30 May 2003
AdventureStrips.com will be shutting down effective Friday, May 30, 2003.
Unfortunately, the site isn't generating enough revenue to justify the work being putting into it.
Click here  to check the status of your favorite AdventureStrips series, and find out where you can continue to follow them.  Of particular interest are Red Kelso which is moving to ModernTales.com and Doctor Satan which is moving to Modern Pulp.
Alien is making a big screen comeback when it gets re-released this Halloween.  According to the Dark Horizons website, the film will be getting most, if not all, of the cut footage restored back into the narrative. Final details are still being worked out, but their source reports that the film's soundtrack will also be remastered to take advantage of today's digital cinema sound formats, and will be positioned as a major fall release, to play on over 2,000 screens. Should this rerelease become successful tentative plans have already been set to release James Cameron's restored cut of Aliens into theatres next spring.
Battlestar Galactica
Universal has decided to release the Battlestar Galactica DVD boxed set in the fall to coincide with the Sci-Fi Channel's premiere of the Battlestar Galactica mini-series. 
Bold Venture Press
Bold Venture Press editior Rich Harvey posted the following information to the alt.pulp newsgroup concerning the status of the Spider reprint series:

The Spider reprints became dammed up once we took on the DOMINO LADY project. But we have several issues "in the can" and ready to go to press in a few weeks.

Much as I hate to say it, The Spider was only on a regular schedule for a year, when I originally teamed with Cat Jaster ... they didn't come out more often when she was flying solo with the SPIDER ... I'm trying to remedy the problem, but it probably won't happen soon.  People don't subscribe since they aren't coming out more often, hence there isn't enough money to push them out the door faster.  Holy Catch-22, Batman!

Burroughs Bulletin
The Spring 2003 issue of The Burroughs Bulletin is now available. 
This issue features articles on Burroughs’ fifty-third story, Lost on Venus
It is profusely illustrated in black & white with full color front and back covers..
Articles include:
"Tarzan and the River II" by R. E. Prindle and Dr. Anton Polarion
"Dell Tarzan #1" by Duane Adams
Picture Gallery: William Stout
"Tarzan 90th Birthday Panel at the San Diego Comic-Con" 
"Pirate Blood a First Draft? Not Likely!" by Robert L. Barrett
Letters to the Editor and Bibliographer's Corner

Subscriptions are $28 for four quarterly issues from: 
The Burroughs Bibliophiles, University of Louisville Library, Louisville, KY 40292. 
Single issues are available from The Stars Our Destination (847-570-5919) for $7 each plus shipping.

COMIC BOOK MARKETPLACE #101 is now available and features one pulp-related article. 
The Shadow  (The Archie Version) is by Paul Castiglia and runs 5 pages. 
COMIC BOOK MARKETPLACE #101 is 84 pages for $5.95.

COMIC BOOK MARKETPLACE is available in comic shops or direct from Gemstone Publishing.
MasterCard or VISA orders call 800-322-7978.  CBM #101 is $8 postpaid.

Conan of Cimmeria Volume 1 (1932 - 1933) - NOW AVAILABLE
Bud Plant received his shipment of the Signed and Numbered Slipcased Limited Edition of Conan of Cimmeria Volume 1 this week!   This book has been so popular that Bud's first shipment sold out before it arrived. The good news is that Bud ordered another batch of these books and should have them by late June. Order now to guarantee you get one.  Click here for details posted on 02 May. Click here to order.


Cthulhu Lives! Statue
From the fertile and demented imagination of H.P. Lovecraft sprang forth the ultimate embodiment of xenomorphic evil, the Great Cthulhu! Now, Sam Greenwell presents this icon of the Great Old One, sculpted as if it were an ancient relic dating back to the dawn of pre-history. This pre-painted statue of Cthulhu measures 4 1/2" tall and is limited to 1,500 pieces. 

Scheduled to ship in September 2003. 
The retail price is  $34.95.

The Cthulhu Lives! Statue can be pre-ordered at your local comic shop from the June PREVIEWS. 
The Diamond Item Code is JUN033354.

Cthulhu Plush Hand Puppet
Dark Elder God that devours men's souls... or a cute hand puppet?!  Give your next puppet show that extra special touch with a monster that wants to devour the Earth! Your hand fits into both arms and his tentacles, so you can grab with all. Also, pull the hidden ring with your pinky, and he'll give the finger! Gotta be seen to be believed! Measures 12" tall by 12" wide by 6" deep. 

Scheduled to ship in September 2003.
The retail price is $19.95.

The Cthulhu Plush Hand Puppet can be pre-ordered at your local comic shop from the June PREVIEWS. 
The Diamond Item Code is JUN033305.

Dark Angel
The first season DVD boxed set of James Cameron’s Dark Angel is now available. 
The second and final season is slated for an October 2003 release. 
The retail price is $59.98.
E-texts on the net this week
The Shadow Magazine
The Magigals Mystery (Winter 1949) 
Circus of Greed by John Olsen is this week's Two-Minute Shadow Mystery.

Robert Mullen's Shadow PDF
Nothing new this week.

The Shadow Magazine Interior Artwork:
Forgotten Gold (01/01/41), The Green Terror (01/15/41), and Mansion of Crime (03/01/41)

ShadowPDF:  Amazon Anne in Riddle of the Black Scarab

Doc Savage PDF: The Mental Monster (August 1943)

The Shrevnitz Memorial Library:  Nothing new this week.

Blackmask Online: Doc Savage in The Mental Monster (August 1943)

Larry Estep-Online Pulps:    Now with over 200 stories online!
The House of Weird Sleep by Charles R. Allen from the January, 1935 issue of SPICY-ADVENTURE. 
Grappling Trilby by Robert Leslie Bellem from POPULAR SPORTS, June, 1938. 
Fake it Easy by Richard Brister from MAMMOTH MYSTERY, June, 1946. 
Grandma Perkins and the Space Pirates by James McConnell from the March, 1954 issue of PLANET STORIES. 
The Big-Time Heart by W. Carey Wonderly from the November, 1913 issue of PEOPLE'S IDEAL FICTION.

Flash Gordon & Ming the Merciless Mini-bust Set
Classic comic strip spaceman Flash Gordon, and his arch-nemesis Ming the Merciless, Emperor of Mongo, leap from the funny pages and onto your mantle or shelf as this set of beautifully sculpted mini-busts. Designed and sculpted by Randy Bowen, the vibrantly decorated Flash and Ming mini-busts each stand approximately 6" tall and are only available as a set! 

Scheduled to ship in September 2003. 
The retail price is $60.00.

The Flash Gordon & Ming Mini-bust Set can be pre-ordered at your local comic shop from the June PREVIEWS. The Diamond Item Code is JUN033340.

Flash Gordon Ornaments: Raygun
This fantastic miniature version of Flash Gordon's Raygun is now available to you as detailed ornament, fully painted and ready to display. Based on original Flash Gordon designs! 

The release date is October 01, 2003
The retail price is $14.99. 
The Flash Gordon Raygun Ornament can be pre-ordered at your local comic shop from the June PREVIEWS. 
The Diamond Item Code is JUN030092.

Flash Gordon Ornaments: Spaceship
This fantastic miniature version of Flash Gordon's Spaceship is now available to you as detailed ornament, fully painted and ready to display. Based on original Flash Gordon designs! 

The release date is October 01, 2003
The retail price is $14.99. 
The Flash Gordon Spaceship Ornament can be pre-ordered at your local comic shop from the June PREVIEWS. The Diamond Item Code is JUN030093.

Golden Perils 29
Golden Perils 29 in PDF format is now ready and available for free download at http://www.howardhopkins.com/page4.htm.
This issue includes the following articles:
The First Kenneth Robeson by Tom Barnett
The Modern Avenger by Jeffrey T. Zverloff
The Golden Perils Newsline 

The file is 2.2 megs and you will need Acrobat Reader 4.0 or above to read it. 
Scroll down to the issue and right click on the download link, then choose "Save target as" to save to your harddrive.

Green Hornet
AdAge reports that Miramax Films is shopping the largest automotive product placement deal ever in a feature film, asking for more than $35 million from whichever automaker signs up to have its car star in the summer 2005 release The Green Hornet

And the movie company is out looking for a partner before it has a screenplay or a director. The Green Hornet will feature a sedan driven by the superhero's chauffeur and bodyguard, Kato, that will be so prominently featured the car will essentially be a star in the film, said Lori Sale, executive vice president of worldwide promotions for Miramax Films, a Walt Disney Co. unit.

The fact that Miramax doesn't have a director or a script is a plus, Ms. Sale said, because it gives a potential marketing partner major access in influencing how the cars are used in the film.  "It has to be a cool car," Ms. Sale said. "Minivans need not apply. It needs to be a new vehicle or a concept car." 

"It's not very often where the product is one of the cast," Ms. Sale said. "This is one of those films that don't come around too often. We want to make this the largest single automotive placement ever."

In order to participate in the Green Hornet film, an automaker does not have to pay Miramax directly, but it does have to agree to spend in excess of $35 million in paid media promoting its car in the movie, working with Miramax to create the campaign.

The Hidden Kingdom
Screenwriter Richard Outten (PET SEMATARY II) has sold a movie pitch to Hyde Park Entertainment. Outten's story follows the exploits of a modern day Indiana Jones meets Robin Hood from Hong Kong, travelling to the far reaches of the globe to return artifacts and return them to their proper owners. When the hero's father steals one of these artifacts he goes after dear old Dad, chasing him into a legendary land called Shambhala located on the India sub-continent. 
H. P. Lovecraft's Magazine of Horror
Coming in Spring 2004 is a new quarterly magazine from Wildside Press, H. P. Lovecraft's Magazine of Horror.
Authors featured in the first issue include H. P. Lovecraft, Brian Lumley, Ramsey Campbell, Tanith Lee, Holly Phillips, Tim Pratt, Michael Jasper, and Darrell Schweitzer.  The magazine is edited by Marvin Kaye.  The first issue cover is by Bob Eggleton.  Click here for a larger cover image.

The first issue is being published in a special book paper edition for distributors. 
Wildside Press will produce a few extras to meet any early reader demand. 
The price of this special book paper edition is $15. 
Prior to 31 July, you may use coupon code HPL to save 20% on the first issue's book paper edition. 

A four issue (one year) subscription (U.S. only) is $19.95.
An eight issue (two years) subscription (U.S. only) is $36.

Click here to go to the Wildside Press website and order.

James Bond - Die Another Day
James Bond in Die Another Day will be available on DVD June 03, 2003.
The retail price is $29.98.

The novelization of Die Another Day by Raymond Benson will be available in hardcover in June.
A paperback was released last November.

DC Comics has announced that THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN  VOL. II #6, originally scheduled to be in stores on 11 June, has been rescheduled  for 09 July. 
Modern Pulp featuring DOCTOR SATAN and THE MOON MAN!
For the first time, two characters from the pulp era, DOCTOR SATAN and THE MOON MAN, will meet face to face in a single adventure, as they go toe-to-toe against one another.  When the canine population of Great City suddenly turns into an army of fanged killers, the Moon Man goes into action to solve the mystery. Thus begins his most dangerous mission pitting him against the merciless, evil mastermind known as Doctor Satan!

Hounds Of Hell by Ron Fortier & Gordon Linzner with spot illustrations provided by Jim Schumaker and Bradley Walton is a classic pulp tale in 29 chapters.  Chapter 3: Fangs of Death and Chapter 4: A Desperate Gamble are now available on the Modern Pulp website. Visit the Modern Pulp website at http://www.modernpulp.com/index.htm to read this new adventure.

Hounds Of Hell is copyright © 2003 Ron Fortier and Gordon Linzner.

Pulp Figures
Pulp Figures has release Doc Thompson and his Fabulous Four.
Visit the Pulp Figures website at http://www.pulpfigures.com.
Robert Weinberg - EXTINCTION EVENT #2
At long last, DC Comics Wildstorm imprint presents EXTINCTION EVENT by Robert Weinberg.
What if humans weren't the first intelligent species on Earth?  Since the dawn of time, man has believed himself to be the most advanced species to ever inhabit the planet.  We were wrong.  When a Texas earthquake unearths evidence of an advanced civilization thousands of years old, a team of specialists is dispatched to investigate.  But what they find will turn this mission into an adventure of Jurassic proportions!

The modern-day prehistoric saga continues!  As the research team works to uncover the secrets of an ancient, advanced dinosaur civilization, it stumbles across an even greater discovery: thousands of the prehistoric beasts in cryogenic sleep!  What happens when they inadvertently activate the waking mechanism?  Will the dinosaurs be civilized enough to seek a peaceful resolution, or will they be driven by animal instinct? 

This five issue miniseries is illustrated by Brett Booth and Sal Regla with covers by Brett Booth.
Full Color, 32 pages, $2.50, the second issue is scheduled to be in comic shops on 06 August. 

EXTINCTION EVENT #2 can be pre-ordered at your local comic shop from the June PREVIEWS. 
The Diamond Item Code is JUN030218.

Romancing the Stone
Michael Douglas announced the news that he’s interested in doing a second sequel to “Romancing the Stone” [the first being 1986’s “Jewel of the Nile”] to Radio Station MIX 98.5 in Boston. He failed to say whether Kathleen Turner and Danny De Vito would be returning for the sequel, simply stating "he is looking to get a third installment" off the ground. 
Shadow PDF presents Amazon Anne
Now available is the first in a new series of stories about an exciting new character, Amazon Anne!
Amazon Anne is an adventuress who charges across the globe in search of adventure.  Her adventures are cut from the same cloth as the thrilling heroes of yesteryear!  Amazon Anne faces mystical foes, strange beings, and criminal madmen.  Read her first adventure today at http://www.shadowpdf.net, free and formatted in PDF.

While you are at the ShadowPDF website, don't forget to download the NEW Shadow story Seven Tides of Doom!

A Tarzan Chrono-log
Now available from Waziri Publications is an expanded and updated version of the original Tarzan Chrono-log by Alan Hanson.  The Chrono-log includes detailed charts listing and dating all the events in the Tarzan stories penned by Edgar Rice Burroughs.  In addition, it includes two extended essays.  The first offers a unique solution to "The Great Korak Time Discrepancy" problem, which has plagued Tarzan chronologists for over 50 years.  The second essay reveals what Tarzan was doing during the two-thirds of his life not covered by Burroughs in his novels.  The Chrono-log includes 10 full page illustrations by Dave Hoover.
The Chrono-log retails for $19.95 postpaid.  International orders should add $5.

Order from: Alan Hanson, N. 12007 Atlantic, Spokane, WA 99218. 
Please make checks payable to Alan Hanson.

According to Cinescape, there are rumors that a new V mini-series is on the horizon. According to an email sent by Jane Badler, the actress who played the role of lizard lady Diana on the show, "NBC and Warners have closed a deal to do another V. Now all we need is a great script from Kenny [Johnson] that they approve." 

It's been almost 20 years since the broadcast of the two V mini-series. The show was created by Ken Johnson (THE INCREDIBLE HULK) and followed the invasion of Earth by a reptilian alien race. A group of human resistance fighters eventually proved to the world that the aliens were not friends of humanity and drove them off the planet. An ongoing series eventually followed but it was soon cancelled. 

23 May 2003
Adventure House News
  • There is a possibility that G-8 will become a bimonthly rather than a quarterly title. 
  • A HIGH ADVENTURE comic magazine may debut in the fall featuring serialization of pulp stories in a 32-page format. 
  • Darrell Richardson is putting together a book that will feature an issue-by-issue guide to many rare pulps and digests. It is currently entitled THOSE MACABRE PULPS. 
  • A new edition of THE ADVENTURE HOUSE GUIDE TO THE PULPS is in preparation. 
  • A collection of articles from pulp-era writing magazines will be appearing before long.
Bronze Gazette
THE BRONZE GAZETTE #37 is now available. 
This issue is a "what if" movie issue that speculates on who should play Doc Savage and his aides in various time periods.  Articles include:
If the Doc Savage Movie Were Being Cast in 1960 by Sam Pepper
Selling Doc Savage by Rick Huey
Review: The Adventures of Doc Savage - A Definitive Chronology
Savage Seek-A-Word by Jon S. Aiken
Doc Savage Comic Reprint: The Wig Thief
Editors Corner, News Update, and Letters to the Editor.
Full Color front and back covers.

Subscriptions to THE BRONZE GAZETTE are available for issues 38, 39 and 40 at this time. 
Subscriptions are $16.50/3 issues in USA;  $18.00/3 issues Canada;  $22.00/3 issues Foreign. 
Make checks or money orders payable to Green Eagle Publications. U.S. currency only. 
Individual issues are available for $6 (U.S.), $6.50 (Canada) and $8 (Foreign) each (includes postage). 
Contact Green Eagle Publications, 2900 Standiford Ave 16B/PMB #136, Modesto, Ca 95350.

In the early 1970s, Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian exploded on to the comics scene. Writer Roy Thomas teamed with a young artist named Barry Smith, and together the two mapped out some of the most stirring and memorable Conan adventures to come along since those written by Howard himself. Over the course of their 24 issue run together, Thomas and Smith defined Conan for a generation of comics readers, and now those stories are collected here in a series of trade paperbacks.  Featuring completely remastered color and text corrections, and containing material not available for nearly thirty years, these books are the perfect companions to the upcoming all-new Conan series from Dark Horse. 
Soft Cover, 144 pages, Full Color, and retails for $15.95.
The on sale date is September 17, 2003.

This item will be featured in the June PREVIEWS (available 28 May) and can be ordered through your local comic shop.  The Diamond Item Code is  JUN030023V3

Conan the Barbarian Mini-Bust
Coming this September from Dark Horse Comics is the Conan the Barbarian Mini-Bust. 
One of the strongest characters of heroic fiction  is back with a vengeance  - Conan! The brooding Cimmerian is a seething dynamo of savagery and power. Unfettered by the conventions of society, he cuts a swath of action and adventure across the landscape of author Robert E. Howard's imagination, locked  in mortal combat with the fantastic denizens of his undreamed of world.

Sculptor Jeffery Scott, well-known for his long tenure at Gentle Giant Studios, has captured the true essence of Conan. Exacting in its details, this piece brings forward a sculptural interpretation of Conan that delivers the goods.
The mini-bust is 7" high, packaged in a deluxe full-color box, a limited edition, and retails for $49.99.
The on sale date is September 17, 2003.

This item will be featured in the June PREVIEWS (available 28 May) and can be ordered through your local comic shop.  The Diamond Item Code is JUN030070.

Click here or on the image at the right for a larger image and a Quicktime movie that allows a 3D view of the mini-bust.

Conan the Game
The official Conan game website is located at http://www.conangame.com/.
The site will provide you with the latest and hottest information about the Conan game. This site will be updated with lots of new informations, screenshots, sketches and other goodies.  You will find information, not only about the game itself, but also about the whole Hyborean Age, where Conan`s adventures take place.
E-texts on the net this week
The Shadow Magazine
Chain of Death (07/15/34) 
Circus of Death by John Olsen is this week's Two-Minute Shadow Mystery.

Robert Mullen's Shadow PDF
The Key (06/01/34), The Three Brothers (05/15/39), The Invincible Shiwan Khan (03/01/40),
The Veiled Prophet (03/15/40), The Spy Ring (04/01/40), Masters of Death (05/15/40), 
The Scent of Death (06/01/40), 'Q' (06/15/40), The Fifth Face (08/15/40), and Crime County (09/01/40)

The Shadow Magazine Interior Artwork:
The Masked Lady (10/15/39), The Fifth Face (08/15/40), The Wasp (10/01/40) 

ShadowPDF:  Nothing new this week.

Doc Savage PDFRed Snow (February 1935)

The Shrevnitz Memorial Library:  Nothing new this week.

Blackmask Online: Nothing new this week.

Larry Estep-Online Pulps:    Now with over 200 stories online!
Range Style by J. Allan Dunn from the August 11, 1928 issue of WILD WEST WEEKLY. 
   This is one of the many, many Bud Jones stories that Dunn wrote for WWW. 
The Brain of Many Bodies by E. A. Grosser from the October, 1940 issue of SCIENCE FICTION. 
The Fear Merchants by Brant House  (Paul Chadwick) from the March, 1936 issue of SECRET AGENT "X". 
The October Blight by Anthony M. Rud from the March, 1918 issue of GREEN BOOK. 
Half a Grand by C. K. M. Scanlon from the July, 1936 issue of POPULAR DETECTIVE. 

Electronic Tales Book Club
The Electronic Tales website has been revamped and features the debut of the Electronic Tale Book Club.
You can order stories singly, but if you become a member of the Electronic Tales Book Club you get six selections for only $1.00!  Your obligation?  To buy just 4 more stories over the next two years.

There is a slate of fantastic pulp-style stories lined up and coming your way in the coming months- including a new Sebastian Red story by Derrick Ferguson, and a full length Damage Inc. novel, The Sea Witch, by Joel Jenkins.  Plus, a group of very talented artists is working feverishly to produce masterpieces of cover art, and that's just the tip of the Electronic Tales iceberg!

This month there are 5 story releases:

Child of Death by Rob Mancebo
When the sharp-tongued but beautiful sheepherder, Camma, is stolen by  the sub-human Fir Bolg, Cadeyrn Mac Ansa and his clan go searching. With a withered arm, injured in a past battle, Cadeyrn is left to his own devices by the whole-limbed warriors of his tribe- but it is he who tracks down the Fir Bolg and calls upon an ancient evil to strike at the very heart of the enemies' lair!  Mancebo has tapped into the ancient lore of Celtic Mythology- a subject he knows well- and written an action-packed, and deeply disturbing tale. 

This story is 12 parts, and is delivered five times a week via email. 
Cover art by Noel Tuazon 
SALE PRICE:  $1.50

Storm in the Jewel by Martin Stephenson
Mention of vast riches lures Rozak into the Great Northern Forest, hunting the beautiful and dangerous Tarajel of the Southern Raiders. What he finds is the blackest of sorceries and a whole lot of trouble.  Martin Stephenson takes cue from the barbaric fantasy of Robert E. Howard and swirls in an eclectic dose of high fantasy for a unique flavor. 

Storm in the Jewel runs 11 parts, and is delivered 5 times a week via email. 
Cover art by Noel Tuazon 
SALE PRICE:  $1.50

Other Releases Include:

Reprieve of the Achilles by Joel Jenkins
German rock musicians with a propensity for dispensing violent justice,the Gantlet brothers have become renowned and feared throughout the world. This is the story that you haven't heard behind the hijacking of the cruise ship Achilles Lauro, and the first capture of the infamous terrorist known as the Jackal. 

The cruise ship Achilles Lauro has been hijacked by a group of elite P.L.O. terrorists known as Force 19- masterminded by Abul Abbas, known to the world as the Jackal (the same Abul Abbas recently captured by U.S. forces outside of Bagdhad), the Gantlet brothers put together a careful plan to rescue the hostages- but even they are surprised when they discover the secret machinations of the Jackal that will leave an Israeli city in smoking ruins. 

This story runs 37 parts and is delivered five times a week via email.
Cover art by Noel Tuazon 
SALE PRICE:  $3.50

Guns Against Temple  by Joel Jenkins
When lawyer/gunfighter Temple Houston (son of Sam Houston) uses rather unorthodox means to exhonorate his client from a murder charge the brother of the dead man lets his money take care of revenge- and freelance gunfighters began to drift into the Oklahoma Territories with only one thing on their mind- a big cash reward for killing Temple Houston.   This story incorporates actual court dialogue and events from the life of  Temple Houston. 

Guns Against Temple is 15 installments long and is delivered five times a week until complete. 
Cover art by Brendan Heard 
SALE PRICE:  $1.75

The Hanging Tree by Joel Jenkins
Their mother drained of her life to replenish the sorcerous beauty of the duplicitous Lady of Avalon- ally of King Arthur- and their father killed by Sir Mechante, brother knights from North Umberland, Balin and Balan, seek vengeance- but they must cross King Arthur and the wizard Merlin to do it!  Explore the ugly underbelly of the legend of Camelot with the two knights who saved Camelot from an early and ignominous demise. 

The Hanging Tree runs 43 installments and is delivered five times a week via email. 
Cover art by Damon Orrell 
SALE PRICE:  $2.50

Visit the Electronic Tales website at http://electronictales.stage.projecta.com/.

Talking to SciFi Wire, actor Nathan Fillion spilled the beans on a possible Firefly movie.
"Right now, our hopes and dreams are pinned on a Firefly movie, which TV can't cancel us out of," Fillion said in an interview at the May 18 Saturn Awards, where he was honored with Cinescape's Face of the Future Award. "We're talking silver screen, wide release, big old deal. So everything's looking very positive, so we're going to keep our fingers crossed."  Series creator Joss Whedon would write and direct the movie, Fillion added. 

Meantime, the show will also gain new life on DVD, which Fillon is currently working on. "I just finished commentary with Alan Tudyk [Wash] on 'War Stories,' an episode where he and I got tortured. ... And then, Monday, I go in
to do audio commentary with Joss Whedon for 'Serenity,' the two-hour pilot."

Green Hornet
According to Variety, Miramax is laying the financial groundwork for a significant increase in the production of
tentpole pictures.   Miramax is expected to up its ante to produce two to three tentpoles a year and seek a further two or three a year from its sister company Dimension for its slate of 25 pics a year.  One of the films identified as looking for studio or equity partners is "The Green Hornet" for which scribe Scott Smith has recently been hired.
Hugh B. Cave
CEMETERY DANCE MAGAZINE #43 featuring a story by Hugh Cave, Clarissa, is now available.
Other fiction includes:
Met a Pilgrim Shadow by Tim Waggoner
The Loneliest Night of the Week by Ed Gorman
Yesterday, Upon the Stair by Tony Richards
Darkness Closing by Greg Kishbaugh
Willpower by Gary Raisor

CEMETERY DANCE MAGAZINE is available is some upscale bookstores or from Cemetery Dance Publications.
The retail price is $5.  The price direct from Cemetery Dance Publications is $6 postpaid.

MASTER STORYTELLER: An Illustrated Tour of the Fiction of L. Ron Hubbard
MASTER STORYTELLER: An Illustrated Tour of the Fiction of L. Ron Hubbard will be available in August.
L. Ron Hubbard's (1911-1986) literary career spanned more than half a century, and his literary achievements include more than 250 published novels, novellas, short stories and screenplays in every major genre. This focuses on his career as a popular fiction author, filled with stunning images inspired by his enduring tales.
This comprehensive chronology contains detailed information about his stories and the wonderful art made for them. There are high quality reproductions throughout, from covers and inside illustrations for the pulps, to contemporary fantasy and science fiction by the modern masters. Comes with a bookmark. Publisher: Galaxy Press.  This is an oversize (9" x 12") 208 page coffee table book. The retail price is $49.95.

Advance orders may be placed with Adventure House or Bud Plant.

Moonstone Books
This is a trade paperback collection of the first three Phantom graphic novels The Ghost Killer, The Singh Web, and The Treasures of Bangalla.  The trade paperback includes an introduction from Phantom scholar Dr. Bryan Sheddan, "liner notes" commentary from the authors, and unpublished art from the series.  This softcover collection is 160 pages in fulcolor for $16.95. 
The Nitpicker's Guide to Doc Savage
The Nitpickers Guide to Doc Savage is back! 
A reprinting of the first article now available at: http://www.snopes.com/other/docsavage/doc001.htm
Operator 5
Wildside Press's Operator 5 reprint series has been pushed back to June.  Wildside Press is licensed to reprint from issue 12 through the end. They will be releasing them several per month. These will be 6x9 trade paperbacks, completely retypeset and with the original covers and art in place. 
P U L P - I T: Modernized pulp fiction art 
P U L P - I T offers a "pulp-style" commentary that reflects on the absurdity of life today.
The site is located at http://www.pulp-it.com/
Thanks to Kim Garretson for sending in infomation on this website.
The next issue of PURPLE PROSE will be printed in July and released at Pulpcon. The cost for non-subscribers will be $5.50 via mail or $5.00 at Pulpcon. The issue will feature a look by Will Murray at the evolution of Popular Publications, a short article on confession pulps by Alfred Jan, and probably an interview with the wife of G. T. Fleming-Roberts. If space permits, an article by Hubbard expert, Rex Layton, will round out the issue. If space doesn't permit, Rex's article will be a highlight of the next issue.

Orders over $25 are discounted 10% and shipped postpaid.
Contact Mike at chomko@enter.net.
Click here to download the full catalog.

Rafael Sabatini
Hidden Knowledge is publishing an e-book version of The Outlaws of Falkensteig by Rafael Sabatini.
This is the first in a series of collections of "New" stories by Sabatini!  Unavailable since their original magazine publication. These are stories of dashing and romantic outlaws in a 1600's Germany that never was. Thrills! Betrayal! Trickery! and/or Romance! These are wonderful tales, twisty pathways all different, and all great fun. 

Also available by Rafael Sabatini are: Bardelys the Magnificent, Love-at-Arms, and The Sea-Hawk. 
Hidden Knowledge will be publishing at least one more collection of unreprinted Sabatini stories, along with their continuing series of regular reissues of his novels.

Visit the Hidden Knowledge website at http://www.hidden-knowledge.com.

The Shadow on DVD
According to The Digital Bits website, Universal is re-releasing The Shadow motion picture staring Alec Baldwin and Kim Bassinger on 12 August 2003.  There was no word as to format, extras, or price.  Hopefully this will be a widescreen release.  More news when available.
Sherlock Holmes
The Hollywood Reporter indicates New Line has picked up Mark DiStefano's untitled script about an NYC cop who learns Holmes was his great-great grandfather. The story has a green New York City detective finding out he's the great-great-grandson of the master detective. As the officer solves case after case, the media pick up and play on what appears to be the Holmes' family skill of deduction and scientific reason. With his prestige and celebrity status growing, the detective suddenly is issued a challenged by an unknown criminal who copycats the crimes Sherlock Holmes faced in his literary adventures. 
Solomon Kane
Variety  reports that French producer/distributor Samuel Hadida's Davis Films (Brotherhood of the Wolf) and Wandering Star have come aboard to develop the live-action, feature film version of Solomon Kane. The $55 million adaptation of the Robert E. Howard character is now looking for "an A-list director and star ready to put  the pic into production next year. Hadida's distribution company Metropolitan will release it in France in 2005."  The screen rights to Kane are held by Paul and Michael Berrows, the former managers of Duran Duran, who will produce the film along with Hadida.

Solomon Kane will be scripted by David Jung and Steve Dandois. Variety claims "Solomon takes place in North America in the 1700s. ... Kane takes on deadly human forces as he seeks revenge against the sorcerer who destroyed his family."  "We want to make this a rip roaring, epic story," Hadida advised the trade paper. "Solomon Kane, an avenger who fights the forces of evil, fits in with this world."

Hadida and Wandering Star reportedly "have the capacity to raise the finance themselves, although distributors or an international sales agent could board the project at a later stage."

"Conan was a hero of the '80s and '90s," says Samuel Hadida. "Today there is a new dimension because of special effects. Solomon Kane, an avenger who fights the forces of evil, fits in with this world."  Wandering Star has interests in publishing and multi-media and holds the rights to Robert E Howard's catalog of 20s and 30s pulp fiction books including The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane. The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane will be re-released by Random House in a new paperback edition next spring.

The Variety article made no mention of Don Murphy (LXG) and Greg Hoffman (or original studio New Line Cinema) who were announced as the film's producers last fall.   For the reason why, IGN FilmForce spoke directly with Mr. Murphy who shared his opinions on the project.

"This is one of those classic stories that come up from time to time when you are a successful producer specializing in a certain area (Sci-Fi, Fantasy) and you agree to deal with wannabes," Murphy says.  "EVERY time I have ever agreed to deal with a wannabe outside Hollywood I have wasted enormous time and resources and sworn never again, only to have something incredible offered which makes me change my mind – and get burned again."

Murphy says he sparked to Kane after the project had been turned down by a number of studios. He brought it to New Line where he has a deal to produce Iron Man. "Deals were negotiated," Murphy explains. "Mine, the Berrows, the main producer Gregg Hoffman (artfully omitted from the press release) the rights – and then BLOWN up by the Berrows – over nothing. I was confused. New Line was confused. And then I had to converse again with the Berrows." Needless to say, all parties involved until then subsequently parted ways.

Murphy holds out little hope for the project as long as current producer Samuel Hadida is involved. Murphy refers to Hadida as "the guy who for ten years has said he was producing Ranxerox with Chris Cunningham directing. He didn't finance Wolf, Canal Plus did. I feel  for the poor writers who worked on this for a year without pay, but the expression is you lay down with dogs and ... they were begging to close their writing deal, which is a miserable offer from the Berrows. ... Announcements in the trades mean nothing – especially at a Film Festival when they are intended to float interest among buyers."  "Solomon Kane may still happen," Murphy adds, "once the Howard estate realizes they are missing the boat with the Berrows."

Tarzan and Jane
Those of you who watched the season finale of Buffy the Vampire Slayer on Tuesday evening were treated to a very brief image of Travis Fimmel who will be playing Tarzan on the new WB Fall 2003 series Tarzan and Jane.
For more details on the new series click here.  The WB has also released a promotional image of Travis Fimmel as Tarzan.  Click here or on the image at the right for a larger picture.
A new issue of ThrillerUK (#14) is now available.
This issue features:
The Mind of Edgar Wallace - Mr J G Reeder & The Just Men (their how, when, where & why) 
The Devil's Breath - A Netherby Chase WWI adventure
The Saint Files: The Man Who Liked Ants
The Dwellers Below - A John Shade, Consulting Detective mystery
Peter Pan and the Samurai - Robert Crais' greatest creations: Elvis Cole and Joe Pike
The Last Convention - Crime fiction by John L French

Price: £3.95 + 0.55p P&P (overseas shipping + £1.55)
Subscriptions: £15.00 (overseas£20.00) 

Please make cheques, postal orders or international money orders payable to: T. Fountain and send to: 
ThrillerUK, 130 Sackville Road, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 7AA, United Kingdom. 
Cash can be sent at your own risk (and in your own currency!) 
ThrillerUK now accepts credit cards via Paypal. 

Visit the ThrillerUK website at http://www.thrilleruk.fsnet.co.uk/index.htm.

WEIRD TALES will be trying a bimonthly schedule for a few issues. 
WEIRD TALES is available in some upscale bookstores.
Subscriptions are available from Wildside Press.

WEIRD TALES #331, the 80th anniversary issue is available now.
The contents are as follows. 
Purity by Thomas Ligotti
Blood Chess by Tanith Lee
My Name is Nancy Wood by Gene Wolfe
The Melkart Coin by Charles Harness
The Company of the Gods by Keith Taylor. 
The Company of the Gods is the "origin story" in the Kamose Archpriest of Anubis series. 

Illustrated limericks by George Barr
If Stephen King Wrote for the Soaps by Carolyn Clink
After Hours in the Hall of Heroes by Darrell Schweitzer. 

The Eyrie
Shadowings by Douglas Winter
The Classic Horrors: Ooze by Allen Koszwoski. 

WEIRD TALES #332 dated July-August 2003, will contain the following:
Shatter by Kelly McCullough
Five Sisters: A Fable by David J. Schow
The Archpriest's Potion by Keith Taylor
The Tales of Zanthias by Robert Sheckley
The Assassin's Retirement Party by Robert E. Waters

The Pratfall of Cthulhu by Darrell Schweitzer
Illustrated Limericks by & illustrated by George Barr

The Eyrie
The Den by John Gregory Betancourt

WEIRD TALES #333 will be dated Sept-Oct 2003.

16 May 2003
Adventure House - NOW AVAILABLE
HIGH ADVENTURE #70  features The Green Lama by Richard Foster in The Green Lama from DOUBLE DETECTIVE (April 1940).  $7.95 plus $2.50 shipping (Media Mail) for a single copy.

HIGH ADVENTURE #70 will be available in comic shops on 21 May.

Coming soon
HIGH ADVENTURE #71 will feature Ki-Gor in The Beast-Gods of Atlantis by John Peter Drummond.
HIGH ADVENTURE #72 will feature Captain Hazzard in Python Men of Lost City by Chester Hawks.
HIGH ADVENTURE #73 will feature Secret Agent X in Ambassador of Doom by Brant House.
HIGH ADVENTURE #74 will feature The Phantom Detective in The Grim Shadow of Hate by Robert Wallace. 

The WB has announced that ANGEL will return for a fifth season in the fall. 
James Marsters will join 'Angel' as Spike, and other visitors from Sunnydale will be seen in Joss Whedon’s world, which will take an uptown turn out of the darkness this fall.  Charisma Carpenter will no longer be a series regular.
Black Gate Magazine
The Spring 2003 issue of BLACK GATE is now available.
BLACK GATE is a quarterly magazine of epic fantasy fiction. It publishes news, reviews, interviews, and original short stories from the best names in adventure fantasy. BLACK GATE covers virtually every aspect of modern fantasy -- books, movies, comics, adventure gaming, role playing games, and much more. 
In addition, every issue features a classic pulp reprint!
The Spring 2003 issue includes the complete short novel Tumithak of the Corridors by Charles Tanner from the January 1932 issue of AMAZING STORIES, along with the original art by Leo Morey, a bio of Charles Tanner, and a detailed survey of the Tumithak stories.  BLACK GATE has reached a tentative agreement with the Tanner estate to present the complete Tumithak series over the next three issues, including the unpublished conclusion, Tumithak and the Ancient Word.  This is tremendous news for fans of the original series. 

BLACK GATE is $9.95 US per issue, and is available at better book and comic shops nationwide. 
BLACK GATE is also available by subscription, or you may order a sample copy for $10 postpaid. All copies of BLACK GATE are mailed in a sturdy protective envelope, to ensure that they arrive at your door in pristine condition. 

BLACK GATE #5 (Spring 2003) is 208 pages for $9.95. 
Click here for the complete contents listing, the cover, and select interior artwork. 

The BLACK GATE website is at http://www.blackgate.com where you can order individual issues and subscribe.
Click here for an interview with BLACK GATE editor John O'Neill.

Edward Berglund's DISCIPLES OF CTHULHU 2 shipped to distributors on May 8th. You should be able to find this book in many local shops by May 23rd. DISCIPLES OF CTHULHU 2 includes 13 works of fiction, most of them new, based upon the beloved Cthulhu Mythos of H.P. Lovecraft. This book is yet another addition to theCall of Cthulhu fiction series. 

Chaosium's next release will be THE WHITE PEOPLE AND OTHER TALES: The Best Weird Tales of Arthur Machen Volume 2. Edited by S.T. Joshi. This book follows up on the success of THE THREE IMPOSTERS AND OTHER STORIES (sold out!). THE WHITE PEOPLE AND OTHER TALES is currently at the printer and is expected to release either late May or early June.

You can also order direct from the Chaosium website at http://chaosium.com/catalog/default.php.

E-texts on the net this week
The Shadow Magazine
Mansion of Crime (03/01/41)
THE SHADOW OF SCIENCE is this week's Two-Minute Shadow Mystery.

Robert Mullen's Shadow PDF: Nothing new this week.

The Shadow Magazine Interior Artwork:
Death Jewels (08/01/38), Vanished Crime (10/15/38), and Isle of Gold (08/01/39)

ShadowPDF: Nothing new this week.

Doc Savage PDF: Nothing new this week.

The Shrevnitz Memorial Library:  Nothing new this week.

Blackmask Online
Doc Savage: Mystery on Happy Bones (July 1943)

Larry Estep-Online Pulps:    Now with over 200 stories online!
The Silenced Partner by G. T. Fleming-Roberts from the October, 1933 issue of TEN DETECTIVE ACES. 
The Crystal Ray by Raymond Z. Gallun from the November, 1929 issue of AIR WONDER STORIES.
The House of Death by Lew Merrill from the May, 1943 issue of SPEED MYSTERY. 
Cricket's Last Hop by C. S. Montanye from the August 9, 1927 issue of CUPID'S DIARY. 
Patch by William Shedenhelm from the Fall, 1950 issue of PLANET STORIES. 

The WB has announced that FEARLESS will be on its fall schedule. 
Here is what the WB has to say about the show:
This youthful ensemble crime drama uncovers the FBI's best-kept secret: an elite Special Investigations Unit (SIU) staffed with the finest young agents to infiltrate and apprehend society's dangerous new class of young criminals. Born with a genetic defect, 23-year-old agent Gaia (Rachael Leigh Cook, "She's All That") lacks one of the most basic human instincts: fear.  While her partners Ryan (Eric Balfour, "24," "Six Feet Under") and Harmony (Bianca Lawson,  "Dawson's Creek," "Save The Last Dance") suspect she has a secret, they have no choice but to trust her. Whether her rare mutation is an important asset or a deadly liability for the unit remains to be seen. Ian Somerhalder ("The Rules of Attraction,"  "Young Americans") and Erich Anderson ("Unfaithful," "Felicity") also star. FEARLESS is from executive producers Jerry ruckheimer ("Black Hawk Down," "Pearl Harbor"), Jonathan Littman ("CSI," "Without a Trace"), Jeremy Littman ("Law & Order," "Strong Medicine"), Vincent Ngo and Evan Charnov for Jerry Bruckheimer Television and Warner Bros. Television Production Inc. 
FEARLESS will air on Tuesday evening at 9:00 PM following GILMORE GIRLS.
Hippocampus Press - NOW AVAILABLE
H. P. LOVECRAFT: LETTERS TO ALFRED GALPIN  Edited by S. T. Joshi and David E. Schultz
April 2003: 0-9673215-9-X: Paper, $15.00
Lovecraft's fascinating letters to his friend Alfred Galpin are collected for the first time, with introduction and footnotes by the editors. Galpin, a fellow member with Lovecraft of the United Amateur Press Association, later assisted Clark Ashton Smith with both his translations from Baudelaire and his attempts at original composition of poetry in French. A full selection of Galpin's own poetry and prose, long unavailable, is included as an appendix.

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/

Hippocampus Press
As a special offer to Hippocampus Press customers, they are now offering a free premium with the purchase of their edition of A. Merritt's novel THE METAL MONSTER.

The Influence of A. Merritt on H. P. Lovecraft by Jack Madison Haringa
This 24 page chapbook of all-new scholarship is being produced in a limited edition of 100 copies, fifty of which are being distributed privately. The remaining copies are being made available in this offer.  Here's an excerpt:

"Although A. Merritt's influence on H. P. Lovecraft has rarely been acknowledged, it manifests itself in stories ranging from the younger writer's pre-professional days through his mature years as one of the most admired crafters of weird fiction appearing in the pulp magazines of the 1930s, a fact that this chapter will confirm. After defining the genre of science fiction, I intend to show how both authors used its concepts and conventions in the crafting of their tales. By examining specific instances of filiation between the tales of the two writers I propose to reveal how Lovecraft incorporated Merritt's influence within his work in this genre. Through this study it should also become clear how Lovecraft transformed the elements he borrowed from Merritt into new expressions of his own view of man and the universe, and molded them into a generic hybrid of science fiction and horror."

                           --excerpted from DRAFTS FROM THE MOON POOL:
                        The Influence of A. Merritt on H. P. Lovecraft by Jack Madison Haringa

This free offer is available in two ways: 

From the Hippocampus Press website, http://www.hippocampuspress.com
Simply order THE METAL MONSTER and a free copy of the chapbook will be included in your order.

By direct mail: Send payment for $19.28 ($15.00 METAL MONSTER + $4.28 postage) to 
Hippocampus Press, P.O. Box 641, New York, NY 10156.

King Kong
Peter Jackson has done an interview with New Zealand's Onfilm magazine about his next project, the long-planned remake of King Kong.  Jackson originally penned a draft of King Kong back in 1996 with his partner Fran Walsh. He will now retool the script with his other Lord of the Rings writing partner, Philippa Boyens, time for production to start in 2004 for a 2005 release. "We can do a complete rewrite. Now that Philippa has joined the team, it's a chance to start over," Jackson told the magazine. "The basic storyline will be very similar but the scenes, the sequences and the detail will be very different."

The filmmaker advised Onfilm that he no longer cares for "the flip, smart-arsed tone of our old script. We are better writers now than we were in 1996. This new version will be based on the 1933 movie, but not on our 1996 script. This movie will be so much better than the 1996 film would have been. In hindsight, fate has been kind to us."

Onfilm claims that Jackson told them "more of the film – about two thirds – will be set on Skull Island, as compared to previous versions."

Lucas Animation
George Lucas has added an animation division to his special effects company "Industrial Light & Magic". The new division will be titled Lucasfilm Animation, which will take on the small existing animation department already within the company. 
Mike Chomko
Mike is now accepting orders for WATERFRONT FISTS AND OTHERS: THE COLLECTED FIGHT STORIES OF ROBERT E. HOWARD published by Wildside Press.

It is impossible to ignore the sheer number of boxing stories that Robert E. Howard wrote. Serious or funny, spooky or adventurous, these stories represent a fierce creative outburst that would pave the way later for his western hero, Breckenridge Elkins. In these stories we see Howard's craft pushed from mere construction to passionate involvement. He took all of his interests and peppered them through the various boxing stories. He wrote them faster than the magazine could print them. Clearly, he loved what he was doing. When Howard could write no more, he went on to draft Conan and the aforementioned Elkins, who owes much in style and content to the Costigan stories. The  right stories are a joy to read and reread. They are funny, bawdy, picaresque, and violent. Presented here, as they were originally printed, they perfectly showcase why Robert E. Howard was one of the greatest adventure writers of the 20th century.  Included are all the original pulp magazine illustrations as well as the short stories. Jacketed hardcover edition.  The list price is $39.95. 

Orders over $25 are discounted 10% and shipped postpaid.
Contact Mike at chomko@enter.net.
Click here to download the full catalog.

Moonstone Books
JOHHNY DOLLAR by David Gallaher and Eric Theriault will be available in comic shops on 21 May.
When a fire stalls a swank production of MacBeth, Johnny Dollar is called to action.  On the scene, he meets a gaggle of thespians who all have reasons to see the production axed! But the felonies start to stack up as arson is soon followed by murder!  This is a 48 page black and white comic for $4.95.
The Phantom 
Steven DeSouza has finally handed in his first draft script for the new Phantom film to Crusader & Hype Park Entertainment.  CBE Radio reports that "Young, Hard & Solo" actor Simon Rex is the first rumored contender for the role.
Printed Poison
Henry Ponopscotch has put together a pulp-inspired web-based zine called Printed Poison he wants to share with other pulp fans. Issue one can be downloaded (PDF format) at http://members.lycos.co.uk/printedpoison/

The goal of Printed Poison is to gather together original tales of pulse-pounding, two-fisted, spine-tingling action.  Issue two is currently in the works. The Printed Poison website also has several Doc Savage stories available in PDF format.  Click on over and check it out. You won't be disappointed!

Pulp Art: Vamps, Villains and Victors
According to the NYTimes, an exhibit titled "Pulp Art: Vamps, Villains and Victors" opens Friday (May 16) at the Brooklyn Museum. The collection of pulp art includes some works of Ernest Chiriacka who specialized in western themes, but could apparently draw and paint the more lurid stuff with the best.  According to the NYTimes, the show "includes more than 100 images of gangsters, half-naked buxom blondes, armed maniacs (the Spider?), bug eyed monsters and gunslingers dispensing rough justice."

Bob Weinberg has stated that "I believe that a vast majority of the material in this exhibit comes from Bob Lesser's collection.  Since Lesser specializes in lurid SF and spicy pulp covers, if you haven't seen his collection ever, it is
well worth the trouble and effort going to see it.  It's not the world's best SF Art collection, but it surely is the world's best Pulp Art Collection."

Pulp Protection Products
Bags Unlimited has announced that they now carry a full line of Pulp Protection Products. 
Fitted, acid-free Polyethylene and/or Polypropylene bags, storage boxes, dividers and mailers. These products can be found on the Bags Unlimited website at http://www.bagsunlimited.com/cart/browse.asp?subcat=137.
You can also call toll free at 1-800-767-2247 for more information.
The next issue of PURPLE PROSE should be ready for Pulpcon.
The WB has announced that SMALLVILLE will move to Wednesday at 8PM for its third season in the fall. 
SMALLVILLE is the WB’s highest-rated program
Tarzan and Jane
The WB has announced that TARZAN AND JANE will be on its fall schedule. 
Here is what the WB has to say about the show:
This thrilling, contemporary twist on the timeless legend of Tarzan turns the popular tale into an urban adventure, an intriguing mystery and, most of all, an unconventional love story. From the day two decades ago that young John Clayton's parents died and left him alone in the African jungle, he was raised by apes and has emerged as the fearless Tarzan (newcomer Travis Fimmel).  Captured by his billionaire uncle, Richard Clayton (Mitch Pileggi, "The X-Files"), the CEO of powerful Greystoke Industries, Tarzan is returned, against his will, to his family's home - New York City. Resisting captivity, he escapes into the concrete jungle of New York City where he encounters the strong-willed NYPD detective Jane Porter (stage actress Sarah Wayne Callies).  Jane's perfectly ordered life is turned upside-down by Tarzan's dangerous yet profoundly untainted morality. Romantically involved with another member of the force, Detective Michael Foster (Johnny Messner, "Tears of the Sun"), Jane is left to choose between reason and instinct, civilization and pure humanity, her head and her heart. Miguel A. Nunez, Jr. ("Juwanna Mann") and Sarah-Jane Potts ("Felicity") also star.  "Tarzan and Jane" is from executive producers Laura Ziskin ("Spider-Man," "Pretty Woman"), David Gerber ("The Lost Batallion"), P.K. Simonds ("Party of Five," "Beauty and The Beast"), writer/co-executive producer Eric Kripke ("Truly Committed") and director/executive producer David Nutter ("Smallville," "Without A Trace") for Warner Bros. Television Production Inc. 

Tarzan and Jane is another attempt by the WB -- like Superman adaptation SMALLVILLE -- to turn an epic tale into a modern, younger-skewing drama. Levin sees TARZAN AND JANE skewing more heavily female than SMALLVILLE and believes it will benefit from the audience flow out of CHARMED. 

TARZAN AND JANE will air on Sunday evening at 9:00 PM following CHARMED.

FOX has announced that TRU CALLING will be on its fall schedule. 
Here is what FOX has to say about the show:
What would you do if you could relive a day? If you're TRU DAVIES (ELIZA DUSHKU, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"), you'd save lives. Tru is a smart, sexy recent college graduate who – when her high-powered medical internship falls through – finds herself working the midnight shift at the New York City morgue. One night, Tru questions reality when she thinks she hears a beautiful murder victim asking for her help. But the next morning, our heroine wakes up to find that she is back at the beginning of that very same day – twelve hours before a murder that only she knows about is set to take place. With the clock ticking, Tru is compelled to traverse the city of New York over those next twelve hours to prevent this wrongful death, while at the same time rescuing members of her own family from their dangerous and self-destructive lives. Directed by renowned filmmaker PHILLIP NOYCE ("The Quiet American"), TRU CALLING combines the sexiness and speed of "Alias" with the procedural crime format of "CSI." TRU CALLING is from 20th Century Fox Television and Original Television and comes from executive producer/writer JON FELDMAN ("American Dreams," "Roswell," "Dawson's Creek"). 
TRU CALLING will air on Thursday evening at 8:00 PM
Wild Cat Books
Now available is GRACIE CULVER featuring six short stories by Jean Francis Webb. 
Gracie Culver is one of the early female private eyes from the pulps.  She is a sometime-operative and secretary for Big Tim, who runs the Noonan Detective Agency.  These stories originally appeared in the back pages of THE SHADOW magazine. 82 pages, Color Cover, $13 postpaid.

Click here or on the image at the right for a larger picture.

Wild Cat Books, 6664 Valley Pike, Middletown, VA 22645-1720
Please make all checks payable to Ron Hanna and not Wild Cat Books

Wild Cat Books
Now available is THE LEGEND OF SPRINGHEELED JACK.  This volume collects the first 10 short stories that originally appeared in SECRET SANCTUM and STRANGE WORLDS.  In addition, it features the never before released 11th tale - The Origin Of Springheeled Jack.  100 pages of text, 13 black & white art plates, and three full-color art plates with a color cover for $23 postpaid. 

Click here or on the image at the right for a larger picture.

Wild Cat Books, 6664 Valley Pike, Middletown, VA 22645-1720
Please make all checks payable to Ron Hanna and not Wild Cat Books

Wild Cat Books
Coming Soon from Wild Cat Books is WORLDS OF WONDER, A Pictorial Guide of Sci-Fi and Fantasy in the pulps by Ron Hanna.
Wildside Press
The following titles are now available from Wildside Press (http://www.wildsidepress.com/):

CARNACKI THE GHOST FINDER by William Hope Hodgson 
Six tales of Carnacki the Ghost Finder -- tales of the outre, the unexpected, and the unexplained from a renowned master of the macabre, William Hope Hodgson. During their original run, the magazine that published them boasted: "Complaints continue to reach us from all parts of the country to the effect that Mr. William Hope Hodgson's Carnacki stories are producing a widespread epidemic of Nervous Prostration! So far from being able to reassure or calm our nervous readers, we are compelled to warn them that 'The Whistling Room,' which we publish this month, is worse than ever. Our advertising manager had to go to bed for two days after reading the advance sheets; a proofreader has sent in his resignation; and, worst of all, our smartest office boy -- But this is no place to bewail or seek for sympathy. Yet another of those stories will appear in April!" "The Whistling Room" is indeed one of the most terrifying stories ever written; Carnacki's adventures delight readers of the macabre and those who enjoy psychic detection to this day. 

172 pages 
Trade paperback ISBN: 1-58715-571-0, $15.95
Library (Jacketless) Hardcover,  ISBN: 1-58715-572-9, $28.95 

Additionally, Wildside Press has announced that there will be a $19.95 trade paperback edition of WATERFRONT FISTS AND OTHERS: THE COLLECTED FIGHT STORIES OF ROBERT E. HOWARD in 2004.

World of Tomorrow
World of Tomorrow is a period action-adventure film with science-fiction elements starring Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie.  The film is set in 1939 (the title comes from the New York World's Fair of that year) and owes much to the Saturday-morning serials. It is split into seven "chapters," with titles like "Winged Terror" and "Shadow of Tomorrow."  The story begins in New York City, where Polly Perkins (Paltrow), crack reporter for the Chronicle newspaper, wonders why so many world-famous scientists are missing. Around this time, strange flying machines threaten Manhattan, and gigantic walking robots tramp down the city's streets, crushing everything in their path. Polly joins forces with her old flame and sometime adversary Capt. Joseph Sullivan (Law), also known as Sky Captain. He commands the Flying Legion, battling bad guys in his Warhawk P-40. He and Polly fly to a remote part of Nepal (think Shangri-La) to track down the crazed mastermind Dr. Totenkopf, who seems to want to destroy the world. The film is tentatively scheduled for U.S. release next year. 

Click here for the complete article on the Los Angeles Times website.

Young Indiana Jones DVDs
George Lucas reportedly has his people hard at work getting Young Indiana Jones ready for DVD release next year. 
09 May 2003
The Children of Cthulhu
Now available from Ballantine Books is a trade paperback edition of The Children of Cthulhu.
Descend to the depths of primal horror with this chilling collection of original stories drawn from H. P. Lovecraft's shocking, terrifying, and eerily prescient Cthulhu Mythos. In twenty-one dark visions, a host of outstanding contemporary writers--including China Mieville, Poppy Z. Brite, and Alan Dean Foster--tap into our innermost fears, with tales set in a misbegotten new world that could have been spawned only by the master of the macabre himself, H. P. Lovecraft. The book is edited by John Pelan and Benjamin Adams. 

This book was originally published in a hardcover edition in January 2002.
The trade paperback retails for $14.95.

It was previously announced that Dark Horse Comics is beginning a new publishing program featuring the adventures of Conan the Barbarian. The monthly ongoing series will include all new stories based on the classic Robert E. Howard character and also incorporate adaptations of Howard's original Conan tales. 

Other Dark Horse Conan projects in the works are:
THE CHRONICLES OF CONAN VOLUME ONE TPB by Roy Thomas and Barry Windsor-Smith.
This is a 144 page softcover in full color for $15.95.
It is scheduled to be in comic shops on 17 September.

A Conan mini-bust.  Click here for a preview.

This years Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles (May 14-16, 2003) will see the unveiling of TDKs forthcoming game - CONAN (working title).  CONAN is being developed by Cauldron and is scheduled to ship in the fourth quarter of 2003 for PlayStation 2, GameCube, Xbox and PC. 

The Official Conan Website is at http://www.conan.com/index.shtml

Conan of Cimmeria Volume 1 (1932 - 1933) - NOW AVAILABLE
The Signed and Numbered Slipcased Limited Edition of Conan of Cimmeria Volume 1 arrived in comic shops this week!  This is the first book in a three volume set from Wandering Star covering all the Conan stories.
This is a beautiful volume with great artwork by Mark Schultz.  Extras include: Howard's first submitted draft of The Phoenix on the Sword, untitled synopsis for The Scarlet Citadel, untitled synopsis for Black Colossus, two more untitled synopsis, an untitled fragment, an untitled draft, Hyborian Age Maps, Notes on Various Peoples of the Hyborian Age, The Hyborian Age, Notes on the Original Howard Texts, Notes on the Conan Typescripts and the Chronology, and Hyborean Genesis.  Click here for details posted last week.

Bud Plant has not yet announced this book as being in stock, but you can pre-order the book for $205.

Click here for an interview with Conan artist Mark Schultz.

Diceman Creations - The Shadow Model Kit
Diceman Creations is very pleased to announce that their long-anticipated, officially licensed figure kit of The Shadow is now available!  The kit is based upon illustrations by artist M. W. Kaluta, famed for his artwork on the various series of Shadow comics.  In fact, Mr. Kaluta has kindly provided the concept design sketchesfor the model, which have been faithfully rendered in three-dimensional form by talented sculptor Joe Riley. If you’re a fan of the Shadow, this will be the one kit you can’t afford to miss.

Contact: Diceman Creations, P.O. Box 1521, Rutherford, NJ 07070,  dicemancreations@yahoo.com
Click here or on the image to the right for a larger picture.

E-texts on the net this week
The Shadow Magazine
Crime Caravan  (04/01/44) 

Robert Mullen's Shadow PDF
City of Shadows (06/15/39), Noose of Death (07/01/39), Isle of Gold (08/01/39), 
Wizard of Crime (08/15/39), The Crime Ray (09/01/39), Castle of Crime (10/01/39), 
City of Ghosts (11/15/39), Death Premium (01/01/40),  The Hooded Circle (01/15/40), 
The Getaway Ring (02/01/40)

The Shadow Magazine Interior Artwork:
Vengeance Is Mine (01/01/37), Foxhound (01/15/37), The Pooltex Tangle (10/01/37)

ShadowPDF: Nothing new this week.

Doc Savage PDF: Mystery on Happy Bones (July 1943)

The Shrevnitz Memorial Library:  Nothing new this week.

Blackmask Online: Nothing new this week.

Larry Estep-Online Pulps:    Now with over 200 stories online!
Spawn of Darkness by Craig Browning (aka Rog Philips) from the May, 1950 issue of FANTASTIC ADVENTURES. 
Doctor Zero by Paul Chadwick from the April, 1933 issue of TEN DETECTIVE ACES. 
   This is another Wade Hammond story. 
Maori Justice by Bob DuSoe from the September, 1931 issue of FAR EAST ADVENTURE STORIES. 
   An "Ugly Smith" yarn from a rare pulp by an excellent writer of adventure stories. 
The Build-Up by J. S. Endicott from the July, 1936 issue of POPULAR DETECTIVE. 
Officers Prefer Blondes by Cherry Lane from the October, 1942 issue of SWEETHEART STORIES. 
    The first in our new series of romance stories. 

ERBville Press - THE MUCKER
ERBville Press announced the forthcoming publication of the FIFTH volume in the Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Uniform Edition Hardcover Collection: THE MUCKER.  Illustrated with the original book artwork by J. Allen St. John; color frontispiece by R. A. Monahan.
The price: $40.95 postpaid in the United States; $61.95 postpaid for the rest of the world. 
The pre-publication deadline is July 15, 2003. 
The publication date is August 15, 2003. 
You can order online at the ERBville Press website at http://www.angelfire.com/film/locationbooks/uniform.htm
Fritz Leiber - Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser
FAFHRD AND THE GRAY MOUSER BOOK 2: SWORDS AGAINST DEATH by Fritz Leiber featuring cover art and design by internationally acclaimed artist Jim Steranko is now available. 

Their hearts altered by the loss of their first true love, Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser embark on a long and winding path of drunken debauchery and womanizing until they cross paths with two devious wizards, Sheelba of the Eyeless Face and Nigauble of the Seven Eyes, the backstabbing Thieves of Lankhmar, and The Slayer's Brotherhood! 

This is a mass market paperback published by Pocket Books. 
It runs 240 pages for $6.99.

H. P. Lovecraft's Magazine of Horror
Coming in Spring 2004 is a new magazine from Wildside Press, H. P. Lovecraft's Magazine of Horror.
Authors featured in the first issue include H. P. Lovecraft, Brian Lumley, Ramsey Campbell, Tanith Lee, Holly Phillips, Tim Pratt, Michael Jasper, and Darrell Schweitzer.  The cover is by Bob Eggleton.
Click here for a larger cover image.
Indiana Jones on DVD
The official announcement is finally here!  THE ADVENTURES OF INDIANA JONES – THE COMPLETE DVD MOVIE COLLECTION will be in stores on November 4.  Each of the three films in THE ADVENTURES OF INDIANA JONES – THE COMPLETE DVD MOVIE COLLECTION was painstakingly restored by Lowry Digital Images – the film industry’s most noted preservationists – whose work has included such classics as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Sunset Boulevard. Disc 1 offers the completely remastered Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. On Disc 2 is Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, while Disc 3 offers Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Disc 4, which holds the bonus material, sports brand-new artwork by renowned movie-poster designer Drew Struzan. The bonus disk will contain a documentary by Laurent Bouzereau detailing how the films were made, from stunts to visual effects to the music and sound, and the history behind the legends used in the films Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. There will be no audio commentary on the discs, given the fact that Steven Spielberg doesn't like to do them.The three Indiana Jones films, which will be available only as a collection, also feature Dolby Digital English 5.1 Surround. All three films are closed-captioned and subtitled in English, French and Spanish in the U.S.  There is no suggested retail price but the collection is anticipated to be available for approximately $49.95 in the U.S. 

For a look at the cover art for all four discs, visit The Digital Bits website.

Lone Ranger
Variety reports that Sony/Columbia Pictures has hired David Webb Peoples ("Unforgiven") to pen the big-screen adaptation of "The Lone Ranger."

Here’s what the 4filmmakers website has in terms of storyline for the film: 
"Left for dead in an ambush with five other Texas Rangers, lawman John Reid survives and is nursed back to health by an Indian scout named Tonto. He then dons a mask to avenge the murders of his comrades and to foil evildoers, never accepting payment for his services. His gratis vigilantism is made possible by the silver mine he inherits from one of his slain brothers -- the same mine that affords him his endless supply of trademark silver bullets." 

Lost Treasures from the Pulps - UPDATE!
LOST TREASURES FROM THE PULPS is a new series of hardcover books collecting some of the great series stories that have never been reprinted from the pulp magazines.  All books are edited by long-time pulp fan, historian, and collector, Robert Weinberg, and published by George A. Vanderburgh of The Battered Silicon Dispatch Box Press.

Two volumes have been announced so far.  They are:
The Compleat Peter the Brazen by George F. Worts
Cost per two-volume set is  $150.00 plus $10 shipping and handling.
Click here for complete details.

Minions of the Shadow by William Gray Beyer
The price is $50.00 plus $5 shipping and handling.
Click here for complete details.

These books will always remain available.  However, after the first printing of the volume, it may be months before it is available again.  If you want to pre-order your copy for delivery on publication, now is the time to do so.  No checks will be cashed until the books are on hand and ready for shipping.   Payment in US Funds, please.  Sorry but we do not take charge card orders at present. 
Order from: The Battered Silicon Dispatch Box, PO Box 204, Shelburne, Ontario Canada L0N 1S0.

Mike Chomko is expecting his copies in July.
Contact Mike Chomko at chomko@enter.net to reserve your copies now.

The Stars Our Destination/Weinberg Books is expecting copies by mid-June. Copies can be signed or inscribed by Robert Weinberg at your request.  Call 773-338-1650 to reserve your copies now.

Ray Harryhausen
On June 10th, visual effects and animation master Ray Harryhausen will be honored with a well-deserved star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.
Robert E. Howard Celebration Days 
Robert E. Howard Celebration Days in Cross Plains, Texas is scheduled for June 13 and 14.
Expected are a number of REHUPANS (Robert E. Howard United Press Association), as well as Michael Scott Myers (screenwriter of “The Whole Wide World”) and Don Herron (a pioneer figure in modern Howard studies and editor of The Dark Barbarian).  Firm plans are made for the Howard House to be open both Friday and Saturday from 10 AM to 4:30 PM with Project Pride members available in each room. In addition, the Library will be open from 1 PM to 5 PM on Friday and from 1 PM to 3 PM on Saturday to display Howard’s original manuscripts, first editions and original WEIRD TALES. Some Howard publications will also be for sale.  Click here for full details and a schedule of events.
Robert E. Howard - The Whole Wide World
On July 29th, Columbia TriStar is releasing The Whole Wide World on DVD.
Based on her acclaimed autobiographical book, The Whole Wide World tells the story of Novalyne Price, an attractive feisty West Texas schoolteacher and her bittersweet, romantic and turbulent relationship with Robert E. Howard. Price's intense desire to become a writer initially drew her to Howard. Their brief two year relationship met with many obstacles, including Howard's offbeat eccentric ways. But theirs was a romance like no other; deeply passionate, intellectually stimulating, and always challenging. This is an unforgettable love story that ultimately changed the course of their lives.  The Whole Wide World starsRenee Zellweger and Vincent D'Onofrio. 
Serials on DVD
The following serials will be available May 13th on DVD:
Cliffhanger Serials: Dick Tracy
Cliffhanger Serials: Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe
Cliffhanger Serials: The New Adventures Of Tarzan
Cliffhanger Serials: The Painted Stallion featuring Jim Bowie and Kit Carson 
Cliffhanger Serials: Zorro-The Fighting Legion
Tarzan & Jane
The WB still remains behind "Tarzan & Jane" for the fall with Sundays at 9:00/8:00c a growing possibility. 
The WB announces their fall schedule next Tuesday.
Tom Strong
TOM STRONGS TERRIFIC TALES #7 will be available in comic shops on 14 May. 
Written by Alan Moore and Steve Moore; art by Shawn McManus, Arthur Adams, and Alan Weiss; cover by Adams and Weiss. Jonni Future doesn't quite buy the Emperor of the End's spiel, but how can he save Jermaal from a fate worse than, well, death? Plus, young Tom gets a glimpse of the Dark Gods of the Ozu — and they're not what you'd expect! Will he be able to rescue his adopted Chieftain's young daughter? Also, we see a new vision of Tom Strong, as we visit a world of childlike imagination!  32 pages, Full Color,  $2.95 

THE MANY WORLDS OF TESLA STRONG will also be available in comic shops on 14 May. 
Written by Peter Hogan and Alan Moore.  64 pages, Full Color,  $5.95 
Join Tesla Strong as she hops from one dimension to the next in search of her simian pal Solomon. 
Click here for  a preview of this comic.

Now available from McFarland & Company is WALTER B. GIBSON AND THE SHADOW.

Walter B. Gibson's life and career come out from behind The Shadow in this biography covering his youth in Philadelphia, his development as a writer and magician, his wives (including the third, Litzka, who was a harpist and magician in her own right), his time living in Maine and upstate New York, and his later years and death.

In addition to being crediting with creating The Shadow (he used the pseudonym Grant Maxwell--oops, I hope they didn't get this from the book!), Gibson wrote 187 books, contributed 668 articles to periodicals, created 282 stories for THE SHADOW MAGAZINE, wrote 48 separate syndicated feature columns, reported the adventures of The Shadow and Blackstone the Magician in 394 comic books and newspaper strips, and helped develop 147 radio scripts and many other works under numerous pseudonyms. Gibson invented many widely used magic tricks and traveled with and befriended Harry Houdini, Howard Thurston, Harry Blackstone, Sr., and Joseph Dunninger.

The book is written by Thomas J. Shimeld with a Foreword by Robert W. Gibson.
It is 7" X 10", 152 pages with photographs, appendices, references, an index, and illustrated case binding.
The book retails for $45 plus shipping.

Mike Chomko will have copies of this book available for $42 postage paid.
Mike expects to be shipping the book in early June.
Contact Mike at chomko@enter.net.
Click here to download Mike's latest product catalog.

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

Waterfront Fists and Others: The Collected Fight Stories of Robert E. Howard 
It is impossible to ignore the sheer number of boxing stories that Robert E. Howard wrote. Serious or funny, spooky or adventurous, these stories represent a fierce creative outburst that would pave the way later for his western hero, Breckenridge Elkins. In these stories we see Howard's craft pushed from mere construction to passionate involvement. He took all of his interests and peppered them through the various boxing stories. He wrote them faster than the magazine could print them. Clearly, he loved what he was doing. When Howard could write no more, he went on to draft Conan and the aforementioned Elkins, who owes much in style and content to the Costigan stories. The fight stories are a joy to read and reread. They are funny, bawdy, picaresque, and violent. Presented here, as they were originally printed, they perfectly showcase why Robert E. Howard was one of the greatest adventure writers of the 20th century.  This hardcover collection retails for $39.95.

Zorro, the Ballet
On 02 May, San Francisco’s Smuin Ballet presented the World Premiere of ZORRO, Michael Smuin’s passionate, playful and wildly entertaining update on the beloved romantic idol and daring action hero. Zorro, with an original score by Charles Fox and libretto by Matthew Robbins, brings sword-fighting and whip-cracking—and spectacular dancing—to today’s ballet theatre, creating a world of sexy and romantic new adventures with the oppression-fighting California icon leading the way.  ZORRO runs through 18 May.
02 May 2003
Congratulations to Mike Ashley who won a 2003 Edgar Award for The Mammoth Encyclopedia of Modern Crime Fiction published by Carroll & Graf.

The Mystery Writers of America announced the winners for the Edgar Allan Poe Awards 2003, honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction, television and film published or produced in 2002. The awards were presented to the winners at our 57th Gala Banquet, May 1, 2003 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, New York City.

Click here for a complete list of the nominees and the winners.

COMIC BOOK MARKETPLACE #100 is now available and features two pulp-related articles. 
The Pulp Roots of Batman is by Will Murray and runs 14 pages.  The Spicy Superman Artist is by Roger Hill features an inside look at the career of H. J. Ward of Spicy pulps fame.  This article runs 8 pages.  Both articles are lavishly illustrated with pulp cover art.  COMIC BOOK MARKETPLACE #100 is 84 pages for $5.95.

COMIC BOOK MARKETPLACE is available in comic shops or direct from Gemstone Publishing.
MasterCard or VISA orders call 800-322-7978.  CBM #100 is $8 postpaid.

Conan of Cimmeria Volume 1 (1932 - 1933) - NOW AVAILABLE
The Signed and Numbered Slipcased Limited Edition of Conan of Cimmeria Volume 1 will be available in comic shops on 07 May! This is 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 preview of the artwork from this book.

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 retails for $195.

Bud Plant will also be carrying this title, although it has not yet been announced as being in stock.

Artwork copyright © 2002 
by Mark Schultz

David Burton
David Burton has established a website at http://www.davidburtonart.net/index.html.
David has done many illustrations for various Fading Shadows and Wild Cat Books  publications.
David has won numerous awards for his work and is available for commisions.
Click on over and check out his website. I am sure that you will enjoy his fine art as much as I do.
E-texts on the net this week
The Shadow Magazine
The Black Falcon  (02/01/34) 

Robert Mullen's Shadow PDF: Nothing new this week.

The Shadow Magazine Interior Artwork:
Spoils of The Shadow (09/01/34), The Dark Death (02/15/35) and The Crime Oracle (06/01/36)

ShadowPDF: The Golden Doom (July 1943)

Doc Savage PDF
The Mystic Mullah (January 1935)  Corrected Edition!
The Running Skeletons (June 1943)

The Shrevnitz Memorial Library:  Nothing new this week.

Blackmask Online
Doc Savage:  The Mystic Mullah (January 1935)
The Shadow:  The Shadow Laughs (October 1931)

Larry Estep-Online Pulps:    Now with over 200 stories online!
Mr. Clackworthy Within the Law by Christopher B. Booth from the August 13, 1921 issue of DETECTIVE STORY.  Clackworthy is a clever con man (the clever ones tend to be more successful). 

Skyscraper Horror by Paul Chadwick from the March, 1933 issue of TEN DETECTIVE ACES. 
This is one of the many Wade Hammond detective tales written by Chadwick.

Seven Saw Murder by G. T. Fleming-Roberts from the Winter, 1945 issue of G-MEN DETECTIVE. 

Sky Imp by Chester S. Geier from the June, 1943 issue of FANTASTIC ADVENTURES. 
A Yank in the RAF encounters a stow away while battling the top Nazi Ace. 

Suicide by Frank Kane from the January, 1945 issue of CRACK DETECTIVE. 
A clever murder method and all of the ingredients of a classic noir story make for an interesting story. 

Fading Shadows - Now Available!
The Lone Eagle in Wings of Treason by Lt. Scott Morgan and Six Dead Men by George Bruce.

BEHIND THE MASK #64 featuring:
   Vindex in Mask of Vindex by Tracey French
   The Creeps by G. T. Fleming Roberts
   The Griffin in The Seventh Griffin by J. Allan Dunn

ALIEN WORLDS #38 featuring Percom-5 (serial, part 1of 2) by Shawn Madison, Too Little Time by Rick Jankowski, Half-Breed by Don Hornbostle, The Cat and The Rose? by Eleanor Michael, and The Queen of Jur (serial part three of four) by Tom Johnson. 

DOUBLE DANGER TALES #62 featuring Plutonium Nightmare (The Voice) [serial -part three] by Erwin K.
Roberts, The Return of Commander X by Tom Condarcure, Remembrance Of Greener Fields (Eddie Dart) by Rod Marsden, The Interview by Maxentius Andor Scarlatti and Kasper Hauser, The Other Interview: Elizabeth Roberts Talks With Fading Shadows Author Steve Mitchell.

DETECTIVE MYSTERY STORIES #36  featuring Laurie's Pet by Tommy Griffin, The Neches River Gang by Ely R. Day, Who Killed Harry by Carter Swart, Vanished by Edward C. Lynskey, Bedtime For Pookie by Gary Lovisi, The Patsy by Michael Penncavage, and Witness To Murder by Guy Belleranti. 

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

Fedogan & Bremer - THE EERIE MR. MURPHY
THE EERIE MR MURPHY by Howard Wandrei has at last seen the light of day. It debuted last weekend at the World Horror Convention in Kansas City; MURPHY is 400+ pages of fiction and art (31 page art folio by the author plus numerous story illustrations and a full color wrap around cover). It is available now for $35 plus $2 for shipping and handling.  All prepaid orders are in the process of being shipped and the limited edition will be available in 2-3 weeks. Orders for copies may be addressed to:

Fedogan & Bremer
PO Box 6508
Minneapolis, MN 55406

THE EERIE MR. MURPHY is a companion piece to TIME BURIAL (1995), and collects the balance of the younger Wandrei's horror, fantasy, and science fiction, many of the stories published for the first time. Over four hundred  pages long, it includes twenty-nine stories, some illustrated by the author. A gallery of selected artwork by Howard Wandrei rounds out  the volume.

The contents include: The Eerie Mr. Murphy; Vine Terror; Time Haven; The Molester; The Persuader; Old Hokey; Danger - Quicksand; The Eyes of the Tiger; For Murderers Only; The Guns of Maiden Hill; The African Trick; In the Dark; The Mind Marauder; The Road West; The Pen; Effluvia; Trap of Atlas; A Shape in the Sky; The Mind Marauder; The Step Between; What Happened to Rudolf; Hounds in Scarlet; The Valley of Doubt; Diamondback; The Great Imitator; The Shadow; Just Lean Back; Measure Infinity; The Sleeper.

The book is edited by D. H. Olson, who also provides the introductions. 

Flash Gordon by Mac Raboy Volume 1 
Dark Horse Comics collection of Mac Raboy's run on Flash Gordon is now available!.
This is the first of four planned reprintings of the artist’s nearly two decades of rendering the long-running science fiction strip. This is a beautiful softcover book that presents Raboy’s strips from 08/01/1948 to 05/10/1953.  With a few exceptions, these strips have never-before been reprinted in English.  Reproduction (with only 9 exceptions) were from proofs obtained from the King Features vaults.  The nine exceptions were scanned from strips obtained from collectors.  It would have been great to see these strips in full color, but Dark Horse has put together a great package at a very reasonable price.  These strips deserve to be seen!   Hopefully this reprint series will be successful and lead to future reprints of classic comic strip art.

This is a 256 page, black and white, trade paperback for a retail price of $19.95.
Click here to order a copy online.

Flash Gordon by Mac Raboy Volume 2 is scheduled for June 25.
Flash Gordon by Mac Raboy Volume 3 is scheduled for July 30.
Flash Gordon by Mac Raboy Volume 4 has not yet been announced.

Girasol Collectables - New Pulp Replicas!
Girasol Collectables is pleased to announce two more issues in its ongoing series of Pulp Replicas.
Click here or on the image to the right for look at some Pulp Replica covers.

Girasol Collectables is extremely pleased to announce another early WEIRD TALES issue... #5! The July/Aug 1923 bedsheet issue is reproduced at full 9 x 12" size, and features Clark Ashton Smith's first contributions to WEIRD TALES. These bedsheet issues are among the rarest of the WEIRD TALES and incredibly difficult to come by in original pulp form, and there are more to follow in the months ahead. Also offered this month is the Nov 1, 1935 issue of the Shadow, The Chinese Tapestry. A nice addition to any Shadow collection, and an issue not previously reprinted to our knowledge."

As always, these reprints are exact copies including the illustrations, ads and back-up stories and have been printed on off-white paper, staple-bound and finished off with a high quality reproduction of the original cover.
The only thing missing is the smell (alas) and the flaking newsprint.

Here is a complete listing of the Pulp Replicas currently available for $25 each postpaid within North America. Overseas will be a few dollars more.

The Living Shadow (April 1931)
The Five Chameleons (11/01/32)
The Shadow's Justice  (04/15/33)
The Black Hush (08/01/33)
Gray Fist  (02/15/34)
The Green Box  (03/15/34)
The Plot Master (02/01/35)
The Chinese Tapestry (11/01/35)
Strange Disappearance of Joe Cardona (11/15/36)
Intimidation Inc (12/15/36)
House of Silence  (07/15/37)
The Golden Dog Murders  (09/01/38) 
The Voice (11/01/38)
House of Shadows (12/15/39) 
Death About Town  (07/15/42) 

May 1935:  Great Middle Eastern motif cover

October 1936:  Incredible, truly classic HJ Ward cover
August 1940:   Great HJ Ward cover, Dan Turner, Eel stories

February 1936: Batman

January 1932: Wolves of Darkness
October 1932: Famous 'Worm Monster' cover
November 1932 
January 1933

Dec 37:  Great HJ Ward cover

WEIRD TALES   ($35 each postpaid within North America)
March 1923:  WEIRD TALES #1 
Available in 2 cover choices: the 'regular' cover, or the recently discovered 'rarer' version. 
Exactly the same, except the black and orange of the cover illustration are switched.

April 1923:WEIRD TALES #2
July/August 1923:WEIRD TALES #5

Email Girasol Collectables at: girasol@interlog.com to purchase any of these Pulp Replicas.
A complete listing, along with other items such as books, fanzines and of course pulps, can be found on
the Girasol Collectables website at http://www.girasolcollectables.com/

All payments must be made in $US payable to Girasol Collectables and mailed to:
Neil Mechem c/o Girasol Collectables
3501 Glen Erin Drive, Apt. 1409, Mississauga, ON, Canada L5L 2E9

Last Months Replicas

DC Comics adaptation of  THE HOUSE ON THE BORDERLAND will be available in comic shops on 07 May. 
The classic tale of supernatural paranoia and occult horror is presented in a stunningly illustrated softcover edition of the original hardcover graphic novel by DC Comics. The story adaptation is by Simon Revelstroke with art and cover by Richard Corben and an introduction by Alan Moore.  96 pages, $19.95
Indiana Jones on DVD 
The Dark Horizons website is reporting that Indy will be a world-wide release in November, and will only be available as a three-movie box set, not as individual films (ala the "Back to the Future" trilogy). There will be four discs, including a bonus features disc with "2.5 hours of material".
Jack Williamson
Jack Williamson celebrated his 95th birthday on April 29!  Happy birthday, Jack!
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen #5 
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Volume 2 Number 5 will be available in comic shops on 07 May. 
The issue is written by Alan Moore, with art and cover by Kevin O'Neill. 

Here's how DC describes the issue: 
"In this issue, a League member dies! As Allan and Mina meet a mysterious doctor and witness his miraculous experiments, the Martian attack of London intensifies. Meanwhile, serious scores are settled once and for all. Plus, for your reading pleasure, an additional almanac feature takes you to even more fantastic places." 

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen #5 is 32 pages for $2.25. 

Lee Brown Coye
Luis Ortiz is preparing a biography on artist Lee Brown Coye (with the cooperation of his estate).
He is looking for a fanzine from late 1962 or 1963 called Fantasy Collector or Fantasy Commentator which has an article/interview with Coye by John Vetter (a Lovecraft collector and bookseller, who also had an essay in Arkham House's Dark Brotherhood). He has spoken to Vetter's widow and she does not have a copy of the fanzine, the audio tape that Vetter made, or the piece itself. This article was mentioned in a letter that Vetter wrote to August Derleth at the time, but Luis has not been able to locate this fanzine in any of library fanzine collections he has checked.  If anyone can help out, please contact Luis at lortiz@marinellic.com
Night Shade Books
Night Shade Books has announced that:

The Boats of the 'Glen Carrig' : The Collected Fiction of William Hope Hodgson Volume 1 is now actually at the printer.  Proofreading took the better part of four months, but it's all wrapped up now and the book is physically at the printer.  A ship date will be announced in a few days on the Night Shade Books website.  This is going to be an incredible book, and it's weighing in at 520 pages of Hodgson goodness.

The Collected Jorkens Volume 1 will be delayed until late Fall.  Charles Vess is backed up with a number of very cool projects, and he won't be able to get started for a while. 

The Midnight Sun: The Collected Kane stories of Karl Edward Wagner will be out in June/July.

Pulps 1st - Pulp covers on CD
Now available from Pulps 1st is a CD collection with over 13,000 pulp covers.
This CD is Volume 2 and has over 13,000 pulp covers, arranged alphabetically and by date, making the images easy to look up. It's great for researching covers, just to look at covers, and even printing them out. 
A lot of the images are approximately 1/2 size, but many are smaller, and many are larger.
Also included is shareware graphic viewing software for Linux, OS/2, and Windows. 
The software allows the user to view the covers, displays thumbnails of each title, and create slideshows.

Version 2 has about 1,000 ARGOSY, about 90% of the WEIRD TALES, 307 Shadow, plus all three Shadow Annuals, most, if not all, of the G-8 and Spider issues, and lots more.

The CD is available for $49.95 plus $5 shipping and handling.
Order from: Mark Halegua c/o Pulps 1st, 66-15 Fresh Pond Road, Ridgewood, NY 11385.
If you have questions concerning this product, contact Mark at pulpsfirst@mindspring.com.

Wild Cat Books
Wild Cat Books has established a new website at http://www.cpu-net.com/host/wildcatbooks.
The site is still under construction, but a catalog of Wild Cat Book publications is now available online.
Stop by to checkout Wild Cat Books many fine publications.
Wildside Press to Acquire Borgo 
Wildside Press has announced that it will acquire the publishing assets of Borgo Press, which including Borgo's imprints Starmont House, FAX Collector's Editions, and Brownstone Books. Robert Reginald, the president of Borgo Press, will join Wildside as a consultant with a five year contract. Borgo Press closed down in the summer of 1999 after having published their first books in 1976. Borgo specialized in reference works. During its 23 year run, Borgo published three hundred books, beginning with George Edgar Slusser's Robert A. Heinlein: Stranger in His Own Land and ending with Max Allan Collins's The Mystery Scene Movie Guide.
Wildside Press
The following titles are now available from Wildside Press (http://www.wildsidepress.com/):

TARZAN AND THE JEWELS OF OPAR by Edgar Rice Burroughs 
In Edgar Rice Burroughs's fifth Tarzan book, the Savage Lord returns. The earthquake struck when Tarzan was in the forbidden vaults of Opar -- the crypts piled high with the gold of Lost Atlantis. In the tumult, Tarzan was wounded in the head -- leaving him without memory of his wife or home, only with what memory he had had as a child among the savage apes who reared him. 

248 pages, Library (jacketless) hardcover, ISBN: 1-59224-959-0, $29.95 

CHINATOWN . . . A place of mystery and intrigue, where Tong wars rage and sinister Oriental criminals plot world domination! Sax Rohmer, creator of legendary super-villain Fu Manchu, takes the reader on nine trips into the seedy underbelly of Chinatown with this fascinating collection of stories: The Daughter of Huang Chow, Kerry's Kid, The Pigtail of Hi Wing Ho, The House of Golden Joss, The White Hat, Tcheriapin, The Dance of the Veils, The Hand of the Mandarin Quong, The Key of the Temple of Heaven.

188 pages, Trade paperback, ISBN: 1-59224-024-0, $17.50 

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