Thomas Monteleone is donating a signed limited-edition hardcover of M.A.F.I.A: the most irreverent, entertaining, and longest-running column in the history of horror and dark fantasy, dealing with all things publishing-Monteleone has written about breaking in, breaking out, being successful, and being a failure. He tells it like it is in the book biz, television, film, and popular culture. If you want the inside scoop on the genres you love, this is the book for you!
Bill Lindblad of Alien Motives Books is donating Dimension of Miracles Revisted, a short novel written by Robert Sheckley as a sequel to one of his most successful original novels. Due in large part to its length (107 pages) he had difficulty placing the novel in a market where longer novels have become the standard, and he decided to resort to self-publishing in hope to generate enough interest to facilitate professional publication. The book was printed in runs of ten at a time. The exact number of copies produced is sketchy; he sold them through his e-mail and at conventions only. The initial format of the book was a perfect-bound, trade paperback sized edition. There were, according to Sheckley, two runs of that format, meaning twenty copies were produced. He then shifted to a cheaper, spiral-bound edition, of which he had printed another thirty copies. From a conversation a week before his ill-fated and final trip to Europe, he was looking to print another ten or twenty copies prior to travel. It is unknown as to whether those books were printed, or whether he printed ten or twenty. The full run was well short of a hundred copies, however, making this the rarest Bob Sheckley book produced. This copy is in fine condition, and like most has been signed by the author.
Bill Lindblad of Alien Motives Books is donating L. Sprague de Camp’s copy of Fletcher Pratt’s Secret and Urgent: The Story of Codes and Ciphers. De Camp and Pratt were good friends and frequent collaborators, co-creating the Harold Shea series of alternate-dimension fantasies known as the Compleat Enchanter books and also the Gavagan’s Bar series of fantastic bar stories which were favorites in the Anthony Boucher-edited Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. The book comes directly from the estate. Early in his writing career, de Camp inserted bookplates decorated with a coat of arms into his library; this book has one of the green bookplates. This is the 1942 reprint of the 1939 original book by Pratt. Pratt was well known for a variety of his writings. He collaborated with de Camp on some legendary fantasies; his other fantasy work was also critically appreciated, with The Blue Star becoming an early addition to the Ballantine Adult Fantasy series edited by Lin Carter; he wrote highly regarded naval histories for military historians; he produced an early naval wargame, earning him a standing reputation among wargamers; and he co-founded the Trapdoor Spiders, the New York writer’s club upon which Isaac Asimov’s Black Widower series of mysteries was based. The book is in near fine condition in a near fine jacket, with slight edgewear and minor curling to the bottom corners of the boards, and with chipping along the edges of the jacket at the spine and corners. The jacket has been placed in an archival Brodart protector.
Stefan Dziemianowicz is donating Robert Bloch: The Fear Planet and other Unusual Destinations (Subterranean Press, 2005, hc). The latter features full-color tip on cover art by Gahan Wilson. Stefan Dziemianowicz says, “It’s definitely a collectible, limited to 750 signed copies and, I believe out of print on publication.” It is signed by Stefan.
Peter Straub is donating a short excerpt, in various drafts, of a short story, titled “Mallon the Guru,” deleted from the novel in progress, THE SKYLARK. Four drafts are dated from 9/14/07 to 9/25/07, and the fifth is the original matter that was deleted from the book. Also included in the file is a printed copy of an email, dated July 19, 2007, from Al Sarrantonio to Peter Straub that begins: “Here’s wassup, you guy you — Neil Gaiman and I would like you to submit a story to an original anthology we’re editing for Morrow called STORIES.”