February 2015

Speaking of Serials….

Posted in Movies,Serials on February 27, 2015 @ 4:48 pm

If you’re a film buff who spends a fair amount of time watching the Turner Classic Movies channel, you’re probably familiar with Flicker Alley. Originally a small boutique DVD label that offered rare and obscure silent films to hard-core collectors, they have broadened their activities to include full-scale restorations and marketing of archival gems sourced […]

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Rare, High-Grade Arkham House Titles and Other Pulp-Related Books Added to Collectibles Page

Posted in Collectibles For Sale on @ 4:31 pm

I’ve just added a slew of terrific pulp-related books to the Collectibles for Sale section, among them some avidly pursued Arkham House/Mycroft & Moran first editions. Hodgson’s The House on the Borderland, Lovecraft’s The Dunwich Horror and Others, Seabury Quinn’s The Phantom-Fighter, and Carl Jacobi’s Revelations in Black are just a few of these books, […]

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Throwback Thursday: H. Bedford-Jones and THE WILDERNESS TRAIL

Posted in Murania Press on February 19, 2015 @ 8:34 pm

Exactly 100 years ago today, a fiction reader scanning the magazine rack at his local newsstand might very well have seen the February 1915 issue of Blue Book, one of the classic pulps. That particular issue was an important one, because it contained the debut story of a contributor whose name would become synonymous with […]

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Birthday Boy: Sax Rohmer

Posted in Uncategorized on February 15, 2015 @ 6:52 pm

“Imagine a person, tall and lean and feline, high-shouldered with a brow like Shakespeare and a face like Satan—a close-shaven skull, and long magnetic eyes of the true cat-green. Invest him with the all the cruel cunning of an entire Eastern race accumulated in one giant intellect, with all the resources of science past and […]

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Reading Room: THE BLACK GANG

Posted in Reading Room on February 13, 2015 @ 5:48 pm

Herman Cyril “Sapper” McNeile, a British military engineer who saw combat during the First World War, turned to writing after the conflict and in 1920 began chronicling the exploits of one Hugh “Bulldog” Drummond, who would become one of pop culture’s most enduring heroes. Perhaps an idealized version of his creator, Drummond was the first […]

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Birthday Boy: Elmo Lincoln

Posted in Movies on February 6, 2015 @ 5:05 pm

The first actor to play Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan of the Apes in a motion picture was born on this day in 1889 in Rochester, Indiana. Otto Elmo Linkenheit was a burly youth when he left his middle-class home for California. He held several jobs (including one as a longshoreman, where his prodigious strength was […]

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Birthday Boy: Clarence E. Mulford

Posted in Pulps,Western Movies on February 3, 2015 @ 6:33 pm

Western fiction’s most enduring hero was the offspring of a mild-mannered, bespectacled civil servant who spent his leisure hours writing about a mythical frontier from the confines of a modest Brooklyn apartment. The author was Clarence Edward Mulford, and the literary figure he sired was Hopalong Cassidy. Hoppy and his Bar-20 comrades first appeared in […]

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Birthday Boy: Johnston McCulley

Posted in Movies,Pulps on February 2, 2015 @ 4:40 pm

Today we celebrate the birthday of Johnston McCulley, the creator of Zorro and one of the giants of pulp fiction. Born and raised in Illinois, he began his literary career as a crime reporter for The Police Gazette. McCulley turned to fiction writing in 1906 and made his pulp-magazine debut in the June issue of […]

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