We’re pleased to be one of only three outlets carrying the initial offering from SeraphimINK, Clive Barker’s personal publishing company. (The others are RealCliveBarker.com and Camelot Books.)
Hugely Important Note: It’s is SubPress’ policy not to share your personal information with other companies. This book is an exception to that rule. If you purchase this book from us, your email address will be shared with TopSpin, the company Clive is producing First Tales with.
Hugely Important Note Two: You don’t need to purchase this book to experience the stories. Clive is very generously offering a free audio download of the tales at RealCliveBarker.com. We can’t encourage you enough to check them out.
First Tales, the inaugural self-published release from Clive Barker's SeraphimInk is a book that contains two original stories of fantastic fiction penned by Clive when he was a young man of 17…
Limited: 350 signed numbered copies, in slipcase: $125
Trade: Hardcover Edition: $45
Table of Contents:
The Candle in the Cloud (novella)
The Wood on the Hill (short story, with illustrations exclusive to the limited edition, by Clive, from 1971)
Appendix (exclusive to the limited edition)
The good folks at Centipede Press are close to issuing a new collection by William F. Nolan. In addition to the fine contents, Like a Dead Man Walking is limited to only 300 signed numbered copies. Read on for the full details:
Sherlock Holmes…Interdimensional demons…Aliens…Killers and child predators…Time travelers… Vampires…Even the end of the world, in more ways than one…All are contained within these pages. From the darkest corners of imagination to the precipice of human achievement, William F. Nolan delivers the goods in this assortment of recent works: his first all-new collection in his long and storied career.
Working with editor Jason V. Brock (Milton’s Children), Nolan brings to shocking life not only debauched murderers and depraved loners, but also fascinating portraits of personal reflection; the heroes of yore in poetry; pages from Nolan’s notebook; and an exclusive, intimate interview with his beloved friend, the late Richard Matheson (I Am Legend).
Centipede Press is pleased and proud to offer this fantastic new assemblage of tales from an acknowledged master of the dark fantasy and science fiction genres, complete with insights into the stories, and a probing introduction from editor Brock: This is not only Nolan’s most recent collection, but likely his very best. Come along for the ride and discover things that may (or may not) be Like a Dead Man Walking…You are sure to enjoy the journey.
Limited: 300 signed numbered hardcover copies: $45
Table of Contents
The Blood Countess
Flight to Legend
Getting Along Just Fine
Exchange (with Jason V. Brock)
My Girl Name is Elly
The End: a Final Dialogue
The Beach (with Jason V. Brock)
A Lot Like the Joker
A New Man
Like a Dead Man Walking
Goodbye, Old Pal
What Legends May Come: A Discussion with Richard Matheson and William F. Nolan (by Jason V. Brock)
Excerpts from the Notebooks of William F. Nolan
If you need more proof that The Ape's Wife and Other Stories is essential reading, we have it on offer. Here are a couple of long blurbs pulled from reviews. The first focuses on Black Helicopters, the 26,000 word original hardcover novella available only with the Signed, Limited Edition:
From Locus Online:
I’ve come to believe that Kiernan can write anything, as long as it’s dark. Actually, I think she could write anything at all, but mostly it seems to come out in some shade or other of dark, although she could well do something sunny and cheery just to show me up. What she’s given us here, on the surface, is a spy thriller, and one that should satisfy readers of that genre; the details of craft and wetwork convince. Like many such works, it contains strong critique of the activities of agencies like X and Y, whose overlords are shown as regarding them as a chess game, bloodless, where their ends justify the worst of means. And, as is often the case in reality, their activities resulting in situations far worse than those they set out to prevent. The black helicopters of the title are usually identified as symptoms of paranoia and conspiracy theory, but we know all too well, particularly with recent whistleblower revelations, that there really are black drones up in the skies, and paranoids often do have people out to get them. In this respect, this is a very timely work…But the story is also dark science fiction, which adds considerably to its complexity.
From Far Beyond Reality:
The Ape’s Wife and Other Stories by Caitlín R. Kiernan is a collection that, to be honest, intimated me somewhat, displaying such a richness of content and a mastery of technique that I felt a bit helpless trying to capture it in a review. Regardless, I hope my brief thoughts about these stories will offer you some motivation to check them out, and maybe some fodder for thought or discussion once you’ve read them. This is an excellent collection with a consistently recognizable authorial voice, giving it a strong sense of identity despite its wide variety of genres and narrative approaches. Highly recommended.
One of the most popular books we've ever published, The Jack Vance Treasury, is now available as a bargain priced ebook.
About the Book:
Nebula and World Fantasy Grand Master Jack Vance is one of the most admired and cherished writers of science fiction and fantasy in the world, and is one of the truly important and influential storytellers of the 20th century. From his first published story “The World Thinker” in 1945 to his final novel Lurulu in 2004, Vance has shown an astonishing range of inventiveness, versatility and sheer storytelling power, as well as a gift for language and world-building second to none. Winner of the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy and Edgar awards, his acclaimed first book The Dying Earth and its sequels helped shape the face of modern heroic fantasy for generations of readers—and writers! In more than sixty novels, he has done more than any other author to define science fantasy and its preeminent form: the planetary adventure. Born in San Francisco in 1916, Vance wrote much of what you'll find between these covers both abroad and at home in the hills above Oakland, either while serving in the merchant marine or traveling the world with his wife Norma, all the while pursuing his great love of fine cuisine and traditional jazz. Now, at last, the very best of Vance's mid-length and shorter work has been collected in a single landmark volume. With a Preface by Vance himself and a foreword by long-time Vance reader George R.R. Martin, it stands as the capstone to a splendid career and makes the perfect introduction to a very special writer.
Innocence is Dean Koontz's latest novel, which will, as usual, be issued as a gorgeous limited edition by Charnel House. Please read on for details!
(preorder—to be published in 2014)
Published by Charnel House
Please note: We're selling copies at $25 below the published price. Quantities are limited.
Dean compassionately illustrates the beauty and the brutality inherent in the human race. He splits the atom with this one.
Arguably the most beautiful book Charnel House has created to date. Paper has been handmade for this edition by randomly pouring two colors into the process, creating different cloud-like patterns on each sheet. Each unique book resembles a thick chunk of a cloudy blue sky.
A harlequin faced marionette drawn by Phil Parks and printed in two colors by hand via letterpress will be tipped in every book.
Each exquisitely printed book is sewn and bound by hand and finished off with a white silk ribbon bookmark. Each book is hand signed by the author.
Limited: 150 numbered copies, signed by the author, specially printed and bound, as noted above: $325
The warehouse is full. Here's the current shipping breakdown for all you folks patiently waiting for your books:
We're working on the individual orders for the trade hardcover of The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle: the Dark of Deep Below. All copies of the Limited Edition are already en route to customers.
Due to technical requirements, we've already shipped over 1000 copies of the Trade Hardcover of Kelley Armstrong's Brazen to our large retail accounts. As soon as we're done with the Rothfuss, we'll start shipping customer orders for the Limited Edition.
Once Brazen is done, we'll start work on the Limited Edition of Joe R. Lansdale's Bleeding Shadows and Catherynne M. Valente's The Bread We Eat in Dreams.
We'll post more news as our schedule solidifies.
Blood Rites, the sixth entry in Jim Butcher's Dresden Files series has just been sent to the printer. As a reminder, we'll be opening this volume up to the general public after December 31, 2013, so please get your preorder in if you own the last volume, Death Masks..
We think Vincent Chong's cover this time around may be the best in the series. The interior illustrations are equally spectacular.
Limited: 500 signed numbered hardcover copies: $80
Lettered: 26 signed copies, bound in leather, housed in a custom traycase: $275
It’s been thirty-five years since the publication of Tim Powers’ first major novel, The Drawing of the Dark, which we’re celebrating with a limited and trade edition. The Limited and Trade Hardcovers will feature a full-color dust jacket by David Palumbo—whose stunning work recently graced the Centipede Press edition of The Anubis Gates. The Limited Edition will add full-color endsheets, as well as an illustrated slipcase.
About the Book:
In 1529 the vast Turkish army threatens Vienna and all of Europe, but at the core of the conflict is the fabled Herzwesten beer, brewed in Vienna ever since the city was a Celtic village. And from both East and West, ancient supernatural forces are gathering to take part in the fight.
Gray-haired soldier of fortune Brian Duffy, hired to be a bouncer at the inn that houses the brewery, only hopes to find the girl he was in love with years ago—but he learns to his dismay that he is a crucial figure in a centuries-old war for the heart of the civilized world.
Swept up in the bloodshed and sorcery of the epic Siege of Vienna, fighting Eastern demons and leading mythological Western allies, Duffy learns his true identity and destiny in the crucible of a war that decided the fate of Europe.
Limited: 250 signed numbered hardcover copies, housed in an illustrated slipcase: $125
Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $35
We're readying our three Neil Gaiman titles for the printer. Signature sheets for both Interworld and The Silver Dream are with the authors, while the BIG one, Smoke and Mirrors, awaits only a small illustration to be foil stamped on the book. All three of these books are selling very well, and won't be made available to our large online retailers and wholesale accounts.
Dark Regions has themselves a coup: a brand new, over 30,000 word suspense novella by Joe R. Lansdale that they plan to release in February. Our allotment of Hot in December is quite limited, with far fewer copies than we usually sell of a Lansdale title, so please order early.
About the Book:
A psychological thriller in the vein of Dean Koontz and Lee Child, Hot in December is a fast-paced and entertaining novella (over 30,000 words) from the author of Edge of Dark Water, The Bottoms and the Hap and Leonard novel series.
One death is only the beginning for Tom and his wife Kelly who witness a fast-driving car killing their innocent neighbor in the street.
Tom describes the driver to the police, but there is something he didn't anticipate: the driver belongs to a powerful criminal gang in East Texas.
The criminals make Tom and his family a target, abducting his wife Kelly and threatening his daughter. Now Tom must look to old war comrades for help in a brutal and unforgiving struggle to rescue his wife and bring justice to the notorious gang.
Here are some of the features of Hot in December:
Mint and first edition
Limited to 300 signed and numbered copies worldwide
Hand numbered 1-300
Bound in leatherette
Signed by author Joe Lansdale
Spine stamped with title and author name in white
60lb natural smooth stock paper
Wrap-around full color dust jacket with matte finish
Features 3 interior illustrations by artist Erin Wells
Limited: 300 signed numbered copies, bound in leatherette: $50
Lettered: 32 signed copies bound in leather, housed in a custom slipcase: $200
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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.”