One of the nice things about having copious amounts of free time (between job applications and interviews) is the chance to play catch-up on my reading. Yes, I'm reading all the how-to books, but thankfully, I've also begun educating myself on pulp literature. I'm still proofing and reviewing ebooks for Radio Archives, but also have been checking out both of pal Ron's Black Bat Mystery anthologies of new stories via Airship 27 Productions.
I've blogged about the first of the original Black Bat pulp novels, but the nice thing about Airship 27's tales is that
they avoid the easy cliche (no "Batman-with-guns" writing) and simple nostalgia (no
isn't-this-stuff-great posturing). The storytelling is clear and sharp, reading less like overt
homages and more like the modern takes on classic storytelling style that they aspire to be.
Getting involved with pulp is getting much easier, thanks to Radio Archives' ebooks but
especially Airship 27. Yes, I do have personal relationships with both entities, but
Airship 27 provides some great new examples of classic storytelling. Available either in
hard or electronic copy, reading Black Bat Mystery is a great way to start immersing
yourself into pulp writing.
Read this. Now.