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Section spéciale pour mes lecteurs français Mise à jour 28 décembre, 2014

No Exit Press: Sallis' UK publishers.

Walker Books: Sallis' primary US publishers

Host Publications: publishers of Limits of the Sensible World and Potato Tree

Lew Griffin book cover gallery (U.S. reissues)

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July news: In October, Jim's new novel Sarah Jane appears from Soho Press. Simultaneously, Soho affiliate Syndicate will bring out Jim's two-in-one Difficult Lives/Hitching Rides, pairing a new edition of his landmark study of paperback crime writers with a collection of essays on other writers such as Shirley Jackson, Gerald Kersh, Patricia Highsmith and Jean-Patrick Manchette; the book's a recipient of the UK's H.R.F. Keating Award for crime writing. In addition, beginning in September and continuing through December, Soho will reissue all six Lew Griffin novels (the "bug books") in a beautiful new uniform edition. Finally in October, Unsolicited Press will publish Jim's fifth poetry collection, Ain't Long Fore Day.

September 10The Long-Legged Fly
October 1Sarah Jane
October 1Difficult Lives/Hitching Rides
October 15Moth
October 31Ain't Long 'Fore Day
November 12Black Hornet
November 12Eye of the Cricket
December 3Bluebottle
December 3Ghost of a Flea

Meanwhile, new short stories are upcoming in Alfred Hitchcock's, Ellery Queen's, Asimov's, Analog, North Dakota Quarterly and an original anthology or two, with Jim's novella Dayenu (from Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet) selected for The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2019, ed. Rich Horton for Prime Books.

May news: Jim Sallis has just won England's H.R.F. Keating Award for his two-in-one book Difficult Lives/Hitching Rides. The award is given for criticism in the mystery field. Jim's book pairs a revised version of an older book on original paperback novelists with essays and introductions on writers such as Shirley Jackson, Derek Raymond, Gerald Kersh and Jean-Patrick Manchette. It's also been announced that Jim will serve as one of the judges in this year's Philip K. Dick Award for distinguished science fiction published in paperback.

Late April news: Among many print and online pieces resulting from French publication of Willnot and Jim's recent visit, is this beautifully tuned, atmospheric portrait (note: in French) from book critic and essayist Sandra Benedetti, which appeared in last week's L'Express.

Also of note are appearances of new work, not Jim's stories as one might expect to find in these usual haunts, but two of his poems, in the May/June issues of Asimov's and Ellery Queen's. New stories have just been accepted for an anthology devoted to the memory of Bill Crider, and by North Dakota Quarterly.

April news: Jim returned home from Paris and from Lyon's Quais du polar (100,000 attendees, panels on Jim's work, three-way discussions with Chris Offutt and Ron Rash, a free chat on jazz — complete with live band — between Jim and Michael Connelly) to learn that No Exit Press's "Ace double" edition of Difficult Lives/Hitching Rides has been shortlisted for the UK's HRF Keating Award. This book of critical essays will be out in the U.S. in October from Syndicate, at the same time Soho publishes Jim's new novel, Sarah Jane. From Soho the month before, the initial Lew Griffin novel, The Long-Legged Fly, will appear in a new uniform edition of all six, with the others to follow shortly. Also in October, Jim's fifth poetry collection, Ain't Long Fore Day, comes out from Unsolicited Press. As leaves fall from trees, books hit the floors scuttling for cover.

December news: New reviews! Willnot has been reviewed by Lisa Tuttle for Ambling Along the Aquaduct, the blog for Aquaduct Press. Difficult Lives/Hitching Rides has been reviewed by Paul Burke for NB Magazine. Difficult Lives/Hitching Rides is now out from No Exit Press in the UK. Jim's latest column, for the November/December issue of Fantasy & Science Fiction, is available. Also announced: Jim will be a guest at the festival Quais du polar in Lyons, France, in late March.

October news:

  1. Jim's recent story from Analog, "New Teeth," is up, wonderfully read, on the UK blog Starship Sofa.
  2. A much-expanded edition of Difficult Lives (backed with a collection of essays, Hitching Rides) is due shortly from No Exit Press in the UK; US publication by Syndicate Books is scheduled for spring of next year. Jim's new novel, Sarah Jane, is in production for fall 2019 publication by Soho Press in the US, No Exit in the UK. Next year will also see a fifth poetry collection, Ain't Long Fore Day, from Unsolicited Press.
  3. Adding to the above, New Rivers Press, which so beautifully published Jim's poetry collection Black Night's Gonna Catch Me Here a few years back, has accepted his latest story collection, Dayenu and Other Stories, and plans publication in 2020.
  4. New stories from Jim are set for Asimov's ("When We Saved the World") and Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine ("Figs"). "When We Saved the World" begins:
    I met Joe Lansdale for the first time in June, on a day buffed TV commentators were calling unseasonably warm… Joe and I'd both made tons of money writing science fiction, the way people do, and so we'd retired, but after having us around the house all day long week after week both our wives kicked us out, and we moved into the Charleton Arms.

August news: Speaking of writers who influenced him, Scottish writer Doug Johnstone recently remarked on the Royal Literary Fund site that "Sallis' novels are among the best I've ever read." Listen to the entire two-minute audio clip. Johnstone also tweeted a bit of the same.

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