This time we get a collection of classic and New Pulp fiction (with some notes) and even some pulp comics, under a H.L. Park cover (a science fiction one). No Norman Saunders cover this time, gasp! There is a reason why, though.
In my view, this blend of new and old pulp fiction (with occasional pre-pulp and post-pulp) that doesn’t focus on one genre — we get science fiction, aviation, crime & detective, and a little horror in this one — makes this one of the best pulp-fiction fanzines coming out now.Read More
It launched the first and second issues with Kickstarter campaigns. The first issue you can obtain from Amazon, the second one is being produced and should come out soon. There is talk of doing a subscription option for the third and fourth issues. Number 3 will focus on pirates, and the fourth will be a double-size winter issue.
I got the first issue, and it’s an overall nice magazine. There is a novelette, 6 short stories, a poem, and an essay. Cover is by Jabari Weather, who also produced the cover for the second and third issues as well.Read More
The prolific Edgar Rice Burroughs had several series set in exotic locations: Mars, the Hollow Earth, the Moon, and Venus.
I have already looked at his Mars and Pellucidar (hollow earth) series, and his last extended series was set on Venus, or Amtor as the natives called it, though most refer to it as the Venus series or the Carson of Venus series. I read the series while in high school when I was reading almost all of Burroughs’ stuff.
The series is composed of:
- “Pirates of Venus” (1934)
- “Lost on Venus” (1935)
- “Carson of Venus” (1939)
- “Escape on Venus” (1946)
- “The Wizard of Venus” (1964)
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).Read More
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
Ralph Milne Farley is really the pseudonym for Roger Sherman Hoar (1887-1963). He was a state senator and assistant attorney general for Massachusetts. So writing was a side-line for him. He was mainly active from the 1920s into the 1940s, a wrote several novels and short stories. Several of his novels had the word “Radio” in them, though not all are interconnected.
As noted, his most well-known series is the “Radio Man” series, which focused on Myles Cabot and set on Venus. In many ways the series is similar to Edgar Rice Burroughs‘ Mars series, and so Farley is consider another “rival” to Burroughs.Read More