Went back to Powell’s today. No surprise there. Before bragging about the books I bagged, I would like to share this quote on the subject of bookbuying:
OK, onward! Here’s what I got today:
- The Teahouse of the August Moon by Vern Sneider (an old paperback that was on sale and looked charming)
- My Big Fat Supernatural Honeymoon edited by P.N. Elrod
- Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded by John Scalzi
- The Recently Deflowered Girl: The Right Thing to Say On Every Dubious Occasion by Edward Gorey
- The Fear Book: Facing Fear Once and For All by Cheri Huber
- The Gothic Horror and Other Weird Tales by George T. Wetzel, art by Tim Kirk (had to get this, as Mom knows Tim Kirk)
- Living Aikido by Bruce Klickstein under the Supervision of Morihiro Saito (this out of print book on Aikido has been taunting me the last few times I’ve been to Powell’s — I know it was there last year, and I believe it was there the previous time I was there, too. So, I finally gave in and bought it.)
- I also bought Gloom: The Game of Inauspicious Incidents & Grave Consequences by Keith Baker, a card game that looks really intriguing. Like, if Edward Gorey had done a card game, it would be this one.
But the prizes of this trip are two Arkham House first editions: Dagon and In the Mountains of Madness, both by H.P. Lovecraft. They’re in surprisingly good shape, just some damage to their dust jackets. I found them in the Rare Book Room and they were *gasp* actually affordable! After a little halfhearted dithering, my bibliomania got the better of me, and I bought them.