Just a short note for now to let you all know that I'll be speaking at the California Writer's Club, Long Beach branch, tomorrow night, at 6 p.m. It will be at the Los Altos branch of the Long Beach library, just off of Bellflower and Britton. I'll be talking about my grandfather's book, Pulp Writer, and also give a short history of pulp fiction. And now that I'm reinforced with all this good information I got at Pulp Fest, I'll have loads of new stories to tell. Hope I can fit it all in an hour - I was running over time before, so it will be even harder now. I'll also put out my display of pulps (a small pile but growing and now more respectable with two Black Masks) and will have Pulp Writer for sale there as well.
Speaking of Black Mask, I was mulling over the idea of reading the stories in these and then reporting on the stories as I go on this blog. Plus any anecdotes of the writers, IF I can find information. Some of the stories may be under pseudonyms, so I may not get far with that. But then other names should be easy to track, because as we know many well-known writers wrote for Black Mask. I know one of these issues has an Erle Stanley Gardner in it, for example. If this is something that appeals to you, let me know with a comment - it will encourage me to get started. By the way, the Black Mask shown here is NOT the one I bought. If it was, I wouldn't be having to go to work today.
I'm not exactly sold on my blog's new format. I did really like the last format with the photo on top, but I always wanted to have that photo be a pulp cover or an photo from an old Western movie. But pulp covers didn't fit the template, and it was very hard to find old Western photos that would fit into the template that Blogger provides - they always came up only filling in half of the template with the other half white. Plus the photos I would use would end up very large, so you readers were forced to scroll down just to get to the first post. If you all have any ideas, let me know. One thing I do like about this template is that you get to the first post right away so you can start reading my wonderful prose immediately.