January 30, 2012

William Gibson on Derek Raymond and other Melville International Crime news


William Gibson on Derek Raymond

In Saturday’s New York Times there was a great interview with writer William Gibson that touched base on the author’s many diverse interests. Naturally one of the questions asked of Gibson was what he is currently reading. Turns out Gibson just finished spending some time on the darker side of the page, with none other than the late, great Derek Raymond. Gibson wrote:

The Devil’s Home on Leave,” by Derek Raymond, is a 1985 British detective novel. It’s one of the darkest and most surrealistically hard-boiled things I’ve ever read. The detective is at least as scary as the murderers he’s chasing.

Raymond always seems to be able to push the right buttons. It’s great to note Gibson’s mention of the surrealism of Raymond. The metaphysics of the Factory Series are precisely what makes them so fascinating and, well, scary.

We’re looking very forward to bringing the final installment (Dead Man Upright) in the Factory Series out later this year. Never before has the complete Factory Series been available in the States.

Melville International Crime on Facebook

Last week we launched a Facebook page for our crime series. The page will focus on crime fiction news, supplemental readings and material from our titles, not to mention the occasional give-away. In fact, we’ll be doing some trivia items on there today.

The Adopt-a-Penguin Finale

Saturday marked the finale of the Adopt-a-Penguin campaign. Death and the Penguin was made a “Nook Daily Find” by B&N and sold at a reduced cost of $2.99. In the spirit of the Adopt-a-Penguin promotion we’ve been running with indies and brick & mortar B&Ns for the last three months, we pledged to adopt a penguin for every 300 books sold via the promotion. We don’t have the sales information yet, but we’re expecting a veritable ice floe full of penguins to show up here in DUMBO once we do.


Paul Oliver is the marketing manager of Melville House. Previously he was co-owner of Wolfgang Books in Philadelphia.