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Monsters

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From the depths of the sea…

From the secret places of the universe

MONSTERS

A HOST OF HIDEOUS THINGS – writhing… crawling…some scaled, some slimy, some finned… fashioned from the darkest places of man’s imagination…shaped grotesquely in nightmare forms… and some so horrifying they have no shape at all…

MONSTERS

Corgi Books 1970.

Deformed..

Evil…

Bent on horror and destruction…

Rearing up on horny, gleaming legs…

Growing from the floor in a bulbous, slobbering mass…

Grimacing from a tiger shark’s face…

MONSTERS – Eight tales of terror by A.E Van Vogt.

What amazing artwork – I can only wish my aura is as spectacularly colourful as this cover model’s.

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The Yard Vintage and Makers Market

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And so it begins….

With only days to go till the fabulous Diplock Yard Vintage & Makers Market throws opens its door for another season of handmade, craft and vintage loveliness.

Held on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month the Yard re-opens this month with a suitably spring themed market on Sunday March 11th.

We’re going to be there with lots of horror and vintage pulp to chill the cockles of your heart so please stop by and say hello. Thereafter we will be at the market every second Sunday of the month.

They are always looking for more stalls and are always open to ideas  – Bingo….jam stalls….clothes alteration….pet accessories…10 minute massage stalls….pop-up art exhibitions….flower stalls…..The more the merrier and weird is always good!

So whether you’re a potential stallholder or you just want to pop by for a cuppa and a browse, follow the links below for more information.

Diplocks Yard (73 North Road, Brighton) is just a few minutes walk from Brighton Station, is open from 11am to 5pm and is free.

Follow The Yard on Facebook: HERE.

Harley Street Hypnotist

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Harley Street Hypnotist

How do you hypnotize a patient? How are mental and emotional problems solved by hypnosis?

This quite remarkable and dramatic book debunks the myths attached to the science – for instance that people can be hypnotized against their will, or if hypnotized can be made to perform actions inconsistent with their character.

It tells of the remarkable use of hypnosis in relieving pain during childbirth, so that now the Ministry of Health has ruled that doctors using hypnosis on such occasions may receive the same fee as an anaesthetist…

This one’s for all you budding Peter Powers out there – I must say, I love the cover art on this one.

Titan’s Daughter

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The tetraploids, giant men and women created by genetic experiment, only wanted to live their lives in peace, but they had to live in a world of the jealous ‘normals’ who gathered in screaming mobs with murder in their hearts.

Sena, the heroine of this remarkable science-fiction novel, is a tetraploid giantess whose youth would last more than a century, who looked with wonder at the toy bridges and houses of normal men and women who regarded her with fear and revulsion. Beautiful, defenceless Sena was the first of a new race, but would she be allowed to live…?

Previously published in the USA by the Berkley Publishing Corporation in 1961. First Foure Square Edition 1963.

Not sure how a nine-foot giantess can be that defenceless in a world of ‘normals’ but from the cover, I’m guessing she must have been vastly outnumbered or something…

Sunday December 18th

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It’s your Last Chance to check out some of our lovely book bargains before the New Year!

Dracula and Alice in Wonderland have been the runaway seasonal bestsellers on our stall so far, but there’s still time to change all that as tomorrow is the final day the Yard Vintage and Makers Market will be open for trading before it closes its doors until next March 2012.

We will be at the market from 12pm -4pm so if you’re coming by for some books, please stop by between then. Mince pies or chocolates will be especially welcome! (I know, I know I’m being a bit cheeky now..)

Merry Christmas! And remember, if it all goes horribly wrong this year, just find a quiet corner to lose yourself in with your favourite book and pretend none of your family ever existed!

Me, I’m looking forward to catching up on some Dickens…

The Chimes, Routledge Pocket Library 1886

Frankenstein

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“It proved a wet, ungenial summer, and incessant rain often confined us for days to the house… In the evenings we crowded around a blazing wood fire, and occasionally amused ourselves with some German stories of ghosts, which happened to fall into our hands. These tales excited in us a playful desire of imitation… ‘We will each write a ghost story,’ said Lord Byron; and his proposition was acceded to.”

Collier Books 1961

At this challenge Mary Shelley began work on the “ghost story” that was to  evolve into the most celebrated horror novel in literary history. Frankenstein was published the next year and became the rage of London. In generations since, the story of Victor Frankenstein and the monster he created has been read by millions all over the world. It inspired hundreds of imitations, but it has never been equalled for its masterful manipulation of the elements of horror and suspense.

You’ve read the book (haven’t you?!) now watch the film! Tomorrow, 3rd December, those lovely people behind the Classic Horror Campaign are holding an all day horror fest at the Rock Inn, Brighton, with book signings, stalls, loads of giveaways and of course some great films! We are going to be there with a few nice books so stop by and say Hi. More details below and over at: Frighten Brighton.

Pan Books 1979

I’ll bury my dead

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Harlequin have a series of composition books, featuring the coverart of six vintage titles, and they look stunning.

One of the books is I’ll bury my dead by James Hadley Chase. The Harlequin reprint can be seen HERE. Below is the original cover art on one of my Pocket Editions.

I’LL BURY MY DEAD by James Hadley Chase. A Robert Hale Pocket Book, this edition 1955.

The action in Mr Chase’s new, sophisticated thriller is crammed into the space of six hair-raising, breathless days and nights. It is the story of organised blackmail, punctured by sudden and gruesome murder, peopled by ruthless killers, shady cops and Mr. Chase’s own particular brand of young ladies.

Written with the punch and speed of a rivet gun, and with an economy of words that will hold the reader’s attention from the first to the last page, I’ll Bury My Dead again confirms the reputation won by James Hadley Chase as the leading writer of all-action, thrill-a-minute, toughness-plus-one thrillers that demand to be read at a sitting.

I’ve not read any of Hadley Chase’s novels, so I can’t comment on his own ‘particular brand of young ladies’ but, if the cover is anything to go by, they look like a force to be reckoned with!