---It has been a while since I have posted any blog entries--falling too much out of the habit, I guess. The dearth of new things coming in and my not getting done any cataloguing of used books might have a bit to do with it. Orders from my listings on half.com and biblio keep trickling in, making me still feel like I might be in business. But sometimes I wonder. Even so, I might soon be getting orders ready to send to PenguinPutnam and maybe Random House (and all their imprints). Maybe that will liven things just a bit. Discount I give on both these publishing conglomerates is 30%, so if you know of anything you want from them this might be a time to slip me your order.
---Meanwhile, I do have an order for recent publications from Hippocampus. Most recently:
Dear Bookseller,---Two-Gun Bob won’t really be out for “a few weeks”, but I think I will soon have The Fungal Stain as well as others I have missed getting recently:
We have just released the following two paperback books. The first is new fiction in the Cthulhu Mythos vein, the other a collection of new essays on "Conan" creator Robert E. Howard. Full blurbs and pricing information is below. Please advise quantities desired, and thanks!
THE FUNGAL STAIN AND OTHER DREAMS
by W. H Pugmire
2006: ISBN 0977173437: Paperback: $15.00
The theme of the book, as the author explains it, are “Lovecraftian dreams as thresholds to alien emotion, dimension, salvation, damnation.” Cross the threshold with one of the very few practitioners of Mythos fiction to win accolades from S. T. Joshi. Many and multiform are the pleasures this volume offers to Lovecraftians, including a hotly anticipated novelette set in Pugmire’s trademark locality, Sesqua Valley; a lengthy prose poem sequence; decadent, dreamlike vignettes in the style of Oscar Wilde, and much other new material. His first book since Sesqua Valley and Other Haunts, a limited edition now difficult to obtain, The Fungal Stain and Other Dreams is sure to be the Mythos title of the year. Robert H. Knox provides cover art and interior illustrations.
TWO-GUN BOB: A Centennial Study of Robert E. Howard
Edited by Benjamin Szumskyj
Foreword by Michael Moorcock
2006: ISBN 0977173453: Paperback: $15
Robert E. Howard is enjoying a Renaissance of interest in his centennial year, and rightly so. Of the triumvirate of Weird Tales authors, only Howard has been so long misunderstood, and his works so thoroughly adulterated, as to permit of little serious study. Towards this end we have commissioned a critical study of his entire body of work.
“Benjamin Szumskyj is at the cutting edge of Robert E. Howard scholars and aficionados. Through his diligence and enthusiasm, the work of Robert E. Howard will continue to be remembered and discussed, and the sword-and-sorcery genre will be revived and renewed.”
--Charles R. Saunders, Author of Imaro
“A lot of people who've shaped the landscape of American culture have died young, but Howard is unique in having left behind such a great body of work in his short stint. It's a rare genius that can produce so much, so quickly, which so deeply connects with the readership. Each story comes out of a greater context than the novice Howard reader can imagine. Let Two-Gun Bob: A Centennial Study of Robert E. Howard bring you into his world."
--Scott Allie, Editor of Dark Horses’ Conan
FREEDOM OF FANTASTIC THINGS: Selected Criticism on Clark Ashton Smith, Edited by Scott Connors, pb & hc
Lovecraft's New York Circle: The Kalem Club, 1924-1927, $15.00
Exchange Of Souls by Barry Pain AND Lazarus by Henri Béraud