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Twist my arm

I’ve had several people ask me if I’d consider extending Clarkesworld Books “post-holiday, yeah we’re back, but only for this” sale.  I was supposed to close the bookstore back down tomorrow, but the requests combined with the glee my wife experiences each time another box of books leaves the house are impossible to refuse.

Clarkesworld Books will remain open until the end of the month.  Everything is still marked way down and magazines are 20% off the website price.  Please do me a favor and spread the word to your friends,  on your blogs, or even to forums.  I’ve made a goal of clearing another bookcase by the end of the month and I think I’ll need help getting the word out to accomplish that.

Clarkesworld Books Temporarily Open for the Holidays

I was thinking of temporarily reopening the bookstore for the holidays, but I had the misfortune of catching pneumonia and being out of it for a few weeks.

Instead, what I’ve done today is slash the catalog prices some more. The shopping cart is still disabled (book listings are still there with the new prices), but I can take orders by email ( this week while I work on restoring the shopping cart. There is a minimum order of $25 and we won’t be taking checks… only PayPal, Mastercard, or Visa. Shipping is still the $2.50 media mail rate (per shipment, not per book). Priority mail will be quoted and recommended if you want to be sure to get your books before the holidays.

Although not reflected on the site, all magazines are 20% off. Authors can get their books or magazine issues at cost.  Just email me.

The store will be open today through the 19th. Since I was delayed, I’ve decided to add a post-holiday shopping period for people who didn’t get what they wanted for the holidays. 🙂 That will run December 28th through January 12th.

Take care,


Coming Soon to a Convention Near You…

…if you live in the DC area.

This coming weekend is Capclave.  I’ve scheduled some time off from work, so I’ll be heading south on this Friday morning.  Thursday, I’ll be packing up books and magazines to sell at my table in the dealer’s room.  Yes, I hope to make the seemingly endless supply of books from the store a bit smaller this week.  Please come and buy.  It will make my family very happy.  I’ll even take book requests if you can get them to me before Thursday.  I’d probably be able to do better on price that way.

Friday night at 7, I’ll be on the small press panel.  Unfortunately, they didn’t get enough guests interested in being on the magazine panel this year.  I had fun on that panel last year.  Should be interesting to see how this goes.  With any luck, I may have some ARCs for REALMS.  At worst, I have piles of postcards.

So, who else is going?

Fun-filled weekend

Most people try to find something fun to do when they have a three day weekend.  Me, well, I closed the bookstore and had to pack orders from what I believe was the single busiest day in the store’s history.  I haven’t done the math yet, but it may have been the best month we ever had. That’s the way I wanted the store to go out, so I shouldn’t complain.

I can complain about painting the living and dining rooms.  Two coats of  sickly pea green and three coats of diaper brown.  I put my back out the first day and had to stop.  The second day I didn’t eat enough, worked in the sun, and got very dizzy from breathing the paint fumes.  Yeah, pretty stupid.  I was preoccupied with some other disaster happening in email.

After eating, resting and finishing the job, the kids (who seem oddly attracted to wet paint) were put to bed.  As I sat on the couch, I must have, in my leisure, offended some minor deity. The wind changed direction and the smell of something formerly living, but now rotting, started drifting into the house.  It’s about this time that I began to suspect the zombie invasion.  After all, they do seem to be everywhere these days.

Today I was back at work. 

[flashback] Eamonn, the boy terror, bruise my leg two weeks ago.  Yeah, I don’t learn.  The boy is a ninja-in-training at 4 years old. [/flashback]  It’s been odd since.  Over the weekend, that section of my leg turned bright red.  Today, walking hurt, so I left work early and went off to my favorite place in the whole world…. the doctor’s office.

Doctor:  So what’s wrong today?

Me: This.  (show him my leg)

Oh my.

I hate it when that happens.

Long story short, the burning pain in my leg is either Lyme (he thinks he sees faint rings), an infection from the bruise (thanks Eamonn, I will get you), a bug bite that infected, or my personal favorite:  a tick bit me on the bruise, caused an infection and gave me Lyme.  Now that’s one particularly angry tick.  Maybe even a zombie tick. 

So begins my one-legged antibiotic adventure…

Farewell to Clarkesworld Books

Clarkesworld Books closes tonight at midnight.  I’m disabling the shopping cart and leaving the site as a resource for book dealers who are looking at picking up some of my inventory, but it will be effectively closed for the first time in nearly 8 years… and it’s difficult.

We’ve been receiving a steady stream of orders today from some of our longtime customers and even a few newcomers.  I’ve been telling people that if there are books they want, but can’t afford right now, I’ll hold stuff for them.  That offer extends to everyone.  Any authors who want to pick up copies of their books at a good price are encouraged to drop me a line.  I’m sure I can work something out for you.

There is a lot of inventory left and that will be sold off to dealers, placed on ebay, or sold at conventions.  I’m also keeping my Clarkesworld yahoo group/mailing list going for now.  I’m finding all sorts of things as I clear out boxes and will post special offers and interesting finds there from time to time.  It’s just not going to be the same though.

Over the years I’ve had some crazy requests for photos of the store.  I haven’t bothered until today, so in honor of the last day of Clarkesworld Books, I present to you:

See the rest on Flickr

T minus 20 Days and Counting

Clarkesworld Books closes in 20 days.

If you preorder Realms from Wyrm Publishing this week, I’ll give you 10% off your order at Clarkesworld Books.  That includes all the books we’ve already marked down and all the other science fiction, fantasy, and horror books and magazines we have.  Nothing is restricted!

Pass it along. 🙂

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