WHERE STORIES DWELL is a unique volume in PULPSTUDIES, an imprint of Pro Se Productions. PULPSTUDIES focuses on the nonfiction of New Pulp. This includes volumes about sources for ideas as well as unique academic studies of New Pulp series and characters and other various types of reference books.
In Byzantium Book One: Dead Men’s Road, a beautiful woman tasked with delivering a sealed package to the Invisible College in Byzantium is pursued by merciless bandits, relentless undead, and a charming scoundrel who has nothing to lose.
The New Adventures of Richard Knight
on Feb. 23, 2012
I can’t legitimately review the story “The Hostage Academy” since I wrote it. But I can commend the other works in this anthology. It tells stories of the airman detective Richard Knight, a character created by Donald Keyhoe - he of the flying saucer books fame – in the 1930s as a globtrotting G-man troubleshooter. Although not as well known as some of Keyhoe’s other creations, Knight had a long if intermittent publishing history and offered a distinctive blend of weird adventure and international intrigue. He was somewhere between James Bond, John Steel, and Fox Mulder.
This first collection of new stories manages to showcase all the aspects of the character and his cast. The volume stands alone for new readers. It’s a good introduction for those new to the character and a happy reprise for those who are already fans of the original works. I hear a sequel is already being planned.
This book is the first in Pro Se’s new Pulp Obscura brand, a line of books offering new adventures of mostly-forgotten pulp characters from the 40s and before, usually in synch with Altus Press’ re-release of the original works. It is telling that Knight was the character chosen to flagship this imprint. He is a great example of why such old series need to be remembered and revived.
So buy the book because its got a whole bunch of stories by talented people (and me). Buy it because it reintroduces a great adventurer into the realm of strange fiction. Buy it because one day it’ll be collectable as the first Pulp Obscura volume. Buy it because the cover art is beautiful. Buy it because at the e-price you can’t really go wrong – but beware because you’ll probably want a print copy for your bookshelf thereafter.