Finally, I can tell you all some news I’ve been wanting to share for a long time.
If you’re thinking: Hmm, that copy of Empress looks a little different. More…substantial, somehow…
I must congratulate you on your keen perceptive eye.
The book has been reissued, and it now includes:
A lovely introduction by David Levithan
Not one, not two, but THREE short stories featuring characters from the book:
- the Eisner-nominated “Me and Edith Head,” with art by Steve Lieber, about Katrina Lansdale, which takes place before Empress happens
- “Click,” with art by Dylan Meconis, about Battle Hall Davies, which takes place between the events of Empress and The Rules for Hearts
- and the brand-new, never-before-published “Comparative Anatomy,” with art by Natalie Nourigat, about Nicola Lancaster, which takes place after the events of both novels
Plus a Q & A with me, a recommended booklist, Â an exercise in musical archaeology wherein I construct a playlist based on my vague memories of what the heck I was listening to when I was writingÂ Empress, and a preview of the companion book, The Rules for Hearts.
This new edition, with all the super-cool new material, only exists because fabulous people like you have been supporting my work for more than a decade. I’m so honored that my books are still finding new readers, and I’m thrilled that the Now-With-Way-More-Stuff-In-It version of Empress is out in the world!