Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Just the Facts, Ma’am

• Say “yes” to “No”: Ian Fleming’s sixth James Bond novel, Dr. No, debuted way back in 1958. Since then, its gone through multiple editions on both sides of the Atlantic, and elsewhere. Today, the Web site Pulp International presents a delightful selection of Dr. No book covers from the beginning. We especially like the two illustrated versions at the bottom of that post, the second of which is part of a series of reissued Bond books from Penguin UK.

• Dean Koontz speaks! And speaks, and speaks ... Gravetapping’s Ben Boulden has posted a three-part interview that the late TV talk-show host Tom Snyder did in 1996 with American suspense novelist Dean Koontz. You can watch it all here.

• Did you know that Sunshine State novelist James O. Born, who’s best known for penning comical thrillers, has begun writing science-fiction novels under the pseudonym “James O’Neal”? Yeah, we didn’t either. But we do now.

Gordon Who?

• And our sister publication, The Rap Sheet, is holding a contest that will leave three lucky readers with free copies of thriller writer Joseph Finder’s forthcoming series debut, Vanished. The rules for entering are here, and Ali Karim’s interview with Finder -- which also contains the answer to the contest entry question -- can be enjoyed here. The deadline for entering is midnight on Sunday, August 16.


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