Roe Richmond – Western Writer, Professional athlete, Cowboy

Everybody thinks they know what a western is. Frank Gruber, a long time pulp author with a flair for self-promotion, categorized the western into seven categories: In my reading I’ve come across these plots frequently, but such categorization does disservice to writers who stayed away from these tropes. Like Roe Richmond. That may come as… Continue reading Roe Richmond – Western Writer, Professional athlete, Cowboy

Interview William E. Barrett – Best-selling writer, movie man

William Edmund Barrett (1900 – 1986) was an American writer, best known for the 1962 novella The Lilies of the Field, later made into a movie that won Sidney Poitier his best actor Oscar. Before Barrett got into movies, he wrote many stories for the pulps, including this one that I reviewed a few years… Continue reading Interview William E. Barrett – Best-selling writer, movie man

Simple, Fast search of the FictionMags Index

Simple, fast search of the FictionMags Index. It’s finally here. https://pulpflakes.com/fmisearch/ The FictionMags Index (FMI) is the biggest online index of English language fiction published in periodicals. Search the FMI by author or artist name, magazine title or look for a specific issue by date or issue number. Tips and tricks While search tolerates partial… Continue reading Simple, Fast search of the FictionMags Index

2022 End of Year Link Clearance (part 1)

Come the holidays, it’s time for me to post all the links I collected through the year. Bring the popcorn and settle down on the couch. Paperback Writer Gunshots in Another Room: The Forgotten Life of Dan J. Marlowe” (2012) by Charles Kelly The profession of “paperback writer” is as romanticized, mythological, and distorted as… Continue reading 2022 End of Year Link Clearance (part 1)

One writer looks at the evolution of the western story

John A. Saxon (1886-1947) wrote mostly western and detective stories in a writing career that spanned more than twenty five years. Working as a law clerk, he wrote stories on the side and was part of a California writing circle that included Robert Leslie Bellem, the author of the Dan Turner stories. ABOUT THE AUTHOR… Continue reading One writer looks at the evolution of the western story

British pulps – ads

Lesser known fact: Britain had its own pulps, among the best were Hutchinson’s stable of Adventure Story, Mystery Story and Sovereign. The contents were often reprints from Clayton and/or Fiction House pulps (The US pulps featured stories from the British pulps, too). The covers, though, were originals and they were stunning, exotic scenes. They’re all… Continue reading British pulps – ads

Meeting the editors – Butterick & Hersey

I CAN’T say truthfully that I received any immediate practical benefit from my visit to the editorial offices of Adventure Magazine, toward the end of my stay in New York City. I gathered, in fact, that Adventure’s policy rather discourages personal visits from authors, although it is entirely possible that I am mistaken in this… Continue reading Meeting the editors – Butterick & Hersey