Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Favorite bookstores

At MetaxuCafe, Bud Parr is asking people to list their favorite bookstores. He gives his favorites and many other people are adding their thoughts to the comments. I've added mine, Books by the Falls, of course, being one of them. Go over there and give your recommendations.

3 comments:

writerfella said...

Okay, this will be rather parochial for all of you Eastern types. Ball's Books in Norman, OK, as well as The Book Stall in Norman and Lawton, OK, and then there is Books Galore in Duncan, OK. There, writerfella scored mint copies of THE RADIO BEASTS by Ralph Milne Farley and HIDDEN WORLD by Stanton A. Coblentz for $.95 apiece! Aiiieeee! Then there is Mitch's Antiques in Elk City, OK, where writerfella practically stole THE BRASHER DOUBLOON, THE CREEPING SIAMESE, and THE MALTESE FALCON in 1940s paperbacks for Harlan Ellison's library for a buck apiece.
Got anything comparable? LOL...
--writerfella

Brian said...

Wow, I've never even heard of most of those books (with the obvious exception of The Maltese Falcon). So I don't know if there's anything comparable here.
And when you say "for Harlan Ellison's library" do you men you were buying books for Harlan Ellison?

writerfella said...

Yes, he and I have had a longstanding agreement that when I booksearch, I keep his current wantlist foremost. He pays me bonus for time and travel as well as the cost of the books I locate and postage. Harlan was one of my teachers at the Clarion Workshops and I once even had TWO stories in THE LAST DANGEROUS VISIONS. Story there is that the volume went over 30 years without ever appearing and so I withdrew my material to be marketed NOW and elsewhere. I'm writing THE LURKER IN THE HILLSIDE HOUSE AT THE CENTER OF INFINITY as revenge for not seeing my stories hit print in his book. One 'Elias Halloran' (whom everyone calls 'Eli', meaning 'God' in Hebrew) puts together an anthology series (PENULTIMATA, AGAIN PENULTIMATA, and THE LAST PENULTIMATA) only never to publish the 3rd volume and instead saps off the creative energies from all of the writers whose works are so entrapped. The hillside house in question is so arcanely arranged and equipped that it drains creative juices through its nexus...
--writerfella