A Chill In The Air

We’re a little chilly today. Yes, it’s February in Minnesota but it’s a gloriously warm and sunny day outside, as long as you can avoid the puddles forming from the large snowbanks. No, unfortunately I mean it’s cold inside.

It appears that at the end of last week our furnace died. Dead. It is no more. It is an ex-furnace.  So things have gotten a little nippy around here. We have space heaters in place, but Greg is out of town for the next week or so which is complicating the replacement. We expect to be open our regular hours, but it would probably be a good idea to check our Facebook page for regular updates.

Holiday Hours…and SALES!

November. Cold, rainy, gray and Thanksgiving. For retailers, of course, this means one thing…we’re going to be closed on Thursday the 23rd.

What? You were expecting something else?

Oh, okay. You want a sale or three. We might just be able to help you with that.

Friday the 24th

Friday we will be opening at 10:00 am, and from 10 to Noon we will be offering a “Buy Two, Get One Free” sale on EVERYTHING in the store. Buy two items, get a third of equal or lesser value for free. Expect other items to be on sale throughout the store.

Saturday the 25th

For Saturday we will be marking down thousands of new and used books.
-Regular used hardcovers and trade paperbacks will be 50% off. (Showcase items and reserved stock not included.)
-Bagged collectible paperbacks will be 50% off.
-A large selection of vintage paperbacks will be only $1 each. (No, not the ones in the garage. New ones.)
-$3 clearance books will be $1 each.
Many other books will be priced to move.

Monday the 27th

“But wait!” I hear you cry. “You’re not open on Monday!”
You’re right, we’re not. But “Cyber Monday” is coming to DreamHaven anyway.

For 24 hours everything on the website can be yours for 20% off. New books, old books, if we have it on the website and it is still in stock, it’s yours for a great price. You’ll just need the super-secret coupon code (CYBER112717) to use when you check out.

Now, international customers — we are still not able to figure shipping costs via the website. However, the 20% deal will be honored on any orders that come in to dream@dreamhavenbooks.com on Monday, November 27th from 00:00 to 23:59 CST.

One final note: Starting Sunday the 26th, DreamHaven will be open on Sundays from Noon to 5:00 pm through December 17th.

Have you seen our masks?

I wasn’t convinced a couple of months ago when we got in the first shipment of giant-sized wall masks, but with Halloween imminent, even I have to say that they’re some of the best decorations I’ve seen out there. And the latest shipment has the best masks yet!

Sadly, we won’t be selling them by mail. They’re just too darned big. But here are a few samples of the over a dozen different masks we have in right now. Stop in and take a look!

Big Name, Small Press; incoming Ellison and Bloch!

We’ve got two goodies coming up and I want to make sure people know about them. Any day now we will have hot-off-the-press copies of Fingerprints On the Sky, the authorized Harlan Ellison bibliography from Subterranean Press. We’re taking orders for that already.

From the Subterranean Press website: “This compendium is not of my making: it is seventeen years of labor by Tim Richmond—standing high on the ladder of the most multi-talented people I have ever twined with. In company with his wife Andrea. He is an internationally-lauded string musician—at least ten different axes including 5-string bass, guitar and mandolin…we were once trapped between-floors at a giant convention (with the BritPak) for more than three hours, and all that time—nearly everyone in claustrophobic fear or panic—Tim sat cross-legged like the Ancient Ant of Atlantis, inscribing meticulously…page after page of this book. So, yes, it measures out all the work I’ve created in 80+ years…but this is Tim’s (and Andrea’s) labors. I am merely the shadow Tim has worked so long and hard to personify. It is my hunch that if Posterity gives me a backwards-nod, it will be because this monumental tome exists.” —Harlan Ellison®

Our other must-see item is The Vampire Stories of Robert Bloch, illustrated by Gahan Wilson and due to be released from Haffner Press some time in 2018. They list 30 stories to be included, and say it will be over 500 pages. We’re not sure just when in 2018 it will arrive, but we’re taking names for it now. If you want to make sure to get a copy of this title, please let us know!

Hugo Winners 2017

The Hugo Award winners for 2017 were

Best Novel

The Obelisk Gate, by N. K. Jemisin (Orbit Books)

Best Novella

Every Heart a Doorway, by Seanan McGuire (Tor.com publishing)

Best Novelette

The Tomato Thief”, by Ursula Vernon (Apex Magazine, January 2016)

Best Short Story

Seasons of Glass and Iron”, by Amal El-Mohtar (The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales, Saga Press)

Best Related Work

Words Are My Matter: Writings About Life and Books, 2000-2016, by Ursula K. Le Guin (Small Beer)

Best Graphic Story

Monstress, Volume 1: Awakening, written by Marjorie Liu, illustrated by Sana Takeda (Image)

Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form)

Arrival, screenplay by Eric Heisserer based on a short story by Ted Chiang, directed by Denis Villeneuve (21 Laps Entertainment/FilmNation Entertainment/Lava Bear Films)

Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form)

The Expanse: “Leviathan Wakes”, written by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, directed by Terry McDonough (SyFy)

Best Editor – Short Form

Ellen Datlow

Best Editor – Long Form

Liz Gorinsky

Best Professional Artist

Julie Dillon

Best Semiprozine

Uncanny Magazine, edited by Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas, Michi Trota, Julia Rios, and podcast produced by Erika Ensign & Steven Schapansky

Best Fanzine

Lady Business, edited by Clare, Ira, Jodie, KJ, Renay, and Susan

Best Fancast

Tea and Jeopardy, presented by Emma Newman with Peter Newman

Best Fan Writer

Abigail Nussbaum

Best Fan Artist

Elizabeth Leggett

Best Series

The Vorkosigan Saga, by Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen)

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer

Ada Palmer (1st year of eligibility)

August already?

San Diego Comic Con has come and gone, and World Con is almost upon us. We’re almost out of summer! And what has been happening this summer? Well, Greg has been travelling all over and collecting more goodies for the store. We’ve had vintage collections of comics, toys and MAD magazines added to our stock. Our children’s section has expanded, as we’re seeing a lot more kids come through lately. And there is so much out there for the younger readers that is good these days! The neighborhood is expanding too. Colossal Cafe has moved in a block down from us and seems to be packed for brunch on the weekends.  I’m eagerly awaiting the official arrival of Sisters’ Sludge some time this month, as they have closed down their Bloomington Ave. location and are renovating a shop kitty-corner from us for their coffee shop *and new wine bar*!

My big focus continues to be trying to figure out the ways of the website. In trying to figure out what people want to see on the website, I learned how to see what people were searching for when they got here. (No worries — I can’t see *who* is searching.) I’m trying to pay a bit more attention to that. For example, if you search for an author, I will try to get more of that author’s work on the site. A recent search for “Anansi Boys” clued me in that we didn’t have it on the site. (Big OOPS!) Several searches for “From Among the Dead” had me stumped, until I put it together with the search for “Boileau” and realized that was one of the English titles for the French novel that was the inspiration for the movie Vertigo. I’m sure you all realized that, but it took me some effort. Fun, though. Now we have Vertigo on the website.  If we don’t have something on the website, though, it’s still faster to drop us an e-mail at dream@dreamhavenbooks.com and ask.

One extra note — I’m also trying to pay a little more attention to where people are coming from on the internet. We get a *ton* of traffic from Neil Gaiman websites, but occasionally other places link to us. Hello to the folks from the Pulp Cons, and from the Vintage Porn sites! We have lots of pulp and vintage porn in the store, we are just limited in the amount of time available to get things on the website. Also, I think the vintage porn would need to be behind something with an age statement, and I haven’t figured out how to do that yet. But until I do, feel free to drop us a note at dream@dreamhavenbooks.com asking about what we have! Some of the pulp titles are on our Magazine Back Issues page.

As always, the very best way to find out what we have in stock is to come on by and dig through our boxes and look at our shelves and talk to us. Come on in! Today is a great temperature for going through the zillions of $1 books in the garage.  (You did know we have a garage full of $1 books, right…?)

Hugo Awards nominees for 2017

Sometimes we miss the obvious. We’ve had a list of the Hugo nominees up in the store for months, but it just occurred to me that we never posted it here online!  So here it is, and if you’d like to take a look at some of them while you wait to find out which ones win, I’ve included links to the titles we have available here in the store and on the site.

Best Novel

All the Birds in the Sky, by Charlie Jane Anders (Tor Books / Titan Books)
A Closed and Common Orbit, by Becky Chambers (Hodder & Stoughton / Harper Voyager US)
Death’s End, by Cixin Liu, translated by Ken Liu (Tor Books / Head of Zeus)
Ninefox Gambit, by Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris Books)
The Obelisk Gate, by N. K. Jemisin (Orbit Books)
Too Like the Lightning, by Ada Palmer (Tor Books)

Best Novella

The Ballad of Black Tom, by Victor LaValle (Tor.com publishing)
The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe, by Kij Johnson (Tor.com publishing)
Every Heart a Doorway, by Seanan McGuire (Tor.com publishing)
Penric and the Shaman, by Lois McMaster Bujold (Spectrum Literary Agency)
A Taste of Honey, by Kai Ashante Wilson (Tor.com publishing)
This Census-Taker, by China Miéville (Del Rey / Picador)

Best Novelette

Alien Stripper Boned From Behind By The T-Rex, by Stix Hiscock (self-published)
“The Art of Space Travel”, by Nina Allan (Tor.com , July 2016)
“The Jewel and Her Lapidary”, by Fran Wilde (Tor.com publishing, May 2016)
“The Tomato Thief”, by Ursula Vernon (Apex Magazine, January 2016)
“Touring with the Alien”, by Carolyn Ives Gilman (Clarkesworld Magazine, April 2016)
“You’ll Surely Drown Here If You Stay”, by Alyssa Wong (Uncanny Magazine, May 2016)

Best Short Story

“The City Born Great”, by N. K. Jemisin (Tor.com, September 2016)
“A Fist of Permutations in Lightning and Wildflowers”, by Alyssa Wong (Tor.com, March 2016)
“Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies”, by Brooke Bolander (Uncanny Magazine, November 2016)
“Seasons of Glass and Iron”, by Amal El-Mohtar (The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales, Saga Press)
“That Game We Played During the War”, by Carrie Vaughn (Tor.com, March 2016)
“An Unimaginable Light”, by John C. Wright (God, Robot, Castalia House)

Best Related Work

The Geek Feminist Revolution, by Kameron Hurley (Tor Books)
The Princess Diarist, by Carrie Fisher (Blue Rider Press)
Traveler of Worlds: Conversations with Robert Silverberg, by Robert Silverberg and Alvaro Zinos-Amaro (Fairwood)
The View From the Cheap Seats, by Neil Gaiman (William Morrow / Harper Collins)
The Women of Harry Potter posts, by Sarah Gailey (Tor.com)
Words Are My Matter: Writings About Life and Books, 2000-2016, by Ursula K. Le Guin (Small Beer)

Best Graphic Story

Black Panther, Volume 1: A Nation Under Our Feet, written by Ta-Nehisi Coates, illustrated by Brian Stelfreeze (Marvel)
Monstress, Volume 1: Awakening, written by Marjorie Liu, illustrated by Sana Takeda (Image)
Ms. Marvel, Volume 5: Super Famous, written by G. Willow Wilson, illustrated by Takeshi Miyazawa (Marvel)
Paper Girls, Volume 1, written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Cliff Chiang, colored by Matthew Wilson, lettered by Jared Fletcher (Image)
Saga, Volume 6, illustrated by Fiona Staples, written by Brian K. Vaughan, lettered by Fonografiks (Image)
The Vision, Volume 1: Little Worse Than A Man, written by Tom King, illustrated by Gabriel Hernandez Walta (Marvel)

Realizing the Future of Genome Engineering

The Genome Writers Guild (genomewritersguild.org) will be having their national meeting July 13-15 here in Minneapolis, at the University of Minnesota McNamara Alumni Center.  David Brin will be the featured speaker, on “Realizing the Future of Genome Engineering”.

If you’re interested, check back with us as we should have a few free passes to offer up this week.

Calling all Doctor Who fans!

Need to fill in the holes of your Doctor Who Magazine collection?  We’ve just unearthed a couple of boxes of Doctor Who Magazine ranging from 2001-2013 and marked them all down to $3.00 each.  Add to that some copies of Doctor Who Insider and a stack of Torchwood, and you could get yourself enough Doctor Who to last you through the summer (or until Christmas) at a very reasonable price.

And while you’re here, you might want to check out some of our other film-and-tv-related magazines.  You never know what you’ll find!

Website updates

Hi! Wendy here. When I started back at DreamHaven this past January, one of my goals was to figure out how we could best use the internet to bring all of our wonderful items to the rest of the world. Selling to people who walk into the store is one thing — they can look around and see books and monsters and posters and aliens and comics and t-shirts and lunch boxes and action figures and tin toys and…well, you get the idea.  But I’m still trying to figure out how to transfer that to the internet.

To that end, I’m trying to tweak the website a bit. It’s slow going, as I haven’t done anything like this in a long time and in the mean time they changed it all on me. But things are happening little by little. If you look on the menu bar at the top of the home page, you’ll see that the mail order catalog now has its own spot, where it will be updated every time we send out a new one.  The new books from the catalog should all be available to purchase on the website. I’ve also added a tab under “Shop” with a list of magazines for which we have back issues.

I’m also trying to add more product here.  Books are the obvious and easiest things, but there is no reason we shouldn’t be able to add other things (like the aforementioned monsters and posters and aliens and comics and t-shirts etc.). What changes would you like to see?

DreamHaven Books to celebrate 40th Anniversary!

Update!  The first 100 people to come into the store on Saturday, April 1st will receive goody bags containing $100 worth of goodies.

Yes folks, on April 1st DreamHaven will be 40 years old (no foolin’). In celebration, we will be having special sales, giveaways, and beginning at 7:00, a PARTY! There will be cake.

More details will be forthcoming, and there just might be a few surprises we won’t tell you about in advance. Mark the date on your calendar and check back here for updates.


January 2017

If you’re not already aware of it, we do a regular catalog of new, used and rare items.  Once upon a time it was all paper, but we send it out as an e-mail these days as well. If you’d like to be on our mailing list, please drop us a note!  The new books in the catalog are likely to be available here on the site, but we have limited numbers of the used books and will not be adding them to the site.  If you’re interested in ordering, please e-mail us at dream@dreamhavenbooks.com or call at (612) 823-6161.

Thanks for reading and happy browsing!


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.


[This post has been edited to remove the very long and now out-of-date catalog. The current catalog now has its own tab at the top of the home page – check it out there!]


Some changes here at the storefront


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!

Great books at only $3 each

3 Dollar Books

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.

Today at DreamHaven – new Tartarus!

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.