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Announcing the Centipede Press Edition of BLACKWATER by Michael McDowell

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Important Note: The regular retail price of Blackwater is $250. We're selling our copies for $215, a savings of $35. We have limited quantities available, so please get your order in soon.

About the Book

One of the finest southern Gothics ever written, Blackwater is generally acknowledged to be the late Michael McDowell’s finest achievement, and, taken as a whole, one of the best horror novels of the 1980s. This has been long out of print.

This edition has a fine new introduction by Poppy Z. Brite. McDowell was at the height of his powers when he wrote Blackwater,a six-part novel about the powers exerted by the mysterious Elinor Dammert over the citizens of Perdido, Alabama and her ghastly and inexplicable ability to use water to gain her hideous ends.

Each numbered set is signed by Poppy Z. Brite, Patrick Loehr and Paul Wedlake. The signature page appears in the back of Book One. The edition is limited to 250 copies for sale. This definitive edition of an undisputed classic is sure to sell out very fast.


Edition Information

  • Six volumes in a slipcase.
  • Limited to 250 sets, signed by Poppy Z. Brite, Patrick Loehr, and Paul Wedlake.
  • Introduction by Poppy Z. Brite.
  • Each book has an individual dustjacket.
  • Illustrated endpapers.
  • Rare photographs of Michael McDowell.
  • Reprinted covers of the original Avon paperbacks.
  • Gorgeous, silky, two-tone cloth slipcased lined in black.
  • Color and black & white illustrations throughout.
  • Head and tail bands, ribbon markers in each book.

 

Clive Barker’s THE BOOKS OF BLOOD in Stock and Shipping

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The big one has started. Late last week, after having multiple (I say multiple) incompetencies inflicted on us by the freight company, Clive Barker's The Books of Blood crossed the warehouse's threshold.

And we're shipping.

And we'll be shipping copies all this week.

After all of the six volume sets are en route to customers, we expect to have 15-20 sets left for sale. Watch our News page and Newsletter for notice when we put them back on sale.

 

 

Peter V. Brett Demon Cycle Ebook Bundle Now Available

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Peter V. Brett's Demon Cycle is one of the best epic fantasy series currently being published, and we recommend you pick up a copy of The Warded Man and get started. (For those already partaking of the series, we're offering signed and inscribed copies of  the upcoming novel, The Skull Throne, which Peat will sign when it's published early next year.)

Meanwhile, on the ebook front, we've bundled The Great Bazaar and Brayan's Gold as a single ebook, so readers can save a buck or three over buying them separately.

The Great Bazaar

Please note that The Great Bazaar and Other Stories is not a full length book. It contains Peter V. Brett's roughly 60 page title story, as well as a number of deleted scenes from his novel, The Warded Man.

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Humanity has been brought to the brink of extinction. Each night, the world is overrun by demons—bloodthirsty creatures of nightmare that have been hunting and killing humanity for over 300 years. A scant few hamlets and half-starved city-states are all that remain of a once proud civilization, and it is only by hiding behind wards, ancient symbols with the power to repel the demons, that they survive. A handful of Messengers brave the night to keep the lines of communication open between the increasingly isolated populace.

But there was a time when the demons were not so bold. A time when wards did more than hold the demons at bay. They allowed man to fight back, and to win. Messenger Arlen Bales will search anywhere, dare anything, to return this magic to the world.

Abban, a merchant in the Great Bazaar of Krasia, purports to sell everything a man’s heart could desire, including, perhaps, the key to Arlen’s quest.

In addition to the title novelette, The Great Bazaar and Other Stories contains a number of scenes not included in The Painted Man (published in the US as The Warded Man) as well as a glossary and a grimoire, making it an essential guide to one of the most exciting epic fantasy series currently being published.


Brayan’s Gold

Return to the world of The Warded Man and The Desert Spear in an illustrated new novella by Peter V. Brett.

Humanity has been brought to the brink of extinction. Each night, the world is overrun by demons—bloodthirsty creatures of nightmare that have been hunting the surface for over 300 years. A scant few hamlets and half-starved city-states are all that remain of a once proud civilization, and it is only by hiding behind wards, ancient symbols with the power to repel the demons, that they survive. A handful of Messengers brave the night to keep the lines of communication open between the increasingly isolated populace.

Arlen Bales is seventeen, an apprentice Messenger in brand new armor, about to go out for the first time alongside a trained Messenger on a simple overnight trip. Instead Arlen finds himself alone on a frozen mountainside, carrying a dangerous cargo to Count Brayan’s gold mine, one of the furthest points in the duchy. And One Arm, the giant rock demon, hunts him still.

But Brayan’s Gold may offer a way for Arlen to be free of One Arm forever, if he is willing to wager his life on the chance.

 

Two Neil Gaiman Limited Editions Shipping Very Soon

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We're inordinately pleased to let you know that our Neil Gaiman, Michael Reaves, and Mallory Reaves Limited Editions (Interworld and The Silver Dream)  will be shipping soon. Our thanks to Neil, who managed to carve time out of his ridiculously overbooked schedule to set pen to the signature sheets for both books. All of the intermediate steps have been completed. All that remains is for the signature pages to be tipped into the books, which will then be cased.

About The Silver Dream:

Following the thrilling events of InterWorld, Joey Harker has been in training to develop his capabilities to travel between dimensions. It’s been a relatively uneventful period, allowing Joey some space to settle in to his new life. And as a gifted Walker, he’s dedicated to InterWorld’s mission to protect the Altiverse from the forces that would tear it apart—or enslave it.

But, uneventful or not, Joey’s history precedes him. Everyone in InterWorld may look the same (give or take machine components or fur), but Joey is special. As everyone is reminded yet again when a stranger named Acacia—who does not look anything like the rest of the Joseph Harkers of Interworld—follows his team back to Base Town. Getting to the bottom of who Acacia is becomes Joey’s latest task, and it may prove his most dangerous yet. Especially once it becomes clear there’s a traitor in InterWorld, and whoever it is has a grudge against him.

The Silver Dream brings a whole new set of the mind-bending twists that readers will expect from their previous adventure in InterWorld. Return to master storytellers and bestselling authors Neil Gaiman and Michael Reeves’ freewheeling danger-packed universe in this sequel with a story by the creators, and written by Michael and Mallory Reaves.

The Silver Dream will be printed in two colors throughout, designed to match its prequel, Interworld.

Limited: 500 signed numbered hardcover copies: $60

Gaiman fans, don't forget. Next spring, we'll also have copies of his limited edition, The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains, which promises to be a nifty production.

 

Announcing GRAND CRUSADES, the Last Volume of The Early Jack Vance

In early 2015, we'll bring the Early Jack Vance series to a triumphant close with Grand Crusades. Editors Terry Dowling and Jonathan Strahan have assembled another winning collection, this time focusing on very long stories from Vance's canon. Tom Kidd is once again helming the cover, as he's done for all of the other Vance projects. Thanks to everyone who's been along for this ride. We hope you enjoy the final stop.

About the Book:

Avenues into the Future…

“Truth to tell, we’re tourists, out to see the wonders of the universe.”

—Paddy Blackthorn, The Rapparee

Grand journeys among the stars—pursuits, quests, explorations and encounters. These were very much science fiction and fantasy Grandmaster Jack Vance’s stock in trade, whether to have Kirth Gersen roam the Oikumene and Beyond tracking down his five Demon Princes or to strand Adam Reith on far-off Tschai. Or, as in this present volume, to take Earth-style opera to the non-human folk of distant Rlaru, to study the much coveted tree-pod dwellings on Iszm, to follow the clues in five gold bands to the knowledge that lets a handful of races control all space travel in the universe, or to endure servitude at the hands of ruthless alien overlords.

Just as Vance sought adventure and the joys of a fulfilled life by travelling the highways and byways of his own beloved Earth, so he had his heroes and heroines do the same on other worlds. The five early tales featured in Grand Crusades: The Early Jack Vance, Volume Five take us on a fascinating selection of such journeys, showing us how the future was in the earlier years of his writing career.

And inevitably, as with storytellers from Homer to Shakespeare, Dickens to Austen, Tolstoy to Twain, our Grandmaster also used his craft as something on which to hang personal preoccupations, fascinations and longings. For as with any good writer, the completions and pay-offs of these otherworldly travels often deliver more than just a satisfactory conclusion to the affairs on hand and a few hours’ pleasant diversion for the reader. Vance also put us in touch with things beyond the page, delivering an awareness of a universe and a future for humanity filled with possibility, leaving us—as the best writers, artists and makers always do—with feelings of connection with something larger.

Trade: 1000 fully cloth bound hardcover copies: $45

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction
  • The Rapparee
  • Crusade to Maxus
  • Gold and Iron
  • The Houses of Iszm
  • Space Opera

 

Other Publishers’ Books Shipping

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We've cleared the warehouse floor to ready the place for the Clive Barker onslaught of The Books of Blood. Part of that is sending out some other publishers' books that our ever patient customers have been waiting for.

They include:

Once all of these are out the door, and the semi shows up with all of the Barkers aboard, we'll move on to that shipping marathon.

 

Kirkus Picks THEY THIRST as One of Twelve Excellent Horror Reads for October

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The advance copies of Robert McCammon's vampire epic, They Thirst, which clocks in at over 600 pages, have landed here at SubPress. I must say they look mighty fine! If wide-screen storytelling, with a lot of characters and action are your thing, please get your order in. Not including several orders which are due any day, we have orders for more than 1200 copies, and the print run is limited to 1000. We'll fill all direct orders, of course, but some of our larger accounts aren't going to receive as many copies as they might like.

Kirkus Reviews just included They Thirst in its 12 Excellent Horror Reads for October:

What's Halloween without vampires? In this deluxe version of the McCammon's classic vampire story, readers unfamiliar with this 30-year-old story can discover that it still remains chilling. In the small Hungarian hamlet of Krajeck, a boy named Andre awaits the return of his father from a dangerous mission. However, the being that returns is no longer his father, and Andre and his mother barely escape with their lives. Decades later, Andre—now living in Los Angeles and going by the name Andy—is working as a homicide detective who deals with death on a day-to-day basis. But even that can't prepare him when the horrors he encountered as a young boy return, arriving in LA to terrorize him yet again.

Limited: 1000 signed numbered hardcover copies: $80

 

Cherie Priest—JACARANDA Cover Revealed

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As he did with Clementine—now available as a trade paperback—Jon Foster contributed the dust jacket to Cherie Priest's Jacaranda, the latest venture into her Clockwork Century.The novella is every bit as thrilling as Boneshaker, Dreadnought, or any other book in the series. Cherie has said this will be her last book in the series—possibly forever, possibly for a while. Do not miss out.

About the Book:

The Ranger

On the island of Galveston, off the coast of southeast Texas, lies a hotel called the Jacaranda. In its single year of operation, two dozen people have died there. The locals say it’s cursed. The Rangers say that’s nonsense, but they know a man who might be willing to investigate. Horatio Korman crosses the water from the mainland, and hopes for the best.

The Nun

But the bodies pile up, and a hurricane is brewing up fast. One of the Jacaranda’s guests sees time running out, so she seeks an authority of a different sort: a priest from El Huizache who is good at solving problems and keeping secrets. Eileen Callahan has a problem to solve, and a secret to keep. She crosses her fingers, and sends a message that could save them all.

The Padre

Juan Miguel Quintero Rios broke a promise to the Virgin, and so he was punished…but his intentions were pure, so he was also blessed. Now he walks the southwest with second sight and a tattoo across his back: Deo, non Fortuna—By God, not chance. The former gunslinger crosses himself, and makes for the Jacaranda Hotel.

Limited: 250 numbered copies, bound in leather: $45
Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $25

Please head over to the book's product page to check out a lengthy excerpt.

 

Maria Dahvana Headley and Kat Howard’s Novella In Stock—and Shipped. Plus a Bonus Interview.

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We're absolutely thrilled to announce that we've finished shipping out all preordered copies of Maria Dahvana Headley and Kat Howard's collaborative novella, The End of the Sentence. This is Kat's first foray into book length fiction, which delights us just that much more, while the opportunity to work with Maria is something we believe should never be turned down.

We'll skip what the novella's about. You can check that out on the product page.

Instead, here's a glimpse at some of the reviews it has received:

From Publishers Weekly:

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

From Tor.com

I was thrilled to hear they’d joined forces for The End of the Sentence, a collaboratively written novella available now from Subterranean Press—and even more thrilled upon reading it to discover that it was every bit as deliciously creepy and gorgeously terrifying as I’d hoped.

Also from Tor.com:

The End of the Sentence only really represents an evening’s reading, but be prepared to feel the fallout of this fairytale—perfectly formed from a hodgepodge of half-forgotten mythologies—for far longer than the few hours it takes to unfold.

From Fantasy Literature:

Maria Dahvana Headley and Kat Howard have taken the darker aspects of fairy tales and come up with a new tale set in contemporary America, complete with contemporary American problems of automobiles and broken marriages. These horrors that happen every day are combined with the horrors of a supernatural creature that seems to soothe in order to terrify, to provide for all his victim’s needs so long as that victim might be useful… This is a beautiful novella, a modern fairy tale that any reader of the French tale ‘Beauty and the Beast’ will recognize, but so different from that story that it is something entirely new.

From Book Riot:

A deliciously creepy and atmospheric mashup of old myths and new twists, Headley and Howard’s lush, sinister novella is a guaranteed treat for fans of the fantastic.

Finally, before you go, we have a brief interview with the authors to share with you.

Maria Dahvana Headley and Kat Howard are two names that will already be familiar to many Subterranean Press fans from their work published at Subterranean Online (as well as many other venues), and to other fans of memorable, beautifully written stories of the fantastic. Headley is the author of the historical fantasy Queen of Kings and The Year of Yes: A Memoir, and Howard’s work has been performed on NPR as part of Selected Shorts and was included in Stories, edited by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio. Now Headley and Howard bring their talents together in a collaborative novella, The End of the Sentence, a literary horror story infused with monstrous beauty, dark myths, and the ghosts of the dead and the living. When Malcolm Mays moves to rural Oregon looking to start over, he discovers his new house comes with a very old obligation — one explained to him in unsettling letters from an entity named Dusha Chuchonnyhoof, who claims that he will return as soon as his 117-year prison sentence ends… Gwenda Bond caught up with the authors to discuss their new novella.

Gwenda Bond: Where did this story come from?

Maria Dahvana Headley: The original bones came from the fact that the former inhabitant of my Brooklyn apartment, one Olivia, had been receiving a lot of letters from prisoners around the East Coast. Olivia is long gone with no forwarding address, but she still gets about two handwritten letters a month, from people she didn’t know, who are looking for love. So, that notion was perfect for an epistolary novella.

Kat Howard: The other thing that was really there from the beginning was the Beauty and the Beast riff — the idea that there was this love story running through things, and it was one where appearances couldn’t be trusted. It was always a very monstery love story. And I think that expanded nicely as a theme, because there wound up being a lot of people and places in the story that look like one thing, and are actually another.

GB: The book description cites mythological influences from Kalapuya, Welsh, Scottish, and Norse, and of course there are also echoes of bizarre true crime stories. Did you know at the start you wanted to create such a rich mixture or did it happen in the writing?

KH: In a way, both of those things are true. Partially, the mix emerged in the telling. The internet was great for that, in that when we’d send links to each other, it was so easy to keep clicking and finding things that fit together in terms of story, even if, on the surface, they didn’t seem obviously connected. Or life would connect them for us — I went on a tour of Saint Paul’s Union Station while writing this, and there were these ancient horseshoes that had been found during the excavation in a display. Maria found sconces made of horns at a market.

But I think also one of the reason that such a variety of influences came in is that, in the planning stages, we basically just threw everything we loved in the basket of ideas, so the aesthetic of Cocteau’s Beauty and the Beast got given the same weight in terms of story potential as the Mari Lwyd. Having a lot of things to draw from made it feel like we had a lot of possibilities, which made it easier to write.

MDH: Definitely as Kat says — I think the first bits of the mixture came from western myth — I was looking into things from this part of Oregon, because I spent my childhood traversing some of the roads that Malcolm does, and I’m also very interested in things like the Wendigo, which makes little bit of a reference point here too. So, Chuchonnyhoof coming from Kalapuya lore, that’s because of the place where we set the novella. And then we went deeper into what it might mean to have iron skin, which led us to anvils, which led us to Gretna Green and anvil weddings, which led us to blacksmithing themes, which led to horseshoes, which led us to shapeshifting horse myth (pooka) and on from there. There are lots of themes that recur across cultures, and we were interested in certain threads, so we pulled on them, and ended up braiding together a lot of things — though these stories are from all over the world, they mostly come from two sectors: myths/lore about farming and working the land, and myths/lore about the activities of the dead. Which, when you think about it, are also entwined. The dead are usually planted in the earth, and ghosts are a kind of strange harvest.

GB: You manage here a sort of horror fairy tale that feels both fresh and classic. Do you think that’s because so many things in the story — loss, longing, love, damage — are universal?

KH: I think if you hang around people talking about writing or about telling stories for long enough, you’ll start to hear things like “there are only seven plots” or “there are only three stories in the world.” I don’t want to try and reduce things down completely to numbers, but I do think that we as storytellers, we as people who are interested in stories, do tend to have favorite themes. The big ideas, that we are haunted by, that we wrestle with, that we try and make sense of. Those ideas are the ghosts in the house of story.

And so we recognize them as things that are ours, no matter how old or new the story we read them in is, no matter where their source material is from.

MDH: We were drawing on a few centuries of things, from old French fairy tales to contemporary horror, and twining them all into a very contemporary, and indeed unglamorous setting, which I think can be a helpful thing when you’re seeking to create a world wherein familiar elements — the Beauty and the Beast story, for example — feel fresh again.  But yes, as Kat says, there are favorite themes, and they’ve driven storytelling forever. In this case, it’s Something Precious Has Been Lost. I suspect that’s happened to every single one of us, whether it’s the loss of love or of the one true ring. When I’m writing horror, I tend to think of my own worst nightmares. Permanent loss of someone I love wins for me, as I suspect it does for lots of people. That happens to several characters in this novella.

 

Clive Barker Update

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We know a bunch of folks are waiting for the Dark Regions production of Clive Barker's Midnight Meat Train, which was originally supposed to be released this summer. The project has run into a couple of production delays, and we're now told that our copies should ship to us around October 25. Thanks to everyone for being patient.

Also in Barker news, next week we're due to take delivery of Clive's The Books of Blood, which will fill the entire receiving area in our warehouse. Our shippers, including one just hired (Hi Kate!) are working as quickly as they can this week to get various titles out, and will be putting in an overtime day on Saturday.

Our other Barker project, Tortured Souls, is nearly ready for the printer, and should have no trouble hitting its February publication date.

 

Nobody’s Home by Tim Powers Sent to the Printer

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Tim Powers' new Anubis Gates story, thirty years in the making, has just been sent to the printer. We expect the trade edition of Nobody's Home to ship in late December/early January, and the Limited and Lettered Editions to follow a few months later. As we expected, Nobody's Home is selling quite well, so please don't hesitate to get your order in. We expect demand to climb as the book gets nearer to publication.

About the Book:

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

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

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

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

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

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

From Publishers Weekly:

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

Reminder: For those of you who are extreme Powers enthusiasts, we also have copies of his new Charnel House book, Appointment On Sunset, in our warehouse and shipping soon.

 

Four New Harlan Ellison Books Available

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Our pal Harlan Ellison has just released another four titles through his own imprint, Edgeworks Abbey:

These are all seriously oversized trade paperbacks, chock full of work that has probably eluded even the most ardent of Ellison's readers. Please visit the HarlanEllisonBooks.com site for the full details on each book, and many others, but here's the description of AGAIN, HONORABLE WHOREDOM AT A PENNY A WORD, a full-length fiction collection we're sure will be of primary interest. (Also, as an added incentive to visit Harlan's site, you'll find posted thereon a coupon code good for $10 off each book you purchase.)

About the Book:

You will not find “‘Repent, Harlequin!’ Said the Ticktockman” in this book. Nor will you find “I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream,” “A Boy and His Dog,” or “The Deathbird,” or any of Harlan Ellison’s myriad masterpieces. What will you find herein? The front cover might give you a nasty clue: stories of crime and amorality, of sex and violence. What the cover might not have conveyed was that the award-winning tales enumerated above were forged in an imagination stoked for the preceding decade by the need to trade tales to the pulps and slick men’s magazine to make the rent ($7 a week). You hold in your hands the work of a writer painfully crawling forward, tale by tale, honing his craft in an industry where every word counted…of course, you knew all that; you got it from the title.

AGAIN, HONORABLE WHOREDOM AT A PENNY A WORD kicks off with “Typewriters & Pipe Lighters,” a collection of anecdotes from Ellison recalling the writing of these stories, which span his first full year as a professional writer (1956) to 1968, when he still dashed off the occasional thriller while making his name with the iconic fantasies listed above.

A further essay—“Naked Deranged Psycho Thrill-Demon Or, Bitch-Slut Gun-Crazy Homicidal Rat” (1996)—discusses pulp editor W.W. Scott’s propensity for re-titling Ellison’s works for publication in such publications as Guilty and Trapped.

Most of the stories are straight-forward thrillers never-before collected in an Ellison anthology: “Her Name Was Death” (1957), “Thirty Miles to Death Junction” (1957), “The Teaser with a Knife” (1967), “Don’t Mind the Maid” (1957), “The Girl in the Red Room” (1964), “Hunchback” (1957), “Goodbye, Eadie” (1956), “The Clean Break” (1956), “Boss of the Big House”(1957), “Drive a Girl to Kill” (1957), “Hell’s Holocaust” (1957), “Willie Just Won’t Kick Off” (1968), “Mad Dog!” (written with Henry Slesar, 1957), “The Women in the House” (1957), “Taxi Dancer”(1967).

“The Music of Our Affair”(1963) features the author experimenting with style, to cacophonous effect.

“Find One Cuckaboo” (1960) is a never-before reprinted novelette originally included in the paperback anthology THE SAINT MYSTERY LIBRARY, No. 11.

“Clobber Me, Moogoo!” (1956) and “McManus’s Mental Mistress” (1968) exhibit a fantasy-tinged approach to stories of sex.

“Only Death Can Stop It” (1960) compelled Harlan to add a disclaimer to the table of the contents.

“The Final Push” (1957) is one of the author’s three Westerns. While “Saddle Tramp” (collected in HONORABLE WHOREDOM AT A PENNY A WORD) was more tramp than saddle, this story has more in common with “The End of the Time of Leinard” in its evocation of a genre Ellison adores.

“Night on the Mug Beat” is a never-before published cop story, appearing herein for the first time.

The main body of the collection closes with “The Steep Road to the Gutter” (1965), an overlooked masterpiece of early Ellisonia that the editor is overjoyed to expose to a wider audience.

But wait, there’s more!

In preparing AGAIN, HONORABLE WHOREDOM AT A PENNY A WORD for publication, the editor stumbled across a file headed A WOMAN NAMED MIDNIGHT. After confirming that “A Girl Named Poison” (found in the author’s 2013 collection PULLING A TRAIN) hadn’t changed her name upon reaching maturity, the editor brought the forty-page typescript for an unfinished novel—credited to “Ellis Daye” on the first page, and written while Ellison lived in the treehouse on Bushrod Lane—to its author. Harlan read the story but had no recollection of writing it, nor why it had never been completed and published, but nevertheless gave his blessing for it to make its debut herein.

AGAIN, HONORABLE WHOREDOM AT A PENNY A WORD is a 254-page, 7.5″ by 9.25″ paperback. ISBN: 9780989525756

 

New Ebook Bundles—Robert McCammon, Cherie Priest, Brian Lumley and More

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We've just put together a great new way to pick up some of our Ebooks at even better prices. The first batch of bundles are ready, and include:

Look for more great email deals in the near future.

 

 

New Philip K. Dick in Stock and Shipping

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Philip K. Dick's We Can Remember it for You Wholesale, the final volume in his Collected Stories set, is in stock, with well more than half of the shipping already completed. All of our stock will be gone with another good sized distributor order—we have fewer than 40 copies left—so please don't hesitate to pick up your copy.

About the Book:

From Publishers Weekly:

This fifth and final deluxe collection of Dick’s short stories contains numerous examples of why he continues to rank as one of the most influential authors of SF… This volume makes the case that Dick’s last works were some of his most provocative.

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.

Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $40

 

Cover Reveal for Dan Simmons’ ENDYMION

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We're happy to announce that Dan Simmons' Endymion is one large step closer to publication. After much to-ing and fro-ing, we have John Picacio's nearly overwhelming portrait of Aenea and The Shrike. All that remains before we send Endymion to the printer is for John to complete the endsheet illustration, which we hope to have in house soon. We'll keep you posted.

About the Book:

Important Notes:

  • You may only order a lettered Endymion if you have a corresponding lettered edition of The Fall of Hyperion.
  • You may only order the numbered Endymion by itself if you own a corresponding numbered edition of The Fall of Hyperion.
  • There are a few The Fall of Hyperion/Endymion sets left. Anyone may order a set. Both volumes will be shipped together when Endymion is published.
  • The exclusive preorder period for Endymion ends on October 31, 2014. We'll send out an email when we start accepting orders from the general public.


Set hundreds of years after the events recounted in The Fall of Hyperion, Endymion inaugurates a grand new narrative arc, one that explores the themes of The Hyperion Cantos in even greater depth and carries the story forward into a surprising—and thoroughly developed—future.

Endymion takes its title from John Keats’s poem about the love of a mortal man for an immortal goddess. By the time the novel begins, the Hegemony of Man has come to a spectacular end, the still dominant TechnoCore has disappeared from public view, and the once moribund Catholic Church has become the principle political power in the now scattered web of inhabited worlds. Against this backdrop, Simmons introduces two vitally important characters: Raul Endymion, convicted murderer and native of the planet Hyperion, and a twelve-year-old girl named Aenea, who is about to step through the Time Tombs and embark on a messianic destiny. Raul’s role is to protect her from the forces massed against her and to shepherd her toward her ultimate moment of apotheosis.

Endymion, together with its sequel, The Rise of Endymion, is a colorful, hugely ambitious narrative that also offers a revisionist view of earlier events—events we only thought we understood. Familiar characters—Father Lenar Hoyt, the poet Martin Silenus, the enigmatic and terrifying Shrike—appear in new and unexpected roles. Together with a host of vivid supporting characters and a vast array of brilliantly realized settings, they help set the stage for a memorable and visionary conclusion, while casting a new and sometimes startling light on all that has gone before.

Our edition of Endymion will be an oversize volume, printed on 80# Finch, with a dust jacket and full-color endsheets by John Picacio.

Limited: 474 signed numbered copies: $150
Lettered: 52 signed leatherbound copies, housed in a custom traycase: $325

 

Preorders for Stephen King’s THINNER Open to All

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The exclusive preorder period has passed, which means anyone may now order a copy of Stephen King's Thinner, the upcoming limited edition offering from PS Publishing. Don't forget, purchasing Thinner will get you first crack at the same numbered copy of the next PS King offering, Skeleton Crew.

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Hardnosed lawyer Billy Halleck carries a few pounds more then he should but, hey, he’s happy, content, successful and, well, let’s say ‘highly sexually charged.’ It’s this latter area that’s the cause of all that’s to befall him, when his wife, Heidi distracts him while he’s driving and causes Billy to run down a woman who was part of a group of traveling Gypsies.

The case is kicked out of court (thanks to the judge being a personal friend of Billy) and everyone is happy. Well, everyone, that is, except for the dead woman’s father who’s less than impressed with American justice.

“Thinner,” he whispers in Billy’s ear as he strokes Halleck’s face. And, hoo boy, it’s a retribution that truly takes the cake as, from that very moment onwards, Billy Halleck discovers the diet of the gods. No matter what he puts away, the pounds continue to roll off.

Initially fearing some virulent cancer, Billy is relieved when he gets the all-clear. From then on, he’s happy with his lot: I mean, what’s not to like—clear your plate as many times as you want and you don’t put on an ounce? Hey, come on, right? Except, Billy wonders, how will this condition end? Not well, Billy’s inner voice whispers. Not well at all.

Often overlooked in summaries of King’s works, Thinner is a true tour de force…a riveting page-turner of the highest order.

With all manner of goodies including an Introduction from Johnny Mains, colour artwork from both Les Edwards and Edward Miller (Les’s ‘dark half’ if truth be told)—and with Johnny and Les signing all copies—the slipcased state will be a joy to behold.

Limited: 974 numbered copies, signed by the artists and author of the introduction: $110

 

Jim Butcher’s DEAD BEAT Shipping Soon. Orders Open to the General Public.

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Jim Butcher's Dead Beat is finished, with copies warehoused at our printer, waiting until we have the room to ship them. The exclusive preorder period is now over. Anyone may order a copy. In addition to getting a great book, buying a copy of Dead Beat will give you the first crack at purchasing our next Butcher limited, Proven Guilty, which is fully designed, proofed, and awaiting only the signature pages and interior art.

About the Book:

Subterranean Press is proud to announce the seventh of Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files novels, in a deluxe collectable hardcover, meant to give a lifetime of enjoyment.

Our edition of Dead Beat will be printed on 80# Finch Opaque, our preferred paper for higher-end limited editions, with a number of full-page interior illustrations, as well as a full-color dust jacket. Vincent Chong will once again be handling the illustrations.

Collectors Note: Please mention your number when checking out if if you own Blood Rites. We'll match it automatically, but it's good to be sure. We'll drop you an email if we run into any difficulties.

Limited: 500 numbered hardcovers, signed by author: $80

 

Various Peter V. Brett Updates

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As you can see, Peter V. Brett's Messenger's Legacy has undergone a late change. We were so taken with the frontispiece that Lauren K. Cannon turned in that we decided to use it as the dust jacket for the trade hardcover edition.

The signed, limited edition will still have a dust jacket by Vincent Chong, and a full-color frontispiece by Lauren.

Messenger's Legacy fits nicely into the timeline of Peat's next novel, The Skull Throne, making it essential reading for his many fans.

Speaking of The Skull Throne, we still plan to have Peat visit the SubPress offices prior to the book's publication to sign and inscribe copies. Here, in fact, is the embosser we had custom made to leave a special ward imprinted on the title page of each copy we sell.

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Joe R. Lansdale—BLACK HAT JACK in Stock and Shipping—Over 90% Sold Out

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Late last week we started shipping customer orders for Joe R. Lansdale's brand new 25k word novella, Black Hat Jack. Long-time Lansdale readers will be interested to know that it features Black cowboy Nat Love, who stands front and center of Lansdale's next major novel, Paradise Sky, which will be out from Mulholland Books next year. We're happy to say that Black Hat Jack is over 90% sold out, and likely to reach that plateau when we receive one or two more distributor orders. It may just be the best novella Joe has ever written, and isn't 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

From Publishers Weekly:

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

From Booklist:

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

 

 

Other Publishers’ Books Shippng Soon, Including New Tim Powers

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Along with SubPress titles, we have three books from other publishers that we'll be working into our shipping schedule over the next couple of weeks.

Both of the Joshi-edited titles are sold out, but we have a long history with Tim Powers, and his Charnel House offerings are unfailingly spectacular, so we picked up more copies of Appointment than usual. The story sits comfortably with the two or three best that Tim has ever written, and the production, as is usual with Charnel House, consists of the finest materials.

 

Announcing JACARANDA, a New Clockwork Century Novella, by Cherie Priest

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We’re pleased to announce that Cherie Priest has returned to the Clockwork Century setting of her breakout novel, Boneshaker, with her most riveting novella yet. Look for Jacaranda in February.

Special Offer: Everyone who preorders a copy of Jacaranda will be sent a FREE copy of the ebook (in .mobi and Epub formats) upon publication. That way, you have one copy to treasure, and one for reading on your chosen device anywhere.

The Ranger

On the island of Galveston, off the coast of southeast Texas, lies a hotel called the Jacaranda. In its single year of operation, two dozen people have died there. The locals say it’s cursed. The Rangers say that’s nonsense, but they know a man who might be willing to investigate. Horatio Korman crosses the water from the mainland, and hopes for the best.

The Nun

But the bodies pile up, and a hurricane is brewing up fast. One of the Jacaranda’s guests sees time running out, so she seeks an authority of a different sort: a priest from El Huizache who is good at solving problems and keeping secrets. Eileen Callahan has a problem to solve, and a secret to keep. She crosses her fingers, and sends a message that could save them all.

The Padre

Juan Miguel Quintero Rios broke a promise to the Virgin, and so he was punished…but his intentions were pure, so he was also blessed. Now he walks the southwest with second sight and a tattoo across his back: Deo, non Fortuna—By God, not chance. The former gunslinger crosses himself, and makes for the Jacaranda Hotel.

Limited: 250 numbered copies, bound in leather: $45
Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $25

 

Signed Copies of John Scalzi’s LOCK IN Available—Only 24 Remain

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The first wave of signed copies of John Scalzi's Lock In are in customers' hands, or en route. We find ourselves with an extra 24 copies. As you'll see below, Lock In might be the most praised sf novel of the year.

About the Book:

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

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

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

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

From Publishers Weekly (Starred Review):

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

From Booklist (Starred Review):

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

 

Peter V. Brett’s MESSENGER’S LEGACY Going to the Printer

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High on this week's priorities is sending Peter V. Brett's Demon Cycle novella, Messenger's Legacy, to the printer. Lauren K. Cannon has turned in the rest of the interior illustrations, while Vincent Chong stepped in with the limited edition dust jacket when Lauren ran into scheduling difficulties.

Here, as well, is part of the book's first review, from Publishers Weekly:

[Messenger’s Legacy] contains plenty of material that could be used to construct a compelling coming-of-age novel: a tragic accident, a six-year-old boy forced to live by his own wits and survive through cunning and bravery, and a savior from the boy’s past who appears to hold the promise of a life restored.

Limited: 750 signed numbered copies, bound in leather: $45

Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $25

 

Harlan Ellison’s THE TOP OF THE VOLCANO Update

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Harlan Ellison's The Top of the Volcano: the Award-Winning Stories of Harlan Ellison doesn't so much slouch toward publication as make purposeful strides toward its unveiling.

The first review is in, and though it takes us to task for not including something essential in the Advance Reading Copy (which award each story won), that information will be in the published volume.

As to the book itself, Publishers Weekly was broadly positive:

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.

In addition, Michael Whelan has agreed to provide a painting for the dust jacket, which we'll show off as soon as it's designed.

Trade: Fully cloth-bound hardcover edition: $45

 

 

Announcing ANCILLARY JUSTICE by Ann Leckie

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

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

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

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

Limited: 500 signed numbered hardcover copies: $50

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

 

Announcing FORSAKEN, a New Otherworld Novella by Kelley Armstrong

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

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

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

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

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

 

Two New Tim Powers Reviews

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

Booklist on The Drawing of the Dark:

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

Publishers Weekly on Nobody's Home:

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

From Publishers Weekly:

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

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

Trade:
Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $25

 

Kelley Armstrong—Sample BOUNTY HUNT Pages Posted

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

About the Book:

After the Australian Pack murdered Reese William’s parents, the young werewolf fled and took refuge with the American Pack. Three years later, the Australians have tracked him down and dispatched a bounty hunter to bring him back. That bounty hunter, though, isn’t the lone wolf who owes them a debt, but his twenty-one-year-old daughter, Madison. Maddie is determined to bring in the rogue Reese for her ailing father. Now Reese has to show her the truth behind her client's lies…and avoid being the cause of an all-out war for Elena and the rest of the American Pack.

Our edition will also include a bonus section including exclusive new pages from the werewolf Legacy and more.

Limited: 1500 numbered copies, fully bound in cloth, signed by the author and artist: $45

 

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

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

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

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

Thanks to everyone for their patience.

Back to Unlocked:

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

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

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

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

From Publishers Weekly:

This intriguing companion novella expands the backstory behind Scalzi’s provocative near-future science fiction novel Lock In… Researchers, businessmen, politicians, and human rights activists clash in this skillfully written novella about one of the most fascinating SF scenarios created in recent years.

Limited: 1500 signed numbered hardcover copies: $40

 

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

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

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

Limited Edition Matching Set: $250

 

Clive Barker’s TORTURED SOULS Print Run Increased

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

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

 

 

ROGUES Dust Jacket Reveal

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

More news as it happens.

 

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

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

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

About the Book:

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

Trade Hardcover in Dust Jacket: $28

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

 

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

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

The Drowning Girl will have the following features:

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

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

 

Robert McCammon’s THE QUEEN OF BEDLAM in Short Supply

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

From Publishers Weekly (Starred Review):

Parker (the Engineer trilogy) collects 10 stories and three essays to deliver all the cynicism, dry wit, and gray morality that fans have come to expect. The World Fantasy Award-winning ‘A Small Price to Pay for Birdsong’ explores the tense relationship between a disillusioned music teacher and his brilliant but murderous student. Amoral scoundrels wreak havoc in ‘The Sun and I’ and ‘Blue and Gold.’  …This meaty compilation will please fans as well as readers who are now discovering this skilled author.

From Locus:

‘Let Maps to Others’ is certainly my favorite piece here. An ironic and blackly humorous account of the rediscovery of a Prester John-style kingdom lost to history involves scholarly rivalry and deceit and royal bull-headedness. It’s comic gold where, as in much comedy, the most vile deeds are the funniest.”

From Locus (different review):

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

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

 

More Praise for Lawrence Block

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

From Publishers Weekly:

The clients of Mephistophelean DA Martin Ehrengraf are always innocent, even when they recall committing murder, as shown in this collection of 12 dark, twisted tales from MWA Grand Master Block (Catch and Release)… While Ehrengraf initially seems amoral, he follows his own code, far from socially sanctioned mores but sacred to him. Sophisticated, surprising, charming, and relentless, he’s a compelling antihero.

From Booklist:

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

Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $30

 

Cherie Priest’s MAPLECROFT Surfaces

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Low Stock and Newly Found Items. VERY Limited Quantities

Memories of Ice by Steven Erikson

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

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

 

 

 

Clive Barker’s TORTURED SOULS Already 70% Sold Out

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

10% Off On Gorgeous Harlan Ellison Editions

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Lettered SMOKE AND MIRRORS Shipping

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Get an Early Look at Nobody’s Home

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

About the Book:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Stephen King’s CARRIE in Stock and Shipping

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

About the Book:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Robert McCammon—They Thirst Selling Quickly

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

As Publishers Weekly noted about this classic:

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

About the Book:

First published in 1981, They Thirst was Robert McCammon’s fourth novel, and it remains one of the major milestones of an ambitious, constantly evolving career. Like its predecessors—Baal, Bethany’s Sin, and The Night Boat—They Thirst made its initial appearance as a paperback original. In the years since, it has acquired an intensely devoted following, and is now widely regarded as one of the significant vampire novels of the 20th century.

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

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

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

 

A New Neil Gaiman Signed Limited Edition Just Announced

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

About the Book:

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

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This is a four-color edition of Neil Gaiman’s award-winning novelette “The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains”—a haunting story of family, the otherworld, and a search for hidden treasure.

The text of “The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains” was first published in the collection Stories: All New Tales. This gorgeous full-color illustrated book version was born of a unique collaboration between writer Neil Gaiman and artist Eddie Campbell, who brought to vivid life the characters and landscape of Gaiman’s story.

In August 2010, The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains was performed in the concert hall of the Sydney Opera House to a sell-out crowd—Gaiman read his tale live as Campbell’s magnificent artwork was presented, scene by scene, on large screens. Narrative and art were accompanied by live music composed and performed especially for the story by the FourPlay String Quartet.

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

 

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

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

About the Book:

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

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

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

Trade Hardcover Edition in Dust Jacket: $45

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

 

Announcing THE DROWNING GIRL by Caitlin R. Kiernan

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

About the Book:

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

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

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

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

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

The Drowning Girl will have the following features:

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