Friday, September 19, 2014

New Collection from Terrill Lee Lankford

JAFO: Be on the lookout!

Pirate speech origins

As already mentioned by Art Scott: Pirate speech origins in West Country English via Robert Newton, aka Long John Silver


7 Weird Things That Happened Today In History

7 Weird Things That Happened Today In History

9 Female Pirates You Should Know

9 Female Pirates You Should Know 

I Want to Believe!

16 Cryptids That Might (Or Might Not) Exist

Song of the Day

The Beatles I Feel Fine (2009 Stereo Remaster) - YouTube:

This Year's Ig Nobel Prizes Have Been Awarded

Ig Nobel Winner: Using Pork to Stop Nosebleeds: This year's winners honored Thursday at Harvard University by the Annals of Improbable Research magazine included a team of researchers who wondered if owning a cat was bad for your mental health; Japanese scientists who tested whether banana peels are really as slippery as cartoons would have us believe; and Norwegian biologists who tested whether reindeer on the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard were frightened by humans dressed to resemble polar bears.

Today's Vintage Ad


Forgotten Hits: 50 Years Ago This Weekend

Forgotten Hits: 50 Years Ago This Weekend

First It Was the Thin Mints Melee

Michigan couple’s threesome goes awry, results in meat-flinging choke attack

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Avon Fantasy Reader #17, 1951

First It Was the Thin Mints Melee

Bat-wielding woman in her underwear storms elementary school 

5 Little-Known Pirate Stories

5 Little-Known Pirate Stories

11 Rules From an Actual Pirate Code

11 Rules From an Actual Pirate Code 

How to Celebrate Talk Like A Pirate Day

How to Celebrate Talk Like A Pirate Day 

Avast, Mateys!

The Official site for International Talk Like A Pirate Day - September 19

FFB Review of Interest (To Me, Anyway)

Kevin's Corner: FFB Review--- "A Vampire Named Fred" by Bill Crider

Vintage Treasures: Cemetery World by Clifford D. Simak

 Vintage Treasures: Cemetery World by Clifford D. Simak

Vintage Treasures: Night Fear by Frank Belknap Long

Vintage Treasures: Night Fear by Frank Belknap Long

Forgotten Books: Nightmares and Geezenstacks --Fredric Brown


Fredric Brown wrote SF and crime fiction. He wrote long and he wrote short and he wrote very short.  This collection has 48 stories in it, so some of them are of the very short variety.  As you can see from the ToC below, some of them are from SF magazines, some are from crime-fiction magazines, and some are from "men's magazines."  The most famous story in the group is probably "The Geezenstacks," a horror story from Weird Tales with a strange and ambiguous ending.  This one was adapted for an episode of Tales from the Darkside in the 1980s.  

Some of the stories are very slight, not much more than jokes, some of which ("Cat Burglar") are vulgar jokes.  Many of them have the snappy surprise endings that Brown could do as well as anyone and better than most.  Some, like "The End," are just clever showing off.  But they're all fun.  It's an entertaining collection that shows off all sides of Fredric Brown, and it's too bad that he's a mostly forgotten writer.

Contents (lifted from Index to Science Fiction Anthologies and Collections)
· Nasty · vi Playboy Apr ’59
· Abominable · vi Dude Mar ’60; Portfolio, gp
· Rebound [“The Power”] · vi Galaxy Apr ’60
· Nightmare in Gray · vi Dude May ’61; Five Nightmares, gp
· Nightmare in Green · vi *
· Nightmare in White · vi *
· Nightmare in Blue · vi Dude May ’61; Five Nightmares, gp
· Nightmare in Yellow · vi Dude May ’61; Five Nightmares, gp
· Nightmare in Red · vi Dude May ’61; Five Nightmares, gp
· Unfortunately · vi F&SF Oct ’58
· Granny’s Birthday · vi AHMM Jun ’60
· Cat Burglar · vi *
· The House · vi Fantastic Aug ’60
· Second Chance · vi *
· Great Lost Discoveries I - Invisibility · vi Gent Feb ’61
· Great Lost Discoveries II - Invulnerability · vi Gent Feb ’61
· Great Lost Discoveries III - Immortality · vi Gent Feb ’61
· Dead Letter [“The Letter”] · vi EQMM Jul ’55; Killers Three, gp
· Recessional · vi Dude Mar ’60; Portfolio, gp
· Hobbyist · vi Playboy May ’61
· The Ring of Hans Carvel · vi *; retold and somewhat modernized from the works of Rabelais.
· Vengeance Fleet [“Vengeance, Unlimited”] · vi Super Science Stories Jul ’50
· Rope Trick · vi Adam May ’59
· Fatal Error [“The Perfect Crime”] · vi EQMM Jun ’55; Killers Three, gp
· The Short Happy Lives of Eustace Weaver I, II, & III [“Of Time and Eustace Weaver”] · ss EQMM Jun ’61
· Expedition · vi F&SF Feb ’57
· Bright Beard · vi *
· Jaycee · vi *; this story is given as being from F&SF 1955 in The Best of Fredric Brown and from F&SF Oct ’58 in bibliographies, but has not been found in F&SF.
· Contact [“Earthmen Bearing Gifts”] · vi Galaxy Jun ’60
· Horse Race · vi *
· Death on the Mountain · vi *
· Bear Possibility · vi Dude Mar ’60; Portfolio, gp
· Not Yet the End · vi Captain Future Win ’41
· Fish Story · vi *
· Three Little Owls (A Fable) · vi *
· Runaround [“Starvation”] · ss Astounding Sep ’42
· Murder in Ten Easy Lessons [“Ten Tickets to Hades”] · ss Ten Detective Aces May ’45
· Dark Interlude · Fredric Brown & Mack Reynolds · ss Galaxy Jan ’51
· Entity Trap [“From These Ashes”] · ss Amazing Aug ’50
· The Little Lamb · ss Manhunt Aug ’53
· Me and Flapjack and the Martians · Fredric Brown & Mack Reynolds · ss Astounding Dec ’52
· The Joke [“If Looks Could Kill”] · ss Detective Tales Oct ’48
· Cartoonist [“Garrigan’s Bems”] · Fredric Brown & Mack Reynolds · ss       Planet Stories May ’51
· The Geezenstacks · ss Weird Tales Sep ’43
· The End [“Nightmare in Time”] · vi Dude May ’61; Five Nightmares, gp

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Supernatural Suspense Storybundle

Supernatural Suspense Storybundle – Clive Barker & 9 More! | Crossroad Press Publishing:   It's a geat deal... Readers pay what they want (At least $3) and get five books.  If they pay $12 they get TEN books - the five bonus books on this one include works like Clive Barker's Weaveworld and Brian Hodge's Nightlife... there will be another bonus book announced...

Gator Update (U. S. Marine Edition)

U.S. Marine helps bag record alligator   

Photo at the link.

Hat tip to Steve Stilwell.

Men determined to kill Bigfoot

Men determined to kill Bigfoot: The TV show Killing Bigfoot from Gryphon Productions premieres Friday, October 17th on Destination America.

Video preview at the link.

A Gentleman and a Scholar by Linda Landrigan, editor, AHMM

A Gentleman and a Scholar | Trace Evidence: I was delighted to learn recently of the publication of Mysteries Unlocked: Essays in Honor of Douglas G. Greene, edited by Curtis Evans. It collects 24 original essays (and reprints two classics) in honor of the 70th birthday of mystery scholar and publisher Doug Greene.

Seepy Benton Take Note

New York Post: A dog-eating anaconda in French Guiana was relocated by a snake-wrangling math teacher who went toe to toe with the massive, 17-foot beast after it feasted on his friend’s pooch.  

Hat tip to Art Scott, who mentions that Snake-Wrangling Math Teachers WBAGNFARB.

Pop-Tarts Turn 50

Pop-Tarts Turn 50 

One by One Our Precious Freedoms Are Being Taken Away

Oklahoma City man arrested for washing himself with mayonnaise in public fountain

Song of the Day

George Hamilton IV - Abilene - YouTube:

Panama?

USA is 12th, Panama 1st, in global well-being poll

Today's Vintage Ad


For Some Reason I Was Thinking of this Poem Today

Scots Wha Hae by Robert Burns 

I Want to Believe!

But could it be a Jurassic croc?

Siberia: 150-Million-Year-Old 'Jurassic Crocodile' Discovered - But is it Fake?

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Connie Nelson, Lady of Leisure, & Toni Stevens, Never Let Me Go, Midwood, 1965

George Hamilton IV, R. I. P.

George Hamilton IV, 50-year Opry star, dies at age 77: NASHVILLE — George Hamilton IV, the 50-year Grand Ole Opry star known as the International Ambassador of Country Music, died Wednesday at a Nashville hospital. Hamilton was 77 and had suffered a heart attack Saturday.

First It Was the Thin Mints Melee

Police called over Hot Pockets dispute 

Much More Effective than a Gub

Cops say man used banana to rob store 

The Future Of The Future Of Books

The Future Of The Future Of Books

My Blog Inexplicably Not Included

9 Strange and Wonderful Niche Blogs 

Yet Another List I'm Not On

Fiction Long List Announced for National Book Awards   

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

How to Keep Your Cat, c. 1470

How to Keep Your Cat, c. 1470

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

So It's Come to This

And once again Texas leads the way.

Neighbor calls cops, child services on Texas mom for letting son play outside 

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

Read at Your Own Risk

Short story by Plan 9 from Outer Space auteur Ed Wood, Jr.

First It Was the Thin Mints Melee

And keep off her lawn!

Colorado woman accused of shooting neighbor dead over RV septic tank hookup

Awesome Vintage Posters from 15 Magicians

Awesome Vintage Posters from 15 Magicians 

Song of the Day

Debbie Gibson - Only In My Dreams (1987) - YouTube:

Richard III Update (Yes, Another One)

Forensic analysis: Richard III died in battle after two blows to his bare head

Today's Vintage Ad


First It Was the Thin Mints Melee

Baker in court for head-butting £27,000 sausage roll machine when it stopped working properly

Emily Warren Roebling and the Brooklyn Bridge

Emily Warren Roebling and the Brooklyn Bridge: . . . few know the real story and history behind this American marvel. Even fewer know who truly was in charge of overseeing its construction and completion – Emily Warren Roebling, the world’s first female field engineer.

“Wrestling with the ‘S’ Word” (by Jim Allyn)

“Wrestling with the ‘S’ Word” (by Jim Allyn) | SOMETHING IS GOING TO HAPPEN

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Frank O'Rourke, Warbonnet Law (The Gun), Bantam, 1949

First It Was the Thin Mints Melee

Seattle police respond to report of cake assault : "The cake was described as a lemon cake, yellow in color and circular and costs exactly $5.19."

They Want to Believe!

Our Lady of the Little Green Men: If mainstream religions leave you cold, why not spice things up by throwing a few UFOs in the mix? Here’s a look at some “religions” that draw inspiration from extraterrestrials. 

Once Again Texas Leads the Way

Is that really Billy the Kid? HPD sketch artist IDs gunslinger: Famed HPD sketch artist Lois Gibson has been asked to solve a new mystery. Could this really be a picture of Billy The Kid?

The Doubleday Crime Club

The Doubleday Crime Club: Dastardly Deeds, Detectives, and Dames

I Miss the Old Days

The '60s at 50: Thursday, September 17, 1964: 'Goldfinger'