The Monster on Hold Table of Contents — and Limitation Reveal!

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As we’re putting the finishing touches on this year’s books we thought we’d share the (near) final Table of Contents for The Monster on Hold by Philip José Farmer and Win Scott Eckert

Front Matter
Foreword by Chuck Welch
What Has Gone Before by Philip José Farmer

The Novel
Part I – Some Unspeakable Dweller (1977)
Part II – The Guardian at the Threshold (1984)
Part III – Down to Earth’s Centre (1984)
Epilogue – After the Fire (1993)

Bonus Material
The Wild Huntsman (bonus novella) by Win Scott Eckert
A Tale of Two Universes by Win Scott Eckert
Chronology of the Nine Universe by Win Scott Eckert
Original Prose, Outline, and Notes by Philip José Farmer
A Note from the Coauthor by Win Scott Eckert

The novel in three parts is an unexpected twist, but fans of the original series (A Feast Unknown, Lord of the Trees, The Mad Goblin) are in for an action packed treat!

All our books will be shipping soon, but there is still time to preorder the Hardcover Limited Edition (of only 200 copies) before it goes out of print!

 

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Extra Bonus Monster on Hold Cover Reveal

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Wraparound Cover Art by Mark Wheatley

As much as we love the front cover art for the Hardcover Limited Edition of The Monster on Hold by Philip José Farmer and Win Scott Eckert, we couldn’t help ourselves in wanting to share the full wraparound dust jacket artwork by Mark Wheatley.

Click on the picture for your viewing pleasure . . .

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The Monster on Hold Paperback Cover Reveal!

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Meteor House is very excited to reveal Doug Klauba’s terrific cover art for the Trade Paperback edition of The Monster on Hold! This is our first time working with Doug, but Win Scott Eckert picked him for one of the two covers since Doug did a cover for Win at another publisher years ago.

Note that both the Trade Paperback and Signed Hardcover Limited Editions have interior artwork by Doug Klauba and Hardcover artist Mark Wheatley. And both artists, as well as Chuck Welch (introduction) and Win Scott Eckert, will be signing the Hardcover Limited Edition.

Also note that to guarantee you can get a copy of Signed Hardcover Limited Edition, you need to preorder now.

Paperback art by Doug Klauba

Paperback art by Doug Klauba

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FarmerCon to be Virtual again in 2021

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As you will probably be aware by now, PulpFest is going ahead as an in-person event. Unfortunately, Meteor House has made the difficult decision not to attend and, therefore, there will be no official FarmerCon in Pittsburgh this year. If some of you do decide to attend we sincerely hope you have a great time and will spend time together in the spirit of FarmerCon.

Whereas it is unfortunate that events outside of our control have meant we can’t all meet up in person, those who attended last year’s virtual FarmerCon will be pleased to know that we, at Meteor House, are planning to hold such an event again this year. Last year’s programming had plenty of pre-recorded content for people to enjoy, plus two very well-attended and fun Zoom hangouts. We plan to do something very similar this year which will allow us to showcase the three very exciting books coming out this year, and give you some insight into the process of their creation. We are also keen to give people the opportunity to discuss them (as well as myriad other Farmer-related topics) via the live Zoom social event.

We haven’t quite settled on the timing for virtual FarmerCon; we’re still working through identifying the best timing so as to coincide with our book releases, but it is likely we will hold the event sometime in the autumn. We’ll share a date as soon as we can.

It’s a shame that for a second year in a row we aren’t able to all be in the same place at the same time, enjoying a meal together, sitting alongside each other in the presentation hall, or even just sharing some cake, but a screen-based catchup, coupled with some exciting pre-recorded programming, will be an enjoyable way to spend a weekend together from wherever we are.

Stay tuned for more information. And stay safe.

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The Man Who Met Tarzan Table of Contents!

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Here is the full Table of Contents for The Man Who Met Tarzan by Philip José Farmer! This collection not only includes a previously unpublished article, but thanks to the “Magic Filing Cabinet,” two other pieces contain additional material not seen before as well!

Introductions
New essays by Christopher Paul Carey, Win Scott Eckert, and Henry G. Franke III.
The Golden Age and The Brass (Used as PJF preface to this collection)

The Official Biographer
An Appreciation of Edgar Rice Burroughs
From ERB to YGG
The Princess of Terra

The Feral Man
Introduction to Mother was a Lovely Beast
The Feral Human in Mythology and Fiction

Investigation
A Reply to the Red Herring
Some Problems in Writing the Tarzan Biography*
The Great Korak Time Discrepancy
The Lord Mountford Mystery
A Kernel of Truth (Letter)
Some Problems in Writing the Tarzan Biography*

Parsing the Legend
The Arms of Tarzan
Tarzan the Reasoner (Introduction from Mother was a Lovely Beast)
A Language for Opar
I Still Live!
From Forne to Farmer (Letter)

In His Own Words
Extracts from the Memoirs of Lord Greystoke**

The Main Event
An Exclusive Interview with Lord Greystoke***

*Previously unpublished!
**Includes a short additional extract.
***Includes Phil’s preparatory notes, and additional questions and answers!

Remember, this book will be published as both a Trade Paperback and a Signed Limited Edition Hardcover. Preorder now to make sure you get a copy of the hardcover before it goes out of print!

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The Monster on Hold – Zoom Background!

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Yes, you read that right! Artist Mark Wheatley has edited the cover art, highlighting the throne layer from The Monster on Hold cover to make a really cool Zoom background file:

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Click on the above then right click and select “Save image as…” Then rule your next Zoom meeting!

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It’s Always Darkest Cover Reveal!

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Back on Philip José Farmer’s birthday we announced the three books we’re publishing in 2021:

It’s Always Darkest by Frank Schildiner

The Man Who Met Tarzan by Philip José Farmer

The Monster on Hold by Philip José Farmer and Win Scott Eckert

Cover by Keith Howell

Cover by Keith Howell

Today we’re really excited to share with you the dust jacket for It’s Always Darkest, another great cover by Meteor House regular Keith Howell! This cover just hints at all the action you’ll find in this exciting new Signed Limited Edition Novella.

If you’re not already familiar with Frank Schildiner, he is a prolific new pulp writer published by Black Coat Press, Moonstone Books, Hollywood Comics, Wildside Press, White Rocket Books, Airship 27, Flinch Books, ProSe Publishing, and others. In fact, Meteor House has published him before as well, in the chapbook, Watch Your Back, Mr. Minamoto, which you can buy along with It’s Always Darkest in a special package deal.

If you missed it, Frank also participated in the “Many Adventures of Philip José Farmer” zoom panel for 2020’s Virtual FarmerCon XV.

Just like with all our other Signed Limited Edition Novellas, the names of customers who preorder the book are printed in the acknowledgements. But you have to preorder soon to get your name in the book. Don’t let this exciting adventure slip away!

 

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The Man Who Met Tarzan Cover Reveal!

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Back on Philip José Farmer’s birthday we announced the three books we’re publishing in 2021:

The Man Who Met Tarzan by Philip José Farmer

The Monster on Hold by Philip José Farmer and Win Scott Eckert

It’s Always Darkest by Frank Schildiner

Today we’re really excited to share with you the covers for The Man Who Met Tarzan. This wonderful artwork is by famed movie poster artist John Solie who did this for a poster for Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc., back in 1978. That’s right, this was a poster and has never been used on a book cover before! Click on the pictures to zoom in, they are stunning!

Paperback art by John Solie

Paperback

Hardcover

Hardcover

The book is due out in the summer/fall of 2021; preorder now to ensure you get a copy of the Signed Hardcover Limited Edition. Just like our last two Hardcover Limited Editions (The Philip José Farmer Centennial Collection and A Rough Knight for the Queen) this book will feature a leatherette cover with foil stamping and colored end papers. A fine quality collectible edition to be sure.

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The Monster on Hold Cover Reveal!

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Back on Philip José Farmer’s birthday we announced the three books we’re publishing in 2021:

The Monster on Hold by Philip José Farmer and Win Scott Eckert

It’s Always Darkest by Frank Schildiner

The Man Who Met Tarzan by Philip José Farmer

Today we’re really excited to share with you one of the covers for The Monster on Hold. Yes, this book will have two covers, one for the Trade Paperback Edition by Doug Klauba, and one for the Signed Hardcover Limited Edition by Mark Wheatley.

Our first reveal is for the Signed Hardcover art work by Mark Wheatley! The dust jacket will have full wraparound artwork, but we’re only revealing the front cover today. The back is just as amazing!

Hardcover art by Mark Wheatley

The book is due out in the summer/fall of 2021; preorder now 1st to ensure you get a copy of the Signed Hardcover Limited Edition. Just like our last two Hardcover Limited Editions (The Philip José Farmer Centennial Collection and A Rough Knight for the Queen) this book will feature a leatherette cover with foil stamping and colored end papers. A fine quality collectible edition to be sure.

As always, the print run on the Limited Edition will be determined by the number of preorders received. Not many copies beyond those reserved will be printed.

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All 2021 Meteor House Titles Announced!

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Today is January 26th and would have been Philip José Farmer’s 103rd birthday. It’s hard to believe it’s been twelve almost years since we lost him. Every year on Phil’s birthday we like to announce one of the books we’re going to publish this coming year, but this time we’re doing it a little bit differently. This time, we’re announcing ALL the books we’re publishing this year all at once. As usual these books will be published in summer/fall, but you can preorder them now.

Why preorder them now, you ask? Great question! All three books will have a Signed Hardcover Limited Edition, and the print run will be based on the number of books preordered. So to make sure you get one before they sell out, you need to preorder them now!

Why are we announcing all three books at once instead of spreading the announcements out over the next few months like we have in the past? Another great, and very knowledgeable, question! The answer is simple, we’re doing it for you! So many of you buy most (if not all) of our books that we want to be able to give you discounted package deals with big savings right out of the gate. Now, let’s get to the titles:

The Monster on Hold by Philip José Farmer and Win Scott Eckert. Yes, the book you’ve been waiting decades for (since Phil first published an excerpt in 1983) will be published in a Trade Paperback and Signed Hardcover Limited Edition. This is the fourth novel in the Secrets of the Nine series (A Feast Unknown, Lord of the Trees, The Mad Goblin) and was begun in the 1970s. Using Farmer’s partial manuscripts and copious notes Win Scott Eckert has completed the novel at long last.

It’s Always Darkest by Frank Schildiner. Set in the same Secrets of the Nine universe as The Monster on Hold, this hard-boiled novella follows a new, yet familiar, character, a one-time initiate of the Nine who has chosen to rebel against their formidable forces. This novella will be published as a Signed Hardcover Limited Edition.

The Man Who Met Tarzan by Philip José Farmer. This book collects many of the articles, speeches, essays and letters Farmer has written about Edgar Rice Burroughs and Tarzan over several decades, culminating in his interview with the jungle lord in 1972. This collection will be published in a Trade Paperback and Signed Hardcover Limited Edition featuring vintage cover art.

Click on all three links above for more details about each book. You may have noticed we haven’t shared any of the covers with you yet. Those are coming soon!

And, as promised, we have put together discounted package deals for customers who want to purchase more than one book.

Here’s to a great 2021!

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