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1  Horror Drive-In / Drive In Theater By Night / Re: Happy Thanksgiving on: November 23, 2017, 11:18:17 PM

I hope everyone had had a great Thanksgiving filled with wonderful company and good food!

-AJ
2  Horror Drive-In / Intermission / Re: Our Honeymoon on: November 13, 2017, 11:56:00 PM


Thanks for the peek into your wonderful Honeymoon. It sound like you two had a great time. And you managed to get some very cool pics.  Grin


-A.J.
3  Horror Drive-In / Drive In Theater By Night / Re: The All-New Reading, Watching, and Listening Thread on: November 08, 2017, 09:37:39 AM


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I really enjoyed them -- Brown is an author who rarely disappoints.  His reputation as a writer worth reading has persisted for, what, almost seventy years now, and it's well-deserved...I'm thrilled that McMillan, Bruin Books, Haffner, Centipede, et al have each made sure that legacy continues.  

That said, don't do what I did and read them back-to back.  Even for an inventive pro like Brown, the formulaic patterns of pulps stories make themselves all too apparent and threaten a reader with burnout.  I didn't read every word of each volume, as some stories I recognized from previous volumes I'd read, some were source stories that were later developed into novels, etc....so I skipped those.  I also didn't spend much time on the Appendix of each volume...while those columns were interesting additions to Brown's body of work and I'm glad they're now preserved, they don't make for particularly compelling reading...humor is one of those things that doesn't always age well, especially this type of occupational-centric humor.  So, great stufff, but I'd suggest a healthy time gap between volumes.
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That's good to hear, Ron. I'll heed your advice and dip slowly into the collections, which I agree is necessary for a lot of stories written for the Pulps. I have a few Frederick Nebel collections from Altus press that I need to dip into as well.


-AJ


4  Horror Drive-In / Drive In Theater By Night / Re: The All-New Reading, Watching, and Listening Thread on: November 06, 2017, 11:31:01 PM
R:  Finished the second Frederic Brown collection from Haffner Press, and then finished Jeff Strand's S/L (with extra stories) collection, EVERYTHING HAS TEETH, and now starting Bernard Taylor's THE GODSEND, reprinted by Centipede Press.

I haven't even started reading my copies of the new Fredric Brown collections. What are your thoughts on them, Ron?

-AJ

5  Horror Drive-In / Drive In Theater By Night / Re: The Next Time I Check In, I'll be a Married Man on: November 03, 2017, 09:35:07 PM


Wow, Congrats! I hope you two enjoy a happy bookish life together.  Grin

-AJ
6  Horror Drive-In / Drive In Theater By Night / Re: "Tales From The Magician's Skull", last day of the Kickstarter! on: November 01, 2017, 05:10:04 PM
It does look good.

Good luck!

I have nothing to do with this Magazine or Kickstarter, except for giving them my money, but thanks, NJ!  Cheesy

7  Horror Drive-In / Drive In Theater By Night / Re: Any fans of Sword & Sorcery? on: November 01, 2017, 09:39:12 AM


Only 14 hours left to get in on this new Sword & Sorcery Magazine Kickstarter, in the Weird Tales tradition. I upgraded my initial pledge of $30 for two print issues to $60. for those two print issues plus a bunch of extras. If you love S&S then support this awesome new endeavor.

I've been doing a lot more Kickstarter pledges lately. I did one for the ZNB latest anthology Kickstarter with the themes of insurgency, sword & sorcery, and a return to the Ur-bar! And I also just last month did one for a revival of Pulphouse magazine, which will return next year! Before this year the only Kickstarter I did was for the The Hogben Chronicles of Henry Kuttner from Borderlands press from a few years back.


-AJ

8  Horror Drive-In / Drive In Theater By Night / Re: Stranger Things on: October 31, 2017, 11:03:37 AM


We blew through Stranger Things Season 2 over the weekend. It was awesome. I think right now I love this season a bit more than the first. We get more character growth, great homages to various 80's horror movies (and even a Goonies nod), and just plain great acting. I'm really psyched to see David Harbour's version of Hellboy. He's so good in Stranger Things. And my childhood crush on Winona Ryder is still intact.  All in all, I loved season 2 and can't wait for a third trip to Hawkins, Indiana.  Grin


-AJ
9  Horror Drive-In / Drive In Theater By Night / Re: Joyce Carol Oates? on: October 15, 2017, 10:52:01 AM


I keep meaning to read more of her, but as it stands I've only read a few of her short stories over the years. I had her collection "Haunted: Tales of the Grotesque" at one point but I lost it in one of our many moves last year. I'll need to pick up another copy when I come across it at a Library sale or Half Price Books.


-AJ

10  Horror Drive-In / Drive In Theater By Night / Re: Any fans of Sword & Sorcery? on: October 11, 2017, 10:01:55 PM
My.  Dear.  LORD!  That looks *awesome*.  Thanks so much for posting this, AJ.  Iíll be going for the two print issues.

Andy

Sure thing, Andy.  I agree it looks great. A very Pulp feel in the best way possible. I'm also going for the two print issues, and I hope it continues on for many more issues.

-AJ
11  Horror Drive-In / Drive In Theater By Night / "Tales From The Magician's Skull", last day of the Kickstarter! on: October 11, 2017, 05:13:43 PM
I'm not sure how many here like to read S&S, but I thought I'd pass along this Kickstarter link to a new magazine, "Tales From The Magician's Skull." It's devoted to new fiction in the spirit of Robert E. Howard's Conan, Karl Edward Wagner's Kane, Fritz Leiber's Fafhrd & The Gray Mouser and others. It has a good pedigree, Howard Andrew Jones (a former editor at BlackGate magazine & a good writer himself) is editing it. It's been fully funded with 21 days to go, but I'm not sure if you have to pledge to the Kickstarter to get the first two issues or not. So here's a link, check it out if it sparks any interest. http://kck.st/2krqkGS

-AJ

12  Horror Drive-In / Drive In Theater By Night / Re: The All-New Reading, Watching, and Listening Thread on: October 06, 2017, 08:00:47 PM
W: The Magnificent Seven. How is Vincent D'onofrio real? What a talent.


He was definitely one of the bright spots in that film. My favorite role of his is still his portrayal of Robert E. Howard in, "The Whole Wide World."


-AJ
13  Horror Drive-In / Drive In Theater By Night / Re: Norman Partridge? on: September 16, 2017, 10:26:57 PM
his output isn't "fast".

To say the least, unfortunately...I say 'unfortunately' because Partridge is one of my favorite authors...his voice reminds me of a Lansdale without all the quirks and levity.  I know CD has been waiting on him to finish up a revised expansion of some novel or novella that he had started but changed direction on, but it's been now been many years since the last update of how that's going, and my impression of CD's take on it is somewhere between puzzlement, understandable exasperation, and resignation.  Who knows what goes on behind the scenes, but I suspect if it were another author, this years-in-the-works novel would've been written off by CD a long time ago...if so, I'm very glad that apparently they are resigned to just wait and publish it if/when it's ever delivered, as having a new Partridge to read will be an exciting day indeed.

Ron, I couldn't agree more about it being an exciting day when a new Partridge book finally surfaces.

I also really like Laird Barron, and have been reading him for quite awhile. He seems a bit of a spiritual successor to Norm in some ways. Laird has a new suspense/mystery/noir series starting soon that I'm really interested in checking out.

 
14  Horror Drive-In / Drive In Theater By Night / Re: Norman Partridge? on: September 16, 2017, 10:20:40 PM
He's still writing. But he's also a full-time dad and working a day job, so his output isn't "fast".

Yeah, I knew he was still working at SM, and being a full time dad. I was just hoping he hadn't said, "The hell with writing." Which is what I thought for a minute when I realized his website was taken over by a Landscaping service. Nice to have confirmation that he's still slugging away at the written word.
15  Horror Drive-In / Drive In Theater By Night / Re: Norman Partridge? on: September 16, 2017, 10:16:37 PM
I miss his work, too. I enjoyed it all, but I have a special place in my heart for the Jack "Battleaxe" Baddalach books.

Those were a couple of great books, Mark. I really wish they would have sold better. In a more just alternate universe the Jack "Battleaxe" Baddalach books would be still be going strong like Lansdale's Hap and Leonard.
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