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Midnight At The Well Of Souls

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Midnight At The Well Of Souls is, in my opinion, Jack L. Chalker's best book. That may not exactly be a controversial opinion, as most people probably don't remember him and those who do know him mainly from this novel. However, this isn't about stirring up shit on the internet, but about giving you my honest to goodness opinion. And even after all these years I still enjoy this book.

Rusty Burrell

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Rusty Burrell of the People's Court served as bailiff in the trials of Charles Manson and Patty Hearst.  He also worked with Judge Wapner's father on Divorce Court.

Heavy Metal October 1984

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The October 1984 issue of Heavy Metal had an interview with indie film maker Amos Poe, whose best known film was 1976's The Blank Generation and who had just released Alphabet City. Also interviewed were author Jonathan Valin and Michael Radford, who had made the movie 1984.  The XTC album Mummer is reviewed, and updates are given on John Carpenter's movie Star Man, The movie Clue which was about to enter production, and Steven Spielberg's many upcoming projects, including The Money Pit, Peter Pan (which I assume became the movie Hook) and E.T. II, which never happened, along with a movie he wanted to make called Schindler's List which would finally see the light of day nine years later in 1993.  The feature interview is with John Sayles, who that year had released The Brother From Another Planet.

Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein

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Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein  is a 1948 horror/comedy about two bumbling baggage porters at a train station who become entangled in a plot by Dracula (yes, the vampire Count himself) and a scientist to revive the Frankenstein monster. Chick and Wilbur (the characters played by Abbott and Costello) are aided in their efforts to thwart the evil vampire and the scientist by an insurance investigator, the scientist's assistant, and the Wolf Man. So yeah, this is one of those movies that sounds ridiculous and nonsensical if you just hear or read the premise. But the actual movie itself makes this hodgepodge of monster movie tropes all seem to make sense, and provides some laughs along the way.

The Green Archer

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The Green Archer was a novel written by Edgar Wallace and published in 1923.  It was made into a silent serial in 1925, and then a sound serial which debuted on October 1, 1940.  The Green Archer wore a mask and a leotard, and went up against a ring of jewel thieves.  It may be a coincidence, but DC's character Green Arrow debuted in November 1941, just a little over a year after the Green Archer's sound serial was released.