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Joe R. Lansdale
JOE RICHARD LANSDALE (born October 28, 1951) is an American writer , author, martial arts expert , and martial arts instructor . CONTENTS * 1 Career * 2 Personal life * 3 Film and television * 4 Awards * 5 Bibliography * 5.1 Original screenplays (TV) * 6 Adaptations * 7 See also * 8 References * 9 External links CAREERLansdale has written novels and stories in many genres, including Western , horror , science fiction, mystery , and suspense. He has also written for comics as well as Batman: The Animated Series . He has written 45 novels and published 30 short story collections along with many chapbooks and comic book adaptations. Several of his novels have been adapted to film. Frequent features of Lansdale's writing are usually deeply ironic, strange or absurd situations or characters, such as Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley
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Ancient Egypt
ANCIENT EGYPT was a civilization of ancient Northeastern Africa , concentrated along the lower reaches of the Nile
Nile
River in the place that is now the country Egypt
Egypt
. Egyptian civilization followed prehistoric Egypt
Egypt
and coalesced around 3100 BC (according to conventional Egyptian chronology
Egyptian chronology
) with the political unification of Upper and Lower Egypt
Egypt
under Menes (often identified with Narmer
Narmer
). The history of ancient Egypt
Egypt
occurred as a series of stable kingdoms, separated by periods of relative instability known as Intermediate Periods: the Old Kingdom of the Early Bronze Age , the Middle Kingdom of the Middle Bronze Age
Middle Bronze Age
and the New Kingdom of the Late Bronze Age
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Mummy
A MUMMY is a deceased human or an animal whose skin and organs have been preserved by either intentional or accidental exposure to chemicals , extreme cold, very low humidity , or lack of air, so that the recovered body does not decay further if kept in cool and dry conditions. Some authorities restrict the use of the term to bodies deliberately embalmed with chemicals, but the use of the word to cover accidentally desiccated bodies goes back to at least 1615 CE (See the section Etymology and meaning ). Mummies of humans and other animals have been found on every continent, both as a result of natural preservation through unusual conditions, and as cultural artifacts. Over one million animal mummies have been found in Egypt, many of which are cats. Many of the Egyptian animal mummies are sacred ibis, and radiocarbon dating suggests that the Egyptian Ibis mummies that have been analyzed were from time frame that falls between approximately 450 and 250 BC
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John F. Kennedy
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES * Presidency * Timeline -------------------------* 1960 Campaign * Election * Inauguration * New Frontier * Foreign Policy * Doctrine * "A Strategy of Peace" * Bay of Pigs * Cuban Missile Crisis
Cuban Missile Crisis
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Elvis Presley
ELVIS AARON PRESLEY (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977) was an American singer and actor. Regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, he is often referred to as the "King of Rock and Roll " or simply "the King". Presley
Presley
was born in Tupelo, Mississippi , and relocated to Memphis, Tennessee with his family when he was 13 years old. His music career began there in 1954, when he recorded a song with producer Sam Phillips at Sun Records . Accompanied by guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black
Bill Black
, Presley
Presley
was an early popularizer of rockabilly , an uptempo, backbeat -driven fusion of country music and rhythm and blues
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Graphic Novels
A GRAPHIC NOVEL is a book made up of comics content. Although the word "novel " normally refers to long fictional works, the term "graphic novel" is applied broadly and includes fiction, non-fiction, and anthologized work. It is distinguished from the term "comic book ", which is generally used for comics periodicals . Fan historian Richard Kyle coined the term "graphic novel" in an essay in the November 1964 issue of the comics fanzine Capa-Alpha
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Chapbooks
A CHAPBOOK is an early type of popular literature printed in early modern Europe . Produced cheaply, chapbooks were commonly small, paper-covered booklets, usually printed on a single sheet folded into books of 8, 12, 16 and 24 pages. They were often illustrated with crude woodcuts , which sometimes bore no relation to the text. When illustrations were included in chapbooks, they were considered popular prints . The tradition of chapbooks arose in the 16th century, as soon as printed books became affordable, and rose to its height during the 17th and 18th centuries. Many different kinds of ephemera and popular or folk literature were published as chapbooks, such as almanacs , children\'s literature , folk tales , ballads, nursery rhymes , pamphlets , poetry , and political and religious tracts . The term "chapbook" for this type of literature was coined in the 19th century
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Mosaic Novel
A MOSAIC NOVEL is a novel in which individual chapters or short stories share a common setting or set of characters with the aim of telling a linear story from beginning to end, with the individual chapters, however, refracting a plurality of viewpoints and styles. Examples include the Wild Cards series begun by George R. R. Martin
George R. R. Martin
, and the Thieves\' World series of Robert Lynn Asprin and others, which overtly used and may have coined the term "mosaic novel" for this practice of sharing a world and vision amongst several authors. French author Alfred Boudry often leads groups of English- and French-speaking writers in creating multiple narratives set in a common predetermined background. La Bibliothèque nomédienne was the first to be published (in 2008), dealing about a "misplaced continent" called Nomedia
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British Fantasy Award
The BRITISH FANTASY AWARDS are administered annually by the British Fantasy Society (BFS) and were first awarded in 1976. Prior to that they were known as The August Derleth
August Derleth
Fantasy Awards (see August Derleth Award ). First awarded in 1972 (The Knight of Swords by Michael Moorcock
Michael Moorcock
) only for novels, the number of award categories increased and in 1976 the BFS renamed them collectively the British Fantasy Awards. The current award categories are Best Fantasy Novel (the Robert Holdstock Award), Best Horror Novel (the August Derleth Award), Best Novella, Best Short Story, Best Independent Press, Best Artist, Best Anthology, Best Collection, Best Comic/Graphic Novel, Best Non-Fiction, and Best Newcomer (the Sydney J
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Conscription
Military service National service Conscription crisis Conscientious objector
Conscientious objector
Alternative civilian service CONSCRIPTION BY COUNTRY * v * t * e CONSCRIPTION, or DRAFTING, is the compulsory enlistment of people in a national service , most often a military service . Conscription dates back to antiquity and continues in some countries to the present day under various names. The modern system of near-universal national conscription for young men dates to the French Revolution
French Revolution
in the 1790s, where it became the basis of a very large and powerful military . Most European nations later copied the system in peacetime, so that men at a certain age would serve 1–8 years on active duty and then transfer to the reserve force
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Vietnam Veteran
A VIETNAM VETERAN is someone who served in the armed forces of participating countries during the Vietnam War
Vietnam War
. The term has been used to describe veterans who were in the armed forces of South Vietnam
South Vietnam
, the United States armed forces
United States armed forces
, and countries allied to them, whether or not they were stationed in Vietnam during their service. However, the more common usage distinguishes between those who served "in country" and those who did not serve in Vietnam by referring to the "in country" veterans as "Vietnam veterans" and the others as "Vietnam-era veterans". The U.S. government officially refers to all as "Vietnam-era veterans"
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Novellas
A NOVELLA is a text of written, fictional, narrative prose normally longer than a short story but shorter than a novel . The English word "novella" derives from the Italian novella, feminine of novello, which means "new". The novella is a common literary genre in several European languages. CONTENTS * 1 History * 2 Structure * 3 Versus novel * 4 Versus novelette * 5 Notable examples * 6 Word counts * 7 See also * 8 References * 9 Further reading * 10 External links HISTORYThe novella as a literary genre began developing in the early Renaissance
Renaissance
by the Italian and French literatura, principally Giovanni Boccaccio , author of The Decameron
The Decameron
(1353)
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Limited Edition Books
A LIMITED EDITION BOOK is a book that is released in a limited quantity print run, usually much smaller than publishing industry standards, usually less than 1000 copies. The term connotes a level of scarcity or exclusivity. A limited edition book of more than about 1000 copies is misleading as it would be much less likely in general to become scarce. The term also implies that no further additional printings of the book will be released with the same design treatment, unlike open-ended trade editions wherein further copies may be released in more print runs as the first and subsequent printings are sold out. Limited edition books may also be numbered or lettered to distinguish in that set each book. For example, a numbered, limited book could have a marking such as "Copy 1 of a limited edition of 250 copies" or "1/250". Much less common is the lettered limited edition book that could have denotations such as "1 of 26" or "1/26" or "A of 26" or "Copy A", etc
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Trade Paperbacks
A PAPERBACK is a type of book characterized by a thick paper or paperboard cover, and often held together with glue rather than stitches or staples . In contrast, hardcover or hardback books are bound with cardboard covered with cloth. The pages on the inside are made of paper. Inexpensive books bound in paper have existed since at least the 19th century in such forms as pamphlets , yellowbacks , dime novels , and airport novels . Modern paperbacks can be differentiated by size. In the U.S., there are "mass-market paperbacks " and larger, more durable "trade paperbacks ." In the U.K., there are A-format, B-format , and the largest C-format sizes. Paperback
Paperback
editions of books are issued when a publisher decides to release a book in a low-cost format. Cheaper, lower quality paper; glued (rather than stapled or sewn) bindings; and the lack of a hard cover may contribute to the lower cost of paperbacks
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Batman
BATMAN is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics
DC Comics
. The character was created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger , and first appeared in Detective Comics #27 (1939). Originally named the "Bat-Man", the character is also referred to by such epithets as the Caped Crusader, the Dark Knight , and the World's Greatest Detective. Batman's secret identity is BRUCE WAYNE, a wealthy American playboy , philanthropist , and owner of Wayne Enterprises . After witnessing the murder of his parents Dr. Thomas Wayne and Martha Wayne as a child, he swore vengeance against criminals, an oath tempered by a sense of justice. Bruce Wayne trains himself physically and intellectually and crafts a bat-inspired persona to fight crime
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Short Story Collections
A SHORT STORY is a piece of prose fiction that can be read in one sitting. Emerging from earlier oral storytelling traditions in the 17th century, the short story has grown to encompass a body of work so diverse as to defy easy characterization. At its most prototypical the short story features a small cast of named characters, and focuses on a self-contained incident with the intent of evoking a "single effect" or mood. In doing so, short stories make use of plot, resonance, and other dynamic components to a far greater degree than is typical of an anecdote , yet to a far lesser degree than a novel . While the short story is largely distinct from the novel, authors of both generally draw from a common pool of literary techniques . Short stories have no set length
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