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Riding the Pulp Trail by Paul S. Powers


 
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Riding the Pulp Trail Audiobook
by Paul S. Powers, Introduction by Laurie Powers
Read by James C. Lewis
 
 
Most fans of Western fiction know Paul S. Powers as one of the foundation authors of the famous pulp magazine of the 1930s and 1940s, Wild West Weekly, in which his popular characters Sonny Tabor, Kid Wolf, Freckles Malone, and Johnny Forty-five appeared for fifteen years.
 
Lesser known is the career Powers had after Wild West Weekly stopped publication in 1943. Powers continued to write for the best of the western fiction magazines throughout the 1940s. Now, here for the first time, are twelve Paul Powers stories written in the years after his Wild West Weekly career. Six of these were published in the leading western pulp magazines of the period. The other six, never published before, were discovered by Powers’ granddaughter Laurie in 2009.
 
Two of the published stories, “A Pard for Navajo Jack,” and “Judgment Day on Whisky Trail,” appeared in Thrilling Western in 1947 and 1948. “Hangnoose for a Prodigal” appeared in Thrilling Ranch Stories in March 1948. “Buzzards Hate Bullets” was published in Exciting Western in November 1947. The two other stories, “Boothill is My Destination,” that appeared in Texas Rangers in December 1947, and “Death is Where You Find It” in Rio Kid Western in August 1949, were imprints of Better Publications.
 
All of the stories in this collection reflect a new style that Powers had to adopt in the early 1940s. His earlier Wild West Weekly style was geared towards its adolescent audience and full of the “blood and thunder” that was indicative of the pulp westerns during that period. Writing stories for Wild West Weekly was a highly lucrative trade for my grandfather, but he had to change course and relearn his craft when the old style was no longer popular. No longer were heroes to be the semi-super human cowboys who survived hundreds of bullet wounds and shoot targets with jaw dropping speed and accuracy. They were now to be more mature and sometimes with a darker look on life.  Heroes that for years were clean-cut, highly moral and almost puritan in their habits were replaced by lead characters who drank, smoked, and swore.
 
But Powers rose to the task and continued to have his stories published through the 1940s and into the early 1950s. These twelve stories are representative of that era; they make for an outstanding collection of frontier stories that represent the glory years of the Western short story and the best of Powers’ prolific pulp career. Read by James C. Lewis.
 
Riding the Pulp Trail
by Paul S. Powers, Introduction by Laurie Powers
Read by James C. Lewis
 
Introduction by Laurie Powers
Death Is Where You Find It
To Steal a Ranch
Hangnoose for a Prodigal
  Chapter 1: Storm Ridge Trail
  Chapter 2: Wayward Son
  Chapter 3: Buzzards at the Rafter
  Chapter 4: Hell Boils Over
  Chapter 5: Gunfire and Brimstone
  Chapter 6: Smoky Housecleaning
Texa
Guns at Jailbird Ranch
Boothill is My Destination
By the Neck Until Dead
  Chapter 1: Man’s Life for Sale
  Chapter 2: Murder Plan
  Chapter 3: Neighbor Jake Swan
  Chapter 4: Toro Leary, Jailer
  Chapter 5: Desperate Hours
  Chapter 6: With Luck—And Guts!
  Chapter 7: Canyon of Ten Devils
  Chapter 8: Dwellings of Death
A Pard for Navajo Jack
Murder on the Hoof
Buzzards Hate Bullets
Judgement Day on Whisky Trail
Yellow Glass


James C. Lewis says he has been a communicator all his life, starting in the first grade, as soon as he learned to write. He brought a note to a girl at school. Unfortunately, she could not read it; neither could his teacher. Since then, his communication skills have sharpened. He has worked in radio, television and newspapers in numerous roles — disk jockey, morning talk show host on television, reporter, photographer. For 13 years, he was a TV weatherman in Nashville. He is now a working actor in New York City, appearing in TV commercials and on audiobooks.

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