Published: November 5, 2013.
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Born in the frozen wasteland of a brutal world, Rurik of the Demonwatch set upon his path destined to seek out that is which not of the known plane. Demons, devils and warlocks all forsworn foes of The Demonwatch a secretbrotherhood brought forth to keep the realm of man safe from demonic invaders and those who would summon them.
Pandora Driver: The Origin
on March 26, 2013
Based on when this epulp was published the writer can either read tea leaves or is tuned into the zeitgeist because he clearly saw the spirit that manifested the Occupy Wall Street movement a few months before it arrived. I imagine that if Pandora Driver was still alive today she would be in sitting the thick of it.
This story takes place in the late 1930s and it's about holding the corrupted accountable for their dirty deeds. This story is raw, unbridled, honest, surprising and weird, in the good way. It exposes what people say and do behind closed doors. It pulls no punches and you never know what's coming next.
The story is broken into 4 parts. Part 1 is a biography of a life falling apart. In Part 2 our hero finds her power. Part 3 explores deception and corruption. In Part 4 a young woman tries to untangle right from wrong.
The tone of the story reminded me of Black Dahlia or Sin City (updated noir) and LA Confidential (if they dumped the charm). The character makes me think, Batgirl born on the wrong side of the tracks.
I like the old pulps, I like Noir and I can take the punch this story delivers. Pandora Driver takes us on a bumpy ride but it's a trip worth taking.
Dieselpunk ePulp Showcase
on March 26, 2013
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.