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AMAZON STORIES: Volume 1: PEDRO & LOURENÇO by Arthur O. Friel
Adventure on the Danger Trails of the Amazon Jungle
Arthur O. Friel debuted in ADVENTURE in 1919. With his engrossing tales of the unexplored Amazon jungle, he quickly became one of the pulp’s most popular authors, a position he held for many years. Here, reprinted for the first time, are Friel’s first ten stories for ADVENTURE. They follow the experiences of two rubber industry workers, Pedro and Lourenço. Their journeys into the jungle, one of the wildest and most inhospitable places on Earth, lead to fantastic, suspenseful--and often violent--adventures, and encounters with bizarre and fascinating people. These stories are some of Friel’s most entertaining work, and some of the best fiction to be found in the adventure pulps.

The contents include:
09/18/19
10/18/19
12/03/19
01/03/20
01/18/20
02/03/20
03/03/20
04/18/20
06/18/20
07/18/20

The Snake
The Sloth
The Spider
The Jaguar
The Jabiru
Clay John
The Peccaries
The Vampire
The Mother of the Moon
The Ant-Eater

Also included is an in-depth discussion of Arthur O. Friel, an enigmatic real-life explorer, and the roots of his Amazon stories.
6x9-inch perfect bound; 224 pages, 10 stories, $18.00 postpaid (media mail) or add $4.50 for priority mail


AMAZON STORIES: Volume 2: PEDRO & LOURENÇO by Arthur O. Friel
Introduction by John Locke

Strange Encounters in the Unexplored Jungle
Pedro and Lourenço, Arthur O. Friel's two freewheeling explorers of the Amazon basin, return in ten more unforgettable tales originally published during 1920-21 in the great pulp Adventure.


The pair travel by canoe as the seasonal floods open up new channels through the perilous jungle. Along the way, their encounters range from mysterious strangers to hostile natives. Whether in battle with vicious headhunters, or turned into sex slaves by a tribe of wild women, the atmosphere is steamy and the suspense unrelenting.

6x9-inch perfect bound; 286 pages
10 stories, $20.00


THE CITY OF BAAL by Charles Beadle
Mysterious Africa...
At the turn of the 20th Century, Charles Beadle served the British Empire in the colonies of southern Africa; saw duty in the Boer War. Afterwards, he worked his way north through perilous territory as an oddjobber, trader and explorer. When his travels ended, he tapped his storytelling gifts and turned the Africa of experience into enthralling fiction, becoming a stalwart of the great adventure pulps.    

Included in this collection of seven short stories and novelettes--originally published in ADVENTURE and THE FRONTIER --are strange tales of daring quests, wildlife in riot, treacherous characters, inscrutable witchdoctors, bizarre tribes, gruesome fates--all the mystery, discovery, danger . . . and dread, of unknown lands. From small-scale stories of isolated outposts under stress, to epic sagas of lost races in the depths of the jungle--from the macabre to the breathtaking--here is adventure at its best.  Also included is a detailed discussion of the historical context of Beadle’s stories, and a look at his fascinating life and career.

6x9-inch perfect bound, 240 pages, 7 stories, $20.00


CITY OF NUMBERED MEN: The Best of Prison Stories Only
Edited by John Locke

During Prohibition, America's prisons filled beyond capacity with convicts, turning decrepit institutions into seething cauldrons of hate and despair.  The papers reported daily on escape attempts, inmate violence, tough
wardens, grisly executions, and horrendous riots that were beaten back with machine guns and tear gas . . . all the raw material that famed pulp publisher Harold Hersey needed to launch a pulp magazine: PRISON  STORIES. Each hardboiled issue featured sociopathic cons, snitches, corrupt guards, devious wardens, and brutal violence. Included are stories from all six issues of this ultra-rare pulp, complete and uncensored with original illustrations.

Additional features:

Complete cover gallery
The startling history of PRISON STORIES
"Harold Hersey: Tales of an Ink-Stained Wretch," the first comprehensive biography of pulp publishing's most colorful character
Author biographies
Highlights from the monthly letters column

6x9-inch perfect bound, 276 pages, $20.00



CULT OF THE CORPSES by Maxwell Hawkins
Introduction by John Locke

Two weird detective novelettes from Detective-Dragnet Magazine. "Cult of the Corpses" (January 1931) puts a detective on the trail of a murderous voodoo cult operating out of a Manhattan nightclub. "Dealers in Death" (July 1931) pits a detective against the machinations of the insidious Mr. Letherius, a contract killer who specializes in bizarre and undetectable forms of murder.

These are early (and entertaining) examples of the early '30s trend toward weird detective stories. Included is a detailed discussion of the trend; and a profile of author Maxwell Hawkins.

Stories complete with original illustrations.
6x9-inch perfect bound; 150 pages, $13.95


DOCTOR COFFIN: THE LIVING DEAD MAN by Perley Poore Sheehan
Introduction by John Wooley

Doctor Coffin must rank as one of pulpdom's strangest denizens. He'd been the famous actor, Del Manning, before faking his own death. He returned as the mysterious Doctor Coffin, proprietor of a chain of Hollywood mortuaries by day, crimefighter by night. From 1932-33, Thrilling Detective featured him in a series of novelettes by Perley Poore Sheehan, veteran fictioneer and Hollywood screenwriter. Collected here are eight of Doctor Coffin's exploits, including the first six.

175 pages, 6x9, perfect-bound, $16


FROM GHOULS TO GANGSTERS VOLUME 1: THE CAREER OF ARTHUR B. REEVE
FROM GHOULS TO GANGSTERS VOLUME 2: THE CAREER OF ARTHUR B. REEVE

Edited by John Locke
VOLUMES 1 & 2; 7x10" perfect bound; $20
postpaid (media mail) or add $4.50 for priority mail

When journalist Arthur B. Reeve (1880-1936) turned his talents to fiction, he couldn’t have foreseen the results. His "scientific detective," Craig Kennedy, took the world by storm in 1911. Kennedy was labeled "the American Sherlock Holmes" while Reeve quickly became the most popular American detective-story author. For the next quarter-century, Reeve worked tirelessly at the writing game. His stories were published in a variety of magazines, slick and pulp, then turned into bestselling books. His newspaper serials were read in homes across the country. He wrote hit movies; reported on the notorious crimes of the day; hosted a national radio program. He was friend to police chiefs and presidents. Kennedy appeared in print, on stage, in films, comic strips and, eventually, television. By the time of his death, Reeve--and his famous detective--were American institutions.

But the astonishing breadth of his career has never been fully explored--until this two-volume set, a major advance in what has previously been known about Reeve and his works.

   
Volume 1 collects stories from all phases of Reeve’s career. Included are tales of Craig Kennedy, and Reeve’s lesser-known detectives. The early stories that made Reeve famous are here, as well as stories written for specialized markets, and obscure works written for pulps and newspapers; all taken from their original appearances. Since Reeve’s early stories were rewritten for book publication, and his later stories were never reprinted, the stories here are freely available for the first time. 255 pages.
   
Volume 2 consists of nonfiction material by and about Reeve. Included is a 40-page narrative describing Reeve’s fascinating career; articles by Reeve on crime solution, detective fiction, and his career; a 75-page guide to Reeve’s work, covering his magazine and newspaper appearances, film credits, stage, radio, books, comic strips, and more; an extensive Art Gallery featuring cover reproductions, interior illustrations, cartoons, ads, and ephemera; and complete bibliography and index. 251 pages.




GANG PULP
Introduction by John Locke

In 1929, a new kind of magazine appeared on newsstands, the gang pulps! And nothing that came before gave the pulps a worse reputation. Month after month, the stories luridly recounted the exploits of the most sadistic killers, the most craven squealers, the most coldblooded gun molls, the most corrupt cops, the most ruthless gang bosses, the most brutal mob wars, that ever escaped the realm of the imagination--a genre of extremes.

There had been outlaw heroes in crime fiction before, but none like this new breed, who toasted with bootleg liquor while their bloody victims lay dying on the floor. Almost immediately, the gang pulps came under attack from the censors. America’s morals lay dying on the pulpwood pages, they claimed.

Centered in the crosshairs was famed pulp editorHarold Hersey, creator of Gangster Stories, Racketeer Stories, Speakeasy Stories, and a raft of other gang magazines. He was threatened with prosecution. Clean up--or else!

But the story of this clash has never before been told; nor have many of the stories been available since their original publication during the dying years of Prohibition. Included in GANG PULP are nineteen rare tales, selected from both the pre- and post-censorship periods. Did Hersey buckle under? Judge for yourself in violent and profane pulp classics like "One Hour Before Dawn," "Rough on Rats," and "City of Bullets."

In "Glorifying the American Goon," an in-depth introduction based on all-new research, the world of the gang pulps is explored: what the stories were about, what happened during the attack on Hersey, how he responded, how the stories changed.

Stories complete with original illustrations.

294 pages, 6x9-inch perfect bound, $24.00 postpaid (media mail) or add $4.50 for priority mail


THE GANGLAND SAGAS OF BIG NOSE SERRANO
Volume 1: DAMES, DICE AND THE DEVIL
By Anatole Feldman
Introduction by Will Murray

Featuring the first four Big Nose Serrano novels from Gangster Stories, 1930-31. Serrano started off as a gangland version of Cyrano de Bergerac, a guy with a large nose who supplies romantic poetry to a better- looking friend. But Big Nose evolved into his own force of nature, a Tommy gun toting berserker who rhymed as he slew. From the pen of top gang pulp author, Anatole Feldman, who wrote down-and-dirty gang fiction like he was born to the cause. Big Nose is reprinted for the first time since original publication. Unique, unforgettable.

Stories complete with original illustrations.


6x9-inch perfect bound; 266 pages, $20.00


THE GANGLAND SAGAS OF BIG NOSE SERRANO
Volume 2: DAMES, DICE AND THE DEVIL
By Anatole Feldman
Introduction by Will Murray

Volume 2 (of 3) features the next four novels of Chicago's most notorious fictional gangster. These stories, from 1931-32, find Big Nose involved with horse racing; fighting a mysterious underworld villain named the Spider. The middle two novels of the set, "Hell-Bent for Election" and "The Crime Crusade" follow Big Nose's entry into politics. He fights big city corruption with the same zeal he applied to mob warfare. Unique in pulp fiction.

Stories complete with original illustrations.

6x9-inch perfect bound; 266 pages, $20.00


THE GANGLAND SAGAS OF BIG NOSE SERRANO
Volume 3: HELL'S GANGSTER
By Anatole Feldman
Introduction by Will Murray


Volume 3 completes the run of 12 Big Nose Serrano sagas. This volume includes the three short novels from Greater Gangster Stories, and a novelette from The Gang Magazine. In these four stories, Big Nose continues to confront the social ills of the Depression with the gangster's arsenal of violence, kidnapping and murder. A unique, and no longer forgotten, series from the gang pulps.

Stories complete with original illustrations.
6x9-inch perfect bound; 224 pages, $18.00



GHOST STORIES: THE MAGAZINE AND ITS MAKERS Volume 1
Edited by John Locke

In an era of odd magazines, Macfadden's GHOST STORIES (1926-31) was a standout of the strange. It tapped into occult interest by presenting haunted tales that may or may not have been true. If they were true, then GHOST STORIES was testament to the presence of spirits in every exciting arena, the Western Front, gangland, aviation, the Klondike, the circus, the theater; not coincidentally, all the varied settings that pulp stories employed.

The personnel that created GHOST STORIES, though not well remembered today in most cases, were an uncommonly talented and fascinating group. They include poets and scholars, war heroes and war correspondents, adventurers and Bohemians. A few were titans of magazine publishing and editing. A few developed into prolific pulpsters; a few became bestselling authors; a few went Hollywood; one earned a Pulitzer Prize for fiction. And because it's GHOST STORIES, a few led haunted lives: within these pages appear two murderers, a murder victim, a suicide, and several casualties of tragic accidents.

Volume 1 presents 19 spooky tales from GHOST STORIES, complete with original illustrations. Extensive nonfiction material includes the history of GHOST STORIES, and detailed biographies of every GHOST STORIES editor, and every author whose stories appear in Volume 1.

7x10-inch perfect bound; 256 pages, $24.00


GHOST STORIES: THE MAGAZINE AND ITS MAKERS Volume 2
Edited by John Locke

In an era of odd magazines, Macfadden's GHOST STORIES (1926-31) was a standout of the strange. It tapped into occult interest by presenting haunted tales that may or may not have been true. If they were true, then GHOST STORIES was testament to the presence of spirits in every exciting arena, the Western Front, gangland, aviation, the Klondike, the circus, the theater; not coincidentally, all the varied settings that pulp stories employed.

The personnel that created GHOST STORIES, though not well remembered today in most cases, were an uncommonly talented and fascinating group. They include poets and scholars, war heroes and war correspondents, adventurers and Bohemians. A few were titans of magazine publishing and editing. A few developed into prolific pulpsters; a few became bestselling authors; a few went Hollywood; one earned a Pulitzer Prize for fiction. And because it's GHOST STORIES, a few led haunted lives: within these pages appear two murderers, a murder victim, a suicide, and several casualties of tragic accidents.

Volume 2 presents 15 eerie tales from GHOST STORIES, complete with original illustrations. Extensive nonfiction material includes detailed biographies of every author whose stories appear in Volume 2, and every GHOST STORIES cover artist. Also included is a gallery of all 64 GHOST STORIES covers.


7x10-inch perfect bound; 272 pages, $24.00



THE GOLDEN ANACONDA: And Other Strange Tales of Adventure
By Elmer Brown Mason
Introduction by John Locke


"The name of Elmer Brown Mason is a talisman that never fails to open the door to weird adventures in weird places with weird animals and men." -- All-Story Weekly

Officially, Elmer Brown Mason was an entomologist for the United States Government, his beat, the swampy backwaters of the South. Privately, he journeyed to the dangerous corners of the world in search of adventure. For a brief but intense period, his experiences inspired thrilling stories of exploration and wonder.

The ten fascinating--and fantastic--stories collected here are set in the Everglades, the Louisiana bayous, the Amazon jungle, Borneo, and other dangerous places known to few people of his era. Included are the five Wandering Smith stories from The Popular Magazine, featuring the South American epic, "The Golden Anaconda." Also included are five tales from All-Story Weekly, topped by the horror-laden two-part saga, "Black Butterflies" and "Red Tree-Frogs." All ten stories were published from 1915 to '16, when the world was much younger than today.

6x9-inch perfect bound; 260 pages, $20.00



GROTTOS OF CHINATOWN: The Dorus Noel Stories
By Arthur J. Burks
Introduction by John Locke


Dorus Noel spent many years in the Far East, and had the torture scars to prove it. Now he was back in New York, working undercover in Manhattan's Chinatown, confronting the most insidious crimes and criminals imaginable, cases beyond the ability of the police. Burks' Chinatown is a society of strange alliances, a place of dark menace and mystery, an urban nightmare of secret passageways riddling the district like rabbit warrens, a world under the shadow of China's past.

Collected here for the first time are all 11 Dorus Noel stories from All Detective Magazine (1933-34). Also included is extensive new information on All Detective and the fascinating career of the Speed-King of the Pulps, Arthur J. Burks.

Stories complete with original illustrations.

6x9-inch perfect bound; 192 pages, $16.00


HOBO STORIES By Patrick & Terence Casey
Introduction by John Locke

Hobos spoke their own language, lived by their own code. Veterans of the road enslaved younger runaways, to use them as servants, to dispatch their innocent faces to back doors to beg. True hobos scorned brethren who accepted work instead of handouts. To do nothing, to pay nothing, was the hobo dream, the true measure of freedom, the true test of authenticity.

Patrick and Terence Casey wrote five stories set in Hoboland--that is, the backroads, railyards, and seedy hobo jungles of America where tramps traveled and congregated. The initial story appeared in THE SATURDAY EVENING POST (1914), the remainder in the leading pulp ADVENTURE (1916-21). Together, they constitute a grand saga of life in a strange, often violent underworld of yesteryear. HOBO STORIES collects the series.

The amazing Caseys . . . they were two brothers from San Francisco who sold regularly to the pulps as teenagers. Soon thereafter, they conned their way into the prestigious pages of ADVENTURE with tales of actual jungles--in Borneo and Central America. Included in HOBO STORIES is a biography of the Caseys, an examination of the roots of their hobo fiction, and, from the pulp ROMANCE (1920), their revelatory short story about the adventures of a teenage pulp writer.


6x9-inch perfect bound; 332 pages, $20.00


IF SHE ONLY HAD A MACHINE GUN: Crime Stories by Richard Credicott
Introduction by Dave Credicott
Edited by John Locke & Rob Preston

For the first time, we’re able to offer a complete pulp career in a single volume. Richard Credicott’s first story appeared in October 1929, unlucky timing indeed. Over the next few years, he struggled to make the pulp racket pay. His best work appeared in the gang pulps and ranks with the very best to be found there, wildly entertaining stories of mob mayhem and intrigue. His specialty was the molls, the tough chicks who gave the ultra-violent gangster life the touch of spice that made it all worthwhile.

This volume includes all eighteen of Richard Credicott’s stories, published from 1929-33, in MOBS, THE UNDERWORLD, RACKETEER STORIES, GANGLAND STORIES, DETECTIVE-DRAGNET, DIME DETECTIVE, and others. Included is a complete biography of Credicott’s life and writing career, offering rare insights into the ups and downs of the pulp-magazine world of the early Depression.


Until this time, there were no known living relatives of any of the gang-pulp authors. In fact, it’s exceedingly difficult to discover even the most basic information about this mostly obscure group. Therefore, it was a complete surprise and an unexpected privilege to meet Richard’s son, Dave Credicott, who enthusiastically provided an introduction to this volume, counterpointing the history with reminiscences of his father.

All of which makes this volume a unique contribution to pulp history.


6x9-inch perfect bound; 360 pages, $20.00 


THE LAND OF OPHIR  by Charles Beadle
The complete ADVENTURE serial
Introduction by John Locke

The story: a group of world-tested, globe-trotting adventurers-a dog-eared diary for a guide-a carefully-plotted plan-an indomitable armed expedition-a journey into Africa, where brave men were known to enter, never to be seen again. The mission: a quest for fabled Ophir and its legendary riches.

THE LAND OF OPHIR is a freewheeling saga full of fascinating characters, action, suspense, mystery, even horror, told in Charles Beadle's inimitable style.

His three-part serial is reprinted for the first time since its 1922 appearance in ADVENTURE magazine.


6x9-inch perfect bound; 146 pages, $12.00


THE MAGICIAN DETECTIVE, AND OTHER WEIRD MYSTERIES
By Charles Fulton Oursler

Edited by John Locke

Fulton Oursler was one of the great editors of his time, ruling over the Macfadden publishing empire for two decades. He created the first true-crime magazine, True Detective Mysteries, and off-beat titles like Ghost Stories and True Strange Stories. He achieved national fame in the '30s as the editor of Liberty. But stage magic was his first love, and, in his heart, he remained a conjurer in a black cape and top hat. In this collection of early fiction, Oursler's bewitching imagination takes flight in tales of magic, murder and mesmerizing mystery. Apparitions, half-wits, secret panels, devious deceptions, lunatic asylums, warring magicians, criminal masterminds-it's all here.

Also featured is an in-depth exploration of the astonishing career of Fulton Oursler.

6x9-inch perfect bound; 210 pages, $18.00




THE OCEAN is one of the great forgotten pulp magazines. Started by Frank Munsey in 1907, it lasted a mere eleven issues before folding in 1908. It was also one of the first specialized pulps—a sea-story magazine—with contributions from an amazing variety of authors: some, the best sea-story writers of the day; others, destined for anonymity; and still others who achieved fame in surprising ways. This 100th Anniversary Collection presents twenty of the best stories
published in THE OCEAN, representing the wide scope of the magazine’s contents.
Over 30 pages of nonfiction material included: a history of THE OCEAN; profiles of editor, Bob Davis, and the motley crew of authors who found their way into THE OCEAN’S pages—and ours.
Some of the featured stories:
  • “In the Land of To-Morrow” by Epes Winthrop Sargent. This illustrated two-part serial was an early scientific romance, of the kind Munsey pulps would become famous for. A down-on-his-luck inventor is introduced to a secret island where science is the highest ideal, the technology is futuristic, and freedom is . . .
    The author was moonlighting. A noted columnist, he was one of three founding partners of the Broadway trade paper, Variety.
  • When All Were Equal” by T. Jenkins Hains. A harrowing tale of men at sea struggling against nature’s fiercest weather. It was a time when every man was looking out for himself, and no one there was thinking of dying for the other fellow’s sake. It was just struggle, breathe, and struggle, with the wind, now as cold as ice, howling over us and the frost of the winter in the air.
    Hains knew of what he wrote. A seasoned sailor, his yacht was caught in a hurricane in 1903. When a passing ship stopped to help, the rescuers found his rudder broken, his rigging torn to shreds, and his wife lashed to the mast. And that only scratches the surface of his remarkable life. . . .
  • “When His Chance Came” by Clarence Budington Kelland. When his captain is stricken with smallpox, a first mate takes charge of a coal-ship crossing Lake Superior—and the superstitious crew threatens mutiny. “I’ll get this boat into Duluth if I have to kill every one of you with my bare hands and work her in alone!”
    Kelland went on to become one of the highest-paid authors of his era—and one of the greatest gadflies.
6x9” perfect bound, 20 stories, 234 pages, $18


OUTDOOR STORIES by J. Allan Dunn
Introduction by John Locke


OUTDOOR STORIES lasted a mere thirteen issues through 1927-28. Today, it’s one of the rarest pulp magazines. One of its best-known contributors was the prolific J. Allan Dunn. Presented in this volume are three of his long-forgotten tales from OUTDOOR STORIES which rank with his best work; gripping, fascinating adventures set in the exotic places of another day. The featured story is the novelette, "New Guinea Gold," a savage, epic tale of friendship, survival and revenge. Also included is a history of OUTDOOR STORIES, a biography of its editor, Edmund C. Richards, and an examination of Dunn’s role in the magazine.

6x9-inch perfect bound; 190 pages, $16.00


THE PERIL OF THE PACIFIC by J. Allan Dunn
The complete PEOPLE'S serial
Introduction by John Locke

When J. Allan Dunn broke into the pulps in 1914, he drew upon his well-traveled past for inspiration. The Peril of the Pacific, a five-part serial from Street & Smith’s PEOPLE’S magazine (July-November 1916), incorporates his experiences like no other story, taking for its settings the places in the west that Dunn knew best, San Francisco and California’s Central Coast.

Reprinted for the first time since its original publication, Peril is a Japanese invasion epic. It’s the future history, set in 1920, of a war pitting a force of American irregulars against a relentless naval empire bent on conquest. In the Americans’ favor: iron will and a new generation of futuristic technology. At risk: the entire American west . . . and a beautiful young woman . . .


6x9-inch perfect bound; 168 pages, $14.00


PULPWOOD DAYS, Volume 1: Editors You Want To Know
Edited by John Locke

Behind the flashy covers of the pulp magazines, below the famous names of the authors, toiled the hardworking, and usually anonymous, architects of the medium—the editors. Included in this collection from the writers’ magazines of the Pulp Era are their stories, articles by and about the editors, the lives they led, the difference they made. Ample biographical material accompanies the articles, illuminating dim, forgotten corners of pulp magazine history. Illustrated; fully indexed.

Among the many editors covered: Frank E. Blackwell (Detective Story, Western Story), Ray Palmer (Amazing Stories, Fantastic Adventures), Robert A.W. Lowndes (Columbia Publications), Edwin Baird (Weird Tales, Detective Tales), Freeman H. Hubbard (Railroad Stories), Harry Maule (Short Stories, West), Carson Mowre (Dell Publishing), Arthur E. Scott (Top-Notch), Daisy Bacon (Love Story), Harold Hersey, Anthony Rud.

180 pages,
6x9, perfect-bound, $16.00

PULPWOOD DAYS, Volume 2: Lives of the Pulp Writers
Edited by John Locke


This unique collection mines the writers’ mags for those rare articles in which pulp writers looked back on their careers—how they broke in, their successes and failures, the glories and hardships of the pulp racket. These are hardboiled writing stories from the Pulp Era—when the greatest time in history to sell fiction—the 1920s—was suddenly followed by one of the worst—the ’30s.

Complementing the twenty pieces are all-new profiles of the subject authors. Who were they? What weren’t they telling us? What happened to them after the pulps died? We meet the writers and see how their lives were shaped by the times and the ever-shifting fortunes of the pulps.

From all walks of life, they were as interesting as the characters they imagined—soldiers and sailors, a lumberjack, a daredevil aviator, a WWI ambulance driver, a beauty-contest emcee, a career criminal, and—why not?—the leader of a marching band.

Some of these names are remembered today; many are not. But they all left behind fascinating and enlightening glimpses into the great days when the pulps ruled the newsstands. Included are Arthur J. Burks, Tom Curry, Steve Fisher, Hapsburg Liebe, Chuck Martin, Harold Masur, Tom Thursday, Paul Triem, Jean Francis Webb, and many others. Over 100,000 words of pulp history.

6x9-inch perfect bound; 250 pages, $22.00

QUEEN OF THE GANGSTERS: Volume 1: Broadwalk Empire
by Margie Harris
Introduction by David Bischoff

Margie Harris was the first woman hardboiled crime fiction writer in history. She wrote some of the toughest, roughest, most remorseless stories to be found in ’30s gangster pulps like Gangland Stories, Racketeer Stories and Mobs. Her avid readers questioned whether she could even be a woman. Who is this “Margie Harris”? they wondered aloud. Who is this frail who cracks wise from the inside?

I’m “just another twist,” she told them—a woman of mystery then—a woman of mystery now. She palled around with the death-row doomed and the Chicago underworld. She may have been a newswoman; may have worked in the law. One point was not in doubt. She slammed her typewriter like a machine gun, mowing down good guys and bad guys alike; shooting them, knifing them, blowing them up—lacing her prose with metaphysical commentary on the destinations of their damned souls.

Tough. Rough. Hardboiled. Through the explosive stories of Margie Harris we savor the meeting of fist and flesh, the clatter of machine guns, the stench of gas fumes from sleek Packards barreling down city streets, the bitterness of bootleg hooch, the glory of sin. A violent symphony of hot jazz.

In an age when gangsters were royalty, Margie Harris was their queen.

This inaugural anthology of her work collects eight explosive stories, an introduction by David Bischoff, and a bio of Margie Harris.

David Bischoff is a New York Times bestselling  author, editor and script writer whose credits include the classic fantasy series, The Gaming Magi, and work on Star Trek: The Next Generation. He teaches in an MFA program at Seton Hill University.


6x9-inch perfect bound; 234 pages, $18.00

SUPER-DETECTIVE FLIP BOOK: TWO COMPLETE NOVELS
From the SUPER-DETECTIVE pulp:
"Legion of Robots" (November 1940), Intro by John McMahan
"Murder’s Migrants" (March 1943), Intro by John Wooley


In the late-1930s, Culture Publications added a new imprint, Trojan Publications, and gave comic-book fansa reason to stay with the pulps. The reason was Super-Detective, introduced in 1940, a pulp featuring the novel-length adventures of Jim Anthony, detective extraordinaire. But Anthony was no mere sleuth. He possessed phenomenal physical and mental abilities. Patterned after Doc Savage, he battled super-villains bent on the destruction of the United States.

After ten amazing adventures, Super-Detective transformed the Jim Anthony novels to a hard-boiled detective-story mode. The criminals were less ambitious, and more susceptible to guns and fists.

Here, in this SUPER-DETECTIVE FLIP BOOK, a joint presentation of Off-Trail Publications and Reverse Karma Press, are two Jim Anthony novels, one from each phase of Anthony’s career. Flip the book and read the second novel. Also included are two introductions that explore the dual worlds of Jim Anthony, and the authors who brought him to life.


174 pages, 6x9, perfect-bound, $18.00
THE TEXAS-SIBERIA TRAIL by Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson
Introductions by Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson and John Locke


Before he was a comic-book pioneer, Major Malcolm-Wheeler Nicholson wrote adventure tales for the great pulp magazines—and no run-of-the-mill pulp fiction was it. The Major served as a cavalry officer on the southwest border during the Mexican Revolution. While the First World War raged in Europe, he fought the Moro insurgency in the southern Philippines. Then followed his strangest assignment, conducting espionage in legendarily hostile Siberia. After the war he was stationed in Western Europe. These places became the settings for the majority of his hardboiled adventure stories. His use of authentic detail, combined with his superior storytelling ability, make his stories difficult to put down. You read one of the Major’s entrancing tales—and your imagination is transported back to those real places of danger and daring!

This inaugural collection of the Major’s fiction includes stories set in all four of his real-life arenas, originally published in top adventure pulps: Adventure, Argosy, The Popular Magazine. It is time for the Major to receive his due—as one of the genuine larger-than-life men of the pulps. Included is an in-depth introduction by Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson, the Major’s granddaughter.

6x9-inch perfect bound; 264 pages, $20.00


THE THING’S INCREDIBLE!
THE SECRET ORIGINS OF WEIRD TALES
by  John Locke


The Thing’s Incredible! is a sweeping revisionist history of the founding of Weird Tales, one of the most influential and entertaining pulp magazines of them all.

Its first two years (1923-24) was a period of tumult and controversy unequalled in the pulps, before or since, an experience so painful to its creators that they immediately banished their memories to secrecy, their code of silence suppressing the story for almost a century. Here at last is the true saga, the unraveling of the many twisted threads which have bound the creation of Weird Tales in mystery.

Who were Henneberger and Lansinger, the co-founders, and what circuitous chain of events brought about their doomed destiny?
How did the first editor, the outspoken and uncontrollable Edwin Baird, become the wild man of the pulps?
What dark secrets lay buried in second editor Farnsworth Wright’s haunted past that he never dared speak of?
What was the significance of the constantly mutating “reorganization” that united two legends, world-famous magician Houdini and horror author H.P. Lovecraft, into a grand nexus of weird?
How did Henneberger lose control of his slow-motion disaster of a magazine?
And how did an all-out war behind the scenes lead to the long peace of the Wright years?

This is the grand story of the challenges in establishing a radical, new magazine in the early 1920s—and not just any magazine, but the immortal Weird Tales.

John Locke is a leading historian of the pulps who has written on magazines famous and obscure. He is co-author (with Doug Ellis and John Gunnison) of the pioneering Adventure House Guide to the Pulps. His writers’ mag series (Pulp Fictioneers, Pulpwood Days) explores the history of the pulps through the experiences of the participants in the industry. He applied the same approach to Weird Tales and discovered a story stranger—and thornier—than he ever imagined.


6 x 9 inches, 310 pages
Hardcover: $35
Softcover: $24



THREE SOUTH SEAS NOVELS By J. Allan Dunn
Introduction by John Locke

Three early novels from legendary pulp writer, J. Allan Dunn, all South Seas sagas published in ADVENTURE magazine, 1915-16. These are the stories that made Dunn one of the magazine’s marquee names.

They are stories of modern-day buccaneers—who behave a lot like their olden-day counterparts—smoothly-plotted tales, with high adventure, exotic locations, perilous predicaments, motley collections of characters, understated violence and heavy romance—the epitome of pulp adventure of the era.

Includes: THE ISLAND OF THE DEAD (April 1915), Dunn’s rousing first novel; THE GOLD LUST (November 1915), which follows a treasure from the Sierras to an uncharted island hideaway; and its sequel, BEYOND THE RIM (July 1916), which cemented Dunn as one of ADVENTURE readers’ favorite authors.

6x9-inch perfect bound; 358 pages, $20.00


THE WEIRD DETECTIVE ADVENTURES OF WADE HAMMOND Volume 1
by Paul Chadwick
Reporter by day, detective by night, adventurer by blood.

Meet Wade Hammond, tough and smart, the man who tackles cases the police can’t handle, battling some of the most diabolical killers known to pulp fiction. It takes brains as well as brawn to outsmart these insidious madmen, geniuses at twisting science into terrifying tools of murder, and Wade never shrinks from the challenge.

For the first time, ten of the most spine-chilling Wade Hammond stories have been collected from the pages of classic 1930’s pulps: DETECTIVE-DRAGNET and TEN DETECTIVE ACES. In these vivid, atmospheric tales from the pen of Paul Chadwick, author of Secret Agent X and Captain Hazzard, the mood is mysterious, the situation perilous, and the suspense unrelenting. Lock the doors, pull down the blinds, and enter the weird and wonderful world of Wade Hammond.


6x9-inch perfect bound; 180 pages, 10 stories, $18.00

THE WEIRD DETECTIVE ADVENTURES OF WADE HAMMOND Volume 2
by Paul Chadwick

Wade Hammond takes on another round of uncanny cases!

From the vivid imagination of legendary fictioneer, Paul Chadwick, from the pages of the great 1930's pulps, DETECTIVE-DRAGNET and TEN DETECTIVE ACES, are collected another ten of Wade Hammond's unforgettable adventures, the majority reprinted here for the first time since their original publication!

Here in Volume 2, Wade Hammond, globe trotting adventurer, accomplished newsman, and courageous amateur sleuth, pits his abilities against a frightening series of diabolical villains: The Sloth, The Man with the Grin, The Reaper, The Fiend, and many more!

6x9-inch perfect bound; 169 pages, 10 stories, $18.00

THE WEIRD DETECTIVE ADVENTURES OF WADE HAMMOND Volume 3
by Paul Chadwick

Wade Hammond returns to battle the forces of strangeness!

The two-fisted, courageous amateur sleuth pits his abilities against diabolical villains, crazed killers, mad scientists, rampaging apes, a killer octopus, and more. Here in Volume 3 are ten more chilling tales from the pen of Paul Chadwick, from the great 1930’s pulps, Detective-Dragnet and Ten Detective Aces.


6x9-inch perfect bound; 202 pages, 10 stories, $18.00


THE WEIRD DETECTIVE ADVENTURES OF WADE HAMMOND Volume 4
by Paul Chadwick
The biggest Wade Hammond collection yet contains the remaining nine stories from Ten Detective Aces. With Volume 4, all 39 Wade Hammond adventures are now available. Here, the indomitable amateur investigator faces off against some of his weirdest enemies, The Spinner, The Purple Hand, the sadistic Flandrin, and many others. Also included is Chadwick's only known article on pulp writing. An in-depth introduction updates Chadwick's career with newly unearthed information.

6x9-inch perfect bound; 232 pages, 9 stories, $18.00