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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffingoff View Post
    Yeah, it's short and it's divided into 4(?) separate stories--each more pointless than the last. AND I will add that Little had all the ingredients of a creepy as hell horror story, he just didn't follow any sort of recipe that could bring it all together into a satisfying dish.
    I really need to revisit this. I remember thinking it was rather bonkers, and that it had a subtle gut punch of a last line or so. I also remember there being a couple elements that turned me off the story. Agreed that it isn’t Little’s best story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sock Monkey View Post
    I really need to revisit this. I remember thinking it was rather bonkers, and that it had a subtle gut punch of a last line or so. I also remember there being a couple elements that turned me off the story. Agreed that it isn’t Little’s best story.
    Yeah, it was bonkers. And I like bonkers. Lansdale's The Drive In trilogy and Wong's John Dies at the End trilogy are all awesome. I look forward to rereading them all someday. But Little's brand of bonkers is just flat bonkers. The climax (I should just say end because the whole book was a flatline of WTF? and didn't take me to any new heights) had me wondering if I had fallen asleep while reading and found myself in one of those abstract dreams that have a lot of imagery but no narrative thread or plot line to follow. The big baddie in The Circle was the stupidest character I've ever encountered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bugen View Post
    Great post.
    Thanks -- and thanks, too, for your recent review of LIBRARY OF THE DEAD...that's one I've been looking at for a couple years (and even learning more about the actual mausoleum it's based upon: https://oakland.chapelofthechimes.co...ur-facilities/) and just needed a little extra push to get me to commit. Consider me pushed.

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    CEMETERY DANCE has gotten SO MUCH of my money and it's only 4 days into 2018. It's going to be the YEAR OF THE RAMEN NOODLES

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffingoff View Post
    CEMETERY DANCE has gotten SO MUCH of my money and it's only 4 days into 2018. It's going to be the YEAR OF THE RAMEN NOODLES
    I feel your pain. CD is on a roll, but Centipede is gearing up for a good year too. Maybe we can all start a ramen co-op, pool our resources to get better ramen deals, stretching our meager food budgets...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffingoff View Post
    CEMETERY DANCE has gotten SO MUCH of my money and it's only 4 days into 2018. It's going to be the YEAR OF THE RAMEN NOODLES
    Feeling pretty good about myself right now. I have only laced one order with Cemetery Dance in 2018!

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    It took me a while to get around to taking pictures, but here was my Christmas gift from my wife this year:

    The Centipede Press edition of Peter Straub's Julia.

    I had serious reservations that the book would live up to its rather steep price tag, but DEAR GOD, is this a good looking book! Centipede did an amazing job with this edition: from the cover art and binding, even the paper used on this thing is impressive. I've always had a sweet spot for this understated gem of a book in my heart, but now I'm happy to have this edition in my collection.

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    CD got me for four orders. Two are in stock books and two were preorders (of the same book!) Combined with all the stuff I bought in 2017 that is either in the warehouse or soon will be, and I have about 8 books coming to me this month.

    Dan, if you want to put them all in one box that’d be great! I won’t even ask for reduced/refunded shipping costs if it just means that those books can come home faster!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sock Monkey View Post
    It took me a while to get around to taking pictures, but here was my Christmas gift from my wife this year:

    The Centipede Press edition of Peter Straub's Julia.

    I had serious reservations that the book would live up to its rather steep price tag, but DEAR GOD, is this a good looking book! Centipede did an amazing job with this edition: from the cover art and binding, even the paper used on this thing is impressive. I've always had a sweet spot for this understated gem of a book in my heart, but now I'm happy to have this edition in my collection.

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    Wow! Julia is so hot!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sock Monkey View Post
    I feel your pain. CD is on a roll, but Centipede is gearing up for a good year too. Maybe we can all start a ramen co-op, pool our resources to get better ramen deals, stretching our meager food budgets...
    That’s a great idea. Maybe we should all live on a commune where we can stare at each other’s shelves!

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    Nice book, Keith! Congrats!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sock Monkey View Post
    It took me a while to get around to taking pictures, but here was my Christmas gift from my wife this year:

    The Centipede Press edition of Peter Straub's Julia.

    I had serious reservations that the book would live up to its rather steep price tag, but DEAR GOD, is this a good looking book! Centipede did an amazing job with this edition: from the cover art and binding, even the paper used on this thing is impressive. I've always had a sweet spot for this understated gem of a book in my heart, but now I'm happy to have this edition in my collection.

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    That is a great gift! Thanks for posting the photos!

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    Wow, that JULIA is beautiful -- sure makes me really examine my decision to skip it because of the price tag. Clearly, the book justifies its cost. That was a very generous gift from your wife, you're a lucky man.

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    I passed as well but I'm looking forward to the Arthur Machen, Arthur Burk, Swords Against Death and Children of the Night.

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    Thanks, everyone! I am definitely lucky to have a wife that indulges my hobbies!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mhatchett View Post
    I passed as well but I'm looking forward to the Arthur Machen, Arthur Burk, Swords Against Death and Children of the Night.
    I’ve been on the fence about whether or not to pick up the Arthur Burks book as I’m not familiar with his work. Any past experience with it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonClinton View Post
    Wow, that JULIA is beautiful -- sure makes me really examine my decision to skip it because of the price tag. Clearly, the book justifies its cost. That was a very generous gift from your wife, you're a lucky man.
    There was a copy on eBay for $250 or Best Offer. Maybe you can work out a deal that takes the sting out of that price tag a bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sock Monkey View Post
    I’ve been on the fence about whether or not to pick up the Arthur Burks book as I’m not familiar with his work. Any past experience with it?
    None what-so-ever LOL!! But I read his biography, seems like an interesting guy and he was certainly prolific during the pulp era. " He served in the United States Marine Corps in World War I, and began writing in 1920. After being stationed in the Caribbean and inspired by the native voodoo rituals, Burks began to write stories of the supernatural that he sold to the magazine Weird Tales. In 1928 he resigned from the Marine Corps and began writing full-time. He became one of the "million-word-a-year" men in the pulp magazines by virtue of his tremendous output. He wrote in the neighborhood of 800 stories for the pulps.[1] He was well known for being able to take any household object that someone would suggest to him on a dare, and instantly generate a plot based around it. His byline was commonplace on pulp covers."
    seemed interesting.

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    Today I received Missing From His Home by J Russell Warren. I saw this book on eBay. There was only one photo and I did know the book didn't have a dustjacket. The book was in great shape as advertised. One interesting feature that I've never seen in a vintage hardback book before is the plot summary printed on the first page inside the book. Maybe that is something the Australian publisher, Andrew Melrose Ltd, did with their books. Maybe there never was a dustjacket? I can tell I'll love reading this book as much as I liked the first book by the author.


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    I own and have read Burks' Arkham House collection, and it was pretty good. Not sure I'd call him a "Master" of the form, though, nor arguably worth the MoTW price tag.

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