Texas Shall Be Free!

Texas Shall Be Free! (The H. Bedford-Jones Library)

Fighting Santa Ana for the Lone Star State! The fantastic sequel to H. Bedford-Jones’s novel Bowie Knife. Gordon Durant had two missions in Texas—to carry a message to the defenders of the Alamo—and to kill his brother!

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Bowie Knife

Bowie Knife (The H. Bedford-Jones Library)

Bowie and the Alamo! “On to Texas!” was the cry along the open trail which led to silver mines, slaves, acres of free land—and war! Never before reprinted, it’s part of the Uniform H. Bedford-Jones Library.

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The Complete Cases of Keyhole Kerry, Volume 1

The Complete Cases of Keyhole Kerry, Volume 1 (The Dime Detective Library)

Big-city residents on both sides of the law regard him with equal measures of fear and reticence. They know that whatever they’re doing, right or wrong, will sooner or later come to the attention of Guy “Keyhole” Kerry, a wise-cracking, hard-charging journalist who knows all and tells most of it. Kerry’s profession brings him into contact with all kinds of people, and the law of averages guarantees that some of them are better left alone. But Keyhole Kerry will risk anything for a scoop, even if it means becoming embroiled in murder mysteries and making himself a target.

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Unprofitable Ivory: The Complete Tales of Kingi Bwana, Volume 2

Unprofitable Ivory: The Complete Tales of Kingi Bwana, Volume 2

“Anything can happen in Africa!”—that’s the credo of big game hunter, trader and safari guide King, known all over the Dark Continent as Kingi Bwana. Together with his two loyal companions, the deadly Masai warrior Barounggo and the wizened, cunning Hottentot Kaffa, the stoic American battles slave traders, ivory poachers, gold smugglers, arms traffickers, evil witch doctors and secret societies in the savanna and jungle of Central East Africa. Contains the next five stories in the series: “Quill Gold,” “Unprofitable Ivory,” “The Witch Casting,” “Strangers of the Amulet,” and “The Ivory Killers.”

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Cyrano

Cyrano (The H. Bedford-Jones Library)

Fighter, drinker, poet, rogue—all of these and more was Cyrano, who rode so gayly into the intrigue that was shaking Louis XIII’s kingdom of France. More than a year after the events narrated by H. Bedford-Jones in The King’s Passport, a now-rundown, ragged and drunken Cyrano stumbles upon another conspiracy in the Spring of 1642 which breathes new life into the former guardsman—as does the encounter with a red-headed woman. And so it’s time again for Hector Savinien de Cyrano de Bergerac to serve a lady, ride a road, pluck a lute and swing a sword….

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Long Road to Tomorrow: The Complete Saga, Volume 2

Long Road to Tomorrow: The Complete Saga, Volume 2

The complete saga of Dikar and The Bunch concludes here. Volume 2 contains the following stories:

“Sunrise Tomorrow”: The road to liberty is long and perilous, but Dikar must lead his warrior Bunch down it swiftly—if America is to see again the bright sunrise of her matchless heritage.
“Long Road to Tomorrow”: Follow this road by night, Dikar, with your knife always ready. For a man must proceed stealthily and with iron courage if his destination is a brave new world.

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The Crime Master: The Complete Battles of Gordon Manning & The Griffin, Volume 1

The Crime Master: The Complete Battles of Gordon Manning & The Griffin, Volume 1

Running for 31 installments, this is one of the classic sagas from the pages of Detective Fiction Weekly featuring master criminal The Griffin and his war on America. Written by one of the most colorful authors of pulpdom, Volume 1 contains the first 11 stories of the series, uncut, and with all the original images.

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Buccaneer Blood: The Adventures of Denis Burke

Buccaneer Blood: The Adventures of Denis Burke (The H. Bedford-Jones Library)

Fate leads Denis Burke, buccaneer-turned Irish soldier-of-fortune, from the intrigues of the Sun King’s Court to the distant shores of the Caribbean. Dramatic sea battles with crashing broadsides, exciting swordfights with traitorous villains, the hunt for treasure ships and lovely ladies are just some of the ingredients of this classic pulp era swashbuckler series.

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Street Wolf: The Black Mask Stories of Frederick Nebel

Street Wolf: The Black Mask Stories of Frederick Nebel

Petty crooks, gangsters, rum runners, hijackers, jewel smugglers, Chinatown tongs, hard-boiled cops, tramp gunmen, a prize fighter, and a private dick. These are just a few of the characters found within the pages of this collection from master crime fiction writer Frederick Nebel. This book, the eleventh volume in The Nebel Library, collects for the first time, the last sixteen remaining tales he wrote for Black Mask. Complete with their original illustrations.

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Tomorrow: The Complete Saga, Volume 1

Tomorrow: The Complete Saga, Volume 1

The complete saga of Dikar and The Bunch is collected for the first time. Set in a decimated post-invasion United States, Volume 1 contains the following stories: “Tomorrow,” “Children of Tomorrow,” “Bright Flag of Tomorrow,” and “Thunder Tomorrow.”

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The Lost End of Nowhere: The Complete Tales of Kingi Bwana, Volume 1

The Lost End of Nowhere: The Complete Tales of Kingi Bwana, Volume 1

“Anything can happen in Africa!”—that’s the credo of big game hunter, trader and safari guide King, known all over the Dark Continent as Kingi Bwana. Together with his two loyal companions, the deadly Masai warrior Barounggo and the wizened, cunning Hottentot Kaffa, the stoic American battles slave traders, ivory poachers, gold smugglers, arms traffickers, evil witch doctors and secret societies in the savanna and jungle of Central East Africa.

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Grey Maiden: The Story of a Sword Through the Ages, The Complete Saga

Grey Maiden: The Story of a Sword Through the Ages, The Complete Saga

The Grey Maiden is a sword of legend. Forged by the pharaohs of Egypt and carried by great warriors from ancient Greece to the Middle East, the man who wields the Grey Maiden can never die by the blade of another sword. But that doesn’t make him immortal.

First appearing as a series in the pages of Popular Publications’ Adventure Magazine, Arthur D. Howden Smith’s epic traces the story of the sword as it shapes the destiny of the world. Collected together here are all nine tales of the Grey Maiden.

Smith was an American journalist, novelist and historian who wrote a number of popular series and stories for the pulps ranging from swashbuckling tales of the sea to yarns set in the American frontier.

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Hell's-a-Poppin' on Halfaday Creek

Hell’s-a-Poppin’ on Halfaday Creek

Altus Press is proud to present another new Halfaday Creek collection, containing eight previously-uncollected Black John & Halfaday Creek novelettes. Part of the matching Halfaday Creek Library.

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The Adventures of Faidit and Cercamon

The Adventures of Faidit and Cercamon

This volume collects all the stories of Brodeur’s medieval heroes Pierre of the Sword and Cercamon the Troubadour which were published in Adventure between 1921 and 1925. Set in the middle of the 12th century Brodeur tells exciting tales about dramatic sieges and battles, deadly political intrigues, tournaments and duels with noble and not so noble opponents and bloody fights against ruthless outlaw gangs. Rich in historical detail—which never distracts from the adventure—Brodeur brings to life the medieval world of Southern France, Normandy, England, Moorish Spain and the Holy Land.

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Badmen on Halfaday Creek

Badmen on Halfaday Creek

Continuing the complete reprinting of the classic Halfaday Creek series by master Northwest author James B. Hendryx. Originally published in book form in 1950, this edition has gone back to utilize the original magazine text versions (dating from 1947 and 1948), including all of the original illustrations.

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The Complete Cases of Vee Brown, Volume 1 (The Dime Detective Library) by Carroll John Daly

The Complete Cases of Vee Brown, Volume 1 (The Dime Detective Library)

The creation of Carroll John Daly, father of the hard-boiled private eye, Vee Brown plied his trade in the pages of Dime Detective, the classic crime pulp that was second only to the legendary Black Mask in its impact on the genre.

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The Complete Cases of the Marquis of Broadway, Volume 1

The Complete Cases of the Marquis of Broadway, Volume 1 (The Dime Detective Library)

One of the most unusual collection of stories published in any crime pulp, the Marquis of Broadway series was written by John Lawrence, a former stockbroker whose literary career, while relatively brief, deserves more recognition than it has received to date. Most of Lawrence’s best yarns, including those featuring the Marquis and his Broadway Squad, first appeared in the pages of Dime Detective, the prestigious crime pulp second only to the legendary Black Mask in its impact on the genre.

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The Sphinx Emerald (The H. Bedford-Jones Library)

A strange and mysterious gem named the Sphinx Emerald leaves its trail through history: a witness to many historic events and crosses the paths of both simple folk and famous men such as Alexander the Great, Saladin, Richard the Lionheart, Leonardo da Vinci, Cardinal Richelieu—and, for good or bad, exerts its powerful influence….

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D'Artagnan: A Sequel to The Three Musketeers (The H. Bedford-Jones Library)

D’Artagnan: A Sequel to The Three Musketeers (The H. Bedford-Jones Library)

For a second time H. Bedford-Jones picks up musketeer d’Artagnan, the well-known literary creation of 19th-century French writer Alexandre Dumas, Sr. In this swashbuckling drama—placed shortly after the events in Dumas’ The Three Musketeers—Bedford-Jones reunites the young Gascon with his old comrades-in-arms Athos, Porthos and Aramis to defend again the honor of the queen in an intrigue of Cardinal Richelieu and to secure the future of a child who will play an important role in Dumas’ own continuation The Vicomte of Bragelonne: Ten Years Later.

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The Complete Cases of Mr. Maddox, Volume 1

The Complete Cases of Mr. Maddox, Volume 1 (The Dime Detective Library)

The work of prolific pulpster T.T. Flynn, 35 Mr. Maddox novelettes were published in the pages of Dime Detective between 1938 and 1950. Fast-moving and suffused with authentic racing atmosphere, they were among the most popular stories ever to appear in this prestigious crime pulp, second only to the legendary Black Mask in its impact on the genre.

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O'Brien, Buccaneer (The H. Bedford-Jones Library)

O’Brien, Buccaneer (The H. Bedford-Jones Library)

In this thrilling swashbuckler saga former Jacobite fugitive James O’Brien, buccaneer, with his ship and crew roams the seas from the Caribbean to the Barbary Coast in North Africa. Here the dauntless buccaneer captain sets his sharp rapier and his even sharper wits against the will of Mulai Ismael, the bloodthirsty ruler of Morocco, while the English fleet eagerly awaits his return.

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The Complete Cases of the Rambler, Volume 1

The Complete Cases of The Rambler, Volume 1 (The Dime Detective Library)

Created by Fred MacIsaac, at one time a redheaded journalist himself, Frank Murphy rambled through 19 terse, tough yarns published between 1933 and 1940 mainly in the pages of Dime Detective, the prestigious crime pulp second only to the legendary Black Mask in its impact on the genre.

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The Complete Cases of Cass Blue, Volume 1

The Complete Cases of Cass Blue, Volume 1 (The Dime Detective Library)

The Cass Blue yarns are related in the first person by stylish pulp writer John Lawrence, who guides his protagonist through a maze of conventional plots and countless gunfights. What the series lacks in polish and innovation, it makes up for with vigorous action and the tough-as-nails attitude that gave Dime Detective the distinctive flavor that made it the most important crime pulp excepting the legendary Black Mask.

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The King’s Passport (The H. Bedford-Jones Library)

In a cold November night of the year 1640 three young men coincidentally meet in a Parisian tavern—a musketeer of the king, a poem reciting guardsman and an escapee from the Bastille, the infamous prison of the French king. Soon these three men will be part of an intrigue of Cardinal Richelieu in his struggle for power. Around the mysterious past of the fugitive and a damsel in distress enfolds a swashbuckling adventure by the “King of the Pulps” H. Bedford-Jones, using two immortal heroes of 19th-century French literature, Alexandre Dumas’ musketeer d’Artagnan and Edmond Rostand’s large-nosed poet Cyrano de Bergerac.

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The Complete Cases of Inspector Allhoff, Volume 1 (The Dime Detective Library)

The Complete Cases of Inspector Allhoff, Volume 1 (The Dime Detective Library)

Created by D.L. Champion, Inspector Allhoff denied most conventions of detective-pulp fiction. He could never be confused for one of Raymond Chandler’s knights errant, trudging down those mean streets. Allhoff was no Rover Boy in trench coat and fedora. He was, in fact, a sadist and a psychopath. With 30 entries published between 1938 and 1946, the Allhoff series was among the most popular and long-lived to appear in Dime Detective, the prestigious crime pulp second only to the legendary Black Mask in its impact on the genre.

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Winter Kill: The Complete Cases of MacBride & Kennedy Volume 3: 1935-36

Winter Kill: The Complete Cases of MacBride & Kennedy Volume 4: 1935-36

This is Black Mask at its best—slam-bang action, crackling dialogue and the keenest wit this side of Dashiell Hammett. Frederick Nebel was a master of the hardboiled school, and the nine-year saga of Captain Steve MacBride and Kennedy of the Free Press was his finest body of work. This last of four volumes presents the final eight novelettes, complete with the original illustrations by Arthur Rodman Bowker, and a new introduction by Evan Lewis. Hold onto your seat. It’s going to be a wild ride.

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Too Young to Die: The Complete Cases of MacBride & Kennedy Volume 3: 1933-35

Too Young to Die: The Complete Cases of MacBride & Kennedy Volume 3: 1933-35

This is Black Mask at its best—slam-bang action, crackling dialogue and the keenest wit this side of Dashiell Hammett. Frederick Nebel was a master of the hardboiled school, and the nine-year saga of Captain Steve MacBride and Kennedy of the Free Press was his finest body of work. This third of four volumes presents the next ten novelettes, complete with the original illustrations by Arthur Rodman Bowker, and a new introduction by Evan Lewis. Hold onto your seat. It’s going to be a wild ride.

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Whistle Stop in Space: Further Adventures of Manning Draco, Volume 2

Great Fomalhaut! Manning Draco is back! In Once Upon a Star, the interstellar insurance detective tackled a variety of weird con men and scammers throughout the 35th-century Galactic Federation. Now he returns in three further adventures, as a government agent sent to foil an anti-Federationist plot. The concluding story features a spoof of Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer, and reveals how Manning became the only Terran to develop a secondary mind shield against the telepathic powers of other races in the Federation.

Kendell Foster Crossen, a mainstay of the science fiction pulps in the 1950s, also published over forty-five detective and spy novels under a variety of pseudonyms, including M.E. Chaber, Christopher Monig, Richard Foster, and others.

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Once Upon a Star: The Adventures of Manning Draco, Volume 1

Once Upon a Star: The Adventures of Manning Draco, Volume 1

In four zany episodes, the unflappable detective Manning Draco travels the 35th-century galaxy to tackle a variety of insurance frauds, scams, and con men. In the process, he encounters bizarre-looking aliens from different planets, woos the most alluring humanoid females, is almost forced to wed a crocodilian princess, competes in futuristic games, and finally overcomes his rivals to win the affection of the fairest damsel in all of outer space.

Three further adventures in the Manning Draco series await the reader of volume 2, Whistle Stop in Space.

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Shake-Down: The Complete Cases of MacBride & Kennedy Volume 2: 1930-33

Shake-Down: The Complete Cases of MacBride & Kennedy Volume 2: 1930-33

This is Black Mask at its best—slam-bang action, crackling dialogue and the keenest wit this side of Dashiell Hammett. Frederick Nebel was a master of the hardboiled school, and the nine-year saga of Captain Steve MacBride and Kennedy of the Free Press was his finest body of work. This second of four volumes presents the next ten novelettes, complete with the original illustrations by Arthur Rodman Bowker, and a new introduction by Evan Lewis. Hold onto your seat. It’s going to be a wild ride.

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