Sunday, November 3, 2019


Above is the cover of BLOOD SUGAR by Daniel Kraus ( HARD CASE CRIME ).


Life and art have always been inseparable.

A new novel called BLOOD SUGAR has been released.

The book is about a psycho that uses halloween for homicidal activities.

I was reminded about the book, when I saw news reports about a man being arrested for putting RAZOR BLADES in treat or treat bags.

I have great memories of halloween during the late sixties and early seventies. Actually, that's a LIE! For me, halloween has always been a surreal event.

Once upon a time, it was common for kids to roam the streets from sundown to about nine P.M.

It was halloween night, so that made it ok to stay out.

We usually stayed in groups, but that was NO guarantee of safety.

Above are news reports of another typical halloween night in the U.S.A. ( how sad for all of us ).

I still remember one specific incident, it involved some guys trying to abduct a boy - they ran out of a Chevy/GMC Suburban, or International Travelall. But, as soon as all the kids on the sidewalk started screaming, they jumped back in the vehicle and hit the gas.

Teenage bullies would occasionally arrive in packs and steal bags from little kids - and hit them also. What a bunch of PUSSY LOSERS! However, they weren't so brave when some of the parents chased them down, and gave then the beatings they so richly deserved.

Above are screengrabs of a man arrested for putting RAZOR BLADES in kids candy bags.

There were also countless reports of drugs and sharp objects in candy.

These days, you usually don't see kids going from home to home. In some communities it still happens, but in most areas, that type of interaction is history.


Is there a DACADES affiliate in your area?

During a recent weekend, The DECADES TV channel aired every season one and season two episode of TWIN PEAKS. It was fantastic!

DARK SHADOWS is also shown on DECADES TV.

I think 1970, is when I saw my first episode of DARK SHADOWS. I had arrived home from school early, and was flipping channels, when I stumbled across this show. I remember thinking, "this isn't a soap opera. It has vampires and other spooky stuff".


I do NOT like superheros. However, what I HATE FAR MORE than superheros, are ARROGANT, OUT-OF-TOUCH, SHOBIZ SCUMBAGS, that defend CHILD RAPISTS!

If I remember correctly, Mr. SCORSESE has defended FUGITIVE / CHILD RAPIST Polanski on several occasions! So, where does he get off insulting others?!

COPPOLA is even worse! He has A LOT OF NERVE using the word DESPICABLE! Keep in mind, that he SHAMELESSLY DEFENDS - AND WORKS WITH - THE ABOMINATION CALLED VICTOR SALVA! He looks down on people involved with comic book based films. Really?! Are you FUCKING KIDDING ME?! HE's the one that should be ashamed!

Both of these guys think their shit doesn't stink. Even worse, are the folks that proudly kiss their asses - as if, they were deities.

The next time CRAPPOLA - AKA COPPOLA - uses the word DESPICABLE, he better be standing in front of a mirror!

Above is a PIC 'N' SAVE newspaper ad from 1968.


If you lived in the western United States during the sixties, seventies, and eighties, then you're familiar with PIC 'N' SAVE stores. They were similar to DOLLAR TREE, except everything did NOT cost a dollar.

Everything was extremely discounted, and they would occasionally have peculiar items.

As a kid, I was fascinated by that store. I got books, model kits, t-shirts, and even discovered HOT WHEELS at PIC 'N' SAVE.

Above are cell phone photos of a PIC 'N' SAVE bag from the sixties or seventies - I don't know for certain how old it is. The bag is in excellent condition! One of my family members found it in a box.

PIN 'N' SAVE's name was ripped-off by countless companies - both regional and national.

Just for the record, this store did NOT change their name. They were ELIMINATED and then, REPLACED by BIG LOTS. The folks that owned PIC 'N' SAVE, also owned BIG LOTS.

Several other chains were also REPLACED by BIG LOTS.

Above are scans of the front and back covers of PETER GOWLAND PHOTOGRAPHS THE FIGURE ( 1962 ).


This is a great little instructional book.

It was published by WHITESTONE in 1962, and it's been out-of-print for a LONG time.

It's printed on a crappy type of paper.

It's still useful, and contains great photography.

DVD covers for 10x10 and BERLIN SYNDROME.


10x10 ( VERTICAL ENTERTAINMENT ) - I didn't think I would like this movie, but I did. Great acting and action.

It's in WIDEscreen.

BERLIN SYNDROME ( VERTICAL ENTERTAINMENT ) - The acting is great, and I really enjoyed this movie.

It's in WIDEscreen.

KISS KISS BANG BANG ( WARNER BROS ) - I loved this flick. It's a lot of fun.

It also has a great cast - Robert Downey Jr., Val Kilmer, Michelle Monaghan, and Corbin Bernsen.

It has dark humor, great action scenes, and Michelle Monaghan makes it sexy.

It's in WIDEscreen.

TOMORROW YOU'RE GONE ( RLJ ) - I like this movie.

Willem Dafoe, Stephen Dorff, and Michelle Monaghan are in this film.

It's in WIDEscreen.

SOVIET SPIES ( MILL CREEK ENTERTAINMENT ) - This 4 movie collection has, The Russian Specialist ( with Dolph Lundgren ), Little Nikita , Man on a String, and A Dandy in Aspic.

LITTLE NIKITA is my favorite. I saw it in the theater. A lot of familiar faces in this flick. Such as, Sidney Poitier, River Phoenix, Richard Lynch, Richard Bradford, and Jerry Hardin.

I did NOT like, MAN ON A STRING.

All of these movies are presented in WIDEscreen, and are on one disc.

I love MILL CREEK collections.

GO ( MILL CREEK ENTERTAINMENT ) - I think this movie is a lot of fun.

I enjoy watching Sarah Polley. She's genuinely talented and smart.

Katie Holmes, Scott Wolf, and Jay Mohr, also share the screen.

It's in WIDEscreen.

THE WALK ( SONY ) - I prefer the documentary that aired on PBS. But, this is still good movie.

When I first heard Joseph Gordon-Levitt's French accent, I couldn't stop laughing.

I do NOT like Ben Kingsley. So, the less I say about him the better.

I really enjoyed the movie.

It's WIDEscreen.

AFTERNOON DELIGHT ( CINEDIGM ) - In my opinion, Kathryn Hahn is one of the most UNDERRATED and UNAPPRECIATED actresses in hollyWEIRD.

Juno Temple is also an important part of this movie.

I liked this movie a lot.

It's in WIDEscreen

Photo of the 45rpm record of SAME OLD LANG SYNE ( picture from EBAY ).


Some songs are like micro-sized novels, and others like poetry. These types of songs bring out your memories, and raw emotions. They're the types of songs that mean something to you.

For me, one of those songs is called SAME OLD LANG SYNE. It was written and sung by Dan Fogelberg ( 1951 – 2007 ). The song is from 1980, and I remember purchasing the 45 rpm record.

P.S. - Sorry for any grammatical errors. I do NOT have a lot of time to write these blog posts.....