Thursday, January 28, 2021

excerpt from new film noir novel

A rocket car roared by close, a hot wind and reek of kerosene, and Howard held on tightly to the pitching cardboard sail. It almost got away from him, it was like hauling in a fishing net. When he could rest it back on its wheels, there was no sign of Dorothy, she had vanished with the breeze.

Friday, January 22, 2021

film noir novel

What's new with Good Deed Rain? Well, I finished writing a new novel, the film noir about witches in a raining black and white city. Just need to type it up and do some drawings. It's a good one! Stay tuned for more.

the thing with feathers

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Friday, January 15, 2021

GRUMP safety

more about GRUMP

In 1965, Roger Price published his own magazine, Grump, subtitled “For people who are against all the DUMB THINGS going on.” It was a tabloid on thick paper, 16 pages in two colors, with no advertising. Price contributed his own material, like an article on pet clams. There were many short articles and cartoons, mostly more satirical than Price, mostly from a decidedly Greenwich Village perspective.

Thursday, January 14, 2021


Another copy of GRUMP magazine, from 1961. Their motto: "For people who are against all the DUMB THINGS that are going on!"

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

rocket witch

This is a scene from the next Good Deed Rain novel that I'm currently writing. I'm nearly done with it. It's a detective story with witches. She rides a broom, he drives a rocket car.

a fable

Published 4 years ago by Good Deed Rain

Puttering Afterword

THE PUTTERING MARVEL also includes an Afterword. This is something I admired in Stephen King's short story collections, where he spoke about the inspirations and making of each story. So here's the first page spread of my Afterword. Hope you've enjoyed these teasers and hope it interests you in uncovering all of this new Good Deed Rain book. Thanks for reading!

Marvelous Start

This is the first page spread from the 11th and final story in THE PUTTERING MARVEL

Tuesday, January 12, 2021


GRUMP magazine, from 1966, with the riveting article "How your navel reveals your character." I don't know anything about this publication but I'm sure it was a hit at the dentist office.

radical songs

Radical Songs for Rough Times by Phil Ochs Jr, Dan Hanrahan.

Wild Start

The start of the 10th story from THE PUTTERING MARVEL

Monday, January 11, 2021

Martians at the IHOP

A page spread from the story "Other Flavors" appearing in THE PUTTERING MARVEL. A typical meal at the IHOP.

Starting Flavors

The start of the 9th story in THE PUTTERING MARVEL. (This story takes place in a ghastly Seattle apartment I once lived in. There oughta be a plaque on the sidewalk! This story also commemorates my memory of watching The Lost Continent on the little black and white TV they had in the kitchen).

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Apple Start

The start of the 8th story in THE PUTTERING MARVEL :

Saturday, January 9, 2021

King Sunny

I found this King Sunny Ade record on the shelf and have been playing it quite a lot lately.

Submarine Start

The start of the 7th story in THE PUTTERING MARVEL

Silent Start

Page spread for start of 6th story in THE PUTTERING MARVEL:

Friday, January 8, 2021

Meanest Start

This is the start of the 5th story in THE PUTTERING MARVEL book.

Starting El Caminos

Here's the beginning page spread from the 4th story in THE PUTTERING MARVEL:

Start of Holly

Another page spread from new book, THE PUTTERING MARVEL. This is the start of the 3rd story in the collection, Holly:

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Start of The Broken Record

Here's another page spread from THE PUTTERING MARVEL. This is the start of the second story in the collection: The Broken Record

Basho music

2 very beautiful records I recommend for these times by guitarist Basho: IN THE MORNING TWILIGHT and LATE SUMMER MORNING

Puttering Day

Today is the official publication day for new collection of short stories, THE PUTTERING MARVEL. I just got a box of them in the mail and they look marvelous. Here's the page spread from the title story. This story takes place in my grandparents' house in Maine.

Saturday, January 2, 2021

River Review

Larry Smith wrote a great Amazon review of RIVER ROAD: "This is a quiet gem and a blend of fiction, poetry, and line drawing. Allen Frost has been sharing his vision through his poetry, fiction, and line drawings for a couple decades now. And this book, like the others goes back in time to recreate the questions and wonder of youth, here a paperboy finding his way and self through the world close around him. Frost's drawings are as delightful as his prose." Thanks Larry!

Rodari Radar

I've been very inspired by this recent article in The New Yorker magazine about the Italian writer, Gianni Rodari:


Happy New Year everyone! For 2021 Good Deed Rain has a new book published this week, THE PUTTERING MARVEL. It’s available to order from Amazon (or if you ever want signed copies of books let me know). Meanwhile, I’m halfway through writing a new film noir novel about witches. Also, took some notes for the next novel I’m looking forward to writing. So stay tuned!

Friday, January 1, 2021

Movie Time

We watched Early Summer (1951) by the master Ozu.