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Thrilling Adventure Yarns #2

Thrilling Adventure Yarns 2021

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You asked for more pulp? You got it!

Thrilling Adventure Yarns has returned! Crazy 8 Press once again treats you to an array of stories in the classic pulp style, replete with action and adventure, chills and thrills, mystery and romance, and much more!
Delight in the return of favorites Cannon Belle and Molly Maloy! Exult in glimpses of such classics as Sherlock Holmes! And cheer at exploits from all-new characters!

Pulp is back— and better than ever!

Enthuse to stories by Michael A. Burstein, Russ Colchamiro, Greg Cox, Paige Daniels, Lester Dent, Mary Fan, Kelli Fitzpatrick, Michael Jan Friedman, Robert Greenberger, Glenn Hauman, Heather E. Hutsell, Paul Kupperberg, Karissa Laurel, William Leisner, Jonathan Maberry, David Mack, Ron Marz, Danielle Ackley McPhail, Stuart Moore, Will Murray, Jody Lynn Nye, Scott Pearson, Aaron Rosenberg, Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore, Richard C. White, and Sheri Cook Woosley!

Be enchanted with illustrations by June Brigman, Kerry Callen, Gary Carbon, Mike Collins, Daerick Gross, Matt Haley, Karl Kesel, Peter Krause, Luke McDonell, Ron Randall, Dan Schkade, Bart Sears, Daniele Sera, Jeff Weigel, and Mark Wheatley!

380 pages, Kindle Edition

First published March 16, 2021

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June 25, 2021
Thrilling Adventure Yarns 2021 gives us "more". More exciting short stories written true to pulp form. Like the previous volume these stories are exiting, bold, to the point, and often have an exploitive twist you wont see coming.

Editor Robert Greenberger has amassed an array of talented writers-some returning, some new-who together create tales that would make a 40's newsstand blush!

While Thrilling Adventure Yarns 2021 offers more of the same great storytelling, there are a few things that set this edition apart from it's 2019 predecessor.

First, this edition offers many new writers who make excellent contributions. Secondly, this volume is bigger, giving the reader more bang for their buck.

I was especially happy there were more offerings in the Sci-Fi, Mystery, and Occult categories. Most importantly though, the quality of the storytelling is still top notch.

Here are some of the stories I really enjoyed -

Scott Pearson gets us started with "The Day It Came from Beyond Outer Space". This is a fun spirited, youthful, sci-fi tale about a group of kids who find a UFO. Kind of a Stand By Me meets War of the Worlds.

"The Shadow Lady of Docktown" is an excellent sci-fi tale of a heroine who uses light and shadow to fight crime and exploitation in a futuristic city. Author Kelli Fitzpatrick has created a very likable, working class hero with the Shadow Lady and I would read more stories about her.

Paige Daniels' "Quake" is a thoroughly entertaining follow up to Yarn 2019's "Opium Dreams". This tale gives writer investigator Molly Maloy another mystery to solve on her home turf of a ravaged San Francisco. "Quake" also sets Ms. Maloy up for more adventures, which I look forward to.

In the sweat and blood soaked, "Fiasco", we follow a wounded detective whose on the run after being set up. Author David Mack's entry is a mini-noir-masterpiece with razor sharp tension and suspense.

In Ron Marz's western, "Old Bull", we follow an aging bounty hunter as he attempts to collect on an unwanted buffalo. I found this tale to be both sentimental and poignant.

"Hamburger Kiss" is a time spanning romance which takes a good look at how relationships change, for better or worse, over time. Robert Greenberger's likable characters and romantic build up made for an enjoyable read.

In "Hell Dogs of Eldorado Canyon" we go on a nightmarish journey out west with 'Sorter' Red MacGill. Red's a sort of old west ghost hunter, trying to solve the murder of several miners. The tension in this story mounted with every paragraph and I felt like I was reading an old west version of Kolchak the Night Stalker!

The writers have really let their creative juices flow with Thrilling Adventure Yarns 2021. The end result is a sequel that stands up to or even surpasses it's predecessor.

There's alot to choose from in this volume, and they're all great choices!

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451 reviews5 followers
June 20, 2021
I backed Thrilling Adventure Yarns 2021 via Kickstarter and once again was not disappointed as the anthology offers up a wide variety of styles, concepts and ideas which never failed to entertain. A few highlights were adventures set deep in the South American Jungle, crime with a noir vibe, a Sherlock mystery, romance, scifi stories both traditional 50's style and more of the "out there" approach not to mention some tales which defy categorization. As with all anthologies you can not really do them justice unless you mention each individual story (which I am not going to do) but take it from me, these are highly entertaining tales from authors you know or may be new to you that create drama, suspense, delight and appreciation from the reader.
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October 12, 2022
4 Stars: Easily Recommended
This is a fantastic anthology, filled with well-written stories by a variety of authors, and, despite the title, a variety of genres. Yes, these ARE "thrilling adventure yarns," but between these covers, you get sci-fi, westerns, sword and sorcery, fantasy, romance, and more! I will be seeking out the first volume (which I missed out on when it came out) for sure.
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