Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday's Forgotten Books, Friday, July 18, 2014

 Todd Mason will collect the links the next two weeks as I take a break. Thanks, Todd.

Wake in Fright, Kenneth Cook

Saw the film of this a few weeks ago and my lovely library system sent away for the book, which was found at MSU. It is almost exactly like the movie, except for the end. And I think the ending of the movie is actually stronger.

A schoolteacher in the distant reaches of the outback in AU is on his way to Sidney when he is waylaid at one of the strangest towns on earth. The Yabba, as it is shortened, is full of gambling, boozing, hunting men, who bring our already susceptible hero to his knees in almost every way. And yet they really are hospitable in many ways, crazy about this forsaken town. Is the evil within or without?

This is a dark book but the writing is so crisp and clean, the pages fly by. You will both loathe and pity John by the book's end.

Sergio Angelini, THE TAMARIND SEED, Evelyn Anthony
Yvette Banek, D. E. Stevenson
Joe Barone, TO DARKNESS AND TO DEATH, Julia Spencer Fleming
Brian Busby, RETALIATION, Richard Rohmer
Bill Crider, LUST QUEEN, Don Elliott
Martin Edwards, THE HOURS BEFORE DAWN, Celia Fremlin
Curt Evans, THE LETHAL SEX, edited by John d. Macdonald
Ed Gorman, THE QUAKING WIDOW, Robert Colby
Rick Horton, THE NIGHT OF TEMPTATION, Victoria Cross
Jerry House, THE BEST OF WEIRD TALES, ed. Marvin Kaye and John Gregory Betancourt
Randy Johnson, BUBBA HO-TEP, Joe R. Lansdale
Nick Jones. THE ART OF NEIL GAIMAN, Hayley Campbell
Margot Kinberg, THE FRONT SEAT PASSENGER, Pascal Garnier
Rob Kitchin, WASHINGTON SHADOW, John Murray
B.V. Lawson, THE MIDNIGHT PLUMBER, Maurice Proctor
Evan Lewis, DAY OF THE RAM, William Campbell Gault
Steve Lewis/Marvin Lachman, ANGEL ESQUIRE, Edgar Wallace
Todd Mason, PS #1, April 1966
J.F. Norris, BLUE HORSE OF TAXCO, Kathleen Moore Knight
James Reasoner, DEATH DOLL HOUSE, Day Keen
Ron Scheer, THE SPOILERS, Rex Beach
Kevin Tipple/Patrick Ohl, THE FALSE INSPECTOR DEW, Peter Lovesey
TomCat, ODDITIES, Rupert T. Gould
Tracyk, DOUBLE FOR DEATH, Rex Stout
Zybahn, SHADOW OF A BROKEN MAN, George Chesbro


Anonymous said...

Patti - Wake in Fright does sound like a compelling read. Thanks for sharing. And thanks for including my post this week.

Casual Debris said...

Please include mine as well.
Thanks, Frank

George C Chesbro, Shadow of a Broken Man (1977)

Sergio (Tipping My Fedora) said...

Despite the darkness I am really looking forward to seeing WAKE IN FRIGHT as I just got back from Australia (albeit the lovely and civilised Sydney). Thanks Patti.

Deb said...

The book's original title was Outback (which is also the alternate title of the movie). I believe it was reissued as Wake in Fright when the movie was released.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Both the book and movie were cleanly presented, which went a long way toward making them a success.

Anonymous said...

When they showed it here in the 80's it was under the title OUTBACK. It was Chips Rafferty's last movie and the ubiquitous Jack Thompson's first. And as people from Roger Ebert to Martin Scorsese have said, it is truly disturbing.

Jeff M.

TracyK said...


I have a post from Wednesday on a Rex Stout book, Double for Death, if you want to include it.

Charles Gramlich said...

I've heard other good things about it. I'll have to check the book out.

Todd Mason said...

You're quite welcome, Patti, and thank you. I'll be able to be far more prompt next week than I've been able to do for a bit, now that several things are squared away.

My own FFB is an FFM, the first issue, long sought by me, of P.S. magazine:

FFM: P.S. #1, April 1966: contributions from Avram Davidson, Alfred Bester, Nat Hentoff, Gahan Wilson, Jean Shepherd, Ron Goulart, Charles Beaumont, Russell Baker, Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov, et al.; Edward Ferman, editor; Gahan Wilson, associate editor; Ron Salzberg, assistant editor

Yvette said...

I've finally posted one today, Patti. Lately I seem to be running late in every aspect of my life. Oh well, at least I'm running. :)

Anonymous said...

The Bill Crider link goes to:
Blog not found

Sorry, the blog you were looking for does not exist. However, the name illcrider is available to register!

So, who knew old "ill Crider" was a hoax? (Manually adding a "b" to the front of the URL did get me to the post eventually.)
/ Denny Lien

Anonymous said...

And just had same problem (and same solution) in trying to read the post of George Kelley, or as the internet knows him, "eorgekelley":

Server not found

Firefox can't find the server at

Denny Lien again

pattinase (abbott) said...

Sorry to say that I am not picking up all of the link here. Hope this problem goes away.

cara daftar said...

thanks a lot

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