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Brandon Sanderson and Peter V. Brett Shipping Update

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Thanks to everyone for their patience—especially those waiting for their dinged books. Peter V. Brett's Messenger's Legacy and Brandon Sanderson's Legion: Skin Deep have definitely thrown our shipping crew for a loop, especially as a plague descended upon them last week.

The good news is that by the end of today, all copies of Messenger's Legacy will be en route to customers. The great news is that within the next two days we'll be able to say the same thing about Brandon Sanderson's novella. After that, we'll turn our attention to the wholesale and bookstore orders for the two books, which should go quickly. And after that, shipping should snap back on track, with much of January devoted to our two Kelley Armstrong titles (Bounty Hunt and Forsaken).

I can't say it enough. Thanks for being patient with us. This has been zero fun, but we'll soon be through it.

 

A Couple of PS Publishing Updates—Stephen King and Graham Joyce

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PS Publishing is a bit behind, which can happen to us all at the end of a busy year. Two of their 2014 titles are now nestled comfortably in early 2015:

We still have copies of both available for preorder.

About the Joyce:

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 As an unpublished writer he had gone there to live in isolation to write.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

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

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

Trade Hardcover Edition in Dust Jacket: $45

 

Connie Willis’ ALL SEATED ON THE GROUND for only $2.99

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For the next few days, the ebook of Connie Willis' holiday science fiction screwball comedy, All Seated on the Ground, is only $2.99.

About the ebook:

The aliens have landed! The aliens have landed! But instead of shooting death rays, taking over the planet and carrying off Earthwomen, they've just been standing there for months on end, glaring like a disapproving relative. And now it's nearly Christmas, and the commission assigned to establish communications is at their wits' end. They've resorted to taking the aliens to Broncos games, lighting displays, and shopping malls, in the hope they'll respond to something!

And they do, but in a way nobody ever expected, and Meg, the commission, and an overworked choir director find themselves suddenly caught up in an intergalactic mess involving Christmas carols, scented candles, seventh-grade girls, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Meg's Aunt Judith, Victoria's Secret, and Handel's Messiah.

Multiple Nebula and Hugo Award-winning author Connie Willis may be most famous for her books To Say Nothing of the Dog, Doomsday Book, Inside Job, D.A., and The Winds of Marble Arch and Other Stories, but she's also a huge fan of the holidays and their accompanying frivolity and nonsense, and has written a marvelous array of Christmas stories, including Miracle and Other Christmas Stories, “Just Like the Ones We Used to Know” (made into the CBS movie Snow Wonder), “deck.halls@boughs/holly”, and now the hilarious “All Seated on the Ground.”

 

Shipping Update—Peter V. Brett and Brandon Sanderson

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First, the good news is that we expect to have all customer orders for Peter V. Brett's Messenger's Legacy packed by the end of the day. Most will be mailed; some may not be posted until Monday.

The bad news is that a plague has descended upon SubPress, and we're down to one person in shipping today, so we don't expect to make more progress on Brandon Sanderson's Legion: Skin Deep until next week.

We expect shipping will be back up to speed on Monday, and we'll be back to shipping as quickly as possible. Thanks to everyone for their patience.

 

Announcing THE THICKET by Joe R. Lansdale

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Earthling Publications has just announced an edition of what may be Joe R. Lansdale's best novel, The Thicket, limited to only 250 signed numbered copies. (For those interested, I'd say Joe's forthcoming Paradise Sky is the only novel of his that might—just might—knock The Thicket from the top spot.)

We have copies of The Thicket on order, though not many. Please get your order in now for one of Joe's mythic westerns.

About the Book:

Dust jacket illustration by Ken Laager.

Introduction by David Morrell.

Afterword by Joe R. Lansdale.

Jack Parker thought he’d already seen his fair share of tragedy. His grandmother was killed in a farm accident when he was barely five years old. His parents have just succumbed to the smallpox epidemic sweeping turn-of-the-century East Texas—orphaning him and his younger sister, Lula.

Then catastrophe strikes on the way to their uncle's farm, when a traveling group of bank-robbing bandits murder Jack's grandfather and kidnap his sister. With no elders left for miles, Jack must grow up fast and enlist a band of heroes the likes of which has never been seen if his sister stands any chance at survival. But the best he can come up with is a charismatic, bounty-hunting dwarf named Shorty, a grave-digging son of an ex-slave named Eustace, and a street-smart woman-for-hire named Jimmie Sue who's come into some very intimate knowledge about the bandits (and a few members of Jack's extended family to boot).

In the throes of being civilized, East Texas is still a wild, feral place. Oil wells spurt liquid money from the ground. But as Jack’s about to find out, blood and redemption rule supreme. In The Thicket, award-winning novelist Joe R. Lansdale lets loose like never before, in a rip-roaring adventure equal parts True Grit and Stand by Me—the perfect introduction to an acclaimed writer whose work has been called “as funny and frightening as anything that could have been dreamed up by the Brothers Grimm—or Mark Twain” (New York Times Book Review).

Limited: 250 signed numbered copies, housed in a custom slipcase: $150

 

Shipping Update and Low Stock Report

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We're down to the last 25 copies of Brandon Sanderson's long new novella, Legion: Skin Deep. Shipping just passed the 70% mark, so all individual orders should be in the mail by the end of this week. (Thanks for your patience!)

Once Legion: Skin Deep is completed, we'll turn our full attention to Peter V. Brett's Messenger's Legacy.

After that, very tentatively, the shipping queue looks like this:

  • Dinged Books;
  • The Drowning Girl (Caitlin R. Kiernan);
  • Half a King (Joe Abercrombie)

 

 

 

ROGUES Update

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Slowly but surely, Ken Laager is making progress on the illustrations for Rogues, the mammoth George R. R. Martin and Garder Dozois edited anthology. (If you haven't already ordered a copy, sorry, but it's sold out.)

We've just posted a number of the black-and-white header illustrations to the book's product page, as well as one of the color plates (for Patrick Rothfuss' "The Lightning Tree").

Thanks to everyone for their patience as we try to turn the limited edition into a production you'll be proud to display on your shelves.

 

Five New Jim Thompson Volumes Available

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Centipede Press is releasing five classic hardcovers by Jim Thompson, each limited to only 300 copies. We've been lucky enough to land matching numbers of the various hardcovers, which we're offering for $175 per set, a full $75 off the retail price. We expect our allotment to sell out quickly, so please order early.


The Killer Inside Me

Now available in an illustrated hardcover with a new introduction by noir historian Bill Crider. Lou Ford is the deputy sheriff of a small town in Texas. The worst thing most people can say against him is that he's a little slow and a little boring. But, then, most people don't know about the sickness, the sickness that almost got Lou put away when he was younger. The sickness that is about to surface again. Widely considered to be Jim Thompson’s masterpiece, this edition features color and black & white artwork, reproductions of old paperback covers and film posters, and is signed by Bill Crider, Patrick Loehr, and Paul Wedlake. Bound in full black cloth and a gorgeous dustjacket.


A Hell of a Woman

Now available for the first time in an illustrated hardcover edition with a new introduction by Joe R. Lansdale. Young, beautiful, and fearfully abused, Mona was the kind of girl even a hard man like Dillon couldn't bring himself to use. But when Mona told him about the vicious aunt who had turned her into something little better than a prostitute, and about the money the old lady has stashed away, Dillon found it surprisingly easy to kill for her. This edition features color and black & white artwork, reproductions of old paperback covers and film posters, and is signed by Joe R. Lansdale, Patrick Loehr, and Paul Wedlake. Bound in full black cloth and a gorgeous dustjacket.


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Now available for the first time in an illustrated hardcover edition with a new introduction by esteemed horror writer Laird Barron. As high sheriff of Potts County, Nick Corey spends most of his time eating, sleeping and avoiding trouble. If only people, especially some troublesome pimps, his foul-tempered wife, and his half-witted brother-in-law, would stop pushing him around. Because when Nick is pushed, he begins to kill, or to make others do his killing for him! This edition features color and black & white artwork, reproductions of old paperback covers and film posters, and is signed by Laird Barron, Patrick Loehr, and Paul Wedlake. Bound in full black cloth and a gorgeous dustjacket.


A Swell-Looking Babe

Now available for the first time in an illustrated hardcover edition with a new introduction by Duane Swierczynski. The Manton looks like a respectable hotel. Dusty Rhodes looks like a selfless young man working as a bellhop. And the woman in 1004 looks like an angel. But sometimes looks can kill, as Jim Thompson demonstrates in this vision of the crime novel as gothic. This edition features color and black & white artwork, reproductions of old paperback covers and film posters, and is signed by Duane Swierczynski, Patrick Loehr, and Paul Wedlake. Bound in full black cloth and a gorgeous dustjacket.

The Grifters

Now available for the first time in an illustrated hardcover edition with a new introduction by John Shirley. Roy Dillon seems too handsome and well-mannered to be a professional con man. Lilly Dillon looks too young, and loves Roy a little too intensely, to be taken for his mother. Moira Langtry is getting too old to keep on living off the kindness of male strangers. And Carol Roberg seems too innocent to be acquainted with suffering.

Each of the Thompson hardcovers is signed by various contributors (though not the author, obviously), limited to 300 numbered copies, and features a ribbon marker, head and tail bands, with full cloth binding.

Limited Set: $175 ($75 off the cover price)

 

Announcing PROVEN GUILTY by Jim Butcher—Already at the printer

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Our latest Jim Butcher book, Proven Guilty, is already at the printer, and should ship in the next couple of months. Please get your orders in quickly to avoid disappointment.

About the Book:

Collectors Note: Please mention your number when checking out if if you own Dead Beat. We'll match it automatically, but it's good to be sure. We'll drop you an email if we run into any difficulties. Anyone may order the numbered edition, but only those with a lettered copy of Dead Beat may order a lettered Proven Guilty.

Subterranean Press is proud to announce the eighth of Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files novels, in a deluxe collectable hardcover, meant to give a lifetime of enjoyment.

Our edition of Proven Guilty will be printed on 80# Finch Opaque, our preferred paper for higher-end limited editions, with a number of full-page interior illustrations, as well as a full-color dust jacket. Vincent Chong will once again be handling the illustrations.

Limited: 500 numbered hardcovers, signed by author: $80

Lettered: 26 copies, bound in leather and cloth, signed by author, housed in a custom traycase: $300

 

Peter V. Brett’s MESSENGER’S LEGACY now in stock and shipping

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We're still sending copies of Brandon Sanderson's Legion: Skin Deep out to customers, and will be for a while yet, but we've added another title to the shipping mix. Starting today, we'll also be shipping copies of Peter V. Brett's excellent (and longest to date) Demon Cycle novella, Messenger's Legacy. Once those two titles are done, we'll resume shipping titles from our dinged book sale. (Please accept my apologies that the latter has taken far longer than anticipated. We're currently down one full-time shipper, and progressing as quickly as we can. Thanks for your patience.)

For those of you who are electronically inclined, the ebook of Messenger's Legacy is also available.

About the Book:

Humanity has been brought to the brink of extinction. Each night, the world is overrun by demons—bloodthirsty creatures of nightmare that have been hunting the surface for over 300 years. A scant few hamlets and half-starved city-states are all that remain of a once proud civilization, and it is only by hiding behind wards, ancient symbols with the power to repel the demons, that they survive. A handful of Messengers brave the night to keep the lines of communication open between the increasingly isolated populace.

Briar Damaj is a boy of six in the small village of Bogton. Half Krasian, the village children call him Mudboy for his dark skin. When tragedy strikes, Briar decides the town is better off without him, fleeing into the bog with nothing but his wits and a bit of herb lore to protect him.

After twenty years, Ragen Messenger has agreed to retire and pass on his route to his protégé, Arlen Bales. But for all that he’s earned the rest, he has no idea what to do with the rest of his life. When he learns Briar, the son of an old friend, is missing, Ragen is willing to risk any danger to bring him safely home.

From Publishers Weekly:

“[Messenger’s Legacy] contains plenty of material that could be used to construct a compelling coming-of-age novel: a tragic accident, a six-year-old boy forced to live by his own wits and survive through cunning and bravery, and a savior from the boy’s past who appears to hold the promise of a life restored.”

 

New Tim Powers Ebook Available

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The ebook version of Nobody's Home, Tim Powers' first foray into Anubis Gates country in over 30 years is now available. Those of you waiting on the hardcover, don't worry, it won't be very long until we're shipping that version. We just have to clear a couple of other titles out of the way first.

About the Book:

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

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

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

Nobody’s Home will be copiously illustrated by J. K. Potter.

From Publishers Weekly:

Powers builds on his 1983 novel The Anubis Gates with this novella of Victorian ghosts and vengeance… The writing evokes the style and feel of Victorian England, eschewing cliché while capturing the culture.

 

LOCUS on Cherie Priest’s JACARANDA

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Not really a spoiler. More of an enticement: Those who read Cherie Priest's dark fantasy novel Dreadful Skin will notice that a certain Sister Eileen makes a return appearance in the new Clockwork Century novella, Jacaranda.

With publication imminent, reviews have begun to appear. The most recent is from Locus, which opines:

In Jacaranda, set in Cherie Priest’s alternate version of late 1800s America – the one she set up in Boneshaker and has dipped back into successfully several times since – there is a hotel on Galveston Island that seems to be murdering its guests. What then unspools is a locked room horror mystery that has a little bit of The Shining and a little more Tarantino mixed in… Those who love a short spook or are Clockwork Century completists (or both, which might be a pretty big intersection on the Venn diagram) will love what Priest has done here.

While we're at it, here's a reminder of an earlier review, from Publishers Weekly:

This gripping postscript to Priest’s Clockwork Century series (which officially concluded with Fiddlehead) takes readers to the titular Galveston, Tex., haunted hotel, in an alternate 1895 seasoned with ghosts and gears. Father Rios is a former gunslinger cursed with second sight and a dark past. When Sister Eileen contacts him about the dozens who have died in the hotel, he visits ahead of an impending hurricane and soon witnesses the horrors firsthand. Rios is a great protagonist, full of conflicts and doubts, and he drives the tale well. While the story stands on its own, it also provides some melancholy closure for fans of Priest’s earlier books.

Limited: 250 numbered copies, bound in leather: $45
Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $25

 

The Little Book that’s Kicking Butt

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Color us pleased. NPR just chose Maria Dahvana Headley and Kat Howard's The End of the Sentence for its Best Books of 2014 List.

As NPR notes:

This novella is as dark and rich as European drinking chocolate, both in the story it tells and in the way it's written… Kat Howard and Maria Dahvana Headley's separate styles blend beautifully here, as do myth and folklore, in this intricate and elegantly forged plot.

Limited: 200 signed numbered copies, bound in leather: $45

Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $20

If you prefer ebooks for your reading pleasure, click here!
 

 

Announcing TEACHING THE DOG TO READ by Jonathan Carroll; Ebook already available

 

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We've been graced with a new Jonathan Carroll novella, Teaching the Dog to Read. We're already far along in production of this singular work. In fact, the ebook is already available.

About the Book:

Since the appearance of his first novel, The Land of Laughs, in 1980, Jonathan Carroll has been one of the most compelling, consistently versatile storytellers in modern imaginative literature. His extraordinary new novella, Teaching the Dog to Read, is quintessential Carroll: surprising, funny, and filled with unexpected moments and astonishing revelations.

The story opens when mid-level office drone Tony Areal receives an extravagant gift: the Lichtenberg wristwatch he has always coveted. Shortly afterward, he receives an even grander gift: the luxurious—and expensive—Porsche Cayman that has always been the car of his dreams. Accompanying the car is the mysterious Alice, who knows more about Tony’s dreams and desires than Tony himself. This encounter opens the door to a rich and unexpected universe: the world behind the world.

Teaching the Dog to Read is set at the intersection of the mundane and the miraculous, a place where reality itself shifts and shimmers with disconcerting suddenness. It begins in the realm of recognizable things and ends in a hospital room where a bizarre—and invisible—reunion takes place. Along the way, it offers both grand entertainment and a visionary meditation on the complex connections between our dreaming and waking selves. The result is a master class in the art of narrative and a permanent addition to Jonathan Carroll’s remarkable body of work.

Limited: 1000 signed numbered hardcover copies: $40

 

Stephen King’s UK Limited Edition of REVIVAL Available

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We're happy to say we'll be getting in stock of the UK Signed (facsimile) Edition of Stephen King's latest novel, Revival.

  • Limited edition hardback with deluxe binding
  • Slipcase
  • Illustrated endpapers
  • Author’s facsimile signature
  • Silver plectrum engraved with the author’s signature.

About the Book:

A dark and electrifying novel about addiction, fanaticism, and what might exist on the other side of life.

In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs—including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession. When tragedy strikes the Jacobs family, this charismatic preacher curses God, mocks all religious belief, and is banished from the shocked town.

Jamie has demons of his own. Wed to his guitar from the age of thirteen, he plays in bands across the country, living the nomadic lifestyle of bar-band rock and roll while fleeing from his family’s horrific loss. In his mid-thirties—addicted to heroin, stranded, desperate—Jamie meets Charles Jacobs again, with profound consequences for both men. Their bond becomes a pact beyond even the Devil’s devising, and Jamie discovers that revival has many meanings.

This rich and disturbing novel spans five decades on its way to the most terrifying conclusion Stephen King has ever written. It’s a masterpiece from King, in the great American tradition of Frank Norris, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Edgar Allan Poe.

Limited Edition: 500 signed (facsimile) hardcover copies, housed in a slipcase, with engraved plectorum: $165

 

More copiess of Neil Gaiman broadside released to the public

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We've just received word that we'll be receiving more (though not too many more) copies of the new Neil Gaiman broadside, 8 Rules for Writers.

Those who missed out on our first offering, or are just plain interested in a high end piece by Neil, please get your order in soon. It's unlikely we'll be lucky enough to land more copies.

Limited: Signed Broadside: $85

 

Kelley Armstrong Update—A slight delay and a glowing review

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First, here's a cutting from the great Publishers Weekly review that Kelley Armstrong's Forsaken just received:

Werewolf Elena Michaels can’t catch a break in this absorbing, lengthy Otherworld Nights novella, set three years after she became Alpha of the North American Pack… Armstrong’s writing is alternately taut and intimate, and readers facing societal pressures around career and family will appreciate that at least they aren’t having to fight off violent monsters as well.

The second bit of news is that Bounty Hunt has been tangled up at our printer, and will ship in January. (This is a change for Bounty Hunt, which was to publish in December. January was always the intended date for Forsaken.)

Finally, if you'd rather not wait for the hardcover of Forsaken, the ebook is now available.

About Forsaken:

Subterranean Press is pleased to present a long Otherworld novella by Kelley Armstrong, featuring a number of full-color illustrations by Xaviere Daumarie. The Trade Hardcover of Forsaken will feature a full-color dust jacket as well as four full-color interior illustrations. The Signed Limited Edition will have a completely different dust jacket, full-color endsheets, and two additional full-color illustrations not in the Trade.

Three years after being named Alpha of the North American pack, Elena Michaels is in London battling for respect from the British pack. When it becomes apparent she won’t get it, she heads home, expecting a much-needed rest on her family vacation, only to discover a battle brewing of a very different kind.

One of her eight-year-old twins has disappeared, and all evidence points to Malcolm Danvers. It seems as if the psychotic former Pack member they’ve been tracking for the past year has brought the fight to them, setting the bait he knows Elena can’t afford to ignore.

Number one New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong returns to her much-loved Otherworld with this powerful novella detailing the latest trials and travails of a fan-favorite character, a working mother who happens to lead the werewolves of North America.

Limited: 1000 signed numbered copies, bound in leather: $48
Trade: Fully cloth-bound hardcover copies: $28

 

The Grand Shipping Update

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We are shipping absolutely as fast as we can. It doesn't help that we're down a shipper, though.

Right now, we're finishing up copies of Neil Gaiman and Michael Reaves' Interworld and The Silver Dream. With luck, those will be done today.

As soon as those are finished, shipping of customer orders for Brandon Sanderson's Legion: Skin Deep kicks into high gear. Once we have those 1000+ orders out the door, we'll turn our attention to Peter V. Brett's Messenger's Legacy.

One shipping matter has fallen by the wayside, I'm sorry to say, and won't be picked up until after we finish shipping the Brett. Only about half of our dinged book orders have exited the warehouse. Publishing and distribution deadlines pushed the Sanderson and Brett ahead of the rest of the dinged books for now, but we'll be back to them as soon as we possibly can. Thanks to everryone for their patience.

 

Steven Erikson Matched Sets Available

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Tim just discovered a bonanza for Steven Erikson fans.

We have:

  • 11 Matching sets of Memories of Ice and House of Chains;
  • 1 Matching set of Deadhouse Gates, Memories of Ice, and House of Chains;


...in the bowels of our warehouse.

There's a limit of one set per customer. You may order, while supplies last, via the House of Chains page.

 

New Neil Gaiman Broadside—Very Limited Quantities Available

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Soon, at our warehouse, we'll welcome copies of Neil Gaiman's new broadside, 8 Rules for Writing. This gorgeous broadside is being produced by Biting Dog Press (who were behind The Rhyme Maidens, of which we still have a very few copies).

The print run for 8 Rules for Writing is listed as 250 signed numbered copies, but we've learned that only one hundred have been signed so far, and there's some question if the rest will be. Please get your order in asap if you'd like a copy, When we offer Gaiman limiteds, we normally sell hundreds of copies. Our supply of 8 Rules for Writing is far beneath that threshold.

Limited: Signed Broadside: $85

 

Copies of Stephen King’s THE SHINING Available

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Long story short. When Stephen King's The Shining came out, we had some serious issues with inventory control on the back end of our site. Those problems remain, but we really want to get the last copies of The Shining into folks' hands. So please, head over to the book's page, follow the ordering instructions, and snag a copy if you're eligible.

 

The Last Copies of Clive Barker’s THE BOOKS OF BLOOD Available!

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We've been done with shipping Clive Barker's The Books of Blood for a bit, and are now able to release the last books into the wild. Head over and pick up a set if you're of a mind.

Limited: 500 signed numbered sets: $250

Lettered: 26 signed sets, housed in a custom slipcase: $1500

 

New George R. R. Martin and Cherie Priest just sent to the printer

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We just sent another batch of titles to the printer, including:

The Martin is not yet open for ordering by the general public, but feel free to pick up copies of the others.

 

Steven Erikson’s HOUSE OF CHAINS—Limited Stock Still Available

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As of later this morning, all customer and bookstore orders for Steven Erikson's House of Chains will be en route to their respective destinations. We undersold the book by a bit to be certain that we didn't have to cancel any orders because of damaged copies, etc., so now's your chance to pick one up if you missed it in preorder. The book, as with the other Eriksons, is both mammoth and gorgeous. We hope everyone enjoys their copies. I should add that we're already at work on the next volume, which will be out next year.

Limited: 500 signed numbered hardcover copies: $150

 

Announcing Prisoner 489, a New Horror Novella by Joe R. Lansdale

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We've secured a number of copies of another publisher's limited edition of Joe R. Lansdale's upcoming horror novella, Prisoner 489, which will be published in January/February 2015.

If you're interested, please order quickly, as we only have a quarter of the number of copies we usually need to serve our direct Lansdale customers.

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Bestselling author Joe R. Lansdale (Cold in July, Hap and Leonard series, Bubba Ho-Tep) makes a return to horror with the dark and intense new novella Prisoner 489, fully illustrated by world-renowned artist Santiago Caruso.

On an island with a prison for the most evil and powerful criminals in the world, a new prisoner is strapped to the electric chair for execution. After multiple surges of electricity nearly knock out power to the entire island, the prisoner is finally dead. The staff buries him in the prison graveyard with a simple marker baring three numbers: 489.

After the body is buried, a violent storm rocks the island, and a staff member goes missing. The crew rushes into the storm, searching for their lost comrade. They find that the burial site of prisoner 489 has been unearthed, and the body that was inside has gone missing. With a horrific finding and strange noises around them, a powerful threat is closing in. It’s a threat that they thought was impossible, and it will force them into a battle for their lives.

Both hardcover editions feature nine full-color interior illustrations, as well as a bonus short story, “A Bad Thing”.

Limited: 400 signed numbered hardcover copies: $50
Deluxe: 52 signed slipcased hardcover copies: $200

 

Brandon Sanderson’s LEGION: SKIN DEEP Shipping Next Week. Last Chance to Order

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We've seen the initial copies of Brandon Sanderson's Legion: Skin Deep, and it's one gorgeous hardcover, more than twice as long as its predecessor, Legion.

Legion: Skin Deep is scheduled to begin shipping November 24. We have so many direct orders that those alone are going to take at least a week to ship. Please don't email to ask about the status of your order, as that will only slow down our shippers.

Now, we know many of you ordered the novella from bookstores and large online sellers. We have more orders from them than we can possibly fill, so the only way you can guarantee you'll receive a copy is by placing a direct order with us.

Finally, as an added inducement, those who do order direct from us will receive a free copy of the ebook after it's published.

About the Book:

Brandon Sanderson is one of the most significant fantasists to enter the field in a good many years. His ambitious, multi-volume epics (Mistborn, The Stormlight Archive) and his stellar continuation of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series have earned both critical acclaim and a substantial popular following. In Legion, a short, distinctly contemporary novella filled with suspense, humor, and an endless flow of invention, Sanderson revealed a startling new facet of his singular narrative talent. In the stunning sequel, Legion: Skin Deep, that talent is on full display.

Stephen Leeds, AKA “Legion,” is a man whose unique mental condition allows him to generate a multitude of personae: hallucinatory entities with a wide variety of personal characteristics and a vast array of highly specialized skills. As the new story begins, Leeds and his “aspects” are hired by I3 (Innovative Information Incorporated) to recover a corpse stolen from the local morgue. But there’s a catch. The corpse is that of a pioneer in the field of experimental biotechnology, a man whose work concerned the use of the human body as a massive storage device. He may have embedded something in the cells of his now dead body. And that something might be dangerous…

What follows is a visionary thriller about the potential uses of technology, the mysteries of the human personality, and the ancient human need to believe that death is not the end. Legion: Skin Deep is speculative fiction at it most highly developed. It reaffirms Sanderson’s place as one of contemporary fiction’s most intelligent—and unpredictable—voices.

Legion: Skin Deep will feature a full-color dust jacket, and two full-page, full-color interior illustrations by Jon Foster.

In addition, upon publication, everyone who has preordered Legion: Skin Deep direct from SubPress will receive a free copy of the ebook.

Limited: 2500 numbered copies, bound in leather, signed by the author: $45

 

 

New Neil Gaiman and Steven Erikson Arriving Today

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Incoming! Three brand new Signed, Limited Editions are due in our warehouse later today, including:

We'll turn our attention first to the Erikson, which will take at least the rest of this week to ship. The Gaiman/Reaves titles will ship sometime next week.

Thanks to everyone for their patience, as these long-awaited titles make their way into the world.

 

Signed Copies of Jeff Vandermeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy Available Soon

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Check out the series that Stephen King calls "Creepy and fascinating."

 

We’re so impressed with Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy that we’re ordering copies of the omnibus, which we’ll send to Jeff to be signed, and then ship to customers as soon as they’re back in our warehouse.

Please order ASAP to ensure that you receive a copy. We’re only accepting orders for a few days, and are unlikely to have much extra stock.

About the Book:

In time for the holidays, a single-volume hardcover edition that brings together the three volumes of the Southern Reach Trilogy, which were originally published as paperback originals in February, May, and September 2014.

Annihilation is the first volume in Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy, Authority is the second, and Acceptance is the third.

Area X—a remote and lush terrain—has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; all the members of the second expedition committed suicide; the third expedition died in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another; the members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and within months of their return, all had died of aggressive cancer.

This is the twelfth expedition.

Their group is made up of four women: an anthropologist; a surveyor; a psychologist, the de facto leader; and our narrator, a biologist. Their mission is to map the terrain and collect specimens; to record all their observations, scientific and otherwise, of their surroundings and of one another; and, above all, to avoid being contaminated by Area X itself.

They arrive expecting the unexpected, and Area X delivers—they discover a massive topographic anomaly and life forms that surpass understanding—but it’s the surprises that came across the border with them, and the secrets the expedition members are keeping from one another, that change everything.

After the disastrous twelfth expedition chronicled in Annihilation, the Southern Reach—the secret agency that monitors these expeditions—is in disarray. In Authority, John Rodriguez, aka “Control,” is the team’s newly appointed head. From a series of interrogations, a cache of hidden notes, and hours of profoundly troubling video footage, the secrets of Area X begin to reveal themselves—and what they expose pushes Control to confront disturbing truths about both himself and the agency he’s promised to serve. And the consequences will spread much further than that.

It is winter in Area X in Acceptance. A new team embarks across the border on a mission to find a member of a previous expedition who may have been left behind. As they press deeper into the unknown—navigating new terrain and new challenges—the threat to the outside world becomes more daunting. The mysteries of Area X may have been solved, but their consequences and implications are no less profound—or terrifying.

Trade: Signed hardcover in dust jacket: $35

 

A Starred Review for Clive Barker’s TORTURED SOULS

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Clive Barker's ultra-rare novella, Tortured Souls, just received a coveted Starred Review from Publishers Weekly, which read, in part:

Horror legend Barker (Hellraiser) builds a world of corruption, decay, political intrigue, and bile-inducing detail in this tightly constructed novella… Primordium is fully fleshed out with small details, but much is left for readers to wonder (and have nightmares) about…

Our edition is nearly ready for the printer. We're just waiting for Clive to finish the signature pages—he's over half done—and then the book will enter its production phase. Our last Barker book, Chiliad, sold out quickly. We expect this one to do the same.

Those who read electronically will be happy to know that the ebook of Tortured Souls is already available. Details and links to order here.

 

Many Many Titles Recently Shipped

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Our shipping crew has been busy. Pallets of books have been flowing through the warehouse like water, so much so that we haven't been able to keep folks up to speed on the site or in our newsletter.

Here's the list of recently shipped titles:

I should note that copies of all editions (Trade, Limited, Lettered) of The Drawing of the Dark are still available. In addition, it just picked up another glowing review, this one from SFCrowsnest:

This was Powers' first success as a novelist and led to the achievements of The Anubis Gates, winner of the Phillip K Dick award and On Stranger Tides…[T]here are good reasons that The Drawing of The Dark made Powers' reputation and has been reprinted 35 years after it originally appeared. It is a jovial, alternative history novel that never gets bogged down too much explanation or exposition and moves quickly.

 

 

Neal Stephenson’s Classic THE DIAMOND AGE in Stock and Shipping

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Throughout the years, Neal Stephenson's The Diamond Age has been one of the titles that customers have most wanted us to give the limited edition treatment. We're pleased to announce that it's in stock and shipping. The gorgeous cover and full-color endsheets are by Patrick Arrasmith.

About the Book:

First published in 1995, The Diamond Age was Neal Stephenson’s follow-up to Snow Crash, his unforgettable account of a world transformed by Virtual Reality and its attendant technologies. Winner of both the Hugo and Locus Awards for Best Novel, The Diamond Age once again examines the relationship between technological development and social change. Like its predecessor, it is universally recognized as a classic of contemporary science fiction.

Set largely in Shanghai several decades after the events of Snow Crash, this brilliantly complex narrative tells a number of interconnected stories. Among the chief protagonists are Nell, a young girl who receives a most unusual education by way of an interactive, neo-Victorian guide called “Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer,” and John Percival Hackworth, the engineer who designed the primer and who has plans of his own for its use. On one level, The Diamond Age tells the story of an individual education. On another, it offers a thoroughly imagined portrait of a world deeply divided along political, ethnic and cultural lines. It is a world dominated and literally reshaped by advancements in nanotechnology, a branch of science that extends the range of human possibility in bizarre and unexpected ways.

One of Stephenson’s overriding concerns, seen in book after book and from a variety of perspectives, has been the impact of technology and scientific thought on the evolution of human society. Dense, witty, frequently astonishing and always absorbing, The Diamond Age occupies a central position in Stephenson’s impressive canon. As convincing and astonishing today as it was nearly twenty years ago, it is the rare sort of novel in which an unbridled imagination and formidable intellect come powerfully—and seamlessly—together.

Limited: 500 signed numbered copies, printed on 80# Finch, housed in a custom slipcase: $125

 

Dan Simmons’ ENDYMION Now Open for Sale to the General Public

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Dan Simmons' Endymion is now open for the general public to order.

If you've been wanting to get in on one of the best science fiction series ever published, now's the time. Those who are quick and head over to the product page will find that even a few copies of the Lettered Edition are available for order. (There's a limit of one Lettered copy per customer.)

About the Book:

Set hundreds of years after the events recounted in The Fall of Hyperion, Endymion inaugurates a grand new narrative arc, one that explores the themes of The Hyperion Cantos in even greater depth and carries the story forward into a surprising—and thoroughly developed—future.

Endymion takes its title from John Keats’s poem about the love of a mortal man for an immortal goddess. By the time the novel begins, the Hegemony of Man has come to a spectacular end, the still dominant TechnoCore has disappeared from public view, and the once moribund Catholic Church has become the principle political power in the now scattered web of inhabited worlds. Against this backdrop, Simmons introduces two vitally important characters: Raul Endymion, convicted murderer and native of the planet Hyperion, and a twelve-year-old girl named Aenea, who is about to step through the Time Tombs and embark on a messianic destiny. Raul’s role is to protect her from the forces massed against her and to shepherd her toward her ultimate moment of apotheosis.

Endymion, together with its sequel, The Rise of Endymion, is a colorful, hugely ambitious narrative that also offers a revisionist view of earlier events—events we only thought we understood. Familiar characters—Father Lenar Hoyt, the poet Martin Silenus, the enigmatic and terrifying Shrike—appear in new and unexpected roles. Together with a host of vivid supporting characters and a vast array of brilliantly realized settings, they help set the stage for a memorable and visionary conclusion, while casting a new and sometimes startling light on all that has gone before.

Our edition of Endymion will be an oversize volume, printed on 80# Finch, with a dust jacket and full-color endsheets by John Picacio.

Limited: 474 signed numbered copies: $150
Lettered: 52 signed leatherbound copies, housed in a custom traycase: $325

 

Clive Barker’s TORTURED SOULS Ebook Available Now!

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The hardcover edition of Clive Barker's elusive novella, Tortured Souls, is at the printer, and pre-selling very well. We decided to make the ebook available a little early for those of you who prefer that version. Head over to the product page for links to order.

About the Book:

Cover and interior illustrations by Bob Eggleton.

Tortured Souls is one of the most vividly imagined, tightly compressed novellas ever written by the incomparable Clive Barker. At once violent and erotic, brutal and strangely beautiful, it takes us into the heart of the legendary “first city” known as Primordium, the site of political upheaval, passionate encounters, and astonishing acts of transformation.

Lurking at the edges of this extravagant tale is the ancient entity known as “Agonistes,” who accepts the pleas of selected “Supplicants,” transforming them, through a combination of art, magic, and pain, into avatars of violence and revenge.

The story begins when a freelance assassin named Zarles Krieger commits a routine murder-for-hire. This act will lead him to two life-altering encounters, one with the daughter of his victim, the other with Agonistes himself. This conjunction of the human and the inhuman stands at the center of this instantly absorbing creation.

With great authority and equally great economy, Tortured Souls expands to become a portrait of Primordium itself, with its hierarchies, its hidden mysteries, its shifting power structure, and—most significantly—its indelible cast of characters. A perfectly controlled example of what Barker calls “the fantastique,” Tortured Souls is something truly special, a story whose imaginative reach and sheer narrative power are evident on every page.

 

THEY THIRST Ebook for just $2.99—Limited Time Only

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Until November 6, the ebook of They Thirst, Robert McCammon's over 600 page vampire epic can be had for only $2.99. Don't miss out on the post-Halloween chills.

About the Book:

First published in 1981, They Thirst was Robert McCammon’s fourth novel, and it remains one of the major milestones of an ambitious, constantly evolving career. Like its predecessors—Baal, Bethany’s Sin, and The Night BoatThey Thirst made its initial appearance as a paperback original. In the years since, it has acquired an intensely devoted following, and is now widely regarded as one of the significant vampire novels of the 20th century.

The story begins in the tiny Hungarian hamlet of Krajeck, where nine-year-old Andre Palatazin awaits the return of his father from an unspecified—but clearly dangerous—mission. The man who finally returns is no longer Andre’s father—is no longer, in fact, a man. Pursued by this undead entity, Andre and his mother barely escape with their lives. Decades later, Andre—now Andy—Palatazin is a homicide detective in the Los Angeles Police Department, and spends his days dealing with the quotidian terrors of a large metropolis. His life takes a darker turn when the demonic forces he first encountered in Krajeck arrive in L.A., led by an ancient vampire known as The Master. The Master’s plan: to overrun the city and use it as a stepping-stone toward wider, ultimately global, domination.

They Thirst marks the earliest appearance of McCammon’s penchant for epic, wide-angled narratives. With the unobtrusive ease of a natural storyteller, the author propels a wide assortment of vividly created characters through an apocalyptic scenario that combines gritty urban realism with a powerful portrait of supernatural forces at large in the modern world. The result is a genuine classic of the genre, a novel that is as fresh and absorbing today as it was more than thirty years ago.

From Publishers Weekly:

Apocalyptic catastrophe collides with deeply intimate fears in this hardcover incarnation of McCammon’s 1981 paperback horror novel… Pathos and tragedy reverberate beneath bawdy sexual tension and violence in a seamless fictional cocktail for genre devotees. As readable today as when first published, this savage yet elegant shock show succeeds as crowd-pleasing storytelling as well as a time capsule of the 1980s horror aesthetic.

 

More Copies of Caitlin R. Kiernan’s THE DROWNING GIRL Available

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We've just heard from Centipede Press that our copies of Caitlin R. Kiernan's The Drowning Girl will be en route to us late this week. Centipede was also kind enough to allocate another batch of copies for us, so here's a great chance to pick up what promises to be a gorgeous oversize limited edition before it sells out, which looks likely.

About the Book:

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

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

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

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

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

The Drowning Girl will have the following features:

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

 

Shipping Updates—Jim Butcher and Clive Barker

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We're in the middle of shipping Jim Butcher's seventh entry in The Dresden Files. If you haven't picked up a copy of Dead Beat yet, what are you waiting for?

Earlier this week, we shipped Clive Barker's The Midnight Meat Train, and find outselves with a few copies left over. (Sold Out)

Even earlier, we shipped the huge, impressive anthology A Mountain Walked, edited by S. T. Joshi, and, once again, a few copies remain. (Sold Out)

Finally, we still have ample stock of Tim Powers' Appointment on Sunset, one of the best short stories we've read this year.

 

Announcing ROLLING IN THE DEEP by Mira Grant

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With her Newsflesh series of novels and novellas, and newest novel, Parasite, Mira Grant is one of our favorite new writers of the darkest sort of fantasy. We're pleased to announce that we have a long original novella by her on our schedule next year. Read on for more about Rolling in the Deep.

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

 

Robert McCammon’s Vampire Classic in Stock and Shipping—Very Low Stock

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We are knee deep in fangs and blood. Robert McCammon's vampire epic, They Thirst, has stationed itself in our warehouse. Copies are flying out the door as quickly as we can make it happen. If you'd like one, now's the time to order. Though we have far more distributor and large online retailer orders than we can fill, we've set the last twenty-five copies aside for direct orders.

About the Book:

First published in 1981, TheyThirst  was Robert McCammon’s fourth novel, and it remains one of the major milestones of an ambitious, constantly evolving career. Like its predecessors—Baal, Bethany’s Sin, and The Night BoatThey Thirst made its initial appearance as a paperback original. In the years since, it has acquired an intensely devoted following, and is now widely regarded as one of the significant vampire novels of the 20th century.

The story begins in the tiny Hungarian hamlet of Krajeck, where nine-year-old Andre Palatazin awaits the return of his father from an unspecified—but clearly dangerous—mission. The man who finally returns is no longer Andre’s father—is no longer, in fact, a man. Pursued by this undead entity, Andre and his mother barely escape with their lives. Decades later, Andre—now Andy—Palatazin is a homicide detective in the Los Angeles Police Department, and spends his days dealing with the quotidian terrors of a large metropolis. His life takes a darker turn when the demonic forces he first encountered in Krajeck arrive in L.A., led by an ancient vampire known as The Master. The Master’s plan: to overrun the city and use it as a stepping-stone toward wider, ultimately global, domination.

They Thirst marks the earliest appearance of McCammon’s penchant for epic, wide-angled narratives. With the unobtrusive ease of a natural storyteller, the author propels a wide assortment of vividly created characters through an apocalyptic scenario that combines gritty urban realism with a powerful portrait of supernatural forces at large in the modern world. The result is a genuine classic of the genre, a novel that is as fresh and absorbing today as it was more than thirty years ago.

Limited: 1000 signed numbered hardcover copies: $80

From Publishers Weekly:

Apocalyptic catastrophe collides with deeply intimate fears in this hardcover incarnation of McCammon’s 1981 paperback horror novel… Pathos and tragedy reverberate beneath bawdy sexual tension and violence in a seamless fictional cocktail for genre devotees. As readable today as when first published, this savage yet elegant shock show succeeds as crowd-pleasing storytelling as well as a time capsule of the 1980s horror aesthetic.

 

Harlan Ellison—THE TOP OF THE VOLCANO Cover Reveal

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We're doing a final file review before sending Harlan Ellison's The Top of the Volcano: The Award-Winning Stories of Harlan Ellison to the printer, all 544 pages of it The dust jacket image is by some gent named Michael Whelan. You may have heard of him.

About the Book:

We're pleased to announce a volume that may well be considered The Best of Harlan Ellison, which will be printed as an oversize 7*10 inch volume.

Firebrand, Touchstone, Trailblazer, Risk-Taker!

“Only connect,” E.M. Forster famously said, and Harlan Ellison was canny enough to make that the lifeblood of his achievement from the get-go.

New, fresh and different is tricky in the storytelling business, as rare as diamonds, but, as a born storyteller, Harlan made story brave, daring, surprising again, brought an edge of the gritty and the strange, the erudite and the street-smart, found ways to make words truly come alive again in an over-worded world.

From the watershed of the ’50s and ’60s when the world found its dynamic new identity, to a self-imitating, sadly all too derivative present, he has kept storytelling cool and hip, exhilarating, unexpected yet always vital, able to get under your skin and change your life.

And now we have it. The Top of the Volcano is the collection we hoped would come along eventually, twenty-three of Harlan’s very best stories, award-winners every one, brought together in a single volume at last. There’s the unforgettable power of “'Repent, Harlequin!' Said the Ticktockman,” “The Whimper of Whipped Dogs” and “Mefisto in Onyx,” the heart-rending pathos of “Jeffty Is Five” and “Paladin of the Lost Hour”, the chilling terror of “I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream,” the ingenuity and startling intimacy of “Adrift Just Off the Islets of Langerhans…”

These stories are full of the light and life of someone with things worth saying and the skills to do it, presented in the book we had to have—not just a Best-of (though given what’s on offer it may just fall out that way) but in one easy-to-grab volume perfect for newbies, long-time fans and seasoned professionals alike to remind them just how it can be done.


Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $45

From Publishers Weekly:

Ellison (Slippage) has won so many awards over his six-decade career that this hefty collection only includes the short stories that have won the most prestigious prizes. His greatest hits include ‘I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream’ (1967), with its viciously omnipotent computer, and ‘The Deathbird’ (1973), a riff on the book of Genesis in sympathy with the snake. His iconoclastic early period is represented by experimental pieces such as ‘The Region Between’ (1969), which includes abstract graphics with its text. But the pleasant surprises are later, more obscure works, such as ‘The Man Who Rowed Christopher Columbus Ashore’ (1991), in which a higher intelligence arbitrarily meddles with the world.

 

Announcing the Centipede Press Edition of BLACKWATER by Michael McDowell

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Important Note: The regular retail price of Blackwater is $250. We're selling our copies for $215, a savings of $35. We have limited quantities available, so please get your order in soon.

About the Book:

One of the finest southern Gothics ever written, Blackwater is generally acknowledged to be the late Michael McDowell’s finest achievement, and, taken as a whole, one of the best horror novels of the 1980s. This has been long out of print.

This edition has a fine new introduction by Poppy Z. Brite. McDowell was at the height of his powers when he wrote Blackwater, a six-part novel about the powers exerted by the mysterious Elinor Dammert over the citizens of Perdido, Alabama and her ghastly and inexplicable ability to use water to gain her hideous ends.

Each numbered set is signed by Poppy Z. Brite, Patrick Loehr and Paul Wedlake. The signature page appears in the back of Book One. The edition is limited to 250 copies for sale. This definitive edition of an undisputed classic is sure to sell out very fast.


Edition Information

  • Six volumes in a slipcase.
  • Limited to 250 sets, signed by Poppy Z. Brite, Patrick Loehr, and Paul Wedlake.
  • Introduction by Poppy Z. Brite.
  • Each book has an individual dustjacket.
  • Illustrated endpapers.
  • Rare photographs of Michael McDowell.
  • Reprinted covers of the original Avon paperbacks.
  • Gorgeous, silky, two-tone cloth slipcased lined in black.
  • Color and black & white illustrations throughout.
  • Head and tail bands, ribbon markers in each book.

 

Clive Barker’s THE BOOKS OF BLOOD in Stock and Shipping

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The big one has started. Late last week, after having multiple (I say multiple) incompetencies inflicted on us by the freight company, Clive Barker's The Books of Blood crossed the warehouse's threshold.

And we're shipping.

And we'll be shipping copies all this week.

After all of the six volume sets are en route to customers, we expect to have 15-20 sets left for sale. Watch our News page and Newsletter for notice when we put them back on sale.

 

 

Peter V. Brett Demon Cycle Ebook Bundle Now Available

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Peter V. Brett's Demon Cycle is one of the best epic fantasy series currently being published, and we recommend you pick up a copy of The Warded Man and get started. (For those already partaking of the series, we're offering signed and inscribed copies of  the upcoming novel, The Skull Throne, which Peat will sign when it's published early next year.)

Meanwhile, on the ebook front, we've bundled The Great Bazaar and Brayan's Gold as a single ebook, so readers can save a buck or three over buying them separately.

The Great Bazaar

Please note that The Great Bazaar and Other Stories is not a full length book. It contains Peter V. Brett's roughly 60 page title story, as well as a number of deleted scenes from his novel, The Warded Man.

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Humanity has been brought to the brink of extinction. Each night, the world is overrun by demons—bloodthirsty creatures of nightmare that have been hunting and killing humanity for over 300 years. A scant few hamlets and half-starved city-states are all that remain of a once proud civilization, and it is only by hiding behind wards, ancient symbols with the power to repel the demons, that they survive. A handful of Messengers brave the night to keep the lines of communication open between the increasingly isolated populace.

But there was a time when the demons were not so bold. A time when wards did more than hold the demons at bay. They allowed man to fight back, and to win. Messenger Arlen Bales will search anywhere, dare anything, to return this magic to the world.

Abban, a merchant in the Great Bazaar of Krasia, purports to sell everything a man’s heart could desire, including, perhaps, the key to Arlen’s quest.

In addition to the title novelette, The Great Bazaar and Other Stories contains a number of scenes not included in The Painted Man (published in the US as The Warded Man) as well as a glossary and a grimoire, making it an essential guide to one of the most exciting epic fantasy series currently being published.


Brayan’s Gold

Return to the world of The Warded Man and The Desert Spear in an illustrated new novella by Peter V. Brett.

Humanity has been brought to the brink of extinction. Each night, the world is overrun by demons—bloodthirsty creatures of nightmare that have been hunting the surface for over 300 years. A scant few hamlets and half-starved city-states are all that remain of a once proud civilization, and it is only by hiding behind wards, ancient symbols with the power to repel the demons, that they survive. A handful of Messengers brave the night to keep the lines of communication open between the increasingly isolated populace.

Arlen Bales is seventeen, an apprentice Messenger in brand new armor, about to go out for the first time alongside a trained Messenger on a simple overnight trip. Instead Arlen finds himself alone on a frozen mountainside, carrying a dangerous cargo to Count Brayan’s gold mine, one of the furthest points in the duchy. And One Arm, the giant rock demon, hunts him still.

But Brayan’s Gold may offer a way for Arlen to be free of One Arm forever, if he is willing to wager his life on the chance.

 

Two Neil Gaiman Limited Editions Shipping Very Soon

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We're inordinately pleased to let you know that our Neil Gaiman, Michael Reaves, and Mallory Reaves Limited Editions (Interworld and The Silver Dream)  will be shipping soon. Our thanks to Neil, who managed to carve time out of his ridiculously overbooked schedule to set pen to the signature sheets for both books. All of the intermediate steps have been completed. All that remains is for the signature pages to be tipped into the books, which will then be cased.

About The Silver Dream:

Following the thrilling events of InterWorld, Joey Harker has been in training to develop his capabilities to travel between dimensions. It’s been a relatively uneventful period, allowing Joey some space to settle in to his new life. And as a gifted Walker, he’s dedicated to InterWorld’s mission to protect the Altiverse from the forces that would tear it apart—or enslave it.

But, uneventful or not, Joey’s history precedes him. Everyone in InterWorld may look the same (give or take machine components or fur), but Joey is special. As everyone is reminded yet again when a stranger named Acacia—who does not look anything like the rest of the Joseph Harkers of Interworld—follows his team back to Base Town. Getting to the bottom of who Acacia is becomes Joey’s latest task, and it may prove his most dangerous yet. Especially once it becomes clear there’s a traitor in InterWorld, and whoever it is has a grudge against him.

The Silver Dream brings a whole new set of the mind-bending twists that readers will expect from their previous adventure in InterWorld. Return to master storytellers and bestselling authors Neil Gaiman and Michael Reeves’ freewheeling danger-packed universe in this sequel with a story by the creators, and written by Michael and Mallory Reaves.

The Silver Dream will be printed in two colors throughout, designed to match its prequel, Interworld.

Limited: 500 signed numbered hardcover copies: $60

Gaiman fans, don't forget. Next spring, we'll also have copies of his limited edition, The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains, which promises to be a nifty production.

 

Announcing GRAND CRUSADES, the Last Volume of The Early Jack Vance

In early 2015, we'll bring the Early Jack Vance series to a triumphant close with Grand Crusades. Editors Terry Dowling and Jonathan Strahan have assembled another winning collection, this time focusing on very long stories from Vance's canon. Tom Kidd is once again helming the cover, as he's done for all of the other Vance projects. Thanks to everyone who's been along for this ride. We hope you enjoy the final stop.

About the Book:

Avenues into the Future…

“Truth to tell, we’re tourists, out to see the wonders of the universe.”

—Paddy Blackthorn, The Rapparee

Grand journeys among the stars—pursuits, quests, explorations and encounters. These were very much science fiction and fantasy Grandmaster Jack Vance’s stock in trade, whether to have Kirth Gersen roam the Oikumene and Beyond tracking down his five Demon Princes or to strand Adam Reith on far-off Tschai. Or, as in this present volume, to take Earth-style opera to the non-human folk of distant Rlaru, to study the much coveted tree-pod dwellings on Iszm, to follow the clues in five gold bands to the knowledge that lets a handful of races control all space travel in the universe, or to endure servitude at the hands of ruthless alien overlords.

Just as Vance sought adventure and the joys of a fulfilled life by travelling the highways and byways of his own beloved Earth, so he had his heroes and heroines do the same on other worlds. The five early tales featured in Grand Crusades: The Early Jack Vance, Volume Five take us on a fascinating selection of such journeys, showing us how the future was in the earlier years of his writing career.

And inevitably, as with storytellers from Homer to Shakespeare, Dickens to Austen, Tolstoy to Twain, our Grandmaster also used his craft as something on which to hang personal preoccupations, fascinations and longings. For as with any good writer, the completions and pay-offs of these otherworldly travels often deliver more than just a satisfactory conclusion to the affairs on hand and a few hours’ pleasant diversion for the reader. Vance also put us in touch with things beyond the page, delivering an awareness of a universe and a future for humanity filled with possibility, leaving us—as the best writers, artists and makers always do—with feelings of connection with something larger.

Trade: 1000 fully cloth bound hardcover copies: $45

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction
  • The Rapparee
  • Crusade to Maxus
  • Gold and Iron
  • The Houses of Iszm
  • Space Opera

 

Other Publishers’ Books Shipping

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We've cleared the warehouse floor to ready the place for the Clive Barker onslaught of The Books of Blood. Part of that is sending out some other publishers' books that our ever patient customers have been waiting for.

They include:

Once all of these are out the door, and the semi shows up with all of the Barkers aboard, we'll move on to that shipping marathon.

 

Kirkus Picks THEY THIRST as One of Twelve Excellent Horror Reads for October

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The advance copies of Robert McCammon's vampire epic, They Thirst, which clocks in at over 600 pages, have landed here at SubPress. I must say they look mighty fine! If wide-screen storytelling, with a lot of characters and action are your thing, please get your order in. Not including several orders which are due any day, we have orders for more than 1200 copies, and the print run is limited to 1000. We'll fill all direct orders, of course, but some of our larger accounts aren't going to receive as many copies as they might like.

Kirkus Reviews just included They Thirst in its 12 Excellent Horror Reads for October:

What's Halloween without vampires? In this deluxe version of the McCammon's classic vampire story, readers unfamiliar with this 30-year-old story can discover that it still remains chilling. In the small Hungarian hamlet of Krajeck, a boy named Andre awaits the return of his father from a dangerous mission. However, the being that returns is no longer his father, and Andre and his mother barely escape with their lives. Decades later, Andre—now living in Los Angeles and going by the name Andy—is working as a homicide detective who deals with death on a day-to-day basis. But even that can't prepare him when the horrors he encountered as a young boy return, arriving in LA to terrorize him yet again.

Limited: 1000 signed numbered hardcover copies: $80

 

Cherie Priest—JACARANDA Cover Revealed

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As he did with Clementine—now available as a trade paperback—Jon Foster contributed the dust jacket to Cherie Priest's Jacaranda, the latest venture into her Clockwork Century.The novella is every bit as thrilling as Boneshaker, Dreadnought, or any other book in the series. Cherie has said this will be her last book in the series—possibly forever, possibly for a while. Do not miss out.

About the Book:

The Ranger

On the island of Galveston, off the coast of southeast Texas, lies a hotel called the Jacaranda. In its single year of operation, two dozen people have died there. The locals say it’s cursed. The Rangers say that’s nonsense, but they know a man who might be willing to investigate. Horatio Korman crosses the water from the mainland, and hopes for the best.

The Nun

But the bodies pile up, and a hurricane is brewing up fast. One of the Jacaranda’s guests sees time running out, so she seeks an authority of a different sort: a priest from El Huizache who is good at solving problems and keeping secrets. Eileen Callahan has a problem to solve, and a secret to keep. She crosses her fingers, and sends a message that could save them all.

The Padre

Juan Miguel Quintero Rios broke a promise to the Virgin, and so he was punished…but his intentions were pure, so he was also blessed. Now he walks the southwest with second sight and a tattoo across his back: Deo, non Fortuna—By God, not chance. The former gunslinger crosses himself, and makes for the Jacaranda Hotel.

Limited: 250 numbered copies, bound in leather: $45
Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $25

Please head over to the book's product page to check out a lengthy excerpt.

 

Maria Dahvana Headley and Kat Howard’s Novella In Stock—and Shipped. Plus a Bonus Interview.

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We're absolutely thrilled to announce that we've finished shipping out all preordered copies of Maria Dahvana Headley and Kat Howard's collaborative novella, The End of the Sentence. This is Kat's first foray into book length fiction, which delights us just that much more, while the opportunity to work with Maria is something we believe should never be turned down.

We'll skip what the novella's about. You can check that out on the product page.

Instead, here's a glimpse at some of the reviews it has received:

From Publishers Weekly:

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

From Tor.com

I was thrilled to hear they’d joined forces for The End of the Sentence, a collaboratively written novella available now from Subterranean Press—and even more thrilled upon reading it to discover that it was every bit as deliciously creepy and gorgeously terrifying as I’d hoped.

Also from Tor.com:

The End of the Sentence only really represents an evening’s reading, but be prepared to feel the fallout of this fairytale—perfectly formed from a hodgepodge of half-forgotten mythologies—for far longer than the few hours it takes to unfold.

From Fantasy Literature:

Maria Dahvana Headley and Kat Howard have taken the darker aspects of fairy tales and come up with a new tale set in contemporary America, complete with contemporary American problems of automobiles and broken marriages. These horrors that happen every day are combined with the horrors of a supernatural creature that seems to soothe in order to terrify, to provide for all his victim’s needs so long as that victim might be useful… This is a beautiful novella, a modern fairy tale that any reader of the French tale ‘Beauty and the Beast’ will recognize, but so different from that story that it is something entirely new.

From Book Riot:

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

Finally, before you go, we have a brief interview with the authors to share with you.

Maria Dahvana Headley and Kat Howard are two names that will already be familiar to many Subterranean Press fans from their work published at Subterranean Online (as well as many other venues), and to other fans of memorable, beautifully written stories of the fantastic. Headley is the author of the historical fantasy Queen of Kings and The Year of Yes: A Memoir, and Howard’s work has been performed on NPR as part of Selected Shorts and was included in Stories, edited by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio. Now Headley and Howard bring their talents together in a collaborative novella, The End of the Sentence, a literary horror story infused with monstrous beauty, dark myths, and the ghosts of the dead and the living. When Malcolm Mays moves to rural Oregon looking to start over, he discovers his new house comes with a very old obligation — one explained to him in unsettling letters from an entity named Dusha Chuchonnyhoof, who claims that he will return as soon as his 117-year prison sentence ends… Gwenda Bond caught up with the authors to discuss their new novella.

Gwenda Bond: Where did this story come from?

Maria Dahvana Headley: The original bones came from the fact that the former inhabitant of my Brooklyn apartment, one Olivia, had been receiving a lot of letters from prisoners around the East Coast. Olivia is long gone with no forwarding address, but she still gets about two handwritten letters a month, from people she didn’t know, who are looking for love. So, that notion was perfect for an epistolary novella.

Kat Howard: The other thing that was really there from the beginning was the Beauty and the Beast riff — the idea that there was this love story running through things, and it was one where appearances couldn’t be trusted. It was always a very monstery love story. And I think that expanded nicely as a theme, because there wound up being a lot of people and places in the story that look like one thing, and are actually another.

GB: The book description cites mythological influences from Kalapuya, Welsh, Scottish, and Norse, and of course there are also echoes of bizarre true crime stories. Did you know at the start you wanted to create such a rich mixture or did it happen in the writing?

KH: In a way, both of those things are true. Partially, the mix emerged in the telling. The internet was great for that, in that when we’d send links to each other, it was so easy to keep clicking and finding things that fit together in terms of story, even if, on the surface, they didn’t seem obviously connected. Or life would connect them for us — I went on a tour of Saint Paul’s Union Station while writing this, and there were these ancient horseshoes that had been found during the excavation in a display. Maria found sconces made of horns at a market.

But I think also one of the reason that such a variety of influences came in is that, in the planning stages, we basically just threw everything we loved in the basket of ideas, so the aesthetic of Cocteau’s Beauty and the Beast got given the same weight in terms of story potential as the Mari Lwyd. Having a lot of things to draw from made it feel like we had a lot of possibilities, which made it easier to write.

MDH: Definitely as Kat says — I think the first bits of the mixture came from western myth — I was looking into things from this part of Oregon, because I spent my childhood traversing some of the roads that Malcolm does, and I’m also very interested in things like the Wendigo, which makes little bit of a reference point here too. So, Chuchonnyhoof coming from Kalapuya lore, that’s because of the place where we set the novella. And then we went deeper into what it might mean to have iron skin, which led us to anvils, which led us to Gretna Green and anvil weddings, which led us to blacksmithing themes, which led to horseshoes, which led us to shapeshifting horse myth (pooka) and on from there. There are lots of themes that recur across cultures, and we were interested in certain threads, so we pulled on them, and ended up braiding together a lot of things — though these stories are from all over the world, they mostly come from two sectors: myths/lore about farming and working the land, and myths/lore about the activities of the dead. Which, when you think about it, are also entwined. The dead are usually planted in the earth, and ghosts are a kind of strange harvest.

GB: You manage here a sort of horror fairy tale that feels both fresh and classic. Do you think that’s because so many things in the story — loss, longing, love, damage — are universal?

KH: I think if you hang around people talking about writing or about telling stories for long enough, you’ll start to hear things like “there are only seven plots” or “there are only three stories in the world.” I don’t want to try and reduce things down completely to numbers, but I do think that we as storytellers, we as people who are interested in stories, do tend to have favorite themes. The big ideas, that we are haunted by, that we wrestle with, that we try and make sense of. Those ideas are the ghosts in the house of story.

And so we recognize them as things that are ours, no matter how old or new the story we read them in is, no matter where their source material is from.

MDH: We were drawing on a few centuries of things, from old French fairy tales to contemporary horror, and twining them all into a very contemporary, and indeed unglamorous setting, which I think can be a helpful thing when you’re seeking to create a world wherein familiar elements — the Beauty and the Beast story, for example — feel fresh again.  But yes, as Kat says, there are favorite themes, and they’ve driven storytelling forever. In this case, it’s Something Precious Has Been Lost. I suspect that’s happened to every single one of us, whether it’s the loss of love or of the one true ring. When I’m writing horror, I tend to think of my own worst nightmares. Permanent loss of someone I love wins for me, as I suspect it does for lots of people. That happens to several characters in this novella.

 

Clive Barker Update

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We know a bunch of folks are waiting for the Dark Regions production of Clive Barker's Midnight Meat Train, which was originally supposed to be released this summer. The project has run into a couple of production delays, and we're now told that our copies should ship to us around October 25. Thanks to everyone for being patient.

Also in Barker news, next week we're due to take delivery of Clive's The Books of Blood, which will fill the entire receiving area in our warehouse. Our shippers, including one just hired (Hi Kate!) are working as quickly as they can this week to get various titles out, and will be putting in an overtime day on Saturday.

Our other Barker project, Tortured Souls, is nearly ready for the printer, and should have no trouble hitting its February publication date.

 

Nobody’s Home by Tim Powers Sent to the Printer

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Tim Powers' new Anubis Gates story, thirty years in the making, has just been sent to the printer. We expect the trade edition of Nobody's Home to ship in late December/early January, and the Limited and Lettered Editions to follow a few months later. As we expected, Nobody's Home is selling quite well, so please don't hesitate to get your order in. We expect demand to climb as the book gets nearer to publication.

About the Book:

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

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

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

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

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

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

From Publishers Weekly:

Powers builds on his 1983 novel The Anubis Gates with this novella of Victorian ghosts and vengeance… The writing evokes the style and feel of Victorian England, eschewing cliché while capturing the culture.

Reminder: For those of you who are extreme Powers enthusiasts, we also have copies of his new Charnel House book, Appointment On Sunset, in our warehouse and shipping soon.