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.
In this weeks episode I will be discussing Tiger Cat by David H. Keller. It first appeared in the October 1937 issue of Weird Tales. The short story features an evil villainess who would be right at home in a Grindhouse film.
In this episode I discuss The Shadow/Green Hornet: Dark Nights mini series written by Michael Uslan and illustrated by Keith Burns. Dark Nights is a five issue mini series that was published by Dynamite Entertainment in 2013. It’s an exciting blend of history and pulp fiction featuring the Shadow, Green Hornet and Kato, as well as their respective casts of supporting characters.
From Pulpfest 2012, Ron Fortier discusses and reads from his Avenger short story, Vengeance is Mine, the origin of Ike & Mike, from Moonstone’s The Avenger: The Justice Inc Files. There is also some nice discussion about the late Howard Hopkins, as well as the pulp hero Captain Hazzard.