Sunday, September 11, 2016
THE PULP CALENDAR: September 11
Argosy covers usually illustrate one of the stories inside, but there were a few exceptions to that rule in 1937. This particular cover seems to belong on a sports pulp, but the nearest thing to a sports story inside is a racetrack story by Borden Chase. The main events are W. Ryerson Johnson's "Black Damp," a story from that interesting and violent period when labor unrest seemed an appropriate subject for pulp fiction, and Robert Carse's "The Wall," one of his many Devil's Island stories. Frederick C. Painton's short story "Fifty Bucks, Please," is an eccentric effort, a story within a story within a story, the framing device being a letter to the editor of Argosy requesting immediate publication because the author fears that someone will steal his plot. There are also serial chapters from Bennett Foster and house-name Martin McCall, a silly novelette by D. L. Ames about a mild-mannered man who becomes a master criminal, and a short piece by Murray Leinster, "The Greatest Scoundrel Unhung." It wouldn't take much to make this issue better than you'd think from the cover.