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    News just in from Subterranean Press:

    Celebrating 50 Years of Hard Case Crime!

    Okay, not really. But what if, instead of having been founded 50 books ago, Hard Case Crime had been founded 50 years ago, by a rascal out to make a quick buck off the popularity of pulp fiction? Such a fellow might make a few enemies-especially after publishing a supposed non-fiction account of a heist at a Mob-run nightclub, actually penned by an 18-year-old showgirl. With both the cops and the crooks after them, our heroes are about to learn that reading and writing pulp novels is a lot more fun than living them...

    Fifty-to-One will feature a full color signature page, plus full color endsheets depicting the 49 previous books in the Hard Case Crime Series.

    In addition, each chapter of Fifty-to-One bears the title of a previous Hard Case Crime book, including such gems as Lucky at Cards (Lawrence Block), Lemons Never Lie (Richard Stark), The Colorado Kid (Stephen King), and Gun Work (David J. Schow), among others.

    Fifty-to-One will be published in December in two unique editions: 500 cloth bound copies signed by the author, Charles Ardai, and a deluxe limited edition of 50 lavishly bound copies, housed in a handmade traycase, with over twenty full-color signature pages for most of the Hard Case Crime Authors, each hand-tipped in front of the chapter that bears the title of one of their books.

    Limited: 500 numbered copies signed by the author: $45




    Deluxe: 50 copies, custom bound in leather and cloth, housed in a handmade traycase: $750




    Thus far the following authors have agreed to sign the fifty copy deluxe edition:
    - Richard Aleas/Charles Ardai
    - Lawrence Block
    - Ken Bruen
    - Max Allan Collins
    - Christa Faust
    - Allan Guthrie
    - Pete Hamill
    - Russell Hill
    - Stephen King
    - John Lange
    - Peter Pavia
    - Max Phillips
    - David J. Schow
    - Seymour Shubin
    - Domenic Stansberry
    - Donald Westlake
    - Jason Starr

    One final note: Half of the profits from the deluxe edition will be donated to The Haven Foundation.

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    You were on this one early, David. I ordered my copy within 6 minutes of receiving the e-mail. I came to this site to post the link and you had already done so. Good going.

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    Just got that email, too, Wiz. Would love love LOVE to get one of those deluxe limiteds, but $750 is kinda steep! Good news is that half the profits go to The Haven Foundation - making my debate even tougher!!


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    Here's the link:

    Fifty-to-One

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    Quote Originally Posted by carlosdetweiller View Post
    You were on this one early, David. I ordered my copy within 6 minutes of receiving the e-mail. I came to this site to post the link and you had already done so. Good going.

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    I can't bring myself to buy it though .

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    Quote Originally Posted by wizardsrainbow View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by carlosdetweiller View Post
    You were on this one early, David. I ordered my copy within 6 minutes of receiving the e-mail. I came to this site to post the link and you had already done so. Good going.

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    I can't bring myself to buy it though .
    I had to pass. Too rich for my blood for just a sig. I think I'll buy the Limited, though, because I like the book.
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    i dont really get what it is...
    from the description, it sounds like a NOVEL whom chapters are entitled as already existing novels, including The Colorado Kid...?
    and signed by the authors of the names of the chapter/novels.... ???
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    Quote Originally Posted by wizardsrainbow View Post
    News just in from Subterranean Press:

    One final note: Half of the profits from the deluxe edition will be donated to The Haven Foundation.
    Very clever on the part of Sub Press.

    They tell King that if he signs it, they will give half of the profits to THF.

    King's signature enables them the quadruple the price, so in the end, they are still making money.

    arghhhh...I am on the fence for this one...I already have the Potter and Miller S/L verisions of The Colorado Kid put out by PS Publishing...and planned to eventually buy the Chadbourne version some day.....do I really need a fourth one??

    I think this is going to have to join the ranks of Dandelion Wine (the last book I passed on).
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    Only the $750 edition is going to be signed by the various authors, including King. The $45 edition is to be signed only by the author (Charles Ardai?). (That's the one that I ordered. I just can't justify a $750 price for a King signature.)

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    Tippy, you can buy it and give it to me
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    Sorry. $750 is too much for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nerak View Post
    Tippy, you can buy it and give it to me
    Sure...why not?

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    Thanks for the heads up Wiz. I never got the email.

    Thanks for the link John. I've ordered one.

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    Well, I wrestled with this for 2 hours, but the insane half of me won the match and I just ordered a Deluxe Edition.

    You know...for $750, they should include a numbered edition for free!

    That makes three sold to members of this site. They probably still have 47 available!
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    I spent the $45, but Christ!, you don't even get a new story from King, I just am at a point where I know I will never have all of King's S/l books. The ones I am missing-including this one are not what I want to spend 50K on. I'm at peace with that.

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    Similar to RF, I have finally come to terms with the fact that I will never own it all (even Bob will admit that), but there was a time when I thought I had to own all that I could find. Thankfully, that madness has passed.

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    I didn't order any yet. If some copies remain available when I return from my trip, I might go for the $45 one
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    Quote Originally Posted by herbertwest View Post
    i dont really get what it is...
    from the description, it sounds like a NOVEL whom chapters are entitled as already existing novels, including The Colorado Kid...?
    and signed by the authors of the names of the chapter/novels.... ???
    I too am confused.

    Is this an anothology of all the stories, or are the story titles just the NAMES of the chapters?

    I guess what I am asking is...is the story The Colorado Kid in the book...or is The Colorado Kid just the name of one of the chapters?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tippy4 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by herbertwest View Post
    i dont really get what it is...
    from the description, it sounds like a NOVEL whom chapters are entitled as already existing novels, including The Colorado Kid...?
    and signed by the authors of the names of the chapter/novels.... ???
    I too am confused.

    Is this an anothology of all the stories, or are the story titles just the NAMES of the chapters?

    I guess what I am asking is...is the story The Colorado Kid in the book...or is The Colorado Kid just the name of one of the chapters?
    I was wondering the same thing.

    I am tempted to get the deluxe since half is going to The Haven Foundation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tippy4 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by wizardsrainbow View Post
    News just in from Subterranean Press:

    One final note: Half of the profits from the deluxe edition will be donated to The Haven Foundation.
    Very clever on the part of Sub Press.

    They tell King that if he signs it, they will give half of the profits to THF.

    King's signature enables them the quadruple the price, so in the end, they are still making money.
    Anytime there is a big name author by Sub Press they jack up the price. You'll get the same book as a $200 Lettered Edition by another author. I can't figure out if it costs Sub press that much money to get a better known author, or is it because Sub Press wants to cash in on the name?
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    Quote Originally Posted by lophophoras View Post
    I am tempted to get the deluxe since half is going to The Haven Foundation.
    Keep in mind that half of the profits go to The Haven Foundation. Not half of the gross sales. It is a great cause don't get me wrong, I just think there is a bit of a difference between the two.

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    My understanding is that this is a crime novel by Ardai that pays homage to several HCC titles by using them as chapter names.

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    So I am paying $750 for a book that has no actual Stephen King material in it?

    Maybe I should cancel my order and buy Dandelion Wine instead...at least King wrote the introduction!

    Or better yet, buy one of the $150 signed bookplates Stephen King is selling for the Tom Allen fundraiser, and stick it in the $45 version of this book!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bev Vincent View Post
    My understanding is that this is a crime novel by Ardai that pays homage to several HCC titles by using them as chapter names.
    thanks for explaining.
    so, it just doesnt interest me at all honnestly... i dont see the point of that
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    Not having read anything by Ardai I can't see myself spending $45 to see if I like him or not...and definitely not $750 for a book SK isn't actually in at all???

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