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A gutsy dame, a surly smuggler, a deep and sinister river: If you enjoyed 'The African Queen' and 'Raiders of the Lost Ark,' you'll love this romantic-suspense novel set in the most eldritch corner of the Amazon Basin. It's February of 1928 — late summer in the Amazon. Prudence McMarion, a film editor at Walter Disney's animation studio in Los Angeles, has taken a leave of absence to travel deep into the Amazon Rainforest with her best friend, Brazilian native Eleanor Martins, to make an independent movie in Eleanor's home village. Along the way, they meet members of the seedy, disreputable 'expat community' there: A French doctor who's clearly not really French, a South African mercenary, and a surly riverboat captain who's pretty obviously a smuggler. All are on the lam. None are to be trusted. And when they get to the village, they learn that Eleanor's relatives have vanished, leaving behind only an empty canoe with tooth marks on it. Shortly after their arrival, the strange dreams start. Then Eleanor disappears as well, and her disappearance touches off a chain of events that culminates in Prudence, in a straitjacket, being led down the pier to the riverboat to be transported to a brutal Brazilian insane asylum. But is she really crazy? Or does someone want her to think she is? Someone with a dark secret hidden away in a leafy fastness close to the village, about which some of Prudence's dreams came a little too close for comfort? And where is Eleanor? Dead or alive? The answers to these questions will open the door to a past, and a future, full of secrets and mystery for both women — who, as it turns out, have known one another much longer than they realize.Show more
In the wild, unexplored coastal jungles of West Africa lives a wild human boy named Tarzan, the adopted son of a tribe of fierce almost-human anthropoid apes — but in reality the unknown heir of a wealthy and titled English noble family. Then one day, a small party of American treasure-seekers is marooned on Tarzan’s beach, including a lovely Baltimore belle named Jane Porter. When she leaves, Tarzan quits his jungle life and learns the ways of civilized man, so that he can follow her. But after he arrives, he finds he must choose between his noble birthright and her future happiness ... The two books in this duology were the world’s introduction to Tarzan of the Apes — possibly the most widely recognized character in fiction. Over the century since he was introduced to us, he has starred in hundreds of books, comics, and films, and thousands of derivative bits of pop culture such as bubble-gum cards and lunch pails. Only Bram Stoker’s Dracula has starred in more movies. Yet the Tarzan most people think they know is far different from the original Tarzan — the Tarzan you‘ll meet in these pages. The Tarzan most of us know is a crude, powerful, primitive man, who speaks in monosyllables (”Me Tarzan. You Jane. Where boy?”) . The original Tarzan was altogether different — fluent in at least four languages (Ape, French, English and Arabic, in that order) and equally comfortable in the smoking-room of a great ocean liner as he was in the savage jungle. This Pulp-Lit Annotated Edition of Burroughs’ first two Tarzan books tells the story of the ape-man’s origins, from his childhood adventures to his triumphant arrival as Lord Greystoke.Show more
Heroes and Rascals … Shipwrecks and Lost Gold … since 2008 the Offbeat Oregon History syndicated newspaper column has entertained and informed Oregonians with the weirdest, quirkiest, funniest, and most outrageous true stories in the surprisingly long history of their young state. Now, for the first time, those stories have been collected together, re-researched, augmented with freshly discovered information, and presented to readers in book form -- starting with this volume, in which we've selected the most inspirational heroes, the most scurrilous rascals, and the most hilariously quirky mavericks of our state.Show more
This volume covers H.P. Lovecraft’s “apprentice years”: roughly the first half of his literary career, the half written before his return to Providence in 1926. Every story written for publication under his own name is included in this volume, from 1917 through 1925. Highlights of this volume include: - The Tomb - Dagon - The Doom that Came to Sarnath - The Temple - The Picture in the House - The Nameless City - The Outsider - The Other Gods - The Music of Erich Zann - Herbert West, Reanimator - The Hound - The Lurking Fear - The Rats in the Walls - The Shunned House - The Festival - The Horror at Red Hook - In the Vault - Supernatural Horror in LiteratureShow more
What started as a lighthearted flirtation with a beautiful, strangely dressed maiden under the New Orleans moonlight ended with young Ned Minton pledged to eternal love with a girl who had died a century before -- a promise enforced by the all-too-real fangs of the demon-serpent who guarded her. Ned's only hope is that French physician and occult investigator Jules de Grandin can get to the bottom of it and end the curse that keeps the lovely Julie d'Ayen shackled to the material world -- before the eldritch serpent's fangs end Ned.Show more
This volume is part of the three-book Pulp-Lit Omnibus Collection of all the fiction writing of Howard Phillips Lovecraft. It presents the works of weird fiction which he ghostwrote or on which he collaborated with another author. Highlights of this volume include: •- Under the Pyramids, with Harry Houdini; •- The Mound, with Zealia Bishop; •- Two Black Bottles, with Wilfred Blanch Talman; •- The Horror in the Burying- Ground, with Hazel Heald; •- The Disinterment, with Duane W. Rimel; •- The Night Ocean, with Robert Barlow; •- In the Walls of Eryx, with Kenneth J. Sterling; •- The Electric Executioner, with Adolphe de Castro; •- The Diary of Alonzo Typer, with William Lumley; . . . and over 20 more.Show more
The original interplanetary swashbuckler: John Carter is a fighting man of Earth (or is he?) transported suddenly to the surface of a strange planet full of fierce green giants, savage white apes, and noble but warlike humans — including the one he loves. But can he save her from the doom that threatens to destroy the entire planet? In a little over 100 years, the Martian tales of Edgar Rice Burroughs have changed the literary world, launching science fiction as a literary category and inspiring generations of young readers to spin their own wildly imaginative tales of distant planets and strange civilizations. This collection, gracefully and unobtrusively annotated, comprises the first three books of the series, which combine as a trilogy to tell the story of Captain Jack Carter’s adventures among the many strange civilizations of a dying planet. About the Author: Edgar Rice Burroughs came to the craft of fiction writing late in life, after trying his hand at a wide variety of trades and business ventures. By the time he sat down to write his first novel, A Princess of Mars, he had been a high-plains cowboy, a U.S. Cavalry soldier, an industrial gold miner, a railroad policeman, a door-to-door salesman, a store owner and a serial entrepreneur. Then one day, while working as a wholesale representative for a going-nowhere pencil sharpener maker, Burroughs decided to while away some of the extra time by getting started on a crazy story to submit to one of the pulp fiction magazines. The result was A Princess of Mars — and the launching of the literary career of one of the most prolific, successful authors in history.Show more
In a fortuitous laboratory accident, crack scientist Richard Seaton has unlocked the secret of atomic energy. Now, partnered with his wealthy engineering-genius friend Martin Crane, he’s preparing to give the world the gift of limitless, virtually free energy — and of space travel. But others want Seaton’s secret for themselves. Backed by an evil industrial trust, the sinister and unscrupulous “Blackie” DuQuesne has a plan to kill Seaton and Crane and seize their invention for himself. When DuQuesne makes his move, things go wrong, and the three of them soon find themselves lost in the farthest reaches of outer space ....Show more
It’s 2137 A.D. To civilized Americans, Europe exists only as a legend, an ancient mythic land, a civilization that went mad back in 1914 and tore itself to pieces in a blood-mad frenzy, forcing America to cut off all contact for its own protection. No American has seen Europe or any European for more than two centuries. But now, a combination of bad weather and a subordinate’s treachery forces Lieutenant Jefferson Turck of the Pan-American Navy across that line. He finds himself marooned at sea in a small boat, in which he makes his way to the nearest land. There he finds himself on the shore of a wild land teeming with savage tigers and primitive tribesmen — a land that was once called England ....Show more
This volume contains the stories that nearly everyone agrees are the best work of H.P. Lovecraft’s life. Chronologically, it is the second book in a three-volume omnibus set comprising the complete fictional works of Howard Phillips Lovecraft. Highlights of this volume include: - Cool Air - The Call of Cthulhu - Pickman’s Model - The Colour out of Space - The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath - The Case of Charles Dexter Ward - The Dunwich Horror - The Whisperer in Darkness - At the Mountains of Madness - The Shadow over Innsmouth - The Dreams in the Witch House - The Thing on the Doorstep - The Shadow out of Time - The Haunter of the DarkShow more
This 35-hour collection contains all of Robert E. Howard's Conan the Cimmerian stories published during his lifetime, contextualized with biographical details of their author. It also includes two Solomon Kane stories and one Kull of Atlantis story, to set the context. The audiobook comes with a complimentary copy of the print edition of the book in interactive PDF form, as downloadable bonus content; to retrieve it, go to pulp-lit.com/270.html.Show more
First published in 1917 by Alfred A. Knopf, this collection of Blackwood's short stories and novelettes includes some of his most loved classics, including "The Willows"; "Max Hensig, Bacteriologist and Murderer"; "The Dance of Death"; "May Day Eve"; and, of course, "The Listener." --THE LISTENER: A reclusive, impoverished writer is delighted to find an inexpensive home in an old building at the heart of London; but over three months of mounting tension, with his thoughts darkening and his dreams increasingly haunted by visions of a ghastly leonine walking corpse bending over him as he sleeps, he comes to understand why it's so cheap. --MAX HENSIG, BACTERIOLOGIST AND MURDERER: A tabloid newspaper reporter assigned to cover the trial of a psychotic murderer, and earns his implacable enmity. Then the murderer is acquitted, and the deadly game begins .... --THE WILLOWS: A pair of adventurers on a canoe trip down the Danube discover, after stopping for the evening on a small island covered with tiny willow trees, that they are trespassers at the gate of unknown and hostile forces from beyond the Earth -- and they may not make it off the island alive. --THE INSANITY OF JONES: An inoffensive clerk in a fire insurance office becomes convinced, through the intervention of the ghostly presence of a deceased co-worker, that his boss was a Spanish Inquisition torturer who killed him gruesomely in a past life '" so he buys a gun and makes plans to use it. --THE DANCE OF DEATH: A young man, just diagnosed with a weak heart and very despondent about it, goes to a dance, where he meets the woman of his dreams. But is she real, or a ghost? And if she is a ghost, what is he? --THE OLD MAN OF VISIONS: The old man didn't talk much, but if one were allowed into his garret room, one could look out the window and see beyond the veils of the material world. But he was careful to warn: Never tell anyone about me, or you will never be able to find me again. --MAY DAY EVE: A skeptical, materialistic physician, on the way to visit a dreamy folklore professor, strays from the road on May Day Eve and finds himself helpless and lost in a world full of strange and wonderful spirits, which seem to be toying with him. --MISS SLUMBUBBLE'"AND CLAUSTROPHOBIA: Miss Daphne Slumbubble, a forty-something unmarried lady with bird-like mannerisms and abiding fears of men, suddenly panics at being locked in an express car and tries to leap from the train. When it stops, she learns she's not the first person this unreasoning, ghostly panic has struck in this train car. --THE WOMAN'S GHOST STORY: She was a psychic investigator on the job, trying to learn if a famous house was haunted or not. It was indeed haunted when she arrived '¦ but when she left the next morning, it was not.Show more
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