“In My Mailbox” is a weekly event hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren in which bloggers can showcase all the books they’ve received/purchased/absconded with. Seeing as how I keep acquiring new books all the time, I figured it would be a handy way to showcase the new loot and squeeze a post out of it. Let’s see how it goes.
This week there are more books than usual, and all of it is to be blamed on a business trip to
. More on the hows and whys of that later. For now, it’s on to the books. Orlando
From the Library
The Dramatist by Ken Bruen – As is my custom for long car rides, I made a pilgrimage to the library to scope out audio books to listen to during the trip. This book and the next two were the product of that visit. The Dramatist is a short crime novel by Ken Bruen, modern Irish mystery author and someone whose work I’d enjoyed before (in the form of The Max, which was co-written by the imitable Jason Starr). I already finished it, and if I learned anything from the reading, it’s that
is a shit hole. More to come on that subject later. Ireland
The Foreign Correspondent by Alan Furst – Currently reading this one—a fairly well known and recent entry into the catalogue of espionage fiction. It’s set in 1938 in
Europe shortly before World War II, and tells the story of a foreign journalist employed by the Reuters agency as he covers the pinnacle of the Fascist movement in several different locations. As the world marches inexorably toward war, the foreign correspondent gets sucked into the world of pre-WWII espionage.
Fear of the Dark by Walter Mosley – I’m not exactly sure what this book is about, but it’s the third entry in Mosley’s Fearless Jones series. Ever since reading All I Did Was Shoot My Man earlier this year, I’ve wanted to dig further into the Mosley bibliography. Well this is my chance, and I’m eager to see what else he has in store.
From the Store
The Drowning Pool by Ross MacDonald – Remember that review I did a while back for the Ross MacDonald’s The Moving Target where I said I was going to be buying the next book in the Lew Archer series post haste? Well, not wanting to be a low-down no good liar, I made sure to pick this one up during my pit stop at the best bookstore in the universe (i.e., The Chamblin Bookmine in
). There’s no question about it being good. The only question is, how long will I be able to resist reading it? Jacksonville, FL
Made in Goatswood by various authors – It’s The King in Yellow’s fault (see below). After finishing that volume of weird tales, I had a hankering for more of the same. Chaosium is a publishing house that has made a name for itself by publishing stories from and inspired by the Cthulhu mythos and the body of work of H.P. Lovecraft. Over the years they’ve released a lot of short story anthologies in that vein, and this one happens to be a compilation of stories inspired by Ramsey Cambpell, a British author who was in turn inspired Lovecraft. And thus it’s proven true that all roads (at least in the horror world) lead to Lovecraft.
Weird Tales: 32 Unearthed Terrors by various authors – Back in the 20s some of Lovecraft’s first stories were published in the pulp magazine Weird Tales. Like the title would suggest, it was a publication dedicated to the horrifying and the macabre. It had an astoundingly long publishing life for a pulp rag, and it served as a launching platform for many of the godfathers of the horror genre. This anthology presents 32 tales from the magazine’s heyday.
The Hastur Cycle by various authors – The Hastur Cycle is another short story compilation from Chaosium. This one focuses on the “old one”Hastur (which Lovecraft stole from Chambers, and Chambers stole from elsewhere, and so on) and the many stories it has spawned since. I know I said that I hate short story anthologies, but damn it, I can’t help it. Cthulhu stories are like crack to me.
32 Caliber by Donald McGibeny – Speaking of crack, there’s a crack-tastic website out there called booksshouldbefree.com that has all sorts of public domain books downloadable for free, many of which are available as audio books. I got this book and the next two from there. It’s 14 different flavors of awesome. As for 32 Caliber itself, I’d never heard of it before, but I understand that it’s an early crime/mystery novel, and, that being the case, I must devour it. I mean, it’s the rules, right?
The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers – As I mentioned before, Chambers was a huge influence on Lovecraft. His most famous work, The King in Yellow, is divided into to parts. The first is a collection of strange and creepy short stories centering around a fictional play called The King in Yellow that drove all who read it into madness. Think, The Ring in oldschool format. The second half is a collection of romances, which have nothing to do with The King in Yellow. Strange, I know, but the version I obtained did not include the romances, so at least I’ll be spared that horror.
The Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston LeRoux – Remember that play/movie/tv show called The Phantom of the Opera? Well the book that all of the various spin-offs and adaptations were originally based off of was written by Gaston LeRoux. The Mystery of the Yellow Room is another of his novels, an early mystery (duh) in the tradition of Poe and Collins, which is well admired in the genre. I’ve never read anything by LeRoux, but I imagine I’ll probably end up liking it. Dunno when I’m going to get around to reading it, though.
And now that I’ve shown you mine, it’s your turn to show me yours. What’s in your mailbox this week?