What’s coming in 2020

By Jonathan Sweet

I’m always interested in what authors are working on, so I thought I’d give a look at what we have coming down the pike in 2020.Thrilling Detective Vol. 2 (2)

In case you missed it, one originally planned 2020 project actually hit in late 2019: Chicago Pulp Tales, a collection of vintage pulp stories set in the Windy City.

I’m in the midst of research/writing/production on five books right now:

  • A hardcover edition of Minnesota’s 50 Greatest Baseball Players will come out later this month. Just need to sign off on the final proofs, and we’re good to go.
  • Another sports book in the vein of Minnesota’s 50 Greatest Baseball Players, this time focused on great Minnesota sports moments. Goal is to have that one out in time for Father’s Day.
  • Volume 2 of The Beginner’s Guide to Pulp. That one will make its debut at the Windy City Pulp & Paper Convention in April.
  • A Christmas-themed book that I’ll reveal more about later this year, with the goal of having it done by the fall for the holiday season and local book shows.
  • Finally, I’m a bit stalled on a pulp novel that I’m writing — my first full-length fiction novel. Originally had planned on having it done for the Windy City show, but unless it takes off suddenly, that seems unlikely. Hopefully it’ll still happen later this year!

From the Brick Pickle Pulp side of things, we also have several projects in the works:

  • The aforementioned Volume 2 of the Guide and Chicago Pulp Tales (and maybe my novel!)
  • Thrilling Detective Pulp Stories, Vol. 2, will go live by the end of January. Proofs are on their way as we speak. We’re already well into the work on Volume 3, which will come out later this year. Most likely, we’ll publish an omnibus hardcover edition combining all three as well. (Volume 1 was published in 2019.)
  • A collection of Minnesota pulp stories. The stories are selected, but editing and production still have yet to start, so we’re probably looking at the second half of the year.
  • Some author-themed collections in the second half of the year. More to come on those!

December best sellers

Minnesota's 50 greatest baseball playersThe top-selling items through our retail arm for December. Keep in mind we specialize in collectible items and niche categories, so it’s going to look a little different than your traditional best-seller list!

  1. Minnesota’s 50 Greatest Baseball Players by Jonathan W. Sweet
  2. Gwendy’s Magic Feather by Richard Chizmar
  3. Charlie the Choo-Choo by Stephen King as Beryl Evans
  4. Lou by Lou Piniella
  5. Tombstone & Speedy, Range Detectives by W.C. Tuttle
  6. Stephen King’s Dark Tower: The Art of the Film
  7. The Great Alaskan Mystery movie serial
  8. The Stand by Stephen King
  9. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  10. Star Wars: Thrawn Alliances by Timothy Zahn

Book Review: The Adventures of Coffin Kirk

The Adventures of Coffin Kirk by Arch Whitehouse/Published by Age of Aces * 5/5 stars

This one is a collection of vintage pulp aviation stories, all published in Flying Aces magazine from 1937 to 1941.s-l1600.jpg

I’ll sum it up in one word: fun. Coffin Kirk is pulpy escapism at its best. Our protagonist is Brian Kirk, who as a child witness the murder of his zookeeper father at the hands of the “Circle of Evil.” He escaped at the time with a trained gorilla, Tank.

Now, Coffin Kirk is an adult and he’s flying across Europe and Asia fighting the Circle of Evil in six stories. Tank is now his tailgunner, with Kirk passing him off as a particularly homely human. (Just go with it!)

Writer Arch Whitehouse does a great job with the aviation scenes and his experience as an RAF veteran shows. The villains offer a nice foil without being over the top. It’s clear Whitehouse was also paying attention to the world situation as we see Germans and Japanese soldiers partnering with the Circle of Evil in the years leading up to World War II.

Finally, Age of Aces did a very nice job putting this collection together, complete with vintage illustrations.

This book is identified on the cover as a PulpFest exclusive, but also appears to be available from Amazon.

New release: Chicago Pulp Tales

Our latest book is now available in both print and ebook: Chicago Pulp Tales.Chicago Pulp

From John Dillinger to Al Capone to Frank Nitti, the Windy City is well known for its notorious gangsters and crime figures. So it’s not surprising that Chicago was a popular setting for the pulp writers of the 20th Century. This collection features nine classic pulp tales from a number of publications, with a little bit for everyone. There’s plenty of femme fatales, detectives, criminals — and even a couple of weird ghost stories included, with stories from Otis Adelbert Kline, James Duncan, Edwin MacLaren and more.

Order or find out more information here.

November best sellers

choo chooThe top-selling items through our retail arm for November. Keep in mind we specialize in collectible items and niche categories, so it’s going to look a little different than your traditional best-seller list!

  1. Charlie the Choo-Choo by Stephen King as Beryl Evans
  2. Star Wars: Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn
  3. Inner Sanctum Mysteries television collection DVD
  4. It by Stephen King
  5. The Green Mile by Stephen King
  6. Minnesota’s 50 Greatest Baseball Players by Jonathan W. Sweet
  7. The Adventures of Captain Marvel movie serial
  8. The Shining by Stephen King
  9. Gwendy’s Magic Feather by Richard Chizmar
  10. Captain Midnight movie serial