J. D. Crayne’s work is “dark and funny” says Larry Niven. Her new novel, Uncle Daniel’s Den, is Pageturner Editions‘ 200th e-book, and promises to live up to Niven’s praise.
Frequenters of the Virtual Fan Lounge will know the author as Dian Crayne.
Full text of the press release appears after the jump.
FUTURES-PAST, THE SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY eBOOK IMPRINT OF eBOOK PUBLISHER PAGETURNER EDITIONS ANNOUNCES THE RELEASE OF ITS 200th eBOOK
Uncle Daniel’s Den by J. D. Crayne
“We are excited by J. D. Crayne’s new cross genre novel and knew it had to be our record-setting 200th ebook as soon as we read it,” says Futures-Past Associate Publisher Jean Marie Stine. “Uncle Daniel’s Den‘s blend of Lovecraftian chills and deft humor reminded us of many of Robert Bloch’s stories for Weird Tales. No wonder Larry Niven hails Crayne’s work as, ‘Dark and funny!'”
Uncle Daniel’s Den is the story of Pianora Duvall, who manages her mother’s country and western band Grand Old Gullywumpers, and has been wondering how to pay all their month’s bills. But when her millionaire uncle Daniel is run over by a herd of motorcyclists and then smashed flat by a cement truck, leaving her mother the only heir, it seems the answer to everybody’s prayers or at least to those of his niece. Happy days seem here again! Unfortunately, when Pianora and the band move into the family mansion, they find that the house comes equipped with a sullen caretaker, a dimwitted scullery maid, a large stuffed crocodile hanging from the ceiling, a cozy little family cemetery, strange noises coming from behind a mysterious door in her Uncle Daniel’s den, and something huge, hairy, and yellow-eyed that can only be seen in the mirrors. But just when Pianora is making headway with the caretaker, who turns out to be not quite as sullen and unapproachable as she thought, all hell breaks loose. Literally! And carries her mother, the rest of the Grand Old Gullywumpers, and assorted other characters, off to their doom. That’s when Pianora discovers she is the only one with the power to save them and that good looking caretaker she wasn’t quite done with. Battling darkness, demons, and a snowstorm that comes indoors to look for victims, our intrepid heroine is determined to win despite the odds and get back to a cold drink, a warm shower and a hot caretaker. If she isn’t carried off, too, by the nameless, indescribable, eldritch horrors from beyond, who lurk just behind the forbidden door in Uncle Daniel’s den.
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Other Futures-Past titles by J. D. Crayne include the Captain Spycer space adventure trilogy, Invisible Encounter & Other Science Fiction Stories,
PageTurner Editions was launched in 2001 to publish general fiction and nonfiction in ebook format, and the science fiction, fantasy and horror it published soon began to out sell all other titles. In 2002, it was decided that these books deserved their own imprint and the Futures-Past line was born. In the ensuing years, Futures-Past has published nearly approximately thirty titles each year. Uncle Daniel’s Den will be the two hundredth Futures-Past title. Scheduled for release late in 2008 and early 2009 are new science fiction novels by Joe Vadalma and Stuart J. Byrne, romantic fantasy by Jac Eddins, the first ever unabridged reprint of A. Merritt’s The Snake Woman, the novel length sequel to The Face in the Abyss, the classic werewolf novel, Wolf in the Garden, pulp master Don Wilcox’s joyous The Ice Queen from the pages of a 1942 Fantastic Adventures, and much much more.
Future-Past has had many number one bestsellers in the science fiction category at Fictionwise.com, EbookMall.com, BooksAMillion.com, and other sites where ebooks are sold. Among them, Stuart J. Byrne’s magnum opus, Star Quest, which is our own top seller in the field, and the first-ever collection by golden age Astounding author, Cleve Cartmill, Deadline and Other Science Fiction, the title story of which led to the FBI investigating Robert A. Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, and L. Sprague deCamp.
Futures-Past publishes many contemporary science fiction authors including joe vadalma, stephxxem brown, Ross Chamberlain, Octavio Ramos, Jr. and of course J. D. Crayne. As well as leading writers of the pulp era like Raymond Z. Gallun, A. Merritt, Ross Rocklynne, and Edmond Hamilton.
Futures-Past Titles are distributed in multiple formats including AdobeAcrobat, Microsoft Reader, Mobipocket, Kindle, and Sony, and are available Fictionwise, Amazon, Sony Connect, Powells, and hundreds of other ebookstores.
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