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, November 30, 2006

11/30/06 THU:
---Finally figured out that I had to "replenish" the template when I migrated my blog to the new beta version that integrates with Google. So now the archives seem to be working. I tried a new template, but somehow the old "Simple" one was the look I like. Now it is in "Simple II", with the archives at the bottom, and I can add permanent text to the bottom too, which I will be doing soon, to improve on what I already threw up there. Maybe I can add some of the posts I never got around to actually posting, now that everything is replenished. All in all, now that I think I've figured things out a little bit, it looks like there might be some improvements looking forward.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

11/29/06 WED:
---Here today from Tartarus:
Wells, H.G. THE MAN WHO COULD WORK MIRACLES: The Supernatural Tales of..., Tartarus '06, one of 300 copies, (Stableford intro), new in dj 65.00

Monday, November 27, 2006

11/27/06 MON:
---Here today from Sarob:
Rainey, Stephen Mark THE NIGHTMARE FRONTIER, Sarob '06, 1st edn, (this is the Good, Real Stuff; this novel never releases its grip on the reader's nerves, brains and heart), new in dj 50.00

Thomas, Lee DAMAGE, Sarob '06, 1st edn, (another triumphant novel of terror by the Bram Stoker-wiining author of Stained), new in dj $50
---And another title here today from Night Shade:
Hughes, Matthew MAJESTRUM: A Tale of Henghis Hapthorn, Night Shade ('06), 1st edn, (explosive novel; Sherlock Holmes meets Jack Vance's Dying Earth), {125-copy SIGNED ltd edn with “Sweet Trap” added available @ $49}, new in dj 24.95
---Noticed that archives link on blog is still broken. Shouldn’t have clicked on button to migrate blog to my google account. I haven’t been able to post date my entries either. Taking a gander at the known issues reported, some have lost access to their blogs entirely, so it looks like there are a few kinks that need to be worked out. I hope they will be!

Saturday, November 25, 2006

11/25/06 SAT:
---Archives don’t seem to be showing up on this Blog. It was converted to their new beta version and merged with my Google account. Hopefully I can republish and get the whole thing back working...

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

11/21/06 TUE:
---Here today from Night Shade:
Baker, Kage DARK MONDAYS, Night Shade ('06), 1st edn, (stories; features five never-before-published, including a 41,000-word pirate novel), {175-copy SIGNED ltd edn avail. @ $49}, new in dj 26.95

Banks, Iain M. THE ALGEBRAIST, Night Shade ('06), (new space opera; Hugo nominee), {250-copy SIGNED ltd edn still avail. @ $49}, new 14.95

Cook, Glen A CRUEL WIND: A Chronicle of the Dread Empire, Night Shade ('06), 1st edn thus, (omnibus; collects A Shadow of All Night Falling, October's Baby and All Darkness Me [sic]; 582 pages; VanderMeer intro), {250-copy SIGNED ltd edn available @ $60}, new in dj 35.00
---SUNG IN BLOOD, Night Shade ('06), 1st edn thus, (long out of print and impossible to find; a breathtaking and fantastic adventure; orig: 1990), {125-copy SIGNED ltd edn avail. @ $49}, new in dj 23.95

Haldeman, Joe WAR STORIES, Night Shade ('05), 1st edn, (collects novels War Year and 1968; plus stories and introductions), {175-copy SIGNED ltd edn still avail. @ $49}, new in dj 29.00

Irvine, Alexander C. PICTURES FROM AN EXHIBITION, Night Shade ('06), 1st edn, (astonishing collection of fantasy and SF stories; genre-bending), new 14.95

Manzarek, Ray SNAKE MOON, Night Shade ('06), 1st edn, (novel by Doors cofounder and keyboardist; based on an original screenplay; a bewitching and ghostly Civil War-era parable of Eden), {250-copy SIGNED ltd edn available @ $49}, new in dj 23.95

Reynolds, Alastair ZIMA BLUE and Other Stories, Night Shade ('06), 1st edn, (author's first short story collection; story notes; McAuley intro), {150-copy SIGNED ltd edn avail. @ $49}, new in dj 26.95

Williams, Liz THE DEMON AND THE CITY, Night Shade ('06), 1st edn, (occult thriller; another Inspector Chen novel that further explores the near-future city of Singapore Three), {125-copy SIGNED ltd edn--adding “No Logo”--available @ $49}, new in dj 24.95
---Discount on all new Night Shade books from me is 25%, as usual.

Monday, November 20, 2006

11/20/06 MON:
---Here today from Mythos Books:
DeBill, Walter C., Jr. THE BLACK SUTRA, Mythos '06, 1st edn, (nineteen tales of terror fs from prehistory encroaching on the modern day; long-overdue collection from a rough beast whose time has come at last; Robert M. Price [ed & intro]), new 20.00
---Back in stock:
Lovecraft, H.P. & C.J. Henderson THE TALES OF INSPECTOR LEGRASSE, Mythos '05, 1st edn, (further adventures inspired by Lovecraft's seminal tale 'The Call of Cthulhu'; Robert M. Price intro), new 20.00

Sargent, Stanley C. THE TAINT OF LOVECRAFT, Mythos '02, 1st edn, (the resolution to mysteries that have long haunted the devotees of H.P. Lovecraft; Robert M. Price [ed]), new 20.00

Szumskyj, Ben (ed) ROBERT E. HOWARD: The Power of the Writing Mind, Mythos '03, 1st edn, (pieces by and about REH, including Glenn Lord interview, autobiographical sketches, obscure stories, etc.; 8.5x11"; illustrated), new 15.00

Saturday, November 11, 2006

11/11/06 SAT:
---Word from Henry Wessells:
Chris Drumm,
The latest from Temporary Culture is now available:

When They Came by Don Webb

Retail price $22.50.

One copy of the deluxe binding available, net $400 incl. postage.

Great review by John Clute appearing in the December Interzone (below).

I hope you'll order a few copies. If you do so now, I can supply copies
signed by the author at WFC.

Henry Wessells

from Scores, John Clute's review column, Interzone, December 2007
And here’s Don Webb. When They Came contains twenty-three stories,
which should not be read together. Some of them are better than the
Lovecraft PLC stuff they take off from, which does not necessarily save
them for posterity. Several of the others are genuinely brilliant. But
most of them are Attempted Rescue stories and, squashed between two
covers, seem sameish, a bit anvil chorusy.

The Attempted Rescues that fill the stories of Don Webb are the
fortysomethings that begin so many of them: men whose adult existences
have been laid down as structures to keep alive within; men whose adult
personalities are spoiled childhoods carried on by other means to no
certain end (except the one certain end), whose lives are bad art. Bad
art does indeed fill when they came: bad god art, bad human art, bad
artifacts, bad covens, bad juju. (The title of Robert Aickman’s 1966
volume of memoirs is Attempted Rescue: I’ve used the term often to
refer to adulthood as we know it: that is, adulthood as a failure to
rescue the Golden Age from self-murder: Attempted Rescue is what we do
to our own lives with our own hands.) The miracle of When They Came is
its exuberance, even in those stories so adherent to the implications
of the Attempted Rescue that you’d think there were no page available
for smiling, like for instance ‘The Agony Man’ (1995 Forbidden Acts),
whose protagonist admits, who through inaction has scummed his world
over, that he cannot deal with the darkness inside, so he sleeps lots.

In many of the stories assembled here, evil can be seen as a succumbing
of the Attempted-Rescue self to a kind of OCD surrender to the mantras
of temptation: sexual, mystical, empowering: all lies in the end. The
three ‘Yellow Flower’ stories – ‘The Yellow Flower’ (new here), ‘Pig’
(2001 Horror Garage) and ‘The Fourth Man’ (new here) – all circle
around the effects of a mysterious (or maybe non-existent) self-help
book, whose effect on those who encounter it is precisely obsession: a
draining out of the world so that nothing remains but the husk of
self-iterations, each repetition of one’s self being simpler, more
deadly to any Golden Age within.

This does get to be a tad oppressive, of course. And when Webb enters
Lovecraft territory, or Clark Ashton Smith country, he tends to snort
fustian a little too readily. But there are some stories – like ‘The
Flower Man’ (new here) or ‘The Collector’ (new here) and ‘When They
Came’ (new here) – which do the reverse of narrowing into one deadly
act of the self utterly thinned. ‘The Flower Man’ carries its female
protagonist, a healer with magic powers, is drained by her family and
others, until she escapes through extraordinary trials into a triune
dance with a male figure who is arousing in every possible sense. In
‘The Collector’, a failed artist, who teaches women how to do
landscapes in semi-rural Texas, falls in love with a woman who turns
out to be an utterly horrid monster: except that she is not a monster
but an enabler, a collector, an alien from another sphere who “will
travel less as time seems to go on, eventually become a statue. I can
only tell people what they need to hear. I don’t know it otherwise.”
And she burns “a little hole in his brain.” And she tells him enough
for him to paint three paintings that would be bought: that would be
treasured in the eyes of the world. And in ‘When They Came’, a story
good enough to justify purchase of the entire book, the world turns
into another story of the world. Griffins haunt the skies, the woman
the protagonist loves and has hunted obsessively is found fucking a
griffin until her cunt steams. Afterwards, the man and the woman
discover that it may be possible for her to share her Golden Age with
him. Tentatively, they see one another: darkly, but light begins to
shine, griffins scream, the world is different. As the story ends they
begin to attempt their rescue.

John Clute


Thursday, November 9, 2006

11/09/06 THU:
---Here today from Independent Press Group:
Beagle, Peter S. THE LINE BETWEEN, Tachyon, 2nd, (stories; captivating blend of traditional and contemporary fantasy; contains The Last Unicorn sequel “Two Hearts”; a collection you will return to again and again, and treasure forever), new 14.95

Stross, Charles THE JENNIFER MORGUE, Golden Gryphon '06, 1st edn, (highly anticipated new “Bob Howard” adventure; in addition to the novel -length title piece, this volume also contains an added Bob Howard bonus story and an afterword entitled “The Golden Age of Spying”), new in dj 25.95
---And from PS Publishing:
POSTSCRIPTS #8, aut/06, PS, (The A to Z of Fantastic Fiction; “The Bordello in Faerie” by Michael Swanwick, Robert Edric, Matthew Hughes, K.W. Jeter, Gene Wolfe and others), as new 10.00
---This email from Night Shade came in:
Hey all,

We are putting in our final order for the Dunsany slipcases, so we need all final orders by Friday, November 10th. Subscribers are covered under their subscription. Anyone else who wants them, they will be $20 per slipcase. You can order the slipcase via the link on the homepage of the website.

At the same time, we'll finally be getting the slipcases for the Manly Wade Wellman Giants from Eternity/Strangers on the Heights limited edition. It looks like we'll have color inserts on both sides, so this is going to be worth the wait.

We've seen the samples, and these will be by far the nicest slipcases we've ever done.

Remember, get your order in by Friday, as we're only doing as many as we have orders for.

Jason Williams
Night Shade Books
---Don’t know if there is any trade discount on this, so to play it safe maybe anyone wanting this should get it direct from Night Shade--unless you want me to put in for one and possibly have to tack on a bit of a premium. Since the deadline is tomorrow, I recommend haste. Also, I do have an order in for Night Shade books. These will be here eventually, I’m sure.

Wednesday, November 8, 2006

11/08/06 WED:
---Word from Golden Gryphon:
Greetings from the Gryphon:

THE JENNIFER MORGUE, by Charles Stross, is now available!

When he's not trying to save the world from unearthly horrors, Bob
Howard-an agent for the British supersecret organization known as The
Laundry-has time sheets to complete and field liaison meetings to attend. In The
Jennifer Morgue, Lovecraft meets Ian Fleming in this new "Bob Howard" adventure
from Charles Stross, author of the 2005 Hugo Award-winning novella "The Concrete
In 1975, the CIA made an ill-fated attempt to raise a sunken Soviet ballistic
missile submarine from the depths of the Pacific Ocean. The team salvaged a
device, codenamed "Gravedust," that permitted communication with the dead-the
very long dead. Enter Ellis Billington, glamorous software billionaire, who has
acquired Gravedust by devious means. Billington plans to raise an eldritch horror,
codenamed "Jennifer Morgue," from the vast deeps, and communicate with this
dead warrior for the purpose of ruling the world. Bob Howard, horribly miscast in the
"Bond, James Bond" role, must inveigle his way aboard Billington's yacht, figure out
what the villain is up to, and stop him.
In addition to the novel-length The Jennifer Morgue, this volume also
includes an added bonus story, "Pimpf," featuring agent Bob Howard in the world of
virtual gaming, along with a thought-provoking Afterword entitled "The Golden Age
of Spying."

Golden Gryphon Press
---I do have a pre-order in on this, hopefully for enough copies to instigate an automatic shipment.

Tuesday, November 7, 2006

11/07/06 TUE:
---Catalogued today:
NOT ONE OF US #36, 11/06, John Benson, (twentieth-anniversary party issue; stories and poems outside the norm), new 4.50

Monday, November 6, 2006

11/06/06 MON:
---Here today from Tartarus:
de Bernières, Louis A WALBERSWICK GOODNIGHT STORY, Tartarus '06, one of 200 SIGNED copies, (12-page poem by author of Corelli's Mandolin), as new 50.00

WORMWOOD #7, aut/06, Tartarus,(Literature of the fantastic, supernatural and decadent; articles on Chesterton, Beckford, Sarban, Simànek, Leppin, Kuttner, as well as “The Decadent World-View” by Brian Stableford and “Late Reviews” by Douglas A. Anderson), new 19.00
---There’s also a reprint of The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen ($55), which I guess won’t be shipped here automatically (like the above), but which I would be happy to special order.

Saturday, November 4, 2006

11/04/06 SAT:
---Here today from Darkside:
Simak, Clifford D. PHYSICIAN TO THE UNIVERSE: The Collected Stories of…, Volume 2, Darkside ('06), one of 520 numbered copies, (second in projected twelve-volume series; Malzberg intro; Stephensen-Payne story notes), new in dj 45.00

Friday, November 3, 2006

11/03/06 FRI:
---Here today from Ash-Tree:
Daubeny, Ulric THE ELEMENTAL: Tales of the Supernormal and the Inexplicable, Ash-Tree '06, (orig: 1919; this edition adds an additional story; intro by Douglas A. Anderson), new in dj 46.00

Fox, Marion APE'S FACE, Ash-Tree '06, (not a novel for the slasher generation; first republication since 1914; Jack Adrian intro), new in dj 46.00
---Back in stock:
Kerruish, Jessie Douglas THE UNDYING MONSTER, Ash-Tree '06, one of 500 copies, (orig: 1922; thrilling tale of mystery, adventure, and horror, which provided the archetype for the Hollywood werewolf movie; Jack Adrian intro), new in dj 47.50

Adrian, Jack (ed) (ed) ASH-TREE PRESS ANNUAL MACABRE 2005: Haven't I Read This Before?, Ash-Tree '06, 1st, (looks at a number of writers whose work appears to have been influenced by, or been an influence upon, the work of others), new in dj $45

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