In this weeks episode I will be discussing The Wild Man by Octavus Roy Cohen. It first appeared in the August 28, 1915 issue of All-Story. The Wild Man is a piece of short sports fiction, focusing on the rivalry of two professional baseball players. The two men are Pat Nelligan and Bill Davis. Pat Nelligan is a square jawed no nonsense back up catcher who plays for the Panthers, a west coast team that appears to be fictional. Bill Davis, the titular Wild Man, is a star base runner who has a reputation of spiking people whenever he can when running the bases. He plays for the Reds, presumably the Cincinatti Reds.
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.
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