Big Brother is watching.
I was doing research for a novel I’m working on and conducted a Google search for images of Rittenhouse Square Park. The very next day, not so oddly enough, Amazon.com sent me some recommended titles I might be interested in – books of photographs of Rittenhouse Square Park! This was no coincidence. I’ve never conducted a search on Amazon for such a book. I have checked out books I am interested in possibly acquiring for Gauntlet. When I do so I soon after receive a list of books by that author from Amazon. Those I expected, but why would Amazon.com send me a title in which I had expressed no interest in whatsoever (and I no longer live in Philadelphia so my account is connected with Colorado – why not a book on Pikes Peak?).
I began to wonder if is there a sharing of information being done between Google and Amazon.com without my permission? I have never given permission to Google to share my personal information or search history with Amazon or anyone else. How else would Amazon.com been aware of my “interest” in Rittenhouse Square Park other than some sort of sharing of my search history with Google?
Having published Gauntlet Magazine for a decade I have a great interest in censorship and privacy. I find it reprehensible that our searches (I don’t believe for a moment Google is the only offender) are being shared or sold to interested third parties. It’s a given the government is spying on us. Now it’s American corporations. I may be naive that this is surprising to me (or I’m still technologically living in the eighties or nineties) but this can’t be a good thing.
Until next time,
Publisher, Gauntlet Press
STARS IN MY EYES: MY LOVE AFFAIR WITH BOOKS, MOVIES, AND MUSIC by David Morrell
We have sent new tipsheets to David Morrel for his book The Stars in My Eyes. Tom Monteleone has written the afterword for the lettered edition.
HONKY TONK SAMURAI by Joe R. Lansdale
Joe Lansdale’s HONKY TONK SAMURAI has been sent to the printer. We expect the book by the end of the month, if not sooner. We have given our printer preliminary numbers (though we have two weeks to make changes). We will only be printing enough copies to satisfy orders (plus another dozen or so for late-comers) so if you’ve been putting off ordering this Hap and Leonard title you might want to order now.
NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD by John A. Russo
We have begun layout of John Russo’s NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. Mike Watt, the book’s editor, did a fabulous job assembling material and suggesting our layout of photographs. We will be soliciting dealers shortly so we suggest you get your order in now.
NOTHING O’CLOCK by Neil Gaiman
Once we announced our collaboration with Borderlands Press for Neil Gaiman’s novella NOTHING O’CLOCK (with Joe Hill signing both the lettered and deluxe numbered edition) orders have been flooding our inbox. Layout has begun on the book (Borderlands is laying this one out) so we will be contacting dealers shortly and expect both the lettered and deluxe numbered editions to be gobbled up.
BONUS MATERIAL FROM CLIVE BARKER’S THE GREAT AND SECRET SHOW
Last newsletter we began sharing some of the bonus material we’ve received for some of our past and forthcoming titles. Phil and Sarah Stokes provided us with a treasure trove of material from their archives for Clive Barker’s THE GREAT AND SECRET SHOW (which we published in 2016). For those who didn’t purchase our signed limited edition of the book here are some “notes” Barker made for himself which includes Bradbury-like doodles.
NOTE: See the next newsletter item for a special offer on the editions which are left of this title.
ON SALE: PUBLISHER’S COPIES OF CLIVER BARKER’S THE GREAT AND SECRET SHOW
We have a few PC (Publisher’s Copies) left of Clive Barker’s THE GREAT AND SECRET SHOW which we are putting on sale for this newsletter.
$200 with a traycase (1/3 off the cover price)
and $150 without a traycase (50% off the cover price)
We have just a few remaining so first-ordered, first-served. The lettered edition is signed by Owen King whose collectibility should explode on the market with his forthcoming collaboration with his father (Stephen King) on SLEEPING BEAUTIES.
Sorry, no Paypal accepted for this special offer.
SUMMARY OF GAUNTLET’S FORTHCOMING TITLES
STARS IN MY EYES by David Morrell. New tipsheets for the lettered edition are being sent to David Morrell (see above).
Honky Tonk Samurai is now at the printer.
John Russo’s NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD is being laid out.