Saturday, January 2, 2010

THE BACHELOR PAD!

THE BACHELOR PAD!

PLAYLIST : 1/1/10

Esquivel—Mini Skirt (Theme Music)
Gordo—Cocktails Darling
Della Reese—The Lady Is A Tramp
Dean Martin—Who Was That Lady?
Jonah Jones—Jonah's Wail
Martini Kings—Desafinado
Les Paul—How High the Moon
Xavier Cugat—Cocktails For Two
Astronauts—A Shot In The Dark
Tikiyaki Orchestra—Bachelor #2
June Christy—Midnight Sun
Jackie Gleason—It Could Happen To You
Alex North—Misfits Theme
Skip Martin—Lenox Avenue Strut
Les Baxter—Nightingale
Jack Jones—Lush Life
Nelson Riddle—My Three Sons
George Shearing—Serenata
Don Tiki—Friendly Islands
Sarah Vaughan—One Mint Julep
Quincy Jones—Happy Feet
Walter Wanderley—Aqua de Beber
Capiozzo & Mecco—The Odd Couple
Al Hirt—Mas Que Nada
Frank Sinatra—Something's Gotta Give
Tito Puente—3-D Mambo
Milt Buckner—Rockin' With Milt
Pete Rugolo—Richard Diamond Theme
Bald Bill Hagan—Bedroom Blues
Wayne Newton—Wives And Lovers
Cy Coleman—Playboy's Theme
Howard Roberts—Relaxin' at Camarillo
Julie London—You'd Be So Nice
David Rose—Blue Prelude
Jo Stafford—S'posin'
Billy May—Green Tables Blues
Gloria Wood—Hey! Bellboy!

TO LISTEN OR DOWNLOAD CLICK HERE

SCORCHER ~ 40TH ANNIVERSARY!

SCORCHER ~ 40TH ANNIVERSARY!

BLIMEY! IT'S ANOTHER BLOG ABOUT COMIC HAS A COOL POST ON THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY ON ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL OF BRITISH BOYS COMICS ~ SCORCHER . . .

Forty years ago today, on January 3rd 1970, IPC launched the first issue of their football weekly comic Scorcher. Although IPC had already inherited Smash! from Odhams and Lion, Valiant, Buster, and Tiger from Fleetway in 1969 Scorcher was the first new boys title from the company.

FOR THE FULL POST AND MANY PICTURES CLICK HERE

UNFRIENDLY SKIES!

UNFRIENDLY SKIES!

FELLOW C.O.B.R.A.S. AGENT CHRIS MILLS UPDATES US ON HIS ATOMIC PULP BLOG ABOUT THIS COOL MOONSTONE ANTHOLOGY I CAN'T WAIT TO GET MY HANDS ON . . .

In the next month or so, the first issue of Moonstone's Air Fighters anthology should be hitting the shelves. Flying formation alongside such (revamped) Golden Age aces as Airboy, The Black Angel, Sky Wolf, The Flying Fool and the Iron Ace will be the legendary Captain Midnight, who stars in his own 8-page adventure.

FOR MORE INFO AND ARTWORK CLICK HERE

STRUNZ & FARAH @ VIBRATO!

STRUNZ & FARAH @ VIBRATO!

B# BIG BAND DEBUT CD ~ BOUNCE!

B# BIG BAND DEBUT CD ~ BOUNCE!

After 6 years, it's finally here - the highly anticipated, debut CD for Melbourne's B# Big Band. Featuring 16 of the band's most upbeat and requested tunes, this CD captures the essence of B#'s renowned and swingin' sound! A fabulous 16 page liner note booklet with commentary by renowned jazz writer Steve Robertson is also included.

TRACKLIST:

1. Leap Frog
2. Opus One - Julie O'Hara
3. Destination Moon - Julie O'Hara
4. Hey Ba Ba Re Bop - Julie O'Hara
5. Wrappin' It Up
6. King Porter Stomp
7. Aint That A Kick In The Head
8. Saturday Night Is The Loneliest Night
9. Mack The Knife - Frank Benedetto
10. Shorty George
11. Can't Buy Me Love - Fiona Thorn
12. Frenesi - Fiona Thorn
13. C'est Magnifique - Fiona Thorn
14. Alright Okay, You Win - Ben Gillespie
15. Just A Gigolo / I Aint Got Nobody
16. Sing Sing Sing

FOR MORE INFO CLICK HERE

CATCH UP WITH BUDDIES LOUNGE!

CATCH UP WITH BUDDIES LOUNGE!

Hello Hi-Fi fans---


Just incase you have missed any episodes over the past year, here is the last batch of episodes of “An Evening At The Buddies Lounge”. Episodes 59 – 75 are available now from 1/2/10 until 1/9/10, and the same goes for the Holiday episodes 79 - 83 After that, these shows will go back into the “vault”.

Please check the play list links below on each episode…and we will see you with an all new episode of AN EVENING AT THE BUDDIES LOUNGE on 1/8/10!

BLACK JACK JUSTICE #33!

BLACK JACK JUSTICE #33!

THE STOPPED CLOCK!

NEW FROM DECODER RING THEATRE . . .


When a snoop-and-peep that paid turned into a murder case that almost certainly didn't, it meant one thing: Jack suddenly got interested. For the Girl Detective, it's just one more reason to strangle the big lug... but even a clock that's stopped is right twice a day... isn't it?


TO LISTEN OR DOWNLOAD CLICK HERE

TROPICANA!

TROPICANA!

PULP INTERNATIONAL HAS A COOL POST CELEBRATING THE 70TH BIRTHDAY OF THE NOTORIOUS TROPICANA NIGHT CLUB IN CUBA FEATURING MANY POSTERS FROM THE CLUB'S HEYDAY . . .

TO CHECK IT OUT CLICK HERE

NOIR CORNER!

NOIR CORNER!

FRENCH ACTRESS DANIELLE DARRIEUX, CIRCA LATE ’40S!

A HALF SHADOWED THANKS TO PULP INTERNATIONAL


25 CAT LAWS!

25 CAT LAWS!

1 - Law of Cat Inertia
A cat at rest will tend to remain at rest, unless acted upon by some outside force - such as the opening of cat food, or a nearby scurrying mouse.

2 - Law of Cat Motion
A cat will move in a straight line, unless there is a really good reason to change direction.

3 - Law of Cat Magnetism
All blue blazers and black sweaters attract cat hair in direct proportion to the darkness of the fabric.

4 - Law of Cat Thermodynamics
Heat flows from a warmer to a cooler body, except in the case of a cat, in which case all heat flows to the cat.

5 - Law of Cat Stretching
A cat will stretch to a distance proportional to the length of the nap just taken.

6 - Law of Cat Sleeping
All cats must sleep with people whenever possible, in a position as uncomfortable for the people involved as is possible for the cat.

7 - Law of Cat Elongation
A cat can make her body long enough to reach just about any counter top that has anything remotely interesting on it.

8 - Law of Cat Acceleration
A cat will accelerate at a constant rate, until he gets good and ready to stop.

9 - Law of Dinner Table Attendance
Cats must attend all meals when anything good is served.

10 - Law of Rug Configuration
No rug may remain in its naturally flat state for very long.

11 - Law of Obedience Resistance
A cat's resistance varies in proportion to a human's desire for her to do something.

12 - First Law of Energy Conservation
Cats know that energy can neither be created nor destroyed and will, therefore, use as little energy as possible.

13 - Second Law of Energy Conservation
Cats also know that energy can only be stored by a lot of napping.

14 - Law of Refrigerator Observation
If a cat watches a refrigerator long enough, someone will come along and take out something good to eat.

15 - Law of Electric Blanket Attraction
Turn on an electric blanket and a cat will jump into bed at the speed of light.

16 - Law of Random Comfort Seeking
A cat will always seek, and usually take over, the most comfortable spot in any given room.

17 - Law of Bag / Box Occupancy
All bags and boxes in a given room must contain a cat within the earliest possible nanosecond.

18 - Law of Cat Embarrassment
A cat's irritation rises in direct proportion to her embarrassment times the amount of human laughter.

19 - Law of Milk Consumption
A cat will drink his weight in milk, squared, just to show you he can.

20 - Law of Furniture Replacement
A cat's desire to scratch furniture is directly proportional to the cost of the furniture.

21 - Law of Cat Landing
A cat will always land in the softest place possible.

22 - Law of Fluid Displacement
A cat immersed in milk will displace her own volume, minus the amount of milk consumed.

23 - Law of Cat Disinterest
A cat's interest level will vary in inverse proportion to the amount of effort a human expends in trying to interest him.

24 - Law of Pill Rejection
Any pill given to a cat has the potential energy to reach escape velocity.

25 - Law of Cat Composition
A cat is composed of Matter + Anti-Matter + It Doesn't Matter.

THANKS FOR THE CHUCKLE TO MISS CELLANIA

BIBLIOPHILE CORNER: THE LIBRARY OF SHADOWS!

BIBLIOPHILE CORNER: THE LIBRARY OF SHADOWS!

MIKKEL BIRKEGAARD


Imagine that some people have the power to affect your thoughts and feelings when you read, or they read a book to you. They can seduce you with amazing stories, conjure up vividly imagined worlds, but also manipulate you into thinking exactly what they want you to. When Luca Campelli dies a sudden and violent death, his son Jon inherits his second-hand bookshop, Libri di Luca, in Copenhagen. Jon has not seen his father for twenty years since the mysterious death of his mother.

When Luca's death is followed by an arson attempt on the shop, Jon is forced to explore his family's past. Unbeknown to Jon, the bookshop has for years been hiding a remarkable secret. It is the meeting place of a society of booklovers and readers, who have maintained a tradition of immense power passed down from the days of the great library of ancient Alexandria. Now someone is trying to destroy them, and Jon finds himself in a fight for his life and those of his new friends.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Mikkel Birkegaard lives in Copenhagen. The Library of Shadows is his first novel. It was first published in his native Denmark where it was a national bestseller, and has now gone on to be published in seventeen languages.

OHMSS BLOOPERS!

OHMSS BLOOPERS!

MI6 HAS A HUMOROUS RUNDOWN OF ALL THE SCRIPTING AND CONTINUITY BLOOPERS IN MY FAVORITE BOND FILM, ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE.

TO CHECK IT OUT CLICK HERE

TRIPLE DETECTIVE #4

TRIPLE DETECTIVE #4

COMING SOON!

THE GIBBERING GAS OF MADNESS
BY CAPT. KERRY MCROBERTS

When Scientist working on military weapons mysteriously go mad, The U.S. Government fears a foreign power at the source of the evil and G-2 calls in their top secret agent, The Eagle. But this time his foe may be the greatest spy in the world - And the most beautiful. Will Jeff Shannon also fall victim to her womanly charms?
CITY OF PHANTOMS
BY ROBERT WALLACE

When an old case resurfaces, The World's Greatest Detective is pulled back into a new battle with a deadly enemy, while ex-Fighting District Attorney Tony Quinn's lovely secretary, Carol Baldwin is kidnapped by a vicious mob, hoping to force the prosecution to drop it's case against their Boss. Two champions of Justice meet in a race against time!

PLAGUE OF DEATH
BY TOM JOHNSON

A German scientist has brought a virus to America to aid in the Brown Shirts taking control of the United States for Hitler. To test the virus, the scientist releases it on a Chicago orphanage, killing all but one child. The Masked Avenger puts the child, a young Korean boy, under his protection, while a Chicago policeman and young Korean woman also watch over him. But when the boy is kidnapped, the trail leads the Masked Avenger to New York, where he must uncover the German scientist and stop the virus from killing everyone in the great city. A wild ride, as the German mob and Brown Shirts combine to bring America to its knees while Hitler concentrates his army on Europe! Can one man, even such as the Masked Avenger, succeed when America looks to be doomed?

An additional surprise is in store for the readers with THE LEGEND by Tom Johnson. In this short story, The Legend returns to bring justice to an old hoodlum! This giant issue also contains a Phantom Detective comic not reprinted in THE PHANTOM DETECTIVE COMPANION.

ALTUS PRESS

THE PHANTOM, JULIE WALKER: RACE AGAINST DEATH!

THE PHANTOM, JULIE WALKER: RACE AGAINST DEATH!

Arriving in comic shops January 6th!

Written by Elizabeth Massie, art by Paul Daly, colors by Stephen Downer, covers by J. Anthony Kosar, JD and Daly.

Two time Bram Stoker winner and Buffy novelist Elizabeth Massie delivers a previously unknown adventure tale of danger on the high seas of the only female Phantom that Lee Falk ever created! Julie Walker is forced to take over the Phantom role and guard her friend, Nellie Bly on her historic trip around the world! Something or someone does not want Ms. Nellie to finish this record-breaking trek!

40 PAGES
$4.50

MOONSTONE BOOKS

PHANTOM DOUBLE SHOT #1: KGB NOIR!

PHANTOM DOUBLE SHOT #1: KGB NOIR!

Arriving in comic shops January 6th!

Written by Mike Bullock, art by Ferando Peniche and Michael Metcalf, cover by Dennis Calero.

The Phantom stars in part one of "The Hammer." When a cabal of ex-KGB agents plan a WMD buy, it¹s up to The Phantom to keep them from obtaining the device. But when our hero engages the Russians, he soon discovers The Hammer is falling and the United States is the nail.

And in the second feature: the debut of Death Angel, the newest pulp hero in the Moonstone universe, created by Bullock. Two members of The Hammer seek to extort state secrets from an American weapons contractor, but their plans are about to change when night falls on the wings of death.

24 PAGES
BLACK AND WHITE
$2.99.

MOONSTONE BOOKS

Friday, January 1, 2010

HARD CASE CRIME NEWSLETTER!

HARD CASE CRIME NEWSLETTER!

First things first: Happy New Year.

2009 was Hard Case Crime's busiest year ever, with 13 books coming out. The last two are still in stores now, and if you haven't read them yet, you're missing a treat. Jonny Porkpie's THE CORPSE WORE PASTIES is a hilarious detective story set in the world of burlesque; A.C. Doyle's THE VALLEY OF FEAR is also a detective story, but it's set about 100 years earlier and features a detective you may have heard of once or twice. (Interestingly, I could see Robert Downey, Jr. playing the lead in a film version of either book.)

Want a taste? You can read sample chapters from both books (as well as all our upcoming titles) on our Web site:


Want more than a taste? You should be able to find them at your favorite local bookstore, but if they're sold out you can always order a copy online or by calling 1-800-481-9191.

Or...if you would like a copy of THE CORPSE WORE PASTIES that's been signed by the author and one of the lovely cover models, a few such copies were left after the stage show they put on in November. The author is making them available for $10 apiece (normal cover price plus a bit to cover postage/handling), and it's first-come-first-served -- so if you'd like one, send me an e-mail today and I'll pass it along to Mr. Porkpie pronto.

Or...if you prefer your PASTIES live, this month you've got another opportunity to enjoy a theatrical event celebrating the book, and this one's not just for New Yorkers. In the tradition of the long-running Off Broadway hit "Naked Boys Singing," last year saw the launch of a distaff alternative, "Naked Girls Reading" -- and this month's theme is "Naked Girls Reading Pulp Fiction." The titular naked girls (and yes, they really are) will be reading excerpts from a wide range of pulp novels, including THE CORPSE WORE PASTIES.

The fun starts in Chicago on January 3, and then moves on to Seattle, Key West and Dallas (with possible stops in Madison, Miami, and Denver as well) before landing in New York on January 29. The author and cover models will be there at the New York event, so if you come to that one you can get your book signed and personalized; Jonny, Nasty, and GiGi won't be there in the other cities, but the lineup of sexy readers who will be there is certainly enticing enough to get you out in the cold. (Or in the warm, for those of you in Florida.) You can find out more HERE
-- and if you're interested in coming, you should get tickets pronto, since the NGR shows are held in intimate venues where seating is limited (just 40 seats in New York, for instance), and the shows tend to sell out quickly.

What else is coming up? Our next new book hits stores at the end of March, and it's a big one (both in terms of length and in terms of significance): MEMORY, the final novel by the great (and much missed) Donald E. Westlake. After that, it's the stunning, heartbreaking NOBODY'S ANGEL about a Chicago cab driver on the midnight shift, written by Shamus Award finalist (and Chicago cab driver himself) Jack Clark. Then the great Brett Halliday makes his first bookstore appearance in something like 20 years with MURDER IS MY BUSINESS, and then the equally great Max Allan Collins brings Quarry back in QUARRY'S EX.

After that? We'll see, we'll see. We've got a bunch of cool things cooking, but none's quite ready to come off the stove yet. Rest assured you'll be hearing more as 2010 trundles along.

In the meantime: Go to your favorite bookstore and buy some books. It'll give you great reading to entertain you on these long winter evenings, and it'll help keep the bookstores (and outfits like ours) in business. It might not always feel like your $7.99 makes a difference -- but I can tell you it really does.

With thanks and warmest holiday wishes,
Charles Ardai
Editor, Hard Case Crime

FLEMING, IAN FLEMING!

FLEMING, IAN FLEMING!

Scottish actor James McAvoy is lined up to play James Bond creator Ian Fleming in the planned biopic based on Andrew Lycett's book, Ian Fleming: The Man Behind James Bond.
The 25 million pound film will revolve around the period that gave Fleming the inspiration for his most famous creation.

Fleming spent his youth living it up as an extravagant playboy, overshadowed by his politician father and successful siblings. But when World War II began he was recruited by the Director of Naval Intelligence and his experiences gave him the inspiration to create Britain's top secret Agent, 007.

McAvoy is already about to start work filming I'm With Cancer and the sequel to his Wanted action movie with Angelina Jolie, but it is thought he will be able to slot this project in-between the two.

THE CAT'S MEOW ~ DOUBLE PLAY!

HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM HARD CASE CRIME!

HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM HARD CASE CRIME!

Happy new year, fellow adventure fans!

Today marks the start of Gabriel Hunt's second year of adventuring, and we're excited to have you along with us for the ride. In April we'll be debuting HUNT BEYOND THE FROZEN FIRE, which Gabriel co-wrote with Edgar Award finalist Christa Faust -- this one takes Gabriel and a team of four of his friends on a deadly expedition to the South Pole, where...well, let's just say you won't believe what he finds there.


Then in July we have HUNT AMONG THE KILLERS OF MEN, co-authored by David J. Schow, screenwriter of THE CROW (among many other movies) and an award-winning novelist in his own right -- this one takes Gabriel to China, on the trail of a warlord claiming to be the descendant of a legendary figure from China's past. And in October it's HUNT THROUGH NAPOLEON'S WEB, co-written by Raymond Benson, author of nine James Bond novels -- in the one Gabriel has to match wits with the long-deceased (but still deadly) Napoleon Bonaparte.

In the meantime, if you haven't already read Gabriel's first three adventures, what are you waiting for? They're all available at a bookstore near you -- or if your favorite bookseller doesn't have them, he or she can order them for you. Or you can order them yourself, by calling 1-800-481-9191 or visiting an online bookseller like Amazon.com or BarnesAndNoble.com. The titles are HUNT AT THE WELL OF ETERNITY (chosen by Publishers Weekly as one of the best books of 2009!), HUNT THROUGH THE CRADLE OF FEAR, and HUNT AT WORLD'S END, and each one's guaranteed to get your pulse racing.

Speaking of HUNT AT WORLD'S END, when that book came out we invited everyone on our mailing list to send in a photo of themselves reading the book, preferably decked out in suitable adventure garb. As an incentive, we offered to e-mail an advance copy of Gabriel's fourth adventure, HUNT BEYOND THE FROZEN FIRE, to anyone who sent us a photo. Several of you took us up on the offer -- and if you're curious to see what your fellow Hunt fans look like in action (okay, the "action" is reading...but still), you'll find the rogue's gallery by CLICKING HERE


Want in on the fun? The offer still stands: send us a picture of yourself reading one of the Hunt novels and a pdf of HUNT BEYOND THE FROZEN FIRE will be on its way to you by return (e-)mail. Show the world your adventurous side!

Or just read and enjoy. Either way, we're glad to know you're on our team. And remember: In April, the grueling, globe-trotting adventure begins again, so you might want to start getting in shape for it now...

Best,
Charles Ardai
Editor

Thursday, December 31, 2009

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO DROPPED BY BISH'S BEAT THIS YEAR, ESPECIALLY MY FELLOW C.O.B.R.A.S. AGENTS, AND THOSE OF SWANK/LOUNGE PROCLIVITIES, WHO HAVE PROVIDED SO MUCH ENTERTAINMENT AND INFORMATION ON THEIR OWN BLOGS!

ROLL ON 2010!

FORGOTTEN BOOKS: DEMPSEY & MAKEPEACE!

FORGOTTEN BOOKS: DEMPSEY & MAKEPEACE!

In 1985 Britain’s ITV premiered Dempsey & Makepeace, a new police drama featuring the oddball pairing of two police detectives: an elegant English noblewoman, Sgt (Lady) Harriet ‘harry’ Makepeace, and a streetwise, working-class, New Yorker, Lt James Dempsey, both working for an elite and armed unit of the London Metropolitan Police.

This mid ‘80s fish-out-of water (NYPD detective on an undercover, international police exchange program tries to use streetwise NYPD tactics in stuck-up, proper London) was really typical of the times and style of ITV action shows (the angry, yelling superior, the battling opposites attract, police partners), yet somehow Dempsey & Makepeace rose above the fray and remains watchable even today.

This feat was mostly due to the actors (Michael Brandon & Glynis Barber – who ended up actually married to each other shortly after the series ended its three year run . . . and, as far as I know, are still married – a real feat in the world of show business). The chemistry between Dempsey & Makepeace was obviously real, making viewers very forgiving of the scripts, which were basically reheated versions of every other ITV series from the ‘80s.

PER WIKIPEDIA:

When his partner Joey dies in a botched drugs operation and he uncovers police corruption at the highest level, Dempsey is under threat of assassination. With the help of his colleagues, he hurriedly leaves New York for London, on the pretense of an undercover international police exchange program.

Harriet "Harry" Makepeace is the daughter of Lord Winfield (Ralph Michael), who owns one of the Stately Homes of England. Reference is made to his having formerly been in the army or secret service. Harry's grandfather is mentioned as an eccentric Victorian collector of antiques and rare items. Harry's mother is mentioned only once, by Harry's maternal uncle, Duffy, and it would seem the mother had passed away some time ago. Harry has made her way up through the ranks of the police force despite sexism by her male counterparts and the physical demands of the job.

Although there is initial reluctance on both sides, Harry and Dempsey work as partners in a specialized task force, SI-10, and they make a good team. SI 10 is under the command of Gordon Spikings, played by Ray Smith. A fourth regular role is that of Chas, played by Tony Osoba. Chas provides useful research and communications in the SI-10 office and occasionally has a more active role.

There were two double length episodes produced. The first was the pilot, "Armed and Extremely Dangerous"; and the second was the leading episode of season three, "The Burning".

The series' three seasons attained great popularity in the United Kingdom, with ratings averaging between 14 to 20 million viewers. The program was sold to many countries in Europe and around the world, including the United States. Dempsey & Makepeace merchandise such as jigsaw puzzles, children's annuals and replica toy cars were produced. At the height of the series' popularity, and during season two particularly, the British tabloid press hounded the lead actors for off-screen stories regarding their then budding personal relationship.

Much of the show's draw came from the good natured "will they or won't they" interplay and a suspected slowly evolving romance between the main protagonists, made possible by the obvious chemistry between the two lead actors. The show ended with an episode directed by Michael Brandon himself where Dempsey and Makepeace are forced to confront at least some of their feelings for one another.

IN JULY 2009, THE SERIES WAS REPEATED ON ITV3 IN THE UK. THE SHOW IS AVAILABLE IN REGION 2 DVDS OF ALL THREE SEASONS FROM NETWORK DVD – WHO HAVE DONE A GREAT JOB RECENTLY OF RELEASING MANY BRITISH SHOWS ON REGION 1 DVD FOR STATESIDE CONSUMPTION, SO WE CAN ONLY HOPE.

There were six Dempsey & Makepeace TV tie-in novels starting with the cleverly titled Makepeace Not War adapted from his own script for episode 6 of the first season by Jesse Carr-Martindale (an old hand at ITV scripts). Later tie-in novels were also novelizations of series scripts given prose life by writers who made a living pulling together stories from many different series.

While not remarkable in any sense, these serviceable novels probably mean more to fans of the series, and as such, I’m happy to have them on my shelves.

DEMPSEY & MAKEPEACE

1.
MAKEPEACE NOT WAR JESSE CARR-MARTINDALE
2. BLIND EYE JOHN RAYMOND
3. LUCKY STREAK BY JOHN RAYMOND
4. THE BOGEY MAN BY JOHN RAYMOND
5. THE JERICHO SCAM BY JOHN RAYMOND
6. LOVE YOU TO DEATH BY JACK SAVAGE

THREE EXES FOR XMAS!

THREE EXES FOR XMAS!

NEW FROM 19 NOCTURNE BOULEVARD (I’M A LITTLE LATE POSTING THIS ONE, BUT IT’S AN EXCELLENT EPISODE) . . .


Written by Julie Hoverson

Carla Skray, CEO of Tammuz Inc., chief exploiter of hordes of unliving workers, finds herself "haunted" by her ex husbands - returned as the same zombies she employs...

What kind of a place is it?
Why it's a corporate office, can't you tell?

TO DOWNLOAD CLICK HERE

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

CATS & DOGS 2: THE REVENGE OF KITTY GALORE!

CATS & DOGS 2: THE REVENGE OF KITTY GALORE!

I SAW THE BELOW TRAILER IN THE THEATRES OVER CHRISTMAS. WHILE I DON’T THINK I’LL BE IN THE AUDIENCE, I DID CHUCKLE AT THE USE OF ALL THE ‘60s SPY PARAPHERNALIA. IT’S AMAZING HOW DURABLE THE GENRE IS AND HOW ICONIC IT HAS BECOME.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY ~ JACK LORD!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ~ JACK LORD!

THE TOUGHEST, CLIPPED VOICED, HAWAIIAN BASED CRIME FIGHTER EVER WOULD OF BEEN 89 TODAY.

ALOHA!

SHERLOCK HOLMES ~ THE MOVIE!

SHERLOCK HOLMES ~ THE MOVIE!

SCOTT D. PARKER HAS A TERRIFIC AND PERCEPTIVE REVIEW OF SHERLOCK HOLMES’ THE LATEST FILM INCARNATION ON HIS BLOG . . .

Don’t blame Robert Downey, Jr., if Sir Arthur Conan Doyle forgot one of the ingredients from which he invented Sherlock Holmes. In Chapter 2 of “A Study in Scarlet,” the first Holmes novel and debut appearance by the great detective, Watson makes a list of Holmes’ attributes. Number eleven is this: “Is an expert singlestick player, boxer, and swordsman.” In the New Annotated Sherlock Holmes, Volume 3, resident Sherlockian Leslie Klinger notes that there is no instance of Holmes actually displaying his singlestick prowess. Since I haven’t read the entire canon (yet), I had to rely on The Source of All Truth (Wikipedia) to determine that the short story “The Solitary Cyclist” is an example of Holmes the Boxer. Neither Wikipedia nor Klinger’s footnotes indicate an adventure where Holmes uses a sword.

The point is this: The Sherlock Holmes as portrayed by Downey reconstitutes a part of the character Doyle originally intended to write about but seldom did. Since Holmes is one of the world’s first superheroes, it stands to reason that he’d get himself into some situations that require more brawn than brain. What the new film illustrates, however, is that Holmes deploys both in the solving of a crime.

I won’t lie: when I first learned that Downey was going to play Holmes, I was skeptical. I appreciate Downey for the great actor that he is but I didn’t think Holmes was the part for him. Up until Christmas Day, Jeremy Brett is, for my money, is the quintessential on-screen Holmes. Brett still is the quintessential Holmes if you take into account the stories Doyle wrote. However, what Downey captured--with the able assistance of director Guy Ritchie and Jude Law’s Watson--is nothing less that the heart and soul of the Sherlock Holmes character.

FOR THE FULL REVIEW CLICK HERE

Y/A CORNER: THE MAZE RUNNER ~ JAMES DASHNER!

Y/A CORNER: THE MAZE RUNNER ~ JAMES DASHNER!

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he’s not alone. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade—a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.Just like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened.


Every night they’ve closed tight. And every 30 days a new boy has been delivered in the lift.Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up—the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers.


Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind.

WE GOT US ~ A NEW RELEASE FROM STEVE & EYDIE!

WE GOT US ~ A NEW RELEASE FROM STEVE & EYDIE!

A NOTE FROM STEVE & EYDIE...

When we were recently married and since we were both with the same record company, they asked us to do a duet album with they thought would be a big winner. We already had great success with our individual recordings and individual personal appearances. At the same time, Steve Allen asked if we would like to take over his Sunday night TV show. We were delighted.

The Steve & Eydie Summer TV Show in 1958 was a hit and we were able to perform together more than we ever had. The ratings were good, the network was happy and we were thrilled.

Without wasting any time, and together with Don Costa and Dick Williams, our great vocal arranger on board, we started to choose and plan the material, the songs, and our special approach to these wonderful standards. Costa got Moose Charlap and Chuck Sweeney to write the title song for our album, "We Got Us."

Suddenly, everything was put on hold. Steve was drafted.

Well, life became complicated to say the least, but off he went. After basic training he was stationed with the regular army in Ft. Myer, Virginia and had a great tour of duty...but there I was... in a tiny New York apartment and missing him terribly. I made many trips to Washington D.C. which was close to the base, and then took a tiny apartment in D.C., to be closer to him and travelled back and forth continuing doing personal appearances and working on the album.

The album cover always amused us because the cover designers painted Steve's uniform to look like a normal brown suit and puffed my gown to hide my usually tiny waist.

We hope you enjoy this Grammy Award Winning Album.

Eydie... (and of courseSteve )

TRACKLIST:

1. We Got Us
2. Side By Side
3. No Two People
4. Darn It Baby, That's Love
5. Together
6. Flattery
7. This Could Be The Start of Something Big
8. I Remember It Well
9. Baby It's Cold Outside
10. Two Lost Souls
11. Harmony
12. Cheek To Cheek

Price: $20.00 U.S. Dollars

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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

STEVE TYRELL ~ LIVE AT CAFE CARLYLE CD!

SCI-FI CORNER: HIDDEN EMPIRE ~ ORSON SCOTT CARD!

SCI-FI CORNER: HIDDEN EMPIRE ~ ORSON SCOTT CARD!

The war of words between right and left collapsed into a shooting war, and raged between the high-technology weapons on each side, devastating cities and overrunning the countryside. President Averell Torrent plans to expand American imperial power around the world.

Opportunity comes quickly with a deadly new plague in Africa. Torrent declares American solidarity with the victims, but places all of Africa in quarantine until a vaccine is found or the disease burns itself out. And he sends Captain Bartholomew Coleman to run the relief operations and protect the American scientists working on identifying the virus.

If Cole and his team can avoid dying of the plague, or being cut down by the weapons of fearful African nations, they might do some good.

KINDLED FOR CHRISTMAS!

KINDLED FOR CHRISTMAS!

I was Kindled for Christmas. Apparently, I wasn’t alone as Amazon has announced the Kindle is officially the most gifted item in Amazon history. Furthermore, on Christmas day, Amazon customers, for the first time ever, purchased more Kindle books than physical books.

This isn’t surprising – obviously the result of everyone, like me, who got a Kindle for Christmas firing it up and ordering a bunch of eBooks on a day in which most physical-book readers weren't shopping. While it isn’t surprising, however, it's still important and impressive – despite reports Amazon loses upward of one dollar on every Kindle unit sold, clearly e-books and e-readers are here to stay.

While I will never not buy and read physical books, there is definitely a place in my life for the Kindle and the options it offers me. The thought of not having to drag a bushel of books around with me whenever I travel or go on vacation is delightful. When you plow through a book a day on a two week vacation, that’s a lot of books to carry around.

The one caveat to the above paragraph is that much of what I choose to read is not available in a Kindle version. I read very few bestsellers – the largest market for Kindle – and Kindle’s coverage of my favorite authors’ books is spotty (but growing). All this means is I’ll have be happy on vacation with what my Kindle can offer or also take along several books.

Being paranoid when it comes to the fear of being without a book, I will probably always take at least a couple of physical books along in case my Kindle fails, runs out of battery, or is lost. Still, like listening to books on CD (which I really enjoy), my Kindle is already indispensible to my reading Jones.

As to the device itself, the news is mostly good. It’s lightweight and very easy to read. Purchasing books is simple with fast delivery. I thought it was very cool to be able to take the PDF file of an old pulp novel, send it to my individual Kindle e-mail, and have it send to my Kindle for reading (for a 15 cent fee). The next page and previous page functions are well designed in their placement and work smoothly. Page transitions are slightly more disruptive at first that the pause to turn a traditional book page, but this is changing with use. Bookmarking, highlighting, and annotating functions are easy to use and functional. I’ve yet to experinment with the Kindle’s text reading function.

On the downside, Kindle needs to get rid of the little toggle button used for navigation and get with the 21st century by adopting touch screen technology. Organizing of titles on the Kindle also could be made much easier. A file for books you’re not currently reading, and the ability to categorize your chosen titles would both be good additions. The Kindle keyboard is simply functional and should be upgraded to employ a softer touch to add a classier feel to the overall package.

I have no doubt some of these things are in the mix for future versions, along with the ability to download and listen to audio books on your Kindle, and access to the Internet via your Kindle. When those things are available, I’ll upgrade, but for now, I’m delighted with my new toy and happy with its functionality.

MONEY SHOT GETTING ITS CLOSE-UP!

MONEY SHOT GETTING ITS CLOSE-UP!

CRIMESPREE CINEMA HAS THE SCOOP ON CHRISTA FAUST’S HARD CASE CRIME NOVEL, MONEY SHOT, (SPORTING ONE OF HARD CASE CRIME'S BEST COVERS) BEING OPTIONED FOR THE MOVIES . . .

The number of authors that see their books optioned for film are limited. But even those lucky few generally don't find themselves writing the screenplay. But that is exactly what Christa Faust is doing. She has signed on to adapt her 2008 novel MONEY SHOT.

For you sad individuals that have not read the Edgar-nominated MONEY SHOT (I was one just a couple of weeks ago!), MS brings us Angel Dare. Angel is a retired porn star that now runs an adult modeling agency. Angel is asked to come back for one more film, only to be shot and left for dead. Angel, with the aid of former cop Lalo Malloy, goes after those responsible with the intent of some serious retribution. Gritty and awesome, MS is a must read.

Apparently producer Daniel Ostroff agreed as he has purchased the film rights. Ostroff produced THE MISSING as well as the skateboarding documentary DOGTOWN AND THE Z-BOYS.

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WILD WEST WEEKLY!

WILD WEST WEEKLY!

LAURIE'S WILD WEST BLOG HAS A GREAT COLLECTION OF WILD WEST WEEKLY PULP COVERS (SOME FEATURING STORIES BY LAURIE'S GRANDFATHER). VERY COOL STUFF.

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Monday, December 28, 2009

DEMPSEY & MAKEPEACE!

DEMPSEY & MAKEPEACE!

CRIMINAL ILLUSTRATOR SEAN PHILLIPS OWNED UP TO DOING A SIX PAGE SPREAD FOR A DEMPSY & MAKEPEACE (ONE OF THE ESSENTIAL ‘80s BRITISH COP SHOWS) ANNUAL IN 1986.


DOUBLE CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO OPEN IT UP.

A REAL BLAST FROM THE PAST FOR ME. MAYBE I’LL HAVE TO DO A FORGOTTEN BOOKS POST ON ONE OF THE SEVERAL DEMPSEY & MAKEPEACE NOVELS ON MY SHELF . . .

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YUKI 7 IN LA WEEKLY!

YUKI 7 IN LA WEEKLY!

THE CURRENT ISSUE OF LA WEEKLY FEATURES THIS FAUX 1960S AIRLINE AD STARRING YUKI 7!

FOR MORE CLICK HERE

FANTASY CORNER: HEART'S BLOOD!

FANTASY CORNER: HEART'S BLOOD!

GAIL DAYTON


Master conjurer Grey Carteret comes to in a London gutter next to a hovering street urchin and not far from the body of a man murdered by magic. Arrested for the crime, Grey must rely on the street urchin for help. But the lad turns out to be a lass and she wants something in exchange. She wants to become the conjurer's apprentice.


Pearl Parkin wasn't always poor, and she sees magic as her way out of the life she now finds herself trapped in. But blackmailing Grey into making her his apprentice has unexpected consequences. As they plunge into the hunt for the murderer, Pearl discovers that the things she once desperately wanted are not so important after all, and that she must risk her blood, her heart, and her very life to grasp the love she needs.


DECEMBER 29TH

THE CAT'S MEOW ~ SPY CAT VERSION!

INDIAN PULP FICTION!

INDIAN PULP FICTION!

WHO KNEW!

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A TIP OF THE TURBAN TO THE RAP SHEET

RANDISI’S RAT PACK MYSTERIES!

RANDISI’S RAT PACK MYSTERIES!

GOOD NEWS VIA THE RAP SHEET FROM ROBERT RANDISI . . .


Looks like [publishher] Severn House is making many good decisions of late. Aside from signing Gar Haywood and John Shannon, I’ve come to terms and am about to sign a deal for two new Rat Pack books, moving the series there from St. Martin’s Press. Book #5, I’m a Fool to Kill You, should be out in the fall. The book features not only Eddie G., Big Jerry and the Rat Pack, but Ava Gardner. It’s a fact that Frank Sinatra wrote the song “I’m a Fool to Want You,” specifically for her.

THIS IS PRETTY COOL ~ RAT PACK COOL!

Y/A CORNER: SKULLDUGGERY PLEASANT!

Y/A CORNER: SKULLDUGGERY PLEASANT!

THE LIBRARY LOUNGE LIZARD HAS A SHORT INTERVIEW WITH SKULLDUGGERY PLEASANT AUTHOR DEREK LANDY ~ THE SERIES INCLUDES SOME OF THE MORE INVENTIVE Y/A NOVELS OF THE PAST FEW YEARS. I'VE ENJOYED ALL THREE ENTRIES . . .


LLL: The first Skullduggery Pleasant book is a Pacific Northwest Library Association Young Readers Choice Nominee for 2010. As a writer, does this kind of recognition of your work help fuel your writing goals or would you still be writing if only your relatives were reading your work?

DK: Writer’s WRITE, regardless of whether or not anyone is reading. It’s what we do. If I had never come up with Skulduggery, if I had never made it this far in my career, I’d still be writing in my spare time, TRYING to make it. Really, I wouldn’t have any other choice. Writing is like a sickness that you just never recover from.

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PULP LOVE STORIES!

PULP LOVE STORIES!

LAURIE’S WILD WEST BLOG, WHICH OFTEN FOCUSES ON THE WESTERN PULP MAGAZINES, STRAYS INTO THE AREA OF THE ROMANCE PULPS TODAY WITH AN EXCELLENT POST ON THE APPROACH OF LOVE STORY MAGAZINE’S EDITOR DAISY BACON . . .

To most writers, the love story appears to be the easiest and simplest of all story types to write. It revolves around an emotion which is so universally known and felt that even language is no barrier to it. Furthermore, it is a subject about which most people have some personal knowledge through their own experience in love affairs. Failing this, they can still see people all around them being attracted to each other and watch the smoothly running or stormy course of these attachments. it certainly seems that anyone who is so inclined shouldn't find it too difficult to sit down and turn out a love story. that is, provided he or she follows the routine which a writer is supposed to observe.

Yet, as is often the case with things which at first appear to be so easy on the surface, there seems to be some catch to it....Love is not a part of living that cen be shut off from the rest of the world. You can't split up your life and say, "This is my love life, this is my business life, this is my social life," and so on. They are all too thoroughly bound up together and depend so much on each other.

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Sunday, December 27, 2009

THE BACHELOR PAD!

THE BACHELOR PAD!

2009 CHRISTMAS SHOW #5


Esquivel—Mini Skirt (Theme Music)
Joe Loco—Jingle Bells
Brenda Lee—Rockin' Around
Peggy Lee—Santa Claus Is Coming
Frank Sinatra—Misletoe And Holly
Dean Martin—Let It Snow
Elvis Presley—White Christmas
Pearl Bailey—Five Pound Box of Money
Dinah Shore—Baby It's Cold Outside
Don Ho—It's Christmas Time Again
Sammy Davis Jr.—All Over The World
Big John Greer—Santa Do the Mambo
Hernando Hopkins—Rudolph Cha Cha
Lenny Dee—Sleigh Ride
Spike Jones—Birthday Comes On Christmas
Louis Armstrong—Zat You Santa Claus
Babs Gonzales—Be-Bop Santa Claus
David Rose—The Christmas Waltz
Doris Day—Let It Snow!
Jackie Gleason—Love To Keep Me Warm
Bing Crosby—White Christmas
Bob Dorough/Miles Davis—Blue Christmas
Jo Stafford—The Christmas Blues
Vince Guaraldi Trio—Christmas Time Is Here
Nat King Cole—The Christmas Song
The Blue Hawaiians—Jingle Jangle
Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass—Jingle Bells
The Enchanters—Mambo Santa Mambo
Kay Martin—I Know What You Want For Xmas
Gene Autry/Pinafores—Snow on Christmas Day
Billy May—Snowfall Cha Cha
Esquivel—Blue Christmas
Perry Como—Look a Lot Like Christmas
Tex Ritter—Christmas Carols by the Old Corral
The Tim Fuller Experience—Silent Night
The Coolbreezers—Hello Mr. New Year
Bing Crosby—Let's Start the New Year Right
June Christy—Sorry To See You Go
John Pizzarelli—Doing New Year's Eve?

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