- Hardcover: 296 pages
- Publisher: Subterranean; Deluxe Hardcover edition (November 30, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1596067470
- ISBN-13: 978-1596067479
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,462,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dead on the Bones: Pulp on Fire Hardcover – November 30, 2016
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I was living in a pulp writer fury, a storm of imagination. So Joe R. Lansdale, award-winning author of more than twenty novels and two hundred short works, describes the birth of his desire to be a writer after encountering pulp storytelling as a kid in TV, comics, and books. Now Dead on the Bones: Pulp on Fire collects eight stories where Lansdale pays tribute to the rip-roaring tales of his youth.Dedicated to Edgar Rice Burroughs and Robert E. Howard, Under the Warrior Star finds hero Braxton Booker on another, battle-wracked planet, while Tarzan and the Land That Time Forgot was expressly permitted by the Burroughs estate. In Dead on the Bones, a Conjure Man facilitates a boxing match between the living and the dead, with a twist. The Gruesome Affair of the Electric Blue Lightning crosses Poe with horrors that could have walked straight out of Lovecraft. Meanwhile, in Naked Angel a cop discovers a dead woman encased in ice on the noir streets of Los Angeles, not realizing he shares a personal connection with her. Other stories here bring readers face to face with vampires and far stranger creatures, all in Lansdales signature, Texas Mojo style.Lansdale is rightly recognized as one of the most distinctive voices in modern fiction, pulp or otherwise. From Venus to vampires, Dead on the Bones is a fine, thoroughly enjoyable demonstration of why.
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This is a unique volume as the stories are written in the style and sometimes voices of other famous writers. This is a rather odd choice for a seasoned author—and truthfully I would rather read his own distinctive style than an imitation of others—but these stories are homages to the pulp tradition, and Lansdale’s own imagination shines through in all of them.
The Gruesome Affair of the Electric Blue Lightning—Features literature’s first detective, C. Auguste Dupin, created by Edgar Allan Poe. Lansdale does a remarkable job capturing the cadence and style of the old 19th century crime stories, especially at the beginning. Then he mixes in elements of the Frankenstein origin story and H. P. Lovecraft’s mythos.
The Redheaded Dead—A new Jebediah Mercer short story. Retains the gothic atmosphere of the rest of the series, while emulating the style of Robert E. Howard.
King of the Cheap Romance—After her father’s death, young Angela Fish must race across the polar ice caps to deliver a vaccine to a Martian colony. Inspired by the works of Robert Heinlein, this woman-vs-nature adventure tale is not set on the red lifeless desert Mars we know today, but rather a fantasy Mars that existed in 1950’s pop culture, a planet filled with ice sharks, gold-skinned aliens, bats as big as spaceships, and mysterious temple pyramids.
Naked Angel—A police officer investigates the murder of a prostitute whose body is found encased in a block of ice. This is the second time I have run across this story, and both times I found it thin and lacking. Seems to be a poor parody of Mickey Spillane or Raymond Chandler.
Dead on the Bones— A young boy sees an opportunity to take revenge on his evil uncle when a mysterious hoodoo man rolls into his Depression-era East Texas town. The juxtaposition of crime and horror echoes the great Robert Bloch.
Tarzan and the Land That Time Forgot—More than twenty years after Lansdale completed Edgar Rice Burroughs’ final novel, he returns to the world of Tarzan in this new story authorized by the author’s estate. This is a crossover tale in which the legendary ape man visits the Land that Time Forgot.
Under the Warrior Star—Lansdale rewrites an early adventure novel that he started when he was only eleven years old in the tradition of Burroughs and Howard.
The Wizard of the Trees—A final Burroughs-inspired tale in which a drowning passenger from the Titanic is inexplicably transported to Venus, a steamy jungle planet full of intrigue between warring savage tribes.
Being a Lansdale fan, I have come to expect a certain sense of humor from his stories and that was mostly missing here. In the foreword, Mr. Lansdale explains that he purposely tried to write in the style of his heroes. I would say he succeeded!
My favorite story of the bunch was "Dead on the Bones." A tale of a conjure man that visits the locals regularly, and who just so happens to resurrect the dead as boxing opponents. There is a lot more to this one than just what's on the surface, but you'll have to read it to see what sets it apart.
"Under the Warrior Star" was a very close second in my list of favorite tales. A true adventure story which reminded me of the fact that all my teachers used to tell me that these stories were for boys. They never understood me. Flying about on beetle-like creatures among the canopies of giant trees, with a man who can meditate so deeply he can levitate? Sign me the heck up! There was so much to this story that I can only cover the bare bones of it here-but trust me on this, if you loved pulp adventure when you were a kid, you'll love this one.
"The Gruesome Affair of the Electric Blue Lightning" featured an old favorite of mine, Auguste Dupin. Poe was always a thrill for me and to meet Dupin again was a blast! Lansdale hit the writing style right on head with this one and it brought back a lot of fond memories.
Dead on the Bones: Pulp on Fire was written as a tribute to the pulp writers of old-be they in print, on the radio or the television, the feel of the stories remains true. I think fans of the old magazines and stories like Weird Tales, or Alfred Hitchcock's, Tarzan or even Conan will not only get a big kick out of these adventures, but they'll also get a nice walk down memory lane.
Recommended for fans of the old pulp and adventures stories!
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*I received my copy free from Net Galley and Subterranean Press in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it!*
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