I met a guy couple of years ago who told me he paid £100 for a copy of the Ghost & Scholars début issue. Thing is, what impressed me about G & S was how professional it looked in comparison to the day's other supernatural/ horror interest small press publications
I obviously should have held back a few copies of the early G&Ses and sold them now. I'd be well set up. I still have my file copies of G&S and of some but not all of the Haunted Library booklets, but I could never sell those, of course, as I refer to them all the time (just as well I've got indexes for them). Thank you for the compliment on their appearance: I suppose one reason might be that by then I'd already had over ten years' experience of zine publishing.
John Coulthart - The Haunter Of The Dark (Caermaen, 1988)
Currently excavating my den, so hopeful of exhuming some long lost/ forgotten treasures like this. Don't go in much for graphic novels - you have to draw the line somewhere - but I've a soft spot for The Haunter Of The Dark as it was probably the first I ever read. Love this from Mr. Coulthart's introductory note.
"American readers and anyone familiar with the colonial architecture of New England will quickly observe that the Providence depicted here deviates somewhat from the look of the real city. At the time of drawing I had trouble finding photographs of Rhode Island and so decided to draw for atmosphere (a quality which Lovecraft stressed as important) rather than accuracy. Some of the views are based on old photographs of Edinburgh, others are invented."
Life was so much more complicated before Google Earth & Co. screwed everything up.
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.