Sunday, April 19, 2020

Sunday Morning Bonus Pulp: Speed Adventure Stories, September 1943

Circus themes show up now and then on pulp covers. Here's one on an issue of SPEED ADVENTURE STORIES. This issue has a story by E. Hoffmann Price and three by Victor Rousseau: one under his most common pseudonym Lew Merrill, one as by Hugh Speer, and one as by R.T. Maynard (a reprint of a story previously published under the Lew Merrill name). The other story is by Robert Ahern, a little-known pulpster who published only a couple of dozen stories between the late Twenties and the mid-Forties.


Adventuresfantastic said...

I've not heard of this pulp. What exactly was the specialty? Or was there one?

James Reasoner said...

It was the successor to SPICY ADVENTURE STORIES and published pretty much the same sort of yarn, just toned down slightly. Some of the girls might actually get through a story without losing most of their clothes, or if they did, the descriptions weren't quite as, ah, lyrical. All the SPICY titles changed over to SPEED at some point because of crackdowns by the authorities.