KWGS Host, Private-Eye Enthusiast, and Author John Wooley Delivers "Hard-Boiled Christmas Stories"

Dec 17, 2013

On today's show, we speak with John Wooley, host of the popular "Swing on This" program here on Public Radio 89.5, which airs every Saturday night at 7pm. Wooley is also a prolific and longtime writer/critic/advocate/fanboy concerning many various facets of American pop culture: horror movies, Western Swing music, comic books, pulp fiction, Oklahoma music and filmmaking, etc. He's got a fun-to-read new book out, just in time for the holidays, as they say; it's an anthology that he co-edited with John McMahan, "Hard-Boiled Christmas Stories." This collection of "Ten Tales of Yuletide Homicide" --- which originally appeared in print in the Twenties, Thirties, and Forties --- also boasts a brand-new story by Wooley himself: "Santa's Slay Ride." Other writers collected in the book include such notable pulp-detective scribes as D.L. Champion, John K. Butler, John Lawrence, and Steve Fisher. (Wooley will be reading from and signing copies of this book tonight, Tuesday the 17th, at 7pm; the event happens at Dwelling Spaces in downtown Tulsa and is free to the public.) Also on ST today, our commentator Collin Hinds explains why (or at least tries to explain why) a group of Satan-worshippers from New York City recently expressed interest in erecting a monument at the Oklahoma State Capitol. (!)