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.
Art Sippo joins me in discussing his book Sun Koh: Heir of Atlantis Volume 1. I highly recommend this New Pulp title to all fans of the hero pulps (especially Doc Savage), H.P. Lovecraft and Philip Jose Farmer. Art weaves an amazing tale, revamping the Sun Koh character for a modern day audience. Often called the German Doc Savage, Art takes the character into many interesting places and is currently writing and planning future adventures. Art was kind enough to tease some future story lines and share some plans he has for the character. See the links in the show notes for links to Art’s work, including where you can purchase it.
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In this weeks episode, Pulp Crazy celebrates its 50th Episode. Joining me are Pulp Podcasting Pioneers, Ric Croxton and Art Sippo from the Book Cave Podcast. Without Ric and Art, I wouldn’t be reading pulps, yet alone have a Pulp Podcast. I’ve wanted to talk pulps with these guys for a while. Join us as we run the gamut from Art discussing his love for Doc Savage and Ric discussing his grandfather, pulp writer L.C. Davis. A big thanks to Ric and Art for joining me.
Since Valentine’s Day is this week, I thought it would be fitting to cover a story from one of the Romance Pulps for this episode. So I headed to the pulp magazines project site and found a story that interested me. Thrill Chaser written by Mary Ann de Forest with interior art by Xena Wright was published in the October 20, 1934 issue of Street & Smith’s Love Story Magazine.
The story is a lot of fun. It seems to be set in the early to mid 1930′s and focuses on Linda Carroll, an East Coast young lady of high society with a wild streak in her. She likes to hang out at speakeasies and also trains in stunt work for motion pictures. Her sister and brother in law attempt to set her up with men, but she has yet to meet her match. She isn’t interested in the tame men on the East Coast. She decides to travel Nevada, to visit her uncle’s ranch to seek some thrills.
In this weeks episode I will be discussing The Ice Goes Out by Frank Richardson Pierce. It was originally published in the July 1st 1928 issue of Adventure. The Ice Goes Out takes place in the wild Alaskan Frontier during the last 1920′s and centers around a robbery of contest money. The folks in the territory have a competition on who can guess the exact moment the ice will melt on this particular stretch of river. The contest is called the Ice Pool.
In this weeks episode I will be discussing a novel written by a pulp writer. Time’s Last Gift by Philip Jose Farmer. I tend to call him PJF for short. The novel was first published in 1972, but was later republished in 1977 with additional material.
It was PJF’s birthday this past Sunday, he was born on January 26th 1918, he passed away on February 25, 2009 at the age of 91. Time’s Last Gift is my favorite PJF novel. It features a time traveling hero that is cut from the pulp hero mold.
In this episode I will be discussing Half Past Danger by Stephen Mooney. It’s comic book mini series published by IDW done in the style of classic pulps and cliffhanger serials of the 30′s and 40′s. The series is a period piece taking place in 1943 and it features many elements that pulp fans will find attractive.
In this weeks episode, in honor of Robert E. Howard’s 108th Birthday, I will be discussing Spear & Fang. This was Howard’s first professional pulp sale, he sold it in 1924 for $16.00. Spear & Fang first appeared in the July 1925 issue of Weird Tales.
Spear & Fang is a fast paced piece of historical fiction focusing on Ga-nor and A-aea, two Cro Magnon people living in prehistoric times. A-aea, is abducted by a Neanderthal man one night after spying on Ga-nor whom she is romantically interested in. Ga-nor discovers the abduction and gives chase into the jungle.
In this episode I will be discussing The Price of Vengeance by Hugh B. Cave. It was first published in the August 1929 issue of Action Stories. It was later reprinted as “The Red Trail to Zanzibar” in the Summer 1950 issue of Jungle Stories, where it was credited to the pseudonym of John Starr, an Adventure House pen name.
The story takes place in the African Jungle and features two men, Bruce Kerman and another man known only as Corony. Corony has been tracking Kerman for 4 years through the African jungle hoping to extract revenge on him for killing his brother. Corony finally tracks him down to a hut just before local natives launch an attack in response to Kerman killing their chief earlier in the day. Kerman and Corony are forced to put aside their differences and join forces to repel the invaders.