King Rat (2005)
A novel by China Mieville

Foreword by Clive Barker

Illustrated by Richard Kirk

Afterword by China Mieville

Modern Classics

SYNOPSIS: Something is stirring in London's dark corners, stamping out its territory in brick dust and blood. Something has murdered Saul Garamond's father and left Saul to pay for the crime.

A shadow from the urban waste breaks into Saul's prison cell only to lead him into a different form of imprisonment, as he soon finds himself an unwilling player in a battle between two ancient enemies. In order for Saul to survive, he must confront the forces that would use him, the forces that would destroy him, and the forces that shape his own bizarre identity.

This is award-winner China Mieville's debut novel. Like his subsequent novels, KING RAT features Mieville's characteristic breakneck pacing, impossible creatures, and new dark worlds. Lavishly illustrated by Richard Kirk, and with a Foreword by Clive Barker and an Afterword by the author, this deluxe edition celebrates Mieville's "bold, pounding, down-and-dirty debut" (Kirkus Reviews).

Available in two deluxe limited edition states:

400 numbered copies, signed by Mieville, bound in bonded leather and slipcased


15 lettered copies, signed by Mieville and Kirk and Barker, hand bound in high-end goatskin leather, with special endpapers and silk ribbon page marker, and housed in a handcrafted traycase covered in fine Japanese cloth, with the title stamped on a piece of leather that matches the book covering


Numbered, slipcased edition

 Lettered, traycased edition

China's only other limited edition novels are of THE SCAR and IRON COUNCIL, each published as a run of 1000 copies, so 400 copies for KING RAT is much lower and more collectible, by comparison - not to mention having well over a dozen interior illustrations and more. Not to be missed!

***CONTEST*** hosted by Earthling and Camelot Books and Gifts: KING RAT is slated for an April/May release. Preorder/order a copy before June 1 from either Earthling or Camelot and you'll be entered to win a PC copy of the numbered, leatherbound, slipcased edition, with a special inscription by China, he says possibly "a piece about rats," as well as an original drawing of one of the characters by artist Richard Kirk. The book can also be personalized to the winner by the author and/or artist if so desired, and a letter of provenance from the publisher will accompany each book. There will be only two of these special copies: one to be won through Camelot and one to be won through Earthling. Best of luck!

"[Earthling's edition is] one of the best designed and printed books you'll have the pleasure to own ... a work that should win awards as an example of how to get a book project right."

"KING RAT: a story so compelling you almost haven't time to notice how fine the writing is; a dark myth reinvented for our time and for London in particular with great wit, style, and imagination."
Ramsey Campbell

"This is a riveting, brilliant novel. The language sings, the concepts are original and engrossing."
— Charles de Lint

"An impressive, even daring, debut."

"KING RAT goes down as sweetly as week-old garbage, to leave the reader eyeing speculatively the manhole covers of Soho and Battersea. A knotted, toothy, thought-provoking read."
M. John Harrison

"[An] extraordinary debut novel. . . . China Mieville is a remarkably eloquent new writer who has produced genuine magic here."