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11-08-2010, 05:22 PM
Has anyone checked out the books at Lulu Press? I know I have at least one: Hanns Heinz Ewers Volume I translated by Joe Bandel. Here are a few more that look interesting.
Misanthropic tales of the macabre and the outré with a unique blend of the grotesque and the perverse.
Enter the Lovecraftian universe of screaming horrors and Cthulhuvian insanity. Experience dark wonders and fantastic tales spanning the complete spectrum of the bizarre. These visions are what nightmares are made of. Throbbing at the shadowy heart of it all is the grotesque Lord Weÿrdgliffe and his web of penny dreadfuls.
In addition are bleak, satirical stories and essays with subjects ranging from the serious to the outrageous and hilarious, as well as strange, dark poetry. This collection has it all.
This is a revised and expanded edition of Dan Clore’s THE UNSPEAKABLE AND OTHERS, with new artwork by the famous weird artist, Allen Koszowski. Cover illustrations and all b/w interior illustrations are by this gifted artist. The foreword is by S. T. Joshi.
This collection is a rare treat for any connoisseur of the weird and the bizarre.
Originally published in 1538 Hans Holbein's Dance of Death is a visual representation of the Dance Macabre morality plays that date back as early as the fourteenth century. The Dance of Death is a Memento Mori, a reminder meant to teach the truth that all men must die and that one should prepare themselves for their final judgment. Presented here are the 49 woodcuts with commentary as originally presented in Bohn’s Illustrated Library: Holbein’s Dance of Death (1858).
"Read individually, Morrow's tales are startling; read as a series they have a collective effect which is unequalled by any other volume. [the book] is a remarkable concatenation of violent images: a gallery of Sadisms which is, in sum, so surreal as to be almost sublime." Pringle (ed.): Horror, Ghost & Gothic Writers
This is the first reprinting of this thriller since its publication in 1896. It's the story of a pair of brothers, the woman they love and the horrors of spiders and jealousy. A vintage classic.
(Christopher Barker recommended this novel)
(My secret agenda for starting this thread is to see if there is a way to get Michigan Basement by TL and Brandon Trenz published. I admit it, I am a complete junky for Ligotti's work.)
11-08-2010, 06:26 PM
I've wanted to order David Lindsay's "Devil's Tor" from Lulu for quite some time but the price plus Lulu's exorbitant shipping costs has, I admit, kept me from doing so. The only Lulu books I have bought are "Freaks and Fantasies", a collection of stories by Tod Robbins and all the Mark Hansom 'thrillers' I could lay hands on, some of which are quite atrocious, I might add.
Anyway, here are the blurbs:
http://static.lulu.com/product/hardcover/devils-tor/11021818/thumbnail/320"'Devil's Tor', first published in 1932, is the undoubted masterpiece of David Lindsay. Many of the extraordinary and disturbing themes of his first and most famous work, 'A Voyage to Arcturus' (1920), are explored more deeply and expressed more clearly in this book. The story describes the experiences and mental processes of various people drawn by an active Fate to Devil's Tor, a minor Dartmoor height. Lives are transformed, shattered and ended by forces that can remake stars and galaxies. Nowhere in printed English is the working of the Unseen in living minds more vividly drawn than in David Lindsay; and nowhere in Lindsay more magnificently than in 'Devil's Tor'."
http://static.lulu.com/product/hardcover/freaks-and-fantasies/3160160/thumbnail/320 "Chris Mikul, the brains behind Bizarrism, the magazine of supreme weirdness, has collected 14 rare stories by Tod Robbins, including 'Spurs' the story upon which Tod Browning's FREAKS film was based. These stories, long out of print, represent carny carnage and bloody mayhem in a jugular vein. The introduction by Mikul lays the foundation for one of the most audacious short story collections of the decade."
http://static.lulu.com/product/hardcover/the-shadow-on-the-house/5976873/thumbnail/320"A young man falls in love, and in so doing suddenly finds his world turned upside-down — in the most terrifying way. The events that come to pass will engage the reader to the very end. First published in 1934, 'The Shadow on the House' was the first novel by the mysterious Mark Hansom, who went on to write some of the darkest, and rarest, supernatural thrillers in the genre. This is the third book under the Dancing Tuatara imprint to be published by Ramble House, and includes an introduction by John Pelan."
11-09-2010, 08:50 AM
I'm currently creating a Lulu book of all my real-time reviews with this photo as its cover:
The photo was taken by me at the Glypotek Museum, Copenhagen, during my recent ground-level trip from Clacton-on-Sea to St Petersburg and back..
My Lulu books already in existence:
11-09-2010, 10:09 AM
Definitely some interesting titles here to look into, thanks! I've only ordered from Lulu once, and while the shipping cost did seem rather unreasonably high, I had no complaints whatsoever with their service or delivery time.
11-09-2010, 11:26 AM
@Des: Real-time review book! Great idea.
@Freyasfire: No, I would agree Lulu's service, once the book's actually printed, is nice and fast.
As for quality of product:
Lulu's paperback books are slightly better (paper stock seems to be the reason here) than those of Lightning Source, another POD publisher. However, Lightning Source's hardcovers are far superior to those of Lulu. The LS cloth boards are decent while Lulu's have a plasticky sort of coating -think something like the cheap buckram of some kinds of library bindings. The quality of the paper stock used by both companies' in their hardcovers is passable though not great. I'm not sure if the 'self-publisher' has any control over the grade of the paper used by either POD publisher, but judging by the books I have in front of me, it appears to be all of the same stock or, at least, of very similar.
Having said all this, I've been quite happy with both of them despite these small quibbles.
My advice to those thinking of self publishing would be to definitely check out LS as an option, before committing to anything, as theirs is the more desirable product, at least quality-wise for hardcover books.
11-09-2010, 12:20 PM
I also own the Joe Bandel Ewers volume, as well as this Lulu volume of Clark Ashton Smith tributes (and etc). Whitechapel really gets CAS. This collection is not without objectionable socio-political content, however.
Simon Whitechapel's Storefront - Lulu.com (http://www.lulu.com/sortilege)
11-09-2010, 12:48 PM
@Des: Real-time review book! Great idea.
Just plain transcripts from internet for print.
11-09-2010, 05:04 PM
I forgot about the Freaks and Fantasies book by Tod Robbins. I have that one too. The story "Spurs" that inspired the movie Freaks directed by Tod Browning in online here:
Nothing to write home about, but it is an interesting curiosity.
11-09-2010, 08:37 PM
I forgot to mention this book by Walter S. Masterman, which I have in Lulu paperback. It's a rare book, it's this edition or the highway. All thanks (again) to Ramble House (http://www.ramblehouse.com/) for unearthing this weird, oddly chilling, yet somewhat silly, vintage British mystery 'thriller'.
Ramble House (http://www.ramblehouse.com/) is responsible for a goodly deposit of the more rare and weird offerings available currently on Lulu it would seem, I cross paths with them often when scouring for rarities.
http://static.lulu.com/product/hardcover/the-yellow-mistletoe/4465567/thumbnail/320 Blurb from Lulu:
"The 1930's "THE YELLOW MISTLETOE" is the third mystery by Walter S. Masterman to be published by Ramble House (http://www.ramblehouse.com/) and there will be more. It’s the rollicking tale of murder in the tubes of London, which looks to be an accident, until Chief-Inspector Arthur Sinclair proves it wasn’t. The trail of evidence leads to the English countryside where he meets a cast of characters right out of a H. Rider Haggard novel. Then it’s off to the wilds of Bulgaria where a hidden city provides enough ritualistic danger for a dozen thrillers."
11-10-2010, 02:20 PM
Glad you mentioned the Yellow Mistletoe book by Masterman. I used to have that one on my eBay notification list, but after a few years it only showed up twice and both copies started at over $100. No thanks. This book was recommended by Karl Edward Wagner in his "The Thirteen Best Supernatural Horror Novels" list that ran in The Twilight Zone Magazine back in the 80s. It is nice to know that I can finally get a copy, if I so desire.
I was thinking about getting this Hansom book, but after your negative comment (and I have read a few others with a similar opinion) I think I will hold off. It didn't stop Midnight House from reprinting one of his novels, though.
11-10-2010, 03:07 PM
I've wanted to order David Lindsay's "Devil's Tor" from Lulu for quite some
Many thanks for posting this Murony_Pyre (and Bendk)
I read A Voyage to Arcturus a few months ago at the recommendation of a friend and was really bowled over by it. I think it's the greatest work of Pessimistic fiction I've ever came across. I had no idea there were any other editions of Devil's Tour available other than the (horribly overpriced) one published at the end of the 'seventies.
11-10-2010, 03:48 PM
I read A Voyage to Arcturus fairly recently too, and was astounded by its originality. I have never read a book like it. Ever since then, I have been looking out for more by David Lindsay that is slightly affordable, particularly The Haunted Woman and The Violet Apple and the Witch. Does anybody know if these 2 books have been reissued anywhere?
Sorry for going slightly off topic here.
11-10-2010, 06:22 PM
@Freyasfire: It is not sooo off-topic, no need of apologies, I mean, we're just talking about Lulu, which isn't really any one thing in particular. However, I could start a David Lindsay thread? Should I start a David Lindsay thread? Would we use it? Due to the small renewal of interest generated here by these posts/replies, I'm going to tackle "The Haunted Woman" right after completing "The Translation of Father Torturo" by Brendan Connell, which I am currently reading voraciously, I urge you all to read it. Luckily, "The Hauted Woman" is a short book, so I'll be able to return my attentions to Mr. Connell's work with all rapidity.;)
If curious, my copy of "The Haunted Woman" is part of the Gollancz "Rare Works of Imaginative Fiction Series No. 7, which also included Medusa by E.H. Visiak (more "39 List" connection here). But if you wanted a newer reissue of it, look no further than the excellent Tartarus Press reprint (http://www.tartaruspress.com/haunted.htm).
@Evans: The '70s reprint you're talking about is the Arno Press one right? This company, Ayer Publications (http://www.ayerpub.com/CategoryView.asp?CategoryID=100053&f=21&ppg=10), whom I believe does reprints of older works for Libraries, has the "rights" to print all of Arno's back catalog in their Occult and Supernatural reprints line which, I believe, "Devil's Tor" by was a part of. Notably, Ewers' "Alraune" in its old translation (which has been outmoded by the recent one by Joe E. Bandel (http://hannsheinzewers.wordpress.com/) in Side Real Press (http://www.siderealpress.co.uk/)' new version btw) was also reprinted in this line, too and "Maker of Shadows" by Jack Mann, that is: E. Charles Vivian (even more "39 List (http://weirdhorror.blogspot.com/2009/05/karl-edward-wagners-horror-best-of.html)" connection, prompting one to conjecture as to whether Wagner was an Arno press reader or visa-versa). Ayer will reprint any books in their catalog if they get enough orders in the pipeline. I would far rather the Arno edition of "Devil's Tor" than the one currently on Lulu, if anyone is in no rush for "Devil's Tor" but would like a copy of it to read at some future time, PM me and I will make inquiries with Ayer, like how many orders minimum they need to reprint, etc., then we could descend upon them together.
@bendk: Yes, Hansom, assuming that is his real name, seems a wildly uneven writer. The absolute worst book I've read by him, so far, was "The Wizard of Berner's Abbey". Conversely, if you've read the one Midnight House reprinted, "The Beasts of Brahm", you've read the best Hansom, imo. Hansom is a rare writer in that I can rank his books absolutely in order of, what I feel, to be their (relative) merit with no hesitation on my part whatsoever!
"The Yellow Mistletoe" is only ok, Masterman's "The Flying Beast" is superior to it. Also, regarding "The Yellow Mistletoe", reading it, I had a hard time seeing where it was a "Supernatural novel" as Wagner categorized it.
Anyway, no hesitations on this one: I'm starting a Karl Edward Wagner (http://karledwardwagner.org/) (and his "39 list (http://weirdhorror.blogspot.com/2009/05/karl-edward-wagners-horror-best-of.html)") thread here, asap. Yay! I will no long be off topic. :drunk:
11-11-2010, 01:09 AM
I was searching through the list of books and authors over at Ramble House and this one had me laughing.
THE GREEN TOAD
Walter S. Masterman
It was not a good day for Inspector Jackson. He spotted an illegally parked car and when he told the driver to move on, the man's head fell off! Then he identified the car and the body as belonging to George Barran, wealthy landowner, and with fingerprint evidence proved that the body somehow murdered itself. But he was really surprised when George Barran, alive and angry, showed up at the police station later that afternoon complaining about being bothered by the police. And the Inspector hasn't even been to the Barran estate yet, where he will find a huge green toad. What the hell is going on?
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