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.

Wednesday, June 30, 2004

06/30/04 WED:
---Finally catching up on neglected blog posts with at least enough for entries to have dates up there for potential expansion later. Seems it was maybe about this time last year as well when I let the blog slide more than usual. Must be my disrupted routine from often having someone already using the computer during my peak moment of the day, when I might otherwise be at it, as can occur during summer break.

06/29/04 TUE:
---Good to see a new Consumer Guide - by Robert Christgau
Squirt You
August precedents, timely details, and timeless novelties you will find nowhere else
Sonic Youth, Sonic Nurse; Peter Stampfel & the Bottle Caps, The Jig Is Up; Bobby Bare Jr's Young Criminals' Starvation League, From the End of Your Leash; and more
06/28/04 MON:
---Text to follow?

---Disc Log:
- my CD COMP 31 (free for the asking - if you want to hear it too)

06/27/04 SUN:
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06/26/04 SAT:
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06/25/04 FRI:
---Here today from Tartarus Press:
Baker, Frank MISS HARGREAVES: A Fantasy, Tartarus '04, limited to 300 copies, (classic novel of the supernatural; orig: 1940; introduction by Glen Cavaliero), new in dj $55

06/24/04 THU:
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06/23/04 WED:
---With the Stark House book that arrived a couple days ago, I notice a brochure listing the Aphelion Publications from Australia they also distribute. I think I already have most of the titles in stock, but I notice an anthology edited by Peter McNamara--WONDER YEARS: Ten Best--I should add to my order file. They also distribute for Beacon Books (Mystery/Sherlock Holmes/Historical Mysteries) from Australia and Dimsdale Press (Lesbian/SF) with one title: WORLD CELAENO CHOSE by Jane Fletcher (“Set in a world without men--where Church rules the State--this is the story of young DNA imprinter Lynn, who meets the worldly and courageous Kim as she escorts her through the mountains to Landfall, the holiest of the Temple sites. But as the two women grow closer, they know they are putting themselves in grave danger.”)

06/22/04 TUE:
---Order finally sent to Night Shade is being processed with just the ltd. of FOURTH CIRCLE by Zoran Zivkovic being among the recent-release and upcoming books I will not be able to get. Seems I would have gotten it, but the shipping clerk lossed half the run, possibly sending them to distributors as trade edn copies. Here are the books I ordered with publisher’s acknowledgement:
> ANCIENT TRACK / Lovecraft 20.00
The trade paper is sold out.
No problem.
> BOATS OF THE "GLEN CARRIG" / Hodgson 35.00
> COLLECTED JORKENS vol. 1 / Dunsany 35.00
No problem, both of these are in-stock.
> COLLECTED JORKENS vols. 2+ (if not already in your system)
No problem.
> EMPRESS OF MARS / Baker 35.00
No problem, in stock.
> FOURTH CIRCLE / Zivkovic 45.00
> GHOSTS OF YESTERDAY / Cady (ltd.) 45.00
Both of these are sold out. We've only got trades left. (I added trades to the order).
> LETTERS FROM NEW YORK / Lovecraft 40.00
No problem.
> RED WORLD OF POLARIS / Smith 35.00
> SIN'S DOORWAY / Wellman 35.00
> STORMWATCHER / Joyce 40.00
No problem, these are in-stock.
No problem.
> DISEASES / VanderMeer 24.00
No problem, in stock.
> VIATOR / Shepard 45.00
No problem.
> also: I should be down for Hodgson vol. 3+ already
Yep, got you down.
---Also I should have a standing order for trade editions of anything they put out. Limiteds will be available either by special order or by hit or miss. Jason at Night Shade did apprise me of a couple new titles that looked to be imminent sellouts which I neglected to put in my order, and I told him to go ahead and add them too. Any other Night Shade books I could certainly put in for. Others not in the present order that are still NYP I should have in their system still, if I ordered them earlier.

06/21/04 MON:
---Here today from Stark House:
Oppenheim, E. Phillips SECRETS & SOVEREIGNS: The Uncollected Stories of…, Stark House, 5/04, 1st, (mystery classic; bibliography), new 19.95

---Back in stock from Hippocampus:
Lovecraft, H.P.LETTERS TO ALFRED GALPIN, Hippocampus ('03), 1st edn, (287 pp), new 15.00

06/20/04 SUN:
---Picnic day with a couple dozen of Amy’s family. Last night was dinner with much the same crew. Neil found time yesterday as well to wreck our other car--the one he drove forty miles every day for a couple years in high school to Central Campus in downtown Des Moines for the AP classes not offered at his home high school. He had not been driving while away in college for 1.75 years or in San Francisco--only bicycling and riding the rapid transit system--so maybe he forgot that car driving requires that attention be paid. Fortunately the airbag deployed, probably saving him from death or head-injury. Good thing he didn't have any of his riding buddies in the car with him. Afterward I noticed a new tuft of gray in my hair. It was a bit scary.
---The restaurant and picnic honoring my mother-in-law on the occasion of her 80th birthday were quite something. I know I will never be in line for such a deal, but I hope not because I don’t live that long.

---Disc Log:
- my CD COMP 30 (free for the asking - if you want to hear it too)

06/19/04 SAT:
---Here today from PS Publishing:
Campbell, Ramsey THE OVERNIGHT, PS, 5/04, one of 700 SIGNED copies, (horror novel; Mark Morris intro), new in dj 50.00

Lovegrove, James GIG—MIK, PS, 11/03, one of 700 SIGNED copies, (pair of novellas; Eric Brown intro), new in dj 50.00

Nevill, Adam L.G. BANQUET FOR THE DAMNED, PS, 1/04, 1st trade, SIGNED, (substantial addition to the modern literature of the supernatural; Ramsey Campbell intro; 494 pages), new in dj 50.00

06/18/04 FRI:
---Am finding myself able to get a bit of work done until later when we pick up Neil at airport and attend another family function. Leaving in a few minutes, as I suddenly notice! Most of the work I have been doing involves filling orders--the thing I should least neglect but which results in the least to impart here.

06/17/04 THU:
---Having family from out of town over for dinner tonight as start of festivities for mother-in-law’s 80th birthday. Some twenty-five people expected at picnic shelter at nearby campground tomorrow. Son Neil is flying home from San Francisco for a couple days of no doubt intense questioning and scrutiny. I am looking forward to all of it, but I wonder how much work I will get done. It is not like I have been taking full advantage of my chances when I have had them as is.

06/16/04 WED:
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Tuesday, June 15, 2004

06/15/04 TUE:
---Once again it looks like my efforts to get some work done will be stymied by thunderstorms scheduled for this afternoon. The gloomster weather forecasters have three or four inches falling on us in the next twelve hours and flood warnings have already been posted. So far it is just cloudy but I don’t know how long it will be before I have to shut down the computer and run for cover.

06/13/04 SUN:
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06/12/04 SAT:
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06/11/04 FRI:
---Here today from PS Publishing: their new magazine (PostScripts #1), at very short discount plus postage so I will have to price it “as new” $12 (10% discount to members of discount plan), instead of the list of $10 (with 15% usual PS discount). The magazine is actually heftier than their $16 chapbooks, with lots of great-looking material. Plus I believe they are only publishing as many as they sell up-front, so once my few copies are gone it may well be that I won’t be able to get any more.

06/10/04 THU:
---I still get emailings from Cemetery Dance despite not carrying their books any more (because of their better discount to direct retail customers than their bookseller discount, among other things, including their failure to fill my orders before books sold out; blah, blah, blah). Anyway, I notice they have a bookseller point person now. Not that I feel much compunction to give it another try, which is not to say that they--and Subterranean--don’t put out lots of tremendously good books, but there is this bit:
A Newsletter For Booksellers, Dealers, and Retailers! Plus A
Special Offer For Everyone Else!

Anyone who orders from us in quantity and wants to receive our
Special Retailer Newsletter (which features important updates and
discount schedules just for those who place large orders) should
email Brian Freeman for more information:

If you frequent a store or dealer that doesn't stock our titles but
might be interested, please get in touch with Brian Freeman via the
email address above. If you put us in touch with a store or dealer
that starts ordering in quantity on a regular basis, we'll send you
a special gift package as our way of saying thanks!
if anyone want to nag them on my behalf. Not that I wish it, mind you.
---Note that I still do get my standing order for Cemetery Dance magazine.

06/09/04 WED:
---Word from Mythos:
Hello Chris, haven't heard from you in a while - are you doing ok?

Just wanted to check and see if you needed any publications from me:

Szumskyj $15.00
MY WORK IS NOT YET DONE by Thomas Ligotti hardcover $30.00
THE TAINT OF LOVECRAFT by Stanley Sargent $20.00
THE WORMS REMEMBER by Ann Schwader edited by Robert Price (Lovecraftian
& Cthulhu Mythos poetry) $12.99 (not my title but I am distributing
the title as I acquired the print run from the publisher)
CRYPT OF CTHULHU #102-107 $4.50 each

Monday, June 14, 2004

06/14/04 MON:
---Here today from Hippocampus:
Lovecraft, H.P. COLLECTED ESSAYS Volume 1: Amateur Journalism, Hippcampus '04, 1st edn, (writings concerned with amateur affairs; Joshi [ed]; 440 pages), {trade pb still available @ $20}, new in dj 40.00
---COLLECTED ESSAYS Volume 2: Literary Criticism, Hippocampus '04, 1st edn, (second volume of complete nonfiction exclusive of letters), {trade pb still available @ $20}, new in dj 40.00
---CD COMP 29:
Nice Streets Above 3:45 Wire Send Alternative & Punk 2003
Monk's Mood 7:56 Thelonious Monk Thelonious Himself (Xrcd) Jazz 1957
Blue Bayou 2:31 Roy Orbison 16 Biggest Hits Rock 1963
Sonata "La Forni" 4:08 El Mundo Venice Before Vivaldi Classical
One Night Affair 3:28 Jerry Butler The Best Of Jerry Butler, The Millennium Collection R&B 2000
Kang Mandor 5:41 Ujang Suryana Music From The Tea Lands World 2000
Secret Love 3:03 Billy Stewart The Millennium Collections Blues 2000
Escalator 11:17 Bang On A Can All-Stars Renegade Heaven Classical 2000
Rutherford B. Hayes 2:42 Great Plains Length Of Growth Rock
Ved 3:37 Johan Lindell Ved Pop
Those Three Days 4:59 Lucinda Williams World Without Tears Country 2003
Decoration Day 5:47 Drive-By Truckers Decoration Day Rock 2003
Ford Transit 4:48 Dzihan & Kamien Arabesque Tlata 3 World 2003
Kentucky Means Paradise 2:38 Merle Travis The Best Of Merle Travis: Sweet Temptation (1946-1953) Country

Wednesday, June 9, 2004

06/08/04 TUE:
---Here today from Ash-Tree, three new ones:
DANCING ON AIR by Frances Oliver, CHILDREN OF EPIPHANY also by Frances Oliver (Classic Macabre paperback) and THE DEVIL OF THE MARSH and Other Stories by H.B. Marriott Watson.

06/07/04 MON:
---Inquiry rec’d about my listing for:

Slade, Michael. HEADHUNTER
Onyx/NAL, pb #40172, 4th or 5th, (gruesome chiller), new . (Book #00664)

Price: 4.95

Customer inquiry:

I wanted to check on the condition of this book--Is this new as in unread and no spine creases?

This title can be found at the following URL:

Or, may be ordered directly by visiting the following URL:

---My reply:
Yes, new or "as new" indicate unread, straight from the publisher. I still have books that were published a few years ago that are new, even though by now they might be getting old. Even so, I have had them wrapped in plastic, so they are still shiny and in new condition. In fact I have three new copies of HEADHUNTER. Books described as "new" are listed at publisher's price. Books listed as "as new" are in new condition but have the price modulated (up or down).


06/06/04 SUN:
---Getting to be a lot like summer. Warm and humid.

06/05/04 SAT:
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06/04/04 FRI:
---I opened up a new email account with Google: The price is right and some of the features might end up being usable, plus I am a little leery of aol possibly losing some mail when my inbox gets too full, like when I might be away for a few days. I am not changing email addresses officially just yet, and I am not sure how often I will be checking this new one, but down the road this may be the way I will go. Go ahead and send anything to me at this new address. I haven’t tested it myself. The idea of bigtime storage capacity, at least, might be something good to have.
---Later: I have been unable to access my Google email account except in OS-X on the upstairs eMac, even then with an unsupported browser. This may open up in future, but for now this email account is something I won’t be checking very often.

---Disc Log:
- my CD COMP 28 (free for the asking - if you want to hear it too) - getting these things turned out too often, maybe.

06/03/04 THU:
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Monday, June 7, 2004

06/02/04 WED:
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06/01/04 TUE:
---Here today from Tartarus Press:
Crisp, Quentin S. MORBID TALES, Tartarus '04, 1st, (immaculately realised; delves deep into the decadence of contemporary life; with a foreword by Mark Samuels), new in dj 50.00

WORMWOOD #2, spr/04, (on Cavaliero on Onions, Aldiss on Godwins, etc.), new 15.00

---Also, a sample copy from ibooks of:
McClelland, Michael TATTOO BLUES, ibooks, 4/04, 1st, (funny Florida crime novel), PR, as new in dj $10

05/31/04 MON:
---Memorial Day. Like another Sunday, which seems to mean little work gets done.

---Word from Prime Books:

Do you set up advance orders for forthcoming titles? I've one here that
starting to get some good publicity:
"In case you've recovered the shreds of your sanity after reading Michael
Cisco's 'The Tyrant', here's 177 pages of frothing, ranting
madwoman-on-something literature that's likely to leave you wondering what
exactly was in that sugar cube you put in your cup of tea this morning.
Assuming, of course, that surreal, monsterific madness is your cup of tea. I
can't think of any better way to start the day." and "This is not your
father's or your mother's Jorge Luis Borges."

Prime / Wildside / Cosmos

---Thought I did have a standing order with Prime. I will have to check on this.

05/30/04 SUN:
---Electricity was out for seven hours today. I don’t think they figured out what the cause was. Along with all the work being done repairing an apparent breach in the barrier dam that keeps Polk City from being under water from Saylorville Lake, my confidence in the utilities work around here is starting to sink.

05/29/04 SAT:
---Thought I got enough sleep but I was still bone tired from trip to Missouri.

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