The First Thing You Won’t Be Investigating . . .

8:29 pm December 15th, 2015

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I see where the (still) daily Las Vegas Review-Journal sold late last week for more than $140 million — seven times its earnings for the most recent 12 months and thus somewhat above the morning paper’s market value, as figured by some who focus on its declining display advertising pages (hardly a unique predicament, in this Era of the Internet.)

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The Miskatonic Manuscript — housekeeping, 2.0

12:03 pm December 14th, 2015

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A couple of people have placed orders for TMM and/or TOJ through ABEbooks, but (since they opted not to use a credit or debit card) it’s our responsibility to contact them to arrange payment. Both Vin and I (Brunette) have tried . . . so please check your spam filters, if you think you might be one of them!

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The Miskatonic Manuscript, reviews part 2

6:11 pm December 11th, 2015

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Thomas Mitchell’s review of TMM is here: https://4thst8.wordpress.com/2015/12/11/check-out-the-second-installment-in-the-exciting-adventures-of-a-used-book-dealer/

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The Miskatonic Manuscript, reviews part 1

5:06 pm December 11th, 2015

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Thomas Knapp of Kn@ppster — publisher of the Rational Review news digest — reviews The Miskatonic Manuscript here: http://knappster.blogspot.com/2015/12/review-miskatonic-manuscript-by-vin.html

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Miskatonic Manuscript now on sale! (Stickied)

7:37 pm December 10th, 2015

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Hardcover copies now available via ABEbooks: http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=17818381819

If that doesn’t work, try this link: http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults?sortby=0&vci=51238921  (You may have to scroll down past newer listings.)

Kindle version at www.amazon.com/Miskatonic-Manuscript-Matthew-Chantal-Stevens-ebook/dp/B0197R4TGW/

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Tune in tomorrow …

2:11 pm December 10th, 2015

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(Followup note: Ernie’s hour-long interview with Vin is on Vimeo at https://vimeo.com/148642352 . )

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The Miskatonic Manuscript — “housekeeping”

12:56 pm December 10th, 2015

Release day is almost upon us! We sure hope all goes well and our internet connection doesn’t cut out, or that sort of thing. We’ll do our best to have live links up by the end of the day … or failing that, as early as possible tomorrow. Lots of little last minute details to attend to.

If you’ve reserved a low numbered copy and didn’t get a response/acknowledgement from us, you’re probably covered — but we did have a disastrous computer crash here in early August, and might possibly have missed someone. So if you sent a request during July or August, feel free to send us a reminder. 😉 (And please, if you intend to order more than one, let us know that too, as we’ve already assigned lots of numbers.)

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Elsewhere on the Net

12:20 pm December 9th, 2015

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J.D. Tuccille, author of the Western Lands novel “High Desert Barbeque,” offers a detailed (and amusing, at least to some of us) update on the efforts of the federal government and its statist allies to keep the majority of the lands in the western states in their grasping claws at http://tuccille.com/disloyal/2015/11/09/the-great-western-land-grab/ .

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A Thank You To My First Grade Teacher

5:55 pm December 7th, 2015

A Thank You To My First Grade Teacher

By: the Brunette

Warning: This is not the heartwarming, mushy sort of Thank You letter most teachers would want to read — it’s taken me fifty years to write it, but looking back on it she taught me the most important lesson of my early life. If you were or are a happy student, or teacher, or just a firm believer in public education — kindly do us both a favor and do not click the “more” link — this was not written for you; I’m not interested in arguing with you, and am glad your experience was a positive one. It’s been written for all those other kids — of all ages — out there who’ve been damaged by the educational system, who choose to read it. I hope they’ll share their stories too … this is just mine, and no doubt others have far worse stories to tell.

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What is a ‘gun found at crime scene’?

4:09 pm December 1st, 2015

(A version of this column appears in the Dec. 10 edition of “Shotgun News.”)

In October, jurors ordered a Wisconsin gun store to pay nearly $6 million in damages in a lawsuit filed by two Milwaukee police officers who were shot and seriously wounded by a gun purchased at the store, The Associated Press reports.

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