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Scary Adventure Stories For Boys By Donald Kirk
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Thirteen frightening short stories written by a high school student for his younger brothers way back in 1964. They were transcribed as written from the stories he typed on an Underwood typewriter.... More > Definitely on the scary side, very original, but murder is a common theme.< Less
Erika By Donald Keith Kirk
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A science-fiction detective mystery, Tradepaper (softcover) Edition. Hardcover also available. Four world-renowned scientists, once working together, separated now, doing their own research and... More > experimentation because of a disagreement: the ultimate utility of their startling creation. Germany is turned upside down by a freelance photographer who stumbles onto a sinister plot that could change the world. Can he stop it? Trains, car chases, and a beautiful and mysterious women will change his life forever. Reviewers have said it’s a “campy cross between a Raymond Chandler detective mystery and the sci-fi of Karle Capek’s R.U.R.” and “a dark tale which gleefully employs beautiful women, dungeons, mad scientists, and a terribly mixed up detective.” Erika is “a detective story that marches to its own drummer…marching through many deft descriptions of contemporary Europe and ending in a surprising and dark climax.” “You won’t be able to put this book down.”< Less
Discovery Bay By Donald Kirk
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A Young Detectives Mystery™ for junior teens. Hardcover edition. Pen & Ink illustrations by the author. Jason Lockwood and Wendy Whitecastle meet in a small fishing village called Crab... More > Creek and are thrown into a mystery brimming with thrilling action and wild adventures as they, along with a raucous old seafaring captain, try to discover the secret of the haunted Skull Island. For all boys and girls, ages 10 to 14, who like thrilling adventure stories and Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys-type mysteries. Includes glossary of nautical terms. Reviews: "Great, fun novel for kids who like to lay in bed at night and read." and "I couldn't put the thing down, read it straight through and I'm 73."< Less
Erika By Donald Keith Kirk
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A science-fiction detective mystery, Hardcover Edition (softcover also available). Four world-renowned scientists, once working together, separated now, doing their own research and experimentation... More > because of a disagreement: the ultimate utility of their startling creation. Germany is turned upside down by a freelance photographer who stumbles onto a sinister plot that could change the world. Can he stop it? Trains, car chases, and a beautiful and mysterious women will change his life forever. Reviewers have said it’s a “campy cross between a Raymond Chandler detective mystery and the sci-fi of Karle Capek’s R.U.R.” and “a dark tale which gleefully employs beautiful women, dungeons, mad scientists, and a terribly mixed up detective.” Erika is “a detective story that marches to its own drummer…marching through many deft descriptions of contemporary Europe and ending in a surprising and dark climax.” “You won’t be able to put this book down.”< Less
Cool Short Stories: Psychodramas with a Twist By Don Kirk
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Softcover Edition. A fun collection of gruesome tales of mystery and the macabre in the style of Twilight Zone and Hitchcock. Stories include "Where Time Stopped," “The Contrarian's... More > Husband,” “The Visitor,” “Redemption in a Watery Grave,” and "100 Ways to Dispose of a Body.” If you like the macabre, the gruesome, the grim, or ghastly, and you like to get in the head of eccentric characters who are a tad off balance and extremely unpredictable, this book is for you. If you like Hitchcock, the Twilight Zone, or Tales from the Crypt and you have a healthy but morbid sense of humor, you'll like this book. If you’re not squeamish, sensitive to blood and gore, weak of heart or mind, love a good mystery, and you look forward to the dead of night to devour a good book when the shadows grow frightfully long and dance strangely across your bedroom ceiling, you should definitely read this book. (This book is not for young teens as it contains some violence, R-rated language, and sex.)< Less
Barbed Wire, Windmills, & Sixguns: A Book of Trivia, Fact, and Folklore About Westerns & the American West By Donald K. Kirk
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Softbound edition. This illustrated Old West trivia book is a must-have reference for western writers, re-enactors, and diehard fans that love westerns and want to relax in their favorite chair and... More > discover hundreds of interesting lists, fascinating stories, historical events, unusual people, and special places relating to the American West. This book will entertain and educate in the ways of the Wild West and in Hollywood’s interpretation of it. 740 pages of fun and fascinating content that will take months to browse through. For those not yet into this new popular pastime, get past the tenderfoot stage with this manual so you can converse intelligently with your western-fan buddies. It’s chock-full of fun trivia quizzes to challenge you and them. Great for parties.< Less
Barbed Wire, Windmills & Sixguns: A Book of Trivia, Fact, and Folklore About Westerns & the American West By Donald K. Kirk
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Hardback edition. WHEN THE LEGEND BECOMES FACT, PRINT THE LEGEND. This illustrated Old West trivia book is a must-have reference for western writers, re-enactors, and diehard fans that love westerns... More > and want to relax in their favorite chair and discover hundreds of interesting lists, fascinating stories, historical events, unusual people, and special places relating to the American West. This book will entertain and educate in the ways of the Wild West and in Hollywood’s interpretation of it. 740 pages of fun and fascinating content that will take months to browse through. For those not yet into this new popular pastime, get past the tenderfoot stage with this manual so you can converse intelligently with your western-fan buddies. It’s chock-full of fun trivia quizzes to challenge you and them. Great for parties.< Less
Hinsdale: The Summer of '58 By Donald Kirk
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Junior teen novel, tradepaper edition (Hardcover edition also available). The humorous exploits of the author when he was ten years old. Three industrious kids spend their summer getting into all... More > kinds of hilarious adventures in their hometown of Hinsdale, Illinois. Each chapter is a stand-alone short story and many episodes revolve around building projects of the narrator. Fifteen thrilling stories including, “The Train to Downer’s Grove,” “The Mysterious Talking Board,” “The Soapbox Derby,” ‘Dr. Frankenstein, I Presume,” and “The Candy Machine.” The back cover reads: “[The boys] build a Ferris wheel and a candy dispensing machine for the neighborhood kids that gets them into hot water, not to mention what happens when fishing for piranhas and lost treasure in the nearby cattail swamp…Donald, a resourceful inventor, narrates his own story and is destined to become the next Tom Sawyer.”< Less
Discovery Bay By Donald Kirk
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A Young Detectives Mystery™ for junior teens. Trade paper, Pen &Ink illustrations by the author. Jason Lockwood and Wendy Masterson meet in a small fishing village called Crab Creek and are... More > thrown into a mystery brimming with thrilling action and wild adventures as they, along with a raucous old seafaring captain, try to discover the secret of the haunted Skull Island. For all boys and girls, ages 10 to 14, who like thrilling adventure stories and Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys-type mysteries. Includes glossary of nautical terms. Reviews: "Great, fun novel for kids who like to lay in bed at night and read." and "I couldn't put the thing down, read it straight through and I'm 73."< Less
Hinsdale: The Summer of '58 By Donald Kirk
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Junior teen novel, but for all ages, Collector's hardcover edition (paperback also available). The humorous exploits of the author when he was ten years old as three industrious kids spend their... More > summer getting into all kinds of hilarious adventures in their hometown of Hinsdale, Illinois. Each chapter is a stand-alone short story and many episodes revolve around building projects of the narrator. Fifteen thrilling stories including, “The Train to Downer’s Grove,” “The Mysterious Talking Board,” “The Soapbox Derby,” ‘Dr. Frankenstein, I Presume,” and “The Candy Machine.” The adventurous boys build a Ferris wheel and a candy dispensing machine for the neighborhood kids that gets them into hot water, not to mention what happens when fishing for piranhas and lost treasure in the nearby cattail swamp, a wild ride in a homemade soapbox, and a camping trip with a madman on the loose. Adults who grew up in the 50’s and 60’s will also love this book.< Less