Man in the Moon

Man in the Moon

Illustration By Phil Parks

Dustjacket and interior illustrations by Phil Parks

Subterranean Press is proud to announce an exclusive gathering of early works by James P. Blaylock!

This is first complete version of what would become The Elfin Ship, which at that time was titled The Man in the Moon. I wrote the book in around 1978, sent the typed ms. to Lester del Rey and a Xerox to my mother, who wanted to read it. Lester, of course, bought the book, but objected to the plot as it stood, asked me to throw away the second half of the book and to start over, making it 90,000 words long.  (The Man in the Moon was 60,000). The Man in the Moon himself played no part in the revised novel, nor does the moon.  I don't believe I ever got the ms. back from Lester, but instead simply began handwriting the revised book starting, as I said, about mid way through.  Where the discarded 30,000 words went I had no idea, and I long ago simply assumed I'd never see any of it again. Now, lo and behold, the ms. of the original novel surfaces.
--James P. Blaylock

That's not all! The Man in the Moon also contains an introduction by Tim Powers, long autobiographical introduction by James Blaylock, and the first Langdon St. Ives steampunk story, written more than 25 years ago, then sold to a magazine that folded before it could appear!

The Man in the Moon will contain a full-color dustjacket and black and white interior art by Phil Parks, and be available in two editions:

Limited: 750 autographed copies fully bound in cloth
Lettered: 52 autographed traycased copies bound in full leather, with an original full-color frontis not in the limited edition.

Phil Parks
James P. Blaylock
268 pages
United States
Out of Print