Archive for October, 2016

Library Addition: Michael Moorcock’s Caribbean Crisis

Monday, October 31st, 2016

Here’s a fairly rare Moorcock item: His first published novel, if you can call it that.

Moorcock, Michael, with James Cawthorn, as Desmond Reid. Caribbean Crisis. Sexton Blake Library 501/Fleetway Publications, 1962. First edition (“First Printing” stated) trade paperback original (digest format), a Very Good- copy with small stains to front and rear cover (some from bleed-through from rusting staple), general wear and wrinkling along spine edge, small line of thin blue handwriting at top of rear cover, and slight page darkening. 62 double-column pages, plus a two page “mailbag” at rear. Not sure if this counts as a book serial or a magazine, but it features an English detective who first made his debut in 1893! Currey, page 368. Tanelorn Archives, page 12. An online Sexton Blake bibliography says that W. Howard Baker also did some revisions on this. Bought online for $6.65 plus $12.96 in shipping from a UK dealer.


Fark Annual Scary Story Thread

Sunday, October 30th, 2016

Tomorrow is Halloween, which means it’s time for the annual Fark Scary Story Thread!

Here are the links to threads from previous years:

  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • While you’re here, feel free to check out some of my other freaky/creepy/scary/silly Halloween posts.

    Shoegazer Sunday: Curve’s “Horror Head”

    Sunday, October 30th, 2016

    For your Sunday-before-Halloween dose of Shoegaze, here’s Curve’s “Horror Head”:

    TV Horrors: The Phoenix

    Saturday, October 29th, 2016

    If you were trying to construct The Most Painfully 1970s SF TV Show Ever, you might come up with The Phoenix, and never mind that it debuted in 1981.

    I mean, look at the intro footage, and tell me it doesn’t reek of the 1970s:

    I mean, ancient astronauts, pyramid power, ESP, big medallions and feathered hair! How much more 70s can you get?

    This arrived after my “I’ll Watch Any Damn SF/F/H Show On TV” phase, and it actually came and went so quickly (only five episodes aired, including the pilot) I wasn’t even aware of it.

    Someone has put up a fairly crappy quality video of the complete pilot:

    Hope you like flute music. The writing isn’t very good, but Judson Scott (who I remember best as Khan’s second-in-command) is surprisingly tolerable as Hunky McSunAlien.

    For more on similar subject, see Decade of Weirdness: The 1970s and Retro TV Memories: The Fantastic Journey.

    Halloween Horror: Nicely Done GIF From a Hammer Film

    Friday, October 28th, 2016

    I’ve never seen it, but this is evidently from The Witches:

    Halloween Horrors: Mummified Clown

    Thursday, October 27th, 2016

    Which is scarier, a clown or a mummy?

    Well, how about a mummified clown?

    The California Institute of Abnormalarts, a bar and concert venue that also functions as a museum of oddities, is home to something that will make anyone with coulrophobia (an irrational fear of clowns) quake in their boots…and it’s every bit as creepy as you might imagine….

    Some time ago, Crew acquired what he claims to be the mummified corpse of a clown known as Achile Chatouilleu, a performer who died in 1912.

    Achile, whose name translates to “French tickler,” reportedly asked before his death to be embalmed in his favorite clown costume and makeup. The body – which is still in perfect condition today – is pretty creepy, to say the least.

    If anyone reading this is out in LA, feel free to drop by the CIA and let me know how well-embalmed the clown looks up close…

    Halloween Horrors: A Blog About Devices for Speaking to the Dead

    Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

    This seems like a good thing to mention in October: a blog dedicated to devices for speaking to the dead.

    There are planchettes and Ouija boards aplenty, but also tipping tables and rapping hands.

    Or how about a neanderthal spirit that supposedly killed 15 people at a French sanitarium?

    Library Additions: Three PS Publishing Slipcased Editions

    Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

    Back in August, I ordered three PS Publishing slipcased editions on sale at £12.99 each marked down from £60:

  • Baxter, Stephen. Universes. PS Publishing, 2013. First edition hardback, #131 of 200 signed, numbered copies, a Fine copy in a Fine dust jacket and Fine decorated slipcase.
  • McAuley, Paul J. A Very British History with A Very British History: Additional Stories. PS Publishing, 2013. First edition hardback, #127 of 200 signed, numbered copies, a Fine copy in a Fine dust jacket and Fine decorated slipcase.
  • Watson, Ian. The Best of Ian Watson with Squirrel, Reich and Lavender: Bonus Stories. PS Publishing, 2014. First edition hardback, #47 of 100 signed, numbered copies, a Fine copy in a Fine dust jacket and Fine decorated slipcase. Note that in this set the signature page is found in the additional volume, not the main volume.


  • Library Addition: David Wong’s John Dies at the End

    Monday, October 24th, 2016

    Wong, David. John Dies At the End. Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press, 2009. First edition hardback, a Fine copy in a Fine dust jacket. Cult science fiction horror novel and basis of the Don Coscarelli movie of the same name. Bought for $32.50 from Half Price Books with a 50% off coupon.


    Shoegazer Sunday: Dead Leaf Echo’s “So.Wrong”

    Sunday, October 23rd, 2016

    New York City-based Dead Leaf Echo was another band at the Luscious Heaven shoegaze event last Saturday. Here they are with “So.Wrong”: