INSPECTING THE VAULTS. [Markham, Ontario]: Penguin Books, [1987]. Small octavo, pictorial wrappers. First edition. This paperbound printing was probably preceded by a small hardbound printing with Viking imprint on title page. The author's first book. "Twenty stories and character studies by a Scottish-born Canadian writer, many filed with images of the grotesque and macabre … The title story is the narrative of a man whose job is to periodically look in on six prisoners, each of whom has been hidden away in a subterranean vault for a strange crime or trait that sets him apart from the rest of society … In 'The Festival," a man and a woman observe and eventually participate in the increasingly menacing events at the annual festival in a nearby town. 'Eckhardt at the Window' is a metaphysical mystery … in which a police inspector's investigation of a murder he cannot solve leads to self-examination and difficult acceptance of a world view that does not admit the inexplicable." - Stefan Dziemianowicz, Barron (ed), Fantasy and Horror (1999) 6-270. "That Eric McCormack can roar with Canada's literary lions comes as no surprise to those who have been (uneasily) following his career since the publication of his first book, INSPECING THE VAULTS (Penguin, 1987) … one of the finest single-author collections Canada has ever produced." - Cliff Burns, Necrofile: The Review of Horror Literature #28 (1998), p 12. A fine copy. (#3553).

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