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Announcing a vampire classic—only 200 copies

May 29th

The Delicate Dependency by Michael Talbot

Ever since Bram Stoker’s Dracula, the vampire has evolved from the ferocious blood-sucking fiend as portrayed in the penny dreadfuls such as Varney the Vampyre into a strangely alluring, erotic figure promising eternal life. But, it’s eternal life with a horrifying price attached, the overwhelming need to feast on the blood of the living. Of the hundreds of novels of the vampire that have been written in the hundred-plus years since Dracula, a few rise and stand far above the pack as masterpieces of the horror genre. One of the most notable of the last fifty years is The Delicate Dependency by Michael Talbot. In Talbot’s world, the vampires are the curators of history, the guardians of secrets dating back well before the time of Christ. Most importantly, they possess the secret to life eternal.

In Talbot’s novel four people learn enough of the vampires’ world to draw close to the secret, to be positioned to accept the bargain that carries with it the terrible, unquenchable thirst. Dr. John Gladstone, a virologist who may hold the key to ending the vampires hidden rule forever. His daughters, one obsessed with immortality and one apparently beyond rational thought. Added to this tableau is the Lady Hespeth, whose motives remain obscure. Will the centuries-long reign of the vampires be ended? Or will one or more of the protagonists strike the hellish bargain that grants them eternity at the price of a delicate dependency?

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Subterranean Press creates readable art, publishing luxurious specialty, limited editions and groundbreaking original works in the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genre. Subterranean works with a wide range of authors, from cult favorites to some of the bestselling and most acclaimed authors in the world.
 
Based in Burton, Michigan, Subterranean issues approximately 45 titles each year. Since it began in 1995, both the publisher and numerous works it has produced have been honored with accolades including the World Fantasy, Locus, Horror Writers Association, and Hugo awards.
 
Among the authors Subterranean has worked with are Stephen King, Ann Leckie, Kelley Armstrong, John Scalzi, Joe R. Lansdale, Caitlín R. Kiernan, China Miéville, and many more.

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