Saturday, November 20, 2010

CHRISTMAS AT THE MYSTERIOUS BOOKSHOP!

CHRISTMAS AT THE MYSTERIOUS BOOKSHOP!

Each year, for the past seventeen years, Otto Penzler, owner of the legendary Mysterious Bookshop in New York City, has commissioned an original story by a leading mystery writer.

The requirements were that it be a mystery/ crime/suspense story, that it be set during the Christmas season, and that at least some of the action must take place in The Mysterious Bookshop. These stories were then produced as pamphlets, 1,000 copies, and given to customers of the bookstore as a Christmas present.

Now, all of these stories have been collected in one volume—Christmas at the Mysterious Bookshop. Some of the tales are humorous, others suspenseful, and still others mystifying. This charming one-of-a-kind collection is a perfect Christmas gift, appropriate for all ages and tastes.

CONTRIBUTORS INCLUDE:

Charles Ardai
Lisa Atkinson
George Baxt
Lawrence Block
Mary Higgins Clark
Thomas H. Cook
Ron Goulart
Jeremiah Healy
Edward D. Hoch
Rupert Holmes
Andrew Klavan
Michael Malone
Ed McBain
Anne Perry
S. J. Rozan
Jonathan Santlofer
Donald E. Westlake

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VINTAGE COVERS ~ STRIP-TEASE POUR OSS-117!

FAUX COVERS ~ A DISTANT WHISPER!

VINTAGE COVERS ~ MURDER IS MY BUSINESS!

WESTERN PULP: WEIRD WESTERNS!

WESTERN PULP: WEIRD WESTERNS!

In the tradition of the old "Ace Doubles" two-in-one books (flip one over to read the second title)--here is the eleventh Wildside Double.

JUDAS PAYNE: A WEIRD WESTERN, by Michael Hemmingson. Judas Payne was the devil's spawn, a product of rape, a half-white, half-Indian outcast who was loved only by his pretty half-sister, Evangeline. When his father finds them naked in the barn, he takes out one of his son's eyes. Judas runs for his life, and meets up with a number of colorful characters out there in the "Weird Wild West."

WEBB'S WEIRD WILD WEST: WESTERN TALES OF HORROR, includes twelve startling stories--Henry James avenges his brother, Jesse, Robert E. Howard's serpent people are a modern gang, Satan flies a Zeppelin, and hobos liberate a zebra from a stolen train, among others. As Roger Zelazny said: "Don Webb can write straight tales or he can go out to the fringe, where the cutting edge hasn't even cut yet."

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AN EVENING AT THE BUDDIES LOUNGE #116!

AN EVENING AT THE BUDDIES LOUNGE #116!

Join the BIG W every Friday evening 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 in LIVING STEREO!

PLAYLIST:

• St. Louis Blues - Peggy Lee
• Like Home - Si Zentner & His Orchestra
• I Can’t Believe That You’re In Love With Me - Dean Martin
• Tequila - Warren Klime & His Orchestra
• ‘Deed I Do - Sammy Davis, Jr.
• Zulu Magic - Don Ralke
• Too Little, Too Late - Nat “King” Cole
• If I Had A Hammer - Les & Larry Elgart
• Ruby Baby - Bobby Darin
• Georgy Girl - Billy Strange
• I’ve Got You Under My Skin - Frank Sinatra
• All Keyed Up - Floyd Cramer
• Some Of These Days - Rosemary Clooney
• Too Darn Hot - Mel Tormé
• Bonanza - Nelson Riddle
• My Heart Belong To Daddy - Barbara McNair
• Cry Me A River - Joe Harnell & His Orchestra
• I’ve Got That Feeling - Ethel Ennis
• I Want To Be Happy Cha Cha - Enoch Light
• Talk To The Animals - Tennessee Ernie Ford
• I’ve Got Plenty To Be Thankful For - Bing Crosby

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COCKTAIL NATION #151 ~ VELVETEEN LOUNGE!

COCKTAIL NATION #151 ~ VELVETEEN LOUNGE!

On the show this week, Koop talks to a Vodcaster, a kind of retro Betty Crocker. We have some mail from Cocktail Nation listeners, our look at the world of Swank and our segment Ask Koop, this week talking about people who interupt your newspaper quiz.

There’s also news of an origional bachelor pad in LA and some info about Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room

PLAYLIST:

Royal Crown Revue ~ Walkin Like Brando
Metrolites ~ Man From Metro
Tiki Joes Ocean ~ Jingle Bells
The SG Sound ~ Satellite Feeding
Mel Torme ~ Midnight swinger
Mancini ~ Experiment in Terror
Stolen Idols ~ On Tonga Shores
Xavier Cugat ~ La Dolce Vita
Sally Street ~ Alpha Male
Monty Kelly ~ Tropicana
Jackie Gleason ~ Moonlight Becomes You
Octobop ~ Girl Talk
Arthur Lyman Group ~ Caravan

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Y/A CORNER: LUMINOUS!

Y/A CORNER: LUMINOUS!

DAWN METCALF

YA’ GOTTA LOVE THIS STUNNING COVER . . .

When sixteen-year-old Consuela discovers she can remove her skin, revealing a lustrous mother-of-pearl skeleton, she slips into a parallel world known as the Flow, a place inhabited by archetypal teens with extraordinary abilities. Crafting skins out of anything – air, water, feathers, fire – she is compelled to save ordinary people from dying before their time.

Yet now someone is murdering them, one by one, and Consuela finds herself the focus of an intricate plot to end the Flow forever when all she really wants is to get back home, alive.

Y/A CORNER: ABANDON!

Y/A CORNER: ABANDON!

MEG CABOT

She knows what it’s like to die. Now Death wants her back.

Seventeen-year-old Pierce knows what happens to us when we die.

That’s how she met John Hayden, the mysterious stranger who’s made returning to normal life—or at least life as Pierce knew it before the accident—next to impossible.

Though she thought she escaped him—starting a new school in a whole new place—it turns out she was wrong. He finds her.

What does John want from her? Pierce thinks she knows… just like she knows he’s no guardian angel, and his dark world isn’t exactly Heaven. But she can’t stay away from him, either, especially since he’s always there when she least expects it, but exactly when she needs him most.

But if she lets herself fall any further, she might find herself back in the place she fears the most.

THE CAT'S MEOW ~ DOUBLE PLAY!

FANTASY CORNER: EDINBURGH DEAD!

FANTASY CORNER: EDINBURGH DEAD!

BRIAN RUCKLEY

Mixing real history and historical figures with magics and conspiracies, this novel imagines the Edinburgh of 1827, populated by mad alchemists who treat Frankenstein as textbook rather than novel, and by a criminal underclass prepared to treat with the darkest of powers.

The plot follows the progress of an officer of the recently formed Edinburgh City Police as he follows a trail of undead hounds, emptied graves, brutal murders and mob violence into the deepest and darkest corners of Edinburgh’s underworld – both literal and magical – and back again to the highest reaches of elegant, intellectual Edinburgh society.

Friday, November 19, 2010

VINTAGE COVERS ~ FAREWELL, MY LOVELY!

JUST ANOTHER RANT!

JUST ANOTHER RANT!

What the hell has happened to the current state of the mystery?

It’s as if every case is solved by illegal computer hacking. If their detectives are too stupid to get a clue, mystery writers simply have them tap into a computer system with a couple of key strokes and, presto-change-o, the clue to further or solve the case pops up on a state of the art computer screen.

This reliance on databases to solve crimes is not only completely unrealistic, it’s also lazy writing.

The technique is especially used in television mysteries because it’s a quick way of moving the story forward. The new Hawaii Five-O is a particularly egregious example. In fact, despite the beautiful scenery and babes in bikinis, I stopped watching the show after every one of the first five episodes was solve by having the solution electronically handed to the bantering buddies so they didn’t strain their pretty boy looks actually trying to figure something out.

That, and I got totally pissed-off when they usurped a national spy satellite via a friend who just happened to be on duty on an aircraft carrier – COME ON!

If we are to believe the current state of the mystery, no computer database from the Pentagon to Google is safe from our intrepid detective hackers (the bad guy computer geek on Nikita can hack any database in three key strokes or less).

We’re also expected to believe not only does every security video system connect up with every other security video system – public or private – but also  every crime can be solved because big brother is watching.

Again, lazy storytelling.

Also, if the resolution isn’t high enough, you can’t take used and reused and reused again security video and blow it up big enough to reveal the visible fingerprint on the coffee table in the back of the room. THERE AREN’T ENOUGH PIXELS IN THE WORLD TO DO IT!

Technology is great and has been of huge assistance to law enforcement, but crimes are still mostly solved the old fashioned way, by following the evidence trail until it runs cold and then going back to the beginning and starting all over again.

Talking to people is how you find things out – interview and interrogation – not illegal hacking you can’t explain in court. Apparently, nobody writing for television has ever heard of search and seizure laws.

Technology is a fact of life, but it isn’t the be-all-and-end-all, no matter how cool your clearboards and high tech computer screens make it seem.

I’m bored by exceptionally high resolution video placed in the exact right location and computers solving crimes. I want my detectives to solve their crimes using smarts – and failing that, fists and blazing .45s.

It can still be done in the 21st century – case in point the three episodes of Sherlock recently presented on PBS’ Mystery. All the high tech is there, but Sherlock perfectly proves it is all unnecessary. Good on you, mate.

PULP NOW: SPANISH VERSION!

SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE CROSSOVERS CASEBOOK!

SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE CROSSOVERS CASEBOOK!

SPRING 2011!

The Great Detective returns in Sherlock Holmes: The Crossovers Casebook, an upcoming mystery-adventure prose anthology from Moonstone. Other authors include: Matthew Baugh, Win Scott Eckert, Larry Engle, Martin Gately, Joe Gentile, Barbara Hambly, Kevin Van Hook, Howard Hopkins, Will Murray, Martin Powell, Don Roff, and Chris Sequeira. Edited by Howard Hopkins. Cover by Timothy Lantz.


PULP NOW: STEVE HARRISON'S CASEBOOK!

PULP NOW: STEVE HARRISON'S CASEBOOK!

PLUS ~ TALES OF WEIRD MENACE

COMING SOON VIA THE ROBERT E. HOWARD FOUNDATION!

Steve Harrison's Casebook and Tales Of Weird Menace collect all of Robert E. Howard’s “Yellow Peril” and “Weird Menace” yarns.

Don Herron is putting the finishing touches on his introductions. Once the printer has the books, the Robert E. Howard Foundation will start accepting pre-orders. The cover for both books is by Jim and Ruth Keegan.

Another project looming on the horizon is the collected boxing stories. This will be a multi-volume collection featuring all of Howard’s boxing fiction, including Sailor Steve Costigan and Kid Allison. More details will be released in the coming weeks.

STEVE HARRISON’S CASEBOOK

Lord of the Dead
People of the Serpent (aka Fangs of Gold)
Teeth of Doom (aka The Tomb’s Secret)
The Black Moon
The Voice of Death
The House of Suspicion
Names in the Black Book
The Silver Heel
Graveyard Rats

MISCELLANEA

The Mystery of Tannernoe Lodge
Untitled synopsis (“Steve Harrison received a wire. . .”)
The Silver Heel (synopsis)
Graveyard Rats (draft)

TALES OF WEIRD MENACE

Skull-Face
The Noseless Horror
The Brazen Peacock
Black John’s Vengeance (aka The Black Bear Bites)
Talons in the Dark
The Hand of the Black Goddess
Sons of Hate
Moon of Zambebwei
Black Hound of Death
The Devils of Dark Lake
Guests of the Hoodoo Room
Black Wind Blowing

MISCELLANEA

The Red Stone
Untitled (“The night was damp. . .”)
The Ivory Camel
Yellow Laughter
The Story Thus Far . . .
Taverel Manor
The Jade God
The Return of the Sorcerer
Untitled Synopsis (“James Norris”)
Spectres in the Dark
The Spell of Damballah
Partial Synopsis (Sons of Hate)
Untitled Synopsis (The Devils of Dark Lake)

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PULP NOW: SAVAGE BEAUTY!

PULP NOW: SAVAGE BEAUTY!

Mike Bullock (The Phantom) presents a fresh new spin on the jungle girl genre, featuring real world conflicts in Africa and beyond. Join the Rae sisters, recent UCLA grads, as they travel the world defending the defenseless.

Guided by the mysterious Mr. Eden, they assume the identity of a mythical goddess and reveal their Savage Beauty.

This over-sized premiere issue also includes a Golden Age Sheena reprint, a look back at Jungle Girls with Michael “Robot 6” May and "lost art" from the proposed 1960 Raquel Welch/Sheena movie! Covers by Thomas Yeates and Dave Hoover.

48 PAGES ~ $2.99.

MOONSTONE BOOKS

SPY GIRLS: NOIR!

SPY GIRLS: NOIR!

C.O.B.R.A.S. AGENT TANNER OVER AT THE DOUBLE O SECTION BLOG DECLASSIFIES THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION ON A NEW SHOW FEATURING FEMALE ASSASSINS . . .

Starz has picked up a new series from Raimi and his Xena and Hercules co-producer, Robert Tapert, based on the anime series Noir. According to The Hollywood Reporter, "The premium cable network is developing Noir, a live-action U.S. remake of a 2001 show about two female assassins working in a criminal underworld. After discovering they're mysteriously linked, the two and have to work together on missions (under the moniker of 'Noir') until they figure out why and how they are connected -- or until one of them kills the other."

NOIR is a 2001 anime series produced by Bee Train. It tells the story of Mireille Bouquet and Yumura Kirika who set sail to find out the truth about the latter’s past. While at first they seem to be only vaguely related to each other, there are clues and hints given throughout the series that there is more going on behind the scenes than at first glance.



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TO CATCH A THIEF!

TO CATCH A THIEF!

THE RAP SHEET TIPS US TO THIS REPRINT . . .

TO CATCH A THIEF is David Dodge's most famous novel, and rightly so. Alfred Hitchcock firmly cinched its place in the annals of crime fiction by adapting it into an Academy Award winning film starring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly. The story centers on John Robie, American ex-patriot and skilled gymnast, who once-upon-a-time was Le Chat, the famous and elusive cat burglar who worked the South of France.

The legend of Le Chat grew with each crime. Following the war, Robie retires to a quiet life in France and vows to leave his past behind. His retirement is shattered when a copy-cat burglar commits a string of robberies that puts the police on Le Chat's trail again. Robie must catch the phony Le Chat before the police catch him.

The Bruin Books edition of TO CATCH A THIEF is the first publication of the novel in many years and includes an introduction by Randal S. Brandt and afterword by Jean Buchanan. At last this beloved mystery is back in print.

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UNFORTUNATELY, THE REPRINT COVER ISN’T A PATCH ON THIS PRIOR EDITION . . .

BRITISH COMICS CORNER: THRILLER INDEX!

BRITISH COMICS CORNER: THRILLER INDEX!

Full publication information for volume 2 of the Fleetway Picture Library Index are now in.

The book is in a similar size and format to the previous War Libraries volume but—and it's a BIG but—the Thriller Libraries will be bigger, at 284 pages, and is printed in full colour throughout.

DETAILS:

THE FLEETWAY PICTURE LIBRARY INDEX VOLUME 2

THE THRILLER LIBRAIRES

COMPILED BY DAVID ASHFORD AND STEVE HOLLAND

PUBLICATION DATE: DECEMBER 2010

284 PAGES ~ £30

This eagerly waited book is the second in a series of 3 volumes chronicling the full credits of all Fleetway Picture Libraries and contains a complete index of artists and writers for Thriller Picture Library, Cowboy Picture Library and Super Detective Library.

Every issue is covered as well as the Robin Hood, Kit Carson and Buck Jones Annuals, as well as full credits for all Australian editions and many other associated comics. Packed with colour illustrations of every cover as well as reproductions of cover and interior original art, by Sep. E. Scott, John Millar Watt, Patrick Nicolle, Alex Raymond, Ron Turner, Derek Eyles, Cecil Doughty, H. M. Brock, Eric Parker, Carlos Roume, Arturo del Castillo, Jesus Blasco, Ferdinando Tacconi, and many more.

Included in this volume is an unprecedented number of reproductions of original cover art and interior art pages, never before seen.

Years of research have gone into producing this definitive, luxurious guide to these legendary British comics. A TRUE collector's treasure.

VINTAGE COVERS: SPICY DETECTIVE STORIES!

VINTAGE COVERS: SPICY ADVENTURE STORIES!

VINTAGE COVERS: HOWARD CHAKIN’S BLACK KISS!

MALE CALL ~ MISS LACE!

MALE CALL ~ MISS LACE!

MILTON CANIFF CREATED THE CHARACTER OF MISS LACE IN THE MALE CALL COMIC STRIP FOR REPRODUCTION IN WWII G.I. NEWSPAPERS . . . SHE LOOKS AS GOOD TODAY AS EVER . . .

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WESTERN PULP: JOHNNY THUNDER!

WESTERN PULP: JOHNNY THUNDER!

THE GOLDEN AGE COMIC BOOK STORIES BLOG IS FEATURING THREE JOHNNY THUNDER STORIES FEATURED IN THE ALL AMERICAN WESTERN COMIC BOOK FROM 1951-52.

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HAT TIP TO LAURIE’S WILD WEST

SWING CENTRAL: BIG KAHUNA AND THE COPA CAT PACK!

SWING CENTRAL: BIG KAHUNA AND THE COPA CAT PACK!

HAWAIIAN SWING

ANOTHER COOL DOWNLOAD FROM FAT CITY CIGAR LOUNGE . . . THIS BAND REALLY SWINGS . . .

The BIG KAHUNA (aka Matt Catingub) packs fun and excitement into each and every swinging note. The tunes on this album don't really remind one of Hawaii, even though there are some great Hawaiian standards. In fact, this album makes you wanna get up and dance swing or latin, and that's not a bad thing at all.

TRACKLIST:

01.Come On-A-My-House
02.A Tisket A-Tasket
03.Medley-Don't Be That Way, Stompin' At the Savoy
04.The Hukilau Song
05.Pearly Shells
06.In the Copa Room
07.Every Day I Have the Blues
08.Night in Tunisia
09.After Hours
10.Blue Hawaii
11.Love You Madly
12.Them There Eyes
13.Medley: Smiles, When You're Smilin'
14.Don Cha Go 'Way Mad
15.I'll Remember You
16.Come On-A-My House (Instrumental)
17.Hawaiian War Chant

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

FORGOTTEN BOOKS: THE JADE FIGURINE!

FORGOTTEN BOOKS: THE JADE FIGURINE!

JACK FOXX (BILL PRONZINI)

Bill Pronzini is a writer I really admire. Not only has his output been prodigious, but his stories have always been reliably high quality and not high concept. Pronzini has consistently shown his love and appreciation of the hardboiled/noir/mystery genres – and in some ways has steered those genres through the last several decades.

While his iconic Nameless detective series has provided most of Pronzini’s acclaim, it is another of his early non-Nameless novels, The Jade Figurine, and its hero, Dan Connell, which rate as my favorite.

The first Nameless novel, The Snatch, was published in 1971 under Pronzini’s own name, followed by The Jade Figurine in 1972 under his Jack Foxx pseudonym.

THE JADE FIGURINE

A freelance charter pilot on uneasy terms with the police but greatly respected by the underworld, Dan Connell turns down a bundle of cash to smuggle a jade carving of a bird out of Singapore – which doesn't make the thieves or the authorities happy. When an old cohort is killed, Connell discovers that only by finding the bird can he avoid his own murder.

An obvious homage to The Maltese Falcon, The Jade Figurine, is a real kick. Connell’s adventures as a South Seas pilot-for-hire, predate the television series Tales of the Gold Monkey, but can be favorably compared. There is a real old fashioned movie serial and pulp feel to The Jade Figurine. While Connell is an adventurer, he operates on the same wavelength as the best of the two-fisted private eyes, fighting to extradite himself from one mess after another.

Dan Connell made another appearance in 1975 in Dead Run, another solid Pronzini tale.

While not Pronzini’s most accomplished work – he’s evolved into a writer of superior power – The Jade Figurine, in my estimation, is his most fun.

ESPIONAGE CORNER: CARS ~ SPY CARS!

ESPIONAGE CORNER: CARS 2 ~ SPY CARS!

OFFICIAL DISNEY SYNOPSIS . . .

Star racecar Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) and the incomparable tow truck Mater (voice of Larry the Cable Guy) take their friendship to exciting new places in Cars 2 when they head overseas to compete in the first-ever World Grand Prix to determine the world’s fastest car.

But the road to the championship is filled with plenty of potholes, detours and hilarious surprises when Mater gets caught up in an intriguing adventure of his own: international espionage.

Torn between assisting Lightning McQueen in the high-profile race and towing the line in a top-secret spy mission, Mater’s action-packed journey leads him on an explosive chase through the streets of Japan and Europe, trailed by his friends and watched by the whole world.

Adding to the fast-paced fun is a colorful new all-car cast that includes secret agents, menacing villains and international racing competitors.

Cars 2 is set to open in 3D, 2D and IMAX 3D theaters on June 24, 2011.

FINN MCMISSILE, BRITISH INTELLIGENCE