My limited edition copy of David Mitchell's Slade House arrived just in time yesterday: tonight Mitchell did a reading at the 92nd Street Y and I was able to get my book personalized after the event. I'm about 60 pages into Slade House and it's already a really fun, old-fashioned spooky read: described by Mitchell as a "pententacled monsterette," Slade House tells in five parts an eerie tale about a haunted house that consumes an unsuspecting guest every nine years. And, to consume Mitchell fans in a different way, the author integrates many of the mysteries and recurring motifs of his sprawling novel The Bone Clocks.
Whenever there's a new David Mitchell book, I always try to grab one of Sceptre's limited editions. They always feature alternate artwork, a slipcase, special endpapers and a ribbon, are signed and numbered, and consistently worth the $70 price that they can be obtained for online. They've done them since Black Swan Green, so you collectors should keep an eye out for that, Jacob de Zoet, and The Bone Clocks.
This is the book outside of its slipcase, featuring the fox-headed hairpin that Nathan's section introduces:
The endpapers look like the Slade House gardens, crossed with a Bone Clocks kind of maze:
Each copy of this limited edition is signed and numbered on a dedicated page. This is copy 1304/1500.
My copy was personalized and dated on the title page:
And for a spooky finish, check out this clock on the back cover! It reads "TIME IS / TIME WAS / TIME IS NOT". How ominous.
David Mitchell, Slade House