Bram Stokes and Diane Lister in Dark They Were and Golden-Eyed Bookshop, Circa 1970

Dark They Were 1970

Stokes is holding the 1970 Dover Occult edition of L. Sprague de Camp‘s Lost Continents. Dark They Were and Golden-Eyed, the place that inspired Sherry Gottlieb to open A Change of Hobbit, was also London’s first comic shop, predating Forbidden Planet by more than 10 years. It closed in or about 1981.

And here’s a store bag from 1978. The artist is James Cawthorn, an illustrator primarily associated with Michael Moorcock who also co-wrote (with Moorcock) one of my favorite movies, 1975’s The Land That Time Forgot.

Dark They Were 1977

(Images via Comica Festival and Secret Oranges)

2 Responses to “Bram Stokes and Diane Lister in Dark They Were and Golden-Eyed Bookshop, Circa 1970”


  1. 1 Bertrand Schopenietzsche June 1, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    I first met Bram and Diane at the tiny (but well stocked with imported American sf pbks) DTW shop in Bedfordbury, Covent Garden in the late 60s, I believe, not far from UFO/Middle Earth. Happy days.


  1. 1 Douglas Adams and Nick Landau in Forbidden Planet Bookshop, 1979 | 2 Warps to Neptune Trackback on March 29, 2016 at 3:04 pm

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