Sunday, November 7, 2010

Cover Art: "Bad Mags"

Tim Beckley, "Mr. UFO" and mega-publisher of UFO and high strangeness stuff, (like his Saucer Blast! blog, among many other projects)  sent me this link to Bad Mags. Be warned if you're prudish or take offense at things.

Tom Brinkmann, the creator of Bad Mags, explains what the site is about in his intro on the site:
The main reason I wrote Bad Mags was because I wished I had had something comparable when I started looking for and collecting these magazines--a guide if you will. Because Bad Mags attempts to cover such a large selection of subject matter any chapter included in it could have been its own book. Bad Mags is not a complete listing of the magazines and tabloids covering these particular subjects (if such a thing were possible), but is an attempt to give a more complete picture of what was published concerning them at the time.
  Beyond that Bad Mags is a book devoted to strange, bizarre and peripheral magazines because the back alleys of the publishing industry have been little explored in print. In most cases there isn't any information readily available, limited only to the information given in the periodical itself.

There's more, visit the site for the rest. As Brinkmann says, the site is "a carnival of covers." Not only covers, but Brinkmann gives a lot of good background on each category. You'll spend a lot of time over there; a lot to look at!

Historical Romance/Bodice Ripper: Bride of the MacHugh

I admit to having a secret and guilty pleasure of reading historical romance novels. They're chessy, sexist, politically incorrect and I like them. One of my favorites is Jan Cox Speas Bride of the MacHugh, written in 1978. There's a good review of the book here on the All About Romance website, a site that reviews romance novels.

I have a mercenary reason for mentioning this; I'm selling this book on my Etsy shop Jellyfish Sky. I have a lot of vintage books of all genres, so check it out, you might find something you like!