Subterranean Press have taken Lye Street (my 26k prequel to Scar Night) and produced a limited edition hardcover with beautiful illustrations by Bob Eggleton and a stunning dust jacket by Dave McKean of Sandman, Hellblazer and Mirrormask fame. Lye Street ends just where the first book of the Deepgate Codex begins.
From Publishers Weekly:
Lye Street: A Novella of the Deepgate Codex
Alan Campbell. Subterranean (www.subterraneanpress.com), $25 (136p) ISBN 978-1-59606-135-4
Campbell's nightmarish prequel to Scar Night (2006) explores the depths of twisted revenge. Every half-century since the Deepgate year 511, when Henry Bucklestrappe was extracted mysteriously from the temple dungeons and nastily murdered, the hideously scarred angel, Carnival, has slain a Bucklestrappe descendent. Now, in 1012, it is wily old prospector Sal Greene's turn to be a victim. He asks phantasmacist Laccus Ravencrag to summon up the demon Basilis, unexpectedly impotent, to battle Carnival, herself victimized by her own psyche and trapped by the brutal witch Ruby. Campbell meshes pity with terror against the bleak phantasmagoric backdrop of a city suspended from chains, swinging dismally over a yawning abyss. In a civilization literally built upon nothing, dark magic and vengeance are the rule of the day, and Campbell will quickly have readers under his creepy and sometimes heartbreaking spell. (Jan.)