The Best Foreshadowing Never Seems Like Foreshadowing: Caitlin Kiernan’s Agents of Dreamland

The Signalman is an agent for a shady government organization. As The Agents of Dreamland opens, he is waiting in a small diner in the blasted Arizona landscape for a meet with a woman called Immacolata Sexton—and isn’t that a wonderful name? The two are tied to an investigation of a cult known as The […]

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Things Done in Violence Have to Be Done Over Again: Donald E. Westlake’s The Comedy is Finished

When Hard Case Crime released Memory, it was not necessarily billed as the last unpublished novel by the late grand master. However, readers might have built that assumption. Then, another unpublished novel from the late author was announced titled, appropriately enough The Comedy Is Finished. Was this the book the author intended as his final […]

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Considering Westlake: Memory

After his death in 2008 and the posthumous release of Get Real, readers held no expectations of seeing anything new from author Donald E. Westlake ever again. However, this was not to be the case. To date, publishing imprint Hard Case Crime has been a strong champion for Westlake’s works, reprinting early material while the […]

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Movie Mondays: Robot & Frank

Synopsis: Frank (Frank Langella) is a “retired” jewel thief and second story man, a father of two, lover of many women, divorced/separated, and living alone in an upstate New York of the near future. His memories are slipping a tad, restaurants he can remember eating at last week have been gone for months or years, […]

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Movie Mondays: Dracula

Synopsis: Death comes to the shores of Britain aboard the doomed freighter Demeter. Although the sailors aboard the craft do their best to heave the danger overboard, they are unable to do so in a timely manner before the occupant plaguing their ship dispatches them. When the ship crashes near the home and workplace of […]

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