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    Walt's Passions Page

This is my "serious page"... detailing those things that I think either make the world a better or a worse place to be. Keep in mind this is more, to me, than a "Duh, here's some cool links" page. There's a REASON these are here. These are things I think either IMPROVE THE WORLD or are incredibly STINKEROO. That makes them worth mentioning. I may add some text of my own to illustrate my points in places.

IN THE BETTER! CATEGORY

These things make my world a bit better:

Spook Shows, R.I.P. : Those Saturday morning live shows from days gone by, introducing some lame-ass horror flick with a truly amazing piece of theater.  See a woman turn into a gorilla!  See the mad doctor transform himself with a magic potion!  What wonders does Merlin the Wizard have in store for us?

Yes, I'm old enough to remember a few (very few) of these in the early 70s. 

Here's a classic SPOOK SHOW POSTER from the late 50s, that took place in Toronto.

CULT MOVIES

Midnight Marquee, From the Folks who make FANEX happen

Forest J. Ackerman's Home Page.  Fan Extraordinaire

Monster Scene

Ingrid Pitt

Cult Films: Emphasis on European Exploitation Movies

Taiseng Video: Distributors of Chinese Martial Art Flicks

Count Gore DeVol (local horror movie host) Home Page

HorrorFind Search Engine

Evil Dead Clowns.Com

HorrorMovies.Com

House of Horrors

Horror Movie Mania

The Amazing B Monster

Spaghetti Westerns

The Good the Bad and The Ugly Tribute Page

Weird Fiction: The collected works of the great pulp writers of yesteryear, appearing
in WEIRD TALES, AMAZING STORIES, WEIRD SCIENCE, ASTOUNDING MYSTERY TALES, etc.

Lair of Eldritch Horror
Weird Fiction Research Library (Necronomicon Press)
NightShade Books
Absolutely Weird Bookshop
Locus Magazines' Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Weird Fiction Magazine Index
Supernatural Fiction: Selected Online Resources
WEIRD TALES Tribute Site
DNA Publications: Current Publisher of WEIRD TALES
Weird.. and Australian
H.P. Lovecraft Archive

HERE ARE SOME GREAT JUMP POINTS FOR PULP ERA FICTION

CLICK TO GO TO ARKHAM HOUSE PUBLISHERS CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE DNA PUBLICATIONS WEIRD TALES PAGE CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE VINTAGE TALES E-TEXT LIBRARY CLICK HERE FOR WILDSIDE PRESS

My Library System

TheFairfax Country Library System Online, one of the finest in the world

Digital Magazines  (Back to Main)

Do you have any idea what kind of work goes into making a magazine?  For the most part, it's a thankless task-- especially in the print world, where there is some expectation that you might, someday, make some money at it.  That's why I'm astonished at the individuals out there who decide, for some altruistic reason, that they will not ONLY create a high-quality periodical (with all the attendant blood, sweat and tears this involves), but then put it online for anyone to grab for the download!!  That's altruisim.  Well, it is unless the zine sucks.  These don't:

TITLE/LINK

THEME

FORMAT(S)

THE SPOOK

Horror, SF, Noir

P

WOULD THAT IT WERE

Historical SF/VSF/STEAMPUNK

H

JUDAS E-ZINE

Hardboiled, Noir Fiction

H,D,P

ALTERNATIVE REALITIES

SF, Fantasy, Poetry

H

QUANTA (dead, but nice archive)

SF, Fantasy, Poetry

H,P

E-Text.Org

Nice Overview Site, Good Links

H

Chunklet

Pretty Danged funny. Humor magazine, somewhat commercial

H


Delivery Methods:
P PDF Format
H HTML Format
D pDa Format
C Other Doc Format

Web Radio

BRS Web Radio Mega Directory of various formats and arranged various ways
Radio Locator Search Engine for global and domestic Web Radio broadcasts
Live 365.com

Great, eclectic mix of various stations, arranged by category. 
I'm "djhotspur" on  this Site.

TV Yes, I actually think there are a few things on TV that don't hugely suck
Mister Show with Bob and David
Six Feet Under
The Sopranos

Cryptology/Cyphers/Codes/Secret Writing

Cypherpunks Mirror Site (on Yuggoth)
Cryptome Mirror (on Yuggoth)
Cyphernomicon (on Yuggoth)
Communications, Codes and Cyphers
Secret Codes and Cyphers (very intro, good stuff)
Codes and Cyphers (more in depth)
Victorian Era Codes and Secret Writing
Cypher Solver
Cryptography (Theory, site not finished)
Codes and Code Breaking (links to Simon Singh's pages)
Cryptograms (great site... )
Substitution Cypher Cracker's Workbench
CryptoGimp

Fidonet

Way back when, there was a whole 'nother type of Internet. It was a 'net of hobbyists and enthusiasts, who ran various Dial-in freenets that moved the mail (and other items) around the world by sending information to each other via dial-in packets. This was called Fidonet, mostly. There aren't many 'nodes' left these days. Here's a few Fido resources.   Most of them are located in Zone 1,

FIDONET.ORG Not the most informative site ever, but ostensibly 'home base'
FIDONEWS.ORG Much more useful... latest node news, sites, software, bbs search, etc.
Fidonet Primer A show and tell site by the author of TERMINATE.
Fidonet Webring Lots of useful Fido Sites, in random order
Waldo's Place Pretty cool Internet-capable Fidonet site.  I'm "Hotspur" there.
FidoTel Another Internet Capable Fido site.  Telnet only, Virginia Beach.  I'm "Walter O'Hara" there
Diamond Mine Another Telenet Fido site.  In Fredericksburg, VA   I'm "Hotspur" there.
HARF! BBS Another fine Telnet only Fidonet node I'm "Hotspur" there. 

Alternative History Sites

The great "What ifs" of literature.  I love this sort of thing.

Uchronia The great survey site of alt-history literature on the web.  Not to be missed!
alt.history.what-if  The USENET group of silly historical speculation.
AlternativeHistory.Com Another survey site, lightweight compared to Uchronia, but it has EXCELLENT bookmarks.
La Porte des Monde Nice survey site, not as indepth as Uchronia, but good interviews.  French.

Vexillology - The study of flags
Research your flag FLAG DETECTIVE: A FLAG RESEARCH SITE
Flag Search Flags of the World SEARCH UTILITY
Mini Flag Icons
FLAGS OF THE WORLD
FLAGS OF ALL COUNTRIES
Click on the map for morel CLICKABLE MAP OF THE WORLD MAP REFERENCE

Modelling/Terrain/Building things out of Junk!

Gizmology

Free Reads on the PDA

You are probably already acquainted with the ubiquitious PDA (personal digital assistant, which is rapidly becoming part of life for the well-connected. It's certainly a truism that they are handy beasts... you can play games, check your email, use it as a pager, a TV remote, a memo jotter, a calendar and address book, and lots of other cool and useful tricks. What I LOVE about the PDA is the simple capacity to read a book on it. The internet is starting to yield tons of free and semi-free stories by both unknown and fairly famous authors. It's a great time to be alive!!! Here's a few great sources for free/semifree literature you can tote around in a gadget the size of a pack of cigarettes.

Free Speculative Fiction Online (An index of free stories online, mostly F & SF authors.
Will need to be converted to some PDA readable format)

Memoware (maybe the best of the best)

Baen Free Library (Free F & SF stories)

E-Text Station (A Generalist Site)

The Classic Reader (literature site, focusing on "classics")

Free E-Press.com (A Generalist)

Black Mask Online  (huge storehouse of early pulp literature)

Planet E-Book (Little Bit of Everything)

HandHeld Crime A Noir E-Text Service

Fictionwise (pay site, has some free files)

Gutenberg (the granddaddy of them all)

Mind's Eye (E-Fiction Commercial Pioneer)

The Dogpatch (Lots of Fairy tales and Folk Tales)