A CRUEL WIND: A CHRONICLE OF THE DREAD EMPIRE by Glen Cook. San Francisco, CA; Night Shade Books; 2006. 1st edition hardcover. Before there was Black Company, there was the Dread Empire. An omnibus collection the first three Dread Empire novels: A Shadow of All Night's Falling, October's Baby and All Darkness Met. With an introduction by Jeff VanderMeer. Cover by Raymond Swanland. "The thing about Glen Cook is that… he single-handedly changed the field of fantasy – something a lot of people didn’t notice, and maybe still don’t. He brought the story down to a human level… Reading his stuff was like reading Vietnam War fiction on Peyote." - Steven Erikson, author of Gardens of the Moon, and Deadhouse Gates. Issued in a SIGNED/LIMITED edition of 250 (unnumbered) copies, SIGNED BY COOK, VANDERMEER & SWANLAND. OUT OF PRINT. Fine in fine dj.