One, apologies for the spoilers down below. Yes, the book was written in 1979 and there's only so far you can go with spoilers, but it was uncalled for.
Part of the beauty of books is they lie in wait, silently protecting their secrets until someone with diligence and will reveals them.
They occasionally eat your soul, but if you stay away from religious texts or those bound in human skin you're probably safe. (Spoiler Alert: The Necronomicon will eat your soul, EVEN IF YOUR NAME IS BRUCE CAMPBELL)
Captain Tripps - if you're smart like me, you've already spoken with a strong cohort of people at your job. You've all arranged a secret code and calling tree, and the moment the first case of Swine Flu appears in your state, every single one of you is calling in sick. You can probably get 3 or 4 "sick days" out of this pandemic scare!
Thanks Captain Tripps, for happening during the nicest season in Chicago.
If you're wondering, our code word here at my current employer is "snausages".
Mostly because they look delicious even for people.