Saturday, August 15, 2009
Populated by bats and venomous spiders, the underground complex was found in the limestone bedrock beneath the pyramid field at Giza."
Hat tip to Doc Quatermass.
Friday, August 14, 2009
Jon Heder to star in 'Buddy Holly' - Entertainment News, Exclusives, Media - Variety: "Jon Heder is set to star in 'Buddy Holly Is Alive and Well on Ganymede,' an adaptation of the Bradley Denton comic sci-fi novel. Robert Rugan wrote the script and will direct."
Great news for Brad Denton, and I hope I see him at Armadillocon to congratulate him.
Hat tip to Jeff Segal.
Turning the tables on the brutish bandits, 72-year-old Charles (Gus) Augusto opened fire with a 12-gauge shotgun he kept handy for such occasions, cops and witnesses said."
Pet shop thief shoves turtle in his pants | LOCAL NEWS | KHOU.com | News for Houston, Texas: "SPRING, Texas -- A thief who targeted a pet store in Spring can be easily identified by surveillance video of his face and by the suspicious bulge in the left pocket of his jeans."
Video at the link.
I tend to agree with the first guy. It's a classic about a brain-damaged guy named Harry who progresses from killing small animals to killing humans. His parents keep him locked up, but one night he escapes. He's killing, people are hunting him to kill him, and it gets pretty gory. Jack MacLane was obviously a real sick-o. As all the reviewers say in one way or another, this is not a book for the squeamish. Or maybe just not for anybody.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
His wife Gwen says Quade died in his sleep of natural causes Sunday at his home in the Southern California desert town of Rosamond.
Quade had dozens of TV and movie roles in a career that spanned more than a quarter-century. His movies included “Papillon” and “High Plains Drifter.”"
Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.
Saturday, after the collision, police said Kissida traded in his light blue, 1992 BMW 325I to Peoria's Power Chevrolet, a local auto dealership, as part of the 'Cash for Clunkers' program after obtaining an estimate on the damages.
According to court paperwork, Kissida said the damage to the vehicle occurred when he hit a javelina."
Great photo at the link.
According to Gibson Guitar, Paul died at White Plains Hospital. His family and friends were by his side.
As an inventor, Paul also helped bring about the rise of rock 'n' roll with multitrack recording, which enables artists to record different instruments at different times, sing harmony with themselves, and then carefully balance the tracks in the finished recording."
Whispering - Les Paul And Mary Ford
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Police in Surprise, Ariz., arrested 26-year-old Monique Aguet after she tried to run over a Kentucky Fried Chicken employee Wednesday, MyFoxPhoenix reported.
Aguet went inside the restaurant, which didn't cut the mustard with a KFC employee who ordered her to to leave the building and followed her outside, Surprise Police spokesman Lt. Craig Scartozzi told MyFoxPhoenix."
If you want to know about Vance's writing, you're out of luck. He says that he's spent a large part of his live avoiding "shop talk" because he doesn't enjoy it. He has very little to say about his work in this book. He does, however, talk about a life filled with travel, music, and fun. He even manages to make his many jobs (some successes, some failures) during the Depression sound like fun. Most of the memories that Vance sets down here are happy ones, and you can't blame him for that. You might find yourself wishing for more salacious details in some places, or for more about his friends in the SF field, but you won't get them. Vance says that this will be his final book, which is sad to hear, but he has a wonderful backlist out there that will be giving pleasure to readers for years to come.
Some of you already know what the highlight of the book is. Okay, maybe not for everyone, but certainly for me. It's on page 180, part of a short section where Vance discusses books he enjoys and says "Bill Crider, who writes about Sheriff Dan Rhodes in Clearview, Texas, is always a pleasure to read." I was stunned and thrilled to read that sentence. It's hard for me to believe that a man whose books I've been reading for more than 50 years has read my work and enjoyed it. You'd think I'd be too old and jaded to get such a huge kick from finding that out. You'd be wrong.
Some years ago, Scott Cupp met Vance at a convention and told me that Vance had mentioned my books. I thought he was kidding me. Apparently he wasn't.
According to an arrest affidavit, Randy Keith Carlson, 43, is accused of attacking another man with deer antlers.
Witnesses reported that Carlson and another man were arguing when Carlson began attacking the other man with the antlers on Monday afternoon."
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
So when a seven-inch pygmy rattlesnake slithered up to Esther Orring's door and bit her on the hand, she got even, strangling the venomous little serpent with her bare hands."
Next she'll be joining those yobs in England.
One town council is taking the reports so seriously it is offering a $1m (�609,000) reward to anyone who can prove the existence of a mermaid in its waters.
Kiryat Yam municipality, near Haifa, says it has been told of dozens of sightings in the past few months.
They say it is a female figure, it looks like a young girl.
'Many people are telling us they are sure they've seen a mermaid and they are all independent of each other,' council spokesman Natti Zilberman told Sky News."
If Hamilton County Municipal Judge Fanon Rucker gets his way, those and other alternatives to jail are in some criminals' future.
'I'm looking at options,' Rucker said."
Meanwhile, in my part of Texas, we've had the hottest, driest summer on record.
Monday, August 10, 2009
The $60 million movie, which is expected to be directed by Kenny Ortega, will be released in cinemas on October 30 in the United States."
Hank the Crocosaurus, among the most popular of the Watson Island tourist attraction's confection of unusual animals, was found motionless at the bottom of his pool Saturday. He was 47."
Rescue crews had to pull the man out of Lake Lawne near the San Jose Shores area of Orlando on Sunday evening.
The engine of the personal watercraft he was riding stalled and he was stuck in the middle of the lake for about an hour. He could see an alligator nearby and yelled for help."
The 4ft-long green reptile sank its fangs into the 14-year-old's right arm, leaving two deep puncture marks.
The helpless lad had been pinned to the ground in a park by his tormentors, who also made racist comments. They then ran off, leaving him shaking with fear."
In 2006, Busted Flush Press released its first original short story collection, Damn Near Dead (edited by Duane Swierczynski, introduction by James Crumley; 0-9767157-5-9; trade paperback original; $18). With 27 all-new 'geezer noir' tales by some of today's top writers -- including Laura Lippman, Stuart MacBride, Mark Billingham, John Harvey, Megan Abbott, Colin Cotterill, Ken Bruen, Reed Farrel Coleman, Jeff Abbott, and many more -- DND went on to earn five award nominations and one win (for Bill Crider's 'Cranked'... read 'Cranked' for free here).
And now... a sequel is in the works!
Alvin, Texas, crime writer Bill Crider (whose DND story was an Edgar nominee!) returns to 'geezer noir,' this time as Damn Near Dead 2's editor. The anthology will debut at NoirCon (Nov. 4-7, 2010; Philadelphia, PA) with several of the contributors in attendance.
And just who are the contributors?? Well, stay tuned... Trust me, this will be quite a line-up!!"
Sunday, August 09, 2009
The mice are hunted in corn fields after the harvest when they have grown plump on a diet of grains, fruits, grass and the odd insect. The most widely eaten species is known locally as Kapuku, gray in color and with a shorter tail than the more common rat."
According to RiskyBiz, the story will “be set in a dystopian London and center on a band of thieves whose activities restore hope to the city’s embattled population.” The producers describe it as “a futuristic action adventure” that will be “both inspired by and pay homage to the legend of Robin Hood.”"
Hat tip to Jeff Segal.
I know, in my last e-mail I wrote that I planned to keep the identity of our second December title a secret until we got closer to its Christmas-season publication date (I think I said something like "I'll tell you when it gets a little colder outside"). Well, it's only August and still plenty hot here in New York City -- but it's hard to keep a secret in the age of the Internet, especially when sites like Amazon.com put books up for pre-order four months in advance...
Yes: You can now see our second December title on Amazon.com (though you have to hunt around a little, due to a bizarre error that has our book's cover attached for some reason to a horror novel by Gord Rollo). But since they let the cat out of the bag early, I figured we might as well come clean, too -- so you can find a full complement of information on the book (cover art, description, sample chapter) at our Web site: www.HardCaseCrime.com.
And what is the book...? It's the very hard-boiled story of a man murdered by a blast from a sawed-off shotgun to the face at point-blank range; of a criminal on the run from Chicago who comes to a dirty Pennsylvania coal-mining town and winds up locking horns with the corrupt Masonic lodge that runs the town; of a Pinkerton detective who sets out to clean up the town; and of the doom that pursues a man across an ocean and leaves him at the mercy of the world's most ruthless criminal mastermind. It's a story narrated by a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, whose partner in investigating the twisted plot is a drug addicted private investigator with a brain like a steel trap.
And wait till you see the cover -- Glen Orbik has really outdone himself here, with his portrait of a gorgeous, bosomy dame in a transparent negligee watching with horror as a man with a brand on his arm appears in her doorway.
And the author -- it's one of the best-selling authors in the world. His books have been made into movies, computer games, comic books; they've sold tens of millions of copies. He's not someone you'd think of as a Hard Case Crime author in a million years!
Now, I can hear you out there, saying, "Come on, Ardai -- if you're gonna spill, spill already. What's the name of the damn book?"
I think you're just going to have to visit our Web site and see for yourself.
Editor, Hard Case Crime