Brother Benedict lives on Park West, member of a monastery that is tucked between massive buildings. The Crispinite Order of the Novum Mundum is a meditative group with certain beliefs about the dangers of Travel and Journeys: Those beliefs can be summed up as Travel sucks, it should be avoided except in cases of emergency […]Read more "CONSIDERING WESTLAKE: BROTHERS KEEPERS"
This week, C. C. Blake presents the first volume of a new project. PULPTASTIC ADVENTURES QUARTERLY will be a series of anthologies that appear in January, April, July, and October. The first volume’s theme and title is INTERSECTIONS, and it offers a trio of original stories curated by C. C. Blake from three of Twice […]Read more "TUESDAY TEASE: Come Together Right Now . . . . with INTERSECTIONS"
Synopsis: Traveling samurai Shiba Sakon (Tanba Tetsuro) seeks shelter for the night and finds himself in the same barn as a trio of peasants and their captive, Aya (Kuwano Miyuki) the daughter of a magistrate (Ishiguro Tatsuya). They have taken the girl to have their concerns addressed, but the cruel magistrate has no interest in […]Read more "MOVIE MONDAYS: THREE OUTLAW SAMURAI"
Many authors struggle with the expectations of genre, no matter if they are writing in a particular field (say, detective fiction) or aspiring toward the literary. It’s all genre, folks. A lot of writers aspire to be sui generis, or a genre unto themselves. You know these sorts of folks because they eventually get qualities […]Read more "CONSIDERING WESTLAKE: TWO MUCH!"
This week, C. C. Blake returns with a brand new issue of his Sweaty Space Operas magazine. Two stories show off all new sectors of Blake’s sandbox playground, including a sector owned by crime bosses as well as a jungle world known as the Emerald and Azure Hell! Today, Blake will keep it real with […]Read more "TUESDAY TEASE: C. C. BLAKE’S SWEATY SPACE OPERAS, ISSUE 8"
This week, we were intending to bring you a review of THREE OUTLAW SAMURAI. Some technical difficulties arose making that impossible. Instead, we are presenting another of our articles from the Alamo Cinema Massacre column Trista and I wrote for the Cinema Knife Fight website. # After we saw the heart wrenching biopic CHRISTINE (2016) […]Read more "MOVIE MONDAYS: PHANTOM OF THE THEATER"
In 1974, Donald E. Westlake returned to the world of Dortmunder, Kelp, Murch, May, and Murch’s Mom with a book that also rekindled a bit of that Richard Stark magic (and perhaps bid farewell to that pseudonym) by introducing the group to that author’s excellent antihero Parker. Of course, since this was a Westlake novel […]Read more "CONSIDERING WESTLAKE: JIMMY THE KID"
This week’s Tuesday Tease update comes from Kaysee Renee Robichaud. Her latest collection of sexy stories hits stands, kicking off the cold, cold January winter season with some much needed heat. SCREW TOMORROW is a collection that puts the friction in science fiction. Take it away, Kaysee Renee! # How SF Changed My Sexy Writing […]Read more "TUESDAY TEASE: Kaysee Renee Robichaud says “SCREW TOMORROW”"
Synopsis: When remorse-ridden truck driver Joe (Nicolas Cage) intervenes in an assault in a truck stop bathroom , he discovers a whole new world of supernatural wonder and horror. The “victim” of that assault Julie (Franka Potente) was no victim at all. She was actually having a man choke her for the express purpose of […]Read more "MOVIE MONDAYS: BETWEEN WORLDS"
After Donald E. Westlake released his last Richard Stark novel (for a good long while, anyway), he did not rest on his laurels. 1974 then saw the release of a brand new standalone comic crime work, HELP I AM BEING HELD PRISONER. The title itself is a gag, which brings to mind the sort of […]Read more "CONSIDERING WESTLAKE: HELP I AM BEING HELD PRISONER"