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23 February 2021

We’ve finally added horror formally to our collection descriptor, and whilst we never consciously sought out horror novels the fact is that a large body of fantasy and SF is actually either rooted in, or simply is, part of the horror genre. That being said we are not about to change our current selections but we are receiving a number of books from publishers such as Centipede Press or Suntup Editions that are landmark horror works and our latest new arrivals are a testament to that.

Subterranean Press has published every one of Joe Abercrombie’s novels to date and have committed to continuing that with the first of 'The Age of Madness’ trilogy, the twist is that they wanted to use this edition to create a new ‘flagship’ edition and have really upped the production quality, the result is a stunner...

A Little Hatred (The Age of Madness #1):

The chimneys of industry rise over Adua and the world seethes with new opportunities. But old scores run deep as ever.

On the blood-soaked borders of Angland, Leo dan Brock struggles to win fame on the battlefield, and defeat the marauding armies of Stour Nightfall. He hopes for help from the crown. But King Jezal's son, the feckless Prince Orso, is a man who specializes in disappointments.

Savine dan Glokta - socialite, investor, and daughter of the most feared man in the Union - plans to claw her way to the top of the slag-heap of society by any means necessary. But the slums boil over with a rage that all the money in the world cannot control.

The age of the machine dawns, but the age of magic refuses to die. With the help of the mad hill woman Isern-i-Phail, Rikke struggles to control the blessing, or the curse, of the Long Eye. Glimpsing the future is one thing, but with the guiding hand of the First of the Magi still pulling the strings, changing it will be quite another

We cannot recommend a series more strongly having just finished the second in the trilogy ‘The Trouble with Peace’. 

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We’re expecting a few horror/thriller books from Suntup Editions this year, including ‘Seeds’, 'The Auctioneer’ and of the most recent pre-order ‘The Exorcist’ but for now we have...

Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist

Lauded by critics as “brilliant and repulsive,” one of the most acclaimed and adapted vampire novels of the 21st century.

In the autumn of 1981, the body of a teenage boy is found drained of blood in Blackeberg, the Swedish suburb where twelve-year-old Oskar lives. Bullied frequently by his peers, Oskar is a social outcast who becomes fixated on Eli, the new girl who has moved in next door. To Oskar, there is something strange and wondrous about Eli, the girl who has never seen a Rubik’s Cube but can solve it within hours. The girl who only comes out at night. The girl who smells of death.

With its themes of existential anxiety, social pressure, and the complications of youth, 'Let the Right One In' is a gory vampire tale, a stirring love story, and a profound meditation on childhood love and loneliness.

First published in 2004, 'Let the Right One In' is an international bestseller. It has been adapted into two films, both multi-award winning, as well as two stage adaptations.

The Artist Gift edition is limited to 1000 copies with a dust jacket illustrated by Bud Cook. It is a full cloth, smyth sewn binding with two-hits foil stamping and is signed by artist Bud Cook. The edition is housed in a paper covered slipcase.

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The Dreamblood Duology by N.K. Jemisin 

The city burned beneath the Dreaming Moon.

In the ancient city-state of Gujaareh, peace is the only law. Upon its rooftops and amongst the shadows of its cobbled streets wait the Gatherers -- the keepers of this peace. Priests of the dream-goddess, their duty is to harvest the magic of the sleeping mind and use it to heal, soothe... and kill those judged corrupt.

But when a conspiracy blooms within Gujaareh's great temple, Ehiru -- the most famous of the city's Gatherers -- must question everything he knows. Someone, or something, is murdering dreamers in the goddess' name, stalking its prey both in Gujaareh's alleys and the realm of dreams. Ehiru must now protect the woman he was sent to kill -- or watch the city be devoured by war and forbidden magic.

Both signed/limited editions published by Orbit for Anderida Books and limited to 300 copies only.

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The Hod King by Josiah Bancroft

A treasure, that’s what we think Josiah Bancroft’s ‘The Books of Babel’ is, with the gripping third instalment in Selin’s remarkable adventure. All we can say is 'more please', and we cannot wait for the next and final instalment. The Subterranean Press limited editions are fantastic and the Tom Kidd artwork is perfect.

Fearing an uprising, the Sphinx sends Senlin to investigate a plot that has taken hold in the ringdom of Pelphia. Alone in the city, Senlin infiltrates a bloody arena where hods battle for the public's entertainment. But his investigation is quickly derailed by a gruesome crime and an unexpected reunion.

Posing as a noble lady and her handmaid, Voleta and Iren attempt to reach Marya, who is isolated by her fame. While navigating the court, Voleta attracts the unwanted attention of a powerful prince whose pursuit of her threatens their plan.

Edith, now captain of the Sphinx's fierce flagship, joins forces with a fellow wakeman to investigate the disappearance of a beloved friend. She must decide who to trust as her desperate search brings her nearer to the Black Trail.

As Senlin and his crew become further mired in the conspiracies of the Tower, everything falls to one question: Who is The Hod King?

Limited: 400 signed numbered hardcover copies

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We first came across SST Publications (Short, Scary Tales) with the limited edition of ‘Gwendy’s Button Box', that and the sequel were stunning editions so when we saw that they were going to release a limited edition by Stephen Graham Jones, well you know… 

 The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones 

A tale of revenge, cultural identity, and the cost of breaking from tradition.

Seamlessly blending classic horror and a dramatic narrative with sharp social commentary, 'The Only Good Indians' follows four American Indian men after a disturbing event from their youth puts them in a desperate struggle for their lives. Tracked by an entity bent on revenge, these childhood friends are helpless as the culture and traditions they left behind catch up to them in a violent, vengeful way.

Signed Limited Hardcover Edition from SST Publications:

Limited to only 400 signed and hand-numbered copies

Personally signed by Stephen Graham Jones on a specially designed full-colour illustrated signature page

Stunning dust jacket artwork and interior illustrations by Francesco Giani

Including extra bonus material not published in other editions


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Live Girls by Ray Garton

The cult classic that changed vampire fiction forever.

The garish neon lights of New York City’s Times Square can be very seductive. And so can the promises of dark pleasures on the seedier side streets. To Davey Owen, the lure of a glowing sign advertising “Live Girls” was too hard to resist. He was looking for a little entertainment. He found instead a nightmare in the form of a beautiful but strangely pale woman. A woman who offers him passion, ecstasy — and eternal life — but takes in exchange his lifeblood and his very soul.

Can Davey, along with newspaperman Walter Benedek, unravel the mystery of Live Girls before Davey loses his soul? Or are they being pulled, spiraling down toward something sinister and . . . oozing . . . in the club’s basement?

First published in 1987 Garton broke new ground in the world of horror novels. Visceral, erotic, unforgiving—the images in this book will haunt you. That is not a warning . . . it is a promise.

This new edition of 'Live Girls’ features a new introduction by Ray Garton, and two bonus stories: “Hair of the Dog” and “Devon,” as well as new dustjacket art by Adam Braun and archival art by Ron Lesser.

This 384-page book has full black cloth binding with stamping in multiple colors. The book has head and tail bands, ribbon marker, and a top-edge stain, along with full wraparound dustjacket art. 

Signed limited hard cover edition

                                                                                        

20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill

The signed and slipcased limited edition hardcover from Lividian Publications, which was offered as a “Preorder Only Limited Edition,” meaning the orders received between April 6 and April 30 set the print run.

This special edition includes a brand-new introduction by Christopher Golden, new story notes by Joe Hill, and sixteen full-color illustrations by Vincent Sammy, plus a clever piece of “hidden” spot artwork.

From New York Times bestselling author Joe Hill comes this award-winning collection of short fiction that launched him into the bright lights of the literary world’s big stage fifteen years ago.

Imogene is young, beautiful… and dead, waiting in the Rosebud Theater one afternoon in 1945…

Francis was human once, but now he’s an eight-foot-tall locust, and everyone in Calliphora will tremble when they hear him sing…

John is locked in a basement stained with the blood of half a dozen murdered children, and an antique telephone, long since disconnected, rings at night with calls from the dead…

Arthur Roth is a lonely kid with big ideas and a gift for attracting abuse…

Nolan knows but can never tell what really happened in the summer of ’77, when his idiot savant younger brother built a vast cardboard fort with secret doors leading into other worlds…

The past isn’t dead. It isn’t even past…

                                                                          

Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline 

An unexpected quest. Two worlds at stake. Are you ready?

Days after Oasis founder James Halliday's contest, Wade Watts makes a discovery that changes everything. Hidden within Halliday's vault, waiting for his heir to find, lies a technological advancement that will once again change the world and make the Oasis a thousand times more wondrous, and addictive, than even Wade dreamed possible. With it comes a new riddle and a new quest. A last Easter egg from Halliday, hinting at a mysterious prize. And an unexpected, impossibly powerful, and dangerous new rival awaits, one who will kill millions to get what he wants. Wade's life and the future of the Oasis are again at stake, but this time the fate of humanity also hangs in the balance. .

Signed limited first edition with matched numbered (unsigned) edition of 'Ready Player One’

                                                                                        

 Of Ants and Dinosaurs by Liu Cixin

A satirical fable, a political allegory and an ecological warning from the author of The Three-Body Problem.

In a sunlit clearing in central Gondwana, on an otherwise ordinary day in the late Cretaceous, the seeds of Earth's first and greatest civilization were sown in the grisly aftermath of a Tyrannosaurus' lunch.

Throughout the universe, intelligence is a rare and fragile commodity – a fleeting glimmer in the long night of cosmic history. That Earth should harbour not just one but two intelligent species at the same time, defies the odds. That these species, so unalike – and yet so complementary – should forge an alliance that kindled a civilization defies logic. But time is endless and everything comes to pass eventually...

The alliance between ants and dinosaurs, was of course, based on dentistry. Yet from such humble beginnings came writing, mathematics, computers, fusion, antimatter and even space travel – a veritable Age of Wonder! But such magnificent industry comes at a price – a price paid first by Earth's biosphere, and then by all those dependent on it.

And yet the Dinosaurs refused to heed the Ants' warning of impending ecological collapse, leaving the Ant Federation facing a single dilemma: destroy the dinosaurs, destroy a civilization... or perish alongside them?

Head Zeus - Signed/Limited Edition Hardcover and unsigned first edition hardcover

                                                                                  


To Hold Up The Sky by Cixin Liu

'To Hold Up The Sky' is a 1974 Chevy van with icy moons and swirling nebulae painted on the side that you saw for sale by the side of the road in a snowstorm. It is a copy of Heavy Metal you found stuck in the back of the rack at Empire Comics when you were looking for old Savage Sword of Conan issues to read on a long road trip with your parents. It is the torn cover of a faded sci-fi paperback you found at the thrift store and spent the afternoon reading in the car while you waited for a girl to get off work and let you into her apartment for which you didn't yet have a key.

It is magic, this collection of short stories Liu wrote and published ten, 20, 30 years ago. It is a time machine; a split-vision tunnel that lets you go back in time while staring forward, to see what 2003's or 1985's version of 2010 or 2020 or 3000 looked like from China, in the pages of the Beijing edition of Esquire or Chengdu's Science Fiction World and Novoland Fantasy.

Head Zeus - Signed/Limited Edition Hardcover and unsigned first edition hardcover

                                                                                      

 Light of the Jedi (Star Wars: The High Republic) by Charles Soule 

Two hundred years before the events of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, in the era of the glorious High Republic, the noble and wise Jedi Knights must face a frightening threat to themselves, the galaxy, and the Force itself....

It is a golden age. Intrepid hyperspace scouts expand the reach of the Republic to the farthest stars, worlds flourish under the benevolent leadership of the Senate, and peace reigns, enforced by the wisdom and strength of the renowned order of Force users known as the Jedi. With the Jedi at the height of their power, the free citizens of the galaxy are confident in their ability to weather any storm. But even the brightest light can cast a shadow, and some storms defy any preparation.

When a shocking catastrophe in hyperspace tears a ship to pieces, the flurry of shrapnel emerging from the disaster threatens an entire system. No sooner does the call for help go out than the Jedi race to the scene. The scope of the emergence, however, is enough to push even Jedi to their limit. As the sky breaks open and destruction rains down upon the peaceful alliance they helped to build, the Jedi must trust in the Force to see them through a day in which a single mistake could cost billions of lives.

Even as the Jedi battle valiantly against calamity, something truly deadly grows beyond the boundary of the Republic. The hyperspace disaster is far more sinister than the Jedi could ever suspect. A threat hides in the darkness, far from the light of the age, and harbors a secret that could strike fear into even a Jedi's heart.

Signed limited hardcover  edition

23 January 2021

Wishing our friends and visitors all the best for the year, we're looking forward to sharing the latest in Wyrdbooks  with you throughout the year, there’s certainly a lot planned.  We start 2021 with a with brace of stunning editions which dripped in over the end of year including this beauty from Centipede Press that sets a new high bar in limited editions...

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Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

For those who still dream and remember, for those yet to experience the hypnotic power of its dark poetry, step inside. The show is about to begin. Cooger & Dark’s Pandemonium Shadow Show has come to Green Town, Illinois, to destroy every life touched by its strange and sinister mystery. The carnival rolls in sometime after midnight, ushering in Halloween a week early. A calliope’s shrill siren song beckons to all with a seductive promise of dreams and youth regained. Two boys will discover the secret of its smoke, mazes, and mirrors; two friends who will soon know all too well the heavy cost of wishes…and the stuff of nightmares.

We thought Centipede Press’s ’The Haunting of Hill House’ by Shirley Jackson was surely going to be our best published book in 2020 but that has almost unbelievably been pipped at the post by this stunning Bradbury edition. 

This edition is packed with extras including a new introduction by Neil Gaiman, a fifteen page artwork gallery, several stereoscopic illustrations by David Ho, which come to 3D life when viewed with a special viewer, including in the back of each book, five wood engravings by renowned artist Vladimir Zimakov, and a stunning full-color, wraparound dustjacket by Matt Mahurin, all combined with marbled endsheets, ribbon marker, stamped cloth, and a capped slipcase.

An incredible book all round.





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Since her famed ‘Broken Earth’ trilogy won almost any award available there has been an uptake by publishers to revisit N.K. Jemisin’s earlier works led by the UK Orbit limited editions of ‘The Inheritance Trilogy’, well here’s the Subterranean Press limited edition of the first novel (and her debut), typically stunning with dust jacket and interior illustrations by Reiko Murakami.

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

"There were three gods once.

Only three, I mean. Now there are dozens, perhaps hundreds. They breed like rabbits. But once there were only three, most powerful and glorious of all: the god of day, the god of night, and the goddess of twilight and dawn. Or light and darkness and the shades between. Or order, chaos, and balance. None of that is important because one of them died, the other might as well have, and the last is the only one who matters anymore.

The Arameri get their power from this remaining god. He is called the Skyfather, Bright Itempas, and the ancestors of the Arameri were His most devoted priests. He rewarded them by giving them a weapon so mighty that no army could stand against it. They used this weapon—weapons, really—to make themselves rulers of the world."

Yeine Darr is an outcast from the barbarian north. But when her mother dies under mysterious circumstances, she is summoned to the majestic city of Sky. There, to her shock, Yeine is named an heiress to the king. But the throne of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is not easily won, and Yeine is thrust into a vicious power struggle with a pair of cousins she never knew she had. As she fights for her life, she draws ever closer to the secrets of her mother's death and her family's bloody history. With the fate of the world hanging in the balance, Yeine will learn how perilous it can be when love and hate - and gods and mortals - are bound inseparably together.

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 Rhythm of War (The Stormlight Archive #4) by Brandon Sanderson 

After forming a coalition of human resistance against the enemy invasion, Dalinar Kholin and his Knights Radiant have spent a year fighting a protracted, brutal war. Neither side has gained an advantage, and the threat of a betrayal by Dalinar's crafty ally Taravangian looms over every strategic move.

Now, as new technological discoveries by Navani Kholin's scholars begin to change the face of the war, the enemy prepares a bold and dangerous operation. The arms race that follows will challenge the very core of the Radiant ideals, and potentially reveal the secrets of the ancient tower that was once the heart of their strength.

At the same time that Kaladin Stormblessed must come to grips with his changing role within the Knights Radiant, his Windrunners face their own problem: As more and more deadly enemy Fused awaken to wage war, no more honorspren are willing to bond with humans to increase the number of Radiants. Adolin and Shallan must lead the coalition’s envoy to the honorspren stronghold of Lasting Integrity and either convince the spren to join the cause against the evil god Odium, or personally face the storm of failure.

Signed first edition hardcover

The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive #1) - 10th Anniversary Edition by Brandon Sanderson

The latest leather special edition from Dragonsteel Entertainment, the fifth to date is  the biggest edition yet and raised yet further interest in ’The Stormlight Archive’ in fans.

Each volume is bound in dark blue genuine Italian leather with a hubbed spine and foil stamping in two colors (gold and blue) on front, back, and spine. The interior pages are acid-neutral, Smyth-sewn into the binding instead of only glued, and are printed in two colors: black and blue. 

The page ends are gilded, each volume has a satin-ribbon bookmark, and the full-color endpapers present art by Michael Whelan, Howard Lyon, and Isaac Stewart. 

Each volume begins with an 8-page gallery of full-color artwork, including cover illustrations from around the world, commissioned pieces, and top-notch fan art.

In addition to 2- colour versions of all of the original interior maps and art, there are a few new 2-colour pieces by Ben McSweeney and Käri Christensen, and five new end-of-part illustrations by the talented Steve Argyle.

Spread across the two volumes are seven new full-color interior pieces by Miranda Meeks, Dan dos Santos, Micah Epstein, Audrey Hotte, Bryan Mark Taylor, and Steve Argyle.

Additionally, Jian Guo has created stunning reimagined versions of the chapter arches. 

Both volumes are stored in a custom cloth-bound slipcase, with a blue foil Stormlight symbol on the front and blue flocked interior

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Supernova Era by Cixin Liu

The Subterranean Press limited editions of the magnificent 'Remembrance of Earth’s Past’ trilogy and the subsequent ‘Redemption of Time’ make a beautiful set, now Subterranean Press continue build on these with the latest Cixin Liu release ...

Just as he did in the Three-Body Problem novels, Liu rests his narrative on a premise so striking that it will forever alter the nature and direction of the human project. Lethal radiation from a long dead star has entered Earth’s atmosphere, with apocalyptic results. Within a year, all adults on the planet will be dead. Only children under the age of thirteen will have the physical capacity to survive. With the advent of this cataclysmic event, the Supernova Era—also known as the Children’s Era—begins.

The bulk of the narrative takes place in the two years following the end of adult life on Earth, and it is a fascinating journey into a violent, unpredictable future. That journey will lead from China to New York to the rapidly melting continent of Antarctica, and will climax in a series of “war games” that will prove to be as destructive as war itself. Combining cutting edge science and acute social and psychological observation – along with a pointed tip of the hat to Lord of the Flies—Supernova Era is an early SF masterwork by one of the field’s most significant figures. The result, in Joel Martinsen’s admirable translation, is both a gift to English-speaking readers and an affirmation of Cixin Liu’s extraordinary—and inimitable—gifts.

Dust jacket and interior illustrations by Dominic Harman.

Limited: 500 numbered copies, signed by the author

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We picked up this stunning pair of noir fiction by John Franklin Bardin published by Centipede  Press, with amazing dust jacket art by Dan Rempel

Devil Take the Blue-Tail Fly by John Franklin Bardin

“What if your husband had fallen in love with someone else?” Dr. Danzer had asked her gently. “Would that be so terrible?”

New York, 1946, and Ellen is returning home to Basil after the breakdown that has interrupted her career as one of the city’s most gifted concert harpsichordists. Over the next terrifying weeks, John Franklin Bardin’s finest novel plays a virtuoso performance on themes of music and madness, unfolding an unforgettable thriller-nightmare in which Ellen is both the criminal — and the agonized victim.

Julian Symons commended this novel with the following review: “One of the most convincing and frightening ‘psychological’ crime stories ever written. Bardin was ahead of his time. He belongs not to the world of Agatha Christie and John Dickson Carr, but to that of Patricia Highsmith and Edgar Allan Poe.”

This new edition features a new introduction by Frank Bardin, John Franklin Bardin’s son, and the first part of an unfinished novel, “Black Counted Fair,” published here for the first time anywhere.

Combined with cover art by Dan Rempel, this new edition of Devil Take the Blue-Tail Fly is essential noir reading. Perhaps just as important, this publication of Devil Take the Blue-Tail Fly marks its first-ever U.S. hardcover appearance! 

Signed by Frank Bardin and cover artist Dan Rempel. Facsimile signature by John Franklin Bardin.

The Last of Philip Banter by John Franklin Bardin

Philip Banter is a little too fond of drink, and his marriage is not what it should be. That doesn’t mean he’s losing his mind.

Then Philip finds in his office fifteen pages of a manuscript entitled “Confession.” He reads about a surprise dinner party his wife held, of the conversation that took place and — to his horror — of his own infidelity. But the “confession” turns out to be a prophecy: accurate in almost every detail.

Is he the victim of a conspiracy to kill him or drive him mad, or did he type the manuscript himself? As the “confession” grows lengthier and more destructive, can he find the willpower to resist its terrifying inevitability?

This new edition of The Last of Philip Banter features a new introduction by Ramsey Campbell. Combined with cover art by Dan Rempel, this new edition of The Last of Philip Banter is essential psychological noir reading. 

Signed by Ramsey Campbell and cover artist Dan Rempel.Facsimile signature by John Franklin Bardin.

300 signed copies.

                                                                                                                                                  

Princess Floralinda and the Forty-Flight Tower by Tamsyn Muir 

Dust jacket illustration by Tristan Elwell.

When the witch built the forty-flight tower, she made very sure to do the whole thing properly. Each flight contains a dreadful monster, ranging from a diamond-scaled dragon to a pack of slavering goblins. Should a prince battle his way to the top, he will be rewarded with a golden sword—and the lovely Princess Floralinda. 

But no prince has managed to conquer the first flight yet, let alone get to the fortieth. 

In fact, the supply of fresh princes seems to have quite dried up.

And winter is closing in on Floralinda…

Limited: 1500 signed numbered hardcover copies.

                                                                                   

The Stone Knife (Songs of the Drowned #1) by Anna Stephens 

For generations, the forests of Ixachipan have echoed with the clash of weapons, as nation after nation has fallen to the Empire of Songs – and to the unending, magical music that binds its people together. Now, only two free tribes remain.

The Empire is not their only enemy. Monstrous, scaled predators lurk in rivers and streams, with a deadly music of their own.

As battle looms, fighters on both sides must decide how far they will go for their beliefs and for the ones they love – a veteran general seeks peace through war, a warrior and a shaman set out to understand their enemies, and an ambitious noble tries to bend ancient magic to her will. 

Signed limited hardcover first edition