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Altus Press Completes the Dr. Yen Sin Series, Plus Wu Fang Continues

At last, Altus Press has completed another multi-volume complete series… running for three issues in the mid-1930s, Dr. Yen Sin battled Michael Traile, the Man Who Never Slept, as he strived for world domination. The third and final story, The Mystery of the Singing Mummies, makes its debut this week. Written by Donald E. Keyhoe (author of the Richard Knight series, among others), it’s available on sale for a limited time.

Also debuting this week is The Case of the Suicide Tomb, the fourth story in the Mysterious Wu Fang series. This too is on sale for a limited time… and only at altuspress.com


Dr. Yen Sin #3: The Mystery of the Singing MummiesDr. Yen Sin #3: The Mystery of the Singing Mummies

by Donald E. Keyhoe

To the teeming city of the Golden Gate the sinister Doctor Yen Sin had transferred his base of operations—and there, under cover of the fog-shrouded Frisco night, he set loose the most ghastly weapon in his whole armory of mysterious torture devices—the curse of the Singing Mummies. In ten minutes by the clock, to the accompaniment of that insidious, eerie music, living men and women underwent their ghastly metamorphosis, became fit occupants for the coffin-cases of ancient Egypt. How could the saffron-skinned crime-emperor accomplish the change? How could even Michael Traile, the Man Who Never Slept, hope to cope with the devilish Thing?

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The Mysterious Wu Fang #4: The Case of the Suicide TombThe Mysterious Wu Fang #4: The Case of the Suicide Tomb

by Robert J. Hogan

“With the secret of the plague of Suicide Tomb, I shall control all men and their destinies. I have arranged my bargain with death and the devil; now men shall do my bidding.” Thus spoke Wu Fang, secure in his Dragon’s Lair, surrounded by his ministry of murder!… Not far away, innocent of the Yellow Fiend’s purpose, was the only man who dare combat him—Val Kildare, watching and waiting; ready for the Crime Beast to show his hand!

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Pulps Pricings Sales Census: Solder Stories (April and May 1929)

SOLDIER STORIES – April 1929 recently sold on eBay for $429.24. This is the First Issue of just 4 of this Fiction House title. It would morph into DETECTIVE CLASSICS for the later 22 issues.

“A COMPLETE GOOD COPY.

SOLDIER STORIES – April 1929 (First Issue)

TWO INCHES MISSING FROM SPINE AT BOTTOM. BACK COVER LIGHTLY SOILED.
PIECE OUT OF PULP AT BOTTOM NEAR SPINE.
PAGES ARE TAN AROUND THE EDGES.
A RARELY SEEN PULP”

Cover Artist: H.C. Murphy Jr. (and here) (who died January 1, 1931 at 45 of cancer).
Murphy Jr. did 38 covers for ADVENTURE in the 1920’s (and one showed up on a 1933 issue) and at least 9 BLACK MASK in the same years. He did some really sparse covers paintings, a few nicer Westerns and Northwest Mounties, but his forte were the many excellent Clipper ship covers.

Authors: “The Devil’s Squadron” by Herman Petersen;
“Empty Saddles” by Walt Coburn;
“Red Rebels” by T. W. Ford;
Frederick C. Davis; Eugene Cunningham; Theodore Roscoe

Bookery list it as: “Scarce” $60.00 – $150.00 – $300.00

SOLDIER STORIES – May 1929 recently sold on eBay for $525.95

SOLDIER STORIES – May 1929

This is the Second issue

Cover artist A.L. Hicks wasn’t prolific but it is worth noting that he did 2 covers for NAVY STORIES,
2 for DETECTIVE-DRAGNET MAGAZINE, and 1 for The UNDERWORLD MAGAZINE.
All equally rare titles.

Authors: “Cold Steel” by Arthur J. Burks;
“Sky Battle Wagons” by Andrew A. Caffrey;
“Gunner’s Choice” by Eugene Cunningham;
“Legend of the Legion” by Theodore Roscoe;
“Yellow Turbans” by Francis James;
“Drummed Out” by Edwin L. Sabin
(If you check the FictionMags Index and ever find an author missing from the contents list (like only one here) that is because I didn’t think they were prolific enough to list).

Bookery list it as: “Scarce” $40.00 – $100.00 – $200.00

I would place them from “Scarce,” but much more closer to “Rare.” The title never shows up for sale and the winning bids seem indicative for “Rare” titles, especially for a Fiction House Pulp which are usually easier to pick up.

ENJOY PULPS – David Lee Smith

Science Fiction Classics: “Veiled Knowledge” by Edwin James and “No More Pencils” by Joquel Kennedy

Veiled Knowledge by Edwin James is the 19th title in the American Science Fiction Magazine and published in Australia, in 1953. The story originally debuted in the August 1951 issue of Science Fiction Quarterly as “The Sun Came Up Last Night!”

The novelette is pure pulp-action-crime-adventure with a splash of romance. Aliens are hitting Earth with an interplanetary assault, slowly cooking us and causing raging storms, until we all die or meet their ultimatum: surrender and dismantle all our “arms.” In a race against time, a news-reporter must solve the mystery of the alien race while trying to stay alive as a secret set of humans attempt to murder him. But when he learns that there is a genius human pool of personalities secretly removed and living under a dome in the Pacific, he must find a way in and survive their [own] murderous plans. The title has actually numerous hidden [veiled] meanings in this story, and Edwin James handles each one adeptly.

The magazine’s short filler is Joquel Kennedy’s No More Pencils. The story appeared in the same American pulp as the above entry, but with a longer title, “No More Pencils, No More Books.” When a group of school kids roam free on Mars, nothing good can come of their explorations. Peter [Pug] Stevens discovers a “Martian” encased in glass under the sands of Mars. While trying to carry the case, he breaks it, and the being comes to life. Withered and frail, the being can scarcely move, but speaks via mental telepathy, and convinces the children to bring him to an underground city where more of his kind are encased. Excited by their find, they agree, and in order to avoid a plot spoiler, let’s just say it doesn’t end pretty….

The author doesn’t appear to have written much, overall. Odd.

Cover art? Stanley Pitt, of course.

This particular issue tends to be cheaper to obtain than several others, because the authors and the cover art is less desirable, however, if you are a reader, this is a damn fine collection.

If you enjoy my entries here on Matt Moring’s excellent blog site, please visit me at The Pulp and Paperback Reader blog page. There, I read, review, comment, or present researched information predominantly on British publications.
Drop me a line sometime. I love comments and insightful thoughts, etc.

The Altus Press Memorial Day Weekend Sale Is On

Altus Press Memorial Day Sale

From now until midnight on May 29th—and only on www.altuspress.com—use promo code memorial20 at checkout to get 20% off our already-discounted prices!* Use it on just about everything we sell on www.altuspress.com.

Altus Press is the leader in vintage pulp fiction reprints, covering superhero, adventure, mystery, detective, and other genres in high-quality editions. We already have free shipping on softcovers, so now’s the time to stock up on Altus Press releases.

But hurry: this promo code will expire after May 29th!

*This promo code will only work on purchases made on www.altuspress.com and nowhere else (meaning that it does not apply to Will Murray’s books sold on www.adventuresinbronze.com). Expires May 29, 2017 at midnight.

Altus Press Releases Secret Agent X Vol. 8 & Leo Margulies: Giant of the Pulps

Altus Press today officially released its long-awaited Secret Agent X: The Complete Series, Volume 8 which features five more super-sagas of The Man of a Thousand Faces, as well as the well-researched Leo Margulies: Giant of the Pulps—His Thrilling, Exciting, and Popular Journey, written by the great pulp editor’s nephew, Philip Sherman.

Get both at a discount from www.altuspress.com.


Leo Margulies: Giant of the Pulps—His Thrilling, Exciting, and Popular JourneyLeo Margulies: Giant of the Pulps—His Thrilling, Exciting, and Popular Journey

by Philip Sherman

Pulp magazines written initially for boys in the first half of the Twentieth Century dominated the industry with stories about cowboys and Indians, science fiction, and adventure. They were written by such illustrious authors as Louis L’Amour, Ray Bradbury, L. Ron Hubbard, and Isaac Asimov, with a readership of tens of millions, for 10 cents a copy. The best-known editor of this era was Leo Margulies, editor-in-chief of Standard Magazines – The Thrilling Group. During one period, he bought two million words a month. He edited more than 70 magazines and was, for a time, the highest-paid pulp magazine editor in the country.

Leo Margulies: Giant of the Pulps—His Thrilling, Exciting, and Popular Journey, by his nephew, Philip Sherman, includes stories by members of his family, friends, and writers, about his generosity and encouragement to so many.

Dr. Sherman’s extensive research draws largely upon correspondence records from university archives, including University of Oregon, Northern Arizona University, Boston University, and Texas A&M University, and many others, and from journals such as Writers’ Digest and Author & Journalist. He talked and wrote to writers and others who knew his uncle and of course drew upon his own family’s personal experiences with this remarkable man.

354 pages | $19.95 softcover | $29.95 hardcover

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Secret Agent X: The Complete Series, Volume 8Secret Agent X: The Complete Series, Volume 8

by G.T. Fleming-Roberts and Wayne Rogers, introduction by Tom Johnson

For 41 issues from 1934 to 1939,Secret Agent “X” battled the forces of evil in the pages of his own pulp magazine. Now, for the first time… the complete pulp series is being reprinted in nine deluxe omnibus editions! The text has been reset and all the original interior illustrations have been remastered. This volume contains the next five stories, by G.T. Fleming-Roberts and Wayne Rogers: “Slaves of the Scorpion,” “Satan’s Syndicate,” “The Assassins’ League,” “Plague of the Golden Death” and “Curse of the Mandarin’s Fan.” This is the Secret Agent “X” reprint series to own!

432 pages | $29.95 softcover | $39.95 hardcover

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Altus Press Releases New Issues of Black Mask and Famous Fantastic Mysteries

Hot off the heels of their premiere at the 2017 Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention in Lombard Illinois, on April 21, Altus Press is pleased to announce  new issues of Famous Fantastic Mysteries—containing an all-new story by Doc Savage creator Lester Dent—as well as another issue of Black Mask Magazine—which includes a never-published story by Carroll John Daly.


Black Mask Magazine (Spring 2017)Black Mask (Spring 2017)

by Carroll John Daly, Roger Torrey, Richard Sale, T.T. Flynn, Frank Gruber, Cyril Plunkett, William R. Cox, and others

The greatest pulp magazine of all time returns with another issue, headlined by an all-new story by Carroll John Daly, the creator of Race Williams.

104 pages | $14.95 softcover | $5.99 ebook

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Famous Fantastic Mysteries (Spring 2017)Famous Fantastic Mysteries (Spring 2017)

by Lester Dent, H.M. Appel, Ray Cummings, Paul Ernst, Hugh B. Cave, Arthur J. Burks, Francis James, and others

Another installment of the classic fantasy title, Famous Fantastic Mysteries, featuring a brand new, never-before published story by Lester Dent, the creator of Doc Savage! Also featuring several stories from the Popular Publications archives.

96 pages | $14.95 softcover | $5.99 ebook

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Altus Press Unveils Dusty Ayres and Gales & McGill

Altus Press continues its torrid release schedule, this time taking to the skies to showcase two of the best air war pulp hero series.

Dusty Ayres and his Battle Birds #2: Crimson Doom features the next installment in this futuristic war series from the 1930s, complete with the original illustrations from the vintage pulp. Robert Sidney Bowen continues his chronicling of the “next great War.”

The Complete Air Adventures of Gales & McGill, Volume 1: 1927–29 contains the first half of one of Frederick Nebel’s longest-running series. Most of these stories have never before been reprinted, and certainly never with their illustrations. It’s also rounded out with an all-new introduction by pulp historian John Locke.

Get them both at www.altuspress.com at a discount, but only for a limited time.


Dusty Ayres and his Battle Birds #2: Crimson DoomDusty Ayres and his Battle Birds #2: Crimson Doom

by Robert Sidney Bowen

“The President’s son will be returned if you send us Captain Ayres in exchange.” From the enemy camp came this message. And as Dusty answered, he knew he was starting on the greatest mission of the war, was going to play a lone hand against the Black Invaders, who sought to crush America beneath their barbarous wings!

An Amazing account of the next great war!

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The Complete Air Adventures of Gales & McGill, Volume 1: 1927–29The Complete Air Adventures of Gales & McGill, Volume 1: 1927–29

by Frederick Nebel, introduction by John Locke

Meet Bill Gales and Mike McGill, hard fighting and high flying soldiers of fortune; freelancers for hire from China to Borneo and beyond. Follow their hard-boiled exploits in the sinister Far East of the 1920s. Discover Frederick Nebel’s place as a major producer for the rough paper pages of the Fiction House line of magazines with an in-depth introduction by John Locke.

This, the first of two volumes, collects the first twenty tales ripped from the pages of the Air Stories, complete and uncut.

softcover: $29.95 | hardcover: $39.95

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Altus Press Releases Dr. Yen Sin Vol. 2 and The Mysterious Wu Fang Vol. 3

Altus Press releases another two installments in its reprinting of the best of Popular Publications’ classic series: The Mysterious Wu Fang #3: The Case of the Yellow Mask by Robert J. Hogan is another fantastic adventure as secret agent Val Kildare battles the evil of Wu Fang. Dr. Yen Sin #2: The Mystery of the Golden Skull features another fantastic story in the saga of the evil doctor, as written by Donald E. Keyhoe. Get both at a discount from altuspress.com.


The Mysterious Wu Fang #3: The Case of the Yellow MaskThe Mysterious Wu Fang #3: The Case of the Yellow Mask

by Robert J. Hogan

A thousand years ago the man with the golden mask had ruled a continent; today, men scoffed at the legend. A golden face with hypnotic powers? Impossible!… But Wu Fang, dragon lord of crime, smiled wisely; he wanted that mask—wanted it enough to blaze a murder trail across half the globe, to weave a death snare which only three white men—Val Kildare, Jerry Hazard and Cappy could dare combat!

214 pages | on sale for $11.95 until April 15

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Dr. Yen Sin #2: The Mystery of the Golden SkullDr. Yen Sin #2: The Mystery of the Golden Skull

by Donald E. Keyhoe

Moving east from the ration’s capitol at Washington, Dr. Yen Sin, saffron-skinned scourge of the Orient, sets up his hell-base in New York and under the banner of the Golden Skull, once again locks horns with Michael Traile, the Man Who Never Sleeps, and his partner Eric Gordon. What is the ghastly doom he brings with him to turn living men to rainbow-colored dust? Why should the flowers in his corpse garden have their heads removed, only to be sewed on again—backwards—by the surgeon mandarin?

166 pages | on sale for $11.95 until April 15

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Altus Press Announces Its New Releases for the 2017 Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention

Altus Press is pleased to announce its line of Spring 2017 releases, headlined by the Series 3 of The Argosy Library, which comprises ten collections from the pages of the Frank A. Munsey Company pulps. Other releases include new issues of Famous Fantastic Mysteries—containing an all-new story by Doc Savage creator Lester Dent—as well as another issue of Black Mask Magazine—which includes a never-published story by Carroll John Daly. The long-awaited Secret Agent X: The Complete Series, Volume 8 also premieres, as well as the well-researched Leo Margulies: Giant of the Pulps—His Thrilling, Exciting, and Popular Journey, written by the great pulp editor’s nephew, Philip Sherman.

All of Altus Press’ new releases will premiere at the 2017 Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention in Lombard Illinois, on April 21.

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Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar (The Argosy Library) by Edgar Rice BurroughsTarzan and the Jewels of Opar (The Argosy Library #21)

by Edgar Rice Burroughs, introduction by Vernell Coriell

Deep in the African interior lies the remote refuge called Opar. Ruled by the beautiful High Priestess La, who commands an army of savage beast-men, this hidden colony is the last survival of long-sunken Atlantis.

Tarzan of the Apes had dared penetrate Opar in the past. Now he must brave her bestial defender once more on a desperate mission. For the Lord of the Jungle needs the fabulous jewels of Atlantis for his own purposes. But how can he wrest this treasure from Queen La, whose burning desire is to enslave the ape-man as her coveted mate?

Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar is the fifth in Edgar Rice Burroughs’ world-famous adventure series. This Altus Press edition marks the first time the original Argosy version of this thrilling tale has been reprinted since 1916.

Edgar Rice Burroughs was the imaginative and prolific creator of Tarzan, John Carter of Mars and Carson of Venus, and is considered one of the most important literary discoveries ever to appear in the pages of Argosy and other Munsey magazines.

196 pages | $19.95 softcover | $29.95 hardcover


Clovelly (The Argosy Library) by Max BrandClovelly (The Argosy Library #22)

by Max Brand

Michael Clovelly might not have been the greatest swordsman ever to come to London town during the reign of the Merry Monarch, Charles the Second, but if a better man ever wielded a blade, he had not yet stepped forth to claim the distinction.

Seeking gold with which to elevate his beggarly fortunes, Clovelly chances to encounter a bully, and his fierce swordwork brings him to the attention of Lord Teynham, who has need of a resourceful man with a rapier. The commission: to turn highwayman and rob a certain coach. The reasons? They are both murky and mysterious. But they have to do with a certain lady of impeccable character…. Since his belly is empty, Clovelly dares the hangman’s noose for a certain sum of gold—and barges into more strife and intrigue than he bargained for.

Max Brand was the personal pen name of Frederick Schiller Faust, one of the most prolific writers who ever lived. The creator of characters as diverse as Whistling Dan Barry, Destry and Dr. Kildaire, Faust specialized in Westerns, but also contributed to other genres. He wrote more that five hundred stories, but Clovelly is one of his rare cloak and sword swashbucklers.

247 pages | $19.95 softcover | $29.95 hardcover


War Lord of Many Swordsmen: The Adventures of Norcross, Volume 1 (The Argosy Library) by W. WirtWar Lord of Many Swordsmen: The Adventures of Norcross, Volume 1 (The Argosy Library #23)

by W. Wirt

The World War was over, its fighting finished. But not for Captain John Norcross of the American Expeditionary Force. He considered the Armistice a waste of good soldiers. So he welded together the best of his men to lead a regiment of the fightingest black soldiers who ever tore up the trenches. These were men born and bred for battle. Red McGee. Billy Gray. George Gunnell. Patton. The Boston Bean. The Fighting Yid. Corporal “Yaller” Coudray. Corporal “Delicate” Moss. And scores of others—one hundred and fifty strong.

Into wild western China with its bandits and feuding warlords, Captain Norcross marched his force. Their objective: A simple brass tube. Yet what it contained would prove priceless to the right parties. But first they would have to face a Zulu army—in the heart of China! Then there was the complication of the fugitive Manchu princess they happened to collect along the way….

William Wirt was a prolific writer of two-fisted adventure stories, renowned for his Argosy tales of mercenary Jimmie Cordie. His professional life was shadowy, and he claimed to have worked for the United States Secret Service, as had his father before him. Few today doubt Wirt’s credentials, for the quality and authenticity of his writing has stood the test of time.

218 pages | $19.95 softcover | $29.95 hardcover


Alias the Night Wind (The Argosy Library) by Varick VanardyAlias the Night Wind (The Argosy Library #24)

by Varick Vanardy

Bingham Harvard is the true identity of the mysterious midnight marauder known only as the Night Wind. Possessed of inhuman physical strength, he battles crooks and cops alike, motivated by the soul-crushing tragedy of being framed on a criminal charge he did not commit.

Alias the Night Wind introduces this proto-superhero who becomes as a law unto himself dedicated to the hot pursuit of swift justice. All while being hounded by the New York police force—and especially by clever undercover detective Kate Maxwell, whose special assignment is to bring in the notorious Night Wind.

Varick Vanardy was the pseudonym of prolific dime-novel producer Frederick Van Rensselaer Dey, the author of over one thousand Nick Carter stories. His Night Wind novels were written for The Cavalier magazine during the last years of Dey’s amazing writing career, as dime novels gave way to the new pulp magazine field pioneered by Argosy.

254 pages | $19.95 softcover | $29.95 hardcover


The Blue Fire Pearl: The Complete Adventures of Singapore Sammy, Volume 1The Blue Fire Pearl: The Complete Adventures of Singapore Sammy, Volume 1 (The Argosy Library #25)

by George F. Worts

Sailor Singapore Sammy Shay roamed the South Seas, desperate to find the father he neither knew nor loved. For reckless old Bill Shay had absconded with the only copy of a will that left all of his own father’s worldly riches to Sammy alone. Singapore Sammy didn’t know why, and he didn’t care particularly. He just wanted to get his hands on that precious document. He had only two clues to go on: his old man loved pearls and elephants—in that order. When Sammy came into possession of the fabulous Malobar pearl, he realized that he had something to bargain with. If only he could track down the elusive Bill Shay….

So begins the exotic adventures of Singapore Sammy Shay as he knocked around the backwater ports of the South Seas, seeking his lost fortune and usually finding himself in scalding hot water.

In his youth, George Frank Worts had been a telegraph operator on ships making the China run when he turned his experiences in Asia into some of the most memorable escape fiction ever to appear of the pages of Argosy magazine.

The volume collects the first five stories in the saga of Singapore Sammy Shay and Lucky Jones of the schooner, Blue Goose.

284 pages | $19.95 softcover | $29.95 hardcover


The Moon Pool & The Conquest of the Moon Pool (The Argosy Library) by Abraham MerrittThe Moon Pool & The Conquest of the Moon Pool (The Argosy Library #26)

by Abraham Merritt, introduction by Will Murray, illustrated by Virgil Finlay

Surrounded by crumbling Cyclopean ruins, the Moon Pool was a place of both horror and wonder. No Polynesian race had constructed it. Sacred yet accursed too, the spot was far older then recorded history. As was the luminous thing that dwelt within its unfathomable depths, a transcendent being summoned from its ancient slumber by the cold rays of the full moon.

Against this vampiric force beyond human comprehension, a group of brave scientists and adventurers takes up the challenge and confronts the unholy power known only as the Shining One. But even they do not suspect that behind this awesome apparition lurks ever more stupendous wonders left over from a prehuman age when superscience and elder sorcery were indistinguishable from one another.

A. Merritt was one of the pioneers in the field of science-fantasy fiction. A Munsey magazine mainstay, he electrified readers of All-Story Weekly when it published “The Moon Pool” in 1918. The hunting tale of supernatural wonder created a sensation that led to a novel-length sequel, The Conquest of the Moon Pool. This Altus Press volume collects for the first time the original unrevised versions of these now-classic tales, illustrated by the incomparable Virgil Finlay.

448 pages | $29.95 softcover | $39.95 hardcover


The Gun-Brand (The Argosy Library) by James B. HendryxThe Gun-Brand (The Argosy Library #27)

by James B. Hendryx

Through Chloe Elliston’s veins coursed the reckless blood of her world-roving ancestor, the legendary “Tiger” Elliston. Tiger Ellison, the seaman who had built a fleet of cargo steamers that tramped the whole wide world. Tiger Elliston, scourge of pirates from the South Seas to distant Asia.

With her entourage, Harriett Penny and the Amazonian Big Lena, the granddaughter of Tiger Elliston had come to the northland to move freight up the Slave River and make her own fortune. But north of 60 is a hard, raw land, one where women did not readily fit in. Not even the fearless offspring of a human tiger. For here Chloe would become embroiled in a bitter feud between “Brute” McNair—“the Bad Man of the North” and the free-trader named Pierre Lapierre. Dare she trust one over the other? And which one?

James B. Hendryx was a prolific author who lived the kind of life mirrored in his fictional heroes. A Minnesota native, he had prospected in the Yukon, been a cowboy in the U.S. West and Canada, as well as serving a stint is a newspaper reporter. In his time, Hendryx was considered one of the premier authors of a popular genre now all but extinct—the “Northern.”

265 pages | $19.95 softcover | $29.95 hardcover


Jan of the Jungle (The Argosy Library) by Otis Adelbert KlineJan of the Jungle (The Argosy Library #28)

by Otis Adelbert Kline

Led to believe that his natural mother is a chimpanzee, a young boy knows only the savage ways of the great apes. Kept in a cage, he is systematically trained to become a savage killer by the fiendish Dr. Bracken. The target of Bracken’s rage is none other than the woman who spurned him—the orphan boy’s own mother!

After fate causes him to be shipwrecked on the coast of Venezuela, the feral youngster, accompanied by his surrogate mother, Chicma the chimp, escapes into the jungle and discovers a strange land inhabited by prehistoric dinosaurs and primitive man-monsters. Transformed by contact with the beautiful Ramona, the teenaged beast-boy learns the ways of civilization and becomes Jan of the Jungle!

Otis Adelbert Kline was a popular Argosy writer in the vein of Edgar Rice Burroughs. He specialized in planetary romances set on Mars and Venus, so it was inevitable that he would follow in Burroughs’ literary footsteps by creating a version of Tarzan of the Apes to call his own. Jan of the Jungle reappeared in the Argosy sequel, Jan in India, and was adapted as a 1935 Universal serial, Call of the Savage.

220 pages | $19.95 softcover | $29.95 hardcover


Minions of the Moon (The Argosy Library) by William Grey BeyerMinions of the Moon (The Argosy Library #29)

by William Grey Beyer

Move over, Buck Rogers!

When Mark Nevin was put under general anesthetic, he expected to wake up minus his appendix. That was all. To his shock and horror, he discovered himself 6,000 years in the future, long after mankind had referred back to savagery.

Fortunately for Mark, the surgeon who accidentally placed him in suspended animation carefully laid him in a crypt containing all the means for survival available in the 20th century. And he would need them, for he was about to plunge into a world more dangerous and primitive in the long-dead one he had known. And Mark Nevin would not be alone. There was the beautiful Nona Barr. And the mysterious Omega, a disembodied moon-mind with the personality of a mischievous child yet possessing the transformative power of a god. Not to mention assorted cannibals and an actual dragon.

William Gray Beyer was a Philadelphia railroad worker and policeman who moonlighted writing fiction. His first effort, the whacky and whimsical Minions of the Moon, proved so popular that he brought back Mark Nevin for several more Argosy installments, including Minions of Mercury and Minions of the Shadow.

183 pages | $19.95 softcover | $29.95 hardcover


Drink We Deep (The Argosy Library) by Arthur Leo ZagatDrink We Deep (The Argosy Library #30)

by Arthur Leo Zagat

Nestled in the Heidelberg Hills of New York State lies Lake Wankoona. Beneath its tranquil blue surface broods another world, a place inhabited by a race of beings unknown in human history.

Impelled by an eerie summons he cannot comprehend, archeologist Hugh Lambert is drawn into the lake’s placid depths—and into a vortex of unreality. There, he encounters the unearthly Little Men, who work their scientific necromancy upon the cold corpses of those who had the misfortune to fall into the lake’s uncanny bottomlessness. There, also, he meets the coldly beautiful and cruelly enthralling Nalinah, and learns of a sinister scheme to conquer the Upper World—with he, himself, destined to be in the vanguard!

Arthur Leo Zagat was famed as “The Horror Story Man,” owing to his numerous Weird Menace stories written for Terror Tales and similar magazines of horror. But Zagat also proved capable of writing quality fantasy fiction in the style of A. Merritt, as he proved in the pages of Argosy magazine with memorable novels such as the classic Seven Out of Time and the haunting Drink We Deep.

256 pages | $19.95 softcover | $29.95 hardcover


Black Mask Magazine (Spring 2017)Black Mask (Spring 2017)

by Carroll John Daly, Roger Torrey, Richard Sale, T.T. Flynn, Frank Gruber, Cyril Plunkett, William R. Cox, and others

The greatest pulp magazine of all time returns with another issue, headlined by an all-new story by Carroll John Daly, the creator of Race Williams.

110+ pages | $14.95 softcover


Famous Fantastic Mysteries (Spring 2017)Famous Fantastic Mysteries (Spring 2017)

by Lester Dent, H.M. Appel, Ray Cummings, Paul Ernst, Hugh B. Cave, Arthur J. Burks, Francis James, and others

Another installment of the classic fantasy title, Famous Fantastic Mysteries, featuring a brand new, never-before published story by Lester Dent, the creator of Doc Savage! Also featuring several stories from the Popular Publications archives.

110+ pages | $14.95 softcover


Leo Margulies: Giant of the Pulps—His Thrilling, Exciting, and Popular JourneyLeo Margulies: Giant of the Pulps—His Thrilling, Exciting, and Popular Journey

by Philip Sherman

Pulp magazines written initially for boys in the first half of the Twentieth Century dominated the industry with stories about cowboys and Indians, science fiction, and adventure. They were written by such illustrious authors as Louis L’Amour, Ray Bradbury, L. Ron Hubbard, and Isaac Asimov, with a readership of tens of millions, for 10 cents a copy. The best-known editor of this era was Leo Margulies, editor-in-chief of Standard Magazines – The Thrilling Group. During one period, he bought two million words a month. He edited more than 70 magazines and was, for a time, the highest-paid pulp magazine editor in the country.

Leo Margulies: Giant of the Pulps—His Thrilling, Exciting, and Popular Journey, by his nephew, Philip Sherman, includes stories by members of his family, friends, and writers, about his generosity and encouragement to so many.

Dr. Sherman’s extensive research draws largely upon correspondence records from university archives, including University of Oregon, Northern Arizona University, Boston University, and Texas A&M University, and many others, and from journals such as Writers’ Digest and Author & Journalist. He talked and wrote to writers and others who knew his uncle and of course drew upon his own family’s personal experiences with this remarkable man.

354 pages | $19.95 softcover | $29.95 hardcover


Secret Agent X: The Complete Series, Volume 8Secret Agent X: The Complete Series, Volume 8

by G.T. Fleming-Roberts and Wayne Rogers, introduction by Tom Johnson

For 41 issues from 1934 to 1939,Secret Agent “X” battled the forces of evil in the pages of his own pulp magazine. Now, for the first time… the complete pulp series is being reprinted in nine deluxe omnibus editions! The text has been reset and all the original interior illustrations have been remastered. This volume contains the next five stories, by G.T. Fleming-Roberts and Wayne Rogers: “Slaves of the Scorpion,” “Satan’s Syndicate,” “The Assassins’ League,” “Plague of the Golden Death” and “Curse of the Mandarin’s Fan.” This is the Secret Agent “X” reprint series to own!

432 pages | $29.95 softcover | $39.95 hardcover

Altus Press Releases The Major Vol. 2 and The Moon Man Vol. 4

Altus Press continues the reprinting of two of our most-requested series:

A Matter of Range: The Complete Adventures of the Major, Volume 2 by L. Patrick Greene continues the complete reprinting of the long-running series starring the roguish Illicit Diamond Buyer and his companion, Jim the Hottentot, as they right wrongs in Rhodesia.

We also continue the Moon Man series by Frederick C. Davis. Volume 4 contains five more Moon Man adventures, as well as an all-new introduction by Andrew Salmon.


A Matter of Range: The Complete Adventures of the Major, Volume 2A Matter of Range: The Complete Adventures of the Major, Volume 2

$19.95$29.95

by L. Patrick Greene

Join Aubrey St. John Major—AKA the Major—and his faithful companion, Jim the Hottentot, on their adventures across the diamond country of Africa. This collection includes the next nine stories, along with another rare, never-before reprinted story by Greene.

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The Complete Adventures of the Moon Man, Volume 4: 1935The Complete Adventures of the Moon Man, Volume 4: 1935

$24.95$34.95

by Frederick C. Davis, introduction by Andrew Salmon

One of the strangest pulp heroes is finally available from Altus Press! Created by pulp fiction legend Frederick C. Davis for the pages of the ultra-rare title, Ten Detective Aces, the Moon Man fought the forces of the underworld in 38 unforgettable tales. Volume 4 collects the next five stories from this series: “Ghoul’s Gamble,” “The Silver Snare,” “The Crimson Shrine,” “Satan’s Stepson” and “The Silver Spectre.” And it includes an all-new introduction by Moon Man expert Andrew Salmon.

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Altus Press New Releases: Max Brand’s Tizzo the Firebrand and the Complete Adventures of Harden Bayle

Altus Press is pleased to present a pair of new collections to our Deluxe Edition line:

The Collection of Harden Bayle collects—for the first time—all 25 stories of this well-regarded series from the pages of Short Stories Magazine. Never before reprinted, we’ve given it the deluxe treatment, including correspondence from author Berton E. Cook. This books is only available from altuspress.com.

We’ve also released another new deluxe edition, The Complete Tales of Tizzo the Firebrand by Max Brand. This collects all seven stories of 16th Century Italian Renaissance swashbuckling swordsman Tizzo, including one which is believed to never have been reprinted before. This edition also includes an all-new introduction by William F. Nolan (Logan’s Run). This books is also only available from altuspress.com.

Finally, we’ve added two brand-new pulp t-shirts, each with the authentic logos from their original pulp magazines: Captain Combat and The Pecos Kid.


The Collection of Harden Bayle (Deluxe Edition)The Collection of Harden Bayle (Deluxe Edition)

by Berton E. Cook

Author Berton Ellsworth Cook (1889–1958) penned scores of stories about sea-faring life in the pages of the top pulp magazines of the 1930s & ’40s which were drawn from his own personal experiences in Downeast Maine. Cook’s long-running series of stories about the unique collection of an obsessive accumulator of treasures—Harden Bayle—was one of the highlights of Short Stories Magazine for over a decade. It’s a lost classic from the pulps which has never been given the attention it deserved… until now.

Never before reprinted, the entire 25-story series is assembled in an oversized deluxe edition.

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The Complete Tales of Tizzo the Firebrand (Deluxe Edition)The Complete Tales of Tizzo the Firebrand (Deluxe Edition)

by Max Brand, introduction by William F. Nolan

Superstar pulpsmith Max Brand was best known for his Westerns, but his historical adventures rank among the beset stories he ever wrote. These seven stories of 16th Century Italian Renaissance swashbuckling swordsman Tizzo are tightly-plotted, action-packed adventures which were rarely equaled in quality by Brand’s contemporaries.

Collected for the first time in its entirety—and in the only edition authorized by the Frederick Faust estate—are all seven Tizzo adventures, accompanied by all the original illustrations from Argosy Magazine. And this edition also includes an all-new introduction by Max Brand expert William F. Nolan (Logan’s Run).

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Captain Combat T-ShirtCaptain Combat T-Shirt

This is the authentic logo used for this classic pulp magazine from the 1940s. Normal fit: Classic-cut standard weight t-shirt for men, 100% pre-shrunk cotton, Brand: Gildan. Note: black fabric only.

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The Pecos Kid Western t-shirtPecos Kid Western T-Shirt

This is the authentic logo used for this classic pulp magazine from the 1950s. Normal fit: Classic-cut standard weight t-shirt for men, 100% pre-shrunk cotton, Brand: Gildan. Note: grey fabric only.

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Altus Press New Releases: H. Bedford-Jones and Donald Keyhoe’s Richard Knight

Altus Press continues our reprinting of Richard Knight, as written by UFO researcher Donald E. Keyhoe. Volume 2 contains the next three novel-length stories, along with all of the original illustrations. Get it at a discount until March 1 only from altuspress.com.

We’ve also released another action-packed thriller by The King of the Pulps, H. Bedford-Jones. Colonel Flea is a never-before reprinted short novel by the prolific author.

And don’t forget we have free shipping on softcover orders over $25!*

*Domestic U.S. orders only.


The Complete Adventures of Richard Knight Volume 2The Complete Adventures of Richard Knight, Volume 2

by Donald E. Keyhoe

Best known for writing the adventures of Philip Strange, UFO investigator Donald E. Keyhoe also wrote another long-running aerial hero for the pages of Flying Aces: Richard Knight. These wild adventures also mix in elements of lost races, dinosaurs and more! Volume 2 collects the next four stories from 1937–38: “Masks Over Madrid,” “Wings of the Emerald,” “Hell Over China” and “Aces of Death.”

$19.95 softcover on sale until March 1 for $18.95 | $29.95 hardcover

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Colonel Flea by H. Bedford-JonesColonel Flea

by H. Bedford-Jones

Donn Curran asked for trouble when he stopped overnight with his brother, Jeff, in Hankow. For Jeff was a rascal, a treacherous fellow. And when he learned that his own brother was the notorious Colonel Flea, he determined to collect the price which the Chinese Nationalists had set upon that bold adventurer’s head. Another exciting adventure by H. Bedford-Jones, the king of the pulps.

$9.95 softcover | $29.95 hardcover

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Altus Press Releases Wu Fang and Donald Keyhoe’s Eric Trent

Altus Press continues the reprinting of Popular Publications’ classic villain series, The Mysterious Wu Fang. Volume 2 contains the next novel-length story, “The Case of the Scarlet Feather,” with all of the original illustrations.

We’ve also introduced the complete reprinting of another air hero series character from the pages of Flying Stories. Written by famed UFO researcher Donald E. Keyhoe, the Eric Trent series is wilder than G-8 and His Battle Aces, complete with gorilla gunners and fantastic elements galore. Volume 1 collects the first half of the series.

Get both books at a discount until March 15 from altuspress.com. And don’t forget we have free shipping on softcover orders over $25!*

Domestic U.S. orders only.


The Mysterious Wu Fang #2: The Case of the Scarlet FeatherThe Mysterious Wu Fang #2: The Case of the Scarlet Feather

by Robert J. Hogan

“When I know the secret of the five casks, I will be all powerful. Find the one who can tell me this secret. I will wait—but not for long.” This was the command Wu Fang gave to his agents deep in New York’s Chinatown. And only two white men guessed his plans, could dare hope to pit their wits and detective skill against the murder scheme of the most dangerous crime master in the world!

$12.95 softcover on sale until March 15 for $11.95

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The Complete Adventures of Eric Trent Volume 1The Complete Adventures of Eric Trent, Volume 1

by Donald E. Keyhoe

Donald E. Keyhoe returns to chronicle the super-spy sagas of the high-flying Eric Trent! Running for only 12 stories in the pages of Flying Aces, the series continued Keyhoe’s tradition of fast-paced air war adventures, this time featuring a character who hasn’t seen print since these stories’ original publications! Volume 1 collects the first six stories from 1940–41: “Secret Flight Sixteen,” “Death Flies Blind,” “Junkers Juggernaut,” “Swastika Scourge,” “The Ace From Hell” and “Television Tracers.”

$19.95 softcover on sale until March 15 for $18.95 | $29.95 hardcover

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Horror Stories t-shirtHorror Stories T-Shirt

This is the authentic logo used for this classic pulp magazine from the 1930s.

Normal fit: Classic-cut standard weight t-shirt for men, 100% pre-shrunk cotton, Brand: Gildan

Note: black fabric only.

$22.95

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Doctor Death T-ShirtDoctor Death T-Shirt

This is the authentic logo used for this classic pulp magazine from the 1930s.

Normal fit: Classic-cut standard weight t-shirt for men, 100% pre-shrunk cotton, Brand: Gildan

Note: black fabric only.

$22.95

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The Invaders by Robert Spencer Carr (plus Ray Bradbury and John D. MacDonald)

American Science Fiction Magazine #20Published un-numbered as the 20th issue in the American Science Fiction magazine series (Australia: Malian Press) in about December 1953, with stylistically simple artwork by Stanley Pitt, this issue packs a hefty punch, with two very competently-written short stories to chase the thrilling novelette by Carr.

The Invaders by Robert Spencer Carr
Original source: The Saturday Evening Post (24 September 1949) as “Easter Eggs”

The title seems to imply a slew of aliens invade our planet, but, in fact, we are looking only at two Martians. Operating on a shared-mind system, they fly about in red-egg-shaped ships. One lands in Washington D.C., while another lands in Moscow. After reported attempts to blast the ship(s) to pieces, both country leaders learn that an impenetrable H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds-like shield protects them from assault. The alien in each vessel finally contacts each country’s leader, and negotiations begin for coming to live here on Earth. But, each country wants the vessels abilities to counteract war and/or to annihilate their enemy. The alien in Moscow agrees to the deals made there without his “brother’s” agreement, which goes against every Martian code and silences their joint contact. This results in an aerial Martian war between the two all across the skies of America. Finally, one wins, and departs for Mars. It ends on a note that suggests the D. C. visitor won, as a very human-like victory lap is performed over D.C.

Dwellers in Space by Ray Bradbury
Original source: Maclean’s (15 September 1948) as “The Long Years”

An expedition led in 2017 finds a 1997 expedition alive and well on Mars. Bizarrely, the 2017 crew begin to wonder how it is that the professor has aged, yet, his wife and children are the same age that they were 20 years ago, unchanged!!! This fact is clarified simply that his family died 20 years ago and he created robots from the surrounding Martian city which man had set up long ago, but abandoned after nuclear war engulfed Earth. Decades later Earth had rebuilt itself, to a limited degree, and 2017 got its first active ship back to Mars. The aged professor dies of a heart-attack, and the robot family is baffled as to how to behave. The crew eventually departs, leaving the creepy robots “alive.”

Flaw by John D. MacDonald
Original source: Startling Stories (January 1949)

The magazine is securely finished with John D. MacDonald’s short thriller Flaw. Imagine if going into space resulted in your returning a year later the size of the 50 Foot Woman. Just so, the four space pioneers return and slam into earth and die. The narrator has figured out the “why” and figures it is only a matter of time before scientists on earth eventually learn, but, in the meantime, the third exploration ship is due back in three months… and how big a crater will they create on re-entry?

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Altus Press Brings Back the Black Bat, Plus H. Bedford-Jones

We’re pleased to release the next volume in our acclaimed reprinting of the Black Bat series: Volume 6 contains the next three novels in the series, as written by Norman Daniels.

We’re also excited to make available one of H. Bedford-Jones’ earliest series, Tyrone of New Orleans. Originally running across 12 novelettes, this is the first time Tyrone has been collected in book form.

Get both books at a discount until February 15 from altuspress.com. And don’t forget we have free shipping on softcover orders over $25!*

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The Black Bat Omnibus Volume 6The Black Bat Omnibus, Volume 6

by Norman A. Daniels

Pulp hero the Black Bat returns! This collection contains the next three adventures of the Black Bat: “The Eyes of the Blind,” “The Blackout Murders,” and “Shadow of Evil,” uncut and restored with the original illustrations. It’s the next volume of the complete reprinting of the series.

softcover on sale until Feb 15 for $18.95 | $29.95 hardcover

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Tyrone of New OrleansTyrone of New Orleans (The H. Bedford-Jones Library)

by H. Bedford-Jones

Rejected on technical grounds from the United States Army, Hugh Tyrone of New Orleans goes on the front, bent on forcing his way into the service. With him is Babe Jefferson, African-American ex-sergeant of cavalry.

Performing varied feats, each time Tyrone sends word that he will later call at United States Expeditionary headquarters for his reward. But will Tyrone and Jefferson receive their entrance to the front? A never-before-collected series, it’s now part of The H. Bedford-Jones Library.

softcover on sale until Feb 15 for $21.95 | $34.95 hardcover

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Vintage Pulp-Related CollectiblesVintage Pulp-Related Collectibles Section Updated

We’ve restocked the Altus Press Collectibles page of our website with a number of pulps, and books, including several of the out of print deluxe reprints published by the Battered Silicon Dispatch Box.

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Pulps Pricings Sales Census: Five-Novels Monthly (March 1931 and May 1935)

FIVE-NOVELS MONTHLY – March 1931 recently sold on eBay for $175.93

38TH Issue of 206

FIVE-NOVELS MONTHLY – March 1931

Authors: “Black Terror” by John Murray Reynolds;

“Feud of the Jay Bar Dee” by Arthur Hawthorne Carhart and here’s a bit of ‘magic” for you…
FictionMags Index shows the story “Vicky’s Magic Ring” by J. Jackson Grady, but the cover shows “Vickey’s Magic RUG”.
Grady only wrote 3 Pulp stories, all in FIVE-NOVELS MONTHLY.

“… in an unrestored glossy VF+ with no missing pieces, no tape and white paper.”

Bookery shows: “Uncommon” $8.00 – $20.00 – $40.00. $40.00 is for FN condition, so even if you wanted to double the price for a VFN copy that would be $80.00. The $175 selling price seems a bit high to me then.


FIVE-NOVELS MONTHLY
– May 1935 recently sold on eBay for $351.40

86TH Issue of 206

FIVE-NOVELS MONTHLY – May 1935

Authors: “Brotherhood of Skulls” by John Murray Reynolds;
“False Cargo” by L. Ron Hubbard;
“Raking Guns” by L. P. Holmes

“Long running American pulp carrying a wide variety of fiction.
This issue is notable for an early story by L. Ron Hubbard. The magazine is in good condition. Front cover lightly age soiled with some corner creasing plus light edge wear.
Back cover also with some age soiling and light creasing.
Spine complete with fully readable lettering. Both covers firmly attached.
Interior pages in good condition with some small edge splits to a few pages.
Usual light age tanning but still very supple. Tight and square copy in collectable condition.”

Bookery shows: “Uncommon” $40.00 – $100.00 – $200.00

In my opinion, FIVE-NOVELS MONTHY consistently had some of the best cover images on Pulps between 1928 up to around the mid-1930’s.

ENJOY PULPS – David Lee Smith

Pulps Pricings Sales Census: Mystery Novels and Short Stories (Dec. 1939)

MYSTERY NOVELS and SHORT STORIES – Dec. 1939 sold recently on eBay for $153.50

MYSTERY NOVELS and SHORT STORIES - Dec. 1939

MYSTERY NOVELS and SHORT STORIES – Dec. 1939

Second issue of 6 of one of the better “Weird Menace” titles.

Authors: “Maidens for Bondage” by Arthur J. Burks;
“Hall of Crawling Desire” by G. T. Fleming-Roberts (and 2, 3, 4, 5);
“Courtship of the Vampire” by Frank Belknap Long, Jr.;
“Mate of the Demon” by Norman A. Fox;
“Bride of the Stone-Age Ripper”;
“Prey of the Winged Hordes”;
“The Beasts That Terror Spawned”

Condition: “…in an unrestored glossy VG with no missing pieces, no tape and nice paper.”

One of the classic “Torture on Wheel” Pulp covers.

Bookery says: “Uncommon” $100.00 – $250.00 – $500.00

Even with the great cover Bookery seems high for an issue or even the title that’s not “Scarce,” or from the early-mid 1930’s.

ENJOY PULPS – David Lee Smith

Walter Kubilius’ weird classic “The Other Side”

Whereas my last blog entry wasn’t palatable to write nor read, the cover story [on this issue] had me salivating for more. Published unnumbered as the 21st entry in the American Science Fiction Magazine series, it boasted a truly wonderful illustration rendered, as usual, by the highly adept Australian artist Stanley Pitt.

Cover illustration is for Walter Kubilius The Other Side. Jim Carrington, a farmer’s son, comes to the realization that something just ain’t right about his folks, the doctor, and, well, just about everyone else. They’re all skittish about the “dome” that protects them from the outside radioactive elements, yet, the lake that he swims in has never caused him any harm. The lake is cut in twain by the dome’s rim, and, while diving down, he accidentally discovers that he could swim under dome’s rim, to the radioactive war-obliterated side. Naturally, it stands to reason that if the doctor’s daily check-ups do not detect any radiation upon him, that the lake is clean. He later learns (from the school library) that he is not living in the 1970s, but, rather, decades, centuries even, possibly, in the future. After trying to discover the truth from his family and the doctor, late at night, he sneaks out of the farmhouse, swims under the dome, and emerges into total darkness. Nearby is a ramp that seems to literally ascend most the length of the dome’s height! He finds some “levers,” touches them and the first states “Species: Man.” The second lever explains that the human race was conquered and annihilated, and that this human male inside the dome is the last known being on the planet. The dome is nothing more than a “zoo,” and the other people inside are cleverly created robots to maintain the facade. The second lever further details that if the male escapes, he’s to be caught, detained, and delivered to the dissection chambers. No sooner than this is transmitted to him, he hears an alien, slithering sound approaching…Death.

Honestly, I FREAKING LOVED this grim story. I like realistic stories, where the “hero” doesn’t always win the girl, the day, the world, or survive, etc. I highly recommend this tale.

The booklet is padded with two short tales.

The first is The Two Shadows by William F Temple, which merely expounds upon what is probably Temple’s personal life views, and fails to realize that helmetless humans on Mars would not be a pretty sight.

The last entry is Walk to the World by A. J. Budrys, a semi-deep philosophical story detailing man’s worldly conquers and what happens when they run up against another race of “humans” that also conquer worlds, but, without violence. Will we kill this other race or embrace their non-violent ways and mesh with them and therefore, join their race to discover new worlds, peaceably….who knows?

Pulps Pricings Sales Census: American Autopsy (Jan. 1932)

AMERICAN AUTOPSY - Jan. 1932

AMERICAN AUTOPSY – Jan. 1932

(Spine)

The AMERICAN AUTOPSY – Jan. 1932 (that’s right, that’s a real Pulp title) sold recently on eBay for $202.25

First and Only Issue put out by Harold Hersey (Headquarters Publishing)

 Authors: Anonymous, but probably all Hersey, doing fiction, non-fiction, and POETRY (Really !!!)

AMERICAN AUTOPSY - Jan. 1932 (Guts)

AMERICAN AUTOPSY – Jan. 1932 (Guts)

 
“…in an unrestored G/VG with no missing pieces, no tape and decent paper. First Issue !”
 
Bookery says: Rare $125.00 – $300.00 – $500.00
 
ENJOY PULPS – David Lee Smith

Pulps Pricings Sales Census: Texas Rangers (Aug. 1942)

Here is very strange eBay sale, winning bid-wise. A very common issue in my opinion.

TEXAS RANGERS – Aug. 1942 sold recently in November 2016 for the amazing price of $152.50

TEXAS RANGERS – Aug. 1942 (original copy sold)

Bookery has nothing special written on it, listing it as “fairly common” and priced at $4.00 – $10.00 – $20.00.

(I picked up a copy of this issue at the most recent 2016 PULPFEST for $5.00 (!!!) in ten times better shape, so where’s that  bidder who lost, HaHa).

Also in Bookery: Oct. 1936 First Issue $30.00 – $75.00 – $150.00
Dec. 1936 Second Issue $16.00 – $40.00 – $80.00 and
Feb. 1937 Third Issue $12.00 – $30.00 – $60.00

Dealer stated: “I am not an expert on these so please look at the pics and make your own decision on the condition. Some are in amazing condition and others have tape on the covers and other issues.”

“Free Range,” the ‘Jim Hatfield’ story, is by the prolific Tom Curry, who wrote at least 61 of the 206 Hatfield tales.

TEXAS RANGERS – Aug. 1942 (Back Cover; original copy sold)

The short story “Battle of Giants” is by the prolific Chuck Martin.

There is no Robert E. Howard (who was gone by this time anyway) or L. Ron Hubbard’s so why the high bidding price?

(The Nov. 1949 issue has the 6 or 7 page short story “Man for Breakfast” by L. Ron Hubbard (written as by W. R. Colt) and this list at $20.00 – $5.00 – $100.00).

O.K., for $152.50 I see that the Back Cover has all 4 sides Taped about 2″ thick and dirty/stained, 1″X2″ Piece missing bottom left Front Cover, Tape on at least 3 sides of the Front Cover (Spine, and both sides), Date written “R 8/42”, “Chad” had a good read as he wrote his name large on the Front Cover; “H.R.” also enjoyed the issue with his/her smaller sized initials written at the left mid-spine, and a Dirty Front Cover. In other words the issue is pretty well trashed !

Curiouser and curiouser. $152 is more than the very top condition for TEXAS RANGERS’ First Issue.

ENJOY PULPS – David Lee Smith

Altus Press Releases Two New, Much-Requested Pulp Reprints: Dusty Ayres & The Moon Man

Continuing our acclaimed Popular Heroes series, Dusty Ayres and his Battle Birds #1, reprints—for the first time—the very first story, “Black Lightning!,” complete with its original illustrations. This authorized, superior presentation of this pulp hero series ushers in the complete reprinting of this classic series. And ebooks are on the way.

Another long-running pulp hero series, The Moon Man, continues with Vol. 3, containing the next five stories and an all-new introduction by Andrew Salmon.

Get both books at a discount until January 31 from altuspress.com. And don’t forget we have free shipping on softcover orders over $25!*

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Dusty Ayres and his Battle Birds #1: Black Lightning!Dusty Ayres and his Battle Birds #1: Black Lightning!

by Robert Sidney Bowen

“America, you are next!” As those words rang through the War Department room, officers gasped in horror. Fire-Eyes, emperor of the world, had invaded their secret council to hurl his challenge. And America knew only one answer—“War Declared!”

$13.95 softcover on sale until Jan 31 for $12.95

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The Complete Adventures of the Moon Man, Volume 3: 1934The Complete Adventures of the Moon Man, Volume 3: 1934

by Frederick C. Davis, introduction by Andrew Salmon

One of the strangest pulp heroes returns! Created by pulp fiction legend Frederick C. Davis for the pages of the ultra-rare title, Ten Detective Aces, the Moon Man fought the forces of the underworld in 38 unforgettable tales. Volume 3 collects the next six stories from this series: “Moon Doom,” “Calling Car 13!,” “Fingers of Fear,” “Corpse’s Alibi,” “The Sinister Snatch” and “Badge of Blood.” And it includes an all-new introduction by Moon Man expert Andrew Salmon.

$24.95 softcover on sale until Jan 31 for $21.95 | $34.95 hardcover

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“Silk and Birds of Prey” by Homer King Gordon (1932)

From THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER MAGAZINE SECTION, FEBRUARY 28, 1932, here is a nearly 85 year old short story by Homer King Gordon that’s completely unknown (it’s not in the FictionMags Index so probably didn’t appear in the magazines (Homer King Gordon)). This was the only paper I found it listed in.

“Silk and Birds of Prey” by Homer King Gordon (as by Homer K. Gordon)

MILLIONS of dollars worth of silk lay in the warehouses which lined the dimly lighted street, deserted except for an occasional taxicab uptown-bound, and a lone uniformed figure.

SHORT STORIES – Oct. 25, 1933 with Homer King Gordon story

Clip Madigan walked slowly down toward the crosstown street marking the end of his beat. It was raising slightly, so he kept close to the buildings as he went from door to door.

He found the delivery door of the Maddox warehouse open, but old Chris Olsen, the Maddox watchman, was standing just inside the doorway.

“Hello, Chris, you lucky old stiff,” Clip hailed him, making a pass at the pudgy watchman’s stomach with the end of his nightstick. “You old-timers get all the breaks. It looks like my slicker for me.”

“Yas, it will be a vet vun tonight,” Chris agreed. “But maybe I’m not so lucky yet.”

“No, why not ?” Clip asked. The old watchman looked uneasily at the freight elevator before he answered.

“I ain’t so young yet,” he muttered, stroking the butt of his revolver and then letting his fingers wander restlessly to the time-clock hooked in his belt. “Maybe that’s it. Yas, you think so ?”

“Depends on what you’ve got on your mind,” Clip said gravely. “Anybody been hanging around here acting suspicious ? What’s happened ?”

TRIPLE-X WESTERN MAGAZINE – Dec. 1930 with Homer King Gordon story

Chris shook his head.

“It’s like somebody was watching me. I dunno. Tonight I felt like that, so I waited for you to come by.”

“Well, let’s have a look,” Clip suggested. “I’ll make the rounds through the building with you.”

THE old watchman’s fingers trembled as he locked the door. Clip followed him through the corridor into the big office room on the pavement level. The Maddox building consisted of four floors and a basement.

They started their tour of the building in the basement, reached by a narrow stairway at the rear of the building.

A squad of policemen could not have searched the basement thoroughly in the time it took the old watchman to complete his duties there, but Clip circled the room once and looked into as many of the possible hiding places as he could reach before Chris was ready to go upstairs.

He found nothing there to justify the old watchman’s fear, nor did he find anything in the floors above. However, he did not feel that his time had been wasted without cause. Chris was a former policeman with medals to prove his nerve and courage.

“Why don’t you call up your patrol chief and tell him what you told me ?” Clip Madigan urged.

Chris shook his head. “If I see something, yes,” he agreed. “But just because I feel something, no.”

Clip could understand his reluctance.

OVER THE TOP – Oct. 1929 with Homer King Gordon story

A night watchman with jumpy nerves got little sympathy from a hard-boiled patrol chief.

“I’ll look in when I come around this way again,” Clip promised.

A fortune in silk was stored on the two upper floors of the Maddox building.

Clip squared his shoulders and snapped his night stick out to the end of the leather thong so viciously that it cracked his knuckles when it flew back.

Naturally, the time-clock stations were wired to a central agency; and if old Chris did not punch in each station at the approximate time it should be punched, an emergency squad would come and investigate.

But in Clip’s opinion, by the time they got there it would be too late to do anything more than investigate, as far as any silk robbery was concerned. It was up to the police to see that the robbery was stopped before the stolen silk was carted away.

It was up to him.

WESTERN TRAILS – April 1930 with Homer King Gordon story

CLIP had not walked more than a block from the Maddox building when he saw the slinking figure of a man slip out of the recessed doorway of a cigar store and walk rapidly down one of the side streets.

Clip quickened his step and when he arrived at the corner he was not surprised to find the side street deserted. The tail-light of an automobile could be seen in the distance.

When he found nothing to justify an alarm or an extensive search of the neighborhood, Clip abandoned the side street. It was nearly time for him to ring in, and his call box was several blocks away.

That was an important bit of routine which had to be followed. Clip was a patrolman who let nothing interfere with the strict observance of his official duties; but half a block away from the call box he looked anxiously up and down the street then stepped into a small lunch counter restaurant. The red-headed girl dressed in white who sat on a stool behind the cash register would have provided an excellent excuse for any man to neglect his business for a cup of coffee.

The chef, a dark-faced fat man, sprawled across the lower end of the counter with his head pillowed on his arms, winked a bilious eye at Clip.

The red-headed girl was not to indifferent.

SHORT STORIES – Sept. 10, 1928 with Homer King Gordon story

“Hello, you,” she said smiling. “How’s crime tonight ?”

Clip leaned against the cigar counter and grinned. “How’s a cop to keep his mind on crime when it keeps him awake day and night worryin’ about you ?”

“Don’t lose any sleep over me, big boy,” she advised him. “Nothing’s ever happened to me, and won’t.”

He shook his head and sighed with mock seriousness.

“If Ziegfeld or any of them glorifiers ever get a flash at you, what chance would a poor cop have after that ?”

“Well,” she reminded him, “I still buy my silk stockings at bargain counters.”

“Are you blaming me for that ?” he asked.

“The wife -”

“Of a common ordinary cop couldn’t even afford silk stockings,” Clip finished the remark when she hesitated. “Only, darlin’, my career is just started; and how’ll you expect to claim credit for my success if you wait until I’m an inspector before you marry me ?”

ACE-HIGH MAGAZINE – JULY 1932 with Homer King Gordon story

“No, Clip,” the red-headed girl told him quickly, “you’re not common and ordinary, but -”

Clip had known Ellen Fogarthy for eighteen of her twenty years. They lived in the same block and had played under the same fire department sprinklers as kids.

ARE you hintin’ that I should do a little graftin’ on the side – say, wink one eye and let a load of silk get out?” he demanded.

“You’re too dumb to be anything but honest,” she retorted with a smile.

“See any strangers drifting around here tonight ?” he asked.

“I don’t remember any,” she answered quickly. “Why ?”

Clip told her about old Chris, the Maddox watchman, and of the man he had seen sneaking out of the cigar store doorway.

“Why don’t you call in and have a car sent up ?” she suggested.

That was the same advice Clip had given the old watchman.

“And let the boys think I had a case of nerves ?” he said lightly.

TRIPLE-X MAGAZINE – July 1930 with Homer King Gordon story

“I suppose you’d rather play hero and have a swell funeral, even if it did mean that some company lost a hundred thousand dollars worth of silk ?” she commented, shrewdly enough to make Clip wince.

Clip’s jaws snapped shut.

“I’m not yelling wolf until I see one,” he stated stiffly.

“Some men hate to be laughed at,” Ellen observed. “Me, I’d rather have a few jeers than a few roses any time, especially if I had to get the roses as coffin decorations.”

“Some of us are dumb, I guess,” Clip agreed, turning toward the door. “See you later.”

“Don’t you want a cup of coffee ?” Ellen asked quickly.

“Got to ring in.”

He walked out of the restaurant without turning his head. The red-headed girl ran around the cigar counter and caught the door before he had time to close it completely.

“I’m sorry, Clip,” she begged. “I didn’t mean to be nasty.”

“Forget it,” he patted her hand. “I-”

SHORT STORIES – Aug. 10, 1927 with Homer King Gordon story

Without finishing the remark, he started past her down the street.

Coming toward them was a little boy three or four years old.

The youngster had his hands up over his face and was crying bitterly.

“Lost, poor kid,” Clip chuckled. “I wonder where the heck he come from.”

THE little boy screamed with terror as Clip squatted on the pavement in front of him.

When he found him too hysterical to be soothed in any other way, Clip took him in his arms and walked back to the restaurant door and gave him to the girl.

“Take him inside and we’ll see if we can’t get him quieted down,” he advised. “He’s just lost and scared. His clothes aren’t wet, so he must belong around here somewhere. Ever see him before ?”

There were two red fingermarks on the youngster’s face where someone had pinched or struck him.

“Clip, I saw this kid in an automobile that passed here about five minutes before you came in,” Ellen declared. “I was at the window when the car drove past, and I noticed the kid because he was crying then. He had his face up against the glass at though he was trying to get out. It was a big, closed car with two men in it.”

“No women ?”

“No. I’m sure.”

“That would account for his clothes being almost dry,” Clip commented. “Maybe the cars parked here somewhere. The kid may have been left in the car.”

“Clip, this boy never belonged in that car. Look at the bruise on his cheek. He’s been beaten. That’s why he’s crying so hard.”

Clip looked at the youngster’s clothes. The blouse was of cheap material and had been laundered many times. The shoes were cheap and worn.

“He might have been kidnapped,” he agreed quietly. “But if he was kidnapped, how did he get away from two men in a closed car and get here ? And why would anyone want to kidnap a kid that comes from as poor a family this one does, if he’s wearing his own clothes ?”

“Somebody wanted to lose it maybe,” offered the chef, coming up from the back of the restaurant to shove a thick sandwich into the little boy’s fists.

Clip looked out of the window just as a big car flashed past.

“That’s the car,” Ellen cried excitedly. “I’d swear it’s the car, Clip.”

By the time Clip reached the door the car had swung around the nearest center and had disappeared. He started after it and then slowly came back to the restaurant.

“Listen, sweetheart, he said earnestly. “I’ve got a hunch that kid was planted where I’d be sure to find him. If I’m right, the kid was planted here to keep me busy for ten or fifteen minutes. The men who left him here knew when I was due to ring in. I’m going over to the Maddox building. If I’m not back here or haven’t telephoned within fifteen minutes, call up headquarters and tell them to send up a squad car. I think there’s a silk job on.”

As he finished speaking a muffled explosion came faintly from the direction of the Maddox building.

Clip heard it and started to run.

When Clip turned the corner he could see a large van backed across the sidewalk in front of the Maddox shipping door.

Clip rapped the sidewalk with his night stick and while the street was still echoing with the noise of this call to the other officers in the neighborhood, he drew his gun and ran toward the truck.

The truck’s horn sounded one sharp blast of warning before the driver swung down to the pavement on the far side of the engine and began pumping buckshot at Clip from a sawed-off shotgun.

Some of the shot ricocheted from the pavement and stung his legs, but Clip knew the range was too great for a shotgun.

He dodged into a doorway long enough to fire one bullet toward the crouching driver.

Throwing his shotgun away, the driver turned and ran, almost as though inviting pursuit.

CLIP ran out into the middle of the street and, dropping on one knee, took careful aim and fired again.

The fleeing gangster threw up his arms and pitched forward. It might have been a ruse to get him closer. Clip did not fall into the trap if it was such. The Maddox shipping doors were open, but so blocked by the truck that he had to get down on the pavement and crawl under it to get into the building.

Chris Olsen, the night watch-man, was lying on the floor by the elevator door.

Blood was running from his mouth, but he was conscious and able to speak faintly when Clip raised his head.

“They came through the penthouse,” he mumbled. “Man was hid on top elevator.”

He continued to mumble, but Clip laid him gently on the floor and turned to the stairway door. There was a chance that the silk thieves would use the elevator and try to make their escape with the truck, but Clip figured they would try to get out by the way they had entered.

Anyway, the elevator was at the top floor, according to the indicator, Clip saw as he opened the stairway door. By watching the indicator as he passed each floor level he would know if the elevator started down.

No one challenged him on the first three floors, and the elevator remained stationary. But as he opened the stairway on the fourth and last floor, he was greeted by a fusillade of bullets.

It was a steel-covered fire door, and that saved his life.

Hiding behind it, he fired at the flashes of the guns across the room.

In the darkness of the smoke-filled room he was unable to see the silk thieves, but he knew they were on the narrow stairway which led up to the elevator penthouse.

Risking the chance that one of the robbers might be waiting for him at the head of the penthouse stairs, he stumbled over the bales of silk to the foot of the stairs and sent one bullet up towards the door.

It was not answered.

But the battle was resumed the instant Clip stepped out on the roof.

A gun flashed on the next roof and a bullet flattened itself on the door just above Clip’s head.

There was enough light on the roof for Clip to see the shadowy figure of a man dodge behind the elevator shafthouse on the roof from which the shot had been fired.

Grimly resolved to hold his fire until he had a target Clip tried to run across the roof. Something warm and sticky filled his shoes and he felt his legs wobbling.

From all around him he heard the sirens of approaching fire apparatus and police cars. Ellen had certainly turned in enough alarms, or someone else had.

Three men suddenly stepped out into the open with level guns.

“Put ’em up,” Clip growled.

Their answer was a hail of lead.

Clip saw one of them drop before he himself went down.

He was not conscious of any pain, although he knew that he had been hit and that the men had left him for dead.

He saw two of them start across the roof-tops and watched two others join them.

In an instant later police reserves swarmed over the roofs.

WHEN they found him Clip was propped up on one elbow, snapping his empty gun at the spot where he had last seen the men who had shot him.

After they had taken him downstairs and were about to put him in the ambulance Clip recovered consciousness for a few seconds.

A girl was bending over him, talking and crying. It was Ellen.

“Clip,”, she sobbed. “Why did you have to go get yourself killed ? I didn’t mean it, Clip, honest I didn’t. I woulda married you any day if you’d only asked me. I was proud of you.”

“Listen, lady,” a hospital attendant pleaded, “give him a chance, will you ? He can’t hear a word you’re saying an’ he’s bleeding to death.” (I think it would have been lees awkward or confusing if it had been written as “ambulance attendant” – DLS).

Clip wanted to call him a liar but before he could get the words started everything faded away into drowsy blankness. He woke up in a hospital bed.

Ellen was in the room, but, as she was wearing her street dress and the sun seemed to be shining, Clip concluded it must be the morning after the battle.

She was right at his side the moment he opened his eyes. She kissed him first and then put her fingers firmly over his lips to keep him from trying to speak.

“You’ve been out of your head a whole week, Clip; but the doctors say you’ll get well if you’ll be quiet. I gave you a pint of my own blood and you had to get three pints more besides.” She exclaimed happily, “You killed two of the silk thieves and wounded another one, they caught the other three.”

The nurse warned Ellen not to excite him, but Ellen kept on talking.

“The kid was just a plant; you were right. I telephoned the police the minute you left and then I went out and turned in a fire alarm. As soon as you get well you’re gonna be promoted an’ get a medal. The Maddox Company let me pick out ten dress patterns from everything they had in the house.”

Clip’s stern look was not misunderstood.

“I know what you’re thinking.” Ellen admitted. “You’re saying to yourself that a cop’s wife shouldn’t accept rewards. But darn it, that’s why I picked out good ones. I’ll marry you an’ probably never get a good silk dress as long as I live, so I took enough to last me a few years.”

Ellen stopped to get her breath and Clip cautiously kissed her finger tips.

“No, don’t try to talk,” she warned. “Save your strength. As soon as you can say your part of the ceremony I’m going to marry you.”

—- END

ENJOY PULPS – David Lee Smith

There Shall Be Darkness by C. L. Moore (American Science Fiction Magazine series)

"There Shall Be Darkness" by C. L. Moore

“There Shall Be Darkness” by C. L. Moore

Here we have the first full solo publication of C. L. Moore’s epic space opera There Shall Be Darkness published in Australia by the Malian Press as part of the American Science Fiction Magazine series. I hope fans of Moore don’t take this in the wrong way, but, I rather call this novella a “slush-opera.” No disrespect to CLM, but, it’s plain awful. When I first attempted to read it, I kept putting it down. (DISCLAIMER: Just because I do not like a story by an author, this does not mean I dislike all their works.) But hey, it is a redeemable edition since it is graced by the usually wonderful and original Stanley Pitt cover art.

The plot?

All Terrans are being removed from the barbaric planet of Venus. Commander James (Jamie) Douglas—whom really should purely be referred to as Jamie altogether, as Moore never touches upon his true birth name save the initial meeting—is instructed to pack and depart for Earth. His love interest, a sensual Venusian beauty, comes up with numerous deceitful ways to try to trick him to either take her with him to Earth, or to stay on Venus with her forever.

In the end, it really does not matter, because WOW! suddenly Venus and Earth are assaulted by these grotesque parodies of Earth men—as Moore refers to them (I’m sure these far-flung aliens find us equally as ugly parodies of themselves, right?)—and Jamie joins forces with Venus’ rebels to do battle. It quickly turns into a farce of a Flash Gordon action scene, lasers beams and all as “blue fire fanned downward again from the Earth ship and touched the other vessel with a gout of flame” and “the barbarians’ weapon shot skyward again, and the Terrestrial ship slid deftly sidewise as the ray shaved it…” LOL. Seriously? I almost could hear Freddie Mercury belt out “Flash! Aaaahhh! Saviour of the Universe!

If you hate anyone, this is the book to recommend to them.

If you feel outwardly repugnant toward me for this review… I don’t care. It’s my personal opinion. What matters is that I want to hear YOUR opinion. What did YOU think of the story? Was it good? Horrible? How did it stand the test of time? Was it poorly written SF even then?

 

Black Mask, Argosy, and Famous Fantastic Mysteries Return to Magazine Format

Altus Press has relaunched full-length magazines of Argosy, Black Mask, and Famous Fantastic Mysteries in periodical format. These three pulp magazine titles were renowned for the high level of quality fiction which they published for decades.

Argosy, Black Mask, and Famous Fantastic Mysteries are composed of classic fiction from the backlog of The Frank A. Munsey Company, Pro-Distributors Publishing Company, Inc., and Popular Publications, Inc., along with all-new stories and articles.

Argosy features an ALL-NEW story by Frederick Nebel from the Munsey archives, along with stories by H. Bedford-Jones, Berton E. Cook, Ralph R. Perry, W. Wirt, Murray R. Montgomery, and Norbert Davis. Argosy’s focus will remain primarily on adventure fiction.

Black Mask is highlighted by a brand new story by award-winner Paul Bishop, as well as classic hard-boiled detective stories by Carroll John Daly, Frederick Nebel, Raoul Whitfield, T.T. Flynn, Merle Constiner, Richard Sale, and Norbert Davis.

Famous Fantastic Mysteries contains a new short story by Kimberly B. Richardson. It’s rounded out by stories from G.T. Fleming-Roberts, Arthur Leo Zagat, Frederick C. Davis, High B. Cave, Paul Ernst, Wyatt Blassingame, and Wayne Rogers, among others. Famous Fantastic Mysteries will focus on the weird fiction genre.

Each of these magazines enjoyed decades-long publications by a variety of publishers, comprising several thousand total issues. These new magazines are printed in black & white and each is heavily illustrated. Argosy, Black Mask, and Famous Fantastic Mysteries are now available… order them below:


Black Mask (Fall 2016)Black Mask (Fall 2016)

by Carroll John Daly, T.T. Flynn, Frederick Nebel, Norbert Davis, Raoul Whitfield, Merle Constiner, Paul Bishop, and Richard Sale

The greatest detective magazine of all time is back for another collection of the best in hard-boiled fiction. Featuring classic material from the vaults of Black Mask, Dime Detective, Detective Fiction Weekly, and other high-quality pulp magazines. And this issue is headlined by an all-new story, “Bucketful of Bullets,” by award-winning author Paul Bishop. 118 pages.

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Argosy (Fall 2016)Argosy (Fall 2016)

by Frederick Nebel, Norbert Davis, H. Bedford-Jones, Berton E. Cook, W. Wirt, Murray R. Montgomery, and Ralph R. Perry

The greatest pulp magazine returns with a star-studded installment featuring several of the best authors ever to appear in Argosy, encompassing a wide variety of genres and containing a mixture of stand-alone novelettes. These stories also feature several of Argosy’s series characters such as swashbuckler Denis Burke, high-seas adventurer “Bellow Bill” Williams, soldier of fortune Jimmie Cordie, and rakehellies Cleve & d’Entreville. 102 pages.

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Famous Fantastic Mysteries (Fall 2016)Famous Fantastic Mysteries (Fall 2016)

by Frederick C. Davis, Paul Ernst, Arthur Leo Zagat, Chandler H. Whipple, G.T. Fleming-Roberts, Wyatt Blassingame, Hugh B. Cave, Wayne Rogers, Kimberly B. Richardson, Henry Treat Sperry, and John H. Knox

The Fall 2016 issue of Famous Fantastic Mysteries is dribbling with the best Weird Menace stories from the Popular Publications vault. Featuring classic stories by Paul Ernst, Arthur Leo Zagat, Hugh B. Cave, and G.T. Fleming-Roberts, this issue is headlined by an all-new story by Kimberly B. Richardson. 122 pages.

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New Altus Press Releases for December 9, 2016: Green Lama, Kingi Bwana, and New Pulp T-Shirts

All-new Deluxe Editions are Ready for Order

These are our favorite editions: get all the stories of a pulp character in 1-2 volume deluxe hardcover volumes. They’re lightweight, so don’t worry if you’re leaning back & reading one of these: if you fall asleep, it won’t break your nose (we’ve tested this).

These are also great because they include—for free—all of the stories in ebook format too. So what’s keeping you from ordering?


The Green Lama: The Complete Pulp Adventures (2 Volume Deluxe Edition)The Green Lama: The Complete Pulp Adventures (2 Volume Deluxe Edition)

by Kendell Foster Crossen

introductions by Will Murray, Michelle Nolan, and Martin Grams, Jr.

Limited hardcover edition of 50 copies. Comes with eBook versions of all the stories.

Om! Ma-ni pad-me Hum! The first of its kind, the complete adventures of the Green Lama follows the adventures of Buddhist Jethro Dumont and his aides as they battle the forces of evil in the western world. Written by Kendell Foster Crossen, it’s non-stop action in the vein of The Shadow!

This 14-story series is finally collected in two deluxe, oversized volumes. Each volume contains an introduction focusing on a different aspect of the character’s life across several forms of popular media by authors Will Murray, Michelle Nolan, and Martin Grams, Jr. Each story includes all of the original pulp story illustrations as well.

657 pages / $140.00 hardcover

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The Complete Tales of Kingi Bwana (Deluxe Edition)The Complete Tales of Kingi Bwana (Deluxe Edition)

by Gordon MacCreagh

introduction by Sai Shankar

Limited hardcover edition of 50 copies. Comes with eBook versions of all the stories.

“Anything can happen in Africa!”—that’s the credo of big game hunter, trader and safari guide King, known all over the Dark Continent as Kingi Bwana. Together with his two loyal companions, the deadly Masai warrior Barounggo and the wizened, cunning Hottentot Kaffa, the stoic American battles slave traders, ivory poachers, gold smugglers, arms traffickers, evil witch doctors and secret societies in the savanna and jungle of Central East Africa.

This deluxe edition contains the entire Kingi Bwana series, along with an introduction by Sai Shankar.

496 pages / $75.00 hardcover

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New Pulp T-Shirts are Here

Our popular line of pulp t-shirts has grown. These are the authentic, authorized logos from the vintage pulps… they’re exact to the finest detail. The cloth is sturdy and made for long-term wear (buy a few so you can wash them every few weeks… we don’t recommend wearing them for a week straight).


 

Terror Tales Magazine T-ShirtTerror Tales Magazine T-Shirt

This is the authentic logo used for this classic pulp magazine from the 1930s.

This is our best seller for a reason. Relaxed, tailored and ultra-comfortable, you’ll love the way you look in this durable, reliable classic.

Normal fit: Classic-cut standard weight t-shirt for men, 100% pre-shrunk cotton, Brand: Gildan

Note: black fabric only.

100% preshrunk cotton (heather gray color is 90% cotton/10% polyester, ash color is 99% cotton/1% polyester) | Fabric Weight: 5.3 oz (heavyweight)
Double-stitched seams at shoulder, sleeve, collar and waist
Imported; processed and printed in the U.S.A.

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Captain Zero T-ShirtCaptain Zero T-Shirt

This is the authentic logo used for this classic pulp magazine from the 1950s.

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Captain Satan T-ShirtCaptain Satan T-Shirt

This is the authentic logo used for this classic pulp magazine from the 1930s.

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Dime Mystery Magazine T-ShirtDime Mystery Magazine T-Shirt

This is the authentic logo used for this classic pulp magazine from the 1930s.

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The Dime Detective Library, Series 3, is Now Available

Considered the greatest of all detective pulps to only Black Mask, Dime Detective was the home to dozens of classic, quirky series characters, all with an offbeat twist.

Series 3 of The Dime Detective Library features six new collections by authors such as John K. Butler, D.L. Champion, Merle Constiner, Frederick C. Davis, John Lawrence, and Fred MacIsaac.

The Complete Cases of Bill Brent, Volume 1 (The Dime Detective Library)The Complete Cases of Bill Brent, Volume 1
by Frederick C. Davis

Meet “Lora Lorne,” the love advice columnist for the Recorder newspaper… in actuality, gruff reporter Bill Brent. Written by Frederick C. Davis, Brent stumbled through 16 stories published between 1941 and 1946 in the pages of Dime Detective, the prestigious crime pulp second only to the legendary Black Mask in its impact on the genre.

311 pages / $24.95 softcover / $34.95 hardcover

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The Complete Cases of The Dean, Volume 1 by Merle ConstinerThe Complete Cases of The Dean, Volume 1
by Merle Constiner

Part-time detective/con artist Dean Wardlow Rock made his living as a purported fortune teller. Apparently an eccentric living encyclopedia—always using archaic words in casual conversation—this is actually a facade behind which The Dean operates in order to solve the case at hand. Written by Merle Constiner, The Dean appeared in nearly a score of stories published between 1940 and 1945 in the pages of Dime Detective,the prestigious crime pulp second only to the legendary Black Mask in its impact on the genre.

301 pages / $24.95 softcover / $34.95 hardcover

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The Complete Cases of Mariano Mercado, Volume 1 by D.L. ChampionThe Complete Cases of Mariano Mercado, Volume 1
by D.L. Champion

A Germaphobic P.I. in Mexico City who has “a taste for clothing loud as a thunderbolt,” Mercado is considered “the smartest detective in Mexico.” Battling mystery as well as the corrupt Colonel Gomez of the Federal District Police, Mercado is is the first of his kind in popular fiction.

251 pages / $19.95 softcover / $29.95 hardcover

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The Complete Cases of the Marquis of Broadway, Volume 2 by John LawrenceThe Complete Cases of the Marquis of Broadway, Volume 2
by John Lawrence

NYPD Lieutenant Martin Marquis and the officers of his hand-picked Broadway Squad are the toughest, most vicious cops in pulp-fiction history. “The Marquis,” as he is called along Manhattan’s Main Stem, is trim and dapper, with a weathered face and deep-set blue eyes. In marked contrast to the average plainclothes officer, he dresses like one of New York’s “swells,” generally showing up at crime scenes clad in smartly angled derby hat, black silk scarf, black kid gloves and shoes, dark suit, and ankle-length black Chesterfield coat. His appearance notwithstanding, the Marquis is practically a gangster with a badge, only marginally less corrupt than the underworld figures he pursues. Members of the Broadway Squad share his casual morality and frequently abuse their authority not only for financial gain but personal satisfaction as well.

310 pages / $24.95 softcover / $34.95 hardcover

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The Complete Cases of The Rambler, Volume 2 by Fred MacIsaacThe Complete Cases of The Rambler, Volume 2
by Fred MacIsaac

Created by Fred MacIsaac, at one time a redheaded journalist himself, Frank Murphy rambled through 19 terse, tough yarns published between 1933 and 1940 mainly in the pages of Dime Detective, the prestigious crime pulp second only to the legendary Black Mask in its impact on the genre.

266 pages / $19.95 softcover / $29.95 hardcover

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The Complete Cases of Steve Midnight, Volume 1 by John K. ButlerThe Complete Cases of Steve Midnight, Volume 1
by John K. Butler, introduction by John Wooley

Down and out former playboy Steven Middleton Knight’s fortune was destroyed by the Depression. Now a cabbie for the Red Owl Cab Company, he never fails to take on another mystery with each new fare. Created by John K. Butler, this fast-paced, Los Angeles-based hard-boiled series was published between 1940 and 1942 in the pages of Dime Detective, the prestigious crime pulp second only to the legendary Black Mask in its impact on the genre.

272 pages / $19.95 softcover / $29.95 hardcover

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The Dime Detective Library: Series 3 (Six Book Set)The Dime Detective Library: Series 3 (Six Book Set)
by John K. Butler, D.L. Champion, Merle Constiner, Frederick C. Davis, John Lawrence, and Fred MacIsaac

This specially-priced set includes all six books in Series 3 of The Dime Detective Library.

Considered the greatest of all detective pulps to only Black Mask, Dime Detective was the home to dozens of classic, quirky series characters, all with an offbeat twist. Get all of Series 3 at a big discount!

$104.95 softcover / $165.00 hardcover

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New Altus Press Releases for December 2, 2016

These highly-anticipated books are now available from altuspress.com. But hurry: both are discounted for a limited time.

The Snarl of the Beast: The Collected Hard-Boiled Stories of Race Williams, Volume 2The Snarl of the Beast: The Collected Hard-Boiled Stories of Race Williams, Volume 2

by Carroll John Daly

introduction by Brooks E. Hefner, cover photograph by Mark Krajnak

Race Williams returns! Originally appearing in the pages of Black Mask Magazine, author Carroll John Daly pioneered the hard-boiled detective P.I. story and perfected the genre with his classic character, Race Williams. Apart from the novel-length Race Williams stories, these classic hard-boiled thrillers have rarely been reprinted, if ever.

Volume 2 contains the next batch of Race Williams stories, all from 1927–29 as Daly broke the mold of Black Mask by running serialized novels in the pages of that important magazine. Included here are “The Snarl of the Beast,” “The Egyptian Lure,” “The Hidden Hand,” and “The Tag Murders.”

Additional editorial pieces are also included: Daly’s own “Putting Over a Detective Novel” was written to explain his working process while writing “The Snarl of the Beast.” And it’s prefaced by an all-new, scholarly introduction by Professor Brooks E. Hefner of James Madison University.

The Snarl of the Beast: The Collected Hard-Boiled Stories of Race Williams Volume 2 continues this most important series published in years on the history of the Hard-Boiled Detective story.

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The Life of Pinky Jenkins, Volume 1The Life of Pinky Jenkins, Volume 1 (The H. Bedford-Jones Library)

by H. Bedford-Jones

One of the best series ever published in the pulps was written by the prolific H. Bedford-Jones, author of hundreds of stories totaling an estimated 25 millions words.

Thomas Jasper “Pinky” Jenkins, a drunk and corrupt sheriff accompanied by his deputy Parker, shot his way through nearly a score of comedy/Western stories from the 1920s. Volume 1 includes four recently-discovered Jenkins stories by Bedford-Jones which were published under a pseudonym.

The Pinky Jenkins series may be the only series of its kind written by The King of the Pulps, and considered one of his best by Bedford-Jones aficionados.

256 pages / $19.95 softcover / $29.95 hardcover

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“The Woman’s Picture” By Gordon Ray Young (The Cavalier – March 22, 1913)

“THE WOMAN’S PICTURE” By GORDON RAY YOUNG (Found in a 1919 newspaper but originally from The CAVALIER – March 22, 1913. Public Domain)

CAVALIER - March 22, 1913

CAVALIER – March 22, 1913

An Unusual Episode of Life on the Border
Copyright by Frank A. Munsey Co.

I raised my hands.

There was no word spoken. The revolver and behind it the masked face of the highwayman were enough.

For the first time in my life I realized how people felt when they gazed at the muzzle of my gun and trembled before the black mask that I wore.

I remember that I wanted to laugh. The humorous side of the situation appealed to me. I was being held up!

I, Hugh Richmond, whose purse did not contain so much as the value of one gold piece, but whose body, dead or alive, was worth $5,000.

I know that I smiled, and I could see that my smile was disconcerting; therefore I knew that I was face to face with an amateur. I cared little for being held up. In fact, I rather enjoyed the situation.

“Pleasant day,” I ventured.

The gun made a terrific report, and the bullet whizzed dangerously close. After such an answer I kept my lips closed.

My highwayman did not seem to know what to do next, and we sat on our horses at a bend in the mountain road and looked at each other. The first motion he made I knew that he wanted me to dismount, but I pretended not to understand and wrinkled my brow as though puzzled.

“Climb off,” came in a faint whisper.

Then I was puzzled. It was not the hoarse whisper of one who had lost his voice. Of a sudden I understood. My amateur highwayman was more frightened than his victim. He could not even manage his voice. I determined to take advantage of him.

In those days I was a good horseman, and I was mounted on the wisest little mare that ever kicked up dust in a sheriff’s face.

Gently I touched Dolly’s flank with a spur and, keeping my hands aloft, made her plunge from side to side, guiding her with my knees until we were several yards away.

I lowered my hands, leaned forward, chirped in Dolly’s ear, and away we flew.

Bang, bang, bang! All of his shots went wild.

An hour later I smiled to myself and tried to imagine the astonishment that would seize Mr. Amateur if he knew that his revolver had caused Hugh Richmond to lift his hands.

There wasn’t a sheriff in Colorado that didn’t want me. I was wanted on so many charges that I had lost track of them myself.

I only knew that no man—”no, nor woman either, though by your smile”—was my friend.

I sprawled in the sunshine, as I often did, and let my thoughts wander.

At such times I would think of the faces of men and women I had known long ago, and of all those faces there was but one I remembered with tenderness, and that dear, sweet little girl believed that I was dead.

I was worse. Society had driven me out.

Solitude is pleasant enough when you grow tired of the city and are wearied by the restless clatter of industry, but I longed—I actually craved the company of a human being.

But I could have no friends. I knew if I made any sooner or later I would be betrayed, and the horror of  horrors that oppressed my mind was that l might be taken alive.

From where I was it was not far to Pinon, and in Pinon—well, there were people—a dance hall, music, the clatter of voices and the sound of oaths, a ghastly resemblance of a pleasurable life that I had known long ago and in another section of the world.

It was quiet in the Silver Dollar when I rode up, casually glanced at the men in front of the saloon and entered. There were only two or three people in the place. To sit in that hot saloon, reeking with odors that at other times, would have been offensive, was now a pleasure.

At such a  place you meet and see many kinds of people—the vicious and the good gone wrong, who incidentally make up the great percentage of the outcast element; the bad and would like to be bad, the braggart and the hero, faro dealers, rough handed miners and disjointed cowboys.

An hour after I sat down a young man with lily hands entered. I knew him for a gambler or a tenderfoot; and when he placed himself before the tin pan piano and began banging a selection from “II Trovatore” I knew that he was a newcomer and shifted my chair to get a good look at his  face. He was a handsome lad, one of the poetic type.

“Hey,” I shouted softly and in ridicule, “desist from such atrocities.”

He looked at me in amazement.

“You know that piece—you—you!”

And his last word had an altogether different inflection. He was startled and from saucer like eyes stared at me. My first thought was that I had been trapped; that he recognized me as Hugh Richmond.

“What’s the matter?” I demanded.

No answer.

“Tell me. What is the matter?” There was a ring in my voice that he did not disregard, and he answered in a whisper, “Nothing.”

That whisper! He was the amateur highwayman.

We had met again, and I liked the boy. My impressions are not always correct, but they are positive, and if I take a dislike to a man at first sight I would distrust him though we were seated side by side in heaven.

But this lad, this mere youth, this  unsophisticated child of the east, who had no better sense than to attempt highway robbery and three hours later inflict music on his victim, touched my sympathy.

“Well?” I spoke half defiantly because I wanted to make him talk.

“We never met before,” he stammered, coming toward me with the reluctance of one approaching a judgment seat.

“Never,” I answered emphatically.

As he sat down I pushed the bottle toward him, and he grasped it eagerly.

“Good stuff,” he lied politely.

“Damnable,” I rejoined.

“But I think it is good,” he insisted and took another glass of the liquid fire.

“How long?”

“Three weeks,” he replied, embarrassed.

“I am a tenderfoot, the rawest kind and well blistered.”

“How long?” I queried  again.

“God knows. I don’t want to stay any longer than I can help.”

His tongue had been loosened. Three large jolts of whisky—such whisky as comes over the bar of the Sliver Dollar would have loosened the tongue of the Sphinx—and before I realized what was happening he was rapidly whispering into my ears his tale of sorrow.

“I was in a social set that was too high for my purse,” he said. “My family was proud, my name was an open sesame to the exclusive set, but my income was small. My employer trusted me. There is a woman in the case.

“Heaven, such a woman! I am not worthy of her. It was not her fault. And I wish that I could get a start over again, but I’ve hit the trail for hell, and yet she loves me. I couldn’t let her know that I was poor, and I showered her with presents, just as the other fellows did that wanted her to love them, but she turned them away.

“She loved me, do you hear? I gave her everything that money could buy, and then the crash came.

“My own father turned me out of the house. My own mother wouldn’t let me kiss her goodbye. My employer—he was an old friend of the family—said he wouldn’t prosecute, but I was disgraced. The papers had it.

“And then she—she of all women—said that she loved me and always would and said that she was as much to blame as I because she had allowed me to spend money on flowers and take her to the theater—most of the money went for that; but, of course, there was a ring.

“She told me to go west, to go out where money was dug from the ground and fortunes made in a day and to get enough to settle my accounts, and then we would go to some place else and begin life all over again.

“And here I am. But what can I do? How can I  dig gold out of the ground? I know nothing about it. There’s nothing I can do. I’m bad—bad all the way through. My father told me I was. So what’s the use? I don’t care for myself, but for her—for her.”

Tears rose in his eyes, and he cried: “If I could only get a start again for her! I’d slave my life away just to make her happy, for she loves me even after all that.”

He drew a small picture from his pocket, kissed it again and again, then laid it on the table and gazed intently at the sweet, childish face.

I glanced at the picture casually, rose, gripped the table, then sank back, staring into the face of the boy, who failed to notice. I knew her—oh, how well I knew her! And all that he said was true. I glanced around the saloon. It was early. Men were just beginning to drop in. There we sat, the boy and I, men from the far, far east, and each had been driven out, he as the result of a faithlessness to a trust and I—no matter why I came.

There we sat together, he a youth and I a man, and before us lay the picture of a woman whom we both loved.

The boy had fallen across his arms on the table. At first he sighed, and then his heavy breathing told me that he was sleeping. I fell into a reverie.

I had no money. All that I could get hold of went east, passed through the hands of a lawyer and then to— But she never knew whence it came. She believed what the lawyer told her, and he didn’t know the truth.

Still the boy slept.

I speculated on the amount he needed and glanced about the room. I touched him on the shoulder. No answer. I shook him, and he raised his head drowsily.

“How much do you need?”

He was not fully awake.

“Come on; wake up.” And I shook him again.

“What do you want?”

“Come on outside. The fresh air will do you good,” I said.

We went out. “Look here, laddie, I came out west several years ago and struck it rich. I like you, and I know that there is not a streak of bad in you. Now, if I lend you the money will you go back and be a man? When you get on your feet you can pay it back; no hurry, though ”

“Would I—would I? Oh, heavens! Then I could go back like a man and be a man. You must be an angel in disguise!”

“Have you a horse here?”

“No.”

“Well, take mine—over there.” I selected the best one in sight—that is next to Dolly. Explanations at that stage of the game would have been embarrassing.

Then I gave him directions as to how to ride, and told him to make haste.

“I’ll be along pretty soon—in about an hour—but I want you to go now. I will have to go back and find a couple of friends and borrow a few dollars to make up the amount I could get it tomorrow, but I want to see you started back east tomorrow morning. It will be a long ride, but I guess you are good for it, even if you are a tenderfoot.”

He wanted to wait and come with me, but I made him ride off.

Then I went back in. It was a risky proposition, and such a desperate chance that even now I have strange twitching about my heart when I think of it.

There were noise and laughter. The tin pan piano was going its utmost; excited gamblers were plunging heavily at faro bank, and several men were at the bar, when I placed my back to the wall, drew both guns instantly and roared: “Hands up!”

The confusion became silent.

Some turned to the door, bent on taking a chance, but thought better of it, and up went their hands. The bartender hesitated for a moment, debating whether or not to drop behind the bar, but be caught my eye and obeyed.

In less time than it takes to tell I had plundered the faro bank—and a goodly roll it was—and asked the bartender to step aside while I emptied the till. He gave me a smile, and I knew by that smile that he was a dangerous man.

I backed to the door, knowing that the moment I stepped outside a fusillade of shots would be sent in my direction. I turned, made two jumps and was astride of Dolly and pounding down the road while the wicked crack of a Winchester troubled my ears. I glanced over my shoulder and could see the white apron about the shadowy form that stood in the doorway. The bartender was a dangerous man, but I had been born under a lucky star.

“What’s all that shooting about?” the boy asked when I overtook him couple of miles farther on.

“A little altercation over a poker game. Come on; we’ll have to ride fast if we make that station in time to catch the morning train.”

After pushing our horses hard and talking but little; we arrived at the station the following morning just as the train whistled in the distance. It’s faint roar grew nearer and nearer until, with a mighty rush it was upon us and the brakes were grinding and creaking.

“If I only knew how I could repay you—I will, but I would like to express my thanks now, and words won’t do it,” he said earnestly as he gripped my hand.

“You can—and fully—for all time.”

“How? Tell me how. I will do anything.”

“Give me that picture of—” and I called the sweet face girl by name.

He reached in his pocket and handed it to me. Again we shook hands. He stepped on the train, and slowly it moved off, and then faster and faster until it was out of sight.

I stood staring after the train and wondering what he would think when he remembered that he had never told me her name—for she was my daughter. (As if you didn’t see that coming a long time ago ! – DLS)

ENJOY PULPS – David Lee Smith

(“The Woman’s Picture” was Gordon Young’s very first story, which is kind of generic in my opinion, and it’s a good thing that he got much better to write the classic “Tall in the Saddle. The story was made into the classic 1944 John Wayne movie. However, the story doesn’t have the ol’ timey 1920s and up, hayseed/cowpokin’ Western drawls (“Ye all vermit, I’ze gonna  shoot ya full-a lead for callin’ me lovely hause a gosh dern, rangy mule”), which is a plus.

I thought that the story was going to go one of two ways. He was going to turn himself in for the reward on the condition that it went to the boy (probably thinking about escaping later down the line) or he would have borrowed the other guy little bit of money (if he had any) and win big in a poker game. But it went for the quick and lame “I’ll rob the saloon” ending instead. The poker game is also a used-up plot too, but slightly better.)

The Altus Press Black Friday Sale Begins!

From now until midnight on November 28—and only on www.altuspress.com—use promo code 16black25 at checkout to get 25% off our already-discounted prices!* We already have free shipping on softcovers, so now’s the time to stock up on Altus Press releases.

But hurry: this promo code will expire after November 28!

*This promo code will only work on purchases made on www.altuspress.com and nowhere else (meaning that it does not apply to Will Murray’s books sold on www.adventuresinbronze.com). Expires November 28, 2016 at midnight.

Available for Pre-Order: The Snarl of the Beast: The Collected Hard-Boiled Stories of Race Williams, Volume 2

The Snarl of the Beast: The Collected Hard-Boiled Stories of Race Williams, Volume 2At long last, the wait is nearly over. The sequel to 2015’s Them That Lives By Their Guns: The Collected Hard-Boiled Stories of Race Williams, Volume 1 is now available for preorder on Amazon.

Written by Carroll John Daly, and with an introduction by Brooks E. Hefner and cover photo by Mark Krajnak, this book will arrive well in time for your Christmas shopping needs.

Here’s the back-cover blurb:

Race Williams returns! Originally appearing in the pages of Black Mask Magazine, author Carroll John Daly pioneered the hard-boiled detective P.I. story and perfected the genre with his classic character, Race Williams. Apart from the novel-length Race Williams stories, these classic hard-boiled thrillers have rarely been reprinted, if ever.

Volume 2 contains the next batch of Race Williams stories, all from 1927–29 as Daly broke the mold of Black Mask by running serialized novels in the pages of that important magazine. Included here are “The Snarl of the Beast,” “The Egyptian Lure,” “The Hidden Hand,” and “The Tag Murders.”

Additional editorial pieces are also included: Daly’s own “Putting Over a Detective Novel” was written to explain his working process while writing “The Snarl of the Beast.” And it’s prefaced by an all-new, scholarly introduction by Professor Brooks E. Hefner of James Madison University.

The Snarl of the Beast: The Collected Hard-Boiled Stories of Race Williams Volume 2 continues this most important series published in years on the history of the Hard-Boiled Detective story.

You can preorder it here: http://amzn.to/2dMAtKW

Press Release: Argosy, Black Mask, and Famous Fantastic Mysteries Return to Magazine Format

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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Featuring NEW stories by Frederick Nebel, Paul Bishop, and Kimberly B. Richardson

October 6, 2016 — Three of the most historic pulp fiction magazines of the Twentieth Century are set to return to magazine format.

This November, Altus Press will relaunch full-length magazines of Argosy, Black Mask, and Famous Fantastic Mysteries in periodical format. These three pulp magazine titles were renowned for the high level of quality fiction which they published for decades.

Argosy, Black Mask, and Famous Fantastic Mysteries will be composed of classic fiction from the backlog of The Frank A. Munsey Company, Pro-Distributors Publishing Company, Inc., and Popular Publications, Inc., along with all-new stories and articles.

Argosy features an ALL-NEW story by Frederick Nebel, along with stories by H. Bedford-Jones, Berton E. Cook, Ralph R. Perry, W. Wirt, Murray R. Montgomery, and Norbert Davis. Argosy’s focus will remain primarily on adventure fiction.

Black Mask is highlighted by a brand new story by award-winner Paul Bishop, as well as classic hard-boiled detective stories by Carroll John Daly, Frederick Nebel, Raoul Whitfield, T.T. Flynn, Merle Constiner, Richard Sale, and Norbert Davis.

Famous Fantastic Mysteries is highlighted by a new short story by Kimberly B. Richardson. It’s rounded out by stories from G.T. Fleming-Roberts, Arthur Leo Zagat, Frederick C. Davis, High B. Cave, Paul Ernst, Wyatt Blassingame, and Wayne Rogers, among others. Famous Fantastic Mysteries will focus on the weird fiction genre.

Each of these magazines enjoyed decades-long publications by a variety of publishers, comprising several thousand total issues. Now owned by Steeger Properties, LLC, these titles will be published on a regular schedule and in print and e-magazine formats. These new magazines will be printed in black & white and each is heavily illustrated. Argosy, Black Mask, and Famous Fantastic Mysteries will available via the popular book and e-book vendors as well as at www.altuspress.com.

Altus Press is accepting article proposals and advertising for placement in future issues. Please contact submissions@altuspress.com to be considered for future issues.

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Argosy (Fall 2016)

Argosy (Fall 2016)

Black Mask (Fall 2016)

Black Mask (Fall 2016)

Famous Fantastic Mysteries (Fall 2016)

Famous Fantastic Mysteries (Fall 2016)

Pulps Pricings Sales Census: Popular Magazine (Nov. 1903) First Issue

POPULAR MAGAZINE – Nov. 1903 (First Issue) sold recently on eBay for $214.27

POPULAR MAGAZINE - Nov. 1903 (First Issue)

POPULAR MAGAZINE – Nov. 1903 (First Issue)

First issue of 612 of Street & Smith’s 28 year run Pulp.

Munsey had ARGOSY in 1896. In 1903 POPULAR became it’s first rival, and the second Pulp title (ALL-STORY MAGAZINE by Street & Smith began in 1905).

Authors: “The Rockspur Eleven” (Part 1 of 2) by William Gilbert Patten. Patten, better known by the pseudonym Burt L. Standish , managed to make it into this first issue with the 53 page lead story, such was his popularity still at this time.
After December’s 22 page second part the “Rockspur” team wouldn’t reappear until POPULAR MAGAZINE 1906 (Aug. – Dec.) in the 6 part serial “The Rockspur Nine” as by Burt L. Standish. They would come back with a further 7 series of stories in 1926 to 1927 in Street & Smith’s SPORT STORY MAGAZINE, always the lead story.
After 20 years it’s amazing the Gilbert Patten still remembered writing the first 2 stories.
 
“The Parchment of Mystery” by W. Bert Foster (who did 10 stories from 1922-1927 of “Homer Stillton” in ACE-HIGH MAGAZINE)
 
“…in an unrestored complete well read FAIR/GOOD with no missing pieces other than shown in scans, no tape and brown paper.
I’m thinning out my collection which I have amassed over the last 20 years and I collected based on condition and/or rarity so if you are a high grade collector you won’t be disappointed.”
 
Bookery says: “Scarce” $60.00 – $150.00 – $300.00
 
ENJOY PULPS – David Lee Smith

(as for the cover, well who needs a helmet for football anyway ? HaHa)

Pulps Pricings Sales Census: Fame and Fortune Magazine in the Pulps

Here are 6 very rare FAME AND FORTUNE MAGAZINES and 6 FORTUNE MAGAZINE recent sales from eBay.
As you can see from the prices the conditions of the Pulps doesn’t matter much. Bidding-wise collectors will take whatever condition is available as they are rare to find.

FAME AND FORTUNE MAGAZINE – Second Dec. 1928 recently

FAME AND FORTUNE MAGAZINE - Second Dec. 1928

FAME AND FORTUNE MAGAZINE – Second Dec. 1928

sold on eBay for the fortune of $188.50  6TH issue of 23; the last 6 issues was called FORTUNE STORIES. There was no fortune to be made and the title was cancelled.
 
Authors: “Frank Merriwell and the Wall Street Wizard” (‘Frank Merriwell’ appearance) by Burt L. Standish (ghost written by Warren Elliot Carleton),
“A Problem in Pharmacy” by Graham Black (a publishers pseudonym, but really by Paul S. Powers in one of his rare non-Western stories. The only others I see is his first 3 published stories in WEIRD TALES (of all things), 3 more in FAME AND FORTUNE), a story in 10 STORY BOOK – Feb. 1928, and a single in ACTION STORIES – July 1925 “Hand of the North” (which is probably a Western),
“A Flyer in Zeps” (4TH ‘ “Windy” Bellows’ appearance of 12) by George M. Rock
 
“OVERALL nice copy of this elusive issue except for bottom right area where there is small piece missing. Most overhang still present and along right edge where there is also paper loss.
Nice, near complete, bold spine. Nice back cover with overhang gone at bottom edge. 
Pages above average for a pulp mag.”

FAME AND FORTUNE MAGAZINE – Second April 1929 recently sold

on eBay for the same $188.50

AND FORTUNE MAGAZINE - Second April 1929

AND FORTUNE MAGAZINE – Second April 1929

14TH issue of 23
 Authors: “Frank Merriwell’s Lucky Dollar” by Burt L. Standish (ghost written by Warren Elliot Carleton),
“In the Show Window” by Robert V. Kramer (by Paul S. Powers),
“A Whirl at the Big Top” (Part 2 of 3)  by Lawrence Derry (by George C. Jenks, who did the ‘Billy West/Circle J’ series in WILD WEST WEEKLY)
 
“OVERALL nice copy of this elusive issue except for top right area where there has been some fraying and paper loss but no text is affected. Most overhang still present. Nice, complete, bold spine. Very nice back cover. Pages above average for a pulp mag. Back cover nice.”


 

FORTUNE STORIES – Oct. 1929 sold for $431.06

FORTUNE STORIES - Oct. 1929

FORTUNE STORIES – Oct. 1929

Authors: “Briggs of Wall Street” by John Sterling Dykes (by Paul Chadwick),
“The White-Collar Man” (Part 1 of 2) by Theodore Winn (by Warren Elliot Carleton)altus_press_logo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FAME AND FORTUNE MAGAZINE, Lot of 4 Issues 1929 sold for $2,300.00

AND FORTUNE MAGAZINE - Second Feb. 1929 (The 1ST SHADOW ???)

FAME AND FORTUNE MAGAZINE – Second Feb. 1929 (The 1ST SHADOW ???)

Second Feb. 1929, Second March 1929, Second April 1929, First May 1929

Authors: Second Feb.: “Expenses- Plus” (8TH appearance of ‘ “Windy” Bellows’ of 12) by George M. Rock,
“The Shadow of Wall Street” by Frank S. Lawton (by George C. Jenks)(and),
“His Big Chance” by Lester F. Stoughton (by Paul S. Powers (and)),
“Sold Out” by Robert V. Kramer (by Warren Elliot Carleton, who wrote the ‘Dusty Radburn’, ‘Sailor Anson’, ‘Brick and Boots’ and ‘Bronc Evans’ series at WILD WEST WEEKLY)

Bookery says: “Classic cover: shrouded figure hovers over stock exchange $80.00 –  $200.00 – $400.00
I think they are trying to imply that Street & Smith publishers or Walter Gibson may have seen the cover and “Shadow” character, then created The SHADOW after that image. I don’t buy that. That’s like saying George W. Trendle and Fran Striker saw the 3 issues of WORLD ADVENTURE (Jan. – March 1934) with “The Hornet Stings”, “The Hornet and the Vulture” and ““Crush That Hornet – Jerry Bonner”” by Samuel Merwin and then created The Green Hornet from ‘that’ Hornet character. WORLD ADVENTURE was just as obsure as FAME AND FORTUNE. Could “this” Shadow have been forewarning of the Wall Street Crash of 1929 (eight months later (Black Tuesday (October 29, 1929). 
 
Second March 1929: Authors: “Rogues of Wall Street” by Frank S. Lawton (by Warren Elliot Carleton),
“The Rocket Car” by George M. Rock,
“Bonds and Black Cats” by Lester F. Stoughton (by Paul Chadwick, who wrote the SECRET AGENT “X” series),
 “Check, Please !” by Franklin P. Styles (by Jack Bechdolt)

Second April 1929: see above listing

FAME AND FORTUNE MAGAZINE - Second April 1929 (another copy)

FAME AND FORTUNE MAGAZINE – Second April 1929 (another copy)

FAME AND FORTUNE MAGAZINE - Second March 1929

FAME AND FORTUNE MAGAZINE – Second March 1929

 

First May 1929: Authors: “Movie Money” (11TH ‘ “Windy” Bellows’ appearance of 12) by George M. Rock,
“Gypsies of the Air” (Part 1 of 3) by Will Lambert (by Warren Elliot Carleton),

FAME AND FORTUNE MAGAZINE - First May 1929

FAME AND FORTUNE MAGAZINE – First May 1929


“Pawns of Wall Street” by Frank S. Lawton (by Paul Chadwick),
“The Slow Account” by Lester F. Stoughton (by Jack Bechdolt)
 
“Each issue contains a complete novelette, a serial, and some short stories. 
Many with stories of Wall Street ironically in the months just before it crashed.
These magazines are generally in good condition. Some of them do have light critter damage and tears along the edges, or stains to the exteriors. The interiors are clean and complete, with toned but not brittle pages.
 First May 1929 has some moisture stains on the back cover that also affects around 10 pages along the top and bottom.”
 
FORTUNE STORY MAGAZINE, Lot of 5 Issues 1929 sold for  $1,675.00
July 1929, Aug. 1929, Sept. 1929, Nov. 1929, Dec. 1929

 

FORTUNE STORIES - July 1929

FORTUNE STORIES – July 1929

Authors: July 1929: “Frank Merriwell’s Crooked Tip”

by Burt L. Standish

(ghost written by Warren Elliot Carleton),
“Simplified Parking” by George M. Rock,
“The Skyscraper Builder” (Part 2 of 3) by Theodore Winn (by Warren Elliot Carleton)

Aug. 1929: Authors: “The Magic Million” by John Sterling Dykes

(by Paul Chadwick),

“The Shoe-String Fortune” (Part 1 of 2) by Lawrence Derry (by Warren Elliot Carleton),
“The Skyscraper Builder” (Part 3 of 3) by Theodore Winn (by Warren Elliot Carleton)

FORTUNE STORIES - Sept. 1929

FORTUNE STORIES – Sept. 1929

FORTUNE STORIES - Aug. 1929

FORTUNE STORIES – Aug. 1929

Sept. 1929: Authors: “The $20,000 Bill” by Frank S. Lawton (by Warren Elliot Carleton),
“The Shoe-String Fortune”  (Part 2 of 2) by Lawrence Derry (by Warren Elliot Carleton),
“The Saving Hobby” by  Franklin P. Styles (by Jack Bechdolt)

Nov. 1929: Authors: “Never Say Dye” Last ‘“Windy” Bellows’ appearance of 12) by George M. Rock,
“Making His Millions” by Frank S. Lawton (by Paul Chadwick),
“The Air Taxi” (Part 1 of 2) by Will Lambert (by Warren Elliot Carleton),
“The White-Collar Man” (Part 2 of 2) by Theodore Winn (by Warren Elliot Carleton)

Dec. 1929: (Last Issue) Authors: “”His Wall Street Double” by John Sterling Dykes (by Paul Chadwick),
 “For the Franchise” by Wesley Henshaw (by Warren Elliot Carleton),
“The Shipbuilder” by Lawrence Derry (by Warren Elliot Carleton),

“The Air Taxi” (Part 2 of 2) by Will Lambert (by Warren Elliot Carleton, trying to make his fortune,
it seems, with 3 stories in this issue)

FORTUNE STORIES - Dec. 1929

FORTUNE STORIES – Dec. 1929

FORTUNE STORIES - Nov. 1929

FORTUNE STORIES – Nov. 1929

 

 

 

 

 

“Each magazine measures 7″ x 10” and has around 128 pages. Published by Street and Smith Corporation. This short lived title was formerly known as Fame and Fortune Magazine. Each issue contains a complete novelette, a serial, and some short stories. 
Many with stories of Wall Street ironically just before and after it crashed.

These magazines are generally in good condition. Some of them do have light critter damage and tears along the edges, or stains to the exteriors.  The interiors are clean and complete, with toned but not brittle pages.”

ENJOY PULPS – David Lee Smith

 

 

 

Pulps Pricings Sales Census: All-Story Magazine (Jan. 1905) (First Issue)

ALL-STORY MAGAZINE – Jan. 1905 (First Issue) recently sold on eBay for $392.00

ALL-STORY MAGAZINE - Jan. 1905 (Spine)

ALL-STORY MAGAZINE – Jan. 1905 (Spine)

ALL-STORY MAGAZINE - Jan. 1905 (First Issue)

ALL-STORY MAGAZINE – Jan. 1905 (First Issue)

First Issue of 444. The third Pulp title after ARGOSY and POPULAR MAGAZINE.


Authors: “The Goal of a Million” (Part 1 of 5) by William Wallace Cook;
“When Time Slipped a Cog” (Part 1 of 5) by W. Bert Foster (25 page sci-fi story) (and);
“Those Rossiter Rubies” by Edgar Franklin;
“In Fear of – What ?” (Part 1 of 4) by Bertram Lebhar;
“The Great Sleep Tanks” (8 page sci-fi story)


“…in an unrestored complete well read FAIR/GOOD with no missing pieces other than shown in scans,
tape as shown and brown paper. I’m thinning out my collection which I have amassed over the last 20 years

ALL-STORY MAGAZINE - Jan. 1905 Back Cover)

ALL-STORY MAGAZINE – Jan. 1905 Back Cover)

and I collected based on condition and/or rarity so if you are a high grade collector you won’t be disappointed.” 

Bookery says: “Due to poor paper quality, all issues are rather uncommon, with high grade copies of any issues Scarce, and in many cases probably non-existent.
Availability of individual issues varies widely, with some being quite rare”
$150.00 – $375.00 – $750.00
When is the last time a First Issue of ALL-STORY MAGAZINE came on the market ?

This is one of those issues when a collector will almost always take whatever condition that becomes available.

ALL-STORY MAGAZINE - Jan. 1905 Title Page)

ALL-STORY MAGAZINE – Jan. 1905 Title Page)

 

ENJOY PULPS – David Lee Smith

 

New Releases From Altus Press: September 29, 2016

Altus Press is proud to offer its newest publications and products:


The Complete Adventures of The Griffon Volume 3The Complete Adventures of The Griffon Volume 3

by Arch Whitehouse

Fighting the aerial forces of evil for nearly ten years in the pages of Flying Aces, Kerry Keen aka The Griffon finally returns to print! This edition continues the complete reprinting of the series. Volume 3 contains the next six stories: “Riddle of the Rocket,” “Cavalry of the Clouds,” “Twin-Engine Treachery,” “Test Pilot Terror,” “The Carrier Coup” and “Scourge of the Sky Brood.”

275 pages | $19.95 softcover | $29.95 hardcover
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Thady Shea’s Saga by H. Bedford-JonesThady Shea’s Saga

by H. Bedford-Jones

The Navajo’s sacred relics, the seven Gods of the San Marcos, are the focus of attention between warring factions in the Old West, and washed-up actor Thaddeus Shea is caught in between the chaos! A classic adventure written by The King of the Pulps, and now it’s part of The H. Bedford-Jones Library.

174 pages | $14.95 softcover | $29.95 hardcover
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Conquest: The Story of Pierre Radisson, Founder of the Hudson Bay Company by H. Bedford-JonesConquest: The Story of Pierre Radisson, Founder of the Hudson Bay Company

by H. Bedford-Jones

The story of Pierre Radisson has passed into history. That he was the first man to reach the Mississippi, after De Soto, is now admitted. It was he who founded the Hudson’s Bay Company, and who opened up the great Northwest to the world. One of H. Bedford-Jones’ earliest novels, now part of The H. Bedford-Jones Library.

184 pages | $14.95 softcover | $29.95 hardcover
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Never Trust a Martian by Paul W. Fairman (American Science Fiction Magazine series)

Let’s continue this week with the wonderful American Science Fiction Magazine series published in Australia by the Malian Press. These Australian published pamphlets are a wonderful way for this wallet-stricken collector to purchase and read classic, quality pulp fiction stories at a fraction of the cost against what the original pulp magazine, while still retaining that “feel” of holding an old publication. Once more, we have Stanley Pitt creating an eye-appealing cover that has nothing to do with the internal contents.

But we’ll forgive him. I love all of his covers.

Never Trust a Martian

“Never Trust a Martian” by Paul W. Fairman

Our cover story read is “Never Trust a Martian” by Paul W. Fairman.
The novelette opens with Post, interplanetary renowned super sexed-up explorer dude that has women and men alike falling at his feet (hey, that’s the impression you get, okay!) is beset upon by a trio, trying to kill him. He disarms them and learns that the lone girl assailant convinced the two thugs to give him a beating, while she intends to incinerate him for betraying her brother. Story comes about that Post thought his best friend betrayed HIM, blah blah blah, they go to investigate, have dealings with a Martian high priest, blah blah blah, story has numerous craters afflicting the plot, but is still enjoyable for 1940s-era fiction, I suppose. I won’t ruin the story by revealing the soap-opera conclusion(s).

Excited to read Walter Kubilius “Turn Backward o’ Time.”
Sick and dying, Donovan is sent back in time. Fearing that the Criminal Destroyers might pursue him in Time to eliminate time-altering consequences on his part, he avoids his profession and lands in 1926. Jobless, he writes science fiction stories for the pulp market. Each decade, his aging body becomes younger and younger, and now, one year, his fiction is rejected. In fact, he has gone from old man to a very young man in appearance. Sadly, he realizes his plight and that he must return to the future to reverse the process and live a longer life again. But when he realizes that he can’t remember how to return to the future, he dimly recollects that his first pulp sale contained the exact specifics and goes in search of the original pulp editor. On arriving, he learns the editor is ill, etc, someone else in the office. The original manuscript is awaiting him, but, so is, a member of the Criminal Destroyers division….

The Barrier” by Murray Leinster is an excellent short story.
Here we have a narrator explaining the fate of Joe Harper, hero. He explains that Harper, while brilliant, was also really stupid, and knocks this Harper fellow down a peg or so, explaining the incidents that led to his demise and being put up on a pedestal to the world. Cliche ending, sure, but, it’s great stuff, and I’m simply NOT going to explain it any further than THAT, lest I ruin the story for YOU.

If you are enjoying my posts for The Altus Press, you may wish to tune into The Paperback and Pulp Reader blog, covering all genres from American to Canadian to British to Australian vintage fiction. Drop in and say Hello or leave a comment. I would love to hear your thoughts and opinions on each post or suggestions for future posts!

 

Altus Press Announces The Dime Detective Library Series 3

September 20, 2016—Altus Press today announces Series 3 of its popular Dime Detective Library.

Running for twenty years, Popular Publications’ Dime Detective Magazine published thousands of high-quality hard-boiled stories by hundreds of authors, eventually becoming the most respected detective pulp magazine behind Black Mask. However, Dime Detective excelled at introducing long-running series characters, something Black Mask normally didn’t do. These series characters run the gamut of quirky detectives, completely unique and offbeat: the types of investigators which had never been seen before (and rarely repeated with such skill since).

Series 3 of The Dime Detective Library contains six collections of such fiction, each featuring one of Dime Detective’s long-running characters:

The Complete Cases of The Dean, Volume 1 by Merle ConstinerThe Complete Cases of The Dean, Volume 1

by Merle Constiner

Part-time detective/con artist Dean Wardlow Rock made his living as a purported fortune teller. Apparently an eccentric living encyclopedia—always using archaic words in casual conversation—this is actually a facade behind which The Dean operates in order to solve the case at hand. Written by Merle Constiner, The Dean appeared in nearly a score of stories published between 1940 and 1945 in the pages of Dime Detective, the prestigious crime pulp second only to the legendary Black Mask in its impact on the genre.


The Complete Cases of Mariano Mercado, Volume 1 by D.L. ChampionThe Complete Cases of Mariano Mercado, Volume 1

by D.L. Champion

A Germaphobic P.I. in Mexico City who has “a taste for clothing loud as a thunderbolt,” Mercado is considered “the smartest detective in Mexico.” Battling mystery as well as the corrupt Colonel Gomez of the Federal District Police, Mercado is is the first of his kind in popular fiction.


The Complete Cases of the Marquis of Broadway, Volume 2 by John LawrenceThe Complete Cases of the Marquis of Broadway, Volume 2

by John Lawrence

NYPD Lieutenant Martin Marquis and the officers of his hand-picked Broadway Squad are the toughest, most vicious cops in pulp-fiction history. “The Marquis,” as he is called along Manhattan’s Main Stem, is trim and dapper, with a weathered face and deep-set blue eyes. In marked contrast to the average plainclothes officer, he dresses like one of New York’s “swells,” generally showing up at crime scenes clad in smartly angled derby hat, black silk scarf, black kid gloves and shoes, dark suit, and ankle-length black Chesterfield coat. His appearance notwithstanding, the Marquis is practically a gangster with a badge, only marginally less corrupt than the underworld figures he pursues. Members of the Broadway Squad share his casual morality and frequently abuse their authority not only for financial gain but personal satisfaction as well.


The Complete Cases of The Rambler, Volume 2 by Fred MacIsaacThe Complete Cases of The Rambler, Volume 2

by Fred MacIsaac

Created by Fred MacIsaac, at one time a redheaded journalist himself, Frank Murphy rambled through 19 terse, tough yarns published between 1933 and 1940 mainly in the pages of Dime Detective, the prestigious crime pulp second only to the legendary Black Mask in its impact on the genre.


The Complete Cases of Steve Midnight, Volume 1 by John K. ButlerThe Complete Cases of Steve Midnight, Volume 1

by John K. Butler, introduction by John Wooley

Down and out former playboy Steven Middleton Knight’s fortune was destroyed by the Depression. Now a cabbie for the Red Owl Cab Company, he never fails to take on another mystery with each new fare. Created by John K. Butler, this fast-paced, Los Angeles-based hard-boiled series was published between 1940 and 1942 in the pages of Dime Detective, the prestigious crime pulp second only to the legendary Black Mask in its impact on the genre.


The Complete Cases of Bill Brent, Volume 1The Complete Cases of Bill Brent, Volume 1

by Frederick C. Davis

Meet “Lora Lorne,” the love advice columnist for the Recorder newspaper… in actuality, gruff reporter Bill Brent. Created by Frederick C. Davis, Brent stumbled through 16 stories published between 1941 and 1946 in the pages of Dime Detective,the prestigious crime pulp second only to the legendary Black Mask in its impact on the genre.


Series 3 of The Dime Detective Library will Premiere at the Pulp AdventureCon in Bordentown, NJ, on November 5, 2016.

New Releases From Altus Press: September 7, 2016

Altus Press is proud to offer its newest publications and products:


The Complete Adventures of the Moon Man, Volume 2: 1934The Complete Adventures of the Moon Man, Volume 2: 1934

by Frederick C. Davis, introduction by Andrew Salmon

One of the strangest pulp heroes is finally available from Altus Press! Created by pulp fiction legend Frederick C. Davis for the pages of the ultra-rare title, Ten Detective Aces, the Moon Man fought the forces of the underworld in 38 unforgettable tales. Volume 2 collects the next six stories from this series: “Silver Death,” “Mark of the Moon Man,” “Crimson Shackles,” “Blood Bargain,” “The Black Lash” and “The Murder Master.” And it includes an all-new introduction by Moon Man expert Andrew Salmon.

337 pages | $24.95 softcover | $34.95 hardcover

Red Runes of China by H. Bedford-JonesRed Runes of China

by H. Bedford-Jones

The runes told of mystery, of danger lurking in odd corners, of the craft of the Orient put to evil purposes in the Far West, and started young Dick Clews on a great adventure…. A never-before-collected series, it’s now part of The H. Bedford-Jones Library.

138 pages | $14.95 softcover | $29.95 hardcover

Argosy 1970s LogoArgosy 1970s Logo T-Shirt

This is the authentic logo used for this classic magazine. In 1974, the new owners of Argosy revamped the decades-old periodical, introducing a new design—including a completely-updated logo—by Herb Lubalin and Roger Ferriter, two of the greatest designers of the 20th Century.

This is our best seller for a reason. Relaxed, tailored and ultra-comfortable, you’ll love the way you look in this durable, reliable classic.

$19.95 / Note: burgundy fabric only.

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Pulps Pricings Sales Census: Popular Western (Nov. 1934) (First Issue)

POPULAR WESTERN – Nov. 1934 (First Issue) recently sold on eBay for $133.50POPULAR WESTERN - Nov. 1934 (First Issue)

Authors: “The Sheriff of Painted Post” (The FIRST app. “Sheriff Blue Steele” of at least 102) by Tom Gunn (pseudonym of Syl MacDowell);
“The Devil’s Double” by Herbert A. Woodbury;
Clee Woods; Forbes Parkhill; Wilton West

“HIGH GRADE ! in an unrestored complete glossy FINE with no missing pieces, no tape and tan pages. I’m thinning out my collection which I have amassed over the last 20 years and I collected based on condition and/or rarity so if you are a high grade collector you won’t be disappointed.”

Bookery says: Scarce $40.00 – $100.00 – $200.00

Someone made a nice addition to their collection.

ENJOY PULPS – David Lee Smith

Pulps Pricings Sales Census: Smashing Novels Magazine (July 1936)

SMASHING NOVELS MAGAZINE – July 1936 recently sold on eBay for $87.76SMASHING NOVELS MAGAZINE - July 1936

Authors: “The Paper Tiger” by Arthur J. Burks;
“Wild Horse Valley” by Alan M. Emley (pseudonym of Alan Lemay);
“The Phantom of Forgotten River” by W. Ryerson Johnson;
“The Eighteenth Leap” by Vingie E. Roe (reprinted from EVERYBODY’S MAGAZINE – March 1921)


“…in an unrestored glossy FINE with no missing pieces, no tape and off-white paper.
Signed by W. Ryerson Johnson on inside titles page as shown.
I’m thinning out my collection which I have amassed over the last 20 years and I collected based on condition and/or rarity so if you are a high grade collector you won’t be disappointed”

The note by the W. Ryerson Johnson autograph appears to say, “First novelette I ever sold.”
From the FictionMags Index, beginning in 1923 Johnson wrote many short stories, but up until July 1936 he had also managed to sell 5 longer novelette: “Deep Black” in  TOP-NOTCH MAGAZINE – Second Jan. 1930 (his 4th published story);
SMASHING NOVELS MAGAZINE - July 1936 (Signed title page)“Gondola Gold” in COWBOY STORIES – April 1934;
“Rodeo Bride” in WESTERN ROMANCES – April 1936;
“Gun Waif” in WESTERN ACES – June – 1936;
and “Guns for Hire” in  THRILLING RANCH STORIES – July 1936
(there were two DOC SAVAGE stories written also with Lester Dent)

Bookery says: “Scarce” $30.00 – $75.00 – $150.00

ENJOY PULPS – David Lee Smith

Press Release: Altus Press Expands

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Altus Press is expanding its Wild Adventures line of classic pulp fiction characters starring in new exploits, which last year added the Wild Adventures of Tarzan to the ongoing Wild Adventures of Doc Savage licensed series.

Our September release is the first volume in the Wild Adventures of Pat Savage. Move over, Nancy Drew and Annie Oakley, Doc Savage’s feisty cousin Patricia is getting her own series!

Written by Will Murray, the creator of Marvel Comics’ Squirrel Girl, and based on a outline by Doc Savage originator Lester Dent, Six Scarlet Scorpions teams the bronze-skinned golden girl with Doc Savage associate Monk Mayfair in her first solo adventure.

Pat SavagePatricia Savage had come to Tulsa to speculate in oil. That was all. To make a quick killing and go home richer than before.

But when a man claiming that his blood had been drained to feed an unknown creature begs Pat for help, she drops everything and goes on the warpath. Soon Pat and her business partner, Monk Mayfair, are on the run from the Oklahoma law. The proof of their guilt? Indelible scorpions tattooed to their faces!

For October, there is the long-awaited King Kong vs. Tarzan. Fans of both iconic characters have long dreamed of a face-off between these jungle giants ever since Kong creator Merian C. Cooper attempted to film one back in 1935. Fully licensed by Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc. and the Cooper estate, King Kong vs. Tarzan recounts the previously untold story of the sea voyage from Skull Island to New York City in which the mighty Kong was transported to his doom back in 1933.

When Kong nearly breaks his chains, the crew of the tramp freighter Wanderer are forced to release him into the african jungle, where, lost and hungry, the former monarch of Skull Island blunders into the domain of another jungle ruler—Tarzan of the Apes! The stage is set for the ultimate rumble in the jungle. But will the beast-god and the ape-man become foes—or friends?

King Kong Vs. TarzanWritten by prolific pulp novelist Will Murray, King Kong vs. Tarzan is a follow-up to last year’s Tarzan: Return to Pal-ul-don and marks the start of the Wild Adventures of Kong Kong.

Finally, the 13th installment of the Wild Adventures of Doc Savage brings the Man of Bronze to 1930s Wyoming to investigate a seemingly supernatural mystery that begins when a naked man is sighted swimming in circles high over the Big Horn Mountains. When he falls to his death and is discovered soaked to the skin in spite of a long summer drought, Doc Savage realizes that something sinister is afoot.

Extortion notes prove that a human agency lies behind a growing outbreak of levitation murders. After a passenger airliner slams into a mysterious floating body of water, the crisis escalates.

From the Big Horn Mountains to Devil’s Tower, Doc Savage and his mighty crew race against time to avert an impending tragedy created by the unknown devil in human form who calls himself Mr. Calamity.

Bylined Kenneth Robeson, Mr. Calamity is a December release.

All three titles will be release d in hardcover, trade paperback and ebook formats with cover art by acclaimed illustrator, Joe DeVito.

New Releases From Altus Press: August 25, 2016

Time for another batch of new releases from Altus Press, your source for the best pulp publications available. Here is what’s available as of this week:


Hazzard: The Complete SeriesHazzard: The Complete Series

by Frederick C. Davis

The Fight Against the lawless! Mark Hazzard, red-headed, fiery-tempered District Attorney of King’s County was a man of the Law, but when the law didn’t get justice, the guilty were then the prey for the Juggernaut of Justice and his own iron rules. Bucking the police and the underworld alike, Hazzard kept a secret that would send him to burn in the electric chair. Written by Frederick C. Davis, the author of the Moon Man series. Featuring all six of Mark Hazzard’s adventures in one volume!

296 pages | $19.95 softcover | $29.95 hardcover

Adventures of a Professional CorpseAdventures of a Professional Corpse

by H. Bedford-Jones

Meet James F. Bronson, a man who finds dying a profitable business. Time after time, Bronson accepts assignments to whom dying is all in the day’s work. One of the most offbeat series that H. Bedford-Jones penned; a series for which he was inspired by an advertisement that actually appeared.

94 pages | $11.95 softcover | $29.95 hardcover

The Cross and the Hammer: A Tale of the Days of the Vikings by H. Bedford-JonesThe Cross and the Hammer: A Tale of the Days of the Vikings

by H. Bedford-Jones

H. Bedford-Jones’ thrilling novel of the Vikings and King Olaf, who broke the power of the old gods and who introduced Christianity into his realm. One of H. Bedford-Jones’ earliest novels, it’s now part of The H. Bedford-Jones Library.

162 pages | $14.95 softcover | $29.95 hardcover

The Mardi Gras Mystery by H. Bedford-JonesThe Mardi Gras Mystery

by H. Bedford-Jones

Who is The Midnight Masquer? While partygoers celebrate Mardi Gras under the recently-enacted Prohibition, attention is cast to this masked character and his connection to the murder of a prominent New Orleans citizen. Did the victim’s son really commit the crime, or is there more than meets the eye?

188 pages | $14.95 softcover | $29.95 hardcover

 

Edgar Rice Burroughs: The Bibliography

If you’re an ERB fan, Altus Press wanted you to know about a fantastic book edited by a friend of ours, Jim Gerlach:

 

Illustrated Bibliography of the Works of Edgar Rice Burroughs Released 

ERB Inc. publishes the “definitive bibliography” by Dr. Robert B. Zeuschner

Tarzana, CA: Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc. today announced the release of the long-awaited definitive bibliography of the Master of Adventure by longtime Burroughs scholar Dr. Robert B. Zeuschner. The illustrated hardbound volume ships today in two hardbound editions.

Edgar Rice Burroughs, well known for his tales of Tarzan and John Carter of Mars, has been rightfully dubbed The Master of Adventure, but few are aware of the full scope of Burroughs’ literary output in a writing career that spanned four decades. During his lifetime, Burroughs created worlds that ranged from the Earth’s core to the Farthest Star, inhabited by larger-than-life heroes and heroines, populated by unimaginable creatures and captivating landscapes.

“We are absolutely thrilled to publish this very special book, which has been almost twenty years in the making,” said Jim Sullos, President of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.  “We opened our archives to Dr. Zeuschner and he has produced the definitive account of everything published by Edgar Rice Burroughs. This is a one-of-a-kind illustrated bibliography that should be a must for anyone interested in ERB, the history of pulp fiction and the works that inspired Star Wars, Avatar, Superman and every other pulp hero since.”

The Bibliography features over 2000 annotated, illustrated entries describing ERB publications from 1911 to the present and 500 color images including 1st & reprint edition books & dustjackets, paperbacks and the 97 ERB story-related pulp covers. Both editions are 7 by 10 inch hardcover books.

Two editions are available in limited numbers:

THE STANDARD EDITION: ISBN: 978-1-945462-00-9 $100.00

First edition bound in midnight blue Cialux Italian book cloth with the spine and front cover decorations stamped in gilt. Color wrap-around dust jacket, 736 pages; 600+ images, 500 + in color on glossy stock. Limited to 900 copies

THE DELUXE EDITION: ISBN: 978-1-945462-01-6 $150.00

First edition bound in genuine red leather with a hub spine and cover decorations stamped in gilt. Limited to 375 signed (by the author, publisher, designer and John Ralston Burroughs, the grandson of ERB)and numbered copies. 736 pages; 600+ images, 500 + in color on glossy stock.

Edgar Rice Burroughs: The Bibliography by Dr. Robert B. Zeuschner, will be released August 18th, 2016. Orders can be placed through the books website or by emailing the editor, Jim Gerlach.

For more information, visit our website  www.erbbooks.com .   or on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/Edgar-Rice-Burroughs-The-Bibliography-488979287966049/

Pulps Pricings Sales Census: Tales of Magic and Mystery, and Mind Magic

TALES OF MAGIC and MYSTERY – Jan. 1928 sold recently on eBay for $84.00

“…the January 1928 (vol. 1, no. 2) issue of the rare pulp,

TALES OF MAGIC and MYSTERY - Jan. 1928

TALES OF MAGIC and MYSTERY – Jan. 192

Tales of Magic and Mystery”, which was a short-lived competitor to “Weird Tales”.

 

The magazine was edited by Walter Gibson, future author of “The Shadow,” and he wrote most of the non-fiction articles to appear in the magazine.

Authors include Frank Owen.

Condition is good to very good; front cover has overall wear, with many creases, edge tears and light stains.

The spine is complete but stained (note that, as printed, the spine is blank).
Back cover is similar to the front, with some writing in pencil.
Paper is yellow and supple.

A respectable copy of a rare pulp.”

Authors: “Tomorrow’s Paper” by Charlton Lawrence Edholm (reprinted from BRIEF STORIES – Dec. 1924);
“The Yellow Pool” by Frank Owen (reprinted from BRIEF STORIES – Nov. 1923)
(this pseudonym by him, of his two, wasn’t prolific, but it’s worthy of note (with no comment, LoL): Hung Long Tom);

“The Black Pagoda” (Part 2 of 3)(reprinted from BRIEF STORIES – Aug. 1924);
“The Comic Mask” (reprinted from BRIEF STORIES – March 1924);

“The Temple of Fire” and “Houdini in Europe” were both by Walter B. Gibson as Anonymous;
“Number Magic” by Astro (which is another article by Gibson);
he also ghost wrote “A Burmese Adventure” as by Howard Thurston. All four are articles.
All 5 issues were edited by Gibson.

Bookery say: Scarce $100.00 – $250.00 – $500.00
It also says 4 pseudonyms by Gibson (I’m not sure that I would call anonymous articles as pseudonyms).

TALES OF MAGIC and MYSTERY – March 1928 sold recently on eBay for $536.01

“The indicative prices are based on the Bookery Guide so,

Contains the first appearance of H. P. Lovecraft’s Cool Air.

TALES OF MAGIC and MYSTERY - March 1928

TALES OF MAGIC and MYSTERY – March 1928

Pages white. Better than very good.”

Authors: “Cool Air” by H. P. Lovecraft (6 short pages);
“The Nerve Specialist” by Newton A. Fuessle  (6 pages)(reprinted from BRIEF STORIES – April 1924);

All the rest are articles of the 72 pages.
“Adventures of Astro I — The Unaccountable Disappearance of John Hudson” by Anon. (by Gelett Burgess)(short story “The Master of Mysteries” (Bobbs 1912) as “Missing John Hudson”;
“Further Famous Escapes of Harry Houdini” by Walter B. Gibson;
“Magic Pictorial” by Anon. (Gibson);
“Adventures in Mind-Reading” by Bernard Perry (Gibson);
“The Famous Japanese Decapitation Mystery” by Anon. (Gibson);
The Girl Who Was Buried Alive;  Howard Thurston (ghost written by Walter B. Gibson)

I’m not sure I could have paid $500 plus for a minor 6 page Lovecraft story.

MIND MAGIC – June 1931 (First Issue) sold recently on eBay for $54.00

Mind Magic” was a rare fantasy pulp, running for four issues in 1931.

MIND MAGIC - June 1931 (First Issue)

MIND MAGIC – June 1931 (First Issue)

It was published by the same publisher that put out the spicy pulp, “Paris Nights,” and many artists and authors worked for both.

This… is for the first issue, dated June 1931.

Authors include Manly Wade Wellman, better known for his work in “Weird Tales.”

Condition is fair; front cover has overall wear and creasing, as well as spine tape.

The back cover is a photocopy.

Paper is various degrees of tan (except for the middle 16 pages, which are printed on a higher quality paper and are off-white) but still supple, with a few tears.

While not in great shape, it’s tough to find in any condition.”

Authors: “Faithful Footsteps” by Manly Wade Wellman;
“The Black Art of Eric Hampt” by Frank Kenneth Young (only semi-prolific).
“In the Second Astral” (Part 1 of 4)(at 14 pages);
“From an Old Egyptian Tomb”;
“Don’t Take That Gun !” She Warned Them”;
“The Opened Door”;
“The Grey Mists Cleared and She Returned by the Power of Love” (2 pages)

Only 7 short stories from the 64 pages. The rest of the issue is taken up by 10 articles.

Bookery say: Scarce $80.00 – $200.00 – $400.00
(which is a bit more than some truly Rare and Very Rare Pulps, which also goes for TALES OF MAGIC and MYSTERY).

ENJOY PULPS – David Lee Smith

 

 

 

Pulps Pricings Sales Census: Flying Stories (Oct. and Dec. 1929)

FLYING STORIES – Oct. 1929 sold recently on eBay for $34.04FLYING STORIES - Oct. 1929

“Flying Stories” was a rare bedsheet pulp published by MacFadden, running for 20 issues between 1928 and 1930.

This… is for the October 1929 issue.

Authors include Frederick Nebel (with a serial installment of “The Scourge of the South Sea Skies”) and Laurence Donovan

Condition is fair; front cover has overall wear, creasing, tears and a small piece missing at the top.

The spine has portions missing.
The back cover is missing, and there’s a piece out of pages 95 and 96 which affects ads, but not any story text.
Paper is a higher quality paper than the usual pulp paper and is off-white and supple.

While not in great shape, it’s tough to find this title in any condition.”

The cover also looks like it has a tear through 1/2 to 3/4’s of the cover from the top mid-spine, moving right to the female aviator’s helmet, then moving south to the eagles’ wing. It also splits 1/4 way through into another tear heading up through the entire “F” in FLYING.

Bookery: “Scarce to Rare” $30.00 – $75.00 – $150.00

This is one of those Pulps mentioned in Bookery in which collectors have to grab whatever copy they can find, no matter the condition. You never know when another copy of the title will show or a particular issue.
The second series of 6 issues in 1930, put out by Good Story Magazines (with the same logo), is probably even more scarce being a ‘real’ Pulp.

This same copy is at Galactic Central, but the original owner took a lousy picture of it. This photograph was much better.

This issue has 5 short stories and 7 articles/columns/transcripts.

Authors: “The Death Jinx” (Part 1 of 3) by Edwin Vernon Burkholder (who wrote the 19 “Hook McGuire” series as George Allan Moffatt in The SHADOW);
“The Scourge of the South Sea Skies” by Frederick L. Nebel (Part 2 of 3)

Frederick L. Nebel (FictionMags says it’s a novel, but at only 6 pages that doesn’t seem possible, even being a bedsheet. Maybe they are adding all 3 parts of the serial together);
“His Fear of Being Afraid” by L. P. Holmes (who had a ton of stories in the Pulps);
“No Man’s Air” (Part 4 of 4) by Capt. J. I. Lawrence;

the 4 page manuscript “Grim Missiles from the Sky” is by Laurence Donovan;
the longest item in the issue is the 9 page “Flying Stories Told in Pictures”

Way back in March 2016 a much better Dec. 1929 issue went for a “Buy It Now” of $75.00FLYING STORIES - Dec. 1929

14TH issue of 14 of the Macfadden Publications bedsheet series.

Authors: “The Cloud Plotters” by Laurence Donovan;
“The Pilot Who Saw Things” by Jackson Scholz;
“The Death Jinx” (Part 3 of 3) by Edwin Vernon Burkholder;

“The Golden Eagle” (Part 2 of 5) by Guy Fowler (it continued when Good Story Magazine Company took over in Feb. 1930)(Guy Fowler wasn’t very prolific but he managed to find his way into all the scarce and Very Rare Pulp titles: BRIEF STORIES, GHOST STORIES, FLYING STORIES, COMPLETE MOVIE NOVEL MAGAZINE, RED BLOODED STORIES, FIGHTING ROMANCES from the WEST and EAST, SUBMARINE STORIES, and BLUE BAND MAGAZINE)

“Charles Lindbergh Aviation. All the pages are wavy as if once exposed to moisture. Yet no stuck pages and no smell. Pricing takes that into account. Really scarce issue.”

Having seen the copy it is truly in VFN+/perhaps up to NM- condition. The wavy pages are very, very light, almost imperceptible, with only some noticeable pinkish bleed into the inner back cover. I’ve seen brand new, fresh newsstand magazines having 10 time worse wavy pages than this copy.

Just 11 cover images are at Galactic Central of the 20 issues, but of those the Dec. 1929 issue has the weakest, less dramatic cover. Still, it is a scarce Bedsheet Pulp.

ENJOY PULPS – David Lee Smith

 

 

Pulps Pricings Sales Census: Confessions of a Stool Pigeon (1931)

Confessions of a Stool Pigeon (1931)

Confessions of a Stool Pigeon (1931)

The CONFESSIONS OF A STOOL PIGEON (By One of Them) sold recently on eBay for $263.89

“The Confessions of a Stool Pigeon, by One of Them, 1931.

Pyramid Publishing of Cincinnati turned out this gem at the height of the dees-dem-dose era.

It’s actually a full-length gangster novel, printed anonymously in the oversized “bedsheet” pulp format.
Illustrated with lots of great period newspaper clippings and some pretty spicy drawings.

But the best part is a gangster slang glossary. That section will save you from calling some skirt a Maggie when she might only be a Jane, or wondering how someone known to be eating snowballs could have hopped a rattler…

Note: …oversized pulp.

Condition:

Front cover: Light edge wear, tiny corner chip

The Confessions of a Stool Pigeon (1931 interior)

The Confessions of a Stool Pigeon (1931 interior)

bottom right, stress marks, very faint dust shadow along the top inch or so.

 

Back cover: About the same condition as the front cover, maybe slightly more edge wear.

Spine: Moderate wear, complete, unfaded.

Pages: Light tan, flexible, clean. The first few pages have chipped corners at the bottom (very small chips, nowhere near the text).
One folded signature, comprising pages 25-28, wasn’t inserted correctly during binding. As a result, the staples only grazed it, without actually securing it, and it’s loose.
But it’s there and it stays in place just fine.”

Bookery says: Bedsheet – “Rare” (“Seldom offered for sale…in most cases there may be fewer than a couple dozen existing copies” (less than 24 – DLS))
$90.00 – $225.00 – $450.00

But is it “truly” a “Pulp” ? Galactic Central says: “Although listed in the Adventure House Guide, this was copyrighted as a “pamphlet” and is not really a magazine.”
It’s not a “pamphlet” that you or I would be familiar with as it’s quite a large 10 1/2” X 12 1/2” (or so). It has a thicker than normal quality of paper for it’s slick, glossy cover and flat-edged pulp paper, one (true ?) story magazine.

INTRODUCTION By the author of “The Last Mile, “The Big House,” etc.

“CONFESSIONS OF A STOOL PIGEON” is the most amazing , authentic, staggering document I have ever read.

And no one on earth has ever read more genuine and synthetic “inside stuff,” “Lowdown,” and graveyard” on crime, corruption, rackets and police methods than I have. As the author of hundreds of underworld stories such as “The Last Mile,” “The Big House,” “Put on the Spot,” “Gangster Girl,” and “Glossary of Thieves’ Slang,” as well as being the editor of a newspaper feature section with a circulation of 10,000,000 weekly which goes in considerably for crime news, I have thousands of “true” and fiction stories submitted to me. Scores of ex-convicts , as soon as they are “sprung” beta to my threshold to pour out exposés, confessions, grapevine secrets.

I have become hard-boiled on such copy and had begun to wonder weather it is worth while to read any more of it at all. Then I started glancing lackadaisically at the typed sheets of the “The Confessions of a Stool Pigeon” ! I sat far into the night to finish it.

I do not know who wrote the stuff. It was sent to me by an agent as a possible newspaper serial. And I turned it down. I couldn’t publish it in the heterogeneous newspapers of a vast syndicate. It was too good. It was too true. It was too strong.

But I, myself – fed up on the yarns of crooks and cops, hustlers and grifters and gangsters, hop-heads and dope-peddlers, bootleggers and white-slavers and scarlet madams – I read with fascinated concentration exclusive, incisive, penetrating and devastating denouement of lust and greed, larceny and oppression, bribery and brutality in the gun-in-hand and hand in glove partnership of ruthlessly rapacious officers of the law and harpies who trade on them while they use them to trade alike on the innocent and the helpless guilty.

No more terrific indictment (and conviction) of the American modern civilization could be more formulated. No more photographic evidence of community shame could be presented than this shameless rectal.

No one but a rascally rat could have written it. This must not be from observation or investigation, but from life, first-hand. So its author was not spurred by any lofty urges for helping mankind. It is no remorseful gesture for the common good. It is the last desperate sell-out of a double-crossing parasite who trades with and against criminal coppers for a share of the shakedown. But, whoever he is, he has in a cold-blooded way done a big, important, if not nobly inspired work.

It is the custom, in writing forwards for such a book, to say they “Will open the eyes of America.” Well, my eyes were pretty wide open before I read this one.
AND IT OPENED MINE. Jack Lait.”

Jack Lait and ''Gus'' (of ''Gus and Gussie'')

Jack Lait and ”Gus” (of ”Gus and Gussie”)

Next page:
PUBLISHER’S NOTE

If there is any question in the reader’s mind about the rackets described herein, the truth of each can be verified by a reference to any metropolitan newspaper file. Every racket exposed in the book has a parallel case in the newspapers. But until we were able to induce the author, himself a racketeer, to uncover the rottenness of this business, the inside dope on how it is done under police protection has never before been exposed.

There is food for thought for every public-spirited citizen in this expose. It should make each and every one of us wonder what the future holds in store for our country unless the racketeer is stopped in his tracks.
THE PUBLISHERS.”

And two pages after:
FORWARD
In order that no innocent guys will be put on the spot for the dope herein, I’m tipping you guys that I’ve camouflaged the monickers (as written – DLS) and places mentioned. If you spot in this your own racket, that’s okey (as written – DLS) by me. If you think you’ve got a line on the author, that’s okey with me too. But before you bump anyone off for this job, just be sure you’re giving the right guy the works. Don’t forget, we all hate the bulls.
Very truly yours,
THE STOOL PIDGEON.”

At the very end of the story it says, “Remember !!! THE NIGHT CLUB RACKET will be on the Newsstands SOON. Watch For It ! It’s Got Them All Beat !”

The above was taken from my own pretty beat, dry-papered copy, won back in 2010.

So is it a “Pulp” ? I’ll leave that up to you to decide.

It’s a wonder this hasn’t been reprinted by now.

ENJOY PULPS – David Lee Smith

New Releases From Altus Press: August 16, 2016

Time for another batch of new releases from Altus Press, your source for the best pulp publications available. Here is what’s available as of this week:

 


Super-Detective Jim Anthony: The Complete Series Volume 3Super-Detective Jim Anthony: The Complete Series Volume 3

by Victor Rousseau

The complete reprinting of the greatest of the Doc Savage pastiches continues! Volume Three of contains the next three adventures of Jim Anthony: “Murder Syndicate,” “The Horrible Marionettes,” and “Border Napoleon.” This volume also includes editor notes and correspondence.

353 pages | $19.95 softcover | $29.95 hardcover

Ki-Gor: The Complete Series Volume 3Ki-Gor: The Complete Series Volume 3

by John Peter Drummond, introduction by Howard Andrew Jones

For the first time, the Ki-Gor series from the pages of Jungle Stories is collected, complete, uncut and in order! Volume 3 includes the next four stories: “Tigress of T’wanbi” (Winter 1941-42), “Slaves for the Renegade Sultan” (Spring 1942), “Blood Priestess of Vig’Na” (Summer 1942), and “The Cannibal Horde” (Fall 1942).

318 pages | $24.95 softcover | $34.95 hardcover

The Black Bat Omnibus, Volume 5The Black Bat Omnibus Volume 5

by Norvell W. Page and Norman A. Daniels

Pulp hero the Black Bat returns! This collection contains the next three adventures of the Black Bat: “The Black Bat’s Summons,” “The Black Bat’s Invisible Enemy,” and “The Voice of Doom,” uncut and restored with the original illustrations. Featuring a story by long-time Spider author, Norvell W. Page, it’s the next volume of the complete reprinting of the series.

339 pages | $19.95 softcover | $29.95 hardcover

The Complete Tales of Koropok by Sidney Herschel SmallThe Complete Tales of Koropok (Deluxe Edition)

by Sidney Herschel Small

Limited hardcover edition of 50 copies. Comes with eBook versions of all the stories.

One of the best series from the twilight of Adventure Magazine’s run, this 11-story saga of an American undercover agent in the Far East during World War II has been sadly neglected for 75 years. But no longer! This Comprehensive set also includes over 100 illustrations by master pulp illustrators Hamilton Greene and Frank Kramer. This limited, deluxe edition collects them all! Plus: purchase of this deluxe edition entitles you to free eBook versions of these stories.

306 pages | $75.00 deluxe hardcover

cardigandeluxe1The Complete Cases of Cardigan (2 Volume Deluxe Edition)

by Frederick Nebel

Limited hardcover edition of 50 copies. Comes with eBook versions of all the stories.

Frederick Nebel’s unforgettable character Jack Cardigan was one of the main reasons behind the success of the legendary Dime Detective Magazine. His hard-boiled P.I. stories were a major influence to other writers of the era, yet only a handful have been reprinted since their original 44-story run eighty years ago. This deluxe two-volume contains the entire series of 44 stories, complete and uncut, with an introduction by Will Murray and the original illustrations by John Fleming Gould.

698 pages | $140.00 deluxe hardcovers

Pulps Pricings Sales Census: Far West Stories (Oct. 1931) and Far West Romances (April 1932)

A Far West Stories and Far West Romances set of 2 magazines recently sold on eBay for $221.39

FAR WEST STORIES – Oct. 1931 (Issue 75 of 84)

FAR WEST STORIES - Oct. 1931

FAR WEST STORIES – Oct. 1931

Authors: All but one 9 page story (?) are reprints from the early 1921-1925 WESTERN STORY MAGAZINE. And I would question that one story because it’s strange a ‘not-a- big-name in Westerns’ would have the only original story, and no cover spot.

 

Walt Coburn, Howard E. Morgan, Robert Ormond Case, Roy W. Hinds, Christopher B. Booth (non-reprint (?))

Bookery: FAR WEST STORIES are listed as “Scarce” and $15.00 – $35.00 – $75.00

 

FAR WEST ROMANCES – April 1932 (Issue 81 of 84)

Authors: Jack Bechdolt, Isabel S. Way,

FAR WEST ROMANCES - April 1932

FAR WEST ROMANCES – April 1932

Cliff Walters, C. Wiles Hallock

 

Bookery: FAR WEST ROMANCES are listed as “Rare” and $20.00 – $50.00 – $100.00

FAR WEST ROMANCES - April 1932 (Back Cover)

FAR WEST ROMANCES – April 1932 (Back Cover)

 

 

“…lot of 2 streets & smiths far west magazines oct. 1931 & april 1932 both. Have all pages except 1932 back cover is missing part of page.”

I would say it’s missing 2/3’s of it’s back cover.

ENJOY PULPS – David Lee Smith

Pulps Pricings Sales Census: Westland Love Magazine (March 1934)

Westland Love Magazine – March 1934 recently sold on eBay for $174.26 3RD Issue of 5.

Authors: Howard E. Morgan, Myrtle Juliette Corey;

WESTLAND LOVE MAGAZINE - March 1934

WESTLAND LOVE MAGAZINE – March 1934

H. Ralph Goller (there’s a Ralph Goller who had only one other story in the equally Rare ZOOM – Aug./Sept. 1931);
Clyde Wilson (this is either one of the 2 Clyde Wilson’s in the FictionMags Index or a completely new one.
Clyde B. Wilson had 8 stories published in 1915, 1917-1919, 1927 and 1929 in the ‘big name’ titles: ARGOSY, BLUE BOOK, ALL-STORY WEEKLY, PEOPLE’S, COMPLETE STORIES, and finally in REAL DETECTIVE TALES AND MYSTERY STORIES.
Just Clyde Wilson had 3 published stories: 1931 WESTERN ROMANCES – May 1931 (I’m thinking he’s probably this one), 1938 THRILLING WONDER STORIES, and a 1942 WESTERN ACES.

 

“1931 vol 1 #3… all pages are attached to the binding over all in very nice condition top cover has crease”

Copies are so scarce that there are no cover images of ANY copy in Galactic Central; here is one finally.
Bookery says, “Rare” $20.00 – $50.00 – $100.00

I’d figure it’s in the $175.00 to $275.00 price range also for the true rarity of the title.

ENJOY PULPS – David Lee Smith

Pulps Pricings Sales Census: Pirate Stories 1934 and 1935

PIRATE STORIES - Nov. 1934

PIRATE STORIES – Nov. 1934

Here are 3 recent eBay sales of PIRATE STORIES plus a little extra…

PIRATE STORIES – Nov. 1934 sold for $35.00
First Issue of 6.

Cover by Sidney Rosenberg

Authors: “Pirate Guns” by  F. V. W. Mason;
“Scourge of the Main” by James Perley Hughes

“..a Gernsback publication.
These are some of the premiere collectibles in pulps, with lurid and colorful action covers, including good girl, bad girl, and plenty of blood, violence and torture.

Minor chipping and edgewear and spine bumping, plus some light soiling.
A bit of paper loss at the upper right corner, plus tape repairs to the spine, which has been partially restored.
The top and bottom ends have been replaced.
Otherwise it’s intact and pretty bright and tight.

PIRATE STORIES - Nov. 1934 (Not so nice)

PIRATE STORIES – Nov. 1934 (Not so nice)

By and large, the spine is amazingly bright and complete.
We graded this magazine as generally in Good to Very Good condition except as noted.”

Another copy of Nov. 1934 also sold for $35.00
“I am no expert but I would say this book is in Fair Condition. This book is very old and shows its age.
The cover has chips and creases around the edges.
The spine is taped. There is a tear on the front cover which has been taped as well.”

PIRATE STORIES – Jan. 1935 sold for $114.51
Second Issue of 6.

Cover by Ray Wardel

Authors: “Pirate Wings” by Reg Dinsmore (of the 4 writers only Dinsmore is semi-prolific);

PIRATE STORIES - Jan. 1935

PIRATE STORIES – Jan. 1935

“Skull Island”; “Treachery of Mow Ghee”; “Submarine Hold-Up”

this short-lived Hugo Gernsback pulp experiment, complete with a “yellow peril” cover (by Ray Wardel) and a piece on Jean Lafitte.
As I’ve said before, any pulp collection without an issue of Pirate Stories is only fit for soaking up bilge water.


Condition: Front cover: Light edge wear, small overhang piece nibbled away (right edge, next to the “15”), a few stress marks, a couple of reading creases, light soiling.
Back cover: A little nicer than the front cover.
Spine: Complete, very slightly faded, very light overall wear.
Pages: Deep beige, flexible, clean.”

Bookery states: “Uncommon” $30.00 – $75.00 – $150.00


And here’s an extra just because it came up in the “Pirate Stories” search, and the condition and price it went for…

PEP STORIES - April 1929

PEP STORIES – April 1929

PEP STORIES – April 1929 sold for $53.65

Complete but fragile. Cover detached. Fair condition…

Hello All. This week I am liquidating my entire men’s magazine collection.
Not holding anything back… All are complete unless otherwise notated in the condition description. above.
…Also I will attempt to assign a grade but with these magazines I find them hard to grade.
Keep in mind these magazines are between 50-75 years old and most are extremely rare in any condition…
As I am selling off my collection and selling these at no reserve I am not offering returns on these. They are being sold as-is.”

With a detached cover this issue still sold for a little over $50.00

ENJOY PULPS – David Lee Smith

Pulps Pricings Sales Census: Brief Stories (December 1925)

BRIEF STORIES - Dec. 1925

BRIEF STORIES – Dec. 1925

2 copies of BRIEF STORIES – Dec. 1925 sold recently on eBay for $132.49 and $318.13 !

 

BRIEF STORIES - Dec. 1925 (better copy side)

BRIEF STORIES – Dec. 1925 (Extremely Nice Spine)

Authors: “A Desert “Sheek” ” by Erle Stanley Gardner (at this time Gardner was doing the ‘Speed Dash – “The Human Fly” ‘ series over at TOP-NOTCH MAGAZINE;
“In Old Port Royal: V – Not Always to the Strong” (6TH “Port Royal” appearance of 14) by Ian Hopel ;
Isabelle Stewart Way;  Howard R. Marsh (semi-prolific);
“The Tale of Ah Foo’s Rat” by Howard Rockey (only slightly prolific)
“”This magazine is from my Uncle’s estate. It has not been professionally graded. Please see the pictures for the true description. If I see any writing on the pages, I will show…it.- …”

Looks to have 1/2 spine split (4″ at the bottom),BRIEF STORIES - Dec. 1925 (Dry pages and beat)

dry pages, and lot of old moisture staining/damage (especially noticeable on both covers (I would say 1/5 to 1/4 of the front cover). Still, this copy went for around $132.50.BRIEF STORIES - Dec. 1925 (Dry pages and beat Side Spine)

The better copies description is: “VG+ Rare 1925 Pulp magazine in fantastic shape for its age! Light tears around edges of cover and a small amount of corner chipping on a few inside pages are the only significant flaws on this otherwise very presentable copy.”

SHORT STORIES - June - 10, 1935

SHORT STORIES – June – 10, 1935

BRIEF STORIES - Dec. 1925 (Dry pages and beat Back cover)

Back Cover Moisture Staining

Bookery say, “Scarce” $15.00 – $30.00 – $75.00
Due to the similarities of logo design from 1924 to 1927 on BRIEF STORIES and the logo from SHORT STORIES (“STORIES’ is an exact copy !) you would think BRIEF STORIES was a sister or companion to the other, but they’re not related.
BRIEF STORIES was put out by The Houston Publishing Co. and Personal Arts Co. between 1924-1927 and SHORT STORIES by Doubleday, Page & Co., Inc., NY between 1910-1937. “Curiouser and curiouser.”
ENJOY PULPS – David Lee Smith

Pulps Pricing Sales Census: All Star Detective Stories (Feb. 1931) and All Star Detective (May 1942)

Here are two recent eBay sales of ALL STAR DETECTIVE:ALL STAR DETECTIVE - Feb. 1931

 

ALL STAR DETECTIVE STORIES – Feb. 1931 recently sold for $25.87

Authors: “Coffins for Six !” by Erle Stanley Gardner;
“The Death Feast” by H. H. Matteson;
“The Ghost Canoe” by Leslie McFarlane

 

No description given “This magazine is from my Uncle’s estate. It has not been professionally graded…. see the pictures for the true description. If I see any writing on the pages, I will show a photo of it. Please look at the photos to determine the condition.”

Kind of beat, yellowing paper, and front cover is detached. Still this Clayton Pulp sold for close to $30.00.

 

ALL STAR DETECTIVE – May 1942 recently sold for $114.38

Second and Last Issue, although it says issue 3. ALL STAR DETECTIVE - May 1942NOT the same series as the above Clayton title, but a Manvis Publications, Inc./Red Star/Tmely-Marvel Comics/Martin Goodman Pulp.

 

Authors:
“The Last Corpse Will Have Red Lips” by Edward Ronns (pseudonym of Edward S. Aarons, who did The ANGEL DETECTIVE Pulp for Mavis. He also wrote the 42 series of CIA agent Sam Durell/”Assignment” (and) in paperbacks (1955-1976));
Murder Merry-Go-Round” by W. T. Ballard;
“Name the Dragon’s Next Victim” by G. T. Fleming-Roberts (and);
“A Button, a Flower, and Blood” by Eric Howard;
“Death Is a Little Doll”; “Whom the Fiend Hates”

 

 

“The cover is a Peter Driben homage to – or just ripoff of – H. J. Ward.SPICY DETECTIVE STORIES - Sept. 1941

This was the Library of Congress copyright deposit file copy, and obviously everyone at the LoC had to stamp it to make it official. (I count at last 6 – DLS)

 Still, an uncommon pulp and a unique convergence of two legendary pinup artists.

 

Condition: Front cover: Light edge wear and edge tears, LoC ink stamps, creases along the right edge, partially erased pencil markings near top right corner, separation from spine for the top inch-and-a-half or so.

Back cover: Similar to the front cover, minus all the LoC stamps.
Spine: Slightly faded, moderate wear, light surface soiling.

Pages: Tan, a little darker around the edges, clean. A few of the pages that stick out the farthest have some very minor edge flaking, but the pages overall are still flexible.”

 

ENJOY PULPS – David Lee Smith

 

Pulps Pricings Sales Census: Popular Fiction Magazine (November 1931)

POPULAR FICTION MAGAZINE – Nov. 1931 recently sold on eBay for “Buy It Now” of $60.00POPULAR FICTION MAGAZINE - Nov. 1931

First Issue as this title. It had previously been the scarce MAN STORIES, and after POPULAR FICTION, the equally scarce NICKEL DETECTIVE MAGAZINE with 6 issues, finally ending up as STRANGE DETECTIVE STORIES with 4 issues.

Authors: “The Flaming Skull” by Hugh B. Cave;
“Jungle Fate” by L. Patrick Greene;
“The Boast of Mat Drus” by Murray Leinster;
“Fo ’c ’s ’le” by Frank J. Leahy;
“Island Vultures” by Jacland Marmur;
“The Suite in Soho” by Cyril Plunkett
Excellent round-robin of Pulp writers.

The dealer just said, “…complete issue,” but appears to be an extremely nice copy.

Bookery say: “Scarce” $30.00 – $75.00 – $150.00

ENJOY PULPS – David Lee Smith

 

New Releases From Altus Press: July 26, 2016

We’re back from the always-enjoyable Pulpfest convention, and it was fantastic to meet so many fans of Altus Press!

As always, we premiere a number of new releases exclusively with Mike Chomko, Books, at Pulpfest. The convention has come and gone, and now it’s time to make them available everywhere else. Here’s the first batch:

The Mysterious Wu Fang #1: The Case of the Six CoffinsThe Mysterious Wu Fang #1: The Case of the Six Coffins

By Robert J. Hogan

“There is one Val Kildare, government agent. It is my wish that he die the most painful death in our power to inflict.” From an underground room in Limehouse this order was given. And now, across the Atlantic, sped a murder cargo to wipe out the only man who stood between Wu Fang, Emperor of Crime, and his conquest of the world!

201 pages | $12.95 softcover

Yen Sin #1: The Mystery of the Dragon’s ShadowYen Sin #1: The Mystery of the Dragon’s Shadow

By Donald E. Keyhoe

Out of the teeming turbulent East had come Dr. Yen Sin—saff­ron-skinned wizard of crime—bringing to the capital of the West all the ancient Devil’s-lore at his command—and a horde of Asian Hell-born to help him spawn it. But Michael Traile—The Man Who Never Slept—had crammed into his own keen brain the means to cope with the sinister doctor. For he knew even the secrets of the Dragon’s Shadow and how to penetrate the yellow murder fog that had descended on the capital to mingle its blood-wisps with the mist from the Potomac.

152 pages | $12.95 softcover

Invitation to a Crime: Further Adventures of Denis Burke by H. Bedford-JonesInvitation to a Crime: Further Adventures of Denis Burke

by H. Bedford-Jones

Operating out of Morocco, American profiteer Denis Burke encounters business opportunities fraught with political intrigue, shady underworld characters, double-crossing associates, and devious women—all while trying not to run afoul of the law. Burke must dodge his ever-watchful nemesis, Inspector Crepin, who has vowed to expel him from the country—or better yet—put him behind bars. A never before reprinted series by the King of the Pulps, H. Bedford-Jones.

132 pages | $14.95 softcover | $29.95 hardcover

Gimlet Eye Gunn by H. Bedford-JonesGimlet Eye Gunn

by H. Bedford-Jones

Peter Larsen knew well enough that air personnel had often been forced to land on remote tropical islands. But he hadn’t thought of any of them as being haunted islands.

A classic that once appeared in Weird Tales, it’s now part of The H. Bedford-Jones Library.

80 pages | $9.95 softcover | $29.95 hardcover

 


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Derelict of Space by Randall Garrett—plus Poul Anderson and Tarr Roman

Let’s dial back to the October 1954 issue of American Science Fiction Magazine, published in Australia by the Malian Press. There isn’t a “loser” tale in this issue. The cover is illustrated by the usually imaginative Stanley Pitt, but this cover is all straight lines, and lacks any real evidence of his capabilities.

American Science Fiction Magazine #30The cover title, DERELICT OF SPACE by Randall Garrett, originally appeared in the American pulp Future (March 1954) as “The Wayward Course.” Intriguing tale of the far-flung future in which humans are at a stalemate with aliens over border territory. We then stumble (in space, of course) across a derelict space vessel that turns out to be thousands of years old. Encased inside are humans, perfectly preserved. Thawing one out (a woman) they discover within these ancient humans a higher intellect, mind-reading and hypnotic abilities. Fearing she is a plant by the aliens, they lock her away and plan to blow up the rest of the frozen bodies. But when she escapes an impregnable cell, all hell breaks loose. As they hunt her down, the question remains, until solved at the end: Is she Friend, or is she Foe?

The novelette is chased by Poul Anderson’s THE CHAPTER ENDS, debuting in Dynamic Science Fiction (January 1954).
Humans have explored and conquered the stars, but the aging battle-scarred Earth is now to be surrendered to an alien race, to keep the peace. All humans are evacuated, save for an elder, whom remains behind, and eventually, alone and surrounded by the quiet and impending darkness, goes quickly insane, in mere minutes….

Tarr Roman’s CAPTAIN BARNES AND THE LAW is a short story of merit, playful tongue-in-cheek wit of how to solve the invasion of an intelligent race from claiming their spaceship  while not causing harm. Intergalactic Law states and forbids harming a new and intelligent race, etc. Standard law found in many SF stories. You get the idea. However, when the less-than-pint-sized aliens fail to acknowledge the mountainous humans as rightful owners of their own spaceship (the aliens, so tiny, think it a metallic asteroid or planet, worthy of harvesting for its precious ores, and have already drilled through the hull), Captain Barnes must come up with an ingenious plot to remove the vicious invaders, before they kill his entire crew. The solution is amusing. This story originally appeared in Future (March 1952).

 

 

Altus Press Books Premiering at Pulpfest 2016

Altus Press is pleased to announce its summer 2016 releases, all of which will premiere at Pulpfest. They’ll be available exclusively at the Mike Chomko, Books, table. Our books typically sell out quickly at the pulp shows, so please contact Mike to reserve your copies.

wufang1cvrThe Mysterious Wu Fang #1: The Case of the Six Coffins

By Robert J. Hogan

“There is one Val Kildare, government agent. It is my wish that he die the most painful death in our power to inflict.” From an underground room in Limehouse this order was given. And now, across the Atlantic, sped a murder cargo to wipe out the only man who stood between Wu Fang, Emperor of Crime, and his conquest of the world!

201 pages | $12.95 softcover

yensin1cvrYen Sin #1: The Mystery of the Dragon’s Shadow

By Donald E. Keyhoe

Out of the teeming turbulent East had come Dr. Yen Sin—saff­ron-skinned wizard of crime—bringing to the capital of the West all the ancient Devil’s-lore at his command—and a horde of Asian Hell-born to help him spawn it. But Michael Traile—The Man Who Never Slept—had crammed into his own keen brain the means to cope with the sinister doctor. For he knew even the secrets of the Dragon’s Shadow and how to penetrate the yellow murder fog that had descended on the capital to mingle its blood-wisps with the mist from the Potomac.

152 pages | $12.95 softcover

Super-Detective Jim Anthony: The Complete Series Volume 3Super-Detective Jim Anthony: The Complete Series Volume 3

by Victor Rousseau

The complete reprinting of the greatest of the Doc Savage pastiches continues! Volume Three of contains the next three adventures of Jim Anthony: “Murder Syndicate,” “The Horrible Marionettes,” and “Border Napoleon.” This volume also includes editor notes and correspondence.

353 pages | $19.95 softcover | $29.95 hardcover

Ki-Gor: The Complete Series Volume 3Ki-Gor: The Complete Series Volume 3

by John Peter Drummond, introduction by Howard Andrew Jones

For the first time, the Ki-Gor series from the pages of Jungle Stories is collected, complete, uncut and in order! Volume 3 includes the next four stories: “Tigress of T’wanbi” (Winter 1941-42), “Slaves for the Renegade Sultan” (Spring 1942), “Blood Priestess of Vig’Na” (Summer 1942), and “The Cannibal Horde” (Fall 1942).

318 pages | $24.95 softcover | $34.95 hardcover

The Complete Adventures of The Griffon Volume 3The Complete Adventures of The Griffon Volume 3

by Arch Whitehouse

Fighting the aerial forces of evil for nearly ten years in the pages of Flying Aces, Kerry Keen aka The Griffon finally returns to print! This edition continues the complete reprinting of the series. Volume 3 contains the next six stories: “Riddle of the Rocket,” “Cavalry of the Clouds,” “Twin-Engine Treachery,” “Test Pilot Terror,” “The Carrier Coup” and “Scourge of the Sky Brood.”

275 pages | $19.95 softcover | $29.95 hardcover

The Complete Adventures of the Moon Man, Volume 2: 1934The Complete Adventures of the Moon Man, Volume 2: 1934

by Frederick C. Davis, introduction by Andrew Salmon

One of the strangest pulp heroes is finally available from Altus Press! Created by pulp fiction legend Frederick C. Davis for the pages of the ultra-rare title, Ten Detective Aces, the Moon Man fought the forces of the underworld in 38 unforgettable tales. Volume 2 collects the next six stories from this series: “Silver Death,” “Mark of the Moon Man,” “Crimson Shackles,” “Blood Bargain,” “The Black Lash” and “The Murder Master.” And it includes an all-new introduction by Moon Man expert Andrew Salmon.

337 pages | $24.95 softcover | $34.95 hardcover

The Black Bat Omnibus, Volume 5The Black Bat Omnibus Volume 5

by Norvell W. Page and Norman A. Daniels

Pulp hero the Black Bat returns! This collection contains the next three adventures of the Black Bat: “The Black Bat’s Summons,” “The Black Bat’s Invisible Enemy,” and “The Voice of Doom,” uncut and restored with the original illustrations. Featuring a story by long-time Spider author, Norvell W. Page, it’s the next volume of the complete reprinting of the series.

339 pages | $19.95 softcover | $29.95 hardcover

Hazzard: The Complete SeriesHazzard: The Complete Series

by Frederick C. Davis

The Fight Against the lawless! Mark Hazzard, red-headed, fiery-tempered District Attorney of King’s County was a man of the Law, but when the law didn’t get justice, the guilty were then the prey for the Juggernaut of Justice and his own iron rules. Bucking the police and the underworld alike, Hazzard kept a secret that would send him to burn in the electric chair. Written by Frederick C. Davis, the author of the Moon Man series. Featuring all six of Mark Hazzard’s adventures in one volume!

296 pages | $19.95 softcover | $29.95 hardcover

Adventures of a Professional CorpseAdventures of a Professional Corpse

by H. Bedford-Jones

Meet James F. Bronson, a man who finds dying a profitable business. Time after time, Bronson accepts assignments to whom dying is all in the day’s work. One of the most offbeat series that H. Bedford-Jones penned; a series for which he was inspired by an advertisement that actually appeared.

94 pages | $11.95 softcover | $29.95 hardcover

Invitation to a Crime: Further Adventures of Denis Burke by H. Bedford-JonesInvitation to a Crime: Further Adventures of Denis Burke

by H. Bedford-Jones

Operating out of Morocco, American profiteer Denis Burke encounters business opportunities fraught with political intrigue, shady underworld characters, double-crossing associates, and devious women—all while trying not to run afoul of the law. Burke must dodge his ever-watchful nemesis, Inspector Crepin, who has vowed to expel him from the country—or better yet—put him behind bars. A never before reprinted series by the King of the Pulps, H. Bedford-Jones.

132 pages | $14.95 softcover | $29.95 hardcover

Red Runes of China by H. Bedford-JonesRed Runes of China

by H. Bedford-Jones

The runes told of mystery, of danger lurking in odd corners, of the craft of the Orient put to evil purposes in the Far West, and started young Dick Clews on a great adventure…. A never-before-collected series, it’s now part of The H. Bedford-Jones Library.

138 pages | $14.95 softcover | $29.95 hardcover

The Cross and the Hammer: A Tale of the Days of the Vikings by H. Bedford-JonesThe Cross and the Hammer: A Tale of the Days of the Vikings

by H. Bedford-Jones

H. Bedford-Jones’ thrilling novel of the Vikings and King Olaf, who broke the power of the old gods and who introduced Christianity into his realm. One of H. Bedford-Jones’ earliest novels, it’s now part of The H. Bedford-Jones Library.

162 pages | $14.95 softcover | $29.95 hardcover

The Mardi Gras Mystery by H. Bedford-JonesThe Mardi Gras Mystery

by H. Bedford-Jones

Who is The Midnight Masquer? While partygoers celebrate Mardi Gras under the recently-enacted Prohibition, attention is cast to this masked character and his connection to the murder of a prominent New Orleans citizen. Did the victim’s son really commit the crime, or is there more than meets the eye?

188 pages | $14.95 softcover | $29.95 hardcover

Thady Shea’s Saga by H. Bedford-JonesThady Shea’s Saga

by H. Bedford-Jones

The Navajo’s sacred relics, the seven Gods of the San Marcos, are the focus of attention between warring factions in the Old West, and washed-up actor Thaddeus Shea is caught in between the chaos! A classic adventure written by The King of the Pulps, and now it’s part of The H. Bedford-Jones Library.

174 pages | $14.95 softcover | $29.95 hardcover

Conquest: The Story of Pierre Radisson, Founder of the Hudson Bay Company by H. Bedford-JonesConquest: The Story of Pierre Radisson, Founder of the Hudson Bay Company

by H. Bedford-Jones

The story of Pierre Radisson has passed into history. That he was the first man to reach the Mississippi, after De Soto, is now admitted. It was he who founded the Hudson’s Bay Company, and who opened up the great Northwest to the world. One of H. Bedford-Jones’ earliest novels, now part of The H. Bedford-Jones Library.

184 pages | $14.95 softcover | $29.95 hardcover

The Complete Tales of Koropok by Sidney Herschel SmallThe Complete Tales of Koropok (Deluxe Edition)

by Sidney Herschel Small

Limited hardcover edition of 50 copies. Comes with eBook versions of all the stories.

One of the best series from the twilight of Adventure Magazine’s run, this 11-story saga of an American undercover agent in the Far East during World War II has been sadly neglected for 75 years. But no longer! This Comprehensive set also includes over 100 illustrations by master pulp illustrators Hamilton Greene and Frank Kramer. This limited, deluxe edition collects them all! Plus: purchase of this deluxe edition entitles you to free eBook versions of these stories.

306 pages | $75.00 deluxe hardcover

cardigandeluxe1The Complete Cases of Cardigan (2 Volume Deluxe Edition)

by Frederick Nebel

Limited hardcover edition of 50 copies. Comes with eBook versions of all the stories.

Frederick Nebel’s unforgettable character Jack Cardigan was one of the main reasons behind the success of the legendary Dime Detective Magazine. His hard-boiled P.I. stories were a major influence to other writers of the era, yet only a handful have been reprinted since their original 44-story run eighty years ago. This deluxe two-volume contains the entire series of 44 stories, complete and uncut, with an introduction by Will Murray and the original illustrations by John Fleming Gould.

698 pages | $140.00 deluxe hardcovers

Pulps Pricings Sales Census: 5 Exciting Detective

EXCITING DETECTIVE - Fall 1940 (First Issue)

EXCITING DETECTIVE – Fall 1940 (First Issue)

EXCITING DETECTIVE – Fall 1940 (First Issue) recently sold on eBay for $41.00

This cover has everything going for it: Man in Electric Chair with black hood over his face; Red dressed babe trying to unstrap him as another guy blast away with his gun protecting them; a Black Robed, Masked, Pale faced fiend climbing down rungs in the wall grabbing the babe, and still another snarling fiend behind an iron door preparing to pull the level.

Authors: “Murder Limited” by Johnston McCulley;

“He Gave Him a Gun” by Laurence Donovan;

“The Secret of the Tong” by Hugh Clevely (reprint from The THRILLER –  May 11, 1929)

“Handling indicators, including light hairlines; front and back covers firmly attached. Brushed discoloration visible upon the light areas of the covers. Binding fully readable; paper supple; cover retains some gloss. Slight spinal edge staining, minor edge nicking, and a rub through at the upper left cover price area. Wax pencil distribution marking upon the back cover.

Pulp fiction referred to cheaply made, often risqué, publications to drive newsstand visits. The stories were lurid, provocative, imaginative …. the art simply jaw dropping …. but the magazines were printed on low grade pulp paper, the covers were often over-sized …. edge nicking, bumps, discoloration and other imperfections are evident characteristics of the pulp age. Many distributors would stamp dates on the covers.”

Bookery: “Uncommon to Somewhat Common”  $18.00 – $45.00 – $90.00

EXCITING DETECTIVE - Winter 1941 (Second Issue)

EXCITING DETECTIVE – Winter 1941 (Second Issue)

EXCITING DETECTIVE – Winter 1941 (Second Issue) sold for $49.06

Authors: “Yellow Death” (1ST “Unofficial Jones” appearance of 4) by Lee Fredericks (who also wrote the 22 “Mr. Richard Wong” stores in G-MEN (DETECTIVE) 1935-1946; Nelson S. Bond; Fredric Brown.

“Front cover has owners name stamp under title bar (Perley Wicks), small pieces missing along right edge, heavy edge wear along the bottom with a piece missing and multiple short nicks, tears and folds.

Spine is slanted with a ½” missing at the bottom.

Back cover has store stamp and moisture stains (which do not affect interior pages).

Interior is tight and clean with light tan, supple pages.”

Bookery: $8.00 – $20.00 – $40.00

EXCITING DETECTIVE – Winter 1941 sold for $34.04

EXCITING DETECTIVE - Winter 1941 (Dec. 1941)

EXCITING DETECTIVE – Winter 1941 (Dec. 1941)

Authors: “The Night of Murder” (2ND appearance of 4 of “The Purple Scar” by John S. Endicott (in-house pseudonym, but written by George A. McDonald),

 

 

“The Thing in the Marsh” by Ray Cummings.

…containing a complete Purple Scar novel entitled THE NIGHT OF MURDER by John S. Endicott, detailing how the Purple Scar follows a ghastly pattern of slaughter to find the key to justice when death directs a grim scenario and a killer stalks a motion picture studio….

With that said, this issue is in average (-) condition… complete interior text.  Supple paper, cover retains some gloss, edge binding completely readable, some edge and corner bumps/edge wear and bottom right front cover tear; some edge chips/nicks. Some brush discoloration noted upon the back cover. Some pencil writing on the logo “D” and a wa pencil price notation.

Collectible copy. Hard to find on the secondary market. These will only appreciate in value.”

EXCITING DETECTIVE – Winter 1942 sold for $29.03

 

EXCITING DETECTIVE - Winter 1942

EXCITING DETECTIVE – Winter 1942

Authors: “The Chain of Murders” is the 4TH and final “Purple Scar” appearance by John S. Endicott (George A. McDonald),

 

3RD “Unofficial Jones” appearance of 4 by Lee Fredericks (better known for his “Mr. Wong” series in G-MEN DETECTIVE),

“Twenty-Four Hours to Leave Town” by C. S. Montanye

With that said, this issue is in average (-) condition… complete interior text.  No writing, supple paper, cover retains some gloss, edge binding mostly readable (upper and lower fractional spinal nicks), some edge and corner bumps/edge wear; some edge chips/nicks, although the paper is supple.

Collectible copy. Hard to find on the secondary market. These will only appreciate in value.”

Bookery: Scarcer (of the EXCITING DETECTIVE’s) $15.00 – $35.00 – $75.00

This is really a brutal cover with some guy, who appears deceased, strung up in a back closet in some kind of Oriental (1900’s – 1940’s “Yellow Peril” era) knotting and fixed so that he shoots however opens the door that he contained in. The stereotypical round glasses, big toothed, white shirted Oriental (‘Emperor Hirohito/PM Hideki Tojo’-type ) chap is doing the nicety of opening said door so the corpse (?), who was probably either a friend or fellow agent/detective, can shoot our hero.

If you owned any of the original 15 cover paintings  this title you’d be hard-pressed to find a mate that would allow them to be hung in the house,

EXCITING DETECTIVE - April 1943

EXCITING DETECTIVE – April 1943

other than the basement or attic.

 

EXCITING DETECTIVE – April 1943 sold for

“Best Offer” from “Buy It Now” of $50.00; so probably $30.00 – $40.00

 

Authors: “The Navy Yard Murders” by Laurence Donovan; “Bloody Flood Tide” by C. K. M. Scanlon

“Mild wear with few small tears, lite tan supple paper. VG”

ENJOY PULPS – David Lee Smith

“The Guthrie Method” by Raymond Z. Gallun / “Desperate Remedy” by Mack Reynolds

ASFM 37The 37th issue in the American Science Fiction Magazine pamphlet-format pulp reprint series, published in Australia by the Malian Press, features original cover art by Stanley Pitt. If not for the original illustrations, it’s hard to fathom just how desirable these magazines would be to collectors….

Originally printed in Science Fiction Quarterly (May 1954) “The Guthrie Method,” by Raymond Z. Gallun, honestly, is entirely droll. The slow, plodding pace of the plot and the obvious solution to Guthrie’s plight bored me to tears. The inexcusable insertion of a romance between himself and the weak feminine lead was utterly absurd. ‘Nuff said.

“Desperate Remedy” by Mack Reynolds is a space-opera, and one must indeed be desperate to finish reading this “chaser.” Like the preceding tale, this hails from the very same titled magazine, Science Fiction Quarterly (November 1954). A ship’s crew is sent on a secret mission to investigate a nuclear explosion deep in space only to learn the mission is twice as long as normal, and fear of space cafard (depression) soon runs rampant. But when an inexplicable murder occurs, one that has never occurred in space fleet history (an assertion that is laughable), cafard flees before the swell of the magnitude of the crew’s shock, and sudden interests flair and continuous catastrophes occur monthly. The killer is obvious from the start, despite Reynold’s attempt to disguise the culprit.

Granted, we are reading their fiction today rather than from a 1940s-50s viewpoint. At the time, this post-war stuff, written with a WW2 flair, would have been satisfying fare. To me, it simply fails to make the mark nor stand the test of time, unlike some of the other stories in these ASF magazines. I’m eagerly already delving into the next issue and it is filled with far-better stuff than this edition.

Unknown Pulp: Ladies of the Underworld

Here is a completely unknown Pulp I just found listed, that’s NOT on GALACTIC CENTRAL or The FictionMags Index.

The phrase “…a seven day dose of atomic power” probable places the date after August 1945, the publics first knowledge of the Atom Bomb drop.

LADIES OF THE UNDERWORLD – June #1 19?? 25¢ Pulp Style 36 Pgs. recently sold on eBay for $102.51 and another dealer has a “Buy It Now” for $299.00 !!!

LADIES OF THE UNDERWORLD - June 19... Back Cover

LADIES OF THE UNDERWORLD – June 19… Back Cover

LADIES OF THE UNDERWORLD - June 19... (Unknown Pulp-Type)

LADIES OF THE UNDERWORLD – June 19… (Unknown Pulp-Type)

“Description:

An unusual magazine – LADIES OF THE UNDERWORLD – June (no date, no year) containing 36 pages.

Pages may be numbered incorrectly as it would indicate one page missing, however the count is correct?

It is a pulp style mag with stories, articles and B&W illustrations and photos.

It was printed in Canada and published monthly by Headline Publications of America, 15 Park Row, New York 7, N.Y.

Advertising on the back cover, inside back cover and inside front cover have Canadian addresses.

Mag shows wear and stains on the covers.  Circa late 1930’s or early 40’s.”

LADIES OF THE UNDERWORLD - June 19... Face Page

LADIES OF THE UNDERWORLD – June 19… Face Page

LADIES OF THE UNDERWORLD - June 19... (John Wayne Cover)

LADIES OF THE UNDERWORLD – June 19… (John Wayne Cover)

The other “Buy It Now” advertiser:

LADIES OF THE UNDERWORLD - June 19... page (3 Vera Played Around With All Kinds of Men...She Wasn't Particular)

LADIES OF THE UNDERWORLD – June 19… page (3 Vera Played Around With All Kinds of Men…She Wasn’t Particular)

LADIES OF THE UNDERWORLD - June 19... page (2)

LADIES OF THE UNDERWORLD – June 19… page (2)

“This is an Extremely Rare magazine that has a JOHN WAYNE photo cover but the insides are sexually oriented and I cannot believe that Mr. Wayne would ever have approved this – It is a BAD GIRL publication with sexually oriented stories – 100% Complete with All pages present – No cut-outs – No tape anywhere – Printed in the USA and in Canada it may be the only issue ever printed”

LADIES OF THE UNDERWORLD - June 19... (4 (She was) one of Those Flighty Burlesque Dames - You know the kind ! )

LADIES OF THE UNDERWORLD – June 19… (4a …and what she disclosed was a seven day DOSE of ATOMIC POWER)

LADIES OF THE UNDERWORLD - June 19... page (3)

LADIES OF THE UNDERWORLD – June 19… page (3)

 

 

 

 

LADIES OF THE UNDERWORLD - June 19... (6 Everett...was a war hero. But neighgors believed he wasn't a hero to his Buxom Wife...the Girl...was...the Treacherous Borgia)

LADIES OF THE UNDERWORLD – June 19… (6 Everett…was a war hero. But neighgors believed he wasn’t a hero to his Buxom Wife…the Girl…was…the Treacherous Borgia)

ENJOY PULPS – David Lee Smith

 

Pulps Pricings Sales Census: New Story Magazine (September 1912)

NEW STORY MAGAZINE – Sept. 1912 recently sold on eBay for $214.27

NEW STORY MAGAZINE - Sept. 1912

NEW STORY MAGAZINE – Sept. 1912

Authors: The 41 page story “Checkmate by Wireless” by Gilbert Patten, is nice to see because Patten’s not using his more famous ‘Burt Standish’ tag-line (there is the 9 page “The White Hope Umpire” also as by Gilbert Patten);

1ST ”Jetts Brothers (or “Triplets and Trouble”)” appearance of 27 by Robert V. Carr;

“Boots and Saddles or Boots and Shoes” (2ND “Sgt. Billy Bowman” appearance of 15) by  Arthur Preston Hankins;

“Sixty Per Cent of the Gate” (5TH “Mike Nolan/Fighting for the Pennant” appearance of 7) by Frank X. Finnegan;

Arthur Somers Roche, Miles Overholt

“COPY IS COMPLETE EXCEPT FOR LARGELY MISSING SPINE. COVERS HAVE MINOR FOLDS AND TEARS”

Bookery: Basic 1912-1915 issues “Scarce to Rare” $20.00 – $50.00 – $100.00

ENJOY PULPS – David Lee Smith

Detective Book Magazine (Summer 1943) or “Seduction of the Innocent”

DETECTIVE BOOK MAGAZINE – Summer 1943 sold on eBay in December for $35.80

DETECTIVE BOOK - Summer 1943

DETECTIVE BOOK – Summer 1943

Authors: “Drawn Conclusion” is a 101 page story by Willetta A. Barber and R. F. Schabelitz who never had another story appear in the Pulp. It appears from the FictionMags index entre to have appeared in book form from Doubleday 1942; 

 

“Black Market Pay-Off” by William Campbell Gault;

 “The Demon Finds a Body” is a first appearance story,
of 3, of some character called “Demon” Ames by Stewart
Sterling (pseudonym of Prentice Winchell).

 

“Shows light edge and corner wear (more so on the right edge overhang), an abrasion on the spine (cover side) about 3″ down from the top, and a bit of tearing on the bottom of the spine. High grade for these highly fragile pulps.” Just a great Pulp cover and condition.

So why is this deemed Post-worthy ?

Jungle Comics #98 Feb. 1948 Do you see it ??? Supposedly a young teen can !

Jungle Comics #98 Feb. 1948
Do you see it ??? Supposedly a young teen can !

You may have heard about Dr. Fredric Werthams’  (and) “Seduction of the Innocent” censorship book (1954) and his ‘theory’ about the evils of comic books (and brief mention of Pulps) on juveniles. There is also mention of his “pictures within pictures” for “those who know how to look,” that artist “placed” within their work.

Jungle Comics #98 Feb. 1948 close up

Jungle Comics #98 Feb. 1948 close up

As if the artist had that amount of extra time, and kids then looked for them like some kind of perverse artistic jigsaw puzzle. A main example to the left.

 
Now if a (male) child, in the repressed era of the 40’s and ’50’s, actually went searching for a vigina in the artwork they would have no idea what one looked like in order to find one (no Sex Education in schools).
 
Well, here’s an unknown Pulp example:

What the heck was George Gross doing with the thumb on the cover painting of DETECTIVE BOOK MAGAZINE – Summer 1943 ???

 George Gross

George Gross

DETECTIVE BOOK - Summer 1943 (Fallic symbol ?)

 
ENJOY PULPS – David Lee Smith

Pulp Census Report: Tip Top Semi-Monthly and Frank Merriwell

TIP TOP SEMI-MONTHLY – March 25, 1915 Second issue sold for just $36.00 and the April 10, 1915 Third issue sold for the same.

March 25, 1915 “VERY NICE. Except 2″ SPLIT AT BOTTOM… easy to re-glue. NICE BACK COVER AND GREAT PAGES !”;

TIP TOP SEMI-MONTHLY - March 25, 1915 (#2)

TIP TOP SEMI-MONTHLY – March 25, 1915 (#2)

April 10, 1915 “NICE. Except 3″ SPLIT AT BOTTOM… easy to re-glue. NICE BACK COVER AND GREAT PAGES !”

TIP TOP SEMI-MONTHLY - April 10, 1915 (#3)

TIP TOP SEMI-MONTHLY – April 10, 1915 (#3)

As a Pulp title it only had 18 issues. It began it’s

TIP TOP WEEKLY - April 18, 1896

TIP TOP WEEKLY – April 18, 1896

long history as the “Dime Novel” TIP TOP WEEKLY with the very first “Frank Merriwell” appearance, “Frank Merriwell or, First Days at Fardale” on April 18, 1896 and continuing until 1912 before transmorphing into NEW TIP TOP WEEKLY (August 3, 1912) with Frank Jr. taking over with “Frank Merriwell, Jr. or The Camp on Wind River”.

Frank  Merriwell (and Frank, Jr,) made it into TIP TOP SEMI-MONTHY (also brother Dick) but just seemed not able to translate into the Pulp magazines after such a long history. Frank did make 7 serials in SPORT STORY MAGAZINE in 1927-1928, 2 stories in FAME AND FORTUNE (ghosted by Warren Elliot Carleton), and 12 in TOP-NOTCH MAGAZINE 1929-1930 (the last 4 as serials) before finally heading into written retirement. He had a rare 27 1/2 minute 1915 Anti-Drinking Silent Movie, “Frank Merriwell in Arizona”. He made it into the newspaper funny pages from 1928 to 1936, and a very brief (don’t blink) 15 minute radio series in 1934 (and again from 1946 to 1949).

NEW TIP TOP WEEKLY - August 3, 1912

NEW TIP TOP WEEKLY – August 3, 1912

(An aside: in March 1973 he became President of the U.S, in a way. Let’s just say it’s a terrible story, best left forgotten, and leave it at that.)

Bookery states “Uncommon to Scarce” $10.00 – $25.00 – $50.00 (the March 10, 1915 First issue is listed as $20.00 – $50.00 – $100.00)

For a Pulp from 1915, “Scarce” (“…tough to find … a handful of couples may surface (yea, I’d like to see that – DLS), while…none may come up for sale at all. Most collectors will accept what condition they can find…” – Bookery), and a major character in the Pulp industry (although on his athletic last legs; he’s catch a brief second wind from 1928 to 1930), those prices seem a tad low, especially if you do find one in top condition (remember, 1915 here). It’s a title I watch for and have only seem about 6-7 copies surface in 8 years.

CREATED a HERO for BOYS
– Believes in Our Youth –
 
By William Fuchs
 

I knew him as Burt L. Standish. A million boys in the United States between the ages of ten and fifteen, who assiduously followed Frank Merriwell as he went through Fardale, into Yale and then put into the world again, knew him by that name. Every week we trudged to the neighborhood  bookstore and deposited our coins for the latest copy ofFrank Merriwell“.

TOP-NOTCH MAGAZINE - Second Nov. 1929

TOP-NOTCH MAGAZINE – Second Nov. 1929

The lad who had not heard of Burt L. Standish had not yet tasted of the joys of life.

 
But his name, he told me, is William Gilbert Patten. When he was seventeen he dropped the William. I suppose the reason was  that he hated to be called Willie. That was a “sissy’s” name and his imagination, which had been bred on the old Beadle and Adams thrillers, yearned for something bold and daring. Gil Patten, when uttered in the right tone was fine. In the little town in Maine where he lived the altered name brought him some respect from his fellows.
 

The spirit of  adventure was in him at the age of sixteen.Then he suddenly became fully aware that his mother wanted him to be a preacher and that his father was passionately set on making him a carpenter, a good trade by which one could make an honest living.  But Willy remained awake nights visioning overwhelming successes as a writer.

William Gilbert Patten (Burt L. Standish) (Oct. 25, 1866 – Jan. 16, 1945))

William Gilbert Patten (Burt L. Standish) (Oct. 25, 1866 – Jan. 16, 1945))

 
Willie was aghast when he finally discovered his parents’ ambitions for him. He pleaded with them, but to no avail. The elder Patten would never allow his son to become a writer. There was something indecent about writing for a livelihood.
 
So Willie put his toothbrush in his pocket and ran away to Biddeford, the mill town quite a few miles away, where he quietly secured a job in old man Gooch’s place. He spent six months there and then asked for a raise, it was refused him and Willie quit.
 
He came home. He brought money with him and the sophisticated air of a man the world. His parents welcomed him back with open arms, but his  father told him in words not exactly soft that he would have to go to work. But our hero went to sleep and dreamed of cowboys and Indians.
 
As he was telling me this Patten laughed. “I had a hard time convincing the folks that I could make money writing, but I finally did”.  He earned six dollars for two stories submitted to the Banner Weekly. For his third contribution he was awarded with seventy-five dollars. The fires of authorship burned in him fiercely. He sat down and wrote a full length novel. The title was “The  Diamond Sport”. He was paid $150 for it. His day had arrived at last. Henceforth Gil Patten would write novels. The world would yet recognize him as a genius.
 
Patten puffed his pipe and he laughed again as the recollection of those days came to him. “I was writing a lot then and making money. My books were all thrillers, stories of the golden West. In their pages roamed Indians and two-gun cattlemen. Whole wagonloads of brave pioneers were butchered by the ruthless red men. Men shot at the drop of a hat. They all chewed tobacco and swore.”
 
For about four years this continued. Then, when he had passed his twenty-first year. Patten suddenly decided to head for New York. He had saved a little money and felt sure of success in the big city.
 
A few months previously he had been struck by an amazing idea and with his ego guiding him he had started a newspaper. This venture had not been marked by an epochal success. Let Patten tell the  story:
 
“My mother put a stop to it when she found out that I was $900 in debt. She was scandalize. My father, she said, had never been more than $100 in debt in his whole life. That was about the only connection I have ever had with a newspaper.”
When Gilbert Patten came to New York it had already achieved a certain eminence among the cities of the world: Jenny Lind had sung here; the actor Forrest had performed before its citizens; the Bowery was the gaudiest and the most bizarre street in the United States; the Brooklyn Bridge was still unequaled by any other metropolis and Steve Brodie had gained undying fame by diving off it, and emerging alive; John L. Sullivan was still heavyweight champion and was to be seen nightly in his saloons; the girls in its show houses danced in tights: the Pulitzer Building still topped all other structures in the country; Fifth avenue was the flower of  residential districts; it was the city of opportunity. From all over the land came lads to seek their fortunes.
 
Into this seething pot Patten threw himself. He made the acquaintance of many men. Colonel Prentiss Ingraham,  biographer of Buffalo Bill Cody, developed a fondness for the young man and daily lectured him on the Western story. The Colonel said it would  never die, but his young listener was doubtful. His own stories seemed aged and decrepit to him. Thus far Frank Merriwell was still unthought-of in boy’s literature.
 
One day while Patten was in Camden, Maine, he received a long letter from Street and Smith who had taken over the leadership in the dime novel publishing business from Beadle and Adams. The firm wanted him to write a series of stories on a young man attending a military academy and afterward, if the thing were possible, to send the youth on a tour of the world and then through college. Patten chose Yale because, as he explained, it was the most democratic of all the institutions. Thus was Frank Merriwell  born. It was in 1896 that Patten wrote the first book. It was called “Frank Merriwell at Fardale,” and it sold for a nickel.
 
The book was an instant success. Patten in stilled a typewriter in his home and made ready to turn out a book a week. “The publishers thought that three years of this work would do for me; there were 20,000 words each week. But I kept it up for almost twenty years.” There was noticeable pride in his voice.
 
“In these twenty years I traveled all over the United States. But spent most of my time in New York. It was a terrific grind at first, but later I became used to it. As I grew to know Frank better I grew fond of him and I confess that I followed his adventures almost as breathlessly as his army of small readers.

“For one thing I rarely had much trouble in finding plots for the young man. I usually entangled him in some way or other and then let him out after he had shown his character. Need I tell you that Frank was always honest, courageous, resourceful, generous and was never one to take advantage even of an enemy ? However, Frank really wasn’t the brave fellow everybody imagined him to be. Frank was often scared, but me repeat that he was resourceful and he always managed to get out of every scrape I put him into.

“I think, though, that I rank’s greatest trait was his loyalty. That is what boys like, and undoubtedly this did much to popularize him with his young readers. Frank always stood by his friends, although he could have made a million dollars if he had turned against them. Merriwell had a sense of Justice and a sense of humor. These helped him.

“There were some bad aspects to Frank, but these were all natural ones. He loved to gamble and his desperate struggles to overcome this weakness filled many pages of my stories. He also had an eye pretty girl, but his was the wholesome respect one accords to anything beautiful. He was a clean-minded fellow.

“Frank Merriwell was what every boy would like to be. And his friends were of the sort we’d like to have. All of them were stanch and true and willing to lay down their lives for Frank Merriwell, and he would have done the same for them.

“The adventures of Frank when he traveled around the world must have delighted his followers. Frank went through England, France and other countries in Europe. In France Merriwell, always on the side of justice, leaped to the defense of Captain Dreyfus, who had been railroaded to Devil’s Island on a trumped-up charge.”

As Patten talked I examined him carefully. His hair is white, but his eyes reflect a daredevilish gleam. The spirit of youth is far from dead in him. He is tall and graceful, a genial fellow and addicted to pipe smoking.

I have no doubt that, just like Merriwell, Patten would not be averse to playing a prank on anybody. If I can remember correctly the former was responsible for putting a centipede in the bed of one of the students at Fardale. He engineered many more tricks on his friends. I would not be at all surprised if those close to Patten have been the victims of some of his mischievous pranks.

Patten still writes about Frank Merriwell. The stories appear in the Top-Notch Magazine. Patten was one of the founders of the magazine and he edited it through the early years of its existence. But he discovered that writing and editing were too much for him. He preferred to write, so he sent the editorship down the line.

Few people know that Patten uncovered the playing value of Bill Carrigan, famous Boston Red Sox catcher of a decade ago. Patten ran a semi-pro baseball team in Camden and Carrigan played on his team. Patten explained laughingly that he had used Carrigan in every position but that of catcher. When he heard that Carrigan was regarded as one of the most valuable catchers in the American League he was astounded.

Patten reads the sporting pages, but he is not very enthusiastic about the sports themselves. The love of the game is gone, he thinks. In his opinion, Albie Booth is one of the great football players of the generation. Patten had seen Booth in action once, against Dartmouth, and he says Booth’s playing prowess to his swiftness of foot and to the Yale star’s trick of relaxing and allowing himself to fall limp when tackled.

Frank Merriwell himself was something of a athlete. He was Yale’s greatest figure. Who can forget Merriwell’s thrilling home runs, which usually came in the ninth inning when two men were out, and Yale needed four runs to win.

But Gilbert Patten’s fondest treasures are letters he has received from parents and boys all over the country. He has rarely met a person who did not grow up on Frank Meriwell. Some of them know more about Merriwell than he himself. They have not forgotten their boyhood idol.

A paragraph from one letter sent to Patten by a heartbroken mother read: “My child was a wild boy until he commenced reading about Frank Merriwell. I loved my boy. He died in the Argonne (and), fighting for his country. If he his gone to heaven he owes it to Frank Merriwell. Thank you.”
 
AMAZING SPIDERMAN #8 Jan. 1964 by Jack Kirby(inks by Steve Ditko)

AMAZING SPIDERMAN #8 Jan. 1964 by Jack Kirby(inks by Steve Ditko)

ENJOY PULPS – David Lee Smith
 

Pulps Pricings Sales Census: 10 Sea Stories Magazines

Here are 10 recent sales of SEA STORIES MAGAZINE from eBay:

SEA STORIES MAGAZINE - Aug. 5. 1923

SEA STORIES MAGAZINE – Aug. 5. 1923

SEA STORIES MAGAZINE – Aug. 5. 1923 sold for $125.00 “Buy It Now”

Authors: “Mystery” by C. S. Montanye;

“A Matter of Viewpoint” by Captain A. E. Dingle (Reprinted from PEOPLE’S – Feb. 1916);

“The Tyranny of Fear” by  Morgan Robertson (Reprinted from The POPULAR MAGAZINE – Nov. 15, 1912; “South of the Line” by George Ethelbert Walsh

“Magazine is in very good condition. Covers have a little wear, small edge tears, pieces missing edges on back, spine is a little rough at ends. Pages nice lightly tanned. No markings or signs of previous ownership.Book measures 6-3/4” by 9-3/4”. Page count is 144.”

SEA STORIES MAGAZINE – Sept. 20, 1923 sold recently on eBay for $57.00

Authors: “The Boomerang” by Captain A. E. Dingle

SEA STORIES - Sept. 20, 1923

SEA STORIES – Sept. 20, 1923

SEA STORIES - Sept. 20, 1923 Spine(reprinted from PEOPLE’S MAGAZINE – March 1916); “Yellow Plunder” by Mayn Clew Garnett (pseudonym of T. Jenkins Hains) (Reprinted from TOP-NOTCH MAGAZINE – July 1, 1911);

“In the Valley of the Shadow” by Morgan Robertson (reprinted from The POPULAR MAGAZINE – May 1, 1910); Frank Richardson Pierce

Cover Design – LA Shafer Size – about 7×10″ No. Pages – 144 Condition – issue has somewhat worn cover edges (primarily due to their being a larger size than the page sizes), binding of text block fine, text block page edges were unevenly trimmed/assembled by the publishers.”

 

SEA STORIES - April 1923 and Feb. 1929

SEA STORIES – April 1923 and Feb. 1929

Two Issues together of SEA STORIES MAGAZINE, April 1925 and Feb. 1929, sold for $144.50

SEA STORIES - April 1923

SEA STORIES – April 1923

April 1925 –  Authors: “The Good Ship Change and Rest” 3RD Tim Brady” appearance of 8) by L. Paul (pseudonym of Ludwig Paul Kuhring);

“A Strange Adventure” by T. Jenkins Hains (with the pseudonym Mayn Clew Garnett it make him a semi-prolific writer);

“The Locked Cabin” by Morgan Robertson (Reprinted from The POPULAR MAGAZINE – Feb. 1, 1913);

“Jane Hardy, Shipmaster” (“Captain Michael O’Shea” appearance) by  Ralph D. Paine (all 5 stories in SEA STORIES were reprints from The POPULAR MAGAZINE from 1912 and 1913).

SEA STORIES - Feb. 1929

SEA STORIES – Feb. 1929

Feb. 1929 – Authors: Robert Carse is the only prolific author here.

“Cover Artists – April by Anton Otto Fischer, February by George H. Wert

Size – about 7×10″ No. Pages – the April issue contains 192 pages of articles, the February issue contains 144 pages plus some advertising pages.

Condition – both issues have worn cover edges (primarily due to their being a larger size than the page sizes), binding of text block fine for both issues, text block page edges were unevenly trimmed/assembled by the publishers, and the April issue has an owner’s name on cover written in pencil.”

 

Two 1928 Issues together of SEA STORIES MAGAZINE, Feb. and June, sold for $152.50

SEA STORIES MAGAZINE - Feb. 1928

SEA STORIES MAGAZINE – Feb. 1928

 Authors – Feb. 1928:  “Friday Ship” by Frank H. Shaw; “Fishin’ ” by Robert Carse;

“A Marine Muddle” by T. Jenkins Hains (pseudonym of Mayn Clew Garnett);

“Square Sails Off Barbary” (Part 4 of 4) by Warren Elliot Carleton (who wrote the “Bronc Evans”, “Dusty Radburn”, “Gila Jack”, and “Sailor Anson” series over at WILD WEST WEEKLY, and the “Brick and Boots” series in TOP-NOTCH MAGAZINE)

“Magazines are very old, have frayed pages, and have been heavily used.”

SEA STORIES MAGAZINE - June 1928

SEA STORIES MAGAZINE – June 1928

June 1928 Authors: “Son of His Father” by Don Waters;

“The Voyage North” by Warren Elliot Carleton

 

 

 

 

 

SEA STORIES MAGAZINE - July and Aug. 1928 Spines

SEA STORIES MAGAZINE – July and Aug. 1928 Spines

Two 1928 Issues together of SEA STORIES MAGAZINE, July and Aug., sold for $91.77

 

SEA STORIES MAGAZINE - July 1928

SEA STORIES MAGAZINE – July 1928

July 1928 – Authors: “The Madmen of the “Zodiac” ” by John Murray Reynolds;

“The Dilemma’s Horns” by T. Jenkins Hains (pseudonym of Mayn Clew Garnett);

“Pete Peterson’s Pipe” by Don Waters;

“Swordfish for Boston” by Warren Elliot Carleton

Aug. 1928 – Authors:  “Spanish Moon” (Part 2 of 4) by Robert Carse”;

SEA STORIES MAGAZINE - Aug. 1928

SEA STORIES MAGAZINE – Aug. 1928

 

Cover Artists – July (1928) by L. A. Simonsen,

August (1928) by Victor Petry

Size – about 7×10″ No. Pages – each issue contains 144 pages of articles, plus some advertising pages.

Condition – both issues have worn cover edges, August issue has separated covers, binding of text block fine for both issues, covers have a short 1″ tear in from an edge, text block page edges were unevenly trimmed by the publishers.”

 

SEA STORIES MAGAZINE - Aug. 1929

SEA STORIES MAGAZINE – Aug. 1929

SEA STORIES MAGAZINE – Aug. 1929 sold for $59.89

Authors: Frank H. Shaw

“Cover Design – H. C. Murphy Size – about 7×9.45″  No. Pages – 144 Condition – issue has worn cover edges (primarily due to their being a larger size than the page sizes), back cover has something stuck to it in the middle, binding of text block fine, text block page edges were unevenly trimmed/assembled by the publishers.”

 

 

SEA STORIES MAGAZINE – Sept. 1929 sold for $56.55

SEA STORIES MAGAZINE - Sept. 1929

SEA STORIES MAGAZINE – Sept. 1929

“Garbanzos” by John Murray Reynolds; Warren Hastings Miller”

A COMPLETE GOOD COPY. FIRST THREE PAGES ARE DETACHED BUT PRESENT. MINOR TEARS AND FOLDS AROUND EDGES OF COVERS”

Bookery list 1922-1929 SEA STORIES MAGAZNE as “Uncommon” and the 1930 issues as “Scarce”  $10.00 – $25.00 – $50.00. All issues never show up for sale, buyers know it, and usually go for a premium over the listed prices. I’d rate them all as “Scarce”.

There are four long-run, “generically” titled Pulps that are much more scarce than their “generalized” brethren (e.g.: ALL WESTERN MAGAZINE, PRIVATE DETECTIVE STORIES, RANGELAND ROMANCES, etc.) and those are COWBOY STORIES, SEA STORIES MAGAZINE, GHOST STORIES, and 1910-1919 issues of SHORT STORIES. How were the findings of these issues during the early PULP CON CONVENTIONS, were they always as scarce as they seem to be today ?

ENJOY PULPS – David Lee Smith

“As You Were” by Henry Kuttner in Australia’s “American Science Fiction Magazine” series

ASFM 38“As You Were” by Henry Kuttner debuted in Thrilling Wonder Stories (August 1950) and was reprinted (unnumbered, as the 38th title) in the American Science Fiction Magazine series, published by the Malian Press, circa June 1955. As with all titles in this series, it features original cover art by renowned Australia illustrator Stanley Pitt. No other stories filled this issue, making this Kuttner’s first solo appearance of this story.

I read this novelette late one night during a mental catastrophe that kept me awake for hours, but in between, Henry Kuttner kept me company. With my love for vintage fiction, I am grateful that Kuttner came through for me during my darkest hours….

Graced by Stanley Pitt’s excellently enticing cover, one can’t help but wonder what sort of military presence is represented inside, due to the spaceship and the title. Nope. No military. In fact, no space ship. Say what?!?!?!?! No, it is a tale of time-travel. Our hero, a mutt of a youngster, drinks something foreign (no explanation for this is duly provided) that was supposed to be beer brought by Dr. Kraftt, a batty-ass old scientist that lacks any real scientific abilities and is oblivious to the one surrounding him throughout the story. Anyhow, our hero must somehow discern how a seamless blue clock permits time-travel, how long it lasts, the ramifications of multiple alternate possibilities, hopes he doesn’t run into himself or other others, save his sweetheart from a doomed acting career (typical slush), save an inept police officer’s job while inadvertently solving the crime of his asshole uncle’s stolen gold coins, not to mention the daffy Dr.’s missing stone frog. The plot is amusingly intricate at times and Kuttner’s tongue-in-cheek humor keeps you smiling as our hero deftly manages to fix situation after situation while creating new ones and having to keep all the past pasts straight. The only TRUE fault I ran into was that the clock would only wind back SO FAR, not far enough to see who stole or perpetuated the gold heist, yet, at the end of the story, the clock does just that. Clearly a mistake, unless I missed something……phew!

The Phantom Detective – Oct. 1945: “Death to a Diplomat”

So what does intrepid top crime reporter of the Clarion and cohort of The Phantom, Steve Hudson, read when he’s not getting knocked around like some second rate Tonto or Robin, the Boy Wonder ?

PHANTOM DETECTIVE - Oct. 1945

The Phantom Detective (Oct. 1945)

Well, directly from The PHANTOM DETECTIVE – Oct. 1945

After Steve got knocked around, again, with brass knuckles at the beginning of the story (“I felt like one of Fritzie Zivie’s sparring partners) (Fritzie Zivic (May 8, 1913 – May 16, 1984)), and later kidnapped (sheesh !), only to be rescued by The Phantom (racing from a “tattoo of bullets”), “He wondered what to do with the evening. Movies, unless they were full of action and had strong plots, bored him. He never managed to see “Oklahoma !“, but that didn’t bother him. From what he read and heard he could still see that musical in the years to come.
The best thing he decided, was to pick up a detective magazine on the way home and spend the hours before turning in reading about the trails and tribulations of his favorite fictional characters.“

I would have said he read “The Candid Camera Kid” but the Kid was out of DETECTIVE NOVELS MAGAZINE by June 1944 after 23 appearances; 2 more would appear in THRILLING DETECTIVE MAGAZINE (Nov. 1944 and March 1945). “The Crimson Mask” was also gone from that same magazine; hey, you know Steve Hudson only reads Thrilling/Better publications, right ? So, he probably read “Dan Fowler: G-Man”, and “The Black Bat” (Black Bat Vol.2; Black Bat Vol. 3; Black Bat Vol. 4). There was also the “Willie Klump” series by Joe Archibald in POPULAR DETECTIVE (near 50 stories (of 65) that can be read for free at PulpGen).

Oklahoma ! ”, the original Broadway production opened on March 31, 1943 in New York City and closed May 29, 1948 (2,212 performances). Steve seeing “Oklahoma !” were… well let’s read his own thoughts, “Now the chances of getting to see the show – and breaking the reporter’s distinction of probably being the only single, English speaking male citizen in New York who hadn’t seen the piece – were as slender as a chorus girl’s waist.”

Some more tit-bits from the story, also usually found in other issues:

One way to contact The Phantom ? While out on the rich bachelor social life as Richard Curtis Van Loan with Mrs. Longstreet’s daughter, Elodie, she went off to power her nose. She returns and asked, “Who’s the Phantom Detective ?”

“Did you say – Phantom Detective ?” asked Van Loan… “As much as anyone who reads the papers… He – he’s some sort of a mysterious Nemesis of crime, I understand. Supposed to be infallible. Scourge of the underworld and all that sort of thing (just pat yourself on the back Richard – DLS)… You step away to powder your nose and come back asking about the Phantom. What’s the idea ?”

…”There was a radio in the power room (rich people, yea know – DLS)… It was playing dance music, a broadcast from Lenny Hildrereth’s ‘Green Pastures.’ Well, right at the middle of one of the best numbers the music stopped and a funny thing happened. A voice came on and said, ‘Calling the Phantom. Calling the Phantom Detective !’ It said it five or six times before if faded out and the music came back.” (I like the stories better where they call him just “The Phantom”, as they should – DLS). A web search for Lenny Hildrereth/Big Band/Swing Band/band leader/conductor brought up nothing.

It must be nice to be as rich and powerful as Frank Havens, publisher and owner of the Clarion (a whole string of newspapers), to cut in on FCC radio transmissions just like that. Then again the Federal government wanted him to contact the Phantom for a diplomat’s murder.

Another way to get his attention was to use the Bat-Sign… ‘er, the Red Flashing light atop of Commissioner Gord… ‘er Publisher Frank Havens’ Clarion building. Sorry, after 1939 when that other guy came along it’s hard to tell them apart. Some more examples of their similarities:

1) “After three more rings brought no response , the Phantom took his master key from his utility belt… ‘er, I mean… his pocket and inserted it into the doors lock.

That key had been made for him by a Viennese locksmith, before the war, when the phantom was in Austria. There was no other key like it in existence, he was sure. No lock was proof against it, once the key was fitted to wards and tumblers and it’s delicate barrel mechanism adjusted so that its flanges spread”. The use of sophisticated gadgets as needed.

2) “It was Richard Curtis Van Loan, in dinner clothes, who drove his super-charged, powerful Batmob… ,er, car over one of the East River bridges in the twilight of the evening. The car, used on so many life-and-death occasions, was a masterpiece of automotive genius. Richly luxurious to all outward appearances, it possessed hidden features that made for great efficiency. The multi-cylindered aluminum motor under its hood could have flown a heavy bomber. The gas that propelled it was of the highest octane aviation fuel possible to obtain, except for military requirements (gotta still think of the war effort – DLS) “, and later,

“In all likelihood he would need a car, swift transportation… The garage where he kept many of his various cars… The garage owner had never questioned any man who came for cars with authority from Richard Curtis Van Loan… but that garage owner was paid well to keep the cars in tip-top condition… and was in one of the super-charged sedans.” Or…,

3) “The Phantom, who read and spoke Spanish with the same fluency he did with so many other languages.” A man of many and all talents.

Instead of plugging The Phantom when the villain had the perfect opportunity: “Like a fox with a hound pack at his heels the Phantom ran until he reached a forbidding blank brick wall… his feet stopped on what seemed to be a circular metal cover (O.K., you already know what’s going to happen, still… – DLS).

“Then above the pound of his heart, Roger Kuren’s triumphant voice sounded behind him: “…Turn and keep both hands up high !”

Kuren stood a few feet away, his gat trained on the Phantom.

…Trapped in a cell-like compartment that offered not the slightest chance of escape ! In all his excitement packed career he couldn’t remember any predicament equally as hopeless” (sure there has been, there’s innumerable instances much more dramatic and threatening than this !!! – DLS).

“…So I hired you to go out gunning for yourself ! That must have given you a laugh ! Now it’s my turn, and it’s the last laugh they pays off on !”
“So I’ve heard,” the Phantom said.

…The Phantom shrugged. He had decided on a desperate charge forward – stopping a bullet, and hoping it would not be fatal – when Kuren ended the idea for him. Kuren’s left hand reached out and fastened on one of several levers… and gave it a yank.
The Phantom felt the metal circle on which he stood begin to tip up… he was plunged into the blackness yawning at his feet.”

I told you you knew what was coming ahead of time. So reaching your hand outward from your body is faster than pulling one finger on a Tommy Gun trigger, right. Just shoot ’em and be done with it !!!

There is another inconsistence in the story. There is mentioned of “his superb physical condition”, yet earlier in the story, “…A fist smacked into the Phantom’s face… The man flung the waiter out of his path, sprang for the stairs and with lightning speed disappeared down them. The Phantom put his gun away. No use to follow him. The man had been too fast, too agile.” Richard didn’t even attempt to give chase and the assaulter was just a few seconds ahead. In movies and television shows today the cop or detective, in led physical shape, would have sprung up and given chase for the next 5 – 10 minutes, always hoping the culprit would stumble and fall (which they usually did). Not so with The Phantom in this instance for all of his amazing training being the “Nemesis of crime”, and “Scourge of the underworld”.

This wasn’t a very good or exciting story. A South American Consul’s is murdered; Washington asked Frank Havens to contact The Phantom; one of the masterminds wants to pay 10 cents on the dollar on shares for a useless gold mind in Honduras (Van Loan and Emily Millard have the rest of the remaining shares); Steve Hudson is beaten or captured twice; The Phantom goes into the villain’s Turkish-Bath hideout 3 times, climbed up or escaped down the stairway the same amount of times; travels up and down the streets and by-ways of New York 3 times or more in his car; using an old, overused Pulp standby, the story ends on a dock, in a (house)boat where the villain, and the part of his henchmen that are left, have a very quick gun battle and wrap-up.

I thought the gang wanted to buy the mine to keep people away from it, in order to be used to hide Nazis and their loot (WW2 and all), who would pay good money. I also thought that Emily Millard would have sold her shares to Richard Curtis Van Loan, at his request, for her needed blackmail paying money (another part of the story plot) and then tell the criminal mastermind that Van Loan would never sell (they had asked him much earlier, and he only stated he’d need time to think on it). That would have been at least a slightly better plot.

According to Tom Johnson’s “Phantom Detective Companion” this issue was either written by Charles Greenberg or C. S. Montanye (FictionMags says Montanye). The cover is by Sam Cherry, who’s large output was 90% Westerns.

ENJOY PULPS – David Lee Smith

Pulps Pricings Sales Census: Ka-Zar Pulps, 1936-1937

KA-ZAR – Oct. 1936, Jan. 1937 and June 1937 Set sold recently on eBay for $550.00 “Buy It Now”

KA-ZAR - Complete Original Set

KA-ZAR – Complete Original Set

“VERY NICE OVERALL SHAPE. HIGHER GRADE SET…. NO pieces missing, no tape on covers although small piece inside cover. Full overhang! Complete bold spine! EXCEPTIONAL page quality. Nice back cover with usual edge wear/tears. Much better than average issue!”

KA-ZAR - Jan. 1937

KA-ZAR – Jan. 1937

KA-ZAR - Oct. 1936

KA-ZAR – Oct. 1936

This averages out to $188.33 per issue which isn’t bad, especially if you wanted a complete set. The second and third issues are harder to find especially in any halfway decent condition, if you can find them. The white on the second and bright yellow on the third just adds to finding nice clean copies harder. The first is easier to find, relative, and this copy could have been slightly better, however the other two are excellent buys.

The publisher of KA-ZAR – Oct. 1936 wanted to make sure that you wouldn’t forget that you were buying a KA-ZAR magazine: big large red KA-ZAR title, which is fine, but then “Adventures of KA-ZAR The Great” and also “A thrilling KA-ZAR novel” by Bob Byrd.

Oh, by the way people, this is a KA-ZAR magazine, just in case you didn’t know !!!

“The Golden Map” in the last issue of The WORLD ADVENTURER– March 1934, and the 78 page “Scourge of the Sky Hellions” in SKY DEVILS– Oct. 1938 (Third issue, and another Red Circle (Timely/Marvel) Pulp)) are Bob Byrd’s only other known works according to the FictionMags Index.

Marvel Comics - Oct. 1939 (1st Comics Ka-Zar)

Marvel Comics – Oct. 1939 (1st Comics Ka-Zar)

KA-ZAR - June 1937

KA-ZAR – June 1937

Bookery says it’s only “Uncommon” but still valued at $80.00 – $200.00 – $400.00 for the Oct. 1936 issue, and $60.00 – $150.00 – $300.00 for each of the other two.

The first issue was printed 3 Years before MARVEL COMICS – 1939 (Marvel Mystery Comics beginning with the second issue), thus a historic title. It’s just not as rare.

The first Ka-Zar was named David Rand, raised in the African Congo by his father following a plane crash (1936-’37). He then reappeared in the very first Timely/Marvel comic ever published, the famous MARVEL COMICS – Oct. 1939, with a Frank R. Paul cover. The series continued until Jan. 1942 in MARVEL MYSTERY COMICS #2-27 and HUMAN TORCH– #5 (b) Fall 1941 (with the Human Torch warning Ka-Kar about Prince Namor, the Sub Mariner’s, new war with land dwellers). Mistakenly there were two issues called #5, Summer 1941 and Fall 1941, hence the (a) and (b) after the issue number; Ka-Zar appeared in the Fall issue.

The second incarnation as Kevin Plunder, or rather Kevin Reginald, Lord Plunder (born in Castle Plunder, U.K.), appeared in March 1965’s issue of X-Men #10. Here he lives in the hidden pre-historic “Savage Land” beneath the icecaps of Antarctica (in Modern times), with Zabu, the saber-toothed tiger. I certainly won’t go into his long history here.

X-MEN #10 1965 (1st Modern KA-ZAR)

X-MEN #10 1965 (1st Modern KA-ZAR)

HUMAN TORCH #5 Fall 1941 (b) (Ka-Zar is warned by Human Torch about Sub-Mariner flooding jungle)

HUMAN TORCH #5 Fall 1941 (b) (Ka-Zar is warned by Human Torch about Sub-Mariner flooding jungle)

Buy the Complete Pulp Series here for $4.99–$39.95 with introduction by Will Murray.

ENJOY PULPS – David Lee Smith

(Altus Press said a dealer had a nice 3 issue Bound copy that “was quickly snatched up from for” $250.00 at the recent 2016 Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention.

$4.99–$39.95 doesn’t look so bad now!)

“The Rotting Log” by Johnston McCulley (The Pacific Monthly, May 1906) Very First Published Story?

“THE ROTTING LOG” by Johnston McCulley (The PACIFIC MONTHLY – May 1906)
Is this Johnston McCulley’s very FIRST published story ?
FictionMags Index list “The Song of the Sand” in The RED BOOK MAGAZINE – Oct. 1906 as the earliest listed there. This May issue is even earlier.
The PACIFIC MONTHLY - May 1906

The PACIFIC MONTHLY – May 1906

''THE ROTTING LOG'' by Johnston McCulley (The PACIFIC MONTHLY - May 1906) pg. 1

”THE ROTTING LOG” by Johnston McCulley (The PACIFIC MONTHLY – May 1906) pg. 1

''THE ROTTING LOG'' by Johnston McCulley (The PACIFIC MONTHLY - May 1906) pg. 2A

”THE ROTTING LOG” by Johnston McCulley (The PACIFIC MONTHLY – May 1906) pg. 2A

''THE ROTTING LOG'' by Johnston McCulley (The PACIFIC MONTHLY - May 1906) pg. 2

”THE ROTTING LOG” by Johnston McCulley (The PACIFIC MONTHLY – May 1906) pg. 2

''THE ROTTING LOG'' by Johnston McCulley (The PACIFIC MONTHLY - May 1906) pg. 2C

”THE ROTTING LOG” by Johnston McCulley (The PACIFIC MONTHLY – May 1906) pg. 2C

''THE ROTTING LOG'' by Johnston McCulley (The PACIFIC MONTHLY - May 1906) pg. 2B

”THE ROTTING LOG” by Johnston McCulley (The PACIFIC MONTHLY – May 1906) pg. 2B

''THE ROTTING LOG'' by Johnston McCulley (The PACIFIC MONTHLY - May 1906) pg. 3A

”THE ROTTING LOG” by Johnston McCulley (The PACIFIC MONTHLY – May 1906) pg. 3A

''THE ROTTING LOG'' by Johnston McCulley (The PACIFIC MONTHLY - May 1906) pg. 3

”THE ROTTING LOG” by Johnston McCulley (The PACIFIC MONTHLY – May 1906) pg. 3

''THE ROTTING LOG'' by Johnston McCulley (The PACIFIC MONTHLY - May 1906) pg. 3C

”THE ROTTING LOG” by Johnston McCulley (The PACIFIC MONTHLY – May 1906) pg. 3C

''THE ROTTING LOG'' by Johnston McCulley (The PACIFIC MONTHLY - May 1906) pg. 3B

”THE ROTTING LOG” by Johnston McCulley (The PACIFIC MONTHLY – May 1906) pg. 3B

''THE ROTTING LOG'' by Johnston McCulley (The PACIFIC MONTHLY - May 1906) pg. 4A

”THE ROTTING LOG” by Johnston McCulley (The PACIFIC MONTHLY – May 1906) pg. 4A

''THE ROTTING LOG'' by Johnston McCulley (The PACIFIC MONTHLY - May 1906) pg. 4

”THE ROTTING LOG” by Johnston McCulley (The PACIFIC MONTHLY – May 1906) pg. 4

''THE ROTTING LOG'' by Johnston McCulley (The PACIFIC MONTHLY - May 1906) pg. 4C

”THE ROTTING LOG” by Johnston McCulley (The PACIFIC MONTHLY – May 1906) pg. 4C

''THE ROTTING LOG'' by Johnston McCulley (The PACIFIC MONTHLY - May 1906) pg. 4B

”THE ROTTING LOG” by Johnston McCulley (The PACIFIC MONTHLY – May 1906) pg. 4B

''THE ROTTING LOG'' by Johnston McCulley (The PACIFIC MONTHLY - May 1906) pg. 5

”THE ROTTING LOG” by Johnston McCulley (The PACIFIC MONTHLY – May 1906) pg. 5

1965 SMOKEY The BEAR "Only You"

1965 SMOKEY The BEAR “Only You”

ENJOY PULPS – David Lee Smith

Pulps Pricings Sales Census: 10 Black Mask

For some recent Pulp sales we follow the gun-powder smell over to BLACK MASK and see ten arresting prices.

If it wasn’t stated before, the quotation marks on the condition were the dealers description of issue in question. Sometimes they only state “Good shape” or “As shown in pics,” which usually isn’t much to go on, especially if only the front cover is shown.

BLACK MASK – June 1930 sold for $99.00

Authors: “Glass Key” (part 4 of 4) by Dashiell Hammett;

BLACK MASK - June 1930

BLACK MASK – June 1930

“Tainted Power” (29th “Race Williams” (and here) of 82 (with 5 being serials) and 4th “The Flame” appearances) by Carroll John Daly (here’s a fun bit of trivia that serves no purpose, but: “The Men in Black” appears in DIME DETECTIVE MAGAZINE – Oct. 1938 a “Race Williams” story and the very next “Race Williams story is “The Quick and the Dead” in DIME DETECTIVE MAGAZINE- Dec. 1938);
“Hell’s Kettle” (33rd “Ed Jenkins” appearance of 74) by Erle Stanley Gardner;
“Signals of Storm” (4th “Jo Gar” appearance of 29) by Ramon Decolta (pseudonym of Raoul F. Whitfield);
“Red Dice” by Hapsburg Liebe

“This copy has a trimmed fc (front cover – DLS), NO bc (back cover – DLS), most of spine gone with tape to spine and cover. Paper is very nice.”

This issue has a lot of bad things going for it, except for the authors; Large “COMPLIMENTARY COPY” stamped on the cover, two round coffee (?) cup stains and dirty.

Even in this condition Bookery states: $180.00 – $450.00 – $900.00

BLACK MASK – June 1932 sold for $229.50

BLACK MASK - June 1932

BLACK MASK – June 1932

Authors: “The Amateur Murderer” (Part 3 of 4) (36th “Race Williams” story appearance of 82) by Carroll John Daly; “Cooking Crooks” (44th “Ed Jenkins” of 74 and 2nd “Norma Gay” of 2 appearances) by Erle Stanley Gardner; “The Siamese Cat” (19th “Jo Gar” appearance of 29) by Ramon Decolta (pseudonym of Raoul F. Whitfield); “Fast One 2: Lead Party” (2nd “Gerry Kells”/”S. Granquist” appearance of 4) by Paul Cain;
“Man Killer” (1st “Don Free” appearance of 3) by Raoul F. Whitfield (so he has 2 stories in this issue);
“One for the Book” (7th “Johnny Hi Gear” appearance of 8) by Stewart Stirling (pseudonym of Prentice Winchell)

“Condition: Front cover: Edge wear and short edge tears; corner creases; a few stress marks; light soiling along the top edge; separation from the spine for the top inch or so, and for the bottom inch and a half. Back cover: Bottom right corner mangled but still all there, a gouge in the woman’s hat and a much smaller one top center, edge wear, light surface soiling. Spine: Missing the bottom inch and a half; otherwise moderate wear and light surface soiling. I will include – at no extra cost – a new replacement piece for the spine bottom, scanned from another 1932 issue at 600 dpi onto actual pulp cover stock. Pages: Light tan, flexible, clean.”

Bookery states: $40.00 – $100.00 – $200.00 (for the Paul Cain story)

BLACK MASK – Jan. 1934 sold for $73.01

BLACK MASK - Jan. 1934 (British edition)

BLACK MASK – Jan. 1934 (British edition)

Authors: “A Guest of the House” (54th “Ed Jenkins” of 74 and 10th “Ngat T” of 22 appearances)

by Erle Stanley Gardner;
“Private War” (1st “George Killeen” appearance of 5) by Roger Torrey;
“Trouble-Hunted” (4th “Bill Lennox” appearance of 28) by W. T. Ballard;
“High Murder” by Raoul Whitfield; “Let Me Tell It” by Donald Barr Chidsey

British Edition. The stories and format are exactly the same as the American edition.
The ads on the inside front cover and both sides of the back cover have been replaced by ads of British merchants.
The front cover is lightly soiled with moderate to heavy edge wear and reading creases along left edge.
Spine has stress lines, rubs and a ¼” missing at the bottom. Back cover is soiled with moderate edge wear. Interior is tightly bound and relatively clean (pages 40 and 41 have light stains). Pages are cream to light tan. Edges are toned but still quite supple.”

Bookery: $30.00 – $75.00 – $150.00

BLACK MASK – Nov. 1934 sold for $92.00

BLACK MASK - Nov. 1934

BLACK MASK – Nov. 1934

Authors: “The Eyes Have it” (44th “Race Williams” appearance of 82) by Carroll John Daly;
“Hot Cash” (59th “Ed Jenkins” appearance of 74) by Erle Stanley Gardner;
“Room Service” (5th “Cleve Corby” appearance of 5) by Eugene Cunningham;
“Law and Disorder” (11th “Dal Prentice” appearance of 12) by Roger Torrey;
“In Dead Man’s Alley” (10th “Bill Lennox” appearance of 28) by W. T. Ballard

“Nice bright covers – trimmed at right. Spine with a couple of small chips. Front cover creased with tiny chips and tiny edge tears. Rear cover also with tiny edge tears. Edges toned. Pages supple – not brittle… I would call this about good.”

Bookery: $30.00 – $75.00 – $150.00

BLACK MASK – Jan. 1937 sold for $306.00

BLACK MASK - Jan. 1937

BLACK MASK – Jan. 1937

Authors: “Try the Girl” (6th “Carmady” appearance of 6) by Raymond Chandler;
“Little Guy” (20TH “Jerry Tracy” appearance of 27) by Theodore A. Tinsley (2 stories were done by Edward Churchill in 1934);
“Bulldog” by Max Brand (pseudonym of Frederick Faust) (reprinted from COLLIER’S – Feb. 23, 1924);
“Shooting Going On” by Cornell Woolrich; “Murder Frame” by Roger Torrey

“GOOD-VG. Light overall wear especially along the cover edges; pages more browned than usual, again especially along the edges, with chipping noticed on a few page tips. Otherwise basically in solid condition.”

Bookery: $100.00 – $250.00 – $500.00

It’s Raymond Chandler’s final appearance in BLACK MASK and to make up for that it’s Cornell Woolrich first!

BLACK MASK – Oct. 1938 sold for $66.00

Authors: “Forced Landing” (11th “Oliver Quade” appearance of 15) by Frank Gruber;

BLACK MASK - Oct. 1938

BLACK MASK – Oct. 1938

“This Way to the Morgue” (1st “Murray Gifford” appearance of 2) by Frederick C. Davis;
“Gardenia Kill (9th “Pat McCarthy” appearance of 14) by Roger Torrey;
“The Death Pool” (8th “Miles Standish Rice” appearance of 16) by Baynard H. Kendrick

Bookery: $20.00 – $50.00 – $100.00

BLACK MASK - Nov. 1938

BLACK MASK – Nov. 1938

BLACK MASK – Nov. 1938 sold for $55.99

Authors: “Station K-I-L-L” (25th “Jerry Tracy” appearance of 27) by Theodore A. Tinsley;

“Good condition. Used. The cover has some wear, small tears and creases. Page foxing.”

Bookery: $15.00 – $35.00 – $75.00

BLACK MASK – Dec. 1938 sold for $64.00

Authors: “Stop the Presses”

BLACK MASK - Dec. 1938

BLACK MASK – Dec. 1938

(2nd “Murray Gifford” appearance of 2) by Frederick C. Davis; “Concealed Weapon” (10th “Pat McCarthy” appearance of 14) by Roger Torrey; “Smoke in Your Eyes” by Hugh B. Cave; “Come Clean” by Donald Wandrei;
“Careless Killer” (3rd “Beeker” appearance of 7) by Dwight V. Babcock

“Good condition. Used. The cover has some wear, small creases. Page foxing.”

This issue may have been returned because the same dealer listed another copy with the exact same cover, but added pictures of he inside pages. Unless this was a different issue but he re-used the same cover image for some reason. That one only sold for $19.50.

BLACK MASK - Oct. 1938 pages 2

BLACK MASK – Oct. 1938 pages 2

BLACK MASK - Oct. 1938 pages 1

BLACK MASK – Oct. 1938 pages 1

 

“Fair condition. Used. The cover has some surface, edge, cover wear and tear. Pages are foxing. ”
The top and bottom pages are darkened/stained/foxed (?) like 2 1/2 – 3 inches on each side. However both buyers gave the dealer positive feedback so who knows.

BLACK MASK - Oct. 1940

BLACK MASK – Oct. 1940

BLACK MASK – Oct. 1940 sold for $52.00

Authors: “C-Jag” by Cornell Woolrich;

“Money to Burn” (5th “Rex Sackler” appearance of 29) by D. L. Champion;

“The Man Who Turned Up Missing” by Donald Barr Chidsey;

“Killer in Camp” by J. Lane Linklater”

Condition: Original Magazine with wear with original cover/pages. Lots of creasing small chunkupper right back cover gone, Otherwise, NO repairs, clippings or missing pages in the magazine.”

Bookery: $20.00 – $50.00 – $100.00

ENJOY PULPS – David Lee Smith

“The Pot of Gold” by Eudora Ramsay Richardson (a Pre-Spider/Richard Wentworth Story)

“Calling RICHARD WENTWORTH – Grow a Back-Bone – Stat !!!” (1932)

Eudora Ramsay Richardson

Eudora Ramsay Richardson around 1958

Jamaica NY Long Island Daily Press 1932

THE POT of GOLD by Eudora Ramsay Richardson

Here’s a SPIDER/RICHARD WENTWORTH story pre-First SPIDER – Oct.1933 !!!

To make it more Pulp related feminist, Eudora Ramsay Richardson (1891-1973) wrote two stories for WEIRD TALES: March 1924 “The Voice of Euphemia” and April 1925 “The Haunting Eyes”.
There’s also “Slippery Stevens” in REAL DETECTIVE TALES and MYSTERY STORIES – April 1925 and “The Silent Years” in ARGOSY ALL-STORY WEEKLY – Nov. 21, 1925, amongst other stories not in the Pulps.

Where else are you going to find this story besides here ? Surely not in any place that I know of.

I can’t say that it’s good, having proof-read it, but it can’t be any worse than other soupy, sappy stories in the Love Pulps. Oh, the drama !

Plus it’s historical, can’t say how much though, for the Pre-SPIDER/ RICHARD WENTWORTH reference !!!

THE POT of GOLD by Eudora Ramsay Richardson

— DICK’S Older Sister, Apparently Intent Upon Marrying Him Off to Money, Steers Both the Boy and Herself Into a Real Love Match —

DR. RICHARD WENTWORTH, 25 and consciously handsome in the uniform Uncle Sam prescribes for his army surgeons, sat stiffly on the edge of his sister’s bed. It was clear that the young doctor was distinctly unhappy.

“The woods around here are full of millionaires,” Jeanne Wentworth was saying with the flintlike edge to her voice which Richard had learned to dread. “The pages, for instance, have a country place near the hotel. There was a Page I might have married if I hadn’t fallen in love with an engaging smile and a lock of waving bronze hair. A cousin of these Pages, of course. Pages are all related.”

Jeanne sighed as she shook out a last year’s evening dress and slipped it over a hanger. Richard sighed, too, remembering his brother-in-law and the romance that had terminated when the philanderer’s wandering eye roamed elsewhere. Jeanne had been a celebrated beauty in those days, and she had changed little – crystallized as she was into the mode of the Gibson Girl. A vestigial pompadour still lingered in her hair. “A part would reveal streaks of gray,” she often explained, but Richard knew that the pompadour, like the skirts whose length still compromised with modernity and the cheeks and lips still innocent of rouge, constituted a heritage she could never abandon. For fifteen years this younger brother had been the pivot around which Jeanne Wentworth revolved. Richard did not remember his father, and the memory of his mother was a wraithlike thing kept alive by Jeanne. Yes, he owed his sister more than he could ever hope to repay; but marriage to a girl he did not love—surely Jeanne was asking too much.

“Maybe the Pages haven’t a daughter,” he suggested hopefully.

“There’s a Betty Lee Page I saw coming in from the golf links,” Jeanne countered. “All the Pages have Lee for a middle name, and all the Lees have Page.”

“Gosh, sis, Richard protested. “I want to marry for love.”

Jeanne wrung her hands in a momentary despair that was very genuine.

“Stop talking like all your destitute ancestors,” she begged. “I married for love. See how long love lasted. Mother married for love. When father died he left her $20,000 in life insurance and a house not quite paid for. Everything’s gone now but my pitiful alimony—and that’s mortgaged for a year at least. You can’t fail me now — after—after all the sacrifice that’s been made.”

JEANNE’S voice trailed into the little sob that always made Richard wriggle uncomfortably.

“You shouldn’t have done it,” he argued. “Four years at college, four years at medical school. I wanted to help.”

“Wait on the table, I suppose, or serve as steward in your frat house. I couldn’t have stood it. You’ve been my lifework, and I’ve made a fair Job of you. I tell you, Dick, there’s no happiness in poverty.”

“What about my making a little money when this internship is over ?”

“Don’t be funny !” Jeanne sniffed, if the delicate nose of a Gibson girl can be said to sniff. “A doctor making money ! You talk like all the Wentworths and Breckenridges—the sort of Southern gentlemen who need money and never make any. Try to fall in love with Betty Lee Page. Please, Dickie !”

Richard nodded soberly, though there was still doubt beneath the surface of his eyes. “All right,” he groaned. “There’s a good chance the heiress won’t want to buy a product like me.”

Jeanne’s eyes glowed with pride in her handiwork.

“I’d like to see the girl who would refuse you,” she said. “You’re the handsomest, sweetest thing that ever lived.”

Richard laughed boyishly. He liked his sisters compliments, but they embarrassed him.

“Too bad the estimate can’t be made unanimous,” he said.

“Well, slip into the white uniform, and we’ll see,” Jeanne urged. “There’s dancing in the hotel ballroom tonight. Betty Lee Page is sure to be on hand.”

The metamorphosis an evening gown effected in Betty Lee Page proved not at all baffling to Jeanne Wentworth’s trained eye.

“There she is,” Jeanne pointed out with a decorous nod in the direction of a group entering the ballroom. “Pages, all of them dashed with Lee. Look, Dick, at the blonde girl in the greenish chiffon.”

Richard looked and responded with the little thrill a pretty girl always sent through him.

“You win, sis,” he smiled. “What are we going to do about it?”

“My affair,” Jeanne replied. “Dance with Mrs. Harper-Smith, the plump dowager you met five minutes ago, and pause afterward near the palm in the corner. Betty Lee sees you already. The white uniform. Really you’re stunning in spite of the little twist football gave to your nose.”

As Richard moved toward mechanical obedience, he was conscious of feeling exceedingly foolish. Twenty-five and played by an older sister like a puppet on a chessboard ! If he were half a man he would stalk through those French doors out into the garden and declare his freedom to the reverberating hills. Halting indecisively, he caught sight of Jeanne surrounded by the newly arrived Pages. Jeanne of all people foisting herself upon strangers ! No, the old lady who wore black sequins and a white ostrich fan had brought about the introduction. Clever Jeanne ! Count on her to observe the proprieties! If he bolted through those open doors he would be free for the evening.

Then across the length of the ballroom his eyes met Betty Lee Page’s, and his quick decision reversed itself. The girl was lovely—exquisitely gold and white against green chiffon as cool and clear as a mountain stream. Not conventionally pretty, perhaps. Mouth a bit too wide but slanting upward at the corners delightfully. Nose with the slight patrician arch hardly according with the modern mode. But the figure. There really was no very good reason for disappointing Jeanne. So Richard danced obediently with Mrs. Harper-Smith and contrived to reach the palm just as the music gave pause to the dancers.

Dutifully he suffered Jeanne to lead him to Betty Lee Page, and forthwith forgot that Jeanne was on earth. Since his sister’s efforts in his behalf considerably antedated the vacation at the Springs, Richard had known many daughters of Croesus and had found them all spoiled little wretches with vision extending not an inch beyond the tips of their powdered noses.

BETTY LEE was distinctly different from the others. During all the dances that he gratefully bestowed upon her not once did she express any preference for uniforms or comment upon the deep cleft in his chin which Richard had hated many a girl for liking, or remarking that the music was heavenly and the floor divine. Amazingly she did not say that tall, dark men constituted her most recent weakness.

In fact, Richard decided, with momentary indulgence in similes, her conversation bore about as much resemblance to the chatter of other girls as the vibrations of a flivver to the purr of a straight eight. Not that Betty Lee talked a great deal. That was just it – she listened well and actually conveyed ideas when she spoke.

“I like this hotel,” she said. “There’s a cross-section of life here that you don’t find in other resorts.”

“Yes,” Richard agreed, “the Old South meeting the New.”

“Mingling with meat packers from the West and Northern soap magnates. Scarcely an American type missing.”

“Mr. Page, for instance, one of the last survivors of the old school, still doing the glide waltz—and with Mrs. Harper-Smith.”

Betty Lee’s smile utilized her eyes and lips and two flickering dimples. A very good smile, Richard decided.

“Cary Lee Page is an anachronism,” she said. “And so is your sister.; I’ve never met a live Gibson Girl before. Stepped from the cover of an old magazine, didn’t she ?”

“Jeanne’s cue sort that stays the same easily. There isn’t anything I can do about it.”

“Surely you wouldn’t want to. It’s people like her and Cary Lee Page and my artist friend on the hillside that make life interesting.”

“Your artist friend !”

Richard was angry with himself for the alarm that crept into his voice. Betty Lee’s laugh was reassuring, however.

“Don’t tell the Pages—but I sit all morning watching him paint. He lives alone without being lonely.”

“Where ?” Richard demanded almost sternly.

“Off the path that leads from the Page house straight up the mountain.”

“Tell the hermit his gallery is in danger of being enlarged.”

SOME one came then for a dance with Betty Lee. Afterward, though Richard felt that he pursued the girl as persistently as a fox terrier retrieves a bone repeatedly tossed from him by a playful boy, there was little chance for conversation.

After the orchestral “Home, Sweet Home” had scattered the dancers, Jeanne followed Richard into his room. Her face was drawn in its eagerness.

“You like her, Dickie; you could more than like her ?” she asked with the imploring quality in her voice which invariably sent shivers down Richard’s spine.

“Could speak feelingly on the subject,” he shrugged. “But an artist has the innings.”

Jeanne executed the very best sniff of which she was capable.

“An artist! What’s an artist compared with a doctor, an army surgeon in a white uniform ? Is the girl brainless ?”

“Diana sprang from the head of Jupiter. There’s the rub. Sense enough to be suspicious of fortune-hunting young men and their sisters. She spends her days in an artist’s cabin, watching the fellow daub colors on canvas.”

“Well find the cabin,” Jeanne announced, letting her jaws click together audibly.

“Really now, wouldn’t that be forcing Cupid’s hand ?”

There was a spasmodic tightening of the muscles in Jeanne’s face. Her gray eyes narrowed to tiny slits, with a glint that was almost feline in their depths.

“Forcing—oh, Dickie, forcing!” she echoed, her voice hard and cold like silver goblets clicking on a metal tray. “You’ve got to marry this girl.”

Richard crossed to the window that looked toward black hills against a purple sky. Betty Lee Page reduced by Jeanne to the sordid symbol of the dollar mark ! When he turned, however, Jeanne had gone, had slipped away because she must have sensed the drift of thoughts clamoring to be vocalized.

THERE was nothing surprising, of course, about Jeanne’s announcing the next morning that she had discovered the dwelling place of the hermit.

“His name is Robert Lasalle,” she told Richard. “Come with me. We’ll find him and perhaps Betty Lee.”

An autumn sun, cool and clear as massed topazes, spattered the path that wound toward the mountain. It seemed to Richard that there was something about Jeanne’s profile to suggest the determination of those reformers who had stood on soapboxes and carried hatchets for the furtherance of their causes. With a cinematic flash, a turn in the road revealed a cottage surrounded by wide flag terraces. Two splashes of color against a white background were recognizable in a moment as a girl in an orange sweater and a man wearing a smock of green. Betty Lee Page, with an easel before her, sat by the side of her artist, busily applying paints to canvas. Her hair was blowing misty-gold in the sunlight, and her face was flushed in its earnestness.

“Look,” whispered Jeanne, “the man isn’t young. Iron gray hair and deep lines in his face.”

Richard quickened his step and emitted a long, low whistle. Betty Lee Page looked up from her work.

“You are clever,” she called. “I thought you’d miss the trail. It wasn’t blazed for strangers.”

“You bet I didn’t miss the trail,” Richard laughed.

ROBERT LASALLE acknowledged the introduction with a growl resembling that of a caged bear whose midday meal was being interrupted. He looked the artist, however, with his rumbled hair, his scholarly stoop, and his long, slim fingers that worked nervously even when they were not holding the brush. Richard glanced toward the artist’s canvas. Robert Lasalle was painting a portrait of Betty Lee Page as she sat before her easel.

“I’m modeling in payment for lessons,” the girl explained. “I’ve learned more in this one vacation than in all the years I’ve studied.”

Richard crossed to Betty Lee’s easel. The canvas stretched there had caught the gorgeous warmth and color of the mountains in autumn.

“She didn’t do this—not alone !” gasped Jeanne.

“She did,” Robert Lasalle affirmed with a grunt that sounded almost approving.

Betty Lee laid down her brush and palette.

“I’m stiff from sitting so long. Let’s have a tramp to Sloans Cave,” she said.

“Not I,” Jeanne vetoed.

“I’m going to work,” Robert Lasalle growled again.

Richard took a moment to be sorry for Jeanne. She was used to courtesy from men—not to growls and grunts that ignored her presence. But Jeanne was unruffled. Then quickly Richard forgot Jeanne. Betty Lee was flashing down the mountain, a vivid splotch of orange merging into the autumn foliage. She turned into a trail that led upward, Richard at her heels. Single file they climbed to a clearing that overlooked a panoramic sweep of lowland. Betty Lee perched herself upon a rock and motioned Richard to a smooth spot beside her.

“What do you think of my artist ?” she asked.

“A grouchy old introvert who should be banished from society,” the young physician diagnosed ruthlessly.

“That grouch is his defense. It’s only skin deep.”

“I suppose some woman wronged him. That’s according to the precedents of fiction.”

Betty Lee nodded. “I’ve pieced the story together from facts everybody knows and from what Mr. Lasalle has let fall from time to time. The woman liked money and hated art. She couldn’t wait for Robert Lasalle’s work to be recognized. So she hounded him till he did commercial stuff which didn’t pay because it wasn’t even good commercial stuff. A real artist’s wouldn’t be, you know. Now she’s married a man who has money and nothing else.”

“And the heartbroken husband has fled to the hills to try to forget ?”

“Not heartbroken,” Betty Lee contradicted. “Merely trying to get a new start. He’s staging the biggest comeback you ever heard of.”

“How did you two find each other ?” Richards asked, intent upon keeping the conversation personal to Betty Lee.

“Each other ! Good heavens ! I found him and stuck like a leech. He tolerates me for some quality he seems to have found in my work.”

“It’s there in your canvas—that quality,” Richard agreed. “Though I’m no judge of art, I feel it. But imagine a man having to find it in order to bear your pretense ! Aren’t you a humorist ?”

BETTY LEE chose to ignore the compliment. As though suddenly remembering a duty overlooked, she jumped to her feet.

“We’d better rescue your sister,” she said. “If she disturbs Robert Lasalle, she may be torn into bits.”

When Richard and Betty Lee returned to the shack, however, the artist was before his canvas, painting with slow, steady strokes. Jeanne, silent and still, sat watching him. The look on Jeanne’s face was wholly new to Richard. The little worried lines had gone. That ageless peace that takes no account of time or place or the outcome of human endeavor seemed to have come to her.

“And the heartbroken husband has fled to the hills to try to forget ?”

“Not heartbroken,” Betty Lee contradicted. “Merely trying to get a new start. He’s staging the biggest comeback you ever heard of.”

“How did you two find each other ?” Richards asked, intent upon keeping the conversation personal to Betty Lee.

“Each other ! Good heavens ! I found him and stuck like a leech. He tolerates me for some quality he seems to have found in my work.”

“It’s there in your canvas—that quality,” Richard agreed. “Though I’m no judge of art, I feel it. But imagine a man having to find it in order to bear your pretense ! Aren’t you a humorist ?”

BETTY LEE chose to ignore the compliment. As though suddenly remembering a duty overlooked, she jumped to her feet.

“We’d better rescue your sister,” she said. “If she disturbs Robert Lasalle, she may be torn into bits.”

When Richard and Betty Lee returned to the shack, however, the artist was before his canvas, painting with slow, steady strokes. Jeanne, silent and still, sat watching him. The look on Jeanne’s face was wholly new to Richard. The little worried lines had gone. That ageless peace that takes no account of time or place or the outcome of human endeavor seemed to have come to her.

Silently the sister and brother retraced their steps down the mountain. On the veranda of the hotel Jeanne turned to Richard as though about to make a damning confession.

“Robert Lasalle is going to paint my portrait,” she said. “He wants it to hang by the side of Betty Lee Page’s. Said something about contrasting types. Sittings begin tomorrow morning.”

Jeanne paused, pensive for a moment, and then laughed in three or four strained metallic notes, as though to shake off a mood that annoyed her.

“Funny, isn’t it ?” she continued. “I agreed so that you could have Betty Lee to yourself. Work fast, sonny. Days are short, and life is fleeting.”

Richard turned away without replying. He was wondering if he had ever known the real Jeanne, wondering if his sister had not deliberately grown a crust to cover depths she would rather not have plumbed.

During the days that followed Richard Wentworth took no time to wonder about Jeanne. In the evenings he danced with Betty Lee Page in the hotel ballroom or strolled with her upon the terrace beneath an ornate October moon that burned like a giant orange in an inverted purple basket. In the morning he and Betty Lee rode through the hills on horses supplied from the Page stables. In the afternoons they played golf across the hotel links.

“This is my first vacation in years,” Betty Lee told Richard. “I meant to play all summer and instead I found Robert Lasalle and worked harder than ever. I’m glad he’s banished me.”

Richard looked at the girl hungrily as she rested slim arms upon the balcony, the soft oval of her face tilted upward that she might level her eyes with his. The earnest girls he had known—those in his classes at medical college, the conscientious nurses in the hospitals were all plain. The pretty girls who had crossed his path were never in the least earnest. Here was a girl who dangerously combined brains and the lure men found irresistible.

“You feel about art as I feel about medicine,” he said.

“You couldn’t be happy without it.”

“No—not without it. Work isn’t happiness, but for some of us there couldn’t be happiness without work. Tell me what you hope to do. I’ve wanted to hear.”

Boyish restraint was broken down as Richard told of ambitions that had lain abortive within him, of dreams to which he had never before given expression.

“You’ll be a great physician,” Betty Lee said gently, “but you’ll never be rich. Thank goodness, you’re not the sort of person who cares.”

THEN suddenly Richard Wentworth remembered the Page millions and was frightened. His tongue clove to the roof of his mouth, dry and feathery and cutting off the words he should have spoken. He and his sister were of that lowest of human species—fortune-hunters with their traps set for an heiress. He wanted this girl desperately. Perhaps she wanted him, too.

Some day she would find out why he and Jeanne had come to the Springs. Then she would hate him. He couldn’t stand to have Betty Lee hate him. If she were a pauper, he would still want her. He couldn’t go on like this, couldn’t bear the thought of having Betty Lee discover him later.

It was Betty Lee who finally broke the terrible silence. “If I don’t hurry, the Pages will be having dinner without me,” she said. Richard shouldered the two golf bags and walked with Betty Lee to the green-and-nickel roadster that waited near the hotel steps.

“I’m coming for you at 9,” he said. “You’ll be ready ?”

“Always when there’s dancing,” she replied. “Art isn’t my only passion. Dancing’s another.”

The car rounded the curving drive and shot into temporary oblivion. Richard hurried into the hotel and through the deserted lobby, like a man suddenly conscious of some new purpose in life. He found Jeanne standing before her mirror in a fluffy white frock that made her look more than ever like the reincarnation of Charles Dana Gibson’s ideal.

“I’m having dinner with Robert Lasalle on the mountain top,” she said, without meeting his eye.

“I don’t care what you’re doing,” the young man snapped. “You’ve done a lot for me, sis, but I can’t forgive you for making me a hopeless fool.”

“Think of the material I had to work with, dear.”

“The Wentworths and Breckenridges were at least honest, and we’re cheats.”

“And how ?”

“You’ve been trying to make me marry for money and not for love.”

“Have I succeeded ?”

“You have not. I’m in love with Betty Lee Page. I adore her—I—”

“Then why demolish me with your ravings ? You aren’t marrying for money after all.”

“I’m not marrying at all—not after I followed the rainbow for a pot of gold.”

“How flowery love makes you !” Jeanne said, with the semblance of a yawn. “Heredity is powerful. Wentworths and Breckenridges are always like that when similarly stimulated.”

“Now listen to me, sis. I’m through being treated like a kid,” Richard exploded. “I’m going to make a clean breast to Betty Lee Page. She’ll hear the state of our finances, why we came here—everything. Then she’s going to hate me—and I—I’m going to hell where I belong.”

JEANNE’S lips moved, but no sound was audible to Richard. As she covered her face with slim Victorian hands, Richard turned away and left the room, for the first time in his life adamant to his sister’s tears. Shortly before 9 that night Dr. Richard Wentworth in white flannels and blue coat that differentiated him not at all from the civilian guests in the hotel backed a second-hand flivver out of the row of cars parked just off the drive. He was making the first of the many defiant gestures planned for the evening. Jeanne had decreed that the terrible car which had conveyed the brother and sister to the Springs should be socially ostracized during the holiday.

As preliminary to the confession Richard had planned to make, Betty Lee and all the Pages must see the shabby vehicle and hear its raucous clatter—symbol as it was of the poverty to which the Wentworths had descended.

Unfortunately there was not a Page on the veranda when Richard banged on the brakes ready for the tragedy that would wreck his life. Betty Lee was waiting on the steps more alluring than ever in a white chiffon frock and a velvet wrap the color of the moon that would soon be rising over the mountains. Richard squared his jaw and swallowed hard against the lump in his throat. What he never could have he must try not to want with such devastating intensity.

“Can you ride in a coffee mill ?” he asked. “Even this is better than the Wentworths can afford.”

Betty Lee slipped through the open door before a helping hand could reach her.

“I’ve ridden many, times in worse and probably will many times again,” she said.

RICHARD stepped resolutely upon the clutch. The ancient vehicle lunged forward like an angry bronco, finally settling into a pace that combined all the disagreeable features of a gallop and a trot.

“We’re not going to dance just now.” Richard’s voice was cold and far away, like distant hammering upon steel framework. “Well ride, and I’ll talk. Please listen.”

“Of course,” came the sibilant whisper, while Richard looked straight ahead upon the road that unwound before him like white tape from a cardboard wheel.

“I love you,” he went on with a voice alien to the uses of lovers. “I love you so much that I think I can’t stand it.”

Betty Lee’s hand slipped over one of those that gripped the steering wheel, and Richard almost forgot his lines. “But—but,” he continued stoically, “I’m not going to ask you to marry me. We’ve got to the end of our rope—Jeanne and I. We’ve nothing on earth but debts, Jeanne’s absurd alimony and the pittance I make. We came to the Springs to find an heiress. You—you were the victim selected. You needn’t see me again. But loving you like this, I couldn’t go away without telling you. I couldn’t leave you wondering perhaps.”

The words trailed into silence. The old car clattered ceaselessly.

“You mean you wanted to marry me because of the Page money ?”

“Until I knew you. After that I loved you—loved you enough to tell you this and to make you hate me forever.”

“And nobody told you that my father was a distant cousin of Cary Lee Page’s, that I haven’t a cent in the world and never will have unless I earn it by painting pictures some one will buy, that Cousin Cary stumbled upon me by accident and decided to give me this vacation, and to make a thorough job of his charity ?”

Richard stopped the car with a perilous bang. “Are you telling me the truth ?” he demanded.

“If you and your sister had made the simplest investigation, you could have been saved time and trouble. I thought you knew. Every one else does.”

Flashes of lightning. Skyrockets bursting about him. Richard himself a meteor flashing through space. Betty Lee Page held tight against him, resisting at first, then resisting no longer. Betty Lee admitting that she loved him. The riotous moment ended in coherence at last.

“You will paint great pictures,” said Richard. “I will try to be a good doctor. Together—always.”

“Your sister! ” Betty Lee faltered. “Poor Jeanne !”

“We’ll tell her now. That much is due her. She’s with your artist.”

THEY drove to the foot of the trail and climbed upward, stones scarring Betty Lee’s silver slippers, underbrush snagging the chiffon on her dress. A long light trailing through the windows of the shack. Voices coming clear through the silence of the night. With an arm about Betty Lee, Richard paused shamelessly to listen. Robert Lasalle was speaking.

“I shouldn’t have told you,” he was saying. “I have nothing to offer but a name that may some day mean something. What I’m making now is enough for the mountain top but not for the valleys where others live.”

Jeanne’s reply came in staccato jerks. “l want the mountain. I’ve lived so long in the valley. When Wentworths and Breckenridges love, there’s no use resisting. Dick will marry the little Page girl who has nothing but her art —and I’ll marry you, Robert Lasalle. Since the first night at the hotel I’ve known that Betty Lee was not the Page heiress. It doesn’t matter. We have our rainbows—the sort that never lead to pots of gold.”

Richard Wentworth held Betty Lee Page close and was silent. Later he would go in to Jeanne and the artist— but not just then—for Jeanne’s sake and his own.

SPIDER - August 1941 ''The Spider and the Scarlet Surgeon'' I had to stay with the Doctor theme

SPIDER – August 1941 ”The Spider and the Scarlet Surgeon”
I had to stay with the Doctor theme

 

— END —

Jamaica NY Long Island Daily Press 1932

That paper’s small print says “Copyright by Public Ledger”

(probably not now, but we’re not making any money off it).

ENJOY PULPS – David Lee Smith

(“Where else are you going to find this story”… truthfully, the 1ST edition (had to keep the newspaper theme going) showed up at my Group first, Oct. 2015). If it wasn’t printed here now it probably would have been great for an issue of Girasol Collectables The SPIDER reprints or a PULPSTER.

Pulps Pricings Sales Census

Hello all Pulp Magazine Collectors, Readers, Buyers, etc… you know who you are.

My introduction to Pulp Magazines:
When comics priced me out of their range the value/fun just wasn’t there for continuing collecting new issues. I quit at $1.50 or so (1988 and 10,000 plus issues). New issues today go for around $2.00 – $3.00 plus for 16-24 pages, so JUST 4 issues would cost about $8.00 – $12.00 and up. When I started in 1976 they were 30 cents. Golden Age comics are out of most collectors reach now.

During that 1976-’77 period I’d heard about these things called old “Pulp” magazines that “disintegrated in your hands as you read them” from Conan the Barbarian/Savage Sword of Conan, Kull, and their paperbacks (R.E.H. horror series like “Black Canaan” (love “The House in the Oaks” and “People of the Black Coast”), and the Doc Savage B&W Marvel comic magazine (last 2) .

Black Canaan 1978Black Canaan 1978 frontpiece bDOC SAVAGE #7DOC SAVAGE #8

I decided that some day when I had the money that I’d actually own some these ‘things’.

In upstate New York one sees nothing of that type around and I never had a chance to get any Pulps until 2008 when we got our first computer. From there I FOUND eBAY.

My first Pulps were JUNGLE STORIES – April 1943 (Ki-Gor), PHANTOM DETECTIVE, BLACK BOOK DETECTIVE (Black Bat) – Sept. – 1941, then many more after that. For the ‘Black Bat’ I had seen an article in some comics fan magazine (Comics Scene/Comics Preview ???) with the title “The Other Batman,” which made me want to look into this character. I’m not sure if Will Murray wrote it or not as I can’t find the magazine and I’d really like to re-read the article.
In just 8 years my Pulp collection is at around 2,250 – 2,500 issues. From collectors that have been at it since the 1950’s and ’60’s (even the 1970’s) I’m barely a new-born stumbling out of the crib. I won’t even mention collectors like Walker Martin, Nick “Wooda” Carr or Al Tonik.

I’m always fascinated when prices seem to be on the ‘extreme’ side, either high or low (mostly high). Especially for Scarce to Very Rare titles that most collectors probably never see. It’s probably from my comic buying days and Overstreet’s listings of Scarce to Rare items. I’m hoping others will be interested in what certain issues go for also…High grade issues going for low money, beat (Fair) issues going for extremely high (relative) prices, and those in-between.

For terms of “Scarcity” and values I use “Bookery’s Guide to Pulps and Related Magazines“.
Also, for “Pulps” I’ll use the regular Pulp-size issues, Bed-sheets (‘slicks’), and digest. Examples: SCARLET ADVENTURESS, AMAZING DETECTIVE STORIES, FLYING STORIES (the first 14 Macfadden Publications issues were not Pulp-sized but bedsheets like the later FLYING ACES), The POCKET MAGAZINE, SWIFT STORY MAGAZINE will all be treated the same. If it’s in ADVENTURE HOUSE GUIDE To The PULPS or BOOKERY then it’s good for listing.

Adventure House Guide to the Pulps 1Bookery's Guide to Pulps and Related Magazines 463

At times a few extras will be thrown in, like Pulp Premiums (“The Shadow Ring”, “Friends of the Phantom” (Detective) Badge/Pin, Doc Savage Pin), Pulp author autographs, manuscripts, photographs, Original Pulp Paintings. Maybe even a PEP, SILK STOCKINGS, SPICY, but they’d have to be extra special.

If it wasn’t stated, these statics would be for actual sales items, not issues that have been sitting in some dealers inventory for years with high prices. Also I’ll list off only the prolific authors in an issue, and the story title if it’s interesting. I could just copy off the whole The FictionMags Index  contents for an issue but that’s what that site is for and I don’t want to take away from all of Phil Stephensen-Payne’s hard work there. By “prolific authors” I mean if the author’s output takes up 3/4 or more of a FictionMags page then they are prolific. This may include their real name and any number of pseudonyms to reach that amount. An example from a sample BLUE BOOK MAGAZINE issue: Clarence Herbert New (never heard of) has 2 pages worth of stories (his “Free Lances in Diplomacy” series).

Some of the photographs originally may have been too dark, light, uncropped, etc. so I had to ‘tweak’ them as best as I could. I’m not a professional, or anywhere near so with computers, and resort to using “Windows Live Photo Gallery” editing/cropping and “Paint” for re-sizing. If an image is just too blurry or small I’ll have to use the image at Galactic Central, and state that’s where it came from.

In much the same way as I enjoy reading Walker Martin’s postings, because, even at his ‘young’ age, his notes have that “Gosh – wow !” quality about them. At my own age I also have that “By golly, gee-whiz” fanboy feeling when I talk about, write,or receive a new Pulp package in the mail.

So to try out my first Posting, or is it Blog:

PHANTOM DETECTIVE - July 1942

The Phantom Detective (July 1942)

Here’s one I hope someone can explain to me.

PHANTOM  DETECTIVE – July 1942 recently sold on eBay for $182.50 !!!

It’s not even an early 1930’s issue and there’s nothing special author-wise from the FictionMags index.

“Condition: Very Good”; that’s all there is for the condition.

Not even High Grade.

Authors: “The Medieval Murders” by Robert Wallace (this time really by Henry Kuttner).

It’s not the first Kuttner has done a Phantom story: “The Sabotage Murders” in PHANTOM DETECTIVE – July 1941. It also contains a short story by J. Lane Linklater (pseudonym of Alexander William Watkins).

Bookery says the Sept. 1940 is Scarce, April and Dec. 1942 as Scarcer, and April 1941 as the Scarcest 1940’s issue.

Bookery has $12.00 – $30.00 – $60.00 for this July 1942 issue.

My copy only set me back $5.00 and 29 cents which is why I didn’t understand the $182.50 !!!

ENJOY PULPS – David Lee Smith

The Irrationals by Milton Lesser (American Science Fiction Magazine series)

by Morgan Wallace

The Irrationals by Milton Lesser
Let us continue with our ongoing thread on Australia’s American Science Fiction Magazine pulp reprint series, as published by the Malian Press, in the 1950s. As always, each cover is gorgeously illustrated by Stanley Pitt.

Our cover feature is “The Irrationals” by Milton Lesser. The story reminds me of the movie version of Philip K. Dick’s Minority Report, albeit, very loosely. If you’ve read Dick’s story or viewed the movie, then, you really do not need me to elaborate any further. The story itself was decently written.

Nelson Bond’s “The Man Who Could Walk Through Walls” was terribly stale, but typical of Bond’s easy-going fantastic fiction stylings. Not great, but not horrible either. Just a good, easy read for the late-night armchair reader, kickin’-it old-school by a roaring fireplace.

Ray Bradbury’s “The Pedestrian” is epic, to a fault. Ray expresses no imagination regarding televisions over a hundred years later from whence this story was originally written. Nor does he alter the “shows” the people are watching, etc. It’s as if they are all watching 1940s television in the year 2131. Hardly believable. I found that irredeemable of a man capable of writing cleverly constructed stories. Despite my personal grievances against the background-plot, it was well-written, and engaging enough to make me wonder just what WAS the point that Ray would eventually drive home. According to Ray, this story is the beginning of what would become FAHRENHEIT 451. So, maybe I shouldn’t knock the story…. Not entirely.

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American Science Fiction Magazine “Common Time” by James Blish

by Morgan Wallace

Common Time by James BlishThe feature story in this issue of the Australian published American Science Fiction Magazine series is “Common Time” by James Blish. Admittedly a fine science fiction yarn, but bogged down when Blish gets a wee bit technical. I prefer my science fiction to be more escapist than scientifically instructive.

Next novelette inside is H. Beam Piper’s “Genesis.” Initially, I feared that Piper would trod the Adam-and-Eve path, but he chose the nearly equally beaten path of humans historically being aliens that came from a doomed planet. A fun read with the usual ending.

Shockingly, it is David Grinnell’s “Last Stand of a Grenadier” that entranced me entirely to the point that I refused to drop out until finished. It’s a typically easy read by this writer, alias of Donald A. Wollheim. Here, we have DAW Books founder poking fun at fandom, with a lot of tongue-in-cheek and the consequences of children watching the tube. Far distant aliens have hijacked one specific science fiction show and are stealing their minds while they sleep, calling their number from deep in space to pilot bombs on suicide missions. Only truly “imaginative” members are called to the post and while their bodies do not die, some suffer emotional trauma, develop amnesia, and some even die. In an effort to avoid their number being tapped, two young fans realize the plot and begin a hefty effort to recruit more SF fans. The plan goes awry when more and more kids are taken. Eventually, they will run out of replacement kamikaze pilots, and then, well, you’ll have the last Grenadier….to avoid this fate for his own son, our narrator, a newspaper reporter, unhooks his television set and offers to sell it cheap to any reader, so long as they do not have children….

This issue sports a stunningly gorgeous cover by the ever-competent hand of Australian artist Stanley Pitt. As with some other issues in this AMSF series, this cover has nothing to do with the text inside.

The Argosy Library Series 2, Including Max Brand, Headlines Altus Press’ Pulp Fiction Releases for Spring 2016

Highlights Include a Never-Before-Reprinted Max Brand Novel

Altus Press has been busy with a number of significant new pulp fiction reprint collections—many of which have never before been reprinted. Headlined by Series 2 of our popular Argosy Library series which contains stories by authors such as Max Brand, Norbert Davis, Loring Brent, Ralph Milne Farley, and Cleve F. Adams (many of which never before reprinted) as well as series characters as Peter the Brazen, Rex McBride, Doan & Carstairs, Semi Dual, Peter Scarlet, Bradshaw the Naturalist, and Cleve & d’Entreville. Many of these books also feature new introductions by scholars such as Will Murray, Garyn G. Roberts, Even Lewis, and Max Brand expert William F. Nolan (Logan’s Run).

In addition to The Argosy Library, Altus Press also presents classic pulp fiction by Frederick Nebel, G.T. Fleming-Roberts, and H. Bedford-Jones, among others, featuring characters such as Cardigan, George Chance AKA The Ghost, and Sgt. Brinkhaus.

Below is our complete list of Spring 2016 releases. They will premiere at the Mike Chomko, Books, table at the Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention, taking place April 22-24, 2016, at the Westin Lombard, Yorktown Center.

The Argosy Library, Series 2:

 

Champion of Lost Causes (The Argosy Library) by Max BrandChampion of Lost Causes (The Argosy Library Vol. 11)

by Max Brand

introduction by William F. Nolan

Author Frederick Faust (AKA Max Brand) spins a tale of mystery and melodrama as Samuel Loring battles to save a girl unjustly accused of murder in a story never before reprinted. Originally serialized in seven installments in Flynn’s Magazine, Champion of Lost Causes was one of Brand’s earliest works to be filmed as a movie.

324 pages / $19.95 softcover / $29.95 hardcover


The Scarlet Blade: The Rakehelly Adventures of Cleve and d’Entreville, Volume 1 (The Argosy Library) by Murray R. MontgomeryThe Scarlet Blade: The Rakehelly Adventures of Cleve and d’Entreville, Volume 1 (The Argosy Library Vol. 12)

by Murray R. Montgomery

One of the most popular series from Argosy’s later years, Murray R. Montgomery penned a number of stories chronicling the adventures of Her Majesty’s Guard Richard Cleve and French cavalier Monsieur le Comte Guy d’Entreville… partners and rakehellies of the Cardinal’s Guard and in the service of Cardinal Richelieu in seventeenth-century France.

283 pages / $19.95 softcover / $29.95 hardcover


 

Doan and Carstairs: Their Complete Cases (The Argosy Library) by Norbert DavisDoan and Carstairs: Their Complete Cases (The Argosy Library Vol. 13)

by Norbert Davis

introduction by Evan Lewis

For the first time in an authorized edition, all five stories of Doan and his “partner,” his Great Dane, Carstairs. These quirky hard-boiled detective stories were written by Norbert Davis, the Black Mask author who inspired Raymond Chandler to try his hand at the genre. This edition includes all three Doan and Carstairs novels (The Mouse in the Mountain, Sally’s in the Alley, and Oh, Murderer Mine), as well as the two short stories from the pulps: “Holocaust House” and “Cry Murder!” It’s rounded off with an all-new introduction by Evan Lewis.

582 pages / $29.95 softcover / $39.95 hardcover


The King Who Came Back (The Argosy Library) by Fred MacIsaacThe King Who Came Back (The Argosy Library Vol. 14)

by Fred MacIsaac

The author of the Rambler series pens this tale which was amongst his best works to appear in the pages of Argosy. After abdicating the throne of King of the European monarchy of Berania in order to avert civil war, young Carlos Aronhof realizes there’s more to his rapidly changing fortunes than meets the eye. A tale spanning Europe to Hollywood, Aronhof quickly finds himself immersed in espionage, political intrigue, skullduggery, murder, and the stolen Beranian crown jewels.

224 pages / $19.95 softcover / $29.95 hardcover


Blood Ritual: The Adventures of Scarlet and Bradshaw, Volume 1 (The Argosy Library) by Theodore RoscoeBlood Ritual: The Adventures of Scarlet and Bradshaw, Volume 1 (The Argosy Library Vol. 15)

by Theodore Roscoe

Best remembered as the author of Thibaut Corday and his French Foreign Legion yarns, author Theodore Roscoe wrote another, little-known, long-running series: the adventures of curio hunter Peter Scarlet and Bradshaw, the naturalist. While each appeared in solo stories, they also teamed up in several yarns. These tales of treasure in the Orient are action-filled adventure by one of pulpdom’s best. Without a doubt a lost gem of the pulps.

244 pages / $19.95 softcover / $29.95 hardcover


The City of Stolen Lives: The Adventures of Peter the Brazen, Volume 1 (The Argosy Library) by Loring BrentThe City of Stolen Lives: The Adventures of Peter the Brazen, Volume 1 (The Argosy Library Vol. 16)

by Loring Brent

introduction by Will Murray

One of the greatest series from the pages of Argosy is finally collected, complete and in order! Footloose ship’s wireless operator Peter Moore becomes embroiled in mystery and intrigue in China as he faces the despotic Gray Dragon, thus beginning Moore’s long-running, adventure-filed journey across several decades of pulp fiction masterpieces. Written by long-time Argosy author George F. Worts under his primary pen-name, Peter the Brazen made a marked impression on Argosy reader Lester Dent when he co-created Doc Savage. The saga of Peter the Brazen is amongst the best adventure series in the history of pulp fiction.

274 pages / $19.95 softcover / $29.95 hardcover


The Radio Gun-Runners (The Argosy Library) by Ralph Milne FarleyThe Radio Gun-Runners (The Argosy Library Vol. 17)

by Ralph Milne Farley

A sequel to his previous Argosy novel, The Radio Flyers, author Ralph Milne Farley pens this science-fiction classic set in a hollow earth. Although compared favorably to Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Pellucidar series, Farley’s multi-layered tale of adventure at the earth’s pole weaves gangsters and Norse Vikings into an offbeat tale never before reprinted.

204 pages / $19.95 softcover / $29.95 hardcover


Sabotage (The Argosy Library) by Cleve F. AdamsSabotage (The Argosy Library Vol. 18)

by Cleve F. Adams

Originally published as a six-part serial in Detective Fiction Weekly in 1939, Sabotage introduced readers to forgotten hard-boiled master Cleve F. Adams’ number one detective: Rex McBride. The strength of the nation was dedicated to building the great dam at Palos Verde, and when a sinister foe determined to sabotage that life-giving project, it fell to the lot of Rex McBride, the world’s most unorthodox detective, to attempt a job at which the government’s daring, well-trained operatives shied.

204 pages / $19.95 softcover / $29.95 hardcover


The Complete Cabalistic Cases of Semi Dual, the Occult Detector, Volume 2: 1912–13 (The Argosy Library) by J.U. Giesy and Junius B. SmithThe Complete Cabalistic Cases of Semi Dual, the Occult Detector, Volume 2: 1912–13 (The Argosy Library Vol. 19)

by J.U. Giesy and Junius B. Smith

introduction by Garyn Roberts, Ph.D

Pulpdom’s greatest occult detective returns! Volume 2 of the complete reprinting of the Semi Dual series brings three more never-before-reprinted metaphysical, psychological and speculative science adventures, all from the pages of the Munsey pulp magazine, The Cavalier. This volume contains the next three stories: “The Purple Light,” “The Master Mind,” and “Rubies of Doom,” exactly as they were written by Semi Dual creators J.U. Giesy and Junius B. Smith.

328 pages / $19.95 softcover / $29.95 hardcover


South of Fifty-Three (The Argosy Library) by Jack BechdoltSouth of Fifty-Three (The Argosy Library Vol. 20)

by Jack Bechdolt

Written by the author of the post-apocalyptic science-fiction classic, The Torch, Jack Bechdolt penned this fast-paced tale of Alaskan adventure for Argosy All-Story Weekly at the height of that magazine’s popularity.

225 pages / $19.95 softcover / $29.95 hardcover

 

Other Releases:

Will o' the Wisp by H. Bedford-JonesWill o’ the Wisp

by H. Bedford-Jones

To horse, ye English captains! In the king’s name, ride! For Brian Desmond, spy for France, takes the Dover road tonight! A superb novel of spies and swords and one of H. Bedford-Jones’ best historicals, as it originally appeared in Argosy Magazine.

241 pages / $19.95 softcover / $29.95 hardcover

 

 

George Chance: The Ghost Omnibus, Volume 1George Chance: The Ghost Omnibus, Volume 1

by G.T. Fleming-Roberts

Magician George Chance, AKA the crime-fighter known as The Ghost, who has done more in the service of the Law than any other man of his generation. Master of the science of criminology, remorseless crime-tracker and criminal catcher! When The Ghost walks, the underworld stirs into deadly life to combat him. Contains the following stories: “Calling the Ghost” and “The Ghost Strikes Back.”

264 pages / $19.95 softcover / $29.95 hardcover

 

The Crimson Mask Omnibus, Volume 2The Crimson Mask Omnibus Volume 2

by Norman A. Daniels

Part of the early 1940s pulp hero revival, pharmacist Bob Clarke takes on the underworld as The Crimson Mask! Volume 2 contains the next five adventures: “The Crimson Mask and the Vanishing Men,” “The Crimson Mask’s Ghost Trail,” “The Diamond Death Trail,” “The Money Trail,” and “Murders of the Black Rose,” uncut, with all of the original illustrations.

280 pages / $19.95 softcover / $29.95 hardcover

 

The Complete Casebook of Sgt. BrinkhausThe Complete Casebook of Sgt. Brinkhaus

by Frederick Nebel

introduction by Will Murray

Following Kennedy & MacBride, Donahue and Cardigan, Frederick Nebel’s longest-running detective series featured the hard-boiled exploits of Sgt. Otto Herman “Brinky” Brinkhaus and Inspector Peter Larsen of the Portsend Detective Bureau as chronicled in the pages of Detective Action Stories, Dime Detective Magazine, and Detective Fiction Weekly.

389 pages / $29.95 softcover / $39.95 hardcover

 

The Complete Cases of Cardigan (2 Volume Deluxe Edition) The Complete Cases of Cardigan (2 Volume Deluxe Edition)The Complete Cases of Cardigan (2 Volume Deluxe Edition)

by Frederick Nebel

introduction by Will Murray

Frederick Nebel’s unforgettable character Jack Cardigan was one of the main reasons behind the success of the legendary Dime Detective Magazine. His hard-boiled P.I. stories were a major influence to other writers of the era, yet only a handful have been reprinted since their original 44-story run eighty years ago. This deluxe two-volume contains the entire series of 44 stories, complete and uncut, with an introduction by Will Murray and the original illustrations by John Fleming Gould.

698 pages / 8.5×11″ / $140 hardcover

Altus Press to Release King Kong Vs. Tarzan

Press release—FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Ultimate Rumble in the Jungle: Altus Press to Release King Kong Vs. Tarzan

In 1935, King Kong’s creator, Merian C. Cooper, was seeking a vehicle by which to keep his greatest creation alive.

Kong was dead. Skull Island had sunk at the end of Son of Kong. But Cooper was undeterred. Harkening back to a pre-King Kong project when he tried and failed to obtain film rights to Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan of the Apes, the celebrated filmmaker conceived a technicolor prequel he called Tarzan Vs. King Kong. A prequel to King Kong, it brought the Ape Man to Skull Island to confront the mighty Kong.

Alas for Cooper and the rest of us, he failed to secure the rights to both properties, and so the project perished.

Kong vs. CarnosaurBut it was not forgotten. Periodically, attempts to place those two classic jungle characters in the same story were floated, but nothing ever worked out. Until now.

Altus Press, Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc. and DeVito ArtWorks, LLC, are proud to announce their version of this long-deferred dream project.

King Kong Vs. Tarzan is neither a prequel nor a sequel to any movie, but instead reveals an untold story only hinted at in the published Kong mythology, and never suspected: The incredible tale of the voyage of the tramp steamer Wanderer as she conveyed the chained Eighth Wonder of the World from his Skull Island home to the bright lights of New York City, and to Kong’s eventual downfall.

This is a voyage of over 13,000 miles, during which the aging tramp steamer must circumnavigate the continent of Africa, home of Tarzan of the Apes, yet keep Kong alive, fed and under control.

When the ship is forced to make landfall, Kong escapes his chains, and roams the unfamiliar African jungle, seeking a way home. Summoned by reports of a giant gorilla larger than any ever seen, Tarzan of the Apes investigates this incredible marauder, setting the stage for the greatest battle royale ever recorded. King Kong Vs. the Lord of the Jungle! The Dark Continent isn’t big enough for both of them….

Prolific adventure novelist Will Murray, who recently revived Tarzan in Return to Pal-ul-don, and previously pitted King Kong against pulp superhero Doc Savage in his acclaimed 2013 epic, Skull Island, is the writer of this monumental project.

“The idea came to me one September weekend in 2014,” he says. “It was Edgar Rice Burroughs’ 139th birthday anniversary. Previously Joe DeVito and I had entertained the possibility of sending Tarzan to Skull Island, but the premise didn’t sufficiently appeal to me. Instinctively, I felt the need for a stronger story, so I put the notion aside until that fateful weekend. It hit me then that no one had ever told the story of Kong’s perilous transit across two mighty oceans. Here, I realized, would be an opportunity to unleash King Kong on the Dark Continent, and show him facing new and different challenges—not the least of which would be the legendary Ape Man himself, Tarzan.

“Instead of a sequel or a prequel, we have something new: an interquel, an interlude set within the original King Kong narrative. The beauty of King Kong Vs. Tarzan is it not only the hurls those epic characters against one another, but allows us to include the original cast of characters from the original 1932 novel—Carl Denham, Jack Driscoll and Ann Darrow.”

Cover artist/author Joe DeVito writes: “Well over twenty years ago, when I created my original Skull Island property in words and pictures with the full cooperation of the Cooper Estate, I believe it was the first such detailed prequel/sequel expansion ever of the original King Kong mythos. Ultimately, Skull Island was fused with the Cooper Estate’s original King Kong storyline and King Kong of Skull Island was formed to create the ultimate Kong zeitgeist. In addition to so much more, it is ideal for just these kinds of ‘What if?’ explorations.

“Will and I had a great adventure on a similar endeavor, Doc Savage: Skull Island. This Kong/Tarzan encounter, which draws timeline, details and characters from both the King Kong of Skull Island and Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan oeuvres, promises to be an adventure yarn of appropriately epic proportions. As Will weaves his tale, I look forward to creating the art that will illustrate the story. Along the way we will continue to exchange exciting ideas and details, particularly as they pertain to King Kong and Skull Island, to craft a final book that seeks to explore the exotic, unexpected twists and turns that such a unique adventure offers.”

Jim Sullos, President of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., says of the project, “When Will and Joe first approached me at the 2015 Dum Dum Meeting about a King Kong vs. Tarzan novel, my first instinct was that these two should eventually become fast friends. I didn’t know that’s exactly what Will had in mind, so I was all for it. Two literary legends finally meeting. This tale will be both robust and historic.”

Publisher Matt Moring adds, “This historic epic is a saga that Altus Press is pleased to be able to publish. And it’s none too soon: after all, this story’s a scant 80 years in the making!”

King Kong Vs. Tarzan is scheduled for a Summer, 2016 release, timed to coincide with the promising and much-anticipated new Warner Bros. Legend of Tarzan film, and will be issued in trade paperback, ebook and hardcover editions.


 

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About DeVito ArtWorks, LLC

DeVito ArtWorks, LLC, is the home of King Kong of Skull Island, which encompasses both the original King Kong story of Merian C. Cooper’s King Kong and its seamless prequel and sequel expansion in Kong of Skull Island through fully copyrighted words and pictures. King Kong of Skull Island, is the complete King Kong-Skull Island origin property, uniquely endorsed with the name of Kong’s creator, Merian C. Cooper, and exclusively authorized by his family’s estate.

About Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.

Founded in 1923 by Edgar Rice Burroughs, as one of the first authors to incorporate himself, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., holds numerous trademarks and the rights to all literary works of the author still protected by copyright, including stories of Tarzan of the Apes and John Carter of Mars. The company has overseen every adaptation of his literary works in film, television, radio, publishing, theatrical stage productions, licensing and merchandising. The company is still a very active enterprise and manages and licenses the vast archive of Mr. Burroughs’ literary works, fictional characters and corresponding artworks that have grown for over a century. The company continues to be owned by the Burroughs family and remains headquartered in Tarzana, California, the town named after the Tarzana Ranch Mr. Burroughs purchased there in 1918 which led to the town’s future development.

About Altus Press

Altus Press is the world’s largest publisher of pulp fiction. In addition, for several years, Altus Press has published licensed material featuring classic characters such as Doc Savage, Tarzan, and The Shadow for new stories. Altus Press is also the primary exclusive licensee of the vast intellectual property holdings of Popular Publications, Inc., and The Frank A. Munsey Company, comprising an estimated 30,000 individual pulp stories from the 1920s-70s.

The Thing from Another World by John W. Campbell, Jr.

by Morgan Wallace

Hello. I’ve been invited to write pulp-relevant articles and share them with an audience whom will readily appreciate the literature, and receive a broader scope of exposure. After some vacillating, I decided to give this adventure a try, and delved into my own older blog entries, and post them here, where you, the more relevant and direct pulp audience, may readily receive, and hopefully, contribute your thoughts and opinions with the world. You see, fandom has deteriorated in recent decades and lost all sense of direction, and, fan-family. The world as fandom knew it, eons ago, that sired the wonderful fanzines of a forgotten era, and the jubilantly wild and crazy conventions, are dead and past. Most, if not all members of First Fandom, are dead, and I’m not too sure how many members of Second Fandom are around, but thankfully, there are a number still kicking.

My initiation began with collecting a variety of vintage paperbacks, and not having any real direction. When the Internet was introduced (to me) my world expanded, quite quickly. What little I learned and gleaned from the occasional fanzine that came my way or letters of correspondence I received suddenly was like opening my eyes to the sun and having it violently engulf me. Then I met Howard DeVore, and he insisted I drive up to his house in Dearborn, Michigan, and have a damn good time romping through his garage (mostly mass market paperbacks and filing cabinets of fanzines and a couple mimeograph machines). I helped to heave him upstairs, to the attic, where his quality pulps, paintings, and foreign publications, were stored (downstairs, in the tiny living room, were bookshelves of hardcovers). It was upstairs that my collecting interests took an altered course.

Now, Howie was by no means responsible for my insatiable desire to the collect the (Famous) American Science Fiction (Magazine) series that was printed by the Malian Press, in Australia, during the early 1950s, however, one can readily trace my foreign collecting interests directly to his attic (but THAT is for another future article). The “magazines” are actually digest-sized side-stapled pamphlets; all 41 issues are 36-pages in length, and each sport original full color cover art by Stanley Pitt. That latter alone makes them quite collectible. Naturally, for collecting enthusiasts, the fine grades are the most desirable, and, given the vibrant quality of the art, rightfully so….

Many can be found for reasonable prices. Some are just downright expensive by virtue of either being the author’s first full-length novel in “book” format (reprinted from the pulps, of course), or, a collection entirely by one author, or, such as the collection below, it simply has a lot going for it…and I certainly do not need to elaborate any further than that. Anyone in and out of fandom reading this blog should have some working knowledge of … THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD

The Thing From Another World by John w. Campbell, Jr.

Without further ado, let’s touch upon issue #5, THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD, printed September 1952.
The novella originally debuted in the pulp fiction magazine, Astounding (August 1938) under John W. Campbell Jr.‘s alias, Don A. Stuart, as “Who Goes There?”

The story opens with Campbell’s usual haphazard-disjointed “fast-action” style of writing, where the expedition’s core characters are assembled and described, with the leader absurdly depicted as a veritable man of bronze. They bring together the full Antarctica crew, and unveil the monstrosity, discovered while researching metallic anomalies far beneath the ice. After they have carved the alien free, the crew nearly annihilate themselves while trying to detonate a path into the alien vessel. The spaceship explodes into smithereens (which, if you’ve never read the story but seen the movie(s), well, shit, this is the best thing that could possibly happen, right?)

Deciding to learn the secrets of the alien race, they slowly thaw the sinisterly evil-looking critter (always a great idea, right?). One of the crew remains awake to watch over the melting process, (drip drip) goes about his work, (drip drip drip) and the floor creaks (no more dripping)….

Shift to next scene; said guy watching over critter wakes up the commander, and proclaims the alien has escaped! But, when their pack of dogs begin screaming, howling, and roaring, they soon know where to search. They find a monstrosity out of hell, a shape-shifter, midway between alien and dog dimensions, being ripped and torn asunder by the frenzied dogs. One of the crew goes insane and calls them (the humans, that is, not the dogs) all aliens, distrusting the whole lot of them, and they lock him away, far away, in an isolated room of “junk” and “parts,” where he can do himself and others, no harm.

Realizing that The Thing has shifting capabilities, the crew panics, and determine that the crew member originally assigned to watching over the “melted one” may himself be an alien. Various “tests” are concocted…. The truth is learned; there are numerous “replaced” humans among their own kind!

Fast-forwarding, the humans finally kill off all the aliens, or have they? What about the fellow that went insane and was put into isolation? Is he human? Or was he merely mimicking? The crew dart out there, pry open the doors and….let me assure you, the story has nothing to do with the movies, so I do suggest you read the story.

Get off your duff and grab a copy of the tale yourself. Copies abound in “cheap” reprint editions.

New Pulp-Related Blog Premiering on Altus Press.com

We here at Altus Press are please to welcome a new pulp column to our website.

Enjoyed by many on the Facebook Old Pulp group (and elsewhere), Morgan Wallace has been making his way through the Doubleday “Garden City” paperbacks, reviewing them one at a time. But Morgan has written on many other subjects, and we’re pleased that he’s allowed us to make www.altuspress.com his new home.

Starting Thursday, March 3, we’ll release his first post, and we’ll promote it in all of our usual places. Please let Morgan know what you think of his posts and comment on altuspress.com.

Mavericks and H. Bedford-Jones Premiere in eBook Format

Altus Press has added a trio of ebooks to its library of pulp fiction. Each is only $4.99:

Mavericks: Longriders of the West, Volume 1Mavericks: Longriders of the West, Volume 2

by Tom Mount

Meet the five Mavericks—Lance Clayton, Doc Grimson, Charlie Parr, Lockjaw Johnson, and Flint Maddox… They were wanted men, those five hard-riding travelers of the still night trails… Mavericks all, they had entered outlawry for five different reasons, drawn irresistibly down the Owlhoot Trail from five different walks of rangeland life. They became one living inseparable unit of grim, uncompromising justice, united as one man by their friendship, their burning championship of the underdog—and the high, white flame of their courage….

Collecting final three stories: “Bait for the Lobo Pack,” “Doc Grimson’s Outlaw Posse” and “Charlie Parr’s Gunsmoke Cure.”


 

The Devil's BosunThe Devil’s Bosun

by H. Bedford-Jones

Master Pirate of the Eastern Seas: Captain Cairn—a man from Hell—heads the Ta Ming for an island of brooding trouble!
Never before reprinted, it’s a lost classic from the pen of H. Bedford-Jones, the King of the Pulps.


 

Our Far Flung Battle Line by H. Bedford-JonesOur Far Flung Battle Line

by H. Bedford-Jones

Denis Burke returns in this far-spanning, 12-part World War II epic, as espionage knows no borders. Full of secret agents and locales such as Casablanca, Iceland, the Solomon Islands, Brazil, Ireland, Japan, Malta, the Red Sea, and Trinidad.

One of the longest serials he wrote for Short Stories magazine—and never before reprinted—it’s a lost classic by H. Bedford-Jones.

New Product Update: Halfaday Creek Returns

January 26, 2016—Altus Press announces the release of two more collections in our Halfaday Creek Library. Written by James B. Hendryx, these stories of outlaws on the Alaska-Yukon border were among the longest-running and most popular series in the pulps. These collections, Strange Doings on Halfaday Creek (1943) and Murder on Halfaday Creek (1951) are sourced form the original texts from Short Stories magazine, and include the original illustrations.


 

Murder on Halfday Creek by James B. HendryxMurder on Halfaday Creek

In the notorious colony of outlaws on Halfaday Creek, every newcomer draws his name out of a tin can, and old Cush at the saloon keeps more money in his safe than most banks ever see. Tough, cagey Black John Smith maintains law and order in the district, and in dispensing justice he never forgets the value of money.

In this high-spirited, action-loaded series of stories about the Yukon-Alaska border country, he manages to rake in a profit with every adventure. He foils a plot dreamed up by as mean a gang of crooks as ever stacked a deck, exchanging twenty-five thousand dollars in fake bills for good ones; he runs a pair of swindlers out of town, after persuading them to leave their cash behind, in his name; and he doubles the twenty thousand he paid for some sacks of fool’s gold, and hangs a murderer in the bargain.

Get it here

Murder on Halfaday Creek by James B. Hendryx contains the following stories:

  • “Black John Turns a Trick”
  • “Black John Wins a Bet”
  • “Skin Game”
  • “Miner’s Meetin’”
  • “Permanent Resident on Halfaday”
  • “Willie Shows Up on Halfaday”

Strange Doings on Halfday Creek by James B. HendryxStrange Doings on Halfaday Creek

Cushing’s Fort on Halfaday Creek is conveniently located in Canadian territory close to the border of United States territory, so that men in ill repute with the Mounted Police can elude them easily. There are “outlaws” of Halfaday Creek live, a band of doughty prospectors ruled by their self-appointed czar, Black John Smith, one of many John Smiths that inhabit that notorious lair.

Law and order, however, are nowhere so well maintained as on Halfaday Creek, and Black John dispenses justice with the wisdom of a Solomon and a heart as big as the biggest nugget ever found in the gold rush days. Murder is one of the minor hangable offenses there; skullduggery, connivin’ and conspirin’ are punished by the rope, after a miners’ meeting passes an irrevocable sentence. Confidence men, city slickers, anyone who would take advantage of another man, woman or child, are dealt with sharply, and with a geniality that disarms evildoers unfamiliar with Black John’s swift, efficient legal procedure.

In this warmhearted and humorous chronicle of strange doings on Halfaday, Corporal Downey of the Mounted and Black John and Old Cush punish some murderers, claim robbers and scoundrels who have made the mistake of assuming that the “outlaws” are not men of honor. Black John needs no introduction to his many admirers; he is one of out most honest and lovable rogues.

Get it here

Strange Doings on Halfaday Creek by James B. Hendryx contains the following stories:

  • “All the Evidence”
  • “Bear Paws”
  • “Black John Assists at a Wedding”
  • “Black John Files a Claim”
  • “Father John”
  • “Mail Order to Halfaday”

Altus Press Releases Pulp T-Shirts With Classic Logos

Argosy Magazine T-ShirtWe here at Altus Press are pleased to announce our new line of pulp t-shirts. These are authorized, 100% authentic, and are completely faithful to the original logos that appeared on the actual classic pulp magazines. In fact, if you wear, for example, your brand new Argosy t-shirt at your next get-together with Frank Munsey, we fully expect him to compliment you for your fine taste in attire.

These are made of high-quality fabric and are meant to last. And the printing is crisp and bright. They’re normal fit, classic-cut, standard weight, 100% pre-shrunk cotton, made by Gildan.These pulp t-shirts are available in a variety of sizes and are printed in the U.S.A.

Our initial wave of t-shirts are comprised of Argosy (the 1930s version), Famous Fantastic Mysteries, Dusty Ayres and His Battle Birds, and Dime Detective Magazine. To remain as faithful as possible to the magazines these logos graced, we’ve limited the fabric colors to those which were the primary colors for each magazine.

You can see all of our available designs here: http://www.altuspress.com/product-category/pulp-t-shirts/

We’ll be adding more logos in the future, so keep an eye on Altus Press.com for new designs.

Save Big with Altus Press on Cyber Monday!

Today, November 30—and only on www.altuspress.com—use promo code black25 at checkout to get 25% off our already-discounted prices on Cyber Monday!* We already have free shipping on softcovers, so now’s the time to stock up on Altus Press releases.

But hurry: this promo code will expire after November 30!

*This promo code will only work on purchases made on www.altuspress.com and nowhere else. Expires November 30, 2015 at midnight.

The Altus Press Black Friday Sale Begins!

From now until November 30—and only on www.altuspress.com—use promo code black25 at checkout to get 25% off our already-discounted prices!* We already have free shipping on softcovers, so now’s the time to stock up on Altus Press releases.

But hurry: this promo code will expire after November 30!

*This promo code will only work on purchases made on www.altuspress.com and nowhere else. Expires November 30, 2015 at midnight.

A Trip to the Frank A. Munsey Grave in Maine

For many years I’ve known that Frank A. Munsey hailed from Maine. The father of the pulp magazine, he certainly has to be the most successful person in the long history of the state. Whilst making my occasional drives up to central Maine, this fact usually came to mind as I passed through the Augusta area, which is where he grew up. Each time, I said to myself, “I should do some research to see if he’s buried in Maine.” However, this thought never seemed to pop up when I was in front of a computer.

This changed recently.

A few weeks ago, on a pulp-related Yahoo Group, David Lee Smith posted a vintage article on Munsey’s estate and how it was to be dispersed. It mentioned he was buried in Lisbon, Maine, not too far from his alma mater, Bowdoin College. With a bit more research, I discovered he was actually buried in Lisbon Falls, Maine (the home of Moxie, the best soft drink ever made) in Hillside Cemetery. Just five miles off the highway, I figured my next trip up to central Maine would be the perfect opportunity to visit it.

This past week was that next trip. On the way back, this past Sunday, I made the detour to Lisbon Falls to see the plot that that article mentioned Munsey had set aside $25k for. Hillcrest Cemetery turned to out to be an old New England graveyard, and—unsurprisingly—the Munsey family grave was the largest one there.

Below I’ve posted a few photos of the grave. It’s interesting to think that I’ve passed the road to the Munsey grave hundreds of times in my life, never knowing it was so close.

Oh, one last thing: here’s an interesting article which I ran across while looking for his gravesite. It’s from The Lewiston Evening Journal from December 14, 1963. It contains a photo of the grave and—more interestingly—some first-hand accounts of Munsey from Frank W. Lovering, a reporter who knew him. Here’s the link: Frank A. Munsey, Buried in Lisbon Falls, Controversial Publisher.

Frank A Munsey gravesite
Frank A Munsey gravesite
Frank A Munsey gravesite

Altus Press Announces Series 2 of the Hard-Boiled Pulp Fiction Classic, The Dime Detective Library

Altus Press is pleased to announce Series 2 of The Dime Detective Library. Created by Popular Publications, Dime Detective was one of the most important hard-boiled crime fiction pulps in the field, second only to Black Mask in its influence to the genre. Series 2 contains seven books, each containing the original pulp stories in order, along with the original illustrations, primarily by John Fleming Gould. The books are:

  • The Complete Cases of the Reckoner by Carroll John Daly
  • The Complete Cases of Keyhole Kerry, Volume 2 by Frederick C. Davis
  • The Complete Cases of Mr. Maddox, Volume 2 by T.T. Flynn
  • The Complete Cases of Jeffery Wren, Volume 1 by G.T. Fleming-Roberts
  • The Complete Cases of The Bleeder by Edith and Ejler Jackobson
  • The Complete Cases of Bail-Bond Dodd, Volume 1 by Norbert Davis
  • The Complete Cases of Secrets, Inc., Volume 1 by Frederick C. Davis

These deluxe editions contain high-quality, classic pulp stories, few of which have been reprinted before. Available this fall, Series 2 of The Dime Detective Library will be available in softcover, hardcover and ebook formats. It will also be available in a heavily-discounted series bundle.


The Complete Cases of the Reckoner

The Complete Cases of the Reckoner

by Carroll John Daly

Millionaire Marty Day has lost it all. Destitute and desperate, his path crosses the mysterious RECKONER…. Created by hard-boiled legend Carroll John Daly (creator of Race Williams), Day battled the Reckoner through four stories published between 1933 and 34 in the pages of Dime Detective, the prestigious crime pulp second only to the legendary Black Mask in its impact on the genre.

The Complete Cases of the Reckoner by Carroll John Daly contains the following stories:

  • “The Curtain of Steel”
  • “Drawn in Blood”
  • “Blood on the Curtain”
  • “Answered in Blood”

286 pages, $19.95 softcover, $29.95 hardcover, $5.99 ebook


The Complete Cases of Keyhole Kerry, Volume 2The Complete Cases of Keyhole Kerry, Volume 2

by Frederick C. Davis

The series concludes here! Big-city residents on both sides of the law regard him with equal measures of fear and reticence. They know that whatever they’re doing, right or wrong, will sooner or later come to the attention of Guy “Keyhole” Kerry, a wise-cracking, hard-charging journalist who knows all and tells most of it. Kerry’s profession brings him into contact with all kinds of people, and the law of averages guarantees that some of them are better left alone. But Keyhole Kerry will risk anything for a scoop, even if it means becoming embroiled in murder mysteries and making himself a target.

This relatively brief series (eight late Thirties entries) was written for Dime Detectiveby Frederick C. Davis, a tireless pulp scribe who sold more yarns to the magazine—73 in all—than any other contributor save T.T. Flynn. With a half-dozen recurring characters in this one rough-paper periodical, Davis was one of the many talented contributors who made Dime Detective a prestigious crime pulp second only to the legendary Black Mask in its impact on the genre.

The Complete Cases of Keyhole Kerry, Volume 2 by Frederick C. Davis contains the following stories:

  • “Double Deadline”
  • “Burial Party”
  • “The Ghoul Hangs High”
  • “Poison on Her Lips”

284 pages, $19.95 softcover, $29.95 hardcover, $5.99 ebook


The Complete Cases of Mr. Maddox, Volume 2The Complete Cases of Mr. Maddox, Volume 2

by T.T. Flynn

To habitués of the nation’s top racetracks he’s known as “The Bland Buddha of the Bangtail Circuit.” Less polite players of the ponies call him a tout or a bookie. There’s no doubt that Mr. Joe Maddox is a shrewd judge of horseflesh, but he’s also a shrewd judge of men. And that’s a critically important quality to possess, because Mr. Maddox repeatedly finds himself pitted against crooks and killers whose depredations are linked in some way to the racing game. Assisted by his sidekick Oscar, the heavyset handicapper has always managed to beat the odds, but sooner or later his luck is bound to change….
The work of prolific pulpster T.T. Flynn, 35 Mr. Maddox novelettes were published in the pages of Dime Detective between 1938 and 1950. Fast-moving and suffused with authentic racing atmosphere, they were among the most popular stories ever to appear in this prestigious crime pulp, second only to the legendary Black Mask in its impact on the genre.

The Complete Cases of Mr. Maddox, Volume 2 by T.T. Flynn contains the following stories:

  • “Kentucky Kickback”
  • “The Bookie and the Blonde”
  • “Blood on the Blue-Grass”
  • “Trot Out Your Murder”

274 pages, $19.95 softcover, $29.95 hardcover, $5.99 ebook


The Complete Cases of Jeffery Wren, Volume 1The Complete Cases of Jeffery Wren, Volume 1

by G.T. Fleming-Roberts, introduction by James T. Roberts

The most polished of author G.T. Fleming-Roberts’ magician detectives, Jeffery Wren battled crime in the pages of Dime Detective for seven adventures. Included in Volume 1 are the first three stories: “No Haunting Allowed,” “The Spirit Was Willing,” and “A Sleight Case of Murder,” along with a bonus Fleming-Roberts story from the pages of Dime Detective: “Dig a Grave for Me.”
Rounded out by an all-new introduction by Fleming-Roberts’ son, James, this marks the first time this series has been collected.

The Complete Cases of Jeffery Wren, Volume 1 by G.T. Fleming-Roberts contains the following stories:

  • “No Haunting Allowed”
  • “The Spirit Was Willing”
  • “A Sleight Case of Murder”
  • “Dig a Grave for Me”

218 pages, $19.95 softcover, $29.95 hardcover, $5.99 ebook


The Complete Cases of The BleederThe Complete Cases of The Bleeder

by Edith and Ejler Jackobson, introduction by Garyn G. Roberts, Ph.D.

Nathanial Perry was a “thin-skinned orphan with the courage dead in him” at age 14. A victim of a “hit and run,” Perry was rescued by Police Officer Harry O’Connor, a “stubborn, gritty, sawed-off little Irishman.” Nat knew he was a “bleeder,” a hemophiliac—his blood would not clot and a little cut could kill him. O’Connor took the adolescent to the hospital, and provided him with three blood transfusions over four days. The officer reasoned that Nat Perry could never die because he now had cop’s blood in him. From that point on, Nat Perry dedicated his life to becoming a police officer—and he found both unflinching courage and a father.

Fifteen years later, at 29, “The Bleeder” finds himself on the trail of the Rag Doll Killer….

The Complete Cases of The Bleeder by Edith and Ejler Jackobson contains the following stories:

  • “The Rag-Doll Killer”
  • “Dead Man—Killer!”
  • “Funerals—C.O.D.”
  • “They Die on Schedule!”
  • “Secret Street”
  • “Coffin for a Bathing Beauty”
  • “Double Life of a Phoney”

145 pages, $14.95 softcover, $29.95 hardcover, $5.99 ebook


The Complete Cases of Bail-Bond Dodd, Volume 1The Complete Cases of Bail-Bond Dodd, Volume 1

by Norbert Davis

Bailbondsman William “Bail-Bond” Dodd was the first series character that hard-boiled genius Norbert Davis created for Harry Steeger’s best detective pulp. Running for eight installments, this unique series was one of the best Davis ever wrote for the pages of Dime Detective, the prestigious crime pulp second only to the legendaryBlack Mask in its impact on the genre.

As a bonus, this edition also includes the first story that Davis wrote for Dime Detective: “The Gin Monkey.”

The Complete Cases of Bail-Bond Dodd, Volume 1 by Norbert Davis contains the following stories:

  • “Murder Down Deep”
  • “Murder in the Red”
  • “This Will Kill You!”
  • “Come Up and Kill Me Some Time”
  • “The Gin Monkey”

229 pages, $19.95 softcover, $29.95 hardcover, $5.99 ebook


The Complete Cases of Secrets, Inc., Volume 1The Complete Cases of Secrets, Inc., Volume 1

by Frederick C. Davis, introduction by Will Murray

From 1933 to 1935, Frederick C. Davis chronicled the cases of Hollywood P.I. firm Secrets, Inc. Led by Clay “Oke” Oakley and assisted by Cherry Morris and Archibald Brixey, Secrets, Inc., investigated some of the weirdest and most ingenious crimes in the long history of Dime Detective Magazine—all centering around the film industry.

The Complete Cases of Secrets, Inc., Volume 1 by Frederick C. Davis contains the following stories:

  • “Blood on the Block”
  • “Skeleton Without Arms”
  • “The Silver Doom”
  • “Death Lights the Candle”

248 pages, $19.95 softcover, $29.95 hardcover, $5.99 ebook

Yes, You Too Can Make Your Own Bill Barnes Model Plane

Bill Barnes' Silver Lancer model planeContinuing with our trip around the Interwebs for pulp-related goodness, here’s a great site for model planes: Easy Built Models. What makes this pulp-related is that they have a kit which you can buy & build yourself which matches Street & Smith pulp hero Bill Barnes’ plane, the Silver Lancer! Get the kit here.

It’s quite accurate (at least when it’s compared to the July 1936 Air Trails cover from which the model is based. I just hope that the folks at Easy Built try to do the Griffon’s Blue Bullet soon.

Thibaut Corday of the French Foreign Legion… Now as an Action Figure

Starting with this post, we’re showcasing some of the more interesting links from around the web that pertain to Altus Press.

Do you like action figures? What about custom pulp action figures? Over at Joe’s Customs, a poster showed off his newest creation: a custom action figure of Thibaut Corday of the French Foreign Legion, as written by Theodore Roscoe for Argosy Magazine!

I hope we see more of these in the future….

 

Thibaut Corday of the French Foreign Legion... Now as an Action Figure
Thibaut Corday of the French Foreign Legion... Now as an Action Figure
Thibaut Corday of the French Foreign Legion... Now as an Action Figure
Thibaut Corday of the French Foreign Legion... Now as an Action Figure

Lester Dent and the Master Fiction Plot

We get a lot of requests to re-present this article by Doc Savage author Lester Dent on how to structure a story. Below is the full text of his article on his Master Fiction Plot.


Genius Jones (The Argosy Library) by Lester Dent

This is a formula, a master plot, for any 6,000 word pulp story. It has worked on adventure, detective, western and war-air. It tells exactly where to put everything. It shows definitely just what must happen in each successive thousand words.

No yarn of mine written to the formula has yet failed to sell.

The business of building stories seems not much different from the business of building anything else.

Here’s how it starts:

  1. A DIFFERENT MURDER METHOD FOR VILLAIN TO USE
  2. A DIFFERENT THING FOR VILLAIN TO BE SEEKING
  3. A DIFFERENT LOCALE
  4. A MENACE WHICH IS TO HANG LIKE A CLOUD OVER HERO

One of these different things would be nice, two better, three swell. It may help if they are fully in mind before tackling the rest.

A different murder method could be—different. Thinking of shooting, knifing, hydrocyanic, garroting, poison needles, scorpions, a few others, and writing them on paper gets them where they may suggest something. Scorpions and their poison bite? Maybe mosquitos or flies treated with deadly germs?

If the victims are killed by ordinary methods, but found under strange and identical circumstances each time, it might serve, the reader of course not knowing until the end, that the method of murder is ordinary.

Scribes who have their villain’s victims found with butterflies, spiders or bats stamped on them could conceivably be flirting with this gag.

Probably it won’t do a lot of good to be too odd, fanciful or grotesque with murder methods.

The different thing for the villain to be after might be something other than jewels, the stolen bank loot, the pearls, or some other old ones.

Here, again one might get too bizarre.

Unique locale? Easy. Selecting one that fits in with the murder method and the treasure—thing that villain wants—makes it simpler, and it’s also nice to use a familiar one, a place where you’ve lived or worked. So many pulpateers don’t. It sometimes saves embarrassment to know nearly as much about the locale as the editor, or enough to fool him.

Here’s a nifty much used in faking local color. For a story laid in Egypt, say, author finds a book titled Conversational Egyptian Easily Learned, or something like that. He wants a character to ask in Egyptian, “What’s the matter?” He looks in the book and finds, “El khabar, eyh?” To keep the reader from getting dizzy, it’s perhaps wise to make it clear in some fashion, just what that means. Occasionally the text will tell this, or someone can repeat it in English. But it’s a doubtful move to stop and tell the reader in so many words the English translation.

The writer learns they have palm trees in Egypt. He looks in the book, finds the Egyptian for palm trees, and uses that. This kids editors and readers into thinking he knows something about Egypt.

Here’s the second installment of the master plot.

Divide the 6,000 word yarn into four 1,500 word parts. In each 1,500 word part, put the following:

First 1,500 Words

  1. First line, or as near thereto as possible, introduce the hero and swat him with a fistful of trouble. Hint at a mystery, a menace or a problem to be solved—something the hero has to cope with.
  2. The hero pitches in to cope with his fistful of trouble. (He tries to fathom the mystery, defeat the menace, or solve the problem.)
  3. Introduce all the other characters as soon as possible. Bring them on in action.
  4. Hero’s endevours land him in an actual physical conflict near the end of the first 1500 words.
  5. Near the end of first 1,500 words, there is a complete surprise twist in the plot development.

So far: Does it have suspense? Is there a menace to the hero? Does everything happen logically?

At this point, it might help to recall that action should do something besides advance the hero over the scenery. Suppose the hero has learned the dastards of villains have seized somebody named Eloise, who can explain the secret of what is behind all these sinister events. The hero corners villains, they fight, and villains get away. Not so hot.

Hero should accomplish something with his tearing around, if only to rescue Eloise, and surprise! Eloise is a ring-tailed monkey. The hero counts the rings on Eloise’s tail, if nothing better comes to mind.
They’re not real. The rings are painted there. Why?

Second 1,500 Words

  1. Shovel more grief onto the hero.
  2. Hero, being heroic, struggles, and his struggles lead up to:
  3. Another physical conflict.
  4. A surprising plot twist to end the 1,500 words.

Now: Does second part have suspense? Does the menace grow like a black cloud? Is the hero getting it in the neck? Is the second part logical?

Don’t tell about it…. Show how the thing looked. This is one of the secrets of writing; never tell the reader—show him. (He trembles, roving eyes, slackened jaw, and such.) Make the reader see him.

When writing, it helps to get at least one minor surprise to the printed page. It is reasonable to to expect these minor surprises to sort of inveigle the reader into keeping on. They need not be such profound efforts. One method of accomplishing one now and then is to be gently misleading. Hero is examining the murder room. The door behind him begins slowly to open. He does not see it. He conducts his examination blissfully. Door eases open, wider and wider, until—surprise! The glass pane falls out of the big window across the room. It must have fallen slowly, and air blowing into the room caused the door to open. Then what the heck made the pane fall so slowly? More mystery.

Characterizing a story actor consists of giving him some things which make him stick in the reader’s mind. Tag him. Build your plots so that action can be continuous.

Third 1,500 Words

  1. Shovel the grief onto the hero.
  2. Hero makes some headway, and corners the villain or somebody in:
  3. A physical conflict.
  4. A surprising plot twist, in which the hero preferably gets it in the neck bad, to end the 1,500 words.

Does: It still have suspense? The menace getting blacker? The hero finds himself in a hell of a fix? It all happens logically?

These outlines or master formulas are only something to make you certain of inserting some physical conflict, and some genuine plot twists, with a little suspense and menace thrown in. Without them, there is no pulp story.

These physical conflicts in each part might be different, too. If one fight is with fists, that can take care of the pugilism until next the next yarn. Same for poison gas and swords. There may, naturally, be exceptions. A hero with a peculiar punch, or a quick draw, might use it more than once.

The idea is to avoid monotony.

Action: Vivid, swift, no words wasted. Create suspense, make the reader see and feel the action.

Atmosphere: Hear, smell, see, feel and taste.

Description: Trees, wind, scenery and water.

The secret of all writing is to make every word count.

Fourth 1,500 Words

  1. Shovel the difficulties more thickly upon the hero.
  2. Get the hero almost buried in his troubles. (Figuratively, the villain has him prisoner and has him framed for a murder rap; the girl is presumably dead, everything is lost, and the different murder method is about to dispose of the suffering protagonist.)
  3. The hero extricates himself using his own skill, training or brawn.
  4. The mysteries remaining—one big one held over to this point will help grip interest—are cleared up in course of final conflict as hero takes the situation in hand.
  5. Final twist, a big surprise, (This can be the villain turning out to be the unexpected person, having the “Treasure” be a dud, etc.)
  6. The snapper, the punch line to end it.

Has: The suspense held out to the last line? The menace held out to the last? Everything been explained? It all happen logically? Is the Punch Line enough to leave the reader with that warm feeling? Did God kill the villain? Or the hero?

The Pulp Super-Fan Showcases Series 1 of The Argosy Library Pulp Reprints

The Pulp Super-FanCheck out today’s posting on The Pulp Super-Fan blog, wherein Super-Fan Michael Brown showcases the first set of our Argosy Library pulp reprints series.

You can read it here: http://www.thepulp.net/pulpsuperfan/2015/08/03/the-argosy-library-series-i/

Got a review of an Altus Press book? We’d love to showcase them! Drop us a line here and we’ll either link to it, or if you prefer, include it on our site.

Now available from Altus Press: Señorita Scorpion – Discounted Pulp Westerns Two-Book Set

Now available from Altus Press:

Señorita Scorpion – Discounted Two-Book Set
by Les Savage, Jr., and Emmett McDowell, introductions by Will Murray

Senorita Scorpion (Two Book Set)Taken from their original appearances in Action Stories from 1944–49, this specially-priced two-book set collects all of the pulp westerns adventures of Señorita Scorpion: “Señorita Scorpion,” “The Brand of Señorita Scorpion,” “Secret of Santiago,” “The Curse of Montezuma,” “Brand of the Gallows-Ghost,” “Lash of the Six-Gun Queen,” “Gun-Witch of Hoodoo Range” and “The Sting of Señorita Scorpion,” along with articles by pulp historian Will Murray.

Contains the following books:

Get both books at one discounted price!

Hardcover Edition Bundle: regularly $74.90, on sale for just $54.95
Softcover Edition Bundle: regularly $54.90, on sale for just $34.95
Ebook Edition Bundle: regularly $11.98, on sale for just $8.95

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Four New Pulp Fiction Ebooks Added to the Altus Press Store

We’ve brought out ebook versions of four of our more recent pulp fiction book releases… when you buy these from us, you’ll get a .zip file containing the book in both .epub and .mobi formats, so you’ll have no problem opening them on your favorite e-reader.


Tales of the Werewolf ClanTales of the Werewolf Clan
by H. Warner Munn and John Munn

H. Warner Munn was a New England Native and was born in Athol, Massachusetts to parents who were both writers and artists. He finished his career in Tacoma, Washington where he wrote his stories and poetry in the attic above his home.

The Werewolf Clan saga began with a letter written by H.P. Lovecraft to Weird Tales Magazine. “Take a werewolf story, for instance—Who ever wrote a story from the point of view of the wolf, and sympathizing strong with the devil to whom he had sold himself?”

This epic story, sprawling over the centuries, begins with Wladislaw Brenryk of Ponkert, Poland and culminates with tales told by what could be the last descendant of the Werewolf Clan.

Discover the first Werewolf story written from the wolf’s point of view in this collected volume of Tales of the Werewolf Clan, including the original stories published in Weird Tales, The Werewolf of Ponkert, The Werewolf’s Daughter and Ten Tales of the Werewolf Clan (Volumes One & Two).

It’s a journey you will never forget.

324 pages / $22.45 softcover / $34.95 hardcover / $4.99 ebook

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Mavericks: Longriders of the West, Volume 1Mavericks: Longriders of the West, Volume 1
by Tom Mount and Will Murray

Meet the five Mavericks—Lance Clayton, Doc Grimson, Charlie Parr, Lockjaw Johnson, and Flint Maddox… They were wanted men, those five hard-riding travelers of the still night trails… Mavericks all, they had entered outlawry for five different reasons, drawn irresistibly down the Owlhoot Trail from five different walks of rangeland life. They became one living inseparable unit of grim, uncompromising justice, united as one man by their friendship, their burning championship of the underdog—and the high, white flame of their courage…. Collecting first two stories: “Five Against the Law” and “Mesquite Manhunters.”

265 pages / $17.95 softcover / $29.95 hardcover / $4.99 ebook

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In the Grip of the Griffin: The Complete Battles of Gordon Manning & The Griffin, Volume 3In the Grip of the Griffin: The Complete Battles of Gordon Manning & The Griffin, Volume 3
by J. Allan Dunn

The end of the saga! Running for 31 installments, this is one of the classic sagas from the pages of Detective Fiction Weekly featuring master criminal The Griffin and his war on America. Written by one of the most colorful authors of pulpdom, Volume 3 contains the final 10 stories of the series.

282 pages / $17.96 softcover / $29.95 hardcover / $4.99 ebook

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Kid Calvert: The Complete SeriesKid Calvert: The Complete Series
by Clint Douglas, Phil Richards, and Will Murray

The forgotten Hero pulp! Created to compliment fellow Ace Publications hero characters such as Secret Agent “X,” Captain Hazzard, and The Griffon, Kid Calvert has remained forgotten, undiscovered by pulp scholars for 80 years.

Now—for the first time—Will Murray reintroduces the character who just may have been intended to be Ace’s flagship property. This volume collects all five Kid Calvert yarns, along with historical notes by Murray himself.

See for yourself why Ace thought so much of the Kid!

317 pages / $17.97 softcover / $29.95 hardcover / $4.99 ebook

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Tarzan, Doc Savage/The Shadow, and Ten Ebooks Are Our New Releases

Altus Press is pleased to publish two much-anticipated novels by writer Will Murray which feature THREE classic fiction characters—Tarzan, Doc Savage, and The Shadow—in new, authorized full-length novels. These are available now in softcover, ebook, and deluxe, signed hardcover editions.

Also, don’t forget to check out the final installment of our complete reprinting of the stories of The Suicide Squad, The Suicide Squad’s Last Mile. 


The Secret 6 Classics: The Suicide Squad’s Last MileThe Secret 6 Classics: The Suicide Squad’s Last Mile
by Emile C. Tepperman

The Suicide Squad returns for five final sagas: “The Suicide Squad’s Last Mile” “Shells For the Suicide Squad,” “Wanted—In Three Pine Coffins,” “The Suicide Squad’s Private War,” and “—For Tomorrow We Die!”

310 pages / $22.95 softcover / $34.95 hardcover


Tarzan: Return to Pal-ul-donTarzan: Return to Pal-ul-don
by Will Murray

Tarzan of the Apes returns in an all-new story written by Will Murray (“Doc Savage”)! With the African continent engulfed by World War II, John Clayton, Lord Greystoke, abandons his role as Lord of the Jungle in order to combat the spreading Nazi menace.

390 pages / $24.95 softcover / $39.95 hardcover / $5.99 ebook


Doc Savage: The Sinister ShadowDoc Savage: The Sinister Shadow
by Kenneth Robeson, Lester Dent & Will Murray

When millionaire Lamont Cranston and attorney Ham Brooks are kidnapped by gunmen driving a black hearse, it spells trouble for Doc Savage. Trouble with compound interest when Cranston’s personal lawyer is mysteriously murdered before he can consult with celebrated criminologist George Clarendon—who is secretly The Shadow!

493 pages / $24.95 softcover / $39.95 hardcover / $5.99 ebook


Ten New Ebooks Added to Our Store

We’ve brought out ebook versions of ten of our more recent book releases… when you buy these from us, you’ll get a .zip file containing the book in both .epub and .mobi formats, so you’ll have no problem opening them on your favorite e-reader.

Beyond the Call of Duty: The Complete Tales of Koropok, Volume 1Beyond the Call of Duty: The Complete Tales of Koropok, Volume 1
by Sidney Herschel Small

One of the best series from the twilight of Adventure Magazine’s run, this 11-story saga of an American undercover agent in the Far East during World War II has been sadly neglected for 75 years. But no longer! This two-volume set also includes over 100 illustrations by master pulp illustrators Hamilton Greene and Frank Kramer. Volume 1 contains the first six stories: “Beyond the Call of Duty,” “The War-Fan,” “Flight Without Wings,” “Belt of Steel,” “Lost Face,” and “The Last Banzai.”

278 pages / $17.96 softcover / $29.95 hardcover / $4.99 ebook


Bowie KnifeBowie Knife
by H. Bedford-Jones

Bowie and the Alamo! “On to Texas!” was the cry along the open trail which led to silver mines, slaves, acres of free land—and war! Never before reprinted, it’s part of the Uniform H. Bedford-Jones Library.

201 pages / $16.15 softcover / $29.95 hardcover / $4.99 ebook


Black Drums Talking: The Complete Tales of Kingi Bwana, Volume 3Black Drums Talking: The Complete Tales of Kingi Bwana, Volume 3
by Gordon MacCreagh

“Anything can happen in Africa!”—that’s the credo of big game hunter, trader and safari guide King, known all over the Dark Continent as Kingi Bwana. Together with his two loyal companions, the deadly Masai warrior Barounggo and the wizened, cunning Hottentot Kaffa, the stoic American battles slave traders, ivory poachers, gold smugglers, arms traffickers, evil witch doctors and secret societies in the savanna and jungle of Central East Africa. Contains the next three stories in the series: “Black Drums Talking,” “Wardens of the Big Game,” and “Raiders of the Abyssinia.”

220 pages / $17.96 softcover / $29.95 hardcover / $4.99 ebook


Day of Doom: The Complete Battles of Gordon Manning & The Griffin, Volume 2Day of Doom: The Complete Battles of Gordon Manning & The Griffin, Volume 2
by J. Allan Dunn

The Griffin returns! Running for 31 installments, this is one of the classic sagas from the pages of Detective Fiction Weekly featuring master criminal The Griffin and his war on America. Written by one of the most colorful authors of pulpdom, Volume 2 contains the next 10 stories of the series, uncut, and with all the original images.

263 pages / $17.96 softcover / $29.95 hardcover / $4.99 ebook


Texas Shall Be Free!Texas Shall Be Free!
by H. Bedford-Jones

Fighting Santa Ana for the Lone Star State! The fantastic sequel to H. Bedford-Jones’s novel Bowie Knife. Gordon Durant had two missions in Texas—to carry a message to the defenders of the Alamo—and to kill his brother!

191 pages / $16.15 softcover / $29.95 hardcover / $4.99 ebook


The Best of Spicy Mystery Volume 2The Best of Spicy Mystery, Volume 2
by Ellery Watson Calder, Hugh Speer, Robert Leslie Bellem, Clint Morgan, Clive Trent, Jerome Severs Perry, Carl Moore, Cary Moran, and Clark Nelson, introduction by Alfred Jan

The Thrills of Horror! Romantic Tales of the Eerie and Occult! You’ll find them in Spicy Mystery—stories of red-blooded men and lovely girls in dangerous situations, in an atmosphere of chills and thrills. Real life is never so tense and dramatic as when a girl is in peril—or as when a siren as deadly as she is beautiful sets her snare for a man….Are you bored of typical weird menace plots, many of which crept into Spicy Mystery? Then sample these tales which break out of that tired formula where every ending is happy, and the only challenge is guessing which minor character gets exposed as the villain in a rubber monster suit and demon mask! The Best of Spicy Mystery, Volume 2 contains 11 classic stories by the masters of the genre, complete, uncut, and with the original illustrations. It also includes an all-new introduction by editor Alfred Jan, one of the leading experts on the series.

205 pages / $15.96 softcover / $29.95 hardcover / $4.99 ebook


Defiance Valley: The Complete Northwoods Stories of Frederick Nebel, Volume 1Defiance Valley: The Complete Northwoods Stories of Frederick Nebel, Volume 1
by Frederick Nebel, introduction by Rob Preston

Tales of the Northwest may have been Frederick Nebel’s forte, but sadly these ultra-rare magazines don’t turn up often and as a result, few readers have been able to enjoy these classics. With this book, Altus Press brings these stories to modern readers, complete, uncut, and in order. Volume 1 contains Nebel’s first 16 stories of this genre, taken from North*West Stories and Action Stories.

360 pages / $26.96 softcover / $39.95 hardcover / $4.99 ebook


BellegardeBellegarde
by H. Bedford-Jones

The King’s Pardon: Neither the assassins in his path nor the warnings of that mysterious girl could stay the mission of the man France was to know as Bellegarde. Part of the Uniform H. Bedford-Jones Library.

226 pages / $17.96 softcover / $39.95 hardcover / $4.99 ebook


Abel Smith of NantucketAbel Smith of Nantucket
by H. Bedford-Jones

Two months after the United States flag had been raised on the Pacific coast, there arrived young Abel Smith of Nantucket—a Yankee adventurer in the New West. Never before reprinted, it’s another volume in the Uniform H. Bedford-Jones Library.

157 pages / $13.45 softcover / $29.95 hardcover / $4.99 ebook


Blood and Steel: The Complete Tales of Kingi Bwana, Volume 4Blood and Steel: The Complete Tales of Kingi Bwana, Volume 4
by Gordon MacCreagh

“Anything can happen in Africa!” —that’s the credo of big game hunter, trader and safari guide King, known all over the Dark Continent as Kingi Bwana. Together with his two loyal companions, the deadly Masai warrior Barounggo and the wizened, cunning Hottentot Kaffa, the stoic American battles slave traders, ivory poachers, gold smugglers, arms traffickers, evil witch doctors and secret societies in the savanna and jungle of Central East Africa. Collecting the last four stories: “A Man to Kill,” “Slaves of Ethiopia,” “Strong as Gorillas,” and “Blood and Steel.”

205 pages / $17.96 softcover / $29.95 hardcover / $4.99 ebook

Altus Press to Publish Tarzan: Return to Pal-ul-don

Tarzan: Return to Pal-ul-donJune 4, 2015—Altus Press is proud to announce the first new Tarzan novel in several years!

Written by the prolific adventure writer, Will Murray, author of The Wild Adventures of Doc Savage series, Tarzan: Return to Pal-ul-don is an authorized sequel to one of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ most celebrated Tarzan novels, Tarzan the Terrible.

“Having been an Edgar Rice Burroughs fan since 1968,” says Murray, “the opportunity to bring this iconic character back to life means a great deal to me. I’ve pulled out all the stops to faithfully replicate the storytelling style of the great Edgar Rice Burroughs and recreate the original era of Tarzan of the Apes.”

During World War II, John Clayton, Lord Greystoke has just completed flight training with the Royal Air Force when his superiors assign him to a secret mission: Locate the enigmatic British Military Intelligence operative codenamed Ilex, whose plane has gone down in a vast primeval wilderness that only Tarzan of the Apes dares brave. Flying Officer Clayton does not suspect that his superiors harbor an ulterior motive for assigning him this dangerous mission. Before it’s all over, the Lord of the Jungle will plunge into his wild past and confront dangers both familiar and unfamiliar in the prehistoric lost land where carnivorous triceratops and saber-tooth tigers roam.

Jim Sullos, President of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., notes, “We couldn’t be more pleased to have such a talented writer as Will Murray write a sequel to one of Mr. Burroughs’ Tarzan novels. The pace is fast and the suspense never lets up, just what a reader expects when following the adventures of our Ape-Man.”

Tarzan: Return to Pal-ul-don features a startling cover illustration by award-winning artist Joe DeVito, who executes the covers for Altus Press’ Wild Adventures of Doc Savage series.

“It is always a treat painting covers for Will’s Doc Savage adventure yarns,” says DeVito. “And now, Tarzan, the granddaddy of all the great action-adventure characters. After sculpting the Centennial Tarzan statue for ERB, Inc. in 2012, I was hoping to get a crack at a Tarzan painting as well. This book provided an opportunity to combine them both!”

Altus Press publisher Matt Moring adds, “As a long-time fan of Edgar Rice Burroughs—beginning with the quest to put together a complete collection of ERB’s Ace paperbacks many years ago—it’s almost unbelievable that I’d one day be able to say that I’d actually publish an authorized Tarzan novel. And based on Will’s long track record, there can be no doubt that this will be an epic story.”

Tarzan: Return to Pal-ul-don will be released in paperback in June, to be followed by a deluxe hardcover edition with a wraparound cover and a bonus Tarzan short story by Gary A. Buckingham, “Tarzan and the Secret of Katanga,” a sequel which ties into the lead novel. There will also be an e-book edition released in all popular formats.

Altus Press Announces The Argosy Library

The First Series of Releases Features Popular Authors Such as Lester Dent, Otis Adelbert Kline, W.C. Tuttle, and George F. Worts

March 18, 2015: Altus Press today announced the premiere of its new line of books: The Argosy Library series.

Founded at the end of the Nineteenth Century by publishing tycoon Frank A. Munsey, Argosy Magazine quickly became one of the most popular—and prestigious—fiction magazines of its day and spawned a publishing revolution.

Known as one of the most literate pulp magazines, Argosy published thousands of short stories and novels, many of which features some of the most influential series characters in popular fiction.

With the inauguration of The Argosy Library, Altus Press plans to bring back into print the best of the Frank A. Munsey Company, sourced from its suite of sibling titles such as Argosy, The All-Story, and Flynn’s Detective Fiction Weekly, among others.

The Argosy Library expects to showcase the varied mix of genres that made Argosy one of the most popular pulps of all time, and Series 1 does just that by showcasing adventure, mystery, western, science fiction, fantasy, and crime stories by some of Munsey’s most popular authors such as Lester Dent, W. Wirt, Otis Adelbert Kline, W.C. Tuttle, George F. Worts, and Theodore Roscoe, among others.

The Argosy Library will be released in series of ten books at a time—in matching trade dress—and will be available in softcover, hardcover, and ebook editions. In addition to being available separately, each series of releases can be purchased as a single, heavily-discounted set.

Series 1 of The Argosy Library is expected to be released in May.

For more information, please visit Altus Press.com.

 

Titles in Series 1 of The Argosy Library:


 

Genius Jones (The Argosy Library)Genius Jones
by Lester Dent, introduction by Will Murray

The gold-dusted saga of a red-bearded young giant, raised in the Arctic on seal-meat and encyclopedias, who descends on civilization with a loud and solid crash. In his search for wisdom and adventure, the man Jones doesn’t have Aladdin’s lamp—but he doesn’t really need it…. Never before reprinted, it’s the longest novel Lester Dent ever published, and one of the most famous. This edition restores text cut from its original publication. Part of The Argosy Library of classics.

271 pages / $19.95 softcover / $29.95 hardcover


 

When Tigers Are Hunting: The Complete Adventures of Cordie, Soldier of Fortune, Volume 1When Tigers Are Hunting: The Complete Adventures of Cordie, Soldier of Fortune, Volume 1
by W. Wirt

The sagas of Jimmie Cordie and his crew were among Argosy’s most popular series when it was brought to that magazine during its early ’30s renaissance. Quite clearly an inspiration for the creation of Doc Savage, this edition collects his first nine adventures. Part of The Argosy Library of classics.

240 pages / $19.95 softcover / $29.95 hardcover


 

The Swordsman of MarsThe Swordsman of Mars
by Otis Adelbert Kline

Harry Thorne, explorer and swordsman, had scarcely more than heard of the Red Planet, Mars—when an amazing thing happened…. Otis Adelbert Kline is well-known as one of the best fantasy/adventure contemporaries of Edgar Rice Burroughs. This edition is sourced from the original magazine text and includes all of the original illustrations. Part of The Argosy Library of classics.

237 pages / $19.95 softcover / $29.95 hardcover


 

The Sherlock of Sageland: The Complete Tales of Sheriff Henry, Volume 1The Sherlock of Sageland: The Complete Tales of Sheriff Henry, Volume 1
by W.C. Tuttle, introduction by Sai Shankar

Once voted Adventure Magazine’s most popular author, W.C. Tuttle introduced the world to one of his longest-running, and most popular series characters, Henry Harrison Conroy, in the pages of Argosy. Collected here are the first four stories. Part of The Argosy Library of classics.

269 pages / $19.95 softcover / $29.95 hardcover


 

Gone NorthGone North
by Charles Alden Seltzer

When Jim Fallon started for the Hudson Bay country, he wasn’t sure whether he was on a man-hunt or a wild goose chase—but he found his quest was fraught with real enough peril. Among the best novels ever written by one of Argosy’s most popular authors. Part of The Argosy Library of classics.

220 pages / $19.95 softcover / $29.95 hardcover


 

The Masked Master MindThe Masked Master Mind
by George F. Worts

One of Argosy’s most popular authors pens this never-before reprinted novel of a trail of crime that ran from sleepy Maple Hollow to Steel City. Part of The Argosy Library of classics.

265 pages / $19.95 softcover / $29.95 hardcover


 

BalataBalata
by Fred MacIsaac

Trees of living gold in the Amazon jungles, guarded by alligators, poisoned darts and rival hunters—such was the lodestone that drew an American expedition, and the unwilling Pete Holcomb…. Part of The Argosy Library of classics.

216 pages / $19.95 softcover / $29.95 hardcover


 

BretwaldaBretwalda
by Philip Ketchum

’Twas the mightiest weapon the eyes of man had ever beheld; its mystic name meant “Ruler of Briton.” And from over the Northern Sea came a Viking’s thrall—the only man in the world who could wield that fearsome steel—to save good King Alfred and the homeland he scarce remembered. Collecting—for the first time—all 12 stories of the Bretwalda saga. Part of The Argosy Library of classics.

479 pages / $29.95 softcover / $39.95 hardcover


 

Draft of EternityDraft of Eternity
by Victor Rousseau

A groundbreaking science fiction, post-apocalyptic & time travel classic from the early days of The All-Story by an underrated writer. Part of The Argosy Library of classics.

183 pages / $17.95 softcover / $29.95 hardcover


 

Four Corners, Volume 1Four Corners, Volume 1
by Theodore Roscoe

Mystery runs rampant in the quiet, upstate New York town of Four Corners…. Easily one of Roscoe’s best-written series, Volume 1 collects the first half of this lost masterpiece of the pulps. Part of The Argosy Library of classics.

201 pages / $19.95 softcover / $29.95 hardcover

Altus Press Spring 2015 Release #16: Defiance Valley: The Complete Northwoods Stories of Frederick Nebel, Volume 1

Defiance Valley: The Complete Northwoods Stories of Frederick Nebel, Volume 1Altus Press Spring 2015 Release #16:

Defiance Valley: The Complete Northwoods Stories of Frederick Nebel, Volume 1

by Frederick Nebel

Tales of the Northwest may have been Frederick Nebel’s forte, but sadly these ultra-rare magazines don’t turn up often and as a result, few readers have been able to enjoy these classics. With this book, Altus Press brings these stories to modern readers, complete, uncut, and in order. Volume 1 contains Nebel’s first 16 stories of this genre, taken from North*West Stories and Action Stories.

368 pages / $29.95 softcover / $39.95 hardcover

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Altus Press Spring 2015 Release #15: The King Makers: The Adventures of Vincent Connor

The King Makers: The Adventures of Vincent ConnorAltus Press Spring 2015 Release #15 (coming soon):

The King Makers: The Adventures of Vincent Connor
by H. Bedford-Jones

Vincent Connor—to all simply a wealthy playboy—but his “play” was matching wits in tight places against wily Oriental intriguers and the theft of the priceless Han jades. Part of the Uniform H. Bedford-Jones Library.

175 pages / $14.95 softcover / $29.95 hardcover

Altus Press Spring 2015 Release #14: Blood and Steel: The Complete Tales of Kingi Bwana, Volume 4

Blood and Steel: The Complete Tales of Kingi Bwana, Volume 4Altus Press Spring 2015 Release #14 (coming soon):

Blood and Steel: The Complete Tales of Kingi Bwana, Volume 4

by Gordon MacCreagh

“Anything can happen in Africa!”–that’s the credo of big game hunter, trader and safari guide King, known all over the Dark Continent as Kingi Bwana. Together with his two loyal companions, the deadly Masai warrior Barounggo and the wizened, cunning Hottentot Kaffa, the stoic American battles slave traders, ivory poachers, gold smugglers, arms traffickers, evil witch doctors and secret societies in the savanna and jungle of Central East Africa. Collecting the last four stories: “A Man to Kill,” “Slaves of Ethiopia,” “Strong as Gorillas,” and “Blood and Steel.”

206 pages / $19.95 softcover / $29.95 hardcover

Altus Press Spring 2015 Release #13: In the Grip of the Griffin: The Complete Battles of Gordon Manning & The Griffin, Volume 3

In the Grip of the Griffin: The Complete Battles of Gordon Manning & The Griffin, Volume 3Altus Press Spring 2015 Release #13 (coming soon):

In the Grip of the Griffin: The Complete Battles of Gordon Manning & The Griffin, Volume 3

by J. Allan Dunn

The end of the saga! Running for 31 installments, this is one of the classic sagas from the pages of Detective Fiction Weekly featuring master criminal The Griffin and his war on America. Written by one of the most colorful authors of pulpdom, Volume 3 contains the final 10 stories of the series, uncut, and with all the original images.

282 pages / $19.95 softcover / $29.95 hardcover