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About our exclusive limited edition books from Catherynne M. Valente and Laird Barron • Mythic Delirium Books

About our exclusive limited edition books from Catherynne M. Valente and Laird Barron

May 9th, 2015 No Comments

The following entry was originally posted at the Clockwork Phoenix 5 Kickstarter:

Howdy, Clockwork Phoenix 5 backers!
Wow! We had a surge in pledges yesterday, mostly due to a batch of new people learning about the exclusive chapbooks we’re offering. (My thanks to Elizabeth McClellan, Alexandra Erin and Cat Valente herself for that!)
It made me realize that perhaps I’ve not done the clearest job of explaining exactly what those chapbooks are. But before I get to that, I want to update folks on the giveaways — we flew past three in a row!
Congratulations to: Cliff Winnig, who won audiobook editions of my novel The Black Fire Concerto and novelette The Sky-Riders (co-written with Paul Dellinger); Charlie Byrd, who won a signed copy of my newly Shirley Jackson Award-nominated collection of short stories, Unseaming; and Sam Fleming and Mike Skolnick, who won signed 11″ x 17″ inch giclee prints of Paula Arwen Owen‘s beautiful cover art. (Another Unseaming winner has yet to respond to my note.)

Paula Arwen Owen's illustration for our cover. We may be offering these again down the road, stay tuned

Paula Arwen Owen’s illustration for our cover. We may be offering these again down the road, stay tuned!

The next big giveaway comes up at $4,500 (less than $350 away at this point): Nicole Kornher-Stace will send the winner a signed copy of her debut YA novel Archivist Wasp. At $5,000, Marie Brennan is offering a signed copy of her novel Voyage of the Basilisk. At the halfway mark, $5,500, I’ll give away the 10th anniversary issue of Mythic Delirium signed by Neil Gaiman. And I’m now starting to plan for the second half! May we get there soon.
So: a further word on our chapbooks, Temnaya and the House of Books by Catherynne M. Valente and The Occultation by Laird Barron. These will be numbered, signed by the authors, with covers and illustrations by Paula Arwen Owen. They’ll be published under my Mythic Delirium Books imprint and the only way to get them is through this Kickstarter. They will never be offered any other way.

We’re modeling them on The Immigrant by Cherie Priest, an exclusive chapbook that we offered through the Clockwork Phoenix 4 Kickstarter. Like “Temnaya and the House of Books,” “The Immigrant” was originally published in Mythic 2, an anthology I edited in 2006 in partnership with Prime Books that was kind of a precursor to the Clockwork Phoenix series. The idea to create a special chapbook in the first place came from my colleague in poetry and prose Rose Lemberg.
Paula Owen created the art for Cherie’s story, as she will for these works from Cat and Laird:


We ultimately made 65 copies. It was so successful for us that it made absolute sense to try again with new authors. Cat and Laird readily, generously agreed to let us use their stories for this go-round.
So those of you who have pledged for these rewards, hopefully that helps give you some idea of what’s in store. Those of you who haven’t, now maybe you have a sense of what you might be missing out on.
Folks, thanks again for all your help so far!


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