A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick - Artist Gift Edition

A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick - Artist Gift Edition

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Razor sharp in its depiction of drug-induced paranoia and madness, A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick is as unnerving as it is riveting.

Set in a dystopian Orange County, California, in the then-future of June 1994, Substance D is the most toxic drug to ever find its way onto the streets. The drug destroys the links between the brain’s two hemispheres, causing, first, disorientation, and then irreversible brain damage. Bob Arctor is an undercover narcotics agent desperate to discover the ultimate source of supply, but to find any kind of lead he has to pose as a user, and inevitably, become one as addicted as those he works among.

First published in 1977, A Scanner Darkly received the 1978 BSFA Award for Best Novel, and the Graouilly d’Or Award upon the novel’s 1979 publication in France. In 2006,  writer/director Richard Linklater shot a live-action film, starring Keanu Reeves, Robert Downey Jr., Woody Harrelson, and Winona Ryder, and then animated over the underlying images creating an eerily lifelike and richly detailed animated film adaptation.

A Scanner Darkly is steeped in an insider’s knowledge of 1960s drug culture. Philip K. Dick once stated of the novel, “Everything in A Scanner Darkly, I actually saw.” Based largely on his own experiences and the many friends he met and lost along the way, A Scanner Darkly is Philip K. Dick’s deeply personal exploration on the fragility of identity, how we choose to define ourselves, and how easily that definition can be altered and obliterated.

The limited edition of A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick is presented in three states: Lettered, Numbered and Artist Gift editions. 

Please note that Artist Gift editions are not numbered.


  • 6” x 9” trim size.
  • 320 Pages.
  • Limited to 750 copies.
  • New exclusive introduction by Carrie Vaughn.
  • Full cloth, smyth-sewn binding.
  • Two hits foil stamping.
  • Six full color illustrations by Vanessa Lemen.
  • Dust jacket with stunning wrap-around artwork by Vanessa Lemen (the only edition featuring the dust jacket.)
  • Signed by Vanessa Lemen.
  • Housed in a paper covered slipcase.
  • Bookmark with all pre-orders.

Published editions may differ slightly from mockups and prototype designs.
Artwork © 2020 by Vanessa Lemen.

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Geraldine Mesenas
A Scanner Darkly

Such a gorgeous book! Can’t stop looking at it! ❤️

Terry Daniels
A Scanner Darkly

Beautiful book that looks even better in person! I was able to purchase at list price long after it was out of print, after Suntup made some more copies available. As always it was shipped very well protected, and arrived promptly after I ordered since it was an already released title.

Davide Rollo

A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick - Artist Gift Edition

Matthew Stocker
Absolutely Amazing

This is an amazing novel and superb edition. The illustrations are phenomenal and so aligned with the narrative and tone of the novel.

Zdenko Juskuv
Excellent Edition

A nice, high-quality edition.