Lin Carter’s Beyond The Gate Of Dream, a yellowing paperback, which has an extended and poignant introduction in which Carter recalls his boyhood among the pulps and comics-strips. Available on to borrow.

Also new on to borrow, Black Sabbath and the Rise of Heavy Metal Music (2010); Frontier Gothic: terror and wonder at the frontier in American literature (1993); New England’s Gothic Literature: history and folklore of the supernatural from the seventeenth through the twentieth centuries (1995).