Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Great News From Hard Case Crime

Here's an update from Charles Ardai:

We've got some big news to announce today: After a year's hiatus, Hard Case Crime will be returning to bookstores with new titles in 2011, thanks to a deal we just signed with UK-based Titan Publishing.

Titan is a publisher both of fiction and of gorgeous art books focusing on pop culture such as movie poster art, pin-ups, newspaper comic strips, and Golden Age comic books, and has worked with filmmakers such as J.J. Abrams, Joss Whedon, and George Lucas. Titan has been around for 30 years, has more than 200 employees, and in addition to publishing books also has a magazine division, a retail division (Titan owns the famous Forbidden Planet bookstore in London, and until recently co-owned the Murder One mystery bookstore with Maxim Jakubowski), and a merchandise division that produces items such as t-shirts, sculptures, and accessories. We look forward to exploring ways we might develop some cool Hard Case Crime products with them!

But first things first: books.

Hard Case Crime will relaunch in September/October 2011 with four new books, including CHOKE HOLD by Christa Faust (sequel to her Edgar Award-nominated MONEY SHOT), QUARRY'S EX by Max Allan Collins (the latest in the popular series of hit man novels by the author of "Road to Perdition"), and two never-before-published novels by MWA Grand Masters (names to be announced shortly).

Additionally, Titan Publishing plans to acquire all existing stock of Hard Case Crime's backlist from Dorchester Publishing and to resume shipping these titles to booksellers immediately.

New books will be published in paperback (possibly some in hardcover as well!); ebook editions will also be released across multiple platforms. Titan is distributed in the U.S. and Canada by Random House.

We're very excited about working with Titan (indeed, we had offers from five publishers and chose Titan over several that were much larger and better-known) -- they love pulp fiction as much as we do and appreciate that in books like ours the visual dimension is just as important as the storytelling. It's hard to imagine a better home for Hard Case Crime.

Charles adds that the Gabriel Hunt series will remain at Dorchester for now, with plans to reissue the series in trade paperback editions.


Scott Parker said...

Glad to see Gabriel Hunt is still alive and well...

James Reasoner said...

Alive, maybe. We'll have to wait and see about the well part. I'm still holding out some hope that eventually there'll be more books beyond the initial six. Even if there's not, though, I'm still very proud to have been part of the series.

JZID said...

I wonder if Charles Ardai has ever considered a short story collection for either Gabriel Hunt or for Hard Case Crime? With the high caliber of authors involved (including James Reasoner of course,) I would think this would be a no-brainer! Plus I personally think short stories are better springboard into television and movies, which seems to be the direction Charles has been gravitating to these days.

Matthew P. Mayo said...

This is great news, no doubt. HCC is a fantastic line.

I do wish Gabriel Hunt had been part of the deal. It's a shame the sixth won't be issued in a mass-market version.


Carl V. said...

Awesome news! I was saddened to hear of their problems and I noticed a complete lack of their titles in any of the local brick and mortar stores here over the last several months, which has been disappointing.