During the writing of my previous article on Michael Mann movies, I made a passing reference to a movie called, "The Keep". Loosely based on a book by author F. Paul Wilson, this was not one of Michael Mann's better efforts -- doubly disappointing, because F. Paul Wilson is one of my favorite horror authors.
Feeling a bit nostalgic, I dug through my library until I came up with my dog-eared copy of "The Tomb".
This is one of my top-ten all-time favourite books. It is, I believe, the first time that we are introduced to Repairman Jack, who has gone on to star in several of Dr. Wilson's books.
I picked up this copy of "The Tomb" in a Waldenbooks back in the '80's, intending to thumb through it as a time-killer until the lady I was with got done with some shopping.
The first line I read in that book was in reference to a gunstore hidden in New York City owned by a friend of Repairman Jack. As Jack and the friend go down some hidden stairs, a sign lights up that reads:
"The Right To Buy Weapons Is The Right To Be Free"
Jack comments on this sign, and his friend states that every good weapons shop should have a sign.
The sign is, of course, taken directly from the classic Golden-Age Science Fiction novel "The Weapons Shops of Isher" -- which I had just got done reading.
I was immediately charmed and, two hours later, bought the book -- which is sitting on the desk as I type this.
It is pounding down rain outside, I have tea brewing in my brand-new electric tea-maker and nothing to do until tonights' 1900 showing of "The 300".
If y'all will pardon me, I'm going to go put my boots up on the desk and lose myself in the world of Repairman Jack, rakoshi, murder, vengeance and redemption. And tea.