Pulps

Edgar Wallace’s JACK O’ JUDGMENT

Posted in Pulps,Reading Room on July 23, 2015 @ 10:55 pm

The following essay has been adapted from my introduction to Jack o’ Judgment & Captains of Souls: Two Novels by Edgar Wallace, published last year by Stark House in a handsome trade-paperback edition. I’m posting it now because I wanted to update the blog and, frankly, have no time to write something substantive as I’m hard […]

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Birthday Boy: John W. Campbell

Posted in Birthday,Pulps on June 8, 2015 @ 11:00 pm

Born on this day in 1910: John W. Campbell, Jr., the writer and editor who, after Edgar Rice Burroughs and Hugo Gernsback, was almost certainly the most important man in the history of science fiction. That’s hardly a daring appraisal on my part; no less a giant of SF as Isaac Asimov once declared his […]

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Unfairly Dissed and Dismissed: FAMOUS FANTASTIC MYSTERIES

Posted in Collectibles For Sale,Pulps on June 4, 2015 @ 11:28 pm

You see copies everywhere. At conventions for collectors of vintage pulps, practically every dealer has some among his stock. They appear on eBay in vast quantities; many weeks you can find multiple listings of the same issue. They even pop up in places you rarely find old fiction magazines anymore: garage sales, antique stores, flea […]

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Birthday Girl: Iris Meredith

Posted in Birthday,Conventions,Pulps,Serials on June 3, 2015 @ 1:34 pm

One of the most popular and frequently commented upon articles in Blood ‘n’ Thunder history is “My Dinner with Nita,” my tribute to Iris Meredith, the lovely actress who played pulp-fiction heroine Nita Van Sloan in a 1938 Columbia serial, The Spider’s Web. It first ran in issue #15 (Summer 2006) and was later reprinted […]

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Birthday Boy: George F. Worts

Posted in Birthday,Pulps on March 16, 2015 @ 5:27 pm

A popular and prolific purveyor of pulp fiction, George Frank Worts was born in Toledo, Ohio, on this day in 1892. There was little about his upbringing to suggest that he would eventually become a ubiquitous presence in such notable rough-paper magazines as Argosy, Blue Book, and Short Stories. The most adventurous thing he had […]

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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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Birthday Boy: Philip José Farmer

Posted in PulpFest,Pulps on January 26, 2015 @ 8:23 pm

Were he still with us, Philip José Farmer today would be celebrating his 97th birthday. As it was, he had a pretty long run, passing in early 2009 shortly after turning 91. I suspect he’s best remembered by readers of this blog and Blood ‘n’ Thunder as the author of Tarzan Alive (1972) and Doc […]

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Viva THRILLING WONDER STORIES!

Posted in Collectibles For Sale,Pulps on January 23, 2015 @ 4:53 pm

I recently updated the site’s Collectibles For Sale section, and among the newly added items were a half dozen or so issues of Thrilling Wonder Stories from the late Forties and early Fifties. It’s been a good many years since I read the copies in my own collection, but after listing these duplicates I flipped […]

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