Sunday, January 11, 2015

Sunday Morning Bonus Pulp: Dime Mystery, August 1934


Time for another Weird Menace cover, this time from one of the leading magazines in the genre, DIME MYSTERY, featuring a suitably lurid cover by Walter Baumhofer and stories by three of the top authors, Wyatt Blassingame, Hugh B. Cave, and Arthur Leo Zagat.

I've given some serious thought to doing a Weird Menace anthology for Rough Edges Press, writing one of the stories myself and opening up the rest of the book to submissions from anyone who's interested. I'd want period stories, because I'm not sure the genre would work in any other era than the Thirties. But I'm not sure there's enough of an audience for such a book or writers who would want to contribute. Still, I'm intrigued by the idea. If you have any thoughts on the matter, feel free to post in the comments or email me directly.

7 comments:

Bill Crider said...

If you go forward with this, it would be hard for me to resist doing a story.

Anonymous said...

Well, I'd certainly buy that book. And probably submit a tale for consideration, too.
Which might expose the limitations of such a retro-collection-- the people interested in writing for it might well represent the majority of the people willing to read it.

John Hocking

James Reasoner said...

John,
The same thought occurred to me. Still, enough people have expressed an interest that I'm leaning toward doing it, if only because then I'd have an excuse for writing a story of my own. I'm going to put together some submission guidelines.

Keith West said...

Glad to hear it, James. I would certainly buy it and would try to submit something for it.

Neil Waring said...

Sounds fun, something a bit off beat. I like the idea.

Anonymous said...

Robert M. Price's SHUDDER STORIES (9 issues, 1984-1988) was a modern attempt to revive (on a fanzine level) this genre; some reprints from the old shudder pulps, but mostly new (or previously unsold) stories by the likes of Jacobi, Cave, CJ Henderson, Lovisi, Wellman, Randall Larson, Pieree Comtois, and Price himself. // Denny Lien

James Reasoner said...

Denny,
Thanks for the information. I was sort of out of the loop while Price was doing most of his publishing, so I wasn't aware of this.