I was approached in July 2007 through the contact form of this blog about Eddie Campbell's From Hell Painfully Limited Edition. Here is the exact message that I have received:
Hello, are you interested in From Hell - painfully limited edition?
I might have a contact, who is interested in selling his copy. Though I have to say that price will be huge.
If you are interested -- I'll talk to him and see how serious he is for selling it.
Black Library | email@example.com
A few Months later they have contacted me back to finalize the deal. They sent me pictures of a sealed box set, identical to the real deal presented on Mr McLaren's blog.
We settled on 1000 €, including shipping and handling as well as their huge 20% fee.
Who has played me? Library Black? Their so called "contact"? I have my opinion but here on a public blog I can only stick to the facts:
- during email exchanges with Library Black the book was always refer to From Hell The painfully limited edition (for example "Hello, here is the From Hell Painfully Limited Edition" when sending me the first pictures). The moment I have asked for a full refund, the box set has become for them an "item that probably has some minor differences from the item you were hoping for" (their exact words).
- better yet last time they were talking about it, they refer to "probably a fan-made edition". But the fact that a fan-made edition could be sealed is probably not much of a hint for a library that claims to have specialized in rare long out of print books. And let's remember that they have taken 200 € in the deal, and basically failed to make sure that the book was the real deal.
- when asked to verify the book in the box set before shipping they haven't do it and haven't responded to the demand itself (by saying no or yes for example)
- their first response when asking for a full refund was "The previous book owner will not accept the item back, and he will not refund it". But all of a sudden, when Knockabout Comics contacted them about the book being a forgery, it was now possible for them to ask the previous owner.
Latest update (24/02/2017): people that pretend to work at Black Library (and it can be stressed out that there are no proof that they are indeed associated to this library) have sold the same copy to a fellow comic collector (Stanislav from comictrade). It is no longer an opinion, it's a fact, these people are crooks. Fortunately, he also was able to have a full refund by Paypal, and Paypal has finally decided that enough is enough, and the conterfeited book journey has ended in Stanislav's collection.