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On Thursday June 26th, 2014 the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon will
present a discussion on the magical aspects of Abraham Merritt's (1884 -
1943) novels and stories of exotic fantasy adventure. Merritt was a
highly respected journalist who wrote his colorful tales of the occult
and the bizarre for his own pleasure and not as pot-boilers for the
pulps even though ARGOSY and other pulps were his main outlet. His work
had the quality of literature and the mytho-folkloric erudition of a
Robert Graves. Merritt had a library of over 5000 books on myth,
folklore and the occult. His tales of lost cities, ancient secret cults
and strange other-worldly phenomenon are unparalleled in beauty and
imagination. His "People of the Pit" (1917) was a profound influence on
H.P. Lovecraft and his masterpiece "The Ship of Ishtar" (1924)
described Richard Shaver's inter-dimensional "Simultane" concept. (It
was also the template for our path-working soul-travel boat.) His
"Dwellers in the Mirage"(1932) was an inspiration for my sc-fi novel
"Drell Master." Merritt was steeped in Blavatsky's Atlantis and Lemuria
lore and the obscure legendary sources behind these lost civilizations.
His "The Moon Pool" (1921) lured us out to the ruins of Lemuria in the
Pacific (see Beyond Lemuria). So, if you want to spend an hour with the
Dream-maker, tune and we'll set sail to evening Isles fantastical.
The popularity of pulp fiction publishing is on the rise, especially from a collectors angle. Laurie Powers is an enthusiast whose grandfather just happened to be Paul S. Powers, one of the most prolific pulp western writers in the 1930's.
Join us as we talk with Laurie about pulp fiction and her love for the one time popular short story anthologies.
Thomas McNulty was born in Chicago and is a graduate of Columbia College's famed writing program. He is the author of the critically acclaimed biography Errol Flynn: The Life and Career, the culmination of over a decade of research and writing.
His celebrity interviews, articles, essays, book reviews and film reviews have appeared in numerous publications – from the slicks to the pulps – including: American Cowboy, Filmfax, The Big Reel, Classic Images, Films of the Golden Age, Kung-Fu Magazine, Mystery News, Comic Effect and Scary Monsters among others.
Tom has also published poetry in various literary journals. He is an enthusiastic martial artist and has a black belt in Kyuki-Do, a martial art which he has been practicing for many years. He is also an avid shooting enthusiast, particularly with guns from the American frontier era. He competes regularly in Cowboy Action shooting competitions.
Hang out with the geeks as we talk with the first author in 22 years to be authorized by the Sax Rohmer estate to write a Fu Manchu novel. THE TERROR OF FU MANCHU was recently published by Black Coat Press and we look forward to talking with William about Fu Manchu in literature and film, Sax Rohmer, Yellow Peril Fiction, and the Pulps.
This week the geeks discuss our favorite pulp authors and analyze their legacy on modern storytelling.
The pulps of the early 20th centruy defined many of the tropes of modern heroic fiction. Whether you are reading a comic book, reading a James Patterson novel, or watching a Joss Whedon action/adventure television show, the pulps were an influence.
But the pulps weren't merely influential, they are alive and well and inspiring new generations of creators.
How has the "pulp" survived and how will it meet the challenges of an ever-changing marketplace? Our panel of experts that includes Wayne Skiver, the founder of the Lester Dent Museum of Pulp History, Ron Fortier of Airship 27, and our own Pulp Bastard Bill Cunningham.
Gareth-Michael Skarka, of Adamant Entertainment, joins the geeks to discuss e-publishing in the modern RPG marketplace. Skarka has made a name for himself as the publisher of the acclaimed THRILLING TALES pulp d20 Modern supplements.
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