Audrey Parente, editor
(Available in eBook edition)
Pulp Adventures #38 features pulp fiction classic and new, ranging from hardboiled mystery to fascinating science fiction.
- "1936: Year Of Pulp Upheaval" by Will Murray — The Pulp Heroes had it rough that year, and it wasn't all super-villains.
- "Dr. Whitehead & The Naked Secretary" by David Goudsward — An author of Weird Tales faced the horror of typing his own manuscripts when his secretary became Miss Florida 1931.
CLASSIC PULP FICTION
- Death Is A Rebel by Roger Torrey — [20,000 word hardboiled thriller] — Murder was occurring in Florida, right under Detective Mahoney’s snoot — exceptionally baffling murder that speedily developed angles rough and tough, plus painful international aspects of continent-shaking revolution.
- "The Fireplace" by Henry S. Whitehead — Angry embers burned many years after the fact …
NEW PULP FICTION
- "Room 801" by Jack Halliday — Just another date for some, but August 5 signified revenge and redemption for other people.
- "Tunnels of Lao Fang" by James Palmer — An unspeakable horror dwelled among the stalactites.
- "Taking the Plunge" by Paulene Turner — The world’s high-rolling cockroaches look forward to a long, hot night of partying — Unless special agent “Valentina” stops them.
- "From Here to Sheboygan" by Charles Burgess — A one-way trip to hell — with Murder as the back-seat driver.
- "All in Her Head by Bryce Beattie" — “Want to take a mindtrip? No drugs involved,” read the classified. What could go wrong, Joshua decided.
- Editorial by Audrey Parente
- Retro Review: Soft Touch / Man Trap by Rich Harvey
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I recently picked up the first 2021 issue of Pulp Adventures, #38, from Bold Venture Press, dated Spring 2021. "Pulp Adventures" #38As always, we get a selection of new and classic pulp stories, with some non-fiction pieces as well. I’m not sure where the cover art by Howard Dodd came from, but it’s nice. Strangely, there’s nothing from Charles Boeckman or E.C. Tubb this time around. For classic pulp fiction, we get two stories, and our non-fiction pieces fall into this area as well. From Roger Torrey (1901-46), we get the longish “Death Is A Rebel” from Super-Detective in 1944. Torrey focused on crime stories, usually in the second- and third-tier pulps. We get a murder tale set in Florida, were he moved to in 1945. But this turns into more than murder with certain international aspects. Henry S. Whitehead (1882-1932) was an Episcopal minister who wrote horror and fantasy work, and was part of the Lovecraft circle. He even hosted H.P. Lovecraft in Dunedin, Fla., in 1931. We get “The Fireplace” from Weird Tales in 1925. In 1922, a Southern hotel burned down on Christmas night, killing four prominent men in a certain room. Was there something behind it? A ghostly visitor 10 years prior has the answer. Tied to this piece is “Dr. Whitehead & The Naked Secretary” by David Goudsward. We find out about the issues he had when his secretary became “Miss Florida 1931,” and soon embarked on a modeling career, leaving him to deal with typing his own manuscripts. Also with classic pulp, we get an article by Will Murray: “1936: Year of Pulp Upheaval.” Here we learn of the changes with the hero pulps in that year, as some ended, others went through changes and more. While many of these changes I was aware of, I hadn’t noted they had occured in that year. These changes affected both the major and the minor pulp heroes. And we get another of Rick Harvey‘s Retro Reviews on John D. MacDonald‘s Soft Touch (1958), which was later turned into the movie Man Trap (1961). For New Pulp, we get five pieces. We get another piece from Jack Halliday, “Room 801,” where a man returns to this hotel room 50 years later to remember the imporance of it, and how it tied to revenge and redemption. From James Palmer, we get a weird-menace tale set in the Far East: “Tunnels of Lao Fang.” When an old friend reaches out, Rick Casey heads to Hong Kong to find him. But the friend is missing, and Casey is pulled into a bizarre horror in the underground of Hong Kong. Paulene Turner provides another tale, “Taking the Plunge,” that makes use of special agent Valentina, who showed up in a prior issue. At a meeting of certain high rollers who hope to take advantage of upcoming events, Valentina works to put a stop to them. In “From Here to Sheboygan” by Charles Burgess, a young lady is forced to drive a dangerous man making deliveries. What’s it all about, and can she get out of this safely? Finally, in “All in Her Head” by Bryce Beattie, a man answers an newspaper ad for a “mind trip,” and gets much more than he bargained for. We should get the next issue in July 2021. Also this summer, we hopefully will get the next issue of Awesome Tales #12. I look forward to both.