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ANCILLARY MERCY shipping—a few copies remain

Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie

We've just finished shipping the first wave of the limited edition of Ann Leckie's Ancillary Mercy, and find ourselves with a handful of extra copies. If you haven't ordered one, now's the chance to remedy that situation.

About the Book:

For a moment, things seemed to be under control for Breq, the soldier who used to be a warship. Then a search of Athoek Station's slums turns up someone who shouldn't exist, and a messenger from the mysterious Presger empire arrives, as does Breq's enemy, the divided and quite possibly insane Anaander Mianaai — ruler of an empire at war with itself.

Breq refuses to flee with her ship and crew, because that would leave the people of Athoek in terrible danger. The odds aren't good, but that's never stopped her before.

 

New Lawrence Block just sent to the printer

Resume Speed by Lawrence Block

We've just sent Lawrence Block's excellent novella, Resume Speed, to the printer a bit earlier than anticipated. This one is selling so well, even before any reviews have surfaced, that we expect it will be out of print on publication, so get your order in early or risk disappointment.

About the Book:

A new town, a fresh start. A chance to escape old demons. 
Or meet new ones.

He got on the Trailways bus in Galbraith, North Dakota, booked all the way through to Spokane. But the Help Wanted sign at the diner in Cross Creek was calling his name. Soon, he had a job working the grill and a place to stay, and a new name to go with them. But what he didn’t have was peace of mind. Or a clear conscience. Or any memory at all of what he’d done the night before fleeing Galbraith.

What he’d done to get the scratches on his wrists and the backs of his hands…

In this brand new novella, Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Lawrence Block delivers an unforgettable portrait of a troubled man trying to lay the ghosts of his past and make a new life for himself. But there are things you can’t run away from, and one of them is who you really are.

Subtle and painful and beautifully crafted, Resume Speed is Lawrence Block at the pinnacle of his storytelling powers.

 

Kirkus Reviews John Scalzi’s MINIATURES

Miniatures by John Scalzi

The notoriously tough Kirkus has just weighed in with their review of John Scalzi's Miniatures, and we're quite happy with it:

This might not quite sate readers' hunger for Scalzi as they await his next novel, but it's a reasonably tasty snack. Somewhat repetitive in theme, often verging on the silly, but on the whole, quite amusing.

As a reminder, Miniatures features four never-before-printed stories, exclusive to this collection: “Morning Announcements at the Lucas Interspecies School for Troubled Youth,” “Your Smart Appliances Talk About You Behind Your Back,” “Important Holidays on Gronghu” and “The AI Are Absolutely Positively Without a Doubt Not Here to End Humanity, Honest.”

 

Clive Barker’s INFERNAL PARADE cover reveal

Infernal Parade by Clive Barker

Fast on the heels of the reveal of the unadorned art for Clive Barker's Infernal Parade, here's a first look at the designed cover. Bob Eggleton plans to turn in the interiors later this week—don't worry, we'll share a couple of images. As soon as the those are in, we'll be able to have the signature page designed and fast track Parade for its February pub date.

Check out the full details and order your copy.

 

Announcing THE LAND OF LAUGHS by Jonathan Carroll

The Land of Laughs by Jonathan Carroll

Shipping around the end of October is the Centipede Press edition of Jonathan Carroll's The Land of Laughs. The new edition features a cover design by Ryder Carroll, the fabulous cover painting by David Mattingly, and new black & white interior works by Michelle Lopes. The book is oversize at 7 × 10 inches, bound in full cloth. It is signed by Jonathan Carroll, Ryder Carroll, Michelle Lopes, and David Mattingly. At only 300 copies, and with a huge demand, this item is going to sell out fast.

About the Book:

In a used book store, Thomas Abbey, an avid fan of Marshall France, a deceased writer of unique children’s books, has a chance encounter with Saxony Gardner, another enthusiast of that reclusive man. Together, they set out to the town of Galen, to meet Anna France, the writer’s daughter, in order to obtain her permission to write Marshall France’s biography. Prepared for rejection, they are warmly welcomed and settle into the community and their literary endeavor.
     
However, they find an uncanny resemblance between the town of Galen and its inhabitants, and the literary world of their idol. Figures from Marshall France’s books are alive in Galen, and Thomas and Saxony begin to question if the books were patterned onto Galen, or if the writer’s magic created Galen. Equally disturbing is Thomas’ role as biographer, who appears to create reality by his writing, and begins to question the motives of Anna and the inhabitants of Galen. Events reach a crisis point when Thomas’ biography reaches the time of Marshall France’s arrival in Galen.

Limited: 300 signed numbered oversize hardcover copies: $85

 

Announcing Clive Barker’s INFERNAL PARADE

Infernal Parade by Clive Barker

We're pleased to announce our next project with Clive Barker: Infernal Parade, the remarkable follow-on from his novella, Tortured Souls. Once again, Bob Eggleton has outdone himself with the full-color wraparound cover (not yet designed, but here as the bare artwork), as well as numerous black-and-white interior illustrations.

About the Book:

From the beginning of his distinguished career, Clive Barker has been the great visionary artist of contemporary dark fantasy, a form that Barker himself has termed “the Fantastique.” Through his many novels, stories, paintings and films, he had presented us with unforgettable images of the monstrous and the sacred, the beautiful and the grotesque. His body of work constitutes a great and varied contribution to modern popular culture.

This astonishing novella, Infernal Parade, perfectly encapsulates Barker’s unique abilities. Like the earlier Tortured Souls, an account of bizarre–and agonizing–transformations, Infernal Parade is tightly focused, intensely imagined, and utterly unlike anything else you will ever read. It begins with the tale of a convicted criminal, Tom Requiem, who returns from the brink of death to restore both fear and a touch of awe to a complacent world. Tom becomes the leader of the eponymous “parade,” which ranges from the familiar precincts of North Dakota to the mythical city of Karantica. Golems, vengeful humans both living and dead, and assorted impossible creatures parade across these pages. The result is a series of highly compressed, interrelated narratives that are memorable, disturbing, and impossible to set aside.

Infernal Parade is quintessential Barker: witty, elegantly composed, filled with dark and often savage wonders. It proves once again that, in Barker’s hands, the Fantastique is not only alive and well, but flourishing. This is vital, visionary fiction by a modern master of the form.

Click here to order your copy today.

 

New Stephen Gallagher in stock and shipping

The Authentic William James by Stephen Gallagher

Stephen Gallagher's latest foray into historical fiction (and horrifc in its own right) is in stock and shipping. We're only too happy to point out that The Authentic William James garnered a Starred Review from Publishers Weekly, which read, in part, “British author Gallagher gives Sebastian Becker another puzzle worthy of his quirky sleuth’s acumen in his outstanding third pre-WWI mystery (after 2012’s The Bedlam Detective). Gallagher makes the most of his unusual concept in the service of a twisty but logical plot line.”

About the Book:

Sebastian Becker’s position as Special Investigator for the British Crown requires a subtle touch: gathering evidence that determines whether or not someone is a Chancery Lunatic—afflicted with madness making them unfit to manage their fortunes—without tipping the hand of those whose resources often make them above the law.

In the aftermath of a fiery tragedy that leaves dozens dead and England’s leaders maneuvering for an answer to stave off political ramifications, former police detective Becker is called upon to utilize his intimacy with the insane, and familiarity with working in the shadows.

Tasked with evaluating the sanity of the confessed arsonist—Wild West Showman ‘The Authentic William James’—leads Becker from the shores of Sussex to the film studios of Hollywood. Delving into the circus world to unravel the mystery of a man who admits guilt and flees will pit Becker’s appointed role to do his country’s bidding against his compassion to do what is right for a family.

Limited: 1000 signed numbered hardcover copies: $40

 

Another great review for A LONG DECEMBER

A Long December

Richard Chizmar's huge (500 pages) collection, A Long December, keeps on racking up the great reviews. Here's a bit of the latest, from Rue Morgue:

Chizmar’s stories range from supernatural to psychological horror, and they all share the author’s assured hand at storytelling. None of the tales overstay their welcome; in fact, I found myself wanting more from some of them. Ultimately, he’s put together an immensely readable book full of appealing and oftentimes frightening characters, which, combined with his smooth language makes A Long December hard to put down…

Add to that a couple of earlier starred reviews, as well as praise from the likes of Stephen King and Clive Barker, and we fully expect this one to be sold out on publication.

From Kirkus (Starred Review):

With the whiff of classic pulp fiction about them, these chilling tales pack a giddy wallop and make staying up late to read just one more mandatory.

From Booklist (Starred Review):

This is a must-read for fans of intense tales where psychological suspense and horror overlap, as with the novels of Peter Straub, Scott Smith, or Adam Nevill.

Click here to read more or order your copy.

 

 

Raising funds for Congenital Heart Defect Research

Our friend and sometime cat sitter, Kristin, is raising funds for those with Congenital Heart Defects. We hope you’ll take a second to check out what she has to say, and consider donating to this ultra-worthy cause.

As I have gotten older, I have come to realize that with my illness many wonderful opportunities have arisen to encourage others with CHD and participate in activities that raise awareness for a vast community of heart patients that fight their whole entire life to survive. Each year I participate in the Southeastern Michigan Heart Walk. These walks have popped up in various cities across America and it is exciting to be a part of an effort to raise money and awareness for CHD research. I have an Instagram account that I have dedicated to CHD awareness and have made connections with fellow warriors across this country. I love to encourage those that struggle with the “scars” of surgery both physically and emotionally. If I can give hope to one person then I consider myself to have done a good work. I often hear how being 26 years old and having survived 3 open heart surgeries gives hope to so many parents who worry about their children’s future. I am inspired by a little boy named Gabe who lives in Arizona. He is 15 months old and just underwent his 5th open heart surgery. My heart is filled with compassion for a little boy who has already had to go through so much in his short life. I walked in his honor this past year and hope that as he grows older I can be a sign of hope for him. My hope for the future is that more and more children are making it to adulthood and that their quality of life is good. I hope for a community of congenital heart patients to become more aware of so many that live as they do and that know that they are not alone. I also hope that we are not just looked at as a group of patients with severe health issues but rather strong individuals that have a “warrior” spirit and a strong desire to live as normal as possible.

 

Surprise Jacqueline Carey limited edition in stock and shipping

Kushiels Dart by Jacqueline Carey

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

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

—Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

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

—Associated Press

Kushiel’s Dart has the following features:

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

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

 

Announcing CLIVE BARKER’S NEXT TESTAMENT by Mark Alan Miller

Clive Barkers Next Testament by Mark Alan Miller

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

About the Book:

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

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

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

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

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

 

Announcing a VERY limited edition by Tim Powers

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

About the Book:

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

About the Book:

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

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

 

And now for something completely different

Men of Weath and Taste

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

About the Book:

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

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

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

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

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

Limited: 200 signed numbered hardcover copies: $295

 

Announcing DEAR SWEET FILTHY WORLD by Caitlin R. Kiernan

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

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

About the Book:

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

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

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

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

Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $40

 

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

Dead on the Bones by JOe R Lansdale

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

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

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

About the Book

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

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

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

Limited: 1500 signed numbered hardcover copies: $40

 

An Interview with Kevin Hearne

 


The Purloined Poodle by Kevin Hearne

Kevin Hearne is the New York Times’ bestselling author of the Iron Druid Chronicles, of which we here at Subterranean are immense fans. According to his website: “Kevin hugs the hell out of trees and loves doggies and living in Colorado with his family. He is also fond of comic books, whiskey, beer, tacos, fresh air, clean energy, and friendly people. He’s prone to singing in parking lots if you get him drunk enough and has been told that his handwriting is really quite lovely.” Obviously he’s a serious sort, so we decided to sit him down for an interview about The Purloined Poodle. This is our first book with Kevin and judging from the 900 pet photo entries to win limited edition #1, we know you’re as excited about it as we are.

Gwenda Bond: Do you want to tell readers a little bit about what you’ve got in store for them with The Purloined Poodle?

Kevin Hearne: For quite some time, readers have been asking me to write a story from Oberon’s point of view, and since it was something I also wanted to do—his outlook is quite different from Atticus’s—I thought a novella might provide the perfect opportunity. And since I also wanted to try writing a mystery, The Purloined Poodle is my nod to Poe and Melville and of course Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It’s a hound-centered mystery, the sort of thing Oberon would be interested in, fraught with evil squirrels, and there’s a sirloin or two on the line in addition to the peril of the purloined poodle in question.

GB: Oberon’s voice is so charmingly canine and flows so naturally. Did you find writing in his point of view easy or was he a difficult case to crack?

KH: Oh, he’s super easy for me because he likes food and pop culture and so do I. He knows precisely how to enjoy his life: Live in the present. And if you must dwell on the past or the future, make sure you dwell on playing or eating something delicious.

GB: Where did the idea for Oberon to be Atticus’s companion (or vice versa) come from? Was it part of the concept you had for the series right from the first?

KH: Yes, everything started with Oberon because I love doggies. I wanted to come up with a character who could talk to him, and I thought a Druid might be able to pull that off. The more I thought about it—and then, researched it—the more appealing it became. Especially since no one was really writing about Druids in urban fantasy.

GB: How about that cover by Galen Dara? Did you have input into it?

KH: I love the cover! Right now it’s my favorite thing ever. Because yeah, there’s Oberon there, and Sherlock Holmes and a poodle portrait on the wall, but there’s also a Boston terrier and OMG I MIGHT DIE OF CUTE. My input boiled down to, “I want Oberon and Starbuck on the cover,” and Galen did the rest, setting it in this Victorian-looking living room.

GB: And, finally, for anyone who isn’t familiar tell us about your own pet(s). Names? Approximate barking weight-class?

KH: I have a pug named Manley (after poet Gerard Manley Hopkins) and a Boston terrier named Sophie (after people named Sophie). They are the inspiration for Oberon. Very expressive faces, easily excited by snacks, and always ready for a belly rub.

Click here to read more or order you copy of The Purloined Poodle.

 

Three books just sent to the printer

The Four Thousand the Eight Hundred by Greg Egan

We've just sent three new titles to the printer. Look for them in just a few short months.

 

New Robert Silverberg to be sold out on publication

Early Days by Robert Silverberg

Robert Silverberg's Early Days, a compendium of short stories by the then newly minted professional writer is about to start shipping. The book has sold well enough that we'll be putting it out of print when we fill all the large account orders, so this may be your best time to pick up a copy!

About the Book:

In 2006, Robert Silverberg published In the Beginning, a generous selection of stories from the early, developmental stages of his distinguished sixty-year career. Fast-paced, energetic, and unabashedly pulp-like in their origins and ambitions, those stories proved to be an unexpected gift to Silverberg’s many readers. That gift continues with Early Days, a second volume of apprentice fiction as wide-ranging and enjoyable as the first.

Early Days collects seventeen impossible to find stories from the years 1956 to 1958, supplemented by a fascinating introduction and extensive notes on the creation and publication history of each story. Together, these non-fiction pieces constitute both an episodic memoir and an affectionate history of an era when pulp magazines still dominated the SF marketplace.

Without exception, each of the stories in Early Days offers honest, unpretentious entertainment. The astonishingly prolific Silverberg may have had a bit to learn back then, but he had an innate understanding of narrative that shines through every one of these tales. The stories range in tone from the grimly dystopian future of “The Inquisitor” to the playful “Space Is the Place,” in which a maintenance technician from Crawford IX experiences comic culture shock during a mandatory vacation on Earth. “Rescue Mission” revolves around the telepathic connection between two interplanetary intelligence agents. “Housemaid No. 103” provides a humorous glimpse into the romantic difficulties of a far future matinee idol. “Harwood’s Vortex” combines a mad scientist, alien invaders, and the possible end of life as we know it into a single colorful narrative.

Silverberg, of course, would evolve into one of the genuine masters of the genre, and this retrospective collection of early work offers invaluable insights into his development. Silverberg himself calls Early Days “an affectionate tribute to my hardworking self of more than half a century ago.” It is all of that and more. Anyone with an interest in Silverberg’s career, or in the history and evolution of modern science fiction, needs to read this book. They may not write ‘em like this anymore, but once upon a time they did. And looking back has never been so much fun.

Limited: 1000 signed numbered hardcover copies: $40

From Kirkus Reviews:

A collection of pulp-style science-fiction stories from the days when men were men and aliens were green, scaly, and up to no good… Reading this collection is akin to watching the B-movies Quentin Tarantino has spent his career riffing off—fun for superfans and students of the genre…

 

CROSSTALK cover just posted

Crosstalk by Connie Willis

We're only too happy to share the splendid cover Jon Foster created for Connie Willis' new novel, Crosstalk. The novel is an utter delight.

Library Journal, in a starred review, called it “A fun, romantic near-future romp from a sf master.”

 

A LONG DECEMBER just sent to the printer

A Long December by Richard Chizmar

We've just sent Richard Chizmar's acclaimed new collection, A Long December, to the printer, which puts it right on schedule for its November publication date.

Clive Barker is the latest author to weigh in on Rich's ficttion, saying, “Richard Chizmar writes like a man who’s been to hell and back and lived to tell its tales.”

Given the strong reviews and blurbs A Long December has received—including starred reviews from Booklist and Kirkus—we expect it to sell out shortly after publication. Don't delay in ordering your copy.

 

Copies of George R. R. Martin’s A KNIGHT OF THE SEVEN KINGDOMS Available

A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George R. R. Martin

After shipping the initial wave of George R. R. Martin's A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms—with wonderful color and b&w illustrations by Gary Gianni—we discovered that we have copies left. They're first come, first served.

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;
  • Ten of the full-page interior illustrations (b&w in the trade) rendered in color in our edition;

 

Slightly imperfect lettered editions of SUMMER OF NIGHT for $250 off

Summer of Night by Dan Simmons

We have three copies of the lettered edition of Dan Simmons' coming-of-age masterpiece Summer of Night that are very slighty afflicted with glue spots. We can't charge full price for these, so if you're looking for a bargain, they're $250 off the regular price. The imperfections are hardly noticeable.

 

Cover reveal for John Scalzi’s MINIATURES

Miniatures by John Scalzi

The cover is here.

We're at work on the interior illustrations for John Scalzi's Miniatures, which is on schedule for a December release.

As a reminder, Minatures features four never-before-printed stories, exclusive to this collection: “Morning Announcements at the Lucas Interspecies School for Troubled Youth,” “Your Smart Appliances Talk About You Behind Your Back,” “Important Holidays on Gronghu” and “The AI Are Absolutely Positively Without a Doubt Not Here to End Humanity, Honest.”

Limited: 1500 signed numbered hardcover copies: $40

Lettered: 52 signed leatherbound copies, housed in a custom traycase: $250

 

 

The first reviw for THE PURLOINED POODLE

The Purloined Poodle by Kevin Hearne

The first review of Kevin Hearne's The Purloined Poodle is in, and we'd love to share it with you.

According to Publishers Weekly:

Hearne skillfully balances silly doggy humor, a solidly constructed Sherlockian mystery, and easygoing druidic fantasy in this quick read.

We're just a few short months from publication, so order your copy now!

 

Joe R. Lansdale’s PARADISE SKY (Illustrated Edition) coming soon

Paradise Sky Illustrated Edition by Joe R. Lansdale

We've just heard from the publisher that the illustrated edition of Joe R. Lansdale's Paradise Sky is at the printer, with copies due to ship to us next month.

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 bride. But the hellhounds are still on his trail, and they brutally attack Nat Love’s bride. 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.

Here are the details of the limited hardcover edition:

  • World’s first illustrated edition
  • Signed by author Joe R. Lansdale & artist Ben Baldwin
  • Limited to only 300 hand-numbered copies worldwide
  • Full color panoramic dust jacket illustration with extra wide flaps
  • Full color wraparound book board illustration
  • Over fifteen black & white interior illustrations
  • Illustrated signature page

Limited: 300 signed numbered hardcover copies: $75

 

LAST TRAIN FROM PERDITION heads to the printer

Last Train from Perdition by Robert McCammon

We've just sent the second installment of Robert McCammon's vampire epic to the printer. Our trade hardcover should be out in October, followed shortly thereafter by the signed, limited edition.

For those worried about missing the first leg of the novel, know that Last Train from Perdition stands alone, as well as featuring a lengthy "What has gone before" section by the author. It's the perfect way to get aboard this runaway freight of a tale.

As Booklist says about the novella:

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

 

New George R. R. Martin Shipping

A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

George R. R. Martin's A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms —illustrated by Gary Gianni—is now shipping. It will take us a week or so to get everyone's copy in the mails, so if you could hold off on querying about your copy, we can keep our heads down and keep shipping.

Thanks to everyone for their patience on this one. It turned out beautifully.

 

 

The Return of the Grab Bags

The $99 Grab Bags are bck

Note: The Grab Bags are now sold out.

We're back with one of our most popular promotions—the grab bags—which we haven't offered in well over a year.

Each bag will contain a mix of signed limited editions and trade hardcovers. We expect each to contain approximately 8-10 books, with a guaranteed retail value of $350 or greater. Some of the books may be distributor returns, and not perfect, but at the price, we think you'll agree the overall package can't be beat. Most of the titles we're using have never before been offered in a Grab Bag, so you're bound to find a good supply of new reading material.

Our most recent grab bags have been in the $150 range, but this one is being offered for only $99 plus shipping.

One thing is very different about this grab bag.

We've had a special signed limited edition produced especially for it: The Case of the Bleeding Wall by Joe R. Lansdale and Kasey Lansdale. This long new novella, part of the Dana Roberts series of supernatural investigator stories, is limited to only 500 numbered copies signed by both authors. This new Lansdale volume is guaranteed to be a part of your grab bag.

In addition, we're clearing our inventory shelves of many one- and two-of-a-kind items, so there's no telling what sort of rarity you might receive.

Please note that If you purchase more than one grab bag, you're very likely to receive the same or similar contents.

 

 

More copies of THE GRAVEYARD BOOK available

The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel Signed Limited Edition

We're happy to let you know that our allotment of The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel Signed Limited Edition has been increased slightly. If you missed ordering one the first time around, now's the time to take advantage of the second chance.

About the Book:

The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel is now available in a gorgeous, limited clothbound edition, featuring both New York Times bestselling volumes bound as one, new cover art, and special extra content.

Now 1,500 people can revel in The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel in a new way with this limited printing of numbered copies—all signed by Neil Gaiman!

Each chapter in this adaptation by P. Craig Russell is illustrated by a different luminary from the comic book world, showcasing a variety of styles from a breadth of talent. Together, they bring Neil Gaiman’s award-winning, nationally bestselling novel The Graveyard Book to new life in this gorgeously illustrated single-volume graphic novel adaptation.

This special limited edition of The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel includes:

  • Both volumes of the graphic novel adaptation (2014) bound into one edition
  • Brand-new cover art by P. Craig Russell
  • A cloth slipcase
  • An extra 32 pages at the end of the book, including a note from Neil Gaiman, sketches from the artists, and notes from the artists and P. Craig Russell about the experience of adapting The Graveyard Book into a graphic novel
  • Numbered editions signed by Neil Gaiman!

 

Rogues back in stock

Rogues edited by George R R Martin and Gardner Dozois

Through happenstance, we once again have a very few copies of Rogues, the landmark cross genre anthology edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois.

There's a limit of one copy per person, household, or plane of existence.

 

 

SUMMER OF NIGHT is here!

Summer of Night by Dan Simmons

This afternoon, we start shipping the signed limited edition of Dan Simmons' coming-of-age masterpiece, Summer of Night. Relive the classic chills or experience them for the first time in this gloriously illustrated edition.

About the Book:

One of the signature horror novels of the 1990s, Dan Simmons’s magisterial Summer of Night is now twenty-five years old. In the course of that quarter century, it has firmly established itself as a classic of the genre, a book whose capacity to shock, amuse, move and horrify remains undiminished.

The story takes place in Elm Haven, Illinois in 1960 and begins at an iconic moment: the last day of school before the long summer vacation begins. But at Old Central School, soon due to close its doors forever, something ancient and implacable has begun to quicken, its hour come round at last. Soon, impossible figures, some of them long dead, are proliferating throughout Elm Haven, transforming what should be an idyllic summer into the crazed and bloody precursor to a new Dark Age.

Set against these horrific incursions is a wonderfully characterized band of adolescent boys – along with one unforgettable young girl – who alone understand the nature of the menace that threatens their hometown. Turning away from the standard pursuits of summer – baseball, treasure hunts, overnight camping trips – the youthful members of the Bike Patrol find themselves serving as the last line of defense against an apparently unbeatable enemy. The account of their struggle against impossible odds is one of the major accomplishments of modern horror fiction.

From the opening evocation of Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House to its fiery conclusion in the halls of Old Central, Summer of Night balances graphic supernatural horror with a profusely detailed portrait of “the secrets and silences” of childhood. In the process, it takes a time, place and way of life that are now long gone, bringing them indelibly to life. Subterranean Press is proud to present this modern classic in a deluxe, lovingly crafted new edition.

The Subterranean Press 25th Anniversary Edition of Summer of Night is printed on 80# Finch, and features ten full-color original illustrations by David Palumbo.

Limited: 500 signed numbered hardcover copies, in slipcase: $250

 

Announcing a new Hap and Leonard adventure by Joe R. Lansdale

Early next year will see a new Hap and Leonard adventure from SubPress. We think you'll agree that the novella Coco Butternut is one of their weirdest outings yet.

About the Book:

Coco Butternut marks the always-welcome return of Joe R. Lansdale’s dysfunctional duo: Hap Collins and Leonard Pine. As usual, wherever Hap and Leonard go, trouble seems to already be there, awaiting their arrival. And in the case of this twisty, hilarious, and heartfelt new novella, Lansdale sends his heroes to Oak Rest mortuary and cemetery to grapple with the living and the dead—both canine and human.

When the mummified corpse of a beloved prize-winning dachshund named Coco Butternut is stolen from her final resting place, Hap and Leonard are hired by the owner to get her body back. The job is straightforward: they must simply exchange a bag full of cash for the missing pooch’s mummy. But they can feel something’s not on the up-and-up, and how right they are.

With assistance from Hap’s significant other, Brett, and his daughter, Chance, Hap and Leonard are soon embroiled in a gripping mystery tied to the dark secrets lurking beneath the hallowed ground of Oak Rest cemetery. In his inimitable style, and at the top of his game, here Lansdale gives us a highly enjoyable new entry in the ongoing adventures of Hap and Leonard. Fans of Hap and Leonard’s, whether of their fictional outings or the Sundance TV show (or more likely, both), won’t want to miss this treat.

Limited: 350 signed numbered copies, bound in leather: $45
Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover copies: $25

 

Robin Hobb’s THE FARSEER TRILOGY in short supply

The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb

Here's an early look at another of John Howe's remarkable dust jackets for Robin Hobb's The Farseer Trilogy.

We're happy to say that Robin's books are selling very well, with fewer than 50 copies of each left. Feel free to preorder your copy today.

About the Book:

Fantasy legend Robin Hobb’s Farseer Trilogy introduced the world to her assassin hero FitzChivalry Farseer and his world of intrigue and adventure. In Assassin’s Apprentice, Royal Assassin, and Assassin’s Quest, young Fitz learns how to put the rare Skill magic in his blood to use alongside his assassin’s training. An outcast mistreated by almost all in the kingdom, as he grows from a boy to a man he alone may be able to save the kingdom of the Six Duchies from barbaric outside threats.

Hobb’s beloved series has received lavish praise from many. George R.R. Martin praised the Farseer trilogy as, “Fantasy as it ought to be written . . . Hobb’s books are diamonds in a sea of zircons.” Publishers Weekly called Assassin’s Apprentice “a gleaming debut in the crowded field of epic fantasies,” and in a starred review Kirkus declared Assassin’s Quest an “enthralling conclusion to this superb trilogy, displaying an exceptional combination of originality, magic, adventure, character, and drama.”

Relive the exceptional stories through which the beloved and acclaimed Hobb launched a sprawling epic that would continue over more than a dozen volumes in these deluxe special editions.

 

New Kevin Hearne and Stephen Gallagher ebooks available for preorder

The Purloined Poodle by Kevin Hearne

If ebook rather than print is your speed, we have two new of the former available for preorder through the usual channels:

Pixel or print, we've got you covered.

 

New China Mieville in stock and shipping

This Census-Taker by China Mieville

We're happy to let you know that we're deep into shipping China Mieville's acclaimed new novella, This Census-Taker. Over 95% of the print run is sold out, with very few copies going to large online retailers. 

Check out cuttings from a few reviews This Census-Taker has received:

From The Guardian (UK):

Over and over again, book after book, MIeville’s mature work forces the reader to ask the question that most writers get to prompt once in a literary lifetime if they’re lucky: what is this new thing we are being shown?

From Publishers Weekly (Starred Review):

New Weird exemplar Miéville (Three Moments of an Explosion) evokes fantasy from the emotional currents of daily life, eradicating differences between self and other and between reality and dream. Fans of Miéville’s work will recognize and relish his sharp, probing storytelling. Sparse language and a minimalist approach make this intellectual vivisection best suited to readers who are willing to work for meaning.

From The Washington Post:

...this sparse, surreal novel brilliantly shows the gradual unfolding of piecemeal memories following a trauma.

From The Chicago Tribune:

Sometimes young writers are advised that the path to fame in science fiction and fantasy is to find a successful formula and stick with it. They must get confused, then, by a writer like China Miéville, who has attained an enormous following despite — or perhaps because of — the sheer unpredictability of his imagination, which ranges freely among genres and narrative forms…While this compelling novella may be lacking in large-scale spectacle and may raise more questions than it answers, the classic Miéville themes of power, alienation and politics are never far from the surface, and the tale lingers in the memory.

From Locus:

Those ‘troubles,’ referred to in oblique ways throughout the novel, are what really expands This Census-Taker’s scope from an odd small-scale murder mystery into a more apocalyptic narrative, with its suggestions of wars, refugee crises, and diasporas.

Limited: 750 signed numbered hardcover copies: $45

 

BOOKLIST on Robert McCammon’s LAST TRAIN FROM PERDITION

Last Train from Perdition by Robert McCammon

We're getting ready to send Robert McCammon's Last Train from Perdition to the printer, which means that reviews are starting to flow in. Here's the first, and a good one.

From Booklist:

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

About the Book:

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

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

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

Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $35

 

Dwindling stock on Joe Hill titles

NOS4A2/Wraitth by Joe Hill

We have dwindling quantities of some Joe Hill titles, including:

Get your orders in for some gorgeous books. Joe Hill's one of our finest writers, and these are some of his nicest editions.

 

Two new starred reviews for A LONG DECEMBER

A Long December by Richard Chizmar

Richard Chizmar's HUGE (over 500 page) new collection, A Long December, was just graced by two starred reviews.

From Kirkus (Starred Review):

“With the whiff of classic pulp fiction about them, these chilling tales pack a giddy wallop and make staying up late to read just one more mandatory.”

From Booklist (Starred Review):

“This is a must-read for fans of intense tales where psychological suspense and horror overlap, as with the novels of Peter Straub, Scott Smith, or Adam Nevill.”

Given these strong reviews, and an earlier one from Publishers Weekly, we suspect this one will sell out soon after publication. Beat the rush and order your copy now.

Oh yes, if you need an extra nudge, here's Stephen King on Rich's fiction:

“Powerful…I love it… Richard Chizmar writes clean, no-nonsense prose…sets his tales in no-nonsense, middle class neighborhoods I can relate to…and writes terrific stories served with a very large slice of Disquiet Pie.”

 

Announcing THE FARSEER TRILOGY by Robin Hobb

The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb

We’re pleased to announce a three volume set collecting Robin Hobb’s Farseer Trilogy, with each volume featuring wraparound cover art by John Howe.

Please note: Non-US shipping charges are based on the entire set. We'll refund as appropriate if you order a single volume.

Fantasy legend Robin Hobb’s Farseer Trilogy introduced the world to her assassin hero FitzChivalry Farseer and his world of intrigue and adventure. In Assassin’s Apprentice, Royal Assassin, and Assassin’s Quest, young Fitz learns how to put the rare Skill magic in his blood to use alongside his assassin’s training. An outcast mistreated by almost all in the kingdom, as he grows from a boy to a man he alone may be able to save the kingdom of the Six Duchies from barbaric outside threats.

Hobb’s beloved series has received lavish praise from many. George R.R. Martin praised the Farseer trilogy as, “Fantasy as it ought to be written . . . Hobb’s books are diamonds in a sea of zircons.” Publishers Weekly called Assassin’s Apprentice “a gleaming debut in the crowded field of epic fantasies,” and in a starred review Kirkus declared Assassin’s Quest an “enthralling conclusion to this superb trilogy, displaying an exceptional combination of originality, magic, adventure, character, and drama.”

Relive the exceptional stories through which the beloved and acclaimed Hobb launched a sprawling epic that would continue over more than a dozen volumes in these deluxe special editions.

Limited: 500 signed numbered sets, bound in cloth: $180

Please note that the volumes are also for sale separately, though you may wish to order all three at once to make sure you're able to collect the full trilogy.

 

Announcing THE FIREMAN by Joe Hill Signed Limited Edition

The Fireman by Joe Hill

We’re more than happy to let you know that we’ll be receiving copies of the signed limited edition of Joe Hill’s The Fireman. Without further ado…the details.

About the Book:

Thanks to author Joe Hill and those lovely folks at Gollancz, PS are publishing the super-duper bells’n’whistles edition of Joe’s apocalyptic novel, THE FIREMAN in September 2016. Coming out just three months after Gollancz’s trade version, the PS edition will come in two states thus:

  • 1000 copies in an illustrated slipcase and signed by the author;
  • 26 oversized lettered copies housed in a deluxe traycase and signed by both Joe Hill and artist David Stoupakis.

PS launched Joe Hill onto an unsuspecting world back in 2005 with his groundbreaking debut volume, 20TH CENTURY GHOSTS. The PS edition of THE FIREMAN is set to follow the same high  standard . . . and then some.

From the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of 20th Century Ghosts, Horns, NOS4A2 and Heart-Shaped Box comes a chilling novel about a worldwide pandemic of spontaneous combustion that threatens to reduce civilization to ashes and a band of improbable heroes who battle to save it, led by one powerful and enigmatic man known as the Fireman.

 

More Praise for THE LAST DAYS OF NEW PARIS

The Last Days of New Paris by China Mieville

China Mieville's new novel, The Last Days of New Paris, racked up a few more rounds of praise.

From Booklist:

Inventive and engrossing, this novel shows why Mieville remains one of the best recent writers not only of weird fiction but of speculative fiction in general.

From The Chicago Tribune:

[The Last Days of New Paris] is a novel both unhinged and utterly compelling, a kind of guerilla warfare waged by art itself, combining both meticulous historical research and Mieville's unparalleled inventiveness.

And in case you missed it, here's an earlier review from Publishers Weekly:

Miéville (This Census-Taker) takes on the surrealists in this gritty and erudite fantasy. In 1941, a surrealist bomb exploded in Nazi-occupied Paris, unleashing thousands of manifs—physical manifestations of images taken from surrealist paintings. Some were merely whimsical; others were terrifying and dangerous. Now it’s 1950 and New Paris, as it’s called, is the epicenter of the continuing war. The chaotic city is fought over by Nazis and Parisians, both sides constantly bedeviled by the chaotic manifs. Worse still, the Nazis have made contact with hell and unleashed demons to aid their villainy…

 

New James P. Blaylock in Stock and Shipping

The Further Adventures of Langdon St. Ives by James P. Blaylock

James P. Blaylock's new steampunk omnibus, The Further Adventures of Langdon St. Ives, is in stock and shipping. In addition to three classic novellas, the book contains "The Here-and-Thereians" and "Earthbound Things", a novella and noveletette available nowhere else.

About the Book:

Langdon St. Ives, explorer, scientist, naturalist, and family man rarely has a restful day: adventure befalls him and a colorful cast of characters around every seemingly innocent turn.

In this chronicle, St. Ives descends beneath the quicksand of Morecambe Bay into a dark, unknown corner of the ocean littered with human bones and the castaway detritus of humanity in search of a strange, possible alien machine.

Madness at the Explorers Club in London and the disappearance of St. Ives’s wife Alice leads him to the underground lair of evil genius Dr. Ignacio Narbondo, who has undertaken to set the entirety of London into a lunatic frenzy.

A simple excursion to the West Indies is interrupted by bloodthirsty pirates whose depredations pale before the fury of the pagan god that erupts from beneath the blue waters of the Caribbean Sea.

An inexplicable cataract of water falling from a cloudless sky sets into motion a ballooning adventure in which St. Ives disappears through a hole in the sky.

And on a holiday in London, St. Ives investigates the insidious patent medicine salesman Diogenes, whose pills awaken strange longings and eons-old memories of man’s ascent from the fishes.

Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $40

From Publishers Weekly:

“Blaylock is a master of the period piece, easily capturing a Doyle-esque voice that serves his Holmes-adjacent hero well…this collection is a concise introduction to St. Ives and a handsome volume for any steampunk fan.”

From Kirkus Reviews:

“Langdon St. Ives is a scientist, explorer, and cheerfully married family man who continually finds himself embroiled in strange adventures and investigations that transform both Victorian England and more exotic locales into places lavishly beset by all the familiar and beloved trappings of fantastical steampunk. Accompanied by a cast of charming friends and allies, St. Ives faces a series of absurd dangers, often the machinations of a cartoonish nemesis in the mad scientist mold, Ignacio Narbondo.”

 

Lois McMaster Bujold’s PENRIC’S DEMON available again

Penric's Demon by Lois McMaster Bujold

While digging through the warehouse, we found a good forty copies of the signed limited edition of Lois McMaster Bujold's novella, Penric's Demon. They're now posted to the site with matching copies of Penric and the Shaman. We'll ship Demon now, and Shaman when it's published. What a great way to kick off your Bujold collection.

 

 

Announcing PENRIC AND THE SHAMAN by Lois McMaster Bujold

We're pleased to announce that we'll be publishing Lois McMaster Bujold's new novella, Penric and the Shaman, in both signed limited and trade hardcover formats. If you own the first novella, Penric's Demon, please order asap (and mention your copy number) to avoid missing out.

About the Book:

In this novella set in The World of the Five Gods and four years after the events in “Penric’s Demon”, Penric is a divine of the Bastard’s Order as well as a sorcerer and scholar, living in the palace where the Princess-Archdivine holds court. His scholarly work is interrupted when the Archdivine agrees to send Penric, in his role as sorcerer, to accompany a “Locator” of the Father’s Order, assigned to capture Inglis, a runaway shaman charged with the murder of his best friend. However, the situation they discover in the mountains is far more complex than expected. Penric’s roles as sorcerer, strategist, and counselor are all called upon before the end.

Limited: 450 signed numbered hardcover copies: $45
Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $25

 

Get yer free John Scalzi ebook here

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Hey, we have a John Scalzi freebie you may be interested in.

Everyone who orders a print copy of his new collection, Miniatures, direct from SubPress, will receive a free copy of the ebook on publication. As you may remember, this title spans the years from 1991 to 2016, including a quarter century of Scalzi at his briefest and best, and features four never-before-printed stories, exclusive to this collection: “Morning Announcements at the Lucas Interspecies School for Troubled Youth,” “Your Smart Appliances Talk About You Behind Your Back,” “Important Holidays on Gronghu” and “The AI Are Absolutely Positively Without a Doubt Not Here to End Humanity, Honest.”

Ain't the cat illustration grand? It's a detail from the work that Natalie Metzger is doing for Miniatures, with one cartoonish illustration per story, in addition to a full-color cover.

 

Advance praise for THE PURLOINED POODLE

The Purloined Poodle by Kevin Hearne

Kevin Hearne's The Purloined Poodle is not lacking for early praise.

Via a service called NetGalley, that makes early copies of books available to reviewers, bloggers, and librarians, we've heard the following:

“Oberon and Atticus visit the set of the 2000 Christopher Guest film Best in Show. ... Dog lovers, urban fantasy readers, and of course all the KevinHearnenistas will want to get in line behind me to enjoy this latest selection.” (Daniel Graves)

“Oberon is the star of the show. ... Think cozy mystery meets Iron Druid, but with a canine protagonist, and you won't be far wrong. Expect the usual puns, conversations, meat- and dog-focus.” (Hilary Carter)

“Kevin Hearne's Oberon's Meaty Mysteries:  The Purloined Poodle is absolute perfection. With his inability to tell the difference between an hour and a week, his love of all things meat, and his unfailing ability to charm everyone he meets, Oberon is the perfect narrator.  I only hope that Hearne will provide up with more Meaty Mysteries from Oberon.” (Bryanna Zimmerman)

“This story was fabulous and sooo funny! I really hope that we get more stories from Oberon.” (Lara Jaskiewicz)

 

Low stock alert—Joe Abercrombie

Half a War by Joe Abercrombie

We're down to our last 18 numbered and 3 lettered copies of Joe Abercrombie's Half a War.

If you've been collecting the series, these are essential volumes, the culimnation of (dare we say it) a trilogy even more impressive than his debut, The First Law trilogy. Get 'em while you can.

 

 

Fifteen copies of Caliban’s War left for preorder

Caliban's War by James S. A. Corey

Daniel Dociu has just turned in the overwhelming, epic beyond the imagination dust jacket art for James S. A. Corey's Caliban's War. The full wraparound version of the dust jacket is viewable at the bottom of the book's product page.

Only fifteen copies of Caliban remain for preorder, so feel free to pick one up now.

Limited: 574 signed numbered hardcover copies: $75

 

Announcing UNFETTERED II

Unfettered II edited by Shawn Speakman

We're pleased to be able to offer our customers copies of the huge upcoming anthology, Unfettered II. (This is not the actual cover, by the way.)

About the Book:

Unfettered II is an anthology featuring short stories by some of the best fantasy writers in the genre.

Every story in this volume is new and, like the title suggests, the writers were free to write whatever they wished. Here is the list of contributing authors for Unfettered:

  • Bradley Beaulieu (Song of Shattered Sands)
  • Terry Brooks
  • Jim Butcher (Dresden Files)
  • Rachel Caine
  • Sarah Beth Durst (The Queens of Renthia)
  • David Farland
  • Charlaine Harris
  • Mark Lawrence (Gunlaw)
  • Erin Lindsey (Bloodbound)
  • Seanan McGuire
  • Aidan Moher
  • Naomi Novik
  • Peter Orullian (Vault of Heaven)
  • J.A. Pitts
  • Anthony Ryan (Raven’s Shadow)
  • Brandon Sanderson
  • Scott Sigler
  • Shawn Speakman (Annwn Cycle)
  • Michael J. Sullivan (The Legends of the First Empire)
  • Django Wexler
  • Janny Wurts
  • Todd Lockwood (Cover Artist)
  • Don Maitz (Interior Illustrator)

Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $35

 

Michael Bishop’s first new novel in over two decades

Joel-Brock the Brave

We're pleased to offer copies of Michael Bishop's first solo novel in over two decades. Joel-Brock the Brave and the Valorous Smalls is limited to only 300 signed numbered copies, with a full-color dust jacket and more than 60 interior illustrations. It's published by Fairwood Press.

About the Book:

Joel-Brock Lollis's family has vanished into the labyrinthine Sporangium below a curious Georgia emporium, Big Box Bonanzas. Glimpses of an older J-B Lollis of the Atlanta Braves on a BBB television suggest that Joel-Brock may never get back his parents and sister. The Valorous Smalls—almost-ten Joel-Brock, lively teen Addi, and tiny detective Valona—forge their way into the mushroom realm to change that possible future.

Limited: 300 signed numbered hardcover copies: $50