Saturday, May 8, 2010

DOC SAVAGE PODCAST!

DOC SAVAGE PODCAST!

JESSE OVER AT THE SFF AUDIO BLOG GIVES US THE LOW DOWN . . .


Uvula Audio, the fiction podcasts produced by James Campanella, is premiering today simultaneously two Doc Savage novels back to back—The Fortress of Solitude and The Devil Genghis. Sez Jim:


Back in October of 1938, Lester Dent finally bowed to pressure from his fans and publishers and decided to reveal Doc’s major secret—the exact nature of his “Fortress Of Solitude.” Of course, in doing so, Dent realized that he would have to create a legendary villain that would become the only rogue ever to escape from Doc and come back in a sequel. That villain was John Sunlight—you have to admit even his name is seriously cool and since he is so completely black of heart, The Sunlight name is a bit of an ironic joke that characterizes the very dark bad guy.


Hitler was not quite an internationally insane figure on the scene yet so it is interesting that according to writer Will Murray, John sunlight was modeled on another power hungry nutcase—Napoleon Bonaparte. As Murray says on the European stage napoleon’s legacy of conquest still held the distinction for the most bloodthirsty even until the late 30’s.


Dent originally in his notes made Sunlight tall and gaunt like Rasputin, but when Fortress was actually published, sunlight is described with a high forehead and burning deep-socketed eyes. This is the way that napoleon was often described. Sunlight is further described as a malevolent monster who desired nothing more than to bend mankind to his wicked will.


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MCGINNIS & MODESTY!

BEAT TO A PULP #73 ~ OYSTER POINT

BEAT TO A PULP #73 ~ OYSTER POINT

EIRIK GUMENY


At the edge of the world, in the low country of South Carolina, was a bustling port city by the name of Charles Town. And at the end of that city, overlooking the Charles Town harbor and, on a clear day, the Atlantic Ocean, a short walk from the Half-Moon Bastion, was a stately parcel of land referred to by the locals as Oyster Point. And it was here, where the lush, green grass of the lowlands diffused into sand and smooth stone and tumbled into the bluest water a man could ever wish to see, that something unpleasant was occurring . . .


ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Eirik Gumeny is the author of the novel Exponential Apocalypse and the editor of Jersey Devil Press. His short fiction has appeared in Thieves Jargon, Mud Luscious, Monkeybicycle, and Nefarious Muse, among others. More information and a full list of his published works can be found at: www.egumeny.blogspot.com


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COCKTAIL NATION #123 ~ COMBUSTIBLE EDISON!

COCKTAIL NATION #123 ~ COMBUSTIBLE EDISON!

Thanks to Tiki Shark, it’s the Cocktail Nation with Koop Kooper. This week, Koop talks to two members of the band that started it all – an interview Koop has wanted to do since he started this show – we’re talking about Combustible Edison! The Millionaire and Miss Lilly Banquette join Koop.


Kooper has also been raiding the charity bins, and so the fruits of his kneeling will be revealed. Plus he’ll check out his own website for the album cover art. He also hast some places for you to be seen at with out look at the world of swank.


PLAYLIST:


Pink Martini ~ Ohayoo Ohio

Martini Kings ~ Nylon Jungle

Combustible Edison ~ Millionaires Holiday

Combustible Edison ~ Vertigogo

Spy Fi ~ WEB Theme

Hal Mooney ~ Holiday For Strings

Norrie Parramoor ~ Always In My Heart

Don Tiki ~ Bla Bla Cha Cha

Skip Heller ~ Watch Us Burn

Herbie Marks Trio ~ Little Grass Shack in

Martin Denny ~ Off shore

Jack Costanzo ~ Blue Prelude

Lushy-Springtime

Bob Thompson ~ Starfire

Al Caiola ~ Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars


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MCGINNIS & MODESTY!

Friday, May 7, 2010

ONE FROM THE HART!

ONE FROM THE HART!

STEFANIE POWERS ~ NOVEMBER 2010


A memoir from Stefanie Powers, the actress best known for her roles in the popular TV series Hart to Hart and The Girl From U.N.C.L.E.


Powers is celebrated for her starring role of Jennifer Hart in the TV classic Hart to Hart, and as April Dancer in the cult favorite The Girl From U.N.C.L.E., plus many other hits of the stage and screen in a long and award-winning career.


Throughout her busy professional life, starting in her teens, she has devoted time and energy to promoting fitness and natural well-being through the Pilates exercise system. She believes fervently in a healthy work-life balance, maintaining that fitness enhances all of life, both professional and personal – and especially in the later years.

PULP CENTRAL: BLOOD 'N' THUNDER!

PULP CENTRAL: BLOOD 'N' THUNDER!

LATEST ISSUE (#26) ALMOST READY TO SHIP!


The latest issue of BLOOD 'N' THUNDER (which previewed at Windy City and will shortly be mailed to subscribers) features a lengthy comparison of the 1910 novel HOPALONG CASSIDY with the 1935 movie adapted from it. The article gives background on Mulford and reprints rare photos of the author in his office, including one that shows him reading SHORT STORIES, the pulp that serialized most of his post-1922 novels.


COMING SOON:


BLOOD 'N' THUNDER plans to reprint Gordon Young's "Hurricane" Williams novel "Savages" which was serialized in the August 3, 18, and September 3, 1919 issues of ADVENTURE. This will be a deluxe trade paperback edition.

BRONTE SISTERS POWER DOLLS!

MCGINNIS & MODESTY!

MCGINNIS & MODESTY!

THE ROBERT MCGINNIS COVER OF THE FIRST FAWCETT-CREST MODESTY BLAISE PAPERBACK WAS ALSO USED, IT SEEMS, FOR A FOREIGN PAPERBACK COVER OF A HENRY KANE NOVEL.


THE TRANSLATION WAS PUBLISHED IN FINLAND IN 1966 ~ THE ORIGINAL KANE BOOK IS TITLED PETER CHAMBERS #13: DEATH ON THE DOUBLE.


HAT TIP TO MODESTY BLAISE NEWS

ANICA KOVAC AS MODESTY BLAISE!

ANICA KOVAC AS MODESTY BLAISE!

STORY BOOK MAGAZINE GIVES US BEAUTIFUL MODEL ANICA KOVAC AS A COMIC SUPERHERO MODESTY BLAISE IN FASHION EDITORIAL . . .

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MCGINNIS & MODESTY!

SURFS UP ~ DAWN PATROL!

SURF'S UP ~ DAWN PATROL!


DON WINSLOW


Quite often I wind up late to major fiction fêtes. Usually, it’s because I’m off in some obscure fiction niche having a party virtually all by myself. Other times,it’s because I know what strikes the mainstream as great commercial fiction most often leaves me wondering what all the noise is about (The Da Vinci Code would be a prime example).


Author Don Winslow, however, started out his fiction career in one of those smaller fiction niches, so the buzz for several of his titles made them sound intriguing. However, when I tried them out, they didn’t quite grab me. I set them aside half finished and moved on.


So, when Winslow’s novel Dawn Patrol began gathering major momentum, rave reviews from around the mystery field, and began to get notice from the mainstream fiction fawners, I yawned and ignored it.


Finally, however, I had to give in. It just sounded so much like something right up my fictional alley. And having just finished reading it, I’m sitting here with my socks knocked off. Dawn Patrol was a heck of a read, an almost perfect character piece, and the best blending of surfing and mystery I’ve ever come across.


It’s as if Winslow was channeling John D. MacDonald at the height of his Travis McGee success. I can’t recommend this book enough. I am late coming to the party, but I’ve now got a non-alcoholic drink in my hand, lampshade on my head, and am leading the conga line.


I can’t wait for the sequel to The Dawn Patrol, The Gentlemen’s Hour, to be published in the USA in 2011, so I’ve ordered up the already available UK version. I ready to catch another Winslow wave.


DAWN PATROL


San Diego PI Boone Daniels would rather surf than work. While he and his fellow bronzed boarders (known collectively as the Dawn Patrol, for the time of day they hit the waves) may have real jobs, their true MO is to revel in the sun, fun, and shapely babes that populate the coastal town of Pacific Beach.


But Boone, alas, is low on cash. So when a beautiful lawyer approaches him about a missing stripper scheduled to testify in an insurance case, he takes the assignment, knowing full well that the swells expected to hit Southern California in the next couple of days will be, well, epic.


Soon, the stripper’s best friend is found dead, an apparent suicide, at a seedy motel. Boone knows it can’t be coincidence. A trail of clues leads him into the company of some shady souls, from pedophiles and plastic surgeons to thick-necked Samoan thugs. As Boone gets deeper into the investigation, he wonders whether he can dig himself out in time for high tide.


In his latest thriller (after The Winter of Frankie Machine, in 2006), critically acclaimed novelist Winslow writes with panache about the light and dark sides of San Diego and the wave-craving characters that call its celebrated coastline home.

PHANTOM CHRONICLES 2!

PHANTOM CHRONICLES 2!


NOW AVAILABLE FROM MOONSTONE BOOKS!


To the outside world, this man, seemingly immortal, has always worn the mask. As the legend grew, it transcended the life of any one mortal. And that legend became THE PHANTOM!


High adventure and intrigue in the African jungle, on the high seas, and in the streets! There is always justice that needs to be served, whether it’s in the present…or the past.


With an introduction by the Phantom creator’s Lee Falk’s daughter Diane Falk.


Blog buddy Win Scott has a story in the collection entitled No Ghost Need Apply.


Other contributors include: Harlan Ellison, Ed Gorman, Robin Wayne Bailey, Mike Bullock, Tom DeFalco, Matthew Baugh, Joe Gentile, Mark Justice, Jeff Mariotte, Joe McKinney, Nate Meyer, Will Murray, CJ Henderson, Martin Powell, and Aaron Shaps, with spot illustrations by Ruben Procopio.


Covers by Doug Klauba (softcover) and Mark Romanoski (limited edition hardcover).


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AN EVENING AT BUDDIES LOUNGE #97!

AN EVENING AT BUDDIES LOUNGE #97!

Join the “Big W” this week as he celebrates, with drink in hand, the 76th Birthday of piano giant PETER NERO! For the next hour sit back and enjoy Peter’s swingin' Space-Age 88 key sounds here at the Buddies Lounge in LIVING STEREO


PLAYLIST:


• Thou Swell

• Never On Sunday

• She Loves Me

• Show Me

• Slow Boat To China

• Orange Colored Sky

• The Silencers

• Mexican Shuffle

• Mountain Greenery

• A Room Without Windows

• St, Louis Blues

• A Walk In The Black Forest

• Don’t Speak Of Love

• Eileen’s Theme

• Sunday In New York

• The Pink Panther Theme

• When My Dream Boat Comes Home

• What’s New Pussycat?

• The Moment Of Truth

• Just One Of Those Things


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Thursday, May 6, 2010

FORGOTTEN BOOKS: MODESTY BLAISE!

FORGOTTEN BOOKS: MODESTY BLAISE!

PETER O’DONNELL


With the recent passing of author Peter O’Donnell, I was moved to go to my bookshelves and treat myself to another reading of Modesty Blaise. O’Donnell’s debut novel, featuring the enigmatic female adventurer and (semi) retired master thief, is still a joy. In the same way reading Fleming’s original Bond novels, Modesty Blaise, transports you to a time, place, and lifestyle filled with danger, coolness, and sly humor. For me, Modesty Blaise’s adventures, like Bond’s, stand alone on the page – separate from any cinematic derivatives. These are stories best enjoyed when read.


I actually came to Modesty Blaise very late in her career. In fact, almost too late. I started with Cobra Trap, a collection of short stories and literally the last of Modesty. I was so moved by the events of the last story in the collection, I needed several years' space before going back and picking up Modesty Blaise, the first of her novel adventures. When I did, however, I fell in love with Modesty with an emotion that still exists to today – I still want to be Willie Garvin.


Although I've chosen to post the cool McGinnis paperback cover above, the cover copy in my British first edition of Modesty Blaise is cringe inducing in its flat delivery, but this was typical of so many books in the mid-sixties.


MODESTY BLAISE


Intelligence Chief Tarrant said: “You can take a girl from University or the typing pool; if she’s got the right potential you can put her through Intelligence and combat training, and produce a damn good agent. But you won’t produce a Modesty Blaise. It took a rare potential and twenty-odd years of hard conditioning to do that.”


Modesty Blaise was unique – and uniquely fitted for the task of bringing down the unknowns who planned a fantastic coup to steal diamonds worth ten million pounds which the Government was paying Sheik Abu-Tahir for a vital oil concession.


But Modesty Blaise and her right arm, Willie Garvin, had dissolved The Network, the international crime organization which had made both immensely rich. Getting them to work for Tarrant’s vaguely-defined Department of the Foreign Office would be a tricky business.


Tarrant found a way to solve that problem, and the battle was on. Soon Paul Hagen was in the ring – Hagan, a first class agent who until now had known Modesty Blaise only as the woman he could not forget. And soon murder and death were also in the ring.


The unknowns were powerful, with huge resources. There came a time when Tarrant believed that the mission must fail. It was then that Modesty Blaise and Willie Garvin put themselves at desperate hazard with ‘the live bait caper.’


The story moves with increasing pace and tension from London to the South of France, across the Mediterranean to Cairo as the unknowns are located. The diamonds are stolen through a fantastically ingenious plan. The excitement rises to a tremendous climax with the final vicious battle, when Modesty Blaise and Willie Garvin fight alone against a private army of killers on the tiny monastery-island of Kalithos.


One of the delights of Modesty Blaise comes from O’Donnell already being so comfortable with the character.


In 1962, three years prior to the 1965 publication of Modesty Blaise the novel, O’Donnell was asked to create a new daily strip character for Britain’s Daily Express newspaper. He was already writing a daily strip featuring a macho male hero, so decided on a female character who would have the confidence and combat skills of male comic strip stars without losing her femininity.


PER STEVE HOLLAND'S BEAR ALLEY BLOG:


The strip was snatched up by the Evening Standard and Modesty Blaise began appearing on 13 May 1963. The strip survived the death of artist Jim Holdaway in 1970 and continued to appear until O'Donnell's retirement in 2001, with Enrique Romero (1970-79, 1986-2001), John M. Burns (1978-79), Pat Wright (1979-80) and Neville Colvin (1980-86) providing the artwork
.


O’Donnell had also previously completed a screenplay for a movie based on the Modesty Blaise daily strip. He was furious when Hollywood completely abandon his script, and instead produced a film O’Donnell disowned. Despite O’Donnell’s disapproval, the film – which was considered a major flop at the time – has become something of a cult pop-art favorite.


However, angry at the direction Hollywood took with his work, O’Donnell took his original Modesty Blaise script and used it as the basis for the first of eleven Modesty novels and two short story collections.


O'Donnell despised the inevitable Modesty Blaise/James Bond comparisons, yet they are unavoidable – and, quite frankly, Modesty measures up with no problem at all.


PER MY BUDDY TANNER'S DOUBLE O SECTION BLOG:


While it's true that reducing a character as dynamic and original as Modesty Blaise to "a female James Bond" does her a disservice, disowning that connection entirely actually does O'Donnell a disservice. He should not be overlooked by any students of spy fiction; Peter O'Donnell should be long remembered for making a crucial contribution to the genre: he created the first female superspy to permeate popular culture.


Even if she wasn't technically on the government payroll, Modesty Blaise frequently used her unique skills to aid Sir Gerald Tarrant, head of the British Secret Service. That alone would qualify her as a spy in my book, but beyond that fact, the qualifications for spydom in the Sixties had more to do with the image a character projected and the lifestyle he or she embodied than with semantics. There was more to James Bond's popularity than just his profession; he was the embodiment of cool as defined by the consumerist Jet Age.


And such is true of Modesty Blaise – from her iconic name, to her sophisticated, kick-butt image, she is one hell of a woman. Read her now!

CHANDLERIAN!

CHANDLERIAN!


PETER ROZOVSKY OVER ON HIS EVER INFORMATIVE DETECTIVES BEYOND BORDERS BLOG POSTS THIS WONDERFUL PIECE . . .


What do you mean by "Chandlerian"?


Do you mean trenchcoats, wide-brimmed hats, moody rain and moodier saxophone music, or do you mean this:


"The Filipino's legs began to jump on the floor. His body moved in sudden lunges. The brown of his face became a thick congested purple. His eyes bulged, shot with blood.


"Delaguerra let the wire go loose again.


"The Filipino gasped air into his lungs. His head sagged, then jerked back against the bedpost. He shook with a chill.


"`Si ... I talk,' he breathed."


SPANISH BLOOD ~ 1935


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THE CONSUMATE BOBBY CALDWELL!

THE CONSUMATE BOBBY CALDWELL!

NEW CD


TRACK LISTING :


01 Luck Be a Lady

02 All of Me

03 Smile

04 April Moon

05 Oh Boy (You've Really Got It Made)

06 Only the Lonely

07 The Girl I Dream About

08 The Tender Trap

09 Young At Heart

10 The Best is Yet To Come

11 Tomorrow

12 Beyond the Sea

13 All the Way

14 Under My Skin

15 Stuck On You

16 Come Rain or Come Shine


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BRITISH PULP!

BRITISH PULP!


STEVE HOLLAND’S BEAR ALLEY BLOG GIVES US A SERIES OF COVERS FROM A SHORT-LIVED BRITISH PULP SERIES, YANKEE SHORTS, FROM THE '40s.


FOR STEVE’S TAKE OF THE MAGS CLICK HERE


SCI-FI CORNER: COWBOY ANGELS!

SCI-FI CORNER: COWBOY ANGELS!


PAUL MCAULEY


The first Turing gate, a mere hundred nanometers across, is forced open in 1963, at the high-energy physics laboratory in Brookhaven; three years later, the first man to travel to an alternate history takes his momentous step, and an empire is born.


For fifteen years, the version of America that calls itself the Real has used its Turing gate technology to infiltrate a wide variety of alternate Americas, rebuilding those wrecked by nuclear war, fomenting revolutions and waging war to free others from Communist or Fascist rule, and establishing a Pan-American Alliance. Then a nation exhausted by endless strife elects Jimmy Carter on a reconstruction and reconciliation ticket, the CIA's covert operations are wound down, and the Real begins to wage peace rather than war.


But some people believe that it is the Real's manifest destiny to impose its idea of truth, justice and the American way in every known alternate history, and they're prepared to do anything to reverse Carter's peacenik doctrine. When Adam Stone, a former CIA field officer, one of the Cowboy Angels who worked covertly in other histories, volunteers for reactivation after an old friend begins a killing spree across alternate histories, his mission uncovers a startling secret about the operation of the Turing gates, and leads him into the heart of an audicious conspiracy to change the history of every America in the multiverse -- including our own.


Cowboy Angels is a vivid, helter-skelter thriller in which one version of America discovers the true cost of empire-building, and one man discovers that an individual really can make a difference.

THE DARRIN DILEMMA!

THE DARRIN DILEMMA!


NEW FROM 19 NOCTURNE BOULEVARD . . .


WRITTEN BY JULIE HOVERSON


YOU EVER FEEL LIKE SOMEONE'S WATCHING YOU?


IF PEOPLE REALLY ARE WATCHING YOU, DOES THAT MEAN YOU'RE NOT PARANOID?


WHAT KIND OF A PLACE IS IT?

WHY IT'S A TYPICAL SUBURBAN LIVING ROOM, LIKE YOU SEE ON TV ALL THE TIME - CAN'T YOU TELL?


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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

KILLER COVER!

KILLER COVER!


THE RAP SHEET’S J. KINGSTON PIERCE BRINGS US THE LOW DOWN AND HIGHLIGHTS OF ANOTHER OUTSTANDING PIECE OF PAPERBACK COVER HISTORY AT HIS KILLER COVERS BLOG (BECAUSE IT’S WHAT’S UP FRONT THAT COUNTS) . . .


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HISTORICAL FICTION CENTRAL: THE TEMPLAR KNIGHT!

HISTORICAL FICTION CENTRAL: THE TEMPLAR KNIGHT!

JAN GUILLOU


Exiled to the Holy Land for two decades, Arn Magnusson has risen in the ranks of the Knights Templar, serving as master of the order’s Gaza fortress. Among the last bastion of God’s holy warriors determined to save Jerusalem from the Muslims, Arn has cultivated a shrewd understanding of his enemy. Known as Al-Ghouti among the Saracens — Saladin and his Muslim followers — he is renowned as a man of compassion, strength and faith.


When an accident of fate brings together Arn and Saladin, a friendship is forged that will alter the course of the Templar knight’s life, and the history of Jerusalem itself.

SWINGIN' DOWN BROADWAY ~ JO STAFFORD!

SWINGIN' DOWN BROADWAY ~ JO STAFFORD!

1958


ANOTHER SWINGING DOWNLOAD FROM KELLY’S LOUNGE SOUNDZ . . .


In 1950 Jo Stafford left Capitol for Columbia Records. While at Columbia she was the first recording artist to sell 25 million records for that company. So it figures that Columbia made the most of her contract with them. Also before doing this Broadway Lp with husband Paul Weston, Stafford had hosted the 15-minute "The Jo Stafford Show" on CBS-TV from 1954 to 1955 with Weston as her conductor and music arranger. It figures then that this popular combo was to be a fixture for some years after that including this '58 "Swingin' Down Broadway" vinyl. Weston and Stafford married in 1952.


It may be of interest to note that Stafford who owned the "Swingin' Down Broadway" material, for some reason didn't transfer it, as is, to CD. However, 11 of its 12 songs can be found on two other of her CDs. They are "Broadway Revisited" & "Big Band Sound".


TRACKLIST:


SIDE 1:


01) Anything Goes

02) The Gentleman Is A Dope

03) I Got it Bad (And That Ain't Good)

04) Old Devil Moon

05) Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home

06) Tomorrow Mountain


SIDE 2:


01) Love For Sale

02) Happiness Is A Thing Called Joe

03) How High The Moon

04) Speak Low

05) It Never Entered My Mind

06) Taking A Chance On Love


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ESPIONAGE CORNER: THE AMERICAN!

ESPIONAGE CORNER: THE AMERICAN!


I'LL HAVE MY BUTT IN A THEATER SEAT OPENING NIGHT . . .


Alone among assassins, Jack is a master craftsman. When a job in Sweden ends more harshly than expected for this American abroad, he vows to his contact Larry that his next assignment will be his last. Jack reports to the Italian countryside, where he holes up in a small town and relishes being away from death for a spell. The assignment, as specified by a Belgian woman, Mathilde, is in the offing as a weapon is constructed. Surprising himself, Jack seeks out the friendship of local priest Father Benedetto and pursues romance with local woman Clara. But by stepping out of the shadows, Jack may be tempting fate.


BASED ON THE NOVEL A VERY PRIVATE GENTLEMAN BY MARTIN BOOTH.


NEW PULP ~ THE BLACK SPECTRE!

NEW PULP ~ THE BLACK SPECTRE!

THE KINDLE PUBLISHING PLATFORM IS OPENING UP MORE AND MORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR WRITERS TO FIND AN AUDIENCE. ONE OF THE FASTEST GROWING GENRES IN THIS AREA IS PULP-STYLE FICTION, OF WHICH THE BLACK SPECTRE IS AN EXCELLENT EXAMPLE. PRICED AT UNDER A BUCK, IT’S MORE THAN WORTH TAKING A CHANCE TO DISCOVER SOMETHING NEW . . .


Experience the first six adventures of The Black Spectre, reprinted from the thrilling pages of Astonishing Adventures Magazine. Like a ghost, he moves through the shadows of the night, bringing evil-doers to justice. When criminals and lawbreakers are marked with his signature “X,” they know there is no escape from...The Black Spectre!


This collection includes “That Fateful Halloween,” “The 100 Dollar Baby,” “Conscience for Ransom,” “The Undressed Widow,” “The Gentleman Thief,” and “Invitation to Death.”


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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

PETER O’DONNELL ~ R.I.P.

PETER O’DONNELL ~ R.I.P.


PER BLEEDING COOL . . .


Peter O’Donnell died last night, after celebrating his ninetieth birthday a week ago.


He’s best known for creating the classic crime character Modesty Blaise whith artist Jim Holdaway. The continuing thriller strips originally appeared in London newspaper, the Evening Standard in 1963 and ran for almost forty years.


Adventurer, spy, smuggler and seductress, fans including the likes of Quentin Tarantino, Modesty Blaise was dubbed the high priestess of pulp, providing crime thriller storylines with sass, wit and a touch of glamour. Films were made starruing the character in the sixties, eighties and noughties and O’Donnell wrote a number of novels as well as continuing the strip until 2001. At this point he requested that no more Modesty Blaise stories be written by anyone.


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MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU!

MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU!

HAPPY STAR WARS DAY ~ PER MISS CELLANIA . . .


Today is Star Wars Day, an unofficial holiday that has been gaining steam over the past few years, but not without controversy. Some people celebrate Star Wars Day as May 25th instead, to commemorate the day that the first Star Wars movie premiered in 1977. May fourth was doomed to be the day because of the pun, “May the fourth be with you,” which makes me feel as if I am lisping every time I say it.


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