It official - my grandfather's new stories have found a home. I have entered into an agreement with Altus Press to publish not one, not two, but THREE books of Paul Powers stories. Two of these books will be collections of the previously unpublished stories that I found last winter. The third book will be a collection of his stories that were published in many of the Western pulps after the end of WILD WEST WEEKLY, such as THRILLING WESTERN, RANGE RIDERS WESTERN, DIME WESTERN, TEXAS RANGERS and THE RIO KID WESTERN.
If you're not familiar with Altus Press and the great work they do, go here to their fantastic web site. Not only is it beautifully designed, but it's full of great links to pulp resources.
So it's a GO! How cool is that?!
Here's the official press release:
Altus Press announces an agreement to print new Paul Powers stories
August 19, 2010--Altus Press, one of the most prolific pulp reprint publishers, today announced it has come to an agreement to publish a trio of books by noted pulp author Paul S. Powers.
During the 1930s and 1940s, Paul Powers (1905-1971) was a prolific and successful pulp fiction writer, writing over 400 stories for such pulp fiction magazines as Wild West Weekly, Weird Tales, Thrilling Western, Texas Rangers, and more. Later Paul wrote an acclaimed full-length Western novel, Doc Dillahay. Paul is also the author of Pulp Writer: Twenty Years in the American Grub Street, his memoir of his career as a prolific and successful pulp fiction writer during the 1930s and 1940s. Thanks to the promotions of his granddaughter Laurie Powers, Paul Powers' work has achieved new-found appreciation in recent years.
Two of these new books will be collections of short stories discovered in 2009. These stories were written between 1945 and 1955 but were never published. Many are westerns, but there are also noir, thriller, animal, horror, and love stories. Together they show Powers' remarkable versatility: He was an expert at writing westerns, but he loved writing other genres as well. Current publishing plans call for this material to be split into two collections: there will be at least one collection of western stories and one for the stories of other genres.
In addition to these never-before published stories, there will also be a third collection containing Powers' westerns that appeared in such magazines as Thrilling Western, Range Riders Western, The Rio Kid Western, and other magazines from the 1940s and 1950s.
These stories will be published in traditional book form (both hard and softcover) as well as e-book form. Publication is expected to begin Winter 2009/10.
Altus Press is a premier pulp fiction publisher and has published authors such as Lester Dent, Johnston McCulley, Henry Kuttner, Norvell Page, Frederick C. Davis, Richard Sale, Tom Johnson, Will Murray and many more. In 2009, founder Matthew Moring won the Echoes Award for work benefiting the pulp community and has also won an American Graphic Design Award for book design.