Tim Powers' Medusa's Web, his latest novel—and also his most recent foray into a very esoteric sort of time travel—has just gone to the printer.
About the Book:
The last will of their suicide aunt requires that Scott and Madeline Madden return to Caveat, the vast old Hollywood Hills house they grew up in—and they soon learn that what they had thought was a shared childhood nightmare twenty years ago is in fact all too real.
Their strange, reclusive cousins, Claimayne and Ariel, are deeply involved in using a form of the Medusa—living two-dimensional psychoactive patterns known as “spiders”—to prolong their own lives and even hijack the lives of others…
Scott and Madeline are tumbled into the Medusa's web, and find themselves struggling in a tangle of lives and deaths extending back to the earliest days of Hollywood, fracturing timelines in the past and fleeing from predators in the present, inexorably bound for a showdown with the voracious ghost of their aunt and the entity which is the oldest and most powerful of the spiders.
The Subterranean Press edition of Medusa’s Web will be oversize, with a dust jacket and number of illustrations by J.K. Potter, housed in a custom slipcase.
Limited: 474 signed numbered copies, housed in a custom slipcase: $125
From Publishers Weekly:
“A new Tim Powers novel is always cause for excitement. His latest is a twisted journey through time travel, possession, old Hollywood, addiction, and familial violence that promises much and, mostly, delivers… By the time the credits roll, the villain has crystallized into a dark portrait of selfishness and contorted love, the heroes have earned grace notes of surprising beauty, and you will never see Salomé quite the same way again.”
“Set over the course of one week, this novel is an atmospheric and complex supernatural thriller, with an old-time Hollywood frame, and it steadily builds to a frenetic climax.”
We have a double-shot of new ebooks by Philip Jose Farmer:
Up from the Bottomless Pit is the ultimate collection for Philip Jose Farmer fans, including 140,000 words (roughly 400 pages) of very obscure, never-before-collected short stories, a novel beginning, non-fiction, and a complete novel as well.
Pearls from Peoria assembles over sixty previously uncollected pieces of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and autobiography that demonstrate the extraordinary range and vitality of Philip José Farmer’s imagination.
While prepping a few other titles for shipping, we discovered that we weren't sold out of the limited and lettered editions of Clive Barker's new erotic collection, Tonight, Again. Quantities are very limited, so don't delay if you'd like a copy.
Tonight, Again is available in three editions:
Limited: 26 signed copies, bound in a three piece cloth case, housed in a custom traycase: $350
Lettered: 224 signed numbered copies, bound in a three piece cloth case, housed in a custom slipcase: $125
Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $30
Joe Abercrombie's Half a War is currently at the top of the shipping queue, and being worked on right now. All customer orders should be out the door by the end of tomorrow.
Speaking of Abercrombie, tomorrow is the last day to order a custom slipcase to hold all three Shattered Sea volumes. Please don't forget to order.
After we're done with Half a War, we'll move on to Joe R. Lansdale and John L. Lansdale's Hell's Bounty, which we'll be rendering sold out at the end of the week. We've turned away a ton of orders from our wholesale and large online retail accounts, so if you want to be certain of getting a copy, a direct order might be your best bet.
We're pleased to announce the 25th anniversary signed limited edition of Dan Simmons' legendary coming-of-age horror novel, Summer of Night. The book has been designed, proofread, and the art is in hand. As soon as we review the final files, Summer heads to the printer.
About the Book:
One of the signature horror novels of the 1990s, Dan Simmons’ magisterial Summer of Night is now twenty-five years old. In the course of that quarter century, it has firmly established itself as a classic of the genre, a book whose capacity to shock, amuse, move and horrify remains undiminished.
The story takes place in Elm Haven, Illinois in 1960 and begins at an iconic moment: the last day of school before the long summer vacation begins. But at Old Central School, soon due to close its doors forever, something ancient and implacable has begun to quicken, its hour come round at last. Soon, impossible figures, some of them long dead, are proliferating throughout Elm Haven, transforming what should be an idyllic summer into the crazed and bloody precursor to a new Dark Age.
Set against these horrific incursions is a wonderfully characterized band of adolescent boys – along with one unforgettable young girl – who alone understand the nature of the menace that threatens their hometown. Turning away from the standard pursuits of summer – baseball, treasure hunts, overnight camping trips – the youthful members of the Bike Patrol find themselves serving as the last line of defense against an apparently unbeatable enemy. The account of their struggle against impossible odds is one of the major accomplishments of modern horror fiction.
From the opening evocation of Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House to its fiery conclusion in the halls of Old Central, Summer of Night balances graphic supernatural horror with a profusely detailed portrait of “the secrets and silences” of childhood. In the process, it takes a time, place and way of life that are now long gone, bringing them indelibly to life. Subterranean Press is proud to present this modern classic in a deluxe, lovingly crafted new edition.
The Subterranean Press 25th Anniversary Edition of Summer of Night will be printed on 80# Finch, and feature ten full-color original illustrations by David Palumbo.
Limited: 500 signed numbered hardcover copies, in slipcase: $250
Lettered: 26 signed copies, likely bound in leather and cloth, housed in a custom traycase: $750
What is likely the most complex print job SubPress has ever essayed has just been sent to the printer.
George R. R. Martin's A Knight of the Kingdoms includes not only artist Gary Gianni's design and illustrations from the trade hardcover, it encompasses a number of color plates that are being printed and tipped into specific spots in the book, to match the story's text. If we do our job well—and we will—you won't notice all of the hard work, but will benefit from all of the efforts.
About the Book:
Taking place nearly a century before the events of A Game of Thrones, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms compiles the first three official prequel novellas to George R. R. Martin’s ongoing masterwork, A Song of Ice and Fire. These never-before-collected adventures recount an age when the Targaryen line still holds the Iron Throne, and the memory of the last dragon has not yet passed from living consciousness.
Before Tyrion Lannister and Podrick Payne, there was Dunk and Egg. A young, naïve but ultimately courageous hedge knight, Ser Duncan the Tall towers above his rivals—in stature if not experience. Tagging along is his diminutive squire, a boy called Egg—whose true name (hidden from all he and Dunk encounter) is Aegon Targaryen. Though more improbable heroes may not be found in all of Westeros, great destinies lay ahead for these two…as do powerful foes, royal intrigue, and outrageous exploits.
Featuring more than 160 all-new illustrations by Gary Gianni, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms is a must-have collection that proves chivalry isn’t dead—yet.
Our edition will be slightly oversize, with the following features:
All of the art from the trade hardcover;
Printed on 80# Finch;
The full color endsheets as a wraparound dust jacket;
A completely new set of endsheets;
10 of the full-page interior illustrations (b&w in the trade) rendered in color in our edition
Limited: 750 signed numbered hardcover copies, housed in a custom slipcase: $295
You can add Locus magazine to those venerable organs gracing China Mieville's short novel, This Census-Taker, with praise:
Those ‘troubles,’ referred to in oblique ways throughout the novel, are what really expands This Census-Taker’s scope from an odd small-scale murder mystery into a more apocalyptic narrative, with its suggestions of wars, refugee crises, and diasporas.
If that's not enough, there are also a few previous reviews to pull quotes from:
From Publishers Weekly (Starred Review):
New Weird exemplar Miéville (Three Moments of an Explosion) evokes fantasy from the emotional currents of daily life, eradicating differences between self and other and between reality and dream. Fans of Miéville’s work will recognize and relish his sharp, probing storytelling. Sparse language and a minimalist approach make this intellectual vivisection best suited to readers who are willing to work for meaning.
From The Washington Post:
...this sparse, surreal novel brilliantly shows the gradual unfolding of piecemeal memories following a trauma.
From The Chicago Tribune:
Sometimes young writers are advised that the path to fame in science fiction and fantasy is to find a successful formula and stick with it. They must get confused, then, by a writer like China Miéville, who has attained an enormous following despite — or perhaps because of — the sheer unpredictability of his imagination, which ranges freely among genres and narrative forms…While this compelling novella may be lacking in large-scale spectacle and may raise more questions than it answers, the classic Miéville themes of power, alienation and politics are never far from the surface, and the tale lingers in the memory.
Just a quick note about Joe R. Lansdale and John L. Lansdale's Hell's Bounty, and its availability. We're still a few weeks from publication, and already have orders for 1600 copies. Match that against a 1000 copy print run, and you can see this one will be scarce on the ground. We won't be going to a second printing!
Publishers Weekly had this to say about the novel:
Fans of Joe Lansdale’s charismatic, genre-jumping storytelling (Fender Lizards) will eat up this collaboration with his brother: it’s a whimsical save-the-world gunslinger zombie mash-up with a bit of black-winged Lovecraftian horror tossed in… [T]he ragtag team members—Smith, his horse, the saloon’s ‘girl for hire,’ the town doctor, and the undertaker—achieve a smooth and high-energy dynamic as they use smart tactics, high carnage, and unlimited silver bullets to take down cowboy ghouls.
We're pleased to announce that we've added a HUGE new collection to this year's schedule. Beyond the Aquila Rift: The Best of Alastair Reynolds contains over 750 pages of his best short fiction, from short stories to a healthy selection of his novellas. Given his popularity, and the relatively small print run, we expect Al's fans to snap this one up quickly.
About the Book:
The Guardian called Alastair Reynolds’ work “a turbulent, wildly entertaining ride” and The Times acclaimed him as “the mastersinger of space opera”. With a career stretching back more than 25 years and across fourteen novels, including the classic ‘Revelation Space’ series, the bestselling ‘Poseidon’s Children’ series, Century Rain, Pushing Ice, and most recently, The Medusa Chronicles (with Stephen Baxter), Reynolds has established himself as one of the best and most beloved writers of hard science fiction and space opera working today.
A brilliant novelist, he has also been recognized as one of our best writers of short fiction. His short stories have been nominated for the Hugo, British Fantasy, British Science Fiction, Theodore Sturgeon Memorial, Locus, Italia, Seiun, and Sidewise Awards, and have won the Seiun and Sidewise Awards.
The very best of his more than sixty published short stories are gathered in Beyond the Aquila Rift: The Best of Alastair Reynolds, a sweeping 250,000 word career retrospective which features the very best stories from the ‘Revelation Space’ universe like “Galactic North”, “Great Wall of Mars”, “Weather”, “Diamond Dogs”, and “The Last Log of the Lachrymosa” alongside thrilling hard science fiction stories like Hugo Award nominee “Troika”, “Thousandth Night”, and “The Star Surgeon’s Apprentice”. Spanning more than fifteen years, the book also collects more recent stories like environmental SF tale “The Water Thief”, powerful and moving YA “The Old Man and the Martian Sea” and the brilliant “In Babelsberg”.
Beyond the Aquila Rift: The Best of Alastair Reynolds has something for every reader of science fiction, and easily meets the challenge of delivering stories that are the hardest of hard science fiction and great entertainment.
Lettered: 26 signed copies, bound in leather, housed in a custom traycase: $350
Limited: 350 signed numbered copies, in slipcase, with an exclusive dust jacket by the author: $125
Trade: 1500 fully cloth-bound hardcovers, in trade dust jacket: $45
Our warehouse is filling up with books that will soon be on their way to customers.
Here's a list of what's in house or at our printer, waiting to ship to us:
The following titles are out having slipcases made:
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