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- Publisher: Post Modern Pulp Books (June 19, 2011)
- Publication Date: June 19, 2011
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- Language: English
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Hatchet Force Journal Issue #1 Kindle Edition
"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
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The first quarter of issue one is taken up by an introduction to the new journal and the genre. Some very well written essays appear on the topic of "New Pulp" as well as providing a chronological history as to how pulp fiction has gotten to this point. Jack Badelaire also gives us a hint as to what we are in store for in future issues and where this genre is heading as a whole with the advent of electronic book readers.
My favorite part of this issue was the interview with Mack Maloney, the author of "The Pirate Hunters". He goes in depth into the publishing industry, his career as a writer, and talks about the genesis of the books he has written. I've never read Maloney's books but now I'm going to have to track a few of them down. That's the fun in a publication like this, discovering something new and interesting.
Several well written reviews of 80's pulp material like Mack Bolan spin off, Able Team and The Penetrator (No, seriously...) are also available, not to mention a good run down on The Hof's humble beginnings as Knight Rider. Also included is a very articulate film review of "Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia".
Last but not least is a good chunk from Hank Brown's novel, "Hell and Gone", a worthy inclusion that I hope brings this under rated book some more attention. Overall, Issue One is a solid effort and much more worthy of periodical reader's time than what is frequently available on physical news stands. The genre intro went on a little longer than necessary, I mean, if you are reading this e-magazine you probably already know about pulps, but it gives great promise of things to come. I would recommend Hatchet Force to any fan of the genre, it is equally pleasing to those looking to recapture some nostalgia as it is to those looking for new contemporary works.
Author of "Reflexive Fire"
Hatchet Force Journal is a new e-zine that is just awesome drenched in win. Here are forty-odd pages of reviews, interviews, and discussions about action-adventure books, TV, and movies. Jack's editorial essay, The Children of Vietnam, is very much on point. He discusses the interesting dichotomy of being part of a generation who grew out of the hippy and counter-culture movements, yet became fascinated with violent movies, gory books, and really what should be considered to be the early days of torture porn.
I think the highlight of this issue is the interview with Mack Maloney. He is the author of about forty books, almost all of which are solidly in the action-adventure genre. He made a name for himself with the post-apocalyptic series Wingman and he's not stopped since. The interview covers not only his inspirations for that series but how he approaches writing and many other facets of his career.
Brad Mengel contributes an article revisiting that 80s TV hit Knight Rider. Mengel is the author of Serial Vigilantes of Paperback Fiction and knows this genre like almost no one else. (Brad, if you're reading this, howzabout a review copy?) His discussion of the adventures of KITT and Michael Knight is detailed and extensive.
Book reviews include Able Team #1, Penetrator #1, and Sting of the Scorpion.
All in all, I think Mr. Badelaire has a hit on his hands. If you are a fan of all those great books and movies from our youth, I'd encourage you to get yourself a copy of Hatchet Force Journal #1 and keep up with future issues.