There’s something in the air.
That’s the best way I can put it. I get a feeling about something shifting in the world, and find, months later, that I was right.
Only I don’t write about it, so I don’t get credit for my brilliant prognostication.
Now, my Spidey sense is tingling again.
I think pulp’s time is coming ’round again.
There’s “The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril,” which I thought was pretty good. Then, James Reasoner mentions participating in Robert E. Howard Days in Cross Plains, Texas (did you know it was the Conan creator’s 100th birthday? I didn’t).
But not only that, he sold a story to Subterreanean Press’ anthology of new pulp fiction. “Retro Pulp Tales” boasts a fantastic lineup, from its editor, Joe R. Lansdale, to writers such as Norman Partridge, Tim Lebbon, Kim Newman, F. Paul Wilson, Alex Irvine, Bill Crider and Gary Phillips.
This book’s worth it alone for the title of Wilson’s story: “Sex Slaves of the Dragon Tong.”
And this time around, writers of pulp stories can use its fast-paced, story-heavy style to tell stories the old five-cent-a-word scriveners couldn’t. Political satire? Erotica? Overseas adventure? Romance?
Bring it on.