Alfred A. Knopf, 1973. A find at the Book Barn in Niantic, Conn. A sterling example of the New England Gothic genre, anticipating similar themes in “The Wicker Man.” I’ve always wondered if the town in the novel was based on Cornwall, Conn., which is a genuinely weird and unsettling place.
The novelization of the great TV movie about wire reporter Carl Kolchak, whose stories always seemed to involve vampires, the undead, or other occult entities (I worked for a wire service for years and was bitterly disappointed when I failed to encounter even a single werewolf). The TV movie spawned a sequel, and then a series. It’s telling that Richard Matheson’s name is at least as prominently displayed on this cover as the name of the guy who actually wrote the book. Matheson also blurbs the book on the back, which features a picture that makes the author look as if he’s wearing a fake beard: