Pulp Vault No.14

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With contributions by Robert Weinberg, Mike Ashley, Will Murray, David Saunders, Hugh B. Cave, and others

Clocking in at over 250 pages it is sure to be a must-have edition.

pulp_vault_14_cover_websiteLavishly illustrated, Pulp Vault no. 14 begins with a never before published full color cover by pulp great Virgil Finlay! Inside, it's packed with great articles about, 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 21,000 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. Profusely illustrated.
  • 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.
  • 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, claimed incorrectly by some to be the first fantasy pulp. Illustrated with every cover from this rare pulp.
  • THE SAGA OF SINGAPORE SAMMY by Rick Lai
    Pulp author George Worts created several memorable series characters, among them Peter the Brazen and Gillian Hazeltine. One of his longest running series concerned South Seas adventure Sam Shea, also known throughout the Orient as Singapore Sammy, which saw print in Argosy and Short Stories. His life and adventures are examined here in detail, including a complete chronology.
  • ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF NORMAN SAUNDERS by David Saunders
    The son of one of pulpdom's greatest artists, Norman Saunders, looks back at his father's life and career.
  • INTRODUCING CYRUS NORTH by D.H. Olson
    A detailed study of Donald Wandrei's scientific detective, Cyrus North, who appeared in Clues Detective Magazine between 1938 and 1939.
  • ONE OLD-TIMER'S VIEW OF THE PULPS by Hugh B. Cave
    One of the giants of the pulp field, Hugh B. Cave penned several articles for Pulp Vault. Here is the final installment of his reminisces about the pulps, written shortly before he passed away.
  • THE OUTSIDER—AND NO OTHERS by Robert Barbour Johnson
    Johnson was a regular contributor to Weird Tales in the 1930s and 1940s, and his "Far Below" is considered a classic. This is his account of his Weird Tales career, written in the 1970s and intended for Robert Weinberg's pulp fanzine, Pulp, but published now for the first time.
  • TWENTY-FIVE YEARS+ OF GLORY! by J. Edward Leithead
    Leithead was one of the leading western pulp writers during the 1920s and 1930s, contributing to the Clayton, Street & Smith and Wyn western pulps, among others. In 1967, he penned an account of his pulp career. Little seen by those in pulp fandom, it's a fascinating inside look at the pulp world!
  • FRANKLYN E. HAMILTON by Link Hullar
    Frank Hamilton's wonderful art is known to pulp fans the world around. His friend Link Hullar contributes an appreciation of pulp fandom's leading artist, accompanied by several of Frank's masterful drawings, appearing here for the first time.
  • COVERING THE MAN OF BRONZE by Doug Klauba and . . .
  • PAINTING THE MAN OF BRONZE by Tom Roberts
    The long-awaited Doc Savage radio scripts by Lester Dent finally saw print from Moonstone Books. The two illustrators for the project discuss the assignment and how they approached this unique opportunity. Accompanied by preliminary sketches and studies of their Doc Savage work.
Special Fiction Section—
  • THE SPLENDOR OF ASIA by L. Adams Beck
    Reprinted 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. Lost cities, fabled treasures, the hideous Things that Run—what more could one want from a pulp novel?
  • THE FLAMING SKULL by Hugh B. Cave
    One of Cave's favorite jungle tales, and one which has never before been reprinted. This long novelette originally appeared in Popular Fiction, November 1931.
  • THE GIANT AND THE DINOSAUR by Donald Wandrei
    Wandrei's scientific detective, Cyrus North, appeared in 6 issues of Clues Detective Magazine between 1938 and 1939. Here, for the first time, is a previously unpublished North novelette—his strangest adventure ever!
Plus more!
  • Other articles by SF/comic great Otto Binder on one of early SF fandom's great trips!
  • Never-before-seen photos from the 1939 World Science Fiction Convention in New York!
  • An index to the rare pulp Fighting Romances from the West and East!
  • Art by Kevin Duncan and David Saunders!

Edited by Doug Ellis

Cover art by Virgil Finlay.

 

Book Details

Title: Pulp Vault No.14
Author: Doug Ellis (ed.)
Genre: Non-fiction/Reference
ISBN: 978-1-884449-07-9
Price: $24.95 US / Trade paperback / 264 pp.
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