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Young Harry Dickson

Posted by at 10:00 am Monday, March 6, 2017 in Fantomas, French pulp, Harry Dickson, Pastiche, Sherlock Holmes

Young Harry Dickson

'The Man in Grey'I have posted in the past about Harry Dickson, the American Sherlock Holmes. While the character started off as nothing more than an unauthorized version of Sherlock Holmes published in Germany, he became a character in his own right in Belgium and France, rivaling even Holmes himself.

In looking at the history of the character and where he got his name, some have justly looked at an early and popular character, Allan Dickson, King of the Australian Detectives. Created by Arnould Galopin, who also created Doctor Omega, Allan Dickson appeared in several short stories and a few of novels between 1906-12.

The folks at Black Coat Press have put forth the idea that Allan Dickson is Harry Dickson, but just a younger one, as the main period of Harry Dickson’s career is the mid-1920s to mid-’30s. Plus, Allan Dickson is shown being mentored by Sherlock Holmes, and Harry would move in to 221B Baker Street (I guess after Sexton Blake also moved out?).

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Fanzine focus: ‘Pulp Adventures’ #23

Posted by at 10:00 am Friday, December 30, 2016 in Fanzines, New Pulp, Pulps, Reprints, Sherlock Holmes

Fanzine focus: ‘Pulp Adventures’ #23

'Pulp Adventures' #23Pulp Adventures #23 (Fall 2016) begins the third year of this revised pulp fanzine from Bold Venture Press.

As always, we get a collection of classic and New Pulp fiction (with some notes) and even some pulp comics, under a George Rozen cover (a detective one, from a spicy pulp).

In the area of old pulp, we start off with “Luck” by Theodore Roscoe, which appeared in Short Stories in 1941. This one is set at a horse track. We also get an short article on Roscoe, who is probably best known for his series about Thibault Corley of the Foreign Legion, which has been reprinted by Altus Press. Bold Venture is planning on reprinting some other books by Roscoe in 2017, and has reprinted a biography on him as well.

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Fanzine focus: ‘Pulp Adventures’ #22

Posted by at 10:00 am Wednesday, October 5, 2016 in Comics, Fanzines, New Pulp, Pulps, Reprints, Review, Science Fiction Pulps, Sherlock Holmes

Fanzine focus: ‘Pulp Adventures’ #22

'Pulp Adventures' #22Pulp Adventures #22 (Summer 2016) is the eighth issue of the new version from Bold Venture Press, and completes two years of this zine.  And I had just gotten out a review on the previous issue!

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.

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American chronicles of Sherlock Holmes

Posted by at 10:00 am Wednesday, August 31, 2016 in Pastiche, Sherlock Holmes

American chronicles of Sherlock Holmes

"Sherlock Holmes and the Red Demon"With the wide range of Sherlock Holmes pastiches, a few have given him adventures in America. But as far as I know, the only extensive series of Sherlock Holmes stories in America are by Larry Millett, all set in Millett’s home state of Minnesota.

Millet is a now retired journalist and architecture critic, and makes use of this background in crafting his Holmes stories, which heavily uses the local history.

The series includes:

  • Sherlock Holmes and the Red Demon (1996)
  • Sherlock Holmes and the Ice Palace Murders (1998)
  • Sherlock Holmes and the Rune Stone Mystery (1999)
  • Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Alliance (2001)
  • The Disappearance of Sherlock Holmes (2002)
  • “The Mystery of the Jeweled Cross” (2002, available from Amazon)
  • “The Brewer’s Son” (2006, in Twin Cities Noir)
  • The Magic Bullet (2011)
  • Strongwood: A Crime Dossier (2014)

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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

'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 Adventures of Irene Adler

Posted by at 10:00 am Wednesday, July 6, 2016 in Review, Sherlock Holmes

The Adventures of Irene Adler

Good Night, Mr. HolmesThe popularity of Sherlock Holmes has spawned not just numerous pastiches of Holmes stories, but a few stories and series using some of the major characters in the series. A couple of authors have done series starring Moriarty, there have been some stories staring Watson, and even a series using Mycroft.

So it stands to reason that “The Woman” who bested Holmes would also be used: Irene Adler.

Irene Adler appeared in “A Scandal in Bohemia,” and was an opera singer originally from America. Referred to as an “adventuress,” she had been involved with the King of Bohemia. About to get married, he asked Holmes to obtain papers she had that would prove embarrassing for him on his impending marriage. She got the best of the situation, and many fans probably think there may have been feelings for Irene by Holmes. Some authors have Irene and Holmes being lovers, and even having a child. One theory is the child becomes the detective Nero Wolfe!

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