New, rare and interesting items in the bookstore this week.

Some new items that came into the store this week that you may find of interest. Many of these we only have one copy of and will be sold on a first come first serve basis.

DARK FORCES: The 25th Anniversary Special Edition with Stephen King, Karl Wagner, Robert Bloch and many more (Deluxe Lettered Edition With Original Sketch)


Lettered Edition: 26 copies, signed by the editor and artists on an illustrated signature page with all the special features of the Limited Edition, plus a different type of high quality binding, a full-color dust jacket with a different design than the Limited Edition, all housed in a custom-made deluxe traycase featuring a special magnetic latch. This is a very rare artist contributor copy (PC) of artist Alex McVey’s who does a one of a kind sketch on the front free endpaper. This is a huge book at nearly 800 pages!

In 1980, Kirby McCauley assembled a landmark horror anthology that set the benchmark for the genre. That book was Dark Forces, and while it has been imitated many times over the last twenty-five years, it has never been matched.

Featuring stories from Stephen King, Robert Bloch, Ray Bradbury, Joyce Carol Oates, Ramsey Campbell, Charles L. Grant, Richard & Richard Christian Matheson, and over a dozen other masters of the genre, Dark Forces belongs in the collection of anyone who treasures works of classic horror and dark fantasy.

This special edition will feature a new afterword from editor Kirby McCauley and the first Limited Edition appearance for many of these classic tales. All of these stories are on the must-read list for any new horror fan, including Stephen King’s classic novella The Mist, which was made into a major feature film by director Frank Darabont.

If the cover artwork looks familiar, you might have caught its cameo in a movie. Bernie Wrightson originally painted the artwork for the Stephen King movie Riding the Bullet, directed by Mick Garris. This will be the artwork’s first appearance in print.

The special Deluxe Edition of Dark Forces: The 25th Anniversary Edition was published as the debut title from Lonely Road Books.

About this Special Edition:
With an oversized page size, an extremely low print run, and the finest materials available, Dark Forces was designed with the ultimate collectors in mind. Each edition features a deluxe binding selected from the finest materials available.

The Limited Edition was housed in a custom-made traycase, and the Lettered Edition has a custom-made traycase. Both editions were signed by editor Kirby McCauley and the artists. There were over two dozen illustrations, along with six color plates tipped into each book, and a full-color dust jacket featuring artwork by horror legend Bernie Wrightson.

In addition, we secretly commissioned a very long interview with editor Kirby McCauley (after the book sold out so quickly) and in this interview he discussed the popularity and importance of the book with Kealan Patrick Burke. This special bonus addition to the Lonely Road Books edition of Dark Forces has never been printed anywhere else.

Table of Contents:
1980 Introduction — Kirby McCauley
The Late Shift — Dennis Etchison
The Enemy — Isaac Bashevis Singer
Dark Angel — Edward Bryant
The Crest of Thirty-Six — Davis Grubb
Mark Ingestre: The Customer’s Tale — Robert Aickman
Where the Summer Ends — Karl Edward Wagner
The Bingo Master — Joyce Carol Oates
Children of the Kingdom — T. E. D. Klein
The Detective of Dreams — Gene Wolfe
Vengeance Is. — Theodore Sturgeon
The Brood — Ramsey Campbell
The Whistling Well — Clifford D. Simak
The Peculiar Demesne — Russell Kirk
Where the Stones Grow — Lisa Tuttle
The Night Before Christmas — Robert Bloch
The Stupid Joke — Edward Gorey
A Touch of Petulance — Ray Bradbury
Lindsay and the Red City Blues — Joe W. Haldeman
A Garden of Blackred Roses — Charles L. Grant
Owls Hoot in the Daytime — Manly Wade Wellman
Where There’s a Will — Richard & Richard Christian Matheson
Traps — Gahan Wilson
The Mist — Stephen King
New Afterword — Kirby McCauley
Brand New Interview with Kirby McCauley by Kealan Patrick Burke (unannounced special bonus feature)


THE GIRL WHO LOVED TOM GORDON by Stephen King (Pop-up Book)

Stephen King’s award-winning, best-selling novelThe Girl Who Loved Tom Gordonis stunningly told in this, the first pop-up book by the master of suspense. It is a fairy tale grimmer than Grimm, retold with intricate pop-ups and a breathtaking text. This is the ultimate must-have edition for Stephen King fans of all ages.


based on the novel by Stephen King and illustrated by Alan Dingman. Paper engineering by Kees Moerbeek. Text adaptation by Peter Abrahams

Book is in fine condition




EC Classics 4 Weird Fantasy, 1985, Russ Cochran (West Plains, MO), $4.95 original price, 60 pages, 8-1/2×11″, wrap-around offset on heavy bond paper, fine condition. From series of twelve beautiful full-color reprints on nice paper of classic suspense, horror and science fiction stories from the EC Comics of 1952. Includes the classic “Under Cover” by Wally Wood, plus Jack Davis, and other brilliant comics artists!
We have a few more of the EC Classics available here: EC Classics


THEE VOLUME BITING DOG PRESS LETTERED EDITION SET: Midlisters by Kealan Patrick Burke, Monkey Love by John Paul Allen, Disposal by Jeff Strand (3 volume signed leather bound lettered edition in traycase)

This all three volumes in the Biting Dog Press Novellas. These are each signed, leather bound editions in custom traycase. One of only 26 copies this being a rare PC (Publisher’s Copy)
MIDLISTERS by Kealan Patrick Burke:

Meet Jason Tennant, a writer of violent horror novels whose career is mired firmly in a maddening swamp of frustration somewhere north of nowhere and south of success. He is a midlister, those thankless souls who labor in the shadows of sometimes better, sometimes luckier writers, and it’s starting to take its toll.

Meet Kent Gray, wildly popular author of a string of so-called “sex-fi” novels. He’s wealthy, handsome, and the object of Jason Tennant’s professional jealousy.

Welcome to Baltimore, Maryland, and the Aurora Science Fiction & Horror Convention, where these two men, midlister and bestseller, will meet for the first time, and the midlister motto “Better Read Than Dead” will be put to the ultimate test.


MONKEY LOVE by John Paul Allen:

When Professor Sandra Rixx lost her husband in a terrorist bombing, she turned toward her work for salvation. When Richard kept his vow and returned three years later, she learned to mix business with pleasure. Sometimes we can’t help who we love. Sometimes we can’t help what we love.


DISPOSAL by Jeff Strand:

Meet Frank, a truly reprehensible human being. An egotistical sexist morally vacant scumbag who gets off on committing armed robbery. The kind of creep whose smirk you want to rub off with razor blade-laced sandpaper.

But when he robs Gretchen at gunpoint, he’ll get a lot more than the twelve bucks in her cash register. She makes him an offer he can’t refuse: Kill her husband in exchange for sex. The problem is that her husband is hard to kill. Really hard to kill. Like, the bastard just won’t frickin’ DIE!!!

Lots of bad and occasionally disgusting things happen.


For the more esoteric minded:

FREEMASONRY OF ANCIENT EGYPTIANS by Manly P. Hall (Trade Hardcover Edition)


This is occult scholar Manly P. Halls legendary study of Egyptian Freemasonry. The Egyptian priests taught a doctrine of metaphysics appealing to the highest aspirations of man. This book also contains the Crata Repoa, a work compiled in the eighteenth century from a number of sources in an attempt to restore the initiation rituals of the Egyptian Mysteries.

“the Egyptians, of all the ancient people, were the most learned in the Occult Sciences of Nature”


By Manly P. Hall
Published in 1973

• Introduction
• Egyptian Magic
• The Osirian Cycle
• The Secret Doctrine in Egypt
• Crata Repoa
• Commentary
• Appendix-Initiation of Plato

“Though sorcery has been accorded no official recognition by modern science, there is, nevertheless, a certain quasi-official acceptance of the reality of occult phenomena throughout the civilized world”

“Osiris, the black god of the Nile, must be regarded as the personification of an order of learning, for Plutarch identifies him beyond question with the holy doctrine, or the Mystery tradition. As Thoth personifies the whole sphere of knowledge and it was through his assistance that Osiris came into being, so Osiris embodies the secret and sacred wisdom reserved for those who were proficients in the ancient rites”

“Dupis was writing upon the histories of ancient cults and beliefs; Lenoir was tracing Freemasonic origins to the Rites of Ancient Memphis; and Ragon was explaining the symbolism of the Masonic crafts in terms of Greek, Egyptian, and Hindu metaphysics. In all, the last half of the eighteenth century was the Golden Age of scholarship in continental Freemasonry”

Bound hardback in red. Would make a nice addition to any occult library. Book is in very good plus condition with small previous owners stamp on front endpaper, in a very good dust jacket with some small tears and shipping. This is a tough find.


DIONYSIAN ARTIFICERS by Hippolyto Joseph Da Costa With Interpretation from Manly P. Hall (Trade Hardcover Edition)

With an Interpretation of the Myth of Dionysius by Manly P. Hall

In this illustrated reprint of the rare Masonic monograph, Da Costa expresses his belief that modern Freemasonry derives its origin from the Dionysian architects and gives a valuable and comprehensive outline of the opinion of ancient authors on this subject. As the laws of nature and moral rules deduced from them were explained in fables, they were impressed on the memory by symbolical ceremonies which were termed Mysteries. Mr. Hall interprets the central myth of the Dionysian Mysteries and explains the secret metaphysical doctrines of this cult.

From the Publisher
The Philosophical Research Society is a nonprofit organization founded in 1934 for the purpose of assisting thoughtful persons to live more graciously and constructively in a confused and troubled world. The Society is entirely free from educational, political, or ecclesiastical control. Dedicated to an idealistic approach to the solution of human problems, the Society’s program stresses the need for the integration of religion, philosophy, and the science of psychology into one system of instruction. The goal of this instruction is to enable the individual to develop a mature philosophy of life, to recognize his proper responsibilities and opportunities, and to understand and appreciate his place in the unfolding universal pattern.

Book is in near fine condition with some light shelfwear else fine.

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