Well my idea about transferring my Facebook posts to my blog didn't work for the last couple of days. Too busy to transcribe. So, instead I thought I'd talk about something near and dear to my heart. Books.
Half Price Books is a chain of used book
stores, quite a few in Texas and other scattered across the US. The
flagship store is in Dallas, north of SMU. I like going there because
they have a lot of book turnover. The downside is, occasionally my book
expenditures are a little...crazy. Today was such a day, also, things
First part reminded me of the opening scene of a horror movie. I walked
in, by a display of journals and notebooks, and the word 'Satan' caught
my eye. Odd for a journal... so I looked. It's a 50's hardback about
diabolism and assorted related stuff, mostly translated from a French
medical journal about religious Psychology, if I'm reading right. Lots of
S.J. (Jesuits) as article authors. It should have been in the rare/nostalgia
section, but I guess someone was being silly. So yeah, I grabbed it. As I
was wandering around the store, I kept thinking. "Jeez, I've seen this
horror movie where the lead finds a random book on Satan in the first act,
and then all hell breaks loose.' Which had me giggling. I may leave the
book in a box of salt though...just in case.
I found a number of other odd books. A hardback collection from the 40's
of weird fiction edited by August Derleth, 'The Night Side'. Not Arkham
House, the publisher is Reinhart, which I haven't heard of before. Nice
book, some authors I don't know, but it's got Lovecraft and Machen and
Dunsany. Bloch and Wandrei and Kuttner as well. Also for a reasonable
price, or so I told myself *wink* This was also in rare/nostalgia.
In the horror section I found a couple of S.T. Joshi edited criticism,
a nice trade paperback of Chambers 'The King in Yellow', and two paperback
story collections. One 'Cults of Horror' is a 90's DAW collection, with
a reprint of Karl Wagner's 'The Sticks', and one of those classic covers.
The other is 'Tales of the Occult' from the 70's, with more Machen, MR
James, Blackwood and some other authors. Always good to find old
friends in books. Last was 'The Green Man' by Kingsley Amis. The back
blurb mixed words like 'horror' 'satire' 'post-Lovecraft' 'slapstick' and
other weirdness. So I grabbed it, odd to find that mix of words anywhere.
So yeah, a lot of good things in the horror section for me.
I also picked up a Eurohorror flick, 'Beyond the Darkness' which seemed
weird and up my alley. It's playing now, pretty standard Italian horror
bizarre...with the plus of a soundtrack by Goblin, same band that did the
music for 'Suspiria'. I saw a couple of other movies I wanted, but not
for the price they were asking. Then after some more wandering in the
rare book area (No I don't need an 18th century book with a Latin title
that sounds like it's out of Lovecraft's library...it was a medical text
I think), I headed over to the religious/metaphysical/occult section...
The occult side of things seemed to be the usual Wicca and related stuff,
with a fairly nice selection of 'the history of witchcraft', but nothing
that leaped out at me. Same with the Druid side of things...but under
the actual 'Occult' shelf, there was something that had me written all over
it. A Princeton University press work on Greek and Roman Necromancy. Author
is Daniel Ogden. Hits a number of my buttons, ancient history? Check.
Scholary work? Check. Esoterica? Check, double check and mate. Plus
I got a good deal on it, about half what it seems Amazon wants for it *grin*
I think that just leaped to the head of the to read pile. They also had a big section on 'esoterica' (read Templars, Masons and Jesus conspiracies) and 'Gnosticism' (Dead Sea Scrolls, more Jesus conspiracies, and similar), but
nothing else leaped at me, at least that I wasn't sure I already owned. Will
have to do some organizing and list making before a return visit.
So yeah, my book hunt was fruitful as heck. Necromancy, random book on Satan
waiting for me as I walked in, and lots of my favorite kind of fiction. Now
if I suddenly go silent, make sure to not read aloud any of the books on my
desk, and 'have ye words for laying ready at readie and stoppe not to be sure
when there be any Doubte of Whom you have.' *grin*
Yog-Sothoth Neblod Zin