Houses Under the Sea by Caitlín R. Kiernan Signed Trade Hardcover (PREORDER)

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Dust jacket illustration by Marcela Bolivar.

Since H.P. Lovecraft first invited colleagues such as Frank Belknap Long and Robert Bloch (among others) to join in his creation of what has come to be known as “The Cthulhu Mythos” (over Lovecraft’s less invocative name of “Yog-Sothery”), dozens of authors have tried their hand at adding to this vast tapestry with varying degrees of success. Some, like the then teen-aged Ramsey Campbell, used the Mythos as a starting point to his own career while still finding his own authorial voice (The Inhabitant of the Lake and Less Welcome Tenants, Arkham House 1964); others, like Stephen King and Neil Gaiman, did so at the height of their careers, paying homage to an author who had been such a tremendous inspiration to them. But no one, absolutely no one, has contributed such a body of brilliant and profoundly original work to the Mythos as has Caitlín R. Kiernan.

In this remarkable collection the author has selected over two dozen of her best Lovecraftian tales ranging from 2000s “Valentia” to her more recent classic “A Mountain Walked” as well as including the complete Dandridge Cycle, as well as a new story, “M Is for Mars.” In short, this is a cornerstone volume for Kiernan fans and Mythos devotees alike.

Trade: 1250 signed cloth bound hardcover copies. The copies offered on this page are signed by the author.

From Publishers Weekly (Starred Review):

“The thirty stories in this superior collection are remarkable for showing how harmoniously Kiernan’s own visionary weird fiction resonates with the best cosmic horror tales of H.P. Lovecraft. Some selections, such as ‘Pickman’s Other Model (1929),’ are ingenious extensions of well-known Lovecraft works. Others, including ‘From Cabinet 34, Drawer 6’ and ‘The Drowned Geologist (1898),’ riff on the cosmic conspiracies rampant in Lovecraft’s mythos fiction. No matter how strange or outré the phenomena, Kiernan meticulously builds details into her stories that ground them in a believable reality…This is a must-have for fans of Kiernan’s work or the Cthulhu Mythos.”


Table of Contents:

Lovecraft and I by Caitlin R. Kiernan

  • Valentia (1994)
  • So Runs the World Away
  • From Cabinet 34, Drawer 6
  • The Drowned Geologist (1898)
  • The Dead and the Moonstruck
  • Houses Under the Sea
  • Pickman’s Other Model (1929)
  • The Thousand-and-Third Tale of Scheherazade
  • The Bone’s Prayer
  • The Peril of Liberated Objects, or the Voyeur’s Seduction
  • At the Gate of the Deeper Slumber
  • Fish Bride
  • The Alchemist’s Daughter (A Fragment)
  • Hounwife
  • Tidal Forces
  • John Four
  • On the Reef
  • The Transition of Elizabeth Haskings
  • A Mountain Walked
  • Love is Forbidden, We Croak and Howl
  • Pushing the Sky Away (Death of a Blasphemer)
  • Black Ships Seen South of Heaven
  • Pickman’s Madonna
  • The Peddler’s Tale, or Isobel’s Revenge
  • The Cats of River Street
  • M is for Mars


The Dandridge Cycle

  • A Redress for Andromeda (2001)
  • Nor the Demon Down Under the Sea (1957)
  • Study for The Witch House (2013)
  • Andromeda Among the Stones


Publication History and Acknowledgments

Product Info: trade hardcover signed by author, shipping Q4 2019/Q1 2020, published by Subterranean Press.


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