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cryptozoology (n.) The search for and study of animals whose existence or survival is unsubstantiated or in dispute, such as Sasquatch, the Loch Ness Monster, fish with human hands, the Yeti, the Thunderbird, the Ape-Man Monster of Tennessee, and the 'Thing' at Dutchman's Rig. For three decades, when American men had questions about the Yeti, the Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot, and other weird beasts from the strange world of cryptozoology, they found answers in the hard-hitting pages of men's adventure magazines. Now, collected here for the first time ever, are samples of sensational period reporting and wild, "true" accounts of savage, fist-to-claw duels between man and Sasquatch, man and fishman, man and monster! Plus full-color vintage pulp artwork that accompanied the stories' original publication, rare archival discoveries, men's pulp history, expert analysis, cryptid-by-cryptid commentary, and much, much more. This latest installment in the Men's Adventure Library is edited by Robert Deis of MensPulpMags.com, David Coleman (THE BIGFOOT FILMOGRAPHY) and Wyatt Doyle (STOP REQUESTED), and includes contributions from luminaries in the field such as Sir Arthur C. Clarke, John Keel, and many others. CRYPTOZOOLOGY ANTHOLOGY is packed with 13 biting tales of creatures notorious and obscure. Don't leave civilization without it! (Please note: the deluxe hardcover edition includes bonus material exclusive to that edition, including an additional wild story rescued from obscurity.)
"He looked like a divinity student, always buttoned up. Then the stories would come in. They were special ... seamless and outrageous and wonderful. I let him do whatever he wanted and he rarely, if ever, disappointed. He really deserves a tribute. I think of him as a treasure."
--Bruce Jay Friedman (STERN, LUCKY BRUCE), Kaylin's editor at MEN and MALE
Scores of great authors wrote for men's adventure pulps: Elmore Leonard, Jim Thompson, Richard Matheson, Lawrence Block and Harlan Ellison, to name a few. But the one writers for MAN'S WORLD and TRUE ACTION envied most was Walter Kaylin.
Leaving an indelible mark on three decades of sweat-soaked pulp fiction, Walter Kaylin tackled testosterone-fueled subjects from Westerns to war, secret agents to sex sirens, Nazis to noir. His frequently over-the-top plots and characters scaled new heights of ingenuity and invention, while setting the standard for the kind of unapologetic savagery and excess that made men's adventure magazines notorious, then and now.
Robert Deis of MensPulpMags.com and Wyatt Doyle (STOP REQUESTED), editors of the acclaimed WEASELS RIPPED MY FLESH! anthology, rescue a whopping 15 high-intensity Kaylin classics from pulp fiction purgatory, along with the jaw-dropping illustrations that accompanied their original magazine publication ... plus reminiscences by Kaylin, his family, and his former editor, writer Bruce Jay Friedman.
HE-MEN, BAG MEN & NYMPHOS rips the lid off the pulps' best kept secret to introduce Kaylin's unique brand of tension and tough-guy thrills to a new generation of readers. But be warned: These are not stories for the delicate, or faint of heart. HE-MEN, BAG MEN & NYMPHOS hits like a clenched fist; get yours or get out of the way!
“These stories were being read by men who’d been there, done that. I had to have the personalities and the details right. They wouldn’t tolerate having men like themselves overly glorified, or to have war made glamorous. . . .”
Aviator, diplomat, and historian, Robert F. Dorr was uniquely qualified to write for men’s adventure magazines, bringing sweat-and-blood, nuts-and-bolts authenticity to his stories of risk, combat, and sacrifice. Best known today for his highly regarded historical works, Dorr’s stories for the men’s pulps also drew from jaw-dropping true accounts, as action-packed as any imagined by his hard-boiled peers.
In this tense, gritty collection, the master storyteller drops readers squarely into the action’s fiery crucible, both in the cockpit and on the front lines. Each story includes full-color reproductions of the explosive vintage art from the stories’ original publication by some of the greatest names in illustration.
A singular collection in the author’s vast bibliography, A Handful of Hell highlights the best of Robert F. Dorr’s vivid, gripping tales of aerial conflict, battlefield heroism and action—some fact, some fiction, all adrenaline-fueled, white-knuckle adventure.
“Robert F. Dorr sets the standard for writing about aviation and adventure.”
— Walter J. Boyne,
author and former director,
National Air and Space Museum