Monthly Archives: September 2011

A Shot of the Good Stuff: Robert E. Howard, “The Phoenix on the Sword”

I know, I’ve been on a REH kick. But these DelRey editions of his collected work are awesome. I splurged and got ’em all, so there will be much Howardian goodness rolling through my noggin for the next while (though … Continue reading

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Doc Ridler’s Good News Teasers, Rejections, and a Favorite Quote from Ray Bradbury

Much goodness is burbling  under the surface of the water in the shark tank in Ridlerville. But I am not at liberty to say what they are just yet.  By this time next week, though, I expect some blaring of … Continue reading

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Five Tips if You’re Heading to Grad School

Just in case you’re keen on doing an MA with a thesis or Ph.D. in the arts, here’s some pointers from someone who survived the mental gymnastics and bureaucratic hoop jumping involved. 1. Pick a Thesis You Dig: You’ll probably be pressured … Continue reading

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Lamps Expire, and Return: Ruminations on Robert E. Howard and the Modern Writer

My earliest memories of Robert E. Howard and his work were the Savage Swords of Conan at the local convenience store that were big enough to hide a copy of Playboy’s Playmate Review.  These black and white comics were tales … Continue reading

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Five Things I Dig

Brain tired from a full work week, so here’s a quickie post of five things I dig and why Robert E. Howard:I loved the biopic THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD, based on his life and friendship with Novalyn Price. Howard’s wild, … Continue reading

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A Shot of the Good Stuff: John Fante, “Horselaugh on Dibber Lannon”

A few years ago, Nick Mamatas posted on his LJ about John Fante, a great writer from the 1930-1950s who’s work had got shelved in the obscurity section of the library until Charles Bukowski named him as one of his … Continue reading

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The Creative Rush

It took a long time for me to realize I was a writer. I did lots of other creative stuff (comic book art, playing RPGs, music, making an ass out of myself) before it finally settled on me that writing … Continue reading

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The American Wrestling Association: Home of the the Worst Promo Ever

Once upon a time, there were many wrestling promotions. And one of the most awesome was the AWA The AWA hosted the greatest wrestling talent of the 1970s and early 1980s: Ricky Steamboat, the Iron Shiek, Adrian Adonis, Jesse Ventura … Continue reading

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Battle of the Planets, and Why it is Still Better than Lost, Dr. Who, or Whatever it is You Love Most!

Everyone has a favorite show from childhood. Cartoons and sitcoms and action shows littered the landscape of the idiot box ever since it was invented. But for my crew, nothing really held a candle to BATTLE OF THE PLANETS, referred … Continue reading

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Advice from Kurt Vonnegut: Write About the Powerful?

I’m reading Don Herron’s bio of decorated soldier and crime fiction maverick Charles Willeford. It’s a scattered read, full of neat interviews and dollops of cool stories from different episodes in Willeford’s life, as opposed to a birth/life/death bio. Which is a … Continue reading

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