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Paperback Fanatic 3

Posted by demonik on June 14, 2009

Justin Marriott (ed.) – Paperback Fanatic #3 (August, 2007)


Finally settled on a name and format, ‘the British magazine for collectors of pulp fiction’ was off and running with an issue entirely written and produced by the editor.

The Paperback Fanatic Guide To Kung-Fu in Pulp Fiction by a variety of often pseudonymous authors. Bruce Lee cash-ins, King Kung Fu, Mace, Jason Striker, Sloane, TV & Movie tie-in’s, Mondo, the Black Samurai, Six Gun, Samurai, Kung-Fu Master ….

The Many Faces Of Dr. Tabori. Paul Tabori, the veteran genre and publisher hopping purveyor of everything from serious sex studies (if NEL were involved, they packaged them as smut regardless), Crime & The Occult, a biography of Harry ‘Borley Rectory’ Price and a personal memoir of WW2  to fictional ghost stories, thrillers and Sci-Fi novels.

Sphere Horror: A Scrapbook Of The Seventies. This article and checklist provided the basis for Vault’s Sordid Spheres blog/ mini-site/ call it what you will, which continues the story through the following decade. With Justin’s encouragement, i might add.

The Devil And All His Works. Companion piece to the above, a brief look at the Dennis Wheatley Library Of The Occult and indebted to Stan Nicholl’s article What Ever Happened To Dennis Wheatley (Million magazine, Jan. 1991) as acknowledged in the text.

The Special Squad. ‘Donald Franklin’s short-lived series for NEL pit C.I.D.’s Barney Garrett and Jack Marsh versus the worst the steamy crime underworld can offer.

Back cover gallery. Six of Richard Clifton-Day’s seven cover illustrations for ‘Klaus Netzen’ (Laurence James)’s Killers series for Mayflower.

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Pulpmania – Paperback Fanatic 1

Posted by demonik on May 29, 2009

Justin Marriott (ed.) – Pulpmania [Paperback Fanatic #1] (Hot Cherry, 2006)

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Legendary horror author Guy N Smith discusses his pulp nasties which changed the face of seventies horror with such grisly and influential titles as Night of the Crabs and The Sucking Pit.

A long overdue look at the controversy surrounding John Norman’s bondage-obsessed Gor books, a series that has left feminists and respected peers foaming at the mouth since the conception of these bizarre science-fiction sword and sandal epics.

Pulpmania tracks down Peter Cave, the author of the Chopper, the ultimate cult paperback for a fascinating interview about his highs and lows in the pulp fiction industry.

Trash or ground-breaking classics? A fresh look at the Brit-goremeister James Herbert and his early groundbreaking The Rats and The Fog, books that left terrified schoolchildren choking on their jam sandwiches.

Eclectic anthologist Michel Parry discusses his fascinating career including his banned books Devil’s Kisses and Agro.

An exhaustive look at Hell’s Angels pulp fiction, including many previously unheard anecdotes and information about authors like Mick Norman and books such as Angels From Hell and Speed Freaks.

Two early namechanges have led to some confusion, but Pulpmania is now officially touted by editor Justin Marriott  as Paperback Fanatic #1, and what a truly stunning debut! The magazine prides itself on covering all manner of cult paperbacks but there’s a strong bias toward  ‘seventies pulp horror, sci-fi, fantasy, exploitation,  sleaze, etc., so no surprise you get a massive dose of   New English Library content along the way. I’ve never felt much at ease trying to ‘review’ the thing as really, how am i going to improve on a contents list that speaks so eloquently for itself?

I’ll be working the rest of the issues into this blog-site-hopeless mess as we go along because if you like Haining-era NEL, you’re sure to appreciate PF.

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