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From the 1930's

The Weird Adventures of The Blond Adder
by Lester Dent

It's 1933 and pulp writer Lester Dent has created a new hero who uses gadgets to solve mysteries and fight crime. No, it's not Doc Savage, but Lee Nace, the Blond Adder! This volume collects for the first time all five Lee Nace adventures from the pages of Ten Detective Aces.

From the 1930's

The Curse of the Harcourts
by Chandler H. Whipple

A Millennium of Terror! This is the complete history of the grim saga of the house of Harcourt and the fearful doom which for nine centuries overshadowed it... Running for six parts in the pages of Dime Mystery Magazine in 1935, this epic has never been reprinted before. Includes an all-new introduction by John Pelan.

From the 1960's

Little Big Man
by Thomas Berger

"The truth is always made up of little particulars which sound ridiculous when repeated." So says Jack Crabb, the 111-year-old narrator of Thomas Berger's 1964 masterpiece of American fiction, Little Big Man. Berger claimed the Western as serious literature with this savage and epic account of one man's extraordinary double life.

From the 1960's

A Deadly Shade of Gold
by John D. MacDonald

Deception. Betrayal. Heartbreak. When Sam left his girlfriend, Nora, and vanished from Fort Lauderdale, no one was surprised. But when he shows up three years later lying in a pool of his own blood, people start to ask questions. And his old friend Travis McGee is left to find answers.

From the 1960's

The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
by Robert A. Heinlein

A revolution on a lunar penal colony--aided by a self-aware supercomputer--provides the framework for a story of a diverse group of men and women grappling with the ever-changing definitions of humanity, technology, and free will--themes that resonate just as strongly today as they did when the novel was first published.

From the 1970's

Jaws
by Peter Benchley

The classic suspense novel of shark versus man, which was made into the blockbuster Steven Spielberg movie. The Jaws phenomenon changed popular culture and continues to inspire a growing interest in sharks and the oceans today.

From the 1980's

Gun in Cheek
An Affectionate Guide to the "worst" in Mystery Fiction

by Bill Pronzini

Welcome to the very best of the very worst in 20th-century mystery writing. Author Bill Pronzini takes a good-natured look at the genre's "alternative classics" in a retrospective of unintentionally hilarious crime fiction. Populated by the usual private eyes, arch-villains, amateur sleuths, and femmes fatales, these tales offer uniquely amusing reading that's as memorable in its own way as the works of the great mystery writers.

From the 1990's

The Black Echo
by Michael Connelly

For maverick LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch, the body in the drainpipe at Mulholland Dam is more than another anonymous statistic. This one is personal . . . because the murdered man was a fellow Vietnam "tunnel rat" who had fought side by side with him in a hellish underground war.

From the 1990's

Death Stalks the Night
by Hugh B. Cave

This hardback is a must for fans of the Shudder Pulps. Hugh Cave's collection of Weird Menace & Horror stories is a compilation of classics from the heart of the Weird Menace era and from the top magazines. Published in 1995, and limited to only 1900 hardback copies, this collection has recently been nominated for a World Fantasy Award.

From the 2000's

Rise to Rebellion
by Jeff Shaara

Jeff Shaara dazzled readers with his bestselling novels Gods and Generals, The Last Full Measure, and Gone for Soldiers. Now the acclaimed author who illuminated the Civil War and the Mexican-American War brilliantly brings to life the American Revolution, creating a superb saga of the men who helped to forge the destiny of a nation.

From the 2010's

Fighting Crime One Dime at a Time
The Great Pulp Heroes

by Ed Hulse

The Shadow, The Spider, The Avenger, Doc Savage, The Black Bat, The Phantom Detective - these swashbuckling heroes of mid-20th-century pulp fiction all had one thing in common: They fought crime from outside the law, unhindered by red tape and unmindful of such legal niceties as due process.

From the 2020's

Spin
by Patricia Cornwell

Captain Calli Chase races against time to thwart a plot that leaves the fate of humanity hanging in the balance in this new thriller from international bestselling author Patricia Cornwell.

From the 2020's

The Heathens
by Ace Atkins

Sheriff Quinn Colson and his former deputy Lillie Virgil find themselves on opposite sides of a case for the first time after a woman is found dead and three delinquent teens go on the run.

From the 2020's

Widespread Panic
by James Ellroy

From the modern master of noir comes a novel based on the real-life Hollywood fixer Freddy Otash, the malevolent monarch of the 1950s L.A. underground, and his Tinseltown tabloid Confidential magazine.

 

 

Featured Articles


A CARROLL JOHN DALY FAN LETTER by Mickey Spillane
This letter is a long time in the writing. It was meant for you years ago, but has never been started until now. Through Scott Meredith I located you... and I didn't want any more water to go under the bridge before this goes in the mail.

Who Wrote The Spider Written By: Robert Sampson, Joel Frieman, and Robert Weinberg
Originally, when the first research was being done on the character pulps, Norvell Page was given credit for all of the novels that appeared in the Spider pulp under the name Grant Stockbridge, with the first two novels in the series being written by R.T.M. Scott. Page's identity as author was no major secret as it was listed in numerous writing digests and Henry Steeger had even written to several pulp fanzines mentioning Page as the Spider author.

 


Happy Birthday!


James M. CainJul 01, 1892Double Indemnity, Mildred Pierce, The Postman Always Rings Twice
Robert A. HeinleinJul 07, 1907Double Star, Starship Troopers, Stranger in a Strange Land
Hugh B. CaveJul 11, 1910Come into My Parlor, Death Stalks the Night, Disciples of Dread
Clive CusslerJul 15, 1931Atlantis Found, Inca Gold, Raise the Titanic!
Robert Leslie BellemJul 19, 1902Dan Turner Hollywood Detective #10
Michael ConnellyJul 21, 1956Fair Warning, The Black Echo, The Concrete Blond
Ernest HemingwayJul 21, 1899A Farewell to Arms, For Whom the Bell Tolls, The Old Man and the Sea
Raymond ChandlerJul 23, 1888Farewell, My Lovely, The Big Sleep, Trouble Is My Business
John D. MacDonaldJul 24, 1916A Deadly Shade of Gold, A Purple Place for Dying, Cape Fear
Erle Stanley GardnerJul 27, 1889Shills Can't Cash Chips, The Knife Slipped, Top of the Heap

 

Featured Authors for July




James M. Cain

James M. Cain popularized the Noir Fiction genre in 1934 with his best selling first novel The Postman Always Rings Twice and his subsequent bestsellers Double Indemnity and Mildred Pierce.

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Robert A. Heinlein

Robert A. Heinlein is universally recognized as a Grand Master and a Founding Father of American Science Fiction. Heinlein began his career writing for the emerging SF pulp fiction magazines in 1939 and published throughout 1940s. Many of his stories are loosely associated in what is his Future History series. His early works in were incredibly popular in pulp magazines like Astounding Stories.

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Hugh B. Cave

During the 1930's and 1940's, Hugh Cave created over 800 pulp fiction stories. Quickly, Mr. Cave became one of the top pulp writers who was qualified to write in most any genre for all of the top tier magazines. Although he is most famous today for his work in the Weird Menace genre, he produced a vast amount of material in many areas.

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Clive Cussler

"To those of you who seek lost objects of history, I wish you the best of luck. They're out there, and they're whispering." -- Clive Cussler, The Sea Hunters

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Robert Leslie Bellem

Dan Turner is the hard boiled detective working the backlots and movie sets of Hollywood in the 1930s and 1940s. Written by Robert Leslie Bellem, Turner's exploits started in the pulp fiction magazine Spicy Detective and with his increasing popularity jumped to his own magazine featuring a monthly novel and a collection of short stories covering his hard boiled cases.

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Raymond Chandler

Chandler raised the hardboiled detective writing style to a literary artform.

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John D. MacDonald

From 1946 to the end of the pulp era in 1952, John D. MacDonald authored hundreds of stories across all genres. His stories were incredibly popular, with editors forcing him to publish under various pen names so that he could have more than one story published per pulp magazine issue. This prolific writing period allowed MacDonald to quickly develop his writing style and refine his interests in the mystery and suspense genres.

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Featured Events for July


US Declaration of Independence   Jul 04, 1776
Titles: US Constitution: and Declaration of Independence

Battle of Britain   Jul 10, 1940 -- Oct 31, 1940
Titles: Spitfire Summer, The Battle of Britain, The Most Dangerous Enemy

Battle of Okinawa   Mar 26, 1945 -- Jul 02, 1945
Titles: Okinawa, With the Old Breed