To Indigo by Tanith Lee. Book ReviewComments Off
Immanion Press, p/b, £11.99 www.immanion-press.com
Reviewed by Rhian Bowley
It’s always interesting when writers write about writers, and that memory of Misery you just had isn’t out of place here. We’re not talking Sarah-Jessica adverts for laptops, or Bukowski’s bourbon product-placement. No, Lee’s author protagonist is not an advert for the literary profession. A few chapters into Roy’s life, and the formulaic thriller hack is not an advert for anything at all.
Middle-aged, alone and repressed, Roy’s small-minded life is continuing to be as dull and unpleasant as normal, until a chance encounter with Sej. Sej appears to be a doppelganger of a character in one of Roy’s novels, the secret side-project that no one else has ever read. Unfinished and destined to remain so, Roy’s side-line project is an indulgent fantasy novel, complete with mysticism, madness and debauchery. Roy considers it; ‘for all its failings and inertia, the one interesting book I had ever attempted’. Not the kind of thing his crime audience want from him. And not the kind of story from which you want a character to hold you hostage, charming the neighbours into believing everything’s okay and thwarting your escape attempts. Who is Sej, what does he want with Roy, and how could any of this be real?
Lee mixes tawdry suburbia with psychological thriller and fantasy tropes, and leaves the reader guessing until the very end. It’s difficult to say much about the plot, or even the destination, of this novel without giving too much away and ruining the skilfully layered tension. Fans of her dark character studies and questioning of normality will be pleased, and her elegant prose and sly humour will be selling points for new readers.
Imaginings series from NewCon PressComments Off
The first book in the Imaginings series from NewCon Press, Cold Grey Stones by Tanith Lee (with artwork by John Kaiine) is ready and is set for release on 26 January 2012. The second volume in the series will be Last and First Contacts by Stephen Baxter, scheduled for release on 26 April 2012. It features artwork by David Hardy.
Full details of the Imaginings project can be found at the NewCon Press website HERE
NewCon Press plans for 2012Comments Off
Ian Whates has announced his plans for NewCon Press in 2012. There are three titles planned for release at Eastercon 2012. One is a short story collection from Ian Watson, gathering together fifteen previously uncollected stories, with an introduction by Adam Roberts. The next is a hard SF novel written by Andy West. Finally, there will be an anthology, Dark Currents, that returns to the traditional NewCon Press formula of mixing science fiction, fantasy, slipstream and horror stories, all written to a common theme.
Later in the year, there will be a collaboration between NewCon Press and Un:bound. This will involve a podcast programme, individually downloadable readings of original stories, plus an anthology (e-book and hardcopy).
Finally, plans for the Imaginings series of signed limited editions are well under way with individual issues devoted to the work of Tanith Lee, Nina Allan, Adam Roberts, Stephen Baxter, Pat Cadigan and Jon Courtenay Grimwood. Volume 1 will feature the work of Tanith Lee. Entitled Cold Grey Stones, the book will comprise eleven stories, six of which have previously appeared in such publications as Interzone, Realms of Fantasy, and Fantasy Magazine, while five are completely original to this collection. The cover features atmospheric artwork by Tanith’s husband, John Kaiine.
Book sales now on!Comments Off
NewCon Press is offering its vampire anthology The Bitten Word signed limited edition hardback, at half price. 336 pages, seventeen original stories from the likes of Kelley Armstrong, Tanith Lee, Storm Constantine, Jon Courtenay Grimwood, Gail Z. Martin, Freda Warrington, Simon Clark, Chaz Brenchley, etc, all in a beautifully presented dust-jacketed hardback. This limited edition book is signed by all the authors on two bespoke signing pages and includes a full colour plate of the magnificent back cover art by award winning artist Les Edwards, plus a bonus story by Ian Watson. All for just £16.00 (plus p&p – £2.50 in the UK) rather than the listed £32.00.
In addition, they are offering the following at half price:
Limited edition hardback (unsigned) and paperback of the anthology Myth-Understandings: featuring all women authors, themed on ‘communication’, with stories from: Gwyneth Jones, Pat Cadigan, Justina Robson, Liz Williams, Tricia Sullivan, Sarah Pinborough, Storm Constantine, Deborah J Miller, Freda Warrington, Leigh Kennedy, etc.
Limited edition hardback (signed by author, introducer, and cover artist) and limited edition paperback (signed by the author) of Andrew Hook’s existential zombie novel And God Created Zombies (introduction by Sarah Pinborough).
Limited edition hardback (signed) and paperback of The Beloved of my Beloved – a collaboration between British SF author Ian Watson and Italian surrealist Roberto Quaglia. Surreal, shocking, inventive, bizarre, hilarious, outrageous, obscene, and quite, quite brilliant: Arabian Nights meets the Illustrated Man with added weirdness.
Please contact NewCon Press using the contact form on the website if you are interested in purchasing any of these titles.
Meanwhile, PS Publishing are having a clearance sale with several paperbacks at just £2.99. Some novellas, novels, collections and anthologies are priced at under £10, together with a handful of signed slipcased editions at just £12.99. ARC copies are being sold at £4.99 plus postage for the novellas and £8.99 plus postage for everything else.
Classic Weird Tales goes digitalComments Off
Wildside Press continues to convert classic issues of Weird Tales into digital format.
Weird Tales #325 (Fall 2001) features:
“From Out of the Crocodile’s Mouth,” by Darrell Schweitzer