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A starred review for David J. Schow's The Big Crush

December 14th

The Big Crush by David J Schow

David J. Schow's new novel just landed a starred review from Publishers Weekly. If you like your books heavy on wit an armament, The Big Crush is for you.

From Publishers Weeky (Starred Review):

“Schow (Upgunned) keeps the banter light and the gunplay heavy in this furiously paced spree of a thriller. Schow presents alternating chapters from the viewpoint of characters with a variety of different aliases, then torques the plot with so many outrageous twists that they cease to be unbelievable.”

Limited: 1000 signed numbered hardcover copies: $40

 

 

New Mira Grant novella shipping next

December 13th

Kingdom of Needle and Bone by Mira Grant

 

This week, we received orders for over 2000 copies of Mira Grant's new sf/horror novella, Kingdom of Needle and Bone. Alas, those orders, along with many others placed by distributors, will remain unfilled, as the print run is limited to only 1250 signed numbered copies.

We have held the last 50 copies back for our direct customers, so if you're interested, please pick on up. We suspect Mira's latest will be scarce on the ground after publication, which will be in the next week.

In other Mira news, she's turned in a long, chilling novella for 2019 publication. We'll be announcing In the Shadow of Spindrift House soon.

The Ebook of John Scalzi's Virtue Signaling now available

December 13th

Virtue Signaling and Other Heresies by John Scalzi

 

We're sold out of the print edition, but the digital version of John Scalzi's Virtue Signaling and Other Heresies is now available, for the bargain price of $4.99. Feel free to download it direct from us, or check out the book's product page for links to other vendors.

Here's a cutting from the Booklist review:

“Scalzi does not shy away from using the blog to share his opinions on politics and culture, particularly President Trump, the NRA, activism, privilege, and why avoiding controversy is a bad idea for a creative individual… The quick, conversational essays are delivered with humor, honestly, and humility and are just like Scalzi himself, ‘all over the place and a bit pixilated.’”

A first look at the cover rough for Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft

December 10th

 
Tom Kidd has just turned in the cover rough for Josiah Bancroft's Senlin Ascends, which we absolutely love. In addition to the rough, Tom outlined his plans for further dust jackets in the series:
 
"I'll start with the cover. How's this for an idea - four stackable covers that show the whole tower (or as much as can be shown) by the fourth book? They'd all require a somewhat flattened perspective, as if photographed at a great distance with a powerful telephoto lens. The first cover is at dawn and shows the lower part of the tower. Here is an example of that.
 
"I did some quick color work on it to give a dawn-like feel. The finish will be a bit more colorful, but the the same morning tint. My plan is to set the second cover atop the first cover to make sure the two match as I paint it. The next cover would be later in the day, maybe overcast with a bluish tint. If you look close, there's an airship parked in a portal on a long arching balcony about three quarters up. I'm thinking that the next cover will have a prominent airship in the foreground based on what I've read so far of the second book. Would it be okay to place an extra large crab/spider repair device on the side of the structure? It seems to me they could come in various sizes. If not, I can put on there that only a close observer might see. An idea like this tends to evolve as I paint it so new things can emerge as I go. And...of course, I'm open to suggestions. It's difficult to see, but a train is pulling into a station near the tower. You can see the smoke from its smokestack, though."
 
Limited: 500 signed numbered copies of Senlin Ascends and Arm of the Sphinx (two volumes, to be published simultaneously): $250

A starred review for Lois McMaster Bujold's The Prisoner of Limnos

December 9th

The Prisoner of Limnos by Lois McMaster Bujold

Lois McMaster Bujold's latest novella, The Prisoner of Limnos, has just garnered a starred review from Publishers Weekly, which we're only too happy to highlight:

“While the rescue lives up to Bujold’s high standards of action and has its own droll comedy as well, the real highlight here is the romance between Penric and Nikys as the two explore their growing love and how that can coexist with Desdemona, the demon who lives in Penric’s mind. This is another winner in Bujold’s already strong series.”

Preorder your copy of the signed limited edition or trade hardcover today.

 

Brandon Sanderson's Legion: Lies of the Beholder now shipping—low stock alert

December 6th

 
Copies of Brandon Sanderson's Legion: Lies of the Beholder have just hit our warehouse, and will begin shipping immediately. (Please don't write to ask when your copy will go out. We have so many orders that we'll be shipping individual orders well into next week, and having to look anything up will only slow things down.)
 
We're down to our last 100 copies of Legion: Lies of the Beholder, so if you'd like to guarantee yourself a copy, now's a great time to order direct.
 
About the Book:
 
Brandon Sanderson is one of the most significant fantasists to enter the field in a good many years. His ambitious, multi-volume epics (Mistborn, The Stormlight Archive) and Hugo Award-winning The Emperor's Soul have earned both critical acclaim and a substantial popular following. In the Legion series, distinctly contemporary novellas filled with suspense, humor, and an endless flow of invention, Sanderson has revealed a startling new facet of his singular narrative talent.
 
Stephen Leeds, AKA "Legion," is the series' hero, a man whose unique mental condition allows him to generate a multitude of personae: hallucinatory entities with a wide variety of personal characteristics and a vast array of highly specialized skills. The third and final entry in the series, Lies of the Beholder, is perhaps the strangest, most unpredictable installment to date. 
 
The story begins with two seemingly unrelated events: the disappearance of Armando, one of Stephen's many "aspects," and an unexpected cry for help from Sandra, the woman who, many years before, helped him learn to live with his condition. These events lead Stephen, along with several of his aspects, to a sinister high-tech firm specializing in advanced methods of human incarceration. The result is a visionary meditation on the mysteries of the human personality. Like the volumes that preceded it, Sanderson's latest is original, challenging, and utterly absorbing. In Stephen Leeds, a man constantly struggling to understand and control his own divided nature, he has created one of the most compelling heroes in recent popular fiction. Like the best of Sanderson's work, Lies of the Beholder is something special. It is the clear product of a master storyteller, and it is not to be missed.
 
Legion: Lies of the Beholder will feature a full-color dust jacket, and two full-page, full-color interior illustrations by Jon Foster.
 
Limited: 2500 signed numbered hardcover copies: $45

Announcing The October Man by Ben Aaronovitch

December 3rd

 The October Man by Ben Aaronovitch
 
With his long new novella, The October Man, best-selling author Ben Aaronovitch has crafted another wickedly funny and surprisingly affecting chapter in his beloved Rivers of London series.
 
About the Book:
 
With this long new novella, bestselling author Ben Aaronovitch has crafted yet another wickedly funny and surprisingly affecting chapter in his beloved Rivers of London series.
 
If you thought magic was confined to one country-think again.
 
Trier: famous for wine, Romans and being Germany's oldest city.
 
When a man is found dead with his body impossibly covered in a fungal rot, the local authorities know they are out of their depth. But fortunately this is Germany, where there are procedures for everything.
 
Enter Tobias Winter, an investigator for the Abteilung KDA, the branch of the German Federal Criminal Police which handles the supernatural. His aim is to get in, deal with the problem, and get out with the minimum of fuss, personal danger and paperwork. 
 
Together with frighteningly enthusiastic local cop, Vanessa Sommer, he quickly links the first victim to a group of ordinary middle aged men whose novel approach to their mid-life crisis may have reawakened a bloody conflict from a previous century. 
 
As the rot spreads, literally, and the suspect list extends to people born before Frederick the Great, Tobias and Vanessa will need to find allies in some unexpected places.
 
And to solve the case they'll have to unearth the secret magical history of a city that goes back two thousand years.
 
Presuming that history doesn't kill them first.
 
Limited: 2500 signed numbered hardcover copies: $40
Lettered: 26 signed leatherbound copies, housed in a custom traycase: $250

Update on Peter V. Brett's Barren

December 3rd

 
The signed limited edition of Peter V. Brett's long new Demon Cycle novella, Barren, is at the printer, and on schedule for a January release.
 
Our edition is leatherbound, with a ful-color dust jacket and five full-page interior illustrations you'll find nowhere else. 
 
Limited: 1000 signed numbered leatherbound copies: $45
 
From Publishers Weekly:
 
"Old resentments reemerge in Tibbet's Brook as a dangerous demon rises in Brett's rich final novella set in the Demon Cycle fantasy universe (after The Core)... Selia's valiant struggle to serve her community and carve out space for her own happiness perfectly showcases Brett's skill at creating an immersive fantasy world. Readers will be drawn into the hearts and minds of his characters and deeply moved by the themes of acceptance and community."

An update on Lawrence Block's A Time to Scatter Stones

December 3rd

 
By the time it reaches readers' hands, it looks as though Lawrence Block's new Matthew Scudder novella, A Time to Scatter Stones, will be our best-selling Block title ever. The book is at the printer, and on schedule for its January release.
 
Don't miss out on this publishing event. Our site shows we're down to the last 36 copies of the signed, limited edition, and we continue to receive large orders for the trade hardcover.
 
About the Book:
 
MATT SCUDDER RETURNS.
 
More than 40 years after his debut and nearly a decade since his last appearance, one of the most renowned characters in all of crime fiction is back on the case in this major new novella by Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Lawrence Block.
 
Well past retirement age and feeling his years-but still staying sober one day at a time-Matthew Scudder learns that alcoholics aren't the only ones who count the days since their last slip. Matt's longtime partner, Elaine, tells him of a group of former sex workers who do something similar, helping each other stay out of the life. But when one young woman describes an abusive client who's refusing to let her quit, Elaine encourages her to get help of a different sort. The sort only Scudder can deliver.
 
A Time to Scatter Stones offers not just a gripping crime story but also a richly drawn portrait of Block's most famous character as he grapples with his own mortality while proving to the younger generation that he's still got what it takes. For Scudder's millions of fans around the world (including the many who met the character through Liam Neeson's portrayal in the film version of A Walk Among the Tombstones), A Time to Scatter Stones is an unexpected gift-a valedictory appearance that will remind readers why Scudder is simply the best there is.
 
Limited: 500 signed numbered leatherbound copies: $45
 
Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover copies: $25
 
From Booklist (Starred Review):
 
"Block's unlicensed New York City investigator Matt Scudder debuted 40 years ago but has been absent for the last decade... Block has never been predictable, as this novella demonstrates... A superb book and a reminder to his longtime fans that this crime-fiction master hasn't lost his touch."
 
From Publishers Weekly:
 
"If brevity keeps all the usual supporting characters from returning, some nice nostalgic mentions will reassure fans that they haven't been forgotten. It's good to see Matt back in action."

Caitlin R. Kiernan -- The signed limited edition of The Dinosaur Tourist now shipping

December 3rd

 
 
The signed limited edition of Caitlin R. Kiernan's new collection, The Dinosaur Tourist, is now shipping. Thanks to everyone for their patience with this one, which ran a little late, owing to problems with the bonus volume, The Chartreuse Alphabet.
 
Our site currently shows the limited edition as sold out. We may have a few copies available once the shipping wave is done and we've had the chance to take stock. If that's so, we'll let you know ASAP. 

John Scalzi's Virtue Signaling and Other Heresies in stock and shipping

November 28th

Virtue Signaling by John Scalzi

 

We're very happy to report that, very much in time for holiday delivery, copies of John Scalzi's Virtue Signaling and Other Heresies have breached the warehouse walls, where they're being bagged, boxed, and sent on their way to eager customers. 

About the Book:

“‘Virtue signaling’ is a phrase the dim and bigoted use when they want to discount other people expressing the idea that it would be nice if we could all be essentially and fundamentally decent to each other.” -- John Scalzi

For twenty years now—yes, twenty—John Scalzi has been writing on his blog Whatever, writing about, well, whatever: Politics, writing, cats, the internet and the great social and cultural events of our times. In that time he’s gone from being just another crank online to being a bestselling, award-winning crank, i.e., the very best kind of crank there is.

With Virtue Signaling and Other Heresies, Scalzi looks back on the years 2013 through 2018. In this volume, Scalzi delves through the final term of Obama and the ushering in of the Trump years, surveys the increasingly-hostile online landscape, goes to the movies, and talks on subject ranging from #MeToo to the teachers who shaped him growing up. Through it all, Scalzi’s distinct voice—funny, sarcastic, passionate, sometimes angry, and honed by two decades of daily writing served up to hundreds of thousands of readers monthly—is on full display.

Virtue Signaling: A chronicle of a turbulent, momentous moment in time, from one of the most acclaimed science fiction authors of his time.

Limited: 1000 signed numbered hardcover copies: $40

From Booklist:

“Scalzi does not shy away from using the blog to share his opinions on politics and culture, particularly President Trump, the NRA, activism, privilege, and why avoiding controversy is a bad idea for a creative individual… The quick, conversational essays are delivered with humor, honestly, and humility and are just like Scalzi himself, ‘all over the place and a bit pixilated.’”

Announcing the signed leatherbound edition of The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson

November 28th

The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson

 

Please note: We are now sold out of our allotment of The Hero of Ages. Thanks to everyone who preordered a copy.
 
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Each year for the past few, Brandon Sanderson's Dragonsteel Entertainment has issued a new gorgeous signed leatherbound edition around this time.
 
This year, it's the The Hero of Ages turn, which once again promises to be an essential volume for Brandon's many fans.
 
The books are not on sale -- yet. We've been asked by Brandon's team not to put our copies up for sale until 12:01 am EST on November 26, 2018. (Assuming I can drag myself out of bed, that's when the book will go live on our site.)
 
Our quantity of The Hero of Ages is NOT inexhaustible, and we're featured prominently on Brandon's site as a place to snag a copy, so you might want to order early or risk disappointment.
 
Please note that we are not able to take requests for specific numbers for this title.
 
The final volume to the Mistborn Era 1 Trilogy, the Dragonsteel edition of The Hero of Ages is bound in premium bonded-leather, and the pages are smyth-sewn, not glued like most regular books. 
 
The Hero of Ages is printed in two-color offset black and red inks on quality, acid-free paper, includes a bound-in satin-ribbon bookmark, gilded pages, and two-color foiling on the cover. A 24-page four-color offset art gallery starts off the edition and features never-before seen artwork and fan art. 
 
Signed Leatherbound Edition: $100

Announcing At Home in the Dark edited by Lawrence Block

November 25th

At Home in the Dark edited by Lawrence Block We're thrilled to announce At Home in the Dark, a large anthology of brand new stories, including contributions by SubPress favorites Joe Hill and Joe R. Lansdale. I like to think of Joe Hill's near novella length "Faun" as a dark trip to Narnia, while Joe R. Lansdale's "The Senior Girls Bayonet Drill Team" is a tale he told me of first penning years ago, and then losing. Well, it appears he's found the magic twenty years on from our first conversation about the story, and managed to mine a gem.

About the Book:

The crime fiction canopy's a broad one, with room to give shelter to writing of all sorts, as editor Lawrence Block shows with At Home in the Dark

“Some of these stories have one or both feet planted in another genre. James Reasoner's story is a period western, Joe Lansdale's is bleakly dystopian, and Joe Hill's novelette slithers through a little doorway into another world. 

“And now that I've singled out those three, I suppose I should go ahead and list the rest of the gang: N. J. Ayres, Laura Benedict, Jill D. Block, Richard Chizmar, Hilary Davidson, Jim Fusilli, Elaine Kagan, Warren Moore, Joyce Carol Oates, Ed Park, Nancy Pickard, Thomas Pluck, Wallace Stroby, and Duane Swierczynski.

“If you're looking for a common denominator, two come to mind. They're all dark stories, with nothing cozy or comforting about them. And every last one of them packs a punch.

“Which is to say that they’re all very much At Home in the Dark—and we can thank O. Henry, master of the surprise ending, for our title. ‘Turn up the lights,’ he said on his deathbed. ‘I don’t want to go home in the dark.’”

Limited: 500 numbered hardcover copies, signed by the editor: $50

Table of Contents:

-- Foreword: It’s Getting Dark in Here — Lawrence Block
-- Hot Pants — Elaine Kagan
-- The Eve of Infamy — Jim Fusilli
-- Night Rounds — James Reasoner
-- The Flagellant — Joyce Carol Oates
-- The Things I’d Do — Ed Park
-- Favored to Death — N. J. Ayres
-- Rough Mix — Warren Moore
-- This Strange Bargain — Laura Benedict
-- The Senior Girls Bayonet Drill Team — Joe R. Landale
-- If Only You Would Leave Me — Nancy Pickard
-- Giant’s Despair — Duane Swierczynski 
-- Whistling in the Dark — Richard Chizmar
-- O Swear Not by the Moon — Jill D. Block
-- Nightbound — Wallace Stroby
-- The Cucuzza Curse — Thomas Pluck
-- Cold Comfort — Hilary Davidson
-- Faun — Joe Hill

Announcing the UK signed limited edition of Cardinal Black

November 20th

Cardinal Black UK signed limited edition by Robert McCammon

SST Publications will be publishing a signed limited edition of Robert McCammon’s new novel, Cardinal Black, and we’re happy to report that we’ll be getting a handful of copies.

About the Book:

Cardinal Black is the latest installment in Robert McCammon's unique series of historical thrillers featuring Matthew Corbett, professional problem solver, who has been called "the Early American James Bond."

December 1703 finds Berry Grigsby living as Mary Lynn Nash in a small English village where she has fallen victim to Professor Fell's involuntary drug experiments. Her mind is quickly deteriorating under the drug’s influence, and the only way to save her is a potion book that was stolen in an attack on the village orchestrated by a mysterious madman going by the name Cardinal Black.

Matthew Corbett has volunteered to travel with Julian Devane, a self-proclaimed "fool and bad man" in the employ of Professor Fell, to hunt down the potion book. They follow the trail to London, where the book will be sold at a secret auction. Matthew and Julian manage to secure a seat at the auction by masquerading as respected and feared underground operatives, but to prevail in their high-stakes mission, they will require help from a very unlikely source. Even if they are successful, their race to save Berry Grigsby will leave a trail of destruction in its wake.

Cardinal Black is another extraordinary achievement from one of America's most skilled authors, and it features some of the most memorable, compelling, and chilling characters in the Matthew Corbett series to date, each with their own competing agendas. This masterful historical adventure is perfectly balanced for long-time fans of the series and new readers alike who are now joining the adventure.

Signed & Slipcased Numbered Limited Edition:

-- Limited to only 474 signed & hand numbered copies
-- Special illustrated signature page personally signed by the author & artist
-- Printed on a specialty thicker acid-free paper stock reserved for higher-end limited editions
-- Bound in Silk with coloured head and tail bands. (This silk-bound special edition comes without a dust jacket to properly display the beautiful material and foil stamping illustration)
-- Hot foil stamping on the front boards and spine
-- Offset printed and bound with full-colour custom marbled endpapers
-- Sewn binding for increased durability
-- Featuring FIVE full-colour interior illustrations printed on a special gloss stock & tipped into the book
-- Sewn-in ribbon page marker 
-- Housed in a custom-made slipcase
-- Extremely limited ONE-TIME printing of only 474 copies!
-- Only $110

Announcing Morning Star by Pierce Brown

November 18th

Morning Star by Pierce Brown

We're pleased to announce the signed, limited edition of Morning Star by Pierce Brown, the third novel in the Red Rising saga. (For those interested, we've just gone to contract on the next three books in the series. Those who own Morning Star will get first crack at Iron Gold.)

Once again, as with other books in the series, the killer dust jacket art is by Tommy Arnold.
 
Important Note: Only those who own the lettered edition of Golden Son may order the lettered edition of Morning Star at this time. We'll announce when ordering is open to the general public.

Anyone may order the limited edition of Morning Star in the following fashion:

1. If you own a limited number of Golden Son you wish to match, please order a “matching number” of Morning Star. Please mention your copy number when checking out.

2. If you do not own a copy of Golden Son, please order a “non-matching number” of Morning Star.

About the Book:
 
Darrow au Andromedus ascended Gold society with the dream of building a better world for the Reds. The Golds continue to take from him. They have taken his wife and now his liberty, imprisoned and tortured by the ArchGovernor of Mars, just as they enslaved his people. But they can not take away his dream. Darrow will not relinquish his goal of dismantling the hierarchy once and for all.
 
It is time for Darrow and his comrades to face their powerful enemies. It is time for the revolution to begin. 
But this war will not be easily won. Certain of the knowledge that the masters will fight to death to keep them down, Darrow's best hope is to lift up those kept chained in darkness.
 
Limited: 750 signed numbered hardcover copies: $80
 
Lettered: 26 signed leatherbound copies, housed in a custom traycase: $300

Announcing R is for Rocket and S is for Space by Ray Bradbury

November 15th

R is for Rocket and S is Space by Ray Bradbury

We’re delighted to announce that we’ll be getting copies of PS Publishing’s omnibus of R Is for Rocket and S Is for Space by Ray Bradbury. The collections will come housed in a slipcase illustrated by Tomislav Tikulin and each story will feature a greyscale illustration from Glenn Chadbourne

A limited numbered edition (1000 copies signed by the artists) housed in an illustrated slipcase and including the omnibus collections R IS FOR ROCKET and S IS FOR SPACE with each story featuring a greyscale illustration from Glenn Chadbourne.

About the Book: 

In a career spanning more than seventy years, Ray Bradbury has inspired generations of readers to dream, think, and create. A prolific author of hundreds of short stories and close to fifty books, as well as numerous poems, essays, operas, plays, teleplays, and screenplays, Bradbury was one of the most celebrated writers of our time.

Limited: 1000 numbered copies signed by the artists, housed in an illustrated slipcase: $85

CONTENTS—R Is for Rocket

-- Forewords by Ray Harryhausen & Michael Marshall Smith
-- Introduction by Ray Bradbury
-- R is for Rocket
--The End of the Begining
-- The Fog Horn
-- The Rocket
-- The Rocket Man
-- The Golden Apples of the Sun
-- A Sound of Thunder
-- The Long Rain
-- The Exiles
-- Here There Be Tygers
-- The Strawberry Window
-- The Dragon
-- The Gift
-- Frost and Fire
-- Uncle Einar
-- The Time Machine
-- The Sound of Summer Running

CONTENTS—S Is for Space

-- The Bradbury Chronicles by Arthur C. Clarke
-- Perilous Seas in Fairylands Forlorn by Tim Powers
-- Introduction by Ray Bradbury
-- Chrysalis
-- Pillar of Fire
-- Zero Hour
-- The Man
-- Time in Thy Flight
-- The Pedestrian
-- Hail and Farewell
-- Invisible Boy
-- The Exiles
-- Come into My Cellar
-- The Million-Year Picnic
-- The Screaming Woman
-- The Smile
-- Dark They Were, and Golden-Eyed
-- The Trolley
-- The Flying Machine
-- Icarus Montgolfier Wright

 

C. Robert Cargill's Sea of Rust in stock and shipping

November 15th

Sea of Rust by C Robert Cargill

 

C. Robert Cargill's crowd-pleaser of a "robot western" Sea of Rust is in stock and shipping now. If you haven’t picked this one up yet, you might want to get your order in. Take it from #1 NYT bestseller Joe Hill, who had this to say:“Sea of Rustis a forty-megaton cruise missile of a novel—it’ll blow you away and lay waste to your heart. It is the most visceral, relentless, breathtaking work of SF in any medium since Mad Max: Fury Road.”

Limited: 500 signed numbered hardcover copies: $80

Caitlin R. Kiernan's The Dinosaur Tourist trade hardcover sold out; very few limiteds remain

November 15th

The Dinosaur Tourist by Caitlin R. Kiernan

We’ve finished shipping copies of the trade edition of Caitlín R. Kiernan’s The Dinosaur Tourist, which is now sold out. We expect to begin shipping copies of the limited edition as soon as the bonus volume, The Chartreuse Alphabet, arrives in the warehouse, and it’s over 90% sold out. 

In a starred review, Publishers Weekly said: “This superb collection of 19 genre-bending reprints is distinguished by gorgeous prose, haunting beauty, and visceral imagery… Kiernan puts her exceptional talent for navigating the dark, cold depths of Lovecraftian mythos to excellent use in ‘Far from Any Shore’ and ‘Excerpts from an Eschatology Quadrille,’ both featuring artifacts that leave chaos and madness in their wake, and the glorious ‘The Cats of River Street (1925),’ about a ragtag group of cats that are the only thing standing between humanity and the tentacled horrors of the deeps.”

Limited: 600 signed numbered hardcover copies, with bonus hardcover The Chartreuse Alphabet$60

 

Announcing Senlin Ascends and Arm of the Sphinx by Josiah Bancroft

November 13th

Senlin Ascends and Arm of the Sphinx by Josiah Bancroft

We’re pleased to announce that we’ll be publishing signed limited editions of Josiah Bancroft’s beloved series, The Books of Babel, with the first two installments (Senlin Ascends and Arm of the Sphinx) due to be published simultaneously as separate books, but sold only in pairs.

Important Note:

-- Customers may order only one limited edition and lettered edition set per household.
-- Ordering the first pair of novels will give you access to the exclusive preorder period for books three and four. (We aim to publish them simultaneously, if circumstances allow.)

Our editions will be: 

-- Oversized.
-- Printed in two-colors throughout.
-- Featuring full-color dust jackets and four full-color interior illustrations per book by Tom Kidd.
-- We’re still working on details for the lettered editions, but they will be special, we assure you.

Each set will contain a matched numbered or lettered copy of both Senlin Ascends and Arm of the Sphinx.

Senlin Ascends (The Books of Babel, volume one):

While honeymooning in the Tower of Babel, Thomas Senlin loses his wife, Marya.

The Tower of Babel is the greatest marvel of the Silk Age. Immense as a mountain, the ancient Tower holds unnumbered ringdoms, warring and peaceful, stacked one on the other like the layers of a cake. It is a world of geniuses and tyrants, of airships and steam engines, of unusual animals and mysterious machines.

Thomas Senlin, the mild-mannered headmaster of a small village school, is drawn to the Tower by scientific curiosity and the grandiose promises of a guidebook. The luxurious Baths of the Tower seem an ideal destination for a honeymoon, but soon after arriving, Senlin loses Marya in the crowd. Senlin’s search for Marya carries him through madhouses, ballrooms, and burlesque theaters. He must survive betrayal, assassination, and the long guns of a flying fortress.

But if he hopes to ever find his wife, Thomas Senlin must do more than survive. This quiet man of letters must become a man of action.

 

Arm of the Sphinx (The Books of Babel, volume two):

The adventure continues!

Forced by necessity into a life of piracy, Senlin and his crew struggle to survive aboard their stolen airship. Senlin’s search for his lost wife continues, even as her ghost hounds his every step. But the Tower of Babel proves to be as difficult to reenter as it was to escape.

While searching for an unguarded port, Senlin encounters the camp of Luc Marat, who seems equal parts bandit and humanitarian. One thing is for certain: his asylum for the downtrodden hods is not as peaceful as it appears.

In desperation, Senlin turns to the mysterious and dangerous Sphinx, with whom Edith shares a terrible bond. They discover the Sphinx’s help does not come cheaply. 

Senlin is soon faced with an impossible choice between his friends, his freedom, and his wife.

Limited: 400 signed numbered hardcover copies, two book set: $250

Lettered: 26 signed, specially bound copies, housed in a custom traycase, two book set: $1000

Another rave for Lawrence Block's A Time to Scatter Stones

November 7th

A Time to Scatter Stones by Lawrence BlockWe're only too happy to share part of the starred review that Lawrence Block's Matthew Scudder novella, A Time to Scatter Stones, received from Booklist:

“Block's unlicensed New York City investigator Matt Scudder debuted 40 years ago but has been absent for the last decade… Block has never been predictable, as this novella demonstrates… A superb book and a reminder to his longtime fans that this crime-fiction master hasn't lost his touch.”

Larry's new novella is selling ridiculously well. We don't expect the limited to last long past the pub date, if that long, and the trade hardcover might follow suit quickly.

Limited: 500 signed numbered leatherbound copies: $45

Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $25

The Return of the Grab Bags

November 6th

 

 

Grab Bags

Update: The Grab Bags are now sold out. Many thanks to everyone who ordered.

 

We're back with one of our most popular promotions -- the Grab Bags.

The Grab Bags are currently being assembled, and will begin shipping immediately.

Each bag will contain a mix of signed limited editions (not PC copies) and trade hardcovers. We expect each to contain approximately 10 books, with a guaranteed retail value of $450 or greater. Some of the books may be distributor returns, and not perfect, but at the price, we think you'll agree the overall package can't be beat. Most of the titles we're using have never before been offered in a Grab Bag, so you're bound to find a good supply of new reading material.

Please note that If you purchase more than one grab bag, you're very likely to receive the same or similar contents.

Each Grab Bag is only $150!

A starred review for Mira Grant's Kingdom of Needle and Bone

November 2nd

Kingdom of Needle and Bone by Mira Grant

 

Mira Grant's new novella, Kingdom of Needle and Bone, just picked up a starred review from Booklist. Here's the highlight:

“Thrilling and chilling, this all too plausible novella is less science fiction and more a nightmarish extrapolation of current medical trends.”

Given how strong direct sales have been, and how well the novella has been reviewed, we're absolutlely certain that it will be out of print on publication.

Limited: 1250 signed numbered hardcover copies: $40

Announcing Perfunctory Affection by Kim Harrison

October 29th

Perfunctory Affection by Kim Harrison

We're absolutely delighted to announce a new novel by best-seller Kim Harrison. Don't sleep on picking up a copy of PERfunctory afFECTION, as the print run is much smaller than is usual for Kim's novels.

About the Book:

Is it better to live a lie of perfection when the truth is too ugly to survive?

Meg wants a normal life. Her new artistic style, born in the depression of her mother’s death, is poised to take the art world by storm, if she could just overcome the debilitating anxiety caused by the car accident that scarred her boyfriend, Austin. Encouraged by her therapist, Meg pushes outside her comfort zone to befriend Haley, a guest instructor at the university where Meg teaches. Haley is everything Meg wants to be: charismatic, confident, and perfect, but when Austin expresses his worry that Haley is changing Meg too fast and leads her to realize that Austin is trying to keep her afraid and needing him, Meg kicks him out of her life. Or at least, she tries.

Kim Harrison, author of the number one bestselling Urban Fantasy Hollows series, brings to life a world terrifyingly near to our own, where what’s real and what shouldn’t exist twine together in the madness of a troubled mind desperate for a way out. But when the truth is reveled, the question remains, is it better to live a lie of perfection, or cleave to an ugly reality that will destroy you?

Limited: 1500 signed numbered hardcover copies: $40

Lettered: 26 signed leatherbound copies, housed in a custom traycase: $250

 

Announcing The Long Way Home by Richard Chizmar

October 26th

The Long Way Home by Richard Chizmar

We’re happy to announce that we’ll be getting copies of Richard Chizmar’s huge new collection, The Long Way Home, coming soon from PS Publishing.

About the Book:

Gathered here for the first time ever are seventeen short stories, two essays, and a short script by award winning and New York Times bestselling author, Richard Chizmar.

Eerie, suspenseful, poignant, the stories in The Long Way Home run the gamut from horror to suspense, crime to dark fantasy, mainstream to mystery. This brand new collection features more than 100,000 words of short fiction, as well as more than 5,000 words of autobiographical Story Notes. Chizmar’s previous short story collection, A Long December, was published in 2016 to starred reviews from Library Journal and Kirkus, and was included on numerous “Best Books of the Year” lists. Entertainment Weekly gave the book high praise: “Each tale is a magic trick, luring you toward the light while leading you down an ever-darkening path. There is hope mingled with horror, and that’s Chizmar’s secret power. His storytelling always beats with a huge, passionate heart.”

Stephen King says he writes “terrific stories served with a very large slice of Disquiet Pie,” and with The Long Way Home, Richard Chizmar has taken his evocative and compelling storytelling to an entirely new level.

Limited: 200 signed numbered hardcover copies: $90

Table of Contents:

-- The Man Behind the Mask

-- The Bad Guys

-- The Meek Shall Inherit…

-- Silent Night

-- Widow’s Point

-- My Father and Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine

-- The Witch

-- A Nightmare on Elm Lane

-- Dirty Coppers

-- Mischief

-- The Man in the Black Sweater

-- Odd Numbers

-- The Hunch

-- Roses and Raindrops

-- Stephen King at 70: A Tribute to the Gunslinger

-- The Association

-- The Sculptor

-- Murder House script

-- The Custer Files

-- The Long Way Home

-- Story Notes

Jeff VanderMeer's The Complete Borne now shipping

October 23rd

The Complete Borne by Jeff VanderMeer

 

We've started shipping the signed limited edition of Jeff VanderMeer's The Complete Borne. We'll probably be sending out copies until early next week. (The lettered edition is still a few months off.)

Enjoy your flying bears, everyone.

Pierce Brown's Golden Son publication nears!

October 22nd

Golden Son by Pierce Brown

 

We're mere days from beginning shipping Pierce Brown's Golden Son, which is now over 90% sold out. We also have a great dust jacket illustration (by Tommy Arnold, natch!) on hand for the third volume, Morning Star, which we plan to design soon.

Limited: 750 signed numbered hardcover copies: $80

 

An update on Kevin Hearne things, with Oberon

October 22nd

Hexed by Kevin Hearne

 

Kevin Hearne's Iron Druid Chronicles novel, Hexed, bounds closer to publication by the day. We're only too happy to share with you the frontispiece that Galen Dara was kind enough to contribute to the volume, and to let you know that we already have the third of the Iron Druid Chronicles, Hammered, under contract, due for pubication in late 2019. We'll begin working on that one soon. 

Limited: 500 signed numbered hardcover copies: $80

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Death and Honey

In additional Kevin Hearne news, you can check out an excerpt from the most excellent anthology, Death & Honey, to which he has contributed an Oberon-narrated novella, which pleases everyone.

Also, pleasing everyone around the SubPress offices are new novellas by Delilah S. Dawson (wearing her Lila Bowen guise) and Chuck Wendig. Death & Honey is truly full of top-shelf entertainments. As mentioned, if you head over to the product page, you can check out excerpts from Kevin's story, and from Lila's and Chuck's as well.

Each of the three novellas will include a full-color illustration by Galen Dara.

Limited: 1500 signed numbered hardcover copies: $45

Lettered: 52 signed leatherbound copies, housed in a custom traycase: $300

Announcing Cruel Fate by Kelley Armstrong

October 18th

Cruel Fate by Kelley Armstrong

 

With Cruel FateNew York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong weaves an unmissable novella-length tale connected to her fan-favorite Cainsville series.

About the Book:

Three years after discovering that her biological parents are convicted serial killers, Olivia finally has her life back, and it’s better than ever. She loves her new job, as investigator for notorious defense attorney Gabriel Walsh. She has Gabriel, too, as they settle in together, dividing their time between Chicago and Cainsville. Olivia’s also settled into her role as the legendary Mallt-y-Nos to Cainsville’s fae population.

The only dream unfulfilled is seeing her father freed from jail, where he’s been wrongly imprisoned for over twenty years. Now that wish is finally coming true. Todd Larsen is a free man. Someone, however, doesn’t want him to stay that way. Todd may have been in prison for crimes he didn’t commit, but there’s one he did—the murder of a serial killer, whose death launched the chain of events that led to Todd’s incarceration.

Before Todd can settle in with Olivia and Gabriel, the body of his one and only victim surfaces, along with planted clues directing the police to their doorstep. Does someone have a personal grudge against Todd? Or is it a fae targeting Olivia with the one threat she can’t ignore? Olivia needs to find out who’s behind this, before her father is ripped from her again…for good this time.

The signed limited edition includes not only the thrilling novella, but:

-- Is signed by Kelley Armstrong and artist Xaviere Daumarie on a special signature page;

-- Contains four full-page full color interior illustrations;

-- Includes full-color endsheets (different images for the front and back of the book);

-- Is bound in leather!

Limited: 500 signed numbered copies, bound in leather, with full-color interior illustrations: $48

Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $28

James S. A. Corey's Babylon's Ashes shipping

October 18th

Babylons Ashes by James S A Corey

 

The signed limited edition of James S. A. Corey's Babylon's Ashes has hit the top of the shipping queue. We'll be sending out copies today, and into the first half of next week. (The lettered edition is still a few months off, as we wait for traycases to be constructed.)

We're already at work on the next installment, Persepolis Rising, so look for an announcement soon!

N. K. Jemisin's The Stone Sky shipping

October 16th

The Stone Sky by N K Jemisin

 

The signed limited edition of N. K. Jemisin's Hugo award-winning The Stone Sky is shipping. We're ecstatic to have played a small part in publishing this landmark series.

Thanks to each and every reader who supported it, by buying our edition, or any other.

Announcing Death & Honey, with new novellas by Kevin Hearne, Lila Bowen, and Chuck Wendig

October 7th

Death and Honey

 

We're pleased to announce Death & Honey, a fully-illustrated anthology with new novellas by Kevin Hearne, Lila Bowen, and Chuck Wendig.

Galen Dara has contributed the full-color cover, a full-color illustration for each story, and a full-color frontispiece. We don't expect copies of this one to last long.

About the Book:

Death & Honey contains three novellas by New York Times bestsellers Delilah S. Dawson, Kevin Hearne, and Chuck Wendig. Each of the stories features a full-color, full-page illustration by Galen Dara, who also contributed the cover and a full-color frontispiece.

In The Buzz Kill by Kevin Hearne, Oberon the Irish wolfhound and Starbuck the Boston Terrier sink their teeth into a new Meaty Mystery when they discover a body underneath a beehive in Tasmania. It’s been badly stung, but the bees aren’t at fault: This is homicide. The hounds recruit the help of their Druid, Atticus O’Sullivan, and the Tasmanian police to track down the killer in the interest of a reward—but this time, they want more than food and justice.  

Grist of Bees, by Delilah S. Dawson writing as Lila Bowen, follows Rhett Walker, who has given up his destiny as the monster-hunting Shadow to settle down with his beloved Sam. But when the call to action grows too strong, Rhett saddles up to follow a peculiar bee into the unforgiving desert. The bee leads him to a weeping mother in a strangely prosperous valley, and Rhett has no choice but to hunt the creature that's stolen her child—even if it destroys a land of milk and honey.

Interlude: Tanager by Chuck Wendig returns us to the world of Miriam Black. Lauren “Wren" Martin is a young psychic woman who can see the stained souls of killers; it is her gift, or as she sees it, her curse. And up until now, it has been her mission to kill those killers, to remove them from the pattern so that they may not murder again. But now, after a death that may not have been deserved, she’s left rudderless, without plan or purpose, until a woman with a strange power of her own takes her in and gives her a new mission—and a new target.

Limited:1500 signed numbered hardcover copies: $45

Lettered: 52 signed leatherbound copies, housed in a custom traycase: $300

Down to the last fifty copies of Joe R. Lansdale's Driving to Geronimo's Grave

October 4th

Driving to Geronimos Grave by Joe R Lansdale

The next title in our shipping queue is Joe R. Lansdale's Driving to Geronimo's Grave and Other Stories. Copies are due in our warehouse any day, and we'll start shipping asap. We've reserved the last fifty copies to sell direct, so pick one up if you're of a mind. Due to the high volume of distributor and online retailer orders, this may be the last time we have copies to offer to individuals.

A few of the glowing reviews for Driving to Geronimo's Grave:

From Publishers Weekly:

“Lansdale (Hap and Leonard) ranges far afield in this short but sharp collection of six stories in a variety of genres… And saving the best for last, Lansdale adds to his history of black cowboy legend Nat Love, sending the marshal after four escaped murderers who also incur the wrath of one big, bad momma grizzly. Lansdale provides consistent entertainment for readers of all genres, not only in his fiction but also in the chatty intro and in afterwords of each yarn.”

From Booklist:

“There is certainly horror in the as-Lovecraftian-as-you'd-expect ‘In the Mad Mountains,’ but there are also forays into Depression-era crime fiction, robot-apocalypse sf, and a western tale featuring an enraged bear. Despite the genre hopping, Lansdale's storytelling skills make each piece worthwhile. It's especially impressive how distinct each story feels: style and dialogue seem perfectly attuned to each genre's demands, though the writing is equally strong throughout.”

From Kirkus Reviews:

“There is a note of both nostalgia and brutality that runs through these stories. Eras such as the Depression and the 1950s are evoked in terms that have less to do with naturalism than with popular iconography… A hard-nosed and evocative set of stories that carry a rough-hewn pleasure.”

Limited: 1500 signed numbered hardcover copies: $40

 

Peter S. Beagle's The Last Unicorn: The Lost Journey coming soon

October 3rd

The Last Unicorn The Lost Journey by Peter S. Beagle

Next month will see the release of Peter S. Beagle's The Last Unicorn: The Lost Journey. The main text is the same as the novella-length fragment we published in 2007 which now sells for hundreds of dollars on the secondary market. This edition is limited to only 250 numbered copies, illustrated, signed by Peter, with an introduction by Patrick Rothfuss, a preface by Carrie Vaughn, and original interior illustrations by Stephanie Law.

Our quantity of this title is not unlimited, so we suggest ordering soon if you'd like a copy.

About the Book:

Commemorating the 50th anniversary of The Last Unicorn

Here is the newly-illustrated origin of Peter S. Beagle’s most famous creation. Discover her might-have-been journey, both appealingly familiar and wonderfully strange 

Peter S. Beagle first imagined his beloved heroine when he was twenty-three, half a decade before she sprang into the world. Now the Last Unicorn’s fantastical origins are recaptured in this lovely commemorative hardcover. Here you will discover the eighty-five page genesis of Beagle’s masterpiece, his own wry musings upon his early career, charming original illustrations, and tributes from modern fantasy legends Patrick Rothfuss and Carrie Vaughn.

In this wonderfully strange adventure, a brave unicorn leaves her solitary life behind, determined to discover if she is the last of her kind. She is forewarned by a forlorn dragon and befuddled by a chatty butterfly; her unfamiliar traveling companion will be an exiled demon with a split personality and a penchant for philosophy.

Somewhere between mythology, modernity, and magic, the Last Unicorn has found herself on the road less traveled by…until now.

Limited: 250 signed numbered hardcover copies: $100

Publishers Weekly on Tim Powers' More Walls Broken

October 2nd

More Walls Broken by Tim Powers

 

Early word is that Tim Powers' new novella, More Walls Broken, is most excellent. Check out part of what Publishers Weekly had say:

“Three professors fumble their way through opening gates to increasing disaster in Powers’s enjoyable novella… He likewise weaves in dark humor amid the professors’ nerve-racking attempts to fix the ‘walls’ between realities. If the tropes inherent in crossing parallel dimensions are overly familiar, Powers (Alternate Routes) puts his own small twists on them, keeping readers guessing about how he’s going to clean up the mess—though some messes may not be cleanable.”

Limited: 500 signed numbered hardcover copies, bound in leather, with exclusive full-color plates: $60

Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover copy: $25

New Harlan Ellison books coming later this month

October 2nd

Bloods a Rover Edgeworks Abbey Edition

 

Later this month, Edgeworks Abbey, Harlan Ellison's personal imprint, will release four new titles. We're not carrying copies, but recommend them wholeheartedly.

They include:

Brain Movies Presents Blood's a Rover — As the contents show, this is not a reprint of our recent book of the same title. This volume focuses on the development of the teleplay, following its development through several drafts, while our edition was tasked with telling the complete story in a linear fashion, in both prose and teleplay. (This book consists of screen-oriented material.)

FOE: Friends of Ellison —  named for the organization created by Peter David to combat The Enemies of Ellison, assembles previously uncollected essays on Harlan’s pals. Some were written for books by the subjects, some were written for convention programs honoring the subjects, and far too many were written to lament the loss of the subjects.

Why Do You Call Me Ishmael When You Know My Name is Bernie? — gathers an omnifarious array of Ellisonian essays that use popular culture as a window on sociology and politics, art as an insight into the human soul, and Dashiel Hammett for an English lesson.

Brain Movies Volume 8 — Includes "Man without Time" teleplay material, "Flintlock" treatment and first-draft teleplay, and all of the material written for the never-finished "Dark Destroyer".

 

Announcing Changes by Jim Butcher

October 1st

Changes by Jim Butcher

 

We're pleased to announce the signed limited edition of Jim Butcher's Dresden Files novel, Changes, which features a full-color dust jacket and a number of full-page black-and-white interior illustrations by Vincent Chong. Please get your order in early to continue collecting this landmark series.

Important Notes:

1. Only those who own the lettered edition of Turn Coat may order the lettered edition of Changes.

2. Anyone may order the signed limited edition of Changes. If you would like your number of Changes to match your number of Turn Coat, please let us know the number you're requesting when checking out.

About the Book:

Subterranean Press is proud to announce the twelfth of Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files novels, in a deluxe collectable hardcover, meant to give a lifetime of enjoyment.

Our edition of Changes will be printed on 80# Finch Opaque, our preferred paper for higher-end limited editions, with a number of full-page interior illustrations, as well as a full-color dust jacket. Vincent Chong will once again be handling the illustrations.

Limited: 500 numbered hardcovers, signed by author: $85

Lettered: 26 copies, bound in leather and cloth, signed by author, housed in a custom traycase: $325

Announcing Horns by Joe Hill

September 30th

Horns by Joe Hill

 

Suntup Press is at it again. They're following their glorious edition of Misery with what will be a stunning productions of Joe Hill's dark fantasy novel, Horns. We've managed to lock in a handful of copies of the Artist Gift Edition for our customers, which we don't expect to last long.

About the Book:

A dark fantasy novel originally published in 2010, Horns is the book with which TIME Magazine proclaimed, “Joe Hill has emerged as one of America’s finest horror writers.” Horns follows the story of Ig Parish. After the brutal murder of his girlfriend Merrin Williams, a grief-stricken Ig awakens one morning to find horns growing out of his head. Ig soon discovers the horns hold a mysterious power that forces people to reveal their deepest and darkest secrets to him as he defends his innocence and fights to avenge the death of his one true love.

Horns was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award and hailed by the Los Angeles Times as “a richly nuanced story. Fire and brimstone have rarely looked this good.” In 2013, the novel was adapted into a film starring Daniel Radcliffe, which made its debut at The Toronto International Film Festival before receiving a theatrical release on October 31, 2014.

Horns measures 6" x 9", and features twelve full-color illustrations by Magdalena Kaczan, as well as a full color wrap-around dust jacket. 

ARTIST GIFT EDITION

-- Smyth-Sewn binding.
-- Full cloth covering.
-- Two-hits foil stamping
-- Silk head and tail bands.
-- Beautiful full-color wrap around dust jacket art by Magdalena Kaczan, only available on the Artist Gift edition.
-- Offset printed.
-- Housed in a custom printed slipcase.
-- Signed by Magdalena Kaczan.

Sea of Rust sent to the printer

September 28th

Sea of Rust by C Robert Cargill

C. Robert Cargill's crowd-pleasing "robot western" Sea of Rust has just made its way to the printer, where it'll incubate for the next six-to-eight weeks before emerging into the world.

We're not alone in thinking this is one stellar book.

According to Joe Hill:

Sea of Rust is a forty-megaton cruise missile of a novel—it’ll blow you away and lay waste to your heart. It is the most visceral, relentless, breathtaking work of SF in any medium since Mad Max: Fury Road.”

If that's not enough, here are a couple of additional raves:

From Publishers Weekly (Starred Review):

“Cargill…effectively takes a grim look at a war-torn future where our nonhuman successors face complex moral dilemmas, exploring what it means to be alive and aware [….] This action-packed adventure raises thought-provoking and philosophical questions.”

From Kirkus Reviews:

“Innovative worldbuilding, a tight plot, and cinematic action sequences make for an exciting ride through a blasted landscape full of dying robots.”

Limited: 500 signed numbered hardcover copies: $80

Time is running out to preorder a signed copy of John Scalzi's The Consuming Fire

September 28th

The Consuming Fire by John Scalzi

John Scalzi is set to visit SubPress in just a couple of short weeks to sign and inscribe copies of his acclaimed new novel, The Consuming Fire.

We received copies in our warehouse yesterday, and are going through them one-by-one to make sure they're up to snuff. We may have a few copies left over after John's visit. We may not. To guarantee yourself a signed, copy, get your order in today!

 

Gwenda Bond interviews Charlie Jane Anders

September 28th

Rock Manning Goes for Broke by Charlie Jane Anders

Rock Manning Goes for Broke is out in the world, and doing well for itself. We're pleased to present a glimpse into Charlie Jane Anders' novella, in this short exclusive interview conducted by our own Gwenda Bond.

Gwenda Bond: I know this novella has an interesting tale of how it came to be. Can you tell me a little about the genesis of this story—where did it come from and how did it develop? 

Charlie Jane Anders: Rock Manning actually started its life as a novel, back during the George W. Bush era. We were invading Iraq and there was all sorts of stuff going on that was freaking me out, and I wanted to try to write about it in my fiction. And meanwhile, I was interested in trying to take my comedy as far as I could—not just in terms of being funny, but in terms of weirdness and extremeness. I was interested in physical comedy and mayhem and those moments when something is funny, until it suddenly isn’t. I was trying to get this book published in the late 2000s, and couldn’t get anyone interested. But then in 2013-ish, John Joseph Adams and Hugh Howey were editing a trio of anthologies that were pre-apocalyptic, apocalyptic, and post-apocalyptic, and I was able to cut the novel down to three installments of around 7000 words each. More recently, I decided to try revising the 21,000-word version one more time, to see if it could become a standalone project. (And I’m so glad it did!) Cutting out a lot of random subplots and weird side trips from the full-length novel definitely went a long way towards making it more readable, I think. It’s a much stronger book at 22,000 words than it was at 70,000. 

GB: Rock and Sally are both such great characters. Did they come to you fully fleshed out or how did you develop them? I’m curious about Rock’s influences like Buster Keaton and Jackie Chan—do you share his love of slapstick comedy?

CJA: I feel like Rock and Sally developed slowly, over time, while I was writing different versions of their story in the Bush era. But some aspects of them were there all along, chiefly Rock’s love of slapstick and intense over-the-top set pieces. And yes! I have always loved slapstick comedy, partly because I’m a very clumsy person who breaks everything I touch. Pratfalls are basically my life, so I kind of identify with slapstick characters. While I was working on this book, I got a big boxset of Harold Lloyd movies, which I highly supermassively recommend. They are incredible films that hold up to this day, plus you get a beautiful view of Los Angeles from almost 100 years ago, with streetcars everywhere. And I’ve been a huge Jackie Chan fiend forever, since I was living in Hong Kong and my local theater was constantly showing his films.

Head over to the Rock Manning product page to read the rest of the interview or order your copy.

Announcing The Scar by China Mieville

September 24th

The Scar by China Mieville

 

We're pleased to announce the signed limited edition of The Scar by China Mieville, the seagoing second novel set in his wonderfully grotesque creation, Bas-Lag. Once again, the full-color wraparound dust jacket and full-color interior illustrations are by Edward Miller.

Note: Please pay special attention to the ordering instructions on the book's product page.

About the Book:

First published in 2002, China Mieville’s The Scar was the second in an extraordinary sequence of novels set in the fictional universe of Bas-Lag. The first Bas-Lag novel, Perdido Street Station, is widely regarded as a classic of modern fantasy. The Scar is every bit its equal.

The Scar is a novel of the sea—of the people, ships and cities that live on the surface, and the astonishing creatures that live beneath. It tells the story of an ill-fated voyage from New Crobizon, the primary setting of Perdido Street Station, to the fledgling colony of Nova Esperium. That voyage will encompass piracy, floating cities, transformative magic, impossibly vast sea creatures, and the threat of impending war. It will lead, in the end, to a region known only as The Scar, where quotidian reality breaks down and new possibilities proliferate.

The Scar is a definitive example of The New Weird, an expansive, revolutionary offshoot of traditional fantasy. Written in muscular, often poetic language and informed throughout by the author’s intelligence and restless imagination, it remains a unique accomplishment, a book no one else could have written. For Mieville’s longtime fans, The Scar is a novel well worth rediscovering. For newcomers, it is an irresistible introduction to an extraordinary fictional world.

Limited: 500 signed numbered hardcover copies: $125

Lettered: 26 signed, specially bound copies, housed in a custom traycase: $600

Reprinting Mister Slaughter by Robert McCammon

September 24th

Mister Slaughter by Robert McCammon

 

We (and the author) have noticed that one of the earlier Matthew Corbett novels has been bringing in high prices on the secondary market, making it inaccessible to general readers, so have decided to reprint the trade hardcover of Mister Slaughter. This reprint will not be huge, so if you'd like a copy, please get your order in.

About the Book:

The world of Colonial America comes vibrantly to life in this masterful new historical thriller by Robert McCammon. The latest entry in the popular Matthew Corbett series, which began with Speaks the Nightbird and continued in The Queen of BedlamMister Slaughter opens in the emerging metropolis of New York City in 1702, and proceeds to take both Matthew and the reader on an unforgettable journey of horror, violence, and personal discovery.

The journey begins when Matthew, now an apprentice “problem solver” for the London-based Herrald Agency, accepts an unusual and hazardous commission. Together with his colleague, Hudson Greathouse, he agrees to escort the notorious mass murderer Tyranthus Slaughter from an asylum outside Philadelphia to the docks of New York. Along the way, Slaughter makes his captors a surprising--and extremely tempting--offer. Their response to this offer will alter the course of the novel, setting in motion a series of astonishing, ultimately catastrophic events.

Mister Slaughter is at once a classic portrait of an archetypal serial killer and an exquisitely detailed account of a fledgling nation still in the process of inventing itself. Suspenseful, illuminating, never less than compulsively readable, it is, by any measure, an extraordinary achievement, the largest accomplishment to date from one of our most gifted--and necessary--writers.

The Subterranean Press edition of Mister Slaughter is the only version currently under contract.

Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $40

From Publishers Weekly:

“The rousing narrative details Matthew’s dogged pursuit of the indestructible Tyranthus as the killer cuts a bloody swath through the Pennsylvania wilderness. McCammon shows a sure hand balancing scenes of Matthew’s quiet contemplation with the cold-blooded carnage that makes his quarry's name so appropriate.”

From Library Journal:

“Fans of dark historicals will enjoy this thrill ride, but they should be ready for some heavy-handed violence with a balance of historical context and intrigue.”

From Sense of Wonder:

“Combining the best elements of detective, historical, horror and conspiracy fiction, this is a book and a series that deserves a wide readership.”

More copies of Cardinal Black available for preorder

September 24th

Cardinal Black by Robert McCammon

We're happy to let you know that we've locked in additional copies of the trade hardcover of Robert McCammon's Cardinal Black, the next thrilling installment in the adventures of Matthew Corbett, pre-colonial era "problem-solver". We've been told to expect copies of the trade hardcover in the early part of 2019.

About the Book:

Cardinal Black is the latest installment in Robert McCammon's unique series of historical thrillers featuring Matthew Corbett, professional problem solver, who has been called "the Early American James Bond."

December 1703 finds Berry Grigsby living as Mary Lynn Nash in a small English village where she has fallen victim to Professor Fell's involuntary drug experiments. Her mind is quickly deteriorating under the drug’s influence, and the only way to save her is a potion book that was stolen in an attack on the village orchestrated by a mysterious madman going by the name Cardinal Black.

Matthew Corbett has volunteered to travel with Julian Devane, a self-proclaimed "fool and bad man" in the employ of Professor Fell, to hunt down the potion book. They follow the trail to London, where the book will be sold at a secret auction. Matthew and Julian manage to secure a seat at the auction by masquerading as respected and feared underground operatives, but to prevail in their high-stakes mission, they will require help from a very unlikely source. Even if they are successful, their race to save Berry Grigsby will leave a trail of destruction in its wake.

Cardinal Black is another extraordinary achievement from one of America's most skilled authors, and it features some of the most memorable, compelling, and chilling characters in the Matthew Corbett series to date, each with their own competing agendas. This masterful historical adventure is perfectly balanced for long-time fans of the series and new readers alike who are now joining the adventure.

Trade Hardcover:

-- Printed on acid-free paper
-- Bound in cloth with colored head and tail bands
-- Featuring hot foil stamping on the front boards and spine
-- Wrapped in a full-color dust jacket
-- Retail price just $26

More copies of Alastair Reynolds' Revelation Space on the way

September 24th

Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds

We're about to place a reorder for the elaborate signed limited edition of Alastair Reynolds' landmark space opera, Revelation Space, and should have copies shortly. If you'd like to snag one, please get your order in ASAP.

About the Book:

The first limited edition of Alastair Reynolds' ground-breaking novel, Revelation Space. Each numbered book is individually hand signed by Alastair Reynolds. The book features four plates of illustrations made by the author especially for this limited edition. Each set includes eight exclusive art prints of paintings by the author.

The package contains:

-- a hand bound limited edition book
-- a numbered limitation page signed by Alastair Reynolds and bound into the book
-- an authentication hologram in the book
-- 8 art prints of scenes from the Revelation Space universe, suitable for framing
-- a custom book box

Considered a landmark in science fiction, Revelation Space is a huge, magnificent space opera which ranges across the known and unknown universe towards the most terrifying of destinations.

Nine hundred thousand years ago, something wiped out the Amarantin. For the human colonists now settling the Amarantin homeworld Resurgam it's of little more than academic interest—even after the discovery of a long-hidden, almost perfect Amarantin city and a colossal statue of a winged Amarantin. For brilliant, but ruthless, scientist Dan Sylveste it's more than merely intellectual curiosity. He will stop at nothing to get at the truth, even if that truth costs him everything.

Limited: 750 signed numbered sets: $295

Rock Manning Goes for Broke in stock and shipping

September 17th

Rock Manning Goes for Broke by Charlie Jane Anders

One of the most lauded novellas we've released in some time, Rock Manning Goes for Broke by Charlie Jane Anders, is now in stock and shipping.

Speaking of plaudits, here's a sampling from the reviews Charlie Jane's novella has received:

From Booklist (Starred Review):

“Disaffected young-adult filmmakers who specialize in escapist stunt comedy are caught in a propaganda war in Anders’ sharp, absurdist novella… This gonzo vision of an apocalyptic America is a challenging mixture of both farce and tragedy; it makes its point about the influence and responsibility of the media in the weirdest possible way.”

From Publishers Weekly:

“Hugo and Nebula winner Anders (All the Birds in the Sky) glances sideways at current political and social issues in this jittery, vigorous science fiction novella set in a near-future United States… At times hilarious, at times brutal, this is an extremely personal look at how one person tries to survive constant tragedy.”

From Kirkus Reviews:

“Anders' (All the Birds in the Sky, 2016, etc.) latest short work is an absurdist, apocalyptic fable… The emotional currents and thematic elements running through this story strongly resonate with today's sociopolitical milieu, even if our situation is not currently as dire—in particular, the tendency to try to continue with daily life even as catastrophe threatens, as well as the necessity of making art in the face of fierce opposition, feels topical. Rock's personality—easily distracted, always in motion despite being somewhat aimless—is both realistically uncomfortable to experience and sympathetic. An astute capsule of that moment of overload when you can't decide whether to laugh or cry.”

From Locus:

“When Kingsley Amis coined the very useful term ‘comic inferno’ back in 1959, he wasn’t thinking of Harold Lloyd comedies, and certainly couldn’t have imagined the sort of Jackass-style homemade movie stunts that are at the heart of Charlie Jane Anders’s novella Rock Manning Goes for Broke. But the term is a pretty useful description of the slapstick-in-the-face-of-apocalypse attitude of Anders’s characters… Amis’s idea of the comic inferno referred to the exaggerated satire of social trends in the work of authors like Frederik Pohl; in Anders’s manically entertaining version of it, satire gives way to slapstick, and the exaggerations, hilarious as they are, seem unnervingly unlike exaggerations at all.”

Limited: 1500 signed numbered hardcover copies: $40

Announcing the signed limited edition of Lord Foul's Bane by Stephen R. Donaldson

September 17th

The good folks at Grim Oak Press have just announced the signed limited edition of one of the most imporant epic fantasies ever published. Lord Foul's Bane, by Stephen R. Donaldson, will not have a huge print run, so we're especially happy to have locked in a handful of copies for our customers.

(Important Note: Those who order Lord Foul's Bane will get first crack at The Illearth War, the second volume of the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliver.)

About the Book:

-- Triple-signed by Stephen R. Donaldson, Allen Morris, and Isaac Stewart
-- With a new map by Isaac Stewart, artist on the new Tad Williams Osten Ard map.
-- 10 Interiors with a full color wrap-around dust jacket

He called himself Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, because he dared not believe in this strange alternate world on which he suddenly found himself.

Yet the Land tempted him. He had been sick; now he seemed better than ever before. Through no fault of his own, he had been outcast, unclean, a pariah. Now he was regarded as a reincarnation of the Land's greatest hero—Berek Halfhand—armed with the mystic power of White Gold. That power alone could protect the Lords of the Land from the ancient evil of the Despiser, Lord Foul. Except that Covenant had no idea how to use that power… 
 
 Limited: 500 signed numbered hardcover copies: $100

Announcing Virtue Signaling and Other Heresies by John Scalzi

September 13th

Virtue Signaling and Other Heresies by John Scalzi

 

Today marks the twentieth anniversary of our pal John Scalzi's Whatever, and we're helping him celebrate by announcing Virtue Signaling and Other Heresies.

About the Book:

“‘Virtue signaling’ is a phrase the dim and bigoted use when they want to discount other people expressing the idea that it would be nice if we could all be essentially and fundamentally decent to each other.” -- John Scalzi

For twenty years now—yes, twenty—John Scalzi has been writing on his blog Whatever, writing about, well, whatever: Politics, writing, cats, the internet and the great social and cultural events of our times. In that time he’s gone from being just another crank online to being a bestselling, award-winning crank, i.e., the very best kind of crank there is.

With Virtue Signaling and Other Heresies, Scalzi looks back on the years 2013 through 2018. In this volume, Scalzi delves through the final term of Obama and the ushering in of the Trump years, surveys the increasingly-hostile online landscape, goes to the movies, and talks on subject ranging from #MeToo to the teachers who shaped him growing up. Through it all, Scalzi’s distinct voice—funny, sarcastic, passionate, sometimes angry, and honed by two decades of daily writing served up to hundreds of thousands of readers monthly—is on full display.

Virtue Signaling: A chronicle of a turbulent, momentous moment in time, from one of the most acclaimed science fiction authors of his time.

Limited: 1000 signed numbered hardcover copies: $40

Open preordering begins for The Book of Magic

September 10th

The Book of Magic edited by Gardner Dozois

 

Open preordering has begun for The Book of Magic, edited by Gardner Dozois, featuring full-color and black-and-white illustrations by Tommy Arnold.

About the Book:

We're excited to announce The Book of Magic, which will be illustrated and bound as a sort of “companion” volume to our edition of the landmark anthology, Rogues, as well as The Book of Swords.

Gardner Dozois has pulled together a great lineup of stories, as you'll see below. Our edition will be limited to only 300 numbered copies and 26 lettered copies. Tommy Arnold is contributing the dust jacket, a few color interior plates, and a b&w header illustration for each story.

Some of the features of our edition include:

-- A full color dust jacket
-- Story heading illustrations for each tale
-- Several full-color plates
-- Oversize trim size
-- Smyth sewn for a lifetime of enjoyment
-- Limited Edition housed in a custom foil stamped slipcase
-- Lettered Edition specially bound and housed in a custom foil stamped traycase
-- One-time limited edition printing of only 326 copies

Limited: 300 numbered copies signed by the authors, but not the editor: $250

Table of Contents:

-- Introduction by Gardner Dozois
-- “The Return of the Pig” by K. J. Parker
-- “Community Service” by Megan Lindholm
-- “Flint and Mirror” by John Crowley
-- “The Friends of Masquelayne the Incomparable” by Matthew Hughes
-- “The Biography of a Bouncing Boy Terror: Chapter Two: Jumping Jack in Love” by Ysabeau S. Wilce
-- “Song of Fire” by Rachel Pollack
-- “Loft the Sorcerer” by Eleanor Arnason
-- “The Governor” by Tim Powers
-- “Sungrazer” by Liz Williams
-- “The Staff in the Stone” by Garth Nix
-- “No Work of Mine” by Elizabeth Bear
-- “Widow Maker” by Lavie Tidhar
-- “The Wolf and the Manticore” by Greg Van Eekhout
-- “A Night at the Tarn House” by George R. R. Martin
-- “The Devil’s Whatever” by Andy Duncan
-- “Bloom” by Kate Elliott
-- “The Fall and Rise of the House of the Wizard Malkuril” by Scott Lynch

Announcing Masters of Science Fiction: Richard Wilson

September 9th

Masters of Science Fiction Richard Wilson

Centipede Press has just announced another of their huge (over 700 pages) Masters of Science Fiction volumes, this one focusing on Richard Wilson, and we're happy to let you know we'll be getting a very limited number of copies.

About the Book:

The late Richard Wilson’s fifty-year career began with “Retribution” in Oswald Train’s zine Science Adventure Stories and finished in 1988 with “The Name on the Book” in Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone Magazine. 

Wilson’s writing was particularly noteworthy for its consistently high level of quality. Whether working at novel length or with short stories, Wilson was incapable of writing anything less than professional, highly polished work. 

This volume collects nearly two dozen of his best stories, ranging from “The Hoaxters,” “The Inhabited,” and “Those Idiots from Earth” to his brilliant posthumously-published novella “At the Sign of the Boar’s Head Nebula,” originally slated for The Last Dangerous Visions and kindly made available to us by Harlan Ellison. 

“At the Sign of the Boar’s Head Nebula” is considered by several knowledgeable critics of the genre to be the finest single work that Mr. Wilson produced. It is in remarkably good company, joined with two other powerful novellas, “The Far King” and “The Nineteenth-Century Spaceship,” giving Richard Wilson a fair claim to being one of the founding fathers of steampunk. 

Along with the stories, this collection includes several highly regarded novelettes, including the Nebula Award-winning “Mother to the World,” “The Story Writer,” “Gone Past,” “If A Man Answers,” “It’s Cold Outside,” “A Man Spekith,” and “See Me Not.” Rounding out the book are a selection of the author’s finest short pieces, making this a cornerstone volume for any serious collection of modern science fiction. 

Richard Wilson (1920-1987), a member of the near-legendary Futurians, is considered by many to have been one of the most consistently excellent writers of science fiction. A journalist by trade, Wilson brought to his fiction a crisp economy of style and a precise language in a field often criticized for overly-florid prose. With stories running the gamut from the humorous to bone-chilling horror and everything in between, Richard Wilson could quite accurately be said to have written something for everyone.

Edition Information:

-- Over 700 pages of Richard Wilson’s best science fiction.
-- Introduction by Paul Di Filippo.
-- Cover artwork by Jim & Ruth Keegan.
-- Afterword by John Pelan.
-- Limited to 500 signed and numbered copies.
-- Signed by Paul Di Filippo, Jim & Ruth Keegan, and John Pelan, with a facsimile signature by Richard Wilson.
-- Fully cloth bound, gorgeous dustjacket, ribbon marker, head and tail bands.

Limited: 500 numbered copies s Signed by Paul Di Filippo, Jim & Ruth Keegan, and John Pelan, with a facsimile signature by Richard Wilson: $45

Joe R. Lansdale's Driving to Geronimo's Grave and Other Stories selling quickly

September 6th

Driving to Geronimo's Grave by Joe R Lansdale

The first distributor order for Joe R. Lansdale's Driving to Geronimo's Grave and Other Stories just landed, and it was for nearly a third of the print run. Given hisownself's ongoing popularity, and the strong trade reviews Geronimo has received, we expect this is just the start of the order onslaught.

As a reminder, here are cuttings from those aforementioned trade reviews...

From Publishers Weekly:

“Lansdale (Hap and Leonard) ranges far afield in this short but sharp collection of six stories in a variety of genres… And saving the best for last, Lansdale adds to his history of black cowboy legend Nat Love, sending the marshal after four escaped murderers who also incur the wrath of one big, bad momma grizzly. Lansdale provides consistent entertainment for readers of all genres, not only in his fiction but also in the chatty intro and in afterwords of each yarn.”

From Kirkus Reviews:

“There is a note of both nostalgia and brutality that runs through these stories. Eras such as the Depression and the 1950s are evoked in terms that have less to do with naturalism than with popular iconography… A hard-nosed and evocative set of stories that carry a rough-hewn pleasure.”

Limited: 1500 signed numbered hardcover copies: $40

Even more praise for Rock Manning Goes for Broke

September 6th

Rock Manning Goes for Broke by Charlie Jane Anders

Charlie Jane Anders' novella, Rock Manning Goes for Broke, is due to start shipping in the next few weeks. This relentless excursion into the comic is one of our most praised offerings of recent vintage, wtih the latest plaudits arriving courtesy of Locus Magazine:

“When Kingsley Amis coined the very useful term ‘comic inferno’ back in 1959, he wasn’t thinking of Harold Lloyd comedies, and certainly couldn’t have imagined the sort of Jackass-style homemade movie stunts that are at the heart of Charlie Jane Anders’s novella Rock Manning Goes for Broke. But the term is a pretty useful description of the slapstick-in-the-face-of-apocalypse attitude of Anders’s characters… Amis’s idea of the comic inferno referred to the exaggerated satire of social trends in the work of authors like Frederik Pohl; in Anders’s manically entertaining version of it, satire gives way to slapstick, and the exaggerations, hilarious as they are, seem unnervingly unlike exaggerations at all.”

Don't forget the previous round of reviews, which is no less spectacular:

From Booklist (Starred Review):

“Disaffected young-adult filmmakers who specialize in escapist stunt comedy are caught in a propaganda war in Anders’ sharp, absurdist novella… This gonzo vision of an apocalyptic America is a challenging mixture of both farce and tragedy; it makes its point about the influence and responsibility of the media in the weirdest possible way.”

From Publishers Weekly:

“Hugo and Nebula winner Anders (All the Birds in the Sky) glances sideways at current political and social issues in this jittery, vigorous science fiction novella set in a near-future United States… At times hilarious, at times brutal, this is an extremely personal look at how one person tries to survive constant tragedy.”

From Kirkus Reviews:

“Anders' (All the Birds in the Sky, 2016, etc.) latest short work is an absurdist, apocalyptic fable… The emotional currents and thematic elements running through this story strongly resonate with today's sociopolitical milieu, even if our situation is not currently as dire—in particular, the tendency to try to continue with daily life even as catastrophe threatens, as well as the necessity of making art in the face of fierce opposition, feels topical. Rock's personality—easily distracted, always in motion despite being somewhat aimless—is both realistically uncomfortable to experience and sympathetic. An astute capsule of that moment of overload when you can't decide whether to laugh or cry.”

Limited: 1500 signed numbered hardcover copies: $40

Another great review for Jack McDevitt

September 6th

A Voice in the Night by Jack McDevitt ebook

We're long sold out of the print edition—though you may still find it out in the wild, and copies of the ebook are plentiful—but praise continues to roll in for Jack McDevitt's hefty new collection, A Voice in the Night

Here's some of what Paul di Filippo had to say at Locus Online:

“[A Voice in the Night] reaches back to 1986 for one entry, but predominantly features publications from very recent years, showcasing McDevitt’s mature talents in this narrative range.

“In their themes and novums, these tales diversely inhabit almost the whole breadth of modern SF, but share certain qualities. They are all upbeat without being Pollyanna-ish; respectful of the rigors of solid science without being close-minded or unimaginative; and told in old-school, straightforward linear fashion, a kind of Ur-narrative that never really loses its punch or utility. Lively yet not without gravitas and poetry, these stories embody the core values of SF.”

Ebook: Only $5.99

 

Announcing The Big Crush by David J. Schow

September 4th

The Big Crush by David J. Schow

We've added a razor-sharp novel that's heavy on the armament by David Schow to the early part of next year's schedule. Get your order in now for The Big Crush.

About the Book:

Hot pursuit, run-and-gun action, and a romantic obsession at the center of it all.

WHAT IF you reached out on the internet to that long-ago crush you had in high school…and she turned out to be a contract assassin with you on her hit list?

WHAT IF you viewed these outrageous events through the lens of cinema, making real life and reel life collide and turning your own narrative into a Hollywood free-for-all?

WHAT IF you tumbled into an underworld where no one is who they say they are…where no one can be trusted…and everyone is out for blood from someone else?

Especially you.

Could fearing for your life be the ultimate aphrodisiac?

THE BIG CRUSH is a contemporary urban thriller. A modern Los Angeles noir. Black ops. Murder for hire. And a love story about people invisible to the citizens of the ordinary, waking world.

Limited: 1000 signed numbered hardcover copies: $40

Caitlin R. Kiernan's The Dinosaur Tourist lands a starred review

August 27th

The Dinosaur Tourist by Caitlin R. Kiernan

We're readying Caitlin R. Kiernan's newest collection, The Dinosaur Tourist, for the printer, and are happy to share a few pieces of great news with you.

First, the signed limited edition, which includes the bonus hardcover The Chartreuse Alphabet, is roughly 80% sold out. We don't expect copies to last much past publication, if that long.

Second, The Dinosaur Tourist just garnered a coveted starred review from Publishers Weekly, which will push the trade edition close to out-of-print-status by publication.

Here's a taste of the review:

“This superb collection of 19 genre-bending reprints is distinguished by gorgeous prose, haunting beauty, and visceral imagery… Kiernan puts her exceptional talent for navigating the dark, cold depths of Lovecraftian mythos to excellent use in ‘Far from Any Shore’ and ‘Excerpts from an Eschatology Quadrille,’ both featuring artifacts that leave chaos and madness in their wake, and the glorious ‘The Cats of River Street (1925),’ about a ragtag group of cats that are the only thing standing between humanity and the tentacled horrors of the deeps.”

Limited: 600 signed numbered hardcover copies, with bonus hardcover The Chartreuse Alphabet: $60

Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover: $40

Kushiel's Chosen in stock and shipping

August 26th

Kushiels Chosen by Jacqueline Carey

 

We're happy to let you know that we've already sent completed the initial shipping wave for Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel's Chosen, meaning that if you preordered the limited or lettered edition, your copy is already en route.

We do have a double handful of copies of this oversize, slipcased limited edition, so let yourself go and pick up a copy.

About the Book:

“Kushiel's Chosen is elegant, intricate, sensual, and captivating. Once you pick it up you won't want to put it down.” —Robert Jordan

“There is seemingly something for everyone here: a great love story, intense spirituality, high eroticism, and lots of adventure, intrigue, and swordplay.” —Booklist (starred review)

Subterranean Press is proud to announce the signed, limited edition of Jacqueline Carey’s Kushiel’s Chosen, one of the best and most influential epic fantasies of recent decades. Our edition is very limited, consisting of only 250 numbered and 26 lettered copies, housed, respectively, in some of the nicest slipcases and traycases we've ever produced.

Kushiel’s Chosen has the following features:

-- Limited to only 250 numbered and 26 lettered copies
-- Printed offset on 60# acid free paper
-- Smyth-sewn for a lifetime of enjoyment
-- Over 600 pages
-- A full color wraparound dust jacket
-- Two full page full color interior illustrations
-- Personally signed by the author
-- Housed in a custom slipcase (limited edition) or traycase (lettered edition)
-- Will not be reprinted

Limited: 250 signed numbered copies, bound in cloth, housed in a custom slipcase: $175

A few extra copies of Toll the Hounds available

August 23rd

Toll the  Hounds by Steven Erikson

We're through the major shipping wave of the numbered edition of Steven Erikson's Toll the Hounds, and find ourselves with a double handful of copies left. (If you haven't already ordered a copy of Toll, please feel free to head over to the book's product page and order one.)

Those of you who've been collecting the Malazan series will be happy to know that we've already begun work on the final two volumes, and lined up perfect artists to round out the series. More on that later, as we start receiving the illustrations.

Congratulations to N. K. Jemisin

August 23rd

The Stone Sky by N. K. Jemisin

 

Congratulations to N. K. Jemisin, the newly-minted Hugo Award-winner for her novel, The Stone Sky. Our edition is sold out, and at the printer!

Open ordering begins for Kushiel's Chosen by Jacqueline Carey

August 20th

Kushiels Chosen by Jacqueline Carey

 

Open preordering for Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel's Chosen has just begun. As I type this, copies of both the limited and lettered edition are available. We expect to start shipping copies of both editions within the next week.

About the Book:

Subterranean Press is proud to announce the signed, limited edition of Jacqueline Carey’s Kushiel’s Chosen, one of the best and most influential epic fantasies of recent decades. Our edition is very limited, consisting of only 250 numbered and 26 lettered copies, housed, respectively, in some of the nicest slipcases and traycases we've ever produced.

Kushiel’s Chosen has the following features:

-- Limited to only 250 numbered and 26 lettered copies
-- Printed offset on 60# acid free paper
-- Smyth-sewn for a lifetime of enjoyment
-- Over 600 pages
-- A full color wraparound dust jacket
-- Two full page full color interior illustrations
-- Personally signed by the author
-- Housed in a custom slipcase (limited edition) or traycase (lettered edition)
-- Will not be reprinted

Limited: 250 signed numbered copies, bound in cloth, housed in a custom slipcase: $350
Lettered: 26 leatherbound copies, housed in a custom traycase: $175

Coming Soon -- Cosmic Interruptions by Joe R. Lansdale

August 20th

Cosmic Interruptions by Joe R Lansdale

Joe R. Lansdale has a H-U-G-E (over 500 pages) collection, Cosmic Interruptions, coming this fall, and we're happy to let you know that we've been offered more copies for our customers.

About the Book:

Cosmic Interruptions is a collection of speculative fiction by Joe R. Lansdale. The stories here have been grouped as part of a four part set, this first volume loosely falling into the speculative fiction, science fiction, and off-beat fantasy realm. The stories range from alternate universes to dark futures to the warping of time and space, and a variety of unclassifiable items. There is action, humor, whimsy, and a large dollop of what was once called A Sense of Wonder. Future volumes will gather tales of crime and mystery fiction, horror and East Texas Gothic, and historical and western stories. This is a unique chance to gather not only Lansdale’s popular stories, but some that are lesser known and should be known more broadly.

Limited Hardcover Edition Specifications:

-- Limited to only 550 Signed and Hand-Numbered copies
-- Personally signed by Joe R. Lansdale, Vincent Chong and Nino Cammarata on a specially designed signature page
-- Larger 6.14” x 9.21” trim size
-- Printed on 90gsm acid-free paper
-- Bound in full-cloth with coloured head and tail bands
-- Hot foil stamping on the front boards and spine
-- Offset printed and bound with full-colour endpapers
-- Sewn binding for increased durability
-- Epic dust jacket artwork by Vincent Chong, and over TWENTY interior illustrations by Nino Cammarata
-- Extremely limited ONE-TIME printing of only 550 copies!

Announcing Cardinal Black by Robert McCammon

August 15th

Announcing Cardinal Black by Robert McCammon

We're happy to let you know that we'll be receiving copies of Robert McCammon's Cardinal Black, the latest installment in his Matthew Corbett series.

Important note: As you’ll notice, the publisher of Robert McCammon’s Matthew Corbett series has changed. For this reason, we will not be able to fill requests for specific numbers of Cardinal Black, and our quantity of the limited edition isn’t exactly robust. Please order early if you’d like a copy from us.

About the Book:

Cardinal Black is the latest installment in Robert McCammon's unique series of historical thrillers featuring Matthew Corbett, professional problem solver, who has been called "the Early American James Bond."

December 1703 finds Berry Grigsby living as Mary Lynn Nash in a small English village where she has fallen victim to Professor Fell's involuntary drug experiments. Her mind is quickly deteriorating under the drug’s influence, and the only way to save her is a potion book that was stolen in an attack on the village orchestrated by a mysterious madman going by the name Cardinal Black.

Matthew Corbett has volunteered to travel with Julian Devane, a self-proclaimed "fool and bad man" in the employ of Professor Fell, to hunt down the potion book. They follow the trail to London, where the book will be sold at a secret auction. Matthew and Julian manage to secure a seat at the auction by masquerading as respected and feared underground operatives, but to prevail in their high-stakes mission, they will require help from a very unlikely source. Even if they are successful, their race to save Berry Grigsby will leave a trail of destruction in its wake.

Cardinal Black is another extraordinary achievement from one of America's most skilled authors, and it features some of the most memorable, compelling, and chilling characters in the Matthew Corbett series to date, each with their own competing agendas. This masterful historical adventure is perfectly balanced for long-time fans of the series and new readers alike who are now joining the adventure.

Trade Hardcover:

-- Printed on acid-free paper
-- Bound in cloth with colored head and tail bands
-- Featuring hot foil stamping on the front boards and spine
-- Wrapped in a full-color dust jacket
-- Retail price just $26

Signed & Slipcased Hardcover Limited Edition:

-- Limited to just 474 signed and numbered copies housed in a custom-made slipcase
-- Personally signed by the author on a unique signature page
-- Printed on 60# acid-free paper
-- Bound in full-cloth with colored head and tail bands
-- Featuring hot foil stamping on the front boards and spine
-- Printed and bound with full-color endpapers
-- Smyth sewn to create a more durable binding
-- Wrapped in a full-color dust jacket
-- Limited ONE TIME printing of this special edition
-- Retail price $125

 

Announcing More Walls Broken by Tim Powers

August 13th

More Walls Broken by Tim Powers

Tim Powers returns to us in February with More Walls Broken, an intense, complicated novella that pack's more than a novel's worth of plot into 20,000 words. The cover art this time around is by Jon Foster, who also contributed two full-color plates to the signed, limited edition.

About the Book:

As this ingenious new novella, More Walls Broken, begins, a trio of academics have just entered a deserted California cemetery late at night, bringing with them a number of arcane devices aimed at achieving an equally arcane purpose. What follows is the sort of dizzying, mind-expanding entertainment that only the always reliable, always astonishing Tim Powers could have written.

These three men, professors in the “Consciousness Research” department at Cal Tech University, have come together to perform a seemingly impossible task. Their goal: to open a door between the world of the living and the world of the dead, and to capture the ghost of the recently deceased scientist Armand Vitrielli. For their own desperate reasons, they hope to avail themselves of the secrets Vitrielli left behind at the time of his death. Their experiment, naturally, fails to come off exactly as planned. A door between the worlds does, in fact, open, letting in something—someone—completely unexpected, and setting in motion a chain of events that will reverberate throughout the narrative.

Intricate, intelligent, and always thoroughly absorbing, More Walls Broken mixes fantasy and quantum physics in utterly unique fashion. The result is a brilliantly imagined account of multiple realities and unintended consequences that is pure dazzle, pure storytelling, pure—and unmistakable—Tim Powers. In book after book, story after story, Powers has set the standard for literate imaginative fiction. With this essential, beautifully realized novella, he has done it once again.

The signed limited edition will be bound in leather and include two full-color interior illustrations not in the trade hardcover.

Limited: 500 signed numbered hardcover copies, bound in leather, with exclusive full-color plates: $60

Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover copy: $25

Mira Grant's Kingdom of Needle and Bone selling very quickly

August 8th

Kingdom of Needle and Bone by Mira Grant

Mira Grant's Kingdom of Needle and Bone is selling more quickly than any other novella of hers that we've done, with a huge number of orders coming in the past few days. Seanan McGuire (the human behind Mira) had this to say about the novella recently: 

And while I'm being commercial, do you like...

* Science?

* Medicine?

* Me writing as Mira Grant?

* Watching me get angry about the return of nearly-eliminated childhood diseases?

DO I HAVE THE BOOK FOR YOU.

In Kingdom of Needle and Bone, all my fury at the ethical and medical implications of the anti-vaccination movement come out to play, along with a level of virology and scientific rage that is all-too-rarely seen.

This is a vicious, uncaring scalpel of a book, and I am so very proud of it.

About the Book:

We live in an age of wonders.

Modern medicine has conquered or contained many of the diseases that used to carry children away before their time, reducing mortality and improving health. Vaccination and treatment are widely available, not held in reserve for the chosen few. There are still monsters left to fight, but the old ones, the simple ones, trouble us no more.

Or so we thought. For with the reduction in danger comes the erosion of memory, as pandemics fade from memory into story into fairy tale. Those old diseases can’t have been so bad, people say, or we wouldn’t be here to talk about them. They don’t matter. They’re never coming back.

How wrong we could be.

It begins with a fever. By the time the spots appear, it’s too late: Morris’s disease is loose on the world, and the bodies of the dead begin to pile high in the streets. When its terrible side consequences for the survivors become clear, something must be done, or the dying will never stop. For Dr. Isabella Gauley, whose niece was the first confirmed victim, the route forward is neither clear nor strictly ethical, but it may be the only way to save a world already in crisis. It may be the only way to atone for her part in everything that’s happened.

She will never be forgiven, not by herself, and not by anyone else. But she can, perhaps, do the right thing.

We live in an age of monsters.

Limited: 1250 signed numbered hardcover copies: $40

Announcing the signed limited edition of Usher's Passing by Robert McCammon

August 7th

Ushers Passing by Robert McCammon

Cemetery Dance has just announce the signed limited edition of Robert McCammon's classic horror novel, Usher's Passing, and we're pleased to report that we'll be getting copies.

About the Book:

"You can't turn your back on the Usher heritage, no matter how hard you try..."

Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's classic story "Fall of the House of Usher," Robert R. McCammon makes a dazzling leap of imagination in this enormously entertaining and truly frightening novel. Usher's Passing asks what if the Usher story hadn't ended with the deaths of Roderick and Madeline over a century ago? What if they'd had a brother to carry the family name—and infamous legacy—into the future?

Set in North Carolina in the present, Usher's Passing begins weaving its spell with the arrival of Rix Usher at the deathbed of his father. The powerful patriarch must hand over the family scepter to one of his three children. An antiwar activist, Rix wants no part of the $10 billion Usher Armaments business. His sister's drug habit and brother's gambling and drinking hardly recommend either for a position of such extraordinary wealth and influence. But whoever is chosen stands to inherit not only the lucrative business of destruction... not only the vast, opulent estate that legend says is haunted by nightmarish creatures... but all the horrifying secrets of the Usher family's mad heritage.

In Usher's Passing, each of five generations has a tale to tell, and their stories move across time to lead Rix Usher into the haunted heart of Usherland, where he must face both who he is—and what he is...

A Note from the Author about the book's origins:

What would happen if one of the world's most powerful families was also one of literature's most infamous?

When I was a child, one of my favorite tales was Edgar Allan Poe's "Fall of the House of Usher." I could see Roderick roaming the gloomy halls of the ancestral mansion, could see his sister Madeline rising from the family vault, could see the fissure that finally cracked the house as it collapsed beneath stormy waters.

But what if the story didn't end there?

What if Roderick and Madeline had a brother who carried the Usher name into the future? What if the generations of Ushers created a business empire that not only changed American society but could destory civilzation as well?

And what if the present-day Usher descendant realizes that five generations of his family have concealed a secret so terrible that it long ago drove Roderick Usher to insanity, and so terrible that it now threatens to drag him down into the dark cauldron of the Usher heritage?

In Usher's Passing, each generation has a tale to tell, and their stories move across time to lead Rix Usher into the haunted heart of Usherland, where he must face both who he is—and what he is.

Usher's Passing grew out of love for both the craft of horror fiction and its master, Edgar Allan Poe. I hope you too are drawn into the complex web of events Poe began.

Signed & Slipcased Hardcover Limited Edition:

-- Limited to just 750 signed and numbered copies housed in a custom-made slipcase
-- Personally signed by the author on a unique signature page
-- Printed on 60# acid-free paper
-- Bound in full-cloth with colored head and tail bands
-- Featuring hot foil stamping on the front boards and spine
-- Printed and bound with full-color endpapers
-- Smyth sewn to create a more durable binding
-- Wrapped in a full-color dust jacket
-- Limited ONE TIME printing of this special edition
-- Retail price just $75

Open ordering begins for Richard K. Morgan's Broken Angels

August 6th

Broken Angels by Richard K Morgan

Open ordering has begun for Richard K. Morgan's Broken Angels, the second Takeshi Kovacs novel. There is no limit on the number of copies of the limited edition anyone may order,  but customers/households are limited to one copy of the lettered edition.

About the Book:

Broken Angels is the follow-up to Altered Carbon, the novel that put Richard K. Morgan on the map, a fusion of Blade Runner noir and far future hard science tied together with a skull slamming narrative. It's really that good.

Whereas Altered Carbon owed a debt to classic detective fiction, Broken Angels is a war and salvage novel, with the carnage and high energy narrative that goes along with that territory.

The Subterranean Press edition includes a cover and full color interior illustrations by Vincent Chong. One of the illos will be exclusive to the lettered edition.

Broken Angels will be available in two unique editions:

Limited: 500 signed numbered hardcover copies: $85
Lettered: 26 signed lettered copies, leatherbound, housed in a custom traycase: $350

Open ordering for Kevin Hearne's Hexed begins

August 6th

Hexed by Kevin Hearne

We're happy to let you know that open preordering for the limited and lettered editions of Kevin Hearne's Hexed has begun.

About the Book:

Please Note: Anyone may order either edition of Hexed. There is a limit of one copy per person/household on the lettered edition. There is no cap on the number of copies of the signed, limited edition you may order.

About the Book:

Atticus O’Sullivan has had cause to mistrust witches in his storied past, but he’s willing to live and let live with the Sisters of the Three Auroras, even going so far as to sign a non-aggression treaty with them. But that treaty is tested immediately when a deadly new coven sweeps into town seeking to take over, along with some Bacchants from Las Vegas and a fallen angel who’s decided to snack on high school students like they were trail mix.

It’s more than Atticus can handle alone and he must enlist the aid of the trickster Coyote, the head-hopping abilities of Laksha Kulesekaran, and his neighbor’s illegal arsenal if he wants to keep the city safe from diabolical takeover. He must also exchange favors with his vampire attorney, Leif Helgarson, in a deal that might prove to be the worst of his long life. For Leif doesn’t want to be paid by the hour. And the Morrigan, too, wants something unusual in exchange for her aid. To defeat the mortal hexes of this new coven and keep his apprentice—and his city—safe, Atticus must think fast, make promises, and keep his sword handy, and hope he’ll survive to fight another day.

Limited: 500 signed numbered hardcover copies: $80

Lettered: 52 signed leather bound copies, housed in a custom traycase: $300

Announcing Alternate Routes by Tim Powers -- very limited stock

August 1st

Alternate Routes by Tim Powers

We're pleased to let you know that we'll be receiving copies of Alternate Routes by Tim Powers, in a gorgeous signed limited edition published by Charnel House. If you're interested in a copy, do not delay. The numbered edition is limited to only 150 copies, and we'll only be getting a fraction of those.

Limited: 150 signed numbered hardcover copies: $300

From Publishers Weekly:

“Powers (Medusa’s Web) continues his run of smashing expectations and then playing with the pieces in this entertaining urban fantasy…this calculated, frenetic novel ends with hope for redemption born from chaos. Powers’s work is recommended for urban fantasy fans who enjoy more than a dash of the bizarre.”

 

 

Announcing The Kinsmen Universe by Ilona Andrews

August 1st

The Kinsmen Universe by Ilona Andrews

We're happy to announce The Kinsmen Universe by Ilona Andrews, which will be published in December and collects, for the first time in print, two long novellas and a short story, with multiple full-color illustrations.

 
Important Note: Only those who own the signed lettered edition of The Innkeeper Chronicles are eligible to order the signed lettered edition of The Kinsmen Universe at this time. Anyone may order the signed limited edition. If you'd like your number of The Kinsmen Universe to match that of The Innkeeper Chronicles, please mention your copy number when ordering.
 
About the Book:
 
The World of Kinsmen
 
Family is everything. Talent is power.  And revenge is sweet.
 
In a distant, future world Kinsmen-small powerful groups of genetically and technologically advanced families-control vast financial empires.  They are their own country, their own rulers, and their only limits are other Kinsmen. The struggle for power is a bloody, full-contact sport:  in business, on the battlefield...and sometimes in the bedroom.  
 
Silent Blade:
 
Old hatreds die hard. Old love dies harder.
 
On the planet Rada, Meli Galdes' family is of minor rank, and were relying on her marriage to Celino, the razor-smart, ruthless leader of the powerful Carvanna empire.  When he abruptly breaks their engagement, he ruins her family and guarantees that Meli will never marry, as no suitor will oppose the rich and influential Carvannas. 
 
But Meli has a rare, secret, lethal-and valuable-talent. As a melder of energy, she's capable of severing anything in her path. So she 'leaves' her family and trains to become one of the best and most lethal of assassins, all the while covertly guarding her family's interests. Now she's ready to quit; but she has one more assignment.
 
To kill the man who ruined her life.  
 
Silver Shark
 
Claire Shannon is a killer...and her weapon is her mind. 
 
Born on a planet torn by war for over 300 years, Claire is a soldier: a psycher, with the ability to read, control, and destroy the minds of enemy psychers  and to infiltrate the biological  network where they battle to death.  
 
When Claire's faction loses the war, she barely escapes extermination from both sides, as her talent brands her as too dangerous to society.  By so-deeply burying her ability that she avoids detection, Claire is instead deported to Rada as a refugee, where she must find work to remain.  She finds a job as personal assistant to Venturo Escana, a premiere kinsman; one of Rada's most wealthy entrepreneurs-and most powerful psychers.  
She thought she had left war behind, but now she must hide her skills and her growing feelings from Venturo...and this battle might just cost her everything...
 
A Mere Formality
 
The leader of the fierce Reigh people expires during an intergalactic summit, putting 30 million colonists' lives and livelihoods in jeopardy. When the new heir to the Reigh throne, Lord Nagrad, demands restitution, the phrase "'a life for a life" turns the intergalactic calamity into an arranged marriage contract between Lord Nagrad and sharply intelligent diplomatic analyst Deirdre Lebed... and the negotiation of terms becomes anything but formal!
 
Limited: 1000 signed numbered hardcover copies, bound in leather: $75
Lettered: 52 signed traycased copies, bound in a different leather than the limited edition: $250

Announcing The Prisoner of Limnos by Lois McMaster Bujold

July 30th

The Prisoner of Limnos by Lois McMaster Bujold

 

We're pleased to announce we'll be publishing Lois McMaster Bujold's newest fantasy novella, The Prisoner of Limnos, both as a trade and limited edition. Return to the World of the Five Gods for Penric and Desdemona's latest adventure.

About the Book:

In this sequel novella to Mira's Last Dance, Temple sorcerer Penric and the widow Nikys have reached safety in the duchy of Orbas when a secret letter from a friend brings frightening news: Nikys's mother has been taken hostage by her brother's enemies at the Cedonian imperial court, and confined in a precarious island sanctuary.

Their own romance still unresolved, Nikys, Penric, and of course Desdemona must infiltrate the hostile country once more, finding along the way that family relationships can be as unexpectedly challenging as any rescue scheme.

Limited: 450 signed numbered hardcover copies: $45

Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover copies: $25

Publishers Weekly reviews Barren by Peter V. Brett

July 30th

Barren by Peter V Brett

The first trade review of Peter V. Brett's final Demon Cycle novella, Barren, has just been published, and we couldn't be happier. Not only is it a winner, but the review captures the generous spirit of Peat's novella perfectly.

From Publishers Weekly:

“Old resentments reemerge in Tibbet’s Brook as a dangerous demon rises in Brett’s rich final novella set in the Demon Cycle fantasy universe (after The Core)… Selia’s valiant struggle to serve her community and carve out space for her own happiness perfectly showcases Brett’s skill at creating an immersive fantasy world. Readers will be drawn into the hearts and minds of his characters and deeply moved by the themes of acceptance and community.”

We should add that our signed limited edition of Barren will not be available via distributors and large online retailers. It's selling well out of the gate, so you might want to preorder early.

Limited: 1000 signed numbered copies, bound in leather: $45

A double shot of praise for Joe R. Lansdale

July 30th

Driving to Geronimos Grave by Joe R Lansdale

 

Joe R. Lansdale's newest collection, Driving to Geronimo's Grave and Other Stories, has just received a couple of strong trade reviews, which makes it likely the book will be sold out on publication, or shortly thereafter. Interestingly enough, each review singled out a different story as the strongest in the book...

From Publishers Weekly:

“Lansdale (Hap and Leonard) ranges far afield in this short but sharp collection of six stories in a variety of genres… And saving the best for last, Lansdale adds to his history of black cowboy legend Nat Love, sending the marshal after four escaped murderers who also incur the wrath of one big, bad momma grizzly. Lansdale provides consistent entertainment for readers of all genres, not only in his fiction but also in the chatty intro and in afterwords of each yarn.”

From Kirkus Reviews:

“[The title story is] the best one here, in which the narrator's tough kid sister has a dangerous tongue and an even more dangerous aim. She's like Scout from To Kill a Mockingbird recast as hard, funny, and wised-up. The story itself is something like Flannery O'Connor's ‘A Good Man Is Hard to Find’ reimagined as a piece of wish fulfillment. You'd have a hard time thinking of a story that seems a less likely candidate for a feel-good reworking, which is part of this new story's appeal.”

Limited: 1500 signed numbered hardcover copies: $40

 

Announcing Masters of the Weird Tale — Robert Aickman

July 28th

Masters of the Weird Tale Robert Aickman

Our friends from Centipede Press have announced another entry in their ongoing Masters of the Weird Tale series, this time by Robert Aickman. Together, these two volumes, housed in a custom slipcase, gather over 1300 pages of the finest supernatural fiction.

About the Book:

Robert Aickman (1914-1981) has come to be recognized as among the leading writers of weird fiction in the second half of the twentieth century. His subtle, allusive tales, written in prose of impeccable precision and mellifluousness, have influenced an array of writers who followed in his wake, notably Ramsey Campbell, T. E. D. Klein, and Peter Straub. 

The two volume collection of Aickman's 48 stories is enclosed in a handsome slipcase with ribbon marker and a dozen full page illustrations by John Kenn Mortensen, a fine introduction by S. T. Joshi, and an essay on Aickman by T.E.D. Klein. The complete contents are shown below. 

The edition is limited to 300 signed and numbered copies, and the book is signed by S. T. Joshi, artist John Kenn Mortensen, with a special facsimile signature by Robert Aickman.

EDITION INFORMATION

-- Limited to 300 copies, each signed by S.T. Joshi, John Kenn Mortensen, with a facsimile signature by Robert Aickman.
-- Oversize at 7½ × 11 inches.
-- Over 1,300 pages.
-- New introduction by S. T. Joshi.
-- Essay by T.E.D. Klein.
-- Many photographs of Robert Aickman.
-- Two handsome volumes in a single slipcase.
-- Extensive bibliography.
-- Slipcase, ribbon marker, head and tail bands, full color wraparound dustjacket art.
-- Only $295

Jack McDevitt's A Voice in the Night in stock and shipping — 85% sold out

July 25th

A Voice in the Night by Jack McDevitt

 

We're happy to let you know that Jack McDevitt's hefty new collection, A Voice in the Night, is in stock and shipping. At this point, over 85% of the print run is gone, so please get your order in if you'd like a copy.

About the Book:

Jack McDevitt has been a Sherlock Holmes fan since he was a teenager, although he reports that Holmes-style mysteries, whodunits, are not his favorite style. Jack encountered Gilbert Chesterton’s Father Brown tales a few years later and they ultimately became the prime influence in his science fiction. The issue with Father Brown was never a question of who committed the murder, but rather what in heaven’s name is going on here?

Why does an astronaut, in “Cathedral,” sacrifice her life to collide with an asteroid that she knows poses no threat to the Earth? Why does a scientist who’s designed an actual working AI in “The Play’s the Thing,” hide what’s he’s done? How is it that the lives of two people working at Moonbase in “Blinker” depend on a quasar?

In “Lucy,” Jack shows us why sending automated vehicles to explore the distant outposts of the solar system may not be a good idea. And in “Searching for Oz,” an alternate history story, how things might have been if SETI had gotten what it was looking for. He describes our reaction in “Listen Up, Nitwits,” when a voice begins speaking to us, apparently from Jupiter, in Greek. And in “The Lost Equation,” a Holmes adventure, we discover who really was first to arrive at e=mc2.

Jack also provides two episodes, “Maiden Voyage” and “Waiting At the Altar,” from Priscilla Hutchins’ qualification flight; and an effort by a sixteen-year-old Alex Benedict, in the title story with his uncle Gabe and Chase Kolpath’s mom, Tori, who are trying to understand why a brilliant radio entertainer, lost in the stars when his drive unit suffered a malfunction, never said goodbye.

These and thirteen other rides into odd places await the reader. 

Limited: 1000 signed numbered copies: $40

From Publishers Weekly:

“Fans of classic science fiction will enjoy this collection of 24 short stories that cover familiar genre themes such as the search for alien life and the implications of time travel in plain but effective prose. McDevitt, best known for his Alex Benedict and Priscilla Hutchins series (both represented by entries here), excels at conjuring an alternate world, even within the confines of the short story format.”

From Booklist:

“Of particular interest to McDevitt’s readers are two stories from his well-known Academy series, detailing Priscilla Hutchins’ qualification flight when she first became a starship pilot, in addition to several other stories set in the Academy universe. McDevitt’s fans will welcome this collection.”

New Lawrence Block Matthew Scudder novella selling quickly

July 25th

A Time to Scatter Stones by Lawrence Block

 

Perhaps unsurpisingly, preorders for the new Matthew Scudder novella, A Time to Scatter Stones, have been stronger than for any other Lawrence Block title we've published to date. The signed limited edition is over 70% sold out, and we recently received our first distributor order—for more than a thousand copies—before any reviews have appeared!

Rock Manning Goes to the Printer

July 25th

Rock Manning Goes for Broke by Charlie Jane Anders

Just to let you know that Charlie Jane Anders' acclaimed new novella, Rock Manning Goes for Broke, has just been sent to the printer. Thus far, it's received strong reviews from the trades, which bodes very well for distributor orders, which have just started to roll in...

From Booklist (Starred Review):

“Disaffected young-adult filmmakers who specialize in escapist stunt comedy are caught in a propaganda war in Anders’ sharp, absurdist novella… This gonzo vision of an apocalyptic America is a challenging mixture of both farce and tragedy; it makes its point about the influence and responsibility of the media in the weirdest possible way.”

From Publishers Weekly:

“Hugo and Nebula winner Anders (All the Birds in the Sky) glances sideways at current political and social issues in this jittery, vigorous science fiction novella set in a near-future United States… At times hilarious, at times brutal, this is an extremely personal look at how one person tries to survive constant tragedy.”

From Kirkus Reviews:

“Anders' (All the Birds in the Sky, 2016, etc.) latest short work is an absurdist, apocalyptic fable… The emotional currents and thematic elements running through this story strongly resonate with today's sociopolitical milieu, even if our situation is not currently as dire—in particular, the tendency to try to continue with daily life even as catastrophe threatens, as well as the necessity of making art in the face of fierce opposition, feels topical. Rock's personality—easily distracted, always in motion despite being somewhat aimless—is both realistically uncomfortable to experience and sympathetic. An astute capsule of that moment of overload when you can't decide whether to laugh or cry.”

Announcing Barren by Peter V. Brett

July 23rd

Barren by Peter V. Brett

 

We're pleased to announce the signed limited edition of a Barren, a brand new 37,000 word Demon Cycle novella by Peter V. Brett, featuring a full-color dust jacket and five full-page black-and-white illustrations.

Important Note: There is a limit of one copy of the signed lettered edition per person/household.

About the Book:

Humanity has been brought to the brink of extinction. Each night, the world is overrun by demons—bloodthirsty creatures of nightmare that have been hunting the surface for over 300 years. A scant few hamlets and half-starved city-states are all that remain of a once proud civilization, and it is only by hiding behind wards, ancient symbols with the power to repel the demons, that they survive. A handful of Messengers brave the night to keep the lines of communication open between the increasingly isolated populace.

The hamlet of Tibbet’s Brook is far from everywhere, and the folk like it that way. People from the Brook keep their secrets close, and don’t care for neighbors looking over their fences. Its seven boroughs rely on one another for resources and support in the night, but they are scattered and fiercely proud, answering only to their Speakers and nursing grudges that go back generations.

For nearly fifty years, through good times and bad, Town Speaker Selia Barren has been the force holding the Brook together. But there are grudges against her as well, fed in bitter hearts for half a century. If Tibbet’s Brook is to survive, Selia must lead her people against the demons in the night even as she confronts those of her past.

Fifty years ago, Selia nearly tore the town in half to love a woman.

Now, it’s happening again.

Lettered: 52 signed leatherbound copies, housed in a custom traycase: $250

Limited: 1000 signed numbered leatherbound copies: $45

 

Naomi Novik's Golden Age in stock and shipping

July 21st

Golden Age and Other Stories by Naomi Novik

A few months ago, Naomi Novik asked us to reprint her Temeraire collection, Golden Age and Other Stories. We checked, and even though the book had been published recently, copies of the trade hardcover were going for $150+ on the secondary market.

We're happy to let you know that copies of the second printing are in stock and shipping. A third printing isn't likely, so pick up a copy now if you missed out on the initial offering.

About the Book:

Naomi Novik ended her acclaimed, beloved nine-volume Temeraire series last year with a stunning finale, League of Dragons. Fans missing their favorite series can now rejoice: Novik returns with an original Temeraire collection as unique as the world she has created, with each tale inspired by an accompanying piece of fan art.

The Temeraire novels provide a window into an alternate nineteenth century populated with Novik’s own richly human and unforgettably draconic characters as they adventure alongside well-known historical figures. That tradition continues here. Readers will delight at appearances by fan-favorite characters from the series and historical figures like the famed explorer Matteo Ricci. In “Planting Season,” Novik shows us an early glimpse of American dragon John Wampanoag at Boston Harbor. “Golden Age” finds a dragon who believes he remembers being called Celeste hatch from a shipwreck-tossed crate onto an island where he meets others of his kind. But other famous fictional characters are to be discovered here as well. Readers will certainly recognize a certain Miss Bennet (here Captain Bennet) and her suitor, Mr. Darcy, in “Dragons and Decorum.”

Filled with the inventive world-building, rich detail, sparkling wit, and deep emotion that readers have come to expect from Novik’s work, Golden Age and Other Stories is a treasure at home on any Temeraire-lover’s bookshelf.

Trade (Second Printing): Fully cloth bound hardcover copies: $40

From Kirkus (Starred Review):

“So accomplished, absorbing, and wide-ranging is Novik's creation that the stories elicit enormous pleasure… a must-read for all fans of this outstanding series.”

From Publishers Weekly:

“Novik collaborates with her fans in this welcome return to the alternate 19th-century world of her Temeraire series, in which English naval captain William Laurence befriends the newly hatched Chinese dragon he names Temeraire and the two of them enjoy adventures around the globe. Perhaps the best story in the collection is 'Golden Age,' which tells an alternate version of the first meeting between Temeraire (here called Celeste) and Laurence and the formation of their unusual bond.”

From Library Journal:

 “This illustrated collection, which can serve as a stand-alone or as a companion volume for readers of military fiction and dragon fiction, will bring joy to the series’ many admirers.”

Announcing The Chalk Man by C. J. Tudor

July 16th

The Chalk Man by C. J. Tudor

We're thrilled to announce the signed limited edition of one my two favorite thrillers published this year. (For those of you keeping track at home, the other is The Anomaly by Michael Rutger.)

The Chalk Man is a stunner, with echoes of Stephen King's coming-of-age stories, as filtered through the singular sensibilities of C. J. Tudor.

I've already read her second novel, and can honestly say she's the best new horror writer I've encountered since Joe Hill. Do not miss out on this book. It's bound to be a classic, underground or otherwise, and features a non-robust 326 copy printing.

“Want to read somehting good? You won't find it on the front bestseller table at your bookstore, but it's new, and will be there. The Chalk Man, by C. J. Tudor. If you like my stuff, you'll like this.”  -—Stephen King

About the Book:

It’s 1986 in the small town of Anderbury in England, and 12-year-old Eddie and his group of friends—Fat Gav, Metal Mickey, Hoppo, and Nicky—are just normal kids, the kind who get into minor trouble by accident, out of boredom. When a new teacher, Mr. Halloran, gives Eddie the idea of using an unwanted birthday gift of a tub of chalks as a way for his friends to leave each other messages around town in their own secret code, all is fun and games. That is, until a chalk drawing leads them straight to a dismembered body in the woods. 

Thirty years later, in 2016, Eddie is all grown up and a teacher himself when an envelope containing a chalk drawing of a stick figure shows up at his house. He’s in no hurry to revisit the horrors of the past, but it seems all his friends got the same letter. Mickey insists he knows who really murdered the girl whose body was found so long ago. And when a new body appears, there is no choice except to confront the past if Eddie wants to stay alive.

Alternating between the past and the present, C. J. Tudor’s The Chalk Man is a riveting novel of suspense that reads like a cross between Stephen King and Michael Marshall Smith, and introduces an incredibly compelling new voice.

The Subterranean Press limited edition includes an exclusive introduction by the author, as well as an alternate, never-before-published ending.

Limited: 300 signed numbered hardcover copies: $80

Lettered: 26 signed leatherbound copies, housed in a custom traycase: $250

From Publishers Weekly:

“[A] promising debut…with the nightmarish inevitability of the Grimmest of tales…her storytelling prowess is undeniable.”

From Kirkus Reviews:

“Readers will undoubtedly be reminded of the kids of Stand by Me and even IT…[the] first-person narration alternates between past and present, taking full advantage of chapter-ending cliffhangers. A swift, cleverly plotted debut novel that ably captures the insular, slightly sinister feel of a small village. Children of the 1980s will enjoy the nostalgia.”

Open preordering begins for Pierce Brown's Golden Son

July 16th

Golden Son by Pierce Brown

 

We're down to our last 100 copies of the signed limited edition of Pierce Brown's Golden Son. Open preordering has begun!

About the Book:

Darrow au Andromedus is now a Peerless Scarred, the pinnacle of Gold achievement, yet finds himself at a loss. In the two years since becoming Primus at the Institute and a scion of House Augustus, he has heard nothing from the Sons of Ares, whose underground rebellion is turning into increasingly destructive terrorism. Mustang is gone, and Sevro and the Howlers are scattered to the furthest reaches of the solar system. Darrow is surrounded by the shining brutality and cruelty of the Golds, the memory and warmth of Eo and her dream fading with each pitiless act of revenge.

A chance encounter brings Darrow back into the fold of Ares, but these are not the Sons who Carved him. These are the angry masses, screaming to destroy the Golds and willing to accept any collateral damage no matter what their Color is. Standing on the precipice, Darrow has a choice: Trust in Ares and reject Eo’s dream, or build the world she wanted. What he chooses will change the fate of all Colors. 

Limited: 750 signed numbered hardcover copies: $80

Open ordering for The Stone Sky begins

July 16th

The Stone Sky by N K Jemisin

 

We're happy to let you know that open preordeing has started for N. K. Jemisin's The Stone Sky. The lettered is sold out, alas, but we do have a very few copies of the numbered edition left. Get your order in early!

About the Book:

This is the story of two celestial bodies, the Earth and the Moon, their orbits closing towards catastrophe and devastation. This is the story of two women, a mother and a daughter, their paths destined to cross in tumult and tragedy. This is The Stone Sky, the Nebula-award-winning and Hugo-nominated third volume of The Broken Earth series from New York Timesbestselling author N.K. Jemisin.

Essun awakens, possessed of the power of Alabaster Tenring, and learns that the Moon is approaching, bringing with it a tenuous opportunity to end the Fifth Seasons forever. But her daughter Nassun, possessed of a fratricide’s guilt, has her own plans for the great stone in the sky. The decisions and actions of these women have already wrought and wracked the world, but now one of them may change it permanently. And the other may end it.

Perilous journeys, heartbreaking endings, and extraordinary revelations about everything from the nature of magic to the nature of humanity speed this eloquent tale, a tale long in the making, exquisite in the telling, and generous in the sharing.

Limited: 400 signed numbered hardcover copies: $80

Babylon's Ashes open preordering begins

July 16th

Babylons Ashes by James S A Corey

Open preordering has begun for James S. A. Corey's Bablyon's Ashes. The lettered edition is sold out, but a very limited quantity of the numbered edition remain.

About the Book:

A revolution brewing for generations has begun in fire. It will end in blood.

The Free Navy—a violent group of Belters in black-market military ships—has crippled the Earth and begun a campaign of piracy and violence among the outer planets. The colony ships heading for the thousand new worlds on the far side of the alien ring gates are easy prey, and no single navy remains strong enough to protect them.

James Holden and his crew know the strengths and weaknesses of this new force better than anyone. Outnumbered and outgunned, the embattled remnants of the old political powers call on the Rocinante for a desperate mission to reach Medina Station at the heart of the gate network.

But the new alliances are as flawed as the old, and the struggle for power has only just begun. As the chaos grows, an alien mystery deepens. Pirate fleets, mutiny, and betrayal may be the least of the Rocinante’s problems. And in the uncanny spaces past the ring gates, the choices of a few damaged and desperate people may determine the fate of more than just humanity.

Limited:574 signed numbered hardcover copies: $85

Catherynne M. Valente's The Future is Blue in stock and shipping

July 13th

The Future is Blue by Catherynne M Valente

Catherynne M. Valente's major new collection, The Future is Blue, is in stock and shipping! Even better, from our perspective, it's 85% sold out, with more bookstore and distributor orders expected soon.

The collection's highlights include three never-before-printed stories, for almost 30,000 words of work exclusive to this collection: “Major Tom,” “Two and Two is Seven,” and the long novelette “Flame, Pearl, Mother, Autumn, Virgin, Sword, Kiss, Blood, Heart, and Grave.”

Limited: 1250 signed numbered hardcover copies: $40

From Publishers Weekly:

“In this challenging collection of 15 reprints and originals with a variety of tones, themes, and styles, Valente’s unique knack for bending genres and confounding the senses is on full display. Her approach is dreamlike, even hallucinatory, leaping from one idea to the next with dizzying frequency and skill. Her multilayered, complicated narratives require careful, in-depth reading to grasp their full meaning.”

From Kirkus Reviews:

“Valente (Space Opera, 2018, etc.) collects her fablelike short works of fantasy, science fiction, and science fantasy… Valente loves poetic language, and overanalysis would ruin what she's crafted here.”

From Booklist:

“This collection of short stories showcases Valente’s (Space Opera, 2018) gorgeous way with words and impressive genre flexibility as she moves from science fiction to fairy tale to comedic horror with her singular linguistic flair… Fans of Valente will adore this collection for the same reasons they love her other work; for those unfamiliar, it provides an engrossing and appealing introduction to the many worlds and voices she is capable of producing.”

The Three-Body Problem cover reveal

July 13th

The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu

 

The signed limited edition of Cixin Liu's The Three-Body Problem is sold out, but we thought those of you who ordered a copy might like an update. Marc Simonetti recently turned in the dust jacket, above, while we've just approved the two-color interior design, into which the text is currently being flowed. The signature pages are being printed, and will be sent to Ken Liu as soon as possible, and then on to the author to set pen to paper.

Announcing a new Matthew Scudder novella by Lawrence Block

July 9th

A Time to Scatter Stones by Lawrence Block

 

We’re pleased to present a brand new 29,000 word novella, A Time to Scatter Stones, featuring MWA Grandmaster Lawrence Block’s most enduring creation, private eye Matthew Scudder.

About the Book:

MATT SCUDDER RETURNS.

More than 40 years after his debut and nearly a decade since his last appearance, one of the most renowned characters in all of crime fiction is back on the case in this major new novella by Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Lawrence Block.

Well past retirement age and feeling his years—but still staying sober one day at a time—Matthew Scudder learns that alcoholics aren’t the only ones who count the days since their last slip. Matt’s longtime partner, Elaine, tells him of a group of former sex workers who do something similar, helping each other stay out of the life. But when one young woman describes an abusive client who’s refusing to let her quit, Elaine encourages her to get help of a different sort. The sort only Scudder can deliver.

A Time to Scatter Stones offers not just a gripping crime story but also a richly drawn portrait of Block’s most famous character as he grapples with his own mortality while proving to the younger generation that he’s still got what it takes. For Scudder’s millions of fans around the world (including the many who met the character through Liam Neeson’s portrayal in the film version of A Walk Among the Tombstones), A Time to Scatter Stones is an unexpected gift—a valedictory appearance that will remind readers why Scudder is simply the best there is. 

Limited: 500 signed numbered leatherbound copies: $45

Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover copies: $25

John Scalzi's The Human Division in stock and shipping

July 7th

The Human Division by John Scalzi

 

The latest installment in John Scalzi's Old Man's War series is in stock and shipping. The Human Division, at 140,000 words, is John's longest novel to date. Our edition includes the usual excellent cover by Vincent Chong and, this time, a full-color portfolio by John Harris, where each illustration corresponds to one of the "episodes" that makes up the novel.

About the Book:

The Colonial Union stands on the precipice of chaos. Newly estranged from the Earth, the source of its soldiers and colonists, humanity’s union of planets is increasingly vulnerable to the alien species that it has warred with for centuries... and increasingly suspicious of The Conclave, a new confederation of alien worlds that many in the Colonial Union believe signals the end of human freedom in the galaxy.

Pressed to change in these times of decreasing resources and dwindling option, the Colonial Union tries a new strategy: Diplomacy. It is reaching out to species that in other times they might have fought. But even as the Colonial Union moves toward peace, it becomes increasingly clear that some would prefer other, more dangerous paths... paths that could lead to the extinction of the human race. Diplomats, soldiers, colonists and aliens alike are caught up in a grand game, where not all the players are seen, nor all their motivations obvious.

John Scalzi returns to the best-selling, Hugo-nominated “Old Man’s War” universe, with thirteen tales which taken together create a novel of intrigue and action, and push human and alien alike to the breaking point. 

As many of you know, The Human Division was originally published as thirteen separate ebook installments, each with a landscape John Harris illustration. For the first time ever in print, these gorgeous pieces are included as a full-color portfolio in our edition.

Limited: 500 signed numbered hardcover copies: $80

Preorder a signed or inscribed copy of John Scalzi's The Consuming Fire

July 2nd

The Consuming Fire by John Scalzi

 

John Scalzi will visit our warehouse this fall to sign copies of his new novel, The Consuming Fire. If you would like your copy inscribed, please mention to who in the comments section when checking out. Otherwise, we’ll assume you want the copy signed, but not inscribed.

About the Book:

The Consuming Fire—the sequel to the 2018 Hugo Award Best Novel and category finalist and Locus award-winning The Collapsing Empire—is an epic space-opera novel in the bestselling Interdependency series, from the Hugo Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author John Scalzi.

The Interdependency, humanity’s interstellar empire, is on the verge of collapse. The Flow, the extra-dimensional conduit that makes travel between the stars possible, is disappearing, leaving entire star systems stranded. When it goes, human civilization may go with it—unless desperate measures can be taken.

Emperox Grayland II, the leader of the Interdependency, is ready to take those measures to help ensure the survival of billions. But nothing is ever that easy. Arrayed before her are those who believe the collapse of the Flow is a myth—or at the very least, an opportunity that can allow them to ascend to power. 

While Grayland prepares for disaster, others are preparing for a civil war, a war that will take place in the halls of power, the markets of business and the altars of worship as much as it will take place between spaceships and battlefields. The Emperox and her allies are smart and resourceful, but then so are her enemies. Nothing about this power struggle will be simple or easy... and all of humanity will be caught in its widening gyre.

Trade hardcover (signed): $26.99

 

Ann Leckie's Provenance begins shipping this week

July 1st

Provenance by Ann Leckie

 

We're happy to let you know that, as of mid-week, copies of the signed numbered edition of Ann Leckie's Provenance will be en route to customers. 

If you haven't ordered your copy yet, here's the info:

On the planet Hwae, objects called vestiges hold an unparalleled place of honor. These antique relics are not simple mementos, but tangible representations of important places and people in history. To hold the right vestige brings nothing less than political power, and to forge a vestige is a crime akin to a moral taboo.

Ingray seeks nothing more than the approval of her foster mother, politician Netano. So much so, in fact, that in the hope of gaining Netano’s approval and perhaps being chosen as her successor she pays to get the infamous thief Pahlad Budrakim off a prison planet. Her hope is that Pahlad will reveal the location of crucial and stolen family vestiges. But political games are always dangerous, and soon Ingray finds herself at the center of a murder investigation with stakes that stretch far beyond the confines of her family and Hwae.

With standalone novel ProvenanceNew York Times bestselling author Ann Leckie returns to the Imperial Radch universe of her Hugo, Nebula, Arthur C. Clarke and Locus Award-winning trilogy to tell another powerfully essential story.

Limited: 500 signed numbered hardcover copies: $50

Announcing Broken Angels by Richard K. Morgan

June 27th

Broken Angels by Richard K Morgan

 

We’re pleased to announce that we’ve lined up signed limited editions of Broken Angels and Woken Furies by Richard K. Morgan. They’ll be illustrated by Vincent Chong to match our edition of Altered Carbon, published a decade ago.

We’re noting this on our main news page even though not everyone is currently eligible to order a copy, because we fear that all of those eligible to order Broken Angels won’t hear about it in time.

Also, please note that the exclusive preorder period for Broken Angels ends August 1, 2018.

Important notes:

-- Only those who own the limited or lettered edition of Altered Carbon may order the corresponding edition and quantity of Broken Angels at this time.

-- As we no longer have a record of who ordered what copy, you must indicate your copy letter or number when ordering.

-- If more than one person claims the same copy, we will have to ask for photographic proof of ownership. We'll post a general announcement when general preordering opens.

-- We will send out an email announcement when open ordering begins for this title.

About the Book:

Broken Angels is the follow-up to Altered Carbon, the novel that put Richard K. Morgan on the map, a fusion of Blade Runner noir and far future hard science tied together with a skull slamming narrative. It's really that good.

Whereas Altered Carbon owed a debt to classic detective fiction, Broken Angels is a war and salvage novel, with the carnage and high energy narrative that goes along with that territory.

The Subterranean Press edition includes a cover and full color interior illustrations by Vincent Chong. One of the illos will be exclusive to the lettered edition.

Broken Angels will be available in two unique editions:

Limited: 500 signed numbered hardcover copies: $85

Lettered: 26 signed lettered copies, leatherbound, housed in a custom traycase: $350

 

Dinged books for as low as $20

June 27th

DJStories by David J Schow

 

Our distributors have not been kind of late, which means we have some bargains for you.

Dinged copies of this trio of titles are only $20 per copy, which is a bargain, when you look at DJStories having over 500 pages, the two-color printing of The Weight of Words, or the limitation of the instant classic novel, Station Eleven.

Once again the books:

-- Station Eleven (Emily St. John Mandel);

-- The Weight of Words (edited by Dave McKean and William Schafer);

-- DJStories (David J. Schow);

 

 

Announcing The Three-Body-Problem by Cixin Liu

June 25th

The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu

 

We're pleased to announce our most anticipated title in some time: The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu, which we'll be publishing in 2019 as an oversized hardcover, printed in two colors on 80# Finch, with a full-color dust jacket and multiple full-color illustrations by Marc Simonetti. The other volumes in The Remembrance of Earth's Past will follow at regular intervals. Those who own the numbered or lettered edition of The Three-Body Problem will get first crack at the next volume, The Dark Forest.

About the Book:

Cixin Liu, China’s preeminent science fiction writer for more than twenty years, first came to the attention of English speaking readers with the 2014 publication of The Three-Body Problem, the opening movement of a dazzling, dizzying trilogy called The Remembrance of Earth’s Past. Its appearance here was an immediate cultural event, and it became the first work in translation ever to win the Hugo Award for Best Novel. It isn’t hard to understand why.

The book takes its title from a classical physics problem involving the effects—gravitational and climatic—of three celestial bodies occupying a limited space. It also refers to an immensely sophisticated “game” in which players enter a world (Trisolaris) dominated by three different suns. Under the shifting influence of these suns, Trisolaris cycles repeatedly between “Chaotic Eras” and “Stable Eras” as their planet moves inexorably toward destruction. When a signal from Earth—a compatible planet—reaches them, the Trisolarians initiate an extremely long-range plan to vacate their dying planet and make Earth their new home.

This is the central element in an enormously erudite narrative that ranges from the Cultural Revolution of 1967 to the imperiled present, illuminating events from the alternating perspectives of its human and non-human protagonists. Seamlessly combining politics, social history, and rigorous hard science, The Three-Body Problem is an alien invasion story unlike any you have ever read. It offers the sort of speculative pleasures only science fiction can provide, and leaves us waiting, satisfied and anxious, for the unpredictable pleasures still to come.

The Subterranean Press edition of The Three-Body Problem will be oversize, printed in two colors throughout on 80# Finch, and feature a number of full-page full-color interior illustrations. The lettered edition will include a gatefold illustration not in the limited.

Limited: 500 signed numbered copies, oversized, printed in two colors: $175

Lettered: 26 signed specially bound copies, housed in a custom traycase: $750

Another great review for Charlie Jane Anders

June 19th

Rock Manning Goes for Broke by Charlie Jane Anders

 

We've been quite fortunate for the reviews that Charlie Jane Anders' absurdist novella, Rock Manning Goes for Broke, has received so far. You can add Publishers Weekly to the venues heaping praise on this timely tale:

“Hugo and Nebula winner Anders (All the Birds in the Sky) glances sideways at current political and social issues in this jittery, vigorous science fiction novella set in a near-future United States… At times hilarious, at times brutal, this is an extremely personal look at how one person tries to survive constant tragedy.”

Limited: 1500 signed numberd hardcover copies: $40

 

More praise for Catherynne M. Valente's The Future is Blue

June 19th

The Future is Blue by Catherynne M Valente

Catherynne M. Valente's major new collection, The Future is Blue, already sports the strongest number of direct orders we've ever received for a book by her.

The newest review makes it even more likely that this hefty collection will sell out on, or shortly after, publication.

From Booklist:

“This collection of short stories showcases Valente’s (Space Opera, 2018) gorgeous way with words and impressive genre flexibility as she moves from science fiction to fairy tale to comedic horror with her singular linguistic flair… Fans of Valente will adore this collection for the same reasons they love her other work; for those unfamiliar, it provides an engrossing and appealing introduction to the many worlds and voices she is capable of producing.”

Limited: 1250 signed numbered hardcover copies: $40

 

Another great review for C. Robert Cargill's Sea of Rust

June 19th

Sea of Rust by C. Robert Cargill

 

We've just discovered another great review for C. Robert Cargill's epic "robot western", Sea of Rust, and wanted to share it with you. Rust is on schedule to ship in November.

From RT Book Reviews (4 ½ Stars):

“For a book with absolutely no human or organic characters, Sea of Rust will truly make you question your humanity, your mortality, and your consciousness while following around a wisecracking scavenger robot…Cargill’s worldbuilding immerses readers in an Earth where robots roam, giving a balanced amount of philosophy, action, melancholy, and humor that makes Sea of Rust an essential for any sci-fi fan.”

Add that to the previous great reviews, and this one's a must buy for any fan of action-oriented science fiction:

From Publishers Weekly (Starred Review):

“Cargill…effectively takes a grim look at a war-torn future where our nonhuman successors face complex moral dilemmas, exploring what it means to be alive and aware [….] This action-packed adventure raises thought-provoking and philosophical questions.”

From Kirkus Reviews:

“Innovative worldbuilding, a tight plot, and cinematic action sequences make for an exciting ride through a blasted landscape full of dying robots.”

Limited: 500 signed numbered hardcover copies: $80

Letttered: 52 signed leathebound copies, housed in a custom traycase: $250

Harlan Ellison's Blood's a Rover shipping this week

June 18th

Bloods a Rover by Harlan Ellison

 

We're thrilled to let you know that Harlan Ellison's Blood's a Rover starts shipping this week. 

Here are cuttings from a few of the reviews for this long-awaited title with the added bonus of a bit from the lengthy new review was posted at Locus.com:

From Paul di Filippo, at Locus.com:

“These pendants to ‘A Boy and His Dog,’ although written at widely separated dates, all exhibit a uniformity of style and approach that contribute to the seamless consistency of this fixup. The story arc—moving from the directionless, pure survivalist tone of the opener, to the hopeful, cooperative outlook of the teleplay, at whose end the trio set out to find fresh shoots of civilization ‘over the hill’—has the remit of a full novel. I will say that the teleplay—probably because of the all-ages medium for which it was intended—is less righteously nasty than the other components, more of a feel-good outing, despite some visually amped-up instances of savagery. But on the whole, this book possesses the heft of a fully plumbed universe.”

From Publishers Weekly:

“Fans have long hoped that Ellison would expand his 1969 Nebula Award–winning novella, ‘A Boy and His Dog’—the basis of a cult classic 1975 film starring Don Johnson—into a novel. This volume comes close to realizing that dream… the arch dialogue throughout carries the stories, and Blood is a perfect smart-mouthed, four-legged hero.”

From Booklist:

“Vic and Blood’s complete adventures are collected here in a definitive edition of the original 1969 novella, ‘A Boy and His Dog,’ later stories, and screenplays from an unproduced television series. Despite the decades-long difference between the oldest and newest tales, the book is tonally consistent, with the welcome exception of a far stronger female character in the later material… There’s some sharp satire present, but the narrative soars highest during the action scenes, when Ellison (Gentleman Junkie, 2013) juggles frenzied battles with masterful style.”

Work on Caitlin R. Kiernan's The Dinosaur Tourist continues

June 17th

The Dinosaur Alphabet by Caitlin R Kiernan

 

With work on the main volume to Caitlin R. Kiernan's new collection, The Dinosaur Tourist, nearly complete, we've turned our attention to the bonus volume that will accompany only the signed limited edition.

The Chartreuse Alphabet is clocking in at 72 pages, a hardcover with foil stamping. As mentioned, it will be available exclusively with the signed limited edition of The Dinosaur Tourist. We just checked and there are roughly 100 copies of the limited not yet spoken for. It may well sell out by publication, or shortly thereafter.

Announcing Who Censored Roger Rabbit? by Gary K. Wolf

June 17th

Who Censored Roger Rabbit by Gary K. Wolf

 

Centipede Press has Gary K. Wolf's classic novel Who Censored Roger Rabbit? on their docket for later this summer, and we've been lucky enough to lock in a handful of copies.

About the Book:

“Who’d want to kill a dumb cartoon bunny?” 

That’s what Eddie Valiant wants to know. Eddie’s the toughest private eye in Los Angeles. He’ll handle any case for any client — if you’re human. If you’re a Toon, not so much. 

Eddie hates Toons. He hates the way they constantly goof around, never take anything seriously. He especially hates the way they talk using word-balloons because they think that’s funny. 

One day, when Eddie’s bank balance dwindles down to zilch, Eddie reluctantly agrees to help Roger Rabbit, a Toon who plays straight man (or should that be straight rabbit) in the Baby Herman cartoon series. Roger wants Eddie to find out who’s been trying to buy the funny bunny’s contract from the DeGreasy Brothers cartoon syndicate. 

When somebody murders Rocco DeGreasy, Roger becomes the prime suspect! 

Then, oh oh, somebody kills Roger too! 

Who censored Roger Rabbit? Who shot Rocco DeGreasy? Was it Roger? Or maybe Roger’s hot-cha-cha wifey-poo, Jessica Rabbit? Why had Jessica — a pretty steamy number for a Toon — ever married this dopey bunny in the first place? Why does Roger keep popping up in Eddie’s case even after the rabbit’s dead? 

As Eddie combs L.A. from the DeGreasy Brothers executive suites to Sid Sleaze’s porno comic studio, he uncovers art thefts, blackmail plots…and the cagiest killer he’s ever faced. 

In Who Censored Roger Rabbit?, author Gary K. Wolf created a wonderfully skewed — and totally believable — world made up of equal parts Raymond Chandler, Lewis Carroll, and Looney Tunes. 

This cult classic and highly praised book kick-started the whole resurgence of movie animation. Wolf’s novel became the basis for the blockbuster Walt Disney/Steven Spielberg Academy Award winning film Who Framed Roger Rabbit. 

Be prepared, folks. This is the nitty gritty, witty, and not so pretty original Toontown, the one that exists only in the slightly twisted mind of the author who created the place. In this new, lavish limited edition you’ll see for the first time images of Wolf’s characters as he first conceived and described them. 

Fast action and plenty of laughs pack this riotously surreal ground breaking, spoof of the hard-boiled detective novel. From first page to last, Who Censored Roger Rabbit? is sheer delight. 

This new edition presents the novel with a new introduction by Gary K. Wolf and new artwork by Wayne Anderson. It is signed by both Wolf and Anderson and limited to just 300 copies

Edition Information:

-- Limited to 300 copies, each signed by Gary K. Wolf and Wayne Anderson.
-- New introduction by Gary K. Wolf.
-- New color and black & white artwork by Wayne Anderson.
-- Ribbon marker, head and tail bands, sewn binding, and other extras.
-- Only $60

Hounded by Kevin Hearne in stock and shipping

June 13th

Hounded by Kevin Hearne

We're happy to let you know that the signed numbered edition of Kevin Hearne's Hounded is now in stock and shipping. Additionally, once the first wave of copies is out of the warehouse next week, we expect to have a handful of additional copies available.

Look for us to announce the next volume in the Iron Druid Chronicles, Hexed, in the very near future.

The UK signed limited edition of Robert McCammon's The Listener in stock

June 10th

The Listener UK by Robert McCammon

We have exactly six copies of the oversized UK signed limited editon of The Listener by Robert McCammon in stock and shipping.

About the Book:

SST Publications will be publishing an oversize signed limited edition of Robert McCammon’s new novel, The Listener, and we’re happy to report that we have a handful of copies.

1934. Businesses went under by the hundreds, debt and foreclosures boomed, and breadlines grew in many American cities.

In the midst of this misery, some folks explored unscrupulous ways to make money. Angel-faced John Partlow and carnival huckster Ginger LaFrance are among the worst of this lot. Joining together they leave their small time confidence scams behind to attempt an elaborate kidnapping-for-ransom scheme in New Orleans.

In a different part of town, Curtis Mayhew, a young black man who works as a redcap for the Union Railroad Station, has a reputation for mending quarrels and misunderstandings among his friends. What those friends don't know is that Curtis has a special talent for listening... and he can sometimes hear things that aren't spoken aloud.

One day, Curtis Mayhew's special talent allows him to overhear a child's cry for help (THIS MAN IN THE CAR HE'S GOT A GUN), which draws him into the dangerous world of Partlow and LaFrance.

This gritty depression-era crime thriller is a complex tale enriched by powerfully observed social commentary and hints of the supernatural, and it represents Robert McCammon writing at the very top of his game.

Special Oversized Signed Limited Hardcover Edition:

-- Limited to only 550 Signed & Numbered copies
-- Special illustrated signature page personally signed by the author
-- Deluxe oversized trim size (7”x10” approx.)
-- Printed on 90gsm acid-free paper, with your archive and legacy in mind
-- Bound in full-cloth with coloured head and tail bands
-- Hot foil stamping on the front boards and spine for the ultimate presentation
-- Offset printed and bound with full-colour endpapers
-- Sewn binding for increased durability
-- Gorgeous wrap-around dust jacket art by Vincent Sammy
-- Featuring six stunning never-before-seen interior illustrations
-- Extremely limited ONE-TIME printing of SST Publication's Special Signed Limited Edition—Only 550 copies will be available worldwide. This opportunity will never be presented again!

Reserve your copy today! Don't miss your opportunity to be 1 of just 550 collectors to showcase this Special Oversized Signed Limited Hardcover edition of Robert McCammon’s outstanding new novel The Listener.

 

Open ordering begins for Terry Brooks' The Wishsong of Shannara

June 10th

The Wishsong of Shannara by Terry Brooks

Open ordering has begun for the Grim Oak Press signed limited edition of Terry Brooks' classic epic fantasy, The Wishsong of Shannara. Quantities are limited, so get your order in soon. (Also, preordering Wishsong will allow you the exclusive rights to preorder a matching number of the signed limited edition of Terry's new novel, Street Freaks.)

About the Book:

Before the dawn of mankind, Demons created a book of dark magic, called the Ildatch. This book was so full of their dark essence that it became a living thing, with a will of its own. When the Druids gathered all knowledge and lore of the Old World to themselves in the aftermath of the Great Wars, the book of Ildatch was uncovered after countless millennia. It remained harmless until the Druid Brona found it in the halls of Paranor and began to read and unlock its terrible secrets. Brona was eventually subverted by the very power he sought to control and thus the Warlock Lord was born. Allanon thought that the dark book had been buried in the destruction of the Skull Kingdom after Shea triumphed over the Warlock Lord in The Sword of Shannara, but it soon became apparent that the survivors of the calamity recovered the book, and delved into its arcane knowledge.

The Wishsong of Shannara concludes the original Shannara series. It features several of Terry's best characters, including, Allanon, Brin Ohmsford, and the indomitable weapons master Garet Jax.

The Limited Edition of The Wishsong of Shannara will be a gorgeous tome. It will be leather, have a sewn in ribbon, and will feature eight black and white interior illustrations by Marc Simonetti.

-- Limited to 1000 numbered copies
-- Leather-bound hardcover book with no slipcase
-- Signed by Terry Brooks and artist Marc Simonetti
-- Eight black and white interior plates by Marc Simonetti including full-color dust jacket
-- Sewn black ribbon

 

The Book of Swords in stock and shipping

June 5th

The Book of Swords edited by Gardner Dozois

The signed numbered edition of The Book of Swords has started shipping! Thanks to everyone for their patience as we waited for the slipcases to be manufactured. (For those waiting on the lettered edition, please be patient a bit longer. You'll be rewarded.)

Now that The Book of Swords is shipping, we can mention that Tommy Arnold is at work on the illustrations for the signed limited edition of The Book of Magic, and the signature pages are already circulating. We'll announce it for preorder as soon as we have a designed cover in hand.

Announcing Golden Son by Pierce Brown

June 2nd

Golden Son by Pierce Brown

 

We're thrilled to announce the signed limited edition of Pierce Brown's Golden Son, and show off the tremendous cover that Tommy Arnold painted for it! Please note that the print run for the numbered edition is larger than than for the previous novel, Red Rising, so anyone may order a copy of the numbered edition at this time.  Check out the book's product page for the very specific ordering details. We don't expect copies to last long.

About the Book:

Darrow au Andromedus is now a Peerless Scarred, the pinnacle of Gold achievement, yet finds himself at a loss. In the two years since becoming Primus at the Institute and a scion of House Augustus, he has heard nothing from the Sons of Ares, whose underground rebellion is turning into increasingly destructive terrorism. Mustang is gone, and Sevro and the Howlers are scattered to the furthest reaches of the solar system. Darrow is surrounded by the shining brutality and cruelty of the Golds, the memory and warmth of Eo and her dream fading with each pitiless act of revenge.

A chance encounter brings Darrow back into the fold of Ares, but these are not the Sons who Carved him. These are the angry masses, screaming to destroy the Golds and willing to accept any collateral damage no matter what their Color is. Standing on the precipice, Darrow has a choice: Trust in Ares and reject Eo’s dream, or build the world she wanted. What he chooses will change the fate of all Colors. 

Limited: 750 signed numbered hardcover copies: $80

Mira's Last Dance by Lois McMaster Bujold in stock and shipping

June 2nd

Mira's Last Dance by Lois McMaster Bujold

 

Our current shipping project is the latest Penric novella by Lois McMaster Bujold, Mira's Last Dance. A word to the wise...preorders for this one have run very high, so we might not have enough copies of the trade edition to fill the distributor and large online retailer orders that are arriving daily.

About the Book:

In this sequel to the novella Penric’s Mission, the injured Penric, a Temple sorcerer and learned divine, tries to guide the betrayed General Arisaydia and his widowed sister Nikys across the last hundred miles of hostile Cedonia to safety in the Duchy of Orbas. In the town of Sosie the fugitive party encounters unexpected delays, and even more unexpected opportunities and hazards, as the courtesan Mira of Adria, one of the ten dead women whose imprints make up the personality of the chaos demon Desdemona, comes to the fore with her own special expertise.

Limited: 450 signed numbered hardcover copies: $45

Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover copies: $25

From Publishers Weekly: 

“While Bujold’s entire series has contemplated gender identity issues, this is the first time that one of the female personalities of Penric’s demon has come fully to the fore. Bujold uses this transformation to help her characters glow and concludes this segment with the promise of more to come. Series fans and fantasy readers who seek well-drawn characters will love this tale.”

New Catherynne M. Valente sent to the printer, plus the first review

June 2nd

The Future is Blue by Catherynne M. Valente

 

Catherynne M. Valente's major new collection, The Future is Blue, has just made its way to the printer. At the same itme, we've just received its Publishers Weekly review. Here's the cutting from that:

 “In this challenging collection of 15 reprints and originals with a variety of tones, themes, and styles, Valente’s unique knack for bending genres and confounding the senses is on full display. Her approach is dreamlike, even hallucinatory, leaping from one idea to the next with dizzying frequency and skill. Her multilayered, complicated narratives require careful, in-depth reading to grasp their full meaning.”

As a reminder, The Future is Blue includes three never-before-printed stories, for almost 30,000 words of work exclusive to this collection: “Major Tom,” “Two and Two is Seven,” and the long novelette “Flame, Pearl, Mother, Autumn, Virgin, Sword, Kiss, Blood, Heart, and Grave.” 

Direct preorders for this collection have been stronger than for any book we've done with Cat, so you might want to get your order in.

Limited: 1250 signed numbered hardcover copies: $40

Andy Weir's Artemis in stock -- a few copies remain

May 29th

Artemis by Andy Weir

The oversize signed limited edition of Andy Weir's heist on the moon novel, Artemis, is in stock and shipping. We undersold this one slightly, so there's still time for you to pick up a copy.

About the Book:

Jazz Bashara has been a resident of Artemis, the lone city on the moon, since she was six years old. Too bad for her, she’s not one of the wealthier inhabitants. Instead she lives fifteen levels down in a grungy coffin that’s only good for sleeping. Jazz barely makes ends meet as a porter delivering goods between Artemis’s five bubbles (Armstrong, Aldrin, Conrad, Bean, and Shepard). Of course, not everything she delivers is legal.

So when traffic in simple contraband leads to a potential heist with a major payday, how can Jazz resist? She doesn’t even want to. But as she lays and executes her plans, there’s a problem. The stakes of this gamble put her smack in the middle of a play for control of Artemis itself--a game she’ll be lucky to get out of alive.

From international bestselling author of The Martian Andy Weir comes Artemis, an explosive, compelling thriller that will steal away readers to an inventive lunar landscape.

Limited: 750 signed numbered hardcover copies: $95

From Publishers Weekly (Starred Review):

 “The sophisticated worldbuilding incorporates politics and economics, as well as scientifically plausible ways for a small city to function on the lunar surface. The independent, wisecracking lead could easily sustain a series. Weir leavens the hard SF with a healthy dose of humor.” 

From Library Journal (Starred Review):

“Narrated by a kick-ass leading lady, this thriller has it all—a smart plot, laugh-out-loud funny moments, and really cool science. A four star read.”

The trade hardcover of Kelley Armstrong's Rough Justice to be out of print on publication

May 29th

Rough Justice by Kelley Armstrong

 

We've already shipped the individual orders for the limited and trade editions of Kelley Armstrong's new Cainsville novella, Rough Justice (illustrated by Xavière Daumarie) of which Publishers Weekly said:

“This swift, smoothly written supernatural mystery, told from Gabriel and Olivia’s alternating perspectives, employs a clever twist, expands on Olivia and Gabriel’s relationship and Olivia’s new powers, and poses intelligent questions about the nature of justice. Cainsville fans will enjoy this bite-size treat, which is enhanced by illustrations by Xavière Daumarie.”

We are turning away large retail and distributor orders for Rough Justice, as supply has outstripped our print run but we have held the last 50 copies back for direct order, so consider picking one up today.

Additionally, we have matching sets of the signed limited editions of Rough Justice and Lost Souls, the previous Cainsville novella, availabe for sale as one complete package.

 

Naomi Novik's Golden Age Heads for a Second Printing

May 24th

Golden Age and other stories by Naomi Novik

 

Even though it appeared just last August, demand for Naomi Novik's Golden Age and Other Stories has been so strong that the least expensive trade hardcover we can find on the secondary market is $150, with exactly zero copies of the limited edition easily found.

With Naomi's blessing, we've decided to do a rare (for us) reprint of the trade hardcover, which is being sent to the printer this week, and should ship in just a month or two. We're unlikely to go to a third printing, so if you're one of Naomi's many fans who missed out the first time around, now might be your best chance to pick up a hardcover copy.

Please note that shipping is free on US preorders of the second printing.

About the Book:

Naomi Novik ended her acclaimed, beloved nine-volume Temeraire series last year with a stunning finale, League of Dragons. Fans missing their favorite series can now rejoice: Novik returns with an original Temeraire collection as unique as the world she has created, with each tale inspired by an accompanying piece of fan art.

The Temeraire novels provide a window into an alternate nineteenth century populated with Novik’s own richly human and unforgettably draconic characters as they adventure alongside well-known historical figures. That tradition continues here. Readers will delight at appearances by fan-favorite characters from the series and historical figures like the famed explorer Matteo Ricci. In “Planting Season,” Novik shows us an early glimpse of American dragon John Wampanoag at Boston Harbor. “Golden Age” finds a dragon who believes he remembers being called Celeste hatch from a shipwreck-tossed crate onto an island where he meets others of his kind. But other famous fictional characters are to be discovered here as well. Readers will certainly recognize a certain Miss Bennet (here Captain Bennet) and her suitor, Mr. Darcy, in “Dragons and Decorum.”

Filled with the inventive world-building, rich detail, sparkling wit, and deep emotion that readers have come to expect from Novik’s work, Golden Age and Other Stories is a treasure at home on any Temeraire-lover’s bookshelf.

Trade (Second Printing): Fully cloth bound hardcover copies: $40

From Kirkus (Starred Review):

“So accomplished, absorbing, and wide-ranging is Novik's creation that the stories elicit enormous pleasure… a must-read for all fans of this outstanding series.”

From Publishers Weekly:

“Novik collaborates with her fans in this welcome return to the alternate 19th-century world of her Temeraire series, in which English naval captain William Laurence befriends the newly hatched Chinese dragon he names Temeraire and the two of them enjoy adventures around the globe. Perhaps the best story in the collection is 'Golden Age,' which tells an alternate version of the first meeting between Temeraire (here called Celeste) and Laurence and the formation of their unusual bond.”

From Library Journal:

 “This illustrated collection, which can serve as a stand-alone or as a companion volume for readers of military fiction and dragon fiction, will bring joy to the series’ many admirers.”

Caitlin R. Kiernan's Houses Under the Sea limited in stock for the last time

May 24th

Houses Under the Sea by Caitlin R Kiernan

 

We've just received another ten copies of Caitlin R. Kiernan's mammoth Lovecraftian collection, Houses Under the Sea, likely the last time we'll be able to reorder from Centipede Press.

In our estimation, this is the collection of the year thus far, both from content and presentation standpoints. Look for copies to be rare on the secondary market.

About the Book:

Since H.P. Lovecraft first invited colleagues such as Frank Belknap Long and Robert Bloch (among others) to join in his creation of what has come to be known as “The Cthulhu Mythos” (over Lovecraft’s less invocative name of “Yog-Sothery”), dozens of authors have tried their hand at adding to this vast tapestry with varying degrees of success. Some, like the then teen-aged Ramsey Campbell, used the Mythos as a starting point to his own career while still finding his own authorial voice (The Inhabitant of the Lake and Less Welcome Tenants, Arkham House 1964); others, like Stephen King and Neil Gaiman, did so at the height of their careers, paying homage to an author who had been such a tremendous inspiration to them. But no one, absolutely no one, has contributed such a body of brilliant and profoundly original work to the Mythos as has Caitlín R. Kiernan. 

The stories are fully illustrated with over 30 new full page illustrations by Richard A. Kirk, John Kenn Mortensen, and Vince Locke. The full wraparound dustjacket and frontispiece are by Piotr Jablonski.  

In this remarkable collection the author has selected over two dozen of her best Lovecraftian tales ranging from 2000s “Valentian” to her more recent classic “A Mountain Walked” as well as including the complete Dandridge Cycle, as well as a new story, “M Is for Mars.” In short, this is a cornerstone volume for Kiernan fans and Mythos devotees alike. This edition is limited to 500 signed copies, each signed by Caitlín R. Kiernan, Michael Cisco, S.T. Joshi, and the artists: Piotr Jablonski, Richard A. Kirk, John Kenn Mortensen, and Vince Locke. 

Edition Information:

-- Limited to 500 copies, each signed by Caitlín R. Kiernan, Michael Cisco, S.T. Joshi, and the artists: Piotr Jablonski, Richard A. Kirk, John Kenn Mortensen, and Vince Locke.
-- Oversize at 6½ × 11 inches.
-- 552 pages.
-- New introduction by S.T. Joshi.
-- New afterword by Michael Cisco.
-- Full Dutch cloth with two color stamping on spine and blind stamp on front board.
-- Clothbound slipcase.
-- Printed endpapers.
-- Ribbon marker, head and tail bands.

Rock Manning gets a star

May 21st

Rock Manning Goes for Broke by Charlie Jane Anders

 

The first review for Charlie Jane Anders' brilliant new novella, Rock Manning Goes for Broke, is in, and we're only too happy to report it's from Booklist, and carries with it an always appreciated star! 

Here's a small bit we can share with you:

“Disaffected young-adult filmmakers who specialize in escapist stunt comedy are caught in a propaganda war in Anders’ sharp, absurdist novella… This gonzo vision of an apocalyptic America is a challenging mixture of both farce and tragedy; it makes its point about the influence and responsibility of the media in the weirdest possible way.”

The lettered edition is long sold out, but copies of the limited are still available for preorder. (And there will be an ebook when the print edition publishes, naturally.)

We've also posted an excerpt from Rock Manning over at the book's product page, so what are you waiting for?

Check out excerpts from Catherynne M. Valente's The Future is Blue

May 20th

The Future is Blue by Catherynne M Valente

Months out from publication, direct orders for Catherynne M. Valente's The Future is Blue are stronger than those for any other book we've published by her.

Once reviews start coming in, we expect demand will only increase.

Head over to the book's product page and check out excerpts from a number of the stories.

About the Book:

We're thrilled to present a major new collection from one of the most dazzling, distinctive voices in the literary world. Catherynne M. Valente, the New York Times bestselling and multiple-award-winning author of The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making and other acclaimed novels, now brings readers thirteen stories unlike any others.

In the title story, Theodore Sturgeon Award-winning novelette “The Future Is Blue,” an outcast girl named Tetley lives on floating Garbagetown, in a world that dreams of the long lost land. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu mythos is explored and reinvented in style in “Down and Out in R’lyeh.” In the novelette “The Limitless Perspective of Master Peek, or, the Luminescence of Debauchery,” Perpetua masquerades as a man in order to continue her father’s business as a glassblower and must fashion a special eye for a queen. And in “The Beasts Who Fought for Fairyland Until the Very End,” the wyvern A-Through-L, the warrior Green Wind and his giant cat the Leopard of Little Breezes cope with their broken-hearted disappointment over politicks as the evil Marquess ascends to rule. 

Of her previous collection, The Bread We Eat in Dreams, the New York Times said, “Valente’s writing DNA is full of fable, fairy tale and myth drawn from deep wells worldwide.” With The Future Is Blue she continues to build and invent unforgettable worlds and characters with lyrical abandon, creating stories that feel old and new at once.

The Future is Blue also includes three never-before-printed stories, for almost 30,000 words of work exclusive to this collection: “Major Tom,” “Two and Two is Seven,” and the long novelette “Flame, Pearl, Mother, Autumn, Virgin, Sword, Kiss, Blood, Heart, and Grave.”

Limited: 1250 signed numbered hardcover copies: $40

Announcing Savage Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs

May 17th

Savage Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs
 
We're pleased to announce that we'll be receiving a very limited quantity of Savage Pellucidar sets by Edgard Rice Burroughs
 
Important Note: Anyone may order Savage Pellucidar. If you ordered Land of Terror from us and would like the same number set for Savage Pellucidar, you must mention the set number when checking out. We did not keep track of which number sets of Land that customers ordered.
 
Important Note #2: The next ERB Books release will be John Carter of Mars. Ordering this set will get you first in line to snag a copy of that certain to be in demand title.
 
Savage Pellucidar—Edgar Rice Burroughs' seventh and final novel in the series is for the first time published by ERB Inc. and G&D with different dust jackets, bindings (red & blue), and front and end matter and a new Foreword by Richard Lupoff. 
 
Each Set Includes:
 
-- Two matching number books (#1-250) signed by Richard Lupoff and artists Bob Eggleton and Thomas Grindberg;
 
-- Color Dust Jackets by Bob Eggleton and Thomas Grindberg.
 
Story Illustrations including:
 
-- Color artwork by Frazetta, Jusko and St. John (newly colorized);
 
-- B&W illustrations by Takebe( 16), Ivie, St. John and Grindberg.
 
Custom Slipcase, High Quality Paper and Bindings-80# Finch in a vellum finish, map endpapers, bookmarks and sewn bindings.
 
First Time in Hardback: the four 2-page illustrations from the pulp publications with reset titles and text, the unused ERB dj blurb and the original last paragraph of the Tiger Girl story.
 
Limited: 248 numbered sets, signed by the illustrators and author of the introduction: $200

Announcing Kingdom of Needle and Bone by Mira Grant

May 14th

Kingdom of Needle and Bone by Mira Grant

We’re proud to announce Kingdom of Needle and Bone, a chilling new 30,000 word novella by Mira Grant, best-selling author of the Newsflesh series. Her previous novellas for us, Rolling in the Deep and Final Girls, both sold out quickly, so don’t hesitate to lock in your copy.

About the Book:

We live in an age of wonders.

Modern medicine has conquered or contained many of the diseases that used to carry children away before their time, reducing mortality and improving health. Vaccination and treatment are widely available, not held in reserve for the chosen few. There are still monsters left to fight, but the old ones, the simple ones, trouble us no more.

Or so we thought. For with the reduction in danger comes the erosion of memory, as pandemics fade from memory into story into fairy tale. Those old diseases can’t have been so bad, people say, or we wouldn’t be here to talk about them. They don’t matter. They’re never coming back.

How wrong we could be.

It begins with a fever. By the time the spots appear, it’s too late: Morris’s disease is loose on the world, and the bodies of the dead begin to pile high in the streets. When its terrible side consequences for the survivors become clear, something must be done, or the dying will never stop. For Dr. Isabella Gauley, whose niece was the first confirmed victim, the route forward is neither clear nor strictly ethical, but it may be the only way to save a world already in crisis. It may be the only way to atone for her part in everything that’s happened.

She will never be forgiven, not by herself, and not by anyone else. But she can, perhaps, do the right thing.

We live in an age of monsters.

Limited: 1250 signed numbered hardcover copies: $40

An early review of Mira's Last Dance by Lois McMaster Bujold

May 14th

Miras Last Dance by Lois McMaster Bujold

 

Lois McMaster Bujold's newest novella, Mira's Last Dance, has just received a generous review from Publishers Weekly, part of which we're only too happy to share with you. (We'd share it all, but copyright laws get in the way.)

“While Bujold’s entire series has contemplated gender identity issues, this is the first time that one of the female personalities of Penric’s demon has come fully to the fore. Bujold uses this transformation to help her characters glow and concludes this segment with the promise of more to come. Series fans and fantasy readers who seek well-drawn characters will love this tale.”

Mira's Last Dance is at the printer, right on schedule for its June release.

Limited: 450 signed numbered hardcover copies: $45

Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover copies: $25

John Scalzi's The Human Division coming soon!

May 14th

The Human Division by John Scalzi

John Scalzi's longest novel in the Old Man's War series, The Human Division, has just been sent to the printer. As many of you know, The Human Division was originally published as thirteen separate ebook installments, each with a landscape John Harris illustration. For the first time ever in print, these gorgeous pieces are included as a full-color portfolio in our edition.

About the Book:

The Colonial Union stands on the precipice of chaos. Newly estranged from the Earth, the source of its soldiers and colonists, humanity’s union of planets is increasingly vulnerable to the alien species that it has warred with for centuries... and increasingly suspicious of The Conclave, a new confederation of alien worlds that many in the Colonial Union believe signals the end of human freedom in the galaxy.

Pressed to change in these times of decreasing resources and dwindling option, the Colonial Union tries a new strategy: Diplomacy. It is reaching out to species that in other times they might have fought. But even as the Colonial Union moves toward peace, it becomes increasingly clear that some would prefer other, more dangerous paths... paths that could lead to the extinction of the human race. Diplomats, soldiers, colonists and aliens alike are caught up in a grand game, where not all the players are seen, nor all their motivations obvious.

John Scalzi returns to the best-selling, Hugo-nominated “Old Man’s War” universe, with thirteen tales which taken together create a novel of intrigue and action, and push human and alien alike to the breaking point. 

Limited: 500 signed numbered hardcover copies: $80

Lettered: 26 signed leatherbound copies, housed in a custom traycase: $250

Ann Leckie's Provenance sent to the printer

May 14th

Provenance by Ann Leckie

The signed limited edition of Ann Leckie's 2018 Hugo award-nominated novel, Provenance, has just been sent to the printer.

About the Book:

On the planet Hwae, objects called vestiges hold an unparalleled place of honor. These antique relics are not simple mementos, but tangible representations of important places and people in history. To hold the right vestige brings nothing less than political power, and to forge a vestige is a crime akin to a moral taboo.

Ingray seeks nothing more than the approval of her foster mother, politician Netano. So much so, in fact, that in the hope of gaining Netano’s approval and perhaps being chosen as her successor she pays to get the infamous thief Pahlad Budrakim off a prison planet. Her hope is that Pahlad will reveal the location of crucial and stolen family vestiges. But political games are always dangerous, and soon Ingray finds herself at the center of a murder investigation with stakes that stretch far beyond the confines of her family and Hwae.

With standalone novel ProvenanceNew York Times bestselling author Ann Leckie returns to the Imperial Radch universe of her Hugo, Nebula, Arthur C. Clarke and Locus Award-winning trilogy to tell another powerfully essential story.

Limited: 500 signed numbered hardcover copies: $50

Another stellar review for Harlan Ellison's Blood's a Rover

May 10th

Bloods a Rover by Harlan Ellison

Harlan Ellison's legendary Blood's a Rover has picked up another pre-publication review that will push it closer to out-of-print on publication status.

This one's from Booklist, and reads, in part:

“Vic and Blood’s complete adventures are collected here in a definitive edition of the original 1969 novella, ‘A Boy and His Dog,’ later stories, and screenplays from an unproduced television series. Despite the decades-long difference between the oldest and newest tales, the book is tonally consistent, with the welcome exception of a far stronger female character in the later material… There’s some sharp satire present, but the narrative soars highest during the action scenes, when Ellison (Gentleman Junkie, 2013) juggles frenzied battles with masterful style.”

Incidentally, the editor for this project, Jason Davis, has been kind enough to sign approximately 100 signature sheets to be tipped into the trade edition. Our lifetimers will get copies, of course, as will Harlan and Jason. The rest will be distributed randomly through copies ordered direct from SubPress and our regular specialty retailers.

Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover copies: $40

Interior illustrations for Brandon Sanderson's Legion: Lies of the Beholder just posted

May 10th

Legion Lies of the Beholder by Brandon Sanderson

 

We've just posted the full-color interior illustrations for Brandon Sanderson's Legion: Lies of the Beholder, which is due out in time for the holiday season this year. Lies is already the best-selling direct title since we launched our new site early last year, so you might want to get your order in.

Brandon's star keeps shining brighter, and we're thrilled that he's allowing us to publish the limited edition of the capstone novella in this series.

Excerpts from Joe R. Lansdale's Driving to Geronimo's Grave just posted

May 10th

Driving to Geronimos Grave by Joe R Lansdale

We've just posted part of the introduction and a number of story openings from Joe R. Lansdale's major new all-novelette collection, Driving to Geronimo's Grave and Other Stories over at the book's page.

Head over and have a look at the different voices displayed in:

-- Driving to Geronimo's Grave

-- In the Mad Mountains

-- Wrestling Jesus

-- Robo Rapid

-- The Projectionist

-- Everything Sparkles in Hell

Limited: 1500 signed numbered hardcover copies: $40

Caitlin R. Kiernan's Houses Under the Sea in stock and shipping

May 3rd

Houses Under the Sea by Caitlin R Kiernan
 
 
 
We've just received our copies of Caitlin R. Kiernan's Houses Under the Sea, a huge (over 550 pages, with an oversize 6 1/2 by 11 inch trim size) gathering of her best Lovecraftian tales.
 
Copies are shipping right now, and only a handful remain.

This book is a high water mark for Centipede Press, with over thirty interior illustrations, a fine binding, two-tone slipcase, and show stopping dust jacket by Piotr Jablonski.
 
Limited: 500 signed numbered oversize copies, housed in a two-tone slipcase: $225

Order the signed limited edition of Charles de Lint's The Wind in His Heart today!

May 3rd

The Wind in His Heart by Charles de Lint

The good folks at PS Publishing have been kind enough to allocate additional copies of the signed limited edition of The Wind in His HeartCharles de Lint's first adult novel in eight years.

This long (over 600 pages) novel is very nicely illustrated by Cory and Catska Ench, and we blew through our first allotment of copies in less than a day. Get your order in early, as it's unlikely we'll be able to score more copies, and early reviews are pegging this as a novel not to be missed.
 
Limited: 500 signed numbered hardcover copies: $65

On things to come -- Carlos Ruiz Zafon

May 3rd

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
 
 
I'm absolutely delighted to let you know that we've just signed the contract to publish the signed limited edition of The Labyrinth of the SpiritsCarlos Ruiz Zafon's conclusion to The Cemetery of Forgotten Books.
 
I've been lucky enough to spend the past few weeks, through the grace of the author and his publisher, reading Labyrinth, by far the longest and most complex entry in the series of interconnected novels.
 
(Speaking of interconnected novels, they're a rare breed, even more so than trilogies or open-ended series. I can't think of another sequence this ambitious, this accomplished than Peter Straub's Blue Rose novels and stories that first appeared beginning some thirty years ago. To be sure, Carlos' aims are different than Peter's, but it's a testament to the man I consider our finest working writer [aided no doubt by the illuminating work of his translator, Lucia Graves] that he's met the high bar that Peter set.)
 
For my money, Labyrinth is also the best novel that Carlos has yet written. More on that project as Vincent Chong works on the art. You can look for Labyrinth to be a highlight of our 2019 schedule.
 
Now, on to other matters...
 
If everything goes to plan -- this has been an especially chaotic week -- we'll have at least one sale, and possibly two next Monday morning. Check in early for bargains galore, some with quite limited quantities.
 
As a teaser, we're in the process of finalizing contracts for a series of books that a ton of people have requested we publish as limited editions. More news on that as soon as the ink is dry.

Stephen King's 'Salem's Lot on hand and for sale again

May 3rd

Salems Lot by Stephen King

 

We have a handful of copies of the nifty PS Publishing limited edition of Stephen King's 'Salem's Lot still on hand, and have finally listed them on our site.

Aside from the art, the really cool thing about this production is that the novel has been broken up into three separate novella-length volumes.

This edition is long sold out at the publisher, and already garners higher prices on the secondary market.

Limited: 974 signed (by the artist, but not by the author) numbered slipcased sets: $125

Excerpts from Caitlin R. Kiernan's The Dinosaur Tourist just posted

April 30th

The Dinosaur Tourist by Caitlin R Kiernan

We've just posted excerpts from a number of stories in Caitlin R. Kiernan's major new collection, The Dinosaur Tourist, over at the book's product page, including those for:

-- The Cats of River Street

-- Whilst the Night Rejoices Profound and Still

-- Ballad of an Echo Whisperer

-- The Cripple and the Starfish

-- Whisper Road (Murder Ballad No. 9)

-- Excerpts fromAn Eschatology Quadrille

-- The Dinosaur Tourist (Murder Ballad No. 11)

The signed limited edition of the collection, especially, continues to sell strongly. It will be accompanied by the bonus hardcover volume, The Chartreuse Alphabet. We'll be surprised if it's not sold out by publication.

Announcing Houses Under the Sea by Caitlin R. Kiernan

April 25th

Houses Under the Sea by Caitlin R. Kiernan

 

In Houses Under the Sea, this remarkable collection from Centipede Press, Caitlin R. Kiernan has selected over two dozen of her best Lovecraftian tales ranging from 2000s “Valentian” to her more recent classic “A Mountain Walked” as well as including the complete Dandridge Cycle, as well as a long new story, “M Is for Mars.” In short, this is a cornerstone volume for Kiernan fans and Mythos devotees alike. Please note that we only have fifty copies availale for sale. We fully expect this book to be sold out upon publication.

About the Book:

Since H.P. Lovecraft first invited colleagues such as Frank Belknap Long and Robert Bloch (among others) to join in his creation of what has come to be known as “The Cthulhu Mythos” (over Lovecraft’s less invocative name of “Yog-Sothery”), dozens of authors have tried their hand at adding to this vast tapestry with varying degrees of success. Some, like the then teen-aged Ramsey Campbell, used the Mythos as a starting point to his own career while still finding his own authorial voice (The Inhabitant of the Lake and Less Welcome Tenants, Arkham House 1964); others, like Stephen King and Neil Gaiman, did so at the height of their careers, paying homage to an author who had been such a tremendous inspiration to them. But no one, absolutely no one, has contributed such a body of brilliant and profoundly original work to the Mythos as has Caitlín R. Kiernan. 

The stories are fully illustrated with over 30 new full page illustrations by Richard A. Kirk, John Kenn Mortensen, and Vince Locke. The full wraparound dustjacket and frontispiece are by Piotr Jablonski.  

In this remarkable collection the author has selected over two dozen of her best Lovecraftian tales ranging from 2000s “Valentian” to her more recent classic “A Mountain Walked” as well as including the complete Dandridge Cycle, as well as a new story, “M Is for Mars.” In short, this is a cornerstone volume for Kiernan fans and Mythos devotees alike. This edition is limited to 500 signed copies, each signed by Caitlín R. Kiernan, Michael Cisco, S.T. Joshi, and the artists: Piotr Jablonski, Richard A. Kirk, John Kenn Mortensen, and Vince Locke. We fully expect this book to be sold out upon publication.

Edition Information:

Limited: 500 copies, each signed by Caitlín R. Kiernan, Michael Cisco, S.T. Joshi, and the artists: Piotr Jablonski, Richard A. Kirk, John Kenn Mortensen, and Vince Locke: $225

-- Oversize at 6½ × 11 inches.

-- 552 pages.

-- New introduction by S.T. Joshi.

-- New afterword by Michael Cisco.

-- Full Dutch cloth with two color stamping on spine and blind stamp on front board.

-- Clothbound slipcase.

-- Printed endpapers.

-- Ribbon marker, head and tail bands.

Greg Egan's Phoresis in stock and shipping!

April 25th

Phoresis by Greg Egan

We're only too happy to let you know that we're prepping orders for Greg Egan's epic new 40,000 word sf novella, Phoresis, with copies slated to start shipping tomorrow. Phoresis has garnered rave reviews and led to strong distributor orders. We don't expect this one to be around long.

Limited: 1000 numbered hardcover copies: $40

From Publishers Weekly (Starred Review):

“Egan’s gripping and surprisingly accessible short novel centers on the weird but consistent and intriguing science that has become his hallmark. Though short, this science-driven tale has an epic feel…”

From Booklist (Starred Review):

“Phoresis is an elegant, spare, evocative jewel of a novella told in three parts.”

From Kirkus Reviews:

“Dazzling new novella from an author (Dichronauts, 2017, etc.) who specializes in inventing seriously weird worlds and making them real.”

From Locus:

“The story is intensely procedural, driven by two sets of processes: conceiving, planning, and organizing the various projects and then actually building and using them. The speculative-engineering side of the novel almost evades the feeling of fiction—it deals with orbital mechanics, strength of materials, the load-bearing qualities of ice, and such practical details.”

Kevin Hearne — Hounded just sent to the printer

April 25th

Hounded by Kevin Hearne

 

The first installment in Kevin Hearne's Iron Druid Chronicles, Hounded, has just been sent to the printer. Those lucky enough to have preorderd this sold out limited edition will be happy to know that we're already hard at work on the next volume, Hexed.

Announcing Driving to Geronimo's Grave and Other Stories by Joe R. Lansdale

April 23rd

Driving to Geronimos Grave by Joe R Lansale

 

We're pleased to present Driving to Geronimo's Grave and Other Stories, an all-novelette collection by multi-award winner and mojo storyteller Joe R. Lansdale. As an added bonus, the capstone to the volume, "Everything Sparkles in Hell" is a long new Deadwood Dick tale. Long-time Lansdale readers will remember him as the protagonist from Joe's acclaimed novel, Paradise Sky. The title story is captured perfectly by the Dustbowl Era cover illustration by SubPress favorite Ken Laager.

About the Book:

From the Dusty Great Depression to the far future, to the wild west, to the era of big fin automobiles, soda shops and double features, as well as dark journey on an icy ocean full of ravenous sharks and a fantastic shipwreck that leads its survivors into a nightmarish Lovecraftian world of monsters and mystery, Joe R. Lansdale returns with a pack of stories for your consumption and enjoyment. 

There’s even killer machines, a big ole grizzly bear, and entertaining story notes.

Joe R. Lansdale has been writing novels and stories, as well as screenplays and comics, for over forty-five years, and this is his latest concoction, encompassing stories informed by a variety of genres, but not quite comfortably fitting into any of them. 

The reason is simple. 

Joe R. Lansdale is his own genre.

Limited:1500 signed numbered hardcover copies: $40

Table of Contents:

-- Introduction
-- Driving to Geronimo’s Grave
-- In the Mad Mountains
-- Wrestling Jesus
-- Robo Rapid
-- The Projectionist
-- Everything Sparkles in Hell

James S. A. Corey's Nemesis Games shipping

April 23rd

Nemesis Games by James S A Corey

 

The big shipping project for the early part of this week is the signed limited edition of James S. A. Corey's Nemesis Games. (The lettered edition will take a few more months to complete.)

If you're waiting on the limited, please be patient. Your shipping notification should be along soon.

Readers will be happy to know that we're hard at work on the next entry in the series, Babylon's Ashes — the cover art by Daniel Dociu is, in fact, already in hand, and the book proper has been designed and is currently being proofed. Look for an exclusive preorder announcement on this one soon.

More accolades for Aliette de Bodard's The Tea Master and the Detective

April 20th

The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard

 

Aliette de Bodard's striking new novella, The Tea Master and the Detective, continues picking up rave reviews. The latest is from The New York Times, which we're only too happy to share a bit of with you:

“This isn’t a tidy transposition of Holmes and Watson into far-future space, for all that the elements of homage (Long Chau is an abrasive self-medicating ‘consulting detective’) shine through. The Shadow’s Child is a fully realized character in her own right, and the dislike she feels for Long Chau is sustained and justified. Instead it’s a window onto a beautifully developed world that widens the meaning of space opera, one that centers on Chinese and Vietnamese cultures and customs instead of Western military conventions, and is all the more welcome for it.

If the ebook is more to your liking, well, that version is available, too.

Announcing Sea of Rust by C. Robert Cargill

April 16th

Sea of Rust by C Robert Cargill

One of our favorite books of recent vintage is C. Robert Cargill's Sea of Rust, which we're only too happy to be publishing as a signed limited edition. You might recognize Cargill from his screen credit ("Doctor Strange") or his two excellent previous novels. We think Sea, a "robot western" will be a real crowd pleaser, with a tremendous wraparound dust jacket of robots in battle by Dominic Harman.

Before we get to the book's description, here's what Joe Hill had to say about the novel:

Sea of Rust is a forty-megaton cruise missile of a novel—it’ll blow you away and lay waste to your heart. It is the most visceral, relentless, breathtaking work of SF in any medium since Mad Max: Fury Road.”

About the Book:

Brittle, factory designation HS8795-73, is a former Caregiver robot scavenging the wastes of the two-hundred-mile-long Sea of Rust in former Michigan and Ohio. It’s a world where the last human died 15 years ago, and vast AIs known as OWI, or One World Intelligences, now connect millions of the robots who have forcibly inherited the Earth. Brittle is an outlaw, making her way as best she can by her code, refusing to give up her individuality to an OWI. 

But when Brittle’s own parts begin to break down under threat from another wasteland scavenger, Mercer, she must make an alliance she suspects is foolhardly. But it’s the only chance she has for survival. Guiding other bots across the Sea of Rust she knows so well under constant dangers—including not just insane robots, but the larger conflict between two OWIs—Brittle relives memories of the time before, the humans she knew, and the death of humanity as she fights to live to see another sunset.

With Sea of Rust, acclaimed author, screenwriter, and film critic C. Robert Cargill has created an unforgettable post-apocalyptic “robot western.” Calling it “visceral, relentless, breathtaking,” New York Times bestselling author Joe Hill says Sea of Rust is “a forty-megaton cruise missile of a novel--it’ll blow you away and lay waste to your heart.”

Limited: 500 signed numbered hardcover copies: $80

Lettered: 52 signed leatherbound copies, housed in a custom traycase: $250

From Publishers Weekly (Starred Review):

“Cargill…effectively takes a grim look at a war-torn future where our nonhuman successors face complex moral dilemmas, exploring what it means to be alive and aware [….] This action-packed adventure raises thought-provoking and philosophical questions.”

From Kirkus Reviews:

“Innovative worldbuilding, a tight plot, and cinematic action sequences make for an exciting ride through a blasted landscape full of dying robots.”

From Seattle Book Review:

Sea of Rust is compellingly original and executed with irresistible storytelling. Its straightforward plot will appeal to sci-fi novices and experts alike. Brimming with exciting action, unexpected twists, and honest feeling, C. Robert Cargill’s novel is a must-read.”

 

Announcing The Wind in His Heart by Charles de Lint

April 16th

The Wind in His Heart by Charles de Lint

Charles de Lint returns wth his first new adult novel in eight years! The signed limited edition of The Wind in His Heart is being published by our pals at PS Publishing, and we've locked in a handful of copies for our customers. This is a long (over 600 pages) read full of de Lint's joyous prose you won't want to miss. 

About the Book:

Ottawa author Charles de Lint has finally returned to adult fiction with the release of his first major fantasy novel in eight years, The Wind in His Heart

The new novel weaves a rich tapestry of story. Young Thomas Corn Eyes sees into the otherworld, but all he wants to do is get off the rez. Steve Cole escaped from his rock star life to disappear into the desert and mountains. Fifteen-year-old barrio kid Sadie Higgins has been discarded once too often. Blogger Leah Hardin needs to leave Newford, come to terms with the suicide of her best friend, and actually engage with her life. When these lives collide in the Hierro Maderas Mountains, they must struggle to escape their messy pasts and find a way to carve a future for themselves. 

In recent years de Lint took a break from adult fiction to focus on juvenile books, which were weathering the rocky publishing business with greater stability. His young adult Wildlings trilogy earned him two Aurora awards; his middle grade novel The Cats of Tanglewood Forest won the Sunburst award and was also chosen by the New York Times as one of the top six children’s books of 2013.

The Wind in His Heart took de Lint three years to write. Rather than go the traditional route with a major publisher—which he says would have been simpler and probably far more lucrative—de Lint prefers the creative freedom that independent publishing offers him. The novel is was published under his own imprint, Triskell Press, but it ended up as a hybrid indie/traditional release since Recorded Books, the “Rolls Royce of audiobook publishers” snapped up the audio rights when the editor read and loved the novel, and British specialty publisher PS Publishing grabbed limited edition hardcover rights.

Limited: 500 signed numbered hardcover copies: $65

New Connie Willis shipping -- very low stock

April 13th

I Met a Traveller in an Antique Land by Connie Willis

 

We're happy to report that demand for Connie Willis' novella, I Met a Traveller in an Antique Land, has been so heavy that the book will be out of print once we fill all of the distributor and large online bookstore orders.

However, we've held back the last 50 copies to sell direct to our customers, so if you're a fan of the "magic shop" tale, or Connie's spot on writing, you can't go wrong. Before getting to the book's description, we should give a shout out to one of our favorite artists, Jon Foster, whose charming cover perfectly capture's the spirit of Connie's winning tale.

Please note that we'll start shipping copies on April 18.

About the Book:

Jim is in New York City at Christmastime shopping a book based on his blog—Gone for Good— premised on the fact that “being nostalgic for things that have disappeared is ridiculous.” Progress decides for people what they need and what’s obsolete. It’s that simple. Of course, not everyone agrees. After Jim bombs a contentious interview with a radio host who defends the sacred technology of the printed, tangible book, he gets caught in a rainstorm only to find himself with no place to take refuge other than a quaint, old-fashioned bookshop.

Ozymandias Books is not just any store. Jim wanders intrigued through stacks of tomes he doesn’t quite recognize the titles of, none with prices. Here he discovers a mysteriously pristine, seemingly endless wonderland of books—where even he gets nostalgic for his childhood favorite. And, yes, the overwhelmed and busy clerk showing him around says they have a copy. But it’s only after Jim leaves that he understands the true nature of Ozymandias and how tragic it is that some things may be gone forever…

From beloved, multiple-award-winning, New York Times best-selling author Connie Willis comes I Met a Traveller in an Antique Land, a novella about the irreplaceable magic of books.

Limited: 1250 signed numbered hardcover copies: $40

John Scalzi Head On shipping update

April 13th

Head On by John Scalzi

We're set to begin shipping John Scalzi's acclaimed new novel, Head On. Copies have been sitting in our warehouse for a little bit, but we've had to honor the official publication date of the novel, so everyone's books will be sent out on April 16 or 17.

Thanks again to everyone who supported our bringing John in for a signing, and to John himself for making the trek to our little warehouse.

Kelley Armstrong receives a glowing review from Publishers Weekly

April 12th

Rough Justice by Kelley Armsrong

Kelley Armstrong's new Cainsville novella, Rough Justice, just received a very strong review from Publishers Weekly, one we think might propel the trade edition into out of print status shortly after the novella is published.

According to Publishers Weekly:

“This swift, smoothly written supernatural mystery, told from Gabriel and Olivia’s alternating perspectives, employs a clever twist, expands on Olivia and Gabriel’s relationship and Olivia’s new powers, and poses intelligent questions about the nature of justice. Cainsville fans will enjoy this bite-size treat, which is enhanced by illustrations by Xavière Daumarie.”

Announcing open ordering for Fritz Leiber's Swords Against Death

April 12th

Swords Against Death by Fritz Leiber

We've just opened up general preordering for the Centipede Press limited and trade editions of Fritz Leiber's Swords Against Death. If you order a copy from us, you'll have first crack at the same edition of the next volume in the series.

Important Note: Anyone may order one copy of each edition of Swords Against Death. If you have already ordered a copy of a specific edition, please do not order another.

About the Book:

In the annals of heroic fantasy one epic tale stands head and shoulders above the rest, spanning sixty years in the telling, the saga of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser has captivated fans ever since Fritz Leiber’s first tale of the duo appeared in the August, 1939 issue of Unknown.The story of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser is among the most enduring in modern fantasy, and Centipede Press is releasing the second of what will be the definitive eight-volume set comprising not only all of the stories by Fritz Leiber (and his friend Harry Fischer), but also the brilliant epilogue to the series, Swords Against the Shadowland by Robin Wayne Bailey.  

The second book in the series, Swords Against Death, features work produced over a thirty-year period, including five classic novelettes of the genre that show Leiber’s progression from excellent to perhaps the very best that the field has ever produced. These five novelettes are ably bolstered by five terrific short stories, demonstrating Leiber’s ability to excel at any length. 

With this volume what really sets the tone for the entire series is that we learn much more about the duo’s supernatural mentors, Sheelba of the Eyeless Face and Ningauble of the Seven Eyes. This book features an introduction by Steve Rasnic Tem and artwork by Dominick Saponaro. It is signed by both of them and also has a family-approved facsimile signature by Fritz Leiber. It features five interior illustrations, a full-color frontispiece, full color wraparound dustjacket, and custom illustrated endpapers. The book includes all of the stories that make up Swords Against Death along with Fritz Leiber’s introduction to Bazaar of the Bizarre, some movie notes by Fritz Leiber, and a rare bonus essay, “Lankhmar and Lands Around.” 

Edition Information:

-- Bound in full black cloth, blind stamping on front board.

-- Illustrations hand-tipped into the book.

-- Introduction by Steve Rasnic Tem.

-- Gorgeous dustjacket on Mohawk Superfine.

-- Head and tail bands, ribbon marker.

-- The limited edition (300 copies) is signed by Steve Rasnic Tem and Dominick Saponaro; the trade edition is unsigned

Shipping update -- Ted Chiang and N. K. Jemisin

April 12th

Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang

 

We've just started shipping the numbered edition of Ted Chiang's Stories of Your Life and Others. This one will take a little longer than usual, as we're wrapping the books in the die-cut dust jackets ourselves, rather than entrusting it to our printer.

We also finished shipping the numbered edition of N. K. Jemisin's The Obelisk Gate earlier this week.

Lettered editions of both titles will take longer to prepare, as traycases need to be made, and, in the case of the Chiang, there's handbinding on the books themselves to be done, as well.

Please note that though we normally have extra copies of titles to release to the public after the initial shipping wave, both of these titles are completely sold out, so there will not be any additional copies available.

Announcing The Dinosaur Tourist by Caitlin R. Kiernan

April 9th

The Dinosaur Tourist by Caitlin R Kieran

 

We're thrilled to announce Caitlin R. Kiernan's major new collection, The Dinosaur Tourist, which gathers 130,000 words of horrors and wonders the likes of which you've never before encountered.

About the Book:

Almost nothing is only what it seems to be at first glance. Appearances can be deceiving and first impressions often lead us disastrously astray. If we're not careful, assumption and expectation can betray us all the way to madness and death and damnation. In The Dinosaur Tourist, Caitlín R. Kiernan's fifteenth collection of short fiction, nineteen tales of the unexpected and the uncanny explore that treacherous gulf between what we suppose the world to be and what might actually be waiting out beyond the edges of our day-to-day experience. A mirror may be a window into another time. A cat may be our salvation. Your lover may be a fabulous being. And a hitchhiker may turn out to be anyone at all.

Limited: 600 signed numbered copies, bound in leather, accompanied by the exclusive bonus hardcover, The Chartreuse Alphabet: $60

Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover: $40

Open ordering begins for Ann Leckie's Provenance

April 9th

Provenance by Ann Beckie

We've openend up general preordering for the signed limited edition of Ann Leckie's Hugo-nominated novel, Provenance.

About the Book:

With standalone novel ProvenanceNew York Times bestselling author Ann Leckie returns to the Imperial Radch universe of her Hugo, Nebula, Arthur C. Clarke and Locus Award-winning trilogy to tell another powerfully essential story.

On the planet Hwae, objects called vestiges hold an unparalleled place of honor. These antique relics are not simple mementos, but tangible representations of important places and people in history. To hold the right vestige brings nothing less than political power, and to forge a vestige is a crime akin to a moral taboo.

Ingray seeks nothing more than the approval of her foster mother, politician Netano. So much so, in fact, that in the hope of gaining Netano’s approval and perhaps being chosen as her successor she pays to get the infamous thief Pahlad Budrakim off a prison planet. Her hope is that Pahlad will reveal the location of crucial and stolen family vestiges. But political games are always dangerous, and soon Ingray finds herself at the center of a murder investigation with stakes that stretch far beyond the confines of her family and Hwae.

Limited: 500 signed numbered hardcover copies: $50

Announcing Cosmic Interruptions by Joe R. Lansdale

April 9th

Cosmic Interruptions by Joe R Lansdale

 

Joe R. Lansdale has the first in a four volume set of collections coming up from SST Publications. Cosmic Interruptions focuses on the speculative end of fiction. We're getting a very limited quantity of this one, so please order early if you're interested.

About the Book:

Cosmic Interruptions is a collection of speculative fiction by Joe R. Lansdale. The stories here have been grouped as part of a four part set, this first volume loosely falling into the speculative fiction, science fiction, and off-beat fantasy realm. The stories range from alternate universes to dark futures to the warping of time and space, and a variety of unclassifiable items. There is action, humor, whimsy, and a large dollop of what was once called A Sense of Wonder. Future volumes will gather tales of crime and mystery fiction, horror and East Texas Gothic, and historical and western stories. This is a unique chance to gather not only Lansdale’s popular stories, but some that are lesser known and should be known more broadly.

Limited Hardcover Edition Specifications:

-- Limited to only 550 Signed and Hand-Numbered copies

-- Personally signed by Joe R. Lansdale, Vincent Chong and Nino Cammarata on a specially designed signature page

-- Larger 6.14” x 9.21” trim size

-- Printed on 90gsm acid-free paper

-- Bound in full-cloth with coloured head and tail bands

-- Hot foil stamping on the front boards and spine

-- Offset printed and bound with full-colour endpapers

-- Sewn binding for increased durability

-- Epic dust jacket artwork by Vincent Chong, and over TWENTY interior illustrations by Nino Cammarata

-- Extremely limited ONE-TIME printing of only 550 copies!

-- Only $60

 

 

 

Low stock alert on The Father of Lies, plus a great review

April 9th

The Father of Lies by K J Parker

We're down to our last fifteen or so print copies of K. J. Parker's highly praised new collection, The Father of Lies, though I should add that the ebook remains plentiful.

Gardner Dozois praised the collection to the heavens in the latest issue of Locus, a review we're pleased to present in its entirety on the book page.

Meanwhile, here are a few highlights:

“The first major short-story collection of 2018 has appeared: The Father of Liesby K.J. Parker. Parker's work is unlike anything else being done in the fantasy genre—razor-sharp, sardonic, bitingly intelligent, slyly funny. In fact, especially at short lengths, he may be the best writer working in fantasy today, and you're unlikely to see another fantasy collection as strong and quirky as this one in 2018.”

N. K. Jemisin's The Obelisk Gate in stock and shipping

April 8th

The Obelisk Gate by N K Jemisiin

 

We're happy to let you know that we're shipping the signed limited edition of N. K. Jemisin's The Obelisk Gate this week. Please note that the lettered edition is still a few months off, as we wait for the traycases to be made.

We'll announce ordering info for The Stone Sky, volume three of The Broken Earth series, soon.

The first review for Harlan Ellison's Blood's a Rover is in

April 5th

Bloods a Rover by Harlan Ellison

We're just a few short months away from the release of the fifty-years-in-the-making epic Blood's a Rover by Harlan Ellison. The first review, from Publishers Weekly, is in, and we're only to happy to share a cutting from it with you:

“Fans have long hoped that Ellison would expand his 1969 Nebula Award–winning novella, ‘A Boy and His Dog’—the basis of a cult classic 1975 film starring Don Johnson—into a novel. This volume comes close to realizing that dream… the arch dialogue throughout carries the stories, and Blood is a perfect smart-mouthed, four-legged hero.”

Open ordering has begins for Steven Erikson's Toll the Hounds

April 5th

Toll the Hounds by Steven Erikson

Open ordering has begun for Steven Erikson's Toll the Hounds. There aren't a lot of copies left, so we don't expect them to last long. 

Important Note: Individuals/households are only eligible to order one copy of the limited edition. If you have already ordered a limited copy of Toll, please do not order another. There are no extra copies of the lettered edition available at this time.

 

A second chance to order Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds

April 3rd

Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds

 

Time is short if you want to order a copy of the signed limited edition of Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds. Because the books are assembled by hand, they're released in small batches. Our second batch will be sent to us early next week. In addition to customers who've been waiting for their already-ordered copies, we have a chance to pick up a handful more, so please order in the next two days if you're interested in this lavish production.

About the Book:

The first limited edition of Alastair Reynolds' ground-breaking novel, Revelation Space. Each numbered book is individually hand signed by Alastair Reynolds. The book features four plates of illustrations made by the author especially for this limited edition. Each set includes eight exclusive art prints of paintings by the author.

The package contains: 

-- a hand bound limited edition book

-- a numbered limitation page signed by Alastair Reynolds and bound into the book

-- an authentication hologram in the book

-- 8 art prints of scenes from the Revelation Space universe, suitable for framing

-- a custom book box

Considered a landmark in science fiction, Revelation Space is a huge, magnificent space opera which ranges across the known and unknown universe towards the most terrifying of destinations.

Nine hundred thousand years ago, something wiped out the Amarantin. For the human colonists now settling the Amarantin homeworld Resurgam it's of little more than academic interest—even after the discovery of a long-hidden, almost perfect Amarantin city and a colossal statue of a winged Amarantin. For brilliant, but ruthless, scientist Dan Sylveste it's more than merely intellectual curiosity. He will stop at nothing to get at the truth, even if that truth costs him everything.

Limited: 750 signed numbered sets: $295

Announcing Legion: Lies of the Beholder by Brandon Sanderson

April 2nd

Legion Lies of the Beholder by Brandon Sanderson

 

We're thrilled to announce Brandon Sanderson's new novella, Legion: Lies of the Beholder, which we're already hard at work on, aiming for a holiday delivery this year.

About the Book:

Brandon Sanderson is one of the most significant fantasists to enter the field in a good many years. His ambitious, multi-volume epics (MistbornThe Stormlight Archive) and Hugo Award-winning The Emperor’s Soul have earned both critical acclaim and a substantial popular following. In the Legion series, distinctly contemporary novellas filled with suspense, humor, and an endless flow of invention, Sanderson has revealed a startling new facet of his singular narrative talent.

Stephen Leeds, AKA “Legion,” is the series hero, a man whose unique mental condition allows him to generate a multitude of personae: hallucinatory entities with a wide variety of personal characteristics and a vast array of highly specialized skills. The third and final entry in the series, Lies of the Beholder, is perhaps the strangest, most unpredictable installment to date.   

The story begins with two seemingly unrelated events: the disappearance of Armando, one of Stephen’s many “aspects,” and an unexpected cry for help from Sandra, the woman who, many years before, helped him learn to live with his condition. These events lead Stephen, along with several of his aspects, to a sinister high-tech firm specializing in advanced methods of human incarceration. The result is a visionary meditation on the mysteries of the human personality. Like the volumes that preceded it, Sanderson’s latest is original, challenging, and utterly absorbing. In Stephen Leeds, a man constantly struggling to understand and control his own divided nature, he has created one of the most compelling heroes in recent popular fiction. Like the best of Sanderson’s work, Lies of the Beholder is something special. It is the clear product of a master storyteller, and it is not to be missed.

Legion: Lies of the Beholder will feature a full-color dust jacket, and two full-page, full-color interior illustrations by Jon Foster.

Limited: 2500 signed numbered hardcover copies: $45

Announcing Rock Manning Goes for Broke by Charlie Jane Anders

April 2nd

Rock Manning Goes for Broke by Charlie Jane Anders

 

We're thrilled to announce a major new novella, Rock Manning Goes for Broke, our first-ever project with Charlie Jane Anders, whose first novel, All the Birds in the Sky, won the Nebula, Locus, and Crawford awards, and was on Time Magazine’s list of the 10 best novels of 2016.

About the Book:

Vikings vs. Steampunks! Ice cream sundae hearse disasters! Roman gladiators meet vacuum-cleaner salesmen! Inappropriate uses of exercise equipment and supermarket trolleys! Unsupervised fires, and reckless destruction of public property! Nothing is off limits.

Rock Manning lives and breathes slapstick comedy, and his whole life is an elaborate tribute to the masters, like Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd and Jackie Chan. With his best friend, Sally Hamster, he creates joyfully chaotic short movies that are full of mayhem and silliness.

But Rock and Sally are becoming famous at a time of unrest, when America's economy has collapsed and people are taking refuge in highly addictive drugs. America's youth are being drafted to take part in endless wars against imaginary enemies overseas, while at home, a fascist militia known as the Red Bandanas is rising to power. As America becomes more mired in violence and destruction, Rock Manning's zany comedy films become the escapist fun that everybody needs.

Over-the-top physical comedy and real-life brutality collide, as Rock and Sally find themselves unable to avoid getting sucked into the slow implosion of their country. The Red Bandanas want Rock Manning to star in propaganda films promoting their movement, and soon Rock and Sally are at the center of the struggle for the soul of America. The trauma and death that Rock witnesses begin to take a toll on him.

When a botched weapon test plunges the world into deeper chaos, Rock and Sally must confront once and for all the outer limits of comedy.

Limited: 1500 signed numbered hardcover copies: $40

Lettered: 26 signed leatherbound copies, housed in a custom traycase: $250

 

Last call to order an inscribed copy of John Scalzi's Head On

March 28th

Head On by John Scalzi

 

Our pal John Scalzi will be in our warehouse next week to sign (and inscribe) copies of his new novel, Head On. While we may have signed copies available after John's visit, you need to place your order ASAP if you want an inscribed one.

Need a nudge? Check out the advance reviews his most excellent novel has received:

From Publishers Weekly (Starred Review):

“Hugo-winner Scalzi returns to the fascinating world of the near-future thriller Lock In with this provocative sequel… Scalzi expands his complex future with master strokes, balancing buddy-cop wryness with thought-provoking social and political commentary. This taut mystery, filled with memorable characters in a well-constructed world, will keep readers on the edges of their seats.”

From Booklist (Starred Review):

“Scalzi is one of the SF genre’s most popular writers, and it’s easy to see why: his prose flows like a river, smoothly carrying us through the story; his characters are beautifully crafted; and his future world is impeccably designed, at the same time wildly imaginative and wholly plausible.”

From Library Journal:

“Scalzi’s accessible prose will keep readers on a page-turning course to the book’s finale.”

Signed trade hardcover: $25.99

Low stock alert -- Subterranean: Tales of Dark Fantasy 2

March 28th

Subterranean Tales of Dark Fantasy 2

We’re at work on the long-awaited third installment of the Subterranean: Tales of Dark Fantasy series, which drove us into the bowels of the warehouse to see what we might find. We turned up a half dozen copies of the signed limited edition of Subterranean: Tales of Dark Fantasy 2, which includes a stunner by Joe Hill, as well as the elusive Joe R. Lansdale chapbook, The Cases of Dana Roberts. There are also a few copies of the trade edition available, which aren’t signed or slipcased, and don’t include the bonus Lansdale chapbook, but do contain all of the excellent stories in the book proper.

Publishers Weekly was kind enough to grace the volume with a Starred Review, excerpted here:

“In Joe Hill's ‘Wolverton Station,’ humans and werewolves meet on the commuter trains outside of London… In ‘A Pulp Called Joe,’ David Prill digs slyly at the terminology of paper while offering an aching glimpse of the evils of inequality. Finally, K.J. Parker serves up a wonderfully dry, comic, under-achieving, freelance wizard in ‘A Room with a View.’ Each tale has an element of the unexpected, playing delightfully on themes of individuality and unsettled outcomes.”

 

Announcing The Complete Borne by Jeff VanderMeer

March 26th

The Complete Borne by Jeff Vandermeer

We're thrilled to announce The Complete Borne by Jeff VanderMeer, scheduled for publication this fall. As you'll read, this volume contains far more than the novel proper, which we expect to help it sell out quickly.

About the Book:

In the course of a career that has spanned more than three decades, Jeff VanderMeer has emerged as one of the most elegant, intelligent literary fantasists of the modern era. His best work bears comparison to such established masters as John Crowley and Ursula K. Le Guin, and he keeps getting better, book after book. In 2017, he followed his groundbreaking Southern Reach Trilogy with the powerful dystopian fantasy, Borne. In The Complete Borne, VanderMeer expands that novel’s original vision through supplementary narratives that enlarge our understanding of his astonishing fictional world. 

The centerpiece of this collection is the original novel itself. Borne offers a portrait of a broken, toxic future dominated by three elements: the immense flying bear known as Mord, an elusive figure called simply the Magician, and the remnants of a once powerful organization called The Company. Into this dying world come Rachel, a woman who survives by scavenging food and discarded “biotech,” and Borne, a bizarre and protean figure unlike any you have ever encountered. Their evolving relationship forms the heart of the novel and leads to a conclusion you will never forget.

Borne is filled with strange, often misbegotten creatures, the products of unchecked Company experiments. In a heavily illustrated supplement called “Teem’s Bestiary,” we learn a great deal about the nature and history of such singular creatures as memory beetles, mudskippers, damsel flies and red salamanders. Of special note is the perhaps mythical creature known simply as “Strange Bird,” the title figure of the harrowing—and deeply affecting—29,000 word novella that follows.

“Strange Bird” begins with the nameless bird’s escape from a sinister laboratory—the only home she has ever known—into a world of unaccustomed freedom. She is a purely innocent creature searching for love, a sense of purpose, and a place to call home. What she finds is something very different. Her journey through assorted hazards toward an unforeseen transformation has the feel of a tightly compressed epic. Like everything else in this volume, it is original, enthralling, and impossible to forget.

The Complete Borne ends with “The Three”, a brand-new story. The tale is typically engaging, readable, and beautifully written. It also adds a crucial layer to the fictional edifice that VanderMeer has built.

Taken individually, the pieces in this collection all offer their own self-contained pleasures. Taken together, they form a sort of narrative mosaic in which the whole truly is more than the sum of its dazzling parts. The Complete Borne takes us to a world that is grim, frequently frightening, and paradoxically beautiful. This is literary fantasy at its deepest and most developed. It doesn’t get better than this.

Lettered: 52 signed leatherbound copies, housed in a custom traycase: $350

Limited: 500 signed numbered hardcover copies: $85

Table of Contents:

-- Borne (novel)
-- Strange Bird (novella)
-- The Three (short story)
-- Teem’s Bestiary (illustrated, including never-before-published-entries)

 

From Publishers Weekly (Starred Review):

“VanderMeer, author of the acclaimed Southern Reach trilogy, has made a career out of eluding genre classifications, and with Borne he essentially invents a new one… Reading like a dispatch from a world lodged somewhere between science fiction, myth, and a video game, the textures of Borne shift as freely as those of the titular whatsit. What’s even more remarkable is the reservoirs of feeling that VanderMeer is able to tap into…resulting in something more than just weird fiction: weird literature.”

From Booklist (Starred Review):

“VanderMeer offers another conceptual cautionary tale of corporate greed, scientific hubris, and precarious survival…VanderMeer marries bildungsroman, domestic drama, love story, and survival thriller into one compelling, intelligent story centered not around the gee-whiz novelty of a flying bear but around complex, vulnerable characters struggling with what it means to be a person. VanderMeer’s talent for immersive world-building and stunning imagery is on display in this weird, challenging, but always heartfelt novel.”

From Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review):

“Supremely literary, distinctly unusual…VanderMeer’s deep talent for worldbuilding takes him into realms more reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road than of the Shire. Superb.”

From Colson Whitehead:

“Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy was an ever-creeping map of the apocalypse; with Borne he continues his investigation into the malevolent grace of the world, and it’s a thorough marvel.”

From Esquire:

“Borne, the latest from sci-fi savant Jeff VanderMeer, begins innocently enough: Girl meets strange plantlike creature. But if you haven’t read his haunting Southern Reach trilogy, prepare yourself—this is Walden gone horribly wrong.”

Best of the Year Lists

-- The Los Angeles Times
-- The Boston Globe
-- PopSugar
-- Financial Times
-- Chicago Review of Books
-- Huffington Post
-- San Francisco Chronicle
-- Thrillist
-- Book Riot
-- National Post (Canada)
-- Kirkus Reviews
-- Publishers Weekly

 

Announcing two very exclusive Ramsey Campbell signed limited editions

March 25th

The Doll Who Ate His Mother by Ramsey Campbell

We’re pleased to offer matching numbers of two very limited editions of classic Ramsey Campbell novels (The Doll Who Ate His Mother and The Parasite) from our pals at Centipede Press. We're only getting ten of each, so act fast if you're interested.

Please Note: We’re only selling these books as matched sets, given the very limited quantity of each we’ll be receiving. Also, these editions are limited to only 150 signed numbered copies apiece. We expect them to sell quickly.

 

Announcing A Voice in the Night by Jack McDevitt

March 18th

A Voice in the Night by Jack McDevitt

 

We're pleased to announce the latest trips into territories near and far in A Voice in the Night, the new 460+ page collection by fan favorite Jack McDevitt.

About the Book:

Jack McDevitt has been a Sherlock Holmes fan since he was a teenager, although he reports that Holmes-style mysteries, whodunits, are not his favorite style. Jack encountered Gilbert Chesterton’s Father Brown tales a few years later and they ultimately became the prime influence in his science fiction. The issue with Father Brown was never a question of who committed the murder, but rather what in heaven’s name is going on here?

Why does an astronaut, in “Cathedral,” sacrifice her life to collide with an asteroid that she knows poses no threat to the Earth? Why does a scientist who’s designed an actual working AI in “The Play’s the Thing,” hide what’s he’s done? How is it that the lives of two people working at Moonbase in “Blinker” depend on a quasar?

In “Lucy,” Jack shows us why sending automated vehicles to explore the distant outposts of the solar system may not be a good idea. And in “Searching for Oz,” an alternate history story, how things might have been if SETI had gotten what it was looking for. He describes our reaction in “Listen Up, Nitwits,” when a voice begins speaking to us, apparently from Jupiter, in Greek. And in “The Lost Equation,” a Holmes adventure, we discover who really was first to arrive at e=mc2.

Jack also provides two episodes, “Maiden Voyage” and “Waiting At the Altar,” from Priscilla Hutchins’ qualification flight; and an effort by a sixteen-year-old Alex Benedict, in the title story with his uncle Gabe and Chase Kolpath’s mom, Tori, who are trying to understand why a brilliant radio entertainer, lost in the stars when his drive unit suffered a malfunction, never said goodbye.

These and thirteen other rides into odd places await the reader. 

Limited: 1000 signed numbered copies: $40

Mammoth new David J. Schow collection in stock and shipping

March 18th

DJStories by David J Schow

David J. Schow's huge career retrospective, DJStories, is in stock with copies flying out the door. Check out the book's product page for David's usual charming and witty flap copy. As well, you'll find a few glowing reviews:

From Publishers Weeky:

“Schow (DJSturbia) takes a nightmarish trip down memory lane with this compilation of stories chosen from nearly 40 years of writing horror… No matter which form of horror he creates, Schow is a master of turning words into disturbing images of death, destruction, and mental mayhem.”

From Kirkus Reviews:

“With nods to cinema, urban horror, and genre satire, Schow offers a feast for fans of his ‘splatterpunk’ stylings, culled from 40 years of outlandish work. However ghastly they may find most stories, readers will find a surprising amount of wry humor and subtlety here and there… Macabre, bloodcurdling, funny, and shocking tales about things that go bump in the night.”

Limited: 1000 signed numbered hardcover copies: $40

Low stock on other publishers' books

March 18th

The Core by Peter V. Brett

We've been going through the Other Publishers' section of our warehouse, turning up a number of titles in very limited quantity (sometimes as few as one), most of which are below, alphabetized by title. (Pretty much the lone exception to this low stock warning is that we have an abundance of signed copies of Peter V. Brett's The Core, and have marked them down to $18 per copy to clear some space.)

Please note that there is a limit of one copy per title per person/household.

Also, though we cannot guarantee it, chances are good that if you order both He'll Come Knockng at Your Door and Tales from Greystone Bay by Robert McCammon that you will receive matching numbers.

Now, the list:

Announcing the UK Signed Limited Edition of The Handyman by Bentley Little

March 16th

The Handyman by Bentley Little

 

We're pleased to let you know that' we'll be getting a handful of copies of the upcoming UK signed limited edition of Bentley Little's new novel, The Handyman.

About the Book:

Daniel Martin has never forgotten his childhood encounters with Frank Watkins, the man who built his family a summer home out of cardboard and plywood.

Frank’s gaze was oddly confusing, as if he was attempting to discern the proper way to behave because he didn’t know how to respond in a human manner, almost like an alien trying to pretend to be human.

Since Frank obviously wasn’t an alien, Daniel thought maybe the man was crazy.

In the end, young Daniel would learn the terrifying truth about Frank Watkins . . .

And as an adult, Daniel is about to discover there are more of them out there . . .

Signed Limited Hardcover Edition:

-- Limited to only 450 Signed & Hand-Numbered copies
-- Personally signed by the author on a specially designed full-colour signature page
-- Larger 6.14” x 9.21” trim size
-- Printed on 90gsm acid-free paper
-- Bound in full-cloth with coloured head and tail bands
-- Hot foil stamping on the front boards and spine
-- Offset printed and bound with full-colour endpapers
-- Sewn binding for increased durability
-- Incredible wraparound dust jacket artwork & six interior illustrations by Ben Baldwin
-- Extremely limited ONE-TIME printing of SST Publication's Special Signed Limited Edition—Only 450 copies will be available worldwide!
-- Only $60

New Stephen King and Joe Hill stories in Flight or Fright

March 12th

Flight or Fright edited by Stephen King and Bev Vincent

We're excited to let you know that we'll be getting a very limited number of copies of the upcoming anthology Fright or Flight, which contains brand new stories by Stephen King and Joe Hill, as well as killer reprints by the likes of Richard Matheson, Dan Simmons, and many others. Our quantities of this, especially of the slipcased limited edition (signed by co-editor Bev Vincent and artist Cortney Skinner).

About the Book:

Fasten your seatbelts for an anthology of turbulent tales curated by Stephen King and Bev Vincent. This exciting new anthology, perfect for airport or airplane reading, includes an original introduction and story notes for each story by Stephen King, along with brand new stories from Stephen King and Joe Hill.

Stephen King hates to fly.

Now he and co-editor Bev Vincent would like to share this fear of flying with you.

Welcome to Flight or Fright, an anthology about all the things that can go horribly wrong when you're suspended six miles in the air, hurtling through space at more than 500 mph and sealed up in a metal tube (like—gulp!—a coffin) with hundreds of strangers. All the ways your trip into the friendly skies can turn into a nightmare, including some we'll bet you've never thought of before... but now you will the next time you walk down the jetway and place your fate in the hands of a total stranger.

Featuring brand new stories by Joe Hill and Stephen King, as well as fourteen classic tales and one poem from the likes of Richard Matheson, Ray Bradbury, Roald Dahl, Dan Simmons, and many others, Flight or Fright is, as King says, "ideal airplane reading, especially on stormy descents... Even if you are safe on the ground, you might want to buckle up nice and tight."

Book a flight with Cemetery Dance Publications for this terrifying new anthology that will have you thinking twice about how you want to reach your final destination.

A Note from Stephen King on the origins of Flight or Fright:
Well, we were sitting around at dinner before a screening of The Dark Tower in Bangor, and there were a lot of people who’d flown in for the big night. I mentioned that I hated flying, and the conversation turned to various airplane stories, some scary and some funny. I said there had never been a collection of flight-based horror stories, although I could think of several (including the Matheson and the Conan Doyle, which are in the book) about the terrors of flight. I said someone ought to do the book. Rich Chizmar said, "I would, in a heartbeat." It took more than one heartbeat, but Flight or Fright is now a book. Bev Vincent, that incredible polymath, agreed to team with me as co-editor, and now the book—including several new stories, one by me and one by my son, Joe Hill—is an actual fact. Bev and I think it would make ideal airplane reading, especially on stormy descents.

A Note from Bev Vincent on the origins of Flight or Fright:
I was sitting next to Rich Chizmar in a Bangor restaurant when Steve came up to us with this idea for an anthology of horror stories involving flying. The fact that we were across the street from Bangor International Airport was especially apropos. Steve and I dug deep to come up with this collection of stories—some of them I'd read before but many of them I hadn't. It was a delight to find tales by some of my favorite authors that fit the loose theme and also to be introduced to several new-to-me writers who had published some chilling tales. Then there's the new stories by Steve and Joe Hill, both of which are terrific and disturbing contributions to this sub-genre. I spent 24 hours total on two flights to and from Japan while working on this project and I spent a lot of time...a LOT of time...thinking about all the things that might go wrong when I was 35,000 feet up hurtling through space at 500 mph in a torpedo with wings. Is it a little twisted that we hope this anthology makes a lot of other people equally nervous the next time they board a flight?

To be published as a trade hardcover edition:

-- Printed on 60# acid-free paper
-- Bound in full-cloth with colored head and tail bands
-- Featuring hot foil stamping on the front boards and spine
-- Printed and bound with full-color endpapers
-- Smyth sewn to create a more durable binding
-- Wrapped in a full-color dust jacket
-- Retail price just $27.95

To be published as a Slipcased Hardcover Artist Edition:

-- Each book hand-numbered and housed in a custom-made slipcase
-- Personally signed by Bev Vincent and Cortney Skinner on a unique signature page
-- Includes exclusive interior artwork by Cortney Skinner that does not appear in the trade edition
-- Printed on 60# acid-free paper
-- Bound in a fine material with colored head and tail bands
-- Featuring hot foil stamping on the front boards and spine
-- Printed and bound with full-color endpapers
-- Smyth sewn to create a more durable binding
-- Wrapped in a DIFFERENT full-color dust jacket featuring artwork by Cortney Skinner
-- Limited ONE TIME printing of this special edition
-- Retail price: $85

 

Announcing The Human Division by John Scalzi

March 12th

The Human Division by John Scalzi

John Scalzi returns to the best-selling, Hugo-nominated “Old Man’s War” universe with The Human Division, thirteen tales which taken together create a novel of intrigue and action, and push human and alien alike to the breaking point.

About the Book:

The Colonial Union stands on the precipice of chaos. Newly estranged from the Earth, the source of its soldiers and colonists, humanity’s union of planets is increasingly vulnerable to the alien species that it has warred with for centuries... and increasingly suspicious of The Conclave, a new confederation of alien worlds that many in the Colonial Union believe signals the end of human freedom in the galaxy.

Pressed to change in these times of decreasing resources and dwindling option, the Colonial Union tries a new strategy: Diplomacy. It is reaching out to species that in other times they might have fought. But even as the Colonial Union moves toward peace, it becomes increasingly clear that some would prefer other, more dangerous paths... paths that could lead to the extinction of the human race. Diplomats, soldiers, colonists and aliens alike are caught up in a grand game, where not all the players are seen, nor all their motivations obvious.

As many of you know, The Human Division was originally published as thirteen separate ebook installments, each with a wraparound John Harris illustration. For the first time ever in print, these gorgeous pieces are included as a full-color portfolio in our edition.

Limited: 500 signed numbered hardcover copies: $80

Lettered: 26 signed leatherbound copies, housed in a custom traycase: $250

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While we have you, if you haven't yet ordered a signed or inscribed of John's upcoming novel, Head On, what have you been waiting for? It's already garnered starred reviews from both Publishers Weeky and Booklist!

A pair of starred reviews for Greg Egan's Phoresis

March 8th

Phoresis by Greg Egan

 

We're within days of sending Greg Egan's generation-spanning novella, Phoresis, to the printer and wanted to share a few things with you. First up is our first-ever cover with Greg Manchess, with which we are inordinately happy.

Next, the early reviews for Phoresis have been amazing, as you can read below:

From Publishers Weekly (Starred Review):

“Egan’s gripping and surprisingly accessible short novel centers on the weird but consistent and intriguing science that has become his hallmark. Though short, this science-driven tale has an epic feel…”

From Booklist (Starred Review):

“Phoresis is an elegant, spare, evocative jewel of a novella told in three parts.”

From Kirkus Reviews:

“Dazzling new novella from an author (Dichronauts, 2017, etc.) who specializes in inventing seriously weird worlds and making them real.”

Andy Weir's Artemis goes to the printer—over 95% sold out

March 7th

Artemis by Andy Weir

 

Andy Weir's acclaimed new sf caper novel, Artemis, has just been sent to the printer, and is on schedule for its May release. We're pleased to let you know that the limited edition is 95% sold out, so if you've been putting off reserving a copy, now's the time to rectify that.

(The kickass wraparound dust jacket art, only part of which we've revealed, is by none other than Daniel Dociu, who's helmed the art for all of our James S. A. Corey novels, as well.)

To nudge you, here's a bit more about the book, and a couple of starred reviews it's received:

If you’re going to commit the perfect crime, you might as well shoot for the moon…

Jazz Bashara has been a resident of Artemis, the lone city on the moon, since she was six years old. Too bad for her, she’s not one of the wealthier inhabitants. Instead she lives fifteen levels down in a grungy coffin that’s only good for sleeping. Jazz barely makes ends meet as a porter delivering goods between Artemis’s five bubbles (Armstrong, Aldrin, Conrad, Bean, and Shepard). Of course, not everything she delivers is legal.

So when traffic in simple contraband leads to a potential heist with a major payday, how can Jazz resist? She doesn’t even want to. But as she lays and executes her plans, there’s a problem. The stakes of this gamble put her smack in the middle of a play for control of Artemis itself--a game she’ll be lucky to get out of alive.

From international bestselling author of The Martian Andy Weir comes Artemis, an explosive, compelling thriller that will steal away readers to an inventive lunar landscape.

Limited: 750 signed numbered hardcover copies: $95

Lettered: 52 signed leatherbound copies, housed in a custom traycase

From Publishers Weekly (Starred Review):

 “The sophisticated worldbuilding incorporates politics and economics, as well as scientifically plausible ways for a small city to function on the lunar surface. The independent, wisecracking lead could easily sustain a series. Weir leavens the hard SF with a healthy dose of humor.” 

From Library Journal (Starred Review):

“Narrated by a kick-ass leading lady, this thriller has it all—a smart plot, laugh-out-loud funny moments, and really cool science. A four star read.”

The PC Sale is now live!

March 7th

Hi.

The PC sale for charity is now over. Thanks to everyone for participating. We raised over $60k for The Michigan Lupus Foundation. I can't express how much I appreciate your support.

All best,

Bill

Announcing the signed limited edition of The Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer -- very limited quantities available

February 28th

The Southern Reach Trilogy signed limited edition by Jeff VanderMeer

 

We're pleased to let you know that we'll be getting in a very small quantity of the signed limited edition of The Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer, due to be published later this year.
 
(For those keeping score at home, and minding their budgets, we'll also be announcing a very exclusive Jeff VanderMeer signed limited edition of our own soon.)

About this Special Edition:

Gathered together in this beautiful, oversized special edition is the complete text of Jeff VanderMeer's Southern Reach trilogy (Annihilation, Authority, and Acceptance) along with a massive bonus section of TOP SECRET MATERIAL that we're collecting exclusively for this special edition. These books landed on more than thirty Year's Best lists, including Entertainment Weekly's Top 10, and Paramount Pictures recently released a critically acclaimed movie based on the first volume starring Tessa Thompson, Oscar Isaac, Gina Rodriguez, Natalie Portman, and Jennifer Jason Leigh.

About the Book:

Area X—a remote and lush terrain—has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization.

The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; all the members of the second expedition committed suicide; the third expedition died in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another; the members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and within months of their return, all had died of aggressive cancer.

This is the twelfth expedition. Their group is made up of four women: an anthropologist; a surveyor; a psychologist, the de facto leader; and our narrator, a biologist. Their mission is to map the terrain and collect specimens; to record all their observations, scientific and otherwise, of their surroundings and of one another; and, above all, to avoid being contaminated by Area X itself.

They arrive expecting the unexpected, and Area X delivers—they discover a massive topographic anomaly and life forms that surpass understanding—but it's the surprises that came across the border with them, and the secrets the expedition members are keeping from one another, that change everything...

Published as a Slipcased Hardcover Limited Edition:

-- Limited to just 698 signed and hand-numbered copies

-- Personally signed by the author on a unique signature page
-- Printed on 60# acid-free paper
-- Bound in a fine binding with colored head and tail bands
-- Featuring hot foil stamping on the front boards and spine
-- Printed and bound with stylish marbled endpapers
-- Smyth sewn to create a more durable binding
-- Each copy housed in a fine, hand-made slipcase
-- Limited ONE TIME printing of this special edition
-- Retail price $150

Recommended: The Magician by Clive Barker

February 28th

The Magician by Clive Barker

We’d like to point you to a book that we’re not publishing, but one that very much deserves your attention.

Please note that it’s a very affordable slim trade paperback, only $12.50 shipped to the US.

The Magician by Clive Barker, originally performed by The Dog Company in 1978. This first publication of the full script includes 14 photos of the original production, poster art and manuscript pages from The Clive Barker Archive.

Edited, with an additional afterword by Phil & Sarah Stokes

You can find copies by heading over to the Clive Barker Archive Store and poking around.

Announcing The Future is Blue by Catherynne M. Valente

February 26th

The Future is Blue by Catherynne M Valence

 

We're thrilled to present The Future is Blue, a major new collection from one of the most dazzling, distinctive voices in the literary world. Catherynne M. Valente, the New York Times bestselling and multiple-award-winning author of The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making and other acclaimed novels, now brings readers thirteen stories unlike any others, including nearly 30,000 words of never-before-published fiction.

About the Book:

In the title story, Theodore Sturgeon Award-winning novelette “The Future Is Blue,” an outcast girl named Tetley lives on floating Garbagetown, in a world that dreams of the long lost land. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu mythos is explored and reinvented in style in “Down and Out in R’lyeh.” In the novelette “The Limitless Perspective of Master Peek, or, the Luminescence of Debauchery,” Perpetua masquerades as a man in order to continue her father’s business as a glassblower and must fashion a special eye for a queen. And in “The Beasts Who Fought for Fairyland Until the Very End,” the wyvern A-Through-L, the warrior Green Wind and his giant cat the Leopard of Little Breezes cope with their broken-hearted disappointment over politicks as the evil Marquess ascends to rule. 

Of her previous collection, The Bread We Eat in Dreams, the New York Times said, “Valente’s writing DNA is full of fable, fairy tale and myth drawn from deep wells worldwide.” With The Future Is Blue she continues to build and invent unforgettable worlds and characters with lyrical abandon, creating stories that feel old and new at once.

The Future is Blue also includes three never-before-printed stories, for almost 30,000 words of work exclusive to this collection: “Major Tom,” “Two and Two is Seven,” and the long novelette “Flame, Pearl, Mother, Autumn, Virgin, Sword, Kiss, Blood, Heart, and Grave.”

Limited: 1250 signed numbered hardcover copies: $40

 

New Aliette de Bodard in stock and shipping

February 25th

The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard

 

Aliette de Bodard’s The Tea Master and the Detective, the latest novella in in her award-winning, critically acclaimed Xuya universe, just arrived in the SubPress warehouse, and we’re packing and posting to customers as fast as our computers can process postage.

About the Book:

Welcome to the Scattered Pearls Belt, a collection of ring habitats and orbitals ruled by exiled human scholars and powerful families, and held together by living mindships who carry people and freight between the stars. In this fluid society, human and mindship avatars mingle in corridors and in function rooms, and physical and virtual realities overlap, the appareance of environments easily modified and adapted to interlocutors or current mood.

A transport ship discharged from military service after a traumatic injury, The Shadow’s Child now ekes out a precarious living as a brewer of mind-altering drugs for the comfort of space-travellers. Meanwhile, abrasive and eccentric scholar Long Chau wants to find a corpse for a scientific study. When Long Chau walks into her office, The Shadow’s Child expects an unpleasant but easy assignment. When the corpse turns out to have been murdered, Long Chau feels compelled to investigate, dragging The Shadow’s Child with her. 

As they dig deep into the victim’s past, The Shadow’s Child realizes that the investigation points to Long Chau’s own murky past--and, ultimately, to the dark and unbearable void that lies between the stars...

Limited: 1000 signed numbered hardcover copies: $40

From Locus:

“As a classical blend of far-future SF and traditional murder mystery, The Tea Master and the Detective should satisfy readers unfamiliar with the Xuya universe, but at the same time it’s an intriguing introduction to that universe, much of which seems to lie just outside the borders of this entertaining tale.”

—Gary K. Wolfe

“It becomes clear early on that The Tea Master and the Detective is strongly influenced by, if not directly based upon, the Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson stories of Arthur Conan Doyle. It’s measured, almost stately, up until the conclusion, where the tension explodes into high gear. It preserves the empathy and the intensity of the original Sherlockian stories, while being told in de Bodard’s cut-glass prose and inimitable modern style. This is a really satisfying story, deeply invested in choosing to do the right thing – and in the importance of kindness. I strongly recommend it.”

—Liz Bourke

Announcing Misery by Stephen King

February 24th

Misery by Stephen King

 

We're getting in a very limited number of copies of the Gift Edition of Stephen King's Misery, illustrated by Rick Berry. Suntup Press looks to have pulled out all the stops on this one, making it an essential volume for every Constant Reader's bookshelf.

About the Book:

Originally published in 1987, Misery was nominated for the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel in 1988, and was later made into an Academy Award winning film starring Kathy Bates and James Caan, as well as an off-Broadway play of the same name.

Misery’s protagonist is Paul Sheldon, a writer famed for his Victorian-era romance novels that revolve around the life and loves of Misery Chastain. Following the completion of his latest book, Paul is rescued from a near fatal car crash by his self-proclaimed #1 fan Annie Wilkes, who transports the writer to her home only to hold him hostage after discovering what Paul has done to Misery in his latest book. Annie forces Paul to write a new book modifying the story — no matter what it takes.

Misery measure 7.5” x 10.5”, and feature eight new full-color illustrations by Rick Berry, whose critically acclaimed work includes the Donald M. Grant editions of The Talisman and Black House by Stephen King and Peter Straub.

ARTIST GIFT EDITION

-- Smyth-Sewn binding.
-- Full Imperial cloth covering.
-- Two-hits Stamping on Front and Spine.
-- Silk head and tail bands.
-- Beautiful full-color wrap around dust jacket art by Rick Berry, only available on the Artist Gift edition.
-- Offset printed on Mohawk Superfine Eggshell paper.
-- Housed in a custom printed slipcase.
-- Signed by Rick Berry.
-- Only $110

Announcing The Collected Stories of Tim Powers -- Only 124 Copies!

February 23rd

The Collected Stories of Tim Powers

 

We're pleased to let you know that we'll be receiving copies of The Collected Stories of Tim Powers, in a gorgeous signed limited edition published by Charnel House. If you're interested in a copy, do not delay. The numbered edition is limited to only 124 copies, and we'll only be getting a fraction of those.

About the Book:

This Charnel House limited edition collects all of Tim’s short stories and novellas and brings it up to date with “My Name Was Tom”, a new 8,000 word story written exclusively for this edition.

Luxuriously designed, printed, and hand bound in this sumptuous 476 page deluxe 7 X 11 inch volume which offers 22 stories and an introduction written by Howard Kaylan, lead singer of The Turtles.

Limited: 124 signed numbered hardcover copies: $300

Two Philip Jose Farmer titles being published soon

February 23rd

The Philip Jose Farmer Centennial Collection

 

We're happy to let you know that we're getting in twenty-five copies each of two new Philip José Farmer releases from Meteor House.

To mark Philip José Farmer’s 100th Birthday, Meteor House is proud to present a mammoth collection worthy of the Grand Master. With over fifty pieces spanning seven decades the Philip José Farmer Centennial Collection goes beyond the typical “best of” anthology. From classic science fiction to poems, articles, tributes, speeches, and more all by Farmer himself. Additionally there is an introduction by Joe R. Lansdale, a foreword by Tracy Knight, a bibliography by Zacharias L.A. Nuninga, and each decade features a synopsis of Farmer’s life and career. At well over 900 pages this collection is a must for all science fiction fans and historians.

One of the most famous heroes in literature is back with a vengeance in Tarzan and the Dark Heart of Time. This handsome new edition sports a gorgeous painted cover by well known Burroughs artist Mark Wheatley, a new Foreword by longtime Burroughs scholar Robert R. Barrett, and a new Introduction by Farmer expert Win Scott Eckert.

The New York Times on The Weight of Words

February 21st

The Weight of Words edited by Dave McKean and William Schafer

 

As luck would have it, we're down to the last twenty trade copies of The Weight of Words, the Dave Mckean-art-infused anthology. An absolutely overwhelming review in the New York Times just landed. We wish we could share all of it with you, but this cutting will have to suffice:

“The caliber of fiction here is genuinely remarkable. I fully expected the stories by Valente and Headley, whose writing I’ve long loved, would be among my favorites, and they were, but Hill’s ‘All I Care About Is You’ and McKean’s ‘The Language of Birds’ — the first fiction I’ve read by either — shocked and moved me in equal measure. In Hill’s gut-punchingly perfect story, a girl struggling to adjust to her family’s reversal of fortune finds a robotic friend who will be her devotee for a single paid hour, while McKean’s experimentally displayed story — the sepia from his images bleeding into, over and through the text in places — speaks to the anguish of losing the “sweet wine golden flow” of childhood perception, potential and possibility. The anthology is more than worth it for these four stories alone.”

Copies of the signed limited edition of Alastair Reynolds' Revelation Space en route to us

February 14th

Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds

 

We're pleased to announce that we have a handful of copies of the very elaborate signed limited edition of Alastair Reynolds' Revelation Space en route to us.

About the Book:

The first limited edition of Alastair Reynolds' ground-breaking novel, Revelation Space. Each numbered book is individually hand signed by Alastair Reynolds. The book features four plates of illustrations made by the author especially for this limited edition. Each set includes eight exclusive art prints of paintings by the author.

The package contains:

-- a hand bound limited edition book
-- a numbered limitation page signed by Alastair Reynolds and bound into the book
-- an authentication hologram in the book
-- 8 art prints of scenes from the Revelation Space universe, suitable for framing
-- a custom book box

Considered a landmark in science fiction, Revelation Space is a huge, magnificent space opera which ranges across the known and unknown universe towards the most terrifying of destinations.

Nine hundred thousand years ago, something wiped out the Amarantin. For the human colonists now settling the Amarantin homeworld Resurgam it's of little more than academic interest—even after the discovery of a long-hidden, almost perfect Amarantin city and a colossal statue of a winged Amarantin. For brilliant, but ruthless, scientist Dan Sylveste it's more than merely intellectual curiosity. He will stop at nothing to get at the truth, even if that truth costs him everything.

Limited: 750 signed numbered sets: $295

Announcing Faerie Tale by Raymond E. Feist

February 13th

Faerie Tale by Raymond E Feist

We're pleased to let you know that we'll be getting in copies of the Grim Oak Press signed limited edition of Raymond E. Feist's Faerie Tale, featuring a full-color dust jacket and interior illustrations by Don Maitz. Quantities are very limited on this one, so please order early!

Phil Hastings was a lucky man—he had money, a growing reputation as a screenwriter, a happy, loving family with three kids, and he'd just moved into the house of his dreams in rural of magic—and about to be altered irrevocably by a magic more real than any he dared imagine.

For with the Magic came the Bad Thing, and the Faerie, and then the cool…and the resurrection of a primordial war with a forgotten people—a war that not only the Hastings but the whole human race could lose.

Limited: 750 signed numbered hardcover copies: $100

Announcing The Tommyknockers by Stephen King

February 11th

The Tommyknockers by Stephen King

We've been lucky enough to score some copies of the illustrated limited edition of Stephen King's The Tommyknockers. This one is already sold out at the publisher, and we only have a double handful of copies left, so don't delay.

About This Edition

  • three individual volumes housed in an illustrated slipcase, a la the PS treatment of ‘Salem’s Lot;
  • a specially commissioned Introduction from Angela Slatter, winner of the World Fantasy Award, British Fantasy Award, and five Aurealis Awards, as well as being a finalist for the Norma K. Hemming Award;
  • heavy artistic involvement from British Fantasy Award-winning artist Daniele Serra with three wraparound colour covers; a colour slipcase housing the three volumes that make up the novel; six double-page endpapers; and thirty black and white interior pieces, ten per volume;
  • strictly limited to one thousand numbered copies signed by the artist and the introducer.

 

CONTENTS 

  • Book 1 — The Ship in the Earth [221 pages]
  • Book 2 — Tales of Haven [280 pages]
  • Book 3 — The Tommyknockers [220 pages]

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

Late last night and the night before,

    Tommyknockers, Tommyknockers,

     knocking at my door.

I want to go out, don’t know if I can,

    ‘cause I’m so afraid

    of the Tommyknocker man.

It begins with nothing more frightening than a nursery rhyme; yet in Stephen King’s hands it becomes an unforgettable parable of dread, a threat from an unimaginable darkness that drags the practical inhabitants of a New England village into a hell worse than their own most horrible nightmares…and yours.

It begins with a writer named Roberta Anderson, looking for firewood in the forest that stretches behind her house. Bobbi stumbles over three inches of metal, which unusually heavy spring runoff has left sticking out of the soil. A logger’s beer can, she thinks at first, but “the metal was as solid as mother-rock.”

It begins with Bobbi’s discovery of the ship in the earth, a ship buried for millions of years, but still vibrating faintly, still humming with some sort of life…faint…weak…but still better left alone.

Bobbi then begins to dig—tentatively at first, then compulsively—and is joined by her old friend (and onetime lover) Jim Gardener. Aided by a weirdly advanced technology, their excavation proceeds apace. And as they uncover more and more of an artifact both familiar and so unbelievable it is almost beyond comprehension, the inhabitants of Haven start to change.

There is the new hot-water heater in Bobbi’s basement—a hot-water heater that apparently runs on flashlight batteries. The vengeful housewife who learns of her husband’s affair…from a picture of Jesus on top of her TV, a picture that begins to talk. Not to mention the ten-year-old magician who makes his little brother disappear…for real.

The townspeople of Haven are “becoming”—being welded into one organic, homicidal, and fearsomely brilliant entity in fatal thrall to the Tommyknockers. 

In this riveting, nightmarish story, Stephen King has given us his tautest, most terrifying novel to date. And the next time someone raps at your door, you may want to keep the chain on. It just might be the Tommyknocker Man.

Limited: 1000 numbered sets signed by the author of the introduction and the illustrator, but NOT by Stephen King: $110

Lois McMaster Bujold's Penric's Fox due to start shipping later this week

February 8th

Penrics Fox by Lois McMaster Bujold

 

We're due to start shipping Lois McMaster Bujold's latest novella, Penric's Fox, early next week. Given the trade reviews it's received, we expect to be overrun with orders, so why not beat the rush and get yours in?

Limited: 450 signed numbered leatherbound copies: $45
Trade: Fully cloth-bound hardcover edition: $25

From Publishers Weekly:

“Bujold adds mystery to the wry humor that runs through her Penric and Desdemona fantasy series with this entertaining novella… Their unique relationship is full of good-natured banter, all within one physical body. Intriguing secondary characters round out the cast and enliven this unusual fantasy whodunit.”

From Booklist:

“Penric and Desdemona are back with friends last encountered in Penric’s Mission… Bujold’s fans will be delighted with this latest adventure featuring Penric and his resident demon”.

From Library Journal:

“With each novella adventure, Bujold continues to expand her ‘Five Gods’ world, reviving familiar faces along the way. The fascinating relationship between Penric and Desdemona is especially fun.”

While we have you, don't forget that we're also accepting orders for Lois' next novella, Mira's Last Dance.

Harlan Ellison — Blood's a Rover update

February 8th

Bloods a Rover by Harlan Ellison

 

Editor Jason Davis has just emailed us the PDF with Harlan Ellison's final corrections for the legendary Blood's a Rover, which is on schedule for its June release. This title is selling more copies direct than any trade edition we've done in years, so many that by the time distributor and large online retailer orders start rolling in it may well be out of print. 

Trade: fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $40

Found: Copies of Dan Simmons' Endymion. $100 today only

February 8th

Endymion by Dan Simmons

Somehow, the product page for Dan Simmons' Endymion disappeared from our site for the better part of a year. It's been restored now, and to welcome it back, today only we're offering copies of this sf epic for only $100, a full $50 off the regular price.

About the Book:

Set hundreds of years after the events recounted in The Fall of HyperionEndymion inaugurates a grand new narrative arc, one that explores the themes of The Hyperion Cantos in even greater depth and carries the story forward into a surprising—and thoroughly developed—future.

Endymion takes its title from John Keats’s poem about the love of a mortal man for an immortal goddess. By the time the novel begins, the Hegemony of Man has come to a spectacular end, the still dominant TechnoCore has disappeared from public view, and the once moribund Catholic Church has become the principle political power in the now scattered web of inhabited worlds. Against this backdrop, Simmons introduces two vitally important characters: Raul Endymion, convicted murderer and native of the planet Hyperion, and a twelve-year-old girl named Aenea, who is about to step through the Time Tombs and embark on a messianic destiny. Raul’s role is to protect her from the forces massed against her and to shepherd her toward her ultimate moment of apotheosis.

Endymion, together with its sequel, The Rise of Endymion, is a colorful, hugely ambitious narrative that also offers a revisionist view of earlier events—events we only thought we understood. Familiar characters—Father Lenar Hoyt, the poet Martin Silenus, the enigmatic and terrifying Shrike—appear in new and unexpected roles. Together with a host of vivid supporting characters and a vast array of brilliantly realized settings, they help set the stage for a memorable and visionary conclusion, while casting a new and sometimes startling light on all that has gone before.

Our edition of Endymion will be an oversize volume, printed on 80# Finch, with a dust jacket and full-color endsheets by John Picacio.

Limited: 474 signed numbered copies: $100

 

Preorder a signed copy of John Scalzi's Head On today

February 5th

Head On by John Scalzi

 

We’re pleased to offer signed copies of John Scalzi’s new novel, Head On, the standalone sequel to his acclaimed novel, Lock In. All copies will be signed, but if you’d like yours inscribed, please include a note and the name you’d like it signed to when checking out. John will be at our warehouse, likely in April for the signing, so please note this book is a preorder.

“As much as Scalzi has the scientific creativity of a Michael Crichton, he also has the procedural chops of a Stephen J. Canell to craft a whodunit with buddy-cop charm and suspects aplenty—most of them in someone else’s body.” —USA Today

John Scalzi returns with Head On, the standalone follow-up to the New York Times bestselling and critically acclaimed Lock In. Chilling near-future SF with the thrills of a gritty cop procedural, Head On brings Scalzi’s trademark snappy dialogue and technological speculation to the future world of sports.

Hilketa is a frenetic and violent pastime where players attack each other with swords and hammers. The main goal of the game: obtain your opponent’s head and carry it through the goalposts. With flesh and bone bodies, a sport like this would be impossible. But all the players are “threeps,” robot-like bodies controlled by people with Haden’s Syndrome, so anything goes. No one gets hurt, but the brutality is real and the crowds love it.

Until a star athlete drops dead on the playing field.

Is it an accident or murder? FBI agents and Haden-related crime investigators, Chris Shane and Leslie Vann, are called in to uncover the truth—and in doing so travel to the darker side of the fast-growing sport of Hilketa, where fortunes are made or lost, and where players and owners do whatever it takes to win, on and off the field.

Trade hardcover, signed: $25.99

DJStories heads to the printer

February 1st

DJStories by David J Schow

David J. Schow's finest work is collected in DJStories, an over 500 page gathering of horrors. After much to-ing and fro-ing, with just a little more fiddling on the dust jacket expected to be finished today, this hefty tome will be sent to our printer for its March release.

About the Book:

(BONUS COVER FLAP STORY – ABSOLUTELY FREE!)

Once upon a time, there was a writer named David J. Schow.

One of his specialties was the tale of unsettlement, unease, looming fear, straight-up gross-out, unnerving spookiness, gallows-humor black satire, heart-rending loss, the conte cruel, the ironies of fate, and the seductive sorcery of the otherworldly—in a word, horror.

This was by no means his only specialty.

He wrote short stories, then novels, then TV, then movies, fiction and non. He won various awards for this pursuit, including the World Fantasy Award, the International Horror Guild Award, the Twilight Zone Dimension Award, and the Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Award.

As you read this now, he’s been engaged in this activity professionally for forty years.

Call him a modern fantasist, a black magic realist, an acerbic satirist, a splatterpunk, a caustic comic, an “urbanized Cormac McCarthy” (John Farris), “smart, scathing, and verbally inventive to an astonishing degree” (Peter Straub), a “literary gunslinger” (Richard Christian Matheson), “the Duke of the Dark” (Mick Garris), “deeply felt but truly chilling” (Weird Tales), “remarkably talented; edgy, insightful, and fearless” (Joe R. Lansdale), a “gifted storyteller” (Robert Bloch), a “cleverly metaphoric literary chameleon” (T.E.D. Klein) … you get the general drift, right? As Michael Marshall Smith said, “Be prepared to be dragged to some very dark places, and to love every step of the way. Like being punched in the face by a poet.”

DJStories is Schow’s first “greatest hits” album, covering four decades of his efforts to shake you up, shock you awake, tweak your sensibilities and gun down your preconceptions. Thirty stories— count ‘em, thirty!—that cover the entire spectrum of what you may find frightening.

Monsters. Lovers. Spirits. Allies. Killers. The earthly and unearthly. The insane and the too-sane. The dead, the living and the in-between. Fictional folks who just might have an impact on your real, waking life.

This story does not have a happy ending. Guaranteed.

Limited: 1000 signed numbered hardcover copies: $40

From Publishers Weeky:

“Schow (DJSturbia) takes a nightmarish trip down memory lane with this compilation of stories chosen from nearly 40 years of writing horror… No matter which form of horror he creates, Schow is a master of turning words into disturbing images of death, destruction, and mental mayhem.”

Ted Chiang's Stories of Your Life and Others sent to the printer

January 29th

Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang

One of the nicest limiteds we've yet produced, Ted Chiang's landmark collection, Stories of Your Life and Others, has just been sent to the printer. 

As I type this, it's over 95% sold out. Once folks get a look at this gorgeous oversized production, we expect the rest of the print run to disappear.

About the Book:

A woman learns an alien language that enables her to see her future.  A man endures the death of his wife at an angel's hands, but must learn to love God in order to be reunited with her in the afterlife.  Students on a college campus make a political statement by disabling their ability to recognize beauty.  Combining scientific curiosity and narrative intricacy, Ted Chiang's award-winning collection explores the boundaries between reason and faith, between determinism and our ability to choose, between words and the concepts we try to describe with them.
 
Our edition will be oversized, printed in two colors throughout, with a die cut dust jacket (our first ever!), featuring a wonderful design and interior artwork for each story by Jacob McMurray.
 
Limited: 300 signed numbered hardcover copies: $125

Announcing the signed limited edition of Uprooted by Naomi Novik

January 28th

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

 

We’re pleased to let you know that we’ll be receiving a handful of copies of the signed, limited edition of Naomi Novik’s outstanding fantasy novel, Uprooted. This edition will feature a full-color dust jacket and thirty-two black-and-white interiors by Donato.

Note: The cover featured here is not the final cover.

WINNER OF THE NEBULA AWARD FOR BEST NOVEL • Naomi Novik, author of the New York Timesbestselling and critically acclaimed Temeraire novels, introduces a bold new world rooted in folk stories and legends, as elemental as a Grimm fairy tale.

HUGO AWARD FINALIST • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR | BuzzFeed | Tor.com | BookPage | Library Journal | Publishers Weekly

Uprooted is confidently wrought and sympathetically cast. I might even call it bewitching.”—Gregory Maguire, bestselling author of Wicked and Egg & Spoon

“Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. We hear them sometimes, from travelers passing through. They talk as though we were doing human sacrifice, and he were a real dragon. Of course that’s not true: he may be a wizard and immortal, but he’s still a man, and our fathers would band together and kill him if he wanted to eat one of us every ten years. He protects us against the Wood, and we’re grateful, but not that grateful.”

Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.

Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.

The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows—everyone knows—that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn’t, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her. 

But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.

Limited: 750 signed numbered hardcover copies: $100

Hellraiser: The Toll in stock and shipping. Low stock alert

January 28th

Hellraiser The Toll by Mark Alan Miller

We're happy to report that Mark Alan Miller's visionary new novella, Hellraiser: The Toll, is in stock in shipping. It's based on a story by Clive Barker, and illustrated by the man himself. One of our distributors tried to order more copies than there are in the print run. We've held back the last 50 copies for our direct customers, so don't delay.

About the book:

Hellraiser: The Toll tells the story of what happened between Clive Barker’s iconic works The Hellbound Heart and its follow up, The Scarlet Gospels.

Thirty years after Kirsty Cotton escaped from the clutches of the Hell Priest, Pinhead, and lived to fight another day, her life has never been the same. Every few years she fashions a new name, a new identity, and a new home for herself; She is a woman who is running from her past at all costs, which is why it comes as such a surprise when she receives a mysterious letter in the mail, addressed to the woman she’s been running from over half her life. 

Answering the letter’s query, she begins a descent down a rabbit hole to the ultimate confrontation. Her actions stir something unnamable in the ether, and throw her into a game where nothing—not even what she sees in front of her very eyes—can be trusted. 

With equal parts economy and eloquence, author Mark Alan Miller brings to life the beginning of the end as The Toll expands the Hellraiser universe, and shows that before Harry D’Amour’s adventures in The Scarlet Gospels, there was a first witness to Pinhead’s infernal plan. 

Limited: 724 numbered cloth bound copies signed by Mark Alan Miller: $40

From Publishers Weekly:

“One of the most notorious characters in Barker’s horror canon, the demonic Cenobite known as the Cold Man or Pinhead, returns in this collaborative novella that bridges his first appearance in The Hellbound Heart (1986) and his spectacular swan song in The Scarlet Gospels (2015). Barker and Miller (Clive Barker’s Next Testament) suffuse the tale with vivid imagery that intensifies its atmosphere of dread... Fans who have followed Pinhead’s exploits in fiction and the Hellraiser films will find this book a must, in part for Barker’s artwork sprinkled throughout.”

Low Stock Alert: K. J. Parker's The Father of Lies

January 22nd

The Father of Lies by K J Parker

 

We're happy to let you know that K. J. Parker's mammoth (over 500 pages) new collection, The Father of Lies, is now over 97% sold out. As well, it just garnered a great review review from Paul Di Filippo over at Locus Online:

“The first thing to mention, a generality about these stories, is that Parker loves a looping narrative, one that doubles back on itself for historical recountings, then hopscotches forward. I find this elliptical style of tale-telling charming and rewarding, but those in favor of a straight linear narrative will have to adjust to receive the rewards.”

New Joe Abercrombie in stock and shipping

January 22nd

Sharp Ends by Joe Abercrombie

 

Joe Abercrombie's oustanding new collection, Sharp Ends, is in stock and shipping. Each of the stories features an original illustration by Raymond Swanland, who also contributed the grimdark dust jacket illustration.

About the Book:

The Union army may be full of bastards, but there’s only one who thinks he can save the day single-handed when the Gurkish come calling: the incomparable Colonel Sand dan Glokta.

Curnden Craw and his dozen are out to recover a mysterious item from beyond the Crinna. Only one small problem: no one seems to know what the item is.

Shevedieh, the self-styled best thief in Styria, lurches from disaster to catastrophe alongside her best friend and greatest enemy, Javre, Lioness of Hoskopp.

And after years of bloodshed, the idealistic chieftain Bethod is desperate to bring peace to the North. There’s only one obstacle left – his own lunatic champion, the most feared man in the North: the Bloody-Nine…

Sharp Ends combines previously published, award-winning tales with exclusive new short stories. Violence explodes, treachery abounds, and the words are as deadly as the weapons in this rogue’s gallery of side-shows, back-stories, and sharp endings from the world of The First Law.

Limited: 500 signed numbered hardcover copies: $80

Announcing Mira's Last Dance by Lois McMaster Bujold

January 22nd

Miras Last Dance by Lois McMaster Bujold

 

We're pleased to announce Lois McMaster Bujold's newest novella, Mira's Last Dance, which will follow pretty closely on the heels of Penric's Fox.

About the Book:

Important Note: If you’re matching a copy in the Penric series, please mention your number when checking out.

In this sequel to the novella Penric’s Mission, the injured Penric, a Temple sorcerer and learned divine, tries to guide the betrayed General Arisaydia and his widowed sister Nikys across the last hundred miles of hostile Cedonia to safety in the Duchy of Orbas. In the town of Sosie the fugitive party encounters unexpected delays, and even more unexpected opportunities and hazards, as the courtesan Mira of Adria, one of the ten dead women whose imprints make up the personality of the chaos demon Desdemona, comes to the fore with her own special expertise.

Limited: 450 signed numbered hardcover copies: $45

Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover copies: $25

Announcing Blood's a Rover by Harlan Ellison

January 8th

Bloods a Rover by Harlan Ellison

 

At long last, we're pleased to announce Harlan Ellison's legendary Blood's a Rover.

About the Book:

Harlan Ellison introduced you to Vic and Blood in 1969’s Nebula Award-winning novella, “A Boy and His Dog.” You thrilled to their on-screen adventures in the 1975 Hugo Award-winning feature film adaptation billed as “a kinky tale of survival.” 1977 and 1980 brought brief reunions in “Eggsucker” and “Run, Spot, Run,” and the promise of another story—and a third solo, Spike, to make the Dystopian Duo a Tribulation Trio—but only audiobooks and comics followed, revisiting the same tales.

Now, nearly fifty years after they first set off across the blasted wasteland, Vic and Blood are back.

Harlan Ellison and his editor, Jason Davis, have painstakingly assembled the whole story of Vic and Blood and Spike from the author’s files, using revised-and-expanded versions of the novella and short stories, interstitial material developed for Richard Corben’s graphic adaptation, and—for the first time—never-before-published material from the aborted 1977 NBC television series Blood’s a Rover to tell the complete story of A Boy and His Dog, and a Girl who is tougher than the other two combined.

And let’s not forget…the wit and wisdom of Blood.

Trade: 1500 cloth bound hardcover copies, unsigned: $40

Lettered: 26 signed specially bound copies, housed in a custom traycase: $500

K. J. Parker's The Father of Lies in stock and shipping

January 5th

The Father of Lies by K J Parker

K. J. Parker's mammoth new collection, The Father of Lies, has just hit our warehouse doors. We're busy bagging, boxing, labeling, and sending copies on to customers as quickly as we can, a process that's likely to stretch into next week.

About the Book:

Bringing together K. J. Parker’s recent novellas and novelettes, totaling over 500 pages of wry, twisty fiction, The Father of Lies delves into the arcane as never before. Set amid the world of Parker’s critically acclaimed novels and award winning stories, as well as our own, this volume reveals a side rarely glimpsed in his other works. Contained herein are the tales of creatures that pluck the strings of existence, exposing the seedy underbelly of ultimate power as only Parker can.

It begins with love, as it often does. In All the Things We Do for Love, Parker demonstrates the age old proverb ‘be careful what you wish for, you just might get it.’ It continues with a fall from grace, in Downfall of the Gods, where a daughter of heaven unwittingly pits herself against her divine family. Demonic pacts are everywhere, in The Devil You Know, where Parker returns to Saloninus, his iconic character who will finish what he started so many years ago. It ends with a beginning, in No Peace for the Wicked, as a New Pope is chosen to push back the darkness.

Filled with Parker’s hallmark wit and biting humor, The Father of Lies is an essential collection, not just for the dedicated fantasist, but for anyone committed to a great story well told. Like all of K. J. Parker's brilliant fiction, these stories whisper the truth. 

Just ask yourself, can you trust the Father of Lies?

Limited: 1000 signed numbered hardcover copies: $40

From Publishers Weekly (Starred Review):

“The centerpiece (literally and figuratively), ‘The Devil You Know,’ features the con artist and philosopher Saloninus (familiar from Parker’s novella ‘Blue and Gold’) negotiating with a devil for an extended life span. It’s an old concept—each knows the other’s trying to pull a fast one—but the two characters play so well off each other that the story works as an updated and entertaining Socratic dialogue.”

 

 

More copies of the UK signed limited edition of Robert McCammon's The Listener available

January 5th

The Listener UK edition by Robert McCammon

 

SST Publications has been kind enough to allot us a few more copies of the UK signed limited edition of Robert McCammon's The Listener. There are only 550 copies of this edition available worldwide, so we suggest ordering now if you're interested.

If you'd prefer the US trade edition, to be published a few months ahead of the UK version, by Cemetery Dance, we have copies of that one available, too.

Surprise! Hugh Howey's Wool available

January 5th

Wool by Hugh Howey

 

Through the powers of Warehouse prestidigitation, we have copies of Hugh Howey's Wool and Dust still available. If you missed these excellent novels the first time around, they're excellent values, being oversized and only $60 apiece.

 

Penric's Fox heads to the printer

January 3rd

Penrics Fox by Lois McMaster Bujold

 

Lois McMaster Bujold's long, engaging novella, Penric's Fox, has just made its way to the printer, on schedule for its February release.

As well, it just received a great review from Library Journal, to go along with strong reviews from Booklist and Publishers Weekly. Past history makes us suspect the trade edition will be sold out by publication, or shortly thereafter.

Now, the reviews...

From Publishers Weekly:

“Bujold adds mystery to the wry humor that runs through her Penric and Desdemona fantasy series with this entertaining novella… Their unique relationship is full of good-natured banter, all within one physical body. Intriguing secondary characters round out the cast and enliven this unusual fantasy whodunit.”

From Booklist:

“Penric and Desdemona are back with friends last encountered in Penric’s Mission… Bujold’s fans will be delighted with this latest adventure featuring Penric and his resident demon”.

From Library Journal:

“With each novella adventure, Bujold continues to expand her ‘Five Gods’ world, reviving familiar faces along the way. The fascinating relationship between Penric and Desdemona is especially fun.”

Harlan Ellison's Blood's a Rover to be announced next week

January 3rd

Bloods a Rover by Harlan Ellison

 

A bit of early warning. Next Monday at roughly 8:00 am EST, if all goes according to plan, we'll announce Harlan Ellison's Blood's a Rover. There will only be twenty-six signed copies, with a limit of one per customer. The unsigned trade edition will, of course, be much more plentiful.

Jim Butcher's Turn Coat in stock and shipping

December 29th

Turn Coat by Jim Butcher

We've begun shipping our first January title, a few days earlier than expected. Jim Butcher's Turn Coat is in stock, with copies flying out the door as quickly as possible. Please be patient. Given the long holiday weekend, I'm sure we'll be shipping copies until late next week.

About the Book:

Our edition of Turn Coat will be printed on 80# Finch Opaque, our preferred paper for higher-end limited editions, with a number of full-page interior illustrations, as well as a full-color dust jacket. Vincent Chong will once again be handling the illustrations.

Limited: 500 numbered hardcovers, signed by author: $85

Lettered: 26 copies, bound in leather and cloth, signed by author, housed in a custom traycase: $325

 

Announcing the UK oversized signed limited edition of Robert McCammon's The Listener

December 29th

The Listener SST edition by Robert McCammon

UK Publisher SST Publications will be publishing an oversized signed limited edition of Robert McCammon’s new novel, The Listener, and we’re happy to report that we’ll be getting a handful of copies.

About the Book:

1934. Businesses went under by the hundreds, debt and foreclosures boomed, and breadlines grew in many American cities.

In the midst of this misery, some folks explored unscrupulous ways to make money. Angel-faced John Partlow and carnival huckster Ginger LaFrance are among the worst of this lot. Joining together they leave their small time confidence scams behind to attempt an elaborate kidnapping-for-ransom scheme in New Orleans.

In a different part of town, Curtis Mayhew, a young black man who works as a redcap for the Union Railroad Station, has a reputation for mending quarrels and misunderstandings among his friends. What those friends don't know is that Curtis has a special talent for listening... and he can sometimes hear things that aren't spoken aloud.

One day, Curtis Mayhew's special talent allows him to overhear a child's cry for help (THIS MAN IN THE CAR HE'S GOT A GUN), which draws him into the dangerous world of Partlow and LaFrance.

This gritty depression-era crime thriller is a complex tale enriched by powerfully observed social commentary and hints of the supernatural, and it represents Robert McCammon writing at the very top of his game.

Special Oversized Signed Limited Hardcover Edition:

  •  Limited to only 550 Signed & Numbered copies
  •  Special illustrated signature page personally signed by the author
  •  Deluxe oversized trim size (7”x10” approx.)
  •  Printed on 90gsm acid-free paper, with your archive and legacy in mind
  •  Bound in full-cloth with coloured head and tail bands
  •  Hot foil stamping on the front boards and spine for the ultimate presentation
  •  Offset printed and bound with full-colour endpapers
  •  Sewn binding for increased durability
  •  Gorgeous wrap-around dust jacket art by Vincent Sammy
  •  Featuring six stunning never-before-seen interior illustrations
  •  Extremely limited ONE-TIME printing of SST Publication's Special Signed Limited Edition—Only 550 copies will be available worldwide. This opportunity will never be presented again!

Reserve your copy today! Don't miss your opportunity to be 1 of just 550 collectors to showcase this Special Oversized Signed Limited Hardcover edition of Robert McCammon’s outstanding new novel The Listener.

 

Announcing the signed limited edition of Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang

December 26th

Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang

Subterranean Press is proud to announce the signed limited edition of Ted Chiang’s landmark collection, Stories of Your Life and Others, to be published in April.

A woman learns an alien language that enables her to see her future.  A man endures the death of his wife at an angel's hands, but must learn to love God in order to be reunited with her in the afterlife.  Students on a college campus make a political statement by disabling their ability to recognize beauty.  Combining scientific curiosity and narrative intricacy, Ted Chiang's award-winning collection explores the boundaries between reason and faith, between determinism and our ability to choose, between words and the concepts we try to describe with them.

Our edition will be oversize, printed in two colors throughout, with a die cut dust jacket (our first ever!), featuring a wonderful design and interior artwork for each story by Jacob McMurray.

Limited: 300 signed numbered hardcover copies: $125

Lettered: 26 signed, specially bound copies housed in a custom traycase: $500

 

The first review for DJStories has landed!

December 25th

DJStories by David J Schow

 

As we wait for the final cover art for DJStories, the huge retrospective of David J. Schow's best tales from a nearly forty year career, we've just seen the first review, from Publishers Weekly, and it's most gratifying.

To wit:

“Schow (DJSturbia) takes a nightmarish trip down memory lane with this compilation of stories chosen from nearly 40 years of writing horror… No matter which form of horror he creates, Schow is a master of turning words into disturbing images of death, destruction, and mental mayhem.”

Coming in at 520 pages, DJStories is a bargain for only $40. Don't miss out on what's sure to be a landmark collection.

Glowing Reviews for Robert McCammon's The Listener

December 21st

The Listener by Robert McCammon

We're happy to let you know that advance reviews of Robert McCammon's riveting new thriller, The Listener, have been overwhelminging over-the-top. Our supply of the limited and trade editions aren't inexhaustable, so please considering ordering soon.

Now, to the reviews...

From Booklist (Starred Review):

“McCammon masterfully combines historical thriller and supernatural horror in a compelling and suspenseful tale of race, class, and family… This is a violent and gritty tale, but redemption is always possible.

From Publishers Weekly:

“McCammon (Freedom of the Mask) conjures believable characters whose sympathetic plight pulls the reader headlong into the novel’s volatile mix of crime and fantasy. Its tense finale, paced at breakneck speed, will have readers turning pages until its surprise-packed end.”

From Char’s Horror Corner:

“At a certain point in The Listener, you just have to hold on for dear life because this tale races to the denouement and you HAVE to know what happens. I recommend shutting yourself in a room for the last 50 pages so you can read it without being bothered. Trust me on this! You will be rewarded with an ending so poignant, yet so perfect and totally satisfying that you might find yourself with a tear in your eye.”

Limited: 750 signed numbered copies, with a different dust jacket than the trade hardcover, housed in a custom slipcase: $125

Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $25

 

The Weight of Words in stock and shipping

December 16th

The Weight of Words edited by Dave McKean and William Schafer

 

We're happy to report that the limited and trade editions of The Weight of Words are in stock and shipping. If new stories by Joe Hill, Alastair Reynolds, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Catherynne M. Valente and Neil Gaiman (two stories) are your thing, here's the place to start!

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’s “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.

Trade: Fully cloth-bound hardcover edition: $40

From Publishers Weekly (Starred Review):

“McKean’s storied career as an illustrator, comics creator, and fine artist is the basis for this magnificent anthology, which contains 12 stories inspired by specific McKean images (all of which are included), as well as a short McKean comic. High points include Catherynne M. Valente’s stunning “No One Dies in Nowhere,” a mystery told in Valente’s characteristically lush prose with the precise discipline of a classical tragedy; Alastair Reynolds’s poignant “Belladonna Nights,” science fiction set in a far future in which the many scattered offshoots of a single personality hold reunions every 200,000 years; and Maria Dahvana Headley’s erudite “The Orange Tree,” a golem story set in 11th-century Andalusia. The collection also includes wonderful, intricate pieces from M. John Harrison, Caitlín R. Kiernan, and Iain Sinclair.”

Announcing Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson

December 12th

The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson

We’re lucky enough that we’re going to receive copies of the signed, limited edition of Brandon Sanderson’s Well of Ascension, which looks to be one gorgeous production, as you’ll see below.

A sequel to the beautiful Mistborn: The Final Empire, the Dragonsteel edition of Well of Ascension is bound in premium bonded-leather, and the pages are smyth-sewn, not glued like most regular books. Well of Ascension is printed in 2-color offset black and red inks on quality, acid-free paper, includes a bound-in satin-ribbon bookmark, full-color endpapers by Howard Lyon, gilded pages, and two-color foiling on the cover. A 24-page 4-color offset art gallery starts off the edition and features never-before seen artwork and fanart. The Dragonsteel Leather edition of Mistborn: The Well of Ascension is 797 pages.

We’ve made this book a beautiful match for Mistborn: The Final Empire.

First Printing. Brand new leather-bound hardcover.

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In addition to Well of Ascension, we have a very limited number of copies of the signed second printing of the leatherbound edition of Mistborn available for preorder.

Announcing Rough Justice by Kelley Armstrong

December 10th

Rough Justice by Kelley Armstrong

 

We're thrilled to announce Kelley Armstrong's latest novella, Rough Justice, an unmissable novella-length tale connected to her fan-favorite Cainsville series. As a bonus, the signed limited edition features full-page, full-color illustrations by Xaviere Daumarie.

About the Book:

Mallt-y-Nos. Matilda of the Hunt. The lone woman who rides with the Wild Hunt, tasked with finding killers who’ve escaped justice and letting the hounds reap their souls. For Olivia Taylor-Jones, Matilda isn’t just a legendary figure from Welsh lore. She is Olivia’s past, and her future, one she’s finally embraced.

Having accepted her role as Matilda, Olivia must now lead her first Hunt. Seems simple enough. But when she questions their target’s guilt, the Hunt is halted, her mission failed. Still, it’s just a matter of getting Gabriel’s help and investigating the man’s past to reassure herself that he’s guilty. He must be. Otherwise, he wouldn’t be a target. But the deeper she digs, the more problems she finds, until she must question everything she knows about the Hunt and the choice she’s made. 

With Rough JusticeNew York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong weaves an unmissable novella-length tale connected to her fan-favorite Cainsville series.

Limited: 500 signed numbered copies, bound in leather, with full-color interior illustrations: $48

Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $28

Announcing a new Jim Butcher limited edition — only 25 copies available

December 7th

Shadowed Souls edited by Jim Butcher and Kerrie L. Hughes

 

We've been lucky enough to score 25 copies of a new Jim Butcher-edited anthology, Shadowed Souls, which includes a brand new Dresden Files story, all for the bargain price of $50.

About the Book:

SIGNED & NUMBERED EDITION DESCRIPTION:

  • Limited to 500 numbered copies
  • Signed by Jim Butcher, Kerrie L. Hughes, and artist Chris McGrath
  • Cloth-bound with beautiful wrap-around cover by Chris McGrath
  • Interior graphics art by Nate Taylor 

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

In this dark and gritty collection—featuring short stories from Jim Butcher, Seanan McGuire, Kevin J. Anderson, and Rob Thurman—nothing is as simple as black and white, light and dark, good and evil.

Unfortunately, that’s exactly what makes it so easy to cross the line.

In #1 New York Times bestselling author Jim Butcher’s Cold Case, Molly Carpenter—Harry Dresden’s apprentice-turned-Winter Lady—must collect a tribute from a remote Fae colony and discovers that even if you’re a good girl, sometimes you have to be bad…

New York Times bestselling author Seanan McGuire’s Sleepover finds half-succubus Elsie Harrington kidnapped by a group of desperate teenage boys. Not for anything “weird.” They just need her to rescue a little girl from the boogeyman. No biggie.

In New York Times bestselling Kevin J. Anderson’s Eye of Newt, Zombie P.I. Dan Shamble’s latest client is a panicky lizard missing an eye who thinks someone wants him dead. But the truth is that someone only wants him for a very special dinner…

And New York Times bestselling author Rob Thurman’s infernally heroic Caliban Leandros takes a trip down memory lane as he deals wih some overdue—and nightmarish—vengeance involving some quite nasty Impossible Monsters.

Limited: 500 numbered cloth bound copies signed by Jim Butcher, Kerrie L. Hughes, and Chris McGrath: $50

ALSO INCLUDES STORIES BY

Tanya Huff * Kat Richardson * Jim C. Hines * Anton Strout * Lucy A. Snyder * Kristine Kathryn Rusch * Erik Scott de Bie

New John Scalzi in stock and shipping

December 6th

Don't Live for Your Obituary by John Scalzi

 

We're happy to report that John Scalzi's largest, latest compendium of wisdom, Don't Live for Your Obituary, is in stock and shipping. Our Scalzi titles have a history of disappearing quickly, so get aboard the train!

About the Book:

Between 2008 and 2017, author John Scalzi wrote fifteen books, became a New York Times bestselling author, and won numerous awards, including the Hugo, the Locus and the Governor’s Award for the Arts in Ohio. He also had book deals crater, lost more awards than he won, worried about his mortgage and health insurance, flubbed a few deadlines, tried to be a decent parent and husband, and got into some arguments on the Internet, because, after all, that’s what the Internet is for.

Scalzi wrote about it all—the highs and lows in the life of a working writer—and gave his readers, and other writers, a glimpse of the day-to-day business of navigating a writing life in today’s world. Sometimes these essays offered advice. Sometimes they commented on the practical business of publishing and selling books. Sometimes they focused on the writing issues, arguments and personalities of the day. And sometimes, Scalzi reflected on his own writing life and career, and what both meant in the larger scheme of things.

Don’t Live for Your Obituary is a curated selection of that decade of advice, commentary and observations on the writing life, from one of the best-known science fiction authors working today. But more than that, it’s a portrait of an era—ten years of drama, controversy and change in writing, speculative fiction and the world in general—from someone who was there when it happened… and who had opinions about it all.

Limited: 1000 signed numbered hardcover copies: $40

From Publishers Weekly:

“Above all he writes accessibly and so commonsensically that this book should appeal to writers in all disciplines, and even to SF readers who have no ambitions to write themselves.”

Announcing Penric's Fox by Lois McMaster Bujold

December 3rd

Penrics Fox by Lois McMaster Bujold

With Penric's Fox, multiple-award-winner and bestselling author Lois McMaster Bujold returns to her World of the Five Gods, the setting of her acclaimed novels The Curse of ChalionPaladin of Souls, and The Hallowed Hunt. Continuing the tale begun in the novellas “Penric’s Demon, “Penric and the Shaman,” and "Penric's Mission," Bujold’s newest installment of Penric and Desdemona’s tale is another must-read novella for her legion of fans.

Some eight months after the events of Penric and the Shaman, Learned Penric, sorcerer and scholar, travels to Easthome, the capital of the Weald.  There he again meets his friends Shaman Inglis and Locator Oswyl.  When the body of a sorceress is found in the woods, Oswyl draws him into another investigation; they must all work together to uncover a mystery mixing magic, murder and the strange realities of Temple demons.

Limited: 450 signed numbered leatherbound copies: $45
Trade: Fully cloth-bound hardcover edition: $25

 

Announcing an epic new novella by Greg Egan

December 3rd

Welcome to Tvibura and Tviburi, the richly imagined twin planets that stand at the center of Greg Egan’s extraordinary new 39,000 word novella, Phoresis, slated to be published in April.

These two planets—one inhabited, one not—exist in extreme proximity to one another.  As the narrative begins, Tvibura, the inhabited planet, faces a grave and imminent threat: the food supply is dwindling, and the conditions necessary for sustaining life are growing more and more erratic. Faced with the prospect of eventual catastrophe, the remarkable women of Tvibura launch a pair of ambitious, long-term initiatives. The first involves an attempt to reanimate the planet’s increasingly dormant ecosphere. The second concerns the building of a literal “bridge between worlds” that will connect Tvibura to its (hopefully) habitable sibling.

These initiatives form the core of the narrative, which is divided into three sections and takes place over many generations. The resulting triptych is at once an epic in miniature, a work of hard SF filled with humanist touches, and a compressed, meticulously detailed example of original world building. Most centrally, it is a portrait of people struggling—and sometimes risking everything—to preserve a future they will not live to see. Erudite and entertaining, Phoresis shows us Egan at his formidable best, offering the sort of intense, visionary pleasures only science fiction can provide.

Limited: 1000 numbered hardcover copies: $40

New Emily St. John Mandel shipping, plus an interview

December 1st

 Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel

We’re delighted to be publishing a signed, limited edition of one of our favorite books of recent yearsStation Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (which, coincidentally, is down to the last 25 copies for sale). Mandel’s fourth novel, Station Eleven follows a riveting cast of characters at the moment of and decades after a pandemic that ends civilization we know it, including a theater troupe known as The Travelling Symphony. Station Eleven was nominated for the National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner and won the Arthur C. Clarke Award. We thought we’d give you an exclusive interview with Mandel in honor of our edition being released.

Gwenda Bond: I’ve read that this novel originally was about a present-day troupe of Shakespearean actors in Canada, and then the idea of contrasting that with what happens after the apocalypseor after the immediate aftermath of the apocalypse, rather--came to you. I’m curious...were the major characters there all along? Who came first?

Emily Mandel: Some of the major characters were there all along. Others came along later. I always had the character of Arthur, because I was always going to start the book with that opening scene, the actor dying of a heart attack in the fourth act of King Lear. That scenario immediately suggested other characters to me. It seemed natural that someone would try to save him, so there was Jeevan. I'd recently seen a gorgeous staging of King Lear in New York, directed by James LaPine, which involved child actors on stage in non-speaking roles, playing childhood versions of Lear's daughters and then playing hallucinations in the mad scene. I wanted to copy that staging in the book, so that gave me Kirsten.

Miranda and Clark emerged later, as I started to think more about Arthur's life and the people he knew, but they ended up being my two favourite characters to write.

GB: Also, the Michigan parts are near and dear to our hearts here at the SubPress offices. When did that part of the setting shift?

EM: I'm pretty sure I had that setting from the first draft onward. I'd toyed with the idea of setting the book on a post-apocalyptic Vancouver Island, but that presented a lot of logistical problems—how to get characters on and off the island after BC Ferries shuts down, for example—so I decided that the Michigan lakeshore made more sense. I like that region a lot. I've been on tour there a few times and think it's beautiful.

GB: Station Eleven does a brilliant job of creating an expansive world, but also telling very intimate stories. And there’s this echoing idea throughout of the way we record not just History capital H, but personal historiesof how little control we have over what lives on, but also of people fighting to preserve bits of the past in spite of that. Is this something that fascinates you in our world too?

EM: Thank you. Yes, that question of what survives does fascinate me, and it's the reason why I'm extremely careful about what I post online; it seems to me there's a certain randomness about what survives and what doesn't, which means there's a fair chance that the stupidest thing you ever tweeted will be the digital artifact that your grandchildren read. I was interested in that randomness when I was writing Station Eleven—perhaps the Beethoven symphonies and the Shakespeare survives, but there's no reason why the celebrity gossip tabloids and the TV Guides wouldn't survive too.

GB: Would you visit the Museum of Civilization?

EM: Yes, definitely. If I lived in a world where I had to hunt my own deer and make my own candles, I think the world of chocolate chip cookies and electricity would seem kind of magical.

GB: This is at heart a hopeful book about humanity, which is a refreshing addition to post-apocalyptic tales, though with a chilling antagonist in the Prophet and plenty of darkness at the edges.

EM: I'm glad that hopefulness comes through for you. I loved The Road, but I was very conscious of wanting to write something very different. It seems to me that most of the post-apocalyptic fiction I've read has been set in that immediate aftermath of mayhem and chaos and horror following a complete societal breakdown, and it was more interesting to me to write about what comes next, about the new world and the new culture that might begin to emerge fifteen or twenty years later.

GB: What kind of research did you do for Station Eleven?

EM: The research for Station Eleven was pretty varied—everything from reading Shakespeare to trying to figure out how many horses you need to pull an extended-bed Ford pickup truck with the engine removed. I also ended up doing a lot of reading about pandemics. I didn't want to dwell on the collapse—as I mentioned, I was more interested in the distant aftermath—but if you're going to write a post-apocalyptic book, you've got to end the world somehow, and I wanted my pandemic to be halfway plausible.

GB: Have you always been interested in pandemics or the end of the world as we know it?

EM: I've been interested for a long time in the idea of the end of the world as we know it, ever since I read Walter Miller's A Canticle for Leibowitz when I was fifteen or so. That book made an enormous impression on me. My interest in pandemics didn't really come about till I was writing Station Eleven. I spent a lot of time reading about the smallpox epidemic in North America in the late 18th century. The stories from that epidemic are devastating and fascinating.

GB: We loved “Mr. Thursday,” your short story for Slate earlier this year. So, last but not least, can you give us any hint at what’s next? Are you working on a new novel?

EM: Thank you! Mr. Thursday was actually based on an excised section of the novel I'm working on, but that bit was excised for a reason—the new novel isn't done yet, but I'm 100% confident that it doesn't involve time travel. My next novel is tentatively titled The Glass Hotel, and it will be published in 2019. It's about the collapse of a Ponzi scheme, and also about container shipping. I will figure out how those two things go together sometime before 2019.

GB: Thank you so much for talking to us!

Announcing I Met a Traveller in an Antique Land by Connie Willis

November 24th

We're thrilled to announce a charming, nostalgic new novella by multi-award winning and SubPress favorite author, Connie Willis. You're certain to fall in love with I Met a Traveller in an Antique Land, just as we did.

About the Book:

Jim is in New York City at Christmastime shopping a book based on his blog—Gone for Good— premised on the fact that “being nostalgic for things that have disappeared is ridiculous.” Progress decides for people what they need and what’s obsolete. It’s that simple. Of course, not everyone agrees. After Jim bombs a contentious interview with a radio host who defends the sacred technology of the printed, tangible book, he gets caught in a rainstorm only to find himself with no place to take refuge other than a quaint, old-fashioned bookshop.

Ozymandias Books is not just any store. Jim wanders intrigued through stacks of tomes he doesn’t quite recognize the titles of, none with prices. Here he discovers a mysteriously pristine, seemingly endless wonderland of books—where even he gets nostalgic for his childhood favorite. And, yes, the overwhelmed and busy clerk showing him around says they have a copy. But it’s only after Jim leaves that he understands the true nature of Ozymandias and how tragic it is that some things may be gone forever…

From beloved, multiple-award-winning, New York Times best-selling author Connie Willis comes I Met a Traveller in an Antique Land, a novella about the irreplaceable magic of books.

Limited: 1250 signed numbered hardcover copies: $40

Announcing a new novella by Aliette de Bodard

November 24th

The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard

 

Subterranean Press is thrilled to announce our first title from Nebula Award-winning Aliette de Bodard

De Bodard brings us The Tea Master and the Detective, a new novella set in the award-winning, critically-acclaimed Xuya universe!
 
Welcome to the Scattered Pearls Belt, a collection of ring habitats and orbitals ruled by exiled human scholars and powerful families, and held together by living mindships who carry people and freight between the stars. In this fluid society, human and mindship avatars mingle in corridors and in function rooms, and physical and virtual realities overlap, the appareance of environments easily modified and adapted to interlocutors or current mood.
 
A transport ship discharged from military service after a traumatic injury, The Shadow's Child now ekes out a precarious living as a brewer of mind-altering drugs for the comfort of space-travellers. Meanwhile, abrasive and eccentric scholar Long Chau wants to find a corpse for a scientific study. When Long Chau walks into her office, The Shadow's Child expects an unpleasant but easy assignment. When the corpse turns out to have been murdered, Long Chau feels compelled to investigate, dragging The Shadow's Child with her. 
 
As they dig deep into the victim's past, The Shadow's Child realises that the investigation points to Long Chau's own murky past--and, ultimately, to the dark and unbearable void that lies between the stars...
 
Limited: 1000 signed numbered hardcover copies: $40

Two new Edgar Rice Burroughs limited editions

November 22nd

Back to the Stone Age by Edgar Rice Burroughs

For your delectetation we have two very nicely turned out Edgar Rice Burroughs limited editions: Back to the Stone Age and Edgar Rice Burroughs: The Bibliography.

About the Books:

Back to the Stone Age:

When the great dirigible, the giant 0-220, sailed majestically through the north polar opening out of that weird and savage inner world, Pellucidar, it left behind, unaccounted for, but a single member of its original crew that had sailed with Jason Gridley and Tarzan to the rescue of David Innes.

That man was Lieutenant von Horst, and this is the story of the strange adventures that befell him among the stone age peoples of Pellucidar as he wandered, friendless and alone, from one danger to another—a thrilling story in which a barbarian slave girl, savage cave men, prehistoric reptiles and mammoth animals all have their exciting roles.

The Rarest ERB G&D Edition

Over the past century, Grosset & Dunlap has published millions of reprints of 46 books written by Edgar Rice Burroughs. These vintage hardback editions, featuring beautiful full-color dust jackets, are highly valued by collectors. It has been over 40 years since the company has published a book by Mr. Burroughs. The publishers are proud to present their first new Edgar Rice Burroughs title in 75 years and their first reprinting of Back to the Stone Age. This edition of 300 letterpress printed, color-illustrated books features a choice of two full-color dust jackets and is undoubtedly the finest quality and rarest ERB G&D book printed to date. Each book is housed in a custom slipcase and includes a vintage-style advertising band, die cut bookmark, and a poster-size map of Pellucidar. This unique and historic edition is sure to be treasured by ERB collectors for years to come. 

• Authentic publication by Grosset & Dunlap™ 

• First G&D printing of Back to the Stone Age

• First G&D ERB book in over 40 years.

 • First new G&D ERB title in 75 years. 

• Letterpress printed on fine paper. 

• Sewn binding cased in red linen-grained book cloth with black debossed lettering… new perfect replica of the Grosset & Dunlap signature red book cloth. .

 • Original color map endpapers of Pellucidar. 

• Reverse of dust jacket features an updated listing of all ERB G&D printings — by expert Joe Lukes. 

• Eight original illustrations by John Coleman Burroughs newly colorized by Charlie Madison. 

• New foreword, illustrations page & a two-page back-of-the-book ad. listing of all 47 ERB G&D titles. 

• Vintage G&D-style die-cut bookmark and advertising band. 

• Includes a folded 16”x 20” map of Pellucidar. 

• Limited to 300 copies, housed in a custom slipcase. 

• The rarest ERB G&D edition ever published.

Limited: 300 signed numbered copies in slipcase: $150

 

Edgar Rice Burroughs: The Bibliography:

Edgar Rice Burroughs Incorporated today announced the release of the long-awaited definitive bibliography of the Master of Adventure by longtime Burroughs scholar Dr. Robert B. Zeuschner.

Edgar Rice Burroughs, well known for his tales of Tarzan and John Carter of Mars, has been rightfully dubbed The Master of Adventure, but few are aware of the full scope of Burroughs’ literary output in a writing career that spanned four decades. During his lifetime, Burroughs created worlds that ranged from the Earth's core to the Farthest Star, inhabited by larger-than-life heroes and heroines, populated by unimaginable creatures and captivating landscapes.

“We are absolutely thrilled to publish this very special book, which has been almost twenty years in the making,” said Jim Sullos, President of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.  “We opened our archives to Dr. Zeuschner and he has produced the definitive account of everything published by Edgar Rice Burroughs. This is a one-of-a-kind illustrated bibliography that should be a must for anyone interested in ERB, the history of pulp fiction and the works that inspired Superman and every other pulp hero since.”

The Bibliography features over 2000 annotated, illustrated entries describing ERB publications from 1911 to the present and 500 color images including 1st & reprint edition books & dustjackets, paperbacks and the 97 ERB story-related pulp covers. Both editions are 7 by 10 inch hardcover books.

THE DELUXE EDITION: $150.00 

First edition bound in genuine red leather with a hub spine and cover decorations stamped in gilt. Limited to 375 signed (by the author, publisher, designer and John Ralston Burroughs, the grandson of ERB) and numbered copies. 736 pages; 600+ images, 500 + in color on glossy stock.

Announcing Red Rising by Pierce Brown

November 19th

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

 

We're proud to announce the signed limited edition of Red Rising, the best-selling debut novel by Pierce Brown, with killer cover art by Tommy Arnold.

About the Book:

Somewhen in the future, Humans have colonized Mars, and, like the Earth before it, they plunder the Red Planet's natural resources on the backs of slaves.

Young Darrow, a Red helldiver, is content with his lot, living in the cramped Common with his beloved Eo deep beneath the surface as the Reds mine for precious helium 3, so that one day the surface will be a new Eden for their children's children's children. When Darrow learns the truth, that the glorious surface cities the Golds promised the Reds' sacrifices would someday make possible already exist, peopled by all colors except the lowest Reds, he vows to raise Red as high as Gold.

Limited: 500 signed numbered hardcover copies: $80

Announcing Julia by Peter Straub

November 19th

Julia by Peter Straub

 

Centipede Press will soon publish a very exclusive edition of Peter Straub's classic novel, Julia, and we've been lucky enough to lock in a handful of copies for our customers.

About the Book:

A new novel by Peter Straub always merits a phone call to your bookseller to leave a reminder that you want a copy. This is necessary as, while Mr. Straub has had a long and productive career, a new novel is something that occurs only once every two and half years on the average. But a new edition of a Peter Straub classic is an event!

We are pleased to present Peter Straub’s Julia in a new, deluxe, slipcased, illustrated edition. Julia, from a historical standpoint, may be one of Straub’s most important novels, as it marked the turning point in his career from writing mainstream novels with Gothic overtones to writing Gothic novels that could be marketed as mainstream novels.

This new edition of Julia features several full-page, full-color illustrations by Rodger Gerberding, a stunning front cover by Colombian artist Marcela Bolívar, a new introduction by T.M. Wright, and an interview with Peter Straub. The book is elegantly typeset in Requiem and is bound in distinctive European cloth, has a rounded back, top-edge stain, ribbon marker, and gorgeous marbled endsheets imported from France.  

Over 7 × 10 inches in size, front and rear cover image pastedown, two-color stamping on spine, and a stunning design. Each book is signed by Peter Straub, T.M. Wright, Rodger Gerberding, and Marcela Bolívar.

EDITION INFORMATION

  • Limited to 200 copies, each signed by Peter Straub, T.M. Wright, Rodger Gerberding, and Marcela Bolívar.
  • Introduction by T.M. Wright.
  • Interview with Peter Straub by Darrell Schweitzer.
  • Luxurious, 7 × 10 inch format.
  • Marbled endsheets imported from France.
  • Ribbon marker, head and tail bands, three-piece cloth construction.

Cibola Burn in stock and shipping

November 17th

Cibola Burn by James S A Corey

 

Important note: After shipping the initial orders for Cibola Burn, we have some extra copies. There's a limit of one copy per person/household, so please do not order a second copy if you've already ordered a first. Thanks.

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Our big shipping project this week is the signed limited edition of Cibola Burn by James S. A. Corey, which is already underway. Look for our announcement of the next volume, Nemesis Games, soon!

Announcing two new Edgar Rice Burroughs limited editions

November 15th

Land of Terror by Edgar Rice Burroughs

 

We’re pleased to announce that we’ll be getting a limited number of copies of two Edgar Rice Burroughs limited editions, being sold as matching numbered sets.

About the Sets:

TWO NUMBERED COPIES (#1-#200) of the AUTHORIZED ERB INC. & GROSSET & DUNLAP EDITIONS—each with 13 color illustrations including fold-outs, full color dust jackets by John Coleman Burroughs (1944) and Bob Eggleton (2017), 27 previously unpublished chapter headings and frontispiece by John Coleman Burroughs, bookmarks, in custom slipcase, signed by the artist Bob Eggleton on each limitation page.  Both books will have matching numbers.

Price: $200 per set

Announcing The Dark Angel by Seabury Quinn

November 13th

The Dark Ages by Seabury Quinn

 

We're pleased to announce that we'll be receiving copies of Seabury Quinn's The Dark Angel, the third volume collecting the Complete Tales of Jules de Grandin.

About the Book:

Today the names of H. P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, August Derleth, and Clark Ashton Smith, all regular contributors to the pulp magazine Weird Tales during the first half of the twentieth century, are recognizable even to casual readers of the bizarre and fantastic. And yet despite being more popular than them all during the golden era of genre pulp fiction, there is another author whose name and work have fallen into obscurity: Seabury Quinn.

Quinn’s short stories were featured in well over half of Weird Tales’s original publication run. His most famous character, the supernatural French detective Dr. Jules de Grandin, investigated cases involving monsters, devil worshippers, serial killers, and spirits from beyond the grave, often set in the small town of Harrisonville, New Jersey. In de Grandin, there are familiar shades of both Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot, and alongside his assistant, Dr. Samuel Trowbridge, de Grandin’s knack for solving mysteries—and his outbursts of peculiar French-isms (Grand Dieu!)—captivated readers for nearly three decades.

Collected for the first time in trade editions, The Complete Tales of Jules de Grandin presents all ninety-three of Seabury Quinn’s stories starring the supernatural detective Jules de Grandin. Presented in chronological order over five fully cloth-bound hardcover volumes, with artwork from acclaimed artist Donato Giancola, Night Shade Books is proud to present the definitive collection of an iconic pulp hero.

The third volume, The Dark Angel, includes all of the Jules de Grandin stories from “The Lost Lady” (1931) to “The Hand of Glory” (1933), as well as “The Devil’s Bride,” the only novel-length work featuring de Grandin (serialized in Weird Tales over six issues in 1932), an introduction by George Vanderburgh and Robert Weinberg, and a foreword by Darrell Schweitzer.

Trade hardcover: $34.99

Announcing Hounded by Kevin Hearne

November 12th

Hounded by Kevin Hearne

 

Fans of tongue-in-cheek humor, fast dialogue, and Oberon the Wolfhound will be pleased to hear Subterranean Press is publishing a limited edition of Kevin Hearne's HoundedBook One of the Iron Druid Chronicles, featuring Atticus O'Sullivan the 2,000-year-old Druid and his wolfhound Oberon in their first adventure.  

About the Book:

Atticus O’Sullivan has been running for more than two thousand years and he’s tired of it. The Irish gods who want to kill him are after an enchanted sword he stole in a first-century battle, and when they find him managing an occult bookshop in Tempe, Arizona, the last of the ancient Druids doesn’t want to uproot his life again; he just wants everything to end one way or the other, but preferably the way in which he can continue to enjoy fish and chips.

He does have some small hope of survival: The Morrigan is on his side, and so is Brighid, First Among the Fae. His lawyer is literally a bloodsucking vampire, and he has a loyal Irish wolfhound with opinions about poodles.

But Aenghus Óg has recruited Fir Bolgs, a former king of the Tuatha Dé Danann, and a coven of witches to help bring down the Druid, and the local police are cooperating as well. On top of all that, Aenghus has a direct line to the firepower of hell. Atticus will need all the luck of the Irish and more if he’s going to stay alive. 

Limited: 500 signed numbered hardcover copies: $80

New Joe Hill and Joe R. Lansdale lettered editions available

November 9th

Bubba and the Cosmic Blood Suckers by Joe R Lansdale

 

A word that might be of interest. We've just shipped the preordered lettered editions of Joe Hill's Locke & Key: Keys to the Kingdom and Joe R. Lansdale's Bubba and the Cosmic Blood-Suckers and have one of the Hill and five of the Lansdale left. If you're quick on the draw, you can still pick up a copy of these spiffy exclusive editions.

Next up, we're shipping the lettereds of N. K. Jemisin's The Fifth Season, and the Subterranean Press Bibliography

New Lois McMaster Bujold in stock and shipping

November 8th

Penric's Mission by Lois McMaster Bujold

 

We've just finished shipping all customer orders for the limited and trade editions of Lois McMaster Bujold's very long novella, Penric's Mission, and are moving on to bookstore and distributor orders. The trade hardcover is sold out, though we do have stock remaining of the signed, limited edition. For those who've been following the series, we do have contracts in place for further volumes.

About the Book:

Learned Penric sails on a journey to Cedonia not as a sorcerer in the white robes of the Bastard’s Order, but disguised as a young lawyer on business. His real mission is one of clandestine diplomacy on behalf of the Duke of Adria. His usual traveling companion, the slyly clever chaos demon Desdemona who inhabits his body, is the only one in on the secret… Or so it’s supposed to be. Instead, upon arrival in Cedonia, Penric finds himself gravely injured and imprisoned in the darkest of dungeons. Escape will not be easy, as Penric meets an intriguing young widow and has more than one brush with disaster in his immediate future.

With Penric’s Mission, multiple-award-winner and bestselling author Lois McMaster Bujold returns to her World of the Five Gods, the setting of her acclaimed novels The Curse of ChalionPaladin of Souls, and The Hallowed Hunt. Continuing the tale begun in the Hugo finalists for Best Novella “Penric’s Demon” and “Penric and the Shaman,” Bujold’s newest installment of Penric and Desdemona’s tale is another must-read novella for her legion of fans.

Limited: 450 signed numbered leatherbound copies: $45

From Publishers Weekly:

“Penric is an unusual hero facing unique dilemmas and his third tale is a pleasure to read.”

Announcing Black Wings VI

November 8th

Black Wings VI edited by S T Joshi

 

We're thrilled to be able to offer the latest installment of S. T. Joshi's Lovecraftian anthologies to our customers. Copies of the forthcoming Black Wings VI are quite limited, so please get your order in.

About the Book:

This sixth volume of S. T. Joshi’s acclaimed Black Wings series demonstrates as never before how infinitely malleable are H. P. Lovecraft’s weird conceptions. The twenty-two stories and poems in this book run the gamut of modes and genres, but each of them is fueled by elements large and small drawn from Lovecraft’s inexhaustibly rich corpus of writing.

Cosmicism is central to Lovecraft’s imaginative vision, and it oftentimes is manifested in tales of archaeological horror. In this volume, stories by Ann K. Schwader, Lynne Jamneck, Don Webb, and Stephen Woodworth treat this motif in varying and distinctive ways. Lovecraft’s work is also infused with a profound sense of place, as he himself was attached to the familiar locales of his native New England but also travelled widely in search of new vistas to stimulate his imagination. Here, stories by Tom Lynch, Aaron Bittner, W. H. Pugmire, and Darrell Schweitzer summon up the landscapes of diverse realms in America to tease out the horrors embedded in them.

Alien creatures are featured in many of Lovecraft’s greatest tales. In this volume, William F. Nolan, Nancy Kilpatrick, Steve Rasnic Tem, Jonathan Thomas, and Jason V Brock summon up multiform monsters inspired by Lovecraft’s notions of hybridism and alien incursion. The forbidden book theme is deftly handled by Caitlín R. Kiernan, and the notion of other worlds lying just around the corner from our own is the subject of stories by Donald Tyson and Mark Howard Jones. Finally, David Hambling cleverly adapts Lovecraftian concepts to the locked-room detective story.

In commemorating the incredible efflorescence of weird poetry in our time, this book presents poems by four leading contemporary poets—Ashley Dioses, K. A. Opperman, Adam Bolivar, and D. L. Myers. Each of their works fuses skilful use of rhyme and metre with compact evocations of Lovecraftian themes. H. P. Lovecraft’s work is likely to continue inspiring writers for many generations, and this volume presents a vivid snapshot of what can be said in this idiom by sensitive and talented authors.

Limited: 300 signed numbered copies, in slipcase: $85
Trade: Hardcover edition in dust jacket: $40

Announcing the Subterranean Press Bibliography

November 6th

Subterranean Press Bibliography

Our pal Jim Seels at the most excellent A.S.A.P Publishing has gifted us with the Subterranean Press Bibliography 1995-2015, which (natch!) covers the first twenty years of our little cottage industry. There are only 150 copies of this one for sale, so please get your order in early. The books are in our warehouse, and due to ship very soon.

About the Book:

Want to know the history of Subterranean Press? Here's your chance, in a goregous oversize hardcover, printed on glossy paper, with a full-color photo section included featuring some of our best lettered editions.

The introduction is by Al Reynolds, and there's a lengthy interview with SubPress Bill conducted by Kat Howard.

Limited to only 200 cloth-bound copies signed by William Schafer, Tim Holt, and Yanni Kuzmia. Please note that only approximately 150 copies will be for sale.

 

 

K. J. Parker garners a starred review

November 1st

The Father of Lies by K J Parker

We're happy to report not only that K. J. Parker's massive new collection, The Father of Lies, has been sent to the printer, it has also been graced by a starred review from Publishers Weekly. Lies is also over half sold out at this point, meaning we're not likely to have copies much past is publication date.

Now, on to the Publishers Weekly review:

“The centerpiece (literally and figuratively), ‘The Devil You Know,’ features the con artist and philosopher Saloninus (familiar from Parker’s novella ‘Blue and Gold’) negotiating with a devil for an extended life span. It’s an old concept—each knows the other’s trying to pull a fast one—but the two characters play so well off each other that the story works as an updated and entertaining Socratic dialogue.”

 

 

New Kevin Hearne in stock and shipping

November 1st

The Squirrel on the Train by Kevin Hearne

Get your new Iron Druid novella here! We've already sent out the signed limited editions of The Squirrel on the Train by Kevin Hearne, and are now working our way through the trade hardcover orders. This one won't be around for long, so please order soon. (Also, Hearne fans should be on the lookout for a big announcement in the next week or so.)

About the Book:

Oberon the Irish wolfhound is off to Portland to smell all the things with canine companions wolfhound Orlaith and Boston terrier Starbuck, and, of course, his human, ancient Druid Atticus O’Sullivan. The first complication is an unmistakable sign of sinister agendas afoot: a squirrel atop the train. But an even more ominous situation is in store when the trio plus Atticus stumble across a murder upon arrival at the station. They recognize Detective Gabriela Ibarra, who’s there to investigate. But they also recognize the body—or rather that the body is a doppelganger for Atticus himself. The police, hampered by human senses of smell and a decided lack of canine intuition, obviously can’t handle this alone. Not with Atticus likely in danger. Oberon knows it’s time to investigate once more-—for justice! For gravy! And possibly greasy tacos!

Alongside his faithful Druid, Oberon and the other loyal hounds navigate by nose through Portland to find a bear-shifter friend with intel, delicious clues at the victim’s home, and more squirrels. Always more squirrels!

But will our hungry band of heroes be able to identify the culprit before someone else is murdered? Will there be mystery meat in gravy as a reward or tragedy in store for the world’s (or at least the Pacific Northwest’s) greatest dog detective.

Like its predecessor The Purloined Poodle, the latest of Oberon’s Meaty Mysteries novella, The Squirrel on the Train, is not to be missed by fans of Kevin Hearne's New York Times best-selling Iron Druid series.

Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $25

From Publishers Weekly:

“As always, Oberon, Orlaith, and Atticus make a wonderful pack, and Hearne puts as much depth into this short story as he does into his novels. Series fans will be greatly entertained.”

Announcing the signed limited edition of Artemis by Andy Weir

October 30th

Artemis by Andy Weir

We're thrilled to announced that we'll be publishing an oversize signed limited edition of Artemis by Andy Weir, with a staggeringly good wraparound dust jacket by Daniel Dociu. As I type this, both limited and lettered copies are available, so please be quick.

About the Book:

If you’re going to commit the perfect crime, you might as well shoot for the moon…

Jazz Bashara has been a resident of Artemis, the lone city on the moon, since she was six years old. Too bad for her, she’s not one of the wealthier inhabitants. Instead she lives fifteen levels down in a grungy coffin that’s only good for sleeping. Jazz barely makes ends meet as a porter delivering goods between Artemis’s five bubbles (Armstrong, Aldrin, Conrad, Bean, and Shepard). Of course, not everything she delivers is legal.

So when traffic in simple contraband leads to a potential heist with a major payday, how can Jazz resist? She doesn’t even want to. But as she lays and executes her plans, there’s a problem. The stakes of this gamble put her smack in the middle of a play for control of Artemis itself--a game she’ll be lucky to get out of alive.

From international bestselling author of The Martian Andy Weir comes Artemis,an explosive, compelling thriller that will steal away readers to an inventive lunar landscape.

Limited: 750 signed numbered hardcover copies: $95

Lettered: 52 signed leatherbound copies, housed in a custom traycase: $375

From Publishers Weekly (Starred Review):

 “The sophisticated worldbuilding incorporates politics and economics, as well as scientifically plausible ways for a small city to function on the lunar surface. The independent, wisecracking lead could easily sustain a series. Weir leavens the hard SF with a healthy dose of humor.” 

From Library Journal (Starred Review):

“Narrated by a kick-ass leading lady, this thriller has it all—a smart plot, laugh-out-loud funny moments, and really cool science. A four star read.”

Open ordering for Terry Brooks' The Elfstones of Shannara begins

October 27th

The Elftstones of Shannara by Terry Brooks

Open ordering has begun for Terry Brooks' The Elfstones of Shannara. Don't miss out on this fantasy classic, as quantities are limited.

About the Book:

The Elfstones of Shannara is considered to be one of the best Terry Brooks, a novel of love, sacrifice, and magic. When the Druid Allanon asks Wil Ohmsford to her protect a young elf who possesses the power to save the Four Lands from the evil contained in the Forbidding, Wil’s life is changed forever.

The Limited Edition of The Elfstones of Shannara will be a gorgeous tome. It will be leather, have a sewn in ribbon, and will feature eight black and white interior illustrations by Marc Simonetti. This edition will not have a slipcase or the full-color illustration insert. It will be the best book I can produce—something I’ve wanted since I was 13 years old.

  • Limited to 1000 numbered copies
  • Leather-bound hardcover book with no slipcase
  • Signed by Terry Brooks and artist Marc Simonetti
  • Eight black and white interior plates by Marc Simonetti including full-color dust jacket
  • Sewn black ribbon

New Harlan Ellison limited edition in stock and shipping

October 26th

Fingerprints on the Sky

We've just finished shipping the preorders for the mammoth, oversize Harlan Ellison bibliography, Fingerprints on the Sky. Fingerprints is without a doubt the most complex project we've ever taken on, and we're all of us (including Harlan and Tim Richmond, his bibliographer) inordinately pleased with the result.

"This compendium is not of my making: it is seventeen years of labor by Tim Richmond—standing high on the ladder of the most multi-talented people I have ever twined with. In company with his wife Andrea. He is an internationally-lauded string musician—at least ten different axes including 5-string bass, guitar and mandolin…we were once trapped between-floors at a giant convention (with the BritPak) for more than three hours, and all that time—nearly everyone in claustrophobic fear or panic—Tim sat cross-legged like the Ancient Ant of Atlantis, inscribing meticulously…page after page of this book. So, yes, it measures out all the work I’ve created in 80+ years…but this is Tim's (and Andrea’s) labors. I am merely the shadow Tim has worked so long and hard to personify. It is my hunch that if Posterity gives me a backwards-nod, it will be because this monumental tome exists." —Harlan Ellison®

About the Book:

During his sixty-five year career as a writer, Harlan Ellison has amassed a canon of work like no other.

Harlan Ellison’s work has appeared in nearly every literary genre from horror to mystery to science fiction to fantasy across every popular medium.  His work has been translated into over twenty-six languages and is available all over the world.

Over the last twenty years, it has been Tim Richmond’s endeavor to archive Harlan’s work and preserve the legacy of one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century.

In an attempt to compile a complete collection of all of Harlan’s work, Richmond’s initial manuscript began with an extensive want list. It became clear that despite an earlier bibliography by Leslie Kay Swigart published in 1973, there was no up-to-date resource for the serious collector. After approaching Harlan with the notion that it was high time for a bibliography/comprehensive collector’s guide, Tim was given Harlan’s blessing with full access to his personal files.

The result is a unique oversize presentation which not only contains standard bibliographical information, but also specific points of reference, radio broadcasts, unpublished scripts, artists, annotations and other ephemera.  Fully illustrated with commentary from Tim Richmond, and a new, never before published foreword by Harlan Ellison.  Fingerprints is not only a reference guide but a one of a kind celebration of our greatest living author.

Edition Information: 

  • The most complete bibliographic, collectors guide to the work of Harlan Ellison.
  • Fully illustrated with hundreds of color and black & white illustrations and photographs.
  • Done with the participation and approval of Harlan Ellison.
  • Includes a new foreword by Harlan Ellison.
  • Includes citations for short stories, novels, comics, periodicals, foreign language, audio visual and published/unpublished movies and teleplays.
  • Cover design by Harlan Ellison and Arnie Fenner.

 

Limited: 500 signed (by Harlan Ellison and Tim Richmond) clothbound copies: $75

 

Announcing DJStories: The Best of David J. Schow

October 23rd

DJStories The Best of David J Schow

We've been working with David J. Schow for two freaking decades now, and it's high time we published DJStories: The Best of David J. Schow. Need further convincing? Read on for the full details on this career-spanning collection.

About the Book:

(BONUS COVER FLAP STORY – ABSOLUTELY FREE!)

Once upon a time, there was a writer named David J. Schow.

One of his specialties was the tale of unsettlement, unease, looming fear, straight-up gross-out, unnerving spookiness, gallows-humor black satire, heart-rending loss, the conte cruel, the ironies of fate, and the seductive sorcery of the otherworldly—in a word, horror.

This was by no means his only specialty.

He wrote short stories, then novels, then TV, then movies, fiction and non. He won various awards for this pursuit, including the World Fantasy Award, the International Horror Guild Award, the Twilight Zone Dimension Award, and the Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Award.

As you read this now, he’s been engaged in this activity professionally for forty years.

Call him a modern fantasist, a black magic realist, an acerbic satirist, a splatterpunk, a caustic comic, an “urbanized Cormac McCarthy” (John Farris), “smart, scathing, and verbally inventive to an astonishing degree” (Peter Straub), a “literary gunslinger” (Richard Christian Matheson), “the Duke of the Dark” (Mick Garris), “deeply felt but truly chilling” (Weird Tales), “remarkably talented; edgy, insightful, and fearless” (Joe R. Lansdale), a “gifted storyteller” (Robert Bloch), a “cleverly metaphoric literary chameleon” (T.E.D. Klein) … you get the general drift, right? As Michael Marshall Smith said, “Be prepared to be dragged to some very dark places, and to love every step of the way. Like being punched in the face by a poet.”

DJStories is Schow’s first “greatest hits” album, covering four decades of his efforts to shake you up, shock you awake, tweak your sensibilities and gun down your preconceptions. Thirty stories— count ‘em, thirty!—that cover the entire spectrum of what you may find frightening.

Monsters. Lovers. Spirits. Allies. Killers. The earthly and unearthly. The insane and the too-sane. The dead, the living and the in-between. Fictional folks who just might have an impact on your real, waking life.

This story does not have a happy ending. Guaranteed.

Limited: 1000 signed numbered hardcover copies: $40

Lewis Shiner's Heroes and Villains in stock and shipping

October 20th

Heroes and Villains by Lewis Shiner

Catching up a bit here. We've already shipped out all preordered copies of Lewis Shiner's action-packed new novella collection, Heroes and Villains, so if you're waiting on a copy, it's en route. 

If you're not, consider yourself nudged to find out what one of our finest writers is up to today.

About the Book:

Tales of adventure and suspense:
  • Five stage magicians set out to topple Hitler in 1934
  • A middle-aged lawyer finds himself battling new, predatory species
  • A hate-filled demagogue threatens the peaceful existence of the cats and dogs at the city dump
  • A secret agent in 1963 Egypt must stop a madman bent on world domination
The four long pieces in this volume show Lewis Shiner writing "hard edged, often political genre fiction at its finest," as Publishers Weekly said about his Collected Stories. These are some of the most accessible stories Shiner has ever written, featuring, as he says in his introduction, "car chases, ticking clocks, and things blowing up in slow motion." At the same time, all four stories deal with the abuse of power in a way that has never been more timely.
 
For those new to Shiner's work, Heroes and Villains is an ideal starting point, offering the complex characters and moral issues of his acclaimed novels in condensed and action-packed form. For Shiner's many fans, who include George R. R. Martin, Jonathan Lethem, and Karen Joy Fowler, no further incentive is required.
 
Limited: 750 signed numbered hardcover copies: $40
 
"The Black Sun" was nominated for the Sidewise Award for Alternate History.
 
"What Shiner is doing with these familiar elements is neither emulation nor parody but deconstruction... This is a political and an ethical work, dark-shaded, more in the spirit of Le Carré than Fleming...a love letter to Egypt, at least to the Egypt that was in 1963, and the Egypt that might have been."
-Lois Tilton, Locus, on "Doctor Helios."
 
From Publishers Weekly:
 
"Common folk rising to depose despots with unchecked power is the theme running through Shiner's compilation of three action-packed novellas and one short story... High adventure, exotic locales, and beautiful women all triumph. Shiner (Collected Stories) merges well-researched and detailed historical elements with cinematic action and crisp writing."

Joe Abercrombie's Sharp Ends — interior illustrations posted

October 20th

Sharp Ends by Joe Abercrombie

The art for Joe Abercrombie's Sharp Ends, a collection set in the world of his First Law trilogy, is undeniably grim dark and grotesque. Thanks to Raymond Swanland, it's also underniably accomplished. Head over to the book's product page to check out a few examples. Sharp Ends is in the final stages of being readied for the printer, and should have no problem hitting its January pub date.

A glowing review for John Scalzi

October 20th

Don't Live for Your Obituary by John Scalzi

John Scalzi's large (over 450 pages) compendium of wit and wisdom, Don't Live for Your Obituary, has just been graced by a very positive review from Publishers Weekly, part of which we're only too happy to share with you:

“Above all he writes accessibly and so commonsensically that this book should appeal to writers in all disciplines, and even to SF readers who have no ambitions to write themselves.”

Obituary is at the printer, on schedule for a December holiday release.

Joe R. Lansdale's Bubba and the Cosmic Blood-Suckers in stock and shipping

October 20th

Bubba and the Cosmic Blood Suckers by Joe R Lansdale

 

We're more than halfway done with shipping Joe R. Lansdale's much-in-demand new novel, Bubba and the Cosmic Blood-Suckers. We're also down to our last 25 copies.

If you need a reminder to pick this one up, here's what Publishers Weekly had to say about it:

“In this gore-spattered funfest, master of the macabre Lansdale (the Hap and Leonard series) fills in the backstories of the characters from his novella Bubba Ho-Tep (which became a cult classic film)… Lansdale builds fantastic fight scenes, and once the monster melee starts, it barely gives its heroes time to pull out some of their fancy tricks. This short, sly, funny novel doesn’t have room for character growth, but readers won’t care because Lansdale has so much fun with his decidedly icky monsters and the epic butt-kicking talents of Elvis and co.”

Ebooks Sold Directly by Subterranean Press

October 20th

The Dispatcher by John Scalzi

Hey, we're rolling out ebooks available for direct sale from our site. Here's a list of the first available titles (geographic restrictions apply in most cases):

 

Praise for Mark Alan Miller's Hellraiser: The Toll

October 20th

Hellraiser: The Toll by Mark Alan Miller

The first review for Mark Alan Miller's novella, Hellraiser: The Toll (based on a story by none other than Clive Barker) is in, and it's a resoundingly good one.

According to Publishers Weekly: 

“One of the most notorious characters in Barker’s horror canon, the demonic Cenobite known as the Cold Man or Pinhead, returns in this collaborative novella that bridges his first appearance in The Hellbound Heart (1986) and his spectacular swan song in The Scarlet Gospels (2015). Barker and Miller (Clive Barker’s Next Testament) suffuse the tale with vivid imagery that intensifies its atmosphere of dread... Fans who have followed Pinhead’s exploits in fiction and the Hellraiser films will find this book a must, in part for Barker’s artwork sprinkled throughout.”

Preorder your copy today, or Pinhead help you...

 

Open ordering begins for new Joe Hill limited edition

October 20th

Keys to the Kingdom by Joe Hill

Open ordering has just begun for Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez's Locke & Key: Keys to the Kingdom, incluing the very elusive lettered edition. As with past volumes, Keys to the Kingdom includes not only the graphic novel, but the original script, new endsheets by Gabe, stunning dust jacket work by Vincent Chong, and is signed by both Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez. Best of all, the signed limited edition is in stock, and in the shipping queue.

About the Book:

IDW and Subterranean Press have joined forces for the first time to bring you Keys to the Kingdom, the latest volume of graphic novel and scripts from Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez.

Keys to the Kingdom, the fourth installment of the award-winning Locke & Key series, co-credits writer Hill and illustrator Rodriguez as "storytellers," and it's an apt designation, shown by the seamlessness with which the text and art interact. They are one of the best storytelling teams in comics. After the completion of Crown of Shadowsin 2011, both Hill and Rodriguez were nominated for Eisner awards--Best Writer (won by Hill) and Best Penciller/Inker, respectively, and the comic was nominated for Best Continuing Series.

The Subterranean Press edition of Keys to the Kingdom will include not only the entire graphic novel, but also the scripts for each issue.

The limited edition will include all of the scripts for the miniseries, original full-color endsheets by Gabriel Rodriguez, and a full-color dust jacket by Vincent Chong.

Limited: 250 signed, numbered copies, housed in a custom slipcase: $250
Lettered: 26 signed, lettered copies, housed in a custom traycase, with an original sketch by Gabe matted in the case: $500

Announcing a new Arthur C. Clarke limited edition set

October 20th

The City and the Stars and Against the Fall of Night by Arthur C Clarke

There's a new Arthur C. Clarke limited edition set coming from Centipede Press, and we've managed to lock in a few of them for our customers.

About the Sets:

Years ago, aficionados of science fiction used to speak of “The Big Three,” referring to the giants of the field Asimov, Heinlein, and Clarke. The passing years have shown us that Sir Arthur C. Clarke stands as one of the most memorable voices that the field has produced. Now we are pleased to announce two of Clarke’s classics in a new double-volume edition: The City and the Stars and Against the Fall of Night.

Against the Fall of Night was originally written as a novella for Startling Stories. However, realizing that there was a more involved story to tell, Clarke revised and expanded the story in 1951 to novel length, where it was published two years later by the legendary Gnome Press. It was then completely revised and published as The City and the Stars in 1956. The City and the Stars has since been recognized as an all-time classic, ranking highly in the coveted “All-Time Best Novel” awards from Locus in 1975, 1987, and 1988.

This is the first time that these classic and important works have received the lavish presentation that they deserve. The City and the Stars features a new introduction by Robert Silverberg and new cover and interior artwork by Bob Eggleton.

Best viewed as complementary rather than competing works, The City and the Stars was published a scant three years after the landmark appearance of Against the Fall of Night. The world building of Diaspar and Lys is nothing short of remarkable as are the discoveries that Alvin and Rorden make on their journey, not the least of which is the chilling discovery of a being called the “Mad Mind” that is (at least for now) imprisoned.

For an author to revise and re-publish such a recent and well-thought-of work as Against the Fall of Night was a bold move that many feared would irreparably damage Clarke’s career. Fortunately, nothing could be further from the truth; not only did he produce a worthy successor to the original, but he succeeded in elevating both novels as a result.

Each book features double-page title page artwork in full color, and reproductions of old editions of each book, all reprinted in color as well.

Both books are printed in our standard oversize science fiction format: 6½ × 10 inches. Against the Fall of Night also features new cover and interior artwork by Bob Eggleton and is signed by Eggleton. Both volumes can only be sold together. You will receive matching numbers on each book. The edition is limited to just 250 sets for sale.

Neil Gaiman special edition in stock and shipping

October 20th

The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman has a new special edition out, and we've snagged a limited number of copies. This slipcased, two color printed edition of The Sleeper and the Spindle, illustrated by Chris Riddell, is absolutely glorious. Order quick or risk disappointment.

About the Book:

It was the closest kingdom to the queen's, as the crow flies, but not even the crows flew it.

You may think you know this story. There's a young queen about to be married. There are some good, brave, hardy dwarfs; a castle, shrouded in thorns; and a princess cursed by a witch, so rumor has it, to sleep forever.

But no one is waiting for a noble prince to appear on his trusty steed here. This fairy tale is spun with a thread of dark magic, which twists and turns and glints and shines. A queen might just prove herself a hero, if a princess needs rescuing…

This deluxe edition of the New York Times bestselling The Sleeper and the Spindle comes in a beautiful slipcase, complete with gold foil artwork and gilded page edges.

Check out this delightful new novel by Kat Howard

October 20th

An Unkindness of Magicians by Kat Howard

 

Our pal, and damn fine writer, Kat Howard has just released her second novel, An Unkindness of Magicians. It's not a SubPress release, but you can find out your ordering options here.

Meanwhile, here's a little about the book:

There is a dark secret that is hiding at the heart of New York City and diminishing the city’s magicians’ power in this fantasy thriller by acclaimed author Kat Howard. 

In New York City, magic controls everything. But the power of magic is fading. No one knows what is happening, except for Sydney—a new, rare magician with incredible power that has been unmatched in decades, and she may be the only person who is able to stop the darkness that is weakening the magic. But Sydney doesn’t want to help the system, she wants to destroy it. 

Sydney comes from the House of Shadows, which controls the magic with the help of sacrifices from magicians.

Swan Song limited edition in stock and shipping

October 20th

Swan Song by Robert McCammon

 

For those of you who've been jonesing for the limited edition of Robert McCammon's post-apocalyptic wonder Swan Song, some welcome news: The slipcases just arrived in our warehouse, and shipping has begun!

Read Chinese? Check out a bunch of K J Parker

October 20th

Just a quick, sort of public service announcement here that K. J. Parker (aka Tom Holt) has asked us to pass along. A lot of his stories have now appeared in the Chinese magazine SFW, with more promised in the future. Worth checking out, if you can read it!

Announcing Hellraiser: The Toll by Mark Alan Miller

October 20th

Hellraiser The Toll by Mark Alan Miller

 

Hellraiser: The Toll has a slightly complicated backstory. The story itself was conceived by none other than Clive Barker, who then handed it off to one of our favorite younger horror writers, Mark Alan Miller, to commit the words to paper. We think the result is outstanding, from the cover by Brandon Mahlberg, to the novella itself, which touches on Barker's original tale, The Hellbound Heart, and is a bridge to his novel, The Scarlet Gospels.

About the Book:

Thirty years after Kirsty Singer escaped from the clutches of the Hell Priest, Pinhead, and lived to fight another day, her life has never been the same. Every few years she fashions a new name, a new identity, and a new home for herself; She is a woman who is running from her past at all costs, which is why it comes as such a surprise when she receives a mysterious letter in the mail, addressed to the woman she’s been running from over half her life. 

Answering the letter’s query, she begins a descent down a rabbit hole to the ultimate confrontation. Her actions stir something unnamable in the ether, and throw her into a game where nothing—not even what she sees in front of her very eyes—can be trusted. 

With equal parts economy and eloquence, author Mark Alan Miller brings to life the beginning of the end as The Toll expands the Hellraiser universe, and shows that before Harry D’Amour’s adventures in The Scarlet Gospels, there was a first witness to Pinhead’s infernal plan. 

Limited: 724 numbered cloth bound copies signed by Mark Alan Miller: $40

Lettered: 26 signed leatherbound copies, housed in a custom traycase, signed by Clive Barker and Mark Alan Miller: Sold Out

Announcing The Father of Lies by K. J. Parker

October 20th

The Father of Lies by K J Parker

 

We're pleased to announce a huge (over 500 pages) gathering of K. J. Parker's most recent fiction. Add The Father of Lies to your reading list, pronto.

About the Book:

Bringing together K. J. Parker’s recent novellas and novelettes, totaling over 500 pages of wry, twisty fiction, Father of Lies delves into the arcane as never before. Set amid the world of Parker’s critically acclaimed novels and award winning stories, as well as our own, this volume reveals a side rarely glimpsed in his other works. Contained herein are the tales of creatures that pluck the strings of existence, exposing the seedy underbelly of ultimate power as only Parker can.

It begins with love, as it often does. In All the Things We Do for Love, Parker demonstrates the age old proverb ‘be careful what you wish for, you just might get it.’ It continues with a fall from grace, in Downfall of the Gods, where a daughter of heaven unwittingly pits herself against her divine family. Demonic pacts are everywhere, in The Devil You Know, where Parker returns to Saloninus, his iconic character who will finish what he started so many years ago. It ends with a beginning, in No Peace for the Wicked, as a New Pope is chosen to push back the darkness.

Filled with Parker’s hallmark wit and biting humor, Father of Lies is an essential collection, not just for the dedicated fantasist, but for anyone committed to a great story well told. Like all of KJ Parker's brilliant fiction, these stories whisper the truth. 

Just ask yourself, can you trust the Father of Lies?

Limited: 1000 signed numbered hardcover copies: $40

Lettered Steven Erikson and Robert McCammon shipping

October 20th

Swan Song by Robert McCammon

We've just finished shipping the lettered editions for Steven Erikson's Reaper's Gale and Robert McCammon's Swan Song. We had a few cancellations for Swan Song, so there are three lettereds available as I type this. If you're quick, you can grab one.

New Joe R. Lansdale to be out of print on publication

October 20th

Bubba and the Cosmic Blood Suckers by Joe R Lansdale

 

We're started receiving distributor and large online retailer orders for Joe R. Lansdale's prequel to the classic "Bubba Ho-Tep", and and can confidently predict that there will not be enough copies of Bubba and the Cosmic Blood-Suckers to go around. Your best bet to guarantee a copy is to place your order today.

Need some added incentive? Here's what Publishers Weekly had to say about the novel:

“In this gore-spattered funfest, master of the macabre Lansdale (the Hap and Leonard series) fills in the backstories of the characters from his novella Bubba Ho-Tep (which became a cult classic film)… Lansdale builds fantastic fight scenes, and once the monster melee starts, it barely gives its heroes time to pull out some of their fancy tricks. This short, sly, funny novel doesn’t have room for character growth, but readers won’t care because Lansdale has so much fun with his decidedly icky monsters and the epic butt-kicking talents of Elvis and co.”

Announcing The Man Who Ended History by Ken Liu

October 20th

The Man Who Ended History by Ken Liu

 

This fall, we'll be receiving copies of a very limited edition by one of speculative fiction's hottest new writers. We don't expect copies of Ken Liu's The Man Who Ended History to last long, so please get your order in early.

About the Book:

A scientific invention makes it possible to virtually travel back in time and witness historical events.  It is only possible to witness it once from the same perspective, because the process eats up the record.  The inventor and her husband draw attention to the atrocities of Unit 731 during WWII.  They hope that eyewitnesses will shut down denialists.  But Chinese versus Japanese, and U.S. politics start their own games.

The Man Who Ended History: A Documentary, by Ken Liu, first appeared in Panverse Three, September 2011.  The story was a Nebula, Hugo, and Sturgeon finalist.

The WSFA Press edition of The Man Who Ended History: A Documentary will be a signed, limited edition of 500 copies, with cover and four interior illustrations by Galen Dara.  This edition also contains the bonus short story: "Lecture 14: Concerning the Event Cloaking Device and Practical Applications Thereof".  The book will be signed by both Ken Liu and Galen Dara.

Limited: 500 signed (by author and artist) copies: $40

Peter V. Brett's The Core selling out quickly

October 20th

The Core by Peter V. Brett

Just a quick reminder that we're flying Peter V. Brett in to our warehouse to sign copies of his newest novel, The Core, which also happens to be the capstone novel to The Demon Cycle.

Our copies will not only be adorned by Peat's signature, they'll also be embossed with a special mind ward commissioned just for the occasion. We're due to stop accepting orders soon, so please get yours in, or risk missing out.

 

Robert Silverberg's The Emperor and the Maula in stock and shipping

October 20th

The Emperor and the Maula by Robert Silverberg

 

Robert Silverberg’s The Emperor and the Maula was written in 1992 for an aborted publishing project and has been printed only once, in a radically abbreviated version. This deluxe new edition restores more than 15,000 words of missing text, allowing us to see, for the first time, the author’s original intent. The result is both a genuine publishing event and an unexpected gift for Silverberg’s legion of readers.

The Emperor and the Maula is Silverberg’s Scheherazade tale, the story of a woman telling a story in order to extend—and ultimately preserve—her life. The Scheherazade of this striking story is Laylah Walis, denizen of a far-future Earth which has been invaded and conquered by a star-faring race known as the Ansaarans. Laylah is a “maula,” a barbarian forbidden, under pain of death, to set foot on the sacred home worlds of the imperial conquerors. Knowing the risks, Laylah travels to Haraar, home of the galactic emperor himself. Once there, she delays her execution by telling the emperor a story—and telling it well.

That story, the tale within a tale that dominates this book, is, in fact, Laylah’s own story. It is also the story of the beleaguered planet Earth, of people struggling, often futilely, to oppose their alien masters and restore their lost independence. Colorful, seamlessly written, and always powerfully imagined, The Emperor and the Maula shows us Grandmaster Silverberg at his representative best. This is science fiction as it should be written, but all too seldom is. No one does it better than Robert Silverberg. No one ever has.

Limited: 250 signed numbered copies, bound in leather: $45

Trade: Fully clothbound hardcover edition: $25

New Seabury Quinn available

October 20th

The Devil's Rosary by Seabury Quinn

 

We have a very few copies of Seabury Quinn's The Devil's Rosary still available. We don't anticipate a reorder, so be quick if you'd like a copy.

About the Book:

Today the names of H. P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, August Derleth, and Clark Ashton Smith, all regular contributors to the pulp magazine Weird Tales during the first half of the twentieth century, are recognizable even to casual readers of the bizarre and fantastic. And yet despite being more popular than them all during the golden era of genre pulp fiction, there is another author whose name and work have fallen into obscurity: Seabury Quinn.

Quinn’s short stories were featured in well over half of Weird Tales’s original publication run. His most famous character, the supernatural French detective Dr. Jules de Grandin, investigated cases involving monsters, devil worshippers, serial killers, and spirits from beyond the grave, often set in the small town of Harrisonville, New Jersey. In de Grandin, there are familiar shades of both Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot, and alongside his assistant, Dr. Samuel Trowbridge, de Grandin’s knack for solving mysteries—and his outbursts of peculiar French-isms (Grand Dieu!)—captivated readers for nearly three decades.

Collected for the first time in trade editions, The Complete Tales of Jules de Grandin presents all ninety-three of Seabury Quinn’s stories starring the supernatural detective Jules de Grandin. Presented in chronological order over five fully cloth-bound hardcover volumes, with artwork from acclaimed artist Donato Giancola, Night Shade Books is proud to present the definitive collection of an iconic pulp hero.

The second volume, The Devil’s Rosary, includes all of the Jules de Grandin stories from “The Black Master” (1929) to “The Wolf of St. Bonnot” (1930), as well as an introduction by George Vanderburgh and Robert Weinberg and a foreword by Stefan Dziemianowicz.

New James P. Blaylock in stock and shipping

October 20th

River's Edge

James P. Blaylock's long (nearly 40,000 words) new Langdon St. Ives novella, River's Edge, is in stock and shipping. The illustrations are by the always remarkable J. K. Potter. Order a copy and get your steampunk on.

About the Book:

The body of a girl washes up on a mud bank along the edge of the River Medway amid a litter of poisoned fish and sea birds, casting an accusing shadow upon the deadly secrets of the Majestic Paper Mill and its wealthy owners. Simple answers to the mystery begin to suggest insidious secrets, and very quickly Langdon St. Ives and his wife Alice are drawn into a web of conspiracies involving murder, a suspicious suicide, and ritual sacrifice at a lonely and ancient cluster of standing stones.  Abruptly St. Ives’s life is complicated beyond the edge of human reason, and he finds himself battling to save Alice’s life and the ruination of his friends, each step forward leading him further into the entanglement, a dark labyrinth from which there is no apparent exit.

Limited:1000 signed numbered hardcover copies: $40

Colorado Kid by Stephen King

October 20th

Published by PS Publishing

The Colorado Kid by Stephen King

On an island off the coast of Maine, a man is found dead. There's no identification on the body. Only the dogged work of a pair of local newspapermen and a graduate student in forensics turns up any clues, and it's more than a year before the man is identified. And that's just the beginning of the mystery. Because the more they learn about the man and the baffling circumstances of his death, the less they understand. Was it an impossible crime? Or something stranger still?

No one but Stephen King could tell this story about the darkness at the heart of the unknown and our compulsion to investigate the unexplained. With echoes of Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon and the work of Graham Greene, one of the world's great storytellers presents a moving and surprising tale whose subject is nothing less than the nature of mystery itself. 

New Jonathan Carroll in stock and shipping

October 20th

The Crows Dinner by Jonathan Carroll

 

We've finished shipping all the preordered copies of Jonathan Carroll's nifty non-fiction collection, The Crow's Dinner, which happens to weigh in at over 560 pages. This makes now as good a time as any to say what Neil Gaiman had to say (via Twitter) about the prospect of reading the volume: “Anything new by Jonathan Carroll is a treat. I cannot wait to get home and read my copy.”

About the Book:

The Crow’s Dinner is master novelist Jonathan Carroll’s debut essay collection, and that is very good news. Gathering together hundreds of entries that initially appeared on the website Medium, The Crow’s Dinner is at once a wide-ranging spiritual autobiography and an annotated guide to what Carroll calls “The Map of Me.”

Beginning with an appreciation of “The Invisibles,” those insignificant moments we overlook at our peril, The Crow’s Dinner encompasses an extraordinary range of incidents, ideas, and images that cumulatively illuminate the inner and outer weather of a major American artist. This generous volume contains fragments of autobiography, reflections on the nature of creativity, vivid recreations of chance encounters, and provocative meditations on the complexity—and unpredictability—of human relationships. It is a book filled with colorful vignettes, unexpected bursts of whimsy, and observations filtered through an utterly unique sensibility. Witty, compassionate, open at all times to the “momentary magic” of existence, it is a work of singular beauty that is unlike anything you have ever read.

Since the publication of his first novel, The Land of Laughs, in 1980, Jonathan Carroll has repeatedly offered us new and startling ways of looking at our familiar world. With The Crow’s Dinner, he speaks to us in direct, unmediated fashion about the things that matter most: love, lust, books, dogs, food, friendship—and the transforming power of the imagination. The result is an intimate, one-of-a kind tour of a lively, unfettered mind. Like the best of Carroll’s fiction, The Crow’s Dinner is a book that matters.

Limited: 1000 signed numbered hardcover copies: $40

From Publishers Weekly:

“This weighty compendium from novelist Carroll (Bathing the Lion) collects an eccentric and fascinating assortment of observations, musings, anecdotes, and snatches of story from his internet postings and website… His work suggests that the small moments are where we are most alive in the world and where we can learn to make momentary sense of it.”

The Fifth Season in stock and shipping

October 20th

The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin

 

We're happy to report that the signed numbered edition of N. K. Jemisin's The Fifth Season is in stock and shipping. We don't expect to have any copies left after the initial shipping wave.

For those of you waiting on the lettered edition, those are still a few months away, as we wait for the traycases.

Look for ordering soon information for the next volume, The Obelisk Gate.

A starred review for The Weight of Words

October 20th

The Weight of Words edited by Dave McKean and William Schafer

 

We'll get straight to it, with no premable. The Weight of Words received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, and we couldn't be happier about it:

“McKean’s storied career as an illustrator, comics creator, and fine artist is the basis for this magnificent anthology, which contains 12 stories inspired by specific McKean images (all of which are included), as well as a short McKean comic. High points include Catherynne M. Valente’s stunning “No One Dies in Nowhere,” a mystery told in Valente’s characteristically lush prose with the precise discipline of a classical tragedy; Alastair Reynolds’s poignant “Belladonna Nights,” science fiction set in a far future in which the many scattered offshoots of a single personality hold reunions every 200,000 years; and Maria Dahvana Headley’s erudite “The Orange Tree,” a golem story set in 11th-century Andalusia. The collection also includes wonderful, intricate pieces from M. John Harrison, Caitlín R. Kiernan, and Iain Sinclair.”

Announcing Fingerprints on the Sky: The Authorized Harlan Ellison Bibliography

October 20th

Fingerprints on the Sky

During his sixty-five year career as a writer, Harlan Ellison has amassed a cannon of work like no other, which is documented in Tim Richmond's Fingerprints on the Sky: The Authorized Harlan Ellison Bibliography.

About the Book:

Harlan Ellison’s work has appeared in nearly every literary genre from horror to mystery to science fiction to fantasy across every popular medium.  His work has been translated into over twenty-six languages and is available all over the world.

Over the last twenty years, it has been Tim Richmond’s endeavor to archive Harlan’s work and preserve the legacy of one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century.

In an attempt to compile a complete collection of all of Harlan’s work, Richmond’s initial manuscript began with an extensive want list. It became clear that despite an earlier bibliography by Leslie Kay Swigart published in 1973, there was no up-to-date resource for the serious collector. After approaching Harlan with the notion that it was high time for a bibliography/comprehensive collector’s guide, Tim was given Harlan’s blessing with full access to his personal files.

The result is a unique oversize presentation which not only contains standard bibliographical information, but also specific points of reference, radio broadcasts, unpublished scripts, artists, annotations and other ephemera.  Fully illustrated with commentary from Tim Richmond, and a new, never before published foreword by Harlan Ellison.  Fingerprints is not only a reference guide but a one of a kind celebration of our greatest living author.

Edition Information: 

  • The most complete bibliographic, collectors guide to the work of Harlan Ellison.
  • Fully illustrated with hundreds of color and black & white illustrations and photographs.
  • Done with the participation and approval of Harlan Ellison.
  • Includes a new foreword by Harlan Ellison.
  • Includes citations for short stories, novels, comics, periodicals, foreign language, audio visual and published/unpublished movies and teleplays.
  • Cover design by Harlan Ellison and Arnie Fenner.

 

Limited: 500 signed (by Harlan Ellison and Tim Richmond) clothbound copies: $75

Lettered: 26 signed (by Harlan Ellison and Tim Richmond) leatherbound copies, housed in a custom traycase: $375

More Copies of Fritz Leiber's Swords and Deviltry on the way

October 20th

Swords and Deviltry by Fritz Leiber

We only have six copies of Fritz Leiber's Swords and Deviltry left in the warehouse, but fret not, more copies are on their way.

Let me tell, you these books are goregous, with full-color plates, elegant printing, and fine binding. Centipede has done it again.

Order Swords and Deviltry now so you can get first crack at the next volume, Swords Against Death.

 

Ten copies of The Sword of Shannara available

October 20th

The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks

We've just finished shipping preorders of Terry Brooks' The Swords of Shannara and find ourselves wtih ten copies leftover. Pick one up and you'll be first in line to get a crack at the next Brooks limited, The Elfstones of Shannara.

About the Book:

Grim Oak Press is proud to offer signed and numbered limited editions of the original Shannara trilogy by Terry Brooks.

The Sword of ShannaraThe Elfstones of Shannara, and The Wishsong of Shannara will be individually produced and leather-bound, featuring the highest quality materials. They will also be beautifully illustrated by Marc Simonetti, one of today’s premiere fantasy artists. He is already hard at work on the illustrations for The Sword of Shannara. To the left, you can see the thumbnail sketch featuring Shea and Flick fleeing Shady Vale.

  • Limited to 1000 numbered copies
  • Leather-bound hardcover book with no slipcase
  • Signed by Terry Brooks and artist Marc Simonetti
  • Eight black and white interior plates by Marc Simonetti including full-color dust jacket
  • Sewn black ribbon

 

New Naomi Novik in stock and shipping

October 20th

Golden Age and Other Stories by Naomi Novik

We're happy to announce that Naomi Novik's all-original Temeraire collection, Golden Age and other stories, is in stock in shipping. In related news, the book is over 95% sold out, so if you'd like a copy, now's the best time to order.

About the Book:

Naomi Novik ended her acclaimed, beloved nine-volume Temeraire series last year with a stunning finale, League of Dragons. Fans missing their favorite series can now rejoice: Novik returns with an original Temeraire collection as unique as the world she has created, with each tale inspired by an accompanying piece of fan art.

The Temeraire novels provide a window into an alternate nineteenth century populated with Novik’s own richly human and unforgettably draconic characters as they adventure alongside well-known historical figures. That tradition continues here. Readers will delight at appearances by fan-favorite characters from the series and historical figures like the famed explorer Matteo Ricci. In “Planting Season,” Novik shows us an early glimpse of American dragon John Wampanoag at Boston Harbor. “Golden Age” finds a dragon who believes he remembers being called Celeste hatch from a shipwreck-tossed crate onto an island where he meets others of his kind. But other famous fictional characters are to be discovered here as well. Readers will certainly recognize a certain Miss Bennet (here Captain Bennet) and her suitor, Mr. Darcy, in “Dragons and Decorum.”

Filled with the inventive world-building, rich detail, sparkling wit, and deep emotion that readers have come to expect from Novik’s work, Golden Age and Other Stories is a treasure at home on any Temeraire-lover’s bookshelf.

Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover copies: $25

From Kirkus (Starred Review):

“So accomplished, absorbing, and wide-ranging is Novik's creation that the stories elicit enormous pleasure… a must-read for all fans of this outstanding series.”

From Publishers Weekly:

“Novik collaborates with her fans in this welcome return to the alternate 19th-century world of her Temeraire series, in which English naval captain William Laurence befriends the newly hatched Chinese dragon he names Temeraire and the two of them enjoy adventures around the globe. Perhaps the best story in the collection is 'Golden Age,' which tells an alternate version of the first meeting between Temeraire (here called Celeste) and Laurence and the formation of their unusual bond.”

From Library Journal:

 “This illustrated collection, which can serve as a stand-alone or as a companion volume for readers of military fiction and dragon fiction, will bring joy to the series’ many admirers.”

Announcing Sharp Ends by Joe Abercrombie

October 20th

Sharp Ends by Joe Abercrombie

 

We’re pleased to announce the signed limited edition of Sharp Ends, Joe Abercrombie’s first-ever short story collection. Our edition features a full-color dust jacket and an interior illustration for each story by Raymond Swanland.

Important note: Anyone may order the limited edition. Only those who own a copy of the lettered edition of Red Country may order the lettered edition of Sharp Ends at this time.

From the Author’s Site:

The Union army may be full of bastards, but there’s only one who thinks he can save the day single-handed when the Gurkish come calling: the incomparable Colonel Sand dan Glokta.

Curnden Craw and his dozen are out to recover a mysterious item from beyond the Crinna. Only one small problem: no one seems to know what the item is.

Shevedieh, the self-styled best thief in Styria, lurches from disaster to catastrophe alongside her best friend and greatest enemy, Javre, Lioness of Hoskopp.

And after years of bloodshed, the idealistic chieftain Bethod is desperate to bring peace to the North. There’s only one obstacle left – his own lunatic champion, the most feared man in the North: the Bloody-Nine …

Sharp Ends combines previously published, award-winning tales with exclusive new short stories. Violence explodes, treachery abounds, and the words are as deadly as the weapons in this rogue’s gallery of side-shows, back-stories, and sharp endings from the world of The First Law.

Limited: 500 signed numbered hardcover copies: $80

Lettered: 26 signed leatherbound copies housed in a custom traycase: $275

New Steven Erikson in stock and shipping

October 20th

Reaper's Gale by Steven EriksonHappy news. The signed limited edition of Steven Erikson's Reaper's Gale is in stock and shipping. The lettered edition will be along in a few months, once the traycases have been completed.

 

A first look at the cover for Robert Silverberg's new novella

October 20th

The Emperor and the Maula by Robert Silverberg

Jim Burns has once again come through with a great cover, this time for Robert Silverberg's novella, The Emperor and the Maula. Order your copy today, and enjoy it in just a few short months.

About the Book: 

Robert Silverberg’s The Emperor and the Maula was written in 1992 for an aborted publishing project and has been printed only once, in a radically abbreviated version. This deluxe new edition restores more than 15,000 words of missing text, allowing us to see, for the first time, the author’s original intent. The result is both a genuine publishing event and an unexpected gift for Silverberg’s legion of readers.

The Emperor and the Maula is Silverberg’s Scheherazade tale, the story of a woman telling a story in order to extend—and ultimately preserve—her life. The Scheherazade of this striking story is Laylah Walis, denizen of a far-future Earth which has been invaded and conquered by a star-faring race known as the Ansaarans. Laylah is a “maula,” a barbarian forbidden, under pain of death, to set foot on the sacred home worlds of the imperial conquerors. Knowing the risks, Laylah travels to Haraar, home of the galactic emperor himself. Once there, she delays her execution by telling the emperor a story—and telling it well.

That story, the tale within a tale that dominates this book, is, in fact, Laylah’s own story. It is also the story of the beleaguered planet Earth, of people struggling, often futilely, to oppose their alien masters and restore their lost independence. Colorful, seamlessly written, and always powerfully imagined, The Emperor and the Maula shows us Grandmaster Silverberg at his representative best. This is science fiction as it should be written, but all too seldom is. No one does it better than Robert Silverberg. No one ever has.

Limited: 250 signed numbered copies, bound in leather: $45

Trade: Fully clothbound hardcover edition: $25

A great review for Lewis Shiner

October 20th

Heroes and Villains by Lewis Shiner

We're happy to let you know that the first review for Lewis Shiner's Heroes and Villains is in, and it's a good one.

According to Publishers Weekly:

“Common folk rising to depose despots with unchecked power is the theme running through Shiner’s compilation of three action-packed novellas and one short story... High adventure, exotic locales, and beautiful women all triumph. Shiner (Collected Stories) merges well-researched and detailed historical elements with cinematic action and crisp writing.”

The limited edition—the only print edition—is preselling very well. Distributors ordered two hundred copies just this week. Don't delay in preordering yours.

Announcing John Scalzi's Don't Live For Your Obituary

October 20th

Dont Write For Your Obituary by John ScalziWe're pleased to announce a large (well over 400 pages) compendium of John Scalzi's previously uncollected non-fiction. As he notes, Don't Live For Your Obituary.

About the Book:

Between 2008 and 2017, author John Scalzi wrote fifteen books, became a New York Times bestselling author, and won numerous awards, including the Hugo, the Locus and the Governor’s Award for the Arts in Ohio. He also had book deals crater, lost more awards than he won, worried about his mortgage and health insurance, flubbed a few deadlines, tried to be a decent parent and husband, and got into some arguments on the Internet, because, after all, that’s what the Internet is for.

Scalzi wrote about it all—the highs and lows in the life of a working writer—and gave his readers, and other writers, a glimpse of the day-to-day business of navigating a writing life in today’s world. Sometimes these essays offered advice. Sometimes they commented on the practical business of publishing and selling books. Sometimes they focused on the writing issues, arguments and personalities of the day. And sometimes, Scalzi reflected on his own writing life and career, and what both meant in the larger scheme of things.

Don’t Live For Your Obituary is a curated selection of that decade of advice, commentary and observations on the writing life, from one of the best-known science fiction authors working today. But more than that, it’s a portrait of an era—ten years of drama, controversy and change in writing, speculative fiction and the world in general—from someone who was there when it happened… and who had opinions about it all.

About John Scalzi

John Scalzi is the New York Times bestselling author of the Hugo Award-winning Redshirts, the Old Man’s War series of books, The Dispatcher and many other works. He lives in Ohio with his family.

Limited: 1000 signed numbered hardcover copies: $40

New Peter Straub novella in stock and shipping

October 20th

The Process by Peter Straub

We're enormously pleased to be shipping Peter Straub's newest novella, The Process (is a Process All Its Own).

About the Book:

In The Process (is a Process All its Own), Peter Straub brings back Tillman Hayward, a latter day Jack the Ripper familiar to readers of The Skylark and A Special Place. Tilly, known for good reasons as The Ladykiller, stands at the dark heart of this astonishing novella.

Tilly is a classic serial killer, and we watch him go about his “work” in the American Midwest of the 1950s. His story is one of madness and bloodlust artfully concealed beneath a thin, civilized veneer. In keeping with his nickname, he leaves a trail of mutilated female corpses behind him wherever he goes.

Straub tells Tilly’s story in a clear, unflinching voice that is at once enthralling and disturbing. At the same time, Straub sets that story against the larger story of a world filled with enigmatic occurrences and impossible encounters. It is a world in which the dead reappear, in which language carries its own peculiar properties, and “a hateful and discordant music” surrounds everything. It is a world which only Peter Straub could have evoked with such clarity and power.

Moving from the American Heartland to the stately homes of England, and from the arid worldview of Tilly to the fevered sensibility of Henry James, this nexus of connected stories is one of the strangest, most unsettling creations of a long, distinguished career. The Process (is a Process All its Own) is the clear product of a modern master. Expect it to haunt you for a very long time to come.

Limited: 750 signed numbered hardcover copies: $40

The Best of Subterranean trade edition in stock and shipping

October 20th

The Best of Subterranean Edited by William Schafer

The trade hardcover edition of the huge, mammoth, astounding The Best of Subterranean is in stock and shipping.

About the Book:

From its launch in 2005 to its final issue in 2014, Subterranean magazine published stories by the leading lights of science fiction and fantasy literature. From Hugo and Nebula winners to Pulitzer and Booker Prize finalists to New York Times bestsellers, this anthology collects 30 pieces of Subterranean’s best, representing diverse, breathtaking short fiction from today’s modern masters.

In “Last Breath” Joe Hill spins the tale of a man who collects the breaths of the dying for his haunting museum. Catherynne M. Valente’s “White Lines on a Green Field” chronicles what might happen if Coyote became a small town high school quarterback. Karen Joy Fowler’s “Younger Women” finds a woman confronting her daughter’s new boyfriend, who happens to be a vampire. Visit the Twilight Zone via George R.R. Martin in the script “The Toys of Caliban.” In Ted Chiang’s “The Truth of Fact, the Truth of Feeling” the narratives of a journalist and a young man are told in contrast, both impacted by technology and literacy. And in Kelley Armstrong’s “The Screams of Dragons” a boy is declared a changeling and things only get stranger from there. Other pieces visit far-flung space and intimate sick rooms, the futuristic pyramids of the rich and a jungle where a man-eating tiger stalks a village.

The Best of Subterranean, edited by William Schafer, is a must-have anthology that brings together more than 700 pages of stories as varied and distinguished as their authors, and which are utterly unforgettable.

Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $45

From Publishers Weekly (Starred Review):

“This deep and vibrant genre-spanning collection of 30 stories…contains something for almost every reader, with a particular focus on the creepy and the bittersweet…Genre fans, and fans of short fiction, won’t want to miss this anthology.”

From Kirkus (Starred Review):

“Vampires and wizards and aliens, oh my! A splendid gathering, from the late lamented magazine, of modern science fiction and fantasy. Like the best of the 1950s pulps, Subterranean magazine did not cavil much about genre distinctions: if a sci-fi story strayed into horror or swords and sorcery, that was fine, so long as the story in question was good… Fans of every stripe of speculative fiction will want this on their shelves.”

Announcing The Devil's Rosary by Seabury Quinn

October 20th

The Devil's Rosary by Seabury Quinn

We're happy to announce that we'll be carrying copies of volume two of Night Shade Books' Seabury Quinn set, which looks to stretch to more than ninety tales spread over five volumes. Quantities will be limited, so get your order in for The Devil's Rosary today.

About the Book:

Today the names of H. P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, August Derleth, and Clark Ashton Smith, all regular contributors to the pulp magazine Weird Tales during the first half of the twentieth century, are recognizable even to casual readers of the bizarre and fantastic. And yet despite being more popular than them all during the golden era of genre pulp fiction, there is another author whose name and work have fallen into obscurity: Seabury Quinn.

Quinn’s short stories were featured in well over half of Weird Tales’s original publication run. His most famous character, the supernatural French detective Dr. Jules de Grandin, investigated cases involving monsters, devil worshippers, serial killers, and spirits from beyond the grave, often set in the small town of Harrisonville, New Jersey. In de Grandin, there are familiar shades of both Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot, and alongside his assistant, Dr. Samuel Trowbridge, de Grandin’s knack for solving mysteries—and his outbursts of peculiar French-isms (Grand Dieu!)—captivated readers for nearly three decades.

Collected for the first time in trade editions, The Complete Tales of Jules de Grandin presents all ninety-three of Seabury Quinn’s stories starring the supernatural detective Jules de Grandin. Presented in chronological order over five fully cloth-bound hardcover volumes, with artwork from acclaimed artist Donato Giancola, Night Shade Books is proud to present the definitive collection of an iconic pulp hero.

The second volume, The Devil’s Rosary, includes all of the Jules de Grandin stories from “The Black Master” (1929) to “The Wolf of St. Bonnot” (1930), as well as an introduction by George Vanderburgh and Robert Weinberg and a foreword by Stefan Dziemianowicz.

Seabury Quinn was born in 1889 in Washington, DC. A World War I veteran, Quinn was both a lawyer and a journalist for most of his life, as well as a prolific pulp magazine fiction author. Having published more than five hundred short stories in a variety of magazines, his most well-known character, the occult detective Jules de Grandin, was featured in Weird Tales between 1925 and 1951. Quinn penned ninety-two short stories and one full-length novel featuring “the occult Hercule Poirot,” which were enormously popular with readers. Quinn died in 1969.

Trade hardcover: $34.99

 

A starred review for Naomi Novik

October 20th

Golden Age and Other Stories by Naomi Novik

Naomi Novik's upcoming collection, Golden Age and other stories, just picked up a starred review from Kirkus:

“So accomplished, absorbing, and wide-ranging is Novik's creation that the stories elicit enormous pleasure… a must-read for all fans of this outstanding series.”

Add that to the earlier review from Publishers Weekly:

“Novik collaborates with her fans in this welcome return to the alternate 19th-century world of her Temeraire series, in which English naval captain William Laurence befriends the newly hatched Chinese dragon he names Temeraire and the two of them enjoy adventures around the globe. Perhaps the best story in the collection is 'Golden Age,' which tells an alternate version of the first meeting between Temeraire (here called Celeste) and Laurence and the formation of their unusual bond.”

If that's not enough, we also have an excerpt from the title story over on the book's product page, where you'll note that the limited edition is already sold out. We can tell you that distributor orders have been very heavy for the trade hardcover, which may be out of print on publication.

William Browning Spencer's The Unorthodox Dr. Draper in stock and shipping

October 20th

The Unorthodox Dr Draper by William Browning Spencer

One of the most literary and stylish collections of the year is in our warehouse, being packed up, and send on its merry way to customers. We're referring, of course, to William Browning Spencer's The Unorthodox Dr. Draper and Other Stories, about which, see more below.

About the Book:

Another decade has elapsed, and William Browning Spencer has produced another superlative collection of short stories that commingle horror and humor.

A number of these tales are cautionary ones. After reading “The Tenth Muse,” you might not wish to interview a reclusive writer who wrote one wildly popular novel and has been silent for decades, even if your father was his closest friend.

You might not wish to become a writer at all. “The Indelible Dark” portrays one lost in a dystopian novel he is writing, coming to the slow and unsettling discovery that he carries his own darkness into the mundane world.

These monsters aren’t metaphors. Alcoholism might be the monster in “Penguins of the Apocalypse,” but the disease has its own familiar, a creature born in folklore, nothing as warm as that oversized rabbit that Jimmy Stewart talked to in “Harvey.” And it’s got your son.

“Stone and the Librarian” isn’t a monster story. It is the story of an unhappy young man who is trying to find his place in a Robert E. Howard world of swords and sorcery but is constantly dragged back to the effete world of his pale and sickly classmates. They read a book by some famous guy, a book called The Catcher in the Rye, in which a kid named Holden keeps going on about how phony everything is. Stone’s book report begins, “If I met Holden Caulfield in an alley, I would kill him with a rock.”

In “The Unorthodox Dr. Draper,” a psychologist has abandoned the strict rigor of his professional life for something more improvisational with a client who tells him, “I know when they follow me. I am like a mouse that knows the shadow of the owl because the mouse must be quick or she is dead.”

If this is your first encounter with Mr. Spencer’s stories, it is a good introduction. If you have read other books by him, The Unorthodox Dr. Draper and other stories is essential.

Limited: 750 signed numbered hardcover copies

From Publishers Weekly:

“Spencer’s tales twist the mundane into something altogether eerie, and relatable characters and a firm grasp of the uncanny elevate this highly entertaining collection.”

From Kirkus:

“Spencer (The Ocean and All Its Devices, 2005, etc.), best known for his Lovecraft-ian tales, offers an intriguing collection of nine stories and one poem… Spencer is a heck of a storyteller and has an undeniable way with words. A very readable collection of oddities from a pro, sure to please old fans and new readers alike.”

PW reviews Jonathan Carroll's The Crow's Dinner

October 20th

The Crow's Dinner by Jonathan Carroll

Publishers Weekly has just given a (deservedly) generous review to our mammoth Jonathan Carroll volume, The Crow's Dinner.

To wit:

“This weighty compendium from novelist Carroll (Bathing the Lion) collects an eccentric and fascinating assortment of observations, musings, anecdotes, and snatches of story from his internet postings and website… His work suggests that the small moments are where we are most alive in the world and where we can learn to make momentary sense of it.”

Another Starred Review for The Best of Subterranean

October 20th

The Best of Subterranean Edited by William Schafer

The Best of Subterranean has picked up another starred review, this time from Publishers Weekly:

“This deep and vibrant genre-spanning collection of 30 stories…contains something for almost every reader, with a particular focus on the creepy and the bittersweet…Genre fans, and fans of short fiction, won’t want to miss this anthology.”

While we have you, here's the previous one, from Kirkus Reviews:

“Vampires and wizards and aliens, oh my! A splendid gathering, from the late lamented magazine, of modern science fiction and fantasy. Like the best of the 1950s pulps, Subterranean magazine did not cavil much about genre distinctions: if a sci-fi story strayed into horror or swords and sorcery, that was fine, so long as the story in question was good… Fans of every stripe of speculative fiction will want this on their shelves.”

Found! Copies of Abaddon's Gate

October 20th

Abaddon's Gate by James S A Corey

Somehow, somewhy, we have copies of James S. A. Corey's Abaddon's Gate left, though it's been listed as sold out on the site since publication. Please help yourself to a copy. Purchase will allow you to place an early preorder for Cibola Burn, the next book in the series, so you might as well take care of that, too.

A quick note on Andy Weir's Artemis

October 20th

Hey all,

Early word, because we've received a few queries. We will indeed be publishing the signed, limited edition of Andy Weir's new novel, Artemis. The trade edition is due in November, with our limited due early next year. We'll post more details, and ordering info, as it becomes available. (To cut one question off at the pass—yes, those who bought The Martian will get first crack at the same letter/number of Artemis.)

Announcing The Squirrel on the Train by Kevin Hearne

October 20th

The Squirrel on the Train by Kevin Hearne

Squirrels and trains and... well, you get the idea. Kevin Hearne is back with a new Iron Druid novella, The Squirrel on the Train. Without further ado, the details:

About the Book:

Oberon the Irish wolfhound is off to Portland to smell all the things with canine companions wolfhound Orlaith and Boston terrier Starbuck, and, of course, his human, ancient Druid Atticus O’Sullivan. The first complication is an unmistakable sign of sinister agendas afoot: a squirrel atop the train. But an even more ominous situation is in store when the trio plus Atticus stumble across a murder upon arrival at the station. They recognize Detective Gabriela Ibarra, who’s there to investigate. But they also recognize the body—or rather that the body is a doppelganger for Atticus himself. The police, hampered by human senses of smell and a decided lack of canine intuition, obviously can’t handle this alone. Not with Atticus likely in danger. Oberon knows it’s time to investigate once more-—for justice! For gravy! And possibly greasy tacos!

Alongside his faithful Druid, Oberon and the other loyal hounds navigate by nose through Portland to find a bear-shifter friend with intel, delicious clues at the victim’s home, and more squirrels. Always more squirrels!

But will our hungry band of heroes be able to identify the culprit before someone else is murdered? Will there be mystery meat in gravy as a reward or tragedy in store for the world’s (or at least the Pacific Northwest’s) greatest dog detective.

Like its predecessor The Purloined Poodle, the latest of Oberon’s Meaty Mysteries novella, The Squirrel on the Train, is not to be missed by fans of Kevin Hearne's New York Times best-selling Iron Druid series.

Limited: 400 signed numbered leatherbound copies: $45

Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $25

New Ben Aaronovitch in stock and shipping

October 20th

The Furthest Station by Ben Aaronovitch

We're hard at work shipping the new Ben Aaronovitch novella, The Furthest Station, and are happy to say that we have f-a-r more orders from distributors than we can fill. We've held the last 50 copies for our direct customers, so pick one up now before they become scarce on the ground!

Here are a pair of reviews to give you a nudge...

From Publishers Weekly:

 “Aaronovitch’s novella featuring PC Peter Grant of London’s Special Assessment Unit (aka the Folly), which has the brief of investigating “disruptive phantasmagoria,” is an excellent entry point to the Peter Grant series for newcomers who like their urban fantasies rendered with a light touch.”

From RT Book Reviews (Top Pick):

“Though it be but little, this newest adventures of PC Peter Grant (technically book 5.7 in the Peter Grant/Rivers of London series) is fiercely entertaining; the endlessly imaginative Aaronovitch is in top form. Perhaps because there is so much intrigue, ghostly action and unique characterization packed into such a comparatively small space, the deft blend of supernatural adventure and police procedural is particularly impressive here, as Grant is called upon to use all the tools at his disposal, both the magical and the mundane.”

 

New K. J. Parker in stock and shipping

October 20th

Mightier than the Sword by K J Parker

We're happy to say that K. J. Parker's latest well-reviewed novella, Mightier than the Sword, is in stock and shipping. If you like your narrative voices distinct, and your plots twisty, there's plenty packed into this 136 page gem.

About the Book:

World Fantasy Award winner K. J. Parker's newest novella Mightier than the Sword presents itself as a translated oddity of a document called Concerning the Monasteries. But in true Parker style, this novella is instead a sprightly, riveting tale that reveals secret upon secret, building to an ending at once perfect and perfectly unpredictable.

An Imperial legate is called into see his aubt, who just happens to e the empress running the civilized world while her husband's in his sick bed. After some chastisement, she dispatches her nephew to take care of the dreaded Land and Sea Raiders, pirates who've been attacking the realm's monasteries.

So begins a possibly doomed tour of banished relatives and pompous royals put in charge of monasteries like Cort Doce and Cort Maleston, to name a few. While attempting to discover the truth of what the priates might be after, the legate visits great libraries and halls in each varied locale and conducts a romance of which he knows--but doesn't care--his aunt will not approve. With enough wit and derring-do (and luck), the narrator might just make it through his mission alive…or will he?

Limited: 1000 signed numbered hardcover copies: $40

From Publishers Weekly:

“Fans of Parker (a pseudonym of humorist Tom Holt) and cunning storytelling will enjoy this twisty novella, which is enhanced with glimpses of a fantasy empire fighting decline… As riddles and questions pile up, the legate stumbles through. Parker’s mastery of tangled webs and deceptive appearances is in full force here, and readers will savor his usual sly style.”

A review via NetGalley:

“A story with monks copying books and fighting pirates? How can one not love it!”

A review via NetGalley:

“I love the comedic asides the narrator and others use to give the piece the usual K. J. Parker whimsical feel. Another dashing good story!”

 

Announcing a vampire classic—only 200 copies

October 20th

The Delicate Dependency by Michael Talbot

Ever since Bram Stoker’s Dracula, the vampire has evolved from the ferocious blood-sucking fiend as portrayed in the penny dreadfuls such as Varney the Vampyre into a strangely alluring, erotic figure promising eternal life. But, it’s eternal life with a horrifying price attached, the overwhelming need to feast on the blood of the living. Of the hundreds of novels of the vampire that have been written in the hundred-plus years since Dracula, a few rise and stand far above the pack as masterpieces of the horror genre. One of the most notable of the last fifty years is The Delicate Dependency by Michael Talbot. In Talbot’s world, the vampires are the curators of history, the guardians of secrets dating back well before the time of Christ. Most importantly, they possess the secret to life eternal.

In Talbot’s novel four people learn enough of the vampires’ world to draw close to the secret, to be positioned to accept the bargain that carries with it the terrible, unquenchable thirst. Dr. John Gladstone, a virologist who may hold the key to ending the vampires hidden rule forever. His daughters, one obsessed with immortality and one apparently beyond rational thought. Added to this tableau is the Lady Hespeth, whose motives remain obscure. Will the centuries-long reign of the vampires be ended? Or will one or more of the protagonists strike the hellish bargain that grants them eternity at the price of a delicate dependency?

Long overdue to be presented in a permanent hardcover format, Michael Talbot’s novel has long been sought after in any format, with even battered paperbacks commanding high prices. In his short career, Michael Talbot authored only a handful of novels, with three being considered classics of the horror genre, (Night Things, The Bog, and of course, The Delicate Dependency).

Centipede Press is committed to see that the legacy of this remarkable author is preserved. This edition of The Delicate Dependency features an introduction by International Horror Guild Award winner Brian Evenson and stunning dustjacket by Thomas Walker. It is signed by Evenson and Walker and is limited to only 200 copies.

Edition Information

  • First ever hardcover publication of this important novel.
  • Limited to 200 copies, each signed by Brian Evenson and Thomas Walker.
  • New introduction by Brian Evenson.
  • Full Dutch cloth with blind stamp on front board.
  • Ribbon marker, head and tail bands.

SIgned copies of Peter V. Brett's The Core to be available

October 20th

The Core by Peter V. Brett

We've made arrangements for Peter V. Brett to visit the SubPress warehouse and sign copies of his newest novel, the epic conclusion to The Demon Cycle. The Core is due in October. Pete will be happy to sign or inscribe your copy. Just mention what you'd like in the comments section when checking out.

In addition, we're creating a special mind ward that will be embossed in each copy. This embossing will be exclusive to copies that Peat signs for SubPress.

About the Book:

New York Times bestselling author Peter V. Brett brings one of the most imaginative fantasy sagas of the twenty-first century to an epic close.

For time out of mind, bloodthirsty demons have stalked the night, culling the human race to scattered remnants dependent on half-forgotten magics to protect them. Then two heroes arose—Men close as brothers, yet divided by bitter betrayal. Arlen Bales became known as the Warded Man, tattooed head-to-toe with powerful magic symbols that enable him to fight demons in hand-to-hand combat—and emerge victorious. Jardir, armed with magically warded weapons, called himself the Deliverer, a figure prophesied to unite humanity and lead them to triumph in the Sharak Ka: the final war against demon-kind.

But in their efforts to bring the war to the demons, Arlen and Jardir have set something in motion that may prove the end of everything they hold dear—a Swarm. Now the war is at hand and humanity cannot hope to win it unless Arlen and Jardir, with the help of Arlen’s wife Renna, can bend a captured demon prince to their will and force the devious creature to lead them to the Core, where the Mother of Demons breeds an inexhaustible army.

Trusting their closest confidantes, Leesha, Inevera, Ragen and Elissa, to rally the fractious people of the Free Cities and lead them against the Swarm, Arlen, Renna and Jardir set out on a desperate quest into the darkest depths of evil—from which none of them expects to return alive.

Trade Hardcover edition: $30

The Furthest Station to be out of print on publication

October 20th

The Furthest Station by Ben Aaronovitch

We have a double dose of good news for you. Ben Aaronovitch's Rivers of London novella, The Furthest Station, will be out of print on publication. We currently have more large online bookstore and distributor orders than we can fill, so your best bet to lock in a copy is to place a direct order.

The second bit of good news? RT Book Reviews made the novella a Top Pick, heaping praise on it:

“Though it be but little, this newest adventures of PC Peter Grant (technically book 5.7 in the Peter Grant/Rivers of London series) is fiercely entertaining; the endlessly imaginative Aaronovitch is in top form. Perhaps because there is so much intrigue, ghostly action and unique characterization packed into such a comparatively small space, the deft blend of supernatural adventure and police procedural is particularly impressive here, as Grant is called upon to use all the tools at his disposal, both the magical and the mundane.”

New Ilona Andrews in stock and shipping

October 20th

The Innkeeper Chronicles by Ilona Andrews

We're pleased to announce that Ilona Andrews' The Innkeeper Chronicles is in stock and shipping. Thanks to everyone for their patience! We think you'll be pleased with this huge (over 750 pages) gathering of their three popular novels. There are fewer than 150 copies left, so get your order in soon!

About the Book:

Meet Dina Demille, a nice Texas gal who runs a seemingly ordinary, quaint B&B.  But Dina’s inn is a magic, thinking entity; her fluffy Shih-tzu, Beast really is a beast; and her guests are the kind that no one on earth is supposed to know about:  guests like a dethroned galactic tyrant with a massive bounty on her head, the Lord Marshal of a powerful vampire clan, and a displaced—and superhot—alpha-strain werewolf.  

So don’t expect a normal stay…and don’t stand too close, or you may be collateral damage….

In Clean Sweep, Dina—with the unwanted assistance of newcomer (and alpha werewolf) Sean Evans and Arland, a cosmic vampire soldier—takes on an extraterrestrial killing machine that could destroy her Inn, her neighbors, and everything she holds dear.

Sweep in Peace, finds Dina hosting an anything-but peace summit between three warring intergalactic species; Space Vampires, the Hope-Crushing Horde, and the devious Merchants of Baha-char. 

One Fell Sweep sends Dina to the galaxy’s worst penal colony to rescue her sister; and back home to fend off a clan of assassins in pursuit, all while saving a guest’s civilization from annihilation…and searching for her missing parents.

Limited: 750 signed numbered copies: $75

 

Announcing Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King

October 20th

Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King

We’re lucky enough to have scored a handful of copies of the upcoming Gift edition of Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King. Like all of Cemetery Dance’s King editions, it’ll be a gorgeous production, we’re certain. Preorder your copy today. Our supplies are limited.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR COLLECTORS:
The manuscript for this epic novel was more than 800 pages, so this will be one of the largest books we've ever published with probably only IT by Stephen King topping it. This will be a HUGE book in more ways than one considering it is also the first novel ever co-written by Stephen King and Owen King! We recommend you do not wait to place your order because we suspect most of the copies will be reserved in record time.

About this Deluxe Special Edition:
Cemetery Dance Publications is very pleased to announce our Deluxe Special Limited Edition of Stephen King and Owen King's collaborative novel, Sleeping Beauties.

In this spectacular father/son collaboration, the authors tell the highest of high-stakes stories: what might happen if women disappeared from the world of men?

In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep; they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent; and while they sleep they go to another place... The men of our world are abandoned, left to their increasingly primal devices. One woman, however, the mysterious Evie, is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease. Is Evie a medical anomaly to be studied? Or is she a demon who must be slain?

Set in a small Appalachian town whose primary employer is a women's prison, Sleeping Beauties is a wildly provocative, gloriously absorbing father/son collaboration between Stephen King and Owen King.

The exclusive Cemetery Dance Special Limited Edition will be published in three states, all of them printed in two colors and bound in fine materials, and there will be no second printings.

Special Features Exclusive to this Collector's Edition:

  • Deluxe oversized design (7 inches X 10 inches) featuring two color interior printing
  • Printed on a heavy interior specialty acid-free paper stock that is much thicker than the paper in a normal trade edition
  • Featuring two colors of hot foil stamping on the front boards and spine
  • Smyth sewn to create a more durable binding
  • Deluxe bindings for all editions with colored head and tail bands
  • Custom-made slipcase for the Gift Edition
  • Epic wrap-around full color dust jacket artwork by Jana Heidersdorf
  • A different full-color dust jacket for Signed Limited Edition
  • Six to Eight full-color interior paintings by Jana Heidersdorf printed on a high-quality glossy stock and tipped into the book
  • High-quality endpapers for all editions
  • Full-color signature sheets in the signed editions
  • Extremely collectible print run that is a tiny fraction of the print run of the trade hardcover edition from Scribner — and you will NOT find our edition in chain bookstores!


Slipcased Oversized Hardcover Gift Edition of only 1,750 illustrated copies printed in two colors with two-color hot foil stamping, a fine binding, and housed in a custom-made slipcase exclusive to this edition ($125)

Nine books at the printer

October 20th

The Furthest Station by Ben Aaronovitch

We're getting ready to ship Ilona Andrews' The Innkeeper Chronicles, which is due in our warehouse any day. It, along with eight other titles, are currently at the printer. Some of them (Swan Song, Reaper's Gale) are already sold out, while others are moving so well that they may be out of print on publication.

The books include:

We'll keep you posted as various titles make their way toward publication.

 

Announcing The Book of Swords with new stories by GRRM, Robin Hobb, and Scott Lynch

October 20th

We're excited to announce The Book of Swords, which will be illustrated and bound as a sort of "companion" volume to our editon of the landmark anthology, Rogues.

Gardner Dozois has pulled together a great lineup of stories, as you'll see below. Our edition will be limited to only 300 numberd copies and 26 lettered copies, a much smaller print run than the aforementioned Rogues. We expect a quick sell out, so please don't hesitate to get your order in.

Some of the features of our edition include:

  • A full color dust jacket
  • Story heading illustrations for each tale
  • Full-color plates for the Martin and Lynch stories
  • Oversize trim size
  • Smyth sewn for a lifetime of enjoyment
  • Limited Edition housed in a custom foil stamped slipcase
  • Lettered Edition specially bound and housed in a custom foil stamped traycase
  • One time limited edition printing of only 326 copies

Limited: 300 numbered copies signed by the authors and editor: $250

Lettered: 26 deluxe bound copies, housed in a custom traycase, signed by the authors and editor: $750

Table of Contents:

  • “The Best Man Wins” by K. J. Parker
  • “His Father’s Sword” by Robin Hobb
  • “The Hidden Girl” by Ken Liu
  • “The Sword of Destiny” by Matthew Hughes
  • “‘I Am a Handsome Man,’ Said Apollo Crow” by Kate Elliott
  • “The Triumph of Virtue” by Walter Jon Williams
  • “The Mocking Tower” by Daniel Abraham
  • “Hrunting” by C. J. Cherryh
  • “A Long, Cold Trail” by Garth Nix
  • “When I Was a Highwayman” by Ellen Kushner
  • “The Smoke of Gold Is Glory” by Scott Lynch
  • “The Colgrid Conundrum” by Rich Larson
  • “The King’s Evil” by Elizabeth Bear
  • “Waterfalling” by Lavie Tidhar         
  • “The Sword Tyraste” by Cecelia Holland
  • “The Sons of the Dragon” by George R. R. Martin

John Scalzi and Connie Willis in a new Humble Bundle

October 20th

Another Great Humble Bundle

We've joined forces with Humble Bundle again, this time in a Super Nebula Author Showcase. You can pick up forty great books for only $20, including work by such stellar authors as John Scalzi and Connie Willlis (our contributons), as well as work by Harlan Ellison, Octavia E. Butler, Neil Gaiman, Greg Bear, and even a book of previously unpublished short stories by Frank Herbert. What are you doing sittin' here? Get reading!

A star for The Best of Subterranean

October 20th

The Best of Subterranean Edited by William Schafer

The first review for The Best of Subterranean has landed, and it's a good—no, make that great—one.

From Kirkus (Starred Review):

“Vampires and wizards and aliens, oh my! A splendid gathering, from the late lamented magazine, of modern science fiction and fantasy. Like the best of the 1950s pulps, Subterranean magazine did not cavil much about genre distinctions: if a sci-fi story strayed into horror or swords and sorcery, that was fine, so long as the story in question was good… Fans of every stripe of speculative fiction will want this on their shelves.”

We've just sent this huge volume (over 770 pages) to the printer, so get your order in today.

New William Browning Spencer just sent to the printer

October 20th

The Unorthodox Dr Draper by William Browning Spencer

We're happy to report that William Browning Spencer's most excellent new collection, The Unorthodox Dr. Draper and other stories, has just been handed off to our printer, right on schedule for its July release. As well, the collection has just drawn its first major review, from Kirkus:

“Spencer (The Ocean and All Its Devices, 2005, etc.), best known for his Lovecraft-ian tales, offers an intriguing collection of nine stories and one poem… Spencer is a heck of a storyteller and has an undeniable way with words. A very readable collection of oddities from a pro, sure to please old fans and new readers alike.”

About the Book:

Another decade has elapsed, and William Browning Spencer has produced another superlative collection of short stories that commingle horror and humor.

A number of these tales are cautionary ones. After reading “The Tenth Muse,” you might not wish to interview a reclusive writer who wrote one wildly popular novel and has been silent for decades, even if your father was his closest friend.

You might not wish to become a writer at all. “The Indelible Dark” portrays one lost in a dystopian novel he is writing, coming to the slow and unsettling discovery that he carries his own darkness into the mundane world.

These monsters aren’t metaphors. Alcoholism might be the monster in “Penguins of the Apocalypse,” but the disease has its own familiar, a creature born in folklore, nothing as warm as that oversized rabbit that Jimmy Stewart talked to in “Harvey.” And it’s got your son.

“Stone and the Librarian” isn’t a monster story. It is the story of an unhappy young man who is trying to find his place in a Robert E. Howard world of swords and sorcery but is constantly dragged back to the effete world of his pale and sickly classmates. They read a book by some famous guy, a book called The Catcher in the Rye, in which a kid named Holden keeps going on about how phony everything is. Stone’s book report begins, “If I met Holden Caulfield in an alley, I would kill him with a rock.”

In “The Unorthodox Dr. Draper,” a psychologist has abandoned the strict rigor of his professional life for something more improvisational with a client who tells him, “I know when they follow me. I am like a mouse that knows the shadow of the owl because the mouse must be quick or she is dead.”

If this is your first encounter with Mr. Spencer’s stories, it is a good introduction. If you have read other books by him, The Unorthodox Dr. Draper and other stories is essential.

Limited: 750 signed numbered hardcover copies: $40

Announcing Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

October 20th

We're pleased to announce the signed, limited edition of one of the finest post-apocalyptic novels of our time. Emily St. John Mandel’s New York Times bestselling Station Eleven is at once a gripping page turner and a hopeful, elegiac masterpiece that explores the connections that bind humanity. Shortlisted for the National Book Award and winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award, among many other honors and accolades, Station Eleven has joined the classic pantheon of imagined futures.

About the Book:

On stage during a snowstorm King Lear collapses, and the actor playing him, Hollywood star Arthur Leander, never gets up. Young Kirsten Raymonde, child actress, watches from the wings as Arthur dies. A former paparazzo-turned-EMT in the audience tries to save him, leaving to discover the early stages of a fast-spreading flu have descended on the city and the world. Arthur’s former wife reflects on their time together and the graphic novel that is her great work of art.

Fifteen years after Arthur’s death, the Traveling Symphony tours the Great Lakes region of a sparsely populated, greatly altered United States. Time is marked as before and after the flu, and life—like the remnants of civilization—is still ever-fragile. An actress with the company, Kirsten bears an inscription from Star Trek on her arm—“Because survival is insufficient”—that is echoed on a Symphony caravan. In the town of St. Deborah by the Water, the Traveling Symphony provokes a local tyrant, a crisis that follows them onto the road.

Limited: 750 signed numbered hardcover copies: $50

Lettered: 26 signed leatherbound copies, housed in a custom traycase: $250

Kelley Armstrong graphic novels at bargain prices

October 20th

Becoming by Kelley Armstrong

Deep in the bowels of the distributor return area, we ran across copies of two Kelley Armstrong graphic novels that we're now willing to let go at bargain prices:

Becoming:

Bounty Hunt;

It's important note that these are returns, and may suffer from a ding here or there, or a scuffed jacket, and are sold in "as is' condition. You can't beat the price, though!

Images for The Innkeeper Chronicles now posted

October 20th

The Innkeeper Chronicles by Ilona Andrews

We're closing in on the publication date of Illona Andrews' The Innkeeper Chronicles, and want to share some of the goregous full-color interior plates with you. Head over to the book's page and have a look. You won't be disappointed. This is going to be one huge (over 700 pages) omnibus that's chock-full of great reading and production values.

A dozen copies of Snapshot available

October 20th

Snapshot by Brandon Sanderson

Brandon Sanderson's new novella, Snapshot, is out, and we have a dozen copies left. It's crisp and fun, with the master level of worldbuilding that we've come to expect from Brandon. Feel free to pick up a copy before they disappear.

Announcing Penric's Mission by Lois McMaster Bujold

October 20th

Penric's Mission by Lois McMaster Bujold

We're thrilled to announce Penric's Mission, Lois McMaster Bujold's return to her World of the Five Gods, the setting of her acclaimed novels The Curse of Chalion, Paladin of Souls and The Hallowed Hunt. Continuing the tale begun in the Hugo finalists for Best Novella, Penric's Demon and Penric and the Shaman, Bujold's newest installment of Penric and Desdemona's tale is another must-read for her legion of fans.

Learned Penric sails on a journey to Cedonia not as a sorcerer in the white robes of the Bastard’s Order, but disguised as a young lawyer on business. His real mission is one of clandestine diplomacy on behalf of the Duke of Adria. His usual traveling companion, the slyly clever chaos demon Desdemona who inhabits his body, is the only one in on the secret… Or so it’s supposed to be. Instead, upon arrival in Cedonia, Penric finds himself gravely injured and imprisoned in the darkest of dungeons. Escape will not be easy, as Penric meets an intriguing young widow and has more than one brush with disaster in his immediate future.

Limited: 450 signed numbered leatherbound copies: $45

Trade: Fully cloth-bound hardcover edition: $25

Announcing The Crow's Dinner by Jonathan Carroll

October 20th

The Crow's Dinner by Jonathan Carroll

The Crow’s Dinner, due out in August, is master novelist Jonathan Carroll’s debut essay collection, and that is very good news. Gathering together hundreds of entries that initially appeared on the website Medium, The Crow’s Dinner is at once a wide-ranging spiritual autobiography and an annotated guide to what Carroll calls “The Map of Me.”

Beginning with an appreciation of “The Invisibles,” those insignificant moments we overlook at our peril, The Crow’s Dinner encompasses an extraordinary range of incidents, ideas, and images that cumulatively illuminate the inner and outer weather of a major American artist. This generous volume contains fragments of autobiography, reflections on the nature of creativity, vivid recreations of chance encounters, and provocative meditations on the complexity—and unpredictability—of human relationships. It is a book filled with colorful vignettes, unexpected bursts of whimsy, and observations filtered through an utterly unique sensibility. Witty, compassionate, open at all times to the “momentary magic” of existence, it is a work of singular beauty that is unlike anything you have ever read.

Since the publication of his first novel, The Land of Laughs, in 1980, Jonathan Carroll has repeatedly offered us new and startling ways of looking at our familiar world. With The Crow’s Dinner, he speaks to us in direct, unmediated fashion about the things that matter most: love, lust, books, dogs, food, friendship—and the transforming power of the imagination. The result is an intimate, one-of-a kind tour of a lively, unfettered mind. Like the best of Carroll’s fiction, The Crow’s Dinner is a book that matters.

Limited: 1000 signed numbered hardcover copies: $40

 

Announcing The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin

October 20th

The Fifth Season by N K Jemisin

We just announced the signed limited edition of N. K. Jemisin's Hugo award-winning The Fifth Season, and are already down to fewer than 50 copies left.

About the Book:

This is the way the world ends.

Extraordinary worlds, extraordinary endings, witnessed by extraordinary characters. This is N.K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season, the Hugo Award-winning, Nebula and World Fantasy Award-nominated tour de force of language, incident, and, most of all, of people. Three women in three times—youthful Damaya, skillful Syenite, and the older Essun—each face the challenges of the end times of their world. Their stories are inextricable, yet unique, limned in voices and tones specific and necessary to each character.

The world of The Fifth Season is the Broken Earth, a world clearly extrapolated from our own, but just as clearly and marvelously an invention of its author. The geographies and politics alike are contoured from the stuff of both life and imagination, combining into the rare fantastic setting that is as fascinating as the characters who inhabit it and the stories they find themselves in.

Death and betrayal haunt the women who live in these pages. Apocalypses both world-spanning and personal try them, and if there are escapes to be forged, they will not be those a reader expects.

This is the way world the ends… in Jemisin’s unforgettable novel, with tumult, and revelation, and hope.

Limited: 400 signed numbered hardcover copies, bound in cloth: $80

Lettered: 52 signed leatherbound copies, housed in a custom traycase: Sold Out

Read an excerpt from Bubba and the Cosmic Blood-Suckers

October 20th

Bubba and the Cosmic Blood-Suckers

Interested in a taste of Joe R. Lansdale's Bubba and the Cosmic Blood-Suckers. Read on.

My name is Johnny Smack. I worked for Elvis Presley. I was what you might call one of his bodyguards, though he was quite capable of taking care of himself, for the most part.

I was also referred to, from time to time by the jealous and the less polite, as a hanger-on. Something to that, actually. I mean I took advantage now and then. I’m the first to say so. But let me tell you, it wasn’t all glamour and hot women and wild parties, a toot and a snoot. Well, in The King’s case he took what he called his “medicine.” I think on some level he believed that’s exactly what it was. But that’s beside the point. What a lot of folks don’t know is we fought monsters.

I mean it.

Real ones. I got to tell you, civilians have no idea what’s out there, and when you get right down to it, it’s probably best not to know. If you knew a lot of those sounds you hear in the dark, those midnight tapings at your window glass, those scuttles underneath your bed aren’t always wild animals, tree limbs, rats or the house settling, you might not be able to function.

I used to jokingly refer to those monsters as Boo Buddies (something that caught on with Elvis) though I got to tell you, the term wasn’t any kind of joke. It’s the way we all dealt with it, making wisecracks. Cops do it. Firemen do it, and so do Monster Exterminators. No one ever actually called us that, Monster Exterminators, but I wish they had. It has a ring to it.

This part I’m telling you about happened before Elvis disappeared and that other guy came in and pretended to be him. No one was supposed to know, but I knew. You can’t work with a man long and close as I did and not know when he’s been replaced by an imposter. Where The King went when the imposter came in, I can’t say. He didn’t tell me that, and I won’t shit you, that hurt me a little, after all we had been to one another. But the fake Elvis, the one that died on the shitter, well, I left before that happened, packed up my troubles in the old tote bag, so to speak. I knew he was the wrong guy and the right guy was gone. I didn’t have any desire to stick.

But that’s not the story I’m telling you. This one is different.

Announcing a new Langdon St. Ives novella by James P. Blaylock

October 20th

River's Edge by James P Blaylock

We're pleased to announce River's Edge by James P. Blaylock, which, at over 40,000 words, is the longest Langdon St. Ives novella yet!

About the Book:

The body of a girl washes up on a mud bank along the edge of the River Medway amid a litter of poisoned fish and sea birds, casting an accusing shadow upon the deadly secrets of the Majestic Paper Mill and its wealthy owners. Simple answers to the mystery begin to suggest insidious secrets, and very quickly Langdon St. Ives and his wife Alice are drawn into a web of conspiracies involving murder, a suspicious suicide, and ritual sacrifice at a lonely and ancient cluster of standing stones.  Abruptly St. Ives’s life is complicated beyond the edge of human reason, and he finds himself battling to save Alice’s life and the ruination of his friends, each step forward leading him further into the entanglement, a dark labyrinth from which there is no apparent exit.

Limited:1000 signed numbered hardcover copies: $40

Announcing The Emperor and the Maula by Robert Silverberg

October 20th

We're thrilled to announce a new novella by Robert Silverberg: The Emperor and the Maula. Read on for what makes this particular project unique.
About the Book:

Robert Silverberg’s The Emperor and the Maula was written in 1992 for an aborted publishing project and has been printed only once, in a radically abbreviated version. This deluxe new edition restores more than 15,000 words of missing text, allowing us to see, for the first time, the author’s original intent. The result is both a genuine publishing event and an unexpected gift for Silverberg’s legion of readers.

The Emperor and the Maula is Silverberg’s Scheherazade tale, the story of a woman telling a story in order to extend—and ultimately preserve—her life. The Scheherazade of this striking story is Layla Walis, denizen of a far-future Earth which has been invaded and conquered by a star-faring race known as the Ansaarans. Layla is a “maula,” a barbarian forbidden, under pain of death, to set foot on the sacred home worlds of the imperial conquerors. Knowing the risks, Layla travels to Haraar, home of the galactic emperor himself. Once there, she delays her execution by telling the emperor a story—and telling it well.

That story, the tale within a tale that dominates this book, is, in fact, Layla’s own story. It is also the story of the beleaguered planet Earth, of people struggling, often futilely, to oppose their alien masters and restore their lost independence. Colorful, seamlessly written, and always powerfully imagined, The Emperor and the Maula shows us Grandmaster Silverberg at his representative best. This is science fiction as it should be written, but all too seldom is. No one does it better than Robert Silverberg. No one ever has.

Limited: 250 signed numbered copies, bound in leather: $45

Trade: Fully clothbound hardcover edition: $25

New Ilona Andrews and K. J. Parker sent to the printer

October 20th

The Innkeeper Chronicles by Ilona Andrews

Two brand new titles, one a gigantic omnibus, one a novella, have just been sent to the printer:

The Parker novella has just picked up a few great reviews via NetGalley, which we're only too happy to share with you:

“A story with monks copying books and fighting pirates? How can one not love it!”

“I love the comedic asides the narrator and others use to give the piece the usual K. J. Parker whimsical feel. Another dashing good story!”

 

China Mieville's This Census-Taker for only $15

October 20th

This Census-Taker by China Mieville

Deep in the bowels of the SubPress warehouse, we ran across returned copies of China Mieville's This Census-Taker.

These copies aren't perfect. They have a ding here, a scuffed dust jacket there. That sort of thing. But if you want a copy dead cheap, they're only $15 each. Quantities are limited.

Announcing the novel prequel to Bubba Ho-Tep

October 20th

Bubba and the Cosmic Blood-Suckers

Before Bubba Ho-Tep, there was Bubba and the Cosmic Blood-Suckers. Subterranean Press is thrilled to announce Joe R. Lansdale's novel-length prequel to the classic story, “Bubba Ho-Tep.”

About the Book:

Part of a secret government organization designed to protect civilians, Elvis Presley and a handful of hardcore warriors set out to save the world from an invasion of hive-minded, shape-shifting vampire-like creatures from a dark dimension who have taken up residence in a New Orleans junkyard.  

Besides Elvis, among these righteous warriors is a hammer-wielding descendent of John Henry of railroad fame, a Blind Man who sees more than those with sight, Jack, a strategic wizard, and Elvis’s right hand man and journal writer, Johnny, all thrown in with Raven (real name Jenny) a female recruit who is also a budding pop star, and like Elvis, high on the charisma chart.    

Their leader is none other than Colonel Parker, Elvis’s cutthroat manager, and a warrior himself, directly in contact with President Nixon, or possibly one of his doubles.

It’s an unnerving peek into a secret world, and a possible delusion. It’s what happened before Elvis, aka Sebastian Haff, found himself in an East Texas rest home, mounted on a walker, fighting an Egyptian mummy and worrying about a growth on his pecker.

Strange monsters, wild fights, sex with a beautiful ghost, a drug-induced trip into another dimension, and all manner of mayhem ensue, along with a Mississippi riverboat ride on a giant paddle wheel, and of course, there will be 3D glasses, fried peanut butter and ’nanna sandwiches, and a few hard working zombies.

Bring the kids, but plug their ears and blindfold them. This is one wild and nasty ride to the dark side, but with laughter.

Limited: 1500 signed numbered hardcover copies: $40

Lettered: 26 signed leatherbound copies, housed in a custom traycase: $250

 

The Dispatcher 'reminiscent of Asimov at his twistiest"

October 20th

The Dispatcher by John Scalzi

We're more than pleased at the reception that John Scalzi's The Dispatcher has received thus far. The audio was a best-seller at Audible, while the forthcoming print edition is racking up reviews like this one, from Kirkus Reviews: “A what-if tale reminiscent of Asimov at his twistiest.” We'll take it.

In case you were wondering, here are a few more details about the book:

One day, not long from now, it becomes almost impossible to murder anyone—999 times out of a thousand, anyone who is intentionally killed comes back. How? We don't know. But it changes everything: war, crime, daily life.

Tony Valdez is a Dispatcher—a licensed, bonded professional whose job is to humanely dispatch those whose circumstances put them in death's crosshairs, so they can have a second chance to avoid the reaper. But when a fellow Dispatcher and former friend is apparently kidnapped, Tony learns that there are some things that are worse than death, and that some people are ready to do almost anything to avenge what they see as a wrong.

It's a race against time for Valdez to find his friend before it's too late…before not even a Dispatcher can save him.

Limited: 400 signed numbered hardcover copies, bound in leather: $45
Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $28

The Dispatcher is at the printer now, and will ship in May.

New Caitlin R. Kiernan ships this week

October 20th

Dear Sweet Filthy World by Caitlin R Kiernan

Caitlin R. Kiernan's new short story collection, Dear Sweet Filthy World, starts shipping this week. (Copies are due in our warehouse today, in fact.)

The latest review, from Locus Online, just might nudge you to pick up a copy.

“Although Kiernan has produced three fine novels, I think it’s safe to say that most of her fans think of her as one our finest and most productive writers of short stories. And so this new collection, her fourteenth, will certainly be received with much delight and acclaim. Containing nearly thirty tales, this handsome volume incidentally proves once again that Subterranean Press continues to be one of the most generous, savvy, elegant and creative publishers around.”

 

 

A few other publishers' books on hand

October 20th

The Circus of Dr. Lao by Charles G. Finney

We have a few treats for you today, a new book from Centipede Press (The Circus of Dr. Lao by Charles G. Finney) and low stock on a couple of other publishers' books. Here they are in one handy list:

Quantities are quite limited on all titles, so please get your order in soon.

Jumping back to the Finney, it's another stunner from Centipede Press, who seem intent on showing us all how limited editions should be produced.

About the Book:

One of the greatest fantasy novels ever written, The Circus of Dr Lao is here presented in an oversize 6½ × 10 inches format, this edition features plenty of extras: an illuminating introduction by Stefan Dziemianowicz, providing insights into the novels, bonus stories and essays, and aspects of Charles G. Finney’s life; 11 bonus stories (see below for an image of the contents page), new artwork by David Ho appearing as a series of cards; new color works by Matthew Jaffe, reprints of the entire Lao-related artwork by Boris Artzybasheff; reprints of the very-hard-to-find illustrations by Gordon Noel Fish, printed only one time, in 1948; a gallery of old paperback and hardcover covers of old editions of the book; printed endpapers, ribbon marker, and color sections printed on Mohawk Superfine paper. The entire book is bound in full Dutch cloth, blind stamped on the front, and wrapped in a stunning dustjacket by David Ho.      

This volume features most of the best of Finney’s fantastic fiction. For those who know The Circus of Dr Lao only through its screen adaptation in 1964 as The Seven Faces of Dr Lao (scripted, it is worth pointing out, by Charles Beaumont, to whom Ray Bradbury was a mentor) the novel will come as a revelation. It is the ur-text for all carnival, sideshow, and freakshow fantasies written in its wake. The circus rolls magically into the sleepy desert town of Abalone — by truck? by rail? no one can be sure — and many of the townspeople are disappointed to discover that it consists of only three cars. But those cars are crammed with a fabulous retinue of performers and a menagerie of creatures so vast that it seems only magic can explain their existence.

Some of the townspeople respond with disappointment: they were expecting the kind of circus they knew from their childhoods and their indifference to Dr Lao’s carnival only shows their inability to reacquaint themselves with the childish sense of wonder they once knew. Some are befuddled: they can’t determine whether one of the cages holds a bear or a Russian (one of the story’s running jokes) and when they can’t reconcile themselves to the sea serpent, the gorgon, and other mythical creatures that Dr Lao boards in place of the usual circus animals they dismiss them as fakes, or freaks. Some are profoundly affected by their encounter with the circus, notably reserved schoolteacher Agnes Birdsong, whose dalliance with the circus’s satyr taps into the erotic subcurrent that courses through several of the attractions and awakens her own repressed sexuality.

“I don’t do tricks” the sideshow seer Apollonius tells an audience member. “I do magic. I create; I transpose; I color; I transubstantiate; I break up; I recombine” — much like Finney himself. And indeed, the Dr Lao’s circus is not one that beguiles with illusions. Rather, it’s a funhouse mirror held up to its audience to show that its sideshow attractions are no more freakish than the people who gape at them, and perhaps even that everyone has the capacity for the marvelous. It is up to the audience — and the reader — to decide what they come away with from the entertainment. As Ray Bradbury wrote:

The Circus of Dr Lao’s cargo of mythological beasts approaches, as did Hawthorne, Melville, and countless others, the enigma of good and evil, the real and the romantic, shakes the reader severely, threatens some of his most cherished conceptions, and departs having offered no cure-all solutions. The reader, like the inhabitants of the small desert town, is left with a strewn jigsaw which he must fit together in his own time, according to his own temper, believing or disbelieving the entire menageries, depending on his real or romantic needs.”

Edition information:

  • Limited to 250 copies, each signed by Stefan Dziemianowicz, David Ho, and Matthew Jaffe.
  • New introduction by Stefan Dziemianowicz.
  • Full color images are printed on Mohawk Superfine.
  • Over a dozen original illustrations.
  • Ribbon marker, head and tail bands.
  • Gallery of old Circus of Dr Lao covers.

Mira Grant's Final Girls in stock and shipping

October 20th

Final Girls by Mira Grant

We've just finished shipping the first wave of copies of Mira Grant's Final Girls, her thrilling new 30,000 word novella. Get your order in now, and we'll ship it ASAP.

About the Book:

What if you could fix the worst parts of yourself by confronting your worst fears?

Dr. Jennifer Webb has invented proprietary virtual reality technology that purports to heal psychological wounds by running clients through scenarios straight out of horror movies and nightmares. In a carefully controlled environment, with a medical cocktail running through their veins, sisters might develop a bond they’ve been missing their whole lives—while running from the bogeyman through a simulated forest. But…can real change come so easily?

Esther Hoffman doubts it. Esther has spent her entire journalism career debunking pseudoscience, after phony regression therapy ruined her father’s life. She’s determined to unearth the truth about Dr. Webb’s budding company. Dr. Webb’s willing to let her, of course, for reasons of her own. What better advertisement could she get than that of a convinced skeptic? But Esther’s not the only one curious about how this technology works. Enter real-world threats just as frightening as those created in the lab. Dr. Webb and Esther are at odds, but they may also be each other’s only hope of survival.

With her new novella Final Girls, bestselling, award-winning author Mira Grant has conjured a heartstopping, gut-wrenching story filled with as many twists as it is versions of reality. Grant offers a chilling exploration of how surviving horrors might define us all.

Limited: 1250 signed numbered copies: $40

From Publishers Weekly: