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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...

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THE BOOKSNEW ARRIVALS

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

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

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

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

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

  

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

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

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

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

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

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

                

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

Edited by World Fantasy award-winner Richard Chizmar.                                                                                                    

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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           Robert .E. Howard We’ve updated all our limited edition cover images. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

First edition hardcover

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

by Glen Hirshberg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Published as a Signed Hardcover Limited Edition:

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

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

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

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

Cemetery Dance, published as a Hardcover Limited Edition:

• Limited to just 500 signed and numbered copies

• Personally signed by the author on a unique signature page


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                                                               Just finished:                                                                                          What we’re reading: 

WHAT WE’RE LISTENING TO

  • Saving Abel - all of their stuff 
  • Wonderboom - City of Gold & Automatic Shuffle
  • Squeal - all their stuff - love 'Long Pig'!
  • Falling Mirror - Hystorical
  • aKing - all their stuff

The Wolf’s Call - Anthony Ryan                                                               

A Little Hatred - Joe Abercrombie

The Ruthless - Peter Newman

Salvation - Peter F. Hamilton

Gideon the Ninth - Tamsyn Muir

                                                                               














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