27 December 2002
Adventure House
Adventure House has announced the contents of High Adventure #71
This issue will feature Ki-Gor in The Beast-Gods of Atlantis by John Peter Drummond.
This issue ships in July 2003.

Previously announced and upcoming issues of High Adventure and G-8 are:
High Adventure #68 features The Phantom Detective in The House of Murders by Robert Wallace.
This issue ships in January 2003.

High Adventure #69 features The Black Bat in The Black Bat and the Red Menace by G. Wayman Jones.
This issue ships in March 2003.

High Adventure #70 features The Green Lama in The Green Lama by Richard Foster. 
This issue ships in May 2003.

G-8 AND HIS BATTLE ACES #7 features Squadron of Corpses by Robert Hogan.
This issue ships in January 2003.

G-8 AND HIS BATTLE ACES #8 features The Invisible Staffel by Robert Hogan.
This issue ships in April 2003.

Back to the Future Widescreen DVD Problem
The BACK TO THE FUTURE trilogy was released December 17th as a boxed set on DVD.
Universal has announced that they will be repressing the disc sets with corrected framing after numerous consumer complaints over noticeably misframed shots in the widescreen edition (the full frame edition is not affected) of Parts II and III. The misframed shots affect 2 minutes of Part II and 4 minutes of Part III.  The new discs will be available in February, those who have already bought a set and want to change it should call the Universal Studios Home Video Consumer Hotline at 888-703-0010. Universal will provide corrected versions to those who have already purchased the set. Consumers will need to send the two discs back to Universal at their own expense.
Bold Venture Press
Bold Venture Press has solicited THE SPIDER #5: Empire of Doom in the January PREVIEWS (now available in comic shops).  THE SPIDER #5 can be ordered through your local comics shop.
The Diamond order code is JAN03 2633.

THE SPIDER #70: The Spider and the Slaves of Hell is apparently running late and has not yet been released.


DC Comics - HIGH ROADS Trade Paperback
DC Comics is collecting the six issue comic series HIGH ROADS into trade paperback format.
As World War II draws to a close, U.S. Army Captain Nick Highroad finds himself involved in a treasure hunt for the legendary Morpheus necklace while somehow stopping Hitler's nefarious plot to flood the earth and ensure the thousand-year Reich!  The 160 page collection will retail for $14.95 and be available in March.
The Diamond order code is JAN03 0263.
E-texts on the net this week
The Shadow Magazine:
The Black Hush [Updated] from THE SHADOW MAGAZINE (08/01/33)
This is the uncut version of The Black Hush.  The text file previously available was taken from the 1942 Shadow Annual with nearly 2,500 words cut!  Now get the original, uncut magazine version.

The Shadow Magazine Interior Artwork
The Prince of Evil (04/15/40) and The Murder Genius (07/01/40)

Doc Savage PDF:  Nothing new this week.

Blackmask Online:  Nothing new this week.

Larry Estep-Online Pulps
Grizzly Gallagher, Santa Claus by Reginald C. Barker from the 12/20/1924 issue of WESTERN STORY MAGAZINE
His Day of Days by Edgar White from the 12/15/1917 issue of TOP-NOTCH
Blood Flame for the Judu by Al Storm from the Fall, 1945 issue of JUNGLE STORIES

Girasol Collectables
Girasol Collectable's website has moved to http://www.girasolcollectables.com/
Killraven - War of the Worlds
Coming in March is the sixth issue (of 6) in Marvel Comics new Killraven series by Alan Davis.
This is a 32 page color comic for $2.99.
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
In June, DC Comics will release THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN: THE ABSOLUTE EDITION Volume One.  This is a massive, two book, oversized (8.25" X 12.25") hardcover edition that comes in a slipcase.  The 224-page Book One contains the original 6-issue miniseries featuring the introduction of the League and its first epic adventure by Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill.  The 192-page Book Two presents Moore's complete scripts for the miniseries plus a series of previously unpublished spot illustrations by O'Neill to accompany the text.

This collection is scheduled to be in comic shops on 04 June.
The retail price is $75.
It can be ordered through your local comics shop.
The Diamond order code is JAN03 0270.

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Movie
WIZARD magazine published the first six shots from the upcoming motion picture THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN. Click here to view the pictures online.
Lone Ranger
Rhino Home Video will be releasing a Lone Ranger DVD Box Set in February.
Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels star in this collection.  The retail price is $59.95.
This can be ordered through your local comics shop.
The Diamond order code is JAN03 3736.
Rawhide Kid
Coming in March is the second and third issues (of 5) in Marvel Comics new Rawhide Kid series.
The new series pairs the original artist, John Severin, now 86, with Ron Zimmerman, a writer for the "Howard Stern Show." This controversial series will reveal that the Rawhide Kid is gay.  This is a 32 page color comic for $2.99.
VCI Entertainment - SECRET AGENT X-9
VCI Entertainment is preparing to release the Universal serials SECRET AGENT X-9 (1937) and SECRET AGENT X-9 (1945) in early 2003.  Both serials were long thought to be lost. 

SECRET AGENT X-9 (1937) 
When the crown jewels of Belgravia are stolen, Secret Agent X-9 (Scott Kolk) is sent to investigate. With the help of Shara Graustark (serial icon Jean Rogers) our hero soon discovers this to be no ordinary heist but the work of a mysterious master criminal known only as Blackstone.  12 chapters, 240 minutes, B&W, Rated NR. 
Available on DVD or VHS.  Both versions are $29.99.  The release date is 01/28/2003. 

SECRET AGENT X-9 (1945) 
The 1945 serial stars Lloyd Bridges as X-9 and Keye Luke as a Chinese cohort. 
The exact release date has not been announced. 

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

THE BEASTS OF TARZAN by Edgar Rice Burroughs 
Tarzan returns to civilization, only to find betrayal when his wife and son are kidnapped in this third book in Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan series.  This library (jacketless) hardcover features a new introduction. 

240 pages, Library (Jacketless) Hardcover, ISBN: 1-58715-621-0,  $29.95 

THE WARLORD OF MARS by Edgar Rice Burroughs 
In this conclusion to Edgar Rice Burroughs' original Mars trilogy, John Carter travels to the far, frozen north to rescue his love, Dejah Thoris, encountering dangers unknown to man along the way. 

212 pages, Library (Jacketless) Hardcover, ISBN: 1-58715-622-9,  $29.95 

20 December 2002
Adventure Strips
Paul Ernst's 'Doctor Satan', which ran in WEIRD TALES, is starting on Sunday, December 22, at AdventureStrips.com.  The comics adaption is by Ron Fortier and Rob Davis. 
The strip is free on the day it is first published.

Also featured at AdventureStrips.com is Red Kelso By Gary Chaloner and Haunted Horseman By Dick Ayers.

AdventureStrips.com provides 56 all-new pages of comics by professional creators to its readers every month, for the price of one average 22 page print comic. At the Annual rate, subscribers receive the equivalent of nearly THIRTY full-length comics for the price of TEN print comic books. What's more, if you're already subscribed to our sister site Modern Tales, add AdventureStrips.com to your package for only $1.95/month or $19.95/year!
There's no better deal in comics. 

Bison Books
The University of Nebraska's Bison Books imprint will publish Edgar Rice Burroughs' UNDER THE MOONS OF MARS in Spring 2003.  The first three books of Edgar Rice Burroughs’s Barsoom series, A Princess of Mars, The Gods of Mars, and The Warlord of Mars, are brought together here for the first time.  The trade paperback will have an introduction by James P. Hogan and illustrations by Scott Beachler.  The retail price will be $16.95.

Also coming in Spring 2003 are:
Gullivar of Mars by Edwin L. Arnold with a new introduction by Richard A. Lupoff and illustrations by Thomas Floyd
Skylark Three by E. E. "Doc" Smith and illustrated by A. J. Donnell with an introduction by Jack Williamson

Conan of Cimmeria Volume 1 (1932 - 1933) - Now available from Diamond Comics
The first book in the three volume set from Wandering Star covering all the Conan stories will be available for ordering in the January 2003 issue of Diamond Comics PREVIEWS magazine.
This issue will be in comic shops on 26 December.
Only theSigned and Numbered Slipcased Limited Edition is being offered for $195.95.

January 2003 solicited items are scheduled to ship in March/April.
The Diamond order code is JAN03 2599H

Click here for more details.

E-texts on the net this week
The Shadow Magazine:
The Gray Ghost [Updated] from THE SHADOW MAGAZINE (05/01/36)

The Shadow Magazine Interior Artwork
The Chinese Disks (11/01/34), Murder Town (06/15/36), Gems of Doom (07/15/40), Reign of Terror (07/48)
The Man Who Died Twice (09/15/40), The Taiwan Joss (09/45), Room 1313 (05/47)
Model Murders (07/47), The Television Murders (03/48), Murder on Main Street (05/48)

Doc Savage PDF:
The Three Wild Men (08/42)

Blackmask Online:  The Shadow in The Voodoo Master  (03/01/36)

Larry Estep-Online Pulps
Raw, Medium and Well-Done by Thomas Thursday from BLUE RIBBON WESTERN (06/46)
Three Smart Silks by H. Bedford-Jones from DETECTIVE-DRAGNET (12/30)
What Ball Players Do After Dark by Christopher Tompkins from ALL-AMERICAN SPORTS (12/33)

Graphic Classics: H.P. Lovecraft 
Now available 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 $10 plus $2 shipping from Eureka Publications
The retail price is $9.95 plus shipping from Bud Plant Comic Art.
Indiana Jones 4
Steven Spielberg says that the film will feature all of Jones' former babes in various cameo roles. Karen Allen is expected to be back for one soundbite, and other Indy girls who had smaller roles will be coming back. It is still up in the air whether or not Kate Capshaw, Spielberg's wife, will make an appearance. Sean Connery as Indy's father will be back for a few scenes, and the film is set in the early '50s.
Indiana Jones on DVD
Reporetedly the Paramount and the Spielberg/Lucas camp are arguing about Indiana Jones on DVD. Paramount wants to wait and release the first three films in a boxed set, while the Spielberg/Lucas camp want the films released individually and then released as a boxed set with all three films or possibly all four films. Both camps want to see them released by the fall of 2003. 
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen 
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol. II #4 will arrive in stores on Wednesday, December 26, from DC Comics.  The issue is written by Alan Moore, with art and cover by Kevin O'Neill. 

Here's how DC describes the issue: 
"While felonious friends Mr. Hyde and Captain Nemo lend their most needed aid in the defense of London and Mother England, Allan Quatermain and our Miss Mina head for a strange and memorable meeting on South Downs. For your further reading pleasure, and at no additional cost to you, dear reader, the publisher has most generously included an amusing almanac of fantastic places." 

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol. II #4 will be 32 pages and will cost $3.50. 

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

Modesty Blaise
A new 44 page Modesty Blaise story, printed for the first time in English, is now available in COMICS REVUE #200.
COMICS REVUE #200 also includes Gasoline Alley, Flash Gordon, Little Orphan Annie, Krazy Kat, Steve Canyon, Alley Oop, Mandrake the Magician, Tarzan of the Apes, and Buz Sawyer
COMICS REVUE #200 retails for $7.95.  It is available from Bud Plant Comic Art
Toy Vault's first addition to it's Cthulhu plush line, Nyarlethotep, is now available. 
The plush is 8 inches tall, made of beautiful green fabric and filled with plush and beanies. 
The retail price is $19.99. 
Visit Toy Vault's website at http://www.toyvault.com/cthulhu/nyarlethotep.html.
Pirates of the Caribbean
Coming to theaters next Summer is Disneys's PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.
Johnny Depp stars as swashbuckling anti-hero Jack Sparrow, Orlando Bloom is his buddy, Will Turner, Geoffery Rush plays the evil Pirate Captain Barbossa, and Jonathan Pryce is Governor Swann.  The film's female lead is former Episode I handmaiden Keira Knightley.  Gore Verbinski (The Ring) directs from a script by Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio and Jay Wolpert.
Pirates is set to wrap shooting in February, for a potential July 9th, 2003 release.
The teaser trailer for the film is available for viewing online at http://bventertainment.go.com/movies/pirates/index.html
Shrevnitz Memorial Library
Coming in 2003 from The Shrevnitz Memorial Library is Secret Agent X in Legion of the Living Dead (09/35).
VISCO - The Visual Index of Science Fiction Cover Art
VISCO Version 1.9 dated December 18th 2002 is now available online at http://visco.users.btopenworld.com.
New titles are:
The second British edition of Fantasy and Science Fiction and its companion magazine, the British edition of Venture.  Six Spencer magazines: Futuristic Science Stories, Tales of Tomorrow, Worlds of Fantasy, Out of This World, Supernatural Stories, and Wonders of the Spaceways. Over 123 new images!
Wildside Press
The following titles are now available from Wildside Press (http://www.wildsidepress.com/):

THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT by Edgar Rice Burroughs 

When adventurer Bowen Tyler was taken captive aboard an enemy submarine, he never dreamed that his voyage would end in the land that time forgot.  It is a land called Caspak, a land of myth and fable: located somewhere on a mountainous island in the South Pacific, populated with winged, humanlike creatures, dinosaurs, ferocious beasts of prey, Neanderthals, "wild ape-men," and monstrous reptiles who all terrorize one another -- and Bowen Tyler, and the submarine's mixed crew of World War I-era adventurers. Stranded on the beach, they fight their way across the island, through dinosaurs and Bronze Age warriors, saber-toothed tigers and cunning beast-men. They dine on Plesiosaurus steaks and face incredible dangers, meet and fall in love with a jungle princess -- and unravel the incredible secret of Caspak. 

132 pages, Trade Hardcover, ISBN: 1-59224-994-9,  $26.95 

Windy City Pulp & Paperback Convention
Pulp author Hugh B. Cave (aka Justin Case) will be attending as a Guest at the 3rd Windy City Pulp & Paperback Convention, April 4-6, 2003 in Lincolnwood, IL (right outside Chicago).  2003 will mark Cave's 75th year as an author
(congratulations!); later in 2003, Arkham House will be publishing his biography by Milt Thomas, who will also be attending the con.  Hugh joins previously announced guests Frank Robinson (pulp & sf author and author of "Pulp Culture" and "Science Fiction of the 20th Century"), and artists Joel Naprstek and Rick Larsen.  More details on the show are expected soon.  Updates are available at the official con website, http://www.pulpshow.com.

13 December 2002
Coming this Summer from Adventure House is BELARSKI: PULP ART MASTERS
This is a softcover, 12" x 9" in size with 400 plus images. 
The retail price is $19.95 plus shipping.

Visit the Adventure House website for the latest information and a larger image of the picture to the right.

Back Numbers Can Be Easily Procured
Warren Harris's apa-zine, BACK NUMBERS CAN BE EASILY PROCURED, has a new home on the Internet.
It can now be found on Bill Burns' eFanzines website at http://efanzines.com/
Bill has many great efanzines on his site. Click on over and check it out.

BACK NUMBERS CAN BE EASILY PROCURED #3 (July 2002) and #4 (Oct. 2002) can now be downloaded.

Conan of Cimmeria Volume 1 (1932 - 1933) - Expected in January 2003
The first book in a three volume set from Wandering Star covering all the Conan stories. Howard’s greatest hero…restored and complete, with a treasure trove of special extras…for the first time EVER! The finest artists, craftsmen and designers have produced a masterpiece equal to the best illustrated classics; textually restored and meticulously researched, full colour paintings, exquisite black and white line work throughout, slip cased with embossed colour plate, dust jacket, gilt edged, embossed cover and signed and numbered from by the award winning artist Mark Shultz. Extras include contextual notes, synopses, and plot outlines, plus from the Robert E Howard archives a wealth of never before seen material: original ideas, notes, hand drawn maps of the Hyborian world…. everything Conan’s creator ever wrote about the greatest barbarian adventurer of all time. 480 pages, 7 oil paintings and over 80 line drawings. Click here on on the image to the right for a larger picture.

Conan of Cimmeria Volume 1 contains the following stories: The Phoenix and the Sword, The Frost Giant’s Daughter, The God in the Bowl, The Tower of the Elephant, The Scarlet Citadel, Black Colossus, Xuthal of the Dusk, The Pool of the Black One, Rogues in the House, The Vale of Lost Women, Iron Shadows of the Moon, Queen of the Black Coast, and The Devil in Iron.

Conan of Cimmeria Volume 1 is available in three editions:
Signed and Numbered Slipcased Limited Edition of 1950 - $195

Artists Edition limited to 100 copies - $270
The Artist's Edition includes additional preliminary drawings

Ultra limited deluxe edition limited to 100 copies - $390
The Ultra limited deluxe edition is leatherbound and comes with an extra colour plate and additional preliminary drawings.

The Book Palace now reports that this book is expected in January 2003.
The Book Palace is now accepting advance orders for Conan of Cimmeria Volume 1.
Visit their website at http://www.bookpalace.com/.

Conan of Cimmeria Volume 1 will be available from Bud Plant and Diamond Comic Distributors in the U.S.

Doc Savage Newsletter
The Arizona Fans of Bronze have prepared a newsletter that will be distributed two times each year.  The winter 2002 version has been completed and is ready to be mailed.  The only thing missing is your physical address.
They are asking that you respond via email with your address and with anyone else's address you know, that is interested in Doc Savage.

The Doc Savage Newsletter is six pages long and contains the latest news on Doc Con 5 as well as information on new Doc Savage items, fan created items, radio play projects, artwork from previous Doc Cons and information on the Fall 2003 Doc Con, VI.  Most importantly, it gets the ball rolling on Doc Savage's upcoming 70th Anniversary commemoration.  Don't miss out on the latest Doc Savage news.  You will want to save your copy for future reference.  It will be mailed immediately upon receiving your response. 

Should you not wish to receive any future emails concerning Doc Savage, please respond as such and your information will be removed from our email list.  If you know someone who would appreciate receiving a free copy of the newsletter but, do not know their address please send their email address to us so that we can include them.

Doc Con, VI, will be held November 8, 2003. 

Please email your information to:  JRyanDS@aol.com

E-texts on the net this week
The Shadow Magazine:
The Voodoo Master from THE SHADOW MAGAZINE (03/01/36)

The Shrevnitz Memorial Library
Crime Country from THE SHADOW MAGAZINE (09/01/40)

The Shadow Magazine Interior Artwork
The White Column (03/15/41), The Muggers (11/43), The London Crimes (09/15/35)
Crime Country  (09/01/40) [Note: added late last week]

Doc Savage PDF:   Note: New Temporary Site
Pirate of the Pacific (07/33)
The Man Who Fell Up (07/42)

Blackmask Online:  The Shadow in Death By Proxy (10/15/36)

Larry Estep-Online Pulps
Parking Simplified by William Brunner (writing as George M. Rock) from FORTUNE STORY MAGAZINE (07/29)
Tight Spot by C. S. Montanye.  This is a story featuring The Canary Kid from COMPLETE STORIES (09/15/31)
Score Another for Barnum by Thomas Thursday from ARGOSY ALL-STORY (11/91920)

Well, it's official. After much speculation, FIREFLY has been cancelled.
Producer Tim Minear had the following to say, "We did get word tonight, Fox won't be ordering any new eps. That translates to 'cancelled.' We will finish shooting the ep now in production (I'm directing, in fact Joss came down to the set to break the bad news to cast and crew -- we wrapped early, but are back at it in the am), we'll finish post on all eps, and Fox says they're going to somehow air all eps." But we're not giving up yet. 
Please continue to check Firefly: Immediate  Assistance (http://fireflysupport.com/ ) for updates on the campaign to ressurect FIREFLY.
Golden Perils
It will be Doc Savage's 70th anniversary in 2003 and Howard Hopkins would like a small tribute article or two 
for the March/April issue of GOLDEN PERILS.  Articles should be in RTF format. 
Contact Howard at goldenperils@aol.com
H. Bedford-Jones
Recently on the Western Pulps newsgroup, Peter Ruber announced that his book on H. Bedford-Jones, KING OF THE PULPS, was soon to be released. It  is being published by Battered Silicon Press. The book will retail for $25. Battered Silicon Press published the three volume hardcover collection, THE COMPLEAT ADVENTURES OF JULES DE GRANDIN.

Peter described the book as follows:
The book is 316 pages and includes 90 pages of essays about HB-J's life, writings and pseudonyms; the long sweated-over bibliography compiled with Darrell C. Richardson and Victor A. Berch; two rare chapters of autobiography written by B-J in 1947 at the request of his long-time friend Vincent Starrett (originally published in 1981 in an edition of 86 copies); a Sherlock Holmes pastiche B-J wrote in 1934 to perpetrate a hoax on Alexander Woollcott and the Baker Street Irregulars; a newly discovered John Solomon adventure novelette (found as were going to press), and 46 pages of pulp magazine and select book covers--not counting rare photos of HB-J, his parents and grandfather, the Rev. Thomas Bedford-Jones, who began the Canadian dynasty in 1870. The Canadian branch is still active in the Anglican Church with the Rt. Rev. Michael H. H. Bedford-Jones, Bishop of York-Scarborough and Assistant Bishop of Toronto.

The book has been published in a quality paperback edition on very good paper, and will retail for US $25, plus shipping.

Contact Mike Chomko at chomko@enter.net to reserve your copy today.

Modern Library has published a new edition of H. Rider Haggard’s KING SOLOMAN’S MINES.
KING SOLOMAN’S MINES was one of the bestselling novels of the nineteenth century. H. Rider Haggard’s thrilling saga of elephant hunter Allan Quatermain and his search for fabled treasure is more than just an adventure story, though: As Alexandra Fuller explains in her Introduction, in its vivid portrayal of the alliances and battles of white colonials and African tribesmen, KING SOLOMAN’S MINES “brings us the world of extremes, of the absurdly tall tales and of the illogical loyalty between disparate people that still informs this part of the world.” 

The trade paperback retails for $9.95.  ISBN: 0-8129-6629-5
It can be ordered from Amazon Books or Barnes & Noble

Indiana Jones
Steven Spielberg has told the Zap2it website that Harrison Ford is onboard, with a script that has been written and approved. Production is still greenlighted for 2004 with a 2005 release. 
King Conan: Crown of Iron
IGN FilmForce recently broke the news that writer/director John Milius, star Arnold Schwarzenegger, producers Larry and Andy Wachowski and studio Warner Brothers may no longer be involved with KING CONAN: CROWN OF IRON because the character's owners, Conan Properties, Inc., were not going to allow Warners or the Wachowski brothers to renew their option on the material.

Now IGN FilmForce is reporting that Conan Properties, Inc. has reached an agreement with Warner Brothers allowing the studio to renew their option on the Conan characters. Whether or not Milius and Schwarzenegger will still be involved with the film remains unclear but the story indicated that the Wachowski brothers are definitely no longer involved with the film. 

TheArnoldFans.com established an online petition to keep Milius and Arnold Schwarzenegger involved with the film.  Nearly 5,000 signatures were gathered within three days!

TheArnoldFans.com also interviewed John Milius about his involvement with KING CONAN. 
Milius informed the site that, if he does indeed make the film, then he's considering casting wrestler "Triple X" as
the titular barbarian's estranged son, Kon. While Milius likes The Rock, he doesn't see him as Kon. Vin Diesel is also no longer under consideration for the role. 

Should KING CONAN proceed, Milius has already decided that it will be shot in Turkey and Croatia. Also, Conan will wield a new weapon in this film (if Milius' vision wins out): a specially designed battle-axe dubbed "The qualonean Spatha." Conan's sword from the original films, created by Jody Samson, is now reportedly in the Smithsonian Museum as one of "the most recognized film swords of all of cinema's history."

Read the complete interview at TheArnoldFans.com.

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Movie
IGN FilmForce has reported that there will not be a teaser trailer for 20th Century Fox's THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN debuting tomorrow before STAR TREK: NEMESIS, as was previously announced. No reason was given why the trailer is a no-show and a new premiere date has not been established.
Mad Max 4
Mel Gibson is set to score around $25 million to reprise the role of the famed Desert Warrior in a fourth entry in the series from Kennedy/Miller Productions. Currently utilizing the working title "Fury Road", the budget is set at $104 million with shooting aiming to begin in May in Australia under the helm of the original film's director George Miller. 
PIRATE TALES #1- Now available
A new and exciting illustrated magazine from the publisher of BLOODTHIRSTY PIRATE TALES #1-8. 
Pirate adventure, fact and fiction, legend and lore. This begins with a graphic story of the sea--full of love, looting and loads of booty. Done in a finely detailed line art style by Richard Becker, lending an antiquated feel to the work. Also includes Old Bone's History of Piracy featuring the Corsairs of the Barbary Coast, providing a history of the ships and sea-goers of the time. An in-depth look at weapons is complemented by more fabulous art by Becker--this time full of detailed tonal shading,  providing a distinct contrast to his salty yarn. Contains a gallery with information on past tales of piracy in dime novels and pulps, highlighting classics like ARGOSY, RED RAVEN LIBRARY, PIRATE STORIES, ADVENTURE, BLUE BOOK, SEA STORIES and more. Also features a full page work by S. Clay Wilson and a sexy gal-with-pirate piece by Mike Hoffman.  Tons of fun, full of historical tidbits and pirate-speak.  8"x11", 48 pages, black & white, $7

PIRATE TALES is available from Bud Plant Comic Art.

The Pulp Rack
The Pulp Rack has been redesigned and should be easier to navigate for finding new and older material than the original design allowed. 

New at The Pulp Rack
More entries to the Biography section from the AdventureFiction.com site: 
Merle Constiner and H. Bedford-Jones. 
Both of these men were excellent writers for the pulps, and Peter Ruber has done a great job of shedding more light on their lives and work. Peter has a book-length biography in the works about Bedford-Jones. 
See H. Bedford-Jones above for more information.

More entries to the new Bibliography section, also from the AdventureFiction site: 
A listing for Merle Constiner; one for hard-boiled writer Norbert Davis; two checklists for the prolific Erle Stanley
Gardner -- one according to Magazine Title and the other by Series Character; and a listing for Garrett P. Serviss.

More entries in the Links section:
A selection of Pulp Conventions in the Links section.
A link to the Black Horse Westerns site on the Western Links list.
A link to the Popular Culture Library site of Bowling Green State University in Ohio to the "General Pulp
Links & News" list. 

Robert Weinberg 
Robert Weinberg has updated his website and has added many new scans of pulp covers, comics, rare books and original art.  Visit the site at http://www.robertweinberg.net/
VERITAS is a new action drama about a father-son archeology team a la the "Indiana Jones" film series
that will debut on ABC the night of  27 January at 8PM.

Ancient relics. Hidden tombs. Religous icons. Boring stuff for 17-year-old rebel Nikko Zond. But when he's kicked out of yet another boarding school and delivered to his archeologist father, Nikko starts to learn the truth about Solomon Zond's life work.  Behind the academic cover, Zond's "company" is investigating the mysteries of the ancient world, and protecting its secrets at all costs.  Together, father and son are swept up in a race to uncover this past before a mysterious brotherhood can stop them. 

From the creators of Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, and the Emmy Award-winning producers of Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows and Annie, this hour combines the thrills of Indiana Jones with the intrigue of the world's greatest unsolved mysteries. 

Cast:   Ryan Merriman: Nikko      Alex Carter: Solomon     Arnold Vosloo: Vincent
           Cobie Smulders: Juliet     Eric Balfour: Calvin         Cynthia Martells: Maggie

Visit the VERITAS website at http://abc.abcnews.go.com/primetime/preview/veritas.html

06 December 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 3 (July 2002) can now be downloaded at http://www.angelfire.com/zine2/backnumbers/

Comic Book Marketplace - Steve Canyon issue
Comic Book Marketplace #96 (November 2002) is now available.
This issue features the art of Milton Caniff and focuses primarily on Steve Canyon and Terry and the Pirates.

This issue also features an article by Michelle Nolan, The Prolific Pines Company!
The article briefly covers the history of Ned Pines publications including pulps, comics, and paperbacks.
The article also praises The Adventure House Guide to the Pulps by Doug Ellis, John Locke, and John Gunnison and The Ultimate Guide to the Pulps by Tim Cottrill.
Comic Book Marketplace is profusely illustrated in color and black and white.
The retail price is $5.95.

Comic Book Marketplace is available in comic shops.
Copies are also available from Gemstone Publishing (800-322-7978) for $8 postpaid.

Diceman Creations
Diceman Creations is a garage kit company that has announced that they now offer officially licensed Shadow pieces!  The first release is the Shadow "Liar's Poker" relief plaque.  In mid-2003 they will release a full figure model kit of The Shadow. Each of these pieces has been sculpted with the intent of capturing the aura of mystery that surrounds the enigmatic figure know only as..... The Shadow! 

Visit Diceman Creations website for a closeup look at these products.

Fox is considering the following TV series for release on DVD.
E-texts on the net this week
The Shadow Magazine:
Death By Proxy from THE SHADOW MAGAZINE (10/15/36)

The Shadow Magazine Interior Artwork
City of Fear (10/15/40), Death By Proxy (10/15/36), and Crime Under Cover (06/01/41)

Doc Savage PDF  Nothing new this week.

Blackmask Online:  The Shadow in Brothers of Doom (06/01/37)
                              Doc Savage in The Fiery Menace (09/42)

Larry Estep-Online Pulps
Left fer the Buzzards - A Shorty Masters story by Allan Bosworth from WILD WEST WEEKLY (10/21/33) 
Girlie by Kingsley Moses - A toboganning story from SPORT STORY MAGAZINE (01/22/24)
Clip-Joint Chisellers by Mat Rand from TEN STORY GANG (08/28)

Fading Shadows - Now Available
Action Adventure Stories #120 featuring The Masked Rider in The Black Caballero from April 1934
Classic Pulp Fiction Stories #91
Alien Worlds #33
Double Danger Tales #57
Detective Mystery Stories #31

Each issue is 5.5 by 8.5 inches in size and runs approximately 80 pages.
One issue is $6.30 postpaid. Two or more issues are $6 each postpaid.
Not responsible for packages lost in the mail. 
Insurance is $1.10 per $50.00 value and highly recommended.
Order from: Fading Shadows, Inc., 504 E. Morris Street, Seymour, TX 76380-2212

Golden Perils
GOLDEN PERILS #27 is now available. 
This issue features: 
More Secret Sequels by Tom Barnett 
The Shadow Speaks, An Interview with Walter B. Gibson, by L. Wayne Hicks
The Golden Perils Newsline. 

You can download GOLDEN PERILS #27 on the Golden Perils webpage at http://www.howardhopkins.com/page4.htm.
Back issues of GOLDEN PERILS (#21 through #27) are available in PDF format on a CD for $15 postpaid.
Contact GOLDEN PERILS at goldenperils@aol.com for ordering instructions. 

GOLDEN PERILS needs articles for future issues. 
Any and all aspects of the pulps and Old Time Radio--all genres.
Articles should be in RTF format. Contact goldenperils@aol.com

H. Rider Haggard - She
H. Rider Haggard's She is being prepared by Hallmark Entertainment as a three-hour TV movie for TNT.
John Goldsmith is scripting.
Hippocampus Press
FROM THE PEST ZONE: THE NEW YORK STORIES, by H. P. Lovecraft will be available in December.
Orders can now be placed for this and other upcoming titles on the Hippocampus Press website. 
Edited by S. T. Joshi and David E. Schultz
Paperback: $15.00
This volume contains exhaustively annotated editions of The Shunned House, The Horror at Red Hook, He, In the Vault, and Cool Air. While some of these stories are available in annotated form elsewhere, the new volume will be much more thorough in its critical appraisal of the tales. It also will feature a new introduction, examining the circumstances surrounding Lovecraft's creation of each story, and featuring illuminating excerpts from Lovecraft's letters.
Hippocampus Press has rearranged their 2003 publishing schedule somewhat to accommodate an exciting new title, THE PLACE CALLED DAGON by Herbert Gorman. This novel is the latest entry in our "Lovecraft's Library" series, and will be released in February 2003. 

Edited by S. T. Joshi,  Paperback: $15.00
Daniel Dreeme has come to the small Massachusetts town of Marlborough to pursue his medical practice; but he quickly discovers that there is more beneath the surface of this placid-seeming farming community than meets the eye. The mystery seems to center around Jeffrey Westcott, a sardonic figure who has filled his house with strange books and speaks ominously of summoning up "old gods" at some region he terms "the place called Dagon." And what role does his wife, the dark beauty Martha Westcott, play in this scenario? And is the saturnine preacher George Burroughs really as pious as he seems? When the Westcotts' hired man is killed in a particularly brutal fashion, Dreeme knows that he has become ineluctably enmeshed in a horror that may engulf both his body and his soul.

H. P. Lovecraft spoke highly of this novel in "Supernatural Horror in Literature," and for good reason. THE PLACE CALLED DAGON (1927) uncannily reflects many of the themes in Lovecraft's own fiction, and probably influenced HPL's "The Shadow over Innsmouth" and "The Dreams in the Witch House." This novel, whose very title is Lovecraftian, has waited too long to find a new generation of readers. As the latest in our Lovecraft's Library series, it 
is now reprinted uncut and unabridged, with an introduction by S. T. Joshi.

Hippocampus Press will publish a new volume of previously unpublished writings by the young Clark Ashton Smith!  The volume will contain his recently discovered fantasy/adventure novel THE SWORD OF ZAGAN, plus never-before seen short stories, poems and fragments. Edited by Dr. W. C. Farmer, a close friend of Clark Ashton Smith in his later years, this volume will be a must-have for Smith fans and those who thrilled to THE BLACK DIAMONDS. Smith fans are encouraged to visit the Eldritch Dark website at http://www.eldritchdark.com for more information about the discovery of these treasures of weird literature.

Contact Hippocampus Press, P.O. Box 641, New York, NY 10156, 
Phone: 212-681-9120, Fax: 212-681-9126.
Visit the Hippocampus Press website at http://www.hippocampuspress.com/

Illustration Magazine
ILLUSTRATION MAGAZINE #5, originally scheduled for November, has been delayed until January. 
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.
80 pages in black and white and full color for $9.
Four issue subscriptions are available for $36. 

Illustration Magazine
ILLUSTRATION MAGAZINE #6 will be available in April. 
This issue marks the beginning of a new format.  At 100 pages, perfect bound, and printed in full color, the new format more closely resembles an art book than a magazine. 

This issue focuses on one of the most important and prolific illustrators of the 20th century, Robert Peak. 
Peak comletely revolutionized advertising in the film industry in the 1960s, and transformed the approach to movie advertising from basic collages of film stills or head shots to flamboyant artistic illustrations.  His innovative poster design for West Side Story in 1961 - painting characters and scenes into a single montage - became the first of over 100 such posters, among them My Fair Lady, Camelot, Star Trek, Superman, and Apocalypse Now and earned Peak the title "Father of the Modern Movie Poster."  Peak's45 covers for TIME MAGAZINE (most notably the portrait of Mother Teresa), and numerous other commercial assignments redefined the look of illustration in the 1960s and 1970s, and influenced contemporary illustrators more than anyone since J. C. Leyendecker or Al parker.  No other book on Peak exists in print today. 

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

Isaac Asimov - I, ROBOT
VARIETY has reported that Fox has signed Will Smith to star in the science fiction film adaptation of the 1940s Isaac Asimov short-story collection I, ROBOT.  Shooting is scheduled to begin in April. Alex Proyas (DARK CITY and THE CROW) will direct the film.

The original I, ROBOT contained nine short stories that Asimov wrote for various magazines throughout the 1940s, brought together thematically by the author's three laws of robotics. Those laws hold that a robot may not injure a human or, through inaction, allow a human to come to harm; a robot must obey orders given to it by a human, 
except where it would conflict with the first law; and a robot must protect itself, as long as that protection doesn't violate either the first or second law.

The movie is a futuristic thriller in which a detective investigates a crime that might have been perpetrated by a robot, even though that seems an impossibility given those three prevailing rules.

JO GAR'S CASEBOOK by Raoul Whitfield
Crippen & Landru announced that JO GAR'S CASEBOOK by Raoul Whitfield is at last in print. 
The book is available in two editions:
$20 for the softcover plus shipping 
$45 for the 225-copy clothbound plus shipping
The clothbound edition is signed by the editor (Keith Deutsch) and the designer (Tom Roberts),
with an additional "Scotty" story in a separate pamphlet.
Shipping is $3.00 for the first book; $1.00 each additional book 
You can order on the Crippen & Landru website at http://www.crippenlandru.com/

You can also order both editions from Mike Chomko.
Mike is offering the softcover for $19 postpaid and the clothbound for $45 postpaid.
Contact Mike Chomko at chomko@enter.net to reserve your copy.

Jules Verne Film Remakes
According to HOTDOG MAGAZINE, George Clooney is set to star in a remake of Jules Verne's classic JOURNEY TO THE CENTRE OF THE EARTH.  Apparently the film has been reworked as an "Indiana Jones" style action-fest with Clooney pencilled in as the lead and Monica Belluci as the female lead. Stan Winston is doing the effects. Also... It's just one of a few epic remakes in the works, says the magazine, with Geoffrey Rush attached to play Captain Nemo in a remake of 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA and Matt Damon or Christian Bale eyed for MASTER OF THE WORLD, of which John Malkovich is being rumoured as the villain. 
All are planned for sometime in 2004.
Killraven - War of the Worlds
Diamond Comic Distributors is shipping the third book in the Marvel Comics Killraven mini-series to comic shops to arrive on 11 December.  This is a six issue mini-series written and pencilled by Alan Davis with Mark Farmer inking and Gregory Wright coloring.   Each issue is 32 pages with ads for $2.99. 
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Movie
Showfax, a L.A.-based members-only website, has posted three pages from the June 19, 2002 draft of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.  The script pages are being used to audition actors for the role of "Campion Bond," the portly British secret service agent who, in the original comic book series, is the man who recruits the titular team of super-heroes to protect the British empire.

This particular scene not only reveals the film's final moments but a MAJOR SPOILER about the fate of one of the main characters as well. The coda introduces Campion Bond as "an elegant gentleman" who greets the League after their climatic battle with the villainous "Fantom." (It should also be noted that this scene closely mirrors the ending of the original comic book series and hints at what the sequel might be about.)

Fox Movies revealed that rather than having Campion Bond round up the team in the film, Richard Roxburgh will serve as "the League's enigmatic recruiter, M."  Thus, since Roxburgh is playing "M", a larger role for a shady character like Campion Bond didn't appear necessary. IGN FilmForce reports that while Bond's role will be minor in this film, he will be integral to the sequel.

While the role of Campion Bond is currently uncast,  IGN FilmForce  reports that Robbie Coltrane (Hagrid from the Harry Potter series, FROM HELL) is under consideration to portray Campion Bond but nothing has happened yet. In other words, Coltrane is being sought after but he might opt not to do it. 

League continues filming in Prague (sans Sean Connery, who wrapped up his role earlier this month). We will see a teaser trailer running before STAR TREK: NEMESIS when it debuts December 13. League opens July 11, 2003.

The four hour mini-series THE LOST WORLD that made its American debut on A&E October 6 and 7 is now available on a two-disc collector's edition DVD.  THE LOST WORLD features Bob Hoskins in the lead role as Professor George Edward Challenger, with James Fox as Prof. Leo Summerlee, Matthew Rhys as Edward Malone, and Tom Ward as Lord John Roxton. Also in the cast are Peter Falk as Theo Kerr and Elaine Cassidy as Agnes Cluny. 
Included on the two-disc set are a Making-of featurette, a History Channel special, "Dinosaur Secrets Revealed", biographies and bibliographies. 
Moonstone Books
Diamond Comic Distributors is shipping THE HAT SQUAD to arrive in comic shops on 12/11.

This title is written by Jay Faerber with art by Eric Yonge and a cover by Tim Seelig.
The Hat Squad is 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. 

Pulp Adventurecon #4 
Bold Venture Press has announced that PULP ADVENTURECON #4 will be held on October 18, 2003.
25 dealer tables of pulp magazines and related paperbacks in Bordentown, NJ!
Crimes and Punishments: The Lost Bloch, Volume 3 from Subterranean Press is tentatively scheduled to ship this month. The wraparound dust jacket art is by Bernie Wrightson.

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 to place your order.

Shadow Premium
John Olsen is offering a new Shadow premium. 
An amazing self-working magic trick. And you don't even need to send in a box-top; just send a dime! 
You will receive the special Shadow's Sanctum envelope and three different Shadow cards. 
Remove the cards from The Shadow's Sanctum envelope and lay them randomly before you. 
Follow the three simple steps and The Shadow will amaze you with his mystical power. 
How does it work?  What secret power lies behind this strange mystery? 
Only The Shadow knows!

To order your very own Shadow's Sanctum magic trick, send ten cents, along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope (business size, or No. 10) to:  John Olsen, P.O. Box 181, Newberg, Oregon 97132.
Please be sure to specify what you are ordering. 
Say "I want The Shadow's Sanctum magic trick!" 
And don't forget that business sized SASE.
Your order can't be completed without it.
Limit one (1) Shadow's Sanctum trick per address, please. 

Visit John Olsen's Shadow Premium website at http://www.spaceports.com/~deshadow/premium/index.html

According to VARIETY, the DC Comics superhero Captain Marvel may be getting the feature film treatment at New Line Cinema. New Line is in final negotiations with DC to acquire feature rights on the 60-year-old title, in which mild-mannered Billy Batson discovers that he can call on the powers of an ancient Egyptian wizard, Shazam, and thereafter undertakes heroic exploits.  New Line VPs Christopher Godsick and Mark Kaufman are developing the property for the studio.  Michael Uslan has been announced as serving as executive producer on the project.
Tarzan of the Air
Robert R. Barrett is working on his second book, TARZAN OF THE AIR. 
It is a history of the Tarzan radio shows.
VISCO - The Visual Index of Science Fiction Cover Art
VISCO Version 1.7 dated December 6th 2002 is now available online at http://visco.users.btopenworld.com.
There are two new titles in this release - AMERICAN SCIENCE FICTION (actually an Australian title, Visco's first) and the first British reprint edition of FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION. With the kind permission of Gordon van Gelder, the current publisher of F&SF, all of F&SF covers will be loaded over a number of weeks, in parallel with other, smaller titles. Terry Gibbons is particularly keen to add the Australian edition also - can anyone help? 
In the pipeline (still) - AUTHENTIC SF, the Spencer magazines - SUPERNATURAL STORIES, WONDERS OF THE SPACEWAYS, TALES OF TOMORROW, WORLDS OF FANTASY, FUTURISTIC SCIENCE STORIES and more British reprint editions - can anyone provide scans?

Terry has now added a wants list page to consolidate in one place the images he is looking for to complete existing titles or new ones to be added in the immediate future. Please take a look to see if there are any gaps there you
can help to fill.

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

By Michael Collins (writing as Robert Hart Davis) 

Charlie Chan, visiting San Francisco to make a speech, finds himself swept into one of his most puzzling-and dangerous-cases!  A cult known as the Golden Horde is running a spiritual retreat, helping the disturbed and the depressed find inner peace. Benny Chan, who worked for the Golden Horde, is dead . . . but the priceless treasure he carried has been recovered. Benny's sister is searching for the truth, and Chan agrees to help her. The rarest of scrolls from the days of Ghengis Khan, shadowy villains, and an ancient organization with ties to modern organized crime are just the start. For this case will take Chan across the Pacific in search of answers . . . and to the edges of the human psyche! 

Over some four decades, Dennis Lynds (who also writes as Michael Collins, Mark Sadler, John Crowe, William Arden, and Carl Dekker) has published more than 60 novels and won many mystery and literary awards, both nationally an internationally, including the Edgar, awarded by the Mystery Writers of America, and the Marlowe, the 
Lifetime Achievment Award of the SoCal Chapter of MWA, given to him in 2002.  CHARLIE CHAN IN THE TEMPLE OF THE GOLDEN HORDE originally appeared in Charlie Chan Mystery Magazine. 

MICHAEL COLLINS (writing as Robert Hart Davis) 
128 pages, Trade Hardcover, ISBN: 1-59224-014-3,  $29.95 


During the British Raj, the Khyber Pass -- a perilous mountain bottleneck that separates India from Central Asia -- was a wild place, a refuge of outlaws and a center of banditry. Scene of countless invasions, the pass has long been witness to the struggles of wild, untamed people, conquerors, traders and adventurers. 

This is the tale of one of those adventurers, Athelstan King, Anglo-Indian captain of the Khyber Rifles. King, a hero with the face of a Roman conqueror, is sent to the Khyber Pass to quell a jihad.  He is aided by the beautiful, exotic, and powerful Yasmini in the battle to keep the pass open against the insurgence of a mad mullah and his forces.  "A man and his promise -- a woman and intrigue -- are one!" 

244 pages
Library (Jacketless) Hardcover, ISBN: 1-58715-935-X, $29.95 
Trade Paperback, ISBN: 1-58715-933-3, $19.95 

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