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Announcing ROLLING IN THE DEEP by Mira Grant

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With her Newsflesh series of novels and novellas, and newest novel, Parasite, Mira Grant is one of our favorite new writers of the darkest sort of fantasy. We're pleased to announce that we have a long original novella by her on our schedule next year. Read on for more about Rolling in the Deep.

About the Book:

When the Imagine Network commissioned a documentary on mermaids, to be filmed from the cruise ship Atargatis, they expected what they had always received before: an assortment of eyewitness reports that proved nothing, some footage that proved even less, and the kind of ratings that only came from peddling imaginary creatures to the masses.

They didn't expect actual mermaids.  They certainly didn't expect those mermaids to have teeth.

This is the story of the Atargatis, lost at sea with all hands.  Some have called it a hoax; others have called it a maritime tragedy.  Whatever the truth may be, it will only be found below the bathypelagic zone in the Mariana Trench…and the depths are very good at keeping secrets.

Limited: 1000 signed numbered hardcover copies: $40

 

Robert McCammon’s Vampire Classic in Stock and Shipping—Very Low Stock

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We are knee deep in fangs and blood. Robert McCammon's vampire epic, They Thirst, has stationed itself in our warehouse. Copies are flying out the door as quickly as we can make it happen. If you'd like one, now's the time to order. Though we have far more distributor and large online retailer orders than we can fill, we've set the last twenty-five copies aside for direct orders.

About the Book:

First published in 1981, TheyThirst  was Robert McCammon’s fourth novel, and it remains one of the major milestones of an ambitious, constantly evolving career. Like its predecessors—Baal, Bethany’s Sin, and The Night BoatThey Thirst made its initial appearance as a paperback original. In the years since, it has acquired an intensely devoted following, and is now widely regarded as one of the significant vampire novels of the 20th century.

The story begins in the tiny Hungarian hamlet of Krajeck, where nine-year-old Andre Palatazin awaits the return of his father from an unspecified—but clearly dangerous—mission. The man who finally returns is no longer Andre’s father—is no longer, in fact, a man. Pursued by this undead entity, Andre and his mother barely escape with their lives. Decades later, Andre—now Andy—Palatazin is a homicide detective in the Los Angeles Police Department, and spends his days dealing with the quotidian terrors of a large metropolis. His life takes a darker turn when the demonic forces he first encountered in Krajeck arrive in L.A., led by an ancient vampire known as The Master. The Master’s plan: to overrun the city and use it as a stepping-stone toward wider, ultimately global, domination.

They Thirst marks the earliest appearance of McCammon’s penchant for epic, wide-angled narratives. With the unobtrusive ease of a natural storyteller, the author propels a wide assortment of vividly created characters through an apocalyptic scenario that combines gritty urban realism with a powerful portrait of supernatural forces at large in the modern world. The result is a genuine classic of the genre, a novel that is as fresh and absorbing today as it was more than thirty years ago.

Limited: 1000 signed numbered hardcover copies: $80

From Publishers Weekly:

Apocalyptic catastrophe collides with deeply intimate fears in this hardcover incarnation of McCammon’s 1981 paperback horror novel… Pathos and tragedy reverberate beneath bawdy sexual tension and violence in a seamless fictional cocktail for genre devotees. As readable today as when first published, this savage yet elegant shock show succeeds as crowd-pleasing storytelling as well as a time capsule of the 1980s horror aesthetic.

 

Harlan Ellison—THE TOP OF THE VOLCANO Cover Reveal

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We're doing a final file review before sending Harlan Ellison's The Top of the Volcano: The Award-Winning Stories of Harlan Ellison to the printer, all 544 pages of it The dust jacket image is by some gent named Michael Whelan. You may have heard of him.

About the Book:

We're pleased to announce a volume that may well be considered The Best of Harlan Ellison, which will be printed as an oversize 7*10 inch volume.

Firebrand, Touchstone, Trailblazer, Risk-Taker!

“Only connect,” E.M. Forster famously said, and Harlan Ellison was canny enough to make that the lifeblood of his achievement from the get-go.

New, fresh and different is tricky in the storytelling business, as rare as diamonds, but, as a born storyteller, Harlan made story brave, daring, surprising again, brought an edge of the gritty and the strange, the erudite and the street-smart, found ways to make words truly come alive again in an over-worded world.

From the watershed of the ’50s and ’60s when the world found its dynamic new identity, to a self-imitating, sadly all too derivative present, he has kept storytelling cool and hip, exhilarating, unexpected yet always vital, able to get under your skin and change your life.

And now we have it. The Top of the Volcano is the collection we hoped would come along eventually, twenty-three of Harlan’s very best stories, award-winners every one, brought together in a single volume at last. There’s the unforgettable power of “'Repent, Harlequin!' Said the Ticktockman,” “The Whimper of Whipped Dogs” and “Mefisto in Onyx,” the heart-rending pathos of “Jeffty Is Five” and “Paladin of the Lost Hour”, the chilling terror of “I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream,” the ingenuity and startling intimacy of “Adrift Just Off the Islets of Langerhans…”

These stories are full of the light and life of someone with things worth saying and the skills to do it, presented in the book we had to have—not just a Best-of (though given what’s on offer it may just fall out that way) but in one easy-to-grab volume perfect for newbies, long-time fans and seasoned professionals alike to remind them just how it can be done.


Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $45

From Publishers Weekly:

Ellison (Slippage) has won so many awards over his six-decade career that this hefty collection only includes the short stories that have won the most prestigious prizes. His greatest hits include ‘I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream’ (1967), with its viciously omnipotent computer, and ‘The Deathbird’ (1973), a riff on the book of Genesis in sympathy with the snake. His iconoclastic early period is represented by experimental pieces such as ‘The Region Between’ (1969), which includes abstract graphics with its text. But the pleasant surprises are later, more obscure works, such as ‘The Man Who Rowed Christopher Columbus Ashore’ (1991), in which a higher intelligence arbitrarily meddles with the world.

 

Announcing the Centipede Press Edition of BLACKWATER by Michael McDowell

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Important Note: The regular retail price of Blackwater is $250. We're selling our copies for $215, a savings of $35. We have limited quantities available, so please get your order in soon.

About the Book:

One of the finest southern Gothics ever written, Blackwater is generally acknowledged to be the late Michael McDowell’s finest achievement, and, taken as a whole, one of the best horror novels of the 1980s. This has been long out of print.

This edition has a fine new introduction by Poppy Z. Brite. McDowell was at the height of his powers when he wrote Blackwater, a six-part novel about the powers exerted by the mysterious Elinor Dammert over the citizens of Perdido, Alabama and her ghastly and inexplicable ability to use water to gain her hideous ends.

Each numbered set is signed by Poppy Z. Brite, Patrick Loehr and Paul Wedlake. The signature page appears in the back of Book One. The edition is limited to 250 copies for sale. This definitive edition of an undisputed classic is sure to sell out very fast.


Edition Information

  • Six volumes in a slipcase.
  • Limited to 250 sets, signed by Poppy Z. Brite, Patrick Loehr, and Paul Wedlake.
  • Introduction by Poppy Z. Brite.
  • Each book has an individual dustjacket.
  • Illustrated endpapers.
  • Rare photographs of Michael McDowell.
  • Reprinted covers of the original Avon paperbacks.
  • Gorgeous, silky, two-tone cloth slipcased lined in black.
  • Color and black & white illustrations throughout.
  • Head and tail bands, ribbon markers in each book.

 

Clive Barker’s THE BOOKS OF BLOOD in Stock and Shipping

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The big one has started. Late last week, after having multiple (I say multiple) incompetencies inflicted on us by the freight company, Clive Barker's The Books of Blood crossed the warehouse's threshold.

And we're shipping.

And we'll be shipping copies all this week.

After all of the six volume sets are en route to customers, we expect to have 15-20 sets left for sale. Watch our News page and Newsletter for notice when we put them back on sale.

 

 

Peter V. Brett Demon Cycle Ebook Bundle Now Available

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Peter V. Brett's Demon Cycle is one of the best epic fantasy series currently being published, and we recommend you pick up a copy of The Warded Man and get started. (For those already partaking of the series, we're offering signed and inscribed copies of  the upcoming novel, The Skull Throne, which Peat will sign when it's published early next year.)

Meanwhile, on the ebook front, we've bundled The Great Bazaar and Brayan's Gold as a single ebook, so readers can save a buck or three over buying them separately.

The Great Bazaar

Please note that The Great Bazaar and Other Stories is not a full length book. It contains Peter V. Brett's roughly 60 page title story, as well as a number of deleted scenes from his novel, The Warded Man.

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Humanity has been brought to the brink of extinction. Each night, the world is overrun by demons—bloodthirsty creatures of nightmare that have been hunting and killing humanity for over 300 years. A scant few hamlets and half-starved city-states are all that remain of a once proud civilization, and it is only by hiding behind wards, ancient symbols with the power to repel the demons, that they survive. A handful of Messengers brave the night to keep the lines of communication open between the increasingly isolated populace.

But there was a time when the demons were not so bold. A time when wards did more than hold the demons at bay. They allowed man to fight back, and to win. Messenger Arlen Bales will search anywhere, dare anything, to return this magic to the world.

Abban, a merchant in the Great Bazaar of Krasia, purports to sell everything a man’s heart could desire, including, perhaps, the key to Arlen’s quest.

In addition to the title novelette, The Great Bazaar and Other Stories contains a number of scenes not included in The Painted Man (published in the US as The Warded Man) as well as a glossary and a grimoire, making it an essential guide to one of the most exciting epic fantasy series currently being published.


Brayan’s Gold

Return to the world of The Warded Man and The Desert Spear in an illustrated new novella by Peter V. Brett.

Humanity has been brought to the brink of extinction. Each night, the world is overrun by demons—bloodthirsty creatures of nightmare that have been hunting the surface for over 300 years. A scant few hamlets and half-starved city-states are all that remain of a once proud civilization, and it is only by hiding behind wards, ancient symbols with the power to repel the demons, that they survive. A handful of Messengers brave the night to keep the lines of communication open between the increasingly isolated populace.

Arlen Bales is seventeen, an apprentice Messenger in brand new armor, about to go out for the first time alongside a trained Messenger on a simple overnight trip. Instead Arlen finds himself alone on a frozen mountainside, carrying a dangerous cargo to Count Brayan’s gold mine, one of the furthest points in the duchy. And One Arm, the giant rock demon, hunts him still.

But Brayan’s Gold may offer a way for Arlen to be free of One Arm forever, if he is willing to wager his life on the chance.

 

Two Neil Gaiman Limited Editions Shipping Very Soon

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We're inordinately pleased to let you know that our Neil Gaiman, Michael Reaves, and Mallory Reaves Limited Editions (Interworld and The Silver Dream)  will be shipping soon. Our thanks to Neil, who managed to carve time out of his ridiculously overbooked schedule to set pen to the signature sheets for both books. All of the intermediate steps have been completed. All that remains is for the signature pages to be tipped into the books, which will then be cased.

About The Silver Dream:

Following the thrilling events of InterWorld, Joey Harker has been in training to develop his capabilities to travel between dimensions. It’s been a relatively uneventful period, allowing Joey some space to settle in to his new life. And as a gifted Walker, he’s dedicated to InterWorld’s mission to protect the Altiverse from the forces that would tear it apart—or enslave it.

But, uneventful or not, Joey’s history precedes him. Everyone in InterWorld may look the same (give or take machine components or fur), but Joey is special. As everyone is reminded yet again when a stranger named Acacia—who does not look anything like the rest of the Joseph Harkers of Interworld—follows his team back to Base Town. Getting to the bottom of who Acacia is becomes Joey’s latest task, and it may prove his most dangerous yet. Especially once it becomes clear there’s a traitor in InterWorld, and whoever it is has a grudge against him.

The Silver Dream brings a whole new set of the mind-bending twists that readers will expect from their previous adventure in InterWorld. Return to master storytellers and bestselling authors Neil Gaiman and Michael Reeves’ freewheeling danger-packed universe in this sequel with a story by the creators, and written by Michael and Mallory Reaves.

The Silver Dream will be printed in two colors throughout, designed to match its prequel, Interworld.

Limited: 500 signed numbered hardcover copies: $60

Gaiman fans, don't forget. Next spring, we'll also have copies of his limited edition, The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains, which promises to be a nifty production.

 

Announcing GRAND CRUSADES, the Last Volume of The Early Jack Vance

In early 2015, we'll bring the Early Jack Vance series to a triumphant close with Grand Crusades. Editors Terry Dowling and Jonathan Strahan have assembled another winning collection, this time focusing on very long stories from Vance's canon. Tom Kidd is once again helming the cover, as he's done for all of the other Vance projects. Thanks to everyone who's been along for this ride. We hope you enjoy the final stop.

About the Book:

Avenues into the Future…

“Truth to tell, we’re tourists, out to see the wonders of the universe.”

—Paddy Blackthorn, The Rapparee

Grand journeys among the stars—pursuits, quests, explorations and encounters. These were very much science fiction and fantasy Grandmaster Jack Vance’s stock in trade, whether to have Kirth Gersen roam the Oikumene and Beyond tracking down his five Demon Princes or to strand Adam Reith on far-off Tschai. Or, as in this present volume, to take Earth-style opera to the non-human folk of distant Rlaru, to study the much coveted tree-pod dwellings on Iszm, to follow the clues in five gold bands to the knowledge that lets a handful of races control all space travel in the universe, or to endure servitude at the hands of ruthless alien overlords.

Just as Vance sought adventure and the joys of a fulfilled life by travelling the highways and byways of his own beloved Earth, so he had his heroes and heroines do the same on other worlds. The five early tales featured in Grand Crusades: The Early Jack Vance, Volume Five take us on a fascinating selection of such journeys, showing us how the future was in the earlier years of his writing career.

And inevitably, as with storytellers from Homer to Shakespeare, Dickens to Austen, Tolstoy to Twain, our Grandmaster also used his craft as something on which to hang personal preoccupations, fascinations and longings. For as with any good writer, the completions and pay-offs of these otherworldly travels often deliver more than just a satisfactory conclusion to the affairs on hand and a few hours’ pleasant diversion for the reader. Vance also put us in touch with things beyond the page, delivering an awareness of a universe and a future for humanity filled with possibility, leaving us—as the best writers, artists and makers always do—with feelings of connection with something larger.

Trade: 1000 fully cloth bound hardcover copies: $45

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction
  • The Rapparee
  • Crusade to Maxus
  • Gold and Iron
  • The Houses of Iszm
  • Space Opera

 

Other Publishers’ Books Shipping

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We've cleared the warehouse floor to ready the place for the Clive Barker onslaught of The Books of Blood. Part of that is sending out some other publishers' books that our ever patient customers have been waiting for.

They include:

Once all of these are out the door, and the semi shows up with all of the Barkers aboard, we'll move on to that shipping marathon.

 

Kirkus Picks THEY THIRST as One of Twelve Excellent Horror Reads for October

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The advance copies of Robert McCammon's vampire epic, They Thirst, which clocks in at over 600 pages, have landed here at SubPress. I must say they look mighty fine! If wide-screen storytelling, with a lot of characters and action are your thing, please get your order in. Not including several orders which are due any day, we have orders for more than 1200 copies, and the print run is limited to 1000. We'll fill all direct orders, of course, but some of our larger accounts aren't going to receive as many copies as they might like.

Kirkus Reviews just included They Thirst in its 12 Excellent Horror Reads for October:

What's Halloween without vampires? In this deluxe version of the McCammon's classic vampire story, readers unfamiliar with this 30-year-old story can discover that it still remains chilling. In the small Hungarian hamlet of Krajeck, a boy named Andre awaits the return of his father from a dangerous mission. However, the being that returns is no longer his father, and Andre and his mother barely escape with their lives. Decades later, Andre—now living in Los Angeles and going by the name Andy—is working as a homicide detective who deals with death on a day-to-day basis. But even that can't prepare him when the horrors he encountered as a young boy return, arriving in LA to terrorize him yet again.

Limited: 1000 signed numbered hardcover copies: $80