Norbert Davis (1909-1949)

Norbert Davis coverIn his short career, Norbert Davis was one of the most reliable contributors to the detective pulps. He was born today in 1909.

Davis is one of the writers featured in The Beginner’s Guide to Pulp Fiction, Volume 2.

Davis was born in Illinois in 1909. His family moved to California and Davis studied law at Stanford University, but never took the bar exam.

He got his start with Black Mask in 1932 and quickly started selling stories to that magazine, as well as Dime Detective, Detective Fiction Weekly and Double Detective. Raymond Chandler was said to be a fan of his work.

In the 1940s, he began writing novels and selling stories to the slicks, including placing several stories in the prestigious Saturday Evening Post. In 1947, he collaborated with fellow pulp writer W.T. Ballard on a novel, Murder Picks the Jury.

In 1949, with his career slowing, Davis and his wife moved to Connecticut. In July of that year, the 40-year-old Davis died of carbon monoxide poisoning in an apparent suicide.

Pulp, Reviews

Ron Fortier reviews The Beginner’s Guide to Pulp Fiction Vol. 2

Pulp Guide Vol. 2-2The Beginner’s Guide to Pulp Fiction, Volume 2, is now available in print and ebook format. This is the second volume in our series, both of which have been No. 1 New Releases at Amazon.

And we’re happy to report it landed a positive review from Ron Fortier over at Pulp Fiction Reviews.

“Every page is filled with captivating data and a credit to the author’s intensive research to include all the major titles. … Reference books like these are invaluable to the true lover of pulp fiction and we tip our fedora to Jonathan Sweet and Brick Pickle Pulp.”

Read the full review on the Pulp Fiction Reviews website.




Captain Satan debuts – 1938

captain satanCaptain Satan made its debut with the March 1938 issue.

Captain Satan was the temporarily rebranded Strange Detective Mysteries. After two issues in 1937, the magazine – which focused on bizarre detectives – was retitled to focus on Captain Satan.

Captain Satan is one of the titles featured in The Beginner’s Guide to Pulp Fiction.

Captain Satan ran for five issues from March to July 1938 before reverting to Strange Detective Mysteries again in November. Captain Satan was Cary Adair, a wealthy playboy who leads a private army that robs from the evil and fights crime. The stories were credited to William O’ Sullivan and published by Popular Publications.

The entire five-story run has been reprinted by Altus Press, some stories have been reprinted in High Adventure and the first story is available in audiobook from Radio Archives.


Airship 27 sale!

s-l1600As some may remember, we were the authorized agent for Airship 27 at PulpFest in 2019. We’ve got a few books left from the show and are blowing those out at $10 each including shipping (in the U.S.). Simply email orders@chaskabooks.com if you are interested and we’ll send you a PayPal invoice.

Following titles are available (new condition unless noted):

  • Aviation Aces Vol. 1
  • Bulldog Drummond: On Poisoned Ground by I.A. Watson
  • Challenger Storm: The Isle of Blood by Don Gates
  • Dead Man’s Melody by Fred Adams Jr.
  • Dead Sheriff: Cannibals & Bloodsuckers by Mark Justice & Ron Fortier
  • Fred Adams Jr. Pulp Writer
  • The Green Lama Unbound by Adam Lance Garcia
  • Ike Mars: Bloody Key by Fred Adams Jr.
  • Jezebel Johnston: Danseuse by Nancy Hansen
  • Lance Star Sky Ranger Vol. 2
  • Marty Quade Private Detective Vol. 1
  • The Purple Scar: The Black Fog by Gene Moyers
  • Secret Agent X Vol. 6 (minor wear to back cover)
  • Shadow Legion: Nightmare City by Thomas Deja
  • Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective Vol. 11
  • Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective Vol. 12
  • Sun Koh: Heir to Atlantis by Art Sippo