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Lettered SMOKE AND MIRRORS Shipping

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Have a look at the traycase for the lettered edition of Neil Gaiman's Smoke and Mirrors, the most complicated such beast we've ever attempted. We're packaging and shipping copies today and tomorrow.

For those interested, we have one copy of the lettered still available, as well as a small number of copies of the limited edition.

Please be aware that we're shipping Grab Bags next, so if you order a copy of Smoke and Mirrors now, it'll take a few weeks to clear our bay doors.

(Also, please note that customers are limited to one copy of Smoke and Mirrors, so if you've already bought one, please don't place another order.)

Don't forget that we're taking preorders for three additional Neil Gaiman Signed Limited Editions: Interworld, The Silver Dream, and The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains.

 

 

Get an Early Look at Nobody’s Home

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We've just posted a lengthy (3500 words) excerpt from Nobody's Home, Tim Powers' first foray into Anubis Gates territory in 33 years. Don't forget to have a look at a few of J. K. Potter's sepia-toned illustrations while reading the excerpt.

About the Book:

For the first time in his esteemed career, Tim Powers returns to the setting (and a central character) from his landmark time travel novel, The Anubis Gates.

Tracking the murderer of her fiancee through 19th century London's darkest warrens, Jacky Snapp has disguised herself as a boy—but the disguise fails when, trying to save a girl from the ghost of her jealous husband, Jacky finds that she has made herself visible to the ghosts that cluster around the Thames–

—And one of them is the ghost of her fiancee, who was poisoned and physically transformed by his murderer but unwittingly shot dead by Jacky herself.

Jacky and the girl she rescued, united in the need to banish their pursuing ghosts, learn that their only hope is to flee upriver to the barge known as Nobody's Home—where the exorcist whose name is Nobody charges an intolerable price.

Nobody’s Home will be printed in two colors throughout, copiously illustrated by J. K. Potter.

Limited: 474 signed numbered copies, bound in leather,  housed in a custom, foil stamped slipcase: $75
Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $35

 

Stephen King’s CARRIE in Stock and Shipping

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The 40th Anniversary Edition of Stephen King's Carrie is in stock and shipping. We still have a very few copies that are not yet spoken for. If you order one, you have first crack at the limited edition of Thinner, which just went up for preorder.

About the Book:

“It reminds me of a cookie baked by a first grader,” Stephen King said of Carrie, his first published novel, many years after the book’s 1974 appearance. “Tasty enough, but kind of lumpy and burned on the bottom.”

Well, that so-so confection led to a cordon bleu parade of some of the world’s most successful novels by, arguably, the most successful and beloved author in any field. Indeed, King has since gone on, in 2003, to receive the Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

But, in the spirit of mighty oaks from little acorns growing, Carrie, a brand-new blustering debut novel about a put-upon girl with menstrual problems written by a young wannabe writer, was indeed a humble beginning. And it was a big chance for its publisher.

Carrie was written on King’s wife Tabitha’s portable typewriter while the couple and their then two children were living in a trailer. It started life as a short story intended for Cavalier magazine, but King dumped the first three pages.

Fortunately, his wife noticed the pages in the trash and fished them out, advising her husband to go on and finish the tale…but he went one step better: he expanded it into a novel.

“I persisted because I was dry and had no better ideas…my considered opinion was that I had written the world’s all-time loser.”

This ultra-deluxe 40th Anniversary edition will feature a bevy of specially commissioned pen-and-ink illustrations and colour paintings from fan favourite Glenn Chadbourne plus an Introduction from James Lovegrove and an Afterword from Kim Newman. James, Kim and Glenn will be signing copies and there will be a facsimile signature from the author.

Anniversary Edition: 974 numbered hardcover copies, in slipcase: $125

 

Robert McCammon—They Thirst Selling Quickly

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October will be Robert McCammon's month. His vampire epic, They Thirst, rises from the earth in a gorgeous new edition, one which is now over 85% sold out before we've received any large online retailer orders. Collectors please note that the Lettered Edition is now open to general ordering. There's a limit of one copy per person, household, or plane of existence.

As Publishers Weekly noted about this classic:

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.

About the Book:

First published in 1981, They Thirst 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 Boat—They 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
Lettered: 26 signed leatherbound copies, housed in a custom traycase: $275

 

A New Neil Gaiman Signed Limited Edition Just Announced

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I received an email from my rep at Morrow a week ago to let me know that they'd be producing a very affordable ($75) signed limited edition of Neil Gaiman's The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains (wonderfully illustrated by Eddie Campbell) and did we want copies. Well, yes, as a matter of fact we did. We don't yet know the limitation for this edition, or how widely it will be available. All we can add to the details below is that it's slated for publication in February.

About the Book:

Beautifully illustrated by renowned artist Eddie Campbell, this is a limited edition of Neil Gaiman’s award-winning novelette “The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains”—signed by Gaiman and Campbell, and containing a CD of the FourPlay String Quartet music.

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This is a four-color edition of Neil Gaiman’s award-winning novelette “The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains”—a haunting story of family, the otherworld, and a search for hidden treasure.

The text of “The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains” was first published in the collection Stories: All New Tales. This gorgeous full-color illustrated book version was born of a unique collaboration between writer Neil Gaiman and artist Eddie Campbell, who brought to vivid life the characters and landscape of Gaiman’s story.

In August 2010, The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains was performed in the concert hall of the Sydney Opera House to a sell-out crowd—Gaiman read his tale live as Campbell’s magnificent artwork was presented, scene by scene, on large screens. Narrative and art were accompanied by live music composed and performed especially for the story by the FourPlay String Quartet.

Limited: Hardcover edition, signed by the author and artist, with CD. This gorgeous limited edition will feature a clamshell case and vellum cover overwrap: $75

 

Announcing Twenty-Five Years in the Word Mines by Graham Joyce

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In September, PS Publishing plans to release a large (over 400 pages) collection celebrating Graham Joyce's short fiction. We'll have ample copies of the trade edition (and a small allocation of the limited) of Twenty-Five Years in the World Mines: The Best Short Fiction of Graham Joyce. Trust me, short story collections do not get much better than this one promises to be.

About the Book:

Twenty-five years ago Graham Joyce and his wife Sue left the grey skies of England to live by the sea on a Greek island. As an unpublished writer he had gone there to live in isolation to write. After the hoards of uninvited summer visitors left he was finally able to fulfil his ambition and so started a writing career. Some of the stories contained in this collection were written in Greece under a vine canopy with light from a hurricane lamp. Others were inspired by travels around neighbouring islands.

This collection represents a gathering of the best Graham Joyce short stories written since his stay in Greece. Settings vary from the mines of the East Midlands to the lonely landscape of the Norfolk Coast and to the frozen streets of Leningrad during WWII.

Included with this collection is a foreword by Owen King and an afterword by Kelly Braffet, as well as an individual commentary on each story by the author.

Trade Hardcover Edition in Dust Jacket: $45

Limited Edition: 100 copies, signed by the author, in slipcase, with a chapbook of extra stories: $99

 

Announcing THE DROWNING GIRL by Caitlin R. Kiernan

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Our pal Jerad at Centipede Press is publishing a very lavish edition of Caitlin R. Kiernan's The Drowning Girl this fall, and we've been fortunate enough to lock in copies. As there are only 300 copies, you might want to place an early order.

About the Book:

Universally acclaimed as one of the finest horror novels of the last twenty years, The Drowning Girl is a haunting and beautiful story by one of the finest writers in the genre. Nominated for the Nebula, Shirley Jackson, Locus, British Fantasy and World Fantasy Awards for Best Novel, it won the James Tiptree Jr. Award and the Stoker. Hailed by Peter Straub as a stunning work of literature, The Drowning Girl is here presented in its first-ever hardcover edition, limited to 300 copies and signed by all contributors.

Caitlín R. Kiernan’s The Drowning Girl is getting the Centipede Press treatment, which means it will be a top of the line edition, with a low limitation, and a pleasure to feature on your shelves.

Please note that we’re offering copies at present for $225, which is $25 off the retail price. This offer will not last long.

This edition features Kiernan’s definitive text, full-color artwork, a new introduction by Elizabeth Hand, and gorgeous typesetting and design, all printed on thick Japanese paper, Smyth-sewn, and enclosed in a cloth slipcase. With a top-edge stain, ribbon marker, and printed endsheets. The book size is 6½ × 10 inches.

Each book is signed by Caitlín R. Kiernan, Elizabeth Hand, Matthew Jaffe, and Michael Zulli. This is a major work of dark fantasy and this signed edition will not last long.

The Drowning Girl will have the following features:

  • Limited to 300 copies, each signed by Caitlín R. Kiernan, Elizabeth Hand, Matthew Jaffe, and Michael Zulli.
  • Introduction by Elizabeth Hand.
  • The author’s definitive text.
  • Original artwork by Matthew Jaffe.
  • Original artwork by Michael Zulli.
  • Luxurious, 6½ × 10 inch format.
  • Ribbon marker, head and tail bands, top-edge stain, cloth slipcase.

 

Praise Rolling in for Maria Dahvana Headley and Kat Howard

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With Maria Dahvana Headley and Kat Howard's long novella, The End of the Sentence, comfortably at the printer, inching toward publication, it's no surprise that praise has started to flow in.

From Publishers Weekly:

Malcolm Mayes flees the ruin of his old life to start over in tiny Ione, Ore. after buying a house long-distance for $3,000. The price isn’t low just because the house is a fixer-upper. It also comes with a serious obligation: the mysterious Dusha Chuchonnyhoof… Ultimately Malcolm and the reader must decide whether this is dark magic or something stranger altogether.

From Book Riot:

A deliciously creepy and atmospheric mashup of old myths and new twists, Headley and Howard’s lush, sinister novella is a guaranteed treat for fans of the fantastic.

Limited: 200 signed numbered hardcover copies, bound in leather: $45
Trade: Fully cloth-bound hardcover copies: $20

 

Robert McCammon’s THE QUEEN OF BEDLAM in Stock and Shipping

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Those who've been collecting Robert McCammon's Matthew Corbett series will be pleased—as we are!—that the second entry, The Queen of Bedlam, is now available as a signed, limited edition that matches Mister Slaughter, The Providence Rider, and The River of Souls. Each of the titles has a different flavor, with Queen being a long (over 630 pages) excursion into the darkest corners of Colonial era New York, as Matthew Corbett tracks the killer known only as "The Masker."

When it was originally published, The Queen of Bedlam drew a starred review from Publishers Weekly:

Set in Manhattan in 1703, this spellbinding sequel to Speaks the Nightbird (2002) from bestseller McCammon finds Matthew Corbett, a 23-year-old magistrate’s clerk, on the trail of the Masker, a killer who stalks prominent businessmen. Matthew stumbles on the bodies of two of the Masker’s victims, including pederast Eben Ausley, the headmaster of the orphanage Matthew once reluctantly called home… McCammon brilliantly captures colonial New York and closes with a tantalizing cliffhanger that suggests more exciting sleuthing to come.

About the Book:

Matthew Corbett first appeared in 2002’s Speaks the Nightbird, the novel which signaled Robert McCammon’s return to fiction after a decade long absence. Five years later, in another significant event, Matthew reappeared in The Queen of Bedlam, a book that firmly established him as the central figure in the best historical adventure series going.

The Queen of Bedlam opens in 1702, some three years after the harrowing experiences of Speaks the Nightbird. Matthew is now living in the nascent metropolis of New York City and has found unsatisfying employment as a poorly paid clerk to a local magistrate. At this juncture, two related events take place that will radically alter Matthew’s future. One is the advent of a murderous predator—popularly known as the Masker—who terrorizes the city. The other is Matthew’s recruitment by the Herrald Agency, an early prototype of the classic private detective agency. Under the auspices of his new employer, Matthew, together with his mentor, Hudson Greathouse, travels to a mental hospital in rural New Jersey, where he meets an unidentified woman known simply as the Queen of Bedlam, a woman who may hold the key to the Masker’s identity.

The Queen of Bedlam is a crime story, of course, and a genuinely enthralling one. More than that, it is a portrait of colonial New York so vibrant and richly detailed that it is almost palpable. The sights, smells, and sounds—the sheer physical reality of that time and place—are drawn with the sure hand of a master storyteller. Supplementing all this is a varied cast of supporting characters who are by turns comic, bizarre, intriguing, endearing, and, in some instances, terrifying. At the center of it all is Matthew Corbett, a gifted young man beginning to discover who—and what—he is meant to become. He is a hero suited to his times, and a fictional creation destined to endure for a very long time to come.

Limited: 374 signed numbered copies, housed in a custom slipcase: $125
Lettered: 26 signed, deluxe bound copies, housed in a custom traycase: $500

 

 

Grab Bags Are Back —$475 Worth of Books for Only $150

We're back with one of our most popular promotions—the Grab Bags.

Shipping has been so consistently at the limit of what the crew can handle, that, somehow, it's been 18 months since we've had time for this much-loved deal.

That changes this week. Because it's been so long, the vast majority of the titles included have never been offered in a grab bag. Consider picking one up. Prime time reading material doesn't get any more affordable than this.

Each bag will contain a mix of signed limited editions, trade hardcovers, and possibly even a chapbook or two. We expect each to contain approximately 13 books, with a retail value of $475 or greater. Some of the books may be distributor returns, and not perfect, but at the price, we think you'll agree the overall package can't be beat. We're using a number of titles never-before-offered in a grab bag, so even if you've purchased one previously, you're bound to find a good supply of new reading material.

If you purchase more than one grab bag, you're very likely to receive the same or similar contents.

Please note that if the Buy button doesn't appear on the Grab Bag page, it means they're sold out.

Grab Bag: $150 (Quantities are limited)