Cemetery Dance has just published a major new novel by Bentley Little, The Influence. It's a real coup for a small press to acquire an original by a writer of such stature. They've been kind enough to earmark a small number of copiesfor us. These will only be available for a few days before we place our order, so please don't hesitate to pick one up if you're interested.
About the Book:
Everything is about to change…
When Ross Lowry moves into his cousin's guest house in the small community of Magdalena, Arizona, he expects nothing more than breathing room and a brief respite from his economic woes.
But something is not right in the desert.
After a raucous party on New Year's Eve, the luck of the attendees undergoes an immediate U-turn. The rich and successful suddenly find themselves facing catastrophic failure while the less well-off are unexpectedly flush with good fortune.
This is only the beginning…
Soon the citizens of Magdalena are experiencing unnatural desires.
Next their children begin to disappear and freakish creatures emerge from the surrounding wilderness.
The community is unraveling at a frightening pace.
But these are merely the early warning signs of a showdown with a powerful force of darkness that could obliterate the world forever, and only Ross Lowry sees the danger that lurks ahead…
Limited: 750 signed numbered copies, with exclusive dust jacket: $50
Trade Hardcover with full-color dust jacket: $25
We’re pleased to be one of only three outlets carrying the initial offering from SeraphimINK, Clive Barker’s personal publishing company. (The others are RealCliveBarker.com and Camelot Books.)
Hugely Important Note: It’s is SubPress’ policy not to share your personal information with other companies. This book is an exception to that rule. If you purchase this book from us, your email address will be shared with TopSpin, the company Clive is producing First Tales with.
Hugely Important Note Two: You don’t need to purchase this book to experience the stories. Clive is very generously offering a free audio download of the tales at RealCliveBarker.com. We can’t encourage you enough to check them out.
First Tales, the inaugural self-published release from Clive Barker's SeraphimInk is a book that contains two original stories of fantastic fiction penned by Clive when he was a young man of 17…
Limited: 350 signed numbered copies, in slipcase: $125
Trade: Hardcover Edition: $45
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)
The good folks at Centipede Press are close to issuing a new collection by William F. Nolan. In addition to the fine contents, Like a Dead Man Walking is limited to only 300 signed numbered copies. Read on for the full details:
Sherlock Holmes…Interdimensional demons…Aliens…Killers and child predators…Time travelers… Vampires…Even the end of the world, in more ways than one…All are contained within these pages. From the darkest corners of imagination to the precipice of human achievement, William F. Nolan delivers the goods in this assortment of recent works: his first all-new collection in his long and storied career.
Working with editor Jason V. Brock (Milton’s Children), Nolan brings to shocking life not only debauched murderers and depraved loners, but also fascinating portraits of personal reflection; the heroes of yore in poetry; pages from Nolan’s notebook; and an exclusive, intimate interview with his beloved friend, the late Richard Matheson (I Am Legend).
Centipede Press is pleased and proud to offer this fantastic new assemblage of tales from an acknowledged master of the dark fantasy and science fiction genres, complete with insights into the stories, and a probing introduction from editor Brock: This is not only Nolan’s most recent collection, but likely his very best. Come along for the ride and discover things that may (or may not) be Like a Dead Man Walking…You are sure to enjoy the journey.
Limited: 300 signed numbered hardcover copies: $45
Table of Contents
The Blood Countess
Flight to Legend
Getting Along Just Fine
Exchange (with Jason V. Brock)
My Girl Name is Elly
The End: a Final Dialogue
The Beach (with Jason V. Brock)
A Lot Like the Joker
A New Man
Like a Dead Man Walking
Goodbye, Old Pal
What Legends May Come: A Discussion with Richard Matheson and William F. Nolan (by Jason V. Brock)
Excerpts from the Notebooks of William F. Nolan
If you need more proof that The Ape's Wife and Other Stories is essential reading, we have it on offer. Here are a couple of long blurbs pulled from reviews. The first focuses on Black Helicopters, the 26,000 word original hardcover novella available only with the Signed, Limited Edition:
From Locus Online:
I’ve come to believe that Kiernan can write anything, as long as it’s dark. Actually, I think she could write anything at all, but mostly it seems to come out in some shade or other of dark, although she could well do something sunny and cheery just to show me up. What she’s given us here, on the surface, is a spy thriller, and one that should satisfy readers of that genre; the details of craft and wetwork convince. Like many such works, it contains strong critique of the activities of agencies like X and Y, whose overlords are shown as regarding them as a chess game, bloodless, where their ends justify the worst of means. And, as is often the case in reality, their activities resulting in situations far worse than those they set out to prevent. The black helicopters of the title are usually identified as symptoms of paranoia and conspiracy theory, but we know all too well, particularly with recent whistleblower revelations, that there really are black drones up in the skies, and paranoids often do have people out to get them. In this respect, this is a very timely work…But the story is also dark science fiction, which adds considerably to its complexity.
From Far Beyond Reality:
The Ape’s Wife and Other Stories by Caitlín R. Kiernan is a collection that, to be honest, intimated me somewhat, displaying such a richness of content and a mastery of technique that I felt a bit helpless trying to capture it in a review. Regardless, I hope my brief thoughts about these stories will offer you some motivation to check them out, and maybe some fodder for thought or discussion once you’ve read them. This is an excellent collection with a consistently recognizable authorial voice, giving it a strong sense of identity despite its wide variety of genres and narrative approaches. Highly recommended.
One of the most popular books we've ever published, The Jack Vance Treasury, is now available as a bargain priced ebook.
About the Book:
Nebula and World Fantasy Grand Master Jack Vance is one of the most admired and cherished writers of science fiction and fantasy in the world, and is one of the truly important and influential storytellers of the 20th century. From his first published story “The World Thinker” in 1945 to his final novel Lurulu in 2004, Vance has shown an astonishing range of inventiveness, versatility and sheer storytelling power, as well as a gift for language and world-building second to none. Winner of the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy and Edgar awards, his acclaimed first book The Dying Earth and its sequels helped shape the face of modern heroic fantasy for generations of readers—and writers! In more than sixty novels, he has done more than any other author to define science fantasy and its preeminent form: the planetary adventure. Born in San Francisco in 1916, Vance wrote much of what you'll find between these covers both abroad and at home in the hills above Oakland, either while serving in the merchant marine or traveling the world with his wife Norma, all the while pursuing his great love of fine cuisine and traditional jazz. Now, at last, the very best of Vance's mid-length and shorter work has been collected in a single landmark volume. With a Preface by Vance himself and a foreword by long-time Vance reader George R.R. Martin, it stands as the capstone to a splendid career and makes the perfect introduction to a very special writer.
Innocence is Dean Koontz's latest novel, which will, as usual, be issued as a gorgeous limited edition by Charnel House. Please read on for details!
(preorder—to be published in 2014)
Published by Charnel House
Please note: We're selling copies at $25 below the published price. Quantities are limited.
Dean compassionately illustrates the beauty and the brutality inherent in the human race. He splits the atom with this one.
Arguably the most beautiful book Charnel House has created to date. Paper has been handmade for this edition by randomly pouring two colors into the process, creating different cloud-like patterns on each sheet. Each unique book resembles a thick chunk of a cloudy blue sky.
A harlequin faced marionette drawn by Phil Parks and printed in two colors by hand via letterpress will be tipped in every book.
Each exquisitely printed book is sewn and bound by hand and finished off with a white silk ribbon bookmark. Each book is hand signed by the author.
Limited: 150 numbered copies, signed by the author, specially printed and bound, as noted above: $325
The warehouse is full. Here's the current shipping breakdown for all you folks patiently waiting for your books:
We're working on the individual orders for the trade hardcover of The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle: the Dark of Deep Below. All copies of the Limited Edition are already en route to customers.
Due to technical requirements, we've already shipped over 1000 copies of the Trade Hardcover of Kelley Armstrong's Brazen to our large retail accounts. As soon as we're done with the Rothfuss, we'll start shipping customer orders for the Limited Edition.
Once Brazen is done, we'll start work on the Limited Edition of Joe R. Lansdale's Bleeding Shadows and Catherynne M. Valente's The Bread We Eat in Dreams.
We'll post more news as our schedule solidifies.
Blood Rites, the sixth entry in Jim Butcher's Dresden Files series has just been sent to the printer. As a reminder, we'll be opening this volume up to the general public after December 31, 2013, so please get your preorder in if you own the last volume, Death Masks..
We think Vincent Chong's cover this time around may be the best in the series. The interior illustrations are equally spectacular.
Limited: 500 signed numbered hardcover copies: $80
Lettered: 26 signed copies, bound in leather, housed in a custom traycase: $275
It’s been thirty-five years since the publication of Tim Powers’ first major novel, The Drawing of the Dark, which we’re celebrating with a limited and trade edition. The Limited and Trade Hardcovers will feature a full-color dust jacket by David Palumbo—whose stunning work recently graced the Centipede Press edition of The Anubis Gates. The Limited Edition will add full-color endsheets, as well as an illustrated slipcase.
About the Book:
In 1529 the vast Turkish army threatens Vienna and all of Europe, but at the core of the conflict is the fabled Herzwesten beer, brewed in Vienna ever since the city was a Celtic village. And from both East and West, ancient supernatural forces are gathering to take part in the fight.
Gray-haired soldier of fortune Brian Duffy, hired to be a bouncer at the inn that houses the brewery, only hopes to find the girl he was in love with years ago—but he learns to his dismay that he is a crucial figure in a centuries-old war for the heart of the civilized world.
Swept up in the bloodshed and sorcery of the epic Siege of Vienna, fighting Eastern demons and leading mythological Western allies, Duffy learns his true identity and destiny in the crucible of a war that decided the fate of Europe.
Limited: 250 signed numbered hardcover copies, housed in an illustrated slipcase: $125
Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $35
We're readying our three Neil Gaiman titles for the printer. Signature sheets for both Interworld and The Silver Dream are with the authors, while the BIG one, Smoke and Mirrors, awaits only a small illustration to be foil stamped on the book. All three of these books are selling very well, and won't be made available to our large online retailers and wholesale accounts.
Dark Regions has themselves a coup: a brand new, over 30,000 word suspense novella by Joe R. Lansdale that they plan to release in February. Our allotment of Hot in December is quite limited, with far fewer copies than we usually sell of a Lansdale title, so please order early.
About the Book:
A psychological thriller in the vein of Dean Koontz and Lee Child, Hot in December is a fast-paced and entertaining novella (over 30,000 words) from the author of Edge of Dark Water, The Bottoms and the Hap and Leonard novel series.
One death is only the beginning for Tom and his wife Kelly who witness a fast-driving car killing their innocent neighbor in the street.
Tom describes the driver to the police, but there is something he didn't anticipate: the driver belongs to a powerful criminal gang in East Texas.
The criminals make Tom and his family a target, abducting his wife Kelly and threatening his daughter. Now Tom must look to old war comrades for help in a brutal and unforgiving struggle to rescue his wife and bring justice to the notorious gang.
Here are some of the features of Hot in December:
Mint and first edition
Limited to 300 signed and numbered copies worldwide
Hand numbered 1-300
Bound in leatherette
Signed by author Joe Lansdale
Spine stamped with title and author name in white
60lb natural smooth stock paper
Wrap-around full color dust jacket with matte finish
Features 3 interior illustrations by artist Erin Wells
Limited: 300 signed numbered copies, bound in leatherette: $50
Lettered: 32 signed copies bound in leather, housed in a custom slipcase: $200
We love Bob Silverberg, which I'm certain is not news to those who regularly follow SubPress. Now, in April, we'll let others show their admiration in The Book of Silverberg.
About the Book:
For nearly sixty years, Grandmaster Robert Silverberg has been a significant presence in the world of science fiction. As prolific as he is gifted, Silverberg has amassed a body of work unique both in its richness and its variety. That work has influenced generations of other writers and has enriched the lives of untold numbers of devoted readers.
In The Book of Silverberg, editors Gardner Dozois and William Schafer have assembled a tribute anthology fully worthy of the Master himself. The book begins with a pair of affectionate appreciations from Greg Bear and Barry Malzberg, and continues with a series of wonderfully original stories that inhabit and extend some of Silverberg’s most memorable creations. In “In Old Pidruid,” the late Kage Baker turns to the world of Majipoor in a humorous and moving tale of rivalry and reconciliation. Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s “Voyeuristic Tendencies” shows us the world of the 1972 novel Dying Inside from a wholly different perspective. Nancy Kress’s “Eaters” provides a bleak and harrowing conclusion to the classic short story “Sundance.” In “Silverberg, Satan, and Me or Where I Got the Idea for My Silverberg Story for This Anthology,” the incomparable Connie Willis offers what might be the only plausible explanation for the whole Silverberg phenomenon. And elsewhere in the anthology, some of today’s most notable writers—Mike Resnick, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Elizabeth Bear, James Patrick Kelly, and Tobias S. Buckell—ring equally brilliant changes on a number of Silverberg’s signature fictions.
Funny, tragic, provocative, intelligent and always richly imagined, the stories in The Book of Silverberg are all notable accomplishments in themselves. Together, they comprise an exhilarating—and altogether fitting—celebration of one of science fiction’s indisputable masters.
Limited: 250 numbered copies, bound in leather, signed by all contributors except Kage Baker: $60
Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $35
Table of Contents
Greg Bear—A Tribute
Barry Malzberg—An Appreciation
Kage Baker—In Old Pidruid
Kristine Kathryn Rusch—Voyeuristic Tendencies
Mike Resnick—Bad News from the Vatican
Caitlin R.Kiernan—The Jetsam of Disremembered Mechanics
Connie Willis—Silverberg, Satan, and Me…
Elizabeth Bear—The Hand is Quicker
James Patrick Kelly—The Chimp of the Popes
Tobias S. Buckell—Ambassador to the Dinosaurs
We have a brand new Harlan Ellison chapbook in house, and it will start shipping just as soon as we're out from under the mountain of other titles ahead of it in the queue.
As the man himself says about Li'l Harlan and his Sidekick Carl the Comet in Dangerland:
“I have just received my first two (only 2, so don't ask me for one) copies of LI'L HARLAN AND HIS SIDEKICK CARL THE COMET IN DANGER LAND, a swell 20-something page chapbook from Edgeworks Abbey in association with the magnificent SUBTERRANEAN PRESS, illustrated extra-swell by the magnificent GAHAN WILSON. It is one of my very best almost-unbelievable anecdotes of me, Li'l Harlan, with the iconic, famous, magnificent Carl Sagan of COSMOS, in the early '80s.”
Limited: 750 unsigned numbered chapbooks: $15
Lettered: 52 signed copies, fully bound in cloth: $75
Please note that the Lettered Edition has been sent to our handbinder, and will be ready in a few months.
The physical editions of Kelley Armstrong's long new Otherworld novella, Brazen, start shipping next week. In the meantime, the ebook is currently available.
Also available is the ebook of Caitlin R. Kiernan's latest (and possibly best) collection, The Ape's Wife and Other Stories.
You could do a lot worse than picking up either of this books, in any edition.
The good folks at Cemetery Dance will publish an oversized slipcased limited edition of Clive Barker's first novel, The Damnation Game, next year. Although the book is already sold out through them, they've been kind enough to allocate 25 copies to us.
About the Book:
There are things worse than death. There are games so seductively evil, so wondrously vile, no gambler can resist.
Amid the shadow-scarred rubble of World War II, Joseph Whitehead dared to challenge the dark champion of life's ultimate game.
Now a millionaire, locked in a terror-shrouded fortress of his own design, Joseph Whitehead has hell to pay. And no soul is safe from this ravaging fear, the resurrected fury, the unspeakable desire of…
The Damnation Game.
Special Features Exclusive to this Collector's Edition:
deluxe oversized design with a trim size of 7 inches X 10 inches
full color cover artwork
high-quality endpapers and fine bindings for both editions
full-color signature sheets in the signed editions
extremely collectible print run and you will NOT find our edition in chain bookstores!
Limited: 598 signed numbered hardcover copies, in slipcase: $100
Get your new Patrick Rothfuss here. His The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle: the Dark of Deep Below is in stock and shipping. We have over 2000 individual orders alone for this title, so it's going to take at least all of this week to ship. If you could hold off from asking if your copy is en route, we'd appreciate it, as that will allow us to focus on getting copies out to customers.
About the Book:
We're pleased to announce the second volume in The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle. This time around, Patrick Rothfuss and Nate Taylor have dreamed up an adventure that's nearly twice as long as the original.
In the first volume of The Adventures of The Princess and Mr. Whiffle, we learned what lurks beneath our beds. What's more, we learned that little girls are not helpless, and that princesses are not always what they seem.
In this second installment of the Princess's adventures, we learn a little more about the Princess's family. We learn how dark it is in the Deep Below…
And we learn what happens when the Princess gets a little brother.
The Adventures of The Princess and Mr. Whiffle: The Dark of Deep Below is a dark twist on the classic children's picture book.
Perfect for geek children and adults who love dark faerie tales, international bestselling author Patrick Rothfuss has described the Princess's adventures as, “Calvin and Hobbes meets Coraline, with a healthy dose of Edward Gorey mixed in.”
The Signed Limited Edition Includes:
All of the Story and Illustrations in the Trade Edition
An Exclusive Full-Color Dust Jacket (the Trade Edition dust jacket is black and white)
An Extra Section of Nate’s Sketches
Pat’s Original Script for the book, which differs from the finished volume
Lettered: 26 signed copies with the Limited Edition Contents, likely bound in leather and cloth, housed in a custom traycase, and including an original drawing by Nate Taylor matted into the traycase: $600
Limited: 2000 signed numbered leatherbound copies, with exclusive full-color dust jacket, extra sketch section, and Pat’s original script:$60
Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition:$25
We're pleased to be releasing Paolo Bacigalupi's newest novel, Zombie Baseball Beatdown, as his most affordable Signed, Limited edition yet, with a full-color dust jacket and two full-color plates by Jon Foster.
Collector's Note: Please do not order the Lettered edition unless you own a Lettered copy of The Drowned Cities. (This exclusive preorder period will end December 31.) Anyone may order the Signed, Limited Edition.
In this inventive, fast-paced novel, New York Times bestselling and Printz Award-winning author Paolo Bacigalupi takes on hard-hitting themes—from food safety to racism and immigration—and creates a zany, grand-slam adventure that will get kids thinking about where their food comes from.
The zombie apocalypse begins on the day Rabi, Miguel, and Joe are practicing baseball near their town's local meatpacking plant and nearly get knocked out by a really big stink. Little do they know the plant's toxic cattle feed is turning cows into flesh-craving monsters! The boys decide to launch a stealth investigation into the plant's dangerous practices, unknowingly discovering a greedy corporation's plot to look the other way as tainted meat is sold to thousands all over the country. With no grownups left they can trust, Rabi and his friends will have to grab their bats to protect themselves (and a few of their enemies) if they want to stay alive…and maybe even save the world.
Limited: 500 signed numbered hardcover copies: $60
Lettered: 26 signed copies, bound in leather, housed in a custom traycase: $250
“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?”
We've heard from Charnel House that Harlan Ellison's Limited Edition script, Flintlock, is headed to the printer. Next week, we plan to start charging the full retail price for the book, so you might want to get your order in now.
Please note that the retail price for Flintlock is $150, but we're selling copies for $135.
James Coburn as Derek Flint cut a sleek, cat-like cold war spy who was the epitome of ‘60s cool in Our Man Flint (1965) and In Like Flint (1967). With the 2013 release of the Flint films in a limited edition Blu-ray format we are told through bonus material that a Flint script was written for James Coburn by Harlan Ellison in 1972 called Flintlock, but never produced.
So, with a nod to James Bond, here is Harlan Ellison’s original screenplay in a limited edition fashioned after the first edition (first state only) of Ian Fleming’s The Man with the Golden Gun, which had Francisco Scaramanga’s infamous pistol foil stamped in gold on the front board. Flintlock, bound in black silk on the numbered edition, has Derek Flint’s famous wrist-watch hand-stamped in gold on the front board. There were three thousand copies of each film produced in Blu-ray. There are only three hundred signed copies of Harlan’s script produced by hand with a new introduction by the author written June 25, 2013 for this edition.
Limited: 300 signed numbered hardcover copies, hand bound in the finest materials: $135
Robin Hobb's delightful 37,000 word novella, The Willful Princess and the Piebald Prince, is now available as a very affordable ebook.
About the Book:
One of the darkest legends in the Realm of the Elderlings recounts the tale of the so-called Piebald Prince, a Witted pretender to the throne unseated by the actions of brave nobles so that the Farseer line could continue untainted. Now the truth behind the story is revealed through the account of Felicity, a low-born companion of the Princess Caution at Buckkeep.
With Felicity by her side, Caution grows into a headstrong Queen-in-Waiting. But when Caution gives birth to a bastard son who shares the piebald markings of his father s horse, Felicity is the one who raises him. And as the prince comes to power, political intrigue sparks dangerous whispers about the Wit that will change the kingdom forever…
Internationally-bestselling, critically-acclaimed author Robin Hobb takes readers deep into the history behind the Farseer series in this exclusive, new novella, The Willful Princess and the Piebald Prince. In her trademark style, Hobb offers a revealing exploration of a family secret still reverberating generations later when assassin FitzChivalry Farseer comes onto the scene. Fans will not want to miss these tantalizing new insights into a much-beloved world and its unforgettable characters.
From Publishers Weekly:
“Hobb (a pen name for fantasist Megan Lindholm) pulls off the difficult trick of telling multiple tales simultaneously and well, adding depth to her fictional world without sacrificing a human connection to it.”
From Library Journal:
“Set in the same world as Hobb’s Farseer novels, this compact novella provides a glimpse into the distant past of her popular universe and is a good choice for author fans or series followers”
From SF Crowsnest:
“[The Willful Princess and the Piebald Prince is] a story about stories: How they are created, how they are changed not only by retelling over time, but also how they are directly changed to fit the agendas of those telling them, in this case for political and personal reasons.”
We've also just released a host of other titles as ebooks, including:
No year would be complete without a Brian Lumley project. Next year's a new edition of his classic The Compleat Crow, really shines with Bob Eggleton's wraparound dust jacket.
About the Book:
Master of Occult Arts…
“He was tall and broad-shouldered, and it was plain to see that in his younger days he had been a handsome man. Now…his hair had greyed a little, and his eyes, though still very bright and observant, bore the imprint of many a year spent exploring—and often, I guessed, discovering —along rarely trodden paths of mysterious, obscure learning.”
Mysterious, obscure learning…
To many thousands of readers world-wide Titus Crow is the psychic sleuth—the cosmic voyager and investigator—of Brian Lumley’s Cthulhu Mythos novels, from The Burrowers Beneath to Elysia.
But before The Burrowers and Crow’s Transition, his exploits were chronicled in a series of short stories and novellas uncollected in the USA except in limited editions. Now these stories can be told again. From Inception which tells of Crow’s origins, to The Black Recalled, a tale of vengeance from beyond the grave, here in one volume, from the best-selling author of the epic Necroscope® series, is The Complete Crow.
Limited: 250 signed numbered copies, bound in leather: $60
Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $35
Our first new Thomas Ligotti title, The Spectral Link, contains two brand new stories, his first original work in over a decade.
About the Book:
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 hardcover copies, bound in leather: $60
Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $20
Our second Ligotti offering is Born to Fear, a collection of many interviews, over many years, with one of horror's finest stylists. Please head over to the book's page for the full info.
A Short Bit About the Book:
Though often seen as a figure of contrived obscurity, Ligotti’s replies to the interrogations posed, prove that this accusation is far from the facts. In short, reticence is not this writer’s strong suit, especially when probed on matters that simply do not arise in more normative literary conservations. Ligotti is particularly opinionated and paradoxically droll when prompted to expound on philosophical views that to say the least are adrift from the mainstream. At the same time they are indicative of someone who has truly been born to fear, or at least deserves the benefit of the doubt on this question. Of course, readers always have the prerogative to judge for themselves.
Limited: 250 numbered copies, bound in leather, signed by Matt Cardin (editor) and Thomas Ligotti: $60
Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $40
A few quick notes on other publishers' books:
We have copies of the trade edition of George R. R. Martin's classic werewolf novella, The Skin Trade, in stock and shipping. We have no plans to reorder.
The Publication date for Harlan Ellison's Flintlock creeps ever closer. Right now, we're offering copies for $135, which is $15 off the retail price. We will be pulling this one from the site soon to finalize our order with Charnel House.
In part because Steven Erikson's Memories of Ice was such an overwhelmingly large book (at over 930 pages, our second heftiest ever) we have copies that have minor dings and imperfections. We can't sell them as new, but we can let them go at half price. As an added bonus, purchasing one of these copies will get you the first crack at the next volume in the series.
Limited: 500 signed numbered hardcover copies: $75 (dinged)
Today we begin shipping the signed, limited edition of Jack Vance's The Dying Earth. It's an oversized, slipcased hardcover, with copious illustrations by Tom Kidd.
We have listed Vance''s most famous work as sold out at the moment, but may have a few copies for sale once we're done with the initial wave of shipping. (We'll probably post copies to the site if that happens.)
Centipede Press was kind enough to send us one of the first copies of their Signed, Limited Edition of Tim Powers' The Anubis Gates. We'e posted the results of a little photo shoot over at the book's page. Click on the thumbnails at the bottom to embiggen the images. One thing you may notice: the slipcase is actually two pieces, and pulls apart to reveal the book proper, as well as a bound portfolio of all the full color images by David Palumbo.
New Daniel Abraham is always a cause for celebration. Those of you into epic fantasy, set your sights on his The Dragon and the Coin, which is one of my favorite 2-3 series currently being published.
Closer to home, we've just released Daniel's nineteenth century novella, Balfour and Meriwether in the Incident of the Harrowmoor Dogs. Think of high action and fine writing, and you'll be close to the mark.
About the Book:
When a private envoy of the queen and member of Lord Carmichael's discreet service goes missing, Balfour and Meriwether are asked to look into the affair. They will find a labyrinth of dreams, horrors risen from hell, prophecy, sexual perversion, and an abandoned farmhouse on the moors outside Harrowmoor Sanitarium. The earth itself will bare its secrets and the Empire itself will tremble in the face of the hidden dangers they discover, but the greatest peril is the one they have brought with them.
Balfour and Meriwether in the Incident of the Harrowmoor Dogs is the first novella length work in the Balfour and Meriwether stories by Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Award nominated author Daniel Abraham.
Limited: 250 signed numbered leatherbound copies: $45
Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $20
From Publishers Weekly:
Abraham (the Dragon’s Path series) fits some surprising twists into this novella…much philosophizing about abominations and alliances ensues. This chapbook will make an interesting addition to any devoted Abraham fan’s collection.
From Thinking About Books:
I romped through this and now wait for more of the same. Even though it may be nostalgic in tone to me, this is sufficiently modern to pass muster for the new generation of readers. The Incident of the Harrowmoor Dogs is recommended.
This is going to be one awesome book. Centipede Press has shipped our copies of Tim Powers' The Anubis Gates, and very generously offered to let us sell additional copies. This book, along with Clive Barker's Weaveworld, is my early bet for signed limited edition of the year.
And we're selling copies for $20 beneath the retail price.
About the Book
One of the greatest science fiction/fantasy novels ever published, The Anubis Gates takes literary history, lycanthropy, the Knights Templar, and a bizarre cast of characters into one of the most original and memorable time travel stories ever published. It won the 1983 Philip K. Dick Award for best original science fiction paperback.
Tim Powers is also one of the most collectible of all genre authors. Many consider this novel to be his masterpiece. But it has never been published in a deluxe state; not like this. Get ready. You won’t believe your eyes.
This new edition features 10 full page, full color illustrations by David Palumbo. These are exceptional paintings and perfectly complement the text.
The book is designed by Jacob McMurray, and he also created a fold-out map of London and an infographic regarding the exploits of Dog-Faced Joe. These inserts are simply astonishing and will complement the text and book design. Each copy is signed by Powers, Palumbo, and McMurray in a handsome four-page signature insert. The book is bound in imported cloth and housed in a slipcase that can only be called unique. Indeed, we hope that the standard signed The Anubis Gates will be so amazing that you will swear you have your hands on the deluxe.
The book is typeset in Monotype Bulmer, designed in London by William Martin in the early 1790s. It is a period typeface that perfectly captures the time and setting of the novel. It is printed in two colors throughout. The book is bound in Suedeluxe with a lenticular image on the front board. Other extras include a top-edge stain, printed endpapers, ribbon markers, reinforced binding, and a gorgeous, heavy paper. The slipcase is unlike anything you have ever seen.
This edition promises to sell-out very, very quickly—and will become the definitive edition of this science fiction masterwork. When you open this book, you will know that the price charged was not simply for an autograph. You will know exactly where your money went, and it is unlikely you will receive better value for your money with any limited edition published this year.
There will be no deluxe state, no gift edition. The designer and publisher felt that the design, workmanship, and extras of the standard edition were so strong that there was little room for improvement.
Here’s a quick rundown of a few of the features to this spectacular edition of The Anubis Gates:
Limited to 500 copies, each signed by Tim Powers, David Palumbo, and Jacob McMurray.
New afterword by Tim Powers.
An appendix of deleted scenes from the original manuscript.
Ten full page, full color paintings by David Palumbo.
Four page fold-out map of London with key settings highlighted.
Two-page fold-out infographic on the exploits of Dog-Faced Joe.
Full cloth binding with lenticular image on front board.
Ribbon marker, head and tail bands, top-edge stain, reinforced binding.
Limited: 500 signed numbered hardcover copies, in slipcase: $275
Stephen King's The Shining is running a bit late, but you knew that already, right?
Here’s a brief history and update on the project:
When Steve chose to let us publish Limited and Gift Editions of The Shining, we scheduled a production meeting with our usual printer, Thomson-Shore (who we cannot recommend highly enough, by the way.)
At the meeting, we made it clear that the entire print job was to be theirs, provided they could handle the slipcases for the Gift Edition. They don't produce slipcases in house, and didn’t have a company they were comfortable in partnering with on this, so we made the decision to use Leo USA (who produced my favorite Neil Gaiman limited, Neverwhere) for the Gift Edition.
Copies of the Gift Edition will be done in the next week, and will ship to us from Hong Kong. With travel time, and the need to clear customs, we hope to begin shipping this edition in mid-January.
The Signed, Limited Edition resides with Thomson-Shore. We commissioned hand marbled paper for part of the binding (with the spine of each book being cloth). Now that everything is in hand, T-S tells us that the Limited will be printed November 26.
As soon as the Limited Edition is done, we’ll send a copy out to Kater-Craft, in California, who will handle the traycases. These will take a few months. We’ll update folks again as soon as we have a firm date from them.
The Signed Lettered Edition is being hand bound at Kater-Craft, and will likely be finished early in the Spring.
That’s where things stand at the moment. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to drop me an email.
Before I’m out of your hair, I should add that we’ve seen sample bindings, the printed but unbound book, the color plates, and the other assorted by-products of producing a book, and everything looks just stunning.
Our friends at Cemetery Dance have just announced a new anthology, Turn Down the Lights, to celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of their flagship magazine. As you'll see below, the list of contributors (including Stephen King, Peter Straub, and Norman Partridge) reads like a who's who of the magazine's history. We're pleased to be able to offer copies of the trade edition to SubPress customers. Be aware, our supply is very limited.
About the Book:
It was December 1988: George Bush had just defeated Michael Dukakis in the Presidential Election. Pitcher Orel Hershiser and the Los Angeles Dodgers had beaten the Oakland A's in five games to win the World Series. People were waiting in line at movie theaters to watch Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman in Rain Man. Tom Clancy's The Cardinal of the Kremlin and Anne Rice's The Queen of the Damned were atop the bestseller lists. The most acclaimed genre books of the year were Thomas Harris's The Silence of the Lambs and Peter Straub's Koko.
And twenty-two year old college student Richard Chizmar had just published the premiere issue of a horror magazine named Cemetery Dance.
Twenty-five years later, there have been seventy issues of Cemetery Dance magazine. There have been more than 275 signed Limited Edition hardcovers in the Cemetery Dance book line. There have been awards including the World Fantasy Award, the International Horror Critics Guild Award, and the HWA Board of Trustees Excellence in Specialty Press Publishing Award, as well as nominations for the British Fantasy Award, the American Horror Award, and the Bram Stoker Award, just to name a few.
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of that premiere issue of Cemetery Dance, we're proud to announce Turn Down the Lights, an anthology of authors who helped make the magazine what it is today. These original horror stories by Stephen King, Norman Partridge, Jack Ketchum, Brian James Freeman, Bentley Little, Ed Gorman, Ronald Kelly, Steve Rasnic Tem, Clive Barker, and Peter Straub capture the genuine love of the genre that pushes Cemetery Dance Publications forward year after year.
Now, turn down the lights, flip the page, take my hand, and start the dance…
Trade Hardcover Edition: $35
Table of Contents:
“Turn Down the Lights…” an introduction by Richard Chizmar
“Summer Thunder” by Stephen King
“Incarnadine” by Norman Partridge
“The Western Dead” by Jack Ketchum
“An Instant Eternity” by Brian James Freeman
“In the Room” by Bentley Little
“Flying Solo” by Ed Gorman
“The Outhouse” by Ronald Kelly
“Lookie Loo” by Steve Rasnic Tem
“Dollie” by Clive Barker
“The Collected Short Stories of Freddie Prothero” by Peter Straub
Afterword by Thomas F. Monteleone
A funny thing happened on the way to creating the art for the slipcase we're producing for Joe Hill's NOS4A2. First, it was supposed to be a simple image that could be foil stamped.
Gabe Rodriguez asked what we'd like for the image.
"Charlie Manx," I said.
"A Christmas Tree," was Joe Hill's just as quick reply.
Well, Gabe came up with a Christmas ornament that would proudly hang on any tree in Christmasland, Charlie's seriously skewed home base. We'll be reproducing this in full color on the side of each slipcase, which will also feature foil stamping on the spine.
As a reminder, we're only accepting orders for the slipcase until the end of the day on November 15, 2013.
Due to demand from our collectors, we are producing a Limited Edition slipcase for NOS4A2 by Joe Hill.
A slipcase is essentially a super nice way to protect your book and the book's dust jacket. We're using the same high-quality materials we have used for the novel. This case will feature an original illustration (likely of Charlie Manx, though we're still discussing possibilities) hot foil stamped on it.
We're selling these oversize slipcases for just $29.95, plus shipping
Please note that we are only accepting orders until Friday, November 15, 2013 for cases.
Our cases will be fully cloth bound, with foil stamping (including a brand new illustration from Gabriel Rodriguez.)
We'll post Gabe's art (due next week), and a slipcase prototype, as soon as we have them in hand.
We're shipping copies of Caitlin R. Kiernan's acclaimed new collection, The Ape's Wife and Other Stories. The trade edition is wonderful, as Publishers Weekly has attested. Locus turned their attention to the exclusive 26,000 word novella, Black Helicopters, a separate hardcover which accompanies only the limited edition.
As Locus said:
The best, most complex, and most maddening tale in the collection, though, isn’t really in the collection, and deserves a wider audience. The long novella ‘'Black Helicopters'', published as a separate chapbook only available with the $60 limited edition, begins with what appears to be the sort of espionage tale the title would imply, as a woman named Ptolema meets in Dublin with a couple of younger agents and presents them with a cryptic message that has begun suddenly appearing in radio transmissions, graffiti, and in fliers in New York and Boston: '‘Black Queen white. White Queen black.’' Soon, however, we realize that Ptolema herself has been around a very long time, and that the central mystery involves not only rival shadowy agencies, but quantum physics, bizarre psychological experiments, a sudden plague of monsters (one character calls them 'shuggoths’) in Deer Isle ME, and global flooding. Over fifteen numbered sections, the action leads the reader from the unwilling victims of psychotropic drug experiments in 1966 to a flooded Massachusetts in 2112 and even to Mars in 2152, returning to late 2012 as a kind of chronological anchor. It’s a bit of work piecing together this determinedly non—linear storytelling, which at times suggests Pynchon and at times David Mitchell (not to mention T.S. Eliot), and Kiernan doesn’t make it much easier with chapter titles in Greek or an entire chapter with all—French dialogue. This complicated tale may be a bit too condensed for its own good—it could easily be a short novel—but to the extent that it is science fiction, it’s her finest and most sophisticated use of SF materials to date.
Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcvoer edition: $40
Limited: 600 signed numbered copies, bound in leather, including the bonus volume, Black Helicopters: $60
The traycases for the Lettered Edition of Dan Simmons' standout collection, Lovedeath, are in house, meaning the copies should ship in the next couple of weeks.
In addition, we've opened the remaining stock of the Lettered Edition up to the general public, so please feel free to pick up a copy. The traycases are absolutely gorgeous.
Limited: 250 signed numbered copies: $125
Lettered: 26 signed leatherbound copies, housed in a custom traycase: $250
Here's one cover image for a six volume signed limited edition set we're working on for next year…
Ours will mark the first US publication of all the hardcovers in a uniform edition, with Clive's original dust jacket art. (In fact, some of the volumes have never been published separately in the US.)
We're releasing some of the unordered copies of George R. R Martin's A Clash of Kings to the general public.
Buying Clash will give you the rights of first refusal on A Game of Thrones, but will NOT give you the right to purchase The Winds of Winter.
There is a limit of one copy per household.
Clash is already at the printer. The books should be done soon, at which point we'll order the slipcases. Look for an early 2014 release.
We're (finally!) shipping copies of The Signed Limited Edition of Neil Gaiman's breakout novel, The Ocean at the End of the Lane. This edition matches the Morrow Limited exactly, with the exception that the signature page mentions it was done specifically for SubPress. As an added bonus, we'll toss in a free signed trade U.S. hardcover (a first edition, no less) of the novel with every Limited we ship.
Only 30 copies of the SubPress printing of Ocean remain, so please don't hesitate to order.
WSFA Press, who did those nifty little hardcovers by Connie Willis (Fire Watch) and Jeff Vandermeer (The Three Quests of the Wizard Sarnod) has now published a new edition of George R. R Martin's classic werewolf novella, The Skin Trade. We will be getting in copies of both the limited and trade editions (more of the latter than the former), so please order asap, and be in the first batch of copies we receive.
About the Book:
Randi Wade's world is spiraling into a dark labyrinth of secrets and lies. Her only friend is keeping something from her. Innocent victims are being savagely attacked and left for dead, all but their skins. There is an eerie connection between the crime scenes and her own father's murder nearly twenty years before, unsolved to this day. Despite this, Chief of Police Joe Urquhart, her father's former partner and best friend, beckons her to drop the case, drop everything. Is he protecting her, or something else?
As the case unfolds, Randi is pulled ever closer to realizing her darkest fear: that werewolves do exist, and they'll do anything necessary to keep their secrets safe in this once quiet town… Even if it means killing their own. All the while, an eccentric but powerful family watches closely from inside the black iron gates of Blackstone Manor, as the horrendous truth behind it all begins to bubble toward the top
Limited: 500 signed numbered hardcover copies: $35
Trade: Unsigned hardcover: $25
Important Note: You may order as many copies of the trade hardcover as you like, but households may only order one copy of the limited edition.
We have copies of Christine, the first of a number of anniversary editions of Stephen King's work that PS Publishing will release over the next year or so. The publisher is sold out of this title, and the forthcoming Pet Sematary, so preorder your matched set through us while you can.
About the Book:
Arnie saw Christine for the first time and fell in love with her. I was with him that day—we were on our way home from work—and I would testify on the matter before the Throne of Almighty God if called upon to do so. Brother, he fell and he fell hard. It could have been funny if it hadn't been so sad, and if it hadn't gotten scary as quick as it did. It could have been funny if it hadn't been so bad.
How bad was it?
It was bad from the start. And it got worse in a hurry.
And so begins Stephen King's classic haunted car story, Christine. If you haven't read it then you are in for the cruise ride of your life. And if you have read it then the prospect of re-visiting will surely have your stomach tied up in knots.
This 30th Anniversary edition features specially commissioned artwork from Tomislav Tikulin—four landscape pieces for the wraparound cover, the two sets of endpapers and the fully illustrated slipcase—and interior b&w images by Jill Bauman, plus an Introduction from Michael Marshall Smith and an Afterword by Cemetery Dance head honcho Richard Chizmar.
Anniversary Edition: Limited to 750 numbered hardcover copies, in slipcase: $99
When working on an ongoing series, such as those by Philip K. Dick, Robert Silverberg, or Steven Erikson, to offer three examples, we're always working on at least one title by the author. Jim Butcher and The Dresden Files are no exception. We've had the interior of the next entry in the series done for some time, proofed and ready for the printer. A few weeks ago, Jim turned in the signature pages. We're just waiting for a slot in Vincent Chong's schedule to open up so he can provide the dust jacket and interior illustrations. The latter looks imminent, so we're happy to announce Blood Rites for preorder today. (As with our previous Butcher books, at this time only those who own Death Masks may order the corresponding letter or number of Blood Rites. We'll open the book to the general public in the new year.)
This isn't a SubPress release, and we're not selling copies, but we can't help drawing your attention to it, and recommend it unreservedly.
Lawrence Block is getting into the publishing business, and we couldn't be happier. His new offering, featuring our favorite of his recurring characters, will be published later this year as a signed, limited hardcover (with a print run determined by the number of orders), trade paperback, and in various ebook formats.
About the Book:
The Burglar Who Counted the Spoons finds Bernie and his lesbian sidekick Carolyn Kaiser breaking into houses, apartments, and even a museum, in a madcap adventure replete with American Colonial silver, an F. Scott Fitzgerald manuscript, a priceless portrait, and a remarkable array of buttons. And, wouldn’t you know it, there’s a dead body, all stretched out on a Trent Barling carpet.
There. You have all the information. Keep Bernie on the straight and narrow and order a copy. (To order the limited edition, please find the info in Larry's most recent newsletter.) The other link, above, will take you to a list of all the other formats that Spoons will be available in.)
Joe Hill's mammoth (over 700 oversize pages, including a 22,000 word novella appearing for the first time anywhere) novel, NOS4A2, is in stock and shipping.
If you're waiting on a copy, please don't email to check to see if it's shipped. We're packaging as fast as we possibly can.
To those who missed it the first time, yes, we will have a few copies left after shipping the first wave. We're most likely to list them in an upcoming newsletter and put them up on the site.
Our thanks to everyone for making this a special book to work on. Especially to Joe and Gabe, who both went above and beyond.
We're pleased to be able to offer one of Dan Simmons's finest creations, the colllection Lovedeath, as a signed limited edition. Best of all, this book is in stock and ready to ship. (The numbered edition is. The lettered will still take a bit as the traycases need to be manufactured.)
About the Book:
First published in 1993, Lovedeath remains one of Dan Simmons’s most significant accomplishments. In five stories—four novellas and an amazing short novel—Simmons explores the intertwined themes of love and death with wit, intelligence, and grace—and from an astonishing variety of perspectives.
The volume opens with the moving “Entropy’s Bed at Midnight,” a portrait of parental love and anxiety that broadens to become a meditation on the random, frequently absurd hazards of ordinary life. The award-winning “Dying in Bangkok” is a graphic, often deeply unsettling story of vengeance and erotic vampirism set against the flesh markets of Bangkok during the height of the AIDS crisis. “Sleeping with Teeth Women” is a tale of the Lakota Sioux and of a young brave—Hoka Ushte—who embarks on a vision quest that will alter both his own life and the lives of his people. “Flashback,” a precursor to the recent novel of the same name, examines the impact of the eponymous drug that allows its users to recapture—and relive—specific moments from the past. Finally, “The Great Lover” uses the wartime journals of a fictional British poet—James Edwin Rooke—as the basis for a hallucinatory recreation of the Battle of the Somme in 1916. The result is a profoundly imagined, meticulously researched narrative filled with horror, poetry, and indelible images. “The Great Lover” is, beyond doubt, one of Dan Simmons’s greatest creations. It is also one of the finest fictional portraits of the First World War ever put on paper, and it brings this masterful collection to a resonant, unforgettable conclusion.
Limited: 250 signed numbered copies, printed on 80# Finch, fully bound in cloth: $125
Lettered: 26 signed leatherbound copies, housed in a custom traycase: $250
First up in the review parade: Publishers Weekly covers Joe R. Lansdale's upcoming novella, The Ape Man's Brother.
Although the tale of the lord of the jungle—here called the Big Guy—has been told many times, rarely has it been told from the perspective of one of his hominid companions. Lansdale is a master craftsman, and even when he is paying homage to a carefully unnamed famous protagonist from a long string of novels and movies, he adds something new (and often unsavory) to the mix. This brief tale does not overstay its welcome, and Lansdale completists will snatch it up.
We move from the gonzo to the mysterious in Lawrence Block's major new collection, Catch and Release. This time, the praise emanates from bookreporter:
In Block’s stories, terror and evil strike suddenly out of the blue, like summer lightning in the night sky. A sniper’s bullet finds the throat of a woman picking apples. A friendly fellow offers to help you with your bags in the supermarket parking lot. All routine. Thieves finally hit the big score and then devour each other for it. A female tennis star plays her game to the best of her ability and does not notice the man staring at her in the crowd. A hardware store owner answers the bell ringing innocently above his door. A retired man likes to practice golf but not play the game. Whores pick up the wrong johns. Bad cops partner with even worse cops. An eccentric old woman is a hoarder… What makes these stories truly terrifying is that, after setting up the seemingly routine, Block’s violence and story twists seem to explode off the page. But the violence in his work is not gratuitous or sensational. Just a sentence or two and then leave the rest to our overheated imagination. And that is great writing.
Finally, Peter Crowther heads for unknown territories in Jewels in the Dust, in this review culled from Tor.com:
Jewels in the Dust collects thirteen stories and includes a generous set of story notes about the origins and writing process for each story. Most of the stories in the collection fall somewhere on the sliding scale of contemporary fantasy, magical realism, and horror, often featuring a life-changing event intersecting with something magical or supernatural. The trajectory of these stories is often similar to what someone like, say, Jonathan Carroll writes: the common lives of regular people thrown off-course by something that doesn’t neatly fit in reality.
What’s very different from Carroll, however, is the atmosphere. Peter Crowther often goes for a folksy, chatty sort of Americana style, with stories set in small towns in the middle of the previous century. Another parallel—especially in the two stories that open this collection, “The Bachelor” and “The Fairy Trap”—can be found in Ray Bradbury. In a small town, young boys are playing outside, and magic happens—a creeping, disturbing sort of magic that puts a weird spin on the life-affirming nostalgia.
We have glowing reviews a aplenty, so let's get right to them. Our edition of Scott Lynch's The Republic of Thieves will be out in February. Reviews of the trade edition are now making their appearance, and it looks as though the wait for Lynch's latest offering has unquestionably been worth it.
From Publishers Weekly:
Locke and company remain among the most engaging protagonists in fantasy, and Lynch sneaks in some incisive political parody while never overdoing the comedy. The result is fast paced, fun, and impossible to put down.
Beth shows up here (working for the other side), but by now the boundaries between foreground and background have thinned enough to reveal another key female whose life-span, powers, and ambitions surpass anything human. Can a civic election somehow lead to the grand finale of an age-old cosmic battle spread across many worlds? As Lynch builds assumptions, then undermines them in a startling Epilogue, he goes far beyond the dens of thieves.
Another Review from Locus:
Perhaps most notable, however, is what Lynch has done with Sabetha, the main female lead in Thieves . Unlike many male-hero driven fantasies, where the women show up to give the hero someone to lust after and fight for, Sabetha gets to have agency and her own multi-leveled motivations. She can be prickly and unpleasant and warm and engaging – you know, like actual women are. …Sabetha is not a reward the book’s writer tosses to the conquering hero at the end of the story. It’s far more complicated than that. Which could also be easily said about Thieves on the whole. There is a lot going on here, even more than you’d expect when faced with a volume thick enough to stop a slow bullet.
We have a bunch of very quick hit updates for you.
NOS4A2 (Joe Hill) will tentatively be completed on 10/8. It will take a few days to get into our warehouse and start shipping. We'll keep you posted.
The Shining (Stephen King) is progressing nicely at both printers. We've already suffered a few bumps along the way, which mean the book won't make its November deadline. We'll update you as soon as we have more information.
Everything You Need (Michael Marshall Smith) — We're down to our last 7 copies of this fine collection, published by Earthling.
A Clash of Kings (George R. R. Martin)—An important reminder: If you own the Limited or Lettered Edition of A Dance with Dragons, you only have until the end of October to lock in your order for Clash. After that, we'll make an announcement opening the varoius editions up to the general public.
The trade edition of Joe R. Lansdale's Bleeding Shadows, the largest collection of his esteemed career, will be out of print on publicaton. At present, we have orders for over 1000 more than are being printed. We always fill our direct orders first, so you still have time to lock in a copy, if you're of a mind.
Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $40
Limited: 250 signed numbered copies, bound in leather, with exclusive wrap around dust jacket: $100
Very much in time for your Halloween reading, Robert McCammon's classic Nazi zombie novel, The Night Boat, is in stock and shipping.
About the Book:
The Night Boat, Robert McCammon’s third published novel, first appeared as a paperback original in 1980. Following on the heels of Baal and Bethany’s Sin, it offered further proof that a writer of great narrative power and limitless potential—a writer who would achieve a significant position in modern popular fiction—had arrived.
The story begins with a vividly written prologue in which a German U-boat—sometimes known as an “Iron Coffin”—attacks an unsuspecting merchant vessel, and is itself attacked by a pair of Allied sub chasers. The action then shifts to the present day and to the idyllic Caribbean island of Coquina, where life is about to change in unimaginable ways. David Moore, a young man with a tragic and haunted past, is skin-diving in the waters off Coquina, searching for the salvageable remnants of shipwrecks. He accidentally detonates a long-unexploded depth charge, uncovering and releasing a submarine that has lain beneath those waters, virtually intact, for decades. The battered vessel that rises to the surface contains a bizarre and terrifying cargo that will transform a once peaceful island into a landscape of unrelenting nightmare.
The Night Boat is a story of cannibalism, ancient voodoo curses, and shambling, undead entities filled with a bottomless rage and an equally bottomless hunger. But it is also the story of a past that refuses to die, that lies in wait just beneath the surface of the unsuspecting present. Furiously paced and viscerally frightening, this horrific early gem is both an outstanding entertainment in its own right and a harbinger of the masterpieces to come.
Limited: 750 signed numbered hardcover copies, fully bound in cloth: $75
We're at work on our next Jack Vance project, volume four of his Early Stories. Minding the Stars will be out next spring, likely followed a year later by our final entry in the Early Stories series.
About the Book
Strange things happen…
Throughout his long and impressive career as a celebrated professional storyteller, Jack Vance showed a fascination not only with having characters solve mysteries in all sorts of dramatic and wondrous situations using their powers of observation, deduction and common sense, but also with the possibility of higher states of mind in play, other realms of existence, even spirit worlds.
Vance approached such things with a healthy, properly wary, scientific curiosity, even while embracing the liberties allowed any popular entertainer, and so made the exploration of such higher states part of his stock in trade.
Whether richly displayed in his Dying Earth stories with their wizardly spellcasting, eldritch beings and strange dimensions, or in his science fiction tales with the incredible mental powers afforded races like the Green Chasch, the Fwai-chi, the Meks of Etamin 9 besieging the final human strongholds in “The Last Castle,” even given to divergent human peoples on Koryphon, Maske and countless other worlds, or to the likes of his most extraordinary Demon Prince, Howard Alan Treesong, Vance was forever drawn to what else might comprise human (and other) natures in all their myriad forms.
Minding the Stars: The Early Jack Vance Volume 4 reflects this beguiling blend of the practical and the otherworldly, combining tales that explore the workings of such mental powers with other stories selected from the earlier days of the Grandmaster’s illustrious career.
Lettered: 26 signed leatherbound copies, housed in a custom traycase. Please see product page for ordering eligibility.
Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $45
Not ten minutes ago, we received Steven Erikson's Memories of Ice in our warehouse. Our shippers are clearing a few things out of the way, and shoud be sending copies to customers later this afternoon. If you're on the fence about picking up a copy, know that it's over 900 pages of epic fantasy goodness, printed on 80# Finch, featuring a number of full color plates by J. K. Drummond. It's truly an impressive presentation.
Limited: Only 45 signed numbered copies remain: $150
Important note: the text of Equoid will be posted at Tor.com for free sometime in the coming weeks, if you're only interested in reading the tale.
(preorder—to be published in September 2014)
Dust jacket illustration by Steve Montiglio
We hadn't intended to offer this title for preorder yet, but have received so many requests it seemed crazy not to. Equoid, our first Stross offering since the time travel novella Palimpsest is a long (32,000 words) tale set in his popular Laundry series.
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