ZOMBIE CORNER: ROBIN HOOD AND FRIAR TUCK ~ ZOMBIE KILLERS!
A CANTERBURY TALE
PAUL A. FREEMAN
Medieval civilization was under threat from the undead.
When lion-hearted Richard ruled the roost Of England, he decided that to boost His regal reputation he should mount A war to wrest from Turkish men the fount Of Christendom; yet in that desert land A zombie plague emerged from ’midst the sand. A necromancer’s alchemistic spell Reanimated corpses bound for Hell (And even bound for Heaven’s pearly gate).
Soon after ’twas apparent that the fate Of all on Earth – the evil and the good – Was in the hands of Robin of the Hood Whose outlaw men, along with Friar Tuck, Against rampaging hordes of zombies struck. They fought to save the likes of you and I, Not caring that one slip might make them die. Their tale lies here, within this humble book – I pray you’ll spare the time to take a look.
ANOTHER COOL DOWNLOAD FROM MR. CRAIG OVER AT HIS FUNKY FROLIC BLOG . . .
Finding a perfect meeting point between spy jazz, surf rock and library music this compilation of Telemusic tracks lays on the grooves nice and thick. The music evokes images of James Bond kicking back on a beach in Hawaii, wearing his board shorts, with a cocktail in one hand and a gun in the other.
The second half of the album has a number of particularly interesting tracks including "Strange Sunset", "Media Code" and the somewhat space themed "Action Replay" and "Saturn Inhabitants."
Master Kirk / Francois Babin Sub Friction / Pieree Babin Speed Boating / Pierre Commandeur Cairo Night / Francois Babin Chris Tone / Pierre Commandeur Magic Wonders / Pierre Commandeur Twistin' Galaxy / Francois Babin Top Secret Agent / Pierre Commandeur Beach Boutique / Francois Babin Media Code / Pierre Commandeur Saturn Inhabitants / Francois Babin Action Replay / Pierre Commandeur From Uncle / Francois Babin Spy Games / Pierre Commandeur Strange Sunset / Francois Babin Hawaiian Eye / Pierre Commandeur
At an exclusive Soho party one rainy night, Cat stumbles into an ancient and dangerous game of fortune. A mysterious quartet of game masters deal out challenges—moves that unfold in the Arcanum, a dream-scape version of our world. Success can earn players fame, fortune, inspiration. Failure can be deadly.
At first Cat is skeptical, but undeniably curious. And when a journey into the Arcanum reveals a shocking glimpse of her family’s past, Cat begins to understand what drives people to play. Sometimes it’s greed or longing—other times desperation. She must know more.
Right now, the game masters hold all the cards. But Cat finds others like herself on the fringes of the game. And together an unlikely group of chancers hope to change the rules in their favor.
In the Game of Triumphs, the risks are high, but the rewards may just be worth dying for. . . .
From STUDIO 67 in Hollywood, enjoy another brand new hour of Hi-Fi Space-Age fun from the BUDDIES LOUNGE . . . presented in LIVING STEREO!!!!
• Zing! When The String Of My Heart - Frank Sinatra • Thundershake - Les and Larry Elgart • There’s A Rainbow ‘Round My Shoulder – Bobby Darin • To Know You - Perry Como • A Hard Days Night - Bob Leaper • On The Street Where You Live - Nat King Cole • Moon River Cha Cha - Henry Mancini • The Peanut Vendor - Dean Martin • Let’s Go - Floyd Cramer • It All Depends On You - Dinah Shore • Lullaby Of Broadway - Stan Kenton • Gary, Indiana - Stan Freberg • It Happened In Monterey - Bing Crosby/Rosemary Clooney • Get Me To The Church On Time - Van Alexander
JOE ACKERMAN HAS A PIN-UP FILLED POST TODAY ON HIS TWO-FISTED TALES OF TRUE-LIFE WEIRD ROMANCE BLOG FEATURING ANTONIO VARGAS AND HIS WORK . . .
Born in Arequipa, Peru, Joaquin Alberto Vargas y Chávez moved to the United States in 1916 after studying art in Europe prior to World War I. He was the son of famous Peruvian photographer Max T. Vargas.
His early career included work as an artist for the Ziegfeld Follies and for many Hollywood studios. Vargas' most famous piece of film work was that for the 1933 film The Sin of Nora Moran, which shows a near-naked Zita Johann in a pose of desperation. The poster is frequently named one of the greatest movie posters ever made.
He became famous in the 1940s as the creator of iconic World War II era pin-ups for Esquire magazine known as "Vargas Girls."
THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. NAPOLEON SOLO GUN IMPRESSIVE SET
14x30.75x2.25" deep display box contains cap gun that "Converts Into Rifle with: Stock, Silencer, Telescopic Sight, Bipod" and comes with U.N.C.L.E. No. 6 plastic badge and 2.5x4" United Network Command For Law And Enforcement membership card. Box has a printed full color photo of Robert Vaughn as Napoleon Solo. Contents remain unused and are Exc. to Mint. Box shows moderate edge wear with lt. creasing. Back of box has a 9x2.5" "flap" cut into it and four small punctures. Fine. Great set. Scarce.
PULP NOW: THE COMPLETE ADVENTURES OF OKE OAKLEY AND SECRETS, INC.!
FREDERICK C. DAVIS
INTRODUCTION BY WILL MURRAY
ALTUS PRESS - COMING SOON!
From 1933 to 1935, Frederick C. Davis chronicled the cases of Hollywood P.I. firm Secrets, Inc. Led by Clay “Oke” Oakley and assisted by Cherry Morris and Archibald Brixey, Secrets, Inc. investigated some of the weirdest and most ingenious crimes in the long history of Dime Detective Magazine—all centering around the film industry.
Never before reprinted, this lost classic is available for the first time in nearly 80 years.
They appeared between 1931 and 1954 in a series of pulp magazines including Detective Story Magazine, Black Mask, Detective Tales, FLynns. New Detective, Black Book Detective, and finally Famous Detective.
FOLIO BLACK CLOTH HARD COVER WITH COLOUR DUSTJACKET, 538 PAGES
Science-fiction legend Robert Silverberg reflects on some of his earliest, least-reprinted tales in this new Planet Stories collection! Between 1956 and 1958, Silverberg contributed dozens of short stories and novellas to the digest pulps, each written in the bombastic, high-adventure style of the original Planet Stories magazine. Since then, those tales have re-appeared only rarely (and sometimes never again) in long out-of-print paperback anthologies. This volume, the first of three to come this year, features seven hard-to-find classic Silverberg novellas:
Slaves of the Star Giants Spawn of the Deadly Sea The Flame and the Hammer Valley Beyond Time Hunt the Space-Witch! The Silent Invaders Spacerogue
Never before collected in a single edition, these stories reveal the early action-packed tales of one of speculative fiction's most important voices!
296 PAGES ~ SOFTCOVER TRADE PAPERBACK
THE PLANET KILLERS
WITH A NEW INTRODUCTION BY THE AUTHOR!
COMING IN JULY!
Three classic science fiction novels from Grand Master Robert Silverberg return to print for the first time in more than 40 years! These never-reprinted tales originally appeared in the influential Ace Double novel series, and represent a future multiple Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author bridging the explosive, action-oriented science fiction adventures of the early pulps with more introspective themes of the new wave that swept sci-fi in the 1960s.
In The Planet Killers, the Security Computers of Earth Central determine that the frontier world of Lurion will launch an all-out attack on Earth in 67 years, sending Agent Roy Gardner to the rough-and-tumble planet to ensure that doesn't happen—even if it means blowing Lurion to interstellar dust!
In The Plot Against Earth, Lloyd Catton, humanity's first agent of the Interworld Commission on Crime, must work with skeptical, suspicious alien agents to bust a hypnojewel racket that threatens the whole of the galaxy. Trailing the deadly, mind-sapping gems to the source unveils a multi-planet conspiracy, leaving Catton few allies in his frantic mission to save Earth itself!
In One of Our Asteroids is Missing, independent miner John Storm discovers an impossible asteroid rich with fabulously valuable metals and minerals, only to find his claim stolen, along with all computer records indicating that he had ever existed! Hunted by mining conglomerates and desperate to restore his jackpot find, Storm sets out into space to find his missing rock—only to discover that his find was far more valuable than he could have ever imagined.
Never before reprinted since their original appearances and with a new introduction by the author, these three novels of science fiction adventure blaze back onto the scene, revealing early masterworks of one of the genre's most gifted and celebrated storytellers!
304 PAGES ~ SOFTCOVER TRADE PAPERBACK
THE CHALICE OF DEATH
WITH A NEW INTRODUCTION BY THE AUTHOR!
COMING IN NOVEMBER!
Three complete novels of mystery in space from Grand Master Robert Silverberg explode back into print for the first time in decades in this thrilling new Planet Stories collection! These extremely scarce tales originally appeared in the legendary Ace Double novel series, and represent a future multiple Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author bridging the explosive, action-oriented science fiction adventures of the early pulps with more introspective themes of the new wave that swept sci-fi in the 1960s.
In The Chalice of Death, a human from the far edge of space must track down the legendary planet that birthed his race tens of thousands of years ago. For the legends hold that the long-forgotten Earth holds the Chalice of Life, and the Chalice of Life holds immortality!
In Starhaven, interplanetary fugitive Johnny Mantell flees authorities to the artificial pirate world known as Starhaven, sanctuary for the criminals and misfits of space. There he finds a new home for himself—as well as questions about his past, his future, and his very identity itself!
In Shadow on the Stars, deep space colonist Baird Ewing returns to Earth for the first time in the thousand years since his ancestors first departed, seeking aid against the aliens who seek to destroy his colony. But the weapon he finds upon the ancient Earth can save only one planet, and Ewing must choose between his two home worlds.
Seldom or never reprinted since their original appearances and with a new introduction by the author, these three novels of science fiction adventure blaze back onto the scene, revealing early masterworks of one of the genre’s most gifted and celebrated storytellers!
Pro Se Press, a leader in New Pulp fiction, is extremely proud to announce the first of many releases penned by Veteran Pulp Author Barry Reese and starring Reese’s best known creation, The Rook!
The Rook: Volume Six by Reese is now available from Pro Se Press!
Already established as one of the best known heroes of The New Pulp Movement, The Rook takes on his greatest adventures in Volume Six. Reese ups the ante significantly for Max Davies, millionaire and vision driven vigilante, by setting The Rook against Sun Koh, Prince of Atlantis in the lead story, The Scorched God! A character from German pulps of the 1930s, Sun Koh is essentially the Germanic Doc Savage and comes up against The Rook in order to take his supposed rightful place as ruler of the world. Assisted by a variety of interesting villains, most notably The Furies, three women, each one representing an Axis nation. What chance does any mere mortal man have against a near Godlike being and his bevy of deadly beauties? Fortunately, there is nothing ‘mere’ about The Rook in ‘The Scorched God!’
The Rook continues to deliver two fisted justice in two other tales included in Volume Six! Taking a trip to the Old West like no one ever has, The Rook hopes to help lost souls clear up ‘Sins Of The Past’! And The Rook appears for the first time ever in a story with Reese’s latest and greatest New Pulp hero! Lazarus Gray, of Pro Se’s Sovereign City Project, stands side by side with The Rook as they take on evil and injustice in ‘Darkness, Spreading Its Wings Of Black’!
This volume also includes an introduction by Pro Se Editor in Chief Tommy Hancock, an interview with the author, and a timeline for The Rook and the various and sundry tales told within that universe!
The shadow of evil stalks the city of lights! In 19th century Paris the Black Coats reign supreme! The crime syndicate has ruined the life of Darlla Rassendyll. Her fate lies in the hands of Erik, the enigmatic Phantom of the Opera. He trains her to be The Revenant, the masked scourge of the underworld.
The Revenant finds herself in combating the greatest criminals of the gaslight era. Monsieur Nemo! Josephine Balsamo! Count Corbucci! The Green Lamia! Dr. Nikola! Countess Yalta the Nihilist Spy! The Carcosa Cult! Yet her greatest challenge will be her mentor. When the Phantom of the Opera goes on a murderous rampage, The Revenant is the only one capable of stopping him!
Prepare to enter a dark fantasy in the tradition of Walter Gibson's pulp fiction and the Wold-Newton Universe of Philip Jose Farmer! Rick Lai, author of “Chronology of Shadows” and noted scholar of the Wold-Newton Universe, brings to vivid life an unforgettable world of intrigue and excitement in his first-ever collection of New Pulp tales! Cover and interior art by renowned artist David Burton.
The book is both a prequel and a sequel to Gaston Leroux's Phantom Of The Opera. In Leroux's novel, the Phantom wasn't the only mysterious personage living under the Paris Opera House. There was a strange being called "the shadow" or "the shade." A theory about the identity of this "shadow" was presented in my earlier book, Chronology Of Shadows. Now the theory has been put into practice.
Shadows Of The Opera also features the major enemies of Sherlock Holmes, Arsene Lupin and A. J. Raffles.
It's mayhem, murder and masks in the acclaimed genre-bending novel from the "First Lady of Hard Case Crime” Christa Faust (Money Shot, Choke Hold).
Hoodtown, ghetto of masked wrestlers, inner-city sanctuary of hooded culture. Evolved from lucha libre, the family gimmick is sacred, and the mask is the sole expression of one’s identity.
Now, Hood prostitutes are turning-up murdered and worse, unmasked, and the ‘Skin’ establishment is as much help as a paid-off ref. Enter X, former luchadora with a bruised past, a bum knee and no time to play Santo. She’s no hero, but there’s nobody else to tag-in, as her hunt for a killer uncovers a conspiracy that could take down all of maskedkind.
Like Casablanca with wrestling masks, Hoodtown is vintage pulp noir with a lucha libre pop culture twist.
I’m not sure how any book by Lawrence Block can be considered forgotten. The man has become such a literary icon even his reprints have reprints – deservedly giving his novels more lives than a cat lady’s crew. Still, an occasional title finds itself overshadowed by newer titles and/or pulp reprints of suitably sordid titles from Blocks notorious past.
Death Pulls A Double Cross, a gold medal entry from 1961, reprinted and retitled as Coward’s Kiss is an under-the- radar title from Block deserving of a closer look.
Ed London is the urban sleuth featured – a pipe smoking private eye with a Ph.D. and a taste for chamber music. Right away, we know this isn’t a precursor to the introspective and gritty Matt Scudder. It is also clear, Block was a young writer here learning as he went along, snagging bits and pieces from Hammett and Chandler to round out his story.
London jumps right into the mix when his brother-in-law finds himself in a pinch with his dead mistress – not only does he not want to be accused of the murder, but he doesn’t want his wife (London’s sister) to find out he’s been cheating on her. Yikes! Then there’s the statue of a Maltese falcon, err . . . I mean a briefcase, err . . . the maguffin . . . whatever . . . assorted quirky thugs are after brandishing guns and threats.
DEATH PULLS A DOUBLE CROSS
New York City private investigator Ed London has a problem – or rather, the problem is his brother-in-law's. Jack Enright's mistress, a woman with secrets of her own, has been shot to death in the apartment that he pays for. But when the body, moved by London to Central Park, is finally identified, London knows he must act quickly to find her killer – before the killer and the police find him.
This is all good fun, and while Block hasn’t revisited Ed London it might be fun to see him resurrected in the hands of the master Block has become. You can check out Death Pulls A Double Cross under it’s Coward’s Kiss pseudonym via Amazon’s Kindle edition.
Paul Levine to Donate Proceeds from Sale of Legal Thriller to Children's Cancer Fund.
We were delighted to receive an e-mail from crime novelist Paul Levine letting us know that he is once again providing the royalties from the sale one of his legal thrillers to the Four Diamonds Fund, which supports cancer treatment for kids at the Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital.
Last year, according to Paul, thousands of dollars were raised for the fund from the sale of To Speak for the Dead, the first book in the Jake Lassiter series. We were happy to support that effort as well, and are so pleased to know that it was such a success.
For a limited time, the 7th book in his Jake Lassiter series, Flesh & Bones, is available for just 99 cents. And by purchasing and downloading it, you're helping fund pediatric cancer research and treatment.
AN EXCELLENT CAUSE AND AN EXCELLENT NOVEL . . . TIME FOR E-BOOKERS TO CLICK AND DOWNLOAD . . .
FLESH AND BONES
“I was sitting at the end of the bar sipping single-malt Scotch when I spotted the tall blond woman with the large green eyes and the small gray gun.”
The next thing Jake Lassiter knows, the woman pumps three bullets into the man on the next barstool.
Lassiter, the linebacker-turned-lawyer, has a new client.
She’s stunning model Chrissy Bernhardt, and the dead man is her wealthy father. The defense? Chrissy claims that she’s recently recovered repressed memories of having been sexually abused by her father. Jake wants to believe her but suspects that the memories were either implanted by a shady psychiatrist or fabricated by Chrissy herself. Complicating the situation, Jake falls for his client, clouding his judgment. Is she an anguished victim or a cold-blooded killer? And what about her brother, who stands to inherit a fortune if Chrissy goes to prison? Jake wades into a quagmire of dirty water deals, big money, and family corruption, all leading to an explosive finale.
On the show this week, Koop talks to a very cool mid century modern artist called El Gato Gomez. Plus a new release from DJ Bonebrake, letters to Koop, swank advice on being single and how some people think it’s a disease, andwe’ll head to the Cocktail Nation blogosphere . . .
Octobop ~ Girl Talk Jimmy Vargas ~ A Blue Negligee Morton Gould ~ Besame Much Mr Ho’s Orchestrotica ~ Lyman 59 Caterina Valente ~ Un P'tit Beguine Diana Krall ~ Este Seu Olhar Enoch Light ~ How High The Moon Cha Cha Blue Martinis ~ Something Cool Orchestra Superstring ~ Shapale Buddy Cole ~ Don’t Get around Much Anymore Jackie Gleason ~ But Not For Me Combustible Edison ~ The Corner Table Jack Jones ~ Alfie Nestor Amaral and His Continenals ~ Ba Tu Ca Da
During the prohibition era, gangsters grew rich on our vices, and rivalries between criminal organizations resulted in open war. But unknown to the masses, a more sinister power controlled the crime cartels, using greed, gluttony, lust and other sins to fuel a much more lucrative trade: mortal souls.
The long-standing feud between two of the families is about the come to an end thanks to a brokered deal to consolidate power. But before things can be finalized, the bookkeeper tasked to brokering the deal is kidnapped along with a ledger that could spell doom for all the families.
Hoping to find the missing bookkeeper before the deal falls apart, Big Al pulls Eddie's corpse out of a ditch and puts him on the case.
Now Eddie, cursed and unable to rest, finds himself caught up in the middle of a sinister web of kidnapping, murder and damnation.