Thursday, December 15, 2011

Screw You Buddy!

I finally got a chance to read this article titled "Don't Support Your Local Bookseller." Didn't have a chance to read this new post at this morning - gotta work people - which had 300 comments. Now, 12 hours later it has over 1,200 comments! And boy are some people hot. I am a bookseller, twenty-five years now, but mail-order only, no physical store. However I love going into the big stores, the used stores, any stores that have books. This person suggests that you can do it all "online" from your couch. Order, read sample chapters, Yeah, great, another reason to not get up and do anything, but to remain glued to these computers, with our fannies getting no exercise, no blood flowing through our viens. We are all already spending a lot of time on them. I love my computer.. but I also love getting out in the "world" and being a part.

At the rate we're going, we won't even have to see anyone in person anymore, just click Skype and your computer face to computer face with whomever you like. Click "Buy it now" and it's at the door. What? I still have to open the door and retrieve the item? Man..

Yes, the world is changing, and yes, how do these huge bookstores make the overhead they must incur every month. But make it they do, and the light bill gets paid so I can go in and SEE FOR MYSELF what's being published. Flip through the physical books. Look, we already lost our music stores (used to be Record stores) which I miss immensely. I hope that the bookstores can hang on and adjust to this new world. Otherwise my fanny may just begin to spread, on the couch, as well as yours.. if I have to sift through web page after web page of information and not move anything but my soon-to-be carpal tunnel wrists, we're all screwed people.

Look buddy, don't support your local bookstore, who needs ya? But moi? There's no question. Honey, let's go to Barnes and Noble and hang. Yes, you can bring your IPad.. but careful, they're gonna try and get you to buy a Nook.

Oh, and video games? If you're doing that too... whoa boy.

Don't Support Your Local Bookseller - Read This Madness HERE

Thanks to Jay Sheckley for letting me borrow her "Book Tree," as this really is the Sheckley's tree this year. Love it.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Look, A Light!

It's late.. yes.. I'm working late. For those of you who know me this isn't unusual. When I have a lot going on, uh, which seems to be always, I tend to work at night with no disruptions and I get a lot off my desk (I'm actually seeing wood grain tonight on this ol' table top).

Tonight I'm walkin' the property with my gal pal Callie - she's a cat - but more like a dog walkin' the property with me. Now she's sitting on my desk out here in the office in front of the keyboard at the moment... however I digress. We came out to check the buildings on the property and was greeted by an eerie fog. The orange street lamps in the neighborhood cast a glow like something out of Carpenter's "The Fog" going down the street in both directions. I love it. It's quiet and surreal. Callie is right in front of me, the attack cat who doesn't have a chance in hell against any critters, but she doesn't care. She's with Pop and that's all that matters. Yeah.. pop will protect me (well, I would, but some of those darn critters can run faster 'un me).

I look next door to see that the house that's been vacant for two years... has a light on. I mean elec-tre-city people. This house has had some bad mojo history I ain't afraid to say. So seeing any light on in that place startled me for a bit. The bank recently had the house cleaned a few weeks ago (about time) and put up on the market - for the first time in two years! We have a good neighborhood, but an empty house can invite trouble. Our friends and family know about the history of said house. I'm sure it's been tied up with the bank for one reason or another as I know it went into foreclosure, but I'm glad it took awhile to "air out" so-to-speak. I think of the actress Zelda Rubinstein (I believe that's her name.. why would I remember that so clearly?) her character in "Poltergeist" where she says, "This house is clean." In this case I think it needed to breathe, and now it's ready to start over.

I understand there is a bidding war going on with the house. I'm glad. It's about time it had some new blood. I even heard some people looking at it last night with flashlights at 8:30, of course I went right on over to talk to them. They were cool, but anyone making noise at the "empty house" will be met by ol' Hinchy here. Well.. it's now even later.. and I was just coming out to check the grounds and I ended up in the office talking about "the house next door." I think the unease of the history of the house is what disturbed us most, or rather, the people in it. The whole story is quite sad, but it's one of those cases where you knew a train wreck was going to happen, you just didn't know when or what was going to happen. So the train that was the family next door has moved on, but we still live next door. The surrounding neighbors are good people, some have been here thirty plus years, and they're great people to have here. We look forward to the new tenants and making our little corner of the world whole again.

Well, Callie has finished cleaning her damp fur here on the desk. I wonder if cat dander is something you should vacuum out between the keys on the keyboard. Well it ain't happenin' tonight people.

Oh.. and that picture above? That's not the house.. something I scoured from the Internet, a house in fog. A house with life inside.

I'm off to bed, and thankfully, the light's on next door. A sign of good things ahead. It's about time that ol' house had some life in it.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Axl's Got a Helluva Family Now

GUNS N' ROSES at Phillips Arena, Atlanta, Nov. 2nd.

Unless you passed away during this show, there isn't a chance in hell you couldn't have enjoyed the concert of Guns n' Roses here at Philips Arena in Atlanta this week. Wow!

Twenty-five years ago was the last time Axl Rose and company, performed here in Atlanta. Unfortunately that performance was short-lived as Axl Rose was arrested "during" the show. Then a later tour stop in Atlanta was cancelled due to sickness. So this weeks show was long overdue for Atlanta fans.

If the reviews of recent concerts I read were correct, Axl Rose was back in great form and performing strong shows on this tour. We decided to take our 15 year-old to see Axl finally perform for the first time in Atlanta, at least with a complete show - a history making event.

The opening band, Buck Cherry, played a strong hour-long set and is a good fit with this crowd. Their hits "Crazy Bitch," and "I Love the Cocaine" were definite crowd pleasers. They played for an hour and although a strong set, I still feel that they need a better flow with their music to connect with the crowd. Most bands are influenced and even use familiar riffs as Buck Cherry does, but it's not enough to lift and sustain the crowd through several songs. They have the "it" factor, the lead singer bopping about to and fro with the crowd, the rest of the band active and interacting with the audience, but they still need some work on finding a sustaining groove. Then left the stage at 10:05.

10:47 Guns n' Roses takes the stage. The excitement is palpable and the whole arena is on their feet.

Starting only 40 minutes after Buck Cherry, and I'm surprised based on the reviews of other shows. Some concert audiences wait up to 90 minutes after the opening act. Axl attacks the stage with energy and passion, taking each side of this long stage by running back and forth. After the first couple of songs, his voice takes on the strong delivery we're used to from his recordings. Yes, he's that good.

They performed "Welcome to the Jungle" early in the show, probably to get the most played GnR song out of the way and to also jazz the crowd. It worked! Everyone was on their feet again and he had the whole arena singing with him. Hell, we were rockin' those seats and it was an exciting moment. What I was seeing though was an artist who was performing with confidence and in charge, able to bring his full power pieces of rock to fruition live, and with passion. What Axl and the band was doing tonight was why I love music - the passion that I want from a band - it was here tonight!

"I'm off to a better start than the last time I was in Atlanta... I'm not in jail yet" Axl addressed the eager crowd. I wasn't at that show but I remember when it happened and people were upset that the show was stopped early... It literally has been twenty-four years since that incident and I found this story that I discovered at a GnR uber fan site ( )

Atlantaa, 1987: Axl was arrested in Atlanta for assaulting a security guard. The security guy had been beating up the band's friends in the audience. With Axl on parole for previous offenses the show was pulled by band manager Doug Goldstein. "I'm not willing to be a sitting duck for the police," claims Axl, "I'm familiar with that experience."

Axl gave all the band members solo moments to perform, while he took a break and made a custume change now and then. The keyboardist, Dizzy Reed, decked out in suit and tie, played "Baba O'Reilly" on a grand piano solo until Frank, the drummer, came in at the rockin' moment in the song. The bassist, Thomas Stinson, also did a rousing rendition of "My Generation" even throwing his bass across the stage at the end. My wife raised her eyebrows at that stint. I told her it was a "Who" moment.

It took me a while to appreciate Axl's version of "Live and Let Die" and it was even better in person. "You Could Be Mine" brought back the scenes from Terminator 2 that it was used in. Guitarists Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal and Dj Ashba performed an instrumental of Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall" which led into Axl coming out on piano to play "November Rain." A gorgeous moment during the show and a wonderful performance. I wasn't sure how long they were going to play, and if they would get to "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" but they did and Axl sung with the crowd. At this point Axl is still running around the stage after 2 plus hours and he's paced himself well.

During the encore Axl introduced each band member and how long they've been with him. Dizzy, 20 years; Bumblefoot, 10 years; Frank, 6 years, etc. and Axl mentioned "I'm still the immature one in the group." What is certain is that Axl has been with this version of Guns longer now than he was with the original lineup and he was introducing not only his band, but his pride, his "family." This family is tight and knows how to deliver. I'd say this group has matured in more ways than one.

The only thing that was unfortunate was how late the show ran. I didn't mind the length, so much as when it was over at 1:50 am. My son and his friend were yawning and exhausted, and my wife had to leave before the encore set, and she did not want to go. She has to be up for work, and they have to go to school early in the morn. During the weekend would have been fine, but at 1 am people were leaving in droves. I'd say about 30% of the audience had already left the stands by the time the show was over. Which is a shame because I'm sure the only reason they left was because it was so late. If the band would start at 9:30 or so that would be a lot more effective as players and listeners.

Overall the show is what rock n' roll is all about: passionate and rousing this was one of the best concerts I've seen in years. And for an ol' die-hard rock n' roll fan who's seen more than his fair share of shows, that's saying a lot. Do yourself a favor and catch this tour, and for that matter any future tour. Axl is back with a helluva band... his family.

Atlanta Photos courtesy of the Guns n' Roses Facebook page.

Guns n' Roses Official Website

Concert Updates and Photos at GnR Facebook Page

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Memories of Dad

Our father passed away on August 19th, 2011 at 12:40 pm. After living in hospitals since October of 2010 he was never able to go home. His decreasing health from diabetes caused many other issues: a heart that only had 10% use with a full-time pacemaker, and then after contracting MRSA (pronounced "mersah"), a high bacterial infection that is highly resistant to most antibiotics, this caused many other issues that eventually put him on a kidney dialysis machine. Last week while on that machine, he stopped breathing and arrested. Although we knew he was in bad health, he was doing quite well even the day before he passed as the nurses said he was up and lively and had a good day. I'm glad that he had that day.

My wife LeeAnn reminded me recently of a saying when we were growing up as kids: “If I have candy, everyone has candy.” When you grow up without much, you also grow up appreciating kindness from others. Less fortunate souls tend to share what they do have because they understand what it’s like to have nothing.

My father was a lot like that. He had a tough childhood with ten years in the orphanage from the age of 3 to 13, an experience which he shared with his slightly older brother Marshall. They didn’t have much in their younger lives, and I believe this set the path to the people they became later in life. When Dad had something, he liked to share and spread the good time to everyone, strangers and friends alike.

When the five of us were kids Dad was a lot of fun, sometimes tough, and he made life interesting. Sunday night was a favorite for the family when Mom and Dad would make sure we had a half quart of Neapolitan ice cream and sit in front of the TV for the World of Disney hour. Vanilla was my favorite. Between seven people, the quart was pretty much licked clean. And I do mean we split the box open and scrapped the insides with our spoons, unless we had a dog at the time, and we’d share with him or her. In those days we only had four or so channels to choose from. The choices were very limited, and TV stations still went off at 1 or 2 in the morning. Going to the movies was rare, so we had to plan our nights based on what were our favorite TV shows. The Disney hour was always great family spent time together. You take those moments for granted when you’re growing up, and you know what? You should. Be glad that any of us have them, whether it was then, or later in life.

We lived in Oregon for four years. We took two weeks to travel there in 1970 and two weeks to come back to Georgia in 1974. Then there was the four years in between. We found a whole new world out west and met some interesting characters. We lived across the street from Harry and David Orchards for three years in a huge house with a lot of acreage. I wish I had that house today, it was something, and it had pear orchards behind us as far as the eye could see. We were allowed to eat as many pears as we wanted. Mom made everything from pear preserves to upside-down-pear-cake. And of course we just ate them off the tree. Anytime I see a stack of Bartlett pears in the store, I go back to those days… if just for a moment… and think of biting into a pear, with the juice running down our chins.

At the age of ten I remember one curious day during the Christmas season at this big house. Mom and Dad told us to take the kids out for a while, away from the house, and out of sight. This was odd, but of course we did. When it had been awhile I went to see if it was okay to come back. When I came around the corner I saw several cars in our huge, circular, driveway. There was a line of people passing things from cars up through the front door. I didn’t know what was going on, but I had an idea, and by Christmas morning it all came clear. The gifts we received from Santa around the tree were odds and ends of previously used toys and stuff. I got a set of golf clubs, with balls that were clean, but obviously used. I don’t remember what else was there, but we did each get a new toy that was wrapped up under the tree, along with some new clothes, with fruits and nuts in our stockings. The other kids never knew. The fact that Mom and Dad made sure we had a Christmas was a Christmas present itself.

There was the time Dad and I stood outside John Wayne and Katherine Hepburn’s dressing rooms when they were filming Rooster Cogburn up in Galice, Oregon. They weren’t there at the time, but we were close. We were leaving to come back to Georgia, so we couldn’t wait around for Hollywood to show up, but that was pretty cool for an eleven year old. I mean, John Wayne! Mark and I did carry groceries to the car for actor, Anthony Zerbe, who was also in the film. Dad noticed him in the grocery store one day and pointed at him. Zerbe put his finger to his lips, as to not draw any attention to him, but he waited for us as we left our grocery line. He was very kind, and even signed an autograph for us. Dad quizzed him about trying to get his kids in the film. Not a movie that needed kids, but dad tried. Dad always tried.

There was the time Dad saved Mark’s life.

The last year in Oregon, we lived up in the mountains off the Rogue River, one of the largest and strongest in the US. We were at the local park next to the river. As we were swimming in a safe area, Mark must have gotten too close to the edge–all of a sudden– he was gone. The current took him under. As we were screaming for Dad, he immediately took action and dove into the river. As we, and the crowd of people there, were waiting and crying, Mark popped up a little ways down the river, gasping for air and getting to the side. This is a strong and dangerous river and now it had our Dad under there somewhere. I was eleven at the time, and although Dad had always had me stand up as the oldest, this was one of the most helpless moments I can remember. Not long after, Dad popped up too… and got to the side. Dad somehow found Mark trapped under water and wrapped around a log, where the current held him there, taking in water. Dad was able to dislodge him but not without getting caught there himself and eventually getting loose. I’ll never forget that day. Dad was a hero to all of us kids. He saved not only Mark, but his whole family by keeping us safe.

I wish I could have done the same for him.

You see as we kids got older, we noticed that Dad didn’t always relate to the adult world very well, and the adults that we were becoming. This is something that took a long time to sink in. As kids Dad could relate to us easily, but as adults we began to notice things we didn’t understand. About ten years ago it came out that Dad was diagnosed with schizophrenia. This hit me like a lightning strike. All those years of trying to understand where he was coming from, of connecting the dots that would never form a sane picture at times. My life with him flashed before me as the realization that the disease he had was not his fault. I had a difficult time trying to understand him as an adult before. Dad was a good man. He loved to laugh, tell stories, and was a social being – at least as long as you were listening to him J. He also gave to the VA Hospital by donating his time for the last ten or fifteen years. Lois, who works at the hospital, told me recently that he would come in to help those in need “even when he was sick or feeling poorly.” He didn’t let us kids in much in the last couple of decades. Wouldn’t answer the phone, etc. His brother Vern got to the point if he wanted to see him, he just had to drop in at his home and hope that he might be there. Vern tried many times to get him to call us, and he even gave me his schedule when he was at the Butler VA Hospital to try and catch him.

There are many stories with our Dad, obviously too many to put down here. And these are just my memories. My siblings and I could write a book about our times together with Mom and Dad. I wanted to share a few stories that would form a glimpse of our father, our “Dad.”

I have one last story…

About thirty years ago I was sitting in the living room watching a movie when my dad came home very late that night. I was surprised how late he was getting home. He said, "have you ever heard of Bruce Springsteen?" I said, "well sure dad, he's one of the hottest rock stars on the planet. Why?" He said he was downtown at the Omni (a concert hall and shopping area in downtown Atlanta, now the CNN building) walking around and he noticed there were all these people attending some concert. He said he was just standing there, looking at the venue, when he noticed something sticking out from under his foot. He bent down, picked it up, and saw it was a battered but unused ticket to Bruce Springsteen. It was "The River" tour. I just sat there looking at him amazed. I said "you just came from the Bruce Springsteen concert?" I think I asked him again in disbelief. He pulled out the now "used" ticket and handed it over to me. He said it was "one of the best nights of his life and man could this guy put on a show." Wow I thought, my dad got to see Bruce Springsteen, and years before I did. Good for him.

In June this year my sister and I spent a week here in Butler and visiting with him at Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, and we're glad we were able to spend time with him. The last time we saw him, we waited to the very last minute that we could afford… and then we stayed even longer. We got in the car and headed to the airport, back to Atlanta. As I turned on the radio "The River" by Bruce Springsteen was playing

To this day I still have Dad's ticket.

Mom and Dad were both good to us growing up. We were a lucky bunch.

I’m so proud that our mother is here with us today to share in the life and memories that was Lloyd Hinchberger.

All of us would like to personally thank Vern and Jeanne Hinchberger for looking out for our father during the good times, but especially during the medical issues he faced in the last year. His last time on this earth was better because of their efforts. Their love and concern for him through the years is a testament to what “family” really means. Even when dealing with our Dad during some frustrating moments, they never gave up. Learning by their example is something I hope I can aspire to. The love and appreciation that I and my brothers and sister feel is beyond measure. We have always been fortunate to have you in our lives.

Thank you for being there for our family all these years.

We love you both very much.

Dave Hinchberger

Mark Hinchberger

Chris Hinchberger

Heidi Hinchberger-Ligon

Jonathan Hinchberger (in memory)

Monday, July 18, 2011

Movie Madness Part 3

MOVIE MADNESS: My Thoughts On Film and TV....

Oh.. before I get started.. a young man working at SAM's today came up to me and said "has anyone ever told you, you look like Penn of Penn and Teller?" "No," I said, "but I love the guy. so thanks for that.. I guess... " It must have been the beard, the glasses, and the pony tail (we won't mention the large persona that goes along with it..). Okay.. back to our program...


SUPER 8: Take the family to see this film. From 8 to 80 they'll all get a kick out of this film of kids and monsters that takes place in 1979. Brought to us by J.J. Abrahms (produced by Spielberg), who has been able to show us great TV and now great film. His new start on the Star Trek franchise was just great, brilliant, and fun. Anyone that can take Star Trek and give us a new crew with a great story to re-boot this has got my vote to continue to make more movies. Super 8 is no exception. Let me just say this, it's not a perfect film, (not many are), but in this world of so many average let's-churn-em-out film atmosphere, Abrahms actually gives us story and action, and even some moral tales for the kids to see. Do yourself a favor and go have a fun evening.. and definitely get a tub of popcorn before you go in.. heavy on the butter.

I've been a fan of Ryan Reynold's for quite some time now. Most of his early stuff is just "guy humor" as my wife would say, but as the years have gone by he has definitely grown. He did a good job in this film version of the comic character, brought some humor to the role, and showed he can be a super hero. The problem with this film is it just didn't have the writing it needed. It was fun but not exciting. Watch it.. but wait for the video.

THOR on the other hand.. whew! What a nice surprise! I would see this in the theater if you can. Good acting, great graphics, and Anthony Hopkins was very effective as the King of this clan. When his son is about to take the throne, an impending war put it on hold, but in the end he was shown the door with his ego barely able to fit through the portal to earth. There he begins to learn, he has a lot to learn, but as with all egos this takes time. Good action, good story, and the acting of THOR himself was believable. Oh, there's some commoraderie and romantic in there ta boot. WATCH THIS!

Ten years and most of the cast survived. The only one that I know for sure who passed was Richard Harris who originally played Dumbledore. He left us early in the series and Michael Gambon has effectively taken over for the rest of this magical story.
Part two brings us the the showdown of Harry and Valdemort at Hogwarts. Dark and deathly, I feel the series has grown along with the kids (and adults) who begain reading this series over ten-fifteen years ago, showing everyone that life does change. And not always the way you'd like it. Spending ten years with these characters, and actors, they've almost become old friends we get to see every two years. Hell this is more than some of my real friends and it was good to see them again. This is a good film, and definitely worth seeing at the theater with good sound, etc. it will draw you in and you don't want to leave for anything, to see what happens next (I needed to, but couldn't!). Is this the end? Well.. it is for this part of the ride.. but I'm sure JK Rowling or someone at Warner Bro.'s is looking to the future. And of course, there is always Harry Potter at Universal where it's the only place where you can purchase the secret drink of "Butter Beer."
I think it's time for us to go down and get a mug or two with the family.



This synopsis is written by Fox pictures. It sums it up quite well: "As children, Ruth, Kathy and Tommy, spend their childhood at a seemingly idyllic English boarding school. As they grow into young adults, they find that they have to come to terms with the strength of the love they feel for each other, while preparing themselves for the haunting reality that awaits them."

As we're introduced to the kids in this story, they're singing the school song in this English school, which is obviously a private school. You will discover just how private it is.
These kids are raised in an orphanage-like facility where they're literally cut off from the world. So much so that the school they attend, also on the grounds where they live, teaches them about the dangers of death that is just beyond the simple fences that keep them in. All they really have is each other, and as they grow older, although semi-free to roam the countryside, they still only have each other. When you learn the secret of these kids, and what medical advances mankind has made for some, but at what costs?

Carey Mulligan's performance of Kathy is just fantastic. This young actress conveys so much even in the scenes without dialogue, which there are quite a few, she keeps you pulled in and you feel what is going on without a word. That's talent. Directed by Mark Romanek who pulled off the tone of innocence which transferred to unspoken desperation.

Based on the novel by Kazuo Ishiguro, who also brought us Remains of the Day, which has received a lot of attention and up for many awards the year it was released in 2005. Although not an original idea, I did find it interesting that the theme was very close to the novel by Michael Marshall Smith, "Spares," that was released in the mid-nineties - and I should note I published the "Special Signed Limited" of "Spares" - which I am very close to. Yes, it's approached from a different perspective, but very similar all the same. I won't say more as I don't want to spoil either story for anyone. The main idea became a popular topic in the 90's and early 00's. Both are science fiction with moral tales to tell. Should we or shouldn't we?

Watch This. It will make you think.

Read more about NEVER LET ME GO


Had the pleasure to watch Guillermo del Toro's 1993 film CRONOS. Starring Federico Luppi, Ron Perlman (del Toro's been working with him longer than I knew), with an intriguing performance by the young actress Tamara Shanath. This film is a classic example of "write a good script," and everything else will fall into place. Budget or not. The Cronos device can keep you alive forever, but at a price. At times sad, haunting, humane, with splashes of humor within, this story shows where del Toro was headed. A 50/50 split in English and subtitled Spanish, this story will grab you very quickly. Glad it was finally released on DVD. If you have Netflix, you can Watch Instantly. HORROR FANS WATCH THIS!

Read more on CRONOS Here!

With my thoughts on films I usually link to their respective IMDB (Internet Movie Database) page. You can find video, synopsis, and much more. Most of these films you can find at Netflix, or On Demand cable if you're lucky.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Joe Hill Introduces CHAMBER OF CHILLS series.

We had a bit of a chin wag with PS Publisher and renowned author in his own right, Peter Crowther about this new series that begins with Joe Hill introducing the first volume of CHAMBER OF CHILLS. And now, ladies and gents, Mr. Peter Crowther!

DAVE: Pete, CHAMBER OF CHILLS is a classic series from the Harvey publishing era correct? How did PS decide to publish this series?

PETER: I've long felt that most of those old comic books — and I'm thinking here of not just Harvey or the much more famous EC line but also Fox and ACG, Avon and Alax-Farrell — I felt a lot of them were in desperate need of a renaissance. So I got in touch with my good friend Paul Stephenson, a fellow enthusiast with a big collection, to see if he wanted to come on board with me on a subsidiary company to PS called PS Artbooks. Our first volume was a celebration of the life and work of Dan Dare artist/creator Frank Hampson called TOMORROW REVISITED and the second is the first of four collections of Harvey's CHAMBER OF CHILLS. Coming up next are WITCHES TALES, then TOMB OF TERROR and finally BLACK CAT MYSTERY. But, at the same time, we're also developing ACG's FORBIDDEN WORLDS and ADVENTURES INTO THE UNKNOWN . . . the latter being the very first anthology horror comic.

DAVE: PS Is issuing the CHAMBER OF CHILLS series in four volumes. Volume one features an introduction by Joe Hill. Will Mr. Hill be a part of every volume or with there be other guest introductions for the rest in the series?

PETER: Ever supportive, Joe agreed to give us a boost with the first book — he won't be doing any more. The second book (WITCHES TALES) has an Intro from Ramsey Campbell with cadaverised artwork from Bryan Talbot. The third one (TOMB OF TERROR) features a foreword from Stephen Jones (editor of the award-winning Best Horror series) with ghoulish rendering art-wise from Randy Broecker. Here's Bryan's piece for Ramsey (see artwork featured here).

DAVE: Artist Glenn Chadbourne is involved in the first volume. Can you clarify what he will be adding to this edition? Will he also be involved in the future volumes?

PETER: Glenn — along with Joe — is signing the special art-boards for the tray-cased lettered edition of CHAMBER . . . just 26 c
opies. Joe, meanwhile, has signed the cards for all the slipcased copies. Although we're not planning on having him do any more Harvey volumes, Glenn has just completed a new take on the cover art for ADVENTURES INTO THE UNKNOWN #2 and he's also turned in a couple of wonderful pen-and-ink self-portraits. PS favorite Edward Miller is doing the same with a copy of FORBIDDEN WORLDS. We've got plans to speak with other artists along the way — and guest introductions from lots of other household names who are dyed-in-the-wool comics fans: let's face it . . . there's a lot of volumes to go at, so long as they perform well commercially. And all this is for the ACG volumes, which will follow a slightly different route to the Harvey ones in that there will not be a traycased edition. So just 300 slipcased and 674 bookshop copies.

DAVE: The first volume is being released in three states. The 300 signed, the 674 hardcover, and of course the lettered edition. Will the 300 and 674 edition both be numbered?

PETER: The full run is one thousand copies: that's 26 lettered, 300 slipcased and 674 unsigned. The 300-copy run will be numbered but there are no plans to number the 674 unsigned copies. I guess we could produce a separate sheet for the bookshop edition that I could sign by way of a proven limitation — let's see what the fans say.

DAVE: Is there anything else you would like share with us
about this series?

PETER: We're having a ball . . . an almost obscene amount of fun. But it's hard work. These comics are occasionally a little clunky in the plotting and dialogue departments but, man! . . . the artwork just sings off the page. I kicked off my love of comics with British black and white editions of the likes of DC's CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN, THE FLASH, MYSTERY IN SPACE and BLACKHAWK just before we started getting the regular four-color versions (dated November 1959) in the spring of 1960. But a personal fave for me was ADVENTURES INTO THE UNKNOWN which ran for 20 British issues before it was dropped to make way for the US original. I still have all those comics and it could be we'll put out volumes of those, too. Like I say, we'll just have to see how they're received. But believe me, we've got lots of plans for the future…

Thank you for filling us in Peter. As a long time fan of comics, and horror comics especially, I'm looking forward to this series.

You can pre-order CHAMBER OF CHILLS and see all of our current stock of PS Publishing at the Overlook Connection Bookstore Here!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Rocky Wood, President of HWA, Needs Your Help

Hey Everyone,

As most of you know, Rocky Wood, President of the Horror Writers Association, has ALS or more popularly known as Lou Gherig's disease. We at the Overlook Connection have been raising funds from selling Rocky Wood's Stephen King collection that will go to purchase a device that will help him communicate after the disease has taken it's toll.

The hard truth is this disease is terminal. ALS slowly begins slowing down the body's movement to the point where your eyes are the only thing left you are able to move. The device that Rocky needs to purchase actually tracks his eye movements to help him communicate with his computer. Recently Rocky appeared on ONE PLUS ONE, a news program in Australia, and during the interview he said "I don't think you can measure what it's like to not move, but to lose the ability to communicate for anyone but especially for a writer it's even worse." With this device, which costs $25,000, he can continue to be a part of the world.

A letter from Rocky appears at the head of his items we have for sale and explains his situation. If you would spread the word about these items for sale in your postings and newsletters it would be appreciated.We're trying to raise these funds as soon as possible and I'm enlisting your help here and any attention you can give is much appreciated.

You can see Rocky's Stephen King items HERE

You can view the ONE PLUS ONE interview with Rocky Wood here:

We've received many requests to just send a donation. If you would like to send a donation you can do so directly via PayPal to Rocky at

Thank you for your time and support for a wonderful person in our community.

Dave Hinchberger

Overlook Connection Bookstore and Press