SPECIAL NOTE: The news staff (me) are (is) still recovering from its week away on family business and unfortunately, as often happens with those kinds of things, the list of news stories that were gathered all week long for roundup here did not make the transition. We will return to our regularly scheduled programming, in full, next week.
AMAZON vs HACHETTE BOOK GROUP Link Roundup
The last time Amazon flexed its muscles and demonstrated a firm grasp of its business model (world domination), the unwashed public (you and me) seemed largely in favor of Amazon’s actions. How dare those book companies and other near-monopolies try to have their way with ebook pricing!
This time – not so much. Authors and their fans are enraged because Amazon’s actions this time are direct and immediate: people can’t buy or order their books through Amazon.
Amazing Stories’ position at the time of the first fooforaw (read, the publisher’s position and not necessarily that of our fine contributors) was and is that monopolies (regardless of whether they meet the legal and technical definitions) are a BAD thing. The benefits of scale are far-outweighed by the concentration of too much power and influence in one place. It has always been our (my) view that Amazon is in the business of controlling the entire market and that this will lead to suppliers (currently publishers and indies, soon to be authors across the board) being squeezed. The inevitable result (if nothing changes) will be content going for flat-fee pennies, fiction sold like yard goods. Companies with shareholders do not like variable costs associated with their supply. They don’t like cost associated with their supply and they WILL do everything within their power to continually reduce those costs.
The only thing that can stop such actions is a refusal of the community to engage with the “market” that Amazon offers, and that is unlikely to happen because – monopoly in everything but legal name.
Here are some articles that will help explain and illuminate the current situation:
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Braylar is still poisoned by the memories of those slain by his unholy flail Bloodsounder, and attempts to counter this sickness have proven ineffectual. The Syldoonian Emperor, Cynead, has solidified his power in unprecedented ways, and Braylar and company are recalled to the capital to swear fealty. Braylar must decide if he can trust his sister, Soffjian, with the secret that is killing him… read more
Paul Witcover, whose fiction has been a finalist for the Nebula, World Fantasy, and Shirley Jackson Award, and short-listed for the James Tiptree award. His most recent novel is The Emperor of All Things. Forthcoming is its sequel, Eternity in Love. He lives in Brooklyn.
Eileen Gunn is a short-story writer and editor. Questionable Practices, her most recent collection, was published in March. Her fiction has received the Nebula Award in the US and the Sense of Gender Award in Japan, and has been nominated for the Hugo, Philip K. Dick, and World Fantasy awards and short-listed for the James Tiptree, Jr. award.
Dear member of our community,Clarion West is gearing up for our six-week summer workshop. Our students are making plans for travel and planning to leave their lives for six weeks to focus on writing. It’s going to be an intense, wonderful experience!And you can help. We’re writing to ask you to join the 2014 Write-a-thon. You can reach your own writing goals and help support our workshop wherever you are. The Write-a-thon is Clarion West’s annual fundraiser, and it is a great opportunity to show your fellow writers your support while reaching your own writing goals.
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I hope you’re having a good day. I’m writing to let you know about a live Q&A with George R.R. Martin’s book editor on Suvudu Universe on May 29th, in case you can help spread the word. Below are more details. Thanks for your consideration!
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Playing the Short Game: Univ of Toronto course
I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be teaching a course this fall at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies. The course is called “Playing the Short Game: How to Market and Sell Short Fiction” and is part of the certificate program that U of T offers in their Creative Writing program.
The course is based on the popular blog series of the same name that I did in 2013 for Amazing Stories. My upcoming book, also titled Playing the Short Game, will be released later this summer and will form the textbook for the course.
If you’re based in Toronto and might be interested, here’s the registration link for the course.
Also, if you know of a short story writer in the Toronto area who might be interested, please feel free to forward this information to them.
The course will run for ten weeks from October 8 to December 10. Details are as follows:
A wealth of courses and books exist to teach you how to write stories. But what happens when you’ve finished writing? Do you know how to sell what you’ve written?
In this course, you will learn everything you need to know to sell your short stories to professional markets and to build a career as a short fiction writer.
This course teaches you the business side of short fiction. By the end of the course, you will understand:
the benefits of short fiction for a writing career
rights and licensing for short fiction
how to find the right professional markets for a story
how to submit and sell to those markets
mistakes to avoid in submitting your work
how editors work and why they choose or reject stories
what to look (and look out) for in short fiction contracts
how to work with an editor
how to handle rejections and reviews
and much more
Most importantly, this course will teach you how to use your short stories to build a career as a writer.
Students should have at least one story completed and ready to send out to market.
It was the largest, most ambitious, and most successful military operation ever attempted — and radio was there to cover it.
D-Day, the invasion of Normandy. It was the turning point of the war in Europe, the beginning of the end for the Axis as the Allies started their drive towards Germany. It was a momentous event that would change not only the course of World War II, but the history of the world. Radio Archives is pleased and proud to offer the complete and continuous CBS network coverage of the events of June 6 and 7, 1944.
Hear President Roosevelt, the BBC feed of Communique #1, General Eisenhower from SHAEF headquarters, King George VI speaking from London via the BBC. Bill Henry in Washington interviews Congressmen Moss, McCormick, Rogers, Voorhees, Mundt, Herbert, and Gore.
Regular CBS shows were included in the broadcast, “The Passing Parade”, “Columbia Presents Corwin”, “Burns & Allen”, “1st show of “The Doctor Fights”, “Perry Mason”, “Valiant Lady,” “Light of the World,” “The Open Door,” “Bachelor’s Children”, “Kate Smith Speaks”, “Big Sister”, “The Romance of Helen Trent”, “Life Can Be Beautiful”, “Ma Perkins”, “The Goldbergs” among them.
Hear the events of the day as reported by Irwin Darlington, Robert Trout, Maj. George Fielding Elliott, Ned Calmer, Quentin Reynolds, Alan Jackson, Merrill Mueller, Douglas Edwards, Quincy Howe, William Shirer, John Daly, and Edwin C. Hill with “The Human Side of the News”. Reporting from London are Edward R. Murrow, Wright Bryan, John W. Vandercook, David Anderson, Arthur Mann, and Charles Shaw reports from the BBC in London.
Herbert Clark reports from the invasion fleet off the coast of England, an eyewitness account of the first parachute drop, James Willard from SHAEF headquarters in London describes the invasion fleet from the air. Richard C. Hottelet describes the invasion from a plane over the beaches, French Colonel Morrison who describes the area of the invasion landings, Stanley Richardson eyewitness account of the invasion fleet, Charles Collingwood aboard an LST in the invasion fleet, and George Hicks from the invasion fleet, describing the shore bombardment before the landing.
These are recordings that many historians believe to be among the most valuable audio documents ever preserved. The CBS broadcasts — containing 34 hours of continuous programming of news, music, drama, comedy, and entertainment — are history as it happened, in a special collection that is sure to occupy a special place in your radio collection.
34 hours. Normally priced at $101.98 Audio CDs / $55.99 Download, CBS D-Day is Specially priced through the month of June at only $89.98 Audio CDs / $44.99 Download.
On June 6, 2004, in remembrance of the 60th anniversary of the Normandy invasion, the ABC Radio program Perspective featured a fascinating story detailing radio’s coverage of D-Day as it happened in 1944. Written, edited, and narrated by ABC reporter Chuck Sivertsen, the feature utilized clips from the Radio Archives D-Day collection. We think this in-depth and well-presented piece provides an excellent overview of the historic content of this collection.
It was the largest, most ambitious, and most successful military operation ever attempted — and radio was there to cover it.
D-Day, the invasion of Normandy. It was the turning point of the war in Europe, the beginning of the end for the Axis as the Allies started their drive towards Germany. It was a momentous event that would change not only the course of World War II, but the history of the world. Radio Archives is pleased and proud to offer the complete and continuous NBC network coverage of the events of June 6 and 7, 1944.
Noted inspirational author Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, King Haakon VII of Norway, Premier Gerbandy of the Netherlands, Premier Pierlot of Belgium, and US Senators Clark, Barkley, White, Hill and Congresswoman Clare Boothe Luce speak, as does the President of the United States, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. General Eisenhower speaks from SHAEF headquarters.
Regular NBC shows were included in the broadcast, “The Bob Hope Show”, “Fibber McGee & Molly”, “The Guiding Light”, “Vic & Sade”, “The Red Skelton Show”, “The Road of Life”, “Today’s Children”, “Ma Perkins”, “Pepper Young’s Family”, “Mary Noble, Backstage Wife”, “Stella Dallas”, “Lorenzo Jones”, “Young Widder Brown”, “When A Girl Marries” and “Front Page Farrell” among them.
Hear the events of the day as reported by Ben Grauer, Cesar Saerchinger, Charles F. McCarthy, David Anderson, Don Goddard, Don Hollenbeck, Ed Hocker, Edward R. Murrow, Elmer Peterson, George Wheeler, H. V. Kaltenborn, Herbert M. Clark, James Willard, John W. Vandercook, Louis P. Lockner, Lowell Thomas, Merrill Mueller, Morgan Beatty, Ralph Howard, Richard Harkness, Robert McCormick, Robert St. John, Tommy Traynor, W. W. Chaplin and Wright Bryan. Alex Dreier, in Chicago, recalled his experiences as the last western correspondent in Nazi Germany while Stanley Richardson offered an eyewitness account of the invasion from the Channel boats, and George Hicks reported from the beach-head itself!
These are recordings that many historians believe to be among the most valuable audio documents ever preserved. The NBC broadcasts — containing 38 hours of continuous programming of news, music, drama, comedy, and entertainment — are history as it happened, in a special collection that is sure to occupy a special place in your radio collection. 38 hours. Normally priced at $113.98 Audio CDs / $56.99 Download, NBC D-Day is Specially priced through the month of June at only $99.98 Audio CDs / $49.99 Download.
“Philo Vance”, the creation of S. S. Van Dine, first appeared in a 1926 murder mystery, and, as later stated by its publisher, “it was at once obvious that something original and exciting had happened to the detective story.” Eleven more books followed in the series before their author passed away in 1939. When, in the late Fifties, Charles Scribner’s Sons was considering reissues of the Vance books, a publisher’s note stated that the combined sales of the original editions totaled more than half a million copies – an impressive figure for its day. There had also been magazine serializations, a play, major motion picture adaptations – and spoofs, both in print and on celluloid, so well known had the “Philo Vance” character become.
In 1948, Frederick W. Ziv brought the Philo Vance character to radio in a program of that name, as one of his then-novel syndicated series; stations airing these programs inserted local advertising. Veteran radio announcer and actor Jackson Beck had the title role, and the weekly half-hour entries ran well into 1950.
Ziv’s syndicated “Philo Vance” was enacted at a large New York City studio right off Broadway – the same studio where the ubiquitous “elevator music” was also produced. The facility was leased for five or six hours per session; the longer the time booked, the less expensive it became, and it often happened that two programs would be recorded between approximately 5 and 10:30 PM. Jeanne K. Harrison directed most of the shows; the writers were Robert J. Shaw and Kenny Lyons; and Henry Sylvern provided the incidental organ music. The case included George Petrie as “District Attorney Markham”; Joan Alexander and Frances Farras, respectively, as Vance’s secretary “Ellen Deering”; and Humphrey Davis as “Sergeant Heath”. The production staff included a couple of sound-effects men, using both live and prerecorded noises. If a blooper occurred that was too pronounced, the entire program had to be redone because the recordings couldn’t be edited. 10 hours. Regular Price $29.98 – Specially priced until June 5 for $14.99 Audio CDs / $7.49 Download
Read by Nick Santa Maria. Liner Notes by Will Murray
By 1939, Richard Wentworth had been operating as The Spider for nearly six harrowing years. He’s been through everything a good, resourceful pulp hero could expect to face. Malevolent master villains. Sinister Asian world conquerors. Mad scientists more diabolical than anything conceived before that point. And of course since The Spider was a wanted criminal, endless police officials, uniformed cops, homicide detectives and other officers of the law had been pursuing him with single-minded fervor.
The problem for his poor writer, Norvell W. Page, was that there are only so many plot variations for a hero who fought crime in his dual identities. So as the year 1939 dawned, Page’s editors must put their heads together and asked themselves, “What can we do that we’ve never done before?”
Evidently, they decided to subject Dick Wentworth, his fiancee Nita van Sloan, and the other stalwart Spider crew to a monthly series of challenges designed to make the readers clutch at their hearts and rend their garments in sympathetic anguish.
The stirring sequence began with Rule of the Monster Men, and ran for half a year––no doubt the worst of Richard Wentworth’s harried and hectic career.
The Spider and the Eyeless Legion is the final part of this multi-story sequence of Spider novels in which first Nita van Sloan was reduced to a helpless cripple, and then Wentworth himself was forced to become a wanted fugitive. It is in that unaccustomed and dangerous role that this electrifying novel takes place.
This time, Wentworth must battle a new underworld power who is determined to conquer New York City, using the power of the Eyeless Terror as his sinister scepter. Forced to don new disguises and alternate identities, separated from his loyal aides, former millionaire Richard Wentworth works the mean streets as he attempts to topple this latest underworld czar. Then things take a terrible turn as the Spider is struck blind and enslaved by the malevolently fat Amoy.
Once more, the incomparable Nick Santa Maria narrates another thrilling Spider exploit. A new Masked Marksman entry by Emile C. Tepperman, “Headliner from Hell,” is read by Roy Worley. This is a Total Pulp Experience audiobook. 6 hours $23.98 Audio CDs / $11.99 Download
Will Murray Has A FREE Spider Download For You —Rule of the Monster Men!
Radio Archives has just released its 50th Will Murray Pulp Classics audiobook! It’s The Spider and the Eyeless Legion, one of the most exciting and compelling adventures starring millionaire criminologist Richard Wentworth. We thought it only fitting to celebrate this landmark with the hero who kicked off the successful Will Murray Pulp Classics––The Spider!
To help celebrate this milestone, I’m offering a free download of the story that started the recent sequence of Spider exploits, Rule of the Monster Men. Set in the New York World’s Fair, Rule of the Monster Men pits The Spider against one of the most most malevolent criminal masterminds he ever encountered.
It began with the sighting of a veterinarian’s ambulance, its caged rear crammed with helpless human beings––all victims of Manhattan’s newest monster, the Wreck!
The Rule of the Monster Men had begun.
Creating an army of human cripples, the Wreck begins a looting spree that reaches from Park Avenue to the New York World’s Fair of 1939. In answer to this awful challenge, Richard Wentworth, alias The Spider, rushes to the defense of his beloved city of Manhattan. When his fiancee falls victim to this atrocious fiend, all bets are off! This is not a story with a happy ending….
Taken from the June, 1939 issue of The Spider. Including another Arthur Leo Zagat short story, “Doc Turner and the Winged Terror.” This is a Total Pulp Experience audiobook.
The Spider series was one of the most popular pulp magazines of the 1930s, and his fame has only grown in the 21st Century. Violent, realistic, and uncompromising in his pursuit of justice, The Spider never fails to deliver red-hot action and white-heat emotional thrills. See why he is rightly called the Master of Men!
To obtain your free download send an email to and you’ll receive the download link within seconds.
In an old Chicago railroad house, a crack dealer is robbing his customer – a huge, shrouded figure with a thousand in cold cash and a featureless face. The pusher empties his .44 into the man, who is slammed against a wall by the bullets’ force. But he rises unharmed – and slowly approaches his attacker with a meat cleaver. “My turn,” he utters calmly.
He’s the Dark Man, a force of evil…
In his office across town, psychic detective Sid Taine takes the case of beautiful socialite Angel Caldwell. She describes her husband Victor’s association with the Black Lodge, and the threats against him by the mysterious Arelim – a name Taine recognizes as the master of white magic known through the centuries as the Avenging Angel…
…a force of good.
Sid Taine is about to discover the secrets of the Dark Man and Victor Caldwell – and much more. On the stage of a vast big-city arena, the terrifying heart of the Black Lodge will stand revealed to him in an apocalyptic showdown between good and evil…
“Scary, witty, suspenseful and fascinating, The Black Lodge is both a detective novel set on the seamy streets of Chicago and a roller coaster ride of horror and mystery. The kind of horror novel I love – taut prose combined with a journey through the dark occult country of fear. One of the top dark fantasies of the year.” — Douglas Clegg
“Great fun – exciting, vivid, full of swift action, astonishing surprises, and fascinating occult lore. I defy any reader to walk away from it after the first chilling encounter with the Dark Man.” — Hugh B. Cave
8 hours $31.98 Audio CDs / $15.99 Download
Robert Weinberg’s photo gallery
Bob with Patricia McKillip at World Fantasy Convention 1981
by Norbert Davis with an introduction by John D. MacDonald
Read by Milton Bagby
Enjoy the adventures of Max Latin, the detective who doesn’t want to be a detective! Author Norbert Davis mixed the classic hard-boiled style with humor, making Max Latin unique in pulp fiction. Appearing for five screwball stories in Dime Detective, this new edition includes an authoritative introduction by fellow Dime Detective scribe, John D. MacDonald.
“Watch Me Kill You!” — I’ll do an artistic job of it and everything’ll be over and we’ll have you all comfortable in your coffin before you know it. We will, that is, if we can keep Latin, the only shamus who might gum the works, sufficiently soaked in brandy till your grave’s filled.
“Don’t Give Your Right Name” — If you happen to get in the line of fire of a baleful Borgia on a murder rampage. Take a lesson from a shamus with a shady rep and stagger out of the way with plenty of brandy under your belt. You’ll come out on top much quicker, with dough in your kick to boot, and a hell of a lot less grief.
“Give the Devil His Due” — As he accepts a murder commission—for a price—and joins up with the busy folk who are searching the missing Jupiter Zachary—to make sure he stays that way, and preferably dead.
“You Can Die Any Day” — In a variety of unpleasant ways, as the unctuous Mrs. Gregory Farmer soon found out when she decided to become a client of that nonesuch of the genus sleuth, the brandy-drinking Latin, who couldn’t keep his feet out of the blood puddles any more than he could keep his beak away from a sniffing-glass.
“Charity Begins At Homicide” — With Max Latin and Carter-Heason, the guy strictly from Kipling, following the latest goings-on of the “Charity” racket.
Read with tongue in cheek by Milton Bagby. 8 hours $31.98 Audio CDs / $15.99 Download
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New Will Murray’s Pulp Classics eBooks
The best of timeless Pulp now available as cutting edge eBooks! Will Murray’s Pulp Classics brings the greatest heroes, awesome action, and two fisted thrills to your eReader! Presenting Pulp Icons such as the Spider and G-8 and His Battle Aces as well as wonderfully obscure characters like the Octopus and Captain Satan. Will Murray’s Pulp Classics brings you the best of yesterday’s Pulp today!
For enough money, the Red Surgeon could make the most desperate killer unrecognizable; with his magic scalpel he changed entire personalities — could even amputate the conscience! Was it any wonder that his greatest ambition was to enlist Kirkpatrick, and the Spider, and Nita van Sloan as his loyal confederates? This could be done, he knew… by surgery alone! Total Pulp Experience. These exciting pulp adventures have been beautifully reformatted for easy reading as an eBook and features every story, every editorial, and every column of the original pulp magazine. $2.99.
Dime Mystery Magazine Wyatt Blassingame Book 2
In 1934 a new type of magazine was born. Known by various names — the shudder pulps, mystery-terror magazines, horror-terror magazines — weird menace is the sub-genre term that has survived today. Dime Mystery Magazine was one of the most popular. It came from Popular Publications, whose publisher Harry Steeger was inspired by the Grand Guignol theater of Paris. This breed of pulp story survived less than ten years, but in that time, they became infamous, even to this day. This ebook contains a collection of stories from the pages of Dime Mystery Magazine, all written by Wyatt Blassingame reissued for today’s readers in electronic format. $2.99.
Black was the sky with panzer wings, and the last grim counter-attack had failed, as Captain V and his death-dealing squadron roared into battle formation. Five men and a prayer they were — against a world gone mad! Beginning in 1932, Battle Birds brought readers a thrilling main story, referred to as a “novel”, that featured a rotating cast of main characters like The Three Mosquitoes and Smoke Wade. After nineteen issues, just over a year and a half after its debut, the magazine began to feature the air adventures of Dusty Ayres, and the magazine became officially titled Dusty Ayres and his Battle Birds. This lasted until the summer of 1935 when the magazine folded after thirty-one issues. But Battle Birds wasn’t finished; it would return. In early 1940, Battle Birds reappeared on the newsstands. But now the focus of the stories was on the conflict that would soon be known as World War II. This resurrected Battle Birds lasted for 26 issues until May 1944. And now Battle Birds is back, reissued for today’s readers in electronic format. $2.99.
G-8 and His Battle Aces #65 February 1939 The Sky Serpent Flies Again!
The sharpened claws of a Yellow Ace are red with the blood of Americans, and only G-8 and his Battle Aces remain in the path of the Sky Serpent! You’ve not known a thrill or a haunting fear until you’ve stood with the Master Spy at this cross-road of his career, and fought shoulder to shoulder with him against a scourge that it seemed impossible to combat! G-8 and his Battle Aces rode the nostalgia boom ten years after World War I ended. These high-flying exploits were tall tales of a World War that might have been, featuring monster bats, German zombies, wolf-men, harpies, Martians, and even tentacled floating monsters. Most of these monstrosities were the work of Germany’s seemingly endless supply of mad scientists, chief of whom was G-8’s recurring Nemesis, Herr Doktor Krueger. G-8 battled Germany’s Halloween shock troops for over a decade, not ceasing until the magazine folded in the middle of World War II. G-8 and his Battle Aces return in vintage pulp tales, reissued for today’s readers in electronic format. $2.99.
99 cent eBook Singles
Each 99 cent eBook Single contains a single short story, one of the many tales selected from the pages of Dime Mystery and Terror Tales. These short stories are not included in any of our other eBooks.
Each passing minute told Dick that the girl he loved would love him more — if he were dead! In 1934 a new type of magazine was born. Known by various names — the shudder pulps, mystery-terror magazines, horror-terror magazines — weird menace is the sub-genre term that has survived today. Dime Mystery Magazine was one of the most popular. It came from Popular Publications, whose publisher Harry Steeger was inspired by the Grand Guignol theater of Paris. This breed of pulp story survived less than ten years, but in that time, they became infamous, even to this day. This ebook contains a classic story the pages of Dime Mystery Magazine, reissued for today’s readers in electronic format. $0.99.
Frank Winelass’ personal devil was plenty worried about his future. For if Winelass went to the chair — where would he go? In 1934 a new type of magazine was born. Known by various names — the shudder pulps, mystery-terror magazines, horror-terror magazines — weird menace is the sub-genre term that has survived today. Dime Mystery Magazine was one of the most popular. It came from Popular Publications, whose publisher Harry Steeger was inspired by the Grand Guignol theater of Paris. This breed of pulp story survived less than ten years, but in that time, they became infamous, even to this day. This ebook contains a classic story the pages of Dime Mystery Magazine, reissued for today’s readers in electronic format. $0.99.
From the burial crypts of ancient Egypt came a grim warning to the living to beware — lest they join the dead! In 1934 a new type of magazine was born. Known by various names — the shudder pulps, mystery-terror magazines, horror-terror magazines — weird menace is the sub-genre term that has survived today. Dime Mystery Magazine was one of the most popular. It came from Popular Publications, whose publisher Harry Steeger was inspired by the Grand Guignol theater of Paris. This breed of pulp story survived less than ten years, but in that time, they became infamous, even to this day. This ebook contains a classic story the pages of Dime Mystery Magazine, reissued for today’s readers in electronic format. $0.99.
My life and her death were hanging on the same slim thread — only I held the scissors! In 1934 a new type of magazine was born. Known by various names — the shudder pulps, mystery-terror magazines, horror-terror magazines — weird me most popular. It came from Popular Publications, whose publisher Harry Steeger was inspired by the Grand Guignol theater of Paris. This breed of pulp story survived less than ten years, but in that time, they became infamous, even to this day. This ebook contains a classic story from the pages of Terror Tales magazine, reissued for today’s readers in electronic format. $0.99.
All eBooks produced by Radio Archives are available in ePub, Mobi, and PDF formats for the ultimate in compatibility. When you upgrade to a new eReader, you can transfer your eBooks to your new device without the need to purchase anything new.
by Will Murray and Ryerson Johnson, writing as Kenneth Robeson, cover illustration by Joe DeVito
All over the Midwest, cars and trucks were crashing—stopped in their tracks by an inexplicable force! Had some unseen power targeted America’s automotive industry—or was something more sinister at stake?
Summoned to solve the mystery, Doc Savage and his intrepid men follow a trail of terror that winds through the continental United States like a constricting serpent of senseless destruction.
From the nation’s car capital to the North Pole, the Man of Bronze races to stave off a strangely familiar menace only to confront a completely unexpected foe—the enigmatic Baron in Black! Softcover $24.95
by Will Murray and Lester Dent, writing as Kenneth Robeson, cover illustration by Joe DeVito
What is the Blind Death? New York’s newshawks work overtime in a flurry of flashbulb explosions as they clamor for the scoop on the insidious wave of corpses turning up around the city, all struck dead, eyes turned an unseeing ivory by the masked mastermind known as… White Eyes.
As police riot guns and gangland Tommy-guns turn New York City’s winter snows scarlet, Doc Savage, man of mystery, giant of bronze, discovers that the mysterious plague is part of an audacious scheme to unite all of New York’s criminal elements against him. White Eyes’ ultimate goal—to seize the fabled Mayan wealth of the Man of Bronze!
From snowbound Manhattan to the sugar-cane fields of tropical Cuba, Doc Savage and his Iron Crew wage what may be the greatest battle for survival of their careers! Softcover $24.95
Special Avram Davidson Issue. The Winter 1988/1989 issue of Weird Tales showcases the work of Featured Author Avram Davidson and Featured Artist Hank Janus. Also includes work by Carl Jacobi, Robert Sheckley, Ian Watson, Keith Roberts, and many more. 148 pages.
Weird Tales: The Unique Magazine
From March of 1923 to September of 1954, Weird Tales was the most influential of all pulp magazines in the horror and fantasy genres. Weird Tales has enjoyed a devoted following for many decades as the very first magazine of gothic fantasy, sci-fi, and horror. Founded in 1923, the pioneering publication introduced the world to such counter-culture icons as Cthulhu the alien monster god and Conan the Barbarian. Weird Tales is well known for launching the careers of great authors like H.P. Lovecraft, Ray Bradbury, and Robert E. Howard — even, Tennessee Williams made his first sale here! — not to mention legendary fantasy artists like Virgil Finlay and Margaret Brundage. The magazine’s influence extends through countless areas of pop culture: fiction, certainly, but also rock music, goth style, comic books, gaming… even Stephen King has called Weird Tales a major inspiration.
Weird Tales: The Modern Magazine
After the original magazine operation folded in 1954, there were several brief attempts to revive it — reprint anthologies in the ’60s, four new magazine issues in the ’70s, four original paperbacks in the early ’80s — before the resurrection finally achieved full-fledged afterlife under editor-publishers George H. Scithers, Darrell Schweitzer and John Gregory Betancourt. Beginning in 1988, Weird Tales has been published more or less continuously. These 25 year old magazines are Brand new and have never been read. Radio Archives is proud to have a large inventory so that everyone can have a copy of this great magazine. $9.95
The Dark Avenger proves that “crime does not pay” in two interconnected pulp thrillers by Walter B. Gibson writing as “Maxwell Grant.” First, the Knight of Darkness journeys to a “City of Shadows” to investigate the disappearance of a beautiful redhead escapee from a woman’s prison, and a mysterious series of “accidents” manipulated by a hidden mastermind! Then, a plea from a former ally lures Lamont Cranston to a California/Nevada border town where Professor Scorpio foresees “Death in the Stars” for The Shadow! BONUS: “The Astrological World of Walter B. Gibson.” This deluxe pulp reprint showcases the classic color pulp covers by Graves Gladney and the original interior illustrations by Edd Cartier and Earl Mayan with historical commentary by Will Murray and Anthony Tollin. Double Novel Reprint $14.95
The pulp era’s greatest superhero returns in two startling novels by W. Ryerson Johnson, Lester Dent and William Bogart writing as “Kenneth Robeson.” First, The Man of Bronze and Patricia Savage are confronted by “The Motion Menace,” an invisible threat that renders modern weaponry obsolete! Then, in “Fire and Ice,” a Canadian distress signal leads Doc Savage to a beautiful woman, a mysterious strongbox and a hidden secret society. BONUS: a Golden Age classic from the pages of Doc Savage Comics. This instant collector’s item leads off with the classic 1937 color pulp cover by Emery Clarke and also includes all the original interior illustrations by Paul Orban plus historical commentary by Will Murray, author of thirteen Doc Savage novels. Double Novel Reprint $14.95
The pulp era’s legendary superman returns in two super-powered pulp novels by “Kenneth Robeson” that inspired classic supervillains from the Marvel Age of Comics. First, the Man of Bronze battles “The Metal Master,” a criminal genius with the power to manipulate the molecular structure of metals. Then, Doc Savage is sent to prison when he’s framed by the murderous teleporter called “The Vanisher.” PLUS: Stan Lee and Jack Kirby recall their teenaged fascination with pulps, and Dave Cockrum’s 1979 artwork from his proposed Doc Savage newspaper strip. This instant collector’s item showcases James Bama’s spectacular cover painting, the original color pulp covers by Robert G. Harris and Walter Baumhofer and all the original interior illustrations by Paul Orban, with historical commentary by Paty Cockrum and Will Murray.. Double Novel Reprint $14.95
This is an authentic replica of an original pulp magazine published by Girasol Collectables. This edition is designed to give the reader an authentic taste of what a typical pulp magazine was like when it was first issued – but without the frailty or expense of trying to find a decades-old collectable to enjoy. The outer covers, the interior pages, and the advertisements are reprinted just as they appeared in the original magazine, left intact to give the reader the true feel of the original as well as an appreciation for the way in which these publications were first offered to their avid readers. To further enhance the “pulp experience”, this edition is printed on off-white bond paper intended to simulate the original look while, at the same time, assuring that this edition will last far longer than the original upon which it is based. The overall construction and appearance of this reprint is designed to be as faithful to the original magazine as is reasonably possible, given the unavoidable changes in production methods and materials. Pulp Replica $35.00
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Sometimes one universe just isn’t big enough. I’ve always considered the Saga of Seven Suns to be my masterpiece, the biggest story I’ve ever told, my love letter to science fiction—with alien races, exotic planets, space battles, terrible monsters, killer robots, political intrigues, clashing empires … you know, all the good stuff.
Saga of Shadows in the Seven Suns Universe
The last of the original Seven Suns series was published in 2008, and after spending more than five years in other universes, I couldn’t resist going back to the Spiral Arm. My new trilogy The Saga of Shadows launches on June 3 with The Dark Between the Stars, a next-generation epic that picks up 20 years after The Ashes of Worlds. Tor Books (US) and Simon & Schuster (UK) will release the book in hardcover, which is available for preorder now.
Freebie from Tor
If you want a taste of the new trilogy, I wrote a standalone novella, “Island in a Sea of Stars,” part of the opening sequence in The Dark Between the Stars. Tor.com just released the novella, which you can read for free on their website by clicking the story title here: Island in a Sea of Stars. I really think it’s spectacular stuff (but I’m biased).
Rush-Inspired Books from ECW
This month ECW Press is also releasing two of my books in trade paperback: Clockwork Angels (with Neil Peart, and based on the Rush album of the same name), and the 25th Anniversary Edition of my first novel Resurrection, Inc. (based unofficially on the Rush album Grace Under Pressure). Both have covers by the great album artist Hugh Syme.
The KJA Running Man Tour (sponsored by Tor)
In the past month I’ve met a lot of you at large comic and pop-culture shows, including FanX in Salt Lake City, Starfest in Denver, and Dallas Comic Con (our biggest show ever). Right now I’m at ComicPalooza in Houston. Next week I’ll be a guest instructor at the Crested Butte Writers Conference, then I’ll head back to the conventions, where I hope I have a chance to see you and sign your books.
The KJA Running Man Tour(featuring the Dune series, the Hellhole series and the Saga of Shadows series from Tor) continues:
May 23–25 ComicPalooza Houston, TX
June 5–8 Crested Butte Writer’s Conference Crested Butte, CO
June 13–15 Denver Comic Con Denver, CO
Aug 29–Sept 1 Dragon*Con Atlanta, GA
Sept 4–6 Salt Lake Comic Con Salt Lake City, UT
More to come
Meanwhile, despite a few erratic late-season snowstorms, it’s getting close to hiking season in the high country. I can’t wait to hit the trail soon, because I’m in the middle of writing Blood of the Cosmos, the second volume in the Saga of Shadows trilogy.
Until next time, keep reading!
P.S. Rebecca’s spinal laminectomy and fusion (L4–L5) went well. She is walking better and standing straighter than I’ve seen in years! We hope she’ll even be strong enough in a few weeks to attend Denver Comic Con for a day. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.