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Favorite authorsJane Austen, Clive Barker, Ambrose Bierce, Giovanni Boccaccio, Ray Bradbury, Erskine Caldwell, Ramsey Campbell, Julio Cortázar, Peter De Vries, Arthur Conan Doyle, Dennis Etchison, Erich Fromm, Nikolai Gogol, William Golding, William Fryer Harvey, Joseph Heller, Frank Herbert, Hermann Hesse, Patricia Highsmith, Aldous Huxley, John Irving, Shirley Jackson, Pauline Kael, Stephen King, Rudyard Kipling, William Kotzwinkle, Doris Lessing, Ira Levin, George MacDonald, Ethel Mannin, Richard Matheson, Michael McDowell, Herman Melville, Thomas Merton, Brian Moore, Alberto Moravia, Sōseki Natsume, Edna O'Brien, Flannery O'Connor, John O'Hara, George Orwell, Anthony Powell, Jean Rhys, Joseph Roth, Bertrand Russell, Jean-Paul Sartre, William Shakespeare, Georges Simenon, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Muriel Spark, John Steinbeck, Robert Louis Stevenson, Bram Stoker, Peter Straub, Jonathan Swift, Julian Symons, Junichiro Tanizaki, William Trevor, Mark Twain, Gore Vidal, Elio Vittorini, Evelyn Waugh, H. G. Wells, Calder Willingham, P. G. Wodehouse (Shared favorites)

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Recently caught Peter DeVries fever, and was pleased to note you had preceded me!
I'm a skeptic too, Peter. Perhaps you'd like my book, which traffics in drugged mysticism, among other things:

You can access LT reviews on the above link, and order it from fishpond. ChocoMuse, from outside Sydney--a recent reviewer--told me about that outlet.
Well, that's been an exciting evening - the fire alarm went off and I couldn't shut it down, so I had to call out the Fire Brigade and they fixed it for me!!!!! Actually it had been vandalised by the people downstairs, last June but my horrible landlord won't do any repairs and the control panel wasn't working properly.
Are you by contacting me from a parallel universe by any chance!!!!! I do some voluntary book-sorting for my local hospice - fancy that! And after the books have been priced we usually get first pick - that's how I picked up Duma Key. A nice mint hardback copy, too. I don't know what the situation is like in Australia, but hardbacks are ridiculously expensive over here and when you're on a tight budget, it makes a big difference to be able to buy them slightly cheaper.
When I was younger, we moved all over the Far East from Singapore to Malaysia to Hong Kong. I regret being so young as I don't remember things as well as I'd like, but a few incidents stand out - taking the ferry to Penang Island - the Temple of the Snapping Turtles (where I saw my first pair of bound feet!!) - the incredible monsoons ( and falling into a monsoon drain!!!!) There was a huge brick cinema some way from the camp, and my Mum used to take me on a regular basis. I think that's how I developed my life-long love of the movies -especially the scary ones!
The Diary of Mr Poynter - that's the story about the strange lines on the old piece of paper, isn't it. And how he had the design made up into curtains - and about the faceless thing that rose up beside his chair. Brrrrr, scary!!! Have you read Canon Alberich's Scrapbook???? I've often been tempted to try and draw the creature in the picture, but I don't believe in pushing my luck!!!!! One of my friends has a DVD/Video machine that lets you transfer stuff from tape to Disc so I might be able to copy those B.B.C episodes for you.

Actually, I converted my DVD into multiregional last night - it's supremely easy and perfectly legal - the only reason for the regional system is GREED - the big film retail companies don't want you buying anything from abroad. You're stuck with whatever's in the shops and if it isn't there - hard luck!!!

I watched Drag Me to Hell on Friday night. I liked it, it had the air of an evil fairy tale about it complete with wicked witch and unbreakable curse, Plus a lot of brilliant special effects. I think you would like Evil Dead 2 as well - it's a hoot thanks to Bruce Campbell. What a comedian!

Found a collection of C.L Moore in the bookshop on Saturday, I don't know if you've come across her - not exactly horror, more science fantasy, Black Gods and Scarlet Dreams. It contains all the Jirel of Joiry tales and all of Northwest Smith, I read some of them in Shambleau, it will be good to read the rest.

Well, must dash, I just realised what a horrifying amount of space I have taken up with my ramblings. I am doing computer studies at the moment, so it's back the graphs, tables and exploding pie charts ( don't ask!!)
Hope this finds you in good health.

Be Well,

Hi Peter,
Glad you liked my list, Wakefield is another 'forgotten' author, amazingly out-of-print, I think one of thr only places to find more of his work, is Ash Tree Press in Canada, they do a limited series of reprints, it might be worth checking it out. He writes rather like M.R James, another of my faves - I read Ghost Stories of an Antiquary when I was 16 - boy, was I scared!!!!! And then, to make things worse, the B.B.C televised some of his stories in the early '70's - 'Lost Hearts' gave me nightmares for weeks! About two years ago, one of the cable channels ran a Jamesian Xmas special, and guess what? They re-ran all those old t.v films and I was STILL scared.

I cut my literary teeth on a diet of horror stories (Pan and Fontana books of collected tales) Batman comics, H.P Lovecraft(My Mum bought me four of his books while I was in bed with the 'flu, one Xmas - it perked me up a lot!!!!)

I see you enjoy Stephen King, what did you think of Duma Key?? And the Dark Tower series? I never got into it when the first books were written but took it up again years later when he wrote Wolves of the Calla and thought it was brilliant - how's that for weird!

Southern Australia sounds great from where I'm sitting - lovely and warm!!!!The winter rains are lashing down here (here, being Kingston-upon-Hull in the U.K) and gales have been blowing for days. Brrrrrr! However, it's perfect reading weather - I found a copy of The Divine Conjuror by Miguel Ruiz Montanez in a charity shop - no idea what it's about but the blurb sounds O.K - nothing like good blurb.

Samurai stuff is an acquired taste, I know. I lived in the Far East when I was young and that's probably where I get it from. I'm not that found of Manga, though.

Well, I must dash and fetch a few more things from my bookshelf (sans 'brolley this time - the steps turned up in the downstairs lavatory!!) I anticipated a quiet night in so I've rented the DVD of Drag Me to Hell. Lovely!!
Hope you are O.K

Hello again,
I've just brought my copy of Clock Strikes Twelve down from the top shelf (I had to use a brolley, becaue I couldn't find the steps) and it contains: Into Outer Darkness
The Alley
Jay Walkers
Ingredient X
"I Recognised the Voice"
Farewell Performance
In Collaboration
Lucky's Grove
Happy Ending?
The First Sheaf
Used Car
Death of a Poacher

I have read Frontier Guards and Blind Man's Buff - that one frightened me into fits the first time I read it - short and to the point!!!!!

Fancy having TWO copies of Bury Him Darkly!!!!(envy envy envy). Some of Blackburn's books are SO hard to find these days. I can't understand why they've never been reprinted. I managed to get hold of:

The Scent of New - Mown Hay (not that hard to find)
The Gaunt Woman
Nothing But the Night (it was turned ito a movie, later)
Children of the Night
For Fear of Little Men
Our Lady of Pain

I would really like to read Blow the House Down but can't seem to track a copy at the moment!

I appear to be a year older than you, so I guess that's why we share so many of the same books and editions. I cut my literary teeth on a mixture of C.S Lewis, Pan Books of Horror Stories and H.P Lovecraft - Go figure!!!!! Since the advent of the internet, I've found it much easier to track my favourite authors but I seem to be getting so picky these days - I think I'll have to change my site name to crabbyoldgit!!!!!!

Hope you manage to pick up Garden Lost in Time - it really is worth a read.

Well, I won't take up any more of your space, sorry for drivveling on so much. I've just found a site that sells Japanese Sword Movies (one of my likes) so it's off to Samurai Land. Hope to hear from you later.

Be Well

Unorna (a.k.a Lesley)
Hi There,
Many thanks for your invitation, I accept with pleasure. Having peeped into your collection again I think we have many more than 22 books in common, I must pay my sub. then I can put up the rest of my collection.
Whatever you do, keep tight hold of Ghost Stories by Wakefield, he is so out of print. I have The Clock Strikes Twelve but have always wanted to read Look up There!
The sound you can hear in the distance is me beating my head on the wall because you also have a copy of Bury Him Darkly by John Blackburn, another of my favourite, but out-of-print authors!!!!!
Jonathan Aycliffe has written 9 books but nothing since 2004 - The Vanishment and A Garden Lost in Time are definitely worth a read.
I thought I was the only person in the world who has read Lovers Living, Lovers Dead !!!
Well, must dash as I have to get onto the abe booksite to decide what I am going to have for Xmas this year.

Stay Well,

Love your horror collection. Have you read anything by H.R Wakefield or Jonathan Aycliffe?
time always the issue (and given choice, I always read rather than catalog) - I had my kids listing for me for a while, but college now interfering, so it's just catch as catch can. There's a bunch yet to get to boxed up, but I try to keep current on "new" things coming in. Do you have a method?
Ha! You wish. Re-gifting is wrong. Re-gifting food incredibly so. Re-gifting Easter Eggs, possibly sacrilegious/blasphemous/heretical.
Yo dude, Been trying to catch you on MSN for a while, but I've been spending a lot of time either with Dell here or I at her place. My weekend seems to be mostly full of much of the same 'til Sunday. If you wanna catch up then, that'd be cool :) If not, another time.

I still have an Easter Egg :P
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6. Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
7. When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
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