Next spring, Lawrence Block revisits one of his beloved series characters in Keller's Fedora, a brand new novella. While we have you, check out the cover art by Matt Mahurin, which we think is just spiffy.
About the Book:
A NEW HAT.
FOR A NEW HIT.
Happily retired, living under a new name with his wife and daughter, Keller thought he was out of the murder-for-hire business. Until he got the call from his old employer, asking him to tackle the most unusual assignment of his career. The client’s wife is having an affair, and Keller’s been hired to get rid of her lover. But who is this mysterious lover? The husband doesn’t know — he only knows that she has one, and he wants the man dead.
It’s an opportunity for Keller to try his hand at the private eye game, investigating the adulterous spouse. And yes, he does buy himself a new hat for the occasion, a fedora worthy of any film noir detective. But in this puzzling situation, with more than one potential lover in the picture and more than one potential solution, is Keller going to be a black hat or a white hat — or something in between…?
One of MWA Grand Master Lawrence Block’s greatest creations, Keller is the two-time Edgar Award-winning star of Hit Man, Hit List, Hit Parade, Hit and Run, and Hit Me. “Keller’s Fedora” is the first new Keller story in more than three years.
Limited: 200 signed numbered copies, bound in leather: $45
Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $25
We've just finished shipping the first wave of the limited edition of Ann Leckie's Ancillary Mercy, and find ourselves with a handful of extra copies. If you haven't ordered one, now's the chance to remedy that situation.
About the Book:
For a moment, things seemed to be under control for Breq, the soldier who used to be a warship. Then a search of Athoek Station's slums turns up someone who shouldn't exist, and a messenger from the mysterious Presger empire arrives, as does Breq's enemy, the divided and quite possibly insane Anaander Mianaai — ruler of an empire at war with itself.
Breq refuses to flee with her ship and crew, because that would leave the people of Athoek in terrible danger. The odds aren't good, but that's never stopped her before.
We've just sent Lawrence Block's excellent novella, Resume Speed, to the printer a bit earlier than anticipated. This one is selling so well, even before any reviews have surfaced, that we expect it will be out of print on publication, so get your order in early or risk disappointment.
About the Book:
A new town, a fresh start. A chance to escape old demons.
Or meet new ones.
He got on the Trailways bus in Galbraith, North Dakota, booked all the way through to Spokane. But the Help Wanted sign at the diner in Cross Creek was calling his name. Soon, he had a job working the grill and a place to stay, and a new name to go with them. But what he didn’t have was peace of mind. Or a clear conscience. Or any memory at all of what he’d done the night before fleeing Galbraith.
What he’d done to get the scratches on his wrists and the backs of his hands…
In this brand new novella, Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Lawrence Block delivers an unforgettable portrait of a troubled man trying to lay the ghosts of his past and make a new life for himself. But there are things you can’t run away from, and one of them is who you really are.
Subtle and painful and beautifully crafted, Resume Speed is Lawrence Block at the pinnacle of his storytelling powers.
The notoriously tough Kirkus has just weighed in with their review of John Scalzi's Miniatures, and we're quite happy with it:
This might not quite sate readers' hunger for Scalzi as they await his next novel, but it's a reasonably tasty snack. Somewhat repetitive in theme, often verging on the silly, but on the whole, quite amusing.
As a reminder, Miniatures features four never-before-printed stories, exclusive to this collection: “Morning Announcements at the Lucas Interspecies School for Troubled Youth,” “Your Smart Appliances Talk About You Behind Your Back,” “Important Holidays on Gronghu” and “The AI Are Absolutely Positively Without a Doubt Not Here to End Humanity, Honest.”
Fast on the heels of the reveal of the unadorned art for Clive Barker's Infernal Parade, here's a first look at the designed cover. Bob Eggleton plans to turn in the interiors later this week—don't worry, we'll share a couple of images. As soon as the those are in, we'll be able to have the signature page designed and fast track Parade for its February pub date.
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Shipping around the end of October is the Centipede Press edition of Jonathan Carroll's The Land of Laughs. The new edition features a cover design by Ryder Carroll, the fabulous cover painting by David Mattingly, and new black & white interior works by Michelle Lopes. The book is oversize at 7 × 10 inches, bound in full cloth. It is signed by Jonathan Carroll, Ryder Carroll, Michelle Lopes, and David Mattingly. At only 300 copies, and with a huge demand, this item is going to sell out fast.
About the Book:
In a used book store, Thomas Abbey, an avid fan of Marshall France, a deceased writer of unique children’s books, has a chance encounter with Saxony Gardner, another enthusiast of that reclusive man. Together, they set out to the town of Galen, to meet Anna France, the writer’s daughter, in order to obtain her permission to write Marshall France’s biography. Prepared for rejection, they are warmly welcomed and settle into the community and their literary endeavor.
However, they find an uncanny resemblance between the town of Galen and its inhabitants, and the literary world of their idol. Figures from Marshall France’s books are alive in Galen, and Thomas and Saxony begin to question if the books were patterned onto Galen, or if the writer’s magic created Galen. Equally disturbing is Thomas’ role as biographer, who appears to create reality by his writing, and begins to question the motives of Anna and the inhabitants of Galen. Events reach a crisis point when Thomas’ biography reaches the time of Marshall France’s arrival in Galen.
Limited: 300 signed numbered oversize hardcover copies: $85
We're pleased to announce our next project with Clive Barker: Infernal Parade, the remarkable follow-on from his novella, Tortured Souls. Once again, Bob Eggleton has outdone himself with the full-color wraparound cover (not yet designed, but here as the bare artwork), as well as numerous black-and-white interior illustrations.
About the Book:
From the beginning of his distinguished career, Clive Barker has been the great visionary artist of contemporary dark fantasy, a form that Barker himself has termed “the Fantastique.” Through his many novels, stories, paintings and films, he had presented us with unforgettable images of the monstrous and the sacred, the beautiful and the grotesque. His body of work constitutes a great and varied contribution to modern popular culture.
This astonishing novella, Infernal Parade, perfectly encapsulates Barker’s unique abilities. Like the earlier Tortured Souls, an account of bizarre–and agonizing–transformations, Infernal Parade is tightly focused, intensely imagined, and utterly unlike anything else you will ever read. It begins with the tale of a convicted criminal, Tom Requiem, who returns from the brink of death to restore both fear and a touch of awe to a complacent world. Tom becomes the leader of the eponymous “parade,” which ranges from the familiar precincts of North Dakota to the mythical city of Karantica. Golems, vengeful humans both living and dead, and assorted impossible creatures parade across these pages. The result is a series of highly compressed, interrelated narratives that are memorable, disturbing, and impossible to set aside.
Infernal Parade is quintessential Barker: witty, elegantly composed, filled with dark and often savage wonders. It proves once again that, in Barker’s hands, the Fantastique is not only alive and well, but flourishing. This is vital, visionary fiction by a modern master of the form.
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Stephen Gallagher's latest foray into historical fiction (and horrifc in its own right) is in stock and shipping. We're only too happy to point out that The Authentic William James garnered a Starred Review from Publishers Weekly, which read, in part, “British author Gallagher gives Sebastian Becker another puzzle worthy of his quirky sleuth’s acumen in his outstanding third pre-WWI mystery (after 2012’s The Bedlam Detective). Gallagher makes the most of his unusual concept in the service of a twisty but logical plot line.”
About the Book:
Sebastian Becker’s position as Special Investigator for the British Crown requires a subtle touch: gathering evidence that determines whether or not someone is a Chancery Lunatic—afflicted with madness making them unfit to manage their fortunes—without tipping the hand of those whose resources often make them above the law.
In the aftermath of a fiery tragedy that leaves dozens dead and England’s leaders maneuvering for an answer to stave off political ramifications, former police detective Becker is called upon to utilize his intimacy with the insane, and familiarity with working in the shadows.
Tasked with evaluating the sanity of the confessed arsonist—Wild West Showman ‘The Authentic William James’—leads Becker from the shores of Sussex to the film studios of Hollywood. Delving into the circus world to unravel the mystery of a man who admits guilt and flees will pit Becker’s appointed role to do his country’s bidding against his compassion to do what is right for a family.
Limited: 1000 signed numbered hardcover copies: $40
Richard Chizmar's huge (500 pages) collection, A Long December, keeps on racking up the great reviews. Here's a bit of the latest, from Rue Morgue:
Chizmar’s stories range from supernatural to psychological horror, and they all share the author’s assured hand at storytelling. None of the tales overstay their welcome; in fact, I found myself wanting more from some of them. Ultimately, he’s put together an immensely readable book full of appealing and oftentimes frightening characters, which, combined with his smooth language makes A Long December hard to put down…
Add to that a couple of earlier starred reviews, as well as praise from the likes of Stephen King and Clive Barker, and we fully expect this one to be sold out on publication.
From Kirkus (Starred Review):
With the whiff of classic pulp fiction about them, these chilling tales pack a giddy wallop and make staying up late to read just one more mandatory.
From Booklist (Starred Review):
This is a must-read for fans of intense tales where psychological suspense and horror overlap, as with the novels of Peter Straub, Scott Smith, or Adam Nevill.
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Our friend and sometime cat sitter, Kristin, is raising funds for those with Congenital Heart Defects. We hope you’ll take a second to check out what she has to say, and consider donating to this ultra-worthy cause.
As I have gotten older, I have come to realize that with my illness many wonderful opportunities have arisen to encourage others with CHD and participate in activities that raise awareness for a vast community of heart patients that fight their whole entire life to survive. Each year I participate in the Southeastern Michigan Heart Walk. These walks have popped up in various cities across America and it is exciting to be a part of an effort to raise money and awareness for CHD research. I have an Instagram account that I have dedicated to CHD awareness and have made connections with fellow warriors across this country. I love to encourage those that struggle with the “scars” of surgery both physically and emotionally. If I can give hope to one person then I consider myself to have done a good work. I often hear how being 26 years old and having survived 3 open heart surgeries gives hope to so many parents who worry about their children’s future. I am inspired by a little boy named Gabe who lives in Arizona. He is 15 months old and just underwent his 5th open heart surgery. My heart is filled with compassion for a little boy who has already had to go through so much in his short life. I walked in his honor this past year and hope that as he grows older I can be a sign of hope for him. My hope for the future is that more and more children are making it to adulthood and that their quality of life is good. I hope for a community of congenital heart patients to become more aware of so many that live as they do and that know that they are not alone. I also hope that we are not just looked at as a group of patients with severe health issues but rather strong individuals that have a “warrior” spirit and a strong desire to live as normal as possible.