Our latest project with Charles de Lint is just the latest book to enter our warehouse doors. It feels really good not to have 8 completely finished books sitting at our printers, with customers waiting for their copies! Jack in the Green is the sort of rich, heart-filled tale that Charles de Lint's many fans have come to expect. As an added bonus, he's joined once again by Charles Vess, who provided the dust jacket and a number of black and white interiors.
About the Book:
Maria Martinez is a young maid, cleaning houses to get by, living in a neighborhood of Santo del Vado Viejo plagued by gang violence and drug cartels. When Maria witnesses her best friend from her teenage years breaking into a house in a gated community where she’s working, she has no problem pretending to the police she didn’t see a thing. But as Luz Chaidez comes back into Maria’s life, Maria can’t help remembering the magic Luz left to look for all those years ago. Magic she may have found. Maria is curiously drawn to one of Luz’s green-hooded gang of robbers, a handsome redheaded boy who calls himself Jack Green. Soon enough, she’s venturing into the dangerous territory of robbing from the rich to give to the poor…
In this deft, 22,000 word novella, acclaimed fantasist Charles de Lint brings one of the world’s most beloved tales into the modern day, transporting Robin Hood from the green wood to the barrio. Jack recasts an epic story of love and friendship, with justice at its center, in a way that readers won’t soon forget.
Jack in the Green features a full-color dust jacket, and five interior b&w vignettes by longtime de Lint collaborator, Charles Vess.
Limited: 2000 signed numbered hardcover copies: $35
Minding the Stars, the fourth volume of The Early Jack Vance, is in our warehouse, with copies being bubble bagged, boxed, put through the postage process, and being sent on to customers. Sales on this one snuck up on us a bit. The Signed, Lettered Edition is sold out, of course, and we're down to the last 40 copies of the trade edition. I suspect another distributor order or two will put Minding out of print.
About the Book:
Strange things happen…
Throughout his long and impressive career as a celebrated professional storyteller, Jack Vance showed a fascination not only with having characters solve mysteries in all sorts of dramatic and wondrous situations using their powers of observation, deduction and common sense, but also with the possibility of higher states of mind in play, other realms of existence, even spirit worlds.
Vance approached such things with a healthy, properly wary, scientific curiosity, even while embracing the liberties allowed any popular entertainer, and so made the exploration of such higher states part of his stock in trade.
Whether richly displayed in his Dying Earth stories with their wizardly spellcasting, eldritch beings and strange dimensions, or in his science fiction tales with the incredible mental powers afforded races like the Green Chasch, the Fwai-chi, the Meks of Etamin 9 besieging the final human strongholds in “The Last Castle,” even given to divergent human peoples on Koryphon, Maske and countless other worlds, or to the likes of his most extraordinary Demon Prince, Howard Alan Treesong, Vance was forever drawn to what else might comprise human (and other) natures in all their myriad forms.
Minding the Stars: The Early Jack Vance Volume 4 reflects this beguiling blend of the practical and the otherworldly, combining tales that explore the workings of such mental powers with other stories selected from the earlier days of the Grandmaster’s illustrious career.
Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $45
Here's the first look at the cover for the Signed, Limited Edition of Joe R. Lansdale's wonderful new novella, Black Hat Jack. Long-time Lansdale fans will be pleased to know that the novella's narrator, Deadwood Dick, will also feature prominently in his next major novel, Paradise Sky. In addition to the cover, the Black Hat Jack product page features a trio of black and white interior illustrations by Ken Laager. This novella is not to be missed.
About the Book:
The story of African-Americans in the West has been confined to the dusty, bottom shelf of recorded history and American literature. But in the vein of the old dime novels containing stories about such heroes as Buffalo Bill, Wild Bill Hickok, and Jesse James, comes the true story of one of those ten-cent novel heroes, Deadwood Dick, disguised in those novels as a white champion of justice and adventure, but in reality a black cowboy, buffalo soldier, Indian fighter, and general hell raiser.
Here, Nat Love, the one and only Deadwood Dick, writes down his version of certain events, straightening out numerous misconceptions raised in the popular and sanitized dime novels. Though his version varies considerably from the numerous volumes of adventures attributed to him, his true story, with perhaps a bit of exaggeration, is no less fascinating or exciting.
Nat was one of those Old West characters who seemed to be everywhere and met everyone that was anyone at some point in his life. Black Hat Jack details Nat’s version of the events of the now famous Second Battle of Adobe Walls, where he and a handful of buffalo hunters, primarily his good friend, Black Hat Jack, were pitted against hundreds of Comanche, Cheyenne, and Kiowa warriors.
Heroics abound. Curse words fly. Humor flows as free as blood, and there’s even a spot of romance. And with all that real life bravado, there might even be a few lies.
Joe R. Lansdale’s stories about Nat Love are based loosely on the real Nat Love, who may have told a few windies about his time in the West, but at the same time revealed that African-Americans of that era were not all cooks and custodians. In fact, a full third of the cowboys of the Wild West days were African-American, Hispanic, or of mixed blood. This is a tribute to the real deal, as well as to the great mythology of the Old West.
Limited: 350 signed numbered copies, bound in leather, with a different dust jacket than the trade: $45
Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $25
John Scalzi has a new novella out later this year. It's a companion to his upcoming novel Lock In. (You can order an inscribed copy of the novel from us.)
We think Unlocked, the novella, is a strong introduction to the world of the novel, and stands on its own, as well.
Please note that we're only able to offer Free US Shipping for the first two days this book is listed on our site.
About the Book:
In the near future—and sooner than you think—a new virus will sweep the globe. At first it will look like the flu, but then we will discover there is something else about it…something we weren't expecting. It will change society forever.
No, this isn't another zombie virus. And no, this isn't the apocalypse. It's Haden's syndrome. We'll survive it. But the world will be remade in its image.
Unlocked: An Oral History of Haden's Syndrome is a novella that will take you through the heart of this terrifying disease, from its unusual and ironic origin to the frantic response of doctors, scientists and governments. You will see the “moon shot” response to free the people locked in thrall to the disease. And you experience the emerging society that those with the disease build for themselves—and for the rest of us.
A companion piece to John Scalzi's novel Lock In, Unlocked is an unexpected take on a frighteningly possible future.
Limited: 1500 signed numbered hardcover copies: $40
Our 2014 Brian Lumley title, The Compleat Crow, is in stock and shipping. They're some of Lumley's best Lovecraftian tales, featuring the singular occult detective.
About the Book:
Master of Occult Arts…
“He was tall and broad-shouldered, and it was plain to see that in his younger days he had been a handsome man. Now…his hair had greyed a little, and his eyes, though still very bright and observant, bore the imprint of many a year spent exploring—and often, I guessed, discovering—along rarely trodden paths of mysterious, obscure learning.”
Mysterious, obscure learning…
To many thousands of readers world-wide Titus Crow is the psychic sleuth—the cosmic voyager and investigator—of Brian Lumley’s Cthulhu Mythos novels, from The Burrowers Beneath to Elysia.
But before The Burrowers and Crow’s Transition, his exploits were chronicled in a series of short stories and novellas uncollected in the USA except in limited editions. Now these stories can be told again. From "Inception" which tells of Crow’s origins, to "The Black Recalled", a tale of vengeance from beyond the grave, here in one volume, from the best-selling author of the epic Necroscope® series, is The Compleat Crow.
Limited: 250 signed numbered copies, bound in leather: $60
Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $35
We've been lucky enough to be guaranteed twelve copies of the mammoth (over 800 pages) gathering of stories by Carl Jacobi. Move quickly to pick up this volume of Masters of the Weird Tale if you're interested.
About the Book:
The largest collection of Carl Jacobi stories ever collected in one volume, including original artwork by David Ho, Steve Lines, Allen Koszowski, and reprinted art from others, with a new introduction by John Pelan, and an afterword by Dwyane Olson.
The introduction and afterword include many photographs of Carl Jacobi, color reproductions of old Carl Jacobi books, and the book itself has a full color wraparound dustjacket (the spine is designed so that it fits nicely with your existing Masters of the Weird Tale volumes), ribbon marker, cloth slipcase, and other extras.
Limited: 200 numbered copies, signed by editors S.T. Joshi and John Pelan, Allen Koszowski, David Ho, Steve Lines, and a special facsimile signature from Carl Jacobi: $250
The good folks at Dark Regions Press have released another batch of copies of Clive Barker's The Midnight Meat Train to us. The Midnight Meat Train looks to be a nice production, including the legendary story, the movie's script, other extras, and six full color art plates by the author.
We expect this title to sell out prior to its scheduled June release date, so if you're interested, consider picking up a copy now.
Limited: 450 signed numbered copies, cloth bound, signed by the author: $60
Important Note: There is no exclusive order period for The Queen of Bedlam, which has a smaller print run than The Providence Rider and The River of Souls, but a larger one than Mister Slaughter. Catch all that? If you’re looking to match a number with Queen, please request it in the comments when you place your order. We expect this title to sell out quickly, so please don't delay in ordering. There is no trade edition, and the limited will not be made available to our wholesale and large online retail accounts.
Matthew Corbett first appeared in 2002’s Speaks the Nightbird, the novel which signaled Robert McCammon’s return to fiction after a decade long absence. Five years later, in another significant event, Matthew reappeared in The Queen of Bedlam, a book that firmly established him as the central figure in the best historical adventure series going.
The Queen of Bedlam opens in 1702, some three years after the harrowing experiences of Speaks the Nightbird. Matthew is now living in the nascent metropolis of New York City and has found unsatisfying employment as a poorly paid clerk to a local magistrate. At this juncture, two related events take place that will radically alter Matthew’s future. One is the advent of a murderous predator—popularly known as the Masker—who terrorizes the city. The other is Matthew’s recruitment by the Herrald Agency, an early prototype of the classic private detective agency. Under the auspices of his new employer, Matthew, together with his mentor, Hudson Greathouse, travels to a mental hospital in rural New Jersey, where he meets an unidentified woman known simply as the Queen of Bedlam, a woman who may hold the key to the Masker’s identity.
The Queen of Bedlam is a crime story, of course, and a genuinely enthralling one. More than that, it is a portrait of colonial New York so vibrant and richly detailed that it is almost palpable. The sights, smells, and sounds—the sheer physical reality of that time and place—are drawn with the sure hand of a master storyteller. Supplementing all this is a varied cast of supporting characters who are by turns comic, bizarre, intriguing, endearing, and, in some instances, terrifying. At the center of it all is Matthew Corbett, a gifted young man beginning to discover who—and what—he is meant to become. He is a hero suited to his times, and a fictional creation destined to endure for a very long time to come.
Limited: 374 signed numbered copies, housed in a custom slipcase: $125
Lettered: 26 signed, deluxe bound copies, housed in a custom traycase: $500
Note: There is no SubPress trade edition of The Queen of Bedlam.