pascal covici, as it states on his wiki page, was the dedicatee of shirley jackson's 1962 we have always lived in the castle. i do quite like the cover to my 1963 popular library paperback by agatha christie coverist william teason.
on july 19th, neil gaiman's blog entry concerned the shirley jackson award, and he says:
"(shirley jackson was an amazing writer. i've talked about her a few times on this blog. if you haven't read we have always lived in the castle or the haunting of hill house or read any of her short stories (the most famous is "the lottery" unless you're me in which case it's "one ordinary day with peanuts" you have missed out on something marvellous. the library of the americas recently brought out a shirley jackson book edited by joyce carol oates with 21 stories and several of the novels in it, so you do not have to go and hunt for them in dusty second-hand bookshops any longer. although you can if you like. there are more than 21 stories, after all.)"
on halloween 2006, penguin released a deluxe edition of we have always lived in the castle (which i don't own) with an introduction by jonathan lethem (me & lethem go way back). on that same day in 2006, penguin also released a deluxe edition of gravity's rainbow, which i do own.
on page 47 of my edition of we have always lived in the castle, the phrase "wild strawberries" is used.
on july 18th, letters of note published two letters written by ingmar bergman in may of 1960, one attempting to decline the oscar nomination for wild strawberries (1957).
in the wee hours of july 18th, i made reference to my swedish friend ingmar in an entry here, prompted by a song i'd heard on the radio that morning.
well, as it's written on the back cover of my edition, what i am holding is no mere book--it is an item of black magic.