categories: bookish, unquiet things
I don’t quite recall when we first installed this spacious landscape of shelves into my office, but what I can assure you is that they have been amassing quite a lot of junk ever since! (The above is an “after” photo, and as you’ll see, I still have a lot of junk.)
It occurred to me that there was a great deal of empty space just begging to be filled with all of the books that were lying around the house because the other bookshelves were already dangerously full. I figured hey, I’ll take this opportunity in finding a home for all the wayward books, to do a bit of organizing…and who knows…maybe that will clear up space for more books!
I posted a few photos on Instagram of this process and several folks requested that I share some lists of the titles I was reorganizing. I am happy to! See below for a shelf-by-shelf breakdown of what got moved where and why, my probably-logical-only-to-me reorganization system, and where to find each of the books if you want them for your own shelves.
A shelf of mostly haunted anthologies that have covers illustrated by Edward Gorey.
The Ghost In The Far Garden
Grande Dames Of Detection
Ladies Of The Gothics
Sisters Of Sorcery
The Haunted Dolls
My Heart’s In Greenwich Village
A shelf of the weird, the uncanny, the psychotic, the satanic.
The Horror Reader
Monsters Of Our Own Making
House Of Psychotic Women
Lost Girls: The Phantasmagorical Cinema Of Jean Rollin
Vampira: Dark Goddess Of Horror
HP Lovecraft: A Life
Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life
Powers of Horror: An Essay on Abjection
A shelf of poetry that didn’t fit on the other poetry shelf, zines, and weird booklets that defy categorization. And a funny little goblincat to watch over it all. Also, the best candle.
A Red Witch, Every Which Way
Dear Jenny, We Are All Find
Dream Date With A Villain
Dream Date With A Villain Vol. 2
Die Mensur (not sure of availability)
Morbid Fantasies (only available as PDF)
The Occult Activity Book (not available)
The Occult Activity Book Vol. 2 (not available)
Sound Of Snow Falling
Hera Lindsay Bird
I Miss The World
The Impossible Fairy Tale
The Atheist Wore Goat Silk
Teaching My Mother To Give Birth
Milk And Honey
Ask Baba Yaga
Bags (This is by the Over The Garden Wall guy; not sure on availability)
A shelf for perfume and the dark arts.
Italy’s Witches And Medicine Women
The Ultimate Guide To Tarot Card Meanings
Cosmos, Chaos And The World To Come
The Black Arts
Victoria Regina Tarot Companion
Season of the Witch: How the Occult Saved Rock and Roll
Satanic Alchemy: Atrocities Of Gilles de Rais
The Secret Of Scent
Essence And Alchemy
The Emperor Of Scent
Perfumes: The A-Z Guide
The Tarot Bible
A shelf on writing, creativity, journals…and my mother’s cremains in a teacup.
What It Is
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
A Year Of Creative Writing Prompts
A Short Guide To Writing About Art
Ghost Stories And How To Write Them
Artful Sentences: Syntax As Style
A shelf of cookbooks, recipes, eating and drinking. Some of these things are not like the others.
Cannibal Kitchen: A Horror Lovers Cookbook
Whistle Stop Cafe Cookbook
Damn Fine Cherry Pie: And Other Recipes from TV’s Twin Peaks
Feeding Hannibal: A Connoisseur’s Cookbook
Death Warmed Over: Funeral Food, Rituals, and Customs from Around the World
My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life
Smuggler’s Cove: Exotic Cocktails, Rum, and the Cult of Tiki
Death & Co: Modern Classic Cocktails
The Zombies That Ate Pittsburgh
Son Of The Martini Cookbook
Chas Addams Half-Baked Cookbook
The Death Row Cookbook
The Cannibal’s Cookbook
The Dark Shadows Cookbook
The Death & Stuff shelf.
Death’s Summer Coat
Rest in Pieces: The Curious Fates of Famous Corpses
Dr. Mutter’s Marvels
Morbid Anatomy Anthology
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory
Bitten by Witch Fever: Wallpaper & Arsenic in the Nineteenth-Century Home
From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death
And the rest of the shelves…well…they’re a bit of a work in progress. There’s my mom altar, my shelf of incense, potions, and elixirs, and then an entire shelf dedicated to perfume samples! And as you can see from the photo at the very top of this post, there’s still a few shelves that need some work; they’re in odd or hard to reach spots with relation to my desk and where I sit, and so right now they are home to weird little action figures and toys that still need some sorting.
…so that’s it! And in case you are wondering: yes. Yes, I did clear some space to make room for even more books.
Jekki Ekho says
Absolutely gorgeous. Today I worked on my shelves & found a lot more room for books. Oh yes.
S. Elizabeth says
Huzzah! Anything in particular that you have your eye on to add to your collection?
The 3rd installment of the Jem Flockhart mysteries. Victorian era medical mysteries. Very gothic. Queer & gender non conforming main character. As well as some gift edition Neil Gaiman's, and what ever else takes my fancy.
Darin Kerr says
Undoubtedly, browsing others' bookshelves is one of my favorite things. Thank you!
Beautiful! I have converted to kindle out of necessity (boohiss, I know!) because I live in a tiny one bedroom apartment and there just isn't room. But this is making me miss my epic bookshelves...love the ornaments you have got up as well!
S. Elizabeth says
You know, I actually love my tablet for reading! Well, for travel reading, anyway (is there anything worse than finishing your book early on during a layover and then having to shell out for a ridiculously overpriced paperback at the airport?!)