• Cultural Gutter: Heavy Light

    On the Cultural Gutter, “Heavy Light” traces the origin of Heavy Metal and the important part it played in encouraging me to seek out weird sci-fi, especially if it contained nudity and space janitors.

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  • Diabolique: Main Hoon Dracula!

    Over on Diabolique, I’m indulging my passion for Shaitani Dracula. Main Hoon Dracula! is the next step in my quest to promote Harinam Singh’s baffling, beautiful horror masterpiece.

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  • Diabolique: Bollywood Bloodbath

    I’m back on Diabolique with “Music is Screaming”, an exploration of the fantastic Bollywood Bloodbath, a compilation of music from Indian horror films grade A-to-Z.

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  • Qurbani

    The world of Qurbani is one in which mechanic Bob Christo has a free standing brick wall in his auto body shop just so he can demonstrate the power of his fists to any doubter who happens by.

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  • Be-Sharam

    Be-Sharam bears a strong resemblance to 1978’s Don because, like that film, it’s a tale — set against a funky urban backdrop — of a peaceful innocent masquerading as a suave underworld figure.

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Local Features

I, The Jury

When people imitate or spoof the style of hardboiled detective fiction, they’re imitating Mickey Spillane. Because when it comes to elevating tough-guy talk to sublime and absurd levels, it’s hard to beat Spillane.

Forever and a Death

Donald E. Westlake, best known for his “Parker” series of thrillers, was hired to write a James Bond movie. In the end, the script was not used, but Westlake reworked the story into an original novel.

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Cultural Gutter: Heavy Light

On the Cultural Gutter, “Heavy Light” traces the origin of Heavy Metal and the important part it played in encouraging me to seek out weird sci-fi, especially if it contained nudity and space janitors.

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Cocktails & Capers: On the Negroni

On the Cocktails & Capers site, I’ve posted an excerpt from the book in celebration of Negroni Week, June 24-30. Surprisingly, the excerpt, from the chapter “Casino Amaro,” is about the Negroni.

Aboard the African Queen

A day spent puttering around the coast and canals of Key Largo on board the actual boat from one of my favorite films, John Huston’s The African Queen.