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    Lucian Poll's Collection

    Evening all. I must still be on a probationary period as I can't upload attachments direct to the forum. Nil desperandum, KBO and all that. Here are those snaps I took a while ago. I've uploaded them to my blog so with a bit of luck I can link to them here.



    So here are my Cemetery Dance mags going back to 2002. Despite this photo being saved as portrait WordPress has decided to rotate it to landscape and refuses all attempts to rotate it back to normal. Sigh.
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    My copy of Cemetery Dance issue 57 also contains this unfortunate stitching error:



    Does this make it even more collectable?!
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    My Grave Tales...



    Sadly I never received issues 3 and 4.

    I still maintain that the cover for issue 6 is my favourite across all my issues of CD and GT. Wonderfully twisted!
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    Here is the first book in the Bryant & May series, penned by prolific UK horror author Christopher Fowler. I notice the US editions of these books have very different covers!



    As I mentioned in the "What Are You Reading" thread, the sleeve of this hardback is incorrect. The shot is a little blurry but the character on the left, May, is holding a smoking pipe. However in the books it is the other character, Bryant, that smokes. (You can, of course, see the correct cover on Amazon.) According to the author the mistake was spotted early in the printing process but not before a couple of hundred copies had already been shipped. Whether the story is true or apocryphal, I was quite pleased to find my copy was one of them.
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    ...and even happier when he signed my copy:



    (Just for the record, as you can infer from the photo, Lucian Poll is a pseudonym. (What, on the internet?!? No way!) When I heard long ago that Shaun Hutson wrote under a number of different pseudonyms (and still does) to serve different markets I thought that was a pretty cool idea. Of course I couldn't hope to sell anywhere near his numbers, but I liked the idea all the same. So Lucian Poll is my means of working out my nastier story ideas.)
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    Nice collection. The dust jacket error is neat.

    For pictures you can use a site like photobucket and link the pictures from there if you don't want to use your blog. They no longer have a maximum limit on uploads for free users.

    Hope to see more!

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    Thanks, Joe. I'm glad they were of interest. (Relieved too!) I'll get a few more snaps together and will post them in the coming days. Thanks also for the tip re: photobucket.
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    Very nice stuff.Can not wait to see more.

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    Good stuff, thanks for starting another collector's thread!

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    Okay, here are a few more snaps.



    I've always had a soft spot for horror comics. There were always a couple of ragged copies of Eerie floating around that just so happened to land in the hands of an impressionable pre-teen. I had often seen tatty old magazines for sale via eBay, but when Dark Horse started printing the entire run of both Creepy and Eerie in handsome hardback volumes I was a very happy (old) lad!
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    This is something I am particularly pleased with...



    In the early 1980's a partwork magazine called The Unexplained ran for a couple of years here in the UK. (Again issues of these were often left dotted around the house when I was a nipper.) Each weekly issue covered assorted topics of the... well... unexplained. Fast forward thirty years and they have a certain charm in these cynical times. Anyway, what you are seeing here is a complete collection of The Unexplained: over 3,000 pages of stories, articles and accounts of oddness split over 157 issues.

    Obviously there had to be thirteen volumes!
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    I also like the binders for The Unexplained:

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    And here's a (blurry) look inside volume 1. Spontaneous human combustion anybody? Oh go on then...

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    Great stuff. I love the Unexplained books!

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    Love the horror comics myself.Great stuff.

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    Very cool looking collection. The Unexplained books are just awesome!

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    I think the unexplained books are cool as well. I like that kind of stuff.

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    Hi all. Thanks for the kind words. I'm glad you liked The Unexplained. There's a nice story behind the collection. Being only five or six years old when the magazines came out I wasn't in much of a position to collect them, but a few years ago I had a mini-midlife crisis moment. (I guess you can say the moment is ongoing, hence the Eeries, the Creepys and so on!)

    Anyway I was able to track down a full set of The Unexplained here: http://www.partworks.co.uk/contents/en-uk/d136.html. (It's a labour-of-love small business here in the UK.) I explained that I loved the covers of the magazines when I was younger, all moody black background with a stark circle of whatever featured in each issue, and wondered whether the covers had been retained. The owner replied saying that, sadly, the covers tended to be removed so that the content of each issue could run unbroken within each binder. I ordered a set regardless and was incredibly pleased to find the guy had put an unbroken run of covers from issue 30 to 156 in with my order, along with a couple of odds and ends from Issue 1. (You can slightly see them resting against my set of binders.)

    Now that's customer service!

    If you're curious I'll put the covers on here so you can get a feel for the spooky goings on in each issue. (Don't worry, I won't photograph each one individually, though it is a good way of getting my post count up!)
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    I would love to see the covers!
    Quote Originally Posted by Lucian Poll View Post
    Hi all. Thanks for the kind words. I'm glad you liked The Unexplained. There's a nice story behind the collection. Being only five or six years old when the magazines came out I wasn't in much of a position to collect them, but a few years ago I had a mini-midlife crisis moment. (I guess you can say the moment is ongoing, hence the Eeries, the Creepys and so on!)

    Anyway I was able to track down a full set of The Unexplained here: http://www.partworks.co.uk/contents/en-uk/d136.html. (It's a labour-of-love small business here in the UK.) I explained that I loved the covers of the magazines when I was younger, all moody black background with a stark circle of whatever featured in each issue, and wondered whether the covers had been retained. The owner replied saying that, sadly, the covers tended to be removed so that the content of each issue could run unbroken within each binder. I ordered a set regardless and was incredibly pleased to find the guy had put an unbroken run of covers from issue 30 to 156 in with my order, along with a couple of odds and ends from Issue 1. (You can slightly see them resting against my set of binders.)

    Now that's customer service!

    If you're curious I'll put the covers on here so you can get a feel for the spooky goings on in each issue. (Don't worry, I won't photograph each one individually, though it is a good way of getting my post count up!)

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    No worries, Martin. Here's the first photo, covering issues 30 to 38. (I'll stagger them over a number of days so I don't hit you all with a datablast!)



    In case the images are a little too fuzzy here are the articles mentioned on the covers.

    Issue 30
    Dream experiments
    How to cast a horoscope
    Instrusions from elsewhere
    A regiment vanishes
    Coincidences
    (The image depicts the assassination of King Umberto I of Italy, whose death and important events in his life were closely paralleled by the life of another Umberto, a restaurant owner in Northern Italy.)

    Issue 31
    Against all the odds
    Photographing ghosts
    Vanishing soldiers - found?
    Influence of the planets
    The master doswer
    (The image depicts a giant solar flare "perhaps as much as 100,000 miles in length")

    Issue 32
    The Geller phenomenon
    Science and astrology
    Ghosts true and false
    Strange tricks of fate
    Criticisms of Kirlian
    OFOs filmed
    (The image depicts a very youthful-looking Uri Geller. And yes, the issue is full of spoon-bending!)

    Issue 33
    When time slips
    Kirlian's tarnished aura
    Lethbridge's discoveries
    The meaning of coincidences
    UFOs and the computer (NB: Bear in mind this is from 1981!)
    (The image depicts "...a 'computer eye view' of a glowing disc seen over Colorado, USA")

    Issue 34
    Mass hysteria
    Uri Geller tested
    Mysteries of the Moon
    Classic UFOs analysed
    Ghost hunter's guide
    (The image depicts the Nuremberg rallies, given as an example of mass hysteria.)

    Issue 35
    The cosmic joke
    Leaps into the future
    UFO photos - facts and frauds
    Uri: psychic superstar
    Is death the end?
    (The image depicts detail from "Part of the huge block of ice that suddenly dropped out of the sky and almost hit meteorologist Dr Richard Griffiths in Manchester, England, on 2 April 1973. This photograph was taken through a polarising filter in an effort to determine the structure, and therefore the origin, of the ice - but it remains a complete mystery.")

    Issue 36
    UFOs in action
    Ancient technology
    The impossible moon
    Miraculous rose petals
    A history of hysteria
    Ted Serios in focus
    (The image is of the Chicago Hilton, as thought onto film by Ted Serios (yes, with the power of his mind), who had actually intended to create an image of the Hilton Hotel at Denver.)

    Issue 37
    The facts of death
    Encounter in Mendoza
    The moon's best-kept secrets
    A psychic contagion
    Man-made UFOs
    (The image is detail from a 16th century painting by Joachim Patinir of "a soul being ferried across the river of death - the Styx.")

    Issue 38
    Irish lake monsters
    The UFO goes to war
    Mystery of the Welsh lights
    Timeslip mechanisms
    Puzzles from the past
    (The image is a depiction of "the Lough Dubh creature, described as being covered with bristles and having a hippo-like face with a horn on its snout.") (The image further down the page in question is much more to my liking, being a young witch trying to invoke a sea creature. In the nude, obviously. You gotta love those witches, man.)
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