Our Shirley Jackson Award-nominated book (for Best Anthology, 2008) BOUND FOR EVIL: Curious Tales of Books Gone Bad is now OUT OF PRINT. Realms of Fantasy Books http://store.realmsoffantasybooks.com/boforevtomen.html has purchased the last few remaining copies. RoF Books will be at the 2013 World SF Convention in San Antonio, Texas, which begins August 29. If you're attending please stop by and say Hi to Otto Filip of RoFB.
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February 9, 2011
edited by Tom English
Illustrated by Allen Koszowski
Deluxe illustrated, sewn hardcover;
Limited to 500 copies.
A finalist for the SHIRLEY JACKSON AWARD (Best Anthology, 2008)
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"Bound for Evil: Curious Tales of Books Gone Bad edited by Tom English (Dead Letter Press) is a hefty, entertaining anthology of sixty-five stories about nasty, demented, or overly influential books and the people who love them (to their detriment). It's a good looking, limited edition hardcover tome of almost 800 pages, with half the stories original to the volume...."
"Engelbrecht Again! is one of the funniest, funnest, original and highly imaginative books that I’ve read in a while. The exploits of the dwarf surrealist boxer are so downright whacky at times that you just shake your head and wonder how in the hell did Hughes come up with this scenario because he’s one of those writers that is popping with ideas. His throwaway ideas would be other, lesser writers' centerpiece ideas."
Cover art by Allen Koszowski
Stapled chapbook; Limited to 150 signed copies.
"...Telling you that this is a zombie story in the mould of Romero that includes a brief visit to a shopping mall in homage, you will be thinking 'ah, a Dawn of the Dead rip-off'. It’s the obvious comparison and is an error. Glynn makes no apologies for the genre nor does he try to disguise it and pretend he is doing something different – he embraces the genre but also writes something different. ...this is not a slavish retread of the zombie apocalypse genre. Glynn takes the familiar tropes and gives them a twist. Well worth reading."
October 25, 2010
Read Part One of his guest blog article:
"The Literary Vampire: A Bevy of Bloodsuckers"
Read Part Two of his guest blog article:
"The Birth of the Modern Vampire"
October 24, 2010
TO PURCHASE A COPY PLEASE CONTACT ONE OF THESE FINE SELLERS:
Limited to 26 Lettered Copies. Saddle-stapled chapbook, 48 pages. Cover by World Fantasy Award-winner ALLEN KOSZOWSKI.
"A Morbid Fascination" by Series Editor Tom English
"The Skeleton Count" by Elizabeth Grey (1st published vampire tale written by a woman!);
"The Vampire Bride" by Henry Liddell (1st take on a tale that became the basis for Tim Burton's animated film The Corpse Bride);
"The Adventure of the German Student" by Washington Irving (1st vampire tale by an American writer);
"Blood Brothers" by Sir Walter Scott (1st story in the book that's not a "first" in anything -- it's just a cool story!)
You can view the covers and contents of every title in the LITERARY VAMPIRE series here.
September 7, 2010
June 30, 2010
I received the package Tuesday. Wow! What a wonderful book Bound For Evil is. The overall presentation is very impressive. Very nice!
I have over some time, acquired a fairly large collection ... and typically, I avoided chapbooks ... mostly because the price didn't justify 2-10 pages of content, (and my being a bohemian musician, well, there's not too much money to throw at books). But, after reading The Collective of Blaque Reach, (along with the wonderful packaging of it), this is an area that I am going to delve into with more enthusiasm.
Bottom line: DEAD LETTER PRESS is great. I have tried to find flaw in your product, but everything just 'clicks' solidly. Well done !!!
December 14, 2009
Orrin Grey's gothic novella The Mysterious Flame is now out of print. If you missed getting a copy you may still be able to find it at one of the fine booksellers that stock DLP books. Don't miss out on this wonderful debut novella by a rising voice in horror fiction!
November 8, 2009
This year the list of Honorable Mentions in Ellen Datlow’s annual Best Horror of the Year anthology (published by Night Shade, 2009) was pared down to only the top 50. However, Ellen has posted the remainder of her list on the publisher’s website. Included on this list of the top stories of 2008 are 11 tales from Bound For Evil: Curious Tales of Books Gone Bad. The 11 stories cited for honorable mentions are:
July 21, 2009
At right, one of the engraved river rocks used by the jurors of the Shirley Jackson Awards to "stone" the award-nominees. A nice, symbolic tribute to author Jackson's most famous short story, "The Lottery"!
July 14, 2009
A new review of Engelbrecht Again! at BookSpotCentral has this to say about the Rhys Hughes novel:
July 3, 2009
Orrin and I will be attending Readercon 20 (The Conference on Imaginative Literature) the weekend of July 10 - 12th. I'll be bringing the last few copies of The Mysterious Flame, so if you're in or near Burlington, MA, stop in and see us. Orrin will be happy to inscribe a copy of his novella for you. Chances are good you can catch us at the Dark Hollow Books section of the Dealers Room. Bill Morrison of DHB will be selling copies of my Shirley Jackson Award-nominated anthology Bound for Evil (the awards ceremony is Sunday the 12th at 11 am) and we'll be stopping by Bill's tables frequently to talk to readers and sign copies of BfE. Joining us there will be two more BfE contributors, Simon Strantzas and Ian Rogers. So stop by and get your copy signed by four of the contributors. (And possibly by a fifth contributor we hope will able to attend.)
April 17, 2009
I'm extremely proud to announce that Bound for Evil has been nominated for the prestigious Shirley Jackson Award in the Anthology category. The winners of this juried award will be announced on July 12, 2009, at ReaderCon 20 in Burlington, MA.
About the awards:
Shirley Jackson (1916-1965) wrote such classic novels as The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle, as well as one of the most famous short stories in the English language, "The Lottery." Her work continues to be a major influence on writers of every kind of fiction, from the most traditional genre offerings to the most innovative literary work. National Book Critics Circle Award-winning novelist Jonathan Lethem has called Jackson “one of this century’s most luminous and strange American writers,” and multiple generations of authors would agree.
The Shirley Jackson Award will be voted upon by a jury of professional writers, editors, critics, and academics, with input from a Board of Advisors. The awards will be given for the best work published in the preceding calendar year in the following categories: Novel, Novella, Novelette, Short Story, Single-Author Collection, and Edited Anthology.
March 23, 2009
Here's the description from the envelope:
In 1893, while Bram Stoker was immersed in research for his novel Dracula, several other creative minds were also busy at work making significant contributions to the Literary Vampire genre.
Presented here are those curious and classic contributions: the Ambrose Bierce short story “The Death of Halpin Frayser”; Dr. Thomson Jay Hudson’s article “Origins of Vampires”; Norwegian painter Edvard Munch’s composition Love and Pain; and the strange, rarely reprinted title novella, “The Kiss of Judas,” by Julian Osgood Field writing as the enigmatic “X.L.” Also included is the informative Intro, “Children of Judas,” by Series Editor Tom English. Not to mention all the usual snippets of fascinating background info. Softcover chapbook limited to 26 copies only. Cover Illustration by World Fantasy Award-winner Dave Carson
“Limited but highly affordable, Tom English’s lovingly (and ghoulishly) handcrafted ‘Classic Vampires Revisited’ chapbook series should delight both horror fans and discriminating aficionados alike. Resurrecting classic and unde-servedly overlooked vampire tales published before and after Stoker’s Dracula, it is fast becoming the indispensable ongoing literary ‘history’ of Nosferatu and his heirs. As such, it’s not to be missed!”
February 1, 2009
Orrin Grey pays homage to the classic Gothic pulps, in a poignant but chilling novella that features a haunted monastery and a rundown movie palace; a vampiric monk and an army of animated skeletons; arcane magic and the search for a long lost secret; and caught in the middle of it all, a bewitched young woman and a reluctant hero made of clay!
The Mysterious Flame is being released as a softcover chapbook limited to 100 signed copies only. Cover art by World Fantasy Award-winner Allen Koszowski.
UPDATE (4/19/2009): MonsterLibrarian.com recently posted the following review as part of its "Spring into Terror" horror fiction review project:
"In The Mysterious Flame, the undead necromancer Narthos is hunting a golem, Barnabus, in an attempt to determine the secret of his existence and his soul. The plot summary suggests that the story is high fantasy, but it is actually set in the present day, and has a very elegant gothic feel. Grey does a great job of balancing storytelling, action, and character development in 44 pages. The Mysterious Flame is a chapbook, with a quality in writing and production similar to that of the high-quality chapbooks produced by White Noise Press. The cover art is by renowned horror artist Allen Koszowski, and is an excellent complement to the story.... Recommended for fans of horror and gothic tales."
January 11, 2009
Dead Letter Press was recently featured in the Washington Post article "Michael Dirda on Unearthing Ghostly Tales of Today" (Sunday, 12-21-2008, Book World section, page 10). In his article, Dirda, a Pulitzer Prize-winning critic and former editor of Book World, mentions Dead Letter Press as being one of several fine independent publishers, and recommends two books we recently published:
Bound for Evil: Curious Tales of Books Gone Bad and the Rhys Hughes novel Engelbrecht Again!. Click on the link above to read the archived article at the Washigton Post website.
December 28, 2008
The Atlantean Publishing magazine "The Supplement" recently reviewed The King of Deadtown. Below is an excerpt of the printed review:
The story opens with an outbreak of disease in Iraq. Given the title, it will not be too great a surprise to learn that it is the sort of disease which doesn’t keep you down for long. People transform into cannibalistic ‘virums’, the term adopted by a society scared of using a word so blatantly apocalyptic as ‘zombie’. Now, telling you that this is a zombie story in the mould of Romero that includes a brief visit to a shopping mall in homage, you will be thinking “ah, a Dawn of the Dead rip-off”. It’s the obvious comparison and is an error. Glynn makes no apologies for the genre nor does he try to disguise it and pretend he is doing something different – he embraces the genre but also writes something different. I’d like to tell you more, but it would spoil the surprise.
Suffice to say, this is not a slavish retread of the zombie apocalypse genre. Glynn takes the familiar tropes and gives them a twist. Well worth reading.
– The Supplement, Issue 42, September 2008 (DJ Tyrer)
The softcover chapbook novella The King of Deadtown is now available in an edition limited to 150 signed copies (in an illustrated envelope).
Cover illustration by World Fantasy Award-winning illustrator Allen Koszowski.
November 23, 2008
November 8, 2008
I'll post photos of the book soon, but until then this scan allows readers to see the beautiful gold design stamped on the cover of Engelbrecht Again!, Rhys Hughes' most ingenious book yet.
Read about the book at the official Engelbrecht weblog!
Books have begun to ship as follows: first, to all those who pre-ordered; then dealer orders will be filled; followed by review copies. Order Engelbrecht Again! today, before the lil' guy gets away.