When I’m finished with these, I’m going to ask the good people at Subterranean Press how many sheets there *actually* are, to cover for those mucked up in the print process, but I’ve theoretically signed my name 500 times now:
My favorites are the ones like these, where the ink has suddenly splotched a lot more onto the paper than it was expected to. Most of them don’t dry attractively, sadly, but I like them anyway, ’cause you know it’s a real ink pen being used to sign ’em. :)
My signature, never shy and retiring to begin with, does seem to be eager to gobble up as much page as it can. After all, it’s saying, that’s what we’re here for, right? I’m finding this kind of relaxing, in a repetitive Zen way. Dip the pen, let a drop of ink fall free, sign my name, set the page aside to dry, repeat 7 times, clean the pen, repeat…
One down, 999 to go:
These are the signature sheets for the limited edition Subterranean Press collection of Old Races stories, BABA YAGA’S DAUGHTER. You have no doubt already pre-ordered it, but if not that link there will offer you the opportunity to do so. :)
BABA YAGA’S DAUGHTER collects three Old Races stories previously released into the wild–“From Russia, with Love”, “Five Card Draw”, and “Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight”, and offers up seven new tales that complete an arc of hidden stories within the Old Races universe: you could go on to read future books in the Old Races universe without having read these stories, but believe me, you don’t want to.
Ancient rivals, best of friends, best of enemies: dragonlord Janx and master vampire Eliseo Daisani are the threads upon which a tapestry of lives and loves are woven across the centuries. From the coldest Russian nights to the heat of Chicago’s greatest fire, nothing brings the immortal adversaries together—or tears them apart—like a woman.
And there is always a woman.
Vanessa Grey has been at Daisani’s side for decades, but the secrets borne by a witch may be her undoing. Baba Yaga’s daughter has plots that are decades in the hatching, but they may only succeed if Margrit Knight, named “the Negotiator” by Daisani and Janx themselves, will work with her. And there are others: the greatest vampire hunter mankind has ever known, and a woman for whom the Old Races are a wonder to walk away from….
The cover art is by Thomas Canty. (THOMAS. CANTY. *dies of squee* *again*) I am *insanely* excited that SubPress is publishing this collection, and I desperately, desperately want it to do well in order to justify their faith in me and in hopes of, y’know, getting to work with them again. So–because I know you don’t want me to sign a thousand signature sheets for nothing–do pre-order if you can, okay? I will love you forever.
not that i don’t anyway
A FANTASY MEDLEY
Subterranean Press presents A FANTASY MEDLEY: four short stories by four fantasy authors.
In “Zen and the Art of Vampirism,” Zoe Takano, the only vampire in Toronto, a city filled with supernatural creatures of Kelley Armstrong’s Otherworld, finds her place in the hierarchy threatened by two interlopers.
“Riding the Shore of the River of Death” returns us to the world of Kate Elliott’s Crown of Stars. Kareka, daughter of the begh of the Kirshat, hunts to take a man’s head. It is her last opportunity to prove herself as a man or else she will find herself restricted to the role of woman and wife in the clan forever.
Robin Hobb revisits her Farseer world in “Words Like Coins.” Mirrifen, a failed hedge-witch’s apprentice who has married to find security finds that threatened by a severe drought and the appearance of a pregnant female pecksie.
C.E. Murphy takes us to frozen Moscow in “From Russia, with Love.” Baba Yaga’s daughter is a barmaid at a dive when Janx and Eliseo Daisani walk in. They discover, as they compete for the girl’s affections, that Baba Yaga has plans for Janx and that her beautiful daughter had merely been the bait.
Limited: 200 numbered copies signed by the authors and editor
Trade: circa 2000 fully clothbound hardcover edition
Supplies are quite literally limited, so pre-order it now!