|King Rat by China Mieville|
Below, Mr Dark's Carnival, 2004 - which sold out immediately:
|Ticket artwork embedded in cover|
|French Marbled Endpapers|
Wow. After this, Earthling Books has published one outstanding book each Halloween. Again from the site: "This series of books celebrates publisher Paul Miller's favorite holiday. Each October, as the air turns colder and leaves fall off the trees, Earthling will release one novel of flat-out horror, usually featuring classic terrors such as monsters and haunted houses rather than psychological suspense or real-life horrors."
Below, cover artwork for The Haunted Forest Tour (Halloween 2007). A novel by James A. Moore and Jeff Strand. Cover and interior art by Glenn Chadbourne.
The combination of extraordinarily spooky stories, original artwork and custom binding makes for a wonderful set of collectors items. Currently available for Halloween 2011: By Wizard Oak, a novel by Peter Crowther, with artwork by Glenn Chadbourne.
And pre-orders are being accepted for the next volume in the series, Blood Harvest by James A Moore.
All of the Halloween publications are issued as limited-run, hardbound, illustrated and slipcased or traycased editions. It's evident how much care is taken with these - Mr. Miller's dedication to the genre shines clearly.
I know I'm getting into the Halloween spirit already. (What, it's only two months away! That's not too soon!) And I am definitely looking forward to diving into one of these for Castle Macabre's Frightful Fall read-a-thon. Possibly more than one. Oh yes, I love this season!