March 6, 2004
Way back in 1982, I published FEVRE DREAM, a historical horror novel set on the Mississippi in the antebellum south, during the heydey of the great steam packets. The story of steamboat captain Abner Marsh and his mysterious partner Joshua York, it was my third novel, and by far my most successful… at least until A GAME OF THRONES came out in 1996. Abner, Joshua, and the fleet sidewheel steamer Fevre Dream (pay no attention to the cover art, she never was a sternwheeler) will always have a special place in my heart, but the novel has been out of print in this country for decades now.
All that’s about to change. It appears as if it’s steamboat time again. Not one, not two, but three new versions of FEVRE DREAM are steaming our way, and should be appearing before year’s end.
Bantam Books will be releasing a new edition of the novel, in a trade paperback edition, for all those who just want to read the story. The book is scheduled for this fall. My first novel, DYING OF THE LIGHT, will be released simultaneously, also in trade paperback.
Meanwhile, the good folks at Subterranean Press — who put together that gorgeous collection GRRM: A RRETROSPECTIVE for me last fall — have acquired the rights to do a deluxe signed, numbered edition of Fevre Dream for the collector’s trade. The Subterranean edition will be limited to 500 hardcover copies. It will be slipcased, and lavishly illustrated by one of the top artists in the field. Which one? Ah, that would be telling. We’re still in negotiations, but as soon as the papers are signed, I’ll make the announcement here.
And last but definitely not least, Avatar Comics has picked up the license to adapt Fevre Dream for comics. They’ll be doing a ten-issue run, with black and white interiors and full color covers. No publication date has been announced, but Avatar is steaming ahead full speed with the project. The brilliant young fantasist Daniel Abraham is doing the adaption. The art will be from the pencil of the Spanish artist Rafa. Watch this page; I will be showcasing some sample artwork here when the time is right.
So keep your steam up and your fangs sharp. The Fevre Dream is coming round the bend.