Past Front Page Posts

Check out previous years posts:

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.

                                                                                        ✣ 

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.

                                 ✣ 

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

                                                                                                                              ✣ 

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

                                                                          ✣  



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.

                                                                                                                              ✣  

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. 

                                                                                                                              ✣  

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

                                                                                         ✣ 


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


                                                                     ✣ 





  

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...

                                                                                  ✣ 


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…

                                                                                                                              ✣ 

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.                                                                                                    

                                                                  ✣          

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). 

                                                                          ✣




  

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.

                                                                                                                              ✣  

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

                                                                                         ✣ 

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


                                                                     ✣ 





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.

                           ✣ 


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.                                                                                                              

                                                                                                                          ✣          

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.

                                                                          ✣  

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

                              ✣  


                                                                                                                                   

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.

                                       ✣ 


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. 

                                                                                                            ✣ 

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

                                                                        ✣ 

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.                                                                                                                             

                               ✣          

                     

                                                                          

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.


                                                                          ✣  



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.

 

                                                                                                                           ✣ 

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

                                                                      ✣ 






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!...


                                                                                                                                 ✣ 

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.” 




                                                                                                                              ✣ 

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.

                                                                                                                          ✣                                                                                                         

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.

                                                                          ✣  



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.

                                                                                                                           ✣ 

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.

                                                                        ✣ 


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

Cemetery Dance First Edition Hardcover



 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…

                                                                                                                           ✣ 

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!)

                                                                                                                          ✣                                                                                                         

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 

                                                                          ✣  




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

                                                                                                                           ✣ 

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. 

                                                                      ✣

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.


                                                                      ✣







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…

                                                                                    ✣ 

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.

                                                                                                                          ✣                                                                                                         

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)

                                                                          ✣  




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.     

                                                                                                                            ✣       

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.





  

                                                                                                                             ✣

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.  

                                                                      ✣


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.

                                                                      ✣



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.

                                        ✣ 




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.

                                                                                                                             ✣                                                                                                         

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.

                                                                             ✣  




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.’

                                                                                                                              ✣       

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




                                                                                           ✣

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)