Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The Amulet by Michael McDowell (1979): The Valancourt Books Edition

Good news, vintage horror fiction fans: Michael McDowell's debut 1979 horror novel The Amulet has been brought back into print by specialty publisher Valancourt Books. As you can see, it boasts an introduction by another TMHF fave, the now-retired Poppy Z. Brite, which features some background on the writing of the novel and McDowell himself. Also of note: to my great surprise and complete delight, quotes from this blog are featured both on the back of the book - I've become a blurb! - as well as in Brite's intro. What! It's true. Anyway, I don't think you'll be disappointed if you drop a few bucks for this nicely-produced title from a publisher who knows just what it's doing. We can hope that more of McDowell's incredible '80s horror fiction will be treated in just the same way. Purchasing info here.
 

9 comments:

Kurt Reichenbaugh said...

This is one I've wanted to read but could never find. Very cool, thanks for sharing.

Fall Forever said...

That is rad, congrats!

Alejandro Omidsalar said...

Still need to hop on the McDowell train. I've been remiss.

Congrats on your newly attained blurbhood, Will!

Tim Mayer said...

Lots of good stuff coming from Valancourt.

Rob K. said...

Congrats in being blurbed, that is awesome. The Amulet and Katie are the last 2 of his horror-themed books that I have yet to read. So time to remedy that.

Will Errickson said...

Thanks everybody! Hope to see more McDowell from Valancourt. I'm bummed b/c I only have 2 more of McDowell's horror novels left to read: KATIE and GILDED NEEDLES. Well, and the final couple BLACKWATERs.

Rob K. said...
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Rob K. said...

Just read The Amulet last week courtesy of Vallancourt, and really enjoyed it. Reading Katie now and boyoboy is it a page-turner. Then I'll have read them all which is awesome and also sad - no more McDowell!

highwayknees said...

I've been searching for a copy of The Amulet forever. This is great news!