Thou shalt know the name of he who wrote dark fantasy and sword & sorcery short stories for the pulp magazine Weird Tales, Robert E. Howard.
There is a creep that stalks the night. He is like a wild animal, on the prowl and desperate for food. He preys on women. Attractive, rich, and vulnerable women. The city is his playground. The shadows his sanctuary. He lives in darkness. He is … Continue reading The Paperback Review: “The Mugger” (1956)
I’ve lost my direction. There’s no more stories for me to tell. In recent months I’ve felt this way, like my reservoir for ideas has dried up and the concrete that once held water is now cracked. Weeds grow through the cracks and useless debris … Continue reading “Tomato Red” & Woodrell on Writing
Hardboiled crime novels don’t get any better than those penned by Dan J. Marlowe. By the late 1960’s, Marlowe was a master of his craft, spinning tightly-plotted paperback novels of criminals trying to get their piece of the American pie. His heroes were hardly considered … Continue reading The Paperback Review: “One Endless Hour” (1969)
I was on another one of my paperback hunts when I found Seance on a Wet Afternoon in a section of books titled, “Why not read the movie”. The film adaptation was released in 1964, starring a younger Richard Attenborough, but the book was published … Continue reading The Paperback Review: “Seance on a Wet Afternoon” (1961)
It was written by author Dan J. Marlowe, described by Steven King as the “hardest of the hardboiled”, and published by Gold Medal/Fawcett Books, retailing for a mere 40 cents on book shelves when it was first released. I, of course, had to pay more … Continue reading The Paperback Review: “Strongarm” (1963)
Each year I head north, back to the San Francisco Bay Area, to attend the Wondercon Comic Book Convention, but this year I headed south, to Anaheim, where I had the opportunity of spending two days shopping and scouring the tables of pop culture and … Continue reading Fantastic Finds at Wondercon 2012