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Press Release

January 27, 2015

Fivetastic Books

After several months of more-than-natural quiet, Fantastic Books is roaring back with five new books appearing in trade paperback this April.

Early in the month, we'll be releasing Scott Edelman's These Words are Haunted, a horror collection, and Carren Strock's Tangled Ribbons, a paranormal romance. Then, at Richmond, Virginia's (Ravencon, we'll launch Tom Purdom's Romance on Four Worlds, Bud Sparhawk's Distant Seas, and Guest of Honor Allen Steele's newest collection, Tales of Time and Space. (See below for descriptions of each of the books; for complete information, check out our web site.) We also have several more books scheduled for later in the year, so the lull we've been experiencing was just an aberration.

Fantastic Books is the speculative fiction imprint of Gray Rabbit Publications, a small-press publisher of new and reprint books. All of our titles are available through major online retailers, directly from the company, and are distributed via Ingram. Additionally, we distribute directly to specialty stores upon request (sales [at] FantasticBooks [dot] biz). Review copies are available upon request (info [at] FantasticBooks [dot] biz).

These Words are Haunted by Scott Edelman

($13.99, 224 pages, ISBN: 978-1-62755-636-1)

Zombies spar with humans for dominance of a post-apocalyptic Manhattan in the Stoker-nominated "A Plague on Both Your Houses." The King returns to prove that rock 'n' roll will never die in "The Elvis Syndrome." And a dying boy is the catalyst for a deal with a decidedly different devil in "Making Peace with the Leader." These and ten other nightmarish tales form a bizarre baker's dozen in Scott Edelman's acclaimed horror collection.

Five of Edelman's stories have been nominated for Bram Stoker Awards, and he was four times a finalist for the Best Editor Hugo Award.

Fantastic Books is also the publisher of Edelman's science fiction collection What We Still Talk About ($13.99, 222 pages, ISBN: 978-1-60459-938-1).

Tangled Ribbons by Carren Strock

($14.99, 204 pages, ISBN: 978-1-62755-637-8)

A novel of Earthly—and otherworldly—relationships.

Death is only the beginning, as Jenna finds herself a Spirit Guide on the Celestial Tableland, and tasked with helping Bev to meet Anne, her soul mate, as the two women are destined to become a Perfect Pairing. But Cornelia, a vengeful Spirit, will stop at nothing to destroy this pairing. Jenna's struggle leads her to some surprising answers—and to a forgotten past of her own.

Gray Rabbit Publications is also the publisher of Strock's nonfiction A Writer's Journey: What to Know Before, During, and After Writing a Book ($14.99, 200 pages, ISBN: 978-1-61720-068-7), and her mystery novel In the Shadow of the Wonder Wheel ($14.99, 208 pages, ISBN: 978-1-61720-730-3)

Romance on Four Worlds: A Casanova Quartet by Tom Purdom

($12.99, 150 pages, ISBN: 978-1-62755-635-4)

Historian, musician, and author Tom Purdom brings us along for the adventures as a new character based on Casanova travels through an interplanetary society in the same way the real Casanova had traversed 18th Century Europe. He starts his odyssey on the Moon, and then moves on to other worlds, other adventures, other lovers.…

Purdom has been a finalist for the Hugo Award, and long-listed for the James Tiptree Jr. Memorial Award.

Fantastic Books is also the publisher of Purdom's collection Lovers & Fighters, Starships & Dragons ($15.99, 356 pages, ISBN: 978-1-61720-943-7).

Distant Seas by Bud Sparhawk

($13.99, 216 pages, ISBN: 978-1-62755-633-0)

Sailor Bud Sparhawk takes sailing and science fiction to new heights, and depths. Sail around the world, solo, with Louella Parsons, avoiding ice bergs, orcas, death, and disaster. Then head to the wine-red seas of Jupiter's cloud tops for a race unlike any ever seen. And after surviving the rigors of the king of planets, face a new challenge: sail the frigid plains in the thin-to-nonexistent Martian atmosphere beneath a cloud of ultra-thin fabric. In a sailing race, there is nothing Louella will not do for her team to cross the finish line.

Sparhawk is a three-time Nebula Award finalist.

This is Sparhawk's first book with Fantastic Books.

Tales of Time and Space by Allen Steele

($14.99, 242 pages, ISBN: 978-1-62755-634-7)

From the multiple Hugo Award-winning author of Coyote comes twelve astounding stories of science fiction: tales of adventure, mystery, and romance in the grand tradition by "one of the field's very finest writers" (Robert J. Sawyer). From the deserts of Mars to the distant frontiers of the galaxy, from an island paradise of the 1930's to an apocalyptic showdown between humans and robots on the day after tomorrow, Allen Steele transports you to worlds unvisited and events that haven't been experienced… until now!

Steele was the 2013 recipient of the Robert A. Heinlein Award. He's won three Hugo Awards, and been a finalist for five other Hugos, and three Nebula Awards, the Philip K. Dick Award, and the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award.

Fantastic Books is also the publisher of Steele's novel A King of Infinite Space (292 pages, $14.99, ISBN: 978-1-60459-919-0) and his mammoth collection Sex and Violence in Zero-G ($19.99, 514 pages, ISBN: 978-1-61720-735-8).