From Doug Ellis-
After a hiatus of 15 years, PULP VAULT returns with its 14th issue, which is by far our largest yet. Clocking in at over 250 pages, it starts off with a full color cover, featuring a previously unpublished Virgil Finlay painting. Inside are a host of articles on, and fiction from, the pulps, including:
BLUE BOOK-THE SLICK IN PULP CLOTHING by Mike Ashley – This in-depth look at Blue Book is the most detailed article ever on one of the longest lived and important pulps. In this 20,000 word essay, Mike Ashley explores the history of Blue Book, from its first issue to its final one nearly 70 years later. Covering a span of 613 issues, this is the definitive study of Blue Book.
THE THRILL BOOK STORY by Will Murray – One of the scarcest of all pulp titles, few magazines have the aura that legendary The Thrill Book does. In a lengthy article, Will Murray sheds light on this unique experiment from Street & Smith. Illustrated with every cover from this rare pulp.
THE STRANGE STORIES THAT NEVER WAS by Robert Weinberg – When the fantasy pulp, Strange Stories, folded after its unlucky thirteenth issue, several manuscripts remained in the inventory. Most eventually saw print in other pulps of the Thrilling chain, such as Thrilling Mystery and Thrilling Adventure. Robert Weinberg dons his pulp detective hat to track down those stories which, had the magazine continued, would have made up the next few issues of Strange Stories.
PULP VAULT #14 includes articles by 3 pulp writers — ONE OLD-TIMER’S VIEW OF THE PULPS by Hugh B. Cave (written shortly before Hugh passed away), THE OUTSIDER—AND NO OTHERS by Robert Barbour Johnson (written by this Weird Tales author in the 1970s and appearing for the first time) and TWENTY-FIVE YEARS+ OF GLORY! by J. Edward Leithead (a little seen look back at the world of western pulps, from 1967).
Our fiction offerings are:
THE GIANT AND THE DINOSAUR by Donald Wandrei – a previously unpublished Cyrus North novelette!
THE FLAMING SKULL by Hugh B. Cave – one of Hugh’s favorite stories, a previously unreprinted novelette from Popular Fiction, November 1931.
THE SPLENDOR OF ASIA by L. Adams Beck – from the September 7, 1922 issue of The Popular Magazine, “The Splendor of Asia” is a complete adventure-packed novel set high in the snowy passes of the Himalayan mountains, featuring lost cities, fabled treasures and the hideous Things that Run.
Also included are:
THE SAGA OF SINGAPORE SAMMY by Rick Lai
ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF NORMAN SAUNDERS by David Saunders
INTRODUCING CYRUS NORTH by D.H. Olson
FRANKLYN E. HAMILTON by Link Hullar – accompanied by several of Frank’s great illustrations
COVERING THE MAN OF BRONZE by Doug Klauba
PAINTING THE MAN OF BRONZE by Tom Roberts
An index to FIGHTING ROMANCES FROM THE WEST AND EAST
Never before published photos from the 1939 World Science Fiction Convention in New York
PULP VAULT #14 is $24.95 and is available from Black Dog Books (www.blackdogbooks.net) or from Amazon.
And for those attending next week’s Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention, we’ll have copies there!
HOW THE WEST WAS WEIRD-THE COVER!
From Pulpwork Press-
1) It’s scheduled to appear on July 1, 2011.
2) Jim Rugg has out-awesomed his cover for the first volume. Check it out!
…Stay tuned over the coming weeks for more news and pre-release promotions!