Pulp 2.0 Press Mad Pulp Bastard Bill Cunningham announced today the publisher is adding a never-before-seen Lester Dent tale to its upcoming wild west book release RADIO WESTERN ADVENTURES (RWA).
Dent of course is the world-famous pulp writer of the 30’s and 40’s who created the legendary DOC SAVAGE and THE AVENGER pulp characters. This wild west tale, “Snare Savvy” written in 1932 will join Donald F. Glut’s cover tale, “Who Really Was That Masked Man?” to create a western “double feature” tribute to Jim Harmon, the Old Time Radio historian and author, to whom this special book is dedicated.
The contract for “Snare Savvy” was negotiated by the author’s agent, noted pulp writer and historian Will Murray on behalf of the Dent estate. The story is a classic western featuring Dent’s smart alec cowboy character Haw Kain who rides into town and a whole mess of trouble when he goes up against greedy land grabbers looking to strike it rich.
“We are pleased as punch to be able to add Dent’s ‘Snare Savvy’ to Radio Western Adventures,” said Cunningham. “ It makes an already unique book like RWA that much more special to western and pulp fans. As I read it I could easily see Roy Rogers and Dale Evans as the lead characters Haw Kain and Genie Quayle. Their banter matched perfectly, each giving as good as he or she got. I’m ecstatic over the prospect of publishing a pulp master like Dent’s work, and grateful that Will Murray thought Pulp 2.0 would be a good publisher for the tale.”
Radio Western Adventures will be published on Amazon’s Kindle platform for digital reading and will later come out as a print release via Createspace. The Kindle edition will feature both stories as well as an essay tribute to Jim Harmon whose love for radio western heroes was well known amongst fans. This digital edition will also include several photos resurrected from Don Glut’s archives showing the profound influence these radio cowboys had on the author and his peers. Pulp 2.0 Press’s print edition will include all of the above plus even more bonus features exclusive to the print version. Both versions will feature a stunning cover by artist Nik Macaluso (www.scripttease.tv) who created the fantastic blaxploitation cover art for Pulp 2.0’s first release BROTHER BLOOD (also by Glut).
On the banks of the ageless Nile, from a palace of gold and lapis lazuli, the young Fatimid Caliph Rashid al-Hasan rules as a figurehead over a crumbling empire. Cairo is awash in intrigues. In the shadow of the Gray Mosque, generals and emirs jockey for position under the scheming eyes of the powerful grand vizier, Jalal; in the crowded Souk, these factions use murder and terror to silence their opposition.
Egypt bleeds and the scent draws her enemies in like sharks: Shirkuh, the swaggering Kurd who serves the pious and severe Sultan of Damascus, and Amalric, the Christian king of Jerusalem whose insatiable greed knows no bounds.
Yet, the Caliph of Cairo has an unexpected ally—an old man who lives on a remote Asian mountaintop, a place where eagles fear to tread. This benefactor, the Shaykh al-Jabal, the Old Man of the Mountain, holds the ultimate power of life and death over the warring factions of the Moslem world, and he sends his greatest weapon into Egypt.
He sends Caliph Rashid al-Hasan, a single man. An Assassin. The one they call the Emir of the Knife . . .
The Mighty Turbans are back by popular demand. Hear "Jingle Bells," "Deck the Halls" and "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" performed with bongos, vibes, string bass, groovy Hammond organ and exotic native calls. Celebrate the season with this cool collection of Lounge tailored exclusively for holiday hipsters, courtesy of Amusicom.
Join the BIG W every Friday evening as he continues to explore, with drink in hand, the Space-Age Pop Hi-Fi musical sounds of the 1950’s and the 1960’s in LIVING STEREO!
• From This Moment On - Lean Horne • I Wish I Was In Love Again - Sid Bass • I Married An Angel - Sammy Davis, Jr. • I Wanna Be Your Man - Count Basie • It’s Alright With Me - Steve Lawrence • The Now Sound - The Brass Ring • You’re The Top - Buddy Greco • Kookie’s Caper - Warren Barker • Dance The Bossa Nova - Frankie Avalon • Happiness Is - Ray Conniff • Too Marvelous For Words - Rosemary Clooney • You Were On My Mind - Al Caiola • Sixteen Tons - Tom Jones • Goldfinger - Hugo Montenegro • “Tain’t Nobody’s Bizness If I Do - Della Reese • Wrong Number - Ray Anthony • Mame - Bobby Darin • Gonna Go Fishin’ - Si Zentner • Mack The Knife - Peggy Lee • Mama Will Bark - Frank Sinatra / Dagmar • Tiger Rag - Dick Schory • Cappuccina - Nat King Cole
On the lounge and exotica podcast this week, Koop talks to Brad Parker from Tiki Shark about his latest exploits. Our very popular segment, Ask Koop, returns to tackle the issue of dogs on the beach and ownership of sticks.
Koop will find some cool parties and events for all of us to attend in the world of swank segment, and then he’ll take us into the cocktail nation blogosphere.
Now, as Christmas gets a little closer, Koop ramps up our Christmas music with a couple of cool yule tunes this week.
Lushy French ~ 75 Stan Kenton ~ Cool John Zorn ~ Tiki for Blue Frank Sinatra ~ Luck be a lady Billy May ~ Perfidia Esquivel ~ Johnson Rag Combustible Edison ~ Mr. Pushin Came to Shove Blue Zombies ~ Hot Toddy Bobby Hacket ~ CareFree Tiki Joes Ocean ~ Deck The Halls Chaino ~ Sumac Pink Martini ~ But Now I Am Back Martini Kings ~ Let It Snow
Think The Hustler with a cockney accent. Snooker like darts lies deep in English hearts. Long before ordinary people became famous across televised poker tables in the gaming capitals of the world, the English were making heroes and legends of men who played with long straight sticks and colored balls on a green felt table.
I have to admit up front that Keith Miles is a mate of mine and I’ve read much of his prodigious output. His Alan Saxon golfing mysteries are among my favorites. Miles, however, knows about more than just golf. Rugby is right in his skill set, as is snooker – thus Breaks, where he gets to show off that knowledge via his storytelling skills.
The novel that lifts the lid off the cut-throat world of international snooker.
At first, it was a poor man’s game, played in clubs and pubs and backstreet halls. Then the money came, the television cameras, the lights, and the glamour. And with them came the corruption, the fixes and the violence . . .
For Glyn Edwards snooker was more than a hobby: it was a religion – and a road out of the backstreets to a new way of life. But with success came all the things money could buy – all the things that could destroy him and everything he cared about.
Keith Miles is definitely worth discovering under his own name, or under his historical mysteries pseudonym, Edward Marston, under which he supports five series in various time periods. For me, however, I enjoy Miles’ love of sports as it comes through in his golfing mysteries and books like Breaks.
DAVID CRANMER HAS POSTED THE SECOND PART OF HIS INTERVIEW WITH WAYNE DUNDEE, CREATOR OF P.I. JOE HANNIBAL, OVER AT HIS EDUCATION OF A PULP WRITER BLOG . . .
Hardboiled crime fiction (including - but not limited to - private eye mysteries) has over the past decade or so held up as accurate a mirror to our changing society as you're likely to find anywhere. With the exception perhaps of Andrew Vachss's Burke series, I'm not claiming that any of this had an impact on changing society, but the imagery and indicators were there nevertheless. You want to know about things ranging from popular slang to fashion to the political climate to the changing face of organized crime to what have you ... you can find it all accurately represented in hard-boiled crime fiction, private eye mysteries always prominent in the mix.
AN ONGOING SERIES HIGHLIGHTING POSSIBLY DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH e-BOOKS BY RELATIVELY UNKNOWN AUTHORS, FOUND WHILE CRUISING THE e-BOOK SHELVES ON AMAZON WITH PRICES THAT MAKE THEM WORTH TAKING A CHANCE ON . . . SOME MAY BE CRAP, SOME COULD SHOW POTENTIAL, OTHERS (I SUSPECT VERY, VERY, FEW) MIGHT BE GREAT – TAKE A CHANCE . . .
TODAY’S FIND . . . HARDBOILED . . .
SCROLL ~ FEATURING P.I. ASH WILDE ~ $4.95
JIM MICHAEL HANSEN
As soon as the dame walked through the door, private investigator Ash knew that trouble was right behind. Men would crawl across a field of broken glass just to smell her neck, that’s the kind of woman she was—long strawberry hair, lips as hot as whiskey-soaked jazz, green eyes, a curvy squeeze-me body, a tight little waist cinched in a black belt, nylons that rustled like bedroom chimes, a scent like Paris, mid-twenties, expensive on every level.
Wilde tried to appear unaffected as the woman took one last drag from a cigarette, mashed the butt in the ashtray, slipped into one of the worn leather chairs in front of his desk and crossed her legs. “You’re Ash Wilde,” she said. “If I talk to you about a matter, is it strictly confidential?”
It was a simple question, one he'd heard a hundred times. This time, however, was different. This time the question would sweep him into a deadly game that started many, many centuries ago but was not over yet.
Edgy, mysterious and irresistible, Scroll is a twisty thrill-ride into a pulp noir world of riveting proportions. Enter at your own risk. You've been warned.
NEWS FROM HARDCASE CRIME / GABRIEL HUNT EDITOR CHARLES ARDAI . . .
Apologies for the long silence on the Hunt front. As some of you may know, Dorchester Publishing, the publisher we've been working with over the past half dozen years, first to put out our Hard Case Crime line of crime novels and then, more recently, to publish the Gabriel Hunt series of adventure novels, fell on hard times this past summer and is still digging out from under. As a result, they temporarily stopped publishing new books, and the consequence was that the sixth Hunt novel -- HUNT THROUGH NAPOLEON'S WEB -- didn't come out in October as scheduled. We've been in talks with Dorchester about the fate of that book and the line as a whole, and I wanted to bring you up to date.
Happily, the news is good: In a classic, Hunt-like example of snatching survival from the jaws of certain doom, Dorchester will resume publishing paperback novels in 2011, albeit in the larger 'trade' paperback format (typically about 5 inches by 8 inches) rather than the smaller 'mass market' format (about 4 by 7 inches). You wouldn't think that extra inch in either direction would make much difference, but apparently it does for various distribution-related reasons. Alas, it also means that anyone who has the first five Hunt novels in mass market format won't be able to get the sixth in matching size -- and being a collector and a purist myself, I know how annoying that is. But on the positive side, the plan is to reissue all the earlier Hunt books in the new, larger trade size, which should give the whole series a new chance to reach a wide audience.
We don't have a definite date from Dorchester yet for when the trade editions will start arriving in stores, or what the schedule will be, but as soon as we do, we'll let you know. (Yes, if you look on Amazon.com, you'll see a projected pub date of August 8, 2011 for HUNT THROUGH NAPOLEON'S WEB. I'm not sure whether to believe that or not. We'll keep you posted.)
In the meantime, you might be interested to know that a company called AudioRealms is releasing the Hunt novels in audiobook format. They started with HUNT THROUGH THE CRADLE OF FEAR (a personal favorite of mine...), and I have to say that the performance by reader Jim VanDusen is first rate. The unabridged reading runs 8 hours, so you've got several car rides worth of adventure in store for you! And AudioRealms is working on the other Hunt novels as we speak -- hopefully you'll be able to get all six before too much longer. If you'd like to try CRADLE OF FEAR, you can get it on CD or download it to your computer immediately as an mp3. Just go to http://www.audiorealms.com/ and click on the Hunt cover on their home page. (It's in the third row.)
And e-book editions of the first 5 titles are still available, with the e-book of #6 scheduled to come out at the same time the paperback edition hits stores.
So . . . Gabriel Hunt is still alive and kicking. He's taken a bit of a beating, but this is one man who knows how to get up again when he's down. Stay tuned for more news -- and for more adventure.