Saturday, April 24, 2010
CONTACT SHOTS ARE BAD LIKE THAT
"Do not think God will intervene on your behalf," I say. A snarl. "He might not like me per se, but I have noticed He stays out of my way. God is in all things but not this street alley. Not tonight."
He starts crying again, his shame surfacing. Our every word a cloud of ice dying in the freezing, rank air. Every one of those clouds containing secrets.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Derek Kelly was born and raised in the Midwest. He is prior military. "Contact Shots Are Bad Like That" is the first chapter from a Richard Dean Buckner novel being shopped around later in the year. Derek has been published under the name Ryan Sayles at shortstory.us.com, eskimopie.net, Heroin Love Songs volume 7, Powder Burn Flash, SNM Horror Magazine and Nefarious Muse. One of his stories at shortstory.us.com has been chosen to be included their upcoming eBook collection, and his story in SNM Horror Magazine has been selected to appear in their anthology Bonded By Blood III, available later in 2010.
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Thanks to Tiki Shark, it’s the Cocktail Nation with Koop Kooper broadcasting from the penthouse. On the show this week, Koop talks to the son of Bob Thompson Spencer about his dad, that sound, and the re-release of Speed of Sound on Sundazed Records. Koop will also have his weekly look at the world of swank, plus he’ll check out what Brad Parker has been up to, and tell us the story of the real Mad Men.
Bone Brake Trio ~ Bernstein 007
Frank Bennett ~ You're Just too Hip Baby
Bob Thompson ~ Midnight Sailing
Annie Ross ~ I'm Nobody's Baby
Orchestrotica ~ Frenesi
Octobop ~ Walkinshoes
Esquivel ~ The Breeze And I
Sally Street ~ Teach Me Tonight
Diana Krall ~ Why Should I Care
Jack Jones ~ Alfie
Elise-Bianchi ~ Meditation
Janet Seidel ~ Mr Lucky
Brasil 66 ~ Slow Hot Wind
The Blue Dahlia ~ In the Still of the Night
SSS Unlimited ~ Cool Move
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Friday, April 23, 2010
Designer David Garcia made this circular bookcase that the reader can use for both storage and transportation:
ARCHIVE II, a round wheel book archive, functions as a nomadic library, where the user can travel with his own books. Once still, it creates a room for meeting and inspiration, generating a special acoustic echo for the reader inside the wheel.
HAT TIP TO NEATORAMA
VICTORIA HART ~ 2007
THIS IS A NICE CHANGE OF PACE WITH SOME COOL ARRANGEMENTS AND A SET OF SMOOTH VOCALS VIA JENSENBRAZIL . . .
Victoria Hart is a young jazz-pop singer who considers Ella Fitzgerald her musical hero. Born in California in 1988, but raised in England and France, Hart began singing jazz and pop covers semi-professionally while still in her mid-teens. At one casual gig at an outdoor jazz concert near Cannes, Hart was discovered by British R&B producer Geoff Gurd, who signed the youngster to a long-term development deal and began writing and producing her debut album ~ Whatever Happened To Romance?
01. Whatever Happened To Romance?
02. Sunny Afternoon
03. Port In A Storm
04. Some Day
05. Chocolates And Strawberries
06. Smooth Talker
07. Tell Me Something
08. Girl Like Me, A
09. Two Times Blues
11. Je M'oublie
12. This Obsession
13. Not My Fault
14. Whatever Happened To Romance?
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THE HITTITE COMES HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FROM TWO SOURCES THAT I TRUST AND ARE USUALLY SUITED TO MY ECLECTIC TASTES . . .
This is the tale of Lukka, the Hittite soldier who traveled across Greece in search of the vicious slave traders who kidnapped his wife and sons. He tracks them all the way to war-torn Troy. There he proves himself a warrior to rank with noble Hector and swift Achilles.
Lukka is the man who built the Trojan horse for crafty Odysseus, who toppled the walls of Jericho for the Isrealites, who stole beautiful Helen--the legendary face that launched a thousand ships--from her husband Menaleus after the fall of Troy and fought his way across half the known world to bring her safely to Egypt.
Fighting the aerial forces of evil for nearly ten years in the pages of Flying Aces, Kerry Keen AKA The Griffon returns to print! This edition begins a complete reprinting of the entire series. Volume 1 contains his first six stories, all from 1935:
Guns of the Griffon: Meet Kerry Keen sky sleuth in this new series of modern thrillers.
The Griffon’s Gamble: Kerry Keen, sky sleuth, solves a strange new mystery.
Hawks of Hate: A Fox steals The Griffon in this latest bang-up Kerry Keen yarn.
Red-Heads of Death: Death hurtled upon the plane carriers—yet only the Griffon penetrated its mask.
Guile of the Griffon: A death-dealing plane sped through the sky—yet no one was at its controls.
Legions of the Flame: Kerry Keen solves the mystery of the man who died twice.
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2 OF 4 ~ COMING IN JULY FROM BOOM! STUDIOS!
WRITERS: ROBERT E. HOWARD, MICHAEL ALAN NELSON
ARTIST: DAMIAN COUCEIRO
COVERS: JOE JUSKO AND DAMIAN COUCEIRO.
Savage warrior Cormac FitzGeoffrey has discovered who murdered the knight he considered a brother — and he will not rest until his thirst for revenge is quenched!
Sword swinging, berserker action as only Robert E. Howard, the creator of Conan and Kull, and BOOM! Studios can deliver!
32 PAGES ~ FULL COLOR ~ $3.99
THE COMPLETE ADVENTURES OF ARMLESS O’NEIL ~ VOLUME 1
For the first time, Dan Cushman’s exotic locale hard-boiled adventure stories are collected in two editions.
This volume collects the first six adventures of Armless O’Neil, from 1945-48 issues of Jungle Stories and Action Stories: “Seekers of the Glittering Fetish,” “Black Mahogany,” “Jackal Kill,” “Five Suns to Angola!,” “Dread Safari,” and “Blood-Spoor of the Devil-Stones.”
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D.A. Tony Quinn, blinded by a criminal’s acid, begins a new career in his quest to fight crime as the Black Bat! This collection contains the first thee adventures of the Black Bat: “Brand of the Black Bat,” “Murder Calls the Black Bat,” and “The Black Bat Strikes Again,” uncut and restored.
The first volume of the complete reprinting of the series. 420 pages!
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Saddle up for the first rip roarin' issue of this new, quarterly magazine in the tradition of the good old fashioned Western Pulps!
NEW Lead slinging tales from Scott Cranford, Tommy Hancock, Wayne Skiver, and more, PLUS a classic Masked Rider tale, and a fantastic, photo filled look at the classic TV Western "The Rifleman"!
Strap on your six guns and order your copy NOW!
Downloadable PDF Air War pulp stories!
You can now download free PDF versions of some great Air War pulp stories.
NEW THIS WEEK:
FLYING ACES JANUARY 1934 FEATURING PHINEAS PINKHAM
That great German ace, the Mad Butcher from Hamburg, wants some Limburger and can’t find it. Phineas, the mad Pinkham from Boonetown, Iowa, has some Limburger and doesn’t know it. Oh, yes. Fate brings them together. The big cheese!
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IDW Publishing and award-winning creator Darwyn Cooke are pleased to announce an exclusive prelude to The Outfit, the second of Richard Stark's Parker novels that Cooke is adapting. Cooke's initial Parker release, The Hunter, has been a critical and popular success, appearing on over 50 "best of the year" lists as well as the New York Times best-seller list.
Titled The Man With the Getaway Face: A Prelude to the Outfit, a limited number of copies will debut next week in San Francisco at WonderCon, one of the country's leading comics and pop culture conventions. This 8"x12" preview book offers one entire chapter of The Outfit and will be included in the finished graphic novel, coming in October. Available for the bargain price of $2.00, the prelude will offer fans a beautiful introduction to The Outfit. Cooke, a special guest of WonderCon, will be on hand to sign copies at the IDW booth #519. WonderCon will be held April 2nd through the 4th at the Moscone Center.
"The Man with the Getaway Face special is a fun and inexpensive way for new readers to check out Richard Stark's famous master criminal," commented Cooke. "It's our hope that this oversized, underpriced kidney punch will pull them in to the violent world of Parker."
In addition to debuting at WonderCon, the preview will be available in comic stores everywhere in July at the same low price and large size. Retailers should check the IDW section of the Diamond May Previews catalogue for details.
"We wanted to do something to make this preview special, something to make Darwyn's incredible work really pop off the shelves," said IDW Special Projects Editor, Scott Dunbier. "And at this size and price point, I think we've succeeded!"
FROM MOONSTONE BOOKS ~ COMING IN JULY!
Written by Trina Robbins, art by Cynthia Martin, colors by Mark Simmons, covers by David Lloyd and Malcolm McClinton.
The return of the world's first female private eye in fiction and on TV! As tough as Mike Hammer and as sultry as Marilyn Monroe! Gloria Fickling's creation has solved mysteries in 10 novels, and was also the star of the TV series Honey West starring Anne Francis!
Danger lurks in them thar Hollywood hills when topless piano player Mimi Malloy walks into Honey West's office. There's been a double homicide at her nightclub, the Purple Pussy, and Mimi suspects she's the next victim! Join us as our favorite girl detective goes undercover as a go-go dancer and mixes it up with Hollywood hippies to uncover the "Killer on the Keys."
32 pages, $3.99 (photo variant, $5.99).
I ALMOST MISSED THE PUBLICATION OF THIS SECOND IN THE SERIES, PROBABLY DUE TO THE TOTAL LACK OF PROMOTION BY MACMILLAN. I READ AND ENJOYED THE FIRST IN THE SERIES, A TIGHT LIE, DESPITE SOME UNEVEN PATCHES AND THE TRADITIONAL SPORTS MYSTERY CURSE OF BEING NEITHER FISH NOR FOUL (SPORTS NOVEL OR MYSTERY NOVEL). STILL, I WAS HAPPY TO SEE THIS ON THE SHELF OF MY LOCAL BRICK AND MORTAR TODAY AND LAID OUT ONE OF MY HEAVILY HOARDED GIFT CARDS.
The follow-up to the critically acclaimed A Tight Lie – a darkly funny, fast-talking mystery with a dash of sports and no shortage of action.
Golf is a game of consistency, and after too many missed fairways, missed putts, and missed cuts, Huck Doyle’s career as a Tour pro is on life support. The sometime private eye has lost his full-time PGA player status and is back to scraping it out on minor tournaments. So it’s only by the generosity of the father of an old law-school pal, Rick Wong, that Huck finds himself in paradise with a rare sponsor’s exemption, gearing up to play in the Sony Open in Hawaii. But when his benefactor keels over dead from a gunshot during a practice round, Huck is obligated to find out who killed the millionaire banker and pillar of the community. Is it the young wife? A competitor trying to stop a secret bank merger? Or was it an assassination ordered from some distant shores?
With his brother undergoing an experimental spinal-cord treatment and his relationship with a beautiful medical examiner showing some strain, Huck has more than enough on his mind as he tees off in a career-changing match. As the investigation carries him into the murky waters of international finance, computer encryptions, and the dark side of paradise, Huck finds himself playing the game of his life, on and off the golf course.
In the footsteps of Tim Green and Mike Lupica, Don Dahler has once again written a riveting mystery that brings the world of sports into crime fiction. Water Hazard will satisfy thriller readers and golf fanatics alike.
In "Burn Me Up," the most effective of the 12 achingly moody stories in this virtuoso collection, Memphis city councilman Archie Lucas recalls the spring of 1948, when he felt "a sense of longing and possibility mixed with a strange directionlessness." His ennui is later shattered by the rock-and-roll voice of Billy Sundown on the radio. Raunchy Billy is Archie's former schoolmate, and his Jerry Lee Lewis-style fame and troubles have propelled him into a peripatetic world of backwater lounges. The painful counterpoint of these two lives resounds through this and other pieces that contrast pure-on-the-road blues and frustratingly settled existences.
Set in motion by the soul-sapping "Brownsville," in which the narrator sits alone in a steamy New Orleans bar and vows to quit running when he gets to dusty Brownsville, a town he has chosen "because I've got no reason to go there," these stories are sequenced in perfect call-and-response rhythm.
Piazza has found the common American experience in the attachment-detachment struggle. Ranging from New York City to coastal Texas to Santa Monica, and crisscrossing through Memphis, he draws into his edgy cosmology characters from disparate segments of our population, what Stanley Crouch in his introduction calls "so many out-of-tune lives": the diaspora Jew trapped in the commuter ethos ("A Servant of Culture") as well as the Tennessee trucker who can't act "right" in sedate Ohio society ("Memphis"). If there is a flaw here, it is that women are depicted only as speed bumps that throw men off course.
Told in a clear tenor voice, Piazza's first collection is as wonderfully dislocating as an all-night drive. Piazza is a recipient of a 1995-96 James Michener Award.
EDITOR: GARTH BATTISTA
All athletes love their sports, but cycling has a fetishistic side to it-the love of this deceptively simple machine that allows you to silently float, race and climb. These 50 essays on the many varieties of bicycle love range from dreamy reminiscences of childhood bikes to powerful, sometimes insane adult attachments to mountain bikes, road bikes and tandems.
They all celebrate the freedom of cycling, the elegance of the machine and the beauty of the act. The characters are everyone from a teenage girl on a moun-tain bike to old men crossing the country on touring bikes to couples falling in love while cycling. Funny, revealing and intensely emotional, these stories show the secret inner life of every cyclist.
AND YOU HAVE TO LOVE THE PULP-STYLE COVER!
A SONY DVD RELEASE
VOLUME 1 & VOLUME 2
Volume 1 Includes: The Killer That Stalked New York, Two of a Kind, Bad for Each Other, and The Glass Wall with Special Introduction by Terry Moore.
Volume 2 Includes: Night Editor, One Girl’s Confession, Women’s Prison, and Over-Exposed.
Eight Classic Film Noirs Available for the First Time on DVD
NEW FROM 19 NOCTURNE BOULEVARD . . .
WRITTEN BY JULIE HOVERSON
WHEN ALL THE WORLD ARE VAMPIRES, SUDDENLY IT'S JUST NOT THAT GLAMOROUS ANY MORE.
WHAT KIND OF A PLACE IS IT?
WHY IT'S A CRIME SCENE, CAN'T YOU TELL?
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NEW FROM ICEBOX RADIO . . .
They say strokes are like tiny electrical storms in the brain. And they can do almost anything to you. Join the story of a man who woke up from a horrible stroke to discover the world...changed.
'Stroke of Genius' stars Tom Bement and Piran Erwin in their first featured roles for the IBRT!
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ACORD MEDIA HAVE ANNOUNCED THEY WILL BE RELEASING LIFE ON MARS: ORIGINAL U.K. SERIES: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION ON JULY 6TH. THE SET WILL CONTAIN SEASONS ONE AND TWO AND RETAIL FOR $79.99.
Crazy, in a coma, or back in time? Struck by a passing car in modern-day Manchester, detective Sam Tyler (John Simm, State of Play, Doctor Who) wakes up in 1973, where he's the newest member of his old police squad. Sam's respect for proper procedure and 21st-century mentality clash mightily with his bullying boss, DCI Gene Hunt (Philip Glenister, Cranford). Still, Sam gamely adapts to crime solving in this retro world, despite hearing strange voices that call him back to his former life. When he bonds with sympathetic policewoman Annie Cartwright (Liz White, The Fixer), Sam wonders: does he really want to return?
Audio commentaries for all Series 1 episodes
Take a Look at the Lawman documentary (64 min.)
Interview clip with director Bharat Nalluri (3 min.)
The Music of Life on Mars featurette (14 min.)
Get Sykes production design featurette (8 min.)
Outtakes reel (6 min.)
The Return of Life on Mars documentary (45 min.)
Series 2 behind-the-scenes footage and set tour (48 min.)
The End of Life on Mars featurette (28 min.)
ZBS is a not-for-profit arts organization. We have been in existence since 1970. For 35 years we've been producing radio/audio stories. These are comic and cosmic adventures, science fiction, mystical mysteries - some with spiritual wisdoms woven within. Our intention has always been to raise consciousness by using the media, radio and audio. Of course, some of these stories are just down right fun, fine family entertainment. Laughter is a great healer, as you know. We're all living in the Cosmic Joke, and one day we may actually "get" the punch line. But in the meantime, remember, kindness to others, people, plants, animals, even the earth and the clouds, we can all do. It makes us feel better, it probably even makes the clouds feel better. We hope you enjoy our stories.
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TAXES GOT YOU DOWN? THIS MONTH TIKI TALK IS WISHING YOU “MANY HAPPY RETURNS” BY GIVING AWAY ONE CD EACH WEEK IN APRIL.
The band for our second CD giveaway comes from the icy shores of Norway: The Mobsmen! Their debut CD, Scelerats Syndicate, features a dozen great surf tunes, mostly instros, but a few energetic vocals as well. If you like vintage guitars and loads of reverb, this band will be right up your alley. They’ve won over audiences all over Europe – now, with the release of Scelerats Syndicate, people throughout the world will finally have a chance to hear this great new combo!
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE MOBSMEN AT THE DOUBLE CROWN RECORDS WEBSITE
LISTEN TO SAMPLES AND PURCHASE THE CD AT CD BABY
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Thursday, April 22, 2010
Better known for his long list of westerns, Frank Roderus jumped into the mystery field in the mid-eighties with this series featuring Carl Heller “a great hero from the great outdoors” – so, a sort of white water rafting, rock climbing, horseback riding, rodeo-roping, off-roading Travis McGee.
These were lightweight, but enjoyable mysteries (told in the first person)with a cool main character with whom it was fun to spend time – sort of Spenser-light.
And therein lies the biggest problem with the series; Heller is not quite Travis McGee, not quite Spenser, and so not quite an original or strong enough character in his own right to be truly memorable.
HELLER #1: THE OIL RIG
MEET CARL HELLER – A maverick son of the new West, Heller’s a man you can turn to when your life’s in danger – if you can get him off his butt. Born in the Colorado high country, he’s a part-time rancher and a full-time drinker who savors a laid-back approach to living. But Heller’s also a law school dropout with a head for justice that’s as hard as the Rockies and a mile-wide stubborn streak. So, he hires out to the hopeless cases, hurtling into action when some big guy is putting the squeeze on a little guy – or gal. Whether he’s tracking down a murderer, out hustling a high-tech con man, biking in the wilderness or falling for a lady’s charms, Heller fights hard and plays harder. Wise-talking, quick-thinking, with a body that can absorb – a dish out – a lot of punishment: that’s the combination that’s kept Carl Heller alive. So far.
THE OIL RIG – It was just supposed to be a simple oil and mineral sting run by a bunch of sharp Easterners against some of the locals. But then the boys from the East goy ugly. One man lay dead, and several others were facing ruin, Until Heller stung back – with a vengeance.
The Heller series is actually a cut above many of it’s paperback original contemporaries, and worth seeking out for those days after you’ve read (and re-read) all your Travis McGees and Spensers. Plus, the uniform covers of the first five in the series a very cool . . .
THE HELLER SERIES
THE OIL RIG
THE RAIN RUSTLERS
THE VIDEO VANDAL
THE COYOTE CROSSING
THE TURN-OUT MAN
THE DEAD HEAT
WORD FROM THE HMSS WEBLOG . . .
The publishers and editors of Her Majesty’s Secret Servant take enormous pleasure, and a little bit of pride, in announcing that a brand-new issue is up, awaiting your perusal and enjoyment. There’s lots of good stuff to explore in this one: an exhaustive cataloguing of the collectible goodies spun off from On Her Majesty’s Secret Service; an examination of the Cold War career of Mr. Tony Stark (a.k.a. Iron Man); an investigation into what the heck happened with the cinematic “Blofeld trilogy;” an appreciation of Roger Moore’s contribution to the 007 screen saga; and an eye-pleasing look at our top 10 favorite (and hottest!) Bond girls.
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HAT TIP TO MISS CELLANIA
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
HERE’S EXCITING NEWS FROM WIN SCOTT ECKERT . . .
It's not easy being Green...
No, not Moonstone Books' The Green Hornet Chronicles, which I am happily co-editing with Joe Gentile...
...But the Green Ghost! (Originally just called The Ghost in his initial pulp appearances...) That's right, kids, the Green Ghost is coming to comics and Moonstone's got him.
Before the war, when the GREEN GHOST-master magician and criminologist George Chance-ventured into the night, with his horrific skull-like appearance and his seemingly supernatural abilities, evildoers quaked at the prospect of tangling with him.
But the war in Europe changed him...he witnessed the depths of evil, and now combats it with an intensity that makes his pre-war exploits look like a lark. To this point, though, Geaorge Chance has battled only human depravity and is a skeptic at heart. Can he hold his own against the real supernatural menaces?
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Dynamite debuts an all-new Kato series, set during the earliest adventures of the Green Hornet and his faithful sidekick!
Early 1942, just months after Pearl Harbor, a police detective knocks on Britt Reid's door. He's looking for Kato. There's been a murder in the small Korean section of town. They want Kato's help with the locals. They find a murder crime scene and their detective instincts kick in. They piece together the crime until they find a single Japanese character written in blood. It reads "coward".
So begins the Dynamite tale, from writer Jai Nitz, artist Colton (THE COMPLETE DRACULA) Worley and cover artists Worley and Francesco (ZORRO) Francavilla!
Those of you who are regular Bish’s Beat readers know I have a soft spot for well written, pulp-style, boxing stories. Now, prolific writer Mel Odom has just e-published his second novella using the Kindle platform and it’s a doozy of a two fisted tale. SMOKER: A BOXING FABLE retails for $1.99 via Amazon.
Set in 1952, it’s a story of revenge as young merchant seaman Terry Farrell goes after the men that murdered his father in an illegal underground boxing match called a “smoker.”
Odom claims it is one of the favorite stories he ever wrote.
HERE’S THE OPENING . . .
When the Malaysian stopped heckling the young waitress and upped the ante by grabbing her, I tossed the pair of Jacks and deuces I’d been holding onto the ratty tablecloth and pushed my chair back. The docks of Singapore were some of the most dangerous in that part of the world, and if the police came at all they’d be too late to help the woman.
Tipper’s was a sailor’s bar and had a reputation as a bad place to be. The only décor consisted of American movie posters of Bogart, Edward G. Robinson, Errol Flynn, Rita Hayworth and a half dozen others on the smoke-stained walls. Bottled beer sat at room temperature behind the scarred bar and everybody paid to drink from the house bottle. Night draped the room and left heavy shadows that felt cottony from tobacco smoke. I’d stayed past the sundown curfew I’d promised myself I’d stick to.
The sandy-haired British seaman to my left glanced at me casually. A tattoo of an island girl in a grass skirt with bared breasts decorated his left forearm. He spoke in soft warning. He was fortyish and spoke softly, belying his rough exterior and the oily smudges on his weathered face and scarred arms. “This isn’t any of your concern, Yank. Let it go.”
The young waitress struggled against her captor. I guessed that she was sixteen or seventeen. The Malay sailor laughed as he held the woman and ran his free hand over her. He bumped up against his prisoner obscenely.
“Can’t,” I said. Part of that decision was mine, but a lot of it had to do with the way my old man had raised me.
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