Hasslein Blog: February 2015


Hasslein Blog

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Longbox Legerdemain: Detective Comics #401

By Matthew Sunrich

In 1924, Collier's magazine published a dazzling piece of short fiction by Richard Connell, a story that would go on to become one of the most famous in the history of literature. Connell later enjoyed a successful career as a novelist and screenwriter, but he will always be best remembered for the story, which would influence and inspire numerous other stories, films, and television episodes. This story was "The Most Dangerous Game."

I first encountered it in ninth-grade English, but I was already familiar with the plot. As a child, I had spent untold hours watching reruns of 1960s sitcoms, and one of my favorites was Gilligan's Island. I can't remember the details, but there was an episode in which a big-game hunter somehow wound up on the island and decided to hunt Gilligan (this seems pretty messed up, and I honestly cannot recall how it all came about). In any event, it stuck with me, and I immediately thought of Gilligan's bizarre plight as we read the story in class.

"The Most Dangerous Game" is one of those stories with which almost everyone is familiar because it is frequently a part of school curricula, alongside "The Monkey's Paw" and "The Cask of Amontillado." All three have been borrowed from and parodied ad nauseum, but Connell's yarn is arguably the most poignant of these because while it is an unlikely tale, it is a plausible one.

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Hasslein Books at Farpoint, February 13-15 in Timonium, MD

We are pleased to announce that Hasslein Books will be included in the Dealer's Room and Book Fair at this year's Farpoint Convention, February 13-15 in Timonium, MD. Hasslein's own Paul Giachetti will be there to chat up guests, answer questions and sell books, including his recently released 2-book Red Dwarf Encyclopedia. 

The Dealer Room will be open to the public; hours are 3pm - 7pm Sunday, 10am - 7pm Saturday and 10am - 3pm Sunday. We'll also be in the Book Fair Friday night from 10pm - midnight. Hope to see you there!  

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Friday, February 6, 2015

Shhh! No Texting!!


That '80s Time Travel Movie: An Unauthorized! Musical Parody

A musical parody is hitting the stage that Hasslein Books fans should enjoy. Here's a press release we received about it, which sounds like a hell of a lot of fun!

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