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Now on sale: Storylandia 19, Who Killed Toby Glovins?

By Ginger Mayerson

Where to buy: online store; also Amazon (eligible for free shipping); and Kindle.

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Where to buy: online store; also Amazon (eligible for free shipping); and Kindle.

Who Killed Toby Glovins?
Kathryn L. Ramage
ISBN: 978-1-942007-10-4

Freddie Babington has solved two mysteries. When he travels to Norfolk in the autumn of 1923 to attend the wedding of Amelia Marsh and Evelyn Tollarhithe, he doesn’t anticipate a third murder investigation. Then, on the evening before the wedding, a friend of the groom is found stabbed under circumstances that look compromising for Evelyn. Freddie agrees to take the case for Amelia’s sake. As Freddie digs deeper behind the friendship between Evelyn and Toby Glovins, and uncovers old family secrets, he learns that the question of who murdered Toby is more complicated than it first appears. And so, he discovers, are his feelings for the disappointed bride.

Kathryn L. Ramage has a B.A. and M.A. in English lit and has been writing for as long as she can remember. She lives in Maryland with three cats. As well as being the author of numerous short stories, novellas, and essays, she is the author of “Maiden in Light,” “The Wizard’s Son,” and “Sonnedragon,” novels set on an alternate Earth whose history has diverged from ours somewhere during the medieval period. All three are part of an intended series of fantasy novels that mostly take place in a dukedom called the Northlands, a part of the Norman Empire that roughly covers the north-eastern U.S. For more information, please visit her website at www.klr.wapshottpress.com.

Also by Kathryn L. Ramage
The Wizard’s Son
Maiden in Light
Sonnedragon
Storylandia 10: Death Among the Marshes
Storylandia 16: The Abrupt Disappearance of Cousin Wilfrid

Where to buy Storylandia …read more

Source:: Storylandia

      

DVD Review: The Night Strangler

By Kathryn L Ramage

Murder in Pioneer Square area

Both this movie and The Night Stalker are on the same DVD. I was originally planning to do both as one review, then cut it into two pieces at the last minute.

After the enormous success of The Night Stalker, a sequel was inevitable. This second movie aired on ABC in 1973, about a year after the first. The plot follows the same general outline as its predecessor: newshound Carl Kolchak investigates the bizarre murders of a number of women and discovers that the killer is a man with supernatural powers, but Carl has trouble getting the truth published due to the efforts of the city’s officials and his own newspaper’s management. But there are several differences that make me prefer this sequel to the original. First, the city where this second series of murders occurs is Seattle instead of Las Vegas, and the story makes use of an interesting historical attraction. And while I like movies about vampires and werewolves, I like it more when the monster is something a little more out of the usual.

In addition, the tone of this sequel is lighter, less cynical and more comical, and the story sets up tropes that will be part of the television series that eventually followed.

Like The Night Stalker, this movie begins with Carl Kolchak’s pithy narration describing the late-night murder of a young woman who worked as an exotic dancer (not a stripper; she and the other girls who work at place called Omar’s Tent wear outfits like Barbara Eden’s from I Dream of Jeannie) under the stage name of Merissa. As Merissa walks through the darkened streets of the Pioneer Square area, the oldest part of Seattle, a cadaverous-looking man leaps out of the shadows to throttle her. Police will find her with her neck broken …read more

Source:: The Northlands

      

DVD Review: The Night Stalker

By Kathryn L Ramage

Second murder

Now that I’m finished with Dark Shadows, I’ve decided to go on to another short-lived but influential series that began life as a Dan Curtis production and the movie that started it off.

The Night Stalker, screenplay by Richard Matheson, aired on ABC in 1972. According to the interview with Dan Curtis on this DVD, it was a huge success, hitting the highest ratings for any made-for-TV movie up that point. Different from Curtis’s previous work with its gothic settings and trappings, this was a thoroughly modern and cynical horror movie that let a vampire loose to hunt in a big and brash city, and introduced a vampire hunter who was nothing like Van Helsing.

We first see Carl Kolchak (Darren McGavin), not in what would become his trademark seersucker suit and battered straw hat, but as a guy in a T-shirt in a small and shabby apartment. He pushes the Play button on his pocket tape-recorder, then gets a beer from a tiny fridge, and wanders around in the background before settling down on the bed to listen to his own recorded voice saying:

“This is the story behind one of the greatest manhunts in history. Maybe you read about it–what they let you read about it, probably some item on a back page. However, what happened in that city between May 16 and May 28 of this year was so incredible that to this day the facts have been suppressed to save certain political careers from disaster and law enforcement officials from embarrassment.

This will be the last time I will ever discuss these events with anyone. So when you’ve finished this bizarre account, judge for yourself its believability and then try to tell yourself, wherever you may be, it couldn’t happen here…”

We have it right up front …read more

Source:: The Northlands

      

CD Review: Dreams in the Witch House

By Kathryn L Ramage

Dreams in the Witch House scrapbook

Brown Jenkin has always creeped me out more than any of the betentacled, rugose, crinoid, or even squamose eldritch monstrosities that feature in Lovecraft’s other stories. It’s not Brown Jenkin’s rattiness that disturbs me, but his little human face and tiny human hands and feet, and his nasty way of chittering. Not to mention the gruesome death of the protagonist at the end of this story.

The first time I played this CD, it was during an evening hour with the light slowly fading as the sun went down. The Calico Horrors Part 2 and 3 were having one of their wrestling matches, so the sounds of squeaks and soft, furry thumps in the shadowy recesses beneath the living- room furniture, plus the occasional skitter of little claws on the floorboards augmented my listening experience of this audio drama about a malignant, mathematical witch and her rat-like familiar.

The Lovecraft story is online at http://www.hplovecraft.com/writings/texts/fiction/dwh.aspx.

The Dark Adventure Radio Theatre’s version of Dreams in the Witch House is narrated from the point of view of a character who barely features in Lovecraft’s tale, a young man named Frank Elwood (Sean Branney). He’s the only other Miskatonic University student who has a room in the same ancient Arkham house as the hapless Walter Gilman (Andrew Leman); the other inhabitants of the house are all immigrants, mostly Poles. After the horrific events of the original story have concluded, Elwood goes to see a priest–not for confession, but for guidance and some spiritual comfort in light of the terrifying things he’s witnessed. He tells Father Ivanicki about his friendship with Gilman, beginning with the day of their meeting and ending with Gilman’s ugly death.

Walter Gilman was a brilliant young mathematician. Like so many Miskatonic students, he also dabbled in the occult and sought to read …read more

Source:: The Northlands

      

DVD Review: The Dunwich Horror

By Kathryn L Ramage

Wilbur Whately's idea of a date

In some ways, this is a rather silly film as well as a loose adaptation of the original short story, but I can’t be too hard on it. It was, after all, my childhood introduction to the works of H.P. Lovecraft; if I hadn’t watched this movie and noted that it had some unusual elements that I hadn’t seen in other horror movies, and then seen the same title on the spine of a library book a few years later, who knows where I’d be today?

This was on television more than once in the early ’70s, and for years I was under the impression that it was one of those scary made-for-TV movies that aired during that time period and traumatized so many of my generation with images of little goblins dragging Kim Darby into the chimney or a Zuni fetish doll chasing Karen Black. Now that I see it on DVD, I realize that it was an AIP theatrical release. It’s actually one of the early examples of sexed-up Lovecraft–see also Dagon and From Beyond. The bowdlerized version I grew up with didn’t have visions of naked orgies, nor did the tentacled horror locked up on the top floor strip the clothes off one of its victims.

What we did see, even on ’70s television, was that Wilbur Whately gets a girlfriend so he can try to repeat his mother’s experience with human / Old One hybrids.

This version of The Dunwich Horror begins with a prologue at the Whately house, which is much larger, fancier, and in better condition than the dilapidated farmhouse of Lovecraft’s story. When we get a better look around the place later on, we can observe that the interior has the same sort of decayed opulence as the Usher house… and will meet with …read more

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Books. The News.

Wiley to change journal licensing ‘immediately’

Carol Ann Duffy writing dark Rapunzel ballet

The Joys and Hazards of Self-Publishing on the Web (hat tip KM Warner)

TFP hides album code in Wedding Present book

Publishers and Apple want delay in settlement agreements

Blue Jacaranda releases charity title: Arabella Parker and the Rhino Horn Poachers

Who speaks for publishing policy?

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Book Biz News

Fifty Shades toppled from Kindle top slot by 20p title

Bad Writing Award Winners Announced

Google tweaks algorithms to relegate copyright infringers

Apple ‘in talks’ over Women’s Prize for Fiction sponsorship

Burton’s diaries to come from Yale Richard Burton, the sexy actor, that is. Wow, 1939 to 1983, who knew he was ever sober enough to keep a diary? Let alone one for that long.

George Orwell’s ‘Diaries’ show balance between big and small vision. Yeah, but he never played Hamlet.

Google buys Wiley travel brand Frommer’s

Helen Gurley Brown, author and editrix, dies at 90

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Book news round up

News Corp’s board unanimously approved a plan to split the media conglomerate in two pieces, separating its lucrative entertainment operations from its publishing business

Google launches tablet device

Open Access role created at John Wiley

Alternate endings for Hemingway novel revealed. More Hemmingway than you ever knew you wanted.

In E-Book War, the Independent Publishers Strike Back

6 Authors Who Never Quit Their Day Jobs

88 books that shaped America, at the Library of Congress

2012 The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest Winners

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Publishing: the links round up

E-Book Price-Fixing Trial Date Set for June 2013, an Eternity Away in the E-Book Era

Ray Bradbury and the dime-at-a-time typewriter of ‘Fahrenheit 451’

The only necessary people (ebook authoring)

Crime and Punishment in Pie Chart Form

A Haunting and Beautiful Kafka Animated Film:

Handling money comics for kids, Kids.usa.gov

Spider-Man and Likeness RightsPublishers! What Are They Good For? Part Deux: The Debate

What It Means to Be a Start-up: Is It a Model Publishers Should Embrace?

The Post-Apocalyptic Publishing Platform

“How can you know you’re not the publisher? There are a few hints:
You’ve assumed no risk. Real publishers of all types shelter authors from risk.
You have no legal exposure. Real publishers assume legal exposure of one type or another.
You have no authors or contributors, and write whenever you want. Real publishers have to keep the content coming or perish.
You can’t fail financially because you don’t publish well. Real publishers can fail if their publishing initiatives fail.”
We’re All Publishers Now? Not So Fast

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It’s morning in America and 99% of us are working the night shift

If this chart doesn’t make you see red, there’s something wrong with you:

“The following chart tells the story. It shows inflation-adjusted GDP per capita and median family income from 1947 (the earliest year for which the income data are available) to 2007. To facilitate comparison of the over-time trends, each is indexed to its 1973 level. Since the mid-to-late 1970s, growth of income at the median has been slow — very slow — relative to growth of the economy. The current decade, with no improvement at all in median income, is especially striking.”


Slow Income Growth for Middle America, Consider the Evidence, September 3, 2008 (I wish I’d seen this sooner)

Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. America making more while the general population are making less? It is truly time to Occupy America because the current management really sucks. Yes, Wall Street, Banking, Insurance Industry, Reagan Administration, Social and Neo Conservatives, I’m looking at all of you. It’s time for the Looting of America to end.

Oh, and yay, it’s an election year, so plus ça change… I think I’ll send the Occupy-iers some swim googles. It won’t stop the pepper spraying, but it will protect their eyes a little.

(via the divine Dr. K)

Crossposted from The Hackenblog

Great. Our voicemail company just went out of business

And didn’t tell anyone. Well, anyway, good luck to wildgate.com because they’ll need it.

Our new contact number is 323-201-7147 Yeah. If you have Wapshott business cards, please make a note when you hand them out. I’ll be generating new cards soon-ish.

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