Gut Rumbles

June 04, 2005

pulp fiction

When I first learned to read, my father fed me a steady diet of old pulp hard-back books that HE bought when he was a boy. Dad had boxes of those things and I read them all. I think dad paid about ten cents each when he bought them brand new, and they tended to want to fall apart by the time I got my hands on them. But I still thought they were GREAT!

I have a VERY serious question to ask here: does anybody except me remember who Graham M. Dean was? He wrote dozens of those pulp-fiction books and I loved everything he ever put on paper. Herb Kent, West Point Cadet probably affected my outlook on life more than anything I read in college. I also read all the Dave Dawson (fighter pilot in Europe) and Red Randall (fighter pilot in the Pacific) books he wrote about WWII.

Nobody teaches Graham Dean in literature classes today, but I believe that he was about as good a hack writer as anyone who ever sat before a typewriter, especially for a 10 year-old boy who loved to read. He enthralled me.

Dad ended up storing all those old books in an outside storage shed and the bugs got to them. They were reduced to sawdust shortly thereafter. That's a crying shame, because I wish I could hand a couple of them to Quinton now and say, "Read these. You'll like 'em," the same way my father did for me.

Quinton WOULD like 'em, too. Any boy with an imagination would like those books. I didn't just read them, I LIVED them. And I know for sure one thing now, after all these years.

Those books beat any video game I ever saw.


I think I remember Dave Dawson. I believe his running mate was Freddie. I was thinking that Dawson was a British pilot or at least flew for the Brits.

Posted by: StinKerr on June 5, 2005 12:52 AM

Yes! Dave Dawson flew with the RAF and "Freddy" was his best friend. Don't tell me you read those same books. I thought my dad and I were the only ones.

Posted by: Acidman on June 5, 2005 02:25 AM

Two authors immediately jump to mind - Mickey Spillane and Louis L 'Amour...

Posted by: emdfl on June 5, 2005 04:12 AM

It was Don Pendleton for me. "Mack Bolan: The Executioner."

Posted by: Ralph Gizzip on June 5, 2005 12:00 PM

Richard S. Prather. Shell Scott kicked ass. Particularly since I started reading Prather's stuff when I was about 12 or 13. Very racy stuff for that age.

Posted by: Richard on June 5, 2005 08:04 PM


Go here:

They've got some of his books if you want to buy them.

Posted by: Grace on June 6, 2005 02:20 PM

It's been a looooong time, but I did read a few of the Dawson books. I enjoyed 'em.

I'm trying to remember another one....the main charachter was Mr. Glencannon, Chief Engineer on the merchant ship Inchcliff Castle.

Posted by: StinKerr on June 9, 2005 03:48 AM
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