Monthly Archives: January 2020

Rediscovered: A Line or Two on Fiction Mag Word Rates

And John Locke sent in some thoughts on the large trove of Munsey cheques from which we’ve run any number of samples in recent months. “Weinberg used to auction batches of those checks,” John says, “at Windy City and Pulpcon. … Continue reading

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Hammett: Locke’s One-Liner on Rhea/Wilmer

After John Locke hit the Up and Down These Mean Streets scene late last year, I got to steer him to various interesting moments in the extensive backlog of posts. One of them was to the bizarre idea that Gutman’s … Continue reading

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Mort: The Late Great Joseph A. West

Today would have been birthday number 98 for Joseph A. West, who sometimes signed his funky eldritch art as Joe West, and often as JAW. Old Uncle Joe didn’t quite make it, passing away on December 11, 2019. As I’ve … Continue reading

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Hammett: Another Sneaking into Jeopardy! Moment

I’m keeping a falcon-like eye on the current Jeopardy! battle of the super-champions, to see if Hammett pops up. I bet they all know the difference between Hammett’s Sam Spade and Chandler’s Philip Marlowe. But on January 7 in the … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: More Ace and Parker

Coincidentally, the topic of Ace Atkins and Robert B. Parker also popped up in the last few days in exchanges with Kevin Cook, noted pulp and book collector. “At this point in time Parker is still an industry,” Kevin observed, … Continue reading

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Hammett: Angel Eyes

Tenderloin Terry Zobeck seeks out the Shadow of Hammett everywhere, and he tells me: I think we’ve discussed Ace Atkins’ continuation of the Spenser novels before. I usually don’t like such things, but he capture’s Parker’s style uncannily well.  The new … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: Max Z

While I don’t proselytize for it every day, I am a big fan of the Max Brooks novel World War Z — not so much for the movie they named after it. Brian Leno nabbed me a couple of Brooks … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: Zombiemeister

Autograph Hound Super-Sunday once again, and do we have anything super to offer? I think so. Yesterday we pinned the label of neat-nik on Kevin Cook, preferring as he does nice clean signatures you can actually read. I think Autograph … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: James Lee Burke’s Even Hand

Autograph Hound Saturday once again, and I get the sense that the riot of horrible, illegible John Hancocks we’ve been running recently has begun to bother Kevin Cook, noted book and pulp and autograph collector. The guy likes order, not … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: Lighting Up with Lester Dent

You know Brian Leno. The guy’s got a competitive edge. He’s already duked it out mano a mano with Kevin Cook a few times with samples from their autograph collections, notably the Cornell Woolrich face-off back in August. When Kevin … Continue reading

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