The Third Crown, and Other Weird Tales is a collection of short stories by Paul Leone. I picked it up to read the stories set in the same universe as his good, and grim, In And Out of the Reich, but I liked the other ones, too. Also: Paul has a good book cover game. Not pointing fingers, but you can kind of tell when somebody’s taken the ‘Oh, don’t spend money on real cover art’ argument seriously. That’s not a problem here.
Karl K Gallagher combined his science fiction torchship pulp trilogy into… The Torchship Trilogy. Okay, yeah, that was obvious. Forgive me: my sleep patterns have been a bit off since Starfield came out. Anyway, they’re good books. Buy the trilogy.
I’m gonna be reading a bunch of Tim Powers in the runup to Doxacon, probably. Starting with The Stress of Her Regard, which makes an alarming amount of sense as secret history. I mean, it’s about vampires! You don’t want it making historical sense at all!
As I have been making increasingly obvious over the last week, a story from the universe of GHOSTS ON AN ALIEN WIND (“Tour of Duty”) can be found in my chapbook-with-illustrations COVENANTS. My biggest chapbook to date, too! I’ve been writing longer short stories lately.
Four tales of agreements! Follow along as MARIE VISITS THE CONTINENT, on a mission of delicacy, and monsters. Sally forth with Duchess Carlotta into a zombie-haunted world as she takes THE QUEST FROM CASTLE WINDERMERE. Go on a TOUR OF DUTY in the interstellar spaces between charnel worlds. And lastly, discover with our horrified narrator that, after long, long years… THE STARS ARE WRONG. Enjoy! (Four stories, fifty eight thousand words total, each with its own illustration.)
I’d never heard of Claimed before Thursday, but my Lovecraft class brought it up. From the text: “One of [Gertrude Barrows] Bennett’s most famous novel[s], Claimed, narrates the tale of a supernatural artifact which summons an ancient and powerful god to early 20th century New Jersey. Augustus T. Swift called the novel, “One of the strangest and most compelling science fantasy novels you will ever read”).” …I admit: a description like that will pique my interest.
Sometimes the books I buy are for work. From Spark to Finish: Running Your Kickstarter Campaign (by M.C.A. Hogarth) is one of those times. My next Kickstarter is going to need to make more money than usual; not more money than I’ve hit in the past, but enough that I need to do some research. Yay!
I know, I know. It beats the alternative, which is: no books…
Full title: Seven Tales in Amber: Stories from the Chronicles of Amber Saga. I was not aware that this existed! If I was, I would have bought it years ago. I should reread the Amber series, actually…
Tim Powers’ Gothic werewolf novel My Brother’s Keeper will be out in September. Alternatively, you can get the E-ARC now. Guess which one I recommend?