The World Fantasy Convention in Brighton, England, is in full swing this weekend! James P. Blaylock (represented by the Zeno Agency, our sister agency in the UK) is attending, and to celebrate his first trip to the UK in years, we thought it’d be nice to offer both THE ELFIN SHIP and THIRTEEN PHANTASMS at a special low price for our readers in the US and Canada. Through the end of November, you can pick up one of each for just $2.99. It’s a great way to try James’ beloved fantasy series and his critically-acclaimed short fiction!
THE ELFIN SHIP is James’s debut, originally published in 1982, and is the first novel in his Balumnia fantasy trilogy. It is followed by THE DISAPPEARING DWARF and THE STONE GIANT (which is actually a prequel). Here is the synopsis for THE ELFIN SHIP…
Trading with the elves used to be so simple. Every year Master Cheeser Jonathan Bing would send his very best cheeses downriver to traders who would eventually return with Elfin wonders for the people of Twombly Town. But no more First the trading post at Willowood Station was mysteriously destroyed. Then a magical elfin airship began making forays overhead; Jonathan knew something was definitely amiss. So he set off downriver to deliver the cheeses himself, accompanied by the amazing Professor Wurzle, the irrepressible Dooly, and his faithful dog Ahab. It would have been a pleasant trip, if not for the weeping skeleton, mad goblins, magic coins, an evil dwarf, a cloak of invisibility – and a watch that stopped time. However, the return trip would not be so simple.
THIRTEEN PHANTASMS is a collection of short stories that shows James at his very best. We really can’t recommend this enough, both for fans of James or the short story form.
The first short story collection from Philip K. Dick Award-winning author James Blaylock features sixteen thought-provoking forays into the fantastic-from a tale of alien influence on an ordinary neighbourhood to the story of one man’s self-destructive obsession with a dragon.
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