Tuesday, September 16, 2014

First It Was the Thin Mints Melee

Florida man chokes wife over lack of fried chicken leftovers

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.


France factory sends widow rope with which husband hanged himself  

Hat tip to Fred Zackel.

First It Was the Thin Mints Melee

'There was blood everywhere': Country club wedding in upstate New York ends in a savage brawl involving 100 guests


Chainsaw accidentally ignites gigantic modern art bunny  

Hat tip to Art Scott, who points out that Gigantic Modern Art Bunny WBAGNFARB.

PimPage: An Occasional Feature in Which I Call Attention to Books of Interest

The Daymakers: Damien Broderick and John Boston got together and picked the 11 short stories of SF that they wanted to see brought back for modern readers to enjoy. The list of authors is impressive: A. Bertram Chandler, Brian Aldiss, Peter Hawkins, Edward Mackin, John Kippax, E.C. Tubb, John Brunner, Wallace West, Michael Moorcock, Mervyn Peake and Thomas Burnett Swann. The stories are, too.

It's About Time

WKRP In Cincinnati Is Finally Getting Its Amazing Music Restored For DVD

Artist Turns Vintage Library Of Congress Photos Into Awesomely Creepy GIFs

Artist Turns Vintage Library Of Congress Photos Into Awesomely Creepy GIFs

Song of the Day

JOHNNY RIVERS - Secret Agent Man 1966 - YouTube:

‘Antikythera Mechanism’ Update

Divers return to shipwreck where the ancient ‘Antikythera Mechanism’ was found

Today's Vintage Ad

Alvin, Texas, Not Included

Do you know the richest city in your state?

Richard E. Geis, The Saturday Night Party, Beacon, 1967

10 Weird TV Show Ideas That The Networks Keep Trying Over And Over

10 Weird TV Show Ideas That The Networks Keep Trying Over And Over

My Home Not Included

Sleep in the Homes of These 8 Literary Legends: And now you can book a room to find your own inspiration in one of several literary listings available on Airbnb. The rentals were once the apartments, writing studios and educational institutions of icons, including Charles Dickens, James Joyce and John Steinbeck.

Croc Update (Pictures of the Day Edition)

Pictures of the day: 15 September 2014   

Hat tip to Mav Skye.

15 Memorable ABC Movies of the Week

15 Memorable ABC Movies of the Week 

10 Best-Kept Secrets of Sci-Fi Cinema

10 Best-Kept Secrets of Sci-Fi Cinema  

Link via SF Signal.

Overlooked TV: Tales of the Gold Monkey

Tales of the Gold Monkey was on for only one season, but it was a good one.  Maybe.  The thing is, you give me a show set in the South Seas in the late '30s, a seedy bar, some slow-turning ceiling fans, spies, plenty of action, a one-eyed Jack Russell terrier wearing an eye patch, a hero who flies a Graumman Goose, a Dragon Lady clone, and several other choice ingredients -- well, I'm pretty much guaranteed to like it.

The episode I remember best is the pilot, which is sort of the origin story sinced it explains where the title of the show came from.  Jake Cutter (Stephen Collins) and others are looking for the mythical gold monkey.  Jake's helped out by his pal Corky, an alcoholic mechanic, and Jack, the aforementioned one-eyed dog.  Jack once had a false eye, a valuable opal that Jake lost in a poker game.  (Jack is still resentful.)  Roddy McDowell seems to be having a great time playing "Bon Chance" Louie, the owner of the Gold Monkey bar, and there really is a monkey sitting in the place.  It's found at the end of the pilot episode, but as with the Maltese Falcon, it's not what it was thought to be.

The series wasn't shot on location, and some of the sets are a little cheesy, but it was a lot of fun.  Most people must not have gotten the same kick from it that I did, since it lasted only one season. 

Tales of the Gold Monkey - Opening Credits

Tales of the Gold Monkey - Opening Credits - YouTube:

Monday, September 15, 2014

Fight Card Update

BISH'S BEAT: FIGHT CARD UPDATE ~ SEPTEMBER 2014: We have a special treat for this month’s Fight Card release. Fight Card: Bareknuckle Barbarian features a one-two punch of stories featuring Robert ‘Bob” E. Howard himself as the two-fisted hero of his own pulp tales.

A Podcast of Interest (To Me, Anyway)

Two stories, one of them the notorious "Raining Willie" by Bill Crider | Crime City Central

Alvin, Texas, Not Included

20 Most Dangerous Cities in Texas 

15 Delightfully Quirky Town Slogans

15 Delightfully Quirky Town Slogans

Song of the Day

Nancy Sinatra - Hook and Ladder - YouTube:


NSA says it has lost its non-redacted UFO files

Today's Vintage Ad

The Trap of Solid Gold Is Back

Check it out here: The Trap of Solid Gold: Three Years Later...

Derelict Dolls WBAGNFARB

10 Weirdest Islands

First It Was the Thin Mints Melee

Police: Woman chokes husband after he refuses to buy her hat 

Remembering Clifton Adams

Remembering Clifton Adams, an Oklahoma author all but lost to history  

Hat tip to Lawrence Block.  


Tony Crechales, King Sex for President, Brandon House, 1968

5 Old-Timey Movies Way Too Disturbing for Modern Theaters

5 Old-Timey Movies Way Too Disturbing for Modern Theaters

Listen to Leonard Cohen’s New Album

Stop What You’re Doing, and Listen to Leonard Cohen’s New Album

Noircon Update


NOIRCON 2014 , a biennial tribute to all things noir from literature to film to art and poetry, will take place from October 30 thru November 2, 2014. This conference is produced and headquartered at Society Hill Playhouse.
Program includes panels on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, parties, movie showings, an awards banquet on the banks of the Delaware, Thursday evening at MOCA, the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art, and a Sunday visit to Philadelphia’s Port Richmond Books.  Farley Books of New Hope will be on site at the Playhouse throughout the weekend , the official book seller for NOIRCON.

Among the featured guests are Fuminori Nakamura of Tokyo, Japan, who will receive the David Goodis Award for excellence in writing. Nakamura has won many prizes for his novels including Japan’s most prestigious literary award, the Akutagawa Prize . Two of his books have been translated into English, The Thief and Evil and the Mask, both published by Soho Press. Tom Nolan, of the Wall Street Journal will do a one on one interview with this outstanding young writer on Saturday. 

Bronwen Hruska, Soho Publishing, is being recognized as an outstanding publisher in the crime fiction with the Jay and Deen Kogan award, last given to Otto Penzler of Mysterious Books.  She has led the way in translation publishing and opened many doors for women in the field.

Eddie Muller, called the CZAR of Noir, will accept the Anne Friedberg Award for contribution to Noir Education and Preservation, as well as introduce a special showing of the film, THE PROWLER, (written by 

NOIRCON 2014 – Page 2

Dalton Trumbo and first released in 1951) at 1PM Thursday, October 30 at The International House  A novelist from San Francisco, many of his books relate to and examine Film Noir.

Scheduled panels include: The Black Dahlia, Jewish Noir, Existential Noir, The Politics of Noir, A Ross MacDonald Examination, Veering Off the Highway: How Springsteen’s Music Shapes Crime Fiction and Three Minutes of Terror, when every attending writer gets three minutes to share his work or ideas. Among the program participants are: Joseph Samuel Starnes, William Lashner, Joan Schenker, Stuart Neville, Jean Cash, Jonathan Woods, Robert Polito, Vicki Hendricks, Steve Hodel, Carole Mallory, Sigrid Sarda, Buffy Hastings, Jeff Wong, Duane Swierczynski, Tom Nolan, Alan Gordon, Megan Abbott and keynote speaker, Eric Miles Williamson.

Dr. Louis Boxer and Deen Kogan, director of Society Hill Playhouse, co-chair NOIRCON 2014.  For further information call 215-923-0210 or check the website: www.noircon.com

First It Was the Thin Mints Melee

Rabid bat attacks, bites Oregon man jamming on guitar

New Poem at the Five-Two

The Five-Two: Catherine Wald "Eve Shrugged"

Just Hoping for a Try-Out, I'm Sure

5-foot alligator makes its way onto minor league field

Sunday, September 14, 2014

I Miss the Old Days

1988, Year of Crackpots and Fools

Sunday Crocodilian

Sunday Crocodilian - Crocodylus palustris Edition

Will the Persecution Never End?

Paris Hilton stuns in tight cut-out dress in NYC... as her family deny 'any involvement in Costa Rican drug bust'  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

Quote Investigator

If You Can’t Say Something Good About Someone, Sit Right Here by Me 

Comic Strip of the Day

Song of the Day

The Four Preps - Swing Down Chariot (Original 45 Version) - YouTube:

The Story of the Real-Life Whale That Inspired Moby-Dick

Mocha Dick: The Story of the Real-Life Whale That Inspired Moby-Dick, Illustrated 

Today's Vintage Ad

10 Famous People Who Make Horrible Art

10 Famous People Who Make Horrible Art


Vivian Crockett, Messalina, Berkley, 1955

How Crossword Puzzles Are Made

How Crossword Puzzles Are Made 

The Stories Behind 10 Johnny Cash Songs

The Stories Behind 10 Johnny Cash Songs 

Maritime Archaeology Update

Arctic Shipwreck Found After 170 Years, Solving "Great Mystery": One of the most famous ships lost in the 19th century has been located in the Arctic, the Canadian government announced Tuesday, prompting Prime Minister Stephen Harper to declare that "one of Canada's greatest mysteries" has been solved.

Denny Miller, R. I. P.

LA Times: Denny Miller, a noted UCLA basketball player in the 1950s who dropped the sport to play the title role in the 1959 movie "Tarzan the Ape Man" and went on to appear in "Wagon Train" and numerous other TV shows, died Tuesday at home in Las Vegas. He was 80.

Theodore J. Flicker, R. I. P.

Theodore J. Flicker, Creator of TV's 'Barney Miller,' Dies at 84: Theodore J. Flicker, a veteran TV writer and director who co-created the ABC sitcom Barney Miller, died Friday in his Santa Fe home. He was 84.

Barbara Flicker, Theodore's wife of 48 years, told The Hollywood Reporter that her husband had suffered from hypersensitivity pneumonitis, known colloquially as "hot tub lung," and she believes that his years of working with clay as a sculptor led to the infliction. He had been treating the condition with steroids.

11 Ready-to-Digest Tidbits About the TV Dinner

11 Ready-to-Digest Tidbits About the TV Dinner