BUGGED! [Don Glut’s Pulp Thrillogy] by Donald F. Glut

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FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE NUMBER 1 BESTSELLING “STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK” COMES AN UNFORGETTABLE SCIENCE-HORROR CLASSIC!

Bugged! begins at college reunion in a moldering mansion in the midst of an isolated swamp. Howard Barks, accompanied by his daughter Karen, is looking forward to seeing his old college chums when his car stops dead. Howard gets out to see what the trouble is, when a hundred of insects swarm over him and strip the flesh from his bones.

Ronald Reid, owner of the mansion begins to grow concerned for the Barks when hours pass and they fail to arrive and sends his butler Grollman to find them. Grollman discovers their car, with Howard’s skeleton, parked beside the road, and his daughter Karen alive inside the locked car.

Thinking what has happened is a freak occurrence, the rest of the alums don’t realize the horrors are just beginning until each member is attacked by swarms of insects and eaten alive.

“An affectionate parody of … horror stories …quite bloody and gruesome … a good chunk told from the point of view of the bugs … All in all, a strange and unique little book." –Amazon verified review

Donald F. Glut is the author of the Number 1 nationwide bestseller, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. He is also a prolific, Inkpot Award winning comic book author, who has written for Marvel, DC, and Gold Key Comics. As a novelist, television and comic book writer, Glut has been involved with popular franchises such as The Monkees, Tarzan, Spider-Man, Star Wars, Transformers, Captain America, G.I. Joe, Vampirella, Masters of the Universe, The Flintstones, Johnny Quest and others. The prolific Mr. Glut has also carved a niche in the film world as an executive-producer, writer and director of “traditional-style” horror movies featuring iconic monsters, among the most recent Tales of Frankenstein, Dances with Werewolves and The Mummy's Kiss. All of which makes him the ideal person to write a classic horror thriller and present it in slick, polished, high velocity pulp fiction prose. Donald F. Glut is the author of three previous novels, including the thrillers, Jawbreaker! and Spawn, soon to be reprinted for the first time in four decades by PageTurner Editions.

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SPAWN [Don Glut’s Pulp Thrillogy] by Donald F. Glut

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Trapped on a planet of deadly dinosaurs that made Jurassic Park look like a kid's playground! ...These creatures were smarter than the average dinosaur!

The Marshall Museum sent Gene Bishop on a simple mission to the distant world of Erigon to collect dinosaur eggs for the Museum’s spectacular DinoWorld park—a scrupulous recreation of the Mesozoic Era on Earth. Bishop figured it as a quick in-and-out—swoop down, grab some eggs and be gone. But he figured wrong.

When one of the indigenous women, Leea, who had spent her whole life fleeing from the gigantic, macabre creatures, tried to set Bishop right, he ignored her. The Terran simply could not believe what she was trying to tell him: that there was one terrifying difference between Erigon’s dinosaurs and their extinct Earth brethren—the Erigon dinos were intelligent, and horror and destruction were sure to follow, as night follows day, if the eggs were taken back to Earth and allowed to breed. But Bishop had too much fame and fortune at stake to want to believe her.

Some people have to learn the hard way, and for Bishop what happened next was a lesson that could cost him his life.

Spawn is an action-adventure masterpiece of a Dino world written 15 years before Jurassic Park—and available for the first time in print in almost 50 years. Another book in Don Glut's famous Pulp Thrillogy, and arguably the award-winning horror writer’s greatest science-terror novel! Also features the outline for Spawn 2: Gluts’s never-written sequel—the original MS, lost for over 40 years! Recently discovered in a used book shop!

 

Donald F. Glut is the author of the Number 1 nationwide bestseller, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, which won a Galaxy Award. He is also a prolific, Inkpot-Award-winning comic book author, who has written for Marvel, DC, and Gold Key Comics, and a Rondo Classic Horror Award winner for his movie Tales of Frankenstein. As a novelist, television and comic book writer, Glut has been involved with popular franchises such as The Monkees, Tarzan, Spider-Man, Star Wars, Transformers, Captain America, G.I. Joe, Vampirella, Masters of the Universe, The Flintstones, Johnny Quest and others. The prolific Mr. Glut has also carved a niche in the film world as an executive-producer, writer and director of “traditional-style” horror movies featuring iconic monsters, among the most recent Tales of Frankenstein, Dances with Werewolves and Blood Scarab. All of which makes him the ideal person to write a classic horror thriller and present it in slick, polished, high velocity pulp fiction prose. Donald F. Glut is the author of three previous novels now proudly sold by Futures Past, including the thrillers Jawbreaker! and Bugged!, now made available for the first time in four decades by our imprint Strange Particle Press.

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FREE ZONE by Charles Platt

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Hugo, Locus and Prometheus Award finalist—every major science fiction theme in one volume—the only science fiction novel you'll ever need!

Free Zone has been compared with The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy! “...but Platt is the better writer, and Free Zone is the better book.”—Washington Post Book World

In a disintegrating Los Angeles of the near future, fearless biker Dusty McCullough defends the Free Zone against intelligent dinosaurs, talking dogs, and barbarians from the Earth's core. Can she and her genius hacker boyfriend beat their enemies into submission before the invading horde of snaliens devour them all?

“Good, wacky, over-the-top fun!” —Goodreads

"An everything including the kitchen sink send-up of distopian sci-fi in a near-future Los Angeles 'free zone' where a freebooting woman is leading a semi-autonomous urban geography of misfits and freaks. The author touches on every conceivable theme used in science fiction (time travel, aliens, ESP, etc) and references several bodies of sci-fi work as well as specific authors. A great spoof book, equal parts humor and adventure. Extremely entertaining for anyone who has extensively read sci-fi to treasure hunt all the subtle and not so subtle references. This had me howling with laughter. Highly recommended." —Amazon review

“You’ll enjoy the book more if you put your brain in neutral and go along for the ride. Free Zone is a mostly successful spoof/pastiche.” —Aboriginal Science Fiction

"A delightful science fiction fantasy novel set in a parallel universe where Los Angeles is a chaotic dictatorship with a libertarian Free Zone in the middle of it. We know it's an alternate universe because ours is referenced in it by the super-intelligent robot from the future who stumbles upon it while threading time-space looking for a better place for the combat-grrl president of the Free Zone and her geek boyfriend, his friends. This is because the Free Zone is being invaded by hyper-intelligent dogs, aliens, dinosaurs and subterranean troglodytes all at about the same time. Fortunately, the Hell's Angels are there to save L.A. from these lesser terrors." —Amazon review

“This book has everything.” —Goodreads

Free Zone contains a list of over twelve dozen sci-fi themes used in the book.

Cover: Michael Marrak

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FEE, FEI, FO, FUM by John Aylesworth

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The hilariously imaginative tale of Judd Morrow, who woke up one morning to find himself truly a giant among men … a modern day Gulliver with a giant-size hangover!

“Enjoyable … Definitely check it out.” —Goodreads

This is the story of Judd Morrow, a rather ordinary young man with a job in advertising, a girlfriend in Manhattan, and a six-foot bed that had always been plenty big enough for him—a commonplace young man who woke up one morning to find that he had turned into a giant overnight!.

It was in his line of duty as an account executive that Judd had the misfortune to tangle with one Dr. Leon Grist, who might have been the original mad scientist, but for one thing: Grist lusted after money as other men did for women, and it was Grist's consuming passion that put Judd in this awkward predicament.

At first Judd was amused by the situation; he merely had to sneeze and he could level New York.

The Mayor was helpless, and so was the Governor. For that matter, so was the Beloved President of These United States. Then the Military came up with a solution: destroy the enemy!—and they stood at the ready to do so.

Suddenly Judd no longer found it funny. But love, money, and politics (an unbeatable combination) finally saved the day, and how they did is one of the most hilarious flights of fantasy you will ever read.

"A modern-day classic still as tasty and relevant as ever. We watch as society coalesces around Judd, turning the appearance of the giant into an opportunity for big business, political maneuverings and party after party after party. It's a clever story and spares no opportunity to skewer all ideologies/political persuasions and viewpoints. I found it pretty amazing how similar the political posturings of yesterday mimic the practices of today. The way the Russians, English, Chinese and US were portrayed didn't bring to mind antiquated diplomacy of the mid-20th century but any ongoing political negotiations you'd find being debated today.” —Goodreads

 

"In the dawn's early light of an ordinary morning, a handful of early risers discovered a three-hundred-and-fifty foot giant lying stark naked on the pavement along Madison Avenue..."

These are the opening words of one of the most Rabelaisian and irreverent satires ever to point a finger at the absurdities of life. Set in the not-so-distant future, it takes a gentle swipe at the passing scene while it tells the off-center story of a handful of people who have to be seen to be believed—and such is the craftsmanship of the author that you will indeed SEE each of the characters he has so realistically drawn.

John Aylesworth was an Emmy finalist writer and producer of many successful television programs, including Hee-Haw, The Sonny and Cher Show and The Julie Andrews Hour.

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JAWBREAKER! [Don Glut’s Pulp Thrillogy] by Donald F. Glut

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Who is Jawbreaker, the hooded hero? The underworld wants to know!

Called Jawbreaker because of his no-holds-barred approach to fighting crime, he thinks nothing of stealing a cop’s motorcycle in his single-minded pursuit of evildoers! Not wanting to waste a moment in his battle, Jawbreaker doesn’t pause to don a costume, he merely slips on a black hood and goes into instant action in whatever he happens to be wearing—be it a suit and tie or dungarees and a sweatshirt.

Performing incredible feats of speed and strength, Jawbreaker possesses no superpowers. But like other famous, larger-than-life champions of justice—e.g., Zorro, the Scarlet Pimpernel, Tarzan, the Green Arrow, the Spirit, the Lone Ranger, Santo, the Phantom, etc.—he is a superhero.

But now Jawbreaker is up against his greatest challenge, a fiend called the Scarlet Skull who has unleashed a reign of terror on Southern California. But what is his motive? Revenge? Profit? Power? Or is he a complete madman glorying in inflicting death and destruction on anyone and anything? No one knows. And no one seems able to stop him.

Jawbreaker alone is determined to track down the Scarlet Skull and end the supervillain’s monstrous career of bloodshed and death—even if it costs the hooded hunter his life!

 

Donald F. Glut is the author of the Number 1 nationwide bestseller, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. He is also a prolific, Inkpot-Award-winning comic book author, who has written for Marvel, DC, and Gold Key Comics.

As a novelist, television and comic book writer, Glut has been involved with popular franchises such as The Monkees, Tarzan, Spider-Man, Star Wars, Transformers, Captain America, G.I. Joe, Vampirella, Masters of the Universe, The Flintstones, Jonny Quest and others. Glut is also the author of three previous novels, including the thrillers Bugged! and Spawn, soon to be reprinted for the first time in four decades by PageTurner Editions.

The prolific Mr. Glut has also carved a niche in the film world as an executive-producer, writer and director of “traditional-style” horror movies featuring iconic monsters, among the most recent Tales of Frankenstein, Dances with Werewolves and The Mummy's Kiss.

All of which makes him the ideal person to create a masked hero in the classic vein and to present that hero in slick, polished, high-velocity pulp fiction prose.

 

First time in print!

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THE SILICON MAN by Charles Platt

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ANOTHER DAZZLING SPECULATION BY THE HUGO, CAMPBELL, PROMETHEUS, & LOCUS AWARD FINALIST AUTHOR.

"A plausible, well-crafted narrative exploring cyberspace in a wholly new and very refreshing way." —William Gibson

“For the first time, a trip into the Heart of Virtual Reality with a Conrad who actually knows the territory. This fast-paced thriller set on the interface between Life and Immortality sends real chills down real spines.” —Terry Bisson

“In fascinating detail, Platt shows us what it would really be like to live—and breathe!—in cyberspace.” —Gregory Benford

What would it be like to upload your consciousness into cyberspace? James Bayley, an investigator for the High Technology Crime division of the FBI, finds out when he investigates LifeScan, a clandestine project sponsored by an aging billionaire. LifeScan’s aim is to create a silicon universe, and it has embezzled millions of dollars in public funds to create a detailed cyberspace that offers virtual immortality.

But what price this immortality? Those scanned will become immortal, virtual gods in a universe of their own creation, freed from the weaknesses of flesh. But to gain immortality, each candidate must first die!

And to keep James Bayley from reporting back to the FBI, LifeScan decides to kill him in a car crash and then use him as a test subject—the first person to be uploaded into the silicon universe they have created. But his wife, Yumi, as she discovers clues convincing her the crash was a setup, begins to investigate his death, determined to bring those responsible to justice … while James trapped in cyberspace, perhaps forever, tries to figure out who and what he is now.

“Full of good ideas ... a thought-provoking, thoughtful novel.” —The New York Review of Science Fiction

“A well-plotted, fast-paced, and imaginative look into the future ... a book where ideas drive the plot. Above all, Platt’s work is full of surprises.” —The Washington Post

“Who hasn't dreamed of disembodied barrel rolls over the fractal geographies of cyberspace, reincarnated as one of the infomorphs envisioned by Charles Platt is his unforgettable novel, The Silicon Man? Platt's achingly painful evocation of the man, 'downloaded' against his will, who realizes he is a cloud of electrons in computer memory who will never hold his wife and child in arms of flesh again has never stopped haunting me.” —Mark Dery, Escape Velocity: Cyberculture at the End of the Century

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THE BLACK DRAMA [The Judge Pursuivant Trilogy, Book 2] by Manly Wade Wellman

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A horrifying story from Weird Tales, the supreme shudder pulp, about a mysterious personality who claimed he was a descendant of Lord Byron—and the hideous doom that threatened all those around him!

Gilbert Connatt, former film star, now dead broke, would give his life for a good role—and he may yet get his wish, now that he's signed to be the lead in a newly-discovered play by George Gordon, Lord Byron. As an added inducement, Gilbert finds he will be playing opposite his former flame, Sigrid Holgar, who has become a megastar since they broke off their headline-making Hollywood romance.

The play is to be premiered at a summer theater, deep in the Berkshires, far from the madding crowd. Not long after the cast's arrival there, Sigrid and her manager are attacked by menacing, half-shaped entities in the dark, and barely escape with their lives and sanity. Then, Gilbert accidentally stabs Varduk with a sword—but no blood is drawn and the producer is apparently unharmed.

Things become stranger still when Judge Keith Pursuivant, an eminent authority on the occult, who has been invited by Varduk to authenticate the handwritten manuscript of the play, is stumped when he realizes it's the great poet's work—even though the paper is less than ten years old. As Judge Pursuivant and Gilbert are discussing these unearthly events, Varduk's valet warns them not to challenge his master who, he says, is a man of tremendous and uncanny powers.

Later that night, things become more terrifying Gilbert and Sigrid, finding the flame of their former love has not been entirely extinguished, discover everyone's life is threatened by terrifying forces from beyond…

Another dark masterpiece from Manly Wade Wellman, World Fantasy Award Lifetime Achievement and Hugo Award winner.

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THE HALF-HAUNTED [The Judge Pursuivant Trilogy, Book 3] by Manly Wade Wellman

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A spellbinding dark fantasy classic from Weird Tales!

Here are the final two adventures of multi-award-winning author of dark fantasy Manly Wade Wellman's Judge Keith Hilary Pursuivant in his battles against occult forces of darkness. The penultimate story describes the terrifying consequences when someone violates the terms of a treaty his township signed with the local Native people, a clause that was intended to protect the settlers from their own heedlessness. In the second eldritch tale, Judge Pursuivant comes to the aid of a man who asks him, “How would you feel if something followed you all around your new home—something cold and sneaky, that wasn't even there when you turned your head?”

These are followed by a pair of very important Wellman stories. “Sin’s Doorway,” according to the fantasy historian G. W. Thomas whose work has appeared in The Armchair Detective, Mystery Review, and Dark Worlds Quarterly, was said by Wellman to feature “a younger, guitarless Silver John, although he is not named.” Its nameless protagonist moves into a remote cabin he has inherited, only to discover to his horror it is not truly a house, but something far different. The second of these reader-treats is, in a way, a sequel to the first Judge Pursuivant adventure The Hairy Ones Shall Dance, where he fought a desperate battle against darkest evil in a pine forest called “The Devil's Croft” by locals. In the “Pineys,” The Devil's Croft is revealed as the legendary land of the Shonokins. Among Wellman's most popular creations, the Shonokins appear frequently in his John Thunstone stories and the Silver John tales. The Shonokins (or pine-people) are a race of humanoid-like creatures who inhabited the U.S. before the first homo sapiens crossed the land bridge into the Americas—and they are still enraged by the intrusion. In this story a group of people find themselves at the end of a road deep in the Devil's Croft and have a deadly confrontation with the Shonokins and the King of the Pine People—in a denouement clearly inspired by a world-famous story fantasy story of the era.

We are sure fans of dark fantasy, or of Wellman's work, will find these four eerie stories display this winner of the World Fantasy Convention's Award for Lifetime Achievement at the height of his creative and literary powers.

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THE HAIRY ONES SHALL DANCE [The Judge Pursuivant Trilogy, Book 1] by Manly Wade Wellman

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From the pages of Weird Tales—the world's greatest shudder pulp!

"Manly Wade Wellman is a treasure that should not be missed … should be in the collection of everyone who loves pulp fiction in the “Weird Tales” style." —Goodreads review

The first spellbinding novel in multi-fantasy award winner Manley Wade Wellman's classic horror trilogy about Judge Hilary Pursuivant, the jurist so deeply seeped in the lore of deviltry and supernatural evil—that no one or thing, not even the most powerful of dark forces, can stand against him.

"Mr. Wellman's Occult investigators are at the top of the genre. All of them would have felt right at home working side by side with either Karl Kolchak or Mulder-Scully. One has even worked with a certain Mr. Jules de Grandin." —Amazon review

Talbot Wills, a skeptic, gave up his career as a stage magician to study psychic phenomena—and once and for all prove or disprove its existence to himself. Learning this, his friend Doctor Otto Zoberg, an expert in occult subjects, brings him to an isolated hamlet to attend a séance at the home of a spirit medium whose powers are legendary. There Talbot meets Susan Gird, an intelligent and likable young woman, and after an afternoon together finds himself attracted to her. The séance is held that night—and though everyone is handcuffed to someone else, a strange wolf-like shape moves in the dark. When Susan Gird's father cries out some sort of accusation, the shape leaps upon him and slaughters him.

The town constable investigates and, since Wills is a magician and escape artist, arrests him for the crime. Later, while Talbot is locked in jail, an angry mob gathers to lynch him. With his knowledge of locks, Talbot breaks out his cell and in eluding his pursuers finds himself in the Devil's Croft, a mysterious grove which most locals are afraid to approach. As he enters it, Wills falls, exhausted. What happens next shatters his skepticism for good.

Fleeing, Talbot meets Judge Pursuivant, a giant of a man both physically and mentally, and a man with an almost uncanny knowledge of the occult who promises to help him and Susan.

Thus begins this classic novel of hideous, stark horror from Weird Tales, the magazine that gave birth to the works of H. P. Lovecraft and the Cthulhu mythos. Soon Susan and Talbot find their only hope of saving themselves from sudden and frightful death is to battle side-by-side with Judge Pursuivant against the frightful thing that lives in the Devil's Croft.

"These stories are very well written, highly readable and immensely entertaining! A reader can't ask for more." —Amazon Review

"Heroic, horrifying, dark fantasy. Pursuivant is Rambo with the powers of Dr. Strange. For those who like/love/get a kick out of pulp, these stories are for you." —Goodreads Review

Judge Keith Hilary Pursuivant lives in a small New England town and is sufficiently wealthy to travel the world and befriend those threatened by dark arts and beings. A man of great height and girth, with a drooping blonde moustache, he is keenly intelligent and well-read in the occult, the psychic, and the magical. Born in 1891, he took degrees at Yale and Oxford, and worked for U.S. intelligence during the First World War.

Judge Pursuivant's battles against the darkness are recounted in three volumes (The Harry Ones Shall Dance, The Black Drama, and The Half-Haunted) penned by the World Fantasy, Phoenix, and British Fantasy Award winning author Manley Wade Wellman, famed for his Silver John series and his eerie stories of dark fantasy for Weird Tales.

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THE BLACK FLAME: The Classic Science Fiction Romance by Stanley G. Weinbaum

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She Ruled the World, but Not Her Own Heart!

Margot of Urbs and her brother were brilliant scientists and immortal tyrants who had stopped Earth's decline back into savagery after a devastating series of wars. But their harsh rule, designed to eradicate those who would destabilize the Pax Urbana, had earned them many enemies who were determined to revolt at the first chance.

Then a man from the past awakens and changes the balance of power, for he joins those who are determined to rule against the cool, imperious, raven-haired Margot, also known as the Black Flame. But instead of hatred, the two spark flames of romance. What Margot does not know is that he intends to betray her and her brother at the first opportunity.

Here is unforgettable romance, deft characterization, and spellbinding pulp storytelling from Startling Stories by Stanley G. Weinbaum, who Isaac Asimov calls "a science fiction nova!"

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