Preorder Signed or Personalized Copies of The Strange by Nathan Ballingrud


From the Shirley Jackson award winning author, Nathan Ballingrud comes The Strange, published 03/21/23

1931, New Galveston, Mars: Fourteen-year-old Anabelle Crisp sets off through the wastelands of the Strange to find Silas Mundt's gang, who have stolen her mother's voice, destroyed her father, and left her solely with a need for vengeance.

Since Anabelle's mother left for Earth to care for her own ailing mother, her days in New Galveston have been spent at school and her nights at her laconic father's diner with Watson, the family Kitchen Engine and dishwasher as her only companion. When the Silence came, and communication and shipments from Earth to its colonies on Mars stopped, life seemed stuck in foreboding stasis until the night Silas Mundt and his gang attacked.

At once evoking the dreams of an America explored in Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles and the harder realities of frontier life in Charles Portis' True Grit, Ballingrud's novel is haunting in its evocation of Anabelle's quest for revenge amidst a spent and angry world accompanied by a domestic Engine, a drunken space pilot, and the toughest woman on Mars.

Nathan Ballingrud's stories have been adapted into the film Wounds and the Hulu series MonsterlandThe Strange is his first novel.


Pre-order from Malaprop's to receive a signed and/or personalized copy of The Strange by Nathan Ballingrud.  For personalization, use the order comments field to provide the name to which the book should be autographed (Ex. To Shawn). Nathan will also sign or personalize any of his earlier books!

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Books will ship on or after the publication date depending on the size of the preorder campaign and the author's availability.  If you order The Strange plus any of Nathan's backlist, your books will all ship after The Strange is published.  You will receive an email notification when your book is on the way to you and a generic email from that will contain your tracking number. If you need to make any changes to your shipping address, please email

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Nathan Ballingrud was born in Massachusetts in 1970, but spent most of his life in the South. Ballingrud is the author of the collections North American Lake Monsters and Wounds: Six stories from the Border of Hell. He's been awarded two Shirley Jackson Awards, and have shortlisted for the World Fantasy, British Fantasy, and Bram Stoker Awards. Among other things, he has been a cook on oil rigs and barges, a waiter, and a bartender in New Orleans. He now lives in North Carolina.


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ISBN: 9781534449954
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - March 21st, 2023

Wounds: Six Stories from the Border of Hell By Nathan Ballingrud Cover Image
ISBN: 9781534449930
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - April 9th, 2019

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ISBN: 9781618730602
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Published: Small Beer Press - July 16th, 2013