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January 17, 2011, 6:00 am
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Dead Men Kill by L. Ron Hubbard © 1934
Synopsis: First published in 1934 in Thrilling Detective magazine, Hubbard’s rollicking horror yarn just happens to tap into the current craze for zombies. Heroic Det. Sgt. Terrence “Terry” Lane looks into a deeply disturbing series of murders of powerful businessmen. Dawn Drayden, a pretty Club Haitian entertainer, confirms Lane’s hunch that the killers are dead men “coming back from the grave and killing their employers.” The zombie mastermind is the nefarious Dr. Leroux, originally of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, aka Loup-garou (or human hyena). In the end, Drayden and Lane must face heart-pounding dangers once Dr. Leroux’s secrets are revealed. This fun, campy novella reflects a contemporary revenge vibe felt by those who wouldn’t mind dispatching a few zombies to punish criminally inclined businessmen.
Comments: I downloaded this e-book for free in the ‘collections‘ section of Kindle that contains free, out-of-copyright, pre-1923 books. I was initially skeptical because I’m not a big L. Ron Hubbard fan, mostly because I associate him with the science fiction genre…not to mention “Dianetics.” However, I love reading pulp, so this was too tempting NOT to try. Besides, how often do you see vintage pulp available as an e-book?!! I wish there were more. Unfortunately, it seems like pulp novels are a dead genre, and the majority of people are most-likely more interested in best-sellers and the ilk. Continue reading