The Charles Boeckman Story
by Charles Boeckman,
introduction by Gary Lovisi,
edited by Audrey Parente
Charles Boeckman's biography often reads like the stuff of pulp fiction. He left home in the early 1940s and became a jazz musician, traveling the country, kicking around from New York City to New Orleans. In between gigs, he purchased a used typewriter and pounded out hardboiled stories. Eventually, the legendary Popular Publications editor Mike Tilden purchased one of his stories for Detective Tales. After that accomplishment, Boeckman's stories appeared in Dime Detective, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, Manhunt, and many others. He established a body of work that outlived its pulp origins.
In his own words, the author recollects his life, work, and the authors and musicians he met along the journey. This edition also features three of Mr. Boeckman's short fiction stories -- "Ambition," which became an episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, "Lady of the Roses," and "The Man With the Half-Purple Dog."
In addition, editor Audrey Parente has an extensive bibliography charting the author's career through pulp magazines, digest publications, magazines, and paperbacks.
Pulp Jazz: The Charles Boeckman Story
5.5" x 8.5" paperback, 142 pages, $14.95
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Strictly Poison and Other Stories
by Charles Boeckman
Charles Boeckman's stories usually focused on sad people trying to escape their dreary lives -- shifty con-artists, embittered detectives and hen-pecked losers. The author's jazz background figures into several stories, reaching a two-fisted crescendo in stories like "Dixieland Dirge" and "The Last Trumpet." Boeckman often told stories of "hardboiled jazz" and created characters and settings that are unique even in the realm of pulp fiction.
"I'll Make the Arrest" originally appeared in Manhunt, was recently reprinted in Pulp Adventures, and is included in Strictly Posion. This story is considered Mr. Boeckman's best by many -- unfortunately for him, he didn't own a television set in 1956 and missed the broadcast! He recently viewed the episode, nearly six decades later, and reports that he was extremely pleased with the results. To read more about the incident, see Pulp Adventures #17 Spring 2015 issue. Mr. Boeckman was also profiled in the Corpus Christie Caller Times on June 1st, 2015.
To read an excerpt from Strictly Poison, click here.
6" x 9" paperback, 294 pages, $16.95
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