Announcing READY PLAYER ONE by Ernest Cline

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

We're pleased to announce the signed limited edition of Ernest Cline's Ready Player One, which has become a huge favorite here at SubPress.

About the Book:

In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he's jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade's devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world's digital confines—puzzles that are based on their creator's obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them.

But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade's going to survive, he'll have to win—and confront the real world he's always been so desperate to escape.

Our edition of Ready Player One will be oversize and feature a cover and interior illustration from the Chinese edition, selected by Ernest Cline. In addition, we’ll include a piece of RP1 fan fiction by Andy Weir (The Martian), as well as an introduction by Fantasy best-seller Patrick Rothfuss.

Limited: 750 signed numbered hardcover copies: $75
Lettered: 26 signed leatherbound copies, housed in a custom traycase: $350



Announcing THE MARTIAN by Andy Weir

We're pleased to announce that we'll be publishing a signed, limited edition of Andy Weir's debut novel, The Martian, which has taken the best-seller lists by storm. Given the novel's popularity, and the movie coming this fall, we suggest an early order.

About the Book:

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.

Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.

Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first.

But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

The Subterranean Press edition, due this fall, will be oversize, with an introduction by Dan Simmons.

Limited: 750 signed numbered hardcover copies: $75

Lettered: 26 signed leatherbound copies, housed in a custom traycase: $350


More NOS4A2/WRAITH artwork just posted

NOS4A2/WRAITH by Joe Hil

We've just added even more of Charles "Talent" Wilson's artwork for upcoming Joe Hill NOS4A2/Wraith signed limited edition, including both color and b&w illustrations. Head over to the book's product page to have a look.

Remember, there will be 13 original color illustrations and 13 original black & whites, as well as an original small sketch on the signature page of each copy. This is going to be one Hill edition to treasure.


Printer activity and shipping update

Speak Easy by Catherynne M. Valente

Another pair of much-anticipated titles has just been sent to the printer:

with more scheduled to go this week.

As far as shipping goes, these titles are on our calendar for immediate shipment:

Important Collectors Note: Working for Bigfoot (Jim Butcher) is only one or two wholesale orders from shipping out of print. If you want a copy of the trade hardcover, now's the time to place your order.


Joe R. Lansdale’s PARADISE SKY shipping

Paradise Sky by Joe R. Lansdale

We're shipping signed copies of Joe R. Lansdale's masterpiece, Paradise Sky, right now. Those of you who enjoyed his novella, Black Hat Jack—which featured the same main character—will be especially motivated to pick up a copy.

About the Book:

A rollicking novel about Nat Love, an African-American cowboy with a famous nickname: Deadwood Dick.

Young Willie is on the run, having fled his small Texas farm when an infamous local landowner murdered his father. A man named Loving takes him in and trains him in the fine arts of shooting, riding, reading, and gardening. When Loving dies, Willie re-christens himself Nat Love in tribute to his mentor, and heads west.

In Deadwood, South Dakota Territory, Nat becomes a Buffalo Soldier and is befriended by Wild Bill Hickok. After winning a famous shooting match, Nat's peerless marksmanship and charm earn him the nickname Deadwood Dick, as well as a beautiful woman. But the hellhounds are still on his trail, and they brutally attack Nat Love's love. Pursuing the men who have driven his wife mad, Nat heads south for a final, deadly showdown against those who would strip him of his home, his love, his freedom, and his life.

Trade: Hardcover signed by the author: $26.95

From Booklist (Starred Review):

Paradise Sky is a rowdy, funny, suspenseful, and often quite moving yarn.

From Publishers Weekly (Starred Review):

Edgar-winner Lansdale’s folksy, cinematic fictional memoir tells the story of a man who was born a slave before the Civil War but grew up to become the legendary Deadwood Dick… In Deadwood, Nat meets a beautiful young woman, saves the life of Wild Bill Hickok, and reencounters Sam Ruggert, who still has it in for him. Lansdale (The Thicket) fills his pages with true-hearted heroes, dastardly scoundrels, and rollicking adventures.


Fifteen copies of THE WATER KNIFE available

The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi

After shipping out the initial orders for the signed trade copies of Paolo Bacigalupi's The Water Knife, we have fifteen copies left. Snag one if you're interested.

About the Book:

Paolo Bacigalupi, New York Times-Bestselling author and National Book Award Finalist, dives once again onto our uncertain future with his first thriller for adults since his multi-award winning debut phenomenon The Windup Girl.

In the American Southwest, Nevada, Arizona, and California skirmish for dwindling shares of the Colorado River. Into the fray steps Angel Velasquez, detective, leg-breaker, assassin and spy. A Las Vegas water knife, Angel “cuts” water for his boss, Catherine Case, ensuring that her lush, luxurious arcology developments can bloom in the desert, so the rich can stay wet, while the poor get nothing but dust. When rumors of a game-changing water source surface in drought-ravaged Phoenix, Angel is sent to investigate. There, he encounters Lucy Monroe, a hardened journalist with no love for Vegas and every reason to hate Angel, and Maria Villarosa, a young Texas refugee who survives by her wits and street smarts in a city that despises everything that she represents.  With bodies piling up, bullets flying, and Phoenix teetering on collapse, it seems like California is making a power play to monopolize the life-giving flow of a river. For Angel, Lucy, and Maria time is running out and their only hope for survival rests in each other’s hands. But when water is more valuable than gold, alliances shift like sand, and the only thing for certain is that someone will have to bleed if anyone hopes to drink.

Click here to order a copy or find out more.


China Mieville Cover Reveal

Three Moments of an Explosion

Dave McKean recently turned in the dust jacket art and design for China Mieville's new collection, Three Moments of an Explosion.

The book sold out in the first week of preorders, but we couldn't resist sharing the dj with everyone.



Alastair Reynolds’ DEEP NAVIGATION now available as an ebook

Deep Navigation by Alastair Reynolds

We're pleased to be publishing Alastair Reynolds' most recent full-length collection as an ebook. Deep Navigation features well over 100,000 words of sf, from space opera, to tales of Mars, to those set more closely to earth. There's even one previously uncollected story set in the Revelation Space universe.

About the Book:

Deep Navigation contains a broad spectrum of Alastair Reynolds’ work, from his first published story, “Nunivak Snowflakes,” through “The Receivers” and “Monkey Suit,” both published within the last year, plus an introduction by his friend, Stephen Baxter. It is well-known that the scope of Dr. Reynolds’ stories is vast; his Revelation Space stories alone attest to that. This collection shows his impressive range, from the claustrophobic Antarctic station, “Byrd Land Six,” to the branespanning “Tiger, Burning,” to the millennia-long quest of “Fury.” His viewpoints are as varied as his constant production of big, new ideas. A lone artist calmly painting the universe. A planetary ecological struggle reduced to a game. A fleeing assassin drawn into an alien rescue between the stars.


New Joe Abercrombie in stock and shipping

Half the World by Joe Abercrombie

A good deal of this week's shipping efforts will go toward getting folks their copies of Half the World by Joe Abercrombie. If you haven't ordered one, please do. World (as Half a King before it) balances on the adult/YA line neatly, providing a remarkable epic fantasy reading experience for all.

This represents Joe Abercrombie at his absolute best, and shouldn't be missed.

Limited: 400 signed numbered copies, printed in two colors, with illustrations by Jon McCoy: $125


Time to Preorder Neil Gaiman’s THE TRUTH IS A CAVE IN THE BLACK MOUNTAINS Running Out!

The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains Signed Limited Edition

We have more details about the upcoming Neil Gaiman signed limited edition, The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains, we can share with you.

Please place your preorder soon, as we have to finalize our preorder with Morrow, the publisher. It's a bargain at only $75.

About the Book:

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

  • Each numbered copy is signed by author and artist
  • Specially commissioned (for this volume only) 8‐page comic by artist Eddie Campbell, starring his alter‐ego “Alec” and Alec’s friend “Neil”
  • Limited to 3,000 copy printing
  • One‐piece fabric‐covered clamshell case with silver foil stamping and pull ribbon
  • Mp3‐cd audio recording of full story read by Neil, accompanied by music performed by Fourplay string quartet
  • Clothbound book with silver foil stamping and art inlay, silver endpapers

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


Joe Hill on the new limited edition of NOS4A2

NOS4A2/WRAITH by Joe Hill

In case you missed it, we've posted some of the ultra-creepy color illustrations for NOS4A2/Wraith by Charles Talent Wilson III.

We also took the opportunity to ask Joe Hill what he thought about the IDW limited, which will weigh in at over eight pounds!

Joe said:

I’m so pumped to see NOS4A2 and WRAITH laced together into a single gorgeous edition, crafted with IDW’s legendary attention to detail, and choked with Charles ‘Talent’ Wilson the iii’s demented ‘art.’ The stories inform one another, feeding into and off of each other, and it just feels right to find them between the same set of covers. Rumors that the book is bound in human flesh are utterly and completely false, however. It just would’ve been too hard to do 999 copies.

This is going to be a special limited edition, one which we'll steal ideas from for our own publications. Don't miss out. After all, it's the only way to visit Christmasland!

Click here to read more about NOS4A2/WRAITH or to order your copy!



Order your copy of THE END OF ALL THINGS by John Scalzi now!

The End of All Things by John Scalzi

We're about to place our final order for John Scalzi's upcoming space opera, The End of All Things, which triggered the thought now was a good time to remind you to get your order in for a signed or inscribed copy.

So you're not buying this blind, know it received a starred review from Kirkus, a bit of which follows:

It’s classic crowd-pleasing Scalzi, offering thrilling adventure scenes (space battles, daring military actions, parachute jumps through a planet’s atmosphere), high-stakes politics, snarky commentary, and food for thought. Delightful, compulsively readable, and even somewhat nutritious brain candy.


Snag Connie Willis’ THE WINDS OF MARBLE ARCH AND OTHER STORIE—over 250,000 words—for only $2.99

The Winds of Marble Arch by Connie Willis

For the next week, you can pick up the ebook of Connie Willis' huge—over 700 pages—short story collection, The Winds of Marble Arch and Other Stories, for only $2.99.

About the Book:

“Variety is the soul of pleasure,” And variety is what this comprehensive new collection of Connie Willis is all about. The stories cover the entire spectrum, from sad to sparkling to terrifying, from classics to hard-to-find treasures with everything in between—orangutans, Egypt, earthworms, roast goose, college professors, mothers-in-law, aliens, secret codes, Secret Santas, tube stations, choir practice, the post office, the green light on Daisy's dock, weddings, divorces, death, and assorted plagues, from scarlet fever to “It's a Wonderful Life.” And a dog.

Famous for her “sure-hand plotting, unforgettable characters, and top-notch writing,” Willis has been called, “the most relentlessly delightful science fiction writer alive,” and there are numerous examples here. Among them, Willis's most famous stories—the Hugo- and Nebula-Award-winning “Fire Watch” and “Even the Queen” and “The Last of the Winnebagos”—along with undiscovered gems like Willis's heartfelt homage to Jack Williamson, “Nonstop to Portales.” Her magical Christmas stories are here, too, from “Newsletter” to “Just Like the Ones We Used to Know…” which last year was made into the TV movie, Snow Wonder, starring Mary Tyler Moore.

We've collected stories from throughout Willis's career, from early ones like “Cash Crop” and “Daisy, in the Sun,” right up to her newest stories, including the wonderful “The Winds of Marble Arch.” There's literally something for everyone here. If you're a diehard Willis fan, you'll be delighted with hard-to-find treasures like the until-now uncollected, “The Soul Selects Her Own Society…” If you've never read Connie Willis, this is your chance to discover “A Letter from the Clearys” and, well, “Chance.” To say nothing of, “At the Rialto,” the funniest story ever written about quantum physicists. And Willis's chilling, “All My Darling Daughters.”

And…oh, there are too many great stories here to list and pleasures galore. So enjoy!

Table of Contents:

In Which May be Found Personal Correspondence, Travel Guides, References to Royalty, Weather Reports, Parking Fines, and Other Violations, including Matters of Life and Death (and Afterwards), an Epiphany or Two, and an Appendix.

Weather Reports

  • The Winds of Marble Arch
  • Blued Moon
  • Just Like the Ones We Used to Know

Personal Correspondence

  • A Letter from the Clearys
  • Newsletter

Travel Guides

  • Fire Watch
  • Nonstop to Portales

Parking Fines and Other Violations

  • Ado
  • All My Darling Daughters
  • In the Late Cretaceous


  • The Curse of Kings
  • Even the Queen
  • Inn

Matters of Life and Death

  • Samaritan
  • Cash Crop
  • Jack
  • The Last of the Winnebagos

And Afterwards

  • Service for the Burial of the Dead
  • The Soul Selects Her Own Society…


  • Chance
  • At the Rialto
  • Epiphany


From Publishers Weekly (Starred Review):

Willis makes brilliant short fiction look easy in this collection of 23 novellas and short stories, which display a powerful range of sensibility, from poignant tenderness ('Inn') and heartbreak ('Samaritan') to close-to-the-bone satire ('Even the Queen') and blackest savagery ('All My Darling Daughters').

From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

Along with her writing skills, the breadth of knowledge—scientific as well as religious and literary—packed into each of Willis' stories will awe readers. Her stories are both pompous and populist, touching upon everything from Shakespeare, Christmas, 1940s movies, love and death, marriage and divorce, and popular music and television to the latest developments in physics and how to properly cook a goose… In The Winds of Marble Arch, Willis' love for her craft and for the vagaries of the human heart—of which she so writes so ably—is on ample display.


There is a great variety of Willis' work represented here, so whether you're a die-hard fan or just starting, this book cannot possibly disappoint.


New Jim Butcher Sent to the Printer

Working for Bigfoot by Jim Butcher

We're happy to report that Jim Butcher's newest book, Working for Bigfoot, published exclusively by SubPress, has just been sent to the printer. The collection won't quite make its announced June pub date, but should ship by mid July. Unlike Jim's novels, with millions of copies in print, Working's print run is in the low thousands, and we expect it to sell out soon after publication, if not before.

About the Book:

Chicago wizard for hire Harry Dresden is used to mysterious clients with long hair and legs up to here. But when it turns out the long hair covers every square inch of his latest client’s body, and the legs contribute to a nine-foot height, even the redoubtable detective realizes he’s treading new ground. Strength of a River in His Shoulders is one of the legendary forest people, a Bigfoot, and he has a problem that only Harry can solve. His son Irwin is a scion, the child of a supernatural creature and a human. He’s a good kid, but the extraordinary strength of his magical aura has a way of attracting trouble.

In the three novellas that make up Working For Bigfoot, collected together for the first time here, readers encounter Dresden at different points in his storied career, and in Irwin’s life. As a middle-schooler, in “B is For Bigfoot,” Irwin attracts the unwelcome attention of a pair of bullying brothers who are more than they seem, and when Harry steps in, it turns out they have a mystical guardian of their own. At a fancy private high school in “I Was a Teenage Bigfoot,” Harry is called in when Irwin grows ill for the first time, and it’s not just a case of mono. Finally, Irwin is all grown up and has a grown-up’s typical problems as a freshman in college in “Bigfoot on Campus,” or would have if typical included vampires.

New York Times bestseller Jim Butcher explores the responsibilities of fatherhood and the difficulties of growing up with the elements Dresden Files fans crave—detection, adventure, humor, and magic.

Lettered: 26 signed leatherbound copies, housed in a custom traycase: $275
Limited: 1000 signed numbered hardcover copies: $60
Trade: Fully cloth-bound hardcover copies: $35

From Publishers Weekly:

Butcher emphasizes the lighter side of his Chicago-based wizard PI, Harry Dresden, in this collection of three novellas with a common client, a Sasquatch known as River Shoulders… Butcher leavens classic hard-boiled first-person narration (‘She was blond, about five-foot-six, and my logical mind told me that every inch of her was a bad idea’) with humor in these amuse-bouches aimed squarely at longtime fans.



Shipping Update — Ann Leckie, Paolo Bacigalupi, and more

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

Even as the warehouse expansion continues, our shipping crew are doing a great job of getting books into the hands of eager readers. Right now, we're shipping Ann Leckie's award-winning debut novel, Ancillary Justice. Last week we sent out copies of Paolo Bacigalupi's newest sf thriller, The Water Knife. This was preceded by shipping (literally) five tons of Robert McCammon's sf/horror novel, The Border.

Look for at least one more new book to start shipping later this week. We'll keep you posted.



Announcing the NOS4A2/WRAITH Deluxe Signed Limited Edition by Joe Hill

NOS4A2/WRAITH Deluxe Edition by Joe Hill

Our friends at IDW Publishing are creating a signed, limited edition of Joe Hill’s classic-in-the-making novel, NOS4A2. The book is signed by Joe Hill and Charles Paul Wilson III and is hand-numbered to 999. This new collection includes the 172-page graphic novel prequel, Wraith, as an essential part. Exclusively for this collection, Wraith series artist Charles Paul Wilson III has created 26 new illustrations (13 color, 13 black and white), a new full-color wraparound dust jacket, and a detailed map of Christmasland featured in the end pages. Mr. Wilson will also be personalizing each Christmasland-themed signature plate with a small original sketch inside a gruesomely twisted advent calendar. This 852-page oversized hardcover is packaged in an ornate hand-built cloth slipcase and features a debossed cloth cover.

About the Book:

Charlie Manx is a very bad man with a very special car—a 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith with the vanity plate NOS4A2. Charlie takes children for rides in his car, all the way to Christmasland. Christmasland is a magic place, a place just for children.

Victoria McQueen has a gift for finding lost things. If she rides her bike through the Shorter Way Bridge, she can find anything that’s lost. She’s also the only person ever to have escaped from Charlie Manx. Charlie may have died, but he hasn’t forgotten Victoria, and he takes her son for a ride in his car.

Victoria McQueen will do anything to save her son, but the Shorter Way Bridge has become a more perilous crossing than it was when she was a child. And who wouldn’t want to have Christmas…forever? Sleigh bells ring….

In his terrifying new novel, NOS4A2, New York Times bestselling author, Joe Hill, makes sure you’ll never listen to Christmas carols without a shiver again. But more than just horror, NOS4A2 is a story of strength, of magic, of family, and the costs of love. It’s about finding what is lost, even when what we lose is ourselves.

About the Graphic Novel:

Joe Hill’s New York Times bestselling novel, NOS4A2, introduced readers to the terrifying funhouse world of Christmasland and the mad man who rules there: Charlie Talent Manx III. Now, in an original new comic miniseries, Hill throws wide the candy cane gates to tell a standalone story that is at once both accessible to new readers and sure to delight fans of the book.

The NOS4A2/WRAITH Deluxe Edition is due to ship in August.

Limited: 999 signed and numbered hardcover copies, each with an original small sketch by the artist and packaged in a hand-built slipcase: $150



Announcing a two-novella set by Brandon Sanderson

Shadows for Silence in the Shadows of Hell and Perfect State by Brandon Sanderson

We're pleased to announce a two novella project by Brandon Sanderson, in which one sf novella, and one fantasy novella, are printed as separate volumes housed in a common slipcase. Read on for details about Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell and Perfect State.

About the Book:

Dust jacket and interior illustrations by Tom Kidd.

Important note: If you buy this limited edition set from us prior to publication, you’ll automatically be sent a copy of each ebook when we finish shipping the limited editions.

Here’s a project we’ve always wanted to try: two novellas published as separate books, held in one slipcase.

Perfect State is science fiction.

Shadows for Silence in the Forest of Hell is fantasy.

Each will be illustrated with a full-color dust jacket and five two-color interior illustrations by Tom Kidd.

The novellas will be printed on 80# Finch, in two colors.

The print run for this novella set is only 526 copies, by far the lowest limitation we’ve yet set for anything with Brandon, and far less than the hundreds of thousands of copies of his novels in print.

Limited: 500 signed numbered sets, fully cloth-bound, housed in a custom slipcase: $99
Lettered: 26 signed sets, fully leatherbound, housed in a custom traycase: $275


THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS is in stock and shipping!

The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris

The limited edition of Thomas Harris' The Silence of the Lambs is in stock and starts shipping today.

We still have copies of the limited (signed by the artist, Marshall Arisman),  and the lavishly bound lettered edition (signed by Mr. Harris as well as the artist) available, so get your order in soon. The total print run for our edition is only 252 copies, a far cry from the hundreds of thousands of copies the novel has sold in trade hardcover and paperback through the years.

Limited: 200 numbered copies, signed by the artist, housed in a custom slipcase: $150

Lettered: 52 signed (by author and artist) copies, bound in leather and cloth, housed in a custom traycase: $1500


Dean Koontz’s RELENTLESS Available Once Again

Relentless by Dean Koontz

As our other copies sold out so quickly, we went back to the well and bought the rest of the copies of Dean Koontz's Relentless. As you may recall, this Charnel House book originally retailed for $300, and has been climbing on the secondary market, when you can find it. We're offering our copies for only $150 each.



Savages by K J Parker

The first review for K. J. Parker's Savages is in, and we're happy to share it with you. Here's a cut, from Publishers Weekly:

Parker delivers another solid standalone adventure filled with political and social intrigue…there’s much to enjoy in the well-crafted action, battle sequences, and assorted political and social twists within a society in upheaval.

If you can't wait for Savages, we recommend you check out The Two of Swords, the series of Parker's that Orbit is currently serializing at less than a buck an installment. Good stuff.


Announcing THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS by Thomas Harris

The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris

If ever a book needed no introduction…

You may preorder your copy of Thomas Harris' The Silence of the Lambs now. The limited edition is already done, and en route to our warehouse. Copies of the lettered edition are nearly done, and will follow shortly.

About the Book:

Subterranean Press is proud to present an exclusive signed, limited edition of one of Thomas Harris’ most accomplished novels, The Silence of the Lambs.

It will be available in two unique editions, one signed by the artist (the limited edition) and one signed by both author and artist (the lettered edition)

Limited: 200 numbered copies, housed in a custom slipcase, signed by the artist. (Note: This edition is not signed by the author.)

Lettered: 52 signed (by author and artist) copies, half bound in leather and cloth, housed in a custom traycase. (Note: This is one of our finest productions.)



The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox by Barry Hughart

Barry Hughart's classic trilogy of a China that never was, The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox, is on sale. The ebook is only $2.99 for the next week.

These books can change your life.Chronicles also happens to spot some of the flap copy we've ever seen. We couldn't make this up if we tried.

About the Book:

When I got out of Andover in the 1950s I suffered from fairly severe depression, but this was back when the only such term recognized by the medical profession was 'depressive' following 'manic' which was one bad gig until some genius renamed it 'bipolar disorder' and after that it couldn't harm a fly. Since I wasn't lucky enough to qualify for manic and clinical depression didn't exist they diagnosed schizophrenia and packed me off to a booby hatch. (Which was not entirely a bad thing. Man, the scene at Kings Count Psychotic Ward was like awesome!) Then I was promoted to a slightly less odorous asylum where Doctor Oscar Diethelm expounded upon the delights of going snickety-snick on my frontal lobes, and while it would take too long to explain I managed to escape to Columbia University. There I found myself groping through weird landscapes obscured by clouds of pot behind which pimpled prophets of the Beat Generation shrieked, 'Our minds destroyed by madness, starving, hysterical, naked, dragging through black streets at dawn looking for an angry fix, or what the fuck, something like that. Yo, daddy-o!' and I said to myself, 'Barry, you have found a home.'

When I wafted back into the world a few years later my depression was still there but I was allowed to prove my sanity by blowing things up for the U.S. Air Force. No, not Vietnam. Planting ingenious and mostly illegal mine fields around the eternal DMZ in Korea. Time passed but not much else. I moved to the Arizona/Sonoran Desert where I could live quietly, surrounded on all sides by prickly pear, cat's claw, devil's horns, barrel cactus, jumping cactus, and illegal immigrants. I still occasionally dreamed of bright flashes followed by BOOM! which was a shame because I had other memories of the Far East: good memories, warm memories, and in 1977—ten years before Prozac—I decided to use those and whatever else I could come up with to create an alternate world into which I could creep on dark and stormy nights and pull over my head like a security blanket. So I read a lot and scribbled a lot and gradually the land of Li Kao began to take shape. But the first draft of Bridge of Birds didn't really work and I couldn't see what was wrong, so I dumped it into a drawer for a few years. Then one day I read Lin Yutang's The Importance of Understanding and found the prayer to a little girl that I mention in a footnote in the final version. It made me realize that while I'd invented good things like monsters and marvels and mayhem the book hadn't really been about anything. I opened the drawer. 'Okay!' I said to myself. 'This book is going to be about love.' And so it is, and so are ones that followed.

Will there be more? I doubt it, and it's not because of bad sales and worse publishers. It's simply that I'd taken it as far as I could. Oh, I could come up with more ingenious plots and interesting characters and so on, but the Ox/Master Li format had become just that, a format, and no matter how well I wrote I'd just be repeating myself. Many writers are content to settle down with an endless if predictable series, but I'd be miserable, and so it was like deciding to quit smoking: cold turkey or forget about it, and I chose cold turkey. Anyway, it was a lot of fun while it lasted, and I hope Ox and Li Kao can continue to give fun to readers, and I most particularly hope that on dark and stormy nights some of those readers will be able to crawl into my alternate world and pull it over them like a security blanket.


Robert McCammon’s THE BORDER is Here!

The Border by Robert McCammon

Robert McCammon's return to epic sf/horror, The Border, is in stock and shipping. (The trade edition, that is. The limited and lettered editions will be out a few months down the road.)

His new novel of two alien races invading earth has drawn praise from Stephen King, Publishers Weekly, and, now, Booklist:

This is a very ambitious novel, an epic-scaled story of perseverance and survival in the face of monstrous odds. McCammon brings his usual storytelling gifts to the table: his ability to create characters who feel real, no matter how unreal the situations they find themselves in; dialogue that rings true; and a story that captures our imaginations from the very first page.

The first printing is over 97% sold out, with a second printing unlikely. You can order a signed copy of the trade hardcover through us, or an unsigned copy from your favorite large online retailer or indie.

About the Book:

World Fantasy award-winning, bestselling author Robert McCammon makes a triumphant return to the epic horror and apocalyptic tone reminiscent of his books Swan Song and Stinger in this gripping new novel, The Border, a saga of an Earth devastated by a war between two marauding alien civilizations.

But it is not just the living ships of the monstrous Gorgons or the motion-blurred shock troops of the armored Cyphers that endanger the holdouts in the human bastion of Panther Ridge. The world itself has turned against the handful of survivors, as one by one they succumb to despair and suicide or, even worse, are transformed by otherworldly pollution into hideous Gray Men, cannibalistic mutants driven by insatiable hunger. Into these desperate circumstances comes an amnesiac teenaged boy who names himself Ethan—a boy who must overcome mistrust and suspicion to master unknowable powers that may prove to be the last hope for humanity's salvation. Those same powers make Ethan a threat to the warring aliens, long used to fearing only each other, and thrust him and his comrades into ever more perilous circumstances.

A major new novel from the unparalleled imagination of Robert McCammon, this dark epic of survival will both thrill readers and make them fall in love with his work all over again.


Rare Dean Koontz Limited Editions Available

From the Corner of His Eye by Dean Koontz

We recently picked up very limited stock of some out of print Dean Koontz rarities originally published by Charnel House. Our copies are priced well below the market. In fact, we can't even find two of the books on offer anywhere, and the other goes for $200-$500 per copy,

The books include:

  • From the Corner of His Eye
  • The Good Guy
  • Relentless



Announcing STINGER by Robert McCammon

Stinger by Robert McCammon

Stinger is coming this October.

This is truly the Year of Robert McCammon here at SubPress, with his major novel The Border, as well as trade paperbacks of They Thirst, The Hunter from the Woods, and Blue World, which will itself have a limited edition.

Next year look for a slightly less McCammon-centric schedule, but one that features a new novel and novella.

Now, to Stinger:

First published as a paperback original in 1988, Stinger remains one of Robert McCammon’s wildest, most compelling creations. Both a furiously paced action novel and an affectionate tribute to the SF/Horror films of an earlier era, it is vintage McCammon, and a grand, often visceral entertainment.

The story takes place during a single twenty-four hour period in Inferno, Texas. Inferno is a town in trouble, driven to the brink by racial tension, gang violence, and a collapsing economy. But things can always get worse, and they do so with astonishing speed when an unidentified spacecraft crash lands in the desert outside of town, followed by a second craft bearing the alien being who will soon be known as Stinger. Stinger is a kind of interstellar hunter on a mission he intends to complete, whatever the cost. He brings with him an endless array of technological marvels and an infinite capacity for destruction that threaten the existence of Inferno, its inhabitants, and the larger world beyond.

Filled with a large cast of vividly realized characters and sporting some of the most memorably horrific imagery you will ever encounter, Stinger is an adrenaline-fueled narrative of the highest order, its classic, pulp fictional elements transformed and elevated by a master storyteller. The result is pure Robert McCammon, an engrossing, hugely enjoyable experience that is sure to stay with you for a very long time to come.

Limited: 1000 signed numbered hardcover copies: $80
Lettered: 52 signed leatherbound copies, housed in a custom traycase: $275


Announcing THREE MOMENTS Of AN EXPLOSION by China Mieville—Only 452 copies

Three Moments of an Explosion by China Mieville

We’re pleased to present the signed limited edition of Three Moments of an Explosion, a collection of stories that showcase the singular vision of China Mieville. Please note that most of the stories in Moment are making their first appearance therein, and that our edition consists of only 452 copies, far smaller than the trade hardcover, which will have many thousands of copies, and smaller even than our usual limited editions for China, as well. One of SubPress favorite artists, Dave McKean, will provide the dust jacket.

Publishers Weekly graced Three Moments of an Explosion with a starred review, saying of it, “Above all what the stories have in common is a sense that the world is not just strange, but stranger than we can really comprehend.”

Limited: 400 signed numbered copies: $80
Lettered: 52 signed copies, bound in leather, housed in a custom traycase: $275

Table of Contents:

  • Three Moments of an Explosion
  • Polynia
  • The Condition of New Death
  • The Dowager of Bees
  • In The Slopes
  • The Crawl
  • Watching God
  • The 9th Technique
  • The Rope is the World
  • The Buzzard’s Egg
  • Säcken
  • Syllabus
  • Dreaded Outcome
  • After the Festival
  • The Dusty Hat
  • Escapee
  • The Bastard Prompt
  • Rules
  • Estate
  • Keep
  • A Second Slice Manifesto
  • Covehithe
  • The Junket
  • Four Final Orpheuses
  • The Rabbet
  • Listen The Birds
  • A Mount
  • The Design


New Peter Straub in Stock and Shipping

Perdido by Peter Straub

Peter Straub's rarity, Perdido, is in stock and shipping. The trade edition is sold out, but the limited is still in good supply. Pick up a copy if you're of a mind.

Perdido also just received a nifty review from Gary K. Wolfe, in Locus:

Those inclined to read toward horror, fantasy, or mystery will find the ingredients laid out on the table, but without a familiar recipe to follow, it challenges our urge to categorize. That alone, apart from its rather haunting premise and characteristically graceful prose, is enough to make this a quick and rewarding read.

About the Book:

Perdido, a fragment from a never completed longer work, is a rare and unexpected gift for Peter Straub’s legion of fans. Even in this fragmentary form, it offers the sort of vivid, unexpected pleasures that only the finest imaginative fiction can provide.

On one level, Perdido tells the story of a troubled family: a discontented husband and wife and the teenaged son who was—but is no longer—a musical prodigy. On another, it is the story of the isolated Norwegian resort known as Perdido, and of the impossible, dreamlike things that happen there. Perdido is a place where the rules of ordinary life no longer apply, where reality is malleable and infinitely strange. It is a place where “you get what you didn’t know you wanted” and where lives are altered forever. For the unhappy couple invited to attend—and for the teenaged son awaiting their return—it is the place where a marriage ends and a life filled with alternate possibilities begins. Mysterious, evocative, and always superbly written, Perdido offers readers something genuinely special: a visit to an imaginary landscape that only Peter Straub could have created.

Limited: 400 signed numbered hardcover copies: $45



Working for Bigfoot by Jim Butcher

Publishers Weekly liked Jim Butcher's Working for Bigfoot just fine:

Butcher emphasizes the lighter side of his Chicago-based wizard PI, Harry Dresden, in this collection of three novellas with a common client, a Sasquatch known as River Shoulders… Butcher leavens classic hard-boiled first-person narration (‘She was blond, about five-foot-six, and my logical mind told me that every inch of her was a bad idea’) with humor in these amuse-bouches aimed squarely at longtime fans.

As soon as Jim can fit the signature pages into his ultra-hectic schedule, the book will head to the printer.


The first praise for Joe R. Lansdale’s FENDER LIZARDS

Fender Lizards by Joe R. Lansdale

The first review of Joe R. Lansdale's Fender Lizards crossed our desks recently. It comes courtesy of Adam-Troy Castro, who usually reviews for Buzzfeed:

I wanna tell you about [Fender Lizards] in the way one wants to tell everybody about any book that made him grin, that made him laugh, that made him deeply fall in love with fictional people. I want to have a crate filled with copies of this book and I want to give them to people as gifts… I concluded, again, that on the page, Joe Lansdale can do anything he wants, and none of it badly.

Remember, the signed limited edition has three original Hap Collins short stories not in the trade edition, including one that documents the first ever meeting between Hap and Leonard.




Stephen King on THE BORDER: “I dug it.”

The Border by Robert McCammon

Know this about Stephen King: He is unfailingly generous and supportive, and we're always grateful to him for it.

This morning, he tweeted about Robert McCammon's new horror/sf epic, The Border:

Rip-roaring, old school SF. Mean aliens, heroic earthlings. Subterranean Press. Late May. I dug it.

You can order a copy of the trade hardcover at the book's product page, or via bookstores online and off..



Teaching the Dog to Read by Jonathan Carroll

The first review for Jonathan Carroll's novella, Teaching the Dog to Read, has just rolled in. We'll take it.

Says Publishers Weekly:

When dream worlds collide, real lives are shaken in this biting novella… Carroll (Bathing the Lion) expands the story from internal dreamscapes to the history and prehistory of his characters and their afterlives, layering cosmic significance over the seemingly random ways in which people’s lives intersect… An abrupt late twist may strike readers as unfair, and it introduces elements that crowd the story, but it does reflect Carroll’s dedication to the skewed logic of the dream world.

Limited: 1000 signed numbered hardcover copies: $40


New Lawrence Block over 90% sold out

The Burglar who Counted the Spoons by Lawrence Block

We're nearly through shipping the first batch of orders for Lawrence Block's The Burglar Who Counted the Spoons, and are happy to report that 93 percent of its 5000 copy print run is en route to customers, bookstores, etc.

As well, here's a cut from the recent glowing review in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine:

Like Donald Westlake, Lawrence Block can deliver hard-boiled stories one time and then turn out a comic masterpiece like The Burglar Who Counted the Spoons the next.

About the Book:

Ever since The Burglar on the Prowl climbed the bestseller lists in 2004, fans have been clamoring for a new book featuring the lighthearted and lightfingered Bernie Rhodenbarr. Now everybody's favorite burglar returns in an eleventh adventure that finds him and his lesbian sidekick Carolyn Kaiser breaking into houses, apartments, and even a museum, in a madcap adventure replete with American Colonial silver, an F. Scott Fitzgerald manuscript, a priceless portrait, and a remarkable array of buttons. And, wouldn't you know it, there's a dead body, all stretched out on a Trent Barling carpet.

Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover: $30

From Publishers Weekly (Starred Review):

“I love to steal,’ admits Bernie Rhodenbarr in MWA Grand Master Block’s superlative 11th mystery featuring the New York City thief and bookseller… With his razor sharp wit, Block succeeds in making Bernie’s thievery a noble undertaking.



Announcing the signed limited edition of A KNIGHT OF THE SEVEN KINGDOMS by George R. R. Martin

We're pleased to announce our most elaborate George R. R. Martin limited edition yet: A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms. Please read on, as the ordering instructions are specific.

Please note that to order A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms at this time, you must own the corresponding limited or lettered edition of A Dance with Dragons. You do not need to order Knight in order to maintain your rights to The Winds of Winter.

Please remind us what letter or number copy you are ordering to match your set.

Once the exclusive preorder period is over, we will offer the remaining copies first to those who bought A Game of Thrones, then to the general public. Please sign up for our newsletter to stay abreast.

About the Book:

Taking place nearly a century before the events of A Game of Thrones, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms compiles the first three official prequel novellas to George R. R. Martin’s ongoing masterwork, A Song of Ice and Fire. These never-before-collected adventures recount an age when the Targaryen line still holds the Iron Throne, and the memory of the last dragon has not yet passed from living consciousness.

Before Tyrion Lannister and Podrick Payne, there was Dunk and Egg. A young, naïve but ultimately courageous hedge knight, Ser Duncan the Tall towers above his rivals—in stature if not experience. Tagging along is his diminutive squire, a boy called Egg—whose true name (hidden from all he and Dunk encounter) is Aegon Targaryen. Though more improbable heroes may not be found in all of Westeros, great destinies lay ahead for these two…as do powerful foes, royal intrigue, and outrageous exploits.

Featuring more than 160 all-new illustrations by Gary Gianni, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms is a must-have collection that proves chivalry isn’t dead—yet.

Our edition will be slightly oversize, likely with the following features:

  • All of the art from the trade hardcover;
  • Printed on 80# Finch;
  • The full color endsheets as a wraparound dust jacket;
  • A completely new set of endsheets;
  • 8-10 of the full-page interior illustrations (b&w in the trade) rendered in color in our edition;

The lettered edition will:

  • Be custom bound, likely in leather and cloth;
  • Sport an original Garry Gianni remarque in each copy;

Limited: 750 signed numbered hardcover copies, housed in a custom slipcase: $295
Lettered: 52 signed copies, bound in leather and cloth, housed in a custom slipcase: $750



The Best of Nancy Kress

We’re pleased to announce The Best of Nancy Kress, a 200,000 word collection which contains some of the finest short fiction, especially novellas, in recent science fiction, from “Trinity” to “Beggars in Spain” and “Shiva in Shadow”. In addition among its twenty-one stories are gems such as “The Price of Oranges” and “Flowers of Aulit Prison”. The Best of Nancy Kress is essential to any reader who wants to understand contemporary science fiction.

Limited: 1000 signed numbered hardcover copies: $45

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction
  • And Wild For to Hold
  • Out of All Them Bright Stars
  • Pathways
  • Dancing on Air
  • Unto the Daughters
  • Laws of Survival
  • Someone To Watch Over Me
  • Flowers of Aulit Prison
  • Price of Oranges
  • By Fools Like Me
  • Casey’s Empire
  • Shiva in Shadow
  • Grant Us This Day
  • Kindness of Strangers
  • End Game
  • My Mother, Dancing
  • Trinity
  • People Like Us
  • Evolution
  • Margin of Error
  • Beggars in Spain


Salvage and Demolition price drop!

Salvage and Demolition by Tim Powers

Readers looking for a bargain take note. We've just dropped the price of Tim Powers' time travel novella, Salvage and Demolition, to $2.99.

About the Book:

Salvage and Demolition, the astonishing new 21,000 word novella by Tim Powers, begins when Richard Blanzac, a San Francisco-based rare book dealer, opens a box of consignment items and encounters the unexpected. There, among an assortment of literary rarities, he discovers a manuscript in verse, an Ace Double Novel, and a scattering of very old cigarette butts. These commonplace objects serve as catalysts for an extraordinary—and unpredictable—adventure.

Without warning, Blanzac finds himself traversing a “circle of discontinuity” that leads from the present day to the San Francisco of 1957. Caught up in that circle are an ancient Sumerian deity, a forgotten Beat-era poet named Sophie Greenwald, and an apocalyptic cult in search of the key to absolute non-existence. With unobtrusive artistry, Powers weaves these elements into something strange and utterly compelling. The resulting story is at once a romance, a thriller, and the kind of intricately constructed time travel story that only the author of The Anubis Gates—that quintessential time travel classic—could have written. Ingenious, affecting, and endlessly inventive, Salvage and Demoliton is a compact gem from the pen of a modern master, a man whose singular creations never fail to dazzle and delight.

From Booklist (Starred Review):
“Evoking such genre notables as Richard Matheson’s Bid Time Return, Jack Finney’s Time and Again, and Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveller’s Wife (along with such films as Source Code and The Terminator), the book is a sort of literary Mobius strip, looping around on itself, finding its ending in its beginning. Powers is an acclaimed SF and fantasy author—The Anubis Gates (1983) is considered a time-travel classic—and this new title has the feel of a cult favorite, the kind of small-press jewel that will develop a devoted following.”

From Publishers Weekly:
“Like much of Powers' work, this time-hopping novella is a 'secret history,' deftly set into the spaces between real historical events. Powers skillfully weaves intrigue, romance, and the possible end of the world into this twisty tale of the strangeness hidden behind the mundane.”

From Chasing Ray:
“[Salvage and Demolition] has a delightful noirish mystery/time travel mash-up vibe… The adventure is a little wild and the cult (aside from the real guns) just this side of silly/crazy but the book is so much fun that any questions about how the whole thing is happening are easily cast aside. Richard & Sophie have a very Nick & Nora banter style which is even sillier as the first time he meets her is the second time she has met him (time travel never works easily, does it?). There's style here—serious style—and the 1950s comes alive in fabulous fashion. The mystery is great, the bookishness of it all is pure candy for me and the romance is sweet. As to whether or not any of it could happen—who cares? Purely joyful reading from start to finish. (Oh—and includes JK Potter's excellent moody illustrations!)”


George R. R. Martin’s A GAME OF THRONES in stock and shipping

A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

We're very happy to announce that George R. R. Martin's A Game of Thrones is shipping. In fact, copies of the lettered edition are already en route to customers. Most of this week will be devoted to boxing and hustling copies of the limited out the door. If  you have a copy on order, please do not ask if it's shipped until at least 4/27, to give our shippers a chance to focus solely on sending books to customers.

In other Martin news, we have acquired the rights to George's A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms, and will announce that limited edition once a few more details are in place.


Announcing UNBOUND from Grim Oak Press

Unbound edited by Shawn Speakman

We're pleased to announce that we'll be getting copies of the big fantasy anthology Unbound, edited by Shawn Speakman. Read on for a brief description and the list of esteemed contributors.

About the Book:

Not bound, as a book. Free.

Like Unfettered before it, the contributing writers of Unbound were allowed to submit the tales they wished fans of genre to read—without the constraints of a theme. It is an anthology filled with some spectacularly wonderful stories, each one as diverse as its creator.

Here is the Unbound line-up:

  • Terry Brooks (intro)
  • Kristen Britain
  • Jim Butcher
  • Rachel Caine
  • Harry Connolly
  • Delilah Dawson
  • David Anthony Durham
  • Jason M. Hough
  • Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Mark Lawrence
  • John Marco
  • Tim Marquitz
  • Seanan McGuire
  • Peter Orullian
  • Kat Richardson
  • Anthony Ryan
  • Shawn Speakman
  • Brian Stavely
  • Michael J. Sullivan
  • Sam Sykes
  • Mazarkis Williams

Todd Lockwood will be contributing the interior and cover artwork. The image on this page is just a placeholder and not the final version of the cover. But, oddly enough, the Arthur Rackham painting does evoke my own short story contribution to Unbound. Todd and I have already discussed the content of the actual cover and I’m excited to share it when it is finished.

Limited: 500 numbered copies, signed by all contributors, housed in a custom slipcase: $125


50% Off Sale for two days only, or while supplies last

Savages by K. J. Parker

The sale has ended. Thanks to everyone who took part.


This week in shipping!

Proven Guilty

We're shipping the limited edition of Jim Butcher's Proven Guilty today (and likely into early next week).

Earlier this week, we shipped:

Next week, among other things, we should ship A Game of Thrones (George R. R. Martin).


Robert McCammon Update

Blue World by Robert McCammon

We've put our upcoming Robert McCammon trade paperbacks (Blue World, They Thirst, The Hunter from the Woods) through their final round of proofing, and are just waiting for their pub dates to roll around. As a reminder, we'll have a limited number of signed sets of the books, which you can order at the Blue World page.

In other news, Rick's epic new sf/horror novel, The Border, has been sent to the printer, which means the trade hardcover should ship by the end of May, to be followed 6-8 weeks later by the limited and lettered editions.



Joe R. Lansdale’s Paradise Sky racking up starred reviews

Paradise Sky by Joe R. Lansdale

We want to share some of the glowing reviews that Joe R. Lansdale's Paradise Sky has received, including the latest, of the starred variety, from Publishers Weekly.

From Publishers Weekly (Starred Review):

“Edgar-winner Lansdale’s folksy, cinematic fictional memoir tells the story of a man who was born a slave before the Civil War but grew up to become the legendary Deadwood Dick… In Deadwood, Nat meets a beautiful young woman, saves the life of Wild Bill Hickok, and reencounters Sam Ruggert, who still has it in for him. Lansdale (The Thicket) fills his pages with true-hearted heroes, dastardly scoundrels, and rollicking adventures.”

From Booklist (Starred Review):

Paradise Sky is a rowdy, funny, suspenseful, and often quite moving yarn.”

From Kirkus:

“How did Deadwood Dick get his name? Readers can learn this, and a whole lot more, in this picaresque Western from a master of the form (The Thicket, 2013, etc.).”

From Austin Chronicle:

“Classic Lansdale, his own self peppered throughout by much piney backwoods philosophizing on everything from religion to whoring, [with] the author's long-ago trademarked heaping helping of wry, often delightfully vulgar humanism.”


Twenty sets of James Herbert’s The Rats Trilogy available

The Rats by James Herbert

We've scored twenty sets of Centipede Press' new editions of James Herbert's The Rats, Domain, and Lair. Read on for details of these horror classics, and get your order in before our supply dwindles.

About the Book:

The first novel of James Herbert, The Rats was an immediate hardcover and paperback bestselling sensation that spawned two sequels. Simultaneously praised for its reinvention of horror as more immediate and graphic, and derided for its gratuitous violence and non-literary writing, The Rats nevertheless raised serious issues about government response to horror, particularly when the horror happens to lower-class citizens.

The work of James Herbert (1943-2013) is now recognized, thanks largely to the efforts of Ramsey Campbell and Stephen King, as a significant contribution to the field. This is the first time The Rats has been published in hardcover in the United States, and as such it is a true first edition. This is also the definitive edition, with a lengthy, heavily-illustrated introduction by Stephen Jones, reproductions (in color) of old hardcover and paperback editions, and illustrations by David Ho and Jason C. Eckhardt.

Smyth sewn, with head and tail bands, ribbon marker, and full color dustjacket with extra-long flaps. Set in Caslon, the book is 384 pages and is 6 × 9 inches. Limited to 300 copies, each book is signed by Stephen Jones, Jason C. Eckhardt and David Ho, along with a Herbert-family-approved James Herbert facsimile signature.

Trilogy of The Rats, Lair, and Domain: Limited to 300 numbered hardcover sets


New Mira Grant in stock and shipping

Rolling in the Deep by Mira Grant

Mira Grant's new novella, Rolling in the Deep, has crawled out from the depths and is in stock and shipping. If you're the sort who keeps track at home, it's just under 85% sold out, with more orders coming in every day. Also coming in frequently are new reviews.

Here's a bit of the most recent, from Locus magazine:

...we know something bad happens, and half the suspense is waiting to find out what happens to the people onboard… the secret of the mermaids is big, really big. I'm not sure I buy some of the details about the mermaids, but Grant keeps things rolling right to the appalling conclusion.

About the Book:

When the Imagine Network commissioned a documentary on mermaids, to be filmed from the cruise ship Atargatis, they expected what they had always received before: an assortment of eyewitness reports that proved nothing, some footage that proved even less, and the kind of ratings that only came from peddling imaginary creatures to the masses.

They didn't expect actual mermaids.  They certainly didn't expect those mermaids to have teeth.

This is the story of the Atargatis, lost at sea with all hands.  Some have called it a hoax; others have called it a maritime tragedy.  Whatever the truth may be, it will only be found below the bathypelagic zone in the Mariana Trench…and the depths are very good at keeping secrets.

Limited: 1000 signed numbered hardcover copies: $40

From Publishers Weekly:

In this slim, grim tale of aquatic horror, Grant (Symbiont) unveils the tragic last voyage of the SS Atargatis, hired by the Imagine Network to help film a fake documentary on mermaids while also performing deep-sea scientific studies… In true horror fashion, Grant introduces a large cast of colorful personalities, giving many of them brief chances to shine, before unleashing the horrors of the deep upon them.

From Library Journal:

A well-crafted little monster tale from Seanan McGuire (author of the popular ‘October Daye’ urban fantasy series as well as horror/sf under the Grant pen name), this novella is a treat for her fans…

From Romantic Times:

…Without belaboring her point, Grant deftly explores the oddly and shamefully satisfying exploitation inherent in reality television, while still crafting a chilling and unrelentingly dark tale.


Surprise Alan Moore Oversize Signed Limited Edition

Voice of the Fire by Alan Moore

We're six steps past delighted to announce a surprise signed limited edition of Alan Moore's challenging, maddening, spectacular novel, The Voice of the Fire, which is already at the printer. Voice will be an oversize hardcover, with a dust jacket and endsheets by Dave McKean, and a brand new introduction by Joe Hill. We expect demand for this title to exceed supply, and likely won't have copies for our large online retail and wholesale accounts.

About the Book:

Alan Moore is one of the true grand masters of the graphic novel. His signature works, which include Watchmen, V for Vendetta and From Hell are cultural touchstones that have assumed the status of modern classics. But Moore’s versatility extends to other forms as well, as his first (and thus far only published) novel, Voice of the Fire, amply demonstrates.

First published in 1996 as a paperback original, this extraordinary work ranges across 6,000 years of turbulent history and is set within the few square miles of rural England now known as Northampton. Its twelve largely independent narratives combine to form a cumulative portrait of the region’s “secret soul,” a soul that Moore illuminates with seemingly effortless mastery. The virtuoso opening section, “Hob’s Hog,” takes place in 4,000 BC and is related by a damaged and abandoned young man whose grasp of reality is as limited as his vocabulary. His story is one of loss, longing, and ultimate betrayal and that story, like others that will follow, finds its way into Northampton’s gradually expanding pool of myth, legend, and dream. Subsequent narratives encompass a gallery of characters—saints and witches, murderers and mad men, artists and bureaucrats—whose personal histories reflect the larger history of one small corner of England.

Five years in the writing and told through an array of highly distinctive fictional voices, this visionary, unjustly neglected masterpiece remains one of Alan Moore’s most astonishing creations. Mysterious, disturbing and always utterly original, Voice of the Fire is a work of permanent value, the rare sort of book that demands and rewards repeated readings. It is a brave, beautiful and adventurous achievement that no one but Alan Moore could have written.

Limited: 750 signed numbered oversize hardcovers: $60

Lettered: 26 signed leatherbound copies, housed in a custom traycase: $350


The last of the lettered editions

House of Chains

We've in the process of shipping a goodly number of lettered editions, and have discovered that three of the books aren't out of print, as we thought.

Please note that there's a limit of one book (or set in the case of Interworld/The Silver Dream) per customer, household, or plane of existence.



A few copies of THE SKULL THRONE available again

The Skull Throne by Peter V. Brett

Now that the shipping has been completed, we find that we have a dozen signed copies of Peter V. Brett's The Skull Throne left for sale. Have at 'em.

If you miss out on our signed copies, we happily recommend you visit the publisher's site (or anyplace you find most convenient) and pick up a copy.


Kelley Armstrong’s DARKEST POWERS TALES Just Published as an Ebook

Darkest Powers Tales by Kelley Armstrong

We've just published another Kelley Armstrong ebook: Darkest Powers Tales. This one contains stories that take place before, during, and after the Darkest Powers trilogy.

About the Book:

This full-length anthology of novellas and short fiction complements the Darkest Powers trilogy, adding new dimensions to the characters and their stories. Dangerous returns to Derek and Simon’s past and tells how they came to be at Lyle House. Divided continues Derek’s story, filling in his adventures with Simon while separated from Chloe. In Disenchanted, Tori takes center stage as she travels with Simon after Chloe and Derek go missing. Both Facing Facts and Belonging are set after the trilogy concludes. In Facing Facts, Chloe helps Tori deal with the truth about her parents. Derek faces family issues of his own in Belonging, when his werewolf clan comes to claim him.

Please note: this is a repackaging of the stories originally released as Darkest Powers Bonus Pack 1 & Darkest Powers Bonus Pack 2.


Contents of Caitlin R. Kiernan’s FALSE STARTS II Revealed

Beneath an Oil-Dark Sea by Caitlin R. Kiernan

The contents for Beneath an Oil-Dark Sea: The Best of Caitlin R. Kiernan (volume two) have been posted for some time. It's a stunning set of stories, including the long novella "Black Helicopters".

Today, the contents of the bonus volume, False Starts II, join the main volume's list of stories. They include 26,000 words of unpublished (and uncompleted) fiction, which will only be available as a hardcover that accompanies the signed, limited edition of Beneath.

False Starts II Table of Contents:

  • Prolegomenon
  • The Path of Silence
  • Iris
  • Romeo and Juliet Go to Mars
  • The Benefactions of Demons MM. Newcoment, Watt & Boulton (1900)
  • The Diamond Friendly
  • There are Kisses for us all
  • There will be Kisses for us all
  • A Piece of the Sky
  • May 5, 2013
  • May 6, 2013
  • May 8, 2013
  • Penance to the Pool of Perversity (1917)
  • Noah’s Raven
  • Mechs Have Better Things to do with Fallen Angels
  • Words Written Backwards
  • Deep Ocean Vast Sea
  • Glove
  • (Dead) Love Among the Ruins
  • Untitled 19
  • Night in an Eye of God
  • The Seeker in the City of Stone Flowers



Robert McCammon’s THE BORDER Snags a Starred Review

The Border by Robert McCammon

As Robert McCammon's The Border approaches its May publication, the reviews are just starting to roll in. Here's the big one, a accompanied by a star, from Publishers Weekly:

Genre-busting author McCammon (The River of Souls) pulls out all the stops for this exhilarating alien-invasion epic, which harkens back to his 1987 blockbuster, Swan Song. The spectacular opening introduces an amnesiac teenage boy who abruptly becomes aware of himself in a full-tilt sprint through a post-apocalyptic battlefield, with wounds that should have killed him, and knowledge and abilities he doesn’t understand…This story blends the gripping horror and action of McCammon’s earliest novels with the empathy of his more recent work, making it one of his finest.

The Limited and Lettered editions are long gone, but we still have a small number of signed trade hardcovers available at the bargain price of only $26.95.


Signed Copies of Joe R. Lansdale’s PARADISE SKY Available Soon

Paradise Sky by Joe R. Lansdale

We’ve been lucky enough to lock in signed first edition hardcovers of Joe R. Lansdale’s new novel, at nearly 150,000 words, his longest ever. We also happen to think it’s his best. Paradise Sky is another longer tale, of Nat Love, the protagonist of Joe’s novella, Black Hat Jack.

About the Book:

A rollicking novel about Nat Love, an African-American cowboy with a famous nickname: Deadwood Dick.

Young Willie is on the run, having fled his small Texas farm when an infamous local landowner murdered his father. A man named Loving takes him in and trains him in the fine arts of shooting, riding, reading, and gardening. When Loving dies, Willie re-christens himself Nat Love in tribute to his mentor, and heads west.

In Deadwood, South Dakota Territory, Nat becomes a Buffalo Soldier and is befriended by Wild Bill Hickok. After winning a famous shooting match, Nat's peerless marksmanship and charm earn him the nickname Deadwood Dick, as well as a beautiful woman. But the hellhounds are still on his trail, and they brutally attack Nat Love's love. Pursuing the men who have driven his wife mad, Nat heads south for a final, deadly showdown against those who would strip him of his home, his love, his freedom, and his life.

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