Friday, January 20, 2017

Pulp Show 2017

Starting to save the quarters for this year's Fantastic Pulps Show & Sale!

From the website of Girasol Collectables:

"A small but terrific show featuring a variety of pulp and pulp related items.
25 dealers’ tables crammed with vintage pulp, pulp reprints,
vintage paperbacks and posters as well as other ephemera.
Plus a half-hour pulp magazine cover slide show. A great time for both
serious pulp collectors as well as the casually interested.
Lots of great stuff to see!"

My Goodness This Blog Has Been Inactive

Hi there. Heh-heh.

I've lost count now. Which number of apologia is this to make amends for inactive blog posting?

What a year. 2016 was the time I had pledged to make a fresh new start, and that didn't happen for a multitude of reasons. I then resolved to start 2017 with a clean slate and renewed sense of purpose, albeit a little late. Since December 28, I was laid up with a cold, and therefore everything in my current roster had to be pushed back several weeks. I'm still getting caught up on celebrating the holidays with relatives!

As noted on my sister blog Mount Unwatched (itself dormant also due to reasons above),  Honest Ed's closed for good on December 31. With it, went most of the adjacent businesses on Markham St. Favourite haunts such as Suspect Video, The Beguiling, and Butler's Pantry have shuttered, or are dispersing to other locations, all in the name of "progress". Just what we need: more overpriced condos, more frozen yogurt places. Yippee!  And so, culturally, last year, was like watching the slow but certain death of a loved one. Perhaps the cessation of that lifeblood is what has inspired me more to continue what I used to do, to keep that culture alive!

Thanks for taking the trip with us. More real soon.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The Old Book & Paper Show

The 2016 edition of The Old Book & Paper Show happened two days ago at Wychwood Barns. This was my second visit to the show, and it seemed that this year there were more postcard vendors than last. Otherwise, you still had exhibitors of books, magazines, comics, memorabilia, photographs, etc.

The man with the boxes of cheap paperbacks was there again this year, and I came away with the following from his table. Most of these are prime "Gee Whiz G-Man" material to be read and reviewed for this blog in the future:

Jerry Sohl: The Time Dissolver
Roger Fuller: Burke’s Law - Who Killed Madcap Millicent?
Paul Brickhill: Escape or Die
Sax Rohmer: Nude In Mink
John Buchan: Mountain Meadow
Cornell Woolrich: Deadline at Dawn
Dorothy B. Hughes: Ride the Pink Horse
Sax Rohmer: Return of Sumuru
Dorothy B. Hughes: The Bamboo Blonde
Edgar Wallace: The Clue of the New Pin
Peter Cheyney: The Stars Are Dark
Jack Webb: The Bad Blonde
Elizabeth Sax Rohmer: Bianca in Black
William P. McGivern: The Crooked Frame
Sax Rohmer: The Fire Goddess
William P. McGivern: Killer on the Turnpike