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.
Monday, October 31, 2005
---The back is gradually getting better, but I am still a ways less than fully capacitated. It would be nice if I could completely dispense with all lifting until a full recovery has been achieved, but my daily routine involves a bit of box moving--or else I would have to completely give up on pulling books for orders to be sent out. A lot of you, I know, might think this has already happened, but I’m still here trying to stay busy. Besides, if I totally laid out until a full recovery, that recovery might leave me with restricted range of motion. Even if it makes me take longer to get better, I still want to try to test the limits of what I can do without undue hurt.
Sunday, October 30, 2005
---Email from Prime Books:
World Fantasy marks the exciting release of the latest venture from Prime Books, edited by Sean Wallace: Fantasy Magazine, a new quarterly magazine brimming with stories, book reviews, and interviews. Designed by John Klima, with cover art by Socar Myles, the debut issue includes contributions from such authors as Jeffrey Ford, Eugie Foster, Sarah Brandywine Johnson, Nick Mamatas, Megan Messinger, Vera Nazarian, Richard Parks, Holly Phillips, Tim Pratt, Margaret Ronald, Sonya Taaffe, Catherynne M. Valente, Jeff VanderMeer, and Erzebet YellowBoy; an interview with Jeffrey Ford; and professional reviews by Peter Cannon, Stefan Dziemianowicz, Rich Horton, John Grant, Paula Guran, Ann Kennedy, Jeff VanderMeer, Doug Winter, and more, in a hundred-and-twelve pages!
The Publisher and Editor
Prime Books is the publisher of the World Fantasy Award-winning anthology Leviathan 3, and Wallace himself is a two-time World Fantasy Award nominee for editing.
"Editor Sean Wallace has stated that the first issue of Fantasy Magazine would be packed full, and that was not a joke. With no less than fifteen stories, this magazine is offering more fiction than many anthologies. And the roster of authors is full of seasoned professionals as well as talented newcomers."—Tangent Online
"Edited by Sean Wallace, Fantasy Magazine is one of the most promising new fiction publications to launch in the field in years. Oriented towards the stylish experimental fantasists and surrealists who make up a substantial part of Wallace's Prime Books stable, FM musters a superb line-up in its inaugural, November 2005 issue."—Locus
Cover: Socar Myles
Cover Link: http://www.darkfantasy.org/fantasywrap.jpg
Editor: Sean Wallace
Designer: John Klima
Size: 8.5 x 11
Print run: 4,000
Page count: 112pp
Friday, October 28, 2005
---Word from Fedogan & Bremer:
Dear Chris,---Which I have reconfirmed!
Our latest book, WEIRD SHADOWS OVER INNSMOUTH, a sequel to our 1994 title SHADOWS OVER
INNSMOUTH, is ready to ship. The collection features twelve stories, nine of the original
to this collection, including a new novella by Brian Lumley. As it's earlier namesake, it
is liberally illustrated with art by Bob Eggleton, Les Edwards, Randy Broecker, and Allan
The authors include Ramsey Campbell, Kim Newman, Michael Marshall Smith, Basil Copper, Hugh B. Cave, and Richard Lupoff, among others. The introduction and notes are by the editor,
The retail price is $35.00 for the trade and $120.00 for the limiteds. Considering the infrequency of our schedule lately, we would like to reconfirm your
standing order before shipping. Thank you for your consideration.
Philip J. Rahman
Thursday, October 27, 2005
---Email from Gauntlet (where I have not totally given up on ordering, although it may seem otherwise):
SOLICITATION FOR VOLUME 3 OF
RICHARD MATHESON: COLLECTED STORIES
Volume 3 of Richard Matheson: Collected Stories is now at the printer and is expected to be released in early-December by Gauntlet Press. Edited by Stanley Wiater, Volume 3 contains arguably some of Matheson's most famous stories ("Duel" and "Nightmare At 20,000 Feet") along with rarities almost impossible to find in an affordable $16.95 trade paperback. Wiater has provided comments by Matheson after each story. Appreciations include those by Stephen King, Dennis Etchison and Harlan Ellison. The Table of Contents is as follows:
The Creeping Terror
No Such Thing As a Vampire
From Harlan Ellison
Day of Reckoning
From Shadowed Places
Nightmare at 20,000 Feet
The Likeness of Julie
Deus Ex Machina
Girl of My Dreams
The Jazz Machine
From Stephen King
'Tis the Season To Be Jelly
A Drink of Water
From Dennis Etchison
By Appointment Only
'Til Death Do Us Part
The Near Departed
From Richard Christian Matheson
$16.95 trade paperback
Tuesday, October 25, 2005
---Email from Mykel Board, an old friend from college thirty-seven years ago, who went on to become a punk rocker, English teacher in Mongolia, and longtime columnist for Maximum Rock ‘n’ Roll magazine:
I just published two books. I don't think they're up your Sci Fi alley, but if you're interested in adding 'em to your list, I'll try to get a pal's discount from the publishers.
"Travel is not a vacation, and it is often the opposite of a rest." -- Paul Theroux
Monday, October 24, 2005
---Finally think I’m recovering from kitchen-remodel nightmare. A second flood in the cellar--occasioned by only partial hook-up of washing machine (leaving drain dangling to floor)--caused me to have to move more boxes than my only-partly-recovered-back from last flood (pipe-burst) could deal with. My mock-heroic efforts saved inventory from harm (books were already well-protected from casual moisture), but left me for a few days with only flat-on-my-back the comfortable position to be in. I am easily knocked off stride even at my best, but this was a real shove. After all of it now it looks like we might have a nice remodeled kitchen to enjoy--gas range instead of electric, no more suspended false ceiling, and everything. Down the road the ordeal part will, I’m sure, be forgotten (until the next project Amy decides to spearhead).
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
---Here today from Ash-Tree:
Buchan, John THE WATCHER BY THE THRESHOLD, Ash-Tree '05, 1st, (collects together all of author’s weird and supernatural tales), new in dj 49.00
Grabinski, Stefan THE MOTION DEMON, Ash-Tree '05, 1st in English thus, (stories by “The Polish Poe”; first complete translation of work published in Polish in 1919; inaugurates series of Grabinski volumes that twill duplicate the content of the original Polish editions and also assemble short stories which never saw book publication; translated by Miroslaw Wipinski), new in dj 47.50
Friday, October 14, 2005
---Here today from Gryphon Books (as opposed to Golden Gryphon):
HARDBOILED #34, sum/05, Gryphon, (20th Anniversary Issue; the hardest crime fiction around by old pros and new writers), new 10.00---Guess I never got #63--at least I don’t have it catalogued. I could still get it, I’m sure, for whoever might want it.
PAPERBACK PARADE #64, 10/05, (Bernard Cornwell; Golden Amazon, Ellery Queen by Dick Lupoff, Quick Reader, Bantam A-Series; News; Letters; Ads; More!), new 10.00
Monday, October 10, 2005
---Word from Earthling:
James Moore's vampire novel BLOOD RED was just
published, called "required Halloween reading" by
Horror Fiction Review and Baryon Magazine said it
"will become a classic like Stephen King’s ’SALEM’S
LOT." $45 retail, 500 signed/numbered hardcovers with
an introduction Simon Clark and cover art by Edward
Can I interest you in a few copies?
Wednesday, October 5, 2005
---Another batch of used paperbacks catalogued:
10 • • NEW ARRIVALS (& re-arrivals): 8/15/2005—10/5/2005 • •
Manor 12440 4 FUTURES: Four Short Novels Based On Themes By Isaac Asimov, '76, (OA; Asimov forward; Silverberg, Lafferty, Panshin, Harrison), vg+ 3.00
Signet 12021 Adams, Robert HORSECLANS #10: Bili the Axe, 1/83, (orig), vg-f 2.50
Signet 15722 Adams, Robert OF MYTHS AND MONSTERS, 12/88, (orig; Castaways In Time #5), vg-f 2.00
Spectra 27482 Aronica, Lou & Shawna McCarthy (eds) FULL SPECTRUM, 9/88, (orig; OA), vg-f 4.50
Sphere 1373 Barker, Clive BOOKS OF BLOOD vol. IV, '85, (Barker cover art), vg-f 6.00
Sphere 1375 Barker, Clive BOOKS OF BLOOD vol. VI, '85, (Barker cover art), vg-f 6.00
Ball 23712 Bass, T.J. THE GODWHALE, 1/74, (orig; cyborg leviathan), vg+ 3.50
Timescape 83578 Bisson, Terry WORLDMAKER, 7/81, (orig), vg-f 6.00
Baen 65587 Bujold, Lois McMaster THE WARRIOR'S APPRENTICE, 8/86, (orig), vg+ 5.00
Legend 57540 Carroll, Jonathan SLEEPING IN FLAME, '89, (unique blend of horror, fantasy & reality), vg-f 5.00
Lancer 75422 Clement, Hal ICEWORLD, 2nd(1/73), (planet of death), g-vg 2.00
Berkley F1096 Conklin, Groff (ed) SCIENCE-FICTION ADVENTURES IN MUTATION, 6/65, (Selected Stories from...), vg+ 2.50
Del Rey 33644 da Cruz, Daniel F-CUBED, 6/87, (orig), vg 2.00
Bantam 12018 de Camp, L. Sprague, Lin Carter & Björn Nyberg CONAN THE SWORDSMAN, 8/78, (orig; 1st in new series), g 2.50
Baen 55993 Delaney, Joseph H. IN THE FACE OF MY ENEMY, 11/85, (orig), g-vg 2.00
Tor 53616 Drake, David BRIDGEHEAD, 2/86, (orig), vg 2.50
Tor 53610 Drake, David THE FORLORN HOPE, 1/84, (orig; A Jim Baen Presentation; military SF), g-vg 2.50
Baen 69812 Drake, David TIME SAFARI, 3/89, (time travel plus bloodsport), vg+ 2.50
Pocket 81390 Eklund, Gordon THE GRAYSPACE BEAST, 12/77, (orig; mission to the second universe), g-vg 2.00
DAW 589 Elgin, Suzette Haden NATIVE TONGUE, 8/84, (orig; cold war between the sexes), vg+ 4.00
DAW 699 Elgin, Suzette Haden THE JUDAS ROSE, 2/87, (orig; Native Tongue #2), vg-f 4.00
DAW 663 Elgin, Suzette Haden YONDER COMES THE OTHER END OF TIME, 2/86, (orig), vg+ 4.00
Dell pb 18373 Felice, Cynthia THE SUNBOUND, 4/81, (orig), vg-f 4.00
Ball 23962 Gerrold, David (ed) SCIENCE FICTION EMPHASIS #1, 5/74, (orig; OA), g-vg 2.50
Faw GM s1083 Goodis, David NIGHT SQUAD, 2/61, (orig; the loneliest man on earth), vg 15.00
Signet 17053 Greenberg, Martin H. (ed) THE FANTASTIC ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD, 6/91, (orig; OA), vg+ 4.00
Berkley N2067 Hamilton, Alex (ed) SPLINTERS, 9/71, (OA; modern horror stories), vg+ 3.50
Baen 65640 Heinlein, Robert A. THE MENACE FROM EARTH, 5/87, (Future History stories), vg 2.50
DAW 868 Hughes, Zach MOTHER LODE, 12/91, (orig; star miner), f 4.00
Avon 17970 Isherwood, Christopher & Don Bachardy (teleplay) FRANKENSTEIN: The True Story, 12/73, (orig; TV tie), vg+ 4.00
Pinnacle 675 James, Laurence RACK #4: Planet of the Blind, 6/75, (Intergalactic Girlnapping), g 1.50
Tor 54328 Jordan, Robert CONAN THE DESTROYER, 7/84, (orig; Now a Major Motion Picture!), vg 3.50
DAW 956 Kerr, Katharine & Martin H. Greenberg (eds) WEIRD TALES FROM SHAKESPEARE, 7/94, (orig; OA), vg-f 5.00
Ace pbk 00344 Kurtz, Katherine & Deborah Turner Harris THE ADEPT, 6/92, (orig; The Lodge of the Lynx #2), vg-f 3.50
Baen 48509 Laumer, Keith THE HOUSE IN NOVEMBER, 12/81, (Special Bonus: Complete Short Novel The Other Sky), vg 3.50
Dell pb 5419 Lupoff, Richard A. THE CRACK IN THE SKY, 2/76, (orig), g-vg 2.50
Del Rey 28698 McCaffrey, Anne CRYSTAL SINGER, 8/82, (orig; Killashandra Ree), vg-f 6.00
Dell pb 9774 Merril, Judith (ed) THE YEAR'S BEST S-F: 8th Annual Edition, 6/64, g-vg 2.25
Bantam Q6883 Miller, Walter M., Jr. A CANTICLE FOR LEIBOWITZ, 20th, g-vg 2.00
Tor 54582 Modesitt, L.E., Jr. THE ECOLITAN OPERATION, 6/89, (orig), vg+ 3.00
Tor 54588 Modesitt, L.E., Jr. THE SILENT WARRIOR, 12/87, (orig; biologic guerilla would save earth), vg-f 2.50
NEL 01937 Moorcock, Michael CITY OF THE BEAST, new edn(5/74), (Martian trilogy #1; epic saga of heroic fantasy), g-vg 2.25
Baen 72035 Niven with Anderson & Ing MAN-KZIN WARS, 5th(7/90), (OA; Known Space is aflame with war!), vg 2.00
Baen 72008 Niven with Anderson, Pournelle & Stirling MAN-KZIN WARS III, 2nd(8/91), (It's howling time in Known Space), vg 2.00
Baen 72036 Niven with Ing, Pournelle & Stirling MAN-KZIN WARS II, 3rd(6/91), vg+ 2.00
Lynx 007 Norwood, Warren TIME POLICE #2: Trapped!, 1/89, (in 2249), vg-f 2.50
Jove 11115 Nutman, Philip WET WORK, 6/93, (orig; The most acclaimed novel of epic terror since The Stand), vg+ 3.00
Ace sp 06689 O'Keefe, Claudia BLACK SNOW DAYS, 4/90, (orig; Damon Knight [ed]), vg-f 5.00
DAW 458 Piserchia, Doris EARTH IN TWILIGHT, 11/81, (orig), vg+ 3.00
Pocket 82284 Pohl & Williamson THE STARCHILD TRILOGY, 12/77, (for the first time in one volume), fr=g 1.50
Pocket 82197 Pournelle, Jerry BIRTH OF FIRE, 8/78, (earthy & realistic SF), vg+ 2.50
Pocket 80903 Pournelle, Jerry THE MERCENARY, 2/77, (orig; Falkenberg), vg-f 4.00
Avon 1916 Raymond, Alex THE PLAGUE OF SOUND, 5/74, (Flash Gordon #2; adapted by Con Steffanson), g-vg 2.50
Signet AE1092 Resnick, Mike THE SOUL EATER, 10/81, (orig), vg+ 3.00
Signet 11572 Resnick, Mike WALPURGIS III, 6/82, (orig; A planet possessed!), vg+ 3.00
Bantam N8402 Reynolds, Mack COMMUNE-2000 A.D., 1/74, (orig; rebellion against the greatest society in human history; A Frederik Pohl Selection), vg+ 3.00
Ace pb 45045 Reynolds, Mack SATELLITE CITY, ('75), (orbiting resort), g-vg 3.00
Tor 54260 Roberts, John Maddox CONAN THE CHAMPION, 4/87, (orig), vg+ 3.00
Tor 54266 Roberts, John Maddox CONAN THE MARAUDER, 1/88, (orig), vg 3.00
Playboy 16633 Rotsler, William THE FAR FRONTIER, 4/80, (orig; alien Indians, planet rustlers), vg+ 3.00
Pocket 80282 Silverberg, Robert THE BEST OF ROBERT SILVERBERG, 2/76, (orig; Malzberg intro), vg+ 5.00
Ball 29725 Taylor, Derek THE MAKING OF RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK™, 9/81, (oirg; behind the scenes; photos), vg+ 3.00
DAW 143 Tubb, E.C. ELOISE, 3/75 (Dumarest of Terra #12), vg 2.50
DAW 417 Vance, Jack DUST OF FAR SUNS, 1/81, (=Future Tense; treasure box of Vance varieties), vg-f 5.00
DAW 724 Wagner, Karl E. (ed) THE YEAR'S BEST HORROR STORIES: XV, 10/87, (orig), vg-f 4.00
Bantam 12026 Wagner, Karl Edward CONAN #4: The Road of Kings, 10/79, (orig), vg+ 5.00
Ball 24012 White, James THE DREAM MILLENNIUM, 6/74, (orig; 1,000 years to find Man's new home...), g-vg 2.50
Lancer 72740 Williamson, Jack GOLDEN BLOOD, 7/64, (orig; gem from the golden age of Weird Tales), vg 5.00
Signet Q3512 Yogi, Maharishi Mahesh THE SCIENCE OF BEING AND ART OF LIVING, 3/68, (the great and only original book by the guru), vg 4.00
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