ChiZine Publications (CZP) is now taking orders for limited edition hardcovers of their new titles Cities of Night by Philip Nutman and The Thief of Broken Toys by Tim Lebbon.

A collection of 13 short stories, Cities of Night tells stories set in cities around the world, all gripped in the darkness of night. In the novella The Thief of Broken Toys, a man grieving his dead son finds his life changed forever after meeting the titular character.

These two titles cap off CZP’s run of six books it will launch at the World Horror Convention in March, 2010, which also include Chasing the Dragon (Nicholas Kaufmann), Chimerascope (Douglas Smith), A Book of Tongues: Book One of the Hexslinger Series (Gemma Files) and Katja from the Punk Band (Simon Logan).

In addition, these six books represent a shift in CZP’s publishing schedule — all will be released simultaneously in hardcover, trade paperback, and eBooks formats, whereas previously trade paperbacks and eBooks had followed the hardcover release by several months. Also, all of the hardcovers (except Chasing the Dragon) will contain exclusive content not found in the trade paperbacks or eBooks versions — something CZP has made permanent.

“In the past, some of the hardcovers had exclusive content, but others were the same as the trades,” explains Co-Publisher Brett Alexander Savory. “But the plan has always been for the hardcovers to be limited edition collectors’ items. While beautiful, high-quality and signed, (Co-Publisher) Sandra (Kasturi) and I realized to make them truly worth the money they needed something more. So, starting with Chimerascope, every hardcover we produce will have something unique.”

The exclusive content for the five spring books will be:

  • Chimerascope – Short story “Murphy’s Law” (March 2010)
  • A Book of Tongues – Excerpt from Gemma File’s second Hexslinger novel (April 2010)
  • Katja from the Punk Band – Short story—title to be announced (April 2010)
  • Cities of Night – Three extra illustrations by Mark Maddox (May 2010)
  • The Thief of Broken Toys – Brand new short story “Ollie’s Oswald” (May 2010)

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