Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Laurence Donovan's Hero Pulps: Doc Savage

Some days back I reviewed Twice Murdered, the new collection of Laurence Donovan detective stories from Black Dog Books. To read that review, click HERE, and to read or download a Donovan detective story called "Killer Tells All" click HERE.

As mentioned, while Donovan authored over 50 hero pulp novels and 400 other stories, Twice Murdered is the first book to bear his name. But a good number of his hero pulp adventures have been reprinted under house names, including all nine of his Doc Savage novels. Here they are. For the Almanack's review of Cold Death, click HERE.










And here, once again, is quite probably the best Donovan book of all - Twice Murdered. Donovan's hero pulp work was fine, but the stories under his own name (or in some cases his own pen names) display more of his wit, humor and personality. Check it out at BLACK DOG BOOKS.

9 comments:

Marilyn said...

It's not in the local library, so I guess I'll break down and buy it. Your recommendations are always good. The latest, for me: Raymond Chandler's The Simple Art of Murder. "Pearls Are A Nuisance" is a little gem.

Charles Gramlich said...

Not any of the Doc Savage I've read. I've probably read 15 to 20. I have a fair number of others around here.

Deka Black said...

Evan, i suppose you will be glad to know i finish yesterday monday the reading of Red Harvest. Pure pulp noir goodness. How could i have spended so many years without knowing Dashiel Hammet?

Richard Prosch said...

What years did these come out?

David Cranmer said...

All fab covers.

I have a Lester Dent posting later today.

Evan Lewis said...

Cool, Marilyn.

Red Harvest is my favorite Hammett book.

Donovan's Doc stories appeared in the magazine between 1935 and 1937. The Bantam reprints came out in the late 60s and early 70s. Some of these are available again in the Nostalgia Ventures doubles.

Deka Black said...

Well, forme, at the moment is the onli hammet book ;)

Kenneth Mark Hoover said...

I remember reading Haunted Ocean as a teenager. :)

Al said...

Does anyone have birth/death dates for Laurence Donovan? I'd like them for his entries in my "Crime Fiction IV: A Comprehensive Bibliography 1749-2000."