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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

The Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer

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.

 

Four New Harlan Ellison Books Available

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Our pal Harlan Ellison has just released another four titles through his own imprint, Edgeworks Abbey:

These are all seriously oversized trade paperbacks, chock full of work that has probably eluded even the most ardent of Ellison's readers. Please visit the HarlanEllisonBooks.com site for the full details on each book, and many others, but here's the description of AGAIN, HONORABLE WHOREDOM AT A PENNY A WORD, a full-length fiction collection we're sure will be of primary interest. (Also, as an added incentive to visit Harlan's site, you'll find posted thereon a coupon code good for $10 off each book you purchase.)

About the Book:

You will not find “‘Repent, Harlequin!’ Said the Ticktockman” in this book. Nor will you find “I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream,” “A Boy and His Dog,” or “The Deathbird,” or any of Harlan Ellison’s myriad masterpieces. What will you find herein? The front cover might give you a nasty clue: stories of crime and amorality, of sex and violence. What the cover might not have conveyed was that the award-winning tales enumerated above were forged in an imagination stoked for the preceding decade by the need to trade tales to the pulps and slick men’s magazine to make the rent ($7 a week). You hold in your hands the work of a writer painfully crawling forward, tale by tale, honing his craft in an industry where every word counted…of course, you knew all that; you got it from the title.

AGAIN, HONORABLE WHOREDOM AT A PENNY A WORD kicks off with “Typewriters & Pipe Lighters,” a collection of anecdotes from Ellison recalling the writing of these stories, which span his first full year as a professional writer (1956) to 1968, when he still dashed off the occasional thriller while making his name with the iconic fantasies listed above.

A further essay—“Naked Deranged Psycho Thrill-Demon Or, Bitch-Slut Gun-Crazy Homicidal Rat” (1996)—discusses pulp editor W.W. Scott’s propensity for re-titling Ellison’s works for publication in such publications as Guilty and Trapped.

Most of the stories are straight-forward thrillers never-before collected in an Ellison anthology: “Her Name Was Death” (1957), “Thirty Miles to Death Junction” (1957), “The Teaser with a Knife” (1967), “Don’t Mind the Maid” (1957), “The Girl in the Red Room” (1964), “Hunchback” (1957), “Goodbye, Eadie” (1956), “The Clean Break” (1956), “Boss of the Big House”(1957), “Drive a Girl to Kill” (1957), “Hell’s Holocaust” (1957), “Willie Just Won’t Kick Off” (1968), “Mad Dog!” (written with Henry Slesar, 1957), “The Women in the House” (1957), “Taxi Dancer”(1967).

“The Music of Our Affair”(1963) features the author experimenting with style, to cacophonous effect.

“Find One Cuckaboo” (1960) is a never-before reprinted novelette originally included in the paperback anthology THE SAINT MYSTERY LIBRARY, No. 11.

“Clobber Me, Moogoo!” (1956) and “McManus’s Mental Mistress” (1968) exhibit a fantasy-tinged approach to stories of sex.

“Only Death Can Stop It” (1960) compelled Harlan to add a disclaimer to the table of the contents.

“The Final Push” (1957) is one of the author’s three Westerns. While “Saddle Tramp” (collected in HONORABLE WHOREDOM AT A PENNY A WORD) was more tramp than saddle, this story has more in common with “The End of the Time of Leinard” in its evocation of a genre Ellison adores.

“Night on the Mug Beat” is a never-before published cop story, appearing herein for the first time.

The main body of the collection closes with “The Steep Road to the Gutter” (1965), an overlooked masterpiece of early Ellisonia that the editor is overjoyed to expose to a wider audience.

But wait, there’s more!

In preparing AGAIN, HONORABLE WHOREDOM AT A PENNY A WORD for publication, the editor stumbled across a file headed A WOMAN NAMED MIDNIGHT. After confirming that “A Girl Named Poison” (found in the author’s 2013 collection PULLING A TRAIN) hadn’t changed her name upon reaching maturity, the editor brought the forty-page typescript for an unfinished novel—credited to “Ellis Daye” on the first page, and written while Ellison lived in the treehouse on Bushrod Lane—to its author. Harlan read the story but had no recollection of writing it, nor why it had never been completed and published, but nevertheless gave his blessing for it to make its debut herein.

AGAIN, HONORABLE WHOREDOM AT A PENNY A WORD is a 254-page, 7.5″ by 9.25″ paperback. ISBN: 9780989525756

 

New Ebook Bundles—Robert McCammon, Cherie Priest, Brian Lumley and More

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We've just put together a great new way to pick up some of our Ebooks at even better prices. The first batch of bundles are ready, and include:

Look for more great email deals in the near future.

 

 

New Philip K. Dick in Stock and Shipping

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Philip K. Dick's We Can Remember it for You Wholesale, the final volume in his Collected Stories set, is in stock, with well more than half of the shipping already completed. All of our stock will be gone with another good sized distributor order—we have fewer than 40 copies left—so please don't hesitate to pick up your copy.

About the Book:

From Publishers Weekly:

This fifth and final deluxe collection of Dick’s short stories contains numerous examples of why he continues to rank as one of the most influential authors of SF… This volume makes the case that Dick’s last works were some of his most provocative.

Philip K. Dick (1928-1982) was one of the seminal figures of 20th century science fiction. His many stories and novels, which include such classics as Ubik and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, reflect a deeply personal world view, exploring the fragile, multifarious nature of reality itself and examining those elements that make us—or fail to make us—fully human. He did as much as anyone to demolish the artificial barrier between genre fiction and “literature,” and the best of his work has earned a permanent place in American popular culture.

We Can Remember It for You Wholesale is the final installment of a uniform, five-volume edition of The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick. This expansive collection contains 27 stories and novellas written between 1963 and 1981, years in which Dick produced some of his most mature work, including such novels as Ubik, Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said, and A Scanner Darkly. Among the many pleasures included here are the classic title story (filmed twice as "Total Recall"), in which an ordinary clerk, awash in resurrected memories, discovers the truth about his past and about the astonishing role he has played in human history; the Hugo-nominated “Faith of Our Fathers,” with its bleak and controversial vision of a predatory deity; and “The Electric Ant,” a brilliant embodiment of a classic Dick theme: the elusive—and changeable—nature of what we believe to be “real.” Like its predecessors, this generous volume offers wit, ingenuity, and intellectual excitement on virtually every page. The best of these stories, like the best of Dick’s novels, are richly imagined, deeply personal visions that no one else could have written. They’re going to be around for a very long time to come.

Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $40

 

Cover Reveal for Dan Simmons’ ENDYMION

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We're happy to announce that Dan Simmons' Endymion is one large step closer to publication. After much to-ing and fro-ing, we have John Picacio's nearly overwhelming portrait of Aenea and The Shrike. All that remains before we send Endymion to the printer is for John to complete the endsheet illustration, which we hope to have in house soon. We'll keep you posted.

About the Book:

Important Notes:

  • You may only order a lettered Endymion if you have a corresponding lettered edition of The Fall of Hyperion.
  • You may only order the numbered Endymion by itself if you own a corresponding numbered edition of The Fall of Hyperion.
  • There are a few The Fall of Hyperion/Endymion sets left. Anyone may order a set. Both volumes will be shipped together when Endymion is published.
  • The exclusive preorder period for Endymion ends on October 31, 2014. We'll send out an email when we start accepting orders from the general public.


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

 

Preorders for Stephen King’s THINNER Open to All

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The exclusive preorder period has passed, which means anyone may now order a copy of Stephen King's Thinner, the upcoming limited edition offering from PS Publishing. Don't forget, purchasing Thinner will get you first crack at the same numbered copy of the next PS King offering, Skeleton Crew.

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Hardnosed lawyer Billy Halleck carries a few pounds more then he should but, hey, he’s happy, content, successful and, well, let’s say ‘highly sexually charged.’ It’s this latter area that’s the cause of all that’s to befall him, when his wife, Heidi distracts him while he’s driving and causes Billy to run down a woman who was part of a group of traveling Gypsies.

The case is kicked out of court (thanks to the judge being a personal friend of Billy) and everyone is happy. Well, everyone, that is, except for the dead woman’s father who’s less than impressed with American justice.

“Thinner,” he whispers in Billy’s ear as he strokes Halleck’s face. And, hoo boy, it’s a retribution that truly takes the cake as, from that very moment onwards, Billy Halleck discovers the diet of the gods. No matter what he puts away, the pounds continue to roll off.

Initially fearing some virulent cancer, Billy is relieved when he gets the all-clear. From then on, he’s happy with his lot: I mean, what’s not to like—clear your plate as many times as you want and you don’t put on an ounce? Hey, come on, right? Except, Billy wonders, how will this condition end? Not well, Billy’s inner voice whispers. Not well at all.

Often overlooked in summaries of King’s works, Thinner is a true tour de force…a riveting page-turner of the highest order.

With all manner of goodies including an Introduction from Johnny Mains, colour artwork from both Les Edwards and Edward Miller (Les’s ‘dark half’ if truth be told)—and with Johnny and Les signing all copies—the slipcased state will be a joy to behold.

Limited: 974 numbered copies, signed by the artists and author of the introduction: $110

 

Jim Butcher’s DEAD BEAT Shipping Soon. Orders Open to the General Public.

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Jim Butcher's Dead Beat is finished, with copies warehoused at our printer, waiting until we have the room to ship them. The exclusive preorder period is now over. Anyone may order a copy. In addition to getting a great book, buying a copy of Dead Beat will give you the first crack at purchasing our next Butcher limited, Proven Guilty, which is fully designed, proofed, and awaiting only the signature pages and interior art.

About the Book:

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

Our edition of Dead Beat 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.

Collectors Note: Please mention your number when checking out if if you own Blood Rites. We'll match it automatically, but it's good to be sure. We'll drop you an email if we run into any difficulties.

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

 

Various Peter V. Brett Updates

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As you can see, Peter V. Brett's Messenger's Legacy has undergone a late change. We were so taken with the frontispiece that Lauren K. Cannon turned in that we decided to use it as the dust jacket for the trade hardcover edition.

The signed, limited edition will still have a dust jacket by Vincent Chong, and a full-color frontispiece by Lauren.

Messenger's Legacy fits nicely into the timeline of Peat's next novel, The Skull Throne, making it essential reading for his many fans.

Speaking of The Skull Throne, we still plan to have Peat visit the SubPress offices prior to the book's publication to sign and inscribe copies. Here, in fact, is the embosser we had custom made to leave a special ward imprinted on the title page of each copy we sell.

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SubPress Ebooks Discounted to $.99 and $2.99

The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox

This promotion has ended. Thanks to everyone who took part.

 

Joe R. Lansdale—BLACK HAT JACK in Stock and Shipping—Over 90% Sold Out

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Late last week we started shipping customer orders for Joe R. Lansdale's brand new 25k word novella, Black Hat Jack. Long-time Lansdale readers will be interested to know that it features Black cowboy Nat Love, who stands front and center of Lansdale's next major novel, Paradise Sky, which will be out from Mulholland Books next year. We're happy to say that Black Hat Jack is over 90% sold out, and likely to reach that plateau when we receive one or two more distributor orders. It may just be the best novella Joe has ever written, and isn't to be missed.

About the Book:

The story of African-Americans in the West has been confined to the dusty, bottom shelf of recorded history and American literature. But in the vein of the old dime novels containing stories about such heroes as Buffalo Bill, Wild Bill Hickok, and Jesse James, comes the true story of one of those ten-cent novel heroes, Deadwood Dick, disguised in those novels as a white champion of justice and adventure, but in reality a black cowboy, buffalo soldier, Indian fighter, and general hell raiser.

Here, Nat Love, the one and only Deadwood Dick, writes down his version of certain events, straightening out numerous misconceptions raised in the popular and sanitized dime novels. Though his version varies considerably from the numerous volumes of adventures attributed to him, his true story, with perhaps a bit of exaggeration, is no less fascinating or exciting.

Nat was one of those Old West characters who seemed to be everywhere and met everyone that was anyone at some point in his life. Black Hat Jack details Nat’s version of the events of the now famous Second Battle of Adobe Walls, where he and a handful of buffalo hunters, primarily his good friend, Black Hat Jack, were pitted against hundreds of Comanche, Cheyenne, and Kiowa warriors.

Heroics abound. Curse words fly. Humor flows as free as blood, and there’s even a spot of romance. And with all that real life bravado, there might even be a few lies.

Joe R. Lansdale’s stories about Nat Love are based loosely on the real Nat Love, who may have told a few windies about his time in the West, but at the same time revealed that African-Americans of that era were not all cooks and custodians. In fact, a full third of the cowboys of the Wild West days were African-American, Hispanic, or of mixed blood. This is a tribute to the real deal, as well as to the great mythology of the Old West.

Limited: 350 signed numbered copies, bound in leather, with a different dust jacket than the trade: $45

Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $25

From Publishers Weekly:

Based on a true story, this novella-length Western from Lansdale (The Thicket) offers a potent concoction of witty repartee and a rousing battle. Black Hat Jack and Nat, who goes by Deadwood Dick, make an unlikely pair. Although the former is white and the latter black, the difference in their skin color matters little to them as they ride into Adobe Walls, Tex., after discovering a man killed by Comanche Indians. Soon violence breaks out as the Indians attack the town. While their ammunition may run low, Nat's keen wit stays fully loaded throughout the skirmish…

From Booklist:

Black Hat Jack is profane, vulgar, hilarious, tongue-in-cheek, and full of rousing adventure, as a good dime novel, or dime novella, should be.

 

 

Other Publishers’ Books Shippng Soon, Including New Tim Powers

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Along with SubPress titles, we have three books from other publishers that we'll be working into our shipping schedule over the next couple of weeks.

Both of the Joshi-edited titles are sold out, but we have a long history with Tim Powers, and his Charnel House offerings are unfailingly spectacular, so we picked up more copies of Appointment than usual. The story sits comfortably with the two or three best that Tim has ever written, and the production, as is usual with Charnel House, consists of the finest materials.

 

Announcing JACARANDA, a New Clockwork Century Novella, by Cherie Priest

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We’re pleased to announce that Cherie Priest has returned to the Clockwork Century setting of her breakout novel, Boneshaker, with her most riveting novella yet. Look for Jacaranda in February.

Special Offer: Everyone who preorders a copy of Jacaranda will be sent a FREE copy of the ebook (in .mobi and Epub formats) upon publication. That way, you have one copy to treasure, and one for reading on your chosen device anywhere.

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

 

Signed Copies of John Scalzi’s LOCK IN Available—Only 24 Remain

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The first wave of signed copies of John Scalzi's Lock In are in customers' hands, or en route. We find ourselves with an extra 24 copies. As you'll see below, Lock In might be the most praised sf novel of the year.

About the Book:

Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent—and nearly five million souls in the United States alone—the disease causes “Lock In”: Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge.

A quarter of a century later, in a world shaped by what’s now known as “Haden’s syndrome,” rookie FBI agent Chris Shane is paired with veteran agent Leslie Vann. The two of them are assigned what appears to be a Haden-related murder at the Watergate Hotel, with a suspect who is an “integrator”—someone who can let the locked in borrow their bodies for a time. If the Integrator was carrying a Haden client, who the murderer is makes things complicated.

“Complicated” doesn’t begin to describe it. As Shane and Vann began to unravel the threads of the murder, it becomes clear that the real mystery—and the real crime—is bigger than anyone could have imagined. It’s an investigation that takes Shane and Vann from the halls of corporate power to the virtual spaces of the locked in. It’s nothing you could have expected.

A blazingly inventive near-future thriller from the best-selling, Hugo Award-winning John Scalzi.

From Publishers Weekly (Starred Review):

Hugo-winner Scalzi (Redshirts) successfully shifts away from space opera with this smart, thoughtful near-future thriller resonant with the themes of freedom, ethics, and corporate greed… This powerful novel will intrigue and entertain both fans and newcomers.

From Booklist (Starred Review):

Like Isaac Asimov, in his classic novels featuring human detective Elijah Baley and his robot partner R. Daneel Olivaw, Scalzi builds a complete world from the ground up, layering on top of it a captivating mystery that could only exist in a world like this one. Another brilliant novel from a writer who has quickly become one of the genre’s most successful and intriguing practitioners.

 

Peter V. Brett’s MESSENGER’S LEGACY Going to the Printer

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High on this week's priorities is sending Peter V. Brett's Demon Cycle novella, Messenger's Legacy, to the printer. Lauren K. Cannon has turned in the rest of the interior illustrations, while Vincent Chong stepped in with the limited edition dust jacket when Lauren ran into scheduling difficulties.

Here, as well, is part of the book's first review, 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.

Limited: 750 signed numbered copies, bound in leather: $45

Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $25

 

Harlan Ellison’s THE TOP OF THE VOLCANO Update

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Harlan Ellison's The Top of the Volcano: the Award-Winning Stories of Harlan Ellison doesn't so much slouch toward publication as make purposeful strides toward its unveiling.

The first review is in, and though it takes us to task for not including something essential in the Advance Reading Copy (which award each story won), that information will be in the published volume.

As to the book itself, Publishers Weekly was broadly positive:

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.

In addition, Michael Whelan has agreed to provide a painting for the dust jacket, which we'll show off as soon as it's designed.

Trade: Fully cloth-bound hardcover edition: $45

 

 

Announcing ANCILLARY JUSTICE by Ann Leckie

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We're pleased to announce that we'll be publishing a signed, limited (and likely first hardcover) edition of Ann Leckie's multi-award winning debut novel, Ancillary Justice.

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On a remote, icy planet, the soldier known as Breq is drawing closer to completing her quest.

Breq is both more than she seems and less than she was. Years ago, she was Justice of Toren–a colossal starship with an artificial intelligence linking thousands of corpse soldiers in the service of the Radch, the empire that conquered the galaxy.

An act of treachery has ripped it all away, leaving her with only one fragile human body. And only one purpose–to revenge herself on Anaander Mianaai, many-bodied, near-immortal Lord of the Radch.

Limited: 500 signed numbered hardcover copies: $50

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

 

Announcing FORSAKEN, a New Otherworld Novella by Kelley Armstrong

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

 

Two New Tim Powers Reviews

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Our two new Tim Powers projects—the novel, The Drawing of the Dark, and the Anubis Gates story, Nobody's Home—have just garnered their first reviews.

Booklist on The Drawing of the Dark:

This is a very good mixture of historical adventure and fantasy, featuring an everyman hero who, quite by surprise, turns out to be a key player in an ancient war between good and evil. Powers’ richly drawn characters and lively writing style pull us into the story from the first page. This may be an early Powers novel, but it’s deserving of a large new audience.

Publishers Weekly on Nobody's Home:

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.

Both titles are preselling very well, and may go out of print shortly after publication.