SON OF RETRO PULP TALES edited by Joe R. Lansdale and Keith Lansdale, dust jacket by Timothy Truman. Burton, MI; Subterranean Press; 2009. 1st trade hardcover edition.
Continuing in the vein of the Award winning Retro Pulp Tales, Joe R. Lansdale and his son Keith Lansdale present Son of Retro Pulp Tales. More stories in the tradition of the pulps, early digest magazines and pre sixties films, this one contains everything from Lovecraftian monsters to demons to hardboiled shootouts to plain ole unchained oddness.
So, tuck yourself in bed with a reading light and a snack, and prepare to be transported to wild worlds and weird situations by the pure storyteller tradition. Come on in, the pulp is fine.
Trade: Fully cloth-bound hardcover edition.
Table of Contents:
“The Toad Prince” -- Harlan Ellison,
“Quiet Bullets” -- Christopher Golden,
“Border Town” -- James Grady,
“The Crawling Sky” -- Joe R. Lansdale,
“The Lizard Men of Blood River” -- Stephen Mertz,
"The Perfect Nanny" -- William F. Nolan,
“Catastrophe Box” -- Cherie Priest,
“The Forgotten Kingdom” -- Mike Resnick
“A Gunfight” -- David J. Schow,
"Pretty Green Eyes" -- Timothy Truman,
“The Brown Bomber and the Nazi Werewolves” -- Matt Venne.
"Genre ace Joe R. Lansdale has never forgotten his initial inspiration, the 1920s–1950s pop-fiction magazines known as the pulps. His tribute anthology Retro Pulp Tales (2006) was successful enough to justify another containing 11 more speedy narratives featuring more-or-less stock protagonists whose wits and trigger fingers tend to be equally quick."
“With four or five the stories being quite excellent and great fun to be had all the way through, Son of Retro Pulp Tales is way ahead of the curve and a mighty satisfying read… In every one of these stories you sense the pure glee the writers had in shaping these cheap thrills from their own fond memories. This has the sense of wonder, adventure, and just plain fun that should never go out of style.”
"Although pulp as a format may be long gone, pulp as a genre will never die...at least as long as it continues to be cared for, in good hands like those of Joe R. Lansdale and Keith Lansdale. The father/son team has a strong hold of the editing reins of Subterranean Press’ Son of Retro Pulp Tales, a sequel to the 2006 original."
From The Sacramento Book Review:
“To write in the format of a bygone era is to be in direct opposition with the sophisticated mindset of modern readers. All things considered, this collection fares quite well... Probably the best representation of Pulp’s sense of wonder is Harlan Ellison‘s twisted space fable, ‘The Toad Prince or, Sex Queen of the Martian Pleasure-Domes.’”
Fine in fine dj.