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10 November 2020

We love the end of the year festive season and there’s nothing like a new Joe Abercrombie novel to see you through to Xmas, whilst we have some stunning fine press editions to show, the Gollancz hardcover of the second in ’The Age of Madness’ takes pride of place...

Conspiracy. Betrayal. Rebellion.

Peace is just another kind of battlefield...

Savine dan Glokta, once Adua’s most powerful investor, finds her judgement, fortune and reputation in tatters. But she still has all her ambitions, and no scruple will be permitted to stand in her way.

For heroes like Leo dan Brock and Stour Nightfall, only happy with swords drawn, peace is an ordeal to end as soon as possible. But grievances must be nursed, power seized and allies gathered first, while Rikke must master the power of the Long Eye . . . before it kills her.

The Breakers still lurk in the shadows, plotting to free the common man from his shackles, while noblemen bicker for their own advantage. Orso struggles to find a safe path through the maze of knives that is politics, only for his enemies, and his debts, to multiply.

The old ways are swept aside, and the old leaders with them, but those who would seize the reins of power will find no alliance, no friendship, and no peace, lasts forever.

As with the ‘First Law’ trilogy the first in this series just blew us away and was our ‘Best read 2019’, let’s see what the sequel serves up…

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We recently lost out on the lottery to get a copy of the Suntup Press edition of William Gibson’s ‘Necromancer', that hurt, but fortunately we were sharp enough to snag a copy of the Subterranean Press edition of ‘Burning Chrome’  which with David Ho ‘s artwork is stunning….

William Gibson is a winner of the Hugo, the Nebula, and Philip K. Dick awards. An inductee of the Science Fiction Hall of Fame, he’s been recognized as a Grand Master by the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America. His celebrated, much-awarded debut novel, Neuromancer (1984) announced him to the wider world, but it was the stories in 'Burning Chrome', the collection originally published in 1986, that first established him as a star in the firmament of science fiction.

The stories gathered in 'Burning Chrome' range across a spectrum of post-modern human experience, exploring everything from space travel to surveillance culture to late capitalism.

Among the ten futures here, we find these:

In “Johnny Mnemonic,” the title character, a famously technical boy, encounters razorgirls, assassins, and a cybernetically enhanced dolphin, in a fast-paced story, the first to be set in the Sprawl of Gibson’s first three novels. 

In “The Gernsback Continuum,” Gibson ferociously deconstructs the banalities and limitations of the rocketships-and-rayguns futures that came close to strangling American science fiction in its infancy.

And in the title story, “Burning Chrome,” the lives of people living at the interface of technology and criminality are revealed as tendentious, yes, but also as exemplary of the challenges of any human relationships, whether they’re being played out in the past, the present, or a future that was the first to include “cyberspace,” a term Gibson coined for this story. 

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When Suntup Editions announced they were publishing 'Fahrenheit 451’ we initially decided to give it a miss, but that Micheal Whelan artwork really impressed, so we finally bit the bullet and yeah, beautiful stuff:

Highly regarded as Ray Bradbury’s masterpiece, Fahrenheit 451 depicts a dystopian society in which all books are outlawed and burned. The novel follows the personal evolution and journey of Guy Montag, from a fireman for whom it is a pleasure to burn books, to a man disillusioned with the censoring of knowledge and dedicated to the preservation of literature.

In a 1956 interview, Bradbury said, “I wrote this book at a time when I was worried about the way things were going in this country four years ago. Too many people were afraid of their shadows; there was a threat of book burning. Many of the books were being taken off the shelves at that time.”

Bradbury has also described the book as a commentary on resistance to conformity, and how mass media can create a lack of interest in reading literature.

Though considered one of the greatest science-fiction novels of all time, much of Fahrenheit 451 has become science-fact. The novel predicted earbud headphones, flatscreen televisions, and 24-hour banking machines.

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The Redemption of Time by Baoshu  

The Subterranean Press signed limited edition with dust jacket and interior illustrations by Marc Simonetti matching the original trilogy editions.

Set in the universe of the bestselling Three-Body Problem trilogy, 'The Redemption of Time' continues Cixin Liu's multi-award-winning science fiction saga. This original story by Baoshu―published with Liu's blessing―charts the aftermath of the conflict between humanity and the extraterrestrial Trisolarans.

At the end of the fourth year of the Crisis Era, Yun Tianming, riddled with cancer, chose to end his life. But death is no release for Yun Tianming – merely the first step in a journey that will place him on the frontline of a war that has raged since the beginning of time.

As Yun Tianming lay dying, his brain was extracted from his body, flash frozen, put aboard a spacecraft and launched on a trajectory to intercept the Trisolarian First Fleet. It was a desperate plan, almost certain to fail. But there was an infinitesimal chance that one day Tianming may, somehow, send valuable information back to Earth. And so he does. But not before he succumbed to subjective centuries of alien torture and betrayed humanity.

Rewarded with a cloned body by the Trisolarans, Tianming has spent millennia in exile as a traitor to the human race. But now he has a final chance at redemption. A being calling itself The Spirit recruits him to help wage war against a foe that threatens the existence of the entire universe. But Tianming refuses to be a pawn again. He has his own plans…

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Nifft the Lean by Michael Shea

Follow the adventures of Nifft the Lean, the master thief whose felonious appropriations and larcenous skills will lead through Stygian realms to challenge your most lurid fantasies and errant imaginings. Places where horror, harm and long eerie calms flow past the traveller in endless, unpredictable succession.

Travel with the man whose long, rawboned, sticky fingers and stark length of arm will lead you down to the vermiculous grottos of the demon sea, to stand beneath the subworld's lurid sky and battle monsters who seem the spiritual distillation of human evil itself!

This new edition features dustjacket artwork by Stanislav Dikolenko, interior black & white illustrations by Francesco Giani, frontispiece artwork by Michael Whelan, two maps by Linda Shea, an afterword, illustrated with photographs, by Linda Shea, and an introduction by Tim Powers.

The signed edition is limited to 300 signed and numbered copies. Each book is signed by Linda Shea, Tim Powers, Stanislav Dikolenko, Franceso Giani, and Michael Whelan (again!)

The first of the trilogy planned by Centipede Press.

                                                                                   

John Blackburn (1923-1993) was described as “today's Master of Horror” by The Times Literary Supplement. Blackburn specialised in mixing modern concerns such as germ warfare and international conspiracies with ancient traditions and curses, often to ingenious effect. 

Centipede Press have already published a number of John Blackburn novels which we overlooked but these two latest editions feature Bob Eggleton artwork and are signed by him, how to resist?…


A Beastly Business by John Blackburn

Bill Easter is a petty criminal with a little problem of a £2000 overdraft that he has no means of covering. Fortunately, the bank manager has a problem of his own and needs Bill’s help: the corpse of Henry Oliver, a very hairy 350 lb. mass murderer known as the “Mad Vicar,” is decomposing in his basement and he wants it removed.

Among Oliver’s papers, Bill finds a tantalizing reference to treasure that leads him to the Scottish isle of Rhona, where he meets the intrepid General Charles Kirk of British Foreign Intelligence and the arrogant adventurer J. Moldon Mott.

Kirk has uncovered a bizarre plot involving the KGB, ex-Nazi mad scientists, and the “mad monk” Rasputin, while Mott is hot on the trail of a stolen gold treasure. And when they discover the island is being overrun by werewolves, their trip to the remote island will become a very beastly business indeed!

A Beastly Business (1982) features the trademark blend of mystery, adventure, and horror that made Blackburn one of the most acclaimed British thriller writers of his generation. One of the scarcest of Blackburn’s books and long unobtainable, A Beastly Business is reprinted here for the first time ever in a handsome hardcover edition. 

Blue Octavo by John Blackburn

When bookseller James Roach is found dead after paying an exorbitant sum for Grey Boulders, a rare but apparently valueless volume on mountaineering, the police write it off as suicide.

But his young colleague John Cain suspects foul play when he discovers the book is missing and that someone has been going to great lengths to obtain every copy of Grey Boulders in existence.

Is it a case of some deranged collector driven to murder by his bibliomania, or is there some secret contained in the book that is worth killing for?

It’s a race against time as Cain joins forces with egocentric adventurer J. Moldon Mott and beautiful heiress Julia Lent to solve the mystery. Can they stop the killer before he gets hold of the last remaining copy, or will one of them become his next victim?

A prolific author of thrillers and horror novels, John Blackburn  also managed a secondhand bookstore, and he draws on this background in Blue Octavo (1963), a clever and fast-paced tale set in the shady world of antiquarian bookselling. (lol!)

                                                                                                                                        

Dead Astronauts by Jeff VanderMeer

Dust jacket and interior illustrations by Kathleen Neeley.

This signed, limited edition reproduces the unique design elements of the trade hardcover essential to the telling of the story, and is printed in two colours throughout to make those details further stand out. In addition to the dust jacket, the book also features a number of linocut illustrations by Kathleen Neeley tipped in. 

“There shall come three humans across the burning sands…”

Grayson, Moss, and Chen are astronauts turned rebels, navigating version upon version of a nameless City created by the villainous, all-powerful Company, familiar to readers as part of the Borne universe. The City is overrun with the results of the Company’s ill-considered experiments. This is a world where a blue fox is an echo across space and time, prophetic. Where a fight in which the duck may or may not be on your side. A leviathan waits, as do other versions of yourself, and a mysterious former comrade known as Charlie X. This is not just one world, but many...and can these worlds be saved? 

With Dead Astronauts, Jeff VanderMeer continues to expand and explore the mind-bending world of Borne at the top of his game. Demons, madmen, monsters, and endless twisted wonders await readers brave enough to take this miraculous dark journey. 

This edition includes an exclusive bonus section that was trimmed and altered for inclusion in the novel. This is the only chance to see the section as originally written.

Limited: 500 signed numbered hardcover copies, printed in two colors throughout 

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Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

Piranesi's house is no ordinary building: its rooms are infinite, its corridors endless, its walls are lined with thousands upon thousands of statues, each one different from all the others. Within the labyrinth of halls an ocean is imprisoned; waves thunder up staircases, rooms are flooded in an instant. But Piranesi is not afraid; he understands the tides as he understands the pattern of the labyrinth itself. He lives to explore the house.

There is one other person in the house—a man called The Other, who visits Piranesi twice a week and asks for help with research into A Great and Secret Knowledge. But as Piranesi explores, evidence emerges of another person, and a terrible truth begins to unravel, revealing a world beyond the one Piranesi has always known.

Signed limited first edition

                                                                           

 The Bone Shard Daughter (The Drowning Empire #1) by Andrea Stewart 

In an empire controlled by bone shard magic, Lin, the former heir to the emperor will fight to reclaim her magic and her place on the throne.

The emperor's reign has lasted for decades, his mastery of bone shard magic powering the animal-like constructs that maintain law and order. But now his rule is failing, and revolution is sweeping across the Empire's many islands.

Lin is the emperor's daughter and spends her days trapped in a palace of locked doors and dark secrets. When her father refuses to recognise her as heir to the throne, she vows to prove her worth by mastering the forbidden art of bone shard magic.

Yet such power carries a great cost, and when the revolution reaches the gates of the palace, Lin must decide how far she is willing to go to claim her birthright - and save her people.

Signed limited first edition hardcover with sprayed edges.    

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Wrath of Kings (A Chronicle of the Dread Empire) by Glen Cook

An omnibus edition of the final three Dread Empire novels ('Reap the East Wind', 'An Ill Fate Marshalling', and 'A Path to Coldness of Heart') from a pioneer of gritty and realistic epic fantasy, Glen Cook.

The Dread Empire spans a continent: from the highest peaks of the Dragon’s Teeth to the endless desert lands of Hammad al Nakir; from besieged Kavelin to mighty Shinsan . . .

The time of the wrath of kings is close at hand. Bragi Ragnarson, now the king of Kavelin, has decided to join forces with Chatelain Mist, the exiled princess of Shinshan looking to usurp her throne. But in the deserts on the outskirts of the empire, a young victim of the Great Eastern Wars becomes the Deliverer of an eons-forgotten god, chosen to lead the legions of the dead.

'Wrath of Kings' collects the final Dread Empire trilogy into a single volume. This epic narrative had been put on hold when the original manuscript to the final volume was stolen. Glen returned to the Dread Empire twenty years later, completely rewriting the concluding novel, 'A Path to Coldness of Heart'.    

First edition hardcover.

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Edited By Ellen Datlow 

In dozens of anthologies published over the last thirty years, the words “edited by” have been followed by a singularly reassuring name: Ellen Datlow. For countless readers (and writers), Datlow’s name has served as a virtual guarantee of quality. Each of her many anthologies, whatever its specific nature, reflects a high degree of taste, intelligence, and professional judgment. As Gary K. Wolfe notes in his excellent introduction, her work has received “an almost unprecedented string of honors.” Honors and awards are fine, of course, but it’s the stories that ultimately matter. And Datlow has ushered more good stories into the world than any editor in living memory. 

Edited By is a thoroughgoing attempt to reflect both the quality and infinite variety of the fiction she has championed in the course of her career. The stories gathered here come from all over the literary map. There are SF, fantasy, and horror stories, often in unique combinations. There are household names among the contributors, such as Neil Gaiman, whose screenplay/story “Eaten (Scenes from a Moving Picture)” is a chilling account of eater and eaten, predator and prey. There are newer, lesser known figures as well, among them Nathan Ballingrud, whose “Monsters of Heaven” is an achingly beautiful story of grief, loss, and strange encounters. And there are many award-winning writers included, among them Elizabeth Hand, Kelly Link, Lucius Shepard, Ted Chiang, and Jeffrey Ford, to name just a few. Their contributions are among the many highlights of this book.

Limited: 250 numbered copies signed by most contributors 

05 October 2020

We move into the last quarter of 2020 and still no big book sales unfortunately, so our current incoming stock continues to be primarily new books and hopefully you’ll appreciate our latest arrivals, amongst them a new Easton Press edition to our collection of Deluxe editions:

For twelve thousand years the Galactic Empire has ruled supreme. Now it is dying. But only Hari Seldon, creator of the revolutionary science of psychohistory, can see into the future -- to a dark age of ignorance, barbarism, and warfare that will last thirty thousand years. To preserve knowledge and save mankind, Seldon gathers the best minds in the Empire -- both scientists and scholars -- and brings them to a bleak planet at the edge of the Galaxy to serve as a beacon of hope for a future generations. He calls his sanctuary the Foundation.

But soon the fledgling Foundation finds itself at the mercy of corrupt warlords rising in the wake of the receding Empire. Mankind's last best hope is faced with an agonizing choice: submit to the barbarians and be overrun -- or fight them and be destroyed.

In 1966, the Foundation trilogy beat several other science fiction and fantasy series to receive a special Hugo Award for "Best All-Time Series". The runners-up for the award were the ‘Barsoom' series by Edgar Rice Burroughs, 'Future History' series by Robert A. Heinlein, ‘ Lensman' series by Edward E. Smith and 'The Lord of the Rings' by J. R. R. Tolkien. The Foundation series is still the only series so honoured,  Asimov himself wrote that he assumed the one-time award had been created to honour 'The Lord of the Rings', and he was amazed when his work won.

This Easton Press deluxe limited edition is signed by Bob Eggleton, who commissioned to do the artwork, has really excelled on this one, with stunning full page and fold out visions. The book itself is huge.

An Apple TV series for 2021 was announced in June…




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We unfortunately started very late in the game with collecting the Centipede Press ‘Masters of the Weird Tale’ series and have only the preceding volume of William F. Nolan’s in hand, but seeing that edition ensured we’d be grabbing the next which turned out to be a two volume set dedicated to Ramsey Campbell.

Celebrating the first fifty-five years of Ramsey Campbell’s illustrious career. Issued as two volumes of over one thousand pages there’s never been such an extensive collection of work by a living horror writer, but then again there’s never been another Ramsey Campbell!

Limited to 250 sets and featuring an introduction by Adam Nevill, a lengthy career retrospective interview, over three dozen illustrations, 86 stories, this is an essential volume for any serious collection of modern weird fiction. Each volume is signed by Ramsey Campbell, Allen Koszowski, Jill Bauman, John Kenn Mortensen, Gavin O’Keefe, David Whitlam, and Jeanne D’Angelo.

The two volume collection of over 80 Ramsey Campbell stories is enclosed in a handsome slipcase with ribbon marker and over three dozen illustrations by Allen Koszowski, Jill Bauman, John Kenn Mortensen, David Ho, Gavin O’Keefe, David Whitlam, and Jeanne D’Angelo. 


The edition is limited to 250 signed and numbered copies. Each copy is signed by Ramsey Campbell and the Illustrators.

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Suntup Editions are another example of fine press publishers whose editions are something else, we’ve received two of their 'Artist Gift' editions which were languishing in the international postage system recently, boy were these worth the wait:

Hailed by critics as “gruesome, graphic, and all too realistic,” Red Dragon by Thomas Harris was first published in 1981 and marked a turning point in the way crime novels were written.

The first novel in Harris’s widely acclaimed Hannibal series, Red Dragon added a sense of realism to the crime novel while injecting it with a heavy dose of horror. Harris took criminology classes to prepare for the novel, while working closely with FBI Behavioral Science agents. His extensive research was poured into creating one of the most iconic villains in history: Hannibal Lecter.

In Red Dragon, former FBI profiler Will Graham comes out of retirement to apprehend a serial killer known as “The Tooth Fairy,” but to do so he must enlist the help of Lecter, a brilliant psychiatrist and cannibalistic serial killer with whom he has a dark past.

Harris writes his villains with a profound complexity. This, combined with his attention to the detail of FBI and police operations, added harrowing realism to his novel, and to the genre itself. The success of Red Dragon would lead to two sequels and a prequel in the Hannibal series. The book has been adapted into two feature films; Manhunter in 1986 and Red Dragon in 2002.  Great dust jacket by Jason Mowry.

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I Am Legend by Richard Matheson 

“This may be the most terrifying novel you will ever read.”

This quote from mystery writer William Campbell Gault graced the first edition cover of what would become one of the most influential and adapted works of the 20th century. Originally published in 1954, Richard Matheson’s 'I Am Legend' ushered in a different kind of novel, defying and transcending genre to combine elements of horror and science fiction within a post-apocalyptic frame.

'I Am Legend' is the story of Robert Neville, who appears to be the sole survivor of a pandemic that has turned the human race into a crossbreed of zombies and vampires. Robert must hunt by day, hide by night, and most importantly, survive.

In 2012, the Horror Writers Association gave 'I Am Legend' the special Vampire Novel of the Century Award. The novel and Richard Matheson are often credited for creating the zombie-vampire genre.

Signed by Allen Williams, the edition is limited to 1000 copies and features a dust jacket with cover art by Stanley Meltzoff from the original 1954 edition.

Prints of the cover art are available for purchase from Suntup’s site.

                                                                                   

The Red Queen’s War by Mark Lawrence
Contains 'Prince of Fools', 'The Liar's Key’ and 'The Wheel of Osheim’. The companion omnibus to ‘The Broken Empire’ edition from Grim Oak Press  and limited to 1000 numbered copies signed by Mark Lawrence, Jason Chan, Nate Taylor. Features a new Mark Lawrence novella written expressly for this edition

The blurb for 'Prince of Fools' - The Red Queen is old but the kings of the Broken Empire dread her like no other. For all her reign, she has fought the long war, contested in secret, against the powers that stand behind nations, for higher stakes than land or gold. Her greatest weapon is The Silent Sister—unseen by most and unspoken of by all.

The Red Queen’s grandson, Prince Jalan Kendeth—drinker, gambler, seducer of women—is one who can see The Silent Sister. Tenth in line for the throne and content with his role as a minor royal, he pretends that the hideous crone is not there. But war is coming. Witnesses claim an undead army is on the march, and the Red Queen has called on her family to defend the realm. Jal thinks it’s all a rumor—nothing that will affect him—but he is wrong.

After escaping a death trap set by the Silent Sister, Jal finds his fate magically intertwined with a fierce Norse warrior. As the two undertake a journey across the Empire to undo the spell, encountering grave dangers, willing women, and an upstart prince named Jorg Ancrath along the way, Jalan gradually catches a glimmer of the truth: he and the Norseman are but pieces in a game, part of a series of moves in the long war—and the Red Queen controls the board.The ‘Red Rising’ trilogy is simply brilliant, first editions and limited editions are highly prized which is why the ‘Fairyloot’ signed edition was such a surprise when announced and we were frankly skeptical, but here they are…

Huge book.

                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Exhalation by Ted Chiang 

This edition of Exhalation is oversized, printed in two colours throughout on premium paper. 

A note from the Najeebah Al-Ghadban, the designer of Exhalation:

"This special edition of Ted Chiang’s Exhalation utilizes color and illustration throughout its design to enter and create an otherworldly realm. The illustrations, by artist Dadu Shin, establish all that is painterly and human while the interruption of blue gradations of colour, both in the text and on the page, expose a multidimensional plane within the confines of the very flat and physical page. Colour here stands in place of time and light, and through the breadth of its shades and uses, highlights and exposes the subtleties of the worlds Ted builds in his collection of stories. "

A merchant in medieval Baghdad is given the opportunity to revisit his greatest mistake. An anatomist who is made of metal and breathes argon decides to dissect his own brain. A woman and a man spend years fulfilling their responsibilities to the software children they created. A journalist wrestles with the way technology shapes our ideas of what truth is. An archaeologist who studies evidence that the Earth was recently created encounters something she can’t explain. A therapist counsels people obsessed with what their alternate selves have done.

These are characters we can relate to, whether the worlds they inhabit resemble our own or not. Like us, they are fascinated with the world; like us, they are trying to use what they’ve learned in their quest to live a meaningful life.

Limited: 300 signed numbered hardcover copies

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Killer, Come Back To Me: The Crime Stories of Ray Bradbury

Celebrating Ray Bradbury’s centennial, a deluxe illustrated commemorative collection of his finest crime stories — tales as strange and wonderful as his signature fantasy.

Time travelers…dark carnivals…living automata…and detectives? Honoring the 100th birthday of Ray Bradbury, renowned author of Fahrenheit 451, this new, definitive collection of the master’s less well-known crime fiction, published in a high-grade premium collectible edition, features classic stories and rare gems, including the tale Bradbury called “one of the best stories in any field that I have ever written.”

Is it murder to destroy a robot if it looks and speaks and thinks and feels like a human being? Can a ventriloquist be incriminated by the testimony of his own dummy? Can a time traveler prevent his younger self from killing the woman they both loved? And can the survivor of a pair of Siamese twins investigate his own brother’s murder? No other writer has ever rivalled the imagination and narrative gifts of Ray Bradbury, and the 20 unforgettable stories in this collection demonstrate this singular writer’s extraordinary range, influence and emotional power.

Hard Case Crime first edition hardcover

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The Orphans of Raspay by Lois McMaster Bujold

Dust jacket illustration by Lauren Saint-Onge.

When the ship in which they are traveling is captured by Carpagamon island raiders, Temple sorcerer Penric and his resident demon Desdemona find their life complicated by two young orphans, Lencia and Seuka Corva, far from home and searching for their missing father. Pen and Des will need all their combined talents of mind and magic to unravel the mysteries of the sisters and escape from the pirate stronghold.

This novella follows about a year after the events of 'The Prisoner of Limnos'.

We have a matching limited/signed numbered Subterranean Press set of all of these to date and some hardcover trade copies. 

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Vagabonds - by Hao Jingfang

In 2096, after Earth has successfully colonised Mars, a war of independence erupts and Mars breaks away from Earth's rule. Over the next century, two radically different societies develop, each regarding the other with mutual suspicion. 

Eventually, Mars sends a group of young delegates to spend five years on Earth in an attempt at reconciliation. In 2196, the delegates are brought home to Mars, along with a group of representatives from Earth. Among them is Luoying, an eighteen-year-old dance student and the granddaughter of the governor of Mars. As Luoying and her friends struggle to reacclimatise to Martian society, she tries to uncover the secrets of the past: what caused the mysterious deaths of her parents, and why was she really sent to Earth? Under the growing threat of interplanetary war, Luoying is left questioning the future of Mars – and man's place on it.        

Limited to 250 copies signedby the Author 

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The Story of Silence by Alex Myers 

A knightly fairy tale of royalty and dragons, of midwives with secrets and dashing strangers in dark inns. Taking the original French legend as his starting point, The Story of Silence is a rich, multilayered new story for today’s world – sure to delight fans of ‘Uprooted' and 'The Bear and the Nightingale'.

There was once, long ago, a foolish king who decreed that women should not, and would not, inherit. Thus when a girl-child was born to Lord Cador – Merlin-enchanted fighter of dragons and Earl of Cornwall – he secreted her away: to be raised a boy so that the family land and honour would remain intact.

That child’s name was Silence.

Silence must find their own place in a medieval world that is determined to place the many restrictions of gender and class upon them. With dreams of knighthood and a lonely heart to answer, Silence sets out to define themselves.

Soon their silence will be ended.

Signed limited first edition hardcover with sprayed edges

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Demon in White (Sun Eater #3) by Christopher Ruocchio 

The third novel of the galaxy-spanning Sun Eater series merges the best of space opera and epic fantasy, as Hadrian Marlowe continues down a path that can only end in fire.

Hadrian has been serving the Empire in military engagements against the Cielcin, the vicious alien civilization bent on humanity's destruction. After Hadrian and his Red Company achieve a great victory, a cult-like fervor builds around him. However, pressures within the Imperial government scared of his rise to prominence result in an assassination attempt, luckily thwarted.

With the Empire too dangerous to stay, Hadrian and his crew leave for a massive library on a distant world. There, he finds the next key to unlocking the secrets of the Quiet: a set of coordinates for their origin planet, unnamed and now lifeless. Hadrian's true purpose in serving in the military was to aid his search of a rumored connection between the first Emperor and the Quiet, the ancient, seemingly long-dead race linked to so many of Hadrian's extraordinary experiences.

Will this mysterious lost planet have the answers?

Publisher - Gollancz

Hardcover 

Signed limited- first edition



13 September 2020

A stellar book month folks, we’ve received a bumper selection of limited editions from our favourite small press publishers starting with this charmer from Centipede Press:

Centipede Press have published a number of ‘hard-boiled’ detective novels over the years so it comes as no surprise that they should publish William Hjortsberg’s ‘Fallen Angel’ one of the greatest supernatural detective stories of the 20th century.

In addition, for the first time Centipede have published  'Angel’s Inferno', the long-awaited sequel to Falling Angel!

A spellbinding novel of murder, mystery, and the occult, 'Falling Angel' pits a tough New York private eye against the most fearsome adversary a detective ever faced. For Harry Angel, a routine missing-persons case soon turns into a fiendish nightmare of voodoo and black magic, of dizzying peril and violent death. 

As per usual another stunning edition from Centipede Press, full of features and great artwork, limited to 500 copies. Check out more under ‘H’.






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Last update we announced Tamsyn Muir's 'Harrow the Ninth’, this time round we go back to the start with ‘Gideon the Ninth’, but with the oversize the Subterranean edition which frankly has sky-rocketed in price!

Dust jacket and full-color endpapers by Edward Miller.

Gideon Nav would’ve loved—all right, preferred—to be orphaned anywhere but the Ninth. Raised as an indentured servant by its brutal necromancer nuns, and surrounded by rude servants and reanimated skeletons, she takes her few creature comforts where she can get them. Namely in the form of swordplay, dirty magazines, and trying desperately to escape.

When the Emperor, Necromancer Divine, issues a summons to all the far-flung houses, Gideon finally gets a chance to slip the surly bonds of the Ninth… But in the name of saving the place she loathes. Gideon is forced to play cavalier for Harrowhark Nonagesimus, Reverend Daughter of the Ninth House, in a meeting that pits the houses against one another to see who can achieve the position of Lyctor and attain immortality. Harrowhark might win and prevent the Ninth’s ultimate demise, but only if she can keep Gideon at her side… 

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Yoon Ha Lee's 'The Machineries of Empire' trilogy is regarded by many to be one of the greatest SFF trilogies to be published during the last few years. It has repeatedly gained recognition from the most prestigious of sci-fi awards. The first novel in the trilogy, being the author’s debut novel, 'Ninefox Gambit', won the Locus Award for best first novel and was a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, and Clarke awards. Its sequels, 'Raven Stratagem' & 'Revenant Gun' were also Hugo finalists with the latter also being a finalist for the Clarke award. To date, worldwide, this series has only been available in paperback until now… Anderida  Books have published a limited hardcover edition of the trilogy

To win an impossible war Captain Kel Cheris must awaken an ancient weapon and a despised traitor general.

Captain Kel Cheris of the hexarchate is disgraced for using unconventional methods in a battle against heretics. Kel Command gives her the opportunity to redeem herself by retaking the Fortress of Scattered Needles, a star fortress that has recently been captured by heretics. Cheris’s career isn’t the only thing at stake. If the fortress falls, the hexarchate itself might be next.

Cheris’s best hope is to ally with the undead tactician Shuos Jedao. The good news is that Jedao has never lost a battle, and he may be the only one who can figure out how to successfully besiege the fortress.

The bad news is that Jedao went mad in his first life and massacred two armies, one of them his own. As the siege wears on, Cheris must decide how far she can trust Jedao–because she might be his next victim.

Great dust jacket art by Chris Moore.

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The Space Between Worlds - by Micaiah Johnson

The multiverse business is booming, but there's just one catch: no one can visit a world where their counterpart is still alive.

Enter Cara. Of the 382 realities that have been unlocked, Cara is dead in all but eight.

On this earth, however, she survived. Identified as an outlier, and a perfect candidate for multiverse travel, Cara is plucked from the wastelands and given a job and a comfortable apartment in the wealthy and walled-off Wiley City. Cara knows what it's like to feel hungry, and scared, so she's more than happy to reap the benefits of her new position. As long as she keeps her head down, she's on a sure path to citizenship and security for life.

But when one of her eight remaining doppelgängers dies under mysterious circumstances, Cara is plunged into a new world with an old secret. What she discovers will connect her past and future in ways she never could have imagined - and reveal her own role in a plot that endangers not just her world, but the entire multiverse.

Signed limited hardcover first edition

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The ‘Red Rising’ trilogy is simply brilliant, first editions and limited editions are highly prized which is why the ‘Fairyloot’ signed edition was such a surprise when announced and we were frankly skeptical, but here they are...

  

                                                                                                                                                         


How Long 'til Black Future Month? by N.K. Jemisin 

This first collection by multiple award-winning novelist N. K. Jemisin demonstrates the enormous reach of her shorter work, which is galaxy-wide and eons-deep. Opening with the audacious “The Ones Who Stay and Fight,” a story in direct conversation with Ursula K. Le Guin’s unforgettable “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas,” How Long ‘Til Black Future Month includes among other joys an adventure tale set in a steamfunky 19th-century New Orleans (“The Effluent Engine”); a strangely plausible, deeply moving depiction of the virtual survivors of a real-life apocalypse (“Too Many Yesterdays, Not Enough Tomorrows”); and an opulently sensual account of wealthy gourmets playing havoc with taste and time (“Cuisine des Mémoires”). 

Plus the appearances here of “Stone Hunger,” set in the world of her acclaimed Broken Earth trilogy, and “The Narcomancer,” set in the world of her Dreamblood duology, help us see all forms of Jemisin’s writing as part of a glorious whole.

Signed limited Subterranean Press stunning oversize edition with art work by Paul Lewin

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Full Throttle by Joe Hill 

Thirteen stories and novellas, along with extensive story notes and an illuminating introduction that explores the various influences that have shaped its author's life and work. The stories themselves encompass an impressive assortment of settings, ideas, and emotions.

Many of these stories concern journeys—some of them brief, some more extensive—that lead to unexpected, frequently lethal destinations. In “Wolverton Station,” an American executive boards a British train and finds himself faced with impossible—but very real—horrors. “Faun” takes its privileged protagonists through a “little door” that connects our world to. . . somewhere else. “Late Returns,” a gently affecting story with just a touch of Jack Finney, offers a fictional meditation on time, mortality, and the enduring importance of books. “Throttle,” the first of two notable collaborations, tells of an imperiled outlaw biker gang and offers a brilliant riff on the Richard Matheson classic, “Duel.” A second collaboration, "In The Tall Grass," follows a brother and sister off a lonely state highway and into the high weeds of an occult wilderness, where time and space have come apart, and only the mad can survive. In the closing story, “You Are Released,” a plane bound for Boston takes an abrupt detour through the geopolitical horrors of our age.

Dust jacket, interior artwork, and design by Dave McKean.

Limited: 750 signed numbered hardcover copies, in slipcase from Subterranean Press

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The Court of Miracles - by Kester Grant

Les Misérables meets Six of Crows in this page-turning adventure as a young thief finds herself going head to head with leaders of Paris's criminal underground in the wake of a failed French Revolution.

Liberty

1828 and the citizens of Paris still mourn in the wake of their failed revolution. Among them, in the dark alleys and crumbling cathedrals of the city, the most wretched have gathered into guilds of thieves, assassins – and worse. Together they are known as The Court of Miracles.

Family

Eponine has lost more than most. When her father, Thénardier, sells her sister to the Guild of Flesh she makes a promise to do anything she can to get her sister back, even if that means joining the Court of Miracles, the very people keeping her sister a slave.

Treachery

Eponine becomes perhaps the greatest thief the Court has ever known, finding a place among them and gaining another sister, Cosette. But she has never forgotten the promise she made, and if she’s to have any hope of saving one sister, she will have to betray the other.

This beautiful reimagining of Les Misérables tells the stories of your favourite characters and what might have happened if the French Revolution had not come to pass.

Signed limited first edition in slipcase with foil boards

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Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

With the Nebula Award–winning Uprooted, Naomi Novik opened a brilliant new chapter in an already acclaimed career, delving into the magic of fairy tales to craft a love story that was both timeless and utterly of the now. Spinning Silver draws readers deeper into this glittering realm of fantasy, where the boundary between wonder and terror is thinner than a breath, and safety can be stolen as quickly as a kiss.

Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders, but her father’s inability to collect his debts has left his family on the edge of poverty—until Miryem takes matters into her own hands. Hardening her heart, the young woman sets out to claim what is owed and soon gains a reputation for being able to turn silver into gold. When an ill-advised boast draws the attention of the king of the Staryk—grim fey creatures who seem more ice than flesh—Miryem’s fate, and that of two kingdoms, will be forever altered. She will face an impossible challenge and, along with two unlikely allies, uncover a secret that threatens to consume the lands of humans and Staryk alike.

Signed limited Grim Oak Press edition.

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The First Sister (The First Sister Trilogy #1) by Linden A. Lewis 

First Sister has no name and no voice. As a priestess of the Sisterhood, she travels the stars alongside the soldiers of Earth and Mars—the same ones who own the rights to her body and soul. When her former captain abandons her, First Sister’s hopes for freedom are dashed when she is forced to stay on her ship with no friends, no power, and a new captain—Saito Ren—whom she knows nothing about. She is commanded to spy on Captain Ren by the Sisterhood, but soon discovers that working for the war effort is so much harder to do when you’re falling in love.

Lito val Lucius climbed his way out of the slums to become an elite soldier of Venus, but was defeated in combat by none other than Saito Ren, resulting in the disappearance of his partner, Hiro. When Lito learns that Hiro is both alive and a traitor to the cause, he now has a shot at redemption: track down and kill his former partner. But when he discovers recordings that Hiro secretly made, Lito’s own allegiances are put to the test. Ultimately, he must decide between following orders and following his heart.

Signed limited first edition hardcover.

Black sprayed page edges

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A Declaration of the Rights of Magicians by H.G. Parry 

A sweeping tale of revolution and wonder in a world not quite like our own, A Declaration of the Rights of Magicians is a genre-defying story of magic, war, and the struggle for freedom in the early modern world.

It is the Age of Enlightenment -- of new and magical political movements, from the necromancer Robespierre calling for revolution in France to the weather mage Toussaint L'Ouverture leading the slaves of Haiti in their fight for freedom, to the bold new Prime Minister William Pitt weighing the legalization of magic amongst commoners in Britain and abolition throughout its colonies overseas.

But amidst all of the upheaval of the early modern world, there is an unknown force inciting all of human civilization into violent conflict. And it will require the combined efforts of revolutionaries, magicians, and abolitionists to unmask this hidden enemy before the whole world falls to darkness and chaos. 

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16 August 2020

This month the 2020 Hugo Awards were announced in an online ceremony produced by CoNZealand, and big call out to Russell who recommended this years’s winner 'A Memory Called Empire', by Arkady Martine. Meanwhile we’ve got new stuff...

We recently bought a rather pricey Grab Bag from Cemetery Dance Publishers and we got (amongst other goodies), this ‘PC’ copy of the Lonely Road edition of 'Gwendy’s Button Box’. Limited to just 350 hand-numbered copies and featuring a colour frontispiece by Ben Baldwin, ten interior illustrations by Keith Minnion, and an illustrated signature sheet signed by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar. Housed in a huge custom deluxe traycase with pullout ribbon featuring a numbered custom-minted coin.

Stunning collectors edition. 

You can read the blurb for the book at the Richard Chizmar page entry.

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In the same Grab Bag we also received another Stephen King item, namely the advanced reading copy (ARC) of the Cemetery Dance Gift edition of ‘Carrie’ featuring an alternate cover to the final cover selected. We think the final cover was a good choice (Tomislav Tikulin did all the interior artwork and it’s great).

There may still be someone out there who doesn’t know what ‘Carrie' is all about so here’s the blurb in Stephen King’s first novel and a classic:

Carrie was the odd one at school; the one whose reflexes were always off in games, whose clothes never really fit, who never got the point of a joke. And so she became the joke, the brunt of teenaged cruelties that puzzled her as much as they wounded her.

There was hardly any comfort in playing her private game, because like so many things in Carrie's life, it was sinful. Or so her mother said. Carrie could make things move—by concentrating on them, by willing them to move. Small things, like marbles, would start dancing. Or a candle would fall. A door would lock. This was her game, her power, her sin, firmly repressed like everything else about Carrie.

One act of kindness, as spontaneous as the vicious jokes of her classmates, offered Carrie a new look at herself the fateful night of her senior prom. But another act—of furious cruelty—forever changed things and turned her clandestine game into a weapon of horror and destruction.

She made a lighted candle fall, and she locked the doors

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Tamsyn Muir - Harrow the Ninth

The  ‘Locked Tomb’ trilogy certainly has its fans, and whilst book one was nominated for the Hugo Award, perhaps book two will win it.

She answered the Emperor's call. 

She arrived with her arts, her wits, and her only friend.

In victory, her world has turned to ash.

After rocking the cosmos with her deathly debut, Tamsyn Muir continues the story of the penumbral Ninth House in Harrow the Ninth, a mind-twisting puzzle box of mystery, murder, magic, and mayhem. Nothing is as it seems in the halls of the Emperor, and the fate of the galaxy rests on one woman's shoulders.

Harrowhark Nonagesimus, last necromancer of the Ninth House, has been drafted by her Emperor to fight an unwinnable war. Side-by-side with a detested rival, Harrow must perfect her skills and become an angel of undeath — but her health is failing, her sword makes her nauseous, and even her mind is threatening to betray her.

Sealed in the gothic gloom of the Emperor's Mithraeum with three unfriendly teachers, hunted by the mad ghost of a murdered planet, Harrow must confront two unwelcome questions: is somebody trying to kill her? And if they succeeded, would the universe be better off?

Loving the Tommy Arnold dust jacket art.

TOR Hardcover first print.

                                                                                

Recently Subterranean Press announced the forthcoming release of 'Comes a Pale Rider’, a second collection of Dancy Flammarion tales. So we hunted around and managed to get a copy of the first collection in the Sub Press first edition (2006) to match our pre-order. Of course Sub Press subsequently announced a signed second edition of the book is available on pre-order. Cool illustrations by Ted Naifeh

Alabaster (Dancy Flammarion) by Caitlín R. Kiernan,

An albino girl wanders the sun-scorched backroads of a south Georgia summer, following the bidding of an angel - or perhaps only voices in her head - searching out and slaying ancient monsters who have hidden themselves away in the lonely places of the world. 


Caitlín R. Kiernan first introduced Dancy in the pages of her award-winning second novel, ‘Threshold' (2001), then went on to write several more short stories and a novella about this unlikely heroine, each a piece, of which, has become an epic dark fantasy narrative. ‘Alabaster' finally collects all these tales into one volume, illustrated by Ted Naifeh

Subterranean Press First Edition Hardcover (2006)






                                                                                                                                                         

The Black Song (Raven's Blade #2) by Anthony Ryan 

We were hoping to showcase the latest Anthony Ryan with the UK edition cover as we have never been fans of the US cover art, but it’s here and as frequent visitors know, we love Anthony Ryan’s stuff, particularly anything featuring Vaelin Al Sorna plus this concludes the Raven's Blade series. 

The Steel Horde has laid waste to the Venerable Kingdom, unleashing a storm of fire and blood. Now the leader of this mighty host - Kehlbrand, the warlord who thinks himself a god - turns his eyes to the other merchant kingdoms. No one can stop his divine conquest.

No one, perhaps, except Vaelin Al Sorna.

Yet Vaelin is on the run, his own army in disarray. Worse, the new blood song he has acquired is as much a curse as a blessing, and seeks to guide him down a path far darker than he could have imagined... 

ACE - First Edition Hardcover

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The Innswich Horror - Edward Lee

In July 1939, antiquarian and H.P. Lovecraft aficionado, Foster Morley, takes a scenic bus tour through the wilds of northern Massachusetts. He wants to go where Lovecraft went, and to see what Lovecraft saw, to further distill his understanding of history's most influential horror fantasist.

When he happens upon the curious, secluded waterfront prefecture known as Innswich Point—not to be found on any map—he assumes the curiosity of the name is mere coincidence... but in less than twenty-four hours he'll learn that he couldn't be more mistaken.

Deeper and deeper, Morley delves into the queer town's dark mystique. Has his imagination run rampant, or are there far too many similarities between this furtive fishing village and the fictional town of Lovecraft's masterpiece, The Shadow Over Innsmouth? Could it be possible that Lovecraft himself actually visited this town before his death in 1937?

Before long, Morley realizes he's being stalked, but by the very man he's searching for: a denizen, panderer, and heroin addict who claims to know the town's most unspeakable secret. And what secret, too, lies behind the town's unnatural profusion of pregnant women?

Morley is stalked by things surely less than human, and as this "scenic" respite prolepses into a smorgasbord of deviance, perversity, and teeming, unmitigated evil, Morley at last comes face to face with the woman who bore Lovecraft's secret child and is then jettisoned headlong into subterranean chaos and a night of horror incarnate.

For beneath the rotting wharves and behind the tattering facades of the decrepit Innswich Point the worst secret of all has yet to be revealed

Cemetery Dance Hardcover

Limited Edition signed by the author, limited to just 652 copies

Cast in Dark Waters (Cemetery Dance Novella Series, #11) by Ed Gorman, Tom Piccirilli, Keith Minnion

Her name was Crimson... and she was a legend. A beautiful pirate queen who plundered the 16th Century Caribbean sea by day and confronted voodoo and vampires during the steaming tropical nights.

Cast in Dark Waters is an original dark adventure tale by Ed Gorman and Tom Piccirilli — a fine addition to the Cemetery Dance Novella Series.

Signed Limited hardcover 

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 The Iron Dragon's Daughter  - Michael Swanwick

Part classic fantasy, part Charles Dickens, The Iron Dragon's Daughter is one of the most unique novels in the genre. Jane is a changeling child, enslaved in a factory that makes the iron dragons - terrible engines of war - until she discovers the secret of the dragons' sentience and is able to use one of the beasts to escape. Then, her adventures as a thief and an outsider take her into a reality rich in wild magic and sharp-edged technology, a world where Time and shopping malls have a strange relationship and gryphons have a low capacity for alcohol.

 A well regarded novel that undercuts the easy escapism of more conventional fantasy but has a lot of negatives associated with it. Whilst seeming to be YA orientated it has raised objections due to some of the content which is fairly explicit.

Bookclub hardcover edition

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Recently we had friends round and over some wine the and music we started to talk about ‘Jeff Wayne’s Musical version of The War of the Worlds’ and what a great album it was. 

Well that got us all nostalgic and we clearly remembered the sheer hours we spent as kids listening to the album and reading the booklet insert with the lyrics  accompanied by that great artwork by Geoff Taylor. This is how we got hooked on SF!

Of course we had the double album record folks. 

Well, even though we don’t have a record player we still went and bought a copy of the album on vinyl. Best thing ever, listening to the music with the album and booklet just great. Check out more here.

           

12 July 2020

Some fantastic new arrivals folks (this update will be colourful!), but we had no doubt about which would headline - at last we have the final in the ‘Remembrance of Earth’s Past' trilogy from Subterranean Press and what a book.....

This remarkable, multi-award-winning trilogy is probably our most recommended SF series currently, we have yet to have anyone revert with poor feedback.  

Half a century after the Doomsday Battle, the uneasy balance of Dark Forest Deterrence keeps the Trisolaran invaders at bay. Earth enjoys unprecedented prosperity due to the infusion of Trisolaran knowledge. With human science advancing daily and the Trisolarans adopting Earth culture, it seems that the two civilizations will soon be able to co-exist peacefully as equals without the terrible threat of mutually assured annihilation. But the peace has also made humanity complacent.

The protagonist, this time, is Cheng Xin, a 21st century scientist awakened from hibernation into a world she can no longer recognize, a world that exists in an uneasy détente with the Trisolarians. An ordinary, unassuming woman, Cheng brings with her some uniquely useful knowledge of 21st century technology, and she will play a crucial role in the gradual unfolding of this immense, constantly surprising narrative.

As usual with this trilogy the scale truly merits the term ‘visionary’, Cixin Liu deserved another Hugo here.   

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We had a shipment delayed somewhere between LA and Sydney for almost three months and that parcel contained our copy of ’Tiamat’s Wrath’, talk about angst! Anyway it just arrived, so here's the eighth novel of 'The Expanse'. As with the series to date this is an oversized limited edition, with a wraparound dust jacket by Daniel Dociu, from Subterranean Press. Check out the others at our James S.A. Corey page. Amazing set. 

Tiamat's Wrath (The Expanse #8)

Thirteen hundred gates have opened to solar systems around the galaxy. But as humanity builds its interstellar empire in the alien ruins, the mysteries and threats grow deeper.

In the dead systems where gates lead to stranger things than alien planets, Elvi Okoye begins a desperate search to discover the nature of a genocide that happened before the first human beings existed, and to find weapons to fight a war against forces at the edge of the imaginable. But the price of that knowledge may be higher than she can pay.

At the heart of the empire, Teresa Duarte prepares to take on the burden of her father's godlike ambition. The sociopathic scientist Paolo Cortázar and the Mephistophelian prisoner James Holden are only two of the dangers in a palace thick with intrigue, but Teresa has a mind of her own and secrets even her father the emperor doesn't guess.

And throughout the wide human empire, the scattered crew of the Rocinante fights a brave rear-guard action against Duarte's authoritarian regime. Memory of the old order falls away, and a future under Laconia's eternal rule -- and with it, a battle that humanity can only lose - seems more and more certain. Because against the terrors that lie between worlds, courage and ambition will not be enough…

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We received the second in the latest YA SF series from Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, our copy is the UK signed/limited with the orange page edges. Whilst we have not read these the fanbase at Goodreads is excited to say the least... 

Our heroes are back… kind of. From the bestselling co-authors of the Illuminae Files comes the second book in the epic series about a squad of misfits, losers, and discipline cases who just might be the galaxy’s best hope for survival.

First, the bad news: an ancient evil—you know, your standard consume-all-life-in-the-galaxy deal—is about to be unleashed. The good news? Squad 312 is standing by to save the day. They’ve just got to take care of a few small distractions first.

Like the clan of gremps who’d like to rearrange their favorite faces.

And the cadre of illegit GIA agents with creepy flowers where their eyes used to be, who’ll stop at nothing to get their hands on Auri.

Then there’s Kal’s long-lost sister, who’s not exactly happy to see her baby brother, and has a Syldrathi army at her back. With half the known galaxy on their tails, Squad 312 has never felt so wanted.

When they learn the Hadfield has been found, it’s time to come out of hiding. Two centuries ago, the colony ship vanished, leaving Auri as its sole survivor. Now, its black box might be what saves them. But time is short, and if Auri can’t learn to master her powers as a Trigger, the squad and all their admirers are going to be deader than the Great Ultrasaur of Abraaxis IV.

Shocking revelations, bank heists, mysterious gifts, inappropriately tight bodysuits, and an epic firefight will determine the fate of the Aurora Legion’s most unforgettable heroes—and maybe the rest of the galaxy as well.

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We have a number of NESFA (the publishing arm of the New England Science Fiction Association, Inc.) editions in our collection, mainly books in the NESFA's Choice series, which bring back into print the works of deserving classic SF writers such as James Schmitz (which is a great book!) and Cordwainer Smith. One such is 'Ingathering: The Complete People Stories of Zenna Henderson', published back in 1995. So it was with some pleasure to see a further Zenna Henderson collection from NESFA in 2020 featuring a Bob Eggleton dust jacket no less! 

Believing: The Other Stories of Zenna Henderson

by Zenna Henderson

Although best known for her stories of 'The People', published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction from the early 1950s to the mid-1970s, During the same period Henderson published an equal number of non-People stories. Like the stories of 'The People', they range from comforting to unnerving. Fans of 'The People' will recognize the same underlying belief in the goodness of people and other beings as they struggle for a chance at a better future. These stories have a common theme — belief. A girl believes that the hills are lost beasts and leads them home; a boy believes he can fight evil with a pocket piece made from Popsicle sticks; a boy believes he can build a noise-eating machine — with fatal results. 

'Believing: The Other Stories of Zenna Henderson' contains every non-People story, all long out of print. Thirty-three of the stories in this volume are from her collections, 'The Anything Box' and 'Holding Wonder’. The remaining five stories and three poems were previously published in other magazines and anthologies. Welcome to Zenna Henderson’s world.  

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Phoenix Extravagant by Yoon Ha Lee

An arresting tale of loyalty, identity, and the power of art in a skillfully rendered fantasy world inspired by the Japanese occupation of Korea. The Empire of Razan conquered Hwaguk six years earlier, transforming it into Administrative Territory Fourteen. 

When Gyen Jebi, a nonbinary struggling artist, registers for a Razanei name to enhance their job prospects, their sister, Bongsunga, calls Jebi a traitor to their Hwagugin heritage and cuts off the financial support she had been providing. Jebi is left in no position to turn down a job offer from the Razan government’s defense sector, especially not when the recruiter threatens to arrest Bongsunga for her revolutionary ties should Jebi refuse. Jebi’s task is to destroy classic Hwagugin artworks, reducing them to a powder with magical properties that can be used as a pigment to paint codes onto automatons of war and program their behaviors.

 When Jebi secretly teaches the mechanical dragon they’re working on to speak, Jebi learns the devastating truth behind a recent massacre. But will Jebi be able to save their people and regain their sister’s trust?

The signed/limited Solaris first edition with blue page edges! 

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Here’s the fourth instalment of the Centipede Press 'Masters of Science Fiction’ series started in 2016, continuing with cover artists Jim & Ruth Keegan (last updates 'Swords Against Wizardry' dust jacket artists) to set the scene yet again. We love these so much that we have a dedicated page for the series. 

 Kate Wilhelm once said she didn’t set out to cross genre lines with her fiction, she just had a blind spot when it came to genre boundaries. Consequently, her stories often blend elements of mystery, crime, and the supernatural with the scientific rigor of science fiction, and readers never know what to expect when they start to read stories like “The Gorgon Field” or “The Day of the Sharks” or “The Look Alike.” There’s no telling where these characters will take you.     

The depth of characterization and the psychological insight in stories like “The Downstairs Room” and “The Infinity Box” firmly established her at the forefront of her generation. With forty-one stories (reprinted from a wide variety of sources), a perceptive introduction by Jack Dann, and an informative afterword by editor John Pelan, these two volumes are troves of reading pleasure for everyone lucky enough to get their hands on them. 

Over 1,500 pages of Kate Wilhelm’s best science fiction.

Limited to 500 signed and numbered copies.

Signed by Jack Dann, Jim & Ruth Keegan, and John Pelan, with a facsimile signature by Kate Wilhelm.

A new graphic novel, Bird Parade by Patrick Loehr (with a fabulous introduction by Nathan Ballingrud) is a dark, coming of age narrative about two young boys and a gun. Set in rural Colorado, the story exposes a somber world wherein notions of strength and maturity are deeply intertwined with the mystique of firearms and family legend. The young narrator’s eagerness to grow up — to complete a rite of passage — compels him towards actions that ultimately shatter his childhood. The richly illustrated volume is awash in muted textures of brown and gray, a visually appropriate setting for this dark, thought provoking, and timely tale.

Centipede Press contributor Nathan Ballingrud (author of The Visible Filth from Simon and Schuster, and North American Lake Monsters from Small Beer Press) has written a poignant introduction that offers thoughtful insight and context to this uniquely American story. 

Patrick is a Colorado native who’s written and illustrated two children’s books for HarperCollins Publishers. He’s contributed illustration and design work on several Centipede Press publications, including Blackwater by Michael McDowell.

This is the first publication of Bird Parade. Aside from the author’s promotional copies, it has never before been published.

This premium bound, hardcover volume with dustjacket is printed on Mohawk Superfine with custom end sheets and a sewn-in bookmark. This edition is limited to 500 copies, signed by Patrick and Nathan, and numbered.




 Many Are the Dead (Raven's Shadow #3.6) by Anthony Ryan

“The Faith requires all we have.”

New York Times bestselling author Anthony Ryan returns to the Raven’s Shadow world in this prequel novella set ten years before the events in Blood Song.

For decades the brothers of the Sixth Order have fought a savage war against the Lonak clans amidst the frozen peaks of their Dominion.

When word reaches the north of a fresh outbreak of the dreaded Red Hand, Brother Sollis, the finest swordsman in the Order, leads a small band to a long-abandoned castle in search of a potential cure but discovers a far greater threat lurking in the mountains.

Enemies become allies as Sollis leads an increasingly desperate fight against an inhuman enemy steeped in the power of the Dark

Trade Paperback 

Stormblood (The Common #1) by Jeremy Szal 

Vakov Fukasawa used to be a Reaper, a biosoldier fighting for the intergalactic governing body of Harmony against a brutal invading empire. Now, he fights against the stormtech: the DNA of an extinct alien race Harmony injected into him, altering his body chemistry and making him permanently addicted to adrenaline and aggression. It made him the perfect soldier, but it also opened a new drug market that has millions hopelessly addicted to their own body chemistry.

But when Harmony tells him that his former ally Reapers are being murdered, Vakov is appalled to discover his estranged brother is likely involved in the killings. They haven’t spoken in years, but Vakov can’t let his brother down, and investigates. But the deeper he goes, the more addicted to stormtech he becomes, and Vakov discovers that the war might not be over after all. It’ll take everything he has to unearth this terrible secret, although doing so might mean betraying his brother. If his own body doesn’t betray him first.

Signed/Limited Gollancz First Edition




7 June 2020

Hi There!, even with the delays to postage (which can be up to three months we’re told) we’ve still had a brace of amazing new editions arrive over the past month so there should be something for everyone here...

We start with the fourth in the Centipede Press definitive eight-volume set comprising all of the Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser stories by Fritz Leiber and more..

 THE BOOKS NEW ARRIVALS

     

This book features an introduction by John Pelan and artwork by Jim & Ruth Keegan*. It is signed by both of them and also has a family-approved facsimile signature by Fritz Leiber. It features four color interior illustrations, a full-color frontispiece, full color wraparound dustjacket, several black & white interior illustrations, and custom illustrated endpapers. The book includes all of the stories that make up 'Swords Against Wizardry' along with the bonus material such as a lengthy biographical piece, “Fafhrd & Me” by Fritz Leiber, three other short essays by Fritz Leiber, plus Leiber’s obituaries of the Fischers, and  two essays by Harry O. Fischer (including the rare “The Original Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser,”).                           (*Dust jacket image has been cropped)

Due to the demand for this series our remaining set will only be available once all eight books are published.

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Finally we get to complete our Subterranean Press set of China Mieville’s acclaimed Bas-Lag sequence, with the arrival of ‘Iron Council’, preceded of course by 'Perdido Street Station' and 'The Scar'. It was published to immediate acclaim (originally back in 2004 folks), and went on to win both the Arthur C. Clarke and Locus Awards for Best SF Novel of the Year.

Iron Council' is a novel of war and revolution unlike any you have ever read. Set in and around the urban melting pot of New Crobuzon, it is a vividly imagined masterwork filled with action, ideas, and an extraordinary cast of characters, both human and other. As the novel begins, New Crobuzon is engaged in a long-running war with the rival city of Tesh. When the city’s leaders decide to build a railroad across the surrounding desert, an act designed as a tactic in that ongoing war, the narrative takes an unexpected turn. Revolutionary forces, faced with the endemic corruption of New Crobuzon’s Parliament, take over the railroad and hijack the train that will come to be known as Iron Council. That “perpetual train” will become the seat of a mobile revolution aimed at eliminating a power structure that has dominated new Crobuzon for much too long.

As with the other two volumes the book boasts fabulous dust jacket and full-color interior illustrations by Edward Miller.

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The first of two limited editions from the folks at Grim Oak Press both featuring the art of Donato Giancola, this is one is particularly striking. We cannot overstate the quality of these books from Grim Oak, given their price they are pretty good value for high end books.

If all that is good thinks you evil... are you?

Once upon a time, the Seven Shapers dwelled in accord and Shaped the world to their will. But Satoris, the youngest among them, was deemed too generous in his gifts to the race of Men, and so began the Shapers' War, which Sundered the world. Now six of the Shapers lay to one end of a vast ocean, and Satoris to the other, reviled by even the race of Men.

Satoris sits in his Darkhaven, surrounded by his allies. Chief among them is Tanaros Blacksword, immortal Commander General of his army. Once a mortal man who was betrayed by King and Wife, Tanaros fled to Darkhaven a thousand years ago, and in Satoris's service has redeemed his honor-but left his humanity behind.

Now there is a new prophecy that tells of Satoris's destruction and the redemption of the world. To thwart it, Satoris sends Tanaros to capture the Lady of the Ellylon, the beautiful Cerelinde, to prevent her alliance with the last High King of Men. But Tanaros discovers that not all of his heart has been lost--his feelings for Cerelinde could doom Satoris, but save the race of Men

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Our last update included ‘Night Visions 10’ which was edited by Richard Chizmar, well many years post that anthology Chizmar collaborated with Stephen King on the novella ‘Gwendy’s Button Box’. SST Publications released the signed limited edition and we have happily received the sequel and first full length ‘Castle Rock' novel written by another author other than Stephen King.

Something evil has swept into the small western Maine town of Castle Rock on the heels of the latest winter storm. Sheriff Norris Ridgewick and his team are desperately searching for two missing girls, but time is running out to bring them home alive.

In Washington D.C., thirty-seven-year-old Gwendy Peterson couldn't be more different from the self-conscious teenaged girl who once spent a summer running up Castle Rock's Suicide Stairs. That same summer, she was entrusted—or some might say cursed—with the extraordinary button box by Richard Farris, the mysterious stranger in the black suit. The seductive and powerful box offered Gwendy small gifts in exchange for its care and feeding until Farris eventually returned, promising Gwendy she'd never see the box again.

One day, though, the button box shows up without warning—and without Richard Farris to explain why, or what she's supposed to do with it. The mysterious reappearance of the box, along with the troubling disappearances in Castle Rock, leads Gwendy home again...where she just might be able to help rescue the missing girls and stop a madman before he does something ghastly.

Prepare to return again to Stephen King's Castle Rock, the sleepy little town built on a bedrock of deep, dark secrets, which is about to awaken from its quiet slumber once more.

Limited to only 600 signed and hand-numbered copies

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Recently we managed to get our hands on a copy of Glen Hirshberg’s ‘Motherless Child’ only to find that it was part of a trilogy, so like any OCD individual we have  hunted down the next two novel including the newly released finale ‘Nothing to Devour’.

  Hirshberg makes a point of writing a vampire series without actually using the ‘V’ word. This is for the hardcore horror fan, read the blurbs in the ‘H‘ section. Dust jacket art throughout the series is by Vincent Chong.

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Since we’re in a horror theme here’s another Centipede Press left-of-field edition that we got a copy of and immediately ordered another...

The Bedeviled - Thomas Cullinan

Jack Caine’s heart attack was all the advice he needed. He and Maggie and the children were moving as far as possible from the rat race that was slowly killing him, leaving New York to a quiet old farmhouse in Ohio, which Jack has inherited from a distant aunt. The house, ten miles away from the nearest neighbor, was once owned by a Civil War general reputed to have been a Satanist.

From their first night in the desolate old house, when the screams of Jack’s teenage son, Duff, split the dark silence, the Caines sense the hellish curse descending upon them. When his family burial ground is mysteriously vandalized, Jack cannot bring his tortured thoughts to bear on who might have done it — and why — until a strangely transformed Duff appears before him, possessed of the corrupt and lascivious spirit of his great-great-grandfather Brigadier General Duffin Caine. And Maggie, now possessed by the General’s long-dead mistress, is the sole object of his perverse desire.

The book has stunning artwork by Christopher Shy and a new introduction by Thomas W. Cullinan, the author’s son, with rare photographs. 

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The Girl and the Stars (Book of the Ice #1)

In the ice, east of the Black Rock, there is a hole into which broken children are thrown.

On Abeth the vastness of the ice holds no room for individuals. Survival together is barely possible. No one survives alone.

To resist the cold, to endure the months of night when even the air itself begins to freeze, requires a special breed. Variation is dangerous, difference is fatal. And Yaz is not the same.

Yaz is torn from the only life she’s ever known, away from her family, from the boy she thought she would spend her days with, and has to carve out a new path for herself in a world whose existence she never suspected. A world full of difference and mystery and danger.

Yaz learns that Abeth is older and stranger than she had ever imagined. She learns that her weaknesses are another kind of strength. And she learns to challenge the cruel arithmetic of survival that has always governed her people.

Only when it’s darkest you can see the stars. 

Signed/limited (250 copies) hardcover first edition

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Here’s the second of the Grim Oak signed limited editions presented, we have already ordered the second in this series ‘Spinning Sliver’. 

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

“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...

 The Last Emperox (The Interdependency #3)

The collapse of The Flow, the interstellar pathway between the planets of the Interdependency, has accelerated. Entire star systems—and billions of people—are becoming cut off from the rest of human civilization. This collapse was foretold through scientific prediction… and yet, even as the evidence is obvious and insurmountable, many still try to rationalize, delay and profit from, these final days of one of the greatest empires humanity has ever known.

Emperox Grayland II has finally wrested control of her empire from those who oppose her and who deny the reality of this collapse. But “control” is a slippery thing, and even as Grayland strives to save as many of her people from impoverished isolation, the forces opposing her rule will make a final, desperate push to topple her from her throne and power, by any means necessary. Grayland and her thinning list of allies must use every tool at their disposal to save themselves, and all of humanity. And yet it may not be enough.

Will Grayland become the savior of her civilization… or the last emperox to wear the crown?

Tor - First Edition 


The City We Became (Great Cities #1) by N.K. Jemisin

Five New Yorkers must come together in order to defend their city in the first book of a stunning new series by Hugo award-winning and NYT bestselling author N. K. Jemisin.

Every city has a soul. Some are as ancient as myths, and others are as new and destructive as children. New York City? She's got five.

But every city also has a dark side. A roiling, ancient evil stirs beneath the earth, threatening to destroy the city and her five protectors unless they can come together and stop it once and for all.

N. K. Jemisin brings her reality-ripping storytelling skills to her own backyard of New York City in this vivid series starter. In 'The City We Became', few people realize that Earth’s grandest cities—London, Hong Kong, São Paolo, and others—are alive. When New York City tries to join that select group, five people in the city unexpectedly become the living embodiments of each of the city’s five boroughs. Unfortunately, the first thing they learn is that the newborn city is under attack from a very ancient enemy that has successfully killed cities before, and now the five New Yorkers are targets as well. More fortunately, the city’s avatars soon discover that with great responsibility comes great powers. Paranormal battles on top of cabs, hidden subway stations, New York City politics, and local artists’ galleries thread through each other in a live-wire love letter to the city and its diverse denizens. While Jemisin has won awards with her previous novels, this one may be the most likely to win readers’ hearts as well.

Signed limited first edition


by Christina Dalcher 

Elena Fairchild is a teacher at one of the state’s new elite schools. Her daughters are exactly like her: beautiful, ambitious, and perfect. A good thing, since the recent mandate that’s swept the country is all about perfection.

Now everyone must undergo routine tests for their quotient, Q, and any children who don’t measure up are placed into new government schools. Instead, teachers can focus on the gifted.

Elena tells herself it’s not about eugenics, not really, but when one of her daughters scores lower than expected and is taken away, she intentionally fails her own test to go with her.

But what Elena discovers is far more terrifying than she ever imagined…

Signed limited with sprayed (yellow) edges.

UK First Edition


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3 May 2020

Hi All, well the post is starting to back up and we find ourselves slightly frustrated awaiting delivery of our orders, we really hope all this ends soon. In the interim though we have received some pretty amazing stuff starting with this bold edition from the Folio Society, and yes, we couldn’t resist the David de las Heras cover...

Amazingly author Pierre Boulle considered his 1963 'La Planète des singes’  or 'Planet of the Apes’ as one of his lesser works, and we always found it remarkable that he had already had market success a decade prior with ‘Bridge over the River Kwia’, which about as far removed from SF as you can get. Boulle wrote the novel in six months after the "humanlike expressions" of gorillas at the zoo inspired him to contemplate the relationship between man and ape. 

Its 1968 film adaptation, 'Planet of the Apes', was a critical and commercial hit, initiating a series of sequels, tie-ins, and derivative works. Veteran television writer Rod Serling penned the screenplay. Serling's script changed elements of Boulle's novel, introducing Cold War themes; notably, he devised a new twist ending that revealed the planet to be a future Earth where humans had destroyed themselves through nuclear warfare.

Returning to its literary origins, the first Folio illustrated edition of Xan Fielding’s classic translation sees the bold impact of David de las Heras’s artwork, adding to the credibility of Pierre Boulle’s story. Meanwhile, the unnerving moral allegory is explored by world-renowned primatologist Frans de Waal, in a specially commissioned introduction.

Set on the idyllic-looking planet of Soros, the story follows French journalist Ulysse Mérou, who participates in a voyage to a distant planet where speechless, animalistic humans are hunted and enslaved by an advanced society of apes. The ape species are sorted into classes: the gorillas are police officers, the chimpanzees are scientists, and the orangutans are politicians. Eventually, Mérou discovers that humans once dominated the planet until their complacency allowed the more industrious apes to overthrow them...

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We were lucky enough to get our hands on ‘PC’ signed /limited copies of Ed McDonald’s debut the hardcover trilogy set on a postapocalyptic frontier:

  

Hope, reason, humanity: the Misery breaks them all.

Under its cracked and wailing sky, the Misery is a vast and blighted expanse, the arcane remnant of a devastating war with the immortals known as the Deep Kings. The war ended nearly a century ago, and the enemy is kept at bay only by the existence of the Engine, a terrible weapon that protects the Misery’s border. Across the corrupted no-man’s-land teeming with twisted magic and malevolent wraiths, the Deep Kings and their armies bide their time. Watching. Waiting.

Bounty hunter Ryhalt Galharrow has breathed Misery dust for twenty bitter years. When he’s ordered to locate a masked noblewoman at a frontier outpost, he finds himself caught in the middle of an attack by the Deep Kings, one that signifies they may no longer fear the Engine. Only a formidable show of power from the very woman he is seeking, Lady Ezabeth Tanza, repels the assault.

Ezabeth is a shadow from Galharrow’s grim past, and together they stumble onto a web of conspiracy that threatens to end the fragile peace the Engine has provided. Galharrow is not ready for the truth about the blood he’s spilled or the gods he’s supposed to serve…

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Up next is a pair of anthologies which are landmark editions that we’ve picked up ‘PC’ signed/limited copies of...

Nearly twenty years ago, the legendary 'Night Visions' series was conceived by Dark Harvest Press as a showcase for the outstanding short fiction being produced today by the best of the established authors and the most talented of the new writers in the fields of horror and dark fantasy. The series typically featured three authors per volume with nine editions from1984 through to 1991. Of these, two editions stood out, Vol.3 edited by G.R.R. Martin and Vol.5 featuring Stephen King, G.R.R. Martin and Dan Simmons. We have the paperback versions on these two editions...

                

In 2001 Subterranean Press resurrected the series with original novellas by Jack Ketchum and John Shirley, and five new stories by David B. Silva…

Edited by World Fantasy award-winner Richard Chizmar.                                                                                                    

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Bob and Mary Booth invented The Northeast Regional Fantasy and Horror Convention (Necon) in 1980 after they ran the 1979 World Fantasy Convention. Attendance at Necon has always been capped at 200 participants, which adds to the convention's close-knit atmosphere—but also creates a high demand for tickets. For those of us not able to attend this incredible summer gathering, 'The Big Book of Necon' will give you a glimpse into what makes that convention so special. 

Featuring works from over 50 contributors, 'The Big Book of Necon' provides hours of great horror/dark fantasy reading from some of the most important names in modern horror. Many of the short stories, essays, poems, and artwork originally appeared in the annual program booklet, which is exclusively printed for the attendees each year.

Featuring contributions by Stephen King, Peter Straub, Neil Gaiman, Jack Ketchum, Rick Hautala, Thomas Tessier, Chet Williamson, Douglas Clegg, Brian Keene, Ramsey Campbell, Douglas Winter, Thomas Monteleone, Gahan Wilson, Jonathan Carroll, John Coyne, Alan Ryan, Lucius Shepard, Graham Joyce, Tim Lebbon, and over 30 other artists and authors who have made Necon the most popular convention of the horror genre over the last three decades!

This is a signed ‘PC’ edition (signed by all living contributors at the time of publishing, 2009, except Stephen King). 

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Whilst we are happy to sell books we are collectors first and it was with some sadness that we parted with our original set, so it’s with great pleasure that we finally replace the three Subterranean Press Robert E.Howard editions in a matching numbered set.

These are stunning, each illustrated by renowned artists, and we’ve particularly pleased to be reminded about the Jim & Ruth Keegan contribution on ‘Crimson Shadows'  as we have two new books en route featuring more from them. 

  Subterranean Press continued the original Wandering Star limited edition series, three volumes have been done to date, each illustrated with colour plates and black and white illustrations illuminating the text. The intention is to match or better the quality of materials used in the Wandering Star editions.

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The next book is a strong recommendation from Russell, for lovers of Anne Leckie or maybe ‘Golden Witchbreed’, anyway a debut novel that has garnered great praise.

A Memory Called Empire (Teixcalaan #1) by Arkady Martine

In a war of lies she seeks the truth . . .

Ambassador Mahit Dzmare travels to the Teixcalaanli Empire's interstellar capital, eager to take up her new post. Yet when she arrives, she discovers her predecessor was murdered. But no one will admit his death wasn't accidental - and she might be next.

Now Mahit must navigate the capital's enticing yet deadly halls of power, to discover dangerous truths. And while she hunts for the killer, Mahit must somehow prevent the rapacious Empire from annexing her home: a small, fiercely independent mining station.

As she sinks deeper into an alien culture that is all too seductive, Mahit engages in intrigues of her own. For she's hiding an extraordinary technological secret, one which might destroy her station and its way of life. Or it might save them from annihilation.

'A Memory Called Empire' is followed by 'A Desolation Called Peace' in the Teixcalaan duology.

First edition hardcover

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The Ones Who Are Waving: Tales of the Strange, Sad, and Wondrous

by Glen Hirshberg

With this collection, critically acclaimed and award-winning storyteller Glen Hirshberg offers a vivid travelogue through landscapes both geographical and emotional, on the way to destinations as wondrous as they are unsettling:

 -  Snowy St. Petersburg, Russia, where bears appear in the strangest places;

 - The broiling Inland Empire east of Los Angeles where an unlikely cricket match gets interrupted by menaces spectral and otherwise;

 - Earthquake-riddled Tokyo, where reality itself is cracking;

 - The eastern Montana plains of Hirshberg's celebrated Halloween tale, “Mr. Dark's Carnival,” where the stories people tell prove as harrowing as the infamous Carnival itself. At least, until the night the Carnival comes back...

This volume also contains three linked adventures about 'The Collector', who trades in cryptic experiences at the edges of dreams: a grocery store in the desolate east of New Mexico which houses a collection too disturbing even for him; a marine repository for legendary, long-lost musical recordings; a bakery whose proprietor has developed a dessert a little too tasty for eating.

Having circled the globe, the book returns home to conclude with the luminous title story, a meditation on the ways fiction transforms writers and audience alike, inspired by the author's own performing experiences with the touring ghost story troupe known as The Rolling Darkness Revue.


Published as a Signed Hardcover Limited Edition:

Murder as a Fine Art by David Morrell (Thomas De Quincey #1)

Thomas De Quincey, infamous for his memoir Confessions of an English Opium-Eater, is the major suspect in a series of ferocious mass murders identical to ones that terrorized London forty-three years earlier.

The blueprint for the killings seems to be De Quincey's essay "On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts." Desperate to clear his name but crippled by opium addiction, De Quincey is aided by his devoted daughter Emily and a pair of determined Scotland Yard detectives.

In 'Murder as a Fine Art', David Morrell plucks De Quincey, Victorian London, and the Ratcliffe Highway murders from history. Fogbound streets become a battleground between a literary star and a brilliant murderer, whose lives are linked by secrets long buried but never forgotten...

Cemetery Dance, published as a Hardcover Limited Edition:

• Limited to just 500 signed and numbered copies

• Personally signed by the author on a unique signature page


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12 April 2020

Hi There!, fortunately even though we are isolated at home the post continues to arrive and we’ve had some great new arrivals including one of the most stunning editions we’ve ever had the joy of receiving. Yep, there’s a good reason that Centipede Press are routinely our pick for best published book and they look to be on a roll this year with this grand edition of ’The Haunting of Hill House’ :


First published in 1959, Shirley Jackson’s 'The Haunting of Hill House' has been hailed as a perfect work of unnerving terror and the best haunted house story ever written. It is the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a “haunting;’ Theodora, his lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena. But Hill House is gathering its powers—and soon it will choose one of them to make its own.

With six colour interiors, endpapers, dustjacket, and numerous illustrations by Matt Mahurin and a new introduction by Caitlín R. Kiernan, signed by both, this is a true collectors piece. See more on the specially created 'Shirley Jackson' page

                                                                                                  




Last year Centipede Press launched their epic ten book project to produce the definitive ‘Elric’ collection and published the first three books simultaneously, a year later the fourth edition is finally here and as with the first three Moorcock has revised and rewritten these additions to the Elric series bringing them up to the highest possible level of quality. This volume focuses mainly on Elric’s opposition to the Melnibonean sorcerer, Theleb Ka’arna, who on the surface does not initially appear to be a worthy opponent, however, it is Elric’s own self-absorption and angst that allows Theleb Ka’arna opportunities to both escape Elric’s rage and to catch him in traps that by all rights he should have avoided. 

'The Sleeping Sorceress' includes the novel of the same name and two short stories: “The Singing Citdael” and “While the Gods Laugh.” It also has an introduction by Walter Mosley and new artwork by Tyler Jacobson. Signed edition is limited to 300 copies, each signed by Michael Moorcock, Tyler Jacobson, and Walter Mosley.

Bound in full black cloth, stamped in three colors.

Color illustrations hand-tipped into the book with translucent overlays.

Introduction by Walter Mosley.

Oversize at 6½ × 9½ inches.

Gorgeous dustjacket.

Head and tail bands, ribbon marker.

Top-edge stain.

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Not to appear Centipede Press centric we’ve been introduced to a new publisher in the US, LetterPress Publications, whose goal is to publish significant works of literature in elegant editions using time-honoured methods. For their first outing they go big time with a Stephen King first edition - ‘Revival' 

In a small New England town, in the early 60's, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs Jacobs; the women and girls – including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister – feel the same about Reverend Jacobs. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond, based on their fascination with simple experiments in electricity.

Then tragedy strikes the Jacobs family; the preacher curses God, mocking all religious belief, and is banished from the shocked town.

Jamie has demons of his own. In his mid-thirties, he is living a nomadic lifestyle of bar-band rock and roll. Addicted to heroin, stranded, desperate, he sees Jacobs again – a showman on stage, creating dazzling ‘portraits in lightning’ – and their meeting has profound consequences for both men. Their bond becomes a pact beyond even the Devil’s devising, and Jamie discovers that revival has many meanings. Because for every cure there is a price… 

Features on the limited edition include:

• Seventeen full-color illustrations by François Vaillancourt, including three fold-out illustrations measuring 17 inches by 9 inches

• An introduction by Josh Boone, writer and director of the forthcoming feature film adaptation

• Exclusive artwork created by Vincent Chong for the film development process

• Signed by François Vaillancourt, Josh Boone, Vincent Chong, and Bev Vincent.

All housed in a custom-made slipcase wrapped with a woven cloth and stamped with hot foil on the spine. Nice, we’ve already placed our order on their next project.                                                                                                              

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The 'Red Rising’ trilogy is one of the best SF trilogies we’ve read and won the Goodreads Choice Awards for each instalment. The second trilogy set post the events in ‘Red Rising’ hasn’t faired quiet as well with the first two instalments both coming second, still pretty good right?. Subterranean Press have released the first volume of the second trilogy and it’s another stunner. 

Sam Burley has taken over the illustration reins for this installment. In addition to the full-colour cover, he contributed four full-color interior plates.

They call him father, liberator, warlord, Reaper. But he feels a boy as he falls toward the pale blue planet, his armor red, his army vast, his heart heavy. It is the tenth year of war and the thirty-second of his life.

A decade ago, Darrow was the hero of the revolution he believed would break the chains of the Society. But the Rising has shattered everything: Instead of peace and freedom, it has brought endless war. Now he must risk everything he has fought for on one last desperate mission. Darrow still believes he can save everyone, but can he save himself?

And throughout the worlds, other destinies entwine with Darrow’s to change his fate forever:

A young Red girl flees tragedy in her refugee camp and achieves for herself a new life she could never have imagined.

An ex-soldier broken by grief is forced to steal the most valuable thing in the galaxy—or pay with his life.

And Lysander au Lune, the heir in exile to the sovereign, wanders the stars with his mentor, Cassius, haunted by the loss of the world that Darrow transformed, and dreaming of what will rise from its ashes.

Signed limited edition.

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The folks over at Grim Oak Press continue to reissue limited editions of some fantasy classics, we got our copy of ‘Magician’ just the other day and now they have delivered one of the most infamous works of the last century. There is no doubt that Donaldson’s morally ambiguous protagonist is one of the forebearers of characters such as Logan Nine Fingers and   Jorg Ancrath, he’s just not that likeable. Covenant himself aside the series is amazing.

The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever #1

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

Yet the Land tempted him. He had been sick; now he seemed better than ever before. Through no fault of his own, he had been outcast, unclean, a pariah. Now he was regarded as a reincarnation of the Land's greatest hero--Berek Halfhand--armed with the mystic power of White Gold. That power alone could protect the Lords of the Land from the ancient evil of Despiser, Lord Foul. Only...Covenant had no idea of how the power could be used!

Thus begins one of the most remarkable epic fantasies ever written… 

The Grim Oak Press signed/limited first edition

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Our next item is one of those difficult books that unless you bought it on release it becomes almost impossible to get at a reasonable price. We had five of the six novella’s published, missing the first and most limited edition. We had to purchase the whole series just to have a complete set, anyway it’s done. 

Penric's Demon by Lois McMaster Bujold 

 Dust jacket by Lauren St. Onge

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'.

On his way to his betrothal, young Lord Penric comes upon a riding accident with an elderly lady on the ground, her maidservant and guardsmen distraught. As he approaches to help, he discovers that the lady is a Temple divine, servant to the five gods of this world. Her avowed god is The Bastard, "master of all disasters out of season", and with her dying breath she bequeaths her mysterious powers to Penric. From that moment on, Penric's life is irreversibly changed, and his life is in danger from those who envy or fear him.

Hugo and Locus Award finalist for Best Novella.

Subterranean Press signed limited leather edition.

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Centipede Press have the knack of picking books that seemed too have just passed us by when they were first released, like these two from Peter Watts, ‘Blindsight’ (originally published in 2006) and its sequel ‘Echopraxia’, which they have just published as a set. Clearly we missed something here if we can believe Elizabeth Bear, who declared:

'It's my opinion that Peter Watts's ‘Blindsight' is the best hard science fiction novel of the first decade of this millennium – and I say that as someone who remains unconvinced of all the ramifications of its central argument. Watts is one of the crown princes of science fiction's most difficult subgenre: his work is rigorous, unsentimental, and full of the sort of brilliant little moments of synthesis that make a nerd's brain light up like a pinball machine. But he's also a poet – a damned fine writer on a sentence level…'

It's been two months since a myriad of alien objects clenched about the Earth, screaming as they burned. The heavens have been silent since - until a derelict space probe hears whispers from a distant comet. Something talks out there: but not to us. Who to send to meet the alien, when the alien doesn't want to meet? Send a linguist with multiple-personality disorder, and a biologist so spliced to machinery he can't feel his own flesh. Send a pacifist warrior, and a vampire recalled from the grave by the voodoo of paleogenetics. Send a man with half his mind gone since childhood. Send them to the edge of the solar system, praying you can trust such freaks and monsters with the fate of a world. You fear they may be more alien than the thing they've been sent to find - but you'd give anything for that to be true, if you knew what was waiting for them.

Signed by Peter Watts and Thomas Walker.

Fully cloth bound, gorgeous dustjacket printed with silver inks, ribbon marker, head and tail bands.

Multiple colour foil stamping on book. Plus two bonus short stories. 

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The Bone Ships - RJ Barker (Tide Child #1)

A ridge of mountains separates sprinklings of small islands, and the only material strong enough to make ocean going ships is sea dragon bone. However, dragons are long extinct and the old ships increasingly ramshackle, so a bitter and destructive conflict between the Hundred Isles and the Gaunt Islands may at last sputter out. The sighting of a dragon sends conspirators after the beast, some hoping to harvest its bones and others intending to kill it before its carcass can be used to renew the war. One of the seekers is Meas Gilbryn, a disgraced aristocrat turned pacifist. At the novel’s opening, she seizes control of the Tide Child, a ship crewed by men and women who have been condemned to death, by slapping down its pathetically failed captain, Joron Twiner.

Exclusive limited edition hardback. Signed and numbered out of 300 copies by RJ Barker to a limitation page. Also comes with a 210x210mm print of the ships and creatures of world of The Bone Ships.

Salvation Lost - Peter F. Hamilton

The comparative utopia of twenty-third century Earth is about to go dreadfully awry when a seemingly benign alien race is abruptly revealed to be one of the worst threats humanity has ever faced. Driven by an intense religious extremism, the Olyix are determined to bring everyone to their version of god as they see it. But they may have met their match in humanity, who are not about to go gently into that good night or spend the rest of their days cowering in hiding. As human ingenuity and determination rises to the challenge, collective humanity has only one goal--to wipe this apparently undefeatable enemy from the face of creation. Even if it means playing a ridiculously long game indeed.

But in a chaotic universe, it is hard to plan for every eventuality, and it is always darkest before the dawn.

Hardcover first edition.





15 March 2020

A quick scan of our New Arrivals page will highlight just how many books are coming in and we’re having to update at a faster rate than we’d like frankly but here goes…

Firstly we’ll start with ‘Use of Weapons’. This in one of our ten best books ever folks, and it just highlights for us why we love Subterranean Press, of all of the late Iain M. Banks ‘Culture’ novels to choose from they chose book # three. Bravo!

The Culture is the designation for a vast conglomerate of advanced races populated by human, humanoid, and artificially intelligent entities. Its purpose: to intervene, often with unintended consequences, in the affairs of less developed civilizations. The protagonist is Cheradenine Zakalwe, 

"Zakalwe knows all about Use of Weapons. Zakalwe is a weapon. Zakalwe is a soldier in the Culture's Special Circumstances. When the peace loving Culture needs a war, Zakalwe is the weapon they use. 

Zakalwe's favourite weapon is an oldie but a goodie - the plasma rifle. He loved the plasma rifle. He was an artist with it; he could paint pictures of destruction, compose symphonies of demolition, write elegies of annihilation, using that weapon.

Some weapons just never get old, like Zakalwe. Even for Special Circumstances he is something special. And they make sure he's well oiled, well maintained with their age stabilization technology. But when does a weapon reach its use by date? The Culture might be able to endlessly repair Zakalwe's physical body, but how many lifetimes worth of wars does it take to break a mind? A human mind? A soul? Or are we the same as AI Minds that never break? Is there a difference? Do machines have a soul?"

There is a great introduction by Ken MacLeod that adds further to our appreciation of this particular work. This is a treasure and it’s great to have a fine bound edition at last.

Signed by Ken MacLeod

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Horror fiction is slowly creeping into Wyrdbooks at a greater rate these days, that’s because we are seeing more via our publishers of choice and their recommendations sometimes lead us to new and special things, like this latest little offering from Centipede Press: 

In 'The Night Doctor And Other Tales', you will encounter the most haunting figures ever to cross Steve Rasnic Tem’s imagination: a man obsessed with his own breath and the breathing he hears that is not his own; a husband waiting for his wife as new bodies appear at the bottom of his yard; a weekend fisherman and the unseen man sharing his fishing hut; a loyal husband dealing with the latest changes in his wife’s physical appearance; a strange widower in his house by the sea; a devoted mother trying to protect her son from the nightmares of the past; a son returning to a dreaded summer vacation spot; a grandfather protecting his grandchildren from a legacy of dark transformations; and, in the title story, an elderly man awaits the visit of a mysterious family physician.

This is a signed limited edition with a really creepy dust jacket by artist Gary Laib. Nice. 



Brandon Sanderson’s publishing house ‘DragonSteel Entertainment’ have launched the fifth signed leather-bound anniversary book, this time it’s ‘Warbreaker’, a stunning book with the usual collage of cover art and extra’s thrown in.

Warbreaker is the story of two sisters, who happen to be princesses, the God King one of them has to marry, the lesser god who doesn't like his job, and the immortal who's still trying to undo the mistakes he made hundreds of years ago.

Their world is one in which those who die in glory return as gods to live confined to a pantheon in Hallandren's capital city and where a power known as BioChromatic magic is based on an essence known as breath that can only be collected one unit at a time from individual people.

By using breath and drawing upon the color in everyday objects, all manner of miracles and mischief can be accomplished. It will take considerable quantities of each to resolve all the challenges facing Vivenna and Siri, princesses of Idris; Susebron the God King; Lightsong, reluctant god of bravery, and mysterious Vasher, the Warbreaker.

As a nice touch this edition of ‘Warbreaker' includes the words of the God King in purple.                                                                                                                             

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We have collected quite a few of the Subterranean Press ‘Best of’ editions over the years and the latest of Elizabeth Bear’s work is typical of these wonderful volumes, great cover by Tom Canty. 

'The Best of Elizabeth Bear contains 27 stories and novellas, many never before collected, that encompass an astonishing range of themes, settings, ideas and emotions. The collection opens with “Covenant,” a tale of serial murder unlike any you have ever read, and closes with the extraordinary “Erase, Erase, Erase.” The latter is a surrealist tour de force in which the unnamed narrator, a former cult member, reflects on her life, her nebulous but guilty past, and her constantly diminishing sense of self. In between these bookends are more than two dozen carefully crafted tales that never fail to resonate beyond the final page.

“Tideline,” winner of both the Hugo and Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Awards, tells the surprisingly moving story of Chalcedony, a former “war machine” determined to preserve the memories of her dead human companions. “Shoggoths in Bloom,” another Hugo winner, offers a fresh take on H.P. Lovecraft’s Mythos, setting the action in a pre-WWII II world marked by racism and virulent anti-Semitism. “Faster Gun” is a tale of the Old West in which Doc Holliday and Johnny Ringo encounter an impossible alien artefact. The long novella “In the House of Aryaman, a Lonely Signal Burns” takes place in Bangalore, India fifty years from now and tells the story of a murder in which the victim’s body is literally turned inside out. In the affecting “Sonny Liston Takes The Fall,” we are brought to an entirely new understanding of one of the iconic moments of boxing history.'

Signed limited edition.


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How many copies of a book does one need?, when it comes to ‘A Game of Thrones’ who knows?, we however, could not resist the Folio Society limited edition which is fantastic. Included is a huge fold out map of ‘The World’ and even the slipcase interiors are illustrated.Impressed.

 

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Here’s another one of those horror novels we noted earlier, Earthling Publications have always been on our radar since their ‘Song of Kali’ and ‘Weaveworld’ editions. Whilst browsing we noted this book and after a lot of looking around we finally found an ex-library copy which we have successfully rescued. Check out the Vincent Chong dust jacket.


 Motherless Child (Motherless Children Trilogy #1) by Glen Hirshberg

It's the thrill of a lifetime when Sophie and Natalie, single mothers living in a trailer park in North Carolina, meet their idol, the mysterious musician known only as "the Whistler." Morning finds them covered with dried blood, their clothing shredded and their memories hazy. Things soon become horrifyingly clear: the Whistler is a vampire and Natalie and Sophie are his latest victims. The young women leave their babies with Natalie's mother and hit the road, determined not to give in to their unnatural desires.

Hunger and desire make a powerful couple. So do the Whistler and his Mother, who are searching for Sophie and Natalie with the help of Twitter and the musician's many fans. The violent, emotionally moving showdown between two who should be victims and two who should be monsters will leave readers gasping in fear and delight.

Earthling Press-Signed /limited Hardcover

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And now for something completely different, by now regular visitors will understand that we have an appreciation for great dust jacket art. Well Glenn Chadbourne is an artist associated with a number of Stephen King books and he has released limited edition covers for King novels. We’ve just got our set of ‘Dark Tower’ covers and love the idea, we have more coming!...


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The Hidden Girl and Other Stories - Ken Liu

From award-winning author Ken Liu comes his much anticipated second volume of short stories. Ken Liu's well-crafted, thought-provoking and award-winning short stories are high water marks of contemporary speculative fiction. This collection includes sixteen of his best science fiction and fantasy stories from the last five years – plus a new novella. In addition to these seventeen selections, The Hidden Girl and Other Stories also features an excerpt from book three in The Dandelion Dynasty series, The Veiled Throne . 

Signed /limited edition hardcover


False Value by Ben Aaronovitch 

Peter Grant is facing fatherhood, and an uncertain future, with equal amounts of panic and enthusiasm. Rather than sit around, he takes a job with émigré Silicon Valley tech genius Terrence Skinner's brand new London start up - the Serious Cybernetics Company.

Drawn into the orbit of Old Street's famous 'silicon roundabout', Peter must learn how to blend in with people who are both civilians and geekier than he is. Compared to his last job, Peter thinks it should be a doddle. But magic is not finished with Mama Grant's favourite son.

Because Terrence Skinner has a secret hidden in the bowels of the SCC. A technology that stretches back to Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage, and forward to the future of artificial intelligence. A secret that is just as magical as it technological - and just as dangerous.

Signed/limited hardcover edition - which glows in the dark!, practical in a book.



 

1 March 2020

By now frequenters of our site will know that we have a special fondness for ‘The Books of Babel’, Josiah Bancrofts’ stunning fantasy series, and so it was a happy day when Subterranean Press announced they were publishing the set. Well we‘ve just received our copies of the first two books and we must say that the choice of Tom Kidd as artist was inspired, the depiction of the tower base just captures it!. 

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

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

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

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

The first two books have been published simultaneously by Subterranean Press and presumably the next two will follow suite. 

The writing is brilliant and to illustrate here’s a quote from the series that we love:

“At the round table of color, orange sits supreme. Orange is sublime. Orange is ablaze. And seated across from Lady Orange, we have Sir Purple. I ask you, is any color more vulgar? The word alone emerges like something from a lavatory. Purple. Plopple. It’s all prunes, liver spots, and ink stains. If I ever utter a word of praise for that wretched hue, please snatch my pen away and gore me with it.” 




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Here’s another massive Subterranean edition that is just a stunning production and a great edition to the signed limited series of ‘Song of Ice and Fire’ done by them to date. We’ve never really been that taken by Gary Gianni's artwork, but must say that this dust jacket is something else!

Centuries before the events of A Game of Thrones, House Targaryen—the only family of dragonlords to survive the Doom of Valyria—took up residence on Dragonstone. Fire & Blood begins their tale with the legendary Aegon the Conqueror, creator of the Iron Throne, and goes on to recount the generations of Targaryens who fought to hold that iconic seat, all the way up to the civil war that nearly tore their dynasty apart.

What really happened during the Dance of the Dragons? Why was it so deadly to visit Valyria after the Doom? What were Maegor the Cruel’s worst crimes? What was it like in Westeros when dragons ruled the skies? These are but a few of the questions answered in this essential chronicle, as related by a learned maester of the Citadel and featuring more than eighty all-new black-and-white illustrations by artist Doug Wheatley. Readers have glimpsed small parts of this narrative in such volumes as The World of Ice & Fire, but now, for the first time, the full tapestry of Targaryen history is revealed.

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Hans-Ake Lilja has been one of the leading voices on the Internet when it comes to covering and reporting on Stephen King's books and movies. His website, Lilja's Library, is the die-hard fan's source for information about new King projects and breaking news and now he has compiled a brand new anthology of horror stories to celebrate twenty years of running the #1 Stephen King news website on the web!

This anthology includes both original stories like a brand new novella by John Ajvide Lindqvist ('Let the Right One In'), very rare reprints like "The Blue Air Compressor" by Stephen King, and at least one classic tale that inspired Lilja's love of the macabre at a very young age!

Now, let's join Lilja... He's already waiting for us, there ahead in the darkness... You see him, don't you? Just keep walking, you'll find him soon enough, we promise... He's there, shining and waiting for you... Take his hand and then you, too, will shine in the dark!

Table of Contents:

"Celebrating 20 Years of Lilja's Library (An Introduction) by Hans-Åke Lilja; "The Blue Air Compressor" by Stephen King; "The Net" by Jack Ketchum and P. D. Cacek; "The Novel of the Holocaust" by Stewart O’Nan; "Aeliana" by Bev Vincent; "Pidgin and Theresa" by Clive Barker; "An End To All Things " by Brian Keene; "Cemetery Dance" by Richard Chizmar; "Drawn to the Flame" by Kevin Quigley; "The Companion" by Ramsey Campbell; "A Tell Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe; "A Mother's Love" by Brian James Freeman; "The Keeper's Companion" by John Ajvide Lindqvist; "Celebrating 20 Years of Lilja's Library (An Afterword)" by Hans-Åke Lilja

Published as a Hardcover Limited Edition with dust jacket illustration by Vincent Chong of course.

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We picked up a few paperbacks at our last book sale which we’re still working through but we must highlight these, all four of the ‘Lord Tedric’ serieswhich we assumed were written by E. E. "Doc” Smith, but as it turns out they were actually written by Gordon Eklund. 

Smith published two novelettes entitled "Tedric" in Other Worlds Science Fiction Stories (1953) and "Lord Tedric" in Universe Science Fiction (1954). In Smith's original short stories, Tedric was a smith (both blacksmith and whitesmith) residing in a small town near a castle in a situation roughly equivalent to England of the 1200s.  Unlike Eklund's later novels based on these short stories, the original Tedric never left his own time or planet, and fought purely local enemies of his own time period. 

   

Thirteen years after Smith's death, Verna Smith arranged with Eklund to publish another novel of the same name about the same fictional character, introducing it as "a new series conceived by E. E. 'Doc' Smith". The protagonist possesses heroic qualities similar to those of the heroes in Smith's original novels and can communicate with an extra-dimensional race of beings known as the Scientists, whose archenemy is Fra Villion, a mysterious character described as a dark knight, skilled in whip-sword combat, and evil genius behind the creation of a planetoid-sized "iron sphere" armed with a weapon capable of destroying planets. As a result, Smith is believed by many to be the unacknowledged progenitor of themes that would appear in Star Wars. In fact, however, these appear in the sequels written by others after Smith's death. Great Peter Jones artwork on these.

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When we think of David Weber, we think of Honor Harrington and BAEN books, so it was a little surprising to find this beauty at a sale, we also picked up a number of BAEN books with it but getting the Sub. Press edition was a great find with Bob Eggleton dust jacket art to boot!                          

Treecats, starships, dragons, alternate history, self-aware Bolo supertanks, wizards, sailing ships, ironclads...

For twenty years, David Weber has been taking readers to destinations strange and fantastical, from his best-selling Honor Harrington novels and short stories to the swords-and-sorcery of Norfressa and the shared universes of his own and other writers. If you haven’t already read these stories, you should. Find out how Giles Habibula really joined Jack Williamson’s Legion of Space. Visit 17th-century Magdeburg for the creation of the United States Navy a hundred and fifty years early, and go with John Paul Jones as he wins the Revolutionary War...for George III. Fight dragons and demons with U.S. Marines in a most unexpected campaign, find out how humans and treecats first met, share Honor Harrington's very first battle, and discover the true cost of self-awareness for war machines who learn to care.

Open the door and peep inside, but be careful! Once you step into the worlds of Weber, you may not want to go home again.

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Tales from Greystone Bay - Robert McCammon

There are so many things Bob Deaken remembers about Greystone Bay. He could tell you about what he and a friend found in the wreck of an old Chevy down where the blind man lives amid the junked cars. He could tell you about the time the snakes started coming out of old lady Farrow's faucets and what she did with them. He could tell you about that Elvis Presley impersonator who came to town and went crazy when he couldn't get his makeup off.

Some things he wouldn't want to tell you after the sun goes down...

This time, Deacon tells you about the house across the street, painted a striking shade of red — a color that reflects a dark secret about his family's new neighbors.

In addition to "The Red House," master storyteller Robert R. McCammon provides two more tales about the strange world of Greystone Bay: "Doom City," where most of the town's citizens have been reduced to ash and bones, and a supernatural force threatens the few survivors; and "Beauty," where the SeaHarp Hotel welcomes the winner of the Miss Greystone Beauty Pageant... but neither the hotel or pageant winner are exactly as they seem.

Accompanied by Erin S. Wells stunning artwork

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 Widow's Point by Richard Chizmar, Billy Chizmar 

“This is a bad place. I don't think people are meant to live here.”

Longtime residents of Harper's Cove believe that something is wrong with the Widow's Point Lighthouse. Some say it's cursed. Others claim it's haunted.

Originally built in 1838, three workers were killed during the lighthouse's construction, including one who mysteriously plunged to his death from the catwalk. That tragic accident was never explained, and it was just the beginning of the terror. In the decades that followed, nearly two dozen additional deaths occurred in or around the lighthouse including cold-blooded murder, suicide, unexplained accidents and disappearances, the slaughter of an entire family, and the inexplicable death of a Hollywood starlet who was filming a movie on the grounds.

The lighthouse was finally shuttered tight in 1988 and a security fence was erected around the property. No one has been inside since.

Until tonight.

Thomas Livingston is the acclaimed author of thirteen books about the supernatural and this evening he will enter the Widow's Point Lighthouse, searching for material for his next bestseller. He will be locked inside for the weekend with no way of contacting the outside world. And although no human has stepped foot inside the structure in nearly three decades, Livingston will not be alone.

In this remarkable collaboration, father and son writing team, Richard and Billy Chizmar, combine forces to tell a chilling ghost story that will make you think twice about what is waiting for you in the dark. This novella is a much-expanded version of the short story of the same title. 

Cemetery Dance First Edition Hardcover  

9 February 2020

It’s still early in the year and the challenge for best published book is already full on!, no sooner had we sang the praises for the PS Publishing edition of ‘The Stand’ when ERB’s 'A Princess of Mars’ deluxe manuscript edition hit our doorstep, surely the most elaborate and unique edition of 'A Princess of Mars' ever published:

This book, originally published in 1912, and the subsequent ‘Barsoom' series are noted as early inspiration by many later science fiction authors including Heinlein, Clarke, Lovecraft and Ray Bradbury. Bradbury admired Burroughs' stimulating romantic tales, and they were an inspiration for his 'The Martian Chronicles', which used some similar conceptions of a dying Mars. 

           

Others influenced by Burroughs and his John Carter books include James Cameron, who mentioned the influence on his science-fiction epic ‘Avatar' in The New Yorker magazine, and George Lucas, whose 'Star Wars' movies were influenced by Flash Gordon, which in turn was influenced by Burroughs. The book itself is leather bound and limited to 500 numbered copies signed by the artists and contributors with a corrected text, new foreword and preface. It also features 20 colour plates featuring the original Schoonover paintings and works by Frazetta, Abbett, Whelan, Manchess, Miller including 30+ black and white illustrations by Tom Yeates and others…

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Here’s one of our earliest fantasy trilogies which stuck in our minds because of the stunning Bruce Pennington artwork used on the UK editions. ‘The Sunset Warrior’ was Van Lustbaders’ debut novel which incorporated the whole martial arts theme which he later developed in 'The Ninja’. We’ve been trying to get a set of the trilogy that aren’t sun faded on the spine, still a work in progress for us...

The Sunset Warrior: 

In an underground world, a rogue swordsman fights to save civilisation

Centuries after an ecological calamity turned the surface of the world to ice, mankind has retreated beneath the earth’s crust. In the contained environment of the Freehold, civilization reverts to feudalism and lords known as Saardin maintain their grip on power through the strength of their Bladesmen. Among these subterranean samurai is Ronin, an unaffiliated warrior who lives by his blade alone. When war threatens to engulf the Freehold, this wandering fighter will be called on to save mankind. As battle draws near, Ronin attempts to stay out of the conflict. But in an environment as claustrophobic as this crumbling underground shelter, neutrality is impossible. To prevent what remains of humanity from destroying itself in an underground war, the Bladesman will embark on a quest that takes him to the frozen surface of a forgotten world to feel for the first time the heat of the sun.

Two further novels were added to the original trilogy, and the fifth features artwork by none other than Don Maitz who featured so prominently with his work on the PS edition of ’The Stand’. (six degrees of separation!)

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It really was a given once we got our hands on Aliette de Bodards' short story collection 'Of Wars, and Memories, and Starlight’ from Subterranean Press, with the stunning Maurizio Manzieri artwork, that we’d get the Sub Press edition of 'The Tea Master and the Detective' winner of the Nebula Award and finalist for the Hugo and Locus Awards. 

Dust jacket illustration by Maurizio Manzieri of course.

De Bodard brings us 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 appearance 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 

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In 1986 the horror world was forever altered by the publication of ‘Necroscope'. An instant classic, Brian Lumley's astonishing feat of imagination spawned a universe which Lumley has explored and expanded through more that a bakers dozen of novels and novellas.  Nominated for the British Fantasy Award, ‘Necroscope' has inspired everything from comic books and graphic novels to sculptures and soundtracks. 

This new edition uses the authors' preferred text and includes a special introduction by Brian Lumley, telling how the Necroscope saga came to be. It also includes chapter ornaments by Hugo-Award-Winning artist Bob Eggleton, long identified with Lumley's blood-sucking monsters.

Harry Keogh is the man who can talk to the dead, the man for whom every grave willingly gives up its secrets, the one man who knows how to travel effortlessly through time and space to destroy the vampires that threaten all humanity. In ‘Necroscope', Harry is startled to discover that he is not the only person with unusual mental powers--Britain and the Soviet Union both maintain super-secret, psychically-powered espionage organisations.  But Harry is the only person who knows about Thibor Ferenczy, a vampire long buried in the mountains of Romania--still horribly alive, in undeath--and Thibor's insane "offspring," Boris Dragosani, who rips information from the souls of the dead in a terrible, ever-lasting form of torture. Somehow, Harry must convince Britain's E-Branch that only by working together can they locate and destroy Dragosani and his army of demonic warriors--before the half-vampire succeeds in taking over the world!

Limited: 500 signed hardcover copies

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We have a number of new anthologies that should please any lovers of the short story. We were particularly taken by the two ‘Old’ collections as we love the ‘pulp’ SF from the ‘golden age’ and it’s nice to see modern authors continuing the theme..                          

Old Mars  - Edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois 

Burroughs’s 'A Princess of Mars'. Bradbury’s 'The Martian Chronicles'. Heinlein’s 'Red Planet'. These and so many more inspired generations of readers with a sense that science fiction’s greatest wonders did not necessarily lie far in the future or light-years across the galaxy but were to be found right now on a nearby world tantalizingly similar to our own—a red planet that burned like an ember in our night sky . . . and in our imaginations.

This new anthology of fifteen all-original science fiction stories, celebrates the Golden Age of Science Fiction, an era filled with tales of interplanetary colonisation and derring-do. Before the advent of powerful telescopes and space probes, our solar system could be imagined as teeming with strange life-forms and ancient civilisations - by no means always friendly to the dominant species of Earth. And of all the planets orbiting that G-class star we call the Sun, none was so steeped in an aura of romantic decadence, thrilling mystery, and gung-ho adventure as Mars.

Of course if we’ve got Mars we need Venus...

 Old Venus - Edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois 

From pulp adventures such as Edgar Rice Burroughs’s 'Carson of Venus' to classic short stories such as Ray Bradbury’s “The Long Rain”, the planet Venus has loomed large in the imaginations of science fiction writers. Here, that steamy, swampy jungle world with strange creatures lurking amidst the dripping vegetation is explored in sixteen all-new stories collected by bestselling author George R. R. Martin and editor Gardner Dozois.

Bantam Hardcover Editions

Supernatural Detectives - edited by Morgan Tyler

Every genre of fiction has its aficionados and this has guaranteed that the enthusiasm for detective stories and tales of the ghostly and horrific has endured for decades. In the interests of appealing to as wide a readership as possible it was inevitable that many writers would produce hybrid tales which combine the essential elements of the ‘whodunnit?’ and the ‘what is it?’. So the ‘supernatural detective’ came into being. While literary hybrids are not always successful, this particular combination works, and tales of ghost sleuths have proliferated and have gathered their own devoted readers. Leonaur is compiling many of the best of these stories into a multi-volume anthology series featuring tales of memorable investigators who seek to discover exactly what did go bump in the night. There are two volumes to date which contain thirty short stories, by some of the best loved authors from the ‘golden age’ of supernatural fiction, to delight those who enjoy their mystery tinged with the uncanny. Here are yarns to intrigue the mind and chill the blood by Mark Lemon, Gordon McCreagh, Enoch F. Gerrish, Richard Marsh, Mrs. Riddell, Thomas Nelson Page and many others. 

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Fasten your seatbelts for an anthology of turbulent tales curated by Stephen King and Bev Vincent. This exciting 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.

About the Book:

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.                    

Hardcover First Edition


 Muse by James Renner 

The enclosed was transcribed from ten mini-cassette tapes that were recovered from the offices of Boston attorney William J. Latch following his disappearance on June 19, 2014.

These tapes are part of the evidentiary record in the civil case of Latch V. Weymouth Life & Casualty.

William J. Latch was declared dead by the State of Massachusetts in April 2015 after Magistrate Gavin FitzGerald reviewed these tapes, privately, in his chambers. Weymouth Life & Casualty was therein ordered to release Latch's survivor's benefits to his children.

Latch's body has never been found.

His client, Michael Hadley, also remains missing

Cemetery Dance signed limited edition.


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26 January 2020

Our second update of the year and it’s a big one! We had a few books delayed in the States and their arrival has been a second Xmas!  Firstly the massive penultimate volume of ‘The Malazan Book of the Fallen’ is here, as per it’s last few predecessors it's a tome! This time round Sub Press have chosen to go with a new artist, Didier Graffet. 

 In war everyone loses. This brutal truth can be seen in the eyes of every soldier in every world…In Letherii, the exiled Malazan army commanded by Adjunct Tavore begins its march into the eastern Wastelands, to fight for an unknown cause against an enemy it has never seen. And in these same Wastelands, others gather to confront their destinies. The warlike Barghast, thwarted in their vengeance against the Tiste Edur, seek new enemies beyond the border and Onos Toolan, once immortal T'lan Imass now mortal commander of the White Face clan, faces insurrection. To the south, the Perish Grey Helms parlay passage through the treacherous kingdom of Bolkando. Their intention is to rendezvous with the Bonehunters but their vow of allegiance to the Malazans will be sorely tested. And ancient enclaves of an Elder Race are in search of salvation--not among their own kind, but among humans--as an old enemy draws ever closer to the last surviving bastion of the K'Chain Che'Malle.

So this last great army of the Malazan Empire is resolved to make one final defiant, heroic stand in the name of redemption. But can deeds be heroic when there is no one to witness them? And can that which is not witnessed forever change the world? Destines are rarely simple, truths never clear but one certainty is that time is on no one's side. For the Deck of Dragons has been read, unleashing a dread power that none can comprehend…

In a faraway land and beneath indifferent skies, the final chapter of 'The Malazan Book of the Fallen' has begun…

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Both Cemetery Dance and PS Publishing are publishing new editions of Stephen King’s early works. Whilst it’d be nice, we can’t always get everything we see, so we chose PS Publishing as the series to collect, and if you take a look at our Stephen King page you can appreciate the PS editions to date. The quality of these ensured that we were excited when placing the order for the PS Publishing edition of 'The Stand’ and here it is!:


Published in three individual books featuring heavy artistic involvement from Don Maitz with three wraparound colour covers; a colour slipcase housing the three volumes that make up the novel; six double-page endpapers; and thirty interior pieces, ten per volume. This edition is more than stunning, the total package is a ’thing’.  A sure contender for our ‘Best Book’ choice in 2020.

We’ve tried to showcase more of the books on the SK page, the artwork is amazing. 

PS Publishing have announced that their next edition will be ’The Dead Zone’. 


In a really freaky coincidence, we actually received two signed limited editions featuring Don Maitz as the artist, 'The Stand’  artwork being done recently and ‘Magician' originally completed back in 1992 and revamped with new interiors for the limited edition.

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Grim Oak Press are publishing limited editions of some fantasy classics with Terry Brooks, Barbra Hamly, Stephen Donaldson and of course Raymond E. Feist on board. In conjunction with the original artist , Don Maitz, Grim Oak will release the original author's preferred edition of the 'Rift War’ trilogy in signed limited editions starting with the classic ‘Magician’, which is frankly a must read.

The story begins in Crydee, a frontier outpost in the Kingdom of the Isles. An orphaned young boy named Pug becomes a master magician’s apprentice and two world’s destinies are forever changed. The peace that he has known all his short life disappears and is replaced by war in the shape of invaders from another world. A magically created rift in space brings together the two worlds, the world that Pug has always known and the world of the invading Tsuranuanni.

Tomas will inherit a legacy of savage power from an ancient civilization. Pug's destiny is to lead him through a rift in the fabric of space and time to the mastery of the unimaginable powers of a strange new magic...

This is an epic tale of intrigue and action. Raymond E. Feist has an amazing imagination and here he brings to us a war between two worlds reminiscent of Medieval Europe and Japan in the time of the Samurai. 

The story is set in Midkemia, which also includes an impressive back history. This is the first (and by far the best) of the series called the Riftwar Saga. ‘ ilverthorn' and 'A Darkness at Sethanon' complete the trilogy.

‘Magician' was voted the 89th most popular book of all time in the BBC's Big Read Top 100. (FYI  ‘The Stand ‘ came in at #55)

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It’s always nice to be part of something good, so when we saw the Grim Oak Press anthology series up for sale we couldn’t resist. The background is that in 2011, Shawn Speakman was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and did not have health insurance due to a pre-existing condition. To combat his fast-accruing medical debt, SF&F writers donated short stories that became the bestselling anthology ‘Unfettered'. It paid off more than $200,000 in medical bills.

   

‘Unfettered' launched Grim Oak Press, a brand new SF&F publishing press with the big dream of helping others. It has grown ever since. After five years, Grim Oak Press spawned the non-profit Grim Oak Shield, both businesses working hand-in-hand to defeat medical debt for authors and artists in need. Such notable authors as Terry Brooks, Naomi Novik, Jacqueline Carey, Stephen R. Donaldson, Raymond E. Feist, and Janny Wurts support that mission and in 2018 Grim Oak Press began publishing beautiful, limited editions of their books.

‘Unfettered ll & lll’ followed and what an amazing set. Every story in these volumes are new and, like the title suggests, the writers were free to write whatever they wished.     

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The Labyrinth of the Spirits:

In 2001, Carlo Ruiz Zafon published 'The Shadow of the Wind', the opening movement in a four-volume cycle collectively entitled 'The Cemetery of Forgotten Books'. Now, Zafon brings that cycle to a resonant, deeply satisfying conclusion with 'The Labyrinth of the Spirits', his largest, richest, most absorbing accomplishment to date.

Each of the four novels serves as both as both an independent narrative and a point of entry into the lives of a gallery of unforgettable characters, chief among them the Sempere family, booksellers eking out a living in the ravaged, war-torn city of Barcelona. Taken together, these four volumes form a kind of secret history of Barcelona, one dominated and symbolized by the eponymous Cemetery. Zafon then sets that imaginary history against the larger history of a city—and country—torn by civil war and forced to endure nearly forty years of state sponsored terror under the Fascist regime of Francisco Franco. The resulting fusion of literature and politics, history and art, is one of the significant accomplishments of modern popular fiction.

This is by far the largest of the novels, the spines in the images give some indication of how thick the book is.

Subterranean have done a stunning job on these editions.





  

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We’ll probably revisit our next newcomer when the Subterranean Press edition arrives but given the hype ("Gideon the Ninth is the most fun you'll ever have with a skeleton”), we snagged a trade hardcover to read. The reviews themselves are something to behold..

From Charles Stross:

“Lesbian Necromancers explore a haunted gothic palace in space! Decadent nobles vie to serve the deathless emperor! Skeletons!” 

From Max Gladstone:

“Both middle fingers raised to the galaxy, Gideon the Ninth has me positively giddy for the future of the genre.”

 Gideon the Ninth (The Locked Tomb #1) by Tamsyn Muir 

The Emperor needs necromancers.

The Ninth Necromancer needs a swordswoman.

Gideon Nav would’ve loved—all right, preferred—to be orphaned anywhere but the Ninth. Raised as an indentured servant by its brutal necromancer nuns, and surrounded by rude servants and reanimated skeletons, she takes her few creature comforts where she can get them. Namely in the form of swordplay, dirty magazines, and trying desperately to escape.

When the Emperor, Necromancer Divine, issues a summons to all the far-flung houses, Gideon finally gets a chance to slip the surly bonds of the Ninth… But in the name of saving the place she loathes. Gideon is forced to play cavalier for Harrowhark Nonagesimus, Reverend Daughter of the Ninth House, in a meeting that pits the houses against one another to see who can achieve the position of Lyctor and attain immortality. Harrowhark might win and prevent the Ninth’s ultimate demise, but only if she can keep Gideon at her side…


Of course, some things are better left dead.  

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Hammered by Kevin Hearne: 

When the naysayers say “Nay, don’t mess with the man who wields the lightning bolts,” ninety-nine times out of a hundred the ancient druid Atticus O’Sullivan would nod along and agree. But when multiple people convince him that Thor, the Norse god of thunder, needs to get got, he thinks maybe this is the one time he should ignore the advice of the wise—even if those sages include deities who tend not to be wrong about very much. 

Because Thor has undeniably done somebody wrong—many somebodies, in fact, and Atticus doesn’t think he can simply dismiss it as someone else’s problem. Plus he has made some promises that he doesn’t feel he can break, promises that will take him away from Midgard to the planes of the Norse, where his actions will cause ripples throughout the Nine Realms.

On top of that there’s a turf war brewing amongst the vampires, a zealous group of mystic hunters called the Hammers of God running rampant, and a pack of werewolves who very much don’t wish to see their leader taken off to Valhalla.

In order to avoid being the nail underneath the hammer Mjollnir, Atticus will need every ounce of Irish luck he can muster, and maybe the help of a few deities in his corner.

Subterranean signed limited edition.

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1January 2020

Welcome to a new decade with Wyrdbooks!, thanks to all for the support so far. In the last six years we’ve had hard drive crashes, a couple of facelifts and a lot of new books, let’s see where the 2020’s take us! We’re looking forward to yet even more space challenges...

This one was a long time coming, the Subterranean Press signed limited edition of 'The Book of Magic’, which shares the same format as the original ‘Rogues’ and 'The Book of Swords’ anthologies edited by G.R.R. Martin and the late Gardner Dozois respectively. This was one of the last compilations done by Dozois before his untimely death. The first two anthologies were illustrated by Ken Laager whilst Tommy Arnold was commissioned for ‘Magic’, unfortunately he sustained a wrist injury causing a publishing delay of almost a year. 

Together with 'The Book of Swords', 'The Book of Magic' invites us to rethink the basic idea of sword and sorcery by separating that cliché into its compo­nent parts. Here the focus is on varieties of sorcery, from Iceland and medieval Europe to contemporary Appalachia or New York. How could it be otherwise? For every Frodo, there is a Gandalf...and a Saruman. For every Dorothy, a Glinda...and a Wicked Witch of the West. What would Harry Potter be without Albus Dumbledore...and Severus Snape? 

Figures of wisdom and power, possessing arcane, often forbidden knowledge, wizards and sorcerers are shaped - or misshaped - by the potent magic they seek to wield. Yet though their abilities may be godlike, these men and women remain human - some might say all too human. Such is their curse, and their glory.

Winner of the Locus Award for Best Anthology.

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This one is another in the run of outstanding books published in 2019 by Centipede Press, 'Childhood’s End' is considered by many as Arthur C.Clarke’s finest work and Centipede have outdone themselves with this beautiful edition:

'Childhood's End' remains, after over half a century, one of SF's boldest and most unusual works. It's an alien invasion novel in which the invading aliens kill us, essentially, with kindness. In keeping with its Cold War origins, there's an overriding cynicism about humanity's seemingly implacable rush towards its own destruction. And in times of strife, people have always looked to a higher power to save us from ourselves. It's as if humanity is trapped in perpetual childhood, unable to relinquish its fears, superstitions, and us-against-them ideologies, yet at the same time tragically aware of these shortcomings and helpless to do anything about them other than long for a celestial, all-powerful parent figure to come along and give us a hug. But what if that higher power emerged, and it was not whom or what we expected? And what if the transcendence it offered by saving us came with one little catch...? 

The novel was Clarke’s first true success as a novelist, selling out its first printing of over 200,000 copies rather quickly. Long considered to be Clarke’s best work, the book is rightfully regarded as one of the true enduring classics of the genre. Over six decades after its first publication this powerful tale of transformation and triumph remains as fresh and optimistic as it was in 1953. 

This edition limited to only 300 copies and signed by introducer Jack Dann and artist David Ho.

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In our last post of 2019 we noted that the art for David Wragg’s ‘The Black Hawks’ was done by the same artist who’d done the covers for ‘Kings of the Wyld’ and ‘Bloody Rose, namely Richard Anderson. And here he is again, continuing his collaboration on ‘The Black Iron Legacy’. A brief scan on of his art on-line just blew us away.

One of the biggest debuts in 2019, ‘The Gutter Prayer’ has garnered huge acclaim and ensured that the second instalment will be met with open arms...

Thieves, dangerous magic, and a weapon built with the power to destroy a god clash in this second novel of Gareth Hanrahan's acclaimed epic fantasy series, The Black Iron Legacy.

Enter a city of spires and shadows . . .

The Gutter Miracle changed the landscape of Guerdon forever. Six months after it was conjured into being, the labyrinthine New City has become a haven for criminals and refugees.

Rumors have spread of a devastating new weapon buried beneath the streets - a weapon with the power to destroy a god. As Guerdon strives to remain neutral, two of the most powerful factions in the godswar send agents into the city to find it.

As tensions escalate and armies gather at the borders, how long will Guerdon be able to keep its enemies at bay?

Here’s the Orbit signed limited hardcover.

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Thanks to Russell for giving us the heads up on the box set of the first three ‘The Expanse’ books in hardcover. Finally we’ve got a first trade edition of ‘Leviathan Wakes’, published as a paperback original in 2011 with no trade hardcover edition, prior to this ‘box set edition’ there was a SFBC hardcover edition and of course the Subterranean Press signed limited edition. Both Orbit and Subterranean commissioned Daniel Dociu for the artwork of their respective editions, and what a job he’s doing! 

      

'Humanity has colonized the solar system - Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt and beyond - but the stars are still out of our reach.

Jim Holden is XO of an ice miner making runs from the rings of Saturn to the mining stations of the Belt. When he and his crew stumble upon a derelict ship, the Scopuli, they find themselves in possession of a secret they never wanted. A secret that someone is willing to kill for - and kill on a scale unfathomable to Jim and his crew. War is brewing in the system unless he can find out who left the ship and why.

Detective Miller is looking for a girl. One girl in a system of billions, but her parents have money and money talks. When the trail leads him to the Scopuli and rebel sympathizer Holden, he realizes that this girl may be the key to everything.

Holden and Miller must thread the needle between the Earth government, the Outer Planet revolutionaries, and secretive corporations - and the odds are against them. But out in the Belt, the rules are different, and one small ship can change the fate of the universe.’

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The Name of All Things - Jenn Lyons (A Chorus of Dragons #2)

You can have everything you want if you sacrifice everything you believe.

Kihrin D'Mon is a wanted man.

Since he destroyed the Stone of Shackles and set demons free across Quur, he has been on the run from the wrath of an entire empire. His attempt to escape brings him into the path of Janel Theranon, a mysterious Joratese woman who claims to know Kihrin.

Janel's plea for help pits Kihrin against all manner of dangers: a secret rebellion, a dragon capable of destroying an entire city, and Kihrin's old enemy, the wizard Relos Var.

Janel believes that Relos Var possesses one of the most powerful artifacts in the world - the Cornerstone called the Name of All Things. And if Janel is right, then there may be nothing in the world that can stop Relos Var from getting what he wants.

And what he wants is Kihrin D'Mon.                                                                                                                    

TOR signed limited hardcover




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Every year we go over our past reading list and select our favourite book of the year and it’s a pretty predictable one this year folks, damn that Abercrombie writes fantastically!

A Little Hatred (The Age of Madness #1)