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Get yer free John Scalzi ebook here

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Hey, we have a John Scalzi freebie you may be interested in.

Everyone who orders a print copy of his new collection, Miniatures, direct from SubPress, will receive a free copy of the ebook on publication. As you may remember, this title spans the years from 1991 to 2016, including a quarter century of Scalzi at his briefest and best, and features four never-before-printed stories, exclusive to this collection: “Morning Announcements at the Lucas Interspecies School for Troubled Youth,” “Your Smart Appliances Talk About You Behind Your Back,” “Important Holidays on Gronghu” and “The AI Are Absolutely Positively Without a Doubt Not Here to End Humanity, Honest.”

Ain't the cat illustration grand? It's a detail from the work that Natalie Metzger is doing for Miniatures, with one cartoonish illustration per story, in addition to a full-color cover.

 

Advance praise for THE PURLOINED POODLE

The Purloined Poodle by Kevin Hearne

Kevin Hearne's The Purloined Poodle is not lacking for early praise.

Via a service called NetGalley, that makes early copies of books available to reviewers, bloggers, and librarians, we've heard the following:

“Oberon and Atticus visit the set of the 2000 Christopher Guest film Best in Show. ... Dog lovers, urban fantasy readers, and of course all the KevinHearnenistas will want to get in line behind me to enjoy this latest selection.” (Daniel Graves)

“Oberon is the star of the show. ... Think cozy mystery meets Iron Druid, but with a canine protagonist, and you won't be far wrong. Expect the usual puns, conversations, meat- and dog-focus.” (Hilary Carter)

“Kevin Hearne's Oberon's Meaty Mysteries:  The Purloined Poodle is absolute perfection. With his inability to tell the difference between an hour and a week, his love of all things meat, and his unfailing ability to charm everyone he meets, Oberon is the perfect narrator.  I only hope that Hearne will provide up with more Meaty Mysteries from Oberon.” (Bryanna Zimmerman)

“This story was fabulous and sooo funny! I really hope that we get more stories from Oberon.” (Lara Jaskiewicz)

 

Low stock alert—Joe Abercrombie

Half a War by Joe Abercrombie

We're down to our last 18 numbered and 3 lettered copies of Joe Abercrombie's Half a War.

If you've been collecting the series, these are essential volumes, the culimnation of (dare we say it) a trilogy even more impressive than his debut, The First Law trilogy. Get 'em while you can.

 

 

Fifteen copies of Caliban’s War left for preorder

Caliban's War by James S. A. Corey

Daniel Dociu has just turned in the overwhelming, epic beyond the imagination dust jacket art for James S. A. Corey's Caliban's War. The full wraparound version of the dust jacket is viewable at the bottom of the book's product page.

Only fifteen copies of Caliban remain for preorder, so feel free to pick one up now.

Limited: 574 signed numbered hardcover copies: $75

 

Announcing UNFETTERED II

Unfettered II edited by Shawn Speakman

We're pleased to be able to offer our customers copies of the huge upcoming anthology, Unfettered II. (This is not the actual cover, by the way.)

About the Book:

Unfettered II is an anthology featuring short stories by some of the best fantasy writers in the genre.

Every story in this volume is new and, like the title suggests, the writers were free to write whatever they wished. Here is the list of contributing authors for Unfettered:

  • Bradley Beaulieu (Song of Shattered Sands)
  • Terry Brooks
  • Jim Butcher (Dresden Files)
  • Rachel Caine
  • Sarah Beth Durst (The Queens of Renthia)
  • David Farland
  • Charlaine Harris
  • Mark Lawrence (Gunlaw)
  • Erin Lindsey (Bloodbound)
  • Seanan McGuire
  • Aidan Moher
  • Naomi Novik
  • Peter Orullian (Vault of Heaven)
  • J.A. Pitts
  • Anthony Ryan (Raven’s Shadow)
  • Brandon Sanderson
  • Scott Sigler
  • Shawn Speakman (Annwn Cycle)
  • Michael J. Sullivan (The Legends of the First Empire)
  • Django Wexler
  • Janny Wurts
  • Todd Lockwood (Cover Artist)
  • Don Maitz (Interior Illustrator)

Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $35

 

Michael Bishop’s first new novel in over two decades

Joel-Brock the Brave

We're pleased to offer copies of Michael Bishop's first solo novel in over two decades. Joel-Brock the Brave and the Valorous Smalls is limited to only 300 signed numbered copies, with a full-color dust jacket and more than 60 interior illustrations. It's published by Fairwood Press.

About the Book:

Joel-Brock Lollis's family has vanished into the labyrinthine Sporangium below a curious Georgia emporium, Big Box Bonanzas. Glimpses of an older J-B Lollis of the Atlanta Braves on a BBB television suggest that Joel-Brock may never get back his parents and sister. The Valorous Smalls—almost-ten Joel-Brock, lively teen Addi, and tiny detective Valona—forge their way into the mushroom realm to change that possible future.

Limited: 300 signed numbered hardcover copies: $50

 

Preordering for Jim Butcher’s SMALL FAVOR opens

Small Favor by Jim Butcher

New Jim Butcher is coming! We're pleased to announce the signed limtied edition of Small Favor, book ten of the Dresden Files.

We've set aside copies for regular buyers of the series, but have enough copies so that anyone may order a copy at this time. If you're of a mind, there's also an option to pick up the last couple of volumes (Proven Guilty and White Night) at a special price.

The Dresden files novels are among our favorite projects to work on. We use an upgraded paper for the books, along with a full color dust jacket and b&w interior illustrations by Vincent Chong. These are defiinitely volumes for the permanent shelf.

Limited: 500 signed numbered copies, signed by the author: $85

 

Stephen King’s THE SHINING Gift Edition Available Again

The Shining by Stephen King

We've been working on inventory of late, and discovered we still have copies of the Cemetery Dance Gift Edition of The Shining available for preorder. The Shining is already sold out at the publisher; and many retailers, so this may be your best chance to pick up a copy.

We're still selling copies at the published price of $95, though not all are doing so.

Please head over to the book's product page for more information or to place you order.

 

Twenty copies of BOY’s LIFE now available

Boy's Life by Robert McCammon

After the initial shipping wave, we have a handful of copies of Robert McCammon's Boy's Life available. There's a limit of one per customer, so please don't order if you already have a copy, and stock on this one won't last long, so please be quick.

 

 

Mark Lawrence’s THE BROKEN EMPIRE in short supply

The Broken Empire by Mark Lawrence

We hear from Grim Oak Press that their HUGE (over 1000 pages) edition of Mark Lawrence's The Broken Empire is a few small hurdles from publication. Which seemed like a good enough reason to us to share the cover art, and let you know we've sold 80% of the copies we've been allotted.

About the Book:

  • Limited to 1000 numbered copies
  • Cloth-bound hardcover book with no slipcase
  • Signed by Mark Lawrence, Jason Chan, and Nate Taylor
  • Three black and white interior plates by Jason Chan featuring his previous cover artwork on the trilogy
  • Nine new black and white interior images by Jason Chan
  • Exterior and interior thorn graphics created by Nate Taylor
  • Sewn black ribbon
  • Additional 9,000 word short story included
  • Note: A great value for three books, a new short story, and all of it signed!

 

The signed limited edition of BEYOND THE AQUILA RIFT now shipping

Beyond the Aquilar Rift by Alastair Reynolds

We're happy to share that the signed limited edition of Beyond the Aquila Rift: The Best of Alastair Reynolds is now in stock and shipping. Here's the cover art by the author, which differs significantly from that of the trade edition (the latter of which is included as a fold out in the limited edition).

For those playing along at home, the limited edition is now 90% sold out, with the remaining copies not expected to last forever.

About the Book:

The Guardian called Alastair Reynolds’ work “a turbulent, wildly entertaining ride” and The Times acclaimed him as “the mastersinger of space opera”.  With a career stretching back more than 25 years and across fourteen novels, including the classic ‘Revelation Space’ series, the bestselling ‘Poseidon’s Children’ series, Century Rain, Pushing Ice, and most recently The Medusa Chronicles (with Stephen Baxter), Reynolds has established himself as one of the best and most beloved writers of hard science fiction and space opera working today.


A brilliant novelist, he has also been recognized as one of our best writers of short fiction.  His short stories have been nominated for the Hugo, British Fantasy, British Science Fiction, Theodore Sturgeon Memorial, Locus, Italia, Seiun, and Sidewise Awards, and have won the Seiun and Sidewise Awards.

The very best of his more than sixty published short stories are gathered in Beyond the Aquila Rift: The Best of Alastair Reynolds, a sweeping 250,000 word career retrospective which features the very best stories from the ‘Revelation Space’ universe like “Galactic North”, “Great Wall of Mars”, “Weather”, “Diamond Dogs”, and “The Last Log of the Lachrymosa” alongside thrilling hard science fiction stories like Hugo Award nominee “Troika”, “Thousandth Night”, and “The Star Surgeon’s Apprentice”. Spanning more than fifteen years, the book also collects more recent stories like environmental SF tale “The Water Thief”, powerful and moving YA “The Old Man and the Martian Sea” and the brilliant “In Babelsberg”.

Beyond the Aquila Rift: The Best of Alastair Reynolds has something for every reader of science fiction, and easily meets the challenge of delivering stories that are the hardest of hard science fiction and great entertainment.

Limited: 350 signed numbered copies, in slipcase, with an exclusive dust jacket by the author: $125

Trade: 1500 fully cloth-bound hardcovers, in trade edition dust jacket: $45


From Publishers Weekly (Starred Review):

“This collection of 18 long and short stories by Reynolds (the Poseidon’s Children series), one of the most gifted hard SF writers working today, displays his facility for building fascinating settings and integrating romance and mystery plots into space opera… Readers will greatly appreciate the breadth and variety of this deeply enjoyable collection.”

 

Announcing SIX SCARY STORIES Selected and Introduced by Stephen King

Six Scary Stories selected and introduced by Sttephen King

Our friends at Cemetery Dance are publishing a nifty anthology in which Stephen King had a hand. We're lucky enough to be able to offer copies of Six Scary Stories to our customers. Read on for the full details.

About the Book:

Number 1 bestselling writer Stephen King introduces and presents six gripping and chilling stories in this captivating anthology!

Stephen King discovered these stories when he judged a competition run by Hodder & Stoughton and the Guardian to celebrate publication of his own collection The Bazaar of Bad Dreams. He was so impressed with the entries that he recommended they be published together in one book, which has become a reality. The six stories are:

WILD SWIMMING by Elodie Harper
EAU-DE-ERIC by Manuela Saragosa
THE SPOTS by Paul Bassett Davies
THE UNPICKING by Michael Button
LA MORT DE L'AMANT by Stuart Johnstone
THE BEAR TRAP by Neil Hudson

Reader beware: the stories will make you think twice before cuddling up to your old soft toy, dipping your toe into the water, or counting the spots on a leopard…

To be published on October 31, 2016 as a trade hardcover edition:

  • Printed on 60# acid-free paper
  • Bound in full-cloth with colored head and tail bands
  • Featuring hot foil stamping on the front boards and spine
  • Printed and bound with full-color endpapers
  • Smyth sewn to create a more durable binding
  • Wrapped in a full-color dust jacket
  • Retail price just $24.95

 

K. J. Parker’s SAVAGES nominated for a World Fantasy Award

Savages by K. J. Parker

K. J. Parker's standalone, Savages, has been nominated for a World Fantasy award. We're excited, as it's the first SubPress-original novel we can remember being nominated. The print book is pretty scarce, but the ebook is plentiful, so please have at it.

About the Book:

An unnamed man wakes to find himself facing the loss of everything that matters most to him. Against all odds, he escapes with his life and heads out into the turbulence of the wider world, recreating himself, step by step, as he goes along.
          
That wider world is dominated by an empire that has existed for decades in a state of near perpetual war. A host of colorful characters will help to shape the destiny of the empire, and its constantly shifting array of allies and adversaries; among them, a master military strategist, a former pacifist who inherits his father’s moribund arms business, a beautiful forger and a very lucky counterfeiter. Each of them, together with corrupt bureaucrats and the nomadic 'savages' of the title, plays a part in a gradually unfolding drama of conflict and conquest played for the highest of stakes.

A story of war, politics, intrigue, deception, and survival, Savages is a hugely ambitious, convincingly detailed novel that is impossible to set aside. Filled with schemes, counter-schemes, sudden reversals of fortune, and brilliantly described accounts of complex military encounters, it is, by any measure, an extraordinary entertainment, the work of a writer whose ambition, range, and sheer narrative power have never been more thoroughly on display.

From Publishers Weekly:

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

From Tor.com:

Playing a role’ is actually a key concept in Savages: one of the novel’s recurring themes is reinventing oneself. The nameless chieftain has a ‘fake it till you make it’ approach to employment: he basically says yes to any job he’s offered, claiming (entirely fictional) previous experience. Aimeric’s a pacifist playing at being an arms manufacturer. Both of them forge a new life, just like the counterfeiter makes fake money and the forger makes fake manuscripts. It’s all these forgeries and phony identities that somehow drive the plot.

 

Announcing CROSSTALK by Connie Willis

Connie Willis has a big new novel, Crosstalk, her first in six years, which falls right in her wheelhouse of romantic comedy, like her popular novellas Inside Job, All About Emily, All Seated on the Ground, and much of the contents of her huge collection, The Winds of Marble Arch and Other Stories. We're lucky enough to be publishing the limited edition, and are happy to report that all of Connie's fans will be delighted with the results.

About the Book:

Briddey Flannigan is an expert in communication, working on the frontlines of the smartphone arms race at a major telecom company. When the new boyfriend she’s bonded over an upcoming product launch with—the dreamy Trent Worth—proposes after just six weeks, her main concern is keeping the snoopy office gossips from alerting her family, the sure-to-disapprove Flannigan clan. The issue is that Trent hasn’t proposed marriage, he’s proposed something far more intimate: an EED. A simple surgical procedure that allows an emotionally bonded couple to sense each other’s feelings. What could go wrong?

Everything…at least, according to her family members and C.B. Schwartz, the eccentric genius who works out of her company’s basement. Briddey decides it might be easier to just get the EED done fast, and have some relative peace and quiet with Trent as they race to outdo Apple’s new phone. Too bad it turns out her family—and C.B.—may have had a point. Briddey leaves the surgery with a far different outcome than she could ever have planned.

Beloved, multiple Hugo- and Nebula Award-winner Connie Willis’s unparalleled wit and ability to create unforgettable characters are at their peak in this timely new romantic comedy. Crosstalk will indeed have everyone talking, with its incisive and hilarious commentary on not just matters of the heart but our culture’s obsession with making the private into the public.

Click here to order your copy of Crosstalk.

 

Forthcoming China Mieville limited editions over 90% sold out

This Census-Taker by China Mieville

Advance warning: Both This Census-Taker and The Last Days of New Paris are both over 90% sold out, the latter months before publication. If you're looking to preorder copies, now's a great time.

We can't think of any review more apt than this summing up from The Guardian (UK):

Over and over again, book after book, Mieville’s mature work forces the reader to ask the question that most writers get to prompt once in a literary lifetime if they’re lucky: what is this new thing we are being shown?

 

 

Open ordering for James S. A. Corey’s CALIBAN’S WAR has begun

Anyone may now order a signed limited hardcover of James S. A. Corey's Caliban's War.

About the Book:

“This breakneck tale will have readers itching for book three.”―Publishers Weekly

“Caliban's War is even better than Leviathan Wakes. It's old-fashioned space opera, the kind of SF that I cut my teeth on, a real page-turner set in a vividly imagined solar system… superlatively written.”―George R.R. Martin, New York Times bestselling author of A Game of Thrones

“A worthy sequel to Leviathan's Wake. Compelling characters and a plot that combines political intrigue with military sf create a memorable story that begs for film adaptation.”―Library Journal

“Tense and thrilling”―SciFi Now

We're pleased to announce the second novel of The Expanse. As with Leviathan Wakes, it will be published as an oversized limited edition, with a wraparound dust jacket by Daniel Dociu.

Limited: 574 signed numbered copies, bound in cloth: $75

 

Joe Abercrombie slipcases available again

Shattered Sea Limited Edition Slipcase

A double handful of slipcases are available again for the signed limited edition of Joe Abercombie's Shattered Sea series (Half a King, Half a War, Half the World).

The cases feature the quality construction you've come to expect from SubPress, including a full-cloth covering, and foil embossing.

We're unlikely to place another order for cases, so this may be your last chance to pick one up.

 

BOY’S LIFE shipping update

Boy's Life by Robert McCammon

For those of you playing along at home, we're about a third of the way through shipping Boy's Life. It looks like this one will stretch into next week.

Thanks to everyone for their patience.

By the way, we may have a handful of copies left over when the initial shipping wave is completed. We'll likely post them to our site and in our newsletter should that come to pass.

 

Job Opening at SubPress

And now for something completely different—are you near our HQ in Michigan? We might have a job for you.

We are looking for a Shipping/Receiving team member who is detail-oriented, dedicated, and interested in the industry. Areas of responsibility will include inventory control, maintaining customer address database, quality control, customer and bulk distributor shipping, and warehouse maintenance. Must be able to lift and carry 50 lbs, live in the greater Detroit area, and have reliable transportation.

  • Able to keep track of multiple projects simultaneously;
  • Able to stand for 6+ hours of work;
  • Neat, efficient worker with highly legible handwriting;
  • Computer literate, as we work with Dazzle, DiCentral, Stamps, Excel, Shipworks, Amazon Vendor Central, Worldship, FedEx, etc. Will train on specific software.
  • Desperately requires a sense of humor. Will train as necessary.

To apply, send a resume with relevant previous work by email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

 

Announcing MINIATURES by John Scalzi

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We're pleased to announce that this striking gent, John Scalzi, has just turned in his new collection, Miniatures: The Very Short Fiction of John Scalzi, which has been designed and is in the process of being illustrated. We'll note ahead of the blurbage that not only will the book feature a dust jacket, but that each story will sport a nifty header illustration by Natalie Metzger.

About the Book:

The ex-planet Pluto has a few choice words about being thrown out of the solar system. A listing of alternate histories tells you all the various ways Hitler has died. A lawyer sues an interplanetary union for dangerous working conditions. And four artificial intelligences explain, in increasingly worrying detail, how they plan not to destroy humanity.

Welcome to Miniatures: The Very Short Fiction of John Scalzi.

These four stories, along with fourteen other pieces, have one thing in common: They’re short, sharp, and to the point—science fiction in miniature, with none of the stories longer than 2,300 words. But in that short space exist entire universes, absurd situations, and the sort of futuristic humor that propelled Scalzi to a Hugo with his novel Redshirts. Not to mention yogurt taking over the world (as it would).

Spanning the years from 1991 to 2016, this collection is a quarter century of Scalzi at his briefest and best, and features four never-before-printed stories, exclusive to this collection: “Morning Announcements at the Lucas Interspecies School for Troubled Youth,” “Your Smart Appliances Talk About You Behind Your Back,” “Important Holidays on Gronghu” and “The AI Are Absolutely Positively Without a Doubt Not Here to End Humanity, Honest.” 

Limited: 1500 signed numbered hardcover copies: $40
Lettered: 52 signed leatherbound copies, housed in a custom traycase: $250

 

Starred reviews for Greg Egan and Stephen Gallagher

The Four Thousand the Eight Hundred by Greg Egan

Color us pleased. Not only did we all have a lovely holiday, two of our upcoming titles were graced by Starred Reviews from Publishers Weekly. We can't share the entire reviews with you, but here are a few cuttings.

Publishers Weekly on The Four Thousand the Eight Hundred by Greg Egan:

Readers who found Egan’s dense Orthogonal trilogy rough going will be pleasantly surprised by this intriguing novella, which successfully incorporates hot-button issues of intellectual property rights and government reparations for systematic bigotry into a far-future SF story. This is top-notch thought-provoking and suspenseful space opera, with impressively effective worldbuilding…

The Authentic William James by Stephen Gallagher

And the second review, which covers The Authentic William James by Stephen Gallagher:

British author Gallagher gives Sebastian Becker another puzzle worthy of his quirky sleuth’s acumen in his outstanding third pre-WWI mystery (after 2012’s The Bedlam Detective). Gallagher makes the most of his unusual concept in the service of a twisty but logical plot line.

 

 

Two new Harlan Ellison titles now available

Two new Harlan Ellison Limited Editions

We're not selling copies, but there are two new Harlan Ellison books in the world, and you should hasten to pick up copies.

If you order pronto, the books will have bonus content that will not be available again.

About The Last Person to Marry a Duck Lived 300 Years Ago:

First came The Glass Teat, then Harlan Ellison’s Hornbook, then An Edge in My Voice, and, finally, Harlan Ellison’s Watching—but now, Harlan Ellison presents not one, not two, not three, but four whole columns* in one book! But wait, there’s more! Not only does this book contain four complete columns (Ask Uncle Harlan, The Streets, The Pitch, and I Had a Thought Today…), it also features more than a dozen one-off essays covering everything from the Heaven’s Gate suicides to the fallout from the 9/11 attacks, from chaos theory to Lovecraftian horror, and even essays on Harlan’s pals Robert Sheckley and Theodore Sturgeon. Oh, and did we mention that two pieces have never before been published?

* In the interest of full disclosure, we should probably note that none of the columns in question lasted more than four installments, but that’s hardly our fault; one of them outlasted its original venue of publication, so that’s something, right?

And about Brain Movies, Volume Seven:

Two of Harlan Ellison’s most compelling unfulfilled dreams will, at long last, finally find their audience when you open this book to discover 1968’s Esper—the story of a broadcast news journalist whose emerging telepathy changes his professional perspective forever—and 1975’s The Tigers Are Loose—which finds a penal psychiatrist attempting to understand and treat the monsters in our midst.

Esper
In 1968, Harlan Ellison wrote a detailed treatment for a TV movie intended to spawn a series. Readers of Stephen King’s 1979 novel THE DEAD ZONE might wonder if Harlan Ellison could see the future…

The Tigers Are Loose
Inspired by the practice of the psychiatrist who treated mass murderer Richard Speck after his capture, this teleplay for an unproduced 1975 movie-of-the-week highlights Harlan Ellison’s ability to deliver a suspenseful thriller despite the unwillingness of NBC’s censors to allow violence on the network’s air.

As a special bonus for those who pre-order the BRAIN MOVIES Volume 7/THE LAST PERSON TO MARRY A DUCK LIVED 300 YEARS AGO set, the initial print run of BRAIN MOVIES Volume 7 will include:

Harlan Ellison’s never-before-published (or finished, for that matter) screenplay adaptation of his first novel, WEB OF THE CITY. Rumble—the script was titled per the re-titled novel—was written for American-International Pictures in 1963 as a Frankie Avalon/Annette Funicello vehicle that would certainly have distrupted the teen idol image established by such movies as Beach Blanket Bingo.

All sixty pages of the unfinished Rumble screenplay will be included only for those who pre-order both books.

Click here for the full details.

 

New Gene Wolfe and Ian Cameron Esslemont limited editions just announced

A Borrowed Man by Gene Wolfe

PS Publishing has two new titles coming out soon, and we've been lucky enough to lock in a limited number of copies for our customers.

First up is Gene Wolfe's A Borrowed Man, of which we only have 30 copies available.

About the Book:

It is perhaps a hundred years in the future, our civilization is gone, and another is in place in North America, but it retains many familiar things and structures. Although the population is now small, there is advanced technology, there are robots, and there are clones.

E. A. Smithe is a borrowed person. He is a clone who lives on a third-tier shelf in a public library, and his personality is an uploaded recording of a deceased mystery writer. Smithe is a piece of property, not a legal human.

A wealthy patron, Colette Coldbrook, takes him from the library because he is the surviving personality of the author of Murder on Mars. A physical copy of that book was in the possession of her murdered father, and it contains an important secret, the key to immense family wealth. It is lost, and Colette is afraid of the police. She borrows Smithe to help her find the book and to find out what the secret is. And then the plot gets complicated.

Assail by Ian Cameron Esslemont

Next is Ian Cameron Esslemont's Malaz novel, Assail. Given how popular Steven Erikson's Malazan novels are, you might want to pick this one up early.

Tens of thousands of years of ice is melting, and the land of Assail, long a byword for menace and inaccessibility, is at last yielding its secrets. Tales of gold discovered in the region’s north circulate in every waterfront dive and tavern and now countless adventurers and fortune-seekers have set sail in search of riches. All these adventurers have to guide them are legends and garbled tales of the dangers that lie in wait—hostile coasts, fields of ice, impassable barriers and strange, terrifying creatures. But all accounts concur that the people of the north meet all trespassers with the sword. And beyond are rumored to lurk Elder monsters out of history’s very beginnings.

Into this turmoil ventures the mercenary company, the Crimson Guard. Not drawn by contract, but by the promise of answers: answers to mysteries that Shimmer, second in command, wonders should even be sought. Arriving also, part of an uneasy alliance of Malazan fortune-hunters and Letherii soldiery, comes the bard Fisher kel Tath. And with him is a Tiste Andii who was found washed ashore and who cannot remember his past life, yet who commands far more power than he really should. Also venturing north is said to be a mighty champion, a man who once fought for the Malazans, the bearer of a sword that slays gods: Whiteblade.

And lastly, far to the south, a woman guards the shore awaiting both her allies and her enemies. Silverfox, newly incarn-ated Summoner of the undying army of the T’lan Imass, will do anything to stop the renewal of an ages-old crusade that could lay waste to the entire continent and beyond.

Casting light on mysteries spanning the Malazan Empire, and offering a glimpse of the storied and epic history that shaped it, Assail is the final chapter in the epic story of the Empire of Malaz.

Limited: 300 signed numbered hardcover copies, in slipcase

 

 

Mammoth Alastair Reynolds collection in stock and shipping

Beneath the Aquila Rift by Alastair Reynolds

The trade edition is here!

Alastair Reynolds' Beyond the Aquila Rift may just be the best book we publish this year. Don't miss out.

Limited: 400 signed numbered hardcover copies: $125

Trade: Fully cloth-bound hardcover edition: $45

 

 

The Return of the 50% Off Preorder Sale

Last Train from Perdition by Robert McCammon

By my lights, it's been more than a year since we last ran a 50% off sale on preorders, so here we go. As usual, there are some rules.

  1. Prices are already changed for the eligible books, which include almost all SubPress preorder titles. (Other publishers' titles and in-print titles are not eligible.)
  2. There is no limit to the number of books or orders you may place.
  3. The discount does not apply to past orders. (If you cancel a past order and place a new one for the same title, you will be charged the full price.)
  4. The sale lasts only through the end of business on Tuesday, June 28. At that point, we'll return books to their usual prices.
  5. Shipping is not discounted.

That's all, I think. Thanks to everyone who participates in our once yearly sale, and picks up some great reading at unbelievable prices.

 

 

 

New reviews for Joe R. Lansdale and Richard Chizmar

A Long December by Richard Chizmar

Publishers Weekly just graced two of our upcoming titles with reviews.

First up is a glowing one for Richard Chizmar's over 500 page collection, A Long December:

They say you can’t go home again, and many of the 35 quietly creepy stories in this career-spanning collection make it clear why one might not want to… Chizmar pays tribute to horror master Richard Matheson of Twilight Zone fame both explicitly (with ‘The Artist’) and implicitly with last-act twists and a firm emphasis on family as the source of both laughter and tears.

Next is Joe R. Lansdale's pulp-infused Dead on the Bones:

Needing to ‘dig directly into that pulp well in my head,’ Lansdale (the Hap and Leonard series) unleashes eight tales of two-fisted action that invoke the spirits of Edgar Rice Burroughs and Robert E. Howard. Heroes (‘determined’) and villains (‘evil-faced’) square off in exotic locales (Venus, Mars, east Texas). One is pursued by an ice shark through a lost Martian city while on a humanitarian mission (‘King of the Cheap Romance’); another reenacts the revenge plot of Hamlet, this time with zombies (‘Dead on the Bone’).

Both collections are right on schedule for release this fall.

 

 

New Tim Powers in stock and shipping

Down and Out in Purgatory by Tim Powers

We seem to be ahead of ourselves. The trade and limited edition of Tim Powers' new novella, Down and Out In Purgatory, has already shipped. If you haven't picked up your copy, now's the perfect time.

As Publishers Weekly noted:

His comedy of terrors barrages readers with the speed and calculated ridiculousness of a Looney Tunes cartoon. Powers (Medusa’s Web) crafts intimately defined characters who prevent this march through the Inferno from becoming too absurd. Moral, bodily, and spiritual isolation create uneasy friction between mishaps, and minimalist prose whips the plot along.

While Locus had this to say:

Down and Out in Purgatory is something else entirely—a posthumous revenge fantasy with minimal backstory, single-minded characters, and a setting somewhere between that of a medieval dream-vision and that of a Chuck Jones cartoon… Despite its apparent randomness, this world seems to have its own rules, and the explanation for its apparently variable gravity is even science fictional. But we see only what we need of this world for Holbrook's particular story, and in the end it's the almost inevitable irony of revenge that makes this tough little fable work.

Limited: 300 signed numbered copies, bound in leather: $60

Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $30

 

 

Return of the Dinged Books

Downfall of the Gods by K. J. Parker

We've just received a healthy number of returned (and dinged) copies of two recent hardcovers, and have priced them at $10 and $15, respectively.

You won't find better reading at greater savings.

 

 

LOCUS raves about Alastair Reynolds’ BEYOND THE AQUILA RIFT

Beyond the Aquila RIft by Alastair Reynolds

File this under reviews we love to see, for Alastair Reynolds' mammoth (nearly 800 pages) Beyond the Aquila Rift.

From Locus Online:

Combining the melancholy fatedness of early George R. R. Martin, as found in Dying of the Light, with the clear-eyed cosmicism of Stephen Baxter, Reynolds gives us a galaxy where the gravity of astronomical phenomena is counterbalanced by the dark energies of the human heart. This collection should stand as a cornerstone of the contemporary SF edifice, showing us exactly how to elegantly fuse those separate but overlapping magisteria.

Limited: 400 signed numbered leatherbound copies, with an excusive dust jacket by the author: $125

Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $45

 

Robert Silverberg’s EARLY DAYS sent to the printer

Early Days by Robert Silverberg

Robert Silverberg's Early Days, his second collection of pulp stories from the nascent days of his legendary career, has just gone to the printer. Readers can look forward to reading these early tales by the SF Grandmaster in six weeks or so.

About the Book:

In 2006, Robert Silverberg published In the Beginning, a generous selection of stories from the early, developmental stages of his distinguished sixty-year career. Fast-paced, energetic, and unabashedly pulp-like in their origins and ambitions, those stories proved to be an unexpected gift to Silverberg’s many readers. That gift continues with Early Days, a second volume of apprentice fiction as wide-ranging and enjoyable as the first.

Early Days collects seventeen impossible to find stories from the years 1956 to 1958, supplemented by a fascinating introduction and extensive notes on the creation and publication history of each story. Together, these non-fiction pieces constitute both an episodic memoir and an affectionate history of an era when pulp magazines still dominated the SF marketplace.

Without exception, each of the stories in Early Days offers honest, unpretentious entertainment. The astonishingly prolific Silverberg may have had a bit to learn back then, but he had an innate understanding of narrative that shines through every one of these tales. The stories range in tone from the grimly dystopian future of “The Inquisitor” to the playful “Space Is the Place,” in which a maintenance technician from Crawford IX experiences comic culture shock during a mandatory vacation on Earth. “Rescue Mission” revolves around the telepathic connection between two interplanetary intelligence agents. “Housemaid No. 103” provides a humorous glimpse into the romantic difficulties of a far future matinee idol. “Harwood’s Vortex” combines a mad scientist, alien invaders, and the possible end of life as we know it into a single colorful narrative.

Silverberg, of course, would evolve into one of the genuine masters of the genre, and this retrospective collection of early work offers invaluable insights into his development. Silverberg himself calls Early Days “an affectionate tribute to my hardworking self of more than half a century ago.” It is all of that and more. Anyone with an interest in Silverberg’s career, or in the history and evolution of modern science fiction, needs to read this book. They may not write ‘em like this anymore, but once upon a time they did. And looking back has never been so much fun.

Limited: 1000 signed numbered hardcover copies: $40

From Kirkus Reviews:

“A collection of pulp-style science-fiction stories from the days when men were men and aliens were green, scaly, and up to no good… Reading this collection is akin to watching the B-movies Quentin Tarantino has spent his career riffing off—fun for superfans and students of the genre…”

 

Freedom of the Mask signed limited edition in stock and shipping

Freedom of the Mask by Robert McCammon

We're in day two of shipping the signed limited edition of Robert McCammon's epic new novel, Freedom of the Mask.

The limited includes a bonus 22,000 word novella available nowhere else. Pick up a copy while you can.

 

Three new ebooks available for preorder

Down and Out in Purgatory by Tim Powers

With their various print releases approaching, three of our upcoming titles are also available for preorder as ebooks.

  • The Further Adventures of Langdon St. Ives (James P. Blaylock) — This large omnibus contains three classic steampunk adventures, as well as two brand new ones. Kirkus Reviews summed the volume up nicely: “Langdon St. Ives is a scientist, explorer, and cheerfully married family man who continually finds himself embroiled in strange adventures and investigations that transform both Victorian England and more exotic locales into places lavishly beset by all the familiar and beloved trappings of fantastical steampunk. Accompanied by a cast of charming friends and allies, St. Ives faces a series of absurd dangers, often the machinations of a cartoonish nemesis in the mad scientist mold, Ignacio Narbondo.”
     
  • Down and Out in Purgatory (Tim Powers) — Tim's latest is a contemporary fantasy that asks how far you'd go to take revenge. Publishers Weekly said, “His comedy of terrors barrages readers with the speed and calculated ridiculousness of a Looney Tunes cartoon. Powers (Medusa’s Web) crafts intimately defined characters who prevent this march through the Inferno from becoming too absurd. Moral, bodily, and spiritual isolation create uneasy friction between mishaps, and minimalist prose whips the plot along.”
     
  • Beyond the Aquila Rift (Alastair Reynolds) — Clocking in at over 780 pages, this is one of the largest Best of volumes we've yet published. Publishers Weekly gave it a star: “This collection of 18 long and short stories by Reynolds (the Poseidon’s Children series), one of the most gifted hard SF writers working today, displays his facility for building fascinating settings and integrating romance and mystery plots into space opera… Readers will greatly appreciate the breadth and variety of this deeply enjoyable collection.”

 

Announcing a new signed limited edition by Stephen Gallagher

The Authentic William James by Stephen Gallagher

Stephen Gallagher has penned a stellar new novel for us, "a Tragic Romance of Madness and Revenge". Best of all, The Authentic William James is already at the printer.

About the Book:

Sebastian Becker’s position as Special Investigator for the British Crown requires a subtle touch: gathering evidence that determines whether or not someone is a Chancery Lunatic—afflicted with madness making them unfit to manage their fortunes—without tipping the hand of those whose resources often make them above the law.

In the aftermath of a fiery tragedy that leaves dozens dead and England’s leaders maneuvering for an answer to stave off political ramifications, former police detective Becker is called upon to utilize his intimacy with the insane, and familiarity with working in the shadows.

Tasked with evaluating the sanity of the confessed arsonist—Wild West Showman ‘The Authentic William James’—leads Becker from the shores of Sussex to the film studios of Hollywood. Delving into the circus world to unravel the mystery of a man who admits guilt and flees will pit Becker’s appointed role to do his country’s bidding against his compassion to do what is right for a family.

Limited: 1000 signed numbered hardcover copies: $40

 

Read an excerpt from Kevin Hearne’s THE PURLOINED POODLE

The Purloined Poode by Kevin Hearne

We've just posted a long excerpt, all of chapter one, in fact, of Kevin Hearne's Iron Druid novella, The Purloined Poodle.

The beginning goes a little bit like this:

Humans always miss the essential politeness of pugs. They see the smashed face, the eyes in a perpetual state of panic, and their tendency to freak out if you try to clip their toenails, but they don’t understand why pugs get along so well with other dogs. It’s the way their tails curl up and away from their asses, making them easy to sniff when you meet them for the first time. It’s a great first impression. There’s nothing more friendly than an easy-access back door.

Irreverent, yes? And funny as only a dog can be.

Head over to the book's page to read the rest, and order your copy.

 

New Tim Powers in stock and shipping

Medusa's Web by Tim Powers

Tim Powers' Medusa's Web, a time travel supernatural extravaganza and a haunte house novel, all rolled into one, is in stock and shipping. This includes both the lettered and limited editions. Please feel free to get your order in!

About the Book:

The last will of their suicide aunt requires that Scott and Madeline Madden return to Caveat, the vast old Hollywood Hills house they grew up in—and they soon learn that what they had thought was a shared childhood nightmare twenty years ago is in fact all too real.

Their strange, reclusive cousins, Claimayne and Ariel, are deeply involved in using a form of the Medusa—living two-dimensional psychoactive patterns known as “spiders”—to prolong their own lives and even hijack the lives of others…

Scott and Madeline are tumbled into the Medusa's web, and find themselves struggling in a tangle of lives and deaths extending back to the earliest days of Hollywood, fracturing timelines in the past and fleeing from predators in the present, inexorably bound for a showdown with the voracious ghost of their aunt and the entity which is the oldest and most powerful of the spiders.

The Subterranean Press edition of Medusa’s Web will be oversize, with a dust jacket and number of illustrations by J.K. Potter, housed in a custom slipcase.

Limited: 474 signed numbered copies, housed in a custom slipcase: $125

From Publishers Weekly:

“A new Tim Powers novel is always cause for excitement. His latest is a twisted journey through time travel, possession, old Hollywood, addiction, and familial violence that promises much and, mostly, delivers… By the time the credits roll, the villain has crystallized into a dark portrait of selfishness and contorted love, the heroes have earned grace notes of surprising beauty, and you will never see Salomé quite the same way again.”

From Booklist:

“Set over the course of one week, this novel is an atmospheric and complex supernatural thriller, with an old-time Hollywood frame, and it steadily builds to a frenetic climax.”

 

Announcing a new Sarah Pinborough short novel—Very limited stock available

They Say a Girl Died Here Once by Sarah Pinborough

Earthling Publications is releasing a short novel, They Say a Girl Died Here Once, by rising star Sarah Pinborough this fall, and we've been lucky enough to lock in a very limited quantity of it for our customers.

About the Book:

Seventeen-year-old Anna has a space in her memory of a night her brain won’t let her remember, a night that devastated her life and forced her to drop out of high school. Her grandmother, Evelyn, is slowly losing her memories to Alzheimer’s. When the family moves into a forgotten house on the outskirts of Evelyn’s home town, it's supposed to be a fresh start and a quieter life for all of them.
But when Evelyn starts behaving strangely in her lost moments, it’s Anna who witnesses it. It’s Anna who helps her. And as she’s drawn into life in the town and learns some of its recent gruesome history, she can’t help but being to wonder if the dead are trying to talk through Evelyn’s empty spaces. And if so, what is it they’re trying to tell her?

‘Laced with a creeping dread that doesn't let up until the gut-wrenching ending, THEY SAY A GIRL DIED HERE ONCE is a searing, smart, and scary exploration of family, trauma, and the poisonous power of secrets. Another brilliant, blistering read from Pinborough.’
―Sarah Lotz, author of THE THREE

Limited: 500 signed numbered hardcover copies: $35

 

New Neil Gaiman limited edition in stock and shipping

Eternity's Wheel by Neil Gaiman and Michael Reaves and Mallory Reaves

Our newest Neil Gaiman limited edition, Eternity's Wheel, is in stock and shipping, with open preordering for everyone. Pick up your copy today.

About the Book:

The treacherous developments at the end of The Silver Dream have left InterWorld trapped by HEX, Time Agent Acacia Jones missing, and Joey Harker on his own. Injured and on the run, Joey may be the only one who can stop the newly discovered threat of FrostNight from destroying everything—not just InterWorld, but all the worlds in the Altiverse.

A heavy burden for anyone, but especially a relative newcomer to interdimensional travel. Joey begins to Walk the worlds, searching out more versions of himself, all fellow Walkers, to train for the fight. While, of course, attempting to stay under the radar of their enemies and locate InterWorld Base Town before time runs out. Even after recovering some members of his team and receiving aid from Acacia’s brother Avery—who is none too happy to have to help him—Joey can’t seem to catch a break. Everyone is looking to him to be the leader. Whether he’s up to the job or not, he has to take it on anyway.

Eternity’s Wheel brings the New York Times’ bestselling InterWorld series to a thrilling conclusion. Return to master storytellers and beloved authors Neil Gaiman and Michael Reaves’ inventive, danger-packed universe in this novel with a story by the creators and Mallory Reaves, and written by Michael and Mallory Reaves.

Eternity's Wheel will be printed in two colors throughout, designed to match its prequels, Interworld and The Silver Dream.

Limited: 500 signed numbered hardcover copies: $60

 

CD’s THE SHINING open for general preorders

The Shining by Stephen King CD Edition

Cemetery Dance's edition of The Shining is now open to general preorders, meaning anyone can order a copy of the Limited and/or Gift Editions. The book is already sold out at the publisher, so don't delay if you want a copy.

Featuring full color wrap-around artwork by Don Maitz and full color interior paintings printed on a high-quality glossy stock and tipped into the book!

Note for Collectors:
This is the very first edition of The Shining published anywhere in the world to include Stephen King's original, uncut 40 page prologue entitled “Before the Play” restored at its proper place at the beginning of the story. This may end up being the only edition to ever present the complete story of the Overlook Hotel as King originally wrote it, so don't miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! Although an excerpt from the prologue appeared in TV Guide in the 1990s, this is the first time the complete prologue has ever appeared where Stephen King intended it to go — right at the beginning of The Shining!

About the Book:
The Overlook Hotel claimed the most beautiful physical setting of any resort in the world; but Jack Torrance, the new winter caretaker, with his wife Wendy and their five-year-old son Danny, saw much more than its splendor.

Jack saw the Overlook as an opportunity, a desperate way back from failure and despair; Wendy saw this lonely sanctuary as a frail chance to perserve their family; and Danny? Danny, who was blessed or cursed with a shining, precognitive gift, saw visions hideously beyond the comprehension of a small boy. He sensed the evil coiled within the Overlook's 110 empty rooms; an evil that was waiting just for them.

The Shining, by Stephen King, the undisputed master of the modern horror story.

Special Features For This Deluxe Special Edition:

  • an introduction by Stephen King
  • an afterword by Mick Garris
  • includes the complete text of “Before the Play,” Stephen King's 40 page prologue that has never appeared in any edition of The Shining
  • deluxe oversized design (7 inches X 10 inches) featuring two color interior printing as part of the page design
  • printed on a heavy interior specialty paper stock that is much thicker than the paper in a normal trade edition
  • custom-made slipcase for the Gift Edition, custom-made traycase for the Numbered Artist Edition, and custom-made three piece traycase for the Deluxe Lettered Artist Edition
  • epic wrap-around full color dust jacket artwork by Don Maitz
  • a different full color dust jacket for the Numbered Artist Edition painted by Don Maitz
  • full color interior paintings by Don Maitz
  • interior artwork will be printed on a heavy glossy stock and tipped into the book
  • special limitation page artwork for all three editions by Glenn Chadbourne
  • high-quality endpapers and fine bindings
  • extremely collectible print run that is a tiny fraction of the TENS OF MILLIONS of copies of this novel you've seen in bookstores over the years!

 

A starred review for BEYOND THE AQUILA RIFT

Beyond the Aquila Rift by Alastair Reynolds

The first review of Beyond the Aquila Rift: The Best of Alastair Reyonlds is in, and it's a good one.

Publishers Weekly (Starred Review):

This collection of 18 long and short stories by Reynolds (the Poseidon’s Children series), one of the most gifted hard SF writers working today, displays his facility for building fascinating settings and integrating romance and mystery plots into space opera… Readers will greatly appreciate the breadth and variety of this deeply enjoyable collection.

Our print run is strictly limited to 1500 trade copies, which this review is likely to sell out. There will be no second printing.

 

Preorder THE CHEMICAL WEDDING by John Crowley today

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Small Beer Press has been kind enough to let us take preorders for their upcoming John Crowley novel, The Chemical Wedding. We're only able to take orders this week, so don't hesitate to place yours.

About the Book:

The First Day: Kickstarter Exclusive Hardcover Edition. $30.

  • Smyth sewn in oatmeal linen cloth with black foil stamped cover.
  • The interior will be printed in black ink on a beautiful 70# Finch Opaque Vanilla paper with matching endpapers.
  • This edition has an ISBN but no barcode printed on it and will not be distributed to bookstores.


The Second Day: Kickstarter Exclusive Signed, Numbered, Limited Slipcased Edition with Exclusive Print. $250.

  • Limited to 200 numbered copies.
  • Signed on a two-color tipped in page by the author John Crowley, the illustrator Theo Fadel, and the designer Jacob McMurray.
  • Presented in a black cloth slipcase stamped with gold foil on the front and spine and accompanied by an exclusive woodcut hand printed, signed, and numbered in her studio by Theo Fadel.
  • Smyth sewn in oatmeal linen cloth with black and red foil stamped cover.
  • The interior will be printed in black and red inks on a beautiful 70# Finch Opaque Vanilla paper with black endpapers and a black ribbon.

 

 

Returned copies of Catherynne M. Valente’s SPEAK EASY available

Speak Easy by Catherynne M. Valente

We have some returned (and slighly dinged or scuffed) copies of Catherynne M. Valente's wonderful (and long) novella, Speak Easy, and they're only $15 each. Order while you can.

About the Book:

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

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

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

Limited: 1250 signed numbered hardcover copies, fully bound in cloth: now $15 for a returned copy.

From Publishers Weekly:

“Valente’s language is extravagantly rich, and her world is filled with fascinating details. The amount of story packed into this slender volume would easily fill a novel…”

From RT Reviews:

“Valente’s Prohibtion-era spin on the classic story of ‘The Twelve Dancing Princesses’ is thoroughly eerie and enchanting… this fresh fairytale gets under your skin quicker than Zelda Fair's black-market booze.”

From Library Journal:

“Casting infamous flapper Zelda Fitzgerald as the lead (and a pelican as her devoted follower) is just one of several inspired alterations that makes this novella a cut above the usual fairy-tale retellings.”

 

PW reviews THE LAST DAYS OF NEW PARIS

The Last Days of New Paris by China Mieville

The first review of China Mieville's new novel, The Last Days of New Paris, has just landed, and it's a good one.

Here, have a taste:

Miéville (This Census-Taker) takes on the surrealists in this gritty and erudite fantasy. In 1941, a surrealist bomb exploded in Nazi-occupied Paris, unleashing thousands of manifs—physical manifestations of images taken from surrealist paintings. Some were merely whimsical; others were terrifying and dangerous. Now it’s 1950 and New Paris, as it’s called, is the epicenter of the continuing war. The chaotic city is fought over by Nazis and Parisians, both sides constantly bedeviled by the chaotic manifs. Worse still, the Nazis have made contact with hell and unleashed demons to aid their villainy…

 

An Elitis book review for FREEDOM OF THE MASK

Freedom of the Mask by Robert McCammon

Copies of Robert McCammon's Freedom of the Mask are leaving the SubPress warehouse at a steady clip. With coverage (like this from Elitist Book Reviews), we suspect we know why:

A majority of this novel takes place in London, and McCammon spends the time helping us get to know the city, and how it compares and contrasts against the Colonies. There is a wonderful level of detail here, but not so much that the pacing ever gets bogged down. This is perhaps one of (the many) greatest abilities in McCammon’s toolbox: his ability to keep the pacing flying forward, regardless of how much detail he adds. The goal of the story, and the goals of the various characters are never pushed to the side.

 

Three lettered copies of MEDUSA’S WEB available

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We're nigh on shipping both the limited and lettered edition of Tim Powers' time travel haunted house novel, Medusa's Web, and discovered that we undersold the lettered edition by three copies, which are first come, first served.

Both editions of the book are gorgeous, and would like fine on your shelves.

About the Book:

The last will of their suicide aunt requires that Scott and Madeline Madden return to Caveat, the vast old Hollywood Hills house they grew up in—and they soon learn that what they had thought was a shared childhood nightmare twenty years ago is in fact all too real.

Their strange, reclusive cousins, Claimayne and Ariel, are deeply involved in using a form of the Medusa—living two-dimensional psychoactive patterns known as “spiders”—to prolong their own lives and even hijack the lives of others…

Scott and Madeline are tumbled into the Medusa's web, and find themselves struggling in a tangle of lives and deaths extending back to the earliest days of Hollywood, fracturing timelines in the past and fleeing from predators in the present, inexorably bound for a showdown with the voracious ghost of their aunt and the entity which is the oldest and most powerful of the spiders.

The Subterranean Press edition of Medusa’s Web will be oversize, with a dust jacket and number of illustrations by J.K. Potter, housed in a custom slipcase.

Limited: 474 signed numbered copies, housed in a custom slipcase: $125
Lettered: 26 signed copies, specially bound, housed in a custom traycase: $500

From Publishers Weekly:

A new Tim Powers novel is always cause for excitement. His latest is a twisted journey through time travel, possession, old Hollywood, addiction, and familial violence that promises much and, mostly, delivers… By the time the credits roll, the villain has crystallized into a dark portrait of selfishness and contorted love, the heroes have earned grace notes of surprising beauty, and you will never see Salomé quite the same way again.

From Booklist:

Set over the course of one week, this novel is an atmospheric and complex supernatural thriller, with an old-time Hollywood frame, and it steadily builds to a frenetic climax.

 

Announcing our first ever project—an Iron Druid novella—with Kevin Hearne

The Purloined Poodle by Kevin Hearne

We're pleased to announce our first project with NYTimes best-seller Kevn Hearne. The Purloined Poodle is an Iron Druid novella featuring everyone's favorite character from the series, Oberon. Among the best news of all: The Purloined Poodle goes to the printer next month!

About the Book:

Thanks to his relationship with the ancient Druid Atticus O’Sullivan, Oberon the Irish wolfhound knows trouble when he smells it—and furthermore, he knows he can handle it.

When he discovers that a prizewinning poodle has been abducted in Eugene, Oregon, he learns that it’s part of a rash of hound abductions all over the Pacific Northwest. Since the police aren’t too worried about dogs they assume have run away, Oberon knows it’s up to him to track down those hounds and reunite them with their humans. For justice! And gravy!

Engaging the services of his faithful Druid, Oberon must travel throughout Oregon and Washington to question a man with a huge salami, thwart the plans of diabolical squirrels, and avoid, at all costs, a fight with a great big bear.

But if he’s going to solve the case of the Purloined Poodle, Oberon will have to recruit the help of a Boston terrier named Starbuck, survive the vegetables in a hipster pot pie, and firmly refuse to be distracted by fire hydrants and rabbits hiding in the rose bushes.

At the end of the day, will it be a sad bowl of dry kibble for the world’s finest hound detective, or will everything be coming up sirloins?

The Purloined Poodle is another exciting novella entry in Kevin Hearne’s New York Times best-selling Iron Druid series.

Limited: 250 signed numbered copies, bound in leather: $45
Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $20

 

Announcing COFFIN NAILS by Harlan Ellison, limted to only 200 numbered copies

Coffin Nails by Harlan Ellison

Charnel House is publishing a large (450 pages) gathering of Harlan Ellison's hitherto uncollected and never printed pulp stories from the late '50s and '60s. As there are only 200 copies of Coffin Nails, and our quantity is very limited, you might want to order early.

About the Book:

23 stories written in 1957/8, previously published only in original digest magazines

2 stories written in 1969 which have remained unpublished until this collection

These are among the very first steps on a sixty-year career, and have been hidden away until now in the fragile brown pages of magazines like Super Science Fiction, Amazing Stories, and Science Fiction Adventures—but they let us see in emergence the style and urgency that came to full maturity in his latter, widely celebrated work. With this book, all of Harlan Ellison's stories so far are preserved in book form.

—from the introduction by Tim Powers

Limited: 200 signed numbered copies, bound in handmade Crackle paper: $300

 

Robert McCammon’s FREEDOM OF THE MASK in stock and shipping

Freedom of the Mask by Robert McCammon

We're pleased to announce that the TRADE hardcover of Robert McCammon's Freedom of the Mask is in stock and shipping. (If you ordered the limited or lettered editions, please be patient. Those will be along in due course.)

Freedom may just be the most exciting of the Matthew Corbett novels yet, garnering a starred review from Publishers Weekly:

McCammon’s rousing sixth yarn featuring Matthew Corbett (after 2014’s The River of Souls) transports the early 18th-century American problem solver across the Atlantic to London, where he’s clapped into hellish Newgate Prison on murder charges. Matthew quickly becomes embroiled in mysteries involving fellow inmate Daniel Defoe; a gin-running street gang, the Black-Eyed Broodies; a kidnapped Italian opera singer; and a masked avenger named Albion, whose exploits are sensationalized (along with Matthew’s) in a penny dreadful broadsheet, the Pin

Want to read more, including an excerpt from the novel, and an interview with the author? Check out the book's product page.

 

Lois Mcmaster Bujold novella over 90% sold out

Penric's Demon by Lois McMaster Bujold

The first review of Lois McMaster Bujold's new fantasy novella, Penric's Demon, just appeared, and it's a good one that will result in orders for hundreds (or thousands) of copies from our wholesalers. The bad news is that Penric is already over 90% sold out, so we're not going to come close to being able to satisty all of our accounts. If you're interested in a copy, now is a great time to place your direct order.

And that review? It's from Publishers Weekly, and reads like this:

Bujold (Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen) returns to her World of the Five Gods universe with a novella filled with a satisfying blend of strong characters and wry humor… Bujold creates a good-hearted, if somewhat naive, fellow in Penric and a fascinating multivoiced character in Desdemona. The banter between the two and the bizarre situation that Penric finds himself in add levity to this fantasy road story.

 

Announcing a new Dayworld novel by Philip Jose Farmer and Danny Adams

A Hole in Wednesday

Newer publisher Meteor House plans to release A Hole in Wednesday, a new collaborative novel by Philip José Farmer and Danny Adams this summer, and we're lucky enough to be able to offer copies to our customers. One imortant note: Meteor House will be limiting the hardcover print run to the number of preordered copies, so please get your order in before June 16.

About the Book:

Philip José Farmer’s Dayworld trilogy, as well as his short story “The Sliced-Crosswise Only-On-Tuesday World,” imagines a severely overcrowded future that cures the overpopulation problem by “stoning” six-sevenths of the population each day.

Farmer began a prequel Dayworld novel, A Hole in Wednesday, but did not complete it, and Meteor House is pleased that Danny Adams has picked up the mantle. Set some time before the events in the original trilogy, the novel nonetheless has direct links to the acclaimed series, exploring the developing world and antecedent characters who vigorously challenge the life in which they find themselves trapped.

The Dayworld was born from the overpopulation and chaos of the late 21st century: live just one day out of seven, spend the rest in a suspended animation called stoning, and humanity will only need one-seventh of the resources it was consuming on its dying planet. Now, three-and-a-half centuries into this New Era—or two “subjective generations” later—everyone seems blessed with peace and abundance. But one man is about to discover that the seeds of the world’s destruction were deeply planted by the time the Dayworld began.

As with most Meteor House titles, the print run of the Signed (by Danny Adams) Hardcover Limited Edition will be determined by the number of books preordered. To ensure you get a signed copy, be sure to order no later than June 16th, 2016.

 

A taste of fiery pulp, courtesy of Joe R. Lansdale

Dead on the Bones by Joe R. Lansdale

We've just posted the opening of each story from Joe R. Lansdale's upcoming collection, Dead on the Bones. Head over and fill your head with pulpy goodness,

Here's one to get you started. From "The Redheaded Dead":

Reverend Mercer knew it was coming because the clouds were being plucked down into a black funnel, making the mid-day sky go dark. It was the last of many omens, and he knew from experience it smacked of more than a prediction of bad weather. There had been the shooting star of last night, bleeding across the sky in a looping red wound. He had never seen one like it. And there had been the angry face he had seen in the morning clouds, ever so briefly, but long enough to know that god was sending him another task in his endless list.