THE JEFF VANDERMEER REISSUES - NEW ARTWORK REVEAL
03 March 2014
By Bella Pagan
We are thrilled to announce that we'll be reissuing *three* wonderful Jeff VanderMeer books - and they are all due to publish in paperback and ebook in May this year! We are really excited about this, Jeff being such a hugely talented and award winning author / editor/ anthologist/ columnist/ everything (!) and you can see fabulous new cover visuals for the reissues below.
When approaching these designs, what we wanted was a look with a real ‘modern classic’ feel to it. I think our designers and agency Crush Creative have fulfilled the brief and more. The covers are atmospheric and beautiful, perhaps reminiscent of antique photos, but without attempting to summarize these writing gems with a a scene or character from the book. Have a look, below...
CITY OF SAINTS AND MADMEN
By turns sensuous and terrifying, these four linked novellas will draw you into VanderMeer’s vividly imagined worlds.
In the city of Ambergris, a would-be suitor discovers that a sunlit street can become a killing ground in the blink of an eye. An artist receives an invitation to a beheading – and finds himself enchanted. And a patient in a mental institution is convinced he’s made up a city called Ambergris – imagined its every last detail – and that he’s really from a place called Chicago. Ambergris is a cruelly beautiful metropolis – a haven for artists and thieves, for composers and murderers. And once there, anything can happen.
This collection includes the World Fantasy Award winning novella, The Transformation of Martin Lake.
‘Somewhere at the intersection of pulp and surrealism, drawing on the very best of both traditions, is Jeff VanderMeer’s Ambergris’
‘Beautifully written, virtually hallucinatory work . . . enormously rewarding’
‘VanderMeer keeps going deeper, and finding new forms of gold’
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Dreams and nightmares entwine as three fellow travellers strive to achieve their deepest desires.
Nicholas seeks to escape his demons in the dark city of Veniss’ shadowy underground. But in doing so, makes a deal with the devil himself. Then in her fevered search for him, his twin sister, Nicola, spins her own unusual and hypnotic tale as she discovers the hidden secrets of the city.
Finally, haunted by Nicola’s sudden, mysterious disappearance and gripped by despair, Shadrach, Nicola’s lover, embarks on a mythic journey. He must steel himself to visit the nightmarish levels deep beneath the surface of the city, to bring his love back to light. For these depths hold perils that are both complex and chilling. There, he will find wonders beyond imagining . . . and horrors greater than the heart can bear.
Literary alchemist Jeff VanderMeer has produced a triumph of the imagination, revealing the mysterious city of Veniss through three intertwined voices.
‘The denouement is as powerful as any I have read'
‘An outstanding first novel brimming with startling ideas’
‘Masterful . . . Not for the faint of heart, the story packs a strong emotional wallop’
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SHRIEK: AN AFTERWORD
The scandalous, heartbreaking and horrifying secret history of two squabbling siblings – and their confidantes, protectors and enemies.
Janice Shriek, ex-society figure, narrates this tale with flamboyant intensity and under increasingly urgent conditions. We follow the adventures of her brother Duncan, an historian obsessed with a doomed love affair, and learn of a secret that may kill or transform him. We witness a war between rival publishing houses that will change Ambergris forever. And we’re introduced to the grey caps, a marginalized people armed with advanced fungal technologies, who’ve been waiting underground for their chance to mould the future of the city.
An epic yet personal look at life, love and death in the vividly imagined city of Ambergris.
'Unsettling, erudite, dark, shot through with unexpected humour’
‘Challenging, intelligent and downright fun’
‘There are touches of Borges and Nabokov as well as H. P. Lovecraft in this tale of changing fortunes and shifting relationships . . . atmospheric’
‘Five stars . . . from an author who should be turning heads in the ‘serious’ literary world'
BBC Focus Magazine