Friday, October 16, 2020


I didn't watch it.  Did I miss anything?

It had to be lame -- just look at the so-called monsters on the first page -- that ain't Dracula or Frankenstein's monster!  It's a bad Dore illustration and a guy with acne.

See you on Monday with another Scary Book, kiddies!

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Color Grandpa Munster!

It's a cleaned-up page from the Munsters coloring book, for you to print and color!  (Just don't make him any madder than he already is!)

See you on Friday!

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

From Mount Olympus (via Hollywood) to You!

The newest opus from Jacobs/Brown is out!  And I helped!

Swords, Starships and Superheroes – From Star Trek to Xena to Hercules: A TV Writer’s Life Scripting the Stories of Heroes by Paul Robert Coyle is a great read if you want to learn about the production and writing of genre TV like those shows, and others, from Superboy and Simon & Simon to DS9, TNG, and Voyager.

Paul tells his own origin story and shares his excitement and (you guessed it) toils working from Hollywood to New Zealand.  Fans of Xena and Hercules will really like Paul’s discussions of story conferences and plans, complete with alternate endings and script excerpts.

And I got to read it first! (and mess about with some words and spellings).  Yep, it’s another spiffy notch on my editorial belt.  But the best part is I got to read it first (and talk electronically with Paul, too).

You can buy it from Jacobs/Brown, with Paul’s autograph too!

To put it another way:

Screenwriter Paul Robert Coyle has crafted tales for Earth (Jake and the Fatman, The Streets of San Francisco), superheroes (Superboy), Starfleet (STAR TREK series Voyager, The Animated Series, and Deep Space Nine) and heroes of legend (Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess.


From Star Trek to Xena to Hercules: A TV Writer’s Life ​Scripting the Stories of Heroes, Coyle shares tales from the 1970s to the present.  His reminiscences unveil the fascinating (and raucous) background of TV production, from Hollywood to New Zealand.

So go get it!


Monday, October 12, 2020

Scary Books, Kiddies! - Haining

Scary Books, Kiddies!
            The Midnight People.  Edited by Peter Haining, 1968, Pocket.  No cover credit, but the image is from a triptych created around 1590 by Hieronymus Bosch, Death and the Miser.

            The triptych, reconstructed:

            This anthology is focused solely on the vampire.  It opens and closes with excerpts from Montague Summers’s The Vampire in Europe.

            The first selection is the only nonfiction piece, about Fritz Haarmann, “the Hanover Vampire”—proof indeed that real human behavior can be nastier than anything made up.  The other stories are by the usual suspects:  Bloch, Bradbury, Polidori, Matheson.

See you next time, kiddies!  That's Wednesday!
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