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Old 02-25-2017   #11
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Re: Bookstores Carrying Weird Fiction?

I can just see virtual reality bookshops with the old sandwiches, cats etc. every randomly selected volume put there by an AI agent to interest you - carefully crafted ...not judging.. just hope they get the smell right...

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Re: Bookstores Carrying Weird Fiction?

I live in Chicago where bookstores have been vanishing. When I first moved here there was a great bookstore called The Stars Our Destination - long since closed.

I grew up in NYC when there were bookstores everywhere. Most of them are gone. I used to spend a lot of time at the Science Fiction Bookstore and The Forbidden Planet.

I don't know how a bookstore survives today, unless it is located on a campus (such as the Seminary Coop in Hyde Park - Univ of Chicago's campus).
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Re: Bookstores Carrying Weird Fiction?

Waterstones in the UK is the biggest (the only?) chain store left. They have Lovecraft plus the tribute anthologies, Ligotti, Aickman, Barron and ghost story classics because they're all on big enough publishers but I've been surprised to see the Lazy Fascist Press books of Cisco, Atlas Press stuff like Jean Ray and a few Tartarus books on occasion.

If I can find something in actual stores I prefer to do that instead of online, but there's a recent Ditko art book which is outrageously expensive in stores so I'll either buy that one online or not get it at all.

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Re: Bookstores Carrying Weird Fiction?

There's actually a good place called Half-Price Books where I live. They sale used books. I wonder if there's an English equivalent. I've reached the point where I have to order books from Amazon, though. The only Weird Fiction I've encountered in standard bookstores are Lovecraft and a handful of anthologies here and there.

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Re: Bookstores Carrying Weird Fiction?

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I've visited a Barnes and Noble twice, but I didn't see them carrying any weird fiction. Around my area there are only ethnic bookstores and a library book sale area. No weird fiction book to be found.
Unfortunate.

The Barnes and Noble in my area carried multiple Lovecraft collections (unsurprising), and the Penguin Ligotti volume (quite surprising). But also a few things like Andrew Hurley's The Loney, Jeff Vandermeer's Southern Reach books, Year's Best Weird Fiction, etc. But when it comes lesser known stuff its pretty dismal (None of the Penguin Blackwood or Machen collections, even).

One bookstore I went to in Washington D.C. (I think it was Kramerbooks - if you're there I would recommend it) actually had Clark Ashton Smith's "Return of the Sorcerer" best-of, as well as Brian Evenson's "A Collapse of Horses" which I snagged. Both new. Washington D.C. has enough tourists to keep bookstores afloat so there are many of them which are really nice.
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Re: Bookstores Carrying Weird Fiction?

Has anyone ever been to Dark Delicacies in Burbank? The owner is a horror writer called Del Howison. I'd like to know what their selection is like because the online shop selection is very small, possibly only books they published. They had an anthology series named after the store.


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Re: Bookstores Carrying Weird Fiction?

When we got the Penguin Ligotti book at the Barnes & Noble I work at I did a staff recommendation for it. I have, by far, sold way more copies of that book than any other book that I've ever done a staff rec for.

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Re: Bookstores Carrying Weird Fiction?

I also want to give a shout out to MacLeod's Books in Vancouver, though it has been several years since I visited while on other business. Not specifically specializing in horror, sci-fi or fantasy, but it was an amazing experience in the stacks-on-the-floor, who-knows-what-you'll-find sense. Many rare works. On that visit I found several out-of-print books of fairy tales, folklore and magick that I'd been seeking.

I'd previously heard about it from friends, but when I asked the staff at my hotel for direction, their answer was, "Sir, you don't want to go to that neighborhood." They were right about the neighborhood (major meth & heroin scene) but I was so happy when I walked in to see what it was:

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Re: Bookstores Carrying Weird Fiction?

While on the subject, I wonder if anyone else on TLO happened to visit the old Samuel Weiser's occult book store in Manhattan before it closed? Though a young, out-of-town budding occultist, I managed to visit three times prior to its closing. Truly a magical place, one that contained the seeds of many weird realities.

Here's the old store front:

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And it continues to exist today as an online service based in Maine. Still a primary resource for antiquarian, hard-to-find occult and spiritualist works, it's a great example of a successful transition from bricks-and-mortar to online.

https://www.weiserantiquarian.com/
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Re: Bookstores Carrying Weird Fiction?

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While on the subject, I wonder if anyone else on TLO happened to visit the old Samuel Weiser's occult book store in Manhattan before it closed? Though a young, out-of-town budding occultist, I managed to visit three times prior to its closing. Truly a magical place, one that contained the seeds of many weird realities.

Here's the old store front:

https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com...869d67ff8a.jpg

And it continues to exist today as an online service based in Maine. Still a primary resource for antiquarian, hard-to-find occult and spiritualist works, it's a great example of a successful transition from bricks-and-mortar to online.

https://www.weiserantiquarian.com/
I did. Once I asked my sister if she wanted to go visit it with me and she said "No, we're NOT going to go look at SATAN books!".

That place was awesome.

This also reminded me that the http://www.mysteriousbookshop.com/ still exists. They published two collections of Robert Bloch's crime fiction.
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