~My mostly old book haul~
It feels weird to me, too, but I guess we're now calling 90s things vintage. Ouch!
I was inspired by Paperbacks From Hell by Grady Hendrix and some awesome Instagram accounts to go on a hunt for some "vintage" books, from Horror, teen and children books.
Inspired by these accounts:
@booksuncovered [They judge books by their covers, but mostly post older, nostalgic type books.]
@vintagebooknerd [They post vintage books, obviously!]
Disclaimer: Times were different when these were published. If you look into getting any of these, I am sure by today's standards, they are full of problematic, offensive material (even the children books!) Also, it would be a safe bet to say all the horror books have trigger warnings! I am mentioning the original publish date, not the date of any reprints.
I did something wild... I bought all these without looking up ratings and reviews, like people used to do back in the day.
Okay on to the show!
Here is what I found!
An Old Friend of the Family [1979 - Dracula series #3 - Mentioned in Paperbacks From Hell]
The Children [1982 - Mentioned in Paperbacks From Hell]
Dominion [1982- Dracula series #5]
Demon Within 
Cutting Edge 
The Perfume 
Trapped: Cages of Mind and Body 
The Accident 
Don't Look Behind You 
The Twisted Window 
Stranger With My Face [1981 - Mentioned in Paperbacks From Hell]
The Dreamer 
Humor - Horror - and the Supernatural 
The Stepdaughter 
Midnight Fright 
My True Love Gave To Me [1993 - Scream series #5 (stand-alone series)]
The Scariest Stories You've Ever Heard Part 3 
The Immortal 
The Party [1988 - Final Friends #1]
The Dance [1988 - Final Friends #2]
Mary Anne's Book [1996 - The Babysitters Club Portrait Collection]
Logan Bruno, Boy Baby-sitter [1991 - The Babysitters Club Special Edition]
Claudia's Book [1995 - The Babysitters Club Portrait Collection]
Sideways Stories from Wayside School [1978 - Wayside #1]
Sunny, Diary Two [1998 - California Diaries #6]
Wayside School is Falling Down [1989 - Wayside #2]
The Stranger I Left Behind 
A Taste Of Smoke 
The Secret Secret Passage [1992 - Clue #2]
The Whipping Boy 
The Ghostmobile 
Fourth-Graders Don't Believe In Witches 
Secret Agents Four 
Mystery of the Secret Dolls 
So, my book regrets got the better of me, and I went back to the UBS for the Rinehart books, and I am so glad I did! There were actually 4 of them, not 3, and they are original Dell paperbacks which have amazing covers.
My photography isn't the best - there was glare from my office overhead light, but you get the picture.
Descriptions from the back of the books:
The Bat: Like a bat he struck and vanished, pouncing noiselessly at night. Like a bat he never showed himself to the face of day. Like a bat he always flew alone ... He had to be stopped. Somehow. But how.
The Case of Jennie Brice: The Dark Waters of Doom. Lithe, fair haired Jennie Brice had played many roles in her acting career, but none frightened her as much as her role in reality -- wife to a cold, mysteriously withdrawn playwright whom she did not understand and from whom she dared not escape.
With each passing day in the strange mansion to which they had come, her fears mounted. And her nightmare began...
Alibi for Isabel: Darkening Menace. Dreams of love become nightmarish terrors, innocent flirtations lead to dangerous intrigues and wedding bells herald a clarion of doom.
This Strange Adventure: Wedded To Terror: Young and beautiful Missie Colfax was willing to keep her bargain with Wesley Dexter when she married this worldly older man and came to live in his magnificent mansion. She would do anything to escape the poverty and want of her youth, even be the wife to a man she barely knew.
Missie could not suspect the twisted torment behind the icy arrogance of her bridegroom...nor realize until too late the horror that awaited her in the hands of a man bent on making her the victim of a strange and terrible vengeance.
Don't those sound just so freaking fun? Plus, what you can't tell from the photos is that the page ends are dyed teal!
All right, I've got the pics of my paperback mystery/gothic haul.
First, the mysteries - only three:
I had actually forgotten that I grabbed that Carr Dickson - which is a nom de plum for John Dickson Carr, which is why I grabbed out.
Now, brace yourself for these awesome covers!
The total cost of the haul was $6.00!