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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.

 

Praise Rolling in for Maria Dahvana Headley and Kat Howard

The End of the Sentence by Maria Dahvana Headley and Kat Howard

With Maria Dahvana Headley and Kat Howard's long novella, The End of the Sentence, comfortably at the printer, inching toward publication, it's no surprise that praise has started to flow in.

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 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.

Limited: 200 signed numbered hardcover copies, bound in leather: $45
Trade: Fully cloth-bound hardcover copies: $20

 

Robert McCammon’s THE QUEEN OF BEDLAM in Stock and Shipping

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Those who've been collecting Robert McCammon's Matthew Corbett series will be pleased—as we are!—that the second entry, The Queen of Bedlam, is now available as a signed, limited edition that matches Mister Slaughter, The Providence Rider, and The River of Souls. Each of the titles has a different flavor, with Queen being a long (over 630 pages) excursion into the darkest corners of Colonial era New York, as Matthew Corbett tracks the killer known only as "The Masker."

When it was originally published, The Queen of Bedlam drew a starred review from Publishers Weekly:

Set in Manhattan in 1703, this spellbinding sequel to Speaks the Nightbird (2002) from bestseller McCammon finds Matthew Corbett, a 23-year-old magistrate’s clerk, on the trail of the Masker, a killer who stalks prominent businessmen. Matthew stumbles on the bodies of two of the Masker’s victims, including pederast Eben Ausley, the headmaster of the orphanage Matthew once reluctantly called home… McCammon brilliantly captures colonial New York and closes with a tantalizing cliffhanger that suggests more exciting sleuthing to come.

About the Book:

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

 

 

Grab Bags Are Back —$475 Worth of Books for Only $150

We're back with one of our most popular promotions—the Grab Bags.

Shipping has been so consistently at the limit of what the crew can handle, that, somehow, it's been 18 months since we've had time for this much-loved deal.

That changes this week. Because it's been so long, the vast majority of the titles included have never been offered in a grab bag. Consider picking one up. Prime time reading material doesn't get any more affordable than this.

Each bag will contain a mix of signed limited editions, trade hardcovers, and possibly even a chapbook or two. We expect each to contain approximately 13 books, with a retail value of $475 or greater. Some of the books may be distributor returns, and not perfect, but at the price, we think you'll agree the overall package can't be beat. We're using a number of titles never-before-offered in a grab bag, so even if you've purchased one previously, you're bound to find a good supply of new reading material.

If you purchase more than one grab bag, you're very likely to receive the same or similar contents.

Please note that if the Buy button doesn't appear on the Grab Bag page, it means they're sold out.

Grab Bag: $150 (Quantities are limited)

 

Free New Stories by Harlan Ellison, Alastair Reynolds, Caitlin R. Kiernan, and More

Subterranean Summer 2014

We've just closed out Subterranean, the magazine we've been running since 2005.

The Summer 2014 issue runs twice the usual length, and includes no fewer than four novellas by such SubPress favorites as K. J. Parker, Maria Dahvana Headley, Lewis Shiner, and Rachel Swirsky; a Revelation Space novelette by Alastair Reynolds, and a staggeringly good short story by Harlan Ellison. There's more in the magazine, of course. Please head over to the appropriate page and read it online, or download the issue in mobi or ePub format.

 

 

New Paolo Bacigalupi in Stock and Shipping

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Our edition of Paolo Bacigalupi's Zombie Baseball Beatdown has just started shipping—both the lettered and limited editions. Here's a bit of praise from Publishers Weekly that will get you up to speed quickly:

Printz-winner Bacigalupi (Ship Breaker) defies the expectations of the comedy-horror genre, turning this zombie novel into an effective bit of social commentary while staying true to the story’s grisly and goofy roots… Casual readers will have a blast, and those who look deeper will learn something, too.

About the Book:

We're pleased to be releasing Paolo Bacigalupi's newest novel—a zombie thriller for younger readers—as his most affordable Signed, Limited edition yet, with a full-color dust jacket and two full-color plates by Jon Foster.

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As winner of the Hugo, the Michael L. Printz Award, and many other honors, author Paolo Bacigalupi has built a reputation for crafting deft, fully-realized futures for both adult and young adult audiences with novels like The Windup Girl and Ship Breaker. Now, he expands his extraordinary range even further. Full of action, humor, and hijinks galore, Zombie Baseball Beatdown delivers exactly what the title promises, combining two of America’s favorite pastimes: sports and zombie-fighting.

Best friends Rabi, Miguel, and Joe live near an Iowa beef packing plant with a history of questionable practices. But things go from questionable to apocalyptic fast when the factory proves the source of a zombie outbreak that only the boys can stop. Luckily, they have important weapons on their side, their quick wits and trusty baseball bats!

Against this backdrop of zany mayhem, Bacigalupi still manages to raise the very real issues readers have come to expect from him. The book skillfully explores themes of environmentalism and social justice, while never once letting the pace slack or the focus waver from the most important task at hand—beating down zombies.

Limited: 500 signed numbered hardcover copies: $60

From Booklist:

Milrow Meats, the meat-packing plant in Delbe, Iowa, is up to something. Pals Rabi, Miguel, and Joe can tell from the ungodly stink, the anxious behavior of the Mexicans who work there, and—oh yeah—their zombified Little League coach, who tries to nosh their brains… Simultaneously smart, funny, and icky, this book asks a tough question: Is it worth looking the other way in order to save yourself?

 

Stephen King’s CARRIE Limited Edition Incoming

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We've received an email last week from the good folks at PS Publishing that copies of the limited edition of Stephen King's Carrie are en route to us. Not all of our copies are spoken for, so feel free to pick one up. You should know that if you buy Carrie, you'll have the first crack at the next PS Steve King limited, Thinner.

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

 

A Very Limited Gene Wolfe Edition Coming Soon

 

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We're ordered copies of the Signed Limited edition of Gene Wolfe's new novel, The Land Across, which has a stated limitation of only 200 numbered copies. There's a catch, though. PS Publishing had some difficulty with the signature pages, so the print run will actually contain only 160 copies or so, making this one of Gene Wolfe's rarest editions.

About the Book:

An American writer of travel guides in need of a new location chooses to travel to a small and obscure Eastern European country. The moment Grafton crosses the border he is in trouble, much more than he could have imagined. His passport is taken by guards, and then he is detained for not having it. He is released into the custody of a family, but is again detained. It becomes evident that there are super-natural agencies at work, but they are not in some ways as threatening as the brute forces of bureaucracy and corruption in that country. Is our hero in fact a spy for the CIA? Or is he an innocent citizen caught in a Kafkaesque trap?

In The Land Across, Gene Wolfe keeps us guessing until the very end, and after.

Limited: 200 signed numbered hardcover copies: $70