Saturday, April 30, 2011



Want To Win An Advance Copy Of HOW THE WEST WAS WEIRD Vol. 2?How the West Was Weird, Vol. 2, the most recent installment of the best-selling anthology series from Pulpwork Press, is scheduled for release on July 1, 2011. At more than twice the size of the previous volume, this book is bursting at the seams with cannibals, aliens, robots, sasquatches (sasquatchi?) and their adventures in the Old West.

So how would you like to win a free copy, a month before anybody else gets it? If you already own volume 1, you've got a chance.

Here's what you have to do:

1) Post an honest review for How the West Was Weird, Vol. 1 on (either for the print or Kindle version).
2) Email Editor Russ Anderson at RussLee74 at gmail dot com to let him know you did it.

That's it. Post a review and let him know about it. How easy is that?

(And no, the reviews don't have to be positive. Write what you feel. If you blast the book, he'll cry softly, so you won't hear.)

Contest ends on May 31. One in ten entrants win, so the number of prizes depends on how many reviews we get. The drawing will happen on May 31, and the books will be sent out June 1. This contest is not open to the writers who wrote stories for either volume 1 or 2.

Stay weird, pardners!


from Radio Archives-

New in Pulp Fiction: The Shadow Volume 48 and Doc Savage Volume 47

At, we love the thrills, chills, and excitement that only a great pulp fiction story can provide. That's why we're excited to announce that two brand new reprints featuring the top heroes from the 1930s and the 1940s have just arrived and are now available from

In "The Shadow Volume 48", the Dark Avenger continues the celebration of his 80th anniversary in an extra-length issue that pairs his explosive second adventure with a gripping novel of international intrigue. In "The Eyes of The Shadow", the Knight of Darkness assumes the identity of Lamont Cranston to investigate a series of baffling serial murders in a groundbreaking novel that introduced the Shadow's famous alter ego and his enigmatic agent, Burbank. Then, can The Shadow stop "The Money Master" before his financial machinations destroy the global economy? This instant collectors' item, priced at just $14.95, showcases the classic cover paintings by George Rozen and John A. Coughlin, the original interior illustrations by George H. Wert and Paul Orban, two never-before-published articles by the Shadow's creator Walter B. Gibson, and historical commentary by Will Murray.

Then, in "Doc Savage Volume 47", pulp fiction's legendary Man of Bronze returns in three action-packed thrillers by Lester Dent, writing as Kenneth Robeson. First, when a man claiming to have found the secret of eternal life is murdered, Doc Savage journeys to Mexico searching for an answer in the remote "Weird Valley". Then, only the Man of Bronze can provide a beautiful con artist with an antidote for murder in "Let's Kill Ames". Finally, a lost city of Incas battles over the strange power of "The Green Master". This classic pulp reprint, priced at just $14.95, features the original color pulp covers by George Rozen, Modest Stein, and Walter Swenson, plus Paul Orban's classic interior illustrations and historical commentary by Will Murray.

If you've been collecting these beautifully reformatted issues as they are released, you'll want to place your order for these new books right away. And if you've never read a pulp novel, you're in for a real treat! Be sure to stop by today and check out our pulp fiction section, where you'll find more of the exciting and engrossing tales of Doc Savage, The Shadow, The Spider, the Whisperer, and The Avenger, all available from

New from Moonstone Books: Sherlock Holmes Mysteries, Volume 1
Ever since his thrilling adventures were featured in The Stand Magazine in 1887, Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson have fascinated readers with baffling detective cases set in the dark and foggy streets of Victorian London. Now, Moonstone Books reintroduces the "World's Greatest Consulting Detective" to a whole new generation of enthusiastic fans in "Sherlock Holmes Mysteries, Volume 1". This 200 page volume features two graphic novels that pit Holmes and Watson against their most dangerous opponents: Dracula and the Invisible Man!

In "Scarlet in Gaslight", Holmes teams up with Van Helsing to stop Professor Moriarty's diabolic invasion led by the master vampire himself, Dracula. Then, in "A Case of Blind Fear", London is suddenly overcome by a plague of hallucinations. Is it mass hysteria...or is the city haunted by a monstrous and truly unseeable evil?

Written by Martin Powell, with art by Seppo Makinen and cover art by Gary Carbon, this new interpretation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's timeless characters is priced at just $22.95 and is sure to occupy a special place in the library of any Baker Street Irregular or mystery buff. Be sure to add a copy to your next order with - and, while you're there, be sure to check out the many other provocative volumes published by Moonstone Books. Whether it's graphic novels, short story collections, or the long-lost radio adventures of Doc Savage, you're sure to find something you'll enjoy!

 Also New in Old Time Radio: Philo Vance, Volume 4
When we think of radio's detective shows, we tend to think of the film noir adventures of such great names as Phillip Marlowe and Johnny Dollar. But not all of radio's criminal investigators came dressed in gumshoes and rumpled trench coats. In fact, one of the most popular and long-running series featured a detective who was something of a well-pressed dandy - and his name was Philo Vance.

Vance first appeared in a series of novels written by S. S. Van Dine. In the books, Vance was portrayed as a stylish fop, a New York bon vivant with a highly intellectual bent - and a nose-in-the-air attitude to match. But by the time he hit the airwaves in a syndicated series for the Frederick Ziv Company, he was far less a know-it-all and far more down to earth. As portrayed by radio veteran Jackson Beck, Vance was knowledgeable but accessible, working closely with the police to solve their most baffling crimes. He was an expert investigator, with a sharp eye for detail and a second sense that could quickly see through shaky alibis and questionable testimony.

For listeners who enjoyed being armchair detectives, the series offered an extra bonus: in traditional whodunit fashion, at the end of each show, Vance would usually gather the suspects, restate all of the clues, and then pause a moment before announcing the name of the person responsible for the crime. This subtle little feature, along with excellent performances by the cream of the New York radio world, resulted in a series that would be popular on radio stations throughout the country for many, many years.

If you're looking for truly enjoyable audio entertainment - and particularly if you love being an armchair detective yourself - you can't go wrong with "Philo Vance, Volume 4", another great sounding compact disc collection from The set offers sixteen of Vance's most fascinating cases - that's eight full hours of murder, mischief, and mayhem - for just $23.98. If you've purchased our earlier collections featuring this stylish and erudite sleuth, you'll want to add this new set to your library right away - and it makes a great gift for the mystery buff, too!

Coming Soon: Pulp Audiobooks from Radio Archives

When you think of the exciting adventures of Doc Savage, you think of the best selling double-novel reprints offered by But soon, you'll be able to enjoy the action-packed tales of The Man of Bronze and many of his Golden Age counterparts in a whole new way.

This June, will introduce a brand new series of audiobooks featuring Doc Savage, The Spider, and the other classic heroes of pulp fiction. By special arrangement with the authors, owners, and publishers of these thrill-packed adventures, these full length and unabridged audiobook adaptations will soon be available in compact disc collections, produced in digital stereo and featuring narration by many of the top names in the audiobook field.

The first series of audiobooks will be the Doc Savage novels written by renowned writer Will Murray - starting with his classic adventure story, "Python Isle". These new audio productions are being produced and directed by Roger Rittner, who created the "Adventures of Doc Savage" full-cast radio series, now available from All of these exciting and collectable audio editions will feature cover art by Joe DeVito, as well as a wide variety of special features.

For more information on these exciting new releases, click here: Audiobooks from

Be watching for updates on our website and also special features in our weekly newsletters as we begin the "Countdown to Adventure" with pulp audiobooks, coming to you soon from!


Tommy Hancock, Partner in and Editor in Chief of Pro Se Productions announced today the licensure of several new characters, some already previously a part of Pro Se's magazine line up.  In the last two months, Pro Se announced that its three magazine titles would be making the transition to yearly anthologies and that Pro Se, still living by its slogan 'Putting the Monthly Back into Pulp', will produce a full length novel, anthology, or collection every month.   In line with this shift, Pro Se has begun acquiring licensure on characters being used in its stable as as well as acquiring new characters, the most notable and first example of this being the acquisition of Barry Reese's THE ROOK and all related concepts three months ago.

Today Hancock unveiled even more acquisitions by Pro Se, having this to say about each of them-

"Pro Se Press is honored and welcomed to announce that author Chuck Miller, already well established as an online producer of New Pulp, is bringing his single greatest creation and all that goes with it to Pro Se!  Chuck's BLACK CENTIPEDE is definitely a character rooted deeply in the golden age of Pulps, but also a concept riddled with layers, conspiracies, and enough angst to satisfy any modern reader.   THE BLACK CENTIPEDE and all related concepts will be a part of the Pro Se lineup beginning with the debut of Chuck's first full length CENTIPEDE novel, CREEPING DAWN: THE RISE OF THE BLACK CENTIPEDE, in August 2011 from Pro Se Press!  And be on the lookout for extras, peeks, and goodies from the mind of Chuck Miller and the universe of THE BLACK CENTIPEDE!"

"Pro Se Press is known for being an avenue for both new writers and those who have established themselves in the New Pulp field.  It is with great pride and honor that we welcome another star from the galaxy of New Pulp to Pro Se.  Joshua M. Reynolds, author of DRACULA LIVES!, JIM ANTHONY: THE HUNTERS, and author/creator of MR. BRASS, is bringing another stellar original creation to Pro Se Press.  CHARLES ST. CYPRIAN is an Edwardian monster-hunter who, along with his spunky side-kick in post WWI England has adventures complete with plenty of thrills, chills and the occasional spill.  This action packed, humor laden series is one that adds a facet to Pro Se Press that everyone will thoroughly enjoy!  Look for the first St. Cyprian work, billed as 'A Unique Novel with a Novelette' entitled 'OUT OF BLACK AEONS' will debut from Pro Se Press in March, 2012!"

"Readers and followers of Pro Se Press are familiar with THE SOVEREIGN CITY PROJECT.  If you're not, this is the brainchild of myself (Tommy Hancock), and noted pulp authors Barry Reese and Derrick Ferguson.  Originally conceived for the Pro Se magazine line, each author created an individual character that had its adventures in Sovereign City, a setting all three characters cohabitated within.  I am completely excited to announce that THE SOVEREIGN CITY PROJECT, one of the most ambitious current New Pulp projects, will continue.  Barry Reese's LAZARUS GRAY, Derrick Ferguson's FORTUNE MCCALL, and my own 'DOC DAYE, THE 24 HOUR HERO will continue as licensed characters for Pro Se Press.  Look for a back to back three month slate, starting in September with the first LAZARUS GRAY collection, followed in October with the Doc Day novel, DEATH MEANS LITTLE, and wrapping up with the first FORTUNE MCCALL collection.  And that's not all!  Sovereign City fans need not worry for there will be plenty more from this trio of writers, including Barry Reese's first full length Lazarus Gray novel, DIE GLOCKE!  Welcome to Sovereign City and to Pro Se Press!"

"Many writers have great ideas!  Many writers write a few of those ideas.  Not many writers write their own creations so prolifically that they very quickly become sort of their own universe.  Fortunately, Pro Se Press does have one of those writers.  Fantasy pulp author Nancy Hansen has been a mainstay of Pro Se's magazines since our inception and will continue to be the same into the future.  Nancy not only has one or two characters that Pro Se is tickled to death to license and to publish, but literally she brings a multitude of heroines, villains, creatures, adventurers, and even pet dragons to Pro Se's pages for you to read!  From 'Masquerra and the Storm Lord' to tales about to Roshanna the Huntress, the Windriders of Everice, the Vagabond Bards, The Silver Pentacle, the Companion Dragon Tales, The Song Heroes, and many more, Nancy is definitely a New Pulp powerhouse and will be bringing hours and hours of enjoyment and adventure to readers from Pro Se!  This great legacy begins in June 2011 with FORTUNE'S PAWN, the first book in the Roshanna The Huntress/Greenwood cycle and Nancy's debut novel!!"

Hancock promises that these are only the first of fantastic announcements regarding licensing new characters and bringing both established Pro Se authors and new faces into the fold to help Pro Se continue to be one of the leading forces in New Pulp!

Friday, April 29, 2011




The Rook, Volume 1 by Barry Reese

26 04 2011

Barry Reese is a great writer, and I’ve had the privilege of being well-versed in a lot of his work before he became one of the leaders of the new pulp revolution. And it’s interesting to see how he’s grown as a writer since then.

The Rook features five stories, each of them starring the eponymous vigilante who operates out of Atlanta. Max Davies is a rich man haunted by visions of his deceased father. Possessed of some psychic abilities and armed with a mystic dagger and guns that rarely run out of bullets, Max spends his nights donning a bird-like mask and calling himself the Rook.

This first volume opens with “Lucifer’s Cage,” a great story that sets up the Rook in his new location. We find out that the Rook once operated in the north but fled when people began to suspect he and Max Davies were one and the same. This of course poses a problem in which why wouldn’t that same suspicion arise once the Rook curiously shows up in the exact same city Max has moved to? You may think this is a critique and it partly is and isn’t—Barry addresses this in “The Gasping Death,” at least in a fashion. But that one mention doesn’t satisfy my curiosity and I hope this is dealt with in future Rook tales.

As far as heroes go, the Rook is an interesting blend of both the pulp characters like the Shadow and modern-day comic book heroes like Batman. Although the Rook does adopt a more merciful stance on criminals, he has a history of killing them and his “mercy” isn’t as merciful as you may think. Setting the tales in the 30s also allows Barry a chance to explore history in hindsight, which he does very well. It’s interesting when there are references to historical events, such as mentions of the Nazis and the conflict in Europe or a statement that down in the south, the Civil War was still very much alive in the hearts of the people. And it also gives Barry a chance to utilize some other creations of that era, particularly public domain ones. This leads to one of the best stories in the collection, the previously mentioned “The Gasping Death,” in which the Rook teams up with another pulp hero, the Moon Man. There are also references to numerous other pulp characters, but I’ll allow you the pleasure of discovering those little Easter eggs on your own.

Barry also does something interesting in these stories. In “Lucifer’s Cage,” Max meets Evelyn Gould, a beautiful actress and the two are immediately taken with each other. In the book’s second tale, “Kingdom of Blood,” they’re married and Evelyn is even working as Max’s partner. There are both positive and negative aspects to this and it really depends on your mood. On the one hand, it’s nice to be spared the cliché of the damsel in distress pining for the hero and never noticing the man behind the mask, and I’m glad we don’t have to be subjected to forced gags of Max trying to make up pathetic excuses for why he and the Rook are never in the same place at the same time. And seeing a love interest who not only challenges the hero emotionally but also proves to be if not his equal than at least very capable on her own physically is a nice treat. Evelyn isn’t the type to be tied down to any railroad tracks or thrown off any bridges—she’ll use her own fighting skills before Max even has a chance to save her. And that’s a very good change, especially for the period these stories are set in.

Now for the flipside to that argument. While it is refreshing to see a hero in a married relationship handled in a realistic way, we do skip over a LOT to get them from the point they meet to the point they’re married and working together. These are story collections, however, and it’s just as likely that Barry will write tales set in those eras as well. Same goes for the Rook’s pre-Atlanta adventures, which I find myself really intrigued by. And this is only the first book—Barry recently released volume five of The Rook series at the time I’m writing this review, so maybe he’s already addressed these things.

There is one thing that did bother me, though, although it is minor in the larger scheme. “Abominations” is a tale which features a villain named Warlike Manchu (another cool reference to a famous pulp villain). My issue here is that Warlike Manchu is described as being from a family on the losing side of the Boxer Rebellion, which would make him Chinese. But then later, Warlike Manchu is seen employing ninjas (Japanese warriors) and refers to himself as a “sensei” (an honorific word in Japanese for teacher or doctor). As someone who knows about Asian cultures, particularly Japanese culture, this is something that took me right out of an otherwise very enjoyable story and it’s a mistake that could have been avoided with just a tiny bit of research.

My other complaint has nothing to do with the stories, but has more to do with the format. I understand this is something Barry probably had no control over, but the large size (9.8×7 inches according to Amazon) and the double-column printing is not something I’m a fan of. I felt like the text was a bit tight in those columns and there were some spacing issues with it. I understand Wild Cat Books is trying to emulate the pulp style of old with this printing method, but for someone more accustomed to reading novels, it’s something that annoyed my eye.

Overall, The Rook is a great introduction to this new pulp hero in a classic setting. Barry has created a character who can stand shoulder to shoulder with not only new creations from the modern-day pulp renaissance, but also with the old favorites he’s clearly inspired by.


Pulp IS History!!!
History of the Pulps Part 3
By Mark S. Halegua

Yes, that's right, I said part 3.  So, you're wondering where are parts 1 and 2?  You haven't seen them on All Pulp.  So, where are they?

They're on  See, I started writing a pulp blog there and the first two were on the history of pulps, the first pulp magazine (Argosy) and the ones that followed.

But, then Tommy Hancock said, “Hey Mark, will you write a blog for All Pulp on the history of pulps?”

So, I'm thinking, “but, I've already started that on  If I were to do that I'd be essentially writing what I've already started and it would be on two blogs.  Not cool.  How can I differentiate the two?”

A thought came to me.  What if I did the history for All Pulp and something different for comicrelated?  Something maybe more pertinent to comics?  Something interesting about pulps but of more interest to comic book people?

So, here's the deal, which the kind people at have agreed to.  I will write there about pulps, but not pulp history.  I will write on All Pulp about pulp history.  And, when I think people need to know about something I've written on one or the other site, I will publish a link to it.

The last blog I sent to was about the recent Windy City Pulp and Paperback convention in Chicago, which I attended as both a dealer and a collector.  If you want to read about that, go to:!

It also has links to some interviews and other things I digitally recorded about the con on YouTube.

You can read the first two parts of my history of pulps here:

So, that brings you up to date so far.

So last we looked Railroad Man's Magazine had just come out and was the first pulp to have stories, in this case fiction and non-fiction, about the railroads, and only the railroads.  The first pulp to focus on one genre.  All previous pulps were general fiction, mixing genres.

The next four pulps published were all from Munsey, The Ocean, The Live Wire, The Cavalier, and Munsey's.

The Ocean published stories occuring on the ocean.  The Live Wire, I don't know what was published.  If anyone knows, please inform me.  It was a short lived pulp,  starting in February 1908 and ending, or chainging its title, in September 1908.  The Ocean was also a short lived pulp lasting about a year.

The Cavalier was another genaral fiction pulp which lasted several years, till 1914 and 163 issues, before folding into All-Story.  This was a common thing to do to keep the subscribers with the company.

Munsey's started out as a slick magazine and was converted in 1909 to a pulp.  It was also a general fiction pulp.

In 1909 another title converted from a magazine to a pulp.  Short Stories, one of the longest running of all pulps which for most of its history as a pulp published twice a month, on the 10th and 25th of every month.  It was also notable, starting around 1921, for including a red sun on each issue cover.

In 1910 two more pulps were introduced, one by Street and Smith the other by the Ridgeway Co.  These were Top-Notch and Adventure.  Both were general fiction pulps with Top Notch slanting the stories to a younger audience.

With this the Big Four were now publishing.  Argosy, Blue Book, Adventure, and Short Stories were considered the top pulps, consistently producing best stories and would do so for decades.

In retrospect two others should join these four as notables, All-Story and The Popular.  The Popular in particular was noted for authors starting their careers there and moving on to the higher paying slicks.

Over the next years to 1916 several new pulps would come to the newsstands: New Story, Snappy Stories, Women's Stories, Romance, Live Stories, Clever Stories, Tip Top Semi-Monthly, Parisienne Monthly, Breezy Stories, Detective Story, Wide-Awake, All Around, Thriller, and Saucy Stories.  So, in this second decade of the pulps 20 new titles were published.  Not all lasted, some lasted a very long time.  But the notables, were Adventure, Short Stories, and Detective Story.

Detective Story was the first all detective and mystery pulp.  The term mystery would have a different meaning for pulps in the 30s and 40s, but this had detective and mystery stories.  Published by Street and Smith, it was renamed from its long running nickel weekly story paper titled either New Nick Carter or Nick Carter Weekly.  Street and Smith did something similar with it's Buffalo Bill story paper and Western Story a couple of years later.

Women's Stories published stories directed toward women's interests and Romance was fiction about, well romance.  It lasted from 1914 thru 1916 and 28 issues.  No fewer than two other pulps with the same name would be published later.

Thursday, April 28, 2011


ALL PULP REVIEWS-Demon's Night, a Jason Dark Supernatural Mystery
Guido Henkel
Reviewed by  All Pulp staffer Suzanne Fuller

Enter the fog filled docks of Victorian London. A pair of golden eyes with black, reptilian slits stare back at you, suspended in a cloud of green mist. It soon takes prey on a lone watchman, wrapping itself around the man's body, draining his life until he is nothing more than a leathery cadaver. A ship pulls into the docks, and as the men are unloading the cargo the mist makes it's move yet again, taking both of them this time. It floats through the boxes, searching for something, but is unsuccessful. Angrily, it mentions a 'Father' and tosses the two bodies into the Thames.

This is how Demon's Night, the first of the Jason Dark Supernatural Mysteries, begins, and the intrigue is instant. It pulls you in with it's wonderful descriptions of foggy industrial London and the terrifying unknown of the mist creature that appears to drain people's lives from their bodies. Then you are introduced to Jason Dark, the supernatural detective who notices the strange story of the dock killings in his morning paper. Not a lot is given to you right away, emotionally, but you continue to read because his interest is the same as yours. What exactly was it that did this to these men? What was it's purpose?

It's only when Dark stumbles upon the creature, having possessed a man's body as it attempts to choke a young girl, that you feel an emotional connection with any of the characters. The girl, whose parents only moments before met their death with the demonic creature, fights with skill. Dark kills the human vessel and the demon scurries in fear of his knife. The question and wonder is there, but the dying need to find out why just wasn't. The interest is primarily with the demon and even as its final mystery unfolds it feels a little empty.

Nevertheless, that isn't to say Demon's Night wasn't enjoyable. In fact, quite the opposite. The story is perfect for the Novella sized Series to continue without becoming strained. Henkel's writing style is easy to read but not simplified either. Sometimes a Gothic story such as this can be written in an overly poetic style, leaving room for confusion but Demon's Night  strays from that stereo type. There are some spine tingling scenes, all of which manage to avoid the in-your-face violence some authors rely on. And despite any emptiness before, the end makes up for it. The words are beautifully written and it leaves you hanging with a few  questions that you want to know the answers to.

I'm sure the character development will grow as they progress and that characters like Siu Lin will reappear as well. I thoroughly look forward to reading Theater of Vampires, the next in the Jason Dark Supernatural Mysteries. The title alone already has me on the edge of curiosity.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011




 From Publisher's Weekly-

In a deal cut by Robert B. Parker's estate, Penguin's Putnam imprint will continue to publish two of the author's most popular series -- Spenser and Jesse Stone -- under the authorship of writers Michael Brandman and Ace Atkins. The Spenser series debuted in 1974 and is made up of 39 novels; the Jesse Stone series began in 1997 and is comprised of nine novels.

Brandman produced (and wrote the screenplays) for the TV movies based on Parker's small-town Massachusetts detective, Jesse Stone, that appeared on CBS and starred Tom Selleck in the title role. The first Jesse Stone novel Brandman will release is Robert B. Parker's Killing the Blues, which is scheduled for September 13, 2011. Atkins, a tested crime author at Putnam with books like White Sahdow and Infamous to his credit, will release the first new Parker-branded Spenser novel in Spring 2012. Parker's longtime editor, Chris Pepe, will be overseeing both projects.

Parker, who wrote over 60 novels, died in January, 2010.

Algernon D’Ammassa to join AudioComics as Green Lama writer


As thus, the triumverate is complete. Following the announcements of writer Adam Garcia and actor Craig Neibaur as part of The AudioComics Company’s forthcoming Green Lama series, we present to you the second of our Green Lama playwrights, Algernon D’Ammassa:

Originally from Rhode Island, Algernon D’Ammassa is an actor, playwright, and longtime pulp aficionado based in southern New Mexico. He did his professional training at Rhode Island’s Tony-award winning regional theatre, Trinity Repertory Company from 1996 – 1999, appearing in numerous productions on the Company mainstage.  He has performed on stages all over the United States and made his film debut with the 2007 release THE CELLAR DOOR, which took a prize at the 2007 Shriekfest. He also appears in the forthcoming releases FOLKLORE and LAST DAYS. Algernon is the author of several plays for radio which have been broadcast on public radio and satellite, including the mind-bending comedy DO YOU HEAR WHAT I HEAR, originally performed by the Shoestring Radio Theatre in San Francisco in 2008.

Domino Lady news to come soon!


ALL PULP brings you the last few weeks of the BOOK CAVE, ALL PULP's official podcast, but also something extra! Tune into the pulp podcast master, Ric Croxton's other podcasts as well, covering comics, pulp, and tangents near and far!!!

Adam Garcia, James Ritchey, Kevin Noel Olson and Jim Krueger join Ric to talk about the history and future of the Green Lama.
Adam Garcia - Blog:
Twitter:      @AdamLanceGarcia
James Ritchey -
Direct download: Rics_Comics_ep_055.mp3
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Bruce and Ric cover the Marvel section of the June Previews.
Direct download: F4C_ep-046.mp3
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The title doesn't mean that Art has gone back to his old Ways. Bill Cunning ham of Pulp2.0 joins Ric to talk about his "Frankenstein Lives Again" by Don Glut and everything else from his company. Make sure and buy a digital copy of the book for only .99

Twitter:  @madpulpbastard



Coming Attractions -
Direct download: Book_Cave_ep_123.mp3
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This week Bruce and I cover the DC books for June.
Direct download: F4C_ep-045.mp3
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Pulp ARK and YesterYear plus a few other tangents are thrown around as Tommy Hanck from All Pulp joins the Book Cave for the evening.
Pro Se Productions-

All Pulp-

Yesteryear Createspace store-

Fan Page on Facebook- Tommy Hancock-Pulp Writer
Direct download: Book_Cave_ep_122.mp3
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Bruce and I cover the rest of the independents for June.
Direct download: F4c_ep-044.mp3
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Wayne "Kitchen Sink" Reinagel joins Art and Ric to talk about his latest novel, Modern Marvels
and my website at
Coming Attractions -
All Pulp -
Direct download: Book_Cave_ep_121.mp3
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Bruce and I cover the major independents for June.
Direct download: F4C_ep-043.mp3
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Ron Fortier joins Art and Ric to introduce the newest book from Airship27.
Coming Attractions -
All Pulp -
Direct download: Book_Cave_ep_120.mp3
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Jeff joins me to talk about his Marvel Timeline Project among other items.
Direct download: Rics_Comics_ep_054.mp3
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Bruce and i cover the DC section for books delivering in May.
Direct download: F4C_ep-042.mp3
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The title says it best.  After the show, Tommy Hancock of All Pulp gives us the various and sundry news of the Pulp world. All Pulp was on vacation for a few days.
Coming Attractions -
All Pulp -
Direct download: Book_Cave_ep_119.mp3
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Bruce and I cover part 2 of the May Independents.
Direct download: F4C_ep-041.mp3
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Mark Eidemiller joins Art and Ric to discuss his Bronze Saga series.
The Oral Hull Foundation for the Blind:
Coming Attractions -
All Pulp -
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Tuesday, April 26, 2011


Dillon and Race
By Percival Constantine

The character who first introduced me to pulp fiction is one that may surprise a lot of people. While I had grown up as a fan of James Bond and Indiana Jones, the first time I experienced a pulp story that I consciously knew was a pulp story was when I read Dillon and the Voice of Odin.

Dillon was my gateway drug into the world of pulp, and I’m forever in Derrick Ferguson’s debt for that. Derrick’s a guy I know personally, we’ve been friends for a while and we’ve had discussions on all manner of topics. Once, when talking about Dillon, Derrick told me that he received some criticism for pairing Dillon with Kris Quinlan, a woman of South American descent, as opposed to a black heroine. And a lot of that criticism came from black women.

And with that, I realized that there’s an interesting racial component to Dillon. It’s definitely not overt, it’s actually very, very subtle. When asked how important race is in the Dillon stories, Derrick said, “In terms of having a black action adventure hero who could stand shoulder to shoulder with Doc Savage, James Bond, Tarzan, John Carter of Mars, The Avenger, Conan, Solomon Kane, The Shadow, The Saint and a dozen other heroes, it’s very important to me. You have to understand something: I discovered this stuff during the 70s. And since there were no black heroes to read about, I had to read what was available. Not that it mattered to me. What resonated in my soul was the style and excitement of the stories being told. The morals and qualities of the heroes. To put it very simply, the pulps told stories I loved to read.”

Derrick is very clear that this played an important role in crafting Dillon and his world. “The creation of Dillon was directly inspired by my desire to create a black action adventure hero that I would have liked to read about when I was twelve years old. And not just be a white hero in blackface. But a hero unique unto himself, who would look at racial situations and at the world as a whole with a different eye.”

And here we come to another factor—Dillon truly does have a unique take on race. Something which also seems to come from Derrick’s exposure to the pulps while growing up. In my correspondence with him, Derrick tells of an incident, of which he says there were more than one, when he was on the train and reading a Tarzan novel. Three older guys sat next to him and demanded to know why he was reading “the white man’s racist trash.”

It’s obvious this had an impact on Dillon’s genesis, because while Dillon isn’t a white hero in blackface, he also isn’t a black hero whose stories are all focused on race—he’s a hero, period. And that unique perspective Dillon has on race? Here’s what it is: His age is unknown, but according to his biography (located at the Dillon site), he began hiring himself out as a soldier of fortune “some ten years ago.” Given this fact and the descriptions of him in the books, we can safely say Dillon is in his early or mid-thirties, at the youngest (he could very well be older given his unique physiology, which I’ll let you read about at the above link). So while a man Dillon’s age would have grown up in the Civil Rights era (or at the very least, immediately following it), he would have felt the sting of racism in one form or another had he grown up in American society.

But Dillon doesn’t have that experience—he wasn’t raised in American society or any other society we can identify with. “There’s a reason why I had Dillon raised in a hidden civilization far away from the cultures we know,” says Derrick. “He sees no reason why he should ally himself with a black cause just because he’s black or why he should be against a white cause just because it’s white. He was raised to judge individuals, causes and governments and institutions based on what they do, for good or ill.”

This is one of the very unique aspects of what Derrick’s done with Dillon. He’s a pulp hero in contemporary society, which already sets him apart from both classic and new pulp creations. But beyond that, there’s a very subtle undercurrent of progressive racial ideas that runs through Derrick’s work. And it doesn’t end with Dillon, it just begins with him.

In Dillon and the Legend of the Golden Bell, there’s a very interesting scene in the fictional country of Xonira. In the book, Xonira is described as having been founded by pirate kings, mercenaries, and freebooters and that it quickly attracted many who were not desired in their home countries. As Lord C’jai of Xonira tells Dillon and his friends, “your typical Xoniran is a mixture of many different bloods. Take me for example. I can claim Ethiopian, Greek, Egyptian, Chinese and English among my ancestors. Most of the population of Xonira have similar mixing of different races in their personal histories. This mixture explains our polyglot of a language, our blending of cultures, styles and cultures.”

In Derrick’s own words, “It’s a country that hasn’t forgotten it’s populated by mutts. Much like our own beloved USA. The difference is that here we all either have forgotten we’re mutts or like to pretend we aren’t.”

Xonira represents a post-racial society, one in which culture, language and race have blended together. But Derrick isn’t so naïve as to believe that any society, even one which manages to transcend race, is perfect (anyone who’s read Dillon and the Legend of the Golden Bell knows they’ve got more than their fair share of problems). There’s still work to be done and there is no Shangri-La.

And although there’s quite a bit of keen insight and forward-thinking in Derrick’s work, he’s quick to take the modest ground: “I’m not out to enlighten or uplift. I leave that for those better qualified to do so. I’m just a guy who likes to make stuff up and share.”
Percival Constantine is the author of Love & Bullets and The Myth Hunter (coming this summer). He lives in southern Japan and has entirely too much time on his hands.