Sunday, February 25, 2018

Editorial Cartoon

Copyright 2018 by Lang.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Stephen King News

Stephen King has announced two new books for this year.

The Outsider

An unspeakable crime. A confounding investigation. At a time when the King brand has never been stronger, he has delivered one of his most unsettling and compulsively readable stories.

An eleven-year-old boy's violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City’s most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

As the investigation expands and horrifying answers begin to emerge, King’s propulsive story kicks into high gear, generating strong tension and almost unbearable suspense. Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy, but is he wearing another face? When the answer comes, it will shock you as only Stephen King can.

The Outsider will be available in stores and online on May 22nd, 2018.


The latest from legendary master storyteller Stephen King, a riveting, extraordinarily eerie, and moving story about a man whose mysterious affliction brings a small town together—a timely, upbeat tale about finding common ground despite deep-rooted differences.

Although Scott Carey doesn’t look any different, he’s been steadily losing weight. There are a couple of other odd things, too. He weighs the same in his clothes and out of them, no matter how heavy they are. Scott doesn’t want to be poked and prodded. He mostly just wants someone else to know, and he trusts Doctor Bob Ellis.

In the small town of Castle Rock, the setting of many of King’s most iconic stories, Scott is engaged in a low grade—but escalating—battle with the lesbians next door whose dog regularly drops his business on Scott’s lawn. One of the women is friendly; the other, cold as ice. Both are trying to launch a new restaurant, but the people of Castle Rock want no part of a gay married couple, and the place is in trouble. When Scott finally understands the prejudices they face – including his own -- he tries to help. Unlikely alliances, the annual foot race, and the mystery of Scott’s affliction bring out the best in people who have indulged the worst in themselves and others.

From Stephen King, our “most precious renewable resource, like Shakespeare in the malleability of his work” (The Guardian), Elevation is an antidote to our divisive culture, as gloriously joyful(with a twinge of deep sadness) as “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

Elevation will be available in stores and online on October 30th, 2018.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Welcome to issue #102 of the Donald M. Grant Newsletter

Welcome to issue #102 of the Donald M. Grant Newsletter

14 February 2018




The huge response to our Monday Newsletter exposed problems with out website
but all copies of The Deluxe Edition of BLACK HOUSE that we had sold out
quickly as well as all of our remaining copies of the TALISMAN/BLACK HOUSE
Gift Set.

All orders will be in the mail by today; in the US by Media Mail so it may take a bit
over a week to receive your order.

We have tried to be in touch with everyone who had issues with our web site and
I thank you for your patience.


Still available are the Artist Editions of THE DARK TOWER VII:
THE DARK TOWER (signed by Michael Whelan) and THE 
WIND THROUGH THE KEYHOLE (signed by Jae Lee) Please note that
these were released prior to the Trade Editions and so are First Editions of
these books. They can be ordered at:

Thank you.

Robert K. Wiener, President
Donald M. Grant, Publisher, Inc.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

LOST AND LONELY by Brian James Freeman

LOST AND LONELY by Brian James Freeman, Cemetery Dance, $35, 9781587675683.

Everything you need to know about Brian James Freeman can be found in this book. He has a way with words. His writing has that impact you feel when you are truly bothered by terrors unexpected. He has that subtle smooth touch that you feel just before you feel the razor sharp fingernails. And, he is a great writer.

In this five storied tome, there are differing ways to frighten and horrify you. The theme in each story has to do with the value of family. The wife and son of a bestselling author go missing, but he hears footsteps in the hall. Patty has made some mistakes, but she is sure Roger will take her back after he sees how far she will go to make things right. A father moves his Colonial family into the wilderness to escape a monster that is stalking the new colony. Teenage Melissa has just told her boyfriend that she is pregnant. A 911 dispatcher receives a troubling call from a new mother.

Each story features an illustration by Glenn Chadbourne that fits perfectly with the story. Each tale is a subtle touch that will claw its' way into your memory. That's what you need to know about Brian James Freeman. Remember that all these stories are about family and one can only hope that it's not your family.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Donald M. Grant Newsletter

Donald M. Grant Publisher, Inc. Newsletter

Welcome to issue #101 of the Donald M. Grant Newsletter

12 February 2018



This is a rare opportunity to buy a book signed by Stephen King at the original
published price. We found some copies of BLACK HOUSE Deluxe Numbered
Edition signed by Stephen King, Peter Straub and Rick Berry in our barn/ware-
house which were from canceled orders (probably canceled because of the delay
from announcement of ordering to actual shipping date). As a service to our cus-
tomers we are making them available at the original 2002 price of $225.00 plus
$10.00 shipping.

We were able to match a few copies along with the matching number
Talisman/Black House Gift sets (sold at $150.00) for a total of $375.00 plus $15.00

These are being sold through our website only (Please do not call our office) on a
first come first serve basis. We will confirm your order along with the number(s)
of the book you will be receiving. We will ship out the lowest numbers first.

For our customers outside the US, please be aware that shipping will be expensive.
Sample costs for the Deluxe BACK HOUSE alone are: Canada (Quebec) $51.00;
Australia $78.00; England $75.00; Norway $64.00, For the Deluxe BACK HOUSE
with the matching number Talisman/Black House Gift set: Canada (Quebec)
$79.00; Australia $128.00; England $107.00; Norway $92.00

To order Deluxe BACK HOUSE:

To order Deluxe BACK HOUSE with matching Talisman/Black House Gift Set:

We still have available The Dark Tower Special Offer of the Talisman/Black House
Gift Set along with a copy of the Michael Whelan signed Artist Edition of The
Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower for $165.00 plus shipping, for a savings of

Thank you.

Robert K. Wiener, President
Donald M. Grant, Publisher, Inc.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Random Ramblings; Or, I think I lost my mind and it was two quarts low when I got it back.

These are just some ramblings that hit me when I can't get out of the way fast enough. Some of them may make sense but most probably won't.

Ray Thomas of the newly elected Rock'N'Roll Hall of Fame Moody Blues, died recently. After I received the news, I set my MP3 player toggle to shuffle on the Moody Blues and the first three songs played were sung by Ray.

I realize that potato chips are sold by weight, but it is still weird to have less that half a bag of chips when you open them. Wouldn't it be cheaper to use smaller packaging and make us think we are getting more?

We all know that a group of baboons is called a congress, right?

Russia is banned from the Olympics, but the athletes are there; good!

I have an ear infection and the doctor prescribed eye drops! I guess I can't see well enough to hear.

Danish Wedding Cookies aren't Danish and don't always get served at weddings.

If you live in the United States of America, aren't you an American period?

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Baen Books for February

First out of the jiffy bag is MONSTER HUNTER MEMOIRS: SINNERS by Larry Correia and John Ringo, $7.99 Baen, 9781481482875. This sends Chad Oliver Gardenier to New Orleans to take on the latest crop of loup garoueaux, fifty foot upright walking crocodiles and more voodoo spells than the law allows. Since Chad is a bounty hunter, he has to stay alive in order to collect his money.

Wen Spencer was such a voracious reader when he was younger that he ran out of things to read and starting to create his own stories and eventually, he wrote them down. PROJECT ELFHOME, $7.99, Baen, 9781481482905, collects all of his stories into one volume for all of his friends and readers to have in one volume. This is not the Pittsburgh we know. It is a confluence of four worlds meeting and overlapping in Elfhome. And as they are known to say, no one will ever be the same.

The late Poul Anderson was one of the creators of the space opera that I grew up with. Nicholas Van Rijn, Dominic Flandry, The Psychotechnic League, and others are continuing to meet fresh eyes thanks to Baen Books. THE COMPLETE PSYCHOTECHNIC LEAGUE, VOLUME 2, Baen, $10, 9781481483063 is the latest addition to the reprinting of nine fabulous stories. This volume includes the hard to find "The Snows of Ganymede". The Institute has put an end to war and peace covers the globe and the galaxy is the next stop. War will raise its ugly head in a way that shows Poul Anderson at his best.

For those fans of alternate history, you will be pleased to know that 1637: THE VOLGA RULES by Eric Flint, Paula Goodlett, and Gorg Huff is now available. The Russian serfs want to follow the idea that all men are created equal and practiced by the "up-timers" from Grantville. This will be a tough time for the serfs and the czar as liberty tries to make an entry 300 years ahead of schedule. Grab this one in order to see how the writers handle this situation. Baen, $25, 9781481483032.

The other releases are: MISSION TO METHONE by Les Johnson, $16, 9781481483056 and BRINGERS OF HELL by Travis S. Taylor, $23,9781481483049.

Remember great books come from Baen!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

TO CATCH A KILLER by Sheryl Scarborough

TO CATCH A KILLER by Sheryl Scarborough

“A twisty, cold-case mystery custom made for fans of Sara Shepard, PLL and Veronica Mars! The edge-of-your-seat plot, sinister backstory and smart, brave and irreverent main character made this whodunit unputdownable.”—Justine Magazine

In To Catch a Killer, a contemporary mystery by debut author Sheryl Scarborough, a teenage girl uses forensic science to solve the cold-case murder of her mother. Erin Blake has one of those names. A name that is inextricably linked to a grisly crime. As a toddler, Erin survived for three days alongside the corpse of her murdered mother, and the case—which remains unsolved—fascinated a nation. Her father's identity unknown, Erin was taken in by her mother's best friend and has become a relatively normal teen in spite of the looming questions about her past.

fourteen years later, Erin is once again at the center of a brutal homicide when she finds the body of her biology teacher. When questioned by the police, Erin tells almost the whole truth, but never voices her suspicions that her mother's killer has struck again in order to protect the casework she's secretly doing on her own.

Inspired by her uncle, an FBI agent, Erin has ramped up her forensic hobby into a full-blown cold-case investigation. This new murder makes her certain she's close to the truth, but when all the evidence starts to point the authorities straight to Erin, she turns to her longtime crush (and fellow suspect) Journey Michaels to help her crack the case before it's too late.

“Scarborough has written an intense, engrossing debut. Readers will root for Erin to find answers, laugh at her friends’ antics as they play detective, and struggle to identify the killer in a plot full of red herrings and multiple suspects. This solid mystery will easily grab the attention of fans of the genre.”—Booklist

“To Catch a Killer is a tense, storming heartbeat of a thriller. Scarborough’s tightly woven story merges forensic intrigue with friendship, romance, and family, nailing the dynamic stylings of Veronica Mars and the playful spirit of Bones. I could not put it down.”—Cori McCarthy, author of Breaking Sky

"The fast-paced plot and Veronica Mars-esque protagonist make this book a good fit for avid mystery readers."—School Library Journal

"Scarborough brings Erin to life as a teenager with a damaged past...there are enough red herrings and forensic activity to keep everyone entertained all the way through the climatic end."—VOYA

“A relatable cast and well thought-out plot make this mystery a Sherlockian puzzle sure to impress the most hardened crime-procedural fanatic. Don your deer-stalker caps, gumshoes, you’re in for a twisty ride.”—Mary Elizabeth Summer, author of Trust Me, I’m Lying

SHERYL SCARBOROUGH worked as a writer, story editor, and series developer in children's television before receiving her MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adult from Vermont College, where she studied under Rita Williams-Garcia, Tom Birdseye, Susan Fletcher, and A.M. Jenkins, among others. She lives and works in Kalama, Washington. To Catch a Killer is her debut.

On Sale February 27, 2018 from Tor Teen. 9780765381927. $9.99 USD.

Keep an eye out for the sequel, TO RIGHT THE WRONGS, coming February 27, 2018.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018



"Pleasantly reminiscent of Rick Riordan’s work.” —Publishers Weekly

Meet Tut! He used to rule Egypt. Now he's stuck in middle school.

Having defeated his evil uncle and the Cult of Set, who tried to send him to the afterlife, the perpetually fourteen-year-old King Tut is looking forward to a relaxing summer vacation. But then Tut discovers that his brother Gilgamesh has been captured by the Egyptian god Apep, Lord of Chaos. Gil helped to vanquish Apep thousands of years ago, and now Apep is back for vengeance.

It’s up to Tut and his friends, Tia and Henry, to find Gil and stop Apep before he succeeds in his scheme to swallow the sun and plunge the world into darkness forever...

Tut: My Epic Battle to Save the World will appeal to fans of fast and funny mythological fantasy. Don’t miss Tut’s first epic adventure, Tut: The Story of My Immortal Life.

“A panoply of gods, goddesses, and mythical creatures is fodder for spawning interest in ancient cultures, myths, and legends.” —Kirkus Reviews

“The sequel does not disappoint, offering suspense and excitement as Tut gets closer to freeing his brother from Apep…Purchase where there are fans of the first book, or buy the series for readers looking for history and adventure.” —School Library Journal

P. J. HOOVER wanted to be a Jedi, but when that didn’t work out, she became an electrical engineer instead. After a fifteen-year bout designing computer chips for a living, P. J. decided to start creating worlds of her own. When not writing, she spends time with her husband and two kids, and enjoys practicing kung fu, solving Rubik’s Cubes, watching Star Trek, and playing too many video games. P. J. is also a member of the Texas Sweethearts & Scoundrels. The author of Tut: The Story of My Immortal Life, she lives in Austin, Texas.

On Sale February 20, 2018 from Starscape. 9780765390837. $9.99 USD.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018



The Irish Century series is the narrative of the epic struggle of the Irish people for independence through the tumultuous twentieth century. Morgan Llywelyn's magisterial multi-novel chronicle of that story began with 1916, continued in 1921 and 1949, and now continues with 1972.

1972 tells the story of Ireland from 1950–1972 as seen through the eyes of young Barry Halloran, son and grandson of Irish revolutionaries. Following family tradition, at eighteen Barry joins the Irish Republican Army to help complete what he sees as 'the unfinished revolution'.

Issues are no longer as clear cut as they once were. His first experience of violence in Northern Ireland shocks and disturbs him, yet he has found a sense of family in the Army which is hard to give up. He makes a partial break by becoming a photographer, visually documenting events in the north rather than participating.

Events lead Barry into a totally different life from the one he expected, yet his allegiance to the ideal of a thirty-two county Irish republic remains undimmed as the problems, and the violence, of Northern Ireland escalate. Then Barry finds himself in the middle of the most horrific event of all: Bloody Sunday in Derry, 1972.

“1972 is a new genre for Morgan. Usually she investigates history, but this time she witnessed and recorded it. Her passion for her subject matter, tempered with restraint, is what makes 1972 such a great read.” —Joyce Curran Cannon

“Llywelyn is an astute observer of matters Irish, and understands the passions that move the actors. 1972’s ending is as tragic and inevitable as a tombstone, and as memorable as Swift’s quip: The Irish have religion enough to hate, but not enough to love.” —Richmond-Times Dispatch

Since 1980, MORGAN LLYWELYN has created an entire body of work chronicling the Celts and Ireland, from the earliest times to the present day. Her critically acclaimed novels, both of history and of mythology, have been translated into many languages. She is an Irish citizen and lives in Dublin.

On Sale February 13, 2018 from Forge Books. 9780765381330. $16.99 USD. Buy here!

Check out the rest of the Irish Century Novels:

1916: A Novel of the Irish Rebellion
1921: The Great Novel of the Irish Civil War
1949: A Novel of the Irish Free State
1972: A Novel of Ireland's Unfinished Revolution
1999: A Novel of the Celtic Tiger and the Search for Peace

Monday, February 5, 2018

RECLUCE TALES by L. E. Modesitt, Jr.

RECLUCE TALES by L. E. Modesitt, Jr.

*Kirkus' Best Fiction of 2017*

"Essential reading for any fan of the increasingly impressive world that is Recluce." —Brandon Sanderson, New York Times bestselling author of The Stormlight Archive

For over a thousand years, Order and Chaos have molded the island of Recluce. The Saga of Recluce chronicles the history of this world through eighteen books, L. E. Modesitt, Jr.'s most expansive and bestselling fantasy series.

Recluce Tales: Stories from the World of Recluce collects seventeen new short stories and four popular reprints spanning the thousand-year history of Recluce. First-time readers will gain a glimpse of the fascinating world and its complex magic system, while longtime readers of the series will be treated to glimpses into the history of the world.

Modesitt's essay “Behind the ‘Magic’ of Recluce” gives insight into his thoughts on developing the magical system that rules the Island of Recluce and its surrounding lands, while “The Vice Marshal's Trial” takes the reader back to the first colonists on Recluce. Old favorites “Black Ordermage” and “The Stranger” stand side-by-side with thrilling new stories.

“This collection of tales set in the world of Modesitt’s beloved Saga of Recluce series will be most readily and deeply appreciated by fans who are eager to revisit old friends and explore Recluce anew. However, Modesitt’s imagination and storytelling power will easily attract newcomers, and the easy exposition and rich descriptions will most likely provide a marvelous gateway into the Saga, as well. ” —RT Book Reviews

“A nostalgic walk through a well appreciated series.” —SF Revu

“Freed from the length of the novel, the beauty of the world that Modesitt creates becomes even more apparent.” —Booklist

L. E. MODESITT, JR., is the bestselling author of the fantasy series The Saga of Recluce, Corean Chronicles, and the Imager Portfolio. His science fiction includes Adiamante, the Ecolitan novels, the Forever Hero Trilogy, and Archform: Beauty. Besides a writer, Modesitt has been a U.S. Navy pilot, a director of research for a political campaign, legislative assistant and staff director for a U.S. Congressman, Director of Legislation and Congressional Relations for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a consultant on environmental, regulatory, and communications issues, and a college lecturer. He lives in Cedar City, Utah.

On Sale February 20, 2018 from Tor Books. 9780765386205. $15.99 USD. Buy here!

The 20th novel in the Recluce series, OUTCASTS OF ORDER, hits shelves on June 19, 2018.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

TOMORROW’S KIN by Nancy Kress

TOMORROW’S KIN by Nancy Kress

Tomorrow's Kin is the first volume in a hard science fiction trilogy by Nancy Kress based on the Nebula Award-winning Yesterday's Kin.

The aliens have arrived...they've landed their Embassy ship on a platform in New York Harbor, and will only speak with the United Nations. They say that their world is so different from Earth, in terms of gravity and atmosphere, that they cannot leave their ship. The population of Earth has erupted in fear and speculation.

One day Dr. Marianne Jenner, an obscure scientist working with the human genome, receives an invitation that she cannot refuse. The Secret Service arrives at her college to escort her to New York, for she has been invited, along with the Secretary General of the UN and a few other ambassadors, to visit the alien Embassy.

The truth is about to be revealed. Earth’s most elite scientists have ten months to prevent a disaster—and not everyone is willing to wait.

Washington Post Best New Science Fiction for Summer

“Kress mixes contemporary issues of isolationism and refugee status with classic SF first-contact tropes, threaded neatly with solid scientific theory and speculation.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A solid, riveting and fast-paced tale.”—RT Book Reviews (5 stars out of 5)

“Kress has proven that she can pack a huge amount of story into a small container, and here the author expertly explores one family’s experience of alien visitation.”—Library Journal

“Tomorrow’s Kin’s begins in a way that readers of her earlier writing and Sir Arthur C Clarke’s Childhood’s End will recognize—the arrival to Earth of aliens—but then, like the best of Clarke, transcends from this to something new and contemporary.”—SFF World

NANCY KRESS is the bestselling author of multiple science-fiction and fantasy novels, including Beggars in Spain, Probability Space, and Steal Across the Sky. Kress is the recipient of the Nebula, Hugo, Sturgeon, and Campbell awards. Her fiction has been translated into multiple languages, including Klingon. She is also the monthly "Fiction" columnist for Writer's Digest Magazine and she teaches writing regularly at various places, including Clarion and The Writing Center in Bethesda, Maryland. She currently resides in Rochester, New York.

On sale February 13, 2018 from Tor Books. 9780765390301. $15.99 USD. Buy here!

Don't miss the sequel, IF TOMORROW COMES, out March 6, 2018.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

AMBERLOUGH by Lara Elena Donnelly

AMBERLOUGH by Lara Elena Donnelly

A double-agent sacrifices all his ideals in order to save his smuggler lover before a government coup takes over their decadent city in Lara Elena Donnelly’s glam spy thriller debut

In Amberlough, amidst rising political tensions, three lives become intertwined with the fate of the city itself.

The Smuggler: By day, Aristide Makricosta is the emcee for Amberlough City’s top nightclub. By night, he moves drugs and refugees under the noses of crooked cops.

The Spy: Covert agent Cyril DePaul thinks he’s good at keeping secrets, but after a disastrous mission abroad, he makes a dangerous choice to protect himself…and hopefully Aristide too.

The Dancer: Streetwise Cordelia Lehane, burlesque performer at the Bumble Bee Cabaret and Aristide’s runner, could be the key to Cyril’s plans―if she can be trusted.

As the twinkling marquees lights yield to the rising flames of a fascist revolution, these three will struggle to survive using whatever means―and people―necessary. Including each other.

“Donnelly’s striking debut brings a complex world of politics, espionage, and cabaret life to full vision.” —Library Journal, starred review, Debut of the Month

“A sense of inevitable loss and futility permeates this rich drama [which] haunts the reader.” —Kirkus Reviews

“With rich description and morally gray characters, Donnelly has created a debut novel steeped in 1920s atmosphere and intrigue.” —Booklist

“Exploring the roots of hatred, nationalism, and fascism, while at the same time celebrating the diversity, love, romance, fashion, and joy the world is capable of producing.” ―Bookriot

"Amberlough grabbed me from the first page. It is beautiful, all too real, and full of pain. Read it. It will change you." —Hugo Award-winning author Mary Robinette Kowal

“Sparkling with slang, full of riotous characters, and dripping with intrigue, Amberlough is a dazzling romp through a tumultuous, ravishing world.” ―Robert Jackson Bennett, winner of the Shirley Jackson Award and the Edgar Award

LARA ELENA DONNELLY is a graduate of the Clarion Writers’ Workshop, as well as the Alpha SF/F/H Workshop for Young Writers, where she now volunteers as on-site staff and publicity coordinator. In her meager spare time she cooks, draws, sings, and swing dances. After an idyllic, small-town Ohio childhood, she spent time in Louisville, Kentucky. She currently resides in Harlem, in a tower named after Ella Fitzgerald. Amberlough is her debut novel.

On Sale February 13, 2018 from Tor Books. 9780765383822. $15.99 USD. Buy here!

The sequel, ARMISTICE, is coming May 2018.

Friday, February 2, 2018



Crossroads of Canopy is the highly-anticipated fantasy debut from Aurealis and Ditmar Award-winning author Thoraiya Dyer, set in a giant mythical rainforest controlled by living gods.

Unar dreams of greatness.

But achieving greatness is more difficult than she thinks.

Her hopes rest on becoming the next bodyguard to Audblayin, the rain forest’s divine ruler of growth and fertility. But to earn that title, Unar must embark on a dangerous quest into the shadowy depths beneath the treetops. Down below, she must confront enemy tribesmen, battle notoriously giant monsters, and master frightening new magic.

Most importantly, Unar must forget all the truths she had sworn her life to uphold…and be willing to risk destroying the very home she loves to seize her destiny.

“Readers will be delighted by Dyer’s polished prose and an exquisite new world of intricate mythology, rituals, and politics.”—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“I am impressed. A unique, gorgeous, and dangerous world, a stubborn female hero, and a writer to watch!” —Tamora Pierce

“For her striking first novel Crossroads of Canopy, Thoraiya Dyer reworks the stuff of epic fantasy in ways that seem organic, rooted in the natural world but just as true to human experience.” —Locus magazine

THORAIYA DYER is a four-time Aurealis Award-winning, three-time Ditmar Award-winning Australian writer based in Sydney. Her stories have appeared in Clarkesworld, Apex, Analog, Redstone SF, Nature and Cosmos magazines, and anthologies, including War Stories, Long Hidden, and Cranky Ladies of History. Crossroads of Canopy is the first book in the Titan's Forest Trilogy.

On Sale February 6, 2018 from Tor Books. 9780765385949. $15.99 USD.

Check out the second book in the trilogy, ECHOES OF UNDERSTOREY, on sale in February 13, 2018.