Saturday, December 10, 2011

WESTERN PULP: MILES TO LITTLE RIDGE!

WESTERN PULP: MILES TO LITTLE RIDGE!

HEATH LOWRANCE

KINDLE EDITION $0.99

GIDEON MILES RIDES ...

Edward A.Grainger's Gideon Miles hits the trail in this fast-clip western novella written by Heath Lowrance. The U.S. Marshal finds himself in the sleepy town of Little Ridge, Montana, on the search for a wanted man. But just as Miles enters town, he's spotted by a hard case who recognizes Miles as the lawman that killed his friend. Now Miles must face the wanted man, who claims his innocence and is raising a daughter on his own, while the hard case and a ne'er-do-well partner are gunning for him.

Friday, December 9, 2011

PULP NOW: QUEEN OF THE GANGSTERS!

PULP NOW: QUEEN OF THE GANGSTERS!

VOLUME 1: BROADWALK EMPIRE

MARGIE HARRIS

INTRODUCTION BY DAVID BISCHOFF

OFF-TRAIL PUBLICATIONS ~ NOW AVAILABLE!

Margie Harris was the first woman hardboiled crime fiction writer in history. She wrote some of the toughest, roughest, most remorseless stories to be found in ’30s gangster pulps like Gangland Stories, Racketeer Stories and Mobs. Her avid readers questioned whether she could even be a woman. Who is this “Margie Harris”? they wondered aloud. Who is this frail who cracks wise from the inside?

I’m “just another twist,” she told them—a woman of mystery then—a woman of mystery now. She palled around with the death-row doomed and the Chicago underworld. She may have been a newswoman; may have worked in the law. One point was not in doubt. She slammed her typewriter like a machine gun, mowing down good guys and bad guys alike; shooting them, knifing them, blowing them up—lacing her prose with metaphysical commentary on the destinations of their damned souls.

Tough. Rough. Hardboiled. Through the explosive stories of Margie Harris we savor the meeting of fist and flesh, the clatter of machine guns, the stench of gas fumes from sleek Packards barreling down city streets, the bitterness of bootleg hooch, the glory of sin. A violent symphony of hot jazz.
In an age when gangsters were royalty, Margie Harris was their queen.

This inaugural anthology of her work collects eight explosive stories, an introduction by David Bischoff, and a bio of Margie Harris.

David Bischoff is a New York Times bestselling author, editor and script writer whose credits include the classic fantasy series, The Gaming Magi, and work on Star Trek: The Next Generation. He teaches in an MFA program at Seton Hill University.

6X9-INCH PERFECT BOUND ~ 234 PAGES ~ $18.00

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PULP NOW: FU-MANCHU!

PULP NOW: FU-MANCHU!

FANTASTIC COVERS . . .

THE MYSTERY OF DR. FU-MANCHU

COMING FEBRUARY 14

Fu Manchu - an agent for the Si-Fan league of assassins - seeks to climb the ladder of the secret society's hierarchy, then pave the way for conquest of his native land of China. He is pursued by Commissioner Sir Denis Nayland Smith and his compatriot Dr. Petrie, the narrator of the stories.

The first in Titan's brand new collection of the classic crime series! The complete adventures of the original evil genius; collected in full for the very first time!

PAPERBACK ~ 256 PAGES ~ $9.95

THE RETURN OF DR. FU-MANCHU

COMING FEBRUARY 14

Fu Manchu is once again found in London, seeking to further his goals of subverting the British government and preparing for the rise of China as the greatest global power; all under his control. As his secrets begin to be unveiled, a trail of bodies reveals his path.

The second in Titan's brand new collection of the classic crime series! The complete adventures of the original evil genius; collected in full for the very first time!

PAPERBACK ~ 256 PAGES ~ $9.95

THE HAND OF DR. FU-MANCHU

COMING MAY 15

Dr Fu-Manchu is back once again! His very existence seemingly proves him immune from natural laws, a deathless incarnation of evil! Brand new editions of the world-famous novels featuring one of the most iconic characters of the 20th Century, standing alongside Sherlock Holmes and James Bond.

And this time the Devil Doctor is not alone. Sir Denis Nayland Smith and his associates learn of a deadly organization that stalks the shadows. Their goal is to undermine the balance of global power, and they allow no one to stand in their way. They are the terrorist assassins known as the Si-Fan.

"The hand that held my arm was bony and clawish; I could detect the presence of incredibly long finger nails--nails long as those of some buried vampire of the black ages! Choking down a cry of horror, I opened my eyes... and looked into the face of my guide. It was Dr. Fu-Manchu!"

PAPERBACK ~ 224 PAGES ~ $9.95

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PULP NOW: 16TH ANNUAL FANTASTIC PULPS SHOW!

PULP NOW: 16TH ANNUAL FANTASTIC PULPS SHOW!

SATURDAY, MAY 5, 2012, 10AM TO 5PM

CANADA'S PREMIER PULP EVENT! THE SHOW IS A SMALL BUT PULP SPECIFIC EVENT, WITH LOTS OF GREAT STUFF FOR THE COLLECTOR AND THE CURIOUS ALIKE.

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MEN'S ADVENTURE MAGS: DANGER MONTHLY!

MEN'S ADVENTURE MAGS: DANGER MONTHLY!

THE GANG FROM DANGER 5 GIVE US A SPOT ON SPOOF OF THE MEN'S ADVENTURE MAGAZINES OF THE '60S AND '70S . . .

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FEMME FATALES: 'THE' WOMAN ~ VERONICA LAKE!

FEMME FATALES: DONNA REED (YEAH, DONNA REED)!

VINTAGE COVERS: LE TERRIBLE SECRET DE SONIA MARLO!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

FIGHT FILMS: WARRIOR!

FIGHT FILMS: WARRIOR!

ONE OF MY FAVORITE MOVIES OF THE YEAR ... EXCELLENT ACTING (ESPECIALLY TOM HARDY) ... NICK NOLTE WILL BE OVERLOOKED FOR A BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR NOMINEE, BUT HE DESERVES ONE ... AVAILABLE ON DVD AND BLU-RAY DECEMBER 20TH. IT'S ON MY CHRISTMAS LIST ...

WESTERN PULP: CASH LARAMIE NEWS!

WESTERN PULP: CASH LARAMIE NEWS!

THE WESTERN PULP LEGEND OF CASH LARAMIE CONTINUES TO GROW . . . HERE'S THE WORD FROM CREATOR DAVID CRANMER . . .

I think the secret is out of the bag that some top writers like Wayne D. Dundee, Chuck Tyrell, Heath Lowrance, and Nik Morton are writing Cash Laramie and Gideon Miles stories. I couldn't be more thrilled with the excellent work I've read from these authors... it's as if they've crept into my mind and delivered stories that one would expect from these characters that I've become quite fond of.

First up will be a Gideon Miles novella by Heath Lowrance called Miles To Little Ridge, which is in the final proofing stage as we speak.

CHECK OUT THE FIRST TWO VOLUMES OF CASH LARAMIE YARNS BELOW . . .

THE TROUBLE WITH BLONDES!

FANTASY CORNER: TALES FROM THE FATHOMLESS ABYSS!

FANTASY CORNER: TALES FROM THE FATHOMLESS ABYSS!

Combine six of the finest fantasy authors working in the genre today: Mike Resnick and Brad R. Torgersen, Jay Lake, Mel Odom, J.M. McDermott, and Cat Rambo, and mix in veteran editor and New York Times best-selling author Philip Athans, and what comes out is the Fathomless Abyss: a wild new fantasy world where the laws of physics only work against you, there’s no way out, and time means nothing.

This is the world of the Fathomless Abyss, a bottomless pit that opens who-knows-when onto who-knows-where, just long enough for new people from a thousand different worlds and a million different times to fall in and join the fight for survival in place where the slightest misstep means an everlasting fall into eternity.

Tales from the Fathomless Abyss features six new short stories, and it’s only the beginning. From here, each author will branch out to spin a series of new books sharing this impossible, explosive, infinite setting.

Your fall into the Fathomless Abyss begins here.

“At the heart of it, science fiction and fantasy authors are at play in the fields of wonder, fueled by “what if” and held hostage by the people, places and problems that populate our wacky, slightly-offset imaginations and spill out of us in Story. And if you love Story, you’re in for a solid meal here. And this is just the appetizer. Over the next few months, the real meal begins as the individual titles make their way into the world.” - Ken Scholes, from his introduction.

Y/A CORNER: THE BOXING NOVELS OF ROBERT LIPSYTE!

Y/A CORNER: THE BOXING NOVELS OF ROBERT LIPSYTE!

Lipsyte is a self-described accidental sportswriter, but aside from his sports reporting he has written four boxing novels that are standards of Y/A fiction – emotionally involving, heart-felt, flat-out great reads . . .

THE CONTENDER

Before you can be a champion, you have to be a contender.

Alfred Brooks is scared. He's a highschool dropout and his grocery store job is leading nowhere. His best friend is sinking further and further into drug addiction. Some street kids are after him for something he didn't even do.

So, Alfred begins going to Donatelli's Gym, a boxing club in Harlem that has trained champions. There he learns it's the effort, not the win, that makes the man – that last desperate struggle to get back on your feet when you thought you were down for the count.

THE BRAVE

Sonny's been an outsider all his life.

He has never fit into either world: the Moscondagas on the Reservation see him as white; whites see him as Indian. So far, Sonny's managed to harness his anger – what he calls "the monster" – in the boxing ring. But Sonny wants out of the Res. He's headed for New York City, where nobody can tell him what to do.

Sonny doesn't count on stepping into the middle of a drug war when he gets there – or on tangling with a tough Harlem boxer-turned-cop named Alfred Brooks. Brooks seems to think that Sonny's got the talent to make it to the top – to be a contender. But first Sonny's got to learn to be smart, take control of his life, and beat the monster. Only it isn't as easy as it sounds...

WARRIOR ANGEL

Sonny Bear is a champion . . . but he needs the help of an angel.

Sonny Bear, the Tomahawk Kid, is on a fast downhill slide with the heavyweight championship at stake. He hardly knows who he is anymore, or why he should keep on fighting.

Then the first e-mail arrives.

“Do not lose heart. I come on a Mission from the Creator to save you.” – Warrior Angel

The Warrior Angel might be just what Sonny Bear needs – but will Sonny be prepared to save him, too?

THE CHIEF

A fight for his people.

Sonny Bear, the Tomahawk Kid, has a championship left hook. But his boxing career's going nowhere, and he's ready to hang it up.

Then his manager, tough ex-cop Alfred Brooks, and his "writer," college boy Martin Malcolm Witherspoon, scheme Sonny into a glitzy Las Vegas match. Suddenly he's everybody's darling and headed for Hollywood stardom.

But fame isn't all it's cracked up to be, and Sonny needs to make the fight of his life to decide where he really belongs.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

STEVE MCQUEEN: 20 NEVER-SEEN PHOTOS!

STEVE MCQUEEN: 20 NEVER-SEEN PHOTOS!

THE ICONIC MCQUEEN – ALWAYS COOLER THAN COOL – IN SHOTS FROM LIFE MAGAZINE – LOOKING A LOT LIKE I IMAGINED FELONY FLYNN WOULD . . .

ABOVE: PARAMOUNT'S NEW HEAVYWEIGHT . . .

McQueen works out at the gym at Paramount Pictures, for whom he was making the movie Love With the Proper Stranger opposite Natalie Wood. Perhaps a signal of their confidence that he was the next big thing, Paramount's suits also gave McQueen a plum dressing room on the lot: one that belonged to Gary Cooper.

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FIGHT FICTION: THE LONGSHOT!

FIGHT FICTION: THE LONGSHOT!

KATIE KITAMURA

AN AMAZING MIXED MARTIAL ARTS NOVEL . . . SECOND ONLY TO ONE OF MY FAVORITE NOVELS OF THE YEAR, SUCKERPUNCH BY JEREMY BROWN . . .

Cal and his trainer, Riley, are on their way to Mexico for a make-or-break rematch with legendary fighter Rivera. Four years ago, Cal became the only mixed martial arts fighter to take Rivera the distance -- but the fight nearly ended him. Only Riley, who has been at his side for the last ten years, knows how much that fight changed things for Cal. And only Riley really knows what's now at stake, for both of them.

Katie Kitamura's brilliant and stirring debut novel follows Cal and Riley through the three fraught days leading up to this momentous match, as each privately begins to doubt that Cal can win. As the tension builds toward the final electrifying scene, the looming fight becomes every challenge each of us has ever taken on, no matter how uncertain the outcome.

In hypnotic, pared-down prose, The Longshot offers a striking portrait of two men striving to stay true to themselves and each other in the only way they know how.

VINTAGE COVERS: MAN'S LIFE!

VINTAGE COVERS:ACTION NOVELS!

PULP NOW: FANTASTIKAL, DIABOLIKAL SUPERMEN!

PULP NOW: FANTASTIKAL, DIABOLIKAL SUPERMEN!

During the early 1960s, Italy was gripped by a new craze: adult comic books, known as fumetti neri, which pushed out the boat in terms of sex and violence. Characters such as Diabolik, Kriminal and Sadik became household names, not least because of repeated concerns voiced about their dubious morality in the conservative press. And film producers, never slow to spot a trend, quickly leapt on the bandwagon.

Fantastikal, Diabolikal Supermen is the first ever English language book to cover the curious genre that resulted. As well as including detailed reviews of over 30 films, from better known titles like Diabolik to obscurities such as The Devil’s Man and Three Supermen of the West, it also examines them in the light of the wider Italian film industry at the time, detailing how the cine-fumetti related to other trends such as Eurospy films and Spaghetti Westerns.

Featuring relevant excerpts from interviews with the actors and directors concerned and lavishly illustrated with numerous lobby cards, photos and posters, this is an invaluable reference guide to an otherwise ignored and forgotten cinematic phenomenon.

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Monday, December 5, 2011

VINTAGE COVERS: FRIDAY FOR DEATH!

PULP NOW: A RIP THROUGH TIME!

PULP NOW: A RIP THROUGH TIME!

EDITED BY DAVID CRANMER

FEATURING CHRIS F. HOLM, CHARLES GRAMLICH, GARNETT ELLIOTT, AND CHAD EAGLETON

I’VE BEEN NEGLIGENT IN GETTING THE WORD OUT ON THIS GEM, HOPING FOR A VERSION DIRECT FROM AMAZON, BUT THE SMASHWORDS VERSION IS STILL A DELIGHT . . .

Dr. Robert Berlin has created The Baryon Core, a powerful device with the ability to predict the future and retrodict the past by tracking the position and vector of every particle in the universe. Berlin swipes his own creation from The Company and disappears into history. The Company's time-cop Simon Rip and the sexy, brilliant Dr. Serena Ludwig join together to track Berlin and return the device. Their pursuit will take them back to the ice age and forward to the end of time.

A Rip through Time follows the time-cop's travels in a series of five short stories written by several of today's top pulp writers. Chris F. Holm opens the collection with the fast-paced "The Dame, the Doctor and the Device." Charles A. Gramlich's "Battles, Broadswords, and Bad Girls" and Garnett Elliott's "Chaos in the Stream" breath new life into the time travel story. Bringing the saga to a gripping conclusion in "Darkling in the Eternal Space" is Chad Eagleton, who then takes it a step further with a mesmerizing coda, "The Final Painting of Hawley Exton." And for all the time-traveling enthusiasts, Ron Scheer provides an insightful essay, "Are We Then Yet," which explores the mechanics of time travel in popular fiction.

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FOR A GREAT REVIEW BY JAMES REASONER CLICK HERE

PULP NOW: THE REPRISALIZER!

PULP NOW: THE REPRISALIZER!

MATTHEW HOLNES GIVES US A SPOT ON SPOOF OF THE VIGILANTE MEN'S ADVENTURE PAPERBACKS OF THE '70s AND '80s THE REPRISALIZER ALONG WITH HIS VIOLENT EDGE-STYLE WESTERN COUNTERPART KIRK DRAW . . . ALL BY THE PSEUDONYMOUS TERRY FINCH . . .

THE REPRISALIZER

TERRY FINCH

Bob shuter – a human whirlwind. Waging one-man war against The Business. Blasting Thanet’s underworld apart in a hail of .38 slugs – a vigilante whose war of vengeance is brutal. No gangster, no punk, no red tape will stop . . . The Reprisalizer!

SOUNDS LIKE A SLIGHTLY SANER VERSION OF LEE GOLDBERG'S VIGILANTE .357 SERIES . . .

THE PROBLEM IS IF HOLNES ACTUALLY TURNED THESE CHARACTERS INTO BOOKS, I'D READ THEM . . .

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Sunday, December 4, 2011

VINTAGE COVERS: MALE!

VINTAGE COVERS: ALL MAN!

HARDBOILED COLLECTIVE: RACING THE DEVIL!

HARDBOILED COLLECTIVE: RACING THE DEVIL!

JADEN TERELL

"MAGNUM PI MEETS TIM MCGRAW."

COMING IN JANUARY

Nashville Private Investigator Jared McKean has a son with Down Syndrome, a best friend with AIDS, an ex-wife he can't seem to fall out of love with, and a weakness for women in jeopardy – until one frames him for murder.

His DNA and fingerprints are found at the murder scene. His voice is on the victim's answering machine. A man of his height and build was seen leaving the scene of the crime, and the victim was killed by a bullet from his gun. To further complicate matters, his teen-age nephew has just come out of the closet and run away to join a dangerous fringe of the Goth subculture. Now Jared must find a way to hold his family together, clear his name, and solve a case that could cost him his life.

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