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:Read More
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).
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?)Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
“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.Read More
Philip José Farmer (1918-2009) was a long-time SF author and pulp fan. He turned his love of the pulps into several works using the pulp characters he loved the most: Tarzan and Doc Savage.
He wrote a pair of “biographies” of these characters, taking the view that they were real characters and that the stories we read were based on true adventures. This is not an unusual idea, as this has been used with other characters like Sherlock Holmes. In fact, Farmer’s intended name for his Tarzan work was inspired by the Holmes biography “The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes.”Read More