Ghosts of the Jackal now available

Ghosts of the Jackal, Book 2 of The Adventures of the Red Jackal, has hit the streets.

(Find links to order here.)

Ghosts of the Jackal picks up just a few months after Enter the Jackal, the Amazon best-selling first book in the series.

The past returns to haunt the Red Jackal in the second book of the exciting Adventures of the Red Jackal!

In 1929, the Red Jackal thought he had defeated a mysterious killer that mimicked the legendary Count Dracula. Five years later, the killer returns, proving himself to be as difficult to kill as the great vampire.

Meanwhile, an old ally returns and the Red Jackal finds himself searching for a long-lost Edgar Allan Poe tome that has left a trail of death behind it!

Reviewers have called the Red Jackal series “pure pulp fun” and a “worthy heir” to the classic pulp heroes. The first Red Jackal story, “Dead Ball,” was also a finalist for Best Short Story in the 2021 Pulp Factory Awards.

Best of Thrilling Detective Vol. 2 now available

Our latest release from Brick Pickle Pulp, The Best of Thrilling Detective, Volume 2, is now available for order from Amazon and other bookstores. We’ll have copies available here on the website shortly!

Volume 2 combines our previous releases of Thrilling Detective Pulp Tales, Volumes 4-6, in a large omnibus edition at a value price. It’s like getting three books for the price of two of the original volumes!

We hope you enjoy these reprints of classic pulp stories and there’s more to come down the road!

Thoughts on Beverly Cleary

By Jonathan W. Sweet

She lived a good long life, but I’m still sad to hear of the death yesterday of Beverly Cleary at 104.

I was asked for a recent virtual appearance to name five authors that inspired me, and she was one of the five. On its face that might have seemed surprising as the others were closer to what I write: Lawrence Block, Robert B. Parker, Max Allan Collins and Stephen King.

But when I started writing as a kid, it was Beverly Cleary who I first tried to mimic. I still remember reading Mouse & the Motorcycle, the first “red spine” book I read from the school library. (Books in our library at Windsor Elementary were sorted by color with red being the most difficult.)

I thrilled to the further adventures of Ralph S. Mouse, eagerly devoured the tales of Ribsy and Henry Huggins, laughed at the stories of Beezus and Ramona. She wrote about kids like me and the kids I grew up with and made me want to write about them.

As a parent, I got to read them to my kids, some of the first chapter books we read together. I can remember reading Ribsy to my daughter and her being afraid to finish it because she was worried Henry’s dog wouldn’t make it home.

It’s a testament to her skill as a writer that I didn’t even realize until I was an adult that some of those books had been written 30 years before I was reading them myself and more than 50 years before I was reading them to my kids.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I feel like it might be time to break out that battered copy of Dear Mr. Henshaw.

Dead Ball garners Pulp Factory nomination

We’re proud to announce that “Dead Ball” by Jonathan W. Sweet has been nominated for Best Short Story in the 2021 Pulp Factory awards honoring the best new pulp.

“Dead Ball” is the first story featuring the Red Jackal, a new pulp hero. It was originally published in Minnesota Not-So-Nice in 2020 and is also included in the 2021 collection, Enter the Jackal.

While nominations come from the members of the Pulp Factory, a professional association of pulp writers, artists, editors and publishers, final voting is open to anyone at this link.

Pulp Fiction Reviews on Enter the Jackal

Ron Fortier, via his Pulp Fiction Reviews website, has given Enter the Jackal a rave review. Enter the Jackal is the first book in a planned series featuring The Red Jackal.

This is New Pulp scribe Jonathan Sweet’s plunge into the wonderful world of masked avengers and with this first volume he lands a perfect ten. Not only is the Red Jackal done in the classic hero style, Sweet’s stories move at the appropriate speed keeping the action moving super fast from page to page.

Read the full review here.