Impressive stuff John you uber-nerd! Especially the dedication "Looking forward to seeing you in hell."
My nearest equivalents were a handful of NELs I picked up in a book store in Cheltenham which were all signed by Jim Moffatt to his (ex) wife Derry. "A sample of doing it for the market and the money" read one for Diary of a Female Wrestler by Trudi Maxwell.
The one i treasure isn't even a signature, it's a silver rectangular sticker on the back of a copy of Hugh Lamb's A Wave Of Fear picked up on the Charing Cross Road. Printed on the sticker: the legend 'Charles Birkin'. I like to think it came from his own collection, maybe his contributor's copy for supplying Hugh with total classic Marjorie's On Starlight! If that's the case, at least it ended up in the hands of someone who treasures it.
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.
Post by allthingshorror on Sept 16, 2008 20:28:23 GMT
Well, hopefully next year, being the 50th anniversary of the Pan Horrors and all that, I'm going to try and orginise a birthday bash and hopefully most of the authors will be able to attend, and might even do a signing. I've asked a few of the chaps and they seem keen.David, Craig - you game?
But - the signatures, while all amazing will be put to one side for a while - as to what is coming in the post tomorrow. Original painting to Pan #3...................
Well, hopefully next year, being the 50th anniversary of the Pan Horrors and all that, I'm going to try and orginise a birthday bash and hopefully most of the authors will be able to attend, and might even do a signing.
I tell you what, I'd even make a trip down to London for something like that! ;D ;D
Post by Craig Herbertson on Sept 17, 2008 10:29:21 GMT
Birthday bash sounds good. I would definitely come if I could. The prospect of lying about myself to crowds of innocents while having books signed by demi gods is highly appealing.
The big problem for me is that weekends are when I work and my schedule can be six months to one year ahead. I have gigs in Jan, Feb, March and May now and others will trickle in. I would therefore need to know pretty far in advance. Its basically a real shit and I hate it but can't do much about it.
Post by lukemorningstar on Sept 17, 2008 13:15:07 GMT
Johnny - I'm really looking forward to the day when you announce on these boards that you have secured an interview with the cover-girl from 'More Tales Of Unease'
Perhaps, as her 50th Birthday approaches, she will contact you from the remote, deconsecrated church in which she has spent her entire life as a recluse, and will only conduct the interview from either side of the confessional booth, because, you see..... it wasn't a mask after all!!!!!
More likely though is that she is a successful manager in PR based in the suburbs with a husband and three grown up children. You might even get 'The Mask' as a souvenir to hang proudly alongside 'The Beak'
Well I wouldn't put it past you anyway.............
Hello Folks! This is my first posting, but I have enjoyed following VOE for many months now. Back in the late 70's I had amassed a good sized collection of British anthologies, Pan, Fontana, Star, some NEL volumes etc. Almost all have been sold since alas, so it's been a great walk down memory lane with all of you. This site inspired me to start seeking old hardcover editions to rekindle the flame. One book I found on Ebay was the present volume by Basil Copper. I remember reading Amber Print in 'Christopher Lee's X Certificate' back in 1975. I kept that book all these years because of that one story. Now that I finally have a hardcover edition with Amber Print I can finally let the paperback go ! I haven't finished reading 'Footsteps' yet, but also remember the 'Janissaries' story as well. I see that Camera Obscura is considered one of his best tales. I did enjoy reading it and would love to see the Rod Serling Night Gallery TV rendition for comparison, but I regard Amber Print to be an even better story still. Very unique and original. Can you imagine if that story was done as a film version, with those visuals he describes ? Happy Nightmares . . .