Forgotten Books: House of Living Death – Arthur Leo Zagat

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Apr 172015
 

I’m fudging a little calling this a book, since it first
appeared in the pages of the pulp magazine TERROR TALES (in the September 1934
issue) and is available now in a partial replica of that issue. But at least
it’s a complete novel; the editor says so right on the…No, wait, it’s more
like a 25,000 word novella. But it is
forgotten by most of you, more than likely, and I had a great time

Sunday Morning Bonus Pulp: The Phantom Detective, September 1936

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Apr 122015
 

Years ago, I read the Phantom Detective novel from this issue in one of those little Hanos reprints from Greece that had the tiny print. I probably wouldn’t even attempt to read print that small these days, but that wasn’t exactly the Golden Age of Pulp Reprints back then so I was glad to get even the Hanos volumes. I’ve never forgotten that distinctive cover. As for the novel itself, it’s by

Apr 062015
 

Black Dog Books has six new titles now available for order, and it’s a pulp bonanza!

The Garden of TNT by William J. Makin—The compete adventures of the Red Wolf of Arabia. With an introduction by Mike Ashley.

Dying Comes Hard by James P. Olsen—Two-fisted investigator “Hard Guy” Dallas Duane knocks the crime out of these oil field mysteries. With an introduction by James Reasoner.

The Voice

Sunday Morning Bonus Pulp: Detective Story, January 1940

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Apr 052015
 

Jazz hands! That’s how I react whenever I see three hanging bodies and somebody points a gun at me. Snark aside, Paul Ernst and Walter Ripperger were both pretty good writers, so I’m sure this is a decent issue of DETECTIVE STORY, which rightly or wrongly I’ve always thought to be on the rather stodgy side.

The Crime of Our Lives – Lawrence Block

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Apr 022015
 

Nobody breaks me out of a reading funk—that feeling of vague
dissatisfaction and the inability to find anything you really want to read
despite having books piled around you—better than Lawrence Block. I found
myself edging in the direction of a funk the other day, and what should come
along just in time but THE CRIME OF OUR LIVES, Block’s new non-fiction
collection.

Ed Gorman likes to say

Mar 302015
 

The Continental Op is one of my all-time favorite characters and has
been ever since I was in high school and discovered the paperbacks reprinting
the stories that featured him. If you’d asked me, I wouldn’t have been sure
that anybody could do justice to the character in a pastiche.

But by golly, that’s exactly what Evan Lewis has done in his story “The
Continental Opposite” in the May issue

Now Available: Hannibal at Risk – Wayne D. Dundee

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Mar 222015
 

For over three decades, Joe Hannibal has stood tall on the fictional PI landscape. The Hannibal books and stories have been translated into several languages and have been nominated for an Edgar, an Anthony, and a total of six Shamus Awards. 

Almost from the outset, Hannibal was dubbed “the blue collar PI” due in equal parts to the series’ initial smaller-city setting of Rockford, Illinois,

Mar 222015
 

Covers just don’t get more action-packed than the ones painted by Norman Saunders, do they? And I’ll bet there’s plenty of action inside this issue of COMPLETE DETECTIVE, too, with stories by G.T. Fleming-Roberts, Hugh B. Cave, Wyatt Blassingame, and John H. Knox.

Sunday Morning Bonus Pulp: Ace G-Man Stories, Nov.-Dec. 1937

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Mar 152015
 

That’s a nice action cover on this issue of ACE G-MAN STORIES. A lot of good writers turned their hands to this sub-genre while it was popular, including, in this issue, Wyatt Blassingame, best known for his Weird Menace yarns, W.T. Ballard, one of the top Western writers for many years, W. Wirt, whose adventure stories showed up in many issues of ARGOSY and SHORT STORIES, and the prolific and