" It is new, indeed for I made it last night in a dream of strange cities: and dreams are older than brooding Tyre, or the
contemplative Sphinx, or garden-girdled Babylon" The Call of Cthulhu

Sunday, March 18, 2018

New Eldritch Tomes

Well a busy couple of weeks, the additions to my library are multiplying faster that the prodigy of Shub-Niggurath, The Black Goat of the Woods with a Thousand Young.

First, I purchased this Penguin addition mainly for the introduction by series editor Guillermo Del Toro, and the notes by S. T. Joshi that include works not covered in either Joshi's Annotated Lovecraft volumes or Klinger's The New Annotated H.P. Lovecraft. The main story I was interested in was of course "Beyond the Wall of Sleep". Cover by Paul Buckley. 

PS Publishing discounted these three volumes of stories by Caitlin R. Kiernan, which originally came out as fairly pricey Subterranean Press editions. I really wanted Caitlin's science fiction stories collected in A is for Alien but could not resist the special offer. I also preordered the PS Publishing edition of her to To Charles Fort With Love. to round out the set. Cover Art by Richard Kirk Cover Design by Michael Smith.  

Then a trip to one of the Fair's Fair used bookstores in Calgary also produced some gems. I began collecting Groff Conklin anthologies after reading Bud Webster's essay on Conklin, see below. In the Grip of Terror was one I have long coveted and I was really happy to see it contained the original (very dark) version of "The Illustrated Man" by Ray Bradbury that appeared in Esquire in July, 1950. Perma Books edition (1951) cover uncredited.

You cannot go wrong with any of the Benson brothers, and I love these Panther editions. Great Cover by Bruce Pennington.

I am always on the lookout for Badger Books after following the Unsubscriber website below. Cover uncredited.

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