Tuesday, April 15, 2014

More Pulp News

I neglected to mention the auction listings that are now up for the Friday and Saturday night auctions at the Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention, being held April 25 - 27 in Lombard, Illinois. There are some fantastic lots, and Saturday night is dedicated almost exclusively to lots of THE SHADOW.

Friday night

Saturday night

For more information on Windy City, go here for the official website, and here for their Facebook page, which is very active.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Pulp and Other News, April 14, 2014

I've been recovering from my trip last week to Minneapolis (thank goodness we only ate one night at the Mall of America). While some of you might think, "wow, does it really take her 4 days to recover from a trip?" The answer is "Why,yes. Yes it does."

The truth is that I'm struggling with some old pain issues that have flared up. I can only be on the computer for maybe a 15-20 minutes at a time before I get a massive headache. It's all related to my neck and degenerative discs, something that flared up a few years ago and now has come back with a vengeance, kind of like a grizzly that gets woken up in the middle of hibernation. Not pretty. This is scary considering that 1) I have a job that requires me to look at a computer screen 8+ hours a day, 2) I'm writing a book, and 3) I'm trying to keep up my blog. So, obviously, something has to give. And I'm telling you that the book on Daisy Bacon is NOT going to be what gets cut. I'm not saying I'm suspending the blog, but just explaining why you haven't seen me as recently and why that might continue in the near future until this "issue" resolves itself.

Here are some pulp and non-related pulp items.

VERY exciting news for a fellow blogger and Facebook friend who kind of feels like someone I've known for a long time, even though we've never met. Melissa Amateis Marsh just had a nonfiction book released. NEBRASKA POW CAMPS: A HISTORY OF WORLD WAR II PRISONERS IN THE HEARTLAND, promises to be a fascinating read about a topic that hasn't received a lot of attention up until now. The book is on Amazon right now, and I'm ordering mine NOW. I think this one is going to be a big seller. Congratulations, Melissa!


Evan Lewis posted a review of GREEN ICE by Raoul Whitfield last Friday. GREEN ICE originally appeared in BLACK MASK, beginning in December 1929, under the title "The Crime Breeders."


There is a review of the new Mickey Spillane book KING OF THE WEEDS over at Pulp Fiction Reviews. If that sounds like a epic anachronism ("new"?), the reviewer explains: "According to co-author, Max Collins, this book represents the last of six substantial manuscripts Spillane left behind, and was intended to be the last in the series, before he started THE GOLIATH BONE in response to 9/11. It is also the sequel to the last Hammer published in Spillane’s lifetime, BLACK ALLEY (1997) but can be read as a stand alone entry in the series."

And Barry Traylor sent over a tip: next Monday, (April 21), beginning at 5 PM Pacific, Turner Classic Movies will feature a marathon of John Wayne movies, who is star of the month. But this is a good one: all but one of the movies are from the early 1930s, including THE BIG TRAIL. AND, in the middle of all that John Wayne B-movie extravaganza, TCM is showing a documentary, "Thou Shalt Not: Sex, Sin, and Censorship in Pre-Code Hollywood." For a complete schedule of that day, go here to TCM's schedule for April 21.

Here's a still from THE BIG TRAIL. I've never been one to swoon over John Wayne - not my type - but he was HOT in this movie.







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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Work Conference

I'm in Minneapolis this week for a work conference, which is why the blog has been quiet of recent as I needed to get ready and also get the animals ready for the house sitter. The trip is a combination of extreme stress (12-14 hour days, 3 days in a row), nonstop eating, and really enjoyable moments with my co-workers, some of whom I've never met even though I've worked with them for years. I work at home, my boss works at the headquarters in Minneapolis, but her boss is in Los Angeles, and my colleagues are all over the map, from Los Angeles to New Mexico to Chicago to London and even to Newfoundland. Some of them work in offices, others like me work from home offices. We usually only meet via phone conferences, web casts, and hundreds of emails every day. This is the new landscape of working in America.

There won't be any time at all to see the city, except for going to that giant monstrosity The Mall of America for the nightly group-meal-in-a-restaurant. Which, by the way, is expanding. I've been told by several people that locals hate the mall. I've only walked through once, on a trip here a few years ago, and walking through once was enough for me. But then I've never been a shopper, much less a mall shopper.

Anyway, I'll try to catch up on the blog later in the week, more than likely the weekend, with the latest of pulp news.


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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

29 Bad Album Covers

For the heck of it, your Wednesday night laugh (or wince, for that matter), go here: 29 Album Covers That Should Never Have Happened


I find it striking that over half of them involve mullets.

This was on BuzzFeed, who borrowed them from the Twitter account Bad Album Covers, which looks so intriguing, it's almost enough to make me revive my Twitter account. Almost.

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Pulp Round Up: March 31, 2014

No April Fools jokes here. Just the facts.

British science fiction pulp covers over at BoingBoing.net. Hat tip to Bill Crider for this one.

Altus Press has come out with two more collections. THE COMPLETE CASES OF THE RAMBLER, VOLUME ONE, stories by Fred MacIsaac, and THE COMPLETE CASES OF CASS BLUE, VOLUME ONE, by John Lawrence.
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The Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival is coming up - April 24-27. Go here for information on all the activities, who's performing and how to buy tickets.

Facebook page of the week: Rendevous with a Writer Outwest is run by my old friends Bobbie Jean and Jim Bell at Outwest Boutique and Cultural Center. "Rendezvous With A Writer is an ongoing series celebrating the written word hosted by the OutWest Boutique and Cultural Center. Events happen in our store, in the community, and at the Buckaroo Book Shop during the annual Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival."

Windy City News: The New Pulp Panels for the Sunday schedule have been posted here.

PulpFest News: The PULPSTER, PulpFest's magazine, has released information on how easy it is to advertise in the magazine. "Are you a publisher, bookseller, or a fan looking for a particular book or magazine. Then why not take out an ad in THE PULPSTER, the award-winning program book published by PulpFest?" Go to http://www.pulpfest.com/the-pulpster/ or by write to Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com.

That's all for pulp news. As for me, I've been crazy busy both at work and at reading and writing on my own time on my Daisy Bacon project. Coming up: reviews on two books I've just finished: THE MAGAZINE IN AMERICA, 1741-1990; and ONE SUMMER: AMERICA, 1927 by Bill Bryson. Both are very interesting reads.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Pulp Roundup for March 19, 2014

It's time for the Munsey nominations. Every year, PulpFest recognizes the efforts of those who work to keep the pulps alive for this and future generations through its Munsey Award. Named after Frank A. Munsey, the man who published the first pulp magazine, this annual award recognizes an individual who has given of himself or herself for the betterment of the pulp community, be it through disseminating knowledge about the pulps or through publishing or other efforts to preserve and to foster interest in the pulp magazines we all love and enjoy. Nominations for the 2014 Munsey are now being accepted. All members of the pulp community, whether they plan to attend PulpFest 2014 or not, are welcome to nominate a deserving person for this year’s award. Go to www.pulpfest.com for information.

Facebook page: William F. (Buffalo Bill) Cody. This is a great page that is very active with posts and information on the man. You need to ask to be "friended" rather than just like the page. Here's a link to the page, or you can find it if you do a search on Facebook for "Honorable William F. Cody."

Abebooks has a nice page on The Best Authors of Crime Fiction, illustrated with photos of some pretty nice first editions. Hat tip to Bill Crider for this one.

Matt Moring over at Altus Press reported today that he recently spotted the Butterick Building (photo below), the former home of ADVENTURE magazine. I was hoping to see the Street & Smith building when I was in NYC last October but alas didn't make it. Have any of you seen either of these buildings, or any others that were the center of pulp publishing? Speaking of the Butterick Building, Pulp Flakes did a fantastic post on the building with interior historical shots back in February of this year. Here's a link to that post.

And, finally, for those of you who subscribed to the DIME NOVEL ROUNDUP, there's a really nice write up in the latest issue on our family's donation of the Paul Powers' papers to Ohio State University. If you want to subscribe to the Roundup, it's $25 a year, and you can contact them at DimeNovelRoundup@aol.com. The Roundup was my first introduction to the world of dime novels in a scholarly format and is an excellent quarterly journal on the history of the dime novel as well as other popular fiction publications of the 19th and early 20th century.



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