Tuesday, June 30, 2015
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Jackson wrote much more. "The Possibility of Evil" is one of my favorite crime stories. The Haunting of Hill House is a favorite horror novel of none other than Stephen King. Life Among The Savages is a book of domestic humor in the vein of Jean Kerr and Erma Bombeck.
If you want to read the story that shocked the New Yorker subscribers, it is available on the web but I doubt it is copyright-compliant, so I am not linking to it. You can read more about the reactions to the story (“I read it while soaking in the tub … and was tempted to put my head underwater and end it all,” ) here.
Thursday, June 25, 2015
No, I lie. When they sent the manuscript (their only copy) to an agent the response was:
You wrote this like a series book and nobody published series books. What you really ought to do is end this book on a big note by killing off your main character. And the little (Asian ethic slur) too.
Eight years later Created: The Destroyer was published. There are currently 145 books in the series, and a second movie is being made. Murphy used to keep the letter from the agent hanging on the wall over his typewriter.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Publisher's Weekly said that the characters "are all made so real so quickly that you might miss the considerable artistry involved. Welcome back, Mr. Corso -- and Mr. Ford."
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Babcock is thought of one of Captain Shaw's "Black Mask Boys," but he also appeared in Private Detective Stories, Double Detective, Super Detective, and other journals with equally unimaginative titles. His greatest success was three novels about Hannah van Doren and Joe Kirby, beginning with A Homicide For Hannah.
Traylor, James L. "Murder Up His Sleeve." The Armchair Detective. Winter 1990.
Monday, June 22, 2015
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You can read "The Ripening Rubies," which some consider his best crime story, here.
Thursday, June 18, 2015
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" Churchill really does pull all her subplots together, which is more than you can say for President Hoover." - Kirkus Reviews.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
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“Nobody but Lovesey could thump out a gritty procedural yet instill Bath with so much charm and history that readers will have to put it on their bucket lists.” -Kirkus Reviews
Thursday, June 11, 2015
Baxt wrote four more novels about Pharoah Love, and about twenty other books, many of them historical mysteries set around Hollywood.
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
The playboy in question is Chick Carlson who, feeling a little bored one night, offers a taxi driver $25 for the privilege of driving his cab for the night. This being DFW a gangster is soon involved...
You can read the story for yourself here. The illustration on the left is not the right issue cover, by the way, but I do admire it.
Monday, June 8, 2015
Arthur Ellis, by the way, was the nom de corde of several of Canada's hangmen.
Sunday, June 7, 2015
If that sound vaguely familiar, you're right. The stories were a sort of parody or answer to the Sherlock Holmes stories created by Arthur Conan Doyle, who happened to be Hornung's borther-in-law. Doyle admitted the tales were of high quality but, like many reviewers, found them morally abhorrent.
Like Doyle, Hornung killed his hero, having Raffles slain during the Second Boer War. Unlike Holmes, Raffles stayed dead.
Saturday, June 6, 2015
"Spenser's back and New York's got him...proficient with his gun and fists, not to mention his quick verbal shots." —Daily News
Friday, June 5, 2015
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Monday, June 1, 2015
Patrick McGoohan, sick of starring in Secret Agent, created a show in which a man quits his job (presumably something to do with British Intelligence, but never specified) and wakes up the next day in The Village, a weird place in which everyone is known only a s a number and you can have anything you want - except escape -- if you cooperate with the authorities. An action show that was clearly an allegory on - and protest against -- modern society.
McGoohan: "I wanted to have controversy, arguments, fights, discussions, people in anger – waving fists in my face. How dare you? Why don’t you do more Secret Agents that we can understand."
He got it. Some people hated it. Some people thought it was the first great TV show. But it was hard to be neutral.