Charles Beadle, 1881-194?

Charles Beadle was born on this day in 1881.

Charles Beadle in Adventure

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

Beadle was a pulp writer and novelist who specialized in tales of Africa and other exotic locales.

The son of a ship captain, he was apparently born at sea in 1881. He grew up in England and emigrated to the United States in 1916. Already a published author, he quickly began writing for the pulps. His work was published in Adventure, Argosy and Short Stories, among other outlets.

He soon relocated to Paris, where he was living by the 1920s. Little is known of his life after that, although he did publish four books and a few stories in the 1930s and ‘40s. His final published appearance seems to be in the June 10, 1947, Short Stories. It is assumed he died in Paris sometime in the 1940s.

Three new titles from Brick Pickle Pulp

We have three new pulp collections, available now in print and ebook formats via Amazon and other bookstores.

Deck the Pulps: Yuletide Tales of Murder, Mayhem & Adventure

Even the hard-boiled pulps took some time out to recognize the Christmas season. This collection of vintage yuletide stories includes stories of murder and mayhem, but also benevolent ghosts and Christmas redemption. Includes nine vintage pulp stories from the tattered pages of Popular Detective, Thrilling Detective, Argosy, The Popular Magazine and more!

Includes stories from Johnston McCulley, W.C. Tuttle, Bertrand Sinclair, Dorothy Dunn and many others.

Postings from Piperock: The Best of W.C. Tuttle Volume 2

This volume, the second in our W.C. Tuttle series, features eight stories set in Piperock, Tuttle’s Montana frontier town. Piperock and its cast of characters including Magpie Simpkins, Ike Harper, Muley Bowles, Doughgod Smith and a wealth of others was one of Tuttle’s earliest series for Adventure. The series was so popular that he was hired by Universal Studios to script a series of films featuring the characters. He also wrote a successful series of stories featuring his cow detectives Tombstone Jones and Speedy Smith in the pages, featured in Volume 1 of our Best of W.C. Tuttle series.

Pulp From the Pyramids: Tales of Mummies and Ancient Egypt

This collection includes classic pulp reprints featuring stories set in Egypt, and includes a new novella featuring The Red Jackal by Jonathan W. Sweet. Other authors include H.P. Lovecraft, Jack Creamer and Kelvin Kent.

Edmond Hamilton, 1904-1977

Edmond Hamilton was born on this day in 1904.

He’s one of the many pulp writers profiled in the Beginner’s Guide to Pulp Fiction, Vol. 1.

Hamilton is one of the founding fathers of the science fiction pulps, helping create the “space opera” genre that dominated the early days of science fiction.

Hamilton’s career began with the publication of “The Monster God of Mamurth,” in the August 1926 Weird Tales. The magazine would publish 79 works of fiction by Hamilton from 1926 to 1948. Hamilton would also publish in most of the leading science fiction pulps of the day, including Wonder Stories, Amazing Stories and Startling Stories. Under pseudonyms, he also  wrote science fiction tales of a spicier (for the times) variety.

Hamilton was also the primary author of Captain Future, which launched in Winter 1940 with “Captain Future and the Space Emperor.” Captain Future would continue as a standalone until 1944, and Hamilton wrote several more Captain Future stories in Startling Stories through 1951.

September Best Sellers

The top-selling items through our retail arm for September. Fall seems to have brought out the mystery fan in our customers.

(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 Not-So-Nice
  2. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  3. Nick Carter, Master Detective 3 Movie Set
  4. The Colorado Kid by Stephen King
  5. The Beginner’s Guide to Pulp Fiction Vol. 1
  6. Tombstone & Speedy, Range Detectives by W.C. Tuttle
  7. Minnesota’s 50 Greatest Baseball Players
  8. Postings from Piperock by W.C. Tuttle
  9. Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
  10. Pulp from the Pyramids

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.