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‘Awesome Tales’ #5

Posted by at 10:00 am Wednesday, June 7, 2017 in Fanzines, Pulps, Review
Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

‘Awesome Tales’ #5

'Awesome Tales' #5After a little longer then expected, we get the fifth issue of Awesome Tales (Spring 2017), a fanzine produced by Black Cat Media (R. Allen Leider) and packaged/published by Bold Venture Press.

Science fiction is the theme this issue, kicked off with a Tom Corbett story, which is the cover feature. For those who don’t recall Tom Corbett, Space Cadet, it was a fairly popular TV series from the space-crazed 1950s. It spawned a comic strip, juvenile book series (eight total), comic books (from Dell and later Prize), and radio show (he was originally developed for radio). We get an intro to the story that gives some basic background on the character.

“Tom Corbett and the Mutant Masters,” by R. Allen Leider, has Tom and his associates looking into kidnappings on Mars. And they find the cause: a mad scientist who is doing genetic experiments.

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‘Windy City Pulp Stories’ #17

Posted by at 10:00 am Wednesday, May 31, 2017 in Fanzines, Non-fiction, Reprints, Review
Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

‘Windy City Pulp Stories’ #17

'Windy City Pulp Stories' #17The 2017 Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention has come and gone and we have a new edition of the Windy City Pulp Stories #17.

This year’s focus is on gangster pulp and Martin Goodman‘s Red Circle pulp line. Martin Goodman also started Timely and Marvel comics. As always, we get new and reprinted articles, and some fiction as well.

From the gangster pulps we get several articles. We get “The NEW Gangster Story,” by Joséph Lichtblau, which is reprinted from Writer’s Digest in 1930. Harold Hersey, who was a pulp publisher and formed (among others) Ace Magazines gives us “Underworld, Gangster, G-Men, Etc.,” another reprint, this time from Pulpwood Editor from 1937. Here Hersey briefly gives info on how he starts new gangster pulp mags.

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‘Pulp Adventures’ #24

Posted by at 10:00 am Wednesday, March 22, 2017 in Comics, Fanzines, H.P. Lovecraft, Reprints, Review
Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

‘Pulp Adventures’ #24

'Pulp Adventures' #24Pulp Adventures #24 (Winter 2017) kicks off 2017 with this great pulp fanzine from Bold Venture Press. As always, we get a collection of classic and New Pulp fiction (with some notes) and this time also a pulp graphic novel, under an Emmet Watson cover, which ties to one of the stories reprinted here.

For classic pulp, we get:

The cover feature, “Sheridan Rides Again,” is a post Civil War adventure by Sam Merwin Jr. that first appeared in an issue of Thrilling Adventure in 1941. Accompanying this reprint is an article that appeared in the same issue by Merwin that explains the historical background of the story. A prolific pulp writer (mysteries and science fiction mainly) and editor (several leading science-fiction pulps), most of his works are out of print. Bold Venture plans on reprinting more of them soon.

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‘Echoes Revisited’

Posted by at 10:10 am Wednesday, February 8, 2017 in Fanzines, G-8, Non-fiction, Phantom Detective, References, Review, Secret Agent X, The Avenger
Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

‘Echoes Revisited’

'Echoes Revisited'The fanzine Echoes ran from 1982 to 2002, before the advent of print-on-demand changed pulp fan publishing and ushered in the current New Pulp era.

Echoes was published by Tom and Ginger Johnson for 100 issues and then for a period of time it was an “newszine.” Its last new issue was Echoes Revisited, published in 2002 as a 20th anniversary special issue. This one had a color cover (The Shadow by David Burton) and special binding. There were also 100 numbered copies.

This issue celebrates Echoes with a collection of articles new and old, along with several art portfolios and photocopies of some pulp covers. Sadly, I don’t know which articles are reprints, or from where, nor where some of these articles have appeared since. The articles are grouped by their authors.

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‘Sargasso’ and William Hope Hodgson

Posted by at 10:00 am Monday, January 16, 2017 in Fantasy Pulp, Fanzines, Pulps, Weird Fiction
Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

‘Sargasso’ and William Hope Hodgson

'Sargasso: The Journal of William Hope Hodgson Studies' #1William Hope Hodgson (1877-1918) is an author more people should be aware of. He wrote essays, short fiction, novels, and poetry, most in the genres of horror, fantastic, and science fiction. Much of his short fiction appeared in pulp magazines in the U.K. and U.S.

Because he had ran away to be a Merchant Marine at age 13, an experience he grew to hate, many of his stories were clearly influenced by this, especially his “Sargasso Sea” stories. Most pulp fans are probably aware of him due to his occult detective, Carnacki, or perhaps his various sea stories or mention of his works by H.P. Lovecraft.

For those wanting to delve further into Hodgson, there is a semi-annual journal, Sargasso: The Journal of William Hope Hodgson Studies. Three issues have appeared so far in 2013, 2014, and 2016. All are available on Amazon. These journals have essays, poetry, artwork, and even short fiction, all focused on Hodgson and his work. They are edited by Sam Gafford, a long-time scholar and editor of Hodgson’s works. I’ve gotten all of them over the years and look forward to each one.

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Fanzine focus: ‘Blood ‘n’ Thunder’ #49/50

Posted by at 10:00 am Wednesday, January 4, 2017 in Fanzines, Non-fiction, Review
Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

Fanzine focus: ‘Blood ‘n’ Thunder’ #49/50

'Blood 'n' Thunder' #49/50It’s another end of an era.

After 15 some years, Ed Hulse‘s excellent magazine, Blood ‘n’ Thunder, comes to an end with the Fall 2016 issue: #49/50.

Blood ‘n’ Thunder covered not just pulps, but their dime-novel forerunners, movie serials, and early radio. But every issue has something of interest to pulp fans, and this one is no exception, having both new articles, and reprints of both fiction and non-fiction. If you have not gotten this fanzine, there are two collections of articles from the first 22 issues, and the rest are available through Amazon, thanks to print on demand.

So what do we have in this issue? Another great collection of non-fiction, fiction, new and old.

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