This e-pulp re-imagines the popular pulp anthologies of the 1930 and 1940s like Black Mask, Dime Detective, Detective Story, Famous Fantastic Mysteries, or even Argosy. It updates the genre for a modern audience but still delivers the goods for people who enjoy the past. There is a complex subtext in this diverse collection of tales. They are clever, compelling, socially relevant, atmospheric and nostalgic.
In the 1st story we sneak around an alternative take on a Chicago of the 1920s. It's a town under siege where a happy go lucky revolutionary and a renegade try and eek out an enjoyable existence while dodging spotlights cast into the underground.
In the 2nd is a pedal-to-metal race back to the 1940s with Pandora Driver. She continues to speak truth to power as she steps into a David vs Goliath style of class war clash for control of the streets of Citadel City. This tale is all action from start to finish.
3rd is post-apocalyptic detective mystery from the future where an amnesiac and his sage struggle to discover a man's identity. It's bullets, booze and broads woven in the language and atmosphere of the hardboiled detective tale.
The 4th is a retro-future tale in which natives outmaneuver aristocrats in a colonial island city. It's a game of sabotage where spiritualism tangles with a mechanized society in a fight to the finish.
There is a common antiauthoritarian, antiestablishment thread woven throughout these four tales that iconoclasts and independent thinkers may enjoy. If you are a fan of Boardwalk Empire, The Dark Knight, Bladerunner, or Tarzan in the big city types of tales, there is something in this e-pulp for you.
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