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Here is another in my rotating series of Shadow Two-Minute Mysteries. Two minutes? Yeah, that’s about how much time you’ll invest in reading it. But can you solve the mystery along with The Shadow? That may take more than two minutes. Just look at the clews, and test your sleuthing skills.
This mini-mystery originally appeared on my old Shadow in Review website. Perhaps you’ll remember this mystery, and remember the solution, as well. Perhaps…
This mystery is based upon the original 1930s pulp character, The Shadow. Not the radio version. No clouding men’s minds, here. Just a black cloak and slouch hat.Read More
“Slaves Of The Murder Syndicate” was originally published in the February 1936 issue of The Spider Magazine. A powerful Eastern murder syndicate employed two ghastly weapons — the Dancing Death, and the Dissolver. With them, they held America for ransom, spreading pain and terror and red destruction. Never had The Spider’s struggle against the Underworld seemed so futile, for the name of Richard Wentworth was disgraced, his fortune was forfeit, and his beloved had betrayed him into the hands of the police — and certain death!
Here is a darned good Spider adventure. It is a sequel to the previous month’s story, “The Mayor of Hell.” But where the previous story was only average, this one steps it up and is a true joy to read. The “wow” factor in this story is the terrible weapons wielded by the murder syndicate.
There is the Dancing Death, in which victims whirl about madly before their death. And there is the Dissolver, which dissolves human flesh in a grisly manner.
There’s some pretty gruesome scenes in this story as The Spider has to fight these fiends. And another thing that makes this story top-notch is that it tidies up a lot of loose ends from the previous story. Wentworth was assumed dead; his fortune was confiscated; his friends were in jail. All is resolved, here in this story. Oh, and there’s a wedding, too. That’s right, Richard Wentworth and Nita van Sloan finally make it to the altar. All of that makes this a great Spider story that I can strongly recommend.Read More
The old pulp magazines produced some of the best writers out there, and one shining example is Erle Stanley Gardner. He ended up becoming the world’s best-selling author with his Perry Mason series. He began in the pulps in 1921 with a story in Breezy Stories and had soon graduated to the likes of Black Mask. By 1933 he graduated into the hardback book arena with his first Perry Mason novel.
Gardner continued writing Perry Mason novels until his death in 1970, but at the same time kept up his magazine writing. The man never forgot his roots. Whether he was writing for the slicks or the pulps or for the book market, his stories were polished and engaging.Read More
You are about to read an excerpt from my new book The Shadow in Review. At the end of this blog entry, you will find a shamless promotion for the book. But now, here is a look at one of pulpdom’s greatest serial accomplishments.
On Jan. 1, 1940, Columbia studios released its theatrical serial based upon The Shadow. And for the next 15 Saturday afternoons, an audience composed of mainly adolescent boys thrilled to the cinematic adventures of the master of the night. The character is The Shadow from the pulps, not from the radio show. The Shadow wears black gloves, a long black cloak, and slouch hat, and fights crime without the ability to become invisible. Yup, that’s the pulp character, all right!Read More
This week, I present you with a chance to match wits with The Shadow. Below you will find a short Shadow mystery. It will take about two minutes to read. The Shadow will solve the case, but you won’t be told exactly how. You are challenged to solve the mystery yourself; all the clews are there. (Yes, I spelled it clews.)
This mini-mystery originally appeared on my old Shadow in Review website. There were a series of 262 of these Two-Minute Shadow Mysteries posted between 2003 and 2008. The one presented here today was one of those.
This mystery is based upon the original 1930s pulp character, The Shadow. He had no supernatural abilities; he was simply a man; a top physical and intellectual specimen. He haunted the dark streets of Manhattan in a black cloak and black slouch hat that rendered him “virtually” invisible, allowing him to blend into the shadows. He was a crime fighter of the highest rank. And it is upon this pulp character that this solve-it-yourself mystery is based.Read More
This week I have a special treat for you pulp fans! I’m pleased to feature a guest-blogger G.W. Thomas here on That’s Pulp! That’s right, instead of my usual drivel, you get to read something from someone who actually knows what he is talking about.
G.W. Thomas’ writing has appeared in Writer’s Digest, The Armchair Detective, Black October Magazine and over 400 other publications. He is currently writing for Michael May’s Adventureblog. He is the author of the horror-noir series, The Book Collector. His website is gwthomas.org.
Below, he takes time out of his busy schedule to fascinate you with the matter of the science-fiction pulp covers that featured….Read More
Special News Bulletin! Normally my blog entries appear magically every Friday morning at 10 a.m. Eastern time. But I just couldn’t wait to give you the great news.
Commando Cody, Sky Marshall of the Universe is now out on DVD and Blu-ray. And it’s an official release, licensed from Paramount Home Entertainment by Olive Films. Yeah, I know there have been bootleg “gray-market” DVDs available before, but they had substandard picture and sound. Now, you can get the best version possible, all cleaned up and restored. No specks of dirt. No scratches in the film. Looks to be from a 35mm print.
I just got my copy on DVD today (Sept. 12, 2016) and have watched well into episode 4 before writing this. What a joy it is to watch again. I can only imagine that the Blu-ray version is even better, being in high-def. It may not be perfect, so you perfectionists take note. There are a few scenes in which the film seems a bit overexposed… and if I were remastering the video, I would have adjusted the brightness and contrast a little. The audio is slightly low, but it’s nice and clear. While it may not be perfect, it’s head and shoulders above any other copy you’ve got. Trust me!Read More