Subterranean Press has announced Caitlin R. Kiernan’s next major project: the short story collection The Ape’s Wife and Other Stories, which will be out in July. As with previous Kiernan titles, the Signed, Limited Edition will be accompanied by a bonus volume: in this case, Black Helicopters, an exclusive 26,000 word novella, appearing for the first time anywhere.

Caitlín R. Kiernan has been described as one of “the most original and audacious weird writers of her generation” (Jeff and Ann VanderMeer, The Weird), “one of our essential writers of dark fiction” (New York Times), and S. T. Joshi has proclaimed, “hers is now the voice of weird fiction.” In The Ape’s Wife and Other Stories – Kiernan’s twelfth collection of short fiction since 2001 – she displays the impressive range that characterizes her work. With her usual disregard for genre boundaries, she masterfully navigates the territories that have traditionally been labeled dark fantasy, sword and sorcery, science fiction, steampunk, and neo-noir. From the subtle horror of “One Tree Hill (The World as Cataclysm)” and “Tall Bodies” to a demon-haunted, alternate reality Manhattan, from Mars to a near-future Philadelphia, and from ghoulish urban legends of New England to a feminist-queer retelling of Beowulf, these thirteen stories keep reader always on their toes, ever uncertain of the next twist or turn.

Table of Contents

  • Author’s Introduction
  • The Steam Dancer (1896)
  • The Maltese Unicorn
  • One Tree Hill
  • The Collier’s Venus (1898)
  • Galápagos
  • Tall Bodies
  • As Red As Red
  • Hydraguros
  • Slouching Towards the House of Glass Coffins
  • Tidal Forces
  • The Sea Troll’s Daughter
  • Random Notes Before a Fatal Crash
  • The Ape’s Wife
  • Note
  • Author’s Biography
  • Black Helicopters (Volume to accompany the Limited Edition only)

The Signed, Limited edition will include a second hardcover, Black Helicopters, an original 26,000 word novella, the longest companion volume we’ve yet published by Caitlin.

Limited: 600 signed numbered copies, bound in leather, with the bonus hardcover, Black Helicopters: $60

Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $40

You can preorder directly from Subterranean here: The Ape’s Wife and Other Stories

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