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Pulps (Pulp Flakes): When Charles Lindbergh flew the Atlantic in 1927 the publishers rushed into print with tales of flying adventures. Jack Kelly, publisher of Fiction House which included such pulps as Lariat, Action Stories and Northwest Stories, launched Air Stories and Wings in such a hurry that he wired me to write a novelet […]

Illustration (Scoop): Beginning in September, Joe Jusko, in conjunction with ERB, Inc. will be creating brand new cover art and frontispieces for every Edgar Rice Burroughs novel (over 80, in total), forming the first completely unified Burroughs library by one artist.  The pantheon of incredible talent who have loaned their vision to cover ERB’s works […]

Magazines (Razored Zen): Twilight Echoes #1 So, let me drop this casually on you. I’m in a magazine with Robert E. Howard. You might respond with, “Robert E. Howard died quite a long time ago.” Yes. Yes, he did. But his stories live on. And one of his living stories has just been reprinted in […]

Fiction (Jeffro’s Space Gaming Blog): Tolkien was ahead of his time. And that’s precisely what I object to about him. And you know it’s real. People experience a culture shock when they go look up his forgotten contemporaries that they don’t with his work. You can see it, too, in where people struggle with him. […]

Fiction (Austin Chronicle): In the late 1930s, when the fangs of fascism were getting ready to gobble up Europe, America saw its destiny to be the tough guy on the international beat, and a handful of smart left-wingers created one of the most enduring literary protagonists of modern times, the hard-boiled detective. Writers (Don Herron): […]

Writers (Legends of Men): As you know by now I’m a huge fan of the Conan stories, but I’m also a huge fan of Howard’s other creations, even his poetry. Last June I attended Robert E. Howard Days, a gathering of Howard scholars and fans to celebrate the life and works of Robert E. Howard. While […]

Pulps (The Pulp Net): When I was first involved in the pulp fandom world in the late ’90s, I saw ads for Keys to Other Doors. Subtitled “some lists for a pulp collector’s notebook,” it was put together by John DeWalt. There were at least two versions, a first version in 1995 with a revised […]

Books (Don Herron): You may not know, but way back in 1931, the up-and-coming Wisconsin writer August Derleth teamed up with the newly famous detective novelist Dashiell Hammett to edit a collection of supernatural horror fiction titled Creeps by Night: Chills and Thrills. Over the next forty years, Derleth would become one of the most […]

Writers (Pulp Hermit): Ray Capella- From Alhambra, California, Ray was a noted illustrator for a number of SF & Fantasy journals before coming over to the Fading Shadows magazines. He contributed a lot of interior and cover art for our SF titles, as well as illustrating heroic characters like Doc Savage and The Shadow. But […]

Books (DMR Books): Today marks the centennial of the first publication of A. Merritt’s novelette, “The Moon Pool.” Such a small thing–only about twenty thousand words–but one that has had an extraordinarily outsized impact in the century since. Before “The Moon Pool” was published, Merritt had made a bit of a name for himself in […]

Books (Skelos Press): Presenting the English translation of the award-winning book that introduced a new generation of French fans to the father of sword and sorcery. The Robert E. Howard Guide was born out of years of scholarship, but took its final form after answering the same questions from fans over and over again. In […]

RPG (RPG Pundit): So my cat got in the way of my latest video; but the overall point is still clear (and slightly cuter, thanks to the cat): there’s no such thing as a real “D&D Community”.  There’s a D&D Hobby, but the notion of a “Community” is a combination of a marketing tactic by […]