Thursday, December 26, 2013


Recently published by Sanctum Books, The Shadow #78: The Circle of
Death and The Sledge-Hammer Crimes
[$14.95] features two classic
novels of the Shadow by Walter B. Gibson, writing as Maxwell Grant.
“The Circle of Death” was published in the March 1, 1936 issue of
The Shadow Magazine. From the back cover:

The Shadow enters The Circle of Death to uncover the strange secret
behind a savage series of Times Square killings

“The Sledge-Hammer Crimes” comes from the magazine’s August 1, 1936
issue.  From the back cover:

The murder of a museum curator by an ancient Aztec stone hammer
triggers an inexplicable wave of crimes.

Also in this book: “Fuel for Murder,” a short Whisperer thriller by
Alan Hathway writing as Clifford Goodrich.  It was first published
in the May 15, 1940 edition of The Shadow Magazine.

Rounding out the book are the usual informative historical essays
by Will Murray and Anthony Tollin.

As with the other Sanctum Books series - Doc Savage, The Whisperer
and others - these Shadow adventures are entertaining journeys into
the heroic fiction of the pulp era.  They’re wonderfully made books
and I regularly despair that I might never get around to reading
them all.  But what I can do is let you know about the new releases
as they appear.  More Sanctum Books news is on the way.

© 2013 Tony Isabella

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