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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

 

Excerpts from Caitlin R. Kiernan’s DEAR SWEET FILTHY WORLD just posted

Dear Sweet Filthy World

There are tales sea monsters tell their children to get them to behave. "Eat your krill, or you’ll go the way of poor old Cetus, slain by some ne’er-do-well like Perseus."

So begins "Fairy Tale of the Maritime", just one of the nearly thirty striking fictions in Caitlin R. Kiernan's new collection, Dear Sweet Filthy World. We've added excerpts from a few other stories to the book's product page, including that of the ultra-rare, ultra-good "Sanderlings" Head over, have a read, and preorder your copy today.

Don't forget, the signed limited edition comes with an additional hardcover, The Aubergine Alphabet!

 

Announcing FINAL GIRLS by Mira Grant

Subterranean Press is proud to present Final Girls, a new, 30,000 word novella by Mira Grant, best-selling author of the Newsflesh series. Her previous novella for SubPress, Rolling in the Deep, sold out immediately, and now goes for $100+ on the secondary market, when you can find a copy.

About the Book:

What if you could fix the worst parts of yourself by confronting your worst fears?

Dr. Jennifer Webb has invented proprietary virtual reality technology that purports to heal psychological wounds by running clients through scenarios straight out of horror movies and nightmares. In a carefully controlled environment, with a medical cocktail running through their veins, sisters might develop a bond they’ve been missing their whole lives—while running from the bogeyman through a simulated forest. But…can real change come so easily?

Esther Hoffman doubts it. Esther has spent her entire journalism career debunking pseudoscience, after phony regression therapy ruined her father’s life. She’s determined to unearth the truth about Dr. Webb’s budding company. Dr. Webb’s willing to let her, of course, for reasons of her own. What better advertisement could she get than that of a convinced skeptic? But Esther’s not the only one curious about how this technology works. Enter real-world threats just as frightening as those created in the lab. Dr. Webb and Esther are at odds, but they may also be each other’s only hope of survival.

With her new novella Final Girls, bestselling, award-winning author Mira Grant has conjured a heartstopping, gut-wrenching story filled with as many twists as it is versions of reality. Grant offers a chilling exploration of how surviving horrors might define us all.

Limited: 1250 signed numbered hardcover copies: $40

 

New Richard Chizmar in stock and shipping

A Long December by Richard Chizmar

We're in the middle of shipping Richard Chizmar's mammoth new collection, A Long December. Please note that it will be sold out by the time we're done sending out copies.

About the Book:

In 1996, Richard Chizmar’s debut short story collection, Midnight Promises, was a finalist for the World Fantasy Award. Publishers Weekly called it “a sterling collection” while singling out “The Silence of Sorrow” as “an understated masterpiece.”

Two years later, Subterranean Press published a mini-collection from Chizmar entitled Monsters and Other Stories. In his introduction, acclaimed genre critic Edward Bryant said, “When all is said and done, this book should leave you in utter silence, giving you time and opportunity to contemplate what you just read. Tough storytelling from a tough writer; but a writer who is not calloused. Chizmar possesses a finely honed gift of empathy. With utter grace and loving kindness he’ll put you right inside the life (and soul) of the monster.”

Now, nearly two decades later, Chizmar assembles thirty-five stories, including a previously-unpublished novella, and presents us with A Long December. This massive new collection features more than 150,000 words of Chizmar’s very best short fiction and includes 8,000 words of autobiographical Story Notes.

Eerie, suspenseful, poignant, the stories in A Long December range from horror to suspense, crime to dark fantasy, mainstream to mystery.

As New York Times bestselling author Scott Smith (A Simple Plan, The Ruins) notes: “It’s an idyllic little world Richard Chizmar has created. Boys fish in the shallows of a winding creek. A father tosses a baseball with his young son in the fading light of a summer day. There’s the smell of fresh-cut grass. And then, well…just beneath the surface? There are those missing pets whose collars turn up in a shoebox. Or the disturbing photos the dead can leave behind. Or the terrible thing you might find yourself doing when a long lost brother suddenly returns, demanding money. Chizmar does a tremendous job of peeling back his world’s shiny layers, revealing the rot that lies underneath. His stories feel like so many teeth: short and sharp and ready to draw blood.”

Limited: 1000 signed numbered hardcover copies: $40

From Publishers Weekly:

They say you can’t go home again, and many of the 35 quietly creepy stories in this career-spanning collection make it clear why one might not want to… Chizmar pays tribute to horror master Richard Matheson of Twilight Zone fame both explicitly (with ‘The Artist’) and implicitly with last-act twists and a firm emphasis on family as the source of both laughter and tears.

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.

 

Another great review for COCO BUTTERNUT

Coco Butternut by Joe R Lansdale

We have another great review of Joe R. Lansdale's wild and weird novella, Coco Butternut, to share with you. In this one, the duo face a mystery involving a mummified pooch and violence, suffused with Lansdale's trademark wit. Now, on to the reviews, new and recent:

From Publishers Weekly:

Lansdale (Honky Tonk Samurai) is without peer when it comes to this kind of tale, and the result is an infectious, darkly funny slice of weirdness.

From Kirkus:

…the slide from fizzy East Texas comedy to deeper waters is so deftly managed that you'll be chuckling all the way to the graveyard.

Read more and order your copy while supplies last.

 

Low stock alert—Robert McCammon

Last Train from Perdition by Robert McCammon

Just an early notice that we're down to the last fifty copies of the trade harcover of Robert McCammon's Last Train from Perdition, which we don't expect to have in stock much longer.

A second printing is not in the offing, so now's your best chance to pick up a copy. Need some incentive? Here are a few of the reviews this novel-on-the-installment-plan has received:

From Booklist:

This is perfect for Deadwood fans and those who enjoy the American Vampire graphic-novel series by Scott Snyder. Clear a couple of hours, you'll want to devour this in one sitting.

From SciFi Bulletin:

The book sets up some intriguing possibilities for the future of the series—and I, for one, can’t wait to see how Lawson deals with what he learns here, and how Annie copes with what she has to do… Verdict: Another excellent period horror piece. 9/10

Order your copy today.

 

 

Harlan Ellison Kickstarter—including FOUR never-before-published Ellison volumes

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Here's a bit about a Harlan Ellison Kickstarter we're supporting. After reading our bit, please head over to the Kickstarter proper to see how you can get your hands on FOUR never-before-published Ellison tomes. We considered this one an easy level to choose, and think many of you will, as well.

About the Kickstarter:

Harlan Ellison has never made a secret of his dislike for computers, but as a practical citizen of the 21st century, he has interacted with his friends and readers via HarlanEllison.com for nearly two decades and established an online, print-on-demand imprint (Edgeworks Abbey) to release sixteen all-new compilations of his work at HarlanEllisonBooks.com. Now it’s time to preserve the Ellison legacy for the digital age with the creation of the Edgeworks Abbey Archive.

Read more and support the Kickstarter.

 

 

Announcing THE IRON TACTICIAN by Alastair Reynolds

The Iron Tactician by Alastair Reynolds

We've been lucky enough to lock in a handful of copies of a new, long (30,000 words) Alastair Reynolds novella for our customers. Given the print run of only 175 signed hardcover copies, we expect that version of The Iron Tactician to sell out quickly.

About the Book:

A brand new stand-alone deep space adventure from Alastair Reynolds, featuring the author’s long-running character Merlin, who has previously appeared in “Merlin’s Gun” (1999), “Hideaway” (2000) and “Minla’s Flowers” (2007).

When Merlin encounters the derelict hulk of an old swallowship drifting in the middle of nowhere, he can't resist investigating. He soon finds himself involved in a situation that proves far more complex than he ever anticipated.

Limited: 175 signed hardcover copies: $35

 

PENRIC AND THE SHAMAN Cover Reveal

Penric and the Shaman by Lois McMaster Bujold

 

John Scalzi’s MINIATURES goes to the printer

Miniatures by John Scalzi

Be happy in a big way. John Scalzi's aptly named Miniatures, which collects 144 pages of his short fiction, has just been sent to the printer for a December release.

About the Book:

The ex-planet Pluto has a few choice words about being thrown out of the solar system. A listing of alternate histories tells you all the various ways Hitler has died. A lawyer sues an interplanetary union for dangerous working conditions. And four artificial intelligences explain, in increasingly worrying detail, how they plan not to destroy humanity.

Welcome to Miniatures: The Very Short Fiction of John Scalzi.

These four stories, along with fourteen other pieces, have one thing in common: They’re short, sharp, and to the point—science fiction in miniature, with none of the stories longer than 2,300 words. But in that short space exist entire universes, absurd situations, and the sort of futuristic humor that propelled Scalzi to a Hugo with his novel Redshirts. Not to mention yogurt taking over the world (as it would).

Spanning the years from 1991 to 2016, this collection is a quarter century of Scalzi at his briefest and best, and 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.” 

Limited: 1500 signed numbered hardcover copies
Lettered: 52 signed leatherbound copies, housed in a custom traycase

From Kirkus:

“[O]ften verging on the silly, but on the whole, quite amusing.”

From Publishers Weekly:

“...lighthearted and amusing…”

 

New Robert McCammon and Richard Chizmar ebooks just published

Last Train from Perdition by Robert McCammon

We have two new ebooks for you this week:

Both are guaranteed to amaze and delight.

 

50% Off In Print Items for Two Days Only

Please note: This sale has now ended. Thanks to everyone who took advantage.

By my lights, it’s been a long time since we’ve run one of our 50% off in print items sales, so here goes. This is a great way to do some early holiday shopping, or pick up some great reading for yourself at bargain prices.

As always, there are a few rules, so please read carefully:

  • The coupon code is “50off”, no quote marks.
  • Other publishers’ books are not included.
  • Forthcoming books are not included.
  • Prior purchases are excluded
  • The coupon code may be used only once per customer.

Now, the good news:

  • This special includes limited editions, lettered editions, trade hardcovers, and even trade paperbacks. If it’s a SubPress publication, and in print, it’s included.
  • The coupon code will work for non-qualified items (such as forthcoming titles). Don’t worry, if you accidentally order any, we’ll remove them from your order when processing.
  • This sale lasts until 11:59 PM on Tuesday, October 25, 2016.
  • There is no limit on the number of books you may order.

That’s it. Please have at it.

 

Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman

Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman

There's a new edition of Neil Gaiman's Odd and the Frost Giants, epically illustrated throughout by Chris Riddell, and it may be the most gorgeous thing we've ever seen. So goregous, in fact, that we want to share copies, and have arranged to carry a limited number of them. Read on for the full details.

About the Book:

Written by New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman and illustrated by UK Laureate Chris Riddell, this new edition of the thrilling, wintry Nordic tale weaves a truly magical story of legend and adventure that will grip and enchant readers from beginning to end. This new edition is heavily illustrated and has an oversize trim, much like the New York Times bestselling The Sleeper and the Spindle.

Odd, a young Viking boy, is left fatherless following a raid, and in his icy, ancient world there is no mercy for an unlucky soul with a crushed foot and no one to protect him. Fleeing to the woods, Odd stumbles upon and releases a trapped bear…and then Odd's destiny begins to change. The eagle, bear, and fox Odd encounters are Norse gods, trapped in animal form by the evil frost giant who has conquered Asgard, the city of the gods. Now our hero must reclaim Thor's hammer, outwit the frost giants and release the gods…

First published in 2009, Odd and the Frost Giants has been reimagined by acclaimed artist Chris Riddell in the style of his epic black-and-white artwork from The Sleeper and the Spindle, enhanced here with metallic silver ink.

Order your copy today.

 

Harlan Ellison’s COFFIN NAILS available again

Coffin Nails by Harlan Ellison

Charnel House is closing in on publication of the very limited (only 200 copies) Coffin Nails, Harlan Ellison's gathering of very early stories, and inform us they have ten copies left, which we're only too happy to offer to our customers. The book weighs in at a healthy 400+ pages, with an introduction by Tim Powers.

About the Book:

23 stories written in 1957/8, previously published only in original digest magazines

2 stories written in 1969 which have remained unpublished until this collection

These are among the very first steps on a sixty-year career, and have been hidden away until now in the fragile brown pages of magazines like Super Science Fiction, Amazing Stories, and Science Fiction Adventures—but they let us see an in emergence the style and urgency that came to full maturity in his latter, widely celebrated work. With this book, all of Harlan Ellison's stories so far are preserved in book form.

—from the introduction

Order your copy today

 

New Greg Egan in stock and shipping

The Four Thousand the Eight Hundred by Greg Egan

Greg Egan's The Four Thousand, the Eight Hundred is a November, title, but it's October, and the book is here, so we'll call it close enough, and start shipping. This is one of the best novellas of the past few years, and racked up some pretty impressive reviews:

From Publishers Weekly (Starred Review):

Readers who found Egan’s dense Orthogonal trilogy rough going will be pleasantly surprised by this intriguing novella, which successfully incorporates hot-button issues of intellectual property rights and government reparations for systematic bigotry into a far-future SF story. This is top-notch thought-provoking and suspenseful space opera, with impressively effective worldbuilding…

From Locus:

Egan’s relentless pursuit of the implications of his givens, his refusal to palm cards, to handwave away rational or irrational human forces (any more than the laws of physics), gives his story a terrible grace and gravity. These events, like equations, have solutions, but not resolutions – at least, none that offer comfort.

About the Book:

Camille is desperate to escape her home on colonized asteroid Vesta, journeying through space in a small cocoon pod covertly and precariously attached to a cargo ship. Anna is a newly appointed port director on asteroid Ceres, intrigued by the causes that have led so-called riders like Camille to show up at her post in search of asylum.

Conditions on Vesta are quickly deteriorating—for one group of people in particular. The original founders agreed to split profits equally, but the Sivadier syndicate contributed intellectual property rather than more valued tangible goods. Now the rest of the populace wants payback. As Camille travels closer to Ceres, it seems ever more likely that Vesta will demand the other asteroid stop harboring its fugitives.

With The Four Thousand, the Eight Hundred, acclaimed author Greg Egan offers up a stellar, novella-length example of hard science fiction, as human and involving as it is insightful and philosophical.

Limited: 1000 unsigned numbered hardcover copies: $40

 

THE WEIGHT OF WORDS over 85% sold out

The Weight of Words

We're happy to report that the limited edition of The Weight of Words is now 85% sold out. We've just posted some of the interior illustrations to the book's product page, so please go have a look. (This one, for example, is from Joe R. Lansdale's story.)

 

PW reviews Lawrence Block’s RESUME SPEED

Resume Speed

Publishers Weekly has just weighed in on Lawrence Block's newest novella, Resume Speed, and it's a good one:

In this quietly suspenseful novella… [Block’s] return to long-held thematic material harks all the way back to a man on the run for his wife’s murder in Block’s first crime novel, Sinner Man. Block reflects once more on the ravages of alcoholism, as he does so often in his Matthew Scudder series (A Drop of the Hard Stuff, etc.). For Block’s fans, this is a minimalist version of one of his early paperback original novels.

This review should be just about enought to account for the remaining unsold copies, meaning Resume Speed will be out of print on publication. If you've been waiting to order, don't delay.

 

Announcing THE WEIGHT OF WORDS: Stories inspired by the art of Dave McKean

The Weight of Words

We're pleased to announce The Weight of Words, a new anthology with stories inspired by the illustrations of Dave McKean. Read on for the full description and august list of contributors.

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’ “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.

Lettered: 26 signed numbered copies, specially bound, housed in a custom traycase: $500
Limited: 350 signed numbered copies, bound in leather: $100
Trade: Fully cloth-bound hardcover edition: $40

Table of Contents:

  • The Weight of Words — Dave McKean
  • Belladonna Nights — Alastair Reynolds
  • The Orange Tree — Maria Dahvanna Headley
  • Monkey and the Lady — Neil Gaiman
  • No One Dies in Nowhere — Catherynne M. Valente
  • Objects in the Mirror — Caitlin R. Kiernan
  • Yummie — M. John Harrison
  • Robo Rapid — Joe R. Lansdale
  • The Language of Birds — Dave McKean
  • Broken Face — Iain Sinclair
  • All I Care About is You — Joe Hill
  • The Train of Death — Neil Gaiman

 

Advance praise for COCO BUTTERNUT

Coco Butternut by Joe R Lansdale

Joe R. Lansdale's new Hap and Leonard novella, Coco Butternut, has both a cover and an advance review. Neither is too shabby. The cover is by the always tremendous Ken Laager, while the review comes to us courtesy of Kirkus, which had the following to say:

…the slide from fizzy East Texas comedy to deeper waters is so deftly managed that you'll be chuckling all the way to the graveyard.

 

GRRM’s KNIGHT OF THE SEVEN KINGDOMS resurfaces

A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George R R Martin

Note: The lettered edition is now sold out.

Six copies of the lettered edition of George R. R. Martin's A Knight ot the Seven Kingdoms surfaced during our recent inventory. There's a limit of one per customer, so please have at it.

We also have very low stock on the signed, limited edition if that's more your speed.

 

 

New Robert McCammon in stock and shipping

Last Train from Perdition by Robert McCammon

We've just finished shipping the initial wave of the trade hardcovers of Robert McCammon's vampire novella, Last Train from Perdition. Copies of the first volume sold out in short order, and now bring over-the-top prices on the secondary market. We expect this one to follow suit, so order early.

About the Book:

In I Travel by Night, master of horror Robert McCammon introduced the tortured and instantly unforgettable vampire adventurer Trevor Lawson—All Matters Handled—as he searched for his maker, LaRouge, in hope of becoming human once more. It wove a tale about the terrors of the Dark Society, featuring the gothic sensibilities of old New Orleans, and the unforgiving violence of the untamed frontier of 1886. Now McCammon returns to Lawson’s gripping journey and sends him West, in the chilling sequel novella Last Train from Perdition.

Ever on the hunt for LaRouge, Lawson still travels by night, but no longer alone. Crack-shot, whip-smart Ann has become his companion, on her own search for her vampire-taken father and sister. Lawson has been summoned from New Orleans and the Hotel Sanctuaire to Omaha by a wealthy man who needs his son retrieved from a band of outlaws. Lawson and Ann agree to take the case and travel to the town of Perdition where they find their prey—but things get complicated fast when a saloon shootout leaves an innocent girl badly injured.

On a night train from Perdition to Helena to find medical help, it soon becomes clear that Lawson and Ann’s enemies may also be looking to prey upon them. As they struggle against those forces of darkness with a trainload of their most unlikely allies yet, Lawson also wages battle with the darkness LaRouge left within him. This latest installment in Trevor Lawson’s battle for redemption finds bestselling McCammon at his thrilling best.

Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $35

From Booklist:

“This is perfect for Deadwood fans and those who enjoy the American Vampire graphic-novel series by Scott Snyder. Clear a couple of hours, you'll want to devour this in one sitting.”

 

Caitlin R. Kiernan cover reveal

Dear Sweet Filthy World by Caitlin R Kiernan

And here's the cover to Caitlin R. Kiernan's upcoming collection, Dear Sweet Filthy World. We think it's grand, as is the collection itself!

 

Clive Barker’s INFERNAL PARADE interior art reveal

Infernal Parade by Clive Barker

We've posted three of the interior illustrations for Clive Barker's Infernal Parade.

Bob Eggleton has created some really twisted images for this novella. Check them out.

 

 

Announcing the Ebook of John Scalzi’s EVERYTHING BUT THE SQUEAL

Everything but the Squeal by John Scalzi

We've a "new" John Scalzi novella-length ebook, Everything but the Squeal, which originally appeared under another title in the anthology Metatropolis. If you haven't encountered it before, now's your chance to do so, for under $5.

About the Book:

In the not-so-distant future, life is good… if you’re one of the lucky few to live in the new, ecologically-minded city-states that dot the landscape. Outside their walls, in the “wilds”—the rotting suburbs and exurbs of America—things have become rather more precarious.

Benjamin Washington is a kid in New St. Louis, who is on the verge of getting the boot into the wilds if he doesn’t take a job. In a last-ditch effort, he takes the only gig available to him: Biological Systems Interface Management… which is to say, he’s about to become a high-tech pig farmer.

It’s a letdown for Benjamin, who has always expected better things for himself. But then comes the day when New St. Louis is under attack, from without and within. The only person standing between attackers and their goal is one young pig farmer, who never even wanted to be there… but who now has to make a choice whether to co-operate with the intruders, or make a stand for his city.

Important note: This novella originally appeared in the anthology Metatropolis.

 

Signed copies of THE COLLAPSING EMPIRE by John Scalzi to be available

The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi

John Scalzi has an epic new sf novel coming out, and we're going to have signed copies! We’re pleased to offer signed (or inscribed) copies of John Scalzi’s new novel (and kick off to a new series) titled The Collapsing Empire. If you want an inscribed copy, please mention to whom in the comment section when checking out. If you just want the copy signed but not inscribed, leave the comment field blank.

About the Book:

Our universe is ruled by physics and faster than light travel is not possible—until the discovery of The Flow, an extra-dimensional field we can access at certain points in space-time that transport us to other worlds, other stars.

Humanity flows away from Earth, into space, and in time forgets our home world and creates a new empire, the Interdependency, whose ethos requires that no one human outpost can survive without the others. It’s a hedge against interstellar war—and a system of control for the rulers of the empire.

The Flow is eternal—but it is not static. Just as a river changes course, The Flow changes as well, cutting off worlds from the rest of humanity. When it’s discovered that The Flow is moving, possibly cutting off every human world from faster than light travel forever, three individuals—a scientist, a starship captain and the Empress of the Interdependency—are in a race against time to discover what, if anything, can be salvaged from an interstellar empire on the brink of collapse.

Order your copy today.

 

Announcing KELLER’S FEDORA by Lawrence Block

Kellers Fedora by Lawrence Block

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

 

ANCILLARY MERCY shipping—a few copies remain

Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie

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.

 

New Lawrence Block just sent to the printer

Resume Speed by Lawrence Block

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.

 

Kirkus Reviews John Scalzi’s MINIATURES

Miniatures by John Scalzi

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.”

 

Clive Barker’s INFERNAL PARADE cover reveal

Infernal Parade by Clive Barker

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.

Check out the full details and order your copy.

 

Announcing THE LAND OF LAUGHS by Jonathan Carroll

The Land of Laughs by Jonathan Carroll

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

 

Announcing Clive Barker’s INFERNAL PARADE

Infernal Parade by Clive Barker

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.

Click here to order your copy today.

 

New Stephen Gallagher in stock and shipping

The Authentic William James by Stephen Gallagher

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

 

Another great review for A LONG DECEMBER

A Long December

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.

Click here to read more or order your copy.

 

 

Raising funds for Congenital Heart Defect Research

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.

 

Surprise Jacqueline Carey limited edition in stock and shipping

Kushiels Dart by Jacqueline Carey

Subterranean Press is proud to announce the signed, limited edition of Jacqueline Carey’s Kushiel’s Dart, one of the best and most influential epic fantasies of recent decades. Our edition is very limited, consisting of only 250 numbered and 26 lettered copies, housed, respectively, in some of the nicest slipcases and traycases we've ever produced. Copies are in stock and ready to ship. We expect them to sell quickly.

“This brilliant and daring debut, set in a skewed Renaissance world (people worship Jesus-like ‘Blessed Elua’ but also demigods), catapults Carey immediately into the top rank of fantasy novelists. In the character of Phedre ne Delaunay, 'a whore's unwanted get' sold into indentured servitude in opulent Night Court, the author has created a particularly strong and memorable female lead, and has surrounded her with a large and varied cast, from nobles and priests to soldiers and peasants… this is an assured and magnificent book that will appeal to both male and female readers.”

—Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

“Stunning, clever, sultry, and mysterious, Phedre is an ideal and original heroine.”

—Associated Press

Kushiel’s Dart has the following features:

  • Limited to only 250 numbered and 26 lettered copies;
  • Printed offset on 60# acid free paper;
  • Smyth-sewn for a lifetime of enjoyment;
  • Over 700 pages;
  • A full color wraparound dust jacket;
  • Two full page full color interior illustrations;
  • Personally signed by the author;
  • Housed in a custom slipcase (limited edition) or traycase (lettered edition);
  • Will not be reprinted.

Limited: 250 signed numbered copies, bound in cloth, housed in a custom slipcase: $150
Lettered: 26 leatherbound copies, housed in a custom traycase: $350

 

Announcing CLIVE BARKER’S NEXT TESTAMENT by Mark Alan Miller

Clive Barkers Next Testament by Mark Alan Miller

Earthling Publications has just announced Clive Barker's Next Testament, the debut novel by Mark Alan Miller, with an introduction by F. Paul Wilson and a cover and interior artwork by Clive himself. We've been fortunate enough to lock in a few copies for our customers. This is not a large limited edition, and given Clive's fan base, we expect copies to go quickly.

About the Book:

Since the dawn of time, man has looked to the heavens and pondered the existence of a greater power. Is there a God? Clive Barker and Mark Alan Miller have discovered the answer to that question. God is real, and He is out for blood.…

In a desert wasteland, Julian Desmond unearths a figure unlike any other, who calls himself Wick…and who claims to be the God of the Old Testament. Julian takes Wick to the modern world where Wick can operate behind the curtain with the movers and shakers of the world. But when Wick is exposed to the world's modern conveniences, he is disgusted and begins the process of bringing back the old ways. Wick and Julian's journey will span the globe, as neither merely wants to make a mark on a world, but a scar. It's up to Julian's son, Tristan, and Tristan's fiancée, Elspeth, to solve the puzzle of Wick's existence and keep the world from entering a new dark age.

First there was the Old Testament. Then there was the New Testament. Now, we embark upon the newest chapter in our collective history: the Next Testament. GOD HAS RETURNED. GOD HELP US ALL.

Gift edition: 350 numbered copies, bound in cloth, signed by Mark Alan Miller: $45

Deluxe limited: 100 numbered copies, bound in leather, signed by Clive Barker, Mark Alan Miller, and F. Paul Wilson: $125

 

Announcing a VERY limited edition by Tim Powers

Joe Stefko at Charnel House has snuck a new Tim Powers volume onto his schedule, one limited to only 200 exquisite copies signed by the author. We've locked in a handful of copies of Poems for our customers, which we expect to go quickly. Please don't hesitate to order.

About the Book:

Charnel House's latest is a very small limited edition poetry collection by Tim Powers. Given the limitation, we expect copies to sell quickly.

About the Book:

  • Exquisitely printed on Mohwawk Superfine.
  • Thirty-six pieces with an introduction by the author.
  • Designed as a 19th century book of poetry, the interior owes a debt to Christine Rossetti's personal copy of The Prince's Progress and other Poems.
  • The binding mirrors a bible belonging to Lord Byron and his sister, Augusta Leigh.
  • Each copy is handmade, and signed by the author.

Limited: 200 signed numbered copies, exquisitely bound: $150

 

And now for something completely different

Men of Weath and Taste

Centipede Press is known not only for their genre oriented books, but for other eclectic titles in their lineup. We're pleased to offer a very limited quantity of one such entry, Men of Weath and Taste, featuring The Rolling Stones.

About the Book:

When the greatest rock and roll band in the world released Beggars Banquet in 1968, it was immediately hailed as a masterpiece and the band’s finest effort. While the front cover image of a grafitti-laden lavatory was suppressed and not used for 20 years, the inner sleeve, picturing the original lineup in full regalia enjoying themselves in an immense castle, was treasured by fans.

Unfortunately, the poor reproduction quality and cheesy hand-coloring of the image didn’t reveal even a shadow of the original photograph’s brilliant colors and striking composition. Moreover, there was a suite of 30 additional photographs of the Stones from that day, all by Michael Joseph, the photographer on hand who recorded these striking images, which are among the last of the original line-up featuring Brian Jones.

Except for a single showing of these images at a gallery in London, the complete Michael Joseph photographs of The Rolling Stones have never before been seen, and the gallery of photographs has, needless to say, never before been published in book form, until now. This book presents the entire known collection of Joseph’s photographs, printed here in striking fidelity for the first (and probably last) time ever, complete with detail views, in a stunning, landscape format, oversize package.

In addition, this book features a brief epigraph by Keith Richards, written solely for this book, and an original 10,000 word essay by noted Stones expert Robert Greenfield. Greenfield’s essay describes the genesis of the record, with a blow-by-blow account of the creation of each song. He also talks extensively about producer Jimmy Miller, who made such huge contributions to the Stones’ sound; engineer Glyn Johns; the legendary Olympic Studios where the album was recorded; the castle where the exterior shots were taken; and the mysterious mansion Sarum Chase, where the stunning interior photographs were taken.

This edition is printed on thick, acid-free art paper, with the works reproduced at the impressive high resolution standard usually reserved only for production of museum quality art books. The print run is limited to 200 copies, each one signed by Robert Greenfield. This is your chance to own not only the definitive photographic record of the Stones right at the start of their run of domination of rock and roll, but also the definitive account of the making of the record. With only 200 copies, and a wealthy Stones following the size of France, this promises to sell out very very quickly.

Limited: 200 signed numbered hardcover copies: $295

 

Announcing DEAR SWEET FILTHY WORLD by Caitlin R. Kiernan

We're pleased to announce Caitlin R. Kiernan's next major collection of stories, Dear Sweet Filthy World. As you'll see, even Caitlin's most ardent fans likely won't have read most of the nearly thirty stories in this collection.

Remember, the signed limited edition includes an extra volume (likely hardcover), The Aubergine Alphabet, available nowhere else.

About the Book:

What exactly is the difference between a love letter and a suicide note? Is there really any difference at all? These might be the questions posed by Dear Sweet Filthy World, Caitlín R. Kiernan's fourteenth collection of short fiction, comprised of twenty-eight uncollected and impossible-to-find stories.

Treading the grim places where desire and destruction, longing and horror intersect, the author rises once again to meet the high expectations she set with such celebrated collections as Tales of Pain and Wonder, To Charles Fort, With Love, and the World Fantasy Award-winning The Ape's Wife and Other Stories. In these pages you'll meet a dragon's lover, a drowned vampire cursed always to ride the tides, a wardrobe that grants wishes, and a lunatic artist's marriage of the Black Dahlia and the Beast of Gévaudan. You'll visit a ruined post-industrial Faerie, travel back to tropical Paleozoic seas and ahead to the far-flung future, and you'll meet a desperate writer forced to sell her memories for new ideas. Here are twenty-eight tales of apocalypse and rebirth, of miraculous transformation and utter annihilation.  Here is the place where professing your undying devotion might be precisely the same thing as signing your own death warrant—or worse.

The stories in Dear Sweet Filthy World were first published in the subscription-only Sirenia Digest, run by Caitlín for her most devoted readers. This publication marks the first availability to the general public for most of these rare tales.

Limited: 600 signed numbered copies, bound in leather, with the bonus volume, The Aubergine Alphabet: $60

Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $40

 

Dead on the Bones: “...an act of a writer’s love”

Dead on the Bones by JOe R Lansdale

Joe R. Lansdale's pulp-infused collection, Dead on the Bones, is getting close to heading for the printer, which means reviews are starting to roll in. Look for finished books in November.

Here's a bit from the latest review, from Kirkus:

Lansdale pays homage to the pulp writers who inspired him in this loving collection of stories. Dedicated to both Edgar Rice Burroughs, creator of Tarzan and John Carter, and Robert E. Howard, creator of Conan the Barbarian, this volume focuses on adventure stories, many with a touch of the fantastic… Throughout, there is a palpable affection for these genres and a palpable desire to entertain the reader. This act of a writer's love becomes a show of generosity for the audience.

About the Book

“I was living in a pulp writer fury, a storm of imagination.” So Joe R. Lansdale, award-winning author of more than twenty novels and two hundred short works, describes the birth of his desire to be a writer after encountering pulp storytelling as a kid in TV, comics, and books. Now Dead on the Bones: Pulp on Fire collects eight stories where Lansdale pays tribute to the rip-roaring tales of his youth.

Dedicated to Edgar Rice Burroughs and Robert E. Howard, “Under the Warrior Star” finds hero Braxton Booker on another, battle-wracked planet, while  “Tarzan and the Land That Time Forgot” was expressly permitted by the Burroughs estate. In “Dead on the Bones,” a Conjure Man facilitates a boxing match between the living and the dead, with a twist. “The Gruesome Affair of the Electric Blue Lightning” crosses Poe with horrors that could have walked straight out of Lovecraft. Meanwhile, in “Naked Angel” a cop discovers a dead woman encased in ice on the noir streets of Los Angeles, not realizing he shares a personal connection with her. Other stories here bring readers face to face with vampires and far stranger creatures, all in Lansdale’s signature, Texas Mojo style.

Lansdale is rightly recognized as one of the most distinctive voices in modern fiction, pulp or otherwise. From Venus to vampires, Dead on the Bones is a fine, thoroughly enjoyable demonstration of why.

Limited: 1500 signed numbered hardcover copies: $40