Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Hard Case Goes Subterranean

While its original publisher-distributor, Dorchester, moves out of the mass-market paperback business, editor Charles Ardai’s Hard Case Crime line of hard-boiled fiction is moving on to its next step. From a post today at the Subterranean Press site:
We’re pleased to announce that we’ve just reached agreement to publish an exclusive Hard Case Crime volume, which will also be the first in the series to debut in hardcover. Volume #69 will resurrect a pair of early Lawrence Block novels: 69 Barrow Street and Strange Embrace, bound back to back in the classic “doubles” format, featuring brand-new art by Robert McGinnis. You can look for more details, including ordering info, later this year, with a projected publication date in the first half of 2011.

We’d like to thank Larry Block, Charles Ardai, and Danny Baror for thinking of us with this one. We couldn’t be happier than to publish an original in this acclaimed line.
This doesn’t yet solve the problem of which house will take up the regular Hard Case line of paperbacks, but it’s good news nonetheless.

FOLLOW-UP: I don’t know what illustrator McGinnis will come up with for the cover(s) of Hard Case Crime’s double-feature edition of 69 Barrow Street and Strange Embrace, but I can show you what those two lesbian-themed novels looked like in previous incarnations. Both books, by the way, were published under Lawrence Block pseudonyms, “Sheldon Lord” and “Ben Christopher.” The paperback front on the left was painted by Paul Rader for a 1959 edition from Midwood. The one on the right was published in 1962 by Beacon Books. Click on either cover for a blow-up.


David Cranmer said...

Very good news. Glad to see this.

Richard R. said...

Yes, but hardcover = more expensive. So the reader may have an ongoing chance to read HCC books, but the book buyer still loses, in my opinion.

P.M. said...

I for one will be happy to pony up some additional $$ if that is what it takes to keep HCC alive. Still, a hardcover seems to cut against the original HCC ethos of recreating pulps as they were once upon a time, no?

utter_scoundrel said...

Hardcover? Bah.