Paperback Warrior is the internet’s best podcast for vintage fiction reviews and features in the action-adventure, hardboiled crime, western, pulp and espionage genres.
Episode 95: Steve Fisher
On Episode 95, we explore author Steve Fisher's pulp titles like Captain Babyface, Sheridan Doome and Big Red Brennan. We also delve into Fisher's full-length novels and his transition into Hollywood. Tom reviews the new Stark House Press reprint of Lorenz Heller's 1959 novel Crime Cop. Eric gets Gothic-crazy in Sanford, Florida and talks about his shopping experience at the Daytona Beach Flea Market. Listen on any podcast app, paperbackwarrior.com or download directly: https://bit.ly/3CUyX00
Episode 94: Philip Ketchum
Autumn has arrived and so has Episode 94! On this episode, Eric reviews Philip Ketchum, a prolific author that excelled in the pulps and western genres. Eric reviews Ketchum's "Captain John Murdoch" hard-boiled cop series as well as his short stories, westerns and fantasy offerings. In addition, Eric reviews a 2013 horror novel called Corrosion by Jon Bassoff and his book shopping experience in Port Orange, Florida. Listen on any podcast app, paperbackwarrior.com or download directly: https://bit.ly/3zmm2S5
Episode 93: Clark Howard
On Episode 93, Eric presents the life and literary work of Edgar Award-Winning author Clark Howard. Eric reviews many of Howard's novels, including his 1970 Fawcett Gold Medal paperback The Arm. Tom reviews the 1959 paperback debut of the Psi-Power series and Eric reveals an embarrassing debt. Listen on any podcast app, paperbackwarrior.com or download directly: https://bit.ly/3gELsUz
Episode 92: Ovid Demaris
The Paperback Warrior Podcast rolls into August with Episode 92. On this episode, Eric explains the life and literary work of crime-fiction author Ovid Demaris. Eric talks about his recent gothic paperback bonanza, a visit to the psychic capital of the world and his recent health scare. Tom pops in to discuss the life of the paperback king himself, Harry Whittington, including a review of the author's 1954 novel The Woman is Mine. Listen on any podcast app, paperbackwarrior.com or download directly here: https://bit.ly/2Xm6sZs
Episode 91: William W. Johnstone
Episode 91 is a special Father's Day episode! Eric and his father Chris discuss the life and literary works of William W. Johnstone. We delve deep into Johnstone's prolific career, determine the identity of J.A. Johnstone and examine the publishing mysteries surrounding the Johnstone name after his death. The two discuss The Last Mountain Man, Rig Warrior, Out of the Ashes, Matt Jensen, The Eagles and so much more. Tom calls in with commentary on Johnstone's contemporary thrillers like Stand Your Ground and Black Friday. Listen on any podcast app, paperbackwarrior.com or download directly here: https://bit.ly/3gWF5vk
Episode 90: Sgt. Hawk
It's Episode 90 and we're bringing you a two-fisted 1970s WW2 paperback series called Sgt. Hawk by Patrick Clay. Also, Tom hits the road hunting for books in Alabama while Eric checks out new books from Justin Marriott and Robert Deis. Also, Robert Silverberg, John Jakes, William W. Johnstone, Warren Murphy and disaster fiction! Listen on any podcast app, paperbackwarrior.com or download directly here: https://bit.ly/3fAbCrz
What a great podcast! I’ve been reading spy novels, westerns, and adventure paperbacks from the time I was a kid. I read them and then donated them to Goodwill. I don’t know if it’s the size, the lurid covers, or the sometimes goofy plots, but I always considered them trashy and not worthy of keeping in my library. But after listening to (42 episodes) of the Paperback Warrior podcast I have had a change of heart. I love listening to the history behind the books and the story’s behind the authors. The podcasters passion for these old ‘trashy’ books is contagious.
I’ve cleared out a space in my library that’s going to be just for vintage mass-market paperbacks. I will collect them and display them with pride.
Now if they would do a second podcast for vintage fantasy and science fiction paperbacks.
Concise and informative.
Eric and Tom have a lot to offer to the genre paperback fan. Well researched and presented, the hosts don’t bother with needless yackity-schmackity. You don’t get 3 hour ‘casts full of tangents and ads, no slurred dissertations about how drunk they are or deep discussions about what they had for dinner. This is a show for people with a real interest in the topic, who want to be informed and entertained. I always learn something new, even about topics I am well familiar with. One caveat: watch your wallet. These guys talk about so many good books it can get expensive! Thanks fellas, and keep up the great work!
Entertaining and a cool dive into the dime novel and pulp world. Nice job!!