Sorry I didn’t get this up yesterday, I was hip deep in getting my print apazine done and sent out to the Official Editor. So while many bloggers are reading the Forgotten Films posts, here are my New Arrivals. Seven things this week, continuing the recent trend toward pulp reprint goodness and related items and with one eagerly awaited SF novel.
Gang Pulp – John Locke, ed. [Off Trail Publications, 2008 trade paper, new] – pulp reprint short stories – I read of this on Laurie Powers blog Laurie’s Wild West, and decided to get it. I’ve not read any of the gang and gangster pulp stories, it will be interesting to read some. I’ve given you the front and back covers so you can read theback cover text.
I wrote this inaccurate-through-ignorance statement in the original post: A note on Off-Trail Publications: this company of a half dozen or less employees doesn’t name an editor for their books, thus none is shown. They have a lot of interesting books available.
Many thanks indeed to Tom Roberts of Black Dog books for the following. This clarifies things and that’s always good! I have updated this post to reflect this information.
“Off Trail Publications titles are produced by John Locke. He is a one-man operation. John Locke puts together his titles, researches and writes the introductions, proofreads, edits and pens any extra copy.
It seems to border on megalomania when you credit yourself fourteen times for every job involved with producing a book. So that is why some small press operations do not credit every task. There have been some small operations that use pseudonyms, or created entities when crediting their production tasks, once again to keep a single name off the credits numerous times and give the impression to be a larger operation that it actually is.”
Tom has some additional remarks, see his comments below.
The Green Hornet Chronicles edited by Joe Gentile [Moonstone Entertainment 2010 trade paperback, new] – Nineteen new Green Hornet stories by a host of good to excellent authors, including James Reasoner, on whose blog I first learned of this collection. I’ve read the first two stories already and enjoyed them very much.
Grottos of Chinatown “The Dorus Noel Stories” by Arthur J. Burks, edited by John Locke [Off-Trail Publications 2009 trade paper, new] – a reprint of the eleven Noel stories, all originally published by Dell in 1933-1934 issues of All Detective Magazine. Burks has been referred to as “the speed king of the pulps” for the amount of work he was able to complete in a short time. Did quality suffer? We’ll see.
Half Share by Nathan Lowell [Ridan Publishing, 2011 trade paper, new, signed and inscribed] – science fiction novel – this is the second of the Trader’s Tale series by Lowell, all available in podcast, but this just available in print format. I loved the first book and have been eagerly awaiting this one! Top of the list!
Rick Lai’s Secret Histories: Daring Adventurers by Rick Lai, [Altus Press 2009 trade paper, new] – pulp reference – articles on pulp fiction heroes and villains, most revised since original publication during the 1980s and 1990s in Pulp Vault and Pulp Collector. Here we have a look at the Avenger, Singapore Sammy, El Borak, Sgt Jaeger, Sir Henry Merrivale, Peter the Brazen, Fu Manchu, Raffles, Capt. Wentworth, Holmes-Lupin rivalry, and a lot more.
Rick Lai’s Secret Histories: Criminal Masterminds by Rick Lai, [Altus Press 2009 trade paper, new] – pulp reference – articles on pulp fiction heroes and villains, most revised since original publication during the 1980s and 1990s in Pulp Vault and Pulp Collector. Here we have essays on Wu Fang, Captain Nemo, the Zardoff brothers, Feathered Serpent, Astar of Opar, Moriarty’s daughter, Si-Fan and many others. Think of this as volume two of Lai’s essays.
The Phantom Detective Companion edited by Tom Johnson [Altus Press 2009 trade paper, new] – pulp reference – With roots going back to Mr. Death in 1932, The Phantom Detective had a twenty year run in his own magazine, longer than, though with less cases, either The Shadow or Doc Savage. This book gives every issue, with a small cover shot (all black and white) for each, the title of the novel, the characters, and a summary. I’ve not read any Phantom Detective stories, but this will no doubt have me searching for reprints.