Vintage Paperback: Stories by the Man Nobody Knows

B. Traven Stories by the Man Nobody Knows

This collectible vintage 1961 paperback of Stories by the Man Nobody Knows: Nine Tales by B. Traven is currently in stock. B. Traven is a pen name and to this day, he remains the man nobody knows. From the lengthy Wikipedia page:

B. Traven (Bruno Traven in some accounts) was the pen name of a presumably German novelist, whose real name, nationality, date and place of birth and details of biography are all subject to dispute. One of the few certainties about Traven’s life is that he lived for years in Mexico, where the majority of his fiction is also set—including The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1927), which was adapted for the Academy Award winning film of the same name in 1948.

Virtually every detail of Traven’s life has been disputed and hotly debated. There were many hypotheses on the true identity of B. Traven, some of them wildly fantastic.

A couple of my favorite “wildly fantastic” theories on B. Traven’s identity:

B. Traven was the American writer Jack London, who faked his death and then moved to Mexico and continued writing his books;

B. Traven was the pseudonym of the American writer Ambrose Bierce, who went to Mexico in 1913 to take part in the Mexican Revolution where he disappeared without a trace.

…And these aren’t even the most hard-to-believe ideas that have appeared since the mid 1920s on this mysterious writer’s identity!

This paperback is in very good condition. Find it in our Rare/Collectible section – our price is $25.00.

–Sharon

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Vintage Paperback: Junkie

In stock now is a vintage 1953 paperback of Junkie by William Burroughs.

From the back of the book:

First and foremost among the “Beat Generation” writers is the name of William Burroughs, mentor and friend of Kerouac, Ginsberg, and Holmes. Now catching the attention of the literary world with his novel NAKED LUNCH, Burroughs’ most significant work is his unforgettable autobiographical book JUNKIE.

Our price is $10. You can browse our selection of Burroughs and other Beat Generation writers in-store or online.

Vintage Carnegie Classics

Vintage Dale Carnegie

We see Dale Carnegie‘s perennially popular self-improvement books come and go here all the time, but it’s a bit more unusual to see the vintage paperbacks in such nice condition! How to Win Friends and Influence People and How to Enjoy Your Life and Your Job are $5.00 each, while they last.

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.

 

Vintage Paperbacks: Aldous Huxley

Vintage Huxley

For all you fellow vintage paperback lovers out there, here’s something we don’t see every day: Huxley from the 1950s. Just look at those cover designs! These are all Bantam printings:

Crome Yellow (1959 printing, first published in 1921, Huxley’s first novel) – $5.00
Ape and Essence (1958 printing, first published in 1948) – $5.00
Brave New World (1955 printing, first published in 1932) – $5.00

Browse Aldous Huxley in our online store 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.

 

 

Ghooosts!

Ghosts!

We’ve been gathering up ghost stories and tales of the supernatural for some fun October browsing! We currently have a nice variety of both vintage and nearly new books on ghosts, poltergeists, parapsychology, and more. These topics and related subject matter can be found in our Occult section.

Vintage Paperback: The Four Day Weekend

 

“What happens to a man when a woman is the boss – even in the 21st Century?”

From our vintage sci fi/fantasy section is this 1966 gem by George Henry Smith, The Four Day Weekend.

The Four Day Weekend - Vintage Paperback

From the back of the book:

THE REVOLT OF THE MACHINES
It was impossible, of course, because the machines had been ruling everything for 100 years, so what could they revolt against?
They decided people had outlived their usefulness to them, and that genocide of 4 billion people on Planet Earth was the best policy.
And into this incredible situation Charles Henry Hyde was thrust, with a shrew of a wife named Agnes who nagged like it was 1966…

Our price is $5.00.