Handset letterpress-printed covers for my steampunk novella are hot off the presses and ready for mutilation!

Tucker Teaches the Clockies to Copulate, letterpressed cover – a set on Flickr

Last week Fritz Swanson and I printed these *awesome as Hell* new covers for the “patrons-only” print edition of “Tucker Teaches the Clockies to Copulate.” These covers are handset using a mix of antique lead type and wooden poster type (i.e., the kind used on Old West *WANTED* posters), with a few modern elements (like the graphic on the back, which is a magnesium block Fritz had made a few years back). They were printed using Fritz’s century-old Chandler & Price New Style letterpress–which we hauled back to Michigan from New York a few years ago, and were almost crushed by (long story; immaterial here). (FYI, the letterpress shown in that Wikipedia entry is Fritz’s *actual* press in his Manchester, MI, workshop. NOT SHOWN: Me off in the corner cursing my damn stupid eyes as I realize I’ve once again set all of the type completely backwards.)

This print edition–which runs 70-some pages–has letterpress-printed covers and laser-printed interiors with original illustrations by Chad Sell. Each book has a hand-sewn binding and is individually distressed, signed, and numbered.
If you just want to read the story–which is well thought of, if poorly publicized–you can drop a buck or two and buy it for Kindle through Amazon or pick-what-you-pay for the DRM-free ebook (including a Kindle-compliant mobi file, PDFs, digital extras, and more). But if you want a unique steampunk curio–perfect for giftifying or stashing in a very confusing time-capsule–then the Patron’s Print Edition is the way to go. Want a customized message or dedication? Just mention it in the “notes” when you pay.
As for the story itself:

[“Tucker Teaches the Clockies to Copulate”] is at one level nearly wacky, but it has deeper concerns, reflected in the examination of the treatment of such disadvantaged individuals as alcoholics, Confederate veterans, the Chinese, Jews, and of course clockwork ex-soldiers. It all comes together very effectively.
— Rich Horton, Locus, July 2008 (Recommended Story)