Rossum’s Universal Replicas: Karel Capek’s R.U.R. Reimagined Authored by Christopher Conlon

APOCALYPSE REVISITED

Karel Capek’s nightmarish drama R.U.R. took audiences by storm when it premiered in Prague in 1921—within three years it had been translated into thirty languages and seen in productions all over the world. Now Christopher Conlon, “one of the preeminent names in contemporary literary horror” (Booklist), reinvents this theatrical classic for a new generation, creating a fresh and different take on Capek’s unforgettable vision of the end of human civilization.

Bram Stoker Award winner Christopher Conlon is the author of Savaging the Dark and A Matrix of Angels, among other novels, and the editor of He Is Legend: An Anthology Celebrating Richard Matheson. He lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.

“Conlon is a consummate literary artist…His insight is rare.”
– George Clayton Johnson, author of Twilight Zone Scripts and Stories

“Conlon has a major talent…with a marvelous artistic grasp of the joys, pains, and sorrows of this world we all inhabit. He is a superb writer.”
– William F. Nolan, co-author of Logan’s Run

$12.00

CASTLES OF CALIFORNIA by Jules Verne

Two of Jules Verne’s plays have long piqued the interest of American readers, and are included in this volume in translation for the first time. Both feature Frenchmen, recently returned from the United States, discovering the ephemeral nature of wealth. In The Castles of California, the Frenchman has come from the California gold fields—has he struck it rich, or has he had the bad luck of most of the “Forty-niners”? In A Nephew from America, an unattached ladies’ man suddenly discovers that his late brother had a son in America, who is now an adult. And his new nephew is in love, and needs his uncle’s assistance. Will true love, and kinship, win out?

Accompanying the two plays is an afterword on Verne’s 1867 trip to the United States, and its lasting inspiration; some one-third of the author’s stories would include American characters, settings, or themes.

The book is profusely illustrated with original engravings from Verne’s time, and translation is by Kieran O’Driscoll, a leading expert on Verne in the English language.

Softcover edition:
978-1-62933-126-3
$19.95

Hardcover edition:
978-1-62933-127-0
$29.95

ANGELS ON TAP by Burt Prelutsky

Your car breaks down one night, your cell phone is on the fritz, so you step into a bar to call the auto club and have a cold one while waiting for a tow.

Nothing out of the ordinary. It happens all the time. But what if it’s a bar where angels hang out? And what if they happen to be angels with attitude?

A lot can happen while waiting for that tow. And most of it is hilarious!

Soon to be a major motion picture with a heavenly cast, including Ed Asner, Marion Ross, Jamie Farr, Alan Rachins and Ron Masak.

978-1-62933-124-9
$12.00

FLIRTATION ACT: THE STORY OF A BOY, A GIRL, AND VAUDEVILLE by Debra L. Davis

Love in The Roaring Twenties needs more than a flirtation act. Violet Williams knows. Secretly in love with Danny O’Brien, her co-star in Vaudeville, the ecstasy of romance competes with the excitement of an opening night at The Palace.

Can she ever expect more out of their relationship? Will he ever face his true feelings for her? Deep and abiding love takes the spotlight against a colorful backstage backdrop that pulsates with the thrill of theater and joy of the Jazz Age.

Acclaimed by readers, author Debra L. Davis’ exquisitely crafted tale of passion in the 1920s reverberates with a timelessness that transcends eras.

DANCING WITH THE DEAD by Jameson Parker

RELEASE DATE: March 1, 2017

When a classic television private detective releases another award-winning novel, people take notice. You loved Jameson Parker as half of the popular detective team of Simon & Simon (1981-1989), and you’ll also love his latest novel that springs from his life and imagination.

For Pamela and Tony, surviving in an unfamiliar world becomes more complicated than they expect. Drawn together by their need to survive, they realize the essential humanity that binds us all, and they experience a love that transcends their mutual need.

Journey into the tempestuous world of two people from vastly different backgrounds as they are swept away into a whirlpool of remarkable forces beyond their control. Will their infinite capacity to endure triumph, if only for a brief and shining moment?

“. . . Bold. Original. Profoundly moving . . . .,” writes Dan Bronson, author of Confessions of a Hollywood Nobody.

“. . . moving, harrowing, historically-accurate . . . .,” says Steve Bodio, author of Querencia, A Rage for Falcons.

About the author: Jameson Parker is best known for Women at West Point (1979), Anatomy of a Seduction (1979), The Gathering II (1979), The Promise of Love (1980), Callie and Son (1981), A Caribbean Mystery (1983), and his still-popular classic CBS series, Simon & Simon (1981-1989.) He is the “Sporting Life” columnist for Sporting Classics, the “Fine Guns” columnist for Texas Sporting Journal, and author of a critically acclaimed memoir, An Accidental Cowboy.

Price: $14.00



STRIPTEASE IN NOIR by Jimmy Vargas

STRIPTEASE IN NOIR has been crafted as a gnostic burlesque tract that unveils ‘the occult majesty of the sacrament that is the striptease’. Language shifts between the rat tat dialogue of criminal enterprise, the crack vernacular of backstage burlesque life in Los Angeles of the Nineteen Forties. Burlesque performers will revel in the recapturing of the sleazy sawdust of yesteryear’s vaudevillia, and immediately recognize the archetypical characters drawn in SIN, the travails of burlesque and showbiz and its cold brutality. The illusional conceit of Male control, and ‘brief’ female ascendancy, with desire as an inflammable oil that incinerates not just flesh but soul of both performer and rube. Lovers of Crime Noir will wallow in the ‘recreated’ scenarios of legendary crime czars, and the tentacles of the Mob’s intrusion into all the commercial and ‘charismatic’ business in post war America.
‘S.I.N. also extends the NOIR paradigm beyond the usual cliches of merely physical demise of the anti-hero, according to the prescribed rules of Americana Pulp, but reasserts its real hermetic roots of Greek Godess worship / and Abbisynian myths, updated and recoutoured to the seamy neighbourhood of Los Angeles Burleycue 1947.

UNDER THE KNIFE by Steve Hayes and David Whitehead

A vicious serial killer is terrifying the bayous of Louisiana, and the only person who can catch him is FBI Agent Kate Palmer. But after years spent thinking like serial killers in order to catch them, Kate is facing burnout. To make matters worse, she’s about to rekindle a relationship with the only man she ever loved when the Bayou Butcher strikes again, this time frighteningly close to home.

For Kate, that makes it personal. And it might also be just what it takes to break her completely.

UNCLE DUNKLE AND DONNIE: FRACTURED FABLES BY DAWS BUTLER edited by Joe Bevilacqua

A seal who can’t balance? An elephant who always forgets? A green cow who
walks on her front feet? These are just some of the wacky characters from
the unique mind of Daws Butler, the man who voiced most of the classic
Hanna-Barbera characters–Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound, Quick Draw McGraw
and Snagglepuss, to name a few.

Uncle Dunkle and Donnie is a collection of imaginative,
never-before-released cartoon scripts by Butler, who also worked on the
classic 1960s Jay Ward “Fractured Fairy Tales” and “Aesop and Sons”
animated cartoons.

The book was edited, co-written and illustrated (in retro Hanna-Barbera
style) by Butler protégé Joe Bevilacqua, who has also recorded an audio
“cartoon” book of UNCLE DUNKLE AND DONNIE, doing all the voices himself!

What the animation industry is saying about UNCLE DUNKLE AND DONNIE:

“It all started with Daws Butler–actor, writer, teacher–writing UNCLE
DUNKLE AND DONNIE children’s stories with exquisite sophisticated humor
but always resonating with gentle and subtle lessons in morality. Then
came Joe Bevilacqua–also actor, writer and producer–vocally bringing to
life all of the charming characters in the Daws Butler book. Reading and
listening to UNCLE DUNKLE AND DONNIE is a delightful experience that you
and your family can and will enjoy!”

– June Foray, legendary voice actress (Rocky the Flying Squirrel, Witch
Hazel, Granny)

“Any cartoon fan can recognize Daws Butler’s multitude of voices, but few
know of his writing. Butler, a purveyor of witty wordplay and twisty
tales, will surprise and amuse readers. These stories now come to life as
told by the hilarious Joe Bevilacqua, man of 97 voices!”

– Linda Simensky (Senior Director of Programming for PBS Kids)

RIDE THE GIANT WOLF by Robert C. Wahl

It was a time of great discovery… before the coming of the white man. The Great Plains was a sprawling land filled with taraha, hordes of plodding beasts, and a tribe known as the Wolf Pa’ni. A young man, strong with a restless spirit, goes in search of a dream, a vision, and makes a discovery so remarkable it changes life as he knows it, occurring amid the backdrop of chaos, war, and love. It began in a place called Tuh-parisu and spanned across prairie, mountains, and desert, and came full circle leading to a confrontation between two men—enemies. One was armed with bow and arrow and fought for pride. The other fought for peace. This is a story of adventure, a journey through the raw wilderness…

About the Author

Robert C. Wahl is a former television news reporter in Augusta, Georgia, where he also worked at the Augusta National Golf Club. He currently lives in his home town of Toledo, Ohio. He has published two children’s books and is now working on another novel.

REMAINS TO BE SEEN by Christopher Knopf

“David “Scott” Fitzgerald, a blue-ribbon feature writer for a major New York
monthly magazine, is fired for an insidious act of literary corruption. No
one will hire him. Possessions repossessed, desperate, down to his last can
of tuna, Scott finds himself approached by a multi-billionaire, Hugo
Medlock, who hires Scott for his mendacity to secure the one thing in the
world Medlock cannot secure for himself. Taken into a world he quickly
discovers he knows nothing about, Scott finds himself encountering forces
far more deadly than anything he’d imagined.”

PERVERSE, ADVERSE AND ROTTENVERSE by June Foray

June Foray, voice of Rocky the Flying Squirrel and Natasha on Rocky and Bullwinkle, has assembled a hilarious collection of humorous essays aimed at knocking the hats off conventions and conventional sayings. Her highly literate work is reminiscent of John Lennon, S.J. Pearlman, with a smattering of P.G. Wodehouse’s love of language. This is the first book from the voice of Warner Brothers’ Grandma (Tweety cartoons) and Stan Freberg’s favorite gal!

 

FOREWORD

If “virtue is its own reward”, then who in this world of sophistication and fierce competition wants to cling to virtuosity with a pay-off like that?

“Love is blind.” Absurd! Our flower children in the 60s dispelled that cock-eyed notion for a decade because of the evolution of various kinds of love – love for humanity, animals, peace and the great outdoors. Love has its eyes realistically open for the first time in our phrenetic world, and it’s hanging right in there.

“Like father like son.” Ho, ho, ho! Have you heard the far right, on gay guys lately?

I am resolutely determined to explode all the obsolete shibboleths that our parents drove into our adolescent, little minds, and I’m brazen enough to offer my, perhaps outrageous, judgment of the morals and mores of the establishment. It is my critique on society as it stumbled into the last quarter of the 20th Century and the first of our 21st, having lived by the myths given to us in centuries long gone.


“FOUR STARS (Highest Rating). One of the wittiest, snappiest must-reads of the year. June Foray is best known as the voice of Rocky, of Rocky & Bullwinkle fame, but there’s clearly much more to the woman than her ability to put words in the mouth of an animated flying squirrel. This book is a deliciously unexpected foray into the mind of Foray. It’s one diabolically clever, entertaining tome.”

– Todd David Schwartz, CBS

“I didn’t know you were such hot stuff. This is fun. The acid wit that burns right through the surface is really good. I admire the kind of mind that can boil off puns and rhymes.”

– Frank Pierson, President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Oscar-winning writer of Dog Day Afternoon


June’s 95th Birthday Party on September 16, 2012! With Fred Frees to June’s right, and Rose Marie at the end of the table:

TV Academy Bestows Governors Award On Voice Actress June Foray, 2013

Listen to an Interview with June Foray, 2015

JOURNAL OF EDWIN CARP by Richard Haydn

If you’ve ever wondered just what goes on in the mind of that marvelously
comical character actor Richard Haydn, you won’t believe what you are about
to read: his only book. It’s a wonderful tale of absurdity from the star of
Forever Amber, Sitting Pretty, The Twilight Zone, and of course, Alice in
Wonderland.

It is a book that cannot be described. You have to read it. But as Mr. Haydn
himself explains on page 3, “I am determined to spare no pains to ensure
that the entries in this journal be both permanently and universally
interesting.”

You shall enjoy.

IN SICILIAN COMPANY: A NOVEL by Argentina Brunetti

98 year old It’s A Wonderful Life actress, Argentina Brunetti’s long awaited bio novel, In Sicilian Company is packed with adventures and misadventures, comedy and tragedy, mystery and mayhem, but most of all, it’s about love and celebrating life’s triumphs over adversity. You’ll enjoy the last 150 years with Argentina’s marvelous theatrical family, traveling around the world, meeting emperors and kings, presidents and dictators, Mafia bosses, movie moguls and Hollywood stars, as she takes you back in time and forward to the present, always with hope for the future. Also included are her special diet, exercise program, philosophy on life and secrets to longevity. It’s the feel good hit of the season and readers will be further enhanced with the knowledge that the authors plans to donate the novel’s proceeds to help children around the world so they too can have “A Wonderful Life.”

CHILL FACTOR by Christopher Knopf

Dr. Elinor Barry, a forensic therapist, has been summoned to evaluate the sanity of Dr. Frank Enari, one of two scientists assigned to work on a project involving monkeys at a high-altitude research lab isolated in an Arctic-like wasteland.  What they encounter is far more sinister and threatening than anticipated as they begin to suspect someone or something other than their research primates is inhabiting their polar station, driving Enari to an act Elinor must determine: criminality or insanity.

The author and friends:

CHILDREN OF THE DARK by Steve Hayes

From the mind of veteran Hollywood television and screenwriter comes a haunting collection of tales focusing on the darker side of childhood. Stretching from the dark days of World War II to the steamy jungles of the Congo and on to the windswept bluffs overlooking exclusive Del Mar, California, you are about to enter a realm of wicked aunts and uncles, homicidal teenagers and proud but impoverished street urchins.

Occasionally they find salvation… but not always.

CHARLIE OF NOB HILL by Gene Arceri

Golden Gate Bridge and cable cars, make room for Charlie–San Francisco’s newest attraction. Who is that cat in the window? Why was this seemingly ordinary cat receiving mail from Buckingham Palace, 10 Downing Street, The White House, and other notable places far and wide? Who was the little elderly lady he lived with, who once fought with Bogie and flirted with Cary Grant? Like Charlie Chaplin, their counterpart, they, too, remain unforgettable characters.

This is a Christmas story, like no other, that will tug at your heartstrings, heal your spirit, and make you smile and cheer Charlie’s heroism.

THE BEAR WHO LIVED AT THE PLAZA (HARDCOVER EDITION) by Ward Morehouse III

Ward Morehouse III is a columnist, a playwright, a TV host, sometime critic and an
author. He has lived with a tribe of Indians in the Amazon and he has sat on the aisle
on many Broadway opening nights. Ward has written 11 books including London’s
Grand Hotels and his most recent book Millennium Biltmore: A Grand Hotel Born
of Hollywood Dreams. Ward was a staff correspondent for The Christian Science
Monitor for 10 years, a drama critic and columnist for Reuters in the early 1990s, the
Broadway columnist for The New York Post for five years and is currently a drama critic
for BroadwayAfterDark.org and New York theater and travel correspondent for HealthyLife.Net.
He does a weekly half-hour TV interview show called “Broadway After
Dark” on Time Warner’s Channel 56 or RCN channel 83 in Manhattan every Monday
at 7:00 PM. It can also be seen live worldwide on MNN (Manhattan Neighbourhood
Network)/Channel 2/Lifestyle.

“Mr. Morehouse demonstrates a flair for flavorful, well-paced comic dialogue and a
keen command of the lore and spirit of a vanished Broadway era.”
—Frank Rich, in his New York Times review of Morehouse’s play, “The Actors.”

“Ward Morehouse III writes of the pleasures and scandals, of the hard facts of running
a hotel and of its romance. The hotel comes off well in the hands of its appreciative
Boswell.”
—The New York Times Book Review Section on Morehouse’s book, “The Waldorf-Astoria: America’s Gilded Dream.”

“Ward Morehouse III is arguably one of the most fascinating people on the planet.”
—Beatrice Williams Rude’s profile in Black Tie Magazine

Veteran Broadway press agent Richard Kornberg said of Ward on the New York Post:
“He was very diligent in  finding stories and announcing them. He listened. He found.
He had great contacts. So of course, it made the publicists crazy sometimes, because
you want to get the New York Times first. But Ward was the person that got everything;
he was the leader. He made everybody sit up and do their jobs…Ward was
really the man.”


Thousand Islands Productions

Review from Black Tie Magazine

Thousand Islands Productions, Inc.

THE BEAR WHO LIVED AT THE PLAZA (SOFTCOVER EDITION) by Ward Morehouse III

Ward Morehouse III is a columnist, a playwright, a TV host, sometime critic and an
author. He has lived with a tribe of Indians in the Amazon and he has sat on the aisle
on many Broadway opening nights. Ward has written 11 books including London’s
Grand Hotels and his most recent book Millennium Biltmore: A Grand Hotel Born
of Hollywood Dreams. Ward was a staff correspondent for The Christian Science
Monitor for 10 years, a drama critic and columnist for Reuters in the early 1990s, the
Broadway columnist for The New York Post for five years and is currently a drama critic
for BroadwayAfterDark.org and New York theater and travel correspondent for HealthyLife.Net.
He does a weekly half-hour TV interview show called “Broadway After
Dark” on Time Warner’s Channel 56 or RCN channel 83 in Manhattan every Monday
at 7:00 PM. It can also be seen live worldwide on MNN (Manhattan Neighbourhood
Network)/Channel 2/Lifestyle.

“Mr. Morehouse demonstrates a flair for flavorful, well-paced comic dialogue and a
keen command of the lore and spirit of a vanished Broadway era.”
—Frank Rich, in his New York Times review of Morehouse’s play, “The Actors.”

“Ward Morehouse III writes of the pleasures and scandals, of the hard facts of running
a hotel and of its romance. The hotel comes off well in the hands of its appreciative
Boswell.”
—The New York Times Book Review Section on Morehouse’s book, “The Waldorf-Astoria: America’s Gilded Dream.”

“Ward Morehouse III is arguably one of the most fascinating people on the planet.”
—Beatrice Williams Rude’s profile in Black Tie Magazine

Veteran Broadway press agent Richard Kornberg said of Ward on the New York Post:
“He was very diligent in  finding stories and announcing them. He listened. He found.
He had great contacts. So of course, it made the publicists crazy sometimes, because
you want to get the New York Times first. But Ward was the person that got everything;
he was the leader. He made everybody sit up and do their jobs…Ward was
really the man.”


Thousand Islands Productions

Review from Black Tie Magazine

Thousand Islands Productions, Inc.

A PRIEST IN 1835 (HARDCOVER LIMITED EDITION) by Jules Verne

Translated with an introduction and notes,

by Danièle Chatelain and George Slusser

Here is not only a treasure, but a literary revelation—the very first novel by Jules Verne. Finished by the age of twenty and under the influence of Edgar Allan Poe, A Priest in 1835 was composed before Verne encountered any editors to hone his storytelling skills. Yet this tyro effort is a masterpiece, a gothic tale told in a modernist style with a nonlinear narrative. Noted science fiction scholars Danièle Chatelain and George Slusser offer this first English translation, with extensive critical commentary. A Priest in 1835 reveals that Verne not only had the prophetic skills that would render him the father of science fiction, but a technique that would win him a place among the vanguard of 21st century authors. Vintage early engravings reveal the novel’s actual settings, in Verne’s home town of Nantes.

 

 

First edition, limited to 150 copies

LIMITED EDITION HARDCOVER

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