ePulp Sampler Vol 1
John Picha and Others
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Get ready to explore strange worlds, visit forgotten pasts, and delve into parallel histories. Prepare to encounter an eclectic mix of heroes walking the line between life and death. Duck as Rurik's blade carves demons in the Celtic landscape of dark fantasy. Witness the Dead Reckoner, a battlefield ghost looking for absolution in a weird war tale. Face Nazi occupation of USA with Wild Marjoram in an alternate history. Race through the Great Depression on an errand of mercy with Pandora Driver, a noir superheroine. Fly across the universe with the Skyracos in a retro sci-fi adventure. This action packed ePulp anthology unleashes 5 new tales inspired by the pulp magazines of the 1920s - 1940s. They are not for the faint of heart. Things will get intense and stuff on these pages can't be unread. But whether you're a nostalgian, dieselpunk, pulp fan, sci-fi and fantasy aficionado, or ebook spelunker, there's something in this collection for you to explore. However, I suggest you sample them all.
This ePulp Sampler rapidly transports us from the gladiatorial arenas of a fantasy wasteland to the blood-red seas of the distant planet Claous, but it makes the journey feel almost effortless. In passing, it touches down on the battlefields of World War One, pauses momentary on the mean streets of an alternative Chicago and makes a swift whistle stop in Citadel City.
I cracked open this Sampler in search of more of John Picha's Pandora Driver series, with its crusading, worker's heroine, but I enjoyed my detours to Russ Bopp's Robert E. Howard-inspired Rurik fantasy, N.R. Grabe's post-gender gangster tale and Mathew Davies' time-hopping journey into the trenches. Thrown in for good measure, is tale from John's Skyracos rocketeer adventures, an always welcome diversion.
Volume 1 of this EPulp Sampler is a pleasant throwback to the golden days Weird Tales, and brings back fond memories of reading under the covers by flashlight, trying to squeeze in just one last page... Keep up the good work!
More Good Stuff
This anthology takes a looks at classic pulp and comic book archetypes from five different perspectives. Each character defines their space in the book and each story can stand alone.
Rurik is a giant bronze age Barbarian who roams the wastelands where Conan could have dwelled. The descriptions are visceral and gritty.
Dead Reckoner is a disembodied spirit who arrives in WWI and looks into the shadows where Weird, Creepy or Eerie magazines once lurked. It has a poetic quality to it.
Wild Marjoram is a blond haired blue eyed mechanic trying to fix things with Chicago gangsters in an alternate timeline of WWII. There is a lot of clever character interplay.
Pandora Driver is a Batgirl gone bad and running down villains on the streets of a Noir City. The plot reveals keep this story moving.
Skyracos looks into the far reach of space to spot a pair of armored Rocketeers or 1940s Ironmen fighting alien insects. This story is all action and blood flies.
This anthology is hosted by a presence named Kilroy. He is a cross between Stan Lee's soapbox and Rod Serling of Twlight Zone Fame. His tidbits are practically a sixth story and very light in contrast to the others.
Heroines not Hostages
It is refreshing to find strong, independent women taking care of business instead of playing hostages or arm candy in pulp stories. The two heroines featured in this ebook, Pandora Driver and Wild Marjoram, are not to be toyed with.
- Category: Adventure
- Published: Jul 15, 2013
- Publisher: John Picha
- Seller: John W Picha
- Print Length: 163 Pages
- Language: English