Donald Westlake’s career kicked off on a high note in 1970 with THE HOT ROCK, a comic caper novel in which a beleaguered ex-con thief gets caught up trying to steal the same emerald several times. In fact, the story offers five or six capers all contained between a single pair of covers, and it […]Read more "CONSIDERING WESTLAKE: THE HOT ROCK"
This week, author C. C. Blake returns with a brand new issue of his thrilling magazine, C. C. Blake’s Sweaty Space Operas. The third issue contains two stories, over 12,000 words of brand new fiction starring Blake’s returning characters Rick Cave and the NAStar racer “Burn Job” Finster. Take it away, Blake! # Sometimes I […]Read more "TUESDAY TEASE: C. C. BLAKE’S SWEATY SPACE OPERAS, ISSUE 3"
Synopsis: Thirty years after a series of gruesome murders perpetrated by a puppet making madman, an auction is being held near Andre Toulon’s gruesome stomping grounds for people to sell and buy his weird, Third Reich inspired puppets. Something strange happens, and the puppets come alive seeking to fulfill the Reich’s imperative to destroy the […]Read more "MOVIE MONDAYS: PUPPET MASTER: THE LITTLEST REICH"
The third novel in Richard Stark’s solo Alan Grofield series kicks off with a bang, as Grofield and Parker pull off a daring robbery that goes terribly wrong. Parker manages to get away and is not seen in the pages of this book again (he will return in the novel SLAYGROUND, which shares its setup […]Read more "CONSIDERING WESTLAKE: THE BLACKBIRD"
Today’s Tuesday Tease is brought to us again by Kaysee Renee Robichaud, whose novel SCARY INTEL is hitting eBook and paperback stands now. As the first adventure in her fun and freaky Bookworm Brigade series, Scary Intel introduces Parnik “Venkat” Venkateswaran to the world of field work for the secretive Malleus Librum Society. Her […]Read more "TUESDAY TEASE: SCARY INTEL by Kaysee Renee Robichaud"
Synopsis: Fifteen years after escaping from abusive tormentors, Lucie (Mylene Jampanoi) finds the sadists who held her captive and executes them. She is a woman tormented by her past and haunted by a nearly-human creature that causes her harm and might be a manifestation of her own broken psychology. A friend she made in the […]Read more "MOVIE MONDAYS: MARTYRS"
It is often fun to see fish out of water stories. You get a highly competent individual in one profession and you stick him in a situation where none of those skills are directly applicable, and hijinks ensue. It has served as the spine for plenty of Disney movies, the goofy guilty pleasures to be […]Read more "CONSIDERING WESTLAKE: THE DAME"
I’ve loved comics and cartoons since I was a kid, and I will be the first to admit they helped shape some of my story sensibilities. I enjoyed the hell out of recreating scenes from the comics with a slew of action figures as well as making up my own dramas with those people. It […]Read more "TUESDAY TEASE: TIGHT SPOTS"
Synopsis: When maverick medical intern (or student?) Nelson Wright (Kiefer Sutherland) decides to cheat death to find out what’s on the other side and then return with a tale to tell, he manages to convince his fellow brilliant medical students (interns? Some of these people are doctors and others seem to be getting kicked out […]Read more "MOVIE MONDAYS: FLATLINERS"
Chester Conway hates being called Chester, preferring Chet, and when he meets a gorgeous gal who hates to be called Abigail, preferring Abbie, they wind up making a pact: As we sat there waiting for the light to change, kids flowing all around us, she said, “I’m sorry. I just hate that business about Abagail.” […]Read more "CONSIDERING WESTLAKE: SOMEBODY OWES ME MONEY"