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C.L. Moore's "Shambleau" was published in the November 1933 issue of Weird Tales, a well-regarded pulp magazine that also published authors like Lovecraft and Burroughs. Since I love the old science fictiony pulps, I knew I'd end up enjoying this tale. C.L. Moore was a woman, and many who wrote in those times used their initials to get around the bias of the editors. It was her very first professional sale.

Moore's "Shambleau" is a Western set on Mars. It made me think of one of my old Ace Double novels that had a very similar concept, including an alien that was reviled and looked down on by the interlopers from the other planets. I have a sneaking suspicion that author had read this story when they were younger.

Everything from a stock Western is here, from a gunslinger with a gray reputation to a damsel in distress, except with more cat attributes. The town is filled with the usual trope characters, and there's some odd forbidden romance in the…

It's Wednesday the Thirteenth, which means I don't have to avoid Jason, just his annoying cousin Melvyn who goes around trying to sell steaks out of a cooler off of the back of his 1978 Chevy pickup truck.

My oldest daughter now has power. She also told me that their place is missing four shingles, so they came through fine. While it was good for her (east coast of Florida), it was a little tougher for my sister's husband in Saint Petersburg. My sister left to visit one of her…

Violet McDade and Nevada Alvarado were a couple private detectives created and written by Cleve F. Adams and published in 14 stories in Clues detective magazine between 1935 and 1937. Female hardboiled detectives were not unheard of, even in the 1930s, but McDade and Alvarado may be some of the most interesting sleuths of any gender. 

Violet McDade is a former fat lady from the circus, weighing anywhere between 300-400 pounds, depending on whether or not she's dietin…

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