Donald E. Westlake was no stranger to pseudonyms. His career began with several, as he made his way through the adult markets. Then came Richard Stark, of course. Tucker Coe, of course. But his final release for 1970 appeared under a one-off name. It’s a political novel—not really a thriller per se—and it hit stands […]Read more "CONSIDERING WESTLAKE: EX OFFICIO"
This week brings us a brand new tease from author C. C. Blake in time of the latest issue of his magazine to hit paperback and eBook stands. C. C. BLAKE’S SWEATY SPACE OPERAS tackles lived in worlds where smugglers, rocketcar drivers, and adventurers find themselves neck deep in danger. They echo the old pulp […]Read more "TUESDAY TEASE: C.C. BLAKE’S SWEATY SPACE OPERAS, ISSUE 4"
When we were kicking off our reviewing career, Trista and I submitted a lot of reviews in the first few months. It cooled down to one a month eventually, but anyone in the reviewing/blogging/website updating biz will tell you that content is king. We took that to heart. I suppose it did not hurt that […]Read more "MOVIE MONDAYS: KLOVN FOREVER"
When Esther Hoffman arrives at Dr. Jennifer Webb’s mental health facility to do a story on the notorious researcher’s strange new therapy methods, she brings a lot of personal baggage. Esther’s own backstory involves a tragedy involving supposed repressed memories being brought to light, and Dr. Webb’s strange method rings too close to this for […]Read more "Dreaming Dreams No Mortal Dreamed Before: Mira Grant’s Final Girls"
This week sees the release of my second Kinetic Force series story. NORTH SEA NIGHTMARE is a thrilling tale of action and adventure set aboard a massive offshore oil platform and research station in the North Sea. A team of KForce operatives is aboard the vessel along with their opposite numbers from the Russian-based special […]Read more "TUESDAY TEASE: NORTH SEA NIGHTMARE"
Synopsis: After getting out of prison, John Dortmunder (Robert Redford) teams up with his brother-in-law Andy Kelp (George Segal) to steal the Sahara Stone, a priceless African treasure. However, fate and/or coincidence align against his efforts, causing Dortmunder to get involved with capers set at 1) a museum, 2) a prison, 3) a police department’s […]Read more "MOVIE MONDAYS: THE HOT ROCK"
Mitch Tobin was kicked off the force for bad judgment: Instead of doing his job, Mitch was off sharing sexual heat with his mistress while his partner shook down a suspect. The encounter turned deadly, Mitch’s partner got killed, and Mitch lost his job. He developed a supreme case of guilt, and he eventually decided […]Read more "CONSIDERING WESTLAKE: A JADE IN ARIES"
This week’s Tuesday Tease comes from Kaysee Renee Robichaud. Her Bookworm Brigade series continues with a second volume POTBOILER, which is newly available in a paperback edition with a brand new cover design, as well. This week Kaysee Renee will talk to us about guilt, dark fantasy, and some of the challenges in transitioning from […]Read more "TUESDAY TEASE: POTBOILER"
I have loved ghostly, unsettling stories since I was a kid. I blame my mom who infected me early on with a love of scary movies. Of course, I ended up branching out into the world of fiction, comics, and horror culture over the years (check out HAUNTINGS AND HAPPENSTANCES for an example of the […]Read more "MOVIE MONDAYS: UNDER THE SHADOW"
Westlake’s third 1970 release (I can’t yet get a copy of his second release from that year, ADIOS SCHEHERAZADE) was the third novel in his unlicensed private investigator series released under the pseudonym of Tucker Coe. In WAX APPLE, the terminally cheerless ex-cop Mitch Tobin finds himself in a small community upstate, far from the […]Read more "CONSIDERING WESTLAKE: WAX APPLE"