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Steven Erikson’s HOUSE OF CHAINS—Limited Stock Still Available


As of later this morning, all customer and bookstore orders for Steven Erikson's House of Chains will be en route to their respective destinations. We undersold the book by a bit to be certain that we didn't have to cancel any orders because of damaged copies, etc., so now's your chance to pick one up if you missed it in preorder. The book, as with the other Eriksons, is both mammoth and gorgeous. We hope everyone enjoys their copies. I should add that we're already at work on the next volume, which will be out next year.

Limited: 500 signed numbered hardcover copies: $150


Announcing Prisoner 489, a New Horror Novella by Joe R. Lansdale


We've secured a number of copies of another publisher's limited edition of Joe R. Lansdale's upcoming horror novella, Prisoner 489, which will be published in January/February 2015.

If you're interested, please order quickly, as we only have a quarter of the number of copies we usually need to serve our direct Lansdale customers.


Bestselling author Joe R. Lansdale (Cold in July, Hap and Leonard series, Bubba Ho-Tep) makes a return to horror with the dark and intense new novella Prisoner 489, fully illustrated by world-renowned artist Santiago Caruso.

On an island with a prison for the most evil and powerful criminals in the world, a new prisoner is strapped to the electric chair for execution. After multiple surges of electricity nearly knock out power to the entire island, the prisoner is finally dead. The staff buries him in the prison graveyard with a simple marker baring three numbers: 489.

After the body is buried, a violent storm rocks the island, and a staff member goes missing. The crew rushes into the storm, searching for their lost comrade. They find that the burial site of prisoner 489 has been unearthed, and the body that was inside has gone missing. With a horrific finding and strange noises around them, a powerful threat is closing in. It’s a threat that they thought was impossible, and it will force them into a battle for their lives.

Both hardcover editions feature nine full-color interior illustrations, as well as a bonus short story, “A Bad Thing”.

Limited: 400 signed numbered hardcover copies: $50
Deluxe: 52 signed slipcased hardcover copies: $200


Brandon Sanderson’s LEGION: SKIN DEEP Shipping Next Week. Last Chance to Order


We've seen the initial copies of Brandon Sanderson's Legion: Skin Deep, and it's one gorgeous hardcover, more than twice as long as its predecessor, Legion.

Legion: Skin Deep is scheduled to begin shipping November 24. We have so many direct orders that those alone are going to take at least a week to ship. Please don't email to ask about the status of your order, as that will only slow down our shippers.

Now, we know many of you ordered the novella from bookstores and large online sellers. We have more orders from them than we can possibly fill, so the only way you can guarantee you'll receive a copy is by placing a direct order with us.

Finally, as an added inducement, those who do order direct from us will receive a free copy of the ebook after it's published.

About the Book:

Brandon Sanderson is one of the most significant fantasists to enter the field in a good many years. His ambitious, multi-volume epics (Mistborn, The Stormlight Archive) and his stellar continuation of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series have earned both critical acclaim and a substantial popular following. In Legion, a short, distinctly contemporary novella filled with suspense, humor, and an endless flow of invention, Sanderson revealed a startling new facet of his singular narrative talent. In the stunning sequel, Legion: Skin Deep, that talent is on full display.

Stephen Leeds, AKA “Legion,” is a man whose unique mental condition allows him to generate a multitude of personae: hallucinatory entities with a wide variety of personal characteristics and a vast array of highly specialized skills. As the new story begins, Leeds and his “aspects” are hired by I3 (Innovative Information Incorporated) to recover a corpse stolen from the local morgue. But there’s a catch. The corpse is that of a pioneer in the field of experimental biotechnology, a man whose work concerned the use of the human body as a massive storage device. He may have embedded something in the cells of his now dead body. And that something might be dangerous…

What follows is a visionary thriller about the potential uses of technology, the mysteries of the human personality, and the ancient human need to believe that death is not the end. Legion: Skin Deep is speculative fiction at it most highly developed. It reaffirms Sanderson’s place as one of contemporary fiction’s most intelligent—and unpredictable—voices.

Legion: Skin Deep will feature a full-color dust jacket, and two full-page, full-color interior illustrations by Jon Foster.

In addition, upon publication, everyone who has preordered Legion: Skin Deep direct from SubPress will receive a free copy of the ebook.

Limited: 2500 numbered copies, bound in leather, signed by the author: $45



New Neil Gaiman and Steven Erikson Arriving Today


Incoming! Three brand new Signed, Limited Editions are due in our warehouse later today, including:

We'll turn our attention first to the Erikson, which will take at least the rest of this week to ship. The Gaiman/Reaves titles will ship sometime next week.

Thanks to everyone for their patience, as these long-awaited titles make their way into the world.


Signed Copies of Jeff Vandermeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy Available Soon

The Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer

Check out the series that Stephen King calls "Creepy and fascinating."


We’re so impressed with Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy that we’re ordering copies of the omnibus, which we’ll send to Jeff to be signed, and then ship to customers as soon as they’re back in our warehouse.

Please order ASAP to ensure that you receive a copy. We’re only accepting orders for a few days, and are unlikely to have much extra stock.

About the Book:

In time for the holidays, a single-volume hardcover edition that brings together the three volumes of the Southern Reach Trilogy, which were originally published as paperback originals in February, May, and September 2014.

Annihilation is the first volume in Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy, Authority is the second, and Acceptance is the third.

Area X—a remote and lush terrain—has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; all the members of the second expedition committed suicide; the third expedition died in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another; the members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and within months of their return, all had died of aggressive cancer.

This is the twelfth expedition.

Their group is made up of four women: an anthropologist; a surveyor; a psychologist, the de facto leader; and our narrator, a biologist. Their mission is to map the terrain and collect specimens; to record all their observations, scientific and otherwise, of their surroundings and of one another; and, above all, to avoid being contaminated by Area X itself.

They arrive expecting the unexpected, and Area X delivers—they discover a massive topographic anomaly and life forms that surpass understanding—but it’s the surprises that came across the border with them, and the secrets the expedition members are keeping from one another, that change everything.

After the disastrous twelfth expedition chronicled in Annihilation, the Southern Reach—the secret agency that monitors these expeditions—is in disarray. In Authority, John Rodriguez, aka “Control,” is the team’s newly appointed head. From a series of interrogations, a cache of hidden notes, and hours of profoundly troubling video footage, the secrets of Area X begin to reveal themselves—and what they expose pushes Control to confront disturbing truths about both himself and the agency he’s promised to serve. And the consequences will spread much further than that.

It is winter in Area X in Acceptance. A new team embarks across the border on a mission to find a member of a previous expedition who may have been left behind. As they press deeper into the unknown—navigating new terrain and new challenges—the threat to the outside world becomes more daunting. The mysteries of Area X may have been solved, but their consequences and implications are no less profound—or terrifying.

Trade: Signed hardcover in dust jacket: $35


A Starred Review for Clive Barker’s TORTURED SOULS


Clive Barker's ultra-rare novella, Tortured Souls, just received a coveted Starred Review from Publishers Weekly, which read, in part:

Horror legend Barker (Hellraiser) builds a world of corruption, decay, political intrigue, and bile-inducing detail in this tightly constructed novella… Primordium is fully fleshed out with small details, but much is left for readers to wonder (and have nightmares) about…

Our edition is nearly ready for the printer. We're just waiting for Clive to finish the signature pages—he's over half done—and then the book will enter its production phase. Our last Barker book, Chiliad, sold out quickly. We expect this one to do the same.

Those who read electronically will be happy to know that the ebook of Tortured Souls is already available. Details and links to order here.