Sunday, December 30, 2007

Overhanging Second Stories

We found this kinda-sorta review of The Face in the Frost a number of years ago. We wondered about it then and – as we clean out some of the darker corners of our email inbox – we wonder about it again now. We thought maybe you’d like to wonder about it with us. Here goes:

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Christmas Around the Office

First, a bit of a Christmas story as performed by the Atlanta Radio Theatre Company, December 22 and 23, 2007.  It's The Legend of the Poinsettia written by Brad Strickland.

Next, a reader last month began compiling a list of “American wizards of the fantasy type" – so far they have the Wizard of Oz along with Uncle Jonathan and Mrs. Zimmermann.  He (or she) seems off to a good start,

Finally we were starting in on some early spring cleaning here at Bellairsia HQ when I ran across my day-by-day Trivial Pursuit calendar and the fistful of sheets that I never tore off this year. I added them to my stack for scrap paper but thought, for grins, I’d at least look at a few and see if I missed anything good. Besides discovering the seven fruits that make up Hawaiian Punch and the most-used regnal names in the British monarchy, there was this:
Question: What best-selling children’s author considers himself “a literary training bra for Stephen King?”
Answer: R. L. Stine
Happy New Year.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

The Chessmen of Death

We’re not comic book experts but this bit caught our eye. One of the stories in the Wonder Woman comic from September/October 1952 (#55) was entitled "The Chessmen of Doom". It appears to have been rewritten as The Chessmen of Death! for issue #208 (Oct. 1973). The only bit of story we've ever found is that the Chequerians play chess with entire planets as pieces.

Go figure.

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