T.T. Flynn, 1902-1979

T.Theodore Thomas Flynn was born on this day in 1902.

T.T. Flynn’s The Man from Laramie

He’s one of the many pulp writers profiled in the Beginner’s Guide to Pulp Fiction, Vol. 2.

Flynn wrote across many pulp genres and later had a successful career as a western novelist.

Born in Indiana in 1902, he left home at the age of 14 and joined the merchant navy. He married and returned to the United States in the early 1920s, working as a railroad brakeman and starting his writing career.

His first professional sale appears to be “Pa Winn Tries Bunk” in the December 29, 1923, Detective Story Magazine. That was the first of several Pa Winn stories he would write, mostly for Flynn’s and its successors.

He was fired from his railroad job in 1925 and turned to writing full-time. Besides Flynn’s much of his early work appeared in Adventure, Clues and Short Stories.

Flynn was also the most prolific writer in Dime Detective, with his 80 appearances more than any other scribe.

With the aviation pulp boom after Lindbergh crossed the Atlantic, Flynn took flight lessons, and wrote for those outlets.

In the 1930s, he began writing for many of the western pulps including Dime Western, Star Western and Western Trails.

Following World War II, he wrote heavily for the burgeoning western paperback market. His 1954 Saturday Evening Post serial “The Man From Laramie,” was made into a 1955 film starring James Stewart.

He died in Baton Rouge in 1979.

July Best Sellers

The top-selling items through our retail arm for July. The start of baseball season seemed to have Minnesota fans in a sporting mind last month. The horror classics still sell well and pulp titles took a jump, too.

(As always, important to remember that 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
  2. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  3. The Beginner’s Guide to Pulp Fiction Vol. 1
  4. The Beginner’s Guide to Pulp Fiction Vol. 2
  5. Nick Carter, Master Detective 3 Movie Set
  6. The Spider’s Web/The Spider Returns DVD serial set
  7. Thrilling Detective Pulp Tales Vol. 4
  8. The Shadow 1940 movie serial DVD
  9. The Stand by Stephen King
  10. Thrilling Detective Pulp Tales Vol. 3

June Best Sellers

The top-selling items through our retail arm for June. As always, important to remember that we specialize in collectible items and niche categories, so it’s going to look a little different than your traditional best-seller list. The classics remain strong!

  1. On Writing by Stephen King 20th Anniversary Edition
  2. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  3. Thrilling Detective Pulp Tales Vol. 4
  4. The Beginner’s Guide to Pulp Fiction Vol. 1
  5. Minnesota’s 50 Greatest Baseball Players
  6. The Gracie Allen Murder Case DVD
  7. The Beginner’s Guide to Pulp Fiction Vol. 2
  8. Thrilling Detective Pulp Tales Vol. 1
  9. Adventures of Captain Marvel serial DVD
  10. The Complete Tales of Jules de Grandin Vol. 5: Black Moon by Seabury Quinn

May Best Sellers

The top-selling items through our retail arm for May. As we specialize in collectible items and niche categories, it’s going to look a little different than your traditional best-seller list — although our top book this month is probably at the top of plenty of lists last month! Also consistently surprised by the staying power of classics like Dracula and Frankenstein.

  1. If it Bleeds by Stephen King
  2. Thrilling Detective Pulp Tales, Vol. 1
  3. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  4. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  5. Thrilling Detective Pulp Tales, Vol. 2
  6. Charlie the Choo-Choo by Stephen King as Beryl Evans
  7. It by Stephen King
  8. Thrilling Detective Pulp Tales, Vol. 3
  9. Cardinal Black by Robert McCammon
  10. The Beginner’s Guide to Pulp Fiction, Vol. 1 by Jonathan Sweet