Saturday, January 10, 2009

BEAT TO A PULP STORY #5!

BEAT TO A PULP STORY #5!

DAVID CRANMER GIVES US THE LOW DOWN ON BTAP’S LATEST STORY . . .


BACKING THE STAKES
BY KIERAN SHEA

Morgan Leary tailed the girl from her appointment in Hazlet, catching the North Jersey coast train just before five. She was shorter than they said. Curvy. Long black disco wig instead of the frowsy blonde crop—pleated red mini-skirt, patterned grey tights, and a set of below-the-knee go-go boots on strong, athletic legs. Morgan tugged on his lead-knuckled gloves.At Newark she made the platform switch to the PATH train and at Hoboken Morgan followed her seventeen odd blocks from the station to a brownstone apartment off of Columbus Park.It was a shame he had to beat her.

Now, that's a hardboiled opening that commands attention. “Backing the Stakes” was the first story to come in when I initially announced that we were accepting submissions for BTAP. As soon as I read it, I knew it was a gem. If you are unfamiliar with Kieran’s work, then you’re in for a treat, and following that, you have a lot of catching up to do. His stories can be found at A Twist of Noir, Demolition, Thuglit, Thrilling Detective and now Beat to a Pulp.

About the Author

Born and raised in New Jersey, Kieran Shea's crime fiction has appeared in Word Riot, Thuglit, Pulp Pusher, Dogmatika, Demolition and recently in the re-launch of Anthony Neil Smith's transgressive noir bellwether, Plots with Guns. He lives outside Annapolis, Maryland.

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Next Week: Whiskey, Guns, and Sin by Charles Gramlich

MORE POIROT EPISODES!

MORE POIROT EPISODES!

David Suchet has revealed that he wants to continue playing Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot until he has filmed the novelist's "complete works".

The 62-year-old confessed that he had experienced mixed emotions at the thought of leaving behind the Belgian detective that he first portrayed in 1989.

"I feel two emotions, great sadness to leave him, and 700 million people watch it throughout the world, but also terrific joy if I am given the opportunity to do the complete works," he said, as he accepted the Freedom of the City of London today.

"It really depends if the money is there because they might not have the funding. We are filming four episodes this year, which will leave six more to do and that will be the complete works. He doesn't exist after that."

The character of Hercule Poirot appeared in 33 novels and 51 short stories. Suchet has starred in more than 60 feature-length shows in the ITV franchise.

A TWIRL OF THE MUSTACHES TO DIGITAL SPY

RETRO COCKTAIL HOUR!

RETRO COCKTAIL HOUR!

Sponsored by Kansas Public Radio out of The University of Kansas, in Lawrence, Kansas, the Retro Cocktail Hour is a delightful mix of space-age pop, batchelor pad music, exotica lounge music, and cocktail jazz.

Unfortunately, the episodes are not downloadable at this point. However, you can listen online while you check out the cool links and other info on the Retro Cocktail Hour website.

TO CHECK IT OUT CLICK HERE

THRILLERFEST 2009!

THRILLERFEST 2009!

Grand Hyatt Hotel
New York City
July 8-11, 2009

THE SPIRIT OF THRILLERFEST 2009

spir•it, n. A special attitude or frame of mind

ThrillerFest is Summer Camp for readers, fans, writers, industry professionals and those just looking for a great time! It's a place to see old friends and meet new ones.

It's with this spirit that we've begun our journey to ThrillerFest 2009. Again this year, we've got a phenomenal team working hard to make 2009 the best ThrillerFest on record. I'm proud to announce that Shirley Kennett will be the 2009 ThrillerFest Chairperson. Shane Gericke and Christine Kling join us as Assistant Chairs. Dennis Kennett joins us Registrar. And we are very fortunate to have Executive Director Liz Berry returning again this year to crack the whip, keep us all in line, and make sure we're having a great time as we work.

ThrillerFest 2009 will be upon us in a blink and we promise you that it will be the best one to date. We're already brewing up some very special surprises! Registration is open with great Early Bird rates. Register NOW!

FOR MORE INFO CLICK HERE

THE SAGA OF SOLOMON KANE!

THE SAGA OF SOLOMON KANE!

Coming in June!

Written by Robert E. Howard, Roy Thomas and Don Glut, penciled by David Wenzel, Howard Chaykin, Alan Weiss and Steve Carr, inked by Neal Adams, Al Williamson and Bill Wray.

From his pulp-fiction origins in Weird Tales to his latest Dark Horse incarnation, Robert E. Howard's sixteenth-century Puritan adventurer has captured the imaginations of readers for decades. Now all of the Savage Sword of Conan short stories from the 1970s are collected for the first time: equal parts comics adaptations of Howard's formative tales and inspired new chapters from venerable scribes Roy Thomas (Conan the Barbarian) and Don Glut (Kull the Destroyer)! Follow along Kane's restless travels with pistol and rapier as he is compelled to be a weapon of God, ridding the world of evil wherever it may be found -- from the jungles of Africa to the high seas, and whether cannibal, demon, vampire, or pirate!

Contains short stories from various Savage Sword of Conan and Conan Saga issues, and from Kull and the Barbarians #2 and #3, Marvel Preview #19, Monsters Unleashed, and Dracula Lives.

416 pages, black and white, $19.95, in stores on June 3.
Dark Horse Comics

THE CASE FILES OF DAN TURNER HOLLYWOOD DETECTIVE!

THE CASE FILES OF DAN TURNER HOLLYWOOD DETECTIVE!

A three volume look at the story writing of Robert Leslie Bellem, the creator and author of the Dan Turner stories, in his own words.

Volume 1 - Deals with the early Spicy period from 1934 to 1941. Includes the first 4 stories published. Over 320 pages, containing 20 stories and 2 articles.

Volume 2 - Deals with the middle period, a slightly less spicy period, when Dan Turner appeared in his own magazine, filled with his own stories. The 21 stories and 1 letter in this over 360 page book are from 1943.

Volume 3 - Deals with the final period, from the end of 1943 to 1950. The stories now have less sexual content and more comedy. Over 350 pages, with 15 complete stories and a Dan Turner bibliography.

Available now through www.lulu.com, each volume is $20.

Volume 1 - The Spicy Years
Volume 2 - The Middle Years
Volume 3 - The Later Years

THE SHADOW & DOC SAVAGE!

THE SHADOW & DOC SAVAGE!

THE SHADOW Volume 24: Washington Crime & Quetzal

"As you sow evil, so shall you reap evil. Crime does not pay. The Shadow Knows!" The Dark Avenger returns in two riveting espionage thrillers by Walter B. Gibson writing as Maxwell Grant.


First, The Shadow teams up with America's top secret agent to combat a beautiful international spy and Washington Crime.

Then, in a shadowy sequel, the U.S. State Department sends El Ombre to Mexico to prevent the foreign agent code-named Quetzal from selling the blueprints for a top-secret military installation to an enemy power.

This classic reprint also features both color pulp covers by George Rozen, the classic interior illustrations by Edd Cartier, Shadowing the 1960s Spy Craze by Anthony Tollin and commentary by pulp historian Will Murray.

Softcover, $12.95

DOC SAVAGE Volume 23: Fantastic Island & Danger Lies East

The pulp era's greatest action hero returns in epic tales of international intrigue by W. Ryerson Johnson and Lester Dent (writing as Kenneth Robeson). First, the disappearance of Johnny Littlejohn leads the Man of Bronze and the beautiful Pat Savage to a madman's deadly Fantastic Island in the epic pulp novel that TIME observed: "Ian Fleming obviously ransacked when he wrote Dr. No."
Then, in Danger Lies East, Doc Savage goes undercover for the State Department to prevent a Middle East holy war.
BONUS STORY: Talking Toad, Lester Dent's first Gadget Man story from the pages of Crime Busters. This instant collector's item showcases the classic color pulp covers by Walter M. Baumhofer and Walter Swenson, and also features all the original interior illustrations by Paul Orban and Edd Cartier, and historical commentary by Will Murray, author of seven Doc Savage novels.

Softcover, $12.95

WINDY CITY PULP AND PAPER CONVENTION!

WINDY CITY PULP AND PAPER CONVENTION!

MAY 1st-3rd, 2009

GUESTS OF HONOR


Ron Goulart
: Due to an unforeseen issue, Mr. Goulart has had to withdraw from the convention schedule.

Will Murray: Author of DOC SAVAGE writing as Kenneth Robeson

This year's theme for our convention is the 75th Anniversary of the SPICY line of pulps. Some great badge art by Randy Broecker is expected.

We will be making a special announcement soon, in regards to our negotiations on an estate that will be auctioned at this year's convention. We plan on having the material in advance, photographed and promoted...so keep a sharp eye out!

Pulpcon 2009 has had a name change to PulpFest 2009. Which still means that there will be two choices of a Summer pulp convention in the Ohio area.

We've updated the shopping cart to accept Paypal payment for tables as well as memberships.

The website has been updated in regards to contacting the hotel. We have a special rate, as well as a special website for the hotel in regards to our membership.

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

DEALER ROOM

Friday - Noon till 6 pm

Saturday - 9 am till 5 pm

Sunday - 9 am till 4 pm

Dealer setup - Friday 9 am till Noon
Saturday - 8 am till 9 am

Early Bird Admittance (Those members who have paid for early bird memberships) - Friday 10 am

CON SUITE

Thursday 4:00 pm till? - We will have membership badges at the con suite for those who have pre-registered. We will not be able to accept any cash or checks for "At the Door" registration Thursday evening.

Friday 4:00 pm till the cows come home?

Saturday 4:00 pm till Church?

Film Schedule - TBA

Auction Schedule - TBA

Art Room - TBA

THE CAT'S MEOW!

LANA WOOD ~ BOND GIRL FOREVER!

LANA WOOD ~ BOND GIRL FOREVER!

CINEMA RETRO HAS A COOL POST TODAY BY TOM LISANTI ON ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR BOND GIRLS ~ LANA WOOD AS PLENTY O' TOOLE . . .

“Hi, I’m Plenty,” said Lana Wood to Sean Connery’s James Bond at the gaming tables of Las Vegas in Diamonds Are Forever (1971). “Plenty O’Toole.” Glancing at her cleavage, Bond wittily deadpanned, “But of course you are.” With this small exchange audiences were introduced to one of the most popular Bond girls to ever hit the screen. As Plenty, Lana Wood was finally able to step out of the shadow of her sister Natalie Wood. On screen for only a few scenes, she almost steals the movie with her amusing performance and remains forever remembered for this role. “Isn’t that bizarre,” exclaims Wood with a laugh. “I’m only in the movie for three minutes!

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PULP FANTASTIC!

PULP FANTASTIC!

BLOG BUDDY CHRIS MILLS AT ATOMIC PULP BRINGS THIS GEM TO OUR ATTENTION.


Pulp Fantastic was a virtually ignored, 3-issue science fiction mystery written by Howard Chaykin & David Tischman, drawn by Rick Burchett, and published by DC/Vertigo back in 2000.

The story was a sort of space opera take on The Maltese Falcon, filtered through the Chaykin prism. The art by Rick, was marvelous, with the PI hero resembling a sort of futuristic Peter Gunn. As usual, Rick's covers were sharply designed and eye-catching (though apparently not eye-catching enough, considering the low sales).

COCKTAIL NATION #56 -~ ERTHA KITT IS IN THE LOUNGE!

COCKTAIL NATION #56 -~ ERTHA KITT IS IN THE LOUNGE!

Your host in the virtual lounge Koop Kooper is glad to be back for 2009 and is pleased to let you know that the Cocktail Nation has a new website:

www.cocktailnation.net

Make sure to check it out.

In this week's podcast, there is plenty of news from the world of lounge with word Bill Raetz has a new book coming out, news on the death of a noir star and, the passing of an icon from the 60's Batman series and cocktail lounges across America and Europe.

PLAYLIST:


Brian Setzer-From Here to eternity
Cocktail Preachers-Martini 5-0
Eartha Kitta -C'est Si Bon
Billy May-This room is my castle of quiet
Tommy Garrett - Moon of Manakoora
Spy Fi -Then Play Down
Clouseaux-Kitchen of Tomorrow
Jack Costanzo & His Orchestraatin Fever
Sammy Davis, Jrhe Goin's Great
Lyrio Panically and His Orchestra- Ynada Mas
Combustible Edision-Short Double Latte
Martini Kingsady Is A Tramp
Frank Sinatra-Strangers in the night
Modernaires - A Taste Of Honey
Indigo Swing-Pink Cadillac

Friday, January 9, 2009

DOUBLE TAKE!

DOUBLE TAKE!

J. KINGSTON PIERCE HAS A NICE POST IN THE RAP SHEET TODAY – AS PART OF FORGOTTEN BOOKS FRIDAY – ON ROY HUGGINS’ NOVEL DOUBLE TAKE. IT’S REALLYWORTH READING.

I heard about this hard-boiled, 1946 detective novel long before I managed to procure a copy. As crime-fictionist Max Allan Collins has noted in a few places (including here), The Double Take provided its author, future television writer and producer Roy Huggins, with source material for at least two of his small-screen detective series: 77 Sunset Strip (1958-1964) and City of Angels (1976-1977).

Initially, it seems that the former show owes this book the greater debt. Los Angeles private detective Stuart Bailey, the star of The Double Take (as well as a few short stories Huggins saw published during the post-World War II years), was also the principal sleuth in 77 Sunset Strip--though, as he was portrayed by Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Bailey was a classy cut above the gumshoe Huggins originally conceived, becoming a former government agent, fluent in foreign languages and quite familiar with the cut of a bespoke suit. In fact, though, the under-appreciated City of Angels shows more obvious influences from The Double Take. Set in L.A. during the Great Depression, it featured a perpetually down-on-his-luck private eye, Jake Axminster (played by ex-M*A*S*H co-star Wayne Rogers), whose ditzy secretary also ran a switchboard for call girls and whose chief nemesis--the crooked, overweight, and cigar-chomping Lieutenant Murray Quint (played by Clifton James)--got most of his exercise threatening Axminster with a truncheon. Those basic characters, plus an incident from The Double Take, where Bailey buys himself a bit of protection by having a quick report done on his health, all eventually found their way into City of Angels.

None of that takes away from the enjoyment of reading The Double Take, however. This is one shiny little gem of a tale, borrowing from the mid-20th-century pulp-fiction traditions and influenced by Raymond Chandler’s literary pretensions, but suggesting that Roy Huggins might have had a bright future in penning detective novels, had he not chosen instead to put his talents to work on the aforementioned TV shows 77 Sunset Strip and City of Angels, as well as The Rockford Files, The Outsider, and so many others.

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ELBOWS ON THE TABLE!



ELBOWS ON THE TABLE!

Stories From The Golden Age are pulling out all the stops to promote their reprints and audio tapes of L. Ron Hubbard’s pulp stories. The books are beautifully bound and the tapes exquisitely produced, giving a higher sheen to Hubbard’s pulp stories than they might otherwise deserve. That said, Hubbard was an imaginative writer and worth reading even if your not even close to being into his Scientology movement.

In promoting the stories, Author House, the publishing company behind the reprints and audio books, have created a fake ‘50s interview show featuring interviews with characters from the pulp stories. I don’t know if they are intentionally funny, but they are a amusing while being a little wacky.

Here’s what the promo has to say:

Elbows on the Table was one of the least appreciated, but potentially one of the most compelling interview shows of its day.

It's host, journalist and broadcast personality Lawrence Carpetburner, had cut his reporting teeth during the second World War, where he gained fame for an exposé he penned about blackmarket stationery supplies. Educated at Andover, and later briefly at Yale, Carpetburner was an unusual choice for a television show, as he had widely been regarded as a person of poor to non-existent social skills. A mail order course in manners and public speaking, undertaken just days before the premiere of Elbows on the Table in 1956, had a transformative effect on him, one that he was to credit many times for making him "palatable" to audiences.

The mid 1950's were a pivotal time for the new technology of TV broadcasting, and Elbows on the Table certainly had the potential of gaining the relevance and popularity of similar shows like "The Mike Wallace Interview" and the interview programs by Edward R. Murrow and other respected journalists, but never really burst through to public awareness. It's low budget production, rude host, plus the fact that the show's sponsor, Pulp cigarettes encouraged it's consumers not to smoke, caused the program to lag behind in the ratings even in time slots where a test pattern was its only competition.

Lawrence Carpetburner never again appeared on television after Elbows on the Table was finally cancelled, instead he returned to his first love, filing things in hanging folders. He died in 1974, of cancer of the hand.

Nevertheless, for the scholar and fan of fascinating characters that literally can be found nowhere else, Elbows on the Table is a unique and priceless resource.

"If one can get around the pointless, irrelevant questions and rotten manners of the host, the Elbows interviews offer modern viewers some first class characters in compelling situations," claims historian R. Patterson Voorhees, "it's just a pity Mr. Carpetburner was the host, and not someone who was possessed of a clue."






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NEW ISSUE OF THRILLING DETECTIVE NOW ON-LINE!

NEW ISSUE OF THRILLING DETECTIVE NOW ON-LINE!

THE THRILLING DETECTIVE WEB SITE HAS POSTED A NEW ISSUE OF IT’S MYSTERY E-ZINE.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

FICTION
DISCHARGED by Stephen D. Rogers
SHOT BACK by Kieran Shea
PANDORA by Patrick Shawn Bagley
HORNS by Mark Troy
THE DEVILS OF BAKERSFIELD by John Shannon

NON-FICTION
ARTHUR LYONS by J. Kingston Pierce
BACK TO BLACK: THE NEW BLACK MASK by Mark Coggins

WEB COMICS
DICK HAMMER by Chris Wisnia
ODD JOBS by Tim Broderick
DETECTIVE FORK by Kevin J. Guhl

ETC.
THE COVER GALLERY by Kevin Burton Smith
WORD ON THE STREET by the editors

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OLD SAILS!

OLD SAILS!

There appears to be a plethora of pulp reprints hitting the market on a regular basis. I’ve read quite a few and most hold up quite well, especially those from the adventure pulps. Old Sails is a great example.

OLD SAILS BY CAPTAIN A. E. DINGLE

Eleven thrilling tales of adventures at sea written by a master mariner.

CONTENTS:
The Light on Little Hope
Piracy
Recognition
The Rusty Cutlass
Water
The Burden Paternal
Doc
The Killer
The Siren's Swan Song
Old Sails
And the pirate novella, Three Palms Cay.

Also included are a nonfiction article, and a bibliography of written works by Dingle.

Trade paperback, 198 pages, $19.95

TALBOT MUNDY!

TALBOT MUNDY!

Black Dog Books has announced the first two volumes in a new series that will reprint the early works of Talbot Mundy, legendary author of classic adventure novels and military tales recounting the glory days of the British Empire.

The first volume, A Transaction in Diamonds: Talbot Mundy in the Pulps, 1911, will collect all of the stories and articles published by Mundy during his first year as a professional writer, with a new introduction by Brian Taves, author of Talbot Mundy—Philosopher of Adventure.

The second, The Soul of a Regiment: Talbot Mundy in Adventure, 1912, contains the bulk of his sales during that year to the Adventure pulp magazine, his primary outlet during this period. It will include a new introduction by prolific and popular writer S. M. Stirling, author of The Peshawar Lancers.

Both were published in October 2008, with further volumes scheduled to appear on a regular basis.

Later volumes will include introductions by Peter Berresford Ellis, author of The Last Adventurer: the Life of Talbot Mundy, and Doug Ellis, author of Uncovered.

“The Talbot Mundy Library will bring back into print virtually all of the stories and articles from approximately the first ten years of Mundy’s career,” notes Black Dog Books publisher Tom Roberts. “Most of the these works have been out of print for decades, and many have never been reprinted since their first appearance in the magazines nearly a hundred years ago.”

Pulp historian Gene Christie will serve as the series editor. In addition to appearances in American pulp magazines, Christie says, the library will include rare works from British publications, the Saturday Evening Post, the New York Times and other sources.

Black Dog has scheduled the following eight volumes in the Talbot Mundy Library for 2008-2009, including collections of two limited series—the Billy Blain boxing stories (1912-16), and the adventures of Dick Anthony of Arran as he battles the forces of the Russian Czar (1914-15). Neither of the series has been previously collected.


Vol. 1 — A Transaction in Diamonds: Talbot Mundy in the Pulps, 1911

Vol. 2 — The Soul of a Regiment: Talbot Mundy in Adventure, 1912

Vol. 3 — In a Righteous Cause: Talbot Mundy in Adventure, 1913

Vol. 4 — The Letter of His Orders: Three Short Novels from Adventure, 1913

Vol. 5 — Love and War: The Battles of Billy Blain

Vol. 6 — The Sword of Ishkander: The Adventures of Dick Anthony of Arran

Vol. 7 — A Soldier and a Gentleman: Talbot Mundy in Adventure, 1914-1918

Vol. 8 — From Hell, Hull and Halifax: Stories and Articles by Talbot Mundy, 1909-1919

TALES OF THE SHADOWMEN VOLUME 5!

TALES OF THE SHADOWMEN VOLUME 5!

Once upon a time, the world was but a stage for the exploits of the Shadowmen... The Vampires haunted the rooftops of Paris... Count Zaroff hunted the Serpent Men in the streets of New York... The Queen of Atlantis killed to save her mythical Kingdom... Arsene Lupin prowled the back alleys of Saigon... While in outer space, Doctor Omega and Professor Moriarty finally set foot upon an asteroid...

This fifth anthology of pastiches features some of the most amazing encounters between the legendary heroes and villains of popular literature: Count Dracula and Joséphine Balsamo, Lord Ruthven and the Count of Monte Cristo, the Nyctalope and Ernst Stavro Blofeld, Arsène Lupin and Hanoi Shan, Irma Vep and Fascinax, Monsieur Lecoq and Dr. Loveless... and even Sherlock Holmes and Tevye the Milkman!

$22.95, trade paperback, 312 pages

DEMONS OF THE NIGHT!

DEMONS OF THE NIGHT!

Early Tales of Suspense by Seabury Quinn

Best known as a prolific contributor to WEIRD TALES, Seabury Quinn created an impressive body of literature prior to and parallel with his first sales to that magazine. DEMONS OF THE NIGHT spotlights those early works, including his first published article, his first fiction sale, and stories from his extremely rare "Washington Night's Entertainment" and "Problems of Professor Forrester" series.

Three of the works in this volume were previously unknown, and five have never been reprinted in their entirety anywhere since the original magazine appearances, as long as nine decades ago. Cover art by Greg Hildebrandt

Trade paperback, $16.95

DOC WILDE ADVENTURES BY TIM BYRD!

DOC WILDE ADVENTURES BY TIM BYRD!

“Doc Wilde and the Frogs of Doom is an adventure yarn in the old tradition. It gets that reading is an intellectual activity, and that an adventure, to be really good, has to engage the reader’s brain. I love a smart book!” —Daniel Pinkwater

To the world at large, the Wilde family is an amazing team of golden skinned adventurers, born to daring escapades and globetrotting excitement!

Doctor Spartacus Wilde, world class scientist and inventor, physical exemplar, ultimate warrior, and loving dad!

Brian and Wren Wilde, the worlds most swashbuckling kids, able to survive the most perilous situations through quick wits and the intensive training and astonishing gadgets that are their birthright!

Aided by their dashing majordomo Phineas Bartlett and their loyal driver and pilot Declan mac Coul, the Wildes crisscross the Earth on a constant quest for new knowledge, incredible thrills, and good old fashioned adventure!

The Frogs of Doom…

Now, with adventurous Grandpa Wilde missing, the Wildes confront the deepest mysteries of Dark Matter, penetrate the tangled depths of uncharted jungles, and come face to face with the likely end of the world in the clammy clutches of The Frogs of Doom…

Doc Wilde and The Frogs of Doom recaptures the magic of old-fashioned pulp adventure stories, with lost worlds, ancient ruins, cool gadgets, evil villains and daring heroes, and brings them into the 21st century with contemporary themes, modern scientific notions, the wonders of a close family, and a deep appreciation of literature and of the thinking life in general.

Doc Wilde and The Frogs of Doom is the first of an upcoming series of pulp adventure novels by Tim Byrd. It will be published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons in May 2009.

THE NIGHT WIND’S PROMISE!

THE NIGHT WIND’S PROMISE!

The Night Wind was a super-endowed character whose fictional life-span ran from 1913 to the early 1920s. Created by Frederic Van Rensselaer Dey under the psydonym Varik Vanardy, The Night Wind was published by Frank A. Munsey, the father of the pulp magazine.

Bingham Harvard, alias The Night Wind, used his prodigious strength (roughly 5 times that of the average man) to rescue himself, friends and family from various plots of “frame-ups,” extortion and outright physical violence. His exploits were serialized in Munsey’s THE CAVALIER and ALL-STORY WEEKLY just a few months after the appearance of Tarzan in October 1912 and wrapping up just before the first appearance of Zorro on August 1919 by the same publisher.

Upon the close of a pulp magazine serial, the installments were bound and reissued in hardcover format. There were a total of four hardcover novels starring The Night Wind: ALIAS THE NIGHT WIND, THE RETURN OF THE NIGHT WIND, THE NIGHT WIND’S PROMISE, and LADY OF THE NIGHT WIND. In 1923 the first novel was adapted for the silent screen and released with much popular appeal as ALIAS THE NIGHT WIND.

After almost 100 years out of print, ALIAS THE NIGHT WIND was re-released by Wildside Press in March 2007. The Wildside Press edition of the sequel: THE RETURN OF THE NIGHT WIND was released in September 2007. Now the third installment: THE NIGHT WIND’S PROMISE is now available once again. Re-typeset - but not revised or abridged in any way, this edition comes with an informative introduction by Christopher Yates, editor of the Wildside Press editions of the Night Wind series, explaining that the Night Wind is the archetype for today’s most popular heros. In addition, this book sports the color cover from one of the magazine installments from the original run of THE NIGHT WIND’S PROMISE in ALL-STORY WEEKLY magazine from October 26, 1918.

ALIAS THE NIGHT WIND and THE RETURN OF THE NIGHT WIND are available now from Barnes & Noble.com, Amazon.com and Diesel eBooks in hardcover, paperback and ebook formats. Hardcover, $29.95 Trade paperback, $14.95.

THE NIGHT WIND’S PROMISE is available from the same retailers in trade paperback format for $14.95. A hardcover edition is at long last available for those that prefer the hardcover format from Borgo Press.

Stay tuned for the pending release of the next Night Wind title from the original series and a new, exciting fifth installment with a foreword by Win Scott Eckert and cover and interior illustrations by Mark Maddox

JAGUAR MOTORCYCLE!

JAGUAR MOTORCYCLE!

Barend Massow Hemmes of Massow Concept Cycles along with Polar cycles of Doncaster UK created this incredibly stylized Jaguar leaper cat logo concept bike, made from stainless steel.

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FERRIS BUELLER THEN AND NOW!

FERRIS BUELLER THEN AND NOW!

FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF IS A FILM I CAN WATCH OVER AND OVER AND GET A KICK OUT OF IT EVERY TIME ~ IT’S A GUILTY PLEASURE.

SO, WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE CAST?

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MR. BOND MEET MR. PRESIDENT!

MR. BOND MEET MR. PRESIDENT!

James Bond has done ample traveling in most of films, including several trips to the United States. And while he’s not been seen visiting the White House in Washington, we imagine that the agent and our commander-in-chief would get along famously.

In today’s more-difficult-than-most lunchtime quiz, you’ll try to match up the titles of nine 007 films with the nine men who held the office of U.S. president when those movies were initially released. Good luck!

TO TAKE THE QUIZ CLICK HERE

HOORAY FOR HOLLYWOOD!

HOORAY FOR HOLLYWOOD!

LEE GOLDBERG, STEPHEN J. CANNELL, AND WILLIAM RABKIN
DISCUSS AND SIGN THEIR BOOKS

Saturday, January 24 at 3:00 p.m.

It's an all-star event at The Mystery Bookstore, as the store welcomes not one but three writers who have made their marks as TV screenwriters as well as novelists.

Veteran screenwriter Lee Goldberg will discuss and sign his seventh Monk novel, MR. MONK IS MISERABLE (NAL hardcover, $21.95), based on the award-winning TV series. Everyone's favorite obsessive-compulsive detective lands in Paris, which is bad enough, but then winds up in a sewer museum – where he finds a fresh skull.

Goldberg's longtime writing partner, William Rabkin, will discuss and sign PSYCH: The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Read (Signet paperback original, $6.99), the first novel based on the hit USA Network series. Phony psychic/real detective Shawn Spencer agrees to lend his psychic powers to his old high school rival, Dallas Steele; Dallas wants Shawn to pick some investments for him. The investments turn out to be busts, but when Dallas winds up murdered, Shawn's detective talents are essential.

And Stephen J. Cannell, creator of "The A Team" among other shows, will discuss and sign ON THE GRIND (St. Martin's, $25.95), his ninth Shane Scully adventure; as the book begins, Scully is not only fired from the LAPD, but also kicked out by his wife. The reason for both is a movie actress, Tiffany Roberts, who'd been looking for a hit man to kill her husband. As Scully starts a new job with Haven Park, the most corrupt police department in California, we learn more about his connection to Tiffany Roberts.

Lee, Bill and Steve all worked together on the TV series HUNTER and COBRA and will talk about their experiences on those shows and many others.

If you can't attend to event, don't despair -- you can call or email to bookstore to reverse your own personalized, signed copies of the books.

The Mystery Bookstore
1036-C Broxton Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90024
phone: 310/209-0415 or 800/821-9017
fax: 310/209-0436

http://www.mystery-bookstore.com

orders@mystery-bookstore.com

Thursday, January 8, 2009

FORGOTTEN BOOKS: BURY THE PAST BY RICHARD REINSMITH!

FORGOTTEN BOOKS: BURY THE PAST BY RICHARD REINSMITH!

Meet Ray Martin – Bodyguard! He’s fast with his fists and handy with a gun. As for women, he can take them or leave them – and usually does both!

Okay, you can tell from the above cover blurb from Bury The Past, the first of ten novels in The Bodyguard series, this is not going to be an intellectually engaging series. Still, like the Operation Hang-Ten books I reviewed a few weeks back, The Bodyguard series is so cheesy, so solidly ‘80s pulp, I can’t banish it from my shelves.

Ray Martin is a professional bodyguard. Author Richard Reinsmith, is really not concerned with telling us more. How Martin became a bodyguard, how he operates, why is he so good, or any other information apparently isn’t important when you’re hacking out a story to meet deadline.

The first three books in the series were published under the Belmont Towers imprint before moving ‘up’ to the Leisure Books imprint. As most of us know, these two publishing houses most often published dreck that couldn’t find a home elsewhere, or published the first efforts of authors trying to break into the field. Sometimes, however, they published some solid rough diamonds. For me, The Bodyguard series is an example of one of those flawed gems.

She hired him as a bodyguard – but the lady wanted to die! Estelle Curtis wasn’t hard to take. She was beautiful, wealthy – and someone was trying to kill her. When she hired Martin, she told him she hoped they’d succeed. Martin had his work cut out for him. How do you protect someone who doesn’t care if she lives or dies? But Martin cared a lot, because the would-be killer had trained his sights on him as well, and now Martin had two bodies to guard – his client’s and his own!

Let’s be clear, there is nothing brilliant here, but if you stumble across a Bodyguard title in a used bookstore and are in the mood for a little retro nonsense, drop a buck and live it up.







NEW SPY BLOG!

NEW SPY BLOG!

Armstrong Sabian who wants everyone to know about his new spy blog MISTER 8. The blog has two purposes: to post weekly comic strips of Armstrongs new character, Mister 8. In addition, Armstrong posts news about the spy world including tablatures of spy music and news on spy comics.

TO CHECK IT OUT CLICK HERE

NEWS FROM MATT DUSK!

NEWS FROM MATT DUSK!

Happy New Year!

As we begin 2009, Matt is busy preparing for his 12 city tour across the U.S. starting on January 31.

Tickets are still available in all cities on the TOUR page of
mattdusk.com! See if Matt is coming to your town!

HERE ARE THE CALIFORNIA DATES:

February 11, 2009
Lancaster, CA
Lancaster Performing Arts Center
750 Lancaster Blvd.
Lancaster, CA 93534
661-723-5950
Showtime: 8:00pm

February 12-15, 2009
Costa Mesa, CA
Orange County Performing Arts Center
Samueli Theatre
615 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
714-556-2122
Showtimes: 7:30pm each night

February 19, 2009
Arroyo Grande, CA
Clark Center
487 Fair Oaks Ave.
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
805-489-9444
Showtime: 8:00pm

THE CAT'S MEOW!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ELVIS!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ELVIS!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE KING, BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1935 IN THE TOWN OF TUPELO, MISSISSIPPI.

TAKE AN ELVIS QUIZ CLICK HERE


Wednesday, January 7, 2009

INCOGNITO!

INCOGNITO!

I'M REALLY IN A COMIC MOOD ON THE BLOG TODAY, BASICALLY BROUGHT ABOUT BY THIS GREAT NEW TITLE, INCOGNITO, FROM ED BRUBAKER - WHO AT THIS POINT OWNS THE NOIR COMIC FIELD WITH HIS CRIMINAL TITLE.

I JUST READ THE FIRST ISSUE OF INCOGNITO AND CAN'T WAIT FOR THE NEXT ISSUE. A GREAT START TO A WONDERFULLY IMAGINED STORY . . .

From the creators of Criminal and Sleeper comes the most insane and evil super-villain comic you've ever read!

What if you were an ex-super villain hiding out in Witness Protection... but all you could think about were the days when the rules didn't apply to you? Could you stand the toil of an average life after years of leaving destruction in your wake? And what if you couldn't stand it? What would you do then?

INCOGNITO — a twisted mash-up of noir and super-heroics — by best-selling creators Ed Brubaker (The Death of Captain America) and Sean Phillips (Marvel Zombies) with Val Staples on colors. And continuing Criminal's single issue tradition, each issue of Incognito has more pages of story content, as well as articles on pulp and noir and behind the scenes looks!

THE PRISONER TIE-INS!

THE PRISONER TIE-INS!

WITH AMC MAKING THE PRISONER SERIES AVAILABLE ONLINE IT BRINGS TO MIND A COUPLE OF PRISONER TIE-INS ~

Back in 1976, Marvel Comics had plans for a Prisoner book that would be written and drawn by the legendary Jack Kirby. The project never made it to publication, but the artwork still exists; here's Kirby's re-imagining of the television program's iconic opening sequence.

TwoMorrow's Jack Kirby Collector has the full story on this unrealized project.

TO CHECK IT OUT CLICK HERE

In the 1980s, DC Comics actually published an authorized sequel to the TV show, pitting Number Six against the most famous of the show's Number Twos, the one played by Leo McKern. A graphic novel collecting the series remains in print.

TO CHECK IT OUT CLICK HERE


THE PRISONER FREE!

THE PRISONER FREE!

AMC has begun streaming all 17 episodes of the 1960s cult series The Prisoner on AMCTV.com.

The network is presenting the free, on-demand episodes of The Prisoner, which starred Patrick McGoohan, on its site in part to promote its upcoming remake of the series.

The new version of the surreal spy thriller, which will feature Passion of the Christ star Jim Caviezel and Lord of The Rings headliner Ian McKellen, is due to premiere in November of this year.

In addition to the full episodes, fans of The Prisoner can check out one-minute versions of each episode as well as photos and trivia related to the show on AMCTV.com.

TO WATCH CLICK HERE

"I am not a number. I am a free internet!"

BOND VS. BOND!



BOND VS. BOND!

OKAY, I HAVE TO SAY THIS BIT OF EDITING AMUSED ME . . .

TIKI JOE MYSTERIES!

TIKI JOE MYSTERIES!

HERE’S A VERY COOL NEW GRAPHIC NOVEL COMBINING A WHOLE NUMBER OF MY NITCH INTERESTS FROM TIKI TO LOUNGE TO NOIR TO A WHOLE LOT MORE.

THE TIKI JOE MYSTERIES ARE FEATURED IN AN 80 PAGE GRAPHIC NOVEL CONTAINING TWO COMPLETE CASES BY WRITER AND ILLUSTRATOR MARK MURPHY.


THE PAY OFF!
Las Vegas, 1959. WWII veteran, Joe Halliday is enjoying the good life. Running Tiki Joe’s Restaurant, courting a beautiful girl and making time with stead-fast friends. It’s all good until the local mob moves in with demands for protection money. When the police are unable to help, Joe calls in a few old army friends. Together they decide to pay the mob off....in lead!

THE HIGH STAKES PATSY
When The Pop-Wheelies, an all-girl motor-bike stunt team, roll into Vegas, Tiki Joe’s becomes their favorite night spot. Joe couldn’t be happier. Especially when the teams leader, Veronica Chase, starts getting fresh. It’s high times in Vegas until things become suspicious. Who stole the Astor Diamond on display at a major casino, and why are the Pop-Wheelies leaving town so suddenly? Joe finds himself being their perfect alibi...and a high stakes patsy!

MURPHY HAS THIS TO SAY ABOUT HIS INSPIRATION FOR TIKI JOE . . .

Tiki Joe, as an idea, was first born after watching the original Oceans 11 with Frank Sinatra playing Danny Ocean. WWII veterans get together and use their military training to rob Las Vegas. Sound familar? I just put a spin on it. instead of our heroes commiting a crime, they try to prevent one.

Oceans 11 is hardly the singular source of inspiration. Tiki Joe has it's roots firmly spread throughout the era that gave us that film. That wonderful time of the late 50's and the early 60's when the exotic music of Martin Denny was the rage, James Bond was played by Sean Connery, The definition of cool was five guys in suits called the rat pack and tiki bars could be found in every sizable city in the country.

TO CHECK IT OUT FURTHER CLICK HERE


BOND, CARY BOND!

BOND, CARY BOND!

THE PRODUCERS OF THE JAMES BOND FILMS ORIGINALLY APPROACHED CARY GRANT ABOUT PLAYING THE ROLE OF BRITAIN’S 007 AGENT. CARY DECLINED THE ROLE BECAUSE HE DIDN’T WANT TO BE TIED TO A FILM SERIES. THE ROLE OBVIOUSLY WENT TO SEAN CONNERY STARTING WITH DR. NO IN 1962.

EVEN THOUGH CONNERY IS STILL MY FAVORITE BOND, CARY GRANT MIGHT HAVE BEEN COOL . . .

BANG TANGO!

BANG TANGO!

I’M A SUCKER FOR A HOWARD CHAYKIN COMIC COVER, SO THIS NEW MINISERIES FEATURING CHAYKIN COVERS IS A NO-BRAINER FOR ME. HOPEFULLY, THE INTERIOR ART AND THE STORY WILL LIVE UP TO THE COVER PROMISE.

Issue #1
A passionate ex-gangster tries to make good in his second life as a tango dancer in this new 6-issue miniseries from writer Joe Kelly (JLA, ACTION COMICS) and artist Adrian Sibar (BATGIRL). But his world is thrown out-of-step when an old flame tracks him down, bringing with her the violence of his old life as well as the smoldering sexual conflict that drove them apart. She's sultry, vivacious and irresistible -- she's the girl of his dreams...but she's carrying one dangerous, little flaw.

Issue #2
Dancing back into his life like the wind that bears her name, the colorful Autumn throws ex-hit man Vincente's world off balance. She's a force of nature: mercurial, sultry, magnetic. Left to fend for herself in a cold crime world after Vincente disappeared, Autumn made do – but now she's in trouble. And she thinks he owes her at least one favor for breaking her heart.

Writer: Joe Kelly
Penciler: Adrian Sibar
Cover Penciler: Howard Chaykin
Inker: Rodney Ramos

THE FIRST ISSUE OF BANG TANGO WILL BE AVAILABLE IN FEBRUARY 2009.

CABRA CINI!


CABRA CINI!

I recently came across the one-shot adventure of Cabra Cini (written by Sam Sam Johnson and illustrated by Fernando Melek & Gaston Zubeldia). Apparently there are big plans for her future, but Voodoo Trespass (in IF-X 6) is where Cabra makes her debut, and where we're thrown headlong into her twisted world.

Cabra is an ex-crack-whore, has cleaned up her act and, for horrific reasons (revealed in Voodoo Trespass) becomes a hitwoman. But not just any hitwoman – voodoo is a weapon Cabra employs (along with her array of blades and guns). She's developed her own bastardized version of the art, which she uses to dramatic effect in carrying out her hits.

One of the ways she uses it is to access a dimension known as The Infinity (basically Limbo's 'crazy, locked away in the attic, cousin), which can serve as a dimensional gateway between where you are and wherever you want to go. However, with what the ruler of The Infinity throws at its trespassers, the journey can come at a monstrously high cost. When Cabr is hired by bereaved parents to take out the guy who killed their daughter while playing vampire, she quickly learns The Infinity is no place to tread lightly.

TO CHECK OUT THE PREVIEW CLICK HERE

THE SHOE FROM U.N.C.L.E.!

THE SHOE FROM U.N.C.L.E.!

CERAMIC SHOE BANK COVERED IN SEED BEADS. THE TOE FEATURES A PICTURE OF NAPOLEON SOLO THAT CHANGES INTO ILLYA KURIAKIN. COOL!

THIS LISTING ON ESTY IS PRETTY FAR OUT. I’VE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE IT. ESPECIALLY AT $15,000 A PAIR!

TO CHECK IT OUT CLICK HERE