Thank you James for starting this. The highlight for me in this issue is Richard's overview of Conan in paperback from the Ace Double "Conan the Conqueror/The Sword of Rhiannon" in 1953 all the way up to possible reprints by "Perilous Worlds." Great stuff all round and not backing away from his criticism of some of L. Sprague de Camp's editorial and authorial contributions. We used to have a wonderful thread of the plantation/slavery novels that NEL pumped out in the 70's on the previous incarnation of the Vault, and James gives a superb overview of how this, now politically incorrect, subject became such a literary phenomenon at the time. Personally I've only read a few of the Kenneth Bulmer contributions that he wrote as "Clint Rockman" and don't intend trying any others but the artwork of Richard Clifton-Dey is always a joy to behold.
The only (small) downside to the issue is the lack, again, of a letters page. and I know that in early drafts of the issue there was one as well as a feature on Timothy Truman for the "Artists Assemble!" project - so I'm wondering how Justin is going to wrestle with that in future. My contribution notwithstanding, another fantastic issue and the larger trade-paperback size allows more room for the articles to breathe and makes it even more of a visual feast that it always is. How Justin manages this along with every other one of his publications I'll never comprehend, but I'm glad that he does.
I'm holding on by a fingernail and my right bollock!
Thanks James and Sev. I'm playing catch-up - not yet got copies of PF #41 or Sleazy #8, still have Pulp Horror #8 and MOV #11 to review. Will try right the latter if/ when I can get my head to go again. Justin would seem to have now adopted the oversized paperback format for all House of Fanatic publications and, I agree, it suits.
From the first, I set myself against "literature"; the story was the thing, and no amount of style could persuade me to select a story that lacked genuine, unadulterated horror. For those who wanted something high-brow there was plenty.