Thursday, August 19, 2010

Altus Press to Publish New Paul Powers Stories

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 Two of these books will be collections of the previously unpublished stories that I found last winter.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.

http://www.pulpwriter.com
http://lauriepowerswildwest.blogspot.com
http://www.altuspress.com

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22 comments:

David Cranmer said...

That is terrific news and I'll be purchasing each and every one of them. Altus has a very nice looking site.

Congrats, Laurie.

Paul D. Brazill said...

Great news.

Evan Lewis said...

Cool!

Ed Hulse said...

Glad to hear it! Matt will do a great job.

Laurie Powers said...

Thanks, guys! I'm very excited about this.

bish8 said...

This is great news! I'm really happy for you. Hopefully, your grandfather's stories will find a whole new generation of readers due to your efforts!

Steve M said...

Excellent news Laurie

Bill Crider said...

Great news!

Melissa Marsh said...

Oh wow, Laurie! What wonderful, exciting news! Many congratulations!!!

pattinase (abbott) said...

I can't imagine a better granddaughter than you. He must be proud.

Chap O'Keefe said...

Good news indeed. I understand how much worry/responsibility you've been shouldering in pondering the options for putting these lost treasures before the reading public. Now the task is shared.

Deka Black said...

laurie, all i can say is Congratulations! In this age, pulp is not only create new stories. Is also keeping alive the legacy. ;)

Walker Martin said...

Great news Laurie. I spent some time talking to Matt Moring at PulpFest and he has some outstanding ideas concerning pulp fiction. This is the Golden Age of Pulp Reprints.

Barry Traylor said...

Congratulations! I bought a copy of The Weird Adventures of the Blond Adder by Lester Dent at PulpFest and they do a fine job.

Beverly Owens said...

Oh this is exciting news! We will have to discuss this a little on the Blog Talk Radio Show Sunday Night.

James Reasoner said...

Great news! I'm looking forward to the books.

Cap'n Bob Napier said...

Good for you, good for them, and the books will be good for us to read. I'll be aboard for the entire run, fer shure.

Laurie Powers said...

Thanks everyone for your well wishes! This is very exciting and I can't wait to get started with the process with Matt. I think it's going to be great working with him.

Ron Scheer said...

I've been out of the loop all day at work, so I missed the news. If there's any way your grandfather can see all this, there must be tears in his eyes. Heart-felt congratulations.

Richard Prosch said...

Like Ron, I only just read the news! Fantastic!!! Best hopes and looking forward!

Charles Gramlich said...

Cool! That is great news.

Richard R. said...

WOW! Just got back from vacation (see blog) and this news is one of the first things I see. GRWAT news, Altus is a fine publisher. I want to pre-order them all right now.