The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril

The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril

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Baker & Taylor
It's 1937, and America is turning to pulp fiction for relief from the Depression. Meet Walter Gibson, the mind behind The Shadow, and his rival for the nation's newsstands, Lester Dent, creator of Doc Savage. The mysterious murder of Gibson's friend H. P. Lovecraft is about to bring these two writers face to face with a peril sprung from the pulps. This debut novel is a valentine to an old-fashioned genre as well as a modern, meta-literary examination of the classic hero pulp. From the palaces and battlefields of warlord-plagued China to frozen seas and cursed islands to the labyrinthine alleys and tunnels of lower Manhattan, Dent and Gibson, joined by the young pulp writer L. Ron Hubbard and a host of colorful characters, take part in a heroic journey greater than any story they imagined as they race to stop a madman.--From publisher description.

Blackwell North Amer
The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril casts the rivalry between two of pulp fiction's most revered writers into its own saga, which bursts from the pages with blood, cruelty, fear, mystery, vengeance, courageous heroes, evil villains, dames in distress, secret identities and disguises, global schemes, hideous deaths, beautiful psychics, deadly superweapons, cliffhanging escapes, and other outrageous pulp lies that just might be completely true.
Ravaged by the devastation of the Great Depression, America turned to the pulp novels for relief, for hope, for heroes.
And the pulps delivered in spades.
The science fiction story, the hard-boiled detective, and the superhero were all born on these cheap yellow pages, found behind blood-drenched covers dripping with sex and violence. Return now to those thrilling days of yesteryear, enter at your own risk into the dark and dank lair known as the White Horse Tavern, and meet Walter Gibson, the mind behind The Shadow, and Lester Dent, creator of Doc Savage, as they challenge one another to discover what is real and what is pulp.
For Gibson, writing a new novel about The Shadow every month is a way to evade his own dark past. For his rival, Dent, creating Doc Savage is an attempt to bring the light of better days to desperate millions. In their lives and loves they are as different from one another as the heroes they've created. But now the hideous murder of the fringe pulp writer H. P. Lovecraft - victim of a mysterious death that literally makes the skin crawl - will set these two men on a collision course with each other, and face to face with a terrifying and very real evil that could have sprung from the pages of their own pulps.
From the palaces and battlefields of warlord-plagued China to the seedy waterfronts of Providence, Rhode Island; from frozen seas and cursed islands to the labyrinthine tunnels and secret temples of New York's Chinatown, Dent and Gibson will find themselves in a dangerous race to stop a madman destined to create a new empire of pure evil. Together with the young pulp writer L. Ron Hubbard, a mysterious stranger, and a sexy psychic with a chicken, they will finally step out from behind their creations to take part in a heroic journey far greater than any story they have imagined. Their quest will force Gibson to look beyond the shadows and discover the true evil that lurks in the hearts of men, while Dent will learn that the nature of a true hero is not found in a fictional superman, but in the faith of the woman who challenges death itself to love him.

Baker
& Taylor

It's 1937, and America is turning to pulp fiction for relief from the Depression. Meet Walter Gibson, the mind behind The Shadow, and his rival for the nation's newsstands, Lester Dent, creator of Doc Savage. The mysterious murder of Gibson's friend H. P. Lovecraft is about to bring these two writers face to face with a peril sprung from the pulps. This debut novel is a valentine to an old-fashioned genre as well as a modern, meta-literary examination of the classic hero pulp. From the palaces and battlefields of warlord-plagued China to frozen seas and cursed islands to the labyrinthine alleys and tunnels of lower Manhattan, Dent and Gibson, joined by the young pulp writer L. Ron Hubbard and a host of colorful characters, take part in a heroic journey greater than any story they imagined as they race to stop a madman.--From publisher description.Meeting regularly at a New York City tavern, rival authors Walter and Lester debate the nature of L. Ron Hubbard's fictional works and become embroiled in a pulp adventure of their own involving a madman who would create a new global empire.
Meeting regularly at a New York City tavern, rival authors Walter and Lester debate the nature of L. Ron Hubbard's fictional works and become embroiled in a pulp adventure of their own involving a madman who would create a new global empire.
Meeting regularly at a New York City tavern, rival authors Walter and Lester debate the nature of L. Ron Hubbard's fictional works and become embroiled in a pulp adventure of their own involving a madman who would create a new global empire. 100,000 first printing.

Simon and Schuster
The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril is a thrilling debut novel that casts the rivalry between two of pulp fiction's most revered writers into its own saga, which bursts from the pages with blood, cruelty, fear, mystery, vengeance, courageous heroes, evil villains, dames in distress, secret identities, disguises, global schemes, hideous deaths, beautiful psychics, superweapons, cliff-hanging escapes, and other outrageous pulp lies that are all completely true.Return to 1937, when America is turning to the pulps for relief from the Depression, and meet Walter Gibson, the mind behind The Shadow, and his rival for the top-selling spot on the nation's newsstands, Lester Dent, creator of Doc Savage. The murder of Gibson's friend H. P. Lovecraft -- victim of a mysterious death that literally makes the skin crawl -- is about to bring these two writers face to face with a peril sprung from the pulps.The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril is at once a valentine to an old-fashioned genre as well as a modern, meta-literary examination of the classic hero pulp. From the palaces and battlefields of warlord-plagued China to the seedy waterfronts of Providence, Rhode Island; from frozen seas and cursed islands to the dizzying and labyrinthine alleys and tunnels of lower Manhattan, Dent and Gibson, joined by the young pulp writer L. Ron Hubbard and a host of colorful characters, finally step out from behind the shadows of their creations to take part in a heroic journey far greater than any story they have imagined as they race to stop a madman destined to create a new empire born of, and based in, pure, gaseous evil.The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril is a swashbuckling romantic tale of writers and writing, magic and love, marriage and fatherhood, and ambition and loss that weaves the true lives of its real-life characters into a fictional epic.

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2006
ISBN: 9780743287852
0743287851
Branch Call Number: FIC MAL
Characteristics: 371 p. ;,25 cm.

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DavidGustafson
Sep 08, 2006

Disappointing. Knowing something of the Pulp Era, I found Malmont's mixture of truth, fiction, and unnecessary historical revisions of that era to be jarring and distracting. And his almost relentless namedropping was highly annoying.

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