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Announcing Unlocked, a New Novella by John Scalzi

Unlocked by John Scalzi

John Scalzi has a new novella out later this year. It's a companion to his upcoming novel Lock In. (You can order an inscribed copy of the novel from us.)

We think Unlocked, the novella, is a strong introduction to the world of the novel, and stands on its own, as well.

Please note that we're only able to offer Free US Shipping for the first two days this book is listed on our site.

About the Book:

In the near future—and sooner than you think—a new virus will sweep the globe. At first it will look like the flu, but then we will discover there is something else about it…something we weren't expecting. It will change society forever.

No, this isn't another zombie virus. And no, this isn't the apocalypse. It's Haden's syndrome. We'll survive it. But the world will be remade in its image.

Unlocked: An Oral History of Haden's Syndrome is a novella that will take you through the heart of this terrifying disease, from its unusual and ironic origin to the frantic response of doctors, scientists and governments. You will see the “moon shot” response to free the people locked in thrall to the disease. And you experience the emerging society that those with the disease build for themselves—and for the rest of us.

A companion piece to John Scalzi's novel Lock In, Unlocked is an unexpected take on a frighteningly possible future.

Limited: 1500 signed numbered hardcover copies: $40

 

New Brian Lumley in Stock and Shipping

The Compleat Crow by Brian Lumley

Our 2014 Brian Lumley title, The Compleat Crow, is in stock and shipping. They're some of Lumley's best Lovecraftian tales, featuring the singular occult detective.

About the Book:

Master of Occult Arts…

“He was tall and broad-shouldered, and it was plain to see that in his younger days he had been a handsome man. Now…his hair had greyed a little, and his eyes, though still very bright and observant, bore the imprint of many a year spent exploring—and often, I guessed, discovering—along rarely trodden paths of mysterious, obscure learning.”

Mysterious, obscure learning…

To many thousands of readers world-wide Titus Crow is the psychic sleuth—the cosmic voyager and investigator—of Brian Lumley’s Cthulhu Mythos novels, from The Burrowers Beneath to Elysia.

But before The Burrowers and Crow’s Transition, his exploits were chronicled in a series of short stories and novellas uncollected in the USA except in limited editions. Now these stories can be told again. From "Inception" which tells of Crow’s origins, to "The Black Recalled", a tale of vengeance from beyond the grave, here in one volume, from the best-selling author of the epic Necroscope® series, is The Compleat Crow.

Limited: 250 signed numbered copies, bound in leather: $60
Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $35

 

A Massive Carl Jacobi Collection from Centipede Press

Masters of the Weird Tale by Carl Jacobi

We've been lucky enough to be guaranteed twelve copies of the mammoth (over 800 pages) gathering of stories by Carl Jacobi. Move quickly to pick up this volume of Masters of the Weird Tale if you're interested.

About the Book:

The largest collection of Carl Jacobi stories ever collected in one volume, including original artwork by David Ho, Steve Lines, Allen Koszowski, and reprinted art from others, with a new introduction by John Pelan, and an afterword by Dwyane Olson.
The introduction and afterword include many photographs of Carl Jacobi, color reproductions of old Carl Jacobi books, and the book itself has a full color wraparound dustjacket (the spine is designed so that it fits nicely with your existing Masters of the Weird Tale volumes), ribbon marker, cloth slipcase, and other extras.

Limited: 200 numbered copies, signed by editors S.T. Joshi and John Pelan, Allen Koszowski, David Ho, Steve Lines, and a special facsimile signature from Carl Jacobi: $250

 

More Copies of Clive Barker’s The Midnight Meat Train Available

Clive Barker's The Midnight Meat Train

The good folks at Dark Regions Press have released another batch of copies of Clive Barker's The Midnight Meat Train to us. The Midnight Meat Train looks to be a nice production, including the legendary story, the movie's script, other extras, and six full color art plates by the author.

We expect this title to sell out prior to its scheduled June release date, so if you're interested, consider picking up a copy now.

Limited: 450 signed numbered copies, cloth bound, signed by the author: $60

 

Announcing the Signed, Limited Edition of Robert McCammon’s The Queen of Bedlam

The Queen of Bedlam

Important Note: There is no exclusive order period for The Queen of Bedlam, which has a smaller print run than The Providence Rider and The River of Souls, but a larger one than Mister Slaughter. Catch all that? If you’re looking to match a number with Queen, please request it in the comments when you place your order. We expect this title to sell out quickly, so please don't delay in ordering. There is no trade edition, and the limited will not be made available to our wholesale and large online retail accounts.

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

Note: There is no SubPress trade edition of The Queen of Bedlam.

 

Announcing a New Anubis Gates Story by Tim Powers

Nobody's Home by Tim Powers

This fall, 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. Nobody's Home is certain to be one of the most talked about, and coveted, small press releases of the year.

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

Lettered: 26 signed leatherbound copies, housed in a custom traycase: $350
Limited: 474 signed numbered copies, bound in leather,  housed in a custom, foil stamped slipcase: $75
Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $35

 

George R. R. Martin’s A Clash of Kings in Stock and Shipping—Copies Available

A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin

Please note: This title is now SOLD OUT.

Our Signed Limited Edition of George R. R. Martin's A Clash of Kings is in stock and shipping, and we have great news to share with collectors. We have extra copies available, on a first-come, first-served basis, with a limit of one per person.

Buying Clash will give you the right of first refusal for our edition of A Game of Thrones, but not for The Winds of Winter.

About the Book:

A Clash of Kings is the second installment of George R. R. Martin’s monumental saga, A Song of Ice and Fire. It is, if anything, richer, deeper, and more formidably complex than its distinguished predecessor.

A Game of Thrones concluded with the deaths of Robert Baratheon, ruler of the Seven Kingdoms, and Lord Eddard Stark, the embattled Hand of the King. As A Clash of Kings opens, war has broken out on a number of fronts and a bloody battle for possession of the Iron Throne has begun. In King’s Landing, the seat of royal power, Joffrey, Robert’s sixteen-year-old heir apparent, rules the realm under the guidance of his mother, the beautiful—and ruthless—Queen Cersei. Stannis and Renly Baratheon, Robert’s brothers, have each established competing claims to the throne. And Robb Stark, Lord Eddard’s oldest son, has assumed the title of King of the North. Outside of the Seven Kingdoms, potent, often mysterious forces are gathering. In the far north, Mance Rayder, the King Beyond the Wall, is marshaling his armies. To the east, Daenerys Targaryen, sole surviving descendent of an ancient dynastic line, is struggling to assemble an army of her own, an army supplemented by three impossible—but very real—dragons.

These are just a few of the players who populate this vast, wholly absorbing narrative. A Clash of Kings is a novel about love, loyalty, and betrayal, about the power of unbridled ambition, about the limitless human capacity both for nobility and cruelty. Whether viewed on its own independent terms or as part of a larger, ongoing epic, it is—and will remain—one of the cornerstones of modern fantasy, the sort of book that raises the stakes—and sets the standards—for an entire genre.

Limited: 500 signed numbered sets, bound in cloth, housed in a custom slipcase: $295
Lettered: 52 sets, signed by author, with a remarque by the artist, housed in a custom slipcase: Sold Out

Production Notes—A Clash of Kings will feature:

  • roughly 70 black and white interior illustrations, including chapter heads and tails, full page illustrations, and vignettes;
  • different dust jackets for each of the two volumes in the set;
  • illustrated endsheets;
  • three full-color interior illustrations in the limited edition, with an extra full-color piece exclusive to the lettered;
  • stamped artwork on the slipcases, one color on the limited edition, two colors for the lettered edition;

 

The Book of Silverberg Awash in Praise

The Book of Silverberg

As our series of Collected Stories by Robert Silverberg draws to a close, we're also releasing a tribute anthology, The Book of Silverberg, which is drawing across-the-board praise. Here are cuttings from a trio of the reviews:

From Publishers Weekly (Starred Review):

“In this provocative collection, a dozen authors pay homage to Robert Silverberg, one of the giants of the science fiction field…these stories stand on their own, with no prior knowledge of the source material required. This is a real treat for any science fiction reader, and especially for Silverberg’s many fans.”

From Library Journal:

“Standouts include Connie Willis’s adorably weird ‘Silverberg, Satan, and Me or Where I Got the Idea for My Silverberg Story for this Anthology’ and Elizabeth Bear’s bleak future of false facades ‘The Hand is Quicker.’ …These stories will resonate most with readers familiar with Silverberg’s work, often being playful riffs on his famous stories or novels, but the tales can be enjoyed on their own merits as well.”

From Locus:

“It opens with a contribution from the late Kage Baker: ‘In Old Pidruid’, set on Majipoor. I always thought Baker’s very enjoyable fantasy The Anvil of the World owed a fair amount to Silverberg’s Majipoor stories (and of course in turn to Jack Vance’s Big Planet ), so she seems a natural for this setting, and she doesn’t disappoint, with a story of competing Entertainments (parade floats, sort of), particularly one operated by a young woman named Palmene and her eccentric brothers. There’s romance, of course, and false dealing, and local color, and aliens…fun stuff.

“That’s the opening story. The closer is Tobias Buckell’s ‘Ambassador to the Dinosaurs’,  sequel to ‘Our Lady of the Sauropods’, here featuring a somewhat resentful reconstructed Neanderthal woman pushed to dealing with the intelligent, telepathic, and rather violent dinosaurs who have also been reconstructed, then banished to a space station. This is strong, smart stuff as well.”

Limited: 250 signed numbered copies, bound in leather: $60

Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover copies: $35

 

 

Now Taking Orders for Clive Barker’s The Midnight Meat Train

Clive Barker's The Midnight Meat Train

Dark Regions is publishing a spectacular edition of Clive Barker's The Midnight Meat Train later this year, and we're happy to offer copies for sale. We only have 50 of the limited and 10 of the premium limited reserved—which is not nearly enough when it comes to Clive's work—so please get your order in ASAP.

About the Book:

In 1984, The Books of Blood by Clive Barker were published and quickly gained a following worldwide. Literary eminences like Stephen King noticed early on the creativity and powerful prose throughout The Books of Blood, bringing Clive Barker's stories to the forefront of horror fiction. One of these stories was “The Midnight Meat Train”, following one Leon Kaufman as he discovers the origins of a series of grizzly subway train murders in New York City…and the controlling forces behind it all.

Clive Barker's The Midnight Meat Train Special Definitive Edition brings the original story back with all-new material: a new afterword written by Clive Barker, 6 color paintings based on the story by the author, a new introduction by Phil & Sarah Stokes, a foreword by the movie screenplay writer Jeff Buhler, the first complete commercial printing of the movie screenplay, never-before-seen photos, notes, sketches and more.

This is the first and only printing of this special comprehensive signed hardcover edition. Reserve your copy of this definitive collector's edition of one of Clive Barker's classic and most celebrated stories: “The Midnight Meat Train.”

All three hardcover editions feature at least 6 paintings as interior artworks, a newly written afterword and are signed by author Clive Barker. All editions feature a newly written introduction by Phil and Sarah Stokes, a new foreword by screenplay writer Jeff Buhler and multiple photos and other never before seen materials. The first complete commercial printing of the official movie script from the major motion picture starring Bradley Cooper directed by Ryuhei Kitamura released in 2008 will be included in all hardcover editions.

Premium Limited: 66 signed numbered copies, bound in red leather, slipcased, signed by the author: $225
Limited: 450 signed numbered copies, cloth bound, signed by the author: $60

 

Harlan Ellison’s Flintlock in the House

Flintlock by Harlan Ellison

Many, many copies of Harlan Ellison's Flintlock were just rolled through our bay doors, and we're preparing them for shipment. The book is the usual gem for Charnel House, and we can't recommend it highly enough, both for the tome's production values, and the screenplay contained therein.

In other Charnel House news, we're still accepting preorders for Tim Powers' Appointment on Sunset. Powers titles from Charnel House are almost always quck sell outs, and climb in value after issue. We see no reason this nifty tale by Powers won't follow suit.