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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:

“Grant (Rise) delivers her trademark combo of unflinching horror and heartily genuine characters in this contemporary science fiction novella… Zombie fans will find the tale satisfyingly inside their niche; it’s fast-paced and deftly wrapped up.”

New Mike Resnick in stock and shipping

October 20th

Voyages by Mike Resnick

There's a new Mike Resnick in town, and now's your chance to pick up a copy for only $28, a full 30% off the regular price. Better yet, this brand new signed limited edition is in stock and shipping.

About the Book:

Lucifer Jones is back—and on the run again. Having been barred from the United States, Africa (Adventures), Asia (Exploits), Europe (Encounters), and South America (Hazards), he is island-hopping his way across the Pacific to Australia, the one remaining continent that will tolerate his presence.

Seems like it should be an idyllic trip, but then, nothing is ever quite idyllic where Lucifer is concerned. He meets a rather large, rather unhappy couple when he encounters King and Mrs. Kong; he comes across a hermit with an opera singer’s name who has four gorgeous servants—Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday; he falls in with an arduous collector—of heads; he gets passage aboard a ship whose crazed captain is in maniacal pursuit of the Puce Whale; and he eventually tops General MacArthur’s list of least favorite people.

During the course of his voyages he and the reader encounter old friends such as Capturin’ Clyde Calhoun (who brings ’em back alive; not intact, but alive), Erich von Horst (a con man’s con man), and Inspector Willie Wong (who has so many sons he has run out of names for them and uses numbers instead), as well as some new and equally memorable characters.

Join five-time Hugo winner Mike Resnick as he brings you more episodes from the life of his favorite creation, the Right Reverend Honorable Dr. Lucifer Jones (“Weddings done cheap, with a group rate for funerals.”).

Limited: 1000 signed numbered hardcover copies: $28, for a limited time only

Announcing a staggering new novella by Peter Straub

October 20th

The Process by Peter Straub

Peter Straub is at the height of his considerable powers in his astonishing new novella, The Process (is a Process All its Own). Read on to see what the master's about in this new tale.

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

New Kelley Armstrong in stock and shipping

October 20th

Lost Souls by Kelley Armstrong trade hardcover

Happy news: We're in the middle of shipping Kelley Armstrong's long new novella, Lost Souls. It's the perfect chance to revisit her Cainsville series, or a great introduction to it.

About the Book:

The disappearing hitchhiker is one of the hoariest urban legends, and no one knows that better than Gabriel Walsh, a lawyer who grew up on folklore and myth. When author of books on the supernatural Patrick brings Gabriel a case of a hitchhiking woman in white who vanished on a country road after accepting a ride from a businessman, Gabriel knows the Cainsville elder is just trying to wheedle into his good graces. But Gabriel is a man in need of a mystery, one that will get him back into someone else’s good graces. His investigator, Olivia Taylor-Jones, has blown town supposedly on a simple vacation. But when she left there was a rift between them and…he misses her.

Gabriel is well aware the only thing Olivia loves more than a good mystery is a weird one, and this hitchhiker case more than fits the bill. As Gabriel digs into the story, he’s forced to face ghosts of his own and admit that the woman in white isn’t the only one who has lost her way.

With Lost SoulsNew 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

From Publishers Weekly:

“The tale’s strongest element is its use of recurring characters, whose familiarity is sure to be a clincher for fans of the series.”

From SFRevu:

“There's a heck of a lot of story in these 192 pages. For fans of the series, this will be a must read. For those who haven't read any of the Cainsville novels, Lost Souls is a small taste and may cause you to seek out the series.”

 

Order your new John Scalzi today!

October 20th

The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi

John Scalzi was kind enough to stop by the SubPress offices last week to sign copies of his epice new sf adventure novel, The Collapsing Empire. We're finished shipping out fall of the preorders, and have a few copies remaining. Have at 'em...

About the Book:

Our universe is ruled by physics and faster than light travel is not possible—until the discovery of The Flow, an extra-dimensional field we can access at certain points in space-time that transport us to other worlds, other stars.

Humanity flows away from Earth, into space, and in time forgets our home world and creates a new empire, the Interdependency, whose ethos requires that no one human outpost can survive without the others. It’s a hedge against interstellar war—and a system of control for the rulers of the empire.

The Flow is eternal—but it is not static. Just as a river changes course, The Flow changes as well, cutting off worlds from the rest of humanity. When it’s discovered that The Flow is moving, possibly cutting off every human world from faster than light travel forever, three individuals—a scientist, a starship captain and the Empress of the Interdependency—are in a race against time to discover what, if anything, can be salvaged from an interstellar empire on the brink of collapse.

Trade hardcover (signed): $26.99

From Publishers Weekly:

“Scalzi (the Old Man’s War series) delivers a strong opener for his fast-paced new space opera series… Expect several future works set in this sprawling universe.”

From Kirkus Reviews:

“Scalzi continues to be almost insufferably good at his brand of fun but think-y sci-fi adventure.”

 

Last week to preorder Black River: I'll Be Watching Over You by Dean Koontz

October 20th

The clock is ticking...

This is the last week to preorder Dean Koontz' new novella, Black River: I'll Be Watching Over You, at $50 off the regular price.

About the Book:

Dreams are coming true in Black River.
For here, the hands of fate don't
toss dice. They are too busy
planning your future.

The first in a series of planned suspenseful, intelligent, and mysterious novellas and novelettes that chronicle a small town on the brink of a major renaissance. A renaissance that only one person seems to know anything about.

Limited: 250 signed numbered hardcover copies: $150

Announcing a new novella by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar

October 20th

Gwendy's Button Box by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar

Journey back to Castle Rock again in this chilling new novella by Stephen King, bestselling author of The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, and Richard Chizmar, award-winning author of A Long December. This book is a Cemetery Dance Publications exclusive with no other trade editions currently planned anywhere in the world!

The little town of Castle Rock, Maine has witnessed some strange events and unusual visitors over the years, but there is one story that has never been told...until now.

There are three ways up to Castle View from the town of Castle Rock: Route 117, Pleasant Road, and the Suicide Stairs. Every day in the summer of 1974 twelve-year-old Gwendy Peterson has taken the stairs, which are held by strong (if time-rusted) iron bolts and zig-zag up the cliffside.

At the top of the stairs, Gwendy catches her breath and listens to the shouts of the kids on the playground. From a bit farther away comes the chink of an aluminum bat hitting a baseball as the Senior League kids practice for the Labor Day charity game.

One day, a stranger calls to Gwendy: "Hey, girl. Come on over here for a bit. We ought to palaver, you and me."

On a bench in the shade sits a man in black jeans, a black coat like for a suit, and a white shirt unbuttoned at the top. On his head is a small neat black hat. The time will come when Gwendy has nightmares about that hat...

Trade: First printing hardcover edition, signed by Richard Chizmar: $25

A new mammoth Patrick McGrath collection

October 20th

Writing Madnews by Patrick McGrath

We're pleased to be able to offer copies of Patrick McGrath's huge new Centipede Press collection, Writing Madness. As you'll see, there's a healthy mix of essential fiction and non-fiction therein. Add to that Centipede's impeccable production values, and you have a must buy.

About the Book:

Writing Madness is a new, massive collection of short fiction, novellas, and essays by Patrick McGrath. It features the complete contents of McGrath’s brilliant 1987 debut collection, Blood and Water and Other Tales, the three novellas of Ghost Town, six previously uncollected short stories, seven essays, and over 20 of McGrath’s insightful and engaging introductions and book reviews from over the years.

For thirty years Patrick McGrath’s novels have received high critical acclaim worldwide, and won prizes internationally. Writing Madness is the first large-scale collection of McGrath’s short fiction and nonfiction, including the stories in Blood and Water and Other Tales, and Ghost Town: Tales of Manhattan Then and Now. Also included in this unique volume are a number of McGrath’s essays, introductions and book reviews, and several uncollected stories. An account of his childhood in the shadow of the walls of Britain’s largest top-security mental hospital, “A Boy’s Broadmoor,” is reprinted here, as is his astonishing account of a bizarre true-life tragedy, “Death of a Silent Twin.” Gorgeously illustrated by Harry Brockway, Writing Madness has both an introductory essay by Joyce Carol Oates, and an endnote by Danel Olson. The writer who first coined the term The New Gothic, and has been called by one critic “possibly the best gothic novelist ever,” is here published in a beautiful volume from Centipede Press, sure to become a treasured item on every collector’s bookshelf.

Limited to just 300 copies for sale, this edition is signed by McGrath, Oates, Brockway, and Olson. This edition promises to sell out very quickly.

Edition Information

  • Limited to 300 copies, each signed by Patrick McGrath, Joyce Carol Oates, Harry Brockway, and Danel Olson.
  • Bound in full black Cialux cloth.
  • Sumptuous page design.
  • Two color printing throughout.
  • Ribbon marker.
  • Printed endsheets.
  • Top edge stain.
  • Head and tail bands.

Announcing The Best of Subterranean

October 20th

The Best of Subterranean Edited by William Schafer

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 in The Best of Subterranean, 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 750 pages of stories as varied and distinguished as their authors, and which are utterly unforgettable.

Lettered: 26 signed leatherbound copies, housed in a custom traycase: $350
Limited: 350 signed numbered copies, housed in a custom slipcase: $125
Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $45

 

New Lawrence Block to be out of print on publication

October 20th

Keller's Fedora by Lawrence Block

Lawrence Block's latest, greatest novella, Keller's Fedora, looks to be shipping out of print in just a few short weeks. In addtion to Block's strong following, the book has picked up a couple of great reviews so far:

From Publishers Weekly:

This novella is sure to delight the author’s many fans.

From Booklist:

Keller novels are always spare, droll, and filled with Keller’s ruminations on all sorts of things. Keller’s Fedora is even more spare than usual but still plenty droll.

Dont' miss out!

Last Day for the Humble Bundle

October 20th

Final Girls by Mira Grant

We're in the final day of our Humble Bundle promotion, in which you can snag over $100 worth of ebooks for only $15.

Here's a list of what's included in the Bundle:

  • Kelley Armstong – Lost Souls
  • Clive Barker – Tortured Souls
  • Jim Butcher – Working for Bigfoot
  • Jacqueline Carey – One Hundred Ablutions
  • Richard Chizmar – A Long December
  • Harlan Ellison – Can and Can’tankerous
  • Mira Grant – Final Girls
  • Kevin Hearne – The Purloined Poodle
  • Joe R. Lansdale – Fender Lizards    
  • Robert McCammon – The Border
  • Tim Powers – Down and Out in Purgatory
  • Cherie Priest – Jacaranda
  • Alastair Reynolds – Deep Navigation          
  • John Scalzi – Miniatures
  • Lewis Shiner – Glimpses
  • Catherynne M. Valente – The Bread We Eat in Dreams
  • Connie Willis – The Winds of Marble Arch and Other Stories

As we mentioned, time is of the essence, so head over to Humble Bundle, pick up some books and support a worthy charity before it's too late.

Announcing The Furthest Station by Ben Aaronovitch

October 20th

The Furthest Station by Ben Aaronovitch

We're pleased to announce the first-ever Rivers of London novella by Ben Aaronovitch. The Furthest Station clocks in north of 30,000 words, with a dust jacket in the series' traditional style. Read on for the full details.

About the Book:

There have been ghosts on the London Underground, sad, harmless spectres whose presence does little more than give a frisson to travelling and boost tourism. But now there’s a rash of sightings on the Metropolitan Line and these ghosts are frightening, aggressive and seem to be looking for something.

Enter PC Peter Grant junior member of the Metropolitan Police’s Special Assessment unit a.k.a. The Folly a.k.a. the only police officers whose official duties include ghost hunting. Together with Jaget Kumar, his counterpart at the British Transport Police, he must brave the terrifying the crush of London’s rush hour to find the source of the ghosts.

Joined by Peter’s wannabe wizard cousin, a preschool river god and Toby the ghost hunting dog their investigation takes a darker tone as they realise that a real person’s life might just be on the line.

And time is running out to save them.

With this new novella, bestselling author Ben Aaronovitch has crafted yet another wickedly funny and surprisingly affecting chapter in his beloved Rivers of London series.

Limited: 1500 signed numbered hardcover copies: $40

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

Announcing Black River by Dean Koontz

October 20th

We're pleased to be getting a handful of copies of Dean Koontz's new novella, Black River: I'll Be Watching You. This is a Charnel House production, limited to only 250 numberd copies. You can expect the production values to be high, and Dean's story to be exemplary.

 

Dreams are coming true in Black River.
For here, the hands of fate don't
toss dice. They are too busy
planning your future.

The first in a series of planned suspenseful, intelligent, and mysterious novellas and novelettes that chronicle a small town on the brink of a major renaissance. A renaissance that only one person seems to know anything about.

Limited: 250 signed numbered hardcover copies: $150

Announcing Mightier than the Sword by K. J. Parker

October 20th

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 uppity 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

Announcing Swan Song by Robert McCammon

October 20th

Swan Song by Robert McCammon

We're pleased to announce the thirtieth anniversary signed limited edition of one of the most celebrated epic apocalypse novels of them all: Robert McCammon's sf/horror extravaganza, Swan Song. At only 552 copies total, in an edition that will not be reprinted, we expect the print run to sell quickly.

About the Book:

First published as a paperback original in 1987, Robert McCammon’s Stoker Award-winning Swan Song remains one of the signature horror novels of its era. Set squarely in the tradition of such post-apocalyptic classics as The Stand, Alas, Babylon and, more recently, The Road, Swan Song invites us to witness the fiery end of civilization – and its bloody, brutal aftermath.

The story begins with a devastating nuclear exchange, the culmination of humanity’s ancient “love affair with fire.” As the world devolves into a toxic wasteland marked by acid rain, dwindling food supplies, and an endless nuclear winter, a large cast of characters struggle to rebuild their lives in a barren, utterly hostile landscape. Among the more memorable of these are Sister Creep, a former bag lady, Josh Hutchins, a wrestler once known as “Black Frankenstein,” Roland Croniger, a young boy who learns to become a savage killer, and the terrifying, possibly demonic “Man with the Scarlet Eye.” Most centrally, Swan Song tells the story of Sue Wanda Prescott, AKA Swan, whose nascent ability to restore the health of the ravaged earth may, in time, lead to the salvation of the human species.

Thirty years after its initial appearance, Swan Song continues to entertain and enthrall. An epic feat of storytelling, it gazes without flinching into the horrors of the nuclear abyss. At the same time, it offers a compelling vision of rebirth and renewal, of hope maintained under impossible circumstances. Readers new to this novel are in for an extraordinary experience. Returning readers will find themselves caught up once again in a moving, beautifully constructed tale. Swan Song is one of those all too rare books that will take over your life for an extended period. Like the best of McCammon’s fiction, it offers the sort of sustained thrills and complex pleasures that only a master novelist can provide. 

Edition Details:

  • Oversize 7*10 inch trim size
  • Limited to 500 numbered and 52 lettered copies in a one time printing
  • An epic wraparound dust jacket
  • Eight full-color illustrations, a mix of full-page and gatefold images by David Ho
  • The Lettered edition will feature an exclusive gatefold illustration
  • The Limited edition will be slipcased, while the lettered edition will be housed in a custom traycase

Order your copy before supplies run out.

 

 

Announcing a new Humble Bundle

October 20th

Humble Book Bundle featuring John ScalziHumble Book Bundle featuring Mira Grant

 

We're pleased once again to be partnering with Humble Bundle to offer a ton of great ebooks at an unbeatable price. You can pick up ebooks by Mira Grant (a book you can't even buy in stores yet), Connie Willis, Robert McCammon, and many more.

This ebook bundle includes a mixture of novels, story collections, and novellas, featuring some of Subterranean’s most popular offerings, such as Jim Butcher’s Working for Bigfoot, Kevin Hearne’s The Purloined Poodle, and Catherynne M. Valente’s The Bread We Eat in Dreams. It also includes recently released or brand-new titles, including John Scalzi’s Miniatures: The Very Short Fiction of John Scalzi, and Kelley Armstrong’s Lost Souls.

Part of the proceeds are going to support Pat Rothfuss' charity, Worldbuilders, so you're doing good while getting books at unebeatable prices.

Don't delay. Visit the Fantastic Fiction Bundle presented by Subterranean Press today and place your order.

New Lois McMaster Bujold in stock and shipping

October 20th

Penric and the Shaman by Lois McMaster Bujold

We're more than pleased that Lois McMaster Bujold's very long novella Penric and the Shaman is in stock and shipping. Copies should be going out this week and early next. As with the last Penric volume, we expect a quick sell out, so please order early.

About the Book:

Young Lord Penric now wears the white robes of the Bastard’s Order, complete with shoulder braids marking him as a divine and sorcerer, while he pursues scholarly studies in the court of the Princess-Archdivine. His demon of disorder, Desdemona, is, of course, present, accounted for, and offering clever commentary, particularly when she grows bored. And so when a Locator of the Father’s Order shows up on the Archdivine’s threshold in need of a sorcerer for a journey and she volunteers Penric, at least Des is thrilled with the prospect of an adventure. As they travel into the mountains to locate Inglis, a shaman accused of murdering his best friend, the sitation grows into a test for all of Penric’s developing talents.

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 Chalion, Paladin of Souls, and The Hallowed Hunt. Set four years after the events detailed in the Hugo and Locus Award finalist for Best Novella, “Penric’s Demon,” Bujold’s newest installment of Penric and Desdemona’s tale is a breaktaking must-read novella for her legion of fans.

Limited: 450 signed numbered hardcover copies: $45
Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $25

 

Announcing Bloodstained Wonderland!

October 20th

Bloodstained Wonderland

At long last, the follow-up to Christopher Golden and James A. Moore's controversial, Stoker-nominated novella Bloodstained Oz! A decade after the events of the first book, Bloodstained Wonderland finds Gayle Franklin and her fellow survivor, Elisa, trying to survive the London Blitz.

But it’s not merely the war or the Luftwaffe they need to worry about. As a child, Gayle saw her parents and neighbors murdered by vampiric creatures who’d spilled out a tornado straight from Oz. In the years since, the vampires have been busy knocking down the walls between dimensions and claiming them one at a time. Now they’ve found Gayle and Elisa again…not just creatures from Oz, but a whole cast of nightmarish characters from Wonderland. Some want to help them…but most want their blood. Their blood, and one other thing…the strange green pendant that Gayle took with her when she fled Kansas. A stone full of magic. A power called The Emerald Heart of Oz. If Gayle can learn the truth of what she possesses, she and Elisa might survive this Blitz…but first they have to make their way through a Bloodstained Wonderland.

Limited: 500 signed numbered hardcover copies: $35

 

Announcing a new Temeraire Collection by Naomi Novik

October 20th

Golden Age and Other Stories by Naomi Novik

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 Golden Age and Other Stories, an original Temeraire collection as unique as the world she has created, with each tale inspired by an accompanying piece of fan art. In addition to the wonderful stories, the book contains over thirty brand-new illustrations.

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.

Limited: 400 signed numbered copies, bound in leather: $45

Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover copies: $25

 

Shipping Update: Clive Barker, Steven Erikson, James S. A. Corey

October 20th

Infernal Parade by Clive Barker

Our warehouse is a busy one this week. Right now, we're finishing sending out copies of China Mieville's sold out novella, The Last Days of New Paris, and then we'll be moving on to:

  • Infernal Parade (Clive Barker);
  • Caliban's War (James S. A. Corey, lettered edition);
  • The Bonehunters (Steven Erikson, lettered edition);

There's no guarantee everything on this list will go out this week—in fact, some of it is certain to spill into next week—but at least you know the game plan.

 

Announcing Horror on the Links

October 20th

Horror on the Links by Seabury Quinn

We have another publisher's cover debut for you, and a new announcement to boot! Night Shade books has undertaken publishing all 93 of Seabury Quinn's Jules de Grandin Stories, starting with The Horror on the Links, and we'll be carrying copies.

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 Horror on the Links includes all of the stories from “The Horror on the Links” (1925) to “The Chapel of Mystic Horror” (1928), as well as an introduction by George Vanderburgh and Robert Weinberg.

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

PW reviews Kelley Armstrong's Lost Souls

October 20th

Lost Souls by Kelley Armstrong limited edition

We're happy to share Publishers Weekly review of Kelley Armstrong's new novella, Lost Souls:

“Urban fantasy meets urban legend in this succinct sidebar to Armstrong’s Cainsville series…Armstrong milks the plot for as much suspense as possible before bringing events to a romantically satisfying conclusion. The tale’s strongest element is its use of recurring characters, whose familiarity is sure to be a clincher for fans of the series.”

You can preorder the print version today, or actually order the ebook, which has already been released.

And, as a reminder, if you've ordered the print version, when it ships, you'll receive a free copy of the ebook!

 

Glowing reviews for The Collapsing Empire

October 20th

The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi

As you may know, we'll be carrying signed first editions of John Scalzi's epic new space opera, The Collapsing Empire. What you may not be aware of is that it's currently garnering great notice, with the first two trade reviews being so strong they verge on the embarrassing.

From Publishers Weekly:

“Scalzi (the Old Man’s War series) delivers a strong opener for his fast-paced new space opera series… Expect several future works set in this sprawling universe.”

From Kirkus Reviews:

“Scalzi continues to be almost insufferably good at his brand of fun but think-y sci-fi adventure.”

We're down to our last 60 or so copies available, so please get your order in soon!

Dear Sweet Filthy World sent to the printer

October 20th

Dear Sweet Filthy World by Caitlin R Kiernan

We've just sent Caitlin R. Kiernan's new collection, Dear Sweet Filthy World, to the printer, which keeps it right on schedule for a late March release. Don't forget, the limited edition is accompanied by an exclusive bonus volume, The Aubergine Alphabet.

On the fence? Here are pull quotes from two reviews that'll help you make up your mind:

From Publishers Weekly:

The 28 stories (most previously available only in her e-zine, Sirenia Digest) in Kiernan’s newest collection of dark fiction (after Beneath an Oil-Dark Sea) explore the human and inhuman conditions in all their filthy glory, and bravely wallow in the effluvia of mythology, murder, and depravity…her many fans will be overjoyed to have these works collected.

From Kirkus Reviews:

Horror blends with love, obsession, transformed bodies, and terrifying mysteries in this collection of stories. Kiernan's surreal and often unsettling fiction derives much of its power from the way it causes characters and readers alike to question reality via a shroud of narrative ambiguity… At their best, these stories are sinister and beguiling in equal measure, tracing the border between fear and obsession and asking powerful questions about desire along the way.

Limited: 600 signed numberd copies, with bonus hardcover: $60

Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $40

Crosstalk in stock and shipping

October 20th

Crosstalk by Connie Willis

 

Multiple-award-winner and bestselling author (and let’s just say it: legend) Connie Willis has created a fresh, technology-based romantic comedy in her latest novel Crosstalk, serving up a take on telepathy unlike any other. Our signed, limited edition of the novel—which received starred reviews from Booklist and Library Journal—is now shipping, and our own Gwenda Bond had a chat with Connie about it

Gwenda Bond: So, let’s start with an easy one. Not that there are easy ones, when it comes to novels. Where did the idea for Crosstalk emerge from?

Connie Willis: (laughs) Novels come from lots of places. Everybody always asks where did you get the idea, as if it were one idea. Usually the original idea—whatever that was—is sort of lost in the mist of time, and then has all these other ideas attached to it. Or someone described it as a pearl gradually accruing gunk to it and I think that’s pretty accurate.

One of the places, of course, was looking around—I do a lot of my writing over at Starbucks and shamelessly eavesdrop on conversations. It has struck me over the last two years that all these communication devices that we’ve come up with, all these new ways of supposedly making communication better… Let me say first, I’m thrilled with them. My daughter lived a year in England before the cellphone and it was hell. So I’m not in any way dismissing the wonderful aspects of our communications revelation.

But. But what I see over at Starbucks is that it hasn’t really helped in terms of: we don’t get along better, we don’t understand each other better, our hearts are still broken, our romances still break up and, frequently, what used to be “he didn’t call me” is now “he didn’t text me” or “I’m trying to decipher the text that he sent me,” or all these codes, “Oh my god he didn’t change his relationship status on facebook.” For all of our attempts to communicate better, we’re not communicating any better obviously. Watching our current brand new administration, there’s a whole industry devoted to “what the hell do his tweets mean?” They decipher them as if they were some sort of elaborate code. Symptomatic of the whole communications problem. So that was the first thing.

The second thing, probably the trigger, was I was on a panel at a science fiction convention and we were talking about telepathy, because that’s been a theme throughout science fiction. People love to write telepathy stories. And I was the only person on the panel who thought it was just a completely terrible idea.

GB: Agreed!

CW: Everyone else is like, “No it’d be great.” So I was determined to show everybody just exactly how terrible it would be. Because I certainly don’t want people to know what I’m thinking at any given moment. People have this sort of fantasy about it, that we think as coherently as we speak. We don’t, obviously. I think if you could hear thoughts, they would just be random and incoherent.

GB: I doubt it would be that different if you had telepathy with your pet. We’re all always thinking about food.

CW: Right. And with people, you’re not just thinking “I’m really in love with Tom,” you’re also thinking “I need to go to the bathroom or the grocery store and oh look, there’s a bird, and it’s clouding over and my feet are cold and my hand hurts.” You’re thinking all of those things simultaneously. For one person it would just be chaos. Let alone if you were hearing other people.

And that’s the other fantasy we have. We would listen to the people we wanted, but I see no reason why that would be the case. You would in fact have to listen to everybody and some people are terminally boring and some people are awful and I just don’t think you want that. I don’t think people even think about the true nightmarish situations. It’s bad enough you can have an internet stalker who can find out your address and come park his car across the street from your house and watch you. But to have that person in your head with you having no way to get them out of there would rise to the level of nightmare.

GB: You took this concept in a funny romantic comedy direction, but it could easily be horror.

CW: Exactly. One day I was sitting in Starbucks next to these two women who were terminally boring. I should say one was terminally boring and the other one was listening to her and making those appropriate “mmhmm mmhmm” noises; I would’ve loved to hear what she was thinking, actually. But the woman was going on and on about what she was going to buy over at the grocery store for dinner and it just went on and on and I would rather listen to my dog. And I think most of us—although I’m laughing—I’m sure I’m guilty of all those terrible boring thoughts also. And the endless fretting and stewing about things that we do, just going over the same territory all the time to no good end. It’s bad enough that we have to listen to our own heads doing that. It would be awful if we had to listen to other people.

GB: Switching gears… Romantic comedy is a favorite of mine, and this is dead-on a novel version of a classic screwball. I have a theory that one of the venues romantic comedy works best in now is SF where you can set up rules for the relationship to collide with. That’s one of the things that makes Crosstalk have that classic feel to me even though you’re using technology.

CW: There used to be many more societal barriers. Fantasy and SF are excellent places for romantic comedy, because then the barriers can be invented to keep the characters apart. In Crosstalk, the barrier is partly that they have this forced intimacy that they didn’t want and aren’t ready for—and especially that Briddey doesn’t want—and at the same time, they’re not connecting. In the real world, they never would have spoken.

GB: And now we have this fantastic story. Thanks so much for talking with me.

 

 

One year in, more praise for Robert McCammon

October 20th

Freedom of the Mask by Robert McCammon

Some novels are so good that reviews keep appearing well after publication. Robert McCammon's Freedom of the Mask (print, ebook) is just such a beast, with the latest praise being picked up from the Manly but Bookish blog, and it is a rave.

Here's the pull quote:

Like the rest of the books in the series, Freedom of the Mask has a captivating plot and a host of fascinating characters. It's proof that the series as a whole is progressing at full speed and that McCammon is on top of his game. I finished it anxious and impatient fort the next book to come out.

 

Announcing The Innkeeper Chronicles by Ilona Andrews

October 20th

The Innkeeper Chronicles by Ilona Andrews

We're pleased to present, from NYT #1 bestselling author Ilona Andrews. The Innkeeper Chronicles is an omnibus of the first three novels in the Innkeeper series. Our edition will be huge (over 760 pages), with an original full-color wraparound dust jacket, as well as full-color and black-and-white interior illustrations by Doris Mantair.

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

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

 

Announcing THE UNORTHODOX DR. DRAPER by William Browning Spencer

October 20th

The Unorthodox Dr Draper by William Browning Spencer

 

Another decade has elapsed, and William Browning Spencer has produced another superlative collection of short stories that commingle horror and humor. Preorder The Unorthodox Dr. Draper and other stories today! It's deep in production, and on schedule for a July release.

About the Book:

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

 

New Jim Butcher in stock and shipping

October 20th

Small Favor by Jim Butcher

Jim Butcher's Small Favor is in stock, and we're sending out copies as quickly as we can. Order yours today!

About the Book:

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

Our edition of Small Favor 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

Ten copies of Mistborn available

October 20th

Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

We finally managed to finishing shipping all of the preorderd copies of Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn, and find ourselves with ten left over. They're first come first served, with a limit of one per customer.

New Joe R. Lansdale in stock and shipping

October 20th

Coco Butternut by Joe R Lansdale

Joe R. Lansdale's latest, greatest Hap and Leonard novella is in stock and shipping. Pick up your copy of Coco Butternut today. With the reviews it's received, we expect the trade edition won't survive the initial shipping wave.

About the Book:

Coco Butternut marks the always-welcome return of Joe R. Lansdale’s dysfunctional duo: Hap Collins and Leonard Pine. As usual, wherever Hap and Leonard go, trouble seems to already be there, awaiting their arrival. And in the case of this twisty, hilarious, and heartfelt new novella, Lansdale sends his heroes to Oak Rest mortuary and cemetery to grapple with the living and the dead—both canine and human.

When the mummified corpse of a beloved prize-winning dachshund named Coco Butternut is stolen from her final resting place, Hap and Leonard are hired by the owner to get her body back. The job is straightforward: they must simply exchange a bag full of cash for the missing pooch’s mummy. But they can feel something’s not on the up-and-up, and how right they are.

With assistance from Hap’s significant other, Brett, and his daughter, Chance, Hap and Leonard are soon embroiled in a gripping mystery tied to the dark secrets lurking beneath the hallowed ground of Oak Rest cemetery. In his inimitable style, and at the top of his game, here Lansdale gives us a highly enjoyable new entry in the ongoing adventures of Hap and Leonard. Fans of Hap and Leonard’s, whether of their fictional outings or the Sundance TV show (or more likely, both), won’t want to miss this treat.

Limited: 400 signed numbered copies, bound in leather: $45
Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover copies: $25

From Publishers Weekly:

"Lansdale (Honky Tonk Samurai) is without peer when it comes to this kind of tale, and the result is an infectious, darkly funny slice of weirdness."

From Kirkus Reviews:

"[T}he slide from fizzy East Texas comedy to deeper waters is so deftly managed that you'll be chuckling all the way to the graveyard."

More copies of the Farseer Trilogy released

October 20th

The Farseer Trilogy

After the initial shipping wave, we have 25 sets of Robin Hobb's The Farseer Trilogy available for sale. There's a limit of one per customer, but please be quick if you want a set. We don't expect these to last long.

Announcing Singularity by Melanie Tem

October 20th

Singularity by Melanie Tem

Centipede Press has just announced Singularity, a mammoth (over 800 pages) collection gathering all of Melanie Tem's short horror fiction. We're lucky enough to get a handful of copies, which we expect to go quickly, given the quality (and quantity) of the stories.

About the Book:

Singularity gathers award-winning writer Melanie Tem’s most important short fiction, highlighting her diversity and mastery of her art. The sixty stories collected here range from “Sitting with the Driver,” a western with a dark woman at its center, to “Little Shit,” a contemporary tale of a woman who uses her deceptive appearance and psychic power to trap those who prey on the helpless.

Melanie Tem wrote eleven novels on her own, plus two in collaboration with Nancy Holder and two more with her husband, Steve Rasnic Tem. She also wrote dozens of short stories, plus plays and poetry. Her first book, Prodigal, won the Bram Stoker Award for best first novel. Written in collaboration with Steve Rasnic Tem, the story “The Man on the Ceiling” also received the World Fantasy Award, while the novel length version of The Man on the Ceiling was a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award. Melanie Tem’s work has also received the International Horror Guild and British Fantasy Awards.

Limited to 300 copies for sale, and signed by Jessica Fortner and Caitlín Kiernan, over 800 pages, this is all of Melanie Tem’s horror fiction, and will be recognized as a landmark publication.

Limited: 300 signed (by Kiernan and Fortner) limited edition copies in dust jacket: $65

Edition Information

  • Limited to 300 copies, each signed by Caitlín R. Kiernan and Jessica Fortner.
  • Bound in full black cloth, blind stamping on front board.
  • Gorgeous dustjacket on Mohawk Superfine.
  • Top-edge stain.
  • Rare and hard to find stories.
  • Head and tail bands.

The limited edition cover for Lost Souls just posted

October 20th

We've just pLost Souls by Kelley Armstrong limited edition dust jacketosted the dust jacket for the signed, limited edition of Kelley Armstrong's long new novella, Lost Souls. If that's not enough for you, head over to the product page and have a look at a few of the interior illustrations, as well.

About the Book:

The disappearing hitchhiker is one of the hoariest urban legends, and no one knows that better than Gabriel Walsh, a lawyer who grew up on folklore and myth. When author of books on the supernatural Patrick brings Gabriel a case of a hitchhiking woman in white who vanished on a country road after accepting a ride from a businessman, Gabriel knows the Cainsville elder is just trying to wheedle into his good graces. But Gabriel is a man in need of a mystery, one that will get him back into someone else’s good graces. His investigator, Olivia Taylor-Jones, has blown town supposedly on a simple vacation. But when she left there was a rift between them and…he misses her.

Gabriel is well aware the only thing Olivia loves more than a good mystery is a weird one, and this hitchhiker case more than fits the bill. As Gabriel digs into the story, he’s forced to face ghosts of his own and admit that the woman in white isn’t the only one who has lost her way.

With Lost SoulsNew 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

 

PW reviews Clive Barker's Infernal Parade

October 20th

Infernal Parade by Clive BarkerWe're only too happy to share Publishers Weekly's just-published review of Clive Barker's Infernal Parade with you:

[T]his novella elaborates one of horror maven Barker’s favorite themes: the close proximity of the human and the monstrous. Executed murderer Tom Requiem is resurrected by agents of the Underland to lead the titular parade, which will “send some fears into the hearts of men.” Over the next five chapters, Requiem expands his entourage to include the person he murdered, a homicidal golem, a gaggle of circus freaks, a mythical monster known as the Sabbaticus, and a young woman tortured to death in an iron maiden... Barker draws the reader in by giving his horrors a human dimension and describing them with his usual cinematic vividness.

About the Book:

From the beginning of his distinguished career, Clive Barker has been the great visionary artist of contemporary dark fantasy, a form that Barker himself has termed “the Fantastique.” Through his many novels, stories, paintings and films, he had presented us with unforgettable images of the monstrous and the sacred, the beautiful and the grotesque. His body of work constitutes a great and varied contribution to modern popular culture.

This astonishing novella, Infernal Parade, perfectly encapsulates Barker’s unique abilities. Like the earlier Tortured Souls, an account of bizarre–and agonizing–transformations, Infernal Parade is tightly focused, intensely imagined, and utterly unlike anything else you will ever read. It begins with the tale of a convicted criminal, Tom Requiem, who returns from the brink of death to restore both fear and a touch of awe to a complacent world. Tom becomes the leader of the eponymous “parade,” which ranges from the familiar precincts of North Dakota to the mythical city of Karantica. Golems, vengeful humans both living and dead, and assorted impossible creatures parade across these pages. The result is a series of highly compressed, interrelated narratives that are memorable, disturbing, and impossible to set aside.

Infernal Parade is quintessential Barker: witty, elegantly composed, filled with dark and often savage wonders. It proves once again that, in Barker’s hands, the Fantastique is not only alive and well, but flourishing. This is vital, visionary fiction by a modern master of the form.

Lettered: 52 signed leatherbound copies, housed in a custom traycase: $275
Limited: 500 signed numbered hardcover copies: $60
Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover copies: $30

 

Announcing Night Shift by Stephen King

October 20th

Night Shift by Stephen KingPS Publishing has just announced the signed (by Dave McKean) lmited edition of Stephen King's Night Shift, and we still have fifty copies available for preorder. We've seen samples of Dave's art fo this volume, and it promises to be the most impressive of the PS releases yet. Pick up a copy and re-experience one of the finest collections of horror fiction ever published. If this is your first time through, we envy you.

About the Book:

Originally published in 1978, Night Shift brings together nineteen of Stephen King's most unsettling short pieces—bizarre tales of dark doings and unthinkable acts from the twilight regions where horror and madness take on eerie, unearthly forms…where noises in the walls and shadows by the bed are always signs of something dreadful on the prowl.

The settings are familiar and unsuspected—a high school, a factory, a truck stop, a laundry, a field of Nebraska corn. But in Stephen King's world any place can serve as devil's ground…if the time of night is propitious, and the forces of darkness are strong, and the victims are caught just slightly off their guard…

Limited: 1000 numbered copies, signed by Dave McKean, housed in a custom slipcase: $90

 

Creating a new account at Subterranean Press

October 20th

As you can tell, we've launched a new site. One of the challenges is that everyone has to re-register for the site. The upside is that by doing so you'll have access to a whole host of new features, as well as future enhancements we have planned.

Some of the features include:

  • Easy access to past orders made on the new website, with the ability to reorder;
  • Your order will show what stage of the shipping process it is in: processing for items that haven't shipped yet, which will then be updated once your books have shipped;
  • You can see any comments you left on your order;
  • You can see what payment method you used;
  • You can now create a wishlist, add comments to your wishlist, and email your wishlist;
  • In-stock wishlist items can be added to your cart;
  • You can view if you are subscribed to our newsletter;
  • You can maintain multiple addresses.

The Fireman is coming!

October 20th

The Fireman by Joe HillWe've just started receiving copies of Joe Hill's epic, end of the world novel, The Fireman. As soon as all the copies are in from PS Publishing, we'll check their condition, and get them in the shipping queue. Thanks to everyone who's picked up a copy so far. For those who haven't we still have a few left to preorder.

Reaper's Gale exclusive preorder opens

October 20th

Reapers Gale by Steven Erikson

For those of you lucky enough to own The Bonehunters, the exclusive preorder period for Steven Erikson's Reaper's Gale has just begun. It runs through the end of March, so don't forget to place your order. Tommy Arnold is helming the illustrations this time out, and they are gorgeous. We'll reveal more as we get closer to publication.

 

ABADDON'S GATE general preordering opens

October 20th

 

The open preorder period for James S. A. Corey's sf epic Abaddon's Gate has opened. We only have about 40 copies available at this point, so don't delay.

About the Book:

“A politically complex and pulse-pounding page-turner…. Corey perfectly balances character development with action… series fans will find this installment the best yet.”―Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

From the authors’ website:

For generations, the solar system — Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt — was humanity’s great frontier. Until now. The alien artifact working through its program under the clouds of Venus has appeared in Uranus’s orbit, where it has built a massive gate that leads to a starless dark.

Jim Holden and the crew of the Rocinante are part of a vast flotilla of scientific and military ships going out to examine the artifact. But behind the scenes, a complex plot is unfolding, with the destruction of Holden at its core. As the emissaries of the human race try to find whether the gate is an opportunity or a threat, the greatest danger is the one they brought with them.

We're pleased to ann

ounce the third novel of The Expanse. As with Caliban’s War, it will be published as an oversized limited edition, with a wraparound dust jacket by Daniel Dociu.

Limited: 574 signed numbered copies, bound in cloth: $80

 

Lawrence Block's RESUME SPEED in stock and shipping

October 20th

We've just finished shipping all preorders for Lawrence Block's new novella, Resume Speed. It will be going out of print with the next round or wholesale orders, so don't delay if you want to pick up a copy.

About the Book: 

A new town, a fresh start. A chance to escape old demons. 
Or meet new ones.

He got on the Trailways bus in Galbraith, North Dakota, booked all the way through to Spokane. But the Help Wanted sign at the diner in Cross Creek was calling his name. Soon, he had a job working the grill and a place to stay, and a new name to go with them. But what he didn’t have was peace of mind. Or a clear conscience. Or any memory at all of what he’d done the night before fleeing Galbraith.

What he’d done to get the scratches on his wrists and the backs of his hands…

In this brand new novella, Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Lawrence Block delivers an unforgettable portrait of a troubled man trying to lay the ghosts of his past and make a new life for himself. But there are things you can’t run away from, and one of them is who you really are.

Subtle and painful and beautifully crafted, Resume Speed is Lawrence Block at the pinnacle of his storytelling powers.

Kirkus Reviews on DEAR SWEET FILTHY WORLD

October 20th

Dear Sweet Filthy world CoverKirkus Reviews just weighed in on Caitlin R. Kiernan's Dear Sweet Filthy World —the first notice we've seen — and it's good news all around:

Horror blends with love, obsession, transformed bodies, and terrifying mysteries in this collection of stories. Kiernan's surreal and often unsettling fiction derives much of its power from the way it causes characters and readers alike to question reality via a shroud of narrative ambiguity… At their best, these stories are sinister and beguiling in equal measure, tracing the border between fear and obsession and asking powerful questions about desire along the way.

As a reminder, the signed limited hardcover comes with a second hardcover volume, The Aubergine Alphabet, available nowhere else.

 

Announcing THE VAMPIRE TAPESTRY by Suzy McKee Charnas (December 22nd, 2016)

October 20th

We're lucky enough that we'll be receiving a double handful of copies of Suzy McKeen Charnas' classic The Vampire Tapestry, whcih has been given the Centipede Press treatment.

About the Book:

The Vampire Tapestry is a 1980 fantasy novel by American author Suzy McKee Charnas. The story follows a vampire by the name of Dr Edward Lewis Weyland as he preys upon humanity while simultaneously trying to uncover who and what he truly is. Weyland is unlike many traditional vampires, such as Bram Stoker’s Dracula, in that his condition stems from biologic rather than supernatural means. This fact, coupled with Weyland’s social behaviors, has led some critics to consider The Vampire Tapestry as a work of feminist science fiction. Whatever it is, it is also one of the most compelling and fascinating vampire novels ever written and is a cornerstone work in the vampire genre.

With a new introduction by Nancy Baker, new color artwork by Benjamin Nowak and Jeffrey Alan Love, and bonus materials from Charnas herself, this is a handsome, oversize edition. The book does not come with a slipcase.

Oversized at 7 × 10 inches, with ribbon marker, top-edge stain, handsome signature page, and attractive dustjacket, this is one of the genre’s most important novels and an inventive and masterful contribution to is a phenomenal collection by one of horror’s most distinctive voices. Signed by Charnas, Baker, and the two artists, the edition is just 150 copies, priced $175 per copy.

Edition Information:

  • Limited to 150 copies, each signed by Suzy McKee Charnas, Nancy Baker, Benjamin Nowak, and Jeffrey Alan Love.
  • Bound in full black cloth, blind stamping on front board.
  • Dustjacket art by Benjamin Nowak.
  • Sumptuous page design.
  • Patterned endpapers.
  • Top-edge stain.
  • Bonus short story and essay.
  • Ribbon marker.

PENRIC AND THE SHAMAN sent to the printer (December 16th, 2016)

October 20th

Lois McMaster Bujold's Penric and the Shaman is headed to the printer, which puts it right on schedule for its February release date. The previous volume, Penric's Demon, sold out immediately, and this one is showing signs of doing the same, as it received a starred review from Publishers Weekly.

About the Book:

Young Lord Penric now wears the white robes of the Bastard’s Order, complete with shoulder braids marking him as a divine and sorcerer, while he pursues scholarly studies in the court of the Princess-Archdivine. His demon of disorder, Desdemona, is, of course, present, accounted for, and offering clever commentary, particularly when she grows bored. And so when a Locator of the Father’s Order shows up on the Archdivine’s threshold in need of a sorcerer for a journey and she volunteers Penric, at least Des is thrilled with the prospect of an adventure. As they travel into the mountains to locate Inglis, a shaman accused of murdering his best friend, the sitation grows into a test for all of Penric’s developing talents.

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. Set four years after the events detailed in the Hugo and Locus Award finalist for Best Novella, “Penric’s Demon,” Bujold’s newest installment of Penric and Desdemona’s tale is a breaktaking must-read novella for her legion of fans.

Limited: 450 signed numbered hardcover copies: $45
Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $25

From Publishers Weekly (Starred Review):

Bujold follows Penric’s Demon with another brief tale set in her World of the Five Gods, this time combining supernatural sleuthing with finely drawn characters and a panoply of emotions… This is a wonderful expansion of her World of the Five Gods.

 

Announcing THE FALL OF TOWERS by Samuel R. Delany (December 12th 2016)

October 20th

Centipede Press has produced another gorgeous set, this time the three volumes that comprise Samuel R. Delany's The Fall of the Towers, all housed in a custom slipcase. We're getting a limited number of copies, so get your order in soon!

About the Set:

First published as three separate volumes in 1963, 1964, and 1965, The Fall of the Towers is here republished as three distinct volumes, each with an individual dustjacket and new frontispiece artwork. This edition of the trilogy includes all of Delany’s afterwords and forewords, an illuminating new introduction by Michael Swanwick, and new artwork by David Ho.

The volumes, entitled Out of the Dead CityThe Towers of Toron, and City of a Thousand Suns, are oversize at 6½ × 10 inches, the same size as other titles in our science fiction series. The set comes with a clothbound slipcase.

Samuel R. Delany (b. 1942) is an American author, professor and literary critic. His work includes fiction (especially science fiction), memoir, criticism, and essays on sexuality and society. His science fiction novels include Babel-17The Einstein Intersection (both Nebula award winners), Nova, and Dhalgren. After winning four Nebula awards and two Hugo awards over the course of his career, Delany was inducted by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame in 2002. From January 2001 until his retirement in May 2015, he was a professor of English and Creative Writing at Temple University in Philadelphia.

Edition Information

  • Introduction by Michael Swanwick.
  • New artwork by David Ho.
  • Limited to 300 signed and numbered copies.
  • Signed by Samuel R. Delany, Michael Swanwick, and David Ho.
  • Three volumes in a handsome cloth slipcase.
  • Fully cloth bound, gorgeous dustjackets, printed endpapers, ribbon markers, head and tail bands.

Limited: 300 signed numbered sets, in slipcase: $150

 

A miniature interview with John Scalzi and Natalie Metzger (December 15th, 2016)

October 20th

With Miniatures: The Very Short Fiction of John Scalzi about to start shipping, we thought we’d bring you a suitably brief interview with Scalzi and artist Natalie Metzger, who did the dust jacket and many interior illustrations for the volume, conducted by our own Gwenda Bond.

We doubt you need an introduction for Scalzi, but here’s one anyway. John Scalzi is a New York Times bestseller in fiction, and his work has won the Hugo, the Locus, the Seiun and Kurd Lasswitz. He was a recipient of the 2016 Governors Award for the Arts in Ohio, and his works have been translated into 20+ languages.

Natalie Metzger is an illustrator with over a decade of experience working in a variety of mediums. She is the cartoonist behind several webcomics including Cthulhu Slippers and Over-Encumbered. Her illustration work focuses on creepy cute comic style drawings with a preference for pen, ink and tentacles. Each piece in Miniatures features a header illustration.

Without further ado, the interview…

Gwenda Bond: John, my first question is for you. What challenge or freedom is there in writing short rather than long?

John Scalzi: The best thing is that it doesn’t take much time at all. I can write a short piece in two hours. Part of that is my training from my early career when I was writing columns and short pieces to deadline. So it became a part of my muscle memory to write short. It’s a return to what I was doing when I started out. And most of the pieces are funny. Writing short, you don’t overstay your welcome. Which is easy to do with humor.

GB: Similar question for you, Natalie . . . how did you approach doing the art for the book? Was this different than your other projects in any way? Did you work together on choosing illustrations for various pieces?

Natalie Metzger: We happened to both be at Westercon and so we were able to have a back and forth in person and work out most of the details. There was no email tag saying, ‘What do you think of this idea?’ or ‘What about this idea?’ We were able to spend half an hour talking most of it out. But with these very short things, you’re limited to one or two options for images. There is some difficulty in finding the right image.

JS: This was more challenging for Natalie than me in that way. When I was asked who I was thinking for the artist, Natalie was at the top of my list. She had done some other pieces that I loved, including one of me riding a churrocorn (a churro unicorn). Her work is whimsical but clean. It was fun seeing everyone fight over versions of her illustrations during the process. I just got the finished book and Subterranean Press always does really good production, but I was looking at the cover and it’s absolutely perfect. It’s one of my covers that makes me happiest.

NM: Thanks!

GB: Do either of you have a favorite piece in the book, both of your own and of the other person’s?

JS: My favorite piece also has my favorite illustration. “The AI Are Absolutely Positively Without a Doubt Not Here to End Humanity, Honest” is the most recent piece in the book, so it’s fresher to me. And there’s this very nervous-looking eagle, which is such a contrast to how eagles are usually presented.

NM: There are so many pieces I love in the book. The one about yogurt, the one about life on Earth. I can’t pick. My favorite illustration is the mechacat.

GB: Okay, now it’s going to get tough. Lightning round. Tacos or pie?

NM: Pie.

JS: Pie. If you’d made it burritos, that would have been tough.

GB: I felt like that would be too dark and might trigger an existential crisis. Next question: Cats or dogs?

JS: Cats.

NM: Cats.

GB: For the record you both love dogs; we don’t want to bring down the Internet on you. And, finally, yes or no?

NM: YES.

JS: No.

GB: Perfect. Thank you both for taking the time to do this.

LAST TRAIN FROM PERDITION signed limited edition available — only 20 copies (December 15th, 2016)

October 20th

We've finished shipping out the signed limited edition of Robert McCammon's long vampire novella, Last Train from Perdition, and have about twenty copies left. Feel free to snag yours today.

About the Book:

In I Travel by Night, master of horror Robert McCammon introduced the tortured and instantly unforgettable vampire adventurer Trevor Lawson—All Matters Handled—as he searched for his maker, LaRouge, in hope of becoming human once more. It wove a tale about the terrors of the Dark Society, featuring the gothic sensibilities of old New Orleans, and the unforgiving violence of the untamed frontier of 1886. Now McCammon returns to Lawson’s gripping journey and sends him West, in the chilling sequel novella Last Train from Perdition.

Ever on the hunt for LaRouge, Lawson still travels by night, but no longer alone. Crack-shot, whip-smart Ann has become his companion, on her own search for her vampire-taken father and sister. Lawson has been summoned from New Orleans and the Hotel Sanctuaire to Omaha by a wealthy man who needs his son retrieved from a band of outlaws. Lawson and Ann agree to take the case and travel to the town of Perdition where they find their prey—but things get complicated fast when a saloon shootout leaves an innocent girl badly injured.

On a night train from Perdition to Helena to find medical help, it soon becomes clear that Lawson and Ann’s enemies may also be looking to prey upon them. As they struggle against those forces of darkness with a trainload of their most unlikely allies yet, Lawson also wages battle with the darkness LaRouge left within him. This latest installment in Trevor Lawson’s battle for redemption finds bestselling McCammon at his thrilling best.

Limited: 474 signed numbered copies, housed in a custom slipcase: $75
Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $35

From Booklist:

“This is perfect for Deadwood fans and those who enjoy the American Vampire graphic-novel series by Scott Snyder. Clear a couple of hours, you'll want to devour this in one sitting.”

From SciFi Bulletin:

“The book sets up some intriguing possibilities for the future of the series—and I, for one, can’t wait to see how Lawson deals with what he learns here, and how Annie copes with what she has to do… Verdict: Another excellent period horror piece. 9/10”

New Joe R. Lansdale Sold Out on publication (December 13th, 2016)

October 20th

We're sitting on far more distributor and large retailer orders than we can fill for Joe R. Lansdale's Dead on the Bones. Consider this an early warning that you might want to order now to guarantee yourself a copy. All signs point to this one being scarce on the ground after publication.

About the Book:

“I was living in a pulp writer fury, a storm of imagination.” So Joe R. Lansdale, award-winning author of more than twenty novels and two hundred short works, describes the birth of his desire to be a writer after encountering pulp storytelling as a kid in TV, comics, and books. Now Dead on the Bones: Pulp on Fire collects eight stories where Lansdale pays tribute to the rip-roaring tales of his youth.

Dedicated to Edgar Rice Burroughs and Robert E. Howard, “Under the Warrior Star” finds hero Braxton Booker on another, battle-wracked planet, while  “Tarzan and the Land That Time Forgot” was expressly permitted by the Burroughs estate. In “Dead on the Bones,” a Conjure Man facilitates a boxing match between the living and the dead, with a twist. “The Gruesome Affair of the Electric Blue Lightning” crosses Poe with horrors that could have walked straight out of Lovecraft. Meanwhile, in “Naked Angel” a cop discovers a dead woman encased in ice on the noir streets of Los Angeles, not realizing he shares a personal connection with her. Other stories here bring readers face to face with vampires and far stranger creatures, all in Lansdale’s signature, Texas Mojo style.

Lansdale is rightly recognized as one of the most distinctive voices in modern fiction, pulp or otherwise. From Venus to vampires, Dead on the Bones is a fine, thoroughly enjoyable demonstration of why.

More love for John Scalzi’s MINIATURES (December 13th, 2016)

October 20th

John Scalzi's collection of ultra-short fiction, Miniatures, is coming in to stock, and will ship very soon. We're down to our last 100 or so copies. You might want to pick one up before they're gone.

The latest review is in, too, this time from Library Journal:

Short sf is a boon to a genre that is too often weighed down with massive tomes. Scalzi readers will find these refreshingly concise tales delightful.

Announcing SNAPSHOT by Brandon Sanderson (December 8th, 2016)

October 20th

Get yer new Brandon Sanderson here!

There's a new publisher in town, Vault Books, and among their first projects is Snapshot, a brand new novella by Brandon Sanderson. Read on for the full details.

About the Book:

New York Times bestseller Brandon Sanderson is often cited as being one of the most influential fantasy authors in the business. From Mistborn to The Wheel of Time to The Stormlight Archive, his ability to channel his unique imagination and creativity into his fiction has won over fans across the world. In addition to these massive works of wonder, Sanderson has also carved out a place among the best authors of novella-length fiction with the Legion series and the Hugo Award-winning The Emperor’s Soul.

In his newest novella, Snapshot, Sanderson’s skill and imagination are on full display.

Snapshot is a Science Fiction detective story following Anthony Davis, a cop assigned to Snapshot Duty. In this vivid world that author Brandon Sanderson has built, society can create a snapshot of a specific day in time. The experiences people have, the paths they follow—all of them are real again for a one day in the snapshot. All for the purposes of investigation by the court.

Davis’s job as a cop on Snapshot Duty is straight forward. Sometimes he is tasked with finding where a criminal dumped a weapon. Sometimes he is tasked with documenting domestic disputes. Simple. Mundane. One day, in between two snapshot assignments, Davis decides to investigate the memory of a call that was mysteriously never logged at the precinct, and he makes a horrifying discovery.

As in many stories, Snapshot follows a wonderfully flawed character as he attempts to solve a horrific crime. Sanderson proves that no matter the genre, he is one of the most skilled storytellers in the business.

 

Edition Details

  • All editions of Snapshot will feature the following:
  • Full-color dust-jacket
  • Full-color, interior illustrations
  • An introduction by Brandon Sanderson
  • An in-depth interview with author, Brandon Sanderson
  • Printed on 60# acid-free paper
  • Smyth sewn for durability
  • Foil stamping on the front boards and spine
  • Bound in leather
  • Personally signed by Brandon Sanderson​

Numbered & Limited Edition:

  • Limited to 2500 copies
  • Hand-numbered
  • Price: $50

Shipping Update (December 5th 2016)

October 20th

New books are lining up on the tarmac here at the SubPress warehouse, with Steven Erikson's The Bonehunters being the current title in the queue. Others will follow as quickly as possible, likely in the following order:

  • The Bonehunters (Steven Erikson, currently shipping);
  • Last Train from Perdition (Robert McCammon, limited edition);
  • Dead on the Bones (Joe R. Lansdale).

PENRIC AND THE SHAMAN garners a starred review (December 5th, 2016)

October 20th

The first review for Lois McMaster Bujold's 40k word novella, Penric and the Shaman, has just landed. It's a delight, courtesy of the fine folks at Publishers Weekly:

Bujold follows Penric’s Demon with another brief tale…this time combining supernatural sleuthing with finely drawn characters and a panoply of emotions… This is a wonderful expansion of her World of the Five Gods.

 

Announcing the signed limited edition of MISTBORN by Brandon Sanderson (November 30th, 2016)

October 20th

We’re lucky enough that we’re going to receive copies of the signed, limited edition of Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn, which looks to be one gorgeous production, as you’ll see below.

About the Book:

Like our edition of Elantris, the Dragonsteel edition of Mistborn is bound in premium bonded-leather, and the pages are smyth-sewn, not glued like most regular books. Mistborn is printed in black and red inks on quality, acid-free paper, includes a bound-in satin-ribbon bookmark, full-color endpapers by Steve Argyle, gilded pages, and two-color foiling on the cover. A 24-page art gallery starts off the edition and features never-before seen artwork and a new 2-page map of the Final Empire. We’ve made this the most-beautiful edition of Mistborn yet, taking the best from the designs of the Era 1 and Era 2 books and melding that with what we began with the leather edition of Elantris. The Dragonsteel Leather edition of Mistborn is 672 pages.

First Printing. Brand new leather-bound hardcover: $100

If you missed out on Elantris last year, we will have copies of the second printing available. Like Mistborn, it's one elegant looking book.

Announcing FRANKENSTEIN UNBOUND by Brian Aldiss (November 22nd, 2016)

October 20th

We've locked in a handful of copies of Frankenstein Unbound, just one of Brian Aldiss' many masterpieces. Centipede Press is publishing it, so you just know the production will be top notch.

About the Book:

Joe Bodenland, a 21st century American, passes through a timeslip and finds himself with Byron and Shelley in the famous villa on the shore of Lake Geneva. More fantastically, he finds himself face to face with a real Frankenstein, a doppelgänger inhabiting a complex world where fact and fiction may as easily have congress as Bodenland himself manages to make love to Mary Shelley. This title was made into a film, starring John Hurt, Raul Julia, Bridget Fonda, Jason Patric and Michael Hutchence.

This new edition of Frankenstein Unbound features striking dustjacket art. It has a new introduction by fellow British New Wave pioneer Michael Moorcock. The book is oversize at 6½ × 10 inches, the same size as other titles in our science fiction series.
     
Brian W. Aldiss is an English writer and anthologies editor, best known for science fiction novels and short stories. Aldiss was named a Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America in 2000 and inducted by the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2004. He has received two Hugo Awards, one Nebula Award, and one John W. Campbell Memorial Award. His influential works include the short story “Super-Toys Last All Summer Long,” the basis for the Stanley Kubrick-developed Steven Spielberg film A.I. Artificial Intelligence.

Edition Information:

  • Introduction by Michael Moorcock.
  • New artwork by Thomas Walker.
  • Limited to 300 signed and numbered copies.
  • Signed by Brian W. Aldiss, Michael Moorcock, and Thomas Walker.
  • Fully cloth bound, gorgeous dustjacket, ribbon marker, head and tail bands.

Announcing LOST SOULS by Kelley Armstrong (November 21st, 2016)

October 20th

Lost Souls CoverKelley Armstrong returns with a long new Cainsville novella in Lost Souls. As an added bonus, everyone who orders the print edition through SubPress will receive a free copy of the ebook when the hardcover is published!

About the Book:

The disappearing hitchhiker is one of the hoariest urban legends, and no one knows that better than Gabriel Walsh, a lawyer who grew up on folklore and myth. When author of books on the supernatural Patrick brings Gabriel a case of a hitchhiking woman in white who vanished on a country road after accepting a ride from a businessman, Gabriel knows the Cainsville elder is just trying to wheedle into his good graces. But Gabriel is a man in need of a mystery, one that will get him back into someone else’s good graces. His investigator, Olivia Taylor-Jones, has blown town supposedly on a simple vacation. But when she left there was a rift between them and…he misses her.

Gabriel is well aware the only thing Olivia loves more than a good mystery is a weird one, and this hitchhiker case more than fits the bill. As Gabriel digs into the story, he’s forced to face ghosts of his own and admit that the woman in white isn’t the only one who has lost her way.

With Lost SoulsNew 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 THE DISPATCHER by John Scalzi (November 21st 2016)

October 20th

The Dispatcher CoverWe have just added an excellent John Scalzi novella to our schedule. His The Dispatcher will be out in May, but you should order now if you're interested in the limited edition. There will be plenty of trade hardcovers, but only 400 copies of the limited.

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

Excerpts from Joe Hill, Joe R. Lansdale, Catherynne M. Valente, and more

October 20th

In keeping with this week's run of excerpts, we've just posted bits from the Dave McKean-inspired anthology, The Weight of Words. Check out story beginnings by the likes of Joe Hill, Alastair ReynoldsCaitlin R. Kiernan and more over at the book's product page.

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

 

Excerpts from Caitlin R. Kiernan’s DEAR SWEET FILTHY WORLD just posted (November 16th 2016)

October 20th

Dear Sweet Filthy World CoverThere are tales sea monsters tell their children to get them to behave. "Eat your krill, or you’ll go the way of poor old Cetus, slain by some ne’er-do-well like Perseus."

So begins "Fairy Tale of the Maritime", just one of the nearly thirty striking fictions in Caitlin R. Kiernan's new collection, Dear Sweet Filthy World. We've added excerpts from a few other stories to the book's product page, including that of the ultra-rare, ultra-good "Sanderlings" Head over, have a read, and preorder your copy today.

Don't forget, the signed limited edition comes with an additional hardcover, The Aubergine Alphabet!

Announcing FINAL GIRLS by Mira Grant November 14th 2016

October 20th

Subterranean Press is proud to present Final Girls, a new, 30,000 word novella by Mira Grant, best-selling author of the Newsflesh series. Her previous novella for SubPress, Rolling in the Deep, sold out immediately, and now goes for $100+ on the secondary market, when you can find a copy.

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 hardcover copies: $40

New Richard Chizmar in stock and shipping November 8th 2016

October 20th

A Long December CoverWe're in the middle of shipping Richard Chizmar's mammoth new collection, A Long December. Please note that it will be sold out by the time we're done sending out copies.

About the Book:

In 1996, Richard Chizmar’s debut short story collection, Midnight Promises, was a finalist for the World Fantasy Award. Publishers Weeklycalled it “a sterling collection” while singling out “The Silence of Sorrow” as “an understated masterpiece.”

Two years later, Subterranean Press published a mini-collection from Chizmar entitled Monsters and Other Stories. In his introduction, acclaimed genre critic Edward Bryant said, “When all is said and done, this book should leave you in utter silence, giving you time and opportunity to contemplate what you just read. Tough storytelling from a tough writer; but a writer who is not calloused. Chizmar possesses a finely honed gift of empathy. With utter grace and loving kindness he’ll put you right inside the life (and soul) of the monster.”

Now, nearly two decades later, Chizmar assembles thirty-five stories, including a previously-unpublished novella, and presents us with A Long December. This massive new collection features more than 150,000 words of Chizmar’s very best short fiction and includes 8,000 words of autobiographical Story Notes.

Eerie, suspenseful, poignant, the stories in A Long December range from horror to suspense, crime to dark fantasy, mainstream to mystery.

As New York Times bestselling author Scott Smith (A Simple PlanThe Ruins) notes: “It’s an idyllic little world Richard Chizmar has created. Boys fish in the shallows of a winding creek. A father tosses a baseball with his young son in the fading light of a summer day. There’s the smell of fresh-cut grass. And then, well…just beneath the surface? There are those missing pets whose collars turn up in a shoebox. Or the disturbing photos the dead can leave behind. Or the terrible thing you might find yourself doing when a long lost brother suddenly returns, demanding money. Chizmar does a tremendous job of peeling back his world’s shiny layers, revealing the rot that lies underneath. His stories feel like so many teeth: short and sharp and ready to draw blood.”

Limited: 1000 signed numbered hardcover copies: $40

From Publishers Weekly:

They say you can’t go home again, and many of the 35 quietly creepy stories in this career-spanning collection make it clear why one might not want to… Chizmar pays tribute to horror master Richard Matheson of Twilight Zone fame both explicitly (with ‘The Artist’) and implicitly with last-act twists and a firm emphasis on family as the source of both laughter and tears.

From Kirkus (Starred Review):

With the whiff of classic pulp fiction about them, these chilling tales pack a giddy wallop and make staying up late to read just one more mandatory.

From Booklist (Starred Review):

This is a must-read for fans of intense tales where psychological suspense and horror overlap, as with the novels of Peter Straub, Scott Smith, or Adam Nevill.

Another great review for COCO BUTTERNUT November 8th 2016

October 20th

We have another great review of Joe R. Lansdale's wild and weird novella, Coco Butternut, to share with you. In this one, the duo face a mystery involving a mummified pooch and violence, suffused with Lansdale's trademark wit. Now, on to the reviews, new and recent:

From Publishers Weekly:

Lansdale (Honky Tonk Samurai) is without peer when it comes to this kind of tale, and the result is an infectious, darkly funny slice of weirdness.

From Kirkus:

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

Read more and order your copy while supplies last.

 

Low stock alert—Robert McCammon November 8th 2016

October 20th

Last Train From PerditionJust an early notice that we're down to the last fifty copies of the trade harcover of Robert McCammon's Last Train from Perdition, which we don't expect to have in stock much longer.

A second printing is not in the offing, so now's your best chance to pick up a copy. Need some incentive? Here are a few of the reviews this novel-on-the-installment-plan has received:

From Booklist:

This is perfect for Deadwood fans and those who enjoy the American Vampire graphic-novel series by Scott Snyder. Clear a couple of hours, you'll want to devour this in one sitting.

From SciFi Bulletin:

The book sets up some intriguing possibilities for the future of the series—and I, for one, can’t wait to see how Lawson deals with what he learns here, and how Annie copes with what she has to do… Verdict: Another excellent period horror piece. 9/10

Order your copy today.

Harlan Ellison Kickstarter—including FOUR never-before-published Ellison volumes Nov 8th 2016

October 20th

Here's a bit about a Harlan Ellison Kickstarter we're supporting. After reading our bit, please head over to the Kickstarter proper to see how you can get your hands on FOUR never-before-published Ellison tomes. We considered this one an easy level to choose, and think many of you will, as well.

About the Kickstarter:

Harlan Ellison has never made a secret of his dislike for computers, but as a practical citizen of the 21st century, he has interacted with his friends and readers via HarlanEllison.com for nearly two decades and established an online, print-on-demand imprint (Edgeworks Abbey) to release sixteen all-new compilations of his work at HarlanEllisonBooks.com. Now it’s time to preserve the Ellison legacy for the digital age with the creation of the Edgeworks Abbey Archive.

Read more and support the Kickstarter.

Announcing THE IRON TACTICIAN by Alastair Reynolds, Nov 4th, 2016

October 20th

We've been lucky enough to lock in a handful of copies of a new, long (30,000 words) Alastair Reynolds novella for our customers. Given the print run of only 175 signed hardcover copies, we expect that version of The Iron Tactician to sell out quickly.

About the Book:

A brand new stand-alone deep space adventure from Alastair Reynolds, featuring the author’s long-running character Merlin, who has previously appeared in “Merlin’s Gun” (1999), “Hideaway” (2000) and “Minla’s Flowers” (2007).

When Merlin encounters the derelict hulk of an old swallowship drifting in the middle of nowhere, he can't resist investigating. He soon finds himself involved in a situation that proves far more complex than he ever anticipated.

Limited: 175 signed hardcover copies: $35

John Scalzi's MINIATURES goes to the printer--October 31, 2016

October 20th

Miniature CoverBe happy in a big way. John Scalzi's aptly named Miniatures, which collects 144 pages of his short fiction, has just been sent to the printer for a December release.

About the Book:

The ex-planet Pluto has a few choice words about being thrown out of the solar system. A listing of alternate histories tells you all the various ways Hitler has died. A lawyer sues an interplanetary union for dangerous working conditions. And four artificial intelligences explain, in increasingly worrying detail, how they plan not to destroy humanity.

Welcome to Miniatures: The Very Short Fiction of John Scalzi.

These four stories, along with fourteen other pieces, have one thing in common: They’re short, sharp, and to the point—science fiction in miniature, with none of the stories longer than 2,300 words. But in that short space exist entire universes, absurd situations, and the sort of futuristic humor that propelled Scalzi to a Hugo with his novel Redshirts. Not to mention yogurt taking over the world (as it would).

Spanning the years from 1991 to 2016, this collection is a quarter century of Scalzi at his briefest and best, and features four never-before-printed stories, exclusive to this collection: “Morning Announcements at the Lucas Interspecies School for Troubled Youth,” “Your Smart Appliances Talk About You Behind Your Back,” “Important Holidays on Gronghu” and “The AI Are Absolutely Positively Without a Doubt Not Here to End Humanity, Honest.” 

Limited: 1500 signed numbered hardcover copies
Lettered: 52 signed leatherbound copies, housed in a custom traycase

From Kirkus:

“[O]ften verging on the silly, but on the whole, quite amusing.”

From Publishers Weekly:

“...lighthearted and amusing…”

Announcing Heroes and Villians by Lewis Shiner

October 20th

Heroes and Villains by Lewis Shiner

We've made no secret that Lewis Shiner is one of our favorite writers, which makes us only too happy to announce Heroes and Villains, a gathering of three short novels and one fable. Adventure writing doesn't get any better than this.

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 a 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

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