Downtown Wichita Falls, Texas, in the mid 1940’s was a bustling metropolis for a boy of 7 just away from the farm and ranch community where he was born. My father, a cook and cowboy by trade, had just started as one of the first cooks for the Casa Manana restaurant in 1947. He moved us to an apartment on Ohio Street, right across from the Gem Theater, between 7th and 8th Streets. It’s here that we would stay for the next three years. The Gem Theater became a magic palace for a young mind. But it had to share that distinction with the rest of the magic that was Wichita Falls. I attended San Jacinto and Carrigan elementary schools, as well as Reagan Junior High, and belonged to the Boys Club on 6th Street. Please join, and share your stories and pictures through a Guest Blog, of early Wichita Falls - or your home town. Contact me at or leave a comment. We could use old pictures of movie houses, drive-in theaters, and other nostalgic pictures related to our youths.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Double Danger Tales

In February 1997, FADING SHADOWS launched DOUBLE DANGER TALES, a genre magazine that lasted 63 issues, with approximately 40k words per issue. The intent was to move the new pulp characters to this title, and we aimed for two novelettes per issue. That didn’t come about, but we tried. The cover shown here is issue #7, featuring another great cover by Albert Roberts and his version of the Domino Lady. The issue contained one novelette, three short stories, and part one of a serial. The authors were Gene Girardier, Eric Turowski, Michael Robbins, Tom Johnson, and Maxentius Andor Scarlatti (Steve Mitchell using one of his pseudonyms).

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