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RonClinton
11-22-2016, 02:29 PM
For fans of classic fantastical fiction, I just received this, one of the cooler new acquistions I've received for some time...very, very excited and pleased to have this one (and, no, I have no idea who Ted Hikty (sp?) is), especially at the price bought. 1st ed. HC, NF/NF, Shasta, 1951.

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Theli
11-22-2016, 03:03 PM
I haven't read Brown's fantastic works, but I do enjoy his sense of wit and humour in his short crime works that I've read.

RonClinton
11-22-2016, 04:40 PM
I haven't read Brown's fantastic works, but I do enjoy his sense of wit and humour in his short crime works that I've read.

You're probably already aware, but in case not, Haffner Press is going to publish a dozen or so HC volumes of all his mystery shorts (similar to the Dennis McMillan project, but apparently even more complete). The first two volumes are due out any day (though they've been delayed numerous times, so no holding of breath).

Theli
11-22-2016, 09:01 PM
I hadn't heard, thanks for the tip! Was just starting to grab a couple of his CP books recently and was debating about getting more if I liked his full length work. I do have many of his short works in various mystery/crime anthologies, and always enjoyed those.

slayn666
11-23-2016, 01:25 PM
A couple years back, I backed DRP's Madhouse campaign on Indiegogo, and the reward tier I pledged at the time was for a signed hardcover, a campaign-exclusive TPB, and a grab bag of two signed hardcovers, two paperbacks, and some ebook. At the time I did not read carefully and though I got to choose the extra books and didn't realize the truth until literally last week. Oh well, I figured I'd get a bunch of copies of stuff I already had and flip them on eBay, hopefully recouping what I spent on the whole package.

Well my books arrived yesterday, and my grab bag books were TPBs of Wolf Hunt 2 and Like a Dead Man Walking, neither of which I had, a hardcover of Wine and Rank Poison by Allyson Bird, which I do have, a the Gauntlet Press edition of It Came From Outer Space by Ray Bradbury, which is just fucking awesome.

RonClinton
11-23-2016, 02:11 PM
A couple years back, I backed DRP's Madhouse campaign on Indiegogo, and the reward tier I pledged at the time was for a signed hardcover, a campaign-exclusive TPB, and a grab bag of two signed hardcovers, two paperbacks, and some ebook. At the time I did not read carefully and though I got to choose the extra books and didn't realize the truth until literally last week. Oh well, I figured I'd get a bunch of copies of stuff I already had and flip them on eBay, hopefully recouping what I spent on the whole package.

Well my books arrived yesterday, and my grab bag books were TPBs of Wolf Hunt 2 and Like a Dead Man Walking, neither of which I had, a hardcover of Wine and Rank Poison by Allyson Bird, which I do have, a the Gauntlet Press edition of It Came From Outer Space by Ray Bradbury, which is just fucking awesome.

Congrats. Those Bradbury Gauntlet editions are just terrific, chock full of interesting extras.

Theli
11-23-2016, 04:34 PM
Yeah, not bad at all! Congrats on a good grab!

mhatchett
11-24-2016, 02:21 PM
For fans of classic fantastical fiction, I just received this, one of the cooler new acquistions I've received for some time...very, very excited and pleased to have this one (and, no, I have no idea who Ted Hikty (sp?) is), especially at the price bought. 1st ed. HC, NF/NF, Shasta, 1951.

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What a find! Good for you. I love old books!

mhatchett
11-30-2016, 06:19 PM
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Picked this neat print up today. Grabbed it as I walked in, Japanese Ghosts and Demons, come on lol!

Theli
11-30-2016, 06:43 PM
Very cool!

RonClinton
11-30-2016, 09:59 PM
Pretty neat...that floating demon head looks like something Lee Brown Coye might've dreamed up.

slayn666
12-09-2016, 03:57 PM
I'm super excited because I finally managed to get a copy of the Charnel House edition of The New Neighbor. I'll post some photos when it arrives.

RonClinton
12-10-2016, 02:19 AM
I'm super excited because I finally managed to get a copy of the Charnel House edition of The New Neighbor. I'll post some photos when it arrives.

Congratulations. Funny, I almost picked up a copy of that myself a short while back...saw a copy on eBay for just $59, and 1). I like Garton, 2). I like THE NEW NEIGHBOR, and 3). I've always admired Charnel House for what must be decades and yet have never bought a volume of theirs. And I think it was illustrated by J.K. Potter, who I also like. I kind of cheaped out, though, and figured I already had the CD reprint of THE NEW NEIGHBOR, so I didn't need to upgrade to the deluxe 1st Charnel House edition. In hindsight, that was a pretty silly decision. :(

RonClinton
12-19-2016, 05:39 PM
Can't for the life of me decide if I want to make THE VAMPIRE TAPESTRY by Suzy McKee Charnas -- now up for order -- my newest Latest Purchase or not...it's by an author I've never read, I'm burnt out on vampires nearly as much as zombies, and it's a spendy book at a bad time, given that a discretionary budget + Christmas don't mix. On the other hand, it's Centipede so will undoubtedly be a fine production, and it's supposed to be a great read.

Decisions, decisions...at only 150 copies, I'd probably better hurry up and decide, though.

EDIT: ...aannd it just went up $25. :-(

Sock Monkey
12-19-2016, 07:55 PM
If you follow the link on the newsletter it is still listed at the $150 price.

I don't know if that helps your decision-making dilemma though...

subie09lega
12-19-2016, 08:08 PM
But make sure you click on the The Vampire Tapestry, $150 (http://www.centipedepress.com/horror/vampiretapestrysale.html) to get the discount, if you click on the images it links to the full price: Cloth in dustjacket, signed: $175.

RonClinton
12-19-2016, 09:27 PM
Ah, okay -- thanks, guys. Yeah, this morning's check on the book wasn't through the newsletter link. I'm not sure The lower price helps my decision any, but it certainly doesn't hurt. ;-)

mhatchett
12-20-2016, 12:19 AM
I know what you mean. I've had to be selective lately as well.

mhatchett
12-24-2016, 03:50 PM
Guys, saw this on FB today and I had to get it, being a Seuss and Lovecraft fan. It looks fun for the Holidays!
http://www.chaosium.com/hpls-call-of-cthulhu-for-beginning-readers/

mhatchett
12-27-2016, 08:53 PM
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Came into. Nice looking book!

Brian861
12-27-2016, 09:06 PM
Nice, Mike!

Theli
12-27-2016, 10:25 PM
Very nice Mike! I would like to pick that one up, but as you've said before. Can't get them all...

RonClinton
12-28-2016, 04:34 AM
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Came into. Nice looking book!

Still debating this one. I bet it's a beautiful production. Wish it hadn't topped $100, though.

bugen
12-28-2016, 11:58 PM
Here are a few pics from a couple of Centipede books just received:

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Theli
12-29-2016, 03:14 AM
Both look absolutely stunning!

Brian861
12-29-2016, 02:48 PM
Good looking books.

mhatchett
12-30-2016, 12:46 AM
I'm gearing up for the Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser set! I think the First Vol comes out this Spring. Your adds look great!

bugen
12-30-2016, 04:36 AM
Thanks, I'm lucky to have them!

The recent fascination with noir film might make it look like I've forgotten what it's all about, but it's a finite list and ties in wonderfully with written horror and speculative fiction--to my mind, at least. As a token of appreciation for the written word, here's a pic I took of a Christmas gift from my little brother.

"Arm yourself because no-one else here will save you." -Chris Cornell

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Theli
12-30-2016, 01:27 PM
^Very cool!


I'm gearing up for the Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser set! I think the First Vol comes out this Spring. Your adds look great!

Man, I can hardly wait!

Brian861
12-30-2016, 04:29 PM
That is really cool, Andrew!

bugen
01-04-2017, 06:56 AM
Check this out!

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If I'm ever in prison, will someone please make sure I get this for my cell? I will share the loot with you.

RonClinton
01-04-2017, 02:23 PM
Check this out!

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If I'm ever in prison, will someone please make sure I get this for my cell? I will share the loot with you.

"Are you decent?"
"Me?"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUrCBGv4xqs

"I'm not very good at zippers...but maybe if I had some help...?"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZn86sSWtEQ

A great noir flick.

Theli
01-04-2017, 02:34 PM
Check this out!

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If I'm ever in prison, will someone please make sure I get this for my cell? I will share the loot with you.

Haha, good call! Great movie too.

Brian861
01-04-2017, 03:43 PM
I'm in :)

Daninsky
01-09-2017, 02:40 PM
This one just arrived on my doorstep a couple of weeks ago. Really beautiful piece of craftsmanship by Zagava out of Germany. "The Hauntings at Tankerton Parkô by Reggie Oliver. I'm a big fan of Oliver's and I tend to enjoy his drawings as much as his storytelling. This particular book is an abecedarium told in rhyme with more than a few nods to E. Gorey throughout. My copy is one of the luxurious 26 Lettered editions that includes one of Oliver's original drawings from the book's content as well as a beautiful die-cut cover. I had never purchased one of Zagava's books before and pre-ordered this one due to my love of Oliver, but I am so thrilled with the craftsmanship here that I'm pretty sure I'll be grabbing more of their output down the road.

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Theli
01-09-2017, 02:57 PM
Just stunning! Big congrats on a beautiful addition to your collection.

I have yet to read Reggie Oliver's works, but I think it's become high time!

Daninsky
01-09-2017, 03:02 PM
Just stunning! Big congrats on a beautiful addition to your collection.

I have yet to read Reggie Oliver's works, but I think it's become high time!

Thanks for your kind words! I've been over the moon about this since it arrived. Oliver's works are a bit scattered between a handful of small publishers, so can be rather tough to run down sometimes. Jerad over at Centipede put out an absolutely gorgeous (if a trifle unwieldy) omnibus collection a few years ago entitled Dramas from the Depths, which is probably the most complete selection you'll find in one place.

Theli
01-09-2017, 03:38 PM
Thanks for the tip! I also know Tartarus has put out a couple volumes of his works as well.

Brian861
01-09-2017, 03:43 PM
Beautiful book!

RonClinton
01-09-2017, 03:52 PM
Wow, that's really a striking book. I'm somewhat a fan of Oliver (I admire his skill, but his overuse of the dramatic/theater setting has cooled my interest in his work a bit), and though I try to keep up with with news on his output I hadn't even heard of this book. Congrats on what looks to be an incredible package.

Martin
01-09-2017, 04:08 PM
This one just arrived on my doorstep a couple of weeks ago. Really beautiful piece of craftsmanship by Zagava out of Germany. "The Hauntings at Tankerton Park“ by Reggie Oliver. I'm a big fan of Oliver's and I tend to enjoy his drawings as much as his storytelling. This particular book is an abecedarium told in rhyme with more than a few nods to E. Gorey throughout. My copy is one of the luxurious 26 Lettered editions that includes one of Oliver's original drawings from the book's content as well as a beautiful die-cut cover. I had never purchased one of Zagava's books before and pre-ordered this one due to my love of Oliver, but I am so thrilled with the craftsmanship here that I'm pretty sure I'll be grabbing more of their output down the road.

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Stunning! Congratulations.

Plasticine
02-02-2017, 01:15 AM
Been a while since I posted anything. Some preorders came in last month. Finally got around to taking some pictures.

Up first, Gauntlet's Great and Secret Show.

http://i.imgur.com/ti4yXv3.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/5qVQzyM.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/wmSVSdQ.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/IgOLwlz.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/1Sne4W3.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/GbuCN1P.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/i0QYXsE.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/Scg183Q.jpg

Really cool edition. I was kind of on the fence about this one. I already have a signed first US edition, but I'm glad I jumped at this one. I love seeing the sketched and the extra material is really cool to see. Plus those end papers are gorgeous. Just really happy to have added this one to my Barker shelf.

Up next is Sub Press's Dead on the Bones by Joe R Lansdale.

http://i.imgur.com/7oNkQpU.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/oSHOkFt.jpg

Plasticine
02-02-2017, 01:20 AM
http://i.imgur.com/YpzwcMN.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/GzTiuK7.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/KrHgJ2B.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/fr7P2i7.jpg

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Another great book from SubPress. Really cool collection, and another great add to my ever-growing Lansdale shelf.

Last, but most certainly not least, is the Thunderstorm edition of Soul Taker by Bryan Smith.

http://i.imgur.com/kHAJeQh.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/vufY9vv.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/aViUqwm.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/c7hV4wK.jpg

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Pretty much what you'd expect from Thunderstorm. Just a high quality production. One thing that doesn't come across in the pictures is the end papers are textured. They feel like a soft, almost velvet material. Really cool. Glad to add it to my Bryan Smith collection.

Theli
02-02-2017, 01:52 AM
Fantastic! Perhaps the best thing about Thunderstorm editions is their endpapers. Always top notch from them!

Martin
02-02-2017, 04:55 AM
Fantastic additions.

Brian861
02-02-2017, 08:08 PM
Nice adds!

Sock Monkey
02-03-2017, 05:06 PM
I passed on Dead on the Bones as I just couldn't fit it into my budget at the time, but I did pick up Soultaker from Thunderstorm. Agreed that it is a great looking book!
And as always, your photography is great!

RonClinton
02-03-2017, 07:39 PM
I was really pleased to see how little of DEAD ON THE BONES I hadn't read before. Usually these collections from authors I love are filled with stories that I've already made a point to seek out and read...but this one had lots of new stuff. Very surprised, very pleased.

Plasticine
02-04-2017, 05:30 PM
Thanks guys.

The amount of new material, or new to me, at least, is the reason I bought Dead on the Bones. Plus the pulp theme helped! It just made the collection seem kind of special to me.

mhatchett
02-12-2017, 03:04 PM
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Looking forward to this one!

Theli
02-13-2017, 01:57 AM
That is some interesting cover art. I've only read one Esslemont, and I liked it well enough. Didn't specifically blow me away, but I am open to more in the future.

RonClinton
02-15-2017, 05:29 PM
For some reason, I rarely copy over my posts (from the other book forum I hang out at) of my 'latest purchase' items. So I'm going to remedy that a bit here and put my last few arrivals. I've tried to slow down my purchases and reading time and interest seems to be at a low ebb lately, so there're only a few items over the last month or two...but they're pretty good ones, so here we go...

In December:

1). A Fine/Fine HC of Joe Lansdale's A MAGIC WAGON, the Doubleday 1st HC, Joe's hardcover debut. Always wanted this one, even though I have the Borderlands S/L. I plan to have him sign it when I see him on his tour in a few weeks.

2). Tom Piccirilli's FRAYED (S/L HC), EVERY SHALLOW CUT (S/L HC), and WHAT MAKES YOU DIE (uncommon signed/numbered tpb).

3). David Morrell's MURDER AS A FINE ART (CD S/L HC).

4). Lansdale's DEAD ON THE BONES: PULP ON FIRE (Sub Press S/L HC).

5). IN SUNLIGHT OR IN SHADOW: Stories Inspired by the Paintings of Edward Hopper (Lawrence Block, ed.), trade HC with full-color prints BUT signed by 11 of the 17 contributors (and I'll have Lansdale sign it was well -- making it 12 of 17 -- when I see him on tour in a few months).

6). THE WATCHER AT THE DOOR: The Early Henry Kuttner, vol. 2, Haffner Press HC

In January, I picked up the new Fredric Brown set from Centipede:

http://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/DmoAAOSwjDZYjOlr/s-l500.jpg

(Photo borrowed shamelessly from an eBay auction)

Then, certainly the most exciting to me, I bought the following item and it arrived yesterday:

What could it be....? Don't be misled by the warning of Frah-gee-lay...it's not from Italy.

https://s16.postimg.org/xl52cz4et/IMG_2187.jpg

Why, it looks like a book...

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And it *is* a book (In NF/NF condition, too) -- one by the wonderful Charles Beaumont! It's an interesting volume in his small body of work, one that is a collection of essays of cultural remembrances from his childhood, including Charlie Chaplin, radio dramas, movie serials, comics, pulps; horror movies and the essence of fear, Bela Lugosi, and more. The book is dedicated to Ocee Ritch and Jerry Sohl, two writer friends of his, who along with Beaumont, Richard Matheson, John Tomerlin, William F. Nolan, George Clayton Johnson, Charles E. Fritch, and peripherally Bradbury, Bloch, Sturgeon, and Harlan Ellison, formed what was self-termed the California Group (or Southern California Group).

https://s31.postimg.org/kqmzteysr/IMG_2192.jpg

But what, what's this on the title page...? Why, this appears to be Ocee Ritch's personal copy, and is inscribed to him by Beaumont!

https://s23.postimg.org/kro6wnct7/IMG_2196.jpg

Obviously, I'm thrilled to have the book, which given the association of the copy makes this Beaumont signature even more exciting. It joins my other signed Beaumont book that I bought a number of years ago, and to own two signed Beaumont books frankly humbles me and, yes, pleases me to no end:

https://s18.postimg.org/n1b2q0zwp/IMG_2198.jpg

https://s7.postimg.org/jrgr5b9kb/IMG_2200.jpg

I suspect most here already are familiar with Beaumont, but on the off chance that a few may not be, I'd encourage you to learn more about him and his incredible influence and impact on the mid-century development of macabre/fantastic fiction. And if you'd like to read his tremendous work, copies of his various books can be found on eBay and ABE and the usual suspects. For a Best Of selection, look for the Dark Harvest HC publication of SELECTED STORIES, the TOR pb of THE HOWLING MAN, or if you have deep pockets, the Centipede edition of MASS FOR MIXED VOICES. Valancourt also recently put out a tpb collection. The impact he had upon the dark fiction that we all love in his short life is remarkable.

https://s8.postimg.org/u47gd3n1x/IMG_2190.jpg

Nolan once said, to paraphrase, that Beaumont must have somehow known that his life would be short and his time on Earth brief, so he burned like a bright star while he was here. With these two books, it's akin, to some small degree, to touching stardust...and it feels like magic.

bugen
02-15-2017, 06:53 PM
Thanks for posting this. Beaumont's a hero of mine, and I'd feel humbled as well to have those pieces of history on my shelves. You must have one hell of a collection.

LOVE that final photo you posted. You get the feeling right there he's seeing something the rest of us would struggle to focus on, shading our eyes with our hand and squinting, then have to admit we can't see at all. Well done!

Theli
02-15-2017, 07:11 PM
Great additions Ron! I am familiar with Beaumont, but have not read any of his works yet.

Martin
02-16-2017, 03:26 AM
Ron,

Those Beaumont books are amazing. Beaumont's life has always intrigued me. I have read more about him than I have read his stories. I may have to remedy that.

RonClinton
02-16-2017, 03:20 PM
Ron,

Those Beaumont books are amazing. Beaumont's life has always intrigued me. I have read more about him than I have read his stories. I may have to remedy that.

Martin, there is supposedly an exhaustive biography in the works about him that should see publication someday soon...I keep my fingers crossed it'll still happen.

By the way, have you seen the DVD, Charles Beaumont: The Short Life of Twilight Zone's Magic Man? It's quite good...understandably surface-level stuff, given the medium, but still interesting, especially for those who aren't as familiar with his life and career as you and me.

https://www.amazon.com/Charles-Beaumont-Short-Twilight-Zones/dp/B004HKIVCS

If you do want to read some of his fiction, Graham Holroyd on ABE has a copy of the TOR pb for $36, which isn't a bad price for it...and it'll be the best $36 you've spent on a book in the last year, guaranteed. Here's the ABE listing:

Item Description: Tor, 1992. Horror First Paperback Edition. Minor touches of edgewear. Light tanning along top edge of pages and interior wraps. Near fine. Edited by Roger Anker. Cover art by Peter Scanlan. This won the Bram Stoker Award for Best Collection in 1989. Bookseller Inventory # 38467

https://www.amazon.com/Charles-Beaumont-Short-Twilight-Zones/dp/B004HKIVCS

The Valancount tpb that was just released is cheaper, but it is not as impressive a collection, either in selection or size...but it would be a good appetizer, I suppose but get the TOR pb .

slayn666
02-17-2017, 12:11 AM
I just picked up the Centipede edition of James Herbert's Rats trilogy for (what I think is) a terrific price. Can't wait to get them.

Martin
02-17-2017, 03:13 AM
Martin, there is supposedly an exhaustive biography in the works about him that should see publication someday soon...I keep my fingers crossed it'll still happen.

By the way, have you seen the DVD, Charles Beaumont: The Short Life of Twilight Zone's Magic Man? It's quite good...understandably surface-level stuff, given the medium, but still interesting, especially for those who aren't as familiar with his life and career as you and me.

https://www.amazon.com/Charles-Beaumont-Short-Twilight-Zones/dp/B004HKIVCS

If you do want to read some of his fiction, Graham Holroyd on ABE has a copy of the TOR pb for $36, which isn't a bad price for it...and it'll be the best $36 you've spent on a book in the last year, guaranteed. Here's the ABE listing:

Item Description: Tor, 1992. Horror First Paperback Edition. Minor touches of edgewear. Light tanning along top edge of pages and interior wraps. Near fine. Edited by Roger Anker. Cover art by Peter Scanlan. This won the Bram Stoker Award for Best Collection in 1989. Bookseller Inventory # 38467

https://www.amazon.com/Charles-Beaumont-Short-Twilight-Zones/dp/B004HKIVCS

The Valancount tpb that was just released is cheaper, but it is not as impressive a collection, either in selection or size...but it would be a good appetizer, I suppose but get the TOR pb .

Thanks, I will watch for the biography. I had not heard of the DVD about him. I checked Movie Madness and they do not have it. I believe they have suggestion list in the store. I will add it and see if they bring it in.

Daninsky
02-17-2017, 01:06 PM
I just picked up the Centipede edition of James Herbert's Rats trilogy for (what I think is) a terrific price. Can't wait to get them.

They're a very fun read. One of the better attempts at the 'wild kingdom run amok' motif ever committed to the printed page in my opinion. And Jerad's editions of them are as gorgeous as expected. Congrats!

Theli
02-17-2017, 01:24 PM
I need to read more Herbert at some point. I read the Fog a few years back and really enjoyed it. Surprisingly violent and gory.

RonClinton
02-17-2017, 08:30 PM
The trilogy is a lot of fun. It starts off strong, ebbs a bit in the second volume, and come roaring back with the third novel in a post-apocalyptic setting. Good stuff, and the Centipede production values are very present. I only wish there'd been a slipcase for the set as was discussed at one point (I think Jerad was considering a thin paper slipcase, if memory serves).

TacomaDiver
02-18-2017, 04:24 PM
1). A Fine/Fine HC of Joe Lansdale's A MAGIC WAGON, the Doubleday 1st HC, Joe's hardcover debut. Always wanted this one, even though I have the Borderlands S/L. I plan to have him sign it when I see him on his tour in a few weeks.

I just posted about his tour - which stop are you heading to? I'm going to Third Place Books on the evening of the 2nd. I wish I still worked downtown because Seattle Mystery was literally across the street (except my employer moved to SODO, but still dang close!)

bugen
02-18-2017, 04:34 PM
The trilogy is a lot of fun. It starts off strong, ebbs a bit in the second volume, and come roaring back with the third novel in a post-apocalyptic setting. Good stuff, and the Centipede production values are very present. I only wish there'd been a slipcase for the set as was discussed at one point (I think Jerad was considering a thin paper slipcase, if memory serves).

I haven't read the final book yet but really enjoyed the first two.

c marvel
02-22-2017, 04:15 AM
I couldn't resist this book with three James M Cain novels: The Postman Always Rings Twice, Mildred Pierce, Double Indemnity. It is a little scuffed on the front and back covers, but it was only $9.12 w. free shipping.


Cap

Theli
02-22-2017, 01:41 PM
I couldn't resist this book with three James M Cain novels: The Postman Always Rings Twice, Mildred Pierce, Double Indemnity. It is a little scuffed on the front and back covers, but it was only $9.12 w. free shipping.


Cap

I have yet to read Mildred Pierce, but love the other two. I also have a Cain anthology with the three included plus a few shorts. Great writer.

RonClinton
02-22-2017, 02:36 PM
I have yet to read Mildred Pierce, but love the other two. I also have a Cain anthology with the three included plus a few shorts. Great writer.

THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE is among my Top Five Books of all-time, and DOUBLE INDEMNITY is also very, very good. MILDRED PIERCE, while more literature than noir, is a good character piece, and the relationship between Mildred and her daughter is fascinating. Cain's other work is uneven -- especially his later stuff -- but had he just penned POSTMAN and INDEMNITY, his legacy as an extraordinary writer would still be sealed.

Theli
02-22-2017, 03:00 PM
Agreed. The Postman Always Rings Twice is in my top 10 as well, perhaps even in it's higher echelons.

bugen
02-26-2017, 10:20 AM
Here are a few picks of the Women Crime Writers books from Library of America. Normally I'll abstain from books that specifically exclude based on race or sex, but this one's different for a number of reasons. And I desperately need to read Laura and In A Lonely Place.

The original set from Barnes and Noble had a damaged slipcase, but I ordered and just received a replacement from LOA. There were a couple of comments about having the books but not the specialized slipcases, so just in case folks weren't aware I wanted to make sure people knew the cases are available directly from LOA for 6$ shipped, a really good deal (just scroll down).

https://loa.org/books/361-american-noir-boxed-set
https://www.loa.org/books/430-women-crime-writers-eight-suspense-novels-of-the-1940s-50s-boxed-set
https://www.loa.org/books/386-dashiell-hammett-the-library-of-america-collection-boxed-set
https://www.loa.org/books/401-raymond-chandler-the-library-of-america-collection-boxed-set

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mhatchett
02-26-2017, 12:05 PM
Thanks for the great info. Just ordered 2 slipcases, Raymond Chandler, American Noir.

Plasticine
02-26-2017, 07:31 PM
Just received Lonely Road edition of The Vampyricon Trilogy.

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Plasticine
02-26-2017, 07:32 PM
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I wasn't collecting when this edition was announced. By the time I found out about it, it was long sold out. So, needless to say I had to pay an aftermarket premium for my copy. Even with the extra I paid, it was more than worth it. Just a gorgeous edition of this series. High production standards. Just wonderful attention to detail. The custom made slip case is great. Plus the thing is filled with great artwork. The pictures I took represents may half of the art. Just an amazing edition. Really glad to have added it to my collection.

bugen
02-26-2017, 08:21 PM
Very nice--thanks for the pics!

Brian861
02-28-2017, 03:34 AM
Excellent production!

Martin
02-28-2017, 03:46 AM
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I wasn't collecting when this edition was announced. By the time I found out about it, it was long sold out. So, needless to say I had to pay an aftermarket premium for my copy. Even with the extra I paid, it was more than worth it. Just a gorgeous edition of this series. High production standards. Just wonderful attention to detail. The custom made slip case is great. Plus the thing is filled with great artwork. The pictures I took represents may half of the art. Just an amazing edition. Really glad to have added it to my collection.

Vampyricon is another top notch production from Lonely Road book. Glad you were able to snag a copy!

Theli
02-28-2017, 01:49 PM
Plasticine: Great grab on Vampyricon.

Andrew: Nice crime collection there. I'd like to read the original novel of In a Lonely Place some day.

RonClinton
02-28-2017, 02:52 PM
Here are a few picks of the Women Crime Writers books from Library of America. Normally I'll abstain from books that specifically exclude based on race or sex, but this one's different for a number of reasons. And I desperately need to read Laura and In A Lonely Place.

The original set from Barnes and Noble had a damaged slipcase, but I ordered and just received a replacement from LOA. There were a couple of comments about having the books but not the specialized slipcases, so just in case folks weren't aware I wanted to make sure people knew the cases are available directly from LOA for 6$ shipped, a really good deal (just scroll down).

https://loa.org/books/361-american-noir-boxed-set
https://www.loa.org/books/430-women-crime-writers-eight-suspense-novels-of-the-1940s-50s-boxed-set
https://www.loa.org/books/386-dashiell-hammett-the-library-of-america-collection-boxed-set
https://www.loa.org/books/401-raymond-chandler-the-library-of-america-collection-boxed-set

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Almost grabbed this a few weeks ago when I saw a copy at Half-Price Books for, I think, $24.98. Although it really appealed to the vintage noir fan in me, the books looked a little heavy on "domestic noir," for lack of a better term, though that slant is certainly understandable, given the era and the sex of the authors, and I've read enough (not much, but enough) Highsmith, Millar, and Hughes to know that that's not really an accurate take on their work. Still, just didn't appeal to me enough for me to pull the trigger on it. Changed my mind a week later, went back, and it was gone. I plan to keep an eye out for another set, as I regret my kneejerk reaction to it and wish now I'd picked it up.

RonClinton
02-28-2017, 05:26 PM
Thought I'd post this here, given that I know we have a few members from the Puget Sound area:

Picked this one (photo below) up over the weekend...not a big deal in the scheme of things, worth perhaps five or ten bucks on a good day, but it is one I'd wanted to read for a while.

The special thing -- well, maybe "unfortunate" is a more apt term -- is that it may be the last book I buy from one of my favorite used bookstores in the Seattle area, probably THE favorite, given that while I like visiting U Books and Third Place, I don't often come away with much from those two. The Half-Price Book store in the University District is closing down in late March / early April. I went there this weekend and shelves were being cleared and inventory reduced. I thought, No, this can't be right... But after talking to a couple of employees, it was: The place is being shuttered in about a month. Not sure if it's due to lack of business, or overdue repairs that need to be made to the building, or a planned gentrification, or...??, but whatever reason, it really, really sucks. :(

For those in the area, this is the two-story HPB on Roosevelt. If you're a plan of the place like me, best get in for a last visit before the doors are locked forever.

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TacomaDiver
02-28-2017, 10:13 PM
Damn. I always hate seeing bookstores close.

I've only been to the University HPB once since I don't get that far north. My regular store in Tacoma so I spend most of money there. I've been to Tukwila a few times but it's always disappointing.

Have you visited Tacoma Book Center yet? To me, it blows Powells out of the water in regards to finding treasures plus the lack of tourist destination is nice.

bugen
02-28-2017, 10:44 PM
Damn. I always hate seeing bookstores close.

Hear, hear. Godspeed to all our fallen oracles.

RonClinton
02-28-2017, 10:46 PM
Have you visited Tacoma Book Center yet? To me, it blows Powells out of the water in regards to finding treasures plus the lack of tourist destination is nice.

I have been to Tacoma Book Center, yes...probably a dozen times or so. I don't get down south too often, but I'll periodically hit TBC on my way back from a family visit in Oregon (and Powells! :cool: )...so I'd guess a dozen times or so over the many years. It's a neat place, a big place stuffed full of books in lots of different rooms...almost a throwback to the great old boookstores of our area (Shorey's, et al), now most gone. I never seem to come away with much, but I have a heckuva fun time browsing there.

Theli
03-01-2017, 02:34 AM
I've seen too many book stores shutter their doors, and it's always a shame. Still a few good ones around here though.

Martin
03-01-2017, 02:47 AM
Damn. I always hate seeing bookstores close.

I've only been to the University HPB once since I don't get that far north. My regular store in Tacoma so I spend most of money there. I've been to Tukwila a few times but it's always disappointing.

Have you visited Tacoma Book Center yet? To me, it blows Powells out of the water in regards to finding treasures plus the lack of tourist destination is nice.

Hate to see another book seller close their doors. I feel very fortunate to live in Powell's country. I am not familiar with Tacoma Book Center, I will have to check them out and maybe take a drive up there this summer.

TacomaDiver
03-01-2017, 03:23 AM
It's worth the drive!

They remind me of my hometown hardware store - aisles with barely enough room to walk through. Shelves piled to the ceiling. That old bookstore smell.


Hate to see another book seller close their doors. I feel very fortunate to live in Powell's country. I am not familiar with Tacoma Book Center, I will have to check them out and maybe take a drive up there this summer.

TacomaDiver
03-01-2017, 03:32 AM
Nice! I always try to tell as many book lovers I can about it. Just wish that I discovered it earlier.

Which reminds me, I'm due for another visit.


I have been to Tacoma Book Center, yes...probably a dozen times or so. I don't get down south too often, but I'll periodically hit TBC on my way back from a family visit in Oregon (and Powells! :cool: )...so I'd guess a dozen times or so over the many years. It's a neat place, a big place stuffed full of books in lots of different rooms...almost a throwback to the great old boookstores of our area (Shorey's, et al), now most gone. I never seem to come away with much, but I have a heckuva fun time browsing there.

mhatchett
03-01-2017, 06:02 PM
When I was in the Army, I would often spend Summers at Ft Lewis working with ROTC Cadets. I always ended up mailing home 2-3 boxes of books, many of them purchased from the Tacoma Book Center.

TacomaDiver
03-02-2017, 12:56 AM
That really awesome - small world. :)


When I was in the Army, I would often spend Summers at Ft Lewis working with ROTC Cadets. I always ended up mailing home 2-3 boxes of books, many of them purchased from the Tacoma Book Center.

c marvel
03-23-2017, 02:57 AM
I wound up buying the Heritage Press edition of Daisy Miller by Henry James. It's an in between sized book that comes with an inbetween size slipcase. I just couldn't resist when I saw the incredibly good price.


Cap

Theli
03-23-2017, 01:08 PM
You can get some nice Heritage Press books for relatively cheap. I'm not familiar with that particular book though. Still need to read some Henry James.

c marvel
03-24-2017, 12:49 AM
You can get some nice Heritage Press books for relatively cheap. I'm not familiar with that particular book though. Still need to read some Henry James.

Yes, I looked on eBay and there are some affordable Heritage Press books. The Daisy Miller book comes with a nicely done insert that includes some info. about the author. In the bookstore where I purchased Daisy Miller I saw other Heritage Press books with these inserts. I gather this was a feature of Heritage Press books.


Cap

Theli
03-24-2017, 01:20 PM
I think that used to be more of a practice in general for older fine press books. I've seen (and have) little inserts of varied length (some just a pamphlet, others more like a chapbook) that came with Franklin and Easton press, even some of Reader's Digest's books, like my girlfriend's copy of Robin Hood. I'm not really certain on the purpose of this practice. Why not print it in the book? Cheaper I maybe, and maybe it would get reprinted in later editions. Still seems strange to me.

bugen
03-25-2017, 04:33 PM
Last Sunday I attended the annual Vintage Paperback Collector’s Show and contracted The Plague, knocking me out of commission for three of my last few days in beautiful Southern California (I know it was you, mother-#&$#@%. I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you).

But I’m feeling much better now and got some great books signed. Tim Powers signed my Library of America’s American Fantastic Tales. Obsessions and Silver Screams received more sigs, and Subterranean’s Tales of Dark Fantasy got a couple as did their Best of trade editions of Gregory Benford and Larry Niven. My Hartwell-signed 1st edition of The Dark Descent added Etchison’s sig to his story.

Most important is this one. My copy doesn’t have the limitation page but is worth a heck of a lot more to me now than another copy that does have one. Etchison and R.C. Matheson signed their introductions to stories, and Mr. Matheson’s was quite touching, but it was William F. Nolan who brought it home.

I’m standing in line, realizing that because I usually skip intros when reading stories for the first time I’d never actually read the pages I’m about to have signed. I shuffled along and read, getting to Bill Nolan’s intro where it was almost palpable how much he missed his friend; when I stepped up to the man the connection between the two authors was still lingering, solid in the mind. Mr. Nolan gingerly accepted the unjacketed, hefty book, didn’t immediately recognize it, adjusted it to look at the cover, didn’t immediately recognize it, turned it to look at the spine, and a light leapt both into and out of his eyes. He saddened but also livened up considerably. We spoke of the incredible collection and our admiration for the writer whose imagination opened the eyes of the world. He spoke of his friendship with Mr. Beaumont and told a couple of stories, neither of which I recall properly because something was still thick in the air--perhaps the ghost of the monster himself, hand resting lightly on the seated Nolan’s shoulder, saying hello to his old friend. For a moment I was there with them both.

Still one of the greatest books in my collection, now something more:

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Sock Monkey
03-25-2017, 10:55 PM
Bugen, thanks for sharing that story. What an amazing experience! The signatures are a great addition to such an impressive volume, but with that experience, what a treasured edition it must be now. Congratulations!

Brian861
03-26-2017, 05:15 PM
Very nice, Andrew!

RonClinton
03-26-2017, 10:42 PM
Bugen, very nice...thanks for sharing. I have VOICES as well, and it's an outstanding collection, made better only by what you've done to yours.

As you've gathered from this thread (did you catch my recent signed Charles Beaumont piece?), I'm a huge Beaumont fan as well, and have a Beaumont/Nolan story I can share:

Over the course of two or three years in the '90s, Bill and I used to be fairly consistent pens pals -- back in the days before email took over -- and Beaumont was a very regular topic of conversation -- not unexpected, given my affinity for his work and Bill's love for the man. At one point (and before I had my own two signed (by Beaumont) Beaumont books), he was kind enough to photocopy all the signature pages of the books he'd had personally inscribed to him by his friend, Beaumont, and mail them to me...there are probably close to a dozen, though it's been a while since I've looked at them. I thought that was just an incredible move of generosity on his part, and while time, his changing circumstances (estranged marriage, new residence, etc.), and technology eroded our penpal status, I've never forgotten Bill's act of kindness. They're valueless, of course, but for me that have immense worth...and they're pretty cool, too. :)

bugen
03-27-2017, 01:57 AM
Thanks, fellas. And Ron, that's really cool. I believe I caught your Beaumont post (that was for The Hunger, right?). In which other book do you have The Man's signature?

I had no idea the two writers were as close friends as they were until that convention, and though I'm not sure I'll ever see Mr. Nolan again I'll always remember the haunting magic around that moment.

RonClinton
03-27-2017, 05:10 AM
Thanks, fellas. And Ron, that's really cool. I believe I caught your Beaumont post (that was for The Hunger, right?). In which other book do you have The Man's signature?

I had no idea the two writers were as close friends as they were until that convention, and though I'm not sure I'll ever see Mr. Nolan again I'll always remember the haunting magic around that moment.

I have Beaumont's signature in a 1st HC of THE HUNGER AND OTHER STORIES, and my more recent acquisition is an inscribed 1st HC of his REMEMBER, REMEMBER.

Yes, he and Nolan were great friends, colleagues, and car racing buddies. By the way, Nolan has written a bio-bibliography of Beaumont, a tpb that's worth picking up. EDIT: Here is a picture of it...it's published by Borgo Press:

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EDIT 2: Btw, if you haven't already watched it, this recent DVD is well worth the cost of admission:

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Theli
03-27-2017, 02:15 PM
Great story Andrew! It's always interesting, and in this case quite heartwarming, to hear of author friendships. Nice to know that not everyone has to be at each others throats in competition with each other.

c marvel
04-06-2017, 07:20 AM
Today I received Monster Midway by William L Gresham. Monster Midway is about the world of the carnival and the circus. After learning about this book, I really wanted a copy since it has much info. about carnivals. Lately I have been fascinated by carnivals and have discovered there are many carnivals that travel to this area of California that are completely separate from fairs/state fairs. The book itself seems to be in solid condition and the dustjacket is in much better shape than what I anticipated after viewing the dustjacket at Biblio. I still plan on going to a FedEx Office location to see what it would cost to have this version of the book's dustjacket recreated. This version of the book is from a London publisher and on the front of the dustjacket it reads 2nd Impression. I love it!!


Cap

Theli
04-06-2017, 01:48 PM
I've noticed a bit of trend around here. Seems like Carnival stories have been in fashion.

c marvel
04-06-2017, 02:36 PM
I've noticed a bit of trend around here. Seems like Carnival stories have been in fashion.

Someone besides me enjoys that theme? :) Cap

Theli
04-06-2017, 04:45 PM
I think Bugen had been discussing some lately. And I could be wrong, but I thought a few other titles have popped up. It's an interesting theme and setting for a novel, implying all sorts of intrigue, trickery, illusion, moral ambiguity and colour. I too have been discussing it a bit with a friend of mine actually, comparing Laymon's The Traveling Vampire Show and Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes.

c marvel
04-06-2017, 06:53 PM
This is going slightly off topic. I've been interested in carnivals for 3-4 years now. I finally found an online resource that has the names of carnival companies. Usually their name ends with amusement company. Even with the list I found I still had little luck figuring out where carnivals were. A second question was-Do they still exist independent of state fairs? Yes-they do! Where I grew up, a small carnival showed up on the edge of the high school grounds one day and I remember it vividly. I wish I could learn the name of that little carnival. I doubt I'll ever find that info.


Cap (AKA Steve)

Martin
04-06-2017, 08:27 PM
Here in the Portland Oregon area is a group called Funtastic Shows (http://funtasticshows.com/). They are based at an old Drive-in that I went to as a youth. They pop up in parking lots of strip malls in the Portland/Vancouver area. They do some church functions (Octoberfest etc.) and usually set up for between three days and a week. The strip mall set-up always intrigues me. I have stopped and walked the grounds when I spot them. They always seem to be busy.


This is going slightly off topic. I've been interested in carnivals for 3-4 years now. I finally found an online resource that has the names of carnival companies. Usually their name ends with amusement company. Even with the list I found I still had little luck figuring out where carnivals were. A second question was-Do they still exist independent of state fairs? Yes-they do! Where I grew up, a small carnival showed up on the edge of the high school grounds one day and I remember it vividly. I wish I could learn the name of that little carnival. I doubt I'll ever find that info.


Cap (AKA Steve)

Theli
04-06-2017, 08:47 PM
This is going slightly off topic. I've been interested in carnivals for 3-4 years now. I finally found an online resource that has the names of carnival companies. Usually their name ends with amusement company. Even with the list I found I still had little luck figuring out where carnivals were. A second question was-Do they still exist independent of state fairs? Yes-they do! Where I grew up, a small carnival showed up on the edge of the high school grounds one day and I remember it vividly. I wish I could learn the name of that little carnival. I doubt I'll ever find that info.


Cap (AKA Steve)

We have a pretty big one here called The Red River Ex every year, though I've actually never been. Other than that there's a couple smaller ones that blow through town and last for a few days each summer. Not really sure if they are a fair or a carnival, or what the specific difference would be. Been to a few of those in my time.

Coincidentally I just read an article about a self published street person who wrote a book about being a squeegee kid, and another about drug addiction and his newest one coming out is an anthology about his time as a carny over the last 25+ years. The article is below. I'm thinking I might try to track down his books.

http://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/canada/former-squeegee-kid-writes-about-gritty-life-on-the-streets/ar-BBzm2n0?li=AAggv0m&ocid=iehp

c marvel
04-06-2017, 10:08 PM
We have a pretty big one here called The Red River Ex every year, though I've actually never been. Other than that there's a couple smaller ones that blow through town and last for a few days each summer. Not really sure if they are a fair or a carnival, or what the specific difference would be. Been to a few of those in my time.

Coincidentally I just read an article about a self published street person who wrote a book about being a squeegee kid, and another about drug addiction and his newest one coming out is an anthology about his time as a carny over the last 25+ years. The article is below. I'm thinking I might try to track down his books.

http://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/canada/former-squeegee-kid-writes-about-gritty-life-on-the-streets/ar-BBzm2n0?li=AAggv0m&ocid=iehp

Interesting. Thanks for the link Theli.



Cap

bugen
04-06-2017, 11:34 PM
I think Bugen had been discussing some lately. And I could be wrong, but I thought a few other titles have popped up. It's an interesting theme and setting for a novel, implying all sorts of intrigue, trickery, illusion, moral ambiguity and colour. I too have been discussing it a bit with a friend of mine actually, comparing Laymon's The Traveling Vampire Show and Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes.

You're right, a number of them have come up pretty recently. Something Wicked This Way Comes, Nightmare Alley, Blind Voices, The Circus of Dr. Lao, and even Batman's The Killing Joke.. It wasn't actually on purpose, but these carnival-related stories do have a unique kind of energy, mayhem and mystique that helps catapult them up the ranks.

bugen
04-07-2017, 05:58 AM
Finally got one:

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Theli
04-07-2017, 01:31 PM
Nice grab! I go back and forth on these PS anniversary editions. I do like that they are signed and a relatively reasonable price. And they have hired some good artists, especially McKean's art for Night Shift. But the binding quality, like with most PS books, is average at best. And their practice of multiple dust jackets is pretty disgusting to be honest, just strikes me as a way to leech money from collectors with the least amount of effort.

mhatchett
04-07-2017, 03:21 PM
Virginia puts out a pamphlet that lists most of the traveling Carnivals that are schedule to visit the state. When I was a kid, it seemed there was always a "shopping Center" carnival setting up somewhere. Loved the excitment!

Theli
04-07-2017, 03:40 PM
Virginia puts out a pamphlet that lists most of the traveling Carnivals that are schedule to visit the state. When I was a kid, it seemed there was always a "shopping Center" carnival setting up somewhere. Loved the excitment!

Yeah that's normally where you find them around here. Or by community centres. Always fun. Maybe I'll try to track some down this year, and/or finally visit our big one; The Red River Ex.

bugen
04-07-2017, 07:38 PM
Nice grab! I go back and forth on these PS anniversary editions. I do like that they are signed and a relatively reasonable price. And they have hired some good artists, especially McKean's art for Night Shift. But the binding quality, like with most PS books, is average at best. And their practice of multiple dust jackets is pretty disgusting to be honest, just strikes me as a way to leech money from collectors with the least amount of effort.

I've got to agree with you on the multiple dust jacket thing--don't like that practice at all, though it does seem pretty rare. Personally I ended up with a Skeleton Crew variant that's not as much to my liking as the original, but I'll never buy two copies of a book because of that. Those kinds of things I'll just add in to what I know about a company and it'll inevitably have an effect down the line.

Christine is, thankfully, smyth-sewn and not just glued, so it should be one of those that lasts. It seems many (most?) of their releases inexplicably skimp on this, and glued bindings aren't cool for collectible books. I'm OK with the art printed directly on glossed boards even if I'd prefer cloth or leather, and their paper quality seems on par with many other specialty presses. The glued vs. sewn binding really is a problem, though.

Bizarrely, it's the cover art that kept this edition on my mind.

RonClinton
04-08-2017, 09:00 PM
I mentioned a while back that one of my favorite used bookstores in the Seattle area (probably THE favorite, given that while I like visiting U Books and Third Place, I don't often come away with much from those two) -- the Half-Price Book store in the University District -- was closing down in late March / early April. Note: For those in the area, this is the two-story HPB on Roosevelt.

I went there for the last time today -- this weekend is its last two days. :(

I've been going to this store for what must be over two decades, so it's a closure that hits close to home. As mentioned above, it's my favorite bookstore in the area, and book browsing is just not going to be the same anymore. Yes, there are other HPB stores in the area, but not like this two-story wonderland of creaky floors and endless shelves of books. It's no Powell's, but it's the closest thing we have around here in the Seattle area.

Anyway, I picked up a souvenir to remember my good times there...figured it couldn't hurt to ask, and the kind gentleman granted my request which he thought was "pretty cool." Measuring about 24" x 12", it hung over the area where I, no surprise, spent much of my time. For those not familar with HPB, they have such hangings signs over every different shelved genre (e.g. Mystery, Romance, Science Fiction, etc.)...now it hangs over a doorway in an alcove area in my library/office:

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bugen
04-08-2017, 09:18 PM
Love that! Wonderful souvenir.

Sock Monkey
04-08-2017, 09:28 PM
Very cool!

RonClinton
04-08-2017, 11:04 PM
Thanks, guys...I'm pretty pleased to have it, as you might imagine. It's valueless, of course, but has emotional worth to me that's boundless.

Theli
04-09-2017, 06:50 AM
Outstanding! Great souvenir.

jeffingoff
04-09-2017, 02:10 PM
So awesome. An artifact from a time when people didn't live online. A reminder and a warning that people will never live online. That's it's about places and spaces and the mingling of energies kicked up but human contact. More than a souvenir, it's a touchstone.

mhatchett
04-09-2017, 02:51 PM
Thanks, guys...I'm pretty pleased to have it, as you might imagine. It's valueless, of course, but has emotional worth to me that's boundless.

Ron. I think the term you're looking for is Priceless LOL!!

Brian861
04-10-2017, 05:10 PM
Very cool, Ron!

c marvel
04-17-2017, 02:58 AM
You can get some nice Heritage Press books for relatively cheap. I'm not familiar with that particular book though. Still need to read some Henry James.

I should have looked closer at Daisy Miller by Henry James. It is definitely not what I would normally read. The long Introduction, to me, is a chore to read. I'm just glad this is a really short book and it was very cheap.


Cap

mhatchett
04-29-2017, 11:42 PM
A shot of what I've bought and what I'm reading. Red Sister signed. Anthony Ryan's The Walking Fire, about 3/4 through and I'm enjoying it. I don't know if I've mentioned it, but I collect Martial Arts books, particularly vintage Martial Arts books/magazines. I added this nice little pamphlet by Dan Bucceroni who worked out with Sonny Liston. I have some Martial Arts books from the 1920's and 30's that I'll get around to posting one day if anyone is interested. Have a great weekend all!
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Daninsky
04-30-2017, 05:06 AM
My three most recent acquisitions, all of which I was absolutely thrilled to obtain for a very good price. The stories are great, the production value is great, the publisher is great. My only gripe is that I still need to find the remaining two in the series. Here are three of the five lettered editions of Thunderstorm Books' gorgeous production of the late JF Gonzalez's Dark Worlds series.

mhatchett
04-30-2017, 03:03 PM
Just read the Centipede newsletter. Anyone else waiting for The Circus of Dr Lao? I can hardly wait.

Martin
04-30-2017, 05:04 PM
My three most recent acquisitions, all of which I was absolutely thrilled to obtain for a very good price. The stories are great, the production value is great, the publisher is great. My only gripe is that I still need to find the remaining two in the series. Here are three of the five lettered editions of Thunderstorm Books' gorgeous production of the late JF Gonzalez's Dark Worlds series.

Those look fantastic. Good luck finding the others.

Martin
04-30-2017, 05:05 PM
Just read the Centipede newsletter. Anyone else waiting for The Circus of Dr Lao? I can hardly wait.

Although it intrigues me I am passing.

RonClinton
05-01-2017, 05:16 AM
Although it intrigues me I am passing.

Agreed. I've been aware of this novel for a long time, but have always given it a pass. If I didn't buy it for a couple bucks in used pb, then my realistic desire to read it is clearly minimal. I'm a Centipede fanboy, but even I have to draw the line at releases where the cost just doesn't support my self-admitted lack of interest. Like all Centipede editions, it looks finely done and aesthetically interesting, but as Martin says, "intriguing" just isn't enough.

mhatchett
05-01-2017, 10:54 AM
It's true, we can't buy everything, Finney has always been a favorite and I'm looking forward to having the additional short stories in one volume. Finney's Old China Hands is a great book about the Regular Army in China during the 1920s. Such an interesting life.

Theli
05-01-2017, 01:12 PM
Mike, I'd love to see some of your old martial arts publications if/when you get the chance. It's interesting that Eastern martial arts even had a rather large impact in Western society even in the 20's and 30's (and before).

Sock Monkey
05-04-2017, 11:02 PM
My three most recent acquisitions, all of which I was absolutely thrilled to obtain for a very good price. The stories are great, the production value is great, the publisher is great. My only gripe is that I still need to find the remaining two in the series. Here are three of the five lettered editions of Thunderstorm Books' gorgeous production of the late JF Gonzalez's Dark Worlds series.

Those editions are so nice! And incredibly hard to come by. I think I've only seen them up for sale once and I got quickly out bid on them. Congratulations on the acquisitions and good luck finding the remaining books!

Sock Monkey
05-04-2017, 11:33 PM
So neither one of these are books, but they are new acquisitions!

The first is this fun little Funko Pop! figure. I'm a big Firestorm fan so I couldn't pass this guy up when I stumbled upon him. I almost went with the White Lantern version as well, but thought better of it.

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I've been wanting a new TV since I had my surround sound installed a while back and we finally broke down and got one. We settled upon a Sony Bravia 75" 4K television. I've always been a sucker for Sony's picture quality (I think Samsung's is brighter, but Sony's is richer) and this one doesn't disappoint. Now if I could just convince my wife to let me upgrade my blu-ray player to the Oppo Region Free I've had my eye on...


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RonClinton
05-05-2017, 04:16 PM
Following Sock Monkey's lead w/ non-book-related acquisitions...

I haven't bought many books of late -- none worth crowing about in this thread, anyhow. Nothing's really come up on my radar and I've been trying to cut back on my bookbuying as well, due to a new motorcycle, kids getting ready to head off to college, senior prom expenses, upcoming summer travel, etc. etc....seems like it's always something lately.

But I'll post a cool, new acquisition that I received a couple weeks ago: a new seat for my new '16 Yamaha FJR1300.

Before:

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After:

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The wider, dished-out portion and tank hump fits very well, very comfy (and when the ol' behind is happy, then the rest of me is happy), and the flat slope of the stock seat that was creating an almost constant push against the handlebars to stop from sliding forward is now gone...if this was the only thing the seat did, that alone would make the seat worth it. I think it looks great as well...the lines and styling of the seat complement the styling of the bike very well, and the carbon-fiber-like, dark black appearance of the seat add an aesthetic richness to the bike that the flat gray stock seat did not.

EDIT: And since the bike itself is a relative new acquisition (got in at the beginning of April of this year), I'll throw a full pic of it up as well...taken on my trip home from the dealership, so it still has that original, unwieldly seat:

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mhatchett
05-05-2017, 06:07 PM
Sweet!

TacomaDiver
05-06-2017, 01:09 AM
I'll have to try and take some pictures, but my copy of Richard Adams's The Girl in the Swing from Centipede Press arrived today. I have no idea what this book is about but Watership Down is one of my most favorite books and I couldn't pass up the chance to add this book to my library.

It's a pretty nice looking edition.

And totally unrelated - did you all hear that White Noise Press is shutting down? Quite disappointing to learn today.

Plus I learned that Lagunitas Brewing sold out to Heineken as well. Sad, sad day.

But hey - I've lost four pounds running the last three weeks!

Martin
05-06-2017, 01:12 AM
I'll have to try and take some pictures, but my copy of Richard Adams's The Girl in the Swing from Centipede Press arrived today. I have no idea what this book is about but Watership Down is one of my most favorite books and I couldn't pass up the chance to add this book to my library.

It's a pretty nice looking edition.

And totally unrelated - did you all hear that White Noise Press is shutting down? Quite disappointing to learn today.

Plus I learned that Lagunitas Brewing sold out to Heineken as well. Sad, sad day.

But hey - I've lost four pounds running the last three weeks!

Where did you hear that White Noise Press is shutting down?

TacomaDiver
05-06-2017, 01:18 AM
Their Facebook page.

I'm being special today and can't figure out an easy way to post the URL for the post - but it's the latest post on their page. (https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=830844623750435&id=257140991120804)


Where did you hear that White Noise Press is shutting down?

Martin
05-06-2017, 01:27 AM
Their Facebook page.

I'm being special today and can't figure out an easy way to post the URL for the post - but it's the latest post on their page. (https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=830844623750435&id=257140991120804)

That is sad to hear. He still has a future release listed on the website. Love his Chap Books but have always assumed he was breaking even at best with them.

bugen
05-06-2017, 03:00 AM
The Girl in a Swing is amazing! I reviewed it but am waiting to post until I can receive the book and take pictures. What an incredible love story...

Great purchase!

jeffingoff
05-06-2017, 01:05 PM
I'll have to try and take some pictures, but my copy of Richard Adams's The Girl in the Swing from Centipede Press arrived today.

I guess I don't understand how Jerad works because I had been considering buying that book but it's not available for sale on Centipede Press' site.

Martin
05-06-2017, 02:47 PM
I guess I don't understand how Jerad works because I had been considering buying that book but it's not available for sale on Centipede Press' site.

It looks like he is missing a link. The page is up but you can't navigate to it directly:

http://centipedepress.com/horror/girlinaswing.html

TacomaDiver
05-06-2017, 02:54 PM
Jerad emailed me last week or so about the book - said it wasn't on the website yet but wanted to give those of us who had expressed an early interest in it a chance to order it early.

So maybe I spilled the beans and said I received it ...

jeffingoff
05-06-2017, 04:57 PM
It looks like he is missing a link. The page is up but you can't navigate to it directly:

http://centipedepress.com/horror/girlinaswing.html

I assumed that was by design. He's showing what's in the works, to get people interested, but not allowing people to order until he's ready. I liked it. But now that I know there are pre-sales, I'd like to know how to get on the insiders list.

jeffingoff
05-06-2017, 04:59 PM
So maybe I spilled the beans and said I received it ...

I promise not to tell. :)

Besides, I really couldn't afford what he said he was estimating the price would be in his last newsletter. Sleeping Beauties woke up and ran off with a huge part of my budget. And then Gwendy took some more via the Nocturnal Reader's Box.

slayn666
05-06-2017, 06:47 PM
As a collector that has been burned by people sharing order links before the publisher was ready to open orders up to the public, I'll humbly request that people not do that here. That's an edition of 100, and between subscriptions and people that showed early interest, it's possibly the title is due to sellout without being offered to the public.

Martin
05-06-2017, 08:19 PM
As a collector that has been burned by people sharing order links before the publisher was ready to open orders up to the public, I'll humbly request that people not do that here. That's an edition of 100, and between subscriptions and people that showed early interest, it's possibly the title is due to sellout without being offered to the public.

If I did that it was not my intention. I simply looked for it based on the Centipede Press naming conventions and found it. If indeed that was Centipede's intention I would suggest they use a different naming standard for books they are offering to a limited audience. I had no special invite to purchase it and found it about 30 seconds. When given advance notice as I have had with many releases I have not and would not share that information.

Daninsky
05-07-2017, 05:21 AM
I assumed that was by design. He's showing what's in the works, to get people interested, but not allowing people to order until he's ready. I liked it. But now that I know there are pre-sales, I'd like to know how to get on the insiders list.

Make sure you're subscribed to his newsletter for starters. You can get a jump on plenty of things that way, as well as some neat subculture history and occasional great offers on older stuff.

The most reliable way to be on the 'insider's list' is to sign up for his 'subscription service' in the rare instances that he has openings and offers it. He seems to offer it every year or three. The upshot of being on that list is that you get to buy everything he publishes and won't miss anything. The potential downside, depending on your budgetary constraints, is that you have to purchase everything he publishes or you are taken off the list. I think he allows you to refuse one or two books a year, but that's it. Given that it isn't uncommon for him to put out 20-25 books a year and many of them will be in the $250-500 range, it can get expensive pretty quickly if you commit to purchasing each and every one.

jeffingoff
05-07-2017, 01:53 PM
Make sure you're subscribed to his newsletter for starters. You can get a jump on plenty of things that way, as well as some neat subculture history and occasional great offers on older stuff.

The most reliable way to be on the 'insider's list' is to sign up for his 'subscription service' in the rare instances that he has openings and offers it. He seems to offer it every year or three. The upshot of being on that list is that you get to buy everything he publishes and won't miss anything. The potential downside, depending on your budgetary constraints, is that you have to purchase everything he publishes or you are taken off the list. I think he allows you to refuse one or two books a year, but that's it. Given that it isn't uncommon for him to put out 20-25 books a year and many of them will be in the $250-500 range, it can get expensive pretty quickly if you commit to purchasing each and every one.

I tried to subscribe to his newsletter and discovered that you can only get the newsletter after you make a purchase. Because after getting Out of the Dark I suddenly started getting the Sunday emails. I didn't sign up to anything and there they were. I was happy. I didn't realize that that was just the outside layer of being a CP insider.

I do love the simplicity of his home page. Top row, you can order. Middle row, titles you should be getting ready to order. Bottom row, last chance to order. Very simple.

But if I have to buy everything, there's no way I can be inside the Centipede.

TacomaDiver
05-07-2017, 09:20 PM
I emailed Jerad to subscribe before I made my first purchase - which by the way was for Ender's Game. I wanted to make sure I got that one.

Jerad's a great guy. He's gone out of is way for me - again - to match the number in a book I bought somewhere else.

RonClinton
05-08-2017, 05:57 PM
I've had to be more selective w/ Centipede as both his prices and the number of releases per year have crept up, so I could never afford a (or desire, given that some of his selections have lesser attraction to me than others) subscription service, as much as I might want to...it'd be great if my book budget was as large as my love for Centipede's work. But the books I do get I'm always pleased with, and always feel like I receive my money's worth.

Example: I had to pass on SWING...absolutely compelling -- a reportedly great story with a very low limitation -- but at $250 I couldn't swing it. But I did just pick up the latest Vintage Horrors volume, and am very excited to recieve it. Example: I passed on the Melanie Tem collection, but bought Steve Tem's. I passed on the just published Salmonson's ANTHONY SHRIEK but picked up the recent Charnas novel. And so on. Tough choices, but with so much else out there (example: I just picked up the two new Fredric Brown collections from Haffner Press, @ $100 total), tough choices have to be made. I used to think I'd try to become a Centipede completist, and I was doing fairly good there for a while, but I had to let that goal go.

jeffingoff
05-08-2017, 06:08 PM
Committing to the signed edition of Sleeping Beauties took many books off the consideration set for me. I wanted Dogs, Honky Tonk Samurai, dinged copy of Last Train from Perdition, and the newly announced Station 11 by SubPress. But I'm passing on those. It's killing me.

TJCams
05-09-2017, 01:22 PM
No pic, but last night I grabbed the re-issue of King's Creepshow

Martin
05-09-2017, 02:55 PM
No pic, but last night I grabbed the re-issue of King's Creepshow

Way cool. I plan to pick up a copy sometime this week.

TJCams
05-09-2017, 03:28 PM
Way cool. I plan to pick up a copy sometime this week.

Funny aside to this....there was a young woman (early 20s I'd guess) asking one of the employees about It. Wanted to read it before the movie comes out - the look of shock at the sheer size of the book was funny. She asked it that was the only version. :D

jeffingoff
05-09-2017, 03:40 PM
Funny aside to this....there was a young woman (early 20s I'd guess) asking one of the employees about It. Wanted to read it before the movie comes out - the look of shock at the sheer size of the book was funny. She asked it that was the only version. :D

But . . . but . . . but the title is so short!

Martin
05-10-2017, 04:26 AM
Received my scratch and dent grab bag today I am very pleased with it. There was only one book in it but that book is a pristine edition of Bentley Little's Revelation. I am assuming it went into the scratch and dent pile because the frontis art is overly glued into the book.

mhatchett
05-16-2017, 03:50 PM
I'm calling this series of photos "Why I'm not buying any of the recent Stephen King Releases Or what I did with my summer vacation Money" LOL!!
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Theli
05-16-2017, 03:54 PM
Absolutely love it Mike. I really wish I could have afforded that edition, but I guess we can't have them all.

RonClinton
05-16-2017, 04:06 PM
Centipede will do that to you. :(

It feels odd to know that so many new CP releases are coming out, and I only picked up one of the four you show (THE DOGS)...whereas when their pub schedule was a little more drawn out I was able to get most of them. Knowing the cost of the Adams novel, I'll be able to live with that omission, but I do think I'll probably live to regret my decision to skip the Finney.

mhatchett
05-16-2017, 05:41 PM
Really, Finney is the one i was most looking forward to. I was reading your post about copies of multiple editions, I'm stuck on Something Wicked this way Comes. I know I'm going to wind up getting the Centipede edition when it comes out!

bugen
05-16-2017, 07:25 PM
As much as I love Centipede, I'm thinking of sticking with my PS Publishing Something Wicked. Love or hate Chadbourne, it's tough to argue against his artwork being perfect for that story.

slayn666
05-16-2017, 07:28 PM
If any of you folks that picked up The Dogs got copy #194, send me a message. Jerad made a minor goof and sent me #199 instead, but I don't want to bother the guy that much considering the last newsletter.

RonClinton
05-16-2017, 07:31 PM
As much as I love Centipede, I'm thinking of sticking with my PS Publishing Something Wicked. Love or hate Chadbourne, it's tough to argue against his artwork being perfect for that story.

Not a fan of Chadbourne at all, so I could argue all day...but I won't. ;-)

I have the signed S/L HC from Gauntlet, so am trying to make that my only copy. But much like THE STAND -- I have a Fine/Fine 1st, but will definitely pick up CD's edition of this favorite novel -- and SWAN SONG -- I have a signed Dark Harvest HC but did pick up the forthcoming Sub Press S/L HC -- I may pick up the Centipede of SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES. Very few novels that I allow multiple editions for -- due to that chronic shelf space issue I complained about earlier -- but WICKED is very likely among that select group...the PS edition I passed on easily, but Centipede is an entirely different ballgame.

bugen
05-16-2017, 07:47 PM
Haha, I understand. And to be honest, I'm generally not a fan myself. But I thought it worked brilliantly for that Bradbury book, tapping childlike imagination of dark, raw and wistful.

I looked for that Dark Harvest Swan Song for quite a while, but the SubPress version ended that search--I ordered it immediately.

For the CD Doubleday years, I couldn't be happier with the work they're doing on those traycased Artist editions. A King signature would be great, but I'm generally more interested in the production quality of the books themselves. CD is knocking these out of the park.

RonClinton
05-16-2017, 08:48 PM
Btw, bugen, can I say that I'm really enjoying your reviews...I see and read the reviews on Twitter/your site for the text feedback, and then watch the videos for the comments on the production qualities. Always really enjoy getting that broad perspective of the book, both as a delivery of text and as a work of craftsmanship/art.

bugen
05-16-2017, 09:18 PM
Thanks, Ron, I'm glad you're enjoying them and appreciate the mention! Book review #200 is quickly approaching and I'm hoping to make it something special.

mhatchett
05-17-2017, 12:39 PM
Sorry, I got 96!

Theli
05-17-2017, 02:38 PM
Thanks, Ron, I'm glad you're enjoying them and appreciate the mention! Book review #200 is quickly approaching and I'm hoping to make it something special.

I look forward to seeing what it is!

RonClinton
05-17-2017, 02:43 PM
Sorry, I got 96!

I think my number is 95 on this series. I have different numbers for the Vintage Horrors series, the Jim Thompson series, the Cornell Woolrich series, and the Fredric Brown series, unfortunately.

c marvel
05-17-2017, 05:06 PM
Carrie: The Deluxe Special Edition by Stephen King from Cemetery Dance.


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Theli
05-17-2017, 07:52 PM
^It's quite a nice edition! I'm a bit surprised that it's still in stock.

c marvel
05-18-2017, 06:54 AM
^It's quite a nice edition! I'm a bit surprised that it's still in stock.

I wanted a copy of The Shining too-One of the copies that recently surfaced at CD. It appears I waited too long and The Shining is now sold out.


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Theli
05-18-2017, 01:53 PM
Oh yeah, they've been sold out for a while. If a copy shows up somewhere you better snatch it up quick or it will be gone again.

mhatchett
05-20-2017, 11:41 PM
I picked up some interesting Folio Society books at a church yard sale this morning. Steven Ranchman’s three volume A History of the Crusades, really made my day. I love crusading literature and this set looks fantastic. It cost me $1.50, hardbacks were priced at .50. I picked up several other sets that I’ll post later.
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Theli
05-21-2017, 12:58 AM
Nice snag!

mhatchett
05-21-2017, 01:17 PM
Thanks Theli, here's another another set I picked up! The Folio History of Ancient Greece.
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Brian861
05-21-2017, 01:20 PM
Nice, Mike. I do like their product.

mhatchett
05-21-2017, 11:29 PM
Thanks Brian, I'll get a couple more up tomorrow.

Martin
05-22-2017, 01:29 AM
Stunning additions!

c marvel
06-01-2017, 05:32 AM
^It's (Carrie) quite a nice edition! I'm a bit surprised that it's still in stock.

Carrie arrived today. I haven't had time to check it out. The last 24 hours (at work and in my room) have been rough to be blunt. I got a notification the Gwendy's Button Box audiobook I purchased shipped today. I'm on the fence about ordering the slipcased trade edition of Sleeping Beauties.


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mhatchett
07-12-2017, 10:36 PM
I just picked up The Collected Ed Gorman PS Publishing from Camelot Books. Slight bump in the bottom of the slipcase, but it was a good deal. I'll post some photos when I get it.

Sock Monkey
07-12-2017, 11:42 PM
I just picked up The Collected Ed Gorman PS Publishing from Camelot Books. Slight bump in the bottom of the slipcase, but it was a good deal. I'll post some photos when I get it.

I saw that in their email today. Nice add! I want to track down a set for myself on of these days. Ed Gorman's another writer that I wish was discussed more.

TacomaDiver
07-13-2017, 03:33 AM
My photographic skills are lacking to the say the least (although I have take some mean shots of fish before,) so i didn't even try . . .

But today my copy of the Eyes of the Dragon portfolio arrived. This is possibly the most beautiful edition of anything that I have purchased before. Even the shipping box is immaculate - so much time and attention was paid to getting everything perfect. Thankfully, as the packing notice said, Flagg did a great job.

I don't recall if Paul is on these boards (I know he's TDT,) but congrats sir. Take a bow.

(I also got my 2017 Gold Cup US Soccer jersey today - the portfolio barely nudges my chubby butt in a soccer jersey out of first place.)

mhatchett
07-13-2017, 12:10 PM
I like him a lot. Just a a literary utility player, churning out triples, just missing the grand slam, but so many great stories! I was real saddened by his passing. I really enjoy his westerns.

slayn666
07-13-2017, 03:01 PM
I nearly lost it yesterday when I got Camelot's newsletter because that's the first copy of Nether I've seen for sale, ever.

So now I have a copy of Nether on it's way to me :).

Theli
07-13-2017, 03:33 PM
Interesting. I'd never heard of that book. Though I somewhat familiar with the brothers.

slayn666
07-13-2017, 05:48 PM
Interesting. I'd never heard of that book. Though I somewhat familiar with the brothers.

It's their individual collections Honey is Sweeter Than Blood (Jeffrey) and Shadows of Flesh (Scott) combined, with a bonus story they cowrote.

Sock Monkey
07-13-2017, 09:43 PM
I nearly lost it yesterday when I got Camelot's newsletter because that's the first copy of Nether I've seen for sale, ever.

So now I have a copy of Nether on it's way to me :).

Congratulations! That is a heck of an addition!

Sock Monkey
07-18-2017, 07:00 PM
I received my newest addition last night and I couldn't be happier!

I was perusing Dark Region's latest Kickstarter and was debating about whether or not to pull the trigger on their newest book, when I saw a perk for the their last PC copy of the Ultra-Deluxe edition of Clive Barker's The Midnight Meat Train: The Definitive Edition for only $500, originally priced at $1300. Couple this great deal with the fact that they were offering matching gift certificates for any new/increased donation of $66 or more and this was a given.

I didn't know what to expect as I've never owned a book that retailed in that price range before and was hesitant that it wouldn't live up to the very few pictures I've seen of it. I can now say without a doubt this is one fantastic edition. For one, the book is BIG (I've included a picture comparing it to CD's AE of Salem's Lot for height comparison) and heavy. You can feel every dollar in the heft of the book. It's also bound in (I'm assuming) leather simulating reptile skin and has a New York subway token embedded in the front cover.

The outside of the traycase is plain save for the red embossing on the side, but it is solid.

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Sock Monkey
07-18-2017, 07:07 PM
Here are four more pictures of the Ultra Deluxe edition of Clive Barker's The Midnight Meat Train: The Definitive Edition:

The first is of the endpapers which are beautiful, followed by the signature page with a custom doodle from Clive Barker himself. Finally, two pictures of the inside of the traycase.

This is by far one of the nicest editions that I've owned and Dark Regions did a phenomenal job!
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jeffingoff
07-18-2017, 07:11 PM
WOW. Gorgeous!

Theli
07-18-2017, 07:13 PM
VERY cool. Love the endpapers and leather binding, but I think the doodle is the coolest part. Big congrats on a great addition to your collection.

TJCams
07-18-2017, 08:38 PM
No pic yet, but found a paperback copy of Best Of Cemetery Dance Vol I at my local used book shop! Was surprised to see it, so grabbed it, as I don't have the first release version. Publisher was ROC though. Anyway....couldn't pass it up!

RonClinton
07-18-2017, 10:10 PM
Just received the new LITTLE BOOK, this time featuring Joe Hill and entitled A LITTLE SILVER BOOK OF SHARP SHINY SLIVERS.

Looks like some very interesting non-fiction, most (all?) of which I don't believe I've read, so this will be a real treat, as opposed to some LITTLE BOOKs that tend (understandably) to be very familiar "best of" reprint collections.

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Sock Monkey
07-18-2017, 10:38 PM
I received my copy of the Joe Hill "Little Book" as well and I'm curious to dig into it. Typically, I'm not a big non-fiction fan, but I thoroughly enjoyed Jack Ketchum's Little Emereld Book of Ephemera so I'm willing to give this a shot.

Mike88
07-18-2017, 10:42 PM
Here are four more pictures of the Ultra Deluxe edition of Clive Barker's The Midnight Meat Train: The Definitive Edition:

The first is of the endpapers which are beautiful, followed by the signature page with a custom doodle from Clive Barker himself. Finally, two pictures of the inside of the traycase.

This is by far one of the nicest editions that I've owned and Dark Regions did a phenomenal job!
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Holy Hell! That is one awesome looking book. I am very envious. Very sweet addition. Congrats!

Mike

Brian861
07-19-2017, 01:39 PM
Jude Confronts Global Warming (2007) Subterranean Press online magazine, spring issue-Might be the only reprint there. I'm looking forward to returning through my copy as well.

Brian861
07-19-2017, 01:40 PM
Concur, Keith! Very nice add!

mhatchett
07-19-2017, 02:15 PM
Just a few adds. The Gorman set I picked up from Camelot Books. The Blackburn books, Scent of New-Mown Hay and Bury Him Darkly are from Centipede Press.
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Theli
07-19-2017, 02:27 PM
Nice adds everyone!

RonClinton
07-19-2017, 07:21 PM
I debated those Blackburn books. His work has all the hallmarks of fiction that I should enjoy…yet the two I’ve read by him in the past have left me a bit cold, their style too formal, too distant in voice, perhaps, to really click. Not really sure why, given that such stylistic obstacles don’t normally create such a firewall for me. But I’m not ready to throw in the towel…I suspect my prior choices have simply been poorly selected. So I’m very likely going to take the Blackburn plunge – past experiences be damned – and am fairly confident I’ll be rewarded for doing so, because, again, his stuff *should* be right up my alley…

Glad to see Ed Gorman get some love...his work -- especially his short fiction -- is incredible.

Nice adds.

jeffingoff
07-19-2017, 07:49 PM
I bought the Blackburn set and I'm currently reading A Scent of New-Mown Hay. I really like it so far. Not anything I normally read, but thoroughly enjoyable.

Brian861
07-19-2017, 09:29 PM
Nice adds, Mike!

mhatchett
07-20-2017, 12:55 AM
Thanks Guys. Ron, I really like Gorman a lot and was glad to find this set pretty reasonably priced.

Sock Monkey
07-20-2017, 04:03 PM
Thanks, everyone! I'm pretty happy with my addition!

mhatchett, I'm super-jealous of those Gorman books. That's a nice looking set and now that I've seen a picture, I'm tempted to pick-up my hunting for one of my one. Congrats on the Blackburn books. I wound up passing due to monetary constraints and I was not completely sold on the cover art. I feel like I might be missing out on some good reads though as they both sound right up my alley.

bugen
08-04-2017, 03:38 AM
CD's sweet new generic slipcases fit these quite well! Snug.

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c marvel
08-04-2017, 06:33 AM
400 Days of Oppression, S/L, by Wrath James White from Bloodbound Books. Also, today I received Darkness Whispers, signed tpk, by Richard Chizmar and Brian James Freeman.


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Sock Monkey
08-04-2017, 06:36 AM
CD's sweet new generic slipcases fit these quite well! Snug.

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I really need to pick some of them up for the lettered editions. Anybody know how they fit the Scott Smith books?

TacomaDiver
08-04-2017, 12:21 PM
I have three of those coming (ordered waaaay back in July . . . . of 2016 . . .) and I don't remember which books I got them for. Guess I'll figure that out when they arrive.


CD's sweet new generic slipcases fit these quite well! Snug.

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bugen
08-04-2017, 04:41 PM
I really need to pick some of them up for the lettered editions. Anybody know how they fit the Scott Smith books?

Both lettered Scott Smith books fit. They're just a tad tight top and bottom, but still slide fairly easily. They also don't quite fill out the width of the slipcase but are close--The Ruins has a bit more room on the sides. Here's a quick pick:

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Sock Monkey
08-05-2017, 04:55 AM
Both lettered Scott Smith books fit. They're just a tad tight top and bottom, but still slide fairly easily. They also don't quite fill out the width of the slipcase but are close--The Ruins has a bit more room on the sides. Here's a quick pick:

19870

Thanks for the pics! Now I have to pick some up. The lettered editions look great in those slipcase.

I know there was practical, financial reasons for the decision, but is anyone else bummed that CD isn't offering lettered editions that much anymore?

mhatchett
08-06-2017, 02:22 PM
Fritz Leiber in the house! Swords and Deviltry came in yesterday. Beautiful book, art is great and size-wise it's perfect. Read the introduction, fantastic. Another out of the park book from Centipede. And the price point is dead on, in my opinion. I also added two cool paperbacks to my vintage paperback collection.
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Sock Monkey
08-06-2017, 02:27 PM
Swords and Deviltry looks great! Congratulations on the addition. Now I'm rethinking my decision to pass on it...

RonClinton
08-07-2017, 03:20 PM
I wish I enjoyed sword & sorcery so I could join in on the Leiber fun. Ah well.

I did, however, get this Centipede release...it arrived this weekend.

A bit of a mini Holy Grail here...I've been after this one for some time, and finally snagged one at a pretty good deal.

POE: THE MAN WHO WAS USED UP, Centipede Press HC. The seller did a nice job of explaining what the book is about, so along w/ his photos I'll just reprint his verbage:

One of 200 copies printed. This book is out of print.

At over 8 inches wide and 11 inches tall, this is a massive, 500+ page book dedicated to the life of Edgar Allan Poe. Several critical essays, about a hundred pages worth of artwork, a dozen photographs of Edgar Allan Poe, an essay on films, his influence on horror fiction, and more abound.

Throughout the book you will find letters from Edgar Allan Poe to friends and relatives, each letter with a transcription next to it. There is a handsome gallery of movie poster art, plus individual galleries for Virgil Finlay, Greg Hildebrandt, Fritz Eichenberg, Aaron Baggio, Bernie Wrightson, and more.

The book is a large sewn hardcover, nearly two inches thick, with 530 pages, with an image of Poe printed on the front cover cloth, an image by Virgil Finlay on the back, and black cloth on the spine. The book is rounded, with head and tail bands, and a ribbon marker, with silver metallic endsheets.

Letters and photographs of Edgar Allan Poe.
Artwork by a dozen different artists.
Long essay on Poe by S.T. Joshi.
Ribbon marker, head and tail bands, printed front and rear panels, three-piece cloth construction.

https://s2.postimg.org/w2v03iotl/poe1.jpg

https://s2.postimg.org/56b0v7609/poe2.jpg

https://s2.postimg.org/v34p7t9nt/poe3.jpg

Over the last month or so, also picked up several others items...too lazy to take pics, so will swipe shots off the 'Net...

So excited to finally have my hands on these things...can't wait to get started on 'em.

https://s4.postimg.org/mor2hyp31/2browns.jpg

Received the new LITTLE BOOK, this time featuring Joe Hill and entitled A LITTLE SILVER BOOK OF SHARP SHINY SLIVERS. Looks like some very interesting non-fiction, most (all?) of which I don't believe I've read, so this will be a real treat, as opposed to some LITTLE BOOKs that tend (understandably) to be very familiar "best of" reprint collections.

https://s13.postimg.org/h0hy14dgn/Hill_TOC2.jpg

Received the first volume (and have mentally committed to the entire six (?) volume series) of Seabury Quinn's The Complete Tales of Jules De Grandin, a massive project that reprints all of Quinn's pulp tales (mostly/all(?) from Weird Tales) featuring his occult detective. Should be a fun series to read and collect.

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51STvUbZVTL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg

Signed/numbered...Jeff Strand's work is always a lot of fun:

https://www.darkfusemagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/apocalypse_of_our_own468-1.jpg

Got the signed/numbered HC of this one @ Sub Press' recent half-off sale...love the Keller character, so this standalone limited novella is one I'm very excited to finally own:

https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1480085800l/32592153.jpg

This is the third of the three Haffner collections of Leigh Brackett's short fiction, and is the only one I didn't yet have...now I've got the set.

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/618MOZ4wx2L._SX320_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg

This one's inscribed by the author to me...I really like Malfi's work.

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51167RM1Q0L._SX333_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg

I really need to start reading more or buying less, because right now the equation is really ill-balanced and my TBR is getting unruly again...

jeffingoff
08-07-2017, 03:24 PM
I wish I enjoyed sword & sorcery so I could join in on the Leiber fun. Ah well.

I did, however, get this Centipede release...it arrived this weekend.


congrats! nice add!

Martin
08-07-2017, 05:00 PM
I wish I enjoyed sword & sorcery so I could join in on the Leiber fun. Ah well.

I did, however, get this Centipede release...it arrived this weekend.

A bit of a mini Holy Grail here...I've been after this one for some time, and finally snagged one at a pretty good deal.

POE: THE MAN WHO WAS USED UP, Centipede Press HC. The seller did a nice job of explaining what the book is about, so along w/ his photos I'll just reprint his verbage:

One of 200 copies printed. This book is out of print.

At over 8 inches wide and 11 inches tall, this is a massive, 500+ page book dedicated to the life of Edgar Allan Poe. Several critical essays, about a hundred pages worth of artwork, a dozen photographs of Edgar Allan Poe, an essay on films, his influence on horror fiction, and more abound.

Throughout the book you will find letters from Edgar Allan Poe to friends and relatives, each letter with a transcription next to it. There is a handsome gallery of movie poster art, plus individual galleries for Virgil Finlay, Greg Hildebrandt, Fritz Eichenberg, Aaron Baggio, Bernie Wrightson, and more.

The book is a large sewn hardcover, nearly two inches thick, with 530 pages, with an image of Poe printed on the front cover cloth, an image by Virgil Finlay on the back, and black cloth on the spine. The book is rounded, with head and tail bands, and a ribbon marker, with silver metallic endsheets.

Letters and photographs of Edgar Allan Poe.
Artwork by a dozen different artists.
Long essay on Poe by S.T. Joshi.
Ribbon marker, head and tail bands, printed front and rear panels, three-piece cloth construction.

https://s2.postimg.org/w2v03iotl/poe1.jpg

https://s2.postimg.org/56b0v7609/poe2.jpg

https://s2.postimg.org/v34p7t9nt/poe3.jpg

Over the last month or so, also picked up several others items...too lazy to take pics, so will swipe shots off the 'Net...

So excited to finally have my hands on these things...can't wait to get started on 'em.

https://s4.postimg.org/mor2hyp31/2browns.jpg

Received the new LITTLE BOOK, this time featuring Joe Hill and entitled A LITTLE SILVER BOOK OF SHARP SHINY SLIVERS. Looks like some very interesting non-fiction, most (all?) of which I don't believe I've read, so this will be a real treat, as opposed to some LITTLE BOOKs that tend (understandably) to be very familiar "best of" reprint collections.

https://s13.postimg.org/h0hy14dgn/Hill_TOC2.jpg

Received the first volume (and have mentally committed to the entire six (?) volume series) of Seabury Quinn's The Complete Tales of Jules De Grandin, a massive project that reprints all of Quinn's pulp tales (mostly/all(?) from Weird Tales) featuring his occult detective. Should be a fun series to read and collect.

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51STvUbZVTL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg

Signed/numbered...Jeff Strand's work is always a lot of fun:

https://www.darkfusemagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/apocalypse_of_our_own468-1.jpg

Got the signed/numbered HC of this one @ Sub Press' recent half-off sale...love the Keller character, so this standalone limited novella is one I'm very excited to finally own:

https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1480085800l/32592153.jpg

This is the third of the three Haffner collections of Leigh Brackett's short fiction, and is the only one I didn't yet have...now I've got the set.

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/618MOZ4wx2L._SX320_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg

This one's inscribed by the author to me...I really like Malfi's work.

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51167RM1Q0L._SX333_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg

I really need to start reading more or buying less, because right now the equation is really ill-balanced and my TBR is getting unruly again...

Great additions! especially live the Poe book from Centipede and the Joe Hill Little book (unfortunately I had my order cancelled due to the poor handling of the release from the publisher.)

RonClinton
08-07-2017, 05:59 PM
Martin, sorry to hear your Hill book got cancelled...that must've been a disappointment, to say the least. I heard about the ordering fiasco surrounding this release...very unfortunate. I've had Camelot fill my LITTLE BOOK orders since the very beginning (so matching number for all volumes, all sets of LITTLE BOOKS), so hoped I would be safe...and as it turned out, I was (whew!).

mhatchett
08-07-2017, 06:17 PM
Nice adds Ron!!

Sock Monkey
08-08-2017, 04:45 AM
Martin, sorry to hear your Hill book got cancelled...that must've been a disappointment, to say the least. I heard about the ordering fiasco surrounding this release...very unfortunate. I've had Camelot fill my LITTLE BOOK orders since the very beginning (so matching number for all volumes, all sets of LITTLE BOOKS), so hoped I would be safe...and as it turned out, I was (whew!).

Matching numbers for both series! Very nice! I missed out on series one but have been working on a matching set for series 2.

RonClinton
08-08-2017, 03:59 PM
Yep, both series, all matching numbers. I don't usually worry about matching numbers, but glad I did in this case...makes it kinda neat.

And thanks for the various 'congrats', guys.

jeffingoff
08-10-2017, 05:30 PM
More fun unboxing videos:

The August Nocturnal Reader's Box: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stdPSFBz1P0&t=58s

Goblin ARC: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FI2qOGzV68Q&t=1s

I also received an edition of Dinner With the Cannibal Sisters. It's a lettered that's missing the signature page--but it is stunning! Can't wait to read it!

Martin
08-10-2017, 06:32 PM
More fun unboxing videos:

The August Nocturnal Reader's Box: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stdPSFBz1P0&t=58s

Goblin ARC: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FI2qOGzV68Q&t=1s

I also received an edition of Dinner With the Cannibal Sisters. It's a lettered that's missing the signature page--but it is stunning! Can't wait to read it!

Saw these last night. I'm, Jealous as my Nocturnal box did not contain a the Salems' Lot bonus item and you got two! I also only got one signed book as well. Nice contents in the box though.

jeffingoff
08-10-2017, 06:44 PM
Saw these last night. I'm, Jealous as my Nocturnal box did not contain a the Salems' Lot bonus item and you got two! I also only got one signed book as well. Nice contents in the box though.

I didn't realize the Salem's Lot postcards were bonus items. Wow. I really was blown away with the box. I couldn't believe I got that Wong book. And both the mug and the hat are super functional items for me. Of course the full value of the box can't be gauged until I read those books, but as far as I'm concerned I am WAY ahead on my ROI for this subscription.

Theli
08-10-2017, 08:09 PM
Very nice additions boyos! Can't wait for my copy of Swords & Deviltry.

jeffingoff
08-14-2017, 02:24 AM
THRILLED to get the Dark Tower Portfolio by Glenn Chadbourne.

https://youtu.be/5_keq_DrUb8

Martin
08-14-2017, 04:12 AM
THRILLED to get the Dark Tower Portfolio by Glenn Chadbourne.
by Overlook
https://youtu.be/5_keq_DrUb8

Saw that earlier. Very impressed with what you showed. I generally avoid items produced by Overlook as I have been disappointed too many times with the production values employed but this looks very nice. I may have to start paying attention to them again. Thanks for sharing the unboxing.

jeffingoff
08-14-2017, 11:55 AM
Saw that earlier. Very impressed with what you showed. I generally avoid items produced by Overlook as I have been disappointed too many times with the production values employed but this looks very nice. I may have to start paying attention to them again. Thanks for sharing the unboxing.

I bought the Chadbourne dust jackets for It and The Stand previously and this portfolio was a gift purchased through CD. So far, I'm pretty happy with the quality. This portfolio is going to be pretty impressive once I work out where I can display it!

bsaenz24
08-14-2017, 03:43 PM
I bought the Chadbourne dust jackets for It and The Stand previously and this portfolio was a gift purchased through CD. So far, I'm pretty happy with the quality. This portfolio is going to be pretty impressive once I work out where I can display it!

Are you putting them over the old djs or replacing them?

Brian861
08-14-2017, 04:41 PM
Are you putting them over the old djs or replacing them?

I have a couple of Chadbourne DJs that cover the original. Both DJs are actually inside of the Mylar with the Chadbourne on top. Doesn't answer your question, Andrew but hopefully Jeff is holding onto the original. Personally, I feel the Chadbourne's do nothing for the value. I have them because I like them. That goes for everything in my collection.

jeffingoff
08-14-2017, 07:26 PM
I have a couple of Chadbourne DJs that cover the original. Both DJs are actually inside of the Mylar with the Chadbourne on top. Doesn't answer your question, Andrew but hopefully Jeff is holding onto the original. Personally, I feel the Chadbourne's do nothing for the value. I have them because I like them. That goes for everything in my collection.

Yeah, I have mine exactly as above. I'm holding on to the originals but they are torn and in bad shape (I blame others!). I got the Chadbourne covers because I love the artwork and I'm a big Anthrax fan, so the write up by Scott Ian on The Stand DJ was huge pull.

Brian861
08-14-2017, 07:45 PM
Yeah, I have mine exactly as above. I'm holding on to the originals but they are torn and in bad shape (I blame others!). I got the Chadbourne covers because I love the artwork and I'm a big Anthrax fan, so the write up by Scott Ian on The Stand DJ was huge pull.

:cool:

TacomaDiver
08-14-2017, 08:10 PM
Love me some Anthrax.

Theli
08-15-2017, 01:19 PM
Yeah, I have mine exactly as above. I'm holding on to the originals but they are torn and in bad shape (I blame others!). I got the Chadbourne covers because I love the artwork and I'm a big Anthrax fan, so the write up by Scott Ian on The Stand DJ was huge pull.

Yeah that was a cool little addition.

I saw them open for Judas Priest a few years back. Won't say I'm a huge fan, but I do like them. Fistful of Metal is my favourite album by them.

jeffingoff
08-15-2017, 02:05 PM
Fistful of Metal is my favourite album by them.

OLD School!! Love it! Yeah I think it would be really cool for Chadbourne to continue with stuff like that--getting guest celebrities to write something for those dust jackets.

TacomaDiver
08-25-2017, 04:49 PM
Not technically a purchase since it was given to me, but here's my latest acquisition. It's either the creepiest thing ever, or the coolest. You decide.

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(It's a t-shirt.)

Martin
08-25-2017, 05:17 PM
Not technically a purchase since it was given to me, but here's my latest acquisition. It's either the creepiest thing ever, or the coolest. You decide.

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(It's a t-shirt.)

I vote coolest. Calvin and Hobbs star in It!

Sock Monkey
08-25-2017, 05:31 PM
I dig the shirt. It's creepy AND cool.

Brian861
08-25-2017, 06:56 PM
That's super cool!

RonClinton
08-25-2017, 07:14 PM
Bill Watterson would probably frown upon it, but I love it. :) Congrats on a cool item!

https://duolingo-images.s3.amazonaws.com/avatars/9341494/_fgQNfKPjo/xlarge

Then again, doing a Google search, it looks like there's a whole cottage industry of homage/parody art based on this single C&H image...who knew? Here's Lovecraft:

https://i.pinimg.com/736x/00/0e/1c/000e1c8acdd716f2e4232df00cfcf12d--hp-lovecraft-cthulhu-mythos.jpg

Brian861
08-25-2017, 07:25 PM
Bill Watterson would probably frown upon it, but I love it. :) Congrats on a cool item!

https://duolingo-images.s3.amazonaws.com/avatars/9341494/_fgQNfKPjo/xlarge

Then again, doing a Google search, it looks like there's a whole cottage industry of homage/parody art based on this single C&H image...who knew? Here's Lovecraft:

https://i.pinimg.com/736x/00/0e/1c/000e1c8acdd716f2e4232df00cfcf12d--hp-lovecraft-cthulhu-mythos.jpg

LOL! That's pretty cool too!

jeffingoff
08-25-2017, 08:47 PM
I vote coolest. Calvin and Hobbs star in It!

I NEED THIS SHIRT

Martin
08-29-2017, 01:21 AM
I NEED THIS SHIRT

On a completely different subject I really enjoyed your review of Goblin.

jeffingoff
08-29-2017, 02:35 AM
On a completely different subject I really enjoyed your review of Goblin.

Thanks! I thought it was awkward. And one thing I should have mentioned in the review was that Goblin is just a lot of fun! A completely enjoyable read from start to finish.

Martin
08-29-2017, 03:35 AM
Thanks! I thought it was awkward. And one thing I should have mentioned in the review was that Goblin is just a lot of fun! A completely enjoyable read from start to finish.

I thought you did a good job of showing your enthusiasm for the author and the story and a general idea of what the story is without spoiling it.

slayn666
08-29-2017, 12:52 PM
Not a purchase per se, but:

"Congratulations. You've been selected to receive an Early Reviewers copy of Strange Weather by Joe Hill from the August 2017 batch."

Martin
08-29-2017, 03:09 PM
Not a purchase per se, but:

"Congratulations. You've been selected to receive an Early Reviewers copy of Strange Weather by Joe Hill from the August 2017 batch."

Congratulations! I am about half way through the last story, really enjoying the book.

Martin
08-29-2017, 05:17 PM
I do not have it yet but I have already received my shipping notice for the September Nocturnal Reader's box (Monster Mayhem.) Really looking for to it.

jeffingoff
08-29-2017, 05:38 PM
I do not have it yet but I have already received my shipping notice for the September Nocturnal Reader's box (Monster Mayhem.) Really looking for to it.

Apparently, shipping notices went out prematurely. So your box might not actually be on the ay just yet. They said they'd update via email.

Martin
08-29-2017, 08:03 PM
Apparently, shipping notices went out prematurely. So your box might not actually be on the ay just yet. They said they'd update via email.

Ok. I thought something may have been up when I checked the tracking number and got a 'Not Found' Message.

bookworm 1
08-29-2017, 11:30 PM
Ok. I thought something may have been up when I checked the tracking number and got a 'Not Found' Message.
I follow them on Facebook and check out the website often. I believe the notifications went out early due to the Holiday weekend. They have had issues in the past and were trying to get ahead of them. Boxes are shipped this weekend and next week.

Martin
08-30-2017, 12:42 AM
I follow them on Facebook and check out the website often. I believe the notifications went out early due to the Holiday weekend. They have had issues in the past and were trying to get ahead of them. Boxes are shipped this weekend and next week.

I do not do Facebook but they did post something on Instagram.

Brian861
08-30-2017, 08:43 AM
Not a purchase per se, but:

"Congratulations. You've been selected to receive an Early Reviewers copy of Strange Weather by Joe Hill from the August 2017 batch."

Are these coming from FB?