Announcing SNAPSHOT by Brandon Sanderson

Snapshot by Brandon Sanderson

Get yer new Brandon Sanderson here!

There's a new publisher in town, Vault Books, and among their first projects is Snapshot, a brand new novella by Brandon Sanderson. Read on for the full details.

About the Book:

New York Times bestseller Brandon Sanderson is often cited as being one of the most influential fantasy authors in the business. From Mistborn to The Wheel of Time to The Stormlight Archive, his ability to channel his unique imagination and creativity into his fiction has won over fans across the world. In addition to these massive works of wonder, Sanderson has also carved out a place among the best authors of novella-length fiction with the Legion series and the Hugo Award-winning The Emperor’s Soul.

In his newest novella, Snapshot, Sanderson’s skill and imagination are on full display.

Snapshot is a Science Fiction detective story following Anthony Davis, a cop assigned to Snapshot Duty. In this vivid world that author Brandon Sanderson has built, society can create a snapshot of a specific day in time. The experiences people have, the paths they follow—all of them are real again for a one day in the snapshot. All for the purposes of investigation by the court.

Davis’s job as a cop on Snapshot Duty is straight forward. Sometimes he is tasked with finding where a criminal dumped a weapon. Sometimes he is tasked with documenting domestic disputes. Simple. Mundane. One day, in between two snapshot assignments, Davis decides to investigate the memory of a call that was mysteriously never logged at the precinct, and he makes a horrifying discovery.

As in many stories, Snapshot follows a wonderfully flawed character as he attempts to solve a horrific crime. Sanderson proves that no matter the genre, he is one of the most skilled storytellers in the business.

Edition Details

  • All editions of Snapshot will feature the following:
  • Full-color dust-jacket
  • Full-color, interior illustrations
  • An introduction by Brandon Sanderson
  • An in-depth interview with author, Brandon Sanderson
  • Printed on 60# acid-free paper
  • Smyth sewn for durability
  • Foil stamping on the front boards and spine
  • Bound in leather
  • Personally signed by Brandon Sanderson​

Numbered & Limited Edition:

  • Limited to 2500 copies
  • Hand-numbered
  • Price: $50


The Ebooks are a’comin’ — Kelley Armstrong and John Scalzi

Miniatures by John Scalzi

You can now preorder the ebooks for John Scalzi's collection of very short stories, Miniatures, and Kelley Armstrong's long new novella, Lost Souls. Click on the appropriate links to be directed where to preorder.

(Remember, if you've bought the hardcover of either book through us, you'll receive a free copy of the title's ebook.)


Shipping Update

The Bonehunters by Steven Erikson

New books are lining up on the tarmac here at the SubPress warehouse, with Steven Erikson's The Bonehunters being the current title in the queue. Others will follow as quickly as possible, likely in the following order:

  • The Bonehunters (Steven Erikson, currently shipping);
  • Last Train from Perdition (Robert McCammon, limited edition);
  • Dead on the Bones (Joe R. Lansdale).



PENRIC AND THE SHAMAN garners a starred review

Penric and the Shaman by Lois McMaster Bujold

The first review for Lois McMaster Bujold's 40k word novella, Penric and the Shaman, has just landed. It's a delight, courtesy of the fine folks at Publishers Weekly:

Bujold follows Penric’s Demon with another brief tale…this time combining supernatural sleuthing with finely drawn characters and a panoply of emotions… This is a wonderful expansion of her World of the Five Gods.


Cover posted for FINAL GIRLS by Mira Grant

Final Girls by Mira Grant

Here's the dust jacket image (by Julie Dillon) for Mira Grant's long new novella, Final Girls. As with Grant's other work, Final Girls is a creepy sf/horror hybrid, full of twists.

Added bonus: We've added an excerpt to the book's product page. Check it out.


Announcing the signed limtied edition of MISTBORN by Brandon Sanderson

Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

We’re lucky enough that we’re going to receive copies of the signed, limited edition of Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn, which looks to be one gorgeous production, as you’ll see below.

About the Book:

Like our edition of Elantris, the Dragonsteel edition of Mistborn is bound in premium bonded-leather, and the pages are smyth-sewn, not glued like most regular books. Mistborn is printed in black and red inks on quality, acid-free paper, includes a bound-in satin-ribbon bookmark, full-color endpapers by Steve Argyle, gilded pages, and two-color foiling on the cover. A 24-page art gallery starts off the edition and features never-before seen artwork and a new 2-page map of the Final Empire. We’ve made this the most-beautiful edition of Mistborn yet, taking the best from the designs of the Era 1 and Era 2 books and melding that with what we began with the leather edition of Elantris. The Dragonsteel Leather edition of Mistborn is 672 pages.

First Printing. Brand new leather-bound hardcover: $100

If you missed out on Elantris last year, we will have copies of the second printing available. Like Mistborn, it's one elegant looking book.



Announcing FRANKENSTEIN UNBOUND by Brian Aldiss

Frankenstein Unbound by Brian Aldiss

We've locked in a handful of copies of Frankenstein Unbound, just one of Brian Aldiss' many masterpieces. Centipede Press is publishing it, so you just know the production will be top notch.

About the Book:

Joe Bodenland, a 21st century American, passes through a timeslip and finds himself with Byron and Shelley in the famous villa on the shore of Lake Geneva. More fantastically, he finds himself face to face with a real Frankenstein, a doppelgänger inhabiting a complex world where fact and fiction may as easily have congress as Bodenland himself manages to make love to Mary Shelley. This title was made into a film, starring John Hurt, Raul Julia, Bridget Fonda, Jason Patric and Michael Hutchence.

This new edition of Frankenstein Unbound features striking dustjacket art. It has a new introduction by fellow British New Wave pioneer Michael Moorcock. The book is oversize at 6½ × 10 inches, the same size as other titles in our science fiction series.
Brian W. Aldiss is an English writer and anthologies editor, best known for science fiction novels and short stories. Aldiss was named a Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America in 2000 and inducted by the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2004. He has received two Hugo Awards, one Nebula Award, and one John W. Campbell Memorial Award. His influential works include the short story “Super-Toys Last All Summer Long,” the basis for the Stanley Kubrick-developed Steven Spielberg film A.I. Artificial Intelligence.

Edition Information:

  • Introduction by Michael Moorcock.
  • New artwork by Thomas Walker.
  • Limited to 300 signed and numbered copies.
  • Signed by Brian W. Aldiss, Michael Moorcock, and Thomas Walker.
  • Fully cloth bound, gorgeous dustjacket, ribbon marker, head and tail bands.


Announcing LOST SOULS by Kelley Armstrong

Lost Souls by Kelley Armstrong

Kelley Armstrong returns with a long new Cainsville novella in Lost Souls. As an added bonus, everyone who orders the print edition through SubPress will receive a free copy of the ebook when the hardcover is published!

About the Book:

The disappearing hitchhiker is one of the hoariest urban legends, and no one knows that better than Gabriel Walsh, a lawyer who grew up on folklore and myth. When author of books on the supernatural Patrick brings Gabriel a case of a hitchhiking woman in white who vanished on a country road after accepting a ride from a businessman, Gabriel knows the Cainsville elder is just trying to wheedle into his good graces. But Gabriel is a man in need of a mystery, one that will get him back into someone else’s good graces. His investigator, Olivia Taylor-Jones, has blown town supposedly on a simple vacation. But when she left there was a rift between them and…he misses her.

Gabriel is well aware the only thing Olivia loves more than a good mystery is a weird one, and this hitchhiker case more than fits the bill. As Gabriel digs into the story, he’s forced to face ghosts of his own and admit that the woman in white isn’t the only one who has lost her way.

With Lost Souls, New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong weaves an unmissable novella-length tale connected to her fan-favorite Cainsville series.

Limited: 500 signed numbered copies, bound in leather, with full-color interior illustrations: $48
Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $28


Announcing THE DISPATCHER by John Scalzi

The Dispatcher by John Scalzi

We have just added an excellent John Scalzi novella to our schedule. His The Dispatcher will be out in May, but you should order now if you're interested in the limited edition. There will be plenty of trade hardcovers, but only 400 copies of the limited.

About the Book:

One day, not long from now, it becomes almost impossible to murder anyone—999 times out of a thousand, anyone who is intentionally killed comes back. How? We don't know. But it changes everything: war, crime, daily life.

Tony Valdez is a Dispatcher—a licensed, bonded professional whose job is to humanely dispatch those whose circumstances put them in death's crosshairs, so they can have a second chance to avoid the reaper. But when a fellow Dispatcher and former friend is apparently kidnapped, Tony learns that there are some things that are worse than death, and that some people are ready to do almost anything to avenge what they see as a wrong.

It's a race against time for Valdez to find his friend before it's too late…before not even a Dispatcher can save him.

Limited: 400 signed numbered hardcover copies, bound in leather: $45
Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $28


Excerpts from Joe Hill, Joe R. Lansdale, Catherynne M. Valente, and more

The Weight of Words

In keeping with this week's run of excerpts, we've just posted bits from the Dave McKean-inspired anthology, The Weight of Words. Check out story beginnings by the likes of Joe Hill, Alastair Reynolds, Caitlin R. Kiernan and more over at the book's product page.

About the Book:

The consummate artistry of Dave McKean has permeated popular culture for more than thirty years. His images, at once bizarre, beautiful, and instantly recognizable, have graced an impressive array of books, CDs, graphic novels, and films. In The Weight of Words, ten of our finest contemporary storytellers, among them the artist himself, have created a series of varied, compelling narratives, each inspired by one of McKean’s extraordinary paintings. The result is a unique collaborative effort in which words and pictures enhance and illuminate each other on page after page.

The volume opens with Alastair Reynolds’s “Belladonna Nights,” set in the world of his novel, House of Suns, the ultimately poignant portrait of a thousand nights-long “reunion” held in the far reaches of space. Elsewhere in this generous book, we find a series of lovingly crafted tales featuring, among other elements, doppelgangers, lost souls and lucid dreamers. Highlights include Joe R. Lansdale’s “Robo Rapid,” a near future cautionary tale about Man vs. Machine; M. John Harrison’s “Yummie,” in which a middle-aged man experiences the hallucinatory aftermath of a heart attack; Joe Hill’s “All I Care About Is You,” the account of a pure, if temporary, friendship; Catherynne M. Valente’s extraordinary “No One Dies in Nowhere,” a tale of death and detection in the afterlife; Maria Dahvana Headley’s “The Orange Tree,” the story of an 11th century golem that is also a profound study of loneliness; and “Monkey and the Lady,” an ironic creation myth by the artist’s longtime friend and creative associate, Neil Gaiman. Together with “Train of Death,” an abbreviated account of the literal death of literature, this is one of two new stories by the always remarkable Gaiman.

The Weight of Words is the rare anthology that really does offer something for everyone. Its complementary merger of words and images adds up to something special, something more than the sum of its impressive parts. It is both a major accomplishment in itself and a long overdue tribute to an important—and necessary—artist.

The Weight of Words contains more than two dozen illustrations by Dave McKean, and is printed in two colors throughout.

Trade: Fully cloth-bound hardcover edition: $40