Holy Terror by Cherie Priest - hardcvr
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Holy Terror by Cherie Priest - hardcvr

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Hardcover format.  Hot off the press!  Signed by the author, limited edition of 1000 copies.  528 pages of fabulous fiction by this stellar author.

Dust jacket illustration by Jon Foster.

We’ve lined up Holy Terror, a huge debut collection by Cherie Priest, which contains two major novellas, a long new novelette, and a ton of spooky wonder spread across more than 160,000 words.

About the Book:

Since Cherie Priest burst onto the speculative fiction scene, she’s built a huge following through novels that have earned her accolades and the titles “The Queen of Horror” and “The High Priestess of Steampunk” at various times. A nominee for the Nebula, Hugo, and Goodreads Choice Awards and a winner of the Locus Award, Priest is also a master of the short form. 

In her first collection of short fiction, Holy Terror: Stories by Cherie Priest, readers will be taken on haunting journeys that showcase Priest’s unparalleled range. In an early story, “The October Devotion,” William Miller’s predicted mid-19th century apocalypse ends up with a girl discovering what might or might not be Lovecraftian salvation in the forest. A soldier brings a dragon home from World War II to east Tennessee in “The Immigrant.” Two stories here take place in Priest’s beloved Clockwork Century universe: “Reluctance,” in which a teen veteran with a war injury lands his dirigible in a town that seems empty, only to end up in a race against time and zombies, and the novella “Clementine,” following the adventures of Maria Isabella Boyd and Captain Croggon Beauregard Hainey. Another novella, The Wreck of the Mary Byrd, weaves the story of a disappearing boat in 1870 in the words of the captain and some of the passengers...as well as an unforgettable villain. And there’s so much more.

Holy Terror also features an introduction from New York Times’ bestselling author Kevin Hearne, extensive notes on each story from Priest, and an exclusive new novelette, “Talking in Circles” that is sure to become a fan favorite. Get ready to hide under the covers, crack this volume open, and take a delicious trip to the dark side.  

Limited: 1000 signed numbered hardcover copies

Table of Contents

  • Introduction by Kevin Hearne
  • The October Devotion
  • The Wreck of the Mary Byrd
  • The Immigrant
  • Bad Sushi
  • The Catastrophe Box
  • final repair request (poem)
  • Reluctance
  • Clementine
  • Wishbones
  • Heavy Metal
  • The Knoxville Girl
  • The Mermaid Aquarium
  • Good Night Prison Kings
  • Mother Jones and the Nasty Eclipse
  • Talking in Circles


From Publishers Weekly (Starred Review):

“Priest is also adept at conjuring cosmic horror while eschewing mustiness, clunky writing, or clichés, as evidenced by ‘The October Devotion’ and ‘Bad Sushi.’ The latter is a standout, with an unusual lead—septuagenarian sushi chef Baku—standing between humanity and disaster. These masterful tales will wow readers.”