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ClydeUmney
11-25-2015, 08:24 PM
Did anyone else purchase the last Cemetery Dance grab bag that was offered in 2015? Feel free to share what you receive in yours when they arrive.

Also, if you didn't purchase the CD grab bag this time, what's been your luck with them either here at Cemetery Dance or with other publishers? Thanks!

TacomaDiver
11-25-2015, 08:41 PM
This most recent one is the first that I've purchased. I'm interested in seeing what I manage to receive.

Dan Hocker
11-25-2015, 08:45 PM
Just an FYI these will be shipping towards the very end of December assuming all goes according to plan.

Martin
11-25-2015, 11:54 PM
Purchased two of the most recent Grab Bags. I will post my thoughts once I have them in hand. My thoughts on Grab Bags in general. I have purchased Grab Bags from The Overlook Connection, PS Publishing and Cemetery Dance in the past. My expectations on a grab bag is that I may get duplicates or items I do not care for but I expect to receive value for the amount paid. This is the reason I have never purchased one from Subterranean Press as they are too expensive for me to believe I will see value against the purchase price. The one and only grab bag I purchased from PS Publishing, while I found value in the purchase, the books were not of interest to me and the general quality of PS books is closer to trade editions then Limited editions. I have not purchased another one and probably will not. I cherry pick my PS purchases. The Overlook Connection grab bag was basically junk, If I remember correctly it contained two books and a bunch of cheap trinkets. I believe I threw out most of the items I received. This one was bad enough that I no longer look at their website and have no interest in purchasing from them again. I have purchased many grab bags from Cemetery Dance and have no hesitation in ordering them when offered. I am careful not to purchase them when I already own most of the 'in stock' books. This was learned when I received a grab bag a while back that contained all duplicates. I still feel that I received value in fact I think I received about hat I paid for them when I traded them at Powell's Books. I have also received 'scratch and dent' items that were near perfect and on one occasion one that looked like it had been run over. I general I find value in the CD grab bags.

mhatchett
11-26-2015, 12:08 AM
I rarely buy grab bags, since I usually purchase as I go. Also, as some of you know, I don't typically purchase "horror" novels. I have purchased some scratch/dent things from CD and was really pleased. Lots of people seem to like the sales and it works for the publishers, so a win-win is always good.

TacomaDiver
11-26-2015, 12:26 AM
All good input!

I've come across posts in other places stating the same thing about the value of Sub Press's grab bags. I've never purchased one from them, or from PS. PS doesn't have books that interest me very often, and while some of what I own is nice, they don't rate as nice as editions from other publishers.

I don't buy a ton of stuff from CD (although my pre-order list might disagree with that statement,) so I don't anticipate many, if any, duplicates.

Still I'm a bit excited to see what I get. Might find a new author to obsess over because I always "need" more of those.

Martin
11-26-2015, 01:05 AM
All good input!

I've come across posts in other places stating the same thing about the value of Sub Press's grab bags. I've never purchased one from them, or from PS. PS doesn't have books that interest me very often, and while some of what I own is nice, they don't rate as nice as editions from other publishers.

I don't buy a ton of stuff from CD (although my pre-order list might disagree with that statement,) so I don't anticipate many, if any, duplicates.

Still I'm a bit excited to see what I get. Might find a new author to obsess over because I always "need" more of those.

Great point about the new authors. I have discovered several great authors from my CD grab bags. Kealan Patrick Burke, Ray Garton and Edward Lee to name a few!

bugen
11-26-2015, 01:07 AM
I've had my fill of grab bags and find it tough to imagine a scenario that's not an automatic 'pass.' Although I'm waiting for the First Forthcoming Grab Bag of 2014, and a forthcoming grab bag could influence my overall take... that's a bit different.

Like mhatchett I tend to purchase the things I'm most interested in as I go, which makes it extremely hard for a grab bag to contain things that really excite me. Not that they're not cool, but I'm not a seller so these result in bags that are great deals but still not for me. I think I've only done CD and SubPress grabs, and the SubPress was extremely expensive but contained a lot of stuff. All of which I'd decided weren't really for me at cover price, and even at the reduced price it's debatable.

Bottom line, just as CD has pointed out in some of their mailings, grab bags are excellent for beginning collectors looking to jump-start a collection, they're great for those who also sell so you can swap out for what you need, they're good as speculation for someone who may have missed a sold-out item that can't be found and they can't live without (and are willing to throw the Hail Mary), and they're great for publishers to clear space for other stock without taking a big hit.

I've seen it happen, one of the monster members on this forum received a PC Lettered The Exorcist from Lonely Road in a grab bag, and that book is no laughing matter. It's the greatest score I've yet seen from one of these, and hats off to him for the Hail Mary pass and CD for making it happen.

ClydeUmney
11-26-2015, 02:46 AM
I've received some neat things in Cemetery Dance grab bags, but never a PC lettered The Exorcist, which I think would be very cool, so you just never know. A book like that would make my day. I figure if I get duplicates I can always trade for stuff that I want in most cases or get trade credit somewhere if the book is already in my collection.
I also get most of the books Cemetery Dance publishes, so it's always nice to get cool books from other publishers, since CD seems to get a lot of books from other publishers and ARC proofs are always nice.
One year around Christmas I received a set of matching #d signed books from Biting Dog Press with books from Jeff Strand, John Paul Allen and Kealan Patrick Burke, and it was a set I wouldn't have probably picked up, since I don't know that press, but the books were all good!

Although I would say getting a Cemetery Dance grab bag is kind of like Christmas, because you honestly have no idea what you're getting until you separate the books from the box.
I think you can find value in the Sub Press grab bags too, but it depends on what you're reading. For instance I tend to like mystery and horror, and Sub Press publishes those genres, but they publish a lot more science fiction and fantasy, so it depends on what you like to read. And I've never ordered a grab bag from PS Publishing, so it's good to know what others experienced there.

ClydeUmney
11-26-2015, 02:48 AM
I should probably have made it clear the Biting Dog Press books came in a Cemetery Dance grab bag!

ClydeUmney
11-26-2015, 02:55 AM
Oh, and it was a set like this, more or less if anyone is interested. (Not my books, though, FYI, as I'm not the one selling these.) http://www.ebay.com/itm/Biting-Dog-Press-Signed-Hardcover-Lot-Matching-Numbers-Jeff-Strand-Kealan-Burke-/121810458610?hash=item1c5c7817f2:g:j1gAAOSwT6pVy9b U

frik51
11-27-2015, 02:52 PM
Well....in spite of living in Europe, and paying through the nose for shipping (not CD's fault, I hasten to add) I purchased this grab bag. I just couldn't resist as I was curious to see what I would receive. I sort of regret this decision now, as the books I am interested in I already purchased anyways.....
Who knows.....CD might surprise me yet with a treasure I overlooked....

sk

TJCams
11-27-2015, 03:39 PM
I have purchased a couple grab bags from CD (nobody else yet), and was happy with what I received. One was even an "Other Publishers Grab Bag" (I think), and got some neat books. The CD grab bags I got were even better - although one time I got a duplicate of Pork Pie Hat, but that's fine. I think I received a CD mag, maybe an ARC, plus other books that I may not have purchased otherwise. I have considered GB from Dark Regions, although I don't like the way they do them. I don't want to do through crowd funding.

Really though, for me, any of their grab bags, or like an Early Readers Club are great value for what you get out of them. I had to pass on the last couple though, and I kind of regret it even not knowing what other people are bound to get.

ClydeUmney
11-28-2015, 01:33 AM
Yes, there's always the temptation that you'll get something neat that you don't have to make your collection even nicer. And obviously I don't hope for duplicates, but those can always be traded or gifted during the holidays if I already have it. I've purchased DRP grab bags before, and they've been good, but I agree, I probably wouldn't buy a grab bag through crowdfunding. I'd rather just pay a set price and buy it directly from the publisher's website rather than crowdfunding.
I'm hoping though, that one of these days I get a lettered book in a CD grab bag, even if that's the entire grab bag and a PC copy would be fine! I suppose part of the fun of a grab bag is kind of like bidding on a storage locker filled with unopened boxes(although I've never done that), because you never know what you're going to get (which kind of sounds like Forrest Gump.)
And yes, agreed, Early Reader's Club is also a great value, and I like to read things early!

bookworm 1
11-28-2015, 02:06 AM
I've had my fill of grab bags and find it tough to imagine a scenario that's not an automatic 'pass.' Although I'm waiting for the First Forthcoming Grab Bag of 2014, and a forthcoming grab bag could influence my overall take... that's a bit different.

Like mhatchett I tend to purchase the things I'm most interested in as I go, which makes it extremely hard for a grab bag to contain things that really excite me. Not that they're not cool, but I'm not a seller so these result in bags that are great deals but still not for me. I think I've only done CD and SubPress grabs, and the SubPress was extremely expensive but contained a lot of stuff. All of which I'd decided weren't really for me at cover price, and even at the reduced price it's debatable.

Bottom line, just as CD has pointed out in some of their mailings, grab bags are excellent for beginning collectors looking to jump-start a collection, they're great for those who also sell so you can swap out for what you need, they're good as speculation for someone who may have missed a sold-out item that can't be found and they can't live without (and are willing to throw the Hail Mary), and they're great for publishers to clear space for other stock without taking a big hit.

I've seen it happen, one of the monster members on this forum received a PC Lettered The Exorcist from Lonely Road in a grab bag, and that book is no laughing matter. It's the greatest score I've yet seen from one of these, and hats off to him for the Hail Mary pass and CD for making it happen.

That was me who got the pc lettered edition. One of a few really cool scores. I have also received a copy of Looking Glass from a grab bag and a long out of print copy of Taverns of the Dead. I have given up on Sub press grab bags as they are expensive and I have only kept about 5 of the ones I have received in grab bags. I do purchase McCammon books and Lansdale books from them.

ClydeUmney
11-30-2015, 04:32 PM
Those are all really cool scores and Taverns of the Dead is a nice book, too!

slayn666
11-30-2015, 04:39 PM
I've only ever bought one grab bag, and it was from another publisher, but I can't say I was particularly pleased with the experience. However, that was no fault of the publisher's, I simply already owned most of the books I received. As I recall, I purchased the grab bag as a gamble to get a particularly rare book they were tossing in randomly, and the gamble didn't pay off for me.

Sock Monkey
11-30-2015, 04:53 PM
I've only purchased grab bags from CD and I've always been happy. I'm starting to steer away from them as I buy most of what CD offers so the ratio of duplicates has increased. That being said, I have been getting in on the lettered grab bags. I am anxious to see what I get from the Two Lettered Edition grab bag that was offered a little while back.

Sub Press's grab bags are too expensive for me to gamble on as I don't have an interest in a lot of the science fiction and fantasy they publish. I would be all over a Centipede Press grab bag, though!

bookworm 1
11-30-2015, 05:06 PM
The one thing to watch with Subterranean Press is their half price sale. I have picked up some really great stuff. Even Volume 3 in the Philip K. Dick set. As well as a couple of Lansdale books.

Sock Monkey
11-30-2015, 06:03 PM
I agree about the Sub Press half price sale. I've picked up more than a few books when those roll around. Such a good deal!

Theli
12-02-2015, 07:01 PM
The one thing to watch with Subterranean Press is their half price sale. I have picked up some really great stuff. Even Volume 3 in the Philip K. Dick set. As well as a couple of Lansdale books.

Yeah, I've snagged a couple good'uns during their half off sales in the past. McCammon's They Thirst springs to mind.

Sock Monkey
12-03-2015, 05:35 AM
The only thing that bums me out about the Sub Press 50 percent off sales is that they exclude lettered editions. I'm holding out hope that one day I'll get a lettered from them. If they release Swan Song, Mystery Walk, or Usher's Passing by McCammon I'm going to HAVE to get the lettered editions. That will also completely blow my budget and I'll probably sleep on the couch for a while, but it'll be worth it. :)

ClydeUmney
12-27-2015, 04:36 AM
So I recently received two of the Cemetery Dance grab bags from the last offer, and here is what arrived. Most are signed, but some are not. A good haul, I think! A few of the signed ones are PC copies and so noted. If it wasn't signed then it obviously wasn't numbered either. I'm guessing the CD warehouse must have been bursting at the seams!

Little Book of Ghost Stories and Ornery, by Rick Hautala and Ed Gorman, signed, from Borderlands Press (two separate books, small size hardcovers)
Bastion, Simon Clark, unsigned
Loveliest Dead, Ray Garton
You Are Dead, by Peter James, trade hc
Salome, Mick Garris, PC
Cold Comforts, Crowther, #d/signed
Femme, Pronzini, no dj with paste downs, trade edition
Influence, Bentley Little, unsigned
Fangoria: Cover to Cover, trade hc
The Prophet, Koryta, PC
Language of Fear, James, unsigned
Brothers, Chizmar and Gorman, signed
Pure, Julianna Baggott, PC

So I think this is around $500 in books for around a $100 investment and all of these are in pretty good shape, so a pretty good deal! Happy holidays!
I hope everyone else received nice stuff, too!

bookworm 1
12-28-2015, 07:39 PM
Nice grab.
Mine came today and I received
Fangoria cover to cover trade edition
The Straw men signed limited
The Devils workshop trade paperback
PC editions of The Prophet and The Twelve
Amazonas signed
Dinner with the Cannibal Sisters signed
Baston unsigned
And a copy of Carrie from PS publishing

Brian861
12-28-2015, 09:42 PM
Sweet. Received my shipping notice today for the 3 I ordered :).

ClydeUmney
12-29-2015, 12:03 AM
Nice catch, Bookworm, especially the Carrie from PS Publishing! Lucky you!

saginawhorror
12-29-2015, 01:39 PM
Fangoria cover to cover trade edition
Prophet,PC
The Twelve PC
Dinner with the Cannibal Sisters signed
Bastion unsigned
Salome, Mick Garris, PC
John Dies at the End, PC
Femme, trade edition
Submerged, signed
Dinner with the Cannibal Sisters, signed
Language of Fear, Signed
Who Buries the Dead, C.S. Harris, trade

Largely repeats, but not bad for a hundred.
3 new CD titles, plus CD 2 trades I didn't have. Also Didn't have WBTD.

Martin
01-03-2016, 06:40 PM
Purchased two of the final grab bag for 2015:

1. Fangoria Cover to Cover Trade Hardbound
2. Murder 101 by Faye Kellerman 1st Edition Hardbound
3. Bastion by Simon Clark Limited (Missing Signature Sheet)
4. Kinsmen by Bill Pronzini Trade Hardbound
5. The Language of Fear by Del James Signed Limited Edition
6. Salome by Mick Garris Signed Limited
7. The Prophet by Michael Kortya Signed Numbered PC
8. John Dies at the End by David Wong Signed Numbered PC
9. Submerged by Thomas Monteleone Signed Numbered PC
10. The Twelve by Justin Cronin Signed Numbered PC

I have a PC copy of The Passage so adding The Twelve is cool.

A few duplicates but at over a 75% discount I can trade these at Powell's and make out fine.

Paid $98.00 and received over $425.00 in books. Nice way to end the year!

khaos
01-04-2016, 01:09 PM
I bought one of the final grab bag of 2015.

1. December Park by Ronald Malfi (PC)
2. Submerged by Thomas F. Monteleone (PC)
3. The Straw Men by Michael Marshall (No signature page)
4. Pure by Julianna Baggott (PC)
5. World War Z by Max Brooks (PC)

I didn't have any of these, wanted to buy World War Z but it was sold out so that's a big win. Wanted to buy Submerged but didn't want to pay the limited price before I read anything by the author. The other 3 look great too. Very happy with this.

Martin
01-04-2016, 02:48 PM
I bought one of the final grab bag of 2015.

1. December Park by Ronald Malfi (PC)
2. Submerged by Thomas F. Monteleone (PC)
3. The Straw Men by Michael Marshall (No signature page)
4. Pure by Julianna Baggott (PC)
5. World War Z by Max Brooks (PC)

I didn't have any of these, wanted to buy World War Z but it was sold out so that's a big win. Wanted to buy Submerged but didn't want to pay the limited price before I read anything by the author. The other 3 look great too. Very happy with this.

December Park was one of my top reads of 2015!

Brian861
01-04-2016, 09:39 PM
Made out like a bandit!! The CD gods sure did smile down on me with this one. CD gang, you've got a grab bag buyer for life!! I ordered 3 grab bags and received 16 books total. I'll try to list here what I haven't seen listed so far out of the 16 that I received. I'll apologize in advance if I list any duplicates of what you guys have already posted.

I'm Not Same THC-Ketchum & McKee
The Mailman THC-Little
The Consultant S/L #302-Little
Smoke and Mirrors Deluxe Slipcased and Numbered Limited Edition with no number or "PC" on the signature page. This book is a freakin' beast! I'll post pics later for anyone who hasn't seen it up close and personal.

And the ones that totally got me stoked were the following King grabs!! Yes, I do have all of these but still, completely in awe that they were included:
Revival 1st/1st with matching slipcase
Doctor Sleep 1st/8th slipcased from Hodder & Stoughton
The Dark Man slipcased trade still in shrink
Battleground S/L #27

Martin
01-04-2016, 10:28 PM
Made out like a bandit!! The CD gods sure did smile down on me with this one. CD gang, you've got a grab bag buyer for life!! I ordered 3 grab bags and received 16 books total. I'll try to list here what I haven't seen listed so far out of the 16 that I received. I'll apologize in advance if I list any duplicates of what you guys have already posted.

I'm Not Same THC-Ketchum & McKee
The Mailman THC-Little
The Consultant S/L #302-Little
Smoke and Mirrors Deluxe Slipcased and Numbered Limited Edition with no number or "PC" on the signature page. This book is a freakin' beast! I'll post pics later for anyone who hasn't seen it up close and personal.

And the ones that totally got me stoked were the following King grabs!! Yes, I do have all of these but still, completely in awe that they were included:
Revival 1st/1st with matching slipcase
Doctor Sleep 1st/8th slipcased from Hodder & Stoughton
The Dark Man slipcased trade still in shrink
Battleground S/L #27

Nice!

Brian861
01-05-2016, 10:39 AM
Thanks, Martin! And thanks again to you for keeping on top of all the past and present CD Grab bag info. Also, Brian or Dan, if you guys would please chime in here. In regards to the copy of Smoke and Mirrors that I received; would it be acceptable if wrote in "PC" where it's not stated or just leave it blank? I'd never write in a number or letter myself as I've expressed my opinion on that matter in a different thread. The main reason I'm asking is in case I sell it in the future or gift it and want everything to be on the up and up. Of course it's such a nice edition, I might have trouble letting it go!

Brian861
01-05-2016, 11:10 AM
Smoke and Mirrors Deluxe Slipcased and Numbered Limited Edition with no number or "PC" on the signature page. This book is a freakin' beast! I'll post pics later for anyone who hasn't seen it up close and personal.

Love the look and feel of the slipcase.
1757217573

Dan Hocker
01-05-2016, 02:32 PM
Love the look and feel of the slipcase.
1757217573

Hmm looks like one of my helpers forgot to PC that Smoke & Mirrors. Would you mind writing "PC" on the numbering line?

Brian861
01-05-2016, 02:59 PM
Hmm looks like one of my helpers forgot to PC that Smoke & Mirrors. Would you mind writing "PC" on the numbering line?

Not a problem, Sir. Thanks for the authorization. When you mentioned your helpers; the elves from "Krampus" came instantly to mind LOL. Best have my elf do it though. She pens much better than myself. :D

TacomaDiver
01-06-2016, 04:19 AM
Today I received the fruits of my very first Grab Bag purchase.

Out of the six books, two I already own, and three of the books I've never read anything by that author before.

I received:

Sides by Peter Straub - not signed. I've only read the two books he co-wrote with Stephen King. Guess that this is a collection of non-fiction essays?
Tyer's Third Act by Mick Garris - signed and numbered as PC - but apparently used to be #126. Don't know what this is, but the cover looks familiar.
Dinner with the Cannibal Sisters by Douglass Clegg - signed - no number.
The Prophet by Michael Koryta - signed and numbered as PC. Another one that looks familiar but know nothing about it.
A Simple Plan by Scott Smith - signed and numbered as PC. The first of the two that I own. LOVE LOVE this book and hoping that this will make a great gift for someone later on.
The Straw Men by Michael Marshall - signed and numbered as PC. The other one that I read. Probably another one that I'll end up gifting.

All in all I'm satisfied. I had no idea what to expect so I got exactly what I expected - all surprised. At the very least, I'll read four new authors. And all for at least 75% off retail, right?

Or maybe we can all get together and work out a trade or something? I'm intrigued by this Bentley Little guy . . .

Brian861
01-06-2016, 10:31 AM
Or maybe we can all get together and work out a trade or something? I'm intrigued by this Bentley Little guy . . .

I think you'll really enjoy Dinner with the Cannibal Sisters. I haven't read anything else from Clegg but I really, really enjoyed this story and it was totally not what I expected. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised as well. I'm totally open to trades if you want to PM me with any requests. I haven't provided a complete list of what I received here but I can and I'm definitely looking at passing along the King books I received as I already have them.

Dan Hocker
01-06-2016, 08:06 PM
The Tyler's Third Act was either a miss numbered book we crossed off and PC'd or a damaged book we PC'd and sent a replacement for.

Martin
01-06-2016, 08:12 PM
Today I received the fruits of my very first Grab Bag purchase.

Out of the six books, two I already own, and three of the books I've never read anything by that author before.

I received:

Sides by Peter Straub - not signed. I've only read the two books he co-wrote with Stephen King. Guess that this is a collection of non-fiction essays?
Tyer's Third Act by Mick Garris - signed and numbered as PC - but apparently used to be #126. Don't know what this is, but the cover looks familiar.
Dinner with the Cannibal Sisters by Douglass Clegg - signed - no number.
The Prophet by Michael Koryta - signed and numbered as PC. Another one that looks familiar but know nothing about it.
A Simple Plan by Scott Smith - signed and numbered as PC. The first of the two that I own. LOVE LOVE this book and hoping that this will make a great gift for someone later on.
The Straw Men by Michael Marshall - signed and numbered as PC. The other one that I read. Probably another one that I'll end up gifting.

All in all I'm satisfied. I had no idea what to expect so I got exactly what I expected - all surprised. At the very least, I'll read four new authors. And all for at least 75% off retail, right?

Or maybe we can all get together and work out a trade or something? I'm intrigued by this Bentley Little guy . . .

I agree with Brian about Cannibal Sisters, great read. I also really enjoyed Tyler's Third Act. It is a weird tale and I really enjoyed it.

slayn666
01-06-2016, 08:27 PM
Everything I've read by Mick can be described as "a weird tale and I really enjoyed it."

Martin
01-06-2016, 08:52 PM
Everything I've read by Mick can be described as "a weird tale and I really enjoyed it."

Very valid point!

frik51
01-07-2016, 04:44 PM
Today I received mine - it's from the final 2015 grab bags:

*Cannibal Sisters - signed, Douglas Clegg
*Carrie - PS (already had it)
*Turn Down the Lights - trade
*Pork Pie Hat - trade, Peter Straub
*World War Z - signed limited, Max Brooks
*The Straw Men - signed limited, Michael Marshall
*December Park - signed limited, Ronald Malfi (had it already)
*Smoke and Mirrors - signed limited edition (WOW!)

The only drawback was the very high shipping costs.
But I love the books!

sk

Brian861
01-07-2016, 05:46 PM
Pretty nice scores in there, Siep. Congrats!

frik51
01-07-2016, 06:10 PM
Thanks, Brain - I like what I got.

sk

Theli
01-07-2016, 08:36 PM
Despite a few double, that's a very solid grab bag Siep!

frik51
01-08-2016, 02:32 PM
Thanks, Dan. I don't really mind the doubles. I can easily sell Carrie here (I mean, where I live) and recoup more than half of my grab-bag costs.
Or make someone happy on his birthday...

sk

bookworm 1
01-09-2016, 12:21 AM
Nice haul. December Park is one of the best books I read last year. Cannibal Sisters is a fun read and you are right about Smoke and Mirrors it is a HUGE HUGE HUGE book.
Today I received mine - it's from the final 2015 grab bags:

*Cannibal Sisters - signed, Douglas Clegg
*Carrie - PS (already had it)
*Turn Down the Lights - trade
*Pork Pie Hat - trade, Peter Straub
*World War Z - signed limited, Max Brooks
*The Straw Men - signed limited, Michael Marshall
*December Park - signed limited, Ronald Malfi (had it already)
*Smoke and Mirrors - signed limited edition (WOW!)

The only drawback was the very high shipping costs.
But I love the books!

sk

frik51
01-09-2016, 04:56 AM
Really looking forwards to December Park. Only heard good things about it.

sk