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.

Friday, April 27, 2007

04/27/07 FRI:
---Word from Hippocampus:
Dear Bookseller,

Yes! We do have several new releases.

Our most recent release, the novel SHADOW COAST, by Philip Haldeman received a favorable "starred review" in the April 23, 2007 edition of PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY. This novel is our most mainstream release to date and should be of interest to many customers beyond the usual Hippocampus target audience of diehard Lovecraftians. The novel features a mysterious plot with supernatural overtones, and excellent writing that brings to mind the best of Lovecraft and Algernon Blackwood. Retail on this is $15.00.

Then there are the two new hardcover editions: Lovecraft's COLLECTED ESSAYS, Volume 5 and Clark Ashton Smith's COMPLETE POETRY AND TRANSLATIONS, Volume 3, both due by the first weekend in May. The Lovecraft hardcover retails for $40.00 and the Smith for $50.00.

About the same time we will release a book in our Lovecraft's Library which contains two complete novels EXCHANGE OF SOULS and LAZARUS which were an early influence on Lovecraft. The book is laid out like the old "Ace Double" sci-fi paperbacks, where after you read one novel, you turn the book over to read the other one. It's a cool, retro idea which we may do more of, if it meets with good response. Retail price is $15.00.

Also, the first issue of our new horror reviews journal DEAD RECKONINGS will be out in about three weeks. It's edited by ST Joshi and Jack Haringa. This publication is bound like one of our regular paperback books, runs 100 pages and retails for $7.50.

Please advise quantities desired, and thanks as always for your interest in Hippocampus Press.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

04/26/07 THU:
---Finally getting my order out to Sam’s Dot for Bruce Boston’s new novel, as well as the Bruce story collection, Flashing the Dark.

---Rain finally seems to be letting up and isn’t scheduled to be back here for a few days. Sump pump is operating for the first time in a while, kicking on every five minutes or so. Compare that to every 20 seconds in the “Flood Year” of 1993. But the 20-30 mph ENE winds blowing the rain into crevices not ordinarily so tested did bring back the old adrenaline of battling the elements. As usual, maybe I over-reacted, but there is still a long tornado and torrential rain and thunder and lightning season remaining to fret about. Easily thrown off stride at my best, this got me going even more on my cellar reorganization project a bit more in earnest--at the cost of my performing my other duties the way I should. As always the hope is that I can create the right sort of environment for high achievement. Yeah, right.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

04/24/07 TUE:
---Catching a bunch of driving rain, the kind our 115-year-old house doesn’t like. Getting a few drips coming down the siding inside the front porch, well more than a few, but so far none seem to be finding their way into the cellar, which would not be good. The towels I put down are not totally sopped, but the drips were coming more than I like. It would be nice if the rain would at least change direction and not come driving in so horizontally. I know it could be far worse, but I still get kind of worked up when it rains hard and long.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

04/21/07 SAT:
---Word from Sarob:
Hi Guys
The pre-publication order period is about to close for our new title –

Details at

Regards, Robert.
---I have my Sarob standing order in place, so this will be here whenever it decides to arrive.

Friday, April 20, 2007

04/20/07 FRI:
---Here today from Tartarus:
WORMWOOD #8, spr/07, (Literature of fantastic, supernatural & decadent; on Sturgeon by Joel Lane, on Lautrémont, Herbert Read, Ichiyo, Degenerate Art, C.L. Moore by E.F. Bleiler, Britton, Decadent World View by Brian Stableford), new 19.00

Thursday, April 19, 2007

04/19/07 THU:
---Have added little feature to this blog--a twitter feed--for brief little snippets about what I am doing at various points in time that might not seem deserving of full-fledged blog entry. Check this out down below. It is a work in progress, hopefully it will continue working and continue progressing. If you don’t see any new blog entries, check my twitter feed if you want to find out if I’m not a complete goner.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

04/18/07 WED:
---Word from Golden Gryphon:
Greetings from the Gryphon:

HARVEST OF CHANGELINGS by Warren Rochelle, is now available!

Ten years ago Ben Tyson, a librarian living in Garner, NC, met and loved
Valeria, a Daoine Sidhe woman. Valeria's death left Ben to raise their child, Malachi,
alone, and for ten years the two of them lived a fairly ordinary life. Everything changed
when Malachi turned ten and began to manifest his fey powers, but without the control a
full-blooded fairy would have. Ben has to get his son through the nearest gate to Faerie
before these powers kill him. But, where is the gate? Where are the other three children
Malachi dreams of—earth, fire, and water to his air? Why are there reports of such things
as dragon sightings and why are bookstores selling out of titles on the occult and
witchcraft? All Ben knows is the date the gate can next be opened, Halloween. What he
doesn't know is that the powers in Faerie have called home the descendents of
changelings left here generations ago. Ben doesn't know there are evil forces in both
universes trying to prevent this return.
More than a straightforward fairy tale, this is a story of the Other: those who are
different—physically, mentally, and in their lifestyles. The four part-fairy children are
taunted by their classmates because of these differences; two have been abused by their
parents. All four are outsiders. As they find each other, they find they must learn how to
survive together, and unite to overcome the apathy and prejudice of humans, as well as
the evil Fomorii.

STARRED Publishers Weekly review:
Rochelle (The Wild Boy) delivers an excellent traditional fantasy that draws on centuries-
old Celtic fairy lore. Fairies, notably infertile among their own, have long interbred with
humans, often leaving behind orphaned or abandoned children who never fit in and who
develop magical powers and magical vulnerabilities, seeking self-knowledge as they
evade their enemies, the evil Fomorii. A crisis is brewing. Librarian Ben Tyson, who lives
in Garner, N.C., is concerned about his son, Malachi, whose late mother was fey. Like
other half-fairy children, Malachi must heed a strange destiny. The book's strength lies in
the sensitive characterizations and the texture of its contemporary reality. Some Wiccans
may be upset by depictions of black witchcraft (though Rochelle is clearly aware of white
witchcraft), but otherwise this should be a book with wide appeal, as it touches so
sensitively on basic emotions, recognizable by anyone who remembers childhood. (May)
Copyright © 1997-2005 Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All
rights reserved.

“Harvest of Changelings is an original and fascinating blend of Faerie and Christian
belief, with a final battle that will leave you tingling. Classic fantasy as it should be
— Nancy Kress, three-time Nebula winner, author of the Probability series.
---Another thing to get caught up on with my ordering!

Sunday, April 15, 2007

04/15/07 SUN:
---Word from Centipede:
Artists Inspired by H.P. Lovecraft UPDATE #2

* * *

This book is continuing to sell, and the 300-copy traycase
edition, which comes with oversize prints and is numbered,
is going to be gone before you know it. Many people who
have seen the teasers for the book are calling it the most
important book in the field since The Outsider was published
nearly 70 years ago.

To start, we have a new work by Rick Lieder, who has
created an original, disturbing work exclusively
for this book.

For some big news, H.R. Giger has agreed to sign the
deluxe edition. As you know, Giger's signature is worth
a fortune these days, especially since he does not sign
any books at all, unless you are going to see his museum
in Switzerland!

The deluxe edition of Giger's Necronomicon I and II,
published by Morpheus back in 1992, now sells for
$1500 and up -- nearly eight times the original asking
price. The deluxe edition of our Lovecraft book, which is
signed by Giger, Mike Mignola, Tim White, Don Punchatz,
Stephen Fabian, and about a dozen other people (for a
complete list, see below), will quickly rise in value. What
this means is that if you just want to own the deluxe edition --
full leather, traycase, and huge oversize prints in their own
hardcover folder, it will be unaffordable on the secondary
market. We have some copies left, but they are going to
get snapped up quickly.

In other news, reclusive artist Bruce Pennington has agreed to
have three of his magnificent Mythos related paintings
reproduced in the book. His otherworldly work has been
a favorite for decades, and this is a major bonus for the book.

We are still offering the one free Millipede Press
paperback edition of your choice with every order of
either the traycase or deluxe editions of A Lovecraft
Retrospective: Artists Inspired by H.P.L. These books
will ship right away. If you would rather order through a
dealer, please mention this deal to them.

Artists signing the deluxe edition:
Jill Bauman
Randy Broecker
Dave Carson
John Coulthart
Les Edwards
Bob Eggleton
H.R. Giger
John Holmes
Stephen Jones
Paul Komoda
Allen Koszowski
Robert Knox
Rick Leider
Mike Mignola
Ian Miller
Rowena Morrill
Harry O. Morris
J.K. Potter
Don Punchatz
Anthony Travis Soumis
Denis Tiani
Murray Tinkelman
Tim White

Millipede Press books in paperback:

Some of Your Blood / Theodore Sturgeon
The Face That Must Die / Ramsey Campbell
Here Comes a Candle / Fredric Brown
The Tenant / Roland Topor
Falling Angel / William Hjortsberg
The Deadly Percheron / John Franklin Bardin
Nightfall / David Goodis
Street of No Return / David Goodis
Frankenstein / Mary Shelley (available in May)

Best Regards,

Jerad Walters
Centipede Press
---I'd be happy to procure any of the above for anyone interested.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

04/14/07 SAT:
---Here today from Stark House:
Blackwood, Algernon PAN'S GARDEN / INCREDIBLE ADVENTURES: Two Classic Adventures, Stark House Supernatural Classics, 3/07, 1st edn thus, (introductions by Mike Ashley and Tim Lebbon; 439 pages), new 21.95

Friday, April 13, 2007

04/13/07 FRI:
---Sent an order out to NESFA for their new books, see if there are still copies of the ltd of their latest Boskone book available.
---Rec’d acknowledgment, without word that anything was unavailable.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

04/12/07 THU:
---A couple SFBC books catalogued:
Kaye, Marvin (ed) THE FAIR FOLK, SFBC, 1/05, 1st, (OA; elves are a nice broad subject that lets writers stretch out; winner of World Fantasy Award), new in dj 13.99

Kuttner, Henry & C.L. Moore TWO-HANDED ENGINE: The Selected Stories of…, SFBC, nd, (affordable reprint of Centipede Press edition; David Curtis [ed & intro]; 915 pages), new in dj 14.99
---Added a couple cool new elements to blog when I finally got around to tending it yesterday: a Google News feed that follows the keywords I supply: “science fiction” and “supernatural” came to mind. The other element, attached to bottom of page with the others, is a feed from Locus. Check ‘em out for at least something fresh if I’ve been neglecting blogging again.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

04/11/07 WED:
---Once again, long time no blog entries. I let myself get out of the habit, I guess. But, as well, I went to San Francisco for a few days a couple weeks ago. Leading up to the trip I didn’t want to stir up too much book-business action, and as usual for me, after I got back I had my usual problems re-orienting myself in the proper direction. Still not too many new arrivals to report lately. I need to get a few orders to publishers, but the days when I tried to be comprehensive, even including the conglomerates, seem to be past. But who can predict the future? There is a box here with some nice used books that I need to catalog in the next day or so. Hopefully I can go ahead and get that posted without undue delay.

Thursday, April 5, 2007

04/05/07 THU:
---Word from Gauntlet:
Gauntlet Press is now taking orders for Ray Bradbury's MATCH TO FLAME: THE FICTIONAL PATH TO FAHRENHEIT 451. Without a doubt this is the most important book we've published in our 17 years in business. It answers the question those will ask 50 years from now: How did Bradbury get the idea for his acclaimed novel on censorship, FAHRENHEIT 451? The answer is both simple and complex. Bradbury experimented with the theme of censorship in numerous stories. All of them (many which have never been collected) are included in MATH TO FLAME along with unpublished stories and novellas. The book ends with THE FIREMAN, published in 1951 which was to be his last word on the subject unless he decided to write a novel. Two years later FAHRENHEIT 451 was written and published. The book includes:
~Table of Contents~
Foreword by Ray Bradbury
Introduction by Richard Matheson
Historical and Critical Introduction by Bill Touponce
Texts Edited and Annotated by Jon Eller
"Pillar of Fire"
"The Library"
"Bright Phoenix"
Facsimile: "Tiger Tiger, Burning Bright" (working title for early draft of "Bright Phoenix", with handwritten corrections)
"The Mad Wizards of Mars"
"Carnival of Madness"
"The Mechanical Hound" (facsimile fragment)
"The Bonfire"
"The Bonfire" (facsimile, first draft, with handwritten corrections)
"Cricket On the Hearth"
"Cricket On the Hearth" (facsimile)
Ray Bradbury's 1st Published Article: Blue and White Daily, 1938
"The Pedestrian"
"The Garbage Collector"
"The Smile"
"When Ignorant Armies Clash" (unpublished novella)
"Long After Midnight" (unpublished novella)
"The Fireman"

The website price for the 750 numbered edition is $100.

The 52-copy wooden traycases lettered edition is signed Richard Matheson (signing only the lettered) who wrote an introduction for the book. A print of the Bradbury painting used for the cover art is also included with the lettered edition.

Bradbury has signed BOTH editions.

Lamont Ingram
Gauntlet Press Dealer Rep
---But I haven’t sent Gauntlet an order in a long time. Eventually, though, I’m sure...

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

04/03/07 TUE:
---Here today from CD Publications:
CEMETERY DANCE #57, '07, (Charlee Jacob, Michael McBride, A.R. Morlan, David Prill, Bev Vincent, etc.), new 5.00

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