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An international bestseller published in over twenty-five countries, HEX by Thomas Olde Heuvelt is the chilling novel that heralded the arrival of a new voice in horror and dark fantasy.
In the seemingly picturesque Hudson Valley town of Black Spring, residents are haunted by the Black Rock Witch, a seventeenth century woman whose eyes and mouth have been sewn shut. Muzzled, the Black Rock Witch roams the streets, enters homes at will and stands beside the beds of children throughout the night.
To prevent the curse from spreading, the elders of Black Spring have quarantined the town by way of high-tech surveillance. Frustrated with being kept in lockdown, the town’s teenagers decide to break their strict regulations and go viral with the haunting. In doing so, they send the town spiraling into a witch-hunt that boils over into persecution, scapegoating and a shocking denouement.
Setting ancient magic against contemporary technology, HEX is one of the most thoughtful horror stories of the twenty-first century, made all the more chilling for its uncompromising view of humanity.
First published in Dutch in 2013, HEX would become the author’s English language debut novel just three years later, receiving high praise from peers like Stephen King, who called it, “totally, brilliantly original,” and George R.R. Martin who raved, “HEX is creepy, gripping and original… sure to be one of the top horror novels of 2016.”
ABOUT THE EDITIONS
The signed limited edition of HEX by Thomas Olde Heuvelt is presented in three states: Artist, Numbered and Lettered. The editions measure 6” x 9” and feature six full color illustrations by Chris Berens, as well as a new exclusive introduction by Josh Malerman. The Numbered and Lettered editions are signed by Thomas Olde Heuvelt, Chris Berens and Josh Malerman, and the Artist edition is signed by Chris Berens.
The Numbered edition of 250 copies is a handmade lapped component case binding constructed from Japanese cloth on the spine and a unique Cyanotype printed cloth on the cover. Cyanotype printing is an analogue photographic method, dating back to the 1800s. Each piece of cloth has been hand painted in several layers to produce a deep print. Peacock feathers are laid on top and the cloth is exposed to strong light, turning the painted cloth blue where the light meets it, and keeping the cloth under the feathers white. Due to the hand painted nature of the prints there may be slight variations, as each hand printed sheet is unique. The Cyanotype cloth is created by bookbinder Gillian Stewart in Glasgow’s East End.
The spine features titling in handsewn stitching and endsheets are Hahnemühle Bugra. The edition is signed by Thomas Olde Heuvelt, Josh Malerman and Chris Berens; and is printed offset on premium archival Cougar paper. It is housed in a cigar-style enclosure covered in an embossed material. Each copy of this edition is sewn and bound by hand by bookbinder Anne Covell in Southern California.
Product Info: PREORDER (ETA: Spring 2022), published by Suntup Editions