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About meI am a writer, researcher, editor and occultist based in Wollongong, NSW Australia. I worked 25 years in the book trade and now run my own editorial business, Proof Perfect Editorial Services ( I hold a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Writing, Honours). I'm a passionate bibliophile verging on bibliomaniac. I formerly co-edited Terror Australis magazine and edited the anthology TERROR AUSTRALIS: BEST AUSTRALIAN HORROR (1993) and have been President of the Australian Horror Writers Association (I edited Midnight Echo issue 5 for them). I write horror stories and am looking for a publisher for my first collection of them (contact me if you want to publish my stuff!). I am an initiate of the Crowleyan magical organisation Ordo Templi Orientis and with my magical partner Margi Curtis co-facilitate MoonsKin, an eclectic coven based in Wollongong NSW. I run workshops on ceremonial magick including Qabalah, Thelemic magick, Enochian, the Golden Dawn etc. My extended family is the best thing in my life and the rather massive book collection I brought here now belongs to all of us! You think I've read all these books? You've gotta be kidding!My current book is a collection of weird poetry, Spores from Sharnoth and Other Madnesses, of which US journal Dead Reckonings) said: 'this remarkable little volume immediately places Blackmore as one of the leading weird poets of our time". You can buy the P'rea Press edition here: and the Rainfall books edition (variant contents) here:

About my libraryMy library is about evenly split between horror/supernatural material, and occult/esoteric material. The horror includes many limited and signed first editions, a complete run of Arkham House books with a large collection of Weird Tales magazines and hundreds of anthologies. The esoteric collection is broadranging and covers Western magic, Rosicrucianism, Gnosticism, Thelema, Wicca and many other occult subjects. There is also a collection of political books centred around Guy Debord, the Situationists and anarchism. Additionally there are sections devoted to William Burroughs/The Beats; Victoriana, in particular the Pre-Raphaelite painters esp. Dante Gabriel Rossetti; and Surrealism and the Avant-garde. Most books in my collection are for sale - at the right price - though trying to part me from my Arkham House collection will require a crowbar as well as substantial quantities of moolah. As at Feb 2009 all the horror material is listed, and I am making good progress cataloguing the occult material- but bear with me, there's a long way to go!
There are certain authors I had extensively at one time that are no longer in my collection. Sold all my Stephen Kings back in 1990 to finance a trip to the Lovecraft Centennial in Providence. Gave all my Tanith Lees, Kim Newmans, & Peter Straubs to friends who were more fanatical about them than I was. Sold all my Robert E. Howards to a similarly enthusiastic fellow, and sold my collections of rock books (David Bowie, Beatles - 100 + volumes) and Beckett criticism (100+ volumes).
A Note on tags: I use the tag "toad" to indicate a hardcover book without a dustjacket. Almost all my books are hardcover in d.j.(where possible - some are paperback originals) but I always try and upgrade - so 'toads' are books I want in better nick - usually old and rarish volumes that I will ultimately replace with jacketed copies.
My wishlist: I use, and my current books wishlist is there.

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Favorite authorsRobert Aickman, Joan Aiken, J. G. Ballard, Nick Bantock, Clive Barker, Charles Beaumont, Samuel Beckett, Michael Bertiaux, Hakim Bey, Ambrose Bierce, Algernon Blackwood, James Blish, Robert Bloch, Guy Boothby, Jorge Luis Borges, William S. Burroughs, Ramsey Campbell, Jonathan Carroll, Storm Constantine, David Cronenberg, Aleister Crowley, John Crowley, Margaret Curtis, Guy Debord, Samuel R. Delany, Guillermo del Toro, Terry Dowling, Harlan Ellison, Dennis Etchison, Julius Evola, Linda Falorio, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, Karen Joy Fowler, Neil Gaiman, Lisa Goldstein, Kenneth Grant, M. John Harrison, Russell Hoban, William Hope Hodgson, Robert Hood, Van Ikin, M. R. James, S. T. Joshi, James Kelman, Rick Kennett, Fritz Leiber, Thomas Ligotti, Frank Belknap Long, Frank Belknap Long Jr., H. P. Lovecraft, David Lynch, Arthur Machen, Greil Marcus, Richard Matheson, Patrick McGrath, Dave McKean, Michael Moorcock, Rosaleen Norton, Edgar Allan Poe, Roman Polanski, Genesis P-Orridge, Christopher Priest, Israel Regardie, Sax Rohmer, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, James Sallis, David J. Schow, Darrell Schweitzer, John Shirley, Dan Simmons, Iain Sinclair, Clark Ashton Smith, Guy N. Smith, Bryce Stevens, Thomas Tessier, Richard Tierney, Jeff VanderMeer, Karl Edward Wagner, Donald Wandrei, Colin Wilson, Robert Anton Wilson, Gene Wolfe (Shared favorites)


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Greetings, Leigh. Congrats on having "Terror Australis" included in DREAMS OF FEAR. I've ordered a copy and opened a topic on it in The Weird Tradition.
Just FYI: Miscellaneous Writings of Clark Ashton Smith I imagine you have these in other volumes, but there is an introductory essay I haven't seen, as far as I know.
Hi Leigh,
Great to hear from you, sorry for the delayed response. Email me if you get this message, I have some Arkham house news to give you.
Take care,
Steve Harbin
Thanks for the friends request! I've actually admired your library for a long time.
Hi again Leigh,

Danny delivered the goods yesterday and so I now have my own copy of Spores - most apropriately it's copy #53 which matches my age, so I can't complain about that.

Haven't read all of it so far, but Succubus has grabbed me around the throat and won't let go.

Take care,


Hi Leigh,

It was great to meet you at Conflux 6 yesterday. I'm glad you found Canty's - it's my favourite general used bookstore here in Canberra (I'm usually in there at least weekly) and yes, I've seen the Cherryh books in there, but I already have them in hardcover (it's still tempting to pick up additional copies, but I've restrained myself so far.)



Leigh - great to see you add all those issues of 'Eldritch Tales'. That reminds me I'd better get back to work and start adding 'Weirdbook', 'The Horror Show', 'Night Cry', etc. etc...
Hi Leigh,
Haven't been checking Library Thing because most of my books are in storage in Australia! I love "Skin Tight".

I have to live with myself, and so,
I want to be fit for myself to know;
I want to be able as days go by
Always to look myself straight in the eye;
I don't want to stand with the setting son
And hate myself for the things I've done.
I don't want to keep on a closet shelf
A lot of secrets about myself,
And fool myself as I come and go
Into thinking that nobody else will know
The kind of man I really am;
I don't want to dress myself up in sham.
I want to go out with my head erect
I want to deserve all men's respect;
But here in the struggle for fame and pelf,
I want to be able to like myself.
I don't want to think as I come and go
That I'm bluster and bluff and empty show.
I never can hide myself from me,
I see what others may never know,
I never can fool myself -- and so,
Whatever happens, I want to be
Self-respecting and conscience free."

- Edgar Albert Guest
I see a message there from Jeremy shipp about his new book, Sheep and Wolves. I recently saw it myself and really want to read it too. What do you think of it? when you get a chance to look at it that is.
Good one Leigh. 666777, the number of the beast and the number of god. Trying to cover both ends are you now? -grin-
Hey, thanks for finding my library interesting. That would be the Beast, and another Beast that lives in an apartment one floor up, right?
Howdy Leigh!

I was wondering if you'd like to take a look at my new book. If you have the time, I'd be honored.

Here's wishing you many magical moments and a bounty of blessings.

-Jeremy :)


"Jeremy Shipp is a very good drug."
--John Skipp

"Shipp's clear, insistent voice pulls you down into the rabbit hole and doesn't let go."
--Jack Ketchum

You might be interested to note I uploaded the cover for this book: Memoirs of an Inconsequential Scribbler in case you want to grab it.

You also might be interested in looking at this book in my library and reading the review for fun: The Sixth and Seventh Books of Moses: The Mystery of All Mysteries: The Citation On All Spirits, etc. (I have two copies of this book listed)


We noticed that you were a Jorge Luis Borges fan, and we wanted to let you know that we’ve just published a brand new translation of his story, “Gradus Ad Parnassum,” in our anthology, ‘flatmanCROOKED – First Winter.’ “Gradus Ad Parnassum” is not currently in print in English, so we’re rather excited to publish what is to many Borges fans brand new work. The book also includes debut fiction from National Book Award winner Ha Jin, as well as stories from myriad other established and emerging authors. Check the book out at If you get it through our website, it’s significantly cheaper than through Amazon or Barnes & Noble!
Thanks for your message and add. I've read one Dan Simmons in the recent past but not recent enough for me to recall which title by name. Most of the HHC stuff is good for me. I submitted the first ms. there, but Charles passed on it. THE BLUE CHEER then came out last year. It got a pretty good library distribution, if that's a source for you.

Best in your reading,

Lately I've been reading more Garry Disher. Just picked up "The Sunken Road"
and "Steal Away". I started reading the Wyatt thrillers a while ago. Ever read him?
After looking through your library, I’ve come to the conclusion you have impeccable taste! Bloch, Blackwood, Lovecraft, Leiber, Smith, Ellison, Machen and Campbell… the genre of weird fiction needs more writers and readers such as yourself!

Charles Clemons
Thanks for the invite! I'm new to LibraryThing but already love it. I've seen your username around as I've searched through books and groups and noticed we have a lot of the same literary interest. I enjoyed looking through your library and found a few new books, I'm going to try.

"Did you know that LTC Rolt was a good friend of Robert Aickman's? They founded the Inland Waterways Association together but later had a falling out."


Sorry for the long time replying I have just been in the process of emigrating from London, UK to Vancouver, Canada.

The Rolt, Aickman friendship is something that I was not aware. Both amazing writers, I only hope that Rolt wrote many more undiscovered tales of the supernatural that will one day emerge from a dusty attic.

You have a fine book collection!!!


I am currently in TOPI and work assisting Genesis P-Orridge. That is awesome that you were a part of all of that back then. If you go to, I am the one under the name Ryan who does postings on the website.

take care,
Leigh, Hawksmoor is a good one. I've got a few more Ackroyd books I should really have written reviews for. Just about every one I've picked up has been great. Most recent being Milton in America and English Music. I badly need to update Sweet Despise...

I'd start the "hard" series in chronological order. Some references to
past books.
I read "Song of Kali" a while ago. Also the olympian (not sure of the titles) series by DS.
Derek Raymond is interesting. The nameless main character. Other english
mystery writers: Ian Rankin, Ruth Rendell (Barbara Vine), Reginald Hill.
My main interest is the classic noir: Horace McCoy, David Goodis, Charles Williams, Jim Thompson, Chester Himes, James Hadley Chase. For psychological
mysteries I've read a lot of G. Simenon, Sjowahl/Wahloo.
I started reading DS with the "hard" series of thrillers with Joe Kurz as the main character. Also well written and with a furious pace. Simmons seems to be the master of many genres. Kind of unusual. Most writers find their niche and rarely venture out of it. Ever read the thrillers?
Indeed. Chat me up anytime! I'm always willing to discuss Grant and all things Typhonian.

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I've been interested in classic horror for a long time.
Kind of lost track of sci-fi for quite a while. Lately,
I've "discovered" Dan Simmons. His "Hyperion" is brilliant.
Ever read him?
sure, no dust jacket - rub it in. Back in the 70s I put together a set of all the Arkham House volumes, a challenge even then, but Sauk City is close by and the nice folks at AH were very helpful. One fellow with a local shop had started his shelves with the acquisition of a couple old school librairies - and there were a dozen old Arkhams and a mountain of Mundy, Haggard and Burroughs to be had cheaply in "reading copies." The Drake had curiously been in a Catholic school library (and apparently unread) - wonderful verse in any event!
Thanks, Leigh. I appreciate the feedback - and the lead on The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural. Short of the Bleiler reference, it's exactly what I was looking for.

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