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