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Haffner Press Newsletter – January 19, 2016

 In This Issue: January 19, 2016
    Update on MURDER DRAWS A CROWD by Fredric Brown
    • Update on DEATH IN THE DARK by Fredric Brown
    • Cast your vote for the cover art to THE BOOK OF STARK by Leigh Brackett

Update on MURDER DRAWS A CROWD by Fredric Brown 

It is with much frustration we announce that MURDER DRAWS A CROWD: THE FREDRIC BROWN MYSTERY LIBRARY, VOLUME ONE hit another stumbling block. This was a big one. We supplied materials to the printer in August 2015 and, after several challenges (see our previous e-newsletter), we were informed in early December that the books were finally finished.

  However, the review copies sent by the printer for our final approval did not meet the standards of Haffner Press. The binding method they used to get the cloth-covered cases to fit the page-blocks matches no book we’ve ever seen, let alone published. This binding method also forces the spine of the dustjacket to wrap onto the back of the book. When we were informed that the balance of the inventory matched these review copies, we rejected the entire lot.
  As of this writing, we are scheduling a proper run of the book, updated for 2016, bringing you the edition of MURDER DRAWS A CROWD to which you’re entitled. This means an additional delay of several months. We wish there was better news. As the first book of the multi-volume series collecting the mystery fiction of Fredric Brown, we want this book to be a point of pride in your collection. Fredric Brownand you deserve it.
MURDER DRAWS A CROWD
The Fredric Brown Mystery Library, Volume One
Introduction by Jack Seabrook
ISBN: 9781893887787
744 pages
Over 100 illustrations
39 pulp magazine stories:
Detective  • Mystery  Horror  Western
100-pg appendix with the “V.O.N. Munchdriller” &
“William Z. Williams” comedies
Decorated endpapers
Smythe-sewn binding

Full cloth-covered binding boards
Preorder: $40
On publication: $45

Update on DEATH IN THE DARK by Fredric Brown

  While the news on the first volume of THE FREDRIC BROWN MYSTERY LIBRARY is not the greatest, we are pleased to report that work on the second volume, DEATH IN THE DARK, is in the home stretch.
  Fredric Brown scholar Jack Seabrook is on hand again with an erudite introduction and we have been successful in securing many more of the original illustrations; not only those from the detective pulps, but also those for the rarities from the trade magazines INDEPENDENT SALESMAN, THE INVENTOR, FEEDSTUFFS, etc.
DEATH IN THE DARK
The Fredric Brown Mystery Library, Volume Two

Introduction by Jack Seabrook
ISBN: 9781893887800
744 pages
Over 90 illustrations
32 pulp magazine stories:
    Detective  • Mystery  Horror
80-pg appendix with the “Colonel Cluck/Kluck,”
  “Barnyard Bill Says—” & “
Willie Skid” bits
Decorated endpapers
Smythe-sewn binding
Full cloth-covered binding boards
 
Preorder: $40
On publication: $45



Cast your vote for the cover art for
THE BOOK OF STARK by Leigh Brackett

We recently received the comps from artist Raymond Swanland for Leigh Brackett’s THE BOOK OF STARK and we’re cutting you in on the design of the cover!  Send an email to info@haffnerpress.com telling us which cover comp (Nos. 1-13) you would like to see turned into the finished artwork to THE BOOK OF STARK. For everyone one responds, we’ll enter you in a drawing for a FREE copy of the finished book!

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THE BOOK OF STARK
By Leigh Brackett
Artwork by Raymond Swanland
Edited
by Stephen Haffner

ISBN: 9781893887862
720+ page Smythe-sewn Hardcover
Preorder: $45
THIS IS IT! The BIG one! All the tales of Eric John Stark in a single volume. The stories, the novels, and for the first time, Brackett’s working notes for the abandoned FOURTH “Stark” novel from 1977.Need we say more? Contents
“Queen of the Martian Catacombs”
“Enchantress of Venus”
“Black Amazon of Mars”
“Stark and the Star Kings”
The Ginger Star
The Hounds of Skaith
The Reavers of Skaith
“1977: Notes for Stark #4″


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