Friday, January 13, 2017

Friday (the 13th) Forgotten Books: the links to the reviews, 13 January 2017

It's a troubled time at FFB, with various afflictions and even an occasional bit of good news mixed in for a number of contributors to the weekly go-round, including Patti Abbott's connectivity being cut at home, so I host today...Patti will probably be hosting again next week...

Mark Baker: Indigo Slam by Robert Crais

Joe Barone: An Owl Too Many by Charlotte MacLeod

Bernadette: Gin and Murder by Josephine Pullein-Thompson

John Boston: Amazing Stories: Fact and Science Fiction, January 1962, edited by Cele Goldsmith

Brian Busby: early Harlequin paperbacks (crime fiction, romance, etc.)

Bill Crider: Scaramouche by Rafael Sabatini

Martin Edwards: The Viper by Roy Homiman

Peter Enfantino and Jack Seabrook:  DC war comics, August/September 1967

Will Errickson: Razored Saddles edited by Joe R. Lansdale and Pat LoBrutto; Yellow Fog by Les Daniels

Fred Fitch: A Good Story and Other Stories by Donald Westlake

Paul Fraser: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, October 1951, edited by Anthony Boucher and J. Francis McComas

Barry Gardner: Primal Fear by William Diehl

John Grant: Net of Cobwebs by Elisabeth Sanxay Holding 

Rich Horton: By the Good Sainte Anne by Anna Chapin Ray; 200 Years to Christmas by J. T. McIntosh; Rebels of the Red Planet by Charles L. Fontenay

Jerry House: Isaac Asimov's Wonderful Worlds of Science Fiction #6: Neanderthals edited by Robert Silverberg, Martin H. Greenberg, & Charles G. Waugh

Tracy K.: The Manchurian Candidate by Richard Condon

George Kelley: The Knife Slipped by Erle Stanley Gardner

Joe Kenney: The James Bond Dossier by Kingsley Amis

Margot Kinberg: Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

Kate Laity: The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper

B. V. Lawson: Cast for Death by Margaret Yorke

Jonathan Lewis: "Pressure" by Morris Hershman

Steve Lewis: A Country Kind of Death by Mary McMullen; Dogs of the Captain by Max Brand; Black Death by Thomas H. Stone

Todd Mason: Crime fiction magazines in English: August/September 1964; Robert Silverberg in my early reading

John F. Norris: Within the Maze by Ellen Wood

Juri Nummelin: Summer of Night by Dan Simmons

Matt Paust: On Top of Spoon Mountain by John Nichols

James Reasoner: Dead Men Singing: The Men Who Fought for Texas by H. Bedford Jones

Richard Robinson: Cooking for Jeffrey by Ina Garten

Gerard Saylor: The Black Beetle in "No Way Out" by Francesco Francavilla

Steve Scott: "Honeymoon in the Off Season" by John D. MacDonald

Victoria Silverwolf: Fantastic: Stories of Imagination, November 1961, edited by Cele Goldsmith

Kerrie Smith: Summertime Death by Mons Kallentoft (translated by Neil Smith)

"TomCat": The Sleuth Patrol by Manly Wade Wellman

Mike Tooney: Motives for Murder edited by Martin Edwards

Prashant Trikannad: With Great Truth & Regard: The Story of the Typewriter in India edited by Sidharth Bhatia 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Saturday Music Club on Monday: Waters Rising in Northern Cali edition (part 2)

[continued from previous post for ease of loading...] brother, James Eric Mason, had answered earlier, and had been reminded of another Nina Simone recording, even if he might've thought of David Bowie's cover first:

and he recalled this:

while my sister-in-law, Paula Mason, was reminded of:

and Kelly Robinson and Joe Megalos were moved to note some suggestions on my FB "wall"...
Kelly's were: 


while Joe was moved to cite a handful, including:

(and two other Waits songs, "Rain Dogs" and "More Than Rain")

and (interesting how many fugues are inspired by rain)

and Massive Attack's "Pray for Rain" and, as did one of Sarah's direct correspondents, the Jesus and Mary Chain's "Happy When It Rains"

and one I'd linked to in a previous Saturday Music Club

Monday, January 9, 2017

Saturday Music Club on Monday: Waters Rising in Northern Cali edition (part 1)

Northern Californian Sarah Kishler asks on FaceBook: 
What are your favorite rain songs? Wind songs? 

So, I dropped a few responses on her post, coming late to it and so not repeating suggestions such as CCR's "Who'll Stop the Rain?", the Association's "Windy", Gene Kelly's "Singin' in the Rain" or the Beatles' "Rain"...

Miriam Makeba: "West Wind"

Nina Simone: "Feeling Good"

Rainy Day: "Rainy Day, Dream Away" (cued up at artist/title link; whole album below)

The Bangles: "The Rain Song"

Hüsker Dü: "Up in the Air"

Bandits: "All Along the Watchtower" (OST, Jasmin Tabatabai)

The Hollies: "Bus Stop"

Muddy Waters: "40 Days and 40 Nights"

Sister Rosetta Tharpe: "Didn't It Rain, Children?"

Doc Watson: "Windy and Warm"

Joni Mitchell: "Eastern Rain"

Fairport Convention: "Eastern Rain"

The Cowsills: "The Rain, the Park and Other Things"

The Free Design: "Umbrellas"

[for ease of loading, continued in next post]

some crime fiction magazines on the newsstands for August 1964

All indices and images courtesy The FictionMags Index at Galactic Central.

If one was to go to a theoretical newsstand that somehow had all the US, UK and Australian crime-fiction magazines in late July/early August 1964, these are the issues you'd probably find.  Considering how many (mostly down-market) Manhunt imitators you'd've found a few years before, this is both a pretty good selection and surprisingly thin on the racks. Manhunt itself was already well into its long decline...and Chase was almost stillborn. But most of the established titles had at least a fair amount of life in them, even if sometimes only a few more years. The magazines are arrayed below by the first issue date of the primary edition of each title, with obvious groups of magazines gathered together.  Thus, EQMM is the oldest magazine of this group (and barely old enough to vote in 1964), while the brand new Edgar Wallace is the youngest, though barely younger than Chase, originally meant to be published by the same folks who published sf/fantasy/horror/suspense magazine Gamma; they couldn't come up with the money, so their distributor (Acme) and publisher of such titles as the Magazine of Horror (Health Knowledge) took it on as a three-issue project...perhaps certain commitments were already in place, or simply the material was already purchased. Life on the fringes of publishing...which EQMM and AHMM at least were far less than they might be seen as being today. (And among the appended titles, British Argosy and Ranch Romances were both much older than EQMM, and even the attempt at "shudder pulp" revival in digest form, Web Terror Tales, had roots in a decent fantasy/sf magazine called Saturn, edited by Donald A. Wollheim, from several years before several of these other magazines.)

The mothership EQMM is pretty impressive...Avram Davidson, Dorothy B. Hughes, Gerald Kersh, Françoise Sagan, Allen Lang (the last all but forgotten but doing often very impressive work particularly in the early '60s)...and Anthony Boucher reviewing...

...while the February issue of the US magazine as redeployed in Australia might've been even more impressive, even without a Davidson, Hughes or Kersh story...

....and the April issue was pretty spookily impressive, too, as repackaged in the UK, with a Davidson, a Cornell Woolrich as William Irish, and another slew of major writers...

...and the reprint magazine not that much more overqualified...

L. P. Davies would be the big draw for me, though Phil Stephensen-Payne notes that a fair amount of each issue is actually fantasy and horror. 
While Edward Wellen would be the big draw in this issue from Manhunt's waning years...EQMM was almost certainly outselling it by '64, and not EQ alone...
    Interesting how the material is juggled between the US and UK editions at this point...with the UK issue reprinting from "outside" US sources, and the US from UK magazines...and variant "Saint" stories, as well...Robert Bloch and to a lesser extent Hal Ellson the big draws, Dan Sugrue the forgotten writer...
    No image available....Zoë Fairbairns being the draw along with Creasey for me in this issue...

    A pretty brilliant choice of reprints this issue...certainly the Sturgeon, and probably the Burnett, might well outshine even the Perowne and Hoff originals.

    Hitchcock's then as now seemed to be the second-best-selling crime fiction magazine, and the lineup, particularly the early pages in this issue, indicates why, in part, quite aside from the gimmick of having Hitchcock all over the package (while not even actually writing the brief editorial).

    And even more AHMM favorites in this rebound set: Clark Howard, C. B. Gilford, Lawrence Block, Lawrence Treat, Nedra Tyre, August Derleth for the hell of it...and Jack Ritchie, Richard Deming, and Arthur Porges popping up again...

    Robert Lowndes rather than Gamma's Jack Matcha or Charles Fritch editing this third and last issue of Chase is demonstrated most clearly by Lowndes "discovery" Ed Hoch having a reprint story...but Jack Vance, Ed Lacy and Fletcher Flora are all notable writers to cluster around the low-budget project. 

    Wallace himself the only writer whose work I know I know here...though Arthur Kent, house name or no, sounds familiar...

    And...two extremes of periphery to the CF titles:
    One of the magazines I rather envy the British, to have continued in this manner into the 1970s, though the US Short Story International was pretty comparable; reprints one of the stories I loved from Joan Aiken from my youth; Dahl, Thomas, Kersh and Hemingway do add some obvious marquee value...

    While the most lurid things in the Manhunt or the Wallace magazines are almost certainly tame in comparison to this s&m-driven FB correspondent notes that this was the saddest magazine he'd ever read, and in the most literal even more than the most obvious way. No contributors I've heard of, and even by the standards of this magazine in this last stage of its run, this is a particularly inept cover. 

    And this one a bit more like Argosy in quality....

    So much western fiction is also crime fiction that the heavy writer crossover between the two fields isn't too surprising...given the romance angle in this magazine, fading toward the end of its run, it might have a little less (but not much less) criminous content. Only the reprint contributors are the writers I'm most familiar the end, RR was all reprints.

    And I suppose I could attempt to include all the "true adventure" and "true confessions" magazines from this month...but, well, no.