Sunday, September 14, 2014

I Miss the Old Days

1988, Year of Crackpots and Fools

Sunday Crocodilian

Sunday Crocodilian - Crocodylus palustris Edition

Will the Persecution Never End?

Paris Hilton stuns in tight cut-out dress in NYC... as her family deny 'any involvement in Costa Rican drug bust'  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

Quote Investigator

If You Can’t Say Something Good About Someone, Sit Right Here by Me 

Comic Strip of the Day

Song of the Day

The Four Preps - Swing Down Chariot (Original 45 Version) - YouTube:

The Story of the Real-Life Whale That Inspired Moby-Dick

Mocha Dick: The Story of the Real-Life Whale That Inspired Moby-Dick, Illustrated 

Today's Vintage Ad

10 Famous People Who Make Horrible Art

10 Famous People Who Make Horrible Art


Vivian Crockett, Messalina, Berkley, 1955

How Crossword Puzzles Are Made

How Crossword Puzzles Are Made 

The Stories Behind 10 Johnny Cash Songs

The Stories Behind 10 Johnny Cash Songs 

Maritime Archaeology Update

Arctic Shipwreck Found After 170 Years, Solving "Great Mystery": One of the most famous ships lost in the 19th century has been located in the Arctic, the Canadian government announced Tuesday, prompting Prime Minister Stephen Harper to declare that "one of Canada's greatest mysteries" has been solved.

Denny Miller, R. I. P.

LA Times: Denny Miller, a noted UCLA basketball player in the 1950s who dropped the sport to play the title role in the 1959 movie "Tarzan the Ape Man" and went on to appear in "Wagon Train" and numerous other TV shows, died Tuesday at home in Las Vegas. He was 80.

Theodore J. Flicker, R. I. P.

Theodore J. Flicker, Creator of TV's 'Barney Miller,' Dies at 84: Theodore J. Flicker, a veteran TV writer and director who co-created the ABC sitcom Barney Miller, died Friday in his Santa Fe home. He was 84.

Barbara Flicker, Theodore's wife of 48 years, told The Hollywood Reporter that her husband had suffered from hypersensitivity pneumonitis, known colloquially as "hot tub lung," and she believes that his years of working with clay as a sculptor led to the infliction. He had been treating the condition with steroids.

11 Ready-to-Digest Tidbits About the TV Dinner

11 Ready-to-Digest Tidbits About the TV Dinner

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Free for Kindle for a Limited Time

The Empty Badge (Cash Laramie and Gideon Miles Book 8) - Kindle edition by Wayne D. Dundee. Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @  It's been weeks since Cash Laramie, the famed "Outlaw Marshal," has been heard from. Meanwhile, at the Federal Marshal headquarters in Cheyenne, Wyoming, some disturbing reports are starting to filter in about the notorious Driscoll Gang rapidly hitting a series of banks, allegedly with the aid of a badge-wearing accomplice claiming to be Laramie. Can it be true? Can it be that the lawman with the hair-trigger temper and the mile-wide independent streak has finally gone completely rogue? 

The truth is seldom easy to find. And on the lonely, twisting trails of northwestern Wyoming in the 1880s, it was often lost forever. But every now and then, when those dusty trails converged in certain unexpected ways, answers were revealed and justice was delivered in a blaze of gunfire. 

This novella first appeared in the short story collection Trails of the Wild: Seven Tales of the Old West, published by BEAT to a PULP in 2013.


Otherwise:  Lou Antonelli has begun a new blog where he'll be reprinting his previously published alternate history stories.  The blog is Otherwise, and it "kicks off with a reprint of Lou Antonelli's "A Rocket for the Republic", originally published in the Sept. 2005 issue of Asimov's Science Fiction."  You can find it at the link.

It was 40 years ago tonight. . .

The Rap Sheet: Get Ready to “Rockford”

Why Not?

Why would people hang their babies out the windows in cages?

Song of the Day

Eggplant That Ate Chicago - Dr West's Medicine Show & ... - YouTube:

Just Looking for Fresh Veggies, I'm Sure

Alligator Found Roaming Produce Section Inside Pennsylvania Supermarket 

Today's Vintage Ad

Yes, Zardoz Is Included

Weirdest Movies Ever Made

Forgotten Hits: The Saturday Surveys (09-13)

Forgotten Hits: The Saturday Surveys (09-13)


John Dexter (Robert Silverberg), Stripper!, Nightstand, 1962

I Found a Penny Last Week

10 Spectacular Discoveries of Treasures 

Great Story about Armed Services Editions

Publishers Gave Away 122,951,031 Books During World War II

I Want to Believe!

Did The Loch Ness Monster Move? New Photo Captures 'Creature' 300 Miles Away

Cosimo Matassa, R. I. P. Cosimo Matassa, whose used-record business in New Orleans led him to sell new records, which led him to open a tiny studio that helped jump-start rock ’n’ roll by recording early hits by the likes of Fats Domino and Little Richard, died on Thursday in New Orleans. He was 88.  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

The Great Authorial Hook-Up Chart

The Great Authorial Hook-Up Chart 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Free for Kindle for a Limited Time Chasing the Queen of Sassi eBook: Paul Di Filippo: Kindle Store: A science fiction story set in one of the oldest cities in the world. 

After his wife's death, Rupert decides to change his life and start your journey: he wants to see Matera again, and ends up loving it so much that he decides to move there. But the city is mysterious: who is the beautiful Daeria Bruno that appears and disappears without a trace? And how will the cucibocca's curse affect his life? In a dizzying series of time travels, Rupert will reveal legendary secrets, being at the center of a timeless story.

Free for Kindle for a Limited Time

Highly recommended!

The Bone Orchard (The Gin Palace Trilogy Book 2) - Kindle edition by Daniel Judson. Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Kindle eBooks @ Caught up in a blood feud with Southampton’s chief of police, one-time PI Declan “Mac” MacManus must these days tread lightly. Working for minimum wage as a dishwasher, Mac is too busy making ends meet to find trouble—that is until a power-player named Frank Gannon approaches him with a job his conscience won’t let him refuse. And when that job sets him up to witness a back-road car crash—a crash that was clearly no accident—Mac must once again choose between taking action or letting the innocent suffer. As he follows a trail of clues, dodging enemies, old and new, Mac struggles to uncover a truth that could very well bring an end to all his troubles—and may also hold the shocking answer to a haunting question about his own tragic past.

Cover & Synopsis: MASTER SERGEANT by Mel Odom - SF Signal

Cover & Synopsis: MASTER SERGEANT by Mel Odom - SF Signal


Mark Wahlberg’s ‘Shooter’ Is Going to Be a TV Show 

Keep Off Her Lawn! - Oklahoma City, OK: TUTTLE, Oklahoma - A Tuttle woman is charged with assault and battery after attacking her husband with a metal pipe and then running over a family dog.

Sophie Hannah: How I Wrote a New Agatha Christie Mystery

Sophie Hannah:  How I Wrote a New Agatha Christie Mystery

Stonehenge Update

Scans reveal vast complex of monuments surrounding Stonehenge

Song of the Day

Tiffany - I Think We're Alone Now - YouTube:

My Graduating Class Had 60 People in It

Top 100 Largest High Schools in America

Today's Vintage Ad

First It Was the Thin Mints Melee

Colorado woman pointed rifle at kids over boy practicing the clarinet in yard

Forgotten Hits: 50 Years Ago This Weekend

Forgotten Hits: 50 Years Ago This Weekend


Don Elliott (Robert Silverberg), Convention Girl, Nightstand, 1961.

Gator Update (Once Again Texas Leads the Way Edition)

Note: I'm not responsible for sentence structure in headlines.

Caught on camera: Thief steals alligators in his pants

Fascinating Rare Book Sales in August 2014

Fascinating Rare Book Sales in August 2014: August's 10 Most Expensive Sales

Lip-Syncs in Film and Television: An Essential List

Lip-Syncs in Film and Television: An Essential List 

This "banned" clip wasn't included, possibly for good reason.  (Lip-synch begins at about 2:35.)

Ever Heard a Song a Song Written by Jim Thompson?

Here's one: Knees Calhoon's Midnight Ramble: Maybe It's the Wind

Bob Crewe, R. I. P. Bob Crewe, who was the songwriter and record producer responsible for many of the 1960s hits by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, died on Tuesday at the age of 83, according to WFJA radio station’s web site on Thursday. Confirmed by Crewe’s brother, Danny, he passed away peacefully in Scarborough, Maine. Crewe became well-known again in recent years as a real-life character in the Broadway hit “Jersey Boys” which was the story about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons which was turned into a motion picture.

Galaxy Science Fiction, February 1952: A Retro-Review

Galaxy Science Fiction, February 1952: A Retro-Review

Another Forgotten Book

TMF Review by Bill Crider: DAVID ANTHONY – The Organization.

FFB: Australian Vintage Paperback Guide -- Graeme Flanagan

Being interested in paperbacks, I naturally had to have a copy of this book.  My primary collecting (or accumulating) interest is in U.S. paperbacks, but I do have some from Australia, mainly because the Original Novels Foundation reprinted some of my favorite writers  in digest form under several imprints, primarily Phantom Books and Original Novels.  Sometimes covers similar to the U. S. editions were used.  Sometimes covers from U.S editions got put on different titles.  Anyway, I like to have the variant printings if they're not too expensive.  Unfortunately collectors have driven up the prices on the Australian digests, so I don't often buy them now.  And if they have to be shipped from Australia, the postage costs are sometimes staggering.

So instead of having most of the books, I have this nice reference volume, which is illustrated with many B&W cover scans and two pages of color scans.  Some of the more intriguing covers are from books I've never seen, or in some cases never heard of.  That just adds to the fun.

The book was originally published by Gary Lovisi under his Gryphon Books imprint, and it's hard to come by now.  If you run across a cheap copy, grab it.