A New Secrets of the Nine Novella!

Secrets of the Nine

It’s Always Darkest

by Frank Schildiner

US $35 hc
5.5×8.5, 116 pages
Limited Edition of ??? Signed Hardcover copies

Cover by Keith Howell

Cover by Keith Howell

They were known simply as the Nine. Grim and ancient rulers who discovered the key to eternal life thirty-thousand years ago, and ever since have held the world secretly in thrall. These dark manipulators control the destinies of billions, including the formidable Doc Caliban and Lord Grandrith. These two, candidates for the Nine and half-brothers who had shared in the secret of immortality, have turned against their undying masters, daring to challenge their centuries-old supremacy.

And now one other candidate has joined the revolt.

Vigilante Langston Dupont, trained killer of Asian descent, a shadowy martial arts master raised in a hidden Tibetan lamasery, is armed only with his skills and blazing twin .45s. Taking his campaign against criminal mastermind Seiko Midori to the bloody streets of L.A. and New York, will he have what it takes in the final battle with his former lover?

Featuring cover and interior art by Keith Howell!

And don’t forget, just like with all our other Signed Limited Edition Novellas, the names of customers who preorder the book are printed in the acknowledgements.

You can preorder It’s Always Darkest by itself, or combine purchases and save money with one of these package deals:

PACKAGE DEAL #1: Get It’s Always Darkest and add Frank’s chapbook, Watch Your Back, Mr. Minamoto for only $5 extra (while supplies last!). See the Buy Now button below.

PACKAGE DEAL #2: Get all three of Meteor House’s 2021 Signed Hardcover Limited Editions: It’s Always Darkest, The Monster on Hold, and The Man Who Met Tarzan and save $12 (and even more with combined shipping).

PACKAGE DEAL #3: Get all five of of Meteor House’s 2021 releases, all three Signed Hardcover Limited Editions from package deal #2 as well as the Trade Paperback Editions of The Monster on Hold and The Man Who Met Tarzan and save $18 (and even more with combined shipping).

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.

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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Hardcover / Chapbook

For Package Deal #2 and #3, please visit the 2021 Package Deals page.

Frank Schildiner is a martial arts instructor at Amorosi’s Mixed Martial Arts in New Jersey. He is the writer of the novels The Quest of FrankensteinThe Triumph of Frankenstein, and the forthcoming Napoleon’s Vampire Hunters. Frank is a regular contributor to the anthology Tales of the Shadowmen and has been published in The New Adventures of Thunder Jim WadeSecret Agent X Volumes 34, and 5; and in The Avenger: The Justice, Inc. Files. He resides in New Jersey with his wife Gail, who is his top supporter.