Dec 172014
 
The title story of this great collection from Black Dog Books originally appeared in the June 1930 issue of FIVE-NOVELS MONTHLY. Instead of a trapper or a prospector or a gambler, the protagonist of Frederick Nebel's novella "Forbidden River" is a Chicago lawyer. Dick Berens is on his way to a friend's hunting lodge in Canada for a vacation when he encounters a beautiful and mysterious young
Dec 142014
 
Nice dramatic cover on this issue of DETECTIVE SHORT STORIES and a good group of authors inside: Donald Barr Chidsey, Philip Ketchum, Carl McK. Saunders (who I recently found out was also Philip Ketchum), Hugh B. Cave, and assorted others not familiar to me. I don't think I've ever read an issue of DETECTIVE SHORT STORIES, but it looks like a pretty good pulp.
Dec 132014
 
Yes, it's another blindfolded horse cover. I'm joking, of course, although for all I know there may be people who collect blindfolded horse covers. It's enough for me that it's a nice action-packed scene, and behind it are stories by T.W. Ford, Archie Joscelyn, Cliff Campbell, and Lee Floren. Not exactly favorites of mine (with the exception of Joscelyn and sometimes Ford), but no slouches,
Dec 072014
 
I've always found it a little odd that a Lovecraft story appeared in ASTOUNDING, but there you go, and with a suitably creepy cover to boot. I haven't read "At the Mountains of Madness", but I'm going to get to it, I swear. Other authors in this issue include Raymond Z. Gallun, John Russell Fearn, and Frank Belknap Long (who also seems like a bit of an odd fit for ASTOUNDING).
Dec 062014
 
I've seen other Western pulp covers where the hero has his hat either shot off or knocked off by a knife. Not a really common theme, but one that shows up often enough that I've noticed it. This is a pretty good one, and the lineup of authors is also good: Harry F. Olmsted, James P. Olsen, J.E. Grinstead, and part of the non-fiction serial "I Rode With the Daltons" by Emmett Dalton. ALL