Saturday, January 14, 2012

PULP NOW: THE SHADOW: BLOOD AND JUDGEMENT!

PULP NOW: THE SHADOW: BLOOD AND JUDGEMENT!

COMING IN 2012 FROM DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

The Shadow: Blood And Judgement by Howard Chaykin was originally published by DC Comics in the eighties around the same time as other gritty takes on characters in comics such as Watchmen and The Dark Knight. This story was last collected in 1991.

Now, twenty-one years later, Dynamite – the current license holders of The Shadow – is bringing Howard Chaykin's The Shadow: Blood and Judgement back into print.

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

PULP NOW: THE PAPERBACK FANATIC #21!

PULP NOW: THE PAPERBACK FANATIC #21!

NOW AVAILABLE!

Bounding From the Thirties! The Corinth regency reprints of The Phantom Detective and Dr Death, Gold Medal Crime- part 1 of a definitive A-Z, 50 years of Rhodan- a celebration of pulp astronaut Perry Rhodan's 50th birthday, TNT- the overlooked and demented men's adventure series, Abraham Merritt cover gallery- examples from around the world, Opinion columns, reviews, letters and much more. 88 pages, most in full colour.

THE PAPERBACK FANATIC

NOIR NOW: NOIR AT THE BAR ~ ALCOHOL! CRIME! ZOMBIES!

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THE TROUBLE WITH BLONDES!

HAT TIP TO BILL CRIDER

Thursday, January 12, 2012

THE TROUBLE WITH BLONDES!

ESPIONAGE CENTRAL: THE COLDEST CITY!

ESPIONAGE CENTRAL: THE COLDEST CITY!

ANTONY JOHNSTON / SAM HART

COMING SOON FROM ONI PRESS . . .

November 1989. Communism is collapsing, and soon the Berlin Wall will come down with it. But before that happens there is one last bit of cloak & dagger to attend to. Two weeks ago, an undercover MI6 officer was killed in Berlin.

He was carrying information from a source in the East — a list that allegedly contains the name of every espionage agent working in Berlin, on all sides. No list was found on his body.

Now Lorraine Broughton, an experienced spy with no pre-existing ties to Berlin, has been sent into this powderkeg of social unrest, counter-espionage, defections gone bad and secret assassinations to bring back the list and save the lives of the British agents whose identities reside on it.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Z7’s HEADQUARTERS MATCHES UP TO FELONY FISTS!

Z7’s HEADQUARTERS MATCHES UP TO FELONY FISTS!

A NEW REVIEW JUST IN FROM TIMOTHY L. MAYER OVER AT Z7’S COOL NEW HEADQUARTERS . . .

. . . The book moves at at brisk pace. I was amazed at how much was crammed into a short novel that’s barely 100 pages long. Tunney covers the corruption in LA, the casual racism at work, and the whole world of boxing as it existed. When Flynn goes into action against Cohnen’s thugs, you feel the weight of his sap glove. The rigorous training he has to endure doesn’t let up either. This is a powerful novel . . .

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Monday, January 9, 2012

WESTERN PULP: RIDING THE PULP TRAIL!

WESTERN PULP: RIDING THE PULP TRAIL!

ONE OF THE COOLEST COLLECTIONS OF WESTERN PULP IS NOW AVAILABLE AS AN E-BOOK . . .

THE WORD FROM PULPSTRESS LAURIE POWERS . . .

Riding The Pulp Trail is now available as an eBook for the Nook, the iPad, the iPhone, the iPhoneTouch, and the Kindle!!! At the price of $4.99, you get 340 pages of some of the BEST pulp Western stories around!

RIDING THE PULP TRAIL

Most fans of Western fiction know Paul S. Powers as one of the foundation authors of the famous pulp magazine of the 1930s and 1940s, Wild West Weekly. Now, here for the first time, are twelve Paul Powers stories written in the years after Wild West Weekly stopped publication. Six of these stories were published in magazines such as Exciting Western, Thrilling Western, The Rio Kid Western and Thrilling Ranch Stories. The other six are brand new stories - never before published - that were discovered in 2009. Altogether they make for an outstanding collection of western stories that represent the glory yers of the Western short story and the best of Powers’ prolific pulp Western career.

VINTAGE COVERS: SOME DIE HARD!

FREE FOR 48 HOURS: RUNNING WYLDE!

FREE FOR 48 HOURS: RUNNING WYLDE!

THX TO EVERYONE WHO HAS RECENTLY PICKED UP ONE OF MY E-BOOKS. IN RETURN,I'M MAKING MY CAREER SPANNING COLLECTION OF SHORT STORIES, RUNNING WYLDE,FREE FOR YOUR KINDLE FOR THE NEXT 48 HOURS. . .

RUNNING WYLDE

CONTENTS:

INTRODUCTION: In which I talk about the challenges and coincidences in combining my writing career with my other full time gig as a veteran detective with the Los Angeles Police Department.

RUNNING WYLDE: I’ve been a runner all my life, or at least as much of it as I can remember. I’d always wanted to write a story around a runner, but it wasn’t until a real life incident involving an LAPD officer who went running in the Santa Monica Mountains and never returned that I found the heart of Running Wylde.

THE KING OF PING: The King of Ping is a memoir piece written for my father’s 75th birthday. Memory is a funny thing, so if things didn’t happen exactly this way, they should have done.

CELTIC NOIR: Written in 2001 for the anthology Murder Most Celtic: Tall Tales Of Irish Mayhem edited by Martin H. Greenberg, Celtic Noir is the tale of a nasty little Irish bastard who’d as soon as cut you as kiss you, my kind of guy.

MERCY: Written for the anthology Flesh & Blood: Dark Desires Mercy started out as an ‘erotic tale of crime and passion’ and ended up being all that with a nasty little twist.

CONCRETE KILLER: In the mid-eighties, I was asked to write a series of non-fiction tales based on true police incidents in which I had been involved. The timeframe is 1979. I was still working uniformed patrol at the time, and was about to experience a career blunder like no other.

SQUEEZE PLAY: Squeeze Play, the second of the fact-based stories is based on occurred on New Year's Eve 1980, shortly after I'd been assigned as a detective trainee, and definitely required a change of undershorts after it came to a close.

QUINT AND THE BRACEROS: Quint and the Braceros was nominated for the Private Eye Writers of America's Shamus award in 1984 in the category of Best Short Story of the Year.

THE MAN WHO SHOT TRINITY VALANCE: The Man Who Shot Trinity Valance started with the title. I keep a journal full of plot ideas, character names, interesting quotes, and titles that strike me as having particular resonance.

EBENEEZER: The vision of Ebenezer Scrooge as a tormented private eye gave rise to this stream-of-consciousness updating of the Dickens's classic, A Christmas Carol. My warped enjoyment of mixing metaphors and stabs at Moby Dick and other classics should also be apparent.

DERRINGER: For me, stories begin in several ways—a plot twist, an intriguing title, or a character taking life as my creative muscles engage in intercourse. Derringer began with the character of Blue MacKenzie, a burned-out, ex-CIA agent, turned body-building private eye.

THE LEGENDS OF CHARLIE MCQUARKLE: Most police personnel are aware motorcycle cops are a breed apart. They have a screw loose. Officer Charlie McQuarkle is no exception to the stereotype.

NIGHT OF THE FRANKENGOLFER: Every once in a while, you have to break loose from commercial constraints and write something just for the hell of it.

THE FRAMING GAME: Originally written for Bad Blood, a young adult mystery anthology edited by Mary Higgins Clark.

THE SAMARITAN: The Samaritan was my first published work of fiction. It appeared in an issue of Mike Shayne's Mystery Magazine (1982) during the last years of that lamented publication's existence.

DEAD EASY: Dead Easy also made it into the pages of Mike Shayne's Mystery Magazine (1983). I admire the original pulp writers tremendously, and like to think I was able to join their ranks, if only for an issue or two, in one of the last surviving pulp magazines.

GOING POSTAL: A quick little story designed as a one-page mystery for the back of Woman's Magazine.

E-BOOKS: THE ORIGINAL SAM MCCAIN MYSTERIES!

E-BOOKS: THE ORIGINAL SAM MCCAIN MYSTERIES!

ED GORMAN

KINDLE EDITION $6.99

ED GORMAN IS ONE OF THE MOST CONSISTENTLY GOOD AUTHORS I’VE HAD THE PLEASURE TO READ . . . EVERY MYSTERY FAN OWES IT TO THEMSELVES TO TAKE THIS DUO OUT FOR A SPIN . . .

The Original Sam McCain Mysteries is the author’s revised and preferred combined edition of his first two Sam McCain mysteries, The Day The Music Died and Wake Up Little Susie, both of which are now also available individually as e-books and trade paperbacks. Each book includes a new introduction from Ed Gorman, as well as the author’s preferred and revised text, and has been completely reformatted for Kindle.

Ed Gorman's Sam McCain has become one of the most beloved characters in the American pantheon of literary private investigators. Beginning with The Day The Music Died, set in the late 1950s, Sam McCain sees through the Ozzie and Harriet veneer of the decade and reveals the racism, hypocrisy, and adultery that existed just under the surface, and does so with grace and humor. Sam, a young lawyer and part time private investigator in the small Iowa town of Black River Falls, uses humor and a keen eye for the truth to look past the obvious suspects—particularly the ones the local sheriff insists are guilty—to find the real perpetrators. Sam McCain is not only an exciting, unique character, he is the honest voice of the 1950s that is rarely heard.

The Day The Music Died, the first book in the series, begins in the winter of 1959, the day after Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and the Big Bopper died in a plane crash in Clear Lake, Iowa. Sam is asked by the local judge to discover who killed the wife of her nephew, Kenny, despite the fact that everyone else in town is convinced that the murderer is Kenny himself.

Wake Up Little Susie, Gorman's sequel to his first Sam McCain mystery, is set in the late summer of 1957 on the day that Ford introduced its new "revolutionary" Edsel automobile to America. When the dead body of the District Attorney's wife is found in the trunk of one of the new Edsels, Sam is tapped to find the real killer while the sheriff makes plans to hang the most obvious suspect.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ed Gorman has been an astonishingly prolific writer since he turned to writing full-time in 1984 after 20 years in advertising. Since then he has produced two to three books a year, several pseudonymously, written over a hundred short stories, edited many anthologies, and co-founded and edited the news magazine of the mystery field, Mystery Scene.

He has been dubbed the ‘Poet of Dark Suspense’ and much of his work haunts that ill-defined land between horror and mystery where the emphasis is as much on fear and shock as it is on crime and detection.

Gorman has created several series characters, most prominently Jack Dwyer, an ex-cop turned security guard and part-time actor; former FBI psychological profiler Robert Payne; the temperamental and turbulent Tobin, a movie critic whose life is just too complicated; and more recently, Sam McCain, a young attorney in small-town Iowa in the fifties.

Gorman has written more one-off mysteries of late including some superior ones which he signs as E.J. Gorman. These include The Marilyn Tapes, which recreates the investigation into Marilyn Monroe’s death, and The First Lady, a political thriller where the President’s wife is accused of murder. One of Gorman’s best psychological noir novels is Daughter of Darkness, in which an emotionally and mentally troubled young woman may have murdered a man but she has no memory of it. Similarly, Senatorial Privilege is a vivid recreation of small-town politics and violence.