The big one has started. Late last week, after having multiple (I say multiple) incompetencies inflicted on us by the freight company, Clive Barker's The Books of Blood crossed the warehouse's threshold.
And we're shipping.
And we'll be shipping copies all this week.
After all of the six volume sets are en route to customers, we expect to have 15-20 sets left for sale. Watch our News page and Newsletter for notice when we put them back on sale.
Peter V. Brett's Demon Cycle is one of the best epic fantasy series currently being published, and we recommend you pick up a copy of The Warded Man and get started. (For those already partaking of the series, we're offering signed and inscribed copies of the upcoming novel, The Skull Throne, which Peat will sign when it's published early next year.)
Meanwhile, on the ebook front, we've bundled The Great Bazaar and Brayan's Gold as a single ebook, so readers can save a buck or three over buying them separately.
The Great Bazaar
Please note that The Great Bazaar and Other Stories is not a full length book. It contains Peter V. Brett's roughly 60 page title story, as well as a number of deleted scenes from his novel, The Warded Man.
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 and killing humanity 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.
But there was a time when the demons were not so bold. A time when wards did more than hold the demons at bay. They allowed man to fight back, and to win. Messenger Arlen Bales will search anywhere, dare anything, to return this magic to the world.
Abban, a merchant in the Great Bazaar of Krasia, purports to sell everything a man’s heart could desire, including, perhaps, the key to Arlen’s quest.
In addition to the title novelette, The Great Bazaar and Other Stories contains a number of scenes not included in The Painted Man (published in the US as The Warded Man) as well as a glossary and a grimoire, making it an essential guide to one of the most exciting epic fantasy series currently being published.
Return to the world of The Warded Man and The Desert Spear in an illustrated new novella by Peter V. Brett.
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.
Arlen Bales is seventeen, an apprentice Messenger in brand new armor, about to go out for the first time alongside a trained Messenger on a simple overnight trip. Instead Arlen finds himself alone on a frozen mountainside, carrying a dangerous cargo to Count Brayan’s gold mine, one of the furthest points in the duchy. And One Arm, the giant rock demon, hunts him still.
But Brayan’s Gold may offer a way for Arlen to be free of One Arm forever, if he is willing to wager his life on the chance.
We're inordinately pleased to let you know that our Neil Gaiman, Michael Reaves, and Mallory Reaves Limited Editions (Interworld and The Silver Dream) will be shipping soon. Our thanks to Neil, who managed to carve time out of his ridiculously overbooked schedule to set pen to the signature sheets for both books. All of the intermediate steps have been completed. All that remains is for the signature pages to be tipped into the books, which will then be cased.
About The Silver Dream:
Following the thrilling events of InterWorld, Joey Harker has been in training to develop his capabilities to travel between dimensions. It’s been a relatively uneventful period, allowing Joey some space to settle in to his new life. And as a gifted Walker, he’s dedicated to InterWorld’s mission to protect the Altiverse from the forces that would tear it apart—or enslave it.
But, uneventful or not, Joey’s history precedes him. Everyone in InterWorld may look the same (give or take machine components or fur), but Joey is special. As everyone is reminded yet again when a stranger named Acacia—who does not look anything like the rest of the Joseph Harkers of Interworld—follows his team back to Base Town. Getting to the bottom of who Acacia is becomes Joey’s latest task, and it may prove his most dangerous yet. Especially once it becomes clear there’s a traitor in InterWorld, and whoever it is has a grudge against him.
The Silver Dream brings a whole new set of the mind-bending twists that readers will expect from their previous adventure in InterWorld. Return to master storytellers and bestselling authors Neil Gaiman and Michael Reeves’ freewheeling danger-packed universe in this sequel with a story by the creators, and written by Michael and Mallory Reaves.
The Silver Dream will be printed in two colors throughout, designed to match its prequel, Interworld.
Limited: 500 signed numbered hardcover copies: $60
Gaiman fans, don't forget. Next spring, we'll also have copies of his limited edition, The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains, which promises to be a nifty production.
In early 2015, we'll bring the Early Jack Vance series to a triumphant close with Grand Crusades. Editors Terry Dowling and Jonathan Strahan have assembled another winning collection, this time focusing on very long stories from Vance's canon. Tom Kidd is once again helming the cover, as he's done for all of the other Vance projects. Thanks to everyone who's been along for this ride. We hope you enjoy the final stop.
About the Book:
Avenues into the Future…
“Truth to tell, we’re tourists, out to see the wonders of the universe.”
—Paddy Blackthorn, The Rapparee
Grand journeys among the stars—pursuits, quests, explorations and encounters. These were very much science fiction and fantasy Grandmaster Jack Vance’s stock in trade, whether to have Kirth Gersen roam the Oikumene and Beyond tracking down his five Demon Princes or to strand Adam Reith on far-off Tschai. Or, as in this present volume, to take Earth-style opera to the non-human folk of distant Rlaru, to study the much coveted tree-pod dwellings on Iszm, to follow the clues in five gold bands to the knowledge that lets a handful of races control all space travel in the universe, or to endure servitude at the hands of ruthless alien overlords.
Just as Vance sought adventure and the joys of a fulfilled life by travelling the highways and byways of his own beloved Earth, so he had his heroes and heroines do the same on other worlds. The five early tales featured in Grand Crusades: The Early Jack Vance, Volume Five take us on a fascinating selection of such journeys, showing us how the future was in the earlier years of his writing career.
And inevitably, as with storytellers from Homer to Shakespeare, Dickens to Austen, Tolstoy to Twain, our Grandmaster also used his craft as something on which to hang personal preoccupations, fascinations and longings. For as with any good writer, the completions and pay-offs of these otherworldly travels often deliver more than just a satisfactory conclusion to the affairs on hand and a few hours’ pleasant diversion for the reader. Vance also put us in touch with things beyond the page, delivering an awareness of a universe and a future for humanity filled with possibility, leaving us—as the best writers, artists and makers always do—with feelings of connection with something larger.
Trade: 1000 fully cloth bound hardcover copies: $45
Table of Contents:
Crusade to Maxus
Gold and Iron
The Houses of Iszm
We've cleared the warehouse floor to ready the place for the Clive Barker onslaught of The Books of Blood. Part of that is sending out some other publishers' books that our ever patient customers have been waiting for.
Once all of these are out the door, and the semi shows up with all of the Barkers aboard, we'll move on to that shipping marathon.
The advance copies of Robert McCammon's vampire epic, They Thirst, which clocks in at over 600 pages, have landed here at SubPress. I must say they look mighty fine! If wide-screen storytelling, with a lot of characters and action are your thing, please get your order in. Not including several orders which are due any day, we have orders for more than 1200 copies, and the print run is limited to 1000. We'll fill all direct orders, of course, but some of our larger accounts aren't going to receive as many copies as they might like.
Kirkus Reviews just included They Thirst in its 12 Excellent Horror Reads for October:
What's Halloween without vampires? In this deluxe version of the McCammon's classic vampire story, readers unfamiliar with this 30-year-old story can discover that it still remains chilling. In the small Hungarian hamlet of Krajeck, a boy named Andre awaits the return of his father from a dangerous mission. However, the being that returns is no longer his father, and Andre and his mother barely escape with their lives. Decades later, Andre—now living in Los Angeles and going by the name Andy—is working as a homicide detective who deals with death on a day-to-day basis. But even that can't prepare him when the horrors he encountered as a young boy return, arriving in LA to terrorize him yet again.
Limited: 1000 signed numbered hardcover copies: $80
As he did with Clementine—now available as a trade paperback—Jon Foster contributed the dust jacket to Cherie Priest's Jacaranda, the latest venture into her Clockwork Century.The novella is every bit as thrilling as Boneshaker, Dreadnought, or any other book in the series. Cherie has said this will be her last book in the series—possibly forever, possibly for a while. Do not miss out.
About the Book:
On the island of Galveston, off the coast of southeast Texas, lies a hotel called the Jacaranda. In its single year of operation, two dozen people have died there. The locals say it’s cursed. The Rangers say that’s nonsense, but they know a man who might be willing to investigate. Horatio Korman crosses the water from the mainland, and hopes for the best.
But the bodies pile up, and a hurricane is brewing up fast. One of the Jacaranda’s guests sees time running out, so she seeks an authority of a different sort: a priest from El Huizache who is good at solving problems and keeping secrets. Eileen Callahan has a problem to solve, and a secret to keep. She crosses her fingers, and sends a message that could save them all.
Juan Miguel Quintero Rios broke a promise to the Virgin, and so he was punished…but his intentions were pure, so he was also blessed. Now he walks the southwest with second sight and a tattoo across his back: Deo, non Fortuna—By God, not chance. The former gunslinger crosses himself, and makes for the Jacaranda Hotel.
Limited: 250 numbered copies, bound in leather: $45
Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $25
Please head over to the book's product page to check out a lengthy excerpt.
We're absolutely thrilled to announce that we've finished shipping out all preordered copies of Maria Dahvana Headley and Kat Howard's collaborative novella, The End of the Sentence. This is Kat's first foray into book length fiction, which delights us just that much more, while the opportunity to work with Maria is something we believe should never be turned down.
We'll skip what the novella's about. You can check that out on the product page.
Instead, here's a glimpse at some of the reviews it has received:
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.
I was thrilled to hear they’d joined forces for The End of the Sentence, a collaboratively written novella available now from Subterranean Press—and even more thrilled upon reading it to discover that it was every bit as deliciously creepy and gorgeously terrifying as I’d hoped.
Also from Tor.com:
The End of the Sentence only really represents an evening’s reading, but be prepared to feel the fallout of this fairytale—perfectly formed from a hodgepodge of half-forgotten mythologies—for far longer than the few hours it takes to unfold.
From Fantasy Literature:
Maria Dahvana Headley and Kat Howard have taken the darker aspects of fairy tales and come up with a new tale set in contemporary America, complete with contemporary American problems of automobiles and broken marriages. These horrors that happen every day are combined with the horrors of a supernatural creature that seems to soothe in order to terrify, to provide for all his victim’s needs so long as that victim might be useful… This is a beautiful novella, a modern fairy tale that any reader of the French tale ‘Beauty and the Beast’ will recognize, but so different from that story that it is something entirely new.
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.
Finally, before you go, we have a brief interview with the authors to share with you.
Maria Dahvana Headley and Kat Howard are two names that will already be familiar to many Subterranean Press fans from their work published at Subterranean Online (as well as many other venues), and to other fans of memorable, beautifully written stories of the fantastic. Headley is the author of the historical fantasy Queen of Kings and The Year of Yes: A Memoir, and Howard’s work has been performed on NPR as part of Selected Shorts and was included in Stories, edited by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio. Now Headley and Howard bring their talents together in a collaborative novella, The End of the Sentence, a literary horror story infused with monstrous beauty, dark myths, and the ghosts of the dead and the living. When Malcolm Mays moves to rural Oregon looking to start over, he discovers his new house comes with a very old obligation — one explained to him in unsettling letters from an entity named Dusha Chuchonnyhoof, who claims that he will return as soon as his 117-year prison sentence ends… Gwenda Bond caught up with the authors to discuss their new novella.
Gwenda Bond: Where did this story come from?
Maria Dahvana Headley: The original bones came from the fact that the former inhabitant of my Brooklyn apartment, one Olivia, had been receiving a lot of letters from prisoners around the East Coast. Olivia is long gone with no forwarding address, but she still gets about two handwritten letters a month, from people she didn’t know, who are looking for love. So, that notion was perfect for an epistolary novella.
Kat Howard: The other thing that was really there from the beginning was the Beauty and the Beast riff — the idea that there was this love story running through things, and it was one where appearances couldn’t be trusted. It was always a very monstery love story. And I think that expanded nicely as a theme, because there wound up being a lot of people and places in the story that look like one thing, and are actually another.
GB: The book description cites mythological influences from Kalapuya, Welsh, Scottish, and Norse, and of course there are also echoes of bizarre true crime stories. Did you know at the start you wanted to create such a rich mixture or did it happen in the writing?
KH: In a way, both of those things are true. Partially, the mix emerged in the telling. The internet was great for that, in that when we’d send links to each other, it was so easy to keep clicking and finding things that fit together in terms of story, even if, on the surface, they didn’t seem obviously connected. Or life would connect them for us — I went on a tour of Saint Paul’s Union Station while writing this, and there were these ancient horseshoes that had been found during the excavation in a display. Maria found sconces made of horns at a market.
But I think also one of the reason that such a variety of influences came in is that, in the planning stages, we basically just threw everything we loved in the basket of ideas, so the aesthetic of Cocteau’s Beauty and the Beast got given the same weight in terms of story potential as the Mari Lwyd. Having a lot of things to draw from made it feel like we had a lot of possibilities, which made it easier to write.
MDH: Definitely as Kat says — I think the first bits of the mixture came from western myth — I was looking into things from this part of Oregon, because I spent my childhood traversing some of the roads that Malcolm does, and I’m also very interested in things like the Wendigo, which makes little bit of a reference point here too. So, Chuchonnyhoof coming from Kalapuya lore, that’s because of the place where we set the novella. And then we went deeper into what it might mean to have iron skin, which led us to anvils, which led us to Gretna Green and anvil weddings, which led us to blacksmithing themes, which led to horseshoes, which led us to shapeshifting horse myth (pooka) and on from there. There are lots of themes that recur across cultures, and we were interested in certain threads, so we pulled on them, and ended up braiding together a lot of things — though these stories are from all over the world, they mostly come from two sectors: myths/lore about farming and working the land, and myths/lore about the activities of the dead. Which, when you think about it, are also entwined. The dead are usually planted in the earth, and ghosts are a kind of strange harvest.
GB: You manage here a sort of horror fairy tale that feels both fresh and classic. Do you think that’s because so many things in the story — loss, longing, love, damage — are universal?
KH: I think if you hang around people talking about writing or about telling stories for long enough, you’ll start to hear things like “there are only seven plots” or “there are only three stories in the world.” I don’t want to try and reduce things down completely to numbers, but I do think that we as storytellers, we as people who are interested in stories, do tend to have favorite themes. The big ideas, that we are haunted by, that we wrestle with, that we try and make sense of. Those ideas are the ghosts in the house of story.
And so we recognize them as things that are ours, no matter how old or new the story we read them in is, no matter where their source material is from.
MDH: We were drawing on a few centuries of things, from old French fairy tales to contemporary horror, and twining them all into a very contemporary, and indeed unglamorous setting, which I think can be a helpful thing when you’re seeking to create a world wherein familiar elements — the Beauty and the Beast story, for example — feel fresh again. But yes, as Kat says, there are favorite themes, and they’ve driven storytelling forever. In this case, it’s Something Precious Has Been Lost. I suspect that’s happened to every single one of us, whether it’s the loss of love or of the one true ring. When I’m writing horror, I tend to think of my own worst nightmares. Permanent loss of someone I love wins for me, as I suspect it does for lots of people. That happens to several characters in this novella.
We know a bunch of folks are waiting for the Dark Regions production of Clive Barker's Midnight Meat Train, which was originally supposed to be released this summer. The project has run into a couple of production delays, and we're now told that our copies should ship to us around October 25. Thanks to everyone for being patient.
Also in Barker news, next week we're due to take delivery of Clive's The Books of Blood, which will fill the entire receiving area in our warehouse. Our shippers, including one just hired (Hi Kate!) are working as quickly as they can this week to get various titles out, and will be putting in an overtime day on Saturday.
Our other Barker project, Tortured Souls, is nearly ready for the printer, and should have no trouble hitting its February publication date.
Tim Powers' new Anubis Gates story, thirty years in the making, has just been sent to the printer. We expect the trade edition of Nobody's Home to ship in late December/early January, and the Limited and Lettered Editions to follow a few months later. As we expected, Nobody's Home is selling quite well, so please don't hesitate to get your order in. We expect demand to climb as the book gets nearer to publication.
About the Book:
For the first time in his esteemed career, Tim Powers returns to the setting (and a central character) from his landmark time travel novel, The Anubis Gates.
Tracking the murderer of her fiancee through 19th century London's darkest warrens, Jacky Snapp has disguised herself as a boy—but the disguise fails when, trying to save a girl from the ghost of her jealous husband, Jacky finds that she has made herself visible to the ghosts that cluster around the Thames–
—And one of them is the ghost of her fiancee, who was poisoned and physically transformed by his murderer but unwittingly shot dead by Jacky herself.
Jacky and the girl she rescued, united in the need to banish their pursuing ghosts, learn that their only hope is to flee upriver to the barge known as Nobody's Home—where the exorcist whose name is Nobody charges an intolerable price.
Nobody’s Home will be printed in two colors throughout, copiously illustrated by J. K. Potter.
Limited: 474 signed numbered copies, bound in leather, housed in a custom, foil stamped slipcase: $75
Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $35
From Publishers Weekly:
Powers builds on his 1983 novel The Anubis Gates with this novella of Victorian ghosts and vengeance… The writing evokes the style and feel of Victorian England, eschewing cliché while capturing the culture.
Reminder: For those of you who are extreme Powers enthusiasts, we also have copies of his new Charnel House book, Appointment On Sunset, in our warehouse and shipping soon.
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Amityville Horrible by Kelley Armstrong
Our "bonus" Kelley Armstrong novella for 2012, Amityville Horrible, was intended primiarily as an ebook, but for those addicted to print, we also produced a signed, limited edition. Please note that the hardcover will not be availablel to large online retailers or our wholesale accounts.
Six-Gun Snow White by Catherynne M. Valente
Our first, but not last, project with Catherynne M. Valente, the long novella Six-Gun Snow White, has just hit our warehouse. In addition to the author's pretty pretty language, the novella features a charming dust jacket by Charles Vess. If that's not enough to sway you, perhaps this starred review from Publishers Weekly will do the trick:
Valente’s adaptation of the fairy tale to the Old West provides a witty read with complex reverberations from the real world… Any attempt to derive a simple message from this work would be an injustice to the originality of the atmosphere, the complexity of the interplay of its elements, and the simple pleasure of savoring Valente’s exuberant writing.
Salvage and Demolition by Tim Powers
The excellent, not nearly prolific enough Tim Powers has just graced us with a very involved time travel novella, Salvage and Demolition. This slim, elegant volume is printed in two colors throughout, illustrated by Tim Powers, and is the recipient of a starred review from Booklist:
Evoking such genre notables as Richard Matheson’s Bid Time Return, Jack Finney’s Time and Again, and Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveller’s Wife (along with such films as Source Code and The Terminator), the book is a sort of literary Mobius strip, looping around on itself, finding its ending in its beginning. Powers is an acclaimed SF and fantasy author—The Anubis Gates (1983) is considered a time-travel classic—and this new title has the feel of a cult favorite, the kind of small-press jewel that will develop a devoted following.
Dead Aim; a Hap and Leonard Novella by Joe R. Lansdale
The trade hardcover of Joe R. Lansdale's latest Hap and Leonard adventure, Dead Aim, is sold out on publication. Fret not, we still have copies of the signed, limited edition in stock. Pick up a copy and see what nonsense the dysfunctional due have gotten themselves into this time.
We'll let Publishers Weekly take it from here:
Tart, smart, and dangerous, Lansdale's favorite roughneck detectives, Hap Collins and Leonard Pine, take on an apparently straightforward assignment—discourage a man from harassing his estranged wife—in this dark and twisty novella, the 10th entry in this highly satisfying series flavored with an East Texas twang (Devil Red, etc.)
The Best of Robert Silverberg
The Best of Robert Silverberg marks our largest offering by the SF Grandmaster. At 300,000 words, it contains stories spread across the six decades of his still ongoing career. As Publishers Weekly noted,
In 26 elegantly conceived and written stories, protagonists travel through time, philosophize, question their morals and faith, and pursue unknowable, elusive women… Thanks to Silverberg’s commentary on each decade and story—wry, candid, and unencumbered by false modesty—the anthology also functions as a memoir of a great career in genre literature.
Trade paperback: $24.95
Nell Gwynne’s On Land and At Sea by Kage Baker and Kathleen Bartholomew
Nell Gwynne's On Land and At Sea, a delightful romp begun by Kage Baker and finished by her sister, Kathleen Bartholomew, has washed up on SubPress' shores. The Nell Gwynne stories have been among our most popular offerings by Kage. It's easy to see why, as Publishers Weekly notes in ther review:
Even a month-long seaside holiday can’t keep the spy-mistresses of the exclusive Nell Gwynne brothel away from trouble in this comic steampunk novella…the mildly naughty nautical double entendres and period-style illustrations by J.K. Potter will entertain readers who appreciate Victoriana.
Nemo! by Ray Bradbury
Nemo! is an original Ray Bradbury screenplay set in the lavishly imagined dreamscape that is Nemo’s world. It is also a heartfelt act of homage to the genius of Winsor McCay. Beginning at the St. Louis World’s Fair of 1904, the narrative moves through successive levels of Dream, encompassing moments of beauty, wonder, and raucous comedy while bringing a gallery of classic McCay characters—Nemo, the Princess, Dr. Pill, the sometimes villainous Flip—to vibrant new life
Signed Trade: $125
The Hunter from the Woods by Robert McCammon
The trade hardcover of Robert McCammon's The Hunter from the Woods is out now. If you've been wondering what Michael Gallatin has been up to since the classic novel, The Wolf's Hour, now's your chance to check in with this WWII era lycanthrope in a series of short stories in novellas.
A Fantasy Medley 2 edited by Yanni Kuznia
With new novellas by Tanya Huff, Amanda Downum, Jasper Kent, and Seanan McGuire, A Fantasy Medley 2 has been very well recevied, with strong sales to back up the reception. It garnered a starred review from Publishers Weekly, which read, in part:
Subterranean staffer Kuznia keeps to the successful formula in her second four-story anthology: having successful authors write winning novellas that function equally as gateway introductions for new readers and exciting material for fans of their popular fantasy worlds. The best of these four is Amanda Downum’s “Bone Garden,” an exciting gothic tragedy set among actors and refugees in the world of the Necromancer Chronicles…
Forbidden by Kelley Armstrong
Kelley Armstrong's latest Otherworld novella, Forbidden, is shipping in its print incarnation, as well as being available as an ebook. As Publishers Weekly noted, “Bestseller Armstrong’s latest Otherworld stand-alone novella, set after the events of 2010’s Frostbitten, is an appetizing morsel of a mystery sure to whet appetites for the rest of the series…With sneaky, surprising pacing and well-drawn likable characters, Armstrong capably uncovers the darkness underlying a quintessential small American town.”