All the Books We’re Publishing Fall/Winter 2016

With summer setting in, we thought it was high time to preview our upcoming books. Everyone at Night Shade is excited to share with you our list for Fall/Winter 2016 (and a little into 2017)! We’ve got everything from New York Times bestselling author Chris Roberson, to a galactic spanning science fiction anthology, to the beginning, continuing, and ending of four different SFF series. This season, our list presents an exciting collection of books from a variety of genres and authors.

Feel free to take a look around; clicking on either the cover art or the title of each book will take you to a standalone release page with more information on each book.

September:

MJ-12: Inception by Michael J. Martinez

Hardcover

Michael J. Martinez is setting his genre-bending sights on the Cold War spy thriller, and we can’t wait for you all to meet The Variants. If you’ve read Mike’s previous series (The Daedalus Incident is the place to start), then you have an idea of what you’re getting. For everyone else: MJ-12: Inception is a blast.

Normal people across the United States have inexplicably gained paranormal abilities. They are the Variants, controlled by a secret government program called MAJESTIC-12 to open a new front in the Cold War.

“A smart look at a Cold War in many ways even colder and scarier and deadlier than the one we barely survived.”
New York Times bestselling author Harry Turtledove

“A heady blend of super-spies and superpowers, MJ-12: Inception is Cold War-era science fiction done right. A taut thriller, and skillfully evocative.”
New York Times bestselling author Chris Roberson

X-Men meets Mission: Impossible. Martinez takes a concept as simple as ‘Super spies that are actually super’ and comes away with a hit. Filled with compelling, well-rounded characters, MJ-12 is my new favorite spy series.”
—Michael R. Underwood, author of Geekomancy and the Genrenauts series

 

The Boys of Summer by Richard Cox

Paperback original

If you’re digging the new Netflix phenomenon Stranger Things, then don’t just take our word for it: both Bustle and the Barnes and Noble SFF Blog think The Boys of Summer is a must read for fans of the show.

In 1979, a massive tornado devastates the city of Wichita Falls, Texas, leaving scores dead, thousands homeless, and nine-year-old Todd Willis in a coma, fighting for his life. Four years later, Todd awakens to a world that looks the same but feels different in a way he can’t quite grasp.

The new friends Todd makes in 1983 are fascinated with his experience and become mesmerized by his strange relationship with the world. Together the five boys grow up during a dark, fiery summer where they find first love, betrayal, and a secret so terrible they agree to never speak of it again.

But darkness returns to Wichita Falls twenty-five years later, and the boys—now men—are forced to reunite and confront the wounds from their past.

“Richard Cox charges into urban fantasy with the hallucinatory, devastating The Boys of Summer. The book Steven King would have written if he’d been born on the wind-ravaged plains of North Texas.”
—Sean Beaudoin, author of Welcome Thieves and The Infects

 

SecondChance_rgbA Second Chance by Jodi Taylor

Paperback original

We’re publishing this series on an accelerated cycle, and A Second Chance is the third book in The Chronicles of St. Mary’sIf you’re loving series, then there’s no reason to worry, because the rest of the books following shortly!

Behind the seemingly innocuous facade of St. Mary’s Institute of Historical Research, a different kind of academic work is taking place. Just don’t call it “time travel”—these historians “investigate major historical events in contemporary time.” And they aren’t your harmless eccentrics either; a more accurate description, as they ricochet around history, might be unintentional disaster-magnets.

The Chronicles of St. Mary’s tells the chaotic adventures of Max and her compatriots—Director Bairstow, Leon “Chief” Farrell, Mr. Markham, and many more—as they travel through time, saving St. Mary’s (too often by the very seat of their pants) and thwarting time-travelling terrorists, all the while leaving plenty of time for tea.

 

 

 

Maze of the Enchanter, TheThe Maze of the Enchanter by Clark Ashton Smith

New Trade Paperback Edition

After many years of being unavailable (and highly sought after) in hardcover, Night Shade is excited to be able to release new paperback editions of our well-received Collected Fantasies of Clark Ashton Smith series. Smith is widely considered one of the greatest contributors to seminal pulp magazines such as Weird Tales. He helped define and shape “weird fiction” in the early twentieth century, alongside contemporaries H.P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard, drawing upon his background in poetry to convey an unparalleled richness of imagination and expression in his stories of the bizarre and fantastical. See this post for more information about Night Shade’s highly-regarded Collected Fantasies of Clark Ashton Smith.

The Maze of the Enchanter, the fourth in this five-volume series, includes all of his stories from “The Mandrakes” (1932) to “The Flower-Women” (1933), and an introduction by Gahan Wilson.

 

 

 

October:

Firewalk by Chris Roberson

Hardcover

You may know New York Times bestselling writer Chris Roberson as the co-creater of the hit comic book series iZombie (the CW adaptation premieres its second season this fall), or from his comic book work on Fables and SupermanFirewalk is Chris’s first novel in far too long, and it’s a simmering supernatural crime thriller.

Izzie Lefevre was the newest investigator for the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit when she first came to Recondito. Local law enforcement requested the Bureau’s assistance in hunting a sword-wielding serial killer who’d left a dozen mutilated bodies in his wake. Patrick Tevake was a local homicide detective assigned to the taskforce, and together he and Izzie managed to track down and stop the killer before he claimed another victim.

Five years later, Izzie and Patrick remain haunted by what the killer said before he fell in a hail of gunfire. The killer’s last words have brought up a past both Izzie and Patrick thought they’d long since left behind, and neither has been able to shake the feeling that their case was never completely solved. The threat is far from over. Reunited again, he and Izzie will discover that Recondito is a city of dark secrets, and their own pasts may be the key to unlocking them.

“[A] gripping supernatural thriller . . . Terrific pacing and detailed police work mixed with supernatural elements will serve well horror and urban fantasy fans alike.”
Library Journal, starred review

Firewalk turns the police procedural on its ear. Roberson’s Recondito is a simmering melting pot of diverse characters and long-buried evil. It’s a compelling urban fantasy locale I look forward to returning to.”
—Michael J. Martinez, author of The Daedalus Incident and MJ-12: Inception

 

Reanimatrix_cover_revised6_cmyk_rgbReanimatrix by Pete Rawlik

Paperback Original

With Reanimators and The Weird Company, Pete Rawlik has been mixing Lovecraftian lore into his writing for years. Reanimatrix inventively tackles the hard-boiled pulp detective story, Lovecraftian terror, and romance.

Some say the war drove Robert Peaslee mad. Others suggest that given what happened to his father, madness was inevitable. He’s spent years trying to forget the monsters that haunt his dreams, but now has returned to Arkham to do the only job that he’s qualified for, handling the crimes other cops would prefer to never talk about. Megan Halsey is dead, her body missing.

Peaslee soon becomes obsessed with the murdered Megan. Retracing the steps of her own investigation, traveling from Arkham to Dunwich, and even to the outskirts of Innsmouth, he will learn more about Megan and Arkham than he should, and discover things about himself that he’d tried to bury.

“Rawlik takes the epistolary form through turns alternately weird, witty, and sexy in this tale of abomination and obsession, giving readers a lively romp through Lovecraft country that will leave fans of the genre hungry for more. Even better, Megan Halsey-Griffith is the anti-heroine you don’t want to just read about—you want to be.”
—Wendy N. Wagner, author of Starspawn and Skinwalkers

 

The Promise of the Child by Tom Toner

New Trade Paperback Edition

The Promise of the Child released to high amounts of critical acclaim, with Tor.com saying that it was “among the most significant works of science fiction released in recent years,” and Karl Schroeder, author of Lockstep, calling it “one of the most ambitious and epic-scale pieces of worldbuilding I’ve read.”  Now we’re unveiling a completely new series design for the paperback edition, just in time for everyone to discover this audacious far-future series before Book 2, The Weight of the World, publishes in January.

Wonderfully intimate, and a smart and compelling debut that calls to mind the best of Kim Stanley Robinson or M. John Harrison, The Promise of the Child is one of the most original and unique space operas in quite some time. Trust us when we say this is a debut you don’t want to miss.

“Marvelous. . .a space opera of surpassing gracefulness, depth, complexity, and well, all-round weirdness.”
—Paul Di Filippo, Locus

“First rate. . .a clever and interesting world, with something new always coming across the horizon, more wonders as yet unreached. I ate it up with a spoon.”
—Paul Weimer, SFSignal

“Humming with energy, this is space opera like you’ve never seen it before. Absolutely brilliant.”
—Adam Roberts, author of Salt and Jack Glass

November:

TrailThroughTimeA Trail Through Time by Jodi Taylor

Paperback original

We weren’t kidding when we said we were publishing this series on an accelerated cycle. A Trail Through Time is the fourth book in The Chronicles of St. Mary’s.

Behind the seemingly innocuous facade of St. Mary’s Institute of Historical Research, a different kind of academic work is taking place. Just don’t call it “time travel”—these historians “investigate major historical events in contemporary time.” And they aren’t your harmless eccentrics either; a more accurate description, as they ricochet around history, might be unintentional disaster-magnets.

The Chronicles of St. Mary’s tells the chaotic adventures of Max and her compatriots—Director Bairstow, Leon “Chief” Farrell, Mr. Markham, and many more—as they travel through time, saving St. Mary’s (too often by the very seat of their pants) and thwarting time-travelling terrorists, all the while leaving plenty of time for tea.

 

 

 

The Calorium Wars by Dennis O’Flaherty

Paperback original

Dennis O’Flaherty’s King of the Cracksmen introduced us to Liam McCool, the premier safecracker in 1877 New York. Now, Liam is wrapped up in an international war in this alternate history United States where half of the country belongs to Russia.

Liam and the love of his life, world-famous reporter Becky Fox, are joined by Crazy Horse, the Sioux war chief and medicine man, and Ambrose Chen, a Taoist sorcerer and alchemist. They embark on a wild series of adventures from New Petersburg, where revolutionaries are fighting to overthrow the government, to the Bear Flag Republic, a California enclave governed by P. T. Barnum.

It’s an explosive combination of dynamite and sorcery in this rip-roaring steampunk extravaganza, the audacious follow-up to the “rousingly violent, funny, sometimes shockingly profane” King of the Cracksmen (Kirkus, starred review).

 

 

 

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Jeroun by Zachary Jernigan

New Paperback Omnibus Edition

Jeroun collects the two critically acclaimed genre-bending novels No Return and Shower of Stones in a single omnibus edition.

Together these works combine the mythic inventiveness of early Roger Zelazny and Samuel R. Delany, the dark weirdness of China Mieville, and the dramatic scope of George R. R. Martin, creating a literary science fiction epic that defies easy categorization, resulting in one of the most critically acclaimed narratives of recent years.

No Return needs to be noticed. There is so much more to it than the accoutrement would imply . . . Zachary Jernigan has something unique to say, a voice we’re not hearing from anywhere else. I dearly hope more readers, and award aficionados, take an opportunity to listen to him.”
—Justin Landon, Tor.com

“Pulls no punches in its rich, visceral depictions of sexuality, martial arts, punk energy, and the philosophical quandaries of power and identity that speculative fiction uniquely exploits—and that few up-and-coming speculative writers outside Jernigan tackle with such guts.”
The A.V. Club

“Pure genius. . . A visionary, violent, sexually charged, mystical novel.”
—David Anthony Durham, Campbell Award-winning author of the Acacia Trilogy

 

January:

NoTimeLikeThePastNo Time like the Past by Jodi Taylor

Paperback original

No Time like the Past is the fifth book in The Chronicles of St. Mary’s series. We’re getting this series out to you as fast as we can, and we hope you’re loving Max’s journeys just as much as we do!

Behind the seemingly innocuous facade of St. Mary’s Institute of Historical Research, a different kind of academic work is taking place. Just don’t call it “time travel”—these historians “investigate major historical events in contemporary time.” And they aren’t your harmless eccentrics either; a more accurate description, as they ricochet around history, might be unintentional disaster-magnets.

The Chronicles of St. Mary’s tells the chaotic adventures of Max and her compatriots—Director Bairstow, Leon “Chief” Farrell, Mr. Markham, and many more—as they travel through time, saving St. Mary’s (too often by the very seat of their pants) and thwarting time-travelling terrorists, all the while leaving plenty of time for tea.

 

 


Galactic Empires edited by Neil Clarke

Paperback original

Neil Clarke, publisher of the award-winning Clarkesworld magazine, presents a collection of thought-provoking and galaxy-spanning array of galactic short science fiction. Stay tuned for the complete table of contents to be announced.

From E. E. “Doc” Smith’s Lensman, to George Lucas’ Star Wars, the politics and process of Empire have been a major subject of science fiction’s galaxy-spanning fictions. The idiom of the Galactic Empire allows science fiction writers to ask (and answer) questions that are shorn of contemporary political ideologies and allegiances. This simple narrative slight of hand allows readers and writers to see questions and answers from new and different perspectives.

The stories in this book do just that. What social, political, and economic issues do the organizing structure of “empire” address? Often the size, shape, and fates of empires are determined not only by individuals, but by geography, natural forces, and technology. As the speed of travel and rates of effective communication increase, so too does the size and reach of an Imperial bureaucracy. Sic itur ad astra—“Thus one journeys to the stars.”

 

 

The Weight of the World by Tom Toner

Hardcover

The sequel to the critically acclaimed and ambitious literary space opera debut, The Promise of the ChildAnd in case you weren’t convinced with our description of Book 1 above, here are just a few more reviews overflowing with praise for Tom Toner’s debut:

“The purest example of space opera we’ve seen in some time. . . .The book is challenging, ambitious, and rewarding, and it’s impossible not to admire Toner’s wild imagination and carefully constructed world. This thing is bonkers, no question. It’s also one helluva debut.”
Barnes & Noble, Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog on The Promise of the Child

“An amazing debut. Intriguing, disorientating. Like Hannu Rajaniemi’s The Quantum Thief or Moorcock’s Dancers At The End OF Time, it’s told with the heightened vibrancy of a fable, and the melancholic sense of age and decadence so prevalent in Jack Vance’s Emphyrio.”
—Gareth Powell, BSFA Award-winning author of Ack-Ack Macaque

“Bold and intense from start to finish, The Promise of the Child is a master-class in innovative, evocative world-building. The entire book buzzes with imagination.”
—Michael J. Martinez, author of The Daedalus Incident and MJ-12: Inception

A rip-roaring, full-blown Space Opera, with epic-ness writ large across its pages, and one that will repay rereading . . . As they say in 1960s parlance: ‘Prepare to get your mind blown.’”
SFFWorld

 

WarFactory_9781597808347_rgbWar Factory by Neal Asher

New Trade Paperback Edition

Penny Royal, a berserk AI, runs rampant across galaxies in this explosive, fast-paced follow-up to Dark Intelligence. War Factory is the second book in Asher’s new Polity trilogy, and it continues the story of Thorvald Spear, Sverl, Blite, and Penny Royal. If you’re a Neal Asher fan then you know exactly what kind of crazy action you’re in for, but if you haven’t read his particular brand of military SF, then get ready because the pacing is nonstop.

“Asher ventures into some terrifying minds and incredible space battles in this tangled but heart-pounding sequel, which achieves a rare success in depicting truly nonhuman forms of intelligence.”
Publishers Weekly

“What Asher delivers here is state-of-the-art SF on so many levels. . .a compelling, smart read.”
—Paul Di Filippo, Locus on Dark Intelligence

 

 

CAS_Vol5_Jacket_Front_r2The Last Hieroglyph by Clark Ashton Smith

New Trade Paperback Edition

After many years of being unavailable (and highly sought after) in hardcover, Night Shade is excited to be able to release new paperback editions of our well-received Collected Fantasies of Clark Ashton Smith series. Smith is widely considered one of the greatest contributors to seminal pulp magazines such as Weird Tales. He helped define and shape “weird fiction” in the early twentieth century, alongside contemporaries H.P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard, drawing upon his background in poetry to convey an unparalleled richness of imagination and expression in his stories of the bizarre and fantastical. See this post for more information about Night Shade’s highly-regarded Collected Fantasies of Clark Ashton Smith.

The Last Hieroglyph, the fifth in this five-volume series, includes all of his stories from “The Dark Age” (1933) to “The Dart of Rasasfa” (1961).

 

 

 

 

February:

EnemyCover_rgbEnemy by Betsy Dornbusch

Hardcover

The third and final book in Dornbusch’s Book of the Seven Eyes trilogy. In this thrilling conclusion, follow Draken as he tries to find peace and solace in a life that has been surrounded by bloodshed. Will he avenge those he cares about, while striking down those who stand in his way?

Enemy follows Exile and Emissary, which are both out in trade paperback now!

“Necromantic magic, deadly political intrigue, and a reluctant hero torn between his duty to a foreign queen and his desire for revenge . . . Betsy Dornbusch’s Exile kept me reading into the wee hours of the night, breathless to find out how Draken’s story would end.”
—Courtney Schafer, author of The Shattered Sigil series, on Exile

 

 

 

 

Chains_of_the_Heretic_TP_COVER_FINALChains of the Heretic by Jeff Salyards

New Trade Paperback Edition

The third and final volume in Jeff Salyards’s gritty, clever, and inventive grimdark fantasy saga in the vein of Glen Cook and Joe Abercrombie. With previous novels Veil of the Deserters and Scourge of the Betrayer popping up on multiple year end best-of lists, Chains of the Heretic closes the story of Braylar Killcoin and the soldiers of the Syldoon Empire.

“To call Chains of the Heretic one of the finest pieces of dark fantasy I have ever read would be a gross understatement. It is simply phenomenal, an incredible masterpiece and outstanding achievement for Jeff Salyards.”
The Bibliosanctum, 5/5

“Mix a dash of Lord of the Rings and the Riyria Revelations with a pinch of the Broken Empire and you’ve got a taste of the Bloodsounder’s Arc. Dark, witty, and full of wonder, Salyards’s characters scream from the page.”
—Tim Marquitz, author of the Demon Squad series and Embers of an Age