From its launch in 1920 until its demise in 1951, the magazine Black Mask published pulp crime fiction. The first hard-boiled detective stories appeared on its pages. Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, Erle Stanley Gardner and John D. MacDonald got their start in Black Mask. The urban crime stories that appeared in the magazine helped to shape American culture. Modern computer games, films, and television are rooted in the fiction popularized by “the seminal and venerated mystery pulp magazine”. ( Booklist). Otto Penzler selected and wrote introductions to the best of the best, the darkest of these dark, vintage stories for the collection The Black Lizard Big Book of Black Mask Stories. Now that collection is available for the first time on audio. Includes: “Knights of the Open Palm” by Carroll John Daly; read by Erik Bergmann the “Rainbow Diamonds” series of stories (“Diamonds of Dread,” “The Man in White,” “The Blind Chinese,” “Red Dawn,” “Blue Glass,” and “Diamonds of Death”) by Ramon Decolta; read by Johnny Heller “The Ring on the Hand of Death” by William Rollins Jr.; read by Dan Bittner 1. Language: English. Narrator: Erik Bergmann, Johnny Heller, Dan Bittner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/high/000626/bk_high_000626_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Radio Again is pleased to present eight classic radio performances by raconteur Jean Shepherd from the archives of Hartwest Productions. With wit and wisdom, Jean Shepherd delves into the insatiable desire for shiny objects, and man a million years in the past -- and a million years in the future. In these previously uncirculated radio broadcasts you will also hear Shepherd’s remembrances of his mother’s dream of being a gun moll, his father’s quest for the perfect used car, and much more. Includes the following episodes: Jackdaw Dillinger Singing and Song Things Used to be Better The Mountain King History is All Around Us Transplanted in Time Wonders Includes liner notes by Eugene B. Bergmann, author of Excelsior, You Fathead! The Art and Enigma of Jean Shepherd. Humorist Jean Shepherd (1921-1999), creator/narrator of the holiday movie favorite A Christmas Story, and author of numerous other works of fiction and television, had a long and stellar career on radio and was heard most days during the period of 1955-1977 on WOR radio in New York, a clear-channel station heard along the Eastern seaboard and points west. Shepherd’s radio work was both unique and transitional in the development of today’s talk radio. Shepherd could talk, and talk he did, touching his listeners intimately as if speaking to an audience of one. Shepherd was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 2005. The radio programs in this collection, long lost and forgotten, were created in the mid 1960’s by Shepherd for radio and television syndicator Hartwest Productions in the format heard on Shepherd’s WOR shows of the day, right down to his familiar Bahn Frei theme music. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jean Shepherd. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/radi/000853/rt_radi_000853_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
It's a city that's come to embody a lifestyle: sunglasses and convertibles, days at the beach, and nights on the town. Los Angeles has almost four million residents, making it the second largest city in America. And with its successful television, film, and music industries, many consider it the entertainment capital of the world.But while L.A. is steeped in star-studded glamour, many celebrities choose to get away from it all by living just a few minutes north, in the Santa Monica Mountains. There, you'll find the prestigious communities of Hollywood Hills and Bel-Air, where mansions and large, comfortable homes perch along winding mountain roads, providing sweeping views of the city below. These hilltop estates may offer a luxurious lifestyle, but along with the fresh air and the picturesque vistas comes danger, because this storied area is at great risk of being devastated by a wildfire.L.A.'s sunny Mediterranean climate means that the summers are long and dry. The hills are covered with drought-resistant vegetation called chaparral, which is extremely flammable. Even the unusual east-west layout of the mountains, the only such range to transverse a major city in the country, adds to the danger from fire. This topography means that the canyons betweens the mountains run north to south. When the harsh Santa Ana winds come from the north every fall, they funnel straight into those canyons and can quickly fan a spark into a devastating firestorm. All in all, it's a recipe for a fast-spreading wildfire. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Erik Bergmann. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/wthr/000002/rt_wthr_000002_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.