Iliad Bookshop's October 2017 Newsletter (#9)
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Hi Gang!

We don't know about you, but fall is our favorite time of year. The summer heat fades, the nights get longer, and Halloween is just around the corner. Which means - yes, it's almost time for a new Iliad t-shirt! We gave you a sneak peek at this year's artwork in the last newsletter; we were hoping to be able to offer you the actual shirts by this time, but our shirt manufacturer is running a little behind, so stay tuned.

In the meantime, pick up a spooky book for autumn - we've outlined some of our favorites below. Happy Halloween!
 
Dan, Lisa, Morgan, Bob, Ricky, Poul, Brett, Sean, Kevin, Richard, Zeus and Apollo
SOME OF OUR FAVORITE BOOKS
Halloween Edition!
Stephen King: Uncollected, Unpublished by Rocky Wood with David Rawsthorne & Norma Blackburn, published by Cemetery Dance in 2005. Signed by Wood, Rawsthorne, and Blackburn, numbered 1508/2000, in slipcase. Fine condition in fine jacket. Wood was a leading King scholar who passed away in 2014. $100
Stephen King: Uncollected
Haunted Nights, co-edited by Ellen Datlow and Iliad's own Lisa Morton. This anthology of 16 brand-new short stories recently received a starred review in Publishers Weekly. Lisa can even personalize the book for you or that special Halloween lover in your life. Oversized paperback, new. $16.95
More on Haunted Nights
Brian Froud's Goblins!, text by Ari Berk, illustrated by Brian Froud, published by Harry N. Abrams in 2004. Signed and inscribed by Froud with small drawing; includes two promotional postcards and "Anti-Goblin Device" in envelope; corners and spine ends bumped, book has a very slight spine slant. $35
Brian Froud's Goblins!
Dracula, by Bram Stoker, illustrated by Felix Hoffmann, published by the Limited Editions Club in 1965. Numbered 1,420/1,500, signed by illustrator Felix Hoffmann, in slipcase (case is lightly worn) and vellum jacket (jacket is sunned on spine, minor edge wear); very minor soiling to binding. $150.
Dracula (Limited Editions)
The Black Books of Elvorum, by Mary S. Rustad, published by Galde Press in 1999. In very good condition, with light wear to binding, corners and spine ends slightly bumped. $100.
The Black Books of Elverum
The Skeleton at the Feast: The Day of the Dead in Mexico, by Elizabeth Carmichael and Chloe Sayer, published by University of Texas Press in 2003. Sixth printing; light creasing and edge wear to front cover, corners bent. One of the best books on Dia de los Muertos. $7.50
The Skeleton at the Feast
THIS MONTH'S STAFF PICK
This month's pick comes from Lisa..
 
Halloween Nation by Lesley Pratt Bannatyne
 
Some of you who are regulars at the Iliad might know that I'm something of a Halloween expert (just take a look at my right arm for proof!). I've read nearly every book ever written on the holiday (and written three), so I feel qualified in making a recommendation.

Lesley Pratt Bannatyne started the modern study of the holiday with her 1990 book Halloween: An American Holiday, an American History. Prior to that, there were few books about the history of Halloween. Ralph and Adele Linton's Halloween Through Twenty Centuries, published in 1950, was a bizarre, inaccurate treatment that concluded Halloween was "the most degenerate of holidays"! The great grandmother of Halloween books, Ruth Edna Kelley's The Book of Hallowe'en, is actually far more accurate, despite having been published in 1919 (this book, by the way, is now the most collectible of Halloween books, with good copies bringing $400 and up).

It took Bannatyne's 1990 book to bring Halloween history up-to-date, and since then there have been a number of excellent books on the festival's long and continuously-shifting story. We have a number of excellent Halloween history and craft books here at the Iliad (also some fine Dia de los Muertos titles), but Bannatyne's 1990 Bram Stoker Award-nominated Halloween Nation may be my favorite. In this book, the author lays out the ways in which Halloween's influence has spread throughout popular culture in some surprising ways, including music, fine art, and even tattoos. The book is beautifully illustrated in color and black and white throughout, and Bannatyne's writing style is entertaining and informative. Treat yourself to a little Halloween fun this October!

(Don't forget to check our "Holidays" section for many fun books on Halloween and Dia de los Muertos)
Click for a bibliography of Halloween books
BLOGGING ABOUT...
Did you know we do a lot of filming here at the Iliad? We've doubled for a chain bookstore and a library, and served as backdrop for interviews. We've appeared in feature films (most famously Free Enterprise), television shows (the most recent t.v. shoot here was the Pamela Adlon series Better Things - our episode hasn't aired as of this writing), documentaries (Dear Mr. Watterson, about the creator of "Calvin and Hobbes"), commercials, and student films. 

One of our latest shoots was for a dance video. Check out the excellent video for "Get Low" (below) - it may have you dancing in the aisles!
Video for "Get Low", shot entirely in the Iliad!
More about filming at the Iliad
WHAT'S IN THE SAFE?
Have you ever noticed the big safe full of books behind Iliad's front counter? We get asked about it frequently. "Is it really old?" is a common question (the answer: no, we bought it new just a few years ago). But most customers want to know what kind of books merit storage in a safe (we think of these as the rarest of our rare books), so in this column we'll pick one book every month and tell you about it. This month's book is...
Centipede Press is one of our favorite publishers - they produce both stunning editions of genre fiction classics and the Studies in the Horror Film line. The Exorcist volume, edited by Danel Olson and published in 2011, is probably the most sought-after book in the Studies series, and our copy is very good, with just minor wear to wraps. Illustrated in both color and black and white. $500
More on Studies in the Horror Film: The Exorcist
BOOK NEWS
Even the normally staid world of bookselling is not without its occasional juicy scandals, and the recent case of a young adult book called Handbook for Mortals is just bursting at the seams with liquid goodness.

On the September 3rd New York Times young adult bestseller list, a book no one had ever heard of had taken over the #1 spot from the 25-week champ The Hate U Give. The book was Handbook for Mortals, and the author - Lani Sarem - was as unknown as her novel.

A group of young adult fans on Twitter began investigating, and soon discovered that someone - presumably either the author or publisher (GeekNation) - had been calling bookstores, asking if they reported their sales to the Times, and - if they answered in the affirmative - placing bulk advance orders for Handbook for Mortals.

There were two interesting repercussions from the story: first, the Times actually pulled Handbook for Mortals from the bestseller list; and secondly, the author admitted to the bulk purchases but denied accusations of "gaming the system", instead labeling her buys as "innovative strategy."

What do you think - is Lani Sarem a brilliant marketer, or a hustler working the system?
in 2016, 87 new ABA member bookstores opened for business in 32 states and the District of Columbia. That is almost a 43 percent increase over the number of store openings in 2015.
in 2016, 87 new ABA member bookstores opened for business in 32 states and the District of Columbia. That is almost a 43 percent increase over the number of store openings in 2015.
in 2016, 87 new ABA member bookstores opened for business in 32 states and the District of Columbia. That is almost a 43 percent increase over the number of store openings in 2015.
in 2016, 87 new ABA member bookstores opened for business in 32 states and the District of Columbia. That is almost a 43 percent increase over the number of store openings in 2015.
in 2016, 87 new ABA member bookstores opened for business in 32 states and the District of Columbia. That is almost a 43 percent increase over the number of store openings in 2015.
in 2016, 87 new ABA member bookstores opened for business in 32 states and the District of Columbia. That is almost a 43 percent increase over the number of store openings in 2015.
More on Handbook for Mortals
ZEUS AND APOLLO
The "hanging looming phantom" wasn't quite what we expected.
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