Uncanny Books Status Update – October 25, 2013

It’s been a while since we’ve updated, but Uncanny Books is still alive and well, and a number of projects are in the works, several close to completion (and publication). I hope to do one of these status updates at least once a month. Here’s where we stand:

As Above, So Below by Ryan Rennik: The book is released and available in ebook and trade paperback versions. It’s doing well, but we would love to see some additional reviews – honest reviews genuinely seem to help sales.

Open Call for Novels: The Open Call ended on September 15 and devoting enough time to thoroughly evaluate each of the submissions has taken a little more time than I’d like. In any case, I have begun contacting the authors who submitted manuscript excerpts, and expect to contact all of the remaining authors within the next couple weeks. Anticipated completion: November 15 at the latest.

Tales of Zo: This collection of stories is coming along well. We had some authors drop out at the last minute, and found a couple of new authors almost as quickly to fill the gaps, so the project has not been unduly delayed. We are awaiting final drafts of the last three stories (first drafts were good, they just needed some tweaking) and we need a cover. Cover design will begin in the next week, but there’s not much holding us back on this one. Anticipated completion: November 30.

Uncanny Classics: We will soon publish H. Irving Hancock’s 4-volume Conquest of the United States series. Still deciding whether to make these available individually, or just publish them all in a nice omnibus edition (leaning toward the latter). This will include a lengthy essay on the series. Anticipated completion: November 30. We will also begin publishing a series of omnibus editions of the Secret Service dime novels from the turn of the century. The first volume will include four novels. Anticipated completion: November 30.

Future projects: We have big plans for both the Uncanny Classics line as well as entirely new works. We are planning to publish a line of occult detective fiction from the Victorian and Edwardian eras to include all the essential works, including some material that has not been in print since the early 1920s. We have begun compiling a series of Yellow Peril fiction (this may go to multiple volumes) and a collection of future war and invasion literature from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries (this too could become a multiple-volume series). We will also publish a collection of material related to the American war preparedness movement from the years leading up to U.S. involvement in World War I. There’s much more, but these projects will keep us busy for a while.

As always, if you have any questions, please drop us a line at uncannybooks@gmail.com