Even though I'm informally associated with Stark House Publishing, I'm also a fan of Greg Shepard's increasingly popular books. Fan firt, freelance editor second I guess. You'll be a fan too when you see what Greg gas got lined up for 2007.
STARK HOUSE PUBLISHING SCHEDULE
SEPT 06: Wild to Possess/A Taste for Sin--Brewer
OCT: My Lovely Executioner/Agreement to Kill--Rabe
NOV 06: Look Behind You Lady/Venetian Blonde—Fleischman
JAN 07: Jimbo/The Education of Uncle Paul—Blackwood
FEB 07: Gold Medal Trio—Marlowe/Flora/Runyon
MARCH 07: The Old Battle Axe/Dark Power—Holding
APRIL 07: Underground/Collected Stories—Russell James
MAY 07: A Shot in the Dark/Shell Game—Richard Powell
JUNE 07: Snowbound/Games—Pronzini
JULY 07: The Killer/Devil on Two Sticks—Miller
AUG 07: Dogtown/Soultown--Lambert
SEPT 07: Sweet Money Girl/Life & Death of a Tough Guy—Appel
OCT 07: Anatomy of a Killer/A Shroud for Jesso—Rabe
Greg's got some other really fine books to fll out the year but since the ink isn't dry he's asked me to wait awhile before announcing them.
I was at a used book sale the other day and found a box of paperbacks and science fiction magazines from the Fifties. As I looked through them I was surprised to find that for me anyway, covers can inspire memories as specific as songs and movies. I bought this magazine at the drugstore, this magazine at the bus station, this magazine at th newstand etc. Fifty years ago. I also remember the arguments I got from other sf fans when I said that though Virgil Finley and Kelly Freas were certainly superior technically to Ed Emsh(willer), I still preferred Emsh. Looking at some of his covers in that box I realize now what I liked about his paintings--the layouts and the designs. Stark and dramatic and, for their time, fresh.