Grab-bag post and open thread, Memorial Day edition

Has it really been two months since I posted here? Jeez, folks, I’m sorry. I have had a few things going on, like taking a break from crime fiction and breaking a collarbone, but still.

I’ll make up for it a little bit with this jumble of odds and ends, and I hope to […]

Some panels from Darwyn Cooke’s Slayground set to music

Because why not?

The song is pretty cool, and fits. (“The Hell Raisers,” by Syd Dale.)

Inside the new hardcover edition of The Hunter


As you may not be aware because I did not give it nearly the coverage I should have, Darwyn Cooke and IDW Publishing have launched a companion line to their highly successful line of comic book adaptations of the Parker novels. They will be reprinting the original Richard Stark novels, each with […]

Noir Magazine features Parker, Reacher…

…and me!

This one’s so hot off the presses, the website isn’t even live.

This is Noir Magazine, a new magazine for tablets. I downloaded it for my iPad today, the day of its debut.

I just got the iPad a few weeks ago. I won it in a drawing of all things, […]

More ComicCon stuff from Darwyn Cooke on Parker

The interviewer is kinda corny, but Darwyn is his usual charming self and you get to see footage of him brush-painting the ComicCon exclusive edition of The Score.

It’s less than five minutes if you’re sneaking this in at the office.

Darwyn Cooke on Before Watchmen and Parker at ComicCon, with bonus violence

Some hiatus, huh? Well, just because I’m somewhat limited at the moment doesn’t mean I can’t throw up a quickie every now and again.

In this interview from ComicCon that Matthew pointed out in the comments, Cooke discusses Before Watchmen and then Parker. If you’re not interested in Before Watchmen (I am, but […]

Like having a scorpion in the room: an interview with Darwyn Cooke on Richard Stark’s Parker: The Score

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Darwyn Cooke does one in-depth interview for each volume in his series of comic book adaptations of Richard Stark’s [pseudonym of Donald Westlake] Parker novels. (Here are the interviews for The Hunter and The Outfit.) For his new one, The Score, he was kind enough to invite The Violent World of Parker to conduct the interview. “I thought it was time I geared whatever big interview I did more towards Don’s [Donald Westlake’s] fans, rather than my own,” he told us.

For better or worse, he got what he asked for. Nick and I managed two conference calls with Darwyn across three countries, three time zones, and two continents.

There are minor spoilers sprinkled throughout, but nothing, I think, that will affect the enjoyment of the reader of either Darwyn’s great adaptation or its source material. (I did remove one major spoiler, although not for this book.)

Thank you for sitting down with us, Darwyn, and thank you for your immense contributions to the violent world of Parker, and to The Violent World of Parker.

Dear reader: Dig in. I think you’ll find it as fascinating as Nick and I did.


Nick: [Opening after some green room chatter] Speaking of The Score: How was it this time? How did you find it? How did you adapt to it this time out?

Darwyn: There’s sort of a built-in need to find a way to make each one better than the last. That usually adds to stress and anxiety and all sorts of things you can’t control, but the more I work with Parker, the more comfortable it gets. It’s a pretty easy ride now.

I know how I feel about the character and I know how people have reacted to it, so I feel really free just to go ahead with it? And, in every case with Parker I’m just out to please myself. And that happens to be pleasing other people, so that’s great.

I’m never sitting there worrying about what it is I’m doing. It’s just a very comfortable, really gratifying job now.

We’re like old buddies.

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Grab-bag post: Promo for Donald Westlake e-books, Lawrence Block, Parker week at The Sindiecate

Parker by Colleen Coover

Here’s a nice two-minute promo for Donald Westlake’s e-books from Open Road/Mysterious Press, featuring Otto Penzler, Brian Garfield, Lawrence Block, and William Link (Columbo and Murder, She Wrote) speaking Westlake’s praises.

“Meet Donald Westlake”


Open Road has released thirteen Donald Westlake titles to date, including three rare sleaze titles co-authored with […]

Cover art for Darwyn Cooke’s The Score

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Darwyn Cooke’s The Score coming sooner than expected, plus Larry Correia’s Monster Hunter Alpha


I was not expecting this until late in the year. Surprise!

Darwyn Cooke’s third full-length Parker adaptation, The Score, arrives in May. The above promo poster (I don’t know if they’re actually making a printed promo poster or if it’s only an Internet poster) was just released.

And that’s all the news I have […]