Monthly Archives: October 2011

A Shot of the Good Stuff: Nelson Algren, “Dark Came Early in that Country”

Nelson Algren is probably best known for THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN ARM, a series of novels about Chicago’s seedy side of the street, and for having a long-term love affair with feminist scholar and historian Simone de Beauvoir (while … Continue reading

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David Morrell, Improv, and Ridler is Off to the Races! (AKA: Another Damn Writing Post)

Today marks the beginning of a new novel, the last in a short series I’m writing at crackerjack speed for my own enjoyment and, I hope, yours! So here’s a post on some pre-writing work — I spent this past … Continue reading

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Shot of the Good Stuff: Clark Ashton Smith, “Return of the Sorcerer”

Clark Ashton Smith was one of the trinity of headline talents in Weird Tales, alongside Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard. A poet who preferred the 19th gothic to modern forms, he went into the pulps to make dough during the … Continue reading

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Quickie!

Not much posting going on, what with work and stuff. Good news to share shortly about books, publishing, etc. just can’t jump the gun yet. Currently reading lots about the Indian Wars, the Second World War in the Philippines, Charles … Continue reading

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A Shot of the Good Stuff: “The Edge of a Sword” Harold Lamb

Historian, pulp and adventure writer, as well as screen writing darling in the early 20th century, Harold Lamb‘s fiction is kith and kin with that of younger contemporary Robert E. Howard. But, where Howard blended fantasy elements, Lamb was a … Continue reading

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Under the Influence: Why I Don’t Pine for Anyone Else’s Nostalgia

It’s Lester Dent’s birthday, the author best known for writing Doc Savage. So, here’s a post on the good and the bad of the pulps as I encountered them! When I was starting out as a writer, I read a … Continue reading

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Three Dollops from the Weekend

1. Had fun at LitQuake, watching Nick Mamtas’ wife Olivia read from SENSATION, and grabbing a late lunch with Nick, Olivia, Maggie Croft and Chris Reynaga. Coolio! 2. Read some short stories I liked, including from Joyce Carol Oates and … Continue reading

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Two Books I like that You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

I like odd books. I like pop stuff, too. I try and read a lot of variety. But I do often find I no longer leave book stores armed to the teeth with new books, yet get lots of off … Continue reading

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The Devil and Daniel Mouse: Trying to Decode the Beautiful Strangle Hold of Nostalgia

Yesterday, I posted on Facebook about one of my favorite childhood cartoons, Nelvana’s THE DEVIL AND DANIEL MOUSEĀ (1978). I had not thought about this cartoon at all since I was a kid. And I certainly had not thought of the … Continue reading

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A Huzzah from the Neo Pulp Frontier, and another quip from Ray Bradbury

So, at around 230 am last night, I finished the draft sequel to DEATH MATCH. Hurrah! I’ve got revisions to do, but the beast is largely the way I like it and so the next Spar Battersea adventure will be … Continue reading

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