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Beat to a Pulp: Round 1 Paperback – October 8, 2010


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  • Paperback: 396 pages
  • Publisher: BEAT to a PULP (October 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615388248
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615388243
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,086,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nice job, everyone.
Terrie Farley Moran
Charles Ardai, Hilary Davidson, Ed Gorman, Patricia Abbott, and Jedidiah Ayres all turn in stories every bit as good as you'd expect from writers of their caliber.
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Among the bunch is one old-timer appearing posthumously, Paul Powers, whose stories appeared regularly in the pulps of the 30s and 40s.
Ronald Scheer

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mav Skye on January 27, 2011
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This anthology is a treat for those who have a taste for the slightly bizarre, the nostalgic, and an extra shot of vodka in their pulp. The stories are professionally edited and pop off the page like a futuristic hologram of spaceships, monkeys, ray guns, cowboys, saucy women and tricks of the unexpected and the totally expected presented in unusual ways. Does it get any better than this? Could it get any better than this? No, I don't think so. David Cranmer and Elaine Ash pulled together an amazing team of people to put this book together, and it's pretty special. I am very happy with my purchase, even happier with my reading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chris La Tray on March 28, 2011
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A fantastic collection of stories, this book should have something for just about anyone who likes their fiction anywhere near the orbit of what is considered "pulp." We've got cowboys, pirates, criminals, lowlifes, aliens, and even ghosts. I'm not going to blow too much smoke and say every story blew me away -- there are a couple I'm not so sure I even liked -- but that is to be expected, because there are many, many bases being covered here. If I had to pick favorites, I'd go with James Reasoner's "Heliotrope" (kind of a war/ghost story), Patti Abbott's "Ghostscapes" (a straight-up ghost story with a lot of dark humor), Evan Lewis' "The Ghost Ship" (a pirate yarn; when the hell is someone going to wise up and put out an anthology of this guy's work?!), Nik Morton's "Spend it Now, Pay Later" (a scifi thing), and Jed Ayres' "Hoosier Daddy" (twisted and wrong).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By wayne d. dundee on October 29, 2010
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In BEAT TO A PULP - RUND ONE, editors Cranmer and Ash have concocted a fine brew of exciting, wonderfully pulpy tales covering a wide variety of genres penned by just the right mix of established old pros and newer talents.
The precise balance and quality of these ingredients are what really makes this anthology stand out. Too often the term "pulp" has been applied only to the mystery/detective/crime genre. This is due primarily to the popularity of BLACK MASK Magazine in the early 1920s and the lasting impact it had on American crime and mystery fiction, not to mention enduring names such as Hammett and Chandler who grew out of it. But the true scope of pulp fiction, which began more than two decades prior to BLACK MASK (as detailed in a terrific afterword to the anthology -- "A History of Pulp" -- by Cullen Gallagher)embraced a wide range of genres: Adventure, fantasy, sci-fi, pirate stories, horror, Westerns, and of course detective mysteries. All of that, plus a couple of tales that don't quite fit any niche, are included here.
The variety and vitality of the writing (some stories are reprints from the BEAT TO A PULP webzine, some are originals for this collection) are sure to provide something to please every reader, no matter his or her taste. And any reader willing to explore a bit beyond their "normal" fare is very likely to find enjoyment where they might not have expected it.
The only problem I found with this book was having to make the choice: Do I sit down and devour all of the stories at once ... or do I keep it on the nightstand and slowly savor one morsel at a time? I devoured it all, damn it, and now I wish I would've saved some. I'll try to control myself a little better when ROUND 2 comes out ... which I hope is soon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By George R. Johnson VINE VOICE on October 19, 2010
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BEAT TO A PULP: ROUND ONE is a collection of short stories that come, in part, from the webzine of the same name. I say in part because Mr. Cranmer and Elaine Ash opened it up to submissions as well as culling stories from the zine. Each week since the zine started, a new story has appeared. All have one thing in common. Well told stories steeped in the old pulp tradition.

Originally intended for crime stories, they soon moved to stories from other genres. the only criteria is well written stories. Herein you will find, in addition to crime, tales of science fiction, pirate stories, westerns, horror, and some unclassifiable(The Unreal Jesse James by Chap O'Keefe). Writers such as James Reasoner, Ed Gorman, Robert J. Randisi, and Patti Abbott contribute, as well as others less well known(such as Mr. Cranmer under his Edward A. Grainger pseudonym). There's even an unpublished story from old time pulp scribe Paul S. Powers, THE STRANGE DEATH OF AMBROSE BIERCE, found by his granddaughter in his papers.

There's something for everyone here. If you like good tales full of action and the spirit of the old pulps, you can't go wrong picking up BEAT TO A PULP: ROUND ONE. Not a bad story in the lot. Finally, there's a fine forward by Bill Crider.

Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James G. on October 15, 2010
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I would recommend this book not only for a good read for yourself but a good choice as a gift for friends and family.Christmas is just around the corner.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ronald Scheer on March 17, 2011
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I got my copy of this fine new pulp collection when it was just in paper and thoroughly enjoyed it. The stories draw on a wide range of narrative genres to find the dark, edgy vein in each of them. Together, they send up one dewy-eyed myth after another that people use to prop up their optimism. And it has a lot of fun doing it.

The writers are among the best to be found today reviving the old energy and cheap thrills of the pulp era. Among the bunch is one old-timer appearing posthumously, Paul Powers, whose stories appeared regularly in the pulps of the 30s and 40s. Each one packs a punch that keeps you wanting more.
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