Category Archives: Willeford

Rediscovered: CrimeReads Discovers Willeford

Nathan Ward just alerted me to the news that today CrimeReads put up an article on the late, great Charles Willeford. A little something for Willeford’s centennial year. Not a bad introduction for people who don’t know Willeford (which is to … Continue reading

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Noir: On the Prowl

One intriguing pic Nathaniel Mills sent along from his trip to Malta, he noticed later,  “unintentionally captured this Maltese blonde, there on the bench, checking me out as I walked by. “Did she think I was handsome or was she … Continue reading

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Sinister Cinema: The Boss Digs Cockfighter

Michael Chong keeps an eye peeled for any online mention of Willeford, and reports in that “The Boss has good taste!” Yes, Cockfighter makes the short list of Springsteen’s fave movies — or, maybe the dude is just another one of us … Continue reading

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Sinister Cinema: Burnt Orange to “Close Venice”

Kent Harrington, who watches the media scene more closely than I do (which means he follows Variety) just popped me a link to an article which reports that the film of Charles Willeford’s novel The Burnt Orange Hersey apparently got … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: A Chat with the Sundial Book Club

Michael Chong hasn’t sent any cool online tidbits about Charles Willeford in awhile, so maybe one was due. A little interview with Betsy Willeford — https://www.wlrn.org/post/mystery-writer-and-teacher-loved-freaking-out-his-students  — posted June 20, occasioned by the Sundial Book Club selecting Miami Blues as … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: Beat to Crap by Jack Palance

On Autograph Hound Saturday we showed you the signatures. How about on Autograph Hound Super-Sunday we show you the book they came in? To nab those autos you need this copy of the book. Leno mentioned the battered condition of … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: The Full Belknapius

Then again, I could start a regular Autograph Hound Super-Sunday feature. . . . Brian Leno’s mention yesterday that he picked up his Alfred Galpin/Frank Belknap Long item from the Necronomicon Press catalog of Long’s last library reminded me of something. Leno isn’t … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: The Willeford Centennial

One hundred years ago today Charles Willeford was born in Little Rock, Arkansas. January 2, 1919-March 27, 1988 — and that March 27th happened to be Palm Sunday, that year. One of the absolute greats.

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Rediscovered: NYT Flogs Cockfighter

Chad Calkins just tipped me to a feature in the New York Times where their in-house book critics do a year’s end roundup, of interest here because they are asked about older titles they may have read in 2018. Dwight … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: Oakley Hall and 1940s California

If you want to check it out, my latest review for PW just popped. The gist and much of the wordage is mine (if you can’t tell the especially distinct Don Herron touch, you’re unfamiliar with my writings of the … Continue reading

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