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    The Arthur Darknell Double

    by Ray Garton (writing as Arthur Darknell)

    • black & white interior illustrations by Keith Minnion
    • illustrated endpapers & signature sheets by Alex McVey
    • full-color "double cover" dust jacket by Vincent Chong

    Status:
    Out of Print (Sold Out Pre-Publication)

    About the Concept:
    This special deluxe edition was crafted in the tradition of the old Ace Doubles. When you finish the first novel, flip the book over and start the other novel.

    About the Novels:

    Loveless

    Amy Grady has been married to her husband Ray for sixteen years, and for those sixteen years, Ray has been physically abusing Amy. She never knows when he's going to strike — his mood can change in a fraction of a second. She is a deeply lonely, wounded woman whose life is empty except for the love of her son, Danny. Her new neighbor, Walter Loveless, is equally lonely and lives an empty life. When they meet, sparks fly between them. But what dark secrets are Walter hiding? What dark shadows does he fear? Who is pursuing him? Will Amy be ready when the passion between them turns deadly?

    Murder Was My Alibi

    Private eye Myron Foote is about to close up his office for the day when a beautiful, fiery redhead named Cynthia Thacketer walks in and offers him one hundred and five thousand dollars to pose as her uncle Percy. It sounds simple enough, and Foote could use the money, but when he takes the job, he is plunged into a world of lies, secrets, blackmail, and murder—all connected to a floor safe that holds over a million dollars. Before long, Foote is wondering if the job is worth any amount of money, and if he'll get out of it alive....

    About this Special Edition:
    This special deluxe edition was crafted in the tradition of the old Ace Doubles. When you finish the first novel, flip the book over and start the second one! Each side featured its own cover artwork created in the classic pulp tradition, and there were nearly twenty black and white illustrations in the book.

    For the high-end collectors, the traycased Lettered Edition was limited to just 26 copies. As a special bonus, the Lettered Edition featured an additional short story by Arthur Darknell that you won't find anywhere else.

    Given the high production values, extremely low print run, and strong interest from collectors, this book sold out within days of being officially announced.

    Limitation Information:
    • Limited Edition: 200 copies, signed by the author and the artists on a special signature page, bound in a deluxe material, with nearly twenty black & white interior illustrations by Keith Minnion, illustrated endpapers & signature sheets by Alex McVey, a full-color dust jacket by Vincent Chong, and housed in a custom-made slipcase ($100)

    • Lettered Edition: 26 copies, with all the special features of the Limited Edition, a different type of high quality binding, housed in a custom-made deluxe traycase, and featuring The Most Interesting Prospect chapbook by Arthur Darknell that wasn't available anywhere else in the world ($300)
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    I was fortunate to snag this one in a lettered. A really fine production of two cool Garton novellas. Worth every penny!

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    Us poor people could only afford the limited, but that was another beautiful book!!!!

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    This one was A LOT of fun to work on... Ray is always game to try something cool and different. And I loved the slipcase material we found!

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    Senior Member Jeez! Don't you have anything better to do with your time? Martin's Avatar
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    I will pick one up on the secondary market at some point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Martin View Post
    I will pick one up on the secondary market at some point.
    Martin,

    It's a beautiful book. You will NOT be disappointed!!

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    Administrator Ok, I really can't come up with anymore of these stupid things... Brian James Freeman's Avatar
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    Here are some photos for anyone who hasn't seen a copy:

    http://www.lonelyroadbooks.com/books...ll/photos.html

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    Hey Brian,

    I hope you find another pair of titles that make sense for a flip-book like Arthur Darknell again some day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsaenz24 View Post
    Hey Brian,

    I hope you find another pair of titles that make sense for a flip-book like Arthur Darknell again some day.
    It could happen!
    Brian James Freeman
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    I loved this set. My only complaint is that the traycase was made just a tad too small. I feel as if I'm wedging it in everytime I have to put it back. An idea for a future project with a limited chapbook would be to make an insert inside the traycase for it that way they can be stored together.

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    Someone is selling the limited edition of this on ebay. I've bought a few books from this person before, descriptions are fairly accurate. I already have a lettered but might snap this up too if one of you don't bid on it.


    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...#ht_798wt_1139

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    To be honest, your statement makes it sound like you're involved with the sell, which I expect you're probably not. Either way, a start bid of $75 is great for such a beautiful book and a great read to boot!!

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    I know, but I'm not. I just don't want to buy it but I do if that makes sense. I have a few things I should put on ebay but I really just don't have the motivation.

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    I can vouch for that seller as well, have bought a couple things from him in the past. I added this to my watch list, don't have the money to place a bid right now unfortunately. Waiting a big deposit from the military for them extending my duty for about 10 months, so if I'm lucky it'll be deposited in time to grab this one

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