At the printer
The first review of China Mieville's new novel, The Last Days of New Paris, has just landed, and it's a good one.
Here, have a taste:
Miéville (This Census-Taker) takes on the surrealists in this gritty and erudite fantasy. In 1941, a surrealist bomb exploded in Nazi-occupied Paris, unleashing thousands of manifs—physical manifestations of images taken from surrealist paintings. Some were merely whimsical; others were terrifying and dangerous. Now it’s 1950 and New Paris, as it’s called, is the epicenter of the continuing war. The chaotic city is fought over by Nazis and Parisians, both sides constantly bedeviled by the chaotic manifs. Worse still, the Nazis have made contact with hell and unleashed demons to aid their villainy…
Copies of Robert McCammon's Freedom of the Mask are leaving the SubPress warehouse at a steady clip. With coverage (like this from Elitist Book Reviews), we suspect we know why:
A majority of this novel takes place in London, and McCammon spends the time helping us get to know the city, and how it compares and contrasts against the Colonies. There is a wonderful level of detail here, but not so much that the pacing ever gets bogged down. This is perhaps one of (the many) greatest abilities in McCammon’s toolbox: his ability to keep the pacing flying forward, regardless of how much detail he adds. The goal of the story, and the goals of the various characters are never pushed to the side.
We're nigh on shipping both the limited and lettered edition of Tim Powers' time travel haunted house novel, Medusa's Web, and discovered that we undersold the lettered edition by three copies, which are first come, first served.
Both editions of the book are gorgeous, and would like fine on your shelves.
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
Lettered: 26 signed copies, specially bound, housed in a custom traycase: $500
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're pleased to announce our first project with NYTimes best-seller Kevn Hearne. The Purloined Poodle is an Iron Druid novella featuring everyone's favorite character from the series, Oberon. Among the best news of all: The Purloined Poodle goes to the printer next month!
About the Book:
Thanks to his relationship with the ancient Druid Atticus O’Sullivan, Oberon the Irish wolfhound knows trouble when he smells it—and furthermore, he knows he can handle it.
When he discovers that a prizewinning poodle has been abducted in Eugene, Oregon, he learns that it’s part of a rash of hound abductions all over the Pacific Northwest. Since the police aren’t too worried about dogs they assume have run away, Oberon knows it’s up to him to track down those hounds and reunite them with their humans. For justice! And gravy!
Engaging the services of his faithful Druid, Oberon must travel throughout Oregon and Washington to question a man with a huge salami, thwart the plans of diabolical squirrels, and avoid, at all costs, a fight with a great big bear.
But if he’s going to solve the case of the Purloined Poodle, Oberon will have to recruit the help of a Boston terrier named Starbuck, survive the vegetables in a hipster pot pie, and firmly refuse to be distracted by fire hydrants and rabbits hiding in the rose bushes.
At the end of the day, will it be a sad bowl of dry kibble for the world’s finest hound detective, or will everything be coming up sirloins?
The Purloined Poodle is another exciting novella entry in Kevin Hearne’s New York Times best-selling Iron Druid series.
Limited: 250 signed numbered copies, bound in leather: $45
Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $20
Charnel House is publishing a large (450 pages) gathering of Harlan Ellison's hitherto uncollected and never printed pulp stories from the late '50s and '60s. As there are only 200 copies of Coffin Nails, and our quantity is very limited, you might want to order early.
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 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 by Tim Powers
Limited: 200 signed numbered copies, bound in handmade Crackle paper: $300
We're pleased to announce that the TRADE hardcover of Robert McCammon's Freedom of the Mask is in stock and shipping. (If you ordered the limited or lettered editions, please be patient. Those will be along in due course.)
Freedom may just be the most exciting of the Matthew Corbett novels yet, garnering a starred review from Publishers Weekly:
McCammon’s rousing sixth yarn featuring Matthew Corbett (after 2014’s The River of Souls) transports the early 18th-century American problem solver across the Atlantic to London, where he’s clapped into hellish Newgate Prison on murder charges. Matthew quickly becomes embroiled in mysteries involving fellow inmate Daniel Defoe; a gin-running street gang, the Black-Eyed Broodies; a kidnapped Italian opera singer; and a masked avenger named Albion, whose exploits are sensationalized (along with Matthew’s) in a penny dreadful broadsheet, the Pin…
Want to read more, including an excerpt from the novel, and an interview with the author? Check out the book's product page.
The first review of Lois McMaster Bujold's new fantasy novella, Penric's Demon, just appeared, and it's a good one that will result in orders for hundreds (or thousands) of copies from our wholesalers. The bad news is that Penric is already over 90% sold out, so we're not going to come close to being able to satisty all of our accounts. If you're interested in a copy, now is a great time to place your direct order.
And that review? It's from Publishers Weekly, and reads like this:
Bujold (Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen) returns to her World of the Five Gods universe with a novella filled with a satisfying blend of strong characters and wry humor… Bujold creates a good-hearted, if somewhat naive, fellow in Penric and a fascinating multivoiced character in Desdemona. The banter between the two and the bizarre situation that Penric finds himself in add levity to this fantasy road story.
Newer publisher Meteor House plans to release A Hole in Wednesday, a new collaborative novel by Philip José Farmer and Danny Adams this summer, and we're lucky enough to be able to offer copies to our customers. One imortant note: Meteor House will be limiting the hardcover print run to the number of preordered copies, so please get your order in before June 16.
About the Book:
Philip José Farmer’s Dayworld trilogy, as well as his short story “The Sliced-Crosswise Only-On-Tuesday World,” imagines a severely overcrowded future that cures the overpopulation problem by “stoning” six-sevenths of the population each day.
Farmer began a prequel Dayworld novel, A Hole in Wednesday, but did not complete it, and Meteor House is pleased that Danny Adams has picked up the mantle. Set some time before the events in the original trilogy, the novel nonetheless has direct links to the acclaimed series, exploring the developing world and antecedent characters who vigorously challenge the life in which they find themselves trapped.
The Dayworld was born from the overpopulation and chaos of the late 21st century: live just one day out of seven, spend the rest in a suspended animation called stoning, and humanity will only need one-seventh of the resources it was consuming on its dying planet. Now, three-and-a-half centuries into this New Era—or two “subjective generations” later—everyone seems blessed with peace and abundance. But one man is about to discover that the seeds of the world’s destruction were deeply planted by the time the Dayworld began.
As with most Meteor House titles, the print run of the Signed (by Danny Adams) Hardcover Limited Edition will be determined by the number of books preordered. To ensure you get a signed copy, be sure to order no later than June 16th, 2016.
The following titles will be published by Subterranean Press in the near future:
- This Census-Taker by China Mieville
- Eternity’s Wheel by Neil Gaiman, Michael Reaves, and Mallory Reaves
- Penric’s Demon by Lois McMaster Bujold
- Medusa’s Web by Tim Powers
- A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George R. R. Martin
The following titles have been earmarked for publication by Subterranean Press:
- The Purloined Poodle by Kevin Hearne
- Early Days by Robert Silverberg
- The Four Thousand, the Eight Hundred by Greg Egan
- Dead on the Bones: Pulp on Fire by Joe R. Lansdale
- Last Train from Perdition by Robert McCammon
- The Further Adventures of Langdon St. Ives by James P. Blaylock
- The Authentic William James by Stephen Gallagher
- The Damnation Game by Clive Barker