18 Aug 2016
by Jeffrey Thomas
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Over the past few years the rights to a number of my books have reverted to me. In former days, one might have become very dispirited by this development, but this is the age of the eBook, dammit, and a book no longer has to recede into oblivion. Thus, I’ve gone and rereleased most of these books myself for the Kindle (and sometimes, in print versions as well). Most recently, I’ve created digital editions of the novels MONSTROCITY, DEADSTOCK, and BLUE WAR – all of them set in my dark future world of Punktown.
Now, MONSTROCITY (published by Prime in 2003, and subsequently a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel) had a digital release in 2011 by the eBook publisher Anarchy Books, but sadly they ceased operations this year. DEADSTOCK (published by Solaris Books in 2007, and subsequently a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award) was actually offered as a free digital book as a promotional gesture upon the publication of its follow-up, BLUE WAR, in 2008. But the digital DEADSTOCK is no longer available through Solaris, and there had never before been a digital version of BLUE WAR for sale.
Though there are more Punktown-based novels beyond this trio out there, still offered by other publishers, these three are loosely connected in more than just setting. MONSTROCITY involves a Lovecraft-inspired threat, and ends up focusing on a sinister company that produces bioengineered comestible life forms. This company is also featured in DEADSTOCK, which also presents Lovecraftian horrors. BLUE WAR eschews the Lovecraft angle (I was going for more of a Martin Cruz Smith/international thriller – in this case, interdimensional thriller – vibe) but carries over from DEADSTOCK, as its protagonist, the shape shifting private detective, Jeremy Stake.
In any case, I’ve had many requests for digital editions of DEADSTOCK and BLUE WAR, and so here they are at last. In their new incarnations, I hope people find these three novels to be worthy reads.
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