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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian861 View Post
    Proper home for my 1st/1st

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    Man, that looks nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lincoln View Post
    Some King. Don't think you could find the two on the left in better condition, the photo doesn't really do them justice. Amazon US has 'The Bazaar of...' for US$16 at the moment, though the packaging is always a bit of a gamble. Mine made it all the way to Aus, unscathed.
    Nice adds!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lincoln View Post
    Man, that looks nice.
    Thanks! From the fine folks at CD

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    Been a while since I've posted anything. I thought I'd start with the Centipede omnibus of Joe Lansdale's Drive-In series. I received it right before Halloween, but just got around to taking some pictures.





















    As usual a mighty fine edition from Jared. I'm glad I get to retire my trade paperback omnibus with such a beautiful edition to my Lansdale collection. Definitely worth it for any Lansdale fan. I wish Centipede would get to do The Nightrunners as well.

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    Up next is Clive Barker's Tonight, Again. I was super hesitant about buying this edition at all, so opted for the trade. It's still a limited edition, but doesn't have the same cloth construction and slipcase of the deluxe.









    It's a real slim volume, coming in at just 154 pages and that's with a ton of sketches. I haven't read the book yet, but the artwork is really cool. It's all done by Clive and they feel like pieces in progress. Rough sketches of something he might revisit later on down the line. They feel like little glimpses at his creative process. I wish I could post more pictures of it, but they're all sexually explicit with nudity and such. For $30 it's a fine purchase. All that said, I do not regret skipping the deluxe version. That still feels like a bridge too far for the content.

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    Finally, my last arrival for the year. Subterranean Press's new Best of Caitlin R. Kiernan collection, Beneath an Oil-Dark Sea. I bought the limited from them during a 50% site wide sale they ran earlier in the year. I'm a big Kiernan fan, and have been looking forward to this book. I definitely wasn't disappointed when the box arrived.





















    This is a gorgeous edition jammed pack with content. Besides the wonderful selection of stories, it has a section of art from various editions and a comprehensive bibliography. I was surprised to see Caitlin credited with the Poppy Z Brite book Lazarus Heart. I don't know if that's been common knowledge or what. I'm a huge fan of early Poppy and that book most definitely reads like a Poppy Z Brite book, so she did her job well. This edition is absolutely worth purchasing if you're even the slightest bit interested in Kiernan. Sub Press did an amazing job.

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    Fantastic additions Plasticine!

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    Very nice. If I hadn't already had all three DRIVE-INs in signed UK hardcover 1sts, I would have been all over that volume, given how much of a Lansdale and Centipede fan I am. Even as it is, I still kinda wish I'd sprung for it, even if was redundant (and I don't have shelf space for redundancy).

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    Beautiful additions!

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    I'll have to add pictures, but this afternoon brought a bigger than usual box from PS Publishing.

    Inside was Skeleton Crew and the signed anniversary edition of Harlan Ellison's Ellison in Wonderland. Both are very sharp looking editions.

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    Very nice adds. I almost purchased Beneath an Oil-Dark Sea just for the cover art alone! It's gorgeous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TacomaDiver View Post
    I'll have to add pictures, but this afternoon brought a bigger than usual box from PS Publishing.

    Inside was Skeleton Crew and the signed anniversary edition of Harlan Ellison's Ellison in Wonderland. Both are very sharp looking editions.
    I got those too. I'm really happy with the Ellison book. Not only did we get the additional book as part of the set, but Harlan went nuts updating his intro. Good stuff!

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    Thanks everyone.

    Quote Originally Posted by RonClinton View Post
    Very nice. If I hadn't already had all three DRIVE-INs in signed UK hardcover 1sts, I would have been all over that volume, given how much of a Lansdale and Centipede fan I am. Even as it is, I still kinda wish I'd sprung for it, even if was redundant (and I don't have shelf space for redundancy).
    I wavered back and forth on those editions, but could never find the first book at a "reasonable" price when I was building my Lansdale collection. I totally understand avoiding redundancy. The only duplicates I have are the Stealth and Sub Press editions of The Books of Blood. I just can't quit the Stealth omnibus, no matter how hard I try.

    Quote Originally Posted by Brian861 View Post
    Very nice adds. I almost purchased Beneath an Oil-Dark Sea just for the cover art alone! It's gorgeous.
    It is gorgeous. The cover to Two Worlds and In Between is also amazing.

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    Not the fanciest of pictures, but some quick shots of a few of the new books I've acquired.

    First up - due to Mhatchett's comments on a different thread, I tracked down copies of Centipede's editions of William Lindsay Gresham's Grindshow and Nightmare Alley (I need some more possession in that sentence.)

    I'm a little torn about these purchases, but I'll come to terms eventually. Gresham is an author that I've never heard of (and that seems to be the reoccurring theme with my Centipede purchases) and I probably paid too much for the editions I got, but they are beautiful editions. I was going to buy Grindshow from Centipede since they still listed $30 unsigned copies, but I wanted to ping Jerad first to see if he had any random copies of Nightmare Alley lying around. Scratched and dented, returned, signatures made no difference. He didn't, so I bought Nightmare Alley from Amazon (they had it for around $90 and immediately after purchasing, they jacked the price up to $225!!) So I went to buy Grindshow from Centipede - sold out. Damn. Managed to track a copy down from Ziesing Books because they had $60 signed copies. Figured fine, I'll get a signed copy (plus I was kind of expecting/hoping that Amazon would send a signed copy like they did the Blackwater series.) Imagine my disappointment that BOTH copies arrived unsigned. I checked back with Ziesing Books because they're site advertised their copies as being signed, but when they replied back, they apologized and said they bought up Jerad's last unsigned versions but never changed the site. (I can either send my unsigned copy back, or mention this goof-up on my next order and they'll take care of me then.)

    So I'm torn - I spent $160 on two unsigned copies, but it's not like these things come up on eBay very often (if at all.) But they are beautiful and I'm excited to read them.

    Anyways, here's the quick pictures:

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    Excuse the glare - Mylar covers and sunshine don't mix well.

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    A quick preview of some of the fascinating information and images contained int he introduction of Grindshow and the table of contents. (Oops - forgot to rotate the image before upload. I apologize.)

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    Quick look at the tarot theme and some the bonus material contained within Nightmare Alley.

    While I struggle with getting into a lot of the noir style movies, I'm starting to dip my toes into the noir stories (and liking what I'm finding.)

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    Next up is PS Publishing's anniversary edition of Skeleton Crew.

    I've been feeling a bit of regret by buying these anniversary editions because one, while nice, they aren't as nice (to me) as CD's or Sub Press's versions; two, they feel like a never ending purchase habit; and three, they haven't wowed me with any of the content or most of the art.

    But for some reason, Skeleton Crew is wowing/impressing me more than the other versions. It just feels more substantial in my hands. I can't explain it.

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    The cover and fancy slipcase. I really like the skeletons that are all over it.
    And the signature sheet. I just realized that the ever-polarizing facsimile King signature isn't included. I also gave up trying to get matched numbers from PS so my collection is totally random.

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    And the illustrated end panels.

    One of the things these anniversary editions do for me, is make me want to re-read these books. I couldn't tell you the last time I read Carrie, for example. Okay, it was in high school. I remember getting it from the town's library. Not sure if that was my first King book though . . .

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    And last but not least - also from PS Publishing - the anniversary edition of Harlan Ellison's Ellison in Wonderland.

    I think I've mentioned this waaaaay earlier in this thread, but Ellison has always been an author that my life has crossed with, but one that I never read. I still remember watching a documentary on comic books (Comic Book Confidential?) and there was this guy bragging how everyone was his good friend. My friends at I laughed at that because who was this Harlan Ellison guy.

    As I got older, I realized that he wasn't humble-bragging - he truly was a good friend with basically everyone. And that "everyone" included artists and writers and musicians and actors - lots of different people who have become parts of what makes me me.

    But I still never read anything he wrote. I managed to a get a copy of the trade version of Top of the Volanco (lovely collection by Sub Press and a great introduction to Ellison's writing) so I was finally able to read something he wrote. And since then, I've been casually grabbing signed copies from eBay and random reading copies of other collections at book stores.

    When PS Publishing mentioned doing an anniversary edition of Ellison in Wonderland, I was interested, but afraid that the short print run (200 signed copies) would make it impossible (or just extremely difficult to acquire,) but I was ultimately able to get one directly from PS. (Although, this is more of a definitive edition and less of an anniversary edition.)

    The signed version is slipcased and included a bonus book called Pebbles from the Mountain.

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    Pebbles on the left, Wonderland on the right, and the illustrated slipcase in the middle for both books.

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    The signature sheet, and the table of contents from Pebble . . .

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    The two pages of table of contents from Wonderland.

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    Foldout pages are hard to photograph - but in the middle of Wonderland, is an eight-panel foldout featuring covers from different editions of Ellison in Wonderland.

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    Awesome editions! Congratz!
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    (ignore the Christmas tree in the background - no judging!)

    Today was a big book day for me -

    First, Subterranean Press's edition of China Mieville's Three Moments of an Explosion:
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    I've never read anything by him so I'm excited to give him a whirl. This proves to me why I love short story collections because it gives me an easy way to sample a writer. I do realize that he's kind of polarizing in the love him/hate him sense, so I'm interested in what I ultimately think. (I am a huge sucker for Dave McKean covers it seems.)

    And lastly, I'm slowing acquiring Robert McCammon books, and while the limited editions are out of my price range right now (unless I stumble onto more $50 editions like I did Blue World . . .) I'm stuck with just trade editions.

    Saying that, I did find first editions - autographed even! - for cover price, and very reasonable shipping. So a big box of McCammon books arrived today that I'm hoping to get to by June at this rate. I haven't read anything from this series, but like the above book, I'm excited to read these.

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    I'm unsure what edition Speaks the Nightbird is - I don't see any obvious notations inside, and Queen of Bedlam is a 4th printing paperback (I've been advised to stay away from the hardcover version due to quality issues unless I'm really wanting a 1st/1st.)

    Hmm, there should have been a box from CD today as well (actually, due yesterday,) but it seems like North Caroline has eaten it. Fingers crossed it's not lost.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TacomaDiver View Post
    (ignore the Christmas tree in the background - no judging!)

    Today was a big book day for me -

    First, Subterranean Press's edition of China Mieville's Three Moments of an Explosion:
    IMG_8286.jpg

    I've never read anything by him so I'm excited to give him a whirl. This proves to me why I love short story collections because it gives me an easy way to sample a writer. I do realize that he's kind of polarizing in the love him/hate him sense, so I'm interested in what I ultimately think. (I am a huge sucker for Dave McKean covers it seems.)

    And lastly, I'm slowing acquiring Robert McCammon books, and while the limited editions are out of my price range right now (unless I stumble onto more $50 editions like I did Blue World . . .) I'm stuck with just trade editions.

    Saying that, I did find first editions - autographed even! - for cover price, and very reasonable shipping. So a big box of McCammon books arrived today that I'm hoping to get to by June at this rate. I haven't read anything from this series, but like the above book, I'm excited to read these.

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    I'm unsure what edition Speaks the Nightbird is - I don't see any obvious notations inside, and Queen of Bedlam is a 4th printing paperback (I've been advised to stay away from the hardcover version due to quality issues unless I'm really wanting a 1st/1st.)

    Hmm, there should have been a box from CD today as well (actually, due yesterday,) but it seems like North Caroline has eaten it. Fingers crossed it's not lost.
    Very nice. Regarding Speaks the Nightbird, I think there was only one printing of the hardback edition so what you have is most likely the first.

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    Sweet - thanks!

    I kind of thought (hoped) that that was the case but want sure.

    Quote Originally Posted by Joe315 View Post
    Very nice. Regarding Speaks the Nightbird, I think there was only one printing of the hardback edition so what you have is most likely the first.

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