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11-10-2011, 06:06 AM
Hi there,

I'm Patrick and I'm an addict.

I try to keep my addiction under control, and sometimes I do well. For a while. Then I let my guard down and the next thing I realize, I've slipped back into it. It's like there's a powerful hook pulling me back.

My friends are a bunch of enablers and that makes it harder to exercise my willpower. But really, I've got no one to blame but myself. I'm a collector.

11-10-2011, 06:28 AM
I think I'll start with my Easton Press editions of Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.'s books.

Kurt Vonnegut signed limited edition from Easton Press, GOD BLESS YOU, MR. ROSEWATER.




Un-numbered. I have no idea how many there are.


Vonnegut is one of my favorite authors, this is my very first signed book of his.

11-10-2011, 06:31 AM
SLAPSTICK, by Kurt Vonnegut; Easton Press signed limited edition:



11-10-2011, 06:32 AM
GALAPAGOS, by Kurt Vonnegut; Easton Press signed limited edition:



11-10-2011, 06:32 AM
BLUEBEARD, by Kurt Vonnegut; Easton Press signed limited edition:



Grant Wootton
11-10-2011, 06:35 AM
Hey Patrick - you're off to a great start mate - those are some lovely books you have - keep 'em coming :cool:

11-10-2011, 06:36 AM
THE SIRENS OF TITAN, by Kurt Vonnegut; Easton Press signed limited edition:



11-10-2011, 06:38 AM
LOOK AT THE BIRDIE, by Kurt Vonnegut; Easton Press signed limited First Edition:


I like the fact that Easton Press has finally started numbering these S/L's. This is #785 of 1000:


I would show more examples of the interior artwork by the author, but the posting rules only allow four photos.

11-10-2011, 07:41 AM
PLAYER PIANO, by Kurt Vonnegut; Easton Press signed limited edition:


11-10-2011, 07:47 AM
WELCOME TO THE MONKEY HOUSE, by Kurt Vonnegut; Easton Press signed limited edition:


11-10-2011, 07:53 AM
BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS, by Kurt Vonnegut; Easton Press signed limited edition:




11-10-2011, 08:02 AM
A MAN WITHOUT A COUNTRY, by Kurt Vonnegut; Easton Press signed limited edition:



11-10-2011, 08:11 AM
Hey Patrick - you're off to a great start mate - those are some lovely books you have - keep 'em coming :cool:
Just realized someone posted in here already. Forgot the Australians would be up. Thanks for stopping by already, Grant.

I figure I'll start out with some standard of organization. Then eventually I'll descend into haphazard, chaotic posting. That'll come later though; for now, here's to high hopes!

11-10-2011, 08:18 AM
WHILE MORTALS SLEEP, by Kurt Vonnegut; Easton Press signed limited First Edition (#540 of 800):



11-10-2011, 08:34 AM
Great stuff! Easton puts out some fantastic looking books!

11-10-2011, 08:35 AM
Us night owls are up too, as Mr. Woot can attest. Looks great, Patrick. A fellow Easton Presser! I wish I'd had the mmeans to get the Vonnegut novels, but prioriites ahve to be made. Do you have the slipcased Slaughterhouse Five? Maybe that's a later post. I love EP books, so keep 'em comin'!

11-10-2011, 08:54 AM
Ha ha! So I guess the mortals are not sleeping! Thanks for the comments, guys.

Did someone say Slaughterhouse? Stay tuned...

11-10-2011, 08:57 AM
SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE, by Kurt Vonnegut; Easton Press signed limited edition:



11-10-2011, 09:01 AM
Looks good. They also have a new slipcased edition


but you don't need that one, I guess...

11-10-2011, 09:05 AM
Looks good. They also have a new slipcased edition


but you don't need that one, I guess...
Need? No.

Have? Yes.


11-10-2011, 09:23 AM
SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE, by Kurt Vonnegut; Easton Press signed limited slipcased and numbered edition (#38 of 850):



Matching backs of the slipcase and the book:


I'm glad to see Easton finally issuing S/L editions in slipcases. This is the nicest Easton edition in my collection.

11-10-2011, 09:35 AM
Ok, I've now posted all of my signed Vonnegut editions. Here they all are together:


There are another 4-to-6 that I hope to add at some point.

11-10-2011, 01:20 PM
I Like Fritos...And Your Books!! Nice collection.

11-10-2011, 01:48 PM
OMG they look amazing together, even my better half would approve of them!

11-10-2011, 01:49 PM
Great collection!

11-10-2011, 03:10 PM
I love these books, Patrick: gorgeous set!!


11-10-2011, 09:58 PM
Fantastic, they look amazing

Grant Wootton
11-10-2011, 10:08 PM
Bloody awesome books Patrick, you're to be congratulated (and envied in equal measure) on these :cool:

11-10-2011, 11:24 PM
Bloody awesome books Mr Elk, you're to be congratulated (and envied in equal measure) on these :cool:

I wish they were mine, but I think Patrick should take the praise on these!!

Grant Wootton
11-11-2011, 12:16 AM
I wish they were mine, but I think Patrick should take the praise on these!!
Yep, kudo's to Patrick ... oops ... But, reckon if you had a set they'd be equally as nice, right ?? - time now for a beer and a good lie down

11-12-2011, 02:01 AM
Thank you for the kind comments, guys. I'll post more photos next week when I get back home.

11-14-2011, 09:16 AM
I don't particularly read Dean Koontz, except for his Odd Thomas series, of which I am a big fan.

Here is my Advanced Readers Copy of ODD THOMAS, the first in the series.


Here is my signed 1st/1st of ODD THOMAS.

(The scratchy look is from the brodart protector, not on the dustjacket itself.)


Copyright page. First edition, first printing.


Money shot:


11-14-2011, 09:34 AM
Here is the Signed Limited edition of ODD THOMAS produced by Charnel House:

Book on the left, its slipcase under and to the right:


Endpapers designed to tie in to the story:


Text block pages also designed to tie in to the story:


Signature page at the back of the book. As you can see, this is #429 of 500:


11-14-2011, 09:39 AM
Here is a 1st/1st of the second book in the Odd Thomas series, FOREVER ODD, inscribed to me.


1st edition/1st printing:


I am quite thankful that another collector alerted me to the opportunity to have Koontz inscribe the book.


11-14-2011, 09:58 AM
Here is the Signed Limited edition of FOREVER ODD, the second book in the Odd Thomas series, produced by Charnel House:

Book on the left, its slipcase under and to the right:


Endpapers designed to tie in to the story:


This is the title page. The chip pictured is used throughout the book, on a smaller scale, to denote the start of each new chapter.


Signature page at the back of the book. As you can see, this is #288 of 300:


11-14-2011, 10:02 AM
[This post reserved for a signed 1st/1st edition of the third book in the Odd Thomas series, BROTHER ODD, that I hope to someday acquire.]

11-14-2011, 10:06 AM
Here is the Signed Limited edition of BROTHER ODD, the third book in the Odd Thomas series, produced by Charnel House:

Book is on your left, slipcase is on your right:




The title page with its snow globe motif is cool, but we are limited to four photos per post, so I'll move on to...

Text block pages designed to tie in to the story:


As in the first two Odd S/L books, the signature page is in the back. As you can see, this is #174 of 300:


11-14-2011, 10:07 AM
[This post reserved for a signed 1st/1st edition of the fourth book in the Odd Thomas series, ODD HOURS, which I hope to someday acquire.]

11-14-2011, 10:13 AM
Here is the Signed Limited edition of ODD HOURS, the fourth book in the Odd Thomas series, produced by Charnel House:

These photos don't do it justice, but the book is bound in full Red / Black Neon Japanese silk. As you can see, there is an original lightning bolt design stamped in silver. Slipcase on the left, book on the right:


Title page:


Digital read-out display for each chapter heading:


Limitation page signed by the author at the end of the book, as is customary in this series. This is #286 of 300 numbered copies:


11-14-2011, 10:34 AM
Ok, I've now posted all of my signed Koontz books (and the unsigned ARC) - all part of the Odd Thomas series. Here they all are together:


Koontz's autograph will appear later in an anthology or two, but these are the only books I own that are solely by him.

11-14-2011, 11:26 AM
Great set of books, Patrick. Although my Koontz-reading-days seem to be over, I'd love to add these limiteds to my collection.
Thanks for posting.


11-14-2011, 12:55 PM
Very nice, Patrick. My Koontz reading days are also over, but they are awesome! Nice additions to your library. Can't wait to see more!

Grant Wootton
11-14-2011, 05:00 PM
Patrick - very nice set, love the Charnel House editions, and, unlike some, I'm in the prime of my DRK reading days :cool:

11-15-2011, 02:09 AM
Thanks, guys. I've never really ventured into much of Koontz's work. It just doesn't really attract me, I don't know why. So I can't opine on it. I do like the ODD books however. I'm not even sure why I first dug into them in the first place; they must have sounded intriguing.

Charnel really does a nice job on their production of these books. My photos don't do them justice at all.

Thanks again.

11-15-2011, 06:05 AM
One of my favorite authors is Chuck Palahniuk. I've never seen him in person on tour, but I have a few of his books. I'm going to attempt to post them in order of publication (rather than my usual random order).

Here is my First Edition of Chuck Palahniuk's first book, FIGHT CLUB:


As you will see in his other books I will post, Mr. Palahniuk likes to use lots of ink and stamps to really personalize a book when he signs it. The title page before the title page:


Did I mention that this a FIRST EDITION! Yeah, well, it's an 8th printing. Not too bad, but a far cry from a 1st printing. Oh well, I still love it.


I love a good Palahniuk inscription.


11-15-2011, 06:10 AM
Here is my First Edition of his second published novel, SURVIVOR, possibly my favorite Chuck Palahniuk book.


At first I thought these dots on the title page were part of the book, it took me a minute to realize that Chuck added them.


Ok, it's a 1st edition, but a 5th printing (I got into Palahniuk a little late), but hey, it's inscribed:


11-15-2011, 06:11 AM
I've read two Palanuik books, Choke and Haunted. I've always meant to read more, but haven't found the time. His newest one Damned looks terrific!

Grant Wootton
11-15-2011, 06:22 AM
Love the books, and the personalisation, Patrick -excellent stuff :cool:

11-15-2011, 06:25 AM
Here is Chuck Palahniuk's third published novel, INVISIBLE MONSTERS. The First Edition is a paperback. It is the only Palahniuk book not to be published in hardcover.


This inscribed 1st edition is an 11th printing.


11-15-2011, 06:30 AM
Here is Chuck Palahniuk's fourth book, CHOKE.


This inscribed First Edition is a 7th printing.


You see these later printings because I've never paid more than cover price for a Palahniuk book, nor purchased any that were not brand new. As I said upthread, I got into Palahniuk a little late. At some point, I may starting adding 1st printings of these earlier books, but likely only if I feel that I have some opportunity to get them inscribed.

11-15-2011, 06:35 AM
Chuck Palahniuk's fifth novel is LULLABY. It was one of the first Palahniuk books I read, but I do not own anything other than a reading copy.

Therefore, please consider this space reserved.

11-15-2011, 06:38 AM
Here is the First Edition of Chuck Palahniuk's sixth novel, DIARY.

Oh wait, I've read it, but I don't own a decent copy of this one either.

Please consider this space under construction.

Move along.

11-15-2011, 06:40 AM
Geez, man, I don't own Chuck Palahniuk's seventh novel, HAUNTED either.

I didn't realize just how gaping the holes were in my collection. Seriously.

I'll do better here on out, just watch.

11-15-2011, 06:44 AM
Here is the signed limited edition of Chuck Palahniuk's eighth novel, RANT.

This was the very first signed Palahniuk I ever purchased - at a big discount because of a ding to the bottom of the book spine. I wasn't really into collecting his books (the signed books upthread were acquired later) or I would have held out and paid more for an unblemished copy.

Slipcase on left, (states Signed Limited Edition), book on right:




This book is not numbered nor is there an official limitation page. I wish it had both. Here is the signature, no limitation noted:


The copyright page discusses both First Editions, the Regular Edition and the Signed Limited Edition:


Grant Wootton
11-15-2011, 06:52 AM
Luvvin' these Patrick - awesome mate :cool:

11-15-2011, 06:54 AM
Chuck Palahniuk's ninth novel was SNUFF. Here is the First Edition.

Dust jacket on your left, the book under the jacket on your right:


Creative endpaper design:


Cool inscription:


For his signings, Chuck P. seems to always have special stamps created. He stamped a lot more pages with that, "Property of..." stamp, including the title pages and the copyright page with its First Edition, 1st Printing (finally!) notation.

11-15-2011, 07:02 AM
Here is the First Edition of Chuck Palahniuk's tenth novel, PYGMY.

Front cover of the slipcase and of the book:


Awesome inscription on my First Edition, first printing:


Chuck P. went crazy with a couple different stamps in this one, stamping at least seven different pages all the way to the opening page of the story.


11-15-2011, 07:10 AM
I've read two Palanuik books, Choke and Haunted. I've always meant to read more, but haven't found the time. His newest one Damned looks terrific!
I was about to start reading DAMNED, when I decided to go straight into 11/22/63 first. Once I'm done I'll go back and read Chuck's new book.

Love the books, and the personalisation, Patrick -excellent stuff :cool:

Luvvin' these Patrick - awesome mate :cool:
Thanks, Grant!

More to come shortly. I'm quickly learning that attempting to post things in an orderly fashion is a bit of a pain in the ...

11-15-2011, 07:19 AM
Oh, I almost forgot. Here are the promo stickers for Palahniuk's PYGMY that were offered by the publisher.


I'm not usually into promotional materials, but I love this addition to my collection.

11-15-2011, 08:10 AM
Here is the First Edition of Chuck Palahniuk's eleventh novel, TELL-ALL.


That's a sticker next to the book, it came with it.

Inscription on my First Edition, first printing:


Someone's been kissing the title page:


11-15-2011, 08:18 AM
Chuck Palahniuk's twelfth novel, DAMNED, was released just last month. Here's my First edition, first printing. He included some extras in the form of postcards, hot pepper seeds, and even Atomic Fire Ball candies. :)


I like that Chuck P. always inscribes (not just flatsigns) and he always comes up with some stamps for each of his books (like that jack-o-lantern in this case) when he signs. The special postcards, seeds and candies were a total surprise bonus. Chuck P. is a very cool author who clearly has fun with his fans.


Looking forward to reading it.

11-15-2011, 08:34 AM
Just for fun, here are some of Chuck's paperback books in Spanish. The inscribed U.S. counterparts of these are just upthread.

The covers of all three: EL CLUB DE LA LUCHA, DIARIO, y ASFIXIA




Signed DIARIO (DIARY) Interesting that the title page is in English when the rest of the book is not.




11-15-2011, 08:36 AM
A fairly recent anthology called STORIES, edited by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio, features tales by a varied list of authors, including Chuck Palahniuk and Joe Hill. Joe, Neil and Chuck are three of my favorite authors.

The 1st edition/1st printing, with dustjacket, is on the left. Alongside on the right is the Signed/Limited edition, issued without a dustjacket, published by Mysterious Press.



(The trade edition, under the dustjacket, does not feature the marbled boards of the Signed Limited edition.)

The title page of the trade edition features a Christmas tree. It wasn't until I noticed the ink marks on the opposing page that I realized the decorations were not originally colored as they are in my book.


But who colored in my book?

Why, none other than Chuck Palahniuk, of course!


To be continued...

11-15-2011, 08:38 AM
As you saw above, the Signed/Limited edition of STORIES is a beautiful book with its blue marbled boards and leathered spine. Now let's take a peek inside...

The title page and the Table of Contents so you can peruse the list of authors featured therein:




The limitation page signed by both editors, Gaiman and Sarrantonio. This is #177 of only 250 numbered copies.


However this book was billed as being signed by all the authors. Usually those few signature pages would immediately follow the limitation page, with multiple authors signing each page. However my book didn't appear to have them. Alert the publisher, they made an error!

To be continued...

11-15-2011, 08:49 AM
No, wait. This is something I've never seen. Each author signed his/her own signature page for STORIES and, here's the amazing part: Each sig page is located immediately preceding that author's story. So the signature pages are spread throughout the book. Take another look at the length of the table of contents. That's a lot of sig pages which means a lot of work on the part of the publisher: sorting, inserting and getting it all correct.

Here are just a few of the signature pages:



I am absolutely impressed by the production quality of this signed limited edition. The only negative is that it lacks the protective slipcase or traycase it so richly deserves.

To be continued...

11-15-2011, 08:50 AM
Here is my custom after-market wood slipcase to hold my copy of the Signed Limited edition of STORIES pictured above.

This case was made by Dick Olson a.k.a. "Dolso."

The case has a felt liner that matches the book spine.


The color accents evoke the marble boards of the book. The rest of the design is formatted in accordance with the signature pages as shown above.


11-15-2011, 09:26 AM
I think I've now posted all of my books that are signed by Chuck Palahniuk.

To summarize, here they are all together:


11-15-2011, 09:50 AM
Love all the Palanuiks, Patrick! Starting to think I ought to read more of his books. (Ch-ching!...oh, well...) Thanks for posting them!

Grant Wootton
11-15-2011, 05:20 PM
Absolutely fantastic books Patrick, very well done indeed :cool:

11-15-2011, 05:58 PM
Patrick: I love what you've posted here.
Just a gorgeous collection of books!



11-15-2011, 11:28 PM
Wow, great inscriptions!

11-15-2011, 11:34 PM
I love presonalized signings, Patrick--these are awesome! So Palanuik is a stamper...

11-16-2011, 07:05 AM
Thanks, Boone, Grant, Siep, and Tom!

Boone, collecting Palahniuk is cheap compared to collecting, say, Stephen King. Palahniuk has written far fewer books and there is very little in the way of pricey special editions (like S/L's, etc.). Of course, most every author seems inexpensive compared to King.

I really do love how Palahniuk puts some creativity into his inscriptions, especially with the added stamps (some are definitely custom made because they refer to characters) and paints. My understanding is that he is fun to go see when he is on tour as well.

11-19-2011, 03:26 PM
Stunning Patrick.

May I ask where you get your Palahniuk's from?

11-21-2011, 07:30 AM
Stunning Patrick.

May I ask where you get your Palahniuk's from?
Thank you!

Absolutely. I'll PM you shortly with info.

11-21-2011, 07:36 AM
Patrick, send me the info also, if you would please.:)

11-21-2011, 08:54 AM
Patrick, send me the info also, if you would please.:)
No problemo, amigo. I'll do it right now.

11-26-2011, 07:56 PM
As you saw, along with Palahniuk, Neil Gaiman signed that last limited edition I posted. Next I'll post my other Gaiman editions.

This is a Signed/Limited edition of SHELF LIFE, with many contributors including Neil Gaiman and Harlan Ellison, published by DreamHaven Books.



Front Endpaper (by Charles Vess):


11-26-2011, 07:59 PM
Here is an anthology, 999 - NEW STORIES OF HORROR AND SUSPENSE, published by Hill House.


This is #417 of 500 signed and numbered copies:


This S/L is signed by only a few of the many contributors. Stephen King did not sign, but Neil Gaiman did.


11-26-2011, 08:01 PM
The Subterranean Press signed/limited edition of CORALINE by Neil Gaiman, and illustrated by Dave McKean.


This is #378.


11-26-2011, 08:04 PM
A couple years ago I was browsing through a local used bookstore, looking at the stuff in the glass cases and came across a signed 1st Edition/1st Printing hardcover of Neil Gaiman's NEVERWHERE. I had no idea the worth, but I love the story and it's in great condition. They only wanted $35. Sold!


Cool endpapers.


1st Edition/1st Printing.


Cool inscription (not to me, of course), and signature.


11-26-2011, 08:06 PM
This was my very first proof - and of a book that had not yet been released, no less! From Subterranean Press, SONGS OF THE DYING EARTH, STORIES IN HONOR OF JACK VANCE.


An impressive list of contributors, including Neil Gaiman.


A sample interior page.


11-26-2011, 08:09 PM
The signed, limited, slipcased edition Subterranean Press,of SONGS OF THE DYING EARTH, STORIES IN HONOR OF JACK VANCE, from Subterranean Press. This is #94 of 500:



11-26-2011, 08:10 PM
Subterranean Press, signed limited edition of SONGS OF THE DYING EARTH, STORIES IN HONOR OF JACK VANCE (continued)

Signed by Jack Vance and 24 others, including Neil Gaiman, Dan Simmons and Dean Koontz. This is #94 of 500 numbered copies. Sample signature pages:



11-26-2011, 08:11 PM
This is a signed copy of Neil Gaiman's children's book, THE WOLVES IN THE WALLS, with illustrations by Dave McKean.

I read it to my kids and they love it.


Gaiman's sig:


Interior page:


11-26-2011, 08:14 PM
Here are a couple signed First Edition/First Printings of Neil Gaiman's, THE GRAVEYARD BOOK.




I posted both sigs because they differ somewhat, in case anyone pays attention to that sort of thing around here.

The interior:


11-26-2011, 08:16 PM
This is not signed nor limited, but it was not available in the U.S. when it was first published. ODD AND THE FROST GIANTS was a small book originally given away to schoolchildren in the U.K. Knowing how much I enjoy Gaiman, a friend in England sent it to me.


11-26-2011, 08:18 PM
Here is a Signed/Limited edition by Neil Gaiman and Michael Reaves, INTERWORLD, published by Subterranean Press.


Signatures. This is #85 of 500.


Random interior page:


11-26-2011, 08:20 PM
Here's another Neil Gaiman book.

The Signed/Limited edition of M IS FOR MAGIC:


Signature page. This is #798 of 1000.


Random interior page:


11-26-2011, 08:21 PM
A short story chapbook, SHOGGOTH'S OLD PECULIAR, by Neil Gaiman.


Signed by the author and artist.


5000 chapbooks printed, however not all are signed.


11-26-2011, 08:22 PM
First trade edition of THE FACTS IN THE CASE OF THE DEPARTURE OF MISS FINCH, by Neil Gaiman.


Signed by Neil Gaiman.


It's a graphic novel. Here's a sample interior page.


11-26-2011, 08:24 PM
Neil Gaiman was the Guest of Honor at Chicago Comicon 1993.
10,000 unsigned programs were given away.
2500 signed and numbered programs were sold as a fundraiser to benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

This is #2416 out of 2500.


The Guest of Honor program is basically a collection of comic artists "roasting" Neil Gaiman, thus the many people listed in the Table of Contents.



One cartoonist's contribution:


I've got another copy somewhere, I'll add the number to this post when I come across it.

11-26-2011, 08:26 PM
Here is the S/L of Neil Gaiman's MIRRORMASK (Dave McKean, artist)



Very cool signatures on the sig page. This is #333 of 500:


Random interior page:


This book should have come in a slipcase.

11-26-2011, 08:27 PM
Not by Gaiman, but about the production based on his book, NEVERWHERE :
WHAT I THOUGHT I SAW, by Kelli Bickman - signed by the author

"In this gallery quality book, Bickman blurs the distinction between fantasy and life as she eavesdrops on the set of award winning author Neil Gaiman's latest project, NEVERWHERE. With a cast of outrageous characters filched from the fray of New York and London spicing the mix, Bickman defies you to determine where Gaiman's world ends and hers begins..." Aside from the subject matter, the introduction is also by Neil Gaiman.

The cover looks scratched up, but that's just the Brodart protective cover, the book is just fine. It is signed by Kelli Bickman.


First edition

Random page. Fans of Gaiman's book will recognize the character names:


11-26-2011, 08:33 PM
Here is the Signed/Limited edition of a fun anthology called, THE THACKERY T. LAMBSHEAD POCKET GUIDE TO ECCENTRIC & DISCREDITED DISEASES, published by Night Shade Books.


Creative endpapers and Table of Contents:



A handy glossary of featured contributors, such as Neil Gaiman and China Mieville, and the pages on which their work appears:



11-26-2011, 08:34 PM

On the signature pages each person signed over their last name which is printed lightly in each box:



I believe there are 650 signed copies of this limited edition.

11-26-2011, 08:37 PM
While we're on the topic of Gaiman, here is a comic book to which he contributed a story (essay? poem?). There are three cover variations to this comic book. Here is the variation that is signed by Neil Gaiman and Jim Lee.

LIBERTY COMICS #2. The cover of this edition is from the Gaiman/Lee story within.


Table of Contents, featuring stories contributed by various authors and illustrated by different artists:

Note that below the Table, it references two of the covers, "Kick Ass Cover" and "Free Speech Cover." Both of those covers are included in the pages of this special edition.


Inside back cover: This comic book was produced as a benefit for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, of which Neil Gaiman is an active supporter.


11-26-2011, 08:41 PM
Here is the novel that hooked me on Neil Gaiman: ANANSI BOYS.

This is a first edition and, as you can see from the sticker, it's signed.


First edition!


Great dedication - and a signature with ink the same purple color as the endpapers.


11-26-2011, 08:44 PM
Here is the Signed Limited edition of Neil Gaiman's ANANSI BOYS by Hill House Publishers.

Slipcase on your left, book in the middle, additional Notebook on your right:


Slipcase detail - spider artwork on wood:


The book's front end papers:



11-26-2011, 08:45 PM
Signed Limited edition of Neil Gaiman's ANANSI BOYS (continued):

Title page design:


Limitation page. This is #77 of 750 numbered copies signed by the author and artist:


Copyright page and dedication.


Example of the interior artwork. The artwork is laid in (attached) to the page rather than printed on the page:



11-26-2011, 08:45 PM
Signed Limited edition of Neil Gaiman's ANANSI BOYS (continued):

Additional Material Notebooks:


This extra softcover book is also numbered to match the signed book:


This whole project is a beautiful production.

Grant Wootton
11-26-2011, 08:57 PM
Absolutely AWESOME Gaiman collection Patrick !!!!!


11-26-2011, 09:03 PM
Hey, thanks, Grant!

Want to hear a story?

11-26-2011, 09:05 PM
In July 2009, Neil Gaiman visited San Francisco and did a one-off reading and signing event at a local comic book store. This event was limited to the first 100 people who had called (as I had one week earlier) or come in to pre-order the new hardback of "Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?" - Batman's swan song story written by Gaiman. The limit was based on the Neil telling the owner he would come in for about an hour and a half. I had my doubts because doing a reading and signing up to 200 books would almost undoubtedly take longer than 90 minutes. The staff continually repeated that there was a 2 book limit for the signing.


The owner of the shop, Brian, came out and stood at the top of the little staircase to the backroom and gave a short introduction. He knew Neil from way back when Neil had done a couple signings there much, much earlier in his career. This occasion is that store is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Brian was clear that they/we were very lucky to have Neil stop by because, at this point in his career, he really doesn't need to do comic book store signings.

Then, to much applause, Neil Gaiman appeared from behind the black curtain:


Neil told us that a long time ago, there was printing mistake in Sandman, Issue #8. Corrected versions were run but were limited in number. Those issues were given out to a few comic shops with the intention of being given away as freebies. Most of those shops sold the "free" issues. Worse, some took them to San Diego and sold them for big bucks given their scarcity. Neil said that, unlike the others, Brian had given all his away. In fact, rather than only give them to his existing customers, Brian had left copies all over the City to get word out about Sandman and in hopes of maybe getting a new customer or two. Gaiman really respects how Brian handled things all those years ago. And that's why Neil was taking time out of his vacation on a sunny Sunday to visit Brian's shop again and do this reading and signing.

Next Neil said that he would like to read from the new hardcover Batman, but that he had never figured out how to do a good live reading from a comic book. So instead he would read from another book, "Who Killed Amanda Palmer?" Amanda Palmer is a woman who took a lot of pictures of herself in various situations, but in all of the photos she appears dead. She asked Neil to write captions and stories to go with the photos. As this was a wholly original request and unlike anything anyone had ever asked of him, he accepted.

Neil would show a photo from the book of Amanda Palmer "dead," and then he would read the story he wrote for the picture. Neil read four or five of these stories and let slip that he got a girlfriend out of the project.


Amanda Palmer is the singer in the duo, Dresden Dolls, and was now Neil's girlfriend. (Some time later, they married.) The name of the book is also the name of her debut solo album. For any Dresden Doll fans out there, Amanda showed up later during the signings.

Then about half an hour after filing into the store, they kicked us all out while they put the store back together (bookracks in place, etc.) and set up a table in back for Neil to sign people's books.


11-26-2011, 09:16 PM

The reading was all done and we were outside after a half hour, which meant this event was to last another hour. The workers had repeated, like a mantra at every opportunity all morning that Neil would only sign two books per person. However I thought, "No way in hell is he going to sign a hundred people's books, especially not at two per person, in one hour." Oh yeah, earlier upon arrival before the reading, they had handed out numbers to people in line. I was #74 out of 100, so I knew I was in for a long wait.

All I could think was, "I wish hadn't imbibed so heavily last night."

Also I thought, "I hope Gaiman does not stick to his stated 90 minute limit or I'm screwed."

Well over two hours since the start of the event, they finally called my number. I went in and got in line. Then I was finally in the store! I could see Neil Gaiman signing other people's books! He was being very mellow and very gracious. He was thanking people for coming. Wait, Gaiman was thanking us??

Finally it was my turn at the table. Yes, I was nervous. Yes, I forgot whatever little I planned to say. No, I did not drool on him, although I easily could have. A nice lady offered to take photos with my camera and I handed it to her, after which I promptly forgot I had even brought a camera.

I babbled about how much I loved all his work, about how cool he was to come to this comic store in San Francisco, how stoked I was to meet him, blah blah blah…

Neil inscribed my "Whatever Happened to The Caped Crusader?" He drew Batman in my book. I love Batman and I love Gaiman. I was irrationally happy.




11-26-2011, 09:19 PM

I told Neil that I read "Wolves in the Walls" (a children's book of his) to my sons and that they love it. He said that he thinks it's great for kids to have the opportunity to grow up on stories like that.

Meanwhile he signed my new "Absolute Sandman, Volume I." He drew Morpheus. Sweet.

(A huge beautiful edition. Here it is next to one of the standard softcovers to show relative size.)




With two inscribed, doodled, and signed books, that was my limit... or was it?


11-26-2011, 09:22 PM

Then I told him that I have a 1-month old daughter and that I read her his book, BLUEBERRY GIRL, released a couple months ago (at the time). Neil Gaiman's book, BLUEBERRY GIRL, is a poem written years ago for a friend (Tori Amos) who was pregnant at the time with a little girl.


I told Neil that it was already flatsigned, but I would appreciate it if he could just inscribe it to my daughter.


He was happy to do so and, of course, he signed it after inscribing it - even though this was my third book of the day.



"Love and blueberries…" This last is my favorite of the three because it is so sweet and he is a kind man.

I walked back to my truck a few blocks away, my feet not quite touching the ground and drove the 80 miles home.

The End.

11-26-2011, 09:50 PM
Brilliant story! Many thanks for sharing.

11-26-2011, 09:57 PM
Awesome narrative, Patrick, thanks for pics! Nice to have a Gaiman collector on hand! Great collection.

Grant Wootton
11-26-2011, 10:01 PM
Brilliant Patrick, just bloody brilliant !!! Love the story that goes with the pictures, too, gives it an entire new dimension !!! :cool:

11-27-2011, 01:39 AM
Thank you for your kind comments, Paul, Squire, and Grant. It was truly a memorable day.

I'll post a couple more, then I'll have to wait a few days until I get home and have time to dig out my most recent few Gaiman books for photos.

11-27-2011, 01:43 AM
I like limited edition anthologies because you often get so many great autographs and often at such reasonable prices. It probably helps that I love short stories, too.

Here is the Signed/Limited edition of DARK DETECTIVES: ADVENTURES OF THE SUPERNATURAL SLEUTHS, signed by Neil Gaiman, Clive Barker, and others.




This is #52 of only 100 copies:


Sample artwork from the interior:


11-27-2011, 01:47 AM
Another anthology, this one is TAVERNS OF THE DEAD, signed by Neil Gaiman, Peter Straub, and many others you'll see listed in the next post.



The book under the dustjacket. Didn't expect purple, but I like it.



11-27-2011, 01:49 AM

This is #269 of 400:



This book contains the Gaiman story for which I posted a signed chapbook upthread:


Grant Wootton
11-27-2011, 05:31 PM
BTW Patrick - thanks for giving me an awesome idea for a present for Connie's birthday next week !!!! In amongst the Gaiman's you posted yesterday was one of her absolute favourites, Coraline. I was able to source of these S/L editions locally (for a freaking change) that'll be delivered at the end of the week :cool:

That's one of the sweet things about this forum, and others like it, the exposure to new (different) authors, publishers and so on - the number of OMG's I've gotten out of collections such as yours, Mr Boone's and Siep's is terrific, and sure to see me destitute and homeless seven years before my five year plan said I would be :p

11-27-2011, 07:55 PM
Love the pics of TotD, Patrick. I wiah I'd been able to get this one. I keep look at a copy online, but...not just now.

11-28-2011, 09:13 PM
Patrick, Patrick, Patrick. And I thought I had a great Gaiman collection (he's second to King in my book). You've got quite a few here that I didn't know existed. I've seen Neil twice and both times were wonderful. My first signed edition, though, was that edition of Neverwhere. I picked it up at the local Waldenbooks when it was first released. I grabbed the second one on the pile, and when I opened it, was very surprised to see the signature. I asked the clerk when he had been there for a signing. The clerk said he hadn't been there, but sometimes they ship random signed books with the regular lot. Lucky me!!

11-30-2011, 09:07 AM
Thanks for the comments, guys.

Grant, glad to help indirectly bring you and your loved one closer. Haha

Squire, you know you want a TAVERN, so go ahead and get one.

Glad to meet another Gaiman fan, Terry. Very cool surprise in your book!

11-30-2011, 09:16 AM
Here is the Arthur C. Clarke tribute anthology FABLES FROM THE FOUNTAIN, with all original stories specifically written as homage to Clarke's TALES FROM THE WHITE HART. First edition (this the Signed Limited) published by NewCon Press in the UK in May 2011:


This is #22 of only 200 numbered copies:


Signed by all 20 authors, including Neil Gaiman:


11-30-2011, 09:23 AM
Here are a couple 1st/1st trade copies of the 10th Anniversary edition of Neil Gaiman's AMERICAN GODS. This edition contains the Author's Preferred Text, so it's a bit longer than the originally released version.


Both of my copies are signed by the author:


I show both autographs because I find it interesting to compare the small differences in legit signatures.

11-30-2011, 11:54 AM
I've still never read any Gaiman, i hang my head in shame :(

11-30-2011, 02:16 PM
I've still never read any Gaiman, i hang my head in shame :(

As well you should. Not even Sandman?

11-30-2011, 02:46 PM
As well you should. Not even Sandman?

Nope nothing.

Grant Wootton
11-30-2011, 04:10 PM
Great stuff Patrick, keep 'em coming !!!!! :cool:

11-30-2011, 08:04 PM
American Gods is a great book! Are there any MAJOR differences between AG and The Definitive Version?

12-01-2011, 07:05 PM
Tom, Terry is right, you really should try out some Gaiman. A lot of people started with the Sandman series, but I started with his novels, AMERICAN GODS first and then ANANSI BOYS.

Grant, thank you, I will, but it will probably be next week before I have the chance (I travel a lot, not far, just often).

Squire, Gaiman was asked to shorten the novel when it was first published and he wasn't as well known. The Author's Preferred Text includes a reinsertion of approx. 12,000 words. Also, in the process of adding back in these earlier cuts, Gaiman worked through the full novel making updates and fixes, and generally ensuring that story would flow. I have read the original published story, but haven't yet read this longer version. I look forward to doing so at some point when I'm ready.

12-01-2011, 07:38 PM
Sounds like I need to get this one! I hope hed ddi a better job than King did with his revision of The Stand! As it is, AG is an outstanding book. Looking forward to reading the "Definitive" (also when I'm ready). Thanks, Patrick.

12-01-2011, 07:43 PM
Yep, I just want to get through other things on the ever-growing To Read list!

12-01-2011, 07:56 PM
American Gods is a great book! Are there any MAJOR differences between AG and The Definitive Version?

I've read both versions (several years apart), but truthfully didn't notice any significant differences. There were a couple additional short vignettes about some of the minor gods (those who have read the original will know what I mean). And more filling throughout the text.

I'm one of the minority who liked the longer version of The Stand. My only problem with it was the revisions that changed the time period and the anacronisms that arose from that. But I especially loved the scenes with Frannie burying her dad, and the additional background on Trashcan Man.

And for those who haven't read enough (or any) Gaiman, I have to repeat that "Good Omens", which he co-wrote with Terry Pratchett, is one of my all-time favorite reads.

12-01-2011, 08:14 PM
Thanks for your perspective, Terry. I kind of got the impression that the AG additions were going to be sprinkled throughout the book rather than being one or two big new chunks. I prefer the way you described. Thanks.

I have only read the Uncut version of THE STAND, never the original.

Funny you should mention, GOOD OMENS. I've wanted to read that for a while, but hadn't gotten around to it. I plan to start it next, after I finish Palahniuk's DAMNED, which I had put on hold to read King's 11.22.63. Things keep getting bumped, but GOOD OMENS is up next!

12-01-2011, 08:19 PM
Funny you should mention, GOOD OMENS. I've wanted to read that for a while, but hadn't gotten around to it. I plan to start it next, after I finish Palahniuk's DAMNED, which I had put on hold to read King's 11.22.63. Things keep getting bumped, but GOOD OMENS is up next!

Very good! There are parts of "Good Omens" that get me to laugh out loud, even after 7 or 8 readings now. I've had people wonder about my sanity while reading that book. "Terry, why are you laughing? I thought you were reading." I guess they've never read something so amusing.

12-01-2011, 08:31 PM
Good Omens is laugh out loud funny. I did feel bad for the fed-ex (?) guy who delivered War her sword, tho.

12-01-2011, 08:40 PM
Just found a flatsigned copy of American Gods: the Definitve Version on abe for $45. Thanks again for the info, guys.

12-01-2011, 08:47 PM
Good Omens is laugh out loud funny. I did feel bad for the fed-ex (?) guy who delivered War her sword, tho.

Scarlett wasn't the problem! It was that last delivery to the one who was "other".

One of my favorite lines: "Shadwell hated all Southerners and, by inference, was standing at the North Pole."

12-04-2011, 01:28 AM
Congrats on tracking down a copy, Squire. Read Gaiman's intro to this edition, it's pretty interesting.

Terry, I'll be starting GOOD OMENS tomorrow night. Looking forward to it!

12-08-2011, 03:40 AM
In 2009, Dave McKean designed a set of stamps for the Royal Mail. Neil Gaiman wrote little stories to go with each stamp. Here are these MYTHICAL CREATURES:




The back of the mint stamp holder envelope thingy...


...with Neil Gaiman's contribution:


12-08-2011, 04:02 AM
Very Cool, Patrick! Terrific art! The US post office would never go for anything like that. Besides, it'll probably be gone in 5 years.

12-08-2011, 04:14 AM
Very Cool, Patrick! Terrific art! The US post office would never go for anything like that. Besides, it'll probably be gone in 5 years.
Thanks, Squire. I really like the set. Hey, if the USPS disappears, wouldn't that make all the U.S. stamps that much more collectible? ha ha

12-08-2011, 04:22 AM
Remember the 10th Anniversary edition of AMERICAN GODS, with the Author's Preferred Text, that I posted upthread?

That Preferred Text was first published in 2003 in a beautiful Signed Limited edition produced by Hill House.

The limited edition is accompanied by a matching number paperback "reading copy" with the same preferred text by Neil Gaiman.

The S/L in its slipcase on your left, reading copy on your right:


The slipcase and the book (but the color is off in this photo):




(to be continued)

12-08-2011, 04:30 AM
AMERICAN GODS Signed/Limited edition (continued)

This copy #542 of 750:


Some interior pages:




12-08-2011, 04:30 AM
AMERICAN GODS Signed/Limited edition (continued)

Paraphrased from a letter released at the time from Hill House Publishers:

The Reader’s Copy includes a bonus that does not appear in the Limited: included as an appendix in the Reader’s Copy is a six-hundred word section that Neil himself originally deleted from the novel. Included in this appendix is a note by Neil which explains why he removed the section.

Because the production of the Readers Copy involved completely resetting the text, it also gave Hill House the chance to correct a handful of little typographical errors. These corrections, combined with the bonus section, make the Reader's Copy unique.

If the Limited Edition is the Author's Preferred Edition, then the Readers Copy can be said to be, textually at least, the Author's Preferred Preferred Edition!

Here is my paperback Reader's Copy with matching number (#542 of 750):




Hill House sure produced some lovely editions in its time.

12-08-2011, 05:04 AM
Wow! that's the way to make a limited set. Give a rereader's copy along with it--beautiful, Patrick!

12-08-2011, 09:50 AM
Hill House really do make some wonderful books, really love those stamps too, can't remember seeing any around though!

12-08-2011, 02:38 PM
I love that Hill House edition of American Gods, too. (I wish he could have stayed in business) And so glad they gave us a reading copy to go with it. I wish more publishers would do that, especially if it is an exclusive text.

Grant Wootton
12-08-2011, 04:17 PM
Wow Patrick, that American Gods limited is nothing short of amazing - the inclusion of a like numbered reading copy is excellent :cool::cool::cool:

12-08-2011, 08:04 PM
Thanks, guys. (I edited my last post above to add some information I found interesting about the Reader's Copy.)

Hill House Publishing's limited editions of AMERICAN GODS (above) and ANANSI BOYS (just a bit further upthread) are amongst the most beautiful productions in my collection.

My experience has been that it is hard as heck to find info on this publishing house, so for those who haven't heard the backstory, here's what I know (please feel free to correct or add to this):

Hill House was started by Peter Schneider, a former marketing manager for Doubleday. He went into the small press publishing business and made some fine books by authors such as Neil Gaiman and Ray Bradbury. As you can see from my few photos, this was truly a labor of love. Finances, possibly combined with personal health issues, eventually caught up with Hill House. After a few years, the company went insolvent (in 2008, I believe). My understanding is that ANANSI BOYS was their final release. Cemetery Dance and PS Publishing have taken up some of the projects that Hill House had left unfinished.

Rest In Peace, Hill House.

12-19-2011, 09:55 AM
Just for fun: Advanced Reading Copy of an edition of Neil Gaiman's NEVERWHERE that I picked up for two bucks.


I'm generally not a collector of ARCs, but the price was right.

12-19-2011, 09:57 AM
Here is the signed limited edition of Neil Gaiman's A LITTLE GOLD BOOK OF GHASTLY STUFF, produced by Borderlands Press and being released right now.


The limitation page. My copy is #425 of 500.


Table of Contents.


Overall, it's a neat little book, well worth the price paid.

12-19-2011, 10:03 AM
Very nice. I saw the whole set (sold out) on the publisher's website and it look great! Camelot had a complete set of matched numbers for sale, but way out of my range. Do you have any of the others?

Grant Wootton
12-19-2011, 07:06 PM
Very nice indeed Patrick, love the presentation of Ghastly Stuff :cool:

12-19-2011, 08:26 PM
Thanks, Squire and Grant. Squire, this is the only edition I own from the series. I like it, so it kinda makes me want to get more.

Hedda Gabler
02-22-2012, 11:39 PM
Absolutely beautiful books. Love Neil -- tried to like Chuck. Had a tough time with his writing, but I love how personalized his autographs were. Really impressive.

bookworm 1
02-22-2012, 11:44 PM
That copy of American Gods is super.Me want one.Just a great book.;)

02-23-2012, 03:20 AM
Great stuff Patrick. I thought I had looked at all the collection threads but somehow missed yours. The Chuck Palahniuk stuff is great. I have never read his stuff but he appears at Powell's books in Portland on occasion, I understand he lives in the area. I will have to check him out next time. I have thought of trying his stories out for a long time, at some point I will jump in.