Located on the east side of Highway 101 in Lincoln City, Oregon, Robert’s Bookshop is a destination stop for book lovers. It houses over 150,000 books filling its shelves, stacked on the floor, and queued for display in cardboard boxes around the shop. It is also one of those rare bookshops that carries digest magazines. Pictured are the treasures I found there over the holiday weekend.
Alec Cizak is the editor of Pulp Modern. He’d published ten issues before I met him over the ether, and he welcomed me to help with its revival in May. Alec is also a filmmaker and author. His latest book, Down on the Street, from ABC Group Documentation, an imprint of Down & Out Books, is out today.
If I was the kind of guy who ever read a book in a single sitting, this would be it. I’m half way through and it’s terrific. If you like your crime fiction dire, climb aboard this one-way fare down the city’s backside. The writing is terse, the journey bleak; just the way I like it.
Had the pleasure to visit several bookshops in Santa Barbara last week. Here’s an overview. There are others, but these are the ones that appealed to my crime fiction bent.
By far the largest bookstore I visited, Chauser’s is stocked full of new books with a section for nearly every interest. Established in 1974, open late, it’s located in the uptown area at 3321 State Street.
The Mesa Bookstore
A hidden gem, one of those tiny bookshops you’re always hoping to find, packed floor to ceiling with mostly used paperbacks. Owner David Karys-Schiff has run the place for well over 20 years. Located at 1838 Cliff Drive, Mesa is a must-see for used book lovers. Here’s a review from the Santa Barbara Independent.
The Book Den
Mostly new, with a few used books, The Book Den is another shop worth a visit. It’s located at 15 East Anapamu Street in the heart of SB’s shopping district, so there’s plenty for fellow travelers to peruse while you while away an hour looking at books.
Lost Horizon Bookstore
Specializing in collectible, hardcover used books on art, architecture, photography, and design; as well as antique maps and vintage posters, there are few crime fiction titles on Lost Horizon’s bookshelves. They do have a nice selection of SF titles that include a few Arkham House volumes. Books on comics include almost a dozen of those old paperback Pogo anthologies published by Simon and Schuster. LH is located at 703 Anacapa Street.
Here’s Greg Shepard’s lead-in from the Stark House newsletter:
“Malcolm Braly had a short career as a writer. He spent most of his life behind bars. Opting for the expedient road to success, he began life as a petty thief. Finally he became involved in an armed robbery. Things went downhill from there. Eventually Braly managed to snare the editorial eye of Knox Burger at Fawcett Publications, and wrote a novel about a young guy who falls into the penal system very much as he had. This book is Felony Tank, first published in 1961 by Gold Medal Books. The Stark House Press version is its first new edition in 40 years.”
Seventeen-year-old Doug is in the wrong place at the wrong time and ends up in jail. What happens next could only have been written by the author of It’s Cold Out There.
As Gary Lovisi says in Paperback Parade #92: “[Black Gat] . . . is a very cool and welcomed series that we should all support . . .”