Gauntlet will be publishing, in conjunction with Borderlands Press, Blake Crouch’s “Wayward Pines” trilogy. First up is PINES.
Secret service agent Ethan Burke arrives in Wayward Pines, Idaho, with a clear mission: locate and recover two federal agents who went missing in the bucolic town one month earlier. But within minutes of his arrival, Ethan is involved in a violent accident. He comes to in a hospital, with no ID, no cell phone, and no briefcase. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into the disappearance of his colleagues turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he get any phone calls through to his wife and son in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what is the purpose of the electrified fences surrounding the town? Are they meant to keep the residents in? Or something else out? Each step closer to the truth takes Ethan further from the world he thought he knew, from the man he thought he was, until he must face a horrifying fact—he may never get out of Wayward Pines alive.
Limited to 500 signed and numbered copies
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
A mind-bending, relentlessly fast-paced science-fiction thriller, Dark Matter by Blake Crouch is a page turner that propels its reader into a different dimension.
Jason Dessen hears only six words before a masked abductor knocks him unconscious: “Are you happy with your life?” The next thing he knows, he awakens strapped to a gurney surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits, one of whom smiles down at him and says, “Welcome back, my friend.” Nothing here in this world in which he has awakened is the same. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor, but a celebrated genius who has achieved the impossible.
Is it this world, or the other that is the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how will he make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could have imagined—one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe.
Dark Matter is author Blake Crouch’s exploration on the nature of identity. A brilliantly plotted tale with twists and turns that are at once sweeping and intimate, wildly strange and profoundly human. Dark Matter is about the choices we make, the paths not taken, and how far we will go to claim the lives we dream of.
Our display face is Wolpe Fanfare Black, originally designed in 1937 by Berthold Wolpe for the exclusive use of the Fanfare Press. The version we’ve used is Toshi Omagari’s digital revival from 2017. Its bold, brash letterforms brought just the right sense of immediacy to this thriller where there’s no time to waste.
The Artist edition is limited to 1000 copies, and is the only edition to feature a wraparound dust jacket illustrated by Hilary Clarcq. It is a full cloth, smyth sewn binding with hot foil stamping, and is housed in a slipcase covered with an acrylic coated pearlescent cloth. The edition is printed offset on archival Cougar Vellum paper and is signed by Hilary Clarcq who created the illustrations.
A NOTE ON THE TYPOGRAPHY
Dark Matter zips between alternate realities—and required more typefaces than usual. In instances like this, designers will rely on superfamilies which often include a serif version and complimentary sans serif. Here we’ve used Matthew Carter’s recently released Role, one of the latest entries into the superfamily genre with four families in a whopping 200 styles. (We only used a few of them.) We chose Role because it is a cohesive collection of good letterforms designed to help tell a story, not be the story.