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Announcing ANCILLARY JUSTICE by Ann Leckie

Ancillary Justice

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

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

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

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

Limited: 500 signed numbered hardcover copies: $50

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

 

Announcing FORSAKEN, a New Otherworld Novella by Kelley Armstrong

Subterranean Press is pleased to present a long Otherworld novella by Kelley Armstrong, featuring a number of full-color illustrations by Xaviere Daumarie. The Trade Hardcover of Forsaken will feature a full-color dust jacket as well as four full-color interior illustrations. The Signed Limited Edition will have a completely different dust jacket, full-color endsheets, and two additional full-color illustrations not in the Trade.

Three years after being named Alpha of the North American pack, Elena Michaels is in London battling for respect from the British pack. When it becomes apparent she won’t get it, she heads home, expecting a much-needed rest on her family vacation, only to discover a battle brewing of a very different kind.

One of her eight-year-old twins has disappeared, and all evidence points to Malcolm Danvers. It seems as if the psychotic former Pack member they’ve been tracking for the past year has brought the fight to them, setting the bait he knows Elena can’t afford to ignore.

Number one New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong returns to her much-loved Otherworld with this powerful novella detailing the latest trials and travails of a fan-favorite character, a working mother who happens to lead the werewolves of North America.

Limited: 1000 signed numbered copies, bound in leather: $48
Trade: Fully cloth-bound hardcover copies: $28

 

Two New Tim Powers Reviews

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

Booklist on The Drawing of the Dark:

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

Publishers Weekly on Nobody's Home:

Powers builds on his 1983 novel The Anubis Gates with this novella of Victorian ghosts and vengeance… The writing evokes the style and feel of Victorian England, eschewing cliché while capturing the culture.

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

 

Additional Praise for Joe R. Lansdale’s BLACK HAT JACK

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Joe R. Lansdale's mythic western, Black Hat Jack, is in our warehouse and being prepped for shipping, which should commence very late this week or early next.

Meanwhile, Booklist just chimed in with its share of praise for the long novella:

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

From Publishers Weekly:

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

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

Trade:
Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $25

 

Kelley Armstrong—Sample BOUNTY HUNT Pages Posted

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Xaviere Daumarie has just turned in all of the art for Kelley Armstrong's graphic novel, Bounty Hunt. We've posted four sample pages over at the book's product page. Kelley's fans should know Bounty Hunt contains plot elements that tie directly into Kelley's next novella, which we'll be publishing in January 2015.

About the Book:

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

 

John Scalzi’s UNLOCKED in Stock, Shipping, and in Short Supply

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Once we clear out a few remaining orders from last week, we'll be moving on to John Scalzi's Unlocked, the novella-length prequel to his new novel, Lock In, the latter which recently landed on a number of best-seller lists. (Congratulations, John!)

Our edition of Unlocked is the only print edition currently being considered—and a limited edition we won't be reprinting—so you might want to pick up a copy soon. We're down to the last 250 copies out of the 1500 copy print run, with more orders flowing through the site daily.

As far as other matters go, we've had a terrible time shipping signed copies of John's novel, Lock In. When John was here a bit over a month ago, we discovered that the majority of our copies had dinged and crumpled dust jackets, hardly the sort of thing we could foist off on our customers. It's taken a bit of to-ing and fro-ing with the Macmillan warehouse—who've been as eager as us to solve this problem. The end result is we now have new dust jackets, and will be shipping out the remaining 170 or so orders.

Thanks to everyone for their patience.

Back to Unlocked:

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.

From Publishers Weekly:

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.

Limited: 1500 signed numbered hardcover copies: $40

 

Limited Editions of Stephen King’s CARRIE and THINNER Available as a Set

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Get in on the PS Publishing Stephen King Limited Editions while you still can. After shipping Carrie, we had a number of copies left over, which we'll be pairing with the upcoming release of Thinner. You can pick up copies of both titles, with matching numbers, over at the Thinner page. (Please note that the books will ship as a set, when Thinner is released later this fall.)

As well as getting two great books, buying Carrie and Thinner will get you first crack at the next King limited from PS.

Limited Edition Matching Set: $250

 

Clive Barker’s TORTURED SOULS Print Run Increased

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Demand far outstripped supply for the numbered edition of Clive Barker's Tortured Souls, so with the author's blessing, we've increased the limited edition size to 500.

The print run will not be increased further, nor will the Lettered Edition be increased. Please note that we're restricting folks to one copy of the limited edition.

 

 

ROGUES Dust Jacket Reveal

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The book sold out almost immediately upon announcement, but we wanted everyone to know we're making progress on Rogues, the huge anthology edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois. Ken Laager has begun turning in art for the book, while the signature sheets are making the rounds.

More news as it happens.

 

Coming Next Spring—Signed Copies of Peter V. Brett’s THE SKULL THRONE

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We've made arrangements for Peter V. Brett to visit the SubPress warehouse and sign copies of his newest novel, The Skull Throne, due out next March. Peter will be happy to sign or inscribe your copy. Just mention what you'd like in the comments section when checking out.

In addition, we're creating a special ward that will be embossed in each copy. This embossing will be exclusive to copies that Peat (as his friends call him) signs for SubPress.

About the Book:

In the grand tradition of George R. R. Martin, Terry Brooks, David Eddings, and Robert Jordan, New York Times bestselling author Peter V. Brett continues his critically acclaimed Demon Cycle, which last left off in The Daylight War.

Trade Hardcover in Dust Jacket: $28

Don't forget the Demon Cycle novella we're publishing later this year. Messenger's Legacy will be a SubPress exclusive, available in signed and unsigned editions, heavily illustrated by Lauren K. Cannon.

 

Artwork Revealed—We’re Running Low on Copies of Caitlin R. Kiernan’s THE DROWNING GIRL

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We've just posted three of the interior images to the Centipede Press Signed Limited Edition of Caitlin R. Kiernan's finest novel, The Drowning Girl. There are others we haven't posted, as well. This dark masterpiece is getting the deluxe treatment it deserves, by one of the two or three finest small presses out there. The number of copies we've been guaranteed is dwindling. Don't dawdle and miss out on one book where the production values match the level of accomplishment of the story inside.

The Drowning Girl will have the following features:

  • Limited to 300 copies, each signed by Caitlín R. Kiernan, Elizabeth Hand, Matthew Jaffe, and Michael Zulli.
  • Introduction by Elizabeth Hand.
  • The author’s definitive text.
  • Original artwork by Matthew Jaffe.
  • Original artwork by Michael Zulli.
  • Luxurious, 6½ × 10 inch format.
  • Ribbon marker, head and tail bands, top-edge stain, cloth slipcase.

Limited: 300 signed numbered copies: Regularly $250, but we're selling them for only $225

 

Robert McCammon’s THE QUEEN OF BEDLAM in Short Supply

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Just a quick note to let you know that our supplies of Robert McCammon's The Queen of Bedlam Signed Limited Edition are in short supply.

At last count, we were down to the last 25-30 copies, which we don't expect to last long.

Limited: 374 signed numbered hardcover copies, in slipcase: $125

Lettered: 26 signed deluxe bound copies, housed in a custom traycase: $500

 

K. J. Parker’s ACADEMIC EXERCISES—The Collection of the Year

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K. J. Parker's Academic Exercises continues to be a candidate for Collection of the Year. Most recently, Locus ran its third review of the tome, this time with Gardner Dozois' adding his to the growing roster of praise::

Parker has delivered one of the first major fantasy collections of the year, and one that I suspect is going to be in the running for the title of Year’s Best Collection. Nobody else is writing anything like the stories collected here: sophisticated, character-driven, often featuring wily rascals trying to outsmart and out-con each other, with the stakes raised at each reversal, told in a sly and knowing voice that’s instantly addictive and draws you smoothly through the often intricate plots, intelligent and full of cutting wit, deep cynicism toward the institutions of society, and black humor.

In case you missed them, here are the earlier Locus reviews, along with the Starred Review from Publishers Weekly:

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 my favorite piece here. An 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.”

From Locus (different review):

There may be a good reason why K. J. Parker is the only author to win back-to-back World Fantasy Awards for novellas (in 2012 and 2013). As engaging and popular as Parker’s novels have been, the remarkable outpouring of shorter fiction over the last five years or so—nearly all of it collected in Academic Exercises and most having appeared originally from Subterranean Press—is practically a master class in the form, a body of work that suggests an already accomplished artist refining a particular instrument while still experimenting with structure and technique. Parker’s familiar dry and mordant wit is still much in evidence, as is the meticulous attention to procedural matters and odd bits of microhistorical lore (like the inconvenience and expense of obtaining blue pigments for manuscript illuminations), but readers are going to find a good deal more magic than in the novels…and a lot more first-person narrators, who are about as reliable as you’d expect from Parker’s familiar gallery of scurrilous if amiable rogues, scoundrels, liars, cowards, and double-crossers.

We're long sold out of the hardcover, but the Ebook is still readily available, from a number of retailers.

 

More Praise for Lawrence Block

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Our newest excursion into the mysterious depths of Lawrence Block's psyche, Defender of the Innocent, has just been finished by our printer, and will ship in the next few weeks. We've been lucky that our Block titles have been received warmly by reviewers, and Block's latest is no exception. If stories that are both charming and chilling are up your alley, Defender of the Innocent is the perfect collection of poisoned confections.

From Publishers Weekly:

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.

From Booklist:

Ehrengraf is the star of each [story], a dandy who oozes self-regard, a charming sociopath who will murder to free his client and collect his fee. He never really cops to his methods, except to icily hint at them should a client balk at paying.

Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $30

 

Cherie Priest’s MAPLECROFT Surfaces

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Our pal Cherie Priest has a brand new badass horror novel out, one we can recommend to you without reservation. We're not selling copies of Maplecroft here at SubPress, but don't let that stop you from picking up Maplecroft.

Meanwhile, here's a taste of the praise the book's been drawing:

Maplecroft will be the best damn Cthulhu novel you’ve read in ages [...] A warning, though. Once I started reading Maplecroft, I was basically glued to my chair until I was finished. So be prepared to lose an afternoon to this book – and to gnash your teeth waiting for the sequel to arrive (yes – it’s the first in the “Borden Dispatches” series). Whether you’re a weird fiction fan, or love true crime history, this book is a major treat. ~Annalee Newitz, at i09.com

What if Lizzie Borden actually did kill her father and stepmother with an axe, but she had a really good reason? Lizzie and her sister, Emma, still live in Fall River, MA, ostracized despite Lizzie’s acquittal years earlier. The townspeople don’t know that Lizzie might be their only defense against ocean creatures who can possess their souls and change their bodies. This clever premise combines genuine horror and a legendary historical character for an entertaining read. As in the best horror, the exact nature of the threat is left a little vague, allowing the reader’s imagination to fill in the details. ~Library Journal

Maplecroft is dark and lyrical, haunting and brined in blood. It is as sharp as Lizzie Borden’s axe—and Borden herself is a horror heroine bar none. Cherie Priest is our new queen of darkness, folks. Time to kneel before her, lest she take our heads. ~Chuck Wendig, author of Blackbirds and The Blue Blazes.

Lizbeth “Lizzie” Andrew Borden wields her axe against Lovecraftian entities in this terrifying and powerful series launch by fan favorite Priest (the Clockwork Century series). Two years after Lizzie infamously slew her mother and stepfather, she and her consumptive, scholarly older sister, Emma, remain in their hometown of Fall River, Mass., in an isolated and modified home called Maplecroft. Lizzie spends countless hours in her basement laboratory, trying to understand what transformed the Bordens into horrifying creatures, while protecting and caring for Emma and conducting a love affair with actress Nance O’Neil. Then Emma, who poses as “Dr. E.A. Jackson” to contribute to the men-only world of science, sends a biological sample to colleague Phillip Zollicoffer at Miskatonic University, with terrible consequences. Readers will be intrigued by the weird monsters and 19th-century science, but the story is really carried by the characters’ emotional dynamics, especially those between the Borden sisters. (Sept.) ~Publishers Weekly [Starred Review]

Cherie Priest has long been a favorite author of mine, but with Maplecroft she has outdone herself. Grim, impeccably written, and deliciously disturbing, it’s nothing less than a Gothic masterpiece, and represents Priest at the height of her power. Easily my favorite novel of the year so far. ~ Kealan Patrick Burke, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The Turtle Boy, and Kin.

Cherie Priest is supremely gifted and Maplecroft is a remarkable novel, simultaneously beautiful and grotesque. It is at once a dark historical fantasy with roots buried deep in real-life horror and a supernatural thriller mixing Victorian drama and Lovecraftian myth. You won’t be able to put it down! ~ Christopher Golden, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Snowblind.

With Maplecroft, Cherie Priest delivers her most terrifying vision yet—a genuinely scary, deliciously claustrophobic, and dreadfully captivating historical thriller with both heart and cosmic horror. A mesmerizing, absolute must-read! ~ Brian Keene, Best-selling author of The Rising and Ghoul.

Once again, get the full ordering details over at Cherie Priest's site.

 

Low Stock and Newly Found Items. VERY Limited Quantities

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We've been in the collector's room again, with the need to clear space, and have a few other items out in our regular stock area that are getting low in quantity. Please note that you may only buy one copy of each item.

In some cases, we have as few as one copy of a given edition, so if you reach a book's product page and don't see a BUY button, it means that title is sold out.

 

 

 

Clive Barker’s TORTURED SOULS Already 70% Sold Out

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Next February, we'll publish a rare Clive Barker novella, heavily illustrated with a wraparound dust jacket and black-and-white interior illustrations by Bob Eggleton. Even though the book was posted to our site just last week, the Lettered Edition is Sold Out, and the Limited is 70% gone. Please get your order in early!

Tortured Souls is one of the most vividly imagined, tightly compressed novellas ever written by the incomparable Clive Barker. At once violent and erotic, brutal and strangely beautiful, it takes us into the heart of the legendary “first city” known as Primordium, the site of political upheaval, passionate encounters, and astonishing acts of transformation.

Lurking at the edges of this extravagant tale is the ancient entity known as “Agonistes,” who accepts the pleas of selected “Supplicants,” transforming them, through a combination of art, magic, and pain, into avatars of violence and revenge.

The story begins when a freelance assassin named Zarles Krieger commits a routine murder-for-hire. This act will lead him to two life-altering encounters, one with the daughter of his victim, the other with Agonistes himself. This conjunction of the human and the inhuman stands at the center of this instantly absorbing creation.

With great authority and equally great economy, Tortured Souls expands to become a portrait of Primordium itself, with its hierarchies, its hidden mysteries, its shifting power structure, and—most significantly—its indelible cast of characters. A perfectly controlled example of what Barker calls “the fantastique,” Tortured Souls is something truly special, a story whose imaginative reach and sheer narrative power are evident on every page.

Lettered: 26 signed leatherbound copies, housed in a custom traycase: Sold Out
Limited: 350 signed numbered copies, bound in leather: $60
Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $30

 

10% Off On Gorgeous Harlan Ellison Editions

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We'd like to get Charnel House's gorgeous productions of Harlan Ellison's Flintlock and The Glass Teat & The Other Glass Teat into more readers hands, so for this week only, we're knocking 10% off the retail price. This means you'll save a relatively modest $15 on Flintlock, and $70 on the oversize, unimaginably impressive Glass Teat volume.

It's been a while since we offered The Glass Teat & The Other Glass Teat, so here's a recap:

Charnel House has turned their turned their wonderful production skills on two Harlan Ellison Classics—The Glass Teat & The Other Glass Teat, published together for the first time in an oversize (8 * 10 inch, 480 page) volume.

All books come with an audio CD of Harlan reading “Welcome To The Gulag,” his newly written introduction, a nine minute passionate rant and last word on tv and the media, recorded on February 18, 2011 for this book project.

Limited: 250 signed numbered hardcover copies in traycase: $630 ($70 Off the Retail Price)

 

 

Lettered SMOKE AND MIRRORS Shipping

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Have a look at the traycase for the lettered edition of Neil Gaiman's Smoke and Mirrors, the most complicated such beast we've ever attempted. We're packaging and shipping copies today and tomorrow.

For those interested, we have one copy of the lettered still available, as well as a small number of copies of the limited edition.

Please be aware that we're shipping Grab Bags next, so if you order a copy of Smoke and Mirrors now, it'll take a few weeks to clear our bay doors.

(Also, please note that customers are limited to one copy of Smoke and Mirrors, so if you've already bought one, please don't place another order.)

Don't forget that we're taking preorders for three additional Neil Gaiman Signed Limited Editions: Interworld, The Silver Dream, and The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains.

 

 

Get an Early Look at Nobody’s Home

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We've just posted a lengthy (3500 words) excerpt from Nobody's Home, Tim Powers' first foray into Anubis Gates territory in 33 years. Don't forget to have a look at a few of J. K. Potter's sepia-toned illustrations while reading the excerpt.

About the Book:

For the first time in his esteemed career, Tim Powers returns to the setting (and a central character) from his landmark time travel novel, The Anubis Gates.

Tracking the murderer of her fiancee through 19th century London's darkest warrens, Jacky Snapp has disguised herself as a boy—but the disguise fails when, trying to save a girl from the ghost of her jealous husband, Jacky finds that she has made herself visible to the ghosts that cluster around the Thames–

—And one of them is the ghost of her fiancee, who was poisoned and physically transformed by his murderer but unwittingly shot dead by Jacky herself.

Jacky and the girl she rescued, united in the need to banish their pursuing ghosts, learn that their only hope is to flee upriver to the barge known as Nobody's Home—where the exorcist whose name is Nobody charges an intolerable price.

Nobody’s Home will be printed in two colors throughout, copiously illustrated by J. K. Potter.

Limited: 474 signed numbered copies, bound in leather,  housed in a custom, foil stamped slipcase: $75
Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $35

 

Stephen King’s CARRIE in Stock and Shipping

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The 40th Anniversary Edition of Stephen King's Carrie is in stock and shipping. We still have a very few copies that are not yet spoken for. If you order one, you have first crack at the limited edition of Thinner, which just went up for preorder.

About the Book:

“It reminds me of a cookie baked by a first grader,” Stephen King said of Carrie, his first published novel, many years after the book’s 1974 appearance. “Tasty enough, but kind of lumpy and burned on the bottom.”

Well, that so-so confection led to a cordon bleu parade of some of the world’s most successful novels by, arguably, the most successful and beloved author in any field. Indeed, King has since gone on, in 2003, to receive the Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

But, in the spirit of mighty oaks from little acorns growing, Carrie, a brand-new blustering debut novel about a put-upon girl with menstrual problems written by a young wannabe writer, was indeed a humble beginning. And it was a big chance for its publisher.

Carrie was written on King’s wife Tabitha’s portable typewriter while the couple and their then two children were living in a trailer. It started life as a short story intended for Cavalier magazine, but King dumped the first three pages.

Fortunately, his wife noticed the pages in the trash and fished them out, advising her husband to go on and finish the tale…but he went one step better: he expanded it into a novel.

“I persisted because I was dry and had no better ideas…my considered opinion was that I had written the world’s all-time loser.”

This ultra-deluxe 40th Anniversary edition will feature a bevy of specially commissioned pen-and-ink illustrations and colour paintings from fan favourite Glenn Chadbourne plus an Introduction from James Lovegrove and an Afterword from Kim Newman. James, Kim and Glenn will be signing copies and there will be a facsimile signature from the author.

Anniversary Edition: 974 numbered hardcover copies, in slipcase: $125

 

Robert McCammon—They Thirst Selling Quickly

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October will be Robert McCammon's month. His vampire epic, They Thirst, rises from the earth in a gorgeous new edition, one which is now over 85% sold out before we've received any large online retailer orders. Collectors please note that the Lettered Edition is now open to general ordering. There's a limit of one copy per person, household, or plane of existence.

As Publishers Weekly noted about this classic:

Apocalyptic catastrophe collides with deeply intimate fears in this hardcover incarnation of McCammon’s 1981 paperback horror novel… Pathos and tragedy reverberate beneath bawdy sexual tension and violence in a seamless fictional cocktail for genre devotees. As readable today as when first published, this savage yet elegant shock show succeeds as crowd-pleasing storytelling as well as a time capsule of the 1980s horror aesthetic.

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 Boat—They Thirst made its initial appearance as a paperback original. In the years since, it has acquired an intensely devoted following, and is now widely regarded as one of the significant vampire novels of the 20th century.

The story begins in the tiny Hungarian hamlet of Krajeck, where nine-year-old Andre Palatazin awaits the return of his father from an unspecified—but clearly dangerous—mission. The man who finally returns is no longer Andre’s father—is no longer, in fact, a man. Pursued by this undead entity, Andre and his mother barely escape with their lives. Decades later, Andre—now Andy—Palatazin is a homicide detective in the Los Angeles Police Department, and spends his days dealing with the quotidian terrors of a large metropolis. His life takes a darker turn when the demonic forces he first encountered in Krajeck arrive in L.A., led by an ancient vampire known as The Master. The Master’s plan: to overrun the city and use it as a stepping-stone toward wider, ultimately global, domination.

They Thirst marks the earliest appearance of McCammon’s penchant for epic, wide-angled narratives. With the unobtrusive ease of a natural storyteller, the author propels a wide assortment of vividly created characters through an apocalyptic scenario that combines gritty urban realism with a powerful portrait of supernatural forces at large in the modern world. The result is a genuine classic of the genre, a novel that is as fresh and absorbing today as it was more than thirty years ago.

Limited: 1000 signed numbered hardcover copies: $80
Lettered: 26 signed leatherbound copies, housed in a custom traycase: $275

 

A New Neil Gaiman Signed Limited Edition Just Announced

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I received an email from my rep at Morrow a week ago to let me know that they'd be producing a very affordable ($75) signed limited edition of Neil Gaiman's The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains (wonderfully illustrated by Eddie Campbell) and did we want copies. Well, yes, as a matter of fact we did. We don't yet know the limitation for this edition, or how widely it will be available. All we can add to the details below is that it's slated for publication in February.

About the Book:

Beautifully illustrated by renowned artist Eddie Campbell, this is a limited edition of Neil Gaiman’s award-winning novelette “The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains”—signed by Gaiman and Campbell, and containing a CD of the FourPlay String Quartet music.

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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.

Limited: Hardcover edition, signed by the author and artist, with CD. This gorgeous limited edition will feature a clamshell case and vellum cover overwrap: $75

 

Announcing Twenty-Five Years in the Word Mines by Graham Joyce

Twenty-Five Years in the Word Mines by Graham Joyce

In September, PS Publishing plans to release a large (over 400 pages) collection celebrating Graham Joyce's short fiction. We'll have ample copies of the trade edition (and a small allocation of the limited) of Twenty-Five Years in the World Mines: The Best Short Fiction of Graham Joyce. Trust me, short story collections do not get much better than this one promises to be.

About the Book:

Twenty-five years ago Graham Joyce and his wife Sue left the grey skies of England to live by the sea on a Greek island. As an unpublished writer he had gone there to live in isolation to write. After the hoards of uninvited summer visitors left he was finally able to fulfil his ambition and so started a writing career. Some of the stories contained in this collection were written in Greece under a vine canopy with light from a hurricane lamp. Others were inspired by travels around neighbouring islands.

This collection represents a gathering of the best Graham Joyce short stories written since his stay in Greece. Settings vary from the mines of the East Midlands to the lonely landscape of the Norfolk Coast and to the frozen streets of Leningrad during WWII.

Included with this collection is a foreword by Owen King and an afterword by Kelly Braffet, as well as an individual commentary on each story by the author.

Trade Hardcover Edition in Dust Jacket: $45

Limited Edition: 100 copies, signed by the author, in slipcase, with a chapbook of extra stories: $99

 

Announcing THE DROWNING GIRL by Caitlin R. Kiernan

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Our pal Jerad at Centipede Press is publishing a very lavish edition of Caitlin R. Kiernan's The Drowning Girl this fall, and we've been fortunate enough to lock in copies. As there are only 300 copies, you might want to place an early order.

About the Book:

Universally acclaimed as one of the finest horror novels of the last twenty years, The Drowning Girl is a haunting and beautiful story by one of the finest writers in the genre. Nominated for the Nebula, Shirley Jackson, Locus, British Fantasy and World Fantasy Awards for Best Novel, it won the James Tiptree Jr. Award and the Stoker. Hailed by Peter Straub as a stunning work of literature, The Drowning Girl is here presented in its first-ever hardcover edition, limited to 300 copies and signed by all contributors.

Caitlín R. Kiernan’s The Drowning Girl is getting the Centipede Press treatment, which means it will be a top of the line edition, with a low limitation, and a pleasure to feature on your shelves.

Please note that we’re offering copies at present for $225, which is $25 off the retail price. This offer will not last long.

This edition features Kiernan’s definitive text, full-color artwork, a new introduction by Elizabeth Hand, and gorgeous typesetting and design, all printed on thick Japanese paper, Smyth-sewn, and enclosed in a cloth slipcase. With a top-edge stain, ribbon marker, and printed endsheets. The book size is 6½ × 10 inches.

Each book is signed by Caitlín R. Kiernan, Elizabeth Hand, Matthew Jaffe, and Michael Zulli. This is a major work of dark fantasy and this signed edition will not last long.

The Drowning Girl will have the following features:

  • Limited to 300 copies, each signed by Caitlín R. Kiernan, Elizabeth Hand, Matthew Jaffe, and Michael Zulli.
  • Introduction by Elizabeth Hand.
  • The author’s definitive text.
  • Original artwork by Matthew Jaffe.
  • Original artwork by Michael Zulli.
  • Luxurious, 6½ × 10 inch format.
  • Ribbon marker, head and tail bands, top-edge stain, cloth slipcase.

 

Praise Rolling in for Maria Dahvana Headley and Kat Howard

The End of the Sentence by Maria Dahvana Headley and Kat Howard

With Maria Dahvana Headley and Kat Howard's long novella, The End of the Sentence, comfortably at the printer, inching toward publication, it's no surprise that praise has started to flow in.

From Publishers Weekly:

Malcolm Mayes flees the ruin of his old life to start over in tiny Ione, Ore. after buying a house long-distance for $3,000. The price isn’t low just because the house is a fixer-upper. It also comes with a serious obligation: the mysterious Dusha Chuchonnyhoof… Ultimately Malcolm and the reader must decide whether this is dark magic or something stranger altogether.

From 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.

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

 

Robert McCammon’s THE QUEEN OF BEDLAM in Stock and Shipping

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Those who've been collecting Robert McCammon's Matthew Corbett series will be pleased—as we are!—that the second entry, The Queen of Bedlam, is now available as a signed, limited edition that matches Mister Slaughter, The Providence Rider, and The River of Souls. Each of the titles has a different flavor, with Queen being a long (over 630 pages) excursion into the darkest corners of Colonial era New York, as Matthew Corbett tracks the killer known only as "The Masker."

When it was originally published, The Queen of Bedlam drew a starred review from Publishers Weekly:

Set in Manhattan in 1703, this spellbinding sequel to Speaks the Nightbird (2002) from bestseller McCammon finds Matthew Corbett, a 23-year-old magistrate’s clerk, on the trail of the Masker, a killer who stalks prominent businessmen. Matthew stumbles on the bodies of two of the Masker’s victims, including pederast Eben Ausley, the headmaster of the orphanage Matthew once reluctantly called home… McCammon brilliantly captures colonial New York and closes with a tantalizing cliffhanger that suggests more exciting sleuthing to come.

About the Book:

Matthew Corbett first appeared in 2002’s Speaks the Nightbird, the novel which signaled Robert McCammon’s return to fiction after a decade long absence. Five years later, in another significant event, Matthew reappeared in The Queen of Bedlam, a book that firmly established him as the central figure in the best historical adventure series going.

The Queen of Bedlam opens in 1702, some three years after the harrowing experiences of Speaks the Nightbird. Matthew is now living in the nascent metropolis of New York City and has found unsatisfying employment as a poorly paid clerk to a local magistrate. At this juncture, two related events take place that will radically alter Matthew’s future. One is the advent of a murderous predator—popularly known as the Masker—who terrorizes the city. The other is Matthew’s recruitment by the Herrald Agency, an early prototype of the classic private detective agency. Under the auspices of his new employer, Matthew, together with his mentor, Hudson Greathouse, travels to a mental hospital in rural New Jersey, where he meets an unidentified woman known simply as the Queen of Bedlam, a woman who may hold the key to the Masker’s identity.

The Queen of Bedlam is a crime story, of course, and a genuinely enthralling one. More than that, it is a portrait of colonial New York so vibrant and richly detailed that it is almost palpable. The sights, smells, and sounds—the sheer physical reality of that time and place—are drawn with the sure hand of a master storyteller. Supplementing all this is a varied cast of supporting characters who are by turns comic, bizarre, intriguing, endearing, and, in some instances, terrifying. At the center of it all is Matthew Corbett, a gifted young man beginning to discover who—and what—he is meant to become. He is a hero suited to his times, and a fictional creation destined to endure for a very long time to come.

Limited: 374 signed numbered copies, housed in a custom slipcase: $125
Lettered: 26 signed, deluxe bound copies, housed in a custom traycase: $500

 

 

Grab Bags Are Back —$475 Worth of Books for Only $150

We're back with one of our most popular promotions—the Grab Bags.

Shipping has been so consistently at the limit of what the crew can handle, that, somehow, it's been 18 months since we've had time for this much-loved deal.

That changes this week. Because it's been so long, the vast majority of the titles included have never been offered in a grab bag. Consider picking one up. Prime time reading material doesn't get any more affordable than this.

Each bag will contain a mix of signed limited editions, trade hardcovers, and possibly even a chapbook or two. We expect each to contain approximately 13 books, with a retail value of $475 or greater. Some of the books may be distributor returns, and not perfect, but at the price, we think you'll agree the overall package can't be beat. We're using a number of titles never-before-offered in a grab bag, so even if you've purchased one previously, you're bound to find a good supply of new reading material.

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

Please note that if the Buy button doesn't appear on the Grab Bag page, it means they're sold out.

Grab Bag: $150 (Quantities are limited)

 

Free New Stories by Harlan Ellison, Alastair Reynolds, Caitlin R. Kiernan, and More

Subterranean Summer 2014

We've just closed out Subterranean, the magazine we've been running since 2005.

The Summer 2014 issue runs twice the usual length, and includes no fewer than four novellas by such SubPress favorites as K. J. Parker, Maria Dahvana Headley, Lewis Shiner, and Rachel Swirsky; a Revelation Space novelette by Alastair Reynolds, and a staggeringly good short story by Harlan Ellison. There's more in the magazine, of course. Please head over to the appropriate page and read it online, or download the issue in mobi or ePub format.

 

 

New Paolo Bacigalupi in Stock and Shipping

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Our edition of Paolo Bacigalupi's Zombie Baseball Beatdown has just started shipping—both the lettered and limited editions. Here's a bit of praise from Publishers Weekly that will get you up to speed quickly:

Printz-winner Bacigalupi (Ship Breaker) defies the expectations of the comedy-horror genre, turning this zombie novel into an effective bit of social commentary while staying true to the story’s grisly and goofy roots… Casual readers will have a blast, and those who look deeper will learn something, too.

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.

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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, 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?

 

Stephen King’s CARRIE Limited Edition Incoming

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We've received an email last week from the good folks at PS Publishing that copies of the limited edition of Stephen King's Carrie are en route to us. Not all of our copies are spoken for, so feel free to pick one up. You should know that if you buy Carrie, you'll have the first crack at the next PS Steve King limited, Thinner.

About the Book:

“It reminds me of a cookie baked by a first grader,” Stephen King said of Carrie, his first published novel, many years after the book’s 1974 appearance. “Tasty enough, but kind of lumpy and burned on the bottom.”

Well, that so-so confection led to a cordon bleu parade of some of the world’s most successful novels by, arguably, the most successful and beloved author in any field. Indeed, King has since gone on, in 2003, to receive the Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

But, in the spirit of mighty oaks from little acorns growing, Carrie, a brand-new blustering debut novel about a put-upon girl with menstrual problems written by a young wannabe writer, was indeed a humble beginning. And it was a big chance for its publisher.

Carrie was written on King’s wife Tabitha’s portable typewriter while the couple and their then two children were living in a trailer. It started life as a short story intended for Cavalier magazine, but King dumped the first three pages.

Fortunately, his wife noticed the pages in the trash and fished them out, advising her husband to go on and finish the tale…but he went one step better: he expanded it into a novel.

“I persisted because I was dry and had no better ideas…my considered opinion was that I had written the world’s all-time loser.”

This ultra-deluxe 40th Anniversary edition will feature a bevy of specially commissioned pen-and-ink illustrations and colour paintings from fan favourite Glenn Chadbourne plus an Introduction from James Lovegrove and an Afterword from Kim Newman. James, Kim and Glenn will be signing copies and there will be a facsimile signature from the author.

Anniversary Edition: 974 numbered hardcover copies, in slipcase: $125

 

A Very Limited Gene Wolfe Edition Coming Soon

 

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We're ordered copies of the Signed Limited edition of Gene Wolfe's new novel, The Land Across, which has a stated limitation of only 200 numbered copies. There's a catch, though. PS Publishing had some difficulty with the signature pages, so the print run will actually contain only 160 copies or so, making this one of Gene Wolfe's rarest editions.

About the Book:

An American writer of travel guides in need of a new location chooses to travel to a small and obscure Eastern European country. The moment Grafton crosses the border he is in trouble, much more than he could have imagined. His passport is taken by guards, and then he is detained for not having it. He is released into the custody of a family, but is again detained. It becomes evident that there are super-natural agencies at work, but they are not in some ways as threatening as the brute forces of bureaucracy and corruption in that country. Is our hero in fact a spy for the CIA? Or is he an innocent citizen caught in a Kafkaesque trap?

In The Land Across, Gene Wolfe keeps us guessing until the very end, and after.

Limited: 200 signed numbered hardcover copies: $70

 

Clive Barker’s FIRST TALES in Stock and Shipping

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We've just finished shipping out the initial orders for Clive Barker's First Tales, the inaugeral offering from SeraphimINK, the imprint Clive established.

First Tales is a promising debut, filled with rarities that no Barker aficianado will have seen, including a long unpublished novella, a short story, illlustrations by Clive, and reproductions of some of the original manuscript pages.

Our supplies of First Tales are limited. We suggest ordering soon.

Limited: 350 signed numbered copies, housed in a  custom slipcase: $125

 

A Second Chance at Fearie Tales

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We just received our first batch of the Stephen Jones-edited, Alan Lee-illustrated anthology Fearie Tales, and it's a beauty, from the illustrated traycase, to the gorgeous dust jacket, to the contributions by the likes of Neil Gaiman and Michael Marshall Smith, among many others.We're going to place our reorder with PS Publishing in the next week Consider picking up a copy. Fearie Tales is the sort of production you'll be glad to read and have on your shelves.

About the Book:

In 1884 Margaret Hunt's translation of the Brothers Grimm's Kinder- und Hausmärchen was published as Grimm's Household Tales—and since that day those stories have inspired writers, artists, poets, songwriters, playwrights and movie-makers the world over. Now, following in the grand tradition of the Brothers Jacob and Wilhelm, some of today's finest fantasy and horror writers have created their own brand-new fairy tales-but with a decidedly darker twist. Fearie Tales is a fantastical mix of spellbinding retellings of classic stories such as 'Cinderella', 'Rapunzel', 'Hansel and Gretel' and 'Rumpelstiltskin', amongst others, along with unsettling tales inspired by other childhood classics, all interspersed with the sources of their inspiration: the timeless stories first collected by the Brothers Grimm. But be warned: this stunning volume of frightening fables is definitely not suitable for children.

Limited: 200 numbered oversize copies, signed by the contributors, housed in a custom illustrated traycase: $399.00

Contents

  • Introduction: Don’t Scare the Children — Stephen Jones
  • Find My Name — Ramsey Campbell
  • Down to a Sunless Sea — Neil Gaiman
  • Open Your Window, Golden Hair — Tanith Lee
  • Crossing the Line — Garth Nix
  • Peckish — Robert Shearman
  • Look Inside — Michael Marshall Smith
  • Fräulein Fearnot — Markus Heitz
  • The Ash-Boy — Christopher Fowler
  • The Changeling — Brian Lumley
  • The Silken Drum — Reggie Oliver
  • By the Weeping Gate — Angela Slatter
  • Anything to Me is Sweeter, Than to Cross Shock-headed Peter — Brian Hodge
  • The Artemis Line — Peter Crowther
  • The Silken People — Joanne Harris
  • Come Unto Me — John Ajvide Lindqvist

 

Joe Hill’s WRAITH is coming to Subterranean Press

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IDW Publishing has been kind enough to offer us copies of Joe Hill's graphic novel, Wraith. For those not in the know, Wraith covers some of the same ground as the exclusive novella in our edition of NOS4A2, then extends way beyond, to tell a new tale.

About the Book:

In his New York Times bestselling novel NOS4A2, Eisner Award-winning author Joe Hill unveiled the terrifying fun house world of Christmasland and the ageless madman who rules there: Charlie Manx. Now, Hill and artist Charlie “Talent” Wilson III explore Manx’s twisted beginnings, introduce a new and depraved cast of characters to Christmasland, and take readers for a 100 MPH ride down a nightmare road in a car with no brakes.

Trade: Full-color hardcover, printed on glossy paper, in pictorial boards: $29.99

 

Huge Lucius Shepard Collections for Only $1.99 Each

The Best of Lucius Shepard

In honor of the release of Lucius Shepard’s final novel, Beautiful Blood (hardcover; ebook), we’re dropping the price on our other Shepard ebooks to only $1.99 for one week beginning August 4th. This includes the collection The Dragon Griaule, as well as the mammoth The Best of Lucius Shepard.

Whether you wish to read more about the town built into the side of Griaule or more of what Publishers Weekly called in a starred review “a fine selection of some of the best short fiction by one of the most respected dark fantasy writers in the world”, The Dragon Griaule and The Best of Lucius Shepard are essential additions to your ebook collection:

“Shepard writes the richest prose in all of dark fantasy, the longish short story and the novella are his fortes, and it isn't too extreme to say he ranks with Hawthorne in depth of concentration, perception, and moral resonance… Quite often, Shepard seems to be writing fantasy only because he conceives of magic, supernatural or existential, arising out of extreme violence and terror. Always, however, he is writing better than nearly anyone else in Anglophone America today.” —Booklist on The Best of Lucius Shepard (starred review)

“These six stories explore ground far from the high fantasy with which dragons are frequently associated. Fans of Shepard's unusual and often powerful Griaule tales will be delighted to have them all in one place.” —Publishers Weekly on The Dragon Griaule

The Dragon Griaule and The Best of Lucius Shepard are only available as ebooks, or as print editions on the secondary market, so this is a prime opportunity to snap them up.

 

A Long Review for ACADEMIC EXERCISES

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The current copy count on K. J. Parker's huge new collection, Academic Exercises, is 24. We're not planning a reprint, so your chances to pick up the hardcover are fleeting. (The ebook, however, will remain available for a good long while).

Here's a lengthy cut from Locus' most recent review:

There may be a good reason why K. J. Parker is the only author to win back-to-back World Fantasy Awards for novellas (in 2012 and 2013). As engaging and popular as Parker’s novels have been, the remarkable outpouring of shorter fiction over the last five years or so—nearly all of it collected in Academic Exercises and most having appeared originally from Subterranean Press—is practically a master class in the form, a body of work that suggests an already accomplished artist refining a particular instrument while still experimenting with structure and technique. Parker’s familiar dry and mordant wit is still much in evidence, as is the meticulous attention to procedural matters and odd bits of microhistorical lore (like the inconvenience and expense of obtaining blue pigments for manuscript illuminations), but readers are going to find a good deal more magic than in the novels…and a lot more first-person narrators, who are about as reliable as you’d expect from Parker’s familiar gallery of scurrilous if amiable rogues, scoundrels, liars, cowards, and double-crossers.

Limited: 1000 signed numbered hardcover copies: $40

 

Not So Random Praise for BEAUTIFUL BLOOD

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Lucius Shepard's Dragon Griaule novel, Beautiful Blood, has been out a week and is now 85% sold out. In addition, it just picked up glowing reviews, including a pair from venues off our usual path:

From The A. V. Club:

…being the series’ only novel, it ties together some earlier character arcs while giving its own protagonist, a dragon-obsessed doctor, enough room to morph from morbid experimenter to veritable philosopher. It’s a vague, layered, and poetic swan song for Shepard’s Griaule mythos—and his under-appreciated career.

From NPR:

Beautiful Blood isn't a cookie-cutter fantasy book about slaying dragons; if anything, it slays that very cliché. But it's more than just an exercise in subverting tropes. Shepard ponders mortality and decay with a soul-baring poignancy as Richard ages and his relationship to Griaule—his Moby-Dick—becomes less about a monster and more about the man obsessed with it. Beautiful Blood is a fitting swan song for Shepard's wonderful, underappreciated body of work, in more ways than one.

From Locus:

There are, rewardingly, several such allusions to a spectrum of Shepard’s prior work in this novel, and a strong suggestion that this imaginary world—which he told us in the very first story is ‘separated from our own by the thinnest margin of possibility’—may be as huge and enigmatic as that dragon itself, and possibly as long lasting.

Limited: 1000 numbered unsigned hardcover copies: $40

 

Lock in an Inscribed Copy of John Scalzi’s New Novel

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We're closing in on publication of John Scalzi's new novel, Lock In, which also means the deadline to order an inscribed copy is approaching. We will have signed copies of the novel available after John visits our warehouse on August 12, but if you want your copy inscribed, we need to receive your order no later than August 8. Lock In is drawing rave reviews, including starred ones from Booklist and Publishers Weekly.

About the Book:

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

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

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

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

From Publishers Weekly (Starred Review):

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

From Booklist (Starred Review):

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

 

Tad Williams’ RITE now available as an Ebook

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We're pleased to announce that Tad Williams' excellent collection, Rite, is now available as an affordable ebook.

About the Book:

Though best known for his epic series, Tad Williams is also an accomplished practitioner of the short form. Rite: Short Work gives ample evidence of this, as it contains a knockout novella later expanded to novel length (“Child of an Ancient City”); riffs on the great fantasist Michael Moorcock (“The Author at the End of Time,” “Go Ask Elric”), along with excursions into some of his most popular creations and beyond. At over 140,000 words, Rite is essential for every Tad Williams fan and fantasy aficianado. Each tale features a full-page black-and-white illustration by Mark A. Nelson.

From Library Journal:
“Characterized by a wickedly keen sense of humor and, at times, a feel for the poignant, Williams’s stories offer insights into the author’s career as well as his growth as a writer.”

From Booklist:
“As he says in the introduction to this collection, most of his short fiction has been written for anthologies. The stories here are therefore rather varied… Williams introduces each piece, which makes these even more of a treat for his fans.”

 

New Charles Stross in Stock and Shipping

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You can get a double dose of Charles Stross' Laundry this summer. His newest novel, The Rhesus Chart, is in stores now, while we've just published the 32,000 word novella, Equoid. Be aware that Equoid will soon be scarce in the wild. We've turned away orders for many hundreds of copies of the trade edition, and only have the limited edition in stock here at the warehouse.

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

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.”

 

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

Legion: Skin Deep by Brandon Sanderson

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

First Tales by Clive Barker

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

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

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.