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Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman

Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman

There's a new edition of Neil Gaiman's Odd and the Frost Giants, epically illustrated throughout by Chris Riddell, and it may be the most gorgeous thing we've ever seen. So goregous, in fact, that we want to share copies, and have arranged to carry a limited number of them. Read on for the full details.

About the Book:

Written by New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman and illustrated by UK Laureate Chris Riddell, this new edition of the thrilling, wintry Nordic tale weaves a truly magical story of legend and adventure that will grip and enchant readers from beginning to end. This new edition is heavily illustrated and has an oversize trim, much like the New York Times bestselling The Sleeper and the Spindle.

Odd, a young Viking boy, is left fatherless following a raid, and in his icy, ancient world there is no mercy for an unlucky soul with a crushed foot and no one to protect him. Fleeing to the woods, Odd stumbles upon and releases a trapped bear…and then Odd's destiny begins to change. The eagle, bear, and fox Odd encounters are Norse gods, trapped in animal form by the evil frost giant who has conquered Asgard, the city of the gods. Now our hero must reclaim Thor's hammer, outwit the frost giants and release the gods…

First published in 2009, Odd and the Frost Giants has been reimagined by acclaimed artist Chris Riddell in the style of his epic black-and-white artwork from The Sleeper and the Spindle, enhanced here with metallic silver ink.

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Harlan Ellison’s COFFIN NAILS available again

Coffin Nails by Harlan Ellison

Charnel House is closing in on publication of the very limited (only 200 copies) Coffin Nails, Harlan Ellison's gathering of very early stories, and inform us they have ten copies left, which we're only too happy to offer to our customers. The book weighs in at a healthy 400+ pages, with an introduction by Tim Powers.

About the Book:

23 stories written in 1957/8, previously published only in original digest magazines

2 stories written in 1969 which have remained unpublished until this collection

These are among the very first steps on a sixty-year career, and have been hidden away until now in the fragile brown pages of magazines like Super Science Fiction, Amazing Stories, and Science Fiction Adventures—but they let us see an in emergence the style and urgency that came to full maturity in his latter, widely celebrated work. With this book, all of Harlan Ellison's stories so far are preserved in book form.

—from the introduction

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New Greg Egan in stock and shipping

The Four Thousand the Eight Hundred by Greg Egan

Greg Egan's The Four Thousand, the Eight Hundred is a November, title, but it's October, and the book is here, so we'll call it close enough, and start shipping. This is one of the best novellas of the past few years, and racked up some pretty impressive reviews:

From Publishers Weekly (Starred Review):

Readers who found Egan’s dense Orthogonal trilogy rough going will be pleasantly surprised by this intriguing novella, which successfully incorporates hot-button issues of intellectual property rights and government reparations for systematic bigotry into a far-future SF story. This is top-notch thought-provoking and suspenseful space opera, with impressively effective worldbuilding…

From Locus:

Egan’s relentless pursuit of the implications of his givens, his refusal to palm cards, to handwave away rational or irrational human forces (any more than the laws of physics), gives his story a terrible grace and gravity. These events, like equations, have solutions, but not resolutions – at least, none that offer comfort.

About the Book:

Camille is desperate to escape her home on colonized asteroid Vesta, journeying through space in a small cocoon pod covertly and precariously attached to a cargo ship. Anna is a newly appointed port director on asteroid Ceres, intrigued by the causes that have led so-called riders like Camille to show up at her post in search of asylum.

Conditions on Vesta are quickly deteriorating—for one group of people in particular. The original founders agreed to split profits equally, but the Sivadier syndicate contributed intellectual property rather than more valued tangible goods. Now the rest of the populace wants payback. As Camille travels closer to Ceres, it seems ever more likely that Vesta will demand the other asteroid stop harboring its fugitives.

With The Four Thousand, the Eight Hundred, acclaimed author Greg Egan offers up a stellar, novella-length example of hard science fiction, as human and involving as it is insightful and philosophical.

Limited: 1000 unsigned numbered hardcover copies: $40


THE WEIGHT OF WORDS over 85% sold out

The Weight of Words

We're happy to report that the limited edition of The Weight of Words is now 85% sold out. We've just posted some of the interior illustrations to the book's product page, so please go have a look. (This one, for example, is from Joe R. Lansdale's story.)


PW reviews Lawrence Block’s RESUME SPEED

Resume Speed

Publishers Weekly has just weighed in on Lawrence Block's newest novella, Resume Speed, and it's a good one:

In this quietly suspenseful novella… [Block’s] return to long-held thematic material harks all the way back to a man on the run for his wife’s murder in Block’s first crime novel, Sinner Man. Block reflects once more on the ravages of alcoholism, as he does so often in his Matthew Scudder series (A Drop of the Hard Stuff, etc.). For Block’s fans, this is a minimalist version of one of his early paperback original novels.

This review should be just about enought to account for the remaining unsold copies, meaning Resume Speed will be out of print on publication. If you've been waiting to order, don't delay.


Announcing THE WEIGHT OF WORDS: Stories inspired by the art of Dave McKean

The Weight of Words

We're pleased to announce The Weight of Words, a new anthology with stories inspired by the illustrations of Dave McKean. Read on for the full description and august list of contributors.

About the Book:

The consummate artistry of Dave McKean has permeated popular culture for more than thirty years. His images, at once bizarre, beautiful, and instantly recognizable, have graced an impressive array of books, CDs, graphic novels, and films. In The Weight of Words, ten of our finest contemporary storytellers, among them the artist himself, have created a series of varied, compelling narratives, each inspired by one of McKean’s extraordinary paintings. The result is a unique collaborative effort in which words and pictures enhance and illuminate each other on page after page.

The volume opens with Alastair Reynolds’ “Belladonna Nights,” set in the world of his novel, House of Suns, the ultimately poignant portrait of a thousand nights-long “reunion” held in the far reaches of space. Elsewhere in this generous book, we find a series of lovingly crafted tales featuring, among other elements, doppelgangers, lost souls and lucid dreamers. Highlights include Joe R. Lansdale’s “Robo Rapid,” a near future cautionary tale about Man vs. Machine; M. John Harrison’s “Yummie,” in which a middle-aged man experiences the hallucinatory aftermath of a heart attack; Joe Hill’s “All I Care About Is You,” the account of a pure, if temporary, friendship; Catherynne M. Valente’s extraordinary “No One Dies in Nowhere,” a tale of death and detection in the afterlife; Maria Dahvana Headley’s “The Orange Tree,” the story of an 11th century golem that is also a profound study of loneliness; and “Monkey and the Lady,” an ironic creation myth by the artist’s longtime friend and creative associate, Neil Gaiman. Together with “Train of Death,” an abbreviated account of the literal death of literature, this is one of two new stories by the always remarkable Gaiman.

The Weight of Words is the rare anthology that really does offer something for everyone. Its complementary merger of words and images adds up to something special, something more than the sum of its impressive parts. It is both a major accomplishment in itself and a long overdue tribute to an important—and necessary—artist.

The Weight of Words contains more than two dozen illustrations by Dave McKean, and is printed in two colors throughout.

Lettered: 26 signed numbered copies, specially bound, housed in a custom traycase: $500
Limited: 350 signed numbered copies, bound in leather: $100
Trade: Fully cloth-bound hardcover edition: $40

Table of Contents:

  • The Weight of Words — Dave McKean
  • Belladonna Nights — Alastair Reynolds
  • The Orange Tree — Maria Dahvanna Headley
  • Monkey and the Lady — Neil Gaiman
  • No One Dies in Nowhere — Catherynne M. Valente
  • Objects in the Mirror — Caitlin R. Kiernan
  • Yummie — M. John Harrison
  • Robo Rapid — Joe R. Lansdale
  • The Language of Birds — Dave McKean
  • Broken Face — Iain Sinclair
  • All I Care About is You — Joe Hill
  • The Train of Death — Neil Gaiman


Advance praise for COCO BUTTERNUT

Coco Butternut by Joe R Lansdale

Joe R. Lansdale's new Hap and Leonard novella, Coco Butternut, has both a cover and an advance review. Neither is too shabby. The cover is by the always tremendous Ken Laager, while the review comes to us courtesy of Kirkus, which had the following to say:

…the slide from fizzy East Texas comedy to deeper waters is so deftly managed that you'll be chuckling all the way to the graveyard.