Monthly Archives: September 2011

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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A Shot of the Good Stuff: S. Boyd Taylor, “Teddy Bears and Tea Parties”

Full disclosure: Mr. Taylor and I are colleagues, and he was kind enough to lend me some great advice about fight scenes for my last novel. That said, I generally follow the old Charles DeLint rule of only reviewing stuff … Continue reading

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Dylan, Bill Hicks and The Man in Black

It’s been about eight years since Johnny Cash died. I talk a lot about punk rock here, but I’ve been a die hard Johnny Cash fan since the early 1990s, when Rick Rubin revived his career for a new, younger … Continue reading

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The Summer of Pulp: From Cap to Conan and Back Again

It struck me that two of the major summer flicks had their roots in the pulp era. Captain America was born in 1941 to fight the Nazi menace (two years after the Second World War started!) , and the mighty … Continue reading

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A Shot of the Good Stuff: Trent Zelazny, “Mourning Road”

I came by Trent Zelazny’s work by accident on Facebook because we both like Social Distortion, Joe Lansdale, and pro wrestling. I should say, in full disclosure, Trent was kind enough to give me a blurb for DEATH MATCH, which … Continue reading

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