The Skin Trade – George R. R. Martin – WSFA

When a string of bizarre killings strikes her small city, private investigator Randi Wade becomes suspicious. Still haunted by her father’s death at the claws and teeth of a strange beast almost twenty years before, the serial killer’s grisly murders remind her of that still-unsolved murder. As the police hit a dead end, Randi starts looking for answers of her own. But when a close friend suddenly becomes a target, he is forced to reveal a startling secret about himself and Randi is quickly pulled into a dark underworld where monsters are all too real … and prey on the living.

Bram Stoker ‘Best Novellette’ and winner of the World Fantasy award for Best Novella. Originally available in the 1989 horror fiction compilation ‘Dark Visions’ (also issued as ‘Dark Love’, ‘The Skin Trade’ and ‘Night Visions 5’). Also appears in ‘Quartet: Four Tales from the Crossroads’ and ‘Dreamsongs: Volume II’). Issued for the first time in hardcover by WSFA press in 2013, these were produced especially for the 2013 Capclave convention as George R. R. Martin was the Guest of Honour. This edition was limited to 500 trade (unsigned) editions, as well as a further 500 signed / numbered hardcovers. Illustrated by Rick Berry both the trade and limited editions feature 10 black-and-interiors pieces of artwork as share the same cover.

500 copies of the trade edition (unsigned). ISBN: 978-1-936896-04-2, priced at $25 on the inner flap. Black boards, claw marks motif carried through to the front of the boards. Smaller than a standard sized book. 

500 numbered copies of the limited edition. As for the trade edition but signed by both the author and the artist to a specially bound in signature page. ISBN: 978-1-936896-03-5, priced at $35 on the rear inner flap.

At the time of writing it looks like the trade edition is still available in limited numbers from the publishers website (at the original $25 retail price), however the limited edition is (unsurprisingly) sold out. Expect to pay about £100 for a pristine copy.

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Perfect Shadow – Brent Weeks – Subterranean Press

Gaelan Starfire is a farmer now, happy to be a husband and a father; a careful, quiet, simple man. He’s also an immortal, peerless in the arts of war. Over the centuries, he’s worn many faces to hide his gift, but he is a man ill-fit for obscurity, and all too often he’s become a hero, his very names passing into legend: Acaelus Thorne, Yric the Black, Hrothan Steelbender, Tal Drakkan, Rebus Nimble.

But when Gaelan must take a job hunting down the world’s finest assassins for the beautiful courtesan-and-crimelord Gwinvere Kirena, what he finds may destroy everything he’s ever believed in.

The first (and currently only) novella by Brent Weeks. This was published by Subterranean Press (978-1-59606-415-7) in hardcover in 2011. Set in the “Night’s Angel” universe providing an origin story of Durzo Blint. Published as two separate editions (limited and lettered), this has also subsequently been made available as an eBook download. It is not available in a trade edition or from any other publisher.

Limited edition – fully bound in grey leather with a full colour cover illustration by Raymond Swanland, this was limited to just 1500 copies. Signed by the author to a special bound in signature page. There is just a single printing of this edition which is identified as such by the words ‘First Edition’ on the copyright page. Originally priced at $45 on the jacket. There are also an unknown addition number of limited edition ‘state’ books that are signed but are numbered ‘PC’ – Publishers Copy.

The Lettered edition is also fully bound in leather and is limited to just 26 copies. It is again signed by the author but I don’t have any specific pictures of this edition as I haven’t come across this in the wild – or currently online.

Due to the fact that this didn’t have a trade print-run, this is very rare. At the time of this post there are just 2 copies available of the limited edition with prices of around £160. I have yet to see a lettered edition available for sale but expect the price to be multiples of that of the limited edition if you can find it.

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A Clash of Kings – George R. R. Martin – Voyager – 1ST UK Hardcover

The second volume in George R. R. Martin’s classic ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’. The first edition was published in the UK by Voyager in 1998 (ISBN:0-00-224585-X / 978-0-00-224585-2)., this preceded the US edition which was published the following year by Bantam.  Featuring a full colour cover illustration by Jim Burns unique to the UK edition, this is priced on the dust cover at £17.99. The printing state is indicating by a print line on the copyright page, with the 1st printing indicated by the full line: “1 3 5 7 9 8 6 4 2”, subsequent prints are indicated by the removal in order of numbers starting from the lowest. Be aware that there is a book club edition (BCA) of this available which shares the same art-work and (unusually) is also the same size – often online these book club editions are not differentiated from the Voyager edition.

As far as I am aware there have been just 2 printings made of this edition. Finding either printing is rare – with the 1st printing especially so. A true 1st printing is likely to be £200-£300 depending on the condition, with the 2nd printing reaching about £100. Even the book club edition has some value at approximately £50-£100.

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Angelic – Kelley Armstrong – Subterranean Press

As a half-demon master of the dark arts, Eve Levine isn’t what anyone would call angelic. That’s exactly why the Fates chose her for the job. She’s their secret weapon against the forces of evil.

However after five years, Eve is tired of being the designated rebel of the angel corps, expected to break the rules, then penalized for it. When the leaderless djinn stage an uprising, Eve sees the perfect chance to get herself fired. As she plunges deeper into the demon world, though, she realizes she’s in danger of losing a lot more than her job.

The first Kelley Armstrong novella published by Subterranean Press (978-1-59606-246-7), this is set in the “Woman in the Otherworld” universe. Published in hardback in December 2009,  as two separate editions – this has also subsequently been made available as an eBook download.

Trade edition – fully bound in green cloth with a full colour cover illustration by Maurizio Manzieri, this has a pretty small print run of just 2,500 copies. Also contains 4 number of black and white internal illustrations. There is just a single printing of this edition which is identified as such by the words ‘First Edition’ on the copyright page.

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The Limited edition is fully bound in leather (colour?) and has a pretty small print run – just 200 copies (plus an unknown number of Publisher Copies marked ‘PC’), This edition shares the same cover artwork as the trade edition – unlike the later volumes in the series which have unique covers for the limited editions. Signed by the author on a special signature page. I don’t have any specific pictures of this edition as I haven’t come across this in the wild – or currently online.

Prior to the publication of the hardcover a small number of Advance Uncorrected Proof copies were produced. These were published in paperback and do not feature either the cover or internal illustrations of the other editions. 

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Due to the small print runs copies of the trade edition are uncommon – expect prices for an unsigned copy to be £120-£150. If you can find a copy of the limited edition then expect to pay 3-4 as much. The Proof copy when available should be in the same region (if not a bit cheaper) than the trade edition.

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The Great Bazaar & Brayan’s Gold – Voyager hardcover

Hardback omnibus edition published in the UK by Voyager in April 2013 (ISBN: 978-0-00-749253-4) that contains two novellas by Peter V Brett (each set in ‘The Demon Cycle’ world). These were originally printed in hardcover by Subterranean Press. Issued without dust-jacket this has a brown, leather-style journal look with gilt titling to front boards, spine and Terry Brooks quote on back. Map front and end pages with blurb and author bio. Originally priced at £9.99 this is indicated on a removed sticker to the back cover. The first edition is identified by a single ‘1’ to the copyright page. The size of this volume is consistent with the editions of the other books in this series.

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In addition Goldsboro Books (London) has as usual produced a limited (250), signed edition copy. This is identical to the standard hardcover except for the authors signature (in a warding circle) directly to the title page as well as an embossed stamp with a handwritten number indicating the copy out of 250.

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The standard hardcover edition is still readily available with prices of £10-15 for a 1st edition. The Goldsboro Books edition is also still readily available for around £30 (or although expect prices to rise in the future).

A Storm of Swords – George R. R. Martin – Voyager HB slipcased re-issue

The third volume in George R. R. Martin’s classic ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’. This (and the other four volumes currently released) were re-issued in the UK by Voyager as a matching set of hardcovers to commemorate 15 years since the original publication. Two versions of the hardcover were issued: a standard trade hardcover (which has the dust-jacket updated to match the style of recent volumes in the series) as well as a slipcased hardcover edition. The slipcased edition was published in November of 2011 with an ISBN of: 978-0-00-745635-2

The slipcased edition has blue boards (no dust-jacket – as issued), quarter bound in a design with 5 of the House sigils. Gilt titling to spine with the Lannister House motif echoed on the matching slipcase and comes with integrated cloth bookmark. Originally retailing at £40 these were initially provided in publishers shrink wrap.

I’m not sure how many printing were made of this edition – but, if it were consistent with the earlier volumes then there would be 3. In typical Voyager fashion the printing number is provided on the copyright page (with a single ‘1’ indicating the 1st print). As with the previous volumes this is currently out of print (with no indication from the publisher of any plans to reprint) and like all the previous volumes in the series is difficult to find online. Prices have risen substantially in the last 6 months and although prices are not as high as for the previous editions expect to pay £100 for a decent copy. As far as I can tell the printing state doesn’t make a great deal of difference to the expected price – but a copy still shrink-wrapped does command a premium.

Note: Interestingly the availability and prices of the next volume in the series (‘A Feast for Crows’) are holding steady – although at some point I expect this to change and prices to rise based on the behaviour of the previous volumes.

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A Clash of Kings – George R. R. Martin – Voyager HB slipcased re-issue

The second volume in George R. R. Martin’s classic ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’. This (and the other four volumes currently released) were re-issued in the UK by Voyager as a matching set of hardcovers to commemorate 15 years since the original publication. Two versions of the hardcover were issued: a standard trade hardcover (which has the dust-jacket updated to match the style of recent volumes in the series) as well as a slipcased hardcover edition. The slipcased edition was published in September of 2011 with an ISBN of 978-0007456345.

The slipcased edition has blue boards (no dust-jacket – as issued), quarter bound in a design with 5 of the House sigils. Gilt titling to spine with the Baratheon House motif echoed on the matching slipcase and comes with integrated cloth bookmark. Originally retailing at £40 these were initially provided in publishers shrink wrap.

To my knowledge 3 printings have so far been made of the slipcased edition. In typical Voyager fashion the printing number is provided on the copyright page (with a single ‘1’ indicating the 1st print). This is currently out of print (with no indication from the publisher of any plans to reprint) and is now *extremely* difficult to find online. When you can track down a copy expect to pay in excess of £400 for a decent copy. As far as I can tell the printing state doesn’t make a great deal of difference to the expected price – but a copy still shrink-wrapped does command a premium.

Note: The next volume in the series (‘A Storm of Swords’) is now starting to become difficult to find and prices have started to rise significantly.

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