The Writers of the Purple Wage have long since taken the last trail into dusty memory. But, now, they live again––to retell tall tales of those distant days when they helped forge the fabled West of American Imagination.
They’re all here!
*The Popular hacks!
*The Spicy bestsellers!
*The Thrilling myths!
Those amazing million-words-a-year men!
True Westerners born on the Range!
Broadway cowboys never West of Hoboken!
Join Max Brand, Luke Short, Johnston McCulley, Ernest Haycox, Walt Coburn, Frank Gruber, Ryerson Johnson, & a hard-working, fast-drawing posse of freelance fictioneers!
And those two-fisted foremen of New York’s fiction factories–magazine editors Frank Blackwell, Rogers Terrill, Leo Margulies, Robert Lowndes & Fanny Ellsworth!
Together, in their own words, these veteran pulpsters & others offer startling inside stories of how they created the mythology of the Golden West!
*Blazing action! Savage characterization! Real emotion!
Ride with the Old West’s top gunhands, greatest pulpsmiths & legendary brands. From Buffalo Bill, Deadwood Dick & Hopalong Cassidy to Gunsmoke & Louis L’Amour, this is their saga.
Armed with forgotten interviews, controversial essays & candid letters first not seen in generations, acclaimed pulp historian Will Murray, author of The Wild Adventures of Doc Savage, reveals the epic life & frequent deaths of the Pulp West!
Will Murray’s Wordslingers is not only the first in-depth history of the Western pulps, it’s one of the best and most important books on the pulps ever written, perfectly capturing the era, the magazines, and the writers, editors, and agents who helped fill their pages. Pulp fans will be fascinated by the rich background provided by hundreds of quotes from the people involved in producing the Western pulps, while writers will benefit from the discussions of characterization and storytelling that prove to be both universal and timeless.
I thoroughly enjoyed Wordslingers, one of the finest histories ever written about the pulp magazines, and those who edited and wrote for them. It informs, it amuses, it brings the pulp era to life as no other book on the subject ever has. It’s a book the pulp collector and fan has to own, but whether or not you’ve ever read a pulp, you might find yourself astonished at how just plain delightful this book is.
—Gerald W. Page
Will Murray's new book from Altus Press is not technically a history of the Western pulp magazine. Though Wordslingers contains enough info for someone to assemble a traditional history, it's much more than that. Actually, it might be a whole new breed of book. I'm not sure there's ever been anything like it before.
Wordslingers captures the joy and the sadness of the 50-year saga of these history making (and history remaking) magazines. It's much more than a good read—it's an experience. Experience it yourself!
469 pages, approx. 6"x9"