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‘The Best of Farmerphile’

Posted by at 10:00 am Wednesday, August 23, 2017 in Doc Savage, Non-fiction, Pastiche, Philip Jose Farmer, Sherlock Holmes, Tarzan, Wold Newton Universe
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‘The Best of Farmerphile’

The Best of FarmerphileMeteor House‘s The Best of Farmerphile, as its title indicates, collects the best of the fiction and non-fiction that ran in the 15 issues of Farmerphile, published from 2005-09.

Focused on Philip José Farmer, it had non-fiction and previously unpublished fiction by Farmer, along with a variety of non-fiction works about Farmer and works by others.

And why should we care?

Because Farmer, as a pulp fan himself, wrote works (sometimes as pastiches) about or using pulp characters such as Tarzan, Doc Savage, Sherlock Holmes, and others. I’ve previously posted on Farmer’s work in this area, including the Wold Newton Family/Universe.

And several of the non-fiction works included here touch on several of those.

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Pulp Heroes conclusion: ‘Sanctuary Falls’

Posted by at 10:00 am Wednesday, June 14, 2017 in New Pulp, Pastiche, Review, Wold Newton Universe
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'Pulp Heroes: Sanctuary Falls'One of the works I got into when I got back into pulp (and discovered New Pulp) was the pulp epics of Wayne Reinagel. He was working on a trilogy called Pulp Heroes, the first being the massive More Than Mortal, which came out in 2008.

In that one we saw 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.

More Than Mortal also makes use of the Wold Newton concept of Philip José Farmer to create the backdrop to the story, weaving in various heroes and characters from earlier fiction.

Clocking in at over 400 pages, it was actually a pretty good read.

It was followed two years later by a massive sequel (nearly 600 pages), Khan Dynasty, that was actually more of a prequel, being set before More Than Mortal.

We were promised the conclusion in Sanctuary Falls. And finally after seven years, we get it. All 800+ pages!

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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
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‘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
Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

‘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
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‘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 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
Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

"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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