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Thursday, March 26, 2015

PULP NOW: THE ARGOSY LIBRARY


PULP NOW: THE ARGOSY LIBRARY

Altus Press has announced the premiere of its new line of books: The Argosy Library series, featuring popular authors such as Lester Dent, Otis Adelbert Kline, W.C. Tuttle, and George F. Worts. 

Founded at the end of the Nineteenth Century by publishing tycoon Frank A. Munsey, Argosy Magazine quickly became one of the most popular – and prestigious – fiction magazines of its day and spawned a publishing revolution. Known as one of the most literate pulp magazines, Argosy published thousands of short stories and novels, many of which features some of the most influential series characters in popular fiction. With the inauguration of The Argosy Library, Altus Press plans to bring back into print the best of the Frank A. Munsey Company, sourced from its suite of sibling titles such as Argosy, All-Story, and Flynn’s Detective Fiction Weekly, among others.

The Argosy Library expects to showcase the varied mix of genres that made Argosy one of the most popular pulps of all time. Series 1 does just that by showcasing adventure, mystery, western, science fiction, fantasy, and crime stories by some of Munsey’s most popular authors such as Lester Dent, W. Wirt, Otis Adelbert Kline, W.C. Tuttle, George F. Worts, and Theodore Roscoe, among others.

The Argosy Library will be released in series of ten books at a time – in matching trade dress – and will be available in softcover, hardcover, and ebook editions. In addition to being available separately, each series of releases can be purchased as a single, heavily-discounted set.  Series 1 of The Argosy Library is expected to be released in May. 

GENIUS JONES
LESTER DENT
INTRODUCTION BY WILL MURRAY

The gold-dusted saga of a red-bearded young giant, raised in the Arctic on seal-meat and encyclopedias, who descends on civilization with a loud and solid crash. In his search for wisdom and adventure, the man Jones doesn’t have Aladdin’s lamp – but he doesn’t really need it…Never before reprinted, it’s the longest novel Lester Dent ever published, and one of the most famous. This edition restores text cut from its original publication. 

WHEN TIGERS ARE HUNTING: THE COMPLETE ADVENTURES OF CORDIE, SOLDIER OF FORTUNE, VOLUME 1
W. WIRT

The sagas of Jimmie Cordie and his crew were among Argosy’s most popular series when it was brought to that magazine during its early ’30s renaissance. Quite clearly an inspiration for the creation of Doc Savage, this edition collects his first nine adventures. 

THE SWORDSMAN OF MARS
OTIS ADELBERT KLINE

Harry Thorne, explorer and swordsman, had scarcely more than heard of the Red Planet, Mars – when an amazing thing happened…. Author Otis Adelbert Kline is well-known as one of the best fantasy/adventure contemporaries of Edgar Rice Burroughs. This edition is sourced from the original magazine text and includes all of the original illustrations. 

THE SHERLOCK OF SAGELAND: THE COMPLETE TALES OF SHERIFF HENRY, VOLUME 1
W.C. TUTTLE
INTRODUCTION BY SAI SHANKAR

Once voted Adventure Magazine’s most popular author, W.C. Tuttle introduced the world to one of his longest-running, and most popular series characters, Henry Harrison Conroy, in the pages of Argosy. Collected here are the first four stories. 

GONE NORTH
CHARLES ALDEN SELTZER

When Jim Fallon started for the Hudson Bay country, he wasn’t sure whether he was on a man-hunt or a wild goose chase – but he found his quest was fraught with real enough peril. Among the best novels ever written by one of Argosy’s most popular authors.

THE MASKED MASTER MIND
GEORGE F. WORTS

One of Argosy’s most popular authors pens this never-before reprinted novel of a trail of crime that ran from sleepy Maple Hollow to Steel City. 

BALATA
FRED MACISAAC

Trees of living gold in the Amazon jungles, guarded by alligators, poisoned darts and rival hunters – such was the lodestone that drew an American expedition, and the unwilling Pete Holcomb…

BRETWALDA
PHILIP KETCHUM

‘Twas the mightiest weapon the eyes of man had ever beheld – its mystic name meant Ruler of Briton. And from over the Northern Sea came a Viking’s thrall – the only man in the world who could wield that fearsome steel – to save good King Alfred and the homeland he scarce remembered. Collecting – for the first time – all 12 stories of the Bretwalda saga. 

DRAFT OF ETERNITY
VICTOR ROUSSEAU

A groundbreaking science fiction, post-apocalyptic & time travel classic from the early days of The All-Story by an underrated writer.

FOUR CORNERS, VOLUME 1
THEODORE ROSCOE

Mystery runs rampant in the quiet, upstate New York town of Four Corners… Easily one of Roscoe’s best-written series, Volume 1 collects the first half of this lost masterpiece of the pulps. 

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