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Hi All, we’ve been very busy this month with travel now allowed within the country, hopefully things continue to normalise. We’ve managed to attend a book sale, the first this year, where we got quite a bit of stuff but we had so many new editions that we haven’t been able to even get to those yet. Right now we’re particularly pleased with how our Suntup Editions collection is developing (that being said getting a copy of ‘Blood Meridian’ almost gave us a heart attack), with our first ‘numbered’ edition...

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Seed by Ania Ahlborn 

In the vine-twisted swamps of Louisiana, the shadows have teeth.

Jack Winter has spent his entire life running from something no one else can see. His childhood is his darkest secret, but after a near fatal accident along a deserted road, the darkness he was sure he’d escaped rears its ugly head… and smiles.

But this time, he isn’t the only one who sees the soulless eyes of his past. This time, his six-year-old daughter Charlie leans into his ear and whispers: Daddy, I saw it too.

And then she begins to change.

Faced with reliving the nightmares of his childhood, Jack watches his daughter spiral into the shadows that had nearly consumed him twenty years before.

But Charlie isn’t the only one who’s changing.

Jack never outran the darkness. It’s been with him all along.

And it’s hungrier than ever. 

This is the numbered Suntup edition with Indiana Corn handmade paper boards. This unique archival paper is made from 100% corn stalk and leaf and is rough to touch.

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Punktown by Jeffrey Thomas

Centipede Press have put out a three volume collection representing several decades of Jeffrey Thomas’s short stories set in a noirish, far future city called Punktown. The signed set are housed in a slipcase with interior and dust jacket artwork by David Ho, and look amazing.

Thomas began writing these tales in the 1980’s but the debut  collection was only published in  2000. Except in rare cases, the Punktown stories seldom share the same protagonist or continue a single plot line. They are glimpses into the lives of the city’s remarkable denizens, so that the reader is like a drone, stealthily trailing after one character to spy on a critical event in their life before moving on to the next.

Centipede have provided a cross-section of the city’s inhabitants here. Gangsters and detectives, baristas and booksellers, cloned laborers and obsessed artists, mutants and lovers, monsters and ghosts. Whatever their guise, readers might well recognise themselves in one of them…or all of them. 

These characters represent the colourful variety of Punktown’s citizenry: the descendants of the human colonists who founded this city on a far-flung planet, the indigenous race called the Choom, fantastically imagined beings from a countless array of other worlds and even other dimensions, not to mention sentient machines. 

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The Lady Astronaut Trilogy by Mary Robinette Kowal 

On a cold spring night in 1952, a huge meteorite fell to earth and obliterated much of the east coast of the United States, including Washington D.C. The ensuing climate cataclysm will soon render the earth inhospitable for humanity, as the last such meteorite did for the dinosaurs. This looming threat calls for a radically accelerated effort to colonize space, and requires a much larger share of humanity to take part in the process.

Elma York’s experience as a WASP pilot and mathematician earns her a place in the International Aerospace Coalition’s attempts to put man on the moon, as a calculator. But with so many skilled and experienced women pilots and scientists involved with the program, it doesn’t take long before Elma begins to wonder why they can’t go into space, too.

Elma’s drive to become the first Lady Astronaut is so strong that even the most dearly held conventions of society may not stand a chance against her.

The Calculating Stars is one of only eighteen novels to win the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards in a single year (2019).

   

Published as paperback originals this set is one of only 300 specially printed signed limited hardcover editions for Anderida Books published in 2021

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The Complete Ivy Frost by Donald Wandrei

Patience is needed when collecting books and particularly with Haffner Press, we pre-ordered our copy of Ivy Frost in 2012 so it’s great that this project has finally been completed, the end result is another stunning and solid edition from Haffner. Great dust jacket artwork by Raymond Swanland.

For the first time, here are the complete adventures of the remarkable Professor Ivy (I.V.) Frost and his beautiful assistant, Jean Moray. Introduced in the August 1934 issue of Clues Detective Stories, the tall and sardonic Frost is a scientist, an inventor, and a brilliant detective who takes on only the most outré cases. Over the course of eighteen instalments  Donald Wandrei reliably chronicled the Professor's bizarre cases, always laden with high adventure and sly wit.

Part Sherlock Holmes, part Shadow, Frost stood apart from the gritty, trench-coated private eyes of the hard-boiled genre. At once looking back at the genteel ratiocinative detectives of the 19th century and forward to the gimmick-laden adventures of the James Bond generation, Frost was eccentric, and very, very lethal. A special notice should be made of his too-good-looking assistant, Jean Moray. Young, quick-witted, and fearless, with a pearl-handled .25 slipped into her thigh-holster, she was no helpless damsel in distress.

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A Case of Conscience by James Blish

First published in 1958, this is Centipede Press’s new edition with an introduction by Greg Bear, new cover artwork by Pascal Casolari, new interior art by Allen Koszowski, and archival artwork by Darrell K. Sweet. The novel is the first part of Blish's thematic "After Such Knowledge" series, followed by 'Doctor Mirabilis', 'Black Easter', and 'The Day After Judgment', all of which will get the Centipede Press work over shortly

The story is unusual in several respects. Few science fiction stories of the time attempted religious themes, and still fewer did this with Catholicism.

Father Ruiz-Sanchez was a dedicated man — a priest who was also a scientist, and a scientist who was also a human being. He found no insoluble conflicts in his beliefs or in his ethics until he was sent to Lithia.

There he came upon a race of aliens — reptilian in form — who were admirable in every way except for their total reliance on cold reason; they were incapable of faith and belief. On Lithia, Father Ruiz-Sanchez also found a scientific riddle, and he was presented with an ethical problem that reached across two worlds.

Father Ruiz-Sanchez was then torn in a struggle between the teachings of his faith, the teachings of his science, and the inner promptings of his humanity. There was only one solution. He had to accept an ancient and unforgivable heresy — and, in accepting that heresy, he risked the futures of both worlds.    

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Songs of the Dark by Anthony Ryan 

Dust jacket illustration by Kevin Zamir Goeke. Interior illustrations by Anthony Ryan.

An oversized collection of all four novellas from the world of Anthony Ryan's Raven's Shadow trilogy, including a new introduction and black-and-white interior illustrations by the author.

“Heard whispers of the Dark all my life. It’s a strange feeling when a whisper becomes a shout.” 

Centuries before the rise of the Unified Realm, the final battle looms between the city-state of Kethia and the Volarian Empire. As told by Imperial Chronicler Lord Verniers, this terrible event is shrouded in many secrets and, some say, wrought by servants of the Dark.

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

A quest for bloody vengeance forces Derla, a skilled and deadly veteran of the Varinshold underworld, into the service of the arch schemer King Janus.

Veteran Realm Guard Jerhid, newly appointed Lord Collector of the King’s Excise, finds himself battling ruthless smuggler gangs and worse on the wild southern shore of the Unified Realm. 

Four compelling tales of mystery, magic, intrigue, and battle presented in one volume for the first time—featuring all-new introductions and black-and-white interior illustrations by the author.   

Limited: 400 signed numbered hardcover copies                                                                                        

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Comes a Pale Rider by Caitlin R. Kiernan

Fourteen years after the release of ‘Alabaster’ Subterranean Press have published a second collection of Dancy Flammarion short stories. From Selma, Alabama to the back roads of Georgia to a South Carolina ghost town, Dancy continues her holy war with the beings of night and shadow, driven always on by her own insanity or an angel with a fiery sword—or possibly both.

Comes a Pale Rider includes two new tales available nowhere else, each more than 10,000 words: “Dreams of a Poor Wayfaring Stranger,” and “Requiem.” The volume concludes with a brand new 3,000 word afterword.

Each of the stories features a full-page black-and-white illustration by Ted Naifeh.

Limited: 600 signed numbered copies, bound in leather, accompanied by the exclusive bonus hardcover, Refugees


                                          


Tricked by Kevin Hearne 

Cutting a deal with a trickster god rarely goes well for any human brave or foolish enough to try it, but Druid Atticus O'Sullivan doesn't feel like he has a choice. He can't train his apprentice in peace with members of the Norse pantheon out for his blood, so he asks Coyote to help him fake his death. The cost, however, might wind up being every bit as high as if he'd made no deal at all. There are things hiding in the Arizona desert that don't want any company, and Coyote makes sure they know Atticus has arrived. And there's the hound of Hel, Garm, who's terribly difficult to shake and not at all convinced that Atticus is dead. 

But being tricked by a trickster is par for the course: It's the betrayal from someone he thought was a friend that shakes Atticus to the core and places his life in jeopardy. The real trick, he discovers, might be surviving his own faked death.

Limited: 500 signed numbered hardcover copies

                                                                                        

A Question of Navigation by Kevin Hearne

The only favor the aliens do for Clint Beecham when they abduct him is give him a shirt that says DO NOT EAT on it in their language. He’s told that as a physicist, he is to be reserved, along with five other scientists, for a mysterious purpose. 

But fifty thousand other humans on board the interstellar scout ship are scheduled to be butchered and frozen, a food supply for the long journey to the alien homeworld. Clint and the other Reserves can’t stand by and let that happen.

Ayesha is a biologist and Deepali a geologist; Oscar is a meteorologist and Gregory specializes in robotics; Hanh is a researcher in marine biology. Together they’re humanity’s last unlikely hope. Because if they don’t find a way to stop the ravenous aliens from reporting that they’ve found a planet full of delicious creatures to eat, the fifty thousand humans on board will only be the first of billions: the entire earth will become an all-you-can-eat buffet. 

Limited: 1250 signed numbered cloth-bound hardcovers


                                                                                        

Over the years of collecting books from Subterranean Press we’ve come to appreciate their ‘Best of’ editions which typically showcase the respective authors career and range, introducing the reader to a brace of award winning stories. We probably have about twenty of these editions to date and getting three in succession is a treat!  

  

We will try to list things of interest from the site on eBay, so look for our irregular listings under ‘wyrdbooks’.  

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WHAT WE’RE LISTENING TO

  • Alice Cooper- Detroit Stories
  • Foo Fighters - Medicine at Midnight   
  • Foo Fighters - Concrete and Gold
  • Kings of Leon - When You see Yourself

Salvation - Peter F. Hamilton

Gideon the Ninth - Tamsyn Muir

The Black Hawks - David Wragg

Blackwing - Ed McDonald

The Consuming Fire - John Scalzi

The Last Emperox - John Scalzi

Many are the Dead ( Novella) - Anthony Ryan

The Black Song  -  Anthony Ryan

                                                             Ninefox Gambit - Yoon Ha Lee

                                                             Prince of Thorns - Mark Lawrence

                                                             King of Thorns - Mark Lawrence 

                                                             Emperor of Thorns - Mark Lawrence 

                                                             Rynosseros - Terry Dowling 

                                                             The Trouble with Peace - Joe Abercrombie

                                                             The Kraken’s Tooth - Anthony Ryan

                                                             The Boundless - Peter Newman


                                                                               







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