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Phantasm's Don Coscarelli on His New Memoir and What It Means to Be a Cult Director Phantasm's Don Coscarelli on His New Memoir and What It Means to Be a Cult Director

Director Don Coscarelli—beloved by genre fans for directing films like Phantasm, The Beastmaster, and Bubba Ho-Tep—is now a memoirist, thanks to a brand-new book that looks back on a wild, colorful, four-decade career in Hollywood’s indie trenches.

Night of the Cooters - Howard Waldrop Night of the Cooters - Howard Waldrop

Available online in an audio edition from ClarkesWorld. And written.

Fletch (1985) and Fletch by Gregory Mcdonald - 1974 Fletch (1985) and Fletch by Gregory Mcdonald - 1974

Fletch. I am about 100 pages into the paperback. It’s pretty sharp. Funny, but not as silly as the movie. Movie directed by Michael Ritchie. Richard Libertini, Joe Don Baker, Tim Matheson, M. Emmet Walsh, Geena Davis, George Wendt, William Sanderson, George Wyner.

Pickman's Model - H.P. Lovecraft Pickman's Model - H.P. Lovecraft

Going to try a little Lovecraft this evening. Pickman’s Model at random in my Jove paperback collection. It’s in pretty good shape for 1978, and the spine is already well-creased, so I don’t have to try to be real careful. If it was close to perfect I wouldn’t read it at all.

12 Cover Artists Every Vintage Crime Lover Should Know - J. Kingston Pierce 12 Cover Artists Every Vintage Crime Lover Should Know - J. Kingston Pierce

Found via the ThrillingDetective site. Mr. Pierce also has a cover art blog in addition to editing The Rap Sheet. Nice overview of the genre covers.

Vintage Paperbacks Vintage Paperbacks

Posters. Photography. Paperbacks. Pulp paperbacks.

Farewell, My Lovely - Raymond Chandler Farewell, My Lovely - Raymond Chandler

Moose Malloy. The second Philip Marlowe book. It became Murder, My Sweet the movie. Good movie. Another movie in the 70s with Robert Mitchum. I even listened to the radio eps that were good too. Never read the book and found my vintage paperback in poor condition.

Greeks Bearing Gifts - Philip Kerr Greeks Bearing Gifts - Philip Kerr

I had no idea that Mr. Kerr had died in March. He was 62. This library book is the 2018 Bernie Gunther. I still have several of the earlier ones after Berlin Noir that I haven’t read. Good series.

Bad News by Donald Westlake and The Sun Chemist by Lionel Davidson Bad News by Donald Westlake and The Sun Chemist by Lionel Davidson

A couple of library books I grabbed the other day. Dortmunder and pals do a little grave robbing in Bad News from 2001. One of only three in the series I haven’t read. And Lionel Davidson is one of my favorite unknown and underrated quirky thriller writers. This has a lot of chemistry about a secret process to convert…

Vincent Black Shadow / Vincent Black Lightning Vincent Black Shadow / Vincent Black Lightning

I am not without scars on my brain and my body, but I can live with them. I still feel a shudder in my spine every time I see a picture of a Vincent Black Shadow, or when I walk into a public restroom and hear crippled men whispering about the terrifying Kawasaki Triple... I have visions of compound …

Crime Fiction Paperbacks Crime Fiction Paperbacks

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SF Paperbacks SF Paperbacks

From a Google Images search marked for non-commercial reuse.

Based on a True Story Based on a True Story

Just finished this one last night. Best non-memoir memoir I’ve ever read. A humorous and creatively woven series of events, all “based on a true story,” where the closest thing to celebrity “dirt” is a sartorial one with Norm wearing a Dirty Work hat.

Seveneves - Neal Stephenson Seveneves - Neal Stephenson

Library book from early in the week lasted two days (240 p.), so I went looking for something with a little more heft. Originally I was trying to find Colleen McCullough Rome series but they had none. I knew Neal Stephenson wouldn’t let me down on the page count. 861 pages. I made a substantial dent on day one with…

Three Stations - Martin Cruz Smith Three Stations - Martin Cruz Smith

When I returned the movies to the library today I went and found the only Arkady Renko book I haven’t read, Three Stations. The last two are the only two I don’t have copies of. Tatiana I also read from the library. A suspicious death that only Arkady finds suspicious.

Usborne Guide to the Supernatural World Usborne Guide to the Supernatural World

Nice cover. A note to Golden Horn members that the two Story Types tags that were broken are now not. Books and Found on Youtube. The second has a special feature that adds videos to the recommended doohickey at the bottom of the post automatically. It was set to “Video.” I haven’t figured out if Books does anything…

Books Set on Trains Books Set on Trains

Nearly finished with Breakheart Pass, which is only 178 pages long. The best thing about it is the mountain train setting. The Paul Theroux train books are favorites, The Old Patagonian Express, The Great Railway Bazaar. And Kahawa by Donald Westlake. Stealing a trainload of coffee from Idi Amin.

Lucien Carr:  The Beat That Killed Lucien Carr:  The Beat That Killed

Caleb Carr’s father. Stabbed his homosexual stalker to death with a Boy Scout knife. Dumped his body in the Hudson River. Burroughs and Kerouac were accessories after the fact.

Latter Year Dortmunder by Donald E. Westlake Latter Year Dortmunder by Donald E. Westlake

John Dortmunder. Watch Your Back!, The Road to Ruin, and now, What’s So Funny?. Impromptu Dortmunder kick of the later years. Very funny. The O.J. Bar & Grill makes me smile every time Dortmunder walks into it. For new people that is where all the jobs are planned, and in Watch Your Back! the mob has taken over the…

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