The last few flea market excursions, I’ve been rummaging through piles of old library books trying to find some of the treasures from my past. For just a few quarters I’ve been able to find some pieces of the past. Things that I’ve forget and things I’ve wanted to give a second chance.
This weekend I found Spooky Tricks sitting on top of a pile of books. I have not thought about this book in decades. I still remembered a few of the tricks, but I never thought about where that knowledge came from. Finding this book again, I recalled just how much I loved this book as a 3rd grader. I mainly loved the illustration and design of the book. I spent hours tracing the images and just thumbing through the pages as a kid.
The Choose Your Own Adventure books, I lucked out and found a guy selling library copies 3 for a dollar. I had to have some! I’ve been wanting to re-enjoy them for awhile now. I would really love to find a copy of Dungeon of Dread, the first in the series, but finding a copy of the Gamma World adventure, Light on Quests Mountain made up for the fact it was not in the bargain bin. I loved the Gamma World Role Playing game as a kid. That is something else Id love to find. A nice, complete copy of the game.
I’m not going to reveal where the Bigfoot book came from, far too incriminating and I really don’t want to have the library police after me. But, it has been in my possession for decades now. Bigfoot: Americas Abominable Snowman by Elwood Baumann kept me sleeping under the covers as a kid. Some of those ‘true accounts’ terrified me. I would read them at night, far away from windows (I didn’t want a rogue Sasquatch breaking the glass and grabbing me!) and scare the crap out of myself. I always loved a good scare, even when I was 100% positive monsters did exist.