Though The Terror by Dan Simmons has been out for a fair time now, I thought this re-release by Subeterranean Press was just too cool to pass up.

The Terror by Dan Simmons

In the spring of 1845, Sir John Franklin leads a company of two ships and 130 men on a hazardous voyage to the remote, uncharted Arctic. His goal: to locate and map the legendary Northwest Passage. Two years later, the expedition, which began in a spirit of optimism and high purpose, faces disaster. Franklin is dead. The two ships — the Erebus and the Terror — are hopelessly trapped by gigantic, shifting ice floes. Supplies are dwindling, and the crews struggle daily against lethal, unimaginably frigid conditions. And something — some Thing — is stalking the survivors, spreading death, suffering, and chaos in its remorseless wake.

The Terror is both a rigorously researched historical novel and a compelling homage to one of the seminal SF/Horror films of the 1950s. It is popular fiction of the highest order, the kind of intense, wholly absorbing epic only Dan Simmons could have written

As usual, a beautiful job by Subterranean Press. What do you think?

  • edifanob July 13, 2009 at 9:06 am

    Cool cover for an awesome book. I read the German edition.
    Highly recommended to read on hot summer days.

  • YetiStomper July 13, 2009 at 10:32 am

    Subterranean Press’s covers are very hit or miss for me. This particular one is more of a hit.

    Subterranean Press is also one of my guilty pleasures. A $50 edition of a book I’ve already read and own… Only if it’s signed!

    Have you seen the cover to The WindUp Girl?

  • aidan July 13, 2009 at 10:58 am

    YetiStomper – Yeah, I saw the cover for The Windup Girl. The art and the title look fantastic, but I was turned off by the rest of the text on the cover.

  • YetiStomper July 13, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    I have a feeling those aren’t the final cover blurb/author. At least I hope they aren’t. They are way too pixelated/MS Paint-ish to be real.

  • aidan July 13, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    Yep, I expect/hope they will be changed for the final version. In which case the cover will definitely get a showcase here!

    Still, silly to release the cover with such an obvious flaw to it.

  • YetiStomper July 13, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    I agree (which makes me slightly worried about that being the finished product) although Mr. Bacigalupi may have just grabbed the art from the website.