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Charles de Lint’s Jack in the Green in Stock and Shipping

Jack in the Green by Charles de Lint

Our latest project with Charles de Lint is just the latest book to enter our warehouse doors. It feels really good not to have 8 completely finished books sitting at our printers, with customers waiting for their copies! Jack in the Green is the sort of rich, heart-filled tale that Charles de Lint's many fans have come to expect. As an added bonus, he's joined once again by Charles Vess, who provided the dust jacket and a number of black and white interiors.

About the Book:

Maria Martinez is a young maid, cleaning houses to get by, living in a neighborhood of Santo del Vado Viejo plagued by gang violence and drug cartels. When Maria witnesses her best friend from her teenage years breaking into a house in a gated community where she’s working, she has no problem pretending to the police she didn’t see a thing. But as Luz Chaidez comes back into Maria’s life, Maria can’t help remembering the magic Luz left to look for all those years ago. Magic she may have found. Maria is curiously drawn to one of Luz’s green-hooded gang of robbers, a handsome redheaded boy who calls himself Jack Green. Soon enough, she’s venturing into the dangerous territory of robbing from the rich to give to the poor…

In this deft, 22,000 word novella, acclaimed fantasist Charles de Lint brings one of the world’s most beloved tales into the modern day, transporting Robin Hood from the green wood to the barrio. Jack recasts an epic story of love and friendship, with justice at its center, in a way that readers won’t soon forget.

Jack in the Green features a full-color dust jacket, and five interior b&w vignettes by longtime de Lint collaborator, Charles Vess.

Limited: 2000 signed numbered hardcover copies: $35

 

New Jack Vance in Stock and Shipping

Minding the Stars

Minding the Stars, the fourth volume of The Early Jack Vance, is in our warehouse, with copies being bubble bagged, boxed, put through the postage process, and being sent on to customers. Sales on this one snuck up on us a bit. The Signed, Lettered Edition is sold out, of course, and we're down to the last 40 copies of the trade edition. I suspect another distributor order or two will put Minding out of print.

About the Book:

Strange things happen…

Throughout his long and impressive career as a celebrated professional storyteller, Jack Vance showed a fascination not only with having characters solve mysteries in all sorts of dramatic and wondrous situations using their powers of observation, deduction and common sense, but also with the possibility of higher states of mind in play, other realms of existence, even spirit worlds.

Vance approached such things with a healthy, properly wary, scientific curiosity, even while embracing the liberties allowed any popular entertainer, and so made the exploration of such higher states part of his stock in trade.

Whether richly displayed in his Dying Earth stories with their wizardly spellcasting, eldritch beings and strange dimensions, or in his science fiction tales with the incredible mental powers afforded races like the Green Chasch, the Fwai-chi, the Meks of Etamin 9 besieging the final human strongholds in “The Last Castle,” even given to divergent human peoples on Koryphon, Maske and countless other worlds, or to the likes of his most extraordinary Demon Prince, Howard Alan Treesong, Vance was forever drawn to what else might comprise human (and other) natures in all their myriad forms.

Minding the Stars: The Early Jack Vance Volume 4 reflects this beguiling blend of the practical and the otherworldly, combining tales that explore the workings of such mental powers with other stories selected from the earlier days of the Grandmaster’s illustrious career.

Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $45

 

Illustrations for Joe R. Lansdale’s Black Hat Jack Just Posted

Black Hat Jack by Joe R. Lansdale Signed Limited Edition Cover

Here's the first look at the cover for the Signed, Limited Edition of Joe R. Lansdale's wonderful new novella, Black Hat Jack. Long-time Lansdale fans will be pleased to know that the novella's narrator, Deadwood Dick, will also feature prominently in his next major novel, Paradise Sky. In addition to the cover, the Black Hat Jack product page features a trio of black and white interior illustrations by Ken Laager. This novella is not to be missed.

About the Book:

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

 

Announcing Unlocked, a New Novella by John Scalzi

Unlocked by John Scalzi

John Scalzi has a new novella out later this year. It's a companion to his upcoming novel Lock In. (You can order an inscribed copy of the novel from us.)

We think Unlocked, the novella, is a strong introduction to the world of the novel, and stands on its own, as well.

Please note that we're only able to offer Free US Shipping for the first two days this book is listed on our site.

About the Book:

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

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

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

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

Limited: 1500 signed numbered hardcover copies: $40

 

New Brian Lumley in Stock and Shipping

The Compleat Crow by Brian Lumley

Our 2014 Brian Lumley title, The Compleat Crow, is in stock and shipping. They're some of Lumley's best Lovecraftian tales, featuring the singular occult detective.

About the Book:

Master of Occult Arts…

“He was tall and broad-shouldered, and it was plain to see that in his younger days he had been a handsome man. Now…his hair had greyed a little, and his eyes, though still very bright and observant, bore the imprint of many a year spent exploring—and often, I guessed, discovering—along rarely trodden paths of mysterious, obscure learning.”

Mysterious, obscure learning…

To many thousands of readers world-wide Titus Crow is the psychic sleuth—the cosmic voyager and investigator—of Brian Lumley’s Cthulhu Mythos novels, from The Burrowers Beneath to Elysia.

But before The Burrowers and Crow’s Transition, his exploits were chronicled in a series of short stories and novellas uncollected in the USA except in limited editions. Now these stories can be told again. From "Inception" which tells of Crow’s origins, to "The Black Recalled", a tale of vengeance from beyond the grave, here in one volume, from the best-selling author of the epic Necroscope® series, is The Compleat Crow.

Limited: 250 signed numbered copies, bound in leather: $60
Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $35

 

A Massive Carl Jacobi Collection from Centipede Press

Masters of the Weird Tale by Carl Jacobi

We've been lucky enough to be guaranteed twelve copies of the mammoth (over 800 pages) gathering of stories by Carl Jacobi. Move quickly to pick up this volume of Masters of the Weird Tale if you're interested.

About the Book:

The largest collection of Carl Jacobi stories ever collected in one volume, including original artwork by David Ho, Steve Lines, Allen Koszowski, and reprinted art from others, with a new introduction by John Pelan, and an afterword by Dwyane Olson.
The introduction and afterword include many photographs of Carl Jacobi, color reproductions of old Carl Jacobi books, and the book itself has a full color wraparound dustjacket (the spine is designed so that it fits nicely with your existing Masters of the Weird Tale volumes), ribbon marker, cloth slipcase, and other extras.

Limited: 200 numbered copies, signed by editors S.T. Joshi and John Pelan, Allen Koszowski, David Ho, Steve Lines, and a special facsimile signature from Carl Jacobi: $250

 

More Copies of Clive Barker’s The Midnight Meat Train Available

Clive Barker's The Midnight Meat Train

The good folks at Dark Regions Press have released another batch of copies of Clive Barker's The Midnight Meat Train to us. The Midnight Meat Train looks to be a nice production, including the legendary story, the movie's script, other extras, and six full color art plates by the author.

We expect this title to sell out prior to its scheduled June release date, so if you're interested, consider picking up a copy now.

Limited: 450 signed numbered copies, cloth bound, signed by the author: $60

 

Announcing the Signed, Limited Edition of Robert McCammon’s The Queen of Bedlam

The Queen of Bedlam

Important Note: There is no exclusive order period for The Queen of Bedlam, which has a smaller print run than The Providence Rider and The River of Souls, but a larger one than Mister Slaughter. Catch all that? If you’re looking to match a number with Queen, please request it in the comments when you place your order. We expect this title to sell out quickly, so please don't delay in ordering. There is no trade edition, and the limited will not be made available to our wholesale and large online retail accounts.

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

Note: There is no SubPress trade edition of The Queen of Bedlam.

 

Announcing a New Anubis Gates Story by Tim Powers

Nobody's Home by Tim Powers

This fall, 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. Nobody's Home is certain to be one of the most talked about, and coveted, small press releases of the year.

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

Lettered: 26 signed leatherbound copies, housed in a custom traycase: $350
Limited: 474 signed numbered copies, bound in leather,  housed in a custom, foil stamped slipcase: $75
Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $35

 

George R. R. Martin’s A Clash of Kings in Stock and Shipping—Copies Available

A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin

Please note: This title is now SOLD OUT.

Our Signed Limited Edition of George R. R. Martin's A Clash of Kings is in stock and shipping, and we have great news to share with collectors. We have extra copies available, on a first-come, first-served basis, with a limit of one per person.

Buying Clash will give you the right of first refusal for our edition of A Game of Thrones, but not for The Winds of Winter.

About the Book:

A Clash of Kings is the second installment of George R. R. Martin’s monumental saga, A Song of Ice and Fire. It is, if anything, richer, deeper, and more formidably complex than its distinguished predecessor.

A Game of Thrones concluded with the deaths of Robert Baratheon, ruler of the Seven Kingdoms, and Lord Eddard Stark, the embattled Hand of the King. As A Clash of Kings opens, war has broken out on a number of fronts and a bloody battle for possession of the Iron Throne has begun. In King’s Landing, the seat of royal power, Joffrey, Robert’s sixteen-year-old heir apparent, rules the realm under the guidance of his mother, the beautiful—and ruthless—Queen Cersei. Stannis and Renly Baratheon, Robert’s brothers, have each established competing claims to the throne. And Robb Stark, Lord Eddard’s oldest son, has assumed the title of King of the North. Outside of the Seven Kingdoms, potent, often mysterious forces are gathering. In the far north, Mance Rayder, the King Beyond the Wall, is marshaling his armies. To the east, Daenerys Targaryen, sole surviving descendent of an ancient dynastic line, is struggling to assemble an army of her own, an army supplemented by three impossible—but very real—dragons.

These are just a few of the players who populate this vast, wholly absorbing narrative. A Clash of Kings is a novel about love, loyalty, and betrayal, about the power of unbridled ambition, about the limitless human capacity both for nobility and cruelty. Whether viewed on its own independent terms or as part of a larger, ongoing epic, it is—and will remain—one of the cornerstones of modern fantasy, the sort of book that raises the stakes—and sets the standards—for an entire genre.

Limited: 500 signed numbered sets, bound in cloth, housed in a custom slipcase: $295
Lettered: 52 sets, signed by author, with a remarque by the artist, housed in a custom slipcase: Sold Out

Production Notes—A Clash of Kings will feature:

  • roughly 70 black and white interior illustrations, including chapter heads and tails, full page illustrations, and vignettes;
  • different dust jackets for each of the two volumes in the set;
  • illustrated endsheets;
  • three full-color interior illustrations in the limited edition, with an extra full-color piece exclusive to the lettered;
  • stamped artwork on the slipcases, one color on the limited edition, two colors for the lettered edition;

 

The Book of Silverberg Awash in Praise

The Book of Silverberg

As our series of Collected Stories by Robert Silverberg draws to a close, we're also releasing a tribute anthology, The Book of Silverberg, which is drawing across-the-board praise. Here are cuttings from a trio of the reviews:

From Publishers Weekly (Starred Review):

“In this provocative collection, a dozen authors pay homage to Robert Silverberg, one of the giants of the science fiction field…these stories stand on their own, with no prior knowledge of the source material required. This is a real treat for any science fiction reader, and especially for Silverberg’s many fans.”

From Library Journal:

“Standouts include Connie Willis’s adorably weird ‘Silverberg, Satan, and Me or Where I Got the Idea for My Silverberg Story for this Anthology’ and Elizabeth Bear’s bleak future of false facades ‘The Hand is Quicker.’ …These stories will resonate most with readers familiar with Silverberg’s work, often being playful riffs on his famous stories or novels, but the tales can be enjoyed on their own merits as well.”

From Locus:

“It opens with a contribution from the late Kage Baker: ‘In Old Pidruid’, set on Majipoor. I always thought Baker’s very enjoyable fantasy The Anvil of the World owed a fair amount to Silverberg’s Majipoor stories (and of course in turn to Jack Vance’s Big Planet ), so she seems a natural for this setting, and she doesn’t disappoint, with a story of competing Entertainments (parade floats, sort of), particularly one operated by a young woman named Palmene and her eccentric brothers. There’s romance, of course, and false dealing, and local color, and aliens…fun stuff.

“That’s the opening story. The closer is Tobias Buckell’s ‘Ambassador to the Dinosaurs’,  sequel to ‘Our Lady of the Sauropods’, here featuring a somewhat resentful reconstructed Neanderthal woman pushed to dealing with the intelligent, telepathic, and rather violent dinosaurs who have also been reconstructed, then banished to a space station. This is strong, smart stuff as well.”

Limited: 250 signed numbered copies, bound in leather: $60

Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover copies: $35

 

 

Now Taking Orders for Clive Barker’s The Midnight Meat Train

Clive Barker's The Midnight Meat Train

Dark Regions is publishing a spectacular edition of Clive Barker's The Midnight Meat Train later this year, and we're happy to offer copies for sale. We only have 50 of the limited and 10 of the premium limited reserved—which is not nearly enough when it comes to Clive's work—so please get your order in ASAP.

About the Book:

In 1984, The Books of Blood by Clive Barker were published and quickly gained a following worldwide. Literary eminences like Stephen King noticed early on the creativity and powerful prose throughout The Books of Blood, bringing Clive Barker's stories to the forefront of horror fiction. One of these stories was “The Midnight Meat Train”, following one Leon Kaufman as he discovers the origins of a series of grizzly subway train murders in New York City…and the controlling forces behind it all.

Clive Barker's The Midnight Meat Train Special Definitive Edition brings the original story back with all-new material: a new afterword written by Clive Barker, 6 color paintings based on the story by the author, a new introduction by Phil & Sarah Stokes, a foreword by the movie screenplay writer Jeff Buhler, the first complete commercial printing of the movie screenplay, never-before-seen photos, notes, sketches and more.

This is the first and only printing of this special comprehensive signed hardcover edition. Reserve your copy of this definitive collector's edition of one of Clive Barker's classic and most celebrated stories: “The Midnight Meat Train.”

All three hardcover editions feature at least 6 paintings as interior artworks, a newly written afterword and are signed by author Clive Barker. All editions feature a newly written introduction by Phil and Sarah Stokes, a new foreword by screenplay writer Jeff Buhler and multiple photos and other never before seen materials. The first complete commercial printing of the official movie script from the major motion picture starring Bradley Cooper directed by Ryuhei Kitamura released in 2008 will be included in all hardcover editions.

Premium Limited: 66 signed numbered copies, bound in red leather, slipcased, signed by the author: $225
Limited: 450 signed numbered copies, cloth bound, signed by the author: $60

 

Harlan Ellison’s Flintlock in the House

Flintlock by Harlan Ellison

Many, many copies of Harlan Ellison's Flintlock were just rolled through our bay doors, and we're preparing them for shipment. The book is the usual gem for Charnel House, and we can't recommend it highly enough, both for the tome's production values, and the screenplay contained therein.

In other Charnel House news, we're still accepting preorders for Tim Powers' Appointment on Sunset. Powers titles from Charnel House are almost always quck sell outs, and climb in value after issue. We see no reason this nifty tale by Powers won't follow suit.

 

George R. R. Martin’s A Clash of Kings Shipping This Week

A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin

We have about half a day's shipping left to do on Stephen King's The Shining, and will then be turning our attention to George R. R. Martin's A Clash of Kings. The latter will consume most, if not all, of the week. We'll then move on to the backlog of titles sitting in storage at our printer.

Once the initial wave of Clash is out the door, we expect to have some left over for sale, so keep your eyes on the book's product page.

 

 

Announcing the Final Volume of The Collected Stories of Robert Silverberg

The Millennium Express by Robert Silverberg

At first, it was just a notion that Robert Silverberg and I bandied about shortly after Harlan Ellison recommended us to him in 2003: the definitive gathering of Silverberg stories, spread, we then thought, over seven or possibly eight volumes. The Millennium Express, volume nine, and the final one, is slated to appear later this summer. Thanks, Bob, for the friendship that's grown out of our working together.

About the Book:

But, for all that, I went on writing short fiction all through the seventh and eighth decades of my life, and though I’m not very active these days, I would still pay attention if someone were to approach me with an interesting and challenging short-story project, or if some absolutely irresistible story idea were to come into my mind. I will not, at this point, try to claim that the stories that are collected here are the last short stories I will ever write. Surely some editor, in the years ahead, will tickle my imagination with a proposal I can’t resist. But I doubt that will be happening very often; and, meanwhile, here’s the harvest of the fourteen years that began in 1995—not an enormous number of stories, no, but stories nevertheless that I think are worth reading and reprinting.

—Robert Silverberg, from his Introduction


Limited: 150 signed numbered hardcover copies, bound in leather and cloth: $65
Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $35

 

Announcing We Can Remember It for You Wholesale by Philip K. Dick

We've put in the work on We Can Remember It for You Wholesale, the fifth and final volume of Philip K. Dick's Collected Stories series. Now, we're just waiting for the Estate's corrections, and the dust jacket by Bill Sienkewicz. Look for Wholesale to appear late this summer.

About the Book:

Collectors Note: You may only order the corresponding limited edition of We Can Remember It for You Wholesale if you own the limited edition of Minority Report, the previous book in the series. Anyone may order the trade edition.

Philip K. Dick (1928-1982) was one of the seminal figures of 20th century science fiction. His many stories and novels, which include such classics as Ubik and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, reflect a deeply personal world view, exploring the fragile, multifarious nature of reality itself and examining those elements that make us—or fail to make us—fully human. He did as much as anyone to demolish the artificial barrier between genre fiction and “literature,” and the best of his work has earned a permanent place in American popular culture.

We Can Remember It for You Wholesale is the final installment of a uniform, five-volume edition of The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick. This expansive collection contains 27 stories and novellas written between 1963 and 1981, years in which Dick produced some of his most mature work, including such novels as Ubik, Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said, and A Scanner Darkly. Among the many pleasures included here are the classic title story (filmed twice as Total Recall), in which an ordinary clerk, awash in resurrected memories, discovers the truth about his past and about the astonishing role he has played in human history; the Hugo-nominated “Faith of Our Fathers,” with its bleak and controversial vision of a predatory deity; and “The Electric Ant,” a brilliant embodiment of a classic Dick theme: the elusive—and changeable—nature of what we believe to be “real.” Like its predecessors, this generous volume offers wit, ingenuity, and intellectual excitement on virtually every page. The best of these stories, like the best of Dick’s novels, are richly imagined, deeply personal visions that no one else could have written. They’re going to be around for a very long time to come.

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

 

Robert McCammon’s The River of Souls Sent to the Printer

The River of Souls by Robert McCammon

We have a number of updates on Robert McCammon's newest historical thriller, The River of Souls, to share with you.

  • The book has just gone to the printer, which means we're very much on track to meet our May 31 publication date.
  • Head over to the book's product page to check out a long excerpt (in epub and mobi formats).

The first review has landed, from Publishers Weekly, and we're delighted by it:

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

Important Collector's Note: There is no longer a limit on who may order the Signed, Limited Edition. This version contains the long bonus story, "The Scorpion's Eye", which cannot be reprinted anywhere else for at least two years.

 

 

Shipping Update—Jim Butcher and Stephen King and George R. R. Martin

Blood Rites by Jim Butcher

We're finishing up shipping of Jim Butcher's Dresden Files novel, Blood Rites, which took us a little longer than intended, as part of our shipping crew was out sick. We're down to our last 30-40 copies, so please jump on the bandwagon while you have the opportunity.

As soon as the Butcher is finished, we'll move on full-steam ahead to the Signed, Limited Edition of Stephen King's The Shining. We know everyone has been waiting patiently for this one—thank you! We'll be as quick and careful in sending out copies as we possibly can.

Once the King is done, it'll be on to the first of six books at our printer that are done and waiting to be sent to our warehouse: A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin.

 

Paolo Bacigalupi—Zombie Baseball Beatdown Update

Zombie Baseball Beatdown by Paolo Bacigalupi

The incomparable Jon Foster has just turned in the cover to Paolo Bacigalupi's stutteringly funny novel, Zombie Baseball Beatdown, which has drawn rave reviews from the likes of Booklist, which wrote:

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?

If that's not reason enough to pick up a copy—along with your Louisville Slugger—we did a little research on past books by Paolo we've published. Their secondary market prices range from $125 to more than $500. We see no reason why Zombie Baseball Beatdown won't join them in those rarified heights.

Limited: 500 signed numbered copies, signed by the author, illustrated by Jon Foster: $60

Lettered: 26 signed leatherbound copies, housed in a custom traycase: $250

 

50% Off Preorders for Two Days Only!

Red Country by Joe Abercrombie

Hi.

Please note that this sale is now over.

The following are not eligible for the sale:

  • Other publishers’ books;
  • Lettered editions;
  • The Wool Trilogy (Hugh Howey);
  • House of Chains (Steven Erikson);
  • The River of Souls (Robert McCammon);
  • The Prisoner of Heaven (Carlos Ruiz Zafon);

In addition, discounts may not be applied to existing orders, and shipping is not discounted. Discounts will be applied automatically to all eligible items during the checkout process.

Please note that our shopping system is behaving a little wonkily at the moment, and sometimes displaying an error message. Please be persistent when checking out. We’re trying to track down the error, but it’s likely to take us at least a few days to solve it.

Best, and happy shopping,

Bill

 

Announcing Black Hat Jack by Joe R. Lansdale

Black Hat Jack by Joe R. Lansdale

Astute readers will remember Deadwood Dick from a pair of Joe R. Lansdale's novelettes, "Soldierin'" and "Hide and Horns." Here, in Black Hat Jack (subtitled The True Life Adventures of Deadwood Dick, as told by His Ownself) Lansdale cuts loose with a mythic western of epic voice and action. It is, in our opinion, the best novella he's ever written.

About the Book:

The story of African-Americans in the West has been confined to the dusty, bottom shelf of recorded history as well as 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-American’s 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 they 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

 

Announcing a New Charnel House Limited Edition by Tim Powers

Appointment on Sunset by Tim Powers

We’re pleased to be able to offer copies of an exquisite new short story by Tim Powers, Appointment on Sunset. It's printed in a unique smaller size, with the finest materials, as only Charnel House could accomplish.

Breuer died in his Dodge Dart when he crashed into the back of a cement truck on Sunset Boulevard in 1964. He is conjured up to the present to relive and alter his actions because they are dice still tumbling. Breuer has been offered a dubious deal. But really, who can you trust when you’re dead.

Each copy has a numbered toe-tag imbedded in the front board which has been numbered and signed by the author.

Limited: 250 signed numbered copies, bound in full handmade Indigo Cave paper: $150

 

Eight Matched Sets of Christine and Pet Sematary Available

Christine by Stephen King

We have eight matching sets of PS Publishing's Anniversary Editions of Christine and Pet Sematary. Ordering a set will give you right of first refusal on the next PS Anniversary volume, Carrie, at published price.

 

New Jim Butcher and Scott Lynch Shipping Very Soon

The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch

Next week should see two new titles in the mail to customers. If you want your copy to go out in the first wave, and make sure you don't miss out entirely, get your order in soonest.

It's early enough in the year that we're planning another Dresden Files release in the fall. Look for ordering info on Dead Beat soon.

 

NOS4A2 Slipcases and Lettered Editions Available

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

We've just finished shipping the NOS4A2 slipcases, and find that we overordered by about thirty copies. Feel free to pick one up.

A reminder: these fit the SubPress limited edition, NOT the trade hardcover of NOS4A2.

Consider this a nifty segue:

We're now shipping the NOS4A2 Lettered Edition, and have three copies remaining. It's one per customer, and these are likely to go very quickly.

 

Get Your Signed and Personalized John Scalzi Novel Here

Lock In by John Scalzi

We're trying something a bit different here at SubPress: an author signing. When his new novel, Lock In, is published, New York Times best-seller John Scalzi will be dropping in to sign and inscribe copies of the trade hardcover. If you want your book personally inscribed, please don't forget to mention to whom in the comments section when checking out.

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.

Trade hardcover: $24.95

 

Announcing House of Chains by Steven Erikson

House of Chains by Steven Erikson

We're happy to announce House of Chains, the fourth volume of Steven Erikson's the Malazan Book of the Fallen. This time out, we're joined by a new artist, Sam Burley, whose work falls nicely into the range of Michael Komarck, who helmed volume one, and J. K. Drummond, who provided the illustrations for volumes two and three.

House of Chains is fully designed, needing to be proofed only once more, and, best of all, the artwork is already half done. You can check out one of Sam's interior illustrations on the book's product page.

Please note that we're only able to offer Free US shipping for the first few days this title is up for preorder.

About Our Edition:

Collectors note: You may only order the corresponding limited or lettered edition if you own Memories of Ice, the previous book in the series.

Subterranean Press is proud to announce the fourth volume of The Malazan Book of the Fallen. We're working with a new artist, Sam Burley, on this volume in the series.

The numbered edition will:

  • Be printed on 80# Finch paper, guaranteeing a lifetime of enjoyment
  • Be illustrated with a number of full color interior illustrations

The lettered edition will include everything in the numbered, plus the following features:

  • A completely different dust jacket
  • A gatefold pull-out illustration
  • A custom traycase to protect your book

Limited: 500 numbered copies, hardcover, signed by the author: $150
Lettered: 52 copies, deluxe bound, signed by author, housed in a custom traycase: $325

 

Announcing a New Dragon Griaule Novel by Lucius Shepard

Beautiful Blood by Lucius Shepard

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, unsigned, fully bound in cloth: $40

 

Announcing a New Langdon St. Ives Adventure by James P. Blaylock

The Adventure of the Ring of Stones

James P. Blaylock, the steampunk master is back, with another book length adventure featuring gentleman scientist Langdon St. Ives and his worthy cohorts. Once again, J. K. Potter has provided wonderful period illustrations for this long (over 30,000 word) novella. Preorder your copy of The Adventure of the Ring of Stones today.

About the Book:

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

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

Limited: 1000 signed numbered hardcover copies: $35

 

Updated Shipping Manifesto!

Pet Sematary by Stephen King

Next up in the shipping queue is the PS Publishing edition of Stephen King's Pet Sematary. We know this title's getting scarce on the ground, as is the PS edition of Christine, so we're happy to say we'll have a few matching sets available when this wave of shipping is over. We'll try to post them to our site sometime in the next couple of weeks.

After Pet Sematary, look for the Lettered Edition and Slipcases for Joe Hill's NOS4A2 to ship.

 

Announcing The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

One of the questions we get asked most frequently is if we're planning a special edition of Carlos Ruiz Zafon's The Prisoner of Heaven. The answer is yes, and we've been at work on it for a year. Our edition, once again illustrated with glorious full-color plates and duotones by Vincent Chong, should head to the printer in the next month.

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 announce 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

 

The Gift Edition of The Shining Available Again

The Shining by Stephen King

Because the Gift Edition of Stephen King's The Shining marked our first outing with a new printer, we were very careful not to come too close to selling out the book, lest we have to reject too many copies that didn't meet our quality standards.

We're inordinately pleased to announce that the edition turned out beautifully, as customers are telling us, and as we've been reading online. Because we were so conservative, we have copies available after publication. Given this is one of the landmark novels of Stephen King's career, and a top-notch production, we expect the remaining inventory to be snapped up quickly. Here's your second chance. Don't miss out.

 

Last Chance at Clive Barker’s Chiliad

Chiliad by Clive Barker

After shipping, and replacing a few copies damaged en route to customers, we have thirty copies remaining of the Signed, Limited Edition of Clive Barker's Chiliad: a Meditation.

About the Book:

Welcome to the world of Chiliad, an astonishing two-part novella by the incomparable Clive Barker. A brilliantly composed narrative filled with unforgettable images, this visionary meditation on time, history, and human suffering is surely one of Barker’s most distinctive—and distinguished—creations.

Chiliad consists of two interrelated stories, stories filtered through the melancholy imagination of a narrator perched on the banks of a river that flows backward and forward through time. The first movement, “Men and Sin,” takes place in the millennial year of 1000 AD. The second, “A Moment at the River’s Heart,” occurs exactly one thousand years—the length of a “chiliad”—later, as the new millennium approaches. At the heart of these stories are two savage, seemingly inexplicable atrocities, each of which reaches across the centuries to reflect and connect with the other. As the narratives unfold and time becomes increasingly permeable, Barker creates a dark, sorrowful portrait of the ancient human capacity for cruelty and destruction. Writing always with lucidity and grace, he addresses a host of universal concerns, among them the power of guilt and grief, and the need to find signs of meaning in the chaos that surrounds us. In the process, he examines the endless chain of consequences that inevitably proceed from a single act of violence.

At once hugely expansive and deeply personal, Chiliad is a compact masterpiece, a resonant reminder of Barker’s ability to create fictional worlds that enrich and illuminate our own.

Chiliad features a full-color dust jacket, as well as duotone endsheets and interior illustrations by Jon Foster.

Limited: 350 signed numbered copies, bound in leather: $45

 

General SupPress Updatery, Including Titles Shipping Next

The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch

New titles are stacked liked cordwood around our warehouse, and deep in the bowels of our printer. We're aiming to rectify that over the course of the next two weeks. Here's the (very) tentative order in which we'll ship things after the other publishers' books are out the door:

 

Other Publishers’ Shipping Update

Pet Sematary by Stephen King

Now that the we're through the shipping marathon for the Gift Edition of Stephen King's The Shining, we've been able to turn our attention to a number of other publishers' books that have been stalled in the shipping queue:

Titles just shipped include:

  • The Burglar Who Counted the Spoons (Lawrence Block);
  • Turn Down the Lights (edited by Richard Chizmar);
  • All Heads Turn When the Hunt Goes By (John Farris).

Next up on the shipping carousel:

  • Pet Sematary (Stephen King);
  • The Influence (Bentley Little);
  • The Skin Trade (George R. R. Martin);
  • Like a Dead Man Walking (William F. Nolan).

 

 

Signed Trade Copies of The River of Souls Nearly Sold Out

The River of Souls by Robert McCammon

IMPORTANT NOTE:  The signed trade copies of The River of Souls are now sold out. You may still order unsigned copies.

As we mentioned recently, Robert McCammon is only signing 500 copies of the trade edition of The River of Souls. (For The Providence Rider, he signed 1000.) We're down to the last 50 signed copies of River, so order now to lock in your copy.

Just to be clear, we're only talking about the Signed Trade Edition. The exclusive preorder period for the Signed, Limited Edition and Signed Lettered Edition remains in effect through the end of the month.

Lettered: 26 signed, deluxe bound copies, housed in a custom traycase: $500
Limited: 474 signed numbered copies, bound in leather, with the bonus story, artwork not in the trade hardcover, and housed in a custom slipcase: $125
Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover copies (first 500 copies signed by Robert McCammon): $24.95

A bit of additional news: We're also at work on The Queen of Bedlam, the second Matthew Corbett adventure, which will be the most limited McCammon edition we've ever published.

 

Neil Gaiman’s Smoke and Mirrors at the Printer

Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman

This is indeed a momentous day. Neil Gaiman's collection Smoke and Mirrors has been sent to the printer. Dave McKean is unquestionably at the top of his considerable powers in the illustrations contained therein. Smoke and Mirrors has been a very long time coming. Our thanks to everyone for their patience and support.

The book is listed as sold out, but we are very likely to have 20 or so copies left available for sale once we're done with the initial shipping, which is about 2-3 months off. We're most likely to post the extra copies to the book's product page, and, if necessary, make an announcement in our newsletter. No need to start checking now, but you might want to keep an eye out once we announce the book is shipping.

 

The Cover for Tim Powers’ The Drawing of the Dark Revealed

The Drawing of the Dark by Tim Powers

Artist extraordinaire David Palumbo has just turned in the dust jacket and full-color endsheets (the latter appearing in the Limited Edition only)  for the Thirty-Fifth Anniversary Edition of Tim Powers' first major novel, The Drawing of the Dark. You may recall David's work for the recent Anubis Gates extravaganza published by Centipede Press. His work for Drawing is equally as strong.

Our next step is to have the signature pages designed and sent to the author, and put the book through one final proofreading. We're right on schedule for an October release.

Limited: 250 signed numbered copies, with full color endsheets, bound in leather, housed in a custom slipcase: $125

Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $35

 

Stephen King’s The Shining is in the House

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Here's a glance at fewer than half of the pallets of the Gift Edition of Stephen King's The Shining, which arrived an hour before we closed on Friday—we weren't actually given advance notice of precisely when they would arrive. We've managed some of the preliminary work to get them out the door, but had to clear out the projects which were already in process when The Shining arrived.

For those of you waiting on Lettered Editions, the following will be out the door by the morning, at which time we'll move over to the King full-time, and bring in extra help for the shipping marathon:

  • Memories of Ice by Steven Erikson;
  • Night Boat by Robert McCammon;
  • Lovedeath by Dan Simmons;
  • The Dying Earth by Jack Vance.

 

K. J. Parker’s Huge New Collection Up for Preorder

Academic Exercises by K. J. Parker

It's very early, but in our humble opinion this may just be the collection of 2014.Academic Exercises contains over 500 pages of K. J. Parker's  short fiction, including award-winners "A Small Price to Pay for Birdsong" and "Let Maps to Others".

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

 

Announcing Sergeant Chip and Other Novellas by Bradley Denton

Sergeant Chip and Other Novellas

Jimmy Blackburn. Those of you who remember him from Bradley Denton's novel, Blackburn—one of the most affecting crime novels of the nineties—are in for a real treat. Brad's new collection, Sergeant Chip and Other Novellas, contains an over 30,000 word Blackbun story, one that features Joe R. Lansdale's God of the Razor, as well as two other excellent long tales.

About the Book:

With these three novellas, science-fiction, fantasy, and horror storyteller Bradley Denton takes you inside hearts and minds filled with violence, mystery, and magic—whose startling worlds are no more than half a step away from your own:

In the Hugo Award-nominated and Sturgeon Award-winning sf story “Sergeant Chip,” you’ll see war from the front lines…through the eyes of an enhanced soldier whose determination, skills, and loyalty are utterly unshakeable. But when Man makes a weapon of his own best friend, the consequences go far beyond what human generals can imagine.

In the International Horror Guild Award-nominated “Blackburn and the Blade,” the killer-protagonist of the cult-classic novel Blackburn returns in a tale of desire and blood that pits him against an implacable enemy who may even be a God. But what this enemy doesn’t realize is that in a battle against a God, it’s a Devil who has a fighting chance.

Finally, in the Edgar Allan Poe Award-nominated “The Adakian Eagle,” a young Army private stationed in the Aleutians in 1944 makes a gruesome discovery that may lead to his doom. His only hope lies with a tubercular fifty-year-old corporal, a former detective famous for his mystery novels. But detective skills may not be enough now, and both the young private and the old corporal could be at the mercy of dark sorcery wielded by an even darker soul.

Limited: 750 signed numbered hardcover copies: $40

 

Announcing The River of Souls by Robert McCammon

The River of Souls by Robert McCammon

We're pleased to announce the newest The River of Souls, Robert McCammon's latest installment in the Matthew Corbett series of historical thrillers. Please note that we'll have fewer signed copies of the Trade Edition than ever before, so don't hesitate to get your order in. For those who own the Limited or Lettered Edition of the previous volume, The Providence Rider, the exclusive preorder period for River runs until February 28. After that, copies will be opened to the general public.

About the Book:

Important Note: Only those who own a Limited or Lettered Edition of The Providence Rider may order the same edition of The River of Souls at this time, unless you order both. Anyone may order the trade edition.

The year is 1703. The place: the Carolina settlement of Charles Town. Matthew Corbett, professional “problem solver,” has accepted a lucrative, if unusual, commission: escorting a beautiful woman to a fancy dress ball.

What should be a pleasant assignment takes a darker turn when Matthew becomes involved in a murder investigation. A sixteen-year-old girl has been stabbed to death on the grounds of a local plantation. The suspected killer is a slave who has escaped, with two family members, into the dubious protection of a nearby swamp. Troubled by certain discrepancies and determined to see some sort of justice done, Matthew joins the hunt for the runaway slaves. He embarks on a treacherous journey up the Solstice River, also known as the River of Souls.  He discovers that something born of the swamp has joined the hunt… and is stalking the hunters with more than murder in mind.

What follows is a shattering ordeal encompassing snakes, alligators, exiled savages, mythical beasts, and ordinary human treachery. The journey up the River of Souls will test the limits of Matthew’s endurance, and lead him through a nightmarish passage to a confrontation with his past, and a moment that will alter his life forever.

Gripping, unsettling, and richly atmospheric, The River of Souls is a masterful historical adventure featuring the continuing exploits of a young hero the USA Character Approved Blog has called “the Early American James Bond.”

The Limited and Lettered Editions will contain the 10,000 word bonus story, “The Scorpion’s Eye”, as well as full-color illustrations not in the Trade Hardcover.

The first 500 folks who order the Trade hardcover will receive a signed (but not inscribed) copy.

Lettered: 26 signed, deluxe bound copies, housed in a custom traycase: $500
Limited: 474 signed numbered copies, bound in leather, with the bonus story, artwork not in the trade hardcover, and housed in a custom slipcase: $125
Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover copies (first 500 copies signed by Robert McCammon): $24.95

 

New Clive Barker in Stock and Shipping

Chiliad by Clive Barker

As I mentioned on Twitter, I've been reading Clive Barker for 29 years, and now I've published him. The release of Chiliad definitely marks a high point in SubPress' history.

Chiliad is currently listed as sold out, but we may have a few copies left over. We'll let you know via our email newsletter if that turns out to be the case.

 

 

Stephen King, Geoge R. R. Martin, Joe Hill Updates and More

The Shining by Stephen King

A bunch of quick news items for you:

  • We've approved the traycase prototype for the Signed, Limited Edition of The Shining. Construction of the cases—we're told—will take a couple of months. Though we expected them by now, we have not yet received copies of the Gift Edition. We contacted our printer last week, and were informed they were still en route to Detroit, where they will take approximately two weeks to clear customs, before being sent on to us. Please accept our apologies for this delay. We really want to get everyone who has been waiting so patiently their books as soon as possible.
  • The slipcases for George R. R. Martin's A Clash of Kings are due to ship to us at the end of this month. Once they're in hand, we'll slot the title in our shipping schedule as quickly as possible.
  • The slipcases for Joe Hill's NOS4A2 should be on the same freight truck as the cases for A Clash of Kings. We may have a few extra slipcases for NOS4A2 left after shipping the initial wave, which we'll post to the site as soon as we know for sure.
  • We're waiting for the Neil Gaiman, Michael Reaves, and Mallory Reaves to work the signature pages for Interworld and The Silver Dream into their schedules. Once that task is completed, this duo will be sent immediately to the printer.

 

 

Joe R. Lansdale’s The Ape Man’s Brother in Stock and Shipping

The Ape Man's Brother by Joe R. Lansdale

We didn't print enough of this one. We've just uncrated copies of Joe R. Lansdale's gonzo new novella, The Ape Man's Brother, and have commenced with the shipping. The trade edition is sold out, but the limited is in good supply.

About the Book:

Orphaned by a plane crash, raised in the wilds of a lost world hidden somewhere beneath a constant mist, The Big Guy and his ape-man brother from another mother are living a life of danger amongst rampaging dinosaurs, giant birds, warring ape tribes, and all manner of deadly beasts. It's a wonderful existence for someone like The Big Guy and his furry brother, except for the flea problem. Then an expedition of explorers from the outside turn his world inside out. Or rather a very blonde beauty called The Woman does. It leads to his and his ape brother being convinced to fly to New York by zeppelin, where they become the toast of the town. They even make Hollywood movies. It seems perfect. At least until The Big Guy does something that comes quite naturally to him in the wild, but leads to public humiliation in this new found world. To make matters worse, his ape brother has grown to not only love the pampered life, meals he doesnt have to chase down, good cigars, fine wines and statuesque women, he's come to like the Wrong Woman.

Changes are afoot. They lead to a return to the world beneath the mist, and a deadly and unexpected encounter with a foe that is in many ways far worse than any dinosaur. Envy, jealousy, greed, fleas, and pyramids under the mist, are all part of this rollicking novella of the sort only Joe R. Lansdale could write. And don't forget dinosaurs.

Limited: 350 signed numbered copies, bound in leather: $45
Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: Sold Out

 

Ten Copies of Tim Powers’ The Anubis Gates Left

The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers

We've finished shipping the first wave of Tim Powers' The Anubis Gates, have done a hard count, and have ten copies left for sale. You might want to head over to the product page and embiggen the thumbnails to see how glorious this edition is. Along with Clive Barker's Weaveworld, and John Farris' All Head Turn When the Hunt Goes By, it's one of the nicest small press offerings we've seen in some time.

Now seems a good time to let you know that later this year we'll be publishing a new novelette by Tim that shares the setting (and one important character) with The Anubis Gates. Look for an announcement about "Nobody's Home" soon.

 

Limited Copies of George R. R. Martin’s The Skin Game Available Again

The Skin Trade by George R. R. Martin

If you failed to pick up a copy of the Signed, Limited Edition of George R. R. Martin's classic werewolf novella,  The Skin Trade, the first time around, all is not lost. We've just received word that we'll be able to pick up additional copies, which we're more than happy to do.

About the Book:

Randi Wade's world is spiraling into a dark labyrinth of secrets and lies. Her only friend is keeping something from her. Innocent victims are being savagely attacked and left for dead, all but their skins. There is an eerie connection between the crime scenes and her own father's murder nearly twenty years before, unsolved to this day. Despite this, Chief of Police Joe Urquhart, her father's former partner and best friend, beckons her to drop the case, drop everything. Is he protecting her, or something else?

As the case unfolds, Randi is pulled ever closer to realizing her darkest fear: that werewolves do exist, and they'll do anything necessary to keep their secrets safe in this once quiet town… Even if it means killing their own. All the while, an eccentric but powerful family watches closely from inside the black iron gates of Blackstone Manor, as the horrendous truth behind it all begins to bubble toward the top.

Limited: 500 signed numbered hardcover copies: $35
Trade: Unsigned hardcover: $25

 

Announcing The Wool Set Signed Limited Editions by Hugh Howey

Wool by Hugh Howey

We’re pleased to be announce the three volume Wool set by Hugh Howey. Each volume will be an oversize, 7 * 10, fully cloth- or leather- bound hardcover, depending on which version you purchase, including striking dust jackets by Jason Gurley.

Wool introduced the silo and its inhabitants.
Shift told the story of their making.
Dust will chronicle their undoing.
Welcome to the underground.


Wool:

“Howey’s Wool is an epic feat of imagination. You will live in this world.”
—Justin Cronin, Bestselling author of The Passage

What would you do if the world outside was deadly, and the air you breathed could kill?

And you lived in a place where every birth required a death, and the choices you made could save lives—or destroy them?

This is Jules’s story.

This is the world of Wool.
 

Shift:

Shift by Hugh Howey

 

What would you do if you were forced to survive when everyone you cared about was dead?

And the only place you could live was in a closed-off world buried deep below ground?

This is the start of the silo.

This is Shift.


Dust:


Dust by Hugh Howey

What would you do if the fate of everyone you know rested in your hands?

And the choices you make could lead to their salvation, or be the death of us all?

This is how the story ends.

This is the return to Dust.


Limited: 750 signed numbered sets (each volume signed): $180

Lettered: 26 signed leatherbound sets (each volume signed), housed in a custom traycase: $500

 

Announcing Red Country by Joe Abercrombie

Red Country by Joe Abercrombie

We're in the homestretch of getting Joe Abercrombie's most recent (and to my mind, best) limited edition ready for the printer. Red Country is a western as filtered through the ultra-bleak (but damn funny) world Joe has previously explored in The Heroes, Best Served Cold, and The First Law series.

About the Book:

Please note: You may only order a Lettered Edition of Red Country if you own a Lettered copy of The Heroes. Anyone may order the Signed, Limited Edition.

“Each land in the world produces its own men individually bad – and, in time, other bad men who kill them for the general good.”
—Emerson Hough

They burned her home.
They stole her brother and sister.
But vengeance is following.

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

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

Limited: 500 signed numbered hardcover copies: $80
Lettered: 26 signed leatherbound copies, housed in a custom traycase: $275

 

Jim Butcher’s Blood Rites Ordering Open to the General Public

Blood Rites by Jim Butcher

We've just opened all editions of Jim Butcher's Blood Rites to the general public. Those quickest on the draw will undoubtedly snag the available Lettered copies. (There are only four, with a limit of one per household.) The Signed, Limited Edition is in better, though not infinite, supply.

If you've been looking to get into this series, now's the chance. By purchasing Blood Rites, you'll have first crack at the next volume, Dead Beat, also due out later this year.