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Announcing MESSENGER’S LEGACY, a New Demon Cycle Novella by Peter V. Brett

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We're pleased to announce that Peter V. Brett turned his hand to Messenger's Legacy, a long new novella that shares the setting of his best-selling novels. Messenger's Legacy is deep in production, with layout complete, proofing underway, and more artwork due soon. Look for it to ship in November.

Special Offer: Everyone who preorders a copy of Messenger's Legacy through us 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.

About the Book:

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

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

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

Messenger's Legacy will be amply illustrated, with different dust jackets for the trade and limited editions, nine full-page interior black-and-white illustrations, and a full-color frontispiece exclusive to the limited edition.

Limited: 750 signed numbered copies, bound in leather, with an exclusive dust jacket and frontispiece: $45

Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $25

 

Joe R. Lansdale’s Black Hat Jack—Bundling and a PW Review

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First, the Special Offer:

Everyone who preorders a copy of Joe R. Lansdale's mythic western novella, Black Hat Jack, 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.

Second, the novella was just reviewed in Publishers Weekly. Here's a cutting from the review:

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…

Third, Black Hat Jack features Nat Love, the main character from the 147,000 novel, Paradise Sky—by far the longest, and, in my opinion, best novel of Joe's esteemed career—which will be out early next year. I suggest you set aside the reading time now.

About Black Hat Jack:

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

 

 

Brandon Sanderson Art Revealed

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Jon Foster has turned in the color plates for Brandon Sanderson's long new novella, Legion: Skin Deep. We're putting the book through another round of proofing, and then will send it on to Brandon's office so he can give it a final once over. All of this is a lengthy way of saying the book is right on schedule for its November release.

Remember, everyone who preorders a copy of Legion: Skin Deep from us will also receive a free copy of the ebook.

Limited: 2500 signed numbered hardcover copies: $45

 

K. J. Parker’s Mammoth ACADEMIC EXERCISES in Stock and Shipping

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K. J. Parker's Academic Exercises—her first collection—is in stock and shipping. It's a 200,000 word plus volume, full of novellas (such as "Let Maps to Others", a  World Fantasy Award-winner), and novelettes (including "A Small Price to Pay for Birdsong", a World Fantasy Award-winner) and more acclaimed short fiction (for example, "The Sun and I", a World Fantasy Award finalist this year).

Please note: We're down to our last 50 copies of the collection, which we expect to receive no less acclaim than its individual contents.

About the Book:

Academic Exercises is the first collection of shorter work by master novelist K. J. Parker, and it is a stunner. Weighing in at over 500 pages, this generous volume gathers together thirteen highly distinctive stories, essays, and novellas, including the recent World Fantasy Award-winner, “Let Maps to Others”. The result is a significant publishing event, a book that belongs on the shelf of every serious reader of imaginative fiction.

The collection opens with the World Fantasy Award-winning “A Small Price to Pay for Birdsong,” a story of music and murder set against a complex mentor/pupil relationship, and closes with the superb novella “Blue & Gold,” which features what may be the most beguiling opening lines in recent memory. In between, Parker has assembled a treasure house of narrative pleasures. In “A Rich, Full Week,” an itinerant “wizard” undergoes a transformative encounter with a member of the “restless dead.” “Purple & Black,” the longest story in the book, is an epistolary tale about a man who inherits the most hazardous position imaginable: Emperor. “Amor Vincit Omnia” recounts a confrontation with a mass murderer who may have mastered an impossible form of magic.

Rounding out the volume—and enriching it enormously—are three fascinating and illuminating essays that bear direct relevance to Parker’s unique brand of fiction: “On Sieges,” “Cutting Edge Technology,” and “Rich Men’s Skins.”

Taken singly, each of these thirteen pieces is a lovingly crafted gem. Together, they constitute a major and enduring achievement. Rich, varied, and constantly absorbing, Academic Exercises is, without a doubt, the fantasy collection of the year.

Limited: 1000 signed numbered hardcover copies: $40

From Publishers Weekly (Starred Review):

“Parker (the Engineer trilogy) collects 10 stories and three essays to deliver all the cynicism, dry wit, and gray morality that fans have come to expect. The World Fantasy Award–winning ‘A Small Price to Pay for Birdsong’ explores the tense relationship between a disillusioned music teacher and his brilliant but murderous student. Amoral scoundrels wreak havoc in ‘The Sun and I’ and ‘Blue and Gold.’  …This meaty compilation will please fans as well as readers who are now discovering this skilled author.”

From Locus:

“‘Let Maps to Others’ is certainly be my favorite piece here. A ironic and blackly humorous account of the rediscovery of a Prester John-style kingdom lost to history involves scholarly rivalry and deceit and royal bull-headedness. It’s comic gold where, as in much comedy, the most vile deeds are the funniest.”

 

 

A New Clive Barker Signed Limited Edition Coming Soon

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First, a word of thanks to Mark Miller. He's a VP at Clive Barker's production company, and has been many steps beyond helpful in putting together Chiliad, Tortured Souls, and an original Barker project so cool and exclusive we can't even talk about it yet. (Thanks, Mark!)

We've just heard that copies of the inaugeral release from Clive's own publishing imprint, SeraphimINK will be en route to our warehouse in the next few days. We were one of only a trio of outlets (the other being Camelot Books and Clive Barker's own site) chosen to sell Clive Barker's First Tales, which gathers a lengthy novella and short story from Clive's teenage years.

About the Book:

First Tales, the inaugural self-published release from Clive Barker’s Seraphim Ink is a book that contains two original stories of fantastic fiction penned by Clive when he was a young man of seventeen.
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The book begins with “The Wood on the Hill”, a short story about a bourgeois woman who is soon to learn a terrifying lesson concerning her complete disregard for anyone other than herself.

The second tale, “The Candle in the Cloud”, is a dark fantasy novella which follows three children who discover a magical candle that transports them to a world where a plague-cloud is destroying everything in its wake.

These two tales, the first ever written by Clive, are offered here for the very first time. Their production has been lovingly supervised by Clive himself to ensure that these are not mere books, but works of art to be cherished. Complete with original illustrations and appendices in select editions, First Tales is sure to delight everyone from longtime fans to new readers.

Limited: 350 signed numbered copies, in slipcase: $125
Trade: Hardcover Edition: Our Copies Sold Out

Table of Contents:

  • The Candle in the Cloud (novella)
  • The Wood on the Hill (short story, with illustrations exclusive to the limited edition, by Clive, from 1971)
  • Appendix (exclusive to the limited edition)

 

A Few Copies of Neil Gaiman’s THE TRUTH IS A CAVE IN THE BLACK MOUNTAINS Available

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Please Note: This title is now sold out.

After shipping out the initial wave of copies of Neil Gaiman's The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains, we have a few extras left, with no plans to reorder.

About the Book:

Beautifully illustrated by renowned artist Eddie Campbell, this is a four-color edition of Neil Gaiman’s award-winning novelette “The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains”—a haunting story of family, the otherworld, and a search for hidden treasure.

The text of “The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains” was first published in the collection Stories: All New Tales. This gorgeous full-color illustrated book version was born of a unique collaboration between writer Neil Gaiman and artist Eddie Campbell, who brought to vivid life the characters and landscape of Gaiman’s story.

In August 2010, The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains was performed in the concert hall of the Sydney Opera House to a sell-out crowd—Gaiman read his tale live as Campbell’s magnificent artwork was presented, scene by scene, on large screens. Narrative and art were accompanied by live music composed and performed especially for the story by the FourPlay String Quartet.

Trade: Hardcover with a cloth spine and pictorial boards: $22

 

Beautiful Blood by Lucius Shepard in Stock and Shipping

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As many of you know, we lost Lucius Shepard earlier this year. I've been reading Lucius regularly since 1983, so I'll miss his voice, lush descriptions, depictions of down-at-their-heels characters, and, most especially, his stories of the Dragon Griaule, the mile-long dragon who may live on in a dormant state.

Lucius may be gone, but we have what may be a final gift from him: Beautiful Blood, which, at nearly 70,000 words, is the longest tale about Griaule.

About the Book:

Lucius Shepard’s Beautiful Blood is something both special and long awaited: the first novel-length exploration of the world of the Dragon Griaule. It’s a subject that has preoccupied Shepard since the publication of “The Man Who Painted the Dragon Griaule” in 1984, and he has returned to it repeatedly over the years, though never before in such a mesmerizing, all-encompassing fashion.

Like the initial tale, Beautiful Blood begins in the 1850s in the town of Teocinte, in a world “separated from our own by the thinnest margin of possibility.” It is a landscape whose dominant feature is the massive, long-dormant body of an ancient dragon that has lain there, motionless, for millennia, exerting a powerful but mysterious influence on the surrounding area. The novel tells the story of Richard Rosacher, an ambitious young medical student who becomes fascinated by the properties inherent in the dragon’s blood. His exploitation of those properties launches him on a career that leads him from the shabbiest quarter of Teocinte to a morally ambiguous position of power, wealth, and influence. Beautiful Blood takes us though the entire length of that career, which is marked throughout by the invisible agency of Griaule, who may well be the driving force behind Rosacher’s astonishing ascension.

The novel also encapsulates the events of the initial Griaule story, events that dovetail neatly with the current tale. Meric Cattanay, the eponymous protagonist of “The Man Who Painted the Dragon Griaule,” makes a welcome reappearance here. Meric’s decades-long involvement with the dragon begins at roughly the same time as Rosacher’s. Their stories proceed along parallel but independent lines that occasionally intersect, providing us with a view of familiar events wider and deeper than any we have had before. The result is a colorful, involving narrative with profound metaphysical overtones, one that raises—but does not answer—significant questions. Is the dragon merely a bizarre but entirely natural phenomenon? Or is he/it the manifestation of some divine purpose? And to what extent are the actions of men like Meric and Rosacher the reflections of its implacable but enigmatic will? Questions such as these animate the narrative at every turn, adding an extra level of resonance to one of the most original and important fictional creations of recent years.

Limited: 1000 numbered copies, fully bound in cloth: $40

From Publishers Weekly:

“In 1984, the late Shepard (1943–2014) began telling tales of Teocinte, the city growing in the shadows of the enormous, paralyzed dragon Griaule. Griaule’s 30-year story comes to an end in this novel, which runs parallel to Shepard’s other Griaule stories… The volume brings the Griaule cycle to a very satisfying conclusion, leaving the reader wishing that Shepard had lived to tell more tales.”

 

Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s THE PRISONER OF HEAVEN in Stock and Shipping

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We're pleased to announce that the Signed Limited Edition of Carlos Ruiz Zafon's most recent novel, The Prisoner of Heaven, is in stock and shipping. (In fact, in a spasm of extreme efficiency, our warehouse has already sent out all preorders for the numbered edition.)

As is usual with one of Carlos' titles, Prisoner is a highlight of the year, with a number of high end features:

  • Printed in two colors on 80# Finch;
  • Full color and duotone illustrations by Vincent Chong;
  • Deckled Edges;
  • A "hidden" image on the reverse side of the dust jacket;

About the Book:

Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s “secret history of Barcelona” continues, to mesmerizing effect, in The Prisoner of Heaven, the third installment in his steadily deepening portrait of an endlessly fascinating city, at the heart of which lies the mysterious and seductive Cemetery of Forgotten Books.

The story begins, appropriately enough, in a bookstore, when Daniel Sempere (a figure familiar to readers of The Shadow of the Wind) encounters a mysterious stranger who leaves an enigmatic message for Fermin Romero de Torres, Daniel’s oldest and closest friend. That message leads to a series of revelations regarding Fermin’s previously undisclosed past. Those revelations move the story from its point of departure in 1957 to the darker, more oppressive Barcelona of 1940, when the brutal Fascist regime of Generalissimo Francisco Franco assumed undisputed leadership of Spain. What follows is a political horror story that involves Fermin, a corrupt prison administrator, and imprisoned novelist David Martin, whose Faustian bargain formed the central thread of Zafon’s 2009 novel, The Angel’s Game. The story Fermin tells, which encompasses murder, literary fraud, and a hidden cache of stolen money, reaches from the squalor of a subterranean cell into Daniel’s own life, illuminating some previously obscure corners of his troubled family history.

The Prisoner of Heaven is sure to speak directly to admirers of Umberto Eco, Arturo Perez-Reverte, and Alexandre Dumas, whose The Count of Monte Cristo plays a significant role in the narrative. But it should also appeal to anyone with a taste for elegant, suspenseful storytelling filled with color, drama, and unexpected turnings. This is popular fiction at its absolute best, a book that no one but Carlos Ruiz Zafon could have written.

The Prisoner of Heaven, like The Shadow of the Wind and The Angel’s Game before it, has become an international phenomenon, a best-seller in dozens of countries. Subterranean Press is proud to publish this deluxe limited edition, which will feature a fine paper (80# Finch), deluxe cloth, a sewn binding, and be printed in two colors throughout.

The Lettered Edition will be hand bound in the finest materials, housed in a handmade clamshell traycase.

Limited: 500 numbered copies, bound in premium cloth, printed in two colors throughout, with both two-color and full-color illustrations, signed by the author: $125

Lettered: 26 copies, handbound in the finest material, signed by the author, housed in a custom traycase: $500

 

 

Three Books Just Sent to the Printer

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Three new books have just made their merry way to the printer:

As a reminder, the exclusive preorder period for Dead Beat ends July 31. After that, we'll send a newsletter out to our email list, opening ordering up to everyone.

 

Brandon Sanderson—LEGION: SKIN DEEP Cover Reveal

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Once again, Jon Foster has hit it out of the park with his cover for Brandon Sanderson's Legion: Skin Deep, which is twice as long as its predecessor. Jon's at work on the two full-color interior illustrations, which we'll share as soon as they're in hand.

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

 

Charles Stross’ EQUOID to be Sold Out on Publication

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Charles Stross' new Laundry Files novella, Equoid, is in our warehouse, merely awaiting its turn in the shipping queue. We're pleased to let you know that we have order for hundreds more copies than are in the first printing—and we don't plan any subsequent printings at this time. Now's your best chance to pick up a copy of the Trade Hardcover. Once we start filling wholesale and large online retail orders, we'll pull the Trade Edition from the site, leaving only a not robust stock level of the Signed Limited Edition.

About the Book:

For Bob Howard, a working day tends to alternate between desperately trying not to fall asleep in committee meetings and being menaced by tentacular horrors from beyond spacetime. That’s because Bob works for the Laundry, the secret British government agency tasked with protecting the realm from occult nightmares. So when his manager Iris sends him off to the countryside to liaise with a veterinary inspector from the Department of the Environment, Fisheries, and rural Affairs, at first he takes it as a pleasant vacation. But why is Edgebaston Farm’s livery stable buying a hundred kilos of raw meat per day? Why does his briefing file contain the death-bed confession of that old fraud, H. P. Lovecraft? And why is his contact from DEFRA so deathly afraid of unicorns…?

Limited: 350 signed numbered copies, bound in leather: $60
Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $35

From Publishers Weekly:


Stross’s Hugo-nominated Laundry Files novella, first published in Tor.com in 2013, is an entertaining mash-up of Lovecraftian mythology and an extremely twisted take on a fantasy trope… Laundry Files fans accustomed to more action-oriented spy riffs might be a little disturbed by the horror elements, but if they can stomach it, there’s plenty of traditional action (including a car chase and a close-quarters zombie fight) and Stross’s trademark wit.

 

Joe Abercrombie’s RED COUNTRY in Stock and Shipping

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We're currently in the middle of shipping Joe Abercrombie's Red Country, a long standalone in the epic world he created for The First Law trilogy, and continued in the revenge thriller, Best Served Cold. Red Country's probably the best place to ease yourself into Joe's imagination, one in which long-time Abercrombie fans will revel in his take on the western, populated with a new band of misbegotten souls, and the return of some old favorites, while newcomers will experience one of the darkest, most fertile imaginations on display today.

About the Book:

Shy South hoped to bury her bloody past and ride away smiling, but she’ll have to sharpen up some bad old ways to get her family back, and she’s not a woman to flinch from what needs doing.  She sets off in pursuit with only a pair of oxen and her cowardly old step father Lamb for company.  But it turns out Lamb’s buried a bloody past of his own.  And out in the lawless Far Country, the past never stays buried.

Their journey will take them across the barren plains to a frontier town gripped by gold fever, through feud, duel and massacre, high into the unmapped mountains to a reckoning with the Ghosts.  Even worse it will force them into alliance with Nicomo Cosca, infamous soldier of fortune, and his feckless lawyer, Temple, two men no one should ever have to trust…

Limited: 500 signed numbered hardcover copies: $80

 

Thomas Ligotti’s AGONIZING RESURRECTION Finally Available as an Ebook

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We're pleased to bring Thomas Ligotti's most sought after (and expensive) book, The Agonizing Resurrection of Victor Frankenstein, and Other Gothic Tales, into print in an affordable ebook edition.

About the Book:

The majority of the pieces in The Agonizing Resurrection of Victor Frankenstein, and Other Gothic Tales feature characters and storylines that have previously made appearances, sometimes many times over, throughout the history of supernatural horror. This is not unusual. Like cannibals or vampires, authors have fed off the flesh and blood of one another’s creations in various ways. Even if the intent is not monstrous or malign in the manner of the aforementioned beings, this practice is as old as literature itself.

In the early 1980s, Thomas Ligotti began exercising his auctorial right to revive familiar figures from the ancient literary line. Naturally, those he selected belonged to the lineage of his chosen genre, that is, horror fiction. Among them were the physical freaks fashioned by mad scientists, including those in H. G. Wells’ The Island of Dr. Moreau and the distinguished man of parts known only as Frankenstein’s monster. As is commonly the case with horror writers, Ligotti displays a tendency to sympathize with the miscreations that emerged from Moreau’s and Frankenstein’s laboratories rather than with their creators. Nevertheless, as an artist of horror, he was also bound to the signal emotion of his genre. The solution to these this seeming conflict was to depict the dreadfulness of the misguided efforts of the fictional scientists—who, after all, were pitifully mad—and to make the awful fates of all concerned more awful still.

One critic described the Ligotti’s revisionary designs in The Agonizing Resurrection of Victor Frankenstein as amounting to “an apotheosis of pain.” Seemingly this was the case, even though others regarded the book as no more than a playful diversion. If the endings of the originals were quite terrible, those of these new tellings attempt renderings that are even more terrible. As with the physical horrors of the section titled “Three Scientists,” whom Ligotti gave an extra turn on the rack, those of such metaphysical aberrations as Dracula, the Wolf Man, sundry malicious revenants, and other-dimensional critters and phantasms as devised by Edgar Allan Poe and H. P. Lovecraft also became the source of nightmares with as much pain and tragedy as the present writer could put into them.

In addition to the deranged or diabolical actors in stories well-known to seekers after horror, Ligotti has provided newly fabricated accounts to express a greater variety of pain. Much in the style of the older agonies, these take the reader into realms of pathos that may also be found elsewhere in his published work of the same period.

As an addendum, it should be said this edition The Agonizing Resurrection of Victor Frankenstein, and Other Gothic Tales contains the revised and definitive incarnations of earlier versions of these works as they appeared in Fantasy Macabre, Grimoire, and other little magazines of horror, the Silver Scarab edition of Songs of a Dead Dreamer (1985), and the 1994 Silver Salamander collection of the same name.

 

Joe Abercrombie—Half a King Nearly Sold Out

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Here's one of the two interior illustrations Jon McCoy concocted for Joe Abercrombie's Half a King.

The Signed Limited Edition is now more than 90% sold out. Snag a copy while you can!

Limited: 400 signed numbered copies, printed in two colors on 80# Finch, with interior plates by Jon McCoy: $125

 

Publishers Weekly Loves John Scalzi’s UNLOCKED

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John Scalzi is on a roll. His upcoming novel, Lock In (of which we'll have signed copies) has been garnering starred reviews, while the prequel novella, Unlocked (which we're publishing) just received a great Publishers Weekly review:

This intriguing companion novella expands the backstory behind Scalzi’s provocative near-future science fiction novel Lock In… Researchers, businessmen, politicians, and human rights activists clash in this skillfully written novella about one of the most fascinating SF scenarios created in recent years.

About the Book:

In the near future—and sooner than you think—a new virus will sweep the globe. At first it will look like the flu, but then we will discover there is something else about it…something we weren't expecting. It will change society forever.

No, this isn't another zombie virus. And no, this isn't the apocalypse. It's Haden's syndrome. We'll survive it. But the world will be remade in its image.

Unlocked: An Oral History of Haden's Syndrome is a novella that will take you through the heart of this terrifying disease, from its unusual and ironic origin to the frantic response of doctors, scientists and governments. You will see the “moon shot” response to free the people locked in thrall to the disease. And you experience the emerging society that those with the disease build for themselves—and for the rest of us.

A companion piece to John Scalzi's novel Lock In, Unlocked is an unexpected take on a frighteningly possible future.

Limited: 1500 signed numbered hardcover copies: $40

 

Maria Dahvana Headley and Kat Howard Head to the Printer

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The End of the Sentence has made its way to the printer, and should be in our hands in just two short months.

The first review, 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.

About the Book:

It begins with a letter from a prisoner…

As he attempts to rebuild his life in rural Oregon after a tragic accident, Malcolm Mays finds himself corresponding with Dusha Chuchonnyhoof, a mysterious entity who claims to be the owner of Malcolm's house, jailed unjustly for 117 years. The prisoner demands that Malcolm perform a gory, bewildering task for him. As the clock ticks toward Dusha's release, Malcolm must attempt to find out whether he's assisting a murderer or an innocent. The End of the Sentence combines Kalapuya, Welsh, Scottish and Norse mythology, with a dark imagined history of the hidden corners of the American West.

Maria Dahvana Headley and Kat Howard have forged a fairytale of ghosts and guilt, literary horror blended with the visuals of Jean Cocteau, failed executions, shapeshifting goblins, and magical blacksmithery. In Chuchonnyhoof, they've created a new kind of Beast, longing, centuries later, for Beauty.

Limited: 200 signed numbered copies, bound in leather: $45
Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $20

 

Cover Reveal and Open Ordering for Philip K. Dick’s WE CAN REMEMBER IT FOR YOU WHOLESALE

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Anyone may now order a copy of the limited leatherbound edition of Philip K. Dick's We Can Remember it for You Wholesale. The striking cover art is once again by Bill Sienkewicz.

If you check in on reviews from time to time, Wholesale is doing fine, as this cut from Publishers Weekly shows:

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.

Limited: 250 numbered copies, bound in leather: $65

Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover: $40

 

Robert McCammon’s THE RIVER OF SOULS Limited Edition in Stock and Shipping

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We're shipping the Signed Limited Edition of Robert McCammon's The River of Souls, which includes the novel proper, illustrations not in the trade hardcover, and an 11,000 word bonus story that won't be available anywhere else for at least two years. The limited is 97% sold out, so don't hold back if you're interested in a copy.

In the meantime, here's an interview with Rick we've been holding back until the Limited Edition shipping started:

Kealan Patrick Burke: In The River of Souls, the fifth book in your Matthew Corbett series, when we meet Matthew, he is somewhat unmoored, lonely, lamenting the loss of love, an intentional sacrifice to keep those he cares about out of harm’s way. And by the end of the novel, this caution is revealed not to be unfounded. Do you ever see him finding a way back to love despite the inherent and obvious danger?

Robert McCammon:  Well, first of all there are five books yet to go in the series. I will say that I know what the series is about, I know how it will end and I know what the last line will be…but I’m not exactly sure how I’m going to get there and I don’t want to be sure. I want the series to be a surprise to me. I have faith in my ability to guide it to a good conclusion, but I don’t want to have every step mapped out. If you’re asking if Matthew will have more romantic encounters, that is certainly true. And if Berry will come back into the series…certainly true again.

KPB: We are introduced in the novel to the memorable character, Magnus Muldoon, who though initially an antagonist, becomes for Matthew an invaluable ally. Given your penchant for revisiting some of the more memorable characters in Corbett’s world, is it safe to say that we should expect to see more of this wonderful character in the future?

RM: As I stated above, I don’t know. I have no idea who will show up in future books or who will die…this series just happens. Will Magnus return? Not sure, but you can be sure that there will be more characters equally as interesting as Magnus.

KPB: Given the period in which these books are set, it is no surprise that superstition plays a large role in the proceedings, perhaps never more so than in Speaks the Nightbird. How much of the swamp-lore and the vicious tribe who dwell there is based on real superstition, or did you develop it all yourself for the purposes of the book?

RM: Part of The River of Souls is based on the lore of the Bell Witch, from Tennessee, and also from local Alabama lore. The “creature” is based on stories told in a small town very near to my hometown. And a lot of it comes from my imagination, too. It just seems “right”.

KPB: Speaking of superstition, and in particular the horrific incident midway through the book in which you employ a rather macabre sporting event, have you considered writing an outright horror novel featuring Matthew Corbett, or is the supernatural something you prefer to keep to your non-series novels?

RM: I think “creepy”, “spooky” and “horrific” can be applied to the Corbett series but I’m not sure I want to go deeper into what we call the supernatural. I will say, though, that clues were planted in both The Queen of Bedlam and The Providence Rider that lead to a situation that might be called “supernatural”. It involves a book. A book that shows up in both Bedlam and Providence Rider. There’s a lot going on in this series that won’t be fully clear until we get into the final phase.

KPB: The River of Souls is fairly different in structure to the other books, in that, rather than have the plot involve the decoding of an intricate and elaborate mystery, the villain is revealed rather early and the book focuses more on the hunt, the swamp as a character, and all the evils it hides. The book is also the shortest in the series thus far. Can you talk a little bit about the inspiration for The River of Souls, and whether it was a conscious choice to move away from the idea of the mystery being the propelling force behind the story?

RM: Actually I was going through a rough time in my personal life and I wanted to live some of that out through Matthew. He was my “sin-eater”. Also my role-model. He can take whatever is thrown at him and keep going. Of course he’s going to be changed in some way and that’s what life is about, but Matthew is an ultimate survivor. So The River of Souls was more about endurance than mystery.

KPB: How much research do you typically do when preparing a Corbett novel to ensure that you authentically represent both the period and detail?

RM: I did reams of research for both Speaks the Nightbird and The Queen of Bedlam, so unless I have a specialized situation I can coast for a little while on my research. If something comes up that I need to find out about, I know where to look. I also have to say that I’ve embellished the times a little bit…cleaned them up some, because there was so much disease, pestilence and plague in that era there would be no time for handling anything else. My research on that era tells me there was no word for “joy” but many words for “sorrow”. It was truly a very rough, heartbreaking and soul-wrenching time. I am in awe that this country and the cities in it exist, to be perfectly honest. How humans overcame the swamps, the primeval forest, the diseases and all the other hardships of that time…it’s amazing and really incredible.

KPB: Much like the miasmic swamp, the pall of series antagonist Professor Fell looms large over The River of Souls, and by the book’s end you set the stage for a reckoning. As the next book is a ways off yet, and without giving too much away, how much of that coming story do you already know, and can you tease us with an idea of what to expect?

RM: Again, clues have been already delivered that will come to fruition in the next book. I do know what the story will be and a lot of what will happen, but certainly not all of it. I do know we go to England in the next book, and the rest of the series will probably take place in Europe. And of course Professor Fell will be a large character in the next book…we may even find out who he really is and what he looks like. If indeed “he” is not really a woman who’s been hiding behind the image of a man.

KPB: As with the other books in the series that Subterranean has published, The River of Souls features typically evocative cover art and illustrations by the wonderful Vincent Chong. Obviously, it’s critical that the representations of your characters are accurate. How closely do you work with Mr. Chong to achieve the desired result?

RM: I don’t really work with Vincent that closely but he always does a great job. I love the idea of using a “weapon” of some kind on the covers. I’m always pleased to see Vincent’s work, it’s excellent.

KPB: Included in the limited edition of The River of Souls is “The Scorpion’s Eye”, a fun novelette featuring another series character, the roguish master-thief, Minx Cutter. The story has an adventurous, almost pulp-fiction feel to it. Have you considered writing more of these standalone tales, perhaps featuring other characters from the series?

RM: I was planning on doing next a book of short stories and novelettes about other cases Hudson and Matthew have handled. I’ve dropped mention of other cases they’ve been on in the books, such as “The House At The End Of The World”, “Night Ride” and the complications of a romance between a colonist and an Indian maiden that would be titled “Love Is A Walk Through Fire”. I was going to do this as the sixth book in the series, but I don’t think I can let readers hang so long with Matthew in his current predicament. So…that has to be for later, if ever.

KPB: It also takes a dramatic and unexpected turn into horror, perhaps even science fiction territory midway through. Is there any chance that we might see more of the accursed “object”, or other treasures from Xavier Dreadson’s macabre collection?

RM: Ha! Good idea. Who knows what else Dreadson had in that house, and who’s got hold of those things now. I may play with that one. Other “objects” may show up in the possession of…well, we’ll see.

KPB: Now that she has been incorporated into the Herrald Agency, how big a role will Minx Cutter play in the next Matthew Corbett book?

RM: That I don’t know yet. For sure, Minx is a very interesting character. But be assured there will be plenty more, and a lot yet to come. And when we get to the end and people realize what Professor Fell is searching for, and why…I think the destination will definitely be worth the journey.

KPB: Thanks so much for your time, Mr. McCammon!

RM: You’re welcome, and thank you.

 

New James P. Blaylock in Stock and Shipping

The Adventure of the Ring of Stones by James P. Blaylock

The latest effort from one of steampunk's pioneers, James P. Blaylock, is in stock and shipping. The Adventure of the Ring of Stones is another long Langdon St. Ives novella, this time complete with a marauding Kraken! Once again, J. K. Potter has documented St. Ives' adventure extensively, with illustrations throughout the book.

About the Book:

The secret log of a murdered lighthouse keeper falls into the hands of the immensely wealthy Gilbert Frobisher, who discovers encoded within it a stunning and dangerous mystery.

Against all odds Langdon St. Ives and his companions set sail in the dark of night for the West Indies aboard Gilbert Frobisher’s steam yacht, pursued by murderous pirates and bound for an uncharted volcanic island on the verge of eruption.  There they undertake the perilous search for a hidden treasure protected by an unspeakable pagan god, and in the process unleash a power that will ultimately threaten the devastation of London.

Limited: 1000 signed numbered hardcover copies: $35

 

Announcing HALF A KING by Joe Abercrombie

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We’re pleased to announce the signed, limited edition of Joe Abercrombie’s Half a King, the first book in his new trilogy, The Shattered Sea. We're going to kick Half a King’s production values up a notch, as we believe this is the best thing he's yet written.

The book will be oversize (7*10), printed in two colors on 80# Finch. When the trilogy is finished, assuming we secure the rights for books two and three, we plan to offer an exclusive slipcase to house all three volumes.

Praise from George R. R. Martin:
“Joe Abercrombie does it again. Half a King is another page-turner from Britain’s hottest young fantasist, a fast-paced tale of betrayal and revenge that grabbed me from page one and refused to let go.”

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“I swore an oath to avenge the death of my father. I may be half a man, but I swore a whole oath.”Prince Yarvi has vowed to regain a throne he never wanted. But first he must survive cruelty, chains, and the bitter waters of the Shattered Sea. And he must do it all with only one good hand.

The deceived will become the deceiver.
Born a weakling in the eyes of his father, Yarvi is alone in a world where a strong arm and a cold heart rule. He cannot grip a shield or swing an axe, so he must sharpen his mind to a deadly edge.

The betrayed will become the betrayer.
Gathering a strange fellowship of the outcast and the lost, he finds they can do more to help him become the man he needs to be than any court of nobles could.

Will the usurped become the usurper?
But even with loyal friends at his side, Yarvi finds his path may end as it began—in twists, and traps, and tragedy.

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

From Publishers Weekly (Starred Review):
“In this superb fantasy trilogy kickoff, Abercrombie (the First Law trilogy) regales readers with the tale of a young man who is thrust onto the throne by unexpected betrayal…Abercrombie’s stellar prose style and clever plot twists will be sure to please both adult and teen readers.”

From Patrick Rothfuss:
“I’ve been a fan of Abercrombie’s stuff for years. His worldbuilding is great, his characterization is marvelous, he writes an amazing action scene… That said, sometimes his books leave me feeling a little bleak… This book didn’t hit me that way. I got all the grit that I love in Abercrombie, and the craft, and the character. And the book was grim… but it never got so far as being bleak. Simply said, I think this is my favorite Abercrombie book yet. And that’s really saying something.”

 

Thomas Ligotti Ebooks on Sale for Only $2.99

The Spectral Link by Thomas Ligotti

To celebrate the release of The Spectral Link (hardcover, ebook), Thomas Ligotti’s first new fiction in over 10 years, our Ligotti ebooks, Songs of a Dead Dreamer, Noctuary, and Grimscribe, will be on sale at $2.99 for one week, beginning July 1. These ebooks contain the definitive edition texts as published by SubPress over the last few years.

Praise for the books include:

Songs of a Dead Dreamer is full of inexplicable and alarming delights… Put this volume on the shelf between H.P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe, where it belongs” —The Washington Post

“Ligotti…writes out of what seems an all-embracing depression, making him willing to go into wipeout areas time and again and ask a lot both of himself and his readers.” —Kirkus on Grimscribe

“Ligotti excels at building up atmosphere and mood, both through his elegant prose and through his often surrealist plots. The stories are neither particularly plot driven not character driven. Instead, they are structured around epiphanies. These epiphanies are always dark, and they are conveyed with such conviction that they are impossible to ignore. His stories carry you along inexorably, wrapping you in their own bizarre logic. They often possess a dream like, or nightmarish, quality, and just like a nightmare you are incapable of questioning it while in its midst.” —SFRevu

As Songs, Noctuary, and Grimscribe, are only available as ebooks or on the secondary market, this is an excellent opportunity to acquire one, two, or all three books at a highly affordable price before they go back to their usual $6.99 on July 8th,

 

Announcing Bounty Hunt by Kelley Armstrong, Illustrated by Xaviere Daumarie

Bounty Hunt by Kelley Armstrong

Our Kelley Armstrong project this year (slated for a December release) is a brand new graphic novel, Bounty Hunt, once again illustrated throughout by Xaviere Daumarie. Ours is the only current edition of the book. Read on for the full details.

About the Book:

Note: If you request it when you check out, you can receive the same number copy as for Kelley's previous graphic novel, Becoming.

After the Australian Pack murdered Reese William’s parents, the young werewolf fled and took refuge with the American Pack. Three years later, the Australians have tracked him down and dispatched a bounty hunter to bring him back. That bounty hunter, though, isn’t the lone wolf who owes them a debt, but his twenty-one-year-old daughter, Madison. Maddie is determined to bring in the rogue Reese for her ailing father. Now Reese has to show her the truth behind her client's lies…and avoid being the cause of an all-out war for Elena and the rest of the American Pack.

Our edition will also include a bonus section including exclusive new pages from the werewolf Legacy and more.

Limited: 1500 numbered copies, fully bound in cloth, signed by the author and artist: $45
Lettered: 26 signed leatherbound copies, housed in a custom traycase, with all profits going to charity: $250

 

Found—Five Copies of the Lettered Edition of Scott Lynch’s THE REPUBLIC OF THIEVES

The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch

A brief tour through our collectors room showed that five copies of Scott Lynch's The Republic of Thieves Lettered Edition are in stock, even though the book has been listed as out of print on the website. Snag one now, and lock in your rights of first refusal for the next volume in the series.

About the Book:

Locke and Jean barely escaped with their lives from what should have been the greatest heist of their career, in the port city of Tal Verrar. Now they head north, looking for sanctuary and an alchemist who can cure the poison that is slowly killing Locke. They find neither, but just when all their luck, money, and hope seem exhausted, they receive an offer from a power that has never had their best interests at heart: The Bondsmagi of Karthain.

In exchange for the chance that Locke might be saved, the Bondsmagi expect the two Gentlemen Bastards to rig an election in their home city of Karthain, and to work against opposition. The other side has already hired the services of Sabetha Belacoros, the one person in the world who might match Locke’s criminal skill, and the one person in the world who absolutely rules his heart.

Now it will be con artist against con artist in an election season that couldn’t be more crooked, all for the benefit of the mysterious Bondsmagi, who have plans within plans and secrets they’re not telling… at least not until it’s too late for the Gentlemen Bastards to do anything about it…

Limited: 500 signed numbered hardcover copies: $80

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

 

Announcing A Mountain Walked—A Huge New Gathering of Lovecraftian Fiction

A Mountain Walked by S. T. Joshi

A Mountain Walked is an oversize anthology with almost 700 pages, coming soon from Centipede Press. S.T. Joshi has selected the best of the reprinted Cthulhu Mythos stories and combined them with over a dozen new works written just for this anthology. This book has over 25 stories, including new stories by Joseph S. Pulver, Sr., Donald Tyson, Cody Goodfellow, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Jonathan Thomas, Laird Barron, Michael Shea, Patrick McGrath, Mark Samuels, Gemma Files, and others. The book also has new artwork by David Ho, John Kenn Mortensen, Drazen Kozjan, Denis Tiani, and Thomas Ott.

The edition is limited to 500 copies for sale. Each copy is signed by Thomas Ligotti, T.E.D. Klein, Laird Barron, Caitlín R. Kiernan, and many others. The signature pages are signed by 25 people and went halfway around the world for signatures. The book is 692 pages. There are several pages of full color artwork, too.

The book is oversize as well, measuring over 7 × 11 inches tall. The book comes in its own clothbound slipcase and has a stunning full color dustjacket by David Ho and the usual goodies: image on the front board, ribbon marker, and head and tail bands in a gorgeous cloth bound Smyth-sewn book.

This landmark anthology will surely be known as a classic in its field.

Limited: 500 numbered copies, signed by most contributors, housed in a custom slipcase: $150

Table of Contents:

  • The House of the Worm—Mearle Front
  • Far Below—Robert Barbour Johnson
  • Spawn of the Green Abyss—C. Hall Thompson
  • The Deep Ones—James Wade
  • [Art Portfolio]—Erlend Mark
  • The Franklyn Paragraphs—Ramsey Campbell
  • Where Yidhra Walks—Walter C. DeBill, Jr.
  • [Art Portfolio]—Allen Koszowski
  • Black Man with a Horn—T.E.D. Klein
  • The Last Feast of Harlequin—Thomas Ligotti
  • Only the End of the World Again—Neil Gaiman
  • Mandelbrot Moldrot—Lois H. Gresh
  • Black Brat of Dunwick—Stanley C. Sargent
  • [Art Portfolio]—Stanley C. Sargent
  • The Phantom of Beguilement—W. H. Pugmire
  • …Hungry…Rats—Joseph S. Pulver, Jr.
  • Virgin’s Island—Donald Tyson
  • In the Shadow of the Sword—Cody Goodfellow
  • Mobymart After Midnight—Jonathan Thomas
  • A Gentleman from Mexico—Mark Samuels
  • Man with No Name—Laird Barron
  • John Four—Caitlin R. Kiernan
  • Sigma Octanis—Rhys Hughes
  • [Anasazi]—Gemma Files
  • The Wreck of the Arrow—Patrick McGrath
  • Thirteen Hundred Rats—T. C. Boyle
  • Beneath the Beardmore—Michael Shea
  • Rupa Worms from Outer Space—Denis Tiani
  • Pickman’s Model—H. P. Lovecraft (illustrated by John Kenn Mortensen)
  • The Lurking Fear—H. P. Lovecraft (illustrated by Thomas Ott)
  • Excerpts from a Notebook—Druzen Kozjan
  • [cartoons]—Julien Bazinet
  • [Notes]—Contributors

 

Copies of Black Wings III En Route to us

Black Wings III edited by S. T. Joshi

This third installment of S. T. Joshi’s critically acclaimed Black Wings series from PS Publishing contains seventeen stories by some of the foremost writers in contemporary weird fiction, using the ideas, imagery, and atmosphere of H. P. Lovecraft’s tales as springboards. Jonathan Thomas opens the book with a chilling tale of biological horror set in Lovecraft’s native Providence, Rhode Island. Caitlín R. Kiernan melds brooding melancholy with Lovecraftian cosmicism in her tale, while Simon Strantzas weaves an ingenious variant on Lovecraft’s concept of the ghoul. Darrell Schweitzer and Donald Tyson probe the notion of alternate worlds in their tales.

This volume takes the reader on imaginative journeys around the world. Don Webb finds Lovecraftian horror in the wilds of Texas; Peter Cannon’s characters encounter the denizens of Innsmouth on a trip to China; Mollie L. Burleson enlivens the American Southwest with terrors out of history. Joseph S. Pulver, Sr., revivifies Lovecraft’s ancient New England seaport of Kingsport, Massachusetts, while in their collaborative tale W. H. Pugmire and Jessica Amanda Salmonson do the same with Lovecraft’s iconic Arkham. The volume concludes with a searching rumination on Lovecraft’s early tale “From Beyond” by Brian Stableford.

Black Wings III demonstrates how H. P. Lovecraft’s work continues to inspire some of the best in contemporary weird writing.

Limited:  300 numbered hardcover copies, signed by the contributors: $85

S. T. Joshi is the author of The Weird Tale (University of Texas Press, 1990), The Modern Weird Tale (McFarland, 2001), and other critical and biographical studies. His award-winning biography, H. P. Lovecraft: A Life (Necronomicon Press, 1996), has been expanded and updated as I Am Providence: The Life and Times of H. P. Lovecraft (Hippocampus Press, 2010).

Joshi has edited Lovecraft’s stories, essays, letters, and revisions, as well as works by Ambrose Bierce, Arthur Machen, Lord Dunsany, Algernon Blackwood, and other writers. His two-volume treatise, Unutterable Horror: A History of Supernatural Fiction (PS Publishing, 2012), has won a World Fantasy Award.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction by S. T. Joshi
  • Houdini Fish—Jonathan Thomas
  • Dimply Dolly Doofy—Donald R. Burleson
  • The Hag Stone—Richard Gavin
  • Underneath an Arkham Moon—Jessica Amanda Salmonson & W. H. Pugmire
  • Spiderwebs in the Dark—Darrell Schweitzer
  • One Tree Hill (The World as Cataclysm)—Caitlín R. Kiernan
  • The Man with the Horn—Jason V. Brock
  • Hotel del Lago—Mollie L. Burleson
  • Waller—Donald Tyson
  • The Megalith Plague—Don Webb
  • Down Black Staircases—Joseph S. Pulver, Sr
  • China Holiday—Peter Cannon
  • Necrotic Cove—Lois Gresh
  • The Turn of the Tide—Mark Howard Jones
  • Weltschmerz—Sam Gafford
  • Thistle’s Find—Simon Strantzas
  • Further Beyond—Brian Stableford

 

The Last First Printings of Neil Gaiman’s New Book Available

The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains by Neil Gaiman

We've been in touch with the good folks at Morrow to see if we might stock copies of Neil Gaiman's newest offering, a heavily illustrated hardcover of his novelette, The Truth is a Black Cave in the Mountains. The book is headed to a second printing, but they've agreed to set aside the remaining first printings for our customers. This book is, simply put, a delight, with Neil's story augmented by Eddie Campbell's illustrations on every page.

We're only going to have this book on our site for a few days, so order quickly if you're interested.

About the Book:

Beautifully illustrated by renowned artist Eddie Campbell, this is a four-color edition of Neil Gaiman’s award-winning novelette “The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains”—a haunting story of family, the otherworld, and a search for hidden treasure.

The text of “The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains” was first published in the collection Stories: All New Tales. This gorgeous full-color illustrated book version was born of a unique collaboration between writer Neil Gaiman and artist Eddie Campbell, who brought to vivid life the characters and landscape of Gaiman’s story.

In August 2010, The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains was performed in the concert hall of the Sydney Opera House to a sell-out crowd—Gaiman read his tale live as Campbell’s magnificent artwork was presented, scene by scene, on large screens. Narrative and art were accompanied by live music composed and performed especially for the story by the FourPlay String Quartet.

Trade: Hardcover with a cloth spine and pictorial boards: $22

 

Announcing a New Charnel House Limited Edition—THE CITY by Dean Koontz

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Charnel House is producing a very limited edition of Dean Koontz's new novel, The City. The numbered edition will be comprised of only 150 copies, some of which will find their way into the SubPress office.

The good news for you is that we've decided to knock $40 off the book's retail price.

About the Book:

Published by Charnel House.

We're delighted to offer the latest Dean Koontz offering from Charnel House, at a full $40 off the retail price.

Each book is beautifully bound by hand and exquisitely printed on Strathmore Pastelle Felt, which has been milled especially for this edition by Mohawk.

Each copy is signed by  the author on a letterpress printed sheet of Frankfurt White.

150 Numbered Copies: Bound in hand made teal color Cave Paper boards stamped with a white and gold feather. Housed in a slipcase bound in Japanese silk brocade. German mold-made Bugra endleaves: $360

 

So Sayeth Paolo Bacigalupi

Zombie Baseball Beatdown by Paolo Bacigalupi

Some authors are very communicative. Some we never hear from, if they're happy (or un-) with the signed limited editions we produce for them. We always appreciate the feedback, especially when it comes out of the aether, like this recent communique from Paolo Bacigalupi, about Zombie Baseball Beatdown:

I just want to say that I'm absolutely delighted with everything I've seen on this book as it's been coming together. I love it, and I'm thrilled to see this version of it go out into the world.

About the Book:

We're pleased to be releasing Paolo Bacigalupi's newest novel—a zombie thriller for younger readers—as his most affordable Signed, Limited edition yet, with a full-color dust jacket and two full-color plates by Jon Foster.

***

As winner of the Hugo, the Michael L. Printz Award, and many other honors, author Paolo Bacigalupi has built a reputation for crafting deft, fully-realized futures for both adult and young adult audiences with novels like The Windup Girl and Ship Breaker. Now, in his debut middle-grade novel, he expands his extraordinary range even further. Full of action, humor, and hijinks galore, Zombie Baseball Beatdown delivers exactly what the title promises, combining two of America’s favorite pastimes: sports and zombie-fighting.

Best friends Rabi, Miguel, and Joe live near an Iowa beef packing plant with a history of questionable practices. But things go from questionable to apocalyptic fast when the factory proves the source of a zombie outbreak that only the boys can stop. Luckily, they have important weapons on their side. Their quick wits and trusty baseball bats!

Against this backdrop of zany mayhem, Bacigalupi still manages to raise the very real issues readers have come to expect from him. The book skillfully explores themes of environmentalism and social justice, while never once letting the pace slack or the focus waver from the most important task at hand—beating down zombies.

Limited: 500 signed numbered hardcover copies: $60

From Booklist:

Milrow Meats, the meat-packing plant in Delbe, Iowa, is up to something. Pals Rabi, Miguel, and Joe can tell from the ungodly stink, the anxious behavior of the Mexicans who work there, and—oh yeah—their zombified Little League coach, who tries to nosh their brains… Simultaneously smart, funny, and icky, this book asks a tough question: Is it worth looking the other way in order to save yourself?

 

More Praise for Lawrence Block

Defender of the Innocent by Lawrence Block

We've had extraordinary luck with our Lawrence Block titles the past few years, from the double Strange Embrace/69 Barrow Street going into a second printing, to Larry's latest collection, Catch and Release, heading into out of print territory immediately upon publication. We're back with more good news, this time for Defender of the Innocent, our Block offering for later this year. The Publishers Weekly review just landed, and we suspect it'll be enough to put the book out of print on publication:

The clients of Mephistophelean DA Martin Ehrengraf are always innocent, even when they recall committing murder, as shown in this collection of 12 dark, twisted tales from MWA Grand Master Block (Catch and Release)… While Ehrengraf initially seems amoral, he follows his own code, far from socially sanctioned mores but sacred to him. Sophisticated, surprising, charming, and relentless, he’s a compelling antihero.

Trade Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $30

 

Announcing The Top of the Volcano: the Award-Winning Stories of Harlan Ellison

The Top of the Volcano by Harlan Ellison

We're pleased to announce The Top of the Volcano: the Award-Winning Stories of Harlan Ellison, 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.

Lettered: 52 signed copies, bound in leather, housed in a custom traycase: $275
Limited: 250 signed numbered copies, housed in a custom slipcase: $125
Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $45

 

Two New Thomas Liggoti Titles in Very Short Supply!

The Spectral Link by Thomas Ligotti

This one kind of snuck up on us. Though Thomas Ligotti's The Spectral Link has a larger print run than Songs of a Dead Dreamer and the other titles of Tom's we've published, it is nevertheless over 90% sold out as we approach publication. Born to Fear: Interviews with Thomas Ligotti will be in even shorter supply, with only 25 copies of the limited and 50 copies of the trade remaining unspoken for.

About The Spectral Link:

Often at the conclusion of an author interview, a question is posed, one that allows the subject to announce or promote forthcoming projects and publications. In the case of Thomas Ligotti, the response has invariably been to the effect that he never has any idea what he is going to produce in the future, if anything. Since he began publishing in the early 1980s, this answer has perhaps seemed somewhat disingenuous. Some may have thought that it was an affectation or diversionary tactic. After all, books under his name have since appeared on a somewhat regular, if not exactly prolific, schedule. But as the years went by, it became more and more apparent that Ligotti’s output was at best haphazard. A chapbook here, a slim or full-fledged story collection there, a book of poetry or unclassifiable prose out of nowhere, and then at some point a quasi-academic statement of his philosophical ideas and attitudes. Such a scattered crop of writings is not unheard-of, but for one who toils in the genre of horror, whose practitioners are commonly hard at work on a daily basis, it does seem as paltry as it is directionless.

Accordingly, the present volume is another unexpected contribution to Ligotti’s desultory offerings. And no one could be as surprised by its appearance as he was. As anyone knows who has followed his interviews and obsessions as they appear in his fiction, Ligotti must take his literary cues from a lifetime of, let us say, whimsical pathologies. Other authors may suffer writer’s block. In the present case, the reason may be dubbed “existence block,” one that persisted for some ten years. This is less than an ideal development for anyone, but for a word-monger it can spell the end. And yet the end did not arrive. During 2012, it seemed that it might in the form of a sudden collapse and subsequent hospitalization prefigured—one might speculate—by the abdominal crisis suffered by the character Grossvogel in Ligotti’s story “The Shadow, The Darkness.” Yet like the agony endured by the aforementioned figure, the one in question led only to a revitalization of creativity. This revitalization may not be exactly spectacular, but all the same here it is.

Throughout Ligotti’s “career” as a horror writer, many of his stories have evolved from physical or emotional crises. And so it was with the surgical trauma that led to the stories in The Spectral Link, an event that is marginally mentioned in the first of these stories, “Metaphysica Morum.” In the second story, “The Small People,” Ligotti returns, although not precisely in the usual fashion, to his fixation with uncanny representations of the so-called human being. Having nearly ceased to exist as he lay on the surgeon’s table, the imposing strangeness of the nature and vicissitudes of this life form once again arose in his imagination. So what project and publications are forthcoming from Thomas Ligotti? As ever, not even he knows.

Limited: 400 signed, numbered copies, bound in leather: $60
Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover copies: $20

 

As the Shipping Queue Grows…

Red Country

New books are stacked like cordwood at our printer. We're getting to them as quickly as possible, though I hasten to add that shipping Hugh Howey's The Wool Trilogy is beating the tar out of our shipping staff. Take three large volumes, bag, bubble bag, then pack in a box. Add foam and packing peanuts as necessary. Rinse and repeat 500 times. I think our shipping crew will be really happy when we have a few novellas in a row to ship. But I digress.

The following books are all completed, at our printer, and in storage. They'll be shipped to us as soon as they near the top of the shipping queue:

This list, of course, doesn't include the titles at our printer that are heading toward publication. It's going to be a busy summer here at SubPress.

 

 

 

The First Review of PKD’s We Can Remember it for You Wholesale Lands

With Philip K. Dick's We Can Remember it for You Wholesale nearly ready for the printer, the first review has surfaced. It's one we'll gladly take.

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.

Limited: 250 numbered copies, bound in leather: $65
Trade:
Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $40

 

New Hugh Howey and Poul Anderson in Stock and Shipping

The Wool Trilogy by Hugh Howey

We just finished shipping one new title and are moving on to three others.

The Signed Limited Edition of Multiverse: Exploring Poul Anderson's Worlds is out in the world, with copies winging their way to customers. We still have 25-30 copies left in stock, which translates to the book being 85%-90% sold out. Pick up a copy. It's a great anthology, with original stories by Terry Brooks, David Brin, C. J. Cherryh, and a host of other fine writers.

Right now, we've shifted our focus to Hugh Howey's Wool Trilogy. These three oversize volumes are only $180 for a matching set, and turned out just beautifully. Check them out for some epic storytelling.

 

Copies of THE REFLECTING EYE by John Connolly Available Soon

Copies of John Connolly's The Reflecting Eye are en route to the SubPress offices. Read on for the full details. We expect this one to be the same high quality as The Wanderer in Unknown Realms.

About the Book:

“The Reflecting Eye,” a Charlie Parker novella, was originally published as part of the collection Nocturnes. Chronologically it falls between The White Road and The Black Angel, as Charlie Parker prepares for the birth of his child with his partner, Rachel. The Reflecting Eye introduces a recurring character who becomes central to later novels.

John returned to The Reflecting Eye in 2012, revising and expanding it to publish in a limited edition. 725 copies of this version were printed, with an illustration by noted Maine artist and printmaker David Wolfe.

Limited: 725 numbered hardcover copies, signed by the author: $35


 

 

HUGE New Anthology SCREAMPLAYS in Stock and Shipping

Screamplays

UPS just trundled in copies of the huge new Cemetery Dance anthology, Screamplays, which contains wonderful work by some of the biggest names in horror. Quantities are, as they say, limited, so don't hesitate to pick one up if it's of interest.

About this Special Edition:

Cemetery Dance Publications is proud to announce the world’s first deluxe, collectible hardcover edition of this acclaimed anthology! This massive oversized special edition will weigh in at 545 pages and feature a mind-blowing 9 X 12 trim size, just like The Secretary of Dreams by Stephen King! To make this an even more special edition, Glenn Chadbourne has contributed nearly thirty original drawings and paintings, which is another reason why some collectors are now calling this a great companion to The Secretary of Dreams!

About the Book:

SCREAMPLAYS. . . SCENE BY SCENE . . . SCREAM BY SCREAM . . .

You don’t need a movie theater or a DVD player to savor the best in cinematic terror and suspense. All you need is your own imagination and this collection of spine-tingling scripts by the titans of shock storytelling. Whether you’re a movie buff or a thriller freak, you’ll savor these seven full-length film and TV scenarios, including Stephen King’s “General,” Richard Matheson’s “The Legend of Hell House,” and Richard Laymon’s “The Hunted,” plus chilling works by Harlan Ellison, Joe R. Lansdale, and Ed Gorman. With a fascinating introduction on fright films by #1 bestselling author Dean Koontz.

Oversize Trade Hardcover: $50

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction by Dean Koontz
  • General by Stephen King
  • The Legend of Hell House by Richard Matheson
  • Moonlighting by Harlan Ellison
  • Killing Bernstein by Harlan Ellison
  • Dead in the West by Joe R. Lansdale
  • Track Down by Ed Gorman
  • The Hunted by Richard Laymon

 

Announcing Legion:Skin Deep by Brandon Sanderson

Legion: Skin Deep

This one arrived in my inbox with little fanfare, but much rejoicing. Brandon Sanderson has sent us a 38,000 word sequel to his novella, Legion. Read on for the full details about Legion: Skin Deep.

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

 

Robert McCammon Ebooks for only $1.99. Second Printing of The River of Souls hardcover only $14.95

Mister Slaughter by Robert McCammon

To celebrate the print and ebook release of Robert McCammon's newest Matthew Corbett historical thriller, The River of Souls (hardcover, ebook), we've lowered the price to the previous Matthew Corbett ebooks to only $1.99 each. Start with the dark theatrics of Mister Slaughter and work your way through the adventure that is The Providence Rider.

Back on the print end of things, The River of Souls first printing is nearly sold out, so we've gone back to press for a second printing. For the moment, copies of the latter are only $14.95 apiece if ordered direct from us.

 

New Molly Crabapple Cover Unveiled

Unlocked by John Scalzi

Acclaimed artist Molly Crabapple has just turned in the cover to John Scalzi's brand new novella, Unlocked. For those late to the game, the novella acts as an introduction to John's next major novel, Lock In (order a signed copy here). We happen to think both book and novella are pretty damned nifty. Please note that ours is the only print edition of Unlocked.

About the Book:

In the near future—and sooner than you think—a new virus will sweep the globe. At first it will look like the flu, but then we will discover there is something else about it…something we weren't expecting. It will change society forever.

No, this isn't another zombie virus. And no, this isn't the apocalypse. It's Haden's syndrome. We'll survive it. But the world will be remade in its image.

Unlocked: An Oral History of Haden's Syndrome is a novella that will take you through the heart of this terrifying disease, from its unusual and ironic origin to the frantic response of doctors, scientists and governments. You will see the “moon shot” response to free the people locked in thrall to the disease. And you experience the emerging society that those with the disease build for themselves—and for the rest of us.

A companion piece to John Scalzi's novel Lock In, Unlocked is an unexpected take on a frighteningly possible future.

Limited: 1500 signed numbered hardcover copies: $40

 

Only 50 copies of Robert McCammon’s The River of Souls Remain

The River of Souls by Robert McCammon

Low Stock Alert

The trade hardcover of Robert McCammon's The River of Souls is now 99.9% Sold Out. If snagging a first edition is a priority, you might want to snag a copy ASAP, either from us or your preferred source.

We have ordered a second printing of the hardcover, which we're discounting for the next two days to only $14.95 plus shipping (which is $10 off the regular price). Thanks to everyone for helping make The River of Souls a quick-building success.

 

Shipping Update—Neil Gaiman’s SMOKE AND MIRRORS in Stock

Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman's Smoke and Mirrors has been in production a long time, but we're happy to announce that copies are finally in stock and shipping. We'd like to offer our thanks to Neil; his agent, Merrilee Heifetz; the patient folks at Morrow; and also Dave McKean, who delivered a knockout design, with an original, two-color illustration for each story. Smoke and Mirrors is listed as sold out, but keep your eyes on this page, and our newsletter. We expect to have a few copies available for sale once the initial shipping wave ends.

 

Robert McCammon’s THEY THIRST ANNOUNCED

They Thirst by Robert McCammon

We're pleased to add Robert McCammon's vampire epic, They Thirst, to our schedule this October.

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.

Note: Please only order the Lettered Edition if you own a Lettered Copy of The Night Boat. Anyone may order the Limited Edition.

Limited: 1000 signed numbered hardcover copies: $60 (Special Price for Monday 5/19 Only)

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

 

New Robert McCammon Novel in Stock and Shipping—Over 75% Sold Out

The River of Souls by Robert McCammon

The Trade Edition of Robert McCammon's latest Matthew Corbett Thriller, The River of Souls, is in stock, with copies leaving the warehouse at a good clip. More than 75% of the first printing is sold out, with orders for more copies arriving every day. The Signed Limited and Lettered editions will take a bit longer, as they're with our specialty binder for some additional work.

If you're on the fence about River, consider these two strong reviews a nudge:

From Booklist Online:

The Corbett novels are rich, atmospheric stories, the kind of historical mystery that makes the reader feel as though he really has stepped back in time. Matthew is a very well designed character, very much a man of his time but also ahead of his time, as though he has stepped out of a modern-day crime lab into the early eighteenth century. For the author’s fans, a definite must-read.

From Publishers Weekly:

Macabre surprises abound in McCammon’s entertaining fifth Matthew Corbett historical (after 2012’s Providence Rider). In the summer of 1703, while on a visit to Charles Town in the Carolina colony, “problem-solver” Matthew and Magnus Muldoon, his “big as a mountain” new friend, join a manhunt for three escaped slaves, one of whom has been accused of murdering a plantation owner’s daughter (though Matthew has uncovered evidence that implicates one of the hunters). McCammon resorts to a few credibility-stretching gambits in the closing chapters, but, as usual, he nicely evokes America’s colonial past and deftly straddles the boundary between the explicable and the supernatural.

Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $24.95

Limited: 474 signed numbered copies, bound in leather, housed in a custom traycase, with exclusive illustration and an 11,000 word story that appears nowhere else: $125

Don't forget: We're also publishing a Signed Limited Edition of the second Corbett novel, The Queen of Bedlam, which has just been sent to the printer. With only 374 numbered copies available, this is a small printing for a McCammon limited.

 

Clive Barker’s The Books of Blood over 90% Sold Out

Clive Barker's The Books of Blood

We're finalizing details with our printer for Clive Barker's The Books of Blood, which seems a good time to let everyone know that only 50 copies of the signed, limited set and 3 copies of the signed, lettered set are still available for preorder. Clive has just finished the signature pages, so we're right on schedule for an October release.

Limited: 500 numbered sets, in slipcase, with the first volume signed by the author: $250

Lettered: 26 deluxe bound sets, in traycase, with the first volume signed by the author: $1500

 

A Great Review for Lucius Shepard’s BEAUTIFUL BLOOD

Beautiful Blood by Lucius Shepard

By now, many of you know we lost Lucius Shepard last month. Though we'll mourn him for some time, we do have his final work to look forward to. Beautiful Blood is the longest (and possibly best) entry in his series of tales about the immense Dragon Griaule. We've just sent the novel to the printer, and seen the first review, from Publishers Weekly:

In 1984, the late Shepard (1943–2014) began telling tales of Teocinte, the city growing in the shadows of the enormous, paralyzed dragon Griaule. Griaule’s 30-year story comes to an end in this novel, which runs parallel to Shepard’s other Griaule stories. Richard Rosacher is a young medical doctor yearning for a better life when he is attacked and injected with a sample of Griaule’s blood. Rosacher uses more of the blood to create the drug mab, which brings him power and wealth while serving Griaule’s greater plans. Following him through several decades and almost as many changes in fate, the novel questions the role of ambition, placing Rosacher in juxtaposition to his various partners and rivals, from his early lover Ludie to the benevolent King Carlos. The bittersweet story never allows Rosacher the option of happiness, but happiness is not something he seeks. Instead, the question before Rosacher is whether his ambition and success can bring him contentment. The volume brings the Griaule cycle to a very satisfying conclusion, leaving the reader wishing that Shepard had lived to tell more tales.

Limited: 1000 numbered (unsigned) cloth bound hardcovers: $40

 

A New Review for Charles Stross

Equoid by Charles Stross

Publishers Weekly has just weighed in on Charles Stross' new Laundry Files novella, Equoid:

Stross’s Hugo-nominated Laundry Files novella, first published in Tor.com in 2013, is an entertaining mash-up of Lovecraftian mythology and an extremely twisted take on a fantasy trope… Laundry Files fans accustomed to more action-oriented spy riffs might be a little disturbed by the horror elements, but if they can stomach it, there’s plenty of traditional action (including a car chase and a close-quarters zombie fight) and Stross’s trademark wit.

Limited: 350 signed numbered copies, bound in leather: $60

Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $35

 

 

Announcing ROGUES edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois

We're more than happy to announce the mammoth oversize anthology Rogues, which is already more than 70% Sold Out.

Featuring some of the hottest names in fiction—including New York Times bestsellers Gillian Flynn, Neil Gaiman, and Patrick Rothfuss (with a novella set in the world of The Name of the Wind), PLUS a new Song of Ice and Fire novelette by George R. R. Martin.

Everybody loves a rogue…though sometimes we live to regret it. In this anthology each of the contributors was asked for a story about a rogue, full of deft twists, cunning plans, and reversals. No genre limits were imposed, and while some authors chose to write in the genre they’re best known for, some decided to try something different. So enjoy the read…but do be careful. Some of the ladies and gentleman in these pages are not to be trusted.

All authors have agreed to sign the limited and lettered editions.

Limited: 500 signed numbered copies, housed in a custom illustrated slipcase: $250
Lettered: 26 specially bound copies, housed in a custom illustrated traycase: Sold Out

About the Production:

Rogues promises to be the most gorgeous oversized anthology we’ve ever produced. Ken Laager is slated to produce an original header illustration for each tale, and fully illustrate two stories: “The Lightning Tree,” a novella centering on Bast—and featuring Kvothe—from The Name of the Wind, will sport a full color plate and four full-page interior black-and-white illustrations. George R. R. Martin’s contribution, set in the world of A Song of Ice and Fire, will be illuminated by eight black-and-white illustrations as well as a full-color plate. The dust jacket’s focus will be squarely on Joe Abercrombie’s “Tough Times All Over”, which contains more rogues per page than any other tale, and an ultra-clever narrative.


Table of Contents

  • Introduction by George R. R. Martin
  • Tough Times All Over by Joe Abercrombie
  • What Do You Do by Gillian Flynn
  • The Inn of the Seven Blessings by Matthew Hughes
  • Bent Twig (a Hap and Leonard story) by Joe R. Lansdale
  • Tawny Petticoats by Michael Swanwick
  • Provenance by David W. Ball
  • Roaring Twenties by Carrie Vaughn
  • A Year and a Day in Old Theradine by Scott Lynch
  • Bad Brass by Bradley Denton
  • “Heavy Metal” by Cherie Priest
  • The Meaning of Love by Daniel Abraham
  • A Better Way to Die by Paul Cornell
  • Ill Seen in Tyre by Steven Saylor
  • A Cargo of Ivories by Garth Nix
  • Diamonds from Tequila by Walter Jon Williams
  • The Caravan to Nowhere by Phyllis Eisenstein
  • The Curious Affair of the Dead Wives by Lisa Tuttle
  • How the Marquis Got His Coat Back by Neil Gaiman
  • Now Showing by Connie Willis
  • The Lightning Tree by Patrick Rothfuss
  • The Rogue Prince, or, A King’s Brother by George R. R. Martin

 

A Starred Review for K. J. Parker’s Academic Exercises

Academic Exercises by K. J. Parker

We'll step back for a moment and let Publishers Weekly (in a starred review) tell you about K. J. Parker's huge new collection, Academic Exercises:

Parker (the Engineer trilogy) collects 10 stories and three essays to deliver all the cynicism, dry wit, and gray morality that fans have come to expect. The World Fantasy Award–winning “A Small Price to Pay for Birdsong” explores the tense relationship between a disillusioned music teacher and his brilliant but murderous student. Amoral scoundrels wreak havoc in “The Sun and I” and “Blue and Gold.” In “A Rich, Full Week” and “A Room With a View,” freelance wizards take jobs that seem simple, but turn out to be anything but. Impossible magic lies at the heart of “Amor Vincit Omnia” and “One Little Room an Everywhere,” while “Let Maps to Others” follows a misguided expedition to a lost city. “Illuminated” offers a magical battle of the sexes, and two friends trapped in horrible jobs trade letters as they try to survive in “Purple and Black.” Three essays (“On Sieges,” “Cutting Edge Technology,” and “Rich Men’s Skins”) interspersed through the collection explore different aspects of ancient military technology. This meaty compilation will please fans as well as readers who are now discovering this skilled author.

Limited: 1000 signed numbered hardcover copies: $40

 

 

Shipping Update—The Book of Silverberg and Multiverse

Multiverse edited by Greg Bear and Gardner Dozois

Good news. We're catching up with our shipping backlog. The limited and trade editions of The Book of Silverberg are en route to customers, and have sold quite well, thank you very much. Next up in the queue is our Poul Anderson tribute anthology, Multiverse. We're expecting the slipcases for the limited soon, but for the moment, only the trade hardcover is shipping.

About the Book:

Poul Anderson (1926-2001) was one of the seminal figures of 20th century science fiction. Named a Grand Master by the SFWA in 1997, he produced an enormous body of standalone novels (Brain Wave, Tau Zero) and series fiction (Time Patrol, the Dominic Flandry books) and was equally at home in the fields of heroic fantasy and hard SF. He was a meticulous craftsman and a gifted storyteller, and the impact of his finest work continues, undiminished, to this day.

Multiverse: Exploring Poul Anderson's Worlds is a rousing, all-original anthology that stands both as a significant achievement in its own right and a heartfelt tribute to a remarkable writer—and equally remarkable man. A nicely balanced mixture of fiction and reminiscence, Multiverse contains thirteen stories and novellas by some of today's finest writers, along with moving reflections by, among others, Anderson's wife, Karen, his daughter, Astrid Anderson Bear, and his son-in-law, novelist and co-editor Greg Bear. (Bear's introduction, “My Friend Poul,” is particularly illuminating and insightful).

The fictional contributions comprise a kaleidoscopic array of imaginative responses to Anderson's many and varied fictional worlds. A few of the highlights include Nancy Kress's “Outmoded Things” and Terry Brooks's “The Fey of Cloudmoor,” stories inspired by the Hugo Award-winning “The Queen of Air and Darkness;” a pair of truly wonderful Time Patrol stories (“A Slip in Time” by S. M. Stirling and “Christmas in Gondwanaland” by Robert Silverberg); Raymond E. Feist's Dominic Flandry adventure, “A Candle;” and a pair of very different homages to the classic fantasy novel, Three Hearts and Three Lions: “The Man Who Came Late” by Harry Turtledove and “Three Lilies and Three Leopards (And a Participation Ribbon in Science)” by Tad Williams. These stories, together with singular contributions by such significant figures as Larry Niven, Gregory Benford, and Eric Flint, add up to a memorable, highly personal anthology that lives up to the standards set by the late—and indisputably great—Poul Anderson.

Limited: 250 signed numbered copies, housed in a custom slipcase: $125
Trade: 1500 fully cloth bound hardcover copies: $40

 

Thomas Ligotti’s The Spectral Link Heads to the Printer

The Spectral Link

Two Thomas Ligotti titles are now at our printer, Born to Fear, a collection of interviews, and The Spectral Link, which contains Ligotti's first forays into fiction in more than a decade.

Publishers Weekly just weighed in with their opinion on The Spectral Link:

The dark poet of ‘redemptive demoralization’ (or depression) returns with two surreal novelettes collected in an elegant, slender volume. Ligotti (The Conspiracy Against the Human Race) continues exploring his fascination with the primal question of meaning for those in dispute with ‘reality itself, or what passes for reality.’… Ligotti publishes slowly, but like a philosophical oyster irritated by the grit of existence, he produces miniature pearls.

Limited: 400 signed numbered copies, bound in leather: $60

Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $20