We’ve just finished shipping over 90% of the orders for the second signed printing of Joe Hill’s Heart Shaped Box. If you’ve got one on order, you don’t have much longer to wait.
We’re happy to say that Brian Lumley’s A Coven of Vampires has also shipped. The book sports some really chill inducing endsheets and vignette illustrations by Bob Eggleton. We still have copies of the bonus chapbook that ships direct with Coven—you can’t get this from a brick and mortar store, or any of the large online retailers—so get your order in soon.
Here’s a first glance at the fully designed cover for Scott Lynch’s nautical adventure, Red Seas Under Red Skies. Join landlubbers Jean and Locke Lamora as they take to sea, forced ineptly, ingeniously, into pirate’s garb. Book two of the Gentleman Bastard Sequence is at least as much fun as The Lies of Locke Lamora, and twice as dangerous.
Also just turned in, but not yet designed, is Tomislav Tikulin’s epic cover for Tim Lebbon’s two novella collection set in the dark, magic land of Noreela. After the War is 40,000 words of Lebbon’s potent mix of the grotesque and fantastic, and not to be missed by his grown legion of fans. (The first Noreela novel, Dusk, has just gone into its fifth printing!)
Finally, in the new art department, we’ve posted a couple of full-color illustrations (and a couple of black-and-whites, to even things out) to George R. R. Martin’s vampire epic, Fevre Dream. Now that all the art is in, the book is being designed, then will head immediately to one of our proofreaders. Thanks to everyone who’s been so patient while we waited on the art for this book. We hope you’ll think it worth the wait, as George and we do.
Just when we’d thought all the good press for Philip Jose Farmer’s mammoth (over 700 pages) collection, Pearls from Peoria, had come in… this laudatory note, from MagillOnLiterature, arrives: “For fifty years or more, Philip Jose Farmer has been known as a major science fiction writer, one unafraid of sex, religion, and politics; in 2001 the Science Fiction Writers of America selected him as a Grand Master. Pearls from Peoria showcases the full range of his interests… it is a rich and varied look into one of the strangest and most fascinating minds in the science fiction community.”
Figured you might like the early word that we’ll be producing a limited edition of Hunter’s Run by George R. R. Martin, Gardner Dozois, and Daniel Abraham. This is a serious expansion of their 25,000 word novella, Shadow Twin, clocking in at nearly four times the length of that earlier tale. Bob Eggleton will be providing a full color cover, a couple of color interior plates, and a black and white chapter head. We’re shooting for an ultra-affordable $50 price point with this title.
We’ve also reached agreement to produce illustrated limited editions of one of our favorite fantasy series, the Temeraire books by Naomi Novik. We’re currently negotiating with an artist to provide black and white and full-color illustrations for each book. Look for volume one very early next year, and subsequent volumes at six month intervals.
We’ll post ordering info for both titles just as soon as all of the paperwork is complete, but we’re excited, and wanted to share the good news with everyone.
The International Horror Guild Awards were more than kind to SubPress this year, with no fewer than ten nominations, including three (of four titles nominated) in the Best Anthology category.
Best Long Fiction:
—“Blackburn and the Blade” by Bradley Denton (from Lords of the Razor)
—“Forced Perspective” by P.D. Cacek (from Night Visions 12)
Best Mid-Length Fiction:
—“Bainbridge” by Caitlin R. Kiernan (from Alabaster)
—“Obsequey” by David J. Schow (from Havoc Swims Jaded)
Best Short Fiction:
—“The Box” by Stephen Gallagher (from Retro Pulp Tales)
—Night Visions 12 edited by Kealan Patrick Burke
—Retro Pulp Tales edited by Joe R. Lansdale
—Lords of the Razor edited by Bill Sheehan and William Schafer
—J.K. Potter for A Soul in a Bottle by Tim Powers
Congratulations to Charles Stross, whose novella Missile Gap, just won the Locus Award for Best Novella. Among the many glowing reviews, Booklist had this to say: “Here he takes a breather from weightier fare with a bizarre, nevertheless brilliant alternate-history novella featuring a protracted U.S.-Soviet cold war… Once again, Stross sets the bar high for his colleagues, should they be feeling competitive, in this mind-bending, intriguing yarn.”
Best of all, you can read Missile Gap for Free over at Subterranean Online.
Head over to Subterranean Online, where we’ve just posted the first installment of a long (20,000 word) excerpt from One-Eyed Jack and the Suicide Kings, a novel not slated to be published until 2009 or so. If dead Elvis, U.S. and Soviet spies circa 1964, and genii are your things, One-Eyed Jack be right up your alley.
Also in Online news, we’re more than a little pleased that we’ve just bought “Ceremony,” a 4000 word excerpt from an upcoming novel by one of our favorite writers, Lewis Shiner. Look for it in the coming months.
Bruce Sterling’s mammoth, 200k word retrospective has just received a coveted review in Publishers Weekly, which reads, in part, “Sterling (Visionary in Residence: Stories), the godfather of cyberpunk, demonstrates his full range, from far future to forgotten past, in this well-stocked career-spanning collection of his finest SF pieces. His blend of uncompromising realism and irrepressible optimism shows up wherever his protagonists do… Readers who like a hard-eyed view of the future combined with a wry wink at the past, with a few inventive postmodern narrative kicks mixed in, will be greatly rewarded.”
We’re still a good month out from the release of Orson Scott Card’s YA novella, and more than 1800 of the 2000 copies in the first printing are already reserved, making Space Boy a likely bet to be sold out on publication, or very shortly thereafter.
We’ve got a number of titles at the printer, some just sent, others a bit further along in production, including:
—Space Boy (Orson Scott Card)
—The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate (Ted Chiang)
—M is for Magic (Neil Gaiman)
—To the Dark Star (Robert Silverberg)
—D.A. (Connie Willis)
and a few awaiting slipcases before shipping:
—I Sing the Body Electric (Ray Bradbury)
—Up from the Bottomless Pit and Other Stories (Philip Jose Farmer)
Titles heading to the printer in the next batch include:
—Old Man’s War (John Scalzi)
—Ascendancies (Bruce Sterling)
—Sky Horizon (David Brin)
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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.”