OK, it may have seemed as if we fell off a cliff sometime during the middle of summer...but no! Here we are again!
Where have we been? Let me explain. When I started this website back in January of 2007, I was guided only by the idea that each and every episode of Escape and Suspense was unique...and that I would reseach and review all of these episodes one by one...
That simple plan worked fine for about five years, but then we started running into problems.
Remember, here at Escape and Suspense most of the staff is imaginary...and they don't really do their jobs, either.
So, production slowed to a halt in June in order to catch-up on some of my projects, improvements, updates, etc. The biggest problem, however, had nothing to do with the website.
Escape and Suspense has a virtual library collection on LibraryThing.com that everyone can visit, but the physical collection here at our headquarters turned into a mountainous collection of books, vintage periodicals, ephemora, vintage advertisements, and dvds piled up in various boxes and bookshelves.
There are over seven-hundred episodes posted on Escape and Suspense, and as you know, a good number of those episodes were based on books or short stories. I've always tried to get a copy of the original work when researching an episode, and for the most part, that has been possible. However, there are a still a few books and periodicals that are too expensive to purchase, and there are still short stories that I haven't been able to get a copy of...yet.
But what I do have, now constitutes six boxes of material that I have had to organize and store away. Do these titles look familiar?
And oh, the fond memories!
Here is Something for Nothing, which was the basis for the Escape episode of the same name. I remember reading this back in the early days of Escape and Suspense. Still love that sassy cover art!
Here is my battered copy of the Martin Grams, Jr. book Suspense: Twenty Years of Thrills and Chills. I've been using this particular copy since 2007, and hardly any of the pages are still stuck to the spine. That is a nuisance when it inevitably drops on the floor, but I'm sentimental. Although I purchased a second copy of the book, I still use this one because I have notes scribbled on practically every page.
Anyhow, after bobbing along for five years, I only had a vague idea of how many episodes were left post. But now, I have that all worked out a spreadsheet, and I believe there are about 274 episodes remaining. So, there is still a ways to go.
Clean-up work and improvements to the website will be continuing throughout the rest of the year, but for now, let's get back to posting regular updates.
Thanks for your patience and support!