It's been said many times that while the 1930s were considered the Golden Age of Pulp Fiction, we are now living in the Golden Age of Reprints. I'm happy to announce that my friend Ed Hulse and his press Murania Press have finally decided to jump on the bandwagon and join the rest of us delightfully crazy and slightly delusional people who are doing reprints.
Anyone who knows Ed and his magazine BLOOD N THUNDER and its companion, THE BLOOD N THUNDER GUIDE TO COLLECTING PULPS, know that Ed has very high standards when it comes to reading quality AND what he collects. Which is why I'm confident that Murania Press's choice for reprint is a fantastic one. It's one of the finest stories that appeared in ADVENTURE MAGAZINE: SAVAGES by Gordon Ray Young.
Here's the description as provided by Ed:
"Meet Hurricane Williams . . a white man who shuns his own kind in favor of Tongan and Samoan natives, he’s the skipper of a speedy schooner known as the terror of the South Seas. Tanned and bearded, with steely gray eyes and a well-muscled frame, he is naturally taciturn but always has the aspect of a leopard about to spring. He’s been accused of piracy, smuggling, blackbirding, and whisky-running, but nobody really knows exactly who or what Hurricane Williams is. Not even young Gilbert Lang, who befriends this enigmatic figure in the Solomon Islands while on a quest for vengeance against the deep-dyed villains responsible for his brother’s death.
“When Savages first appeared as a four-part serial in the pages of Adventure, Gordon Ray Young was a relatively new writer who had published 22 stories of various lengths and types in that magazine during the preceding two and a half years. Savages was his twenty-third, and his first serious attempt at a novel. The result is one of the greatest tales of South Seas adventure ever to appear in the pulps."
Besides SAVAGES, Murania Press is also releasing THE BEST OF BLOOD N THUNDER MAGAZINE. This is a long awaited collection of the best articles that appeared in the magazine:
"Since 2002, Blood ‘n’ Thunder has explored American popular culture of the late 19th and early 20th centuries as manifested in its popular fiction—dime novels, story papers, nickel weeklies, pulp magazines—and such derivative storytelling vehicles as stage melodrama, motion pictures, and Old Time Radio programs. Blood ‘n’ Thunder’s readers include not only veteran fans and collectors of such material, but also newly interested hobbyists born decades after the heyday of pulps and related narrative forms.
This 340-page book collects the finest articles and reviews that appeared in Blood ‘n’ Thunder’s long-out-of-print first ten issues—over 125,000 words of history, biography, and commentary, impeccably researched and lovingly presented by devotees for devotees. It’s a one-volume encyclopedia for aficionados of vintage adventure, mystery and melodrama.
Topics, authors and characters covered in The Best of Blood ‘n’ Thunder include Tarzan, The Shadow, Doc Savage, The Lone Ranger, weird-menace pulps, L. Ron Hubbard, The Phantom Detective, Charlie Chan, the I Love a Mystery radio series, Frederick C. Davis, Nick Carter, “B” Westerns and horror movies, Tod Browning, one-shot pulp heroes, a gaslight-era precursor of The Shadow, Lester Dent, and cliffhanger serials of the silent and early Talkie eras."
If that isn't enough to float your boat, issue #30 of BLOOD N THUNDER magazine is also out:
"The just-completed Blood ‘n’ Thunder #30 (Summer 2011) is the biggest yet, coming in at 116 pages. Its highlight is “The Life and Times of Frank A. Munsey: The Man Who Made The Argosy,” an extremely interesting biography of the father of the pulp magazine written by Argonotes blogger Nathan Madison. Part Two of “He Always Knew What Evil Lurked” continues Martin Grams Jr.’s history of The Shadow’s early years on radio, leading up to the period just before Orson Welles assumed the role. A 1939 article by Erle Stanley Gardner laments the sorry state of the pulp market and singles out the weird-menace magazines for criticism. Off-Trail Publications’ John Locke remembers the late Bill Blackbeard, legendary collectors of comics and pulps. Mark Trost tracks down three Ace Publications pulp heroes—Secret Agent X, Captain Hazzard, and The Moon Man—who made it into comic books in heavily altered versions. And Daniel J. Neyer weighs in on Drums of Fu Manchu, the 1940 Republic serial widely believed to be among the best chapter plays ever made. Rounding out the issue is a South Seas yarn written by Robert Leslie Bellem for a 1941 issue of Spicy Adventure."
Prices: SAVAGES is $19.95, and THE BEST OF is $24.95. Postage for each is $5 extra, although Ed is offering free shipping as a pre-publication discount to anybody who orders both together before August 1st.
Single copies of BLOOD N THUNDER MAGAZINE can be purchased for $11.95 plus $2.50 postage, although the better deal is a one-year, four-issue subscription for $40 postpaid.
If you're not going to PulpFest, you can pay via PayPal (Ed's email below) or via snail-mail. Make your check or money orders out to editor/publisher Ed Hulse and send them to him at 2467 Rt 10, Bldg. 15-4B, Morris Plains NJ 07950. Ed accepts inquiries and Paypal payments at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Postscript: My apologies to Ed for misspelling Murania in an earlier version of this post. "Murania" is the correct spelling.