11-25-03: Sub Press Release
The Damnable Flyer!
though they won't let you forget, you have to thank them.
Subterranean Press is clearly amongst the
top small presses in the genre fiction world and their
output is so universally desirable that I have to shield
myself to ensure that I don't end up selling the house
to buy their books. But they're smart enough to send
out flyers, like the one that arrived the other day
and it was loaded, positively loaded with must-buy
items. These are books without which life on earth can
not continue. How the hell am I supposed to be able
to afford all this stuff? More importantly -- at least
to my wife -- where the hell am I going to put it?
11-24-03: A Beautiful Uglytown, Rumpole and the Primrose Path, Steph Swainston's Year of Our War proofs, A.R.R.R. Roberts Cashes In Again
you get a good vibe from a book for a good reason.
Back in 1998, I was putting together the very
first Agony Column, then linked to Andy Fairclough's
excellent HorrorWorld web site. For my first column
I wanted to write about how the joys of cheesy fiction
had helped shape my love of horror fiction. Leafing
through the pages of a then-current Ziesing catalogue,
I came across a book that I just had to have to help
me write that column. It was 'By the Balls', ostensibly
written by Dashiell Loveless. It had a classic cheesy
front cover, but more importantly, the interior and
the content were as perfectly pitched as the cover.
On the back cover is a "crime map", and the
frontispiece pages include a list of "The PERSONS
this mystery is about--" and "What this mystery
is about --" and "Wouldn't you like to know--".
It included interior illustrations by Paul Pope. This
was the first release from Uglytown, a new venture founded
by the actual authors of 'By the Balls', Amazon reviewers
Jim Pascoe and Tom Fassbender. Speed forward to last
month, when I was window shopping and came upon a new
novel by Sean Doolittle, titled 'Burn'. It was a nicely
produced hardcover and the publisher was Uglytown. I
must admit that I was surprised. Who would have thought
that this venture built on a foundation of pure cheese
would turn into a real-deal small press? But that was
only the first of my surprises. Dark,
funny mystery fiction from Sean Doolittle and Uglytown. LA wildfires conceal a murder in Dooloittle's new novel 'Burn'. 21st century
noir, Uglytown-style. Who chopped off the insurance agent's head?
Maybe the characters from the book next door. You know that Uglytown
is a bad neighborhood. "I turned the Chrysler onto the Florida Turnpike with Rollo Kramer's headless body in the trunk, and all the time I'm thinking I should've put some plastic down."
Dark, funny mystery fiction from Sean Doolittle and Uglytown.
LA wildfires conceal a murder in Dooloittle's new novel 'Burn'.
21st century noir, Uglytown-style. Who chopped off the insurance agent's head? Maybe the characters from the book next door. You know that Uglytown is a bad neighborhood.
"I turned the Chrysler onto the Florida Turnpike with Rollo Kramer's headless body in the trunk, and all the time I'm thinking I should've put some plastic down."
Rumpole and the Primrose Path
Swainston's Year of Our War proofs
Here's a look at the face behind what we think will be one of the big fantasy releases of next year -- Steph Swainston, whose 'The Year of Our War' brings a distinct PR/urban edge to fantasy literature. Here's a shot of the bound proofs going round, which is not the cover of the book according to *.*. Just glancing at the opening chapter will give the wary reader a reason to pick up this novel. You get the same urban surreality that you get with Mieville. The prose seems pretty nice as well. Rest assured that both Katie and I will be looking at this book well in advance to let you, the readers know whence to toss your money.