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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Sunday, December 17, 2006 - 09:25 pm:   

Lucius's novella is in, and other than some very minor editing points we'll go over tomorrow morning , it's terrific and will be ready with the other stories to go to Bill Schafer tomorrow.
The Table of Contents is:
Old Mr. Boudreaux Lisa Tuttle
City of Night Joel Lane and John Pelan
Holiday M. Rickert
Under the Bottom of the Lake by Jeffrey Ford
The King of the Big Night Hours Richard Bowes
The Jeweller of Second-Hand Roe Anna Tambour
Pirates of the Somali Coast Terry Bisson
Vacancy Lucius Shepard
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Bruce Chrumka
Posted on Monday, December 18, 2006 - 06:52 am:   

Stellar line-up! Is there a tentative publication date, Ellen?
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Monday, December 18, 2006 - 07:36 am:   

spring
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Kelly Christopher Shaw
Posted on Monday, December 18, 2006 - 10:23 am:   

Wow, Ellen, amazing line-up! I usually wait to read short fiction in book form, but I'm sold on this one.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Monday, December 18, 2006 - 03:16 pm:   

Kelly,
I think Bill sells a limited hardcover signed by all contributors, too.

Just wrote a quick little intro.
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Kelly Christopher Shaw
Posted on Monday, December 18, 2006 - 04:49 pm:   

Thanks Ellen. Sounds very tempting.
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Michael Kelly
Posted on Tuesday, December 19, 2006 - 09:53 am:   

Wow! That's a terrific line up, Ellen! Haven't read a short story from Lisa Tuttle in a while.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Tuesday, December 19, 2006 - 02:46 pm:   

the hardcover is pricy, judging from his website. $80--but you can always just buy the magazine :-)
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PM
Posted on Tuesday, December 19, 2006 - 02:50 pm:   

Will do!
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Monday, January 15, 2007 - 09:38 pm:   

Lucius's novella is going to be posted as a serial on the Subterranean website before issue #7 comes out.
http://tinyurl.com/yejofb
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Bronwyn Elko
Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2007 - 09:23 am:   

I'm so happy Lucius' fantastic novella found a good home. It's a wonderful story.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2007 - 10:32 am:   

He just finished it a couple of weeks ago-and I commissioned it, so it wasn't looking for a home :-)
How have you come to read it Bronwyn?
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Bronwyn Elko
Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2007 - 11:34 am:   

Lucius read parts of it to me over the phone, outlined the skinny on the plot. So I haven't actually read the whole thing, but the parts he read to me were delightful.

Lucius and I met at Clarion West '94 and have been kindred pals ever since. He's been there for me as a person 1000%, even more so when things got really bad and I went to hospital shortly after 9/11. Without his friendship at that point I think I would have given up altogether. That's why I kinda laugh at his modesty on these discussion boards. . . he keeps a lot of his good deeds secret. He's what my English prof calls a mensch (sp?) -- a German word for "solid guy." He's probably going to kill me for babbling like this, but I think people should know what a great guy he is, as he sometimes appears overly cynical. He's really an incredibly generous idealist. (He has to be to have stuck with me all this time as I am bi-polar, i.e., high maintence.)
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2007 - 09:35 pm:   

Bronwyn,
It IS a wonderful story --and I read the whole thing ;-). The amazing thing is that he wrote it for me in less than three weeks because the writer who was supposed to write the novella for me didn't come through.
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Bronwyn Elko
Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2007 - 10:53 pm:   

Ellen,

Sometimes words gush just out of his big brain. I've seen him work long days, 12-13 hours, sometimes more. Then he's got this hyper-developed work ethic. Once he's in the saddle there's no getting him out. Even when I once dragged him to the movies he missed the whole film -- he couldn't stop writing the story inside his head. It was funny. He's a writer. Obsessed. :-)
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Saturday, February 10, 2007 - 05:42 pm:   

Here's the cover and link to the issue:

my picture

http://tinyurl.com/28g96v
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Michael Kelly
Posted on Saturday, February 10, 2007 - 06:39 pm:   

Lovely cover and a terrific line up. Will copies be available at World Horror?
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Saturday, February 10, 2007 - 08:57 pm:   

Afraid not. Issue #6 should be out within the next few weeks and #7 will be out about three months later--which would make it around May-June.
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Lucius
Posted on Saturday, February 10, 2007 - 09:31 pm:   

We get contributor's copies?
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Michael Kelly
Posted on Saturday, February 10, 2007 - 09:39 pm:   

Thanks for the update, Ellen.
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Jonathan Strahan
Posted on Sunday, February 11, 2007 - 01:22 am:   

Bill should have you edit a print version of that all the time. Great lineup, great cover. Looks terrific.
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PM
Posted on Sunday, February 11, 2007 - 06:30 am:   

Looks like it's gonna be the cat's meow!
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Sunday, February 11, 2007 - 09:15 am:   

Lucius, I assume we all get the issue--I know we also get copies of the limited.

Jonathan,
He's stopping the print edition after issue #8 and going online completely. He explained why on the Shocklines BB (and gave me permission to repost here):


Actually, in the next two weeks we'll be starting up the digital incarnation of Subterranean magazine, and still publishing the last few issues of the print version. The mag has been profitable from the start, but the problem has been that it's the equivalent of adding three or four anthologies to our book line every year. If I'm going to do that, I'd rather do a real antho. (We have one in the works, SUBTERRANEAN: TALES OF DARK FANTASY with stories so far from Joe R. Lansdale, Poppy Z. Brite, Tim Powers, and work promised from Jeff VanderMeer, Michael Marshall Smith, Cherie Priest, Kage Baker, and a novella by Joe Hill, among others. The cover, by Dave McKean, is already done, and the limited will have five full color prints by Vincent Chong.)

The main purpose of the mag has been to drive traffic to our website. The print runs -- after issue one -- have mostly been 3500-4000 copies per issue, but as an experiment we ran a pdf of issue four on our site, and had 30k downloads in the first two days alone, along with a significant jump in business.

The same thing has happened with the novellas we've serialized by Cherie Priest, Elizabeth Bear, and Kealan Patrick Burke -- each has driven sales of its particular book, in one case moving over 200 copies during the three weeks the serial was running.

I, too, prefer a print magazine, but there are far too many advantages for our purposes to taking it digital. We've done nineteen books alone since the beginning of November, and doing the mag in print form was adding a little too much.

Best,
Bill
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PM
Posted on Sunday, February 11, 2007 - 10:29 am:   

Hopefully, Subterranean will offer their newer books as eBooks (Jack Vance treasury, the Crowley books).

Nothing against printed books (I'll continue buying them) but if I'm paying 50 or 100 for a book then it's a collectible. An electronic version suffers no wear and tear...
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des lewis
Posted on Sunday, February 11, 2007 - 11:41 pm:   

Nothing against printed books

Ditto
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Monday, July 09, 2007 - 07:14 pm:   

According to publisher Bill Schafer, the issue is in production and should be out in four weeks! Hip hip hooray!
http://tinyurl.com/yu4nxx
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PM
Posted on Monday, July 09, 2007 - 07:52 pm:   

That's great news!

I was beginning to wonder if it was going to arrive...
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Saturday, August 18, 2007 - 02:17 am:   

Rumor has it that the issue is available now--Laird Barron got a copy. I hope everyone (or at least a lot of people)like it!
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Alan frackelton
Posted on Sunday, August 19, 2007 - 11:44 am:   

Good news, I've been waiting for this one. It'll tide me over until Inferno.
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sharyn november
Posted on Thursday, August 23, 2007 - 12:36 pm:   

mine just arrived in the mail.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Monday, August 27, 2007 - 02:48 am:   

Great-- enjoy!
I'm taking M. Rickert's story "Holiday" for YBFH#21.

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