I anticipate getting a decent number of books for Christmas (what else would one give to the Bookworm as a gift?), but I’ve also acquired quite a few new ones this month due to travels, holiday sales, and complimentary review copies (which will be appearing here on the blog in January). I got to go to the warehouse location of Second Story Books in Rockville, MD, which I hadn’t been able to visit in years, so that led to some excellent finds. So here’s what I’ve picked up since the last acquisitions update:


  • Codex Derynianus by Katherine Kurtz and Robert Reginald: At long last, I have the companion to the classic Deryni series.
  • Two novels by Talbot Mundy: Caesar Dies and Tros of Samothrace, Volume 1: Lud of Lunden.
  • Two of the UK editions of Hugh Cook’s Chronicles of an Age of Darkness: The Wishstone and the Wonderworkers (Vol. 6) and The Witchlord and the Weaponmaster (Vol. 10). Very hard to find and very, very good.
  • Science Fiction:

  • Invasion! Earth vs. the Aliens (omnibus) by Robert Reginald: A modern retelling and expansion of H. G. Wells’ War of the Worlds.
  • Two by Jack Vance: Space Opera and The Killing Machine. I already owned copies of both, but not in these editions.
  • Swan Song by Brian Stableford.
  • Pulp:

  • The Nine Unknown (omnibus) by Talbot Mundy: I have been looking for this one for a long time and can’t wait to read it.
  • Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle by ERB: One of the last remaining Tarzans I didn’t already own.
  • Horror:

  • The Black Magic Omnibus, edited by Peter Haining, Prologue by Dennis Wheatley, Epilogue by Ray Bradbury: Obscure, a very nice find. I am very excited about plunging into this one.
  • Non-fiction:

  • Choice Words, edited by Robert Reginald: A collection of essays by writers writing about writing. (I’ve started reading this one already and am enjoying it.)
  • The Complete Jack the Ripper by Donald Rumbelow: I’ve always found the case fascinating, so this one goes into my small collection of books about Jack.
  • The Stephen King Universe by Stanley Wiater, Christopher Golden, and Hank Wagner: Looks like some interesting commentary on King’s work.
  • Spy Fiction: A Connoisseur’s Guide by Donald McCormick and Katy Fletcher: Only covers up to 1990, but this looks like a great guide to the genre.
  • Edgar Rice Burroughs: The Man Who Created Tarzan by Irwin Porges: Massive hardbound, coffeetable book-like tome on ERB and his work.
  • Role-Playing Games:

  • Three short supplements for the WWII-with-paranormals RPG Godlike: Will to Power; Saipan; and the Game Moderator’s Screen.
  • Dreadful Secrets of Candlewick Manor for the Monsters and Other Childish Things RPG (about creepy kids and their strange monster companions).
  • Two supplements for the Traveller science fiction RPG: Power Projection: Fleet and Project Steel.