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Afterword by John Langan
Illustrated by Marcela Bolívar
Map and Family Tree by Maxime Plasse
Originally published as a series of six volumes, Michael McDowell’s Blackwater is a Southern Gothic saga of suspense, mystery and terror.
When the gracious and beautiful Elinor Dammert arrives in Perdido, Alabama on Easter Sunday in 1919, she is a stranger in the small town, desperate to fit in. She sets her sights on marrying Oscar Caskey, the eldest son of Perdido’s first family; but beneath Elinor’s charm and beauty lies a shocking secret—and beneath the waters of the Perdido River, Elinor’s true form will soon be discovered, changing the Caskey family and the town of Perdido forever.
Upon its publication in 1983, the atmospheric and character-driven family drama of Blackwater not only defied the horror genre, but elevated it. Michael McDowell was proclaimed “the finest writer of paperback originals in America” by Stephen King, and “one of the best writers of horror in this country” by Peter Straub.
Now collected as a single volume novel, Blackwater continues to be discovered and praised by new generations. One recent reviewer wrote, “Operatic, epic, and scary… Blackwater is a Southern Gothic to drown all other Southern Gothics in a muddy river. Sink into this one. You won’t regret it.”
ABOUT THE EDITIONS
The limited edition of Blackwater by Michael McDowell is presented in three states: Artist, Numbered and Lettered. The editions measure 6” x 9” and feature six full color landscape illustrations by Marcela Bolívar as well as a new exclusive afterword by John Langan. Also included in all editions are reproductions of the original paperback covers and a newly created map of Perdido and the Blackwater family tree. The Numbered and Lettered editions are signed by John Langan, Marcela Bolívar and Maxime Plasse. The Artist edition is signed by Marcela Bolívar and Maxime Plasse.
The Numbered edition of 350 copies is a quarter leather binding with Japanese cloth boards. The leather is embossed with a special metallic pearlescent finish. The cover features a letterpress printed label on Hahnemühle Bugra and endsheets are embossed paper. The edition is printed offset on archival Cougar Natural, and is housed in a slipcase covered with 85% genuine leather from waste retrieved from tanneries. The edition is signed by John Langan, Marcela Bolívar and Maxime Plasse.
Product Info: PREORDER (ETA: Spring 2022), published by Suntup Editions