Yesterday in my Forgotten Books post, I talked a little about Leslie Scott's Walt Slade series that ran in THRILLING WESTERN. Here's another issue that featured a Slade novella. Scott later expanded this one into a full-length novel and sold it to one of the lending library publishers. There's also a novelette by the dependable Chuck Martin in this issue, along with an entry in a series I
Not exactly a cheerful, festive Christmas cover, is it? The story it illustrates is by Johnston McCulley and is called "Death Plays Santa Claus". Other authors in this issue are the dependable Norman A. Daniels and Joe Archibald. I hope I haven't ruined your Christmas spirit!
WESTERN STORY usually had a Christmas-themed issue each year. Here's the one from 1941. William Colt MacDonald is probably the biggest name in this issue, along with S. Omar Barker and George Cory Franklin. That's a nice cover, though.
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
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.
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,
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).
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
Nice evocative cover on this issue of FAR EAST ADVENTURE STORIES, a pulp that's rather rare these days, I believe. Inside are stories by H. Bedford-Jones, Hugh B. Cave, Geoffrey Vace (also Hugh B. Cave), Bob du Soe, and others. This appears to be a fine issue of a short-lived but excellent adventure pulp.
Two of my favorite things on this Western pulp cover: a stagecoach chase and a pretty girl. And it certainly doesn't hurt that behind that cover are three novellas by top-notch authors: D.B. Newton, Gunnison Steele (Bennie Gardner), and Archie Joscelyn. Good stuff all around.