Saturday, January 1, 2011

FANTASY CORNER: THE HORROR STORIES OF ROBERT E. HOWARD!

FANTASY CORNER: THE HORROR STORIES OF ROBERT E. HOWARD!

The UK based small press Wandering Star issued glorious editions of Robert E. Howard’s work, including The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane, Bran Mak Morn, The Ultimate Triumph, as well as two volumes of Howard’s Conan tales.

Subterranean Press is proud to continue this series of limited editions, beginning with Kull: Exile of Atlantis, exquisitely illustrated with color plates and black and white illustrations illuminating the text. We now continue with our third offering, The Horror Stories of Robert E. Howard,. We plan to match or better the quality of materials used in the Wandering Star editions, and will be doing a number of other books in the series.

Important note: The Subterranean Press edition of The Horror Stories of Robert E. Howard will include a number of never before published full-color plates.

ILLUSTRATED BY GREG STAPLES

560 PAGES

LIMITED: 750 NUMBERED COPIES, SIGNED BY THE ARTIST ~ $150

DELUXE LIMITED: 50 NUMBERED LEATHERBOUND COPIES, SIGNED BY THE ARTISTS ~ $400

SUBTERRANEAN PRESS

FANTASY CORNER: THE LOST GATE!

FANTASY CORNER: THE LOST GATE!

ORSON SCOTT CARD

Danny North knew from early childhood that his family was different, and that he was different from them. While his cousins were learning how to create the things that commoners called fairies, ghosts, golems, trolls, werewolves, and other such miracles that were the heritage of the North family, Danny worried that he would never show a talent, never form an outself.

He grew up in the rambling old house, filled with dozens of cousins, and aunts and uncles, all ruled by his father. Their home was isolated in the mountains of western Virginia, far from town, far from schools, far from other people.

There are many secrets in the House, and many rules that Danny must follow. There is a secret library with only a few dozen books, and none of them in English — but Danny and his cousins are expected to become fluent in the language of the books. While Danny’s cousins are free to create magic whenever they like, they must never do it where outsiders might see.

Unfortunately, there are some secrets kept from Danny as well. And that will lead to disaster for the North family.

PULP NOW: PERIL PRESS!

PULP NOW: PERIL PRESS!

NEW PUBLISHER OF PULP REPRINTS IN KINDLE EDITIONS!

NOW AVAILABLE:

CALL FROM HELL
BY EMILE C TEPPERMAN

SHE HERDED HIM AROUND
BY E HOFFMANN PRICE

MURDER SALVAGE (HONEST JOHN CARMODY)
BY E HOFFMANN PRICE

PARADE OF THE WOODEN KIMONOS (MARTY QUADE)
BY EMILE C TEPPERMAN

DEVIL'S CRYPT
BY E HOFFMANN PRICE

FUED'S END
BY E HOFFMANN PRICE

MUMMIES TO ORDER - PLUNDER OF KURDISTAN
BY E HOFFMANN PRICE

PRUNE PICKING PATRIOT (HONEST JOHN CARMODY)
BY E HOFFMANN PRICE

QUEEN OF HEAVEN
BY E HOFFMANN PRICE

CLUE OF COURAGE
BY NORVELL PAGE

DOCTOR SATAN: MASK OF DEATH
BY PAUL ERNST

STRANGE DETECTIVE TALES
BY EMILE C TEPPERMAN

MARRIED FOR MURDER - IN THIS CORNER, DEATH - NO LIVING WITNESS
BY EMILE C TEPPERMAN

DRAFT DODGER - A BURNING CLUE
BY E HOFFMANN PRICE

WESTERN PULP: GRAPHIC CLASSICS VOL 19 ~ WESTERN CLASSICS!

WESTERN PULP: GRAPHIC CLASSICS VOL 19 ~ WESTERN CLASSICS!

COMING IN MARCH / APRIL!

Western Classics features an adaptation of Zane Grey's grand western prototype, "Riders of the Purple Sage", illustrated by Cynthia Martin. Plus stories by Bret Harte, Willa Cather, Gertrude Atherton and John G. Neihardt, with art and adaptations by Trina Robbins, John Findley, Mark A. Nelson, George Sellas, Reno Maniquis and Ryan Huna Smith. Also an early Hopalong Cassidy story illustrated by original "Hoppy" newspaper strip artist Dan Spiegle, and a comic western by Conan creator Robert E. Howard.

Features "Knife River Prodigal" by Robert E. Howard! This is a Buckner J. Grimes story adapted by Ben Avery and George Sellas.

PAPERBACK ~ 144 PAGES

EUREKA PRODUCTIONS

PULP NOW: JIM SILKE'S JUNGLE GIRLS!

PULP NOW: JIM SILKE'S JUNGLE GIRLS!

WRITER/ARTIST: JIM SILKE

NOW AVAILABLE!

Here they are, the most fabulous and provocative creatures in the world of fiction — Jungle Girls, from H. Rider Haggard's She and Edgar Rice Burroughs' Jane to modern, bold, daring and dangerous beauties that prowl his imagination.

They're all here, the Jungle Goddesses, Queens, and Slaves as well as Tropic Tramps, Dragon Ladies, Harem Damsels, and semi-clad Barbarians. It's not a history, but a celebration of that impossible, looney, glorious nonsense that Silke somehow finds essential.

The book includes 52 original pieces of artwork and an extensive selection of movie stills and images from private collections.

SOFTCOVER ~ 8X11 ~ 84 PAGES ~ FULL COLOR ~ $24.95

LIMITED SIGNED HARDCOVER ~ 8X11 ~ 84 PAGES ~ FULL COLOR ~ $44.95

FLESK PUBLICATIONS

PULP NOW: SHOWCASE PRESENTS: DOC SAVAGE!

PULP NOW: SHOWCASE PRESENTS: DOC SAVAGE!

NEW DC TRADE PAPERBACK COLLECTION COMING JUNE 28, 2011

Pulp fiction hero Doc Savage is back in this value-priced title collecting his 1970s black-and-white magazine adventures for the first time. Originally published in 1975 by Marvel Comics, these tales include:

“The Doom on Thunder Island”
“Hell-Reapers at the Heart of Paradise”
“The Inferno Scheme”
“Ghost Pirates from The Beyond”
"The Earth-Wreckers!"
“The Sky Stealers”
“The Mayan Mutations”
"The Crimson Plague"

PAPERBACK ~ 448 PAGES ~ $22.99

PULP NOW: BLOOD ‘N’ THUNDER!

PULP NOW: BLOOD ‘N’ THUNDER!

2011 PUBLISHING SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED!

Blood ‘n’ Thunder editor/publisher Ed Hulse reports that 2011 will be his busiest year yet, with the release of multiple books under his Murania Press imprint as well as a by-popular-demand return to quarterly frequency for BnT.

Murania’s first release of the year will be Ed’s comprehensive history of silent-era movie serials, DISTRESSED DAMSELS AND MASKED MARAUDERS, which was announced several months ago but delayed to include newly acquired material. This deluxe trade paperback, over 300 pages long and crammed with hundreds of illustrations, will ship end of January or beginning of February at the latest.

Murania’s Classic Pulp Adventures reprint line gets underway with the February release of SAVAGES, the first of Gordon Young’s famous Hurricane Williams novels, originally serialized in Adventure magazine. Murania reprints the text from the rare Doubleday hardcover edition, which restored material that had been left out of the pulp version. Also included are an introduction by Young scholar Tom Krabacher and “The Unlisted Legion,” the 1918 short story that introduced the two-fisted Hurricane to pulp readers.

UPCOMING TITLES IN THE CLASSIC PULP ADVENTURES SERIES:

BAREHANDED CASTAWAYS, J. Allan Dunn’s legendary novel about shipwrecked men who struggle to survive on an island without tools, weapons, or food supplies. Originally published in a 1920 issue of Adventure after being specially commissioned by the magazine’s editors, Dunn’s yarn was a reader favorite that somehow escaped being published in book form—until now.

PIRATES OF THE PINES (originally titled FUR PIRATES), A. M. Chisholm’s dazzling tour de force written for a 1915 issue of Street & Smith’s The Popular Magazine. This gripping adventure story quite deliberately appropriates the structure and character types of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island and transposes them to the rugged Canadian Northwest. It’s a masterful job of fiction writing that will enthrall readers whether or not they’re familiar with Stevenson’s book.

THE MYSTERY OF THE DOUBLE CROSS has the historic distinction of being the first novel ever licensed by a motion-picture production company for adaptation as a cliffhanger serial. Written by Gilson Willets and published in 1910, it weaves an intricate tale of romance, mystery and adventure set in Mexico. Revolving around the struggle for a fabulous inheritance, The Double Cross puts American-born John St. John in close proximity to unscrupulous fortune hunters, a mysterious masked stranger, and the fabled “Golden Senorita” rumored to be descended from a lost Aztec tribe.

Non-fiction Murania Press books scheduled for 2011 release will include THE BEST OF BLOOD ‘N’ THUNDER (which collects the best articles from the long-out-of-print first 12 issues of BnT and adds new material to them) and a revised-and-expanded edition of THE BLOOD ‘N’ THUNDER GUIDE TO COLLECTING PULPS (which will be half again as long as the original 2007 edition and features a newly written section devoted specifically to recent pulp reprints).

The next issue of BLOOD ‘N’ THUNDER (Winter 2011) will ship in February. It contains articles on Doc Savage by Will Murray and Tom Barnett, Ed Hulse on the making of Gunga Din and the 1917 Hearst-produced serial Patria, pulp and paperback reviews by Gary Lovisi and Mark Trost, a reprint of the first Captain Future comic-book story, and previews of the upcoming Windy City and PulpFest conventions, among other things.

PULP NOW: THE SECRET 6 CLASSICS!

PULP NOW: THE SECRET 6 CLASSICS!

LEAGUE OF THE GRATEFUL DEAD: FEATURING THE SUICIDE SQUAD AUTHORED BY EMILE C. TEPPERMAN

Klaw, Murdoch and Kerrigan... the FBI's Suicide Squad return in this collection of six classic Suicide adventures from the pages of ACE-G-MEN STORIES from 1939-43:

Mr. Zero and the F.B.I. Suicide Squad:

One for all, and all for one - even in death - was the fighting creed of the three wildest, gun-swinging law aces of the F.B.I.!

The Suicide Squad Pays Off:

The Black Sheep of the F.B.I. turn a terror-ridden town upside down in a finish-fight with a gang that had decreed death for all G-men!

The Suicide Squad's Murder Lottery:

Kerrigan and Klaw came to mourn at the grave of their murdered comrade... and stayed to follow a fighting ghost to war--against the Twentieth Century Nero who held a third of the nation in abject slavery!

The Suicide Squad in Corpse-Town:

America's new air arm, the keystone in her vast defense program: cornered on the brink of destruction! ...Only three men--Kerrigan, Murdoch and Klaw--could prevent disaster, and that grim trio of Death's Volunteers was already living on borrowed, bartered time!

The Tunnel Death Built:

Who had the power, the resourcefulness, and the organization to steal thousands of priceless weapons from Uncle Sam, and ship them secretly abroad? The mystery was a job for the inimitable Suicide Squad-Kerrigan, Murdoch and Klaw. But they were already waging a private, unofficial battle against Nicodemus Largo-the most invulnerable crime-king of them all!

The Suicide Squad and the Twins of Death!:

When Blond Otto The Hangman and his Nazi aides told Murdoch that he would soon join the dead Kerrigan and Klaw, he waited until he did--then added the roar of a dead man's weapon to the blazing guns of his ghostly pals!

324 PAGES ~ SOFTCOVER $29.95 ~ LIMITED EDITION HARDCOVER $39.95

ALTUS PRESS

PULP NOW: DIME DETECTIVE COMPANION!

PULP NOW: DIME DETECTIVE COMPANION!

JAMES L. TRAYLOR (WITH MONTE HERRIDGE, MARVIN LACHMAN, WILL MURRAY, WILLIAM E. BARRETT, CARROLL JOHN DALY, FREDERICK C. DAVIS, T.T. FLYNN, AND JOHN LAWRENCE)

Dime Detective Magazine was second only to Black Mask as the dean of detective/P.I./hard boiled pulp magazines, and was the home of Carroll John Daly, Frederick Nebel, John D. MacDonald, Cornell Woolrich, Erle Stanley Gardner, and many other top-notch scribes. This book indexes all 274 issues of Dime Detective, contains several articles on the series and its writers, and as a bonus, the fifth anniversary round-robin story from the November 1936 issue, "The Tonguess Men," by William E. Barrett, Carroll John Daly, Frederick C. Davis, T. T. Flynn, and John Lawrence.

242 PAGES ~ $24.94 SOFTCOVER ~ $34.95 HARDCOVER

ALTUS PRESS

Friday, December 31, 2010

THE GIRL FROM U.N.C.L.E. ON DVD!

THE GIRL FROM U.N.C.L.E. ON DVD!

TO END THE YEAR ON A HIGH NOTE, FELLOW C.O.B.R.A.S. AGENT WES BRITTON POINTS THE WAY TO A DVD BOXED SET OF ALL EPISODES OF THE GIRL FROM U.N.C.L.E. VIA FINDERS KEEPERS CLASSICS (WHICH ALSO HAS AN AMAZING RUN OF OTHER HARD TO FIND CLASSIC TELEVISION SHOWS – LIKE CORONET BLUE OF ALL THINGS) . . .

THE GIRL FROM U.N.C.L.E.

The complete television series on twelve discs. This box set contains every episode of the series starring Stephanie Powers as April Dancer, a spin-off of The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

$55.00

TO CHECK IT OUT CLICK HERE

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Dark Gothic Witchy New Year Comments

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Dark Gothic Witchy New Year Comments

VINTAGE COVERS: BLACK MASK!

VINTAGE COVERS: SCANDAL!

FREE KINDLE E-BOOK: WILDERNESS #55!

FREE KINDLE E-BOOK: WILDERNESS #55!

THIS IS THE LATEST ENTRY IN THE LONG RUNNING WILDERNES SERIES BY (THE POSSIBLY PSEUDONYMOUS) DAVID THOMPSON . . . THESE OFFERS FROM AMAZON.COM CAN BE OF LIMITED DURATION . . .

WILDERNESS #55 ~ INTO THE UNKNOWN

A naturalist studying the flora of the King family's remote valley runs up against three vicious gold-diggers who plan to strike it rich no matter what the cost.

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Thursday, December 30, 2010

PULP NOW: RAVENWOOD ~ STEPSON OF MYSTERY!

PULP NOW: RAVENWOOD ~ STEPSON OF MYSTERY!

One of the most obscure pulp heroes from the 1930s returns in four brand new, macabre cases involving the supernatural.

Writers, Frank Schildiner, Bobby Nash, Bill Gladman and B.C. Bell present four amazing adventures of pulpdom's premier occult detective in this first of a new series.

Battling zombies, ghost assassins or bat-men, Ravenwood is a hero like no other.

RETAIL PRICE: $24.95 HANGAR 27 PRICE: $18.50


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FORGOTTEN BOOKS: BRAGG’S HUNCH!

FORGOTTEN BOOKS: BRAGG’S HUNCH!

JACK LYNCH

This is another series of solid paperback originals mostly ridiculously overlooked due to the absence of hardcover publication. Shamus nominated for the second book in the series, The Missing And The Dead, and Edgar nominated for the third book in the series, Pieces of Death, author Jack (John T.) Lynch does a fantastic job of weaving the history of the series Northern California setting into the plotlines.

Private eye Peter Bragg is a no nonsense investigator, exceptionally skilled at interrogation, and handy enough with fists and guns to get the job done. A Korean vet, ex-reporter, with a bad marriage behind him, Bragg is working as a bartender in Sausalito when he takes some part time work for an old lawyer friend. Finding he has a knack and a taste for investigation, he takes out his P.I. license and opens a fifth floor office on Market in San Francisco, “bringing order out of chaos.”

In Bragg’s Hunch, his P.I. instincts bring embroil him in a gangland shootout that is the highlight of the novel. The narration is straightforward, but the action scenes sing.

The Bragg novels received favorable and appropriate comparison to the works of Dashiell Hammett and Ross MacDonald. Any fan of hardboiled fiction will find much to like in the Bragg books.

BRAGG NOVELS:

BRAGG’S HUNCH (1981)
THE MISSING AND THE DEAD (1982)
PIECES OF DEATH (1982)
SAUSALITO (1984)
SAN QUINTIN (1984)
MONTEREY (1985)
SEATTLE (1985)
WOLF HOUSE (2002)

VINTAGE COVERS: DIME DETECTIVE!

VINTAGE COVERS: PUSSYCAT CASINO!

TACK A CHANCE THURSDAY!

TAKE A CHANCE THURSDAY!

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

BAD DEBTS ~ $4.79

PETER TEMPLE

Australian Jack Irish — ex-lawyer and sometime debt collector, cabinetmaker and barfly — is a gumshoe in classic hard-boiled style: there's his clipped, black-humor dialogue, his hard-drinking past and his sad backstory (his wife was murdered by one of his clients).

When Jack gets a desperate message from Danny McKillop, whom he defended years before on a hit-and-run charge "at the beginning of the forgotten zone, the year or so I spent drunk," he takes a while to call him back. When he does, Danny, who was fresh out of prison, is dead. Jack's guilt fuels his ensuing search for the truth about Danny's murder.

The main plot, which has to do with a crooked land development deal, is overly complicated, but solid subplots — one concerning a romance, another about a horseracing scheme — keep the pages flipping. The engaging Jack and his friends are absolutely original and unfailingly amusing, and figuring out their speech patterns is great fun, even in its difficulty ("We'll have to get on the Drizas, motor out to the bush next week. Suit, Jack?").

Readers will take to this series like a thirsty man to strong drink and bang the bar for another round.

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

AUDIO DRAMA CORNER: CHILDHOOD TRAUMA!

AUDIO DRAMA CORNER: CHILDHOOD TRAUMA!

NEW FROM 19 NOCTURNE BOULEVARD

WRITTEN BY JULIE HOVERSON

Ben, a disturbed young teen, finds a kindred spirit at his new school. But will it be enough to help him recover from his past?

What kind of a place is it?

Why it's middle school classroom in the 1970s, can't you tell?

TO LISTEN OR DOWNLOAD CLICK HERE

THE CAT'S MEOW!

FAUX COVERS: A BULLET FOR BETTY LOU!

FAUX COVERS: A BULLET FOR BETTY LOU!

ANOTHER GREAT CREATION FROM ILLUSTRATOR ROB KELLY . . .

FOR MORE CLICK HERE

PULP NOW: TWO-FISTED TALES!

PULP NOW: TWO-FISTED TALES!

JOE ACKERMAN HAS A COOL RUNDOWN ON PULP ILLUSTRATOR HUGH JOSEPH WARD OVER AT HIS TWO-FISTED TALES OF TRUE-LIFE WEIRD ROMANCE BLOG . . .

In 1931 at age twenty-two he began to travel by train to New York City in order to visit any pulp publishers who would take the time to look at his portfolio of prospective paintings for western magazines. He soon made his first sale to Wild West Stories and Complete Novel Magazine. Sensational pulp covers by H.J. Ward were soon appearing on Ace-High Western, Argosy, Double Detective, Easy Money, Prison Life Stories, Rangeland Love, Red Star Detective, and Red Star Mystery.

TO CHECK OUT THE FULL POST AND COVER CAVALCADE CLICK HERE

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HARDBOILED CORNER: THE REPUBLIC OF DOYLE!

HARDBOILED CORNER: THE REPUBLIC OF DOYLE!

KEVIN BURTON SMITH IS TOUTING HIS FAVORITE P. I. THINGS OF 2010 OVER AT HIS THRILLING DETECTIVE WEBSITE . . . HE APPEARS TO BE PARTICULARLY FOND OF THE CANADIAN DETECTIVE SERIES THE REPUBLIC OF DOYLE . . .

For lovers of classic, character-driven 70s P.I. fare who are finding little retro-solace in the current TV schedule, this Canadian import just might be the ticket.

Although wind-blown, rock-bound St. John’s, Newfoundland is about as far from the sunny southern California stomping grounds of Mannix, Rockford and Harry O as you can get without leaving the continent, there’s a definite and deliberate seventies vibe to the semi-comic doings of the mismatched father-and-son private eye team of Jake and Malachy Doyle, and their extended family of ex-wives, runaway nieces, long lost brothers, alcoholic lawyers, barflies and law enforcement girlfriends.

Less concerned with its hipness factor than plain old storytelling, this CBC production concentrates on – get this! – detectives solving cases. No visitors from beyond the pale, no psychic baloney, no CSI voodoo, no angsty burned spies in designer duds, no OC cases, no human lie detectors – just two human beings who get hired to solve cases. I told you it was retro.

SOUND JUST THE TICKET TO ME . . .

FOR MORE OF KEVIN’S 2010 P. I. PICKS CLICK HERE

FOR MORE ON THE REPUBLIC OF DOYLE CLICK HERE

MANNIX: THE FOURTH SEASON ~ DVD!

MANNIX: FOURTH SEASON ~ DVD!

ONE OF MY PERENNIAL FAVORITE PRIVATE EYE SHOWS, MANNIX HAD PLENTY OF ACTION, OFTEN UNIQUE (CERTAINLY AT THE TIME) PLOTS, AND A FABULOS LALO SCHIFRIN SOUNDTRACK. YOU’VE ALSO GOT THE TREMENDOUS PRESENCE OF MICK CONNORS AS MANNIX AND GAIL FISHER (ONE OF THE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN ACTRESSES TO HAVE A REGULAR SERIES ROLE) AS HIS LOYAL SECRETARY PEGGY FAIR.

MANNIX: THE FOURTH SEASON DVD BOX SET IS DUE FOR RELEASE JANUARY 4, 2011.

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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

THE GREEN HORNET MOVIE!

THE GREEN HORNET MOVIE!

I AM TORN BETWEEN ANXIOUS ANTICIPATION AND CYNICISM WHEN IT COMES TO THIS FILM. I KNOW I CAN'T POSSIBLY LIKE ANYTHING STARRING SETH ROGEN, BUT IT IS THE GREEN HORNET . . .


SOMEHOW, I THINK ANOTHER DISASTER OF EPIC PROPORTION IS IN THE MAKING . . .