ELLISON UNDER GLASS: Here are a couple of preliminary photos from the bindery. The unsigned Cave Paper bound books are starting to ship, seen here with label and mica chip imbedded handmade paper. Also pictured is the prototype of the numbered/signed edition bound in black Japanese silk with a silver gel print of Harlan writing in a bookstore window and his handwritten signature under glass. The window editions are under construction.
ELLISON UNDER GLASS The unsigned edition is now shipping. The signed window editions will follow at the end of January. This book has far surpassed the level of quality expected from Charnel House. You have never seen a book like this. Pictures will be posted when all editions are in house.
FORCED PERSPECTIVES by Tim Powers will be up for pre-ordering at the first of the year. There will only be 150 numbered copies. Tim's books have been selling out quickly when announced. There will be an E-blast for this title.
ABOUT ELLISON UNDER GLASS: The stories in this collection were written in public. The lion’s share were written in bookstore windows—hence the title. One was written at a party, two at conventions, and one is a story he started at the Golden China restaurant and finished in the window of Change of Hobbit bookstore. Harlan wrote in public because he wanted people to see that writing was no joke—it was work. Often he would ask for what he called a “kick-start,” a line or a idea from the live audience that gathered in and outside the bookstores. He had no tricks up his sleeve, just a point to make and a story to write, and he would tape the pages on the window so the crowd outside could read each page as he wrote it.
This is the very first printing of these stories in their in-window versions—the words Harlan wrote while performing the writing live—which he later tinkered with before they went into separate collections. This is also the first time these stories are collected in the edition that Harlan envisioned and tried for years to have published.
Harlan told Charnel House that he wanted a picture of himself writing in a bookstore window inlaid in the front board and covered with glass. Photographer, Rod Searcey, was at The Booksmith in San Fransisco on May 14, 1994 where Robin Williams handed Harlan an envelope with his “kick start” for the story, which became “Keyboard”. Rod shot the day of writing and his pictures illustrate this book. We have picked out a shot of Harlan writing for the inlay on the 100 numbered copies, as well as 26 individual shots, a different one for each copy of the lettered edition, each to be printed as original silver gel prints and mounted above Harlan’s signature.
You can reserve your copy now. The signed editions are few and will be sold out by publication. The unsigned/numbered copies are at a pre-publication price and will increase upon publication. Harlan's design has called for meticulous planning and a great amount of intricate hand work. All books in each edition are exquisitely printed on custom milled paper and bound by hand. This title is scheduled for December 2019. This title is scheduled for a December 2019 publication date.
Dean Koontz’s five book Jane Hawk series resolves next year with THE NIGHT WINDOW. Charnel House is offering the letter A set of all five books in the series. Click here to purchase.
Congratulations go to Keith Reid for the honor of having written the most played song in the last 75 years. A Whiter Shade Of Pale by his band, Procol Harum came in at #1 in the UK. Charnel House has produced a signed lyric print of the song: A letterpress 9X13 archival print of the lyrics to Procol Harum's A Whiter Shade Of Pale in an edition of 100 prints signed by lyricist, Keith Reid.
Harlan Ellison has delivered an introduction for The Glass Teat & The Other Glass Teat Omnibus that is beyond description. It is titled, Welcome To The Gulag. An eight and a half minute CD accompanies each copy of both editions of the book. This one is huge. 12 inches tall, 8 inches wide, 2 inches thick, and handmade with materials created for this project. Printed on Mohawk Superfine Ultra White and Frankfurt White. The Glass Teat & The Other Glass Teat Omnibuscollects all of Harlan's columns on television and the media from the L.A. Free Press, 1969/70. 102 columns, with various introductions and afterwords. This material has been out of print for 28 years. Charnel House has put it all together in one signed limited edition bound in handmade cotton paper with random typed letters embedded throughout the sheet.
Tim Powers has the solitary honor of having his book, A Time To Cast Away Stones, placed in Lord Byron's library at his ancestral home of Newstead Abbey in Nottingham, England. Tim is the only modern writer who can say this. Charnel House has partnered with Newstead Abbey on their Adopt-A-Stone program to help raise money needed to restore the West Front which is pictured at the back of A Time To Cast Away Stones. We have gone back and made a place for ourselves in our favorite time in history.
THE NEW YORK TIMES DISCOVERS CHARNEL HOUSE --This article will appear in the Book Section of the Sunday New York Times for Dec, 29: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/29/books/review/inside-the-list.html?_r=0
Here is a link to a new article on Charnel House with pictures: http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/article/20130221/CURR04/702219967
Fine Books & Collections Magazine has done an article on Charnel House in issue 10.4 // Autumn 2012. You can now view the article online at the link: http://www.finebooksmagazine.com/issue/1004/charnel-house.phtml Here are some pictures of INNOCENCE from the bindery.
ODD HOURS by Dean Koontz. The book came out beautifully. The chapter numbers are printed as a red digital read-out within a drawing of a nuclear trigger and the page numbers are also printed as red digital digits counting down backwards from the first page––Page 213––to the last page––Page 1. Here are some pictures of the lettered copies from the bindery.
Here are some lettered BROTHER ODD production pictures.
Charnel House has been commissioned to make a prop book to promote the new film Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium starring Dustin Hoffman and Natalie Portman.
The book is 2 feet wide by 4 feet high and weighs in at 40 pounds.