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Worlds in collision:

A pack of literary giants bring brutal realism to a wholesome '50s sitcom. Boy detectives out of a kids' book try to turn back the '60s counterculture. The world's greatest superhero turns to a nerdy young writer for a cultural education.


These are ADP books: smart, offbeat and funny, set mainly in that uncomfortable zone where pop culture slams into reality. 


We specialize in the work of Will Jacobs and Gerard Jones, from their National Lampoon stories of the '80s up to their latest novel...but we also bring you fiction and nonfiction from other authors who share their slightly oddball sensibility.

Jacobs & Jones

Million Dollar Ideas

Who would make a movie about homosexual cowboys in 1946? Ed and Johnny would, and it's getting them in trouble.

The Mystery of the Changin' Times

Can America's favorite boy detectives defeat the combined menaces of the '60s Counterculture?

My Pal Splendid Man

The  mightiest being in the universe tries to teach a young writer how to live his life in exchange for lessons in literature.

My Tongue Is Quick

Stories originally publsihed in the National Lampoon, plus new tales of Splendid Man and the Million-Dollar-Idea boys.

The Beaver Papers

The bestseller from 1983 that first asked, what if Leave It to Beaver  were written by the world's greatest authors?

The Beaver Papers 2

30 years later, the saga of the intelligentia's crusade to save Beaver from cancellation is at last concluded.

Other Authors

Philip K. Dick: The Dream Connection

D. Scott Apel presents interviews with the great science fiction author published nowhere else.

USA or Bust

J. W. Zook hits the road during hard times to photograph "America at the Crossroads."

Solitary Pursuits

Funny, romantic and fantastical stories by physicist and comics writer Joseph Filice.

The Max Kleinman Reader

Lionel Endenberry claims to have found a forgotten poetic genius on skid row. But what has he really found?

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Million Dollar Ideas

Will Jacobs & Gerard Jones

It's post-World War II Hollywood, and Ed and Johnny have proven themselves the fastest rewrite-men in town...except that they're not content to be doctoring the scripts of other writers and are burning to sell original screenplays in which they can showcase their inventive genius. But there's a catch. Their ideas aren't simply inventive, they're downright outlandish...not to mention oddly anachronistic. Who ever heard of making a movie about homosexual cowboys in 1946? Certainly not the moguls who run the big studios. Before they know it, Ed and Johnny are pariahs.


But will they give up their dreams? Not when a relic from Hollywood's silent era is looking to make a comeback and can't find a single respectable screenwriter who'll give him the time of day. So a partnership is born...one that throws the past and future together in one unforgettable brew.  


With appearances by Howard Hughes, Betty Grable, Preston Sturges, Raymond Chandler, Tor Johnson, Philip K. Dick, Bertolt Brecht, and a cast of thousands.



The Mystery of the Changin' Times

Will Jacobs & Gerard Jones

All readers from 16 to 96 who like lively stories, packed with humor and satire, will want to read this thrilling story of what happens when the times start a-changin’ and idyllic Balmy Bay is suddenly invaded by the denizens of a weird new “counterculture." 


You will see America’s brightest boy detectives try to expose the smuggling operation that they know must lie behind the claims of the weird “Black Panthers” to be “empowering their race”…uncover the foreign mind-control techniques that must be driving college students to oppose America’s heroic efforts to end Communism in Vietnam…and foil the nefarious scheme that surely lies behind the sudden desire of young women to discard their foundation garments—and with them fulfilling lives of housewifery.


The Sturdy Boys have helped solve many thrilling cases after school hours and during vacations, but will they stand a chance against the agents of social change?

My Pal Splendid Man

Will Jacobs & Gerard Jones

Will Jones is an aspiring writer with a love of literature who doesn’t get out much. Splendid Man is the most powerful being in the universe who has very little time for himself. But when they become pals, Will tutors Splendid Man in all matters cultural and literary, while Splendid Man helps Will meet girls, introduces him to his costumed colleagues, and takes him on jaunts through space and time. 


See what happens when Splendid Man whisks Will off to visit the ancient library of Alexandria…when Will talks Splendid Man out of a profound funk after they see a movie version of his life that portrays him as a dark, modern hero…and when the most powerful teenage girl in the universe develops a crush on our bookish protagonist. Through it all, Splendid Man harbors a deep secret—will his new pal ever uncover the shocking truth?


In fifteen interconnected short stories, with humor both affectionate and absurd, Jacobs and Jones portray a collision of the very fantastic and the very ordinary as only they can. 

My Tongue Is Quick

Will Jacobs & Gerard Jones

A two-fisted private eye wades into the brutal jungle of the poetry business. The author of a boys' detective series goes missing and the world's greatest novelists suddenly start writing better stories. Such are the topics Jacobs and Jones tackle in pieces originally published in the National Lampoon and collected here for the first time. 


Also included are three new adventures of the improbable costars of My Pal Splendid Man, timid novelist Will Jones and and the mightiest superhero of all; and six tales of Ed and Johnny, heroes of Million Dollar Ideas, whose efforts to set postwar Hollywood on fire with their explosive movie ideas bring them into collision with William Faulkner, Stepin Fetchit and the Red-baiting agents of the FBI; and one strange work that the authors call their literary "self-portrait."

The Beaver Papers

Will Jacobs & Gerard Jones

In 1983, The Beaver Papers revealed the forgotten story of the crusade by the world’s literary community to save the iconic sitcom Leave It to Beaver from cancellation. 


Along with a behind-the scenes look at the cast's often unsettling encounters with eccentric intellectuals in the heat of that passionate crusade, the book contained such scripts as Tennessee Williams’s Beaver on a Hot Tin Roof, Yukio Mishima’s The Sound of Beaver, Jack Webb’s Red Beaver, and Ernest Hemingway’s A Clean, Well-Lighted Beaver, as well as such classic homages as Herman Hesse’s Beaverwolf and Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Cleaver...twenty-five scripts that destroyed once and for all the shadowy border between high art and popular culture. 


Now, for this 30th Anniversary Edition, we present the entire original edition, along with a new introduction from the authors, a peculiar foreword from a  mysterious academic, and a sneak preview of the long-awaited sequel, The Beaver Papers 2


The Beaver Papers 2

Will Jacobs & Gerard Jones

For decades, The Beaver Papers was the only published chronicle of how the world’s intellectual community rose up in a doomed crusade to stop the cancellation of the iconic sitcom, Leave it to Beaver


Now, at long last, it can be revealed that the story did not end that day in 1963 when ABC TV finally pulled the Cleaver family’s plug. In The Beaver Papers 2: The Fall of the Beaver, Jacobs and Jones detail the heroic quest of the Beaver cast to find a new home for their beloved show, a quest that led them through the darkest corners of the TV, movie, theater, and even comic book industries. Along the way they present twenty-five new Beaver adventures as if written by world-renowned authors, including J. D. Salinger (The Beaver in the Rye ), H. P. Lovecraft (The Mayfield Horror), Flannery O’Connor (A Good Beaver Is Hard to Find), Vladimir Nabokov (Pale Beaver), and Ayn Rand (Cleaver Shrugged). 


If The Beaver Papers demonstrated just how dubious the distinction is between literature and popular culture, The Beaver Papers 2 positively obliterates it. 

Philip K. Dick: The Dream Connection

D. Scott Apel

This unique anthology includes over eight hours of interviews with reality-bending science fiction author Philip K. Dick, most of them never seen anywhere else and including the most complete and personal account of his March, 1974, "mystical experiences." 


Also here are "The Eye of the Sybil," a rarely seen short story by PKD himself concerning those same mystical experiences, and essays including Robert Anton Wilson on Dick's mystical side, R. Faraday Nelson on collaborating with the master, and D. Scott Apel's own reflections on his friendship with PKD.


The Science Fiction Chronicle called this "a very important must-read for serious PKD readers," while Laurence Sutin, author of the PKD biography Divine Invasions, called it, "Hands down the most joyous and entertaining book on Philip K. Dick."

USA or Bust: America at the Crossroads

J. W. Zook

After the economic crash of 2008, J. W. "Jim" Zook (graphic designer, photographer, writer, and founder of Atomic Drop Press) hit the road to see what was really happening in his beloved country beyond the headlines and the political rhetoric. 


The interviews and photographs he collected during his two-month drive around the United States provide a vivid, idiosyncratic, and often funny glimpse of a nation in hard times, seen through the eyes of tourists, artists, roadside bums, and flag salesmen. 


Jim Zook passed away in 2015, but not before reissuing this, his most personal and meaningful work.


Solitary Pursuits

Joseph Filice

A futuristic theme park devoted to 20th century literature...


A senile comic book writer whose superheroic dreams start to come disastrously true...


Bad-attitude aliens who steal the Mona Lisa and Elvis' Cadillac just to be annoying...


A burnt-out scientist who suspects that the woman hitting on him at a "white trash" party may hold the meaning of his entire life...


Here are all seventeen science-fiction stories  by the late Joseph P. "Joe" Filice, a photon physicist at Raytheon  and one-time writer for Green Lantern comics with a gift for weaving surreal comedies and bittersweet romances around his many peculiar passions: bebop, baseball, Jane Austen, Tom Swift, the Three Stooges, interplanetary scintillation, Silver Age superheroes, Disneyland, ham radio, vintage Hollywood, and the vanishing orchards of California.

The Max Kleinman Reader

Lionel Endenberry

Max Kleinman is a skid-row genius who from 1946 to 1999 produced 30,000 poems, most of them wrapped around his singular obsessions with fallen nuns, shrapnel wounds, Western philosophy, cheap wine, and All-Star Wrestling. 


Maverick scholar Lionel Endenberry claims to have discovered Kleinman by way of a shoebox full of papers at a garage sale in Van Nuys, California and exults at having brought to the world an enormous, forgotten literary figure. The Max Kleinman Reader features the best of this shadowy genius' 30,000 poems, along with a cryptic autobiography, a bizarre interview, and a handful of unsettling photographs.


But did Max Kleinman ever truly exist? For that matter, does Lionel Endenberry even exist...or is he only a fever dream of Jacobs, Jones & Zook?