Posts Tagged ‘Crusin’’

Raymond Burr Isn’t In It

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012
MM9

Nathan has a new book that’s just out from Viz, MM9 – his translation of Hiroshi Yamamoto’s fun novel about Godzilla-style monsters, which I really enjoyed.

Here’s the official description:

“Japan is beset by natural disasters all the time: typhoons, earthquakes, and…giant monster attacks. A special anti-monster unit called the Meteorological Agency Monsterological Measures Department (MMD) has been formed to deal with natural disasters of high “monster magnitude.” The work is challenging, the public is hostile, and the monsters are hungry, but the MMD crew has science, teamwork…and a legendary secret weapon on their side. Together, they can save Japan, and the universe!”

If you like Japanese monster movies, you do not want to miss this.

Here’s a really nice QUARRY’S EX review from Bookhound.

And check out this short but sweet KISS HER GOODBYE review.

Jon L. Breen is a reviewer who has always been kind to me, but really doesn’t care for Mickey Spillane much. But he’s very good to KISS HER GOODBYE in this multiple review article (looking at continuations of famous series) in the Weekly Standard.

Another piece that compares the graphic novel and film versions of ROAD TO PERDITION has popped up, favoring the former. I like the movie myself, but this writer does sort out the relative strengths and weaknesses of both. Worth taking a look.

Vince Keenan has done a nice piece on the posthumously published Don Westlake novel, THE COMEDY IS FINISHED. It talks about my role in bringing this excellent lost book to print, finally.

I am at the half-way mark of SEDUCTION OF THE INNOCENT. For those wondering, I’m deep in the bunker and often blow off phone calls and e-mails – Barb does all the driving when I’m in this much of a daze, much more in the world of the novel than the (so-called) real one.

But I will be emerging like a ground hog seeking his shadow this coming Saturday night (January 28) at Ducky’s Lagoon in Andalusia, Illinois (near the Quad Cities). It will mark the first public appearance of the band with new bass player Brian Van Winkle, guitarist Jim’s brother (we have played one private party with Brian). The performance will be dedicated to the memory of founding member, bassist Chuck Bunn.

M.A.C.

Lightning Strikes

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011
The Simon & Kirby Library: Crime

CHICAGO LIGHTNING did very well on its Kindle Deal of the Day 99-cent sale – something like 8000 copies. For a short story collection, that’s amazing, even at the discount. If you prefer a real, physical object (it’s called a book), you should pick this up. Also, the audio version read by Dan John Miller really is fun.

The Simon and Kirby CRIME comics collection from Titan hit the New York Times list, another amazing accomplishment, for which I can take zero credit, though my intro is getting some nice comments in reviews.

I am wrapping up SPILLANE ON SCREEN (I’ll ship it out this week) and starting serious work on SEDUCTION OF THE INNOCENT, the Jack and Maggie Starr novel for Hard Case Crime. I am delighted to be returning to this series. The cover is by Glenn Orbik (can’t share it yet, but it’s an eye-popper) and Terry Beatty will do interior chapter illos and a fake EC-style cover as a frontispiece.

Thanksgiving here was low-key and very enjoyable, with Nate and his girl friend Abby joining us (as well as our granddog, Toaster) and Barb cooked a fantastic traditional turkey dinner. We watched lots of movies, also episodes of AUCTION HUNTERS (a good rival to STORAGE WARS), saw the very good ARTHUR CHRISTMAS (after suffering through an abysmal Justin Bieber video that almost ruined a good movie), and did very minimal Black Friday shopping (picked up some cheap Blu-rays at Walmart, mostly for Riff Trax purposes).

On Saturday night, at the VFW Hall in Lone Tree, Iowa, for an anniversary party, Crusin’ had its first gig with new bass player, Brian Van Winkle, who did a fine job. It’s going to be a very good version of the band.

See you next week with less personal stuff, apologies for which are mitigated by the holiday season.

M.A.C.

Nobody Died

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

I am pleased to report that none of my friends died this week (Clemens, you can come out of your hidey hole).

If you have Facebook, you can check out this superior audience recording of “Alley Cats” with Mike and Nick Cornelison. You can get pretty much all of the dialogue. Several people have asked me what the requirements were for this competition, and I have frankly forgotten the exact instructions (which I received over the phone). There was a name and job description of one of the characters, the line “That’s gonna leave a mark,” the need to be a “buddy film” situation, the use of a manila envelope, and maybe a couple of other things. The audience knew of these requirements and sometimes ahhhed and even applauded when they were worked smoothly in. Understand, this was an under-the-gun competition – actors and crew waiting for me to quickly turn out a script that they could execute in under a week.

My buddy Parnell Hall has made some fun You Tube song videos about the writing game. Crusin’ and I (and lots of bigtime writers, including Crusin’ guest artists Val McDermid and Bob Randisi) participated in a new e-book-centric vid mostly shot at Bouchercon in St. Louis. (That makes our appearance the last video recording of the band with Chuck Bunn.)

Nice reviews for various M.A.C. stuff continue apace. That fine human and terrific writer Bill Crider contributed a great CONSUMMATA review.

This review from Bookgasm is kind of odd. The reviewer seems to like me and the Quarry series, but mis-reads QUARRY’S EX as a prequel to THE FIRST QUARRY, which I think it clearly isn’t. He doesn’t seem to like Quarry’s encounters with B-movie actors, either, and doesn’t seem to care for (or “get,” in my view) a novel that otherwise has earned glowing reviews. Still, always nice to be noticed by Bookgasm, a really great review site.

On a happier note, renowned comics writer John Ostrander provides a great BYE BYE, BABY review at my pal Mike Gold’s ComicMix site.

For those wondering what I’m up to this week, I am continuing work on a book entitled SPILLANE ON FILM with my ONE LONELY KNIGHT collaborator, Jim Traylor.

M.A.C.

A Crusin’ R.I.P. / Consummata Net Work

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Chuck Bunn

Before I start this update, I need to say a word about my friend Chuck Bunn. Chuck was part of the original Daybreakers line-up, back in ‘66, our bass player and high-harmony guy, and he left the band summer of ‘67, shortly before we went to Nashville to record “Psychedelic Siren” – he was off to college out of state, and after that to the U.S. Army. In later years he joined us in Crusin’ – first in the ‘80s, again in the ‘90s, and for the last three years he’s been part of the current line-up.

Chuck returned to the band after the reunion of the original Daybreakers for the Iowa Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame induction concert in 2008. He informed me that he was battling cancer, but that he had it under control. And frankly he was the same feisty, energetic, stubborn, indispensable guy, and showed no signs of infirmity. I’d been playing keyboard bass, and our rhythm guitarist/co-lead singer Andy Landers was about to leave the band, so I thought Chuck would make a good addition. Playing bass with the band gave him something to do, even to live for (he retired early upon getting his medical news), only he wasn’t just a good addition, he was a great one. The kind of band member who steps up and keeps equipment in repair and builds gizmos and drives the van and generally keeps things going, like my late buddy Paul Thomas used to do.

But about three months ago, Chuck’s battle turned a nasty corner, and he began to fail. His last two gigs were tough – he sat down through most of them, the farthest thing from his style. His last gig was the recent, very well-received Bouchercon dance at St. Louis. He passed away Sunday morning. He had been a soldier, a teacher, a contractor, a plant worker, a husband, a father, certainly a friend, and all those things are important. More important than rock ‘n’ roll. But Chuck might well say there isn’t anything more important than rock ‘n’ roll. And it never did any good arguing with him, so we’ll leave it at that.

The Consummata and More

There’s a great display of Hard Case Crime covers with commentary by Charles Ardai himself on the Huffington Post. Amazingly, one day last week (I believe Friday) the CONSUMMATA cover was on the front page of the Post! Either they don’t know Mickey’s politics…or they do know mine.

I have done a dizzying number of interviews in support of THE CONSUMMATA and QUARRY’S EX. Sometimes these are phoners, other times I answer an e-mail list of questions, and in one case below, it’s a podcast of the actual interview. I have endeavored to vary my responses, but some repetition is gonna turn up. Trust me.

Here’s one at Popdose.

And one at Daily Blam.

Daily Rotation did one, too.

So did Fandomania.

As did Shockya.

Nerd Caliber, too.

Here’s a podcast from Film School Rejects.

Boing Boing asked me to write about other authors I read – this one was picked up in part and in whole a bunch of places, probably because of my frankness. This is worth checking out.

Here’s a nice follow-up to the Boing Boing piece by writer Max Gladstone.

There was also a lot of general CONSUMMATA coverage, like this blog post from my pal Ed Gorman.

And there were almost as many reviews – all favorable – of THE CONSUMMATA as interviews with me. Like this one at Guilty Conscience.

And this one at Mostly Fiction.

Fandomania weighted in with its own review.

The terrific pulp serenade posted a CONSUMMATA review, too.

Just to mix things up, here’s a nice review of BYE BYE, BABY by a high school student (darn good writer).

Finally, check out this posting on the Birth of Hard Case Crime from the wonderfully titled site, Boiled Hard.

M.A.C.