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27 August 2004

CLARK ASHTON SMITH'S HYPERBOREA #1 - Available September 1st!
Adapted by Jason B. Thompson and published by Mock Man Press.
From the artist of H.P. Lovecraft's The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath! Based on "The Tale of Satampra Zeiros" by pulp writer Clark Ashton Smith, Hyperborea combines the horror of H.P. Lovecraft with the sword-and-sorcery of Robert E. Howard. Sometime in the distant past, two thieves leave the city of Uzuldaroum and enter the jungle in search of a lost city and fabulous treasures.  black & white, 24 pages, $2.95.  
Request Diamond Item Code is JUL043021.

CONAN T-Shirt -- Available September 1st!
Graphitti Designs has announced a new licensing relationship with Conan Properties International with the release of new shirt designs. Conan I features the art of Cary Nord and will be available in comic shops Wednesday, September 1st. The shirt is screenprinted in full-color on a black 100% cotton shirt. 

To place an order by phone from
Graphitti Designs, call 1-800-699-0115.
S-XL $17.95
XXL $20.95

CONAN T-Shirt - Coming in November!
The works of Robert E. Howard strikes a visual cord on the new Conan IV T-shirt featuring the art of Gary Gianni screenprinted in full-color on a white 100% cotton shirt.   S-XL    $17.95,  XXL    $20.95

This t-shirt can be pre-ordered at your local comic shop from the September PREVIEWS (now available). 
The Diamond Item Code is SEP043507 (Small).
The Diamond Item Code is SEP043508 (Medium).
The Diamond Item Code is SEP043509 (Large).
The Diamond Item Code is SEP043510 (X-Large).
The Diamond Item Code is SEP043511 (XX-Large).
The shirt will also be available direct from Graphitti Designs.

E-texts on the net this week
The Shadow Magazine: 
Teeth of the Dragon is reviewed this week.
Castle Island by John Olsen is this week's Two-Minute Shadow Mystery.

ShadowPDF:   Nothing new this week.

Blackmask Online: Nothing new this week.

Larry Estep-Online Pulps:    Now with over 450 stories online!
Rifles of Rebellion by John Starr from CIVIL WAR STORIES, Spring 1940
The Charmed Life by Achmed Abdullah from ALL-STORY, September 22, 1917
Flies on the Ceiling by Eugene A. Clancy from 
Irregular Brethren by H. Bedford-Jones from THE BLUE BOOK MAGAZINE, August 1919
Quick-Trigger Teacher by Vernon Shuffett, Jr., and Reuben Craig from 10-STORY DETECTIVE 
MAGAZINE, April 1945

EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS Bibliography - Now Available!
Compiled by Joe Lukes. Foreword by Richard A. Lupoff. 

Pre-war Grosset & Dunlap editions, 1918-1942. A highly detailed, definitive list of all ERB titles published by Grosset & Dunlap, beginning with the 1918 first reprinting of A Princess of Mars, through 1942. Each edition is described in exhaustive detail, including cover colors, number of illustrations, variations to the dustjackets, and more.
Includes several photographs of Burroughs, plus abundant b&w images of dustjackets and covers (as well as a special four-page color section). An indispensable guide for the collector and fan. Joe Lukes, 2004.
Soft Cover, 5x8, 126 pages, text/PC,  $20.00  
This title is available from Bud Plant Comic Art.

Golden Perils #34 - Now Available!
Golden Perils #34 is now up and ready for free downloading with articles on the Doc Savage/Nicola Tesla connection, The Avenger on radio and the latest pulp and pulp related news.

The issue is in PDF format and is 1.5 megs in size. Scroll down the page to Issue 34, RIGHT click on download and chose "save target as" to save to your hard drive.

Visit http://www.howardhopkins.com/page4.htm to download Golden Perils #34 today.

Green Hornet
Citing the failure of his biggest budget movie to date, Jersey Girl, director/writer Kevin Smith says he's writing the big screen version of The Green Hornet but probably won't direct it.    "I'm writing Green Hornet now, I'm 50 pages from the end of it, but I don't think I'm going to direct it," Smith tells Zap2it.com. "I've got cold feet after doing Jersey Girl with the biggest budget I've ever had, something like $35 million bucks and that was big for me. The notion of making something more expensive that I could serious f--- up on is pretty unnerving."

Meanwhile, Smith says Miramax chief Harvey Weinstein is encouraging him to leave his options open for directing the action superhero "Green Hornet" film, based on a comic book that Smith collected as a kid. "I appreciate the shot, but right now I'm not inclined to invite the stress," Smith says. "And who knows if Miramax will be around when they're supposed to shoot in April '05?"

Jurassic Park IV
Casting is about to begin on Jurassic Park IV and people who've put feelers out have apparently been told David (Angel) Boreanaz will have the lead role.
Source:  http://www.darkhorizons.com/

Midnight House - Horrible Imaginings by Fritz Leiber!
Midnight House is pleased to announce a new collection of tales by the legendary Fritz Leiber. Considered by many to be the greatest writer in the field of fantastic fiction, Fritz Leiber's long and productive career spanned fifty years. This present collection assembles stories from sources ranging from 1940s issues of WEIRD TALES to rare fanzines like AMRA and WHISPERS. As a special treat, this book includes a "lost" story, "Skinny's Wonderful", apparently written for ESQUIRE or PLAYBOY which was recently discovered in the author's papers. Most of the stories gathered here are making their first appearance in book form or have been virtually unobtainable for many years. Fritz Leiber was the winner of every major award for science fiction, fantasy, and horror during his career. While many of his novels remain in print, much of his great short fiction has been virtually unobtainable for decades. This is the third of a series of volumes dedicated to preserving all of Fritz Leiber's weird and macabre tales under the Midnight House imprint as a companion set to the volumes of science fiction published by Darkside Press.

Midnight House is dedicated to the preservation of classic horror and weird fiction in handsome, inexpensive editions. Printings are limited to 500 numbered, casebound copies with sewn signatures. Horrible Imaginings features a striking cover by noted artist Allen Koszowski and will be ready for shipping in September of this year.  
All previous Leiber collections have sold out on publication and advance orders are strongly recommend.

Casebound - $45.00

Orders can be placed on the Midnight House website at http://www.darksidepress.com/leiberhorrible.html.

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 Rob Davis, Jim Schumaker and Bradley Walton is a classic pulp tale in 29 chapters.  Chapter 29, Resolution, is now available on the Modern Pulp website. Visit the Modern Pulp website at http://www.modernpulp.com/ to read this new adventure.

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

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

The Valley of Creation by Edmond Hamilton
Here is a lost classic of lost valleys, intelligent animals and alien intervention. In The Valley of Creation, where Eric Nelson is one of a desperate band of soldiers-of-fortune who have fought on the loosing side in a war and eagerly take on a mysterious assignment deep in the borderlands of Tibet. There, in a legendary valley, Shan Kar, the man who has hired them, tells Nelson and the other mercenaries that their weapons are humankind's last ditch defense against the valley's intelligent animals, who plan to take over the world. If they are successful, the mercenaries' reward is to be a fabulous treasure in platinum not far from the city of the animals. But after an encounter with a warrior-maid who fights along side the animals, and an encounter with a telepathic wolf, Nelson wonders if he has been told the whole story. To find out he will have to enter the city of the animals, have his own personality transferred into the body of a wolf and run with the pack. Little does this cynical soldier realize that this will be an experience which will change him forever.   Price: $4.00

Wild Cat Books - Now Available!
This is a pulp lover's delight, containing facsimile reproductions of the letters that pulp historian Nick Carr has received over the years from many of the writers and artists he corresponded with. The contents read like a "Who's Who" of pulp fiction.  Contents include: 46 letters from people like Walter B. Gibson, Norman Saunders, Harry Steeger, Norman Daniels, Frederick Davis, Robert G. Harris, Hugh B. Cave, Donald Wollheim, Talmage Powell, Ryerson Johnson, and many more! Artwork includes photos, covers and character illustrations from his personal files. Also included are several news articles about Nick and his passion for the pulps, with biographical material. And as a special treat, there are also 6 previously unpublished articles reproduced directly from Nick's manuscripts!

This magazine is 8.5"x11", 144 pages, nicely bound with B&W interiors and a Color Cover.
Price is $20 plus $5 S&H in the USA via Priority Mail... $10 for Overseas Postage via Global Priority Mail.
Don't miss this treasure chest of historical pulp material.

Please make checks payable to Ron Hanna.
Ron Hanna
6664 Valley Pike
Middletown, VA 22645 - 1720


20 August 2004
Adventure House: HIGH ADVENTURE #79 - Coming in November!
This issue presents a reprint of the second issue of The Phantom Detective, featuring “The Crime of Fu Kee Wong,” a book-length novel of breathtaking thrills and gripping mystery in which Oriental cunning and Occidental ingenuity wage a desperate struggle for dominance!
Soft Cover, 7x10, 112 pages, b&w    $7.95

HIGH ADVENTURE #79 can be pre-ordered from the September PREVIEWS (available 8/25). 
The Diamond Item Code is SEP043122.

AMAZING STORIES - First new issue is now available!
First published in 1926, AMAZING STORIES has been a beloved source for fans of science fiction and remains a classic magazine with an oft-imitated logo. Now re-imagined for a new generation of fans, AMAZING STORIES launches into the 21st century with both cutting-edge fiction from today’s top authors and the mission to provide the definitive editorial voice across the entire spectrum of sci-fi and fantasy entertainment.

AMAZING STORIES features reviews and previews of the latest movies, TV, DVDs, books, comics, and story-driven electronic games, as well as interviews with the creators of these stories. Each issue contains original fiction works from the world’s top authors, as readers of AMAZING STORIES have come to expect from the magazine.

AMAZING STORIES Issue #603 is now available for $6.
Visit the AMAZING STORIES website for the complete contents of this issue.

AMAZING STORIES - Second new issue available August 31st!
Visit the AMAZING STORIES website for the complete contents of this issue.
Subscriptions are available.
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 Canada (12) $42.95
 UK (12) $57.95
 Europe (12) $67.95
 International (12) $78.95

THE BLOODY CROWN OF CONAN TP - Coming in November!
THE BLOODY CROWN OF CONAN by Robert E. Howard; Illustrated by Gary Gianni
This brilliantly illustrated volume collects a thrilling trio of sword and sorcery masterpieces by Robert E. Howard: The People of the Black Circle, A Witch Shall be Born, and Howard’s only Conan novel, The Hour of the Dragon, as well as previously
unpublished and rarely seen outlines, notes, and drafts.  Publisher: Del Rey.
Soft Cover, 6x9, 496 pages, $15.95

THE BLOODY CROWN OF CONAN can be pre-ordered from the September PREVIEWS (available 8/25). 
The Diamond Item Code is SEP043211.

Street date: November 23, 2004

From Universal Home Video! Blast off with Buck Rogers In The 25th Century for  tomorrow’s greatest adventures! This 5-disc DVD set collects all 37 episodes, including the original 1978 pilot movie, of the complete 1979-81 seasons of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, starring Gil Gerard, Erin Gray, Tim O’Connor, and Pamela Hensley.
Release date: November 16, 2004.
5 DVD Box Set, SRP: $89.98

CONAN #7  - Available August 25th!
Written by Kurt Busiek, art by Cary Nord and Thomas Yeates, colors by Dave Stewart, cover by Joseph Michael Linsner. 

Conan leads a rebellion against the slave masters of Hyperborea but can even he face the mightiest sorcerers of the oldest, most corrupt civilization of the ancient world? The answers bring pain, death, and heartbreak, and reveal the truth about Hyperborea--and the source of Conan's lifelong hatred for that dark and cheerless land. 

32 pages, $2.99

CONAN #10 - Coming in November!
Written by Kurt Busiek, art by Cary Nord and Thomas Yeates, colored by Dave Stewart, cover by Leinil Francis Yu.

Conan accused of murder! Burglarizing a lush temple, Conan stumbles across a dead body and is blamed for the crime. But can the city guard even hope to hold him? Part One of our two-part adaptation of Robert E. Howard¹s The God in the Bowl a locked-room mystery with broadswords, evil gods, and more. This also marks the first time Conan runs afoul of Thoth-amon, greatest sorcerer of the Hyborian Age, who will be Conan¹s most deadly and implacable enemy. Find out how their long rivalry begins.  32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Nov. 17.

CONAN #10 can be pre-ordered from the September PREVIEWS (available 8/25). 
The Diamond Item Code is SEP040013.

CONAN T-Shirt - Coming in November!
The works of Robert E. Howard strikes a visual cord on the new Conan IV T-shirt featuring the art of Gary Gianni screenprinted in full-color on a white 100% cotton shirt.   S-XL    $17.95,  XXL    $20.95
This t-shirt can be pre-ordered at your local comic shop from the September PREVIEWS (available 8/25). 
The shirt will also be available direct from Graphitti Designs.

Check back next week for a picture of the new shirt.

E-texts on the net this week
The Shadow Magazine: 
Master of Death is reviewed this week.
The Dragon's Daughter by Jonathan Blade
is this week's Two-Minute Shadow Mystery.

ShadowPDF:   Nothing new this week.

Blackmask Online: Nothing new this week.

Larry Estep-Online Pulps:    Now with over 450 stories online!
Sally's Jewels by Mary Lerner from ALL-STORY, October 6, 1917
System by James B. Hendryx from THE UNDERWORLD, September, 1927
A Fray Down South in Dixie by Thomas Thursday from TOP-NOTCH MAGAZINE, July 15, 1927
The Spider by Arthur O. Friel from ADVENTURE, December 3, 1919
The Stone Image by Seabury Quinn from THE THRILL BOOK, May 1, 1919

ELRIC: MAKING OF A SORCERER #3  - Coming in November!
Written by Michael Moorcock, art and cover by Walter Simonson.

The mini-series continues. In this third action-packed installment, Elric embarks on another dreamquest. This time, he must complete a trial to test his worthiness for the throne of Melniboné. But once Elric has proven himself, can he wrest control from the clutches of his rival: his scheming cousin Yyrkoon?

48 pages, $5.95, in stores on Nov. 24.

can be pre-ordered from the September PREVIEWS (available 8/25). 
The Diamond Item Code is SEP040354.

ERBville Press - The Illustrated Edgar Rice Burroughs Magazine Covers - Book One
In color, 49 pulp magazine covers featuring artwork illustrating stories by Edgar Rice Burroughs, creator of Tarzan, John Carter, and many more. (104 pages). Now available!

8.5 X 11.0 inch, Coil-bound
20-pound, white interior paper , full-color (CMYK) interior ink
80 pound white exterior paper, full-color (CMYK) exterior.
The price is $25 plus shipping.

Visit Lulu.com at http://www.lulu.com/content/61525 to order.

ERBville Press - Pursuit on Anton by Jerry L. Schneider
Book One of the Anton Trilogy, Pursuit on Anton tells the story of Michael P. Roberts who is murdered on Earth and suddenly finds himself transported to the distant planet, Anton. There he falls in love with the beautiful Zalin. The evil Vadloos kidnaps her, which begins a series of adventures in true pulp and Edgar Rice Burroughs' fashion.

Paperback: 274 pages
Binding: Perfect-Bound

Visit ERBville Press at http://www.cafeshops.com/erbvillepress.9201730 to order.

ERBville Press - Tarzan of the Apes: A Comparison of the Book Text vs the Magazine Text
Story by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Comparison by Richard C. Spargur
Richard C. Spargur has taken the text from the original ALL-STORY MAGAZINE appearance and compared it to the original A.C. McClurg book text. The resulting differences between the two texts are contained in this fascinating reference work.

Paperback 7.5 x 9.25, 264 Pages, $14.92
Paperback 8.5 x 11, 190 Pages, $8.34

Visit ERBville Press at http://www.angelfire.com/film/locationbooks/specpbs.htm to order.

From Dark Kingdom, Inc.! For the last half century, Frank Frazetta dominated the art world with his images of fierce warriors, helpless princesses, and fantastical creatures set in the most lavish landscapes. Featuring state-of-the-art visual effects that bring his paintings to vivid life, and complemented by interviews from many of his most recognized peers including Ralph Bakshi, Bernie Wrightson, Dave Stevens, Joe Jusko, Brom, Al Williamson, and Mark Schultz, this film documents the life and work of this legendary fantasy artist while exploring the universal themes of inspiration. Approximate running time: 96 minutes. Scheduled to ship in October 2004. SRP: $29.99

- Coming in November from Vanguard Productions!
This book collects, for the first time, the exquisite pen, ink, and pencil illustrations of the grand Tarzan artist J. Allen St. John. Some of these flights-of-fantasy illustrations were found in the top pulp magazines of the 1920s and 1930s, such as Amazing Stories, Blue Book, and Weird Tales. Other illustrations include those found in Edgar Rice Burroughs' (Tarzan) classic works Tarzan and the Golden Lion, Tarzan the Terrible, as well as in Burroughs' sci-fi creations, At the Earth's Core, and Pirates of Venus. The Limited Edition features an exclusive 16-page color section!
Hard Cover, 168 pages, B&W,  $34.95. Vanguard Productions.
Deluxe Hard Cover, 184 pages, B&W, $49.95

THE DRAWINGS OF J. ALLEN ST. JOHN can be pre-ordered from the September PREVIEWS (available 8/25). 
The Diamond Item Code is SEP042972 for the hard cover edition.

The Diamond Item Code is SEP042973  for the deluxe hard cover edition.

1. Introduction
2. News
3. Of interest to our customers
4. Contact information

1. Introduction:  This is Newsletter #23 from Hippocampus Press. These newsletters are issued when there is new information available from Hippocampus Press.

Our official website:  http://www.hippocampuspress.com/
The Hippocampus Press Yahoo! Group website: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/hippocampus-press

2. News:  *We are offering a special price on our Clark Ashton Smith poetry collection, THE LAST OBLIVION. The collection, which usually sells for $15.00, is available for half price with any other purchase. The shopping cart will automatically calculate the discount. There is no limit to the number of copies that can be purchased at half price, so stock up and remember, books make great gifts.

*THE EVOLUTION OF THE WEIRD TALE by S. T. Joshi is on its way from the printer and advance orders will be filled by the end of this month.

*Promotion extended: A free copy of A. Merritt's THE METAL MONSTER will be included with every purchase of INCREDIBLE ADVENTURES by Algernon Blackwood. And yes, participating in this promotion also entitles one to purchase THE LAST OBLIVION at half price.

*There's still plenty of time to enter the contest to win a copy of the 1926 edition of Samuel Loveman's THE HERMAPHRODITE. All it takes to enter is placing an advance order for the upcoming Loveman collection OUT OF THE IMMORTAL NIGHT, which will be released in October. And while you're at it, why not pick up a copy of THE LAST OBLIVION for half price!

*TALES OUT OF DUNWICH, edited by Robert M. Price, is on track for a December 2004 release. The contributors are Jack Williamson, Stanley C. Sargent,  Brian McNaughton, Richard A. Lupoff, Don D'Ammassa,
Nancy A. Collins, Gerard E. Giannattasio, Eddy C. Bertin, and Price himself.  The anthology will also include the two complete novels: Harper Williams'The Thing in the Woods (1924) which provided the original inspiration for Lovecraft's "The Dunwich Horror." For reasons of space we have dropped the Jerrold Mundis movie novelization "The Shuttered Room," but even without it, the collection still clocks in at over 300 pages -- a steal for $20.00. The book will feature cover artwork by Sean Madden, who is becoming a regular cover artist for Hippocampus!  Check out Sean's website at http://www.netacc.net/~seanart/ .

*We have reached an agreement with Mara Kirk Hart, daughter of H. P. Lovecraft's associate George Kirk, to publish a selection of her father's correspondence related to the Kalem Club, the New York
literary group centering around Lovecraft and so named because all the members' surnames began either with K, L, or M. Besides George Kirk's correspondence, THE BOOK OF THE KALEMS, co-edited by Mara Kirk Hart and S. T. Joshi, also includes writings by each of the group's members, George Kirk, Rheinhart Kleiner, Arthur Leeds, H. P. Lovecraft, Samuel Loveman, Everett McNeil, and James Morton. This ties in well with our release of the works of Loveman, and next year, the correspondence between Lovecraft and Kleiner. More details will follow soon.

3. Of interest to our customers:  *Please visit the website of Gavin E. Smith, Bookseller at http://www.gavinicussbooks.com/ . Our friend Gavin sells books by H. P. Lovecraft and related authors, and stocks a full line of Hippocampus Press titles. He can also special-order books.

4. Contact information: Hippocampus Press can be contacted at info@hippocampuspress.com.
Please visit our website for ordering information.

Hippocampus Press
PO Box 641
New York, NY 10156
212-681-9126 fax

Plagued by insane nightmare visions, Walter Gilman seeks help in Miskatonic University’s infamous library of forbidden books, where, in the pages of Abdul Alhazred’s dreaded Neconomicon, he finds terrible hints that seem to connect his own
studies in advanced mathematics with the fantastic legends of elder magic. “The Dreams in the Witch House,” gathered together here with more than 20 other tales of terror, exemplifies H. P. Lovecraft’s primacy among twentieth-century American horror writers.
Edited by S. T. Joshi.
Penguin Classics, ISBN: 0142437956, Soft Cover, 5x7, 496 pages, $15.00
Street date: September 28, 2004

This features 14 large, full-color paintings by contemporary greats such as Gary Gianni, Mark Schultz, Mike Mignola, Scott Gustafson, and Jim Silke just to name a few! Each painting portrays a different character from Robert E. Howard's (1906-1936) classic literature and is accompanied by character and story information, plus relevant excepts from Howard's correspondence. This colorful portfolio is printed on heavy stock and spiral bound with a hanger across the top, so you can hang your favorite painting or character on your wall. Also included are reproductions of pulp covers and interior art, and 12 rare photos of Howard taken before his untimely death. A must-have for any Howard fan! Wandering Star, 2004.
Designed by Jim Keegan. 

Spiral, 9x14, 28 pages, text/FC.$24.95
Orders can be placed at Bud Plant Comic Art.  

Jack Williamson
A sculpture including a bust of Jack Williamson was dedicated to the campus of Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, New Mexico at a ceremony on June 26, 2004.  The installation was donated by the Shaanxi Five Rings Sculptural Art Company of Xi'an, China and consists of the Williamson bust raised on a five foot pedestal, a "fantastical bird" looking up at the bust, and a large bronze rectangle inscribed with the names of Williamson's novels.
Source: Locus Magazine (August 2004)

James Bond
According to E Online, former soap star turned TV plastic-surgeon Julian McMahon [Nip/Tuck] is in talks to be Brosnan's replacement.  

"Yes, you heard me right, tubers. A reliable source tells me that Julian McMahon is meeting with Barbara Broccoli (Bond producer) this week to discuss the possibility of him playing the part. Seems he's a good candidate because (1) he's dead sexy, (2) his TV series has a short run, so his schedule is easy to work around, and (3) did I mention he's dead sexy?", says E Online's Kristin.

She continues, "He's under contract with Nip/Tuck, so, from what I understand, it would have to be filmed during his hiatus. And that should be fairly easy because Nip/Tuck does only a dozen or so episodes, not the usual 22. Now, mind you, this might be something of a long shot, but, personally, I can think of no one better for the role. And, personally, I can think of no one better for the role of a Bond girl than this Kristin chick who works at E! Just my professional opinion".

JSA: STRANGE ADVENTURES #4  - Coming in November!
Written by Kevin J. Anderson, art by Barry Kitson and Gary Erskine, cover by John Watson.

Lord Dynamo unleashes the awesome power of his gigantic zeppelin and an army of cyborg zombies. It's a battle of lightning blasts and powers that could level New York City. And a JSA member will not only lose his claim to power, but also his closest friend.

40 pages, $3.50, in stores on Nov. 17.

JSA: STRANGE ADVENTURES #4  can be pre-ordered from the September PREVIEWS (available 8/25). 
The Diamond Item Code is SEP040329.

LONE RANGER STATUE - Now available!
Standing approximately 12" tall, the Lone Ranger - designed and sculpted by Ruben Procopio - stands atop a detailed rock base, guns drawn, ready for action. The log is sculpted into the rock surface, and each silver bullet has been individually painted. This special edition is strictly limited to 1,500 pieces, and includes a Certificate of Authenticity. Comes in a special decorated collector box. Painted and ready to display. 

The Lone Ranger statue is produced by Electric Tiki Design.
Electric Tiki also has available a retro-version of the statue featuring the Lone Ranger in his red shirt, black scarf/pants. The retro-version is limited to 200 statues.
You can view a much larger image of the retro-version on the Electric Tiki Design website. Both statues retail for $150 and can be ordered online from Electric Tiki Design.

Diamond is shipping this statue to comic shops next week. (August 25th).

Lost in Space - Season 2, Volume 2 DVD - Coming in November!
Lost In Space - Season 2, Volume 2 will arrive on November 30th, and at a list price of $39.98 in the U.S., and $54.98 in Canada. Here's the disc contents and the specs:
Disc 1
1/11/1967 The Questing Beast
1/25/1967 The Toymaker
2/01/1967 Mutiny in Space
2/08/1967 The Space Vikings
Disc 2
2/15/1967 Rocket to Earth
2/22/1967 The Cave of the Wizards
3/01/1967 Treasure of the Lost Planet
3/08/1967 Revolt of the Androids
Disc 3
3/15/1967 The Colonists

3/22/1967 Trip Through the Robot
3/29/1967 The Phantom Family
4/05/1967 The Mechanical Men
Disc 4
4/12/1967 The Astral Traveler
4/26/1967 The Galaxy Gift
Original 1966 Lost In Space Interviews
17 stills from the Guy Williams and June Lockhart interview
15 stills from the Jonathan Harris interview

Video: 1.33:1 Full Screen, Color
English Mono, Spanish Mono, French Mono
Subtitled: English, Spanish

Edited by Michael Chabon, with illustrations by Mike Mignola
Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Chabon and the editors of McSweeney’s have cajoled a stellar group of contemporary fiction masters — including Alan Furst, Peter Straub, Roddy Doyle, and Stephen King — into offering their original takes on the tried-and-true genres of adventure, science fiction, crime story, and horror.
Soft Cover, 464 pages,  $13.95

MCSWEENEY’S ENCHANTED CHAMBER OF ASTONISHING STORIES can be pre-ordered from the September PREVIEWS (available 8/25).   The Diamond Item Code is SEP043220.

Mystery*File - #44 is now available!
Steve Lewis has revived his fanzine, MYSTERY*FILE. 
MYSTERY*FILE consists of reviews of mysteries and detective novels, of commentary on mystery and crime fiction, of checklists and matters of bibliographic interest, and of letters.  MYSTERY*FILE is a "print" magazine only.  None of the material in it will appear on-line.  The Internet has revolutionized the world, but there's still nothing like the feel of paper in your hands and the thrill of seeing printed words on the page.
The primary focus of MYSTERY*FILE is not to be an up-to-date newsletter for the field, but a place where old and new works co-exist, where older mysteries can be brought up and discussed as well as those by the most recent hot authors, and where the careers of writers can be looked at in perspective.  MYSTERY*FILE is for those fans who love to read and talk about mysteries and series characters, and those who love to make checklists and those who love to have them, and if you can assist in  accomplishing any of these goals, then so much the better.

The efforts of a number of people helped produce each issue, and they'd appreciate your comments, both on their work and on the books and the movies they talk about.  Letters are not only accepted for publication, they are requested, if not demanded.

MYSTERY*FILE #44 is now available.
You can sample the first two pages of this issue at

The contents include:
FATAL KISS - Reviews by Steve Lewis
A FABLE, by Donald A. Yates
THE RAMBLING HOUND RAMBLES 'ROUND - Book & Movie Commentary by Dan Stumpf.

THE GOLD MEDAL CORNER, by Bill Crider     
IN THE FRAME, Reviews by Vince Keenan
WALTER’S PLACE - Book Reviews by Walter Albert
FIRST YOU READ, THEN YOU WRITE - Mystery Commentary by Mike Nevins
THE CRIME OF MY LIFE, by Marv Lachman
MYSTERY ZONE - Reviews by Michelle L. Zafron
T.S.STRIBLING'S BIOGRAPHY, A Review by Richard Moore
THE SMALL MYSTERY PRESS - Updates [Charles Ardai & Doug Greene]
THE GARDNER REPORT, by Bill Pronzini
REVIEWS, by Diverse Hands [Lorraine Gelly, Gary Warren Niebuhr,  L.J.Roberts & Sue Feder.]

MYSTERY*FILE is published approximately eight times a year (every six weeks) by
Steve Lewis, 62 Chestnut Road, Newington CT 06111. 
Subscriptions are available at $3.50 an issue, or four for $13 U.S.
Canada: $4.00 an issue, or four for $15
Overseas: $5.50 an issue, four for $21

Night Shade Books - Two forthcoming Manly Wade Wellman titles!
Giants from Eternity - To be published Fall 2004.
Scientist Oliver Norfleet and his college buddy Spencer DuPogue are called by the Board of Science, to investigate a mysteriously expanding red blight that is growing around the site of a meteor crash. With the help of the daughter of a famous scientist, they soon discover that the blight is not only alive, but that it consumes nearly everything in its path. When their own abilities prove inadequate, they are forced to turn to the greatest scientific minds that history has to offer. Can Norfleet and DuPogue and the Giants from Eternity stop the blight before the entire Earth is consumed?

As an added bonus, we will be including the novella The Timeless Tomorrow.

Giants from Eternity was first published in the July, 1939 issue of STARTLING STORIES. Not seen since the 1959 Avalon hardcover, Giants from Eternity is the first of a new series from Night Shade that will be bringing all of Manly's pulp novels back into print. We will be issuing them two at a time, starting with Giants from Eternity and Strangers on the Heights. Each will have a dustjacket, unlike our previous five volumes.

Jacket art by Vincent di Fate.
Hardcover:  165 Pages, Price: $25.00

The limited edition will be a slipcased set holding both Giants from Eternity and Strangers on the Heights. Each book will be bound in leather, with a matching ribbon bookmark, and an additional illustration signed by the artist that does that particular book. Limited to 150 sets.
Price: $150.00

Strangers on the Heights - To be published Fall 2004.
Ex-GI Will Gardestang just wanted to go to college on the GI Bill and get on with his life. After a chance meeting, he befriends Tommy Gatchell and Rico Challoner, two young men who share his love for philosophical debate, and soon all three participate in an ESP experiment. After Will and Rico display apparent psychic abilities, Rico begins to become panicky and in short order is killed before their eyes, seemingly long distance by his superiors in a devil-worshipping cult. Enraged over the death of their friend, Will and Tommy vow to track down the killers and unmask their diabolic plans. Will they survive the showdown with the Strangers On The Heights?

Strangers on the Heights was first published in the Summer 1944 issue of 
STARTLING STORIES. Published in the UK as Beasts from Beyond, Strangers is the second of a new series from Night Shade that will be bringing all of Manly's pulp novels back into print. We will be issuing them two at a time, starting with Giants from Eternity and Strangers on the Heights. Each will have a dustjacket, unlike our previous five volumes.

Also includes Manly's short novel Nuisance Value, which has been published in an abridged form as The Dark Destroyers.

Jacket illustration by Colleen Doran.

Hardcover:  170 Pages, Price: $25.00

The limited edition will be a slipcased set holding both Giants from Eternity and Strangers on the Heights. Each book will be bound in leather, with a matching ribbon bookmark, and an additional illustration signed by the artist that does that particular book. 
Limited to 150 sets.  Price: $150.00

The Night Stalker/Night Strangler (DVD Double Feature) - Available August 24th!
Kolchak TV movies to be re-released on DVD.
Night Stalker
: Exceptional made-for-TV movie (which inspired the short-lived series) finds reporter trailing Las Vegas vampires. Superb atmosphere, offbeat humor, good thrills 'n' chills make this cult classic great for genre fans.

Night Strangler: Seedy newspaper reporter discovers century-old killer haunting Seattle's underground city. TV-movie sequel to The Night Stalker is a clever mix of humor and suspense; horror fans will find it agreeable.

Actor/Actors: Carol Lynley, Darren McGavin, Richard Anderson
Retail Price: $14.95

Issue number 7 of REH: TWO GUN RACONTEUR is in the works and (hopefully) will be out by the first of December.  Here's is what is scheduled so far: another outstanding cover by Charles Keegan, a portfolio by David Burton, articles by Danny Street and Ben Szumskyj, and art by Bill Cavalier.  More details to come as the issue shapes ups.  Also, publisher Damon Sasser is soliciting letters of comment.  He wants to revive the letters section he had in earlier issues.  While he has gotten some feedback, it has been in the form of one or two line emails.  As an incentive, Damon is offering a free copy of the issue your letter appears in.  So send Damon your comments on #6 and he will include them in #7.

Send comments to  editor@rehtwogunraconteur.com
REH: TWO GUN RACONTEUR now has a website at http://rehtwogunraconteur.com.

SECRET SKULL #1 (OF 4) - Available August 25th!
Coming on August 25th is the first issue of a new pulp inspired comic, SECRET SKULL by Steve Niles and Chuck BB.
A mysterious killer is on the loose in the city, but this killer only kills bad guys...or those about to be bad.  This book is described as a new horror pulp, bringing all the fun and action of the classic pulp adventures to a modern audience.  This is a 32 page, full color comic for $3.99 from IDW Publishing.

SECRET SKULL #4 (OF 4) - Coming in November!
Cops hate what the Skull does—no one likes to find bodies on their beat—but they sometimes can’t help admiring his choice of victims. The Secret Skull preys on the worst of the worst, and when he’s on the case no evildoer is safe from his brand of justice! Steve Niles and Chuck BB bring his first adventure to an astounding finish in this first Meeednight Pulps release. $3.99, Full Color, 32 pages
SECRET SKULL #4 can be pre-ordered from the September PREVIEWS (available 8/25). 
The Diamond Item Code is SEP042764.

SPECTRUM SUPER SPECIAL #3 - Coming in November!
This squarebound, giant-size issue (over 100 pages!), a follow-up to the Conan-themed #2, features all-new interviews with writers and artists talking about their work over the years on Robert E. Howard projects: Frank Brunner (Bran Mak Morn), Dave Sim (REH, Cerebus), Roy Thomas (Marvel's REH), and Alan Weiss (Solomon Kane); plus interviews with Gary Gianni (Bran Mak Morn, Solomon Kane) and Kevin Sorbo (Kull, Hercules) from previous sold-out issues of Spectrum. (Win-Mill Productions) Magazine, 100 pages, B&W,  $14.95
SPECTRUM SUPER SPECIAL #3 can be pre-ordered from the September PREVIEWS (available 8/25). 
The Diamond Item Code is SEP043139.

TERRA OBSCURA VOL. 2 #4  - Coming in November!
Written by Alan Moore and Peter Hogan, art and cover by Yanick Paquette and Karl Story.

ABC. Shocking betrayals are revealed as the gripping miniseries continues. Tom Strange finds his plans of reaching the mysterious craft thwarted by a most unexpected source just as the time distortions turn deadly. Pearl Harbor gets attacked again -- with no warships present and civilians as the target.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on Nov. 17.

TERRA OBSCURA VOL. 2 #4 can be pre-ordered from the September PREVIEWS (available 8/25). 
The Diamond Item Code is SEP040377.

ThrillerUK - Issue #19 is now available!
A new issue of ThrillerUK (#19) is now available.
This issue features:

A Radio Icon and Television flop - Dick Barton - Special Agent!
The Fox Gets Game - For fans of the Saint: Paul Reynard - The Fox!
Travels with the Saint - Around the world with Leslie Charteris' Simon Templar
The Lesser Guns of German Pulp - The Rivals of G-Man Jerry Cotton
Spores of Death - A Netherby Chase adventure (for fans of W E Johns' Biggles)
Fire the Asylum - An Eel and the Adder pulp adventure
plus P J Farmer's Wold Newton and lots more…

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

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

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

- Softcover Edition coming in November!
Thrilling, Wonder, Captain America, America's Best, Marvel, Exciting, Startling: Alex Schomburg produced the most dazzling array of high quality comic book covers in the Golden Age of American comics (1933-1955). This book collects, for the first time, a  host of tantalizing Schomburg treasures in one volume. Super-heroes, jungle girls, robots,  wild animals, and space travelers abound in these romantic and nostalgic pop art icons of  the bygone WWII era.
8x11, 168 pages, $24.95
, Vanguard Publications

THRILLING COMIC COVER ART OF ALEX SCHOMBERG can be pre-ordered from the September PREVIEWS (available 8/25).   The Diamond Item Code is SEP042975.

TOM STRONG'S TERRIFIC TALES #12  - Coming in November!
Written by Alan Moore and Steve Moore, art by Peter Bagge, Arthur Adams, Alan Weiss and Chris Weston, cover by Adams
ABC. This final issue is an absolute classic. Alan Moore and Peter Bagge collaborate on "The Strongs;" Jonni Future goes through the looking glass; and Young Tom Strong finally reaches the border of adulthood. Final issue.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on Nov. 17.

TOM STRONG'S TERRIFIC TALES #12 can be pre-ordered from the September PREVIEWS (available 8/25). 
The Diamond Item Code is SEP040380.

Wildside Press - Now available!
SECRET AGENT X:  Legions of the Living Dead
From the pages of the September, 1935 issue of SECRET AGENT X comes this sensational full length novel, Legions of the Living Dead: "From nowhere hurtled that black death car. And from nowhere came its grisly occupants. They were not of the earth, for their human flesh was immune to bullets. They were not of the grave, for they manned the wheel and a blasting machine gun- Secret Agent "X" made a desperate maneuver to block their invasion of the land of the living. And in that weird terror trap, he came face to face with a man he knew-a man he knew had died five years ago!"

Price: $15

Visit the Wildside Press bookstore to order.

The Black Mask Magazine (Vol. 1, No. 2 - May 1920)
THE BLACK MASK is without a doubt the single most important magazine for the modern mystery field. In its pages writers such as Earl Stanley Gardner and Dashiell Hammett reshaped the established view of mystery fiction, creating the tough-guy sleuth. The May 1920 issue - the magazine's second - shows the groundwork being laid for future issues, with a featured mystery novel by Hamilton Craigie and plenty of fast-paced adventures by authors such as Greye La Spina, Harold Ward, Frank Blighton, and Walter Grahame.

Price: $19.95

Visit the Wildside Press bookstore to order.

From Anchor Bay Entertainment! In a time of ancient gods, ruthless warlords, and capricious kings, a land in turmoil cried out for a hero. She was Xena, a mighty Warrior Princess forged in the heat of battle! Relive the power, the passion, and the wild
adventure of international icon Lucy Lawless in this groundbreaking 9-disc DVD set featuring all 22 original episodes from Season Five of Xena: Warrior Princess! Approximate running time: 1,056 minutes. Scheduled to ship in October 2004.

Here's what else you can expect to find on this set:
Interviews with Actors, Producers, Writers, Directors and Costume Designers including: Lucy Lawless, Renee O'Connor, Michael Hurst, Rob Tapert, Hudson Leick, Ted Raimi, R.J. Stewart, Steven L. Sears, Donald Duncan, Robert Field, Jane Holland, Rick Jacobson and many more!
Video & Audio Commentaries with: Lucy Lawless, Renee O'Connor, Rob Tapert and Chris Manheim
Director's cuts of: "Between the Lines", "A Good Day" and "Locked Up and Tied Down"
Special Featurette - "Adventures in the Sin Trade" An Exploration
Special Featurette - Bringing Monsters to Life at K.N.B. EFX Group
Special Featurette - Bruce & Ted "Cabin Fever"
Bloopers/Outtakes, Photo Gallery, CD-ROM with Actor,Writer and Director Bios, Series Trivia, Chronicles and Extensive Original Production Designs and Sketches

9 DVD Box Set, SRP: $79.98

13 August 2004
For the first time ever in a magazine-size trade paperback, ARTHUR SUYDAM's sepia chalk drawings in the stunning style of the old Dutch masters. Amazing detail comes alive! Also features Suydam sketches of the extremely popular DeathDealer character and Tarzan, as well as a few other surprises. Includes informative commentary from the artist himself.  Eight pull-out drawings printed on archival paper, ready for framing.
On sale October 8.  $14.95
limited edition, signed and numbered sketchbook, black & white
64 pages, featuring eight pullout posters

ARTHUR SUYDAM: CONAN SKETCHBOOK can be pre-ordered from the August PREVIEWS (now available). 
The Diamond Item Code is AUG041561.

Black Mask Magazine.com
A Dead Steal by Thomas Thursday from DETECTIVE FICTION WEEKLY (June 13, 1931) is now available in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.  Visit http://www.blackmaskmagazine.com/fiction.html

Also, a fantastic look at the history of Black Mask Magazine courtesy of Professor E.R. Hagemann can now be found in the Essays section. 

BRIMSTONE by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child - Now Available!
BRIMSTONE, the ninth collaboration of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, features Agent Pendergast in his most dangerous outing to date. 

Behind the gates of a fabulous Hamptons estate, FBI Special Agent Pendergast comes upon the carnage of a gruesome crime: one that recalls the legendary horrors that befall those who make a Faustian pact with the devil. Surrounded by the chocking stench of brimstone, the smoldering remains of art critic Jeremy Grove are found in a locked, barricaded attic next to a hoofprint singed into the floorboards. Unable to resist a case that defies all but supernatural logic, Pendergast reunites with police officers Vincent D'Agosta (RELIC) and Laura Hayward (RELIQUARY) to search for a more earthly explanation. But their investigation soon takes them from the luxury estates of Long Island and penthouses of New York City to the crumbling, legend-shrouded castles of the Italian countryside, where thirty years ago four men conjured up something unspeakable. .

Hardcover, 512 pages, $25.95, ISBN: 044653143X 

Buccaneer Books - Now Available!
THE DOMINO LADY - She's blonde, she's beautiful, she's the cleanest crime-fighting heroine in all pulpdom (a bubble
bath in every adventure) She's - - The Domino Lady!  Six tales of the Domino Lady appeared in the pages of SAUCY ROMANTIC ADVENTURES and MYSTERY ADVENTURE.  These pulps are hard to find and expensive when you do find them. 

Buccaneer Books is pleased to reprint these six stories in one low-cost edition.  Freshly OCRed from the pulps and printed on 8.5 x 11 inch paper by low-cost inkjet technology.  While other, more deluxe editions may forthcoming from BoldVenture Press and Vanguard Press, this no-frills, just the text version of The Domino Lady is available NOW!

The Domino Lady is available from Buccaneer Books for a mere $6.00 (postpaid).
To order send check or money-order, payable to:
Brian Brown
11675 Beaconsfield
Detroit, MI 48224

Clive Cussler - Now Available!
LOST CITY, a new novel from The Numa Files featuring Kurt Austin is now available. 
An enzyme that will dramatically prolong life has been discovered two thousand feet down in the North Atlantic, in an area known as "Lost City." But why are the people attempting to harvest it getting killed? Why are the scientists in a remote Greek laboratory disappearing one by one? What does this all have to do with a body found frozen in the ice high up in the Alps? To Kurt Austin, leader of NUMA's Special Assignments Team, and his colleague Joe Zavala, it's clear they have their work cut out for them, but it may be even bigger than they think-in fact, it may be their greatest challenge of all.

Hardcover, 416 pages, $26.95, ISBN: 039915177X 

CONAN #10 - Coming in November!
Written by Kurt Busiek, art by Cary Nord and Thomas Yeates, colored by Dave Stewart, cover by Leinil Francis Yu.

Conan accused of murder! Burglarizing a lush temple, Conan stumbles across a dead body and is blamed for the crime. But can the city guard even hope to hold him? Part One of our two-part adaptation of Robert E. Howard¹s The God in the Bowl a locked-room mystery with broadswords, evil gods, and more. This also marks the first time Conan runs afoul of Thoth-amon, greatest sorcerer of the Hyborian Age, who will be Conan¹s most deadly and implacable enemy. Find out how their long rivalry begins.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Nov. 17.

Conan the Adventurer - Coming in September!
Coming on September 21st is a 5-disc DVD boxed set of the CONAN THE ADVENTURER TV series.
This action-packed fantasy takes place twelve thousand years ago, an undreamed-of age before recorded history filled with fantastic kingdoms across an uncharted world. An age of superstition and myth populated by mystical wizards and menacing creatures, this Hyborian Age spawned a true hero, Conan. With the aid of ragtag warriors Otli, Bayu and Zzeban, he quests to free his homeland from the rule of an all-powerful sorcerer and deals with beautiful, fiery bandit queen Karella. This special box set of the entire series provides dazzling, sword-swinging entertainment for the whole family.

Featuring: Ali Landry, Cindy Margolis, Edward Albert, Lou Ferrigno, Mariette Hartley, Mickey Rooney, Paul Le Mat,and  Ralph Moeller as Conan!

Retail Price: $49.99

CONAN OF CIMMERIA Volume 2 Limited Edition - Now available!
CONAN OF CIMMERIA Volume 2 is now available from Bud Plant Comic Art and your local comic shop via Diamond Distribution.  Ask for Diamond Item Code APR043231.

Wandering Star has again outdone themselves!  This is one beautiful book!
Get yours before they become scarce and the price rises even further.

Coming up in Volume 3:
Teeth of Gwahlur (Jewels of Gwahlur)
Beyond the Black River
The Black Stranger (The Treasure of Tranicos)
The Man-Eaters of Zamboula (Shadows in Zamboula)
Red Nails

Wolves Beyond the Border [first draft]
Wolves Beyond the Border [second draft]
Notes on Various People of the Hyborian Age, page two

Thanks to Joe Marek for the info on Volume 3!

McFarlane Toys has released additional information on the upcoming Conan Series 1 line of action figures. Inspired by the Hyborian legends as originally written by creator Robert E. Howard, this line of figures represents several characters from the Conan mythos, each accompanied by a written legend.

You can preview the action figure line from The Official Conan website at http://www.conan.com/f_spawn_feature.shtml

You can also preorder the individual action figures at the Conan Official Store.
The action figures are scheduled to ship on August 18th.

Conan Trading Cards - Now Available!
This summer, Rittenhouse Archives presents THE ART OF THE HYBORIAN AGE CARDS.  The 100-card art set is culled from the pages of the comic magazine SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN, originally published by Marvel in the mid-'70s and '80s. Long-time fans will remember that the black-and-white comic magazines from that era were unencumbered by the then-powerful Comics Code, allowing for more mature content. Savage Sword featured some the best Conan artists of the period, including John Buscema, Alfredo Alcala and Rudy Nebres, as well as definitive work by superstar talents like Neal Adams, Michael Kaluta and Howard Chaykin. THE ART OF THE HYBORIAN AGE set will present a mix of cover paintings (from talents like Boris Valejo, Jeff Jones, Joe Jusko and others) and newly-colored (for the first time) interior art. In addition to the 100-card set, bonus card sets that will include hand-drawn sketches from Conan artists whose works appeared in SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN. These hand-drawn cards will certainly be highly sought-after by collectors of original art and by Conan fans in general. In terms of other bonus card sets, Rittenhouse will issue sets dedicated to the women of Conan's world and the poetry of Conan (as published in SAVAGE SWORD)!   Rittenhouse Archives is also offering an album to store your card set!  The SRP for the cards is $2:00 per pack.

Crippen & Landru - Now Available!
We are delighted to announce the publication of:
The Danger Zone and Other Stories By Erle Stanley Gardner, Edited by Bill Pronzini

Crippen & Landru is proud to publish the 13th volume in its "Lost Classics" series -- a collection of never previously reprinted stories from the pulps by Erle Stanley Gardner (1889-1970) the great creator of Perry Mason.  Here we meet such Gardner characters as Snowy Shane, an unorthodox P.I.; Slicker Williams, an ex-convict who uses the tricks of crookery to rescue a damsel in distress; Major Copely Brane, a freelance diplomat; George Brokay, wealthy man-about-town, who becomes a gentleman burglar - with unanticipated results; and others who show Gardner's mastery of unusual situations, lightning-paced prose, and ingenious gimmicks and plot twists.   The collection is edited by the modern master of the private-eye story, Bill Pronzini.  The cover illustration is by Juha Lindroos.

Clothbound with dust jacket (1-932009-22-1).  $29.00
Trade softcover (1-932009-23-X).  $19.00

Please note that for medical reasons, 
Crippen & Landru's publisher will be out of commission for 6 to 8 weeks beginning on August 20, and Crippen & landru will go into semi-hibernation.  So if you want this book without having to wait for a couple months, please order as soon as possible using the secure form on our website (http://www.crippenlandru.com), or you can order by direct e-mail.

We are trying to get some books to the press before the 20th.  The forthcoming Lost Classics by T.S. Stribling (Dr. Poggioli: Criminologist), Margaret Millar (The Couple Next Door), Philip Warne (Who Was Guilty?: Two Dime Novels) and Gladys Mitchell (Sleuth's Alchemy) have been typeset and are either being proofed or waiting for the cover design.  In the regular series, Byline: Mickey Spillane has been typeset, Terence Faherty's The Confessions of Owen Keane is being typeset, and the volumes by Ellery Queen, Amy Myers, and Keith Marston are almost ready to send to the typesetter -- but when exactly any of these books will appear depends on matters I can't control.

Cthulhu Plastic Action Figure
Now, you can get Cthulhu the 3 ½” plastic figure! He's evil, he devours humans, and wants to destroy the world, and he would look so cute next to your computer or perched on your bookshelf. For the first time ever, limited production. Scheduled to ship in November 2004.  $9.95

CTHULHU PLASTIC ACTION FIGURE can be pre-ordered from the August PREVIEWS (now available). 
The Diamond Item Code is AUG043804.

The Curved  Saber:  The Official Harold Lamb Site
The Curved Saber: The Official Harold Lamb Site is now online at http://www.haroldlamb.net/.

Dark Horse Comics’ Conan wins Eisner Award!
Dark Horse Comics is proud to announce that Conan # 0: Conan the Legend garnered an Eisner, one of the comics industries top awards, for Best Single Issue at the Eisner Award Ceremony at the 2004 Comic-Con!

E-texts on the net this week
The Shadow Magazine: 
Death Has Grey Eyes is reviewed this week.
Claim of Death
by John Olsen is this week's Two-Minute Shadow Mystery.

Over the last three weeks:
The Salamanders, The Red Blot, and Temple of Crime were reviewed.
The Devil's Tattoo, Cry In The Night, and Death at the Chess Club were the Two-Minute Shadow Mysteries.

ShadowPDF:   Nothing new this week.

Blackmask Online: Nothing new this week.

Larry Estep-Online Pulps:    Now with over 450 stories online!
Buttons by Stephen Morehouse Avery from ALL-STORY, October 6, 1917
Live Bait by E. Hoffmann Price from ALIBI, April, 1934
The Passing of Muff by Paul W. Gallico from SPORT STORY MAGAZINE, May 22, 1924
The Ice Man Came by William Hopson from THRILLING DETECTIVE, Winter 1953
It's Great to Be Great! by Thomas Thursday from TOP-NOTCH MAGAZINE, July 15, 1925

Posted over the last three weeks:
Invitation By Bullet by Ernest Haycox from SHORT STORIES, April 25, 1929
Red Tree-Frogs by Elmer Brown Mason from ALL-STORY, August 12, 1916
Last Page of the Hangman's Diary by Merle Constiner from TEN DETECTIVE ACES, July 1945
A 22-Gun Ranger Walks by Raymond S. Spears from TEXAS RANGERS, January 1947
Thirteen Heads by Herman Petersen from 
SHORT STORIES, February 25th, 1935
Ten Decks and No Keel by Charley Wood from 
ALL-STORY, December 18, 1915
There's Hicks In All Trades by Thomas Thursday from ALL SPORT, February 1940
The Scalpel of Doom by Ray Cummings from 
Fat Cupid by Allen R. Dodd from 
ALL-STORY, August 12, 1916
Kill That Headline by Robert Leslie Bellem from ROMANTIC DETECTIVE, February, 1939
Jack Grey, Second Mate by William Hope Hodgson from ADVENTURE, July 1917
Cops Are Also People by Thomas Thursday from FAMOUS DETECTIVE, November 1952

E. E. "Doc" Smith
E. E. "Doc" Smith's Lensmen series is heading to the big screen.  Producer Sam Okun and Ardustry Entertainment are teaming on the project to bring the series to life.

Fay Wray
Fay Wray died quietly in her sleep at her Manhattan apartment Sunday, August 8. She was 96.  During a career that started in 1923, Wray appeared with such stars as Gary Cooper and Spencer Tracy, but she was destined to be linked with King Kong in movie fans' minds. The Empire State Building, the skyscraper that King Kong scaled while holding tight to Fay Wray, dimmed its lights for 15 minutes in honor of the actress.

Flash Gordon
Ashton Kutcher is apparently in talks with Director Stephen Sommers to star as Flash Gordon, says the World Entertainment News Network.  Sommers apparently sees Kutcher as the perfect 'Flash'. "He has the right look, the right build and he isn't known for any one film role so he would be an empty canvas for Stephen to work with."

James Van Hise - Facsimile reprints of THE THRILL BOOK!
Now available are facsimile reprints of eight entire issues of the 1919 pulp magazine THE  THRILL BOOK. (160 pages, 8 1/2 x11, full color covers on heavy paper, side-stapled). High quality photocopy reprints of the entire issue.

THE THRILL BOOK was the earliest pulp to primarily feature science fiction and fantasy and actual copies are almost impossible to find. All 16 issues were published in 1919. I'm offering copies of eight issues beginning with the July 1, 1919 issue.
THE THRILL BOOK for July 1,1919. Fiction and verse by H. Bedford Jones ("The Opium Ship" part one), J.R. Coryell, C.L. Andrews, Tod Robbins, L.J. Beeston, J.U. Giesy(The Seventh Glass), R.W. Sneddon, C. Bannister, N.K. Putnam and C.K. Kiproy.
THE THRILL BOOK for July 15,1919. Fiction and verse by H. Bedford Jones (The Opium Ship part two), Murray Leinster (A Thousand Degrees Below Zero), T. Robbins (The Voice From Beyond), Harold Hersey (The Dead Book),and verse such as The Ballad of the Living Dead.
THE THRILL BOOK for August 1, 1919. Fiction and verse by H. Bedford Jones (The Opium Ship part three), & The Lost Days part one by T. Lansing, The Dead Lips Speak by A.A. Chapin, &The Spider and the Fly by D.M. Lemon, and more.

THE THRILL BOOK for August 15, 1919. Fiction and verse by H. Bedford Jones (TheOpium Ship conclusion), Part one of The Heads of Cerberus by F. Stevens, & The Lost Days (conclusion) by T. Lansing, TheTerror of the Rats (part one) by C. Heath, and more.
THE THRILL BOOK for September 1, 1919. Fiction and verse by Murray Leinster (The Silver Menace part one), The Heads of Cerberus part two by F.Stevens, & The Terror of the Rats (conclusion) by C. Heath, TheCobra Girl by R. Wallace, and more.
THE THRILL BOOK for September 15, 1919. Fiction and verse by Murray Leinster (The Silver Menace, conclusion), & The Heads of Cerberus part three by F. Stevens, & House of the Nightmare  by E.L. White, and more.
THE THRILL BOOK for October 1, 1919. Fiction and verse by H. Bedford Jones (Mr. Shenof Shensi), The Heads of Cerberus, part four by F.Stevens, & The Song From The Dead by P. Bragg, and more. The cover art may look familiar as Street & Smith reprinted it (with a different background) for the cover of the first issue of THE SHADOW pulp magazine in 1931.
THE THRILL BOOK for October 15, 1919. Fiction and verse by Murray Leinster(Juju), & The Heads of Cerberus, conclusion by F. Stevens, and more. This was the final issue published of THE THRILL BOOK.

$35.00 each (plus $7.00 priority mail or $3.00 media mail, plus $1.00 for each additional copy ordered) or
all eight for $200.00 (plus $15.00 priority mail or $7.00 media mail).
Paypal to Jimvanhise@aol.com or send to James Van Hise, 57754 Onaga Trail, Yucca Valley, CA 92284

JSA: STRANGE ADVENTURES #1  - Available August 18th!
Written by Kevin J. Anderson, art by Barry Kitson and Gary Erskine, painted cover by John Watson,.
A 6-issue mini-series starring the World's First Super-Team. Set during the Golden Age, Strange Adventures begins when fumbling Johnny Thunder decides to become a big-time pulp writer by chronicling the adventures of the JSA. Taken under the writing wing of legendary, real-life science-fiction Grand Master Jack Williamson, Johnny tries his best -- and when a deadly new villain called Lord Dynamo appears on the scene, flying a deadly zeppelin crewed by robot zombies, it¹s up to Johnny and Jack to help Hawkman, the Flash, Green Lantern, Starman, Dr. Mid-Nite, Sandman and the rest of the JSA save the day.  40 pages, $3.50

Written by Alan Moore, art and cover by Kevin O'Neill. 
The second volume of the series is finally in paperback. Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill return with the further adventures of The League of Extraordinary Gentleman in this collection that reprints the second 6-issue mini-series.  It's one month after the events in League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol. 1, and the skies over England are filled with flaming rockets as Mars launches the first salvo of an invasion. Only our stalwart adventurers -- Allan Quatermain, Mina Harker, Captain Nemo, Hawley Griffin, and Mr. Edward Hyde -- can save mother England and the very Earth itself. But there are many startling revelations along the way, including the blossoming of love and the uncovering of a traitor in their midst!   Also included in this volime is an almanac of fantastic places that spans the entire globe as well as special supplemental material by Moore and O'Neill not found in the original periodicals. 

228 pages, $14.95. 

McFarland Publishers - Now Available in softcover!
Charlie Chan at the Movies by Ken Hanke
History, Filmography, and Criticism.  
From his primitive nonseries beginnings through the well known Fox series of 44 films (1931–1949), here is the complete history of famous film detective Charlie Chan.

The films are presented in chronological order, with full cast and credits, synopses and evaluations. Biographical details on the three most famous screen Chans—Warner Oland, Sidney Toler, and Roland Winters—and background information on series directors and supporting players, insights into the making of the films, and the full story of the abrupt halt in 1949 as well as an array of the detective’s aphorisms (or Chan-o-grams) are included. Numerous photos throughout.

ISBN 0-7864-1921-0
photographs, index
286 pages, softcover, $35

McFarland Publishers - Coming this Fall/Winter!
Space Patrol by Jean-Noel Bassior
Missions of Daring in the Name of Early Television
The classic television series Space Patrol was a stellar success for ABC from 1950 to 1955. As a pioneer in the hair-raising world of live television, the show had a huge fan base of both children and adults. The magic hinged on the cast: Commander Buzz Corry, Cadet Happy, Carol, Major Robertson and Tonga—five 30th-century personalities whose lives entwined with soap opera strength as they undertook “missions of daring in the name of interplanetary justice.” A personal appearance by the cast at a Los Angeles department store drew 30,000 fans. But TV viewers had no idea that the actors and crew faced dramatic as well as galactic peril. In the course of producing an action-packed show live before the nation, with special effects in their infancy, what could go wrong usually did. Ed Kemmer, a real-life World War II fighter pilot shot down and captured by Nazis, who later starred as Commander Corry, learned to improvise for nervous, tongue-tied guest actors and to lean casually against scenery about to fall.

This book recounts stories of early television and the risk-taking ABC crew who invented equipment and ingenious special effects that laid the groundwork for TV today. It tells of the personal heroics of Kemmer and other cast members, both on- and off-screen. Included are interviews with Kemmer, as well as TV writer Norman Jolley (who penned many classic series, including Wagon Train); director Dick Darley; radio writer Lou Huston; and veteran announcers Jack Narz and Dick Tufeld, who occasionally used a men’s restroom as an announcer’s booth (the tile walls and floor provided a great reverberating acoustic venue). The book also profiles William “Mike” Moser, the show’s creator, and provides details about how the early shows came together and the events in the first year that took Space Patrol from a local station to the network. Many details are given about the adventure that was putting on a live television show along with live commercials. Stories from fans demonstrate how Space Patrol gave them ideals and values they still hold today. The book explores changes in television that led to the demise of action-adventure shows that featured strong role models and tells how Kemmer, who portrayed the heroic Buzz Corry, came to terms with his impact on countless young lives. (Fifty years later, he still receives letters from grateful fans.) Included are episode guides covering the 210 half-hour network TV shows, as well as the radio shows, and memorabilia collectors can feast on the galaxy’s most complete guide to Space Patrol premiums.

ISBN 0-7864-1911-3
200 photographs, notes, appendix, bibliography, index
448 pages, illustrated case binding (7 x 10), $49.95

McFarland Publishers - Now Available!
Storytelling in the Pulps, Comics, and Radio - How Technology Changed America by Tim DeForest 
The first half of the twentieth century was a golden age of American storytelling. Mailboxes burgeoned with pulp magazines, conveying an endless variety of fiction. Comic strips, with their ongoing dramatic storylines, were a staple of the papers, eagerly followed by millions of readers. Families gathered around the radio, anxious to hear the exploits of their favorite heroes and villains. Before the emergence of television as a dominant—and stifling—cultural force, storytelling blossomed in America as audiences and artists alike embraced new mediums of expression.

This examination of storytelling in America during the first half of the twentieth century covers comics, radio, and pulp magazines. Each was bolstered by new or improved technologies and used unique attributes to tell dramatic stories. Sections of the book cover each medium. One appendix gives a timeline for developments relative to the subject, and another highlights particular episodes and story arcs that typify radio drama. Illustrations and a bibliography are included.

ISBN 0-7864-1902-4
illustrations, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
235 pages, softcover,

McFarland Publishers - Now Available!
Up from the Vault: Rare Thrillers of the 1920s and 1930s by John T. Soister.
A number of thrillers made in the 1920s and 1930s have become available again thanks to new technology. There are a few, however, that remain elusive to most, if not all, movie buffs. This book covers twenty thrillers from those decades that are well-regarded and eagerly sought, but difficult to find—The Mystery of Dr. Fu Manchu (1923), The Unknown Purple (1923), The Sorrows of Satan (1926), While London Sleeps (1926), The Chinese Parrot (1927), Stark Mad (1929), The Unholy Night (1929), High Treason (1929), The Spider (1931), Eran Trece (1931), The Monkey's Paw (1933), Trick for Trick (1933), Deluge (1933), The Vanishing Shadow (1934), The Witching Hour (1934), Double Door (1934), Black Moon (1934), Le Golem (1936), The Scarab Murder Case (1937), and Sh! The Octopus (1937). For each film, the author provides such details as the production company, running time, release date(s), cast and production credits, a synopsis, and commentary.

ISBN 0-7864-1745-5
photographs and illustrations, appendix, index
248 pages, illustrated case binding (7 x 10),  

Mission: Impossible 3
Paramount Pictures will put the Cruise-starring "Mission: Impossible 3" on the back burner due to production difficulties, and instead will plug the star into "War of the Worlds."

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cruise will reunite with his "Minority Report" director Steven Spielberg to adapt the H.G. Wells sci-fi novel. "War" centers on the Martian invasion of Earth and the subsequent widespread panic and destruction. The novel was previously adapted as the famous Orson Welles radio program in 1938 and the 1953 movie of the same name.  "War," based on a script by David Koepp, will begin shooting in November and will be released sometime in 2005.

The third installment of the "Mission: Impossible" series was set to begin production this summer, but was constantly delayed after losing director David Fincher and then Joe Carnahan. Finally, Paramount has settled on "Alias" creator J.J. Abrams, but must wait until his schedule clears up in summer 2005. "M:I-3" will mark Abrams' feature directorial debut.

Moonstone Books - Now Available!
Written by CJ Henderson, art and cover by Dennis Calero. 
"And then they killed me." Kolchak finds himself on death's door in defense of a beautiful woman with strange powers. Rekindling a part of him he thought extinguished, she haunts every thought his mind can hold. What is her secret, and why are so many willing to KILL to control it? And how will Carl survive the twin bullet shots to his 
body and soul? 
48 pages, $6.95.

KOLCHAK: TALES OF THE NIGHT STALKER #4  by Dave Ulanski, Pat Olliffe, Keith Williams, & Ken Wolak. 
"It was a dark and stormy night..." Yeah, we've heard that cliche' before. But it's a perfect setting for Tony Vincenzo to experience the strange world of Carl Kolchak a little bit better, as the two attempt to spend the night in a supposedly haunted house. But things go from creepy to deadly, when they become trapped inside, hunted by a killer in the mirror! The two may walk away with a much better understanding of each other... if they walk away from this one at all! Whatever you do, don't say her name three times... This special issue is guest-pencilled by fan-favorite artist Pat Olliffe! Two covers, ship in a 50/50 split, by Monte Moore and Dave Ulanski. 
Full Color, 32 pages, $3.50

PULP ADVENTURE-CON #4 will be held Saturday, November 6, 2004 between 10AM-5PM (Dealers can set up beginning at 8 AM) at the Ramada Inn, 1083 Route 206 North, Bordentown, NJ (Exit 7 NJ Turnpike).
Cost for one six-foot table is $40.  Each additional table is $30 each.
Contact Rich Harvey for additional information or to reserve your tables.  

On November 6th, Rich hopes to announce the dates for the 2005 show.  He is considering moving the show to a hotel at the Newark International Airport.  Friends of Old Time Radio has had great success in that area for many years.  It may become a TWO-DAY show, including a movie room and evening activities.

Rich is seriously considered scheduling the show the same weekend as Friends of Old Time Radio.  He believes both shows would benefit from people attending one show, paying a brief visit to another, much the same way that people from Pulpcon visited Bookery Fantasy bookshop.  Some of you thought it was a great idea, some thought the idea was terrible.  Let Rich know if you have any thoughts regarding the scheduling for next year.

The dates for Pulpcon in 2005 will be July 7-10 in Dayton, Ohio. 

The Pulp Rack - New additions!
THE CROWN OF COYOPAN: PART SIX -- the exciting conclusion!
Visit http://pulprack.com/i/crownchap11.pdf  for the concluding chapters, 11 and 12, of Richard Warren's quest for Inca gold, emeralds, and romance.

A significant update for "Lemuel L. DeBra: A Bibliography in Progress," by Peter Ruber, Victor A. Berch and Richard Bleiler. This update to the bib (the version posted to the site earlier was draft 4 -- this version is draft 7) includes close to 190 BOSTON GLOBE citations and all the novels written under DeBra's "Edmond Hamilton" pseudonym, all new to this version. You can find the updated bibliography at this URL:  http://pulprack.com/arch/000149.html#000149

Juri Nummelin's second essay for The Pulp Rack, "Finnish Westerns: A Brief Survey into a Genre." Juri takes a look at work in the western genre as practiced by Finnish authors. You can read his article by visiting this URL:

For visitor convenience, I've combined the individual pages for the six installments of THE CROWN OF COYOPAN e-text of the H. Bedford-Jones novel onto a single page, at this URL: http://pulprack.com/arch/000183.html#000183

Likewise, I combined the links to the two parts of the Anthony Rud novel, WATERS UNDER THE EARTH, onto a single page at this URL:  http://pulprack.com/arch/000164.html#000164

Enjoy! And thanks again for your patronage.
Duane Spurlock, proprietor, The Pulp Rack

Issue number 7 of REH: TWO GUN RACONTEUR is in the works and (hopefully) will be out by the first of December.  Here's is what is scheduled so far: another outstanding cover by Charles Keegan, a portfolio by David Burton, articles by Danny Street and Ben Szumskyj, and art by Bill Cavalier.  More details to come as the issue shapes ups.  Also, publisher Damon Sasser is soliciting letters of comment.  He wants to revive the letters section he had in earlier issues.  While he has gotten some feedback, it has been in the form of one or two line emails.  As an incentive, Damon is offering a free copy of the issue your letter appears in.  So send Damon your comments on #6 and he will include them in #7.

Secret Skull - New pulp inspired comic!
Coming in October is the third issue of a new pulp inspired comic, Secret Skull by Steve Niles and Chuck BB.
A mysterious killer is on the loose in the city, but this killer only kills bad guys...or those about to be bad.  This book is described as a new horror pulp, bringing all the fun and action of the classic pulp adventures to a modern audience. 
This is a 32 page, full color comic for $3.99 from IDW Publishing.
This book can be pre-ordered from the August PREVIEWS (now available). 
The Diamond Item Code is AUG042815.

SHAMBLEAU GICLEE PRINT by Wally Wood - Now Available!
Vanguard Productions in association with Wally Wood's family are releasing a Limited Edition print of Wood's cover painting to the sci-fi classic, Shambleau, to help launch the Wally Wood Scholarship Fund. This fine art quality Giclee print exquisitely reproduces this extremely rare Wood original, one of only two known Wood oil paintings! Wally Wood, co-creator of the Silver Age Daredevil, T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents, and the legendary Mars Attacks! trading cards, was one of the most important comic book and sci-fi artists of the 20th century, with work ranging from his classic association with EC Comics and MAD Magazine to his own creations, including Cannon and his Wizard King graphic novels. Wood's legacy to the comics and sci-fi art form is commemorated with this limited edition print. 
Full Color, $75.00   This print is produced by Vanguard Productions

SPAWN OF THE DRAGON PRINT by Jim Steranko - Now Available!
Steranko's Spawn of the Dragon lithograph explodes in a maelstrom of kaleidoscopic color to explore the mystery and mythology of the East; a Steranko masterpiece of Oriental mysticism, feminine sensuality, exotic weaponry, and perilous intrigue. A superb, high-quality 18" x 24" (standard frame size) print on acid-free, museum-weight vellum stock, suitable for framing. Also available signed by the artist and limited to 200 copies. 
Regular: Full Color, $20.00 
Signed:  Full Color, $40.00 

This print is produced by Vanguard Productions

- Now Available!
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. 
This print is produced by Vanguard Productions

TERRA OBSCURA VOLUME 2 #1  - Available August 18th!
Written by Alan Moore and Peter Hogan, art and cover by Yanick Paquette and Karl Story. 

Tom Strange and the heroes of Terra Obscura return for another outing following 2003's critically acclaimed series! The heroes have finally adjusted to the society that spent 30-years without them...and more importantly, society has acclimated to having science heroes again! Things have returned to normal for the members of S.M.A.S.H., until a mysterious object appears on the edge of their galaxy -- on a collision course with Terra Obscura! 
What's more, the object appears to be the spacecraft of long-lost legendary hero Captain Future, but in a twisted and distorted way. And as the ship nears, time anomalies begin to crop up over the entire planet, wreaking terrible havok. Can Tom Strong and the other heroes unravel this mystery before it spells doom for the entire planet? 

32 pages, $2.95

Wild Cat Books - Now Available!
SECRET AGENT "X", an Omnibus Edition featuring 5 complete novels by Brant House.
The stories include: "The Murder Monster", "The Golden Ghoul", "Legion of the Living Dead", "The Murder Brain", and "The Assassin's League"... Great pulp fiction from the glory days of the "bloody pulps", these fast-paced action tales are collected in one volume for your reading enjoyment!  6"x9", Trade Paperback, 432 pages, $19.99

DR. SILENCE, Psychic Detective
Description: DR. SILENCE, Psychic Detective by ALGERNON BLACKWOOD... This Omnibus edition contains all 6 stories featuring this unusual hero who faces terror and horrors beyond belief! Includes: "THE NEMESIS OF FIRE", "THE CAMP OF THE DOG", "ANCIENT SORCERIES", "A VICTIM OF HIGHER SPACE", "A PSYCHICAL INVASION", and "SECRET WORSHIP"... 
6"x9", Trade Paperback, 277 pages, $14.99

Available directly from the Wild Cat Books on-line store: http://my.lulu.com/wildcatbooks
or you can order a copy via snail mail from Wild Cat Books:

Please add $5 for S&H in USA via Priority Mail and make checks payable to:

Ron Hanna
6664 Valley Pike
Middletown, VA 22645 - 1720


Wild Cat Books - Now Available!
STRANGE WORLDS # 13 - Special Horror Issue... Featuring "Herbert West: Reanimater" by H.P. Lovecraft, "Aboriginal Anonyma" by Benjamin Szumskyj, "Illuminochta" by Everette Bell, and more stories! The artwork includes a Famous Fantastic Mysteries Cover Gallery, and an illustrated article on "The Zen Of Horror" by Ver Curtiss, with additional art by David Burton... 132 pgs. 8.5"x11", bound with Color Cover... $15

THE HYBORIAN HERESIES by Dale E. Rippke... A Scholarly Excavation Into The World Of Robert E. Howard... A great collection of essays delving into the Hyborian Age and Conan the Cimmerian... 6"x9" Trade Paperback, Color Covers... A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Project Pride, the civic group that maintains the REH Museum in Cross Plains, Texas... $14.99

WEIRD TALES OF LOVECRAFT by H. P. Lovecraft... A collection of 24 short stories by the Master of the Macabre! Includes tales from his Dunsanian period and the Cthulhu Mythos... "The Cats Of Ulthar", Celephais", "Ex Oblivione", "Dagon", "The Nameless City", "Nyarlathotep", and many more!... 6"x9" Trade Paperback, Color Covers... $9.99

Coming soon:

PULP MAGAZINE SCRAPBOOK by Nick Carr... A collection of the letters from the many pulp writers and artists that historian Nick Carr has corresponded with over the years! Reproduced directly from the letters themselves, the writers include Walter B. Gibson, Norman Saunders, Harry Steeger, Robert G. Harris, Norman Daniels, Ryerson Johnson, and many more, in fact, 46 letters are presented here... along with a collage of photographs, covers and characters that Nick also put together... This literary piece-of-history will be available shortly.  The price is not set yet, but let me know if you want me to reserve a copy! It’ll be 8.5"x11", bound with Color Covers.  

Please add $5 for S&H with Delivery Confirmation for up to 3 items...

Please make checks payable to:
Ron Hanna
6664 Valley Pike
Middletown, VA 22645 - 1720


Will Murray
Will Murray has a 6 page illustrated article on SKY CAPTAIN AND THE WORLD OF TOMORROW in the current issue of STARLOG (#326, September). The article is titled Shaping the Skyways and takes a look at the eight years that it took to design the look for THE WORLD OF TOMORROW.

Murray also has two articles in the latest issue of COMIC BOOK MARKETPLACE (#112, June).
The first is Earth vs. Flying Saucers ...In the Comics and runs 8
profusely illustrated pages.
The second is Thrilling Heroes: The Knights of Nedor and runs 9 profusely illustrated pages.

Zorro's Black Whip #1: The Masked Avenger - Now available!
In new twist on the classic tale, Zorro's Black Whip is wielded by a strong-willed woman, Barbara Meredith (Linda Stirling), who dons the famous black outfit to stop the gang who killed her newspaper editor father. Filled with derring-do, close calls, and white-knuckle escapes, these are two adventures you'll want to relive again and again!

Retail Price: $29.95.
This DVD is available from DVDPlanet.

Zorro Rides Again - Now available!
The black-masked legend saddles up for two rip-roaring serial adventures on DVD! When no-good saboteurs try to stop a California railroad line, the owner calls in the great-grandson of the original Zorro for help. After a few unexpected snags, Zorro Rides Again and dispenses justice across the American West!  

Retail Price: $29.95.

This DVD is available from DVDPlanet.

06 August 2004
2004 & 2005 Film Release Dates
August 13
September 17
November 5
December 10
February 18, 2005
February 18, 2005
March 25, 2005
April 22, 2005
May 19, 2005
June 17, 2005
June 29, 2005
July 1, 2005
December 14, 2005

CONAN OF CIMMERIA Volume 2 Limited Edition - Available August 11th!
CONAN OF CIMMERIA Volume 2 is now available from Bud Plant Comic Art.
Diamond Distribution will be shipping CONAN OF CIMMERIA Volume 2 to comic shops next week.
Fading Shadows - Now Available!
The Phantom Detective in Death In The Desert by by Robert Wallace, originally published June 1943

BEHIND THE MASK #69 featuring:
Ki-Gor and the Cannibal Kingdom by John Peter Drummond 
  Originally published in JUNGLE STORIES, Summer 1940 V1 N6 
Elephant Law by Paul Annixter -  Originally published in JUNGLE STORIES
Tomorrow by Leo Zagat - Originally published in ARGOSY, May 27, 1939
Front Cover by Ron Wilber

DETECTIVE MYSTERY STORIES #51 featuring Tomorrow's Dawn by Lawrence Harvey, Crossover by Richard F. McGonegal, Slow Burn by Mark Hammermeister, and The Pharoh's Chickens by Don Wynne.

Click here or on the images to the right for a look at larger cover images.

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

Girasol Collectables - August Pulp Replicas!
Girasol Collectables is pleased to announce three more issues in its ongoing series of Pulp Replicas.
Click here or on the images to the right for a look at larger Pulp Replica cover images.

Girasol Collectables Inc. is pleased to announce our three new Pulp Replicas for the month of August. Anyone that purchases all three of this month's Replicas will pay a reduced price of $85 versus the actual total of $95. 

We lead off the month with the next issue of THE SPIDER featuring Empire of Doom
The date is February 1934, issue #5. 

Our second Replica this month is the January 1935 issue of TERROR TALES (#5) .

Finally, we have SPICY DETECTIVE from September 1936 with a gun toting gal from Mr. Parkhurst on the

Coming Soon:  SPICY DETECTIVE #2 (First Dan Turner), SPIDER #6 and up, TERROR TALES #6 and up.

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 or $35 each postpaid within North America. Overseas will be a few dollars more.

CIVIL WAR STORIES ($25 each postpaid within North America)

DAN TURNER  ($25 each postpaid within North America)
Dan Turner Hollywood Detective No. 1 (January 1942)

THE OCTOPUS ($35 each postpaid within North America)
February/March 1939

ORIENTAL STORIES ($25 each postpaid within North America)
#1  (Oct./Nov. 1930) featuring the Robert E. Howard story, TheVoice of El-Lil.

THE SCORPION ($35 each postpaid within North America)
April/May 1939

SPICY ADVENTURE  ($25 each postpaid within North America)
#8   (May 1935) featuring a Great Middle Eastern motif cover
#19 (April 1936) featuring She Devil by Robert E. Howard (writing as Sam Walser) 
#22 (July 1936) featuring a Parkhurst cover
#26 (November 1936)

SPICY DETECTIVE  ($25 each postpaid within North America)
#7   (November 1934)
#10 (February 1935)
#17 (September 1935) featuring Dan Turner and a terrific HJ Ward cover
#20 (December 1935) featuring a HJ Ward cover and a Dan Turner story
#29 (September 1936) featuring a gun toting gal from Mr. Parkhurst on the cover. 
#30 (October 1936) featuring an incredible, truly classic HJ Ward cover
#76 (August 1940) featuring a great HJ Ward cover, Dan Turner, Eel stories

SPICY MYSTERY  ($25 each postpaid within North America)
#2   (June 1935) featuring Fangs of the Bat
#3   (July 1935) featuring a nice Parkhurst cover
#4   (August 1935)
#8   (December 1935) featuring a nice Parkhurst cover
#10 (February 1936) featuring Batman
#15 (July 1936)

SPICY WESTERN  ($25 each postpaid within North America)
#14 (December 1937)  Great HJ Ward cover

THE SPIDER  ($35 each postpaid within North America)
#1  The Spider Strikes! (October 1933)
#2  The Wheel of Death (November 1933)
#3  Wings of the Black Death (December 1933)
#4  City of Flaming Shadows (January 1934)
#5  Empire of Doom (February 1934)

STRANGE TALES  ($25 each postpaid within North America)
#1  (September 1931)
#2  (November 1931)
#3  (January 1932) featuring Wolves of Darkness by Jack Williamson
#4  (March 1932)
#5  (June 1932)
#6  (October 1932) Famous 'Worm Monster' cover
#7  (January 1933)

TERROR TALES  ($35 each postpaid within North America)
#1 (September 1934)
#2 (October 1934)
#3 (November 1934)
#4 (December 1934)
#5 (January 1935)

WEIRD TALES  ($35 each postpaid within North America)
#1   March 1923
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.
#2   April 1923
#5   July/August 1923
#9   December 1923/January 1924 
#10 February 1924
#11 March 1924
#12 April 1924

Email Girasol Collectables at: girasol@interlog.com.
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



ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE by Ian Fleming, James Lawrence & John McClusky 
The classic newspaper strip collections continue! After a year-long fruitless search for Blofeld and his sinister organization, SPECTRE, Bond wants to resign! But soon he’s back on Blofeld’s trail and involved with a beautiful woman. Features an exclusive introduction by ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE movie Bond, George Lazenby, and an in-depth, lavishly illustrated, article looking at the history of Bond in books! 
Soft Cover, 9x12, 128 pages, b&w, $17.95

Diamond Distribution will be shipping ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE to comic shops next week.

JOSEPH CLEMENT COLL: A LEGACY IN LINE by John Fleskes - Now available!
Shadows shimmer as liquid lines coalesce into forms that leap from the page. Obscene creatures, exotic assassins, women whose beauty defies description, and daring men who fight with guns or swords or force of will, grab you and drag you wholly into their world. Such is the power of illustrator Joseph Clement Coll. Featuring an Introduction by Gary Gianni, and complemented with an essay by Nick Meglin, this volume collects nearly 250 
illustrations - some never-before-reproduced - of this master visionary. 
Hard Cover, 8x11, 208 pages, $39.95 
Soft Cover, 8x11,  208 pages, $24.95 

Order from Flesk Publications.

Teeming with gigantic insects, spaceships, and scantily-clad heroines, the science fiction pulp and paperback covers of the 1920s-1960s represented a generation's vision of the future. More than 300 beautifully displayed science fiction covers are accompanied by captions and grouped into chapter themes such as "Trails of Fuel and Fire," where spaceships hover, and "Not of this World," filled with alien aggression and other worldly technology. Explore the creative geniuses that molded our vision of the great unknown into what it is today. 
Hard Cover, 9x11, 176 pages, Full Color, $35.00

Diamond Distribution has shipped this book to comic shops.
Publisher: Collectors Press
This book can be ordered from Amazon.com.

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