Blackwater by Michael McDowell - Numbered Edition

Blackwater by Michael McDowell - Numbered Edition

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Originally published as a series of six volumes, Michael McDowell’s Blackwater is a Southern Gothic saga of suspense, mystery and terror.

When the gracious and beautiful Elinor Dammert arrives in Perdido, Alabama on Easter Sunday in 1919, she is a stranger in the small town, desperate to fit in. She sets her sights on marrying Oscar Caskey, the eldest son of Perdido’s first family; but beneath Elinor’s charm and beauty lies a shocking secret—and beneath the waters of the Perdido River, Elinor’s true form will soon be discovered, changing the Caskey family and the town of Perdido forever.

Upon its publication in 1983, the atmospheric and character-driven family drama of Blackwater not only defied the horror genre, but elevated it. Michael McDowell was proclaimed “the finest writer of paperback originals in America” by Stephen King, and “one of the best writers of horror in this country” by Peter Straub.

Now collected as a single volume novel, Blackwater continues to be discovered and praised by new generations. One recent reviewer wrote, “Operatic, epic, and scary… Blackwater is a Southern Gothic to drown all other Southern Gothics in a muddy river. Sink into this one. You won’t regret it.”

The signed limited edition of Blackwater by Michael McDowell is presented in three states: Lettered, Numbered and Artist editions. 


  • 6” x 9” trim size.
  • 888 pages.
  • Limited to 350 copies.
  • Quarter leather binding.
  • Japanese cloth boards.
  • Leather is embossed with a special metallic pearlescent finish.
  • Cover features a foil stamped Hahnemühle Bugra label.
  • New exclusive afterword by John Langan.
  • Six full-color illustrations by Marcela Bolívar.
  • Newly illustrated map of Perdido and Blackwater family tree by Maxime Plasse.
  • Signed by John Langan, Marcela Bolívar and Maxime Plasse.
  • Reproductions of the original paperback covers.
  • Printed offset on archival Cougar Natural.
  • Endsheets are embossed.
  • Housed in a slipcase covered with 85% genuine leather from waste retrieved from tanneries.
  • Bookmark with all pre-orders.

Published editions may differ slightly from mockups and prototype designs.
Artwork © 2021 by Marcela Bolívar.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 16 reviews
Andy C
Blackwater by Michael McDowell . Numbered

As a book collector I always look towards quality in presentation and just feeling the slipcase was enough for me. Beautiful presentation adds to all the other Suntup editions that I have at the heart of my collection.
Great artwork that stands out and more than happy with the presentation.

Oliver K

This is really beautiful book with skin so right for the content inside. I wish there were even more illustrations.

David Terry

An incredibly smart, classy looking edition of Blackwater that contains the best illustrations for it that I've yet seen. Not only does it look fantastic, but it even feels like very high quality. First class!

James Ashley
Beautiful Spine

Great presentation for this title.

Jayson Powell
Beautiful Book

Perfect materials and excellent construction make for a worthy addition to any collection.