Friday, June 28, 2019

FRIDAY'S "FORGOTTEN" BOOKS AND MORE: the links to the reviews: 28 June 2019











This week's books and more, unfairly (or sometimes fairly) neglected, or simply those the reviewers below think you might find of some interest (or, infrequently, you should be warned away from); certainly, most weeks we have a few not at all forgotten titles...if I've missed your review or someone else's, please let me know in comments. Even more major crime-fiction writers this week than usual...

Patricia Abbott: The Chill by "Ross Macdonald" (Kenneth Millar)

Gonzalo Baeza: To the Bones by Valerie Nierman


Mark Baker: N is for Noose by Sue Grafton


Brad Bigelow: The Fire Escape by Susan Kale


Les Blatt: Murder on the Blackboard by Stuart Palmer


Joachim Boaz: If All Else Fails... by Craig Strete; My Petition for More Space by John Hersey; All Judgement Fled by James White


Brian Busby: The Side of the Angels by Basil King


Martin Edwards: Stalemate by Evelyn Berckman


Peter Enfantino: Atlas (pre-Marvel) Horror Comics: June 1952


Barry Ergang: The Case of the Baker Street Irregulars by "Anthony Boucher" (William White)


Will Errickson: Twins by Bari Wood and Jack Geasland  

José Ignacio Escribano: Tenant for Death by Cyril Hare


Curtis Evans: the short fiction of "Dick Callingham" (Richard Webb and Hugh Wheeler)


Paul Fraser: The Best Science-Fiction Stories 1950 edited by Everett F. Bleiler and T. E. Dikty 


John Grant: Fireside Gothic by Andrew Taylor; Lady Living Alone by "Peter Curtis" (Norah Lofts); Black Widow by E. Duke Vincent

Aubrey Hamilton: The Fugitive Pigeon by Donald Westlake; Spark by John Lutz; Pest Control by Bill Fitzhugh


Rich Horton: Putting Up Roots and The Cyborg from Earth: YA novels by Charles Sheffield; Daryl Gregory's short fiction; James Van Pelt's short fiction


Jerry House: Demons of the Night and Other Early Tales by Seabury Quinn


Kate Jackson: Tour de Force by Christianna Brand 


Tracy K: Monkey Justice and Other Stories by Patricia Abbott

Colman Keane: "Freeze!" by Shoshanna Edwards


George Kelley: River of Eternity by Philip José Farmer


Joe Kenney: The Mark of Cosa Nostra by "Nick Carter" (in this case, George Snyder); Deathmate by Martin Caidin


Rob Kitchin: The Blinds by Adam Sternbergh


B. V. Lawson: Death of an Old Girl by Elizabeth Lemarchand


Evan Lewis: "War of the Gladiators" illustration by Frank Frazetta/script uncredited, Real Life Comics #50, October 1949,  published by Standard Magazines/Comics/Ned Pines


Steve Lewis: Cop Hater by "Ed McBain" (Evan Hunter)  


Richard Lupoff: The Second Experiment by J. O. Jeppson


John Norris: Tears for Jessie Hewitt by Edna Sherry; Gerald Verner's Simon Gale series


John O'Neill: Pilgrims Through Space and Time by J. O. BaileyPerilous Planets edited by Brian W. Aldiss


Matt Paust: I Don't Text While Driving, Walking or Standing Still by Roger Dale Loring


James Reasoner: "Squadron of the Damned" by David Wright O'Brien, Amazing Stories, July 1942, edited by Raymond Palmer


Richard Robinson: Citizen of the Galaxy by Robert Heinlein; If you could read only a dozen more books, which ones?


Gerald Saylor: The Truth Itself  by "James Rayburn" (Roger Smith)Greasy Grass by Johnny D. Boggs


Jack Seabrook and Peter Enfantino: DC War Comics, March 1975


Doreen Sheridan: Catch Me: Kill Me by William H. Hallahan


Steven H Silver: Wonderworks: The Science Fiction and Fantasy Art of Michael Whelan and other examples


Victoria Silverwolf: Fantastic: Stories of Imagination, July 1964, edited by Cele Goldsmith Lalli


Kerrie Smith: The Gaslight Stalker by David Field


Kevin Tipple: Mystery Weekly Magazine, May 2019, edited by Paul D. Marks


"TomCat": Sorceror's House and The Royal Flush Murders by Gerald Verner


Mark Yon: New Worlds SF, July/August 1964, edited by Michael Moorcock




Thursday, June 27, 2019

Some early '90s DC-area punk flyers and related documents (a letter from Mitch Snyder, a Bikini Kill coloring and activism booklet)

These are a few from a box of documents and fanzines and such that was crushed, and so some got a bit rolled...photographed with a phone, but it's past time to get a new scanner. This below would be one I put together, presumably for a concert Donna was organizing, using my sib Jeri's art:

A letter from Mitch Snyder of the Community for Creative Non-Violence in DC. Don Lavoie was one of the most intentionally non-Right-identified of the capitalist libertarians at the George Mason University Economics Dept., so in the event, "Anarchy at GMU", at which Don and CCNV reps among others spoke in a panel, we had a pretty wide array of what anarchism was about. Snyder and Lavoie since gone, both rather young...not kids, but depression and cancer are not our friends.

Donna and I did the radio show Sweet Freedom on Sunday nights together for about three or so years, and I kept doing it for another couple-few on my own. Early flyers we did for the show

and:

Some flyers fairly elaborate collages:

...some, particularly the handbills, pretty basic:
...and...
...but usually got the job done...

The line-up here is almost as unlikely in a punk context as CCNV and Lavoie together, but, well, charity.

And last one from this rather random and quick sample. More and some more impressively put together examples to come...not to slight these...

The assembled/listed/linked Underappreciated Music for June, as usually these days, coming a bit closer to month's end, rather than on the more or less traditional Last Thursday of the month, when many of the stalwarts have posted already...

Friday, June 21, 2019

FRIDAY'S "FORGOTTEN" BOOKS AND MORE: the links to the reviews: 21 June 2019

This week's books and more, unfairly (or sometimes fairly) neglected, or simply those the reviewers below think you might find of some interest (or, infrequently, you should be warned away from); certainly, most weeks we have a few not at all forgotten titles...if I've missed your review or someone else's, please let me know in comments. And Evan Lewis and Robert Napier want you to hear Bill Crider, as Billy Boy and the BBs, performing "Don't Be Cruel" and "Blue Suede Shoes"... 

Brad Bigelow: Night Shift and It Was Different at the Time by Inez Holden

Les Blatt: Music Tells All by E. R. Punshon

Elgin Bleecker: The Mask of Dimitrios by Eric Ambler

Joachim Boaz: Emphyrio by Jack Vance; Mindship by Gerard F. Conway 

Joe Bonadonna: Dystopian fiction, by J. G. Ballard among others 

Ben Boulden: Overkill by Vanda Symon

Allison Brennan: Promised Land by Robert B. Parker

Carla Buhlert: The Valley of Creation and Outside the Universe by Edmond Hamilton; Escape Around the Cosmos by Gardner F. Fox

Martin Edwards: Obelists Fly High by C. Daly King

Peter Enfantino and Jack Seabrook: Warren Comics, January/February 1967 

Will Errickson: The Doll Who Ate His Mother by Ramsey Campbell

José Ignacio Escribano: The Clocks by Agatha Christie

Paul Fraser: Tor.com Short Fiction, March/April 2019, edited by Ellen Datlow, George R. R. Martin and Cory Skerry

John Grant: Black Widow (aka Fatal Woman) by "Patrick Quentin" (in this case, Richard Webb and Hugh Wheeler); Who Else but She? (aka Black Widow) by S. Fowler Wright

Aubrey Hamilton: The Cursing Stones Murder by George Bellairs

Rich Horton: Doom Castle by Neil Munro; Ruled Britannia and short fiction by Harry Turtledove; The Gold Bug Variations by Richard Powers; Amsterdam and On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan

Jerry House: Murder of a Wife by Henry Kuttner (and Catherine L. Moore)

Kate Jackson: Wall of Eyes by Margaret Millar; Murder in the Mill Race by E. C. R. Lorac; Agatha Christie: Investigating Femininity by Merja Makinen 

Tracy K: The Wolves of Winter by Tyrell Johnson; Cards on the Table by Agatha Christie

Colman Keane: The Music of What Happens and Death and the Language of Happiness by John Straley

George Kelley: The Great SF Stories 10 (1948) edited by Isaac Asimov and Martin H. Greenberg

Joe Kenney: The Last Ranger #7: The Vile Village by "Craig Sargent" (Jan Stacy); Circle of Iron by Robert Weverka (loosely based on a film script by Bruce Lee and Stirling Silliphant)

Rob Kitchin: Finding Nouf by Zoë Ferraris 

B. V. Lawson: Through a Glass, Darkly by Helen McCloy

Evan Lewis: Screen Oddities by Roscoe Fawcett; "The Davy Crockett Mystery" drawn by Kurt Schaffenberger, Forbidden Worlds, December 1955, edited by Richard Hughes; "The Phantom Detective" (comics debut of pulp character) by "Robert Wallace" and Everett Hibbard, Thrilling Comics, April 1946, edited (?) by Ned Pines

Steve Lewis: The Brave, Bad Girls by Thomas B. Dewey; "The Small Assassin" by Ray Bradbury, Dime Mystery, November 1946, edited by Rogers Terill; Blood Standard by Laird Barron; "Adrift Among the Ghosts" by Jack Chalker (first published in his collection Dance Band on the Titanic); "The Unicorn's Daughter" by Edward D. Hoch, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, January 1982, edited by Cathleen Jordan

John F. Norris: Seven Clues in Search of a Crime by Bruce Graeme
 
John O'Neill: Out of the Deeps by "John Wyndham" (John Benyon Harris); Gaslight, Ghosts and Ghouls by R. Chetwynd Hayes (edited by Stephen Jones)

Matt Paust: All That I Have by Castle Freeman, Jr. 

James Reasoner: Blood Trail by Gardner F. Fox; Peacemaker Award nominees

Richard Robinson: The Star Beast by Robert A. Heinlein

Gerard Saylor: Sins of the Father by Christa Faust

Jack Seabrook: "Three Wives Too Many" by Kenneth Fearing (Michael Shayne Mystery Magazine, September 1956 [first issue, before title-change], edited by Leo Margulies)

Victoria Silverwolf: Worlds of Tomorrow, August 1964, edited by Frederik Pohl

Kerrie Smith: Murder at the Manor edited by Martin Edwards

Kevin Tipple: Organized to Death by Jan Christensen

"TomCat": Hardly a Man is Now Alive by Herbert Brean

Lisa Yaszek: "Pelt" by Carol Emshwiller (The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, November 1958, edited by Robert P. Mills)


Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Memorial for Carol Emshwiller: 27 July 2019, 1-5pm, at Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Ave, New York, New York 10003

Some of the proceedings were recorded and an audio selection will be posted eventually, according to Susan Emshwiller.

Eve, Susan and Stoney Emshwiller have announced a memorial for their mother Carol, 
on Saturday, 27 July from at 1 PM – 5 PM
at Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Ave, New York, New York 10003; (212) 505-5181

"Eve, Susan, and Stoney cordially invite you to join us for a memorial celebrating the life and work of our mom, Carol Emshwiller.

"During the ceremony we’ll be welcoming folks to share remembrances, recite a poem, sing a song, or read something appropriate, if so inclined.

"We hope you can make it, but even if you can’t: please spread the word about this event. If you think of someone missing from our guest list who you believe would be interested in the memorial, feel free to invite them (we’ve adjusted the settings of this Facebook Event so that anyone can add invitees). The more family members, friends, peers, editors, publishers, former students, fellow authors, and fans of her work, the better. Come one, come all!

"After the ceremony, we’ll offer a little nosh and humble snack or two at the same location. Maybe even a beverage. Nothing too fancy, or our mom would be ticked off about all the 'fuss' we’ve made and strike us down with a lightning bolt."

(Carol Emshwiller on Sweet Freedom)

Friday, June 14, 2019

FRIDAY'S "FORGOTTEN" BOOKS AND MORE: the links to reviews: 14 June 2019

This week's books and more, unfairly (or sometimes fairly) neglected, or simply those the reviewers below think you might find of some interest (or, infrequently, you should be warned away from); certainly, most weeks we have a few not at all forgotten titles...if I've missed your review or someone else's, please let me know in comments.

Patricia Abbott: Landscape with Fragmented Figures by Jeff Vande Zande

Hepzibah Anderson and John O'Neill: Stand on Zanzibar by John Brunner


Pritpaul Bains: The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth


Brad Bigelow: Journey through a Lighted Room by Margaret Parton


Les Blatt: A Knife for Harry Dodd by George Bellairs


Joachim Boaz: Seconds by David Ely; Daybreak on a Different Mountain by Colin Greenland 


John Boston: Amazing: Fact and Science Fiction Stories, July 1964, edited by Cele Goldsmith Lalli


Ben Boulden: A Talent for Killing (including Deadman's Game) by Ralph Dennis


Brian Busby: The Black Donnellys by Thomas P. Kelley


Martin Edwards: Goodbye, Friend by Sébastien Japrisot (translated by Patricia Allen Dreyfus)


Peter Enfantino: Atlas (pre-Marvel) horror comics: June 1952


Peter Enfantino and Jack Seabrook: DC war comics, February 1975


Will Errickson: In a Lonely Place and Why Not You and I? by Karl Edward Wagner


José Ignacio Escribano: Maigret in Vichy by Georges Simenon (translated by Ros Schwartz)


Curtis Evans: Who wrote which of the "Patrick Quentin"/"Q. Patrick"/"Jonathan Stagge" novels


Olman Feelyus: Horizon by Helen MacInnes


Paul Fraser: Famous Fantastic Mysteries, August 1946, edited by Mary Gnaedinger (The Twenty-Fifth Hour by Herbert Best and a short story by Bram Stoker); The Great SF Stories 11 (1949) edited by Isaac Asimov and Martin H. Greenberg


John Grant: Summer of the Big Bachi by Naomi Hirahara; Silk by Alessandro Barrico (translated by Guido Waldman)


Aubrey Hamilton: The Cat Screams by Todd Downing


Rich Horton: Kate Wilhelm short fiction; The Accidental Time Machine by Joe Haldeman


Jerry House: Three by Kuttner by Henry Kuttner (edited and introduced by Virgil Utter)


Kate Jackson: The Strange Case of Harriet Hall by "Moray Dalton" (Katherine Dalton Renoir); Appointment with Yesterday by Celia Fremlin


Tracy K: The Dusty Bookcase by Brian Busby


Colman Keane: Snout by Tim Stevens


George Kelley: The Golden Age of Science Fiction by John Wade; Best Seller: A Century of America's Favorite Books by Robert McParland


Joe Kenney: Hickey & Boggs by Philip Rock (from the script by Walter Hill); Revenge at Indy by "Larry Kenyon" (Lew Louderback)


Rob Kitchin: London Rules by Mick Herron


Kate Laity: "Rabbit in a Trap" by Sandra Seamans


B. V. Lawson: The Saint in Europe by Leslie Charteris; Exeunt Murderers: The Best Mystery Stories of Anthony Boucher by "Anthony Boucher" (William White)


Fritz Leiber: "Try and Change the Past" (Astounding Science Fiction, March 1958, edited by John W. Campbell, Jr.)


Evan Lewis: A Badge for a Badman by "Brian Wynne" (Brian Garfield)


Steve Lewis: The Dark Kiss by Douglas Enefer; Joy House by "Day Keene" (Gunard Hjertstedt) 


John F. Norris: The Sealed Room Murder by Michael Crombie


Matt Paust: The Everrumble by Michelle Elvy


James Reasoner: Tall, Dark and Dead by Kermit Jaediker


Richard Robinson: Starman Jones by Robert Heinlein


Janet Rudolph: Crime Fiction for Father's Day


Gerard Saylor: Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke 


Steven H Silver: Heavy Metal magazine, edited by Sean Kelly, Valerie Merchant, Ted White et al.


Kerrie Smith: A High Mortality of Doves by Kate Ellis


Duane Spurlock: Santa Fe Passage by "Clay Fisher" (Henry Wilson Allen)


Bruce Sterling et al.: Cheap Truth, the cyberpunk, etc. fanzine

Kevin Tipple: Oregon Hill by Howard Owen


"TomCat": Damning Trifles by Maurice C. Johnson 

Matthew Wurtz: Galaxy Science Fiction, August 1954, edited by H. L. Gold

Monday, June 10, 2019

A bit of television history...New York City, 10 January 1961, and the need for DVRs a half-century early...

On Tuesday, 10 Jan '61, New Yorkers were offered the following on their slew of VHF stations (the New York Daily News, my source for this information, didn't bother to list the UHF stations in those days, which seems more than a little high-handed, perhaps in part since they owned one of the VHF stations, WPIX-11). "Primetime" began at 7:30pm on most networks and the independent stations in those years (except, as still is true, on Sundays). This was a fairly typical night on CBS and WOR (it would be nice to know what the To Be Announced film was on WOR), very unsurprisingly a western series-dominated night on ABC, and a mostly unimpressive lineup on WPIX, though this isn't Too surprising, either...WPIX did do its part for the angels and tax breaks by running classroom/educational programming, provided by META, the not terribly "meta" Metropolitan Educational Television Association, weekday mornings and early afternoons, as there was no NET station in NYC in those pre-PBS usurpation of  National Educational Television days. 

But where things start getting crazily impressive to me is in the shank of primetime, when we have at 8p the Metromedia station, WNEW, importing the BBC hit An Age of Kings, some months before NET managed to wrangle rights for national distribution to public stations, then at 8:30p nothing that can be considered worse than somewhat interesting, and while I'd definitely watch the staging of the Graham Greene play on the NTA network's The Play of the Week series, I'd probably flip over to both Hitchcock Presents and An Age of Kings during commercials. And then to AHP:'s  NBC follow-up during the next hour's commercials, the anthology Thriller, hosted by Boris Karloff and occasionally featuring him as an actor, though this early in that series' first season, they hadn't started presenting the horror episodes that really made the series, being more an imitation Hitchcock show at first. 

7:30pm
WCBS-2 Tallahassee 7000 As CBS wasn't programming 7:30pm ET/PT on Tuesdays in 1960-61, WCBS opted for this original syndication series from Columbia/Screen Gems, starring Walter Matthau as a Florida-based investigator.
WRCA-4 Laramie (the NBC station, RCA having been the parent corporation of NBC till then and for some time to come; renamed WNBC later in 1960)
WNEW-5 Tightrope! (syndicated repeat: A series that had a single season on CBS in 1959-60 [and a shortlived fiction magazine tie-in in '60], highly rated against stiff competition but strangled in an argument between its sponsors and famously obnoxious CBS executive James Aubrey. WNEW had been WABD when one of the two founding stations of the Dumont Network, defunct 1956, and would soon become WNYW, which it still would be when a founding station of the FBC/Fox network, and remains today.)
WABC-7 The Bugs Bunny Show (the first iteration of The BB Show.)
WOR-9 I Remember Mama the film (the independent station best remembered in its early decades for its commitment to notable film programming)
WPIX-11 New York News and Weather (continuing from 7:10pm)
WNTA-13 Stagecoach to Fury, a film (continuing from 6:30pm) (WNTA was the founding station of the NTA [National Telefilm Associates] Film Network, a good shot at a fourth commercial network in the US that began operations in 1956, as Dumont and the Paramount Television Network were both winding down, which left a number of their affiliates in larger cities without a network to affiliate with...NTA hoped to fill that hole, and did so with limited success till shutting down itself in 1962, becoming solely a syndicator and selling WNTA-13 to the NET interests in the city, who first tagged it WNDT ["New Dimensions in Television"], and then renamed it WNET in 1970, when NET the network/production facility was basically forced to merge with WNDT to survive at all, as the Ford Foundation and government-backed Corporation for Public Broadcasting funding interests forced the newly-created PBS into the national network role in place of the somewhat left-leaning and more independent-minded NET.)

8:00pm
WCBS Father Knows Best The series was done in Spring 1960, but CBS offered repeats in the '60-'61 season... presumably as a convenience for those stations which wanted to run a local or syndicated hour starting at 7:30pm, as well as to those who only wanted the fiest half-hour to themselves.
WNEW An Age of Kings episode 1 "Richard II: The Hollow Crown" (the US premiere of a clangorous 1960 BBC series that would be a huge success also when offered nationwide in the US by NET in the Autumn of 1961, the first Standard Oil-sponsored programming on NET) It's probably no accident that WNEW decided to slot their prestigious, dramatic import against the NTA series The Play of the Week, in an attempt to divide audiences for that rather popular series on Channel 13 (and well-regarded around the country).
WPIX Divorce Court (an hourlong program, apparently!--this first version of the series ran for an hour at a time)
WNTA The Mike Wallace Interview Mai Britt and Sammy Davis, Jr., a "controversially" married couple at the time making their first public announcement of their wedding (this series began on ABC in 1957, after Wallace had gained a following for his 1956 Dumont but NYC-only series Night Beat; Wallace and ABC had an almost Smothers Brothers/CBS-level tempestuous relation, and The Mike Wallace Interview left ABC in 1959...and continued on the NTA Film Network in 1960-61; the link to the video archive on the series' name above includes episodes from both the ABC and NTA versions of the series).

8:30pm
WRCA Alfred Hitchcock Presents: "Summer Shade"
WABC The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp episode "Horse Thief"
WNTA: The Play of the Week Graham Greene's The Potting Shed, starring Fritz Weaver, Nancy Wickwire and Frank Conroy. NTA's most prestigious series. This might be the soundtrack from The Play of theWeek production.

9:00pm
WCBS The Tom Ewell Show "Try It on for Size"
WRCA Thriller episode "The Poisoner" (the next week's would be the interesting, odd John Holbrook aka Jack Vance adaptation "Man in the Cage")

WABC Stagecoach West episode "Come Home Again" (Wayne Rogers's first series)
WOR Film TBA (guess we'll never know...a Dialing for Dollars callers' selection?--no, WNEW apparently did DfD in NYC)
WPIX Flight episode "Texas Fliers"; syndicated docudrama series.

9:15pm
WNEW Wrestling (This seems like odd "flow" from the Shakespeare histories in historical context...but the groundlings would probably dig it.)

9:30pm
WCBS The Red Skelton Show Danny Thomas as substitute host.
WPIX Danger Zone, narrated by "Pappy" Boyington (a documentary series, apparently, featuring the protagonist fictionalized in the 1970s Baa Baa Black Sheep/Black Sheep Squadron series; Danger Zone, probably produced with the assistance of or even by the USAF...I find only a fleeting reference to it online aside from the listing in the DN)

10:00pm
WCBS The Garry Moore Show (an episode featuring Eydie Gorme, Jackie Mason and Frank D'Rone)
WRCA Tribute to a Patriot: A Salute to President Eisenhower (a special presentation featuring the not quite inaugurated JFK, Nixon, UK PM Macmillan, Indian PM Nehru, West German Chancellor Adenauer, White House Press Secretary James Hagerty and others, with James Stewart narration)
WABC Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond episode "The Last Round" with Charles Bronson--so, at least four of the more widely-remembered network drama anthology series were broadcast this Tuesday.
WPIX New York Confidential  (A series commissioned or at least produced in part for ITV in the UK, based on the mostly fictional "scandal"-raking book by Jack Lait and Lee Mortimer, which ran from 1958-59 there and was syndicated in the US, clearly into the next year, at least. Not noted as a repeat.)

10:30pm
WABC The Case of the Dangerous Robin (ABC didn't program Tuesdays 10:30pm ET/PT this season, so WABC opted for the Ziv TV original syndicated series starring Rick Jason as insurance investigator Robin Scott)
WOR I Remember Mama, the film, repeated from earlier.
WPIX San Francisco Beat (the syndicated repeats package title for episodes of CBS's The Lineup, the tv version running 1954-1960)

10:35pm
WNTA Mister 880 a film starring Edmund Gwenn and Burt Lancaster

And, at 11pm, everyone not already in progress with films goes to news and then films, with the exception of WRCA, which has NBC's The Tonight Show with Jack Paar from 11:15pm to 1:05a, then five minutes of news, five minutes of a young Dr. Joyce Brothers, then their 1:15am movie, something unidentified with Anatole Winogradoff, who wasn't the busiest a/v actor in IMDb (he did have a fair amount of stage credits, and some radio drama), so possibly even a kinescope of the WNBC (then WNBT) 1945 production of Maxwell Anderson's Winterset...

More links to come...


The Play of the Week--some of the episodes have been released on home video dvds: