& Unseemingly Ordering Information...
the Exchange is currently sold out, Eric and I are planning
a new edition for release later in the year. Scroll down for
related merchandise. - Jeff and Eric.
Comments From Decadent, Obsessive, Yet Satiated Readers…
Exchange has me charmed! It's size, colors, art are perfect!
I adore the cover art (and the back!) with border use and
smaller pictures within them - a style I've tried to do before.
It's quirky, yet old-fashioned, fine ink work! Love it! The
inner art is superb too. Oh, yes, even the subtle color-textures
of the cover stock are lovely. How delightful that you thought
to do a little gem like this. And the Appoggiatura card -
another excellent touch!"
- Scott Thomas, Massachusetts
and I both loved it, and the illustrations were fantastic.
The squid edging toward embrace was pretty nice. I was rapt
as the story moved along. So bizarre and frightening. I hadn't
remembered the unkempt aspect of the old folk's environment,
and it made the whole thing somehow more twisted. Subtle!
The ads and bibliography were fantastic too."
- Dave Larsen, Iowa
a beautiful little scorpion of a book it is. The artwork is
exquisite, the whole artifact is a joy."
- Tamar Yellin, England
such an enchanting little book, and what beautiful illustrations."
- Jessica Treat, USA
Detailed Explanation of this Extraordinarily Odd Yet Sumptuous
seven years, Jeff VanderMeer has been writing about the
fantastical city of Ambergris. Last year, one of his Ambergris
novellas won a World Fantasy Award. Now, in an amazing
breakthrough, Jeff and fellow adventurer Eric Schaller,
an illustrator, have actually managed to visit Ambergris
during the annual Festival of the Freshwater Squid. Every
year at this time, Ambergris' main publisher, Hoegbotton
& Sons, prints a special Festival booklet, complete
with a sumptuously-illustrated festival-related story.
Jeff and Eric have managed to bring back, from across
the meaningless void that separates the real and the unreal,
copies of this year's Hoegbotton & Sons' booklet,
you can have your own copy of the artifact:
Exchange Regular Edition: The booklet, in an elegant envelope
with squid stamp, and an Appoggiatura sheet. (limited to 300
The Exchange, Deluxe Limited Edition: A box with Hoegbotton
& Son's insignia containing the booklet, a letter from
H&S' management, and several items traditionally used
during the Festival - a candle, mushrooms, a message pellet,
etc. (limited to 100 copies, signed and numbered).
These are very low prices if you add in the psychological
and physical costs of the expedition. Jeff, who cannot stop
flexing his fingers like ungainly tentacles, has had recurring
nightmares in which he is made to waltz with giant squid,
underwater. Eric, meanwhile, can draw nothing but squid, usually
in a Soviet socialist mural style that quite unnerves both
him and the squid.
enough, the story in The Exchange mimics VanderMeer's writing
style, and the illustrations mimic Eric's style. "We
have come to believe," Jeff says, "that our world
may, in fact, be a shadow of Ambergris, and we are only shades
of a far more wondrous place than this..."
More Exchange Information:
Embarrassing and Inaccurate Praise for
Jeff's Prior Ambergris Fiction
A Decadent & Obfuscatory Interview
with the Artist, Eric Schaller
A Lurid Explanation of the Ultra-Decadent
Hoegbotton & Sons Imprint
contact Eric Schaller at firstname.lastname@example.org
for questions regarding art or production of The Exchange.
Jeff VanderMeer can be contacted at email@example.com.
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