On My Way to Cinecon

Posted in Uncategorized on August 27, 2014 @ 9:44 pm

In 1974, shortly after my 21st birthday, I drove to New Haven, Connecticut with some film-buff friends to attend something called Cinecon 10.  It was advertised as a convention for devotees of silent and early sound movies. The core membership was comprised of private collectors who shared 8mm and 16mm prints from their holdings.  Musical […]


Now Available: BLOOD ‘N’ THUNDER 2013-2014 SPECIAL EDITION

Posted in Uncategorized on April 18, 2014 @ 4:44 pm

A triple-sized issue I’m calling the 2013-14 Special Edition is now available. At nearly 300 pages it’s the biggest, thickest fanzine ever produced, loaded with the usual complement of informative articles and entertaining stories reprinted from vintage pulps. As a bonus feature I’ve included an entire book-length novel (85,000 words) by Randall Parrish: The Strange […]


Pulp Pinup Queen Mala Mastroberte Joins Murania Press At Windy City Con!

Posted in Uncategorized on @ 4:13 pm

Blood ‘n’ Thunder readers who hadn’t already heard of Mala Mastroberte got acquainted with her — well, acquainted with her work, anyway — in last year’s double issue. For those who didn’t get it (and what are you waiting for?), Mala is a lovely and talented woman whose fascination with pulp culture inspired her to […]


Another DD&MM Hiccup….

Posted in Uncategorized on January 24, 2014 @ 11:28 am

Upon receiving a proof copy of Distressed Damsels and Masked Marauders last week, I was disappointed to see a number of photos that had not reproduced well. I probably should have expected this; with more than 300 illustrations, DD&MM is the most art-heavy book I’ve produced to date. In any event, I did the necessary […]


Best Wishes For A Happy New Year From The Phantom Empire

Posted in Uncategorized on January 1, 2013 @ 4:54 pm

Here’s hoping that 2013 will be a happy, healthy, and prosperous year for all friends of Murania. There’s no denying that 2012 was a tough one for many of us, but it’s history now and, with any luck at all, better things lay ahead. Meanwhile, thanks to all those who took advantage of our Year-End […]


Shameless Plug Department: Check Out My Article In New SHADOW Reprint

Posted in Uncategorized on October 16, 2012 @ 1:39 pm

My blog post for August 31st mentioned that an upcoming issue in Anthony Tollin’s series of Shadow pulp reprints would contain an essay I wrote on the two Shadow movies released by Grand National Pictures in 1937 and ’38. In case you haven’t heard, that volume (#66) is currently at the printer and will be […]


Long Time No See….

Posted in Uncategorized on October 13, 2012 @ 9:09 pm

Sorry it’s been so long between updates, but I got back from the Left Coast just a few days ago and am still trying to catch up with everything. My trip to California was productive but not as relaxing as I’d hoped it would be. The folks who run the annual Lone Pine Film Festival […]


Taking a Breather…But PulpFest Looms!

Posted in Uncategorized on July 10, 2012 @ 10:57 pm

All my bags are packed, I’m ready to go. But I ain’t leavin’ on any jet plane. Nossir, I’m about to drive south to Winston-Salem, North Carolina for the Western Film Fair I mentioned here a few days ago. The show begins tomorrow afternoon and I can’t wait to unveil Blood ‘n’ Thunder’s Cliffhanger Classics […]



Posted in Uncategorized on June 1, 2012 @ 2:44 pm

Tomorrow (Saturday, June 2), at 4:30 PM Eastern time, Turner Classic Movies will be running The Lone Ranger (1956), which in my humble opinion is the best celluloid incarnation of this character. A Warner Brothers feature film directed by the underrated Stuart Heisler, this is a happy example of a Western made on an A-movie […]


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