Awful news: Darwyn Cooke dead at 53

I’ve been away for awhile for a variety of reasons–haven’t looked at the comments, haven’t checked the site’s e-mail account, haven’t looked at the Twitter feed.

I knew I’d come back, but I hate having to come back for this.

A lot of people asked me why there had been no volume two […]

Departed, the Destroyer: Rest in peace, Warren Murphy

I’ve been away for awhile, so a quick word before I get started. Sorry to those who have e-mailed me or tried to contact me via Twitter. I think I got back to everyone, in some cases two months late. I had a much-needed vacation, the happy occasions of two friends’ weddings, and […]

Frank Frazetta has departed for Valhalla

The most fascinating quality in Frazetta’s work is the way the content grabs you by the throat and pulls you in. It consumes you. You fear the monsters and you fall in love with the women. That moment is your reality. It’s only later that you notice the painting itself. What […]

Donald Westlake Memorium

Here’s a nifty fan-made tribute to the late Mr. Westlake.

Via Jesse Willis at SFFAudio.

Max Allan Collins Remembers Donald Westlake

Collins is, of course, the author of the Nolan series of Parker pastiches among many, many other books. He is currently working on finishing unfinished Mickey Spillane novels, at the request of Spillane himself.

This is a great piece. Donald Westlake seems to have touched a […]

A Look Back at Westlake’s Career

TrickCoin.net has a retrospective on Donald Westlake’s long career.  It’s not always kind–the author doesn’t much care for the later Dortmunders, for example (which I have not yet read).  But it is good and interesting reading, whether or not you entirely agree.

He does like the second series of Parker […]

Two More Obituaries

Levin at Large: “A Few Comments About Donald Westlake.”  Includes a brief review of Flashfire.

New Haven Review: “Funny Westlake is Missing.”

Nobody Runs Forever

Many of you have probably seen this already, but here is a terrific tribute to the late Mr. Westlake that I missed before now.

Part one and part two.

Duane Swierczynski on Westlake

Duane Swierczynski is the author of, among other books, The Wheelman, which he was kind enough to send me a couple of years back.  I don’t know how I missed his Westlake tribute from a few days ago, but I’ve found it now and here it is.

But it was Stark’s novels […]

Mark Finn at The Cimmerian: Rest in Peace, Donald Westlake

I want to highlight this obituary by Mark Finn, because he was the gentleman who introduced me to Parker, Stark, and Westlake in the first place.  Also, because it’s very good.

The thing that I most admired about Westlake was his ability to plot, and plot deftly, without ever a […]