Stan Markowski is a Detective Sergeant on the Scranton PD's Supernatural Crimes Investigation Unit.
Like the rest of America, Scranton's got an uneasy 'live and let unlive' relationship with the supernatural. But when a vamp puts the bite on an unwilling victim, or some witch casts the wrong kind of spell, that's when they call Markowski. He carries a badge. Also, a crucifix, some wooden stakes, a big vial of holy water, and a 9mm Beretta loaded with silver bullets.
Back in 1983 Ace Books released She Devil, a collection of Robert E. Howard’s “Spicy” stories. Since then, that rare paperback has become increasingly expensive, with books in fine condition selling for $40 or more. Of the eight stories contained in the Ace collection, five were pulled from the pages of Spicy-Adventure Stories, a pulp magazine that specialized in such tales. According to Patrice Louinet, the typescripts that Howard sent to the magazine were “spicier” than they wanted, so an editor toned them down a bit. These unadulterated yarns have been unavailable to Howard fans and scholars—until now.
The Robert E. Howard Foundation is proud to present SPICY ADVENTURES. Not only is this collection the first time many of these stories have appeared in hardback, it is the first time most have appeared with all the spice that Howard intended. Besides all of the complete tales, this volume contains a large miscellanea section with drafts and synopsizes that allow readers to glimpse Howard’s creative process.
Introduction by Patrice Louinet “The Girl on the Hell Ship” (aka “She-Devil”) “Ship in Mutiny” “Desert Blood” “The Purple Heart of Erlik” “The Dragon of Kao Tsu” “Murderer’s Grog” “Guns of Khartum” “Daughters of Feud” Miscellanea: Untitled Synopsis (“John Gorman . . .”) “The Girl on the Hell Ship”—draft Untitled Synopsis (“Ship in Mutiny”) “Ship in Mutiny”—draft List of Characters (“Desert Blood”) Untitled Synopsis (“The Purple Heart of Erlik”) Untitled Synopsis (“Daughters of Feud”)
The volume checks in at 211 pages, and will be printed in hardback with dust jacket, in a limited quantity of 200 copies, each individually numbered. Cover design and painting by Jim & Ruth Keegan; introduced and edited by Patrice Louinet, assisted by Rob Roehm. The book is expected to ship by the end of September.
SPICY ADVENTURES is $36 for REHF Members, $40 for non-members (all prices in US dollars) plus shipping.
THE GIRL FROM U.N.C.L.E. star Stefanie Powers ("April Dancer") tweeted yesterday that THE GIRL FROM U.N.C.L.E. is coming to DVD from Warner Archive Collection. That's the entire run of the program, which lasted for a single season of 29 hour-long episodes.
TVShowsonDVD investigated and confirmed that Warner Archive Collection expects to begin selling The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. - The Complete Series, Part 1 and The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. - The Complete Series, Part 2, both separately and as a bundle-pack, this coming Tuesday August 23rd.
The DVDs will be manufacture-on-demand (MOD) releases sold exclusively from the studio's online store at first, and will only ship to USA addresses. Later on they are expected to also be available from Amazon's CreateSpace MOD program, where customers in other countries will be able to import them. Pricing is not available yet.
The American West, 1887. Six years ago, the legendary gunfighter Shane Ennis laid down his guns and swore never to shoot again. Now the Fastest Guns want him back and they won’t take no for an answer.
In the accursed town of Covenant, far out in the wasteland, a tournament is being held. Sixteen of the best of a new generation of gunfighters have gathered to fight to the death for the Fastest Guns’ approval.
But the tournament is not all that it seems. Dark forces are plotting behind the scenes and an evil power lies in wait, patiently biding its time until the clock strikes the Gunfighter’s Hour.
In A Lust for Lead, supernatural-fantasy meets the Old West in an action-packed tale of one man’s fight to save himself from damnation.
PROVING THE ADAGE GREAT MINDS THINK ALIKE, HERE IS THE PERFECT COMPANION NOVEL TO MY OWN JUST RELEASED ELVIS-RELATED TALE SUSPPICIOUS MINDS, LITTLE ELVISES BY TIMOTHY HALLINAN . . .
2011 Edgar and Macavity nominee Hallinan brings back Junior Bender, the burglar-hero of CRASHED in a hilarious Los Angeles thriller about old-time rock-and-roll, missing persons, the world's oldest gangster, and a terrifying if somewhat hapless hit man named Fronts.
Fans of Robert B. Parker, Donald E. Westlake, and Lawrence Block will love Junior Bender, whom Brett Battles called “smart and funny, with a penchant for finding himself in situations he'd much rather avoid. Do not miss any of these books.”
ANOTHER GREAT REPRINT COMING FROM STARK HOUSE, THIS TIME FEATURING THE KING OF THE SLEAZE PAPERBACK, ORRIE HITT . . .
THE CHEATERS / DIAL M FOR MAN
Orrie Hitt wrote about low-rent people in low-rent places... shabby streets, strip alleys, pleasure grounds, private clubs, passion pools, girls dormitories, dirt farms, nudist camps, and sexurbia counties. – Brian Ritt from his Introduction
The Cheaters' Clint Mayer is a big man with big dreams. Or so he thinks. When Clint leaves Beaverkill for the rough and tumble dock town of Wilton, he hooks up with Charlie Fletcher, good time saloon owner and businessman. One of the businesses Charlie runs out of the bar involves a string of working girls, but he has to pay off Detective Red Brandon and it's wearing him down. He's had enough. Clint agrees to buy him out, but then he meets Charlie's wife, Debbie.
Clint thinks he can find a way to keep the bar, manage the girls and stay away from Brandon. He may even come away with Debbie. But Debbie has her own ideas deadly ones!
In Dial M For Man Hob Sampson knows the blonde will be trouble pure poison. It starts when she calls him up to fix her TV set. But she has a lot more on her mind than reception. Doris is all woman, and she makes sure that he knows it. She’s married to one of the richest men in town, Ferris Condon, a man with a grudge against Hob a mile wide.
Hob knows his repair business will never get ahead while Ferris plots against him, but does he want to get involved with the man s wife? Shouldn t he be with Kathy? He s comfortable with her. But Hob can t resist Doris. And before he knows what s good for him, he s plotting with her to do something he knows is so wrong and so necessary. Because Ferris Condon is all that stands between desire and Doris, and that s a fatal place to be.
This week Koop is taking a vacation, so he has pulled out a rerun for us, so enjoy the all spy jazz show this week.
Koop goes undercover, playing the very best spy jazz from yesterday and today, as he delves into the world of spy television in classified interview wit Wes Britton, author of the book Spy Television and the website spywise.com. Koop also talks to the guitarist on the original James Bond theme, Vic Flick, and the guardian of spy jazz today Tom Tremelo from the band Spy Fi . . .
Mel Torme ~ Secret Agent Man Cyril Stapeleton ~ The Saint Laurie Johnson ~ The Avengers Vicki Carr ~ The Silencers John Barrie 7 ~ James Bond Theme Hugo Montenegro ~ Get Smart Henry Mancini ~ Walkin Bass Spy Fi ~ Black Tie Spy Al Cailoa ~ Man from Uncle The four Esquires ~ James Bond theme Cocktail Preachers ~ Spy Fi Count Basie ~ From Russia with Love
ABOVE ARE THE NEW COVERS FOR THE U.K. REISSUES OF FIRST THREE JOHN GARNER BOND NOVELS. FROM A MARKETING POINT OF VIEW I THINK THEY DO THE JOB, BUT I ALSO THINK THEY ARE REALLY, REALLY, BORING . . . OTHERS DISAGREE . . .
IF YOU HAVEN’T YET MADE THE ACQUAINTANCE OF ZOË SHARP’S CLASSIC HERO – EX-SPECIAL FORCES SOLDIER TURNED SELF-DEFENSE EXPERT AND BODYGUARD CHARLOTTE ‘CHARLIE’ FOX – NOW IS THE TIME . . .
FOX FIVE COLLECTS CHARLIE FOX SHORT STORIES, WHICH HAVE APPEARED IN A VARIETY OF VENUES, BUT ARE COLLECTED HERE FOR THE FIRST TIME. LIKE CHARLIE HERSELF, THESE ARE HARD HITTING, UNAPOLOGETIC, TALES SHOWING MANY DIFFERENT SIDES OF CHARLIE AND THE WORK TO WHICH SHE IS DRAWN . . . GOOD STUFF.
FOR ME, THESE WERE A PERFECT INTRODUCTION TO AN AUTHOR WHOSE WORK I’VE BEEN WANTING TO SAMPLE FOR A LONG TIME . . . I NOW KNOW WHAT I’VE BEEN MISSING AND WILL BE PULLING OUT THE STOPS TO DELVE INTO SHARP’S CANON OF NOVELS . . . I WANT MORE CHARLIE FOX RIGHT NOW . . .
In A Bridge Too Far, we meet Charlie before she’s become a professional in the world of close protection. When she agrees to hang out with the local Dangerous Sports Club, she has no idea it will soon live up to its name.
Postcards From Another Country has Charlie guarding the ultra-rich Dempsey family against attempted assassination – no matter where the danger lies.
A finalist for the CWA Short Story Dagger, Served Cold puts another tough woman centre stage – the mysterious Layla, with betrayal in her past and murder in her heart.
Off Duty finds Charlie taking time away from close protection after injury. She still finds trouble, even in an out-of-season health spa in the Catskill Mountains.
And finally, Truth And Lies puts all Charlie’s skills and ingenuity to the test as she has to single-handedly extract a news team from a rapidly escalating war zone.
Also included: Excerpt from Killer Instinct: Charlie Fox Book One, Meet Charlie Fox, Meet Zoë Sharp, info on the other books in the Charlie Fox series.
DAVE WHITE PRESENTS: PAUL BISHOP AND SOME OTHER GUYS!
The 3rd Year Special of online radio’s “Dave White Presents” with George Lazenby, Vic Flick, Bill Mumy, Paul Bishop, and Tom Rockwell is now available from itunes, through TEVO, and as a podcast, and mp3 download.
1977, the one and only king of rock-n-roll, Elvis Presley, is taken from the world far too soon, but the legend will never die.
1996, Elvis impersonator Cole Ramsey, a young man with enough voice and a style to take him to the top, receives a very odd phone call from an Icon dead for almost twenty years . . . Cole has heard all the Elvis conspiracy rumors, but . . . it couldn’t be . . .
Before he knows it, however, Cole’s life is turned upside down. He’s on the run and up to his ears in Elvises . . . are they all impersonators or is one of them hiding from deadly suspicious minds . . .
PRAISE FOR SUSPICIOUS MINDS
“A rock-n-roll romp with hip-swiveling Elvis impersonator Cole Ramsey turning the beat around . . .if you love Elvis, you’ll love Suspicious Minds.” – Mystery Magazine
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
A novelist and screenwriter, Paul Bishop also has a distinguished career with the Los Angeles Police Department, where he has twice been honored as Detective Of The Year.
As a nationally recognized interrogator, Paul appears regularly as one of two principal interrogators on the hit ABC reality series Take The Money And Run . . .
His novels include Hot Pursuit, Deep Water, Penalty Shot, Suspicious Minds and five novels in his L.A.P.D. Detective Fey Croaker series – Croaker: Kill Me Again, Croaker: Grave Sins, Croaker: Tequila Mockingbird, Croaker: Chalk Whispers, and Croaker: Pattern of Behavior. He has also published the short story collection Running Wylde, as well as writing scripts for episodic television and feature films.
BEHIND THE SCENES: TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN ~ EPISODE 3!
This has to be my favorite episode so far for two reasons. First, the Miami detectives Jorge Montero and Manny Muñoz worked so hard. When we determined together that the briefcase was hidden somewhere in the area of Banyan Road, they never gave up, systematically searching and searching until they found it.
Secondly, Jennie – the younger sister – used a great technique: closing her eyes during the ‘hide’. Even though she did have her eyes open some of the time, her telling us she closed her eyes did give Mary and I some moments of frustration. We just couldn’t believe a contestant could keep their eyes closed during the excitement of getting and hiding the briefcase. For us it verged on telling us gibberish – which is against the rules – so much so that I actually talked to the on set lawyers (we had three of them to help make rules decisions).
When they told me in this instance they were going to let Jennie continue to maintain she had her eyes closed, it really ticked me off – until it finally dawned on me she was telling the truth. Who knew? If there is anything Mary and I have learned from doing this show, it’s that you can't quantify human nature. What one person can’t imagine doing, another person will do in a heartbeat.
This episode really showed the detective contestants working with the interrogators. Jorge and Manny worked hard to develop leads. When you think how little they had with which to work – no phone calls, no receipts – it was amazing how much information they uncovered on the sisters, their friends, and their vending business.
It also turned out that aside from Eddie’s place, the sisters’ old residence, and their business address (which also turned out to be their current residence – with the dog barking inside), Jorge and Manny also uncovered the sisters’ parents’ address, which was also on the route. So, lots of places to check and eliminate – remember, the rule is if the detectives get to a location and there is nobody there, or if whoever is there won’t let them search, the location can be eliminated as a hiding spot.
The zigzag route driven by Rebecca (and wasn’t she a gem – very happy to tell the nationwide television audience she was ‘farting constantly’ during the interrogations) was actually a big clue. The route zigged and zagged, but basically on a straight line directly to the dead end of Banyan Road. And when Rebecca and Jennie drove away from Banyan, they practically made a direct beeline to the point where they were arrested. Drawn on a map, the route was an almost perfect V – with the point being Banyan Road.
The ‘human lie detector’ sequence Mary and I sometimes initiate is really about putting pressure on the person being interrogated. It makes them very conscious of all their body reactions, hopefully causing them to make other mistakes. In Rebecca’s case, she answered all the questions with an immediate and confident ‘yes’ or ‘no’ until Mary asked the key question: ‘Did you hide the briefcase at Banyan?’ You can then see Rebecca’s split second hesitation – a ‘tell’ – before she answers, ‘no.’
I’m not quite sure how, at the end of the show, Jennie could say she was proud of herself for ‘besting Mary Hanlon Stone at her own game.’ Really? Exactly who won this round? Perhaps she was a little faint from not eating her beans . . . And with her comment about ‘farting,’ perhaps Rebecca had been eating too many . . . Beans – the Take The Money And Run Blue Plate Special . . .
Kudos again to Manny and Jorge. They were great.
NEXT WEEK: CHICAGO – AND TWO OF THE BEST LIARS WE’VE FACED OFF AGAINST . . .
With the glut of police shows on TV, many people think they're smarter than the cops. ABC's Take The Money and Run allows people to test that theory - pitting them against real detectives and real interrogators. One of the latter is 35-year veteran Paul Bishop, who is himself also a screenwriter and novelist. Recenty, Paul dropped by to talk about his role on the new game show, as well as his own creative exploits . . .
A NEW LUCIEN CAYE STORY IS ALWAYS AN EVENT FOR ME . . . ONE OF MY FAVORITE P.I.s . . .
The Date: September, 1947
The Location: Outdoor café in the seedy lower French Quarter of New Orleans
The Players: Private Eye Lucien Caye and a fine-looking redhead in a tight, black skirt and a red blouse. Each are seated at a different table.
The woman reaches up, taps down her sunglasses to peer over the top to gleek Lucien, who taps his own sunglasses down and gleeks her right back. Her name is Alice Grey and she wants to hire Lucien to find the man who murdered her uncle, a yellow cab driver. He quickly learns it isn’t as it seems as the woman beds him and he discovers there was no murdered cab driver. Alice changes her story, wants him to find her missing father. That story’s a phony too. What now, my love? Mounties? From Canada? What the hell do the Royal Canadian Mounted Police want?
AT THE BIJOU CHECKS OUT THE DISTAFF SIDE OF TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN!
THANKS TO ABSOLUTELY KATE AND HARRY SANDERFORD FOR INTERROGATING THE INTERROGATORS AND GETTING THE WORD OUT ABOUT TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN . . .
MARY AND HARRY? QUITE CONTRARY?
At The Bijou brings you behind the scenes of the hot new summer show folks are hepped up, talkin' about:
"If it's Tuesday, it must be Take The Money And Run," Absolutely*Kate quipped Harry's way, watching the click, click, clackity click of the shiny smokin' silver remote.
Harry had that big grinnn spin on his chin, you know the one -- the kind that does all the preamblin' of a speakout for a rootin'tootin' talented cowboy-surfer writer-guy ... as well as masterful TV-watcher of what's hot and what's not.
"Gotcha a little surprise here, Katie*Girl," Harry B. Sanderford drawled. "Did me some direct checkin' out of the new girl in TV-Land, since you and your detective fellows delved into what makes her co-star, that Paul Bishop fellow tick, last show. I plumb think all the good folks who plop themselves mighty comfortable into the red velvet seats AT THE BIJOU are gonna take a hankering to it."
"As usual, Harry's right. Here's this week's show on the show, folks. Watch it Tuesdays on ABC. Have your snacks all spread out by 9. And after his interview, watch Harry catch a wave. Right now though ~ Mary's the latest rave!"
INTERROGATING THE INTERROGATOR: AN INTERVIEW WITH PAUL BISHOP OF 'TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN'
Take the Money and Run, airing its third episode on ABC this week, features everyday people given the chance to face off against detectives for $100,000. The contestants have one hour to hide a money-filled briefcase and then detectives and interrogators have two days to find it. One of the interrogators responsible for stopping the hiders in their tracks is Paul Bishop, a police detective with 35 years of interrogation experience.
Bishop spoke to BuddyTV about the show, his interrogation techniques and all of the ways in which he would totally figure out our secrets . . .
'TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN' REVIEW: FAKE AND FUN CRIME IN MIAMI . . .
Take the Money and Run is back for a second week of crime-committing fun. We've already seen crime foiled on this hide-the-briefcase show, so is it now time to see crime pay off? I kind of hope so.
First of all, a disclaimer for those people who feel that airing a reality show that encourages law-abiding citizens to think like criminal masterminds: There are no crimes actually committed on Take the Money and Run. Instead, two people are handed a briefcase "worth $100,000" (no one ever says the money is inside), and they hide it. That's all. No bank robberies. No violence. Just a weird hide-and-seek game.
Pulp Ink is the bizarre, chaotic side of crime fiction. From an ass-kicking surfer on acid to an idiot savant hitboy, these tales are dark, funny, action-packed and told with all the gleeful insanity of a Tarantino flick.
You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll roll into the fetal position and beg for mercy.
So sit back. Pour yourself a cup of joe, crack a beer, tie off – whatever you need to get comfortable – and get ready for a dose after dose of pulp action.
LOS ANGELES — The people Paul Bishop interrogates as a Los Angeles police detective are usually potential suspects. And he will ask many questions of witnesses and others to find who committed the crime.
On the ABC summer reality show "Take the Money and Run,” the people Bishop, a member of the LDS Church, is interrogating are only guilty of hiding a case of $100,000 . . .
TAKE THE MONEY ANR RUN: EPISODE 3 ~ SOUTH BEACH SISTERS!
THIS WEEK TWO SISTERS IN MIAMI COMPETE FOR THE $100,000, ON ABC’S “TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN” . . .
PER ABC PRESS RELEASE . . .
“The South Beach Sisters” -- In the third episode, sisters Rebecca & Jennie Albano in Miami are given one hour to hide the briefcase worth $100,000. Once that time is up, they’re taken into custody by local police officers Jorge Montero and Manny Muñoz and brought to investigative headquarters. “Take the Money And Run” airs TUESDAY, AUGUST 16 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.
Over the next 48 hours, the detectives will work with professional interrogators – Detective Paul Bishop and Deputy District Attorney Mary Hanlon Stone – to combine efforts and determine the location of the briefcase. All they’ll have to go on are cell phone records, any receipts and the GPS coordinates from the players’ car. The rest will be learned from two days and nights of grueling interrogations and extensive field work. If the two detectives are able to locate the briefcase within the 48 hours, they’ll get to keep the money. If not, the two players will keep the $100,000.
Combining elements of an edge-of-your-seat investigative drama with the excitement of real people in their hometowns attempting to outwit high-level detectives and interrogators, “Take the Money And Run” is an exhilarating competition series that will take reality television to a whole new level.
PULP NOW: MUNCHIES AND OTHER TALES OF GUYS, GALS, AND GUNS!
An enthralling collection of mysteries from a two time Shamus Award finalist Jack Budis celebrating the pulp private eye story in a trio of cities famed for their noir settings and mean streets.
"From Baltimore to the mean streets of New York, to the smoke-and-gin-soaked Hollywood of the 1940s, Bludis presents a lineup of some of the finest hardboiled literature around. Page after page is filled with bullets, bucks, and broads.
This masterful volume includes, "The Transfer," the Anthony and Shamus Award finalist tale, "Munchies," plus "Pigtown Will Shine Tonight," "Ticket to the Top," "New Guy on the Block," "Blonds, Blonds, Blonds," and seven other enthralling short stories and novelettes.
Jack Bludis is a lifetime resident of the Baltimore area who lived his early years in "Pigtown." His Shamus Award finalist novel, Shadow of the Dalhia, is also available as a paperback and ebook.
Stones is a collection of three short stories about pilot-for-hire CJ Stone. The stories are fast and fun. They're set in the '30s, and Stone flies a Lockheed Vega named Little Red. Stone's an entertaining character with a sense of humor and an eye on making a buck one way or another. These stories are high adventure with a grin, and I can see Bogart playing Stone in a black and white movie in my mind.
Black Dog Books continues to publish some of the best collections of Pulp reprints on the market. Horse Money, a collection of Richard’s Wormser’s four stories featuring racetrack cop Van Eyck, is no exception.
Everything from the cover photo, the quality of the paper, and the crispness of print, to the preface by Robert Randisi, and the stories themselves, is top notch. The only problem is I wanted more Van Eyck stories, but for that to happen I’m going to have to convince publisher Tom Roberts to write some himself – or turn Bob Randisi and me loose with a beat up typewriter and a tote ticket . . .
GREAT PHOTO OF ICE SKATER TURNED NOIR ACTRESS BELITA FOUND ON THE FILM NOIR FOUNDATION’S FACEBOOK PAGE. THE FOUNDATION IS LOOKING FOR ANY INFORMATION TO HELP IDENTIFY THE FILM FROM WHICH THIS STILL WAS TAKEN . . .