Thursday, December 31, 2009

Nightmare Alley, the Musical


Boing Boing has a post about a musical version of the pulp book Nightmare Alley, by William Lindsay Gresham.

Nightmare Alley is a seedy journey into carny world. Here's an excerpt of a summary from Book Balloon:
At a seedy traveling carnival in Depression-era rural America, amateur magician Stan Carlisle is making a name for himself. But he’s not content fleecing the rubes for nickels and dimes. He wants more. When he gets hold of a number code he sets himself up as a mentalist; he hooks up with the carnival’s Electric Girl Molly and the two of them start working in vaudeville. But that’s still not enough for Stan and his grudge against anyone who has more respect and money than he does. He joins forces with Lilith, a coldhearted psychiatrist.


The movie of the book  was made in 1947, starring Tyrone Power and Joan Blondell.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Octopi Love: "Poulpe"


Poulpe Pulps is a wonderful resource of vintage cover art with underwater and Octopi type creatures as the theme. This is great news for me, for I share an affinity with things of the deep, especially the octopi realm, as my blog Octopus Confessional shows!

Here's an excerpt from the Poulpe blog's intro:


Welcome to Poulpe Pulps, an OCTOPIA BLOG feature. The octopus, known as poulpe in French, pulpo in Spanish, polip in Hungarian, and polypous in Classical Greek, is pluperfectly the essence of pulp.


Here you will find hard-to-locate images of science fiction, fantasy, and adventure pulp and comic covers featuring the wily octopus, courtesy of your hostess Francesca Myman.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Christmas Music


I'm a Christmas music fan; which often irritates some people, my husband included. Given the fact we're Jewish probably has something to do with that. Christmas, for me, is about a season of light and festivities. Caring, sharing, love, all around good intent, warmth, lights, tuning into the season's cycles is spiritual, for me, and part of that is just enjoying, for whatever reasons, or, no reason in particular, Christmas music. It may be corny but I love Santa Baby and Blue Christmas and Charlie Brown Christmas. (I also love musicals and bagpipe music.) So I was delighted to find this CD/DVD combo for under $5.00 at the local discount store yesterday: All American Christmas

The DVD includes "The Christmas Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet," which I never was a fan of, but luckily, also has "Jack Benny Christmas." Songs include "Philadelphia Cream Cheese Commercial."

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

 From 1953, Gayla Peevey singing I Want a Hippopotomous for Christmas
with some neat vintage images: