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Announcing STINGER by Robert McCammon

Stinger by Robert McCammon

Stinger is coming this October.

This is truly the Year of Robert McCammon here at SubPress, with his major novel The Border, as well as trade paperbacks of They Thirst, The Hunter from the Woods, and Blue World, which will itself have a limited edition.

Next year look for a slightly less McCammon-centric schedule, but one that features a new novel and novella.

Now, to Stinger:

First published as a paperback original in 1988, Stinger remains one of Robert McCammon’s wildest, most compelling creations. Both a furiously paced action novel and an affectionate tribute to the SF/Horror films of an earlier era, it is vintage McCammon, and a grand, often visceral entertainment.

The story takes place during a single twenty-four hour period in Inferno, Texas. Inferno is a town in trouble, driven to the brink by racial tension, gang violence, and a collapsing economy. But things can always get worse, and they do so with astonishing speed when an unidentified spacecraft crash lands in the desert outside of town, followed by a second craft bearing the alien being who will soon be known as Stinger. Stinger is a kind of interstellar hunter on a mission he intends to complete, whatever the cost. He brings with him an endless array of technological marvels and an infinite capacity for destruction that threaten the existence of Inferno, its inhabitants, and the larger world beyond.

Filled with a large cast of vividly realized characters and sporting some of the most memorably horrific imagery you will ever encounter, Stinger is an adrenaline-fueled narrative of the highest order, its classic, pulp fictional elements transformed and elevated by a master storyteller. The result is pure Robert McCammon, an engrossing, hugely enjoyable experience that is sure to stay with you for a very long time to come.

Limited: 1000 signed numbered hardcover copies: $80
Lettered: 26 signed leatherbound copies, housed in a custom traycase: $275


Announcing THREE MOMENTS Of AN EXPLOSION by China Mieville—Only 452 copies

Three Moments of an Explosion by China Mieville

We’re pleased to present the signed limited edition of Three Moments of an Explosion, a collection of stories that showcase the singular vision of China Mieville. Please note that most of the stories in Moment are making their first appearance therein, and that our edition consists of only 452 copies, far smaller than the trade hardcover, which will have many thousands of copies, and smaller even than our usual limited editions for China, as well. One of SubPress favorite artists, Dave McKean, will provide the dust jacket.

Publishers Weekly graced Three Moments of an Explosion with a starred review, saying of it, “Above all what the stories have in common is a sense that the world is not just strange, but stranger than we can really comprehend.”

Limited: 400 signed numbered copies: $80
Lettered: 52 signed copies, bound in leather, housed in a custom traycase: $275

Table of Contents:

  • Three Moments of an Explosion
  • Polynia
  • The Condition of New Death
  • The Dowager of Bees
  • In The Slopes
  • The Crawl
  • Watching God
  • The 9th Technique
  • The Rope is the World
  • The Buzzard’s Egg
  • Säcken
  • Syllabus
  • Dreaded Outcome
  • After the Festival
  • The Dusty Hat
  • Escapee
  • The Bastard Prompt
  • Rules
  • Estate
  • Keep
  • A Second Slice Manifesto
  • Covehithe
  • The Junket
  • Four Final Orpheuses
  • The Rabbet
  • Listen The Birds
  • A Mount
  • The Design


New Peter Straub in Stock and Shipping

Perdido by Peter Straub

Peter Straub's rarity, Perdido, is in stock and shipping. The trade edition is sold out, but the limited is still in good supply. Pick up a copy if you're of a mind.

Perdido also just received a nifty review from Gary K. Wolfe, in Locus:

Those inclined to read toward horror, fantasy, or mystery will find the ingredients laid out on the table, but without a familiar recipe to follow, it challenges our urge to categorize. That alone, apart from its rather haunting premise and characteristically graceful prose, is enough to make this a quick and rewarding read.

About the Book:

Perdido, a fragment from a never completed longer work, is a rare and unexpected gift for Peter Straub’s legion of fans. Even in this fragmentary form, it offers the sort of vivid, unexpected pleasures that only the finest imaginative fiction can provide.

On one level, Perdido tells the story of a troubled family: a discontented husband and wife and the teenaged son who was—but is no longer—a musical prodigy. On another, it is the story of the isolated Norwegian resort known as Perdido, and of the impossible, dreamlike things that happen there. Perdido is a place where the rules of ordinary life no longer apply, where reality is malleable and infinitely strange. It is a place where “you get what you didn’t know you wanted” and where lives are altered forever. For the unhappy couple invited to attend—and for the teenaged son awaiting their return—it is the place where a marriage ends and a life filled with alternate possibilities begins. Mysterious, evocative, and always superbly written, Perdido offers readers something genuinely special: a visit to an imaginary landscape that only Peter Straub could have created.

Limited: 400 signed numbered hardcover copies: $45



Working for Bigfoot by Jim Butcher

Publishers Weekly liked Jim Butcher's Working for Bigfoot just fine:

Butcher emphasizes the lighter side of his Chicago-based wizard PI, Harry Dresden, in this collection of three novellas with a common client, a Sasquatch known as River Shoulders… Butcher leavens classic hard-boiled first-person narration (‘She was blond, about five-foot-six, and my logical mind told me that every inch of her was a bad idea’) with humor in these amuse-bouches aimed squarely at longtime fans.

As soon as Jim can fit the signature pages into his ultra-hectic schedule, the book will head to the printer.


The first praise for Joe R. Lansdale’s FENDER LIZARDS

Fender Lizards by Joe R. Lansdale

The first review of Joe R. Lansdale's Fender Lizards crossed our desks recently. It comes courtesy of Adam-Troy Castro, who usually reviews for Buzzfeed:

I wanna tell you about [Fender Lizards] in the way one wants to tell everybody about any book that made him grin, that made him laugh, that made him deeply fall in love with fictional people. I want to have a crate filled with copies of this book and I want to give them to people as gifts… I concluded, again, that on the page, Joe Lansdale can do anything he wants, and none of it badly.

Remember, the signed limited edition has three original Hap Collins short stories not in the trade edition, including one that documents the first ever meeting between Hap and Leonard.




Stephen King on THE BORDER: “I dug it.”

The Border by Robert McCammon

Know this about Stephen King: He is unfailingly generous and supportive, and we're always grateful to him for it.

This morning, he tweeted about Robert McCammon's new horror/sf epic, The Border:

Rip-roaring, old school SF. Mean aliens, heroic earthlings. Subterranean Press. Late May. I dug it.

You can order a copy of the trade hardcover at the book's product page, or via bookstores online and off..



Teaching the Dog to Read by Jonathan Carroll

The first review for Jonathan Carroll's novella, Teaching the Dog to Read, has just rolled in. We'll take it.

Says Publishers Weekly:

When dream worlds collide, real lives are shaken in this biting novella… Carroll (Bathing the Lion) expands the story from internal dreamscapes to the history and prehistory of his characters and their afterlives, layering cosmic significance over the seemingly random ways in which people’s lives intersect… An abrupt late twist may strike readers as unfair, and it introduces elements that crowd the story, but it does reflect Carroll’s dedication to the skewed logic of the dream world.

Limited: 1000 signed numbered hardcover copies: $40