COCKTAIL NATION #140 ~ TIKI SHARK AT THE MAI TAI FESTIVAL! On this week’s show, Koop catches up with Brad Parker to talk about his time at the Mai Tai Festival, plus he’s got some news of a re-release of a Sinatra album out of 1965, a cool book on mad men and the sixties, a fantastic movie to see. Ask Koop will be tackling the issue of physically getting stuck on public transport, plus the usual look at the world of swank and the Cocktail Nation blogosphere with another cool retro blog to dig.
Spy Fi ~ Web Theme Martin Denny ~ Martinique Royal Crown Revue ~ Salt Peanuts Tak Shindo ~ Deep in The Heart Of Texas Duke Ellington ~ Anatomy Of a Murder Shagxotica ~ The Ghost Of Augie Colon Billy May ~ Solving The Riddle Frank Sinatra ~ September of my years Jack Costanzo ~ Latin Fever Waitiki 7 ~ Flower Humming Pink Martini ~ Ninna Nanna Chaquito Big Band ~ The Spy With The Cold Nose Martini Kings ~ Baby Elephant Walk Esquivel & His Orchestra ~ Estrellita
THE CLASSIC VAMPIRE BLAXPLOITATION NOVEL FROM AUTHOR DONALD F. GLUT (THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, TRANSFORMERS) IS NOW KINDLEIZED!
A VAMPIRE STALKS 1969'S GROOVY SUNSET STRIP. THE POLICE ARE CLUELESS BUT A TRIO OF TRUE BELIEVERS KNOW THE HORROR IN THEIR MIDST. WRITTEN IN THE SAME STYLE AS THE ORIGINAL DRACULA, BROTHER BLOOD IS A BLOODSUCKER FOR THE GROOVY AGE.
ARRIVING IN COMIC SHOPS SEPTEMBER 9TH FROM MOONSTONE BOOKS!
WRITER: NANCY HOLDER ARTIST: SHAWN VAN BRIESEN COVER: MICHAEL J. WILLIAMS
Great jumping on point! Bram Stoker Award-winner and New York Times best-selling author Nancy Holder tells of bad love gone bad in the comic novella "D.O.A." Steamy white hot passion, the business of violent crime, and a girl who should know better! Gorgeous greyscaled art by Shawn Van Briesen!
WRITTEN BY JAMES KUHORIC &, SHANNON DENTON ART BY HANNIBAL KING & AMIN AMAT COLORS BY JASON JENSEN COVERS BY CHRIS SCALF
A Moonstone "Return of the Originals" event! Years ago Saturday matinee audiences thrilled to the serialized adventures of the original jetpack wearing hero, Rocket Man. Blasting off the reels of those classic pulp serials, a new Rocket Man is born! With the original hero dead, the secret of the rocket suit in jeopardy, and ruthless criminals closing in on the scientist guarding the technology, a young man must make the choice between a life of crime and the selfless sacrifice of a hero. The origin of the new Rocket Man starts here! Plus a new tale of the high-flying G-8!
WRITTEN BY AARON SHAPS ART BY DANILLO GUIDA COVER BY TOM GRINDBERG
A Moonstone "Return of the Originals event!" The mystery of the murdered scientists deepens as New York City is terrorized by creatures from another world. But if there's one thing the Phantom Detective has learned throughout the years, it's that nothing is ever what it seems . . . Plus an all-new Green Ghost!
Against the backdrop of the Great Depression, the exciting field of pulp fiction took hold. Now, those sensibilities are returning as pulp fiction is booming once more! All Pulp is your source to the Who, What, When, Where, and How of the Modern Pulp Revival!!
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Airship 27 Productions & Cornerstone Book Publishers are happy to announce the release of their thirtieth title, TALES OF THE BAGMAN by B.C. Bell. This book features the debut of a brand new pulp hero, the Bagman, and he’s unlike any other crime buster you’ve ever seen before.
In the 1930s, Chicago was one of the fastest growing metropolises in the country. Situated on mighty Lake Michigan, it was the home to millions of hard working Americans looking to a better themselves. The Windy City was also shackled by its bootleg history, a time of violent gang wars that had permanently established a brutal underworld empire second to none. Corruption was the order of the day and both the police and government were in the pay of the mob bosses.
Frank “Mac” McCullough was a foot-soldier in one of the city’s toughest families until he was ordered to rough up his uncle; a decent man with a gambling problem. The innate decency in Mac rebelled and suddenly he found himself up against the very men he had once admired and followed. Determined to put an end to their lawlessness, he put a bag over his head as a crude disguise only to become labeled the Bagman by the press.
Now writer B.C. Bells tells the amazing stories of old Chicago’s most unique hero. Aided solely by a tough, black WW I veteran named Crankshaft, Mac wages war against the mobs in these fast pace, non-stop action tales pulp fans will cheer. “Bell’s writing is a terrific mix of pulp action and wry humor,” applauds Airship 27 Productions’ Ron Fortier. “It’s really a breath of fresh air in the pulp genre and we know our fans are going to love the Bagman.” Designed by Rob Davis, the book features nine illustrations by Kelly Everaert and a gorgeous cover by Laura Givens. Airship 27 Productions is thrilled to present pulpdom’s newest avenger, THE BAGMAN.
AIRSHIP 27 PRODUCTIONS ~ PULP FICTION FOR A NEW GENERATION!
This issue of ADVENTURE TALES includes 3 stories by H. Bedford-Jones: Mustered Out ~ The Badman's Brand ~ Surprise in Sulphur Springs
PLUS: "The Fugitive Statue," by Vincent Starrett (featuring detective Jimmy Lavender) "Miracle," by John D. Swain "The Devil's Heirloom," by Anthony M. Rud "The Tapir," by Arthur O. Friel "Thubway Tham's Dog," by Johnston McCulley "Lancelot Biggs Cooks a Pirate," by Nelson S. Bond "Payable to Bearer," a crime novelet by Talbot Mundy
Poetry by: Avram Davidson, Poul Anderson, Clark Ashton Smith, and Fritz Leiber.
Y/A CORNER: THE DISREPUTABLE HISTORY OF FRANKIE LANDAU-BANKS!
Frankie Landau-Banks at age 14: Debate Club.Her father’s “bunny rabbit.” A mildly geeky girl attending a highly competitive boarding school.
Frankie Landau-Banks at age 15: A knockout figure. A sharp tongue. A chip on her shoulder. And a gorgeous new senior boyfriend: the supremely goofy, word-obsessed Matthew Livingston.
Frankie Laundau-Banks. No longer the kind of girl to take “no” for an answer. Especially when “no” means she’s excluded from her boyfriend’s all-male secret society. Not when her ex boyfriend shows up in the strangest of places. Not when she knows she’s smarter than any of them. When she knows Matthew’s lying to her. And when there are so many, many pranks to be done.
Frankie Landau-Banks, at age 16: Possibly a criminal mastermind.
Officially released on 1 April 2010, Hit the Dirt is a collection of six complete stories from Battle Picture Library, the third selection from Carlton following on from Death or Glory and Let 'Em Have It!.
Focusing on the intensity of the battle fought on land, these six gripping stories from Battle Picture Library carry you straight into life-or-death combat situations on the front line during the Second World War.
Hear the bullets fly, see the shells burst and feel the shockwaves of exploding grenades in these classic comic book adventures which are reproduced 25 per cent bigger than the originals for maximum fighting-action impact.
Top Secret Diggers Defiant Fire - and Destroy Honours Even The Scorpion's Sting Blood Feud
Officially published on 1 April 2010, No Surrender! is the latest volume to gather stories from the classic Fleetway War Picture Library, following on from Unleash Hell, Against All Odds and Up and At 'Em.
Evoking the danger and excitement of the front line during the Second World War, these six classic stories from War Picture Library capture adrenaline-pumping action from battle zones across the world.
From the baking deserts of Africa to the steaming jungles of the Far East, from the beaches of Normandy to the waters of the Atlantic, these exhilerating comic book adventures were brilliantly created by artists whose attention to detail was second to none.
Now reproduced 25 per cent bigger than the originals, you can relive the heat of WW2 combat in all its intensity.
Battle Drop Aces High Up the Marines! Close Range Bombers Moon Danger Dives Deep
Officially released on 1 April 2010, Wings of Death is the follow-up to Aces High and the second volume of stories to be selected from the hugely collectable Air Ace Picture Library.
Relive the daring and terrifying adventures of the flyers of the Second World War in six of the most exciting stories from Air Ace Picture Library.
These superbly drawn comic strips, which have been reproduced 25 per cent bigger than the originals, brilliantly evoke the fighting machines that were pitted against each other - the Spitfires, Hurricanes and Messerchmitts, the Lancasters, Wellingtons and Focke-Wulfs.
From Battle of Britain dogfights over Blighty to flak-blasted bombing missions over the Fatherland, these classic comic book adventures put you in the cockpit alongside the RAF heroes who helped to bring Nazi Germany to her knees.
Sky High Torpedo Alley U-Boat Hunters Eagle Warrior Last of the Gladiators Killer Instinct
Last week, I wrote about cop turned writer Lew Dykes. This week, I'm featuring another cop turned writer from my shelves, Cherokee Paul Macdonald, who worked for the Fort Lauderdale Police Department for ten years. According to the Police Writers Association, McDonald rose to the rank of sergeant before leaving the department in 1980 to pursue a career as a writer.
I not sure how that worked out for him. Although, McDonald went on to write a couple of memoirs, a true crime book, and third fiction novel, he really only had a successful splash with two ‘80s paperback original police procedurals.
The Criminals have taken over the city.
The drug dealers and the porn kings, with their sharp lawyers and paid-off politicos, have made a mockery of the justice the police have been sworn to uphold.
Finally, someone takes the law into his own hands. Stalking the streets of the urban jungle, he attacks his targets – one by one – and makes them answer to his own savage justice. The crooks who fear him, the police who must hunt him down . . . they all know him by the grim symbol he leaves with each of his victims – the insignia patch of the city’s police force.
This all sounds fairly melodramatic today, but in the ‘80s this was the grist of the paperback original market, and McDonald does a good job of weaving some realism into the over the top premise -- not Best In Show perhaps, but a solid contender.
Like a cold can of Pabst – smooth and cool with just a hint of a rough edge – The Big Bang is a old fashioned/new fashioned Mike Hammer novel; old fashioned by dint of this being a hard-hitting, 1963, lost manuscript partially completed by Mickey Spillane – the man himself; new fashioned through the brilliant craftsmanship and light touch of a current master of the genre, Max Allan Collins. Picking up the typewriter where Spillane left off is task enough, but to also magic the manuscript into a seamless whole is artistry.
The Big Bang reads especially well on CD. With Stacey Keach on the vocals, the tale keeps Hammer close to his origins without letting the character slip into parody. This is the real Mike Hammer, smart, intuitive, and the toughest sumbitch to ever fire a .45 or throw a fist full of knuckles into a hood’s ugly puss.
The real triumph of The Big Bang, however, is Velda Sterling, Hammer’s assistant/secretary – every man’s dream, yet her own woman all the way. The Hammer/Velda dynamic make The Big Bang sing. It keeps the story rooted in character, where it belongs, and not in the inevitably pedestrian mechanics inherent to the genre.
The Big Bang is a hurricane of fresh air blowing away almost all pretenders to the throne. Mike Hammer is still the guy you most want at your back when it hits the fan – and Velda is still the woman you want waiting when the bullets have stopped raining and the blood flow is staunched.
“Bond, James Bond.” For many cinemagoers worldwide there has only ever been one ‘real’ James Bond – Sean Connery. And to celebrate Sir Sean’s 80th birthday on August 25th 2010, 007 Magazine Archive Files presents a unique look back at his 7-film career as James Bond with a 36-page special featuring some of the best, most unusual and rarest images from the 007 Magazine Archive. Nobody did it better!
It’s London, England, and Detective Nick Wilson finds himself confronted by a burglar who insists that Nick is his best friend suffering from amnesia, and that he, the burglar, is a 500-year-old immortal mage.
Logic and reason force Nick to believe that this is simply impossible. Complicating matters further is the burglar’s claim than an evil mage named Vere has just been released from limbo, and wants three objects of power that could destroy humankind.
Private Investigator Cat DeLuca and her Pants on Fire Detective Agency have a reputation for catching cheaters. It’s a skill Cat mastered when married to her run-around ex, Johnnie Ricco. Armed with a camera, Cat scales balconies, dangles from hotel windows, and splashes the bare facts on 8X10 glossies. They tend to sweeten her clients’ divorce settlements.
Life takes a strange turn when a reporter for the Chicago Tribune (Rita Polansky) masquerades as a client with a liar-liar husband. Rita retains Cat to follow Chance Savino, a steamy guy with a pocketful of smuggled diamonds. The detective is hot on his heels when an exploding building hurls her out of her sling-backs and into the hospital. The FBI claims Savino was killed in the fireworks but Cat isn’t buying it. She escapes the hospital determined to find out.
When her client fails to show for a scheduled meeting, Cat finds her at home with a knife in her chest. She learns the reporter was researching a ball-buster story involving a gangster, gun smuggling, and a pocketful of diamonds. Cat discovers two clues in Rita’s apartment; Starburst candy wrappers and Chance Savino rummaging through her drawers.
Meanwhile, no one believes Chance is alive, everyone thinks Cat’s crazy, and Cat makes a murderer’s “must kill” list. A botched attempt puts ex husband, Johnnie Ricco on the short list of suspects. Can Cat solve this case before it is too late?
I’M REALLY NOT THE TARGET AUDIENCE FOR CUTSY MYSTERIES AND PLUCKY, CHICK-LIT, AMATURE SLEUTHS, BUT THIS ONE GOT MY ATTENTION – PARTLY BECAUSE OF THE COVER AND PARTLY BECAUSE OF THE LINE ABOUT THE SMALL TOWN POLICE DEPARTMENT THAT’S BETTER AT GARDENING THAN SOLVING CRIMES . . .
Rebecca Robbins is a woman on a mission---to sell the roller rink she inherited from her mother and get back to Chicago. Fast. However, when she discovers the dead body of the town’s handyman headfirst in a rink toilet, potential buyers are scared off. Now Rebecca is stuck in a small town where her former neighbors think she doesn’t belong, living with her scarily frisky grandfather, Pop, and relying on a police department that’s better at gardening than solving crimes.
Eager to move forward with her life, Rebecca begins investigating the murder herself, reluctantly accepting help from Pop and his extensive social network, which includes a handsome veterinarian and a former circus camel named Elwood. Nevertheless, someone isn’t happy she’s looking into the case, and their threats will have her questioning whether playing sleuth was such a good idea after all.
Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is proud to present its Canadian pulp art and fiction collection, straight from the special collections vault. The collection featured in this virtual exhibit, Tales from the Vault!: Canadian Pulp Fiction, 1940-1952, is one of the very few known pulp magazine holdings in Canada, and is available for consultation at LAC.
This site is written in a snappy style similar to that used by the pulp writers of the 1940s and 1950s. It highlights and exhibits portions (covers and some text) of the English and French sections of the collection while providing an introduction to the pulp fiction industry in general, the beginnings of the Canadian pulp fiction industry, and selected areas of discussion and themes found within the collection.
Christmas came early for Canadian pulp fans with the arrival of the December 1949 issue of Women in Crime. The holiday-themed cover presents a startled damsel against a striped wrapping-paper backdrop, "torn away" to reveal the magazine's title.
AVAILABLE FOR A LIMITED TIME FROM AMAZON, IT’S UNCLEAR IF THIS IS A WHOLE NOVEL, A SHORT STORY, OR JUST A PREVIEW OF FOUR CHAPTERS FROM A FORTHCOMING NOVEL. USUALLY, IF THE DOWNLOAD IS A PREVIEW ONLY IT IS STATED IN THE DESCRIPTION, SO GIVE THIS A TRY.
I’VE ENJOYED TODD’S PRIOR MYSTERIES AND AM LOOKING FORWARD TO DIGGING INTO THIS ONE.
AVAILABLE FOR FREE FOR A LIMITED TIME, THIS THRILLER HAS RECEIVED VERY MIXED REVIEW – APPARENTLY IT’S EITHER THE GREATEST BOOK EVER WRITTEN OR THE WORST – BUT, HEY, IT’S FREE – TAKE A CHANCE . . .
Code named Devlin, he exists in the blackest shadows of the United States government--operating off the grid as the NSA's top agent. He's their most lethal weapon-and their most secret. But someone is trying to draw him out into the open by putting America's citizens in the crosshairs--and they will continue the slaughter until they get what they want.
I REALLY DON’T CARE WHAT THE BOOK IS ABOUT . . . IT HAD ME AT THE COVER . . .
A demon's enslaved executioner—a ravager of lives and souls—Maliha Crayne has been reborn, willing to sacrifice her immortality for a chance at freedom . . . and salvation. Now she has an opportunity to prevent the death of thousands—perhaps tens of thousands—to make up for the countless lives she has obliterated over the centuries.
To do so, she must locate and destroy an evil cabal of madmen in possession of a weapon of unspeakable power—and survive the immortal assassins who are now after her blood. But it means reverting to the old ways and surrendering once more to the darkness. And if Maliha dies before the mission is accomplished, the hell she once knew will seem like a picnic compared to the eternal torments awaiting her.
BETH CARSWELL GIVES US THE LOWDOWN ON A COLLECTION OF TROUBLESOME DAMES OVER AT ABE BOOKS . . .
Silk stockings and perfect pouts, these broads attract trouble like a flame attracts moths. And as for us? We can't resist 'em. We love a damsel in distress. Heiresses and nurses, secretaries and seductresses..it makes no difference. Some may be collectible, some may be contemptible, but one thing is certain. They are . . . the Women of Pulp!
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