Peter David and friends launch a new science fiction and fantasy publishing company

Peter David is one of the most prolific authors of the past couple decades, writing his own original novels as well as Star Trek tie-in novels and countless novelizations. But he's never gone into the publishing business... until now.

David is starting a new small press, Crazy 8 Press, along with Michael Jan Friedman, Robert Greenberger, Glenn Hauman, Aaron Rosenberg, and Howard Weinstein. They're hoping to publish a new book every other month, in electronic formats and print-on-demand, and they're focusing on science fiction and fantasy for now. Their first publication: David's satirical Arthurian novel The Camelot Papers. Here's the book's blurb:

A powerful ruler who's considered by many to be simple-minded and vacuous and has serious father issues. A no-nonsense, polarizing woman who favors pants suits and pursues dubious agendas involving social needs. A remarkably magnetic leader of men with a reputation as a skirt-chaser. A scheming, manipulative advisor who is constantly trying to control public perceptions. A man seen as the next, great hope for the people, except there are disputes over his background and many contend he's not what he appears to be.

George W? Hillary and Bill? Karl Rove? Obama?

Try Arthur Pendragon, Guinevere, Lancelot, Merlin, and Galahad.

Learn here, for the first time, the down-and-dirty royal secrets that plagued Camelot as told by someone who was actually there, and adapted by acclaimed New York Times bestseller Peter David. Full of sensationalism, startling secrets and astounding revelations, The Camelot Papers is to the realm of Arthur what the Pentagon Papers is to the military: something that all those concerned would rather you didn't see.

You can read the first chapter online here.

[via Bleeding Cool]