Posts Tagged ‘Pulp Fiction’


Cocktail Waitress

A beautiful young widow takes a job in a cocktail bar after her husband dies in mysterious circumstances…

Any mention of  Pulp crime writer James M. Cain will inevitably include talk of his classic books, The Postman Always Rings Twice (1934) and Double Indemnity—first serialized in Liberty magazine in 1936 but published in Pulp format in 1943. The classic era for Cain is undoubtedly the 1930’s and 40’s. As his success as a writer peaked, he got sucked into the Hollyweird writing pool and published a mere seven books during the final thirty years of his career.

When Cain died in 1977 he was finalizing his last novel The Cocktail Waitress. Cain revealed in Film Comment Magazine that the novel had given him difficulties and he had re-written it in the first person, after originally penning it in the third person. Cain also mentioned that the central motivation behind the story had given him problems, which perhaps explains why the story  remained unpublished at the time of his death.

Enter Internet moneybags and Pulp-fiction savior Charles Ardai. Chuck describes  The Cocktail Waitress as: The Holy Grail for crime fans. He is not the only one, Crimezine favorites Lawrence Block and Stephen King have both gushed effusively over this book—presumably they have received jealously guarded advanced copies, as it will not be available until September 2012. Though no doubt Crimezines copy is on the way as we speak.

Why the pregnant pause between publicity and publication? Well Ardai has spent a great deal of time, money and effort digging this relic up from the pulpish past, so presumably he wants to ensure that it will be the kind of  hit, that will push his niche publishing operation Hard Case Crime, into the publishing mainstream.

Crimezine hopes that The Cocktail Waitress will meet fevered expectations, as it will be a fitting, if much delayed tribute to the memory of one of Pulp fictions greatest talents, James M. Cain, A man whom literary legend Albert Camus described as America’s greatest writer.

Crimezine-Hard Case Crime

Hard Case, Soft centre

Crimezine loves classic crime fiction, particularly the seedy, seamy hardboiled variety, from the noirish 1940’s and 50’s. Well now you can revisit those days Crimeziners, courtesy of Hard Case Crime.

Hard Case Crime is the brainchild of bazillionaire internet whizz-kid Charles Ardai who decided to throw his big-bucks nouveau-riche-dom into the world of retro Crime publishing. Well done that man! Fresh faced Ardai 36, missed the great wave of pulp writing the first time around, and is rapidly making up for lost time now.

Crime fiend Ardai has signed up modern writers like Madison Smartt Bell and Steven King, alongside old favorites


Hard Case: Salacity

such as Laurence Block, Ed Mc Bain and Donald Westlake.

Crimezine feels that Hard Case Crime’s biggest triumph however is the signing of pulp art legend Robert McGinniss, a man who painted more than 1,000 legendary book covers in pulp’s heyday. Every piece of just oozes retro seediness. Lust. Fear Anger and Murder, these were the ideas that drove the pulp paperback forward.

Times change of course. Pulp’s lurid plots and hyperventilating cover art, were supplanted, by electronic boxes that pumped sleaze and salacity into homes worldwide, offering on demand titillation at the flip of a switch. Can Pulp

fiction ever compete? The jury is out. The decision is yours, but Crimezines verdict is a resounding Yes!

Crimezine, Out of the gutter

OOTG: Pulp Friction

Short stories anyone? How about some of the pulpiest hardboiled fiction on the planet, with its whiskey deadened tongue poked so firmly into the corner of its cigar chomping visage, that once you have had a shot of Out of the Gutter’s Pulp Fiction and Degenerate Literature, you will be howling for more, like a street corner dope fiend jonesing for a fix. We kid you not Crimeziners.

Crimezine just loves the retro cover graphics of Out of the Gutter, but that ain’t the whole deal bub, not by a long shot. You get short fiction from the likes of Chris Pimental, Angela Caperton and Michael Bracken. You get two fisted tales of sleaze and degradation from the sordid true crime world, and a big cream pie with cherry on the top slice of humor, that will have Pulp fans chortling into their cheap scotch. So ease back into your overstuffed chair, with a nice Havanna. Pour yourself a three fingered soother and get into OOTG.

Out of the Gutter, the Modern Journal of Pulp Fiction and Degenerate Literature: We are talking win-win Crimeziners. Win-win.