Rediscovered: Liquor Guns & Ammo — Hand-Corrected

How about some extra oomph for Autograph Hound Super-Sunday?

And with just a little bit more effort, why not make it an apt offering for Veterans Day?

Kent Anderson is a Vietnam War combat vet — his first novel Sympathy for the Devil kind of nails down the experience. Great writer. Nonetheless, his second novel Night Dogs was rejected by everyone with access to a printing press, until Dennis McMillan decided to champion it. His edition sold out in a week, trade editions in hardcovers and wraps followed from other publishers, trying to cash in.

Then after awhile Dennis released a collection of stories and other material under the title Liquor Guns & Ammo.

More recently, Kent trotted out his third novel, Green Sun. I recommend him for beginning collectors, he doesn’t have hundreds of titles you’d have to track down. And he’s a great writer.

I pulled a copy of LG&A off the shelf for today’s display — a blank signature on the main title page, but also an inscription to me on the preceding half-title — plus (and this is the good part) a number of hand-corrections in the text.

I love hand-corrections. Think the last time I mentioned the idea was with a James Crumley book (Crumley, also a Vietnam vet, also a writer in the old Posse McMillan crew).

Kent fans ought to appreciate these:

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Rediscovered: More Posse McMillan

About a month ago we spotlighted the unwieldy squiggle of Kent Harrington during the Autograph Hound weekend. Plunged in deep, lots of samples. One of the most prolific Posse McMillan writers back in the day, and one of the favorites of noted pulp and book collector Kevin Cook.

But naturally — having good taste — Kevin likes several others of the McMillan gang, and keeps up with their work to this day. He even mentioned, “Unlike my McMillan editions the new books I have bought by that crew of writers — Kent, Bob Truluck, Lono Waiwaiole and Kent Anderson — are all still unsigned.”

Let’s pick up those other noir scribes this weekend.

Autograph Hound Saturday features Lono at the top, from his Wiley series. I’d have to flip through to find it, but a Wiley novel has a one-page chapter that’s one of the most brutal things I’ve ever read. Excellent.

And below behold the handle of Bob Truluck from one of his Dennis McMillan releases. I don’t know if he does it all the time, but Bob signs in the weirdest areas in the books I’ve seen. Maybe that’s his hallmark. You may recall that for the copies of Measures of Poison signed at Bouchercon that he made his mark sideways, up and down, in the gutter.


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Rediscovered: The Rogue’s Gallery Expands; or, A Mystery Solved

You know how bizarre squiggly autographs drive Kevin Cook into a berserk and bemused frenzy?

And do you remember how John D. Haefele presented a John Hancock from horror writer Karl Edward Wagner for that day when we featured a hotshot gallery of signatures all by three-named writers?

None of us could dope out what the word was just above the date — my best guess was October.

Just got an email in from Ramsey Campbell, who says: “In case nobody has identified it, the word above the date in the inscription is Peter Straub’s signature.”

Okay, I’m willing to take Ramsey’s word for it. If  I squint really hard I guess I can see “Peter Straub” in the squiggle — and it is just below his credit line.

Obviously none of our core autograph group are big Straub collectors. Obviously we were thinking Wagner signed above his name, then added the little inscription for Eric.

But no. Wagner blank-signed, Straub did more of a flourish — and today Haefele has that much more of a collector’s item.

Does having the two-named (or one-named, or whatever it is) auto from Straub destroy the purity of that tour de force three-named gallery? Hey, maybe. I leave it to the historians.

And now I wait for a message from Kevin Cook. I’m guessing he’s just been handed a squiggle that more than wrestles Kent Harrington’s auto, the presiding champion, to the ground.

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Sinister Cinema: Brigitte Helm

And if you’ve seen Metropolis, you probably have put the words “hot” and “robot” together in your mind.

For Autograph Hound Super-Sunday Brian Leno returns to those halcyon years of German silent cinema with some comments on:

Brigitte Helm had immortality bestowed upon her for her performance in the 1927 movie, Metropolis.

She played good Maria and her not-so-good double in what is arguably one of the greatest films in any language.

The scenes of her transforming into the robot are familiar to every movie buff.

If the chance arises, a not-to-be-missed movie with Helm is the 1928 version of Alraune. She moves through the film with so much sensuality that your blood will boil. I don’t know how easy it is to procure a copy of Hann Heinz Ewers’ book they turned into that movie, but it’s a worthwhile quest.

Her signature, while not overly expensive, is a very desirable one.

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Sinister Cinema: Metropolis Mama

From Faust to Metropolis, Brian Leno keeps this Autograph Hound Super-Sunday hopping.

Yeah, he’s got a Thea von Harbou John Hancock, but he’d really like to have the loot needed to pop for a copy of the novel currently available on the L.W. Currey website.

Here’s Brian:

Thea von Harbou, who was once married to Fritz Lang, wrote the novelization of Metropolis — she and Lang collaborated on the screenplay.

Another important book was her Die Frau im Mond which became a movie by Lang, and most of us know that title as Woman in the Moon.

She also collaborated with Lang on the screenplay to Die Nibelungen (1924), which tells the tale of dragon-slayer Siegfried and of what happened after his death.

She apparently, so Wikipedia tells me, worked on the screenplay to M (1931), but is uncredited.

Her first husband was Rudolf Klein-Rogge, and we all know him as Rotwang from Metropolis, the man responsible for the creation of the robot.

Von Harbou is rare and expensive, but necessary for the collector of autographs from the German silent era

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Sinister Cinema: A Faustian and Toulouse-Lautrec-ian Yvette

For Autograph Hound Super-Sunday, another Halloween Edition, I see that Brian Leno has been digging around in the corner of the crypt where he secrets his silent German movie stuff.

Tell us about it, Herr Leno:

Yvette Guilbert may be a name very unfamiliar to most fans of horror, but you’ve seen her — not just in scary movies, but perhaps on the walls of major museums.

Yvette was a favorite model of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, when she was singing in the historic Moulin Rouge. Her songs were considered a bit racy at the time, but what else would you expect to hear in the Moulin Rouge?

For film buffs she appears in the German silent classic Faust (1926). Obviously director F. W. Murnau thought as highly of her as Lautrec did. She plays Marthe Schwerdtlein, the aunt of the woman amorously pursued by Faust.

Now if I could just find the autograph of the lady who posed for the Mona Lisa. . . . 

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Sinister Cinema: Dr. Cyclops

What else has Brian Leno pulled from his cavernous crypts to divert Autograph Hound Saturday surfers, as Halloween retreats into the rearview mirror?

Hit it, Brian:

Everybody should know Albert Dekker.

If you love Westerns you’ll enjoy him in Sam Peckinpah”s The Wild Bunch (1969).

Fans of film noir will spot him in The Killers (1946).

Horror addicts will marvel over his BIG performance as Dr. Cyclops (1940).

Dekker, perhaps because of some very peculiar circumstances surrounding his death — and I mean very peculiar — is a bit of a tough autograph to nab.

When found he’s not excessively high. A critical auto for a fan of horror/fantasy movies.

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Sinister Cinema: Black Lagoon

Halloween — Brian Leno just can’t let it go!

He’s back with another weekend of cinematic signatures appropriate to the horrific holiday.

Take it away, Brian:

This obviously is a signed photo of Julie Adams in Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954).

The Creature movies are some of my favorites. When I discovered Ms. Adams had her own website and was selling signed photos I opened up the wallet and purchased a couple pics and her signed autobiography, The Lucky Southern Star: Reflections from the Black Lagoon.

Sadly she is now gone, and there will no longer be any more signed photos.

No one, and I mean no one, ever looked better in a white bathing suit.

Ben Chapman was the man in the suit when the Creature came on land. Back in the late 90s — before I even had a computer — I wrote to him, sending along a very small amount of cash, and he responded mightily. Not only did he send the great photo below but a few other signed items came in the mail to the Leno household.

In the original Creature movie from 1954, Chapman did the honors on land and Ricou Browning took over on the underwater scenes. I have a signed Creature photo of Ricou Browning I just wasn’t able to locate. May have to dip back into the Lagoon again next Halloween. . . . 

Browning, I believe, is the only Creature actor still alive. Fortunately I wrote to Julie Adams, Ben Chapman and John Agar (another autograph I couldn’t locate!) before they passed, and all responded with high degrees of class.

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Two-Gun Bob: Zuvembie

Brian Leno was digging around in his stuff after telling me that no Halloween would be complete without a zombie — and who could argue that point?

Here’s Brian with another treat for the holiday:

This Scott Hampton artwork of a zombie — excuse me, zuvembie — was something a good friend picked up for me at a convention.

He saw Scott Hampton signing copies of his graphic novelization of Robert E. Howard’s great horror tale, “Pigeons from Hell.” Terrific artwork.

My pal, knowing that I had written an article on that Howard yarn — “Lovecraft’s Southern Vacation” — grabbed a copy of the book and asked Hampton if he could do something special for his friend.

Hampton told him to come back later and this is the result. Not only did he sign the book to me, but he added this very cool artwork which takes up an entire page in the volume.

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Sinister Cinema: Cyclopean

For Halloween proper Brian Leno trots out an apt image recently pulled from his holdings:

I bought this years ago, and I think, if I remember rightly, purchased it directly from William Stout.

Of course it’s an original drawing of the Cyclops from the 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958), one of the great Ray Harryhausen movies.

It was rough going trying to locate this in one of my autograph folders, but now that I’ve found it I’ve decided it needs to be framed and hung on the wall.

Just in time for Halloween.

Now all I have to do is find the wall space. . . .

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