Lividian Publications is pleased to announce their signed and slipcased hardcover Limited Edition of Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill, which has been designed as a companion volume to their special edition of 20th Century Ghosts.
This deluxe edition includes a brand-new foreword by Josh Malerman, an introduction by Joe Hill that has only previously appeared in the UK, bonus features such as “Jude Confronts Global Warming" and the "lost" first chapter of the novel, along with “Traveling the Night Road with Joe Hill: On Heart-Shaped Box” by Mathias Clasen, the acclaimed Danish scholar of horror fiction and an associate professor in literature and media at Aarhus University.
In addition, this gorgeous volume will feature an incredible nineteen full-color illustrations by François Vaillancourt, printed on an acid-free glossy stock to retain the richness of the artwork and tipped into the book.
To ensure this special edition lasts for generations of readers, the slipcase will be produced using the new, heavier boards that we introduced to the Lividian line-up with The Night Country. There is a noticeable difference with these heavy boards, making the slipcase even more sturdy and durable.
The Lividian Publications special edition of Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill is already rolling at the printer and will be published in the first quarter of 2022.
Judas Coyne is a collector of the macabre: a cookbook for cannibals... a used hangman's noose... a snuff film. An aging death-metal rock god, his taste for the unnatural is as widely known to his legions of fans as the notorious excesses of his youth. But nothing he possesses is as unlikely or as dreadful as his latest discovery, an item for sale on the Internet, a thing so terribly strange, Jude can't help but reach for his wallet.
I will "sell" my stepfather's ghost to the highest bidder...
For a thousand dollars, Jude will become the proud owner of a dead man's suit, said to be haunted by a restless spirit. He isn't afraid. He has spent a lifetime coping with ghosts—of an abusive father, of the lovers he callously abandoned, of the bandmates he betrayed. What's one more?
But what UPS delivers to his door in a black heart-shaped box is no imaginary or metaphorical ghost, no benign conversation piece. It's the real thing.
And suddenly the suit's previous owner is everywhere: behind the bedroom door... seated in Jude's restored vintage Mustang... standing outside his window... staring out from his widescreen TV. Waiting—with a gleaming razor blade on a chain dangling from one bony hand...
A multiple-award winner for his short fiction, Joe Hill immediately vaulted into the top echelon of dark fantasists with this blood-chilling roller-coaster ride of a novel, a masterwork brimming with relentless thrills and acid terror.
Who is signing?
Joe Hill, François Vaillancourt, Josh Malerman, and Mathias Clasen have already signed the signature sheets.
• Nineteen full-color illustrations by François Vaillancourt
• A brand new foreword by Josh Malerman
• An introduction by Joe Hill
• Includes “Jude Confronts Global Warming" and the "lost" first chapter of the novel, along with “Traveling the Night Road with Joe Hill: On Heart-Shaped Box” by Mathias Clasen
Deluxe Production Features:
• Two-color interior printing
• Printed on an acid-free specialty paper stock
• Deluxe leatherette binding
• Hot foil stamping and heat burnishing on the front cover and spine
• Smyth sewn to create a more durable binding
• Genuine spine hubs like an old world volume
• Colored head and tail bands
• High-quality, four-color faux marbled endpapers
• Sewn-in satin ribbon page marker
• Full-color signature sheet signed by Joe Hill, François Vaillancourt, Josh Malerman, and Mathias Clasen
• Custom-made slipcase wrapped with a woven cloth and stamped with hot foil
• Limited to just 1,750 copies produced in a one-time printing, never to be reprinted