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Abaddon

AFTERBLIGHT CHRONICLES: Arrowland by Paul Kane (Abaddon 21 September 2010 / $9.99) - Product Description: In the years since the Hooded Man emerged from the forest to defeat the new Sheriff of Nottingham, his reputation has spread. Now a new threat has risen and The Dragon and The Widow must be tackled by Robert and his band. But when an assassin is dispatched, just as skilled as Robert with a bow and arrow, the Hooded Man finds himself once more fighting to survive!

(Source: Abaddon)

Pax Britannia: Gods of Manhattan by Al Ewing (Abaddon 21 September 2010 / $9.99) - Product Description: NEW YORK, USSA - The steam-powered city of tomorrow where psychedelic beat-poets rumble with punk futurists in the rain-drenched alleys, and where mad science colludes with the monstrous plans of the Meccha-Fuhrer! NEW YORK, USS - City of dazzle and danger. Only here could we find The Blood Spider, Doc Thunder and the saint of ghosts known as El Sombra! NEW YORK, USS - The setting for a bloody battle of steel will and science gone wild in a contest to save the city of tomorrow - or end it! (Source: Abaddon)

Ace

Bayou Moon (The Edge, Book 2) by Ilona Andrews (Ace 28 September 2010 / $7.99) - Product Description: Cerise Mar and her clan are cash poor but land rich, claiming a large swathe of the Mire, the Edge swamplands. When her parents vanish, her clan's long-time rivals are suspect. But all is not as it seems.

Two nations of the Weird are waging a cold war fought by feint and espionage, and their conflict is about to spill over into the Edge-and Cerise's life. (see review)

Dust by Joan Frances Turner (Ace 07 September 2010 / $24.95) - From author's website: Nine years ago, Jessie had a family. Now, she has a gang.
Nine years ago, Jessie was a vegetarian. Now, she eats very fresh meat.
Nine years ago, Jessie was in a car crash and died. Nine years ago, Jessie was human.
Now, she's not.
After she was buried, Jessie awoke and tore through the earth to arise, reborn, as a zombie. Jessie's gang is the Fly-by-Nights. She loves the ancient, skeletal Florian and his memories of time gone by. She's in love with Joe, a maggot-infested corpse. They fight, hunt, dance together as one—something humans can never understand. There are dark places humans have learned to avoid, lest they run into the zombie gangs.

But now, Jessie and the Fly-by-Nights have seen new creatures in the woods—things not human and not zombie. A strange new illness has flamed up out of nowhere, causing the undeads to become more alive and the living to exist on the brink of death. As bits and pieces of the truth fall around Jessie, like the flesh off her bones, she'll have to choose between looking away or staring down the madness—and hanging onto everything she has come to know as life...

(Source: Ace)

Fire: Tales of Elemental Spirits by Robin McKinley & Peter Dickinson (Ace 07 September 2010 / $15.00) - Product Description: Master storytellers Robin McKinley and Peter Dickinson present the second volume in their four planned collections, each one about the "Elementals"-water, fire, earth, and air. In Fire they tell five tales of creatures who live and die by fire, whether in the present day or the prehistoric past. From the amazing Firespace, where only fire- breathing dragons can survive; to a heroic young man who chases the mythic fireworm through dark tunnels of a dream; to a fascinating history of the Phoenix, the bird who dies and is resurrected by fire; these characters and stories from two deeply talented writers are sure to get fantasy readers everywhere all fired up. (Source: Ace)

Masques by Patricia Briggs (Ace 28 September 2010 / $7.99) - Product Description: After an upbringing of proper behavior and oppressive expectations, Aralorn fled her noble birthright for a life of adventure as a mercenary spy. Her latest mission involves spying on the increasingly powerful sorcerer Geoffrey ae'Magi. But in a war against an enemy armed with the powers of illusion, how do you know who the true enemy is-or where he will strike next? (see review)

The Dragon Book: Magical Tales from the Masters of Modern Fantasy by (Ace 07 September 2010 / $16.00) - Product Description: Never before published stories by New York Times bestselling authors Jonathan Stroud, Gregory Maguire, Garth Nix, Diana Gabaldon, and others.

Whether portrayed as fire-breathing reptilian beasts at war with humanity or as noble creatures capable of speech and mystically bonded to the warriors who ride them, dragons have been found in nearly every culture's mythology. In modern times, they can be found far from their medieval settings in locales as mundane as suburbia or as barren as post-apocalyptic landscapes-and in The Dragon Book, today's greatest fantasists reignite the fire with legendary tales that will consume readers' imaginations.

Avon

Born to Bite: An Argeneau Novel by Lynsay Sands (Avon 01 September 2010 / $7.99) - Product Description: Legend has it that Armand Argeneau is a killer in the bedroom.... But with all three of his late wives meeting unfortunate and untimely ends, is this sexy immortal a lover or a murderer? That's what Eshe d'Aureus intends to find out. As an enforcer, it's her job to bring rogue vampires to justice, even if the rogue in question makes her blood race red hot.

Armand knew she was trouble the moment Eshe roared into town on her motorcycle, clad in tight black leather. She claims she's hiding from dangerous fiends, though he suspects something more. But after three wives who've all had trouble remaining, well, undead, Armand is reluctant to open his heart again. Then strange accidents start to happen, each deadlier than the last, and Armand realizes he may not have much time to prove he's a lover, not a slayer. (see review)

Baen

Fangs for the Mammaries by (Baen 28 September 2010 / $7.99) - Product Description: Having inflicted the smug homes of suburbia with witches and werewolves. Esther Friesner now unleashes the undead to tap a vein of blood and humor, and drain the suburbs dry of both.

Vampires and the suburbs are a match made in heaven, or maybe Levittown. Remember Dracula? He didn't run into any real problems until he took his act on the road and traveled to the Big City. But in the suburbs, everyone is polite and respectful of their neighbors' right to privacy. And if your neighbors happen to have kids selling gift-wrap, magazine subscriptions, cookies, or other school fundraising ploys, and little Emily or Jason happen to come peddling their wares after sundown... Who says you have to stay in the city if you want good take-out meals delivered right to your door? There's no one quite like a vampire for saying, "All of you kids get off of my lawn!" and putting some teeth  into it.

The stories in these pages—by Sarah A. Hoyt, K.D. Wentworth, Dave Freer and more, including Esther Friesner herself—will convince the reader that vampires and suburbs go together like wine and cheese, gin and tonic, desperation and housewives, marriage and pre-nups. Enter freely and of your own will... (Source: Baen)

Monster Hunter Vendetta by Larry Correia (Baen 28 September 2010 / $7.99) - Product Description: Accountant turned professional monster hunter, Owen Zastava Pitt, managed to stop the nefarious Old One's invasion plans last year, but as a result made an enemy out of one of the most powerful beings in the universe. Now an evil death cult known as the Church of the Temporary Mortal Condition wants to capture Owen in order to gain the favor of the great Old Ones.

The Condition is led by a fanatical necromancer known as the Shadow Man. The government wants to capture the Shadow Man and has assigned the enigmatic Agent Franks to be Owen's full time bodyguard, which is a polite way of saying that Owen is monster bait.

With supernatural assassins targeting his family, a spy in their midst, and horrific beasties lurking around every corner, Owen and the staff of Monster Hunter International don't need to go hunting, because this time the monsters are hunting them. Fortunately, this bait is armed and very dangerous...  (Source: Baen)

Of Berserkers, Swords and Vampires: A Saberhagen Retrospective by Fred Saberhagen (Baen 28 September 2010 / $7.99) - Product Description: Best-selling author Fred Saberhagen created three popular series: his Berserker stories and novels telling of the endless war of humans and their alien allies against the Berserkers, gigantic robot battleships programmed by an unknown extinct race to destory all life in the galaxy; his high fantasy Lost Swords series; and his Dracula series, the first novels to tell a story from the vampire's point of view. In a book that will be irresistible for the thousands of Saberhagen fans, all three series are represented here, as well as gems from his other series, including his first-published story and his last-written story, marking the endpoints of a remarkable writer's remarkable career that spanned more than four decades As Joan Spicci Saberhagen writes in her foreword, "Even Fred's most ardent fans will have a fresh look at his talents. Whatever the setting, Fred's stories provide fast moving action and a thought-provoking theme."

Read Drew Bittner's review of Of Berserkers, Swords and Vampires in our September 2009 issue. (Source: Baen)

Ragnarok by Patrick A. Vanner (Baen 07 September 2010 / $14.00) - Product Description: Captain Alexandra "Alex" McLaughlin is not a woman to be underestimated. Under her petite exterior is a spine of solid steel and a disposition to laugh in the face of impending death. A former member of the Terran Navy's elite force, the Dead Jokers, electronic-warfare pilots with a mortality rate to match that of old Japan's Kamikazes, Alex is a born survivor. But sometimes survival can be a curse.

Humanity is locked in a war of survival with the Xan-Sskarn, an alien race that refuses to acknowledge the rights of "weaker" creatures to live. It is a war that will not end with a peace treaty, but only the complete subjugation of one species to the other. And right now, the alien side is winning. 

However, the enemy on the outside is not the only one to be faced. As the battles take on an eerily familiar pattern of no-win scenarios, Alex realized the horrifying truth; humanity has a traitor, and it's somebody close. As each battle brings more death, Alex's ghosts grow and so does her desire for vengeance. There is only one way for this to end, and Alex is just the human to take it there—to Ragnarok. (see review)

The High Crusade by Poul Anderson (Baen 07 September 2010 / $12.00) - Product Description: In the year of grace 1345, as Sir Roger Baron de Tourneville is gathering an army to join King Edward III in the war against France, a most astonishing event occurs: a huge silver ship descends through the sky and lands in a pasture beside the little village of Ansby in northeastern Lincolnshire. The Wersgorix, whose scouting ship it is, are quite expert at taking over planets, and having determined from orbit that this one was suitable, they initiate standard world-conquering procedure. Ah, but this time it's no mere primitives the Wersgorix seek to enslave—they've launched their invasion against free Englishmen! In the end, only one alien is left alive—and Sir Roger's grand vision is born. He intends for the creature to fly the ship first to France to aid his King, then on to the Holy Land to vanquish the infidel. Unfortunately, he has not allowed for the treachery of the alien pilot, who instead takes the craft to his home planet, where, he thinks, these upstart barbarians will have no choice but to surrender. But that knavish alien little understands the indomitable will and clever resourcefulness of Englishmen, no matter how great the odds against them.... (Source: Baen)

What Distant Deeps (Lt. Leary) by David Drake (Baen 07 September 2010 / $25.00) - Product Description: Captain Daniel Leary and his friend, the spy Adele Mundy, have been in the front lines of Cinnabar's struggle against the totalitarian Alliance. Now these galactic superpowers have signed a peace of mutual exhaustion-- But the jackals are moving in! The Republic of Cinnabar was on the verge of collapse under the weight of taxes, casualties, and war's disruption of trade. That the Alliance of Free Stars was in even worse condition helped only because it has made peace possible.

Years of war have been hard on Daniel and harder still on Adele, whose life outside information-gathering is a tightrope between despair and deadly violence. Their masters in the RCN and the Republic's intelligence service have sent them to the fringes of human space to relax away from danger.

But the barbarians of the outer reaches have their own plans, plans which will bring down both Cinnabar and the Alliance. The enemies of peace include traitors, giant reptiles, and barbarian pirates whose ships can outsail even Daniel Leary's splendid corvette, the Princess Cecile.

Unless Daniel, Adele, and their unlikely allies succeed, galactic civilization will disintegrate into blood and chaos. So they will succeed—-or they'll die trying! (Source: Baen)

Bloomsbury USA Children's Books

Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin (Bloomsbury USA Children's Books 14 September 2010 / $16.99) - Product Description:

The only thing Avery Hood can remember about the night her parents died is that she saw silver—deadly silver, moving inhumanly fast. As much as she wants to remember who killed them, she can't, and there's nothing left to do but try to piece her life back together. Then Avery meets the new boy in school—Ben, mysterious and beautiful, with whom she feels a connection like nothing she's ever experienced. When Ben reveals he's a werewolf, Avery still trusts him—at first. Then she sees that sometimes his eyes flash inhuman silver. And she learns that she's not the only one who can't remember the night her parents died.Part murder mystery, part grief narrative, and part heart-stopping, headlong romance, Low Red Moon is a must-read for teen paranormal fans. As breathless as Twilight and as spooky as Shiver, this is a book to be devoured in one sitting—by an acclaimed YA author making her paranormal debut under the pseudonym Ivy Devlin.
(Source: Bloomsbury USA Children's Books)

Book View Cafe

Breaking Waves by (Book View Cafe 14 September 2010 / $4.99) - Product Description: An Anthology for Gulf Coast Relief. Tiffany Trent and Phyllis Irene Radford, editors. Join writers from all genres in defense of the Gulf Coast with Breaking Waves: An Anthology for Gulf Coast Relief.

Edited by Phyllis Irene Radford and Tiffany Trent, Breaking Waves offers up glimpses of maritime splendor, poignancy, and humor through the works of poets, essayists, and Hugo and Nebula-award winning authors like Ursula K. Le Guin, Vonda N. McIntyre, David D. Levine, and more.

All proceeds from the sale of this anthology will go to the Gulf Coast Oil Spill Fund of the Greater New Orleans Foundation. (Source: Book View Cafe)

ChiZine Publications

Sarah Court by Craig Davidson (ChiZine Publications 15 September 2010 / $15.95) - Product Description: Sarah Court. Meet the residents . . . The haunted father of a washed-up stuntman. A disgraced surgeon and his son, a broken-down boxer. A father set on permanent self-destruct, and his daughter, a reluctant powerlifter. A fireworks-maker and his daughter. A very peculiar boy and his equally peculiar adopted family. Five houses. Five families. One block. Ask yourself: How well do you know your neighbours? How well do you know your own family? Ultimately, how well do you know yourself? How deeply do the threads of your own life entwine with those around you? Do you ever really know how tightly those threads are knotted? Do you want to know? I know, and can show you. Please, let me show you. Welcome to Sarah Court: make yourself at home. (Source: ChiZine Publications)

The Hair Wreath and Other Stories by Halli Villegas (ChiZine Publications 15 September 2010 / $15.95) - Product Description: Girls and boys disappear; couples caught in the heat and suppressed rage of urban life are haunted by the ghosts of their own making; neighbourhoods drift in the murky atmosphere of buried emotions, where the echoes of distrust and dissonance prove that something just isn't . . . right. These strange stories gather and weave themselves together into a wreath of memories, rife with an atmospheric and ominous creep redolent of Shirley Jackson. This eerie collection illustrates the disconnect amongst people and the places they inhabit -- the gap that allows the supernatural to flourish. (Source: ChiZine Publications)

DAW

An Artificial Night (October Daye, Book 3) by Seanan McGuire (DAW 07 September 2010 / $7.99) - Product Description: October "Toby" Daye is a changeling-half human and half fae-and the only one who has earned knighthood. Now she must take on a nightmarish new challenge. Someone is stealing the children of the fae as well as mortal children, and all signs point to Blind Michael. Toby has no choice but to track the villain down-even when there are only three magical roads by which to reach Blind Michael's realm, home of the Wild Hunt-and no road may be taken more than once. If Toby cannot escape with the children, she will fall prey to the Wild Hunt and Blind Michael's inescapable power. (see review)

Coronets and Steel by Sherwood Smith (DAW 07 September 2010 / $24.95) - Product Description: In this new fantasy series, a young woman takes her own destiny by the hand-and the hilt.

California girl Kim Murray is unsatisfied with grad school and restless in life. Modern men disappoint her, and she studies ballet and fencing because they remind her of older, more romantic times.

She lives with her parents and her beloved but secretive aristocratic grandmother, who speaks only French and refuses to share stories about the mysterious family she left behind in Europe, inspiring Kim to travel there and find her roots.

Kim soon finds herself swept up in an adventure of fantastic deceptions and passionate intrigue-and a shocking realization about her own bloodline that leaves her reeling. (Source: DAW)

Flight of the Renshai (Renshai Chronicles) by Mickey Zucker Reichert (DAW 07 September 2010 / $7.99) - Product Description: Eighteen years after her last Renshai novel, Mickey Zucker returns to her beloved fantasy universe. Banished from the kingdom of Bearn, the Renshai are shunned by Westerners and hunted by Northmen-and three young Renshai brothers must find their own destinies in a world with no safe havens. And without the Renshai warriors, Bearn may soon fall to the army approaching its shores... (Source: DAW)

Path of the Sun: A Novel of Dhulyn and Parno by Violette Malan (DAW 07 September 2010 / $15.00) - Product Description: Mercenary partners Dhulyn Wolfshead and Parno Lionsmane think they're escorting the Princess of Arderon to her wedding with the new Tarkin of Menoin, but the Mercenary Brotherhood has a secret mission for them: find out what happened to the two Brothers who were sent on assignment to Menoin a year ago-and vanished.

Once in Menoin, they discover that the Brothers' disappearance is linked to a series of killings. And when the Princess of Arderon's corpse is found mutilated in the same way as the others, Dhulyn and Parno track the killer into the Path of the Sun, an ancient labyrinth from which people sometimes never return... (Source: DAW)

The Storm Witch: A Novel of Dhulyn and Parno by Violette Malan (DAW 07 September 2010 / $7.99) - Product Description: The third novel in Violette Malan's bold fantasy series.
Mercenary Partners Dhulyn and Parno have returned to their Mercenary House to clear themselves of accusations of kidnapping and murder. But before they can resolve these charges, old friends are taken hostage by the Long Ocean Nomads, and they are forced to come to the rescue, agreeing to trade their services for the release of their friends. (Source: DAW)

The Truth of Valor (Valor Novel) by Tanya Huff (DAW 07 September 2010 / $24.95) - Gunnery Sergeant Torin Kerr was the very model of a Confederation Marine. She'd survived more deadly encounters--and kept more of her officers and enlisted alive--than anoyen in the Corps. No one who'd ever served with her could imagine any circumstance that would see her walking away from the Corps. But that was before Torin had learned the truth about the war the Confederation was fighting...before she'd been declared dead and had spent time in a prison that shouldn't exist...before she'd learned about the beings who were really behind the war between the Confederation and the Others.

It was Salvage Operator Craig Ryder who had refused to believe Torin was dead. Craig had set out to find and rescue Torin. And so, when her mission was complete, when Torin had revealed the shocking truth about a war that should never have happened, she resigned from the Marines to start a new life with Craig aboard his tiny ship, the Promise.

But it turned out that civilian life was a lot rougher than Torin imagined. On their first real run together, pirates attacked the Promise, kidnapping Craig and leaving Torin to die. Leaving Gunnery Sergeant Torin Kerr behind to die was never a good strategy. She survived and decided to mount a rescue mission. But she had to call in the Marines--some very special Marines. Then she discovered why the pirates had been trying to kidnap salvagers. And suddenly Torin's mission expands from saving Craig to stopping the pirates from changing the balance of power in known space.... (Source: DAW)

Edge

Avim's Oath (Okal Rel Saga) by Lynda Williams (Edge 15 September 2010 / $16.95) - Product Description: The Queen is dead, and two princes, Amel and Erien, are pushed centre-stage and made to vie for power that neither brother wanted. Driven by vengeful princesses, most notably the beautiful and dangerous Alivda, the brothers must prove themselves, choosing between the lives they wanted and the roles that people demanded of them. (Source: Edge)

Cinco de Mayo by Michael J. Martineck (Edge 15 September 2010 / $14.95) - Product Description: In Chicago, a transit worker now knows enough about the Aryan Brotherhood to mark him for death.

In Abu Dhabi, a playboy experiences modern day slavery.

A New York advertising executive shares the memories of a blind railroad working living in China.

And in Washington, a neurologist now studying the phenomenon must fight back the mystic memories invading her mind.

In a world of individuals, sudden intimacy is not for everyone. Some like the openness, some will even kill to keep their secrets. (Source: Edge)

Evolve: Vampire Stories of the New Undead by (Edge 15 September 2010 / $16.95) - Product Description: New Vampires have evolved, and they are coming for you! Kelly Armstrong, Tanya Huff and twenty-two other dark fantasy and horror writers come together to re-imagine the future of vampires in this new collection of all-original short fiction – one of the most unusual and original vampire anthologies ever assembled.

Immortal Quest by Alexandra MacKenzie (Edge 15 September 2010 / $14.95) - Product Description: It's London, England, and Detective Nick Wilson finds himself confronted by a burglar who insists that Nick is his best friend suffering from amnesia, and that he, the burglar, is a 500-year-old immortal mage. Logic and reason force Nick to believe that this is simply impossible. Complicating matters further is the burglar's claim than an evil mage named Vere has just been released from limbo, and wants three objects of power that could destroy humankind. (Source: Edge)

EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing

Cinkarion: The Heart of Fire (Chronicles of the Karionin) by J. A. Cullum (EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing 15 September 2010 / $16.95) - Product Description: Tamar is a world inhabited by nine humanoid races, plagued by racial and religious hatreds, and steadily moving towards an epic war.

But war is not new to Cibata, the largest continent in the Southern Hemisphere, where only one human nation, Cassinga, survives when once there were three, and the Senangan Empire, ruled by the tiger folk, has vowed to see its destruction.

Saranith Kamrasi, a member of Senanga's royal family and an officer in its navy, is summoned by Cinkarion, one of eight living crystals. It brings her great power, but destroys her lifelong companion.

Yet the Wizard Nathan, also born a Kamrasi but abandoned by his parents for lack of weresight, defends Cassinga despite his tiger blood.

When the Wizard Elgan's apprentice is taken by the Senangans, Nathan and Elgan must turn to Jerevan Rayne, the man who hadn't wanted to be a wizard, and enter the heart of Senanga to rescue her, with the ultimate fate of Cassinga at stake.

Cinkarion is the second book of the Chronicles of the Karionin trilogy.
(Source: EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing)

Eos

Sacrifice (Mortal Path, Book 2) by Dakota Banks (Eos 01 September 2010 / $7.99) - Product Description:

A demon's enslaved executioner—a ravager of lives and souls—Maliha Crayne has been reborn, willing to sacrifice her immortality for a chance at freedom . . . and salvation. Now she has an opportunity to prevent the death of thousands—perhaps tens of thousands—to make up for the countless lives she has obliterated over the centuries. To do so, she must locate and destroy an evil cabal of madmen in possession of a weapon of unspeakable power—and survive the immortal assassins who are now after her blood. But it means reverting to the old ways and surrendering once more to the darkness. And if Maliha dies before the mission is accomplished, the hell she once knew will seem like a picnic compared to the eternal torments awaiting her.

(Source: Eos)

The Child Thief: A Novel by Brom (Eos 01 September 2010 / $19.99) - Product Description:

Peter is quick, daring, and full of mischief—and like all boys, he loves to play, though his games often end in blood. His eyes are sparkling gold, and when he graces you with his smile you are his friend for life, but his promised land is not Neverland.
Fourteen-year-old Nick would have been murdered by the drug dealers preying on his family had Peter not saved him. Now the irresistibly charismatic wild boy wants Nick to follow him to a secret place of great adventure, where magic is alive and you never grow old. Even though he is wary of Peter's crazy talk of faeries and monsters, Nick agrees. After all, New York City is no longer safe for him, and what more could he possibly lose? There is always more to lose.

Accompanying Peter to a gray and ravished island that was once a lush, enchanted paradise, Nick finds himself unwittingly recruited for a war that has raged for centuries—one where he must learn to fight or die among the "Devils," Peter's savage tribe of lost and stolen children.

There, Peter's dark past is revealed: left to wolves as an infant, despised and hunted, Peter moves restlessly between the worlds of faerie and man. The Child Thief is a leader of bloodthirsty children, a brave friend, and a creature driven to do whatever he must to stop the "Flesh-eaters" and save the last, wild magic in this dying land.

Read our review of The Child Thief from our September 2009 issue. (Source: Eos)

The Waters Rising (Plague of Angels) by Sheri S. Tepper (Eos 01 September 2010 / $26.99) - From back of book: Long ago was the "Big Kill," a time when the Slaughterers walked the earth unseen, killing, departing, repeatedly returning to kill again. Since then mountains have risen, deserts have fallen, the last of humankind has scattered, and the great waters rising are changing the world. In the west, the people of Norland live in small kingdoms, unaware that a hideous evil from ages past has been revived. Powers are being used. Curses are being laid...and the waters rise as never before.

As forests drown, swamps become lakes, and roads disappear, houses--whole towns--are hitched to teams of oxen and moved upward. Misery is compunded when the Sea King declares war. No ships may sail on the new, growing oceans and refugees from sunken islands continue to arrive.

And in Norland a princess fights death, awaiting the one who can save not her, but perhaps humanity. She has but one fearful young girl to follow her agonized commands. And there is a soul carrier from Tingawa across the western sea where the waters rising has long been expected. Long enough for plans to be made that are so strange, so weirdly wonderful that they are instantly dismissed; plans so possible of success that an ancient killer must be awakened to sop their fullfillment. (see review)

HarperCollins

The Wee Free Men: The Beginning by Terry Pratchett (HarperCollins 01 September 2010 / $9.99) - Product Description: When Tiffany Aching sets out to become a witch, she faces ominous foes and gains unexpected allies. As she confronts the Queen of Fairies and battles an ancient, bodiless evil, she is aided (and most ably abetted) by the six-inch-high, fightin', stealin', drinkin' Wee Free Men!

Laugh-out-loud humor and breathtaking action combine in the books that launched the unforgettable adventures of a determined young witch and her tiny but fierce blue friends. [Book contains: The Wee Free Men and A Hatfull of Sky.] (see review)

HarperTeen

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White (HarperTeen 01 September 2010 / $16.99) - Product Description:Evie's always thought of herself as a normal teenager, even though she works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, her ex-boyfriend is a faerie, she's falling for a shape-shifter, and she's the only person who can see through paranormals' glamours.

But Evie's about to realize that she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures. So much for normal.

(Source: HarperTeen)

Immersion Press

The Immersion Book of SF by (Immersion Press 30 September 2010 / $12.00) - Product Description: A collection of the best new science fiction from rising stars to established masters of the genre. The way science fiction was meant to be, a luxury cruise for the mind. Authors include: Tanith Lee, Lavie Tidhar, ALiette de Bodard, Chris Butler, Gareth Owens and more...

Jupiter Gardens Press

Source by Sylvia Kelso (Jupiter Gardens Press 23 September 2010 / $17.95) - Book Descriptions: At the head of the River. Secrets, mystery, discovery. Warfare, triumph, disaster, and at last, for Tellurith and her House, an unforeseen journey’s end. (Source: Jupiter Gardens Press)

Klutz

My Name: The Truth About My Name and What t Reveals About Me! by Karen Phillips (Klutz 01 September 2010 / $16.99) - Product Description: We love finding crazy ways to learn about yourself and your future. Personality quizzes, cootie catchers, the Magic 8 Ball® -- they're all time-tested methods for discovering the true you. But there is another approach you may never have thought of before. It is scientifically proven to be just as reliable as those other methods and, conveniently, it's something you have with you all the time. We're talking, of course, about your name. In My Name, you'll discover how your handle opens the door to the secrets of your inner self. How is your fashion sense revealed every time you sign your name? Did your parents pick the right name for you? What's your vampire name? Are you and your crush really meant to be? Compare names and see!

The book also comes with everything you need to make five fashionable charms and personalize them with your name or initials. Finished charms look great on necklaces, key chains, backpack danglers -- really, anywhere you might want to make a name for yourself. (Source: Klutz)

L&J Publishing

The Nursing Home by James J. Murphy III (L&J Publishing 17 September 2010 / $14.00) - Product Description: When eighty-four year old Morris Grover is sent by his family to stay at a nursing home, he never expected it to be like this. Patients are neglected or mistreated to the point of abuse. Morris and his new friends have their suspicions when patients begin to die unexpectedly. The real mystery doesn t begin when the patients start dying, but when the staff begin dying, as well. Also determined to find out who or what is behind this killing spree are four newly hired teenagers and two of Florida s finest. Who or what could it be? (Source: L&J Publishing)

Luna

Mob Rules (Luna Books) by Cameron Haley (Luna 01 September 2010 / $14.95) - From back of book: I'm Domino Riley, an enforcer for Shanar Rashan. Like most mob bosses in L.A., he's a powerful sorcerer, battling for control of the city, gathering up the magic of violent and powerful emotions and storing it for his own use. Back in the day, Rashan saved me from the streets and made me his lieutenant. You could say I'm his go-to girl.

When a fellow gangster is ritually executed, I have to find out which of Rashan's enemies was behind it--and why. The cryptic messages I'm getting from the beyond tell me it wasn't a simple hit.

With the bodies piling up, I need to win an occult gang war, take out the supernatural traitor within our outfit and, oh year, deal with the mixed messages I'm getting from the boss's son. (Source: Luna)

Macmillan Audio

Out of the Dark by David Weber (Read by Charles Keating) (Macmillan Audio 28 September 2010 / $49.99) - Product Description: Earth is conquered. The Shongairi have arrived in force, and humanity's cities lie in radioactive ruins. In mere minutes, over half the human race has died.

Now Master Sergeant Stephen Buchevsky, who thought he was being rotated home from his latest tour in Afghanistan, finds himself instead prowling the back country of the Balkans, dodging alien patrols and trying to organize the scattered survivors without getting killed.

His chances look bleak. The aliens have definitely underestimated human tenacity—but no amount of heroism can endlessly hold off overwhelming force.

Then, emerging from the mountains and forests of Eastern Europe, new allies present themselves to the ragtag human resistance. Predators, creatures of the night, human in form but inhumanly strong. Long Enemies of humanity…until now. Because now is the time to defend Earth. (Run Time 17 Hours) (Source: Macmillan Audio)

Night Shade Books

The Last Hieroglyph (The Collected Fantasies of Clark Ashton Smith, Vol. 5) by Clark Ashton Smith (Night Shade Books September 2010 / $39.99) - Product Description: The Last Hieroglyph is the fifth of the five volume Collected Fantasies series. Editors Scott Connors and Ron Hilger have compared original manuscripts, various typescripts, published editions, and Smith's notes and letters, in order to prepare a definitive set of texts. The Last Hieroglyph includes, in chronological order, all of Clark Ashton Smith's stories from "The Dark Age" to "The Dart of Rasasfa." (see review)

The Zombies of Lake Woebegotten (Zombie Uprising) by Harrison Geillor (Night Shade Books 14 September 2010 / $14.99) - Product Description: The town of Lake Woebegotton, MN is a small town, filled with ordinary (yet above average) people, leading ordinary lives. Ordinary, that is, until the dead start coming back to life, with the intent to feast upon the living! Now this small town of above average citizens must overcome their petty rivalries and hidden secrets in order to survive an onslaught of the dead. (Source: Night Shade Books)

Orb Books

Our Lady of Darkness by Fritz Leiber (Orb Books 28 September 2010 / $15.99) - Product Description: Middle-aged San Francisco horror writer Franz Westen is rediscovering ordinary life following a long alcoholic binge. Then one day, peering at his apartment window from atop a nearby hill, he sees a pale brown thing lean out his window…and wave.

This encounter sends Westen on a quest through ancient books and modern streets, for the dark forces and paramental entities that thrive amidst the towering skyscrapers of modern urban life…and meanwhile, the entities are also looking for him.

A pioneering work of modern urban fantasy, Our Lady of Darkness is perhaps Fritz Leiber's greatest novel. (Source: Orb Books)

Orbit

Blameless (The Parasol Protectorate) by Gail Carriger (Orbit 01 September 2010 / $7.99) - Product Description: Quitting her husband's house and moving back in with her horrible family, Lady Maccon becomes the scandal of the London season.

Queen Victoria dismisses her from the Shadow Council, and the only person who can explain anything, Lord Akeldama, unexpectedly leaves town. To top it all off, Alexia is attacked by homicidal mechanical ladybugs, indicating, as only ladybugs can, the fact that all of London's vampires are now very much interested in seeing Alexia quite thoroughly dead.

While Lord Maccon elects to get progressively more inebriated and Professor Lyall desperately tries to hold the Woolsey werewolf pack together, Alexia flees England for Italy in search of the mysterious Templars. Only they know enough about the preternatural to explain her increasingly inconvenient condition, but they may be worse than the vampires -- and they're armed with pesto. (see review)

Cold Magic (The Spiritwalker Trilogy) by Kate Elliott (Orbit 09 September 2010 / $14.99) - Product Description: From one of the genre's finest writers comes a bold new epic fantasy in which science and magic are locked in a deadly struggle.

It is the dawn of a new age... The Industrial Revolution has begun, factories are springing up across the country, and new technologies are transforming in the cities. But the old ways do not die easy.

Cat and Bee are part of this revolution. Young women at college, learning of the science that will shape their future and ignorant of the magics that rule their families. But all of that will change when the Cold Mages come for Cat. New dangers lurk around every corner and hidden threats menace her every move. If blood can't be trusted, who can you trust? (Source: Orbit)

Married with Zombies (Living with the Dead) by Jesse Petersen (Orbit 01 September 2010 / $7.99) - Product Description: A heartwarming tale of terror in the middle of the zombie apocalypse.
Meet Sarah and David. Once upon a time they met and fell in love. But now they're on the verge of divorce and going to couples' counseling. On a routine trip to their counselor, they notice a few odd things - the lack of cars on the highway, the missing security guard, and the fact that their counselor, Dr. Kelly, is ripping out her previous client's throat.

Meet the Zombies. Now, Sarah and David are fighting for survival in the middle of the zombie apocalypse. But, just because there are zombies, doesn't mean your other problems go away. If the zombies don't eat their brains, they might just kill each other. (see review)

Pantheon

How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu (Pantheon 07 September 2010 / $24.00) - Product Description: National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 Award-winner Charles Yu delivers his debut novel, a razor-sharp, ridiculously funny, and utterly touching story of a son searching for his father . . . through quantum space-time.

Minor Universe 31 is a vast story-space on the outskirts of fiction, where paradox fluctuates like the stock market, lonely sexbots beckon failed protagonists, and time-travel is serious business. Every day, people get into time machines and try to do the one thing they should never do: change the past. That's where Charles Yu, time travel technician—part counselor, part gadget repair man—steps in. He helps save people from themselves. Literally. When he's not taking client calls, Yu visits his mother (stuck in a onehour cycle, she makes dinner over and over and over) and searches for his father, who invented time travel and then vanished. Accompanied by TAMMY, an operating system with low self-esteem, and a nonexistent but ontologically valid dog named Ed, and using a book titled How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe as his guide, Yu sets out, and back, and beyond, in order to find the one day where he and his father can meet in memory. (see review)

Permuted Press

Dying to Live by Kim Paffenroth (Permuted Press 28 September 2010 / $15.00) - Product Description: A lone survivor in a zombie-infested world, Jonah Caine wandered for months, struggling to understand the apocalypse in which he lives.Unable to find a moral or sane reason for the horror that surrounds him, he is overwhelmed by violence and insignificance. Then Jonah comes across a group of survivors living in a museum-turned-compound. They are led by Jack, an ever-practical and efficient military man; and Milton, a mysterious prophet who holds a strange power over the dead. Both share Jonah's anguish over the brutality of their world as well as his hope for its beauty. Together with others, they build a community that reestablishes an island of order and humanity surrounded by relentless ghouls. But this newfound peace is short-lived, as Jonah and his band of refugees clash with another group of survivors who remind them that the undead are not the only—nor the most grotesque—horrors they must face. (Source: Permuted Press)

Pyr

Salute the Dark (Shadows of the Apt, Book 4) by Adrian Tchaikovsky (Pyr September 2010 / $16.00) - Product Description: The vampiric sorcerer Uctebri has at last got his hands on the Shadow Box and can finally begin his dark ritual - a ritual that the Wasp-kinden Emperor believes will grant him immortality - but Uctebri has his own plans both for the Emperor and the Empire. The massed Wasp armies are on the march, and the spymaster Stenwold must see which of his allies will stand now that the war has finally arrived. This time the Empire will not stop until a black and gold flag waves over Stenwold's own home city of Collegium. Tisamon the Weaponsmaster is faced with a terrible choice: a path that could lead him to abandon his friends and his daughter, to face degradation and loss, but that might possibly bring him before the Wasp Emperor with a blade in his hand - but is he being driven by Mantis-kinden honour, or manipulated by something more sinister? (Source: Pyr)

The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack (Burton & Swinburne) by Mark Hodder (Pyr September 2010 / $16.00) - From back of book: London, 1861. Sir Richard Burton--explorer, linguist, scholar, and swordsman; his reputation tarnished; his career in tatters; his former partner missing and probably dead. Algernon Charles Swinburne -- unsuccessful poet and follower of de Sade; for whom pain is pleasure, and brandy is ruin.

They stand at a crossroads in their lives and are caught in the epicenter of an empire torn by conflicting forces; Engineers transform the landscape with bigger, faster, noisier, and dirtier technological wonders; Eugenicists develop specialist animals to provide unpaid labor; Libertines oppose repressive laws and demand a society based on beauty and creativity; while the Rakes push the boundaries of human behavior to the limits with magic, drugs, and anarchy.

The two men are sucked into the perilous depths of this moral and ethical vacuum when Lord Palmerston commissions Burton to investigate assaults on young women committed by a weird apparition known as Spring Heeled jack, and to find out why werewolves are terrorizing London's East End.

Their investigation leads them to one of the defining events of the age, and the terrifying possibility that the world they inhabit shouldn't exist at all. (Source: Pyr)

Tome of the Undergates (The Aeon's Gate, Book 1) by Sam Sykes (Pyr September 2010 / $17.00) - Product Description: The debut novel from an extraordinarily talented twenty-five-year-old author. Fantasy's next global star has arrived. Lenk can barely keep control of his mismatched adventurer band at the best of times (Gariath the dragon man sees humans as little more than prey, Kataria the Shict despises most humans, and the humans in the band are little better). When they're not insulting each other's religions they're arguing about pay and conditions. So when the ship they are travelling on is attacked by pirates things don't go very well. They go a whole lot worse when an invincible demon joins the fray. The demon steals the Tome of the Undergates - a manuscript that contains all you need to open the undergates. And whichever god you believe in you don't want the undergates open. On the other side are countless more invincible demons, the manifestation of all the evil of the gods, and they want out.Full of razor-sharp wit, characters who leap off the page (and into trouble) and plunging the reader into a vivid world of adventure this is a fantasy that kicks off a series that could dominate the second decade of the century.

Twelve by Jasper Kent (Pyr September 2010 / $17.00) - Product Description: Melding the supernatural and the historical, a thrilling novel of vampires set in the Napoleonic wars.

In June 1812, Napoleon's massive grande armée began its invasion of Russia, and the imperial Russian army, massively outnumbered and out maneuvered, was forced to retreat. But a handful of Russian officers — veterans of Borodino - are charged with trying to slow the enemy's inexorable march on Moscow. Helping them is a band of mercenaries from the outermost fringes of Christian Europe, known as the Oprichniki — twelve in number — who arrive amidst rumours of plague travelling west from the Black Sea. Preferring to work alone, and at night, the twelve prove brutally, shockingly, effective against the French.

But one amongst the Russians, Aleksei Ivanovich Danilov, is unnerved by the Oprichniki's ruthlessness. As he comes to understand the horrific nature of these strangers, he wonders at the nightmare they've unleashed in their midst. (Source: Pyr)

Raven Electrick Ink

Retro Spec: Tales of Fantasy and Nostalgia by (Raven Electrick Ink 07 September 2010 / ) - Retro Spec: Tales of Fantasy and Nostalgia uses the prisms of science fiction, fantasy, and horror to examine the culture and politics of our recent past, the 1920s to the 1980s. Twenty-six authors have contributed short stories and poetry to the anthology, twinning history with speculation to find out what happens when suffragettes construct robots, women carry out the first "manned" space flights, or hair metal bands make deals with the devil. Along the way, Retro Spec hits many of the notches on the 20th century timeline, including World War II, the 60s counterculture, and Chernobyl, testing them with genre elements such as alien invasion, ghosts, and time travel. Come and remember with us... (Source: Raven Electrick Ink)

Razorbill

The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff (Razorbill 21 September 2010 / $17.99) - Product Description: Mackie Doyle is not one of us. Though he lives in the small town of Gentry, he comes from a world of tunnels and black murky water, a world of living dead girls ruled by a little tattooed princess. He is a ReplacementÑleft in the crib of a human baby sixteen years ago. Now, because of fatal allergies to iron, blood, and consecrated ground, Mackie is fighting to survive in the human world.

Mackie would give anything to live among us, to practice on his bass or spend time with his crush, Tate. But when TateÕs baby sister goes missing, Mackie is drawn irrevocably into the underworld of Gentry, known as Mayhem. He must face the dark creatures of the Slag Heaps and find his rightful place, in our world, or theirs.

Edward Scissorhands meets The Catcher in the Rye in this wildly imaginative and frighteningly beautiful horror novel about an unusual boy and his search for a place to belong. (see review)

Roc

Sailing to Sarantium: Book One of the Sarantine Mosaic by Guy Gavriel Kay (Roc 07 September 2010 / $16.00) - Product Description: Crispin is a master mosaicist, creating beautiful art with colored stones and glass. Summoned to Sarantium by imperial request, he bears a Queen's secret mission, and a talisman from an alchemist. Once in the fabled city, with its taverns and gilded sanctuaries, chariot races and palaces, intrigues and violence, Crispin must find his own source of power in order to survive-and unexpectedly discovers it high on the scaffolding of his own greatest creation. (Source: Roc)

The Grimrose Path (Trickster, Book 2) by Rob Thurman (Roc 07 September 2010 / $7.99) - Product Description: Bar owner Trixa Iktomi knows that inhuman creatures of light and darkness roam Las Vegas-especially since she's a bit more than human herself. She's just been approached with an unusual proposition. Something has slaughtered almost one thousand demons in six months. And the killing isn't going to stop unless Trixa and her friends step into the fight... (see review)

The High King of Montival (The Change) by S.M. Stirling (Roc 07 September 2010 / $25.95) - Product Description: With The Sword of the Lady, Rudi Mackenzie's destiny was determined. Now he returns to Montival in the Pacific Northwest, where he will face the legions of the Prophet. To achieve victory, Rudi must assemble a coalition of those who had been his enemies a few months before and forge them into an army that will rescue his homeland.

Only then will Rudi be able to come to terms with how the Sword has changed him, as well as the world, and assume his place as Artos, High King of Montival... (see review)

Signet

The Disappearance by Bentley Little (Signet 07 September 2010 / $7.99) - Product Description: When Gary's girlfriend Joan vanishes, calls to her parents' home yield only dead air. Her school records are gone. There is no longer any evidence that she even existed. Most disturbing of all is what Gary does find: a warning and a tantalizing clue, leading to a mysterious backward cult known as the Homesteaders. Now Gary may be the next to disappear. (Source: Signet)

Solaris

Engineman by Eric Brown (Solaris 28 September 2010 / $7.99) - Product Description: Once they pushed big ships through the cobalt glory of the Nada-Continuum, but faster than light isn't fast enough anymore. The interfaces of the Keilor-Vincicoff Organisation bring planets light years distant a simple step away. Then a man with half a face offers ex-engineman Ralph Mirren the chance to escape his ruined life and push a ship to an undisclosed destination. The Nada-Continuum holds the key to Ralph's future. What he cannot anticipate is its universal importance-nor the mystery awaiting him on the distant colony world. (Source: Solaris)

Spectra

Double Cross by Carolyn Crane (Spectra 28 September 2010 / $7.99) - Product Description: Justine Jones lived her life as a fearful hypochondriac until she was lured into the web of a mysterious mastermind named Packard, who gifts her with extraordinary mental powers—dooming her to fight Midcity's shadowy war on paranormal crime in order to find the peace she so desperately craves.

But now serial killers with unheard-of skills are terrorizing the most powerful beings in Midcity, including mastermind Packard and his oldest friend and worst enemy, Midcity's new mayor, who has the ability to bend matter itself to his will.

As the body count grows, Justine faces a crisis of conscience as she tests the limits of her new powers and faces an impossible choice between two flawed but brilliant men—one on a journey of redemption, the other descending into a pit of moral depravity. (Source: Spectra)

The House on Durrow Street by Galen Beckett (Spectra 28 September 2010 / $16.00) - Product Description: "A charming and mannered fantasy confection with a darker core of gothic romance" is how New York Times bestselling author Robin Hobb described Galen Beckett's marvelous series opener, The Magicians and Mrs. Quent. Now Beckett returns to this world of dazzling magick and refined manners, where one extraordinary woman's choice will put the fate of a nation—and all she cherishes—into precarious balance.

Her courage saved the country of Altania and earned the love of a hero of the realm. Now sensible Ivy Quent wants only to turn her father's sprawling, mysterious house into a proper home. But soon she is swept into fashionable society's highest circles of power—a world that is vital to her family's future but replete with perilous temptations.

Yet far greater danger lies beyond the city's glittering ballrooms—and Ivy must race to unlock the secrets that lie within the old house on Durrow Street before outlaw magicians and an ancient ravening force plunge Altania into darkness forever. (see review)

St. Martin's Griffin

John Dies at the End by David Wong (St. Martin's Griffin 14 September 2010 / $14.99) - Product Description: You should not have touched this book with your bare hands.

NO, don't put it down. It's too late. They're watching you.

My name is David Wong. My best friend is John. Those names are fake. You might want to change yours. You may not want to know about the things you'll read on these pages, about the sauce, about Korrok, about the invasion, and the future. But it's too late. You touched the book. You're in the game. You're under the eye. The only defense is knowledge. You need to read this book, to the end. Even the part with the bratwurst. Why? You just have to trust me.

The important thing is this: The drug is called Soy Sauce and it gives users a window into another dimension. John and I never had the chance to say no. You still do. Unfortunately for us, if you make the right choice, we'll have a much harder time explaining how to fight off the otherworldly invasion currently threatening to enslave humanity.

I'm sorry to have involved you in this, I really am. But as you read about these terrible events and the very dark epoch the world is about to enter as a result, it is crucial you keep one thing in mind: None of this is was my fault. (Source: St. Martin's Griffin)

Subterranean

Return by Peter S. Beagle (Subterranean 30 September 2010 / $35.00) - Product Description: Every adventure has a beginning and every truly great adventure has an ending.

In 1993 Peter S. Beagle, author of the beloved classic, The Last Unicorn, took an old song lyric of his and spun it into the Locus Award-winning fantasy The Innkeeper's Song, an enchanting tale of three powerful women, each with a secret past, a stable boy, and an innkeeper who set in motion a series of events that bring them face to face with the forces of magic and the workings of fate.

Four years later Beagle took us back to their world in the World Fantasy Award nominated story collection, Giant Bones, and in the novella 'Lal and Soukyan' continued the adventures of two of his most-loved characters. In the decade that followed, Beagle touched on their world in powerful stories like 'Quarry,' 'Chandail,' 'Barrens Dance,' and 'What Tune the Enchantress Plays.'

Now, after a hiatus of six years, he comes back to the story of Soukyan (once known as Nyateneri) in Return. Return is a major new fantasy novella in which Soukyan turns to face the evil he has fled for most of his adult life, finally confronting the powerful forces that both made him and that have tried so tirelessly to destroy him. The end of the adventure is nearly here.... (see review)

The Collected Stories of Robert Silverberg, Volume Five: The Palace at Midnight by Robert Silverberg (Subterranean 30 September 2010 / $35.00) - Product Description: Somehow, for all my outward pretense of cold-eyed professionalism, all my insistence that writing is simply a job like any other, I've discovered to my surprise and chagrin that there's more than that going on around here, that I write as much out of karmic necessity and some inescapable inner need to rededicate my own skills constantly to my--what? My craft? My art? My profession? I wrote these stories because the only way of earning a living I have ever had has been by writing, but mainly, I have to admit, I wrote these stories because I couldn't not write them. Well, so be it. They involved me in a lot of hard work, but for me, at least, the results justify the toil. I'm glad I wrote them. Writing them, it turns out, was important for me, and even pleasurable, in a curiously complex after-the-fact kind of way. May they give you pleasure now too.
--Robert Silverberg, from his Introduction (Source: Subterranean)

Subterranean Press

The Horror Stories of Robert E. Howard by Robert E. Howard (Subterranean Press 30 Sept 2010 / $150/$400) - The Horror Stories of Robert E. Howard By Robert E. Howard Editor: Rusty Burke Illustrator: Greg Staples Published by Subterranean Press, P.O. Box 190106, Burton, MI 48519 www.subterraneanpress.com 750 numbered copies signed by the artist, $150 ISBN 978-1-59606-332-7 Table of Contents Foreword by Greg Staples Introduction by Rusty Burke In the Forest of Villefère A Song of the Werewolf Folk (poem) Wolfshead Up, John Kane! (poem) Remembrance (poem) The Dream Snake Sea Curse The Moor Ghost (poem) Moon Mockery (poem) The Little People Dead Man’s Hate (poem) The Tavern (poem) Rattle of Bones The Fear That Follows (poem) The Spirit of Tom Molyneaux Casonetto’s Last Song The Touch of Death Out of the Deep A Legend of Faring Town (poem) Restless Waters The Shadow of the Beast The Dead Slaver’s Tale (poem) Dermod’s Bane (Black Canaan, The Hills of the Dead Dig Me No Grave The Song of a Mad Minstrel (poem) The Children of the Night Musings (poem) The Black Stone The Thing on the Roof The Dweller in Dark Valley (poem) The Horror from the Mound A Dull Sound as of Knocking (poem) People of the Dark Delenda Est The Cairn on the Headland Worms of the Earth The Symbol (poem) The Valley of the Lost The Hoofed Thing The Noseless Horror The Dwellers Under the Tomb An Open Window (poem) The House of Arabu The Man on the Ground Old Garfield’s Heart Kelly the Conjure-Man Black Canaan To a Woman (poem) One Who Comes at Eventide (poem) The Haunter of the Ring Pigeons from Hell The Dead Remember The Fire of Asshurbanipal Fragment (poem) Which Will Scarcely Be Understood (poem) Miscellanea Golnor the Ape Spectres in the Dark The House Untitled Fragment Appendix Notes on the Original Howard Texts (20 poems, 36 stories, 4 fragments) (see review)

The Last Song of Orpheus by Robert Silverberg (Subterranean Press 30 September 2010 / $25.00) - Product Description: In the course of his extraordinary--and prolific--career, Robert Silverberg has made an enormous contribution to imaginative literature. In The Last Song of Orpheus, his longest story in more than a decade, Silverberg has given us one of his most remarkable accomplishments, a resonant recreation of one of the central myths of western civilization.

In this mesmerizing narrative, Orpheus--wanderer, demigod, and master musician--recounts his own astonishing story. That story ranges from the depths of the Underworld, where he attempts to rescue his beloved but doomed Eurydice, to the farthest, most dangerous corners of the ancient world, where he journeys in search of the legendary Golden Fleece. It is a tale of men and gods, of miraculous encounters, of the binding power of inescapable Fate. More than that, it is a meditation on the power of the creative spirit, and on the eternal human search for balance and harmony in a chaotic universe. Beautifully constructed and masterfully written, The Last Song of Orpheus is Silverberg at his incomparable best, showing us a deeply familiar series of scenes, themes, and characters from a fresh, wholly original perspective. (see review)

TaLeKa

Death's Master by Tanith Lee (TaLeKa 01 September 2010 / $28.95) - Product Description: Death's Master, winner of the August Derleth Award for Fantasy, is the second book of the stunning arabesque high fantasy series Tales from the Flat Earth, which, in the manner of the One Thousand and One Nights, portrays an ancient world in mythic grandeur via connected tales.

Long time ago when the Earth was Flat, beautiful indifferent Gods lived in the airy Upperearth realm above, curious passionate demons lived in the exotic Underearth realm below, and mortals were relegated to exist in the middle.

Uhlume, Lord of Death, second of the Lords of Darkness, King of Shadow and Pallor, makes an unusual bargain which sets in motion an intricate sequence of events that entangle men and gods, queens and kings, sorcerers and witches, and lowly wanderers. When the secret to immortality falls into human hands, dark magic and wickedness are unleashed, testing the bounds of mortal love and sanity, and questioning the nature and purpose of life itself.

Come within this ancient world of brilliant darkness and beauty, of glittering palaces and wondrous elegant beings, of cruel passions and undying love.

Rediscover the exotic wonder that is the Flat Earth. (Source: TaLeKa)

The Chicken House

The Crowfield Curse by Pat Walsh (The Chicken House 01 September 2010 / $16.99) - Product Description: An angel is buried behind the abbey! It's 1347, and Will, an orphan boy, lives and works as an apprentice of the Crowfield monks. Sent into the forest to gather firewood, he stumbles across a trapped, wounded creature no bigger than a cat.The little goblin shares a terrible secret: Buried deep in the snow behind the monastery is an angel. But, Will wonders, how can an angel die? And what does this angel have to do with the history of Crowfield? When two cloaked strangers show up and start asking questions, Will is drawn into a dangerous world of Old Magic. (Source: The Chicken House)

Tor

Will Power by A.J. Hartley (Tor 14 September 2010 / $24.99) - From back of book: While on the run from Empire guards, Will Hawthorne and his band of thieves are transported to a mysterious land that none of them recognize or know how to return from. Turns out that they've landed right in the middle of a battle between goblins and humans. Their human allies are storybook contrasts to the rough sorts they knew in Stavis, speaking in high-flown prose, dressed in the height of fashion, and dripping with wealth and social propriety. Will's companions are quite taken by these fine folks, but the Fair Folk are appalled by Will's unorthodoxy.

At first Will does everything he can to try to squirm into their good graces, but soon, he begins to wonder if these too-perfect courtiers and warriors have anything to offer beyond their glamour and their burning hatred of the goblins. Furthermore, is there any recourse for Will and his friends if it turns out that the humans who are sheltering them are on the wrong side of their eternal conflict. (Source: Tor)

Tor Books

Antiphon (The Psalms of Isaak) by Ken Scholes (Tor Books 14 September 2010 / $25.99) - From back of book: Nothing is as it seems to be. The ancient past is not dead. The hands of the Wizard Kings still reach out to challenge the Androfrancine Order, to regain control of the magick and technology that the monks sought to understand and claim for their own. (see review)

Dreadnought by Cherie Priest (Tor Books 28 September 2010 / $14.99) - Product Description: Nurse Mercy Lynch is elbows deep in bloody laundry at a war hospital in Richmond, Virginia, when Clara Barton comes bearing bad news: Mercy's husband has died in a POW camp. On top of that, a telegram from the west coast declares that her estranged father is gravely injured, and he wishes to see her. Mercy sets out toward the Mississippi River. Once there, she'll catch a train over the Rockies and--if the telegram can be believed--be greeted in Washington Territory by the sheriff, who will take her to see her father in Seattle.

Reaching the Mississippi is a harrowing adventure by dirigible and rail through war-torn border states. When Mercy finally arrives in St. Louis, the only Tacoma-bound train is pulled by a terrifying Union-operated steam engine called the Dreadnought. Reluctantly, Mercy buys a ticket and climbs aboard.

What ought to be a quiet trip turns deadly when the train is beset by bushwhackers, then vigorously attacked by a band of Rebel soldiers. The train is moving away from battle lines into the vast, unincorporated west, so Mercy can't imagine why they're so interested. Perhaps the mysterious cargo secreted in the second and last train cars has something to do with it?

Mercy is just a frustrated nurse who wants to see her father before he dies. But she'll have to survive both Union intrigue and Confederate opposition if she wants to make it off the Dreadnought alive. (Source: Tor Books)

Esperanza by Trish J. MacGregor (Tor Books 14 September 2010 / $24.99) - Product Description: Tess Livingston met Ian Ritter at a roadside stop high in the Andes, waiting for a bus to the mysterious town of Esperanza.

Tess is an FBI agent who remembers being on the track of a group of international counterfeiters. But she doesn't remember booking a trip to Esperanza. Ian is a journalist who was planning to vacation to the Galapagos Islands. He, too, isn't quite sure why he has a ticket to Esperanza.

Their meeting will change their lives forever. For they have been brought together because they hold the key in a mystical war between the kind spirits of the dead who guard humanity, and the hungry ghosts who exist only to possess living human bodies, and return however briefly to life.

In the midst of this war, Tess and Ian will find a love that can transcend time, and a cause that not even death will overcome. (Source: Tor Books)

He Is Legend by Christopher Conlon (Tor Books 14 September 2010 / $15.99) - Product Description: Richard Matheson, the New York Times bestselling author of I Am Legend, has inspired a generation of storytellers. Now an outstanding cast of top writers pays tribute to his legacy with an all-new collection of original stories set in Matheson's own fictional universes, including sequels, prequels, and companion stories to I Am Legend, Hell House, The Incredible Shrinking Man, Somewhere in Time, “Duel," and “Button, Button." Among the highlights of this one-of-a-kind anthology is the first ever collaboration between Stephen King and his son, bestselling horror writer Joe Hill. Other notable contributors include Nancy A. Collins, Joe R. Lansdale, William F. Nolan, Whitley Strieber, F. Paul Wilson, and Matheson's son, Richard Christian Matheson. Previously published as a limited edition by Gauntlet Press in 2009, He Is Legend is now available to Matheson's many fans, as well as all lovers of gripping horror and suspense.
(Source: Tor Books)

Hybrids (Neanderthal Parallax) by Robert J. Sawyer (Tor Books 28 September 2010 / $14.99) - Product Description: This is the climactic book of Robert J. Sawyer's Neanderthal Parallax trilogy. Torn between two worlds, geneticist Mary Vaughan and Neanderthal physicist Ponter Boddit struggle to find a way to make their relationship work. Aided by banned Neanderthal technology, they plan to conceive the first hybrid child, a symbol of hope for the peaceful coexistence of two versions of reality.

But after an experiment shows that Mary's religious faith--something completely absent among Neanderthals--is a quirk of Homo sapiens neurology, Ponter and Mary must decide whether their child should be predisposed to atheism or belief. Meanwhile, as Mary's Earth faces the impending collapse of its planetary magnetic field, Mary's boss, the enigmatic Jock Krieger, has turned envious eyes on the unspoiled Eden of the Neanderthal world.

In Hybrids, Sawyer concludes his signature speculations about alternative ways to be human, exploding our preconceptions of morality and gender, faith and love.

See our review of Hybrids from our August 2003 issue. (Source: Tor Books)

Mr. Monster by Dan Wells (Tor Books 28 September 2010 / $21.99) - Product Description: I killed a demon. I don't know if it was really, technically a demon, but I do know that he was some kind of monster, with fangs and claws and the whole bit, and he killed a lot of people. So I killed him. I think it was the right thing to do. At least the killing stopped.

Well, it stopped for a while.

In I Am Not a Serial Killer, John Wayne Cleaver saved his town from a murderer even more appalling than the serial killers he obsessively studies.

But it turns out even demons have friends, and the disappearance of one has brought another to Clayton County. Soon there are new victims for John to work on at the mortuary and a new mystery to solve. But John has tasted death, and the dark nature he used as a weapon--the terrifying persona he calls "Mr. Monster"--might now be using him.

No one in Clayton is safe unless John can vanquish two nightmarish adversaries: the unknown demon he must hunt and the inner demon he can never escape.

In this sequel to his brilliant debut, Dan Wells ups the ante with a thriller that is just as gripping and even more intense. He apologizes in advance for the nightmares.

(Source: Tor Books)

Out of the Dark by David Weber (Tor Books 28 September 2010 / $25.99) - Product Description: The Galactic Hegemony has been around a long time, and it likes stability--the kind of stability that member species like the aggressive, carnivorous Shongairi tend to disturb. So when the Hegemony Survey Force encountered a world whose so-called "sentients"--humans, they called themselves—were almost as bad as the Shongairi themselves, it seemed reasonable to use the Shongairi to neutralize them before they could become a second threat to galactic peace. And if the Shongairi took a few knocks in the process, all the better.

Now, Earth is conquered. The Shongairi have arrived in force, and humanity's cities lie in radioactive ruins. In mere minutes, more than half the human race has died.

Master Sergeant Stephen Buchevsky, who thought he was being rotated home from his latest tour in Afghanistan, finds himself instead prowling the back country of the Balkans, dodging alien patrols and trying to organize scattered survivors without getting killed. And in the southeastern US, firearms instructor and former Marine Dave Dvorak finds himself at the center of a growing network of resistance—putting his extended family at lethal risk, but what else can you do?

On the face of it, Buchevsky's and Dvorak's chances look bleak, as do prospects for the rest of the surviving human race. But it may well be that Shongairi and the Hegemony alike have underestimated the inhabitants of that strange planet called Earth…

(see review)

Pirate Freedom (Pirates) by Gene Wolfe (Tor Books 14 September 2010 / $15.99) - Product Description: It starts with a confession from a priest. His past has reached further back than what many would consider possible. Before he was a priest, he was the pirate Captain Cristofo, and before he was a pirate, he was just Chris, a boy living in a monastery in Cuba the day after tomorrow.

One day Chris realizes that he is not meant for the monastery he has grown up in, and leaves. On the streets of Havana everything looks strange and out-of-date, but Chris is too busy trying to find his next meal and a safe place to sleep to contemplate the city's odd lack of modern conveniences. He finds that this world is a much harder one than the one he remembers; it's a place where people steal, lie, and cheat. Where slaves are sold at auction, and the Spanish, French, and English are all battling for supremacy. When Chris is offered the opportunity to work on a ship in exchange for food and a small bit of money, he takes it, and thus begins his life as a pirate. People die, treasures are found, women are taken captive, and crews rebel.

Gene Wolfe is a masterful storyteller, and in Pirate Freedom, he uses his customary vision to invite us into the captivating world of pirates, their lives, and their adventures. (Source: Tor Books)

Siren Song by Cat Adams (Tor Books 28 September 2010 / $14.99) - From back of book: Bodyguard Celia Graves plies her trade in a world where vampires roam the alleys of Tinseltown, street-corner psychics have real powers, and cops use memory enhancement spells.

A recent vampire attack made her an Abomination--and she was still adjusting to this new "lifestyle" when she discovered that the vampire attack awakened a hidden part of her heritage. It seems Celia is part Siren, able to enthrall men...and enrage women...without half trying.

She's been summoned to the Sirens' island for what might be a battle to the death--assuming she's not killed before she can make the trip.

Celia Graves has more than one enemy. Some of them want her blood. Some of them want her soul. All of them want her dead. (see review)

Twilight Forever Rising by Lena Meydan (Tor Books 28 September 2010 / $15.99) - Product Description: Darel Ericson of the Dahanavar clan is a rarity among his vampire brethren: he's an empath, strong enough to occasionally read thought as well as emotion.  For centuries, his power has given the Dahanavar a significant advantage against the machinations of the other vampire families, an advantage which makes Darel both a powerful tool and a highly visible target.

Fortunately for Darel, it is more useful for the heads of the other clans to maintain the centuries-long peace between the houses than to remove him. But, the cunning and violent head of the House of Nachterret is tired of the truce, and of hiding his presence in the world. The Nachterret would like nothing more than have free reign over the helpless human cattle upon which they feed.

Darel, and the human woman he loves, become central to the Nachterret's scheme to plunge the Houses into all out war. Darel is ultimately forced to face the question: is one young woman's life too high a price to pay for peace? (Source: Tor Books)

Tor Teen

Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers (Tor Teen 14 September 2010 / $9.99) - Product Description: If you had to choose between Heaven and Hell, which would it be? Are you sure about that...?

Frannie Cavanaugh is a good Catholic girl with a wicked streak. She's spent years keeping everyone at a distance--even her closest friends--and it seems her senior year will be more of the same...until Luc Cain enrolls in her class. No one knows where he came from, but Frannie can't seem to stay away from him. What she doesn't know is that Luc works in Acquisitions--for Hell--and she possesses a unique skill set that has the king of Hell tingling with anticipation. All Luc has to do is get her to sin, and he's as tempting as they come. Frannie doesn't stand a chance.

Unfortunately for Luc, Heaven has other plans, and the angel, Gabe, is going to do whatever it takes to make sure that Luc doesn't get what he came for. And it isn't long before they find themselves fighting for more than just her soul. But if Luc fails, there will be Hell to pay...for all of them. (Source: Tor Teen)

Twilight Times Books

The Soapmaster's Apprentice by Geoff Geauterre (Twilight Times Books 15 September 2010 / $19.95) - Product Description: The Transit Corps transfers Andrew Webster to a primitive society, under the tutelage of an agent with his own agenda. Andrew forgets a few definable rules as to conduct--such as not helping the natives start a major war. (Source: Twilight Times Books)

Walker Books for Young Readers

The Twelve Bots of Christmas by Nathan Hale (Walker Books for Young Readers 28 September 2010 / $14.99) - Product Description: Take one robotic Santa, nine cyber-reindeer pulling his techno-sleigh, and twelve days of Christmas circuitry and wizardry—and this incredible holiday offering is guaranteed to add up to every gear-head's delight!

This unique spin on the familiar song just begs to be read aloud, as it retains the cadence and lyricism of the original. With two turbo doves and three wrench hens leading the way, young readers will be thrilled to join Robo-Santa on his annual round of gift giving. Nathan Hale has created a special delivery for all robot fans.
(see review)

William Morrow

The Fall: Book Two of the Strain Trilogy by Guillermo Del Toro & Chuck Hogan (William Morrow 21 September 2010 / $26.99) - From back of book: In The Fall, the second book in the trilogy, the vampiric virus unleashed in The Strain has taken over New York City. It is spreading across the country and soon, the world. Amid the chaos, Eph Goodweather, head of the CDC's team, leads a small group in the fight against the bloodthirsty beasts that roam the streets. But it may be too late.

Ignited by the Master's horrific plan, a war erupts between Old and New World Vampires, each side vying for control of the planet. As the virus continues to plague the land, humans find themselves caught in the middle of the conflict...and at the bottom of the food chain. They are no longer the consumers, but the consumed.

At the same time, the battle finds its way inside Eph's own family: his ex-wife, Kelly, who was turned by the Master, has her sights fixed on Zack, Eph's son.

With the future of the world in the balance, Eph and his team, guided by the brilliant former professor and Holocaust survivor Abraham Setrakian and exterminator Vasiliy Fet, and joined by a crew of ragtag gangsters, must combat a terror whose ultimate plan is more terrible than humans imagined--a fate worse than annihilation.

(see review)

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