Closer to the Chest$27.00 Add to cart
Magonia$9.99 Add to cart
Aerie$17.99 Add to cart
Certain Dark Things$25.99 Add to cart
Beam of Malice$16.99 Add to cart
The Cook$15.99 Add to cart
A Ring of Roses$15.99 Add to cart
Neuromancer$25.00 Add to cart
2001: A Space Odyssey$25.00 Add to cart
The Once and Future King$30.00 Add to cart
Dune$30.00 Add to cart
The Left Hand of Darkness$25.00 Add to cart
The Underground Railroad$26.95 Add to cart
Stranger in a Strange Land$30.00 Add to cart
Pirate Utopia$19.95 Add to cart
The Art of Hammer$34.95 Add to cart
Slipping$15.95 Add to cart
The Valancourt Book of Victorian Christmas Ghost Stories$16.99 Add to cart
Babylon’s Ashes$27.00 Add to cart
The Gunslinger$9.99 Add to cart
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Big News – Big Changes
Alice is leaving. It’s a complicated situation but the simple explanation is that things just haven’t worked out after nearly two years. It’s been a pleasure having her here and it’s certainly made my life easier but sometimes life has other ideas. I’m working on other plans and as they happen I’ll let everyone know.
The current political and social situation has made me very uneasy. I’m not happy with the way things seem to be going and I’m not sure I want to sit back and watch it happen. But my options are limited and I guess I just have to continue doing what I’ve always done – Keep on keepin’ on.
This year marks the 40th year since I first opened the store. On Saturday April 1 I’ll be having a party to celebrate my anniversary. What shape the whole event will take is still up in the air but I aim to make it a memorable one.
I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and I’m (warily) looking forward to 2017.
New Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror
Johann Valentin Andreae – The Chemical Wedding by Christian Rosencreutz TPB (Small Beer Press) A new edition celebrating the 400th anniversary of one of the most outlandish stories in Western literature, with an Introduction, copious footnotes, and an end note from John Crowley and new illustrations from Theo Fadel. $16.00
Bradley P. Beaulieu and Rob Ziegler – The Burning Light TPB (Tor.com) Something called the Light has hit the streets of the flooded relic of New Your City like an epidemic, leavings its users strung out and disconnected from the mind-network humanity relies on. Colonel Chu is determined to end this threat or die trying. $14.99
Lauren Beukes – Slipping: Stories, Essays and Other Writing TPB (Tachyon Pubs) An edgy and satiric retrospective collection, with 21 stories and 5 essays that range from Johannesburg to across the galaxy. A Punk Lolita fighter-pilot rescues Tokyo from a marauding art installation. A young architect’s life is derailed by an inquisitive girl who happens to be a ghost. Unwitting recruits discover biohazardous plants on an inhospitable planet. $15.95
John Blackburn – A Ring of Roses TPB (Valancourt Books) A young boy goes missing in East Germany, then returns to England with a case of bubonic plague, the first outbreak in centuries. Is it a natural mutation, Soviet germ warfare, or something even more sinister? $15.99
James S. A. Corey – Babylon’s Ashes HC (Orbit) The final war has started. The protomolecule, fairly quiescent since the opening of the gates, has identified its enemy and is arming itself for battle. Holden and his allies are faced with the decision of whether to blow the gates, trapping humanity in beads of disconnected worlds, or engage in a battle that they can only lose no matter who wins. Book Six in the Expanse series. $27.00
James S. A. Corey – Caliban’s War Limited Edition HC (Subterranean Press) Limited to 574 numbered copies, signed by Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck. 443 pages. Second book in the Expanse series. In the vast wilderness of space, James Holden and the crew of the Rocinante have been keeping the peace for the Outer Planets Alliance. When they agree to help a scientist search war-torn Ganymede for a missing child, the future of humanity rests on whether a single ship can prevent an alien invasion that may have already begun . . . $75.00
Bob Garcia and Joe Desris – Batman: A Celebration of the Classic TV Series HC (Titan Books) A lavish oversized hardcover tribute to the camp TV show from the 1960’s. Classic images, rare stills, photography and production art join articles and interviews for a detailed and in-depth look at the show that inspired generations. SIGNED by both authors. $50.00
Alex Hamilton – Beam of Malice TPB (Valancourt Books) First published in 1966, these 15 stories are some of Hamilton’s finest and most unsettling tales. His horrors spring from the familiar, with people finding their lives inexplicably invaded by bizarre occurrences. $16.99
Maria Dahvana Headley – Magonia TPB (Harpercollins ) Aza has always suffered from a lung disease, and when she sees a ship in the sky her family chalks it up to her medication. Until she is found by a world of trading ships up above the clouds, finds a new home and family there, faces an upcoming war between Magonia and Earth, and her place in it. $9.99
Maria Dahvana Headley – Aerie HC (Harpercollins) Aza Ray is back on earth. Her boyfriend, Jason, is overjoyed. Her family is healed. Part of Aza still yearns for the clouds, no matter how much she loves the people on the ground. When Jason’s paranoia over Aza’s safety causes him to make a terrible mistake, Aza must travel to the edge of the world in search of a legendary weapon, the Flock, in a journey through fire and identity that will transform her forever. $17.99
Gerald Kersh – The Great Wash TPB (Valancourt Books) Journalist George Oaks and Albert Kemp, a mystery novelist, are on their way to meet the celebrated philosopher Dr. Monacelli. But a clerical mix-up leads to their meeting the American gangster Monty Cello instead, and Oaks and Kemp find themselves caught up in a bizarre plot involving a murdered reporter, a missing scientist, and a group of powerful madmen. First published in 1953. $14.99
Cassandra Khaw – Hammers on Bone TPB (Tor.com) John Persons is a private investigator, hired by a ten-year-old to kill the kid’s stepdad. The man in question is abusive, abrasive, and abominable. He’s also a monster, which makes Persons the perfect thing to hunt him. $10.99
Harry Kressing – The Cook TPB (Valancourt Books) Conrad, nearly seven feet tall, gaunt, and dressed all in black, arrives in the town of Cobb. He secures a job as cook for the wealthy Hill family, winning their hearts and stomachs. But Conrad has a sinister, inscrutable plan. $15.99
Henry Kuttner – Man Drowning HC (Centipede Press) A noir tale if ever there was one, the downward spiral of a man with anger and obsession problems, and the woman he’s obsessed with. First published in 1952, this new edition has an Introduction by Bill Crider and cover artwork by Ron Lesser. $35.00
Joel Lane – This Spectacular Darkness HC (Tartarus Press) A collection of Lane’s intriguing essays about leading figures in twentieth-century dark literature, including H.P. Lovecraft, Thomas Ligotti, Fritz Leiber and Robert Aickman. They are characterised by his profound insight, high critical standards and his keen allegiance to this fiction. $49.95
Silvia Moreno-Garcia – Certain Dark Things HC (Thomas Dunne Books) Welcome to Mexico City, an oasis in a sea of vampires. Domingo is a trash-picking street kid, just trying to get by, when he meets Atl, the descendant of Aztec blood drinkers, and is completely smitten. But Atl’s problems lead to danger for the whole city. $25.99
Laurie Penny – Everything Belongs to the Future TPB (Tor.com) In the ancient heart of Oxford University, the ultra-rich celebrate their vastly extended lifespans. But scruffy anarchists sharing living space with an ever-shifting cast of crusty punks and lost kids have a few surprises in store for them.. Along with the scientist who invented the longevity treatment. $11.99
Cindy Pon – Sacrifice HC (Month 9 Books) The story begun in Serpentinecontinues as Skybright is plunged into the terrifying Underworld, while Stone must find a way to close hell’s breach before more mortals die. A YA book that will interest all ages. $23.99
Also available: Serpentine, HC $23.99
Terry Pratchett – The Witch’s Vacuum Cleaner and Other Stories HC (Doubleday UK) This is the UK edition. US hardcover will be coming out in January 2017. Fourteen fantastically funny stories from a master storyteller, full of food fights, pirates, wizards and crooks! $21.95
Andy Remic – The Iron Beast TPB (Tor.com) Third in the Song For No Man’s Land trilogy. A war is being waged in an impossible world. The Skogsgra and the Naravelle have launched their final offensive, and Private Jones and his companions are caught in the melee. 172 pages. $14.99
Brandon Sanderson – Arcanum Unbounded: the Cosmere Collection HC (Tor Books) Nine works of short fiction gathered from Tor.com and elsewhere explore the worlds of Elantris, Mistborn, Taldain and Threnody, along with essays and illustrations. Includes the Stormlight Archive novella “Edgedancer,” new for this publication. 672 pages. $27.99
Delia Sherman – The Evil Wizard Smallbone HC (Candlewick Press) When twelve-year-old Nick runs away from his uncle’s in the middle of a blizzard, he stumbles onto a very opinionated bookstore. He also meets its guardian, the self-proclaimed Evil Wizard Smallbone, who calls Nick his apprentice and won’t let him leave, but won’t teach him magic, either. It’s a good thing the bookstore takes Nick’s magical education in hand, because Smallbone’s nemesis—the Evil Wizard Fidelou—and his pack of shape-shifting bikers are howling at the borders. $17.99
Angela Slatter – A Feast of Sorrows TPB (Prime Books) First US collection of twelve of the World Fantasy and British Fantasy Award-winning Australian author’s finest, darkest fairy tales, along with two new novellas “The Tallow-Wife” and “What Shines Brightest Burns Most Fiercely”. $15.95
Bruce Sterling – Pirate Utopia HC (Tachyon Pubs) An Introduction from Warren Ellis, frequent illustrations from John Coulthart, and an Afterword by Christopher Brown surround a wild satire about serious issues, with rebel arms factories, European politics, post-war troubles, and a cast of colorful characters that include H. P. Lovecraft and Houdini. $19.95
Colson Whitehead – The Underground Railroad HC (Doubleday) Cora is a slave in the antebellum South who takes the terrifying risk of escaping her hellish life by riding the Underground Railway, a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. But things don’t go as planned, the supposed haven of South Carolina masks an insidious scheme, and Cora is forced to flee again, with hunters close behind. $26.95
Walter John Williams – Impersonations TPB (Tor.com) Caroline Sula has been posted to the planet Earth, a dismal backwater where careers go to die. Now old secrets are threatened with exposure, someone is forging evidence that would send her to prison. And all that is before someone tries to kill her. $17.99
Kai Ashante Wilson – A Taste of Honey TPB (Tor.com) As royalty negotiates over trade routes and the divinity seeks arcane assistance among the local gods, Aqib bgm Sadiqi, fourth-cousin to the royal family and son of the Master of Beasts, has more mortal concerns. His heart has been captured for the first time by a handsome Daluçan soldier named Lucrio. $14.99
The Penguin Galaxy Classic Reprints – Deluxe hardcover editions, with a series introduction by Neil Gaiman. In the unlikely event that there’s anyone reading this catalog that is not already familiar with these books, now is the perfect time. For the rest of us, a fine keeper copy!
Without dust jacket, as issued.
Arthur C. Clarke – 2001: A Space Odyssey $25.00
William Gibson – Neuromancer $25.00
Robert A. Heinlein – Stranger in a Strange Land $30.00
Frank Herbert – Dune $30.00
Ursula K. Le Guin – The Left Hand of Darkness $25.00
T. H. White – The Once and Future King $30.00
edited by Tara Moore – The Valancourt Book of Victorian Christmas Ghost Stories TPB (Valancourt Books) A lovely collection of Victorian Christmas ghost stories, culled from rare 19th-century periodicals. Thirteen tales, including Walter Scott’s “The Tapestried Chamber” and Margaret Oliphant’s “The Lady’s Walk”. $16.99
edited by Sean Wallace – The Mammoth Book of Kaiju TPB (Prime Books) Twentyseven tales of giant monsters whose every roar and footstep shakes the earth, with an Introduction from Robert Hood, stories from Lavie Tidhar, Frank Wu, Cody Goodfellow, Gini Koch, James A. Moore, Neal Asher, Jason Nahrung and many more. $16.95
Stephen King – Dark Tower 1: The Gunslinger (Pocket Books) A lovely and convenient new printing of this timeless classic, reprinting the 2003 expanded edition. $9.99
New Art and Reference Books
Illustration Magazine Issue #54 – Focus article on the Mort Künstler Collection, with great pieces from Norman Rockwell, J. C. Leyendecker, Dean Cornwell, Howard Pyle, many fine pieces by Norman Price along with others. A great memorial to Frank R. Paul and a writeup of the development of the Pictoral Press rounds out anther excellent issue. $15.00
Pulps and Pulp Related
Will Murray – King Kong vs. Tarzan TPB (Altus Press) The saga of how Kong was taken to NYC, circumnavigating Africa, and the clash between the Monarch of Skull Island and the Lord of the Jungle. 465 pages. $24.95
Paperback Parade #95 – A full color, lavishly illustrated look at classic pbs, with articles by Gary Lovisi, Richard Greene, John Keyes, Tom Lesser, Jim Fitzpatrick, Richard Kellogg and Wally Green. This marks the 30th year that Paperback Parade has been published! $15.00
Kenneth Robeson – Pat Savage: Six Scarlet Scorpions TPB (Altus Press) Will Murray and Lester Dent (writing as Kenneth Robeson) bring us an adventure of Patricia Savage (Doc’s younger cousin) and Monk Mayfair as they are hounded by minions, evade hordes and battle their way to a sinister secret. $24.95
The Shadow #112 – “Death Token” and “Three Stamps of Death” both by Walter B. Gibson, writing as Maxwell Grant, including all the original interior art by Edd Cartier, Paul Orban and Bob Powell. Plus the script for the radio play “The Shadow in Danger”. $14.95
The Shadow #113 – Legacy of Death and The Devil’s Partner by Walter Gibson and Theodore Tinsley writing as Maxwell Grant. Plus The Great Submarine Mystery by George Lowther. Plus historical essays by Anthony Tollin and Will Murray. $14.95
Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet #35 December 2016 – “And the continuing need to work to better this world for”. Fiction from Danielle Mayabb, James Warner, Clinton Lawrence, Kate Story, Diana Chien, S. E. Clark, and more. Poetry from Catherine Fletcher. $5.00
Wormwood #27 Autumn 2016 – (Tartarus) Journal of the fantastic, supernatural and decadent, edited by Mark Valentine. Articles about Peake’s Castle Gormenghast, Robert Hugh Benson, Amyas Northcote’s Ghostly Companies, and Andrei Bely with columns by Reggie Oliver, Douglas A. Anderson and John Howard. $14.99
Paperback Parade #96 : The Magazine for Paperback Readers and Collectors This issue features : Europa Books / UK Tarzans / 2016 UK Book Fair / Matchless Paperbacks / James Meese / Roy Huggins / Paperback Talk. Great magazine now in full color. $15.00
New Film, Televisions, and Media-related Books & Magazines
Cinema Retro #36 – A Lynda Hayden interview, the Pink Panther movie that never was, a look at the 1979 version of Dracula, a “Film in Focus” on Brook’s The Professionals, and a tribute to producer Euan Lloyd fill out another great issue. $11.99
Marcus Hearn – The Art of Hammer: Posters from the Archive of Hammer Films HC (Titan Books) Hammer Films were almost as well known for the way in which they sold their films, as for the films themselves. This large format, lavish hardback, first issued in 2010, is now fully updated and brings together hundreds of rare posters from around the world, featuring Hammer’s greatest films. $34.95
HorrorHound Fall 2016 Annual – This special edition from the HorrorHound Weekend gives us a look at the art of Jordu Schell, reviews of twelve new indy horror films, and a massive retrospective of the movie Child’s Play, complete with years of merchandise. $5.00
Rue Morgue #173 December 2016 – Feature focus on John Hancock’s genre gem “Let’s Scare Jessica to Death”, a look at the wave of teenage filmmakers working to freak you out, a Herschell Gordon Lewis interview and a glimpse of the new book The Krampus. $9.95
Rue Morgue #174 Jan/Feb 2017 – The first of the bimonthly issues is packed with horror happenings and in depth looks at The Girl With All the Gifts, Split, and the final installment of Resident Evil, along with a Year in Review and the schedule for 2017 horror conventions. Rue Morgue will still be publishing 12 times a year: 6 regular issues, 5 Rue Morgue Library and one special end-of-the-year release. $9.95
In the catalog, but never listed on the website, is a long list of one-of-a-kind items. Because of this, they may no longer be available. Please e-mail or call to find out and order!
Used & Rare Hardcovers and Trade Paperback Anthologies
Matheson, Michael – The Humanity of Monsters 1st Ed. TPB (ChiZine Pub. 2015) Anthology with Lansdale, Barron, Gaiman, Velente, and more. Fine. $8.00
Used & Rare Hardcovers and Trade Paperbacks
Blackwood, Algernon – Ancient Sorceries and Other Weird Stories TPB (Penguin UK 2002) Collection of 9 Weird stories with a new intro by S. T. Joshi and a further suggested readings list. VGF. $8.00
Brennan, Joseph Payne – The Feaster from Afar And Other Ghastly Visitants 1st Ed. (MidnightHouse 2008) Collection of weird fiction. #140 of 500 trade copies for sale. Fine in lightly rubbed jacket. $50.00
Quinn, Seabury – Night Creatures 1st Ed. HC (Ash-Tree Press 2003) 11 Horror stories first published in Weird Tales, many never-before reprinted. 600 copies published. Fine in jacket. $75.00
Roscoe, Theodore – Z is For Zombie 1st Ed. TPB (Starmont House 1989) Pulp reprint from Argosy magazine. Starmont Facsimile Fiction Series #2. VG; some offfsetting on back cover. Scarce. $25.00
Schweitzer, Darrell (ed) – Discovering Modern Horror 1 1st Ed. TPB (Starmont 1985) Collection of essays about Modern Horror and Horror Writers such as Shirley Jackson, Dennis Etchison, Ramsey Campbell and many others. Fine. $12.00
Smith, Clark Ashton – Tales of Science and Sorcery 1st Ed. HC (Arkham House 1964) Collection of Fantasy/Horror stories. Utpatel cover. VGF; very faint tape ghosts on interior pastedowns; tiny checkmark on front endpaper; wear/rubbing on jacket edges. 2500 copies produced. $80.00
Smith, Clark Ashton – Tales of Zothique 1st Ed. TPB (Necronomicon Press 1995) Collection of Smith’s Fantastic and Strange stories. Near fine. $35.00
Smith, Clark Ashton – The Book of Hyperborea 1st Ed. TPB (Necronomicon Press 1996) Collection of Smith’s Fantastic and Strange stories. Near fine. $20.00
Used and Rare Paperbacks
Charles Beaumont – The Hunger and Other Stories 1st (Bantam 1959) Collection of “violent entertainments”. VGF. $10.00
Chester, William L. – One Against a Wilderness 1st Ed. (DAW 1977) Pulp-era adventure of an alien raised among American Indians. PBO. VGF. $5.00
Finney, Charles – The Circus of Dr. Lao 1st. (Bantam 1964) Fantasy classic; first mass-market paperback. VG. $8.00
Goulart, Ron – Big Bang 1st Ed. (DAW 1982) Fantasy Mystery with Odd Jobs, Inc. Josh Kirby Illos/cover. PBO. Near fine. $5.00
Goulart, Ron – Hail Hibbler 1st Ed. (DAW 1980) Fantasy Mystery with Odd Jobs Inc. Josh Kirby Illos/cover. PBO. VGF. $5.00
Goulart, Ron – The Panchronicon Plot 1st Ed. (DAW 1977) Humorous SF time travel novel. Josh Kirby Illos/cover. PBO. VGF. $5.00
Goulart, Ron – Upside Downside 1st Ed. (DAW 1982) Humorous SF novel. Josh Kirby Illos/cover. PBO. Near fine. $5.00
Lafferty, R. A. – Ringing Changes 1st Ed. (Ace 1983) Collection of unbelievably fine stories, emphasis on the unbelievable… Lafferty is a wonder. PBO. VGF. $10.00
Lafferty, R. A. – Okla Hannali (Pocket 1973) a Jack London-ish novel of a bigger than life American Indian raised from rags-to-riches and back again and back again….. Lafferty is always highly recommended. VG. $10.00
Lafferty, R. A. – Pastmaster 1st Ed. (Ace 1968) SF novel; Hugo Award finalist. Lafferty is unique and wonderful. PBO. VG. $6.00
Lafferty, R. A. – Ringing Changes 1st Ed. (Ace 1984) Collection of fantastic stories. PBO. Highly recommended. Scarce. GVG; 1 1/2 strip peeled from heel of spine. $8.00
Long, Frank Belknap – The Hounds of Tindalos 1st (Belmont 1963) Horror collection; only half of the Arkham House first edition. VG. $10.00
Lumley, Brian – The Transition of Titus Crow 1st Ed. (DAW 1975) “A Time-Space Ciller-Thriller in the Lovecraft Tradition”. PBO. VG. $5.00
Masterton, Graham – The Manitou reprint (Star UK 1983) Horror novel. Near fine. $8.00
Masterton, Graham – Revenge of the Manitou reprint (Star UK 1986) Horror novel. Near fine. $8.00
Matheson, Richard – The Shrinking Man 2nd. (Gold Medal 1962) Classic SF novel. VG+. $10.00
Oboler, Arch – House on Fire (Dell 3790 1970) Supernatural novel a la Rosemary’s Baby from the scriptwriter for the radio show Lights Out. Near fine. $8.00
Scott, Jody – I, Vampire 1st Ed. (Ace 1984) SF/Vampire mash-up. PBO. VGF. $6.00
Serviss, Garrett P. – Edison’s Conquest of Mars (Apogee 2005) Sequel to War of the Worlds. Scarce title; first mass-market edition. Fine. $8.00
Simak, Clifford D. – Way Station (Macfadden 1965) First paperback of this influential SF novel. Richard Powers cover. VGF. $6.00
Simmons, Dan – Song of Kali (Tor 1986) First paperback printing of author’s first book. Deeply disturbing and memorable book. Near fine. $6.00
Wagner, Karl Edward – Legion from the Shadows 1st Ed. (Zebra 1976) Sword & Sorcery; a Bran Mak Morn novel, the character created by Robert E. Howard. Jeff Jones cover. VG: cover has minor wrinkles. $10.00
Used and Rare Paperback Anthologies
Haining, Peter (ed) – Zombie 1st Ed. (Target UK 1985) Stories of the Walking Dead with Hearn, Meik, Birkin, Derleth, others. VG. $10.00
Carter, Lin (ed) – Weird Tales #1 2nd. (Zebra 1980) First issue of the paperback magazine. R.E. Howard, Derleth, Campbell, others. VGF. $8.00
Used and Rare Magazines (Digests unless otherwise stated)
Gordon R. Dickson’s file copies:
Astounding Science Fiction Jan. 1953 Poul Anderson. VG. $5.00
Astounding Science Fiction Mar. 1953 Robert Sheckley, Wallace West. VG. $5.00
Astounding Science Fiction Apr. 1953 Hal Clement, Nourse, Oliver. VG. $5.00
Astounding Science Fiction Aug. 1953 Poul Anderson, Lee Correy. VGF. $5.00
Astounding Science Fiction Jan. 1954 Piper, Budrys, Robinson. VGF. $5.00
Astounding Science Fiction May 1954 Blish, Russell, Budrys. VG. $5.00
Astounding Science Fiction Oct. 1954 Poul Anderson, Clifton/Riley. VGF. $5.00
Fantasy & Science Fiction Aug 1952 Bester, de Camp, Dickson, Derleth, others. VG $5.00
Fantasy & Science Fiction Nov. 1952 Bradbury, Dick, Ward Moore, others. VG $5.00
Fantasy & Science Fiction June 1954 Heinlein, Dickson, Norton, Shaara, others. VG. $4.00
Fantasy & Science Fiction Nov. 1955 Anderson, Dickson, Sturgeon, Boucher. VG. $4.00
Fantasy & Science Fiction Dec. 1955 Asimov, Sturgeon, Anderson, Wodehouse. VG. $4.00
REH: LoneStarFictioneer #4 : The Howard Fanzine 1976 (8.5 x 11”) Fiction and verse by Robert E. Howard, articles, pastiches, art and more. Fine, as new, copies. $5.00
Whispers (edited by Stuart Schiff) This is a fine Dark Fantasy and Horror digest sized magazine with some of the best fiction, non-fiction and art from the field. I have accumulated too many extra copies over the years and it’s time to let them go as cheaply as they’ve ever been. All are about Fine unless marked otherwise.
#6/7 (1975) Jacobi, Leiber, Cave, Wellman, Wagner, Brennan, Long. VG. $10.00
#9 (1976) Lafferty, Nolan, Etchison, Lee Brown Coye, much more. $10.00
#10 (1977) Robert Aickman, Karl Edward Wagner, R.C. Matheson, much more. $10.00
#11/12 (1978) Wellman, Bloch, Lumley, Campbell, Etchison, more. $10.00
#13/14 (1979) Leiber, Lumley, Zelazny, Grant, Etchison, Glen Cook, more. $10.00
#15/16 (1982) Ramsey Campbell special; Wagner, Michael Shea, Nolan, more. $10.00
#19/20 (1983) Streiber, Grant, Schow, Wellman, Cave, more. $10.00
#21/22 (1984) Alan Ryan, Tanith Lee, Cave, Leiber, Etchison, much more. $10.00
#23/24 (1987) Lansdale, Jacobi, Leiber, Cave, Wellman, Lumley, more. $10.00
JANUARY WHITE SALE (We need to get rid of some books and I hope you’re interested in getting some bargains. Quantities are very limited.)
Robert R. McCammon – I Travel By Night 1st Ed. HC (Subterranean 2013) A Vampire adventurer Trevor Lawson novella (147 pages). Fine in jacket. Cover price $35. $20.00
Jack Vance – Desperate Days : Selected Mysteries Vol. 2 1st Ed. HC (Subterranean 2012) Includes three Mystery novels / The Fox Valley Murders / The Pleasant Grove Murders / The Dark Ocean. Fine in jacket. Cover price $45.00 $27.00
Jack Cady – The Night We Buried Road Dog 1st Ed. HC (DreamHaven Books 1998) Collection of Supernatural and Ghost stories by a sometime neglected author. The title story was a Nebula Award winner. Fine in jacket. $5.00
Gardner Dozois – Slow Dancing Through Time 1st Ed. HC (Ursus Imprints/Ziesing 1990) Collection of SF stories by Dozois plus some collaborative works with Jack Dann, Michael Swanwick, Susan Casper, and Jack C. Haldeman II. Fine in jacket. $5.00
Limited SIGNED edition : SIGNED of 374 copies. SIGNED by Dozois, Dann, Swanwick, Casper, Haldeman, Pat Cadigan (intro), Michael Bishop (Foreword), Tim Kirk (endpapers), Don Ivan Punchatz (frontispiece), and Vern Dufford (cover). Fine in jacket and slipcase. $30.00
Dennis Etchison – The Death Artist 1st Ed. HC (DreamHaven Books 2000) Collection of a dozen superior Horror stories with illustrations by J.K. Potter. Fine in jacket. $5.00
Greg Ketter (ed) – Shelf Life 1st Trade Edition. HC (DreamHaven Books 2002/5) Anthology of original stories about bookstores. Published to commemorate DreamHaven’s 25th anniversary. Wolfe, Campbell, de Lint, Hautala, Williamson, many others. Fine in jacket. $5.00
Dan Simmons – The Guiding Nose of Ulfant Banderoz 1st Ed. HC (Subterranean 2009) Fantasy novella. Limited edition. Fine in jacket. ($35) $15.00
Howard Waldrop – Night of the Cooters 1st Ed. HC (Ursus Imprints / Ziesing 1990) Collection of “More Neat Stories” by the incomparable Waldrop. Fine in jacket. $5.00
Tom Reamy – San Diego Lightfoot Sue 1st Ed. HC (Earthlight 1979) Collection of fabulous works (Horror / Dark Fantasy) by an author who died before he could be recognized as a world-class writer. This really gets my highest recommendation. Fine in jacket. $10.00
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Alice Bentley has been working here at DreamHaven since April 2015, but has decided to return to the damp, dim Pacific NorthWest. Greg has brought in a couple of old hands to help fill the gap, so expect to see Ryan and Wendy here now and again.
Wendy has more social media presence than Alice did, so you may well see more posts here, and over on our FaceBook and Twitter accounts. Please be encouraged to comment!
We have had so many wonderful new books arriving, in both the New and the Used sections, that Greg has gone through the store pulling some of the older titles and marking them down to a ridiculous $3 each!
This has also become the dispersal point for books that are fiction, but not Science Fiction (or Fantasy, or Horror).
So if you’re in the mood for a good Mystery, or a slice of life, or just a nice reader copy of an old favorite, please come check out our special $3 section.
New today is another lovely limited edition hardcover from Tartarus Press from North Yorkshire, United Kingdom.
This Spectacular Darkness is an assemblage of articles by noted essayist Joel Lane discussing the leading figures in twentieth-century dark literature, including H.P. Lovecraft, Thomas Ligotti, Fritz Leiber and Robert Aickman. They are characterised by his profound insight, high critical standards and his keen allegiance to this fiction.
Also collected here are studies of Ramsey Campbell, Robert Bloch and Nyarlathotep. The volume is completed by appreciations of Joel’s essays, poetry, short stories and novels.
It’s chilly outside today (20F/-7C), so it’s no surprise that there aren’t a lot of people walking in. Still plenty of work to do listing books, and making display arrangements for our event this Saturday.
And it can now be announced: Our Small Business Saturday specials include
20% OFF on ALL New Paperbacks (both Mass Market and Trade)
20% OFF on ALL New Hardcovers
20% OFF on ALL New Magazines
50% OFF on Used Paperbacks and Hardcovers (does not include items in showcases or behind the counter – those items are negotiable)
Vastly expanded $3 each Hardcover/Tradepaperback area
Just arrived selection of thousands of Movie Magazines, at $3 each
Just arrived selection of thousands of Golden Age and Silver Age comics, from $1 and up
Vintage Toys from 1930 – 1975
More unannounced specials at the shop – you just need to come in and find them!
One of the things I loved about my job at The Stars Our Destination (1988 to 2004 for those who haven’t heard me ramble about that place before) were the visits from publisher’s sales reps and the occasional package of Advance Reader copies.
I really appreciated knowing more about upcoming titles before I had to commit to an order, and the greater span of time it gave me to inform and excite my regular customers.
Here at DreamHaven Books I haven’t been as energetic about establishing ties with the publishers, or letting them know how useful advance information can be. So as part of my just-evolving series of blog posts here on the website, I’ve decided to start off with a description of the recent arrivals from the Harper/Voyager publication team.
They have (as you can see in the photo) provided uncorrected proof copies of three upcoming titles:
Nine of Stars by Laura Bickle is the first novel in the Wildlands series.
“As the daughter of an alchemist, Petra Dee has faced all manner of occult horrors – especially since her arrival in the small town of Temperance, Wyoming. But she can’t explain the creature now stalking the backcountry of Yellowstone, butchering wolves and leaving only their skins behind in the snow. Rumors surface of the return of Skinflint Jack, a nineteenth-century wraith that kills in fulfillment of an ancient bargain.
The new sherrif in town, Owen Rutherford, isn’t helping matters. He’s a dangerously haunted man on the trail of both an unsolved case and a fresh kill – a bizarre murder leading him right to Petra’s partner, Gabriel. And while Gabe once had little to fear from the mortal world, he’s all too human now. This time, when violence hits close to home, there are no magical solutions.
It’s up to Petra and her coyote sidekick Sig to get ahead of both Owen and the unnatural being hunting them all – before the trail turns deathly cold.”
On-sale Tuesday, December 27th, in mass market paperback for $7.99
Heartstone by Elle Katharine White is a debut historical fantasy.
“Recasts Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice in an imaginative world of wyverns, dragons, and the warriors who fight alongside them against the monsters that threaten the kingdom: gryphons, direwolves, lamias, banshees, and lindworms.
They say a Rider in possession of a good blade must be in want of a monster to slay – and Merybourne Manor has plenty of monsters.
Passionate, headstrong Aliza Bentaine knows this all too well, she’s already lost one sister to the invading gryphons. So when Lord Merybourne hires a band of Riders to hunt down the horde, Aliza is relieved her home will soon be safe again.
Her relief is short-lived. With the arrival of the haughty and handsome dragonrider, Alastair Daired, Aliza expects a battle; what she doesn’t expect is a romantic clash of wills, pitting words and wit against the pride of an ancient house. Nor does she anticipate the mystery that follows them from Merybourne Manor, its roots running deep as the foundations of the kingdom itself, where something old and dreadful slumbers … something far more sinister than gryphons.
It’s a war Aliza is ill-prepared to wage, on a battlefield she’s never known before: one spanning kingdoms, class lines, and the curious nature of her own heart.
Elle Katherine White infuses elements of Austen’s beloved novel with her own brand of magic, crafting a modern epic fantasy that conjures a familiar yet wonderously unique new world.”
Due out Jan 17th, 2017 in Trade PaperBack, $15.99
The Wrong Dead Guy by Richard Kadrey, sequel to The Everything Box.
“The second entry in Richard Kadrey’s comedic supernatural series – chaos ensues when Coop and the team at DOPS steal a not-quite-dead and very lovesick Egyptian mummy wielding some terrifying magic.
Coop, a master thief sort of gone legit, saved the world from an ancient doomsday device – heroism that earned him a gig working for the Department of Peculiar Science, a fearsome top secret government agency that polices the odd and the strange. Now Woolrich, Coop’s boss at the DOPS, has Coop breaking into a traveling antiquities show to steal a sarcophagus containing the mummy of a powerful Egyptian wizard named Harkhuf. With the help of his pals Morty, Giselle, and a professor that’s half-cat, half-robotic octopus, Coop pulls off the heist without a hitch.
It’s not Coop’s fault that when DOPS opened the sarcophagus they didn’t find the mummy they were expecting. Well, it was the right mummy, but it wasn’t exactly dead – and now it’s escaped, using a type of magic the organization hasn’t encountered before. Being a boss, Woolrich blames his underling for the screwup and wants Coop to find the missing Harkhuf and make it right, pronto.
Digging into Harkhuf’s history, Coop thinks the mummy is hunting for an ancient magical manuscript that will help him bring his old lover back to life. Which wouldn’t be so bad if she wasn’t a warrior sorceress hell-bent on conquering the world with her undead armies.
Coop would very much like to run from the oncoming chaos. It’s one thing to steal a mummy, but another to have to deal with headhunting bureaucrats, down-on-their-luck fortune-tellers, undead mailroom clerks, and a rather unimpressed elephant. Unfortunately, there’s nowhere to run. If he wants the madness to stop, he’s going to have to suck it up and play hero one more time. But if Coop manages to save the world AGAIN, he’s definitely going to want a lot of answers. And a raise.”
Coming out Feb 28th, 2017 in Hardcover for $24.99
Their info sheet also came with a list of other Harper/Voyager titles this season:
Decoherence by Liana Brooks: Time travel and alternate universes collide in the conclusion of the Time & Shadows series. Nov 1st, mmpb, $6.99
Of the Abyss by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes: A disparate group’s risky journey to find magical solutions in the accursed Abyss realm. Nov 1st, mmpb, $6.99
How to Save the World by Lexie Dunne: Third book in the humorous Superheroes Anonymous series, Gail returns to save the world as Hostage Girl. Nov 1st, mmpb, $6.99
The magic of the internet (and smartphones) means that even while Greg is right at this moment selling books and enthusing about films at Cinema Wasteland in Cleveland, we can all see this great photo he sent of him and two of the Guests of the show.
Hosts of a Cleveland comedy and film show, you can catch The Mummy and The Monkey yourself on YouTube!
While the organization of this website has settled down for the most part, I find I’m still fluctuating on what I want to see as far as specialization. I chose “Categories” to mean what -type- of thing it was: novel, novella, audio, etc. And I use the Tags to highlight what group that thing is in: science fiction vs fantasy, whether it’s in a recent catalog, or by one of our focus authors.
But now that I’ve been handling more entries, I’m drawn to adding more tags. Tagging things like Publisher (in addition to having it in the description).
I feel like I should ask for more input from both folks that use the site and other folks putting together their own lists, on what works the best for them – before making more changes. But hanging out on reddit and checking StackOverflow is not scratching that itch.
Perhaps adding Tartarus as a Tag can be a first step while research continues…
Check out our Event listing for the upcoming Opening of the Jon Arfstrom exhibit at the Anoka County Historical Society. Those in the Minneapolis area should make some time for come check it out.
From the Anoka County Historical Society newsletter: Sept/Oct 2016. Article by Audra Hilse, ACHS Archivist
There is a house in the city of Anoka filled with hundreds and hundreds of original paintings, although you could not tell from the outside.
The artist, Jon Arfstrom, was an unassuming man, rarely found without paintbrush or pencil in hand. Because of this, the legacy he left behind following his December 2015 death is both large and treasured, if also leaving his family feeling overwhelmed at times. The sheer amount of art that Arfstrom produced during his life almost defies comprehension and covers a wide variety of mediums: pencil and pen, oils, acrylics, watercolor, markers, colored pencils, charcoal, and pastels all graced his canvases and sketchbooks.
Subject matter in Arfstrom’s art varies almost as widely as his mediums. His work ranges from beautiful watercolor and acrylic landscapes, to the formal portraits of U.S. Presidents he created for his 40-year employer, Brown & Bigelow. He made large acrylic paintings in the surreal genre, with underlying themes of fantasy, science fiction, and horror. Arfstrom won awards both in the United States and in Europe for his work, and one of his paintings resides in a museum in Paris. He did numerous shows of his watercolors and was happy to give demonstrations to those wanting to learn the difficult medium (Arfstrom himself appreciated the challenge of it). He also took his surreal and fantasy works to conventions, showing the pieces and selling some of them. In spite of being known in these particular circles, however, Arfstrom did not put himself out to the wider world, and so many people do not know his name, even if they may be familiar with some of his art. Arfstrom carefully kept his work separated within those JON ARFSTROM A lifetime of art By Audra Hilse, ACHS Archivist Castle on the Rum 9-19-2007 9 distinct circles as fans of his surreal and fantasy work probably did not know much about his watercolors and his friends in the watercolor world did not see his surreal works.
Early in 2016, the Arfstrom family, including Jon’s wife, Norma, and one of his daughters, approached ACHS about preserving his legacy. Arfstrom had lived in Anoka with Norma for the last decade of his life, and scenes of the Halloween parades and the Rum River were common subjects of his art during that time. In addition to his art, Arfstrom was also a dedicated journal writer, noting daily his thoughts and events of the day. Scattered throughout these words are also sketches, cartoonish figures, and miniature watercolor landscapes. The family posed the question, “would ACHS be interested in having some of his art, and helping to tell his story?”
With little hesitation, ACHS staff said yes. While the Arfstroms lived in Duluth and St. Paul throughout much of their lives, they chose to retire to Anoka, and it is clear from his art that Jon was very fond of the area. We have been working with the family for the last several months to identify a representative sample of the art that will come to live permanently in the ACHS Collections, as well as planning an exhibit that will open in mid September. For the first time outside of the Arfstrom family home, the different genres of Arfstrom’s art will hang on the same wall at the same time for people to discover and enjoy. We also have some wonderful artifacts to fill in the exhibit including his drafting table, chair, lamp, and various tools of the trade that made up Arfstrom’s workspace for many decades, recreated any time the family moved to a new home. To once more recreate his workspace so visitors can see where and how Arfstrom made his art in addition to the art itself, is very exciting. Looking out a little bit further, we also plan to accession his journals, digitize them and make available online, and are looking into funding options to produce (in partnership with DreamHaven Books) a coffeetable style book about Arfstrom’s life and art.
We are very grateful to the Arfstrom family for giving us this chance to work with such an amazing collection. We hope you will join us starting midSeptember to come see and enjoy Arfstrom’s art, and come back periodically as we rotate in new pieces. We hope to keep Jon Arfstrom’s legacy alive and well, even though the artist himself is, unfortunately, no longer with us.
Next weekend (Sept 9 – 11, 2016) is the annual anthropomorphic convention Furry Migration, and I’ll be there with a table of assorted favorite books and interesting things.
The writer Guest of Honor this year is one of my favorite creators – Ursula Vernon! In addition to her best-selling Dragonbreath series, and the new Hamster Princess books (both written for younger readers but interesting for all), she has been entertaining the internet with her daily nature posts on Tumblr and her thoughtful LiveJournal essays.
And if you haven’t read Castle Hangnail yet – well, you should! One of my favorite books from last year.
We’ve moved the last of the $1 books out of the main section of the store (and to the Garage), providing space to more than double the amount of collectible paperbacks we can display.
Because of where all the shelves are, they’re in three different locations around the shop. A to L remains in the shelves against the back wall, where Collectible Paperbacks have been for a long time. M to Z is in the back corner of the shop, across from the new Used Paperback racks. Collectible Paperback Anthologies are in the wire rack in the middle of the shop, right behind the New Paperback Anthologies.
All this new space means room for more things to come up from the basement!
Judy and David Peterson, owners of Fantanimals, intended to attend the World Science Fiction Convention in Kansas City and sell in the dealers room. But misfortune struck and their trailer full of hand-carved animal puzzles was stolen in Columbus Ohio. They lost many thousands of dollars worth of their inventory and all of their potential sales at the convention.
Judy and David are wonderful people and this is an immense loss for them. This money will help them cover expenses they’ve incurred already and allow Judy to create more inventory for future conventions. I would like to see their many friends and fans contribute to show them how special they really are.
Arabella of Mars by David D. Levine came out in hardcover from Tor Books in mid-July, and has made quite the satisfying splash with a starred review in Publishers Weekly, and both a starred review and “Debut of the Month” in Library Journal.
I’m always a little nervous about reading new works from good friends of mine – what if I don’t like it? Or I like it myself, but don’t think it would have enough general appeal to sell well? It can make for dicey conversation down the road.
Lucky for me, and all of us, that’s not the case with Arabella of Mars. A straightforward action-adventure in the classic style, with lots of Hornblower-like maritime details and a scattering of maybe-yes maybe-no romantic possibilities. I can see it being successfully marketed in the Young Adult section, if you wanted to highlight the age of the main character, or staying solidly in the main Science Fiction section.
A fun read, and likely to accumulate even more interest and notice as the year goes on.
Earlier this week we cleared the back corner of the store, and installed some beautiful wood shelves that were originally made for the mystery bookstore Once Upon a Crime. A to Z Used paperbacks have now been moved from the small rack in the middle of the store to one whole side of the new racks, along with many boxes of paperbacks from the basement.
The back endcap shelves now house our used pb Anthologies, sorted by title, and the Media tie-in pb section fills the first two sections of the back side.
We are on the brink of going live with this new WordPress based website, and long past time for a new chatty blog post.
There is still a ton of things that the website needs before it will be truly satisfactory – starting with a couple thousand or so more entries in the Product list – but all the really critical parts are working. And there’s nothing like having a potential audience to provide incentive for massive amounts of updates.
Future blog posts will focus on a particular author, or publisher, or perhaps a sub-genre. They’ll be ways to help people discover more of what they may really love, or weave a path through the towering stacks of choices.
Rather than find more words to squeeze out into this update, I’m going to go upload more books!