We are shipping absolutely as fast as we can. It doesn't help that we're down a shipper, though.
Right now, we're finishing up copies of Neil Gaiman and Michael Reaves' Interworld and The Silver Dream. With luck, those will be done today.
As soon as those are finished, shipping of customer orders for Brandon Sanderson's Legion: Skin Deep kicks into high gear. Once we have those 1000+ orders out the door, we'll turn our attention to Peter V. Brett's Messenger's Legacy.
One shipping matter has fallen by the wayside, I'm sorry to say, and won't be picked up until after we finish shipping the Brett. Only about half of our dinged book orders have exited the warehouse. Publishing and distribution deadlines pushed the Sanderson and Brett ahead of the rest of the dinged books for now, but we'll be back to them as soon as we possibly can. Thanks to everryone for their patience.
Tim just discovered a bonanza for Steven Erikson fans.
11 Matching sets of Memories of Ice and House of Chains;
1 Matching set of Deadhouse Gates, Memories of Ice, and House of Chains;
...in the bowels of our warehouse.
There's a limit of one set per customer. You may order, while supplies last, via the House of Chains page.
Soon, at our warehouse, we'll welcome copies of Neil Gaiman's new broadside, 8 Rules for Writing. This gorgeous broadside is being produced by Biting Dog Press (who were behind The Rhyme Maidens, of which we still have a very few copies).
The print run for 8 Rules for Writing is listed as 250 signed numbered copies, but we've learned that only one hundred have been signed so far, and there's some question if the rest will be. Please get your order in asap if you'd like a copy, When we offer Gaiman limiteds, we normally sell hundreds of copies. Our supply of 8 Rules for Writing is far beneath that threshold.
Limited: Signed Broadside: $85
Long story short. When Stephen King's The Shining came out, we had some serious issues with inventory control on the back end of our site. Those problems remain, but we really want to get the last copies of The Shining into folks' hands. So please, head over to the book's page, follow the ordering instructions, and snag a copy if you're eligible.
We've been done with shipping Clive Barker's The Books of Blood for a bit, and are now able to release the last books into the wild. Head over and pick up a set if you're of a mind.
Limited: 500 signed numbered sets: $250
Lettered: 26 signed sets, housed in a custom slipcase: $1500
We just sent another batch of titles to the printer, including:
The Martin is not yet open for ordering by the general public, but feel free to pick up copies of the others.
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
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
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
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.
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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.”