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29 August 2003
ALIAS star Jennifer Garner has been approached by the Central Intelligence Agency to take part in a recruitment video that would be shown to college students. The agency hopes other members of the ALIAS cast will take part as well.

"We feel that Miss Garner, both in character as Agent Sydney Bristow and as herself, embodies the intelligence, enthusiasm and dedication that we're looking for," Chase Brandon, the CIA's entertainment-industry liaison, tells The Hollywood Reporter. "Our continuing efforts to enlist the best and the brightest would be admirably served by having her support."

Bill Barnes by George L. Eaton
Blackmask Online has posted a Bill Barnes story online.
The story is Bill Barnes Takes a Holiday from BILL BARNES AIR TRAILS (June 1938)
Look under Pulp Fiction and then LINKS.

Burroughs Bulletin
The Summer 2003 issue of the The Burroughs Bulletin is now available. 
This issue features articles on Burroughs� fifty-fifth story, Tarzan and the Lion Man
It is profusely illustrated in black & white with full color front and back covers..
Articles include:
Tarzan and the Lion Man: A Revisionist View by David Arthur Adams
Themes and Variations: The Tarzan Novels of ERB #18: Tarzan and the Lion Man by R. E. Prindle
Playing the Creator by Vishwas R. Gaitonde
A Bibliographic Mystery by Robert R. Bartlett
XATS #2: Business Meeting Minutes by J. G. Huckenpohler
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.

Doc Con 2003
Doc Con 2003 will be held on November 8, 2003 at the home of Jay Ryan.
The home comes complete with a Doc Savage room and plenty of space to socialize.  The basement will be transformed into an old-time radio recording studio ready for the Doc Con VI players.  This years Doc Con will feature the first ever Doc Savage Murder Mystery game.  Each player will receive four different rounds and try to discover who the murderer at the Crime College is.  A boxed set of THE INCURABLE CRANIUM game will be given away during the event. 

Commemorative cards, attendee created items and the Doc Savage raffle, along with more traditional convention fare combine to make the event one that no Doc Savage fan will want to miss.  The radio play enactment and recording session are a once in a life time opportunity.  Perhaps the greatest treasure to be found however, is the opportunity to discuss Doc Savage with people who share your enthusiasm.

For help with accomodations, directions, or sightseeeing and attractions for family members, please contact or RSVP Jay Ryan.

Jay Ryan, 8631 W. Foothill Drive, Peoria, Arizona 85383, 623-572-9250, JRyanDS@aol.com

E-texts on the net this week
The Shadow Magazine
 Five Keys to Crime (03/01/45) 
 Scorpion Isle by John Olsen this week's Two-Minute Shadow Mystery.

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

The Shadow Magazine Interior Artwork: Nothing new this week.

ShadowPDF:  Nothing new this week.

Doc Savage PDFDeath Had Yellow Eyes (February 1944)

The Shrevnitz Memorial Library: Nothing new this week.

Blackmask Online
Doc Savage in The Secret of the Su (November 1943) and The Roar Devil (June 1935)
The Creature from Beyond Infinity by Henry Kuttner
The Star Kings by Edmond Hamilton
Bill Barnes Takes a Holiday by George L. Eaton

Larry Estep-Online Pulps:   Now with over 250 stories online!
Hammer of the Gods by John York Cabot from AMAZING STORIES (January 1941)
Nitroglycerin News by J.-J. des Ormeaux from DETECTIVE STORY (June 1938)
Drifter's Luck by Arthur O. Friel from SHORT STORIES (August 10, 1938)
College for Crooks by Tom Marvin from TEN DETECTIVE ACES (February 1943)
Billy the Kidder by Thomas Thursday from BLUE RIBBON WESTERN (November 1947)

EXTINCTION EVENT #3 - Available 04 September in comic shops!
EXTINCTION EVENT #3 will arrive in stores on Thursday from DC Comics. 
This issue is written by Robert Weinberg with art by by Brett Booth and Sal Regla. 

The Extinction Event is in full swing, but which species will prevail?  The Dinosaurs have been awakened and are running rampant through the camp.  Who will survive, and who will fall prey to the most advanced predators ever to inhabit the earth?  More secrets about the species are revealed in the third chapter of this incredible story about human survival.

Full Color, 32 pages, $2.50.

Gateway Monthly
Gateway Monthly is a monthly web magazine in which you can find classic and original stories in most of the pulp fiction genres, together with image galleries of featured artists (always with their permission). Gateway Monthly is published on the first of every month and is in its sixth year of publication. Next month you can find the first episode of Talbot Mundy's Guns of the Gods, and a fantastic gallery of images by Abrams and Sorensen, together with the
continuing serialisation of selected ERB novels, A. Merritt novels and a whole host of other ripping yarns.

Gateway Monthly is done entirely for fun, so regrettably, there's no payment, but if you'd like to submit stories or articles for publication, Gateway Monthly would be pleased to see them. 

Visit the Gateway Monthly website at http://www.gatewaymonthly.com/.

Golden Perils 30
GOLDEN PERILS 30 is now available for free download from http://www.howardhopkins.com/page4.htm
in PDF format. To download scroll down to issue 30, RIGHT click on download, choose Save Target As to save to your hard drive. You will need Acrobat Reader 4.0 or above to view it.

This issue features Captain Future in the comics, an overview of The Avenger's The Wilder Curse, and an expanded pulp news section with the latest in pulp news, Old Time Radio, pulp-related comics and more.

James Bond 
Rumors abound that Keira Knightley (Pirates Of The Caribbean) is being looked at for the major female role in the upcoming 21st Bond film which is due for release in 2005. 

Lone Ranger and Trigger Cookie Jar
Coming in November is The Lone Ranger and Trigger two-piece cookie jar. 
It measures 11" x 10" x 9" and has a suggested retail price of $74.99.

It can be pre-ordered through your local comic shop from the September PREVIEWS (available now). 
The Diamond Order Code is SEP03 3460.

Otto Binder
This November, Hamster Press will publish WORDS OF WONDER: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF OTTO BINDER by Bill Schelly with Richard Lupoff.  This all-new major biography of Otto Binder, one of the most talented and prolific writers in the history of comics, tells a story of soaring success and terrible tragedy. Before entering the comics arena, Binder had already found fame as the originator of Adam Link ("I, Robot") in the science fiction pulp magazine AMAZING STORIES.  In the Golden Age of comics, Binder wrote Captain Marvel, Blackhawk, Captain America, Sub-Mariner, Black Hood and dozens of other characters. After a stint at EC comics, he moved to DC where he scripted many of the Superman family of comics in the 1950s and 1960s, co-creating Supergirl, the Legion of Super-Heroes, Krypto, Brainiac, Kandor, and Bizarro. 

Bill Schelly interviewed Binder�s family and colleagues, including Julius Schwartz, Roy Thomas and Al Feldstein. Learn how the death of his daughter caused Binder to abandon the comics field, and much more in this fascinating 80,000-word biography accompanied by dozens of photos and artwork by J. Michael Kaluta, C. C. Beck, Jerry Ordway and more. Cover & photo gallery in full color, with an introduction by SF and mystery writer Richard A. Lupoff.

Hardcover, 6"x9", 264 pages, Full Color.
The retail price will be $18.95 in stores or $21 postpaid from Hamster Press.
It can also be pre-ordered through your local comic shop from the September PREVIEWS (available now). 
The Diamond Order Code is SEP03 2790.

Planets of Adventure by Murry Leinster 
Coming in October from Baen Books is PLANETS OF ADVENTURE by Murray Leinster.
The contents include:
The Forgotten Planet:  This was Leinster's rewrite and novelization of three novellas published previously: "The Mad Planet" (ARGOSY, June 1920), "The Red Dust" (ARGOSY, April 1921), and "Nightmare Planet" (ARGOSY, June 1952). In the original first two stories, the adventure was set on a far future Earth. The rewritten novel version was first published by Gnome Press in 1954. 

The Planet Explorer: This was originally published as four independent tales: "Sand Doom" (ASTOUNDING, December 1955), "Exploration Team" (ASTOUNDING, March 1956), "Critical Difference"�later retitled "Solar Constant"  (ASTOUNDING, July 1956), "The Swamp Was Upside Down" (ASTOUNDING, September 1956). Leinster rewrote the four stories to give them all the same protagonist and reissued the stories under the title Colonial Survey, published by Gnome Press in 1956. The book was reissued in 1957 by Avon Press under the title The Planet Explorer

Anthropological Note was first published in THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION, April 1957. 
Scrimshaw was first published in ASTOUNDING, September 1955. 
Assignment on Pasik was first published in THRILLING WONDER STORIES, February 1949. The author was listed as "William Fitzgerald," one of Leinster's pseudonyms. 

Regulations was first published in THRILLING WONDER STORIES, August 1948. 
The Skit-Tree Planet was first published in THRILLING WONDER STORIES, April 1947.

PLANETS OF ADVENTURE is edited by Eric Flint and will retail for $7.99.

PULP ADVENTURECON #4 will be held on November 8, 2003 at the Ramada Inn, Bordentown, NJ.
The Ramada Inn is just off Exit 7 of the New Jersey Turnpike.
The show is from 10 AM to 4:30 PM.  Admission is $5.  Dealer Tables are $40.
For more information, contact Bold Venture Press at mailto:boldventurepress@aol.com

Shadows over Baker Street
Coming in October is Shadows over Baker Street by Michael Reaves (Editor) and John Pelan (Editor).
Cover illustration by John Jude Palencar, Hardcover, 464 pages, Published by Del Rey, $23.95.
Shadows over Baker Street is an anthology of Sherlock Holmes stories set in the Lovecraftian worlds. 
This hardcover theme anthology received a positive review in the August issue of Locus.
Here are a few of the stories included in the anthology that were favorably mentioned in the review.
A Study in Emerald by Neil Gaiman
Art in the Blood by Brian Stableford
The Adventure of the Arab's Manuscript by Michael Reaves
The Curious Case of Miss Violet Stone by Poppy Z. Bright and David Ferguson
Tiger, Tiger! by Elizabeth Bear
The Weeping Masks by James Lowder
The Drowned Geologist by Caitlin R. Kiernan
The Adventure of the Voorish Sign by Richard Lupoff
To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Spider, Vanguard Productions is issuing a limited edition print commemorating the Spider facing one of his oldest foes, the original pulp villain, the Bat-Man! This exquisite reproduction is beautifully rendered and signed by top Batman artists Carmine Infantino & Dick Giordano and colorist, J. David Spurlock. 
The retail price of this limited edition signed print is $75.00.

The print features the art used for the cover of THE SPIDER 70TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL.

The print can be pre-ordered through your local comic shop from the September PREVIEWS (available now). 
The Diamond Order Code is SEP03 2549.

Wildside Press
Wildside Press has announced that GRAVEYARD RATS AND OTHERS by Robert E. Howard is now available. 
This is a collection of Howard's detective stories.  Stories include:

Introduction: A Black Wind off River Street, by Don Herron
Black Talons
Fangs of Gold
The Tomb's Secret
Names in the Black Book
Graveyard Rats
Black Wind Blowing

The price is $35.00 plus shipping.

Odds are that most of these Howard tales will be new to you.
Black Talons was previously published in THE BOOK OF ROBERT E. HOWARD (Berkley - 1980, Zebra -1976). 

Black Wind Blowing was previously published in THE BOOK OF ROBERT E. HOWARD (Berkley - 1980, Zebra -1976) and PULP REVIEW #5 (Adventure House - 1992). 

Fangs of Gold was published in Joe Marek's fanzine THE NEW HOWARD READER #5 (1999), PULP REVIEW #15 (Adventure House - 1994), and PHANTASY DIGEST #2 (Hall - 1977). 

The Tomb's Secret and Graveyard Rats were published in WRITER OF THE DARK (Dark Carneval, 1986).
This was a limited edition of 500 copies published in Switzerland. 
The Tomb's Secret was also published in PULP REVIEW #17 (Adventure House - 1994). 
Graveyard Rats was also published in PHANTASY DIGEST #1 (Hall - 1976) 

Names in the Black Book was published in TOUGH GUYS AND DANGEROUS DAMES (Barnes & Noble - 1993), LORD OF THE DEAD (Donald Grant - 1981), and SKULL-FACE (Berkley - 1978). 

Will Murray
Will Murray has a short article in the July COMIC BOOK MARKETPLACE (#104) now on sale.
The article, The Rediscovered Schwartz, is about the creators named Schwartz that have guided the exploits of Batman over the last 65 years since his creation.

The World of Tomorrow
Producer Aurelio De Laurentiis has given Kerry Conran the thumbs up to start writing a sequel to his forthcoming blockbuster �The World of Tomorrow�. The plan is for a three-picture franchise with the same cast and substantial merchandising potential. Set in 1939 New York, "World" concerns a reporter (Gwyneth Paltrow) and a man named Sky Captain (Jude Law) on a mission to track down a mad scientist who wants to take over the world. And after acquiring North American rights to �The World of Tomorrow� in June, Variety reports that Paramount Pictures has picked up U.K., Australia and New Zealand rights to the retro sci-fi actioner, starring Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie and Casey Affleck. The $70 million film is directed by 29-year-old first-timer Conran. Principal photography on the action-animation combo, in which the actors played entirely against a bluescreen, wrapped in April in London. Post-production was scheduled to end in June. Paramount has committed to spend $20 million to print 2,000 copies for the U.S. release.

Xena: Warrior Princess
The complete second season of "Xena: Warrior Princess" on DVD will be available on September 2, 2003. 
The retail price is $89.98.

The complete third season of "Xena: Warrior Princess" on DVD has been announced as a go for February 2004 and will feature newly re-mastered transfers of each episode and new Dolby 5.1 audio tracks. 

22 August 2003
Arkham House
SELECTED LETTERS OF CLARK ASHTON SMITH is expected to ship in early-November.

Long heralded as the master literary sorcerer of American dark fantasy, Clark Ashton Smith (1893-1961) finally comes into his own with this significant collection of 276 annotated letters to his closest friends � George Sterling, Samuel Loveman, Frank Belknap Long, H.P. Lovecraft, Donald Wandrei, August Derleth, Robert H. Barlow and others. SELECTED LETTERS OF CLARK ASHTON SMITH contains a wealth of fascinating new biographical and literary information about a classic fantasy writer associated with Arkham House for more than 60 years. Edited by David W. Schultz and Scott Connors. Photos of Smith�s fantasy sculptures from the Arkham House collection. Jacket design by JenGraph � Jennifer Niles. Arkham House is now accepting advance orders. Shipment is expected in early November 2003. 

Dark Horse Comics is representing the classic Conan comics by Roy Thomas and Barry Smith in four trade paperback editions with completely remastered color and text corrections, and containing material not available for nearly thirty years. The Official Conan Website now has a preview of the digitally re-colored Volume 1.
Visit the Official Conan Website at http://www.conan.com/index.shtml

Volume 1 reprints CONAN THE BARBARIAN #1 through #8.
Soft Cover, 144 pages, Full Color, and retails for $15.95.
The on sale date is September 17, 2003.

Volume 2 reprints CONAN THE BARBARIAN #9 through #15.
Soft Cover, 160 pages, Full Color, and retails for $15.95.
The on sale date is November 26, 2003.

THE COMING OF CONAN THE CIMMERIAN by Robert E. Howard will be available in December. 
Robert E. Howard's series of epic stories featuring Conan-the swordsman who cuts a swath across the lands of the Hyborian Age, facing powerful sorcerers, deadly creatures, and ruthless armies of thieves and reavers-single-handedly defined the genre that came to be called sword and sorcery. Collected in this volume, profusely illustrated by artist Mark Schultz, are Howard's first thirteen Conan stories, appearing in their original versions, as well as a wealth of material never before published in the United States, including the first submitted draft of Conan's debut, Phoenix on the Sword, Howard's synopsis for The Scarlet Citadel and Black Colossus, and a map of Conan's world as rendered by the author himself. The publisher is Del Rey.  This is a 496 page trade paperback for $14.95.

THE COMING OF CONAN THE CIMMERIAN repackages the contents of Wandering Star's limited edition hardcover THE COMPLETE CONAN OF CIMMERIA Volume 1 in a more affordable format.  I believe that the next two Howard books to be repackaged by Del Rey are SOLOMAN KANE and BRAN MAK MORN.

E-texts on the net this week
The Shadow Magazine
The Lone Tiger  (02/15/39) 
Sting Of The Scorpion by John Olsen this week's Two-Minute Shadow Mystery.

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

The Shadow Magazine Interior Artwork: Nothing new this week.

ShadowPDF:  Nothing new this week.

Doc Savage PDFThe Roar Devil (June 1935)

The Shrevnitz Memorial Library: Nothing new this week.

Blackmask Online: According to Plan of a One-Eyed Mystic (January 1944)

Larry Estep-Online Pulps:   Now with over 250 stories online!
A Creeping Terror By Douglas M. Dold from JUNGLE STORIES (August 1931)
Checkered Flag By Cliff Farrell from SHORT STORIES (May 10, 1931)
Snatch Bait By G. T. Fleming-Roberts from TEN DETECTIVE ACES (October 1935)
Death With Music By C. S. Montanye from THRILLING DETECTIVE (February 1944)
Tomahawk McCloskey By Thomas Thursday from THRILLING SPORTS (March 1938) 

EXTINCTION EVENT #5 by Robert Weinberg 
Coming in November from DC Comics Wildstorm imprint is the earth-shattering conclusion to the story of humanity's struggle for survival!  The humans strike back as the two races pit their technologies against each other.  Lt. Cornelius' computer finally has deciphered the dinosaurs' code and unlocked all of their secrets.  But will the human race prevail? 

This five issue miniseries is illustrated by Brett Booth and Sal Regla with covers by Brett Booth.
Full Color, 32 pages, $2.50, the fifth issue is scheduled to be in comic shops on November 5th. 
It can be pre-ordered through your local comic shop from the September PREVIEWS (available August 27th). 
The Diamond Order Code is SEP03 0296.

Haffner Press
Haffner Press published MARTIAN QUEST by Leigh Brackett earlier this year.
It contains the first twenty of Leigh Brackett's SF stories to be published.
If you have not yet purchased this book, ordering information is posted on the Haffner Press website at http://www.haffnerpress.com/.  This title is definitely recommended!

Haffner Press is planning two follow-up volumes that are tentatively titled:

No publication dates have been announced, but like all Haffner Press titles to date, they will be well worth the wait.

Jurassic Park 4
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl star Keira Knightley has signed to star in Jurassic Park IV, set for a summer 2005 release.

THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN BOOK TWO is a 228-page hardcover written by master scribe Alan Moore with art and a cover by the acclaimed Kevin O'Neill that immediately follows the events of THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN Volume I! The distinguished cast of Victorian heroes - Allan Quatermain, Mina Harker, Captain Nemo, The Invisible Man, and Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde - once again answers the call of mother England to face the most unimaginable and fearsome foes ever: invaders from Mars! As London is attacked, leaving the Thames aglow from burning husks of tenements, mass hysteria seizes the nation. But now is the time for courage, for self-sacrifice, for valor...and for treachery!
This 228-page hardcover will be in stores November 19th and retails for $24.95.

It can be pre-ordered through your local comic shop from the September PREVIEWS (available August 27th). 
The Diamond Order Code is SEP03 0310.

Lost Treasures from the Pulps
Garyn Roberts is working with George Vanderburgh of the Battered Silicon Dispatch Box on putting together a full collection of Frederick C. Davis' Moon Man stories. Garyn co-edited THE NIGHT NEMESIS: THE COMPLETE ADVENTURES OF THE MOON MAN Volume 1 that was published by Purple Prose Press in 1984.  Volume 2 in the series, THE SILVER SPECTRE, was announced, but never published. 

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 Ten: A Battle Of Wills is 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.

Moonstone Books
The first issues of the new ongoing series featuring the Phantom and Kolchak are coming in November.

PHANTOM #1 by Ben Raab & Pat Quinn; coloring by Wolak; cover by John Cassidy
The Mighty Phantom breaks up a slave camp in his native Bangalla, whose captives are mining a vast diamond field at the command of the vile terrorist Ali Gutalle. A stone-cold killer, his counter strike is set against a black tie state function where Diana Walker is to give the keynote speech. As bullets fly, as time bombs click to detonation, will the Phantom have the power to catch villains with one hand, and save his family with the other? Cover by John Cassiday!  Full Color, 32 pages, $3.50.

KOLCHAK: TALES OF THE NIGHT STALKER #1 by Ulanski, Marrinan, Williams, & Wolak
A new, ongoing series featuring the original paranormal investigator! Bust out the crawfish and gumbo as Carl Kolchak heads for New Orleans to look into rumors about a human plant skulking about the hot summer streets. This issue also features a short Mr. Nightmare back-up story by Dave Ulanski, in color for the first time! Covers by Monte Moore and Dave Ulanki. Full Color, 32 pages, $3.50.

Both titles can be pre-ordered through your local comic shop from the September PREVIEWS (available August 27th).  The Diamond Order Codes are: Phantom - SEP03 2402,  Kolchak - SEP03 2409.

Nyarlathotep Baby Plush
Just born, this cute little three-eyed Nyarlathotep would be the perfect companion for your home or office. He loves to be hugged, or set on your bed so he can suck on your brains while you sleep. No charge for the extra tentacles. Lovecraft would be pleased. Scheduled to ship in December 2003. The retail price is $9.95

This plush is solicited in the September PREVIEWS (available August 27th) and can be pre-ordered from your local comic shop.  The Diamond Order Code is SEP03 3235.

The Phantom
The Phantom mini-bust is now available. 
Sculpted by Randy Bowen, this bust stands 6" tall. 
The bust retails for $45. 
The Phantom mini-bust can be ordered from Bowen Designs at http://www.bowendesigns.com/Phantom_Bust.html.
The Phantom mini-bust is also available from Bud Plant.

ShadowPDF is looking for a few good artists! 
While The Shadow knows most things, he doesn't know any artists to help out with new pulp stories for http://www.shadowpdf.net/.

Artists interested in doing either color covers or pen-and-ink interior artwork can contact ShadowPDF at shadowpdf@comcast.net.

While we cannot offer payment, we feel that ShadowPDF is an excellent venue for emerging artists to be seen.  We average 30,000 hits per month.  That means a lot of eyes see our pages.  Our original Shadow novel has been downloaded more than 6,000 times; the first installment of Amazon Anne has been downloaded nearly 2,000 times.  Your artwork will be seen!

Terra Obscura #3 - Available 27 August in comic shops!
TERRA OBSCURA #3 will arrive in stores on Wednesday from DC Comics. 
This issue is written by Alan Moore and Peter Hogan, with art and cover by Yanick Paquette and Karl Story. 

Here's how DC describes the issue: 
"The Null Zone sweeping across the Western United States and disrupting all electrical devices has been deemed a National Emergency. And the President has reunited S.M.A.S.H. Will the science heroes be able to stop this perplexing phenomenon? Meanwhile, other heroes are reunited in Invertica City, and the hunt for Tom Strange begins. But where do you begin to look for someone who vanished years ago?" 

TERRA OBSCURA #3 is 32 pages and retails for $2.95. 

Vinylz Art
Vinylz Inc. creates vibrant collectible posters from pulp and magazine covers that are printed on canvas. These licensed images have a high degree of brilliance and clarity. Colors are enhanced, skin tones are warmer and more natural looking and fine details are sharper. They will liven up any wall in your home or office.
Visit the Vinylz Art website at http://www.vinylzart.com/

Wildside Press
Wildside Press will be reprinting most of Abraham Merritt's work over the next few years.

15 August 2003
The Amazing Zorro
The Amazing Zorro will be available on DVD September 2nd.
This feature length animated film originally aired on Nickelodeon in Fall 2002.
The retail price is $14.95.
It is available now for pre-order from DVD Planet.
Coppervale International's first issue of ARGOSY is scheduled to debut this fall (Halloween weekend). Acclaimed illustrators Leo and Diane Dillon will be the cover artists on this and three subsequent issues. Trade paperback-sized, each issue of ARGOSY will be composed of two volumes - the main magazine, and a seperately bound novella - and will be packaged in an illustrated slipcase. At 200 pages, ARGOSY will initially ship on a quarterly schedule and will retail for $12.95.

Contributors for the first issue include:
Benjamin Rosenbaum - The Valley of the Giants
Ann Cummins - Pyromaniac
Caitlin R. Kiernan - Riding the White Bull
Barry Baldwin - VE Knights
Michael Moorcock - The Mystery of the Texas Twister
as well as Adam Roberts interviewing Samuel R. Delany and one or two surprises.

To be informed when ARGOSY is available to receive subscriptions, send an email to subscriptions@argosymag.com.

Visit Coppervale International's website at http://www.coppervaleinternational.com/

Arkham House 
Arkham House has announced that Selected Letters of Clark Ashton Smith will be published in mid to late Fall.

Black Dog Books
Tom Roberts' two latest additions to his Black Dog Books reprint line are now available. 

CORPSE ON ICE by Robert Leslie Bellem
Four more tales from the case files of  Dan Turner, P.I.
Death's Passport from SPICY DETECTIVE STORIES (12/40)
Homicide Hunch from HOLLYWOOD DETECTIVE MAGAZINE (02/43)
Death's Bright Halo from SPICY DETECTIVE STORIES (10/35)

JEWELS OF JAVA by H. Bedford-Jones
Black Dog Books presents yet another volume of previously uncollected or reprinted works from the prolific typewritter of Henry Bedford-Jones.  This volume brings together four adventures of how man's greed and lust for riches leads to murder in the classic Bedford-Jones manner!

These are the same format as previous Black Dog Book publications, 5.5 X 8.5 inches in size.
These books are priced at $9 each.

Black Dog Books are available from Adventure House.

Black Dog Books are also available from Mike Chomko.
Individually, each of the above titles is $11 postage paid.
Orders over $25 are discounted 10% and shipped postpaid.
Contact Mike at chomko@enter.net.
Michael Chomko, 2217 W. Fairview Street, Allentown, PA  18104-6542 
Click here to download the latest catalog.

Collectors Press
Coming in October from Collectors Press is THE SILVER AGE OF COMIC BOOK ART DELUXE by Arlen Schumer. 

Here is what Collectors Press has to say:
They were pioneers of their art and of their generation, taking comic book art to an astonishing new level and paving the way for future artists. They were the artists of the Silver Age of comics (1956-1970), and their work is celebrated in the new book from Collectors Press THE SILVER AGE OF COMIC BOOK ART.

The first book dedicated to the Silver Age and the artists that defined it, author Arlen Schumer highlights the careers of eight acknowledged Hall of Fame artists who drew definitive versions of the industry's great characters. Silver Age concentrates on the importance of these artists, their work and their effects on the medium, while also commenting on the literary and sociological aspects of the era. Featuring biographical text and quotes and ideas from the artists themselves, Silver Age fully immerses the reader into the art form and the creative geniuses that produced it.

Designed by the author using a distinctive graphic style, actual comic book art is enlarged to full and double-page spreads, giving a comic book look and feel. In doing so, Schumer has designed the definitive art book that pays proper homage to this great era of comic books and the amazing artists responsible for it.

Featured Artists:
Carmine Infantino�The Flash, Adam Strange and Batman
Gene Colan�Sub-Mariner, Iron Man, Daredevil
Jack Kirby�The Fantasic Four, Captain America, Thor and many Marvel Comics characters
Steve Ditko�Spider-Man and Doctor Strange
Gil Kane�The Atom and Green Lantern
Joe Kubert�Sgt. Rock, Hawkman and Enemy Ace
Jim Steranko�Nick Fury and Captain America
Neal Adams�Batman, The X-Men and Deadman

Deluxe Hardcover Edition: 192 Full Color Pages (16 extra pages) 
9"x13", Silver Metal Jacket, October 2003, $49.95

Softcover Edition: 176 Full Color pages
9" x 13", October 2003,  $29.95

E-texts on the net this week
The Shadow Magazine
 Murder in White (03/01/47) 
The Scorpion's Clue by John Olsen this week's Two-Minute Shadow Mystery.

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

The Shadow Magazine Interior Artwork: Nothing new this week.

ShadowPDF:  Nothing new this week.

Doc Savage PDFAccording to Plan of a One-Eyed Mystic (January 1944)

The Shrevnitz Memorial Library: Secret Agent X in The Assassins' League  (October 1937)
Coming soon: Secret Agent X in The Murder Brain

Blackmask Online: The Secret in the Sky (May 1935)

Larry Estep-Online Pulps:    Now with over 250 stories online!
The Golden Barrier by G. T. Fleming-Roberts from THRILLING WONDER STORIES (December 1940)
The Terror in the Air by Arthur B. Reeve from SCIENTIFIC DETECTIVE  (April 1930) 
  A Craig Kennedy story.
Black Pool for Hell Maidens by Hal K. Wells from MYSTERY TALES (June 1938)
O'Sheen's Photo Finish by Leroy Yerxa from MAMMOTH DETECTIVE (August 1943)
One-Man Navy by Eugene Cunningham from NAVY STORIES (April 1930)

Green Hornet
Radio Spirits  just came out with a new set of Green Hornet radio adventures. 
This is a three-hour set on two cassettes or three CDs, digitally remastered and restored.

Here is what Radios Spirits has to say:
Like all great crime fighters, the Green Hornet hid his identity-behind alter-ego Britt Reid-and was often a suspect in the very crimes he ultimately solved. Adoring audiences knew better, though, that the buzzing hum of the hornet meant justice was about to be served. Join the Green Hornet and his faithful sidekick Kato as they "hunt the biggest of all game, public enemies who try to destroy our America" in six nail-biting adventures. Axford Makes a Deal (08-10-45), One Too Many Frame-ups (08-17-46), Oliver Perry Tries Again (09-07-46), When Time Stood Still (09-28-46), Courageous Mrs. Richland (11-03-46), and Giuseppi's Secret (11-24-46).

The set is available on cassette for $17.98 or CD for $19.98. 

Hidden Knowledge  - Rafael Sabatini e-books!
Hidden Knowledge is publishing an Adventure series of e-book reissues. 
They're re-designed, corrected, book-like in PDF, Microsoft Reader, and Palm Reader; sold via Amazon, eBooks.com, Palm Digitial Media, Fictionwise etc.

The latest publications are:
Captain Blood by Rafael Sabatini 
Pick one book that exemplifies Sabatini's mastery of the dashing adventure of derring-do with swashbuckling romance, personal struggle against the Fates, vast sweep of narrative panorama, historical accuracy with a you-are-there immediacy. Captain Blood is the odyssey of an innocent gentleman physician of Jacobean England. Condemned to indentured slavery in the Caribbean, he escapes to become the most feared pirate of the 17th century. But there is much more to his story! 

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. 

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

Indiana Jones DVD BOX Set
More specific information on the contents of the bonus disc have been released.
Direct from the official press release:

Indiana Jones: Making the Trilogy - Documentarians raided the Lucasfilm archives for an unprecedented behind-the-scenes look at movie-making history. More than two dozen new interviews were conducted with the talented cast and crew of the Indiana Jones trilogy - some of whom were interviewed for the first time since the films were originally released. Making the Trilogy is a completely unique tour through the rough-and-tumble world of the films� creation. Complete with never-before-seen footage, outtakes, screen tests, production drawings and photographs direct from the Lucasfilm archives, it's the most detailed exploration of these classic films ever produced.

The Light and Magic of Indiana Jones - The visual effects wizards from Industrial Light and Magic bring new insight into how they created the unique world of Indiana Jones. Their groundbreaking techniques in visual and mechanical effects came in an era before computer-generated effects existed, offering unique challenges and spectacular results. ILM technicians explain how miniatures, matte paintings, morphing and more made Indy's spectacular quests and supernatural adventures into unforgettable film experiences.

Taking an in-depth adventure in sound, The Sound of Indiana Jones joins Academy Award®-winning sound designer Ben Burtt as he reveals the crucial role that sound effects and editing played in the Indiana Jones films, while also providing an aural history behind some of the most talked-about scenes.

The Stunts of Indiana Jones goes behind the scenes to witness the intense coordination required by the entire production team to make certain a death-defying scene looks convincing on film. This documentary reveals how the Indy films paid homage to the past and were pivotal to the future of heart-stopping, perilous movie stunts.

Venture on a musical journey with John Williams as he reminisces about his collaboration with Steven Spielberg and George Lucas and The Music of Indiana Jones. Viewers will learn how one of the most iconic movie themes of all-time, The Raiders March, was conceived and gain insight into how the music uniquely compliments the theme and mood of each adventure.

Original theatrical teasers and trailers for the Indiana Jones movies, along with a trailer for the Indiana Jones and The Emperor's Tomb video game from LucasArts.

Exclusive DVD-ROM access to exclusive Indiana Jones content, available through a special DVD-ROM web site. An additional link to the Indianajones.com web site (the official site for Indiana Jones fans) will offer daily features and updates on the upcoming Indiana Jones 4.

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen DVD is rumored to be due on 02 December.

Moonstone Books
Moonstone Books will release the following new titles in December.

The Phantom: Valley of the Golden Men 
Written by Tom DeFalco and illustrated by Art Nichols, Terry Pallot, and Lou Manna with a cover by Joel Naprstek.  48pgs, color, squarebound, self-contained, $6.95

An airplane crashes in Bangalla, carrying both a much needed vaccine AND Diana Walker. THE PHANTOM wastes no time making his way onto the scene, but a tribe of unusual natives find his quarry first!  The "Golden Men" of whispered legend hold both medicine and Mrs.Phantom as a prize in a bloody competition "The Ghost Who Walks" must be victorious in.  But closing in quick are the Singh pirates, hungry for the riches the vaccine will fetch on the black market!

Kolchak the Night Stalker: Pain Most Human
Written by CJ Henderson, art by Greg Scott, colors by Andre Maitland, cover by Doug Klauba. 
48pgs, color, squarebound, self-contained, $6.95

This issue really cranks up the noir, as it dives deep into Kolchak's very soul. He begged Tony for a nice, normal lead, and that's what he got. Seems an Air Force base in upstate New York's engaged in a little cover up, so our man Carl Kolchak high-tails it cross country in a fresh pressed suit and a smile on his face. Using his singular reporting skills, and his annoying interpersonal skills, he gets all the answers allright. Too bad these answers may send him straight to an insane asylum. How cruel is Man? Wanna find out? Carl did, and would love to lay it out for you. Right here. Right now. 

Murphy Anderson - Available 20 August in comic shops!
THE LIFE AND ART OF MURPHY ANDERSON is a lavishly illustrated autobiographical memoir of the man whose style defined the DC look for a generation of fans. 

Beginning in comics in the Golden Age of the 1940s, Anderson went on to produce a syndicated comic strip (Buck Rogers) and educational comics (PS Magazine for the military) in addition to the science-fiction comic books that his fans know and love. Now for the first time, comics historian R.C. Harvey has compiled an exhaustive look at the varied career of this cartooning legend, best known for his ground-breaking work at DC Comics in the 1960s on such characters as Superman, Hawkman, Adam Strange, the Atomic Knights, and others!

Murphy�s recollections are peppered with comments and insights about the state of the art and behind-the-scenes stories and anecdotes about other artists he encountered (Lou Fine, Will Eisner, Curt Swan, Gil Kane, and others), and illustrated with a generous sampling of work from every phase of his career, particularly at Fiction House, Ziff-Davis, and DC Comics, all direct from his personal archives. It�s the ultimate look at the career of one of comics� top talents!

The 160-page, 8-1/2" by 11" squarebound trade paperback with full color covers and black-&-white interiors retails for $17.95 in the U.S.

THE LIFE AND ART OF MURPHY ANDERSON is published by TwoMorrows Publishing
It can be ordered direct from TwoMorrows Publishing for $22 postpaid.
It will also be available in comic shops Wednesday, August 20th.
If your comic shop does not stock this book, they can reorder it for you.
Request Diamond Item Code APR032574. 

Night Shade Books - Update!

MIDNIGHT SUN by Karl Edward Wagner. 
MIDNIGHT SUN is at the printer, and is expected to start shipping around the 12th of September. 
MIDNIGHT SUN is the companion volume to GODS IN DARKNESS, and collects all of the Kane short stories and poetry.  The Ken Kelly cover was just posted on the Night Shade Book website. 
The limited edition is VERY close to being sold out, so if you want one, get it now. 
$35 trade/$75 slipcased limited.

RED WORLD OF POLARIS by Clark Ashton Smith. 
RED WORLD OF POLARIS should go to the printer in the next week, with a mid-to-late September release. 
This book is sold out in both states.


Pulp Auction
Mastronet is presently conducting an auction of pulps and comic books.
Bidding began on August 11th and the closing dates are August 27 through August 29.
One of the pulp items up for bids is a single lot of the first 70 issues of DOC SAVAGE MAGAZINE.
Visit the Mastronet website at http://www.mastronet.com/

Renaissance E-Books
Now available from Renaissance E-Books:

The Scarlet Pimpernel in I Will Repay! by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL RETURNS When a young girl swears a vow of vengeance, Sir Percy, his identity already exposed, must risk his life in a daring return to France to save a friend from the guillotine. The Scarlet Pimpernel returns in this tale of high romance and intrigue, set during the bloodiest days of the revolution. Determined to avenge her brother's death, Juliette Marny swears as holy oath to destroy the man who killed him in a duel. But when she plants herself in the midst of his household, the better to pave the way for his betrayal to the bloodthirsty revolutionary committee, Juliette find herself falling in love with Citizen Deroulede, whose noble character has made his beloved to everyone in Paris. Too late she attempts to undo the plot she has set in motion, but her efforts only sent them both to prison, sentenced to die beneath the guillotine. Only one man can save them, the most wanted man in France, Sir Percy Blakeney, alias the Scarlet Pimpernel, and hot on his heels are his archenemy Chauvelin, and the revolutionary tribunal. The Scarlet Pimpernel: I Will Repay is another thrilling romantic adventure from the pen of his creator, Baroness Orczy.

Through the Dragon Glass & Other Masterpieces of Fantasy, Horror and the Uncanny by A. Merritt
Volume II of the first ever collection of the complete short stories of A. Merritt, the supreme genius of fantasy, terror and speculation. Includes, for the first time ever, Merritt's lost story, "Pool of the Stone God." Merritt weaves, �A glimmering, glittering web of imagination�� New York Times. Through the Dragon Glass & Other Masterpieces of Fantasy, Horror and the Uncanny contains the complete text of five of A. Merritt�s greatest tales. Included are the title story, "The Fox Woman," "Three Lines of Old French," "Music of the Spheres," and "The Pool of the Stone God." Discover why Isaac Asimov hailed Merritt as "The most famous of all fantasy writers." And why the Science Fiction encyclopedia says, " His stories carry within them the true note of fear the dread of the unknown that lies latent even within civilized man. Stories that grow like the unfolding of an evil flower whose deadly fragrance is both overpoweringly sweet and hateful to the senses, to a terrific climax.� Includes the rare "Merritt on Magic" and "Merritt on Merritt." Companion volume, The Women of the Wood and Other Stories.

The Shadow Strikes
The Shadow Strikes starring Rod La Rocque will be available on DVD on August 19th.
The owner of a large estate is mysteriously shot and killed and leaves an 11 million dollar fortune. The heirs begin fighting over the inheritance and soon underworld figures move in to steal the prize. The only hope for the innocent heir to the fortune is� The Shadow.  The retail price is $9.99.
It is available now for pre-order from DVD Planet and Deep Discount DVD.

Argosy Communication's THE SPIDER 70TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL is now available. 
This is a trade paperback facsimile reprint of The Spider #26: Death Reign of the Vampire King
This book features a new from cover by Carmine Infantino and Dick Giordano, plus a back cover reproducing John Newton Howitt's cover to the November 1935 issue of THE SPIDER. The book also reproduces various Spider covers from the pulps and paperbacks, early ads for the pulp magazine, including one for the first issue, and interior art by John Fleming Gould. There's also a brief write-up on the back cover, celebrating the character's 70 years as a hero of popular culture. Only the lead Spider story is being reprinted, no backup stories. 
The trade paperback is 7x10, 112 pages, and black & white for $10.00. 

THE SPIDER 70TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL is available from Mike Chomko.
The cost is $11 postage paid. Send check or money order to:
Michael Chomko, 2217 W. Fairview Street, Allentown, PA  18104-6542 
or via Paypal at chomko@enter.net    (cash only--no credit cards). 
Orders over $25 are discounted 10% and shipped postpaid.
Contact Mike at chomko@enter.net.

THE SPIDER 70TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL is also available from Vintage Library.
The price is $9.95 plus shipping.
For all U.S. orders, please include $5.35 per order for shipping and handling. 

TOM STRONG - Available 20 August in comic shops!
Tom Strong #21 will arrive in stores on Wednesday from DC Comics. 
The issue is written by Alan Moore, with art by Jerry Ordway and a cover by Chris Sprouse. 

Here's how DC describes the issue: 
"Part 2 of an epic 3-part tale delving into the strange but familiar world of Tom Stone. In the middle of the century, Tom Stone and Paul Saveen engage in a tremendous battle...standing side by sideÑ brothers-in-arms amidst a science-hero civil war. It's all-out war as the Strongmen of America take on America's Best." 

Tom Strong #21 is 32 pages and will cost $2.95. 

08 August 2003
The Hollywood Reporter indicates Jennifer Garner has resealed her deal to continue with Alias for seven seasons, tying her to the job through 2008. Of course, the show must first make it beyond Season 3.

Ash-Tree Press
The following titles are scheduled for August 2003:
NIGHT CREATURES by Seabury Quinn
Edited and with an Introduction by Peter Ruber & Joe Wrzos

THE GHOST PIRATES by William Hope Hodgson
with an Introduction by A. F. Kidd, and an Afterword by Douglas A. Anderson

Bison Frontiers of Imagination
Arriving in fall/winter 2003 are:

The Eternal Savage By Edgar Rice Burroughs
Time travel, a millennium-spanning romance, and rousing action in modern African jungles and the untamed prehistoric wilderness ignite this classic adventure tale from the pen of Edgar Rice Burroughs. Nu, a warrior from the Stone Age, is buried alive in an earthquake while stalking a saber-toothed tiger. Awakening thousands of years later on Tarzan�s estate in Africa, he gives his heart to Victoria Custer of Nebraska, a visitor to the estate, who is the reincarnation of Nu�s Stone Age love, Nat-ul. But other men treacherously compete for the love of Victoria in modern Africa and for the heart of Nat-ul in the distant past. Set in both a terrifyingly dangerous primeval setting and the beloved world of Tarzan, The Eternal Savage movingly reveals whether eternal love is strong enough to triumph over undying adversity. This is a trade paperback for $11.95.

A Journey in Other Worlds By John Jacob Astor
What did our ancestors dream of when they gazed up at the stars and looked beyond the present? Wildly imaginative but grounded in reasoned scientific speculation, A Journey in Other Worlds races far ahead of the nineteenth century to imagine what life would be like in the year 2000. At the beginning of the twenty-first century, Earth is effectively a corporate technocracy, with big businesses using incredible advances in science to improve life on the planet as a whole. Seeking other planets habitable for the growing human population, the spaceship Callisto, powered by an antigravitational force known as apergy, embarks on a momentous tour of the solar system. Jupiter proves to be a wilderness paradise, full of threatening beasts and landscapes of inspired beauty, where the explorers must fight for their lives. Dangers less tangible but equally deadly await the Callisto crew on Saturn, which yields profound secrets about their fate and the ultimate destiny of mankind.

Thoughtful, adventurous, and replete with a dazzling array of futuristic devices, A Journey in Other Worlds is a classic, unforgettable story of utopias and humankind�s restless exploration of the stars.
This is a trade paperback for $16.95.

Visit the Bison Frontiers of Imagination website at http://unp.unl.edu/BisonFrontiers.html

Bold Venture Press - Domino Lady update!
Unfortunately, COMPLIMENTS OF THE DOMINO LADY has been delayed and is now projected to be available in the Fall (September/October).

COMPLIMENTS OF THE DOMINO LADY -- 96 pages, $12.95, Six short stories from SAUCY ROMANTIC ADVENTURES and MYSTERY ADVENTURES by "Lars Anderson."  Six new title page illustrations and cover painting by STERANKO!  Introduction by Bernard Drew, and an afterword "Who Is Lars Anderson?" by Will Murray.  Plus, the original pulp interior artwork is featured and the original pulp covers are incorporated into the design of the back cover in COLOR. 
Bold Venture Press is now accepting orders!
Send checks or money orders to:
Bold Venture Press
P.O. Box 64
Bordentown, NJ 08505
The Grand total is $12.95 + $2 shipping.

Coming in November from Dark Horse Comics is CONAN THE LEGEND.
This is a one-shot 32-page comic book prologue to the new ongoing series set to debut in early 2004!
CONAN THE LEGEND will be available on 12 November and is bargain-priced at only 25¢ 

Here is what Dark Horse has to say:
Stoke the primeval fires of your mind with this bargain-priced introductory one-shot!  CONAN THE LEGEND features a 16-page prelude story introducing readers to the sprawling, lusty, battle-filled legend of Conan, establishing
characters and situations important to the series, and setting the stage for the adventures to come. Plus a sketchbook gallery of artist Cary Nord�s stunning work and a mini-interview with writer Kurt Busiek.

CONAN THE LEGEND is designed to serve as the perfect introduction to Conan and the new Conan series, and as such is bargain-priced at 25¢�the same price as the very first appearance of Conan, in the classic pulp
magazine WEIRD TALES, back in 1932. An ideal way for anyone to get a taste of the action and thrills to come, before the ongoing series begins in 2004. 

CONAN THE LEGEND can be pre-ordered from the September PREVIEWS (in comic shops 27 August).

Dark Horse Comics has also released a look at Cary Nord's artwork for the upcoming Conan comic series.
Visit the Official Conan website to view the artwork.

Dark Horse Comics second mini-bust in their Conan series will be available in December.
This bust is another masterpiece of savagery from sculptor Jeffery Scott and the painting and production team at Gentle Giant Studios. This piece features Robert E. Howard�s immortal warrior intertwined in a fearsome death struggle with a gigantic snake. In a piece that burns with the bloody fury of hell, the hard-to-define but obvious-when-seen quality that is Conan burns brightly. The bust is approximately 7" high, packaged in deluxe full-color box, includes certificate of authenticity signed by the sculptor, limited, numbered edition of 3,500 pieces, and will retail for $49.99.  The on-sale date is December 17.

Conan mini-bust #2 can be pre-ordered from the September PREVIEWS (in comic shops 27 August).

Dark Horse Comics has also released a look at Conan mini-bust #2.
Visit the Official Conan website to check it out.

Cover Ups
Cover Ups is a new Internet mailing list that is devoted to sharing, trading, and discussing pulp covers.
Anyone interested in joining should go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Cover_Ups/.

E-texts on the net this week
The Shadow Magazine
Death Clew (05/15/34) 
Message from the Scorpion by John Olsen this week's Two-Minute Shadow Mystery.

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

The Shadow Magazine Interior Artwork: Nothing new this week.

ShadowPDF:  Nothing new this week.

Doc Savage PDFThe Secret in the Sky (May 1935)

The Shrevnitz Memorial Library: Nothing new this week.

Blackmask Online: Nothing new this week.

Larry Estep-Online Pulps:    Now with over 250 stories online!
Mistress of Snarling Death by Paul Chadwick from  ACE MYSTERY (July, 1936) 
The Copper Cobra by Norman A. Daniels from TEN DETECTIVE ACES (December, 1942) 
The Stolen Story by Johnston McCulley  DETECTIVE STORY (November 18, 1919)
You Gotta Have Luck by Thomas Thursday from CRACK DETECTIVE (January, 1945) 
Tower of Darkness by Theodore Tinsley from TEN DETECTIVE ACES (September, 1935 )

ERBville Press - Tarzan and the Valley of Luna
ERBville Press announced the forthcoming publication of the EIGHTH volume in the Edgar Rice Burroughs� Uniform Edition Hardcover Collection: TARZAN AND THE VALLEY OF LUNA.  Illustrated with the original book artwork by J. Allen St. John and a color frontispiece of the original magazine cover. 
The price: $40.95 postpaid in the United States; $51.95 postpaid for the rest of the world.
The pre-publication order deadline is October 15, 2003. 
The publication date is November 15, 2003.
You can order online at the ERBville Press website at http://www.angelfire.com/film/locationbooks/uniform.htm

Illustration Magazine
ILLUSTRATION MAGAZINE #7 is now available.
This issue contains features on The Art of Reynold Brown, The Artists of the Revell Model Kit Boxes, The Art of Frank E. Schoonover, The Art of Turn-of-the-Century Sheet Music, and more!

The first profile is on Reynold Brown (1917-1991), the man behind such recognizable film posters as Attack of the 50 Foot Woman and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. His career also included magazine illustration, fine art and even newspaper strips, and more than 20 examples are shown here. The next feature is on master illustrator Frank E. Schoonover (1877-1972), with more than 25 pages and 20 color illustrations, many reproduced full-page. An extensive and thorough biography recounts his life, and included is a complete checklist of his magazine and book illustrations.  Also examined are illustrators of sheet music covers -- such as John Brandard, Winslow Homer, Robert Teller and even Windsor McCay. The first of a two-part series on Revell Model Kit art includes some excellent reproductions of paintings by Richard Kishady, Andrew Eidson, Jack Leynnwood and John Steel, and the story behind Illustration's upcoming Norman Rockwell and the Saturday Evening Post video is told by publisher Dan Zimmer. This issue is almost entirely in color and includes many full-page illustrations.

ILLUSTRATION MAGAZINE, 540 Wooddell Court,Kirkwood, MO 63122.
48 pages in black and white and full color for $9.
Four issue subscriptions are available for $36. 
Visit the ILLUSTRATION MAGAZINE website at http://www.illustration-magazine.com/.

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

Indiana Jones DVD BOX Set
The release date for the Indiana Jones DVD Box Set has been moved up from 11/4 to 10/21.
This is a four disk box set.
Disc 1: The completely remastered Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
Disc 2: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.
Disc 3: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Disc 4: Bonus Disk with
The Making of the Indiana Jones Trilogy - Part 1: Raiders of the Lost Ark (51 mins)
The Making of the Indiana Jones Trilogy - Part 2: The Temple of Doom (41 mins)
The Making of the Indiana Jones Trilogy - Part 3: The Last Crusade (35 mins)
The Stunts of Indiana Jones (11 mins)
The Light and Magic of Indiana Jones (12 mins)
The Music of Indiana Jones (12 mins)
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen  -  DC Comics
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Volume 2 Number 6 has been rescheduled yet again.
The book is now listed as being available 17 September.

Lovecraft is a new graphic novel by Keith Giffen, Hans Rodionoff, and Enrique Breccia that will be published by DC Comics Vertigo imprint.   Lovecraft examines the answer to this question: What if H.P. Lovecraft's tales of slithering terrors and otherworldly beasts were not fiction, but were in fact real?  No on-sale date has been announced.

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 9: The Deadly Ray is 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.

If you're interested in the old pulp magazines, the PulpMags newsgroup is the place to be!  PulpMags deals with OLD pulps only!  If you're looking for a newsgroup dealing with modern "pulp fiction" style writing, you will be bored with PulpMags. This is a moderated list and all pulp fans across the world are welcome. 

When you join PulpMags, you will be asked to post a short introductory message to the list that reveals your name and something about your interest in pulp magazines. You might mention what titles you are particularly interested in, whether you consider yourself a collector or are just interested in learning more about the pulps, and so on. If you have any questions about this or desire to join, contact e-mail moderator Curt Phillips at mailto:Absarka@naxs.com

ROBERT E. HOWARD'S CONAN: DRAWINGS & SKETCHES by Gary Gianni is now available from Bud Plant.
Gianni will be illustrating the second volume in Wandering Star's Robert E. Howard set, The Complete Conan of Cimmeria.  Gary Gianni, the Spectrum and Eisner Award-winning illustrator, has previously illustrated  Wandering Star's Soloman Kane.  Get behind-the-scenes look at preliminary designs, oil paintings, and illustrations created for the upcoming set, The Complete Conan of Cimmeria
Softcover, 8" x 7", 36 pages, b&w, $11.95.
Argosy Communication's THE SPIDER 70TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL will be in comic shops on 13 August. 
This is a trade paperback facsimile reprint of The Spider #26: Death Reign of the Vampire King
The book has a front cover by Carmine Infantino and Dick Giordano and contains a cover gallery and a selection of historic ads for early issues of THE SPIDER MAGAZINE.  Only the lead story is being reprinted, no backup stories.  The trade paperback is 7x10, 112 pages, and black & white for $10.00. 

If your comic shop does not stock this book, they can reorder it for you.
Request Diamond Item Code APR032741. 

The official website for the new WB Tarzan series is now online at http://www.tarzantheseries.com/

01 August 2003
Adventure House - Now Available!
ROSCOES IN THE NIGHT is now available from Adventure House.
This softcover collection of Dan Turner stories by Robert Leslie Bellem contains 13 Newly Reprinted stories, never before reprinted in a mass market book.  It also includes B&W images from movies, covers and information never before released.  The Introduction is by John Wooley. Reprinted stories include: Stock Shot, The Million Buck SnatchDead Man's Bed, Girl With Green Eyes, Silverscreen Shakedown, Witch Hunt, Crooner's Caress
Action! Camera! Drop-Dead!, Death Begins At Forty, Dan Turner Deals An Ace, and three more!
It will be 7" x 10" in size for a retail price of $17.95 plus shipping.

Diamond Comics Distributor is shipping ROSCOES IN THE NIGHT to be in comic shops 06 August.
If your comic shop does not stock this book, they can reorder it for you.
Request Diamond Item Code MAY032626.

Alias: Season Two DVD
Buena Vista has revealed the tentative specs for their ALIAS: Season Two DVD. The 6-disc set will include all 22 second season episodes of the series in anamorphic widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. Extras will include The Making of The Telling documentary (on the season finale), the Undercover: The Look of Alias featurette, a season two gag reel, a Monday Night Football parody, a look at the making of the videogame, deleted scenes and audio commentary with members of the cast and crew. Note that a few of these details may be subject to change. The suggested retail price is $69.99. The release date is 02 December 2003. 

ARGOSY Submisssion Guidelines
Coppervale International has announced that over the Halloween weekend of 2003, Coppervale will be reviving the classic fiction magazine ARGOSY under Senior Editor Lou Anders. Contributors include Michael Moorcock, Harlan Ellison, Jeffrey Ford, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Andy Duncan, Kai Meyer, Ann Cummins, and Dr. Jean Houston. Acclaimed illustrators Leo and Diane Dillon will be the cover artists, and Steve Rude (of Nexus comics) will illustrate the interiors. Trade paperback-sized, each issue will be comprised of two volumes-the main magazine, and a seperately-bound novella-and will be packaged in an illustrated slipcase. At 200 pages, ARGOSY will initially ship on a quarterly schedule, carries advertising, and will retail for $12.00.

Coppervale International has released the following submission guidelines:
ARGOSY is a literary magazine with a fantastical/surrealistic bent. We publish fiction and nonfiction, genre and non-genre. We are looking for science fiction, fantasy, mystery, crime, suspense, magical realism, slipstream, and interesting/edgy mainstream fiction. Regarding nonfiction, we are looking for "essays not articles," by which we mean, pieces that are not tied directly into current events. We are not interested in single book reviews or other time-sensitive topics, but are looking for essays which will be as interesting to read five years from now as they are today.  We do not consider poetry. We do not reprint previously published material.

Fiction may be up to 40,000 words in length, nonfiction up to 10,000 words. Payment is 10 cents a word on acceptance. We buy First World English Rights and non-exclusive anthology rights. All other rights are retained by
the author.

Please submit one story or essay at a time. We do not accept simultaneous submissions. Submit clearly typed manuscripts, double-spaced on 8x11 white paper, one side only. Brief cover letters are helpful. The submission
must contain your name, address, telephone number, and an email address (where one is available). Please indicate estimated word count on the top sheet of  your manuscript.

We cannot respond to manuscripts that are not accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Please indicate if you wish your manuscript returned, and provide appropriate postage along with a 9" x 12" envelope. Persons submitting from overseas should send a disposable manuscript (marked as such), along with a letter-sized SASE and an International Reply Coupon. We do not accept submissions via fax or email.

Send submissions to:
Lou Anders, Editor
Argosy Magazine
PO Box 43099
Birmingham, AL 35243

Back Numbers Can Be Easily Procured
Warren Harris's apa-zine, BACK NUMBERS CAN BE EASILY PROCURED #7 (July 2003) is now available.
If you have not read Warren's excellent apa-zine, click on over to Bill Burns' eFanzines website at http://efanzines.com/ and download #1 through #7.  All issues are in PDF format. 

Bill Burns has many other great efanzines on his site that you might also want to investigate. 

BLOOD `N' THUNDER #5 is now available!
The fifth big issue (Summer 2003) is packed end to end with articles and reviews; there was no room for a story reprint this time around.  Click here or on the image at the right for a larger picture.

The cover story is De Soto, Master of Menace, a tribute to the great pulp painter Rafael de Soto. The front cover features a heretofore unpublished de Soto painting of the Spider--not a pulp-cover recreation, but an original composition commissioned by a fan in the late `80s. Inside, de Soto candidly reminisces about his career in a first-person essay pieced together from several videotaped conversations. Accompanying de Soto's recollections are a choice selection of his pulp covers and a brace of previously unpublished pencil sketches for covers (including a SPIDER) that were rejected by Popular Publications back in the `40s.

Peter Ruber's KING OF THE PULPS, a comprehensive overview of the career of the legendary H. Bedford-Jones, is taken from the book Peter recently co-authored with Darrell Richardson and Victor Berch. It's a substantial essay that discusses HB-J's writing habits and style, and identifies the long-running series he did for such pulps as ARGOSY and BLUE BOOK. Peter's article is a great primer for those who are familiar with the name but not the work, and it too is accompanied by numerous cover reprints.

Our "Tricks of the Trade" department features a fascinating piece by prolific mystery novelist Frank Gruber. For This Is the Way I Make My Bread, originally published in a 1941 issue of WRITER'S DIGEST, Gruber describes an average week�during which he finds innumerable ways to avoid sitting down in front of a typewriter. Loaded with references to the era's top writers and editors of pulps, this delightful article paints a fascinating picture of a writer's life during the heyday of fiction magazines.

In this issue's "From the Top Shelf," BnT editor Ed Hulse reviews the March 1933 issue of DIME MYSTERY BOOK�the one issue not covered in Shawn Danowski's excellent survey of the magazine in Mike Chomko's PURPLE PROSE. And it's a good issue, too, featuring a full-length novel in the Sax Rohmer tradition.

"Cliffhanger Classics" takes a lengthy look at NEW ADVENTURES OF TARZAN, the 1935 serial produced in part by Edgar Rice Burroughs himself. While this film has been covered before�especially in the ERB fanzines�our piece includes previously undisclosed information about the production, along with extensive quotes from Tarzan himself, 96-year-old Herman Brix (aka Bruce Bennett), who recently granted BnT an exclusive interview. In this lengthy article we debunk several of the oft-reported myths surrounding the NAoT serial.

BLOOD 'N' THUNDER #5 is 36 pages and sports a full-color cover.  It will be available at Pulpcon, and subscribers in attendance are encouraged to stop by the BNT table and pick up their copies. Subscriber copies will be mailed the week following Pulpcon.  Other interested persons can obtain a copy by sending $6.00 to:

Ed Hulse
2467 Route 10 East 
Mountain Club, Bldg.15, Apt. 4B, 
Morris Plains, NJ 07950

Blue Mushroom Books - GUNS IN THE SHADOWS is now available!
GUNS IN THE SHADOWS, a softcover collection of stories from the gangster pulps, is now available. This volume includes stories from such pulps as DOUBLE-ACTION GANG, RACKETEER STORIES, TRUE GANG LIFE, TRUE GANGSTER STORIES, UNDERWORLD MAGAZINE, ALL STAR DETECTIVE, GANGLAND STORIES, and GANGSTER STORIES.  Authors included will be Robert Leslie Bellem, Edwin Burkholder, Hugh B. Cave, Norman Daniels, J. Allan Dunn, Alexander Faust, G. T. Fleming-Roberts, D. B. McCandless, Norvell Page, Cyril Plunkett, and E. Hoffmann Price. 

5.25 x 8.25, 224 pages, full color cover. 
GUNS IN THE SHADOWS retails for $16 plus $4 shipping and handling. 
Dealer inquiries are welcome.  Contact Larry Estep at larry@pulpgen.com
Order from: 
Blue Mushroom Books
POBox 383
Morehead KY 40351-0383

Blue Mushroom Books - Coming Soon!
The following publications are in the works from Blue Mushroom Books.
No publications dates have been set yet. 
Please do not order until these are announced as being available. 

This book collects 10 of the best Wade Hammond from DETECTIVE-DRAGNET and TEN DETECTIVE ACES.
$16.00, 5.25 x 8.25, 224 pages, full color cover, interior art from the original appearance of the stories.

GUNS OF THE GRIFFON by Arch Whitehouse. 
This collects the first eight Griffon stories from FLYING ACES. 
$16.00, 5.25 x 8.25, 240 pages, full color cover, interior art from the original appearance of the stories.

A Dan Turner collection is possible next year.

Clark Ashton Smith
The Eldritch Dark Monthly Newsletter announced that they found copies of the typescripts of two, stories written by Clark Ashton Smith that were believed to be lost. The first of these is The Red World of Polaris, a story written for WONDER STORIES in August 1930. A sequel to Marooned in Andromeda, this 13,000 word adventure of Captain Volmar features some fine poetic and atmospheric writing, and was rejected by editor David Lasser for "not enough action." The second story, The Face by the River, is a 2500 word psychological ghost story dating from October 1930.

Night Shade Books will publish RED WORLD OF POLARIS by Clark Ashton Smith in August 2003.
The Limited edition (500 copies) will contain all of the stories, edited by Smith scholars Scott Connors and Ron Hilgar, as well as an introduction. Night Shade is also working on artwork and a celebrity afterword, to be announced as soon as it is nailed down. The retail price is $35 plus shipping. This book is selling fast!

A publisher has been found for The Face by the River, but they aren't quite ready to make an announcement just yet.
Visit the Eldritch Dark website at http://www.eldritchdark.com/.

With PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN doing well at the box office, it looks like Hollywood wants to make more of the same. Today it was announced that MGM has bought the spec script DEVIL'S CREW to develop as a feature film. 

Written by Ravi Bains and Alex Harakis, the script is set in 1718 and follows the adventures of one Lt. Robert Maynard, an officer in the Royal Navy. Maynard has volunteered for the unenviable mission of bringing to justice the infamous pirate captain known as Blackbeard, a task that the Navy considers a suicide mission. 

E-texts on the net this week
The Shadow Magazine
The Yellow Band (08/15/37) 
Arctic Peril by John Olsen this week's Two-Minute Shadow Mystery.

Robert Mullen's Shadow PDF:   The Five Chameleons (11/01/32), Dead Men Live (11/15/32), The Creeping Death (01/15/33), and The Shadows Shadow (02/01/33)

The Shadow Magazine Interior Artwork: Nothing new this week.

ShadowPDF:  Nothing new this week.

Doc Savage PDFThe Spook of Grandpa Eben (December 1943)

The Shrevnitz Memorial Library: Nothing new this week.

Blackmask Online: The Spook of Grandpa Eben (December 1943)

Larry Estep-Online Pulps:    Now with over 250 stories online!
Clown of Doom by John L. Benton from POPULAR DETECTIVE (June 1945)
The Thing From Antares by Myer Krulfeld from THRILLING WONDER STORIES (February 1940)
Opals Are Unlucky by C. S. Montanye from THRILLING DETECTIVE (January 1946)
The Murder Game by Archie Oboler from NICKEL DETECTIVE (August 1933)
License For Theft by Thomas Thursday from TEN DETECTIVE ACES (September 1937)

EXTINCTION EVENT #2 by Robert Weinberg - Available 06 August!
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 will be in comic shops on 06 August. 

Fading Shadows - Now Available!
The Lone Eagle in High Ramparts by Lt. Scott Morgan, from AMERICAN EAGLE, December 1941, V23N3.
North Sea Nightmare by George Bruce, from SKY FIGHTERS, August 1937, V17 N2. 

BEHIND THE MASK #65 featuring:
   Kwa of the Jungle by Paul Regard from THRILLING ADVENTURES, August 1937
   Fangs of the Jungle by Capt. Walt R. Bethel from WORLD ADVENTURER, February 1934

DETECTIVE MYSTERY STORIES #39  featuring The Scent of Death by Pam Herman, Good Deed by Dan A. Sproul, Murder for Art�s Sake by Daniel Erickson, Alibi for Murder by Eugene C. Flinn, The Last Supper by James P. Hanley, Integrity Issue by Jason Bobzin, Clear Conscience by Lawrence Harvey, Cleaning by Kenneth M. Austin, A Likely Alibi by R. Ambardar, and Book Review: Egg by James Mc Connell.

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

Fading Shadows - Coming Soon!
Below is the publication schedule for the next year of ACTION ADVENTURE STORIES!
Please do not order until these are announced as being available.  Lineup changes are possible.
#129 September 2003: Murder Rides The Skies (Phantom Detective), 12/39, V29 N2
#130 October 2003: Champion of Destiny (Lone Eagle), 9/35, V8 N3
#131 November 2003: Curse of the Crimson Horde (Secret Agent X),  9/38, V14 N1
        originally was written as the 2nd Captain Hazzard story.
#132 December 2003: Outlaws of the Moccasins (Masked Rider), 2/36, V2 N3
#133 January 2004: The Medieval Murders (Phantom Detective), 7/42, V39 N2
#134 February 2004: Winged Peril (Lone Eagle), 10/35, V9 N1
#135 March 2004: Brand of the Quanahy Clan (Masked Rider), 3/36, V2 N4
#136 April 2004: The Case of the Poison Formula (Phantom Detective), 12/45, V46 N3
#137 May 2004: Hell Over America (Lone Eagle), 12/40, V21 N3
#138 June 2004: Wide Open Town (Masked Rider), 6/36, V3 N3
#139 July 2004: Death In The Desert (Phantom Detective), 6/43

Fantastic Book Club
John Betancourt of Wildside Press and Warren Lapine of DNA Publication have announced the establishment of Fantastic Book Club, a joint venture. The club will launch on September 1 and the first title will be Manna from Heaven, a collection of short stories by Roger Zelazny, including five previously uncollected "Amber" stories. The Book Club will not ship books unless they are requested by members. Although some of the books may be available in bookstores, club members will receive a discount. The Fantastic Book Club's website is at: http://www.fantasticbookclub.com/

Girasol Collectables - New Pulp Replicas!
Girasol Collectables is pleased to announce three 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.

August is a Bonus Pulp Replica Month, with 3 new offerings instead of the usual 2!
Included is the second of our WEIRD TALES bedsheets, the February 1924 issue, #10; also, STRANGE TALES #4, March 1932; and last but not least, The Shadow from June 1, 1933, featuring The Red Blot

Lately, Girasol Collectables has been asked for teasers as to upcoming Pulp Replicas, so here they are!
Girasol Collectables is very excited to announce that the first four issues of TERROR TALES are in the works, as are more early Spicy titles, and the Weird Tales Anniversary issue from 1924. Free up some shelf space now!'

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 Romanoff Jewels (12/01/32)
The Shadow's Justice  (04/15/33)
The Red Blot (06/01/33)
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) 
The Book of Death (01/15/42)
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

July 1935: a nice Parkhurst cover
February 1936: Batman

Dan Turner Hollywood Detective No. 1 (January 1942)

January 1932: Wolves of Darkness
March 1932
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
February 1924: WEIRD TALES #10

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

Green Hornet
The complete Green Hornet series is heading to Starz Encore beginning in October.

Stephen Haffner reports that Alex Ebel has now delivered 4 of the 7 interior plates for STARK AND THE STAR KINGS and that they are absolutely beautiful!  The working cover is available for viewing on the Haffner Press website at http://www.haffnerpress.com/

Hippocampus Press
Hippocampus Press has announced an exciting new addition to their 2003 publishing schedule. 
Orders are now being taken at the Hippocampus Press website for the limited first edition!

Edited by S. T. Joshi
October 2003:  Hardcover: $32.95

Lord Dunsany, Irish master of fantasy, was the author of more than a dozen novels, hundreds of short stories, poems, and essays, and dozens of plays. And yet, his last major work, The Pleasures of a Futuroscope, has remained unpublished until this edition. In this powerful and moving novel, written in 1955, a futuroscope�-a device that allows a viewer to see into the near or distant future�-reveals an awful fate for humanity: a nuclear holocaust has destroyed nearly all human life on the planet. The great city of London is now merely an immense crater, filled in with water from the Thames. The pitiful remnants of humanity have been reduced to a Stone Age existence. The narrator, obsessively looking through the futuroscope, focuses upon the plight of a single family in their struggles to survive and fend off the many enemies, both animal and human, that surround them. When one of their number is kidnapped by a band of gypsies, we can only wonder at her fate in this brave new world of the distant future. Gripping, horrifying, touching, and fascinating, The Pleasures of a Futuroscope show that Lord Dunsany had retained his literary powers undiminished to the end of his life.

Lord Dunsany (1878-1957) was the author of The Gods of Pegana (1905), A Dreamer's Tales (1910), and many other volumes that have made him a legend in the realm of fantasy. Such novels as The King of Elfland's Daughter (1924) and The Blessing of Pan (1927) cemented his reputation. In The Curse of the Wise Woman (1933) and later works, he drew upon the people and heritage of his native Ireland, while such plays as The Gods of the Mountain (1911) and The Queen's Enemies (1916) commanded the British and American stage for decades.

James Bond 
MGM Home Entertainment is releasing all 20 of the James Bond films together in three special-edition gift sets on November 18.  Volume 1, which includes seven titles, was previously released in October 2002 and will be repromoted and released together with Volumes 2 and 3 in November.  The gift sets are priced at $124.96 each (preorder Oct. 21), and each title gets the full features treatment, including commentaries, documentaries and various featurettes, music videos, theatrical trailers, storyboards and other material.  MGM said all Bond titles, except "Die Another Day," are scheduled to go into moratorium January 19 for an indefinite period.

Volume 1 includes Dr. No, GoldenEye, Goldfinger, License to Kill, The Man With the Golden Gun, The Spy Who Loved Me and Tomorrow Never Dies.

Volume 2 includes From Russia With Love, You Only Live Twice, Diamonds Are Forever, Moonraker, For Your Eyes Only, The Living Daylights and The World Is Not Enough.

Volume 3 includes Thunderball, Octopussy, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Die Another Day, Live and Let Die  and A View to a Kill.

Lone Ranger 
The Lone Ranger will kick off with an all-day marathon on The Hallmark Channel, Saturday, Sept. 6 (from 6 a.m. to 3 a.m. ET) before settling into its regularly scheduled 1-2 p.m. ET time period. 

Lost Treasures from the Pulps - Collections One and Two!
Announcing the first publication of LOST TREASURES FROM THE PULPS, 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.

The Compleat Peter the Brazen
Now available is The Compleat Peter the Brazen by George F. Worts, a two-volume hardcover set reprinting the entire Peter the Brazen saga from the pages of ARGOSY magazine.   Each volume is 9x12, in full color jacket, and contains over 300,000 words of high adventure fiction.  Book One is 388 double-column pages, while Book Two is 402 double-column pages. Click here or in the images to the right for larger images.

The Peter the Brazen adventure series has long been considered by pulp fans as perhaps the greatest action series ever to be published in the pulp magazines.  In particular, Peter�s three adventures fighting the Chinese mastermind, the Blue Scorpion, rank among the finest heroic adventures ever written.   While a few Peter the Brazen stories have been reprinted in scarce fan publications, a majority of these novelets and novels have been out of print for more than a half-century. 

Complimenting the entire series of Peter the Brazen stories, from 1919-1920 and 1930-1935, these volumes include special articles by Rick Lai and Robert Weinberg on the stories, their settings, and their author, George F. Worts.  Both volumes are newly typeset on quality paper with matching dust jackets.  Along with reproductions of all the covers and interior illustrations from the series, the books also include new maps showing the world of Peter the Brazen. 

The set of two books will be available sometime in late April.  An advance set of the books should be available at the Windy City Pulp and Paperback Show in April, but regular copies will not be shipped until a few weeks after the show.   LOST TREASURES FROM THE PULPS feature open print runs, so the books will never be out of print.  However, after the first printing of the volumes, it may be months before they are available again.  If you want to pre-order your set, for delivery on publication, now is the time to do so. 

Cost per two-volume set is $150.00.  (the two books are only sold as a set)  Postage is $10 due to the weight of these immense volumes.  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. 

Minions of the Shadow
Now available is the 2nd publication of the series, Minions of the Shadow � The Collected Mark Nevin- Omega Novels by William Gray Beyer.   This stand-alone 6x9 hardcover volume, with color jacket by Rudolph Belarski, reprints the four Minions novels � Minions of the Moon, Minions of Mars, Minions of Mercury, and Minions of the Shadow, from ARGOSY in the late 1930�s and early 1940�s. Minions of the Moon was reprinted in hardcover over fifty years ago, and the other three novels have never been reprinted.  Newly typeset, 481 pages.

Mark Nevin entered the hospital one morning for routine surgery and awoke six thousand years later.  It was a world reverted to barbarism and savagery, filled with cannibals, pseudo-Vikings and the very beautiful but stoic, Nona Barr.  Mark hadn�t planned to save the world, but that�s what he found himself doing, in the company of a meddling super-being that called itself Omega, the last survivor of an ancient lunar culture.  All Mark had to do was defeat the two evil Russian brains-in-the-jar who couldn�t be killed.  And that was only Mark�s first adventure in the future!
Four very entertaining, delightfully wacky, humorous science fiction novels that are as much fun now as when they were originally published more than sixty years ago, these are definitely LOST TREASURES FROM THE PULPS!

This book will always remain available.  However, after the first printing of the volume, it may be months before it is available again.  Cost for this very thick hardcover is $50.  Postage is $5. 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 picked up his copies of LOST TREASURES FROM THE PULPS at Pulpcon.
Contact Mike Chomko at chomko@enter.net to inquire about availability.

The Stars Our Destination/Weinberg Books expected copies in mid-June. 
Copies can be signed or inscribed by Robert Weinberg at your request.
Call 773-338-1650 to inquire about availability.


Lost Treasures from the Pulps - Collection Three
Coming in November is the third collection of LOST TREASURES FROM THE PULPS featuring THE MEMOIRS OF HORATIO HUMBERTON by J. Paul Suter, introduction by Robert Weinberg. 

A total of ten adventure novelettes appeared in DIME DETECTIVE MAGAZINE between July 1932 and January 1937 featuring the Necrologist Sleuth, Horatio Humberton. These stories feature elements of the supernatural, and the outrageous, and are collected here for the first time. Unfortunately only one featured a cover illustration for the magazine. You will not be disappointed with these hard-boiled escapades, bordering on humorous escapist detective fiction.  The ten stories are:

1. The Angel of the Damned
2. Eyes of the Dead
3. The Werewolf Horrors
4. The Mill of Horror
5. Seconds of Doom
6. Shoes for the Dead
7. Post Mortem
8. Dead and Buried
9. The Hairy Death
10. The Corpse the Cat Dragged In

Writing in THE DIME DETECTIVES (The Mysterious Press, 1988), Ron Goulart said: "Horatio Humberton...was a part-time dick and a full-time undertaker. 'Though Horatio Humberton earned the principal part of his living by the
direction of funerals," it was explained "another science, the study of crime, was much nearer his heart. When it came to embalming a murdered man, he could do a good job; but he would be far more enthusiastic in the task of
finding the murderer."

The cover illustration mentioned in Battered Silicon's press release was by William Reusswig and appeared on the July 1932 issue of DIME DETECTIVE MAGAZINE. It is pictured at the right.  A larger image is available for viewing at The Pulp Gallery at the following address: http://albums.photo.epson.com/j/AlbumIndex?u=1655461&a=12689755&f=0

LOST TREASURES FROM THE PULPS Volume 3 will retail for $50.

Mike Chomko is now accepting pre-orders for this volume.
Contact Mike at chomko@enter.net to reserve yours today.

Lost Treasures from the Pulps - Coming in 2004!
The next two DIME DETECTIVE releases in the "Lost Treasures" series will appear as follows:

Windy City 2004 --THE DEAN by Merle Constiner
Pulpcon 2004 -- BILL BRENT by Frederick C. Davis.

MASTER STORYTELLER: An Illustrated Tour of the Fiction of L. Ron Hubbard
MASTER STORYTELLER: An Illustrated Tour of the Fiction of L. Ron Hubbard is now available.
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") 194 page coffee table book. The retail price is $49.95.

Orders may be placed with Adventure House or Bud Plant.

The "New" Howard Reader
After a lengthy hiatus The New Howard Reader is back and due out in August 2003! 
A special pre-order offer is available for $13.50 (post paid -- please add $5 for international postage).
Send money orders only. 
Order from:  Joe Marek, 542 S 30 Street, Omaha, NE 68105-2701 

Visit The New Howard Reader website at http://www.barbariankeep.com/nhr.html

Pulps 1st - Pulp covers on CD
Now available from Pulps 1st is Volume 3 of their pulp cover CD collection.
This CD has over 16,500 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.

The previous pulp cover CD versions are now on sale. 
Version 2 has over 13,000 pulp covers and is now $35.  Version 1 is now $25.

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 mailto:pulpsfirst@mindspring.com

Pulps 1st - Pulp covers on CD
In response to numerous requests, Pulps 1st is starting a new line of specific genre pulp cover CDs. 
Many people apparently don't want the "whole kit and kaboodle," and would prefer only the covers they collect.

Three specific genre types of CDs are now available. 
Heroes and Villains (which includes all the Shadow pulps and the 3 annuals) most of the Spider, G-8, Phantom Detective, etc.

The Anthology CD has ADVENTURE, ARGOSY (over 1,000), BLUE BOOK, and more. 
Obviously these and others are not one specific genre, but are anthologies.

And the last is westerns, including the love/western titles (Ranch Romances comes to mind).

The prices for these are $15.00 until Oct. 1.  After that the Heroes and Villains CD goes to $20.

And more specific genre CDsare in the works.  Coming attractions includes SF/Fantasy/Weird CD, 
a detective, a mystery/horror, spicy (including the spicy and speed titles - with Dan Turner, Hollywood Detective, Fighting Western, etc.), and a War/Air CD. 

Purple Prose 17
PURPLE PROSE 17 is now available!
The lead article, written by Will Murray, examines the editorial evolution of Popular Publications during the editorial reign of Rogers Terrill. Alfred Jan contributes a history of the confession pulps, suggesting that Popular's Candid Confessions was the cream of the crop. Albert Tonik offers an interview with Agatha Reed, the widow of pulp author G. T. Fleming-Roberts. Ms. Reed discusses the home life of the working pulp author. The interview is introduced by a biography and appreciation of Fleming-Roberts, written by Monte Herridge. Closing out the issue are letters from readers, most of them suggesting further corrections to "Notes and Name Droppings from an Editor's Chair," Harry Steeger's pulp history, which ran in issue #16. There's also the usual gallery of pulp cover reproductions plus interior illustrations from a wide variety of pulps. The cover is contributed by the great Frank Hamilton, through a design provided by Neil Mechem.

If you'd like information about back issues--all numbers are available--please drop Mike an email at chomko@enter.net

Single issues cost $5.50, postage paid. Send your check or money order to:
Michael Chomko, 2217 W. Fairview Street, Allentown, PA  18104-6542. 
Payments can also be made via Paypal--CASH ONLY--to chomko@enter.net
Sorry, but no credit card payments can be accepted. 

Sheldon Jaffery
Sheldon Jaffery was diagnosed with lung cancer in June. He died, quite suddenly and unexpectedly on July 10. 
Sheldon was a regular at Pulpcon, a past member of PEAPS, and a member of PulpMags.  He won the Lamont Award in 2001.  Below are just a few of the many books written or edited by Sheldon Jaffery.

The Collector�s Index to Weird Tales by Sheldon Jaffery and Fred Cook 
The Corpse Maker by Hugh B. Cave 
Sensuous Science Fiction from the Weird and Spicy Pulps
Secret of the Earth Star and Others by Henry Kuttner
To the Stars, and Beyond
The Weirds : A Facsimile Selection of Fiction from the Era of the Shudder Pulps
Selected Tales of Grim and Grue from the Horror Pulps 
Horrors and Unpleasantries: A bibliographical history & collectors' price guide to Arkham House 

Smithsonian Magazine Pulp Art Cover
The August 2003 issue of Smithsonian Magazine features a cover article about pulp art. 
Rafael de Soto's cover painting for the August 1947 DETECTIVE TALES is featured on the cover, with the blurb "Deadbeats! Dames! Dirtbags! Pulp Art Gets a Little Respect".  The featured article is titled Guys and Molls by Doug Stewart, with six color illustrations.

The article is available from the Smithsonian website at: http://www.smithsonianmag.si.edu/smithsonian/issues03/aug03/pulpart.html

VISCO - The Visual Index of SF Cover Art 
Visco Version 2.04b was uploaded on 01 August 2003 at http://www.sfcovers.net/
VISCO has been absent from the web for over a month due to a severe problem with the web hosting service, which seems finally to have gone belly up. That was complicated with difficulty getting the domain name sfcovers.net back from the clutches of the dead company. There is no new content in this release. Visco is just glad to be back online!

Wild Cat Books
Now available from Wild Cat Books is WORLDS OF WONDER: A Pictorial Guide of Science Fiction and Fantasy in the Pulps by Ron Hanna.  82 pages, over 100 SF&F Pulp Covers with Publishing Info, Selected Story, Cover Artist, plus some Favorite Covers, Interior Art, etc.  Color Cover, B&W Interior Art, Nicely bound, 8.5"x11". 
The retail price is $18 postpaid U.S.  Please inquire for Overseas rates.

The New and Updated CAPTAIN FUTURE HANDBOOK by Chuck Juzek is now available.  The updated edition contains 14 pages of new material and artwork never previously published in earlier editions! 
This volume includes everything you ever wanted to know about Captain Future. All the Pulp and Paperback Covers (including foreign editions), Complete story synopses, Indexes and Bibliographies, Videos and Comics, Original artwork, the Original first 2 chapters by Edmond Hamilton that haven't seen print in over 25 years... and much, much more!  An absolute masterpiece... 212 pages, Lavishly Illustrated, B&W with Color Cover
The retail price is $30 postpaid U.S.  Please inquire for Overseas rates.

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Visit the Wild Cat Books website at http://www.cpu-net.com/host/wildcatbooks

Wild Cat Books
6664 Valley Pike
Middletown, VA 22645-1720

Please make all checks payable to Ron Hanna and not Wild Cat Books

Wildside Press
Wildside Press has announced the imminent publication of GRAVEYARD RATS AND OTHERS, by Robert E. Howard, a collection of his detective stories. It includes:

Introduction: A Black Wind off River Street, by Don Herron
Black Talons
Fangs of Gold
The Tomb's Secret
Names in the Black Book
Graveyard Rats
Black Wind Blowing

The price is $35.00 and it should be available in about a week to 10 days.

Wildside Press
The following titles are now available from Wildside Press (http://www.wildsidepress.com/index2fr.htm):

THE MOON MAID by Edgar Rice Burroughs 

THE MOON MAID is a tale of adventure in space, of the secret of the moon -- of humanlike quadrupeds and stranger fantastic things, all wrapped around an idea like something Robert Heinlein would write. Strange and true: at the moment Burroughs was writing Russia had just fallen to the communists, and terrible things were happening to personal liberty in that land. And so he wrote about fighting for the things he believed in, and so he made no bones about his political leanings -- or his fear for the future, not just for America, but for the world at large. 

228 pages, Trade Hardcover, ISBN: 1-59224-709-1,  $32.95

THE VALLEY OF FEAR by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 

"You have heard me speak of Professor Moriarty? The greatest schemer of all time, the organizer of every deviltry, the controlling brain of the  underworld, a brain which might have made or marred the destiny of nations  -- That's genius, Watson. But if I am spared by lesser men, our day will  surely come."  THE VALLEY OF FEAR contains tales of Sherlock Holmes originally published in The Strand.  Arthur Conan Doyle viewed his spiritualistic writings as far more important than his Holmes stories, but at best today, his abiding interest in the supernatural is remembered because he believed in ersatz fairy photos.  Many readers know that, frustrated at Holmes' popularity, Doyle killed Holmes off, but thanks to generous payments from American magazines, he brought the great detective back.  Millions of words have been written in an attempt to explain Holmes' popularity.  Along with Tarzan, James Bond and a few others, Sherlock Holmes is a fictional character who has taken on a life of his own -- in fact, he seems as though he might have been a real Victorian-era detective, for all his eccentricities.  221-B Baker Street is a real address.  Holmes, however, really isn't a real man.  He's an immortal. 

220 pages, Trade Hardcover,  ISBN: 1-59224-690-7,  $32.95

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