Post by David A. Riley on Apr 28, 2008 14:41:12 GMT
And I find these gimmicks rather tiresome:
Hardcover in dust jacket, slipcased, traycased, wrapped in velvet and laid inside a wooden box deep inside a Sherman tank to protect it.
I did see one small press publisher recently advertise a very special edition of a book for £125.00.
Presumably at that price it would not be read by anyone buying it but placed somewhere very, very safe and handled only with white cotton gloves, so the purchaser would have to buy a second, much cheaper copy to read.
I hate books that aren't meant to be handled and read.
Post by Craig Herbertson on Apr 28, 2008 19:05:18 GMT
I have to confess, my brother is one of those awful collectors who we have condemned to the pit. In his defense he has always, no matter the value, read the books he likes. He Just takes the dust wrapper off. He also drinks beer, supports Hearts and is a general all round good guy and a big sf and nasty fan. Likes Lovecraft and Smith I think, but naturally won't talk to me about Pan Horror.
Yeah, sorry, but I have to agree with Mr Riley on this matter. If you want to buy something ridiculously overpriced and then keep it in a box for evermore, then why not start collecting those gopping Royal Dalton figurines instead? A box is the best place for them, after all.
Post by Craig Herbertson on Apr 28, 2008 20:42:51 GMT
I realise I may have misrepresented the extent of and nature of my brother's collecting. He would never buy anything in a funny slip case, overpriced for market, or anything that you couldn't see in a box or beneath volumes of plastic. He only collects five genres - fantasy, sf, horror, crime and modern 'literature' all of which he avidly reads. He just tends to have an eye for a bargain and invests his money in books.
In my own defence I like to get as near to the original of something as I can and I have the usual train spotting desire to see a set of books in a neat line. I also like garish and luirid covers.
There is something intrinsically pleasing about seeing the thing as it first came out. Its like a time machine. I can also put my hand on my heart and say that regardless of the value of any book I have bought I have more or less immediately read it.
a tiny More Not At Night snippet but i enjoyed it!
Greg Morrow, The Faceless God
flicking through the It Is Written .... letters column in Magazine Of Horror and found this in #12 (Winter 1965-1966)
Writing to express appreciation of the kind words so many of you have had for the two stories of his we have reprinted, Seabury Quinn says in part: "Cloth of Madness . . . was conceived during the hard winter of 1918-19, when I was stationed at the Port of Embarkation, Hoboken. You may have heard that men in uniform were not permitted to be served drinks during W.W.I, at least not stateside, but most of us had civvies in our quarters, and one night some other officers and I decided to go 'buffing'(out of uniform) to New York. The cocktail lounge (as we'd call it today) of the Prince George Hotel in East 28th Street was papered at that time with a red paper striped with wavy lines of black, and during the course of our innocent merriment one of my companions said, 'Quinn, if I had to look at that paper any length of time I'd go stark, staring mad.' Thus the plot germ was implanted in what I am pleased to call my brain." Mr. Quinn also gave us a little background on the first Jules de Grandin story, The Horror on the Links: 'It had its basis in a statue which used to adorn the Museum of Natural History — a gorilla abducting a most attractive nude lady. Incidentally, that story has been published in several foreign anthologies, including Selwyn & Blount's famous Not at Night series."
From the first, I set myself against "literature"; the story was the thing, and no amount of style could persuade me to select a story that lacked genuine, unadulterated horror. For those who wanted something high-brow there was plenty.
I own Lovecraft's copy of this book. Not a first edition. So I bought a dustjacketed copy to switch the jacket over - to the copy signed by the Old One himself. But then I thought "There might be some difference between the DJ's between editions and so I'd best leave them separate.