"Habit is an Old Horse" (chapbook
by Cheryl Miller
"Habit is an Old
Horse" tells the story of Knock, an old horse who is forlornly
waiting for his rider to come amidst an unusual gathering of
humans. The story was originally published in 1979, for an
anthology of stories by authors such as Anne who had relocated
to Ireland, and which were to be inspired by or otherwise
connected to their new homeland.
In March 1986,
when Anne appeared as guest of honor at Norwescon 9 in Seattle,
WA, USA, this short story was reissued in a chapbook of the same
title, and included with it a new short story, "Fallen Angel,"
which has never been republished. Somewhat ironically neither
story is science fiction (ironic as it was published for a scifi
convention). The cover illustration was done by Janet Kramer.
published 400 total copies of the chapbook, as follows:
8 lettered copies,
signed by Anne, bound in leather and stamped with gold foil
lettering and a horse in silver foil. No dustjacket or slipcase.
No issue price; likely these were presentation copies for
copies, signed by Anne, bound in brown cloth, with silver foil
lettering on the front board and gold foil on the rear, with a
dust jacket. Original issue price of $15 US.
unsigned, staple bound in brown wrappers (a stiff
paper/cardboard), $3 US original issue price. (Above image is of
this binding state)
As is fitting to
the subject matter of the story, the chapbook contains a
photograph of Anne and her beloved horse Mr. Ed.
As of 4/1/2006
about 8 copies of the third binding state (the 342 stapled
wrappers) were for sale through online used bookstores, with
prices varying from $100 (For a fairly damaged copy) to $375
(US). I don't recall ever coming across copies of the first two
binding states for sale. For tips on locating copies of this or
other items, email Cheryl (address in page footer) or post a
A Meeting of Minds.
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