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Who Wrote The Spider Written By: Robert Sampson, Joel Frieman, and Robert Weinberg
Originally, when the first research was being done on the character pulps, Norvell Page was given credit for all of the novels that appeared in the Spider pulp under the name Grant Stockbridge, with the first two novels in the series being written by R.T.M. Scott. Page's identity as author was no major secret as it was listed in numerous writing digests and Henry Steeger had even written to several pulp fanzines mentioning Page as the Spider author.

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Featured Titles for January

From the 1930's

The Postman Always Rings Twice
by James M. Cain

An amoral young tramp. A beautiful, sullen woman with an inconvenient husband. A problem that has only one grisly solution--a solution that only creates other problems that no one can ever solve.

From the 1940's

The Bride Wore Black
by Cornell Woolrich

When the wealthy ladies' man fell from his balcony in the midst of his engagement party, the police dismissed the death as the result of a freak accident. There was nothing to connect it with the poisoning of a lonely man in his squalid apartment, or with the married business-man killed after him, sealed into a closet and left to suffocate. No connection, that is, aside from the appearance of a beautiful woman in each case, just before the victims met their untimely ends.

From the 1950's

Casino Royale
by Ian Fleming

In the novel that introduced James Bond to the world, Ian Fleming's agent 007 is dispatched to a French casino in Royale-les-Eaux. His mission? Bankrupt a ruthless Russian agent who's been on a bad luck streak at the baccarat table.

From the 1960's

Stranger in a Strange Land
by Robert A. Heinlein

Raised by Martians on Mars, Valentine Michael Smith is a human who has never seen another member of his species. Sent to Earth, he is a stranger who must learn what it is to be a man. But his own beliefs and his powers far exceed the limits of humankind, and as he teaches them about grokking and water-sharing, he also inspires a transformation that will alter Earth's inhabitants forever...

From the 1970's

Marathon Man
by William Goldman

Tom "Babe" Levy is a runner in every sense: racing tirelessly toward his goals of athletic and academic excellence--and endlessly away from the specter of his famous father's scandal-driven suicide. But an unexpected visit from his beloved older brother will set in motion a chain of events that plunge Babe into a vortex of terror, treachery, and murder--and force him into a race for his life . . . and for the answer to the fateful question, "Is it safe?"

From the 1980's

Fletch Won
by Gregory Mcdonald

The attorney is shot dead in the newspaper's parking lot, no witnesses in sight. Determined to dig up the dirt on both stories, Fletch collects a cast of engaging characters and strings together the scandalous clues that lead to an eventful and unexpected conclusion.



Featured Authors for January

Talmage Powell

Talmage Powell began his writing career in 1942. Mr. Powell created over 200 stories for the pulp fiction magazines writing in almost every genre and for all of the top magazines. After the demise of the pulps, Mr. Powell continued to write another 300 plus short stories for fiction magazines such as Ellery Queen, Alfred Hitchcock, Mike Shayne, Manhunt and Suspense.

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Oct 04, 1920 -- Mar 09, 2000

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Erle Stanley Gardner

A lawyer by training, Mr. Gardner is one of the most successful authors of all time with over 300,000,000 copies sold and counting. With a huge body of literary work, he also had many other interests including work for radio, television, the establishing and running of the legal entity Court of Last Resort, plus an active lifestyle and many hobbies.

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Jul 27, 1889 -- Mar 11, 1970
Author, Attorney

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Isaac Asimov

Isaac Asimov, recognized as one of the founding fathers of Science Fiction, his stories continue to be fan favorites, is best known for his two main series: the Robot series and the Foundation series and his short story "Nightfall". During the 1940s and 1950s, many of his stories were published in pulp magazines including Amazing Stories and Astounding Science Fiction.

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Jan 02, 1920 -- Apr 06, 1992
Author, Professor of Biochemistry

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Harlan Coben

Mystery and Suspense novelist from 1990 to the present. Initially wrote hardboiled detective and mystery stories with his successful Myron Bolitar series. Then, in the 2000's, Coben moved to stand alone suspense and thriller novels centering around family secrets, crimes of the past, and the chaos and destruction they can cause in modern day suburbia.

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Jan 04, 1962 --

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Clark Ashton Smith

Clark Ashton Smith began writing fiction and poetry in his early teens. His first publication came in 1910, at the age of seventeen, when the Overland Monthly published two of his adventure tales set in the Orient. One of the "Lovecraft Circle" and a regular contributor to Weird Tales in the 1930s, he is highly regarded today for his works of exotic fantasy.

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Jan 13, 1893 -- Aug 14, 1961

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Robert E. Howard

Probably best known as the creator of “Conan” Robert E. (Ervin) Howard was a prolific writer in the 1920’s and 1930’s, with over 100 stories published in pulp magazines. Howard was a regular writer for Weird Tales, where his engaging characters and exciting writing style kept readers coming back for more. He also wrote for Oriental Stories, Magic Carpet, Golden Fleece and a number of other magazines.

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Jan 22, 1906 -- Jun 11, 1936

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Philip Jose Farmer

Philip Jose Farmer had a prolific writing career publishing over 60 novels and 100 short stories and novellas. With the novella "The Lovers", Farmer received the Hugo Award for "most promising new writer" in 1953 and broke the taboo on sex in science fiction. His stories continued ground breaking work exploring sexual and religious themes in Science Fiction. He is most well known for his Riverworld, World of Tiers, and Wold Newtown series.

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Jan 26, 1918 -- Feb 25, 2009

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