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Retirement. Publishers, thank you for the many years of reading pleasure you gave me, but all good things must come to an end. Due to failing eyesight I am forced to retire. I can no longer review your books, and any that you send will be donated to the local library, unread. Do not send any more. I can only read for a couple hours every day, and this does not allow me to finish a book in reasonable time. I will be devoting time to my own books from now on, and reading on a personal level. Books that interest me. I prefer paperbacks and hardbacks, not eBooks. My eyesight has been failing the last few years, and I cannot handle hundreds of review books any more. My books are still available for review. Anyone interested in reviewing any of them, they are found in the Link to Tom’s Books On Amazon. Contact me for pdf copies at

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Pulp Research Books

Pulp Research Books
Many research books were written in the early days of pulp fandom. There are too many books on science fiction to attempt to list, so I’ve limited this one to the lesser-covered pulps. I know I am overlooking many fine books. Nor does this list cover the area of comic books! If you see something that I should have listed, please contact me at Following is a short list:
The Secret Agent “X” Companion by Tom Johnson & Will Murray (Altus Press)
Operator #5: The History of the Purple Wars by Harrison Stievers (Tom Johnson) from Altus Press
The Phantom Detective Companion by Tom Johnson (Altus Press)
G-Man Companion by Tom Johnson (Altus Press)
The Black Bat Companion by Tom Johnson (Altus Press)
From Shadow to Superman (The Belmont Shadows of the 1960s) by Tom Johnson (Fading Shadows, Inc.)
“The Green Ghost” (And Other Articles) by Tom Johnson (Fading Shadows, Inc.)
Twenty Years of Murder by Don Hutchison
Dime Detective Companion by James L. Traylor (Altus Press)
The Pulp Hero by Nick Carr (Wild Cat Books)
Master of the Pulps by Nick Carr (Wild Cat Books)
America’s Secret Service Ace (Operator #5) by Nick Carr (Weinberg’s Pulp Classics)
The Flying Spy (G-8) by Nick Carr (Weinberg’s Pulp Classics)
The Other Detective Pulp Heroes by Nick Carr
The Western Pulp Hero by Nick Carr
The Amazing Pulp Heroes by Frank Hamilton & Link Hullar
Daring Adventurers by Rick Lai (Altus Press)
Criminal Masterminds by Rick Lai (Altus Press)
Chronology of Shadows (The Shadow) by Rick Lai
Chronology of Bronze (Doc Savage) by Rick Lai (Altus Press)
Gangland’s Doom by Frank Eisgruber, Jr. (Altus Press)
The Spider by Robert Sampson
Deadly Excitements by Robert Sampson
Yesterday’s Faces (set of volumes) by Robert Sampson
The Western Pulps by John Dinan
Sports in the Pulp Magazines by John Dinan
Adventure by Robert Kenneth Jones
The Gray Nemesis (The Avenger) by Howard Hopkins (Golden Perils)
Pulp Man’s Odyssey (On Hugh Cave) by Audrey Parente
Horrors and Unpleasantries (The Horror Genre) by Sheldon Jaffery
Lester Dent: The Man, His Craft and His Market by Martin Laird
Danger Is My Business: An Illustrated History of the Pulp Magazines by Lee Server
The Shadow Scarpbook by Walter Gibson
Duende: The History of the Shadow by Will Murray
Writings in Bronze by Will Murray
Wordslinger: An Epitaph For The Western by Will Murray
Doc Savage: Arch Enemy of Evil: Pulp & Reprint History by Larry Widen & Chris Miracle
Captain Future Handbook by Chuck Juzek (Wild Cat Books)
Pulp Magazines: An Informal History by Ron Goulart (Ace Paperbacks)
Detective and Mystery Fiction: An International Bibliography of Secondary Sources by Walter Albert (Brownstone Books)
Mystery, Detective and Espionage Magazines by Michael L. Cook (Greenwood Press)
Monthly Murders Complied By Michael L. Cook (Greenwood Press)
Hero Pulp Reprint Index by Bill Thom (Fading Shadows)

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