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Gonna Pass on the Expedited Shipping, Thanks

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

Actual screen cap from an Amazon order I placed yesterday (click to embiggen):

Think I’ll have to pass on the $12 million in expedited shipping costs. I don’t need it that bad…

Elvis vs. King Kong vs. Godzilla

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

Mark Finn reminded me that Elvis Presley’s birthday was this week, so to celebrate I thought I’d put up this very, very silly video…

Library Additions: Two Signed Harlan Ellison Firsts

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

Two more books bought relatively cheap off ebay:

  • Ellison, Harlan. Brain Movies: The Original Teleplays of Harlan Ellison Volume One. Edgeworks Abbey, 2011. First edition trade paperback original (no hardback state), the “Babylonian Limited Edition,” a Fine copy signed by both Ellison and introduction author J. Michael Straczynski. In addition to many of Ellison’s most celebrated teleplays (“Soldier,” “Demon With a Glass Hand,” etc.), it also includes “Memos From Purgatory” featuring numerous holographic corrections in Ellison’s hand. Not in ISFDB. Edgeworks Abbey is Ellison’s own press and he’s issued a whole lot of trade paperback books through it of previously unpublished or uncollected material. (The Brain Movies series alone is now up to six volumes.) Bought for $29.99 (the opening bid) off eBay.

    Brain Movies

  • Ellison, Harlan. Dreams With Sharp Teeth. Quality Paperback book Club, 1991. First edition paperback original, a Very Good+ copy with spine slightly concave, light crease across entire front cover, wear at points, and wrinkling to first few pages. Signed by Ellison. Omnibus edition of the collections I Have No Mouth & I Must Scream, Deathbird Stories and Shatterday, minus duplicated stories between the volumes plus an original introduction by Ellison and slightly revised texts and story introductions. Bought off eBay for $12.50. Below the condition I usually collect, but there were no other signed copies online at all…
  • Things I’m Thankfull For: Jigsaw

    Tuesday, December 26th, 2017

    Jigsaw the Golden Retriever, the oldest of my two dogs, just turned 14.

    I asked my vet how he was doing for his age. She said “I don’t know. They don’t usually live this long.”

    Jigsaw started out as an unrestrained riot of affection and turned into a dog that everyone loves.

    Here are a few pictures of him over the years.











    Jigsaw Screen Cap Dup



    With an old dog, you know your days together are limited, and you just try to cherish the time you have left.

    Halloween Horrors: Gateways to Hell

    Friday, October 27th, 2017

    In lieu of some real Halloween links, here’s a quickie: Places on earth that are supposedly gateways to Hell.

    And here’s another video on the same subject:

    Another Year, Another Halloween Prop Show

    Thursday, October 26th, 2017

    A new job and a new dog have been eating up a lot of my time, so I’ve fallen down on my regular Halloween posts.

    But here’s a nice video of the latest Halloween scare props. All these seem to be from the same company. Sadly, I doubt I can afford any of them…

    Library Additions: Four Tachyon Books

    Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

    Picked these up direct from Tachyon, along with some copies for the Lame Excuse Books catalog.

  • Beagle, Peter S. In Calabria. Tachyon, 2017. First edition hardback, a Fine copy in a Fine dust jacket. Signed by Beagle.
  • Beukes, Lauren. Slipping. Tachyon, 2016. First edition trade paperback original, a Fine copy. Short story collection.
  • Lansdale, Joe R. Hap and Leonard: Blood and Lemonade. Tachyon, 2017. First edition trade paperback original, a Fine copy.
  • Morrow, James. The Asylum of Dr. Caligari. Tachyon, 2017. First edition trade paperback original, a Fine copy. Short novel that uses the silent German Expressionist film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.
  • Shoegazer Sunday: Linda Guilala’s “Uroboros”

    Sunday, July 16th, 2017

    I liked last week’s Linda Guilala track so much I bought the album, so this week’s track is “Uroboros,” which is also off Psiconáutica.

    Library Additions: Three Harlan Ellison Omnibus Firsts

    Monday, May 8th, 2017

    Here are three volumes of the Harlan Ellison Edgeworks series I bought off eBay (along with a fourth, Edgeworks 2, that I already had a signed first of, so the extra will go in the next Lame Excuse Books catalog). I think I have first editions of almost all of these, so this is a matter of “title completeness.”

  • Ellison, Harlan. Edgeworks 1: Over the Edge/An Edge in My Voice. White Wolf, 1996. First edition hardback thus (and first hardback edition of Over the Edge, a Fine copy in a Fine dust jacket.
  • Ellison, Harlan. Edgeworks 3: Harlan Ellison’s Hornbook/Harlan Ellison’s Movie. White Wolf, 1997. First edition hardback thus, a Fine copy in a Fine dust jacket. Supplements the two-volume Mirage Press set of these same titles.
  • Ellison, Harlan. Edgeworks 4: Love Ain’t Nothing But Sex Misspelled/The Beast That Shouted Love at the Heart of the World. White Wolf, 1998. First edition hardback thus, a Fine copy in a Fine dust jacket.
  • The four volumes were the only ones to appear out of the projected 20 volume series. All four volumes bought off eBay for $25.

    Shoegazer Sunday: Slowdive’s “No Longer Making Time”

    Sunday, May 7th, 2017

    Slowdive’s new self-titled album

    just (iTunes)

    dropped (Amazon).

    Buy it.

    Here’s a live version of “No Longer Making Time,” one of the new tracks:

    The studio version is even prettier.



    I’m watching new episodes of MST3K and listening to a new Slowdive album. I’ve obviously died and gone to 1990s Heaven…