Pulp Crazy – With Dust Their Glittering Towers by Christopher Paul Carey

 

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In this special edition I will be discussing “With Dust Their Glittering Towers” by Christopher Paul Carey. It is a short story that has been recently published in “The Many Tortures of Anthony Cardno” by Talekyn Press. The anthology is edited by Anthony Cardno and all stories feature a tuckerized version of him. All sales proceeds of “The Many Tortures of Anthony Cardno” go directly to the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life.

While Christopher Paul Carey’s name is no stranger to pulp fans, we are shown a different style in “With Dust Their Glittering Towers”. This is the first story in what Chris refers to as The Fly-Leaves cycle. It is a piece of historical fantasy set in Highgate, London during the Victorian Era.

The story focuses on Alicia Leath, a young woman who is a member of the Bacon Society of London. The Society is dedicated to studying and investigating the life and works of noted English philosopher, scientist, politician and author Francis Bacon who lived from 1561-1626. It is believed by some that Bacon wrote some or nearly all of the plays attributed to William Shakespeare. As a matter of fact the story’s title is a nod to a verse from Shakespeare’s “The Rape of Lucrece”. Bacon was the first scientist to be knighted and later became a Baron and a Viscount. Bacon died of pneumonia in Highgate at the Earl of Arundel’s house on April 9, 1625. Ironically this may have been due to him experimenting with snow, using it to preserve the flesh of a slaughtered hen. But did he really die? In “With Dust Their Glittering Towers”, the lead character, Alicia, actually travels to Arundel House to investigate the historical site.

The Many Tortures of Anthony Cardno Paperback: http://tinyurl.com/nvt2alm

The Many Tortures of Anthony Cardno Kindle: http://tinyurl.com/nn5g4y2

Exiles of Kho: http://tinyurl.com/ndjcuho

Caesar’s Children: A Tale of Pluriopia Kindle: http://tinyurl.com/nvwcofy

Iron & Bronze Kindle (w/ Win Scott Eckert): http://tinyurl.com/nndx4gr

Christopher Paul Carey Blogspot: http://cpcarey.blogspot.com/

Christopher Paul Carey Twitter: https://twitter.com/cpcarey

Fiction Mags Index: http://www.philsp.com/homeville/fmi/t530.htm

Francis Bacon: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Bacon

Pulp Crazy – Sleuth Girl by Don George

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In this weeks episode I will be discussing “Sleuth Girl” by Don George. It is a crime story that appeared in the June 1939 issue of Ten Detective Aces. The story is only two pages long and I read it off of the PulpGen website.

The story focuses on Detective Wilcy Whitaker and his partner the titular Sleuth Girl. The two of them are in a park undercover, trying to draw out a criminal known as the Prowler who has been robbing and murdering couples in the park. Assisting them is the woman’s pet squirrel named Red.

Links: Read Sleuth Girl at PulpGen: http://pulpgen.com/pulp/downloads/list_by_mag.php?page=52   Don George at the Fiction Mags Index: http://www.philsp.com/homeville/fmi/s1683.htm

Pulp Crazy – The Shadow #0

In this weeks episode I will be discussing The Shadow #0 published by Dynamite Entertainment. This issue came into comic shops this week and features The Shadow training with Harry Houdini. The issue is written by Cullen Bunn and illustrated by Colton Worley. Marc Rueda provided the colors and Rob Steen was the letterer.

The issue takes place in two separate time periods. One portion is set in New York City in 1925 with Lamont Cranston being trained in the art of escape by Harry Houdini. Another portion takes place in Los Angeles in 1936 with The Shadow venturing into the lair of the Society of United Magicians to save Houdini’s kidnapped widow, Bess. Combining The Shadow and Houdini is a great idea. Walter Gibson, the creator of the pulp Shadow was a magician himself and ghost wrote for Houdini. Houdini himself was also a credited pulp writer. He is credited for writing the story Under the Pyramids for the 50th Anniversary issue of Weird Tales. In reality this was ghost written by H.P. Lovecraft based on an idea by Houdini.

Links:

The Shadow #0 on Comixology: https://www.comixology.com/The-Shadow-0-Digital-Exclusive-Edition/digital-comic/123660ht

Cullen Bunn at ComicDB: http://comicbookdb.com/creator.php?ID=9802

Cullen Bunn at Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/l3zpdqw

Colton Worley at ComicDB: http://comicbookdb.com/creator.php?ID=14462

Colton Worley at Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/muenb7v

Walter B. Gibson: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_B._Gibson

Houdini: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Houdini

Pulp Crazy – Adept’s Gambit the Original Version by Fritz Leiber

In this week’s episode I will be discussing the original version of Adept’s Gambit by Fritz Leiber. Adept’s Gambit is a sword & sorcery tale starring Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser. The original manuscript which contains references to the Cthulhu Mythos of H.P. Lovecraft has been unearthed and published by Arcane Wisdom Press, edited by S.T. Joshi. This new limited edition hardcover contains bonus features including annotations from S.T. Joshi, an introduction from Joshi and Lovecraft’s commentary on the original version of Adept’s Gambit.

Links:

Adept’s Gambit the Original Version @ Miskatonic Books: http://tinyurl.com/mn7xfrk

Fritz Leiber and H.P. Lovecraft: Writers of the Dark @ Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/ktd26tf

Fritz Leiber: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fritz_Leiber

H.P. Lovecraft: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HP_Lovecraft

S.T. Joshi: http://www.stjoshi.org/

Lovecraft E-Zine: http://lovecraftzine.com/

 

Pulp Crazy – Ignition City

In this weeks episode I will be discussing Ignition City. It is a alternate history science fiction comic book mini series that was published in 2009 by Avatar Press. The five issue mini series was written by Warren Ellis, illustrated by Gianluca Pagliarani, inked by Chris Dier and colored by Digikore Studios. The series is also available in trade paperback, hardcover or digital.

The series is set in 1956, in Ignition City, the last space port on Earth on an island located along the equator. Pulp fans will be interested in the series due to the cast being analogues of the great science fiction characters of yesterday. Analogues for Flash Gordon, Dale Arden, Doctor Hans Zarkov and Ming the Merciless are present, as well as Buck Rogers, an antagonist wearing Commando Cody’s rocket pack and helmet, and a former Lensman

There are also real life characters such as Lionel Kenneth Crabb, also known as Buster. Also making an appearance is Yuri Gagarin.

Despite many intergalactic adventures in the past, in this series personal spaceflight is starting to become outlawed by governments all over the world. Ignition City is the final haven for the space faring heroes of the 30s and 40s. Think of Ignition City as Deadwood, but populated by classic science fiction characters who all have their best years behind them. The star of the series is Mary Raven, the daughter of famed pilot Rock Raven who seems to be based on British Science Fiction hero Dan Dare. She travels to Ignition City to investigate her fathers recent death. She is a pilot herself and slings a mean ray gun. She is the POV character you experience Ignition City through.

Links:

Ignition City Trade paperback :http://tinyurl.com/lhgz7hz

Ignition City Hardcover: http://tinyurl.com/onjbxod

Ignition City at Comixology: https://www.comixology.com/Ignition-City-Vol-1/comics-series/2642

Ignition City Website: http://ignitioncity.com/

Warren Ellis Website: http://www.warrenellis.com/

Lionel “Buster” Crabb: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lionel_Crabb

Yuri Gagarin: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuri_Gagarin

Pulp Crazy – Nyarlathotep by H.P. Lovecraft

In this weeks episode I will be discussing Nyarlathotep, a prose poem by H.P. Lovecraft. It is a piece of weird fiction based around Nyarlathotep, the Crawling Chaos who is a very popular Cthulhu Mythos deity. Lovecraft first wrote the story in 1920 and it was published that same year in the United Amateur.

Nyarlothotep is a Cthulhu Mythos deity that walks among us and has done so for years, although he has done so in many forms. In this original prose poem he is depicted as a traveling showman visiting a city. Needless to say the city and its people will not be the same. An audio reading courtesy of Archive.org is included in the episode.

Links:

Read Nyarlathotep via eBook at CthulhuChick: http://cthulhuchick.com/free-complete-lovecraft-ebook-nook-kindle/

Read Nyarlathotep via eText at Dagonbytes: http://www.dagonbytes.com/thelibrary/lovecraft/nyarlathotep.htm

Nyarlothotep Cycle from Chaosium: http://tinyurl.com/qymhz2s

Will Murray: http://www.adventuresinbronze.com/

Nyarlothotep at Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nyarlathotep

Nyarlothotep on ISFDB: http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/title.cgi?69021h

H.P. Lovecraft at Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H._P._Lovecraft

Nikola Tesla at Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikola_Tesla

Pulp Crazy – Mimic by Donald A. Wollheim

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In this weeks episode I will be discussing Mimic by Donald A. Wollheim. Mimic is a short story that first appeared in the December 1942 issue of Astonishing Stories. Mimic served as the inspiration for the 1997 film of the same name directed by Guillermo Del Toro and starring Mira Sorvino, Jeremy Northam and Josh Brolin. The short story is only a little over 2 pages in length, so the film expands upon the concepts introduced in Wollheim’s short story.

Links:
Read Mimic at UNZ.org: http://www.unz.org/Pub/FantasticNovelsSF-1950sep-00118

Donald A. Wollheim @Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_A._Wollheim

Donald A. Wollheim @ISFDB: http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/ea.cgi?826

Donald A. Wollheim @Science Fiction Hall of Fame: http://web.archive.org/web/20120722083854/http://www.empmuseum.org/exhibitions/index.asp?articleID=966

Pulp Crazy – The Way They Were by Jeff Deischer

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This weeks episode is a first for Pulp Crazy, as I’m reviewing a work of non-fiction. The title of the book is The Way They Were: The Histories of Some of Adventure Fiction’s Most Famous Heroes and Villains. It is written by researcher and fiction writer Jeff Deischer and published by Westerntainment Books. It is available to purchase on Amazon in paperback and eBook format.

The Way They Were covers a broad range of topics that will be of interest to pulp fans. Among this collection of essays are chronologies and deductions pertaining to Classic Literature and Pulp Magazine characters including: Doc Savage, the Avenger, Tarzan, Captain Nemo, Robur the Conqueror, James Bond, Count Dracula, Frankenstein and more.

 

Purchase the Kindle eBook: http://tinyurl.com/pzl5ekb

Purchase the Paperback Edition: http://tinyurl.com/mdkhfsv

Jeff’s Amazon Page: http://tinyurl.com/mtuzd5t

Westerntainment Website: http://westerntainment.blogspot.com/

Pulp Crazy – Doc Ardan: City of Gold and Lepers by Guy D’Armen, Adapted by J-M and Randy Lofficier

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In this weeks episode I will be discussing Doc Ardan: City of Gold and Lepers written by Guy d’Armen and adapted and retold by Jean-Marc & Randy Lofficier. The book is published by the Lofficier’s Black Coat Press and is available in paperback, nook and kindle formats. The cover is illustrated by Dean Zachary.

Doc Ardan’s full name is Doctor Francis Ardan, he is a french pulp hero created by Guy d’Armen (likely a pen name according to the Lofficier’s) and first appeared in 1928. The City of Gold and Lepers was his first appearance. It was published in the french magazine Science et Voyages from the May 1928 through November 1928 issue.

Doc Ardan first appearance in 1928 pre-dates Doc Savage’s first appearance in 1933, so he wasn’t originally a character who physically resembled Doc Savage, as he does on the covers of the Black Coat Press books. The original artwork shown on the Black Coat Press site kind of depicts him as a traditional explorer. It appears the Lofficier’s leave the possibility open for Doc Ardan to be a young Doc Savage operating under an alias. According to the introduction, Ardan or Ardent (the t being silent in french) means fierce, fiery, wild or savage, which would be a fitting alias. The Lofficier’s also speculate in the forward that Ardan may be related to Michael Ardan from the story From the Earth to the Moon and Gale Arden from the Flash Gordon series.

Links: Doc Ardan: The City of Gold and Lepers Buy or read a sample at Black Coat Press: http://www.blackcoatpress.com/docardan.htm PDF Sample: http://www.blackcoatpress.com/DocArdanChapter.pdf Buy or read a sample on Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/q8tc5jf Buy or read a sample on B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/doc-ardan/doc-ardan?store=allproducts&keyword=doc+ardan Upcoming Doc Ardan Double Feature: http://www.blackcoatpress.com/docardan2.htm Jean-Marc Lofficier on the Book Cave Podcast: http://thebookcave.libsyn.com/episode-53-black-coat-s-jean-marc-lofficier French Wold Newton Universe: http://www.coolfrenchcomics.com/wnu1.htm Black Coat Press: http://www.blackcoatpress.com/

Pulp Crazy – The Cairn on the Headland by Robert E. Howard

 

In this weeks episode I will be discussing The Cairn on the Headland by Robert E. Howard. The Cairn on the Headland first appeared in the January 1933 issue of Strange Tales of Mystery and Terror. It can be classified as a Cthulhu Mythos type tale, but more steeped in Norse Mythology and Irish history than Lovecraft’s aliens. .

The Cairn on the Headland focuses on an American named James O’Brien. The story is set sometime in the 1920′s near Dublin, Ireland, O’Brien an archaeologist or possibly anthropologist is there under the pretense of a vacation, but in reality he was forced to come by a man named Ortali. For several years Ortali has been using an unfortunate incident in O’Brien’s past to blackmail him.

I would like to thank David Drage, AKA Ironmammoth for allowing me to use his reading of The Cairn on the Headland.

Links:

The Cairn on the Headland eText: http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0601721h.html

Robert E. Howard Del Rey Books on Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/l9jnh7z

David Drage’s Website: http://ironmammoth.blogspot.co.uk/

David Drage’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/ironmammoth

REH and the Battle of Clontarf Essays by Keith Taylor:

Here Was Ragnarok The Fall of the Gods! Part 1: http://rehtwogunraconteur.com/?p=25555

Here Was Ragnarok The Fall of the Gods! Part 2: http://rehtwogunraconteur.com/?p=25571

Here Was Ragnarok The Fall of the Gods! Part 3: http://rehtwogunraconteur.com/?p=25573

The Robert E. Howard Foundation: http://www.rehfoundation.org/

REH Forums: http://conan.com