Friday, September 16, 2016

Weird Books I Own

You follow my blog. You subscribe to my newsletter (or at least you should - it will be worth your while soon) so as a matter of course you know I have a library of some seven thousand books. And being a writer of weird speculative fiction I own a lot of strange books - for research purposes. I thought I would share a few here today

I just finished this one the other day and it was fascinating. The author purports that there was a conspiracy between Coronado and De Alverez and that there really was the seven cities of Cibola located approximately in the Phoenix area. The proofs are circumstantial but compelling but going the next scientific step farther we are presented with the catastrophic reason - we don't find ruins in better shape there. The author present his reasoning on why a comet or at least a cometary fragment struck the area in approximately 1680 just a short time before the Spanish returned to the area and mapped the region. I realize this is a big step from what we have been taught but I found the book incredibly logical and well founded. Its well worth looking into, especially for historical fiction writers.

I bought this one years go for the title alone. That cover is atrocious, but inside Andrews details numerous bizarre accounts, even back to the middle ages. He is readable and entertaining and would recommend this book for science fiction aficionado's looking for some more meat.

I had to get this one from Amazon recently just for the bizarre inflammatory title - I'm sure my wife would not be amused. But I do love to collect all the weird American and Mormon historical books I can, and this fit the bill. I have yet to crack it open, but its short and will be a quick read.

You might not think this one is too bizarre or surprising until you realize it was written in 1938! It seems to be a conspiratorial piece aimed at Roosevelt for turning a blind eye to the Japanese and their invasion of China etc. The cover denotes a US made bomb being dropped on China by the Japanese. There is a whole lot more to the story and I am no fan of Roosevelt's manipulating etc.

This is great and is one of several books I own which purport Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid never died in Bolivia but came back to the states. It is circumstantial but as with the others mentioned above, compelling reasoning for its unorthodox posturing. I'm inclined to agree with its premise.

This was just a surprise. I have several of Winston Churchill's books on World War Two and so finding this little hardcover edition printed in 1958 was a pleasant surprise. Man's gotta unwind somehow.

This one is more strange and lost recordings of forgotten peoples who may or may not be accepted by traditional history. This is exactly the kind of book that works when you are trying to come up with your own lost Hyborian age.

This is a local rare book detailing Gale Rhodes foray into looking for lost Utah treasure maps. Its interesting reading for the sake of understanding markers and local legends. I found it at a used book shop and think I paid maybe a buck. Its at least 150.00 on Amazon now. But again I knew what I was seeing in the used shops, most people don't. 


Charles Gramlich said...

Cool idea. I should do this. I've got one called "The Last Days of Christ the Vampire," as well as many lost civilization books.

David J. West said...

I love Lost Civilization books Charles, so much inspiration whether I'm working on historicals or fantasy.

Keith West said...

I am going to have to find that one on Cibola. It will be useful for a project I'm planning.

The Wasp said...

Cool stuff. I love this sort of stuff - it's like HPL and theology - grits for the idea mill. Personally, I've got all my dad's Velikovsky books.

The Wasp said...

Theosophy -curse you, autocorrect

Paul R. McNamee said...

I've read lot of weird stuff. I pretty much read the entire "occult" section of my town library.

For what I own - I have a "Weird New England" collection that started with a bunch of short books by a local author you'd find in the tourist gifts hops. Expanded out from there.

David J. West said...

Keith - I HIGHLY recomend it.

WASP - I hear you, I love Velikovsky's stuff, fascinating for fiction writers if nothing else, even if iI do think he was on to something.

Paul - Yeah, a lot of the best writers toolbox ideas I've got came from Montana and Utah type western ghost stories etc, outlaw tales and mining stories - locals have loads of great ideas that haven't been utilized yet.

Keith West said...

I picked up a collection of supposedly true Texas ghost stories from TTU Press that gave me an idea for a tale when I was at the Cowboy Symposium recently.

David J. West said...

I love reading those kinda books to start the nuggets of stories. Always good surprises because you can remix them and write 'em out on how they shoud have ended.