Friday, April 18, 2014

Miss the Old Days? Now You Can Visit.

British Path uploads 85,000 historic films to YouTube

Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Legacy

Utopia 14 by Kurt VonnegutKurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Legacy: Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007) was one of the best loved American authors of his generation, even having an asteroid named after him. The author′s most celebrated novels are Slaughterhouse-Five, Cat′s Cradle, and Breakfast of Champions. His work stretched across black comedy, science fiction and satire.

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The Education of a Pulp Writer: Free ebooks!

Paul Di Filippo reviews A Forgotten Writer

Paul Di Filippo reviews Robert Moore Williams

Vintage Treasures: Sentinels of Space by Eric Frank Russell / The Ultimate Invader

Vintage Treasures: Sentinels of Space by Eric Frank Russell / The Ultimate Invader

A Forgotten Book and Writer

The Ballantine Adult Fantasy Series: Lilith by George MacDonald

A Forgotten Magazine

Galaxy Science Fiction, October 1951: A Retro-Review

FFB: Flesh Avenger -- J. X. Williams (Harry Whittington)

Flesh Avenger  is one of the "missing 38" Harry Whittington novels, finally brought back from the depths of obscurity by David Laurence Wilson and Lynn Munroe.  You can read all about it here.  I haven't completed my collection of Whittington novels, but I'm working on it.  I still have four or five of these formerly missing novels to go.  All were published under various house names shared by a number of writers.  In this case, Whittington was J. X. Williams.

Like so many of the softcore porn novels of the late '50s and '60s, this one's a dark crime story.  Jim Devlin has just been released from prison, where he's served 8 years for something he didn't do, something that resulted in the death of his wife.  Now he's returned to the small town where it happened, determined to find out why three women lied on the witness stand and got him sent to prison. And why his wife died.

Devlin is relentless in pursuit of the answers, no matter how many people try to stop him and no matter what the consequences are for everyone concerned, including himself.  His life no longer means anything to him.  Only his revenge matters.  Naturally in a book like this, the revenge-taking involves sex.  Lots of sex.  But it's all integral to the plot.  Well, maybe not, but most of it is.  Sort of.

Speaking of the plot, it's not going to be a great strain on anyone to figure out pretty much what's going on as soon as the culprits are introduced, but the book is very readable, anyway.  Nobody ever depicted raw emotion better than Whittington, and this book is packed with it.  And when it came to moving a plot along, Whittington was also tops.  I probably won't read all or even most of the missing 38 books that I have, but now and then I can't resist picking up something by Whittington.  This time, Flesh Avenger was the one.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, R. I. P.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez Dead: Nobel Prize-Winning Author Dies At 87: Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez has died at age 87, a source close to the family told the Associated Press. Marquez had been recently hospitalized for infections in his lungs and his urinary tract.

NASA discovers first Earth-sized planet orbiting in life-friendly zone

NASA discovers first Earth-sized planet orbiting in life-friendly zone: For the first time, scientists have found an Earth-sized world orbiting in a life-friendly zone around a distant star.

First It Was the Thin Mints Melee

SHOCKING PICTURES: Epic river battle to settle who wins in hippos versus crocs: A HUGE rumble in the jungle between hundreds of bloodthirsty animals answered once and for all the pub question of who would win in a fight between a hippo and a crocodile.

Well, Maybe Not You

These 9 Words Don't Mean What You Think They Mean

Song of the Day

Meri Wilson - Telephone Man (1977) - YouTube:

Kittens Of The Sea: Nine Legendary Ship's Cats

Kittens Of The Sea: Nine Legendary Ship's Cats  

Link via the Presurfer.

Barry Award Nominations


Today's Vintage Ad

Archaeology Update

Findings may prove Rome a century older than initially thought

I Miss the Old Days

The '60s at 50: Friday, April 17, 1964: Ford Mustang


Leonard Jackson, Patterns of Passion, Tropic Books, 1963

An Ode To Bookstore Cats

An Ode To Bookstore Cats

Naturally This Is Full of Spoilers

Top 10 Most Heroic Deaths in Movie History

Watch Babe Ruth Teach A Kid To Hit

Watch Babe Ruth Teach A Kid To Hit

Paging Seepy Benton

And the Most Desirable Job in the World Is… : With a median income of $101,360 and a 23% projected job growth rate by 2022, mathematician topped the site’s roundup of the most desirable jobs.

And Keep Off My Damn Lawn!

Study: Men Get Grumpy at Age 70

Cold In July

Cold In July Official Trailer 1 (2014) - Sam Shepard, Michael C. Hall Thriller HD - YouTube:

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