Thursday, November 5, 2015

The Vulture Is A Patient Bird by James Hadley Chase

Safari To Slaughter 

Cover by Beverly LeBarrow
  A brilliant but sadistic safe breaker
A beautiful professional seductress
An expert young white hunter
And an ace pilot with a shady past

This was the team undercover operator Armo Shalik assembled to steal the priceless Borgia ring from millionaire Max Kahlenberg's closely guarded fortress in the remote and deadly African bush. But Kahlenberg found out they were coming, and the gang's expedition turned into a strictly one way slaughter. 

Printing History
René Lodge Brabazon Raymond (1906-1985)

Robert Hale 1969

Granada Publishing
ISBN 586 03540 
copyright 1970

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

The Shankill Road Contract by Philip Atlee

Joe Gall Challenges A Bizarre Killer in Ireland

Gall’s assignment is to stop an assassin who was suspected of 50+ brutal eliminations in the political strife of Northern Ireland and was rumored to be upping the ante by killing a major official in the British government.  The assassin is an American. Worse, he is the son of a member of the U.S. Cabinet.

Printing History
Written by James Philip Atlee (1915-1991)

Fawcett Gold Medal Books

Monday, November 2, 2015

Drum Beat:Madrid by Stephen Marlowe

In the city notorious for mystery and intrigue, 
Chester Drum tangles with a pair of flaming 
senoritas who have murder in their hearts.

Chester Drum accompanies a sometimes friend to Spain where the man was planning to get married. The fact that the man was Axel Spade, wanted in many countries including Spain just made it more interesting. And the fact that they learn about twenty million dollars in missing Spanish gold.

Printing History 
Written by Milton Lesser (1928-2008)

Fawcet Gold Medal

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Scary Halloween Week (Saturday)

Today we end our journey through the Scary Halloween Week. 
We started with the Carter Brown tale, So What killed The Vampire.
We will end with his tale, True Son of The Beast. 

True Son Of the Beast
by Carter Brown

Robert McGinnis Cover
then the moon merged from behind  a cloud bank and I could see level ground ahead of me, dotted with an occasional stunted brush. It figured I must be getting close to the river, so I managed to stop sobbing for breath and kept on walking. The next moment an owl hooted loudly close by, and almost put me into orbit........There was no reason to panic just because I was all on my own. lost in a strange country, and would probably never find civilization. And that flickering blue light...was strictly a figment of my imagination.......The next moment I was involved in a two sided conversation with myself....all the time I had been having that two way conversation with myself my idiot legs had gone walking all by themselves, and now I was too close not to see the thing lying on the ground directly in font of me....The closer I got the more it it looked like somebody was just lying there on the ground....The guy was stark naked on the ground with a aping hole in his throat.......

 A country house full of sexy, sultry swingers,
but one was a witch with murder on her mind!

 There was a curse on the house, and a corpse with its throat cut open in the marsh. Screenwriter Larry Baker came to the strange island estate to bring superstar Trudi Lambert back to Hollywood. But he did not count on a house full of devil worshipers. Before the week was over there were lewd satanic orgies, strange creatures lurking in the darkness. And an island strewn with dead bodies. Baker's script called for sex, but the question was survival!

Printing History
Written by Allen G Yates (1923-1985)

Horwitz Publications, Inc
Numbered Series #153 1970 (1971?)
ISBN 7255 0106

New American Library
Signet Books
P4268 June 1970
Y8050 1978

Friday, October 30, 2015

Scary Haloween Week (Friday)

We are nearing the end of this year's Scary Halloween Week. 
Today's episode will be the classic.

It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

With autumn already in full swing, the Peanuts gang prepares for Halloween. Linus van Pelt writes his annual letter to The Great Pumpkin, despite Charlie Brown's disbelief, Snoopy's laughter, Patty's assurance that the Great Pumpkin is a fake, and even his own sister Lucy's violent threat to make her brother stop. Only Sally, Charlie Brown's younger sister, who is smitten with Linus, supports him. When Linus goes out to mail the letter but cannot reach the mailbox, Lucy refuses to help him; so he uses his blanket to open the box, and throws in the letter. On Halloween night, the gang goes trick-or-treating. On the way, they stop at the pumpkin patch to ridicule Linus' missing the festivities, just as he did last year. Undeterred, Linus is convinced that the Great Pumpkin will come, and even persuades Sally to remain with him to wait.

Christopher Shea as Linus van Pelt
Peter Robbins as Charlie Brown
Gail DeFaria as "Pig-Pen"
Sally Dryer as Lucy van Pelt
Glenn Mendelson as Schroeder
Kathy Steinberg as Sally Brown
Ann Altieri as Violet/Frieda
Lisa DeFaria as Patty
Bill Melendez as Snoopy
Directed and Written by Charles M. Schulz
Directed by Bill Melendez

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Scary Halloween Week (Thursday)

We are almost the end of the Scary Halloween week event. 
Let's turn to very eerie film aptly named "Halloween"


The film is set in the fictional Midwestern town of Haddonfield, Illinois. On Halloween night in 1963, a six-year-old Michael Myers dresses in a clown costume murders his older sister by stabbing her with a kitchen knife. Some fifteen years later he escapes from a psychiatric hospital and then returns home, and stalks high school student Laurie Strode and her friends. Michael's psychiatrist a Dr. Sam Loomis suspects Michael's cruel intentions, and follows him to Haddonfield to try to prevent him from killing.

Donald Pleasence as Dr. Loomis
Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode
Nick Castle as Michael Myers (credited as "The Shape")
Charles Cyphers as Sheriff Leigh Brackett
Nancy Kyes as Annie Brackett
P. J. Soles as Lynda Van Der Klok
Kyle Richards as Lindsey Wallace
Brian Andrews as Tommy Doyle
John Michael Graham as Bob Simms
Sandy Johnson as Judith Margaret Myers
Directed by 
John Carpenter

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Scary Halloween Week (Wednesday)

We are in the middle of the Scary Halloween week. We will stay with the theme of vampires. Presenting today will be a comic that was started in the early 1970's.

The Tomb of Dracula

This horror comic book series was published by Marvel Comics from April 1972 to August 1979. The seeries featured a group of vampire hunters who fought Count Dracula and other menaces.

Gerry Conway, Archie Goodwin, Gardner Fox, Marv Wolfman

Series Run
April 1972 until August 1979
70 issues

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Scary Halloween Week (Tuesday)

We are back on day three of Scary Halloween Week. Today we will feature the cult classic way back from 1966, Dark Shadows. Dark Shadows ran from 1966 until 1971 and was a Gothic soap opera, depicting the lives of the Collins family in the fictional town of Collinsport, Maine. The series was made into a another series in 1991 and a film in 2012

Dark Shadows
Created by Dan Curtis

Joan Bennett
Grayson Hall
Jonathan Frid
Nancy Barrett
Alexandra Moltke
Louis Edmonds
Kathryn Leigh Scott
David Selby
David Henesy
Lara Parker
Thayer David

The Film

Directed by  
Tim Burton
Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins,
Michelle Pfeiffer as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard
Helena Bonham Carter as Dr. Julia Hoffman
Eva Green as Angelique Bouchard,
Jackie Earle Haley as Willie Loomis,
Jonny Lee Miller as Roger Collins
Bella Heathcote as Victoria Winters

Monday, October 26, 2015

Scary Halloween Week (Monday)

Scary Halloween Week is back today and will continue it's run through Saturday,  Halloween. Scary Halloween will showcase a different mystery or horror event each day. A book, film, or television show will be featured.

Today we feature a CLASSIC

Written by Abraham (Bram) Stoker (1847-1912)
The Novel 

Introduces the character of the vampire Count Dracula,  The story is of his attempt to move from Transylvania to England so he may find new blood and spread the undead curse, and the battle between Dracula and a small group of men and women led by Professor Abraham Van Helsing. 

The Film
Directed by
Tod Browning

Bela Lugosi as Count Dracula
Helen Chandler as Mina Seward
David Manners as John Harker
Dwight Frye as Renfield
Edward Van Sloan as Van Helsing
Herbert Bunston as Dr Seward
Frances Dade as Lucy Weston

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Scary Halloween Week (Sunday)

Scary Halloween Week kicks off today and will run through Saturday, which so happens to be Halloween this year. Just what is Scary Halloween week exactly? Well, Scary Halloween will showcase a different mystery or horror event. A book, film, or television show will be featured. 

Today we will start off with a old favorite

So What Killed The Vampire 
 by Carter Brown

When TV Writer Larry Baker stumbles through a comedy of horrors in an old haunted castle...Merrie England was never merrier or deadlier.

Robert McGinnis Cover
"Can I help it if the wall gave way?" In his crazy castle capers Larry Baker crashes through walls with ease of Superman. And somehow usually lands plunk in the middle of a lovely lady's bed. But Larry isn't really a sex maniac. Not quite. Even though the black-haired babe calls him seducer and the gamin-type blonde screams bloody murder.

Grant Roberts Cover
 When you up against a real live vampires, disappearing corpses, things that go wheesh in the night, plus a couple of gorgeous undressed gals guarantee to drive Larry up the wall. Something has to give. And when it does, with plenty of happy horrible hilarity! 

It was called Fearsome Grange and it's a natural for the supernatural. Larry baker and his sidekick Boris Silvka are there to create their new TV horror series right on location. The old 13th century castle has everything, slimy moat, revolving walls, secret passages, hidden treasure, and an ancient curse. In fact, it's made to order, right down to the unexpected bunch of murky monsters in residence. Perfectly cast and not in the script.

Printing History
Written by Alan G Yates (1923-1985)

Horwitz Publications Inc. 
Numbered Series #130 1966
International Edition Series #78 1975 
Published in Hong Kong

New American Library
Signet Books
D2859 March 1966
Y6549 1975

New English Library
Four Square Books
#1721 January 1967

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