Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Hamburger Heaven: Upcoming and Ongoing Events

Republic Pictures is celebrating its 75th anniversary on September 25 with a day full of events in Studio City. For more information, go to the website set up for the party.

If you're interested in something that comes with the smell of old paper, the Coming Attractions Pulp Shows page lists all of the upcoming shows.

If you're interested in something with a little more Western flavor, Western Events lists various fairs and festivals, trail rides, auctions, concerts, and horse shows. Note that when you go into each of the pages, such as the fairs and festivals, a lot of old dates show up, mixed in with events coming up in the near future, which is a little bizarre. But if you're interested in one of the events but it lists a date in the past, you could use your finely-honed investigative skills and do a Google search on the name of the event to see if it's still going on and when.

Anyone who thinks that pulp fiction collectors are resistant to technological advances should take note that there is a ongoing effort by Mark Haluega of the Gotham Pulp Collector's Club to start a virtual Pulp Collector's club, using new video conferencing software. Kind of like Skype on steroids. Mark is looking into various software programs; so far, the one that seems to be at the top of the list allows up to 20 people to "attend" the meetings. Interest in this came about after some discussions at the meeting and on Pulp Mags about the fact that a larger number of clubs and collectors are centered on the east coast of the United States, and the difficulty of those that live in remote areas (such as that outpost known as California) to attend collector meetings.

If you're interested in joining Pulp Mags, by the way, it's as easy as clicking on the button on the right and sending an email to the moderator, telling Curt how much you love pulps.

If classic cars are your thing, there's a classic car show coming up in the Santa Clarita Valley on September 11 at the Route 66 Grill on Soledad Canyon Rd. To go and look at the cars is free; if you want to show off your car, there's a $10 registration fee. The web page on the Santa Clarita page says that there will be many "Star Cars" including the Batmobile, Back to the Future Delorian, and Herbie the Love Bug. In honor of those that gave their lives on September 11, 2001, dinner is free for local firefighters, police officers and active duty military personnel.

And finally, for those that are interested in sordid divorce trials, T.J. Simers has a brilliant and hilarious essay in today's Los Angeles Times about the first day of the McCourt trial that occurred yesterday. The McCourts are suing each other over the ownership of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Frank McCourt is a entrepeneur who made his fortune on borrowed money, and his estranged wife Jamie is a lawyer who claims that "she didn't know what she was signing" when she signed off her interest in the ball club many years ago. He has six divorce lawyers, she has five (or is the other way around?). With that cast of characters, how can you go wrong?

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Sunday, August 29, 2010

It's Time to Get Away

Nothing like a week from hell to get you in the mood to get away. So two books I received as birthday presents were the perfect medicine for me.

One is DISCOVER HISTORIC CALIFORNIA by George and Jean Roberts. This cover is the older edition. This book has 1800 entries of places you can visit all over California. The back blurb says that the book covers ghost towns, historic museums and buildings, lighthouses, pony express stops, historic towns, gold mines, ivctorian homes, restored adobes, missions, stage stops, presidios, and more. Definitely a great book to spend a lazy Sunday with, dreaming and planning my next trip. I find that local trips are some of the best to take. It's always been hard for me to get enthused about doing these in the past few years though, because it can take an eternity just to get out of the Los Angeles basin at the beginning of a trip. Now that I'm a little bit out of the center of gridlock, maybe I'll have a better chance of hitting these places.

I plan on writing about some of the entries in this book, so stay tuned.

The other book is one of the Images of America book: this one is on Lone Pine.

My friend Kristin, who gave me these two books, knows I'm looking forward to going to the Lone Pine Film Festival that runs October 6-8. I've never been there and can't wait to go. For more information on the Lone Pine Film Festival, go here.

One of our readers, Ed Hulse, is an expert on the history of Lone Pine in the movies and has written a book, LONE PINE IN THE MOVIES. He is also very familiar with the film festival, to say the least. Maybe we can talk him into doing a guest blog.

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The Santa Clarita Coup De Grace

There's lots of good news to share today. Xena appears to be doing fine: She's full of beans, playing in the yard, chasing Annie when the latter is going after a ball. The weather has improved - no more 110 degree days, at least for a while. I love where I live. I'm still employed. I joined a gym that's got a great pool. I'm having friends over today for a Dodger party.

But there's one bad piece of news that hangs over everything. Just as I was recovering from the news about Xena, another blow hit me between the eyes yesterday.

My cat disappeared Friday. I haven't seen her since 9:30 Friday morning.

Two major blows in one week. What next?

I had been letting her outside a few times. She is an outdoor cat after all...when I first adopted her when I lived in Stockton, she'd disappear every day during daylight hours and return in the late afternoons. She always wandered around the other houses where I lived and would should up when it was time to eat.

But it's different here. This is town, but it's also country. But there are plenty of cats in the neighborhood that I've seen outdoors. Just the other day, a huge siamese cat was seen walking along the top of the backyard wall, glaring at me as he strolled by.

For the first few weeks here, Albee has stayed in the yard. One day she was gone for eight hours. I was hysterical by the time she reappeared at the back door, calm as ever. So since then I had been careful about making sure she didn't go outside, but she had been fighting with me constantly: every single time I went in and out of the back sliding glass door, there she was: a 10 pound bundle of fur, waiting to bolt. I got tired of having to push her back with my foot.

Friday morning she bolted. For a second I turned and looked at her and she looked back, and I said out loud, "Fine! Be that way." Assuming that she'd take a turn around the yard and come back.

But she didn't.

By Friday night I was worried sick. I'd call her and call her, and look over the back wall at the undeveloped land behind my house and call some more. Finally I went to bed, leaving the back light on and food and water out for her. I got up three times during the night to check if she was there. She wasn't.

At one point Friday when I finally drifted off to sleep, I was awakened by what I thought was the sound of her in her litter box. I bolted up thinking, "Good! She's back!" But of course she wasn't. When I drifted off again, she appeared in a dream, and I woke up with a feeling of dread.

Yesterday morning I cried, made up fliers with one of my favorite photos of her, and called my best friend for help. I took the dogs for a walk, fliers in hand to hand out to neighbors. The first neighbor I approached was a nice man four houses down, working on a sprinkler in his yard. When I told him I had just moved in and my cat was missing, he exploded.

"We have lost FOUR cats here in the past few years. It's gotten to the point that we don't bother even naming them." He continued, telling me that the back area was too wild, too full of hawks and owls and the occasional coyote. I couldn't even speak as I handed him a flyer.

Later I checked out the local animal shelter website - thank God they post photos of animals they have picked up on their web site, so you no longer have to go to the shelter to see if your pet is there. One of the small but very important benefits of the Internet.

IT's now been almost 48 hours. I emptied her food bowl yesterday, not because I've lost hope, but because ants had taken over the contents. But I left the back light on again last night.

I'm preferring to think that Albee has decided she needs a new owner and is now happily sleeping with someone else. Either that or she's out in the wild, perfectly content catching field mice.

At first, I wasn't going to write about this. I am heartsick and full of guilt. It is all just too much sadness - not just for me to write it, but also for my readers. I hate to write such downer posts, but one of my recent decisions has been to write more about my life since I moved in this house. So you get the good with the bad.

Today I'm looking forward to my party and being with friends will cheer me up. Like a lot of things in life that you have to recover from, having people around is what will get you through it.

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Saturday, August 28, 2010

1909 Russia - Captured in Color

Thanks to Barry Traylor for this tip. These color photos of Russia from 100 years ago are amazing!

The description from Boston.com:

Taken between 1909 and 1912... "photographer Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii (1863-1944) undertook a photographic survey of the Russian Empire with the support of Tsar Nicholas II. He used a specialized camera to capture three black and white images in fairly quick succession, using red, green and blue filters, allowing them to later be recombined and projected with filtered lanterns to show near true color images. The high quality of the images, combined with the bright colors, make it difficult for viewers to believe that they are looking 100 years back in time - when these photographs were taken, neither the Russian Revolution nor World War I had yet begun. Collected here are a few of the hundreds of color images made available by the Library of Congress, which purchased the original glass plates back in 1948."

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Friday, August 27, 2010

Movies in the Santa Clarita Valley: Mentryville, Part One

In my Movies of the Santa Clarita Valley series I did last fall (can you believe it's been almost a year already?), I talked about various spots in the SCV that were places of movie history. Now that I've moved out here to the SCV, I am so glad I did that series, because it's given me an appreciation for so many places out here that I would have not known about before. I tend to be on the lazy side when it comes to exploring the places around where I live, wherever that may be, and sometimes I'll go years without knowing about some spot's historical significance.

One of the places I plan on visiting soon out here is Mentryville.

Located four miles west of the Lyons Avenue exit on the I-5, Mentryville was an oil drilling town in the late 19th century. The first oil strike was on September 26, 1876, and by 1900, Mentryville was a booming town of 200 people. The town was centered around it's oil well, "Pico Number 4," the first commercially successful oil strike in California, and the longest running well on record, finally being capped in 1990.

Wikipedia writes about the man who was the town's namesake:

"The town was named after the superintendent who was in charge of the oil field, Charles Alexander Mentry. Mentry lived in the town until his death in 1900 and built the 13-room mansion that still stands there. In 1900, the Los Angeles Times described Mentryville as "an ideal community of modest homes," where families were reared and a schoolhouse, social hall, bakery, boarding houses, bunkhouses, blacksmith shop and machine shop were built.

"There was also a gas-lighted tennis court, croquet fields, and a main road paved with local asphalt. One thing the town lacked was a bar. Mentry had reportedly "imbued the town with his puritanism as well as his name," prohibiting drinking and the use of foul language. When Mentry died, the entire town of more than 200 persons, except for three individuals left behind in Mentryville, traveled to Los Angeles for his funeral, bringing with them a large floral arrangement in the shape of an oil derrick.

Mentryville was eventually abandoned, partially because the amount of oil slowed over time, and partially because of changes to the oil industry. During the 1930s, most of Mentryville's remaining residents left, many tearing down their houses board by board and nail by nail, and taking it all with them. By 1962, Mentryville had become a ghost town, with only a caretaker family living in Mentry's old 13-room house. A visitor to the camp that year reported that 'rusted oil equipment cluttered the canyon,' toppled derricks lay rotting, and the cemetery was 'choked with weeds, hidden and forgotten.' "

Mentryville was rescued, first by Francis "Frenchy" Lagasse who persuaded Standard Oil not to raze the town in 1966, and later by the Santa Clarita Historical Society. Mentryville is now loving maintained by Friends of Mentryville.

Mentryville and Pico Canyon also have their place in SCV movie history, having been used in such films and THE COLOR PURPLE and such television shows as THE X-FILES AND MURDER, SHE WROTE. More recently, Mentryville has been the setting for the fictional polygamist compound in the HBO series BIG LOVE.

Photos courtesy of the Santa Clarita Historical Society and LA Mountains.com. There is a map of the park here.

For other installments of Movies in the Santa Clarita Valley, go to the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Additions to the Wild West Collection

Here are some new additions to the Wild West collection.

This is one of the last issues that WILD WEST WEEKLY appeared in dime novel format, before Street & Smith purchased it and turned it into a pulp.

This LONE TRAIL WESTERN was printed in Australia. There is no date, but it features a reprint of "The Devil Rides a Pinto," the last Sonny Tabor story, which appeared in WILD WEST WEEKLY in 1943.

Speaking of Sonny Tabor, here is one of my new favorite covers, by J. Rozen.

Here's another new favorite cover, by H.W. Reussweig.

I'm thinking of writing some posts about some of the other WWW authors, including Lee Bond and Walker Tompkins.

I'd also like to read some of the other characters' stories. This cover story looks interesting, which features Jim Hazel, a forest ranger.

And then there is Senor Red Mask, one of the more popular WWW characters.

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A Phone Call From the Vet

The vet called yesterday afternoon - the results of Xena's final test had come in. The tumor's malignant and it's moved into her lymph nodes. The options aren't doable at all: surgery and radiation will make her fecally incontinent. Chemo doesnt' do much except prolong her life for a certain period but it won't cure it.

The good news is that at least for now, there doesn't seem to be a lot of pain for Xena. She still looks great and, although she has slowed down considerably, she still has her perky moments. We will see as time progresses. At this point I'm going to let her go when I know it's right - before her quality of life starts to go downhill. It's a slow moving tumor and the vet says she could have even a couple of more months.

For now, I am going to spoil her rotten. We're going to take a lot of car rides so she can stick her head out the window and go to a lot of parks where she can run free and chase squirrels. We'll go to flower gardens so she can try to catch bees (I never said she wasn't weird). I'll let her chew her cow hoove bones inside the house even though they stink to high heaven. When she is ready to go, the vet says she will come to the house to put her to sleep, which is what I requested.

The universe certainly works in mysterious ways. We still don't know why she had the seizure. But if she hadn't have had it, I wouldn't have taken her to the vet, and we wouldn't have known about this tumor in her rectum. It would have progressed until it would have become an emergency. At least this way we can do this without her going through too much discomfort.

Thanks so much everyone for your concern. I'll keep you all posted.

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010


Today is my 53rd birthday.

Holy shit. I'm old.

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Update on Xena

As most of you know, my German Shepherd Xena had a seizure Saturday morning. I took her to the vet yesterday. Dr. Kramer found a small mass in her rectum (about the size of a walnut) and kept her for a bunch of tests: not just to try to find out the cause of the seizure, but also to investigate the mass. I left Xena at the vet's office, full of trepidation.

Dr. Kramer called me later yesterday. The tone in her voice was not good. She told me that the first tests said that some level in her lymph nodes were elevated, which would mean that the mass has metastasized. She also told me that it's possible that if it is cancer, that this specific type would produce a hormone in her which would then raise her calcium levels. The raise in her calcium levels would have caused the seizure.

That was yesterday. As you can imagine, I've been close to hysterical since then. Over night I agonized over what I would do if the news continued to be bad. I took her and Annie to a park near the house this morning just as the sun was coming up, and Xena perked right up, even running a little bit, ever on the prowl for squirrels.

But the news was a little better today. Her blood tests came back today and her calcium levels were not elevated, which is good. There is some evidence of liver damage, but that could have been caused by the seizure. We still don't know what caused the seizure. The next step would be to do a MRI, but vets usually wait to see if she'll have another one.

We are still waiting for one more test result - the test to see if the mass is benign or malignant and whether it's causing the elevation in her lymph nodes.. So there's nothing definite right now with respect to cancer. It's a slow growing tumor and it also might be what's causing her to be incontinent. So maybe this could be as simple as a growth that needs to be removed. I won't know until tomorrow.

So there's a lot going on with Xena. But she is nine years old, after all. It would be a great birthday present (my birthday's tomorrow) to know I could still have her around for a little while longer, but only if I know her quality of life will be ok.

I had the vet tell me three times about all the results - I told her that Xena is a popular gal and a lot of people are wanting to know what's going on. Dr. Kramer totally understood. "She is the perfect German Shepherd," she said, "gentle and sweet and gorgeous. I can see why so many people love her."

I'll keep you all posted. Thanks for letting me tell her story.

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Monday, August 23, 2010

Some Thoughts on True Grit Redux

How many of you knew that a new version of TRUE GRIT was coming out? It is, and it's a Coen Brothers production starring Jeff Bridges as Rooster Cogburn, who was immortalized by John Wayne in the original 1969 movie. The new movie is coming out this Christmas whether you like it or not.

Today, Gary Dobbs over at THE TAINTED ARCHIVE has some thoughts on the subject as well as some official photos from the new movie.

Personally, I'm looking forward to the new movie. For one thing, I love Jeff Bridges. I also trust the Coen Brothers - in my opinion they have made some stinkers, but on the whole they are truly brilliant filmmakers and most of their movies have been more than satisfactory. I consider FARGO, O BROTHER WHERE ARE THOU, and BARTON FINK some of the finest movies to appear over the last twenty years. And finally, I was thrilled by the remake of 3:10 TO YUMA and I want this trend of good western remakes to continue. I think it's good for Hollywood and vitally necessary for the western genre to survive.

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Beat To A Pulp, Round One, Exposed

A couple of days ago I announced that Altus Press will be publishing three new Paul Powers collections of short stories. But you don't have to wait until the end of this year to read my grandfather's new fiction. The BEAT TO A PULP, ROUND ONE anthology that is coming out in September has one of my favorites: "The Strange Death of Ambrose Bierce." It's a WEIRD TALES kind of tale, but with a South of the Border flavor that Powers was so good at writing.

Today at Western Fictioneers BTAP editor David Cranmer has a really nice round up of the stories in the book. Highly recommended.

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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Link to Interview Today at Extreme Writing Now Radio Show

Hi everyone - hope you had a chance to listen to the interview on Blog Talk Radio today. If you didn't, here's the link to the archived show. In the middle of the web page, the player is set up and should automatically start. My part doesn't start until about ten minutes into the show. I'll have this link up on the sidebar for a while.

Funny...before the interview I was so nervous. But once I started talking, they couldn't get me to shut up. Eventually they had to start the wrap-up music to shut me up. Just like at the Oscars.

For those of you who haven't checked out Extreme Writing Now's web site, do so - it's a great resource for writers.

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Weird Tales: The First Paul Powers Pulp Stories

To celebrate my interview today on Blog Talk Radio with Extreme Writing Now, here's a copy of the WEIRD TALES issues where Paul Powers sold his first stories to the pulps.

This first one is the June 1925 issue, that features Paul's story "Monsters of the Pit," on the cover.

The July 1925 issue has the very first story Paul Powers sold to the pulps: "The Death Cure." This issue also has "The Unnamable" By H.P. Lovecraft, "The Stranger from Kurdistan," by E. Hoffmann Price, and "Spear and Fang" by Robert E. Howard, among other stories. The cover artist is Andrew Brosnatch.

Even though "Monsters of the Pit" appeared first, "The Death Cure" was the first story sold. The magazine just chose the flip the order of their appearance for some reason.

Remember that if you can't listen to the live show today (3:45 Pacific / 6:45 Eastern) there will be a link posted later on this blog so you can listen to the recorded version. I don't know how long the interview will be; at first they said it would be ten minutes, but later a comment was made that it might last longer.

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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Just When You Think Everything Is Going Your Way, the Universe Tells You Otherwise

Xena had a seizure early this morning. I woke up at 4 a.m. to the noise of her nails on the bare floor. Now that isn't unusual, because she paces sometimes and she's also one of these dogs that chases rabbits in her dreams and will twitch. But this was something else. It was like a herd of elephants was chasing her in her dream.

I ran out to the living room - she always sleeps there like the good guard dog that she is - and Xena was lying on her side, running in place. Her eyes were wide open, her jaws contracted and she was foaming at the mouth. She had also peed on the carpet. The worse part was her breathing, which was almost like a roaring instead of panting, because she was panting so hard, so quickly, and so loudly. And it would not stop. Her breathing was spasmodic and it went on for at least a couple of minutes, completely out of control. She continued to run in place. The whole time I was calling her name, trying to get her to even just look at me, to no avail. I thought she was going to die.

And then it slowed down and eventually stopped. Suddenly, she sat up and stared at me, her face so close to mine that we could almost touch. But it was if she didn't see me. With me trying to talk to her and calm her down, she eventually stood up and started walking around the house, as if she had never seen it before.

Very scary stuff.

For the rest of the morning Xena was very subdued, and it looked as if this episode had taken a lot out of her, as if she had aged a couple of years overnight. But now, 12 hours later, she has improved to the point where she has eaten some of her dinner - not all of it, but then she never was a big eater. These pictures of her were taken this morning, about 4 hours after the seizure.

As soon as I had calmed down somewhat, I looked her symptoms up on the internet and the running in place, contracted jaw, foaming at the mouth, and the loss of bladder control are all classic signs of a seizure. Apparently many dogs experience blindness after the seizure is over, which would explain the strange way she was looking at me afterwards. I also spoke to my sister who, with her husband have owned at least four Labrador Retrievers over the past 20 years and has had to deal with two of them experiencing seizures. One of her dogs ended up on medication for recurring seizures.

Apparently there are several things that could be the cause. The most obvious is that she has epilepsy, but she's nine years old now. Would an older dog contract that so late in life? Another is distemper. But she is vaccinated against that, as all dogs should be. Another reason, according to one website, is that she could be reacting to "environmental causes." But it's not like we live next to a toxic waste dump. Another reason is a brain tumor. I choose to not think about that one right now.

I'm wondering if stress and big changes could be a cause. We just moved to a new house two weeks ago. My day job has been busy lately, and I think my animals pick up that vibe (I work at home). In addition, last night my best friend brought her puppy over, a lovely and very energetic puppy who ran circles around my girls for about three hours.

As for treatment, from what I read and from talking to people like my sister, it seems to be a "wait and see" kind of thing. One vet on YouTube said that he will always do blood work, but unless something shows up in the results, most of the time it's a waiting game to see if it happens again.

Have any of you had this experience with your pets? I'm just wondering if this is a common occurrence in dogs, especially as they start to age.

It certainly has shaken me up.

On the bright side, I was able to get all three animals in one picture, which I think is a first.

Xena and the cat are finally getting along. In fact, after the episode this morning, kitty went over to her at one point to sniff her. THAT was a first.

Annie was also very quiet this morning - she knew something was going on, and also went over to Xena afterwards to sniff her and lick her ear.

It's as if both of them were saying "it's ok, your sisters are here for you."

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Info on My Interview Tomorrow on Extreme Writing Now

Just a reminder that tomorrow I'll be interviewed on the Extreme Writing Now Show, which is a Blog Talk Radio show. We'll be talking about pulp fiction, my grandfather's career with WILD WEST WEEKLY, PULP WRITER, and the new collections that are coming out. At first the hosts said my interview would be ten minutes, but now there is talk that the interview will be longer than that.

The show starts at 3:30 PM Pacific / 6:30 PM Eastern. After some introductory talk, my segment is scheduled to start at 3:48 PM Pacific / 6:48 PM Eastern.

To listen to the interview live, go to this link: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/extremewritingnow ... - this page has a description of the show. To listen to the show, click on the "Play/Chat" button. You can go to that link now, ahead of time, to check out the description of the show and see how it all works.

You can listen to the show either via your computer, or you can also call into the show - 1-347-324-3255 and listen in via phone.

If you can't make the show tomorrow, it will be recorded and the show will be sending me the link so I can post it on the blog.

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Friday, August 20, 2010

Ron Fortier and Airship 27

One of the fine publishers I met at Pulp Fest is Ron Fortier, and here we are in all our finery.

Ron is the head of Airship 27, publisher of fine pulp fiction. Ron sent me the following info on their latest releases:

"GREEN LAMA - UNBOUND is a brand new novel by Adam Lance Garcia, and follows the adventures of this classic pulp hero. The cover and interior art art are by Mike Fyles."

"GIDEON CAIN is an American puritan soldier done in the same vein as Robert E.Howard's classic swordsman Salomon Kane. Edited by yours truly and Van Allen Plexico is contains seven new stories of this demon hunter and features an introduction by comic pro, Kurt Busiek. Cover and interiors on this one are by my partner, Rob Davis."

Both books are available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble on-line.

One of the great things about going to these conventions is that while you may originally meet someone due to a common business interest, many times you end up being friends. I'd like to think that Ron is one of these people.

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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.


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