In this weeks episode I will be discussing Shadow by Tom Curry. Shadow appeared in the April 25, 1929 issue of Short Stories. Shadow is a suspenseful short piece of crime fiction that focuses on Tao, a Chinese fence who operates on the city’s east side. The city is never mentioned, but it is most likely New York or Chicago. Tao, a shrewd criminal mastermind begins to have his doubts about a new crook who has started to bring him stolen goods to sell. The name of the crook is Dave O’Brien. Tao has his men keep an eye on O’Brien, believing he may be a police spy.
In this weeks episode I will be discussing Mistress of Snarling Death by Paul Chadwick. This is not the same Paul Chadwick known for the Concrete comic book series at Dark Horse. This Paul Chadwick lived from 1902-1972. Mistress of Snarling Death appeared in the July 1936 issue of Ace Mystery Magazine. Mistress of Snarling Death definitely falls into the Weird Menace genre. The main character of the story is Stephen Demerest, he is called to the New England countryside when he received a letter from a friend of his father, Benjamin Halliday. Demerest hasn’t seen Halliday in years, but when he receives a letter from Halliday asking him come to his house under the guise of a radio repairman to help him out of trouble he decides to go. It is here where he encounters a beautiful and mysterious young woman who commands a pack of large black dogs.
In this weeks episode I will be discussing two short stories written by Pulp authors that are about Batman. 2014 marks the 75th Anniversary of the Dark Knight Detective. His first appearance was in Detective Comics #27, which first hit the stands on March 30, 1939. Making this past Sunday his 75th birthday. It’s no secret pulp heroes played a major influence in the creation of Batman, but what some people might not know is that two pulp authors have actually written Batman stories. There may be more than these two, but I’m not aware of them. The two pulpsters I am speaking of are Walter Gibson and Isaac Asimov. Walter Gibson’s “The Batman Encounters Gray Face” was published in Detective Comics #500 in March of 1981. I read Isaac Asimov’s “Northwestward” in The Further Adventures of Batman collection edited by Martin H. Greenberg published by Bantam Books in 1989.
A recording of the Farmercon VII Panel at Pulpfest 2012. Paul Spiteri, Win Scott Eckert and Christopher Paul Carey discuss the pulp influenced works of Philip Jose Farmer and how Farmer’s legacy continues today in the form of new Wold Newton Fiction and reprints.
In this weeks episode I will be discussing “The Man From the Atom” by G. Peyton Wertenbaker. This short story was published in two parts in the April and May 1926 issues of Amazing Stories, which were the first two issues of the magazine. This is a science fiction story starring Kirby, he works for Professor Martyn testing out experiments for him. In this instance the Professor has invented a device that allows someone to alter their size at the press of a button.
In this episode I will be discussing a modern Cthulhu Mythos Round Robin tale, “The Eldritch Force”. It was recently published in the February 2014 issue of the Lovecraft e-zine. It is written by Pete Rawlik, Glynn Owen Barrass, Brian M. Sammons, Bruce L. Priddy, Robert M. Price, Rick Lai and David Conyers. The Lovecraft e-Zine, published by Mike Davis does a great job of releasing quality Lovecraftian fiction and making it available in multiple formats, this issue is no different. I’ll include links in the show notes where you can read or listen to “The Eldritch Force”. You can read the story for free on the Lovecraft E-Zine website and also download the audiobook edition of the issue that contains the story. If you wish you can purchase the issue in Kindle, Nook or Print format.
The Eldritch Force is a mash up of Pulp style heroes and the Cthulhu Mythos, It also acts a sequel to the original Cthulhu Mythos Round Robin, “The Challenge From Beyond.” It is set in Post World War II occupied Berlin and beneath Auschwitz. Some great pulp elements are present: underground tunnels, secret experiments and monsters to name just a few.
Read the Eldritch Force in the February 2014 issue of the Lovecraft EZine:
This week on Pulp Crazy I will be discussing two different Cthuhlu Mythos Round Robin tales. First up this week is “The Challenge From Beyond” written by pulp authors (in sequence of their chapters) C.L. Moore, A. Merritt, H.P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard and Frank Belknap Long. The story was originally published in the September 1935 issue of Fantasy Magazine, a fanzine. “The Challenge From Beyond” is the brainchild of editor Julius Schwartz.
In this weeks episode I will be discussing “Exiles of Kho” by Christopher Paul Carey. It is a new pulp novella set in Philip Jose Farmer’s Wold Newton Universe published by Meteor House Press. Exiles of Kho was previously only available via a limited edition trade, however it has just been released in eBook format for $3.99. I also include audio with Christopher Paul Carey from Pulpfest 2012 at the end of the episode.
Exiles of Kho stars the hero priestess Lupoeth and also features a certain grey eyed archer God named Sahhindar. Join the two of them as they fulfill their destinies on a quest into the jungles of Ancient Africa.
In this episode I review Honey West & T.H.E. Cat: A Girl and Her Cat written by Win Scott Eckert and Matthew Baugh. The novella is published by Moonstone Books and is currently available in a limited edition hardcover, with a softcover due out on June 10, 2014. I also include audio from Win’s panel on the novella from Pulpfest 2013, where he gives an overview of the characters, reads from the prologue and first chapter and does an audience Q&A.
The story sees Honey West hired by the beautiful Doctor Fang to recover a stolen vaccine and a pocket watch that belongs to her grandfather, Shan Ming Fu. Honey takes the case, but soon realizes there is more going on than what she was told. International espionage agencies from both sides of the law are involved, and she enlists the aide of her friend T.H.E. Cat in order to recover the items. There are crossovers and references a plenty that fans of the pulps and 60′s television shows won’t want to miss.
I was honored this week to be joined by Tom and Ginger Johnson of Echoes and Fading Shadow fame. The two have been active in pulp fandom since the 1970′s and have written, edited and published pulp non-fiction and fiction works over the years. We discuss how they first discovered the pulps, their entry into pulp fandom, their publishing and writing projects, as well as some of their favorite pulp stories, authors and artists. You don’t want to miss this episode. Please take a moment to browse the links to their work below.