Monthly Archives: August 2011

Ridler Goes Neo Pulp in the Maelstrom of Ebooks!

So, as promised yesterday, here’s the scoop. I’m going to be publishing books on kindle. Huzzah! Two new series will be arriving in 2011, as well a short story collections, for your reading pleasure. First book of the first series … Continue reading

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“Booing the Champ”: A Tale of Sons, Fathers, and the Madness of Crowds

A few years back I wrote a freelance memoir piece for a publication that vanished from the world wide web. It recasts one of my most powerful memories of going to watch wrestling at Maple Leaf Gardens as a kid, … Continue reading

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Doc Ridler’s Top Five Grapplers of All Time, and the Secrets they Can Teach Us About Life!

Everyone has a favorite wrestler. Even if you hate wrestling, you probably laughed at the antics of the Macho Man Randy Savage (the major exception to this is my sister, Sue, who despised, abhorred, and detested pro wrestling as much as … Continue reading

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Rikidozan! Master of the Karate Chop!

Working on a new story that involves the epic legacy of Rikidozan, the wrestling superstar of Japan. According to one source, Rikidozan was so popular that his matches became the catalyst for the Japanese TV industry in the post war … Continue reading

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A Tragedy of Comedy: Richard Jeni

It’s news to nobody that comedians can be a tragic lot. Much of comedy is derived through pain, humiliation, anxiety and awkwardness. I took a course once that argued that a comedians job was to always challenge the powers that … Continue reading

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Wrestling with Fiction

Pro wrestling is a strange beast. I’ve found it fascinating ever since I was a kid, enjoying it for the over the top drama, amazing matches, and wacked out characters. Then I grew up and “got smart” and started to … Continue reading

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Neil Gaiman Swears and Jeffrey Ford Likes to Read: Amazing Facts about Research!

Lots of folks love books swimming in research soup, full of rich details, specifics, and trivia. Some hate it, wanting it all to be about character or another angle on story. I’ve been thinking about this as I spend time … Continue reading

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