My Crowd, by Charles Addams (Firestone, $10.95). Long before Gary Larson, there was Charles Addams, the grandmaster of a cartoon humor that blends the ghoulish, the satirical and the cozy. A witch buys a broom at a general store, saying "You needn't wrap it. I'll ride it home." Parents tell their babysitter: "We won't be late, Miss Weems. Get the children to bed around eight, and keep your back to the wall at all times." Santa looks out at his elves, sitting around a wooden table, and says "I've been thinking. This year, instead of giving everything away, why don't we charge a little something?"
Bones of the Moon, by Jonathan Carroll (Avon, $7.95). Admirers of Carroll's two sleek novels of the supernatural, Sleeping in Flame and A Child Across the Sky, know that those books -- though independent works -- are the second and third volumes of a loosely linked sequence that begins with Bones of the Moon. Here a young woman named Cullen James suffers from strange dreams in which she goes on a quest for the magical "bones of the moon" in the company of a son she never had. Gradually, the realm of Rondua begins to impinge on Cullen's real world, bringing grave danger to those she loves.
Drugstore Cowboy, by James Fogle (Delta, $9.95). This is the story of Bob Hughes -- "one of the . . . most notorious dope-fiend drugstore cowboys on the entire West Coast, including Alaska" -- and his rag-tag band of traveling drug addicts. They begin in Portland, Ore., until a cop who is determined to bust Hughes forces them on the road. They skip from town to town and motel to motel, rendezvousing with caches of drugs they have sent ahead by Greyhound bus. Author James Fogle, currently imprisoned for robbery and parole violations, has lived the life he depicts here. The book was also the basis for a wonderful little film starring Matt Dillon.
A World Unsuspected: Portraits of Southern Childhood, edited and with an introduction by Alex Harris (Penguin, $8.95). The first of a number of "documentary books" in the Lyndhurst Series on the South, this is a collection of essays, with photographs, where 11 Southern writers remember their upbringing. Among them are Barry Hannah, Robb Forman Dew, Josephine Humphreys, Al Young and James Alan McPherson. In one stirring passage, McPherson tells how his father, an electrician, once made him ground himself by holding onto a faucet in the bathroom. His father then took his hand and stuck his own finger into a light socket. "If I had let go of the faucet, both of us would have died," McPherson writes. "If I had let go of his hand, he would have died. That day, I know now, my father was trying to regain my trust."
The Civil War Notebook of Daniel Chisholm: A Chronicle of Daily Life in the Union Army, 1864-1865, edited by W. Springer Menge and J. August Shimrak (Ballantine Books, $9.95). A soldier at 19, Daniel Chisholm fought in some of the final battles of the Civil War from 1864-65. Once the war was over and he had returned home to Uniontown, Pa., he transcribed a friend's war diary into a notebook. Chisholm also collected and transcribed some of his own letters and those of his brother, Alex. Together with a company roster that Chisholm compiled, and an excerpt from the diary of a Union prisoner of war, the diary and letters provide "a capsule history of the last 15 months of the American Civil War in Virginia."
The Oxford Illustrated History of English Literature, edited by Pat Rogers (Oxford, $17.95). In the past few years Peter Conrad and Alastair Fowler have both written histories of English literature, with the attendant advantages of a one-man show: a consistent style, room for idiosyncrasy, the tracing out of themes over time. Still, no one can know all periods of Eng lit equally, which makes for one advantage of this beautifully produced volume by divers hands; another is its lavish use of illustration, including portraits of authors, maps, paintings, photographs and much else pertaining to the literary life. Each traditional period receives treatment by a specialist -- e.g., J.A. Burrow on old and middle English, Bernard Bergonzi and Martin Dodsworth on the 20th century -- and is supplemented with first-rate guides to further reading.