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    Greetings. I've been a fan of this site for a long time. It's been such a pleasure to look at all the amazing book collections here. It brings much joy and relaxation to this bibliophile. Uncle Stevie has been my very favorite author for my entire life. This site is such a great source for King-related info. To all involved in the site (and all the long time members), awesome, awemsome job, and thank you!

    I figured I'd add my humble book collection to the mix. And when I say humble, I mean humble! I have very few S/L's in my collection, unfortunately (although I do have a couple dozen signed books). Money has been tight for most of my life, and just when the budget was starting to allowing it, divorce hits! Back in the poor house again. Still, that's never stopped me from loving books and collecting them. It's brought much joy to my life for the last 20-some years. 90% of my collection comes from the wild - used book stores, book sales, yard sales, etc. I'm lucky to live in an area where I have 3 good used book stores (one really good -- Second Story Books in Rockville, MD) within 15 minutes from my office. I've hit all 3 of them twice a week at lunch for the last 10 years. Second Story is in an industrial warehouse and is huge, with new stock coming in all the time. It's a great thrill to find VG (and up) books from authors you collect in the wild. And it's just great to be in a good used book store period, so relaxing.

    My favorite genres are crime, mystery, horror, and fantasy, but I can get into pretty much anything if the writing and story are good. Most of my collection is first editions (including paperback originals, which I love), but I'm not immune to having some second, third, or fourth printings for certain hard-to-find, expensive books (I'm looking at you Last Exit to Brooklyn, Candy, Jaws, The Andromedia Strain, The Stand and some others). I also have a few *ahem* book clubs (Carrie, Night Shift) and I organize my books by size (authors can be spread out over different shelves). I know, it's weird. Favorite Authors: Stephen King (by a long mile), John D. MacDonald, Evan Hunter, Donald Westlake, Ross Thomas, Michael Crichton, Jim Thompson, Robert McCammon, William Marshall, Elmore Leonard, Thomas Harris, Alan Furst, Robert B. Parker, Joe Lansdale, Dennis Etchison, Jack Ketchum, Richard Layman, Rex Miller, Joe Hill, J.R.R. Tolkien, Robert E. Howard (and others).

    Anyway, here it is...

    The King Case:












    The Main Case:



    Harris, McCammon, Lansdale, Hill



    Tolkien


    Robert E. Howard (love the Lancer Conan's!)


    Vintage paperbacks (McBain, Stark, McDonald, Westlake, Crichton and others)





    The "Literary" Shelf



    Stark (Westlake), McBain, Gores, Marshall, Thomas, Parker



    Clancy (first five books only!), Crichton, Furst, Cronin



    Westlake, Thomas, Leonard, Parker



    McDonald, Crichton, Benchley (early books only!), and others



    Mystery shelf (Kaminsky, Pickard, Atherton, Dunning, and others)



    Simmons, Dunning, Gores, Dorsey and others




    Anthologies


    Upstairs Case:



    Sci-Fi (including the wacky early 80's series Spaceways) and Glen Cook



    Horror Paperbacks (McCammon, Laymon, Rex Miller, Ed Lee and others)



    60's, 70's paperbacks



    Travis McGee paperback originals


    Dan J. Marlowe's Drake series, Phillip Atlee's Joe Gall series and William Marshall's Yellowthread Street series (not complete)


    80's paperbacks (Stephen Greenleaf, Arthur Lyons, John Lutz, Charles Willeford)



    Comic Books, MST3K cards and other stuff


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    Books About Books


    Trade Paperbacks


    Pile of Books


    Well, that's my humble collection. It's not much, but I'm proud of it. Thanks for taking the time to look at it. Happy book collecting!

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    Thank you for sharing! Very nice!

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    Welcome...Interesting collection... Being as Evan Hunter is among your favorite authors you may want find this 1984 1st edition of The Blackboard Jungle that has a 6 page introduction by Stephen King.


    Happy Book Collecting.

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    I see no "humble" collection. This looks fantastic... I haven't had a thorough look yet, but thought I'd get in a welcome and thanks for sharing..!

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    Nice stuff. I even spotted a Robert Bloch! (PSYCHO II)
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    It looks great! Thanks for sharing it. Love the paperbacks.

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    That's a really nice looking collection! Welcome in the club!
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    VERY nice collection !!!

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    I just love the old paperbacks! I always pick them up when I can find them. I like to smell them...

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    Thanks for sharing!!

    I love the Books About Books section - the mark of a true bibliophile
    Looking for the following Centipede Press books:
    • Any book with limitation number #52
    • Chimera #2 (any #)
    • Don Brautigam Portfolio with Brautigam & Koontz signature (any #)
    • Deluxe (Roman Numeral) editions
    • ARC/Proofs

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    Hey, thanks everybody! I appreciate it.

    needfulthings - I've been on the lookout for that book for a long time. I may have to dial that one up online sometime.

    Here are some pics of some of my favorite paperbacks...

    Vintage early 50's



    Evan Hunter (Ed McBain -- and the awesome 87th Precinct series)


    First Parker novel (Westlake/Stark), early John D.



    Early Michael Crichton


    Dan J. Marlowe's Drake series (early 70's)


    The two that started it all!


    Rex Miller paperback originals (late 80's, early 90's -- As King said, Rex brings the dynamite in both hands!)



    Spaceways series (early 80's, Andrew J.Offutt)


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    Where are the Rex Miller titles Profane Men, and Savant?

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    Unfortunately, I don't have those two on my shelf. I used to have Savant years ago, but it was in horrible condition. I also want to get the S/L Saint Louis Blues and some of the other anthologies that contain his short stories (I have about half of them right now). I really love his writing.

    Here are a few more pics from my collection...

    Early 80's James Ellroy, including his first novel, the PBO Brown's Requiem (2nd printing). Both inscribed and signed


    70's Howard hardcovers (Grant)


    Late 60's Westlake/Stark first edition hardcovers


    Early 70's McBain first edition hardcovers


    Mid-70's William Marshall first editions, Books 2 and 3 in the awesome Yellowthread Street series

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    LOVE those William Marshall covers
    Looking for the following Centipede Press books:
    • Any book with limitation number #52
    • Chimera #2 (any #)
    • Don Brautigam Portfolio with Brautigam & Koontz signature (any #)
    • Deluxe (Roman Numeral) editions
    • ARC/Proofs

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    Don't forget the signed limited Slob.

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    OMG, what a great collection. Some of the cover illustrations on those old paperbacks are insane!

    HBJ

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randall Flagg View Post
    Don't forget the signed limited Slob.
    Wow, I didn't know there was a S/L for Slob! Centipede Press, intro by Ray Garton, essay from Rex. Way cool!

    Quote Originally Posted by lotuz View Post
    LOVE those William Marshall covers
    Yeah, they are really great, arn't they. The mid-80's Holt, Rinehart and Winston's are also really good.



    I always thought the series would make for a great TV series, especially now on something like Amazon. There was a UK version for one season in 1990, but they didn't do it justice. Have the first season set in the 70's and the second in the 80's, with the same cast (with some good writers and directors)! Who wouldn't enjoy exploring the seedy underbelly of Hong Kong in these decades?

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    I have a question - are the SPACEWAYS books fun to read?
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    Rex Miller... I've always wondered about pursuing his stuff. These look like they're in great condition, too...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ur2ndbiggestfan View Post
    I have a question - are the SPACEWAYS books fun to read?
    Yeah, totally. They are sort of like an X-rated version of Star Trek. All the stuff you know Kirk was doing behind the scenes, it's all laid out here. Andrew J. Offutt is actually a really good writer. He did several good Robert E. Howard pastiche's in the late 70's-early 80's (Conan and Cormac Mac Art) and some other really well received sci-fi/fantasy series. He also wrote over 400 erotica books under many different pseudonym's in the late 60's and 70's, most of them PBO's that are quite collectible. The Spaceways series was published by Playboy Paperbacks from '82 to '84, 19 books. His son Chris is also a writer and wrote an interesting bio of his father called My Father, the Pornographer in 2016. The guy had "issues" to say the least, but his dedication to writing was never in doubt.

    Quote Originally Posted by peripheral View Post
    Rex Miller... I've always wondered about pursuing his stuff. These look like they're in great condition, too...
    Rex Miller is an interesting guy. He was a popular disc jockey in the 60's and didn't start writing until he was in his 40's! His most famous character, Daniel "Chaingang" Bunkowski, a 400-pound, U.S. government-trained, precognate serial killer, is somebody you will never forget. His first book, Slob, is were you want to start.

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