Femme fatale Mme. Rozika Storey was one of the most popular series characters in the pages of Argosy during the 1920s–30s. These detective stories are fast-paced adventures which pushed Madame Storey’s masterful deductive skills to the limit. Volume 2 contains the next three stories in the series, accompanied by the original pulp illustrations.
The Argosy Library #72
In 1930, Argosy Magazine brought back several of their most popular series characters, and that list was headlined by Peter the Brazen. The four stories collected in Volume 4 showcases an even more action-oriented series compared to the earlier stories, and are considered by pulp readers as among the best stories to ever appear in Argosy. Written by George F. Worts under his primary pen-name, Peter the Brazen made a marked impression on Argosy reader Lester Dent when he co-created Doc Savage. The saga of Peter the Brazen is amongst the best adventure series in the history of pulp fiction.
The Curse of Capistrano and Other Adventures: The Johnston McCulley Omnibus, Volume 2 (The Argosy Library)
A monster-sized volume containing the first two Zorro novels from the pages of All-Story Weekly by Johnston McCulley. It’s headlined by the premiere Zorro adventure, “The Curse of Capistrano,” along with the rare, second Zorro story, “The Further Adventures of Zorro.” Taken directly from the original pulp texts and including several of the original pulp illustrations.
Two early science fiction classics from the heyday of Argosy are reprinted from their original magazine texts. Pioneering the subatomic fiction genre and inspiring a legion of imitators, Ray Cummings followed up his initial science fiction works with two more novel-length stories: “The Fire People” and “The Man Who Mastered Time,” which are considered installments in Cummings’ “Matter, Space, Time” series. Included here are the Virgil Finlay illustrations from “The Man Who Mastered Time’s” subsequent appearance in Fantastic Novels, as well as all of the original illustrations from their first magazine appearances by Roger B. Morrison.
Captain John Norcross is back for his final two adventures from the pages of Argosy. In “The City of Japheth,” Norcross and his handful of fighting troopers battle Afghan raiders in the lawless mountains of western China. Then in “The Guns of the American,” with Norcross far away, and with two princesses he had entrusted to their care trapped by the hordes of hostile War Lords, his troop of U.S. cavalrymen face cruel odds in western China’s mountains.
A Western story as only Max Brand can write, as those who read The Untamed will testify; and from the moment when Anthony Woodbury backs the outlaw stallion in Madison Square Garden until, under the shadow of Two Brother Mountains in the Far West, he stands face to face with a long-dead past and comes to a final great decision. A Western classic from the pages of All-Story Weekly by Frederick Faust AKA Max Brand.
Two of the leading diplomats of Europe, sitting across a dinner table in a locked room, both shot to death. That was the spark that kindled the war flames in the summer of 1936. The two had met in the Teuton capital to discuss a secret matter of vital importance. No one, not even the occupants of the press room next door, had heard the shots fired, yet there the two men were, riddled with bullets. Teutonic police, after a quick investigation, announced that the Esperenchman had started the duel. Excited Teutons began shouting, “Down with Esperance!” Mobilization began.
Of those reporters whose room was so close to the mystery chamber, there were some who did not believe they had killed each other. John Keats, the American, was one. At the height of the excitement, two attempts were made on the life of Keats, and another was murdered. The surviving reporters, seeing that war was inevitable, took the first train for the Esperench capital. But war was inevitable: can Keats put a stop to it?
Bingham Harvard, former protégé of a banker named Chester, is wrongfully accused of robbing Chester’s bank. Escaping from the police, Harvard must flee to England. While his private detective wife attempts to clear Harvard’s name, how can sudden appearance in New York of the mysterious Night Wind be explained, when Bingham Harvard and the Night Wind are one and the same?
Varick Vanardy was the pseudonym of prolific dime-novel producer Frederick Van Rensselaer Dey, the author of over one thousand Nick Carter stories. His Night Wind novels were written for The Cavalier magazine during the last years of Dey’s amazing writing career, as dime novels gave way to the new pulp magazine field pioneered by Argosy.
The Fetish Fighters and Other Adventures: The F.V.W. Mason Foreign Legion Stories Omnibus (The Argosy Library)
Famed author Francis Van Wyck Mason’s stories of the French Foreign Legion were amongst the most popular to see print in the pages of Argosy during the 1920s-30s. Lauded for their vivid detail and high adventure, these stories have before now been rarely reprinted. This omnibus contains four of his best Foreign Legion stories from Mason’s peak period writing for Argosy between 1929 and 1931. These Foreign Legion stories by famed author F.V.W. Mason are amongst the most-requested stories for inclusion as part of The Argosy Library.
He was a hardboiled lone-wolf investigator whose real name was never revealed. And he was a true company man, identified only by the name of the business he worked for, with an “Op” tagged at the end. His stories were tough and violent, and while they sometimes revealed him to be indecorous or not particularly heroic, he laid them all out in a straightforward, first-person style. He was, however, not the Continental Op.
Credited as the author was the mysterious “Jan Dana,” in reality John Lawrence: a former stockbroker and author of another long-running Dime Detective series, the Marquis of Broadway. Volume 1 collects the first six stories in the series.
Includes an all-new introduction by John Wooley.
Known for his later work as the writer of bestsellers such as Jaws II and for classic TV shows such as The Fugitive, Hank Searls began his career toiling in the pages of Dime Detective and other Popular Publications detective magazines penning tales of P.I. Mike Blair, a Sam Spade-esque detective based in San Francisco. The edition collects all seven Blair stories, along with an introduction by Searls himself.
Meet “Lora Lorne,” the love advice columnist for the Recorder newspaper… in actuality, gruff reporter Bill Brent. Written by Frederick C. Davis, Brent stumbled through 16 stories published between 1941 and 1946 in the pages of Dime Detective, the prestigious crime pulp second only to the legendary Black Mask in its impact on the genre.
Collecting the next four stories in the series, all originally published in 1942–43.
Written by T.T. Flynn, Valentine Easton is regarded as the top agent for American Intelligence who tackled the dreaded Black Doctor’s espionage threats in 5 stories published between 1932 and 1935 in the pages of Dime Detective, the prestigious crime pulp second only to the legendary Black Mask in its impact on the genre.
Collected for the first time: in 1937, prolific pulp author Wyatt Blassingame introduced a new series featuring a diminutive, once-blind detective who had learned to hear more keenly that any other human being. This—the John Smith series—was Blassingame’s longest-running and most popular character to see print in the 1930s-40s. Included here are all of the John Smith stories originally published from 1937–38.
Best known for his groundbreaking science fiction work, author Ray Cummings also dabbled in the detective fiction genre. Writing primary for Popular Publications in the mid-1930s, Cummings was in the right place at the right time to pen a series for Popular’s Detective Tales magazine featuring the rotund, middle-aged investigator Uncle Tubby. Collected for the first time are all ten stories from the series.
Race Williams returns! Originally appearing in the pages of Black Mask Magazine, author Carroll John Daly pioneered the hard-boiled detective P.I. story and perfected the genre with his classic character, Race Williams. Apart from the novel-length Race Williams stories, these classic hard-boiled thrillers have rarely been reprinted, if ever. Volume 6 contains 11 Race Williams stories, all from 1938–41, as Daly closed out his lengthiest period of penning new Race Williams stories for Dime Detective Magazine.
It’s also prefaced by an all-new, scholarly introduction by Professor Brooks E. Hefner of James Madison University. Gangman’s Gallows: The Collected Hard-Boiled Stories of Race Williams Volume 6 continues this most important series published in years on the history of the Hard-Boiled Detective story.
Black John Smith, Old Cush, and the rest of the outlaws of Halfaday Creek return in seven more adventures, taken from their original magazine texts, and including all of the original interior illustrations. These original versions have never before been reprinted.
Continuing the complete reprinting of one of the longest-running series in all of pulp fiction.
H. Bedford-Jones’ most popular series character returns. John Solomon, the mysterious ship’s chandler, faces off against both a group of Congo soldiers and a fiendish Belgian plot. Continue the story of John Solomon with this next book in the series, complete & uncut from the pages of People’s Magazine. Includes the original illustrations.
Amongst the genres in which author H. Bedford-Jones wrote, perhaps his most popular were his stories of pirates, life on the sea, and adventure on the oceans. This monster-sized compendium of four of the “King of the Pulps’” stories of the seas is completely remastered from the original texts and includes all of the original pulp illustrations.
Four men have been marked for death by the vengeful Hindu who earned the name of the Rajah from Hell. A serialized novel by the “King of the Pulps”—H. Bedford-Jones—which includes all of the original pulp illustrations.
The “King of the Pulps”—H. Bedford-Jones—pens a story of modern China: a country in the throes of rebirth, where the superstition of magic of other days are sometimes opposed to the chattering machine-gun—where the rigid caste system of the oldest surviving civilization is fighting a losing fight against the newly-found ideal of Western democracy. A classic pulp adventure from early in H. Bedford-Jones’ career.
A complicated case of stolen diamonds and murder comes just as insurance investigator Milo March is starting his Southern California vacation. He was loaned a friend’s Beverly Hills apartment, complete with access to a little black book. His first date is Lita Harper, an attractive interior decorator who comes to his apartment to drink and talk, but then suddenly has to leave early. Not long after Milo resigns himself to an early bedtime, a scream is heard. Rushing out to investigate, he is stunned to find Lita in a neighboring apartment, holding a gun, with a dead man at her feet. The police arrest her for the murder of a bad boy named Johnny Renaldi. Coincidentally, Johnny was the police’s chief suspect in the jewel robberies.
Lita had been the interior decorator for most of the burglarized homes. Was she suckered into supplying information to Johnny about the location of wall safes? Milo couldn’t believe she was capable of planning a jewel theft operation, and murder was out of the question. Yet the playboy Renaldi didn’t fit the role of a mastermind either.
The insurance company wants Milo to recover the loot and also to solve the murder case. So much for his vacation, but Milo rises to the occasion and takes on some tough Syndicate customers before he solves the puzzle of where the dead man hid the loot.
Milo March sets out to end the career of a master spy as he trails the shadowy villain from New York to Stockholm and Paris to solve a case involving not just insurance fraud, but murder, industrial espionage, and the possession of classified secrets.
Six robbers of an armored truck make off with a million and a half bucks, murdering the two guards, and then three of them kill the other three. Milo March follows the crime spree as two men and a woman flee to Rio, where he must figure out how to recover the money before the three crooks finish each other off―and how to get them out of a country that has no extradition treaty with the U.S.
Coffins and gold lay side by side in the strongroom of the liner that was sailing to its doom. And Richard Wentworth had picked that ship to carry Nita and himself to their long-delayed honeymoon in Europe! Denounced by Baron Otuna as a pirate, assailed by the green men in flaming chaos, he donned once more the Spider’s dusty cloak and well-oiled guns—for an epic battle at sea with a terror that stalked in the great ship’s wake and menaced a thousand lives!
Men blanched at that name—the Scarlet Baron! Ambitious master of the united Underworld, he promised boundless riches for all! But Jimmy Christopher—Operator 5 of the Intelligence—understood the true purpose behind the new plague of rapine and murder. With the gallant Federal G-men slaughtered—with the Secret Service and militia admitting defeat—alone, wounded and heartsick Operator 5 seizes the very last chance to save our crime-beleaguered land from shameful serfdom!
A brawny coolie from the filthy waterfront of Hong Kong was Emperor of Asia and master of the vast reaches of Russia. Armed with mysterious new weapons which made the bravest man craven, he marched ruthlessly to conquer the world, and to win the proud daughter of the Muscovite nobility who scorned his amorous advances… Jimmy Christopher—Operator 5 of the United States Intelligence—had given America more than enough warning to prepare for the barbaric, invading yellow hosts. And when all seemed lost—when great cities were razed and countless thousands butchered—Operator 5 finally ignored restraining bureaucracy and pitted himself in a single-handed battle to wrest our nation from the Coolie Emperor’s bloody grasp!
Deep-hidden in evil, Satan’s Suicide Club sat in council—and men died. What dreadful force drove these men, leaders of society with everything to live for, to end their lives at the behest of that sinister being who sardonically called himself Professor Mephisto? And why did men and women suffer the tortures of the damned rather than defy this mysterious being? Richard Wentworth once more assumes the cloak of the Spider to free these lost ones from a living hell and a disgraceful death—and steps into the jaws of a devil’s trap that casts his life among the lives in pawn!
A man disappeared seven years ago, and his large life insurance policies are ready to come due unless he is found alive. He’s a union boss and gangster who was in the midst of testifying to Congress when he mysteriously vanished. Hoping to save the insurance company a million dollars, Milo March crisscrosses the country to find out if he’s still alive, with a pair of professional killers on his tail, determined to stop the investigation.
Insurance companies don’t like it when someone puts a match to a house they’ve insured to the hilt, and in the process burns to death a couple who carry double-indemnity policies. Investigator Milo March sets out to discover who torched the Santa Monica beach house with its owners inside, and who paid them. Did the philandering husband hire a notorious gangster to do the dirty work, and trick a Skid Row bum to stand in for himself as the victim? Three other suspects are an elegant blonde, a steamy redhead, and a shapely young Japanese woman, any of whom Milo might bed or bust—or both—in the course of this fast-paced, action-packed whodunit.