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

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

About the Book:

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

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

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

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

From Publishers Weekly (Starred Review):

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

From Booklist (Starred Review):

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

 

Tad Williams’ RITE now available as an Ebook

Rite by Tad Williams

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

About the Book:

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

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

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

 

New Charles Stross in Stock and Shipping

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

About the Book:

For Bob Howard, a working day tends to alternate between desperately trying not to fall asleep in committee meetings and being menaced by tentacular horrors from beyond spacetime. That’s because Bob works for the Laundry, the secret British government agency tasked with protecting the realm from occult nightmares. So when his manager Iris sends him off to the countryside to liaise with a veterinary inspector from the Department of the Environment, Fisheries, and rural Affairs, at first he takes it as a pleasant vacation. But why is Edgebaston Farm’s livery stable buying a hundred kilos of raw meat per day? Why does his briefing file contain the death-bed confession of that old fraud, H. P. Lovecraft? And why is his contact from DEFRA so deathly afraid of unicorns…?

Limited: 350 signed numbered copies, bound in leather: $60

From Publishers Weekly:

“Stross’s Hugo-nominated Laundry Files novella, first published in Tor.com in 2013, is an entertaining mash-up of Lovecraftian mythology and an extremely twisted take on a fantasy trope… Laundry Files fans accustomed to more action-oriented spy riffs might be a little disturbed by the horror elements, but if they can stomach it, there’s plenty of traditional action (including a car chase and a close-quarters zombie fight) and Stross’s trademark wit.”

 

Announcing MESSENGER’S LEGACY, a New Demon Cycle Novella by Peter V. Brett

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We're pleased to announce that Peter V. Brett turned his hand to Messenger's Legacy, a long new novella that shares the setting of his best-selling novels. Messenger's Legacy is deep in production, with layout complete, proofing underway, and more artwork due soon. Look for it to ship in November.

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

About the Book:

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

Briar Damaj is a boy of six in the small village of Bogton. Half Krasian, the village children call him Mudboy for his dark skin. When tragedy strikes, Briar decides the town is better off without him, fleeing into the bog with nothing but his wits and a bit of herb lore to protect him.

After twenty years, Ragen Messenger has agreed to retire and pass on his route to his protégé, Arlen Bales. But for all that he’s earned the rest, he has no idea what to do with the rest of his life. When he learns Briar, the son of an old friend, is missing, Ragen is willing to risk any danger to bring him safely home.

Messenger's Legacy will be amply illustrated, with different dust jackets for the trade and limited editions, nine full-page interior black-and-white illustrations, and a full-color frontispiece exclusive to the limited edition.

Limited: 750 signed numbered copies, bound in leather, with an exclusive dust jacket and frontispiece: $45

Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $25

 

Joe R. Lansdale’s Black Hat Jack—Bundling and a PW Review

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First, the Special Offer:

Everyone who preorders a copy of Joe R. Lansdale's mythic western novella, Black Hat Jack, will be sent a FREE copy of the ebook (in .mobi and Epub formats) upon publication. That way, you have one copy to treasure, and one for reading on your chosen device anywhere.

Second, the novella was just reviewed in Publishers Weekly. Here's a cutting from the review:

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

Third, Black Hat Jack features Nat Love, the main character from the 147,000 novel, Paradise Sky—by far the longest, and, in my opinion, best novel of Joe's esteemed career—which will be out early next year. I suggest you set aside the reading time now.

About Black Hat Jack:

The story of African-Americans in the West has been confined to the dusty, bottom shelf of recorded history and American literature. But in the vein of the old dime novels containing stories about such heroes as Buffalo Bill, Wild Bill Hickok, and Jesse James, comes the true story of one of those ten-cent novel heroes, Deadwood Dick, disguised in those novels as a white champion of justice and adventure, but in reality a black cowboy, buffalo soldier, Indian fighter, and general hell raiser.

Here, Nat Love, the one and only Deadwood Dick, writes down his version of certain events, straightening out numerous misconceptions raised in the popular and sanitized dime novels. Though his version varies considerably from the numerous volumes of adventures attributed to him, his true story, with perhaps a bit of exaggeration, is no less fascinating or exciting.

Nat was one of those Old West characters who seemed to be everywhere and met everyone that was anyone at some point in his life. Black Hat Jack details Nat’s version of the events of the now famous Second Battle of Adobe Walls, where he and a handful of buffalo hunters, primarily his good friend, Black Hat Jack, were pitted against hundreds of Comanche, Cheyenne, and Kiowa warriors.

Heroics abound. Curse words fly. Humor flows as free as blood, and there’s even a spot of romance. And with all that real life bravado, there might even be a few lies.

Joe R. Lansdale’s stories about Nat Love are based loosely on the real Nat Love, who may have told a few windies about his time in the West, but at the same time revealed that African-Americans of that era were not all cooks and custodians. In fact, a full third of the cowboys of the Wild West days were African-American, Hispanic, or of mixed blood. This is a tribute to the real deal, as well as to the great mythology of the Old West.

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

Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $25

 

 

Brandon Sanderson Art Revealed

Legion: Skin Deep by Brandon Sanderson

Jon Foster has turned in the color plates for Brandon Sanderson's long new novella, Legion: Skin Deep. We're putting the book through another round of proofing, and then will send it on to Brandon's office so he can give it a final once over. All of this is a lengthy way of saying the book is right on schedule for its November release.

Remember, everyone who preorders a copy of Legion: Skin Deep from us will also receive a free copy of the ebook.

Limited: 2500 signed numbered hardcover copies: $45

 

K. J. Parker’s Mammoth ACADEMIC EXERCISES in Stock and Shipping

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K. J. Parker's Academic Exercises—her first collection—is in stock and shipping. It's a 200,000 word plus volume, full of novellas (such as "Let Maps to Others", a  World Fantasy Award-winner), and novelettes (including "A Small Price to Pay for Birdsong", a World Fantasy Award-winner) and more acclaimed short fiction (for example, "The Sun and I", a World Fantasy Award finalist this year).

Please note: We're down to our last 50 copies of the collection, which we expect to receive no less acclaim than its individual contents.

About the Book:

Academic Exercises is the first collection of shorter work by master novelist K. J. Parker, and it is a stunner. Weighing in at over 500 pages, this generous volume gathers together thirteen highly distinctive stories, essays, and novellas, including the recent World Fantasy Award-winner, “Let Maps to Others”. The result is a significant publishing event, a book that belongs on the shelf of every serious reader of imaginative fiction.

The collection opens with the World Fantasy Award-winning “A Small Price to Pay for Birdsong,” a story of music and murder set against a complex mentor/pupil relationship, and closes with the superb novella “Blue & Gold,” which features what may be the most beguiling opening lines in recent memory. In between, Parker has assembled a treasure house of narrative pleasures. In “A Rich, Full Week,” an itinerant “wizard” undergoes a transformative encounter with a member of the “restless dead.” “Purple & Black,” the longest story in the book, is an epistolary tale about a man who inherits the most hazardous position imaginable: Emperor. “Amor Vincit Omnia” recounts a confrontation with a mass murderer who may have mastered an impossible form of magic.

Rounding out the volume—and enriching it enormously—are three fascinating and illuminating essays that bear direct relevance to Parker’s unique brand of fiction: “On Sieges,” “Cutting Edge Technology,” and “Rich Men’s Skins.”

Taken singly, each of these thirteen pieces is a lovingly crafted gem. Together, they constitute a major and enduring achievement. Rich, varied, and constantly absorbing, Academic Exercises is, without a doubt, the fantasy collection of the year.

Limited: 1000 signed numbered hardcover copies: $40

From Publishers Weekly (Starred Review):

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

From Locus:

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

 

 

A New Clive Barker Signed Limited Edition Coming Soon

First Tales by Clive Barker

First, a word of thanks to Mark Miller. He's a VP at Clive Barker's production company, and has been many steps beyond helpful in putting together Chiliad, Tortured Souls, and an original Barker project so cool and exclusive we can't even talk about it yet. (Thanks, Mark!)

We've just heard that copies of the inaugeral release from Clive's own publishing imprint, SeraphimINK will be en route to our warehouse in the next few days. We were one of only a trio of outlets (the other being Camelot Books and Clive Barker's own site) chosen to sell Clive Barker's First Tales, which gathers a lengthy novella and short story from Clive's teenage years.

About the Book:

First Tales, the inaugural self-published release from Clive Barker’s Seraphim Ink is a book that contains two original stories of fantastic fiction penned by Clive when he was a young man of seventeen.
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The book begins with “The Wood on the Hill”, a short story about a bourgeois woman who is soon to learn a terrifying lesson concerning her complete disregard for anyone other than herself.

The second tale, “The Candle in the Cloud”, is a dark fantasy novella which follows three children who discover a magical candle that transports them to a world where a plague-cloud is destroying everything in its wake.

These two tales, the first ever written by Clive, are offered here for the very first time. Their production has been lovingly supervised by Clive himself to ensure that these are not mere books, but works of art to be cherished. Complete with original illustrations and appendices in select editions, First Tales is sure to delight everyone from longtime fans to new readers.

Limited: 350 signed numbered copies, in slipcase: $125
Trade: Hardcover Edition: Our Copies Sold Out

Table of Contents:

  • The Candle in the Cloud (novella)
  • The Wood on the Hill (short story, with illustrations exclusive to the limited edition, by Clive, from 1971)
  • Appendix (exclusive to the limited edition)