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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.

 

New Ann Leckie in stock and shipping

Ancillary Sword

It'll take us a few days to get this one out the door. We think everyone will be happy with the finished product.

Thanks to all who ordered.

 

Low Stock Lettered Editions

We've just posted a special page where we're listing one or two copies of various lettered editions we pulled from the shelves in the collectors room.

Have at it, but remember it's one copy per customer, so if you've already bought a given lettered edition, you're not eligible to pick up a spare.

Here's the link.

Enjoy.

 

Announcing THE LAST DAYS OF NEW PARIS by China Mieville

The Last Days of New Paris by China Mieville

We'll be publishing the signed limited edition of China Mieville's brilliant new novel, The Last Days of New Paris, which will feature a full-color cover and full-color interiors by Vincent Chong. Read on for the full details.

“In Paris you had to be ready to fight art and the Hellish—not to mention Nazis…”

Multiple-award-winning China Mieville’s extraordinary novel The Last Days of New Paris is a door into the heart of a twentieth century that never was, that always was. The hinges it turns on are surrealism and anti-Fascism and occultism, oiled by vivid prose that startlingly mines art and poetry for its images. The story it opens to reveal combines mystery and adventure, philosophy and revolution.

Here is the American Jack Parsons in 1941 Marseilles, navigating a tangle of competing wartime powers incapable of containing the chaos of wartime Europe. A student of the occult, he encounters fleeing surrealist thinkers, and something extraordinary is born in the cauldron of his imagination.

Here is the resistance fighter Thibaut in 1950 Paris, struggling to survive and fight on in a city haunted by manifs, manifestations from the dreams and nightmares of the century’s most fertile imaginations. These manifs are in conflict with hellspawn called up by Nazi officer-priests.

By turns heartbreaking and breathtaking, this book conjures a world that demands attention, and tests loyalties to concepts as fundamental as reality itself. Here is a tour de force of imagination, here is a crescendo of thought, here, at last, is the exquisite corpse. Here is The Last Days of New Paris, an unmissable new novel by a modern master of the fantasic.

Limited:  500 signed numbered hardcover copies: $50

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

 

Another strong review for THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF LANGDON ST. IVES

The Further Adventures of Langdon St. Ives

 

The estimable (and frequently critical) Kirkius Reviews has weighed in on James P. Blaylock's The Further Adventures of Langdon St. Ives.

We're only too happy to share a cutting from what they said:

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.

If that doesn't nudge you enough to pick up a copy, here's a bit from the earlier Publishers Weekly review:

Blaylock is a master of the period piece, easily capturing a Doyle-esque voice that serves his Holmes-adjacent hero well…this collection is a concise introduction to St. Ives and a handsome volume for any steampunk fan.

Limited: 200 signed numbered copies, bound in leather: $60

Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $40

 

Harlan Ellison’s THE TOP OF THE VOLCANO for only $2.99

The Top of the Volcano by Harlan Ellison

The ebook edition of Harlan Ellison's The Top of the Volcano is on sale this week for only $2.99, less than 1/3 of the regular price. Go forth and order a copy.

About the Book:

Firebrand, Touchstone, Trailblazer, Risk-Taker!

“Only connect,” E.M. Forster famously said, and Harlan Ellison was canny enough to make that the lifeblood of his achievement from the get-go.

New, fresh and different is tricky in the storytelling business, as rare as diamonds, but, as a born storyteller, Harlan made story brave, daring, surprising again, brought an edge of the gritty and the strange, the erudite and the street-smart, found ways to make words truly come alive again in an over-worded world.

From the watershed of the ’50s and ’60s when the world found its dynamic new identity, to a self-imitating, sadly all too derivative present, he has kept storytelling cool and hip, exhilarating, unexpected yet always vital, able to get under your skin and change your life.

And now we have it. The Top of the Volcano is the collection we hoped would come along eventually, twenty-three of Harlan’s very best stories, award-winners every one, brought together in a single volume at last. There’s the unforgettable power of “'Repent, Harlequin!' Said the Ticktockman,” “The Whimper of Whipped Dogs” and “Mefisto in Onyx,” the heart-rending pathos of “Jeffty Is Five” and “Paladin of the Lost Hour”, the chilling terror of “I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream,” the ingenuity and startling intimacy of “Adrift Just Off the Islets of Langerhans…”

These stories are full of the light and life of someone with things worth saying and the skills to do it, presented in the book we had to have—not just a Best-of (though given what’s on offer it may just fall out that way) but in one easy-to-grab volume perfect for newbies, long-time fans and seasoned professionals alike to remind them just how it can be done.

From Publishers Weekly:

Ellison (Slippage) has won so many awards over his six-decade career that this hefty collection only includes the short stories that have won the most prestigious prizes. His greatest hits include ‘I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream’ (1967), with its viciously omnipotent computer, and ‘The Deathbird’ (1973), a riff on the book of Genesis in sympathy with the snake. His iconoclastic early period is represented by experimental pieces such as ‘The Region Between’ (1969), which includes abstract graphics with its text. But the pleasant surprises are later, more obscure works, such as ‘The Man Who Rowed Christopher Columbus Ashore’ (1991), in which a higher intelligence arbitrarily meddles with the world.

From Locus:

The Top of the Volcano may be the single most useful Ellison collection to date, for a couple of reasons. One is that by confining the selection to stories that actually won awards, it represents the fiction for which Ellison has been honored by the community over the years… Another is that it offers a clear portrait of the fiction rather than the man, which has always been a difficult distinction for many readers…

From The Chicago Tribune:

This may be the most useful book we have for those who want to rediscover Ellison, or for those encountering him for the first time and who want to know what all the fuss was about.

 

THIS CENSUS-TAKER heads to the printer

This Census-Taker by China Mieville

China Mieville's astonishingly good new novella, This Census-Taker has just been sent to the printer. (Also, to the interested, we've just agreed to publish a limited edition of his next novel, The Last Days of New Paris, which will be up for preorder soon.)

Here are samples of some of this reviews the novella has received:

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?

From Publishers Weekly (Starred Review):

New Weird exemplar Miéville (Three Moments of an Explosion) evokes fantasy from the emotional currents of daily life, eradicating differences between self and other and between reality and dream. Fans of Miéville’s work will recognize and relish his sharp, probing storytelling. Sparse language and a minimalist approach make this intellectual vivisection best suited to readers who are willing to work for meaning.

From The Washington Post:

...this sparse, surreal novel brilliantly shows the gradual unfolding of piecemeal memories following a trauma.

From The Chicago Tribune:

Sometimes young writers are advised that the path to fame in science fiction and fantasy is to find a successful formula and stick with it. They must get confused, then, by a writer like China Miéville, who has attained an enormous following despite — or perhaps because of — the sheer unpredictability of his imagination, which ranges freely among genres and narrative forms…While this compelling novella may be lacking in large-scale spectacle and may raise more questions than it answers, the classic Miéville themes of power, alienation and politics are never far from the surface, and the tale lingers in the memory.

 

Shipping order. First up: Joe Aberbcombie slipcases

Slipcase for The Shattered Sea by Joe Abercrombie

It's a busy week in shipping here at SubPress. (But when isn't it.)

Here's the tentative order for this week:

  • Slipcases for Joe Abercombie's The Shattered Sea
  • Various lettered editions
  • Ancillary Sword (Ann Leckie)

We'll keep you posted as we progress.

 

Announcing S. T. Joshi’s BLACK WINGS 5—Limited copies available

Black Wings V edited by S T Joshi

PS Publishing has just announced the next installment of their successful S. T. Joshi's Black Wings series of anthologies. We've locked in copies—but not too many—of the next installment, Black Wings V.

About the Book:

This fifth instalment of S. T. Joshi’s critically acclaimed Black Wings series features twenty stories that use H. P. Lovecraft’s mythos as the basis for imaginative ventures into the weird and terrifying. One of the central themes in Lovecraft’s work is the problematical nature of science in human affairs, and in this volume we find stories by Caitlín R. Kiernan, Lynne Jamneck, and Donald R. Burleson where scientists come face to face with the appalling implications of their discoveries.

Lovecraft was a master of the “sense of place,” inventing imaginary towns in New England with a rich and sinister history stretching back centuries. In this book, Jonathan Thomas, W. H. Pugmire, and Sunni K Brock bring Lovecraft’s towns of Arkham, Kingsport, and Innsmouth to life. Sam Gafford, Darrell Schweitzer, and Stephen Woodworth evoke terror in other corners of the American continent, while British writers David Hambling and John Reppion find Lovecraftian horror in little-known towns in England. The world-building that led Lovecraft to fashion an entire universe set in the realm of dreams is duplicated in tales by Cody Goodfellow, Mark Howard Jones, and Donald Tyson.

Madness is always an occupational hazard of the “searchers after horror” who populate Lovecraft’s tales. In this volume, stories by Robert H. Waugh, Nicole Cushing, and Nancy Kilpatrick searingly display the psychological aberrations of characters as they encounter the bizarre. Lovecraft himself has become an iconic character, and his gaunt, lantern-jawed figure stalks the tales by Jason C. Eckhardt and Mollie L. Burleson. This volume concludes, as did its predecessor, with a long poem by Wade German, one of the most dynamic figures in a remarkable renaissance of weird poetry inspired by the work of Lovecraft and his colleagues.

Black Wings V can take its place as a pioneering anthology that shows how the work of H. P. Lovecraft is inexhaustibly rich in the inspiration it can provide to contemporary writers of weird fiction.

Limited: 300 signed numbered copies, in slipcase: $95
Trade: Hardcover edition in dust jacket: $40

 

Robert McCammon BOY’S LIFE Update

Boy's Life

We've just seen the advance copies of Robert McCammon's Boy's Life, and can honestly say it's the most gorgeous McCammon volume we've yet produced. We can't wait to get this one into your hands! As soon as the slipcases are done, we'll be able to start shipping. This book, this edition, will form the cornerstone of any McCammon collection. Don't miss out.

 

The Sword of Shannara signed limited edition just announced

The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks Sketch

Our pal Shawn Speakman has just announced his press will be publishing a signed, limited edition of The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks, of which we'll be getting a mere handful of copies. We suggest an early order if you're interested in this one and the two novels that follow.

About the Book:

The Sword of Shannara, The Elfstones of Shannara, and The Wishsong of Shannara will be individually produced and leather-bound, featuring the highest quality materials. They will also be beautifully illustrated by Marc Simonetti, one of today’s premiere fantasy artists. He is already hard at work on the illustrations for The Sword of Shannara. To the left, you can see the thumbnail sketch featuring Shea and Flick fleeing Shady Vale.

  • Limited to 1000 numbered copies
  • Leather-bound hardcover book with no slipcase
  • Signed by Terry Brooks and artist Marc Simonetti
  • Eight black and white interior plates by Marc Simonetti including full-color dust jacket
  • Sewn black ribbon

 

LEVIATHAN WAKES now shipping—copies available again

Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey

The signed limited edition of one of the hottest space operas in recent years is in stock and shipping. Even better news is that we undersold it, and have a very small number of copies of the limited and lettered editions of James S. A. Corey's Leviathan Wakes available for collectors. (Limit one per customer, etc.)

If we can secure the rights, we do plan on doing the next few volumes, so now's your chance to get in on the ground floor. We've frequently found that the first book in a series climbs in value on the aftermarket, as subsequent volumes are released.

 

Robert McCammon’s FREEDOM OF THE MASK ebook now available for preorder.

Freedom of the Mask by Robert McCammon

For those of you of the electronic persuasion, the ebook of Robert McCammon's Freedom of the Mask is now available for preorder.

About the Book:

The year is 1703, and Matthew Corbett, professional “problem solver,” is missing. Last seen by his friends in New York before he departed on a lucrative, seemingly straightforward mission for the Herrald Agency in Charles Town, he’s been too long absent. His comrade-in-arms Hudson Greathouse has an increasing sense the young friend he thinks of as a son must have met with some unexpected peril. Following his hunch, Greathouse retraces Matthew’s steps only to find him first presumed dead, then accused of murdering a young woman and apparently en route to London with a devious Prussian count last encountered on Professor Fell’s Pendulum Island.

Little does he know that Matthews’s circumstances are growing worse by the second. For when Matthew arrives in the bustling squalor of Londontown, he’s come shackled, charged for the murder of Count Anton Mannerheim Dahlgren. No matter the lack of body, presumed lost to the ocean. He soon finds himself locked up in the infamous Newgate prison, and has drawn the interest of a mysterious mask-wearing vigilante accused of several gruesome murders. Greathouse and the woman Matthew loves, Berry Grigsby, travel across the high seas to England to aid their friend, but it is impossible to know whether they will reach him in time to save his life.

Freedom of the Mask is the sixth installment in bestselling author Robert McCammon’s acclaimed series of standalone historical thrillers featuring the exploits of a young hero the USA Character Approved Blog has called “the Early American James Bond.” The most surprising and ambitious volume to date, this is a novel filled with unpredictable twists and a note-perfect depiction of early 1700s London. Fans will not want to miss Matthew Corbett’s most dangerous adventure yet.

From Publishers Weekly (Starred Review):

“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…”

 

A new ebook by Jacqueline Carey

One Hundred Ablutions

We've just released Jacqueline Carey's novelette One Hundred Ablutions, from A Fantasy Medley 3, as a standalone ebook.

About the book:

In “One Hundred Ablutions,” Jacqueline Carey, author of the much-beloved Kushiel’s Legacy series, tells the tale of Dala—a young woman chosen by her people’s overlords to be an exalted slave among slaves—and of the twining in her life of ritual, rebellion, and redemption.

 

New Wesley Chu in stock and shipping

The Days of Tao by Wesley Chu

Wesley Chu's delightful new novella, The Days of Tao, is in stock and shipping. It's a wonderful addition to his series (that also stands alone).

About the Book:

Cameron Tan wouldn’t have even been in Greece if he hadn’t gotten a ‘D’ in Art History.

Instead of spending the summer after college completing his training as a Prophus operative, he’s doing a study abroad program in Greece, enjoying a normal life – spending time with friends and getting teased about his crush on a classmate.

Then the emergency notification comes in: a Prophus agent with vital information needs immediate extraction, and Cameron is the only agent on the ground, responsible for getting the other agent and data out of the country. The Prophus are relying on him to uncomplicate things.

Easy.

Easy, except the rival Genjix have declared all-out war against the Prophus, which means Greece is about to be a very dangerous place. And the agent isn’t the only person relying on Cameron to get them safely out of the country – his friends from the study abroad program are, too. Cameron knows a good agent would leave them to fend for themselves. He also knows a good person wouldn’t. Suddenly, things aren’t easy at all.

The Days of Tao is the latest in the popular Tao series from award-winning author, Wesley Chu. Following after The Rebirths of Tao, this novella carries on the fast-moving and fun tone of the series.

Limited: 1000 signed numbered hardcover copies: $40

 

Summer of Night and Boy’s Life Updates

Summer of NIght by Dan Simmons

We wanted to share updates on a couple of our high profile releases:

Summer of Night (Dan Simmons) — We've approved the printed but not yet bound book. We should see finished books in the next two weeks, at which point we'll be able to have the slipcases made.

Boy's Life (Robert McCammon) — It's in the same situation as Summer of NIght. Making this a dark summer to remember.

We'll post more news as it's available.

 

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY on THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF LANGDON ST. IVES

The Further Adventures of Langdon St Ives by James P Blaylock

Publishers Weekly has been kind enough to review James P. Blaylock's novella collection, The Further Adventures of Langdon St. Ives, and we couldn't be happier.

Here's a bit from the review:

Blaylock is a master of the period piece, easily capturing a Doyle-esque voice that serves his Holmes-adjacent hero well… this collection is a concise introduction to St. Ives and a handsome volume for any steampunk fan.

About the Book:

Subterranean Press is proud to present The Further Adventures of Langdon St. Ives, which includes three classic adventures, a new novella and novelette, and more than forty illustrations by J. K. Potter.

Langdon St. Ives, explorer, scientist, naturalist, and family man rarely has a restful day: adventure befalls him and a colorful cast of characters around every seemingly innocent turn.

In this chronicle, St. Ives descends beneath the quicksand of Morecambe Bay into a dark, unknown corner of the ocean littered with human bones and the castaway detritus of humanity in search of a strange, possible alien machine.

Madness at the Explorers Club in London and the disappearance of St. Ives’s wife Alice leads him to the underground lair of evil genius Dr. Ignacio Narbondo, who has undertaken to set the entirety of London into a lunatic frenzy.

A simple excursion to the West Indies is interrupted by bloodthirsty pirates whose depredations pale before the fury of the pagan god that erupts from beneath the blue waters of the Caribbean Sea.

An inexplicable cataract of water falling from a cloudless sky sets into motion a ballooning adventure in which St. Ives disappears through a hole in the sky.

And on a holiday in London, St. Ives investigates the insidious patent medicine salesman Diogenes, whose pills awaken strange longings and eons-old memories of man’s ascent from the fishes.

Limited: 200 signed numbered copies, bound in leather: $60

Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $40

 

Greg Egan dust jacket art revealed

The Four Thousand The Eight Hundred by Greg Egan

Have a first look at Dominic Harman's dust jacket for Greg Egan's The Four Thousand, the Eight Hundred.

Rest assured, the novella is as epic as the cover.

 

 

Masters of Science Fiction: James Patrick Kelly

Masters of Science Fiction James Patrick Kelly

One of the two huge volumes in Centipede Press' new series Masters of Science Fiction focuses on James Patrick Kelly. I couldn't be happier, as this is a volume I'd been considering proposing to the author for a couple of years. Now, I get to enjoy it solely as a fan, though I'll admit that not being able to publish it makes me a little jealous. Mark this one down as an essential purchase.

About the Book:

What you’re holding in your hands is part of a science fiction revolution. James Patrick Kelly is much more than an award-winning author. He’s an SF visionary. His writing has redefined the cyberpunk genre, with a uniquely edgy, outré style. This book is a literal treasure trove of Kelly’s most memorable stories and novellas. Here you’ll see classic science fiction blended with New Age technology — and an unparalleled understanding of human psychology.

“Think Like a Dinosaur” takes us on a troubling, sometimes terrifying interstellar journey, as we track a young woman’s transformation into an alien life-form, with some unexpected results. “The Last Judgment” is a startlingly original meld of noir and cyberpunk, as a tough private eye gets embroiled in a world dominated by a race of robots. Kelly also adds some murderous extra-terrestrials to the mix. In “Ten To The Sixteenth To One,” it’s 1962, and a young science fiction fan is shoring up his mundane world with comic books and pulp magazines — until he’s visited by a creature that will alter the fate of the human race. “Daemon” is a piece of first-person fiction, in which Kelly himself is the lead character, attending a book signing and confronted by a fan from Hell. In “Going Deep,” Kelly explores teen-age rebellion in outer space, with a compelling, complex, and cloned heroine whose talent for mind-melds makes texting look antiquated. “Mr. Boy” is Peter Cage, who’s been surgically altered to remain forever young. Ever wish you were twelve years old again? Eternal youth isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

Unplug your mobile devices and plug into James Patrick Kelly’s vision of our future. Your head will never be the same again.

James Patrick Kelly has won the Hugo, Nebula and Locus awards; his fiction has been translated into twenty-two languages. He writes a column on the internet for Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine and is on the faculty of the Stonecoast Creative Writing MFA Program at the University of Southern Maine.

Edition Information:

  • Over 700 pages of James Patrick Kelly’s best science fiction.
  • Introduction by Robert Reed.
  • Afterword by John Pelan.
  • Limited to 500 signed and numbered copies.
  • Signed by James Patrick Kelly, Robert Reed, John Pelan and cover artists Jim & Ruth Keegan.
  • Fully cloth bound, gorgeous dustjacket, ribbon marker, head and tail bands.

 

Announcing a mammoth new collection by Fritz Leiber

Masters of Science Fiction Fritz Leiber

Centipede Press has kicked off a new series, Masters of Science Fiction, with a hefty tome by Fritz Leiber. We can only assume that, like the other Centipede books, the prouction values will be just so. The contents, well, are beyond compare. This one will go fast.

About the Book:

Poet, actor, playwright, chess expert, master of fantastic fiction. Fritz Leiber was a true Renaissance Man. His writing crossed all boundaries, from horror to sword and sorcery. This book goes deep into Leiber’s underrated science fiction oeuvre. It’s a comprehensive, page-turning cache that captures Leiber’s thoroughly original style — altogether mystical, beautiful, and sometimes disturbing.

“The Foxholes of Mars” is a literary assault: a frightening, nitro-fueled tale of war on Mars, with one soldier questioning the futility and purpose of the battle against bug-eyed aliens — a distant mirror-image of our own times. “Space-Time for Springers” is told through the glaring eyes of Gummitch, a cat who happens to possess a genius IQ and a voracious appetite for scientific knowledge. “Night Passage” takes us on a dark journey into a Las Vegas where Earthlings and extra-terrestrials mingle and gamble — and where one man takes a moonlit ride with a mystery woman from Mercury, tailed by some very scary pursuers. “The Mutant’s Brother” is a malevolent mix of horror and SF, a tale of identical twins who each carry a frightful chromosome. One of them is also a monstrous serial killer. The literally chilling “A Pail of Air” takes place in an underground nest, where a family fights to survive in a sunless, moonless, post-apocalyptic world where even helium and carbon dioxide become crawling, shapeless threats.

Fritz Leiber was a storyteller and prophet for the ages. His work will never be dated or irrelevant. Treat this book like a crystal ball. These pages chronicle the world to come. You’ve been warned.

Fritz Leiber (1910-1992) was an American writer of fantasy, horror, and science fiction. He is regarded as one of the fathers of sword and sorcery fantasy. He excelled in all fields of speculative fiction, writing award-winning work in fantasy, horror, and science fiction.

Edition Information:

  • Over 700 pages of Fritz Leiber’s best science fiction.
  • Afterword by John Pelan.
  • Limited to 500 signed and numbered copies.
  • Signed by John Pelan and cover artists Jim & Ruth Keegan.
  • Fully cloth bound, gorgeous dustjacket, ribbon marker, head and tail bands.

 

New Glen Hirshberg Novel Just Announced

Good Girls by Glen Hirshberg

Earthling Publications has just announced a new Glen Hirshberg novel. Good Girls is limited to only 250 signed copies. Get your order in early!

About the Book:

Three-time International Horror Guild and Shirley Jackson Award Winner Glen Hirshberg brings his flair for the grim, grisly, and emotionally harrowing to this standalone sequel to Motherless Child.

Reeling from the violent death of her daughter and a confrontation with the Whistler―the monster who wrecked her life—Jess has fled the South for a tiny college town in New Hampshire. There she huddles in a fire-blackened house with her crippled lover, her infant grandson, and the creature that was once her daughter’s best friend, and may or may not be a threat.

Rebecca, an orphan undergrad caring for Jess’s grandson, finds in Jess’ house the promise of a family she has never known, but also a terrifying secret.

Meanwhile, unhinged and unmoored, the Whistler watches from the rooftops and awaits his moment.

And deep in the Mississippi Delta, the evil that spawned him stirs….

Limited: 250 signed numbered hardcover copies: $45

 

Dan Simmons’ THE RISE OF ENDYMION in stock and shipping

The Rise of Endymion by Dan Simmons

The Shrike is in stock and shipping. Order your copy of The Rise of Endymion today.

About the Book:

The Rise of Endymion is the fourth and final installment in the brilliant, massively ambitious series that began with the Hugo Award-winning Hyperion. Seamlessly continuing the narrative arc that began in Endymion, it brings one of the most significant accomplishments in modern science fiction to a resonant conclusion.

Once again, we are immersed in the complex future that emerged in the aftermath of the Hegemony of Man, a future dominated both by the Catholic Church and by the artificially intelligent entities of the TechnoCore. Once again, we are caught up in the intertwined stories of Raul Endymion and Aenea, a young woman born from the union of a human mother—Hyperion’s Brawne Lamia—and the cybrid-based reincarnation of John Keats. Aenea is something new in the universe, a point of contact between disparate forms of existence. She has been charged with a unique—and uniquely difficult—destiny: to redirect the evolution of the human species. The Rise of Endymion concludes the account of Aenea’s attempts to achieve that destiny.

The result is both an interstellar adventure on the grandest scale and a work of intellectual and philosophical richness. With great eloquence, Simmons offers us the vision of a universe that is itself a “minded thing,” a vitally sentient arena defined at its most fundamental level by the qualities of Empathy and Love. The novel—and the series as a whole—offers a humane, deeply considered view of human existence and argues powerfully for the value—the absolute necessity—of endless diversity and constant change. In this luminous meditation on a world filled with “chaos, clutter, and wonderful unseen options,” Simmons has created an epic work of enduring—and undeniable—importance.

Limited: 474 signed numbered hardcover copies: $150
Lettered: 52 signed leatherbound copies housed in a custom traycase: $300

 

SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES available again

Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

After shipping out initial orders, we did a quick inventory, and have eight (count 'em, 8) copies of the new limited edition of Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes left available for sale.

I have to say that this is one nicely turned out volume that PS Publishing has produced. You'll be glad to have it on your shelf.

 

Al Reynolds mammoth collection just sent to the printer

Beyond the Aquila Rift by Alastair Reynolds

Nearly 800 pages of sfnal goodness, including a healthy dose of space opera.

Beyond the Aquila Rift: the Best of Alastair Reynolds has just been sent to the printer.

You need this book.

 

Announcing EARLY DAYS by Robert Silverberg

Early Days by Robert Silverberg

We've just announced a new pulp collection by Robert Silverberg. Early Days collects another 340+ pages of his apprentice efforts, as well as copious personal notes about the stories.

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

 

Announcing THE FOUR THOUSAND, THE EIGHT HUNDRED by Greg Egan

Greg Egan has written a stellar new novella, one we're only to happy to present as a limited hardcover edition. Read on for the full details on The Four Thousand, the Eight Hundred.

About the Book:

Camille is desperate to escape her home on colonized asteroid Vesta, journeying through space in a small cocoon pod covertly and precariously attached to a cargo ship. Anna is a newly appointed port director on asteroid Ceres, intrigued by the causes that have led so-called riders like Camille to show up at her post in search of asylum.

Conditions on Vesta are quickly deteriorating—for one group of people in particular. The original founders agreed to split profits equally, but the Sivadier syndicate contributed intellectual property rather than more valued tangible goods. Now the rest of the populace wants payback. As Camille travels closer to Ceres, it seems ever more likely that Vesta will demand the other asteroid stop harboring its fugitives.

With The Four Thousand, the Eight Hundred, acclaimed author Greg Egan offers up a stellar, novella-length example of hard science fiction, as human and involving as it is insightful and philosophical.

Limited: 1000 unsigned numbered hardcover copies: $40