Saturday, January 23, 2010

HUMAN TARGET!

HUMAN TARGET!

FOLLOWING UP ON THE NEW MILDLY AMUSING TELEVISION SERIES, DC IS CONTINUING IT'S REVIVED COMIC SERIES. ISSUE THREE IS DUE IN APRIL WITH CRIMINAL'S SEAN PHILLIPS DOING THE COVER (AS ABOVE) . . . AS FOR ME, I THINK HIS TAKE ON THE VIEW DOWN A VENETIAN CANAL IS WAY COOL!

THE CAT'S MEOW ~ FOUR OF A KIND!

BEAT TO A PULP #58!

BEAT TO A PULP #58!

WAKING UP FROM THE BIG SLEEP

PAUL NEWMAN

She was tall, wrapping her assets against the rain in a tan overcoat. The coat hung strategically snug in just the right places against shapely curves. Wet strands of obsidian hair peeked out from under a scarf. Her face was pale and expensive like a china doll, with cheekbones high and sharp enough to shave with. Rain ran off her steaming coat in rivulets, puddling on the bare floorboards. A cloud of perfume surrounded her, demanding too much attention.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Paul Newman lives in California with his wife and daughter. He sleeps with the closet light on and a cricket bat next to the bed... just in case. You can find more of his stories at:


http://logicalvoodoo.com/

TO READ THE WAKING UP FROM THE BIG SLEEP CLICK HERE

Next week: David Price has an Angel of Mercy.
Coming soon: The return of Anonymous-9 with The Master Bedroom.

KINDLE PULP!

KINDLE PULP!

MORE PULP FOR YOUR KINDLE FOR UNDER A BUCK!

INVESTIGATOR MARTIN HEWITT COLLECTION!

THREE BOOKS FEATURING, MARTING HEWITT, INVESTIGATOR, IN ONE VOLUME!

ARTHUR MORRISON


A collection of the "Martin Hewitt" detective stories by English journalist and author, Arthur Morrison (1863-1945).

His detective stories featuring the investigator Martin Hewitt, although virtually unknown today, were enormously popular during the late 1890s and early 1900s. At one time he was second in popularity only to Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories.

Morrison's Martin Hewitt was an imitation of Sherlock Holmes, but inverted: he was ordinary, short, good tempered and gladly cooperated with the police.

Included in this volume:
Story 1 -- Martin Hewitt, Investigator
Story 2 -- Collected Detective Stories
Story 3 -- The Red Triangle

Wonderful, well-written thrilling and vigorous mystery stories. A must-have for classic mystery fans!

FOR MORE INFO CLICK HERE

PULP CORNER!

PULP CORNER!

SFWA GRAND MASTER ROBERT SILVERBERG TALKS PULPS

COOL INTERVIEW VIA OCTOPULPS . . .

I was a staff writer for Amazing, turning in two or three space operas a month. The editor of Amazing at that time was either Howard Browne or Paul Fairman—Browne quit somewhere in early 1957 to return to freelance writing, and turned the magazine over to his assistant editor, Fairman. I was taken onto the staff in the summer of 1955, when I was still in college, and proceeded to sell Browne a lot of stories that he had previously rejected from me as a freelancer (he never read unsolicited stories; everything was staff written and the outside stories went back instantly with nice rejection slips) as well as a lot of stuff written to order. I was just a kid and delighted to be part of it: you brought your week's work in on Monday morning and your agent had the check the next day. In any case when Cele Goldsmith replaced Fairman around 1959 she did away with the staff system entirely.

FOR THE FULL INTERVIEW CLICK HERE

A TIP OF THE TENTACLE TO PULP 2.0

NOIR CORNER ~ MYSTERY MOVIE SERIES OF 1940S HOLLYWOOD!

NOIR CORNER ~ MYSTERY MOVIE SERIES OF 1940S HOLLYWOOD!

RON BACKER


Ellery Queen, Boston Blackie, Michael Shayne, Dick Tracy, the Falcon…these are but a few of the celebrated fictional sleuths who appeared in popular Hollywood movie mystery series. This volume focuses on 19 series (146 films) that were primarily released during the ¡940s.

The properties range from such enduring favorites as Sherlock Holmes and The Saint to such lesserknown efforts as the Whistling comedies with Red Skelton and the Monogram Shadow features.

Included is an overview of the source material, the individual films, the performers who acted in them, a review for each film and a discussion of quality and cohesiveness of the mystery plot.


Softcover ~ 7×10 ~ $45

MCFARLAND

KATO #1!

KATO #1!

COMING IN APRIL!

More Green Hornet excitement from Dynamite as they present an incredible spin-off featuring the all-new Kato and the mysterious Black Hornet!

Featuring elements direct from Kevin Smith’s unproduced screenplay, writer Ande Parks – joined by the sensational Alé Garza – fills in the blanks on the new Kato, the old Kato and the mystery of the Black Hornet!

“Not my Father’s Daughter” is filled with excitement, action, intrigue and more – 5 issues of Fury as the world of Kato old and new is rocked forever and sets a course that intertwines with the destiny and legend of the Green Hornet!


Writer: Ande Parks
Art: Alé Garza
Main Cover: Joe Benitez

DOC SAVAGE: THE MAN OF BRONZE TP!

DOC SAVAGE: THE MAN OF BRONZE TP!

COMING IN MAY!

Written by Roy Thomas, Steve Englehart, Gardner Fox and Tony Isabella, art by Ross Andru, Tom Palmer and others, cover by John Buscema.

Originally published in 1972, these adaptations of 1930s pulp adventures include "The Man of Bronze," "Death in Silver," "The Monsters" and "Brand of the Werewolf," and are collected for the first time from the pages of DOC SAVAGE #1-8.

176 pages ~ $17.99

DOC SAVAGE #1!

DOC SAVAGE #1!

THE MAN OF BRONZE IN HIS OWN SERIES AT LAST!

COMING IN APRIL!

Doc Savage is the target of a brazen attack on New York City! Tragedy will strike one of Doc's compatriots, and someone may not survive the opening pages of "The Lord of Lightning!"

Written by Paul Malmont, national best-selling author of The Chinatown Death-Cloud Peril, with art by Howard Porter!

And don't miss the hard-hitting JUSTICE, INC. co-feature, starring Richard Benson, the Avenger!

When criminals abduct one of his own detectives, Benson's icy heart sears with a rage hotter than any he's ever known. "Worst Nightmare" begins here, written by crime novelist Jason Starr, with art by Scott Hampton!

40 pages ~ $3.99

THE BLACK BAT OMNIBUS ~ VOLUME 1!

THE BLACK BAT OMNIBUS ~ VOLUME 1!

NORMAN A. DANIELS

INTRODUCTION BY TOM JOHNSON

D.A. Tony Quinn, blinded by a criminal's acid, begins a new career in his quest to fight crime as the Black Bat!

This collection contains the first three adventures of the Black Bat:
"Brand of the Black Bat"

"Murder Calls the Black Bat"
"The Black Bat Strikes Again"

All uncut and restored.

The first volume of the complete reprinting of the series.

400 pages
$29.95

ALTUS PRESS

THE SWEENEY!

THE SWEENEY!

ANOTHER VINTAGE BRITISH MOVIE POSTER VIA THE TAINTED ARCHIVE!

MEMORIES ~ SWING DANCING!

AGE OF ACES PRESENTS!

AGE OF ACES PRESENTS!

DOWNLOADABLE PDF AIR WAR PULP STORIES!

NEW THIS WEEK!

HELL’S HANGAR

DONALD E. KEYHOE

JULY 1938 FLYING ACES

FEATURING RICHARD KNIGHT


Save for some strange, organ-like trills that had sounded from his radio, Dick Knight’s flight had been uneventful. But Knight did not know that those weird tones he had heard were the ominous notes of an overture to a drama of death. Nor did he know that just five minutes before, a gaunt Prussian, with feverish eyes on a black clock, had whispered: “Five more minutes! Only five more minutes to wait after all these years!”

TO READ OR DOWNLOAD CLICK HERE

1945!



THANKS TO PULP 2.0 FOR THIS GEM

COCKTAIL NATION #110 ~ TIKI SHARK MOVES UP THE ISLAND!

COCKTAIL NATION #110 ~ TIKI SHARK MOVES UP THE ISLAND!

On the show this week, Koop talks to Brad Parker from Tiki Shark to find out what is happening on the big island. The official word on the Hawaiian music awards is out with two big contenders for the exotica category. Koop will also take a look at the world of swank and find some cool events for us to attend, and some fantastic film noir movies to pick up.

TRACKLIST:

Blue Zombies ~ Fever
Octobop ~ GirlTalk
Kava Kon ~ The Killing River
Abbe Lane ~ Oyeme Mama
Patti Page ~ Love for sale
Jimmy Vargas ~ Twilight Fifth and Main
Lucas Vigor ~ Muito E Votando
Esquivel ~ Surfboard
Annie Ross ~ I Don’t Wanna Cry
B Sharp Big Band ~ Kick in the Head
Frank Wess ~ Blues for a Playmate
Frank Sinatra ~ The World on a String
Blue Martini’s ~ Great City
Project Pimento ~ Heart
Billy May ~ I Gotta Have you
Martini Kings ~ Soft Sounds
Xavier Cugat ~ Zombie

TO LISTEN OR DOWNLOAD CLICK HERE

Friday, January 22, 2010

KINDLE PULP!

KINDLE PULP!

KAI LUNG CHRONICLES BOOK ONE: THE WALLET OF KAI LUNG ~ THE PULP FICTION CLASSIC!

ERNEST BRAMAH

This edition has a linked "Table of Contents" and has been beautifully formatted (searchable and interlinked) to work on your Amazon e-book reader, Amazon Desktop Reader and your ipod e-book reader.

First published 1900, this is a collection of Kai Lung’s entertaining tales, told professionally in the market places as he travelled about; told sometimes to occupy and divert the minds of his enemies when they were intent on torturing him.

With Kai Lung, author Ernest Bramah invented a form of Mandarin English that has never been successfully copied although many have tried.

The Kai Lung stories are studded with proverbs and aphorisms that delight:

- “He who lacks a single tael sees many bargains.”

- “It is a mark of insincerity of purpose to spend one’s time in looking for the sacred Emperor in low-class teashops.”

- “It has been said there are few situations in life that cannot be honourably settled, and without loss of time, either by suicide, a bag of gold or by thrusting a despised antagonist over the edge of a precipice on a dark night.”

Full of intrigue and adventure, this classic is a must for pulp literature fans!


FUN PULPNESS AND IT'S FREE!

FOR MORE INFO CLICK HERE

COVERT OPS: VEGAS HEIST!

AN EVENING AT THE BUDDIES LOUNGE #86!

AN EVENING AT THE BUDDIES LOUNGE #86!

Join the BIG W every Friday as he continues to explore, with drink in hand, the Space-Age Pop Hi-Fi musical sounds of the 1950’s and the 1960’s! TONIGHT we celebrate the big bad trumpet sounds of AL (He’s The King) HIRT! For the next hour sit back and enjoy Al’s Dixieland gypsy caravan and snake emporium as they swing into the Buddies Lounge in LIVING STEREO.

PLAYLIST:

• Bourbon Street Parade
• Sugar Lips
• Cornet Chop Suey
• One O’Clock Jump
• The Green Hornet Theme
• Little Gold Ring
• Begin The Beguine
• Just Because ( with Ann-Margret)
• Theme from The Monkess
• That’s A-Plenty
• Calypsoul
• The Fox
• Candy Man Jones
• The Happy Trumpet
• Java ( with the Boston Pops)
• I Love Paris
• I’m On My Way
• Theme from Get Smart
• Wilkommen
• Rumpus

TO LISTEN OR DOWNLOAD CLICK HERE

THE SCOOP SISTERS!

THE SCOOP SISTERS!

NEW FROM ICEBOX RADIO THEATER

"THE SCOOP SISTERS: NEW SCHOOL BLUES" CONCLUDES WITH THIS EXCITING EPISODE STARRING KAREN SHICKELL, VICKI OLSON AND RACHEL ADAMS AS THE MAVENS OF MYSTERY. AND AFTER THE SHOW, ENJOY A PEAK INTO THE IBRT'S CREATIVE PROCESS WITH A NEW FEATURE: NAKED RADIO!

TO LISTEN OR DOWNLOAD CLICK HERE

THE PICTURE IN THE HOUSE!

THE PICTURE IN THE HOUSE!

NEW FROM 19 NOCTURNE BOULEVARDQ!

ADAPTED BY JULIE HOVERSON FROM THE STORY BY H.P. LOVECRAFT

A TALE OF A WEIRD ENCOUNTER WITH A STRANGE OLD MAN.

"WHAT KIND OF A PLACE IS IT?

WHY IT'S A BROWNSTONE DINNER PARTY, CAN'T YOU TELL?"

TO LISTEN OR DOWNLOAD CLICK HERE

Thursday, January 21, 2010

FORGOTTEN BOOKS: EARLY AUTUMN!

FORGOTTEN BOOKS: EARLY AUTUMN!

ROBERT B. PARKER

Yeah, okay, I know – this isn’t exactly a forgotten book, but I’m still kind of haunted by Parker’s passing. As a result, I wanted to take this week’s Forgotten Book entry to talk about one of Parker’s earliest Spenser novels – one which, for me, stands above the rest.

Early Autumn was Spenser’s seventh outing, a novel in which Parker was really beginning to hit his stride, stretching the private eye novel beyond its traditional boundaries. A few books later, Parker would lose his way for a short while, before hitting stride again and changing the face of hardboiled prose forever.

The plot in Early Autumn is simple. Paul Giacomin, is a young boy at the center of a custody dispute. It’s not that either of his parents want him – they just don’t want the other to have him. With the vitriol between the parents, Paul has become a pawn ripe for kidnapping and Spenser is hired to protect him.

Protecting Paul, however, becomes more to Spenser than keeping him safe for a short time. Spenser obligates himself into finding a way to protect Paul long-term – as in for the rest of his quite miserable life.

Paul is a social misfit both mentally and physically. He’s not just a nerd, and he’s way beyond a slacker. There is little hope for him as a human being if the path he’s on doesn’t change soon. However, he has none of the skills or motivations needed to rescue himself, and there’s nobody else in his life who isn’t too self-centered to have anything to offer.

Enter Spenser’s code – autonomy. Spenser understands autonomy. He knows he can offer the kid only a crash course in self-awareness, but somehow he has to make it stick. Virtually, kidnapping Paul himself, Spenser devotes a summer to teaching him to box, to weight lift, and the skills needed to build a house in a remote area – all of this teaching self-worth. These are skills Spenser was taught on his own road to autonomy, and he believes it is his duty to pass them on.

The mystery here is not so much about solving a case, but about solving life’s bad situations – a form to which Parker often returns. With help from Hawk, Spenser sets Paul on a path to be able to break himself away from his self-destructive parents, leaving Spenser as a sort of unofficial ward.

It is through this unconventional mystery set up – the solving of the life situation taking precedent over the solving of the relatively simple mystery – that Parker begins to change the face of the hardboiled novel. The character of Spenser becomes vested in his code. No longer can it be something that only works for him. The code must be important enough and versatile enough to work for Paul – the complete antithesis of Spenser. If Paul fails to evolve, then Spenser has failed, his code has failed, and everything he honors becomes less. If Spenser fails with Paul, he faces his own self-destruction.

Parker’s power as a writer is not just in the sound of the words on the page (to steal one of his own phrases), but in the echoes of those words – what is said while unsaid. This is Parker’s legacy – to make the reader see possibilities and realities beyond the simple story in which they are caught.

To read Parker is to hear the beauty of his words on the page, and allow that beauty, like the melody of a great song, to effortlessly deliver on both the conscious and subconscious level.

There have been many imitators, and there will continue to be many more. Parker, however, used imitation to become an original – a trick as rare as the failure of his code.

NOIR CORNER ~ NOIR CITY!

GRITTY REBOOTS!

GRITTY REEBOOTS!

CRACKED.COM GIVES US SOME VERY FUN POSTERS AS THEY SHOW US WHAT COULD HAPPEN "IF HOLLYWOOD DECIDED TO GIVE EVERYTHING A GRITTY REEBOOT . . ."

So word came out that they have scrapped Spider-Man 4 in favor of a gritty "reboot" of the series, to do what Batman Begins and Casino Royale did for their franchises. We asked you to show us what it'll look like when they take all this grittiness too far.

TO CHECK OUT ALL THE POSTERS CLICK HERE

CARRY ON SPYING!

CARRY ON SPYING!

THE TAINTED ARCHIVE HAS A COOL POST TODAY ON THE BRITISH CARRY ON FILMS . . .

They could never be considered high cinematic art - indeed film critics, at least those that do notice them at all, regard them with a sneer. They are a nonsense, the British saucey postcard given life, a retread of the same childish humour over and over again, a diversion for breast obsessed, Sun newspaper reading Brits.

They are, of course the Carry On films and no matter what the critics say, they are very much a British institution. Woefully old fashioned in these overly politically correct times, the series was responsible for titillating generation after generation of British schoolboys, and quite a few dads too. But look beneath the surface and the Carry On series, for the most part, represents the British music hall from which many of its star performers hailed.

WIKIPEDIA GIVES US THIS SYNOPSIS OF CARRY ON SPYING FROM 1964 . . .

A top secret chemical formula has been stolen by STENCH (the Society for the Total Extinction of Non-Conforming Humans). Fearful of what would happen if that formula fell into the wrong hands, the Chief of the secret service, reluctantly sends the only agent he has left, the bumbling and snide Agent Desmond Simpkins, (Kenneth Williams), and his three trainees, Agent Harold Crump, (Bernard Cribbins), Agent Daphne Honeybutt, (Barbara Windsor), and Agent Charlie Bind (Charles Hawtrey), to find the formula.

The Agents are hot on the trail, chasing the villains across the world. Their pursuit takes them to Vienna, and to Algiers. Upon the way they encounter the STENCH agents, the Fat Man and Milchmann (who stole the formula disguised as a milkman). Unfortunately the agents' lack of experience results in their contact agent, Carstairs (Jim Dale), being floored in an encounter with the Fat Man, and they also encounter the mysterious Lila (Dilys Laye), of whom they are uncertain if they can trust.

TO READ THE FULL POST AT THE TAINTED ARCHIVE CLICK HERE

P.S. CAN ANY OF MY FELLOW C.O.B.R.A.S., OR ANYONE ELSE OUT THERE, TELL ME HOW OR WHEN 'THE FEZ' BECAME AN ICON TO REPRESENT ESPIONAGE?

BURN NOTICE TONIGHT!

BURN NOTICE TONIGHT!

Burn Notice returns tonight with an all-new episode!

When a recently widowed woman hires Michael and Fiona to get her away from a group of violent con men, Michael turns to Madeline (Sharon Gless) for help — but he may ask her to go too far.

Cagney & Lacey are reunited as Tyne Daly guest-stars in "A Dark Road", premiering tonight at 10/9C.

THIS WEEK ON THE BURN NOTICE SITE:


Covert Ops: Vegas Heist - Help Nate Westen track down a missing friend in the all-new interactive game Covert Ops: Vegas Heist. Register and you could win weekly prizes, plus a chance at the grand prize: a brand new Hyundai Genesis Coupe! This week's mission: Find the Limo!

Matt Nix Interview - Wondering what to expect in Season 3.5? In this all-new video interview, Burn Notice creator Matt Nix talks about Gilroy (the latest villain), Michael's new clients, upcoming guest stars, spectacular stunt scenes, and much more!

Surviving the Spy Trade - Only a select few can make it in the spy trade. It's not just about survival skills; you need to keep your cover ID, protect your assets and complete your objectives. Take this quiz and find out how long you'd last!
Ask a Spy - Michael's spy skills are not only used in life-or-death situations, but also in everyday life. Watch the latest Ask a Spy video to see what tips Michael gives as he answers this burning question: What key phrases should I learn when traveling aborad?

See it Like a Spy - Michael Westen has a knack for improvising gadgets, but how does your own spy savvy compare? We'll name a different gadget, and you'll have to decide which items will get the job done. This week: building a simple Metal Detector.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Y/A CORNER ~ THE VINYL PRINCESS!

Y/A CORNER ~ THE VINYL PRINCESS!

YVONNE PRINZ


Summer is here, and 16-year-old Allie, a self-professed music geek, is exactly where she wants to be: working full-time at Berkeley’s ultra-cool Bob and Bob Records. There, Allie can spend her days bantering with the street people, talking the talk with the staff, shepherding the uncool bridge-and-tunnel shoppers, all the while blissfully surrounded by music, music, music.

It’s the perfect setup for her to develop her secret identity as The Vinyl Princess, author of both a brand-new zine and blog. From the safety of her favorite place on earth, Allie is poised to have it all: love, music and blogging. Her mother, though, is actually the one getting the dates, and business at Allie’s beloved record store is becoming dangerously slow—not to mention that there have been a string of robberies in the neighborhood.
At least her blog seems to be gaining interest, one vinyl junkie at a time….

SWING LADIES, SWING!

SWING LADIES, SWING!

A TRIBUTE TO SINGERS OF THE SWING ERA ~ CAROL WELSMAN ~ 2006

A NICE ENTRY FROM JENSENBRAZIL FEATURING ONE OF THE BEST OF THE MODERN CHANTEUSES

TRACK LIKST:


01. HONEYSUCKLE ROSE
02. THE REST OF YOUR LIFE?
03. FEVER
04. NEVER LET ME GO
05. MORE THAN YOU KNOW
06. CHEEK TO CHEEK
07. BLACK COFFEE
08. TAKING A CHANCE ON LOVE
09. OVER THE RAINBOW
10. IF I WERE A BELL
11. GOD BLESS THE CHILD
12. DO IT AGAIN

TO DOWNLOAD CLICK HERE

ERIC SEGAL, R.I.P.

ERIC SEGAL, R.I.P.

REGARDING THE RECENT PASSING OF ERIC SEGAL, MY RUNNING BUDDY, JOHN BORK (WITH WHOM I HAVE RUN WITH ALMOST EVERY DAY FOR SIXTEEN YEARS), PASSED THIS BIT OF INFORMATION ALONG TO ME FROM HIS FRIEND, RUNNING GURU ORVILLE ATKINS ~


The obituaries are not including it, but Eric Segal ran the Boston Marathon in the 1950s, ‘60's, and ‘70s.

In Boston in 1964, Segal was 3 places ahead of me [Orville]. I remember seeing him in the gym before the race at least one year. He was 63rd of 369 entrants in 2:56:30 in '64. That may have been his best marathon race.

He struggled through the 1971 Boston race with people yelling at him "Hey Segal, you run better than you write."

Segal is quoted as saying, "for me running is a spiritual affirmation."

FOR ME TOO . . .

COMIC TWART!

COMIC TWART!

A WHOLE BUNCH OF COOL ILLUSTRATORS HAVE STARTED A NEW BLOG, COMIC TWART, WITH EACH OF THEM TAKING ON A NEW ICONIC CHARACTER EACH WEEK. FIRST UP ZORRO!

TO CHECK OUT THE FANTASTIC ILLUSTRATIONS CLICK HERE

SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY MAGAZINE ISSUE #3!

SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY MAGAZINE ISSUE #3!

The third volume of "Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine" features "A Volume in Vermillion," by Kim Newman, plus fiction by Bruce I. Kilstein ("Watson's Wound"), Darrell Schweitzer ("The Death of Falstaff"), Stan Trybulski ("Tough Guys Don't Pay"), Hal Charles ("Vacation from Crime"), Jean Paiva ("Workout"), and Peter King ("Mayhem in St. Mary Meade"). Plus nonfiction by Lenny Picker ("The Non-Solitary Cyclist"), Gary Lovisi ("Notable Holmesian Paperback Pastiches & Other Oddities"), and Bob Byrne ("Meet Nero Wolfe"), as well as features by John H. Watson, M.D. and Mrs. Hudson's Household Hints. Classic reprint: "The Adventure of the Speckled Band," by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

FOR MORE DETAILS CLICK HERE

BRITISH TV DVD SALE!

BRITISH TV DVD SALE!

DEEP DISCOUNTS IS OFFERING SOME GREAT PRICES ON MANY DVD COLLECTIONS OF BRITISH TELEVISION SHOWS, INCLUDING RUMPOLE OF THE BAILEY: THE COMPLETE SEREIS $39.00, EACH SEASON OF FOYLES wAR FOR $29.00, ETC.

TO CHECK IT OUT CLICK HERE

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

ROBERT B. PARKER, R.I.P.

ROBERT B. PARKER, R.I.P.

My world is a little darker today. In January, I started rereading Parker’s Spenser novels in order. I’ve blown through the first three and have been enjoying the experience. Now comes news Parker has passed away at age 77, and my initial response is of a far greater loss than I have felt when other favorite authors have died.

A Parker novel has always been an event for me no matter what series character or genre. Many readers and critics have panned Parker for everything from similarity in plots, to similarity in series characters, to everything his Susan Silverman character has ever said or done. He’s even criticized for the large borders in most of his books. However, I believe Parker’s body of work is as important as that of Chandler and Hammett – perhaps even more so, as his first forays into the hardboiled school not only honored the past, but revived a failing genre. In my estimation, it was Parker’s work and influence on the reading public that heralded a second, brighter, golden age of hardboiled novels.

I only met the man once in passing, but I have been affected by his work probably more than any other mystery writer.

I mourn his passing.

FANTASY CORNER ~ BROOKLYN KNIGHT!

FANTASY CORNER ~ BROOKLYN KNIGHT!

C. J. HENDERSON

Professor Piers Knight is an esteemed curator at the Brooklyn Museum and is regarded by many on the staff as a revered institution of his own if not an outright curiosity. Knight’s portfolio includes lost civilizations; arcane cultures, languages, and belief; and more than a little bit of the history of magic and mysticism.What his contemporaries don't know is that in addition to being a scholar of all things ancient he is schooled in the uses of magical artifacts, the teachings of forgotten deities, and the threats of unseen dangers.

If a mysterious object surfaces, Professor Knight makes it his job to figure it out--and make sure it stays out of dangerous hands.

A contemporary on an expedition in the Middle East calls Knight's attention to a mysterious object in the collection of the Brooklyn Museum … just before it becomes the target of a sorcerous attack that leads to a siege on a local precinct house by a fire elemental.

What looks like an ordinary inscribed stone may unlock an otherworldly Armageddon that certain dark powers are all too eager to bring about--and only Piers Knight stands in their way.

Monday, January 18, 2010

CASABLANCA ~ MAX STEINER ~ 1942

CASABLANCA ~ MAX STEINER ~ 1942

JENSENBRAZIL COMES THROUGH WITH A GREAT SOUNDTRACK DOWNLOAD . . .

TRACK LISTINGS:


01 - MEDLEY: MAIN TITLE ~ PROLOGUE

02 - MEDLEY: IT HAD TO BE YOU ~ SHINE

03 - KNOCK ON WOOD

04 - RICK AND RENAULT

05 - ARRIVAL OF ILSA AND VICTOR AT RICK'S

06 - PLAY IT, SAM...PLAY 'AS TIME GOES BY'

07 - 'OF ALL THE GIN JOINTS IN ALL THE TOWNS IN ALL THE WORLD . . .'

08 - MEDLEY: PARIS MONTAGE

09 - MEDLEY: AT LA BELLE AURORE

10 - ILSA RETURNS TO RICK'S

11 - MEDLEY: DIE WACHT ~ LA MARSEILLAISE

12 - ILSA DEMANDS THE LETTERS

13 - RICK CONFRONTS ILSA AND LASZLO

14 - AIRPORT FINALE:'HERE'S LOOKING AT YOU, KID...'

15 - MEDLEY: SHINE ~ IT HAD TO BE YOU

16 - DAT'S WHAT NOAH DONE

17 - KNOCK ON WOOD

18 - MEDLEY: ILSA RETURNS ~
AS TIME GOES BY

19 - MEDLEY: LASZLO ~ AS TIME GOES BY

20 - AS TIME GOES BY (COMPLETE VOCAL)

TO DOWNLOAD CLICK HERE

THE CAT'S MEOW!

FANTASY CORNER ~ GHOSTS OF MANHATTAN!

FANTASY CORNER ~ GHOSTS OF MANHATTAN!

GEORGE MANN

INTRODUCING THE WORLD'S FIRST STEAMPUNK SUPERHERO!

1926. New York. The Roaring Twenties. Jazz. Flappers. Prohibition. Coal-powered cars. A cold war with a British Empire that still covers half of the globe. Yet things have developed differently to established history. America is in the midst of a cold war with a British Empire that has only just buried Queen Victoria, her life artificially preserved to the age of 107. Coal-powered cars roar along roads thick with pedestrians, biplanes take off from standing with primitive rocket boosters, and monsters lurk behind closed doors and around every corner.

This is a time in need of heroes. It is a time for The Ghost. A series of targeted murders are occurring all over the city, the victims found with ancient Roman coins placed on their eyelids after death. The trail appears to lead to a group of Italian American gangsters and their boss, who the mobsters have dubbed "The Roman."

However, as The Ghost soon discovers, there is more to The Roman than at first appears, and more bizarre happenings that he soon links to the man, including moss-golems posing as mobsters and a plot to bring an ancient pagan god into the physical world in a cavern beneath the city.

As The Ghost draws nearer to The Roman and the center of his dangerous web, he must battle with foes both physical and supernatural and call on help from the most unexpected of quarters if he is to stop The Roman and halt the imminent destruction of the city.

COMING IN JUNE 2010

Y/A CORNER ~ THE RED PYRAMID!

Y/A CORNER ~ THE RED PYRAMID!

THE KANE CHRONICLES: BOOK ONE!

RICK RIORDAN

Since their mother’s death, Carter and Sadie have become near strangers. While Sadie has lived with her grandparents in London, her brother has traveled the world with their father, the brilliant Egyptologist, Dr. Julius Kane.

One night, Dr. Kane brings the siblings together for a "research experiment" at the British Museum, where he hopes to set things right for his family. Instead, he unleashes the Egyptian god Set, who banishes him to oblivion and forces the children to flee for their lives.

Soon, Sadie and Carter discover that the gods of Egypt are waking, and the worst of them--Set--has his sights on the Kanes. To stop him, the siblings embark on a dangerous journey across the globe--a quest that brings them ever closer to the truth about their family, and their links to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs.

WITH HIS PERCY JACKSON FRANCHISE HITTING THE BIG SCREEN, RIORDAN IS ON A BIG ROLL. THERE’S LITTLE DOUBT THIS NEW SERIES (SWITCHING FROM GREEK GODS TO EGYPTIAN) WILL ONLY ADD TO HIS CLOUT AND REPUTATION . . .

DEADLY HANDS OF KUNG FU!

DEADLY HANDS OF KUNG-FU!

THE DIVERSIONS OF THE GROOVY KIND BLOG, DEDICATED TO COMICS OF THE ‘70s, HAS A COOL SPLASH OF COVERS FROM THE WONDERFUL B&W OVERSIZED COMIC THE DEADLY HANDS OF KUNG FU, INCLUDING THE ABOVE ROGER MOORE ERA JAMES BOND ISSUE.

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Sunday, January 17, 2010

BLACK BEETLE ~ KARA BOCEK!

BLACK BEETLE ~ KARA BOCEK!

THERE IS SOME GREAT ART AND STORYTELLING BY FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA GOING ON OVER AT PULP SUNDAY.

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THE CAT'S MEOW ~ DOUBLE PLAY!

STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT!

STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT!

FRANK SINATRA’S STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT REISSUED IN DELUXE EDITION BY CONCORD MUSIC GROUP WITH THREE BONUS TRACKS!


With his biggest single as its centerpiece, the album won four Grammy Awards pairing the Chairman with arranger Nelson Riddle and producers Jimmy Bowen and Sonny Burke.

TRACK LISTING

1. Strangers In The Night
2. Summer Wind
3. All Or Nothing At All
4. Call Me
5. You're Driving Me Crazy
6. On a Clear Day (You Can See Forever)
7. My Baby Just Cares For Me
8. Downtown
9. Yes Sir, That's My Baby
10. The Most Beautiful Girl In The World

BONUS TRACKS

11. Strangers In The Night (LIVE: Budokan Hall, Tokyo, Japan, April 18, 1985)
12. All Or Nothing At All (LIVE: Budokan Hall, Tokyo, Japan, April 18, 1985)
13. Yes Sir, That's My Baby (ALTERNATE TAKE: Original Reprise recording session, May 11, 1966)

“Strangers in the Night” was Frank Sinatra’s best-selling single and — between the single and its namesake album — the recipient of four Grammy Awards including Record of the Year in 1966. But it almost didn’t get to market in time, with Bobby Darin and Jack Jones cutting the song at the same time.

Sinatra’s version was the hit, displacing the Beatles’ “Paperback Writer” to the #2 position in 1966 and proving the biggest hit of his career. The album shot to the top of the charts as well. Even in the rock ’n’ roll era, nine-time Grammy recipient Frank Sinatra was still the Chairman and one of the most important musical figures of the 20th Century, selling more than 27 million CDs in the SoundScan era alone.

On January 26, 2010, Concord Records, on license from Frank Sinatra Enterprises (FSE), will release Strangers in the Night: Deluxe Edition, a digitally remastered reissue of Sinatra’s classic album featuring three bonus tracks and liner notes by Ken Barnes. The deluxe edition contains all ten of the original Reprise Records album’s songs as well as three previously unreleased additions: “Strangers in the Night” and “All or Nothing at All,” both recorded live at Budokan Hall in Tokyo in the ’80s, and an alternate take of “Yes Sir, That’s My Baby” from the original 1966 album sessions.

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THE BACHELOR PAD!

THE BACHELOR PAD!

Esquivel—Mini Skirt (Theme Music)
Connie Francis—Bossa Nova Hand Dance
John Buzon Trio—Squatty Roo
Dean Martin—Standing On The Corner
Perez Prado—Mama Yo Quiero
June Christy—One Note Samba
Joey Altruda—Cha-Cha #69
Martini Kings—Black Orpheus
The In Group—Cherry Beat
Elliott Fisher—Our Man Flint
Billy May—I'll Have To Change My Plan
Hugo Montenegro—Perfidia
Chris Connor—Gone with the Wind
Jackie Gleason Velvet Brass—Skyliner
Martin Denny—Stranger In Paradise
Neal Hefti—Blues For Jean
Jeri Southern—Let's Fly Away
Sadi Quartet—Blue Sunrise
Frank Sinatra—It's Nice To Go Trav'ling
Les Baxter—Jungalero
Louis Prima—5 Months, 2 Weeks, 2 Days
Milt Buckner—Wild Scene
Warren Barker—Swingin' On The Strip
Abbe Lane—No Good to Me
Si Zentner—There's No You
Lambert, Hendricks & Ross—Twisted
Don Tiki—The Forbidden Finger
Jimmy Vargas—High Heels, Black Stockings
Moon-Rays—Lament for a Trapped Spy
Lavay Smith—Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You?
Wayne Newton—Shangi-La
Fisherman—Otto's Shruken Isle
Arthur Lyman—Black Orchid
Don Ralke & His Orchestra—Love Walked In
Jack Jones—Start Of Something
Ferrante & Teicher—Poinciana
Kirby Stone Four—Bangles and Beads
Terry Snyder—Blue is the night
David Rose—Banned in Boston

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REMEMBER WENN!

REMEMBER WENN!

I received a copy of all four seasons of this wonderful little half-hour comedy on DVD as a Christmas gift. 56 episodes on 16 disks. I don’t want to enquire too deeply as to origins of the set, as it will probably turn out to be a pirated knockoff from China, or elsewhere, although, the picture and sound quality is excellent.

Created and written by Rupert Holmes, Remember WENN was set in the late 1930's and early 1940's at radio station WENN in Pittsburgh. A miniscule budget combined with an overworked staff made daily programming a challenge, but the staff of WENN always rise to the occasion, usually with hilarious results. It aired from 1996 to 1998 on the American Movie Channel cable network and was an early shot by AMC at original programming.

In the spirit of the era in which it is set, Remember WENN is a show the whole family can enjoy. It makes you want to curl up to the TV, just as people from the 1940s would have done around their radios, and become involved in character's lives.

Centering around the misadventures of a young writer named Betty Roberts, who has moved from Elkheart, Indiana, to the big city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to become a writer for radio. Quickly she realizes the cast and crew of WENN are special and she is determined to keep the station on the air.

The show cleverly weaves the personal lives of the actors with the characters they play on the broadcast shows, with romance in, off, and on the air.

The writing, the cast, and the directing are all first rate. This is a real gem, and I’m enjoying watching it all the way through again.