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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

‘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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‘Pulp Hero’ epics of Wayne Reinagel

Posted by at 11:30 am Wednesday, November 25, 2015 in Doc Savage, New Pulp, Pastiche, Review, The Avenger, The Shadow, The Spider, Wold Newton Universe

‘Pulp Hero’ epics of Wayne Reinagel

"Pulp Heroes: More Than Mortal"Wayne Reinagel is a New Pulp author who is creating an epic set of novels. The main series is called Pulp Heroes and will consist of three pulp novels plus two associated works. Another series is Modern Marvels, which I’ll cover in another posting.

The first Pulp Heroes novel is More Than Mortal.

This book is an obvious labor of love to create an epic pulp hero novel, teaming up pastiches of four of the major pulp heroes (and hints of several others).

Here, we have his takes on four major pulp heroes: Doc Savage (Doc Titan), The Shadow (The Darkness), The Avenger (The Guardian), and The Spider (The Scorpion), plus their aides and assistants.

It also uses the Wold Newton concept of Philip José Farmer, to create the backdrop to the story, weaving in various heroes and characters from earlier fiction. We see analogues of Tarzan, Captain America (and his two main Nazi villains the Red Skull and Count Zemo), Captain Satan and even the Angel Detective. Further, Reinagel uses the names of various people from pulp fiction for the names of minor characters. At times one wonders what the basis of certain characters. (Is there a background story to Skull Island/Wilder Island that I’m missing? Or the assistant to Doc Titan’s father, or the real identity of the Black Skull?)

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‘Tales of the Shadowmen 11: Force Majeure’

Posted by at 10:00 am Wednesday, January 28, 2015 in Arsene Lupin, Doctor Omega, French pulp, Judex, New Pulp, Nyctalope, Review, The Black Coats, The Shadow, Wold Newton Universe

‘Tales of the Shadowmen 11: Force Majeure’

'Tales of the Shadowmen 11: Force Majeure'It’s 2015, and we have another volume of “Tales of the Shadowmen,” now up to volume 11. It’s subtitled “Force Majeure,” a term which means a catastrophic event or force.

This annual series makes use of Philip José Farmer‘s Wold Newton Universe idea, 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:

• Matthew Baugh: “Gilgamesh Revisited” is a retelling of Gilgamesh with various pulp characters in place of the major players, such as a certain Man of Bronze, “Devil Doctor” and Giant Ape.

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‘The Big Book of Bronze,’ Vol. 6

Posted by at 10:00 am Friday, January 2, 2015 in Captain Hazzard, Doc Savage, Fanzines, Hero Pulps, Jim Anthony, Lester Dent, Pastiche, Philip Jose Farmer, Pulps, References, Review, Secret Agent X, The Avenger

'The Big Book of Bronze,' Vol. 6A series of books for Doc Savage fan that I previously reviewed are the (sort of) annual “The Big Book of Bronze.” Now, the latest volume, number 6, is out, and we look at this one.

Published by Jay Ryan‘s Solace of Fortitude Publications, the books are done in conjunction with the Doc Cons. After skipping a year, this volume ties into the recent Doc Con XVII in 2014. Clocking in at 242 pages, this volume isn’t the biggest, but is among the bigger ones.

We get a variety of articles in this issues. There is a nice article looking at Ham, Will Murray gives a retrospective on 50 years with Doc, Jay gives a overview of 60 years of Doc, and a few others.

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The adventures of Pat Wildman

Posted by at 10:00 am Wednesday, October 22, 2014 in Doc Savage, Pastiche, Philip Jose Farmer, Review, Wold Newton Universe

"The Evil in Permberley House"Pat Wildman (Patricia Clarke Lupin Wildman) is a New Pulp character created by Philip José Farmer and Win Scott Eckert.

She is the daughter of James Clarke “Doc” Wildman, which is Farmer’s real name for Doc Savage, as revealed in his “biography” of Doc Savage. So far, she has appeared in two adventures set in the 1970s, and hopefully more.

What we know is that Pat is the daughter of Doc Wildman and Adelaide Lupin, daughter of Arsene Lupin, the French gentleman-thief. Adelaide herself was created by Eckert and appeared in a pair of stories in “Tales of the Shadowmen” where she met Doc Wildman, at the time using his Doc Ardan identity.

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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

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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