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‘Pulp Adventures’ #26

Posted by at 10:00 am Wednesday, October 25, 2017 in Adventure Pulps, Detective Pulps, Fanzines, H.P. Lovecraft, New Pulp, Pulps, Reprints, Review, Weird Fiction
Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

‘Pulp Adventures’ #26

'Pulp Adventures' #26Bold Ventures Press is back with another new issue of Pulp Adventures, #26 for the Summer of 2017.  And we get another Norman Saunders cover.  Was wondering if he’s return.

As always, a mix of old and new pulp in a wide range of genres:  mystery, western, horror, adventure, pulp hero and more.  Some stories are almost a 100 years old!!

From classic pulp we get the following:

“The Doting Burglar” by Ben Hecht is a fairly interesting tale that appeared way back in 1917 in All Story Weekly.  The author, whom we learn more from the blurb is as interesting.  He was a journalist and writer from the 1920s until he passed in 1964.  Like many pulp writers he also wrote plays and film scripts, and even lyrics.  He got 6 Academy Award nominations.

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‘The Red Road to Shamballah’

Posted by at 10:00 am Monday, September 18, 2017 in Adventure Pulps, Reprints, Review, Thrilling
Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

‘The Red Road to Shamballah’

'The Red Road to Shamballah'An interesting serialized novel I obtained is The Red Road to Shamballah by Perley Poore Sheehan (1875-1943) and published by Black Dog Books.

Serialized in Thrilling Adventures over 1932-33, this reads as what I would imagine a Talbot Mundy-style novel would be (never having read Mundy).

American Pelham Rutledge Shattuck has lived in Asia most of his life. He knows many languages and is able to move more or less freely. But politics of the times causes problems. The Russians are expanded their influence, as are the British. He sometimes finds himself unwelcome in some areas as different sides think he’s on the other.

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Talbot Mundy: Master of Adventure

Posted by at 10:00 am Monday, September 11, 2017 in Adventure Pulps, Pulps
Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

Talbot Mundy: Master of Adventure
Talbot Mundy

Talbot Mundy

A name that I would hear when I got into pulp fiction was that of Talbot Mundy. What little I recall was that he was an author of great adventure tales set in Asia, some with a mystic element.

While I have yet to read his works, I have been gathering information on him as I work to obtain some of his stories. His most well-known works are King of the Kyber Rifles, and his Tros of Samothrace and JimGrim series.

Talbot Mundy was what might be called a “rogue.” Born in England as William Lancaster Gribbon in 1879, he attended college but didn’t graduate. He went overseas, living and working in British India and East Africa. He did a variety of work, some a little on the shady side. He also at times took on other names, and apparently used them fraudulently. And he had several wives (though not at the same time). “Talbot Mundy”, the name he would legal change to, was based on one of these aliases, one he took to claim a connection to a noble family.

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‘Pulp Adventures’ #25

Posted by at 10:00 am Wednesday, August 9, 2017 in Adventure Pulps, Comics, Fanzines, New Pulp, Pulps, Reprints, Review, Weird Fiction, Western Pulps
Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

‘Pulp Adventures’ #25

'Pulp Adventures' #25The 10th issue of the new Pulp Adventures — #25, Spring 2017 — is out.

This issue has a set of new and reprinted pulp fiction, all under a Norman Saunders cover (again). No non-fiction other than the information on the authors or pulps these appeared in, which I think added to things. I’d just like to see an occasional full article on some topic.

For pulp reprints, first up is one of Robert E. Howard‘s Sailor Steve Costigan stories, “Waterfront Fists” which appeared in Fight Stories. I was surprised to learn that this pulp, the first focused on a specific sport, ran for over two decades.

Next, we get some different Western stories. First is “Chicago Man” by E.K. Jarvis, which ran in Mammoth Western in 1946. From Will H. Thompson, we get “Tigre and Isola” that appeared in Adventure way back in 1911. And then a very short short story by Larry Latham: “Desert Rescue.” This one appeared in Thrilling Comics, due to postage regulations. Comics had to have two pages of text, so many ran short stories or later letter pages. I recall seeing this in many of the comics I got in the ’60s. Since many early comic-book publishers where connected to pulp publishers, they could get this done.

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The adventures of Peter the Brazen

Posted by at 10:00 am Monday, October 24, 2016 in Adventure Pulps, Altus Press, Reprints, Review
Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

The adventures of Peter the Brazen

"The City of Stolen Lives"A classic pulp adventurer that I had heard of but never had the chance to read the stories of is Peter the Brazen.

What I had heard sounded really interesting: a two-fisted adventurer wandering the exotic Orient between the world wars, going up against several menacing villains like the Gray Shadow, Ung the Unspeakable, K’ang of the Green Circle Tong, and the most dangerous Mr. Lu, better known as the Blue Scorpion.

But surprisingly most of his tales have never been reprinted!

Now Altus Press is addressing this in a new series aimed at reprinting the entire run, doing so within their Argosy Library series. The first volume, The City of Stolen Lives: The Adventures of Peter the Brazen, reprints the first three stories that appeared in 1918, as well as a great introductory essay by Will Murray.

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Weinberg’s ‘Incredible Adventures’

Posted by at 11:00 am Wednesday, May 18, 2016 in Adventure Pulps, Fantasy Pulp, Pulps, Reprints, Review, Science Fiction Pulps
Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

Weinberg’s ‘Incredible Adventures’

I have previously posted on Robert Weinberg and his several excellent pulp reprint series. There was Pulp Classics, which mainly focused on the hero pulps, and the shorter-lived series Weird Menace, which focused on that genre. Midway in length was Lost Fantasies, focusing on overlooked pulp fantasy.

Now we’ll look at this final, and short-lived, pulp reprint series Incredible Adventures, which lasted only three issues. What is interesting is that the first two weren’t published by Weinberg (though he did distribute them).

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