Saturday, April 13, 2013
Saturday Morning Western Pulp: Romantic Western, September 1938
They may call it ROMANTIC WESTERN, but it looks like a Spicy to me. And so it is, since this pulp was published by Trojan Publications, the company behind the Spicy and later Speed lines. It lasted only ten issues, and I wouldn't be surprised if the stories came from Trojan's inventory. That brutal cover certainly isn't very romantic, either, but again, that's par for the course at Trojan. And judging by the gun falling out of the woman's hand, she was about to shoot him. Of course, he probably had it coming.
As for the contents, the lead story is by the always entertaining E. Hoffmann Price. The other authors in this issue are Hamlin Daly (who was really E. Hoffmann Price), John Prentice (a house-name, but in this case, uh, E. Hoffmann Price), Larry Dunn (really Laurence Donovan), and Roy Cutler, whose story in this issue is his only credit listed in the Fictionmags Index, leading me to suspect that may be a pen-name, too. Maybe for, oh, I don't know . . . E. Hoffmann Price? Laurence Donovan? But seriously, I have no idea who Roy Cutler really was. Maybe he was Roy Cutler. Stranger things have been known to happen.