Thursday, September 20, 2007
Rise of The Death Merchant
So back a few years ago, when I started collecting these "Post-Modern Pulps" as I began to call them - men's adventure novels from the late 60's into the 90's - the Death Merchant series by Joseph Rosenberger became the focal point of my little project. Here was a series of SEVENTY novels published over the course of more than a decade (the exact years escape me at the moment), and at the time I was looking online, there was nothing out there. No fan websites, no author information, nothing. A few used bookstore websites caries copies of the novels, but there was no real information about who the author was, what else he had worked on, reviews of his novels...not a damn thing out there.
I was amazed.
Now several years have passed, and it looks like things have picked up just a little. The rise of wikipedia has given us:
A pretty good resource of general information about the series. Even more recently, someone has gone and created this site:
Just cover thumbnail photos at the moment, but it's a start.
Now, I don't exactly claim to be the catalyst for getting the whole Death Merchant internet movement going, but I would like to note that back in the day, if you were looking for this series on the Net, my site was really the only thing you'd hit, and there's still a good amount of chatter about the books on the PMP Message Board.
Now that the main PMP site is defunct, I'll be porting over my reviews of the Death Merchant books and other titles to this blog. If you're like me and have a soft spot for completely and utterly non-politically-correct action / adventure fiction, you might just like Rosenberger's blue-eyed Texan psychopath, Richard Camellion, the Death Merchant.