Now on sale are two new anthologies, one of short stories, one of essays, both of which include me in their tables of contents!
Out yesterday is BIFF! BAM! EEE-YOW!: The Subterranean Blue Grotto Guide to Batman ’66–Season Two, the followup to 2020’s ZLONK! ZOK! ZOWIE!, which followed season one. Published by the fine folks at Crazy 8 Press, this volume is also, like the season one book, edited by Jim Beard, aided and abetted by Rich Handley. You can read the whole table of contents here — my own contribution is entitled “Transcript of the Mayoral Debate Between Batman and the Penguin,” and chronicles the second debate between Batman and Penguin from when they ran for mayor against each other in the “Hizzoner the Penguin”/”Dizzoner the Penguin” two-parter. (The first debate, as seen on the show, was interrupted and not completed.)
Here’s an excerpt:
EDSEL: Thank you, Penguin. Our first topic is a subject that I’m sure both candidates have a great deal to say about: the police department and fighting crime in Gotham City. Penguin, your thoughts?
PENGUIN: I’m glad you asked me first, Mr. Edsel, waugh waugh, because, as you so rightly say, this is a subject on which I may speak eloquently! As you all know, I am a convicted felon. I make no bones about that—I have nothing to hide! But I have also served my sentence in the Gotham City Penitentiary, under the progressive reforms of the fine, upstanding Warden Crichton, which is why I stand before you now as a candidate for mayor. I believe that our prisons are doing their jobs.
But do you want to know who’s not doing their jobs? The police department! Do you know who it was who put me in jail? Who tracked me down and arrested me? It wasn’t any of the boys in blue, no. It was my opponent! Batman, who is not a member of the police!
Not only that, but just recently, I saw a crime in progress—a poor blind news vendor was being robbed at gunpoint. One of Gotham City’s finest was nearby, but did he do anything to stop this atrocity? No! He was too busy keeping an eye on me, a private citizen who has already paid his debt to society! An armed thug felt free to commit a felony right in front of a copper, because he knew they’d do nothing!
I submit that the police in Gotham City are incompetent! And when I’m elected mayor, I will clean house, and make sure that our citizens are protected by true police officers who don’t come running to a man in a pointy-eared costume and a boy in short pants every time they come across something difficult! Thank you!
On sale today is Turning the Tied, a charity anthology published by the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers, of which I am a proud member. Benefiting the World Literacy Foundation, the anthology is edited by Jean Rabe & Robert Greenberger and features stories about various public-domain characters by some of the finest tie-in writers in the biz — full table of contents can be found here. My own contribution is called “In Earth and Sky and Sea Strange Things There Be,” and features Ayesha, the immortal title character in H. Rider Haggard’s 1886 novel She. Here’s a preview:
“Agent LaManna. I wish I could say it’s good to see you again, but that would be a lie.”
“Ms. Yatie. Wish I could say I’m surprised to see you here—hang on, no, wait, that’s the God’s honest truth. I will say, though, that it really is a surprise to see you in this rotten condition.”
“I will make a full recovery, worry not.”
“I’m going through a whole lot of emotions, Ms. Yatie, and I gotta tell you, ‘worry’ don’t even crack the top ten.”
“What would be atop the list, then, Agent LaManna?”
“Amazement, mostly. You slipped on a wet floor. You broke your neck. You should’ve died. Yet here you are, sitting across from me in an interrogation room, under arrest, something I’ve been trying and failing to do for ten years. And the docs tell me that your neck is healing.”
“And this amazes you?”
“Kinda does, yeah. How else am I supposed to react when someone gets a fatal injury and doesn’t die?”
Both these books are on sale from Amazon, and Turning the Tied is also available from Barnes & Noble. Not sure when or if they’ll be available at other book dealers. But they’re both excellent anthologies that are very much worth your time, and you should check them out!