Graveyard People: The Collected Cedar Hill Stories, Volume 1 (2003)
A collection by Gary A. Braunbeck

Cover and interior art by
Deena Holland Warner

2003 Stoker Award Nominee

View pdfs of two stories
(taken from uncorrected proofs)
All But the Ties Eternal
Small Song

SYNOPSIS: Welcome to Cedar Hill, Ohio, a deceptively commonplace bordertown between the familiar everyday and the phantasms, fancies, hauntings, and enchantments that wait in dimly-lit places for a chance to pass through the scrim of perception & make this place their home, as well. Those who live here don't really have any choice and neither will you. Cedar Hill: "Main Street" tinged with the macabre, located just this side of night. This is the first of approximately 3-5 volumes to be published by Earthling collecting the author's stories set in his fictional town of Cedar Hill. Each collection will feature original stories as well as reprints that have been reworked for this collection, plus historical elements such as family trees and a town map. Deena Warner provides cover art and over two dozen interior illustrations. For those buyers who desire a complete set of matching numbers/letters, we will record the name of each buyer, who will be given first dibs at future volumes.

Available in two states:

750 numbered hardcovers signed by the author $40
15 signed lettered, traycased hardcovers signed by the author and artist, each containing one piece of original art that was used in the book


"Braunbeck's fiction is the lonely howl of a wolf baying at the moon. His characters, whether single, dating, or married, are filled with a desperate loneliness. Some despair because they never achieved their youthful goals, others because they never met their soul mates, and still others because they did, only to lose them. Love is the only balm that can soothe them, but even its promise is empty because sooner or later we lose everyone we love, or they lose us. Suffering is inevitable, but what's worse is wondering if that suffering has any point. GRAVEYARD PEOPLE is absolutely essential reading for anyone who values dark literature ... a treasure trove of some of the most emotionally engaging fiction in the horror field."

"Whether exposing the darkness of human motivation with screams or whispers, Braunbeck reveals a paralyzing truth: the monsters we conceal beneath logic and faith are not only formed by conditions outside ourselves; they're created by each impression and prejudice from within. A dark lesson from an author who explores worlds of terror with words of pain in a collection that succeeds admirably well in creating an entire geography of people, landmarks,
legends, and experiences."
— William P. Simmons, HELLNOTES

"Gary A Braunbeck is simply one of the finest writers to come along in years. His work is chilling, touching, moving, and above all, compassionate and human. He elevates the genre with everything he writes. If you've read him, you already know this, but if you haven't, take this book home, get comfortable, and see what you've been missing -- you're in for a treat."

"Braunbeck's fiction stirs the mind as it chills the marrow."
— Publisher's Weekly

Congrats to Geoff Garland on winning the GRAVEYARD PEOPLE contest - he won a copy of the signed, numbered, limited edition galley, having a run of only 10 copies.