Well, 2017 is in the rearview mirror, and what a year it was: the introduction of a divisive president; a rash of deadly shootings, including the atrocity in Las Vegas; myriad high-profile stories about sexual harassment and improprieties by men against women; deadly hurricanes that devastated the southern states; and on and on. While each … Continue reading The Best of 2017
If I was asked to recreate Mount Rushmore using the faces of my four favorite authors, the monument would include Stephen King (no introduction needed), Ed McBain (prolific writer of crime fiction, best known for his 87th Precinct police procedurals), Joe Abercrombie (the best fantasy writer working today; yes, even better than George R. R. … Continue reading Review of Lawrence Block’s Ronald Rabbit Is a Dirty Old Man
I have a confession to make in regard to Ray Garton: he scares the shit out of me, and I mean that with the utmost respect and admiration. As a fan of horror and suspense novels, this is hard to come by these days. Lord knows Stephen King has given me some sleepless nights over … Continue reading Number Forty-Two: Review of Ray Garton’s Murder Was My Alibi
[Spoiler Note: I have done my best to review the book without revealing spoilers. I think I’ve succeeded, but if you want to go into the story completely blind, you may want to skip this blog entry.] Stephen King has been my favorite author since I read Misery close to three decades ago. While he’s … Continue reading Number Thirty-Eight: Review of Gwendy’s Button Box by Stephen King and Rich Chizmar
Normally I do mini-reviews of movies and TV shows on my Facebook page, but I’ve fallen behind due to numerous blog entries and assorted potpourri on the site. I try to keep my FB posts to one per day so as to not bludgeon followers with too much stuff. As such, I figured I’d do … Continue reading Number Thirty-Seven: What’s Good on the Boob Tube?
As readers of this site know, I was a huge fan of MTV (see my previous posts in which I introduce my essay series, talk about the music-related shows, and rank the five sexiest videos from the glory days). I was a wee lad when the channel started – somewhere in the neighborhood of six … Continue reading Number Thirty-Four: Review of I Want My MTV by Tannenbaum and Marks
The Introduction Around 2001, I bumbled across the world of small-press publishing as I was looking for news on Stephen King's newest novel, From a Buick 8. While King news was what I came for, I stayed for the new-to-me authors who were being published in small-scale limited editions. Many of these authors did not … Continue reading Number Twenty-Nine: Catching Up With James Newman