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THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS., Burton, Tim.
1 Burton, Tim. THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS.
Hyperion Books for Children, New York, 1993, first edition (stated and with complete number line). 
Unpaginated, oblong (9 1/4" H x 11 1/4" D) hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 1562824112 Illustrated in Tim Burton's characteristicly eerie style. "In all the world, there's no place like Halloweenland and Jack Skellington is Halloween's most important figure. It's Jack who devises Halloween's most macabre tricks and frights, and he's done it year after year with delight. But this year, something isn't quite right: Jack has grown bored with the usual Halloween pranks, and the joy of seeing shock and horror on people's faces has faded. One night, while out for a walk in the woods, Jack stumbles upon something he's never seen before: a strange door carved into a tree. Stepping through the door, Jack stumbles into a world unlike any he's ever known. He finds himself in a bright, cheerful, colorful place called Christmas Town. Immediately captivated by all the Christmas sights - shining tinsel, sparkling lights, gaily wrapped presents, and sweet confections - Jack knows that he must somehow find a way to become part of it all. And Santa Claus himself provides the key as Jack decides to bring Christmas to Halloween - with Jack starring in Santa's role!" Minor rubbing on rear board. Dust jacket has some areas of very light edge wrinkling, very light rubbing on rear panel, tiny dent on rear hinge. Very Good+/Very Good 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
AN EXPENSIVE PLACE TO DIE.  INCLUDING "IN TRANSIT DOCKET"., Deighton, Len.
2 Deighton, Len. AN EXPENSIVE PLACE TO DIE. INCLUDING "IN TRANSIT DOCKET".
London Jonathan Cape 1967 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good 
254 pp, 7 9/16" H. B&w art nouveau floral endpapers. "First Published 1967" on copyright page, price of "21s. net / in U.K. only" on dust jacket flap. "In Transit Docket" with all ten documents, laid in at front. " 'Sex, I decided,' said the French psycho-analyst, 'was the key to men's drives and post-sex was their most vulnerable state. That's how my methods evolved.' In his expensive 'clinic' on Avenue Foch, designed to cater lavishly for multiple perversions, a staff of girl graduates practices his methods on influential clients from East and West. His research data, recorded on film and tape, fills 800 dossiers coveted by both French and Chinese governments. A middle-aged English spy is sent to deliver a file of information on nuclear fall-out to the doctor, and finds himself involved in the most macabre operation of his career among the boulevards and back streets of Paris. In the twilight of blackmail and hidden motive, friend and enemy become indistinguishable: Maria, the divorcee with the E-type; Loiseau, a chief inspector in the Surete; Jean-Paul, the tanned Adonis destined for disaster; and Byrd, the British naval officer turned painter. In (this book), Deighton never relaxes his stranglehold of suspense, and loyalties remain undisclosed until the final pages. Yet he has moved far beyond the limits of the pure spy-thriller to explore the frontiers of human confrontation, where ideological warfare is germinated and sustained by the failure of one man to communicate with another." Two very small areas of color loss (one at edge) on free front endpaper. "In Transit Docket" has light edge wrinkling. Dust jacket very light edge wear/wrinkling, corner crease on rear flap. 
Price: 35.00 USD
 
 
THE SHILLING SHOCKERS:  STORIES OF TERROR FROM THE GOTHIC BLUEBOOKS., Haining, Peter, editor.  (Isaac Crookenden, Sarah Wilkinson, Dr Nathan Drake, et al.)
3 Haining, Peter, editor. (Isaac Crookenden, Sarah Wilkinson, Dr Nathan Drake, et al.) THE SHILLING SHOCKERS: STORIES OF TERROR FROM THE GOTHIC BLUEBOOKS.
Victor Gollancz, London, 1978. 
183 pp, 8vo (8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0575024178 6 b&w illustrations. "The Shilling Shockers came about in the great days of the Gothic novels, at around the turn of the nineteenth century, many of which were enormously long three-d eckers. In those days, before copyright existed, such titles....were plagiarised and abridged by hacks into what were known as 'Bluebooks', paper-covered pamphlets retailing at between 6d and 1s....when the supply of three-decker Gothic no v e l s r a n thin, a good trade was done in Bluebooks comprising original short stories in the macabre field. It is on these short stories that Peter Haining has largely drawn for this collection....The book has a general introduction which expl ai ns t he de ve lo p ment, success and eventual demise of the Bluebooks, and in addition each story is introduced with details of its provenance and other relevant information." Contents: The Vindictive Monk: Or, The Fatal Ring; The Mysterious Nov ice : O r, C onv ent of t he Grey Penitents; Captive of the Banditti: A Terrific Tale Concluded; The Spectre Mother: Or, the Haunted Tower; The Life and Horrid Adventures of the Celebrated Dr Faustus; The Old Tower of Frankenstein; The Bride o f th e Is les: A Ta le F ound ed o n t he Popular Legend of the Vampire; The Lunatic and His Turkey: A Tale of Witchcraft; The Severed Arm, Or, The Wehr-wolf of Limousin; Five Hundred Years Hence!; Bibliography. Faint cigarette odor, very light br ownin g to edges of te xtblo ck, t iny b ump at tbottom of spine, light wrinkling at top of spine, tiny bump to bottom corner of both boards. Dust jacket has minor edge wear and very light edge wrinkling, very light rubbing, light browning at top of fl ap-fo lds. Very Goo d/Very Good 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
GREEN TEA AND OTHER GHOST STORIES., Le Fanu, J. Sheridan.  Foreword by August Derleth.
4 Le Fanu, J. Sheridan. Foreword by August Derleth. GREEN TEA AND OTHER GHOST STORIES.
Sauk City, Wisconsin Arkham House 1945 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good - No Jacket 
357 pp, 7 3/4" H. Black cloth with gilt lettering/decoration (faded) on spine. One of an edition of 2,000 copies. Contents: Foreword; Schalken the Painter; Squire Toby's Will; Green Tea; Wicked Captain Walshaw, of Wauling; Carmilla; The Sexton's Adventure; Madam Crowl's Ghost; Sir Dominick's Bargain; The Vision of Tom Chuff; Ultor De Lacy; Dickon the Devil; The House in Augier Street; Mr. Justice Harbottle; The Familiar. Small contemporary bookseller's label on rear pastedown - "The Holliday Bookshop 49E.49th St., New York". Very light browning to endpapers, minor toning to edges of pages, small label from bookstore on rear pastedown, two small creases at bottom corner of page leaf 287/288, light browning to edges of text block - tiny soiling mark on fore-edge, light wear and wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, minor edge wear to boards, minor rubbing on boards, small shallow dent on front board. Book is protected in a stiff mylar sleeve. 
Price: 125.00 USD
 
 
THE TOM THOMSON MYSTERY., Little, William T.  Foreword by W.J. Eastaugh.
5 Little, William T. Foreword by W.J. Eastaugh. THE TOM THOMSON MYSTERY.
Toronto McGraw-Hill 1970 0070926557 / 9780070926554 Hard Cover Good+ Good+ 
239 pp, 8 1/2" H. B&w photographs, reproductions, map. "In 1956, nearly forty years after the death of Canadian artist, Tom Thomson, William T. Little and three companions set themselves to a macabre task. Ever since July 16, 1917, when the artist's badly decomposed body was found floating in the waters of Canoe Lake, controversy and conjecture hovered over the matter of how Tom Thomson really met his death. It was as a result of this prolonged uncertainty that the four men began digging in the little cemetery in Algonquin Park where Thomson was supposedly buried. They were determined to solve, if only for themselves, part of the mystery that surrounded the name of Tom Thomson. What they discovered only confirmed their suspicion that the full story of Thomson's untimely death was not in fact as history had recorded it. The lack of sound and conclusive evidence from earlier investigations set William Little into action. Meticulously he pieced together everything that had ever been written, documented, speculated, or theorized about Thomson during the artist's lengthy periods in Algonquin Park - with special emphasis on those strange events which occurred prior to and after his 'accidental death by drowning'. On the one hand William Little has been able to give us a fuller understanding of both Thomson's personality and his instincts as a painter. On the other, he has amassed considerable evidence that suggests a murder, a suspect, and a motive." Large diagonal creasing on page leaf xiii/xiv, small light stain on fore-edge of text block. Dust jacket has light browning at edges and on spine/flap-folds, several very small edge tears and one small 'v' tear on front hinge - all archivally taped, light rubbing/soiling, large corner crease on front flap. 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
6 McNeilly, Wilfred. Cover art by Angel Badia Camps and Stefan Barany. KILLER PACK. SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY NO. 507. 4TH SERIES.
Fleetway, London, (September, 1962), Ist printing. 
64 pp, soft cover (stapled in wraps). "The gruesome, swinging corpse in Hangman's Spinney raised the curtain on a very macabre murder case...The suspects were numerous - the red herrings were legion. But the clues were there for those with eyes to see..." Interior - pages browning lightly, otherwise clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - very light edge wear, soft wrinkling to covers, spine has light wrinkling and tiny chips at top/bottom. VG 
Price: 12.50 USD
 
 
7 Rathbone, Basil. (Edgar Allan Poe; Nathaniel Hawthorne; Edward Bulwer-Lytton; Charles Allston Collins; Charles Dickens; Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu; Wilkie Collins.) BASIL RATHBONE SELECTS STRANGE TALES. (THE BLACK CAT; RAPPACCINI'S DAUGHER; THE HOUSE AND THE BRAIN; THE TRIAL FOR MURDER; GREEN TEA; A TERRIBLY STRANGE BED.
New York Belmont 1965 Mass Market Paperback Very Good - 
157 pp, 7" H. "Basil Rathbone, renowned actor and motion picture personality, selects for you the strangest stories ever written - masterpieces of the macabre." Interior - light browning to pages and inside of covers. Exterior - very light edge wear, book is lightly cocked, faint crease on spine, small soft crease at top corner of covers, soft crease doen front hinge, minor rubbing, slight fading to color on edges of text block. 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
GHOSTS IN THE MIDDLE AGES:  THE LIVING AND THE DEAD IN MEDIEVAL SOCIETY., Schmitt, Jean-Claude.  Translated by Teresa Lavender Fagan.
8 Schmitt, Jean-Claude. Translated by Teresa Lavender Fagan. GHOSTS IN THE MIDDLE AGES: THE LIVING AND THE DEAD IN MEDIEVAL SOCIETY.
Chicago University of Chicago Press 1998 0226738884 / 9780226738888 Soft Cover Very Good 
290 pp, 9" H. "(E)xamines medieval religious culture and the significance of the widespread belief in ghosts, revealing the ways in which the dead and the living related to each other during the middle ages. Schmitt also discusses Augustine's influence on medieval authors; the link between dreams and autobiographical narratives; and monastic visions and folklore. Including numerous color reproductions of ghosts and ghostly trappings, this book presents a unique and intriguing look at medieval culture." Interior - soft crease at top corner of pages 80 to 140, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - one very tiny corner crease. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
A TASTE OF BLOOD WINE., Warrington, Freda.
9 Warrington, Freda. A TASTE OF BLOOD WINE.
Pan, London, 1993, first paperback printing. 
581 pp, mass market paperback. ISBN 0330328468 "1923. Madeline Neville watches as her father fills Parkland Hall for her 18th birthday party. Among them is his handsome new research assistant Karl - the man she has already decided will be her hu sband. Her sister Charlotte has generously agreed to stand aside. Until she sees Karl....For Charlotte, it is the beginning of a deadly obsession. As their feverish passion grows, Karl faces the dilemma he fears the most. For Karl von W u l t e n d o r f is a vampire. And only by deserting Charlotte can his passion for her blood be conquered...." Interior - bookstore stamp on first page, tear on page 521 archivally taped, tiny edge tear (archivally taped) and small piece missi ng a t to p co rn er o f pages 519/520 - doesn't effect the text, pages browning very lightly, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - very light edge wear, small crease at corners, faint creases on spine, very light b row nin g to ed ges of te xtb lo ck, minor scuffs on fore-edge of textblock. Very Good- 
Price: 12.50 USD
 
 
HORROR OF THE 20TH CENTURY: AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY., Weinberg, Robert.
10 Weinberg, Robert. HORROR OF THE 20TH CENTURY: AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY.
,Collectors Press, Portland, OR, 2000, first American edition. 
256 pp, folio (13/14" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 1888054425 Profusely illustrated in color and b&w. "As long as there have been storytellers, audiences have sought stories that make their flesh creep and their blood curdle - stories that slither into the darkest corners of our psyches. These are the tales that have been read furtively under covers or retold in whispers by the light of campfires. From Horace Walpole to Stephen King, the masters of horror have offered us jus t s u c h tales of the eerie and the spectral. Author Robert Weinberg has assembled the best of these phantasmal visions. Here is a vivid recounting of the writers, illustrators, publishers, actors, and filmmakers who for more than two centuries h a ve f ed o u r hunger for the macabre. As a student of the field whose collection of 25,000 genre-related materials is among the finest worldwide, Weinberg is a uniquely qualified writer whose perspectives span the spectrum of horror. (This boo k) be gin s w ith E nglish author Horace Walpole who, in 1765, gave birth to the Gothic novel 'The Castle of Otranto'. Mary Shelley plundered new depths of darkness with 'Frankenstein', and late nineteenth-century readers feasted voraciously on O sca r Wi lde' s 'T he P ict ure of Dorian Gray' and Henry James' 'The Turn of the Screw'. Washington Irving, Edgar Allen Poe, and Nathaniel Hawthorne each cast their unique spell on tales of the weird. As the modern era unfolded, horror has c rept, how led, and s limed its way into the twentieth century on celluloid and paper, and Weinberg reveiws the silents and talkies, the comics, the paperbacks, and hardcovers - including such haunting and immortal creations as Frankenstein, Dracul a, and 'The Phan tom of the O pera' ." Light wear at top/bottom of spine and at corners, minor bump at bottom of rear hinge. Dust jacket has minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, two tiny bumps on front hinge. Very Good+/Very G ood+ 
Price: 50.00 USD
 
 
FLAWED BLADES:  TALES FROM THE FOREIGN LEGION., Wren, Percival Christopher (P.C.)
11 Wren, Percival Christopher (P.C.) FLAWED BLADES: TALES FROM THE FOREIGN LEGION.
John Murray, London, 1933, first edition. 
379 pp + ads, small 8vo (7 1/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. "This is a collection of short stories told by soldiers of the French Foreign Legion about themselves or their comrades. Very many of these men are examples of the 'flawed blades' that have snapped, leaving little but the sheath that once contained the sword - spirits that have broken, leaving only the weary body. The French Foreign Legion has been called 'the Cemetery of the Living', and practically every man in it ha s a ' s t o r y ' (apart from the usually thrilling story of his life in the Legion itself) - the story of what found out the flaw that caused the blade to snap beneath the strain, leaving the mere sheath intact. Each tale is a human document - t hr i ll i ng , dr am at ic and real - and rarely devoid of touches of the macabre grim humour of the Legion." Previous owner's small stamp on front pastedown, very light browning to page margins and to endpapers, small tear at top of gutter of pag e11 4, sc at ter ed li ght fo xin g marks mainly in margins of pages 220 & 221 - some lighter foxing on adjacent pages, small foxing mark at top of pages 258 & 259, tiny to very small holes on edges of spine/hinges due to insect damage, browning and tin y fo xin g ma rks on edge s of tex tblock, three small light stains on fore-edge of textblock - migrates into marginn of some pages, one tiny corner bump, slight browning to edges of boards. Dust jacket has moderate edge wear, heavy edge wrin klin g/cre asin g - m ainl y al ong t op ed ge, s everal small tears and chips, 3" closed tear on front panel with old tape residue on inside - now archivally taped, light rubbing and soiling on rear panel, tiny soiling speck on front panel, a few t iny s cuffs, ligh t brow ning on hi nges a nd fla p-fold s, small light stain on front flap. Good-/Fair 
Price: 350.00 USD
 


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