Announcing the Signed Limited Edition of FAUN by Joe Hill
I’m excited to announce we will be publishing a signed, limited edition of Joe Hill’s highly-regarded novella Faun in four states: Standard, Deluxe, Lettered, and Roman Numeral.
In Faun, Joe Hill displays his mastery of the short form in a dark fantasy about a group of wealthy hunters whose members seek the thrill of hunting exotic animals.
During an expedition, one of the hunters mentions the existence of an even more exclusive hunting area, accessed through a little door somewhere in Maine. To see what lies on the other side, just speak with the ominous-sounding Mr. Charn. Oh, and bring your checkbook.
The story raises questions about the ethics of hunting, the repercussions of exploiting the natural world, and the consequences of human greed, masterfully interwoven in a tale that highlights Hill’s boundless imagination and leaves us wanting for more.
Our edition is illustrated by our fellow Canadian, the talented Francois Vaillancourt, who is no stranger to masterfully bringing to life characters and scenes of Joe Hill’s worlds. As always, his illustrations add a new dimension to the reading experience, making it a true feast for the eyes, and we are honoured to have him as a collaborator on this project.
Below is a preview of two other illustrations that will grace the beginning of each of the two Parts of the novella. These will be printed letterpress via magnesium plates.
Faun will be set in Eric Gill’s exquisite Perpetua typeface, designed in the late 1920s for use in the Monotype typesetting system. A classic typeface often used in fine press publishing, it has a clean, crisp and legible design, making it versatile and reader-friendly. Designed almost a century ago, Perpetua’s timeline design adds an air of sophistication to any printed matter.
The edition will be printed letterpress by Pat Randle and his team at Nomad Letterpress, who will be casting the metal type needed for printing using their Monotype system. While there is an excellent digitization available, printing with type cast from Monotype matricies allow us to use Perpetua as it was originally designed and cut.
The Monotype “hot metal” process involves heating a metal alloy until it’s liquid and injecting it into matrices, each of which creates a single character. This produces individual pieces of metal which are lined up to form lines of type. After printing, all the type will be melted and reused for a future project. Faun is the first planned book from the press that will be printed this way.
Faun will be published in four states, with each copy signed by Joe Hill:
- Standard - 500 copies
- Deluxe - 200 copies
- Lettered - 26 copies
- Roman Numeral - 10 copies
The Standard and Deluxe states will be printed as octavos with trim sizes of 170mm x 240mm (6.7in x 9.5in), the same size as Peter Pan. Typesetting for these two states will begin soon with the casting to follow.
The Lettered and Roman Numeral states will be printed as quartos at 240mm x 340mm (9.5inx 13.4in), with a completely different internal layout to account for the grander trim size, essentially designing an entirely new book.
The design concepts for all four states have been finalized and the development of the prototypes will commence shortly.
Owners of the Lettered state and numbers 1-150 of the Deluxe state of Peter Pan will have rights to purchase corresponding letters/numbers of Faun in advance of public preorders. There are, at this moment, a handful of copies of the Deluxe Peter Pan remaining with rights. You can read more about how our rights system works on our FAQ page. Standard copies will be available for everyone to order when public preorders open.
Copies of the Roman Numeral will be first offered to collectors who have supported the press at the Lettered tier of its first publication - Peter Pan. Collectors who acquire a Roman Numeral copy of Faun will then have rights to the next Roman Numeral book we publish. Note not all editions will have a Roman Numeral state.
Prototypes and pricing will be shared in the coming months and shipping is expected by February 2024.
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- Our debut book is a single-volume edition of Peter Pan, which combines both Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens and Peter & Wendy. Although the Lettered state is fully subscribed, we still have a limited number of Deluxe copies available, with a handful of them carrying rights at this moment, as well as Standard copies. The anticipated shipping date for all editions is in the fall.
- S.T. Joshi, a renowned expert in the field, is curating, editing, and composing introductions for a distinguished fine press collection of twenty weird fiction volumes, set to be published over the coming years. The collection, titled Weird., will feature letterpress-printed, elegantly bound volumes, containing the most exceptional tales and poetry from some of the genre’s most esteemed authors. The inaugural volume, The House on the Borderland & Others by William Hope Hodgson, will feature illustrations by Dave McKean, while subsequent volumes will showcase works by Ambrose Bierce, Arthur Machen, Algernon Blackwood, H.P. Lovecraft, Lord Dunsany, and numerous other notable writers. For further details, please visit the link here.
- We’re working on a fine press edition of Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes.
- There are a number of other books in development and we’re proud to be collaborating with some of today’s very best illustrators. You can read more about some of them here.
Joe Hill is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fireman, Heart-Shaped Box, and Strange Weather. Much of his work has been adapted for film and television. His second novel, Horns, was made into a cult horror-comedy starring Daniel Radcliffe; his third novel, NOS4A2, was adapted for television by AMC, and featured Zachary Quinto; his short story The Black Phone was adapted for the big screen by Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill, and starred Ethan Hawke. In 2007, he co-created the long-running comic book Locke & Key, with artistic maestro Gabriel Rodriguez; in 2011 Hill won the Eisner Award (Best Writer) for his work on the series. The six books in the Locke & Key saga formed the basis for a hit TV series on Netflix. A seventh volume, published in 2022, married the world of Locke & Key to the epic Sandman universe.
Hill’s other works include the short fiction collection Full Throttle and several graphic novels: Basketful of Heads, Plunge, Sea Dogs, Dying is Easy, and Wraith (which continues the story of NOS4A2’s Charlie Manx).