Saturday, September 19, 2009

WISEGUY: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON!

WISEGUY: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON!

CRIMESPREE CINEMA HAS POSTED A GOOD REVIEW OF THE SECOND DVD RELEASE OF ONE OF MY FAVORITE TV SHOWS ~ WISEGUY . . .


Back in the 1980’s Movie stars came from television, not like these days where the opposite seems to be true. Wiseguy is a show that if made today would be filled with box office heavyweights. The cool thing about this show is that these actors and actresses were perfect for this show. Ken Wahl as the undercover agent was great, his boss was played by Jonathan Banks in one of his few turns as a good guy. And his handler was played by Jim Byrnes, a terrific Canadian actor who has been in a number of shows over the years including Highlander and the newer show, Sanctuary.

Guest stars a plenty also filled out the cast. Kevin Spacey as bad guy extraordinaire Mel Profit, Joan Severance as his crazy sister. Later plot lines brought in Jerry Lewis as a great villain and Stanley Tucci who is always a joy to watch.

FOR THE FULL REVIEW CLICK HERE

BRAVO DOOBY-DOO!

ORSON SCOTT CARD'S INTERGALACTIC MEDICINE SHOW ~ ISSUE 14!

ORSON SCOTT CARD'S INTERGALACTIC MEDICINE SHOW ~ ISSUE 14!

NOW AVAILABLE ~ WITH NEW STORIES BY ALIETTE DE BODARD, SALADIN AHMED, JOAN SAVAGE, J. F. LEWIS, JON CRUSOE AND PHILIP POWELL.


FOR MORE INFORMATION CLICK HERE

COCKTAIL NATION #92 ~ KOOPER TRIES ON A FEZ FOR SIZE!

COCKTAIL NATION #92 ~ KOOPER TRIES ON A FEZ FOR SIZE!

Thanks to Koop’s good friend on the big island, Brad Parker from Tiki Shark, it's Koop Kooper and the Cocktail Nation spinning the latest and greatest classic and neo lounge. Tonight we’ll find out about the mighty fez, with Jason Rodgers from Fez-o-rama, we'll find out what people are saying about Koop and the Cocktail Nation, take a look at the world of swank, plus Koop will have a very interesting event out of Rome to check out ~ a Roman holiday perhaps? The Jetsetting Koop Kooper thinks so!

TRACKLIST:

Jimmy Vargas ~ Love Is A Racket
Waitiki ~ Primitiva
Esquivel ~ Flower Girl From Bordeaux
Perez Prado ~ Guadalajaran
Acca Daiquiris ~ Born To Be Wild
Julie London ~ Wee Small Hours
Billy May ~ Pawn Ticket
Martini Heaven ~ Dreamavoo
Martini Kings ~ Rumble
Frank Sinatra ~ It Had To Be You
Nina Ferro ~ I've Got The World on a String
Living Strings ~ Experiment in Terror
Abbe Lane ~ Whatever Lola Wants
Richard Cheese ~ Welcome to the Jungle
Combustible Edison ~ Carnival Of Souls

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THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. ~ VARIATION ON A THEME!

THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. ~ VARIATION ON A THEME!

IN PREPARATION FOR THE UPCOMING 45TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E., THE HMSS WEBLOG HAS POSTED A FACINATING PIECE ON THE CHANGES IN THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. THEME COMPOSED BY JERRY GOLDSMITH . . .

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THE HMSS WEBLOG HAS ALSO PREVIOUSLY POSTED AN EXTENSIVE LOOK AT THE REAL SOUNDTRACK AFFAIR . . .

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TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY!

TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY!

I CAN'T LET TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY PASS WITHOUT A NOD TO MY FAVORITE PIRATE MOVIE (BEWARE, YE SCURVY HATERS!), CUTTHROAT ISLAND!



THE PIRATE SONG!


TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY!

TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY!

PIRATE RAP!




DON’T BE TURNED AWAY BY THE LAME LIVE ACTION INTRO; THE ANIMATION IS FUNNY AND THE RAP IS CLEVER.

THANKS TO MISS CELLANIA

TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY!

MY PIRATE NAME IS: RED TOM KIDD

PASSION IS A BIG PART OF YOUR LIFE, WHICH MAKES SENSE FOR A PIRATE. EVEN THOUGH YOU'RE NOT ALWAYS THE TRADITIONAL SWAGGERING GALLANT, YOUR STEADINESS AND PLANNING MAKE YOU A RELIABLE PIRATE!

WHAT’S YOUR PIRATE NAME?

TO FIND OUT CLICK HERE

THE CAT'S MEOW ~ TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY EDITION!

THANKS TO MISS CELLANIA

SWEET WILLIAM : THE LIFE OF BILLY CONN!

SWEET WILLIAM : THE LIFE OF BILLY CONN!

BY ANDREW O'TOOLE


A light heavyweight champion famous mainly for his loss to heavyweight champion Joe Louis, Conn seems an unlikely subject for a biography. Yet O'Toole (a freelance sports writer) has turned out a rich, solid book. Released in the "Sport in Society" series, this book is soaked in the lore and arcana of the boxing world, first in working-class Pittsburgh, then in Madison Square Garden.

The author has a command of the mores of both the street and the seamy life of smalltime boxing; thus the reader does indeed see a slice of "sport in society" as told through experience, interviews, and newspaper accounts rather than the colder eye of a historian. Like many boxers, Conn was doomed to end his life a victim of dementia pugilistica. But O'Toole, like many writers on the boxing beat, keeps the reader's eye on the life's short-but-sweet quality rather than its tragedy. Accompanied by a dozen photographs and a thin bibliography and videography, this book is best suited to scholars and fans in search of an authentic voice.

STARSHIP SOFA ANTHOLOGY!

STARSHIP SOFA ANTHOLOGY!

Ever since the early days of radio, science fiction has found a natural expression via audio broadcasting. The speculative themes of the finest SF seem ideally suited to be shared by the dramatic presentation of the spoken word. Over the decades, SF has left a lasting mark on audiences who have heard it through the airwaves, on audiobook tapes and CDs, and in person, read aloud. With the advent of the podcasting revolution, however, a new frontier opened for the expression and celebration of quality SF literature. One of the leading pioneers of that frontier was StarShipSofa and its Aural Delights program.

Led by host Tony C. Smith, StarShipSofa became more than a podcast; it grew into a new, vibrant, wholly 21st-century creature: an Audio Science Fiction Magazine. In its first 100 programs, StarShipSofa’s Aural Delights has offered exemplary readings of fiction by many of the luminaries of the SF field, from those whose works define the genre, to those newly recognized as ascending stars in its firmament.


In so doing, StarShipSofa has raised the bar for other SF podcasting endeavors to come while introducing new audiences to fantastic poetry, flash fiction, short stories, and novellas. StarShipSofa now invites its listeners to celebrate its first 100 programs in the most traditional and classic of ways: by reading some of the excellent works it has been privileged to present in audio form. This exceptional collection offers a reminder of all that StarShipSofa and its contributing authors and narrators have accomplished in the field of SF; it also stands as a promise for the next 100 episodes of Aural Delights and all of the wonder they will share.

STARSHIP SOFA STORIES VOLUME 1

“Into The Blank Where Life Is Hurled” by Ken Scholes
“London Bone” by Michael Moorcock
“The Second Coming Of Jasmine Fitzgerald” by Peter Watts
“Lester Young and The Jupiter’s Moons’ Blues” by Gord Sellar
“Vampire Kiss” by Gene Wolfe
“Vinegar Peace (or The Wrong-Way Used-Adult Orphanage)” by Michael Bishop
“Godzilla’s 12 Step Program” by Joe R Lansdale
“Jesus Christ, Reanimator” by Ken MacLeod
“The Sledge-Maker’s Daughter” by Alastair Reynolds
“Mars: A Travelers Guide” by Ruth Nestvold
“The Empire of Ice Cream” by Jeffrey Ford
“The Ant King: A California Fairytale” by Benjamin Rosebaum
“In The Olden Days” by Spider Robinson
“Tideline” by Elizabeth Bear
“Little Girl Down The Way” by Lawrence Santoro

TO DOWNLOAD THE FREE E-BOOK CLICK HERE

TABOO! ~ JONNY BLU!

TABOO! ~ JONNY BLU!

TABOO, THE NEW CD FROM CROONER JONNY BLU, WILL BE OFFICIALLY RELEASED ONLINE ON OCTOBER 6TH ~ EXCLUSIVELY AT CDBABY.COM!

THE CD HAS 23 TRACKS INCLUDING ALL THE INSTRUMENTALS, 3 BONUS TRACKS, 2 SONGS IN SPANISH, AND 1 DUET!


The new album is an amazing mix of classic "Latin Standards" with Jonny’s own contemporary spin and some stellar arrangements by the extraordinary Bob Malone.

Tunes like Babaloo, Taboo, and Frenesi will have you swingin' the night away, while smooth vocals and instrumentals on songs like Be True To Me, Amor, and Besame Mucho will have you swooning and makin' you think ooh-wee... the whole album, including the bonus instrumentals will be a new standard in your music world.

You can also hear Jonny Blu on www.martiniinthemorning.com

FOR THE OFFICIAL TRACKLIST AND ALBUM DETAILS, AND TO GO TO THE NEW BLU ROOM FORUM , CLICK HERE

THE BLACKCOATS!

THE BLACKCOATS!

THE INVISIBLE WEAPON

BY PAUL FÉVAL
ADAPTED BY BRIAN STABLEFORD


"I had a strange dream last night. I saw myself a hundred years from now, speaking to a man whose father has not yet been born, but who was already wearing a grey beard, and telling him that there are only two things that shall not die:God, who is GOOD, and I, who am EVIL."

Paul Féval's 1860s multi-layered, seminal criminal saga continues!

1838. Investigating Magistrate Remy d'Arx is on the trail of the Black Coats. If he isn't stopped, the evil brotherhood of thieves and assassins may well be destroyed. But d'Arx has taken precautions in the event of his death. Only the nearly immortal Colonel Bozzo, the mastermind of the criminal conspiracy, can put an end to his threat by using his most deadly scheme -- the INVISIBLE WEAPON. But dissension grows in the ranks of the villainous society and soon, even the Colonel himself is under attack...

The Black Coats! The name alone makes one shiver! Men of power unknown and crime eternally unpunished! The Black Coats: homicidal phantoms roaming the nocturnal silence of Paris! As far as the Courts are concerned, they do not exist since the nature of their organization shelters them from the law. Paul Féval, the father of the modern detective novel, continues the dark chronicles that gave its lettres de noblesse to criminal literature.

"The Invisible Weapon is executed with tremendous panache. Despite its age, modern readers will find it just as stirring as their mid-19th-century counterparts." Brian Stableford.

'SALEM STREET

BY PAUL FÉVAL
ADAPTED BY BRIAN STABLEFORD


"A moment, my lambs!" said the larger of the two men, whose face was hidden by the rim of his felt hat. "IT'S GETTING LIGHT!" It was as if a thunderbolt had fallen into the midst of the assassins. "Lecoq!" they said in a tone of inexpressible terror."Good evening, children," the shorter of the two new arrivals said. "Godfather!" murmured the trembling bandits."

The first volume in Paul Féval's 1860s multi-layered, seminal crima saga, which also include John Devil and Gentlemen of the Night.

1834. Using a Pretender to the Throne of France, the powerful crime cartel known as the Black Coats plan to steal one of the largest fortunes of Europe. But from Jerusalem Street in Paris, the headquarters of the Sûreté, to the Castles of Normandy, their schemes are foiled by a new nemesis: a young street urchin nicknamed Pistolet, worthy precursor of Rouletabille and Archie Goodwin. The dreaded cabal is not so easily thwarted...

In this book, for the first time, Paul Féval, the father of the modern detective novel, reveals the origins of the Black Coats and of their mysterious, seemingly eternal master, Colonel Bozzo. Long before the Corleones, Blofeld, Fu-Manchu and Moriarty, the historical saga of the Black Coats, spanning seven volumes, of which this is the first to be translated, gave its lettres de noblesse to criminal literature.

"The Black Coats remain unique. They remain unchallenged as invincible architects of fiendish plots, for whom monetary gain is merely a way of keeping score, while their true purpose is to do evil for evil's sake, even--and perhaps especially--to one another." Brian Stableford.

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HARRY DICKSON ~ THE AMERICAN SHERLOCK HOLMES!

HARRY DICKSON ~ THE AMERICAN SHERLOCK HOLMES!

THE HEIR OF DRACULA

FROM THE SECRET FILES OF
THE KING OF DETECTIVES

ADAPTED BY J-M. & R. LOFFICIER FOR BLACK COAT PRESS


Miloska, white as a sheet, pressed herself against the portrait of the saint as if she was begging for her protection. From out of the brush, a man slowly approached her. A man! No, it was a wraith! It had a dark, hate-filled face in which burned two hideous red eyes!


"The man from the portrait," muttered Tom Wills.

"Count Ion Nedelcu Dragomin, the Heir of Dracula, the Red-Eyed Vampire!" said Dickson.

When inhuman monsters walk the Earth, threatening the good and the helpless, Justice has no stronger defenders than Harry Dickson and his assistant Tom Wills, who fight the forces of evil and cast them back into the Darkness from whence they came.


Harry Dickson began as an unauthorized Sherlock Holmes pulp series in Germany in 1907, before changing its name and morphing into a hugely popular saga in Holland, Belgium and France, with 178 issues published between 1927 and 1938, especially after it was entrusted to the editorship of Belgian horrormeister Jean Ray.

This volume includes three original episodes and one short story:

The Heir of Dracula: From the rat-infested swers of Limehouse to the dark forests of Bavaria, Dickson hunts for the mysterious red-eyed vampire, Count Dragomin.

The Iron Temple: Deep beneath London, monstrous creatures engage in bloody sacrifices in their amazing, futuristic lair.

The Return of the Gorgon: A beautiful but deadly woman who may be a reincarnation of Medusa has the power to turn men to stone.

The Curse of the Crimson Heart: Meet Dickson's mentor, armchair detective Mortimer Triggs.

This famous Holmesian pastiche has been translated by award-winning authors Jean-Marc & Randy Lofficier and includes original cover illustrations and a foreword about the Harry Dickson phenomenon.

FOR MORE INFO CLICK HERE

MORE YUKI 7!

LOOKS THAT KILL!

LOOKS THAT KILL!

ARTIST KEVIN DART ON HIS LATEST YUKI 7 PROJECT . . .


Yuki 7 returns next summer in Looks That Kill! But you can get this poster at the Alternative Press Expo in San Francisco next month! More details will be announced closer to the convention.I was trying a lot of things on this poster to evolve my painting style, the biggest of which was being more precise. I tend to rush through my paintings and leave all kinds of gloppy, unfinished detail. So I really took my time on this one and figured out each and every detail, which makes for a more rewarding viewing experience I think.

DOLLHOUSE!

DOLLHOUSE!

FOR ME THIS IS A CASE WHERE THE ADVERTISING IS MUCH BETTER THAN THE EXECUTION OF THE ACTUAL SHOW . . .

"M" APPEAL!

"M" APPEAL!

THANKS TO PULP 2.0 FOR POSTING THE ABOVE PHOTO (WHICH I ADN'T SEEN BEFORE) OF THE EVER GLAMORUS DIANA RIGG WHO, AS EMMA PEEL (WHICH SOME FANSCIRCLES CLAIM STANDS FOR "M" APPEAL - AS IN MAN APPEAL), SET THE STANDARD FOR FEMALE ACTION HEROES.

DANGER: DIABOLIK!

DANGER: DIABOLIK!

HERE’S A COUPLE OF CLIPS FROM THE DOCUMENTARY ABOUT MARIO BAVA'S DANGER: DIABOLIK FEATURING STEPHEN R. BISSETTE. A REALLY NICE FRAMING OF THE CULTURAL HISTORY OF THE FUMETTI IN ITALY AND THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE EUROPEAN AND US TRADITION OF SUPER HEROES VS. SUPER CRIMINALS.




BEAT TO A PULP #42!

BEAT TO A PULP #42!

A WILD AND CRAZY NIGHT BY JOHN KENYON


Tracy freaked out when her son staggered into the living room with an arrow through his head. Me? I laughed.

What an opening! And you'd be crazy not to read the rest of this John Kenyon tale.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

John Kenyon is a newspaper editor in Iowa. He has had stories published on ThugLit, Muzzle Flash, Powder Burn Flash and Demolition. His story "Cut" will appear in a forthcoming ThugLit anthology.

TO READ THE STORY CLICK HERE

Next week: Brian Drake with "The Red Ruby Kill"

Coming Soon: "One Night Near Hangtown" by James Reasoner

GAVIN LYALL!

GAVIN LYALL!

STEVE HOLLAND’S BEAR ALLEY BLOG FEATURES A GREAT POST TODAY ON HIGH ADVENTURE WRITER GAVIN LYALL ~ A MASTER RIGHT UP THERE WITH DESMOND BAGLEY AND ALISTAIR MACLEAN ~ AS WELL AS A BEAUTIFUL COVER GALLERY.


Gavin Lyall "stood in a tradition that went back to Erskine Childers, John Buchan and Dornford Yates," said Peter Gutteridge at the time of the author's death. "He wrote adventures that were both exciting and exceptionally well written."

Like Duncan Kyle, Gavin Lyall was one of the better adventure writers of the 1960s and 1970s, certainly a more stylish writer than Alistair MacLean, a fact recognised by the Crime Writer's Association, who awarded him their Silver Dagger for The Most Dangerous Game and the Gold for Midnight Plus One.

TO CHECK IT OUT CLICK HERE

Friday, September 18, 2009

19 NOCTURNE BOULEVARD ~ DRACULADOT.COM!

19 NOCTURNE BOULEVARD ~ DRACULADOT.COM!

WRITTEN BY JULIE HOVERSON
(VAGUELY INSPIRED BY THE STOKER NOVEL...?)

THE ORIGINAL NOVEL WAS LETTERS AND JOURNAL ENTRIES - CAN EMAILS AND MYFACE PAGES TELL THE STORY OF THE LEGENDARY VAMPIRE? (YES - BUT ONLY IN A FUNNY AND HIGHLY IRREVERENT WAY)

CAST LIST


Mina - Melissa Bartell
Van Helsing - Rick Lewis
Dracula - Bryan Hendrickson
Computer - Beverly Poole
Harker - Russell Gold
Renfield - Paul Mannering (of BrokenSea.com)
Lucy - Gwendolyn Jensen-Woodard (Gypsy Audio)
Quincey - Glen Hallstrom
Doctor Seward - J. Spyder Isaacson
Hawkins - John Lingard

Also heard - Julie Hoverson, Cole Hornaday, Reynaud LeBoeuf

Music by Jamick (located on Jamendo)
Show theme: Kevin MacLeod (Incompetech.com)
Editing and Sound: Julie Hoverson
Cover Design: Brett Coulstock

"WHAT KIND OF A PLACE IS IT?
WHY IT'S THE INTERNET, CAN'T YOU TELL?"


TO LISTEN OR DOWNLOAD CLICK HERE

ICEBOX RADIO THEATER ~ SPRING FLING #1!

ICEBOX RADIO THEATER ~ SPRING FLING #1!

The ICEBOX RADIO Podcast kicks off its most ambitious season yet with a taste of their last live musical variety show. It's a collection of skits and sketches recorded before a live audience at Rainy River Community College.

Things kick things off with a word from their sponsor: Die-Axe-All; Rest Easy. Then it's a behind-the-scenes look at modern animation with 'The Super Happy Sugar Elves Spring Fling Flower Day Extravaganza." A charming look at small town customs is next with Kenna Clayton's, "Mayday", and we wind things up checking out the candidates for a local baseball team's play-by-play man.


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THE CAT'S MEOW!

SCARLET RIDERS!

SCARLET RIDERS!

BLOG BUDDY AND WORDSMITH EXTRODINAIRE JAMES RESONER TIPS US TO THIS COOL SOUNDING PULP COLLECTION OF 'NORTHERNS" IN HIS ENTRY IN THE FORGOTTEN BOOKS FRIDAY POSTING ON HIS ROUGH EDGES BLOG . . .

I’m not a big fan of, nor well read in, the genre sometimes known as “Northerns”. These are stories set in Alaska or Canada, usually centered around the Gold Rush. When I say I’m not a big fan of Northerns, I don’t mean that I dislike them. I simply haven’t read enough of them to say one way or the other. I’ve definitely enjoyed most of the books I’ve read that fall into that category, though. This anthology, published by Mosaic Press in 1999, which features a dozen pulp yarns with Northwest Mounted Policemen as their heroes, is one of the best Northerns I’ve run across.

TO READ THE FULL POST CLICK HERE

PULP ATTACK 2010!

PULP ATTACK 2010!

WALL CALENDAR - NOW AVAILABLE!

16 MONTH WALL CALENDAR. SUNDAY-SATURDAY FORMAT WITH ALL HOLIDAYS AND MOON CYCLES. MULTI-LINGUAL.

FEATURING 12 STRONG IMAGES FROM THE COVERS OF CLASSIC PULP FICTION BOOKS.

$13.99

AVAILABLE FROM CALENDARS.COM

THE NUCLEAR SUITCASE!

THE NUCLEAR SUITCASE!

PULPWORKS PRESS - NOW AVAILABLE!

BY JOEL JENKINS


DEATH IN A METAL CASE

What starts out as a simple case of economic espionage for Fritz and Sly Gantlet turns into a deadly game. Forced into an uneasy alliance with the CIA, the five Gantlet brothers must help to stop a rogue Russian general from finding and activating a series of nuclear devices hidden in suitcases at "dead drop" sites throughout the United States.

Worse still, behind the plot is the Gantlet's most fearsome foe, a former East German border guard who is bent on revenge against the brothers. For Fritz, Sly, Matthias, Mitz, and Otto this is one game that they cannot afford to lose, because in this game every life in the western world is a pawn.

NOW AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER AT
PULPWORK PRESS AND AMAZON.COM FOR SALE SOON IN ELECTRONIC FORMATS AT FICTIONWISE.COM AND BARNESANDNOBLE.COM.

PUBLISHED BY PULPWORK PRESS
$12.95

THE SPIDER #2 / #4!

THE SPIDER #2!

Arriving in comic shops September 23rd!

Written by Will Murray
Art by Giovanni P. Timpano
Cover by Gary Carbon.

"Tomahaws From Hell"

The Spider: the most violent and ruthless of all crime fighters...A cloaked, fanged, borderline crazy denizen of the dark force-feeding hard justice with a pair of '45's!

A new reign of terror has begun in Manhattan, something not seen in generations. All over town, people in all walks of life are found murdered -- scalped!

"Red Tomahawk" Demands that all citizens of Manhattan evacuate the city. It’s being taken back by its original owners -- the Mohawks.

Nita is kidnapped. Then what appears to be her blonde scalp arrives at police HQ in a box. But the box contains a clue and so a maddened Spider follows that clue to the real Red Tomahawk, to rescue Nita and end the reign of blood.


32 pages, black and white
$3.25.
Moonstone Books

THE SPIDER #4!

Coming in January!

Written by Robin Wayne Bailey
Art by Cortney Skinner
Cover by Gary Carbon.

Join sci-fi/fantasy novelist Robin Wayne Bailey in "Death Votes Twice!"

It's election year in NYC, however, someone isn't satisfied with casting votes. They're casting bombs!

No one is safe from the monster city newspapers call The Chaos-Maker, as a bomb destroys the state capitol! When a young New York senator is killed, the city turns to Richard Wentworth for help. But the title of Senator can only complicate Wentworth's life because, as ever in times of trouble and danger, he must become – The Spider!


32 pages, black and white with grayscale
$3.50.
Moonstone Books

GLAD TO BE BAD!

GLAD TO BE BAD!

2010 SOFTCOVER ENGAGEMENT CALENDAR ~ NOW AVAILABLE!


SOME OF PULP ART’S SASSIEST, SPICIEST LADIES ARE FEATURED IN THIS ENGAGEMENT CALENDAR FOR 2010.

TWENTY-SEVEN OF THE BEST COVERS OF THE PULP AGE RECALL.


$14.95

AVAILABLE FROM CALENDARS.COM

CINEMA NOIR 2010 WALL CALENDAR!

CINEMA NOIR 2010 WALL CALENDAR!

NOW AVAILABLE!

THIS WALL CALENDAR FEATURES A YEAR'S WORTH OF COLOR CINEMA NOIR FILM POSTERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD.

$13.95

AVAILABLE FROM CALENDARS.COM

THE BOOK CAVE!

THE BOOK CAVE!

NEW PODCASTS NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE!


EPISODE 40: PERRY RHODAN ~ NEW!


Episode 39: Comic Crusader Storybook
Episode 38: Mark Waid's Irredeemable!
Episode 37: Edgar Rice Burroughs
Episode 36: Van Allen Plexico is Assembled!
Episode 35: Back From PulpFest Part 2
Episode 34: Back From PulpFest Part 1
Episode 33: San Diego Comic Con
Episode 32: Crossover Characters
Episode 31: Pulpfest
Episode 30: H.P. Lovecraft

TO VISIT THE BOOK CAVE CLICK HERE

THE SPIDER VS. THE EMPIRE STATE!

THE SPIDER VS. THE EMPIRE STATE!

THE BRILLIAN BLACK POLICE TRILOGY BY NORVELL PAGE

THEY SAID IT COULDN'T HAPPEN HERE. THEN THEY SAID ONE MAN COULDN'T STOP IT!


Richard Wentworth spent his vigilante career as The Spider always in the shadows. Now evil acted in broad daylight. The Party of Justice swept into office, rewriting the laws of New York state overnight to benefit their criminal backers and make slaves of its people. This American Reichstag gave itself sweeping powers and raised a private army to exert its malevolent will. How could The Spider hope to stop a criminal conspiracy as big as the state itself? This time The Master of Men would go beyond taking the lives of evildoers... by bringing Hope to the tyrannized citizens of the Empire State!

The "Black Police Trilogy" is author Norvell Page's classic pulp fiction Nazi allegory from 1938. Originally introduced 71 years ago this week in three consecutive months of The Spider Magazine, the novels "The City That Paid To Die", "The Spider at Bay", and "Scourge of the Black Legions" are collected in book form for the first time. This stunning Trade Paperback is designed by the incomparable Chris Kalb, and features an introduction by PEAPS member Tom Krabacher.

$16.99 trade paperback, 430 pages


FOR MORE INFO CLICK HERE

AGATHA CHRISTIE ~ THE CASE OF THE MISSING WILL!

AGATHA CHRISTIE ~ THE CASE OF THE MISSING WILL!

Here’s a FREE Agatha Christie short story from BBC Audiobooks America (via Audible.com – very easy to use). David Suchet does his usual spot on reading and take on the ineffable Poirot.


Poirot receives an unusual request for help from a Miss Violet Marsh, who was orphaned as a child and went to live with her peculiar Uncle Andrew. He died a month ago, leaving a will with a strange clause. Marsh has given instructions that his “clever” niece is allowed to live in his house for one month and in that time she has to “prove her wits” and find his second will. If at the end of that time she hasn’t, all his worldly goods go to charitable institutions and she will be left with nothing. Can Poirot help her?

TO DOWNLOAD CLICK HERE

A FINGER LAID ASIDE THE NOSE WITH A NOD TO SFF AUDIO

Thursday, September 17, 2009

FORGOTTEN BOOKS: TWO HEADS ARE BETTER BY ELLIOT LEWIS!

FORGOTTEN BOOKS: TWO HEADS ARE BETTER BY ELLIOT LEWIS!

Another paperback original PI series from the eighties, which ran to seven titles in five different formats from Pinnacle Books. What surprised me when I sorted through the series for this post is my copies are all personalized to me by author Elliot Lewis, yet I have no independent recollection of the singing. The best I can figure base on the dates, it must have taken place at the late lamented Scene Of The Crime bookstore in Sherman Oaks, California ~ one of the first and best mystery bookstores, a sad casualty to the presence of Borders, Barnes & Noble, and Costco.

Surprisingly, I also found where I anonymously blurbed one of the books in a review for Mystery Magazine (again late lamented) – “Bennett is an original, eccentric hero who rights wrongs in his own violent, imaginative way. He rams through seamy city streets and the plush ultra-chic of the super-rich with equal aplomb, but never without having to battle terrifying situations . . . Exceptionally good reading.”

Man, could I write a good run on sentence, or what?

Billed on the cover as “the most upbeat. Offbeat detective in decades,” Fred Bennett was the star of the series. He starts out as a cop in trouble and transitions through the series into an ex-cop private eye, and then into an ex-cop who is really still on the job only deep cover as a private eye . . . what?

DOWN . . . AND DIRTY

Meet Fred Bennett – a crusty cop who’s up to his neck in hot water. With the police force. With his former partner. And with his sexy ex-wife. They’re out to get him for being a disgrace to the uniform. He’s got to make use of his rotten reputation to prove his innocence. If he blows his cover, he’s a dead man.

Bit Bennett’s no big hero. He just wants to stay alive . . . any way he can. Even if he has to become part of a bizarre crime – in order to solve it and save his own skin.

Dangerous, of course. But then Bennett has no other choice.

Looking back, I can say the series was “exceptionally good reading,” but it was a competent, middle of the road, series and indicative of it’s time period and publisher.

THE BENNETT SERIES:


TWO HEADS ARE BETTER
DIRTY LINEN
PEOPLE IN GLASS HOUSES
DOUBLE TROUBLE
HERE TODAY, DEAD TOMORROW
BENNETT’S WORLD
DEATH AND THE SINGLE GIRL

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

PAT NOVAK: FOR HIRE!

PAT NOVAK: FOR HIRE!

Pat Novak,once San Francisco's toughest PI, now wiles away his retirement on his houseboat under the watchful eye of his granddaughter. All that peace comes to a sudden end when a case from his past involving a dirty senator who ran a deranged sex cult comes back with a vicious vengeance! With enemies old and new to contend with, Novak must use his relentless crime solving skills to undue his greatest case.

HAWIIAN DICK ~ TROPICAL NOIR!

HAWIIAN DICK ~ TROPICAL NOIR!

In 1953 Hawaii, the supernatural manifestations of the islands' myths and legends lie just around every corner. Exiled stateside detective Byrd finds himself immersed in a dark paradise of exotic bar girls, murdered beauties, high speed chases along the scenic Hawaiian coast, and the mysterious Night Marchers of the Pali Highway. The psychic Madame Chan, the eccentric but deadly Bishop Masaki and a restless corpse complete the mix in this introductory slice of tropical noir.

This book collects all three issues of the most critically acclaimed mini-series of the year. Included are the HAWAIIAN DICK promotional comic strips, which appeared exclusively on the Image Comics website, as well as unpublished promotional art, concept sketches, pin-ups, drink recipes, background information on the main characters, and plenty of brand new material from Griffin and Moore.

TOTALLY SPIES ~ THE MOVIE!

TOTALLY SPIES ~ THE MOVIE!

MADE IN FRANCE AND RELEASED THERE IN JULY. DUBBED ENGLISH VERSION TO FOLLOW SOON.

CHERUB BOOK #11 ~ BRIGANDS M.C.!

CHERUB BOOK #11 ~ BRIGANDS M.C.!

CHERUB agents are all seventeen and under. They wear skate tees and hemp, and look like regular kids. But they're not. They are trained professionals who are sent out on missions to spy on terrorists and international drug dealers. CHERUB agents hack into computers, bug entire houses, and download crucial documents. It is a highly dangerous job. For their safety, these agents DO NOT EXIST.

Every CHERUB agent comes from somewhere. Dante Scott still has nightmares about the death of his family, brutally murdered by a biker gang. Dante is given the chance to become a member of CHERUB, a trained professional with one essential advantage: adults never suspect that children are spying on them. But when Dante joins James and Lauren Adams on a mission to infiltrate Brigands Motorcycle Club, he's ready to use everything he's learned to get revenge on the people who killed his family ...

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ALEX RIDER: THE MISSION FILES!

ALEX RIDER: THE MISSION FILES!

This is an essential guide to the exciting missions of teenage spy Alex Rider, featuring blueprints, data files, foldout posters and more. Resembling an MI6 secret dossier, these classified documents reveal the inside story of British Intelligence's secret weapon: 14-year-old Alex Rider.

Packed with information about every aspect of his missions to date, "The Mission Files" is an unbeatable guide to the teen super-spy's adventures. It includes five full-size, double-sided posters and two booklets containing everything you need to know about codes and spycraft.

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DANGER SOCIETY: THE YOUNG BOND DOSSIER!

DANGER SOCIETY: THE YOUNG BOND DOSSIER!

The
YOUNG BOND DOSSIER website alerts us to an excerpt from Charlie Higson’s highly anticipated Danger Society: The Young Bond Dossier posted online.

Danger Society: The Young Bond Dossier is the complete and definitive guide to the Young Bond series with in-depth character profiles, information on the cars, weapons and exotic locations, plus photographs, maps, and illustrations by artist Kev Walker.

The book will also include as a bonus the brand new Young Bond novelette, A Hard Man to Kill.

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HAT CHECK GIRL MADE GOOD, MADE BAD!

HAT CHECK GIRL MADE GOOD, MADE BAD!

Above is a photo of Lila Leeds, circa 1949. Leeds started in Hollywood as a hatcheck girl, quickly married conductor Jack Little, and eventually scored roles in films such as Moonrise, and So, You Want To Be a Detective.

But her film roles paled in comparison to the lasting notoriety she achieved for being arrested with Robert Mitchum in 1948 for possession of marijuana. She spent sixty days in jail, and was released to discover that her career was over.

She did manage one more film role, the ironically titled She Shoulda Said No!, but soon was forced to leave Hollywood behind. According to another notorious Hollywood arrestee, Cheryl Crane, Leeds had picked up a heroin habit while in prison, which hindered her attempts to get her career back on track at least as much as her ruined reputation.

Leeds eventually died in obscurity. That was ten years ago yesterday.

A TURN OF THE TABLOID TO PULP INTERNATIONAL