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

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 396 pages
  • Publisher: BEAT to a PULP (October 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615388248
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615388243
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 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: #3,859,713 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mostly culled from the website of the same name (but with a few original to this collection), Beat to a Pulp, edited by David Crammer and Elaine Ash, delivers a wide array of pulpy goodness, from the hard-boiled to science-fiction to outright horror... there's even a couple of pirate stories, for god's sake.
Many of the writers gracing its pages were familiar to me already, and they didn't disappoint. 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.
But there were others that I didn't know as well that had me jotting their names down to look up more by them. I was particularly impressed by Mike Sheeter ("The All-Weather Phantom") and Andy Henion ("Anarchy Among Friends: a Love Story")--writers after my own black and twisted little heart.
The coup de grace of this terrific collection, however, is the closing essay by noir/pulp historian Cullen Gallagher. In less than sixteen pages he gives us a concise and entertaining history of Pulp, both as a commercial venture and as an artistic endeavor. I came away with a much better understanding of the genre, and I'm grateful for that.
And I'm grateful to Crammer and Ash for putting out this superior collection.
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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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Beat to a Pulp Round One offers unique short stories. The fresh voices of these authors are heard and heard loudly. Everytime you have a few minutes to relax, you can pick a story, read it and it will stay with you. Nice job, everyone.
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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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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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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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