Thursday, July 02, 2015

Paperback Pair



Take a guy's hat off, change a woman's undergarments, and instead of a western you have a backwoods novel.

Paris Hilton Update

Does Paris Hilton Secretly Restore Vintage Radios In Her Spare Time

Say It Ain't So!

Paris Hilton was in on plane crash stunt  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

15 More Movies Roger Ebert Really Hated

15 More Movies Roger Ebert Really Hated

Song of the Day

Curtis Lee - Beverly Jean - YouTube:

5 Outdated Things That Are Still Around For Some Reason

5 Outdated Things That Are Still Around For Some Reason

Today's Vintage Ad


World UFO Day 2015: We All Want to Believe!

World UFO Day 2015: 'I was abducted by aliens – and they put a machine in my body' 

Charles W. Runyon, R. I. P.

Jerry's House of Everything: CHARLES W. RUNYON, R.I.P.

Who You Gonna Call?

Couple call in ghostbuster and priest after claiming demonic poltergeist molests them in their sleep

PaperBack



Harry Whittington, Burden's Mission, Avon, 1968

I Miss the Old Days

Retrospace: Magazines #43: Family Circle (Nov. 5, 1985)

Your favorite rock stars when they were children

Rock starts: Your favorite rock stars when they were children   

Link via Neatorama.

Cage of Thrones

What if Nicolas Cage played all the main characters on Game of Thrones?  See it here, if you dare: Cage of Thrones 

Link via Neatorama.

An Audio Book Review of Interest (To Me, Anyway)

Murder of a Beauty Shop Queen by Bill Crider - Venture Galleries: BOOK OF THE MOMENT CLUB

Elementary Infographics Explaining the Many Cases of Sherlock Holmes

Elementary Infographics Explaining the Many Cases of Sherlock Holmes

Gator Update (Wedding Edition)

Mexico mayor weds alligator, animal first baptized

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

New Narrative Poem at Beat to a Pulp

SickInTheHead: David Barber

First It was the Thin Mints Melee

Woman arrested for shooting at man who tried to take one of her mangoes 

Who Says TV Is Out of Ideas?

'Fatal Attraction' Event Series in the Works at Fox 

I Miss the Old Days

July 1, 1979: Sony's Walkman Changes Recorded History 

Song of the Day

Fats Domino - Before I Grow Too Old - YouTube:

5 Creepy Murder Mysteries From History We'll Never Solve

5 Creepy Murder Mysteries From History We'll Never Solve 

Today's Vintage Ad


15 Fateful Facts About 'Gilligan’s Island'

15 Fateful Facts About 'Gilligan’s Island' 

Free Short Story

I'm a fan of the kind of SF that "they don't write anymore."  Occasionally, however, someone does write it anymore, and this time it's Lawrence Person.  You can read his new story here:  Galaxy's Edge Magazine: SAUL'S DIARY by Lawrence Person

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Harry Whittington, Satan's Widow, Phantom Books, 1951

Paul Revere's Bell by Edward D. Hoch

EDWARD D. HOCH’S “PAUL REVERE’S BELL” | SOMETHING IS GOING TO HAPPEN: In celebration of Independence Day, instead of posting an article this week, I’d like to direct readers to the full text of a story by Edward D. Hoch, from his Revolutionary War series starring Alexander Swift.  The tale, entitled “Paul Revere’s Bell” and originally published in EQMM’s March/April 2004 issue, is made available through the generous permission of Ed’s widow, Patricia Hoch. The stories in this series are among my favorites from Ed Hoch’s large body of work. Whether this case for Alexander Swift is new to you or remembered from more than a decade ago, I hope you’ll find it an enjoyable addition to your holiday. Happy Fourth of July!—Janet Hutchings

Watch How Baby Name Popularity Changes Over Time

Watch How Baby Name Popularity Changes Over Time

50 Essential NC-17 Films

50 Essential NC-17 Films 

I Miss the Old Days

Retrospace: Vintage Scan #32: Parade (April 26 1970)

Theodore Weesner, R. I. P.

The New York Times: Theodore Weesner, a novelist who mined his wayward youth for the stuff of his celebrated first novel, “The Car Thief,” and whose half-dozen other books earned plaudits for their patient, realistic narratives and humanely considered characters, died on Thursday at a hospital near his home in Portsmouth, N.H. He was 79.  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

Sherlock Holmes: 10 Offbeat Takes on the Great Detective

Sherlock Holmes: 10 Offbeat Takes on the Great Detective: From spoofs to point-and-click adventure games, here are 10 of the most memorable unusual incarnations of Sherlock Holmes...

Link via mental_floss.

The Novels of Tanith Lee: Days of Grass

The Novels of Tanith Lee: Days of Grass

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

First It was the Thin Mints Melee

Man points gun at clerk because bathroom was out of order

I'm Sure You'll All Agree

Ranking All 50 United States of America From Best to Worst  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

Gator Update (Kasey Lansdale Edition)

Kasey Lansdale posted this on her Facebook page, so I stole it. How could I resist?

First It was the Thin Mints Melee

PSL woman nabbed in nipple stabbing: A 65-year-old woman accused of stabbing her son in the nipple with a pencil after he complained she bought too much stuff at Walmart got locked up, an arrest affidavit states.  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

Signwave -- Andrew Vachss

I read and enjoyed most of the books in Andrew Vachss' series about Burke, but I hadn't read any of the titles in his new series about Dell and Dolly.  It was easy enough to pick up on the characters with the third book in the series, Signwave, however.  There are a number of references to events in previous books, but they're not distracting or overly puzzling.

Dell is a former legionnaire and assassin, but now he and Dolly, a former nurse, have settled down in a small Oregon town and have begun accumulating a family of choice.  Dell is entirely devoted to protecting Dolly and keeping her safe.  Anyone who threatens her, even vaguely, is making a big mistake.

I'm guessing there wasn't a lot of backstory about Dell in the previous volumes because there's a lot of it here, and we find out a good bit about what made him who and what he is.  The book is as much a meditation on violence as it is a crime novel.  Dell is man with very particular set of skills, skills he acquired over a very long career. Skills that make him a nightmare for people who threaten anybody he cares about.

The man who makes the vague threat is a hedge fund millionaire, and he's proposing to build a magnificent tourist attraction for the town.  It won't cost the town a thing, but it will bring in tourists and money.  A good thing, right?  Or does he have ulterior motives? 

Dell investigates and finds out a number of things, but I'm not sure of how much bearing they have on the man's motives.  There are, I suppose, two villains in the book, but they appear only twice, briefly. The thing is that their motives don't matter.  A threat is a threat.  Dell deals with threats only one way.

Vachss' writing is tight and incisive.  He knows how to create and build suspense, and the characters of the family of choice are all interesting.  If you're a Vachss fan, you'll want to read this one.  If you're not sure, the original Dell and Dolly story can be read right here for free.  Check it out and see what you think.

See an Ancient Version of "The Odyssey"

See an Ancient Version of "The Odyssey" 

Song of the Day

Joe Bennett and the Sparkletones - Black Slacks - YouTube:

Joe Bennett, R. I. P.

FOX Carolina 21: The family of Joe Bennett, lead of Joe Bennett & the Sparkletones, said his legacy is one of more than just music. The rockabilly group Joe Bennett & the Sparkletones was born in 1956 when four friends from Cowpens came together with big dreams. The band quickly rose to prominence when their first recorded song, "Black Slacks," charted Billboard at number 17. Other Sparkletones hits included "Penny Loafers and Bobby Sox" and "Boys Do Cry."

I Found a Penny Last Week

Hidden Monet Discovered Behind Another Drawing

Today's Vintage Ad


10 influential pulp novels that are criminally good

10 influential pulp novels that are criminally good (be sure to read the first comment)

Hat tip to John DeNardo.

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, Bantam, 1949

From the Department of Redundancy Department

CBS San Francisco: Few things in America have lasted 150 years. San Francisco’s sewer system is a working relic but one that works

All My Books Inexplicably Excluded

53 Books You Won't Be Able To Put Down

I Forgot My Glasses and Fell Down the Steps

Man forgets glasses, mistakenly buys winning lottery ticket

The Trap of Solid Gold: On Writing a Series Character

The Trap of Solid Gold: On Writing a Series Character

Overlooked Movies -- Southern Comfort

Deliverance on steroids?  Metaphor for Vietnam?  Or just an entertaining and suspenseful action movie?

A disparate bunch (is there ever any other kind) of National Guardsmen on a weekend maneuver wind up lost in a Louisiana swamp.  A prank with blanks goes wrong and people start to die.  Apparently you don't mess around with Cajuns, or if you do, you pay the price. 

It's a steep price, and so the movie is one of those "who's going to be alive at the end?" affairs along with everything else.  It's also "anyone can die at any time."  It's just a question of how, since the Cajuns are quite inventive. 

And finally this is an "it ain't over till it's over" movie.  The last act is a good one.  Like last week's movie, this one was directed by Walter Hill, and while it's not in the same league with Hard Times, it's a good bit of fun on its own.  The cast includes Powers Boothe, Keith Carradine, and Fred Ward, but just about everybody's good.  Check it out.

Southern Comfort

Southern Comfort Trailer (1981) HQ High Quality - YouTube: