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Events and News from Borderlands Books

August, 2005

Chapter One - Event Information, News, and Special Feature

SATAN'S THREE-RING CIRCUS OF HELL Signing, with Robert Steven Rhine, Tim Vigil, Spain Rodriguez, Jim Smith, Alex Pardee, Joe Vigil, and Feo Amante, Saturday August 20th at 3:00 pm

Michael Blumlein, THE HEALER, Sunday August 21st, at 2:00 pm

Sonoma County Book Festival, Saturday September 10th from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Robin Hobb, SHAMAN'S CROSSING, Sunday September 11th at 3:00 pm

Phil Nutman WETWORK, Saturday September 17th at 4:00 pm

David Morell, CREEPERS, Sunday September 18th at 3:00 pm

Tachyon Publications Anniversary Party, Saturday September 24th at 2:00 pm

Ellen Steiber, A RUMOR OF GEMS, Saturday October 1st at 2:00 pm

Fiona Avery, THE CROWN ROSE, Saturday October 8th at 2:00 pm

John Ringo, GHOST: BOOK 1 OF KILDAR, Saturday October 8th at 4:00 pm

(for more information check the end of this section)

Overheard At The Con

This is a new feature that will appear periodically, as we attend conventions and overhear things.  The tradition of keeping track of anonymous overheard bits and bobs started for us at the 2002 ConJose in San Jose, when a staff member overheard someone she couldn't see scolding, "Shelby, it's not okay to touch your sister's breast with the back of your hand, either!".  Trying (or trying not to) fill in the blanks on other overheard conversations made us laugh so much that we thought we'd share some highlights from this years World Science Fiction Convention:

"I must be hanging out with you guys, because I'm blushing and want to hide under the table."

"Was she the one who choked herself to death with her scarf, or was she the one who had the dessert named after her in Australia?"

"Erik-The-Plasma-Screen-Installer was a wanker."

"The award for the best introduction should certainly be called the 'Fore 'ward'."

"Gee, they'll name a whole new wing of the prison after us."

"This will either be a huge success, or we'll never be allowed at another WorldCon."

[Said by an elder statesman of the science fiction field] "I'm so relieved that you were throwing me a party -- when I saw all these people gathering around I thought I was going to be lynched!"

"Television is live radio with faces." "No, television is small cinema with books."

"Oh my gosh, it's like eight people in a pterodactyl costume.  They look so lifelike!"

And the unofficial award for 'Misquote of the Con' goes to: [Mentioning Kelly Link's Hugo Award Winning Novellete "The Faery Handbag"] "The Hairy Fanbag"


The nominees for the Quill Award in the Science Fiction/Fantasy category have been announced. Readers are the final voters, so take your chance to support you favorite author and vote by September 15th.  (Simply go to , then click on the green "vote now" burst to get your ballot.)

The nominees are -
Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore
Shadow Of The Giant by Orson Scott Card
Jonathan Strange And Mr. Norrell: A Novel by Susanna Clarke
Going Postal by Terry Pratchett
The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower by Stephen King

The winners of this year's Hugo Awards were announced Sunday August 7th at the World Science Fiction Convention in Glasgow.  JONATHAN STRANGE & MR. NORRELL has won the Hugo for Best Novel.  See ( ) for a complete list of the winners.

The Chesley Awards were also presented at Interaction, the Glasgow WorldCon.  The Chesleys honor individual artistic works and achievements during a particular year, and are presented by the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists.  Borderlands extends congratulations to all the nominees and winners of this year's Chesley Awards, and particularly to artist and longtime Borderlands supporter John Picacio ( ), who won the award for Best Cover Illustration for Paperback Books for his cover of Tachyon Publications' James Tiptree, Jr. collection ( ) Her Smoke Rose Up Forever.  For more information on the Chesleys and a complete list of winners, see ( )

The nominees for this year's World Fantasy Awards were announced recently.  The nominees for Best Novel are:
Susanna Clarke, JONATHAN STRANGE & MR NORRELL (Bloomsbury)
Stephen R. Donaldson, THE RUNES OF THE EARTH (Putnam; Gollancz)
China Miéville, IRON COUNCIL (Del Rey; Pan Macmillan UK)
Sean Stewart, PERFECT CIRCLE (Small Beer Press)
Gene Wolfe, THE WIZARD KNIGHT (Tor, two volumes)
The World Fantasy Awards will be presented at the World Fantasy Convention in Madison, Wisconsin, this November.  For a complete list of nominees, see ( )

The winners of the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest have been announced!  The Bulwer-Lytton contest is " An international literary parody contest, [that] honors the memory (if not the reputation) of Victorian novelist Edward George Earl Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873). The goal of the contest is childishly simple: entrants are challenged to submit bad opening sentences to imaginary novels.  Although best known for 'The Last Days of Pompeii' (1834). . .Bulwer-Lytton opened his novel Paul Clifford (1830) with the immortal words . . . 'It was a dark and stormy night.' "This year's winner, Dan McKay of Fargo, North Dakota, submitted the following horror:  "As he stared at her ample bosom, he daydreamed of the dual Stromberg carburetors in his vintage Triumph Spitfire, highly functional yet pleasingly formed, perched prominently on top of the intake manifold, aching for experienced hands, the small knurled caps of the oil dampeners begging to be inspected and adjusted as described in chapter seven of the shop manual."
See ( ) for more information and the "Dishonorable Mention" winners.

Thanks to sharp-eyed customer Wickie Stamps ( ) for providing the following two news items: "According to the July 31st San Francisco Chronicle, horror author Dean Koontz recently hosted a $25,000 per-couple fundraising event for California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.  The event, one among many fundraisers held in Orange and San Diego counties, was arranged to coincidence with Schwarzenegger's 58th birthday.
In other star and horror news, the Poe Museum ( ), has heard that actor Sylvester Stallone is working on creating a film about the life of Edgar Allan Poe.  A cherished project of Stallone's for the past thirty years, the actor is currently the project's writer, producer and director. "

There is a new online fanzine for the Bay Area.  Check out SF/SF (Science Fiction San Francisco) at ( ).  It bills itself as "The nothing special, sorta weekly news zine for the San Francisco Bay Area," and it is edited by customer Jack Avery.  What's not to love?

Congrats to all the fine folks at Isotope Comics on their fabulous new Hayes Valley digs.  This comic lounge space looks unlike any other comic store we've ever seen.  It has comfy seating, plenty of open space and an upstairs event space.  The staff are totally cool, personable, knowledgeable, and they really know how to throw a party.  Check 'em out at 326 Fell Street (between Gough and Octavia), or online at ( ).

From The Office

It's nice to have time to write this column again.  The last few months have been even more hectic than usual and getting this newsletter out has been a very late night project.  As kind as all our customers are, I didn't want to inflict the kind of writing that I do at three in the morning on you.  Hence, no column. 

But right now it's five in the evening and my desk is completely lacking piles of papers that have to be dealt with RIGHT NOW.  So, I'm going to write a nice column for this issue.  It's a bit of a grab bag of topics that have been on my mind in recent months.

World Con -

Probably the most exciting thing that's happened recently was the World Science Fiction Convention, which was located in exotic Glasgow, Scotland at the beginning of this month.  Attending and selling books there incorporated a number of firsts for me -- first time in Glasgow (which is quite a nice city), first overseas convention (I thought that jet lag was bad at east coast cons . . . yikes), first World Con where it was just me and one other person working the table (I know, I'm spoiled but it's hard work with only two people), and the first time I was tempted to throw a fistful of money in the air at a bank with the express purpose of causing a riot (I'll get to that story a bit later).

Without going into a long "con report", suffice it to say that it was a great convention.  There were lots of familiar faces and many new friends.  I found a number of independent publishers who's books you should see appearing in the store over the next few months.  The kindness and hospitality of the convention staff, the facility staff and the populace of Glasgow in general was unusual in its plenitude and sincerity.  And, last but far from least, the dealers' room staff were the best (and most reasonable) of any World Con in my experience.  Best of all, load in and out went more smoothly that _any_ convention, regardless of size, that I've attended.

I just wish they had warned us about the money.

The Mythical and Suspicious Scottish Note -

It seems that Scotland has started printing their own currency which is distinct from the notes printed by the Bank of England.  Two Scottish banks (The Royal Bank of Scotland and The Clydesdale Bank) print notes which are, in their five, ten and twenty pound forms, the common currency from Glasgow northwards.  The feeling on the part of some English attendees that I spoke with was that this practice was "illegal", "silly" and "vaguely precious".  My own feelings were that I didn't give a damn as long as I could exchange the notes for English ones when I left (it is critical to note that Scottish notes are not recognized as currency by American banks and therefore cannot be exchanged for US dollars in the states.  Further, based on research before I left, I was going to get a better exchange rate from my bank in the US than I would get in Britain).  Since the progress reports from the convention had reassured me that I would be able to exchange Scottish notes for English at any bank, I was unconcerned.  To be honest, I was slightly pleased by the whole thing -- no doubt due to attitudes about Scottish independence I inherited from my immigrant father.  Besides, the picture of Robert the Bruce on the 20 pound note was pretty spiffy, in a fierce sort of way.

But then I went to the bank to change the notes and was informed that they kept their supply of English notes for their depositors and were unwilling to change my notes.  At one bank the clerk said she could change 160 pounds.  When I asked her if she had any suggestions as to where I could change a (significantly) larger sum, she suggested that I try some of the bigger banks closer to the city center.  Which I did.  The first bank was willing to change a maximum of 500 pounds.  Things were looking up, despite the clerk explaining that it was against bank policy to change large sums for non-depositors.  She then sent me along to the next bank (one of the largest in Glasgow and, if I remember correctly, my sixth bank of the day).  When I finally reached the clerk at this bank she sweetly informed me that she could change 50 pounds.  I asked her if she could suggest anywhere that could change the rest of my notes.  She told me that 50 pounds was the usual limit for a non-depositor and that I would just have to continue to visit banks.  I pointed out that at the rate of 50 pounds per bank I would have to spend the entire remainder of the day going to banks.

"That's unfortunate but there's really nothing I can do."

I should point out that this particular bank was a branch of the Royal Bank of Scotland.  The same bank that had printed the notes in the first place.

As I stood there, in a mild state of shock and considering the prospect of spending the entire day standing in line at bank after bank, I started considering what would happen if I pointed out (loudly) that they had printed waste paper even more worthless at an international level than a handful of sea shells.  Then I thought about the riot that I could probably cause by following this rant with a fistfuls of currency thrown in the air.

But, I'm a businessman first and a pain in the ass second so I stalked out of there and fumed.  After a bit of fuming, I decided to head back to my hotel and take a break.  Along the way I passed an American Express office and saw, to my great relief, that they were offering an exchange rate that was actually a bit better than what I had expected from my bank.  With a mix of hope and trepidation, I went in and asked if they could change my Scottish notes for US dollars.  Problem solved.

But I still do have a slight feeling of regret that I didn't try the riot route.  It would have made such a better story.

SF Residents Take Note -

For years I've been a customer at Greystone, a liquor store in Noe Valley at the corner of 24th and Castro.  What first brought me there was their excellent selection of whiskies.  That same selection and their pleasant, unassuming staff kept me coming back year after year.  So I was upset yesterday when I stopped by and discovered that they were closing shop.  It was the all too familiar reason - the landlord had raised the rent beyond their ability to pay and still make a living.  This particular increase was at the truly mad level of 33%.  So, we loose yet another local business.

But, there is a bright side to all of this.  My reason for mentioning it here is that, for the next ten days or so, they'll be selling off all their stock at a discount.  Though I'm by no means implying that our customers are heavy drinkers, I do know of quite a few who share my love of a nice whisky or glass of wine and I suspect that there are even more of you than I know.  So I thought that it might be nice to help out a fellow small business owner during one of the hardest times that one can face as well as save some of you a bit of cash (which you can then spend on books).  As of this writing wines are 25% off and other stock is 20% off.  And in all cases, the owner is covering the sales tax.  Not often that you find things like 16 year old Glenlivet and 25 year old McCallan on sale, is it?  So, stop by, tell them Alan from Borderlands sent you, buy a bottle and go home to have a toast to small businesses.

But stay away from that bottle of Johnny Walker Blue Label on the shelf.  It's mine (they just don't know it yet).

Recent Great Reads -

There have been a few books recently that have just knocked my socks off.  That's not to say that the books are recent.  Most bookseller that I know are in the same boat as me -- we're either reading something that came out months ago but we haven't had a chance to get to or we're reading an advance copy of something that won't be out for months.

MARKET FORCES by Richard Morgan.  So far one of my favorite books of the year.  It's a stand-alone, near future story of an up and coming executive.  But in this future, you win contracts by being the only one who survives the drive to the meeting as your competitors try everything short of gunfire to make sure you don't make it.  But the best thing about the book is the way that, without being preachy or lecturing, it made me really consider where some of the current trends of corporate expansion and globalization could take our society.  Truly an example of near future SF at its best.

Y - THE LAST MAN by Brian K. Vaughn.  This comic has been collected in five volumes thus far and is one of the best graphic novels I've read since Sandman.  The basic premise is that a plague kills every mammal with a Y chromosome on Earth.  With the exception of one young man and his monkey.  But before you start imagining all the typical scenarios that come to mind, consider that the protagonist is a slightly insecure and truly nice person.  And, he's deeply in love with his fiancee -- who happens to be in Australia on vacation when things fall apart.  I found it totally engrossing and just a flat out great read.

The Rachel Morgan books by Kim Harrison (DEAD WITCH WALKING, THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UNDEAD, and EVERY WHICH WAY BUT DEAD) - I just finished reading all three of these and I surprised myself by really enjoying them.  I tend to be hyper-critical of the whole new crop of "supernatural investigators" and haven't enjoyed many of the ones that I've read.  The typical problem that I have is the lack of a clear and consistent rational for social structures and, if you will, the "pseudoscientific" basis for magic in a modern world that incorporates the supernatural.  It may be that I'm too much a SF reader, but if those elements are weak it destroys my "suspension of disbelief" and throws me right out of the story.

However, Harrison's work, though sometimes lacking in consistent and well reasoned underpinnings, is so engaging that I found that I stayed in the story.  The most endearing quality of the books are the conflicted and complex characters.  Without mincing words, the protagonist is a bit of a mess.  She's constantly getting herself in jams because she too impulsive and additionally she has a very hard time deciding what she wants.  By themselves this combination would be tiring but with the addition of a remarkable strength of personality and a heroic unwillingness to be pushed around the product is pretty irresistible.  Throw in Harrison's intense pacing and development of suspense and you've a set of books that kept me up too late reading on a number of occasions.

I think I've run on long enough so it's time for me to get out of the way and let you get on with the rest of this newsletter.  I'll hope to see all you locals at the store and you out of towners at the next big convention, World Fantasy in October . . . in Wisconsin.  It gets cold there, doesn't it?  Ick.

All Best,

Book Club Info

The Gay Men's Book Club will meet on Sunday, September 11th at 5 pm to discuss INVERSIONS by Iain M. Banks.  Please contact the group leader, Christopher Rodriguez, at, for more information.

The Classic Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club will meet on Sunday, August 21st at 6 pm to discuss AMERICAN GODS by Neil Gaiman  The book for September is now BELLWETHER by Connie Willis.  (The book for September was changed because the original book, RED SHIFT, is out of print.)  Please contact Jude at for more information.

Upcoming Event Details

Saturday, August 20th at 3:00pm, SATAN'S THREE-RING CIRCUS OF HELL (Asylum Press) signing with Robert Steven Rhine (SATAN GONE WILD, CHICKEN SOUP FOR SATAN, SELECTED READING FROM SATAN'S POWDER ROOM, MY BRAIN ESCAPES ME), Tim Vigil (Gothic Nights, Faust, Heavy Metal Magazine, Dark Utopia), Spain Rodriguez (Zap Comix, TRASHMAN, and TALES OF THE LEATHER NUN), Jim Smith (Co-Creator "Ren & Stimpy," co-founder Spumco, Ripping Friends, The X's), Alex Pardee (Bunny With, Eyesuck) Joe Vigil (Gunfighters in Hell) and Feo Amante - "It's dark, horrific, freaky and very funny.  The "Grin Creeper," writer Robert Steven Rhine's 270 page, glossy, color, graphic novel, featuring 43 of the top comic book illustrators in the world, is setting up tent! . . . . And its only $19.99!"  For more information see ( ).  We are sorry, but Frank Forte will not be attending the event as previously announced.

Sunday August 21st, at 2:00pm, Michael Blumlein, THE HEALER (Pyr): Borderlands is pleased to welcome Michael Blumlein, the author of THE MOVEMENT OF MOUNTAINS, and  X,Y, as well as the award-winning story collection THE BRAINS OF RATS .  He has been nominated twice for the World Fantasy Award and twice for the Bram Stoker Award.  In addition to writing, Dr. Blumlein practices and teaches medicine at the University of California at San Francisco.  Now Blumlein brings his experience as a practicing physician to bear in his novel THE HEALER, which subtly and beautifully examines the ways in which society both reveres and fears members of the medical profession. THE HEALER is a story of human life and death, human rites and rituals, seen through the eyes of an outsider, one who knows humans better, perhaps, than they know themselves.  Join us to meet this fascinating author!

Saturday September 10th from 10:00am - 5:00pm, Sonoma County Book Festival: Join Borderlands and dozens of other vendors in Santa Rosa's Courthouse Square for this sixth annual celebration of the literary arts.  There will be author appearances, panels, readings, special events for kids, and much, much more!  Details at ( )

Sunday September 11th at 3:00pm, Robin Hobb, SHAMAN'S CROSSING (Harper EOS): Borderlands is delighted to welcome the prolific and talented Robin Hobb, author of the beloved FARSEER books.  SHAMAN'S CROSSING is the first in a brand-new series, The Soldier Son Trilogy.  SHAMAN'S CROSSING is dedicated "To Caffeine and Sugar - my companions through many a long night of writing."  We know you're going to love Robin Hobb!  Check out her thoroughly entertaining website here: ( )

Saturday September 17th at 4pm, Phil Nutman, Author's Special Edition of WET WORK (Overlook Connection Press):  From the publisher's website: "Dominic Corvino – covert assassin, the CIA’s top “wet work” specialist.
Nick Packard – a rookie cop about to undergo his baptism of fire on the Washington DC mean streets.
Two different men whose destinies are about to collide as Armageddon unfolds…
When a routine hit on a pair of rogue DEA agents goes horribly wrong in Panama, Corvino discovers not only has his team been betrayed from within, but he, too, is marked for death.
For Packard, his first day on the job rapidly descends into Hell on Earth when a domestic disturbance turns into a blood-soaked nightmare.  As a plague sweeps across the globe, turning normally non-lethal diseases fatal, the dead begin to revive.  Violence-crazed and hungry for flesh, they are everywhere.  And as their troops increase in size – and appetite – a new order is steadily established from coast to coast… A new order that leaves no room for the living."
Philip Nutman is a novelist, short story writer, comic book scriptwriter, and screenwriter.  Join us for an afternoon of the living dead! (We are sorry, but Brian Keene, who was also originally scheduled to appear, has had to cancel.)

Sunday September 18th at 3:00pm, David Morell, CREEPERS:  Join us to meet David Morrell!  From Publisher's Weekly: "Morrell takes a creative kind of breaking-and-entering as the premise for his latest thriller. . ., a gripping story that demands to be read in a single sitting.  Disguising himself as a journalist, Frank Balenger, ex-U.S. Army Ranger and Iraqi war veteran, joins a group of "Creepers," also known as infiltrators, urban explorers or city speleologists—men and women who outfit themselves with caving gear to break into and explore buildings that have long been closed up and abandoned.  Though what they're doing is technically illegal, participants pride themselves on never stealing or destroying anything they find at these sites.  They take only photographs and aim to leave no footprints.  Balenger joins a group of four: the leader, Professor Robert Conklin, high school teacher Vincent Vanelli and graduate students Rick and Cora Magill.  This gang infiltrates the Paragon Hotel, an abandoned, seven-story, pyramidal Asbury Park, N.J., structure built in 1901 by eccentric, hemophiliac Morgan Carlisle.  Balenger and the professor have a special agenda, but the others are there simply for the thrills.  Things quickly begin to unravel in life-threatening ways once the intrepid infiltrators penetrate the building—they aren't the only ones creeping around the spooky hotel.  Morrell delivers first-rate, suspenseful storytelling once again."

Look for more details about the following events in our next newsletter -

Saturday September 24th at 2:00 pm, Tachyon Publications Anniversary Party

Saturday October 1st at 2:00 pm, Ellen Steiber, A RUMOR OF GEMS (Tor)

Saturday October 8th at 2:00 pm, Fiona Avery, THE CROWN ROSE (Pyr)

Saturday October 8th at 4:00 pm, John Ringo, GHOST: BOOK 1 OF KILDAR (Baen)

Borderlands event policy - all events are free of charge.  You are welcome to bring copies of an author's books purchased elsewhere to be autographed (but we do appreciate it if you purchase something while at the event).  For most events you are welcome to bring as many books as you wish for autographs.  If you are unable to attend the event we will be happy to have a copy of the author's books signed or inscribed for you.  We can then either hold it until you can come in to pick it up or we can ship it to you.  Just give us a call or drop us an email.  If you live out of town, you can also ship us books from your collection to be signed.  Call or email for details.

Chapter Two - Book Listings

Small Press Features

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Oddities:

Beresford Egan by Adrian Woodhouse (Tartarus, Oversized Hardcover, $90.00) - One of 750 limited edition copies.  Hailed as one of the few truly original British exponents of art déco, Beresford Egan was an essential element of bohemian London for over fifty years. He enjoyed a brief but dazzling career as draughtsman of decadence in the late 1920s-early 1930s, bursting upon artistic London, aged twenty-three, with his brilliantly illustrated lampoon on the banning of Radclyffe Hall's notorious novel The Well Of Loneliness (1928) - . Over the next six years he produced illustrations and book covers of unparalleled beauty and ferocity for works by Aleister Crowley, Pierre Louÿs and Charles Baudelaire. He also illustrated his own novels and the monographs of his first wife, the beautiful Catherine Bower Alcock.
This book celebrates the centenary of Egan's birth, presenting seventy-nine black-and-white and twenty-five colour illustrations-the best of his published art work from 1928 to 1934 -along with many striking drawings, paintings and designs never seen before. These are augmented by Adrian Woodhouse's exhilarating and revealing account of the man and his chief talent, his varied later careers as music-hall performer, film star, dramatist, theatre critic, legendary 'Chelsea artist' and lover of beautiful women. The text is adorned with further images from Egan's long and eventful life, including his earliest work as a cartoonist, photographs of him in British films of the 1940s and his last published drawings before his death in London in 1984.

Strange Itineraries (Vegas Edition) -  by Tim Powers (Tachyon, Trade Paperback, $25.00) - Special preview edition, signed by Powers and limited to 100 copies.  The regular Trade Paperback edition is also available for $15.95. - From Publisher's Weekly (Starred Review): "The nine eccentric, label-defying selections (three written with James P. Blaylock) in Powers's outstanding first story collection offer the same literary pleasures as this World Fantasy Award–winner's novels (Declare, etc.). The eerily atmospheric 'Pat Moore,' in which numerous Pat Moores collide (some male, some female, some living, some ghosts), is far from your conventional ghost story.  'Through and Through' is a brilliant study of a disillusioned priest and his penitents within the confessional.  The reader hopes that Bernard Wilkins of 'The Better Boy' can keep the worms away from his prize tomato plant, that he can preserve his beloved 'inventor pants' and, finally, just stay alive.  In 'Night Moves,' perhaps the volume's finest entry, memories and dreams pervade the hero's life, with a colorful subsidiary cast.  These are subtle, suggestive tales for the connoisseur of imaginative fiction."

The Girlhood of Shakespeare’s Heroines: A Story by John Crowley (Subterranean, Hardcover, $35.00) - Limited to 500 numbered copies, all signed by the author.  Story originally published in Conjunctions 39, and was NOT reprinted in Crowley’s collection, Novelties And Souvenirs 

TWOC by Graham Joyce (PS Publishing, Slipcased Hardcover, $90.00) - One of 200 signed and numbered first edition copies.  Introduction by Rob Grant.  The Trade Hardcover edition is limited to 500 signed and numbered copies, and is available for $50.00.

Dr. Black and the Guerrillia by Brendan Connell (Grafitisk, Hardcover, $20.00) - Limited to 300 hand-numbered copies. Illustrated by John Connell.

The Extraordinary Voyage of Jules Verne by Eric Brown (PS Publishing, Hardcover, $45.00) - One of 300 signed and  numbered first edition copies.  Introduction by Ian Watson.  The Trade Paperback edition, signed, numbered and limited to 500 copies, is also available for $18.00.

Blood Follows:  A Tale of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach by Steven Erikson (Night Shade Books, Hardcover, $45.00) - A novella set in the Malazan world of Gardens of the Moon, and Dead House Gates.  Limited to 150 copies, leather-bound, signed by Erikson, featuring an extra piece of artwork.  Features cover and interior artwork by Sandman artist Mike Dringenberg.  The Trade Hardcover is also available for $25.00.  If you want a copy you might want to hurry since the print run is almost sold out at the publisher and when these copies are gone we may be unable to get more.

Shelf Life edited by Greg Ketter (DreamHaven, Hardcover, $25.00) -   Introduction by Neil Gaiman.  Truly an irresistible volume.  Science fiction, fantasy and horror stories set in or around bookstores. Stories by David Bischoff, P.D. Cacek, Ramsey Campbell, Charles De Lint, Marianne de Pierres, Harlan Ellison, Rick Hautala, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, John J. Miller, A.R. Morlan, Lisa Morton, Melanie Tem, Patrick Weekes, Jack Williamson, and Gene Wolfe.  Introduction by Neil Gaiman.  Fantastic cover art by John Picacio.  "This is one of those books that makes you thrilled and smug that you're a genre reader, because everyone else is missing out.  This collection has a story for every reader and lover of bookstores.  If you pick up this book, I  hope that you have nothing else to do for the rest of weekend, because whatever it is isn't getting done." Recommended by Jude.

Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link (Small Beer Press, Hardcover, $111.00) - One of 150 signed and numbered limited edition copies.  Hand-numbered and signed by the author and illustrator and includes two tipped-in plates: an enlargement of the title story illustration and a color reproduction of the trade dust jacket painting by Shelley Jackson which is based on "Lady with an Ermine" by Leonardo da Vinci, held in The Czartoryskich Museum in Krakow. Printed by Thomson-Shore of Dexter, MI, on 70# Finch Opaque Cream White Smooth paper, with 80# Oatmeal Rainbow Endpapers, Smyth Sewn in Cobalt Blue Pearl Linen Cloth, with a ribbon to keep your place.
Accompanied by a deck of poker cards backed with the cover illustration and illustrated with Shelley Jackson's interior illustrations.  The Trade Hardcover is also available for $25.00.

Mothers & Other Monsters by Maureen F. McHugh (Small Beer Press, Hardcover, $100.00) - One of 150 signed and numbered limited edition copies.  Printed in an edition of one hundred and fifty copies signed and hand-numbered by the author.  This edition includes five poems not in the trade edition.  This edition also includes a tipped-in print of Judith Anderson photographed in the role of Medea by Erwin Blumenfeld.  The Trade Hardcover is also available for $25.00.

Agent to the Stars by John Scalzi (Subterranean, Hardcover, $30.00) - One of 1500 signed and numbered limited edition copies.

Eternity Lost: The Collected Stories Of Clifford D. Simak Volume 1 by Clifford D.  Simak (edited by Phil Stephensen-Payne) (Darkside, Hardcover, $45.00) - Limited to 500 copies.  Contains the stories How-2, Founding Father, Kindergarten, The Answers, Way For The Hangtown Rebel!, Carbon Copy, The Observer, Jackpot, Sunspot Purge, The Call From Beyond, Buckets Of Diamonds and Eternity Lost.

Wizard’s Isle - The Collected Stories of Jack Williamson vol. 3 by Jack Williamson (Haffner Press, Hardcover, $35.00)

Spider Island - The Collected Stories of Jack Williamson vol. 4 by Jack Williamson (Haffner Press, Hardcover, $35.00)

Mike Resnick - An Annotated Bibliography and Guide to His Work by Fiona Kelleghan (Farthest Star, Hardcover, $17.50) - Foreword by Ralph Roberts

Storyteller:  Writing Lessons and More from 27 Years of the Clarion Writers’ Workshop by Kate Wilhelm (Small Beer Press, Trade Paperback, $16.00)

Romance at the Edge:  In Other Worlds by Mary Janice Davidson, Angela Knight and Camille Anthony (Loose Id, Trade Paperback, $12.99)


The Ghost Pirates and Other Revenants of the Sea:  The Collected Fiction of William Hope Hodgson vol. 3 by William Hope Hodgson (edited by Jeremy Lassen) (Night Shade Books, Hardcover, $35.00) - Contents: - Introduction by Jeremy Lassen and illustrations by Jason Van Hollander. - The Ghost Pirates, The Silent Ship, A Tropical Horror, The Voice in the Night, The Shamraken' Homeward-Bounder (aka Homeward Bound), Out of the Storm, The Albatross, In the Wailing Gully, 'Prentices Mutiny, The Real Thing: On the Bridge, The Derelict, The Island of the Crossbones, How the Honourable Billy Darrell Raided the Wind, The Stone Ship (aka the Mystery of the Ship in the Night), The Trimming of Captain Dunkan, Regeneration of Captain Bully Keller, (aka The Waterloo of a Hard-Case Skipper), The Mystery of Missing Ships, We Two and Bully Dunkan, The Haunted 'Pampero', The Real Thing; 'S.O.S.', Second Mate of the Buster (aka Jack Grey, Second Mate), Fight With a Submarine, Demons of the Sea, In The Danger Zone, Old Golly, The Storm, Ships That Go Missing, The Wild Man of the Sea, The Habitants of Middle Islet, The Riven Night, The Heaving of the Log, The Sharks of the St. Elmo (aka Fifty Dead Chinamen All in a Row), By The Lee, Sailormen, and A Note on the Texts.

Walpuski’s Typewriter by Frank Darabont (Cemetery Dance, Hardcover, $50.00) - One of 400 signed and numbered limited edition copies.  The Trade Hardcover is also available for $25.00.

Freaky Flora from A to Z by Michel Gagne’ (Gagne’ International Press, Oversized Hardcover, $14.95)

The Dark Destroyer by John Glasby (Sarob, Hardcover, $100.00) - One of 40 signed and numbered deluxe edition copies.   Signed by author and cover artist Paul Lowe.  The Trade Hardcover is also available for $47.50.

Ghost Dance by Tony Richards (Sarob, Hardcover, $47.50) - Contains six short stories and two novellas.

The Lost Poetry of William Hope Hodgson by William Hope Hodgson (Tartarus/PS, Hardcover, $50.00)

Conference with the Dead by Terry Lamsley (Night Shade Books, Hardcover, $49.00) - One of 175 signed and numbered limited edition copies.  Introduction by Ramsey Campbell.  The Trade Hardcover edition is also available, at $29.00.

My Eyes Are Nailed, But Still I See by David Niall Wilson and Brett Alexander Savory (Delirium Books, Hardcover, $45.00) - One of 220 signed and numbered limited edition copies

Play Dead by Michael A. Arnzen (Raw Dog Screaming Press, Hardcover, $27.00)

The Brains of Rats by Michael Blumlein (Scream Press, Hardcover, $25.00)

Sex Crimes edited by Joseph M. Monks and Hart D.Fisher (Chanting Monks Press, Trade Paperback, $13.95)

Terror-Dot-Gov by Harold Jaffe (Raw Dog Screaming Press, Trade Paperback, $13.95)

Julius Le Vallon:  An Episode/The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood (Stark House, Trade Paperback, $19.95) - Contains two compete novels.

Satan’s 3-Ring Circus of Hell by Robert Steven Rhine (Asylum Press, Trade Paperback, $19.95) - Featuring over 40 of the world’s greatest comic artists.

One of These Things Is Not Like the Other by D. Travers Scott (Suspect Thoughts Press, Trade Paperback, $16.95)

The House of Sounds and Others by M.P. Shiel (Hippocampus Press, Trade Paperback, $20.00) - Edited and with an introduction by S.T. Joshi

In Darkness Waiting by John Shirley (Infrapress, Trade Paperback, $15.95)

Spider Pie by Alyssa Sturgill (Raw Dog Screaming Press, Trade Paperback, $10.95)

Something To Build Upon by Tim Broderick  (Twilight Tales, Trade Paperback, $12.00)

Out of the Immortal Night - Selected Works by Samuel Loveman by Samuel Loveman (edited by S.T.Joshi) (Hippocampus Press, Trade Paperback, $15.00) - Also edited by David E. Schultz

Deadly are the Naked:  The Art of Jim Smith, Sketchbook 2 - Signed Sketchbook Edition by James C. Smith (Asylum Press, Oversized Softcover, $19.95) - One of 200 signed limited edition copies.  The trade edition is also available for $9.95.

Epilogue Arcana - Hex of the Wicked Witch vol. 0 by Frank Forte (Asylum Press, Oversized Softcover, $1.95)

Billy Boy the Sick Little Fat Kid vol. 2 by Frank Forte (Asylum Press, Oversized Softcover, $2.95)

The Cletus and Floyd Show vol. 1 by Frank Forte and Gene McGuckin (Asylum Press, Oversized Softcover, $2.95)

Rebirth of Blood - The Vampire Verses vol. 1 by Frank Forte and Mike Bliss (Asylum Press, Oversized Softcover, $2.95)

Visions and Sacrifice - The Vampire Verses vol. 2 by Frank Forte and Mike Bliss (Asylum Press, Oversized Softcover, $2.95)

The Vampire Verses vol. 4 by Frank Forte and Mike Bliss (Asylum Press, Oversized Softcover, $2.95)

The Vampire Verses vol. 3 by Frank Forte and Mike Bliss (Asylum Press, Oversized Softcover, $10.00) - One of 1000 limited edition copies

House of Twelve vol. 3 edited by Cheese Hasselberger (House of Twelve Comics, Oversized Softcover, $9.95)

New and Notable

Science Fiction and Fantasy:

Necklace of Kisses by Francesca Lia Block (HarperCollins, Hardcover, $21.95)  brings us up to date with the Weetzie Bat stories.  Weetzie, now 40, is having a bit of a mid-life funk.  Her daughters Cherokee and Witch Baby are off in college, and her secret-agent lover man Max has been depressed and distant since September 11th.  Where, she wonders, are all the kisses?  Weetzie packs herself off to the weird and magical Pink Hotel to find the kisses she feels she's lost.  There she meets a blue lady, a mermaid, an invisible maid, and Pan amongst other strange characters.  Reading Block's lush descriptions and magical situations made me feel like I was floating in a dream, or more like I was losing myself in one of Weetzie Bat's kisses.  Recommended by Cary

The Loss of Leon Meed by Josh Emmons (Scribner, Hardcover, $24.00) - I liked this gentle, sweet novel about Leon Meed, whose has tragically lost his family, and is now mysteriously appearing and disappearing in a small Oregon town.  The diverse group of people that he appears to, or around, become a community of their own as they try to solve the mystery and determine whether or not they are sane.  This book wraps up very cleanly, and lacks the surprises I associate with an excellent genre novel, but it's pretty darn good for a "literary novel with a fantastic element".  Recommended by Jude.

Singer Of Souls by Adam Stemple (Tor, Hardcover, $22.95) - A really brilliant first novel, with an ending I found endlessly frustrating.  For fans of the Bordertown books, or folks who liked Tithe by Holly Black.  The world of Faery, which exists beside our own, suddenly becomes visible to our ex-junkie protagonist after he backslides during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  This is a dark, gritty, sometimes shocking, but also quite funny book and Doc, the main character, plays with one's sympathies pretty thoroughly -- he is an ambivalent, although fascinating, hero.  Additionally, the last four pages made me want to scream and yell and stamp my feet, but you, gentle reader, will not necessarily feel the same.  Recommended by Jude.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - Harry Potter vol. 6 by J.K. Rowling (Bloomsbury, Hardcover, $29.99) - The British First Edition, lovingly hand-carried back from Scotland just for you!

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - Harry Potter vol. 6 (The Deluxe Edition) by J.K. Rowling (Scholastic, Hardcover, $60.00) - "Includes 32-page insert featuring near scale reproductions of Mary GrandPré's interior art, as well as never-before-seen full-color frontispiece art on special paper. The custom-designed slipcase is foil-stamped and inside is a full cloth case book, blind-stamped on front and back cover, foil stamped on spine. The book includes full-color endpapers with jacket art from the Trade edition and a wraparound jacket featuring exclusive, suitable-for-framing art from Mary GrandPré."

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - Harry Potter vol. 6 by J.K. Rowling (Scholastic, Hardcover, $29.99)

Beyond the Deepwoods - Edge Chronicles vol. 1 by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell (David Fickling Books, Hardcover, $12.95)

Stormchaser - Edge Chronicles vol. 2 by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell (David Fickling Books, Hardcover, $12.95)

Midnight Over Sanctaphrax - Edge Chronicles vol. 3 by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell (David Fickling Books, Hardcover, $12.95)

The Curse of the Gloamglozer - Edge Chronicles vol. 4 by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell (David Fickling Books, Hardcover, $12.95)

The Last of the Sky Pirates - Edge Chronicles vol. 5 by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell (David Fickling Books, Hardcover, $12.95)

Bradbury Speaks: Too Soon from the Cave, Too Far from the Stars by Ray Bradbury (William Morrow, Hardcover, $25.95)

Little Beauties by Kim Addonizio (Simon and Schuster, Hardcover, $23.00)

Affairs at Hampden Ferrers - An English Romance by Brian Aldiss (Little, Brown, Hardcover, $32.34)

Scattered Suns - Saga of the Seven Suns vol. 4 by Kevin J. Anderson (Aspect, Hardcover, $24.95)

Academ’s Fury - Codex Alera vol. 2 by Jim Butcher (Ace, Hardcover, $24.95)

Godslayer - Sundering vol. 2 by Jacqueline Carey (Tor, Hardcover, $25.95)

Shadowfall - Godslayer Chronicles vol. 1 by James Clemens (Roc, Hardcover, $24.95)

Harshini - Hythrun Chronicles vol. 3 by Jennifer Fallon (Tor, Hardcover, $25.95)

The Big Over Easy by Jasper Fforde (Viking, Hardcover, $24.95)

The Rivers of War by Eric Flint (Del Rey, Hardcover, $25.95)

A Mankind Witch by David Freer (Baen, Hardcover, $25.00)

Old Twentieth by Joe Haldeman (Ace, Hardcover, $24.95)

The Road to Dune by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson (Tor, Hardcover, $25.95)

Bedlam’s Edge edited by Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edgehill (Baen, Hardcover, $26.00)

Talyn by Holly Lisle (Tor, Hardcover, $27.95)

First Warning - Acorna vol. 8 by Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough (Eos, Hardcover, $24.95)

Southern Fire by Juliet E. McKenna (Tor, Hardcover, $25.95)

Melusine by Sarah Monette (Ace, Hardcover, $24.95)

Across the Wall - A Tale of the Abhorsen and Other Stories by Garth Nix (Eos, Hardcover, $16.99)

Dragon Blade - Cycle of Oak, Yew, Ash, and Rowan, vol. 4 by Andre Norton and Sasha Miller (Tor, Hardcover, $24.95)

Lord of the Libraries by Mel Odom (Tor, Hardcover, $25.95)

The Book Of Spirits by James Reese (Morrow, Hardcover, $24.95)

Watch on the Rhine (Die Wacht am Rhein) by John Ringo and Tom Kratman (Baen, Hardcover, $25.00)

Accelerando by Charles Stross (Ace, Hardcover, $24.95)

The Hidden Family - The Merchant Princes, vol. 2 by Charles Stross (Tor, Hardcover, $24.95)

Afterburn by S.L. Viehl (Roc, Hardcover, $23.95)

Stars at War vol. 2 by David Weber and Steve White (Baen, Hardcover, $27.00)

The Weapon by Michael Z. Williamson (Baen, Hardcover, $25.00)

The Stonehenge Gate by Jack Williamson (Tor, Hardcover, $24.95)

Starwater Strains by Gene Wolfe (Tor, Hardcover, $25.95)

I Am Alive and You Are Dead - A Journey into the Mind of Philip K. Dick by Emmanuel Carrere (Picador, Trade Paperback, $15.00)

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King (Pocket, Trade Paperback, $14.95)

TWOC by Graham Joyce (Faber and Faber, Trade Paperback, $14.04)

Pocket Companion to Narnia - A Guide to the Magical World of C.S. Lewis by Paul F. Ford (Harper, Other Softcover, $9.95)

Companion to Narnia - A Complete Guide to the Magical World of C.S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia by Paul F. Ford (Harper, Trade Paperback, $16.95)

Non-Stop by Brian Aldiss (Overlook, Trade Paperback, $14.95)

Seekers of Dreams: Masterpieces of Fantasy edited by Douglas A. Anderson (Cold Spring Press, Trade Paperback, $14.00)

The Cat’s Pajamas by Ray Bradbury (Perennial, Trade Paperback, $12.95)

Dragonmaster by Chris Bunch (Roc, Trade Paperback, $15.00)

Crossroads: Tales Of The Southern Literary Fantastic edited by F. Brett Cox and Andy Duncan (Tor, Trade Paperback, $15.95)

The Invisible Kingdom - Invisibles vol. 7 by Grant Morrison (Vertigo/DC Comics, Oversized Softcover, $19.95)

Say You Want a Revolution - Invisibles vol. 1 by Grant Morrison (Vertigo/DC Comics, Oversized Softcover, $19.95)

Apocalipstick - Invisibles vol. 2 by Grant Morrison (Vertigo/DC Comics, Oversized Softcover, $19.95)

Counting to None - Invisibles vol. 5 by Grant Morrison (Vertigo/DC Comics, Oversized Softcover, $19.95)

Kissing Mister Quimper - Invisibles vol. 6 by Grant Morrison (Vertigo/DC Comics, Oversized Softcover, $19.95)

The Wild World of the Future by Claire Pye (Firefly Books, Oversized Softcover, $14.95)

Unmanned - Y: The Last Man vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughn (Vertigo/DC Comics, Oversized Softcover, $12.95)

Cycles - Y: The Last Man vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughn (Vertigo/DC Comics, Oversized Softcover, $12.95)

One Small Step - Y: The Last Man vol. 3 by Brian K. Vaughn (Vertigo/DC Comics, Oversized Softcover, $12.95)

Safeword - Y: The Last Man vol. 4 by Brian K. Vaughn (Vertigo/DC Comics, Oversized Softcover, $12.95)

The Ring of Truth - Y: The Last Man vol. 5 by Brian K. Vaughn (Vertigo/DC Comics, Oversized Softcover, $14.99)

Someplace To Be Flying by Charles De Lint (Orb, Trade Paperback, $14.95)

In Milton Lumky Territory by Philip K. Dick (Gollancz - B, Trade Paperback, $15.89)

Mary and the Giant by Philip K. Dick (Gollancz - B, Trade Paperback, $15.89)

Something Rotten by Jasper Fforde (Penguin, Trade Paperback, $14.00)

United Kingdom by James Lovegrove (Gollancz - B, Trade Paperback, $14.04)

Blood and Memory - The Quickening vol. 2 by Fiona McIntosh (Eos, Trade Paperback, $14.95)

Iron Council by China Mieville (Ballantine, Trade Paperback, $15.95)

Entropy in the U.K. - The Invisibles vol. 3 by Grant Morrison (Vertigo/DC Comics, Trade Paperback, $19.95)

Bloody Hell In America - The Invisibles vol. 4 by Grant Morrison (Vertigo/DC Comics, Trade Paperback, $12.95)

Grim Tuesday - Keys to the Kingdom vol. 2 by Garth Nix (Scholastic, Trade Paperback, $5.99)

Star Scroll - Dragon Prince vol. 2 by Melanie Rawn (DAW, Trade Paperback, $15.00)

Edenborn by Nick Sagan (New American Library, Trade Paperback, $13.95)

Foreigner - Quintaglio Ascension vol. 3 by Robert J. Sawyer (Tor, Trade Paperback, $14.95)

Wizards: Stories of Mischief, Magic and Mayhem edited by Jennifer Schwamm Willis (Thunder’s Mouth Press, Trade Paperback, $16.95)

Moon’s Web by C.T. Adams and Cathy Clamp (Tor, Mass Market, $6.99)

Weapons of Choice by John Birmingham (Ballantine, Mass Market, $7.99)

Banewreaker - Sundering vol.1 by Jacqueline Carey (Tor, Mass Market, $7.99)

Storms of Destiny - Exiles of Boq’urain vol. 1 by A.C. Crispin (Eos, Mass Market, $7.99)

Nylon Angel - Parrish Plessis vol.1 by Marianne De Pierres (Roc, Mass Market, $6.99)

1634: The Galileo Affair by Eric Flint and Andrew Dennis (Baen, Mass Market, $7.99)

The Wilding by C.S. Friedman (DAW , Mass Market, $7.99)

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (Dell, Mass Market, $3.99)

Radiant by James Alan Gardner (Eos, Mass Market, $7.99)

People of the Raven by Kathleen O’Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear (Tor, Mass Market, $7.99)

Reflex by Steven Gould (Tor, Mass Market, $6.99)

Elegy for a Lost Star - Symphony of Ages vol. 5 by Elizabeth Haydon (Tor, Mass Market, $7.99)

Women of War edited by Tanya Huff and Alexander Potter (DAW , Mass Market, $7.50)

The Dark Ascent by Walter H. Hunt (Tor, Mass Market, $7.99)

New Spring - Wheel of Time: In the Beginning vol. 1 by Robert Jordan (Tor, Mass Market, $4.00)

A State of Disobedience by Tom Kratman (Baen, Mass Market, $7.99)

Acorna’s Search by Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough (HarperTorch, Mass Market, $7.50)

Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast by Robin McKinley (Eos, Mass Market, $6.99)

Book Of Years vol. 2 by Peter Morwood (DAW , Mass Market, $7.99)

Forty Signs of Rain by Kim Stanley Robinson (Bantam Spectra, Mass Market, $7.99)

Dexta by C.J. Ryan (Bantam Spectra, Mass Market, $6.99)

A Brother’s Price by Wen Spencer (Roc, Mass Market, $6.99)

Worlds That Weren’t by Harry Turtledove, S.M. Stirling, Mary Gentle and Walter Jon Williams (Roc, Mass Market, $6.99) - A collection of four novellas.

Warprize by Elizabeth Vaughan (Tor, Mass Market, $6.99)

Wind Rider’s Oath by David Weber (Baen, Mass Market, $7.99)

Guardians of the Lost - Sovereign Stone vol. 2 by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman (HarperTorch, Mass Market, $7.99)

The Last Guardian Of Everness - War Of The Dreaming vol.1 by John C. Wright (Tor, Mass Market, $6.99)


The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror 18th Annual Collection, The edited by Ellen Datlow, Kelly Link, and Gavin Grant. (St. Martin's, Hardcover, $35.00)

Undead and Unappreciated - Undead vol. 3 by Mary Janice Davidson (Berkley, Hardcover, $21.95)

The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror 18th Annual Collection edited by Ellen Datlow, Kelly Link, and Gavin Grant (St. Martin's, Trade Paperback, $19.95)

Alone with the Horrors: The Great Short Fiction of Ramsey Campbell, 1961-1991 by Ramsey Campbell (Tor, Trade Paperback, $15.95)

Carpe Demon - Adventures of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom by Julie Kenner (Berkley, Trade Paperback, $12.95)

Children of the Night by Mercedes Lackey (Tor, Trade Paperback, $14.95)

London, 1850 - Vampire Plagues vol. 1 by Sebastian Rook (Scholastic, Trade Paperback, $5.99)

The Haunting of Alaizabel Clay by Chris Wooding (Scholastic, Trade Paperback, $7.99)

The Heap by H.P. Albarelli, Jr. (Peredur Publishing, Trade Paperback, $15.95)

A Taste of Crimson by Marjorie M. Liu (Jove, Mass Market, $6.99)

How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks (Avon, Mass Market, $5.99)

Finishing Touches by Thomas Tessier (Leisure, Mass Market, $6.99)

Featured Upcoming Titles

(These titles have not arrived yet.  You may pre-order any of these books by calling or emailing us.  Prices may be subject to change.  Of course, we have many more titles arriving each week . . . call or email us if you're curious about a particular upcoming title not listed here.)

Small Press:

The Pumpkin Boy by Al Sarrantonio (Endeavor Press, Signed, Limited Edition Hardcover)

F*ckin' Lie Down Already by Tom Piccirilli (Endeavor Press, Trade Paperback)

Blood Red by James A. Moore (Earthling Publications, Signed and Limited Hardcover, $45) -  Bound in red cloth with black foil stamping to the spine and front board.

Song of Kali: 20th Anniversary Edition by Dan Simmons (Earthling Publications, Signed and Numbered Limited Hardcover, $75) - Leather and clothbound, with slipcase. Limited to 400 copies.

Coming soon from Ash-Tree Press:
The Watcher by the Threshold by John Buchan

The Motion Demon by Stefan Grabinski

The World, the Flesh, and the Devil: Fantastical Writings by Gerald Kersh

The Ash-Tree Press Henry S. Whitehead (in three volumes)

Also forthcoming is "Thomas Ligotti: Teatro Grottesco.  This will be published in Autumn 2005 [by Durtro Press].  Each story has been newly revised by the author for this volume.  In addition to the contents listed below, the Durtro edition also includes hitherto rare texts by Ligotti which will not be included in any future trade edition of this volume.
Table of Contents:
Purity * The Town Manager * Sideshow, and Other Stories * The Clown Puppet * The Red Tower
My Case for Retributive Action * Our Temporary Supervisor * In a Foreign Town, In a Foreign Land
The Damaged and the Diseased
Teatro Grottesco * Gas Station Carnivals * The Bungalow House * Severini * The Shadow, the Darkness" 
We will provide pricing and limitation information as soon as it becomes available.

British Book Watch:

The following titles are coming soon from the UK:

Judas Unchained by Peter F. Hamilton (Macmillian, Hardcover)

Pushing Ice by Alastair Reynolds (Gollancz, Hardcover)

Looking For Jake And Other Stories by China Mieville (Macmillian, Hardcover and Trade Paperback)

Vellum: The Book Of All Hours Volume 1 by Hal Duncan (Macmillan, Hardcover)

Learning The World by Ken MacLeod (Orbit, Hardcover)

Living Next Door To The God Of Love by Justina Robson (Macmillian, Hardcover)

Double Vision by Tricia Sullivan (Orbit, Trade Paperback)

Against Gravity by Gary Gibson (Tor UK, Trade Paperback)

The Destiny Mask by Martin Sketchley (Simon & Schuster UK, Trade Paperback)

Gradisil by Adam Roberts (Gollancz, Trade Paperback)

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Contributors - Jude Feldman, Francis Carr

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