May 9, 1980
Sean S. Cunningham
Each day during the 2014 Six Degrees of 31 Nights of Horror…with Bacon, I’ll post my take on the movie. Instead of rehashing the same stuff you can find in other reviews, I’ll be commenting on what I see as the five key aspects of any good horror movie:
Strange Are the Ways of Love is not only the first novel Lawrence Block sold, but also the first he finished writing. He was a student at Antioch College, and although he was selling some short stories, he wanted to write a novel. He tried writing a short nurse novel that were popular at the time, but after starting in on one, he couldn’t come up with anything for his characters to do, so he quickly gave up on it. According to Block, he got drunk one night, and when he woke up, hungover, he had an idea for a novel. He wrote the story over the next couple of weeks, writing a chapter each night. Not long after, he had sold it to Crest Books using the pseudonym Lesley Evans (a play on the word lesbian, but one that was originally meant to be Leslie, a name that could belong to a male or female writer).
Home is the Sailor proves once again that Day Keene could write some quality pulp crime novels. It’s one of his earlier crime novels and doesn’t pack a punch as some of his other novels, but it does roll along at a fast clip despite its reliance on the old pulp conventions. Swede is one hell of a lead, and it’s hard not to pull for him to succeed in the end (and punch a few faces along the way). And Corliss, well, she’s everything you’d want from a femme fatale. Of course, innocent and sexy Mamie is the real treat in this story. She’s just a side attraction in the story, but I certainly wanted more of her.
Vintage sleaze is much more tame than today’s erotic fiction, and from my limited exposure, the stories themselves often lacked any real drama or tension. They’re just fluff. Inconsequential. Despite being penned by an author who would eventually become one of the best crime novelists of all time, Carla is no different. Continue reading
The Boy Who Wanted War is now available on Comixology. It’s not a bad way to spend $2, and I can imagine worse ways to waste time while in the office.
The cover art for Restless Virgin by Paul V. Russo (pseudonym for Gil Fox) isn’t one of Paul Rader’s best. The color scheme feels a little too dark, and the pose doesn’t entice the reader the way some of his other covers do. Despite the nude girl on the cover, it’s not even particularly sexy. It certainly shows Rader’s mastery of capturing the female figure, but it lacks any real impact.
This morning presented another first for me: My upcoming comic now appears on a publisher’s schedule. That’s right, The Boy Who Wanted War is now listed with the rest of Alterna’s upcoming comics. Damn it feels good to see your book on a publisher’s schedule. I knew it was coming, of course, but seeing it online alongside other great comics, well, that just takes the experience to a whole new level.
Not only that, but my book is lucky enough to be available the same day as FUBAR: Guts and Glory. Jeff McComsey has done some great things with his zombie series, and it’s an honor to see my comic released on the same day. I’m not sure if that will help increase exposure for The Boy Who Wanted War, but it’s nice to be included with such esteemed company.
May 28 can’t get here fast enough. Continue reading