Feb. 4, 2017

Three more adventures of this new pulp character!

The Pulptress Volume 2 by Richard Lee Byers

Prose Se press presents three more tales of the slender blonde in the striped shirt, black skirt, fedora and domino mask! Scion of heroes, trained by the best in the business, and totally fearless, the woman known only as Emily takes on more of the evil that people do…

“The Air Loom” by Richard Lee Byers tells of Richard Knight, one of the heroes who trained the Pulptress. Over one hundred years old, he was still in top condition until someone scrambled his mind. Others have also fallen victim to a mysterious foursome and their device. Problem is, the stories of these four and the “Air Loom” go back over 200 hundred years—unchanged!

“Demented Diamonds” by Ethan Nahté finds the Pulptress on vacation in Hawaii. While sunbathing on the black sands of Punalu’u County Beach Park she witnesses the taking of a yacht by pirates, who burn the ship and take the prisoners towards KÄ«lauea. There in caverns she encounters beings not quite of this world and a demented genius with a fatal taste for diamonds…

“A Perfect Doll” by Nancy A Hansen deals with a pharmaceutical magnate who has rather unique ways of testing his products. Young, beautiful women are turned into deformed hags by unrefined doses of various medicines in the works. Someone is making dolls that portray this process. On one side the lady’s face is the essence of beauty. The other side is a horrible distortion. On the beautiful side the hair is perfect. One the deformed side the hair is ragged and hanging in clumps. Sometimes the case goes beyond knowledge of who is guilty; it is also a matter of proving the guilt and rescuing the victims…

I liked all three stories. They show the character in three different situations, pretty much different pulp genres. The first is supernatural horror, the second syfy, and the last a more grounded mystery. Each is a fine example of the writer’s art. I would love to see a much larger anthology starring our heroine!

I give the book five stars!

Quoth the Raven…

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