All the Books We’re Publishing in Fall/Winter 2017

With summer coming to an end, we thought it was high time to share with you our list of titles for Fall/Winter 2017. We’ve got a really exciting collection of books from a variety of genres and authors to share with you, and there’s sure to be something here for everyone.

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, and clicking each author’s name will take you to their social media feeds.

September:

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A MAJESTIC-12 Thriller

Mass-market paperback

In 2016, Michael J. Martinez set his genre-bending sights on the Cold War spy thriller, and the result, MJ-12: Inception, read like a fresh, compelling mash-up of X-Men, James Bond, and the X-Files, with a superpowered spy team, the Variants, working to protect American interests—and their own—against rival forces organized by shadowy figures behind the Iron Curtain.

If you read it, you’ll have an idea of what you’re getting with its thrilling sequel, MJ-12: Shadows. For everyone else: the series is a blast. If you didn’t get a chance to read it in last year, you should definitely seek out both books now—they’re out in convenient mass-market paperback editions, so you can take the Variants and their version of the Cold War with you wherever you go.

Also, just a reminder: the Majestic 12 were (maybe) a real group . . . so who’s to say the Variants weren’t?

Praise for the MAJESTIC-12 Series:

“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

 

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The Complete Tales of Jules de Grandin, Volume Two

Hardcover

Following The Horror on the Links is the second volume in a new hardcover set collecting famous Weird Tales contributor Seabury Quinn’s beloved Jules de Grandin stories.

Quinn’s short stories were featured in well more than half of pulp magazine Weird Tales’s original publication run. His most famous character, the supernatural French detective Dr. Jules de Grandin, investigated cases involving monsters, devil worshippers, serial killers, and spirits from beyond the grave, often set in the small town of Harrisonville, New Jersey. In de Grandin there are familiar shades of both Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot (and maybe even a dash of Fox Mulder thrown in for good measure), and alongside his assistant, Dr. Samuel Trowbridge, de Grandin’s knack for solving mysteries—and his outbursts of peculiar French-isms (grand Dieu!)—captivated readers for nearly three decades.

Available together for the first time in trade editions, The Complete Tales of Jules de Grandin, edited by George Vanderburgh, presents all ninety-three published works featuring the supernatural detective in chronological order over five fully clothbound hardcover volumes, with incredible covers designed by the famous Donato Giancola.

The second volume, The Devil’s Rosary, includes all of the Jules de Grandin stories from “The Black Master” (1929) to “The Wolf of St. Bonnot” (1930), and an introduction by Stefan Dziemianowicz. Check out the full Table of Contents here.

Praise for The Complete Tales of Jules de Grandin

“[Quinn’s] clever assortment of monsters and occult menaces make for tremendously entertaining stories. His admirers have every reason to be thrilled with these comprehensive new collections, and the writer will find new fans among those who enjoy truly weird horror.” —Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog

“A fun, spooky trip back to the golden age of weird . . . De Grandin, “his little blond mustache twitching like the whiskers of an excited cat,” is an exuberant, delightful creation.”—Publishers Weekly

“Many of these stories have been unavailable for years. I applaud Night Shade Books for bringing these wonderful stories back into print. I can’t wait for Volume Two! GRADE: A”—GeorgeKelley.org

 

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Butcher Bird, by Richard Kadrey

Tenth Anniversary Trade Paperback Edition

These days, Richard Kadrey is known mostly for his wildly successful Sandman Slim novels, a blackly comic, pulpy neo-noir series centered around its eponymous antihero. But before Sandman Slim, there was Butcher Bird.

In many ways a proto-narrative exploring the same themes, ideas, and storytelling techniques that would later make Kadrey widely known, Butcher Bird is an ahead-of-its-time dark urban fantasy that blends demonic evil and quirky humor in a cohesive (and badass) whole.

We’re excited to release this special tenth-anniversary edition, with a new introduction by the author and a new short story, “Bull Riding,” set in the world of the Dominion.

Praise for Richard Kadrey and Butcher Bird

“If [Butcher Bird] had been rendered in oil or acrylic, it would be kicking world-class lowbrow ass in multi-page spreads in Juxtapoz or on the walls of La Luz de Jesus. Go for it. The man is mad, in every best way.” —William Gibson

“Mr. Kadrey’s invention never flags. He always has another joke up his sleeve. Even if the joke is on us and our ability to drag the Heavenly Hosts themselves down to street level, and then corrupt them.” —Wall Street Journal

“A master of manic, rapid-fire storytelling, hilarious wisecracks, and relentless supernatural lunacy. —Barnes & Noble

 

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The Boats of the “Glen Carrig” and Other Nautical Adventures, by William Hope Hodgson

The Collected Fiction of William Hope Hodgson, Volume 1

Trade Paperback

You asked for ’em, you got ’em. Available for the first time in trade paperback (with snazzy new cover designs to boot), Night Shade is (finally) reprinting its five volume set complete fiction from William Hope Hodgson, an influential early twentieth-century author of science fiction, horror, and the fantastic. Barring unforeseen delays, we’ll be releasing these every four months or so, so you won’t have to wait long for Volume 2.

Each of Night Shade Books’s five-volume series contains one of Hodgson’s novels, along with a selection of thematically-linked short fiction, including a number of works reprinted for the first time since their original publication. The Boats of the “Glen Carrig” and Other Nautical Adventures collects all of Hodgson’s series nautical fiction, including the Sargasso Sea Story cycle.

 

 

October:

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Ironfoot, by Dave Duncan

The Enchanter General, Book One

Hardcover/Trade paperback

This new historical sword-and-sorcery series from long-time fantasy stalwart Dave Duncan begins in Norman-ruled England in 1164, following a crippled young Saxon man—who shows promise as a mage and enchanter—as he develops his gift for magic and eventually discovers a plot to assassinate King Henry.

Courtly intrigue, devilish plots, the constant threat of imminent violence . . . who better to deal with all that than the man who will come to be known as The Enchanter General, and the most powerful mage in all of England?

Praise for Ironfoot

“Enjoyable characters, a detailed setting, and atmospheric adventure intertwine in this multilevel mystery.”—Publishers Weekly

“A magical medieval murder mystery that will keep readers guessing until the evildoer is revealed . . . An entertaining, fast-paced read that will please readers looking for mystery and enchantment set amid castles, horses, counts, and peasants.” —Kirkus

Ironfoot is gritty, magical, at times brutal, but above all humane. This is historical fantasy pulled off spectacularly well.”—Greg Keyes, author of The Briar King and The Reign of the Departed

“A fantastic murder mystery firmly anchored in real history, plus a generous mix of arcane magic.”—Glenda Larke, author of The Lascar’s Dagger

 

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Firewalk, by Chris Roberson

A Recondito Novel

Trade paperback

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 (and its sequel, Firewalkers, arrives next year).

Praise for Firewalk

“[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

“A novel that’s part True Detective and part Lovecraft. . . . The plot is engaging, and Roberson really shines in building the relationships and dialogue. . . . The end will have horror fans ready for the sequel.”—Publishers Weekly

“As entertaining as can be, filled with humor and a satisfying depth of plot. Peering around the corners in Recondito is wicked good fun.”—Shelf Awareness

“Lefevre, Tevake and their supporting cast, not to mention the fictional location Recondito, are compellingly drawn . . . . memorably creepy and tense.”—RT Book Reviews Top Pick (4.5 Stars)

 

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Entropy in Bloom, by Jeremy Robert Johnson

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Trade Paperback

Fans of literary, genre-crossing, mind-twisting speculative and horror fiction would do well to read this collection, and to remember the name Jeremy Robert Johnson—it’s not just anyone whose writing dazzles Chuck Palahniuk.

Entropy in Bloom, new to paperback, compiles the best of Johnson’s independently published short fiction, as well as an exclusive, never-before-published novella, “The Sleep of Judges.” Brave readers will witness a man surviving the nuclear apocalypse by wearing a suit of cockroaches; a parasite converting its pacifist host’s body into a factory for reproducing itself; an environmentalist taking it upon herself to end the world with love; and even an astronaut stuck in space as the world below him destroys itself in an outbreak of empathy.

Johnson’s style is as wide-ranging as his diverse interests, but running through all his stories are a hallucinatory vision and a deeply felt empathy, qualities that have earned the author a reputation as one of today’s most daring and thrilling writers.

And don’t forget to check out this short film based on a story from the collection. (It’s extremely NSFW—don’t say we didn’t try to warn you!)

Praise for Entropy in Bloom and Jeremy Robert Johnson:

“A dazzling writer. Seriously amazing short stories. While I read them, they made time stand still.” —Chuck Palahniuk, New York Times bestselling author

“Johnson is a master of mood, seamlessly combining the literary with the grotesque. Horror fans will find much to chew on, and these stories will certainly reach a wider audience. Johnson deserves to be a household name, as this superb collection makes clear.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

 

November:

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Stories from the Chronicles of St. Mary’s

Trade Paperback

If you’ve been following the ongoing Chronicles of St. Mary’s (and many of you are!), you’ll be excited we’re finally collecting all eight of Jodi Taylor’s previously published St. Mary’s short stories together in a single volume for the first time.

And, since several stories are set around Christmastime  (the author has made a habit of releasing a new short story around the holidays for the last few years)—in many different eras in time, of course—we’ve given the cover a bit of Christmas sparkle.  We hope you’ll give the book as a gift to a friend (or yourself; we won’t judge), sit down someplace warm, and enjoy.

Praise for Jodi Taylor and the Chronicles of St. Mary’s series:

“A carnival ride through laughter and tears with a bit of time travel thrown in for spice . . . readers will be impatient for later installments.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

“If you’re a fan of time travel, or if you’re a fan of madcap British comedies, or better yet if you’re a fan of both, then you’ll want to check out The Chronicles of St. Mary’s.”
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“The writing was witty and fun, and kept making me smile page after page. . . . Max is a brilliant character, the kind of character you root for, faults and all.”
All Things Urban Fantasy

 

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Stories of Androids, Robots, and Manufactured Humanity

Trade Paperback

In addition to our annual volumes of The Best Science Fiction of the Year series (most recently Volume Two), edited by Clarkesworld magazine publisher and editor extraordinaire Neil Clarke, we’ll keeping Neil busy with standalone anthologies collecting some of the best contemporary short fiction on a variety of subjects (earlier this year was the excellent Galactic Empires).

The short stories in More Human than Human, then, demonstrate the depth and breadth of artificial humanity in contemporary science fiction, with stories from Alastair Reynolds, Elizabeth Bear, Cory Doctorow, Catherynne M. Valente, and many more (the full Table of Contents can be found here).

 

 

 

 

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New York Fantastic, edited by Paula Guran

Fantasy Stories from the City that Never Sleeps

Trade Paperback

New York Fantastic is the first entry in a brand new series of dark and urban fantasy stories set in specific cities. Think of them as miniature travel guides to the magical underbellies of the Five Boroughs . . . led by bestselling authors like George R.R. Martin, Peter S. Beagle, Naomi Novik, and Holly Black (check out the full Table of Contents here).

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Until the Last Dog Dies, by Robert Guffey

Trade Paperback

A dark apocalyptic satire about a worldwide viral plague that removes a person’s sense of humor, told from the perspective of a struggling stand-up comedian in Los Angeles? Sign us up!

Equal parts speculative fiction, biting stand-up comedy, and end-of-the-world horror, Until the Last Dog Dies is speculative fiction sure to change your understanding of just what an apocalypse can be. No nuclear wars or zombie hordes here, folks—just the slow death of laughter, friendship, and, eventually, happiness itself.

And what could be more terrifying than that?

[Oh, and don’t forget to check out this post detailing the process by which we created the amazing front cover (yes, we’re quite proud of it)—it’s an interesting and unusual behind-the scenes look at our creative process, and we think you’ll enjoy it!]

 

 

 

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Book Three of the Seven Eyes

Trade paperback

The third and final book in Dornbusch’s Book of the Seven Eyes trilogy, now available in trade paperback! This unusual dark epic fantasy follows hero 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 also out in trade paperback now.

Praise for the Seven Eyes Trilogy

“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

Exile does an excellent job of fashioning a kingdom on the brink of implosion, as political, military, and personal factors place increasing pressure on the fragile peace”—Josh Vogt, The Examiner

“An intriguing world, with its varied people and imperiled gods. The hero maintains his personal integrity even as the pawn of powers of whom he’s barely aware, and the plot unfolds with the rapid pacing of a mystery novel.”—K. V. Johansen, author of Blackdog

“From the first line (“Cut her throat. His own wife.”), readers of Betsy Dornbusch’s Exile know they are in for a dramatic and exciting tale. . . . Any reader who joins her for the ride will be glad they did.”—Lesley Smith, Electric Spec

“Betsy Dornbusch’s Exile is a nonstop adventure with a fascinating world and some terrific magic.”—Carol Berg, author of Transformation and The Daemon Prism

 

January 2018:

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Doctor Benjamin Franklin’s Dream America, by Damien Lincoln Ober

A Novel of the Digital American Revolution

Trade Paperback

Honestly, we have no idea how Damien Lincoln Ober pulled this one off. A series of vignettes telling the deaths of each signer of the Declaration of Independence, Doctor Benjamin Franklin’s Dream America also happens to be set in an alt-history colonial America filled with 21st century technology like computers and cloud-based (but human-infecting) viruses. Oh yeah, and there are vampiric octopus-like sea monsters and mysterious aliens as well.

Trust us—it all mixed together into an intoxicating mix of American Revolution historical fantasy and science fiction technology. Equal parts Neal Stephenson, David Foster Wallace, and George Saunders, Ben Franklin tackles hot-button political issues in a way that will appeal as much to history buffs as science fiction fans.

Advance praise for Doctor Benjamin Franklin’s Dream America:

 

“Damien Ober gives us a new kind of fictional history here, one that is as fanciful and exuberant as a Garcia-Marquez novel.”—T.C. Boyle, author of The Harder They Come and Road to Wellville

“Not sure if I read a book or had a manic episode while watching the History Channel, but either way, it was incredible and I feel absolutely amazing.”—Ben Loory, author of Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day

Doctor Benjamin Franklin’s Dream America is as original as they come—an audacious, exuberantly imaginative novel about freedom and technology and the sacrifices each take from the other. Damien Ober is a writer to be reckoned with.”—Scott O’Connor, author of Half World and Untouchable

 

The Tree, by Na’amen Gobert Tilahun

A Novel of the Wrath & Athenaeum

Trade Paperback

With The Root, Na’amen Tilahun crafted a dark, gritty urban fantasy debut set in modern-day San Francisco, filled with gods, sinister government agencies, and hidden worlds filled with dark magic.

Now, with The Tree, readers will continue the stories of Erik, Lil, their many allies and enemies, and the lurking darkness that still grows stronger by the day. This sequel delves deeper into the mirror worlds of Corpiliu and Earth, and reveals more about the unclear—but all-important—history and culture that led the universes to war with each other. Motivations and loyalties will be tested, long-held secrets will be told, and epic battles will be fought, and all the while, the darkness will continue to grow and spread under the surface…

Praise for the Wrath & Athenaeum series: 

Tilahun creates a fantasy world you’ll want to get lost in, and fills it with fascinating, diverse characters. This is a whole new exciting kind of portal fantasy.”—Charlie Jane Anders, author of All the Birds in the Sky

“An intense, emotional ride that combines libraries, monsters, fallen angels, magical powers, and secret societies fighting an ancient war. This is catnip for my reading soul.”—Kate Elliott, author of Cold Magic and Black Wolves

“The Root is a grandiose feat of imagination and cross-dimensional storytelling . . . a story that’s firmly rooted in human drama, exploring themes such as the nature of race, celebrity, the media and society’s perceptions of sexual orientation, gender and class division . . . Tilahun has laid the foundations for a very promising trilogy.”—Starburst

 

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Infinity Engine, by Neal Asher

Transformation, Book Three

Trade Paperback

Neal Asher’s Transformation series reaches its dramatic conclusion in this novel set in his famous Polity universe. If you’re familiar with any of Asher’s previous high-tech and hard-hitting work, this series is exactly what you’d expect; if you aren’t, it’s a great place to jump in. (And trust us, if you’ve followed the rogue AI Penny Royal’s story at all, you’ll want to read this one to the end.)

“Incredible beings wielding vast alien technologies, devastating space battles, and mind-blowing science . . . Asher completes his Transformation series with this powerful work that transcends the borders of morality, existence, and spacetime itself.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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

“One of his best works so far … Asher is a modern master of sci-fi.”
Starburst magazine

 

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The House on the Borderland and Other Mysterious Places, by William Hope Hodgson

The Collected Fiction of William Hope Hodgson, Volume 2

Trade Paperback

We told you we’d be releasing them quickly! Volume 2, The House on the Borderland and Other Mysterious Places, collects Hodgson’s mystery and suspense fiction, including those starring the occult detective Thomas Carnacki, and the titular novel The House on the Borderland, a seminal and influential work of early weird fiction.

 

 

 

 

 

 

February:

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The Song of All, by Tina LeCount Myers

The Legacy of the Heavens, Book One

Hardcover and trade paperback simultaneous publication

The first book in a gritty debut epic fantasy series inspired by Scandinavian indigenous cultures.

The Song of All follows Irjan, a ruthless and lethal human warrior, and a legend among the Brethren of Hunters, who make war with immortals in the name of their shared gods. But even legends grow tired and disillusioned, and when Irjan turns his back on his oath and his calling to hide away and live a peaceful life as a farmer, husband, and father, he finds that his past is not so easily left behind.

Now, forced back into action against the immortals with his son’s life hanging in the balance, Irjan will have to utilize every ounce of the intelligence and ferocity that made him a mythical figure among his fellow mortals.

It’s going to get seriously epic.

Advance Praise for The Song of All

“Fantasy served cold and raw.” —Deborah A. Wolf, author of The Dragon’s Legacy