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The Wild West of Fiction and Film

This revised and expanded second edition maintains the first’s emphasis on the nexus of Western pulp fiction and “B” movies, with coverage of significant Western serials as well. The Wild West of Fiction and Film does not pretend to be a comprehensive narrative history; it’s strictly a collection of essays with the same general theme. […]

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Blood ‘n’ Thunder 2022 Special Edition

In 2022 Blood ‘n’ Thunder celebrates its 20th year as the foremost journal covering adventure, mystery, and melodrama of the early 20th century. This massive Special Edition boasts more than 100,000 words and over 100 illustrations in 336 pages. Will Murray leads off with an article on the rare one-shot supervillain pulps The Octopus and […]

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Mistress of Death and Desire

Murania Press introduces its second collection of gruesome horror-pulp stories reprinted from magazines originally published in the late 1930s by Martin Goodman, who would shortly establish what became the Marvel Comics empire. Bearing his “Red Circle” trademark, Mystery Tales, Uncanny Tales, Marvel Tales, and Real Mystery were transgressive in the extreme, shattering the boundaries of good taste […]

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Blood ‘n’ Thunder 2021 Annual

The award-winning journal of adventure, mystery, and melodrama is back! After a two-year absence Blood ‘n’ Thunder returns as a book-length Annual, its 264 pages crammed with articles, illustrations, and fiction reprints. As always, the emphasis is on pulp magazines, vintage Hollywood movies, and Old Time Radio drama. The Annual’s first section is a centennial […]

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When Dracula Met Frankenstein

In 1968 two ambitious young filmmakers, working on a shoestring, made a movie about a ruthless motorcycle gang. Titled Satan’s Sadists, it became the initial release of their new company, Independent-International Pictures, and was wildly profitable. Over the next two decades Sam Sherman and Al Adamson collaborated on a succession of low-budget films that attracted […]

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Blood ‘n’ Thunder, Second Series, Number Two

The second issue of the revived Blood ‘n’ Thunder opens with a special section devoted to Jimmie Dale, alias the Gray Seal, Frank L. Packard’s World War I-vintage protagonist whose adventures in Street & Smith’s People’s Magazine presaged the Depression-era hero-pulp phenomenon. Award-winning writer, editor, documentarian, and pop-culture historian Don Hutchison makes his first appearance […]

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Blood ‘n’ Thunder, Second Series, Number One

Between 2002 and 2016, Blood ‘n’ Thunder was the premier journal for devotees of adventure, mystery and melodrama in American popular culture of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This award-winning magazine, written by enthusiasts for enthusiasts, eventually expanded its readership to include casual fans of vintage storytelling mediums: pulp fiction, motion pictures, Old […]

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The Purple Eye

This wildly melodramatic thriller, originally published in the August 1933 issue of Dime Mystery Magazine, provided the template for countless pulp-hero novels published during the Thirties. Depression-era readers craved outlandish menaces to take their minds off their troubles, and The Purple Eye was at the top of the list. The Eye, maniacal criminal mastermind and […]

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Johnston McCulley Omnibus

Among the most prolific fictioneers ever to pound a typewriter, Johnston McCulley has earned pop-culture immortality as the creator of Zorro, who made his debut in 1919. At that time he was just one of many McCulley characters romping through the shag-edged pages of America’s pulp-fiction magazines. Most others appeared in Street & Smith’s Detective […]

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