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


Events, Pulp

Windy City Pulp and Paper rescheduled

The Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention has been rescheduled for September. We still plan on attending and having our books available there. More details below from the show organizers.

March 17, 2020 – On March 16, 2020, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker mandated that social gatherings of 50 or more people be cancelled for the next eight weeks.  Given other recent developments in the Covid-19 crisis, we anticipated that some sort of ban might be imposed that would make it impossible to hold our convention at its scheduled time in April, 2020.  Out of concern for the health of our extended family of attendees, dealers and staff, for the past week we had been working with our hotel — the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center in Lombard, Illinois — to attempt to reschedule our convention.  

We can now announce that we’ve just reached an agreement to postpone the convention to September 11-13, 2020. The location of the convention remains the same, and we thank the fine folks at the Westin Lombard for working with us to make this change.  All attendance pricing remains the same and all existing dealer table reservations and membership pre-registrations will be honored for the revised convention dates. Convention programming and hours, including dealer setup the night before the convention begins, will remain the same.  While the show will be later in the year than usual, we will work hard to make our 20th anniversary show our best one ever!  (And with the revised dates, any possibility of snow, even in Chicago, has been eliminated.)

If you had existing hotel reservations at the Westin, those should be cancelled automatically (though you may want to double-check). Those members with reservations at hotels other than the Westin and all members with travel reservations are advised to revise their bookings.  The new cut-off date for the convention room rate of $122 per night at the Westin will be August 27, 2020.

We very much regret any inconvenience to our members caused by this rescheduling.  We are glad that we didn’t have to cancel and are hopeful that the revised dates will give everyone time to update their plans.  If you cannot attend on the rescheduled dates for 2020 and have already pre-registered (or reserved dealer tables), please let us know (using the “Contact” option at windycitypulpandpaper.com or email to info@windycitypulpandpaper.com) as soon as possible and we will transfer your registration/reservation to our 2021 convention instead or refund your money, at your election.