FarmerCon, as always, was the highlight of the year for Meteor House! Not only did we release Phileas Fogg and the War of Shadows by Josh Reynolds, and our reprint edition of The Evil in Pemberley House by Philip José Farmer and Win Scott Eckert, but we announced three new exciting books to be published in the next year!
First is Airship Hunters by Jim Beard and Duane Spurlock:
1897. The skies are haunted by mysterious airships and unfathomable secrets.
Tasked with hunting down these strange vehicles of the air and determining their origin and intent, two U.S. government agents toil under unusual conditions to supply their shadowy superiors with information. But that information proves to be as elusive as the airships themselves.
Ride with Agents Valiantine and Cabot across the Midwest as they encounter reports of strange lights, phantom soldiers, unreliable witnesses, and the ultimate source of their airborne prey.
They are the Airship Hunters, and they cannot be waylaid from their path to uncover the greatest mystery of them all.
Second is Hadon, King of Opar and Blood of Ancient Opar by Christopher Paul Carey:
Ancient Opar Returns!
Two new authorized novellas in Philip José Farmer’s epic saga of Khokarsa, a civilization lost to the mists of time. Christopher Paul Carey, coauthor of The Song of Kwasin, will be writing the two novellas based on Farmer’s notes.
Twelve thousand years ago, the vast empire of Khokarsa ringed the shores of ancient Africa’s inland seas. In the novels Hadon of Ancient Opar, Flight to Opar, and The Song of Kwasin, the hero Hadon and his giant cousin Kwasin led the battle against the priests of the sun god Resu, who sought to usurp the beneficent rule of the priestesses of Kho. Twenty years have passed since the heroes’ victory, and mighty Khokarsa lies in ruin, victim to a continent-wide earthquake. Of all the cities of the empire, only shining Opar, the city of gold and jewels, remains standing. Now, Hadon must lead his people against a brutal enemy that seeks to pillage Opar’s most precious treasures and slaughter its king.
Third is The Monster on Hold by Philip José Farmer & Win Scott Eckert:
Win Scott Eckert has entered into an agreement with the Estate of Philip José Farmer to complete the Doc Caliban novel The Monster on Hold!
The Monster on Hold. The Unspeakable Threshold. Down to Earth’s Centre.
The very titles evoke the sense of mystery and horror that the bronze-hued superman, Doc Caliban, feels when faced with another descent deep into a subterranean complex to confront an unfathomable evil–an evil that is described, but never explained, in the final Doc Savage novel published during the original pulp run, Up from Earth’s Center, written by Lester Dent.
Philip José Farmer utilized all three titles, at various times, while working on his fourth Nine book. However, The Monster on Hold was the latest title, and the one under which he announced the book at the 1983 World Fantasy Convention. Thus, it’s only fitting that this Doc Caliban adventure will finally appear under the title best known to Farmer’s legions of fans.
Eckert, under Farmer’s direction, previously completed another unfinished Farmer manuscript, The Evil in Pemberley House. He also served as series editor for the recent Titan Books editions of the Nine novels (rebranded for the reissues as the Secrets of the Nine series), and will faithfully utilize all known prose by Farmer, as well as all existing notes, in completing the fourth novel–including little-seen text found in a folder in Farmer’s “Magic Filing Cabinet,” which was very suitably labeled “Cthulhu Story.”