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All the suspense, shocks, kicks, and titilation of yesterday's pulp magazines returns with a vengeance in these pages. Action-packed stories featuring hit men, underworld bosses, rogue cops, private dicks, and shady ladies are assembled here, written by such renegade authors as Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, Ed McBain, Jim Thompson, James Ellroy, Robert Bellum, and Ed All the suspense, shocks, kicks, and titilation of yesterday's pulp magazines returns with a vengeance in these pages. Action-packed stories featuring hit men, underworld bosses, rogue cops, private dicks, and shady ladies are assembled here, written by such renegade authors as Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, Ed McBain, Jim Thompson, James Ellroy, Robert Bellum, and Ed Gorman.


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All the suspense, shocks, kicks, and titilation of yesterday's pulp magazines returns with a vengeance in these pages. Action-packed stories featuring hit men, underworld bosses, rogue cops, private dicks, and shady ladies are assembled here, written by such renegade authors as Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, Ed McBain, Jim Thompson, James Ellroy, Robert Bellum, and Ed All the suspense, shocks, kicks, and titilation of yesterday's pulp magazines returns with a vengeance in these pages. Action-packed stories featuring hit men, underworld bosses, rogue cops, private dicks, and shady ladies are assembled here, written by such renegade authors as Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, Ed McBain, Jim Thompson, James Ellroy, Robert Bellum, and Ed Gorman.

30 review for The Mammoth Book Of Pulp Fiction

  1. 5 out of 5

    Andy

    I'm not a big fan of anthologies, but hot damn, what a line-up! Only the cream of the vintage pulp fiction crop: Hammett,Cain, Gil Brewer, Thompson, Westlake, Ellison, Willeford, Joe Gores, etc. Highlights include "Black Pudding" by David Goodis about a stew-bum on the lam hiding out with an opium addicted beauty. "Preview of Murder" by Robert Leslie Bellem, great Hollywood private eye Kicking ass and taking names hard-boiled style all over Sunset and Vine. Bellem's a pretty funny writer. "The Girl I'm not a big fan of anthologies, but hot damn, what a line-up! Only the cream of the vintage pulp fiction crop: Hammett,Cain, Gil Brewer, Thompson, Westlake, Ellison, Willeford, Joe Gores, etc. Highlights include "Black Pudding" by David Goodis about a stew-bum on the lam hiding out with an opium addicted beauty. "Preview of Murder" by Robert Leslie Bellem, great Hollywood private eye Kicking ass and taking names hard-boiled style all over Sunset and Vine. Bellem's a pretty funny writer. "The Girl Behind The Hedge" by Mickey Spillane, one of the most insane short stories I've ever read, kicking O. Henry's ass with the coldest blooded twist ending ever. Maxim Jakubowski did a great job compiling these stories. There's hardly a clinker in the bunch.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jason Logue

    This was a pretty good collection of pulp fiction from the 40s to the 90s. I had anticipated a collection of short stories mainly from the height of pulp fiction, especially those influential on many noir films, as I am a big fan of film noir. That was not necessarily the case, but many of them had the same language, gritty characters and dark, seedy underworlds. I enjoyed most of the stories, but a few of them were intolerably long. My favorites were: Flight to Nowhere - Charles Williams Cigaret This was a pretty good collection of pulp fiction from the 40s to the 90s. I had anticipated a collection of short stories mainly from the height of pulp fiction, especially those influential on many noir films, as I am a big fan of film noir. That was not necessarily the case, but many of them had the same language, gritty characters and dark, seedy underworlds. I enjoyed most of the stories, but a few of them were intolerably long. My favorites were: Flight to Nowhere - Charles Williams Cigarette Girl - James M. Cain The Getaway - Gil Brewer The Bloody Tide - Day Keene A Candle for the Bag Lady - Lawrence Block Black Pudding - David Goodis The Girl Behind the Hedge - Mickey Spillane We Are All Dead - Bruno Fischer The Wench is Dead - Frederic Brown Killing Bernstein - Harlan Ellison A Real Nice Guy - William F. Nolan Ordo - Donald E. Westlake

  3. 4 out of 5

    Gauchita

    I have ambitions to become a writer and felt the need to widen my reading. This massive anthology of crime writing looked an interesting start to something new. It contains some of the leading crime writers of their day and a few less appreciated. I found most of the stories to be easy to read, fast moving entertainment. The twisting and turning plots keep you interested. The hardboiled detective story is possibly less popular than it once was. Like westerns and war stories it belongs to a diffe I have ambitions to become a writer and felt the need to widen my reading. This massive anthology of crime writing looked an interesting start to something new. It contains some of the leading crime writers of their day and a few less appreciated. I found most of the stories to be easy to read, fast moving entertainment. The twisting and turning plots keep you interested. The hardboiled detective story is possibly less popular than it once was. Like westerns and war stories it belongs to a different generation that had different sensibilities. Fiction of the past comes with attitudes to sex and nationality that some find offensive. It is also very American and to an English man like me, the setting seems very alien. The book shop Murder one on the Charing Cross Road and long closed, owned by Mr Jakabowski the books editor, was a place I visited almost every Saturday for years. Never stopped on the floor, were all the crime fiction was held. I always when straight down the stairs to the basement to where science fiction was kept. I now regret my lack of interested in the main part of the shop.

  4. 4 out of 5

    James Cambias

    This is a fun, highly readable anthology of classic and modern pulp stories. Overall, there's a good level of lurid action -- dames, tough guys who get knocked out a lot, gangsters, private eyes, mean streets, et cetera. The list of authors is a real Murderers' Row of talent. I did find some of the story selections very odd. Robert Block is a master of horror and crime stories, but he's represented by a third-rate effort which wouldn't even make a good Scooby-Doo episode. Reading this whole antho This is a fun, highly readable anthology of classic and modern pulp stories. Overall, there's a good level of lurid action -- dames, tough guys who get knocked out a lot, gangsters, private eyes, mean streets, et cetera. The list of authors is a real Murderers' Row of talent. I did find some of the story selections very odd. Robert Block is a master of horror and crime stories, but he's represented by a third-rate effort which wouldn't even make a good Scooby-Doo episode. Reading this whole anthology over a few days did make me realize something: the "noir" pulp story is really a branch off the trunk of Romance. These aren't stories of Holmesian deduction or even gritty realistic procedurals. They're wild modern romances, more akin to Dumas than Doyle. The characters are motivated by grand passions instead of rational goals. Pulp stories are modern-day prose operas, often right down to the tragic ending.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Trevor Edwards

    Fantastic read! Huge fan of pulp crime and mystery stories and this collection has some great examples of why I love them! Robert Bloch's story Death is a Vampire is an excellently crafted tale of mystery and So Young, So Fair, So Dead by John Lutz stands as one of my favorite short stories of all time. This collection is filled with gems! Fantastic read! Huge fan of pulp crime and mystery stories and this collection has some great examples of why I love them! Robert Bloch's story Death is a Vampire is an excellently crafted tale of mystery and So Young, So Fair, So Dead by John Lutz stands as one of my favorite short stories of all time. This collection is filled with gems!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jeb

    Another winner from the Mammoth Book series. As is the case with most anthologies, some stories stack up better than others. Nonetheless it lives up to the Mammoth title and gives a very broad selection of hardboiled crime fiction. Dashiell Hammett, Mickey Spillane, Jim Thompson, Robert Bloch and many others are represented. The dialog of these stories alone are worth the read.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Patrick O'Neil

    It's like really big. Mammoth even. And there's pulp fiction bits in the middle. Some readable. Some not. It's like really big. Mammoth even. And there's pulp fiction bits in the middle. Some readable. Some not.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Hizer Mir

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    Sandra Bolker

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    Moira

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    Jason

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    tim

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    Jen ❀

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    mike enders

  17. 5 out of 5

    Tom F

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    Seph Harrison

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    Richard Mann

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    Chris

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    Pam Hermes

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    Matty

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    Stuart Taylor

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    Amber

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    Sloane Marlowe

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    Matt Shackelford

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    Steve

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    Gerry

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