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RETRO PULP TALES edited by Joe R. Lansdale. Burton, MI; Subterranean Press; 2006. 1st edition hardcover. SIGNED BY LANSDALE & CRIDER.

These stories are all pulp-inspired, hoping to capture the story-telling ability and fast pace of tales from 30, 40, 50 years ago and more. In Retro Pulp Tales, the hunt for a serial killer plays out in a pulp-magazine letters column (Chet Williamson), mishaps haunt a helicopter crash simulator (Stephen Gallagher), and a real-life "Gidget" sees things in space alien terms (Melissa Mia Hall). Other contributors include Norman Partridge, Tim Lebbon, Kim Newman, F. Paul Wilson, Alex Irvine, Bill Crider, Gary Phillips, and James Reasoner. Available only from Subterranean Press.

From Publishers Weekly: With six-guns blazing and tentacles flailing, this nifty all-original anthology delivers impressively on the “pure storytelling” promise Lansdale (Flaming London) makes in his intro. The dozen authors manage to address serious issues while remaining true to their roots and the book’s theme. Particular standouts are Al Sarrantonio’s deliberately and successfully Bradburyesque “Summer”; Chet Williamson’s “From the Back Pages,” a delightful trail of breadcrumb hints leading to a sly and satisfactory end; and F. Paul Wilson’s “Sex Slaves of the Dragon Tong,” which more than any other story captures the real essence of the pulps.

From Green Man Review: Considering the odds of success for an anthology of twelve brand-new stories, previously untested by anyone except their editor, Retro Pulp Tales actually turns out to be quite a solid read. Two really great tales mixed with nine quite good ones, and only one real dud? That's a much higher percentage of quality than I was expecting, and indeed higher than many of the anthologies I've read recently (in fact, I can't think of one I've ever read that matches it).

First trade hardcover edition. OUT OF PRINT FROM THE PUBLISHER.