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, August 16, 2006

08/16/06 WED:
---Word from Golden Gryphon:
Greetings from the Gryphon:

MAD DOG SUMMER, by Joe R. Lansdale, is now available!

Originally published by Subterranean Press as a hardcover
edition (now out of print), this short story collection represent the third
in the series (with High Cotton and Bumper Crop) of Lansdale
collections of his best short work. Mad Dog Summer showcases
Lansdale’s more recent stories, such as the title story which won the
1999 Bram Stoker Award for Long Fiction, about a serial killer in ’30
Texas, as seen from the point of view of a boy that finds one of the
victims. Weirdness and horror abound in “The Steam Man of the
Prairie and the Dark Rider Get Down,” set in a world that resembles
our Old West. A colorful group of lawmen tracks a vampire in a forty-
foot tall, steam-powered robot, with nods to Jules Verne, Tom Swift,
Edgar Rice Burroughs, and H. G. Wells. “Veils Visit” is a courtroom
drama featuring Lansdale’s popular series characters Hap Collins
and Leonard Pine, written in collaboration with Andrew Vachss. The
original novella form of “The Big Blow” is a riveting account of Jack
Johnson, the first black heavyweight boxing champion set during the
1900 flood of Galveston, Texas. “The Mule Rustlers” and “Screwup”
are classic Lansdale, where the incompetent perpetrators are their
own worst enemies. In the original 20,000 word novella, “Way Down
There,” a trio of superheros must descend into Hell in their ’57 Chevy
to confront Beelzebub. In “O’Reta, Snapshot Memories,” Lansdale
reminisces about his mother in a touching story. Each story has its
own introduction, in which Lansdale relates the background for the
idea of the story.
The collection was nominated for the Best Collection Award by
the World Fantasy Association.

Golden Gryphon Press

MAD DOG SUMMER, by Joe R. Lansdale
Cover art by J.K. Potter
ISBN 1-930846-42-8 / $14.95 (Trade softcover)
261 pages

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