Entombed is a zombie novel that takes place in the world of Dead Sea. It was supposed to be my next book for Leisure, except that I’m no longer with Leisure. In the 6-month period between the time I parted ways with them and signed with Deadite Press, I sold Entombed to a small press publisher who specializes in absolutely beautiful signed, limited-edition hardcovers. It is a small press publisher who I have wanted to work with for a very long time. You will find out who that publisher is in a few weeks. And that is why I’m posting this today.
I have two distinct audiences: readers who prefer cheap, affordable paperbacks and e-books, and readers who prefer pricier, well-manufactured, collectible editions. For over a decade now, I think I’ve done a pretty good job of balancing the needs of both. When the first Maelstrom set was released last year, I gave my audience an advance warning. I told them it was going to go up for pre-order in a month, and that if they wanted one, they should set aside money. This seemed to work really well for both audiences. Collectors appreciated the heads-up, and readers who normally prefer the cheaper editions but wanted to get in on Maelstrom had time to save up for it.
So… Entombed is coming soon. As you can see from the pic above, I am signing signature sheets for it as I type this. It will probably go up for pre-order within a month or two. Because it is a short novel (70,000 words rather than my usual 80,000 words) it includes a bonus novella called White Fire. The publisher will be announced when it goes up for pre-order. It will be a signed, limited edition hardcover. There will be 500 copies. They will undoubtedly go very quickly. At this time, there are no other plans for a cheaper edition. If you want to read the book, I strongly recommend that you set aside money for it now. I don’t know the final price, but I’m guessing that $50 is a safe bet.