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‘Weinberg Tales’: a Robert Weinberg tribute

Posted by at 10:00 am Friday, July 14, 2017 in Non-fiction, Pulps
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‘Weinberg Tales’: a Robert Weinberg tribute

'Weinberg Tales'In 2016, Robert Weinberg passed away. During his life he was an author, editor, publisher, collector, and book and art dealer.

I have posted about some of the important work he did in the pulp area with his fanzine Pulp, as well as his anthologies of Pulp Classics, Lost Fantasy, Weird Menace, and Incredible Adventures. He edited collections for other publishers, such as the dozen or so “Little 100” series of horror, science fiction, and such stories. He was also responsible for the six collections of Jules de Grandin stories.

I don’t know how well current pulp fans are aware of him, but Robert Weinberg paved the way for a lot of stuff going on in our field.

Thankfully, a recent tribute book came out: Weinberg Tales. While published by American Fantasy Press, you have to order it from Phyllis Weinberg.

We get the various tributes and remembrances from those who knew him. The longest is a tribute by Doug Ellis.

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‘Blood ‘n’ Thunder Presents #1: Pride of the Pulps’

Posted by at 10:00 am Wednesday, June 21, 2017 in Non-fiction, Pulps, References, Review
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‘Blood ‘n’ Thunder Presents #1: Pride of the Pulps’

'Blood ‘n’ Thunder Presents #1: Pride of the Pulps'Last year when the great fanzine Blood ‘n’ Thunder ended with issue #50 (actually a double issue of #49/50), we were promised that BnT would continue as a series of standalone themed books.

Well, we now have the first of these: Blood ’n’ Thunder Presents #1: Pride of the Pulps!

Pulps, of course, were usually looked down upon regarding their literary quality. But a few, very few, published stories on par with the “slick” fiction magazines. So the focus of this volume is on the handful of top all-fiction pulp magazines, Adventure, All-American Fiction, Short Stories, The Popular Magazine, Famous Fantastic Mysteries and West (just the 1920s issues), that accomplished this.

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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
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‘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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Jess Nevin’s ‘The Pulps: A History’

Posted by at 10:00 am Wednesday, March 29, 2017 in Foreign Pulps, Non-fiction, Pulps, References
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Jess Nevin’s ‘The Pulps: A History’

'The Pulps: A History'For those who don’t know him, Jess Nevins is probably one of the main pure researchers today in the world of pulp. And not just pulps in the U.S., but also overseas.

He has in the past maintained several websites that had information on a wide number of pulp characters. He has also put out several encyclopedic books on the topic, most out of print. He works as a research librarian, and so has access to information that most of us can only dream of.

Thankfully Nevins has shared much of that information. And his recent small book, The Pulps: A History, is but his latest.

While not flashy or the like, this small little tome provides a lot of data on the pulps that too many are either ignorant of or overlook. It seems that part of the reason for putting out this work is to correct all the misleading or inaccurate information out that. As an evocative historian in several areas, I can understand where he is coming from. I’ve tried as best I can in this blog to present as much accurate information as I can, usually hampered by what I have access to.

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

Posted by at 10:00 am Wednesday, January 4, 2017 in Fanzines, Non-fiction, Review
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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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