Pre-release sale for Doc Talos “Fear”

Following Wolves, a Doc Talos adult-pulp re-imagining of the classic Doc Savage novel Brand of the Werewolf, comes the next in the series of daring pastiche novels, Fear. Based on the 1934 pulp classic Fear Cay, the new book will be releasing on November 21st! Pre-orders for Fear are now being accepted at a significantContinue reading “Pre-release sale for Doc Talos “Fear””

Review of the Rickie Talos anthology

(Grace Ximenez hosted a noir/story/roleplay/film site for almost a decade, and headlined three pulp-peril short-story collections called The Grace X Anthologies. She is the author of the Doc Talos fan fiction story “Esperanza”, and was the primary inspiration for the character “Grace X” in The Talos Chronicle.) Rickie, by R. Paul Sardanas, Atom Mudman Bezecny,Continue reading “Review of the Rickie Talos anthology”

The Conseil du Mal discusses Philip José Farmer’s “Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life” – Part 3

Welcome to the third and final installment of the Conseil du Mal (Council of Evil) discussion of this classic of pulp/heroic mythography. The Council is made up of three contemporary pulp authors: Atom Mudman Bezecny, editor of Odd Tales of Wonder publications and author of the multi-book Hero Saga…R. Paul Sardanas, author of over thirtyContinue reading “The Conseil du Mal discusses Philip José Farmer’s “Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life” – Part 3″

The Conseil du Mal discusses Philip José Farmer’s “Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life” – Part 2

What follows is a review/discussion by three diverse authors…all enthusiastic creators and readers of pulp adventure. The three of us met in 2021 and immediately enjoyed one another’s company and writings to the degree that we joined in the tradition of author circles like the 1930’s Kalem Club (a literary group whose last names allContinue reading “The Conseil du Mal discusses Philip José Farmer’s “Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life” – Part 2″

The Conseil du Mal discusses Philip José Farmer’s “Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life” – Part 1

What follows is a review/discussion by three diverse authors…all enthusiastic creators and readers of pulp adventure. The three of us met in 2021 and immediately enjoyed one another’s company and writings to the degree that we joined in the tradition of author circles like the 1930’s Kalem Club (a literary group whose last names allContinue reading “The Conseil du Mal discusses Philip José Farmer’s “Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life” – Part 1″

Three pulp authors discuss Philip José Farmer and Win Scott Eckert’s The Monster on Hold

What follows is a review/discussion by three diverse authors…all enthusiastic creators and readers of pulp adventure. The three of us met in 2021 and immediately enjoyed one another’s company and writings to the degree that we joined in the tradition of author circles like the 1930’s Kalem Club (a literary group whose last names allContinue reading “Three pulp authors discuss Philip José Farmer and Win Scott Eckert’s The Monster on Hold”

The Myth and Psychology of “Up From Earth’s Center” – Part 2

In Part 1 of this article, I discussed some of the factors that built up the legend of this unique story. In a way, a perfect storm of literary weight had grown around it by the time it was discussed by Philip José Farmer in his 1973 book Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life. Literary weightContinue reading “The Myth and Psychology of “Up From Earth’s Center” – Part 2″

Philip José Farmer’s Film Treatment for the second Doc Savage movie

After the critical and box office debacle of the 1975 movie Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze, what had been intended as a series of films came to an abrupt end. But in the final credits of that film, a second movie was announced, Doc Savage: Archenemy of Evil. That movie was never made, butContinue reading “Philip José Farmer’s Film Treatment for the second Doc Savage movie”

Splintered Mirror: Doc Savage and Doc Caliban – Part 2 of 2

At the end of this article’s first segment, I suggested that the core of what the character Doc Caliban offered was a literary opportunity: to explore, using techniques of adult storytelling, a whole range of compelling human drives…from ethics and morality right down through atavistic behaviors of sexual hunger and need, and their link toContinue reading “Splintered Mirror: Doc Savage and Doc Caliban – Part 2 of 2”

Splintered Mirror: Doc Savage and Doc Caliban – Part 1 of 2

Much has certainly been written about the literary and publishing decisions that resulted in the creation of Philip José Farmer’s character Doc Caliban. The character, who first appeared in 1969’s A Feast Unknown, has certainly endured. For a character that for all intents and purposes has appeared in two books (if you consider the doubleContinue reading “Splintered Mirror: Doc Savage and Doc Caliban – Part 1 of 2”