Cemetery Dance Publications has posted details for an upcoming anthology of short stories curated by Stephen King and Bev Vincent. Titled, Flight or Fright, the book features 17 stories, including brand new entries from both King and Vincent. The book will be available on September 4th in hardcover with an MSRP of $27.95, a Slipcased Hardcover Artist Edition at $85, or a Signed & Traycased Hardcover Lettered Edition at $1,500, along with eBook and audio editions – all special editions are detailed below.

Synopsis:

Stephen King hates to fly.

Now he and co-editor Bev Vincent would like to share this fear of flying with you.

Welcome to Flight or Fright, an anthology about all the things that can go horribly wrong when you’re suspended six miles in the air, hurtling through space at more than 500 mph and sealed up in a metal tube (like—gulp!—a coffin) with hundreds of strangers. All the ways your trip into the friendly skies can turn into a nightmare, including some we’ll bet you’ve never thought of before… but now you will the next time you walk down the jetway and place your fate in the hands of a total stranger.

Featuring brand new stories by Joe Hill and Stephen King, as well as fourteen classic tales and one poem from the likes of Richard Matheson, Ray Bradbury, Roald Dahl, Dan Simmons, and many others, Flight or Fright is, as King says, “ideal airplane reading, especially on stormy descents… Even if you are safe on the ground, you might want to buckle up nice and tight.”

Book a flight with Cemetery Dance Publications for this terrifying new anthology that will have you thinking twice about how you want to reach your final destination.

Table of Contents:

  1. Introduction by Stephen King
  2. Cargo by E. Michael Lewis
  3. The Horror of the Heights by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  4. Nightmare at 20,000 Feet by Richard Matheson
  5. The Flying Machine by Ambrose Bierce
  6. Lucifer! by E.C. Tubb
  7. The Fifth Category by Tom Bissell
  8. Two Minutes Forty-Five Seconds by Dan Simmons
  9. Diablitos by Cody Goodfellow
  10. Air Raid by John Varley
  11. You Are Released by Joe Hill
  12. Warbirds by David J. Schow
  13. The Flying Machine by Ray Bradbury
  14. Zombies on a Plane by Bev Vincent
  15. They Shall Not Grow Old by Roald Dahl
  16. Murder in the Air by Peter Tremayne
  17. The Turbulence Expert by Stephen King
  18. Falling by James L. Dickey
  19. Afterword by Bev Vincent

A Note from Stephen King on the origins of Flight or Fright:

Well, we were sitting around at dinner before a screening of The Dark Tower in Bangor, and there were a lot of people who’d flown in for the big night. I mentioned that I hated flying, and the conversation turned to various airplane stories, some scary and some funny. I said there had never been a collection of flight-based horror stories, although I could think of several (including the Matheson and the Conan Doyle, which are in the book) about the terrors of flight. I said someone ought to do the book. Rich Chizmar said, “I would, in a heartbeat.” It took more than one heartbeat, but Flight or Fright is now a book. Bev Vincent, that incredible polymath, agreed to team with me as co-editor, and now the book – including several new stories, one by me and one by my son, Joe Hill – is an actual fact. Bev and I think it would make ideal airplane reading, especially on stormy descents.

A Note from Bev Vincent on the origins of Flight or Fright:

I was sitting next to Rich Chizmar in a Bangor restaurant when Steve came up to us with this idea for an anthology of horror stories involving flying. The fact that we were across the street from Bangor International Airport was especially apropos. Steve and I dug deep to come up with this collection of stories – some of them I’d read before but many of them I hadn’t. It was a delight to find tales by some of my favorite authors that fit the loose theme and also to be introduced to several new-to-me writers who had published some chilling tales. Then there’s the new stories by Steve and Joe Hill, both of which are terrific and disturbing contributions to this sub-genre. I spent 24 hours total on two flights to and from Japan while working on this project and I spent a lot of time…a lot of time…thinking about all the things that might go wrong when I was 35,000 feet up hurtling through space at 500 mph in a torpedo with wings. Is it a little twisted that we hope this anthology makes a lot of other people equally nervous the next time they board a flight?

Hardcover:

  • Printed on 60# acid-free 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
  • Retail price: $27.95

Slipcased Hardcover Artist Edition:

  • Each book hand-numbered and housed in a custom-made slipcase
  • Personally signed by Bev Vincent and Cortney Skinner on a unique signature page
  • Includes exclusive interior artwork by Cortney Skinner that does not appear in the trade edition
  • Printed on 60# acid-free 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 featuring artwork by Cortney Skinner
  • Limited ONE TIME printing of this special edition
  • Retail price: $85

Signed & Traycased Hardcover Lettered Edition:

  • This will be one of the most unique editions Cemetery Dance Publications has ever created
  • Limited to just 52 signed and lettered copies personally signed by Stephen King, Bev Vincent, and Cortney Skinner
  • Housed in a custom-made box unlike anything we’ve ever produced before
  • Printed on the same 80# acid-free archival quality paper we use for our high-end Stephen King Limited Editions
  • Bound in leather with colored head and tail bands
  • Featuring hot foil stamping on the front boards and spine
  • Printed and bound with deluxe marbled endpapers created exclusively for this edition
  • Smyth sewn to create a more durable binding
  • Limited ONE TIME printing of this special edition
  • Retail price: $1500

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