Dead on the Bones: Pulp on Fire

von Joe R. Lansdale 
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“I was living in a pulp writer fury, a storm of imagination.” So Joe R. Lansdale, award-winning author of more than twenty novels and two hundred short works, describes the birth of his desire to be a writer after encountering pulp storytelling as a kid in TV, comics, and books. Now Dead on the Bones: Pulp on Fire collects eight stories where Lansdale pays tribute to the rip-roaring tales of his youth. Dedicated to Edgar Rice Burroughs and Robert E. Howard, “Under the Warrior Star” finds hero Braxton Booker on another, battle-wracked planet, while “Tarzan and the Land That Time Forgot” was expressly permitted by the Burroughs estate. In “Dead on the Bones,” a Conjure Man facilitates a boxing match between the living and the dead, with a twist. “The Gruesome Affair of the Electric Blue Lightning” crosses Poe with horrors that could have walked straight out of Lovecraft. Meanwhile, in “Naked Angel” a cop discovers a dead woman encased in ice on the noir streets of Los Angeles, not realizing he shares a personal connection with her. Other stories here bring readers face to face with vampires and far stranger creatures, all in Lansdale's signature, Texas Mojo style. Lansdale is rightly recognized as one of the most distinctive voices in modern fiction, pulp or otherwise. From Venus to vampires, Dead on the Bones is a fine, thoroughly enjoyable demonstration of why.


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    misspidervor 2 Jahren
    Pulp feast

    This was a very interesting collection and nice introduction to the origins of the pulp genre, which I was too young (or not yet there at all ;) to experience firsthand. I only vaguely remember watching Tarzan as a TV series and the b/w movies, but that's about all I can say for it. So let's take a closer look at the stories we get here:

    Pulp Fury: An Introduction
    The introduction was very insightful and though I am not familiar with the authors mentioned my interest was piqued and I will investigate them further. I wonder if the pulp magazines and TV shows were as popular here in Germany, my guess would be that they were mainly an American thing. My parents sure can't remember stumbling upon them ;)

    The Gruesome Affair of the Electric Blue Lightning
    The first story, starring detective Auguste Dupin (whose character actually was invented by Poe) was ok but it held my interest only loosely. Too many coincidences and convenient guess work for my liking, though it perfectly depicts the detective's quirky 'Sherlock Holmes'-like nature (while actually, it would have been Dupin who inspired the creation of Holmes...). **

    The Redheaded Dead
    Though I love stories with fangs, this one about a vampire-hunting god-doubting preacher was the worst of the collection - simply utterly boring. *

    King of the Cheap Romance
    "Third time is a charm" and the third story of the collection, which is a sci-fi bit about a girl stranded on Mars (though most part of it read like it could have played somewhere in the arctic region as well) was the first to really hold my interest throughout. Could this be the turning point in the book?! ***

    Naked Angel
    Wow! I was truly mesmerized by this perfect little piece of 'pulp noir'. Got me with this one! *****

    Dead on the Bones
    Another tasty treat comes with this story about revenge and voodoo. Great! ****

    Tarzan and the Land That Time Forgot
    Reading this one stirred some vague memories of a black and white Tarzan and some distant dinosaur movie scenes (were there any in the original King Kong movie? I just can't put my finger on it where these come from). Entertaining, but nothing new on this front, and I didn't care for the macho aura surrounding Tarzan like a cloud of flies around something smelly. ***

    Under the Warrior Star
    What I loved about this story was the background story about a man being sent into an artificially created universe where he encounters strange people on a strange planet...the rest was just another Tarzan-like super hero saves the beauty hodge-podge with lots of fighting against some savages or beasts. **

    The Wizard of the Trees
    Didn't I just read that story? Way too similar to the Warrior Star, this story was perfect to resurface from the pulp realm, fading into the background while the here and now took over again. **

    As a whole, this collection provides a common but decent 3 star mixture of good, great and ugly. However, the author definitely delivered on his promise that the collection would be pure pulp, and I am glad I took the opportunity to get more familiar with his work.

    (I chose to read an ARC of this book, all opinions are my own)


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