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Book Review: The Fantastic Pulps by Peter Haining (Editor)

Peter Haining, who was widely considered as a leading authority on horror, edited some of the best pulp anthologies of our time. One thing was common in all Haining collections — the often repeated stale stories never made their way into his books. Our favorite editor loved to surprise the readers with obscure and rare gems. The Fantastic Pulps (Victor Gollancz, 1975) is a typical Haining work, reflecting the brilliant and atypical qualities of its editor.

This is one book you badly want on your bookshelf. It seems to have stories starting from the very inception of pulps. (which means you have stories starting from 1800’s). Each story is accompanied by editor’s note, which throws light on the contemporary situation in pulp industry.  This book is an amazing combination of living history and sensational stories from the golden age of pulp fiction.

Haining lived in a 15th century house, which was said to be haunted. No wonder he would come up with such fascinating collections of horror, adventure, and fantasy.

Contents

Introduction – Peter Haining

Stephen Crane – Manacled
Jack London – A Thousand Deaths
Upton Sinclair – Author’s Adventure
Edgar Rice Burroughs – The Resurrection of Jimber-Jaw
Max Brand – John Ovington Returns
A. Merritt – The People of the Pit
George Allan England – The Man with the Glass Heart
H. Bedford-Jones – The Wolf Woman
Victor Rousseau – A Cry from Beyond
Ray Cummings – Madman’s Murder Melody
[Illustrated Section: The Pulp Artists]
Sinclair Lewis – The Ghost Patrol
Dashiell Hammett – The Sardonic Star of Tom Doody
MacKinlay Kantor – The Second Challenge
Hugo Gernsback – Baron Munchhausen’s Scientific Adventures
David H. Keller, M.D. – A Twentieth Century Homunculus
Edmond Hamilton – The Man Who Saw the Future
Seabury Quinn – Suicide Chapel
H. P. Lovecraft and William Lumley – The Diary of Alonzo Typer
C. L. Moore – The Tree of Life
Robert Bloch – Iron Mask
Ray Bradbury – The Sea Shell

Appendices

Charles Beaumont – The Bloody Pulps
The Fans (Readers Letters)
1. Forrest J. Ackerman – Poor Amazing Gets It!
2. Leslie Charteris – The Saint’s Here Again

Bibliography

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