New Release Books by Byron Preiss

Byron Preiss is the author of Guts-An Illustrated Novel (2021), The Ultimate Witch (2018), The Ultimate Werewolf (2017), SECRET (2015) and other 59 books.

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Guts-An Illustrated Novel

release date: Jan 15, 2021
Guts-An Illustrated Novel
Fast-paced science fiction, humor and a journey into the world of rock and roll. Mark Gutstein was a typical young man of 1996. Calm, relatively anonymous, one more number in the files of the government. Then his best friend is murdered, leaving a strange set of clues to the secret of the crime. It is a puzzle so incredible that Gutstein is forced to solve it himself- -but to do it he had to travel time and that, of course, was impossible-wasn't if? One of the first trade titles created that combines a science fiction novel with a graphic novel. First published in 1979.

The Ultimate Witch

release date: Aug 22, 2018
The Ultimate Witch
In this haunting and provocative collection, some of the best-known authors of the fantastic and the mysterious explore the legends and lore of witches and witchcraft. From Dean Koontz’s tale of a witch’s revenge on a purse-snatcher to Jane Yolen’s story of sorcery in old Scotland, from S.P. Somtow’s eerie look at Magic in modern-day Hollywood to Tanith Lee’s story of enchantment in an exotic land—here are spectacular stories transcending time and place. Stories by Various Authors Introduction by Philip José Farmer Cover art by Bruce Jensen Illustrations by Lars Hokanson

The Ultimate Werewolf

release date: Sep 05, 2017
The Ultimate Werewolf
Some of the world’s best-known authors of the fantastic and the mysterious explore the classic legend of the werewolf. From Mel Gilden’s gripping fable of a small town with werewolf fever, to Nancy Collins’s tale of a young boy unaware of the evil within him, to Stuart Kaminsky’s wolfman in Moscow—here are spectacular new werewolf stories transcending time and place. New Stories By Kevin J. Anderson Stuart M. Kaminsky Kim Antieau Kathe Koja Jerome Charyn Brad Linaweaver Nancy A. Collins Pat Murphy A.C. Crispin Kathleen O’Malley Philip José Farmer Bill Pronzini Craig Shaw Gardner Robert J. Randisi Mel Gilden Brad Strickland Nina Kiriki Hoffman Robert E. Weinberg FEATURING THE CLASSIC WEREWOLF STORIES BY HUGO AND NEBULA AWARD-WINNERS HARLAN ELLISON & ROBERT SILVERBERG Introduction by Harlan Ellison Selected Filmography by Leonard Wolf

SECRET

release date: Jan 16, 2015
SECRET
The tale begins over three-hundred years ago, when the Fair People-the goblins, fairies, dragons, and other fabled and fantastic creatures of a dozen lands-fled the Old World for the New, seeking haven from the ways of Man. With them came their precious jewels: diamonds, rubies, emeralds, pearls... But then the Fair People vanished, taking with them their twelve fabulous treasures. And they remained hidden until now...Across North America, these twelve treasures, over ten-thousand dollars in precious jewels, are buried. The key to finding each can be found within the twelve full color paintings and verses of The Secret. Yet The Secret is much more than that. At long last, you can learn not only the whereabouts of the Fair People's treasure, but also the modern forms and hiding places of their descendants: the Toll Trolls, Maitre D'eamons, Elf Alphas, Tupperwerewolves, Freudian Sylphs, Culture Vultures, West Ghosts and other delightful creatures in the world around us. The Secret is a field guide to them all.Many ""armchair treasure hunt"" books have been published over the years, most notably Masquerade (1979) by British artist Kit Williams. Masquerade promised a jewel-encrusted golden hare to the first person to unravel the riddle that Williams cleverly hid in his art. In 1982, while everyone in Britain was still madly digging up hedgerows and pastures in search of the golden hare, The Secret: A Treasure Hunt was published in America. The previous year, author and publisher Byron Preiss had traveled to 12 locations in the continental U.S. (and possibly Canada) to secretly bury a dozen ceramic casques. Each casque contained a small key that could be redeemed for one of 12 jewels Preiss kept in a safe deposit box in New York. The key to finding the casques was to match one of 12 paintings to one of 12 poetic verses, solve the resulting riddle, and start digging. Since 1982, only two of the 12 casques have been recovered. The first was located in Grant Park, Chicago, in 1984 by a group of students. The second was unearthed in 2004 in Cleveland by two members of the Quest4Treasure forum. Preiss was killed in an auto accident in the summer of 2005, but the hunt for his casques continues.

Weird Heros #1, A New American Pulp!

release date: Nov 18, 2014
Weird Heros #1, A New American Pulp!
Weird Heroes is a collective effort to do something new: to approach three popular heroic fantasy forms—science fiction, the pulps and the comics—from different and exciting directions. Each story in this book is experimental. There are revitalizations of classic fantasy themes such as time travel and jungle adventure. There is innovative use of some of the most dynamic graphic story talent in the world, from Philippino illustrator Alex Nino to American cartoonist Ralph Reese. There is a strong and conscious effort to encourage storytelling which does not rely on violence as a primary source of drama. Weird Heroes is a collective effort to give back to heroic fiction its thrilling sense of adventure and entertainment—the heartbeat of the old pulps. The pulps used heroes to bring fiction to a grand level of excitement—a level which incorporated the reader into the experience. Weird Heroes refreshes that concept of fiction as an adventure in itself, without relating to the new wave of violence and pornography in the production of exciting stories. Weird Heroes is a collection of memorable firsts. It represents the first major publication of prose stories by both science fiction and graphic story writers. Within volumes 1 and 2 you will find the first published appearances of famous pulp biographer Philip Jose Farmer’s epic pulp character, “Greatheart Silver.” You’ll be witness to the first major book publication of an interview with award-winning science fiction and fantasy writer, Fritz Leiber. You’ll experience the insanity of Superman author Elliot S. Maggin’s “Gonzo Storytelling” and discover the new hero by a literary descendant to Dashiell Hammett on Secret Agent X-9, Archie Goodwin. Weird Heroes contains the first American book illustration work by award-winning Spanish artist Esteban Maroto. Jim Steranko and Neal Adams, two titans of the modern graphic story field, appear for the first time under the same cover in Volume 2. Tom Sutton, an unsung hero of the comics with a comedic style that blends Kurtzman, Elder, and Eisner, also makes his book debut with five plates for “Showdown at Shootout.”

The Secret

release date: Mar 18, 2014
The Secret
The tale begins over three-hundred years ago, when the Fair People—the goblins, fairies, dragons, and other fabled and fantastic creatures of a dozen lands—fled the Old World for the New, seeking haven from the ways of Man. With them came their precious jewels: diamonds, rubies, emeralds, pearls... But then the Fair People vanished, taking with them their twelve fabulous treasures. And they remained hidden until now... Across North America, these twelve treasures, over ten-thousand dollars in precious jewels in 1982 dollars, are buried. The key to finding each can be found within the twelve full-color paintings and verses of THE SECRET. Are you smart enough? THE SECRET: A TREASURE HUNT was published in 1982. The year before publication, the author and publisher Byron Preiss had traveled to 12 locations in the continental U.S. (and possibly Canada) to secretly bury a dozen ceramic casques. Each casque contained a small key that could be redeemed for one of 12 jewels Preiss kept in a safe deposit box in New York. The key to finding the casques was to match one of 12 paintings to one of 12 poetic verses, solve the resulting riddle, and start digging. Since 1982, only two of the 12 casques have been recovered. The first was located in Grant Park, Chicago, in 1984 by a group of students. The second was unearthed in 2004 in Cleveland by two members of the Quest4Treasure forum.

The Ultimate Undead

release date: Aug 23, 2013
The Ultimate Undead
This work collects stories by biggest names in horror including Anne Rice, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Harlan Ellison, Robert Silverberg, Gene Wolfe, Kevin J. Anderson and others. Remakes of movies such as "Dawn of the Dead" and the AMC series "The Walking Dead" prove continued interest in the undead. This work features review mailings to horror websites and magazines. It celebrates the strange and unusual, some of the best-known authors of the fantastic and the horrific explore the myths and legends surrounding a creature both dead and the undead...the zombie! From Anne Rice's chilling portrait of a woman more dead than alive to Chelsea Quinn Yarbro's future where nobody dies forever, from Nina Kirki Hoffman's powerful story of the dead returned for love to Gene Wolfe's tale of computer—driven corpses—here are the spectacular zombie stories of the modern age!

The Vampire State Building

release date: Mar 02, 2013
The Vampire State Building
What if your dad were president of the United States? Some of the most famous people in the world would visit your house, and you'd have a new room to explore every day of the month. And you might meet some residents of the White House that nobody's heard of, like the family of bats living in the basement, an anteater named Agatha who lives in the garden shed, and a blue bear. Each season with these new friends would bring new adventures. Perhaps you'd solve a mystery with the help of a Secret Service agent. Or you could take a trip to the spooky Vampire State Building—and hope you live to tell about it! Originally published as The Bat Family. Illustrated.

Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe

release date: Aug 09, 2011
Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe
This book is a homage to the greatest detective story writer of the 20th century, an Anglo-American who took Los Angeles, his adopted home, off the road maps and into the land of legend. For Raymond Chandler, who died in 1959, his literary descendants will do just about anything, and that includes contributing to an anthology honoring him. Thus, in here we find the likes of Sara Paretsky, Robert Crais, Loren D. Estleman, Jonathan Valin, Robert Campbell, Eric Van Lustbader, Simon Brett, Julie Smith, Jeremiah Healy, Roger L. Simon, James Grady, and numerous others creating stories in the style of Chandler and in the voice of Marlowe. But, as editor Byron Preiss remarks, "The contributors of this book are here to honor Chandler, not to steal from him."

The Universe

release date: Sep 02, 2010
The Universe
In this book, we gather together the scientists, the intellectuals, and the artists, to learn about and speculate upon the cosmos. The world right now desperately needs both the physicist and the dreamer. G-d has blessed us with the most magnificent world imaginable. We have barely made the first steps in seeing all the light in the darkness. Perhaps it is the dreamer who will find out the nature of dark matter; perhaps it is the scientist who will find solutions to needless hunger and mindless war. For them both, the bounty of the Earth and the cosmos is the currency of hope. Humanity must use what it has been blessed with to survive. Then, as in Paul Simon’s phrase, we all might be dancing together “with diamonds on the soles of our shoes.” They will be the diamonds of the stars and it will be a dance of peace.

Dragonworld

release date: Feb 02, 2009
Dragonworld
“Dragonworld goes far beyond the flashy pyrotechnics of contemporary fantasy and fantasy illustration. Joe Zucker is a superlative and original illustrator, and he reveals a rare and astonishing gift for infusing a richness of character into his pictures, which do justice to Byron Preiss's and Michael Reaves's compelling story.” —Maurice Sendak “Until now, there have been only two real grandmasters of modern epic fantasy—J.R.R. Tolkien and Ann McCaffrey. With the team of Preiss and Reaves, there are three, and may they write and write and write.” —United Press International Somewhere beyond the northern mists lies a land where dreams live and dragons are real. This is the tale of the twilight of the dragons, of two nations plunged into war by a tragic misunderstanding, of a shy dreamer's incredible voyage of peace to a long-forgotten land where nightmares are born. A magnificent creation, a sweeping epic of high fantasy set in a richly imagined world, vividly brought to life with over eighty pages of stunning illustrations by Joseph Zucker.

Son of Sherlock Holmes the Woman in Red

release date: Dec 10, 2014
Son of Sherlock Holmes the Woman in Red
A Son of Sherlock Holmes? Unthinkable? Or is it true? The first clues to that remarkable question lay within The Adventure of the Woman in Red, an epic mystery which spans sixty-eight years, three countries and the careers of two famed detectives. The atmosphere of the old Holmes' stories rises like a London fog from every scene in the over one hundred lushly colored pages by award-winning artist ralph Reese. Preiss' story pits England's finest deductive minds against what may be Moriarty's most insidious puzzle. For lovers of The Seven-Per-Cent Solution and The Return of Moriarty, here's a visual novel in the Sherlockian tradition! The return of the landmark series Fiction Illustrated. Special Edition.

Virtual Unrealities

release date: Jan 01, 1997
Virtual Unrealities
A collection of short fiction by the pioneering science fiction master includes seventeen tales--two previously unpublished--that deal with a young man whose phenomenal good luck has unexpected consequences and a warlock who practices on Park Avenue. Original. 20,000 first printing.

Best Children's Books in the World

release date: Sep 01, 1996
Best Children's Books in the World
A collection of illustrated stories, originally published separately, from all over the world.

Confessions of a Romantic Pornographer

release date: Apr 01, 2009
Confessions of a Romantic Pornographer
Confessions continues the fast-paced excitement of the hard-bitten detective Martin Jackson and Cornelia, his beautiful stripper and hit-woman client introduced in our book Skin In Darkness published in 2006.Following the death of a minor league writer, a mysterious woman whose own past is full of contradictions is called in to investigate his life and to discover the lost manuscript of his memoirs, as they may incriminate VIPs.

Sunn

release date: Apr 11, 2007
Sunn
His father is Titan, the world's greatest hero-a powerful warrior who has saved the Earth time and again from countless dangers. But even a seasoned warrior can fall in battle, and when that day finally comes, it is up to high school student Carson Walker to take his father's place-as the costumed hero SUNN! But superpowers and a unique costume may not be enough to win the day when Carson finds himself facing the villainous Bakemono-the man who nearly killed his father! Let the baptism by fire begin!

American Heritage History of the Battle of Gettysburg

release date: Jun 01, 2004
American Heritage History of the Battle of Gettysburg
Filled with photographs, drawings, maps, firsthand accounts, and essays, a lavishly illustrated and thorough history of one of the most lethal battles in all of American history provides a gripping narrative that captures the personalities, struggles, and decisions on both sides of the battlefield. Reprint.

The Ultimate Alien

release date: Jan 01, 2003
The Ultimate Alien
A collection of stories exploring the possibilities of human encounters with alien beings includes works by Arthur C. Clarke, Mel Gilden, Ed Gorman, Anne McCaffrey, Mike Resnick, Robert Silverberg, and S. P. Somtow. Reprint.

The Microverse

release date: Jan 01, 1989
The Microverse
A collaboration among some of the world's foremost physicists and authors of speculative fiction journeys into a world inhabited by microorganisms, miniscule cells, and subatomic particles, in a study of current knowledge and vision of microscopic world

The Planets

release date: Jan 01, 1985
The Planets
Ten of the world's most renowned scientists team up with twelve of the greats of science fiction to offer exciting factual discoveries about each planet, as well as intriguing speculation about what mysteries they may contain

Secret of the Knights

release date: Jan 01, 1984
Secret of the Knights
The reader's decisions determine what adventures will occur during a trip back in time to the fourteenth century to learn more about the Order of the Garter.

The Bat Family

release date: Jan 01, 1984
The Bat Family
A young boy finds life in the White House, where his father is always busy, very lonely, and so finds a family of bats and other friends to share adventures with.

The New Dinosaurs

release date: Nov 01, 2000
The New Dinosaurs
A FANTASTIC NEW VIEW OF A LOST ERA Here are dinosaurs as you've never seen them before in a dramatically expanded new edition of the book that started the renaissance in dinosaur books. Here are dinosaurs that are swift, stunning, scary and stupendous, presented in a lavish format. Using the latest paleontological research, "The New Dinosaurs "presents a scientifically accurate look at the way dinosaurs lived: how they moved, ate, dueled, drank and mated. From ten-ton brontosaurus to thirty-foot hadrosaurus, here is a story more fantastic than fantasy itself! "The Dinosaurs -- A Fantastic New View of a Lost Era," by William Stout, with narration by the late William Service, is considered to be a classic in illustrated naturalist books. Featured in "Life" magazine, it helped spark the worldwide interest in dinosaurs that culminated in Jurrasic Park. William Stout's prehistoric life murals are on permanent display at the Houston Museum of Natural Sciences and at Walt Disney's Animal Kingdom. William Service was the author of "Owl," which "Time" magazine called, "one of the most elegant and perceptive pieces of natural writing." Edited by Byron Preiss.

How to Raise Non-Smoking Kids

release date: Jan 01, 1997
How to Raise Non-Smoking Kids
Offers advice for helping children resist peer pressure, advertising, and images from popular culture

The Rhino History of Rock 'N' Roll

release date: Jan 01, 1997
The Rhino History of Rock 'N' Roll
An in-depth account of the "grooviest" decade of music includes a CD of classic 70s tunes and interviews, with a history of the period

The Ultimate Dragon

release date: Jan 01, 1995
The Ultimate Dragon
A collection of dragon stories includes works by Ursula K. Le Guin, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Tanith Lee, Harlan Ellison and Robert Silverberg, and Mike Resnick

The Beach Boys

The Beach Boys
A puedo-autobiographical view of the Beach Boys, including interview excerpts, historical narrative, lyrics, photographs and illustrations.

Elseworlds

release date: Jan 01, 2016
Elseworlds
"In Elseworlds, heroes are taken from their usual settings and put into strange times and places--some that have existed, or might have existed, and others that can't, couldn't or shouldn't exist. The result is stories that make characters who are as familiar as yesterday seem as fresh as tomorrow"--
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