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Leprechaun Tales:

The Fantastic Adventures of Tink, Jing and Nastee

by William P. McGivern

Tink, a leprechaun with the belief in goodness of people, is ever optimistic. He never fails in sharing his beliefs and even making bets on the goodness of people, despite Nastee’s persistent pessimism.

Nastee never misses a trick to undo whatever goodness that can be undone. Along with Jing the beautiful elfin music sprite, the three of them battle Nazis, lions, and gremlins, as they make their way unseen in the world of humans.

Originally published in the 1940s, these five stories by William P. McGivern, offer joyful escapist fun for kids and adults alike.

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I told myself today is the day I have to get back to blogging so here I am. Don’t you love when you got a lot of open projects and you’re being pulled in a million directions? Actually it’s not that bad. I’m not whining, honest. But I tend to let the blogging go by the wayside and concentrate on other stuff. But no more. At least I hope. Since I haven’t done an update in awhile I’ve got a lot of newsy things and share with you about what Wonder eBooks have been up to. But that would take one massive blog entry. So instead I’ll tell about what I’m about to work on.

SFFaudio.com does an annual challenge for every day people (yes, like you) to create an audiobook. SFFaudio’s editor, Jesse Willis, asked me if I had any stories that I could send his way. I was happy to oblige. So as soon I publish this I’m going to get them ready. The stories will be available in EPUB and PDF formats. Here are the titles:

Defense Mech by Ray Bradbury (from The Lost Bradbury: Forgotten Tales by Ray Bradbury)
The Green Girl by Jack Williamson
Daughters of Earth by Judith Merrill (From the Shrine of Temptation and Other Stories)
See You at the Morgue by Lawrence Blochman

 

New Releases – Noir Masters 2, Lawrence Blochman, & Pirates

A new Noir Master and a collection of short stories from a Science Fiction Master. But first this short story by the author of the Riverworld series.

Masters of Noir: Volume Two by Craig Rice & Jonathan Craig & Hal Ellson

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MASTERS OF NOIR: VOLUME TWO by CRAIG RICE & JONATHAN CRAIG & HAL ELLSON

Another walk on the wild side! In this series of collections of gritty Noir and Hardboiled stories, you’ll find some of the best writers of the craft writing in their prime. The following stories are included in this second volume of Masters of Noir: GREEN EYES by HAL ELLSON, BIG STEAL by FRANK KANE, NECKTIE PARTY by ROBERT TURNER, THE PURPLE COLLAR by JONATHAN CRAIG, I DON’T FOOL AROUND by CHARLES JACKSON, NICE BUNCH OF GUYS by MICHAEL FESSIER, FLOWERS TO THE FAIR by CRAIG RICE, DIE LIKE A DOG by DAVID ALEXANDER, BUILD ANOTHER COFFIN by HAROLD Q. MASUR, SOMEBODY’S GOING TO DIE by TALMAGE POWELL.

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See You At The Morgue by Lawrence Blochman

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SEE YOU AT THE MORGUE by LAWRENCE BLOCHMAN

When a gigolo is shot, to death in the bedroom of a beautiful girl, it raises some perplexing problems for Detective Kenny Kilkenny. Why, for example, would a man steal the license plates off his own car? Why should an innocent young professor come to the murder room … and then conceal a key to the crime? Why was a “phantom secretary” hiding in the closet near the murdered man? Was there really money to be made selling glass eyes for stuffed ducks? Why would a beautiful girl ask her lover to kill her? As if these questions–and a hundred others–weren’t enough to drive Kilkenny crazy–there were three exceedingly strange characters to plague him : a girl named Rux, a man named Vanizol, and the weirdest of all–Mr. Whisk! It was a tough case, but so are they all when the word goes out– PARISIAN PLAYBOY SHOT IN N. Y. BEAUTY’S BOUDOIR … “PHANTOM SECRETARY” SEEKS SUICIDE…MYSTERY REDHEAD FOUND… — The papers shouted “SCANDAL!”–but the sirens shrieked “MURDER!”

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Gimlet Eye Gunn by H. Bedford-Jones

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GIMLET EYE GUNN by H. BEDFORD-JONES

How can a 300 year-old ghost know so much, from the past, to the present — even the future? Larsen had no idea, but he had to find out. It would mean knowing whether Gimlet Eye Gunn was for real, or he was the one going crazy. First published in Weird Tales, September 1951.

New Releases – Philip Jose Farmer, Rex Stout and Robert Sheckley

A new Noir Master and a collection of short stories from a Science Fiction Master. But first this short story by the author of the Riverworld series.

Some Fabulous Yonder by Philip Jose Farmer

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SOME FABULOUS YONDER by PHILIP JOSE FARMER

No man had yet survived a landing on the black planet, till Raspold dared to venture his body and his mind in the cavern of Voittamaton, where the dracocentaurs gazed at some fabulous yonder! Farmer’s variation on the Chthulu Mythos of Lovecraft. First published in Fantastic Stories of Imagination in the April, 1963 issue.

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Dark Revenge by Rex Stout

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DARK REVENGE by REX STOUT

What’s a lawyer to do when beautiful Delia Brand confesses of her plans to kill Dan Jackson and Jackson soon turns up dead. Accused of murdering him with her father’s .38 in the town of Cody, Wyoming, Delia Brand sets out to find the real killer, and along the way, discovers the truth about her father’s unsolved murder. Dark Revenge was first published in 1939. Later appeared in an expanded novel version as Mountain Cat and The Mountain Cat Murders.

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The Odor Of Thought: Short Stories Of Robert Sheckley, Volume 2

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The Odor Of Thought: Short Stories Of Robert Sheckley, Volume 2

Robert Sheckley (July 16, 1928 — December 9, 2005) was a Hugo- and Nebula-nominated American author. First published in the science fiction magazines of the 1950s, his numerous quick-witted stories and novels were famously unpredictable, absurdist and broadly comical. Sheckley was given the Author Emeritus honor by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America in 2001. Included in this collection are nine of some of his best stories written in the 1950s. Includes the following stories: WARM, THE DEMONS, THE ODOR OF THOUGHT, PROSPECTORS SPECIAL, THE SWEEPER OF LORAY, DIPLOMATIC IMMUNITY, WATCHBIRD, FEEDING TIME, WE ARE ALONE

New Releases – A.E. van Vogt and Fletcher Flora

A new Noir Master and a collection of short stories from a Science Fiction Master.

The Hot Shot by Fletcher Flora

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THE HOT SHOT by FLETCHER FLORA

Skimmer was the Hotshot–handsome, smart, arrogant. He had everything personality, looks, women. He was ready for success–regardless of the cost ? And then he met a girl and a gangster–and something went wrong! Hotshot is Skimmer’s story–a unique candid portrait not of the knife-wielding delinquents who capture headlines but of today’s troubled youth as they really are. The unforgettable story of a generation battling to find its way in a world it never made. Originally published in 1956, this exciting novel is now available as an eBook for a whole new generation.

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The Earth Killers and Other Stories

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The Earth Killers and Other Stories by A.E. van Vogt

The Earth Killers and Other Stories by A.E. van Vogt

From the mind of Science Fiction Grand Master, A. E. van Vogt, comes five imaginative bizarre tales of the future. The Earth Killers–What if you were blamed for the destruction of the Earth? And what if you were the only one who had the key to what really happened? The Star-Saint–A superman of space is willing to save your colony, but at what cost? The Enchanted Village–As the only survivor of a doomed expedition to Mars, your only chance of survival is to live in a deserted Martian village that is designed for a life that is totally alien to man. Itself!¬–Something is lurking beneath the sea. It is enormous, lethal and very angry! The Expendables–A multi-generational spaceship is about to make landfall. But how is it going to deal with aliens when dealing with the dysfunctional relationships onboard for multi-generations?

Free Fiction Friday – Untouched By Human Hands by Robert Sheckley

Another great SF short story for this Free Fiction Friday!

Untouched by Human Hands by Robert Sheckley

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The story appears in the recently released eBook, Meeting of the Minds: Short Stories of Robert Sheckley. You can find the whole eBook at:

Meeting of the Minds: Short Stories of Robert Sheckley, Volume One

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Meeting of the Minds: Short Stories of Robert Sheckley, Vol. 1

Robert Sheckley (July 16, 1928 — December 9, 2005) was a Hugo- and Nebula-nominated American author. First published in the science fiction magazines of the 1950s, his numerous quick-witted stories and novels were famously unpredictable, absurdist and broadly comical. Sheckley was given the Author Emeritus honor by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America in 2001. Included in this collection are nine of some of his best stories written in the 1950s. Includes the following stories: MEETING OF THE MINDS, THE LEECH, UNTOUCHED BY HUMAN HANDS, WARRIOR RACE, SHAPE, WRITING CLASS, SEVENTH VICTIM, COST OF LIVING, and THE LAST WEAPON

 

New Releases from WPG – Craig Rice, Robert Sheckley and Les Savage, Jr.

New Vintage eBooks from Wonder Publishing Group. Ahhh! The Power of three. Three new eBook titles from three classic authors from three different genres!

Meeting of the Minds: Short Stories of Robert Sheckley, Volume One

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Meeting of the Minds: Short Stories of Robert Sheckley, Vol. 1

Robert Sheckley (July 16, 1928 — December 9, 2005) was a Hugo- and Nebula-nominated American author. First published in the science fiction magazines of the 1950s, his numerous quick-witted stories and novels were famously unpredictable, absurdist and broadly comical. Sheckley was given the Author Emeritus honor by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America in 2001. Included in this collection are nine of some of his best stories written in the 1950s. Includes the following stories: MEETING OF THE MINDS, THE LEECH, UNTOUCHED BY HUMAN HANDS, WARRIOR RACE, SHAPE, WRITING CLASS, SEVENTH VICTIM, COST OF LIVING, and THE LAST WEAPON

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The Lucky Stiff by Craig Rice

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The Lucky Stiff by Craig Rice

“Anna Marie St. Claire died in the electric chair at one minute after midnight this morning, with smile on her lips ? ” Brooding over his gin in Joe the Angel’s City Hall Bar, John J. Malone read those headlines, and the story of how, half an hour too late, a dying gangster’s confession had proved Anna Marie innocent. She had been too beautiful to die. Malone knew if he had defended her she wouldn’t have had to die. Suddenly he turned white. For there, floating through the swinging doors, came a lovely apparition, curves outlined by a chic gray suit–Anna Marie, dressed just as she had been the day her gangster lover was bumped off. Malone muttered a prayer and fled. Anna Marie followed him ? So begins a giddy Craig Rice manhunt, combining mirth, mixed drinks, murder, and that talented trio, John J. Malone and Helene and Jake Justus.

Craig Rice (pseudonym of Georgiana Ann Craig; 1908–1957) was an American author of mystery novels and short stories, sometimes described as “the Dorothy Parker of detective fiction.” She was the first mystery writer to appear on the cover of Time Magazine, on January 28, 1946. Gritty but humorous, Rice’s stories uniquely combine the hardboiled detective tradition with no-holds-barred, screwball comedy. Most of her output features a memorable trio of protagonists: Jake Justus, a handsome but none too bright press agent with his heart in the right place; Helene Brand, a rich heiress and hard-drinking party animal par excellence (to become Mrs. Justus in the later novels); and John Joseph Malone, a hard-drinking, small-time lawyer (though both his cryptic conversation and sartorial habits are more reminiscent of such official or private gumshoes as Lieutenant Columbo). ¬– via: Wikipedia

Last of the Breed by Les Savage, Jr.

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Last of the Breed by Les Savage, Jr.

The town of Apache Wells had quietly sneered at Brian Sheridan all his life. It knew him as a drunk, a playboy, the worthless son of a man who had hacked his power and fortune from the Arizona wilds in the tradition of the great empire builders. And then one day the father was dead. Brian found himself broke, hated, squeezed dry by the men he’d known as friends. Slowly Brian Sheridan began to fight back, to come alive as a man. It was a good feeling. But it carried the uneasy knowledge that somebody had decided the new Sheridan would also be the last. A rousing novel of frontier Arizona! Les Savage, Jr. was a writer from age 17. He was a prolific contributor to the pulp magazines for a number of years. In addition he penned over twenty books. A few of his better known titles are: “Treasure of the Brasada,” “Silver Street Women” and “The Royal City.” Several of his novels were adapted for the movies and television. In 1958 he died at the too young age of 35.

New Release – The Forgotten Planet by Murray Leinster

One new eBook this week from Wonder Publishing Group by Science Fiction legend, Murray Leinster.  Here’s an excerpt from the wikipedia entry for this novel, The Forgotten Planet:

The “forgotten” planet had been seeded for life, first with microbes and later with plants and insects. A third expedition, intended to complete the seeding with animals, never occurred. Over the millennia the insects and plants grew to gigantic sizes. The action of the novel describes the fight for survival by descendants of a crashed spaceship as they battle wolf-sized ants, flies the size of chickens, and gigantic flying wasps.

The Forgotten Planet by Murray Leinster

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The Forgotten Planet by Murray Leinster

The Forgotten Planet by Murray Leinster

NATURE’S MISLAID MADHOUSE! Beneath dense gray clouds through which no sun shone lay a forgotten planet. It was a nightmare world of grotesque and terrifying animal-plant life. Gigantic beetles, spiders, bugs and ants filled the putrid, musty earth–ready to kill and devour anything in sight. There were men amidst this horror–men who cringed and ran from the ravening monsters and huddled in the mushroom forests at night. Burl was one of these creatures. But one day inspira-tion hit Burl. He would find a weapon–he would fight back. And with this idea the first step was taken in man’s most desperate flight for freedom in this most horrible of all worlds. But it was only a first step.

 

The One With the Eloquent Voice, William Coon

Read by William CoonOne of my favorite audiobook narrators, William Coon, has struck out on his own with a new Philip K. Dick collection called The Defenders and Other Stories. He also has a new website that looks eloquent and is called Eloquent Voice. William has some other titles by Henry James and Anton Chekhov. And he let me know that coming soon he’s has a collection of Robert Silverberg stories that he’s narrating. I’ll be for sure checking that out.

William has read several titles for my company, Wonder Audiobooks. Here’s a page of his work he’s done for Wonder Audio.

New Releases – Lawrence Block, Theodore Sturgeon, Ross Macdonald

Very nice selection of releases from Wonder Publishing Group for this week. Check them out.

Death Pulls A Doublecross by Lawrence Block

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Death Pulls a Doublecross by Lawrence Block

Death Pulls a Doublecross by Lawrence Block

She was a beautiful girl with a talent for two-timing: she led two lives, tormented two men–but the one thing she couldn’t doublecross was murder! I’m Ed London, PH. D.–PHILANDERER IN DANGER Nailing killers is my racket But hiding their victims’ corpses, from the law? Better conjure up Houdini, buddy, I’m not the man you want. That’s what I should have sai. But I’ve got a heart as big as a bawdy house. When I saw my sister’s marriage going up in smoke because her husband’s extramarital flame got murdered, I decided to stick my neck out and plant the body so it couldn’t be traced to him. That’s when the fur began to fly–and so, in fact, did the bullets. First the girl had been leading a double life. Second, she had pulled a neat little doublecross that left me holding the bag–a bag with the keys to a priceless fortune and up for grabs to every hood in town. Also published under the title Coward’s Kiss.

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Beware the Fury by Theodore Sturgeon

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Beware the Fury by Theodore Sturgeon

Beware the Fury by Theodore Sturgeon

Meet Wolf Reger–traitor. Compared to him Benedict Arnold was a national hero and Judas Iscariot a paragon of virtue. At least that’s the way it showed in the Major’s notes?. But traitors aren’t born that way. Something has to happen to them long before they turn against society. That’s why, when you dig deep enough, you may find that the word traitor can be one hell of a misnomer!

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Midnight Blue by Ross Macdonald

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Midnight Blue

Midnight Blue by Ross Macdonald

Lew Archer was out for a little target practice. Just a deserted old estate in the canyon where Archer could get away from the Hollywood rat race and sharpen his shooting skills down in the meadow. But he found two things there he wasn’t expecting. One was a crazy old vagrant that had set up in dilapidated gatehouse. And two was a glittering red object on the ground. It was a red enameled fingernail that just happens to still be attached to its owner. A young blonde who was strangled, buried and very much dead. Now Lew Archer’s chance to get away from it all, just got away. And the wild old vagrant has decided to runaway too!

 

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