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Monday, July 30, 2007
 
Random shots from a big bore...

So long, farewell... Damn, another fiction market gone.

Things I learned from IMDB.com. Last week I wrote a review of Donald Westlake's classic story "The Feel of the Trigger". The story unfolds according to the conventions of the police procedural, and it reads very much like a story by Ed McBain, master of that form.

A few days later I was poking around IMDB.com and found that it had in fact been adapted as an episode of the TV series made from McBain's books, "82nd Precinct". Not only that, but Norman Fell - Mr. Roper from "Three's Company" - played detective Meyer Meyer! The mind boggles.

Another IMDB note: I was looking for a quote from Kill Bill Vol. 2 and discovered that the part of Esteban Vihaio, the pimp who became Bill's mentor, was played by Michael Parks. In Kill Bill Vol. 1 (and From Dusk 'Til Dawn), Parks played Texas Ranger Earl McGraw. He later reprised the same role in Grindhouse. Maybe he has nude pictures of Tarantino or something.

Bound for the Gutter. I'm late to the party, thanks to the fact that I thought I had purchased a year's subscription (five minutes a PayPal convinced me otherwise), but the second issue of Out of the Gutter is now available. This is the "Gangland" issue, and features some nice graphics apparently inspired by Gangs of New York. Here's a peek at the cover:



Here's the best part, in case you missed it:

Yes, I am now Arbiter of Style and Taste for stylish, tasteless crime mags. I vow to use my powers only for evil, not for good.

She's #1. An interesting piece on Amazon's #1 reviewer, Harriet Klausner. Had I thought about it, one of the fake blurbs on John Rickards' Hardboiled Jesus cover would have read: "Worst book I ever read! Three stars!!! -- Harriet Klausner."

The last entry in this tedious list. I read an excellent article on mystery fiction on the web recently. Author Matthew Baldwin talked to Todd "Big Daddy Thug" Robinson, Anthony Neil Smith, Sandra Ruttan, and Dave Zeltserman (among others) and put together an interesting and well-balanced article. Stop what you're doing now (i.e. reading this tripe) and go do that instead.

posted by Graham Powell at 9:56 AM