I take back my 'awesome' comment; that's a spectacular collection!
You're like the James Bond of books, where women want you and men want to be you.
On the bright side, my wife is very understanding of my hobbies, so I've got that situation positioned about as happily as it can be.
Thanks again for your kind words, though. It really does totally make my day to share. And I love looking at you guys' stuff, too, make no mistake.
Last edited by Daninsky; 01-09-2017 at 10:56 PM.
Really Excellent, Thanks for sharing!
Dear lord, man! That is one amazing collection of Centipede Press books! Some of those editions I didn't even know existed like the monstrous MotWT, which is just so cool. Thanks for sharing!
Well, I was going to go through and post my library by publisher in descending order of collection size, but I decided that I'd better post my CD stuff next, given that this is CD's site and all! Unfortunately, I actually started collecting Cemetery Dance a good deal later than most of the other publishers in my library, so my CD shelf is going to look a bit anti-climatic after all those Centipede photos. On the other hand, I do have a goodly number of CD publications on pre-order right now, so this shelf is going to fill out in due course. But for the moment, this is what I have from CD and, small as it may be, I am quite pleased to have what I do!
It's a good start! I'm a big fan of the Fangoria book, I have the regular s/l. CD's leather bound lettered copies were truly something to behold. I wish I'd been able to order some while they were being produced.
Do you collect by publisher then...I know you're attempting to complete the Centipede collection w/ a full run of their books...is that the case with the other several publishers you say you collect?
I collect by author and the degree of interest I have in reading the book...but I know those with the completist collector gene often collect by publisher, with the author(s) incidental, and shots of their full-run collections are always a lot of fun to see.
By the way, how long have you been collecting? That Centipede collection must've taken some time to accumulate...
Glad I haven't been bitten by the completest bug LOL!
I collect mainly by publisher, yes. Though I am not an obsessive completist with any single publisher other than Centipede. I buy everything Jerad does, bar none. With most of the others I collect, I purchase only books that appeal to me as a reader or (far less frequently) books that I strongly feel will appreciate in value. I try to limit my collecting to publisher because it imposes a reasonable restraint to keep me from going crazy and spending too much or buying more books than I have room for. I also buy individual books if they are recommended to me by a reliable source or if I have a personal connection to the author, editor, or publisher.
So I suppose I'm sort of a hybrid in terms of collector genes. But yes, there are about six publishers (Centipede, Subterranean, CD, Swan River, PS, and Thunderstorm) whose release updates I watch very carefully. There are probably another dozen or so that are on my radar, but from whom I only buy one or two books per year.
As far as book collecting in general, I have been going to great lengths to purchase certain authors or publishers for about 25 years now. I started back in high school, taking semi-regular road trips across my state with a very dear friend of mine, also an avid collector. We'd drive along the interstate over the course of a day or weekend and stop at all the bookstores on our map. I believe the first signed edition I procured this way was a signed Fritz Leiber (Bazaar of the Bizarre)published by Donald M Grant when I was about 17. As time went on, I started ranging further to conventions and swap meets and such.
Ebay was a life changer when it came along, as I suspect it was for most people here. Though it did snip a little bit of the fun out of those trips to Windy City Pulp and Paper.
Believe it or not, I've only been collecting Centipede for about two years. I am just, well, -quite- aggressive when it comes to my rare completist collecting. I hunt like mad and have a pretty vast network of reliable connections built up over the years to hassle daily about hits. Hahahaha. Persistence, luck, and a lot of negotiating.
Last edited by Daninsky; 01-10-2017 at 08:15 PM.
Sounds in many ways familiar to my story. I've been doing this now for around 25 years as well -- closer to 30, I suppose, if I do the math. I didn't start seriously collecting/reading in the genre until my early 20s, starting with Dark Harvest and the like. Dark Harvest's novels, collections, and anthologies introduced me to different authors and the small-press scene, and then I picked up Cemetery Dance #2 brand-new on the newstands...and it all took off from there. My book database shows 2,745 (though, of course, not all are small-press horror) books in my collection currently, but I've probably had at least half that number again go through my hands as books were traded, sold off, etc.
30 years of bookhunting -- man, that's a heckuva long time when I see that number in black-and-white (even longer when I think as well about the teenage me and the casual trips made to my local used bookstore for some cheap reading pbs) ...but even still I can't think of many ways more rewarding to spend one's spare time and discretionary funds. The fruits of my labor surround me like old friends in the many barrister bookcases in my home office, and when I look at them, as I often do, they give me a sense of pleasure and comfort and of satisfaction of time well spent.
Ah, so it's an issue of not having a copy of every version of a book you've done rather than not having a copy of any version at all.
Always looking to rent out a hidden floor above or below an old library, preferably brick or stone with hidden passageways. No pets.
Continuing on here, though eschewing any real semblance of order in the process, I am providing some photographs of The (numbered) Virginia Edition of the complete collection of Robert Heinlein's works. The rather glossy leather binding doesn't want to photograph well in my windowless library, but it'll have to do.
I was introduced to Heinlein at a rather young age, as my father roomed with RH's nephew his first year in college and had quite a collection of paperbacks when I was a lad.
Damn, man! What a beautiful set! I see the numbers on the bottom, but what is the basis of the organization? Is it chronological?