I just received my CC copies from Thunderstorm Books. They are POSITIVELY STUNNING! But don’t take my word for it, just look at the pictures below. (I took them with my cell phone, so I didn’t do them the proper justice.)
The Hard Rain edition (affordable trade hardcover):
The cover (front and back):
Signature sheet and sample chapter break:
The Black Voltage edition (lavish, deluxe, groundbreaking):
Cover (front and back):
Coolest thing ever – Original handwritten manuscript page bound into the book!:
Exclusive epilogue not available in any other edition anywhere (Walker finds Antone):
If you haven’t ordered already, you’d better get on it before all of the copies are gone. Thunderstorm’s really outdone itself with this one!
I’ve known Jeff Strand for years. We both grew up in the specialty press ranks. We both had some success with small press mass market publishers. I’ve collaborated with him (THE MAD & THE MACABRE: KUTTER/REMAINS). We’ve both gone crazy with the eBooks. In many ways, our careers have paralleled each other’s. He’s since outpaced me in many regards, largely due to his skill as a writer and his amazing ear for dialogue. His comedic skills, as you all surely know, are beyond comparison. But in my opinion, it’s his more “serious” works that truly showcase his skill. Case in point: PRESSURE.
I first read PRESSURE in early 2006 (I think), when Earthling released the stunning limited edition. I knew Strand, but we weren’t really buds yet, you know? So I didn’t buy the book out of any personal obligation. (I bought it because of the killer cover and the description. This was back in the days when I had a whole lot more money to spend on pricey books.) When I read it, I was blown away. I was surprised by the sheer ferocity in parts, the humor in others, and the way Strand set up the penultimate scene (those of you who’ve read it know which one I’m talking about). (Then Leisure came along and dropped it down a deep, dark hole.) After that, I became one of his biggest fans. So much so, in fact, that I started reading his manuscripts before publication, one of which was DWELLER.
DWELLER‘s different than PRESSURE in a lot of respects, but better for it. Strand gets to show off his ability to create human characters, one of which isn’t human at all. It’s a great, touching story of a boy and his monster and the inevitable consequences of their relationship. I think this had the potential to be his breakout release (just check out the reviews and you’ll see). The problem was it hit the shelves at a time when Leisure was bottoming out and it got lost in the ensuing battle between Dorchester, its authors, and retailers.
Now these books have new life in digital form. I hope you all will pick them up and give them a read, if you haven’t already. And then I recommend writing to Strand and telling him to quit messing around and get back to work! (And be sure to check out the website for Lynne Hansen, who did the amazing covers!)
Thanks to the kind folks at the Books: The Cheapest Vacation You Can Buy blog! My favorite line: “There is so much that I want to say about this novel, but it all involves the amazing, twisted plot, and so I feel that I cannot go any further than to say that this is a must read.” I’d say it’s a keeper! Check out the full review HERE!
A big thanks to all of you who joined me at DarkFuse for probably the best chat I’ve had in years. I had a blast. I hope you did, too. It’s always a pleasure catching up with some old friends I don’t get to talk to as often as I’d like and meeting new friends and readers. You guys are the best!
Not only will there be a hardcover edition of THE COYOTE, it’s already in stock and shipping! The book will be available in two editions: the affordable Hard Rain (stunning trade hardcover) and Black Voltage (super lavish labor of love–includes an original handwritten manuscript page bound inside). The story is darker and more reminiscent of INNOCENTS LOST, which is why it’s really pretty cool to have been able to get Zach McCain to do the artwork. I hope you all enjoy the heck out of it!
I’m thrilled to see that the reviews have been very favorable so far. For those of you eagerly awaiting the arrival of your mini hardcover in the mail tomorrow and need just a little more excitement to work you into a full frenzy of anticipation, I present the following:
First from Jessica, the Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile:
“If you are a fan of horror, this is a book you absolutely need to read. I am so glad that I took the time to read Michael McBride’s Snowblind and I can’t wait to read more from him! He is definitely a master of his craft. Grab a blanket, turn down the lights, and prepare to be scared.” READ THE FULL REVIEW HERE!
And from Sheri White at one of my favorite lurking spots, Horror Drive-In:
“Snowblind is a suspenseful, creepy, gory ride that grabs you from the very first page and doesn’t let you breathe until the last.” READ THE FULL REVIEW HERE!
For those who simply can’t wait a moment longer, you can always snag the eBook at this very moment right HERE.
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And don’t forget to pick up a copy of Michael’s new novella, Snowblind today.
This novella takes place Nov. 18-21, 2012, so read the book in the coming days as the plot actually unfolds!