Saturday, June 4, 2011

HARDBOILED CORNER: SAND'S GAME ~ ENNIS WILLIE!

HARDBOILED CORNER: SAND'S GAME ~ ENNIS WILLIE!

I'M CURRENTLY IN THE MIDDLE OF THIS TERRIFIC COLLECTION OF HARDBOILDED TALES ABOUT A MOB KILLER TRYING TO GET OUT. THE COLLECTION HAS INTRODUCTIONS BY GUYS WHOSE TASTES RUN MUCH THE SAME AS MINE -- MAX ALLAN COLLINS, BILL CRIDER, STEVEN MERTZ, JAMES REASONER, WAYNE DUNDEE -- AND THEY ARE RIGHT ON THE MONEY: THIS IS GREAT, RAW, STUFF . . .
WILLIE'S SAND CHARACTER IS VERY MUCH HIS OWN MAN, BUT HE'D FIND KINDRED SPIRITS IN STARK'S PARKER, MAX ALLAN COLLINS' NOLAN, DON PENDELTON'S ORIGINAL MACK BOLAN, AND ANDRE VACHSS' BURKE . . .

Friday, June 3, 2011

THE TROUBLE WITH BLONDES ~ VERONICA LAKE!

PULP NOW: GRIFTER’S GIRL!

PULP NOW: GRIFTER’S GIRL!

BILL RAETZ

HERE’S WORD OF A FREE OFFER FROM PULP WRITER AND CREATOR OF THE WORLD ESPIONAGE BUREAU, BILL RAETZ . . .

Through the end of next week, I’m making my second pulp fiction novella, The Grifter’s Girl, available as a free download. If you enjoy the novella, posting a comment here or a short review somewhere online would be appreciated . . .

TO GET THE DOWNLOAD CLICK HERE

PULP NOW: PATHS OF FIRE!

PULP NOW: PATHS OF FIRE!

ALBERT RICHARD WETJEN

BLACK DOG BOOKS ~ IN PRODUCTION

Leaving home for the sea at age fourteen, Albert Richard Wetjen (1900-1948), was shipwrecked twice before his sixteenth birthday. On the later occasion he survived five weeks on an island before being rescued.

Once back to sea, to pass the time between ports, Wetjen began to read. Less than impressed by some of the fiction he read, which lacked believability, he knew he could tell a better story himself by simply drawing upon his working knowledge of ships and the tribulations of men at sea.

By age twenty-two, only a few years after his first attempts at composing fiction, Dick Wetjen was a regular contributor to the Saturday Evening Post and Collier's, simultaneously selling stories to the pulp magazines Action Stories, Adventure, Short Stories and Everybody's.

Paths of Fire assembles eight of the author's riveting tales of adventure.

BLACK DOG BOOKS

PULP NOW: EMPIRE OF THE DEVIL!

PULP NOW: EMPIRE OF THE DEVIL!

FREDERICK L. NEBEL

BLACK DOG BOOKS ~ IN PRODUCTION

From a master crime-detective fiction writer, author of the Captain Steve McBride and noisy newshound Kennedy series, as well as the Tough Dick Donahue series for Black Mask, and the Dime Detective Cardigan series, comes this first collection of Frederick L. Nebel's tales of exotic adventure.

INCLUDES:

Empire of the Devil
Doom Drums
The Crimson Diamond
Hell's Back Door
and others!

COVER: FRED CRAFT

VOLUME 12 IN THE BLACK DOG BOOKS SIGNATURE SERIES.

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PULP NOW: THE SHARK STRIKES!

PULP NOW: THE SHARK STRIKES!

THE COLLECTED ADVENTURES OF SHARK GOTCH

ALBERT RICHARD WETJEN

EDITED AND WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY DOUG ELLIS


BLACK DOG BOOKS ~ IN PRODUCTION

THE TERROR OF THE SOUTH SEAS LIVES AGAIN!

Few heroes of fiction are like Shark Gotch: cruel, often a killer by nature, ruthless; yet absolutely an honest man loyal to his creed that would got to any length to avenge a wrong done to himself or his friends. Shark Gotch's name struck terror from Sydney to Singapore. Known as the fastest man with a gun, strong men thought it wise to steer clear of Gotch and his wrath.

One of the most thrilling characters to emerge from the action-adventure magazines, the volume assembles more than two dozen stories, collected from the pages of Danger Trail, Action Stories and other sources.

Bonus: included are non-fiction articles, photographs and additional background material by and about Albert Richard Wetjen.

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PULP NOW: THE MAN WHO FOUND ZERO!

PULP NOW: THE MAN WHO FOUND ZERO!

EARLY SCIENCE FICTION AND WEIRD FANTASY FROM THE BLACK CAT, 1896-1915

EDITED BY GENE CHRISTIE


BLACK DOG BOOKS ~ COMING SOON!

Following in the literary footsteps of The Space Annihilator: Early Science Fiction from The Argosy, 1896-1910, Gene Christie has unearthed another collection of the imaginative, science-fictional stories your great-grandparents enjoyed long before the term "science fiction" was coined.

Decades before the advent of Weird Tales in 1923 and Amazing Stories in 1926, weird fantasy and science fiction was appearing regularly in the pages of popular American publications, included as a part of the routine mix of mysteries, adventures, romances, humor, Westerns and other types of stories.

These 24 uncut gems of the fantastic have been rescued from the chaff of their long-forgotten companion stories in crumbling old magazines, and are now available for the first time in three generations!

INCLUDED:

"The Mysterious Card" by Cleveland Moffett
"A Mental Mischance" by Thomas F. Anderson
"My Invisible Friend" by Katherine Kip
"Tunnel Number Six" by Eugene Derby
"Bigler's Barometer" by Sam Davis
"The Cross of Fire" by Bert Leston Taylor & Edward Ward
"A Thousand Deaths" by Jack London
"The Transposition of Stomachs" by Charles E. Mixer
"On the Turn of a Coin" by Cleveland Moffett
"The Annihilator of the Undesirable" by Clifford Howard
"In an Unknown World" by John Durworth
"When Time Turned" by Ethel Watts Mumford
"In the Sierra Madre"s by Newton Newkirk
"A Witch City Mystery" by Frederick van Rensselaer Dey
"The Invisible City" by Frank Lillie Pollock
"The Man Who Found Zero" by Lon Arnold
"The Cold Storage Baby" by Eva L. Ogden
"A Bride in Ultimate" by Don Mark Lemon
"The Skyscraper in B Flat" by Frank Lillie Pollock
"Where is Robert Palmer?" by I. Crane Clark
"A Rule that Worked Both Ways" by Octavia Zollicoffer Bond
"A Man and a Mermaid" by W. George Gribble
"The Mansion of Forgetfulness" by Don Mark Lemon
"John Jones' Dollar" by Harry Stephen Keeler
Appendix— "Jack London and The Black Cat"

TRADE PAPERBACK ~ 168 PAGES ~ $16.95

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PULP NOW: FISTS OF FURY!

PULP NOW: FISTS OF FURY!

THE COLLECTED ADVENTURES OF CURT FLAGG

LESTER DENT

BLACK DOG BOOKS ~ COMING SOON!

Editor Richard Martinsen was the primary supporter of Lester Dent in the infancy of his writing career. Under promises from Martinsen of regular assignments, in the midst of the Great Depression, Dent quit his day job and moved halfway across the United States to New York City to undertake writing a novel a month for the Dell line of pulp magazines.

Fists of Fury collects the two-fisted adventures of Curt Flagg from the pages of the extremely rare Scotland Yard magazine. Curt Flagg is in many ways a prototype for the characters and situations that Dent became famous for a few years later when penning the escapes of Doc Savage.

With an introduction by historian Will Murray, this book of previously uncollected material, running more than 100,000 words, is a welcomed addition for the legion of fans of Lester Dent!

Bonus: Appendices include submission notes and records from Dent's notebooks.

INCLUDED NOVELS:

Wildcat
Doom Ship
One Billion—Gold!
Sign of the Adder introduction by Will Murray
Sign of the Adder

APPENDICES

Story idea for "The Osage Ogre" (aka "Wildcat')
Outline for "The Osage Ogre" (aka "Wildcat')
Outline for "Death Devil" (aka "Doom Ship")
a 19-page outline for "The Jade Ogre"—an unwritten Curt Flagg adventure!

Plus: Correspondence from editor Richard Martinsen to Lester Dent discussing the new action series for Scotland Yard

COVER: WILLIAM RUESSWIG

TRADE PAPERBACK ~ 300+ PAGES ~ $29.95

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PULP NOW: THE BEST OF ADVENTURE VOLUME 2—1913-1914!

PULP NOW: THE BEST OF ADVENTURE VOLUME 2—1913-1914!

BLACK DOG BOOKS ~ COMING SOON!

Assembled from years three and four of its history, this collection brings together 20 of the best tales that appeared in Adventure, including rarely or never-before reprinted works by Talbot Mundy, Rafael Sabatini, Edgar Wallace, H.D. Couzens, J. Allan Dunn, George Washington Ogden, Stephen Chalmers and others.

The stories, include authors both familiar and forgotten to today's readers, represent historical and modern-set fiction (modern as in circa 1914) in all corners of the globe.

Selected and with an introduction by Doug Ellis.

INCLUDED:

"Orders Gray" by Marion Polk Angellotti [Medieval Italy]
"The Black Violin" by Nevil G. Henshaw [New Orleans]
"The Capture of Lone Bill" by Hapsburg Liebe [Western]
"Paid" by W. Townend [Afghanistan]
"The Shanghaied Policeman" by S.B.H. Hurst [New York]
"In a Righteous Cause" by Talbot Mundy [India]
"Messire Richard" by Warwick Deeping [Medieval England]
"The Word of Borgia" by Raphael Sabatini [Renaissance Italy]
"The Getting of Boh Na-Ghee" by Gordon McCreagh [Burma]
"Clearing a Snarl" by Frederick William Wallace [North Atlantic fishing]
"Down the River" by G.W. Ogden [Colonial Mississippi]
"The Impulsiveness of Black Douglas" by Stephen Chalmers [Northwest Mounties]
"The Chang-Hwa Pearl" by H.D. Couzens [China; South Seas; Hawaii]
"Queen of the Species" by Prince Sarath Ghosh [India]
"The Taking of Peter Pan" by George Brydges Rodney [Mexico; humorous]
"The Sea-Wife's Challenge" by Henry Oyen [Brooklyn; North Atlantic; some fantasy elements]
"A Maker of Wars" by Edgar Wallace [Africa; humorous]
"Safe or Out?" by Hugh S. Fullerton [Ohio; baseball; humorous]
"The Greenstone Mask" by Allan Dunn [South Seas]

BLACK DOG BOOKS

PULP NOW: THE DR. ZENG OMNIBUS!

PULP NOW: THE DR. ZENG OMNIBUS!

E. HOFFMANN PRICE ~ W.T. BALLARD ~ ROBERT LESLIE BELLEM

ALTUS PRESS ~ COMING SOON!

Join Doctor Zeng Tse-Lin’s battle with crime and the Japanese menace in the mysterious world of San Francisco’s Chinatown. An American who posed as a Chinese scholar, Dr. Zeng’s stories have never been
completely reprinted before . . . until now.

Featuring all seven installments: "Fangs of Doom," "Blood Cargo," "Sinister House," "Camelback Kill," "Lion’s Loot," "Blackmail Clinic" and "Corpse Cargo."

Includes an all-new introduction by Will Murray.

410 PAGES | $34.95 SOFTCOVER | $44.95 HARDCOVER

ALTUS PRESS

COCKTAIL NATION 175 ~ DANISH MODERN 2!

COCKTAIL NATION 175 ~ DANISH MODERN 2!

On the show this week, Part 2 of our exploration into all that is Danish modern furniture with an expert Koop tracked down in Sydney. Koop will also look at a brand new tv show set in the sixties around the airline Pan Am and the Airline Hostesses who flew across the world in great style. Plus some swank advice on working life taking a leaf out of Don Draper’s book.

PLAYLIST:

Howard Shore ~ Ed Wood Theme
Tiki Joes Ocean ~ Haliewa
Peter Nero ~ La Playa
Mr Ho’s Orchestrotica ~ Autumn Digging Dance
Xavier Cugat ~ Begin the Beguine
HB Radke ~ Dig That Cat On Bass
Sam Clunie ~ Pool Side Bash
Jennifer Keith ~ Imagination
Jackie Gleason ~ Live For Life
Morton Gould ~ That Old Black Magic
Anita O’Day ~ Easy To Love
Vicki Carr ~ Goodbye Charlie

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UNCLE ROCCO!

UNCLE ROCCO!

ANTHONY VENUTOLO DOES A FABULOUYS FLASH FRIDAY TAKE ON A COOL ROCKABILLY LEATHER PHOTO I POSTED A FEW DAYS BACK . . .

Sandy looked through the drawers and found the cigar box. They were filled with photos of her Uncle Rocco and after flipping through half of them, she found her favorite. It was the one of him all decked out leather. She smiled.

"It takes a certain kind of man to wear leather," he told her when she first saw this amazing picture. "People can tell if you're not meant for it so don't ever let the jacket wear you."

She smiled some more and felt her bottom lip quiver. She bit it, stifled herself and remembered the story behind the photo.

FOR THE REST OF THE STORY CLICK HERE

STEVE TYRELL UPDATE!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

FORGOTTEN BOOKS: CRESCENT CITY KILLS!

FORGOTTEN BOOKS: CRESCENT CITY KILLS!

O’NEIL DU NOUX

(POSTING UP EARLY THIS WEEK)

I’ve written several Forgotten Books posts in the past on tomes written by current or ex-police officers. As an ex-New Orleans Police Department homicide detective, with an impressive record of case clearances, Du Noux’s novels are among the best from this genre. He clearly knows both the city and the dark side of police work, presenting them in the honest, harsh lighting only somebody who has investigated on those streets can achieve.

Crescent City Kills is the fourth book in Du Noux’s series about New Orleans homicide detective Dino LaStanza.

LaStanza, a Sicilian-American, born of immigrants into a city whose culture is still dominated by ancient families.  Like Du Noux himself, Lastanza, 'The Leopard,' carries an unbroken string of solved homicide cases (Du Noux solved all 15 homicides where he was the lead investigator - an amazing record).

Married to money, La Stanza flaunts his Maserati, which was stolen in a previous novel because he was cocky enough to drive it around the wrong parts of town.

LaStanza’s wife is not only smarter than him, she’s also a sexual fireball. This grates a little sometimes, a new author still finding his way, but Du Noux makes the overall character of LaStanza work very well.

In later books, Du Noux gets a firmer grip on these types of conceits and goes with his strengths, his knowledge of New Orleans, assured plotting, and his investigative expertise.

CRESCENT CITY KILLS

Bay City Blues

New Orleans has its share of steamy pleasures, but nothing could compare to the sights in the dangerous section across the river called Algiers. Overrun by pimps and drug dealers, it was a place where even thrill seeking tourists knew that a few minutes of fun could cost them their lives. So when the two junkie prostitutes washed up brutally murdered along the river walk in Algiers, even the police didn't ask questions and no one seemed to care.

No one except hardworking homicide detective Dino LaStanza. Defying his chief's orders to stick to solving high profile crimes, LaStanza hit the dirty streets of Algiers with his sexy new partner as bait for the killer. The two dedicated cops worked the nights, putting the right kind of heat on the wrong kind of people for the answers that lead to a deadly manhunt that could cost them their careers – or their lives!

The streets of New Orleans come alive on De Noux's beat. His view of cops is uncompromising, his gallows humor natural, and his eye for the inside details is unerring.

A number of Du Noux’s works are available as e-books. I’ve recently downloaded and read several of his short story collections and enjoyed them immensely.

THE DINO LASTANZA NOVELS:

GRIM REAPER (1988)
THE BIG KISS (1990)
BLUE ORLEANS (1991)
CRESCENT CITY KILLS (1992)
THE BIG SHOW (1998)

HARDBOILED CORNER: CAMAOUFLAGE!

HARDBOILED CORNER: CAMAOUFLAGE!

BILL PRONZINI

KINDLE EDITION ~ $11.99 (OUTRAGEOUS E-BOOK PRICE SET BY PUBLISHER)

Nameless may not like David Virden, but the case is simple enough: find his ex-wife—and they know where she is. Deliver some papers to her and it’s all done. But she refuses the papers, sends a message to Virden to never contact her again, and slams the door.

His colleague, Tamara, tells Nameless that Virden threatens to sue, stops payment on his checks, and claims that the woman they located isn’t his wife. Then he disappears and his fiancée hires Nameless to find out why. Clearly, someone is trying to make Nameless the monkey in the middle.

The investigation that Nameless's partner, Jake Runyon, has to undertake is personal…and urgent. His girlfriend Bryn’s son, a pawn in a bitter divorce settlement, is being beaten and every indication is that his father is responsible. Is he bitter enough to take out his frustrations on a young boy, to fracture his arm?

Then events turn on Jake: a dead woman, a bloodied Bryn, and a scared and silent child force him to look in other, darker, more deadly directions.


AUDIO DRAMA CORNER: A FOUR STAR MURDER!

AUDIO DRAMA CORNER: A FOUR STAR MURDER!

NEW FROM DECODER RING THEATRE . . .

Get ready for the Summer of Slick, as Decoder Ring Theatre proudly presents a full set of Erik Deckers' Slick Bracer, starring Peter Nicol as Slick! Action thrills! Mysterious chills! And the DRT ensemble having fun trying to bust up poor Peter in the middle of his lines. Good times!

This week: one dead restaurateur and five or six desperately unlikely suspects somehow adds up to . . . A Four Star Murder!

TO LISTEN OR DOWNLOAD CLICK HERE

ROCKING ROCKABILLY!

Y/A CORNER: LOST SOULS ~ DEADLANDS!

Y/A CORNER: LOST SOULS ~ DEADLANDS!

MEL ODOM

LOST SOULS BOOK 2 . . . BASED ON CHARACTERS CREATED BY JORDAN WEISMAN . . .

Two months have passed since the events of Burning Sky, and things have changed for Nathan Richards. Incensed by Kukulkan's victory and the unexpected loss of his mother, he refuses to play The Game until he knows what the stakes are-- until he meets a girl named Mavis in the field museum who died mysteriously at the Chicago Columbian Exposition, more than 100 years ago.

With the help of Alyssa and his friends, he will have to immerse himself in the Chicago Expo and the deep rivalry between Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla to learn Mavis's forgotten secret. This time, though, Nathan might have an advantage. Ah Puch, the Mayan god of the underworld, has offered Nathan his assistance against Kukulkan . . . no strings attached.

NOIR NOW: ONE TO MANY BLOWS TO THE HEAD / BORROWED TROUBLE!

NOIR NOW: ONE TO MANY BLOWS TO THE HEAD / BORROWED TROUBLE!

TWO DYNAMITE BOOKS BY MY BUDDY, WRITER ERIC BEETNER, ARE CURRENTLY FOR SALE ON AMAZON FOR $.99 . . . DON’T PASS UP THIS CHANCE TO GET IN ON SOME GREAT GOLD MEDAL STYLE READING BY NEW AND IMPORTANT NAMES IN THE FIELD, ERIC BEETNER AND J. B. KOHL . . .

ONE TO MANY BLOWS TO THE HEAD

Kansas City, 1939. One story from two points of view: the hunter and the hunted. Ray Ward - seeking revenge for his brother’s death in the boxing ring. Detective Dean Fokoli - hot on a killer’s trail.

Ray’s hunt takes him underground into Kansas City’s criminal nightlife. Dean Fokoli lives there full time but he’s on the run from his own troubles. Two men racing forward to collide like a knockout punch.

A razor-edged story of revenge, redemption and what happens when you confront the ghosts of the past.

"One Too Many Blows to the Head feels like a long-lost pulp you find in a favorite bookstore. A delicious mix of classic hardboiled grit and the heart-heavy world of film noir, it's a one-sitting read that sends you back to a lost time of fight halls, Chicago boys and last chances." – Megan Abbott, author of Bury Me Deep and Queenpin

"Boxing and noir once went hand in glove, but you don't see many boxing novels anymore, and that's a shame. Here's one that dredges up all the blood and spit and sweat and money of the fight game, and wraps it around a tough noir storyline full of revenge and dark secrets. Kohl and Beetner get it exactly right." – Steve Brewer, author of Cutthroat

"Razor sharp debut from noir partnership Beetner and Kohl. From its first savage punch, the dark world of organised crime and boxing grips and refuses to let you go. Highly recommended." –Nick Quantrill, author of Broken Dreams



BORROWED TROUBLE

Hollywood, 1941

Ray Ward spends nights thinking about his brother's death and the blood-soaked days that followed.

Dean Fokoli is off the force, disgraced by his dirty dealings, left to scrape for pennies as a private eye.

When Ray receives a mysterious package from his sister containing a plea for help and a reel of 8mm film, there's a problem - Ray doesn't have a sister.Now two former enemies must team up, travel halfway across the country to search the dark shadow of Hollywood's spotlight. In for more than they bargained for, Ray and Fokoli plunge behind the silver screen to unearth tinseltown's dirty secrets. And two men with nothing left to lose can stir up some serious trouble.

HONEY WEST #4!

HONEY WEST #4!

AVAILABLE NOW FROM MOONSTONE BOOKS

STORY: ELAINE LEE
ART: RONN SUTTON
COLORS: KEN WOLAK
COVER: MALCOLM MCCLINTON

The all new adventures of the first female private eye continue! Join Vertigo’s (“Vamps”) writer Elaine Lee as Honey goes undercover on the set of low-budget sci-fi film Amazons of Mars to investigate the mysterious death of Zu Zu Varga, queen of the B-movies.

It looks like murder, but who had motive? Was it the scheming ingénue, the down-on-his luck director, the jealous agent, or the ageing teen heartthrob?

Robots, aliens and murder in 1960s CA!

32 PAGES ~ COLOR ~ $3.99

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E-BOOKS: THE DEAD MAN #4 ~ DEAD WOMAN!

E-BOOKS: THE DEAD MAN #4 ~ DEAD WOMAN!

DAVID MCAFEE

CREATORS: LEE GOLDBERG / WILLIAM RABKIN

Book #4 in thrilling Deas Man saga, the action/horror series that readers and book critics alike are hailing as "an epic tale" that compares to the best of Stephen King and Dean Koontz...

Matt Cahill thought he was alone with his torment, that he was the only one who could see the evil in people’s souls as rotting flesh. But in a small town in Tennessee, terrorized by a vicious serial killer, Matt meets a woman who may see what he does…and together they must confront a horrific and immortal terror that thrives on death.

BONUS FEATURES

Excerpt from 33 AD, David McAfee's stunning horror novel.


Excerpt from The Dead Man #5: The Blood Mesa by James Reasoner


VINTAGE COVERS: THIEVES FALL OUT!

THE TROUBLE WITH BLONDES!

VINTAGE COVERS: PERVERSITY!

THE TROUBLE WITH BLONDES!