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‘Tales of the Shadowmen #13: Sang Froid’

Posted by at 10:00 am Wednesday, February 1, 2017 in Doctor Omega, Foreign Pulps, French pulp, Harry Dickson, Pastiche, Review, Roulatabille, Sar Dubnotal, The Black Coats, Wold Newton Universe
Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

‘Tales of the Shadowmen #13: Sang Froid’

'Tales of the Shadowmen #13: Sang Froid'There’s another volume of Tales of the Shadowmen out. The Black Coat Press series is now up to 13 volumes. This one is subtitled “Sang Froid,” which means “cold blood.” For me, I think of a murder mystery where someone is “murdered in cold blood,” but here it’s about the ability to stay calm in difficult or even dangerous situations — which many of these character have in spads.

As noted, this annual series makes use of Philip José Farmer‘s “Wold Newton” concept, mixing in a variety of literary characters, with a focus on the various pulp and pulpish characters of France and Europe, such as Arsene Lupin, Fantômas, The Nyctalope, Rouletabille, and many others, as well as those from other countries.

This year’s volume gives us:

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‘Tales of the Shadowmen 12: Carte Blanche’

Posted by at 10:00 am Wednesday, January 13, 2016 in Arsene Lupin, Doctor Omega, Foreign Pulps, French pulp, Pastiche, Roulatabille, Sar Dubnotal
Estimated reading time: 6 minutes

‘Tales of the Shadowmen 12: Carte Blanche’

Tales of the Shadowmen 12: Carte BlancheIt’s the end of 2015, and we have another volume of Tales of the Shadowmen. The Black Coat Press series is now up to 12 volumes. It’s subtitled “Carte Blanche,” a term which to most people means “blank check,” but here means complete freedom to act without restrictions: heroes’ passion for justice unchecked, villains going wild, etc.

This annual series makes use of Philip José Farmer‘s “Wold Newton” concept, mixing in a variety of literary characters, with a focus on the various pulp and pulpish characters of France and Europe, such as Arsene Lupin, Fantomas, The Nyctalope, Rouletabille, and many others, as well as those from other countries.

This year’s volume gives us:

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‘Sar Dubnotal 2: The Astral Trail’

Posted by at 10:00 am Wednesday, January 6, 2016 in French pulp, New Pulp, Occult Detective, Review, Sar Dubnotal
Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

‘Sar Dubnotal 2: The Astral Trail’

Sar Dubnotal 2: The Astral TrailSâr Dubnotal is an early “occult detective,” who appeared in 20 anonymously written novellas published in France starting in 1909. I previously reviewed him as Black Coat Press has run new stories of him in their Tales of the Shadowmen series and put out a collection of original Sâr stories with him going up against Jack the Ripper.

Now Black Coat Press has put out a collection of new and old stories, Sâr Dubnotal 2: The Astral Trail.

The first collection had reprinted the first original Sâr story, then reprinted the storyline with him going up against Jack the Ripper that ran in novellas #7-11. But they didn’t have the eightth story, so they had to skip it. It has now been found and is included here.

The rest of the volume is made up of 11 new stories, most of which have run in volumes of Tales of the Shadowmen:

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Review: ‘Tales of the Shadowmen, Vol. 10’

Posted by at 10:00 am Wednesday, October 8, 2014 in Arsene Lupin, Doctor Omega, French pulp, Nyctalope, Pulps, Review, Rocambole, Roulatabille, Sar Dubnotal, Sherlock Holmes, The Black Coats, Wold Newton Universe
Estimated reading time: 6 minutes

Review: ‘Tales of the Shadowmen, Vol. 10’

'Tales of the Shadowmen, Vol. 10'“Tales of the Shadowmen: Espirit de Corps” (2013) is the 10th and latest volume of this eclectic anthology series from Black Coat Press.

Because it’s the 10th volume, it’s also the largest volume yet, clocking in at almost 450 pages! This collection fits into Philip José Farmer‘s “Wold Newton” concept.

The stories in this collection are:

• Jean-Marc Lofficier: “My Life as a Shadowman,” an introduction and followup to his prior intro in vol. 3.

• Matthew Baugh: “Quest of the Vourdalaki” is an interesting story with Cossacks and vampires, including characters from “The Vampire Captain” (from Black Coat Press) and Jean Rey‘s “Malpurtuis.”

• Nicholas Boving: “The Green Eye” returns with Rupert of Hentzau (“Prisoner of Zenda”), now in India, where he gets help from Phileas Fogg, and has a run in with English gentleman-thief A.J. Raffles and some of Rudyard Kipling‘s characters.

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Review: ‘Tales of the Shadowmen, Vol. 8’

Posted by at 10:00 am Wednesday, June 25, 2014 in Arsene Lupin, Belphegor, Doctor Omega, French pulp, Harry Dickson, Jim Anthony, Judex, Madame Atomos, Pulps, Review, Roulatabille, Sar Dubnotal, Sherlock Holmes, The Avenger, Wold Newton Universe
Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

Review: ‘Tales of the Shadowmen, Vol. 8’

Tales of the Shadowmen, Vol. 8“Tales of the Shadowmen: Agents Provocateurs” (2011) is the eighth volume of this eclectic anthology series from Black Coat Press.

This collection fits into Philip José Farmer‘s “Wold Newton” concept.

The stories in this collection are:

• Matthew Baugh: “Don Camillo and the Secret Weapon” stars a pair of Italian characters, Don Camillo and Peppone, who foil the efforts of a certain British agent and Eva Kant, the associate of Diabolik, the Italian supercrook.

• Nicholas Boving: “The Elphberg Red” takes us to back to the world of the “Prisoner of Zenda” as a group of characters, including Rudolf Rassendyll and Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, tries to stop the Countess Cagliostro from possessing the Elphberg Red.

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Review: ‘Tales of the Shadowmen, Vol. 7’

Posted by at 10:00 am Wednesday, June 11, 2014 in Doctor Omega, Fantomas, French pulp, Fu Manchu, Judex, Nyctalope, Pulps, Review, Sar Dubnotal, The Black Coats, Wold Newton Universe, Zorro
Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

Tales of the Shadowmen: Femmes Fatale“Tales of the Shadowmen: Femmes Fatale” (2011) is the seventh volume of this eclectic anthology series from Black Coat Press.

This collection fits into Philip José Farmer‘s “Wold Newton” concept.

Included in this collection are:

• Matt Haley: “My Femmes Fatales” is an art portfolio on various femme fatales shown in this series, with a brief intro to each one.

• Xavier Maumejean: “My Femmes Fatales” is a brief foreword on the character of the femme fatale.

• Roberto Lionel Barreiro: “Secrets” is a short tale having Jean Valjean (of “Les Misérables”) meeting Zorro, though both are disguised.

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