Saturday, August 06, 2011

PimPage: An Occasional Feature in Which I Call Interesting Books to Your Attention Memories Dying eBook: Michael Bracken: Kindle Store: "Young police officer Mike Morelli expected a routine night shift in the northern California coastal town where he had lived his entire life. Then Patrick Bates, chairman of the Baker High School class of 1974 reunion committee, returned to town. Would his classmates, most of whom died graduation night, soon follow?"

Headline of the Day

Harry Potter dwarf spared jail over juggler's hat sex act

Actually it's the headline of another day, but it's too good to pass up.
Hat tip to Art Scott.

Today's Vintage Ad

The Facts about Creative Non-Fiction

The Facts about Creative Non-Fiction


Betty Cornell's Glamour Guide for Teens, Pocket Books, 1958

It's a Losing Battle

Mystery superhero leads fight on louts he accuses of MURDER – of the English language

Is the Persecution Ending?

'I've been doing Pilates and eating healthier': Bikini girl Paris Hilton reveals her summer diet secrets

Slightly NSFW photos at the link.

Great Opportunity for Okies

Pioneer Library System - Writing Workshop: "Pioneer Library System is proud to announce four Oklahoma authors will be presenting at the upcoming Writing Workshop on Saturday, August 20th at the Performing Arts Studio and Mainsite Contemporary Art in downtown Norman. The workshop is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, please call 701-1839.

Authors presenting at the workshop include William Bernhardt, Nathan Brown, Rilla Askew, and Mel Odom."

No Comment Department

Library book 23 years overdue - oddstuff | "The Dunwich Horror, first published in 1963, is a collection of horror, sci-fi and fantasy short stories."

Top 10 Most Dangerous Animals In The World

Top 10 Most Dangerous Animals In The World

Today's Western Movie Poster

10 Most Beautiful Swamps on Earth

10 Most Beautiful Swamps on Earth

6 Dangerous Stunts of the Silent Movie Era

6 Dangerous Stunts of the Silent Movie Era

He's Just an Excitable Boy "A Kent man charged with killing his teenage girlfriend is now accused of digging up her tombstone.

A judge has issued a restraining order against 25-year-old James Radtke after police say he replaced his girlfriend's tombstone with one that had his name on it. He also spelled out her name, using Taco Bell wrappers."

Classic Stars' Family Portraits

Classic Stars' Family Portraits

‪Above Suspicion


Friday, August 05, 2011

How Rises messes with Apes canon

How Rises messes with Apes canon (and 3 ways we can fix it all)

First It Was the Thin Mints Melee . . .

Video: Gunmen Open Fire at Bus in Philadelphia: "Prosecutors say the shooting and violence triggered because of a phone call that a woman, Penny Champan, made after having words with someone on the bus."

Hat tip to Jeff Segal.

Literature from Librarians

Literature from Librarians: Great Reads Written by the Experts on AbeBooks: "This is a unique reading list – these books were all written by librarians and most of them were recommended to us by librarians. If any profession is well qualified to write books then librarians truly fit the bill."

Better than a Gub

CBS New York: "Suffolk County police say a Ronkonkoma man was arrested after trying to rob a 7-Eleven store in Central Islip Thursday night using a large tree branch."

No Comment Department

Postman attacked by chicken: "The postal carrier left before police arrived."

Open Your Golden Gate

Texas tourist robbed: "South San Francisco police say a tourist from Texas was robbed of cash and a clump of his hair."

Ed Gorman interview

Criminal-E: Ed Gorman interview: Blood Moon

Rise of the Pigs

Police free woman from pig swarm: "Police in northern Germany say they rescued a woman and her 2-year-old child whose car was swarmed — by a herd of pigs."

Hat tip to Art Scott.

Some Nice Covers Here

Retrospace: Vintage Reads #29: Mystery and Crime Cover Art

Now at the ITunes Store

A Werewolf Named Wayne by Bill Crider - Download A Werewolf Named Wayne with iBooks: "This book is available on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iBooks and on your computer with iTunes."

Once Again, Texas Leads the Way "The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles admits it has issued some plates twice with the very same numbers."

Today's Vintage Ad

50 Ugliest Athletes of All Time

50 Ugliest Athletes of All Time

Hat tip to Toby O'Brien.

A Review of Interest (to Me, Anyway)

Librariandoa: BookNotes: The Wild Hog Murders by Bill Crider


Glen Chase (Gardner F. Fox), Up Your Ante, Leisure Books, 1973

When Can I Move In?

Flat converted to retro-futuristic fantasy with giant Zeppelin... and it's yours for $1.8m | Mail Online: "Some of the world’s weirdest properties can be found in New York City - but this really could be the craziest of them all.

Jeremy Noritz, 32, has created an amazing retro-futuristic submarine fantasy inside an apartment in the trendy Chelsea region of Manhattan.

The two-bedroom property is on the market for $1.75million and has already been generating attention since it was listed on Tuesday."

Photos at the link, which comes to us via Art Scott.

11 Literary Friendships We Can Learn From

11 Literary Friendships We Can Learn From

Today's Western Movie Poster

5 Reasons Why We Should Worry About an Ape Revolution

5 Reasons Why We Should Worry About an Ape Revolution

10 Great Movies Filmed in the Midwest

10 Great Movies Filmed in the Midwest


Living to see 100 is just luck, not lifestyle - Telegraph: "Academics studied almost 500 people between 95 and 109 and compared them with over 3,000 others born during the same period.

They found those who lived extremely long lives ate just as badly, drank and smoked just as much, took just as little exercise and were just as likely to be overweight as their long-gone friends."

The 8 Best ’80s Villains

The 8 Best ’80s Villains

Forgotten Books: The Satan Bug -- Ian Stuart (Alistair MacLean)

Kerrie Smith talked about this one acouple of years ago, but I figure it never hurts to mention a good book again. Besides, I'm a big fan of Alistair MacLean when he's writing as Ian Stuart, and I wanted to reread the book. Even having read it a couple of times and knowing all MacLean's tricks, I still thoroughly enjoyed it. Not everyone will feel the same, I'm sure. The writing will seem old-fashioned to some and corny to others. ("The fiends," the General murmured. "The ruthless fiends.") None of this bothers me in the least. It just adds to the fun.

MacLean was at his best in early books like this one. There's deception after deception, with both the reader and the protagonist being fooled, though the reader's more in the dark than the protagonist. Pierre Clavell is the narrator, apparently recently kicked out of his job as head of security at Britain's top-secret biological warfare lab and now a private-investigator. There's a security breach at the lab, and toxins are missing, including one that can wipe out all life on earth within a short time and for which there's no antidote. It's up to Clavell to find the toxins and save the world.

When it comes to writing about men driven to extremes, it's hard to top MacLean. Clavell is sliced and diced and beaten and choked and so on. He doesn't sleep in the course of the novel, which spans a couple of days. I don't recall that he eats, either. MacLean throws curve after curve into the story as the plot not only thickens but gets goofier and goofier. And, yes, I still loved every page of it.

I read somewhere the MacLean was out of print in the U. S. What a sad state of affairs. My other comments about MacLean's books can be found here, here, here, and here. Did I mention that I was a fan?

‪Mr. Lucky


Thursday, August 04, 2011

We Might Have -- Gerald So

I've been reading this collection of poems, and I recommend it to you if you enjoy poetry. No crime poems, but my favorite in the group is "Paperback Lover," a clever take on a subject dear to my heart. The poems are all short and insightful and most of them made me smile. Check 'em out. We Might Have: Poems eBook: Gerald So: Kindle Store: "In this collection of 24 poems, Gerald So takes on love with wit, heart, and a maturing eye. Includes work originally published in the print journals BARBARIC YAWP, LONG ISLAND QUARTERLY, and NERVE COWBOY."

First It Was the Thin Mints Melee . . .

UK Woman Drives Over Boyfriend Twice Because He "Cheated Her at a Computer Game"

Nice Essay by Steve Mertz about His New Book

Ed Gorman's blog: New Books: Hank and Muddy by Steve Mertz

Your Tax Dollars at Work

Pentagon’s Lightning Gun Sold for Scraps on eBay "There was a time, not all that long ago, when the Pentagon sank tens of millions of dollars into remote-controlled lightning guns that it hoped would fry insurgent bombs before they killed any more troops. Now, disassembled parts from the one-time wonder-weapons are being sold on eBay. At least one buyer snatched up the gear, hoping to use it in his latest art project for Burning Man."

PimPage: An Occasional Feature in Which I Call Interesting Books to Your Attention A Policeman's Lot (9781456541019): Gary M Dobbs, Gary M Dobb: Books: "Think you know the Jack the Ripper story? Think again! Inspector Frank Parade carries out his daily duties in the Welsh industrial town of Pontypridd, duties complicated by the unprecedented presence of 500 members of Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West Show encamped outside the town, not to mention the thousands attending the show every day. A series of depraved murders quickly makes things even more complicated. Buffalo Bill stands squarely in his path when Parade tries to investigate the likely possibility that one of the hundreds of show members is involved. And soon enough Parade’s own superiors are blocking his inquires, too. Still more deaths occur as Parade sifts through the thin evidence available and finds a trail that may lead to the perpetrator of the most heinous crime of the 19th Century—London’s “Ripper” murders. Shocking revelations come thick and fast. The greatest criminal mystery in history is about to be solved by a Welsh copper and an American Legend."

Bigfoot Update

Locals: 'Big Red Eye' stalking New Jersey - "ome searchers for the mythical Sasquatch in New Jersey say there is a man-ape dubbed Big Red Eye for his glowing eyes."

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

Mars Update

BBC News: "Striking new images from the mountains of Mars may be the best evidence yet of flowing, liquid water, an essential ingredient for life."

I've Voted

Vote For Top-100 Science Fiction, Fantasy Titles

I Laughed at Most of These

B-Movie Posters for Classic Films Article

I Never Find Stuff Like This

Jogger in Galveston finds 55 pounds of cocaine

Today's Vintage Ad

Charles Williams, River Girl, Gold Medal, 1951

Here's the Plot for Your Next Drug-Fueled Thriller

Feds allegedly allowed Sinaloa cartel to move cocaine into U.S. for information - El Paso Times

A Review of Interest (to Me, Anyway)

Mystery Scene: The Wild Hog Murders

Why Is It Always Snakes?

10 Most Amazing Snakes

Today's Western Movie Poster

Famous People Who Simply Vanished

Famous People Who Simply Vanished


Techdirt: "The Appeals Court has allowed the lower court ruling to stand, meaning that anyone doing news aggregation in the UK may have to start paying newspapers for the 'privilege' of linking to them."

Here's the Plot for Your Next Political Thriller

Al Capone's son threatened to kill late Senator Ted Kennedy just weeks after his brother Robert was assassinated

No Comment Department "Police were called about 12:30 a.m. and they found Brent Stabbed Last, 29, dead from multiple stab wounds"

‪Criss Cross


Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Hard Case Crime Update from Charles Ardai

First off, we're only a bit more than a month away from Hard Case Crime's big relaunch.  Our first two new titles in over a year come out on September 20th, and our next two arrive on October 4th: GETTING OFF by Lawrence Block, QUARRY'S EX by Max Allan Collins, THE CONSUMMATA by Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins, and CHOKE HOLD by Christa Faust.  We've already started seeing some early reviews online and I'm delighted to see that people are really enjoying the books.  MIchael Rogers of Library Journal, for instance, is halfway through reading THE CONSUMMATA and just blogged "It's a blast."  And blogger Julia Barrett wrote this about GETTING OFF: "Occasionally I watch a movie or read a book that makes such a deep and lasting impression [that] I can’t stop thinking about it...Well, GETTING OFF did it to me.  Last night was the first time in ages a book has kept me up all night."  If you'd like a little taste of each book, you can find sample chapters and cover art for all four on our Web site,  If you would like to pre-order the books -- either in physical or e-book editions -- you can do so by clicking on the "Order Now" link for each book (or by going directly to your favorite local or online bookseller).    A number of you have asked us if our new publisher, Titan Books, will be offering a subscription service along the lines of the "Hard Case Crime Book Club" that our old publisher, Dorchester Publishing, used to offer.  Titan has told us they would like to do so -- but it's not something they've ever done before, and they're still looking into how they could pull it off.  As soon as we get a definitive answer from them, we'll let everyone on our mailing list know.  In the meantime, though, I doubt they'll have it up and running in the next if you'd like to get our new books delivered by mail when they're published, pre-ordering them is your best bet.  For those of you in or around New York City, there's another option, which is to pick up copies in person at the relaunch event we're holding the evening of Wednesday, September 21, at the Mysterious Bookshop.  The Mysterious Bookshop is one of the oldest and best-respected mystery booksellers in the world, run by the legendary Otto Penzler, and we're thrilled that he's invited us to unveil our new titles in his store.  Lawrence Block will be there to sign copies of GETTING OFF, and Christa Faust will be there from the West Coast to sign copies of CHOKE HOLD.  I'll be there, too, and I'll be inviting other Hard Case Crime authors to come.  We'd love to see you there, if you happen to be in the vicinity and can make it.  The event will probably start around 6 or 7pm (the time hasn't been nailed down yet), and the store is at 58 Warren Street, just off West Broadway.  I realize most of you reading this message aren't anywhere near NYC and won't be able to come -- but for those of you who are, I hope you stop by.  In other news, we've announced our next 2012 title: BLOOD ON THE MINK, by science fiction grandmaster Robert Silverberg.  This is one of his rare non-science fiction novels, and in fact may be his rarest novel, period -- it has never been published in book form, only in the final issue of an old pulp magazine called TRAPPED DETECTIVE STORIES half a century ago.  It's a terrific story about counterfeiters and the federal agent who goes undercover to bring them down, and it features a great cover painting by Michael Koelsch.  You can check it out when you visit our Web site.  Finally, I wanted to remind you that the second season of the TV series "Haven" -- inspired by the book Stephen King wrote for Hard Case Crime, THE COLORADO KID -- recently started airing on SyFy.  It's on Friday nights at 10pm here in New York, and it's just been getting better and better.  I've been lucky enough to get to work on the show and I can tell you there are some good stories coming.  So if you haven't started watching it yet and you find yourself with some free time on a Friday night...check it out.  You'll be glad you did.  And when September 20 comes and you start reading our new books...let us know what you think.   Can't wait.  Best, Charles ----------- Charles Ardai Editor, Hard Case Crime 


Kidnappers Introduce Victim's Girlfriend To Wife

The Butcher's Son: Pulpsmith #1 -- Moses Crawford

It's 1935, and a pulp writer whose dream is to appear in Black Mask magazine manages to pull a Castle and get hooked up with big Jim McLane, New York's top homicide cop, in hopes of getting the kind of experience and story material that will help him crack his dream market. Lots of period references for fans of the pulps, OTR, and movies, plus a neat plot and a fast-moving story. I had a great time reading this. THE BUTCHER'S SON (Pulpsmith) eBook: Moses Crawford: Kindle Store: "When I moved from Texas to New York to take my chances as a yarnspinner for the pulps, I knew I was entering into a whole new world. As the author of the LINCOLN LANDRY, SPACE RANGER tales for the science fiction pulps, I know a thing or two about new worlds.

But what I wanted most of all was to get a story in BLACK MASK magazine, the same pulp that launched the careers of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett, to name a few.

In order to do that, I pulled in a few favors. Who knew the chief of police was a Lincoln Landry fan? Once I found out, though, I had him hook me up with his best homicide detective: Jim McLane, a tough no-nonsense cop that Hammett and Chandler might have admired.

Together, McLane and I sort through murders in the Big Apple in 1935. I didn't know I was going to learn so much, or that the price would be so high. But between McLane and me, we generally get to the bottom of murder, blackmail, and kidnappings."

Bubba Smith, R. I. P.

Sporting News: "Former NFL defensive star Bubba Smith, who found a successful second career as an actor, died Wednesday in Los Angeles at age 66."

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

Jeff Meyerson Saw Poisonous Hair Open for The Dead in '68

Giant rat kills predators with poisonous hair

PimPage: An Occasional Feature in Which I Call Interesting Books to Your Attention Fantasy & Science Fiction, Free Exclusive Digest: Kindle Store: Spilogale Inc.: "Amazon is thrilled to offer Kindle fantasy and science-fiction fans an exclusive free digest to the magazine that Stephen King calls 'the best fiction magazine in America.' Founded in 1949, Fantasy & Science Fiction magazine is the award-winning original publisher of such classics as Stephen King's Dark Tower, Daniel Keyes's Flowers for Algernon, and Walter M. Miller's A Canticle for Leibowitz. This free exclusive digest includes:

All nonfiction content: editor's recommendations, 'Curiosities' (odd books of enduring interest), film reviews, book reviews, cartoons and humor, and 'Coming Attractions' (highlights of each issue).
One full story from the current full issue of the magazine.
Short descriptions of the extended issue's remaining stories and 'novelets.'

If you are interested in reading the remainder of the stories and 'novelets,' subscribe to the extended edition."

Want to Know What It's Like in Texas?

Check out this blog post.

How Hot Is It, Johnny? Lawrence Person's Futuramen

D.B. Cooper Update

ABC News: "A woman claiming to be the niece of infamous skyjacker D.B. Cooper has spoken to ABC News in an exclusive interview about her role in the recently re-ignited 40-year-old cold case that has haunted the FBI for years.

Marla Cooper told ABC News that she has provided the FBI with a guitar strap and a Christmas photo of a man pictured with the same strap who she says is her uncle, Lynn Doyle Cooper."

The Next 10 Ebook Trends to Watch For

The Next 10 Ebook Trends to Watch For

PimPage: An Occasional Feature in Which I Call Interesting Books to Your Attention The Grave of Marcus Pauly eBook: Wayne D. Dundee: Kindle Store: "An old grave...
A determined woman...
An ex-con with a conscience...

Annabelle Heath travels west on a mission to fulfill her mother's dying wish. To do so, she needs the help of a man once in prison for bank robbery.

Ford Ramsey needs his job at the stable and has no time to take off on a foolish errand. But something about this woman makes him rethink his first inclination.

Together, they ride into wild country to look for a long ago grave and find more than either has bargained for."

The Wheels on the Bus Go 'Round and 'Round

‘Magic Trip’ Reconstructs Footage From Ken Kesey’s Bus Trip

Today's Vintage Ad

Paging Huddie Ledbetter

KPRC Houston: "For the first time in its history, Texas is shuttering a prison -- a creaky, 102-year-old lockup southwest of Houston once made famous in the folk song 'Midnight Special.'"

Alfred Hitchcock Update

‘Lost’ Hitchcock film found in New Zealand | The Raw Story: "One of the earliest films made by British master director Alfred Hitchcock has been found in New Zealand, researchers said.

The New Zealand Film Archive on Wednesday said the first three reels of the six-reel feature 'The White Shadow' were found in a cache of ageing nitrate prints given to the archive in the 1990s.

It said the silent-era film, made in 1923, was believed to be the oldest surviving feature by Hitchcock, who went on to conquer Hollywood with classic thrillers such as 'Psycho', 'Vertigo' and 'North by Northwest'.

The archive described the film as 'a wild atmospheric melodrama' about two sisters, one angelic and the other without a soul. No other copies are believed to exist."

Get a Rope!

CBS Minnesota: "A Bloomington man is facing possible jail time, accused of breaking a city ordinance that prohibits residents from feeding wild animals.

In Bloomington, it is legal to use bird feeders — as long as they are 5 feet off the ground. Neighbors and the charges allege that Craig Brown was throwing feed onto the ground, which is illegal."

50 Indispensable African-American Novels

50 Indispensable African-American Novels


Samuel R. Delany, Heavenly Breakfast, Bantam, 1979

And People Say Life Isn't Getting Better

British farmer becomes first to breed killer Nile crocodiles in the UK

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

Get a Whiff of This

Original Canned Air from Prague

"10 Reasons Why Bear Week Would Be Better Than Shark Week"

"10 Reasons Why Bear Week Would Be Better Than Shark Week"

Today's Western Movie Poster

Another List I'm Not On

AbeBooks' Top 10 Most Expensive Sales in July 2011

Are We Not Men?

10 Stories About "Uplifted" Animals Who Gain Human Intelligence

Where Jeff Meyerson Probably Shops

Brooklyn Superhero Supplies

10 Best 1950′s Sci-Fi Films

10 Best 1950′s Sci-Fi Films

Link via SF Signal.

6 Beloved Characters That Had Undiagnosed Mental Illnesses

6 Beloved Characters That Had Undiagnosed Mental Illnesses

Hat tip to Randy Johnson.

‪Buccaneer's Girl


Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Once Again, Texas Leads the Way

FOX Sports on MSN: "The start of the college football season is nearly a month away, but that did not stop two fans from turning one of the game's biggest rivalries into a knife fight.

An argument between a fan for the Oklahoma Sooners and one for the Texas Longhorns escalated into a blade-baring brawl at an Applebee's restaurant in San Antonio, Tex., KENS-TV reported Tuesday."

Why Is It Always Snakes?

11-foot python found on Florida farm; blamed for eating goats, chickens, cats

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

Haven't We All Wanted to Do This From Time to Time?

Lithuanian mayor runs over illegally parked car with a tank

Hat tip to Art Scott.

Sweden Leads the Way

Swede cuffed for cooking nuclear reactor on kitchen stovetop

Hat tip to Jim Cameron.

Why Is It Always Snakes?

Disturbed man uses snake as weapon against arresting officers

An Amazing Slide Show

Japan: Tsunami clean-up

It's hard to believe how quickly this has taken place. I have a feeling it would be impossible in the U. S. Think Katrina.

Paging Norman Bates

Officials say mummified Jennings woman thought dead for years was receiving benefits

L.A. Banks, R. I. P.

L.A. Banks Has Died - GalleyCat: "Novelist L.A. Banks has died after a battle with late stage adrenal cancer.

Leslie Esdaile wrote many novels under different pseudonyms, but published her popular Vampire Huntress Legend series and the Crimson Moon series under the name of L.A. Banks. The writer will be honored at a memorial event on August 6th."

Joe R. Lansdale Essay

Minstrel Show | Mulholland Books

PimPage: An Occasional Feature in Which I Call Interesting Books to Your Attention Hank & Muddy (9781935797135): Stephen Mertz: Books: "In steamy Shreveport, Louisiana, two musical legends-in-the-making come together: a whiskey-soaked country singer named Hank Williams and blues artist Muddy Waters. What they've got in common over several hectic days of drinking, singing and whoring is an interest in staying alive despite local mobsters, bent cops, and a truckload of Ku Klux Klansmen. Swimming with alligators is the least of this pair's adventures."

At Least He Wasn't Smoking Inside

Man Accused Of Smoking Pot Outside Police Station

Today's Vintage Ad


Algis Budrys, False Night, Lion, 1954

And Not a One of Them Was Mine

10 Ideas That Made $100 Million

The 10 Most Famous Muses of All Time

The 10 Most Famous Muses of All Time

Cleveland Led the Way "The notorious 'Tommy Gun' of Roaring '20s gangster fame, also renowned as the Thompson submachine gun used by GIs on nearly every battlefield of World War II, was born nearly a century ago in a small workshop in Cleveland."

Hat tip to J0hn Stickney.

Today's Western Movie Poster

Message In Bottle

WMUR New Hampshire: "A message in a bottle that hit the water more than 50 years ago has just ended a lengthy journey.

It was tossed into the sea by the owner of a Hampton Beach, N.H., motel and just recently found thousands of miles away in the Caribbean. The Coke bottle was still intact and the message legible."

Indiana Leads the Way

10 Kinkiest Cities In America

10 Most Famous Unfinished Pieces of Art

10 Most Famous Unfinished Pieces of Art

Flying Saucer Update

Have scientists found a crashed flying saucer on the seabed?

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

Forgotten Films: Across the Pacific

You can put Mary Astor, Humphrey Bogart, and Sidney Greenstreet back together with director John Huston, but that doesn't mean you're going to get another Maltese Falcon. What you do get is an entertaining espionage film. With that cast, how could you miss?

Bogart's dishonorably discharged (so we're supposed to think) from the army, and he soon finds himself on a freighter bound for the Panama Canal. Actually, he's undercover, trying to stop the Japanese from blowing up the locks at the canal and blocking it as a means of access to the Pacific. On the freighter are Greenstreet, a Japanese sympathizer, and Astor, who's not quite what she seems. All three give fine performances, and there are some funny lines (as when Bogart and Greenstreet pull their pistols and Bogart says, "Mine's bigger than yours").

While it's fun, it's not in the league with the Falcon. Why not? The plot is more predictable, for one thing. For another, there's a bit of racism that, while perfectly acceptable to audiences in 1942, considering what was going on then, is likely to bother viewers now. If you can get past those things, you'll have a good time.

Across the Pacific


Monday, August 01, 2011

Or Possibly Robin

Police: Man Tries Steal Cop's Car, Blames 'Batman'

Hat tip to Art Scott.

Not That There's Anything Wrong with That

Chocoholic fish at London aquarium eats nothing but Kit Kats

Hat tip to Art Scott.

Well, it Worked for Star Trek

PBS announces Mister Rogers next generation spin-off

A Review of Interest (to Me, Anyway)

Books Are For Squares: Finished: "Mississippi Vivian" by Bill Crider and Clyde Wilson

New Story by Patti Abbott

All Due Respect: Issue #14: August, 2011

Drains, Sewers, It's All the Same

Five-foot crocodile crawls out of main road drain to give residents a shock

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

Paul Bishop Interview


Today's Vintage Ad

Why Am I Thinking of The President's Analyst?

Armed Shopper Opens Fire on Walgreens Bandits | NBC Miami: "Witnesses said the thieves ran into three cars while trying to make their getaway.

One customer, who was leaving the store when he saw them hit his car, pulled out a gun and opened fire."

Well, Duh

Pet Talk: Alligators do not make good pets


Fritz Leiber, The Green Millennium, Lion Library, 1954

Here's the Plot for Your Next Divorce Noir Thriller

Duped by a blonde too good to be true, 'Dirty DUI' victim seeks redemption - San Jose Mercury News: "'I haven't had sex in so long,' she cooed on their first date."

Iron House -- John Hart

John Hart's already won a couple of Edgars, and this is only is fourth book. So you probably know about him already. If you don't, this might be as good a place as any to start, since all his books are standalones.

The Iron House of the title is an orphanage, not the kind you want to be in, and two brothers, Michael and Julian find themselves there. That's the backstory. In the present, Michael's a mob hit man who's seen the light and is going to get out of the mob life. He thinks. It's never that easy. What follows is a plot that twists and turns and moves between the present and the past. You won't get lost, though. Hart's too good for that.

If you're faint of heart, be warned that there's a lot of violence. And be warned if you have trouble accepting a killer as a sympathetic character, you might want to go elsewhere. All others are in for an exciting ride.

Thanks to Everyone . . .

. . . who's helped put all three Rancho Diablo books on Amazon's bestselling Kindle westerns list!
Here's a link to mine. Here's one to Mel Odom's. And here's one to James Reasoner's. There'll be more to come!

Today's Western Movie Poster

11 Most Influential Cinematographers of All Time

11 Most Influential Cinematographers of All Time

Here's the Plot for Your Next Psychological Thriller

Your psychological thriller - The Boston Globe:
"A step-by-step guide"

Hat tip to Ted Fitzgerald.

Inner Toob Begins Its Annual Tribute to TV Westerns


Interview with Robert J. Randisi

Western Fictioneers: Western Writer Robert J. Randisi

New Issue of Crime Factory is Now On-Line

Crime Factory Issue #7. Great line-up.

Getting Away with Murder #57 Now On-line


‪Lost Lonely Vicious


Sunday, July 31, 2011

Chupacabra Update

Chupacabra attacks on the rise in Siberia

Check it Out!

Meanderings and Muses: The Wild Hog Murders by Bill Crider

PimPage: An Occasional Feature in Which I Call Interesting Books to Your Attention Murder in Waikiki eBook: Fred Zackel, L. Zackel, J. Murphy, L. Zackel, J. Murphy: Kindle Store: "Murder comes to sun-drenched Waikiki Beach and it arrives with a van filled with tourists from the Mainland. Honolulu Homicide Detective Steve Ke’aloha Shaw is a little too attractive, a little too tall, broad-shouldered and muscular. Half-Hawaiian and an eight year veteran of the force with a file jammed with citations and solid convictions, Steve, along with his Samoan partner, seventeen year veteran Aaron Tusitala, track down a bloody murderer from the cliffs of Pali to the beach at Waikiki and through the hotels and exotic clubs of one of the most beautiful cities of the world. From the author of COCAINE AND BLUE EYES and CINDERELLA AFTER MIDNIGHT. Cover design by L. Zackel."

Today's Vintage Ad

Cash Laramie Rides Again

THE TAINTED ARCHIVE: Wild West eMonday - Gun Justice

Once Again, Texas Leads the Way

Disagreement over texting at movie theater leads to assault charge


Jonathan Latimer, Sinners and Shrouds, Pocket Books, 1956

Will the Persecution Never End?

Lohan takes tumble while partying with Hiltons: "The 'Mean Girls' star, who was caught tripping and falling in New York recently, took another spill while out on the town with party pals Paris and Nicky Hilton in Malibu Friday night."

DB Cooper Update

DB Cooper: FBI has new suspect 40 years after fugitive parachuted from hijacked plane

10 Cartoon Movies That Should Be Made!

10 Cartoon Movies That Should Be Made!

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Orange You Glad to Know This?

Dirty Little Secret: Orange Juice Is Artificially Flavored to Taste Like Oranges: "So in order to have OJ actually taste like oranges, drink companies hire flavor and fragrance companies, the same ones that make perfumes for Dior, to create these 'flavor packs' to make juice taste like, well, juice again."

7 Impressive Castles Located on Cliffs

7 Impressive Castles Located on Cliffs

The Vidocq Society

The Vidocq Society: Murder on the menu - Telegraph: "Nineteen years ago three men had the idea of a regular lunch club for crime experts that would try to solve some of the United States' most baffling homicides. The Vidocq Society has now been instrumental in solving hundreds of crimes. Adam Higginbotham meets the founding members."

Hasn't She Ever Seen any '50s Horror Movies?

CultureLab: Designing a mushroom death suit: "Artist and inventor Jae Rhim Lee has come up with an unusual way to confront our attitudes about death. At the TEDGlobal conference last week, she talked to New Scientist about the flesh-eating Infinity Mushroom she's trying to cultivate."

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