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Abraham Merritt (1884-1943) occupied a position 75 years ago that J. R. R. Tolkien had 25 years ago. He was the science fantasy writer of the pulp magazine era. His novels all had hardback editions after the original magazine appearance. There was a magazine A. Merritt’s Fantasy Magazine that lasted for five issues 1949-50.  Avon […]

H. Bedford-Jones (1887-1949) is one of the contenders for highest producer of fiction for the pulp magazines. Jones wrote 231 novels. He wrote 1141 shorter works broken down into 21 novellas, 372 novelettes, and 748 shorter stories. A guestimate is he produced a minimum of 25 million words. Bedford-Jones wrote westerns, adventure, historicals, detective/mystery. A […]

Weird Tales magazine was not just H. P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, and Clark Ashton Smith during the Golden Age of the 1930s. It had a very solid second string of writers – Henry S. Whitehead, Donald Wandrei, E. Hoffmann Price, H. Warner Munn, and Carl Jacobi (1908-1997). I like Carl Jacobi, a lot. Enough […]

Theodore Roscoe (1906-1992) was a pulp fictioneer from the late 1920s through the early 1940s. He made the jump from the pulp magazines to writing non-fiction books about the U.S. Navy. He was not as high production as E. Hoffmann Price or Hugh B. Cave. By the standards of 1930s pulp magazines, he could be […]

Hugh B. Cave (1910-2004) was another of the high production pulp fictioneers. He had something like 800 stories in the pulp and slick magazines. Much of his pulp output was for crime/detective, horror, weird menace, adventure, and spicy.  He had a few western stories and two stories in the Clayton era Astounding Stories of Super […]

Frederick Faust (1892-1944) was one of the kings of the pulp magazines. He is best remembered for his pseudonym “Max Brand” today. He had 900 copyrights to his name. He is generally associated with the western genre, but he wrote in other genres including detective, historical, spy/espionage, boxing, aviation, nautical, tropical adventure, dogs, horses, and […]

Louis L’Amour (1908-1988) may be the most popular western fiction writer of the Twentieth Century. He was the second western writer I read. The first was Robert E. Howard’s westerns. L’amour is not my favorite western writer, I like Gordon D. Shirreffs, T. V. Olsen, and Elmer Kelton more. L’Amour did write some classic novels […]

There was a time in the 1990s that Brian Lumley was one of the big names in horror fiction. Lumley was someone I read in Lin Carter edited anthologies in the early 80s. Tor published the first Necroscope book in the U.S. in late 1988. A steady number of paperbacks in the series followed through […]

The third bio-bibliography book in this series is Talbot Mundy: Messenger of Destiny compiled by Donald M. Grant. Talbot Mundy is one of the great writers for Adventure magazine in the 1910s and 20s. He had the Jimgrim series, about a British agent in India ferreting out skullduggery. Tros of Samothrace was a series in […]

Another favorite bio-bibliography is Donald Sidney-Fryer’s Emperor of Dream: A Clark Ashton Smith Bibliography. This book came out in 1978 from Donald M. Grant Books. Contents Introduction Acknowledgements Principal Facts of Biography Collections Clark Ashton Smith – In Memory of a Great Friendship by Eric Barker Poems

The first bio-bibliography I ever bought was Glenn Lord’s The Last Celt: A Bio-Bibliography of Robert Ervin Howard. I had been reading any Robert E. Howard I could get my hands on at this point and wanted more information. I bought the Berkley Medallion trade paperback that was the reprint edition. The book was first […]

I mentioned last month when looking at the Gardner Fox biography that most writers do not live very interesting lives. The exception being Barry Sadler, author of the Casca books. I just found out there is biography on Sadler that I now want to read. One way to side step the biography and make things […]

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