Blood ‘n’ Thunder: Winter/Spring 2016
The 230 pages of this double issue — the first BnT of 2016 — is crammed with articles, reviews, and reprints.
The feature articles boast BnT‘s usual combination of intensive research and passionate writing. The cover story is Ed Hulse’s lengthy examination of the two Columbia serials featuring The Spider, one of pulpdom’s greatest heroes. Rick Lai details the numerous pulp references in The Sinister Shadow, Will Murray’s recent novel pitting Doc Savage against The Shadow. Robert E. Howard scholar Morgan Holmes chronicles the efforts of Conan’s creator to break into the pulp magazines published by William Clayton. Old-Time Radio authority Karl Schadow offers a history of the little-known Stay Tuned for Terror, the series written by Robert Bloch and adapted primarily from his pulp stories. Bruce Dettman provides an overview of the various characters marketed to several mediums as The Falcon.
The issue’s department installments have the usual variety. “Tricks of the Trade” presents a 1932 Writer’s Digest piece on the Western-pulp market. Horror novelist and filmmaker S. Craig Zahler reviews two 1932 issues of Weird Tales in “Off the Shelf.” In “Airwave Adventures” Martin Grams writes about lost episodes of the Mysterious Traveler, a pulpish radio series that became a fiction magazine. Ed Hulse discusses one of the first movie serials, 1914’s The Million Dollar Mystery, in “Cliffhanger Classics.” And Dave Smith covers one of the great air-war hero pulps, The Lone Eagle, in “Series Spotlight.”
The reprint section begins with an 80th-anniversary tribute to the 1936 Flash Gordon serial: Rare promotional material originally published in Universal Weekly, the Universal Pictures trade paper circulated to exhibitors. Our fiction reprint is “Drunk, Disorderly, and Dead,” a 1942 Robert Leslie Bellem mystery featuring Dan Turner, Hollywood Detective. Finally, we publish long-unseen court documents relating to a Popular Publications lawsuit involving Black Mask magazine.
BnT #46/47 has the usual complement of illustrations — pulp cover reproductions, vintage movie stills, original art, and so on.
- Published: 08/16
- Muriana Press
- ISBN-13 978-1532797651
- 230 pages
- Trade paperback
- Price: $24.95