Saturday, June 25, 2011
Danny West knew that something was wrong from the first day his folks moved into the rundown house next to the creepy graveyard. The neighborhood kids would never come over to play. At night, he saw weird shadows prowling around the crumbling tombstones, and heard strange gurgling sounds. But his parents wouldn’t listen to him. They said he had a good imagination…
Then bad things started to happen. Terrible, gruesome things that even scared his dad. There was something in the graveyard. Something in the graveyard. Something that no kid could ever have imagined. Something that should have been left alone to Rest In Peace."
Friday, June 24, 2011
Before The Paparazzi: 50 Years of Extraordinary Photographs (9781935444398): Steven P. Unger, M. Stefan Strozier, Arty Pomerantz
Wearer Derrick Johnson said, 'Man, it's just a fashion statement. It's just something we do.'
But sagging is something no longer allowed at Greenspoint Mall now that it's changed its code of conduct. Self-described 'saggers' like Gregory Power say they don't like the policy one bit."
The New York native passed away at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx from complications related to liver disease and cancer, his longtime friend Clifford Meth said.
Colan's career spanned seven decades and his distinctive style earned him a strong following from comic book lovers.
He chronicled the adventures of Batman, Dracula and Daredevil with his work and was held in high regard among critics."
Hat tip to Art Scott.
Working as an editor for one of his brainy brother's sports magazines, Chapel has recovered his fitness, but hasn't touched a soccer ball since his accident. So, he finds it ludicrous when his old army colonel pitches a proposal with him playing goalie for the Los Angeles Ravens, an American indoor soccer team owned by the colonel and his partner Nina Brisbane, who has the body of a goddess and hides her shotgun-blasted face forever behind a veil."
Larry is a young boy who dreams about death before it happens. He can't remember his dreams by day, but by night he is haunted by the faces and words of the dying. When the two end up in the same town, and become aware of one another, a classic battle of good and evil ensues. Blood Dreams is an old school supernatural thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat."
One of the most famous photographs in the world, it first appeared in Sheriff Pat Garrett's book on how he tracked down and killed the Kid in 1881.
'This is it – the only one,' said Brian Lebel, auctioneer for the 22nd annual Old West Show and Auction to be held in Denver, Colorado.
'We'll have over 500 in the audience. We have eight telephone lines and we have three different internet hookups, so people can bid live online with real-time bidding (and) with a camera, so you can see the auctioneer.'"
Advance copies of the Day Keene books are going out now. Not only do they contain three of Keene's most entertaining thrillers, Dead Dolls Don‘t Talk, Hunt the Killer, and Too Hot to Hold, but they contain another all-new introduction by the one and only David Laurence Wilson. David's introductions have been an immensely popular and beneficial feature of many Stark House books, and in this one he talks a lot about the "Big Three" in Florida: friends Harry Whittington, Gil Brewer, and of course, Day Keene. In fact, we're preparing an interview with David for a future newsletter and we're very excited.
From his newest piece, "Day Keene: The Pro's Pro" David gives us:
Day Keene was one of the big three, The Triumvirate. In the nineteen fifties, along the Florida Gulf Coast, it was Keene, Harry Whittington, and Gil Brewer who formed the Great Trio of postwar American crime fiction.
They were almost a conspiracy. They wrote about sex and crime, corruption and violence. It was a high level of problem solving including the greatest problem of all: how to stay alive. Sometimes their books were awkward or unattractive but they all kept going, one plot after another, millions of words. Three big producers with over 300 novels between them, nearly all of them paperback originals.
Crime Club members will get their books shipped automatically, and everyone else can look for the book to be released in July.
And here's a quck peek at what we've got scheduled for the near future. We'll have more to say about these wonderful books and writers as we go, but for now, check these out:
SEPT 11: The Cheaters/Dial “M” for Man– Orrie Hitt
JAN 12: Rapture Alley/A Taste of Desire/Strictly for the Boys—Harry Whittington
APRIL 12: Come Easy Go Easy/In a Vain Shadow—James Hadley Chase
JULY 12: Rough Riders—Charlie Stella
OCT 12: The Sun Worshippers/Yellowleg—A. S. Fleischman
JAN 13: The Unfinished Clue/Girl Who Had to Die—Elisabeth Sanxay Holding
Yes, that's a NEW Charlie Stella, his first since our release of his tour de force novel Johnny Porno.
That's all for now. We'll be back at you sooner rather than later with some more entertaining and exciting features. If you're not a member of our Crime Book Club, sign up now to get each book shipped to you automatically and take advantage of the special discount for new members to fill out your collection of back list titles.
If you wish to subscribe or even unsubscribe to this newsletter, drop us an e-mail and we’ll take care of you. Until next time....
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Thursday, June 23, 2011
From the trenches of WWI to the abandoned rowhomes of Baltimore; From a rural charnel house to the Texas-Mexican border these six stories explore the dark heart of crime fiction today.
Speedloader features stories of…
…revenge that will challenge you to a game of uncle that you may not win and will haunt those who are able to finish it.
…clashing motives on the Texas Mexico border
…a slide into an alcoholic haze
…a struggle with the weight of a personal choice when confronted with the sins of the past
…getting caught up in actions far beyond one’s control
…small crimes covered up and lost amidst larger forces
Speedloader is six stories slammed home and ready to kill
With all new, original stories from Richard Thomas, Nik Korpon, Nigel Bird, newcomer WD County and Spinetingler Award winners Matthew C Funk and Jonathan Woods."
Police say a group of about 10 guys caused nearly $14,000 damage to the Wingate Hotel in South Charleston. And police say they spelled out exactly what they were doing in the room on twitter, talking about smashing a TV and stabbing a couch, they even posted pictures of themselves peeing in the hotel's safe, destroying the mirror and leaving the room in shambles"
A mission from Japan's Waseda University, the Japanese Institute of the Solar Boat and Egypt's antiquities ministry have been preparing to lift the boat from its underground pit for the past two years."
Sarah Cortez is a former cop who now writes fiction and poetry when she's not editing anthologies. This one has some familiar names (some more familiar in Texas than elsewhere) writing dark stories about average teen life that involves aliens, body parts stuck in school lockers, ghosts, Aztec goddesses, and so on. Well worth a look.
In the solitude of the dank, musty cellar, Harry waited and grew… and grew… and GREW! And while he waited, he was counseled by his one and only friend — the bright silvery orb in the inight sky that he called “Moom.” Harry spoke to Moom. And Moom spoke to Harry. Moom told Harry what he should do when he finally broke out of his subterranean prison …
Moom told Harry to kill…
Harris Co. Sheriff’s Lt. Tom Morgan is almost 91 years old.
And yet, every weekend you’ll find him patrolling with the Harris Co. Marine Division, issuing tickets – and sometimes warnings – on the San Jacinto River or Lake Houston.
Morgan is part of the Sheriff’s Reserve program. He doesn’t get a paycheck; he volunteers his time."
It is under copyright.
In 1893, two sisters from Kentucky, Mildred and Patty Hill, composed a song called 'Good Morning to All.' The lyrics -- 'Good morning to you / good morning to you / good morning dear children / good morning to all' -- are foreign to modern ears. But the melody they used for the song is now more commonly known for its use in 'Happy Birthday.'"
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
KPRC first reported the pilot’s comments Tuesday night.
A recording of the March 25 rant, captured by the Houston Air Route Traffic Control Center as he made his way through the area, was obtained today by the Houston Chronicle.
In it, the male pilot bitterly assesses the date-ability of his crew and made disparaging remarks about his crew’s sexual orientation, weight and age."
That's she's dumped her husband and he hasn't taken it well.
Of course, he might have taken it better if he wasn't a major drug dealer with a gale-force temper... and if she hadn't run off with all of his cash.
Now she's marked-for-death, a moving target for every mercenary, hitman, and sadist in the midwest.
What they don't know is that Lauren is nobody's victim... she's a resourceful, brave, and cunning woman who won't go down without a fight.
This is 10,000 words of non-stop action, violence and sex...a wild ride like nothing else you've read before...from twelve masters of suspense, who teamed up to write this rollicking story 250 rapid-fire words at a time, tag-team style, without an outline, without knowing what was coming next. The result is a pure, literary adrenaline rush."
“Flesh & Bones,” a Jake Lassiter thriller, is now an e-book. Author Paul Levine explains why he has pledged all royalties to childhood cancer treatment and research.
By Paul Levine
In the United States today, one in 300 children will be diagnosed with some form of cancer. All of us have friends or family members who have fought that grueling battle. These days, with great advances in medicine, there’s a increasing chance the fight has been successful.
Yet, progress seems excruciatingly slow for those on the front lines.
A few years ago, one of my dearest friends, the godfather of my son, lost his daughter Margaux to Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare but vicious bone cancer. Another friend, a well-known author, has lost both a child and a grandchild to the disease. The survival rate for Ewing’s sarcoma that metastasizes is a disheartening 10 per cent.
Ten per cent!
In this age of medical miracles, how can that be?
After Margaux’s death at age 14, I dedicated a book to her. Such a feeble gesture. I wanted to do more. Still do. Here’s how.
“Flesh & Bones,” the last of the Jake Lassiter novels, was published internationally to wide acclaim in 1997. Out of print for many years, it’s now a 99-cent e-book, with all proceeds going to the Four Diamonds Fund, a charity that pays for treatment of pediatric cancer patients at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.
In addition to providing world-class medical care, the Fund supports research in immunotherapy, carcinogenesis, and several other fields I can barely spell, much less understand. I can’t imagine a better charity.
This is my second venture into publishing for charity. Last summer, my first novel, “To Speak for the Dead,” was brought out of retirement as an e-book and produced thousands of dollars for the Four Diamonds Fund. That book introduced the world to Jake Lassiter, a linebacker-turned-lawyer who searches for justice but seldom finds it.
Here’s a little background about the Four Diamonds Fund. In 1972, a 14-year-old boy named Christopher Millard was an aspiring writer. He’d penned a mythic tale about “Sir Millard and The Four Diamonds,” in the tradition of Sir Galahad and Sir Lancelot. What are those Four Diamonds? Wisdom. Courage. Honesty. Strength. All are needed in our daily lives, especially in children’s battles with a dread disease.
You have probably figured out that Chris wrote the story while in the throes of cancer. The diamonds of his story were allegorical. The quest was for life itself. After a three-year battle, Chris died, but his memory lives in the name of the Fund established by his family with the straightforward goal of “Conquering Childhood Cancer.”
Penn State students have contributed an astonishing $78 million to the Fund through their annual dance marathon, which goes by the slogan: “For the Kids.” This year’s event raised more than $9 million alone.
One more thing. If each of us can contribute – just a bit – of courage, wisdom, honesty, and strength, maybe we can reach the goal of conquering childhood cancer.
“Flesh & Bones” is “another breathless thriller from Paul Levine,” remarked the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “Filled with smart writing and smart remarks,” proclaimed the Dallas Morning News.
“Flesh & Bones,” priced at 99 cents for a short time, is available on Kindle, Nook, and at Smashwords. More information on about the novel on Paul Levine’s Website.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
But when a drunk customer causes a scene, a glowing review from the city's top food critic doesn't seem likely-especially when that customer winds up dead on Nightlife's doorstep. Now, with her brother under suspicion for the murder, Charlotte has to re-open her restaurant and clear her brother's name-before they both become dinner."
DEADMAN'S REVENGE is the third volume in the exciting Rancho Diablo series."
1978. Now retired from the L.A.P.D. and captain of his own fishing charter business, Calico Jack Walker pays for ignoring his instincts when he hires out to two shady characters who try to hijack his boat and almost murder his son.
Walker's ex-partner and lover, Tina Tamiko, has promoted to detective. She's deep into an investigation leading to a plot to hijack an L.A.P.D. property barge loaded with confiscated drugs and weapons slated for ocean dumping.
With another ex-partner framed for murder, somebody playing Robin Hood with stolen drug money, and a gang of dirty cops desperate for redemption, Walker and Tamiko know they're in deep water and it's time to gun up and throw down . . ."
It's 1977 and veteran L.A.P.D. cop Calico Jack Walker and his rookie partner, Tina Tamiko, are planning to make Calico's last shift on the job something special - but plans, as they do, come apart because Walker and Tamiko are good cops no matter what the cost . . . even if they're L.A. cops, in uniform, in their patrol car, on duty, and way out of their jurisdiction on the Las Vegas Strip.
When a major crime is going down, good cops never hesitate."
Monday, June 20, 2011
Plummer’s characters share a keen sense of the loss that comes from distance both figurative and literal. In “Happy Hour,” Olivia grapples with her mother-in-law’s death, and in “To Visit the Cemetery,” she visits her parents’ grave in Mexico City, where she seeks reconciliation with her sister, who has remained in their native land. Andi, an architecture student in New York, struggles to connect to the friends and neighbors she’s left behind, including her best friend, a Filipina bent on finding love in the club scene, and Andi’s almost-sweetheart, a musician doctor-to-be torn between affections. When distances are closed between characters, the emotion and passion is explosive and honest."
But Ryan was no ordinary man, and Tularosa was in for more shocks and surprises, because Ryan was back for justice - and the real truth behind his sister's betrayal and murder."
Enter the digital-forensics technician, specially trained to extract the incriminating evidence contained in hard drives, cellphones and search histories — including the data you thought was deleted long ago."
Sunday, June 19, 2011
A Joliet man told police he was attacked by two people weilding nunchuks and throwing stars after he showed up for what he thought would be a sexual rendezvous with his ex-girlfriend."
Superior Achievement in a NOVEL
A DARK MATTER by Peter Straub
Superior Achievement in a First Novel (tie)
BLACK AND ORANGE by Benjamin Kane Ethridge
CASTLE OF LOS ANGELES by Lisa Morton
Superior Achievement in Long Fiction
INVISIBLE FENCES by Norman Prentiss
Superior Achievement in Short Fiction
THE FOLDING MAN by Joe R. Lansdale
Superior Achievement in an Anthology
HAUNTED LEGENDS edited by Ellen Datlow and Nick Mamatas
Superior Achievement in a Collection
FULL DARK, NO STARS by Stephen King (Simon and Schuster)
Superior Achievement in Nonfiction
TO EACH THEIR DARKNESS by Gary A. Braunbeck
Superior Achievement in a Poetry Collection
DARK MATTERS by Bruce Boston
HWA 2010 SPECIALTY PRESS AWARD GOES TO DARK REGIONS PRESS
ANGEL LEIGH McCOY AWARDED 2010 SILVER HAMMER AWARD
MICHAEL COLANGELO AWARDED 2010 RICHARD LAYMON AWARD"