The Hang Fire Books Blog

The rantings of a bookdealer in Brooklyn, New York.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Offensive Ads

The Blog of Hilarity recently posted the 9 Most Disturbingly Misogynistic Old Print Ads they've encountered and it would definitely be a challenge to top them.

And in a related post they've collected the 7 most delightfully perverse toy commercials. Alice and I lost our shit over the Super Soaker Ooozinator "Major Pumping Required".

Link via Jezebel

Friday, November 21, 2008

Trunk Stories #4, Part IV

Here's the final installment of Trunk Stories #4. TS is the Hang Fire Books virtual reading series and the digital resurrection of my 'zine of literary fantasy, science fiction, and horror.

A meditation on dance artistry, the changing nature of
masculinity and Gene Kelly's taut, supple buttocks. (pdf)

by Barry J. House

A micro fiction piece on mortality
and mysterious family "talks".

Veronica Schanoes is an assistant professor of English at Queens College - CUNY. Her work has appeared in Year's Best Fantasy and Horror 21, Journal of Mythic Arts, Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, and Sybil's Garage.

Barry J. House lives in Southern England, with his wife, two children, and three cats. His work has been published in Black Petals, Trail of Indiscretion, The Horror Express, Hub Magazine, Whispers of Wickedness, and elsewhere. Barry’s first collection of short fiction, Obsidian Dreams, is scheduled for publication in 2009 by Screaming Dreams Press.
Timothy Dedman is a writer and illustrator living in Brooklyn, New York.
Read the first three stories from issue #4 here: "Dame Morehead's Sea of Tranquility" by Tobias Seamon; "The Little Men" by William Mingin; "Brooklyn, New York, August 14, 2003"

Back issues of Trunk Stories can be purchased here (Issue #1 is OP and available as a free download).

So that's everything. I'm through the print backlog of Trunk Stories. Should I keep going? Do readers want to keep seeing short fiction and essays in this forum? What about the pdf format?

I'm looking for some feedback.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

L.A. Noir-chitecture

I recently contributed a few cover scans to the program/guide for L.A. Noir-chitecture: A hard-boiled tour through the historic city organized by the Los Angeles Conservancy.

It included visits to the Glendale Southern Pacific Railroad Terminal (the crime scene in Billy Wilder's Double Indemnity), Parva-Sed-Apta Apartments (the boarding house who's tenants inspired characters in Nathanael West's The Day of the Locust), Villa Primavera (a Spanish revival building featured in Nicolas Ray's In a Lonely Place), the Warner Bothers Studios, and other surviving locations that defined the noir look.

Unfortunately I didn't get the brochure in time to plug the tour (it happened back on November 9th), but apparently it was a great success, so maybe it will be repeated.

Sign up for the LA Conservancy mailing list if you want to hear about future tours and events.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Helping Along the Barter Economy

Like many people--I suspect--my need for cheap/free entertainment has greatly increased lately. Also I LOVE getting things in the mail.

In pursuit of these twin goals I've compiled all my trade lists onto a single handy page.

Hang Fire Books Barter Page

I have lists for vintage paperbacks, OOP film/dvd, 8-tracks, video games, random curiosities, plus links to other trading sites where I have items posted.

I'll be updating these lists as I find and trade away items.

If you want something but don't have anything to trade, I'll sell items for cost (plus shipping) or work something out.

Good luck out there...and remember it's better the economy should recede than your gums...or something.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Construction Jesus

...and they did take up the Coors 12-pack and they did drink of it and were filled.

New Pulp

Lots of new additions in the Pulp Fiction Cover Gallery.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Book Trade Labels Flickr Group

Blogger The Exile Bibliophile started a Flicker photo pool of book tickets / book trade labels to expand on the Seven Roads Gallery. I've signed on as a contributor and will add tickets from my collection shortly.

There are some stunning designs and beautiful examples of hand lettering in these labels and they're an inspirational reminder of the pride in trade of the bookseller.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Fairy Tale Book House

Venetian-born sculptor Livio De Marchi created this house made almost entirely (inside and out) of wooden bookforms.

Tables, chairs, beds, stair treads, all are shaped like elephant-folio sized antique books.

If I came upon this house in the woods I would expect a witch to eat me.

Link via Jezebel.