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mhatchett
12-01-2016, 11:43 PM
Another Douglas Western from Thunderstorm: Seven Buried Hill by Kristopher Rufty:

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How are the stories? I've thought about getting this series.

Brian861
12-02-2016, 12:03 AM
Awesome! Now what's the secret?

I copied your photos, rotated them, then reposted :)

TacomaDiver
12-02-2016, 03:12 AM
If you're taking the pictures with your phone, even though your phone might know which way is up, quite often when you e-mail, or in this case upload, the picture will default to how it was taken.

Not sure if that's what's happening though. I experience this whenever I e-mail a picture from my phone (an iPhone) to work, Windows will almost have it rotated 90 degrees.

Martin
12-02-2016, 04:04 AM
I love what Thunderstorm is producing. Great additions.

slayn666
12-02-2016, 01:36 PM
My only issue with TSB is I want to purchase everything they publish, but can't afford to do so.

Sock Monkey
12-06-2016, 04:27 PM
How are the stories? I've thought about getting this series.

Unfortunately, I am SO far behind in my reading that I haven't been able to get to the first two books in the series let alone the two new ones. I got a promotion at work back in May and since then I've only finished one book. I'm starting to get a hang of the new position so hopefully I'll be able to get back on track with my reading.

Sock Monkey
12-06-2016, 04:29 PM
I love what Thunderstorm is producing. Great additions.

Thanks!

Sock Monkey
12-06-2016, 04:30 PM
If you're taking the pictures with your phone, even though your phone might know which way is up, quite often when you e-mail, or in this case upload, the picture will default to how it was taken.

Not sure if that's what's happening though. I experience this whenever I e-mail a picture from my phone (an iPhone) to work, Windows will almost have it rotated 90 degrees.

That explains a lot. Thanks for the heads up!

Sock Monkey
12-06-2016, 05:01 PM
My only issue with TSB is I want to purchase everything they publish, but can't afford to do so.

Tell me about it! By my estimation, TSB has published around 30 books this year and with their price point being between $65 and $85, that adds up to a whole lot of money. I'd be able to swing more if I only bought TSB books, but I also buy the majority of what CD puts out along with the occasional Sub Press, Centipede, and Earthling book, which means that my budget gets stretched pretty darn thin.

slayn666
12-06-2016, 09:16 PM
Tell me about it! By my estimation, TSB has published around 30 books this year and with their price point being between $65 and $85, that adds up to a whole lot of money. I'd be able to swing more if I only bought TSB books, but I also buy the majority of what CD puts out along with the occasional Sub Press, Centipede, and Earthling book, which means that my budget gets stretched pretty darn thin.

Exactly! And that's not counting trade/mass market releases from the big NY publishers, either.

Theli
12-08-2016, 07:05 AM
Outstanding new additions!

bookworm 1
12-12-2016, 12:03 AM
Quite a few beautiful books there. Thunderstorm Press does put out great books but yeah the price is a bit much with the quantity of books that they put out. I have had to be really selective with my purchases the last year or so. Between job change and a kid in college and other expenses not much left for my book purchases.

Theli
02-03-2017, 07:47 PM
Looking good!

Sock Monkey
02-03-2017, 10:02 PM
First: Yay! I got the pictures to rotate properly!!! :D It truly is the small things in life...

So below is the second book in Thunderstorm's Misteriosa Diablo line: Highways to Hell by Bryan Smith. This was only available if you purchased the "Bryan Smith Bundle" they offered that consisted of three other books by Smith: Soultaker, Christmas Eve on Haunted Hill, and Depraved 3 and was limited to only 36 copies.

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Sock Monkey
02-03-2017, 10:10 PM
I also won this off Ebay:

The Reach of Children by Tim Lebbon, published by Humdrumming Press. This is notoriously difficult to track down as it originally supposed to be a 450-copy limited and 52-copy lettered production, but from what I've read, only the limited was produced and the run was an abbreviated 150 copies. Due to its rarity, copies for this book go for a pretty penny, copies on Ebay and Abe are currently listed for $125 on up. I got lucky and picked it up for under $20, which includes shipping from Canada.


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Sock Monkey
02-03-2017, 10:17 PM
The next book was also an Ebay win:

A copy of the trade HC of The Best of Cemetery Dance. I've been wanting a copy for a while and pretty gave up on the signed limited as it is usually WAY out of my price range. Even the trade HC fetches a pretty penny and finding one in good condition is hard. This was another good deal as I got it for $37 plus shipping. Unfortunately, when I arrived I noticed that the top front has a small ding, nothing major and nothing I couldn't live with, but it also got a bit of crinkling to the dust jacket, which kinda bummed me out. Don't know if I should make a big deal about it, though, especially for the price I got. Maybe I'll get lucky and I can find another dust jacket one day.

Anyways, I'm happy to have it on my shelf!

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Martin
02-03-2017, 11:56 PM
The next book was also an Ebay win:

A copy of the trade HC of The Best of Cemetery Dance. I've been wanting a copy for a while and pretty gave up on the signed limited as it is usually WAY out of my price range. Even the trade HC fetches a pretty penny and finding one in good condition is hard. This was another good deal as I got it for $37 plus shipping. Unfortunately, when I arrived I noticed that the top front has a small ding, nothing major and nothing I couldn't live with, but it also got a bit of crinkling to the dust jacket, which kinda bummed me out. Don't know if I should make a big deal about it, though, especially for the price I got. Maybe I'll get lucky and I can find another dust jacket one day.

Anyways, I'm happy to have it on my shelf!

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They may have replacement dust jackets available still.

RonClinton
02-04-2017, 01:01 AM
Fantastic acquisitions...especially that Lebbon novella...I have the edition as well, and, you're right, it's a spendy book at regular aftermarket retail. I thought *I* got a deal a couple years ago on my copy, but I still paid twice your $20. Nice grab!

Sock Monkey
02-04-2017, 05:43 AM
Thanks for the tip, Martin. I didn't the dust jackets on the site anymore, but maybe I'll shoot an email and keep my fingers crossed.

Sock Monkey
02-04-2017, 05:56 AM
Fantastic acquisitions...especially that Lebbon novella...I have the edition as well, and, you're right, it's a spendy book at regular aftermarket retail. I thought *I* got a deal a couple years ago on my copy, but I still paid twice your $20. Nice grab!

Thanks! Even at $40, I think you got a great deal. I really just got lucky on both this and Best of CD. Both were just low bids because it's all I could swing and just expected to be outbid.

Rereading my posts, I sound kinda like a braggart which was not my intention. I was excited to share the good deals with people who "get it". Non-collector friends and family just look at me like "yeah, it's a book. You shouldn't have paid more than twenty bucks..."

Brian861
02-04-2017, 08:41 PM
Thanks! Even at $40, I think you got a great deal. I really just got lucky on both this and Best of CD. Both were just low bids because it's all I could swing and just expected to be outbid.

Rereading my posts, I sound kinda like a braggart which was not my intention. I was excited to share the good deals with people who "get it". Non-collector friends and family just look at me like "yeah, it's a book. You shouldn't have paid more than twenty bucks..."

We totally feel ya, Keith! You are amongst friends (enablers) here :). And a super accomplishment on getting those photos fixed! My neck was starting to get a little sore ;). I didn't think you sounded like a braggart at all! It's great to hear when fellow members score some awesome deals for their hobby.

As quoted from a member on the DT forum; "Any area of collecting only becomes really worth it when shared with like minded people"

Theli
02-07-2017, 01:29 PM
I think you did well Keith! Great additions!

Sock Monkey
05-25-2017, 09:12 PM
I've been looking for these books for a few years now and I finally stumbled upon a matching numbered pair of God of the Razor and Lords of the Razor.

This is a slightly weird set from Subterranean Press as their were designed as companion pieces, hence the matching slipcase and art from Tim Truman, but the books themselves had a few notable differences: one was the binding as God is bound in leather while Lords is cloth bound; other was the limitation: God was available in a trade edition along with a 150-copy limited edition and no lettered edition, while Lords was not offered in a trade edition but was offered in a 500-copy limited edition and a 26-copy lettered edition. Suffice to say, that I felt kinda lucky to get a matching set at pretty much issued price.

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Sock Monkey
05-25-2017, 09:27 PM
Here are the limitation pages for the God and Lords. Sorry for the sideways pictures. I thought I had this sorted out, but it struck again. :(

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daverob
05-26-2017, 01:23 AM
Very nice! Congratulations!

Sock Monkey
05-26-2017, 04:57 AM
Thanks!

Brian861
05-26-2017, 02:43 PM
Nice adds, Keith!

Theli
05-26-2017, 03:06 PM
Very nice additions! They look great together. The God of the Razor is a surprisingly low print run.

bookworm 1
05-28-2017, 02:36 AM
Those are beautiful.

Sock Monkey
08-17-2017, 03:11 PM
Here's one of my newer additions: The Crane House. I've been trying to track one of these down for a while at a decent price as when they do come up, they are regularly priced at $100+. The line up is fantastic and I can't wait to read it!

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Sock Monkey
08-17-2017, 03:23 PM
Another new addition: 'Nids and Other Stories by Ray Garton. This was published by Camelot books quite a while back, but they recently had a sale, offering the lettered for $99 so I jumped on it. I'm not a huge fan of these types of traycases and I from the pictures I've seen I like the newer style Camelot has, but overall I like the book and presentation, especially for the price.

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Sock Monkey
08-17-2017, 03:32 PM
Last but certainly not least is the Author's Roman Numeral Lettered edition of Gideon's Sword by Preston and Child. This varies from the standard lettered edition by having a red traycase and different limitation page stating that it is an "Author's edition" and limited to only 10 copies. This one is roman numeral VIII.

I was hesitant on picking this up when offered as I haven't read the series and I've heard mixed reviews about it, but as far as production values goes, it is such as great looking book and I love the red traycase! And with only 10 of these made, it makes it a really cool collectible.

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Brian861
08-17-2017, 10:31 PM
Last but certainly not least is the Author's Roman Numeral Lettered edition of Gideon's Sword by Preston and Child. This varies from the standard lettered edition by having a red traycase and different limitation page stating that it is an "Author's edition" and limited to only 10 copies. This one is roman numeral VIII.

I was hesitant on picking this up when offered as I haven't read the series and I've heard mixed reviews about it, but as far as production values goes, it is such as great looking book and I love the red traycase! And with only 10 of these made, it makes it a really cool collectible.

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Very nice adds! Some beautiful books there!

Theli
08-18-2017, 02:52 PM
Nice additions. I actually quite like the look of that Garton traycase. Looks sturdy and professional. Functionality I can't comment on of course, and that's what matters most.

Sock Monkey
08-23-2017, 04:01 PM
Thanks, guys. As far as the Garton traycase, it has started to grow on me more. The functionality of getting it open isn't as easy as a traditional traycase, but I'm glad I added it to my collection.

Sock Monkey
09-28-2017, 08:45 PM
I've been on a lettered edition kick recently. My first addition was acquired from Tommy. I've been wanting a lettered edition of this book for awhile and I'm glad to have it in my collection! Thanks, Tommy!!
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Sock Monkey
09-28-2017, 08:55 PM
The lettered edition of Dinner with the Cannibal Sisters has been one of my favorite CD productions and I finally found one at a decent price ($69!) so I swooped on it. I LOVE this book! Not only is the production great, but this is probably my favorite thing that Douglas Clegg has written.

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Sock Monkey
09-28-2017, 09:03 PM
Next up is Bad Dog by Tom Piccirilli. This is one of two lettered editions I picked up during a recent CDCC offer of 50% off on OOP lettered editions. This is another great looking book from CD.

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Sock Monkey
09-28-2017, 09:11 PM
The second book that I picked up during the CDCC offer was Four Halloweens. The four authors involved (Ray Garton, Kealan Patrick Burke, Ed Gorman, and Norman Prentiss) are some of my favorites, so grabbing this lettered at the discount was a no-brainer for me. Now I'm hoping to be able to track down a copy of the lettered Four Halloweens 2 when it is released.

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Brian861
09-28-2017, 09:36 PM
Very nice, Keith! DWTCS was a great read!

Martin
09-28-2017, 10:11 PM
The lettered edition of Dinner with the Cannibal Sisters has been one of my favorite CD productions and I finally found one at a decent price ($69!) so I swooped on it. I LOVE this book! Not only is the production great, but this is probably my favorite thing that Douglas Clegg has written.

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Love this book. Both a great story and a well designed book. Congratulations on getting the lettered. I will place this as my second favorite Clegg story right after 'Night Cage'. I love that story!

daverob
09-29-2017, 01:42 AM
I love that Clegg and Bad Dog. That Clegg story is terrific. Congrats!

Theli
09-29-2017, 01:33 PM
Man I love the way CD made these leather lettered editions. As much as I love a good tray or slipcase, in a way, nothing beats a classic leather binding.

RonClinton
09-29-2017, 03:36 PM
Man I love the way CD made these leather lettered editions. As much as I love a good tray or slipcase, in a way, nothing beats a classic leather binding.

I'm probably in the minority, but I vastly prefer the traditional lettered format, with traycase and dustjacket. I find a plain leather book sans dj with stamping and silver gilt to be awfully plain, to lack that visual and aethetic "wow" factor...rightly or wrongly, it *seems* like one is getting far less bang for the lettered buck. 'Course, my budgetary priorities don't allow me to be a lettered customer, so it doesn't impact my purchasing decision, but I do have to say there is now much less lure for me to become one. I congratulate CD for trying something new and I'm sure there are many fans like Theli who like and even prefer this new format, but I'm just not among them.

Sock Monkey
09-29-2017, 05:59 PM
I love that Clegg and Bad Dog. That Clegg story is terrific. Congrats!

Thanks!

Sock Monkey
09-29-2017, 06:00 PM
Love this book. Both a great story and a well designed book. Congratulations on getting the lettered. I will place this as my second favorite Clegg story right after 'Night Cage'. I love that story!

I've been eyeing a copy of Night Cage. I might need to move it up the buying queue now!

Theli
10-02-2017, 11:07 PM
I'm probably in the minority, but I vastly prefer the traditional lettered format, with traycase and dustjacket. I find a plain leather book sans dj with stamping and silver gilt to be awfully plain, to lack that visual and aethetic "wow" factor...rightly or wrongly, it *seems* like one is getting far less bang for the lettered buck. 'Course, my budgetary priorities don't allow me to be a lettered customer, so it doesn't impact my purchasing decision, but I do have to say there is now much less lure for me to become one. I congratulate CD for trying something new and I'm sure there are many fans like Theli who like and even prefer this new format, but I'm just not among them.

To be honest I like to have both!

Sock Monkey
08-12-2018, 04:10 AM
It has been a while since I posted any new additions to my collection thread so I figured I'd attempt to get caught up a little. I shall begin with new lettered edition acquisitions:

First up is Pork Pie Hat by Peter Straub. This one gets poked fun of quite a bit due to its perennial status as a grab bag item, but I, for one, think that this is one of Straub's best work. Subtle and layered, Pork Pie Hat goes down smooth, yet lingers on the mental palette. I'm happy to finally have a lettered edition in my collection thanks to a member on the forum.

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Sock Monkey
08-12-2018, 04:15 AM
Next up is two more of my favorites: Femme and Kinsmen by Bill Pronzini. The trade editions seemed to do better for CD than the limited or lettered editions. I loved both of these books and were able to pick them up for $100 combined. Beautiful editions! The last picture shows a comparison of the limited and lettered editions sans dustjackets. While the limited is nothing to shake a stick at, I just think the leather binding is so much nicer.

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Sock Monkey
08-12-2018, 04:26 AM
I was on the fence about picking up the next lettered edition. Not because of the author as I love Mr. Prentiss's work, but more that I didn't know if I wanted a lettered edition when all of my other Novella Series books were limiteds. Impulsively, I picked up Invisible Fences in the lettered state and I think it is a pretty good looking book. Unfortunately, now I'm fighting the urge to get the rest of the Novella Series in lettered editions. Luckily for my wallet if I do, I only have the past ones to pick up as CD is no longer offering lettered editions for these books.

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Sock Monkey
08-12-2018, 04:30 AM
Last but not least: The Mailman by Bentley Little. Mr. Little is divisive on the forum and I find his work rather hit-or-miss, but when it hits I like it quite a bit.

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Brian861
08-12-2018, 10:43 AM
Nice adds, Keith!

Martin
08-12-2018, 02:26 PM
Some great additions there, thanks for sharing!

TacomaDiver
08-12-2018, 03:38 PM
Some great additions there, thanks for sharing!

Seconded - or thirded - very nice additions!

That reminds me I still need to make my own thread.

bookworm 1
08-13-2018, 08:14 PM
Very nice adds. Invisible Fences is one of my favorite books.

Sock Monkey
08-17-2018, 04:02 PM
Thanks, everyone!


Very nice adds. Invisible Fences is one of my favorite books.

I'm looking forward to reading it! I keep going back and forth on my decision to pick up the lettered. Now I want the rest of the series in lettered editions! The only thing completely holding me off is that the lettered editions for this series have been discontinued. On the other hand, at least I wouldn't have to worry about new announcements!

jeffingoff
08-17-2018, 04:49 PM
Last but not least: The Mailman by Bentley Little. Mr. Little is divisive on the forum and I find his work rather hit-or-miss, but when it hits I like it quite a bit.


Well, to be fair, Little seems to only be a miss with me. I'm the only one making it divisive here! But that is one beautiful book, regardless!

Martin
08-17-2018, 04:50 PM
Well, to be fair, Little seems to only be a miss with me. I'm the only one making it divisive here! But that is one beautiful book, regardless!

Not trying to send you back to Mr. Little but The Mailman is my favorite Little read and a great story!

RonClinton
08-17-2018, 04:54 PM
Not trying to send you back to Mr. Little but The Mailman is my favorite Little read and a great story!

If memory serves, I think it was THE MAILMAN that Jeff read and, to put it kindly, didn't like. Given that that novel is pretty representative of Little's style and eerie and surrealistic bent and is one of his better novels, he just oddly enough doesn't seem to be Jeff's thing.

Martin
08-17-2018, 05:05 PM
If memory serves, I think it was THE MAILMAN that Jeff read and, to put it kindly, didn't like. Given that that novel is pretty representative of Little's style and eerie and surrealistic bent and is one of his better novels, he just oddly enough doesn't seem to be Jeff's thing.

In that case I retract my statement and acknowledge my memory is shot!

Sock Monkey
08-17-2018, 06:33 PM
Well, to be fair, Little seems to only be a miss with me. I'm the only one making it divisive here! But that is one beautiful book, regardless!

How dare you have your own opinions and not like what everybody else likes?! Honestly, I think Little is a divisive author in general; one either gets his work and goes for the ride, or just doesn't. For me, I like his stuff enough when it hits that I'm willing to trudge through the stuff that doesn't.

Sock Monkey
08-30-2018, 08:31 PM
Here is my newest addition: the lettered edition of Butterfly by Simon Clark.


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Martin
08-30-2018, 08:35 PM
Here is my newest addition: the lettered edition of Butterfly by Simon Clark.


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Great addition!

jeffingoff
08-30-2018, 08:54 PM
Beautiful copy!

Brian861
08-30-2018, 09:46 PM
Beautiful copy!

Nice, Keith!

bookworm 1
08-31-2018, 02:44 AM
Beautiful looking book. It's also a great story. Simon Clark is a very good writer.

Sock Monkey
09-07-2018, 04:14 PM
Here's another lettered edition: The Prophet by Michael Koryta. I was not necessarily in the market for a copy of the lettered edition as I have the signed limited and just haven't had a chance to read it...BUT two things occurred: 1. I absolutely love the non-traycased lettered editions that CD does (I like the traycased lettereds as well, but this version edges it out slightly) and 2. I got it for a stinking steal. I won it on Ebay for $25 with free shipping. For that price, I couldn't NOT add it to my collection.


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Martin
09-07-2018, 04:47 PM
Here's another lettered edition: The Prophet by Michael Koryta. I was not necessarily in the market for a copy of the lettered edition as I have the signed limited and just haven't had a chance to read it...BUT two things occurred: 1. I absolutely love the non-traycased lettered editions that CD does (I like the traycased lettereds as well, but this version edges it out slightly) and 2. I got it for a stinking steal. I won it on Ebay for $25 with free shipping. For that price, I couldn't NOT add it to my collection.


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Great find, congratulations!

Brian861
09-07-2018, 05:38 PM
Nice, Keith!

bookworm 1
09-10-2018, 09:20 PM
Beautiful book. Not to mention a heck of a deal.

Ben Staad
09-11-2018, 03:28 PM
What an amazing deal on The Prophet. Congrats.

Sock Monkey
04-03-2019, 03:56 AM
My lettered edition of Josh Malerman's Bird Box arrived today. I've been on the fence about DRP in the past, but I really like this production!

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Sock Monkey
04-03-2019, 03:59 AM
More pics of Bird Box:

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Brian861
04-03-2019, 05:54 AM
Nice add, Keith!

bookworm 1
04-04-2019, 02:11 AM
That sure is a beautiful edition.

Martin
04-04-2019, 03:12 AM
Beautiful addition!

jeffingoff
04-04-2019, 12:57 PM
I got my lettered Bird Box yesterday. I got letter G. The thing weighs a lot more than one would think. Is yours double signed? I have two signature pages--one is the limitation page with Chong art signed by Malerman, Chong, and Chadbourne followed by a signature page with just Malerman's signature and Chadbourne art. It's pretty cool.

And this traycase is much nicer than the one they did for Off Season. Not that that one is bad, I just like the Bird Box one more.

Ben Staad
04-04-2019, 04:31 PM
Sexy beast of a book.

pumpheel
04-04-2019, 04:44 PM
when can we expect the "unboxing" video?

Sock Monkey
04-05-2019, 05:47 AM
Thanks, everyone. I’m pretty happy that I pulled the trigger on this one.

Jeff, I do have the additional signature page. I didn’t notice that until you mentioned it, so thanks!

jeffingoff
04-05-2019, 10:57 AM
when can we expect the "unboxing" video?

Today!

pumpheel
04-05-2019, 01:56 PM
Today!

Just saw it.....very entertaining. Looks like a beautiful book!

jeffingoff
04-05-2019, 02:02 PM
Just saw it.....very entertaining. Looks like a beautiful book!

Thanks! One of the very few Lettered editions I own and I think it's a stunner.

RonClinton
04-05-2019, 02:49 PM
New video? I’m off to YT!

OK, back. Congrats to both of you on the lettered eds., it’s truly a beautiful book. I agree, Jeff, the double sig page is a little odd, but it certainly doesn’t detract from the beauty of the book. By the way, I wouldn’t leave that sticky note on your traycase…the residue of the glue will eventually stain the case’s leather/leatherette material...just toss it. Also saw the Nightworms unboxing…sorry to see the Malerman’s book was a dinged second printing...that’s really unfortunate.

jeffingoff
04-05-2019, 03:47 PM
New video? I’m off to YT!

OK, back. Congrats to both of you on the lettered eds., it’s truly a beautiful book. I agree, Jeff, the double sig page is a little odd, but it certainly doesn’t detract from the beauty of the book. By the way, I wouldn’t leave that sticky note on your traycase…the residue of the glue will eventually stain the case’s leather/leatherette material...just toss it. Also saw the Nightworms unboxing…sorry to see the Malerman’s book was a dinged second printing...that’s really unfortunate.

Yeah I threw out the sticky note. You know, I wonder if DRP used the same printer that Gauntlet used for their lettered edition of Rusty Puppy. Both books are leather-bound and very square on their spines. They look soooo similar. And the letters of both books were announced via sticky notes. I own DRP's lettered Off Season and the traycase is a lot different--I don't recall seeing a sticky note either. But the paper and other materials in Bird Box are MUCH nicer. The paper in Rusty Puppy is like a dimestore paperback. I think the double signature is because DRP used the exact same book block for the numbered and the lettered--right down to the signature page--only adding the Lettered limitation page and endpapers for the Lettered. If you see on the second signature page, there's a little line where the handwritten number appears in the numbered edition. It's blank in the lettered. I considered putting a G there. Then reconsidered.

And the Night Worms packaging was a real downer. I think that dust jacket was destroyed as they put the book in the envelope. They probably crammed it in last. And that corner looks awful--that probably happened in transit. When you cut corners, corners get smashed. But it turns out it's not a second printing. Someone in a Facebook group did a little investigating and they said that's how this imprint indicates a first printing--by starting with the number 2! Weird, and suspect, but the print run is irrelevant when the book looks chewed.

Martin
04-05-2019, 04:37 PM
Yeah I threw out the sticky note. You know, I wonder if DRP used the same printer that Gauntlet used for their lettered edition of Rusty Puppy. Both books are leather-bound and very square on their spines. They look soooo similar. And the letters of both books were announced via sticky notes. I own DRP's lettered Off Season and the traycase is a lot different--I don't recall seeing a sticky note either. But the paper and other materials in Bird Box are MUCH nicer. The paper in Rusty Puppy is like a dimestore paperback. I think the double signature is because DRP used the exact same book block for the numbered and the lettered--right down to the signature page--only adding the Lettered limitation page and endpapers for the Lettered. If you see on the second signature page, there's a little line where the handwritten number appears in the numbered edition. It's blank in the lettered. I considered putting a G there. Then reconsidered.

And the Night Worms packaging was a real downer. I think that dust jacket was destroyed as they put the book in the envelope. They probably crammed it in last. And that corner looks awful--that probably happened in transit. When you cut corners, corners get smashed. But it turns out it's not a second printing. Someone in a Facebook group did a little investigating and they said that's how this imprint indicates a first printing--by starting with the number 2! Weird, and suspect, but the print run is irrelevant when the book looks chewed.

There are a few publishers that never print the 1 on the print line. The printing you have is one before the lowest number listed. I hate that.

bsaenz24
04-05-2019, 05:25 PM
There are a few publishers that never print the 1 on the print line. The printing you have is one before the lowest number listed. I hate that.

They should be taken out back and beaten!!!

[No actual publishers were harmed in the making of this comment]

Brian861
04-05-2019, 05:36 PM
There are a few publishers that never print the 1 on the print line. The printing you have is one before the lowest number listed. I hate that.

Random House did/does that as well.

RonClinton
04-05-2019, 05:41 PM
But the paper and other materials in Bird Box are MUCH nicer. The paper in Rusty Puppy is like a dimestore paperback. I think the double signature is because DRP used the exact same book block for the numbered and the lettered--right down to the signature page--only adding the Lettered limitation page and endpapers for the Lettered. If you see on the second signature page, there's a little line where the handwritten number appears in the numbered edition. It's blank in the lettered. I considered putting a G there. Then reconsidered.

Funny enough, I did look for the empty number line on the second sig page, but couldn't make it out in the video, so assumed it wasn't what I suspected it might be. That's kinda too bad as it then comes off as a very fancy unnumbered-but-lettered edition rather than a unique-to-itself lettered edition, if you get what I mean. I understand why they do that, though, i.e. using the same book blocks, and it's no different than CD now using a good deal of digital art courtesy of KPB rather than original painted art...or Gauntlet using apparently cheaper paper and not utilizing proofreading and etc. (I just returned a Gauntlet book for a refund, my first return in thirty-plus years of collecting)...and other publishers' various methods of cutting of corners in production and design. I get it: it's expensive to produce and distribute a book these days, and many of these publishers are still selling books at the $40'ish price that they were a couple decades ago (but yet costs have certainly not remained static). So I get why they feel measures like this are necessary, but if taken too far (ala Gauntlet) it does diminish the product, and even where the shortcuts are less egregious like in the case of this book block issue, it's still a reminder of the publishers' struggle to balance cost and profit, and some, frankly, do it better than others.


And the Night Worms packaging was a real downer. I think that dust jacket was destroyed as they put the book in the envelope. They probably crammed it in last. And that corner looks awful--that probably happened in transit. When you cut corners, corners get smashed. But it turns out it's not a second printing. Someone in a Facebook group did a little investigating and they said that's how this imprint indicates a first printing--by starting with the number 2! Weird, and suspect, but the print run is irrelevant when the book looks chewed.

I believe they are correct. I didn't look up the publisher, of course, at the time of viewing the video, but with your comment in mind, I checked to see who the publisher is, and it's Del Rey, according to Amazon. Del Rey is an imprint of Random House, whose first-edition points are:

States "First Edition" on the first printing; does not indicate subsequent printings. In recent years, added a number row beginning or ending with "2," i.e., "First Edition/24689753," to first editions, and removed the first edition statement from subsequent printings (e.g., "24689753" without a first edition statement would indicate a second printing). Note: For printings beyond the 10th, Random House adds a "1" to the number line and a letter to its center so that, for instance, "2468B97531" would indicate an 11th printing.

...so, yes, it appears to be a first-edition, under the assumption than Del Rey, an imprint of Random House, utilizes the same Random House points (which I really can't speak to with certainty one way or the other, but it would seem likely).

jeffingoff
04-05-2019, 05:56 PM
Funny enough, I did look for the empty number line on the second sig page, but couldn't make it out in the video, so assumed it wasn't what I suspected it might be. That's kinda too bad as it then comes off as a very fancy unnumbered-but-lettered edition rather than a unique-to-itself lettered edition, if you get what I mean. I understand why they do that, though, i.e. using the same book blocks, and it's no different than CD now using a good deal of digital art courtesy of KPB rather than original painted art...or Gauntlet using apparently cheaper paper and not utilizing proofreading and etc. (I just returned a Gauntlet book for a refund, my first return in thirty-plus years of collecting)...and other publishers' various methods of cutting of corners in production and design. I get it: it's expensive to produce and distribute a book these days, and many of these publishers are still selling books at the $40'ish price that they were a couple decades ago (but yet costs have certainly not remained static). So I get why they feel measures like this are necessary, but if taken too far (ala Gauntlet) it does diminish the product, and even where the shortcuts are less egregious like in the case of this book block issue, it's still a reminder of the publishers' struggle to balance cost and profit, and some, frankly, do it better than others.



I believe they are correct. I didn't look up the publisher, of course, at the time of viewing the video, but with your comment in mind, I checked to see who the publisher is, and it's Del Rey, according to Amazon. Del Rey is an imprint of Random House, whose first-edition points are:

States "First Edition" on the first printing; does not indicate subsequent printings. In recent years, added a number row beginning or ending with "2," i.e., "First Edition/24689753," to first editions, and removed the first edition statement from subsequent printings (e.g., "24689753" without a first edition statement would indicate a second printing). Note: For printings beyond the 10th, Random House adds a "1" to the number line and a letter to its center so that, for instance, "2468B97531" would indicate an 11th printing.

...so, yes, it appears to be a first-edition, under the assumption than Del Rey, an imprint of Random House, utilizes the same Random House points (which I really can't speak to with certainty one way or the other, but it would seem likely).

Sucks about that Gauntlet edition. That could have been SUCH an amazing book.

And yeah, what you wrote about Random House matches what was discussed in the Facebook group. Interestingly, I have an Inspection ARC and the number 1 does appear in the number line below the words FIRST EDITION. I think in that way it might make the proofs more collectible.

Dan Hocker
04-05-2019, 08:16 PM
For what it's worth pretty much everyone uses the same book blocks for the limited / lettered edition books, unless the interior design is different. Usually though it would just be the same book block with just a different signature sheet bound into the block.

RonClinton
04-05-2019, 09:30 PM
For what it's worth pretty much everyone uses the same book blocks for the limited / lettered edition books, unless the interior design is different. Usually though it would just be the same book block with just a different signature sheet bound into the block.

Right -- sorry, that's what I meant...same book blocks but a substitution of the sig page so that the numbered and the lettered have unique (and sole) sig pages.

Sock Monkey
04-08-2019, 02:42 AM
Thanks! One of the very few Lettered editions I own and I think it's a stunner.

Congratulations on adding this to your collection as well. This is one good looking book. Now I'm kinda bummed I missed out on Ketchum's Offspring from DRP to match my lettered of Off Season. I'm hoping one will turn up on the aftermarket.

Sock Monkey
04-08-2019, 02:52 AM
So I've been kicking myself for a number of years for passing on the lettered edition of World War Z by Max Brooks. I almost pulled the trigger when CD announced it but decided not to due to the high price tag. Ever since I've been keeping an eye out for a one at a good price. And I finally snagged one on Ebay for only $99! As usual, the quality from CD is top notch and I'm very happy to add this to my collection!

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Brian861
04-08-2019, 07:06 AM
Congrats, Keith! How did that thing turn out that we're not supposed to talk about?

Sock Monkey
01-15-2020, 05:28 PM
For Christmas 2018, I convinced my wife to let me pick up a PC copy of the lettered edition of Ramsey Campbell's The Searching Dead. I waited patiently for a year to see if PS would put up PC copies of the following two volumes in the trilogy, Born to the Dark and The Way of the Worm. Luckily they did and I subtly suggested those as a gift for Christmas 2020. Christmas Day came and lo and behold, my wife was kind enough to get me one of the books, Way of the Worm. This being the third volume and I had to quickly scramble on to the PS2 site and see if the other volume was available and...it was! So, now I have a complete set of the trilogy!

Here's the front and back of the traycases:

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Sock Monkey
01-15-2020, 05:38 PM
Cover, Illustrated boards, endpapers, and signature sheet of Born to the Dark:

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mhatchett
01-15-2020, 05:42 PM
Very nice!!

Sock Monkey
01-15-2020, 05:49 PM
Way of the Worm

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Sock Monkey
01-15-2020, 05:52 PM
"The Three Births of Daoloth" Family picture:

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Sock Monkey
01-15-2020, 06:03 PM
Thanks, mhatchett!

While I'm very happy to have them in my collection, I am a little torn as to their look. I've never purchased a PS lettered edition before so I wasn't sure what I was getting into. The traycases feel pretty sturdy and they have a nice magnetic clasp to keep the flap closed and the white color looks rather sharp. On the other hand I'm not the biggest fan of illustrated boards, but these are growing on me a little. Though the PC copies don't include the original Chadbourne art that their "real" lettered brethern do, I'm satisfied with the price for them which was around $225 each.

I am really surprised at the original price of $775 each (converted from pounds, course). I don't know if I'd drop that much on these editions.

Sock Monkey
01-15-2020, 06:13 PM
Another new addition: a PC lettered of Kealan Patrick Burke's The Number 121 to Pennsylvania:

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jeffingoff
01-15-2020, 06:17 PM
Fantastic additions! I like printed boards on less expensive editions, so I agree with you with your hesitation for having it that way for the lettered editions. But those lettered editions look sharp!

Great stuff!

Sock Monkey
01-15-2020, 07:21 PM
Fantastic additions! I like printed boards on less expensive editions, so I agree with you with your hesitation for having it that way for the lettered editions. But those lettered editions look sharp!

Great stuff!

Thanks, Jeff! I think I’ll probably always equate printed boards with lower-end editions, and prefer a nice leather binding in general, but if one was to do illustrated boards this is a very nice example of how it’s done right.

And bless Mr. Crowther and team at PS for producing lettered editions of Campbell’s work, period!

RonClinton
01-15-2020, 07:41 PM
Congratulations, those are attractive volumes. I do get what you mean about PS -- I'm a little unsure myself about how I feel about printed boards, but I typically forget about that reservation and really enjoy them when I hold them in hand. In fact, I'm waiting for my trade copy of Gaslight, Ghosts & Ghouls: A Centenary Celebration R. Chetwynd-Hayes. I suspect that forgetfulness is especially true when it comes to traycased, lettered editions. :-)

So between these and the KP Burke: Do you collect PC editions, or was it just a coincidence that all are PC?

Martin
01-15-2020, 10:08 PM
Congratulations on some great additions to your collection. If you have not read 'The Number 121 to Pennsylvania and Others' there is not a bad story in that collection!

Sock Monkey
01-15-2020, 10:32 PM
Congratulations, those are attractive volumes. I do get what you mean about PS -- I'm a little unsure myself about how I feel about printed boards, but I typically forget about that reservation and really enjoy them when I hold them in hand. In fact, I'm waiting for my trade copy of Gaslight, Ghosts & Ghouls: A Centenary Celebration R. Chetwynd-Hayes. I suspect that forgetfulness is especially true when it comes to traycased, lettered editions. :-)

So between these and the KP Burke: Do you collect PC editions, or was it just a coincidence that all are PC?

PS is one of those publishers that I'm always intrigued by some of the books they publish, but very rarely pull the trigger. Gaslight, Ghosts, and Ghouls were one of those titles. I'll probably start dipping my toe into the PS waters a little more.

The PC editions were more of a coincidence. I've gone back and forth about PC editions over the past few years. On one hand, I get the mentality that it isn't a "true" lettered edition, which caused me to shy away from them at first. But there's another part of my brain that sees the book as having all the same bells and whistles except that a line reads "PC" versus "AA", which this part of my mind finds rather trivial.

I won't begrudge anybody else their opinion as both viewpoints are valid, but I'm settled that I won't pass on a good deal due to it being a PC copy. And the KPB book was a smoking deal at $41.99.

Does anybody solely collect PC copies? Maybe I'm missing a niche...

Sock Monkey
01-15-2020, 10:35 PM
Congratulations on some great additions to your collection. If you have not read 'The Number 121 to Pennsylvania and Others' there is not a bad story in that collection!

I have not read it yet and was waiting to pick up a lettered copy to do so. Mr. Burke is one of my favorite authors ever since I read Kin (another book I'm looking for in a lettered edition).

I still kick myself for selling my copies of his books published by Thunderstorm. It was a momentary lapse of judgement, thinking that if I wasn't moving forward with collecting TSB titles at the time, then I should purge all titles. That was dumb. Very, very dumb.

Brian861
01-15-2020, 10:40 PM
Nice adds!

Sock Monkey
01-15-2020, 10:45 PM
Nice adds!

Thanks!

Ben Staad
01-15-2020, 11:50 PM
Cool looking new books. Congrats!

Martin
01-16-2020, 12:25 AM
PS is one of those publishers that I'm always intrigued by some of the books they publish, but very rarely pull the trigger. Gaslight, Ghosts, and Ghouls were one of those titles. I'll probably start dipping my toe into the PS waters a little more.

The PC editions were more of a coincidence. I've gone back and forth about PC editions over the past few years. On one hand, I get the mentality that it isn't a "true" lettered edition, which caused me to shy away from them at first. But there's another part of my brain that sees the book as having all the same bells and whistles except that a line reads "PC" versus "AA", which this part of my mind finds rather trivial.

I won't begrudge anybody else their opinion as both viewpoints are valid, but I'm settled that I won't pass on a good deal due to it being a PC copy. And the KPB book was a smoking deal at $41.99.

Does anybody solely collect PC copies? Maybe I'm missing a niche...

That is a great price, I only have the limited but it is a great read.

Sock Monkey
02-03-2020, 09:37 PM
Thunderstorm Books recently partnered up with Poltergeist Press for a new lettered edition imprint titled ANOTHER GHOST. I wiffle-waffled a little too long when the two first titles were announced and missed out. Luckily, Paul at Thunderstorm was able to help me out and I was able to add the two titles to my collection. Thunderstorm always puts out very nice limited editions so I knew that I would be in good hands, but was very impressed once I got them in my hands.

The first book is A Penny For Your Thoughts by Robert Ford and Matt Hayward:

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Sock Monkey
02-03-2020, 09:40 PM
The second Another Ghost title is A Place for Sinners by Aaron Dries:

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Martin
02-03-2020, 10:26 PM
The second Another Ghost title is A Place for Sinners by Aaron Dries:

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Those are beautiful. I have no clue how Thunderstorm can make a profit with the retail, production quality and limitation of their books.

Sock Monkey
02-03-2020, 11:25 PM
Those are beautiful. I have no clue how Thunderstorm can make a profit with the retail, production quality and limitation of their books.

I always wonder that as well. Thunderstorm's limitations keep dropping lower with the Black Voltage titles going to 45-52 copies. The price point is usually what slows my purchases from them. I kind of wish that their print runs would go up so maybe the price point could drop a bit. A 100-150 print run would be large for a non-Brian Keene Thunderstorm book, but is so small in comparison to what CD, Subterranean, or Centipede does.

I really tapered off in my Thunderstorm purchases over the last two years, but I'm slowly working my way back in. I can't afford to be a completist as Thunderstorm publishes too much for my wallet to handle in addition to the other publishers I buy from. Right now I'm trying to decide what lines I want to jump back on. What I've always like about Thunderstorm is the uniformity in each one of their lines (okay, everything besides their Elemental line that went through so many permutations) as it speaks to what I really like as a collector.

Martin
02-04-2020, 12:45 AM
I always wonder that as well. Thunderstorm's limitations keep dropping lower with the Black Voltage titles going to 45-52 copies. The price point is usually what slows my purchases from them. I kind of wish that their print runs would go up so maybe the price point could drop a bit. A 100-150 print run would be large for a non-Brian Keene Thunderstorm book, but is so small in comparison to what CD, Subterranean, or Centipede does.

I really tapered off in my Thunderstorm purchases over the last two years, but I'm slowly working my way back in. I can't afford to be a completist as Thunderstorm publishes too much for my wallet to handle in addition to the other publishers I buy from. Right now I'm trying to decide what lines I want to jump back on. What I've always like about Thunderstorm is the uniformity in each one of their lines (okay, everything besides their Elemental line that went through so many permutations) as it speaks to what I really like as a collector.

I only own a few Thunderstorm books but each one is well done.