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This Year’s Two Top Stocking Stuffers (Provided You Have Big Stockings)

Posted in Recently Read on December 20, 2012 @ 6:17 pm

Christmas came a little early this year, and I’m delighted to see that jolly old St. Nick hasn’t lost his touch: He still knows the type of present this good little boy likes to find under the tree. And I suspect most of you will feel the same way about these particular gifts. . . […]


A. Merritt’s BURN WITCH BURN, MGM’s Film Version, THE DEVIL DOLL

Posted in Movies,Recently Read on September 26, 2012 @ 9:15 pm

I enjoy comparing famous fictional works to films adapted from them. Over the weekend I revisited A. Merritt’s Burn, Witch, Burn! (1932) for the first time in more than 30 years. I finished re-reading it on Monday night, so last night I screened The Devil-Doll, its 1936 movie version, for the first time in nearly […]



Posted in Pulps,Recently Read on September 21, 2012 @ 5:24 pm

In 1930 Harry Steeger and Harold S. Goldsmith launched their Popular Publications line of pulp magazines with four titles: Battle Aces, Detective Action Stories, Gang World, and Western Rangers. Popular’s initial offerings enjoyed varying degrees of success, but it wasn’t until the following year that the new company really hit pay dirt. Newsstands across the […]


Promising Pulp-Mag Series Characters Who Never Really Caught Fire

Posted in Pulps,Recently Read on June 16, 2012 @ 1:55 pm

One of the items for sale on our Collectibles page is the November 23, 1935 issue of Detective Fiction Weekly. The cover story is Erle Stanley Gardner’s “The Silver Mask Murders,” featuring his short-lived vigilante hero The Man in the Silver Mask. This was the last of three novelettes Gardner wrote about this Shadow/Spider/Phantom Detective […]



Posted in Recently Read on June 8, 2012 @ 9:01 am

For me, Sax Rohmer novels (along with those of Edgar Wallace, Erle Stanley Gardner, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and a half dozen other authors I could name) are the literary equivalents of comfort food: easy to digest, easy on the palate, and full of familiar flavor. Every now and then, though, I devour one that just […]


William MacLeod Raine’s THE PIRATE OF PANAMA (1913)

Posted in Recently Read on June 1, 2012 @ 2:18 pm

Readers of Blood ‘n’ Thunder are aware that I have a special interest in pulp yarns adapted for Hollywood movies of the silent and early-talkie eras. So you can imagine how eager I was to tackle a recently acquired copy of William MacLeod Raine’s The Pirate of Panama, which was serialized in three January 1914 […]


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