Heighten the thrills and chills of this Halloween with The Tachyon Scare Package: Spooky Books at 50% Off!
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This Halloween season, dare to curl up with some of Tachyon’s spookiest books, now at 50% off! Selected by our own Scary Rhino, here are truly (well, mostly) terrifying tales: horror movie survivors in group therapy; a tyrant with hypnosis rallying the troops; a vampire who stalks famous poets; and of course, fast, slow, and even kinda smart zombies — because who doesn’t love zombies? Authors in the Scare Package include Joe R. Lansdale, Peter Straub, Carrie Vaughn, Kelly Link, Daryl Gregory, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Peter Straub, Lisa Goldstein, Neil Gaiman, and many more.
Limited to 10 packages only
Available in the U.S. only
Retail value: $124.60
Care Package, 50% off: $62.00
$7.50 for shipping and handling
This pack includes:
- PROMISES TO KEEP by Charles de Lint
- THE STRESS OF HER REGARD by Tim Powers
- UNCERTAIN PLACES by Lisa Goldstein
- WE ARE ALL COMPLETELY FINE by Daryl Gregory
- THE ASYLUM OF DR. CALIGARI by James Morrow
- DEADMAN’S ROAD by Joe R. Lansdale
- HAUNTINGS edited by Ellen Datlow
- THE IMMORTAL CONQUISTADOR by Carrie Vaughn
2017 Shirley Jackson Award nominee
B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy blog: The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Books of June 2017
Amazon Best Books of the Month: Editor’s Picks (June 2017)
io9 Summer Reading List Best Summer Books,
Campus Circle Feature,
Barnes & Noble.com Week’s New Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books
If you think today’s profiteers are diabolical, blink again. In this witty, satiric tour de force, James Morrow (The Last Witchfinder) offers a provocative take on a film classic.
1990 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award winner
1990 World Fantasy Award nominee
1990 Locus Award runner-up
“Good serious fantasy doesn’t come much better than The Stress of Her Regard.”
Michael Crawford is forced to flee when he discovers his bride brutally murdered in their wedding bed, trapped by the embrace of the malignant spirit claiming him as her bridegroom. Telling a secret history of passion and terror, Tim Powers masterfully recasts the tragic lives of the Romantic poets.
2012 Mythopoeic Award Winner
“An exquisitely beautiful, eerily compelling modern fairy tale.”
—Library Journal, starred review
This haunting tale of an ages-old family secret breaches the boundaries between reality and magic, revealing the places between them. It is the story of the Feierabend women, whose luck is so good that it is as though they are living in a fairy tale without a dark side.
World Fantasy Award Winner
Shirley Jackson Award Winner
Nebula Award, Locus Award, and Theodore Sturgeon Award Nominees
“[Gregory’s] plotting, characterisations, and yes, the writing itself, is all that good. In short, this one completely blew me away.”
—Horror After Dark
What happens when five seemingly-insane outcasts—survivors of horror movie scenarios—form a support group? Together they must discover which monsters they face are within…and which are lurking in plain sight.
“Deadman’s Road is a delightfully pulpy, wickedly funny, satisfying read. Saddle up, because you are in for one helluva ride!”
When renegade author Kameron Hurley (The Light Brigade; The Stars Are Legion) takes you to the future, be prepared for the unexpected. It will be dangerous, frequently brutal, and often devastating. But also, savagely funny and deliciously strange. In these edgy, unexpected tales, a body-hopping mercenary avenges his pet elephant, an orphan falls in love with a sentient starship, and a swamp-dwelling introvert tries to save the world—from her plague-casting former wife.
“Datlow once again proves herself as a master editor. Her mission to broaden readers’ concepts of what a haunting can be is nothing short of a success, and the twenty-four stories on display run the gamut from explicitly terrifying to eerily familiar. Readers who wish to be haunted themselves should not miss this one. Highly recommended.”
This spine-tingling anthology—complied by the horror genre’s most acclaimed editor—collects a chilling array of ghost stories from the past twenty-five years. Authors include Neil Gaiman, Kelly Link, Peter Straub, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Connie Willis, Jeffrey Ford, and more.
“A must-have for Kitty Norville fans, but also an excellent standalone for readers new to Vaughn’s worlds.”
From the author of the beloved Kitty Norville werewolf talk-show host series, comes the vampire origin story of Kitty’s famed ally, Rick—and his sudden turn to darkness in the seventeenth century. More than 500 years before his friendship with Kitty, noble Ricardo de Avila’s life met a fate-changing twist, and his morally-complex, blood-soaked existence as an immortal began.
“De Lint returns to Newford and Jilly Coppercorn’s youth . . . de Lint presents Jilly’s choices, the memories impelling them, and the solution to the riddle of Donna in his characteristic powerful yet intimate style. Jilly’s reader friends, including those first meeting her, will be more than delighted.”
Jilly Coppercorn of Newford is back. With the help of a mentor and an anonymous benefactor, the talented young artist has overcome her troubled past and is enrolled in art school. The future is full of bright promise.
Suddenly, when a tempting opportunity roars into town, Jilly’s life takes a turn for the supernatural.
This Saturday, 7PM CST, celebrate Tachyon Publications 25th Anniversary with authors Marie Brennan, Daryl Gregory, Joe R. Lansdale, Michael Swanwick, Kimberly Unger, and Carrie Vaughn plus Tachyonistas Jacob Weisman, Jill Roberts, and Rick Klaw
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In this special Armadillocon 2020 virtual event, Tachyon publisher/founder Jacob Weisman, managing editor Jill Roberts, and consulting editor Rick Klaw team-up with the all-star linuep of acclaimed, award -winning authors (Marie Brennan, Daryl Gregory, Joe R. Lansdale, Michael Swanwick, Kimberly Unger, and Carrie Vaughn) to discuss, in expected Tachyon fashion, the press’s pasts, presents, and futures. This FREE event happens on Saturday, August 28 at 7PM CST. Please RSVP.
Tachyon tidbits featuring Ellen Klages, Peter Watts, Jaymee Goh, Daryl Gregory, and Avram Davidson & Grania Davis
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The latest reviews and mentions of Tachyon titles and authors from around the web.
WICKED WONDERS is an absolutely lovely collection, with some stories that I continue to recommend well after having read them here. The author’s notes on each story were insightful and interesting, and often funny as well.
WICKED WONDERS is a fantastic collection to have. Beyond the enjoyment I got out of it as a reader, the author’s notes on each story were delightful and fascinating insights that have helped me better recognize and appreciate aspects of writing as well. I am glad to have it on my shelf to put in the hands of others who need these stories.
Watts did it again. This book is the main one of the Sunflower cycle, and he managed to paint even more fascinating picture than in Firefall or Rafters cycles, in my opinion. A travel through space and time of such colossal proportions that you hardly percive it scale. New pictures of dehumanised humans and humanised machines that will make you think again about problems of free will and purpose.
For STRANGE HORIZONS, Jaymee Goh contributes Trials by Whiteness: Definitions of Whiteness and Eurocentrism, and Their Relevance Post-RaceFail.
In a recent conversation with newer writers, I realised sufficient time had passed that The Young™ did not know what RaceFail is. RaceFail was a trial by whiteness, a discourse created upon a backdrop of white supremacy, necessitated by ongoing calls for equality. This column will discuss RaceFail, whiteness in the acts of writing, and whiteness in the global Anglophone publishing industry.
There are multiple descriptions of the event—the most useful one is on Fanlore.org—which presents a bit of an oral history of that series of conversations happening across LiveJournal and blogs. Over the course of several months, fans of science fiction and fantasy across multiple blogging platforms organised as communities of fans of different texts, writing personal essays on the emotional effects of not seeing themselves reflected in the texts they consumed. They addressed not only representation within the texts themselves, but representation within the processes by which these texts were created and processed through the industries that produced them for mass consumption, most notably the publishing or film industries.
Other stories that paved the way for me to see this in myself include the films A Dark Song; As Above, So Below; The Endless; and The Babadook; and Daryl Gregory’s excellent novella WE ARE ALL COMPLETELY FINE.
Dramatic, full of wonderful details and characters, all in all a satisfying and thoughtful read. But I would expect no less from Kress.
On a Sunday Status Update for FANTASY LITERATURE, Jane Nyman reports on the novella.
This week I read Nancy Kress’ recent novella, SEA CHANGE, which packs a lot of story, social commentary, and very-near-future environmental concerns in an economical package.
More on SEA CHANGE:
A strong, striking look at a a possible future, and the courage that will allow us to survive it.—Laura Anne Gilman, author of Heat of Briar and Soul of Fire
SEA CHANGE is like liquid nitrogen ice cream—a chilling treat. Right next door to the future, filled with dark wit—a fine addition to Kress’s work.—Greg Bear, author of Eon and Take Back the Sky
Nancy Kress is one of the best science-fiction writers working today. Her use of science is tricky and thought-provoking, her command of fiction sharp and full of feeling.—Kim Stanley Robinson, author of The Years of Rice and Salt
Nobody is better at destroying the world—see one of my favorite novellas, the multi-award-winning AFTER THE FALL, BEFORE THE FALL, DURING THE FALL—but here Nancy Kress dives into the science of genetically modified plants and shows us how we just may need them to save the planet. And this brilliant, thoughtful story is also a page-turner! I don’t know about you, but a thriller about a fear-mongering, anti-science government and the smart, brave people resisting it was exactly the story I needed right now.—Daryl Gregory, award-winning writer of Spoonbenders
This taut, suspenseful near-future ecothriller combines a frighteningly plausible ecological/economic collapse scenario with genuine human emotion. A winner!—David D. Levine, author of Arabella of Mars
Tachyon tidbits featuring Cory Doctorow, Nick Mamatas, Joe R. Lansdale, Peter Watts, and Daryl Gregory
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The latest reviews and mentions of Tachyon titles and authors from around the web.
On his PLURALISTIC blog, Cory Doctorow announces his induction into the Canadian SF/F hall of fame.
I just got an email asking if I could be free on August 15 for Canvention, the annual Canadian national science fiction convention, because I am being inducted into the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association’s Hall of Fame.
Needless to say, my answer was a very enthusiastic yes.
CSFFA administers Canada’s Aurora Awards and the Hall of Fame, a juried prize that I am unbelievably stonked to be receiving.
This year’s Canvention is
BEFORE WE BLOG interviews Nick Mamatas.
You’ve written a lot about the importance of short fiction, and your love for it. If you were trying to hook people unfamiliar with your work with some of your short fiction, what would you recommend?
I’d recommend my recent collection THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF EVERYTHING, which collects the “best” (I guess!) of my last decade of short work.
In addition to your fiction, you’ve written a lot of writing advice—some at LitReactor, some collected in your book Starve Better, and elsewhere. I appreciate that your advice is never the overly reductive advice found elsewhere. You also run plenty of creative writing classes. What do you enjoy about this? What are the concepts you hope the students learn?
Ultimately, I’m a formalist, and so I have a knack for seeing structures that undergird plots and themes. I’m not a very commercial writer, but I have good commercial instincts as an editor, and so I teach as an editor. I’m very prescriptive. Cut those first three pages! Make sure your protagonist is always doing something and not just being pushed around by the universe! Learn that words have connotations as well as denotations! People almost never scream dialogue, but they may shout it. Those words are not synonymous. Stop typing BANG! when a gun goes off in your story, and stop writing sentences about eyes doing things, e.g., “His eyes hopped around the ballroom, looking for the punch bowl.” That sort of thing.
I want my students to learn that the ego is always the enemy, whether it says “I’m great!” or “I’m awful!” Many people sign up for creative writing classes out of a need to be punished. It’s bizarre. Just stay home. I also want my students to consider the possibilities that language isn’t a poor substitute for direct brain-to-brain communication, but can be deployed with sufficient dexterity that even the shortcomings of language can be used to make something more interesting. Think of a rock song that keeps the buzz of a guitar being plugged into an amp, and the squeal of feedback, to add sonic information to the song even if those sounds wouldn’t be transcribed on sheet music.
When I drove over to the nightclub, Leonard was sitting on the curb, holding a bloody rag to his head.
Along similar lines, Shilpa Garg on A ROSE IS A ROSE IS A ROSE! offers 10 eXtraordinary Book Titles.
WE ARE ALL COMPLETELY FINE by Daryl Gregory
Oh, I’m worried already, and I don’t even know who all are in danger. Why are they telling me they are okay? Clearly they’re not okay. They should tell me about it. This is a brilliant book title which will make you dive into it right away.
Many Tachyon authors, artists, and editors including Charlie Jane Anders, Ellen Datlow, Cory Doctorow, Daryl Gregory, John Picacio, and Carrie Vaughn are participating in CoNZealand, the 78th World Science Fiction Convention (July 29-August 2).
The legendary event, held annually since since 1939 (except for the years 1942 to 1945, during World War II), celebrates science fiction. This years convention features Guests of Honor Greg Broadmore, Larry Dixon, Mercedes Lackey, George R. R. Martin. and Rose Mitchell.
Due to the worldwide pandemic, CoNZealand has had to move online. So instead of going to Wellington, New Zealand for a Worldcon, we on the CoNZealand committee are working hard to bring the Worldcon directly to you. The virtual CoNZealand will be, in many ways, an experiment in how to adapt to a future which science fiction writers may have predicted but science fiction fans did not expect.
CoNZealand offers a massive selection of virtual readings and panels.
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Since joining Tachyon in 2002 as the managing editor, Jill Roberts has overseen the remaking of the press from one that originally published 2-3 titles a year and only sold to specialty bookstores into its present incarnation of 8-10 books a year and mainstream distribution. Tachyon titles under her watch have won Nebula, Hugo, World Fantasy, Shirley Jackson, Campbell, Neukom, Sturgeon, and Locus awards and routinely make “best of the year” lists. Among the numerous acclaimed titles Roberts oversaw include HER SMOKE ROSE UP FOREVER by James Tiptree Jr., THE EMPEROR’S SOUL by Brandon Sanderson, WE ARE ALL COMPLETELY FINE by Daryl Gregory, STEAMPUNK edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer, CENTRAL STATION by Lavie Tidhar, THE HOTEL UNDER THE SAND by Kage Baker, THE FREEZE-FRAME REVOLUTION by Peter Watts, THE VERY BEST OF CAITLÍN R. KIERNAN, and THE FOUR PROFOUND WEAVES by R. B. Lemberg.
Prior to Tachyon, Roberts worked within the gaming, fashion, and health industries. She has been a columnist for Books to Watch Out For and the Thirteenth Moon, as well as a consulting editor at the nonprofit writing program Streetside Stories.
Everyone at Tachyon wishes the amazing Jill a happy birthday. And not just because we’re scared of her.
Author of the World Fantasy and Shirley Jackson Award winning WE ARE ALL COMPLETELY FINE (2014), Daryl Gregory also wrote the Crawford award winning novel Pandemonium (2008), The Devil’s Alphabet (2009), Raising Stony Mayhall (2011), Afterparty (2014), Harrison Squared (2015) (the young adult prequel to WE ARE ALL COMPLETELY FINE), Spoonbenders (2017), and Nine Last Days on Planet Earth (2018).
Gregory has written several comics and graphic novels including Legenderry: Green Hornet, Secret Battles of Genghis Khan, Dracula: Company of Monsters, and an acclaimed run on Planet of the Apes. Many of his stories were collected in Unpossible and Other Stories (2011).
All of us at Tachyon wish the magnificent Daryl an extraordinary birthday. Not matter how terrible things are, we hope it all stays fine.
The first writers retreat was held in February 2007. The idea was to create at least one time and place in the year where all but writing was put aside. The objective was to create an annual writers’ gathering that focused on:Rainforest Writers Village
solitary and community writing…
in an isolated environment…
supported by a collective of contemporaries of like mind and pursuits.
Writers gather at a location of minimized outside interference or influence, ready to spend an intensive four or five days on their own work, with others involved in the same who were present for support and interactive development of written creative work as art, craft, and science. Balanced against this is a schedule of events aimed at supporting this process, with the number of retreat guests and attendees kept to a limit.
The Rain Forest Resort Village is situated on Lake Quinault, nestled in the Olympic Pennisula, and the Quinault Rainforest. Local populations are small and centers of civilization are approximately 50 miles from the resort. Close enough for those who wish to seek them out, and far enough for others not to have to seek escape from them. The resort has no phones in the rooms or cabins, and has spotty cell phone service. It is its own little village, with a restaurant, general store, gift shop, lounge, post office, and laundromat on site.
Participants get writing time free of work and daily social life. They get professional advice from, and interaction with, guests who have had success in the writing business.
There are many events throughout the retreat including four featuring Tachyon authors and editors.More