10/23/13 - Site host upgrade. The ROC reissue of Dragondoom will be released 12/3/13.
6/12/13 - Added new Penguin/Roc 2013 mass market paperback cover images for The Dragonstone, Voyage of the Fox Rider, and Dragondoom. Added 2014 hardbound cover image for Stolen Crown.
1/30/13 - Dennis recently signed contracts for eBook versions of most of his Mithgar books. The publisher plans to issue them one every three months. Paperbacks will also be reissued of the same books with new cover art. Stolen Crown, the new 3rd Era novel of Mithgar detailing the War of the Usurper, will now be published in hardcover sometime in 2014.
1/23/13 - Strange Reflections, a collection of all of Dennis' anthologized short stories is now available from Amazon.com in Kindle eBook format! It's a great way to catch up on his genre-spanning older stories in a single volume. Also, be sure to follow Dennis' tweets on Twitter, where he goes by @DLMcKiernan, for all the latest news on his writings, straight from the author himself! He's currently going back to work on Jezebel, a ghost story, to be published as an eBook. Some of the older Mithgar novels are also becoming available for pre-order from Amazon, so be sure to check there often for updates.
11/16/12 - At the Edge of the Forest is now available from Amazon.com in both paperback and Kindle eBook formats! Next up in multiple formats will be Stolen Crown, the eagerly awaited 3rd Era novel of Mithgar. A new story specific map is finished but Dennis is waiting on cover art and negotiations with his publisher. Also, Caverns of Socrates is being re-released as Shadowtrap followed by the new Black Foxes sequel novel, Shadowprey, to make up duology. These will be the first books in a new Black Foxes series Dennis will focus on for his next project. So as he says, "Stand by, 2013 will be the year of the launch!"
6/16/11 - Dennis recently delivered a couple of completed manuscripts to his agent:
- Stolen Crown - a new 3rd Era Mithgar novel!
- Shadowprey - Book Two of the Black Foxes, sequel to Shadowtrap (Caverns of Socrates)
He was kind enough to provide suggested cover text for each Novel which can be found on their respective pages under the Books menu or by clicking the links above.
Hopefully his editor will take them all and we lucky readers will have a chance to enjoy them. If you want to help ensure these books see the store shelves, please take a minute to email Roc, his publisher, and direct your comments to "Editorial Departmant, Roc Books". They can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The most recently published stand-alone novel of Mithgar, City of Jade, is on store shelves now. Click on a section to the right to see book synopses, excerpts, and author commentary. Good reading!
Dwelling in Cities of Jade
by Dennis L. Mckiernan
As one of my very dearest readers (my heart mate, my Martha Lee) said, "Returning to Mithgar, it's like years later having your best friend in college come knocking on your door."
"That's true," I replied, "at least for me it is."
And, as it turns out, following a long absence, Mithgar once again came knocking on my door.
For the previous five years, I had been traveling through each of the four seasons and one final war in the land of Faery, dealing with surly witches and one very bad wizard, after which I once again joined the Black Foxes for another go at Avery. I had just finished the overthrow of that AI, when there sounded that knock at my door.
It was Mithgar.
We fell into each other's arms, and I gladly invited my old friend in. And we talked and talked and talked for the next six months--nearly nonstop, I kid you not.
And we reminisced about our first meeting.
I was flat on my back with a shattered femur in a hospital in Columbus, Ohio. (To make a long story short: I was competing in a motorcycle cross-country event; I got run over by a car; busted my femur into at least fifty pieces.) Anyway, as They--you know them, they are the "They"--as They were putting me in a cast that went from my armpits to over my toes, this stranger walked in: he looked a lot like Middle Earth, not really a twin, but more like a sequel. We became fast friends, that day. And I began writing his story.
That was in 1977, but by the early 1980s I realized this friend was really Mithgar, with its Warrows and Baeron and Pysks and Dwarves and Elves and Draega and Dragons and other such inhabitants. And so came The Iron Tower and The Silver Call and Dragondoom and The Eye of the Hunter and all the rest--duologies, trilogies, novels, collections--some fifteen Mithgar books in all (my friend has a lot of stories to tell).
Returning to Mithgar is also like coming home after a long absence--me being the prodigal son. "Oh, my lord," I cry, "I see Aravan and Aylis and their splendid Elvenship, the Eroean. Oh, look, Warrows! How I've missed the Boskydells and their Wee Folk: hearty and funny, stalwart and true, naïve and deadly--and, at need, perhaps the most prolific killers in all of Mithgar. And fox-riding Pysks--so very tiny, so vulnerable, so lethal when pushed to their limits."
I've had many a reader tell me that they would love to live in Mithgar. "What?" I ask. "Do you realize just how deadly Mithgar can be at times?" But I know what they mean. You see, Mithgar, despite all its perils, is a wonderful friend, and I love having companions trekking across Mithgar at my side.
Anyway, after returning from Faery and from a second visit to Avery's perilous virtual reality, there came a knock at my door, and it was my priceless friend come to visit again. We embraced and clapped one another on the back, and when we had settled down, "Let me tell you about the lost City of Jade," he said.
"Ooo, that sounds interesting."
"Indeed," he replied.
"When is it set?"
"In the time between Silver Wolf, Black Falcon and Red Slippers: More Tales of Mithgar."
"Who's in it?"
"Your favorite Elf," he whispered.
"Both, but mainly the one with the Elvenship."
"Is his truelove, Aylis, with him?"
"A couple of Warrows: Binkton Windrow and Pipper Willobank, cousins, and, oh, my, the things they do and the trouble they get themselves into."
"Oh, yes. It wouldn't be much of a story without Dwarves."
"Aylissa the Pysk and her fox, Vex, along with Mages and Baeron and Silver Wolves and many others."
"Who is the villain?"
"Oh, you are going to love to hate him. A nasty one, he is. You've met him before, but only briefly."
"Okay, okay. I'm all on pins and needles. Say on, say on, and I'll write it all down."
And so my very best friend told me the tale, and during the telling I dwelt in the City of Jade, another perilous place to be in the world of Mithgar. And now it's your turn. But watch out, for deadly danger lurks within.
-Dennis L. McKiernan