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Announcing a two-novella set by Brandon Sanderson

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

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

About the Book:

Dust jacket and interior illustrations by Tom Kidd.

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

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

Perfect State is science fiction.

Shadows for Silence in the Forest of Hell is fantasy.

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

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

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

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

 

THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS is in stock and shipping!

The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris

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

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

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

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

 

Dean Koontz’s RELENTLESS Available Once Again

Relentless by Dean Koontz

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

 

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY reviews K. J. Parker’s SAVAGES

Savages by K J Parker

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

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

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

 

Announcing THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS by Thomas Harris

The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris

If ever a book needed no introduction…

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

About the Book:

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

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

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

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

 

THE CHRONICLES OF MASTER LI AND NUMBER TEN OX for only $2.99

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

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

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

About the Book:

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

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

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

 

Robert McCammon’s THE BORDER is Here!

The Border by Robert McCammon

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

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

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

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

About the Book:

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

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

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

 

Rare Dean Koontz Limited Editions Available

From the Corner of His Eye by Dean Koontz

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

The books include:

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

 

 

Announcing STINGER by Robert McCammon

Stinger by Robert McCammon

Stinger is coming this October.

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

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

Now, to Stinger:

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

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

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

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

 

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

Three Moments of an Explosion by China Mieville

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

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

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

Table of Contents:

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

 

New Peter Straub in Stock and Shipping

Perdido by Peter Straub

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

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

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

About the Book:

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

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

Limited: 400 signed numbered hardcover copies: $45

 

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY reviews Jim Butcher’s WORKING FOR BIGFOOT

Working for Bigfoot by Jim Butcher

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

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

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

 

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

Fender Lizards by Joe R. Lansdale

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

The Border by Robert McCammon

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

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

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

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

 

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY on Jonathan Carroll’s TEACHING THE DOG TO READ

Teaching the Dog to Read by Jonathan Carroll

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

Says Publishers Weekly:

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

Limited: 1000 signed numbered hardcover copies: $40

 

New Lawrence Block over 90% sold out

The Burglar who Counted the Spoons by Lawrence Block

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

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

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

About the Book:

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

Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover: $30

From Publishers Weekly (Starred Review):

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

About the Book:

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

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

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

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

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

The lettered edition will:

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

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

 

Announcing THE BEST OF NANCY KRESS

The Best of Nancy Kress

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

Limited: 1000 signed numbered hardcover copies: $45

Table of Contents:

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

 

Salvage and Demolition price drop!

Salvage and Demolition by Tim Powers

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

About the Book:

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

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

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

 

Announcing UNBOUND from Grim Oak Press

Unbound edited by Shawn Speakman

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

About the Book:

Not bound, as a book. Free.

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

Here is the Unbound line-up:

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

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

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

 

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

Savages by K. J. Parker

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

 

This week in shipping!

Proven Guilty

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

Earlier this week, we shipped:

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

 

Robert McCammon Update

Blue World by Robert McCammon

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

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

 

 

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

Paradise Sky by Joe R. Lansdale

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

From Publishers Weekly (Starred Review):

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

From Booklist (Starred Review):

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

From Kirkus:

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

From Austin Chronicle:

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

 

Twenty sets of James Herbert’s The Rats Trilogy available

The Rats by James Herbert

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

About the Book:

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

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

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

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

 

New Mira Grant in stock and shipping

Rolling in the Deep by Mira Grant

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

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

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

About the Book:

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

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

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

Limited: 1000 signed numbered hardcover copies: $40

From Publishers Weekly:

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

From Library Journal:

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

From Romantic Times:

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

 

Surprise Alan Moore Oversize Signed Limited Edition

Voice of the Fire by Alan Moore

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

About the Book:

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

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

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

Limited: 750 signed numbered oversize hardcovers: $60

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

 

The last of the lettered editions

House of Chains

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

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

 

 

A few copies of THE SKULL THRONE available again

The Skull Throne by Peter V. Brett

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

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

 

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

Darkest Powers Tales by Kelley Armstrong

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

About the Book:

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

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

 

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

Beneath an Oil-Dark Sea by Caitlin R. Kiernan

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

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

False Starts II Table of Contents:

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

 

 

Robert McCammon’s THE BORDER Snags a Starred Review

The Border by Robert McCammon

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

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

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

 

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

Paradise Sky by Joe R. Lansdale

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

About the Book:

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

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

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

Trade: Hardcover signed by the author: $26.00

 

Huge New Connie Willis Ebook Available

The Winds of Marble Arch by Connie Willis

One of our favorite books, The Winds of Marble Arch and Other Stories, has just been released as an ebook. Nearly 300,000 words of Connie Willis' beyond excellent fiction can be yours for only $9.99.

About the Book:

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

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

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

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

 

A New Kelley Armstrong Ebook Available

Atoning by Kelley Armstrong

We're more than pleased to add another novella by Kelley Armstrong to our catalog. In addition to Atoning, the novella, the ebook features a number of illustrations by Maurizio Manzieri.

About the Book:

Chloe and Derek have adjusted to life in Badger Lake. It’s not perfect, but it’s safe and they’re learning the skills they’ll need when it comes time to make a decision about their futures. They’re comfortable and they’re settled…until a weekend camping trip with Maya and Daniel reunites them with someone they thought they’d left in the past. Someone Derek really hoped they’d left in the past, because as much as this former friend might want to atone for past mistakes, she’s nothing but trouble.

Ebook: $2.99

 

Signed Copies of John Scalzi’s THE END OF ALL THINGS to be available

The End of All Things

Late this summer, John Scalzi will once again make the arduous journey to the SubPress warehouse to sign and inscribe copies of his major new novel, The End of All Things. Please order early, so we can lock in first printings with Tor, who will be publishing the novel.

About the Book:

Hugo-award winning author, John Scalzi returns to his best-selling Old Man's War universe with The End of All Things, the direct sequel to 2013's The Human Division.

Humans expanded into space…only to find a universe populated with multiple alien species bent on their destruction. Thus was the Colonial Union formed, to help protect us from a hostile universe. The Colonial Union used the Earth and its excess population for colonists and soldiers. It was a good arrangement…for the Colonial Union. Then the Earth said: no more.

***

Now the Colonial Union is living on borrowed time—a couple of decades at most, before the ranks of the Colonial Defense Forces are depleted and the struggling human colonies are vulnerable to the alien species who have been waiting for the first sign of weakness, to drive humanity to ruin. And there's another problem: A group, lurking in the darkness of space, playing human and alien against each other—and against their own kind—for their own unknown reasons.

***

In this collapsing universe, CDF Lieutenant Harry Wilson and the Colonial Union diplomats he works with race against the clock to discover who is behind attacks on the Union and on alien races, to seek peace with a suspicious, angry Earth, and keep humanity's union intact…or else risk oblivion, and extinction—and the end of all things.

Trade: Hardcover in dust jacket: $24.99

 

 

Catherynne M. Valente dust jacket just posted

Speak Easy by Catherynne M. Valente

This busy, striking cover belongs to Catherynne M. Valente's fanciful new novella, Speak Easy. Experience the 1920s as they never were, both in the cover and the story within.

About the Book:

If you go looking for it, just about halfway uptown and halfway downtown, there’s this hotel stuck like a pin all the way through the world. Down inside the Artemisia it’s this mortal coil all over. Earthly delights on every floor.

The hotel Artemisia sits on a fantastical 72nd Street, in a decade that never was. It is home to a cast of characters, creatures, and creations unlike any other, including especially Zelda Fair, who is perfect at being Zelda, but who longs for something more. The world of this extraordinary novella—a bootlegger's brew of fairy tales, Jazz Age opulence, and organized crime—is ruled over by the diminutive, eternal, sinister Al. Zelda holds her own against the boss, or so it seems. But when she faces off against him and his besotted employee Frankie in a deadly game that just might change everything, she must bet it all and hope not to lose…

Multiple-award-winning, New York Times’ bestselling author Catherynne M. Valente once again reinvents a classic in Speak Easy, which interprets “The Twelve Dancing Princesses” if Zelda Fitzgerald waltzed in and stole the show. This Prohibition-Era tale will make heads spin and hearts pound. It’s a story as old as time, as effervescent as champagne, and as dark as the devil’s basement on a starless night in the city.

Limited: 1250 signed numbered hardcover copies, fully bound in cloth: $40

 

Have a gander at Vincent Chong’s Illos for WORKING FOR BIGFOOT

Wordking for Bigfoot

Vincent Chong has turned in all of the interior illustrations for Jim Butcher's new Dresden Files collection, Working for Bigfoot.

About the Book:

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

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

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

Limited: 1000 signed numbered hardcover copies: $60

Trade: Fully cloth-bound hardcover copies: $35

 

 

Six new Jack Vance ebooks just published

Wild Thyme, Green Magic by Jack Vance

You can add six brand new Jack Vance ebooks to our electronic roster, which shows off quite nicely how Mr. Vance grew into one of our finest practitioners of space opera.

They include:

 

Excerpts Galore

The Border by Robert McCammon

For those of you lucky enough to score a copy of the sold out limited edition of Robert McCammon's alien invasion epic, The Border, here's a first look at the signed, limited edition dust jacket. (The trade edition is still available for order, and copies will be plentiful.)

Meanwhile, back at the warehouse, we've been posting excerpts from various books including:

Check them out. You'll find some mighty good reading.

 

 

Shipping Update — Stephen King, Jack Vance, Harlan Ellison

Grand Crusades by Jack Vance

This week's shipping order.

Remember, everything is tentative:

More as and when it happens!

 

Limited Availability of Alastair Reynolds’ SLOW BULLETS

Slow Bullets by Alastair Reynolds

Later this year, Alastair Reynolds' new, very long (40,000 words) novella, Slow Bullets, will be published by WSFA Press as a hardcover limited edition, as well as the trade paperback already available from Tachyon. (And if you don't know the latter's work, it's uniformly excellent.) We'll be getting in copies of the limited edition, though not nearly enough to satisfy projected demand.

Note: the cover shown is from the trade paperback. The limited edition dust jacket may vary.

About the Book:

From the author of the Revelation Space series comes an interstellar adventure of war, identity, betrayal, and the preservation of civilization itself.

A vast conflict, one that has encompassed hundreds of worlds and solar systems, appears to be finally at an end. A conscripted soldier is beginning to consider her life after the war and the family she has left behind. But for Scur—and for humanity—peace is not to be.

On the brink of the ceasefire, Scur is captured by a renegade war criminal, and left for dead in the ruins of a bunker. She revives aboard a prisoner transport vessel. Something has gone terribly wrong with the ship.

Passengers—combatants from both sides of the war—are waking up from hibernation far too soon. Their memories, embedded in bullets, are the only links to a world which is no longer recognizable. And Scur will be reacquainted with her old enemy, but with much higher stakes than just her own life.

Limited: 1000 signed numbered hardcover copies: $40

 

 

Ebook Special: Robin Hobb’s The Willful Princess and the Piebald Prince Only $1.99

The Willful Princess and the Piebald Prince

For the next few days, the ebook for Robin Hobb's short novel, The Willful Princess and the Piebald Prince, is on sale for $1.99. You know what to do!

About the Book:

One of the darkest legends in the Realm of the Elderlings recounts the tale of the so-called Piebald Prince, a Witted pretender to the throne unseated by the actions of brave nobles so that the Farseer line could continue untainted. Now the truth behind the story is revealed through the account of Felicity, a low-born companion of the Princess Caution at Buckkeep.

With Felicity by her side, Caution grows into a headstrong Queen-in-Waiting. But when Caution gives birth to a bastard son who shares the piebald markings of his father s horse, Felicity is the one who raises him. And as the prince comes to power, political intrigue sparks dangerous whispers about the Wit that will change the kingdom forever…

Internationally-bestselling, critically-acclaimed author Robin Hobb takes readers deep into the history behind the Farseer series in this exclusive, new novella, The Willful Princess and the Piebald Prince. In her trademark style, Hobb offers a revealing exploration of a family secret still reverberating generations later when assassin FitzChivalry Farseer comes onto the scene. Fans will not want to miss these tantalizing new insights into a much-beloved world and its unforgettable characters.

From Publishers Weekly:
“Hobb (a pen name for fantasist Megan Lindholm) pulls off the difficult trick of telling multiple tales simultaneously and well, adding depth to her fictional world without sacrificing a human connection to it.”

From Library Journal:
“Set in the same world as Hobb’s Farseer novels, this compact novella provides a glimpse into the distant past of her popular universe and is a good choice for author fans or series followers”

From SF Crowsnest:
“[The Willful Princess and the Piebald Prince is] a story about stories: How they are created, how they are changed not only by retelling over time, but also how they are directly changed to fit the agendas of those telling them, in this case for political and personal reasons.”

 

Announcing a new collection by Harlan Ellison

Can & Can'tankerous by Harlan Ellison

Sometimes we just get darned lucky. Harlan Ellison offering us his new collection, Can & Can'tankerous definitely falls into that category.

Important Update: The lettered edition sold out in two days, while, one week in, the limited edition is 85% sold out. Please don't delay if you want a copy.

About the Book:

Harlan Ellison has been compared to an annoying gnat, a no-see ’em buzzing in your peripheral vision till you try to swat him, and he’s gone.

The great English writer Michael Moorcock—and if his name does not leave you dumbstruck with awe, you should move on—called Ellison a “fox in the sf hen-coop” whose presence will “produce a brighter, faster hen, with improved survival characteristics, laying a tastier, more nourishing egg” and went on to say Ellison was “a brave and lively little beast, who makes a great show of himself to the hounds, but remains too wary ever to lead them to his lair.”

The brilliant novelist Joanna Russ, in admiring frustration, opined that Ellison’s stories “have an assault on you,” but complained that “they’re not like a piece of sculpture that you can stop and walk around and look at from all sides.” Ellison’s reply: “Absolutely not; I want them to grab you by the throat and tear off parts of your body.”

Ellison’s a double agent who lures you into the bush, and when you blink, he’s gone; you don’t know whether to turn left or right, or just dig a hole. He crafts enigmas set to entrap you. When Ellison sees where a story is going, he figures—since he’s writing for the smartest readers alive—you do, too. So he stops and turns left. Or right. Or widdershins. Or digs a cave with 200 tunnels.

Can & Can’tankerous gathers ten previously uncollected tales from the fifth and sixth decades of Harlan Ellison’s professional writing career: a written-in-the-window endeavor that invites re-reading from the start before you’ve even finished it; a second entry in his (now) ongoing abcedarian sequence; a “lost” pulp tale re-cast as a retro-fable; a melancholy meditation for departed friend and fellow legend, Ray Bradbury; a 2001 revision of a 1956 original; an absurdist ascent toward enlightenment (or its gluten-free substitute); a 200-word exercise in not following the directions as written (with a special introduction by Neil Gaiman that weighs in at four times the word count of its subject); a fantastical lament for a bottom-line world; the 2011 Nebula Award-winning short story; and Ellison’s most recent offering, a fusion of fact and fiction that calls to mind Russ’s frustration and Moorcock’s metaphor while offering a solution to the story’s enigma in plain view.

Strokes be damned! Ellison’s still here! HE’s still writing! And with more new books published in the last ten years than any preceding decade of his career, his third act is proving to be the kind other living legends envy.

***

Can & Can'tankerous will be oversize, printed in two colors throughout. The signed limited edition will be over 100 pages longer than the trade hardcover, and include written-decades-earlier versions of two stories, and alternate takes of two others.

Limited: 324 signed numbered copies, bound in leather, with the bonus material, housed in a custom slipcase: $125

Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $45

Table of Contents:

  • How Interesting: A Tiny Man
  • Never Send to Know for Whom the Lettuce Wilts
  • Objects of Desire in the Mirror Are Closer than They Appear
  • Introduction to “Loose Cannon” by Neil Gaiman
  • Loose Cannon, or Rubber Duckies from Space
  • From A to Z, in the Sarsaparilla Alphabet
  • Weariness
  • The Toad Prince, or, Sex Queen of the Martian Pleasure-domes
  • Incognita, Inc.
  • Goodbye to All That
  • He Who Grew Up Reading Sherlock Holmes

Bonus Material (LIMITED EDITION ONLY):

  • Who Wilts the Lettuce? (The original 1957 typescript)
  • Blonde Cargo (The original 1958 typescript)
  • Weariness (The original 2005 typescript)
  • Sensible City (The 2009 revised version)

 

Announcing THE BEST OF GREGORY BENFORD

The Best of Gregory Benford

The Best of Gregory Benford is a monumental collection of thirty-eight Gregory Benford stories, including some of the best science fiction of the last fifty years, chosen from the more than two hundred he has published to date:

At the end of the 1960s, Benford expanded his novella “Deeper than the Darkness,” to become his first novel of the same title in 1970. He hit his stride in the 1970s, making his reputation with stories such as “Doing Lennon” and “In Alien Flesh.” By the end of that decade he had written In the Ocean of Night, the first of his impressive Galactic Center novels. He entered the 1980s a Nebula Award-winner for his classic novel, Timescape. That decade continued with the impressive stories “Relativistic Effects” and “Exposures,” the novel, Against Infinity, and ended with “Matters End” and “Mozart on Morphine.”

By the middle of the 1980s he had also taken the leadership position of spokesman for hard science fiction, and contended with the rising cyberpunk reformers of hard SF. He has remained the most articulate defender of science’s role in science fiction to this day, and perhaps the most literate and literary of its writers. In the 1990s, by now an acknowledged master of hard science fiction, he became more playful in some works, in particular stories such as “Centigrade 233,” a riff on Ray Bradbury’s classic Fahrenheit 451, and “Zoomers,” a dot-com bubble superman fantasia, while still holding to the center with the majority of his writing, completing his long series of Galactic Center novels and even writing in Isaac Asimov’s Foundation universe.

That playful thread became central after the turn of the millennium, with shorter satirical pieces originally published in Nature, such as “Applied Mathematical Theology” and “Reasons Not to Publish.” But he still wrote the innovative stories “Bow Shock,” “Mercies,” and “The Sigma Structure Symphony” and in the second decade of the new century embarked on a major collaboration with Larry Niven, in the novels The Bowl of Heaven and Shipstar.

We have here a series of snapshots of a moving target, a writer who has been growing and changing for decades, extending his art, and the art of science fiction writing. Benford continues building himself challenging structures to write in with two story series in progress that may emerge as major works. He’s not slowing down. But for the record we now have this book, a permanent chronicle of a major career. Six decades so far.

Limited: 250 signed numbered copies, bound in leather: $60
Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $40

 

New Clive Barker in Stock and Shipping

Tortured Souls by Clive Barker

Our heavily-illustrated edition of Clive Barker's ultra-rare (and ultra-grotesque) tale, Tortured Souls, is in stock in shipping. As it turns out, we do have a few copies of the signed limited edition available, as well as the trade hardcover. We've turned away thousands of orders from wholesale and large retail accounts for this title, so stock is very low. Please order your copy while you can.

About the Book:

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.

Limited: 500 signed numbered copies, bound in leather: $60
Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $30


From Publishers Weekly (Starred Review):

“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…”

 

Joe Abercrombie—Half the World Ordering Open to the General Public

Half the World by Joe Abercrombie

The exclusive preorder period for Joe Abercrombie's Half the World has now ended, so folks wanting to get in on this stellar series may now order a copy. We can't stress enough how good these books are, and how well the limited editions are turning out.

About the Book:

Half the World will be oversize (7*10), printed in two colors on 80# Finch. When the trilogy is finished, we plan to offer an exclusive slipcase to house all three volumes.

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Sometimes a girl is touched by mother war
Thorn is such a girl. Desperate to avenge her dead father, she lives to fight. But she has been named murderer by the very man who trained her to kill.

Sometimes a woman becomes a warrior
Fate traps her in the schemes—and on the ship—of the deep-cunning minister Father Yarvi. Crossing half the world to find allies against the ruthless High King, she learns harsh lessons of blood and deceit.

Sometimes a warrior becomes a weapon
Beside her on her gruelling journey is Brand, a young warrior who hates to kill. A failure in his eyes and hers, he has one chance at redemption.

And weapons are made for one purpose
Will Thorn forever be a tool in the hands of the powerful or can she carve her own path? Is there a place beyond legend for a woman with a blade?

Limited: 400 signed numbered oversize copies, printed in two colors on 80# Finch: $125
Lettered: 52 signed leatherbound copies, housed in a custom traycase: $300

 

Announcing a new Jim Butcher Dresden Files Collection!

Working for Bigfoot by Jim Butcher

We've just added an original Jim Butcher title to this year's schedule, the themed short story collection, Working for Bigfoot. If you need a Dresden Files fix between novels, look no further.

About the Book:

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

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

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

Limited: 1000 signed numbered hardcover copies: $60

Trade: Fully cloth-bound hardcover copies: $35

Lettered: 26 signed leatherbound copies, housed in a custom traycase: $275

 

Order your signed/inscribed copy of Peter V. Brett’s THE SKULL THRONE now!

The Skull Throne by Peter V. Brett

The end times are coming. Well, at least the deadline when you can easily order a signed or inscribed copy of Peter V. Brett's The Skull Throne. We've already placed our order with his publisher, and have presold over 80% of our copies. As an added inducement to pick up a copy, here's a reminder of what the exclusive-to-SubPress embossing will look like.

The Skull Throne Embossing

Preorder your copy today!