Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Hatchet Force Journal #1
Last night I downloaded and immediately read cover-to-cover this first issue of this new e-magazine devoted to the action/adventure genre. The brainchild of author (and occasional commentor on this blog) Jack Badelaire, this is a fine piece of work. Highlights are a lengthy essay by Badelaire about societal influences on the explosion of men's adventure paperbacks in the late Sixties and all through the Seventies, an extensive interview with author Mack Maloney (whose work I'm aware of but have never read, something I have to remedy), and an in-depth review of Sam Peckinpah's film BRING ME THE HEAD OF ALFREDO GARCIA (a movie I've never seen, something else I have to tend to). There are also articles on "The Evolution of Pulp" by Tom Johnson, an authority on that subject and an old friend of mine, and "Movie Adaptations That Beat the Book" by Henry Brown, plus book and TV reviews by various hands, all good. I had a great time reading HATCHET FORCE JOURNAL, and I hope it's just the first of many issues. If you're an action/adventure fan, it comes highly recommended by me.