The Ocean: 100th Anniversary Collection
Edited by John Locke
The Ocean is one of the great forgotten pulp magazines. Started by Frank Munsey in 1907, it lasted a mere eleven issues before folding in 1908. It was also one of the first specialized pulps—a sea-story magazine—with contributions from an amazing variety of authors: some, the best sea-story writers of the day; others, destined for anonymity; and still others who achieved fame in surprising ways. This 100th Anniversary Collection presents twenty of the best stories published in The Ocean, representing the wide scope of the magazine’s contents.
Over 30 pages of nonfiction material included: a history of The Ocean; profiles of editor, Bob Davis, and the motley crew of authors who found their way into The Ocean’s pages—and ours.
Some of the featured stories:
* “In the Land of To-Morrow” by Epes Winthrop Sargent. This illustrated two-part serial was an early scientific romance, of the kind Munsey pulps would become famous for. A down-on-his-luck inventor is introduced to a secret island where science is the highest ideal, the technology is futuristic, and freedom is . . .
The author was moonlighting. A noted columnist, he was one of three founding partners of the Broadway trade paper, Variety.
* “When All Were Equal” by T. Jenkins Hains. A harrowing tale of men at sea struggling against nature’s fiercest weather. It was a time when every man was looking out for himself, and no one there was thinking of dying for the other fellow’s sake. It was just struggle, breathe, and struggle, with the wind, now as cold as ice, howling over us and the frost of the winter in the air.
Hains knew of what he wrote. A seasoned sailor, his yacht was caught in a hurricane in 1903. When a passing ship stopped to help, the rescuers found his rudder broken, his rigging torn to shreds, and his wife lashed to the mast. And that only scratches the surface of his remarkable life. . . .
* “When His Chance Came” by Clarence Budington Kelland. When his captain is stricken with smallpox, a first mate takes charge of a coal-ship crossing Lake Superior—and the superstitious crew threatens mutiny. “I’ll get this boat into Duluth if I have to kill every one of you with my bare hands and work her in alone!”
Kelland went on to become one of the highest-paid authors of his era—and one of the greatest gadflies.
6x9” perfect bound, 20 stories, 234 pages, $18