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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