Store Policies

Book Grading

We grade book conditions based on the standards set by the Independent Online Booksellers Association (IOBA). For a full listing of grades and descriptions, please visit the IOBA’s “Book Condition Definitions” page at:

Payment Methods Accepted

We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, Paypal and Money Orders. If you prefer not to order online, you may call us Monday  – Saturday between 10 AM – 6 PM EST to place your order.


All sales are subject to buyer’s approval. Returns must be shipped no later than 10 days of receipt in same condition and packaging as received. Please state reason for returning.


We ship all domestic orders with delivery confirmation where available. Your order confirmation email will include your tracking number so you can track your order once it has been shipped out.

Orders ship within 2 business days. Shipping costs for domestic orders are $3.95 for the first book, and $2.00 for additional books. Costs are based on books weighing 2.2 LB, or 1 KG. If your book order is heavy or oversized, we may contact you to let you know extra shipping is required. Books are shipped via media mail, and may take anywhere from 3 – 15 business days to arrive. Please contact us by phone or email for questions on international shipping fees.

Customer Service and Satisfaction

Our commitment is to our customers, and making sure you not only find and receive what you’re looking for, but have the best possible experience while shopping with Withywindle Books. As a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, we strictly adhere to the IOBA’s Bookbuyer’s Bill of Rights.

Book Photos and Condition Descriptions

We are in the process of uploading photos of all our used books in our inventory. Photos of books are of our actual books. For new books or books we haven’t yet taken photos of, we use stock images from publishers to show cover art. Since not all our books have photos yet, please let us know if you would like photos of a book sent to you.

All book condition descriptions and photos are content of Withywindle Books, and may not be used without permission.

Privacy Policy

Our site uses an order form for customers to request information, products, and services. We request visitor’s contact information (name, address, and email address) and financial information (payment information to make purchases) . Contact information from the order form is used to ship orders to customers. The customer’s contact information is used to contact the visitor when necessary. Financial information that is collected is used to bill the customer for products and services.

This web site has security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under our control. We use 128-bit SSL encryption to protect your financial information.

We provide users the following options for removing their information from our database and to not receive any future communications from our service:

  • You can send an email to [email protected]
  • You can send a letter to the following postal address.

Withywindle Books
67 Electric Ave.
Lunenburg, MA 01462
United States

You have the option to change and modify information previously provided by logging in through our home page and then accessing account administration.

If you have any questions about this privacy statement, the practices of this site, or your dealings with this Web site, you can contact:

Cynthia Menard
Withywindle Books
67 Electric Ave.
Lunenburg, MA 01462
United States


About Withywindle Books

Withywindle Books is a online, independent bookstore based out of northern Massachusetts. Founded in 2005, we specialize in Fantasy, Science Fiction, Horror, Nature and Occult & Esoteric Studies. The bookshop is run by Cynthia and Obo Menard who have been avid book collectors for over 25 years.

Withywindle Books at Readercon 18 in Burlington, MA.

Where to find us:

You can usually find us at Boskone (in February) and Readercon (in July) most years – two Boston-area sci-fi/fantasy conventions with strong (or exclusive) literary themes.

We’re online at: Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon and Flickr.

We buy books!!  Read our bookselling guidelines for more info.


About Withywindle:

The name ‘Withywindle’ is from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. The Withywindle is a river that runs through the Old Forest of the Shire. As a huge Tolkien fan, Cynthia loved it as a name for the bookstore since we started out specializing in just Science Fiction and Fantasy.

Withywindle Books is a division of Withywindle Nature – Cynthia’s main project where she works as a professional naturalist and blogger.  She also offers web design services.



Links & Resources for Book Collecting and Speculative Fiction 

Book Collecting l   Author Signature References | Writing & Publishing | Books & Bookstores | Sci-Fi/Fantasy Conventions  | Speculative Fiction Literary Awards  | SFF&F Art & Artists | Tolkien Resources | Miscellany

 Add a link: Know of a site we should consider adding to our link list?  Email us at info @ with your suggestion.  Note that we only add reciprocal linking sites, and sites that are book and/or sci-fi/fantasy/horror genre related.


  • Independent Online Bookseller’s Association
  • Bookseller’s Labels
  • The Private Library
  • Fine Books & Collections
  • Bookthink


  • Sci-fi/fantasy/horror author signature reference
  • Collecting Signatures


    • Arkam House Publishers – Specializing in Lovecraft and Derleth
    • Donald M. Grant Publisher, Inc. – Publisher of both trade and deluxe editions of Stephen King’s Dark Tower series.
    • Strange Horizons – a weekly speculative fiction magazine
    • Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America
    • Horror Writers Association
    • Ansible – British SF/fan newsletter, published by author David Langford
    • Quantum Muse – Posting the finest in science fiction, fantasy, and alternative writing and art.
    • The Future Fire – New Writing in Speculative Fiction and Dark Fantasy
    • the0phrastus – Blog for author and artist Chris Howard
    • Dark Arts Books – Small press publishers specializing in dark fiction and horror
    • By Light Unseen Media – A new publisher exclusively featuring vampire fiction
    • Feminist Science Fiction, Fantasy and Utopia – A complex bibliography that lists, cites and describes sf & critical works from a feminist perspective
    • Morpheus Tales – A quarterly magazine of horror, science fiction and fantasy
    • Theodora Goss – author
    • Dark Regions Press – Publishers of horror, fantasy and sci-fi
    • Cemetery Dance  – Specialty press publisher of horror and dark suspense



  • Booksellers We Recommend
  • ISFDB – The Internet Speculative Fiction DataBase.
  • IOBA Books
  • Bookwire – An internet resource for books, authors, and the book industry.
  • Jude’s Place – Features Jude Liebermann’s action/adventure sci/fi romance novels, ebooks & free short stories.
  • Library Thing – Check our some of our favorite reads in our Library, and create your own online library!!
  • Books Square – Book directory
  • – Science fiction and fantasy by women.
  • SciFan – Extensive database of sci-fi books, authors and series
  • FantaFiction – Online resource for fantasy fiction
  • We’re listed in the Internet Bookseller Directory –
  • Bookthink’s Resources for Booksellers and Collectors


  • The World Fantasy Convention
  • Dragon*con – Big Atlanta-based convention focusing on gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film
  • The World Horror Convention
  • WorldCon – World Science Fiction Convention
  • Readercon – Boston area convention focusing exclusively on literature
  • Arisia – Boston Area convention; media focused
  • Boskone- Boston convention focusing on literature, art, music and gaming
  • Ancient City Con – A Northeast Florida convention for fans of Anime, Comics, Collectibles, & Gaming
  • Gaylaxicon – A DC-based sci-fi, fantasy, & horror convention for gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, transgendered people and their friends
  • SciFi Conventions – A listing of a wide variety of cons across the country


  • Hugo Awards – Science Fiction Achievement Award
  • Nebula Awards
  • Philip K. Dick Award – Distinguished science fiction writing published for the first time as a paperback original
  • British Science Fiction Association Awards
  • Arthur C. Clark Award
  • James White Award – Short story award for new authors
  • Bram Stoker Awards – Presented by the Horror Writers Association for superior achievement in horror writing
  • John W. Campbell Award – Best science fiction novel of the year
  • James Tiptree Jr. Award – Given to sci-fi or fantasy writing that expands or explores our understanding of gender
  • Shirley Jackson Awards – Awarded for ‘outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic’
  • World Fantasy Awards
  • British Fantasy Awards


  • Michael Whelan – Science fiction and fantasy artist, has produced many well-known book cover illustrations
  • Allen K. – Horror/fantasy/sci-fi artist
  • Aaron Pocock – Fantasy artist – fairies, gnomes and more
  • Bob Eggleton – Sci-fi/fantasy artist
  • Abandon Art – Gallery of the fantastic
  • – Fine Art Gallery, including fantasy art
  • Elfwood – Sci-fi & fantasy art and fiction
  • Deviant Art – Online community of artists


  • – Fan-based resource site for LOTR movies.
  • Tolkien Online – Resource for Tolkien including news and blogs about the author
  • Council of Elrond – Tolkien news, encyclopedia and resources
  • The Tolkien Society
  • The Tolkien Collector’s Guide
  • The Encyclopedia of Arda – A thorough, interactive resource of Tolkien’s worlds
  • The Tolkien Library
  • The Mythopoeic Society – “An organization promoting the study, discussion, and enjoyment of fantastic and mythic literature through books and periodicals, annual conferences, discussion groups, awards, and more.”
  • – An illustrated Tolkien bibliography
  • The J.R.R. Tolkien Estate
  • The Thain’s Book – An encyclopedia of Middle-earth and Numenor
  • Festival in the Shire – ‘A celebration of all things Tolkien inspired’
  • – Tolkien-exclusive bookseller
  • Annals of Arda – Tolkien resources including encyclopeida, books and music
  • LOTR Dreams – LOTR-related forum, games and resources
  • J.R.R. Tolkien Research Page


  • Withywindle Nature Programs – Our sister-site providing natural history programs in MA and NH
  • 5 Minutes for Mom – “Bringing moms together”
  • Mary Anna Abuzahra – Astrologer and Henna body artist
  • The H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society
  • Fantasy Freaks Forum – Mainly a forum, but also includes an in-depth book review section
  • – News, forum and shop
  • World of Meln
  • We’re featured in… Buyer’s Index
  • Paul Levinson also on iTunes
  • D6 Production – A cartoon specialist and comic production company providing animated cartoon pictures and cartoon movies.
  • The Contra Banditos – Northern-Massachusetts based Celtic/Old Time fiddle band
  • Beyond Weird

Browse Books by Category

Advanced Reading Copies (ARC)
African American Studies
Art, Arch. & Photography
Audio Books
Award Winners

Behavioral Sciences
Biography & Memoir
Business & Investing

Children’s Books
–  Young Adult
Computers & Technology
Cooking, Food & Wine

–  Fantasy Hardcover
–  Fantasy Paperback
Fantasy Fiction
–  Fantasy Hardcover
–  Fantasy Paperback
–  Steampunk
Fiction & Literature
–  Alternate History Fiction
–  Historical Fiction


Health, Mind & Body
–  Horror Hardcover
–  Horror Paperback
Horror Fiction
–  Halloween
–  Horror Hardcover
–  Horror Paperback
–  Vampires

Literary Criticism

–  Comic Books/Graphic Novels
Mystery & Thrillers
Mythology & Folklore

Native American Studies
Nature, Science & Environment
–  Birds & Birding
–  Environment
–  Field Guides
–  Nature Writing
–  Wildlife
New England Regional Interest

Occult & Pagan
–  Paranormal

Parenting & Family
Pets & Animals
Plays & Screenplays

–  Sci-Fi & Fantasy Reference
Religion & Spirituality

Science Fiction
–  Sci-Fi Hardcover
–  Sci-Fi Paperback
Signed Books
Small Press Publications
–  Arkham House
–  Cemetery Dance
–  Dark Arts Books
–  Night Shade Books
–  Subterranean Press
Social Science
Sports & Outdoors
Star Trek

Tolkien Books
Travel & Exploration
TV Tie-In

Weird Fiction
Women’s Studies

Withywindle Books…


Withywindle Books……is an independent, online-only bookshop selling new, used and rare books. We specialize in Fantasy, Science Fiction, Nature and Esoteric Studies.  We add new inventory several times every week, so stop back often, and see our New Arrivals below.  Withywindle Books is a division of Withywindle Nature. Visit our home site here. 

Be sure to visit our collection of J.R.R. Tolkien books and resources.


View our Art Gallery featuring nature photography & science fiction/fantasy artwork.
“There is no frigate like a book
To take us lands away.”

– Emily Dickinson

Questions? Please see our Store Policy page for information on payment methods and shipping options.
New Arrivals
Paths of Darkness; Collector’s Edition (Forgotten Realms)
Salvatore, R. A.
14.95 USD
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Legacy of the Drow ; Collector’s Edition
Salvatore, R. A.
19.95 USD
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The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror Fifth Annual Collection
Datlow, Ellen; Windling, Terri (editors)
8.95 USD
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Wildlife and Timber from Private Lands: A Landowner’s Guide to Planning
Decker, D.J; Kelley, J.W; Seamans, T.W; Roth, R.R.
5.95 USD
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The Scar
China Mieville
11.95 USD
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The Big Over Easy: A Nursery Crime
Fforde, Jasper
19.95 USD
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Nature Revealed: Selected Writings, 1949-2006
Edward O Wilson
49.95 USD
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Wilson, Edward O.
5.95 USD
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A Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles (Stokes Nature Guides)
Tyning, Thomas F.
6.95 USD
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Naming Living Things; The Grouping of Plants and Animals
Riedman, Sarah R.
4.95 USD
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A Field Guide to Wildflowers
Peterson, Roger; McKenny, Margaret
3.95 USD
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Never Say It’s Just A Dandelion; 125 Wonderful Common Plants for Walkers and Walk Leaders
Hilary Hopkins
7.95 USD
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Ecology and Field Biology; Third Edition
Smith, Robert Leo
9.95 USD
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The Nature of Massachusetts
.Mitchell, John Hanson; Conuel, Thomas; Leahy, Christopher
19.95 USD
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Hope Is the Thing with Feathers; A Personal Chronicle of Vanished Birds
Cokinos, Christopher
3.95 USD
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The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2004 (The Best American Series)
Pinker, Steven (Ed.)
3.95 USD
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Withywindle Books

67 Electric Ave.

Lunenburg, MA 01462

United States