Saturday, October 25, 2014

Why Do Car Speedometers List Speeds That Are Way Over the Legal Limit?

Why Do Car Speedometers List Speeds That Are Way Over the Legal Limit? 

Jack Bruce, R. I. P.

BBC News: Jack Bruce, bassist from 1960s band Cream, has died aged 71, his publicist confirms. 

Legendary supergroup Cream, which also included Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker, are now considered one of the most important bands in rock history.

Western Musicals

Western Fictioneers: OVERTURE, DIM THE LIGHTS! WESTERN MUSICALS - Meg Mims

Alvin, Texas, Inexplicably Not Included

13 Best Towns for Trick-or-Treating  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

Song of the Day

Bobby Darin - Beyond the sea - YouTube:

The Weird Week in Review

The Weird Week in Review

Today's Vintage Ad


Forgotten Hits: The Saturday Surveys (10-25)

Forgotten Hits: The Saturday Surveys (10-25)

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Jean de Ballard, Paris after Dark, Macfadden, 1966

12 Halloween Ideas From 1884's Hottest Costume Guide

12 Halloween Ideas From 1884's Hottest Costume Guide

5 Must-Read Ghost Stories for Halloween

5 Must-Read Ghost Stories for Halloween

I Miss the Old Days

Here's What The World Was Like In 1989

10 Amazing Ancient Discoveries Preserved In Amber

10 Amazing Ancient Discoveries Preserved In Amber 

Friday, October 24, 2014

No Comment Department

NME.COM: An author who began her career writing One Direction inspired fan fiction has signed a six-figure book deal.

London Full of Specsavers Award Winners

The Rap Sheet: London Full of Specsavers Award Winners

I Miss the Old Days

What The World Looked Like The Last Time The Kansas City Royals Were In The World Series

PimPage: An Occasional Feature in Which I Call Attention to Books of Interest

The Dead Man Vol 2: The Dead Woman, Blood Mesa, and Kill Them AllFor UK readers: The Dead Man Vol 2: The Dead Woman, Blood Mesa, and Kill Them All eBook: Lee Goldberg, William Rabkin, James Reasoner, Harry Shannon, David McAfee: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store

The 10 Best Ghost Stories

The 10 Best Ghost Stories

The Great Diamond Hoax of 1872

The Great Diamond Hoax of 1872

Who Said It?

I found this very interesting.  The guy who gets credit was the subject of my master's thesis, but I didn't know this about him.

Don’t Like to Write, But Like Having Written

Song of the Day

Simon and Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water - YouTube:

8 Bizarre Facts About Rod Serling and ‘The Twilight Zone’

8 Bizarre Facts About Rod Serling and ‘The Twilight Zone’

Today's Vintage Ad


Forgotten Hits: 50 Years Ago This Weekend

Forgotten Hits: 50 Years Ago This Weekend

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Richard Telfair (Richard Jessup), Scream Bloody Murder, Gold Medal, 1960

Frank Mankiewicz, R. I. P.

NYTimes.com: Frank Mankiewicz, a writer and Democratic political strategist who was Senator Robert F. Kennedy’s press secretary, directed Senator George S. McGovern’s losing 1972 presidential campaign and for six years was the president of National Public Radio, died Thursday at a hospital in Washington. He was 90.  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

The Little Professor: It's the Annual Halloween Horde of Horrors!

The Little Professor: It's the Annual Halloween Horde of Horrors!

50 Classic Books & Why You Should Read Them

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
50 Classic Books & Why You Should Read Them

Dino Update

Meet the mysterious 70-million-year-old ‘unusual horrible hand’ dinosaur

Once Again Texas Leads the Way

Ebola-Themed Halloween Decorations Stir Up Controversy

8 Horror Myths Debunked (or Confirmed!)

8 Horror Myths Debunked (or Confirmed!)

Once Again Texas Leads the Way

Texas Health Workers Use Tabasco to Help Train for Ebola

Vintage Treasures: Paradox Lost by Fredric Brown

Vintage Treasures: Paradox Lost by Fredric Brown

Ballantine Adult Fantasy Series: The Doom that Came to Sarnath by H. P. Lovecraft

Ballantine Adult Fantasy Series: The Doom that Came to Sarnath by H. P. Lovecraft

Vintage Treasures: The Book of Paradox by Louise Cooper

Vintage Treasures: The Book of Paradox by Louise Cooper

Re-reading Michael Moorcocks The History of The Runestaff:

Re-reading Michael Moorcocks The History of The Runestaff: What I Missed the First Time Around

FFB: Rider from Wind River -- Marvin H. Albert

I've expressed my enjoyment of Marvin H. Albert's work in several genres before, so it will come as no surprise to anybody that I really liked Rider from Wind River.  I liked it a lot.  In fact, it's my new favorite Albert western.  Why?  Because it's only 128 pages long, and it has everything.

Everything?  You might think I'm exaggerating, but I'm not.  It has a man wrongly accused of murder who's searching for the real killer so he can clear his name.  It has a love story.  It has a cattle drive.  It has a well-drawn setting.  It has a stampede.  It has one of the best fist-fight scenes I've read in years.  It has the expected climactic gun battle, and it's really done well.  It has any number of little twists in the plot along the way.  It's pure entertainment and highly recommended.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Free for Kindle for a Limited Time

Amazon.com: Carnosaur Weekend (Kyler Knightly and Damon Cole Book 1) eBook: Garnett Elliott: Kindle Store: It’s a dirty job ... 

Policing the timelines has always been dangerous, but the brave agents of Continuity Inc. have arguably the most important job in human history. Protecting human history. 

Newly promoted agent Kyler Knightly teams up with his uncle, Damon Cole, to stop unscrupulous developers from exploiting the Late Cretaceous. A luxury subdivision smack-dab in the middle of dinosaur country threatens not only the present, but super-rich homeowners looking for the ultimate getaway.

I, Myself, Personally, Would Have Used a Gun

Officers shoot man with machete

First It Was the Thin Mints Melee

Man stabbed, another knocked unconscious by pool ball over stolen chicken wing

Easter Island Update

Easter Island's ancient inhabitants weren't so lonely after all 

Happily Ever After: B. K. Stevens | Trace Evidence

Happily Ever After: B. K. Stevens | Trace Evidence: In this post, B. K. Stevens offers insights and reflections on the bittersweet prospect of wrapping up a long-running series. Stevens has long been adept at juggling multiple series, and several of her recurring characters have appeared in AHMM, including P.I. Iphigenia Woodhouse and academic amateur sleuth Leah Abrams.

Emissary -- Chris Rogers

Chris Rogers is best known for her series featuring Houston bounty hunter Dixie Flanagan.  This time out, she's going for something completely different.  Emissary is a cross-genre thriller.

Ruel is an emissary from the Szhen, a planet on the brink of destruction.  Ruel and his kind have a lot to offer to humans, but getting this across is tricky.  Ruel is more or less pure energy, and he can reside in human hosts without their knowledge.  His first host is the president of the U.S., Addison Hale.  She's involved in a tricky situation in Africa, and things get even worse.  Ruel changes hosts, but the results are far from what he'd hoped.  He saves the situation, but gains nothing for himself.

Meanwhile in Houston, Kirk Longshadow, a cop, shoots and kills a woman, saving the life of man. Longshadow has lost everyone he cares about (wife, child, brother), and the shooting further damages him.  He's on a downward alcoholic spiral.  I won't spoil things by telling you how these two stories come together, but Longshadow becomes Ruel's host, and they go off to Mexico to find the solution to a serious crime.  When Ruel makes himself known to Longshadow, Longshadow believes Ruel is just some crazy voice in his head.  It takes some serious action (including torture) for the cop to figure out that Ruel is real and that his help is needed.

Rogers writes with confidence and authority about everything from African politics to Houston police procedure to Mexican drug gangs.  There's plenty of action, and the book is populated with interesting characters from political figures to tattoo artists.  At the end, there are enough loose ends to ensure that Longshadow and Ruel will return, something that readers will be looking forward to.  Check this one out when you're looking for a real slam-bang change of pace. 

I Want to Believe!

 Daily Mail Online: What is the world's oldest wooden statue trying to tell us? Etchings on haunting seven-faced Shigir Idol 'could hold a message to modern man'

Song of the Day

Buddy Holly - Rave on! - YouTube:

The 20 horror books every fan should read

The 20 horror books every fan should read

Annoying slideshow alert.

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Brooklyn Leads the Way

Man brings gun to a knife fight on Brooklyn bus  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

Horror Movies Directed by Women

Horror Movies Directed by Women

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Isabel Bluefield, The Girls in the Band, Belmont, 1971

Archaeology Update

Head of sphinx discovered at mysterious Greek tomb 

44 Great American Independent Bookstores

44 Great American Independent Bookstores

Gator Update (Dirty Dancing Edition)

SEE IT: Louisiana man performs 'Dirty Dancing' trick with alligators  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

21 Books with Psychedelic Covers

The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch by Philip K. Dick21 Books with Psychedelic Covers: Picking up a book in the 1960s and 70s was a real groovy trip, and that was before cracking it open. Harlan Ellison and Philip K. Dick were at the height of their game, and far out science fiction was as popular as ever. Imaginative stories set in fantastical universes opened the door to creative book design, resulting in mind-bending covers depicting beautiful supernatural women and optical illusions bursting with every color in the spectrum.