Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A Great Vintage Ad

“Genuine Soil From Dracula’s Castle” 

10 Ways Academics Say Comedians Make Us Laugh

10 Ways Academics Say Comedians Make Us Laugh

Frank R. Paul ~ Fantastic Adventures

The Golden Age: Frank R. Paul ~ Fantastic Adventures

Song of the Day

Pat Boone - Big Cold Wind (1961) - YouTube:

The REAL Texas Rangers

The REAL Texas Rangers

Today's Vintage Ad

Yet Another List I'm Not On

Top 10 People Who Could Be Considered the Fifth Beatle 

“Bookends”-- Lou Manfredo

“Bookends” (by Lou Manfredo) | SOMETHING IS GOING TO HAPPEN


Paul Merchant (Harlan Ellison), Sex Gang, Nightstand Books, 1959

I Miss the Old Days

10 Hilariously Outdated Instructional Films

Nic Cage Update

Nic Cage's Encounters With The Animal Kingdom 

Or You Might

15 Facts You Might Not Know about Murder, She Wrote

Air Raid Wardens


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

PimPage: An Occasional Feature in Which I Call Attention to Books of Possible Interest Fevre Dream eBook: Rachel Lampi: Kindle Store: New York police detective Sam Cordray is returning to the force after a year-long battle with Fevre Dream, a drug that both heightens the senses and causes frightening hallucinations. Police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt gives Sam a case to get him back in business: the murder of Molly O'Hara, an actress at City Lights Theatre. 

Sam doesn't think the case is anything out of the ordinary – until Fevre Dream surfaces in connection with the murder. Now he's caught in a battle: escaping the dark days he thought he had left behind him, or finding the City Lights murderer before he or she strikes again.

Frank R. Paul ~ Science and Mechanics 1932-1936

The Golden Age: Frank R. Paul ~ Science and Mechanics 1932-1936

Gator Update (Terrifying Facts Edition)

11 Terrifying and Amazing Facts About Alligators 

First It Was the Thin Mints Melee

Sex-crazed Romanian Angelina Jolie lookalike forced taxi driver into sex twice, stabbed him when he couldn't manage third time 

The 15 most entertaining Horror Films from the 1980s

The 15 most entertaining Horror Films from the 1980s  

Link via SF Signal.

Song of the Day

The Crickets - He's Old Enough To Know Better - YouTube:

I Miss the Old Days

Predictions that 1964 World's Fair got right and what it got very wrong 

Today's Vintage Ad

Here's the Plot for Your Next Bio-Thriller

Sars Research Lab Loses 2,000 Tubes of Killer Virus


Earl Titan, Anjani the Mighty, Scion, 1951

A List I'm On!

Western Fictioneers: Peacemaker Award Finalists

Too bad there's no category for "best cover."  You can buy the book here.

24 Awesome Librarian Tattoos

24 Awesome Librarian Tattoos

I Miss the Old Days

Polyester Prayers: Gospel Family Album Covers of the Seventies

6 Hilarious Failures Celebrities Want You to Forget

6 Hilarious Failures Celebrities Want You to Forget

The Legacy of Victor Gollancz: Publishing Pioneer

Orphans of the Sky by Robert HeinleinAbeBooks: The Legacy of Victor Gollancz: Publishing Pioneer: Many of you will be familiar with Victor Gollancz’s last name. His publishing company printed some of the finest books of the 20th century - including The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell and Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis - but there is also an intriguing story behind the man himself.

Overlooked Movies: Day of the Triffids

Howard Keel in a horror movie?  Yes, the lead in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (and a number of other musicals) made movies with no music at all, including a few westerns and this one, which is based on a novel by John Wyndham.  I'd read the novel a few years before the movie appeared, so I remembered enough about it to know that there are some significant differences between the two, most notably the ending.  But I'll get to that later.

In the movie, the triffids are a plant that's been brought to earth by a meteor shower. They're sinister, they make a funny noise, and they kill.  Keel is in the hospital recovering from an eye injury caused by a triffid when second meteor shower comes along and blinds everyone who looks at it.  Most people on earth look at it, and with most of the population now blind, civilization starts to crumble.  Keel and a few others who can see begin to make their way to Spain (I'm not quite sure why) and have to evade the triffids all the way.  A second plot involves a young couple in a lighthouse, trying to survive.

There are some good scenes of civilization crumbling and of narrow escapes from the triffids, who are having a fine time feeding on a bunch of blind people who can't escape them.  Who will save the world from these horrible creatures?  [HUGE SPOILER ALERT It turns out that they can be easily killed.  It's not quite a rip-off of War of the Worlds, but it's in the same ballpark.  The young couple in the lighthouse figure it out.  In the novel, there's no such happy ending.  There's some hope that humanity will survive, but no easy way of killing triffids. END OF HUGE SPOILER ALERT]   

This isn't a great movie, by any means.  It's not terrible, though, and might be fun if you're in the right frame of mind.

Day of the Triffids