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- 02/22/18--05:00: _Comic Gallery: PRIZ...
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- 01/29/18--05:00: BILL CRIDER goes to BOUCHERCON Part 1 (1980-81)
- 01/30/18--05:00: BILL CRIDER goes to BOUCHERCON Part 2 (1982-84)
- 01/31/18--05:00: BILL CRIDER goes to BOUCHERCON Part 3 (1985-87)
- 02/01/18--05:00: BILL CRIDER goes to BOUCHERCON Part 4 (1988-91)
- 02/02/18--05:00: Forgotten Books: MANASSAS by James Reasoner (1999)
- 02/03/18--05:00: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ROBERT McGINNIS!
- 02/04/18--05:00: BILL CRIDER goes to BOUCHERCON Part 5 (2000-01)
- 02/05/18--05:00: BILL CRIDER goes to BOUCHERCON Part 4½ (1992-99)
- 02/06/18--05:00: BILL CRIDER goes to BOUCHERCON Part 7 (2002)
- 02/07/18--05:00: BILL CRIDER goes to BOUCHERCON Part 8 (2003)
- 02/08/18--05:00: BILL CRIDER goes to BOUCHERCON Part 9 (2004-05)
- 02/09/18--05:00: Forgotten Books: FLIGHT TO DARKNESS by Gil Brewer (1952)
- 02/10/18--05:00: BILL CRIDER goes to BOUCHERCON, etc. Part 10 (2006-09)
- 02/11/18--05:00: BILL CRIDER goes to BOUCHERCON, etc. Part 11 (2010-12)
- 02/12/18--05:00: BILL CRIDER goes to BOUCHERCON, etc. Part 12 (2014-15)
- 02/13/18--03:00: BILL CRIDER goes to BOUCHERCON, etc. Part 13 (2016-17)
- 02/14/18--05:00: BILL CRIDER SINGS with the Fabulous G-Strings (2006-ish)
- 02/15/18--05:00: BILL CRIDER SINGS with The Next Edition (2010-11)
- 02/16/18--03:00: Forgotten Books: SHILOH by James Reasoner (1999)
- 02/18/18--05:00: MIGHTY MOUSE PLAYHOUSE: A Fight to the Finish (1947)
- 02/19/18--05:00: Pulp Gallery: ORIENTAL STORIES 4,5,6 (1931)
- 02/20/18--05:00: INTRODUCING TORCHY by Bill Ward (1946)
- 02/21/18--05:00: THE BATTLE OF DAVY CROCKETT: Billy Cotton vs. Ronnie Ronalde
- 02/22/18--05:00: Comic Gallery: PRIZE WESTERN (1948)
- 02/23/18--05:00: Forgotten Books: THE MURDER OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN by Rick Geary (2005)
There's a cool passage when the war starts:
The ticket agent shouted, "The word just came over the wire! We've captured Fort Sumter! It's war, boys, war!"
"Cry havoc," Will muttered, quoting his namesake, "'and let slip the dogs of war . . . ,'" as people cheered and shot off guns.
Those dogs were sure barking now.
Okay, so I leaned a little heavy on the Bond stuff. So shoot me. I like the Bond stuff.
This is the book you want (published 2014), and you can get it HERE.
Bill Crider said this: The heart of the book is the art, but Art Scott provides an excellent and insightful introduction to the artist and his work, with shorter introductions to each section of the book. I can't think of anyone better qualified to do so. Scott might be the only person in the world who owns all the paperbacks for which McGinnis has done the covers. Following the introduction, there's also a fine interview with McGinnis himself.
with Gary Warren Niebuhr and Steve Steinbock
with Leslie and Kevin Dunn
paneling with Joe Landsdale
with Marv Lachman
with his favorite doctor
with Bev DeWeese
with ???, Judy and Steve Mertz
with Steve Stilwell
(unless otherwise admitted)
(from Bill's blog)
with George Kelley
with Ted Fitzgerald
(from Bill's blog)
with Joe Lansdale
(from Bill's blog)
with Steve Steinbock
"Don't you have enough pictures of us?"
Technical assistance from R Napier and A Scott
Gil Brewer is one of those '50s noir guys (like Jim Thompson, David Goodis, Orrie Hitt and others) who've been highly recommended to me for years, but I never got around to reading. I have handfuls of musty paperbacks by each buried somewhere in my storage unit.
So lately I've been reading a lot of historical fiction (Swords from the West by Harold Lamb, Sharpe's Fury by Bernard Cornwell, The Talisman by Sir Walter Scott, Killer Angels by Michael Shaara and Manassas and Shiloh by General James Reasoner) and was in the mood for something different when a review copy of a new Stark House book, featuring two Brewer novels, appeared in my mailbox. So I read the first, and this is it.
Gotta say, I'm impressed with Brewer's prose. His descriptions of Leda--this book's evil babe--were so good I took notes, and here are some of the results:
She came up to me and her eyes were full of hell.
She was an orgy of loveliness.
Sometimes when she talked and moved she kissed you with her whole body.
She was the type you might wonder about having a knife sheathed in the rim of her stocking.
She was a complete savage, bursting with passion, lustful, wanton, wild. At first, it was like drinking hot red wine. Then the whole world shuddered and rock, with the trees thick and mingled with her hair and the smell of it with the shade, a dark blinding explosion.
She managed to wiggle into what was left of her shorts. They made her look like something highly delectable out of Dogpatch.
(She) was like having warm syrup poured over your head, hot down your sides, flowing along the veins.
Feeling her was like touching a living flame.
As you'll see on the back cover of this new Stark House edition, both Cullen Gallagher and James Reasoner had nice things to say about the book. Bill Crider liked it too, saying: Leda is as bad as they come, and Eric is just as driven as he is. When it comes to depicting people like this, all rough edges and raw emotion, Brewer comes close to his friend Harry Whittington. Both can grab a reader on the first page and wring him out for a couple of hundred more. If you like the old paperbacks with their fast action and blue-collar desperation, grab this new edition and give Brewer a try.
Now, I have the highest regard for the opinions of those three gents, and if they all liked it, odds are you will too. But it just ain't for me. I like my protagonists, whether good guys or bad, to be strong-willed and intelligent. Our hero in this one, Eric Garth, may or may not be crazy (he dreams of bashing his brother's head in with a mallet), and spends much of the book in a sanitarium. He's a mental and emotional weakling, and just gets weaker as the story plods on.
A hero needs a fistful of trouble, of course, but I want to see him trying to battle his way out. Instead, this guy gets crapped on, crapped on some more, and keeps on getting crapped on until he's buried in it. He whines a little and blusters a lot, but just keeps on taking it, and I found him to be just as stupid and spineless after 130 pages as he was on page 1.
There are still 25 pages left to go, so maybe Eric Garth will grow a pair and redeem himself, but for me, it's too late. I don't like anything about him, don't feel sorry for him, and don't care if he lives or dies.
To clear my palate, I think I'll read another story in that Harold Lamb book. Hopefully 77 Rue Paradis will be more to my taste.
(and other sources, as noted)
(from Bill's blog)
with Judy and Maggie Mason
with Diane and George Kelley, Judy and Sonia Rice
with Joe Vigna, Marv Lachman and Judy
2006 - Austin (ArmadilloCon)
2006 - Alvin (Bill's Office)
A tour of the Crider Library
2008 - Baltimore
with Steve Stilwell and Judy
with Judy and Kaye Barley
(from Kaye's publisher, I think)
2009 - Indianapolis
with Judy and Richard Moore
and two other sources
with Tom Roberts, Bob Randisi and Larry Sweazy
(from Bill's blog, I think)
2012 - Napa Valley Napoleons
Bill did NOT make it to Bouchercon that year. He spent his nickels flying to California, where he attended a meeting of the local Sherlockian society.
with Judy and their son-in-law Tom Neary
2014 - Sonoma (Neary residence)
Bill and Bruce Taylor see something of interest
Judy wonders what it is
and finds that boys never stop being boys
(Arturo Scott, Paparazzo Supreme)
2015 - Raleigh
(from Bill's blog, photo by Jeff Meyerson)
with Kaye Wilkinson Barley
(above and below from Kaye's blog)
with Lesa Holstine
2015 - Pronzini residence
Bill, Bruce and Bill
and all the books . . .
with Angela Crider Neary
Left to right: Joe Lansdale, SJ Rozan, Lawrence Block, Catherine Coulter, Bill
(video posted by Lawrence Block)
with Toni L.P. Kelner, Dana Cameron, G.M. Malliet, Janet Hutchings, Angela Crider Neary, Charlaine Harris, Paula Woldan and Brendan DuBois
(from the Fire Star Press blog)
(from Something is Going to Happen)
with Frankie Bailey and Dana Cameron (front), Radha Vatsal, Catriona McPherson and Kenneth Wishnia (back)
(this and the following pics from the Fire Star Press blog)
Mystery's Ambassador to Canada
standing really tall
WE WORK HERE AT ACC (SLOOP JOHN B)
The Fabulous G-Strings, I deduce, were mostly or entirely teachers and administrators at Alvin Community College (of Alvin, TX, natch). The school lists "Allen Bill Crider" (real name "Billy," I believe) as Div. Chair, English & Fine Arts, Emeritus. Don't be put off by the squeezed images - the videos themselves are in proper perspective.
HARD, AIN'T IT HARD
WOMAN TEACHER (I'M A WOMAN)
THE WORKSHOP SONG (SAVE THE LAST DANCE FOR ME)
DON'T FENCE ME IN
SIDE BY SIDE
I'M LOOKIN' OVER A FOUR-LEAF CLOVER (with different lyrics)
THE HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN (with different lyrics)
BANANA BOAT SONG
WAIT TIL THE SUN SHINES, NELLIE
DARKNESS ON THE DELTA
HEART OF MY HEART
|The illustrious author|
|The author's illustrious ancestor, General J.M. |
Reasoner, C.S.A.. Remarkable resemblance, ain't it?
On his way to an appointment with destiny at the Battle of Shiloh, Cory in involved in the engagements at Fort Henry and Fort Donaldson. One of the coolest battle scenes involves two Southern riverboats equipped with 18-pounders versus a squadron of Union gunboats, some of them ironclads.
Cory begins the fight at Shiloh as an infantryman and finishes riding with Col. Nathan Bedford Forrest's cavalry, and even manages to save Forrest's life.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch (or in this case, farm) Titus Brannon is drowning his sorrows in moonshine. He has seemingly lost the rich girl of his dreams and is sliding downhill so fast he might as well be on a skateboard. Brother Mac is chasing a ghost horse (not really, but that's how he thinks of it), Sister Cordelia is being her sweet, moralistic self, and Mother Abigail is showing signs of regret for having banished her eldest son Will. Will is having his own troubles in the Federal army. His fellow officers look down their aristocratic noses at him, and his sergeant (a guy he routinely arrested for drunkenness in his previous life as a sheriff), can't keep his hands off the bottle.
There's plenty of great storytelling here (360 pages worth), and I'm looking forward to the next volume (of ten!), Antietam.
This is Torchy's first comic book appearance, from Doll Man Quarterly #8, Spring 1946, uploaded to comicbookplus by Henry Peters (thanks Henry!). Art and story by Bill Ward, who created the character for an Army newspaper strip in 1944.