New Acquisitions: 6/29/2016

New Acquisitions is a feature where I talk about books I’ve purchased, borrowed, or received for review.  These are some of the books that I’ve purchased over the past few weeks.  I’ve been frequenting quite a few used book stores these days!  And as usual, all descriptions are taken from Goodreads.

Some vintage pulps I bought over the weekend. #bookstagram

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Conan the Adventurer by Robert E Howard

Introducing Conan – heroic fantasy’s mightiest adventurer from the wilds of Cimmeria

Thief, pirate, mercenary, warrior and general, he stands invincible – even when the full forces of the supernatural are unleashed against him.

Set in the imaginary Hyborian age between the sinking of Atlantis and the beginnings of recorded history, these four stories of the exploits of this larger-than-life hero are the ultimate in tales of swashbuckling adventure:

* The People of the Black Circle
* The Slithering Shadow
* The Pool of the Black One
* Drums of Tombalku

The Cosmic Rape by Theodore Sturgeon

From the stars, from the cosmos, it came…

the Medusa, the galactic man of war, the hive-minded creature that was a billion creatures. It dropped its wrinkled spore into one man on earth, through him expecting to conquer mankind… to absorb into itself the strangely separate and stubborn creatures that called themselves men…


Carmilla by J. Sheridan LaFanu

A classic Victorian vampire novella, which influenced Bram Stoker’s later treatment of the vampire mythos in Dracula.


Tam Lin by Pamela Dean

In the ancient Scottish ballad “Tam Lin”, headstrong Janet defies Tam Lin to walk in her own land of Carterhaugh . . . and then must battle the Queen of Faery for possession of her lover’s body and soul. In this version of “Tam Lin” Janet is a college student, “Carterhaugh” is Carter Hall at the university where her father teaches, and Tam Lin is a boy named Thomas Lane. The book is set against the backdrop of the early 1970s.


Faces Under Water by Tanith Lee

From the world-renowned fantasy author of The Secret Books of Paradys comes a chilling new fantasy series of alchemy and horror. In this new series, Tanith Lee weaves intricate plots around the elements of water, fire, earth, and air. The first in this new series, Faces Under Water immerses readers in the timeless beauty of Venice and the secret terror that lies beneath.

In the hedonistic atmosphere of an eighteenth-century Venice Carnival, gaiety turns deadly when Furian Furiano happens upon a mask of Apollo floating in the murky waters of the canals. The mask hides a sinister art, and Furian finds himself trapped in a bizarre tangle of love, obsession, and evil, stumbling upon a macabre society of murderers. The beautiful but elusive Eurydich holds the key to these murders and leads him further into a labyrinth of black magic and ancient alchemy. For all readers who fell in love with Lee’s Paradys series and for all those enchanted and terrified by the fantastical, Faces Under Water will be sure to thrill.

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