Joyland by Stephen King (2013)
Published by Hard Case Crime
I have never really finished a Stephen King book. First read Cell, abandoned after a few chapters. Then The Gunslinger, ditched it at chapter two, then came Joyland, ditched it after page seventy. I'll probably finish this one off one day. I always like funhouse, amusement park horror stories. I think I am more of a Koontz person than a Stephen King person. Also, such a sexy book cover. Also check out Quarry's book cover from the same press. I need to read that novel and I also need a poster of that book cover on my wall. Someone gift it to me, pls. I'm talking like a florescent adolescent. Geez. Also, i got this book for my 23rd birthday and I remember the book getting all drenched during a rainy evening when I had left the book by the window all night. And I was like 'why you all wet baby?' Did you get the reference? Comment the reference down below and win a free like and reply. And yes, it did survive the rain because it's so hard boiled. Damn. References and puns. CUT.
NOW AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER! For the first time since launching THE COVERS COLLECTION, we are releasing three prints this month. Why three? Well, Glen Orbik created three beautiful cover paintings that appeared on the Stephen King novels published by Hard Case Crime.
With the assistance and endorsement of co-designer Laurel Blechman, and Hard Case Crime publisher Charles Ardai, we are delighted to offer these prints of the cover art from THE COLORADO KID, JOYLAND, and JOYLAND: THE ILLUSTRATED EDITION.
This is our way of honoring Glen’s work and memory. You have not seen these three pieces of art look this good. Featuring a facsimile signature, and available in print and poster format.
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4) The Nice Guys- Charles Ardai
Film novelizations get an unfair wrap. Woody Allen and R.L.Stine have dipped their toes in the world of adaptation and talented writers like Alan Dean Foster and Peter David are known mainly for their work in the field.
Charles Ardai is the founder of the Hard Case Crime book imprint and a great writer himself.
Shane Black's The Nice Guys was absolutely the standout film of 2016 (sorry Star Wars) and Ardai's novelization captures all the wit and the fast pace of the film. It also organically expands on the motivations and neuroses of key characters.
The film bizarrely underperformed at the box office. If they were to continue in a series of novels that would be dare I say it.... nice.
Great little title, saw the killer coming a mile off, but didn't make this pulp any less enjoyable. Setting a PI in the world of Comics and centering the story around censorhip of the medium create a pretty unique little read. #hardcasecrime#hardboiled#maxallancollins#pulpfiction#PI
Just finished Stephen King’s Joyland. I loved it! Reminiscent of other King offerings in the best ways (Think ‘Stand By Me’ coming of age story with a dash of ‘The Shinning’ supernatural in it). I enjoy the human element of King’s works more than the horror - this one did not disappoint in that regard! #stephenking#joyland#hardcasecrime#carny#ghoststory
Erle Stanley Gardner (as A. A. Fair) - Top of the Heap (1952)
Another fine slice of noir from the Hard Case Crime collection, this is a long out of print edition of one of the installments of the Cool and Lam series by the creator of Perry Mason.
Set between LA and San Francisco in the world of gangsters, strippers, bankers and involving yachts, murder and pretty ladies with a main character in Lam who kind of unassumingly investigates a case only to see it get bigger and bigger and more and more complex.
By the end of the novel there is a fine tapestry of intertwining story-lines bringing everything together in a satisfying way. Although it is, according to the back cover the 13th novel in the Cool and Lam series there is really nothing here that makes it anything other than a standalone novel, you get all the relationships pretty easily, this is only natural for books which were originally meant to be cheap impulse buys in the age of pulp. All in all it's a really satisfying, fast and easy read. (3/5)
#murder#bookcover#erlestanleygardner#aafair#bookgram#bookstagram#bookporn#bookworm#hardboiled#crimefiction#topoftheheap#detective#crime#hardcasecrime @hardcasecrime #pulpnovel#pulp
Ahh the first novel that started my love for all things pulp. I don’t remember how I came across this book, but I remember it was about 2013 when I had just graduated from high school and transitioning into my freshman year of college. This novel was written by Michael Crichton under the pseudonym of John Lange and published in 1969. In “Lange’s” thriller, the story centers on Charles Raynaud, an expert in smuggling artifacts and handler of venomous snakes. While on a errand to drop off a recent trinket for a job, Raynaud runs into an old “friend” that plunges himself into Raynaud’s life, especially against Raynaud’s wishes. The acquaintance, however, is not all that he seems and tasks Raynaud to be his bodyguard. The question is who’s the real one in danger? This is a 2013 reprint by Hard Case Crime with the cover art by Gregory Manchess. #femmefatale#blondehair#blondes#blonde#michaelcrichton#johnlange#hardcasecrime#pulp#pulpart#pulpnoir#noir#crime#crimenoir#gregorymanchess#vintage#vintagepaperback
So for my first post I decided to focus on Hard Case Crime’s September publication: Charlesgate Confidential. Written by Scott Von Doviak and cover art by Paul Mann. Doviak is a film critic for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and has written reviews for the Houston Chronicle and the A.V. Club. Doviak is also the author of three non-fiction books. This is Doviak’s first publication with Hard Case Crime and has already garnered positive reviews. The story focuses on a group of criminals and their committing of the heist of the century in 1946. However, what is seen as perfect heist goes into failure as the crew as pinched and sent to prison, but with the art never to be found. Flash forward to forty years later, the lone surviving member of the crew sets out to recover the lost plunder. The novel spans from 1946 to 1988 and finally comes around to 2014 in which twists and turns are abound in this thriller penned from Mr. Doviak. You can preorder from Amazon and get more information about the book from the link here: http://www.hardcasecrime.com/books_bios.cgi?entry=bk150
“When it comes to the past, everyone writes fiction.”
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“All I can say is what you already know: some days are treasure. Not many, but I think in almost every life there are a few. That was one of mine, and when I'm blue -- when life comes down on me and everything looks tawdry and cheap, the way Joyland Avenue did on a rainy day -- I go back to it, if only to remind myself that life isn't always a butcher's game. Sometimes the prizes are real. Sometimes they are precious.” — @StephenKing, Joyland
aloha book nerds 🌙 @tediously_brief here 💕 i can’t believe i’ve gone so long w/o featuring the author who’s work changed my life & inspired me to pursue writing: the incomparable mr #stephenking . today i wanted to highlight one of my fav books of his that not many ppl I’ve mentioned it to have said they have heard of: #JOYLAND . j+i read it last yr & FELL IN LOVE. It’s more of his take on like a hard/boiled crime noir pulp detective novel & it’s incredible. there is a murder mystery, bittersweet coming-of-age, but just so many incredible passages about lost love, heartbreak, life... it was impossible to choose a quote for this post!
#MarchBookstagram18 : 15 Author you want to meet: Stephen King | this is kind of a cheat(ish) for me, bc i shared an elevator w Mr. King + his grandson in boston before I moved back out to LA, but i froze. i also wanted to respect this man who I admire so much, whose stories were the reason i chose to pursue writing, & his privacy/respect his time w his family. i had this internal struggle (that ended in me doing weird respectful bows as I exited the elevator + then sobbed for an hr in my hotel room), but as King is SO generous + giving @ appearances, & this wasn’t a signing or reading situation, i personally felt it inappropriate to interrupt his familial enjoyment. (his grandson totally noticed my internal freak out, though, & couldn’t stop grinning at me hahaha 🙈🤦🏼♀️🤷🏼♀️).
#qotd : What is your favorite King novel / adaptation?
Happy Birthday to novelist Max Allan Collins! 2013 VIDEO INTERVIEW by Bob Andelman
MAX ALLAN COLLINS podcast excerpt: "Complex 90 has a hugely violent scene where Mike Hammer essentially slaughters 45 people. I'm glad it won't be coming out till May because maybe things will settle down and I won't have to answer the questions about, 'How can you put a hero in that position?' I'm just naive enough to think there is a difference between a lunatic in real life going into a school and killing innocent children, and a fictional character who is a hero killing a bunch of villains in a novel. It's a specious argument. And it's an easy one.” https://mrmedia.com/2013/02/max-allan-collins-mickey-spillane-2013/
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This is the second Stephen King novel I've ever read (The first one was "It", read a long time ago in a country far, far away). And I really enjoyed it - very atmospheric, tautly written, and vivid characters. Even though it's marketed as a crime novel - the plot does involve a serial killer - there is, as you'd expect, a supernatural element. But it doesn't detract from the overall tenor of the book.
I accidentally left my library copy on a Megabus coach bound for Boston, so I bought this replacement copy for my local library. Hope they won't be too cross with me!
"People think first love is sweet, and never sweeter than when that first bond snaps. You've heard a thousand pop and country songs that prove the point; some fool got his heart broke. Yet that first broken heart is always the most painful, the slowest to mend, and leaves the most visible scar. What's so sweet about that?" #stephenking#joyland#hardcasecrime
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