Originally published as a series of six volumes, Michael McDowell’s Blackwater is a Southern Gothic saga of suspense, mystery and terror.
When the gracious and beautiful Elinor Dammert arrives in Perdido, Alabama on Easter Sunday in 1919, she is a stranger in the small town, desperate to fit in. She sets her sights on marrying Oscar Caskey, the eldest son of Perdido’s first family; but beneath Elinor’s charm and beauty lies a shocking secret—and beneath the waters of the Perdido River, Elinor’s true form will soon be discovered, changing the Caskey family and the town of Perdido forever.
Upon its publication in 1983, the atmospheric and character-driven family drama of Blackwater not only defied the horror genre, but elevated it. Michael McDowell was proclaimed “the finest writer of paperback originals in America” by Stephen King, and “one of the best writers of horror in this country” by Peter Straub.
Now collected as a single volume novel, Blackwater continues to be discovered and praised by new generations. One recent reviewer wrote, “Operatic, epic, and scary… Blackwater is a Southern Gothic to drown all other Southern Gothics in a muddy river. Sink into this one. You won’t regret it.”
About The Editions
The limited edition of Blackwater by Michael McDowell is presented in three states: Artist, Numbered and Lettered. The editions measure 6” x 9” and feature six full color landscape illustrations by Marcela Bolívar as well as a new exclusive afterword by John Langan. Also included in all editions are reproductions of the original paperback covers and a newly created map of Perdido and the Blackwater family tree. The Numbered and Lettered editions are signed by John Langan, Marcela Bolívar and Maxime Plasse. The Artist edition is signed by Marcela Bolívar and Maxime Plasse.
The Artist edition is limited to 1000 copies, and is the only edition to feature a wraparound dust jacket illustrated by Marcela Bolívar. It is a full cloth, smyth sewn binding with two-hits foil stamping, and is housed in a high gloss, embossed slipcase resembling reptilian skin. The edition is signed by Marcela Bolívar who created the illustrations, and by Maxime Plasse who illustrated the map of Perdido and Blackwater family tree exclusively for this edition.
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The Numbered edition of 350 copies is a quarter leather binding with Japanese cloth boards. The leather is embossed with a special metallic pearlescent finish. The cover features a letterpress printed label on Hahnemühle Bugra and endsheets are embossed paper. The edition is printed offset on archival Cougar Natural, and is housed in a slipcase covered with 85% genuine leather from waste retrieved from tanneries. The edition is signed by John Langan, Marcela Bolívar and Maxime Plasse.
If there are any copies of the Numbered edition remaining after the Matching Pre-Order, depending on quantities, these copies will be available for purchase either by lottery or directly through the online store for $650.
The Lettered edition is limited to 26 copies lettered A-Z and is a full leather binding covered in genuine eel skin. Endsheets are hand marbled for this edition, and it is printed offset on archival Cougar Natural. The clamshell enclosure is covered in Japanese and European cloth with velvet floors.
If any copies of the Lettered edition are available when it opens up for public pre-order, those will be sold through a lottery only for $2,750.