Henry S. Whitehead (1882-1932)

Henry_S_WhiteheadPulp writer Henry S. Whitehead, one of the more unlikely writers for the classic pulp Weird Tales, was born today (March 5) in 1882.

Whitehead is one of the many writers featured in The Beginner’s Guide to Pulp Fiction.

He graduated from Harvard in 1904 as a classmate of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. He later attended Berkeley Divinity School and was ordained as a deacon in the Episcopal Church in 1912. He served as a pastor in New York City, then in 1921 became archdeacon of the Virgin Islands.

While living on the island of St. Croix, Whitehead began writing and corresponding with H. P. Lovecraft. His first pulp story, “The Intarsia Box,” appeared in Adventure in 1923. He would continue to write for Adventure and Black Mask, but Weird Tales was his primary outlet. He began writing for the magazine in 1924, with “Tea Leaves” appearing in the May issue. More than 25 of Whitehead’s stories were published in the magazine in the 1920s and ‘30s.

His career was cut short by his death in 1932 at the age of 50 in Dunedin, Fla., where Whitehead was working as rector of the Church of the Good Shepherd.

Events, Minnesota's 50 Greatest

We’ll be at the Rosemount Writers Festival

For all of our Minnesota readers, some more event news.

We’ll be at the Rosemount Writers Festival coming up March 21. Admission is free, and the show runs from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Steeple Center, 14375 S. Robert Trail in Rosemount.

For aspiring writers, there’s also a great lineup of speakers and workshops.

Our emphasis will be on our Minnesota books, but we will have copies of all of our books there.


Minnesota Not-So-Nice pulp stories

By Jonathan W. SweetMinnesota pulp

Our latest collection of pulp stories, Minnesota Not-So-Nice: Retro Pulp Tales from the North Star State, is now available.

It includes a new novella by yours truly, as well as additional stories from vintage pulps including Thrilling Wonder Stories and Popular Detective. It was inspired by the real-life criminal history of Minnesota and the Twin Cities as a haven for organized crime in the 1920s and 1930s.


Pulp, Reviews

Book Review: Sherlock Holmes: The Affair of the Chronic Argonaut

Holmes coverSherlock Holmes: The Affair of the Chronic Argonaut by Fred Adams Jr./Published by Pro Se Press * 5/5 stars

I feel like a broken record every time I review a Fred Adams Jr. book. But it’s worth saying again: Adams is quite possibly the best writer working in new pulp today. I have yet to read a bad book or story by him.

This short book (142 pages) collects two Sherlock Holmes novellas by Adams. In the first, Holmes and Watson have to solve a locked room mystery with only a piece of yellow paper as a clue. As the murders mount, the two must venture to Limehouse (Chinatown) to solve this weird series of killings.

In the second, the under-construction tunnels of the London Underground are the site of cannibalistic murders, with an odd man delivering advance notice of the killings.

Both are quick, enjoyable reads. A caveat for Holmes fans: I’ve read more non-canon Holmes stories than those by Arthur Conan Doyle. That means I’m not the best judge of how these stories fit in that canon. These stories both rely on the occult and sci-fi elements to explain their mysteries, so if that deviation from Holmes bothers you, these aren’t the stories for you.

That said, if you want a good read and an enjoyable mystery, check out this book.



Now available: Thrilling Detective Pulp Tales Volume 2

Our latest pulp collection, Thrilling Detective Pulp Tales Vol. 2, is now available in both print and ebook format.

For more than 20 years, detectives and criminals found a home in the pages of Thrilling Thrilling Detective Vol. 2 (2)Detective. This edition collects five vintage pulp novels and novelettes from the tattered pages of the classic detective pulp: “Death Walks Alone” by George Allan Moffatt, “The Diamond Bride” by W.T. Ballard, “Death on the Wire” by C.K.M. Scanlon, “Publicity for the Corpse” by C.S. Montanye and “Homicide Shaft” by Robert Leslie Bellem.

It’s 228 pages of vintage pulpy goodness!