Sunday, March 17, 2019

Howard A. Rodman’s Book ‘The Great Eastern’ to Be Adapted Into Movie

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HOWARD A. RODMAN'S upcoming BOOK will be getting the big-screen treatment.

The adventure story follows two of literature’s iconic anti-heroes, Captain Nemo and Captain Ahab, as they battle through the latter half of the 19th century. After Nemo kidnaps real-life civil engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel to build a submarine — one that would link the U.S. and England, two opposing colonial forces — the three men find themselves at battle with each other.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Philly and South Jersey Gothic: On Jay A. Gertzman’s “Pulp According to David Goodis” By Woody Haut

HARD-BOILED NOIR FICTION has produced more than its share of cult writers, but pulp novelist and periodically successful Hollywood screenwriter David Goodis is in a league of his own. His status, first nurtured in France through Gallimard’s Série Noire imprint, has grown steadily since François Truffaut’s film Tirez sur le pianiste, based on Goodis’s novel Down There (1956), was released in 1960. That book would be reprinted in the United States a few years later by Grove Press, retitled, to capitalize on the film, Shoot the Piano Player (1962). What success the latter garnered no doubt had less to do with Goodis’s name and reputation than with Truffaut’s, though Henry Miller’s blurb gracing its cover might have given the reprint added heft. Yet even before Down There’s initial publication as a Gold Medal paperback in 1956, Goodis had some 14 novels under his belt, including pulp classics like Dark Passage (1946), adapted for the screen by Delmer Daves in 1947; Nightfall (1947), adapted by Stirling Silliphant for Jacques Tourneur in 1957; and The Burglar(1953), filmed by Paul Wendkos in 1957 from a screenplay — his most accomplished — by Goodis himself.
The publication of Philippe Garnier’s groundbreaking Goodis, la vie en noir et blanc in France in 1984 went some way toward confirming Goodis’s status as a cult writer. Nine years later, James Sallis’s Difficult Lives (1993) placed Goodis in a select pantheon alongside two other cult noir writers, Jim Thompson and Chester Himes. Goodis would also feature heavily in two of my own books, Pulp Culture: Hardboiled Fiction and the Cold War (1995) and Heartbreak and Vine: The Fate of Hardboiled Writers in Hollywood(2002). The last three volumes all owe a debt to Garnier’s investigative work, which turned up a number of people who had been close to Goodis throughout his truly difficult life.

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Carpool To Hell 2019 - TRuE ThUGs 4 LiFE

Thank you to all the Goodisheads that attended and thought of us on the Carpool to Hell 2019.  While it was not the coldest of our celebrations, it certainly was overcast, gloomy and down right Goodis!  Stay tuned for more photos of the 12th Annual Carpool to Hell.