Small House of Everything

Small House of Everything

Monday, February 23, 2015


David Majerowicz.


  • Thomas Bailey Aldrich, editor-in-chief, The Young Folks Library.  A collection of ten anthologies published in 1938. These were the first half of a twenty-volume set first published in 1902.  I was able to pick up nine of the ten volumes:  The Animal Story Book (edited by Ernest Thompson-Seton), The Book of Adventure (edited by Nathan Haskell Dole), A Book of Brave Deeds (edited by John T. Trowbridge), A Book of Famous Fairy Tales (edited by Roswell M. Field), A Book of Famous Myths and Legends (edited by Thomas J. Shahan), The Merry Maker (edited by Joel Chandler Harris; the title page gives this subtitle:  Funny Leaves for the Younger Branches by BARON KRAKEMSIDES OF BIRSTENOUDELAFEN), Stories of School and College Days (edited by Kirk Munro & Mary Hartwell Catherwood), The Story Teller (edited by Charles Eliot Norton), and Tales of Fantasy (edited by Tudor Jenks).   [As a matter of interest, the volume unavailable to me was Famous Explorers, edited by Edwin Erle Sparks.  For a list of all twenty of the original 1902 set, go here:'%20Library]
  • [anonymously edited], Charmed Destinies.  Collection of three short novels -- romantic fantasies by Mercedes Lackey, "Rachel Lee" (Susan Civil-Brown & Cristian Brown), and Catherine Asaro -- published as an introduction to Harlequin's forthcoming (January 2004) line of romantic fantasies, Luna Books.
  • "Marc Brellen" (Bruce Freshman), Crossbearers.  Horror.  The scum of New York are being murdered in the name of God; in the name of God, this has to be stopped.
  • Sharon Green, Competitions.  Fantasy, Book Two of The Blending series.
  • Peter Haining, editor, Ghost Tour:  An Armchair Journey Through the Supernatural and The Monster Makers:  Creators and Creations of Fantasy and Horror.  Horror anthologies with 15 and 18 stories (many familiar), respectively.
  • "James Rollins" (James Czajkowski), Altar of Eden.  Thriller.  A modern twist on The Island of Dr. Moreau, with terrorists.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015


The Dixie Cups.


Happy Mardi Gras!

Here's a Mardi Gras episode of Four Star Playhouse from April 15, 1954, featuring Ida Lupino.

Four Star Playhouse was an anthology series that ran for 131 episodes from 1952 to 1956 and featured Ida Lupino, David Niven, Dick Powell, and Charles Boyer in rotating episodes.

In addition to Lupino, this episode's cast includes John Bryant (the "Marlboro Man" in 1950s and 1960s ads) as Lupino's fiancĂ© and Carleton G. Young (the voice of Ellery Queen on the radio program) as Lupino's homicidal ex-husband.

Roy Kellino directed this episode (and 47 others in the series).  Kellino was at one time a business partner with actor James Mason and Kellino's first wife, Pamela, later married Mason.  Kellino's second wife was actress Barbara Billingsly.

"The Masquerade" was scripted by Frederick Brady and Thelma Robinson from a story by Charles Beaumont and Leonard Pruyn.  Brady was a prolific writer for television during the 1950s with over 100 credits.  Robinson was probably best know for writing some of the Maisie films, starring Ann Sothern.  Beaumont, of course, was a well respected script and short story writer; a number of his scripts were written with Richard Matheson.  This was Pruyn's only scriptwriting credit; he is probably best known for the SF novel World Without Women, co-written with Day Keene.

So, laissez les bon temp rouler.  Or, more fittingly, laissez le suspense rouler!

Monday, February 16, 2015


It's Presidents Day, so let's celebrate with the Carolina Night Hawks!


  • [Anonymously edited], Path Into the Unknown:  The Best of Soviet Science Fiction.  SF collection with eight stories.  No translators indicated.  This is often wrongly credited to Judith Merril, who wrote the introduction to the 1968 paperback edition.
  • "Taylor Brady" (Donna Ball & Shannon Harper), Westward Winds.  Western Oops.  Historical novel.  Book Four in the Kincaids series.
  • W. F. Bragg, Shotgun Gap.  Western.  Originally published as Ride On, Cowboy!
  • Mildred Down Broxon, Too Long a Sacrifice.  Fantasy.
  • Maggie Bruce, editor, Murder Most Crafty.  Mystery anthology.  Fifteen stories about different crafts, each with its very own craft project included.  Despite some very good authors represented here, I am afraid that the anthology will be a might bit twee.
  • "Tobias Cole"  (Cameron Judd), The Guardian:  Derailers.  Western, evidently meant to be the first of a series; I don't know if the series ever reached book two.
  • Troy Denning, The Twilight Giants, Book III:  The Titan of Twilight.  Gaming (Forgotten Realms) tie-in novel.
  • "Jonathan Gash" (John Grant), The Judas Pair.  A Lovejoy mystery.
  • Caroline Graham, Death in Disguise.  An Inspector Barnaby Mystery.
  • Peter Haining, editor, Tales from the Rogues' Gallery.  Horror anthology with 28 stories.
  • Caroline Hart, Letter from Home.  Mystery set in small town Oklahoma in 1944.
  • "Jack Higgins" (Harry Petterson), Passage By Night.  Thriller originally published as by "Hugh Marlowe."
  • Hammond Innes, The Blue Ice and The Survivors.  Thrillers.
  • Staley Krause & Stewart Wieck, editors, Death and Damnation.  Gaming (Wraith) tie-in anthology with a dozen stories.
  • Mike McCray, The Black Berets 33:  The Black Palm.  Men's action adventure novel.
  • Christopher Moore, Sacre Bleu:  A Comedy D'Art.  Wackiness from a master.
  • Andre Norton, Steel Magic.  YA fantasy.
  • Jason Pinter, The Darkness.  Thriller.
  • Tim Powers, Last Call.  Fantasy.
  • Michael Resnick, The Doctor and the Kid.  Weird western.
  • Jessica Amanda Salmonson, The Swordswoman.  Fantasy.
  • Curt Siomak, The Third Ear.  SF/horror.  The author, brother of film director Robert Siodmak, wrote the classic weird suspense novel Donovan's Brain, as well as many of the old Universal Studios horror flicks (The Wolf Man, Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man, Son of Dracula, etc.).
  • Whitley Strieber, The Day After Tomorrow.  Movie tie-in novel.
  • Maryrose Wood, with The Duchess of Northumberland, The Poison Diaries.  YA mystery-ish novel.  I picked this one up because the heroine's name is Jessamine, although a much better name would be Jessamyn, a far more beautiful name, indicating exquisite beauty, grace, and charm such that is found in my own daughter, Jessamyn.  I digress.  The "co-author" (she supplied the concept) is the wife of the twelfth Duke of Northumberland and has created the famous Poison Garden at Alnwick Castle.  She knows her poisons so don't get her mad at  you.

Sunday, February 15, 2015


From the always worthwhile TYWKIWDBI blog.

I'm always amazed and astounded by the ingenuity of man.  This beautiful place hit me straight in the happy bone.