Hit Half Price Books today to take advantage of their 20% off everything sale. I’m pretty happy with what I found.


OLD FEARS BY JOHN WOOLEY and RON WOLFE (1982) – Terrible cover art, but the description on the back about childhood fears of things under your bed coming to life sounds fantastic.

THE PINES BY ROBERT DUNBAR (2008) – This is supposed to involve the Jersey Devil, which is one of the creepier legendary monsters. A novel featuring it as its beast should be a lot of fun.

MYSTERIOUS SEA STORIES EDITED BY WILLIAM PATTRICK (1985) – I love spooky stories set on the sea. No way I was going to pass on this one priced at $1.00.

It includes:

1. “Ms. Found In A Bottle” by Edgar Allen Poe

2. “The Legend of the Bell Rock” by Captain Frederick Marryat

3. “Hood’s Isle and the Hermit Orberlus” by Herman Melville

4. “A Bewitched Ship” by W. Clark Russell

5. “J. Habakuk Jephson’s Statement” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

6. “The Benevolent Ghost” and Captain Lowrie

7. “Make Westing” by Jack London

8. “The Black Mate” by Joseph Conrad

9. “A Matter of Fact” by Rudyard Kipling

10. “The Finding of the Graiken” by William Hope Hodgson

11. “Davy Jones Gift” by John Masefield

12 “In The Abyss” by H. G. Wells

13 “Undersea Guardians” by Ray Bradbury

14. “The Turning of the Tide” by C.S. Forester


I’ve always been a huge fan of Marvel Comics and have a larg collection of them taking up sapce in my writing room. I just finished the first draft of a short story introducing a few superheroes of my own creation for a project with some fellow writers. Between that and my recent viewing of AVENGERS II THE AGE OF ULTRON, I’ve been in a comic book reading mood a lot lately.

THE FUTURIANS GRAPHIC NOVEL BY DAVE COCKRUM (1983) – Cool heroes I never heard of before.

DARKSTAR AND THE WINTER GUARD BY DAVID GALLAHER, PETER DAVID AND JOE PRUETT (2010) – I always love stories featuring this team of Soviet superheroes.

CAPTAIN AMERICA BY ED BRUBAKER (2012) – Captain America vs. a new Scourge. Mark Gruenwald’s original Scourge storyline was always one of my absolute favorites.


Article by Matt Cowan



    1. I know the feeling, but for me it’s short story anthologies and collections. I have more than I could ever read, yet I keep buying more. 🙂

      1. Ditto! I am constantly adding novels to my reading list. I did notice a Ray Bradbury story there…I am sure he wrote ‘Cathedral’ – a powerful short story that I’ll always remember.

      2. It was in the back of a how-to write book, and it was used as a fine example of short story writing. Bradbury is great. I also want to investigate more of Lovecraft’s work.

      3. My personal favorite Lovecraft story is “The Music of Erich Zann”. “The Shadow over Innsmouth” is pretty fantastic too.

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