Sunday, May 17, 2020

Stay-at-home shelfie #52

This is a Mostly Ghostly adjunct shelf, a vertical pile and a sort-of thematic continuation of the books from way back on shelfie #1, which, looking back upon, I provided absolutely no commentary for.

So, first, let's rectify that. Here is the retroactive play-by-play for shelfie #1:
The top shelf includes two novels by Charlie Jane Anders, two books that journalist and Pennsylvania native Harry Warner Jr. (1922-2003) wrote about the history of science fiction fandom (All Our Yesterdays and A Wealth of Fable)1, and some works by Neil Gaiman (The Ocean at the End of the Lane has surpassed Neverwhere as my favorite Gaiman novel). There are also some mid-century anthologies of science fiction edited by Groff Conklin.

The second shelf contains the start of the Clifford Simak novels (which continue on shelfie #2), some Hans Holzer paranormal paperbacks, and then a bunch of other purportedly nonfiction books about ghosts and hauntings, mostly within the United Kingdom. I have featured several of them in past posts, including A Ghost Hunter's Game Book, Haunted Houses, Haunted England, and Haunted Britain.
And so that brings us to today's shelfie. Most of these are books by Susy Smith (1911-2011) — Widespread Psychic Wonders, World of the Strange, Ghosts Around the House, Prominent American Ghosts, Haunted Houses for the Millions, The Conversion of a Psychic, Confessions of a Psychic, Today's Witches. They're still entertaining to read (taken with the requisite spoonful of salt) and, as I've mentioned before, I have deep nostalgia for the paperbacks by Susy Smith, Hans Holzer and their ilk that we had around the house when I was a kid. This is my semi-permanent staging area for a future big post on Smith.

1. I would have sworn I had a Papergreat post about Harry Warner Jr. Sigh. Add it to the list.

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