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Lye Street - Alan Campbell

Lye Street - Alan Campbell

Title: Lye Street

Author:  Alan Campbell

ISBN:  9781596061354

Weight:  541g

Signed US limited
first edition, first printing



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Lye Street by Alan Campbell

The Greene family is cursed…

Every fifty years Deepgate’s scarred angel, Carnival, returns to murder another descendant.  Now, five hundred years after the first victim’s death, Sal Greene is facing his own doom.  His time has almost run out.  In a desperate attempt to break the chain of violence and save his family, he summons a demon to the chained city: a warrior he hopes is powerful enough to stand against the angel.

Yet the creature which arrives in Deepgate is not quite the legendary mercenary Sal Greene was expecting.

Peer & Press Reviews

[Lye Street] …also has some strikingly beautiful moments, in that harsh, dark way some of us love so well.  The journey of the angel Carnival is most compelling, as she simultaneously follows and flees messages seemingly addressed to her, scrawled across the walls and tunnels and towers of the dangling city.  Neatly juxtaposed are Sal Greene’s sojourns through demonic realms as he struggles to save his family from Carnival’s murderous intent.  This is a world where good and evil are not absolutes, where it is as easy to sympathize and root for an unearthly murderer as it is for her future victim.

Green Man Review

Campbell meshes pity with terror against the bleak phantasmagoric backdrop of a city suspended from chains, swinging dismally over a yawning abyss.  In a civilization literally built upon nothing, dark magic and vengeance are the rule of the day, and Campbell will quickly have readers under his creepy and sometimes heartbreaking spell.

Publishers Weekly

Bibliographic Info

Title:Lye Street
Book Features
Edition / printing:First edition, first printing
Edition background:

Subterranean Press is widely considered one of the finest publishers of special edition books for collectors.  In 2008, they published Alan Campbell’s 26,000-word novella, Lye Street.  This is a prequel to the first volume of the Deepgate Codex and it ends where Scar Night begins.

This book is one of a limited edition of 2,000 signed, fully cloth bound, unnumbered copies.  Its interior illustrations are by Hugo Award-winning artist Bob Eggleton.  The jacket illustration is by World Fantasy Award-winning artist Dave McKean.

Subterranean also produced a lettered edition of 26 leather-bound copies with a custom tray case.

Both of these special editions are now scarce and difficult to come by.

Limited edition:Yes – 2,000 unnumbered copies
Series:Deepgate Codex trilogy (prequel novella)
Book features:Gold coloured, fully cloth bound cover with metallic red text / motif on spine, red decorative head and tail bands, and pale cream endpapers.  To make the book more robust and easier to open, the pages are section bound using a premium cream paper.
Jacket features:Matt laminate finish.
Overall condition:Fine / Fine (for more info, see our article on condition grades)
Signed:Yes – on an illustrated, textured white signature page that’s tipped-in to the first section of the text block (before the half title page).
Book Stats
Publisher:Subterranean Press
Publication date:
ISBN 13:9781596061354
ISBN 10:1596061359
Format:Hardcover with dust jacket
Size (h x w x d):223 x 147 x 18mm
Design Credits
Interior design:Desert Isle Design
Interior illustration:Bob Eggleton
Jacket illustration:Dave McKean

Collectors Notes & Author Links

  • Before becoming a full time writer, Campbell worked as a coder and designer on several video games including the Grand Theft Auto series.
  • His debut novel was the highly successful Scar Night, the first volume of the Deepgate Codex trilogy.  In 2008, he also published a limited edition novella in the USA, Lye Street, which is a prequel to the Deepgate series.  The four books in this series are:
Scar Night 07 Jul 2006
Lye Street 28 Jan 2008
Iron Angel 02 May 2008
God of Clocks 03 Jul 2009

In 2011, Campbell published the first book of the Gravedigger Chronicles.  Currently there are two books in this series: Sea of Ghosts (01 Apr 11) and The Art of Hunting (21 Nov 13).

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