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The Goblin King, New York Sorcery, and Demon Pirates: The New and Upcoming Fantasies of Tor.com

Saturday, March 5th, 2016 | Posted by John ONeill

Lustlocked-small The Ballad of Black Tom-small The Devil You Know-small Pieces of Hate-small

I’ve been very much enjoying Tor.com‘s new line of novellas, which has produced a number of clear winners already. We’ve covered the first dozen or so, but they haven’t been resting in the past few weeks and months — far from it. When I checked this morning, I discovered more than a dozen new titles scheduled for the rest of this year, from authors such as Mary Robinette Kowal, Andy Remic, Tim Lebbon, Seanan McGuire, Michael R. Underwood, Matt Wallace, K. J. Parker, and many others.

It’s time to play catch-up. So here’s a detailed look at the next eight volumes on their schedule, including covers and (where available) links to cover reveals, sample chapters, and audio excerpts. It’s a smorgasbord of future fantasy from one of the best publishers in the business. Check it out.

Here’s the titles and publishing deets on the next eight novellas from Tor.com, with links to cover reveals and our previous coverage.

Lustlocked, Matt Wallace (220 pages, $12.99, January 26) — cover design by Peter Lutjen (reveal, excerpt, audio excerpt)
A Song for No Man’s Land, Andy Remic (208 pages, $12.99, February 9) — cover by Jeffrey Alan Love (reveal, excerpt, audio excerpt)
The Ballad of Black Tom, Victor LaValle (152 pages, $12.99, February 16) — cover by Robert Hunt (reveal, excerpt, audio excerpt)
The Absconded Ambassador, Michael R. Underwood (166 pages, $12.99, February 23) — cover design by Peter Lutjen (reveal, excerpt)
The Devil You Know, K. J. Parker (126 pages, $10.99, March 1) — cover by Jon Foster (reveal, excerpt)
Forest of Memory, Mary Robinette Kowal (88 pages, $9.99, March 8) — cover by Victo Ngai (reveal, excerpt)
Pieces of Hate, Tim Lebbon (148 pages, $12.99, March 15) — cover by Gene Mollica (reveal, excerpt)
Every Heart a Doorway, Seanan McGuire (176 pages, $17.99 in hardcover/$9.99 digital, April 5) — cover uncredited (reveal, excerpt)

Digital versions are priced at $2.99 each (with the exception of Seanan McGuire’s Every Heart a Doorway, which is the first Tor.com book to get full retail distribution through Tor Books).

Click on any of the images for bigger versions. As an added bonus, here’s the back covers to the first three volumes above (click for more legible versions.)

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If you enjoy reading the digital editions, then Tor.com has great deals for you. They’ve started collecting their novellas in discount bundles of 3-4 volumes each, priced at $6.99 – $8.99. Get more details here.

Here are the covers to the remaining four novellas scheduled for February/March.

A Song for No Man's Land-small The Absconded Ambassador-small Forest of Memory-small Every Heart a Doorway-small

For more details on any of the novellas above (or any of the previous volumes in the series), check out Tor.com‘s online catalog:

New Releases
Coming Soon
Free Short Fiction — hundreds of free short stories and novelettes at Tor.com

We’ve previously covered a baker’s dozen Tor.com novellas; see the complete list below.

The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps by Kai Ashante Wilson
Witches of Lychford by Paul Cornell
Sunset Mantle by Alter S. Reiss
Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
The Last Witness by K. J. Parker
Of Sorrow and Such by Angela Slatter
Envy of Angels by Matt Wallace
The Builders by Daniel Polansky
Domnall and the Borrowed Child by Sylvia Spruck Wrigley
The Shootout Solution by Michael R. Underwood
The Drowning Eyes by Emily Foster
The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle
Patchwerk by David Tallerman

Check out the first ten Tor.com novellas (with sample chapters!) here.

See all of our coverage of the best in upcoming fantasy here.

2 Comments »

  1. Very cool covers (though I’m not incredibly crazy about the Tim Lebbon volume).

    For anyone interested, Victor Lavalle was recently interviewed on NPR. Search on the NPR site easily finds it. The interview focused upon how Lavalle, a black author, could write in a Lovecraftian theme. If you look at the book’s back cover, the novel is set in Red Hook, the name and setting of one of Lovecraft’s New York stories. “Red Hook” is also, notoriously, one of Lovecraft’s most blatantly racist stories. I’m interested in reading this book for this reason alone.

    Comment by James McGlothlin - March 5, 2016 9:43 pm

  2. Thanks James! Here’s a link to the interview:

    http://www.npr.org/2016/02/29/468558238/the-ballad-of-black-tom-offers-a-tribute-and-critique-of-lovecraft

    Comment by John ONeill - March 7, 2016 2:45 pm


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