ALL PULP GETS IN THE RING WITH THE CUTMAN!
ALL PULP REVIEWER AND PULP MAVEN DERRICK FERGUSON REPORTS THE BLOW BY BLOW OF FIGHT CARD: THE CUTMAN . . .
Back during the heyday of the Classic Pulp era there were magazines devoted to just about every type of genre you could think of or that publishers thought they could sell to the entertainment hungry public. Most of us are familiar with the hero pulps, the western pulps, the science fiction pulps, the horror pulps. But there were far more than that. You had your spicy pulps which was a safe name for what was pretty much soft core porn. There were gangster pulps, railroad pulps and sports pulp. And a sub-genre of the sports pulp was boxing pulp stories.
If you’re at all familiar with the boxing pulp genre it’s probably because of Robert E. Howard and his champion boxer character Sailor Steve Costigan. Even though Howard is best known as the creator of Conan, King Kull and Solomon Kane he wrote more stories about Sailor Steve Costigan.
It’s probably inevitable that in the New Pulp Renaissance we’re enjoying right now that the pulp boxing genre should also enjoy a revived popularity and it’s a genre that’s well represented by the the Fight Card series of books in general and The Cutman in particular. It’s the second book in the series but you don’t have to have read the first one in order to enjoy it. The books are credited as being written by Jack Tunney but that’s a “house name”. The first book, Felony Fists, was written by Paul Bishop and The Cutman was written by Mel Odom and it’s a terrific read . . .
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