Posts Tagged ‘Cowboys and Aliens’

Lady Goes Live

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

I am beginning the writing of LADY GO, DIE! today. The prep for this one has been extensive, as this is only Spillane manuscript that dates to the early period of the Mike Hammer books. In fact, you can’t get any earlier than this – the 20,000 word partial manuscript was probably written in 1947, shortly after I, THE JURY. That makes it the second Hammer novel.

By way of prep, I have been reading – and marking up like a school boy getting ready for the big test – large-print copies of I, THE JURY, MY GUN IS QUICK and THE TWISTED THING. The latter – published in 1966 but written before the official second Hammer, MY GUN IS QUICK – is particularly instructive, because it uses the same smalltown setting (fictional Sidon on Long Island) and has a few shared characters. Some of the latter will require me changing character names. Readers of THE TWISTED THING may recall the vividly rendered small-town cop/thug Dilwick. He appears prominently in LADY GO, DIE!, but will appear (unfortunately – because “Dilwick” is a wonderful, typically Spillane moniker) – under a different name in the finished novel.

Interest in the new Spillane/Hammer novels, to be published by Titan, was high on the net this week. Most of the write-ups are reworkings of the original New York Times piece.

This nice article, however, comes out of a phone interview I did, and it’s worth checking out.

In the meantime, the buzz about Harrison Ford as Wyatt Earp (in BLACK HATS) continues, apparently unslowed by the somewhat disappointing opening of Ford and Daniel Craig’s COWBOYS & ALIENS. They tied with the SMURFS. Too bad it wasn’t one movie, because that would have been more interesting, probably, than either existing film – COWBOYS & SMURFS? I’m there.


Cowboys & Aliens

San Diego Comic-Con Day Four

Sunday, July 24th, 2011
Black Hats

I was waiting in the lobby, ducking zombies, space-girls, manga characters and assorted superheroes (and villains), when I checked my e-mail on my phone and saw everybody and his duck congratulating me on the news that Harrison Ford has signed to play Wyatt Earp in a big-screen adaptation of my novel BLACK HATS (published under the Patrick Culhane penname that I have since abandoned). Anyway, if you read either the Hollywood Reporter story or the Variety story, you will know as much as I do right now.

I was only briefly at the con, but had the great fun of meeting both Sybil Danning and John Saxon at the Shout Factory Booth, where they were promoting the DVD/Blu-ray release of BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS. John Saxon, whose body of work is amazing, was a real gentleman, and Sybil Danning looks amazing, exactly as she did on the screen in the ’80s and ’90s (and is very, very nice as well). I would rather meet the great B movie stars, anytime, over the Hollywood big shots…with the exception of Harrison Ford, of course. And Tom Hanks.

Much of the day was a family one for us, eating at the Fish Market restaurant (Barb, Nate, Abby and me) on a deck I referred to as the Hitchcock Lounge, because of the friendly birds; shopping Seaport Village and the Gaslamp District; wolfing down sundaes at Ghirardelli’s; dining on great Mexican food at Casa Guadalajara in Old Town; and finally taking in an evening showing of HARRY POTTER (the 3-D conclusion), which I thought was a good film, if not as exciting as the cab ride home where Barb ordered the cabbie to slow down, and he asked, “Why?” What followed was not pretty….


Seaport Village Comic Con 2011