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The Stratosphere Menace by Ralph Milne Farley appeared in the March 1939 issue of Weird Tales. A scanned pdf of this issue can be found here at Luminist.org. This story presented a bit of a quandary for me. Though I’m building my familiarity with the pulps slowly but surely, I’m still sometimes caught out by a story like […]

Earlier this week, on Sunday, July 15, George Romero passed away at the venerable age of 77. Alternately ridiculed as a low-budget B movie that leans too heavily on sometimes ridiculous stock footage and lauded as a brilliant cult classic – as a number of media outlets have already commented – it’s hard to exaggerate […]

I rarely read historical novels, though I was educated as an historian. Britannia-playing friends introduced me to Bernard Cornwell’s Saxon novels, about a part of the era my game Britannia covers. They were so good that I have tried some of his other medieval novels, though never his Sharp’s Rifles novels (Napoleonic Era) that have […]

LawDog had the honor of representing law and order in the Texas town of Bugscuffle as a Sheriff’s Deputy, where he became notorious for, among other things, the famous Case of the Pink Gorilla Suit. In THE LAWDOG FILES, he chronicles his official encounters with everything from naked bikers, combative eco-warriors, suicidal drunks, respectful methheads, […]

Tom Barber (born 1946) is an artist encapsulated within the second half of the 1970s. His first cover painting was for Adrian Cole’s A Bane of Nightmares (1976). He would produce the cover for the 2nd edition of the first book in the series, A Plague of Nightmares (1977), and the second printing of Lord […]

The Quest of Iranon, by H.P. Lovecraft appeared in the March 1939 issue of Weird Tales. It can be found all over the place, but you won’t have to download a pdf if you go here.   The Quest of Iranon may be the first old pulp story I’ve read and reviewed for Short Reviews […]

I you have read my previous columns, I have covered a fair bit of background for my Classic Traveller game. So, how has it played? Pretty good so far. We’ve only had two sessions but, I am excited to see where the next ones will go. Session 1 summary: The first session starts on Ladfaus […]

Ken(neth) Barr (1933-2016) is a guilty pleasure of mine. He was a fixture of the 1970s into the early 1980s for many paperbacks and comic book covers. He was originally born in Scotland. He had some early work for Nebula Science Fiction in the U.K. in 1958 and 59. He did comic book work in […]

Bradford C. Walker is the mastermind behind the extremely prolific game blog Walker’s Retreat. He coined the term “mech piloting” to describe the sort of play style that became dominant in the wake of post-TSR D&D. His game mastering philosophy can be summed up as I am Crom. Now he’s appeared on Geek Gab to […]

Comrades of Time by Edmond Hamilton appeared in the March 1939 issue of Weird Tales. It can be found here at Luminist.org. Are there any stories featuring the Foreign Legion that don’t have them being slaughtered to the man? Right as the Allah-invoking Tuareg is about to kill Ethan Drew, the last man standing, Ethan’s world explodes around […]

I have been thinking a lot about the pulps lately, in particular about what made some of the early pulp SF greats so enduring, and what went into making the most enduring magazines endure. In search of answers, I was perusing the Center for Fiction website today when I came across this article by Victor […]

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