Thursday, July 30, 2015
I'm watching CONFESSIONS OF BOSTON BLACKIE (1941).
Way back in junior high school I used to tune into the radio
to hear the old mystery detective shows. Boston Blackie and
The Whistler were my favorite detectives. I remember the dark
and looking out the window at the tree shadows while they
were creeping around the docks and warehouses.
Posted by allen frost at 11:59 AM
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
I finished reading Jack Finney's novel
TIME AND AGAIN. I'm a sucker for
time travel stories and this is a good one.
Now if only we could go back in time to
when the library had a Mendery so I could
repair this library book. It has those tape
corners that are not the ideal way to preserve
a book. I do miss that kind of work and hope
there are still libraries that mend their books.
Oh, in Finney's book, Simon is being urged
to go back in time to avert the 1962 Cuban
crisis, an event that my sequel to Roosevelt
also hinges on. I'm nearly finished editing
that book. Fred is eager to do illustrations.
Posted by allen frost at 6:50 AM
Sunday, July 26, 2015
Friday, July 24, 2015
Thursday, July 23, 2015
Met with Fred twice this week. We're doing work on
the next book for Good Deed Rain. It's a GIGANTIC
collection of short stories, so far clocking in around
450 pages, covering 33 years, from 1982-2015.
Complete with illustrations, original notebook pages
and rejection letters. Here's a handwritten excerpt
Posted by allen frost at 5:51 PM
Monday, July 20, 2015
Watched an old favorite, Woody Allen's
PURPLE ROSE OF CAIRO. It's always
a magical moment when Tom Baxter looks
off the screen, "My God, you must really
love this picture!" I also saw this movie a
bunch of times when it came out in 1985
and I used to see movies over and over
Posted by allen frost at 8:11 PM
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Sunday, July 12, 2015
Yesterday, I finished reading Jack Finney’s
wonderful book, THE THIRD LEVEL.
Published in 1957, nearly every story has
something to do with time travel. One of
my favorite stories in it is “Such Interesting
Neighbors.” A new couple moves into a
TV-sort of 1950s neighborhood.
While visiting the couple next door,
the mysterious man explains where he’s from
under the guise of a science fiction story.
The people of the future live in an oppressive,
overworked, fearful and warring society,
when suddenly Time Travel machines are
invented and it’s like when the television
became available in stores and “it’s just about
the only way to have any real fun. But it’s a
wonderful way, all right. Within less than a
week after the first sets reach the market,
people everywhere are going swimming after
work on an untouched beach in California,
say in the year 1000. Or fishing or picnicking
in the Maine woods before even the Norsemen
had arrived.” It doesn’t take long before
everyone has discovered their own personal
favorite time and place in history and, “All over
the world, within less than a month after TT is
introduced, the same almost simultaneous
thought seems to strike everyone: Why return?”
And so the future is evacuated.
Finney’s story also appeared on television
on a 1955 episode of Science Fiction Theatre,
as “Time Is Just a Place.” Coincidentally, it stars
the father from the early 1960s TV series “Hazel”
which I used to watch every morning this spring
before going to work, while writing my sequel
to ROOSEVELT, which I set in 1962.
Posted by allen frost at 12:27 PM
I just watched SONG OF THE THIN MAN again from one of
my favorite movie series and discovered the police officer's
name in it is Callahan. At one point, on the ship, there even
appears to be two of him, arguing over food.
Now, if you've read my recent publication 5 NOVELS
you will know Callahan and Clanahan appear in the
novel HARMONICA. And Callahan really wants to be a chef.
What a coincidence!
Posted by allen frost at 10:35 AM
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
This is one of those books I can't believe
I went so long without knowing about!
Jack Finney's THE THIRD LEVEL
is an amazing story collection. Just get
a look at those story titles! It's especially
inspiring as I am putting together my own
collection of stories to entertain you,
and here was someone on the very same
wavelength. I have Stephen King to thank
for directing me to this book. King was
applauding Finney in his book Danse
Macabre and thankfully I took notice.
Posted by allen frost at 7:31 PM
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Our novel ROOSEVELT got a good review
from Kirkus Reviews:
from Kirkus Reviews:
Posted by allen frost at 7:06 AM