Posts tagged ‘novella’

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.


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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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. 


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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New Spring – Leather Bound – US – Limited Edition – Robert Jordan

Stand-alone novel set before the start of ‘The Wheel of Time’ series. Published in the US by Tor books in January 2004 (ISBN: 0-765-30926-2) this special signed, limited edition was published simultaneously with the US trade hardcover edition. Issued without dust-jacket the boards are bound in green leather with gold titling to spine. Comes with matching green leather slipcase. As is customary with the other limited edition volumes in this series this has full-colour map end pages – it also has the trade edition dust-jacket artwork (again by Daryl K. Sweet) bound into the volume. Signed directly by the author to a limitation page this edition is limited to just 150 numbered copies (down from the 200 for other volumes in the series) with a further 52 lettered copies (up from 25 for the other volumes in the series) originally reserved for the publisher and author. This is also a first edition (identified by a full number-line on the copyright page) and originally retailed for $150.

The scarcity, the limited edition nature and the verified signature of this volume makes copies expensive. Although cheaper than the leather bound copies of other volumes in the series, for a good condition, numbered copy expect to pay in excess of £300. For a lettered copy (which come onto the market even less often) then prices are £600+

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