Sunday, January 31, 2021

Sunday Morning Bonus Pulp: Strange Stories, December 1940


The Weird Menace boom was over by the end of 1940, but STRANGE STORIES, a semi-Weird Menace pulp from the Thrilling Group was still hanging on. This is a good cover, a little reminiscent of the Spicy pulps. Good-looking girls sure had trouble keeping their clothes intact in those days. There are some good writers in this issue: Seabury Quinn, Norman A. Daniels, Don Alviso, Alexander Samalman. As well as some I've never heard of: Dorothy Quick, Joseph H. Hernandez, George J. Rawlins, and Dr. Arch Carr. Unusual to see a doctor using his title in a pulp magazine, but there you go. I wonder if he was a medical doctor. David H. Keller was always billed as David H. Keller, M.D.

UPDATE: The cover artist was the great Earle Bergey, who did six covers for STRANGE STORIES during its 13-issue run.

12 comments:

Bruce Harris said...

Interesting little article about Dorothy Quick. She knew Mark Twain: https://www.easthamptonstar.com/news/2019-05-06/dorothy-quick-friend-twain

James Reasoner said...

Thanks, Bruce. I'll check it out.

Jerry House said...

Keller graduated from UPenn's School of Medicine and served as a neurophsycologist in both World Wars. He worked at the Louisiana State Mental Hospital and later in private prctive in New York. In addition to his science fiction and fantasy, he is noted for the 10-volume Sexual Education Series (1928), which was marketed through ads in the back pages of magazines.

STRANGE STORIES usually had a solid line-up of writers, icluding Bloch, Derleth Kuttner, Wellman, Frank Belknap Long, Ralph Milne Farley, Otis Adelbert Kline, E. Hoffman Price, Carl Jacobi, A. Hyatt Verrill, Russ Winterbotham, Ray Cummings, John Wyndham (as John Benyon), Eli Colter, Erice Frank Russell, Seabury Quinn, Leigh Brackett, Arthur J. burks,and Wyatt Blessingame. STRANGE STORIES only lasted for thirteen issues. **sigh**

James Reasoner said...

That's a great bunch of authors! And the covers are pretty good, too. I'm surprised it didn't last longer. Just not the right time and place, I guess.

JasperAK said...

James, I love it when you post about magazines that are available online. This one is at: https://archive.org/details/strange-stories-v-04-n-03-1940-12_202011.

And yes, Strange Stories is a good one.

James Reasoner said...

JasperAK, thanks for that link. I usually don't check the on-line status of the pulps I pick for this series, I just go with whatever catches my interest. But I'm glad so many pulps are available to read this way. So many good stories that won't be lost, at least for a while yet.

Joshua David Bergey said...

Cover painting by Earle K. Bergey, one of six covers Bergey did for this 13-issue title though he is often wrongly credited for painting more which are distinctly un-Bergey.

James Reasoner said...


Thanks, Joshua. I love the pulp covers he did. One of my favorite artists!

Anonymous said...

And one of the aliases of Robert Bloch: Tarleton Fiske.
Tiziano Agnelli

James Reasoner said...

I didn't know that! Thanks, Tiziano.

JasperAK said...

If I'm not mistaken, Keith Hammond in Vol. 1 No. 2 is Henry Kuttner, Tarleton Fiske is Robert Bloch, and Tally Mason is August Derleth. So that issue has Bloch, Bloch, Kuttner, Kuttner, Derleth, Derleth, Frank Belknap Long, and C.L. Moore. The only thing that could possibly make this issue better is some Leigh Brackett or Ray Bradbury.

I will say this, if this is some of these author's works that were rejected by other editors, then give me of all of their rejects, because these authors are the best of the best.

James Reasoner said...

Talk about an all-star line-up! And that issue is on-line, too:

https://archive.org/details/Strange_Stories_v01n02_1939-04