After launching a successful series of comic capers under his own name, a series of brutal heists under the Stark name, and a series of melancholy detective novels under the Tucker Coe name, Westlake decided to return to the sorts of hardboiled crime novels he had been penning in tandem with the early wave of […]Read more "CONSIDERING WESTLAKE: COPS AND ROBBERS"
This week’s Tuesday Tease comes from C. C. Blake, the thrilling master of pulp science fiction adventure, who is celebrating the half year mark of his magazine C. C. BLAKE’S SWEATY SPACE OPERAS this week. The issue is a double-sized extravaganza, a short novel length adventure that brings his two series characters together for the […]Read more "TUESDAY TEASE: C. C. BLAKE’S SWEATY SPACE OPERAS, ISSUE 6"
Synopsis: When a likeable schlub of a man, Christopher S. Hawley (Chris Sharp), finds an invitation to a costume party blowing down the street, he decides to forgo his plans of staying in and watching movies with his cat Sir Lancelot, builds himself a knight costume out of a cardboard box and shows up. MURDER […]Read more "MOVIE MONDAYS: MURDER PARTY"
With his next release, Donald E. Westlake returned to his comic flip-side to the Richard Stark novels, the world of Dortmunder, Kelp, and Murch. He might not have intended THE HOT ROCK to be the start to a new series of books, but that was exactly what happened. After that book nabbed an Edgar nomination […]Read more "CONSIDERING WESTLAKE: BANK SHOT"
This week’s Tuesday Tease comes from Kaysee Renee Robichaud, whose newest book the collection What Bad Girls Get for Christmas and Other Sexy Seasonal Treats hits shelves. The collection brings together Kaysee Renee’s holiday themed stories, all reprints from small press anthologies. Take it away Kaysee Renee! # First of all, I wanted to take […]Read more "TUESDAY TEASE: WHAT BAD GIRLS GET FOR CHRISTMAS"
Synopsis: When child star Ricky Coogan (Alex Winter) gets an offer he cannot refuse to become a highly-paid spokesperson for the mysterious monolithic EES (Everything Except Shoes) corporation’s toxic chemical fertilizer Zygrot, he heads to the last place it is legal: South America. While en route, he and his friend Ernie (Michael Stoyanov) make the […]Read more "MOVIE MONDAYS: FREAKED"
After putting Parker on the road for a couple of books, Donald E. Westlake’s meaner pseudonym Richard Stark decided to show some restraint as well as utilizing a much smaller locations budget by trapping Parker in a single area and giving him the chance to play Rambo about a year before FIRST BLOOD hit book […]Read more "CONSIDERING WESTLAKE: SLAYGROUND"