Saturday, January 8, 2011

THE TROUBLE WITH BLONDES!

ESPIONAGE CENTRAL: SPY MUSIC!

ESPIONAGE CENTRAL: SPY MUSIC!

A COOL NEW DOWNLOAD FROM MR. CRAIG’S FUNKY FROLIC BLOG . . .

A short, sharp and sweet batch of spy themes featuring some of the usual suspects (Mancini, Schifrin, Barry) and some more left field choices (Nancy Sinatra?). It is all solid stuff apart from the totally out of place "Sock It To 'Em J.B Pt.1" which doesn't have much to do with being a spy or special agent at all.

Personally, I am a sucker for the 2 James Bond tracks and the sweet soul of "I Spy (For The F.B.I)"and "Agent Double-O-Soul."

TRACKLIST:

1 - Secret Agent Man / Johnny Reeves
2 - Peter Gunn / Henry Mancini
3 - Mission Impossible / Lalo Schifrin
4 - Goldfinger / Shirley Bassey
5 - I Spy (For The F.B.I) / Jamo Thomas and His Party Brothers Orchestra
6 - Agent Double-O-Soul / Edwin Satrr
7 - James Bond Theme / John Barry Orchestra
8 - The Silencers / Vikki Carr
9 - Sock It To 'Em J.B Pt.1 / Rex Garvin and The Mighty Cravers
10 - The Last Of The Secret Agents / Nancy Sinatra
11 - Come Spy With Me / Smokey Robinson and The Miracles

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FANTASY CORNER: THE DESERT OF SOULS!

FANTASY CORNER: THE DESERT OF SOULS!

HOWARD ANDREW JONES

The glittering tradition of sword-and-sorcery sweeps into the sands of ancient Arabia with the heart-stopping speed of a whirling dervish in this thrilling debut novel from new talent Howard Andrew Jones.

In 8th century Baghdad, a stranger pleads with the vizier to safeguard the bejeweled tablet he carries, but he is murdered before he can explain. Charged with solving the puzzle, the scholar Dabir soon realizes that the tablet may unlock secrets hidden within the lost city of Ubar, the Atlantis of the sands. When the tablet is stolen from his care, Dabir and Captain Asim are sent after it, and into a life and death chase through the ancient Middle East.

Stopping the thieves—a cunning Greek spy and a fire wizard of the Magi—requires a desperate journey into the desert, but first Dabir and Asim must find the lost ruins of Ubar and contend with a mythic, sorcerous being that has traded wisdom for the souls of men since the dawn of time. But against all these hazards there is one more that may be too great even for Dabir to overcome . . .

FANTASY CORNER: DARK JENNY!

FANTASY CORNER: DARK JENNY!

ALEX BLEDSOE

Alex Bledsoe’s fantasy novels have drawn rave reviews for their ingenious blend of classic fantasy and hard-boiled detective fiction. Now Bledsoe returns with an all-new tale of intrigue and murder.

Murder, betrayal, and magic–just another day on the job for Eddie LaCrosse.

Freelance sword jockey Eddie LaCrosse is in the wrong place at the wrong time while conducting an undercover investigation on the island kingdom of Grand Bruan. When a poisoned apple kills a member of the queen’s personal guard, Eddie becomes the prime suspect in the murder. He must do some fast talking to keep his head attached to his shoulders. While trying to clear his name and find the real killer, Eddie becomes embroiled in a nasty political scandal. Someone is trying to ruin Queen Jennifer and doesn’t care who is killed along the way.

The more Eddie digs, the more twisted the lies become, until Eddie finds himself caught between two opposing armies. The fate of the entire kingdom lies in his hands.

STEAMPUNK CORNER: THE FALLING MACHINE!

STEAMPUNK CORNER: THE FALLING MACHINE!

SOCIETY OF STEAM BOOK 1

ANDREW P. MAYER

In 1880 women aren’t allowed to vote, much less dress up in a costume and fight crime. But nineteen year-old socialite Sarah Stanton still dreams of becoming a hero. Her opportunity arrives in tragedy when Dennis Darby, the leader of the Society of Paragons—New York’s greatest team of gentlemen adventurers—is murdered right before her eyes. To uncover the truth behind the assassination, Sarah joins forces with Darby’s greatest creation; the amazing mechanical man known as The Automaton.

Together they begin to unmask a conspiracy at the heart of the Paragons that reveals the world of heroes and high-society is built on a crumbling foundation of greed and lies. But it is only when Sarah comes face to face with the megalomaniacal villain behind the murder that she will discover if she has the courage to sacrifice her life of privilege and truly become the hero she has always wanted to be.

VINTAGE COVERS: BLUE BOOK!

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VINTAGE COVERS: DONALD HENDERSON CLARKE!

AN EVENING AT THE BUDDIES LOUNGE ~ FROM THE VAULTS!

AN EVENING AT THE BUDDIES LOUNGE ~ FROM THE VAULTS!

We’re still on vacation, but today would have been Elvis’ 76th Birthday -- so here at the Buddies Lounge we want to re-post a show from last August we did on the king -- 22 rarely heard and classic songs from Elvis. So sit back and enjoy our musical tribute to “The King” on a special reposting of “An Evening At The Buddies Lounge”.

PLAYLIST:

• Make Me Know It
• It’s A Long Lonely Highway
• I’m Coming Home
• A Little Less Conversation
• Ready Teddy
• Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello
• Guitar Man
• U.S. Male
• Big Boss Man
• Girl Next Door Went A ‘Walking
• Gently
• Return To Sender
• Money Honey
• Let Yourself Go
• Dixieland Rock
• Kentucky Rain
• Paralyzed
• Slowly But Surely
• Blue River
• Night Rider
• Long Black Limousine
• Ain’t That Loving You Baby


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VINTAGE COVERS: ARGOSY!

Friday, January 7, 2011

PULP NOW: EXCITING PULP TALES!

PULP NOW: EXCITING PULP TALES!

TOM JOHNSON

The exciting sequel to Tom Johnson's 2010 anthology, PULP DETECTIVES, EXCITING PULP TALES brings you ten more all-new stories featuring classic pulp heroes such as The Angel, The Green Ghost, The Cobra, The Crimson Mask, Gentle Jones, The Purple Scar, Funny Face, Mr. Death, The Jungle Queen, and Ki-Gor.

The Angel Detective returns in “A Devil of A Case”
The Green Ghost returns in “The Case of The Blind Soldier”
The Cobra returns in “Curse of The Viper”
The Crimson Mask returns in “The Mask of Anubis”
Gentle Jones in “Nazis Over Washington”
The Purple Scar in “The Skull Killer”
Funny Face in “The Star of Africa”
Alias Mr. Death in “Coffins of Death”.
Jungle Queen in “Jungle Terror”
Ki-Gor returns in “Lost Valley of Ja Far”

384 PAGES ~ $24.95 SOFTCOVER ~ $34.95 HARDCOVER

ALTUS PRESS

2011 WINDY CITY PULP AND PAPER CONVENTION!

2011 WINDY CITY PULP AND PAPER CONVENTION!

APRIL 15TH-17TH, 2011

CELEBRATING THE 80TH ANNIVERSARY OF DIME DETECTIVE AND POPULAR PUBLICATIONS.

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VINTAGE COVERS: .44 WESTERN MAGAZINE!

 

PULP NOW: PULPFEST 2011!

LOST IN PARADISE PODCAST: SREAM IN THE NIGHT!

LOST IN PARADISE PODCAST: SREAM IN THE NIGHT!

Back-to-business Angel Baby and ready-for-more-recess Doctor Nod kick start 2011 with a sextuple clutch of coolness, including boss mellow late hour tunes, real gone scatting jazzy grooves, jubilant Jamaican jump ups, lowdown wails from jails and, for all you cover lovers, a trio of great gal goodies plus a plea to listen closely to lyrics.

PLAYLIST:

Half Past Midnight – Tommy Love & The Deadbeats / Scream In The Night – Julia Lee & Her Boy Friends / Midnight Rain – Gary Warren / Gee Baby Ain’t I Good To You – Gloria Smythe with The Leroy Vinnegar Orchestra / Bill’s Five Count – Bill-Beau Trio / June Christy – June Christy with Stan Kenton / Stop, Look And Listen – Al T. Joe / Ay-Ay-Ay (My Mammy Has Told Me) – Owen Grey & The Rudies / Gun Fever – Baba Brooks Band / My Dues Have Been Paid – The Enemys / County Jail Blues – Gary Williams / Jailbreak – The Galdeans / Earth Angel – Yvonne Carroll / He Taught Me To Yodel – Jackie Johnson with The Sneed Family / Air Travel – The Jillettes / Darling, Listen To This Song – Wilbert Harrison / Darling, Listen To The Words Of This Song – Ruth McFadden & The Supremes.

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KNUCKLES AND GLOVES: 'LIGHTS OUT' ON FX!

KNUCKLES AND GLOVES: 'LIGHTS OUT' ON FX!

Lights Out is new dramatic boxing series set to premier on FX the coming Tuesday. The storyline focuses on Patrick ‘Lights Out’ Leary (Holt McCallany), a down and out fighter who retired from the ring at his wife’s behest after a disastrous fight against ‘Death Row’ Reynolds. Now, several years later, Leary is trying to support his wife and daughters with his failing boxing gym – all the while struggling with his desire to return to the ring for one last shot.

I'll certainly be there for the premier episode as I’m a sucker for this type of stuff no matter how clichéd it all might be . . .

 TO VISIT THE LIGHTS OUT WEBSITE CLICK HERE

KNUCKLES AND GLOVES: SMOKER ~ A BOXING FABLE!

KNUCKLES AND GLOVES: SMOKER ~ A BOXING FABLE!

MEL ODOM

I’M NOT LISTING THIS TITLE UNDER ONE OF MY TAKE A CHANCE POSTS, BECAUSE THERE IS NO CHANCE INVOLVED IN DOWNLOADING A COPY OF THIS HARD-HITTING PULP–STYLE BOXING TALE TO YOUR KINDLE – THIS ONE IS A WINNER . . . AND AT $.99 IT’S A STEAL . . .

SMOKER ~ A BOXING FABLE

1952:

Merchant seaman Terry Farrell's dad has been murdered in an illegal boxing ring in LA. Returning home, Terry straps on his old man's gloves and demands a shot at the title. But he doesn't know that he's stepping into the ring with a true monster.

Count 10 and DIE!

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THE TROUBLE WITH BLONDES!

VINTAGE COVERS: TERROR OVER LONDON!

PULP NOW: THE DANMED THING!

PULP NOW: THE DANMED THING!

BARRY REESE

PULPMEISTER BARRY REESE, CREATOR OF THE ROOK, HAS HIS NEW ‘PUKLSE POUNDING’ NOVEL, THE DAMNED THING, COMING FROM WILD CAT BOOKS IN THE VERY NEAR FUTURE . . .

THE CAT'S MEOW!

TAKE A CHANCE E-BOOKS!

TAKE A CHANCE E-BOOKS!

AN ONGOING SERIES HIGHLIGHTING POSSIBLY DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH E-BOOKS BY RELATIVELY UNKNOWN AUTHORS, FOUND WHILE CRUISING THE E-BOOK SHELVES ON AMAZON WITH PRICES THAT MAKE THEM WORTH TAKING A CHANCE ON . . . SOME MAY BE CRAP, SOME COULD SHOW POTENTIAL, OTHERS (I SUSPECT VERY, VERY, FEW) MIGHT BE GREAT – TAKE A CHANCE . . .

TODAY’S FIND . . . MYSTERY/ADVENTURE!

THE DONOVAN CREED NOVELS

JOHN LOCKE

LETHAL PEOPLE: A DONOVAN CREED NOVEL ~ $.99

Donovan Creed, a former CIA assassin, is a very tough man with a weakness for very easy women. Meet him in LETHAL PEOPLE a relentlessly entertaining crime novel that's often LOL - bizarre funny! The action is fast and furious, the dialogue smart, savvy and sexy. The story is filled with quirky characters and clever surprises.

LETHAL EXPERIMENT: A DONOVAN CREED NOVEL ~ $.99

What if someone offered you $100,000 with the only stipulation being that a murderer would be killed if you accept the money? Would you take it? The people who choose to take it are about to find out the ramifications of their decisions to be part of this Lethal Experiment!

Donovan Creed, former CIA assassin, is a smart-aleck tough guy who can't resist a noble cause. Despite a ton of baggage and a penchant for call girls, he always finds a way to beat the bad guys. In this sequel to Lethal People, Creed is forced to choose between his thriving contract-killer business, his part in the Lethal Experiment, and his desire to live a normal life with the beautiful Kathleen Gray and her newly-adopted daughter, Addie. Before that can happen, he has to take care of some lethal business involving a former lover.

Lethal Experiment is a breezy and fun page-turner, featuring grisly humor, outrageous characters, and sexy dialogue.

NOW AND THEN: A DONOVAN CREED NOVEL ~ $.99

When we last encountered Donovan Creed, former CIA assassin and freelance killer, he had successfully stolen billions of dollars from the world's most lethal criminals. Now all he wants is a romantic Florida vacation with the very sexy Rachel -- no fire ants, bi-polar girlfriends, rabid squirrels, accident prone homicidal maniacs, hailstorms, hairless cats, gangs, faith healers, or pirates.

TO VISIT AUTHOR JOHN LOCKE’S WEB SITE CLICK HERE

Thursday, January 6, 2011

FORGOTTEN BOOKS: DREAMSICLE!

FORGOTTEN BOOKS: DREAMSICLE!

W. L. RIPLEY

W. L. Ripley’s Wyatt Storme is a character who appears to have fallen into the abyss between Robert B. Parker’s Spenser and Robert Crais’ Elvis Cole after rebounding off John D. MacDonald’s Travis McGee. Falling into the same abyss is Storme’s psychotic sidekick, Chick Easton – who could just as easily be named Hawk or Joe Pike.

All of this is to say this series from the early ‘90s is very derivative, but that doesn’t mean it’s necessarily second rate. In fact, I enjoyed all three books featuring tough guy Wyatt Storme, who divides his time between Colorado and Paradise, Missouri, because it features many of the same wise-cracking, mucho-thumping satisfactions found in the series author Ripley emulates.

DREAMSICLE

Wyatt Storme quit the NFL at the peak of his game, because the continuous attention of the fans left him no private life. Wyatt, a fugitive from society's fast lane, is vacationing in Paradise County, Missouri, amid the beautiful Ozark Mountains, when he stumbles into a drug ring - one in which powerful local residents are implicated. It becomes clear that plans are under way to make a new extremely addictive narcotic, "dreamsicle," and somebody in Paradise County is hatching the plans.

Storme, when curiosity gets the best of him, finds himself in the center of the action along with an ad-hoc partner, the puzzling former Vietnam hero Chick Easton. More perceptive than the local police, courageous (and foolhardy) enough to stand up to an assortment of hardened underworld criminals, Wyatt and Chick strike into dangerous territory searching for the heart of the trouble.

Copies of the Strome novels can still be easily found and picked up inexpensively. If this sounds like your kind of thing, then they are worth checking out.

Ripley started a new series a couple of years ago featuring similarly themed character Cole Springer, who brings the additional trappings of Vegas gambling and con games to the table. Both books in this new series, Springer’s Gambit and Pressing The Bet are also worth tracking down.

WYATT STORME NOVELS

DREAMSICLE (1993)
STORME FRONT (1994)
ELECTRIC COUNTRY ROULETTE (1996)

VINTAGE COVERS: FIGHTING WESTERN!

HARDBOILED CORNER: BLACKSAD!

HARDBOILED CORNER: BLACKSAD!

JUAN DÍAZ CANALES AND JUANJO GUARNIDO

BRUCE GROSSMAN’S LATEST BULLETS, BROADS, BLACKMAIL AND BOMBS COLUMN FOR BOOKGASM GIVES RAVES TO THIS FELINE DETECTIVE CAPER . . .

If you are any sort of fan of mystery/crime reading, this 2010 book is a must. Don’t let the fact that all the characters are animals dissuade you; they are fully developed characters just in the shape of walking and talking animals.

Its three stories inside will make you feel as though you stepped into a time machine, since all harken back to Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler in their prime. And if an introduction by Jim Steranko and praise from the likes of Neal Adams and Stan Lee aren’t enough, then keep reading. The book reprints three Blacksad stories, with the first two re-lettered to the author’s precise notes, and the third never been translated to English until now.

BLACKSAD

Private investigator John Blacksad is up to his feline ears in mystery, digging into the backstories behind murders, child abductions, and nuclear secrets. Guarnido's sumptuously painted pages and rich cinematic style bring the world of 1950s America to vibrant life, with Canales weaving in fascinating tales of conspiracy, racial tension, and the "red scare" Communist witch hunts of the time. Guarnido reinvents anthropomorphism in these pages, and industry colleagues no less than Will Eisner, Jim Steranko, and Tim Sale are fans! Whether John Blacksad is falling for dangerous women or getting beaten to within an inch of his life, his stories are, simply put, unforgettable.

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VINTAGE COVERS: FRENZY!