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Coming Soon: SPEAK EASY by Catherynne M. Valente

speakIn August, Subterranean Press will publish Speak Easy by Catherynne M. Valente which re-imagines “The Twelve Dancing Princesses” as if it was set in the Prohibition-Era. It’s available via pre-order as a signed and numbered, limited-edition hardcover with art by Michael Wm. Kaluta.

Here’s the synopsis of Speak Easy:

If you go looking for it, just about halfway uptown and halfway downtown, there’s this hotel stuck like a pin all the way through the world. Down inside the Artemisia it’s this mortal coil all over. Earthly delights on every floor.

The hotel Artemisia sits on a fantastical 72nd Street, in a decade that never was. It is home to a cast of characters, creatures, and creations unlike any other, including especially Zelda Fair, who is perfect at being Zelda, but who longs for something more. The world of this extraordinary novella—a bootlegger’s brew of fairy tales, Jazz Age opulence, and organized crime—is ruled over by the diminutive, eternal, sinister Al. Zelda holds her own against the boss, or so it seems. But when she faces off against him and his besotted employee Frankie in a deadly game that just might change everything, she must bet it all and hope not to lose…


About Kristin Centorcelli (842 Articles)
Kristin Centorcelli is the Associate Editor at SF Signal, proprietor of My Bookish Ways, a reviewer for Library Journal and Publisher’s Weekly, and has also written for Crime Fiction Lover, Criminal Element, and Mystery Scene Magazine. She has been reviewing books since late 2010, in an effort to get through a rather immense personal library, while also discussing it with whoever will willingly sit still (and some that won’t).

4 Comments on Coming Soon: SPEAK EASY by Catherynne M. Valente

  1. Mark Gerrits // March 24, 2015 at 6:08 am //

    Wow, that’s the same fairytale transplanted to the same setting as Genevieve Valentine’s The Girls at the Kingfisher Club, no?

  2. Is ProhitionPunk the new thing? (Carrie Vaughn’s “Roaring Twenties” in ROGUES is another example.)

  3. Sarah Zettel Dust Girl series.

    A little less so, Alaya Dawn Johnson has a couple of books with much less of a dance/trap thing going on…

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