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#1 st barbara

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 04:36 PM

I just thought that I would start a new thread to ask other fans of the Pulp genre what "pulp" or pulp style books they have been reading recently. Recently I have discovered a series of books featuring a two fisted American hero named "Hardluck" Hannigan , written by Bill Craig. The first book in the series is "Emerald Death" and already (i've read the first eighty or so pages ) we have an American adventurer in Africa in the 30's involved with a beautiful aviatrix, her adopted father (who apparently studied in Tibet alongside one "Kent Allard"), nazis with a giant airship (with its own squadron of fighters on board),and a race to find an emerald with mystical properties. Oh and an evil nazi mystic wearing a steel mask ( this is an idea that my co referee and I have used in our own pulp game, well before I had ever heard of these books). What more could a pulp fan want ? Oh yes and an escape by aircraft with the hero tied to the outside of the fuselage (sort of like in "The Mummy"). This is the first of a series and looks as if it could be a lot of fun. Now the question I have is "What "pulp" style books have the other contributors to the "Hero Games" forums been reading and / or what do they recommend to the rest of us ?

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 07:24 PM

Re: What "Pulp" have you read lately ?

It's funny, I've done very little reading of actual Pulp titles although my Dad went throw a radio serials period, so I've heard my share of recordings.

Based on a comment by Steve Long, I'd really like to get into reading some of the many tales about The Spider. There's a very cool looking reprint of the "Black Police" trilogy re-titled The Spider Vs. The Empire State. In this title The Spider takes on an army of jack-booted fascist thugs that have managed to take over the New York State Legislature.

The closest I've to come w/ current reading is the Pulp Hero book itself. It's nice to have a feeling for the entire genre and I'm sure the book has a nice bibliography for further reading. Most of my reading time is being taken up by my research for running a Pulp Game set in San Francisco and is currently confined to historical research.

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 10:32 PM

Re: What "Pulp" have you read lately ? I just finished re-reading the 7th and 6th volumes of the Tales of The Shadowmen series. These are pulp tales teaming-up various old (and sometimes new) characters. Many of the older characters come from French pulp fiction.

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 11:32 PM

Re: What "Pulp" have you read lately ? Re-Reading all my old Doc Savage books since I found the box with them stashed inside in the storage area clean up the other day. Need to go root around some more because I know I got some other goodies buried in there, heh... ~Rex....does note there are some new "The Shadow" and "The Spider" comics out there..... Great Stuff and better on the horizon

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 11:42 PM

Re: What "Pulp" have you read lately ?

Recently listened to the audio book of The Hot Kid by Elmore Leonard. It was a lot of fun and would qualify as a pulp crime story.

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 11:44 PM

Re: What "Pulp" have you read lately ? A lot of Elmore Leonard stuff fits the mold. Hell just watch Justified it's practically Pulp TV, heh... ~Rex

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 11:54 PM

Re: What "Pulp" have you read lately ? I don't get the station but plan on checking it out on DVD. However, my wife does not share my appreciation of crime fiction so it will have to wait for week in which she has something going on at her church.

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 11:59 PM

Re: What "Pulp" have you read lately ? Justified is well worth the watch but it literally rolls out like Elmore Leonard is telling you the story so, best to get the DVD and kick back on a weekend binge. :D ~Rex

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Posted 14 February 2012 - 01:44 PM

Re: What "Pulp" have you read lately ?

Two words:

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Posted 14 February 2012 - 03:12 PM

Re: What "Pulp" have you read lately ? I'm re-reading the Gods of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs

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Posted 15 February 2012 - 11:24 AM

Re: What "Pulp" have you read lately ?

Justified is well worth the watch but it literally rolls out like Elmore Leonard is telling you the story so, best to get the DVD and kick back on a weekend binge. :D

~Rex


Justified is damn good story-telling and it does play out like a crime pulp. (I was happy to see Graham Yost, the was the force behind the short-lived Boomtown, resurface with Justified.)

ABC's The River is unadulterated pulpy horror goodness. It isn't perfect, but I give them high marks for trying something different and for an having an interesting story-telling style.

Alrighty, back to reading my books about SF.

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Posted 15 February 2012 - 05:11 PM

Re: What "Pulp" have you read lately ? "Emerald Death" was as good as I expected it to be, EXCEPT that it left the story unresolved (in true Pulp Magazine style). Obviously my next order to "Amazon" will now include the rest of the titles in this series !

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 09:01 AM

Re: What "Pulp" have you read lately ? I really enjoy Edgar Rice Burroughs' stuff - his writing style reminds me of campaign journals. I also enjoy the Indiana Jones novels - thought not Pulp per se - very fun, light, reads that can fill one's mind with adventure ideas (I had started reading them to get ideas for the World of Indian Jones Master Book game by West End Games - which I feel was a great game!) If you want to go "off world" with your pulp adventures - the John Carter series by Burroughs just can't be beat. The old RPG Space 1889 has really cool information that could easily be converted to Hero System (which I hope to do some day). Any of the Shadow books or Doc Savage. The book King Solomon's Mines (not the movie!!!) is very good and though I cannot remember the author's name he also wrote a very cool book called She which was very good.

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 08:47 PM

Re: What "Pulp" have you read lately ?

The book King Solomon's Mines (not the movie!!!) is very good and though I cannot remember the author's name he also wrote a very cool book called She which was very good.


H Rider Haggard, and yes.

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 03:56 PM

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H Rider Haggard, and yes.

"She" (and "King Solomon's Mines" for that matter) are part of a sort of a series in which characters cross over. I have several of them but i'm not sure if I have them all. The "She" books are "She", "Ayesha : Or the return of She", "Wisdom's Daughter" and "She and Alan", which leads to "Alan Quartermain", "Alan's Wife and Other Stories" and several others via the character of Alan Quartermain, the "great white hunter". It has been said that Sir Henry Rider Haggard invented the "Lost Race" novel with these books !

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 04:05 PM

Re: What "Pulp" have you read lately ? "Corpse" you might want to check out "The Spider Chronicles" edited by Joe Gentile, Garrett Anderson and Lori Gentile and published by "Moonstone Books". It contains nineteen new "Spider" stories by writers such as Will Murray,Steve Englehart, Ron Fortier and John Jakes. Published in 2007. (Assuming , of course, that you haven't already !)

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 10:37 PM

Re: What "Pulp" have you read lately ?

I recently read the Martian books by Burroughs, and I am listening to an old radio mystery serial called Adventures by Morse.

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 11:12 PM

Re: What "Pulp" have you read lately ? Pretty much everything I've ever read by Clive Cussler, while set in modern times, has a very distinct pulp adventure feel to it.

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 11:26 PM

Re: What "Pulp" have you read lately ?

I just thought that I would start a new thread to ask other fans of the Pulp genre what "pulp" or pulp style books they have been reading recently.


Domino Lady: Sex As A Weapon. Featuring teamups with Airboy and the Black Bat (who was half Batman/half Daredevil).

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 11:40 PM

Re: What "Pulp" have you read lately ?

Domino Lady: Sex As A Weapon. Featuring teamups with Airboy and the Black Bat (who was half Batman/half Daredevil).


Gotta love Moonstone Books. They've done justice to all their material, Especially The Black Bat....whom DC continues to steal from to this day, heh... If anyone ever gets a chance to attend a pulp seminar when Moonstone is involved, take it. Well worth the time.

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