I was very happy to receive the latest issue of BLOOD N THUNDER in the mail the other day. I'm always happy to get BnT, but this one is special: it has a lengthy article featuring the relationship between Ronald Oliphant, editor of WILD WEST WEEKLY, and my grandfather, Paul Powers. Called Wild West Days: How Ronald Oliphant and Paul S. Powers made Wild West Weekly One of the Most Memorable Pulps of All." I can say with all honesty that this article is the best and most thorough piece on my grandfather since PULP WRITER came out in 2007.
PULP WRITER, my grandfather's memoir that was published in 2007.
When I found these letters, they were a jumbled mess. There were almost 180 letters in total; it took me a few days just to put them in order and then a very long time to read them all. I knew as I read them that they were very very special. Primarily there were a rare look into the relationship between editor and writer of a pulp magazine. They showed the mentoring and grooming that went into the training of a new writer, the trials and tribulations of a writer dealing with burn-out and the stressful transitions that took place in the late 1930s.
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