New In Store: February 2011

I’m delighted to be able to report that two more small presses have decided to sell through the Wizard’s Tower bookstore.

Bull Spec #2

First up is Bull Spec, a fiction magazine edited by Samuel Montgomery-Blinn. The magazines are art-intensive and are therefore available only as PDFs. Jeff VanderMeer reviews issue #3 here.

In addition I’m delighted to welcome Papaveria Press, run by Erzebet YellowBoy Carr. To date most of Erzebet’s books have been very beautiful physical artifacts, but she’s decided to branch into ebooks and her first two are being launched today (Feb. 14th 2011). Both are available from us. Here’s some information about the books.

The Winter Triptych by Nicole Kornher-Stace

The Winter Triptych - Nicole Kornher-Stace

“Nicole Kornher-Stace is a remarkably fresh literary voice that sounds like no other. The dreamscapes she paints with her words are magical and breathtaking. As dangerous as it may be, you still want to walk around in her world and get to know the people there.” — Ann VanderMeer, editor of Weird Tales

“The Winter Triptych is a gorgeous labyrinth of words, a vivid dream-world of ghosts, ruined towers, mad queens, and revenge biding its time. Its language is as rich as plum-cake, but it presents the reader with a challenge as well, parts that fit together like puzzle-pieces to form a story familiar and yet not, darker and stranger than the fairytale we remember. This is a story to savor by a fire on a cold night. Be warned: it will continue to sing in your head long after you have laid down the book.” — Theodora Goss, author of In the Forest of Forgetting


Jack o’ the Hills by C.S.E. Cooney

Jack o' the Hills - C.S.E. Cooney

Jack Yap once had his mouth sewn shut for talking too much. His brother Pudding has to wear stone shoes or he’ll just wander off. Will little obstacles like these keep the boys out of trouble? Not for the twinkling of an eye. There is magic in the hills, shapechangers and monsters, and Jack Yap has a hankering to meet them all and maybe kill a few. What he and Pudding find in the hills, however, changes both their lives, taking them out of the country and into the cruel and wonderful world, where witches and princesses await. Sometimes they are even the same person.

“Stunningly delicious! Cruel, beautiful and irresistible are C.S.E. Cooney’s characters and prose. Just when you thought fantasy had devolved into endless repetition, Jack o’ the Hills blows us all over the next hill and into the kingdom beyond. C.S.E. Cooney is a rare and exciting new talent. Whatever she offers us next, I’ll waiting in line to read.” – Ellen Kushner, author of Thomas the Rhymer