Blackwater Artist Edition

Blackwater Artist Edition

Illustration By Marcela Bolivar
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Dust jacket and interior illustrations by Marcela Bolivar

Afterword by John Langan.

Published by Suntup Editions.

Suntup Editions has announced a gorgeous, nearly 900 page omnibus of Michael McDowell’s Blackwater, a Southern Gothic saga of suspense, mystery, and terror, originally published as six individual volumes.

When the gracious and beautiful Elinor Dammert arrives in Perdido, Alabama on Easter Sunday in 1919, she is a stranger in the small town, desperate to fit in. She sets her sights on marrying Oscar Caskey, the eldest son of Perdido’s first family; but beneath Elinor’s charm and beauty lies a shocking secret—and beneath the waters of the Perdido River, Elinor’s true form will soon be discovered, changing the Caskey family and the town of Perdido forever.

Upon its publication in 1983, the atmospheric and character-driven family drama of Blackwater not only defied the horror genre, but elevated it. Michael McDowell was proclaimed “the finest writer of paperback originals in America” by Stephen King, and “one of the best writers of horror in this country” by Peter Straub.

Now collected as a single volume novel, Blackwater continues to be discovered and praised by new generations. One recent reviewer wrote, “Operatic, epic, and scary… Blackwater is a Southern Gothic to drown all other Southern Gothics in a muddy river. Sink into this one. You won’t regret it.”

Please note that Artist editions are not numbered.


  • 6” x 9” trim size.
  • 888 Pages.
  • Limited to 1000 copies.
  • Full cloth, smyth-sewn binding.
  • Two-hits foil stamping.
  • New exclusive afterword by John Langan. 
  • Six full-color illustrations by Marcela Bolívar.
  • Dust jacket featuring artwork by Marcela Bolívar (the only edition featuring the dust jacket).
  • Newly illustrated map of Perdido and Blackwater family tree by Maxime Plasse.
  • Signed by Marcela Bolívar and Maxime Plasse.
  • Reproductions of the original paperback covers.
  • Housed in a high gloss, embossed slipcase resembling reptilian skin.
  • Bookmark with all pre-orders.
Michael McDowell
Marcela Bolivar