My Scrapbook: Be Careful Out There!

It Ain't All Booze, Bullets and Babes...(or "How Two Wrights Make a Wrong") Folks send me stuff all the time, but this clipping sent to me from John Larsen from the January 22, 2021 Chicago Tribune just really stuck in my craw.  It's one hell of a way for a hardworking gumshoe to start off the … Continue reading My Scrapbook: Be Careful Out There!

My Scrapbook: The Dan Fortune Game

An Expansion for Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine Game Ellery Queen, as the joint pseudonym of Frederic Dannay and Manfred Bennington Lee, is cool. The magazine? The countless collections? These guys are top notch, legendary--an undeniably major influence on not just the Shamus Game, but the whole mystery genre. But Ellery Queen, their erudite, educated amateur sleuth, … Continue reading My Scrapbook: The Dan Fortune Game

My Scrapbook: The Millars Lived Here

Ross Macdonald & Margaret Millar's Santa Barbara Home I guess this should really be called "Duane's Scrapbook," because he's the one who snapped these pics... Anyway, he posted these recently from secret lair in Burbank, following a jaunt to Santa Barbara. Respectfully submitted by Duane Swierczynski.

My Scrapbook: Original Pressbook for Manhandled

My Scrapbook Original Pressbook for Manhandled (1949, Paramount Pictures) If you're not familiar with the 1949 film noir Manhandled, it's about time you checked it out. The 1949 film noir is no lost classic, despite a decent cast (Dorothy Lamour, Sterling Hayden, etc.), but Dan Duryea, as private detective Karl Benson, is an absolute joy to … Continue reading My Scrapbook: Original Pressbook for Manhandled

My Scrapbook: King Bennett Forever!

My Scrapbook A Tribute to Dean Davis' Legendary Detective, The Greatest Private Eye Series That Never Existed!   Back when this site and I were young, someone clued me into a web site about a writer, Dean Davis, and his greatest creation, private eye King Bennett. In over fifty books, from "Bang", Said the Gun … Continue reading My Scrapbook: King Bennett Forever!

My Scrapbook: Shhhh! Spicy Reading for Librarians

My Scrapbook Spicy Reading for Librarians I've always said librarians rock, but I really had no idea! Didn't originally know who did this, (turns out it's someone unstable genius named, appropriately enough, LisaGenius), but I love it! It's a piece of internet detritus that's been passed around (and around) forever, and I thought I'd post … Continue reading My Scrapbook: Shhhh! Spicy Reading for Librarians

My Scrapbook: Chinatown from Movies R Fun

My Scrapbook Chinatown from Movies R Fun Illustration by Josh Cooley Josh Cooley is an American animator, screenwriter, director, voice actor and storyboard artist, best known (so far) for for his work for Disney's Pixar studios. He's credited with designing the look of such films as The Incredibles (2004), Ratatouille (2007), and Up (2009), co-writing the script for … Continue reading My Scrapbook: Chinatown from Movies R Fun

It Figures…

Private Eye Figures & Figurines The Xander P.I. (2015, POP! by Xander) I was so disappointed at the lack of P.I.-related POP! figures that I asked my B&N pal Xander to make me one... Jessica Jones POP! Figure | Buy this item Luke Cage POP! Figure | Buy this item (2017, Funko) The P.I./Funko barrier was finally … Continue reading It Figures…

My Scrapbook: Owen Smith Does BART

My Scrapbook Owen Smith Does BART (Another one rides the bus) “I like the idea of reading a book and losing yourself on your train ride.” -- Owen Smith Four years after artist Owen Smith was commissioned by the San Francisco Arts Commission to do a series of paintings to create a series of posters, Dashiell Hammett’s … Continue reading My Scrapbook: Owen Smith Does BART

They Also Served: Owen Smith

Artist & Illustrator   Who says they don't do 'em like they used to? Long before Hard Case Crime made it safe for pulp cover art again, San Francisco fine artist OWEN SMITH was keeping the flame alive, through his paintings, illustrations and sculpture. I've been a fan of Smith ever since 1996 or so, … Continue reading They Also Served: Owen Smith