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Fanzine focus: Pulp Adventures #21

Posted by at 10:00 am Wednesday, August 3, 2016 in Cthulhu Mythos, Detective Pulps, Fanzines, H.P. Lovecraft, New Pulp, Reprints, Sherlock Holmes
Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

'Pulp Adventures' #21Pulp Adventures #21 (Spring 2016) is the seventh issue of the new version from Bold Venture Press.

Once again we get a collection of classic and New Pulp fiction (with some notes), all under a Norman Saunders cover (a detective one). And do we get some goodies this time!

In my view, this blend of new and old pulp fiction (with occasional pre-pulp and post-pulp) that doesn’t focus on one pulp genre — we get horror, science fiction, crime & detective, railroading, and pulp hero in this one — makes this one of the best pulp fiction fanzines coming out now. You might not like everything that appears in an issue, but I know you will like something.

The issue kicks off with Ron Fortier providing a Brother Bones tale: “The Hideout.” His Undead Avenger has appeared in several short stories and a couple of novels. And soon a roleplaying game and a movie!  Sadly, I have to admit that Brother Bones is probably the only major New Pulp Hero that I haven’t read.

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The Argosy Library, Series II

Posted by at 10:00 am Monday, April 25, 2016 in Adventure Pulps, Altus Press, Detective Pulps, Occult Detective, Pulps, Science Fiction Pulps
Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

The Argosy Library, Series II

"Champion of Lost Causes"About a year ago, Altus Press started a new line called the “Argosy Library,” which is composed of several series of 10 books each highlighting some of the great fiction that appeared in the early pulps.

All are taken from the pulps started by Frank A. Munsey, who started to convert his fiction magazines to pulp paper and reduced their price, making them more profitable. He published the well-known Argosy magazine, which got its start in the late 1800s, and several other popular magazines such as The All-Story and Flynn’s Detective Fiction Weekly. Series I came out last year, and now we get Series II.

Series II consists of:

  • Champion of Lost Causes, by Max Brand
  • The Scarlet Blade: The Rakehelly Adventures of Cleve and D’Entreville, Vol. 1 by Murray R. Montgomery
  • Doan and Carstairs: Their Complete Cases, by Norbert Davis
  • The King Who Came Back, by Fred MacIsaac
  • Blood Ritual: The Adventures of Scarlet and Bradshaw, Vol. 1 by Theodore Roscoe
  • The City of Stolen Lives: The Adventures of Peter the Brazen, Vol. 1 by Loring Brent
  • The Radio Gun-Runners, by Ralph Milne Farley
  • Sabotage, by Cleve F. Adams
  • The Complete Cabalistic Cases of Semi Dual, The Occult Detector, Vol. 2: 1912–13 by J.U. Giesy and Junius B. Smith
  • South of Fifty-Three, by Jack Bechdolt

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Fanzine Focus: ‘Pulp Adventures’ #19

Posted by at 10:00 am Wednesday, February 10, 2016 in Detective Pulps, Fanzines, Fu Manchu, Pulps, Reprints, Review
Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

Fanzine Focus: ‘Pulp Adventures’ #19

'Pulp Adventures' #19Pulp Adventures #19 (Fall 2015) is the fifth issue of the new version from Bold Venture Press. We get a collection of pulp fiction, and some new stuff, all under a Norman Saunders crime cover. As I’ve noted in reviews of previous issues, we don’t have any similar series of pulp reprints out there now, and this is a great series.

The big selling point of this issue is a Sax Rohmer thriller. Not one of his Fu Manchu stories, but a similar work, “The Daughter of Huang Chow.” This one stars Inspector “Red” Kerry, and is part of a short series of crime stories set in Chinatown, based on a real person! Rohmer’s Red Kerry series has two novels (Dope and Yellow Shadows), and a couple of short stories. In this one, while investigating murder and opium smuggling, Kerry comes across a woman whose feminine charms render him powerless to resist!

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Fanzine focus: ‘Pulp Adventures’ #18

Posted by at 10:00 am Friday, September 25, 2015 in Adventure Pulps, Detective Pulps, Fanzines, Post-pulp, Pulps, Review, Western Pulps
Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

Fanzine focus: ‘Pulp Adventures’ #18

"Pulp Adventures" #18Pulp Adventures #18 (Summer 2015), the fourth issue of the new version from Bold Venture Press, is now out. We get a collection of pulp fiction, along with some “post pulp fiction” taken from the various “men’s adventure” magazines that replaced the pulps, and some new stuff, all under a Norman Saunders crime cover. As I’ve noted in reviews of previous issues, we don’t have any similar series of pulp reprints out there now, and this is a great series.

The issue starts with an editorial that gives an overview of the men’s adventure magazines. There are several works out there that focus on them (even an ad for several of them). And we then get right to it with “MacDonald’s Nightmare Safari,” which gives the adventure of Jim MacDonald on his quest for diamonds in South America. But it’s not so simple as he must contend with dangerous natives, a man-eating dinosaur (or is it a giant lizard?), and a dame. Who wrote this tale for issue of Man’s Conquest in 1959 is unknown, as it was billed as written by Jim MacDonald himself! Thought it interesting that the issue’s cover was by George Gross, a long-time pulp cover artist who later did the great covers for paperback reprints of The Avenger and others.

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