Well, I didn't have quite the book-shopping success I was expecting while on vacation but I was able to check off a good handful of titles/editions from my must-have list. San Francisco bookstores unfortunately had some really paltry horror sections, but Powell's in Portland (see pic above) and Artifacts in Hood River, OR, supplied me well. I'm not exactly sure which of the books I bought I'll be reading next - I'm halfway through the astonishing science fiction novel A Fire Upon the Deep, my travel-read - but perhaps the names Masterton, Derleth, Grant, Oates, and Newman sound familiar? And oh yeah, here I am outside the amazing Lovecraft Bar in Portland, fortuitously on August 20, checking the skies to see if the stars are right:
With Grady Hendrix, I co-wrote the Stoker Award-winning PAPERBACKS FROM HELL: THE TWISTED HISTORY OF '70s AND '80s HORROR FICTION (2017) from Quirk Books. I also own a couple thousand vintage paperbacks most of which are horror but also SF, crime, & general fiction. Always adding more to the home library!
Looking for a forgotten horror novel or short story? Remember the paperback cover art but not the title or author? Send me an email at toomuchhorrorfiction[at]gmail.com describing it and if I don't know it, one of my readers might!
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