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Author Discussion & Signing with Helen M. Osterman

Date: November 19, 2017

Time: 1:00PM

Author: Helen M. Osterman

As a child I was always making up stories and drawing pictures, but at age seven, I made up my young mind that I would be a nurse. My dolls were always sick and even my patient dog occasionally allowed me to bandage one of her limbs.

I have lived in the Chicago area all my life, currently in the southwest suburbs. I love Chicago, even its unpredictable weather, although my children don’t feel the same. Two of the five live in the area. The others live in Missouri, New Jersey and London, England. I have nine grandchildren, two with British accents.

I did pursue my childhood dream and earned a Bachelor of Nursing degree from Mercy Hospital-St. Xavier College and later earned a Master’s Degree from Northern Illinois University. Throughout my forty-five year nursing career, I wrote articles for both nursing and medical journals.

I am the author of the Emma Winberry Mystery Series. The Accidental Sleuthwas published in 2007, The Stranger in the Opera House, in Sept. 2009.

I grew up in a household listening to the Saturday Metropolitan Opera broadcasts on the radio. I learned to love the music and voices and always wanted to be a supernumerary, an extra in the opera, but the demands of profession and family left this dream unfulfilled. So I have done it vicariously though my character, Emma Winberry. Like Emma, I am an avid gardener and bake all my own five-grain bread.

During my nurse’s training, I spent a three-month psychiatric rotation at the old Chicago State Mental Hospital, also known as Dunning, on the northwest side of Chicago. I wrote a paranormal/historical novel about this experience titled, Notes in a Mirror, publication date, November, 2009.

Through the years I turned another hobby into an avocation and became an accomplished artist, painting many portraits and a series of street scenes. Four of my paintings of historic Maxwell Street in Chicago are part of the permanent collection of the Chicago History Museum.

Title: Followed

Someone is following me. I can feel it. Am I getting paranoid? No! I know who he is. His car has been driving by the house too many times to be a coincidence. Wherever I go, he's there: at the park with my daughter, in the parking lot at the hospital where I work. He approaches me with his lies, his fantasies, his insane love letters. I take out a restraining order against him. Will he honor it or ...?

Author Discussion & Signing with Robert Goldsborough

Title: STOP the Presses!  The very latest in the New Nero & Archie Series.

(Publishers Weekly 1/4/16 pp 34-35)

Stop the Presses! A Nero Wolfe Mystery Robert Goldsborough. Open Road, $14.99 trade paper (250p) ISBN 978-1-5040-2357-3 Goldsborough’s outstanding 11th Nero Wolfe pastiche provides a sedate contrast to the previous volume, 2015’s Archie in the Crosshairs, which opened with a bang, as someone shot at Archie Goodwin, Wolfe’s leg man, on his way home. Lon Cohen of the New York Gazette asks for Wolfe’s help after his paper’s most-read and most-notorious writer, Cameron Clay, receives death threats. Since Clay’s column routinely ruffles feathers, that’s not an unusual occurrence, but the writer views the current threats as more serious. Wolfe agrees to meet with Clay and gets a list of the five people most likely to pose a danger to him, including a real estate magnate and Clay’s diva exwife. But after the columnist rejects protection, he’s found dead of a gunshot wound, and the Gazette’s publisher asks Wolfe to challenge the police’s verdict of suicide. Offering one of his most surprising solutions, Goldsborough again demonstrates an impressive ability to emulate Rex Stout’s narrative voice.


Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin are tasked with protecting the most hated columnist in New York City

There are few people Nero Wolfe respects, and Lon Cohen of the New York Gazette is one of them. So when Cohen asks for a favor, the famously brilliant—and notoriously lazy—detective is inclined to listen. According to Cohen, someone wants to kill the Gazette’s gossip columnist, Cameron Clay. Death threats are a regular hazard for Clay, who’s hurled insults and accusations at every bold-faced name in the five boroughs. But the latest threats have carried a more sinister tone.
The columnist has narrowed his potential killers down to five people: an egomaniacal developer, a disgraced cop, a corrupt councilman, a sleazy lawyer, and his ex-wife. But when Clay turns up dead, the cops deem it a suicide. The bigwigs at the Gazette don’t agree, so they retain Wolfe and his indefatigable assistant, Archie Goodwin, to figure out which of the suspects had the mettle to pull the trigger.


About the Author

Robert Goldsborough (b. 1937) is an American author best known for continuing Rex Stout s famous Nero Wolfe series. Born in Chicago, he attended Northwestern University and upon graduation went to work for the Associated Press, beginning a lifelong career in journalism that would include long periods at the "Chicago Tribune" and "Advertising Age". While at the "Tribune", Goldsborough began writing mysteries in the voice of Rex Stout, the creator of iconic sleuths Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin. Goldsborough s first novel starring Wolfe, "Murder in E Minor" (1986), was met with acclaim from both critics and devoted fans, winning a Nero Award from the Wolfe Pack. Nine more Wolfe mysteries followed, including "Death on Deadline "(1987) and "Fade to Black" (1990). His most recent book is "Archie in the Crosshairs "



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ISBN: 9781504023573
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Published: Mysteriouspress.Com/Open Road - March 8th, 2016

Author Discussion and Signing with Robert Goldsborough

Snap is Back.....Just in time for Christmas!

Sunday December 17, 2017 at 2:00 PM 

Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore

Stairway to Nowhere: A Snap Malek Reader

Chicago Tribune police reporter Steve "Snap" Malek is one of the newspaper's best feature writers, and now it looks like one of his well-crafted feature stories might come back to bite him. Malek had, at one time, turned out a laudatory piece about the heroics of a black man in the highly segregated Chicago of the mid-20th century. But now his erstwhile hero, Willson Forrest, stands accused of the near-fatal beating of his wife, who lingers in a coma. Malek, however, doubts Forrest's guilt, and begins a rogue investigation despite the police department's strong belief that they got the right man. The intrepid reporter digs in and uses all of his instincts and resourcefulness to figure out just what happened in the apartment building that left a bludgeoned woman fighting for her life and her husband fighting against prison--or the electric chair. Stairway to Nowhere is only one of Snap’s dramatic encounters. This bonus companion book to the Snap Malek Mysteries offers several more of his unique experiences.





The Annual Independents Day Soire at Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore


November 25, 2017

10 AM to 5 PM

Centuries & Sleuths celebrates INDEPENDENTS DAY! 


More Authors than You can Shake a Stick at.....

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M. E.  May (10 AM to Noon)

Latest Novel:


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David Grogan    (1:00 to 3:00 PM)

Latest Novel:

Sapphire Pavilion

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Scott Becker (3:00 to 5:00 PM)

Latest Writings:

Customers & Characters: 9 Scripts & Plays

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 D. M. Pirrone (11:00 AM to 1:00 PM)

Latest Novel:

For You Were Strangers

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Robert Goldsborough (2:00 to 4:00 PM)

Latest Novel:

Murder Stage Left

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Georgann Prochaska (10:00 AM to Noon)

Latest Novel:

The Case of the Ex Who Plotted Revenge

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Emily Kaplan (1:00 to 3:00 PM)   

Latest Novel:

Deadman on Campus

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Bob Shiel (3:00 to 5:00 PM)  

Latest Writing:

61 Highways Revisited

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JoBe Cerny (10:00 AM to Noon)   

Latest Novel:

Taylor Street File: Leg Men

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 Wayne Turmel (1:00 to 3:00 PM)    

Latest Novel:

The Count of the Sahara

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Michael Black (11:30 AM to 1:30 PM)  

Latest Novel:

Blood Trails

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D. C. Brod (1:30 to 3:30 PM)     

Latest Novel:

Getting Taken

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Michelle Cox (10:00 AM to Noon)   

Latest Novel:

A Ring of Truth

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Libby F. Hellmann (1:00 to 3:00 PM) 

Latest Writings:

War, Spies, and Bobby Sox:

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Kathryn Atwood (11:30 AM to 1:30 PM)

Latest Writings:

Women Heroes of World War II--The Pacific Theater

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Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi (2:00 to 4:00 PM)  

Latest Writing:

Ugly Prey: An Innocent Woman and the Death Sentence…

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Tom Holmes (Noon to 2:00 PM)

Latest Writing:

The Soul of a Liberal Village

                                                               Independents Day Author 

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Barbara Barnett (2:00 to 4:00 PM)

Latest Novel:

The Apothecary's Curse

                                                                   Independents Day Author 

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Patricia Skalaka (1:00 to 3:00 PM)

Latest Novel:

Death in Cold Water







Author Discussion & Signing with Raymond Benson


May 6, 2018

2:00 PM

Author Discussion & Signing with Raymond Benson for his latest mystery novel set in Chicago with drugs & Russian emigres:

In the Hush of the Night 

Chicago Special Agent Annie Marino examines the case of a dead young woman who possesses a tattoo Annie has come across before--that of bloody bear claws. Several deceased women with the tattoo have turned up over the past few years, all suspected of being involved in a vast human trafficking operation. Annie's neighborhood friend, Jason Ward, is a young writer engaged to be married into an upper-class family from a posh Chicago suburb. Jason believes his future brother-in-law, a war veteran, is definitely a bully--but does he also have ties to the Russian mob? Yana Kravec, a woman from St. Petersburg, Russia, has been fraudulently lured into a trafficking scheme and thrown into a horrid and seemingly hopeless situation. She is, however, determined to fight back and escape her captors. Annie's investigation eventually uncovers a sordid plot of procuring slaves overseas and marketing them in the US. Her interests soon coincide with those of Jason and Yana, bringing the trio together to fight against a deadly network of criminals. As the separate lives of these characters collide, their paths ultimately converge in a night of terror and survival in a Michigan forest, where they become the prey of evil men who will stop at nothing to protect their secrets.


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Raymond Benson is most well-known for being the third--and first American--author to be commissioned by the James Bond literary estate to write the 007 novels between 1996-2002. He has been called "a first class thriller craftsman" by Lee Child and "one of the best thriller writers in the business" by David Morrell. He is the author of thirty-six books, including the New York Times bestselling The Black Stiletto series, now in development as a feature film, and most recently The Secrets on Chicory Lane. Benson lives in Chicago, Illinois.


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ISBN: 9781510729872
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Published: Skyhorse Publishing - May 1st, 2018

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ISBN: 9781510722941
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Published: Skyhorse Publishing - October 10th, 2017

Discussion & Signing with Author Patricia Skalka

April 28, 2018:


2:00 PM

Author Signing for Patricia Skalka for her newest novel: 

Death Rides the Ferry (4th Dave Cubiak Door County Mystery)


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Sheriff Dave Cubiak is ensnared in a killer's cunning gambit. It's a sparkling August day on Washington Island and the resonant notes of stringed instruments float on the breeze toward sailboats and the approaching ferry. After a forty-year absence, the Viola da Gamba Festival has returned to the picturesque isle on the tip of Wisconsin's Door County peninsula. Sheriff Dave Cubiak enjoys a rare day off as tourists and a documentary film crew hover around the musicians. The jubilant mood sours when the ferry arrives and an unidentified passenger is found dead. Long-time residents recall with dismay the disastrous festival decades earlier, when another woman died and a valuable sixteenth-century instrument--the fabled yellow viol--vanished, never to be found. Cubiak follows a trail of murder, kidnapping, and false identity that leads back to the calamitous night of the twin tragedies. With the lives of those he holds most dear in peril, the sheriff pursues a ruthless killer into the stormy northern reaches of Lake Michigan.


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Patricia Skalka is the author of Death Stalks Door County, Death at Gills Rock, and Death in Cold Water, the first three books in the popular Dave Cubiak Door County Mystery series. Skalka turned to fiction following a successful career in nonfiction. Her many credits include: Staff Writer for Reader’s Digest, freelancer, ghost writer, writing instructor and book reviewer. Skalka is a member of several professional organizations, including The Authors Guild of America, Mystery Writers of America, and Society of Midland Authors. She lives in Chicago and Door County WI.

Author Discussion & Signing with Rev. Tom Holmes

Saturday: December 2, 2017

2:00 PM

Tom Holmes

About the Author

Tom Holmes has worked in multicultural situations for most of his adult life. He was a student at Tuskegee Institute when Dr. King was killed and taught for two years at Colegio San Antonio Abad in Puerto Rico. An ordained pastor, he served in a multicultural congregation in the near west suburbs of Chicago for 25 years and has been working with St. Paul Thai Lutheran Church since 1992. His Doctor of Ministry thesis explored the role of identity in the transformation of congregations in changing neighborhoods. He has been to Thailand eleven times. At present he writes on religion for the Wednesday Journal and the Forest Park Review. His two previous books are Forty Days Alone in Thailand: Jesus, the Buddha, Thai Culture and My Self and Pongsak, Advocate for Asian Ministries.


Title: The Soul of a Liberal Village

About the Book

The Soul of a Liberal Village: the Variety of Religious Experience in Oak Park, IL documents and analyzes the variety of religious experience in an extremely “blue” village. It also includes a collection of stories from the wide spiritual spectrum which exists in the village. Read it for the analysis and/or for the stories which are interesting and often inspiring.


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ISBN: 9781544678184
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - June 4th, 2017

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ISBN: 9781500622053
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Published: Createspace - August 4th, 2014

Sisters in Crime Special Meeting: Mary Welk's Plaque Dedication

September 23, 2017 Saturday


Sisters in Crime Special Meeting:

Mary Welk's Plaque Dedication


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ISBN: 9781590806333
Availability: Special Order
Published: Echelon Press Publishing - June 1st, 2009

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ISBN: 9781493598779
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Published: Createspace - October 26th, 2013

Author Discussion & Signing with Bill Rapp


Title: The Hapsburg Variation

Eight years into his career with the CIA, Karl Baier once again finds himself on the front line of the Cold War. He is stationed in Vienna in the spring of 1955 as Austria and the four Allied Powers are set to sign the State Treaty, which will return Austria’s independence, end the country’s post-war occupation, and hopefully reduce tensions in the heart of Europe. But the Treaty will also establish Austrian neutrality, and many in the West fear it will secure Soviet hegemony in Eastern Europe and create a permanent division.


Asked to help investigate the death of an Austrian aristocrat and Wehrmacht veteran, Baier discovers an ambitious plan not only to block the State Treaty, but also to subvert Soviet rule in lands of the old Hapsburg Empire. Then Baier’s wife is kidnapped, and the mission becomes intensely personal. Many of his basic assumptions are challenged, and he discovers that he cannot count on loyalties, even back home in Washington, D.C. At each maddening turn in the investigation, another layer must be peeled away.

Even if Baier succeeds in rescuing his wife, he faces the unenviable task of unraveling an intricate web of intrigue that reaches far back into the complicated history of Central Europe.

Book 2 in the Cold War Thriller series, which began with Tears of Innocence.




Author: Bill Rapp

Bill Rapp began his professional life as an academic, teaching European History at Iowa State University. A graduate of Notre Dame (B.A.), The University of Toronto (M.A.) and Vanderbilt (Ph. D.), Bill has always been particularly intrigued by German history, but the last 35 years working for the U. S. Government has broadened his perspective to all of Europe and much of the Middle East.  His career has taken him around the world, including to Berlin as the Wall fell and Germany was reunified. Mr. Rapp’s books include the mystery novels Angel in Black, A Pale Rain,  Burning Altars, Berlin Breakdown, and Tears of Innocence.



Authors/Editors Discussion & Signing with Laura Caldwell & Leslie S. Klinger

Authors/Editors For April 1, 2017 (Saturday) at 2:00 PM


Laura Caldwell


Laura Caldwell is a former civil trial attorney who is now a law professor at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. She is also director of Life After Innocence and a published author of 14 novels and one nonfiction book.

Before beginning her writing career, Laura was a partner in a Chicago law firm, specializing in medical malpractice defense and entertainment law. In 2001 she joined Loyola University Chicago School of Law and has taught Advanced Litigation Writing and International Criminal Law, among others.

Laura began her writing career in women’s fiction and soon turned to mystery/thriller. Her first book, Burning the Map, was voted as one of the best books of the year by Barnes and Booklist declared “Caldwell is one of the most talented and inventive … writers around,” after the release of The Year of Living Famously and The Night I Got Lucky. The release of her trilogy in 2009 received critical acclaim and nominations for prestigious industry awards.

While researching her sixth novel, The Rome Affair, Laura was led to the criminal case of a young man who was coerced into confessing to a crime he didn’t commit. Charged with murder, he sat in a Cook County holding cell for nearly six years with no trial date. After hearing about his case, Laura joined a renowned criminal defense attorney to defend him, ultimately proving his innocence and inspiring her first nonfiction book, Long Way Home: A Young Man Lost in the System and the Two Women Who Found Him (Free Press, Simon & Schuster).

She is published in over 25 countries and her books have been translated into more than 13 languages. Laura is also a freelance magazine writer and has been published in Chicago Magazine, Woman’s Own, The Young Lawyer, Lake Magazine, Australia Woman’s Weekly, Shore Magazine and others.

Inspired by her court victory and the challenges her client faced in rejoining society, Laura founded Loyola’s Life After Innocence, which assists wrongfully convicted individuals and other innocent persons affected by the criminal justice system in order to help them re-enter society and reclaim their lives.


Leslie S. Klinger


Leslie S. Klinger is considered to be one of the world’s foremost authorities on Sherlock Holmes, Dracula, H. P. Lovecraft, and 19th-century genre fiction. Les is a long-time member of the Baker Street Irregulars, and served as the Series Editor for the Manuscript Series of The Baker Street Irregulars; he is currently the Series Editor for the BSI’s History Series. He served three terms as Chapter President of the SoCal Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America and on its National Board. He is also the Treasurer of the Horror Writers Association. He lectures frequently on Holmes, Dracula, Lovecraft, and their worlds, including frequent panels at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, Bouchercon, StokerCon, World Horror Convention, World Fantasy Convention, VampireCon, Comicpalooza, WonderCon, and San Diego Comic-Con, and he frequently teaches courses on Holmes and Dracula at UCLA Extension.

Les' work has received numerous awards and nominations, including the Edgar® for Best Critical-Biographical Book in 2005 for The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Short Stories and the Anthony for Best Anthology in 2015 for In the Company of Sherlock Holmes (co-edited with Laurie R. King) and two nominations for the Bram Stoker Award® for Best Nonfiction book. His introductions and essays have appeared in numerous books, graphic novels, academic journals, newspapers, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and Playboy Magazine; he also reviews books for the Los Angeles Times. He was the technical advisor for Warner Bros. on the film Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) and served (without credit) in that role for Warner Bros.’ earlier hit Sherlock Holmes (2009). He has consulted on a number of novels, comic books, and graphic novels featuring Holmes and Dracula.

Les attended the University of California where he received an A.B. in English; he also attended the University of California School of Law (Boalt Hall), where he obtained a J.D. degree. He and his wife Sharon have five adult children, six grandchildren, and live in Malibu with their dog and two cats. By day, Les practices law in Westwood, specializing in tax, estate planning, and business law.


Title:  Anatomy of Innocence: Testimonies of the Wrongfully Convicted.


Wrongful convictions, long regarded as statistical anomalies in an otherwise sound justice system, now appear with frightening regularity. But few people understand just how or why they happen and, more important, the immeasurable consequences that often haunt the lucky few who are acquitted, years after they are proven innocent.

Now, in this groundbreaking anthology, fourteen exonerated inmates narrate their stories to a roster of high-profile mystery and thriller writers--including Lee Child, Sara Paretsky, Laurie R. King, Jan Burke and S. J. Rozan--while another exoneree's case is explored in a previously unpublished essay by legendary playwright Arthur Miller. An astonishing and unique collaboration, these testimonies bear witness to the incredible stories of innocent men and women who were convicted of serious crimes and cast into the maw of a vast and deeply flawed American criminal justice system before eventually, and miraculously, being exonerated.

Introduced by best-selling authors Scott Turow and Barry Scheck, these master storytellers capture the tragedy of wrongful convictions as never before and challenge readers to confront the limitations and harsh realities of the American criminal justice system. Lee Child tells of Kirk Bloodsworth, who obsessively read about the burgeoning field of DNA testing, cautiously hoping that it held the key to his acquittal--until he eventually became the first person to be exonerated from death row based on DNA evidence. Judge John Sheldon and author Gayle Lynds team up to share Audrey Edmunds's experience raising her children long distance from her prison cell. And exoneree Gloria Killian recounts to S. J. Rozan her journey from that fateful "knock on the door" and the initial shock of accusation to the scars she carries today.

Together, the powerful stories collected within the Anatomy of Innocence detail every aspect of the experience of wrongful conviction, as well as the remarkable depths of endurance sustained by each exoneree who never lost hope.





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By Laura Caldwell (Editor), Leslie S. Klinger (Editor), Scott Turow (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781631490880
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - March 28th, 2017

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ISBN: 9781451626599
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Published: Free Press - April 19th, 2014

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By H. P. Lovecraft, Leslie S. Klinger (Editor), Alan Moore (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780871404534
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - October 13th, 2014


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