After quite a while resting on my more or less laurels (past listings) it's time to get a move on and put up some more listings. My goal is five books every day from now on. This should be achievable, but not according to my past performance.

These books get listed in three places: on Amazon, Biblio, and Half. Books without ISBNs (older books) generally will not be listed on half. My prices might vary between these three places. Amazon and Half tell me competing prices, so I peg mine on them. Thus, if the lowest price for Deadly Percheron is $98 on Amazon, I might peg mine at $95. If it weren't my only copy maybe I'd be more reasonable. In fact, I think my Biblio listing is more reasonable.

Going forward (and possibly backward), links to titles of books will send you to the main Amazon listing. My listing will be somewhere amidst the other maybe 237 listings. This is where my photo of the book can be seen, which will probably be a better one than the one Amazon features. Half doesn't let me attach my own photo—at least I don't think it does. Photos are also at biblio. Lots of older listings still don't have photos. Nor updated prices.

I've been lousy at selling direct via email. Sorry about that, if you've tried me. Listing through the major portals keeps me honest—also prompt and reliable.

Thursday, February 26, 2004

02/26/04 THU:
---Added the listings for Gryphon books (as opposed to Golden Gryphon) that came in 02/17/04 as well as a few various and sundry snippets from the recent past.

Wednesday, February 25, 2004

02/25/04 WED:
---Reading on-line: When John Kerry's Courage Went M.I.A. (Senator Covered Up Evidence of P.O.W.'s Left Behind) in The Village Voice. And: Vote Kerry (or Edwards, or Kucinich) (Voice Writers Make Their Pitches for the March 2 Democratic Primary).
---Which doesn't mean I espouse these pieces or necessarily commend them. They just happen to be what I read on-line. Most of my magazine and newspaper reading occurs off-line with the subscriptions I get. That stuff is usually more than enough to keep my free--and too much unfree--time occupied. That said, however, I can say that Christgau's contribution to the above strikes me as well-said.
02/24/04 TUE:
---Getting slower and slower at putting new listings up on, but I did manage to get another batch up today. I just posted Mic- to Rei-, including Pyramid paperbacks. If I ever finally get everything put there, then whenever I get new listings I can have versions that are not space-constrained, as they are for the paper catalog. (What paper catalog?)

---Good to see a new Rock&Roll& column by Robert Christgau “An Act of Piety: Peter Fletcher repays his debt to music, to every music in the world.”

Monday, February 23, 2004

02/23/04 MON:
---Back in stock from Hippocampus:
Dunsany, Lord THE PLEASURES OF A FUTUROSCOPE, Hippocampus ('03), 1st edn, (author's last, prevously unpublished, work; edited by S.T. Joshi), new in dj 32.95

Joshi, S.T. LOVECRAFT'S LIBRARY: A Catalogue, Revised & Enlarged, Hippocampus ('02), 2nd edn, (comprehensive information on nearly 1000 books), new $15

Lovecraft, H.P. THE SHADOW OUT OF TIME: The Corrected Text, Hippocampus ('01), new 15.00

---Received “requested information about the following book on Feb 23, 2004 at 01:57 AM:
Appleton-Century '34, 1st (US), hardcover, ex-libr else g (no dust jacket) . (Book #00207)
Price: 20.00
Customer inquiry:
Can you give me more info on the condition of the book? Or even better can you email me a picture of it?
(about my listing of the book on

---My reply:
“I wish I had a digital camera to take a picture of the book. That would be easier than trying to describe it verbally, except the picture(s) might not show it properly. Anyway, it is not too bad a copy. There is a library stamp on the title page and a "Withdrawn" stamp mark. The date "1934" is also on the title page. Copyright is "1925, 1926, 1934" with no further printing indication on the copyright page. The binding is weak but holding. There is also a stamp mark on the front past-down endpaper indicating the book was rebound in 1937. The pages are aged but look clean and all there. It would not be a bad copy for reading. Page count: 949 pages (with a "I" in parenthesis at the end). There is a pretty clean pocket removal on the back paste-down endpaper and another "WITHDRAWN" stamp mark (evidence there was no post facto bookseller activity on behalf of the book's condition to remove the pocket, I guess). Weight of the book is just over 2 lbs. I don't know if all that describes it well enough. Let me know if you have any further questions.”

---It would be easier for me if he would buy the book to find out. I don’t think he would be too disappointed by it. As a collectible, I am not so sure, being an ex-library and rebound, but I would sure rather read the thing in this contemporaneous form than some new reprint that would probably cost more anyway.

---Disc Log:
- Duke Ellington’s FAR EAST SUITE
- The Black Eyed Peas ELEPHUNK (Xgau: A Minus)
- Wayne Shorter ALEGRIA

---Checking for pricing and cataloguing info for a used book, I came up with another place to add to my bookmarks: GEMM (The Global Electronic Music Marketplace). Mostly music, which might be useful to me personally if not professionally in future, but here the book listed was:
KAINEN,RAY SATYR TREK BOOK LON VG (Very Good) publisher: Olympia Press size: 16mo - over 5¾" - 6¾" tall Paperback 1971 edition: First UK Edition Explicit erotic science fiction novel. $87.64
---Maybe I will price mine at $87.63.
---But Fantasy Centre in the UK has the book listed:
Ray Kainen. SATYR TREK. Olympia Press (UK), 1971. Paperback. Pornographic sf novel. Fine. £30.00
---Following a sponsored link to aLibris, I find some other books by Ray Kainen:
1. A sea of thighs by Kainen, Ray for $15.95  
  (used softcover)
2. The spy who came, and came, and came, and came. by Kainen, Ray for $24.95
3. Satyr trek by Kainen, Ray for $76.95  
4. The cosmic gash by Kainen, Ray for $24.95  
  (used softcover)
---Maybe I should keep looking. I wonder who “Ray Kainen” might be pseudonymous for. But I have already wasted way too much time.
02/22/04 SUN:
---Disc Log:
- Big Youth NATTY UNIVERSAL DREAD (3CD) (Xgau: A Minus)
- Ike & Tina Turner’s GREATEST HITS: Volume One
- Coleman Hawkins KEN BURNS JAZZ

02/21/04 SAT:
---Disc Log:
- Lester Young KEN BURNS JAZZ
- AN HOUR WITH C.P.E. BACH (Les Coucous Bénévoles)

02/20/04 FRI:
---Big meltdown of all the snow lately, plus last night a steady rain. The garage is getting wet. I’m glad the cellar hasn't done the same.

---Went out to get another shelf unit today. Maybe tomorrow I can get the spaces cleared away and get something erected. It would be nice to have a little relief from congestion in a couple places.

---I just finished off my commitment to BMG Music Club, getting 12 CDs for the price of one. Ends up the average price per disc was $4.16, including postage and handling. Not a bad deal, but all the ones they tried to get me to take further at half price or $5.99 per disc plus shipping and handling would have only increased the average. Better to just cancel membership now and join again later, if I can find enough to get--not always that easy a proposition. I doubt the artists see much in royalties from these sales anyway.

---Disc Log:
- CASH MONEY RECORDS: Platinum Hits (Xgau: A Minus)
- Thelonious Monk MONK (Columbia/Legacy) (Xgau: A)
- Kid Koala SOME OF MY BEST FRIENDS ARE DJs (Xgau: B Plus)

Friday, February 20, 2004

02/19/04 THU:
---Here today from Golden Gryphon:
Shepard, Lucius TWO TRAINS RUNNING, Golden Gryphon '04, 1st edn, (hobo stories; 112 pages), new in dj 22.95

---My reply to an inquiry:
“I am trying to get another print catalog out, but things keep coming up. I don't think I have added too many issues of IASFM and F&SF since the catalogs, but here are my current listings anyway:
---8/66, 1/68, 4/68, 2/77, 3/77, 8/77, 11/77, 1/78, 8/78, 12/78, 1/82, 5/82, 5/85, 11/85, 12/85, 3/86, 8/86, 12/86, 2/87, 4/87, 5/87, 7/87, 8/87, 9/87, 11/87, 12/87, 2/88, 3/88, 4/88, 9/88, 12/88, 12/89, 2/90, 4/90, 6/90, 7/90, 8/90, 4/91, 9/99, 3/00, g or better (mostly better, much better) each, 1.50
---10/89, (224-page 40th Anniversary Issue) • ---10-11/91, (42nd Anniv. Issue; 240 pp) • ---10-11/93, (44th Anniversary Issue; 240 pp), vg or better each, 3.00
---1/85 to 8/85, eight straight issues, vg-f to f the set, 15.00
ASIMOV'S SCIENCE FICTION MAGAZINE, spr/77, (first issue), vg-f 4.00
---4/79, 10/79, 3/80, 5/80, 6/80, 7/80, 9/80, 11/80, 12/80, 9/82, 6/83, 7/83, 10/83, mid-12/83, 5/84, 8/84, 9/84, 10/84, 12/84, mid-12/84, 1/85, 9/85, 4/86, 3/87, 8/88, 9/88, 10/88, 11/88, mid-12/88, 12/88, 2/89, 5/89, 7/89, 8/89, 10/89, 11/89, mid-12/89, 2/90, 5/90, 6/90, 7/90. 9/90, 10/90, 12/90, mid-12/90, 1/91, 5/91, 12/95, 8/96, 8/98, 4/99, 4/00, 7/00, 8/00, 7/02, 8/02, vg or better each, 1.25 (or 6/$7)
---11/90 • ---10-11/01, (Double Issues), vg-f each, 2.50
---1989 issues, 12 of 13 issues (only 3/89 missing), vg+ to vg-f the set, 24.00”

---Another email inquiry:
“Dear Chris,
I am a R A Lafferty collector who is interested in purchasing your Lafferty booklets. I am looking to buy "Four Stories", "Slippery and Other Stories", "Man Who Made Models" and "Early Lafferty I and II". I would also be interested in seeing your latest catalogue to see if there are any other Lafferty booklets that I may have missed. Thank you.”

---My reply:
“Good to hear from you. I still have the booklets you want, except may Early Lafferty which United Mythologies published and I am about cleaned out of their RAL stuff now. FOUR STORIES had sold out, but I have a photocopied edition made up I could let you have for the original price ($2). Here are my current Lafferty listings. Hardcover (only the one right now):
Lafferty, R.A. SINDBAD: The 13th Voyage, Wildside '99, new no dj as issued 30.00

Misc. Softcovers:
Lafferty, R.A. ANNALS OF KLEPSIS, Wildside, 4/01, (1983 novel), new 14.95
---THE DEVIL IS DEAD, Wildside '99, (photoreprint of 1971 edn), new $15
---FOURTH MANSIONS, Wildside '99, (photoreprint of 1969 Ace edn), new 15.00
---GRASSHOPPERS & WILD HONEY (1928-1942): Chapters 1 & 2, Drumm Booklet #39, ('92), (begins2nd novel in the In A Green Tree tetralogy; the rest remains unpublished), early untrimmed edn $4; new 4.50
---HEART OF STONE, DEAR & Other Stories, Drumm Booklet #12, '83, 1st, new 2.00
---IRON TEARS: Fifteen Stories, Wildside, 4/00, (reprint of ‘92 collection), new 15.95
---IT'S DOWN THE SLIPPERY CELLAR STAIRS, Drumm Booklet #14, ('84), 1st, (essays, book reviews, fanzine columns, a speech, plus the title piece), new 2.00
---LAUGHING KELLY & Other Verses, Drumm, nd, (15 pages), small booklet, new $1
---THE MAN WHO MADE MODELS and Other Stories, Drumm Booklet #18, 9/84, 1st, (original stories; all are vintage Lafferty), new 2.50
---MY HEART LEAPS UP, Drumm Booklets #24, 26, 28, 29 & 35, 11/86-9/90, 1sts (except #24—photocopy reprint), (In a Green Tree #1), new each, 3.50
---the preceding, all five booklets, as a set 16.00
---NINE HUNDRED GRANDMOTHERS, Wildside, nd, (photoreprint; stories), new $15
---PAST MASTER, Wildside, nd, (photo-reprint), new 15.00
---SINDBAD: THE 13th VOYAGE, Broken Mirrors Press, 10/89, 1st, new 9.95
---SLIPPERY & OTHER STORIES, Drumm Booklet #19, 2/85, 1st, (origs), new 2.00
---SNAKE IN HIS BOSOM & OTHER STORIES, Drumm Booklet #13, '83, 1st, new $2
(---) Knight, Dan (compiler) AN R.A. LAFFERTY CHECKLIST (New Edition), Drumm Booklet #38, ('92), (improvement on out-of-date predecessor), new 3.50

Paperbacks (with some repeat listings from above):
Berkley S1724 Knight, Damon (ed) ORBIT 4, 8/69, (OA; Vinge, Lafferty, Ellison), vg+ 4.00
Star 39615 Lafferty, R.A. FOURTH MANSIONS, '77, vg 5.00
Drumm 12 Lafferty, R.A. HEART OF STONE, DEAR & OTHER STORIES, ('83), new 2.00
Drumm 11 Lafferty, R.A. LAUGHING KELLY & OTHER VERSES, reprint, new 1.00
Ace sp H-54 Lafferty, R.A. PAST MASTER, ('68), (orig), g-vg $3; vg 4.00
Drumm 19 Lafferty, R.A. SLIPPERY AND OTHER STORIES, 2/85, (originals), new 2.00
Drumm 13 Lafferty, R.A. SNAKE IN HIS BOSOM AND OTHER STORIES, ('83), new 2.00
Drumm 18 Lafferty, R.A. THE MAN WHO MADE MODELS & OTHERS, 9/84, new 2.50”

---Disc Log:
- Timbaland & Magoo UNDER CONSTRUCTION Part II (Xgau: A Minus)
- Bireli Lagrene GYPSY PROJECT
- Fletcher Henderson KEN BURNS JAZZ

Wednesday, February 18, 2004

02/18/04 WED:
---Am checking on possibly special-ordering for someone some electronic-music CDs from Palancar. One of them is inspired by Greg Bear--”sort of an unofficial ‘book soundtrack’” to Anvil of Stars. Anyone else want to be on the bandwagon for any of these?

---Testimonial received (I relay bashfully):
"Excellent work Chris!... No one has a greater array of esoteric titles than Chris Drumm."

---Disc Log:
- Sarah Vaughan IN HI-FI
- Ludacris CHICKEN-N-BEER (Xgau: B Plus)
- Louis Armstrong KEN BURNS JAZZ

Tuesday, February 17, 2004

02/17/04 TUE:
---Here today from Darkside Press:
Cartmill, Cleve PRELUDE TO ARMAGEDDON: The Collected Fantastic Fiction of…, Vol. 1, Darkside '03, one of 510 numbered copies, (Pelan intro), new in dj 40.00

---Here today from Gryphon:
Fearn, John Russell WORLD OUT OF STEP, Gryphon, 10/03, 1st edn, (Golden Amazon #16), new $15
---THE SHADOW PEOPLE, Gryphon, 10/03, 1st, (Golden Amazon #17), new $15

HARDBOILED #31, 1004, (Spillane, Hoch, Dolphin, Petyo, Cann, etc.; 108 pages), new 10.00

Spillane, Mickey PRIMAL SPILLANE: Early Stories 1941-1942, Gryphon, 12/03, 1st edn, (Max Allan Collins & Lynn F. Myers, Jr. [eds & intro]), new 20.00

---Also I heard from Prime Books:

Deep discounts for anything ordered this month and prepaid from Prime Books.


---I have not been apprised how deep, but anyone buying Prime Books right now, I will order them or order replacements for my extant copies at the deep-discount rate and pass along my savings. Regular member discount on Prime Books is 20%. I would think this time it would be at least 30%. Even if you are not a member, I will pass this along to you now to see if I can get something of another order in. Trouble is, I had a rather major stocking-up already not long ago.

---Disc Log:
- my CD COMP #15 - a bit more jazz than usual
- Youssou N’Dour & Etoilé de Dakar THE ROUGH GUIDE TO YOUSSOU N’DOUR & ETIOLE DE DAKAR (Xgau: A Plus)
- Billie Holiday + Lester Young A MUSICAL ROMANCE (Xgau: A Plus)
- Cassandra Wilson BELLY OF THE SUN

Monday, February 16, 2004

02/16/04 MON:
---Books from Tachyon:
Swanwick, Michael CIGAR-BOX FAUST and Other Miniatures, Tachyon, 9/03, 1st edn, (thronged with wonder and invention; 94 pages), new 14.95
---Back in stock:
Beagle, Peter S. THE RHINOCEROS WHO QUOTED NIETZSCHE and Other Odd Acquaintances, Tachyon, 3rd(9/03), (both a delightful and moving collection that make the fantastic become real), {SIGNED hc in dj still available @ $50}, new 15.95
---Books from BenBella:
Gerrold, David THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE, BenBella, 9/03, (Star Wolf #2; orig: 1995; Spider Robinson intro), new 14.95
---THE VOYAGE OF THE STAR WOLF, BenBella, 1/04, (Star Wolf #1; orig: 1990; Pournelle intro), new 14.95

Gunn, James THE LISTENERS, BenBella, 1/04, (Freeman J. Dyson afterword; first published: 1972), new 14.95

Lichtenberg, Jacqueline THOSE OF MY BLOOD, BenBella, 10/03, (science fiction thriller that integrates vampire romance, first contact and page-turning suspense; first published: 1988), new 14.95

Yeffeth, Glenn (ed) SEVEN SEASONS OF BUFFY: Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors Discuss Their Favorite Television Show, BenBella, 4/03, 1st edn, new 15.95
---Back in stock from Golden Gryphon:
Lansdale, Joe R. HIGH COTTON: Selected Stories of…, Golden Gryphon '00, 1st edn, (author's personal favorites; adds notes), {trade pb still available @ 15.95}, new in dj 23.95
---Word from Night Shade:
“Hi all,

Lots of good stuff going on around here. We've just started shipping Zoran
Zivkovic's The Fourth Circle, and it's moving briskly.

In March, we've got three books for you:

We're reprinting The Ancient Track : The Collected Poetical Works of H.P.
Lovecraft, which has been out of print for about a year.

We're releasing the trade hardcover edition of Bubba Ho-Tep. The DVD will be
out in May, and we highly recommend you pick it up (the book and the DVD!).

And yes, finally, The House on the Borderland : The Collected Fiction of William
Hope Hodgson vol. 2 will be out the first week of March.

And in other shipping news, if you ordered a lettered edition of The Empress of
Mars, they have been shipped and are en route to you.

The third sig sheet for the Lambshead Disease Guide ltd has been turned in by
Alan Moore, and only three more signatures are needed to complete the fourth
sheet. So the limited will DEFINITELY be shipping in March.

The Ghost Pirates and Other Revenant of the Sea, the third of our Hodgson
volumes, is now available for order, and you can check out the table of contents
on our website. Due out in October.

And on a completely different note, Jeremy has been up here in Portland for the
weekend, and we have spent the entire weekend watching cool movies from the 70s.
We highly recommend that you check out a documentary called A Decade Under the
Influence, which is all about 70s independent cinema. Interviews with people
like Altman, Coppola, Scorsese, Robert Towne, Dennis Hopper, Eastwood,
Bogdonavich, etc. Two thumbs up.

That's about it for now,

Jason Williams
Night Shade Books”

---Disc Log:
- Bach THE ART OF FUGUE (Emerson String Quartet)
- Gary Stewart BEST OF THE HIGHTONE YEARS (Xgau: A Minus)
- Murs ...THE END OF THE BEGINNING (Xgau: A Minus)

---Received an email order that required me to restart in OSX to read without all the gobbledygook. This meant a little fooling around with iTunes, causing me to come up with a new CD COMPILATION--#15. I played it while trying to get through watching the DVD of BIRTH OF A NATION from Netflix. The music provided with the silent movie I was not too smitten by, so I muted it and played my own. My new compilation played through okay. No great shakes, but I will probably enjoy hearing it now and again. Anyone else want any, I have fired off a few extras: as always, free for the asking. Now I need to get back to what I am supposed to be doing.

---CD COMP 15:
Twelve 5:53 Jason Moran Facing Left Jazz
The Jerks At Work 3:15 Will Rigby Paradoxaholic Rock
New York Notes - Part III 8:33 Wuorinen, Charles Lepton Classical 2002
Incarceration Of A Flower Child 5:34 Marianne Faithfull Vagabond Ways Rock 1999
Killer Man Jaro 3:06 Dillinger Gangster, Prankster And Rasta Reggae 2001
Sigui 5:04 Djelimady Tounkara Sigui World
Brown Immortal 7:25 Benny Golson Group Remembering Clifford Jazz
No Justice to Peace 4:42 Steel Pulse Ultimate Collection Reggae 2000
Pegao De Que 3:58 juan bautista Putumayo Presents: Republica Dominicana World 2000
Shouting In That Amen Corner 2:51 Mildred Bailey The Complete Columbia Recordings Of Mildred Bailey (Disc 1) Jazz
Gbedu 1 9:34 Dele Sosimi Afrobeat ... No Go Die ! Jazz 2000
This Girl's In Love With You 5:25 Dionne Warwick Very Best Of Dionne Warwick R&B
02/15/04 SUN:
---Text to follow?
02/14/04 SAT:
---Found a couple spots for footprints for more shelving and gave my still-gimpy-from-snow-shoveling back a test by moving boxes around. It will be nice to get some of my worst clutter areas transformed, at least temporarily, into gleaming and well-organized areas that will be better for pulling books.

Saturday, February 14, 2004

02/13/04 FRI:
---Here today from Meisha Merlin:
Lee, Sharon & Steve Miller (eds) LOW PORT, Meisha Merlin, 9/03, 1st (pb variant), (unique collection of original SF and fantasy short stories focuses on characters that are normally in the background, and brings them to the forefront of the adventure!; Modesitt Jr., etc.), new 16.00

Morressy, John KEDRIGERN CHRONICLES Vol. 2: Dudgeon & Dragons, Meisha Merlin, 7/03, 1st (pb variant), (novels and short stories; 619 pages), new $20

Thursday, February 12, 2004

02/12/04 THU:
---Here today from NESFA:
Myers, John Myers SILVERLOCK, NESFA, 2/04, (includes The Silverlock Companion; incomparable fun fantasy romp; 510 pages), new in dj 26.00

Powers, Tim POWERS OF TWO, NESFA '04, 1st edn thus, (collects The Skies Discrowned and An Epitaph in Rust; early novels show author's potential), new in dj 24.00

---Back in stock:
Tenn, William IMMODEST PROPOSALS: The Complete Science Fiction of…, Volume 1, NESFA, 2nd(7/01), (Connie Willis intro), new in dj 29.00

02/11/04 WED:
---Readied a new set of package insert sheets this morning. Making printouts from websites of books featured besides the paperback listings worked out very well, even if it ended up being a bit more time-consuming. The art pen set I picked up at the Dick Blick Outlet Store on the way home from Urbana-Champaign after dropping Neil off worked nice for the writing in of member-discount prices. I wish I had some artistic or creative ability: those pens would be great for cartooning or even doodling.

---Sent out an email update to people on my list giving catalog listings for books that came in since the last one I sent back in November. The thing seemed to be a bit long for one emailing, so I divided it into three parts. I plan to send Part 2 on Thursday and Part 3 on Friday.

---Always nice to see a new Village Voice Pazz & Jop, with Christgau’s essay and dean’s list, plus all the comments from his hipster critics panel. I only count four of his Dean’s List choices in the consensus top fifteen, but a few of them were probably B Pluses or Honorable Mentions. This means that as an Xgau acolyte I leave unheard the latest by such crowd favorites as 50 Cent, Radiohead and Jay-Z, but not necessarily these artists’ earlier (or subsequent) efforts. I do not feel deprived because I think I have more than replaced the consensus choices with some fine but sometimes not easy choices I have here stockpiled, trying to get a chance to listen to them all under my ironclad regimen of playing firsttime, secondtime and thirdtime successively--unfortunately leaving for later the umpteen-timers I would really like to play.

Tuesday, February 10, 2004

02/10/04 TUE:
---Batch of books here from Old Earth, including several titles by Edward Whittemore and restocks of Limekiller by Avram Davidson, Scores by John Clute and Triplanetary by E.E. “Doc” Smith.

---Working on the post for yesterday I noticed a couple Sarob Press books arriving earlier I hadn't completed listing, so I just edited 12/16/03, with THE SEMINAR by Maynard and Sims and the hardcover of THE SUBSTANCE OF A SHADE by John Glasby.

---Also just edited my 01/05/04 post with listings from Prime Books and a new issue of TALEBONES.
02/09/04 MON:
---Here today from Sarob Press: Mirror of the Night by E.C. Tubb and the pb edition of The Substance of a Shade by John Glasby. Catalog listing to follow.

---Word from Stark House:
“Hello Booksellers:

I would like to announce Stark House Press finally has a website. Please
visit to view our titles. We specialize in genre
fiction--mystery, fantasy and horror--and have many interesting reprints
coming up this year.

Thanks for your support.

Greg Shepard
Stark House Press”

---I have a standing order for their titles, so what you see is what you can get.

02/08/04 SUN:
---Text to follow!
02/07/04 SAT:
---A little ways through the cataloguing of Leisure books, a new list of new-arrival paperbacks is completed:
3 • • NEW ARRIVALS (& re-arrivals): 10/8/2003—2/7/2004 • •
Signet 19101 Bachman, Richard (=King) THE REGULATORS, 2nd, g-vg 3.00
Arrow 91600 Blish, James ANYWHEN, '78, (stories), g-vg (foxing) 4.00
Panther 04344 Blish, James DOCTOR MIRABILIS, '76, (Roger Bacon novel), vg 4.50
Ace F- 105 Boucher, Anthony (ed) THE BEST FROM F&SF: 5th Series, nd, g-vg 4.00
Vintage V294 Bradbury, Ray THE VINTAGE BRADBURY, 9/65, (orig), g-vg 5.00
Pocket 82866 Carter, Angela HEROES AND VILLAINS, 2nd, (future noble savage), vg 4.00
Dell pb 5154 Carter, Angela THE MAGIC TOYSHOP, 10/69, (bizarre horror), g-vg 5.00
Leisure 4898 Clark, Simon DARKNESS DEMANDS, 7/01, (...your eternal soul), new 5.99
NEL 76601 Clark, Simon THE NIGHT OF THE TRIFFIDS, 4th, (sequel), new 8.95
Leisure 5055 Clegg, Douglas THE INFINITE, 10/02, (a cavalcade of nightmares), new 5.99
Berkley 18571 Cussler, Clive VALHALLA RISING, 8/02, (Dirk Pitt thriller), g-vg 2.00
Ace pbk 00631 Dietz, William C. BY BLOOD ALONE, 5th, (Legion #3), new 6.99
Ace pbk 00981 Dietz, William C. DEATHDAY, 10/02, (alien-invasion tale), new 7.50
Del Rey 45921 Dietz, William C. HALO: THE FLOOD, 7th, (Xbox game novel), new 6.99
Ace pb 48040 Dietz, William C. LEGION OF THE DAMNED, 13th, (future warfare), new 6.99
Ace pbk 00217 Dietz, William C. THE FINAL BATTLE, 7th, (Legion of Damned seq), new 6.99
Baen pb 3560 Drake, David (creator) FOREIGN LEGIONS, 9/02, (shared-world), new 7.99
Leisure 4967 Etchison, Dennis THE DEATH ARTIST, 2/02, (stories), new 5.99
Quartet 1239 Farmer, Philip José BLOWN, '75, (An Exorcism: Ritual #2), g-vg 6.00
Quartet 1219 Farmer, Philip José THE IMAGE OF THE BEAST, '75, (Ritual #1), vg 4.00
Dell pb 5817 Goodgold & Carlinsky MORE TRIVIAL TRIVIA, 9/66, (game craze), vg 3.50
Pap Lib 66683 Gow, Gordon SUSPENSE IN THE CINEMA, 9/71, (critical guide), vg 4.50
Orbit 8278 Haldeman, Joe TOOL OF THE TRADE, '88, (SF-spy novel), vg+ 3.50
Avon 67975 Haldeman, Joe WAR YEAR, 12/84, (vivid Vietnam war novel), vg 4.00
Ball 42342 Hamilton, Laurell K. A CARESS OF TWILIGHT, 3/03, (fantasy mys), new 7.50
Ace A- 27 Harmon, Jim THE GREAT RADIO HEROES, nd, (all the immortals), g-vg 5.00
Leisure 5074 Hautala, Rick BEDBUGS, 3/03, (effectively crafted shockers), new 5.99
Signet D2539 Heinlein, Robert A. BEYOND THIS HORIZON, 2nd(8/64), vg 3.00
Leisure 4793 Hoffman, Barry BORN BAD, 11/00, (transcends the simpleminded), new 5.99
Orbit 949 Holt, Tom ONLY HUMAN, 3rd('03), (dazzling comic fantasy), new 9.95
Orbit 988 Holt, Tom SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN SAMURAI, 4th('02), new 9.95
Orbit 687 Holt, Tom WISH YOU WERE HERE, 2nd('01), (comic fantasy), new 8.95
Leisure 4966 Jacob, Charlee THE SYMBIOTIC FASCINATION, 2/02, (debut), new 5.99
Wordsworth 053 James, M.R. COLLECTED GHOST STORIES, '92, (647 pages), vg 6.00
Spectra 57891 Jeter STAR WARS®: Hard Merchandise, 8th, (Bounty Hunter #3), new 6.99
Pocket pbk 04155 Knaak, Richard A. DIABLO #1: Legacy of Blood, 5/01, (game tie), vg 3.00
Lucas 38438 Lucas/ Glut/ Kahn STAR WARS®: The Star Wars Trilogy, 26th, new 7.99
Lancer 73508 Mark, Ted A HARD DAY'S KNIGHT, '66, (orig; Man from O.R.G.Y.), vg 4.00
Lancer 73488 Mark, Ted THE 9-MONTH ORGY, 6th(11/66), (Man from O.R.G.Y.), vg+ 3.50
Berkley X1389 Mark, Ted THE SQUARE ROOT OF SEX, 5/67, (swinging novel), vg 4.00
Spectra 57342 Martin, George R.R. A STORM OF SWORDS, 2nd, (Ice & Fire #3), new 7.99
Spectra 58446 McCarthy, Wil THE WELLSTONE, 3/03, (wit-superscience blend), new 6.99
Tor 34512 McMullen, Sean EYES OF THE CALCULOR, 12/03,(Greatwinter 3), new 7.99
Baen 31963 Moon, Elizabeth CHANGE OF COMMAND, 12/00, (military SF), new 7.99
Baen 31964 Moon, Elizabeth SHEEPFARMER'S DAUGHTER, 12/00, (#1), new 1.99
Leisure 0012 Oboler, Arch OBOLER OMNIBUS, 2/71, (kaleidoscope of madness), vg 5.00
Leisure 4979 Piccirilli, Tom GRAVE MEN, 3/02, (orig; historical fiction), new 4.99
NEL 03298 Pratchett, Terry THE DARK SIDE OF THE SUN, 3/78, g-vg (foxing) 3.00
Tuttle 0319 Rampo JAPANESE TALES OF MYSTERY & IMAGINATION, 22nd, vg-f 5.00
Ball 44368 Rice, Anne BLACKWOOD FARM, 4th, (Mayfair Witches/Vampire), new 7.99
Panther 04289 Rushdie, Salman GRIMUS, '77, (epic fantasy of vaulting imagination), vg 5.00
Avon 50575 Simak, Clifford D. WHY CALL THEM BACK FROM HEAVEN?, 6/80, vg+ 3.00
Dell pb 18006 Sturgeon, Theodore THE STARS ARE THE STYX, 10/79, (stories), vg+ 5.00
Sphere 8214 Sturgeon, Theodore VENUS PLUS X, 2nd, (landmark modern SF), vg+ 3.00
Dell pb 12648 Sturgeon, Theodore VISIONS AND VENTURERS, 11/78, (stories), vg 5.00
Leisure 5097 Tem, Melanie THE DECEIVER, 5/03, (visceral terror), new 6.99
Del Rey 33970 Tolkien, J.R.R. THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING, 128th, (movie), vg+ 3.00
Del Rey 32581 Tolkien, J.R.R. THE SILMARILLION, 47th, (deeper-past legends), new 7.99
Del Rey 33971 Tolkien, J.R.R. THE TWO TOWERS, 121st, (#2; movie), vg+ 3.00
Del Rey 35711 Tolkien, J.R.R. UNFINISHED TALES, 30th, (lost love), new 7.50
Coronet 19830 Vance, Jack THE ASUTRA, 2nd('77), (Durdane #3), g-vg (foxing) 2.50
Simon Puls 86014 Vornholt, John ANGEL: Seven Crows, 7/03, (orig; Buffy TV tie), new 6.99
VGSF 05281 Watson, Ian STALIN'S TEARDROPS, '92, (stories; wreaks havoc!), vg+ 6.00
VGSF 05163 Watson, Ian THE FLIES OF MEMORY, '91, (far-out stuff), vg+ 6.00
Spectra 58377 Williams, Liz EMPIRE OF BONES, 2nd, (bold and provocative SF), new 5.99
Spectra 58374 Williams, Liz THE GHOST SISTER, 2nd, (anthropological puzzle), new 5.99
Leisure 5060 Williamson, Chet SECOND CHANCE, 8/02, (hurled back to 60s), new 5.99
Bantam 58051 Willis, Connie PASSAGE, 4th, (journeys into the afterworld), new 7.50
Tor 34358 Yolen, Jane WHITE JENNA, 1/04, (Tor Teen edn; Great Alta #2), new 6.99
---Since this is the third, it means I will have to come up with a new set of package insert sheets. About time, too!

---Okay, here are the rest of the Leisure Books that came in:
• • NEW ARRIVALS (& re-arrivals): 2/7/2004 • •
5082 Cave, Hugh B. THE RESTLESS DEAD, 1/03, (orig; horror), new 5.99
4962 Clark, Simon DARKER, 1/02, (horror; the unseen evil), new 5.99
5076 Clark, Simon STRANGER, 10/03, (exciting, gory, sharp, bloody), new 6.99
4766 Clegg, Douglas MISCHIEF, 9/00, (something terrible at Harrow), new 5.99
5142 Clegg, Douglas THE HOUR BEFORE DARK, 9/03, (horror), new 6.99
4640 Collins, Max Allan MOMMY'S DAY, 9/99, (inspiration for movie), new 4.99
5078 Crowther, Peter THE LONGEST SINGLE NOTE, 4/03, (fearsome), new 6.99
5069 D'Ammassa, Don SERVANTS OF CHAOS, 12/02, (horror), new 5.99
4977 Devereaux, Robert CALIBAN and Other Tales, 3/02, (orig), new 5.99
4952 Feehan, Christine DARK LEGEND, 1/02, (paranormal romance), new 5.99
4907 Girón, Sèphera HOUSE OF PAIN, 8/01, (down in the basement), new 5.99
5085 Girón, Sèphera THE BIRDS AND THE BEES, 11/02, (no let up), new 5.99
4567 Hoffman, Barry EYES OF PREY, 8/99, (urban nightmare), new 5.50
5096 Jacob, Charlee HAUNTER, 2/03, (hardcore horror), new 5.99
5040 Ketchum, Jack RED, 8/02, (includes the novella The Passenger), new 5.99
4916 Laymon, Richard IN THE DARK, 9/01, (special Koontz intro), new 6.99
4850 Laymon, Richard THE TRAVELING VAMPIRE SHOW, 3/01, new 6.99
4988 Lee, Edward CITY INFERNAL, 4/02, (takes you on a tour...of hell), new 5.99
5110 Moore, James A. UNDER THE OVERTREE, 10/02, (they bite), new 5.99
4483 Piccirilli, Tom HEXES, 2/99, (horror; the girl screamed again), new 5.50
4921 Piccirilli, Tom THE LOWER DEEP, 10/01, (steam-heated witchery), new 5.99
5174 Sarrantonio, Al TOYBOX, 9/03, (stories; Lansdale intro), new 6.99
5084 Wright, T.M. LAUGHING MAN, 2/03, (orig; horror), new 5.99

---Digging out from record amounts of snow (for month so far, probably), but all my work keeps getting drifted over. A metaphor there somewhere.

---Disc Log:

Friday, February 6, 2004

02/06/04 FRI:
---Another morning begun with a session of snow-shoveling--this one as much as any yet. My back ain’t gettin’ used to it.

---Books here today from Leisure Books and Night Shade (including new Rhys Hughes and Jorkens Vol. 1). Listings to follow.

Thursday, February 5, 2004

02/05/04 FRI:
---I just edited the 01/29/04 post with listing of THE SWORD OF ZAGAN and Other Writings by Clark Ashton Smith, in that day from Hippocampus--plus a couple other things.

Wednesday, February 4, 2004

02/04/04 WED:
---Edited 01/19/04 post, listing books here then from Random House, or at least the tpbs and hcs. The mmpbs will wend along when another batch is ready for info dispersal.
---Site added to my bookmarks: DarkEcho Horror.
---Also: McSweeney’s Internet Test.
02/03/04 TUE:
---Word from Golden Gryphon about a new one it looks like should be here soon:
“Greetings from the Gryphon:

TWO TRAINS RUNNING, by Lucius Shepard, is now available!

In early 1998, Lucius Shepard – winner of the Nebula, Hugo, and World
Fantasy Awards – embarked on a new journey, riding the rails throughout
the western half of the United States, his “neighbors” the disenfranchised,
the homeless, the punks, the gangs, and, yes, even the joy riders. He then
gathered together these facts, along with rumors and innuendoes, and
melded them into his fiction, thus creating this unique collection of fact and
fiction entitled Two Trains Running. In addition to the original Spin Op-Ed
piece, this volume also contains two novellas written in Shepard’s award-
winning inimitable style: “Over Yonder” and “Jailbait,” published here for the
first time.
In “Over Yonder,” suffering alcoholic Billy Long Gone chases a stranger,
who supposedly stole his dog, onto a black train – a train like no other Billy
had ever seen or rode: a living train. The train passes through strange,
arabesque, monster-infested landscapes as it journeys to Yonder – a likely
paradise where a few hundred hobos live within the confines of a majestic
tree in apparent peace and tranquillity. But every paradise has its price,
and in Yonder, peace and tranquillity breeds complacency and . . . startling
A hardcore tale of deception, lust, revenge, and murder, “Jailbait” takes
us into the seedy underbelly of rail yards and train hopping: Madcat, who
functions best in a whiskey-induced haze, must decide between solitude
and companionship when he meets up with Grace, an under-aged runaway.

Two Trains Running
by Lucius Shepard
cover art by John Picacio
ISBN 1-930846-23-1 / $22.95 (Trade hardcover)
112 pages”

---Email rec’d:
“Hi Chris,
I haven't received a catalog or email update from you in a while now, so
I was wondering if you are planning to sell exclusively through Biblio.
You have been one my favorite book sources, and I'd like to keep
ordering from you, but I was not sure if I should try the Biblio site or
wait for a catalog or email listing from you.”

---My reply:
“I am really trying to get print catalogs back going. I only have a portion of my inventory up on so far and there is not as easy to browse through everything as a print catalog, I don't believe. Plus so many people don't want the expense and bother of email, and I can hardly blame them with all the spam and worms out there. I will send you my latest Recent Arrival printout (10 pages presently). It might be a little much to paste into this email. Check out my weblog for more recent things incoming. Also, I should be sending out an email update with a quick rundown of what has arrived since last update. If you are not in my mailing list for that, let me know if you want to be there."

---Disc Log:
- Kinks SLEEPWALKER (vinyl from 1978) (Xgau: B)
- Henry Purcell AIRS & DUETS with Lyrichord Early Music Bonus CD (2CD)

Monday, February 2, 2004

02/02/04 MON:
---Email sent (reply to someone in Finland who is studying for a PhD in HP Lovecraft studies):
“Good to get your email. You probably haven't missed any catalogs because it has been over a year since I issued one. I have been getting along with email and incipient web presence. I hope to put out some catalogs (#145+) this year, but a few things I need to get done first.
For now, here is what I have in stock by HPL now. HC:
Lovecraft, H.P.LORD OF A VISIBLE WORLD: An Autobiography in Letters, Ohio '00, 1st, (Joshi & Schultz [eds]; compelling reading), new in dj 49.95
---MYSTERIES OF TIME AND SPIRIT: The Letters of H.P. Lovecraft and Donald Wandrei, Night Shade ('02), 1st edn, (Lovecraft Letters Vol. 1), new in dj $40
---SELECTED LETTERS III: 1929-1931, Arkham House, 2nd('97), new in dj 25.95
---SELECTED LETTERS IV: 1932-1934, Arkham House '76, new in dj 22.95
---SELECTED LETTERS V: 1934-1937, Arkham House '76, new in dj 22.95
(---) Connors, Scott (ed) A CENTURY LESS A DREAM: Selected Criticism on H.P. Lovecraft, Wildside '02, 1st edn, new no dj as issued 49.95
(---) Joshi, S.T. H.P. LOVECRAFT & LOVECRAFT CRITICISM: An Annotated Bibliography, Wildside, nd, (reprint of 1981 work), new no dj as issued 49.95
(---) Shreffler, Philip A. THE H.P. LOVECRAFT COMPANION, Greenwood, 3rd, (offers a roadmap through Lovecraft's nightmare), new no dj as issued 62.95

Lovecraft, H.P. THE ANCIENT TRACK: The Complete Poetical Works of…, Night Shade '01, 1st edn, (Joshi [ed]; 557 pp), {hc in dj available @ $40}, new 20.00
---THE ANNOTATED…, Dell, 5th, (edited by S.T. Joshi), new 13.95
---THE ANNOTATED SUPERNATURAL HORROR IN LITERATURE, Hippocampus ('00), 1st edn thus, (edited, with intro & commentary by S.T. Joshi), new $15
---THE BEST OF...: Bloodcurdling Tales of Horror and the Macabre, Del Rey, 24th, (introduction by Robert Bloch), new 10.00
---THE DREAM CYCLE OF...: Dreams of Terror and Death, Del Rey, 7th, (collects the entire Dream Cycle created by HPL; Gaiman intro), new 11.00
---THE DUNWICH HORROR: Complete and Unabridged READ BY ROBERT M. PRICE, Necronomicon Audio ('97), 2-cassette set, new 14.95
---FROM THE PEST ZONE: The New York Stories, Hippocampus ('03), 1st edn, (lengthy biographical intro & story notes; Joshi & Schultz [eds]), new 15.00
---FuBAR vol. 3 nos. 1, 2 & 3, 4-5/86, #190 of 200, (“Cats and Dogs”, “At the Root” & “The Materialist Today”; essays by HPL), 3 booklets as a set, 20.00
---HISTORY OF THE NECRONOMICON, (Strange Co.), folded sheet (4 pages), vg $1
---THE H.P. LOVECRAFT CHRISTMAS BOOK, Necronomicon, 9/91, Second Edition, 1st printing, (illustrated by Jason Eckhardt; 12 pages), new 1.95
---another copy of the preceding, 2nd(10/87), new 1.50
---LETTERS TO ALFRED GALPIN, Hippocampus ('03), 1st edn, (287 pp), new 15.00
---LETTERS TO RICHARD F. SEARIGHT, Necronomicon, 7/92, 1st, new 9.95
---MORE ANNOTATED LOVECRAFT, Dell, 2nd, (Joshi & Cannon [eds]), new 13.95
---POLARIS, (Strange Co.), folded sheet (4 pages), as new 1.00
---SUPERNATURAL HORROR IN LETERATURE, Dover ('73), (Bleiler intro), vg+ 7.50
---THE TRANSITION OF…: The Road to Madness, Del Rey, 10/96, 1st edn, vg+ 7.50
---another copy of the preceding, 5th printing, (Hambly intro; Palencar illus), new $11
--- & others TALES OF THE CTHULHU MYTHOS, Del Rey, 10/98, new 12.00
(---) Bell, Joe (comp. & ed) FUBAR #6, 4/87, (revised reprint of FuBar #1), f 6.00
---(comp.) HOWARD PHILLIPS LOVECRAFT: THE BOOKS (4): 1915-1986, Soft Books, 2nd(2/87), (63-page bibliography), f 5.00
(---) Davis, Sonia H. THE PRIVATE LIFE OF H.P. LOVECRAFT, Necronomicon, 4/85, (memoir by Mrs. H.P. Lovecraft), 3rd(11/92), new 4.95
(---) Faig, Kenneth W., Jr. THE PARENTS OF HOWARD PHILLIPS LOVECRAFT, Necronomicon, 7/90, 1st, (includes HPL family tree), new 5.95
(---) The Friends of H.P. Lovecraft THE H.P. LOVECRAFT MEMORIAL PLAQUE, Necronomicon, 12/90, 1st, (chonicles efforts to dedicate monument), new $5
(---) Joshi, S.T. PRIMAL SOURCES: Essays on H.P. Lovecraft, Hippocampus ('03), 1st edn, (first major selection of author's Lovecraftian essays), new 15.00
(---) ---A SUBTLER MAGICK: The Writings and Philosophy of H.P. Lovecraft, Wildside '99, 3rd Edition, (the definitive critcal guide), new 19.95
(---) Squires, Richard D. STERN FATHERS 'NEATH THE MOULD: The Lovecraft Family in Rochester, Necronomicon, 2/95, 1st, (forgotten ancestors), new 7.95
(---) Van Hise, James (ed) THE FANTASTIC WORLDS OF H.P. LOVECRAFT, Van Hise, 1/99, 1st edn, (selections from the fanzines; well-illustrated), new 17.95
LOVECRAFT COLLECTOR, THE NEW…, Necronomicon '93-98, nos. 1 to 26, (except #7), (odds & ends on HPL; biblio tidbits; news, etc.), new each, 1.50
LOVECRAFTIAN HORROR CALENDAR, THE 1995…, Artefact ('94), (12 Months of All-New Cthulhu Mythos Art by Koszowski, Borkowski, Eckhardt. etc.), new 9.95
LOVECRAFTIAN HORROR, TALES OF… #5, Eastertide/97 • ---#6, Lammas/97 • ---#7, Hallowmas/97 • ---#8, Eastertide/98• ---#10, Hallowmas/98 • ---#11, Eastertide/99, new each, 4.50
LOVECRAFT STUDIES #25, fall/91 • ---#28, spr/93 • ---#30, spr/94 • ---#32, spr/95 • ---#33, fall/95 • ---#34, spr/96 • ---#35, fall/96 • ---#36, spr/97 • ---#37, fall/97 • ---#38, spr/98 • ---#39, sum/98 • ---#40, fall/98 • ---#41, spr/99, new each, 5.00
---#42-43, aut/01, Hippocampus, (rigorous, accurate, penetrating criticism), new $12

BallAF 02427 Carter LOVECRAFT: A Look Behind Cthulhu Mythos, 2/72, g-vg $4; vg 6.50
Del Rey 32945 Lovecraft, H.P. AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS, 21st, new 5.99
Beagle 95123 Lovecraft, H.P. THE CASE OF CHARLES DEXTER WARD, 8/71, fr-g 2.00
Del Rey 33105 Lovecraft, H.P. THE DOOM THAT CAME TO SARNATH, 26th, new 6.99
Carroll & Graf pb 0445 Lovecraft, H.P. THE LOVED DEAD and Other Revisions, 2nd('99), new 4.95
Del Rey 33661 Lovecraft, H.P. THE TOMB and Other Tales, 21st(9/93), new 5.99
Carroll & Graf 408 Lovecraft with Derleth THE LURKER AT THE THRESHOLD, 8th, new 4.50
Carroll & Graf 769 Lovecraft with Derleth THE WATCHERS OUT OF TIME, 6th('96), new 4.95
Del Rey 33779 Lovecraft THE DREAM-QUEST OF UNKNOWN KADATH, 26th, new 5.99

---Disc Log:
- Swedish comp from last August
- Sonny Rollins NUCLEUS

---Bigtime snow shoveling this morning, but not half as bad as prognosticated. The stuff was a half foot or so deep but dry and fluffy. Local school has a snow day. Guess I will have to walk to the post office today (instead of ride my bicycle).

02/01/04 Super(bowl) Sunday:
---Heard from Neil. He is going to that O'Reilly Digital Democracy Teach-In in San Diego next week. Turns out he was sent a V.I.P. pass he doesn’t want to pass up. And I can’t blame him. He thinks it might be a good place to find an internship or something. He does seem to be going places. There was an AP story that ran in a lot of newspapers yesterday or maybe today where he received prominent mention.

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