Vintage Treasure Trove: Robert E. Howard

New to arrive in our vintage goodies this week is an impressive collection of Robert E. Howard publications: books, chapbooks, zines, fanzines, and more.

Robert E. Howard was an American pulp fiction author best known for creating the character Conan the Barbarian. In fact, he is widely regarded as the father of the sword and sorcery fantasy subgenre.

From the Robert E. Howard Wikipedia page:

In the pages of the Depression-era pulp magazine Weird Tales, Howard created Conan the Barbarian, a character whose cultural impact has been compared to such icons as Batman, Count Dracula, James Bond, Sherlock Holmes, and Tarzan. With Conan and his other heroes, Howard created the genre now known as sword and sorcery, spawning many imitators and giving him a large influence in the fantasy field. Howard remains a highly read author, with his best works still reprinted.

Stop in and browse this selection while it lasts! You can also browse and buy at our online shop.


Faeries And Demons and Other Magical Creatures

Elves, faeries, mermaids, spirits, spectres, dwarves, ogres, giants, imps, poltergeists and any other fantasmagorical creatures.  With beautiful illustrations.  $9.99.



Vintage Gamebooks: Endless Quest

Endless Quest TSR

We have a couple dozen mid-80s vintage gamebooks in the TSR Endless Quest series currently in stock!

These gamebooks involve making simple choices affecting the outcome of the story, similar to the Choose Your Own Adventure series. Most of the books in the Endless Quest series are based on Dungeons & Dragons (which TSR was also the producer of, before Wizards of the Coast).

Endless Quest TSR

These are $5.00 each and in near-perfect condition! Find them in our Vintage Sci Fi & Fantasy section at the front of the store.

Browse our online store for Sci Fi & Fantasy here.

Vintage Paperbacks: Flash Gordon

Vintage Flash Gordon

New in our vintage paperbacks this week are several FLASH GORDON books! We have books 1 through 4 with a double of book 3. All of them are Ace Tempo except for book 2, which is an earlier Avon printing (1974).

Vintage Flash Gordon

A SPACESHIP CAPTURED in a magnetic field and pulled beneath the earth into an underground city, FLASH GORDON jumps to safety only to be caught in the web of a giant man-eating spider, then saved by a titian haired beauty.
Pan, a madman musician, seeks to rule a planet by the shattering effects of ultra-high frequency sound.
Romance, spine tingling adventure, the sciences of the future, all combine to make THE PLAGUE OF SOUND a book you won’t put down.

Our price is $5.00 each.





With a great new batch of steampunk novels in stock this week, we’ve put together a steampunk display in the front of the store! Authors include James P. Blaylock, Felix J. Palma, K. W. Jeter, David Barnett, and Lavie Tidhar.

Steampunk refers to a subgenre of science fiction and sometimes fantasy that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery (source: Wikipedia).

The following is an excerpt from Steampunk 101 on Abe Books:

In spite of its vintage feel, steampunk as a literary genre is relatively new, with roots that barely reach back to the ‘70’s and acquiring a name only as recently as 1987. But the seeds of steampunk can be traced back to the 19th century, when Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, Mary Shelley and others were writing about steampunk-ish themes, paving the way for a variety of modern incarnations.

Included in our display are related nonfiction books on steam trains, early aviation, Victorian scientists/inventors, and so on.

Our selection of steampunk novels are normally located in our Sci-Fi/Fantasy section.


Help a local writer publish his first novel!


Are you interested in contributing very directly to a member of the creative community right here in Sioux Falls? A fantastic opportunity to do so came to our attention last week and we’d like to share it with you!

Sioux Falls writer C.G. Clark is conducting an online campaign to raise the funds needed to self-publish his first novel. The campaign, run on, will fund the 25-year-old author’s publishing, marketing, and distribution costs, as well as offer unique perks to the donor.

A lifetime resident of South Dakota, Clark has been writing and editing his first book for the past four years. Titled “The Humming Blade,” Clark describes it as a fast-paced, high-action fantasy adventure story for all ages. Clark decided to pursue self-publication after becoming frustrated by the difficult nature of traditional publication methods.

“Traditional publishing is an increasingly difficult medium, and there’s no guarantee that you’ll get anything out of it,” Clark said. “You often have to make concessions. There’s no guarantee with this, either, but at least this route lets me do things in a way that leaves me feeling fulfilled.”

Clark’s career as an author began during his time as a student at South Dakota State University. After two years as an English major, Clark decided to leave school in order to dedicate his energies to becoming a full-time writer. He is extremely enthusiastic about the Kickstarter process, and plans to put as much time and energy as he can into it.

Clark is also excited about the prospect of establishing a relationship with his readers before his book is a tangible product. Because Kickstarter projects are entirely crowd-funded, Clark has the chance to find support in the local community and really connect with the people who he’s asking for help.

All of us here at Book Shop & Gifty Things Vintage would like to wish C. G. Clark the best of luck with funding for this novel and with future writing endeavors!

Visit here to learn more about his novel and to help him reach his goal!


You can connect with C. G. Clark on Twitter or at his website.


New Arrivals: Vintage Science Fiction

This week we’ve added a large batch of paperbacks to our “Vintage Science Fiction/Fantasy” section!

There’s a great selection of authors represented in this batch, including quite a few Poul Anderson, Robert Heinlein, and Edgar Rice Burroughs.

Stop by and browse in-store or take a look in our online shop!


Riordan: The Heros of Olympus series # 1-5

 The Heros of Olympus, Rick Riordan’s epic series for children, just came through the door in hardcover.

The Mark of Athena – $9.00

The Last Olympian – $9.00

The Son of Neptune – $9.00

The Lost Hero – $9.00

The House of Hades – $9.00

Riordan at BookShop Sioux Falls

Vintage Paperbacks: CONAN the Barbarian

Just in at the Book Shop: four vintage paperback Conan the Barbarian books: Conan the Freebooter (1968), Conan the Avenger (1968), Conan of Aquilonia (1977), and Conan of Cimmeria (1969). In case you didn’t know, the description on the book covers above each title informs you that Conan is “THE WORLD’S GREATEST FANTASY-ADVENTURE HERO” in all caps.

Quoting from The Trash Collector site, here’s a little background:

Created in 1932 by pulp writer Robert Ervin Howard (1906-1936) for Weird Tales magazine, Conan the Barbarian almost single-handedly spawned the modern sword & sorcery novel, having inspired countless imitators with similarly gutteral, primitive-sounding surnames and the selfsame penchant for bloodshed. The Hyborian exploits of this brusque adventurer–an anti-hero, of sorts–has not only been extensively reprinted in numerous languages, but has also made the transition to such mediums as comic books, film, television, spoken-word adaptations, and even video games. The character is also often associated with famed fantasy illustrator Frank Frazetta (1928-present), whose paintings graced many of Howard’s novels in the 1960s and 1970s, and which are still some of the best-selling art prints of their type today.

Our price is $5.00 each.