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SHIPPING NOW in a Limited Edition, Illustrated Hardcover from Centipede Press
This special edition also includes an essay on the novel's development, an early draft of the Bloodwolf chapter from Shadows 9 (edited by Charles L. Grant), and an additional "Tale From The Deadfall" short story written specifically for this volume.
For the Centipede Press special limited hardcover edition this eerie & disturbing story has been ideally illustrated by the full-page pen & ink renderings of Danish artist John Kenn Mortensen, whose creepy European-flavored, Gorey-like drawings on small post-it notes have been a recent internet sensation. Click here for a preview of these remarkable drawings.
For more examples of John's work read the article Tim Burtonesque Stories on Post-it Notes.
A mass market paperback and ebook edition of Deadfall Hotel will be published in May of 2012 by Solaris Books.
"You’ll have to wait, which is a shame because this is going to be a book you’ll want to read. . ." Hellnotes
"Astonishingly beautiful." -- Jonathan Oliver
"If you really need to lose yourself in lush language for a while, to race between mourning and desire & wander the corridors of a hotel where ordinary people just do not stay, then this is the book for you. For me it is a very literary treatment of the uncanny, a much more psychologically satisfying handling of grief and shock and unreal realities than most books of terror will brave.
I've had the pleasure to teach a portion of this novel twice from Exotic Gothic 3 to my Gothic students at Lone Star College in Texas, who are rather picky connoisseurs. They have been left breathless. This is one meant for a larger audience."
--Danel Olson, Professor of English, Lone Star College and editor of the Exotic Gothic anthology series.
Reminiscent of Ray Bradbury and combining the atmosphere of Edward Gorey with the phantasmagoric richness of setting found in Mervyn Peake, Deadfall Hotel guides you through a season spent in the ultimate haunted hotel. Christopher Fowler calls it "eerie, disturbing and yet strangely touching." Told through the story of a widower who takes the job of manager at a remote hotel where the guests are not quite like you and me, accompanied by his daughter and the ghost of his wife, Deadfall Hotel chronicles what happens when nightmares seek a place of sanctuary, where werewolves and vampires, cults and creatures which cannot be named take their holiday. A product of over twenty years of work, this literary exploration of the roots of horror in the collective unconscious may be the Bram Stoker, British Fantasy, and World Fantasy award-winning author's finest creation to date.
Read the excerpt in Exotic Gothic 3.
THE FAR SIDE OF THE LAKE
Note: THIS BOOK IS NOW ALSO AVAILABLE IN EBOOK FORM. Go to our ebooks page for more information.
This beautiful limited edition Ash-Tree Press hardcover collects 33 of Steve Rasnic Tem's finest quiet tales of the supernatural.
"Another blue-chip collection, another book you need to own if you're at all interested in where the literature of the uncanny is at, or in where it's going. Taken together [with City Fishing] . . . the two volumes stand alongside anything published in the field of supernatural literature over the last few years."
-- Steve Duffy, All Hallows
CONTENTS: Introduction (‘Speak Softly and Listen’); At the Bureau; Crutches; The Bad People; Leaks; Stone Head; Mirror Man; The Sky Come Down to Earth; Houses Creaking in the Wind; Grim Monkeys; Rider; Escape on a Train; The Far Side of the Lake; Presage; Derelicts; Aquarium; In the Trees; Among the Old; The Little Dead Girl; In a Guest House; Underground; Dark Shapes in the Road; Decodings; At the End of the Day; Fogwell; Ice House Pond; Charlie Goode’s Ghosts: Introduction (‘Hauntings: The Power of the Past’); The Dancers in the Leaves; Hearts; Bouquet; The Snow People; Cutlery; Absences; Goode Farm. Bibliography.
Jacket painting by Tony Patrick. Limited to 500 copies.
Since his stories first began appearing in print in the late 1970s, Steve Rasnic Tem has established himself as one of the most prolific and respected voices in modern supernatural fiction. Although his work has been classed as many things—science fiction, horror, fantasy—Tem himself believes that ‘the vast majority of my fiction concerns in some way the idea of ghosts and the power of the past’.
Tem’s stories are rooted in a present-day world which, on the surface, appears normal and even safe; a world in which characters go on holiday, attend reunions, pick up children from school, and try to do their jobs as best they can. A closer look, however, reveals a world in which real and imaginary horrors are forever lurking at the edges of vision, ready to reach out and embrace those whose grasp of reality and the ordinary pleasures of life and love is tenuous at best, and slipping more each day.
It is also a world in which the past is a constant companion; no more so than in Tem’s stories of Charlie Goode, gathered together here in their entirety for the first time. Charlie, now retired, is forced to confront his own mortality as the past—his own, and that of others—becomes a reality more solid, more urgent, and more hungry than the present. In attempting to make sense of the threads of his life, Charlie comes to realise, as Tem does, that there is both knowledge and discovery in the power of the past.
The title story, ‘The Far Side of the Lake’ was published in this collection for the first time.
A scatter of comments on the individual stories:
"Crutches"--"an unforgettable surrealistic nightmare" -- Washington Post Book World
"The Sky Come Down to Earth"--"No one has written so well of the inward spirit of the unwanted child since Shirley Jackson." -- Stephen King
"Leaks"--winner of the British Fantasy Award
THE HYDROCEPHALIC WARD
Steve's poetry collection The Hydrocephalic Ward collects fifty new and previously published poems. Included are: "Snapping Turtles," "Nightcrawlers," "When You Think of Them," "Skin," "Time Machines," "Directions for Killing the Automated House," "The Dreaming Machine Dreams of its Creators," "Poe's Grave," "Werewolf, Manhattan," and forty other poems.
"With all their silence--the long pause between thought and action, between now and the memory--and the spaces they dance through in just the relatively brief span of a life--we are all poets." --from the introduction