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jeff ford
Posted on Friday, July 08, 2005 - 08:22 pm:   

The Empire of Ice Cream story collection will be out in the beginning of April 06. I've removed to of the stories that were on the original table of contents so that I could add a 40,000 word novella. Some readers here will have seen parts of it in those Mr. stories I'd put up on the board here. Just recently I decided to run the entire novella in the collection. Since Klima was going to run those short excerpts as stories in EV, I had to make a deal with him to do new work for him, so he'll be getting some new stories for EV # 10 to replace them. After getting readers' reactions here, which were largely positive, I allowed myself to like that material again. So thanks all who read and commented on it here. I appreciate your input. I think the entire novella works quite well. Here are the stories from the finalized table of contents (not yet in their final order):
"The Weight of Words"
"The Empire of Ice Cream"
"The Trentino Kid"
"Summer Afternoon"
"A Night in the Tropics"
"Coffins on the River"
"The Beautiful Gelreesh"
"The Annals of Eelin-Ok"
"The Green Word"
"Jupiter's Skull"
"Giant Land"
"A Man of Light"
"Boatman's Holiday"
"Botch Town" (novella)
Jonathan Carroll has done a terrific introduction for it and here's a link to see Picacio's wrap-around cover.
http://www.mynameislegion.com/picacio/EMPIRE629final.jpg
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Bruce
Posted on Friday, July 08, 2005 - 08:58 pm:   

Great lineup! And another killer cover from Mr. Picacio.
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ben peek
Posted on Friday, July 08, 2005 - 09:00 pm:   

looks good, jeff. shame it's not out to next year.
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brainshades
Posted on Friday, July 08, 2005 - 10:57 pm:   

I might have missed this elsewhere, but which stories were dropped?
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StephenB
Posted on Monday, July 11, 2005 - 05:02 am:   

Who isn't going to get this collection?

So Jeff, how many words do you think this bad boy'll be?
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jeff ford
Posted on Monday, July 11, 2005 - 05:52 am:   

Bruce: Thanks. I agree with you about John's cover.

Ben: Thanks. Good point on the fact that it won't be out for quite a while. I've pretty much wrapped up working on it now and just wanted to put it up here and get it out of my hair, so I could move on.

b-shades: Two stories, I'm not saying which ones, but if things pan out perhaps I'll be able to publish another collection soon and include them. I have almost enough stuff now to do a third.But I can't think about it for a while.

StephenB: About 134k.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Monday, July 11, 2005 - 07:05 am:   

I can hardly wait for it, Jeff.
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jeff ford
Posted on Monday, July 11, 2005 - 07:38 am:   

Ellen: Thanks. I think you published 5 of the pieces in the book, so you've been a big part of it.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Monday, July 11, 2005 - 08:20 am:   

And reprinted (or will be) two of them in YBFH.
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jeff ford
Posted on Monday, July 11, 2005 - 08:31 am:   

Ellen: Right. This year, "A Night in the Tropics" and next year's anthology, "Boatman's Holiday." Thanks.
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paulw
Posted on Monday, July 11, 2005 - 09:13 am:   

Jeff -- love the cover!

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Minz
Posted on Monday, July 11, 2005 - 11:41 am:   

I think Picacio's read the book. :-)
Stunning work, John.
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Josh Rountree
Posted on Monday, July 11, 2005 - 01:08 pm:   

Looking forward to it!
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martyh
Posted on Friday, July 15, 2005 - 05:26 pm:   

Hello, All -

As editor on Jeff's second (and first) Golden Gryphon Press collection, I thought I would check in to respond to a couple of the questions posted so far.

The collection will be nearly 135,000 words in length, even with the three (not two) deleted stories. Those three dropped stories are "Present from the Past," "What's Sure To Come," and "The Yellow Chamber."

Since the brand new 39,600 word novella ("Botch Town") deals with Jeff's childhood and family, we felt it was just too much "family" material so that's why we dropped "Present from the Past" and "What's Sure To Come." And then we dropped the shorter story "Yellow Chamber" just to ease up on the word count a tad more.

But you're certainly getting your money's worth -- only $24.95! -- for 135,000 words of Ford's masterful writing, an introduction by Jonathan Carroll, and the amazing wraparound cover art by Hugo Award finalist John Picacio.

Cheers,
- marty

Marty Halpern

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jeff ford
Posted on Friday, July 15, 2005 - 09:03 pm:   

Well I didn't really want to mention which stories weren't going into the collection for personal reasons, and I really didn't want to talk too much about the novella and why the other stories were dropped, but Marty needs to meddle in my shit from time to time. So there you go.

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