Monday, November 2, 2009

word from Haffner Press

Email rec'd:
Hey everybody!

Below are the details for the limited edition of THE WORLDS OF JACK WILLIAMSON (which includes books signed by three Grand Masters, including Williamson!)

By Jack Williamson
720 page 6.25" x 9.25" Smythe-sewn Archival-quality Hardcover
ISBN: 978-1-893887-29-9
75-copy limited edition: $150.00 (U.S.)

A truly special state of an incredible book (which missed a Hugo nomination by *two* votes)! The 75-copy slipcased edition of The Worlds of Jack Williamson is signed on two limitation sheets (decorated with specially commissioned artwork by Vincent Di Fate) by all living contributors:

Frederik PohlJames GunnAlfred D. Stewart, PhDAlan C. Elms, PhDStephen HaffnerVincent Di Fate

Contributor Vicky L. Medley signed the heading to her contribution, "Queens of Space," prior to her passing in 2008.

Also housed in the matching teal-green Brillianta cloth-covered slipcase are:

Opposites--React! An exclusive 150+ page chapbook
collecting the never-reprinted two-part serial novel of "seetee" (aka antimatter) adventure, "Opposites--React!" (from Astounding Science-Fiction, Jan & Feb 1943) with an 18-page arc of Williamson's 1950s newspaper comic-strip BEYOND MARS; a 1988 esay by Williamson on antimatter, and an honest-to-god atom-smasher from Fermi Laboratories (and sf-enthusiast) -- William S. Higgins -- provides the introduction documenting the early use of antimatter in speculative fiction. This chapbook is also signed by Mr. Higgins.

• The Man From Somewhere. This 2006 chapbook from Richard Hauptmann's Cacahuete Press reprints Williamson's novella from 2003. 300 copies were produced for sale. Now out-of-print, this chapbook, signed by Jack Williamson, is also included.

THE WORLDS OF JACK WILLIAMSON celebrates the 100th birthday of one of the Grand Masters of science fiction. While Jack Williamson passed away in 2006 at the age of 98, his incredible body of work continues to be enjoyed by legions of fans and admirers. Assembled in this centennial tribute are:

Unpublished stories:
“The Moon Bird”
“The Forbidden Window“
"The Golden Glass"
and a film treatment from 1957, “The Planets are Calling.”

Classics in the Williamson canon:
the original novella-length version of
Darker Than You Think
“Minus Sign,” an unreprinted “seetee” story of anti-matter and terraforming
a tale with the first use of “psionics,” “The Man from Outside.”

Contemporary stories include:
“The Hole in the World”
“The Luck of the Legion,” the last Legion of Space adventure
"Ghost Town," his last story to appear in Weird Tales (from 2005!)
"A Christmas Carol"

Also included are four essays from academics and scholars who have studied Williamson’s works, as well as Dr. Williamson’s 1957 Master’s Thesis:

Alan C. Elms, PhD
"Darker Than He Thought: The Psychoanalysis of Jack Williamson"

Jack Williamson

"A Study of the Sense of Prophecy in Modern Science Fiction"
"Tricentennial Century"

Alfred D. Stewart, PhD

"Jack Williamson: The Comedy of Cosmic Evolution"

Vicky Medley
"Queens of Space: Women in the work of Jack Williamson"

Richard A. Hauptmann
"Collecting Jack Williamson: Master of Wonder"



Stephen Haffner
Big Poobah
---Anyone wanting this through me, discount would be 10%. Regular discount on Haffner books is 20%. At present I have in hand three Hamilton books needing to be cataloged and a Williamson on order (in the Collected Stories series I somehow neglected to order when it came out last year).

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

word from Cliff Burns

Email rec'd:

That's riiiiight.

I've finally got around to posting the 4 short stories that cost me my entire summer.

Click here to go to my blog.

I think the intro which precedes the tales pretty much sums up my feelings so I'll keep this note short and to the point.

Pop by. Read 'em. Enjoy 'em.

Okay, they're depressing as hell. Maybe not enjoy them. But read 'em.

And, if you think of it, drop me a line with your thoughts. Or leave them in the "Comments" box below the stories.

Take care, one and all. Yer on my mailing list and that means you matter.

Best to you,

---Oh, and (ouch) today's my birthday -- the sixtieth.
earlier --
earlier --

Monday, July 27, 2009

book cataloging

Having a few relatives over for dinner tomorrow night so Amy's put her foot down on all the stacks of books next to the easy chairs (and behind them and lining every wall). For this reason I spent much of yesterday "processing" a fair number of ones that were closest at hand (not coincidentally the most recent to come in). I enjoy the cataloging process. It is nice to look at the books more closely, find an apt (or howlably inapt) blurb to quote parenthetically. Linking to the photo, listing on biblio or half, and copying the listing for the new arrivals section, plus the time I spend checking out the book, is not the speediest of processes -- but it beats a few other ways to kill time on the Internet, and sometimes it pays off, even if only a little. I've been veering away a bit from the steady diet of SF/F/H books, listing everything I happen to pick up. There's lots of reasons I pick up the books I pick up -- collectibility being possibly the least of them. It could be a book I personally would like to (or wish I could) read, or maybe it's a nice copy of a book I think maybe someone else would like to (or wish they could) read, or maybe the price is right. Too much stuff seems like it might be of interest.
Still, for the couple stacks of books I was able to get through, another several had to go down to the cellar, where I'd like to think I will get to them -- but past history is not very encouraging on that score. Chances are the books coming in will continue to outpace my ability to get them cataloged -- and once cataloged there's the always daunting task of shelving them in such a manner that they can be retrieved when needbe -- only my second least favorite task behind the actually pulling of books. But now I sit here, without a stack of books beside me, for the moment -- so I write this little diatribe.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

word from George Zebrowski

Thought you might like to see some reactions and reviews to my new novel Empties, just out from Golden Gryphon Press.


Reactions to Empties by George Zebrowski

Review from Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine

Issue: August, 2009

George Zebrowski: Empties, Golden Gryphon, $24.95. Manhattan detective Benek, investigating the death of an old derelict whose skull is missing a brain, encounters a literal femme fatale. This engrossing genre bender combines police procedural, male romantic suspense, science fiction, and/or fantasy, nourish pursuit thriller, and gross-out horror story. An afterword pays tribute to the author’s mentor, Fritz Leiber, whose Conjure Wife was a partial inspiration.

― Jon L. Breen, “The Jury Box”

Review from Booklist
Issue: May 15, 2009
Zebrowski, George (Author) 
May 2009. 163 p. Golden Gryphon, hardcover, $24.95. (9781930846593).
An outstanding feature of Zebrowki’s large body of speculative fiction is his knack for creating vividly rendered, three-dimensional characters. That talent is fully displayed while recounting the dilemma confronting a bewildered New York detective who encounters a murder suspect possessing the supernatural ability to dislodge her victims’ brains. At first, the sixth precinct’s William Benek doesn’t quite believe what he’s seeing. A bum and a priest both have their brains rapidly and inexplicably removed from their skulls, leaving only blood and corpses behind. Then a possible witness, an aloof but strangely attractive landlady, Dierdre, imprisons Benek for breeding purposes and before his very eyes demonstrates her gruesome gift on small animals. Though Benek manages to escape while Dierdre is away on a killing spree, convincing his superiors that Dierdre’s powers are real proves a pretty daunting task. Sifting in a little intriguing criminal psychology, Zebrowski takes a bizarre premise and whips it into a gripping blend of horror and detective fiction.
— Carl Hays, Booklist

Review from EDGEBoston
Wednesday Mar 25, 2009

Empties by George Zebrowski
Publisher: Golden Gryphon Press. Publication Date: May 1, 2009. Pages: 163. Price: $24.95.
George Zebrowski is a smart writer capable of peering into our possible futures while remaining grounded in the timeless (if in some ways regrettable) essentials of human nature.
The same strengths that serve Zebrowski so well when he’s writing science fiction come into play with his horror stories. In his new novel, Empties, Zebrowski takes aim at the writhing confusion of romance, and mines a deep, pitch-back vein of comedy.
The story starts as a mystery. Who, or what, killed a homeless drunk by removing the man’s brain from his intact skull? The question worries Bill Benek to the point of distraction, even though the coroner shrugs it off as some sort of undeniably clever, if macabre, joke.
Then Benek’s path crosses with that of Dierdre Matera, an aloof, beautiful woman with enough of a connection to the case that Benek can’t help treating her as a suspect... and enough chilly, rough-edged charm that he can’t stop himself from being attracted to her. When the two cross the cop-suspect line, it’s an ethical and professional issue--or would be, if Dierdre hadn’t drugged, kidnapped, and turned Benek into her personal sex toy.
What follows is a mystery even greater than the question of how people’s brains continue to vanish from their skulls all around the city. How can a man continue to subject himself to the agonies and uncertainties of an affair so obviously bound from the start to go wrong? And how can a woman both love and wish to destroy a man, both with equal passion?
The satirical theme--love robs us of all sense, leaving us essentially brainless in the quest to answer a primitive urge--plays into Zebrowski’s long-time philosophical preoccupations. The author has long examined the gulf, and the tension, between animal instinct and intellect; here, he pits the two against one another as never before, with intellect (as in real life) fighting a hopeless war of attrition.
The point is underscored by scenes both grisly and wry; one standout moment takes place in a restaurant, as the brains of the patrons suddenly start tumbling from their heads. Waiters crumple to the floor; gorgeously attired women slump as their brains plummet into bread baskets. It’s a bewildering scene of sheer pandemonium that should clue someone in on the true nature of crimes no one wishes to acknowledge are taking place, but instead the incident is swiftly and efficiently forgotten in a rush to reestablish normalcy.
Between the polar extremes of the head and the gut is the heart, and that’s where Zebrowski sets up his base camp for this excursion into strange territory. Even as the natural order of things seems threatened by the inexplicable goings-on, nature--in its cruelty and implacability--still works to bring Benek and Dierdre together, time and again, each one apprehensive of, and yet fascinated with, the other. This novel is short and frightening, but it’s also funny--and as bold and economical a description of the intricacies of love as you’ll ever read.
― Kilian Melloy
Kilian Melloy reviews media, conducts interviews, and writes commentary for EDGEBoston, where he also serves as Assistant Arts Editor.

Review from Baryon
George Zebrowski, Golden Gryphon, $24.95, 163 pages, ISBN: 9781930846593
Has the world gone crazy or is it that you are losing your mind? How can truly weird things be happening and you are the only one who sees them as they are? That’s the problem that is facing police detective, third class William Benek after he is called out early one morning to investigate the death of an old wino. Benek is a loner. He has no friends at work and scarcely speaks to the other residents in his apartment building. He has no girlfriend but does show a passing interest in a new girl in the apartment building. That is until he meets Dierdre Matera at the scene of another strange death. A priest is found dead with his brain on the floor beside the body, as was the earlier wino. Their meeting sets of a chain of events that leads to a strange love affair and Benek wondering about his sanity even more. More deaths occur and Benek is unable to get anyone to believe what he has found out. They think he is losing it. Zebrowski has written a darkly surrealistic comedy noir that is pleasing to read and adds to the list of interesting, thought provoking works of his career. It’s the kind of story David Cronenberg would have made right after SCANNERS. Thanks George, this one’s a gem.
― Barry Hunter

“This has scenes that will stay with you the rest of your natural-born life. Unexplainable things that are somehow true. Takes mystery/horror to a new height.”

― Howard Waldrop, author of The Search for Tom Purdue and The Moone World

“Beauty, it is said, is in the eye of the beholder, but in this eerie contemporary horror tale, that aphorism leads to what may be insanity. In Empties George Zebrowski has taken an unnerving look at the frailties of perception, and the consequences of those frailties. This is an engaging, disturbing read.”

― Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, author of The Saint-Germain Cycle

“George Zebrowski’s Empties takes horror fiction to a place it has never been before―terror incognita, if you will―a landscape pulsing with ablated brains, vacant crania, Gotham gorgons, deranged gumshoes, and solipsistic eroticism. To enhance your disorientation, Golden Gryphon Press has supplied each copy with a small compass whose needle always points to metaphysical north. Enjoy the grim and illuminating journey.”

― James Morrow, author of The Last Witchfinder and The Philosopher’s Apprentice
Another reminder I ought to get hold of a bunch of Golden Gryphon books. Quote I would cop for my catalog description: ...(a landscape pulsing with ablated brains, vacant crania, Gotham gorgons, deranged gumshoes, and solipsistic eroticism)...

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

word from Stark House

Email rec'd:
Hello Booksellers:
Stark House Press would like to announce that the new Harry Whittington book is finally out. With a new introduction by David Laurence Wilson, who tracked down these rarities, this trade paperback includes three very obscure books from Whittington:
To Find Cora: originally published in paperback by Novel Books in 1963 as Cora is a Nympho! and never before reprinted.
Like Mink Like Murder: originally published in France in 1957 as T'as des Visions! and rewritten for Corinth Publications in 1965 as Passion Hangover as by J. X. Williams.
Body and Passion: originally published in digest format by Original Novels in 1952 as by Whit Harrison and also never before reprinted.
Three short novels by the 1950's King of the Paperbacks in one volume! Also included is a new, improved Whittington bibliography that includes all the erotica that Harry wrote under various names in the mid-60's.
This is a treasure for fans of Harry Whittington and noir readers in general.
Isbn: 978-1933586-25-0. Price: $19.95. Pages: 322.
Order your copies now!
Greg Shepard, publisher
Stark House Press
---Ought to be getting these in soon with my standing order.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

word from Eibonville

Email rec'd:
I'm writing on behalf of Eibonvale Press, a specialty press located in the U.K., which produces exceptionally attractive and lovingly designed editions of intelligent modern horror, magic realism, and the surreal.
Eibonvale Press is the proud publisher of The Smell of Telescopes, by cult author Rhys Hughes, as well as horror writer Gerard Houarner's The Oz Suite. Our most recent publication is a collection of forty haunting and surreal short stories by talented Canadian newcomer Alexander Zelenyj, entitled Experiments at 3 Billion A.M. We have also published A Thread of Truth by Nina Allen, and What the Giants Were Saying by David Rix. More information on these titles can be found at
Eibonvale's forthcoming titles include a massive two-volume collection of the romances of William Morris, and works of surreal fiction by Allen Ashley and Douglas Thompson.
We would like to know if Chris Drumm Books would be interested in stocking our titles - we feel like this would be an ideal match.
Please contact me if you would like further information.
Thanks for your consideration,
Rachel Blok
Eibonvale, Canada
---And contact me if you agree with Rachel!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

word from Atomic Fez

Email rec'd (from Canada):

Dear Dealers:

Allow me to introduce you to both a new publisher and a new novel from an established writer.

The new publisher is Atomic Fez Publishing, and you can get further information about that at should you wish it.

The new novel is Twisthorn Bellow, written by Rhys Hughes. This falls easily into the SF category as well as 'horror' given its use of monsters and science. It is also quite funny, which isn't surprising given it's written by Mr. Hughes. I've attached a one-page about the book, but here are the main details:
  • RRP: $24.99 (USA+Canada) or £14.99 (UK+rest of world)
  • Publishing Date: September 18th, 2009
  • Shipping Date: August (mid-month expected)
  • Production Run: open-ended, not limited to specific number of copies
  • ISBN: 978-0-9811597-1-3
  • Binding: paperback
  • Pages: 256 (to be confirmed)

Saturday, April 11, 2009

word from Temporary Culture

Email rec'd:
Dear friends of Temporary Culture

This is the first announcement of the next book from Temporary Culture, Hope-in-the-Mist by Michael Swanwick, and an invitation to subscribe. The web page includes a fine photograph of the author and will soon feature an advance look at the covers and at the binding design for the hand bound copies:

I look forward to hearing from you.

Henry Wessells

Publication date: 10 July 2009

The Extraordinary Career and Mysterious Life of Hope Mirrlees
with a preface by NEIL GAIMAN & original frontispiece by CHARLES VESS

Critical monograph examining the life and writings of Hope Mirrlees
(1887–1978), author of Lud-in-the-Mist (1926).

6 x 9 inches, 96 pp. Illustrated.
Subscribers issue, 25 copies, hand bound in green Asahi silk with Ann
Muir marbled endsheets, signed by Michael Swanwick, and with an
original print signed by Charles Vess.
Please inquire for terms of subscription (includes shipping and a copy of the trade issue).

Trade issue, 200 copies in paper covers.
ISBN: 0-9764660-5-8 / ISBN-13: 978-0-9764660-5-5
Price: $20

Hope-in-the-Mist is the first book-length study of British author HOPE
MIRRLEES, whom Virginia Woolf described as “her own heroine —
capricious, exacting, exquisite, very learned, and beautifully
dressed.” Raised in Scotland and Zululand, Mirrlees studied with the
great classical scholar Jane Harrison and later lived with her in Paris
and London. Mirrlees wrote one major poem, Paris (1920), the missing
link between French avant-garde poetry and her friend T. S. Eliot's The
Waste Land (1922); her novel Lud-in-the-Mist is an acknowledged classic
of fantastical literature.

MICHAEL SWANWICK is author of What Can Be Saved from the Wreckage?
(2007), a monograph on American author James Branch Cabell. His novels
include Bones of the Earth and In The Drift, and his short story
collections include Gravity's Angels and The Dog Said Bow-Wow. He is at
work on a novel featuring his characters Darger and Surplus.

NEIL GAIMAN is the Younger Sage of Minnesota. His novels include
Stardust (illustrated by Charles Vess), Coraline, and American Gods.

CHARLES VESS is an acclaimed artist with lifelong ties to fantastical
literature. One of his latest projects is a nine-foot tall bronze
statue of Titania.

---Another thing maybe I will try to get, if there is any interest...

Saturday, March 28, 2009

word from Golden Gryphon

Email rec'd:
Greetings from the Gryphon:
EMPTIES by George Zebrowski, is now available!

What do you tell yourself when impossible things begin to happen? What can you say? You're a police detective, third class, and maybe you're just not good enough and that's what you have to admit whether you like it or not. You see evidence of things that can't be real, but you just don't observe well enough to explain it in any natural way. Is it magic, horror, or science fiction? You've lost your mind and can't tell. Can you ask rational questions and still be crazy? You never went to a shrink, or to your dentist often enough, for that matter—so now you're nuts and your teeth are falling out. Does it help any that you know your mind is gone? You're trapped in a black comedy with a beautiful but fatal woman right out of an old poem by Keats, hoping to wake up from the nightmare, even if on a cold hillside—as long as you wake up sane.
Detective Benek is facing with an impossible crime. His only lead—an attractive landlady—becomes more than a lead, and drives him into a world of terror, where his sanity is questioned and he must stop the murders. Does he have a choice, and will he make it, or just be driven by terror, as he himself becomes the target?

One look at even the cover will make your librarian’s hair stand on end; ask the library to order two, one to read, one for the coiffures.

EMPTIES by George Zebrowski Cover design by Thomas Canty
ISBN 978-1-930846-59-3 / $24.95 (Trade hardcover)
163 pages
Maybe someday I will get an order out for all the Golden Gryphons I've been missing out on!

Friday, March 27, 2009

book sale pick-ups

The Planned Parenthood Book Sale started yesterday, and I picked up a few things there, as usual -- perhaps less than usual. Although cold, today was a nice enough day to get their covershots. When they will be cataloged, it's hard to say...

new book from Stark House

Cataloged today:
Appel, Benjamin SWEET MONEY GIRL / LIFE AND DEATH OF A TOUGH GUY, Stark House Modern Classics, 3/09, (Two hard-hitting New York novels; reprints two pb originals from 1954 and 1955; introduction by Carla Appel), new 19.95
discount: 20%

Monday, March 23, 2009

word from Hippocampus

Email rec'd:

Dear Hippocampus Press customer:

Adam Niswander's latest novel THE HOUND HUNTERS has been released, and advanced orders have largely been filled. Thanks to all who ordered in advance.

There's still time to take advantage of our free book offer! Adam's first two Shaman Cycle novels are still available in limited quantities, and the author has generously agreed to allow us to extend the offer. Free copies of the first two books, THE CHARM and THE SERPENT SLAYERS, in hardcover, with the purchase of our paperback original THE HOUND HUNTERS, until supplies run out!


The next four releases from Hippocampus Press will be coming soon:
Lady Who Came to Stay AND The Elixir of Life, a Hippocampus Double book.
Classics and Contemporaries: Some Notes on Horror Fiction, by S. T. Joshi
The Unknown Lovecraft, by Kenneth W. Faig, Jr.
The Letters of H. P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard (2 volumes)

Cover art and finalized blurbs for these will be appearing at our website momentarily; order now to be among the first to receive these great new publications.


We are still offering a deep discount on hardcover volumes in the COLLECTED ESSAYS OF H. P. LOVECRAFT series, edited by S. T. Joshi. This is a superb chance to fill gaps in your collection, or order a set for a friend. Supplies are very limited, so don't miss out!


Announcing a long awaited project:
by Daniel Clore
Paperback: August 2009: approx. 600 pages

"Surely one of the primary rules for writing an effective tale of horror is never to use any of these words..."
--Edmund Wilson, "Tales of the Marvellous and the Ridiculous" (1945)

This cyclopean tome of recondite erudition contains dictionary-style entries giving eldritch etymologies and demoniac definitions of the outré words that pullulate in the teratologically fabulous diction of such fantaisistes as H. P. Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith, Robert E. Howard, and A. Merritt.

WEIRD WORDS is a remarkable work compiled by Daniel Clore, well known to Lovecraftians and weird fiction enthusiasts the world over. We are pleased to present this gathering of his philological endeavours. WEIRD WORDS is both a scholarly text with original discoveries, *and*, with its copious quotations, immensely entertaining for the general reader.

Visit our website to peruse some sample entries, and to order!

Thank you for your interest in Hippocampus Press!

Friday, March 20, 2009

word from Gray Friar

Email rec'd:
Hi there,
I run Gray Friar Press in the UK and wondered whether you'd be interested in stocking any of my publications, including work from Conrad Williams, Nicholas Royle, Stephen Volk and other luminaries:
I have US distribution facilities to ensure that shipping charges are minimal.
Many thanks for your time,
Gary Fry
Gray Friar Press

Sunday, March 8, 2009

word from Sidereal Press

Email rec'd:
Firstly, apologies for this bulk generic e-mail!

I am very pleased to say that the long awaited book: Hanns Heinz Ewers 'Nachtmahr- Strange Tales' is now available.
Below is the text from the Side Real website:

ISBN: 798-0-9542953-4-9
350 numbered copies (with free extras only available via this website)
Cost worldwide is £30.00

Hanns Ewers (1871-1943) wrote some of the strangest tales of the period, including three (vaguely) autobiographical novels and several volumes of short stories many of which refer to his major themes of obsession, transformation, depavity and blood. This was in addition to his extensive travels worldwide, his activities as a propagandist/spy during WWI, screenwriter, poet, playwright, prodigious drug (ab)user and associations with members of Nazi elite. Hiler himself supposedly asked him to write the official biography of Horst Wessel which he did, but was subsequently declared an unperson by the Nazis (he was nationalistic rather than anti-semitic) his books banned and burnt. He died in Berlin of tuberculosis largely forgotten.

His novels and a few of his stories were translated and published in the 1920s but barring a volume by the Runa Raven press (published 2000) he is largely still unknown to English speaking world not least because these volumes now command high prices on the second-hand market.

We are very pleased to announce that, in conjunction with the H.H.E. estate, a new volume of stories, including some newly translated works is now available, together with Ewers essay/paean to Edgar Allan Poe (first published in English in 1917)

  • Introduction by J. N. Hirschhorn-Smith
  • ‘Carnival In Cadiz’*
  • ‘The Dead Jew’*
  • ‘John Hamilton Llewellyn's End’
  • ‘Gentlemen of the Bar’*
  • ‘The Tophar Bride’*
  • ‘The Typhoid Mary’*
  • ‘The Spider’
  • ‘Fairyland’
  • ’From The Diary Of An Orange Tree’
  • ‘The Death of Baron Jesus Maria von Friedel’*
  • ‘Mamoloi'
  • Edgar Allan Poe
*=newly translated.

In addition to this, individuals who order directly from the Press will receive an additional tipped in photo of Ewers embossed with the Side Real logo.

Please let me know if you require copies.
With Best Wishes!
John N. Smith

Friday, January 30, 2009

box of sf magazines

A box of old SF magazines, Galaxy and Imagination mostly from the 50s, labeled in poor condition on the box, kept getting in the way. Finally brought it upstairs, cleaned up half of them a little bit, and took their covershots.