Horror Book Haul #4: Used Bookstore

As my fourth book haul on the blog, I hurriedly went to my nearest used bookstore before quarantine shut it down again. As I have said before, when people declutter their houses, books are the first thing to go (sadly), so with the previous quarantine, a lot of people have been cleaning up, so I was hoping to find quite a few horror books to get a great deal on.


I used to work at a bookstore that sold not only new books, but also used books. I know that most used bookstores don't have the strict rules we had before we 'bought' the used books from people (they technically had to be in nearly new condition - - - no signs of wear-and-tear whatsoever). As most retail workers, I have been yelled at by customers because we wouldn't take their books because of creased spines and what-not. It's not the worker's fault, it's the store policy's fault. As with my other hauls, I will show you the total spent and if I saved any money. Make sure to read all the way to the end because I will give a total of what was spent and saved!

All of the books from my used bookstore haul!

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"Koko" by Peter Straub [hardback, first edition]

$19.95 - retail [$3.50 - I paid]

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Synopsis: " Years after the end of the Vietnam War, four veterans, members of the same platoon, meet at the unveiling of the memorial in Washington. Men from different backgrounds, with very different lives, they were first joined in the brotherhood of combat, and now are drawn together by their awareness of a series of grisly murders being committed throughout Asia. The killer's signature - - - a regimental playing card with the name KOKO scrawled across it - - - carries an awesome significance for the four men: they realize, with a horrible certainty, that another member of their platoon, a friend to them all, must be the man responsible. So they agree to head for Asia, not to catch the killer, but to save him, and soon they - - - and the reader - - - are off on one of the most suspenseful adventures ever to form the narrative of a novel. "



"The Yosemite Murders" by Dennis McDougal [hardback, first edition, missing jacket]

$39.95 - retail [$2.50 - I paid]

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Synopsis: "Since he was seven, Cary Stayner had dreamed of capturing women... and killing them. They were crimes that grabbed headlines around the world and stunned America. Four women dead, their bodies charred and horribly mutilated. Now Dennis McDougal, acclaimed author of the spellbinding true crime tour de force Mother's Day, brings his considerable investigative and narrative skills to the Yosemite Murders to give you the most complete account of what really happened. Drawing on several personal conversations with the confessed killer and interviews with the victims' families, McDougal presents the definitive story, and answers many lingering questions. What demons drove this quiet handyman and nudist colony habitue to burn, mutilate, and murder four women he didn't even know? How did he overpower a woman and two teenaged girls? And most disturbing, did the glory-seeking FBI actually hinder the investigation, leaving the killer free to kill once more before he was caught? "



"Wyoming Ghost Stories: Eerie True Tales" by Debra D. Munn [paperback, 2008 edition]

$12.95 - retail [$2.00 - I paid]

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Synopsis: "Here are the ghosts of Wyoming, the strange but true tales of unnerving sights and sounds that have never been explained. Footsteps when no one was there. Things that move that shouldn't move. Spectral bedside visitors and ghastly ghoulish sights. These stories span the state wherever ghosts ramble and roam. There are stories from Cheyenne, Sheridan, Cody, Laramie, Casper, Rawlins, Green River, and lost of places in between. The subjects are star-crossed lovers, murderers and the murdered, miners and cowboys and Native Americans, all carefully researched and authenticated by interviews with the people who have witnessed the unknown and unexplained. "



"In the Woods" by Tana French [paperback, first edition]

$15.00 - retail [$2.00 - I paid]

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Synopsis: "Three children leave their small Dublin neighborhood to play in the surrounding woods. Hours later, their mothers' calls go unanswered. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children, gripping a tree trunk in terror, wearing blood-filled sneakers, and unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours. Twenty years later, Detective Rob Ryan - - - the found boy, who has kept his past a secret - - - and his partner Cassie Maddox investigate the murder of a twelve-year-old girl in the same woods. Now, with only snippets of long-buried memories to guide him, Ryan has the chance to uncover both the mystery of the case before him, and that of his own shadowy past."



"Full Wolf Moon" by Lincoln Child [hardback, first edition]

$26.95 - retail [$2.50 - I paid]

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Synopsis: "Legends, no matter how outlandish, are often grounded in reality. No one knows this better than enigmalogist Jeremy Logan - - - an investigator who specializes in analyzing unnatural phenomena with no obvious scientific or rational explanation. When Logan travels to an isolated writers' retreat deep in the Adirondack Mountains, aiming to spend time working on his book, he finds a remote community that has been rocked by the disturbing discovery of a dead hiker near Desolation Mountain. The body has been severely mauled, but the unusual grisliness of the attack - - - and other macabre details - - - casts doubt on the initial suspicion of a wild bear encounter. Logan is soon contacted by an old college friend, Randall Jessup, now a lieutenant ranger with New York's Department of Forest Protection, who is hoping Logan's expertise will shed some light on the strange investigation. The attack also may not be the first of its kind, and because it occurred during a full moon, many locals are whispering about the possibility of a werewolf in this remote, wooded landscape. Logan approaches the case with a guardedly open mind, but his instincts take a dramatic turn when he meets Laura Feverbridge, a respected scientist and researcher. Still struggling with the violent loss of her father in these very woods, Feverbridge shares her research with Logan... and he begins to wonder whether he is truly up against something he's never seen before. "



"Lock & Mori: Mind Games" by Heather W. Petty [hardback, first edition]

$17.99 - retail [$2.50 - I paid]

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Synopsis: "Even though Mori's father is behind bars, Mori has never felt less safe. Threatening letters have started appearing on her doorstep, and the police are receiving anonymous tips suggesting that Mori - - - not her father- - - is the Regent's Park killer. To make matters worse, the police are beginning to believe them. Lock - - - frustrating, brilliant, gorgeous Lock - - - is by her side through it all. The two of them set out to discover who is framing Mori, but in a city full of suspects, the task is easier said than done. With the clock ticking, Mori will discover just how far she is willing to go to make sure that justice is served, and no one - - - not even Lock - - - will be able to stop her. "



"Project Z: A Zombie Ate My Homework" by Tommy Greenwald [paperback, first edition]

$6.99 - retail [ $2.00 - I paid]

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Synopsis: "Arnold Z. Ombee has escaped a secret government lab that's developing zombies. Fortunately, he's found by the Kinders, a warmhearted human couple who are determined to help keep his zombie status under wraps. The Kinders decide Arnold will become part of their family. They help him disguise his zombie appearance and teach him how to act like a real human boy. After a lot of practice, he's ready for the ultimate test: Fifth grade! "



"Dark Places" by Jon Evans [paperback, first edition]

$13.95 - retail [$2.50 - I paid]

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Synopsis: "Paul Wood is a modern vagabond, a man who chooses to leave the comforts of San Francisco to spend months backpacking through some of the world's most challenging terrains: Cameroon, Indonesia, Nepal. While hiking in the Himalayas, Paul gets more of a rush than he bargained for when he finds the body of a murdered hiker, the victim mutilated in a way that Paul has witnessed once before, years ago and thousands of miles away. To quell a scandal, the police rule the death a suicide and close the case. But Paul can't let it go. But his newest expeditions show him some of the darkest places imaginable, in both the terrain he navigates and the men he encounters. Finding the killer becomes Paul's new obsession - - - a journey that leads him dangerously close to the edge... and maybe over it. "



"American Tragedy: the Uncensored Story of the Simpson Defense" by Lawrence Schiller & James Willwerth [hardback, first edition]

$27.50 - retail [$4.00 - I paid]

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Synopsis: "Nothing written about the Simpson case can possibly prepare the reader for the revelations in this book: the untold story, from murder to acquittal, written from deep within the Simpson defense by a master reporter. Each turning point in the months-long investigation and trial is recounted in authentic, often startling detail in the words of Simpson's confidants, lawyers, special investigators, and expert witnesses and woven brilliantly into a narrative that will rivet you from beginning to end. This account will finally explain for the first time, in the uncensored words of Simpson's closest confidants and attorneys, such mysteries as the missing Louis Vuitton bag and the Bronco chase - - - where was Simpson going and why? What is the real reason Simpson submitted to a lie detector test and what precisely happened when he got the results? Which members of Simpson's team believed his story, which ones had doubts? Why did the defense know from the beginning that they had at least a hung jury, and why was Simpson told he was going home even before the verdict came down? Why was Simpson's reputation more important to him than whether he was convicted? How did Simpson's team stage an elaborate deception during the jury's visit to his Rockingham mansion? What did a leading forensic psychiatrist discover about O.J. during his face-to-face examination? Why was Johnnie Cochran afraid to return to Simpson's holding cell during final arguments? You've heard the speculations and rumors; now read what really happened. "



"Four Past Midnight" by Stephen King [hardback, first edition]

$26.94 - retail [$2.50 - I paid]

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Synopsis: " Past midnight, something happens to time, that fragile concept we employ to order our sense of reality. It bends, stretches, turns back, or snaps, and sometimes reality snaps with it. And what happens to the wide-eyed observer when the window between reality and unreality shatters, and the glass begins to fly? These four chilling novellas, a feast fit for King fans old and new, provide some shocking answers."


In all, I purchased 10 books: I spent around $26.00 and saved $182.17!


Used bookstores can be kind of pricey when it comes to books (I've seen some stores nearly charge retail price for a used book!), but my tip is to look at retail prices then compare to what the store is charging - - - you can save quite a bit of money for nearly new books! I was ecstatic at how many first editions I was able to get that were nearly mint condition! I highly recommend checking out used bookstores in your area, but just be diligent about checking the prices!


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