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    Richard "Carla" Laymon - A STRANGERS ARMS" Question

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    Is there any chance that CD or any other publisher will obtain the rights to produce a limited edition of A STRANGERS ARMS? it's so scarce that I can't imagine it wouldn't sell out quickly. CD seems to be the perfect publisher for this project. I'll never be able to afford a copy of the original.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fanatic View Post
    Not sure where this question belongs:

    Is there any chance that CD or any other publisher will obtain the rights to produce a limited edition of A STRANGERS ARMS? it's so scarce that I can't imagine it wouldn't sell out quickly. CD seems to be the perfect publisher for this project. I'll never be able to afford a copy of the original.
    I can’t speak to that actual book but www.darkregions.com is releasing a Laymon series of books. You might contact them and see if it is one they are planning on or would consider.

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    MIDNIGHT'S LAIR will be the third and final Laymon book from Dark Regions. If you contact Dark Regions you should ask them when they are going to give updates on MIDNIGHT'S LAIR - they were supposed to provide a 'we sent it to the printer' update in September/October 2019.

    Kelly has indicated that she will publish A STRANGER'S ARMS as an ebook. I would like to see CD bring out more Laymon books because every CD Laymon book turned out very well. I think the only way Kelly would consider any more books from CD is if CD could promise they would be published within say, 1-2 years. Richard Chizmar unofficially announced IN LAYMON'S TERMS in a 2001 interview, so the 10 year wait for IN LAYMON'S TERMS was far from ideal.

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    I was hoping that this topic might prompt Rich to talk to Kelly about a nice limited edition!

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    I have never heard of this book. Anything Laymon is usually good

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    Quote Originally Posted by fanatic View Post
    I was hoping that this topic might prompt Rich to talk to Kelly about a nice limited edition!
    It is always worth a shot. Another shot, if you utilize anti-social media is to see if Kelly has a presence on them and reach out to her asking if she knows of any plans. I had a few interactions with Kelly back when she worked with Richard and she was Very pleasant to deal with. I would assume she would be when asking about her fathers work as well.

    I for one would love to see this in print!

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    When Laymon died in 2001, Richard Chizmar indicated in an mass email/newsletter shortly thereafter that he planned to do what he called a Laymon Library, a longterm project reprinting every book Laymon ever wrote, to keep his name alive and work (generally) in print. That, however, of course did not happen, so not sure if the relationship with the Laymon estate hit some bumps or CD's interest in reprinting his work waned. I'd be awfully surprised if there is much more -- if any -- in the way of Laymon reprints coming down the pike from CD, and even less so his more obscure books like his romance and YA work, e.g. A STRANGER'S ARMS.

    What I'd love to see is an HC omnibus of his Fearon single-story chapbooks that were designed for adult easy reading and middle/high school libraries. I *think* there were around a dozen, perhaps a few more, so it'd make for a great volume. I don't expect to see it from CD, though...it seems like their focus these days is more on original fiction & collections or deluxe editions of contemporary works (e.g. HEAD FULL OF GHOSTS, FULL THROTTLE, et al)...not too much in the way of reprints of older material anymore.

    EDIT: Here are a few of the Fearon chapbooks that I own (top five in the picture):
    https://twitter.com/ron_clinton/stat...313295360?s=20
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    Quote Originally Posted by RonClinton View Post
    When Laymon died in 2001, Richard Chizmar indicated in an mass email/newsletter shortly thereafter that he planned to do what he called a Laymon Library, a longterm project reprinting every book Laymon ever wrote, to keep his name alive and work (generally) in print. That, however, of course did not happen, so not sure if the relationship with the Laymon estate hit some bumps or CD's interest in reprinting his work waned. I'd be awfully surprised if there is much more -- if any -- in the way of Laymon reprints coming down the pike from CD, and even less so his more obscure books like his romance and YA work, e.g. A STRANGER'S ARMS.

    What I'd love to see is an HC omnibus of his Fearon single-story chapbooks that were designed for adult easy reading and middle/high school libraries. I *think* there were around a dozen, perhaps a few more, so it'd make for a great volume. I don't expect to see it from CD, though...it seems like their focus these days is more on original fiction & collections or deluxe editions of contemporary works (e.g. HEAD FULL OF GHOSTS, FULL THROTTLE, et al)...not too much in the way of reprints of older material anymore.

    EDIT: Here are a few of the Fearon chapbooks that I own (top five in the picture):
    https://twitter.com/ron_clinton/stat...313295360?s=20
    I remember hearing of Mr. Laymons passing in an email from Richard and of the plan for a group of Laymon reprints. I would love to see the laser known Laymon works be back in print.

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