Thursday, June 30, 2011

Phoenix Rising

Last year while at the Motor City Comic Con, my friend Mitch and I were flipping through some old X-Men comics and one of us remarked with faux sincerity, "What? Phoenix died? What? She came back?" This prompted a nearby nerd to start pontificating about just how few times Jean Grey had died/returned as the Phoenix. This has stuck in my craw for a while. That said, I created the following cover montage that shows just a few Phoenix stories...

Monday, June 27, 2011

Do Re Mink - The Mink Stole CD

One of my favorite people, Mink Stole, is working on funding for her first full-length music CD, Do Re Mink. Do her a solid and give what you can to her Kickstarter fund.

Also, look for Mink on an upcoming episode of The Projection Booth all about my favorite John Waters movie, Desperate Living.

Donate to Mink here:

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Robocop - Detroit's Savoir

This week on the Projection Booth Podcast, Mondo Justin and I hit the streets of Old Detroit in search of our city's savior, Robocop. In this super ultra deluxe edition of the podcast we discuss this landmark film and chat with many of the folks involved in both its production and in its aftermath including one of the guys behind the building of the Detroit Robcop statue.

Special Guests: Ed Neumeier, Michael Miner, Nancy Allen, Ronny Cox, Miguel Ferrer, Monte Hellman, Ed Naha, Jerry Paffendorf


  • Robocop Theme - Basil Poledouris
  • Don't Worry Baby - Keith Moon
  • Milkbone Underwear - Ronny Cox
  • Robocop Theme - Nintendo 8-bit version
  • Robocop (Who R U?) - B.O.S.E
  • OCP - Gama Bomb, Robocop - Sleaze Boyz
  • Murphy's Law - Priestess, RESPECT - Aretha Franklin
  • Robocop: Streets of Detroit - Shiryu
  • Murphy, It's You - Al & Jon Kaplan

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Noir Is All Around...

This is quite a year! At least six of my Noircon friends have books coming out in 2011. If I've missed anyone, I apologize. In the meantime, be sure to check out some great work by some terrific people.

L.A. Noire: Collected Stories
By Megan Abbott, Lawrence Block, Joe Lansdale, Joyce Carol Oates, Francine Prose, Jonathan Santlofer, Duane Swierczynski and Andrew Vachss
Release Date: June 6, 2011
Fun and Games
By Duane Swierczynski
Release Date: June 20, 2011

The End of Everything
By Megan Abbott
Release Date: July 7, 2011

The Adjustment
By Scott Phillips
Release Date: August 1, 2011

Choke Hold
By Christa Faust
Release Date: October 4, 2011
The Maltese Touch of Evil
By Shannon Clute & Richard Edwards
Release Date: December 13, 2011

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Rob Zombie Goes to Court

The latest episode of the Rue Morgue podcast puts Rob Zombie's The Devil's Rejects on trial. Listen to host Stuart Feedback Andrews go head to head against Toronto Underground's Charlie Lawton, discussing the film and putting it on trial. What do you vote? Guilty or Not Guilty?

Listen to the podcast here and VOTE!

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Latest Issue of Paracinema Magazine!

It's time to get the latest issue of Paracinema magazine -- one of the best mags out there these days (and one I have been proud to write for in the past... and hopefully the future, too.

Paracinema #12 / June 2011

The Man From Australia: Falling Without a Parachute Through the Films of Ozploitation Filmmaker, Brian Trenchard-Smith
by Justin Bozung

Howling All the Way Straight to Video
by Brett Taylor

The Good, The Bad and The Fulci: Tales of Redemption and Revenge from Four of the Apocalypse
by Christian Sellers

No Future for You: Punk Aesthetics and British Identity in Derek Jarman's Jubilee
by Andreas Stoehr

Explorers: Exploring Childhood Escapism
by Matthew House

Kiyoshi Kurosawa: Reflections on Revenge
by Joshua Samford

All that and much more for only US $7. Pre-order your copy today from Paracinema.

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

On the Road Again - Impossibly Funky Book Tour Notes Pt 2

I've come to a decision. I'm never doing another book tour again. There's just too much overhead and not enough return. Yes, I had fun most of the time but I had quite a few disappointments as well.

I know better than to count on folks who say they'll attend events. I tend to count on maybe half of those who say they'll come out to actually do so. I was riding high up until Wednesday night.

I didn't expect to see a lot of people at the screening of Black Shampoo at the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington, Long Island. Thus, I was pleasantly surprised when at least a dozen people showed up. The Q&A after the screening generated some good questions with one guy asking for my other favorite blaxploitation picks.

While the movie played, Dylan Skolnick and I hung out at the CAC's awesome concession area/lounge talking movies. And, after the show, CAC broke out the wine and munchies.

Books Sold: 3

Despite some miscommunications, the screening on Wednesday night at Brooklyn's reRun Theater went well. It was especially nice to have dinner with Dylan and Christine from Paracinema before the screening. The reRun has a wonderful little screening space with old automobile seats rather than chairs and some tantalizing gourmet grub. I highly recommend the popcorn with duck fat and garlic. Delish.

A great deal of familiar faces came out to the event including fellow MicroCineFest alum Mike Faloon who brought out some free copies of his book The Hanging Gardens of Split Rock for anyone who bought a copy of Impossibly Funky. I was thrilled to finally meet some folks that I had only ever talked to online including Mark Trahan, the fine folks at Cinema Knife Fight and Keith from Teleport City. Again confirming that the best part of the book tour is meeting people in real life that I've only ever conversed with via mail or email.

Books Sold: 4

Thursday we headed up to Midland, MA -- appropriately named as it's roughly halfway between Boston, MA and Providence, RI.

Almost as soon as we got in, I took off again, heading to the north of Boston for a meeting with Bill from Outside the Cinema podcast. We did an impromptu live broadcast. More movie talk and a lot of fun shooting the shit with him.

On Friday Andrea and I did the tourist thing most of the day, heading down into Boston and hitting a "hop on/hop off" bus tour of the city along with a couple of bakeries. We got back to Brookline, MA just in time for my reading at the Brookline Booksmith. Despite a terrific introduction by Booksmith's Evan Perriello, the reading was a bit of a bust. First, I kept flubbing lines. Perhaps that was due to the huge crowd that had gathered... all three people. At least one of them in the audience was Adam Blomquist, a fellow Paracinema writer.

Adam and Evan also later came to the screening of Black Shampoo at the Coolidge Corner. This put them in a pretty elite group of people as not very many other folks made the midnight show (despite a lot of folks telling me that they'd be there). I expected maybe twenty or thirty people to show up. I think that around ten did.

Books Sold: 1 -- to David Haymen of .45 Caliber Samurai.

If I was disappointed by the number of "I'll be there!"s versus actual people in the audience in Boston... then Providence was devastating. First off, we got into the city right about 1PM after having some brunch at Evelyn's (featured on "Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives"). Little did I know that the planned tour of the city by the Providence by trolley wouldn't happen since it's not a "hop on/hop off" tour. It's one fucking trolley that does three tours a day in the summer. We missed it by a few minutes and didn't want to wait around for two hours until it came back. Instead, we headed to the mall and caught X-Men: First Class, which -- despite a great performance by Kevin Bacon and some awesome outfits on January Jones -- was more Coach class than First class.

I'm still not exactly sure what happened to dinner plans that night. Rather than things coming together smoothly as they had in Manhattan or Schenectady, it was a true cluster. Of the expected six people at our table (two of those being Andrea and me), we had three. Thank goodness that Cable Car cinema projectionist Josh Gravel showed up. After waiting over an hour for the rest of our party to show up, we finally gave up the rest of the table to some waiting patrons.

Waiting for people to show up that never did also happened at the theater where at least three "for sure"s ended up as no shows. I try not to have unrealistic expectations about people but these folks had been talking to me about my Providence trip for months. So, when they never came, called, or emailed (still), it stuck in my craw. The few folks that came out to the Cable Car seemed very into Black Shampoo and it ended up being a pretty good night for sales.

Books Sold: 3

And, on Sunday, I drove us back all the way from Midland, MA to Westland, MI. This gave me plenty of time to think about how going out on tour for the book may not have been that great of an idea. Yes, I had a lot of fun seeing old and new friends. The people who helped me set up the events were all very cool and everyone that came out seemed to have a good time. I'm glad I helped spread the word about Black Shampoo, Angels Brigade, Satan's Cheerleaders, Without Warning, Shock Treatment, and Miami Blues and, hopefully, Impossibly Funky.

I want to thank everyone again who showed up and/or helped make these gigs happen. The screenings were truly a pleasure, albeit a very expensive one. Maybe all of the time and money will help make the next book more of a success...

I can hope.

Monday, June 06, 2011

Outside the Cinema Appearance

Last Thursday I was fortunate enough to be a part of a live broadcast of Outside the Cinema. It was great being invited into the OTC lair and chewing the fat the Bill. Thanks again for having me!

Watch live streaming video from outsidethecinema at

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Free Screening Tonight at reRun!

Black Shampoo

Yes, you read that right.

The screening of Black Shampoo tonight at the reRun Gastropub in Brooklyn, NY is free! That will leave you with more money for beer and a copy of Impossibly Funky.

Reserve your tickets here.

The show begins at 7PM. Get there early for some grub at the reBar restaurant and get ready to have your mind blown by Black Shampoo.