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The Paperback Fanatic
« Thread started on: Aug 1st, 2007, 11:07am »

Copies of The Paperback Fanatic, the latest bastard offspring of Pulp Mania will be collected from the printers early next week, so if you want a freebie copy, you know the drill... be a member of the Vault of Evil site and drop me a grovelling e-mail.

Contents are- Kung Fu Pulp Fiction, Sphere Horror of the 1970s, The Many Faces of Paul Tabori, James Weir's Psycho Sexual Dramas, and The Special Squad. 32 pages A4 with colour covers.

For those interested (assuming there is more than one)... The Paperback Fanatic is the third issue of what was previously known as The Paperback Dungeon. At one point it looked as if Pulp Mania was dead (it isn't), so The Paperback Fanatic was intended as a 'merger' of the two titles. If you enjoyed The Paperback Dungeon, but wish you could have made out the cover reproductions, or enjoyed Pulp Mania but wished it came out more than once a decade, then hopefully you'll dig The Paperback Fanatic.

A few years back The Paperback Fanatic wouldn't have bene possible, but advances in print technology are making it econimically viable to print small-press once again, without the hassles of having to go for national distribution and large print-runs.

An advance proof will be with Demonik, the evil overlord of this site by Friday, so keep an eye out for his initial post/thoughts over the weekend.
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Re: The Paperback Fanatic
« Reply #1 on: Aug 1st, 2007, 11:30am »

coo, looking forward to it already! the paul tabori piece is of particular interest, as i love his biography of Harry Price (HP:Ghost Hunter, a Dennis Wheatley Library of the Occult selection, no less!), and he wrote the great space soap 'Spaceways' for Hammer. also seen lots of trashy stuff with his name on. there's a story there, i'll be bound.

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« Reply #2 on: Aug 1st, 2007, 2:02pm »

Great news, Justin. Like Andy I'm looking forward to the Tabori piece, another fellow who used to write in a variety of genres who I don't know the first thing about. There's a true crime book of his around here some place and I seem to recall something involving a fictitious rock band called - I think - the Scorpions? I've got the Harry Price: Ghosthunter biography too, and remember enjoying that.

Looking forward to the Sphere piece too which I'll doubtless rip off. Sorry, but you know how things are .....

"evil overlord"? Well, I guess it sounds more impressive than "that creepy guy who keeps hanging around and nobody knows what to do with so we just let him clean out the spam accounts ...."
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« Reply #3 on: Aug 2nd, 2007, 06:43am »

on Aug 1st, 2007, 11:07am, Justin wrote:
At one point it looked as if Pulp Mania was dead (it isn't)...

A few years back The Paperback Fanatic wouldn't have bene possible, but advances in print technology are making it econimically viable to print small-press once again, without the hassles of having to go for national distribution and large print-runs.


No, we'd have dug it up, we wouldn't have let you get out of it that easy, Justin.

I'm wondering if you're going to go for print-on-demand like the rest of the world. In fact I'm wondering if FC should be going down that road, too.

Anyway, I'll look forward to whatever you're putting out. Pulpmania and Paperback Dungeon were both a blast. I was surprised when I looked up Tabori - I thought of him as an SF author, but he's in The 4th Ghost Book and Tales of Unease. I didn't know about the Harry Price book. Anyway, I better start emailing, I guess.
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« Reply #4 on: Aug 4th, 2007, 03:44am »

on Aug 1st, 2007, 11:30am, pulphack wrote:
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Mere words can not express.

So, you loved Pulpmania and you loved Paperback Dungeon too. Now, imagine you put them both through a blender and lovingly arrange the results over 32 packed A4 pages ....

My problem here is to keep this post just the right side of a teaser as even I'm not rotten enough to ruin it for those of you who'll be getting it soon (my copy is a proof, not that you'd notice). One immediate advantage to using the larger format is in the reproduction of the covers - fucking stacks of 'em! - those of you who love Sphere, Kung-Fu and slightly steamy Paul Tabori titles are in for a treat. Even dear old Dennis Wheatley gets a look in this time!

The Sphere stuff: I was dead right. I am going to rip it off - all over Encyclopedia Phantasmagoria! * um ... if that's OK with you, Justin? *

Paperback Fanatic, ladies and gentlemen. It's like the magazine Vault regulars willed into existence.
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« Reply #5 on: Aug 4th, 2007, 04:15am »

Fark! I was just thinking about Blue Sunshine the other day. I wish I still had that paperback - I'm sure it was much better than the film. Great idea - bunch of hippies take a new form of acid in '67. In '77 they're all successful breadheads - until their hair falls out and they become psychotic killers. The Meteors even wrote a great song about it.
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« Reply #6 on: Aug 8th, 2007, 05:14am »

Just received my freebie copy of THE PAPERBACK DUNGEON issue 3. Many thanks for sending this. Very impressive.

By the way, isn't it generally believed that Ron Goulart was the real author of the K'ING KUNG FU novels?
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« Reply #7 on: Aug 10th, 2007, 03:07am »

Blue Sunshine: Is that the Ken Zoltan, Hound Of Dracula Johnson?

Are Angus Hall's Devilday and To Play The Devil the same novel under different titles?

"I did once ask Peter Haining as to his mint condition of Dennis Wheatley Library Of The Occult, to which he replied he vaguely remembered one of the books being a barely disguised rewrite of one of his own".
From The Devil And All His Works, Paperback Fanatic, August 2007.


That being the case the book in question is Haining's The Necromancers, over-zealously sampled by DW for Satanism & Witches. The Duke and me made some guesses about this on the DW library Of The Occult thread.

I've got the Sphere arm of Encyclopedia Phantasmagoria about as ready as it will ever be and will open it up when I know more of you have received PF as it's just too much of a spoiler otherwise. It's uniform to the Fontana, Mayflower and Panther pages so you get the usual bonus half-complete gallery etc!
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« Reply #8 on: Aug 10th, 2007, 04:10am »

ah. zoltan - now there was a novelisation. loved it when i was a teenager, wonder what i'd think of it now? i remember seeing the blue sunshine novelisation in a charity shop in Frinton (of all places) back in the day, but the then-missus had just started getting serious about being a witch, and wouldn't let me buy it as it was 'pernicious rubbish'. well yes, but that's the point, surely? i knew i was in trouble when she started criticising witchfinder general because 'that's not how witches were really murdered back then, you know'... (and yes, i know BS has bugger all to do with witches, but she - who ironically got me into horror movies big time - had turned against the whole genre as not being 'authentic')

but i digress. so, my copy of paperback fanatic arrived yesterday, and i read it over breakfast this morning. lovely to see all those scans - i like the uniform feel of the early sphere occult titles - and also to find out little nuggets that might make look again. like, for instance, angus hall: i'd always avoided his titles after the mess Amicus made of Madhouse, but i'm thinking i may have misjudged him, as the novels with Toombs sound wonderful!

seeing the scan michael minick's the kung fu avengers brought back memories - swanage seafront, 1975, and the book spinner has this and a book about the devil's triangle, both bantam. and me with only enough money for one. i think i bought the devil's triangle one purely because it was 5p cheaper! and it was so crap i can't remember who wrote it. that kung fu avengers cover has been in memory ever since.

i checked a ron goulart bibliography in paperback and pulp collector #2, which the man himself corresponded about in later issues. it doesn't mention him being marshall macao, and he doesn't correct this. i doubt it could be him purely because any original work during that period was under his own name, pen names and house names being saved for tie-ins and licensed properties.

this is a cracking piece of work, justin, and i haven't even mentioned the paul tabori piece yet! to know something about this mysterious figure, and to know of other titles he was responsible for across the board, is exactly why any of us keep delving. top man.
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« Reply #9 on: Aug 10th, 2007, 05:50am »

Excellent work, Justin. I don't know whether to cheer or cry. All manner of genius exposed. But how can mere mortals hope to find, obtain and then bloody read all this stuff? Particularly enjoyed The Special Squad (intriguing theory - have you tried contacting GFN?) and The Killers gallery (one series I've still got a few of - though I've only read the first - wonderful OTT stuff from Laurence James). The teaser for the next issue was terrific - although it reminded me that Charles Whiting (aka Leo Kessler and others) died recently. 80 years young and author of some 370 odd books. There's a smashing obituary on line from something like the Yorkshire Post - Anthony Cheetham 'Old Etonian and publisher of down-market fiction with enormous sales' apparently turned him into Leo Kessler.
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« Reply #10 on: Aug 10th, 2007, 05:53am »

One for you, Mr. Hack. The insane madness that is Zoltan, Hound Of Dracula

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« Reply #11 on: Aug 10th, 2007, 1:49pm »

Justin is as proliffic as the writers he writes about - you can feel the genuine enthusiasm on every page of Paperback Fanatic! It's hard to choose between this , Dungeon and Mania as favourite publication - I like 'em all! The Kung-Fu overview in PF was excellent - the other features all informative and top notch - I particularly enjoy Justin's comments the best. The next issue sounds a corker - Lory surely the HIGHLIGHT?!

Many thanks Justin for the latest mag from your stable !

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« Reply #12 on: Aug 10th, 2007, 4:48pm »

And thanks from me, too, Justin. I see what Dem' meant by: Quote:
...the magazine Vault regulars willed into existence.


Even after the number of previously unseen horrors that have been dredged up by Vault regulars, the number of previously unseen covers shown in Paperback Fanatic is pretty impressive.

We haven't touched on Angus Hall's thrillers here yet, have we? And A Man Called Poe is an anthology that's somehow got away from us (I used to loath the snake-face cover for that one, but looking at it now, it's pretty effective). It won't come as any surprise that I've only read one of the Kung Fu books mentioned - interesting to learn that 'Howard Lee' was actually Ron Goulart.

Saddest moment: remembering that I gave away Paul Tabori's The Doomsday Brain. I don't think I found the story anything to shout about, but that weird cover, all ink-sketch and primary colours was a psychadelic gem.

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« Reply #13 on: Aug 11th, 2007, 12:34pm »

Thanks for the positive reception guys. Glad you like the Fanatic, and the enthusiasm of this board is a key motivator in keeping me focused and productive. The fourth issue is complete and waiting to go off to the printers. The fifth issue is planned to be ready this side of Xmas.

Looking for suggestions and thoughts as to how I can improve the mag. Certainly by getting it proof-read for a start- some of the kung fu stuff was clumsy at best, gibberish at worst- but open to ideas and criticism. And I do mean open ideas to criticism, rather than meaning just tell me how good it is again. Else I'll just blindly carry on ploughing my particular furrow.

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« Reply #14 on: Aug 12th, 2007, 04:52am »

For what it's worth, here's the view from my patch of the swamp.

The best change between Paperback Dungeon and Paperback Fanatic was the reversion to A4. If, as I'm hoping, you propose to treat us to an abundance of cover scans in the future it seems to me they suit this size better than the more compact digest format.

Definitely keep genre-hopping. I never thought I'd say this but its actually of far more interest than if it was restricted to my favourite supernatural horror themes. That said, I'd like if you were to continue tackling the horrors one publisher per issue as in the Panther and Sphere spreads so far.

Proof-reading? Perhaps, but I'd be wary of polishing it too much. At present it exudes the rough and ready feel of the novels it celebrates and it would be a shame to lose that. The odd mistake here and there personalises fanzine's anyway. It adds to their charm. Proof-readers can wait until you want to turn them into a book.

From the response to date I reckon if you "just blindly carry on ploughing my particular furrow" everybody will be more than pleased.
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