AMAZING NEWS: 3/29/2015:


Ford Street Publishing; Haikasoru; Harlan Ellison


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Ford Street Publishing sent along a release of their latest offerings – but the file was corrupted.  Check out their site as a substitute.  Additionally: if you’re in Melbourne on May 1, you’re invited to the launch of Michael Hyde’s Footy Dreaming. Phil Cleary will be launching the book. Email Ford Street for the invitation: .





An Aimless Girl Finds Direction As She Uncovers The Strange Legends And Shocking History Of Her Extraordinary Family

San Francisco, CA, March 26, 2015 – VIZ Media’s Haikasoru literary imprint has announced the release of its newest book with the publication of RED GIRLS: THE LEGEND OF THE AKAKUCHIBAS on April 21st.

Author Kazuki Sakuraba delivers a textured, multi-generational mystery that follows an aimless girl’s quest to find meaning and direction in her life as she uncovers the history, secrets and strange legends of her unique family.

RED GIRLS: THE LEGEND OF THE AKAKUCHIBAS will be available in print in an English edition from Haikasoru for $15.99 U.S. / $18.99 CAN. An eBook edition also will debut on April 21st for $9.99 (U.S. / CAN) for the Amazon Kindle, Apple’s iBooks Store, Barnes & Noble’s Nook Book Store, the Kobo eBooks Store, and the Google Play store.

When the outlanders abandoned a baby girl on the outskirts of a village, few imagined that she would grow up to marry into the illustrious Akakuchiba family, much less that she would develop clairvoyant abilities and become matriarch of the illustrious ironworking clan. Her daughter shocks the village further by joining a motorcycle gang and becoming a famous manga artist. The outlander’s granddaughter Toko—well, she’s nobody at all. A nobody worth entrusting with the secret that her grandmother was a murderer. This is Toko’s story.

Toko Akakuchiba is an ordinary woman, from an extraordinary family. When Toko sits to write her family history, she uncovers the truth about her grandmother’s past, and the woman’s clairvoyant powers,” says Nick Mamatas, Editor. “Author Kazuki Sakuraba skillfully creates an atmospheric multi-generational saga set amidst the turmoil of Japan’s postwar era. Readers will be swept up in the engrossing story of this legendary clan!”

Author Kazuki Sakuraba was born in 1971 and began publishing while still in college. Her early Gosick light novels were bestsellers and her adult fiction is also popular and acclaimed throughout Japan. RED GIRLS: THE LEGEND OF THE AKAKUCHIBAS won the Mystery Writers of Japan Award in 2007 and Watashi no otoko, a suspense novel about an incestuous relationship, won the Naoki Prize for popular fiction in 2008.

For more information on RED GIRLS: THE LEGEND OF THE AKAKUCHIBAS and the Haikasoru imprint, please visit the dedicated website at

About VIZ Media, LLC

Headquartered in San Francisco, California, VIZ Media distributes, markets and licenses the best anime and manga titles direct from Japan.  Owned by three of Japan’s largest manga and animation companies, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media has the most extensive library of anime and manga for English speaking audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland and South Africa. With its popular digital manga anthology WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP and blockbuster properties like NARUTO, BLEACH and ONE PIECE, VIZ Media offers cutting-edge action, romance and family friendly properties for anime, manga, science fiction and fantasy fans of all ages.  VIZ Media properties are available as graphic novels, DVDs, animated television series, feature films, downloadable and streaming video and a variety of consumer products.  Learn more about VIZ Media, anime and manga at


Harlan Ellison’s CAN & CAN’TANKEROUS
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While I’m hard at work editing the next volumes from, I thought I should pop in to direct your attention to Subterranean Press’s newly announced all-new collection of Ellison stories:
It’s a sensational bunch of tales—including the Nebula-award winning “How Interesting: A Tiny Man” and last year’s “He Who Grew Up Reading Sherlock Holmes” in addition to eight other stories published since 1997—and I’ve seen some of the stunning two-color interior pages, which are beautiful. It’s gonna be a breathtaking volume, and if you’ve seen any of Subterranean’s previous Ellison releases (or any of their releases at all since they first went to press in the late 1990s—their three LOST BLOCH books are well worth committing a capital crime to acquire), you know the quality of their publications.The lettered edition was gone before I even knew the book was for sale, and sources close to the project (okay, Harlan) tell me that the limited edition—which contains over 100 pages of bonus material—is nearly sold out as well.Do not procrastinate! THE TOP OF THE VOLCANO—Subterranean’s last Ellisonian opus—was out of print prior to publication and can now only be acquired in the same way Robert Johnson allegedly learned his way around a guitar. You have been warned.

Tell ’em Jason Davis from sent you.


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