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  • Paperback: 386 pages
  • Publisher: BEAT to a PULP (May 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983377510
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983377511
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,798,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Just finished ROUND 2. Did so in a rush. There are twenty-nine stories in here plus an article on pulp art by Cullen Gallagher.

Something for everyone here: westerns, crime stories, horror, pirates, even a bit of science fiction.

Some favorites were LOST VALLEY OF THE SKOOCOOM by Matthew P. Mayo: I like Bigfoot stories. THE QUICK...AND THE DEAD, a really weird zombie story by Bill Crider. Evan Lewis' detective Skylar Hobbs mixes it up with fairies. James Reasoner's A WORLD YOU DON'T KNOW kept me guessing, and Ed Gorman does a turn in a western I'd read somewhere before.

Make no mistake. They are all good, both writers I was familiar with, those I had a passing acquaintance with, and a few new ones. Wayne Dundee gives us a short story with Joe Hannibal. Larry D. Sweazy moves us down the generations of his own Texas Rangers with a story set in the heyday of the pulps.

A fine assemblage of stories put together by David Cranmer and Matthew P. Mayo.

Highly recommended.
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I used to think that all pulp stories were pretty much the same, but now I get it. There is a feel or an attitude that runs through all of the BTAP books. Each on it's own has a unique theme but there is definitely something intangible that ties them all together. This is certainly helped by the great covers that engender the style of the old paperback pulps but add a modern twist. I would talk about this in more detail but that is done a lot better than I could in the final section of this book. As usual for a book edited by David Cranmer there is an excellent forward that is not only interesting enough not to skip over but makes you stop and think. I like to think of them as a pulp adjustment phase.

There are just shy of thirty stories in this anthology and every single one stands up on it's own, each as different from the next as they were from the last. Sometimes the shift between subject matter can be quite abrupt, but that feeling of looking at the nasty side of society is always there. The star of this book for me was the story by Patricia Abbott. That lady has talent and is reason enough to buy this book. There are plenty of other excellent stories and more importantly for me there wasn't a single one that I didn't enjoy reading.

I read most of this book whilst feeling really ill in a hotel room hundreds of miles from home. Even though all I wanted to do was curl up and drift I could not put this book down. Morbid fascination held me in sway until I finished the book. It is a really enjoyable read and one that makes you think about how crap people can be to each other.
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Another standout collection of stories. Pronzini, Gorman,Hendricks, Zeltserman; what a lineup. This book will keep you happy for many hours. Plus it brings us new work from two of my favorites, Jake Hinkson and local "Father of the Year", Keith Rawson. 29 stories at this price, from these author's is a steal. Also, make sure you get Round 1 as it is equally as good.
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This anthology includes stories by three of the best fiction writers working today - Hilary Davidson, Vicki Hendricks and Jake Hinkson - at the top of their game.
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You'll find ALL THIS in BEAT to a PULP: Round Two!

FOREWARD by Sophie Littlefield
THE SPACE KILLERS by Bill Pronzini
FAR FROM HOME by Vin Packer
KING by Dave Zeltserman
MISSED FLIGHT by Steve Weddle
PURRZ, BABY by Vicki Hendricks
THE LITTLE BOY INSIDE by Glenn Gray
AN OPEN DOOR by Chris F. Holm
THE SHADOW LINE by Charles Ardai
RANSOM AND RED FINGERS by Garnett Elliott
PILLOW TALK by Jodi MacArthur
SKYLER HOBBS AND THE COTTINGLEY FAIRIES by Evan Lewis
THE KING OF MARDI GRAS by Anthony Neil Smith
THE LAKE BOTTOM BONES by Wayne D. Dundee
NIGHT TERRORS by Jake Hinson
THE VALLEY OF SKOOCOOM by Matthew P. Mayo
SHADOW OF THE CROSS by Larry D. Sweazy
A WORLD YOU DON'T KNOW by James Reasoner
STATE ROAD 53 by Alec Cizak
THE HAND THAT FEEDS HIM by Patricia Abbott
A SPECIAL KIND OF HELL by Hilary Davidson
A GOOD KILL IS WORTH REPEATING by C. Courtney Joyner
DRIFTER FROM WENATCHEE by John D. Nesbitt
GIVING DAD THE FINGER by Keith Rawson
GHOST OF A CHANCE by Howard Hopkins
THE QUICK ... AND THE DEAD by Bill Crider
RIFT by Nik Korpon
BIG DARLENE THE SEX MACHINE by Matthew J. McBride
MAYBE SOMEDAY by Sean Chercover
THE OLD WAYS by Ed Gorman
PULP ART: AN APPRECIATION by Cullen Gallagher
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