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As a twenty-year Army veteran, I served on the Korean DMZ under fire, as well as Vietnam. I have always been a voracious reader of many genres, and review books for numerous publishers. The main goal of PULP DEN is not only to showcase my books, but also to promote other writers and their books. I review Mystery, Science Fiction, Action and Adventure – and most everything Pulp. I do not read, review, or promote erotica, alternative lifestyle books, horror, vampire, zombies, or werewolves. As a pulp magazine collector, I have complete runs of the major character pulps, and have read them all. I have been in pulp fandom since 1970, though a fan much longer. I publish my reviews on this Blog, Amazon, and in a print magazine I also write for. If anyone would be interested in reviewing any of my books, most can be found on Amazon – see the Link to Tom’s Books On Amazon. And contact me for pdf copies at fadingshadows40@gmail.com

Friday, April 11, 2014

Parker Field


Parker Field (Mystery)
By Howard Owen
ISBN #978-1579623616
The Permanent Press www.thepermanentpress.con
Price $28.00
224 Pages
Rating 5-Stars

“A Topnotch Mystery”

Willie Black, a Richmond, Virginia newspaperman, is divorced and sharing a room with an old childhood pal. His mother is usually high on drugs, but caring and loving. She is living with a gentle old man, and they have a vagabond druggie living with them. When the old man is shot near the apartment where Willie lives, he’s one of the first on the scene. Why would someone shoot a 79-year-old man, who has never said a bad word about anyone? In truth, Les Hacker was closer to a real father than his real dad or previous stepdads. With Hacker in the hospital, Willie has to look into the case for the newspaper.

Les Hacker had played at Parker Field with the minor league baseball team in Richmond. His last game was in 1964. Willie finds a clue that all of the team members have met with mysterious injuries or death. Only two members are still alive, and one of those, Les Hacker, has just been shot. The police have arrested a suspect, a homeless veteran living in the park, but Willie has some doubts about his guilt.

This was a darn good mystery, even though we were given enough clues to figure out what was going on, as well as the motive. Readers will figure who the killer is, but Willie has to bring everyone along with him as he runs down surviving family members, supposedly while writing an article about the old minor league team. In actuality, he’s looking for a motive and who could be behind the mysterious deaths. Personally, I would have preferred less language, but this is a topnotch mystery, and the characters come alive. Highly recommended.

Tom Johnson
Detective Mystery Stories


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

A City Born of Fiction by Javier Marquez Sanchez


A City Born for Fiction, a Guest Post by Javier Márquez Sánchez

The Mafia took the small mining town of Las Vegas and made it a heaven of fun and crime. For three decades,  especially between 1949 and 1965, Las Vegas was a city whose chronicles could beat any noir story. The biggest Hollywood stars, the great industrial tycoons, the most influential politicians and the most dangerous mobsters stayed at the city’s many luxurious hotels. The most powerful men and most desirable women met there. It’s no coincidence that the phrase "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas" was created in those days. It was the playground of America. And for years there was a kind of tacit agreement between them all. Until the arrival of the Kennedys, John and Robert, the Mafia worked in full freedom in Sin City.


Writing a crime novel set in Las Vegas in the 1950s is both a pleasure and a challenge. There are many stories and real characters that can enrich a fictional plot, and make it much more interesting. But there is also the danger of being carried away by the legend of the city itself, and end up writing a series of anecdotes without letting the protagonist catch the reader. The history and myth of Las Vegas is so powerful that it can devour anything or anyone trying to take advantage of it, if you don't do it well.


Lethal as a Charlie Parker Solo, out now from 280 Steps, is a noir novel about a problem solver in 1950s Las Vegas, combining real history and fiction. Javier Márquez Sánchez (born 1978 in Seville, Spain) is Editor in Chief of the Spanish edition of Forbes. He has been Editor in Chief of the Spanish edition of Esquire Magazine and Deputy Director of Cambio16, and has written several novels, short stories collections and non-fiction books on film and music. Sometimes he plays music with his two bands, Rock & Books and The Last Drink. Lethal as a Charlie Parker Solo is his first novel being translated into English. 

Amazon Kindle $2.99

Friday, April 4, 2014

Tom's Infamous Wall of Heroes


Tom’s Infamous Wall of Heroes

For a change of pace, I thought I would share a couple of pictures with the Group. Above is my infamous wall of heroes. My first two heroes were Batman and Superman, comic book super heroes I discovered in 1947, at age seven. I guess I read comic books for 33 years, giving them up in 1980. I had discovered new heroes, not men wearing tights (LOL). In 1963 & ’64, I discovered Doc Savage and The Shadow, along with REH and ERB, while I was stationed in France with the US Army. From that time onward, my interest in comic books began diminishing, and a love for exciting pulp tales was escalating. On the wall below Superman and Batman you will see Doc Savage, The Shadow, and The Phantom Detective, three of my all-time favorite heroes from the pulp magazines – but certainly not the only ones. The picture below is my den; wall-to-wall pulps, paperbacks, and digest magazines surround the pool table.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Fight Card: Copper Mountain Champ


FIGHT CARD UPDATE
Our latest release Fight Card: Copper Mountain Champ by Brian Drake (writing as Jack Tunney) has just hit the virtual shelves.  Brian is another of the top breakthrough writers to become part of our Fight Card team.
FIGHT CARD: COPPER MOUNTAIN CHAMP
Butte, Montana. 1951…Back from the horror of World War II, Alex Slayton started working the copper mines of his hometown, but it’s hardly the life he intends for himself...or his girlfriend, Liz. However, when long festering problems at the mine force a union strike, Alex finds himself up against the mining company’s notoriously tight-fisted owner – a man who believes in violence as a first resort. 

Based on his raw fighting talent, Alex learned the sweet science from his mentor and fellow miner, Pete Kovich – hoping boxing would get him out from underground and on to a sunny future.  Now, caught in a web of town intrigue, violence, and sudden death, Alex is forced to face the mine owner’s son, a top boxing prospect, in the ring.  Alex knows he’s not ready, but the only way out is to fight – not just for himself, but for the whole town…
A copy of Fight Card: Copper Mountain Champ is attached for your reading pleasure along with a jpeg of the cover suitable for placement on blogs or social networking.  Any exposure is appreciated.  Please use the appropriate sharing buttons at the bottom of each page atwww.fightcardbooks.com to spread the word via Facebook and Twitter.
Coming up next month (May) will be Fight Card: Monster Man from Jason Ciervas with a distinctive storyline, which takes the Fight Card formula in a very different direction.
June will see Fight Card making a big splash at the Howard Day’s convention in Cross Plains, Texas, with the debut of Fight Card: The Adventures of Sailor Tom Sharkey by Howard scholar Mark Finn.  The Fight Card tales owe a big debt to Robert E. Howard’s early creation of Sailor Steve Corrigan.  Finn’s Sharkey tales pay tribute to the world and style of Corrigan, but with a distinct voice all their own.   I’m personally very excited about this collection, which sports an amazing painted cover from Carl Yonder.
Also coming up later in 2014, Fight Card: Guns of November by returning Fight Card author (Fight Card: The Last Round of Archie Mannis) Joseph Grant – in which Fight Card enters the murky waters of the JFK assassination – Fight Card: Bridgetown Brawler from rising pulp star David White, and Fight Card: Fight River from pulp guru Tommy Hancock.
This summer, Fight Card will be the focus of an intensive five week college marketing workshop known as The Space.  Jeremy L.C. Jones and I will be working with these top marketing students to come up with new ways to promote our Fight Card brand and generate more book sales for all of us.
Till next month …
Keep Punching!
Paul

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Sherlock Holmes And The Adventure of The Modern Cinderella


Sherlock Holmes And The Adventures of The Modern Cinderella
By Thomas Owen
ISBN 978-1461167167
Amazon
Paperback $5.95
Kindle $2.99
53 Pages
Rating 5-Stars

“A Delightful And Fun Read.”

Inspector Lestrade brings Prince Anthony of Grautania to Sherlock Holmes with an odd story: While attending a masked costume ball at the home of Lord Chesterville, a masked lady caught his attention, and they spoke together for a while. He became smitten with her, but at a certain time she claimed she had to go, and raced off, losing a slipper in her haste. Now Prince Anthony wants desperately to find his mysterious Cinderella of the Ball.

Dr. Watson and Sherlock Holmes visit Lord Chesterville’s home, the scene of the mysterious happening, where things appear not quite above board. How had the young masked lady disappeared so easily, and could there be more to her than just a mere guest of the Ball? The mind of Sherlock Holmes sees more than he lets on, and suddenly makes a mysterious trip to France, leaving Dr. Watson wondering what he is up to.

For the most part I have passed up Sherlock Holmes as reading material because of the Victorian period in which the stories were written. I’ve tried to read early works set in the period, but found the archaic writing hard to follow; at least to keep my interest. Thus, I did not bother with Sherlock Holmes. But I must say, this short novel by Thomas Owen, combining the master detective with a certain fairy tale, is a delightful, and fun read. Although the reader will quickly figure out the mystery of the masked woman, we don’t discover all the truth until Sherlock Holmes reveals it at the end.

Tom Johnson
Detective Mystery Stories

Friday, March 28, 2014

Tom's New Pulp Creations


Tom’s New Pulp Creations


Guns of The Black Ghost: This is my tribute to Walter Gibson and The Shadow. Set in contemporary times, Jimmy Malone dons a black hood and cape sending fear into the hearts of evildoers, as he battles the underworld in the tradition of a modern day Shadow or Spider. Burning eyes, a mocking laugh, and blazing automatics announce his entrance into an affray. Gangsters cringe when they come up against the guns of the Black Ghost! Available on Amazon Kindle $3.99.


Crime’s Last Stand: In this debut adventure of the masked hero, will evil win out? Blood covers the streets as gangsters kill indiscriminately. As a little boy lies helpless in the hospital, a new paladin takes up arms to bring the killers to justice. Can even the great Masked Avenger survive the final battle with the city's underworld when crime makes its last stand? Available on Amazon Kindle $0.99


The Mind Master: New York has a new hero. In a contemporary setting, thieves knock over an art gallery, stealing famous and valuable paintings, and at the same time hit a museum displaying a necklace once belonging to Queen Bathsheba given to her by King Solomon, its value beyond price. From the chaos rises a new hero, The Mind Master! Available on Amazon Kindle $0.99.


Crime’s Dark Streets: Dark streets that lead to ebony alleys in the city’s immigrant district culminate in a spider’s web of fear when emissaries of evil abduct homeless children. When The Masked Avenger promises protection to the city’s unwanted children, can he keep that promise? Follow our paladin as he embarks on his second dangerous mission! Available on Amazon Kindle $0.99.


The Black Shadow: Chu Chul, the evil Chinese mastermind, thought to be long dead is back to win the throne of China. But first he vows to kill his mortal enemy, Dorus Noel. After Chu Chul robs a Korean temple of valuable treasures to finance his army, a mysterious assassin appears in New York’s Chinatown to assist Noel in his battle with the evil Chinaman. Could The Black Shadow be Dorus Noel’s new houseboy? Go with Noel and Kim Young Ju, as they search for the mastermind’s opium den while the black cloak of The Black Shadow watches over the dark streets of Chinatown. Available on Amazon Kindle $0.99.


Crime’s Death Plague: The trail begins in a Chicago orphanage, but when a boy is kidnapped, it takes The Masked Avenger to New York City where he must uncover the identity of a German scientist and stop him from releasing a deadly virus and killing everyone in New York. Can one man, even such as The Masked Avenger, succeed when America looks to be doomed? Available on Amazon Kindle $0.99.


In The Silence of Death, Colonel Jeremiah Custer's Wild West Show comes across murder in a small Texas town. A mystifying murder mystery ensnares the famous criminologist and sharpshooter, Colonel Jeremiah Custer when his
team encounters a young boy accused of mayhem. The lad cannot deny the
charges for he can neither hear nor speak. The scientific brain of the
greatest man hunter is put to task as he attempts to unravel this new crime! The ex intelligence officer puts his scientific brain to work to
prove that the deaf mute boy is not the killer. Follow Colonel Custer and
his aides as they unravel this deep mystery, and bring to justice this evil
murderer. Available on Amazon Kindle $1.99.