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Adventure Strips
Adventure Strips is a new subscription-based webcomics anthology.
AdventureStrips.com is edited by Christopher Mills, creator of the online comic Femme Noir (with comics veteran Joe Staton) and former editor with Tekno Comix and Shadow House Press. His twelve years of comics publishing experience covers the gamut from B&W indie books, to full-color monthlies, to self-published series, and, for the last 16 months, webcomics.  Some of the strips scheduled to debut with the site in September are: 

PERILS ON PLANET X: A science fiction swashbuckler by Mills and webcomics artist Jon Plante.
RED KELSO: A pulp-inspired adventure series by Australian creator Gary Chaloner.
JAZZ AGE: A full-color, online continuation of artist Ted Slampyak's comic series, Jazz Age Chronicles
TERRANAUTS: A sort of atomic-age X-Files by Paul Daly and Don Secrease. 
MR. JIGSAW: A light-hearted superhero adventure by Ron Fortier (Green Hornet) and Gary Kato (ElfQuest). 
TABULA RASA: A science fiction drama in the Philip K. Dick mold, by James Chambers and Richard Clark. 
GRAVEDIGGER: A gritty, hard-boiled crime series by Mills and Eisner Award-winning artist Rick Burchett. 
And many more to be announced. 

The price will be $2.95/month or $29.95/year.
People who wish to preview and/or receive notification of the site’s launch can pre-register for free, by providing their email address, at http://www.adventurestrips.com.  The company will only use email addresses collected in this manner to send one email, on the date of site launch, to remind those who have asked for such a reminder. 

Conan - The Black Stranger
Now available from Wandering Star is The Black Stranger by Robert E. Howard and illustrated by Gary Gianni. 
This complete Conan novella went unpublished in the '30s, and after a poor rewrite in the '50s is back in its original form. A facsimile of Howard's original manuscript, this story depicts Conan as captain and chieftain, consorting with pirates and sailing the seas. Included are REH's own hand-written corrections! Plus several new Gianni drawings done exclusively for this very limited edition. The pages are presented here loose-leaf, and packaged in an illustrated, color folding box. 
Signed by Gary Gianni, 8"x11", black & white, and limited to 250 copies.
The retail price is $60.
This is available from Bud Plant Comic Art.
E-texts on the net this week
The Shadow MagazineGangland's Doom from THE SHADOW MAGAZINE (December 1931)
The Shadow Magazine Interior Artwork: Death About Town (07/15/42) and The Broken Napoleons (06/15/36)
Doc Savage PDFPeril in the North  from DOC SAVAGE MAGAZINE (December 1941)
Blackmask Online:  The Shadow in The Wealth Seeker (01/15/34) 
                              Doc Savage in The Rustling Death (January 1942 ) 
Larry Estep-Online PulpsTeam Work by Stephen Payne from GOLDEN WEST ROMANCES (10/49)
                                        Shepherds For Science by W. C. Tuttle from ADVENTURE (03/30/1920)
Gary Gianni 
Gary has been tapped to take over the Prince Valiant Sunday page from John Cullen Murphy. 
This probably won't occur for another year or so. 
In the meantime, Gary may be doing some very special projects, such as prints, for King Features! 
Golden Amazon by John Russell Fearn
Golden Amazon #14: Cosmic Crusaders and Golden Amazon #15: Parasite Planet are now available.
Both books are published by Gryphon Books and retail for $15 each.
Both books are available from Weinberg Books (847-570-5919).

In Golden Amazon #14, the Golden Amazon cuts all ties with Earth and sets off with her husband Abna and daughter Viona to Alpha Centauri, where she encounters the Mizanu, her most deadly foe yet. The Mizanu is not just a superhuman being - it is a planet-sized hypertrophied brain.

In Golden Amazon #15, the Golden Amazon, her husband, and daughter, set off to explore a new system and help those who need scientific education.  However, they encounter a younger version of the Amazon herself, on a parallel planet to Earth, where not everything is as it seems.

Graphic Classics: H.P. Lovecraft
Coming in November from Eureka Publications is Graphic Classics #4 featuring H. P. Lovecraft.
The master of gothic horror is presented in comics and illustration.  Features include:
The Shadow Out of Time by Matt Howarth
Herbert West - Reanimator by four great artists: Richard Corben, Rick Geary, J.B. Bonivert & Mark A. Nelson
The Cats of Ulthar illustrated by Lisa K. Weber
H.P Lovecraft a biography in comics by independent fim director George Kuchar
The Terrible Old Man by Onsmith Jeremi
A Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath portfolio by Tom Sutton
Reflections from R'lyeh a Lovecraft tribute by Chris Pelletiere
The Outsider by Devon Devereaux
Fungi from Yuggoth Lovecraft's epic sonnet cycle illustrated by an all-star cast of artists: 
Stephen Hickman, John Coulthart, Skot Olsen, Kellie Strom, Allen Koszowski, S. Clay Wilson, Maxon Crumb, Jeffrey Johannes, Steven Cerio, Gerry Alanguilan, Pete Von Sholly, Arnold Arre, Rafael Avila, Jeff Remmer, Ashley Wood, R.K. Sloane, and Andy Ewen. 
The book has a cover by Todd Schorr and an Introduction by Gahan Wilson.
This is a 144 page, 7" x 10", black & white book.  The retail price is $9.95. 
This item can be pre-ordered through your local comic shop. Request Diamond Item Code SEP022109.
Hugh B. Cave - The Mountains of Madness
Cemetery Dance Publications has announced that The Mountains of Madness by Hugh B. Cave will be published in November.  American businessman Dan Colby wakes up in a mysterious graveyard, stretched out on the ground, staring up at a full moon. His memory is a total blank. Set on the island of St. Joseph, The Mountains of Madness is an original short novel of voodoo and dark adventure from the legendary Hugh B. Cave!

Two editions will be available:
Limited Edition of 1,000 signed copies - $40
Traycased Lettered Edition of 26 signed and lettered copies  - $150
(bound in leather, with satin ribbon page marker and additional full-color artwork)

The book can be preordered now from Cemetery Dance Publications.

Illustration Magazine
Illustration Magazine #5 will be available in November. 
This issue features The Preliminary Studies of Frank Frazetta, The Art of Roy G. Krenkel, and The Art of Nell BrinkleyThe Preliminary Studies of Frank Frazetta presents five previously unpublished preliminary paintings as full-page illustrations.  They are reproduced from the original art in full color.  The Art of Roy G. Krenkel is perhaps the most in-depth article on Krenkel yet published and is illustrated with scores of reproductions taken directly from the original art.  Also included is a checklist of Krenkel's entire published works.  The Art of Nell Brinkley features
the great female cartoonist from the early 1900's and includes scores of reproductions in full color.  Also in this issue is an article on Albert Staehle by Dr. Donald Stoltz.  Staehle was the creator of Smokey the Bear and a prolific illustrator of comical animal subjects for Colliers, The Saturday Evening Post, and other publications of the 1940's and 1950's.

Illustration Magazine, 540 Wooddell Court,Kirkwood, MO 63122.
48 pages in black and white and full color for $9.
Four issue subscriptions are available for $36. 

Illustration Magazine is also available from:
Adventure House
Bud Plant Comic Art
Michael Chomko (chomko@enter.net )

Killraven - War of the Worlds
Coming in November is the second issue (of 6) in Marvel Comics new Killraven series by Alan Davis.
This is a 32 page color comic for $2.99.
Click here or on the image to the right for a larger picture.
Lovecraft at Last
Lovecraft at Last by H. P. Lovecraft and Willis Cooper is now available.
Originally published in 1975 and limited to 3,000 copies, this collection of correspondence between Lovecraft and Conover has been said to have been the best glimpse into Lovecraft's life.  At age 15, Conover began corresponding with Lovecraft and their friendship lasted until Lovecraft's death.  Letters, reviews, articles, manuscripts, and commentary are woven into a smooth-flowing narrative that presents the illusion of a conversation between Conover and his mentor.  This is a 312 page hardcover for $29.95 from Weinberg Books (847-570-5919).
This book is published by Cooper Square Press.
Ming the Merciless Statue
This November, Dark Horse Comics will add to their line of Classic Comic Character statues with Ming the Merciless.  Emperor of the planet Mongo, Ming the Merciless is the embodiment of pure evil. Relentless in his quest for domination and in his pursuit of Flash Gordon and Dale Arden, his vicious cunning and sadistic cruelty are enhanced by Alex Raymond's masterly depictions of realistic emotion. A symbol of corruption and oppression, Ming has inspired a host of nefarious science-fiction and comic-strip heavies. Sculpted by Yoe! Studios, this statue comes packaged in a full-color tin box with a pinback button and a booklet as extras. 

This piece is limited to only 600 numbered copies and retails for $49.95. 
This item can be pre-ordered through your local comic shop. 
Request Diamond Item Code SEP020072. 

You can also pre-order the statue from the Dark Horse website through online retailer Things From Another World.

OUTER LIMITS - The Original Series on DVD
Outer Limits, The Original Series - Season One will be available on 03 September.
Episodes include: Galaxy Being, Hundred Days of the Dragon, The Architects of Fear, The Man with the Power, Sixth Finger, The Man Who Was Never Born, O.B.I.T., Human Factor, Corpus Earthling, Nightmare, It Crawled Out of the Woodwork, The Borderland, Tourist Attraction, The Zanti Misfits, The Mice, Controlled Experiment, Don't Open Until Doomsday, ZZZZZZ, The Invisibles, The Bellero Shield, Children of the Spider County, Specimen: Unknown, Second Chance, Moonstone, The Mutant, The Guests, Fun and Games, The Special One, A Feasibility Study, Production & Decay of Strange Particles, The Chameleon, and The Forms of Things Unknown.

This is a four DVD set for a retail price is $79.96. 
The price from Deep Discount DVD is $52.30 with no shipping charge.

Both are from the new Outer Limits series than ran on Showtime and the SciFi Channel. 
Both retail for $9.36 from Deep Discount DVD and will be available on 03 September.

Pulpcon 32
Pulpcon #32 next year has been moved to July 31 through August 3rd at the Dayton Convention Center in Dayton, Ohio.  This is due to the 100th anniversary of the Wright brothers flight.  All the hotel rooms in Dayton have been booked July 10-13.
Roads - Seabury Quinn
Battered Silicon Press has reprinted Roads by Seabury Quinn. 
Roads is a classic Christmas story that first appeared in WEIRD TALES in 1938.  It is the story of a gladiator named Klaus, and how he twice, fortuitously intervened in the life and death of Jesus Christ, and the roads he took thereafter. Roads is now available in trade paperback format from Adventure House and Weinberg Books (847-570-5919).
The trade paperback is $14.  A hardcover edition will be available later this year.  It will retail for $24 and can be pre-ordered from Weinberg Books (847-570-5919).

Also available from Adventure House are:
The Vagabond-at-Arms by Seabury Quinn - A collection of 5 stories from MAGIC CARPET - $16
The stories are:The Vagabond-at-Arms, The Bride of God, The Tiger's Cubs, October '33 and The Spider Woman.

Weird Crimes and Servants of Satan by Seabury Quinn - Reprints from WEIRD TALES - $12
This is a collection of true crime articles written in the early 1920's.
Hardcover, 5.75" X 8.5", 144 pages with a dustjacket.

Robert Bloch's Crimes and Punishments
Crimes and Punishments: The Lost Bloch, Volume 3 from Subterranean Press is finally heading to the printer. 
The wraparound dust jacket art (by Bernie Wrightson) is in hand, and the final edits have been completed.

The shambles of Gein, the murders of Holmes, and the bounty of Bloch are explored in The Lost Bloch, Volume 3 - Crimes and Punishments -- a monstrous mix of true crime and made-up mystery, spiced with a dash of the supernatural in the fetching form of a belle from Hell. The centerpiece of Crimes and Punishments is the novella-length study, Dr. Holmes' Murder Castle -- the closest Bloch ever came to writing a true-crime book, chronicling the homicidal reign of terror perpetrated by H. H. Holmes, America's most outrageous (and least-known) serial killer. Bob's prodigious output for the classic mystery pulps is represented by It's Your Own Funeral and other selections, while his more fanciful and fantastic side gives vent to the novella Hell's Angel. The chaser? A stiff shot of Bob's observations on another real-life murderer, The Shambles of Ed Gein. There's also an interview with Bob in his own words, conducted by Douglas E. Winter, plus an expository piece by series editor David J. Schow, and a celebrity foreword by world-famous author, critic and illustrator Gahan Wilson.

There will be two editions:
Limited: 1000 autographed and numbered copies bound in full cloth, with a full-color dustjacket: $40 
Lettered: 26 autographed copies bound in deluxe cloth, housed in a handcrafted traycase: $150 
Visit the Subterranean Press website for the latest information.

Tales of the Plush Cthulhu
Tales of the Plush Cthulhu by Jon Hansen is a web site you must experience.
Visit http://www.logicalcreativity.com/jon/plush/01.html for a unique experience.
Trace Adventure Magazine
Trace Adventure Magazine is a new fiction magazine whose first issue was planned for November. 
Unfortunately, the magazine did not make it into the September Previews soliciting product for November release.
It does appear that the magazine WILL make it into the October Previews soliciting product for December release. 

Trace Adventure Magazine will contain two novelettes, each highlighting a different character, set on a strangely altered Earth.  Each character is grounded in reality but must face off against otherworldly things.  One of the features deliberately harkens back to those grand adventurers of the 1930's pulps, and is written in that style. 

The lead story in the first issue is Amazon Anne and the Riddle of the Black Scarab by Steve Kaye.  The story includes a lot of shooting and fighting and blow darts and secret cabals and running around in a great big steampunk dirigible.  You will also meet strange folks and deal with world destroying storms.  The story will leave you breathless.  I have read the first chapter and found it to be quite enjoyable.  In issue #2 Anne and crew travel to South America and then to a mythical city in the clouds.  In issue #3 Anne and three of her aides go to a medieval England to assist King Arthur the 30th against dragons and flame throwing knights.  Four issues have been written so far, so the monthly should come out on time. This looks to be a “must read” for those who enjoy hero pulp fiction.

TWIXT TWO WORLDS Volume 2 by Tom Yeates
This volume collects drawings inspired by the worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs. 
Tarzan, Jane, Queen La, John Carter and others are shown, magnificent and timeless. 
Ninety-four mostly pen & ink drawings, with some nudity. 
An exciting theme depicted by an excellent artist, this is packed with appealing work. 
Yeates most recently has been drawing the superb Zorro daily strips, just collected. 
The magazine is 8"x11", 48 pages, black &white. 
The retail price is $10.
This magazine is available from Bud Plant Comic Art.

23 August 2002
Back Numbers Can Be Easily Procured
Back Numbers Can Be Easily Procured is the APAzine written by Warren Harris for the Pulp Era Amateur Press Society (PEAPS).  Warren has elected to make his PEAPS contribution more readily available by posting it in PDF format on the Internet. Once the members of PEAPS have received the current issue, Warren will post the previous issue on the Internet.  The current issue will be made available only to those in the pulp community who have projects reviewed, contributors, those with a published letter of comment, or those who trade their pulp fanzine with Warren. 
Back Numbers Can Be Easily Procured Issue 2 can now be downloaded at http://www.geocities.com/argosy_collector/index.
Collectors Press
Coming this November from Collectors Press is Storybook Culture, The Art of Popular Children's Books.
The book is written by Joe and Cheryl Homme.  This study in American culture tells the history of the stories, the authors, the illustrators, and the art that sold five generations on the power of the imagination. It features over 400 of America's favorite children and juvenile book covers and illustrations spanning the years from 1900 to 1970.  Featured artists include Wyeth, Parrish, Vaughn, Doane, and Campbell. 

Hardcover with jacket, 440 full-color illustrations, 10.5" x 11", 208 pages, $39.95 plus shipping
You can order online or call Collectors Press at 800-423-1848. 

The Compleat Adventures of Jules De Grandin
A fourth print run (60 copies) of The Compleat Adventures of Jules De Grandin is scheduled for Fall 2002.
As of 17 July, this print run was one half sold out. 
This is a three volume, hardcover collection of ALL the Jules De Grandin stories by Seabury Quinn.
The set runs 1300+ pages.  Each volume is 8.5" X 11" with a dust jacket.  The price is  $250 U.S. plus s/h.
Visit Charles McKee Books website at http://www.charlesmckeebooks.com/~silicon/batsq.htm to view the front and back covers for each volume.  To order, contact Charles McKee Books at battered@charlesmckeebooks.com.
E-texts on the net this week
The Shadow MagazineThe Wealth Seeker  from THE SHADOW MAGAZINE (01/15/34)
The Shadow Magazine Interior Artwork: Legacy of Death (08/01/42) and Fingers of Death (03/01/33)
Doc Savage PDFThe Living Fire Menace  from DOC SAVAGE MAGAZINE (January 1938)
Blackmask Online:  The Shadow in The Red Menace (11/31) 
Larry Estep-Online PulpsThe Ruse in Cocaine Alley by William Mahoney from UNDERWORLD DETECTIVE (03/35)
                             The Kiss-and-Kill Murders by Stewart Sterling from POPULAR DETECTIVE (05/53)
Fading Shadows
The Fading Shadows website has relocated to http://www.geocities.com/fadingshadows1/.
H. Bedford-Jones Bibliography
Peter Ruber has researched and written a bibliography of H. Bedford-Jones. 
Publication is expected this Summer.
A biography of H. Bedford-Jones by Peter Ruber can be found on the Adventure Fiction Press website at 
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol. II #2
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol. II #2 will be in comic shops on Wednesday.

DC Comics describes this chapter of the story as follows:
"In this chapter, our heroes venture to the outer reaches of London to discover mirthful mayhem in the guise of Martian marauders. Most shocking of all, witness our dear Mina's horrible assault. An added bonus feature has been included for the enjoyment of our readers: an illustrated travelogue to places of the most fantastic nature."

Click here or on the image to the right for a preview.

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen - The Movie
Owing to the massive floods ravaging much of Europe, the production of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen has been moved from Prague in the Czech Republic to the Maltese islands. The production, directed by Stephen Norrington (BLADE) and topped by Sean Connery and Peta Wilson (TV's LA FEMME NIKITA) was originally scheduled to do extensive studio shooting in Prague, then move onto Malta later in the production. However, the recent floods have damaged the sets so extensively it will be two weeks at least before they are usable again.
Mickey Spillane
Pulp Adventures Inc. is publishing a book at the end of this year that will contain ALL of Mickey Spillane's comic book text work.  The book is edited by Max Allan Collins and Lynn Myers with an Introduction by Max Allan Collins. 
Watch the Ed Bond Books website for all the latest information.
Robert Weinberg
Coming this October from Boulevard is Dark Earth: the Torch
This is the first Dark Earth novel based on the bestselling CD-ROM game.
Ten years after the Cataclysm destroys Earth as we know it...a small band of survivors find refuge from the devastation in a city of light known as a stallite. Three hundred years later...their living descendants face a new threat--a creature of the dark who plans to destroy them. Tomorrow...one brave man named Halcon must accept his destiny as the Keeper of the Flame--a fate that links him to his ancestors' past...and the future of all humankind.
This mass market paperback will retail for $6.99. 
This book can be pre-ordered from Amazon.com.
William E. Brandon 1914-2002
     Pulp writer Willia E.Brandon died of cancer May 11 at his home in Clearlake,California. 
     Brandon began his 70-year career as a writer penning stories for a number of pulp magazines, graduating to the slicks, television, academia and hardback publication. 
     He sold his first stories, at age 17, to pulps such as Black Mask, Detective Fiction Weekly and 10 Detective
    By the 1940s he had broken into the slicks, having work,stories and poetry, published in the Saturday Evening Post, Esquire, Harpers, The Paris Review and the Progressive
     During World War II he served in the U.S. he graduated from high school, he served as a visiting professor at the University of Massachusetts, California State University Los Angeles and California State University,Long Beach. 
     While his early work was detective and mystery stories, he spent most of his career writing about the West.He also translated poetry from several European and Native American languages. 
     He edited an anthology of American Indian Poetry,The Magic World and several books on American Indians,including The American Heritage Book of Indians which had an introduction by John F.Kennedy. 
     A final book on Indians, The New World, is scheduled to be published in 2003.

Obituary written by Warren Harris for Back Numbers Can Be Easily Procured

16 August 2002
The Adventures of Doc Savage: A Definitive Chronology
The Adventures of Doc Savage: A Definitive Chronology was written by Jeff Deischer and features artwork by Frank Hamilton and a Forword by Will Murray. In this book, Jeff attempts to place each Doc adventure, including the Dent radio plays and the Will Murray novels in the correct chronological order. In the book, Doc Savage His Apocalyptic Life, Farmer talks about his own chronology and states "To explain in detail would, however, take at least 20,000 words, and only the most zealous Savagologist would care to tackle an essay of that length."  Well Jeff Deischer is that zealot!  He provides detailed explanations of his placements (which often contradict Farmer's placements) in this book that runs nearly 200 pages. While the author's primary purpose was to build and justify a chronology, the book also contains many fascinating tidbits of Doc Savage lore that will be of interest to Doc fans. The book is fully indexed which will help hardcore Savagologists easily locate specific information about the Man of Bronze and his friends. The book is a 6X9 trade paperback with full color cover. 

The Adventures of Doc Savage: A Definitive Chronology is available from Green Eagle Publications, 2900 Standiford Ave 16B, PMB #136, Modesto, CA 95350. Price is $16.95 + $4.00 P&H. Make checks or money orders payable to Green Eagle Publications.  Supply is limited, so order today!

Bold Venture Press
Bold Venture Press has announced the 2003 publication schedule for THE SPIDER!
February 2003 THE SPIDER #05Empire of Doom
April 2003THE SPIDER #06Citadel of Hell
June 2003THE SPIDER #07Serpent of Destruction
August 2003THE SPIDER #08The Mad Horde
October 2003THE SPIDER #09Satan's Death Blast
December 2003THE SPIDER #10Corpse Cargo

The first four issues on the 2003 schedule represent true LOST EPISODES of THE SPIDER. 
Back in the late 1960s, Bantam Books was riding high with their groundbreaking reprints of DOC SAVAGE. 
Other publishers introduced thier own pulp-hero reprints.

Berkeley Books soon followed with the SPIDER, but made the unfortunate mistake of launching the series with the first issue, written by R.T.M. Scott. Just as the series began to cook, it was canceled with #4 WINGS OF THE BLACK DEATH.  Blazing Publications tried again in 1984, beginning with SPIDER #9. Each subsequent reprint program neglected issues five through eight, leaving an obvious lapse in continuity.

Now, Bold Venture Press shall present these issues, long overlooked and out-of-print since 1934. 
Make room on your bookshelves and brace yourselves for a year of vintage action & adventure!

SPIDER SUBSCRIPTIONS:  Six-issue subscriptions -- $72.00 for six issues (shipping included) 
Send a check or money order to: Bold Venture Press, P.O. Box 64, Bordentown, NJ 08505

The Bronze Gazette
Issue #35 of The Bronze Gazette will likely ship at the end of the month. More info when available.
The Classic Era of Crime Fiction
The Classic Era of Crime Fiction is a sequel to Peter Haining's The Classic Era of American Pulp Magazines and is again written by Haining.  This lavishly illustrated history features rare covers and classic illustrations, revealing how
crucial artists were to establishing the identity and popularity of crime fiction. During its "classic era"--from 1850 to 1950--a variety of writers developed every important element of the genre: the police detective, the professional sleuth, the hard-boiled private eye, the secret agent, and of course, the criminal masterminds, crooks, and gangsters. From Sherlock Holmes and James Bond to Edgar Allan Poe and Joseph Conrad, this book explores and exciting cultural history. Crime enthusiasts can here see how famous (and sometimes infamous) works of crime fiction originally looked, and how unknown writers and illustrators became responsible for one of the cornerstones of popular culture.  The book will be published in September 2002 and retail for $35..
Mike Chomko will probably offer this book for $32.50. 
Contact Mike at chomko@enter.net if you are interested in owning a copy.
Crippen & Landru - Coming Soon
Jo Gar’s Casebook by Raoul Whitfield, edited by Keith Alan Deutsch. 
This is the first volume in the new “Tales from the Black Mask Morgue” series, published in association with Black Mask Press.  This title is now in proofs.

Come Into My Parlor: Stories from Detective Fiction Weekly by Hugh B. Cave. 
In honor of the 92nd birthday of one of the greatest of all pulp writers, Crippen & Landru will publish this new collection of stories chosen and introduced by the author.  This title is now in proofs.

Doc Savage Movie
Arnold Schwarzenegger put in an appearance at Comic Con International in San Diego for a Q&A session. When asked about Doc Savage, Arnie said that Frank Darabont wrote the script for it. They turned it in and Warner Bros. reviewed it. They estimated that it would cost $220 million to film it. WB then shied away from the project until they could do it cheaper. Schwarzenegger said he doesn't know what's currently up with the movie.
Edgar Rice Burroughs and the Silver Screen
Edgar Rice Burroughs and the Silver Screen Volume I - The Silent Years (2nd edition) is now available.
Edgar Rice Burroughs and the Silver Screen is an exhaustive illustrated history of these films and television shows and is the first book to deal with all the authorized American films and television shows based on his writings. 
The author has gone to the original source for much of the material in the book: the filming scripts, media trade papers, local area newspapers, and more, including multiple viewings of all existant films. Expect to see the most complete cast and production credits, detailed synopsis, trade and newspaper reviews, and production history for each film/serial ever assembled.  The book has a color illustrated cover and 464 pages with over 360 illustrations. 
The retail price is $75 postpaid.  Click on the image to the right for a larger picture.
To order your copy, send a check or money order to:
Jerry L. Schneider
3550 N. Daisy Drive
Rialto CA 92377
E-texts on the net this week
The Shadow MagazineThe Red Menace from THE SHADOW MAGAZINE (November 1931)
The Shadow Magazine Interior Artwork: Judge Lawless (08/15/42) and Clue for Clue (10/15/42)
Blackmask Online:  The Shadow in The Crime Cult (07/01/32) and Doc Savage in Peril in the North (12/41).
Larry Estep-Online PulpsThe Scarlet Cloak by Dorothy Dow from SNAPPY STORIES (10/26)
                       The Sinister Dr. Wong by Robert Wallace from POPULAR DETECTIVE (06/36)
                       Rose Face by Harold Lamb from ADVENTURE (03/03/20)
The Ghostbreakers
THE GHOSTBREAKERS is a new web site at http://occultdetective.tripod.com/index.html dedicated to all the great ghostbreakers from Dr. Hesselius (1872) to modern incarnations like Harry D'Amour and Harry Dresden. Numerous ghostbreakers from the pulps are represented.  The website attempts to give fans a place to find tv episodes, books, comics, just about anything associated with ghost busters. The site is also going to be offering two new anthologies THE GHOSTBREAKERS: DARK BEGINNINGS (public domain stories from 1841 to 1917) and THE GHOSTBREAKERS: NEW HORRORS (new stories edited by G.W. Thomas and Danielle Naibert of ART OF HORROR). 
Haffner Press
Haffner Press has announced that two of the agreements Haffner Press has with the agents for the Kuttner/Moore estate are HOLLYWOOD ON THE MOON (the "Tony Quade" stories of THRILLING WONDER) and MAN ABOUT TIME (the "Pete Manx" stories, also from THRILLING WONDER).  The current plan is to produce them in the "Fantasy Press" format that was used for hardcover edition of THE QUEEN OF THE LEGION.
Visit the new Haffner Press website at http://www.haffnerpress.com
John W. Campbell Memorial Award
Jack Williamson's Terraforming Earth and Robert Charles Wilson's The Chronoliths tied for the 2002 John W. Campbell Memorial Award.  This is the second time in the award's history that there has been a tie for first place. 
Jack Williamson was unable to attend the award ceremony, but sent a message of appreciation saying that the award was particularly welcome because Terraforming Earth would be his last novel.
L. Sprague De Camp & Horace L. Gold
L. Sprague De Camp & Horace L. Gold's None But Lucifer was sold to Gateway Books' Retro SF. 
This story was first published in UNKNOWN (1939).  This will be its first book publication.
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
Entertainment Weekly reports that the massive floods racking eastern Europe have put a crimp in the current big screen production of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.  The floods, which have inundated Prague where the majority of the film is being shot have, ironically, done damage to a submarine set by submerging it in 5 feet of water, according to wire reports. Said a production source to EW, "'We don't yet know the full extent of the damage on these sets but the shooting schedule will be affected by  the flooding." 
Moonstone Books
Coming from Moonstone Books in December is the second title in the Moonstone Noir series: The Hat Squad.

This title is written by Jay Faerber with art by Eric Yonge and a cover by Tim Seelig.
The Hat Squad-four tough cops who deliver justice their way on the streets of Chandler's LA. When actress Sheila Rivers calls "The Squad" because she fears a hit has been put out on her, they blow her off as a flake who watches too many Edward G. Robinson movies. When she ends up murdered, they snap, and put a heat on the city's underworld that would make the devil burn.  48 pages, black and white, $5.50.

Click here for a preview on the Moonstone Books website.

Moonstone Books are available from Ed Bond Books after publication. 

Also available from Moonstone Books in December is Kolchak the Night Stalker: Fever Pitch

This title is written by Stuart M. Kaminsky, penciled by Christopher Jones, inked by Barbara Schulz, colored by Andre Maitland and has a cover by Doug Klauba.  Moonstone's first all-original Kolchak story. For three nights straight, some poor innocent spontaneously combusts in front of a horrified witness. Like chain links, the previous night's witness is the following evening's victim. But who's behind these deaths? The Wolfman? An Anaconda? A Giant Spider? According to police reports, these three monsters were spotted at the scene. Kolchak, hot with the flu, makes a little report of his own that adds up to some life saving advice- never turn your back on fear. 48 pages, color, $6.95. 

Click here for a preview on the Moonstone Books website.

Moonstone Books are available from Ed Bond Books after publication. 

Radio Spirits - The Shadow's Greatest Radio Adventures
Radio Spirits has bought the license for The Shadow radio broadcasts.  The first 40 episode special edition, Shadow: Greatest Radio Adventures, will be released in September with many rarities, including a Frank Readick evil Shadow appearance, the first appearance of Bill Johnstone, and the first appearance of Orson Welles. 
The set will be available in CD ($69.98) or cassette ($59.98).  Both sets can be pre-ordered now at discounted prices from Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com.
The Spider Graphic Novel
The Spider Graphic Novel Scavengers of the Slaughtered Sacrifices deluxe hardcover is due in August from Vanguard Productions.  The story is written by Don McGregor, illustrated by Gene Colan and edited by Rich (Bold Venture Press) Harvey.  The full color cover is by Gene Colan and Neal Adams.  This hardcover edition is signed by the creative team, 7"X10", 100 pages in black and white for $34.95.  A softcover edition will follow in September.  It will retail for $14.95.

Editor Rich Harvey describes the graphic novel as follows:
"The Spider investigates a series of gruesome murders, all seemingly inspired by popular film and television.  Richard Wentworth follows the bloody trail of Slaughterhouse Skeleton, whose killing campaign targets a senator clamoring for an immediate ban on violent programming -- and The Spider must decide who is the greater menace."

"McGregor has tried to capture Wentworth's personality, and even his speech patterns, as Norvell Page wrote them.  But he's giving himself some latitude with the villain.  There were 118 SPIDER novels, and the challenge is to come
up with challenges Wentworth hasn't already faced 118 times.  One last thing ... the story was brought into the present ... something that was NOT to McGregor's liking.  He tried to reason with Argosy Communications, explaining that the 1930s was part of the SPIDER's appeal.  Don had a 1939 story idea involving the World's Fair.  Finally, push came to shove ... either put the SPIDER in the present, or there won't be a graphic novel."

For a preview of the graphic novel, click here to visit artist Gene Colan's web site.
There is also a preview of the artwork for the second Spider graphic novel.
Click on Commisioned Art and then the Miscellaneous Art Gallery  to see Gene's take on Doc Savage. 
Click on Photo Album and scan down to Candid Poses to see Gene posing for The Spider graphic novel.

Wildside Press
The following titles are now available from Wildside Press (http://www.wildsidepress.com/):

256 pages, Library (jacketless) hardcover,  ISBN: 1587156164,  $29.95

180 pages, Library (jacketless) hardcover,  ISBN: 1587156156,  $29.95 

144 pages, Trade Hardcover, ISBN: 1-58715-307-6,  $26.95 

160 pages, Trade Paperback,  ISBN: 1-58715-325-4,  $15.00 

132 pages, Trade Paperback,  ISBN: 1-58715-710-1, $14.95

172 pages, Trade Paperback,  ISBN: 1-58715-571-0,  $15.95 
172 pages, Library (jacketless) hardcover, ISBN: 1-58715-572-9, $28.95

224 pages, Trade paperback, ISBN: 1-58715-582-6,  $17.95 
224 pages, Library (jacketless) hardcover, ISBN: 1-58715-583-4, $29.95 

232 pages, Trade paperback,  ISBN: 159224002X,  $16.00

09 August 2002
AV Publications
Lori Lovecraft #2 by Pete Ventrella and Mike Vosburg is now available at your local comics shop.
This 32 page black and white comic retails for $3

Hollywood’s sexiest sorceress/B-movie actress helps a private eye track down the long-lost daughter of an aging movie queen, while the mayor makes Lori Public Enemy #1 in his “clean up the media” campaign.  However, that is the least of Lori’s problems as a mysterious group called The Cabal makes plans to steal the Necronomicon.
This story is the conclusion of a two issue mini-series.
Visit Lori on the web at http://lorilovecraft.com/


Bold Venture Press
Bold Venture Press has obtained the domain name www.boldventurepress.comand relocated their website to the new URL at http://www.boldventurepress.com/.

Spider #70: Spider and the Slaves of Hell should be out late August or early September.
Operator 5: Attack of the Blizzard Men is tentatively planned for a November 2002 release.

Classicon XXIII
Classicon XXIII will be held on Sunday, November 10, 2002 from 10 AM - 4 PM at the Day's Inn Lansing -- South,
6501 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Lansing, Michigan, just off I-96, Exit 104.  Admission will be $3.00.
Thousands of collectable old Pulp Magazines, Digests and Paperbacks will be available for sale or trade! 
Calendars, Pinups, and Glamour Art Magazines!  Original Paperback Artwork from the 1950s & 1960s! 
The official website for the con is at http://www.curiousbooks.com/class.html.
Conan Movie - King Conan: Crown of Iron
While talking to one of the more influential Arnold Schwarzenegger fan sites, KING CONAN: CROWN OF IRON writer/director John Milius let fans in on what they can expect from the first Schwarzenegger/CONAN film in about 20 years. 

Milius revealed that Conan will have a son accompany him on his adventures, and will still wield the Atlantean sword. "Yes, that will be his sword," Milius said. "But he's also going to have an axe, and will use that quite a bit. For a Conan axe, of course, he's have to have a Frazetta axe, which would be quite impossible to swing around because of its tremendous size and weight. To be usable, a Frazetta film axe would have have to be made of something lighter than steel --aluminum, maybe... [The movie] It was written for him. Its got to be him.  Somebody younger will play his son but Arnold is Conan. The story follows him until he's old. Its like, King Lear." 

DC Comics: High Roads #5 
High Roads #5 is now available.  High Roads harkens back to the days of action-adventure in comic books and has a Saturday afternoon matinee feel to it.  If you liked Indiana Jones, you'll want to experience High Roads.  The six-issue limited series is written by Scott Lobdell and illustrated by Leinil Francis Yu.  The first five issues are now available with a retail price of $2.95 each. 

The premise is as follows.  It’s the final days of World War II and all the free world is celebrating the impending end of the Third Reich - everyone except U.S. Army Sergeant Nick Highroad, who is currently dangling from the side of a mansion carved out of ice at a secret Nazi compound located in the Arctic! How did he get there? And who are the diminutive English actor, the former Fuehrer's mistress, and the ex-kamikaze pilot who seem to be his only friends? How did they come up with their misguided plan to steal one of Hitler's most valued possessions out from under that tight little mustache of his...at a time when he's pretty distracted? And how is it these four desperate strangers find themselves involved in a plot to thwart the dictator's Final Solution?
Click here or on the image to the right for a larger picture.

Disney's The Legend of Tarzan
The second season ofDisney's The Legend of Tarzan, based upon Edgar Rice Burroughs' immortal adventure classic Tarzan of the Apes, and produced by Walt Disney Television Animation premieres September 2 on UPN and in syndication (check local listings).
Doc Savage Convention
The Annual Doc Savage Con (#5) sponsored by the Arizona Fans of Bronze will be held on Saturday November 9th and Sunday November 10th in Phoenix, Arizona. The exact location will be announced at a later date. 
The official website for the con is at http://members.netvalue.net/robsmalley/page1.htm.
E-texts on the net this week
The Shadow MagazineThe Crime Cult from THE SHADOW MAGAZINE (July 1932)
The Shadow Magazine Interior Artwork:The Vampire Murders (10/01/42) and The Sledge-Hammer Crimes (08/01/36)
Doc Savage PDFBirds of Death  from DOC SAVAGE MAGAZINE (October 1941)
Blackmask Online:  The Shadow in Castle of Crime (10/01/39).
Larry Estep-Online PulpsGrub by W. C. Tuttle, The Monkey God by Seabury Quinn and
                                       The Four Just Men by Edgar Wallace
Forrey Ackerman
Forrey Ackerman was hospitalized in March with a blood clot on the brain.  He underwent a successful surgery after which complications set in requiring an additional surgery.  He was left partially paralyzed and could not speak, but he subsequently recovered.  In a convalescent facility, he developed a bladder infection and septic shock that contributed to pneumonia in his left lung.  Forrey again recovered and was up using a walker.  He has been discharged from the convalescent facility and has returned home for rest and recuperation.  Cards may be sent to 2495 Glendower Ave., Los Angeles CA 90027-1110.
Illustration Magazine #4
Illustration Magazine #4 is now available.  It features: 
   Sam Savitt: Painter, Author, Teacher & Horseman by Leo Pando
   Stanley Meltzoff: Metamorphoses of a Picture Maker by Stanley Meltzoff
   Book reviews and a calendar of exhibitions and events.
Click here or on the image to the right for a larger picture.

Illustration Magazine, 540 Wooddell Court,Kirkwood, MO 63122. 
48 pages in black and white and full color for $9. 
Four issue subscriptions are available for $36. 

Illustration Magazine is also available from: Adventure House, Bud Plant Comic Art, and
Michael Chomko (chomko@enter.net ).

Pulp Adventurecon #3 
Pulp Adventurecon #3 will be held on October 19, 2002 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the Ramada Inn, 1083 US Highway 206, Bordentown, NJ, 609-298-3200, just off Exit 7 of the New Jersey Turnpike.

Stop in for an afternoon of buying, selling, and trading pulps and related merchandise.
The Ramada Inn of Bordentown made a positive impression on everyone who attended last years show. 
It has a large, well-lit room with easy loading for the dealers, and is easily accessible from the NJ Turnpike. 
Last year's show had 25 dealers tables with dealers such as John Gunnison, Joe Rainone, Jack Juka, Walker Martin, Harry Noble, Nick Certo, Scott Hartshorn, Rick Hall, Cowboy Tony, Bill Bead, Ed Hulse, Paul Herman, Gary Lovisi, and Dale Roberts.

Admission is $5.00 at the door, but you will receive one dollar off with one of the newspaper ads for the show. 
Dealer tables are $40.00 each. 
Contact Bold Venture Press at 609-654-1462 or boldventurepress@aol.com for more information.
Visit the Bold Venture Press website for up-to-the-minute information.

Radio Spirits - The Shadow Radio Broadcasts
The Shadow 3-Hour Collector's Edition from Radio Spirits is now available.
This set contains three hours of original radio broadcasts on compact discs or cassette tapes. 
The episodes include:
   The Caverns of Death (9/11/38) Starring Orson Welles and Margot Stevenson
   Gun Island (10/23/38) Starring Bill Johnstone and Agnes Morrehead
   Hypnotic Death (02/12/39) Starring Bill Johnstone and Marjorie Anderson
   Friend of Darkness (02/19/39) Starring Bill Johnstone and Marjorie Anderson
   Evil in the House (11/07/48) Starring Bret Morrison and Grace Matthews 
   Until Death Do Us Part (03/06/49) Starring Bret Morrison and Grace Matthews 
The set of compact discs is $19.98 plus shipping.
The set of cassette tapes is $17.98 plus shipping.
Visit the Radio Spirits website at http://www.radiospirits.com/ to order.

The set is also available on compact disc from Vintage Library for $19.95.

Ron Walotsky
According to a report on Locus Online, artist Ron Walotsky died July 29, in Florida, of kidney failure.  He had been hospitalized since late June, after returning from a trip to Africa.  A prolific artist, Walotsky was often associated with The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, for which he created at least 50 covers.  He also painted hundreds of covers for books and magazines.  A collection of his work, Inner Visions: The Art of Ron Walotsky, was released by Paper Tiger in 2000.  Samples of his work, along with a small memorial, can be found on his website: http://www.walotsky.com.
War of the Worlds
One of the more fondly remembered Marvel Comics of the 1970's was Amazing Adventures featuring War of the Worlds.  The star of the book was a character called Killraven.  Killraven is Jonathan Raven, raised to be a gladiator in the Martian slave-pits following their successful invasion of Earth at the turn of the 21st century.  However, Killraven's mind is impervious to the Martians' telepathic probes and when the opportunity arises, he rebels and escapes. Now, with a small band of like-minded Freemen, he wanders the devastated landscape, searching for the meaning of humanity and a place where he can lay down his arms and fight no more.

This October, Killraven returns in a new six issue mini-series written and pencilled by Alan Davis with Mark Farmer inking and Gregory Wright coloring. This project starts completely at square one again, with no history or back story
extant before the reader opens the first cover. There will be themes and character arcs similar to what had been done in the past, but updated and modernized for a contemporary audience--an audience that's likely never read a Killraven story before.  Each issue is 32 pages with ads for $2.99. 

Speaking of War of the Worlds, Paramount will be remaking The War of the Worlds.  Tom Cruise will produce and may also star in the film.  It is scheduled to begin shooting in 2003.

02 August 2002
Adventure Inc.
Adventure Inc. is a new syndicated television show that will debut the week of 30 September 2002.
The show stars Michael Biehn as Judson Cross, Karen Cliche [pronounced Kleesh] as Mackenzie Previn, and Jesse Nilsson as Gabriel Patterson. 

When adventure calls...no place is too far, no risk is too high, and no task is too difficult for Adventure Inc. Legendary explorer Judson Cross enjoys a worldwide reputation of leading a highly talented team willing to take extraordinary risks and go to any length for the sheer pursuit of adventure. Their methods may be unorthodox, but wherever their mission takes them, Cross and his crew always get the job done. (Tribune Entertainment).

Visit Adventure Inc. websites at http://www.adventureinc.net/  and http://www.adventure-inc.com/uac/index.html.

Bison Books - Pellucidar
The University of Nebraska's Bison Books has announced the November publication of Edgar Rice Burroughs' Pellucidar.  The trade paperback is illustrated by J. Allen St. John with an introduction by Jack McDevitt and an Afterword by Phillip R. Burger.  The retail price is $13.95 plus shipping ($4 for the first book and $0.50 for each additional book). 

This book will be available from University of Nebraska Press, 233 N. 8th Street, Lincoln, Nebraska, 68588-0255, 1-800-775-1105, http://nebraskapress.unl.edu/

Blood 'N' Thunder
The second issue of Blood 'N' Thunder will be available in October.  This issue will have a horror/weird menace spin.  The feature article will be a lengthy survey, Unholy Jitters: Sex and Sadism in Red Circle's Weird Menace Pulps. It will  be illustrated with repros of every single Red Circle weird-menace cover (the nine MYSTERY TALES, the five UNCANNY TALES, both REAL MYSTERY, and the two sex-sadism issues of MARVEL TALES). Pulp Page to Silver Screen will cover the 1939 Bogart movie, RETURN OF DR. X, which was adapted from a story that ran in DETECTIVE FICTION WEEKLY. Tricks of the Trade will reprint from a 1931 issue of WRITER'S DIGEST an article that announced the arrival of the Clayton pulp STRANGE TALES and also offered tips on selling horror stories. From the Top Shelf will cover favorite issues of WEIRD TALES and other horror/supernatural/weird menace titles as space permits. There will also be a Blood 'N' Thunder Reprint. The reprint story will be announced at a later date. 
Blood 'N' Thunder Number Two will run at least 40 pages and possibly 44.

Four issue subscriptions are available for $20.
Payment can be sent to: MGT Media Services, POBox 0174, Baldwin, New York 11510-0174.
Please make all checks or money orders payable to MGT Media Services.

Edgar Rice Burroughs and Tarzan 
Robert W. Fenton's 1967 biography of Burroughs has been long out of print, but it reappears from McFarland & Company this Fall as a wonderful source for a new generation of readers.   This book includes letters, documents, synopses, lists of characters, and plots and themes Burroughs used in his work, and also reveals his interest in and ready observations on such issues as women’s suffrage, prohibition, morality in Hollywood, and the Scopes trial in Tennessee.  The book has a Foreword by George T. McWhorter, 272 pages, 7 x 10 in size, 65 photographs, appendices, notes, an index, and illustrated case binding. The retail price is $35.

McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, Box 611, Jefferson, North Carolina 28640
Telephone (336) 246-4460. Fax (336) 246-5018. Orders 800-253-2187.

Cover art is copyright © by McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers.

Edgar Rice Burroughs Chain of Friendship Birthday Bash! 
The Annual Edgar Rice Burroughs Chain of Friendship Birthday Bash will be held near the city of Tarzana on August 30 through Sptember 01 at the Holiday Inn, 21101 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA, (818) 883-6110. 

Special guests will be Lydie Denier ("Jane", Worldvision's Tarzan series) and Bruce Boxleitner (Babylon Five), hosts of the forthcoming documentary, Burroughs, Master of Fantasy. Some footage will actually be shot at the convention! Also in attendance will be Bruce Bennett (The New Adventures of Tarzan), the oldest living Tarzan [health permitting] and Denny Miller (Tarzan, the Ape Man, 1959), President of the Past Tarzans Association (PTA) [schedule permitting]. Planning to attend are other Tarzan and Jane film actors. Also in attendance will be several artists including Dark Horse Tarzan artists Thomas Yeates and Christopher Schenck; Barsoom artist David Burton; and popular dinosaur and ERB artist William Stout. Members of the animation team from Disney's Legend of Tarzan television series and Disney's Tarzan are also invited. We'll host several authors including Hollywood scriptwriter Charles Pogue (who wrote a well received script for A Princess of Mars), James Van Hise, Dr. Huck Huckenpöhler, and Dr. Robert Zeuschner. 

Pre-registration fees are $55 until August 10 [extended from July 15] and $65 thereafter ($70 at the door). Registration fees allow entry to all convention events including access to the Huckster Room (items for sale), the ERB Inc. office tour, "Back at the Ranch" event, and all panels. Registrants will also receive a cloth logo goodie bag containing a commemorative convention t-shirt, exclusive signed and numbered convention art book by Thomas Yeates, a souvenir button, and a host of other goodies. There will NOT be an official banquet this year, but there will be an organized outing to a nearby restaurant for anyone who is interested. To register, make your payment via check or money order made out to Rob Greer and mail to: Rob Greer, 985 E. California Blvd. #103, Pasadena, CA 91106. Entrance to the Huckster Room ONLY is $7 at the door.

E-texts on the net this week
The Shadow MagazineCastle of Crime from THE SHADOW MAGAZINE (10/01/39)
The Shadow Magazine Interior Artwork: The Crime Clinic (12/01/33) and Syndicate of Sin (09/15/42)
Doc Savage PDFBirds of Death  from DOC SAVAGE MAGAZINE (October 1941)
Blackmask Online:  Doc Savage in The Man of Bronze (March 1933) 
                             Doc Savage in The Invisible Box Murders (November 1941). 
                             The Shadow in The Book of Death (01/15/42).
Larry Estep - CDROM Indexes and Public Domain E-texts
The WILD WEST WEEKLY index is now officially sold out.  There are no plans to produce any more copies at this time.  However, you can probably expect to see a new edition that has been expanded to include WESTERN STORY and other Street & Smith western titles some time in the future.

The INDEX TO STREET & SMITH GENERAL FICTION AND ADVENTURE FICTION magazines is nearing completion, but additional research is needed that cannot be completed until the Fall.
The target is to have it completed in time for the Windy City show April 4-5-6, 2003.

LEN ROBBINS' SHORT STORY INDEX is well under way and is the top priority right now. 
The target is to have it completed in time for the Windy City show April 4-5-6, 2003.

Two new online pulp stories in PDF format became available on 27 July.
The Vengeance of Vishnu by George C. Jenks is from the June 15, 1919 issue of THE THRILL BOOK.
Pearls For Tears by Thomas Edgelow is from the April 21, 1934 issue of LOVE STORY MAGAZINE.
To download these stories, go to http://pulpgen.com/pulp/downloads/index.html.
To subscribe to the online pulps mailing list, go to the main page at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/onlinepulps/
You will receive email notices when new stories are available for download.

NYC Collectable Paperback & Pulp Fiction Expo
The 14th annual NYC Collectable Paperback & Pulp Fiction Expo will be held: Sunday, September 22, 2002 at the Holiday Inn, 440 West 57th Street, New York City. This great show will be full of author and artist guests. Already confirmed are SF and horror author F. Paul Wilson; SF/crime writer Edward Wellen, and for the first time ever at any show Julius Fast, crime and SF legend and editor of the early Penguin paperback Out Of This World (1944). Also, classic short story crime author Ed Hoch; suspense and I-Spy author Walter Wager (aka John Tiger); Famous author of the Gor books, John Norman; SF writer and critic Barry Malzberg; SF, fantasy and comic book legend Ron Goulart; as available Marijane Meaker (aka Vin Packer/Ann Aldrich) and Ted Gottfried (aka Ted Mark); pulp and pb author Bruce Cassiday (aka Carson Bingham); Manhunt authors Morris Hershman (aka Arnold English; and Dan Sontup; fabulous paperback cover artist Walter Popp; and many more to be listed. JUST IN: classic science fiction legend Philip Klass (aka WILLIAM TENN) is slated to be a guest, also famous science fiction and horror author Thomas M. Disch, and Richard A. Lupoff and Michael Kurland! Check these pages for hard confirmation on all guests 30 days before the show to be sure. Unfortunately, show guest Henry Slesar passed away in April. Henry was a true gentleman and will be missed and this show will be dedicated to his memory. This will be a show you can’t miss! 
Contact Gryphon Books for more information. 
Toy Vault's first addition to it's Cthulhu plush line is Nyarlethotep. 
The plush is 8 inches tall, made of beautiful green fabric and filled with plush and beanies. 
It will be shipping in November 2002.  The retail price is $19.99.
Visit Toy Vault's website at http://www.toyvault.com/cthulhu/nyarlethotep.html.
The Science of Superheroes 
The Science of Superheroes by Lois Gresh & Robert Weinberg is due from publisher John Wiley & Sons on September 13, 2002. This 224 page hardcover volume features a new introduction by best-selling author, Dean Koontz and will retail for $24.95 in the United States, $38.95 in Canada. The book takes a lighthearted but rigorous look at the science used in super hero and science fiction comic books, ranging from Superman to Spiderman to Strange Adventures.   Co-author Robert Weinberg says "A chapter each is devoted to a number of the Marvel and DC superhero comic book characters - like Superman, Batman, Spiderman, the Incredible Hulk, and discuss the science behind the character and if they are believable or not.  It's a funny book and we get a lot of chance to plug a bunch of our favorite SF and pulp stories.  If you enjoy comics, I think you'll like it.  If you read anything connected with pulps, this does have plenty of references and connections."

The Science of Superheroes will be available in bookstores.  Click here to order from Amazon Books .
Visit Robert Weinberg's website at http://www.robertweinberg.net/

The Science of Superheroes is copyright © 2002 by Robert Weinberg and Lois Gresh.
Cover art is copyright © by John Wiley & Sons.

Summer Fun Cthulhu
Coming this November is Summer Fun Cthulhu.
This medium size plush toy will retail for $17.99.
This item can be pre-ordered through your local comic shop. 
Request Diamond Item Code AUG023014.
Tarzan, My Father
By Johnny Weissmuller, Jr. in collaboration with historians William and W. Craig Reed. 
Forward by Danton Burroughs.

Tarzan, My Father is an authoritative insight into the life of the man most film fans consider the "one and only" Tarzan - Olympic swimming champion Johnny Weissmuller - this book offers an intimate look at Weissmuller's early life, middle years, and later decline, through swimming training, Olympic triumphs, failed marriages, a Hollywood life as Tarzan of the Apes, and subsequent career as Jungle Jim.

The book is written by his only son, this biography is a sensitive yet unsentimental portrayal of the man who was Tarzan to movie fans around the world. Johnny Junior's inside perspective on his father's life and career includes interviews with his father's celebrity friends and former wives, recollections of conversations with his father over the years, and family stories involving Hollywood stars such as Humphrey Bogart.

The book is 6X9, 240 pages, clothbound, and contains 20 black & white photos.
The retail price is $29.95.  The book will be available in October from ECW Press.

The book can be ordered through your local bookstore (ISBN 1-55022-522-7) or from Amazon Books.
Visit ECW Books on the web at http://www.ecwpress.com/

Trace Adventure Magazine
Trace Adventure Magazine is a new fiction magazine whose first issue should be out in November.  The magazine will be available through most comic shops and should be listed in the September Previews Magazine due out 28 August.  Trace Adventure Magazine will contain two novelettes, each highlighting a different character, set on a strangely altered Earth.  Each character is grounded in reality but must face off against otherworldly things.  One of the features deliberately harkens back to those grand adventurers of the 1930's pulps, and is written in that style.  Three issues have been written so far, so the monthly should come out on time.
Visit the June/July News Archive for older items.