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21st Century SF Review of Anthology Edited by Hartwell and Hayden
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NEWSLETTERS & PRESS RELEASES
FANTASTIC FICTION at KGB reading series, hosts
Ellen Datlow and Matthew Kressel
Joe Hill is the author of three New York Times best-selling novels: Heart-Shaped Box, Horns, and NOS4A2 – and a prize-winning collection of short stories, 20th Century Ghosts. He’s also a writer of not-so-funny funny books; he won an Eisner Award for his work on the recently completed dark fantasy epic Locke & Key, and has a new ongoing comic titled Wraith, which plays with ideas and characters from NOS4A2.
He lives in New Hampshire.
Ennis Drake’s short fiction has been published in the anthology Tales of Jack the Ripper and is forthcoming in The Book of Cthulhu III, Giallo Fantastique, and Little Visible Delight. Two of his novelettes were published in a chapbook by Omnium Gatherum last February. His novella, “Twenty-Eight Teeth of Rage,” was a finalist for The Shirley Jackson Award.
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|From the Overly Cluttered Desk of Del Rey Editor Sarah PeedDear Readers,The holiday season is in full swing, which inevitably means you’re scrambling for last-minute gifts. While the wonderful folks over at Suvudu have a daily series called Gifts for the Geek to help you brainstorm, I thought I’d give you another insider look at Team Del Rey and share our holiday reads. We want to tell you about our personal holiday books: the ones we reread every December, the upcoming ones we’re most excited for this winter, and the ones we’re giving as presents.Yes, we give books as presents. Yes, our families are getting irritated about always getting books as gifts. Yes, mom, I got you another book, so you can stop hinting about that expensive watch.
So without any further ado, here’s a list of holiday books from Team Del Rey!
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A STUDY IN ASHES
by Emma Jane Holloway
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STAR WARS: THE HAN SOLO
by Brian Daley
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RUNNING WITH THE DEMON
by Terry Brooks
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The CBS Radio Workshop debuted at the end of the Age of Classic Radio, which was a time of innovation and experimentation, especially in terms of radio drama. The ten-hour Volume 5 includes “Epitaphs”, from Edgar Lee Master’s Spoon River Anthology (a collection of short, free-form poems), which starred Jeanette Nolan and Richard Crenna; Norman Dello Joio’s “Meditations On Ecclesiastes”), which won the 1957 Pulitzer Prize for music, conducted on the program by Alfredo Antonini; James Thurber’s “You Could Look It Up”, about a three-foot tall adult brought into a baseball game to take a walk (inspiring the 1951 stunt by Bill Veeck); Robert Heinlein co-adapted his short story “The Green Hills of Earth”, about an old, blind space traveler who wants to die on the planet of his birth, Earth; Edgar Allan Poe’s “Never Bet the Devil Your Head”, a satirical attack on transcendentalism; an adaptation of E. M. Forster’s “The Celestial Omnibus”, from the collection of the same name; Richard Durham’s “Sweet Cherries In Charleston”, which tells the story of the aborted 1822 slave rebellion in Charleston, South Carolina; an adaptation of “Young Man Axelbrod” by Sinclair Lewis, a critic of American society (particularly capitalism) who is probably best remembered for It Can’t Happen Here, about the election of a Fascist as the American president, based on the populist Southern politician Huey Long.
The man behind CBS Radio Workshop, which debuted in 1956, was William Froug. Inspired directly by the work of Norman Corwin on the original Columbia Workshop, Froug put all the pieces together to produce a program that took the best of what had come before it and succeeded even further in production, performance and storytelling.
CBS Radio Workshop not only continued to push boundaries in terms of utilizing story, music, voice and more in exciting, modern ways, it broke new ground in radio drama. In short, the CBS Radio Workshop set the standard for modern audio drama.
“The Cisco Kid” became a great favorite with western/adventure fans during the 1940s. Dubbed “the Robin Hood of the Old West,” his radio adventures originated for many years at WOR, New York, and were widely syndicated by transcription by the Frederic W. Ziv Company of Cincinnati, Ohio. Jack Mather and Harry Lang filled the lead roles, supported by the usual WOR stock company, and the transcribed series was produced for nine highly successful and lucrative years.Since the 1947-1956 syndicated ZIV series was pre-recorded, a great many of Cisco and Pancho’s adventures have been in the hands of collectors for years — with the majority of available programs dating from earlier entries in the series. Recently, however, a large collection of beautiful discs was discovered in Des Moines, Iowa — uncirculated and largely unplayed 16″ vinyl transcription recordings, carefully preserved by a local advertising agency. These programs have, for the most part, been unheard since the 1950s and most have never been available to collectors – a real “find” for radio enthusiasts everywhere.
In addition to their rarity, a unique feature of these restored broadcasts is the reintegration of regional commercials, voiced by well-known announcer Marvin Miller. The series was sponsored on a number of Midwestern radio stations by the bakers of Butter-nut Bread, and the program recordings were accompanied by separate discs containing the commercials. As presented in this set, the commercials have been edited back into the programs — allowing you to hear them just as they originally aired in the early 1950s.
Although born in Britain, Hugh B. Cave grew up in Boston, Massachusetts. He began writing in the late 1920s, and soon became a very prolific pulp writer. Specializing in crime stories at first, he gravitated to Weird Tales and the so-called Shudder Pulps. Cave’s reputation only grew over the following decades, during which he racked up some 40 novels and over one thousand short stories in every genre imaginable.
Cave’s interest in the weird took a different turn in the post World War II era when he relocated to Haiti and became interested in the mysterious religion of Voodoo. He wrote one of the earliest sympathetic inside books on Voodoo, titled Haiti: High Road to Adventure, followed by a bestselling novel on the subject,The Cross and the Drum.
Stories in this first Hugh Cave compilation of Weird Menace classics ripped from the crumbling pages of Terror Tales date from before his encounters with the dark religion. Whatever supernatural rites Cave may have participated in, it led to him becoming one of the great grandmasters of pulp era fiction––as these suspenseful stories will attest.
Begin the bizarre journey by sailing to a dark rendezvous on Privacy Island, where a retired warden and his former inmates convene in the nightmarish account called “Terror Island.” In “Death’s Loving Arms,” a jungle beast-woman invades civilization to rip and rend and slay in order to satisfy her wonton bloodlust. Thrill to the terrible tale of the innocent churchman who was dragged down to perdition and presented with proof positive that he sold his soul to the Evil One in “Enslaved to Satan.” Finally, prepare for ultimate horror as we enter a long-deserted church which hosts dark, diabolic rites to become “Satan’s Sepulcher.”
Read with suitably portentous overtones by Milton Bagby. 7 hours $27.98 Audio CDs / $13.99 Download.
During the difficult decade encompassed by the years 1933-43, a commanding figure blazed his way through a legion of Depression-era supercriminals, Nazi spies and saboteurs. He was wealthy criminologist Richard Wentworth. He was also secretly the Spider!
Never before or since has there been a hero like the Spider. Driven, hunted, and violently committed to exterminating criminals of all calibers. A self-appointed savior of humanity, driven manic-depressive, and possibly undiagnosed paranoid schizophrenic, the Spider was known as the Master of Men.
The most compelling of the classic pulp heroes, Richard Wentworth had a fiancé, a coterie of equally committed aides, and a tense relationship with New York Police Commissioner Stanley Kirkpatrick, Wentworth’s best friend, but also a dedicated lawman sworn to send the Spider to the electric chair—no matter who he turns out to be.
Prince of the Red Looters dates from August, 1934. The Spider has only been at large for a year. But already the law and the underworld are determined to exterminate him. Caught between these two warring factions, he plays a dangerous game of upholding the law while breaking it with impunity.
Up from the underworld emerges a new foe to take on the Master of Men. The Fly! Unlike previous opponents, the Fly issues a public call for the Spider to “Come into my parlor.” Never before has an antagonist dared to challenge the Master of Men to a duel to the death. This makes the Fly the most supremely confident egotist ever to take on the Spider. But is the Fly confident—or overconfident?
Prince of the Red Looters is the first authorized audiobook starring The Spider, and the start of an exciting new line of products we’re calling Will Murray’s Pulp Classics. 6 hours. Regular Price $23.98 – Specially priced until January 2 for $5.99 Audio CDs.
The Purple Invasion story #9 of 13
They thundered through the high passes of the Continental Divide, those rolling drums of doom, heralding the attack of the Purple Emperor’s mighty armies which had conquered all of Eastern America to the Rockies. Rallying to hold the Divide, Operator 5, alone with a handful of weary, starving defenders, pits himself against Rudolph’s unconquered destroying hordes, his only weapon the strategy of bold and desperate men with their backs to an alien seat. What has become known as the “War and Peace of the Pulps” commenced with the searing novel, Death’s Ragged Army, which appeared in the July, 1936 issue of Operator #5 magazine. The legions of Emperor Maximilian swept in and took over New England, initiating the Second War of Independence. Jimmy Christopher and his friends and allies in the Intelligence Service were enlisted in a desperate undertaking to hurl back to Europe the forces of the Purple Emperor. The legendary Purple Invasion series had begun and lasted an amazing 13 installments. In order to enjoy the unfolding storyline, it’s best to start with Death’s Ragged Army and read sequentially through to The Siege that Brought the Black Death. These 13 novels represent the most daring and unique departure ever in this kind of pulp magazine. Operator #5 and the Purple Invasion series returns in vintage pulp tales, reissued for today’s readers in electronic format. $2.99.
The Master of Darkness investigates bizarre crimes in classic pulp novels by Walter Gibson and Theodore Tinsley writing as “Maxwell Grant.” First, The Shadow undercovers racketeers behind the glamour and gaiety of a “Crime Circus.” Then, an off-trail mystery leads The Shadow from Manhattan’s Madison Square Garden to a Western dude ranch to save innocent victims from the strangling coils of the “Noose of Death.” This instant collector’s item features the original color pulp covers by George Rozen and Graves Gladney, the classic interior illustrations by legendary illustrator Tom Lovell and commentary by popular culture historians Will Murray and Anthony Tollin. $14.95.
The pulp era’s legendary superman returns in action-packed novels by Lester Dent and William G. Bogart writing as “Kenneth Robeson.” First, America’s national security is threatened by “The Angry Ghost” that brings horrific destruction to the U.S. Treasury Building, a bridge and a military base. Then, the Man of Bronze seeks to unravel the million-dollar blackmail and murder scheme of “The Disappearing Lady.” This deluxe pulp reprint showcases the original color pulp covers by Emery Clarke and Charles J. Ravel plus all the original interior illustrations by Paul Orban and comics legend Bob Powell. $14.95.
In the South Pacific, Doc Savage and his men are awaiting a momentous natural event. A mysterious substance will be spewed forth from a volcano that will revolutionize science. But there is danger afoot. Master criminal Cadwiller Olden is stalking the expedition and intends to steal the prize from Doc Savage himself.
Olden is a strange man. He is wealthy and has his own personal yacht. He is a little person barely 4 feet tall. He likes to surround himself with large strapping men whom he insists remain shirtless. He has a Polynesian body guard, Nero, who is seven feet tall, massively muscled, and has an ugly knife scar on his face which gives him a perpetual sneer. It is rumored that Nero is a cannibal who eats the men he kills!
Once again Doc and his crew are thrown into battle with the nefarious forces of evil. This time the prize is one of the secrets of nature itself! And the enemy is a resourceful adversary with few, if any scruples. He intends to have Nero grapple with the Bronze Man and defeat him in one-on-one combat.
Can Doc defeat the machinations of Cadwiller Olden? Will he succumb to the brutal Nero and be placed at the monster’s mercy? Will the world be brought under the thumb of this diminutive monster?
This story was reprinted by Bantam in the 1960s as “The Deadly Dwarf” and has been a perpetual fan favorite. Cadwiller Olden is one of the great Doc Savage villains whose fate at the end of the story remains unknown. Could there be a rematch?
Don’t miss “Repel,” one of the greatest Doc Savage Supersagas! Double Novel reprint $12.95
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