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lrlarue
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21/09/2010 3:24 pm  

i spoke to a guy in Foyles today and he told me Foyles have been having a problem with wordsworth editions for months now. They (Foyles) order books but they never arrive. He said he thought Wordsworth may have become bankrupt. I hope not. Has anyone out there obtaind their copy of 'The Drug and other stories.' ? It is suppossed to be available now.


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the_real_simon_iff
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21/09/2010 3:54 pm  

93!

Amazon only sent a message that there will be a delay of some sort.

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21/09/2010 4:12 pm  
"the_real_simon_iff" wrote:
93!

Amazon only sent a message that there will be a delay of some sort.

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93,

same here.

93 93/93


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lashtal
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21/09/2010 7:06 pm  

Email just received from Amazon.co.uk to say they've dispatched my copy.

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lrlarue
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21/09/2010 7:43 pm  

@lashtal: thats good news


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christibrany
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22/09/2010 3:14 am  

Yeah I checked bookdepository.com I had bookmarked to get free shipping and the book for only 3 dollars and they and also Amazon.com said of the book 'Out of Print--Limited Availability.'
That doesn't bode well. How can it be OOP if it just got printed?


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michaelclarke18
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22/09/2010 6:55 pm  

Anyone got theirs?


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lrlarue
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22/09/2010 8:12 pm  

'Out of print' etc is computer response the guy in Foyles got.


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22/09/2010 10:44 pm  

I got my copy from Amazon this morning 😈


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22/09/2010 11:42 pm  

Initial reaction?

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23/09/2010 5:58 am  

I want one 🙁 I was going to order it this week and if I had any idea such a major publishers book would have been such a rarity I would have preordered the darn thing...
This is absolutely ridiculous... 🙁


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23/09/2010 6:30 am  

I did pre-order but this message now appears:

'We're sorry. The item The Drug and Other Stories (Tales of Mystery & the Supernatural) is no longer available from the seller you selected. We've moved it to the Saved Items section of your Shopping Cart. To see if it's available from another seller, click here to return to the item's product detail page. '


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23/09/2010 8:31 am  

93!

Got a message that my copies (luckily I pre-ordered more than one, at that price!) will arrive next Tuesday.

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23/09/2010 12:30 pm  

They must have just received a limited amount of stock, possibly prior to the monetary issues they are having?

I received a dispatch email, I placed the order on June 15th tho.
Price was charged at £2.24. Bargain.

Good luck to those who have not managed to order a copy yet.
Hope more stock arrives.


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lrlarue
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23/09/2010 3:51 pm  

i feel upset


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christibrany
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23/09/2010 3:52 pm  

me too 🙁 i might pay 25 dollars for the darn thing some enterprising businessman bought 4 i found. But i will wait a while first.


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23/09/2010 9:41 pm  

I just checked amazon and got this:-

Delivery Estimate: 29 Sep 2010

I wonder whether the delivery estimate will change to the 10th October, on the 27th September?


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23/09/2010 9:42 pm  

i feel upset

I feel sick


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lashtal
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23/09/2010 11:48 pm  

My thanks to a prominent and highly valued member of this site for passing on the following communication he received from the publisher, which should clarify the situation somewhat:

We tend to have the official publication date of our books as the 15th of the month (in this case 15th September), to allow time for the books to be received into our warehouse from the printers, about a week before the release date, which enables us to fulfil initial orders to major distributors so they have stock on or around the publication date.

In this instance, we did not receive the books until 14th September, so the process is running a few days behind, but the book should be widely available over the next few days.

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24/09/2010 12:55 pm  

My copy arrived this morning. For those not yet familiar with the contents there is a foreword by David Tibet, introduction by William Breeze, there are forty-nine 'stories' and the book ends with a useful dozen or so pages of notes and sources.

The book is edited by W. Breeze, typeset by OTO in USA and printed in UK. The quality is typical of Wordsworth Editions. The paper is not unlike newsprint and the book is perfect bound. But, as the remit is to produce inexpensive books (my copy cost £2.24 including delivery from Amazon UK) I can't complain. The book runs to 620+ pages and the publisher's page carries a dedication "for Kenneth Anger".

The 'stories' include: The Wake World, T'ien Tao, The Stone of the Philosophers, The Stratagem and Liber LI (Atlantis) which alone are worth the cover price.

I wouldn't be upset if Wordsworth were to produce a similar book of AC's poetry.

Gets a thumbs up!


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24/09/2010 12:59 pm  

Thanks for that, jdes.

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lrlarue
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24/09/2010 6:45 pm  

Thanks lashtal. Hopefully just been a glitch then. Phew.


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24/09/2010 9:33 pm  

Thanks lashtal. Hopefully just been a glitch then. Phew.

I've actually seen the book for sale on Charing Cross Road. There is a shop, with a bright orange sign 'Lovejoys - BOOKS MAGAZINES' opposite Blackwells book shop. They sell, literally every wordsworth edition, and they have it there, for 2.45.

Here is the shop on google:-

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=charing+cross+road&sll=53.800651,-4.064941&sspn=11.592276,27.817383&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Charing+Cross+Rd,+London+WC2H,+United+Kingdom&ll=51.514592,-0.129819&spn=0,0.013583&z=16&layer=c&cbll=51.513834,-0.129472&panoid=5lPnOX-9BKLYSuyH0Ncemw&cbp=12,217.65,,0,0.95

Hope this helps!


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lrlarue
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24/09/2010 9:52 pm  

Oh thanks michaelclarke18 i do pop in there cos i get wordsworth editions anyway and they stock them but i hadnt noticed it in there altho i had checked just 2 days ago. thanks a lot i will get that tomorrow then!


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24/09/2010 10:28 pm  

Oh thanks michaelclarke18 i do pop in there cos i get wordsworth editions anyway and they stock them but i hadnt noticed it in there altho i had checked just 2 days ago. thanks a lot i will get that tomorrow then!

Yup, it's there. As you walk into the shop, turn right and go to the last but one aisle. Walk down it to almost the end, and it's there on the right, about breast height.

To be honest, I was surprised to see it, after reading about all the problems on here.


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lrlarue
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24/09/2010 10:40 pm  

well i feel a bit responsible i mean i started this thread but y'kno i was panicked by the information i recieved from the guy in Foyles


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michaelclarke18
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24/09/2010 10:59 pm  

I think it was the posts from christibrany and OIP that I found a bit alarming. Sadly, publishers have gone bust before!

Oh, one thing I would recommend picking up too, would be the Wordsworth edition of the collected ghost stories of MR James. Some stories have been very influential especially 'Count Magnus' - Jack Parsons incorporated some elements into his Babalon working; 'Casting the Runes' - Karswell, could easily be Crowley; and 'Oh Whistle and I'll come to you' - interesting account of elemental evocation.


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lrlarue
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24/09/2010 11:23 pm  

Yes I have an M.R. James collection. Have u seen that old BBC drama based on one of his stories ? Is it 'whistle ' ?


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25/09/2010 9:40 am  

Yes, I have it on dvd - though I prefer the MR James text. It's surprising how occult some are the stories are, especially tales like 'The Residence at Whitminster' and 'Two Doctors'.
Actually, I find the stories, a bit like the books of Kenneth Grant; fragments of information are presented, with powerful and mysterious undercurrents that are barely hinted at.


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lrlarue
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25/09/2010 4:10 pm  

Thanks again michaelclarke18. I have mine now (also thanks to lashtal). RE M.R. James, I am aware of the obvious connections (casting the runes) but would have to reread for the subtleties. I did enjoy the stories when I read them but that was some time ago now.


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lrlarue
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25/09/2010 4:16 pm  

the dedication to Kenneth Anger is a nice touch (in The Drug collection).


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25/09/2010 6:37 pm  

That's great lrlarue, good to hear that you have got yours.

I really have to control myself every time I go to Lovejoys, there are loads of other books I'd love to buy - especially the collections of ghost stories.


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lrlarue
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25/09/2010 7:30 pm  

For various reasons I was laid up with a broken leg for quite some time. I used to hobble in there and pick up a couple each week.
This one was great:
http://www.wordsworth-editions.com/jkcm/default.aspx?pg=/book%20more%20details/&showkey=468

somehow the overwrought writing style went well with the large doses of morphine I was on for the pain lolz.


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25/09/2010 10:26 pm  

Thanks, actually I was looking at 'Wagner The Werewolf' yesterday. Hmmm, perhaps I will go and spend 30 quid or something and pick up a few of em'.


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26/09/2010 3:18 am  

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

It seems book is available on amazon.co.uk
( http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/1840226382/wordswortheducat)

But not on Amazon.com:

( http://www.amazon.com/Other-Stories-Tales-Mystery-Supernatural/dp/1840226382/ref=sr_1_1?s=gateway&ie=UTF8&qid=1285467284&sr=8-1)

I only can wait to see would my copy is going to arrive from bookdepository. For now only information there is "Item status Awaiting publication"

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michaelclarke18
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26/09/2010 8:27 am  

I ordered mine from Amazon a few weeks ago and I received it yesterday.

So far, I have read a couple of the stories and they are quite wide ranging; 'The Drug' is a fairly mysterious account of an experiment, 'The Bald Man' takes place in the 1st world war and relates to an assualt on a military position, and 'Robbing Miss Horniman' an ingenious account of a theft that Agatha Christie would have been proud of.

On the whole, I have been surprised by the quality of writing when Crowley is dealing with, what appears to be, fairly neutral subjects.


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26/09/2010 4:21 pm  

Thanks for that, michaelclarke18. Disappointingly, my copy hasn't yet arrived from Amazon.co.uk, despite pre-ordering it when first announced, paying extra for expedited delivery and receiving an email from them saying it should arrive on 23rd September. Perhaps an important lesson there about which types of bookshop to use…

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michaelclarke18
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26/09/2010 4:45 pm  

I did the same, but went for the cheaper free post option, my estimated delivery date was also the 23. It will probably turn up tomorrow.


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27/09/2010 12:55 pm  

And it didn't arrive today. Less than impressed…

This cheap volume of Crowley's fiction had the opportunity to massively increase Crowley's profile. It's enormously disappointing that the book is so difficult to purchase - eight telephone calls to bookshops in Oxford (UK) suggest that none are stocking it, primarily because of difficulties obtaining it from the publishers.

It's difficult to promote the book through this site, with its 20,000+ page hits every day, if I can't even get a copy.

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27/09/2010 2:12 pm  

Karswell is definitely based on AC. Apparently, although I have not read it (try as I might), Wakefield's 'He Cometh and He Passeth By' with its villainous Oscar Clinton, is very much a reworking of Jame's story.
KG is not particularly enamoured of M.R.James, or so I believe, much more inspired by Machen.
'Count Magnus' a tale to conjure with ! As some have truly done and probably to their personal cost; touching the Count's coffin with careless and casual thoughts in mind can provoke one's own Black Pilgrimage to Chorazin.

Going into town on Thursday, and will try my luck at Waterstones for a copy of 'The Drug'. Read some of 'em before. 'The Testament of Magdalene Blair' is probably the nastiest tale I've ever encountered; with 'The Death of Halpin Fraser' by Ambrose Bierce running up as a bloody close second.

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27/09/2010 2:20 pm  

My copy ordered from Amazon.co.uk arrived this morning.
I also went for the cheapest dispatch and ordered on 15th June my invoice date was 22nd September.
Should arrive shortly Paul.


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27/09/2010 3:37 pm  

93!

I am happy to report that my copies have just arrived also. It looks like an interesting read but I have to admit that I don't really like the cover art. It would now be a good time for the Collected Simon Iff stories to be published, I think.

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27/09/2010 4:27 pm  

My copy arrived today, preordered long ago. Is very interesting collection, with 19 (count em!) previously unpublished stories and many others that have been almost impossible to find, as well as all the stories from The Equinox and The Stratogem. The main ommissions are all of the Simon Iff stories and the stories from Golden Twigs. I would agree with the real_simon_iff that it would be a good time to bring out the Collected Simon Iff stories, especially as would complement this book perfectly, but also because it's about flippin' time they were published! And maybe Golden Twigs could be republished too!


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27/09/2010 4:28 pm  

Still waiting for mine...


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michaelclarke18
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27/09/2010 7:48 pm  

'Count Magnus' a tale to conjure with ! As some have truly done and probably to their personal cost; touching the Count's coffin with careless and casual thoughts in mind can provoke one's own Black Pilgrimage to Chorazin.

For those who might not know, 'Count Magnus' by MR James influenced Jack Parsons the rocket scientist. For more see this:-
http://www.johnonefifteen.com/articleDisp.aspx?ar=blackpilgrm

In the MR James story, there is a section which relates the story of a 'Black Pilgrimage' undertaken by one of the characters to the city of Chorazin. The city, although it is probably more of a village and was famed for Basalt stone, actually exists and is located near the sea of Galilee and was subsequently cursed by Jesus in the New Testement book of Luke. MR James writes in the story:-

'If any man desires to obtain a long life, if he would obtain a faithful messenger and see the blood of his enemies, it is necessary that he should first go into the city of Chorazin, and there salute the prince....[of the power of the Air]'

For more info see this:-
http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~pardos/ArticleTwo.html


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27/09/2010 11:08 pm  

Mine arrived yesterday, pre-ordered from Amazon Japan. Looks great, I am really looking forward to reading these on the train! Would be nice if they'd consider a hard back version...


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27/09/2010 11:28 pm  

Yeah, I was wondering why there was no hardback version, I'm not that fond of paperbacks.


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28/09/2010 12:18 pm  

I got a couple of updates from Amazon. First one stated it was delayed with expected dispatch 17th Oct to 3rd Nov!
Closely followed by another update saying it had been moved to 7th Oct. Good news i suppose. Fingers crossed.


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dougbrown93
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28/09/2010 1:25 pm  

Curiouser and Curiouser.....mine has just been dispatched today while the update emails appeared yesterday.
Confused....but relieved as this sounds like the bargain of the decade.


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28/09/2010 2:13 pm  

Yeayyy! I received mine today! 😀


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