Influences: Pauline Hopkins

Pauline Hopkins (1859-1930) was a prominent African-American novelist, journalist, playwright, historian, and editor. She is considered a pioneer in her use of the romantic novel to explore social and racial themes.  It is her final novel that makes her inclusion in this series mandatory. Of One Blood: Or, The Hidden Self is the last of... Continue Reading →

Saturday Spotlight: Assignment to Disaster

Assignment to Disaster Author: Edward S. Aarons Cover Art: ? Originally Published: 1955 Reviewed Edition: Fawcett Gold Medal The Saturday Spotlight this week is the first novel featuring Sam Durell. Durell was the creation of author Edward S. Aarons who featured him in forty-two adventures (Will B. Aarons would pen six additional adventures). Sam Durell was... Continue Reading →

Influences: Edgar Rice Burroughs

Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875-1950) was one of the most prolific writers of all time.  Burroughs was discharged from the military upon the discovery of a heart condition.  He bounced around, working many different types of jobs (a common theme among pulp writers).  He spent time as a ranch-hand in Idaho, worked for his father, and... Continue Reading →

Excerpt from “Fierce Tales: Savage Lands”

When Gude Fredricsson and Odd Ingberg received the message of distress from the wizard Karl of the Mountain; the pair were in the middle of shoveling out the pigsties of Duke Francesc Vallalpando and they were complaining to one another about the work.               After all, the Duke’s war campaign had ended months before, but... Continue Reading →

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