PULP REALITY No 1
Edited by Charles Millhouse
Kudos to writer/editor Charles F. Millhouse for creating as
yet another pseudo/magazine devoted to New Pulp fiction. Note, PULP REALITY isn’t
the first such as over the past decade or so various other outfits have tried
their hands at bringing back that old style of storytelling. As with all such
endeavors, this volume has its ups and downs, hits and misses. Let’s look at
the good stuff first. This premier issue features seven fun stories, the
majority of them well written. In fact a few are outright pulp gems.
“Showdown on Scavenger Quay” by Bobby Nash. Lance Star and Captain Hawklin to team up to
battle on foes. We’ve always enjoyed stories bringing together heroes and Bobby
Nash is one of the most well established, capable writers in New Pulp today as
this tale clearly demonstrates.
“Reel One for the B-Man” by Clyde Hall. An old movie house is haunted by all but
forgotten matinee cliffhanger heroes. The mere concept here is wonderful and
any lover of classic cinema will be smiling broadly as the young hero finds
himself morphing into well known heroes to bamboozle a group of biker thug
“Captain Hawklin and the Clockwork Buccaneer” by Brian K.
Morris. A German operative steals American freighters enroute to England during
Lend Lease. Though a decent story, we had the feeling the writer simply
overcooked his stew with too many elements and it might have benefited with a
touch more cutting.
“Testament of a Forgotten God” by Charles F. Millhouse.
Captain Zane Carrington transports an aged professor to the middle of the Pacific Ocean for an appointment with Poseidon. Easily
the best yarn in the book and masterfully told. Though the ending was no
surprise, it was the one we hoped for. We really need to read more of his work.
Going to recommend this one for the Pulp Factory Awards.
and the Curse of Doctor Atomika Part One” by Kellie Lynn Austin. Undersea adventure Ace
Anderson and Huck Finn battle German agents attempting to gain the secret
weapons of Atlantis. Fast paced and often times confusing, we could barely
follow along as the narrative was so intent on action it left little room for
characterization. Pulp is action and adventure, but we also need to believe the
characters are real.
“Prepare to be Mr. Fye” by Pete Lutz. Detective Jinx Duncan
has a special occult power bestowed upon him; that that might come in handy
when going after criminals in the big city. This is another of those gems we
mentioned earlier and as an original tale, it is delivered smoothly making us
want to see what comes next.
“Mercury Rises” by Rick Bradley. Clock repairman and part
time P.I. Jack Mercury is kidnapped into outer space and becomes the hero of
his own fantastic adventure. Finally the entire collection ends on a grand note
that clearly demands lots more. Bradley knows how to write and this one was
fun. To repeat, a terrific way to lower the curtain on a spectacular first
Okay, so now a personal critique. Whatever the publisher’s
intent, the oversized format really doesn’t work. It is an awkward shape
difficult to hold, even when reclining in one’s comfortable recliner. The
average reader would appreciate its size made to conform to the actual classic
There you have it. PULP REALITY is fresh and exciting and off to a grand start. Here’s hoping it is around for a long time to come.