty-Six Davis Grubb
Mark Ingestre: The Customer's Tale Robert Aickman
Where the Summer Ends Karl Edward Wagner
The Bingo Master Joyce Carol Oates
Children of the Kingdom T. E. D. Klein
The Detective of Dreams Gene Wolfe
Vengeance Is. Theodore Sturgeon
The Brood Ramsey Campbell
The Whistling Well Clifford D. Simak
The Peculiar Demesne Russell Kirk
Where the Stones Grow Lisa Tuttle
The Night Before Christmas Robert Bloch
The Stupid Joke Edward Gorey
A Touch of Petulance Ray Bradbury
Lindsay and the Red City Blues Joe W. Haldeman
A Garden of Blackred Roses Charles L. Grant
Owls Hoot in the Daytime Manly Wade Wellman
Where There's a Will Richard & Richard Christian Matheson
Traps Gahan Wilson
The Mist Stephen King
New Afterword Kirby McCauley
Brand New Interview with Kirby McCauley by Kealan Patrick Burke (unannounced special bonus feature)

Limitation Information:
Limited Edition: 300 copies, signed by the editor and artists on an illustrated signature page, bound in a deluxe material, with full-color and black & white interior illustrations, a full-color dust jacket, all housed in a custom-made traycase featuring a special magnetic latch ($200)

Lettered Edition: 26 copies, with all the special features of the Limited Edition, plus a different type of high quality binding, a full-color dust jacket with a different design than the Limited Edition, all housed in a custom-made deluxe traycase featuring a special magnetic latch ($750)

bsaenz24
04-29-2011, 04:24 PM
Still one of my favorite limited editions!!!!

Brian James Freeman
05-03-2011, 09:25 PM
Thanks, Brad! There are some photos here for those who haven't seen it:

http://www.lonelyroadbooks.com/books/darkforces/photos.html

Brian

Kealan Patrick Burke
11-03-2011, 06:37 PM
My favorite anthology of all time.

sunnyckf
03-16-2012, 09:09 AM
Thanks, Brad! There are some photos here for those who haven't seen it:

http://www.lonelyroadbooks.com/books/darkforces/photos.html

Brian

Brian, as you know I'm a late comer here. Just started ordering limited edition books this year. Missed out on this one which I really regret. Can you by any chance direct me to any secondary market that might have the Limited Edition up for sale? Albeit it will definitely burn BIG BIG HOLES in my pockets :rolleyes:

Brian James Freeman
03-16-2012, 01:09 PM
Brian, as you know I'm a late comer here. Just started ordering limited edition books this year. Missed out on this one which I really regret. Can you by any chance direct me to any secondary market that might have the Limited Edition up for sale? Albeit it will definitely burn BIG BIG HOLES in my pockets :rolleyes:

Let me look around and see what I can find!

Dan Hocker
03-16-2012, 03:19 PM
Here's one on ebay:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/DARK-FORCES-25TH-ANNIVERSARY-SIGNED-NMBRED-31-300-LTD-EDT-TRAYCASE-STEPHEN-KING-/120852333121?pt=Antiquarian_Collectible&hash=item1c235c4241#ht_1718wt_1344

And here's 2 on Abe Books:

http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=1040421546&searchurl=kn%3DDark%2BForces%2B25th%2BDark%2BForce s%26x%3D0%26y%3D0

http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=3072197958&searchurl=kn%3DDark%2BForces%2B25th%2BDark%2BForce s%26x%3D0%26y%3D0

bsaenz24
03-16-2012, 03:48 PM
I think $400 is a great price considering it is out of print. It's a beautiful book!!! Oh and it be a BIG ONE!!!

frik51
03-16-2012, 05:35 PM
I'd love to add this book to my collection, but $400.00 is a bit too steep for me.
Might be a good deal, I don't know, but not right now.

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srboone
03-16-2012, 05:44 PM
I have $400, but it's put aside for another book.

bookworm 1
03-16-2012, 07:46 PM
Is that the SK Danse you have been talking about:rolleyes:

srboone
03-16-2012, 07:49 PM
Yeah, Dave told me it was mailed to him on monday, so he should get in next week.

Grant Wootton
03-16-2012, 08:45 PM
'Tis indeed a luxurious and hefty tome :)

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srboone
03-16-2012, 08:50 PM
Awesome, but I'm staying the course, Mr. Woot...

Grant Wootton
03-16-2012, 09:08 PM
As you should Mr Boone :cool:

bookworm 1
03-17-2012, 12:15 AM
Squire can stay the course.I might have to go exploring.That book and the pictures you posted make it very possible I will have to juggle some finances.

peteOcha
03-17-2012, 12:38 AM
Very good looking book! Whenever I see an anniversary edition, it makes me wonder about that mystery book in the latest grab bag...

Martin
03-17-2012, 04:35 AM
You may be onto something there. The 5th anniversary edition of the 25th anniversary edition of Dark Forces. I like it!
Very good looking book! Whenever I see an anniversary edition, it makes me wonder about that mystery book in the latest grab bag...

sunnyckf
03-17-2012, 04:48 AM
Thanks Brian ;)

sunnyckf
03-17-2012, 04:51 AM
Thanks for the info Dan. Don't know if I'm willing to sell such a beautiful book on the secondary market if i have it. The feeling of holding and reading such beautiful material is enough for me to keep it on the bookshelf permanently.

Lincoln
02-28-2016, 01:01 AM
Was checking out some of these threads on out of print books, and realised how lucky I was to pick this book up on the secondary market for $240. One of my favourite editions.
Now, where can I find a similar priced edition of 'It'...

Martin
02-28-2016, 02:20 AM
I was able to add this to my shelf for $175.00. One of the best deals I have ever gotten for a book.

bugen
02-28-2016, 03:30 AM
I think each one of you owes me money.