by Scott Laming
Since 1995 a small publisher from Burton, Michigan, has been at the forefront of the horror, suspense, science fiction and dark mystery genres. Subterranean Press has published hundreds of titles, as well as a quarterly magazine called Subterranean Magazine featuring short stories from some of today’s most popular genre authors.
Subterranean’s luxuriously bound limited editions, signed lettered and numbered editions, and unique trade editions are highly desirable. As well as the remarkable bindings, collectors are drawn to Subterranean because it publishes work by literary superstars famous for dark storylines such as Robert Bloch, Philip K. Dick, Ray Bradbury, Stephen King, Philip Jose Farmer and more.
These limited collectible editions are not the only reason Subterranean is widely considered to be one of the finest genre fiction presses. The publisher also excels in negotiating rights to exclusively publish previously unreleased works and collections from the same big name authors as well as up-and-coming but unheralded talent. Limited fine bindings, unique special editions, burgeoning new talent and dark, edgy fiction sum up Subterranean.
A good example is Subterranean’s relationship with horror, science fiction and mystery writer Joe R. Lansdale. The publisher has released much of his previously unpublished work in limited edition format, while offering his latest releases in finely bound signed first editions. All of this said, most people love Subterranean Press for their beautiful deluxe editions which attract worldwide interest and become more valuable as each year passes.
The Green Mile
Published on the 10th anniversary of the paperback edition, this slipcase set of six volumes was limited to 2,200 copies - 148 signed, and 52 lettered with an original sketch.
Edition limited to 350 numbered copies, signed by ‘Simon’ on the limitation page. The startling true account of the dark and violent history this fearsome book.
A Feast for Crows
George R.R. Martin
Book four from the Fire and Ice series. Limited to 448 copies and signed by Martin and illustrator Thomas Canty
This deluxe chapbook contains two stories by the author with illustrations from Dave McKean. Limited to 500 copies, 15 lettered copies were also signed by Bradbury.
The illustrated film script from the 2005 Jim Henson film. Signed and limited to 500 numbered copies, and 26 lettered copies featuring original artwork
A collection of short stories are featured in this special limited pressing of 1,250 signed copies plus a deluxe edition of 26 lettered copies that featured additional material.
I Am Legend author’s collection of stories published as a numbered edition of 750 copies and a lettered edition of 52 copies.
The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters
The first novel by this renowned playwright, limited to 500 numbered copies and 15 lettered copies.
The Five of Cups
Caitlin R. Kiernan
Kiernan’s wrote this in 1992-93 but it was not printed until 10 years later when Subterranean Press published a limited release of 1,000 numbered copies and 52 lettered copies.
All of Us Are Dying
George Clayton Johnson
Johnson is best known for penning the science fiction classic, Logan’s Run, and the story that inspired Ocean’s Eleven. This collection was limited to 600 signed copies and 26 lettered copies.
David J. Schow
Short story collection from the author who penned screenplays for The Crow and Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Limited to 500 signed and numbered copies and 26 lettered copies.
Practical advice and anecdotes about life as a writer from someone who has done it all, from novelist to blogger to ad copy writer; limited to 500 copies, all signed.
In Other Words
Crowley's first, long-overdue collection of non-fiction. It brings together more than 40 pieces. Limited to 600 numbered copies and 26 lettered copies, all signed.
Texas Night Riders
Joe R. Lansdale
A straight ahead western novel from this splatterpunk author; limited to 500 numbered copies signed by Lansdale (as his pen name Ray Slater) and cover artist Mark A. Nelson.
Project Moonbase and Others
Robert A. Heinlein
A great collection of Heinlein’s work with an introduction by John Scalzi. Limited to 750 numbered copies and 26 lettered copies bound in leather, all signed by Scalzi and artist Bob Eggleton.
Heart Shaped Box
The breakout novel for Stephen King’s son, limited to 500 numbered copies, 200 of which are deluxe and contained an additional deleted chapter, a further 15 are lettered housed in a vault case.
Worlds of Weber
A career retrospective collection, limited to 2,000 hardcover copies.
Ghost stories from Ramsey Campbell, Graham Joyce, Michael Marshall Smith, Poppy Z. Brite, Charles de Lint, Richard Christian Matheson, Ray Garton, Gene Wolfe etc. Limited to 500 numbered copies signed by all the contributors.
Joe R. Lansdale
This pressing of Lansdale’s Edgar Award winning book was limited to 400 numbered copies and 26 lettered copies - all signed by the author
Dating Secrets of the Dead
A collection of four short stories from David Prill, limited to 750 numbered copies and 26 lettered copies - all signed by Prill.