Apologies for not getting this up on the blog earlier this morning. I was wide awake at 4:30am, and thought about nipping out to the old laptop to put the post together so it would go “live” (an expression we use in the blogging bidness) at 7am but instead I just turned over and willed myself back to sleep. Today is my father’s natal anniversary; he celebrates Number 85 (though “celebrate” is probably not the word he would use—he jokingly told me he’s going to start counting backward from now on, so he maintains he’s 83) and as such, Mom has whipped up a lot of his favorites in the kitchen here at Rancho Yesteryear. This morning’s breakfast menu: sausage gravy and biscuits.
|One of the birthday gifts Dad received was a chess set...so he can practice and not be humiliated the next time he plays his grandson.|
In May of 2010, I gave away copies of Nick Carter, Master Detective: Volume 1—a Radio Spirits collection featuring eighteen broadcasts from the popular radio series featuring the shamus author/pulp fiction historian John J. “Jess” Jevins once described as “the grandfather of superheroes.” (The set is now OOP, so consider yourself fortunate if you snagged a copy.) I didn’t do the liner notes on that collection—come to think of it, I don’t think it had one—but I did compose the booklet for Chasing Crime, another Nick Carter radio show compendium released in 2015. This set (SRP: $31.95) hosts sixteen episodes broadcast between 1945 and 1949.
Though he’s often classified as the American answer to the legendary British sleuth Sherlock Holmes, Nick Carter made his first literary appearance nearly a year before the Baker Street investigator, in “The Old Detective’s Pupil; or, The Mysterious Crime of Madison Square,” written by John Russell Coryell and published by Street & Smith’s New York Weekly in the September 18, 1886 issue. Nick would eventually graduate to his own magazine in Nick Carter Weekly, and when that ceased publication in 1915 “the most famous of all manhunters” moved to the company’s Detective Story Magazine until 1927. In the 1930s, the popularity of The Shadow and Doc Savage led to a revival of Carter in Nick Carter Detective Magazine, and Carter’s career in comic books, films, etc. was set—a radio version of the shamus premiered over Mutual on April 11, 1943, and became one of that network’s most durable programs until September 25, 1955.
The program that listeners remember as The Shadow didn’t come into being until the fall of 1937 on Mutual, with the mysterious hero taking center stage, clouding men’s minds so that they could not see him. Eighteen classic broadcasts of that long-running series (it was heard over Mutual until 1954) are available in Dead Men Tell (SRP: $35.95), featuring Orson Welles, Bill Johnstone, and Bret Morrison taking turns portraying the crimefighter “who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men.” (I wrote the notes for this collection, too—my third for Radio Spirits.)
1) Send me an e-mail with “Pulp Fiction” in the subject header to igsjrotr(at)gmail(dot)com. You have until 11:59pm EST on February 11, 2017 (next Saturday) to enter.
2) Make sure you are a U.S. resident or have a U.S. mailing address. (Even though it’s a new year, the wolf is still at the door of the House of Yesteryear.)
3) If you’ve been a previous winner of a TDOY giveaway, I ask that you wait thirty days before entering another contest only because it’s just good manners to allow those not as fortunate a chance to pick up some swell swag. Roy Rogers would be proud of you if you do.
5) As always…there is no number five.