Eric J. Guignard




Pop the Clutch

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Welcome to the cool side of the 1950s, where the fast cars and revved-up movie monsters peel out in the night. Where outlaw vixens and jukebox tramps square off with razorblades and lead pipes. Where rockers rock, cool cats strut, and hot rods roar. Where you howl to the moon as the tiki drums pound and the electric guitar shrieks and that spit-and-holler jamboree ain’t gonna stop for a long, long time . . . maybe never.

This is the ’50s where ghost shows still travel the back roads of the south, and rockabilly has a hold on the nation’s youth; where lucky hearts tell the tale, and maybe that fella in the Shriners’ fez ain’t so square after all. Where exist noir detectives of the supernatural, tattoo artists of another kind, Hollywood fix-it men, and a punk kid with grasshopper arms under his chain-studded jacket and an icy stare on his face.

This is the ’50s of Pop the Clutch: Thrilling Tales of Rockabilly, Monsters, and Hot Rod Horror. This is your ticket to the dark side of American kitsch . . . the fun and frightful side!

•   In “Tremble,” an aged rockabilly musician tells what happened the night his band of high school friends returned to play a concert in the home town where they'd been bullied as teens.

• In “Hot Babe,” a mean-streaked race car driver feuds with another driver both on and off the track, over racing and over a mysterious beautiful woman who knows no limits.

• In “The Demon of the Track,” Korea War’s first Black ace jet fighter pilot returns home, post-war, to build the ultimate hot rod, until his efforts are sidelined by a beautiful (and thirsty) Aztec vampire.

. . . and more!

Created by award-winning editor Eric J. Guignard, and illustrated by artist Steve Chanks, enter for thrills, horror, pulp, rock & roll, and fun!

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  Product Details:                    
  Pop the Clutch: Thrilling Tales of Rockabilly, Monsters, and Hot Rod Horror  
  Hardback (with dust jacket) ISBN-13: 978-1-949491-05-0   Edited by Eric J. Guignard  
  Paperback ISBN-13: 978-1-949491-01-2   Illustrations by Steve Chanks  
  E-book ISBN-13: 978-1-949491-02-9   Number of pages: 346 (about 99,000 words)  
  Library of Congress Control Number: 2018908254   Published by Dark Moon Books  
  First edition published in January, 2019   Made in the United States of America  
  Full Contents Include:              
  Introduction by Eric J. Guignard
"The Golden Girls of Fall" by Seanan McGuire
"Sea Lords of the Columbia" by Weston Ochse
"Tremble" by Kasey Lansdale and Joe R. Lansdale
"The Demon of the Track" by Gary Phillips
"Outlawed Ink" by Jason Starr
"We Might Be Giants" by Nancy Holder
"Universal Monster" by Duane Swierczynski
"Draggers" by David J. Schow
"The Starlite Drive-In" by John M. Floyd
"Dr. Morbismo’s InsaniTERRORium Horror Show" by Lisa Morton
  "Hot Babe" by Bill Pronzini
"The Prom Tree" by Yvonne Navarro
"I’m with the Band" by Steve Perry
"Mystery Train: An Arcane Investigation" by Max Allan Collins and Matthew V. Clemens
"Lab Experiment Turf War" by Jeff Strand
"The She-Creature" by Amelia Beamer
"Fish out of Water" by Will Viharo
"I Was a Teenage Shroom Fiend" by Brian Hodge
* Illustrations by Steve Chanks
  Reviews and Praise:              
  “A fitting tribute to the 1950s with this 18-story compendium of hot rods, rock ’n’ roll, and creature features come to life.” Publishers Weekly  
  “Badass adventures, with mishaps and mayhem and music.” The Big Thrill Magazine  
  “Races the reader along history lane in a Crown Victoria blaring to ‘Heartbreak Hotel’, to realize the happy days—and not so happy days—of punk cars, rockabilly madness, and the blob creatures that crawled out from dark lagoons into the 1950s monster movies.” Aurealis Magazine  
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