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May 2nd, 2016

My review of S. Levett-Yeats' excellent 1897 swashbuckling adventure novel The Chevalier d'Auriac can be found at my Vintage Pop Fictions blog.

March 19th, 2016

The Python Pit

My review of the 1933 South Seas adventure The Python Pit might be of interest to people here. Here's the link to the review.

January 15th, 2016

Under the Red Robe

Stanley J. Weyman's Under the Red Robe (published in 1894) is a very good swashbuckling adventure set in 17th century France but it's more character-driven and less action-driven than you might expect. Definitely worth a read.

May 26th, 2015

Marchers of Valhalla contains eight tales by Robert E. Howard. Both the title and the cover suggest that these will be sword and sorcery stories but actually they’re a rather varied collection. This volume is in fact a good example of Howard’s ability to write an exciting story in just about any pulp genre.

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May 11th, 2015

The Red Road to Shamballah was originally serialised in the pulp magazine Thrilling Adventures in 1932 and 1933. The author, Perley Poore Sheehan (1875-1943), was an American who wrote screenplays as wells as novels and short stories.

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March 17th, 2015

Charles B. Stilson’s lost world tale Polaris - of the Snows was originally published in three installments in All-Story Weekly in December 1915 and January 1916. It was followed by two more short novels, also serialised in the same magazine, featuring the same hero.

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January 17th, 2015

Jungle Girl

Gene Tierney Egyptian
Edgar Rice Burrough fans might be interested in my review of his 1933 lost world novel Jungle Girl at Vintage Pop Fictions. And no, despite the title it's not about a female Tarzan figure.

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July 8th, 2014

Emperor of Doom is a collection of short stories by Theodore Roscoe, published in various pulp magazines between 1927 and 1933. They are mostly tales of adventure in the Foreign Legion or in the Mysterious Orient. And they’re a great example of pulp fiction at its most characteristic.

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Emperor of Doom, Theodore Roscoe

July 4th, 2014

The Hour of the Dragon (also published as Conan the Conqueror) was Robert E. Howard’s only Conan novel. Written in 1934, it reworks some material from earlier short stories and was published in serial form in Weird Tales in late 1935 and early 1936. It shows that Howard was quite capable of writing in the longer format although for a pulp writer a novel was not a particularly attractive proposition, short stories being much easier to sell.

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June 25th, 2014

The Vanished Legion

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Donald E. Keyhoe became quite well-known in the 1950s and 1960s as a UFO researcher. In the 1930s he’d been a prolific contributor to pulp magazines and it’s clear that the former Marine Corps pilot’s interest in the weird was already very well established. The seven stories in The Vanished Legion were published in Dare-Devil Aces magazine from 1932 to 1934.

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