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Michael Harmon has been there and done that. Rescued co-eds, killed major terrorists, stopped nuclear assaults. Now he'd just like to kick back and relax with his harem of lovelies. Unfortunately, the world keeps turning.
Mike and the Keldara are back tracking down terrorists, rogue Russian bio-scientists and the doomsday weapon to end all doomsday weapons. It's going to take some very tough, hard and nasty people to stop the end of the world. Fortunately, there's Mike Harmon.
The Hero of GHOST, KILDAR and CHOOSERS OF THE SLAIN, along with his company of elite mountain fighters, is sent on a mission to stop an advanced smallpox plague from being turned over to terrorists. But that will only be the beginning as the Kildar and his Keldara rush to stop a host of WMD attacks, coordinated to take out the very heartland of terrorism's enemies. It's a battle for culture, and this time the terrorists aren't aiming at just one building.
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"Ringo surpasses himself in his latest Kildar novel, an SF-tinged action yarn that will appeal to those interested in the psychology of leadership. Mike Harmon, the former SEAL operator who through the vicissitudes of fortune finds himself warlord to a Caucasus tribe, is pressured by those he trusts into mounting a rescue mission deep inside Chechen territory. Their target? A Russian scientist being forced to assist in the transfer of WMD by terrorists who hold his daughter captive. As it becomes apparent that Mike's supposed allies have withheld vital intelligence from him, his responsibilities become almost unbearable and force him into recognizing some unpalatable truths about himself. The Keldara, living fossils of a pagan warrior past, throw themselves into battle with a fervor that's truly religious. The final desperate fight could have been clichéd, but it attains a terrible beauty not unlike that of the Norse Eddas."--Publishers Weekly.
John Ringo had visited 23 countries and attended 14 schools by the time he graduated high school. This left him with a wonderful appreciation of the oneness of humanity and a permanent aversion to foreign food. He chose to study marine biology and really liked it. Unfortunately the pay was for beans. So now he manages a quality control database and the pay is much better. He hopes to someday upgrade to SQL Server. At that point life will be complete.
With his bachelor years spent in the airborne, cave diving, rock-climbing, rappelling, hunting, spear-fishing, and sailing, the author is now happy to let other people risk their necks. He prefers to read (and of course write) science fiction, raise Arabian horses, dandle his kids and watch the grass grow. Someday he may even cut it. But not today. Maybe tomorrow. Maybe he'll just let the horses.
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JEANNE C. STEIN
Anna Strong is trained for anything-until she's attacked one night, only to awaken in a dark world that exists between the living and the dead. Here, Anna struggles with her love for the two men who inhabit the realms of each: Max, a human DEA agent, and Avery, a Night Watcher who joins Anna in pursuit of the vampire who changed her life.
Now, as her two worlds collide, fate plunges Anna into the ultimate battle between good and evil where survival is not just for the living.
"Anna Strong can't face herself in the mirror—not because she left her teaching career to become a bounty hunter or because she's torn between her boyfriend and a new suitor, but because she's been turned into a reflection-deficient vampire. After being savagely attacked by one of her marks, Anna is left for dead—only to become, surprise surprise, undead. Helping her come to terms with her new, nocturnal lifestyle is an attractive doctor and vampire by the name of Grant Avery. Anna's new assignment is to find and destroy the rogue vamp that turned her and who is leaving a path of violent destruction in his wake. With plot twists, engaging characters and smart writing, this first installment in a new supernatural series has all the marks of a hit. Anna Strong lives up to her name: equally tenacious and vulnerable, she's a heroine with the charm, savvy and intelligence that fans of Laurell K. Hamilton and Kim Harrison will be happy to root for. As Anna tries to temper her new bloodlust with her lingering humanity, the trauma of her "becoming" is as compelling as the action-packed story line. If this debut novel is any indication, Stein has a fine career ahead of her."--Publishers Weekly.
"Anna Strong and her partner David are bail enforcement agents or bounty hunters as they are better known. One night David goes into a bar to find John Donaldson who skipped out on his bail bond. Donaldson is charged with embezzlement and there is no history that he is violent yet David is taking much too long to long to bring him to the car where Anna is waiting. Donaldson walks out of the bar and proceeds to attack Anna leaving her unconsciousness; she awakens in the hospital cared for by Dr. Avery.
"He tells her that Donaldson is a vampire and because they exchanged blood, she is becoming one too. Although she doesn't want to believe it, her fading reflection in the mirror, her telepathic abilities and her increased night vision convince her that she is indeed a vampire. In a short period of time she begins a liaison with Avery, searching for a kidnapped David and is almost killed by vampire hunters, The Revengers. Avery wants her to use mortals as food and turn her back on David, but she is determined to find him even if it means putting her unlife on the line.
"More serious in tone than Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse series and much less exotic than Anita Blake's tales by Laurel K. Hamilton yet readers will love this good vampire thriller that has so many surprise twists and plenty of action. There is some humor in THE BECOMING because an unknown being she dubs Casper communicates with Anna and helps her in dangerous situations. He is a great morale booster and readers will want to read more novels just to find out who her guardian angel is."--Harriet Klausner.
"A really, really good book... I think most of my readers would have a great time with The Becoming."--Charlaine Harris.
"This book is jam packed with action and intrigue that will keep you on the edge of your seat. There is enough heat in this story you will swear you are near an erupting volcano!"--Janean--Fallen Angel Reviews.
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MATTHEW SCOTT HANSEN
The way JAWS scared people right out of the water, Matthew Hansen's thriller about Bigfoot will keep readers out of the woods--for good. Reminiscent of early Stephen King, THE SHADOWKILLER (January 2007, ISBN: 0-7432-9473-4, $25.00) is a great storytelling (with a flare for gore).
Bigfoot is back, and he's really pissed. In Matthew Hansen's THE SHADOWKILLER, a 10 ft tall, massively constructed, intelligent hominid has decided to take revenge on the two-legged creatures that killed his mate. He leaves his home in the remotest regions of the Pacific Northwest, and begins stalking the residents in a suburb of Seattle, WA. Detective Mac Snyder begins to realize that all is not right after two young lawyers disappear from a local hiking trail, and the only evidence left behind is an empty Jeep and a spectacularly large footprint. Is this another Bigfoot hoax, or is there really something to be afraid of in the woods? When a logging company employee, a professional biker, an elderly couple, and other locals begin to disappear, and alarming evidence mounts, Mac has to consider that the myth might be reality. Also on Bigfoot's trail is Ty Greenwood, a former computer magnate turned Bigfoot freak, and Kris Walker, a gorgeous local reporter hell bent on bagging the Bigfoot story (and Mac too). It's a creepy, funny, gory story that will make even the most hardcore skeptics think twice before going camping.
"THE SHADOWKILLER is a thrilling debut from a talented new writer. Matthew Scott Hansen has crafted an old fashioned and very convincing campfire tale that will raise the hair on the back of your neck."—Nelson DeMille.
Matthew Scott Hansen is a former screenwriter radio actor, advertising creative director, and photographer. The coauthor of three biographies (of Andy Kaufman, Bob Eubanks, and the Enron scandal), he currently lives in California with his family.
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GENEROUS WOMEN: An Appreciation
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Earl Hamner, creator of The Waltons, pays a moving tribute to the women who have inspired him. Short essays celebrate strong women -- from his mother and daughter to celebrities such as Jane Wyman and Michael Learned -- and the gifts they gave him.
"I have known generous women," Earl Hamner writes. "Some of them have been famous, their names and faces known all over the world. Others are known only in their own communities, but their gifts have been many and varied, and each has enriched my life."
First there was Doris Giannini Hamner, the gentle woman who gave him the gift of life. "My arrival seems to have been greeted with joy by my parents," he comments.
Other Hamner women have also been generous with him. First and foremost is his wife, Jane Martin Hamner, who has given him the gift of love. In his teenage years, his father’s three sisters—Nora, Margaret, and Lottie—generously provided him a home in town so he could attend high school. His daughter, Caroline, gave him the gift of love—again.
Women of Schuyler, Virginia, where he grew up, gave generously to the eldest Hamner son. Parkie Sneed, a neighbor, gave him his first job when he was ten. Sixth-grade teacher Miss Olive Giannini inspired him to always do his best. Elsie Mayo Gusmeroth, another teacher, awakened his first stirrings of puppy love; and Aunt Myrle Timberlake paid him a quarter for a summer’s work, giving him the gift of "big money." Isis Ringrose consoled him when his brother died.
The beautiful Jeanine, whom he first kissed on Pont Alexandre III in Paris during World War II, gave the bridge to him when they parted. "And it’s still mine!" he proclaims.
Many others have given generously too: magazine editor Mina Barton; Dorothy McCann, who gave him his first "big-time" writing job at NBC; Mabel Wolfe Wheaton, the sister of Thomas Wolfe; writers Harper Lee and Kay Thompson; editor Belle Becker of Random House; First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt; actresses Tallulah Bankhead, Patricia Neal, Michael Learned, Jane Wyman, and Ellen Corby; entertainer Minnie Pearl; presidential mother Lillian Carter—so many! So little space.
Generous Women is about the women who have given so much of themselves to Hamner. "They have enriched my life," he explains, "and have contributed to my becoming the man I am today." This fond appreciation is a warm thank-you for gifts freely given and a reminder that, truly, no man is an island unto himself.
Other titles available, signed by Mr. Hamner, include THE AVOCADO DRIVE ZOO, GOODNIGHT JOHN-BOY and James Person's biography, EARL HAMNER: From Walton's Mountain to Tomorrow:
A sign on the door of Earl Hamner's office reads: "work is for people who don't know how to fish," so if there is no answering knock it is probable that Earl is trolling for salmon in British Columbia, fly casting for bone fish in Florida or gone to Baja in search of marlin.
While he has caught the Canadian salmon, the Florida bone fish and the Mexican marlin, the writer's happiest fishing grounds are on the Rockfish River in his home town of Schuyler, Virginia where he first learned to fish with his father during the Great Depression of the 1930's.
Hamner was born in Schuyler in 1923. The village has since been the fountainhead of much of his literary work and has become a Mecca for fans of his books and television work from all over the world.The oldest of eight red headed children, born to Doris Gianinni Hamner and Earl Hamner Sr., Earl began writing when he was six. He wrote a poem about a wagon full of puppies which he carted about in a little red wagon. Since he had neither puppies nor a little red wagon at the time, his first effort at creativity caused his father some anxiety. Nevertheless, the poem was published on the children's page of The Richmond Times Dispatch and Earl was hooked on a writing career.
Upon graduation from Schuyler High School, Hamner entered the University of Richmond on a scholarship. He was drafted into the United States Army in 1943 and received training in the demolition of land mines. On the battlefield, such an occupation has a life expectancy of thirty to forty seconds for the demolisher as well as those around him. Fortunately, the Army reconsidered and assigned Earl to a Quartermaster Corps unit in Paris where he served without demolishing himself or any of his fellow soldiers. While Earl never became a boulevardier he did learn how to get from Opera to Auberville on the Metro and how to order ouefs et jambon in a French restaurant.
Upon his return to as civilian life Hamner worked at radio station WMBG in Richmond. He furthered his education at Northwestern University and graduated from the University of Cincinnati.
While working as a radio writer at the National Broadcasting Company in New York, Earl published his first novel, "FIFTY ROADS TO TOWN." Other novels followed such as "YOU CANT' GET THERE FROM HERE," and the best seller "SPENCER'S MOUNTAIN" which was made into a Warner Brothers film starring Henry Fonda and Maureen O'Hara. Earl also wrote the novel "YOU CAN'T GET THERE FROM HERE" which was optioned by Broadway's Richard Rogers. Rogers was working on the musical version of the novel at the time of his death. Hamner's novella "THE HOMECOMING" became the basis for the beloved CBS Christmas special starring Richard Thomas, Patricia Neal and Edgar Bergen.
Hamner worked in live television during its Golden Age, and when the industry moved from New York to Hollywood, Hamner moved there too in 1961. He wrote episodes for many of the major freelance markets including THE TWILIGHT ZONE, and CBS PLAYHOUSE. He also became active in feature films and was selected by E. B., White to write the film adaptation of "CHARLOTTE'S WEB." Earl's other film credits include "WHERE THE LILLIES BLOOM" and "PALM SPRINGS WEEKEND."
In 1970 the distinguished Virginian was asked by Lorimar Productions to write a television special based on his novel "THE HOMECOMING." The overwhelming critical and audience response to the special led to the series "THE WALTONS" which had a spectacular run of eight years on CBS followed by a year of special programs on NBC. These many years later the series is still being rerun on The Family Channel where it is their top rated show.
During that time Hamner also wrote and produced the series APPLE'S WAY, BOONE, THORPE, THE YOUNG PIONEERS, MORNING STAR- EVENING STAR and THE LONG HOT SUMMER.
In a total change of pace from gentle family fare Hamner wrote and produced the pilot for FALCON CREST, a study of a rich and ruthless family of vintners in California's Napa Valley. With Jane Wyman starring, the series enjoyed a successful run of eight years on CBS.
Earl recently served as co-executive producer for the Family Channel series, "SNOWY RIVER: THE MCGREGOR SAGA."
For his writing Hamner has been honored by the Television Academy with an Emmy. He has also received the Peabody Award for Distinguished Journalism, The Man of the Year Award from the State of Virginia, the Man of the Year Award of the Broadcast Industry by the SPATE Convention. He has received Honorary Doctorates from the University of Richmond, Berea College, Morris Harvey College, DePaul University in Chicago and Loyola University of New Orleans.
Hamner lives in Los Angeles and Laguna Beach, California with his wife, Jane. They have two children, Scott and Caroline
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The front page of The New York Times, May 26, 1935, carried notice of the passing of one Mrs. Emily Davies Vanderbilt Thayer Whitfield. Observers of the social scene in the United States in the seven decades since the Great Depression will certainly recognize the Vanderbilt name. If they happen to be readers of mystery
fiction, and especially its sub-genre known as "the hard-
boiled school," — the style more or less invented by the
great Dashiell Hammett in the early 1920s — they might
also recognize the name of Emily's final husband as Black
Mask star Raoul Whitfield, primarily a pulp magazine
scribe who was almost certainly, for a period in the mid-to
late-1920s, the most highly paid mystery writer in the
country. He got his start, after serving in the Army Air
Corps during the latter part of WWI, by writing dozens of
"air combat" tales for that very popular sub-genre of pulp
magazine; then, having developed a very stacatto, "hard-
boiled" style of his own, moved on into the even more
lucrative crime fiction magazines, the apex of which was,
of course, Black Mask.
DEAD HORSE, the novel, is titled after the ranch that
Emily and Raoul built near Las Vegas, New Mexico, completed in 1933, replete with polo field and tennis courts. They lived a lavish, jazz-age lifestyle in their high-desert redoubt, throwing elaborate parties where guests anrived from New York, Los Angeles, and various European capitals. This all ended abruptly, barely three months after the couple had separated in early 1935, with Emily's "suicide."
Novelist Walter Satterthwait lived in New Mexico for over
20 years, and became familiar with Emily and Raoul's
tragic lives during that time. He decided to research their
story himself, and to write a speculative novel about them.
His research turned out to be extensive, including long
hours and days sifting through the San Miguel County
archives, as well as the archives of several major newspapers (including The New York Times), and conducting
dozens of interviews with people who had lived in
Las Vegas, N.M. during the 1930s and who were either
friends of, or knew more than just casually, Emily
and Raoul (and also Lois Bell, the local barmaid
Raoul married after Emily's death). He uncovered many
previously unknown facts (and a good deal of speculation!)
about the couple and what had "really" happened to end
Emily's life in 1935.
Here then, for the reader in 2006, is a look back at the life
of a real flapper-era socialite and her ladie's-man-cum-
hard-boiled-pulp-writer husband, burning the candle at
both ends and in the middle, spending a fortune during
what the rest of the country was experiencing as the Great
Depression, and paying the ultimate price for their follies.
Walter Satterthwait is the author of over a
dozen novels, including the legendary MISS LIZZIE,
ESCAPADE (recipient of the Prix du Roman d'Aventures),
and two short story collections. Several of his short
stories have been widely anthologized and he was
the subject of Ernie Bulow's critical biographical
study. SLEIGHT OF HAND. His work has been translated
into German, Russian, Italian, French, Korean, and
Japanese. He currently lives in Los Angeles.
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FROM BLACK ROOMS
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FROM BLACK ROOMS is the fourth novel in Woodworth's Violet series. As readers of THROUGH VIOLET EYES, WITH RED HANDS, and IN GOLDEN BLOOD already know, the story takes place in an alternate reality in which certain individuals are born with the genetic anomaly of violet eyes...and the accompanying ability to channel the dead. Known as "Violets," these mediums assist the police in hunting murderers, summon famous deceased composers and painters to create posthumous masterpieces, and contact people from the distant past to solve the greatest mysteries of history.
The story of FROM BLACK ROOMS hinges on a sinister government experiment to turn ordinary people into Violets through gene therapy and an eccentric scientist who has amassed the world’s greatest collection of stolen art. His pilfered paintings include such notorious real-life thefts as Edvard Munch’s The Scream, which was recently recovered in Norway.
"I thought it would be fun to weave actual art heists into a fictional conspiracy plot," Woodworth says. "My main character, Natalie Lindstrom, is a Violet who channels dead painters, and Edvard Munch—or, rather, his soul—becomes a supporting character in the book."
The Scream's mysterious reappearance in the real world eerily echoes the opening of FROM BLACK ROOMS, in which the guilt-ridden scientist returns his stolen artworks to the museums from which they were taken shortly before he commits suicide. "Truth is stranger than fiction!" Woodworth says with a laugh about the coincidence. "Although, in the case of the Violets, not by much."
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In a summer that refuses to end, in the deceiving warmth of earliest October, civil war has come to Green Town, Illinois. It is the age-old conflict: the young against the elderly, for control of the clock that ticks their lives ever forward. The first cap-pistol shot heard 'round the town is dead accurate, felling an old man in his tracks, compelling town elder and school board despot Mr. Calvin C. Quartermain to marshal his graying forces and declare total war on the assassin, thirteen-year-old Douglas Spaulding, and his downy-cheeked cohorts. Doug and his cronies, however, are most worthy adversaries who should not be underestimated, as they plan and execute daring campaigns—matching old Quartermain's experience and cunning with their youthful enthusiasm and devil-may-care determination to hold on forever to childhood's summer. Yet time must ultimately be the victor, with valuable revelations for those on both sides of the conflict. And life waits in ambush to assail Doug Spaulding with its powerful mysteries—the irresistible ascent of manhood, the sweet surrender to a first kiss . . .
One of the most acclaimed and beloved of American storytellers, Ray Bradbury has come home, revisiting the verdant landscape of one of his most adored works, DANDELION WINE. More than fifty years in the making, the long-awaited sequel, Farewell Summer, is a treasure—beautiful, poignant, wistful, hilarious, sad, evocative, profound, and unforgettable . . . and proof positive that the flame of wonder still burns brightly within the irrepressible imagination of the incomparable Bradbury.
RENFIELD: Slave of Dracula
First edition, first printing, $23.95.
The most enigmatic character to stalk the shadows of Dracula now takes center stage in Barbara Hambly's ingenious re-imagining of Bram Stoker's classic novel—told from the point of view of Renfield himself, exploring the chilling circumstances of his madness, his immortal devotion to the Vampire Prince, and the mortal fear that feeds his need for revenge.
When we first meet Renfield, he's an inmate of Dr. Seward's Rushbrook Aylum, scribbling obsessive entries in his diary, penning impassioned letters to his dear wife Catherine, and becoming slavishly seduced by his violent visions of the Master—harbingers of doom he cannot control. Ordered to hunt down and kill Van Helsing and his companions, Renfield complies. His mission sets the stage for a battle between the living and the dead, between master and slave, and between good and evil that will take him from the darkness of the gold-filled crypts of Dracula's castle to the more personal darkness of his own descent into madness, and the shocking truth of where it all began.
Featuring a myriad of characters and situations from Dracula, yet filled with surprising new twists and perspectives, Barbara Hambly’s Renfield is a fascinating work of fiction as complex, as rich, and as astonishing as Stoker's own.
Barbara Hambly has been the President of the Science Fiction Writers of America (1994-1996), has been a Locus award winner, and a multiple Nebula award nominee, and Guest of Honor at many conventions over the years. She has admitted to not being good with titles for books (perhaps The Quirinal Hill Affair would not be out of print today if her original title idea, The Baby Eaters, had stuck). She enjoys many non-writing hobbies, including karate (she holds a black belt in Shotokan Karate), dancing, painting, historical and fantasy costuming (something she's enjoyed since high school), tarot card reading, and the occasional bout of carpentry (this makes me wonder about that "big ugly house"...). I don't know if she's still involved in SCA, but she was once a member, and has been known to attend Renaissance Festivals.
Currently, Barbara lives in Los Angeles (and I'll not speculate any further about the big ugly house part...except to say that the kitchen has now been redone) with cats, lizards, and two "of the cutest Pekinese in the world." Her mother might add that she takes care of said dogs when Barbara goes on vacation.
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HOW TO WRITE A DIRTY BOOK And Other Stories!
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"With its title alone, HOW TO WRITE A DIRTY BOOK invites you into the beguiling brain and oddly charming imagination of author Bruce Kimmel. Once past the title and immersed in Mr. Kimmel's pleasing prose, you'll discover worlds of whimsy, quirkiness, wistful nostalgia, unbridled hilarity, and surprising emotion. These stories are imbued with the same warmth, colorful characters, and unique humor that made his Kritzer trilogy such an exquisite read."--Charles Edward Pogue.
"For these seven short stories, Kimmel employs the same intriguing mixture of nostalgic Southern California settings, wistful romance and show business allusions that have made his novels so sweetly and bittersweetly entertaining."--Dick Lochte.
"We haven't seen stories like these since the halcyon days of Rod Serling and Robert Bloch. Bravo, Bruce Kimmel!"--Grant Geissman.
Bruce Kimmel has had a long and varied career. He wrote, directed and starred in the cult movie hit, The First Nudie Musical. He performed those same duties on his second film The Creature Wasn't Nice (a.k.a. Naked Space), with Leslie Nielsen, Cindy Williams and Patrick Macnee. He also co-created the story for the hit film, The Faculty, directed by Robert Rodriguez. As an actor, Mr. Kimmel has guest-starred on most of the long-running television shows of the Seventies, including Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley, The Partridge Family, The Donny and Marie Show and many others.
Since 1993, Mr. Kimmel has been the leading producer of theater music on CD, having produced over one hundred and twenty-five albums. He was nominated for a Grammy for producing the revival cast album of Hello, Dolly! and his album with jazz pianist Fred Hersch, I Never Told You, was also nominated for a Grammy. He created the critically acclaimed Lost In Boston and Unsung Musicals series, has produced solo albums for Petula Clark, Helen Reddy, Liz Callaway, Laurie Beechman, Paige O'Hara, Christiane Noll, Judy Kaye, Judy Kuhn, Brent Barrett, Jason Graae, Randy Graff, Emily Skinner and Alice Ripley, and has worked with such legends as Lauren Bacall, Elaine Stritch and Dorothy Loudon. He has also produced many off-Broadway and Broadway cast albums, including the hit revival of The King and I, starring Lou Diamond Philips and Donna Murphy, The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas starring Ann-Margret and Bells Are Ringing starring Faith Prince.
He is cuurently at work at directing a new film and he has adapted The First Nudie Musical for the stage. Mr Kimmel lives in California where he was born and raised.
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PETER S. BEAGLE
THE LINE BETWEEN
First edition, first printing: a trade paperback original, $14.95
America's greatest living fantasist returns, with the signature elegance and originality that has earned him comparisons to J. R. R. Tolkien, Fritz Leiber, and Kurt Vonnegut. Readers seeking magic, wonder, and mystery need look no further. In these resonant new stories, some appearing for the first time, you will find bold adventure, sly humor, and resounding depth.
Return to the extraordinary world of The Last Unicorn, in the thrilling and beautiful, "Two Hearts."
Observe the World's Most Annoying Eight-Year-Old bend time, fate, and household chores to his sorcerous will.
Learn how Soukyan met the Fox, and why a stolen dream might be more dangerous than an unstoppable assassin.
Discover the price of a merman's treasure; match wits with the man who saw right through Sherlock Holmes; redefine feline style with Gordon, the self-made cat.
THE LINE BETWEEN is a captivating blend of traditional and contemporary fantasy, crafted by the field’s most remarkable imagination. It is a collection you will return to again and again, and treasure forever.
"When Beagle's A FINE AND PRIVATE PLACE(1960), a story of two ghosts in love, emerged virtually simultaneously with other brilliant debuts by Philip Roth, Reynolds Price, and Wendell Berry, he was hailed as one of their cohort of promising American novelists. THE LAST UNICORN (1968), however, disclosed him delving more deeply into fantasy (the unicorn is the protagonist, not a metaphor), and he was critically drummed out of the troop. He hardly lost his talent, though, and ever since THE LAST UNICORN, one of the most beloved fantasies ever written, fantasy critics and readers have treasured his work, all the more so because he isn't prolific. For all their variety- 'Four Fables,' a children's story for all ages, a Sherlock Holmes pastiche, an old tar’s tall tale, a sequel to one novel (Last Unicorn) and a prequel to another (THE INNKEEPER'S SONG, 1993), and the germ of a prospective witch novel—all ten stories in this book are lucid and refreshing as spring water, full of amusement, humanity, and wisdom. Perhaps Beagle is incapable of genuinely dark fantasy, but his tall tale 'Salt Wine' touches the tonalities of R. L. Stevenson in 'The Bottle Imp' and W. W. Jacobs in 'The Monkey's Paw,' while on the other end of the spectrum, the Last Unicorn follow-up 'Two Hearts' is like Kenneth Grahame's 'Reluctant Dragon' with greater gravitas."--Ray Olson, Booklist.
"One of my favorite writers."--Madeleine L'Engle, author, A Wrinkle in Time and A Swiftly Tilting Planet.
"Peter S. Beagle illuminates with his own particular magic such commonplace matters as ghosts, unicorns, and werewolves."--Ursula K. LeGuin, author, A Wizard of Earthsea and The Left Hand of Darkness.
"Everything here is quite wonderful. You will certainly discover your own favorites in The Line Between."--Green Man Review.
"A wonderful collection...Each story is a gem...Read it for any reason you can find, but read it."--SFRevu.
"A collection of his recent stories shows Beagle is still a fresh and charming author."--The Denver Post.
Peter S. Beagle was born in 1939 and raised in the Bronx, just a few blocks from Woodlawn Cemetery, the inspiration for his first novel, A FINE AND PRIVATE PLACE. He originally proclaimed he would be a writer when 10 years old: subsequent events have proven him either prescient or even more stubborn than hitherto suspected. Today, thanks to classic works such as THE LAST UNICORN, TAMSIN, and THE INNKEEPER'S SONG, he is acknowledged as America's greatest living fantasy author; and his dazzling abilities with language, characters, and magical storytelling have earned him many millions of fans around the world.
In addition to stories and novels he has written numerous teleplays and screenplays, including the animated versions of The Lord Of The Rings and The Last Unicorn, plus the fan-favorite "Sarek" episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. He is also a gifted poet, lyricist, and singer/songwriter.
Fans of Peter's work are about to be very happy, because there are lots of new projects and reissues in the pipeline: new books, new stories, new essays, even his first CD of recorded songs. For more details on Peter's career and upcoming titles, see either www.peterbeagle.com or www.conlanpress.com.
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ROLLING DARKNESS REVUE: Year Three!
The Rolling Darkness Revue, a traveling fraternity of horror fiction's premier talents will back to deliver thrills and chills in celebration of the genre's favorite holiday.
Now in its third year, the Rolling Darkness Revue is a multi-media experience which incorporates theatrical lighting and live music to provide much more than the usual bookstore reading.
As well as becoming a much-anticipated Halloween event for fans and readers, the Revue has received glowing notices from, among others, the Los Angeles Times and the NPR show Fine Print.
Peter Atkins: Author of MORNINGSTAR and BIG THUNDER and the movies WISHMASTER and HELLRAISER II-IV. "Atkins is a brilliant supplier of shudders and splendors" – Clive Barker.
Aimee Bender: Author of THE GIRL IN THE FLAMMABLE SKIRT and WILLFUL CREATURES. "Aimee Bender scrapes up the plain gunk of our world and transforms it into the menacing, hilarious, magical stuff of myth” – Heidi Julavits.
Glen Hirshberg: Award-winning author of THE TWO SAMS, THE SNOWMAN'S CHILDREN, and AMERICAN MORONS. "A writer to watch and treasure" – Peter Straub.
Lisa Morton: Author of THE HALLOWEEN ENCYCLOPEDIA and the movies MEET THE HOLLOWHEADS and BLUE DEMON. "Lisa Morton's story Black Mill Cove is a standout" – Booklist.
Live music from Jonas Yip & Rex Flowers.
THREE DAYS TO NEVER
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When 12-year-old Daphne Marrity steals a videotape of Pee-Wee's Big Adventure from her grandmother's house, neither she nor her college-professor father, Frank Marrity, have any idea that the theft has drawn the attention of both the Israeli Secret Service and an ancient European organization of occultists -- or that within hours they'll be visited by her long-lost grandfather, who also wants that videotape.
And when Daphne's teddy bear is stolen, and a blind assassin nearly kills her father, and a phantom begins to speak to her from a switched-off television set, Daphne and her father find themselves running for their lives through a southern California in which magic and the undead past are dangers as great as the guns of living assassins.
From ancient prophesies about Israel to the secret lives of Charlie Chaplin and Albert Einstein, this breathtaking novel throws a suburban father and daughter into the midst of an ancient supernatural battle.
"Tim Powers has long been one of my absolutely favorite writers, those whose new books I snatch up as soon as they appear, and THREE DAYS TO NEVER puts on display all the qualities I most admire in him: intelligence, narrative sparkle, great dialogue, speculative imagination, and emotional power. This is a wonderful novel."--Peter Straub.
"Imagine a world where time travel is possible. Now imagine a world where the mummified head of an Einstein clone is helping a secret sect, led by a quasi-hermaphroditic ghost who speaks in iambic pentameter, track down and locate the time machine, an integral component of which is Charlie Chaplin's footprints in a cement slab, and you'll begin to get a grasp on just how bizarrely populated Powers' world is. Almost despite its wonderful weirdness, this thriller maneuvers at a frantic clip as Frank Marrity, Einstein's great-grandson, must pit his wits against not only the malicious secret society bent on attaining immortality but also a specialized paranormal branch of Israel's Mossad, who'd like to use the time machine to avert the Six Days' War of 1967, a stunning psychic assassin who can only see out of other people's eyes, and none other than his own bitter, alcoholic future Frank Marrity self to save his daughter, Daphne, from not merely death but from never having been. Powers' metaphysics come off a tad muddled, almost as if he is making them up as he goes along, but their very outlandishness makes the story all the more compelling, no matter how ludicrous."--Ian Chipman.
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CAN'T CATCH ME: And Other Twice-Told Tales
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This collection of deftly rearranged myths and fairy tales rekindles the excitement of reading adored childhood stories. These witty, perceptive stories from an award-winning children's author cleverly twist, turn, and veer off into unexpected, enchanting territory. Twice-told, the familiar tales are newly revealed through the unusual perspectives of their supporting casts. There's the giant's wife who simply wants Jack to bugger off so she can continue collaborating on poetry with her sweetly oafish mate. A bratty, unrepentant Gingerbread Man sounds off on overprotective parents, meddlesome neighbors, and untrustworthy foxes. Suitable for young adults and grown-ups alike, this new classic features four original, previously unpublished stories.
"Concise writing cuts to the heart of the matter in this droll collection from National Book Award–finalist Cadnum (THE BOOK OF THE LION), whether it be a certain gingerbread boy's overbearing parents in the title story or a ghostly Ophelia bent on her own secret revenge in 'Or Be to Not.' Even the most urbane bears can be brought low when entrapped by a crusading pro-human Goldilocks in 'Bear It Away,' while a certain giant's wife manages to create a happy ending after a young thief escapes by beanstalk in 'Mrs. Big.' 'Medusa,' 'Daphne' and 'Give Him the Eye' offer stark insight into the behavior of Greek gods and goddesses as well as the brutal side of love. Meanwhile, elves, no matter how gifted, find little welcome when faced with human suspicions in 'Naked Little Men' and 'Elf Trap,' while 'Together Again' gives the truth behind that old nursery rhyme about a lord named Humpty Dumpty. Both adult and YA readers will enjoy this quirky assemblage of 18 traditional tales with a modern edge."--Publisher's Weekly.
"CAN'T CATCH ME: And Other Twice-Told Tales by Michael Cadnum is an outstanding collection of interesting and insightful lore drawn from history and retold with a modernized and compelling philosophical perspective of contemporary wisdom and collective post-situation knowledge. Diligently feeding its readers with advice and worldly understandings of these once ancient tales of long ago and far away, CAN'T CATCH ME gives the reader an intriguing compendium of new-age tellings. CAN'T CATCH ME is very highly recommended for general fiction, philosophy, historical, myth, folklore enthusiasts for its adroit grasp of these ancient 'twice-told' tales."--Midwest Book Review.
"...turns the familiar on its head, from basilisk to gingerbread man, and makes you forget, for a few charmed moments, that these aren't quite the tales you thought you knew."--Patricia A. McKillip.
MICHAEL CADNUM has been a National Book Award Finalist and a Creative Writing Fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts. He was twice a finalist for the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award as well as a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award.
THE DRAGON THRONE--the third book in the Crusader trilogy that includes THE BOOK OF THE LION and THE LEOPARD SWORD-- was published in the summer of 2005 by Viking. A dramatic monologue based on the "Can't Catch Me" story was staged along with a play by David Mamet in Chicago in the Spring of 2003. A new book, NIGHTSONG, a recreation of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth, will appear later in 2006.
Cadnum lives in Albany, California with his wife Sherina and his parrot Luke.
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"BABY SHARK reeks of blood, smoke, gin joints and payback, and I'd sell my soul to have this heroine on my side when the shooting starts. Bravo to one of the best thrillers I've ever read!'--Shane Gericke, author of BLOWN AWAY.
"BABY SHARK's Kristin is my kind of woman, a combination of Uma Thurman and Jennifer Garner. High-energy entertainment. Great fun!"—John Dykstra, Academy Award winning filmmaker.
"Not the typical mystery revenge, BABY SHARK reels you in and keeps you in its jaws. A grabber from page two with a killer ending. A great read and highly recommended."—Gregg J. Haugland, Allbooks Reviews.
"Wonder how long it will take movie producers to get a hold of these rights? Perfect combination of chick flick with blood gushing action—something for everyone."—Barb Radmore, Editor, Front Street Reviews.
Robert Fate is a Marine Corps veteran who studied at the Sorbonne in France and has worked as an oilfield roughneck in Oklahoma, a fashion model in New York City, a chef at a chi-chi L.A. eatery, and hasn't done badly in the motion picture industry. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, daughter, and the requisite number of pets. He has completed BABY SHARK'S BEAUMONT BLUES, the second in his crime series, and is busy writing novel number three. He has no life.
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The colorful, morally complex life of Matthew Fleming, an actor of rare talent, from an impoverished but work-filled decade in Off-Broadway theaters through his overnight success on Broadway - then on to international acclaim as a charismatic movie star - is the stuff of this gripping novel.
Matt is haunted by the belief his leap from obscurity to fame wasn’t due to his gift alone but also to the death of a wealthy lover, Andrea Whittaker. He is convinced her drowning, considered accidental, was, in fact, a murder and that he knows the perpetrator. Yet for reasons he’s long repressed, he never sought justice for the killer.
N.Y. / L.A. is the third of a trilogy of novels to explore the dynamics of authentic artistic talent, celebrity and commerce in contemporary America. THE CRY OF SIRENS was the first.
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THE ART OF RAY HARRYHAUSEN
The huge ape of MIGHTY JOE YOUNG. The fighting skeletons of JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS. And, of course, the angry T. Rex of ISLAND OF THE GWANGI. All these creations and many more seared into our collective consciousness, are the work of RAY HARRYHAUSEN. The father of special effects, Harryhausen is revered among film historians, animators, special-effects designers, and everyone who’s ever seen his inspired stop-motion creations
In 2004, Watson-Guptill published RAY HARRYHAUSEN: An Animated Life to critical acclaim and sales of 20,000 copies. Now WG is please to present a companion book: THE ART OF RAY HARRYHAUSEN. Concise essays and lavish illustrations look at each of Harryhausen’s many specialities, including aliens, prehistoric, creatures, mythological monsters, and much more. At last, fans of Harryhausen can see the progression of his work over time, in a visiual celebration of his art and artistry.
"Fantasy-film geeks revere Harryhausen's technically dazzling, meticulously crafted movies employing the painstaking technique of stop-motion animation. This coffee-table volume showcases the material Harryhausen discovered in his archives while researching RAY HARRYHAUSEN: An Animated Life. (2004). Harryhausen stresses that this book isn't as much about animation as about the previsualization that precedes making the models that will be filmed; accordingly, it focuses on sketches, key drawings, storyboards, and preliminary clay models rather than film stills. Thematic chapters cover Harryhausen's early work, including his stint with animation legend Willis O'Brien on the King Kong quasi sequel, MIGHTY JOE YOUNG; dinosaur movies, such as ONE MILLION YEARS B.C.; sci-fi flicks such as the 1953 WAR OF THE WORLDS; and the series of films portraying the adventures of Sinbad of, more or less, the Arabian Nights. Like O'Brien before him, Harryhausen hugely influenced younger filmmakers. In the introduction, Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson says he grew up wanting to become Harryhausen's apprentice and notes that the animator's films "have lost none of their ability to provoke wonder." Gordon Flagg.
"An essential work for anyone who is interested in the animation used for films from the original KING KONG to CLASH OF THE TITANS to WALLACE AND GROMIT The fantastically detailed reproduction of Harryhausen's paintings, sketches, and models serve to bring the text alive and permits the reader to relive the fantastic moments of Harryhausen's films."--Steven Silver.
Features a loving foreword by another filmmaker Harryhausen inspired: Peter Jackson, director of THE LORD OF THE RINGS and KING KONG.
THE BRADBURY CHRONICLES
"Although extremely popular for half a century, American fantasy writer Ray Bradbury (b. 1920) has never been the subject of a complete biography until now. Journalist Weller struck up a warm acquaintance with Bradbury in 2000, and this highly detailed, quotation-laden book reflects his access to Bradbury himself, Bradbury's family and friends, and Bradbury's private archives... Spanning a revolutionary period in communications and the arts, this lively biography written in nonacademic prose is a pleasure to read; Weller probes Bradbury's work and takes the time to address small but amusing details... Highly recommended."—Library Journal.
"Bradbury granted literary journalist and lifelong fan Weller unprecedented access to his private life and private archive, and Weller has repaid the favor with a compulsively readable account of an exceptionally prescient, innovative, eccentric, and dedicated writer who has electrified the imaginations of generations of readers. More scholarly and literary biographies will follow, but none will have the vitality and intimacy of this living portrait."—Booklist (starred review).
"Ebullient... In highly readable prose, Weller surveys Bradbury's ancestors and family, his boyhood move to Hollywood, his introduction to science fiction and fantasy and his early writing attempts, which reflect the themes that pervade his more mature work... Highlights include Bradbury's collaboration with John Huston on the film Moby Dick, his receiving the National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters in 2000 and his recent feud with Michael Moore over the title of Moore's documentary film Fahrenheit 9/11."—Publishers Weekly.
"By far the most revelatory and fascinating glimpse behind the curtain of Bradbury's Oz-ian wonderland and his long, creative struggle to escape the tag of 'science-fiction writer' — Weller's book succeeds, strangely enough, by fully humanizing this most humanistic of American scribes. While THE BRADBURY CHRONICLES remains, at its breathlessly detailed and adoring heart, a paean to both the inexhaustible author and the dizzying power of the creative act, it's also a splendid how-to guide for every fresh-off-the-Ferris-wheel writer who dreams of discovering, hitting, and, most importantly, maintaining their artistic stride in a world where straggling mediocrity has become the national pastime."—Austin Chronicle.
CHERRY CHEESECAKE MURDER
Hannah Swensen and her bakery, The Cookie Jar, bask in the glow of Hollywood glamour when Main Street becomes a movie set. And although tensions simmer as the cameras roll, no one expects the action to turn deadly...until it's too late...
There's no such thing as privacy in Lake Eden, but Hannah never thought things would go this far. Everyone has been telling her what to do ever since she got not one but two marriage proposals. The votes are evenly divided between Detective Mike Kingston and town dentist Norman Rhodes.
Movie mania soon shoves Hannah's marriage dilemma into the background and even gives her cat a shot at stardom. The Cookie Jar serves as snack central with Main Street rented out for the week. Hannah is stunned to see producer Ross Barton, an old college buddy who is now handsome, famous, and single. She stirs lots of fresh gossip whipping up treats for cast and crew, including demanding director Dean Lawrence's favorite--cherry cheesecake.
Everything's on schedule until Dean demonstrates a suicide scene with a prop gun that turns out to be all too real. Hannah's on the case in a flash. There are plenty of suspects to go around, starting with the lead actress Lynne Larchmont--one of a slew of female visitors to Dean's trailer--whose husband Tom is financing the film. Then there's Tom Larchmont himself, forty years his wife's senior, and smitten enough to be motivated by jealousy. Ross Barton was constantly keeping Dean out of trouble...could he have had enough? Local Winnie Henderson publicly threatened to kill Dean to stop him for moving her brother's statue. And what about male star Burke Anson? He's argued with Dean about something mysterious the morning of the murder.
As filming continues, Hannah shifts through the clues, hoping against hope that the person responsible for Dean's death is half-baked enough to have made a mistake. When it happens, Hannah intends to be there--ready to rewrite a killer's lethal script with the kind of quirky ending that can only happen in Lake Eden.
Includes ten original recipes for you to try!
Like Hannah Swensen, Joanne Fluke grew up in a small town in rural Minnesota where her neighbors were friendly, the winters were fierce, and the biggest scandal was the spotting of unidentified male undergarments on a young widow's clothesline. She insists that there really are 10,000 lakes and the mosquito is NOT the state bird.
While pursuing her writing career, Joanne has worked as: a public school teacher, a psychologist, a musician, a private detective's assistant, a corporate, legal, and pharmaceutical secretary, a short order cook, a florist's assistant, a caterer and party planner, a computer consultant on a now-defunct operating system, a production assistant on a TV quiz show, half of a screenwriting team with her husband, and a mother, wife, and homemaker.
She now lives in Southern California with her husband, her kids, his kids, their three dogs, one elderly tabby, and several noisy rats in the attic.
JOHN J. LAMB
ECHOES OF THE LOST ORDER:
A Steve and Victoria MacKinnon Mystery
ECHOES OF THE LOST ORDER is the tale of the murder of an unidentified woman on a Civil War reenactment battlefield in Talmine, a small town in Tidewater Virginia.
As Chief of Police Steven MacKinnon and his former crime analyst wife Victoria investigate, they learn the killing is connected to the theft from the Library of Congress of the "Lost Order," a famous Civil War document dictated by Confederate General Robert E. Lee. However, in order to identify the killer and locate the "Lost Order," Steve and Victoria must place themselves in the line of fire.
John Lamb was a Southern California cop for eighteen years, serving as a homicide investigator, CSI, hostage negotiator, detective sergeant, and hostage negotiation team leader. He's investigated hundreds of murders and suspicious deaths and now he's using that experience to write exciting and gripping mystery novels.
In addition to his writing skills, Lamb is an accomplished public speaker and has lectured at such venues as the Malice Domestic Mystery Conference in Arlington VA, San Diego University, and the San Diego Museum of Man. He is also an instructor and consultant in cold case homicides and crime scene analysis for a national law enforcement training firm. Finally, Lamb is happily married to Joyce, a former latent fingerprint expert, and they now live in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley.
"Mystery fans, meet John Lamb, a former Southern California homicide detective-turned author…you’re in for a real treat. Echoes of the Lost Order is full of suspense, plot twists, well-crafted characters, and fun."--Martha C. Lawrence.
"Former homicide detective John Lamb launches his debut novel with an intriguing concept—a Civil War reenactor shot to death during a mock battle—and follows it through with masterful skill. ECHOES OF THE LOST ORDER is a compelling mystery by a dazzling new talent. John Lamb is one of the strongest new voices in the genre."--P.B. Ryan, author of the G