NONSTOP PRESS is bringing out the first new edition in thirty years of Robert Silverberg LORD OF DARKNESS, a book called “gripping and compulsively readable” by George R.R. Martin. The novel is one of Silverberg’s rare ventures into historical fiction. Most of his notable body of work falls chiefly under science fiction.

SET in the 17th century and based on a true-life historical figure, this novel is a swashbuckling tale of exotic lands, romance, and hair-raising adventures. Andrew Battell is a buccaneer on a British ship when he is taken prisoner by Portuguese pirates. Injured and ailing, Andrew is brought to the west coast of Africa where his only solace is Dona Teresa, a young woman who nurses him back to health. Andrew’s sole hope to return home is to first serve his Portuguese masters, but it is a hope that dwindles as he is pulled further and further into the interior of the continent, into the land of the Jaqqa—the region’s most fierce and feared cannibal tribe—overseen by the powerful Lord of Darkness. This story demonstrates the timelessness of any great adventure and the determination to persevere at any cost.

LORD OF DARKNESS will be published October 31 during Halloween in New York City. Nonstop Press senior editor Luis Ortiz said, “This is a unique novel that was overlooked when it first came out, booksellers did not know where to shelve it, but it is an exciting adventure story very much in the spirit of George R.R. Martin’s recent work. I think the book was ahead of its time.” Ortiz added that there will be an advance e-book version, under our new e-first/print-second program, available on the Nonstop Press website before the print edition comes out.

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THE VERY BEST OF BARRY N. MALZBERG A new collection of what Malzberg himself considers his very best short fiction, this anthology showcases a literary career spanning almost 50 years, dozens of novels, hundreds of stories, and classic books. Each of the 32 stories in this compilation offers Malzberg’s trademark vision of a future that is equal parts cautionary tale and social commentary. In the fictional world depicted in one story, dreams turn into frightening trips through time to reveal an ultimate horror; in another the rules in a war game change with every flip of the manic military command. Including pieces appearing for the first time in book form alongside rediscovered gems, these hand-picked selections exhibit his versatile imagination and the dark humor so characteristic of his work. The book also includes an introduction by Joseph Wrzos and should ship in the fall of 2012.

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Thoughts on science fiction and the world that inspires it

Silverberg’s collection easily bears comparison to any of the late Isaac Asimov’s, and no one can say better of it than that.” —Booklist

THIS NEW REVISED AND EXPANDED EDITION of Reflections & Refractions includes an expanded section on writing science fiction, creating an invaluable resource for new writers venturing into the field that Silverberg has made a significant impact on.

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THE COLLECTED STORIES OF CAROL EMSHWILLER, Vol. 2. Including all of her fiction to date and additional stories not available in the first volume, this selection of 56 of Emshwiller’s works demonstrate a range that is impressive and exemplifies her refusal to be labeled or to stick to one genre. This exhilarating new collection marks the first time many of the early stories have been published in book form and is evidence of the genius of Emshwiller, one of America’s most versatile and imaginative authors. Volume 2 should appear by the end of the year. (Image shown above is the tentative cover design using a painting of Carol by her husband Ed Emshwiller.)

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THE DAY OF THE LOCUST by Nathanael West – Art by Martos (ISBN 9781933065373; Trade paperback graphic novel)