Books

Book Hunting in Glasgow

Ghost story writer Griffin Reed - the Dark Maestro - surrounded by horror icons. Featured characters include Barbara Steele, Vampira, Edgar Allan Poe, Children of the Damned, Vincent Price, Lon Chaney, Elsa Lanchester, Bride of Frankenstein, Pola Negri, Donald Pleasence Algernon Blackwood, Dave Vanian, Pennywise, Werewolves of London, Joan Crawford in Straitjacket, Bette Davis from Whatever Happened to Baby Jane, Ouija Board Cassettes, Rex Cat

Monday – Took yesterday’s proceeds to the West End where I made three purchases – Robert Aickman, Arthur Machen and Henry James. Passing the university, I bumped into Peter Baldock: naturally, he wanted to know what I was doing with myself and seemed disgruntled by my response. “These are hobbies,” he scowled. “You can’t expect tax-payers to support you while you sit around doodling.”

Returning home, I noticed that my right sock was sodden with blood: a nail hanging from one toe had chafed against the skin of another: it hardly seems conceivable that so much blood could emanate from such a slight wound.  Despite thirty minutes scrubbing with soap suds, the leather remains stained – I don’t suppose anyone will notice: it’s irksome, though.