Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Secrets of BILL CRIDER's Bookshelf (circa 1990)


We all know what kind of books Bill Crider reads these days (nudge nudge, wink wink), but what was he reading twenty-five years ago? For the straight skinny, we take a squint at this official author photo from the back of tomorrow's Forgotten Book. Oddly, while Mr. C is known primarily for his mystery and western fiction, there are apparently no westerns represented here, and only one mystery (and that's in a foreign language).


First, what are these two volumes he's putting the squeeze on? Obviously, they have some special significance to him. Here they are:




Next, there are at least four volumes of John Norman's Gor series visible here. Bondage, anyone?



Many masters of Science Fiction and Fantasy reside on these shelves. Robert Bloch, Leigh Brackett, Piers Anthony, Robert Silverberg, Ben Bova, Larry Niven, and Frederic Brown to name but a few. And tucked right in with them are a couple of Doc Savage books (including this one) and the saga of Robby the Robot. What's that weird critter in front of the Conan the Liberator? I don't have a clue.




Remember the Weird Heroes series? I'm pretty sure Bill does:



Remember I mentioned there's one mystery visible here? This is it. Translation: Too Late to Die (first in the Dan Rhodes series). Barbwire bondage? And who knew Bill could write in Italian?



Here's where things get eclectic. This is apparently the Motion Picture shelf. Along with Picture by Lillian Ross (the story of the filming of The Red Badge of Courage), we find:





And way down in the corner, where we weren't supposed to see it, is the Parenting section. Can you see Bill administering baby care? Naaaaaaahhhhhh.


Tune in tomorrow to see the front side of this week's Forgotten Book.

15 comments:

Prashant C. Trikannad said...

Evan, I enjoyed this post — thanks. Such variety on Bill's bookshelf.

Cap'n Bob said...

I'm not surprised. Bill has every paperback ever printed. Most of them signed.

Bill Crider said...

Yikes. Those shelves look different now, but I do still have all those books.

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

But is the Dr. Spock signed?

Jeff

pattinase (abbott) said...

I sure do remember sneaking a read of Ecstasy and Me. Is that one signed? How many more books are there 25 years later?

BISH said...

Hilarious...Great post ...

Charles Gramlich said...

LOL. Very funny. Course, I got a lot of those same books.

George Kelley said...

Notice Bill is smiling in this photo. When you look at the books, you know why.

Keith West said...

I always knew Bill was a man of taste. Now I know what kind. :)

Todd Mason said...

Bill could certainly write a giallo as they are usually understood, but the Rhodes novels?

R.K. Robinson said...

I heard he has a copy of Cleopatra's a bio - signed.

Evan Lewis said...

BTW, Bill, what the heck IS that thing in front of Conan the Liberator?

Richard Prosch said...

But does he hide money in the pages?

Oscar said...

Nice collection. Nice Post, funny, too.

Bill Crider said...

The thing in front of the Conan book was sort of a gator. It was wax, and it's gone now. The gator had apparently had a big meal and not digested it.