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About the Author: John Locke

John Locke is a historian of the American pulp fiction magazines of the first half of the Twentieth Century. He has paid particular attention to the phenomenon of pulp fiction as a writers’ paradise in the boom years of the twenties, to its sudden downfall after the Crash of ’29 into a writers’ ghetto where writers were forced to pound out “speed art” on their typewriters at a penny a word in order to make a living. One of the central characters that evolved in the pulps is the hardboiled detective, in magazines like Black Mask and Dime Detective; the central character behind the scenes of the 1930s pulps is the hardboiled writer, a Manhattan denizen thriving on booze and cigarettes, using a typewriter like it was a machine gun, and slowly going nuts. Locke has explored the pulp writing phenomenon in three key works: Pulp Fictioneers (2004), Pulpwood Days: Volume 1: Editors You Want To Know (2007), and Pulpwood Days: Volume 2: Lives of the Pulp Writers (2013).

Locke’s Off-Trail Publications specializes in books which combine vintage pulp fiction reprints with related histories of the era, the authors and the magazines. Gang Pulp is a pioneering look at the violent gangster fiction that came into vogue during the last years of Prohibition. Single author gangster collections include: If She Only Had a Machine Gun , by Richard Credicott (2011); Queen of the Gangsters: Volume 1: Broadwalk Empire , by Margie Harris (2011); and The Gangland Sagas of Big Nose Serrano , by Anatole Feldman, introductions by Will Murray, Volumes 1-3 (2008-09). City of Numbered Men: The Best of Prison Stories (2010) explores the brief reign of hardboiled prison fiction, and includes a 14,000-word profile of Harold Hersey, the most colorful publisher of the pulp era.

Adventure fiction collections include two volumes from Africa explorer Charles Beadle: The City of Baal (2007), and The Land of Ophir (2012); the exquisite Amazon Stories, Volume 1 (2008) and Volume 2 (2009), by Arthur O. Friel; Outdoor Stories , by J. Allan Dunn (2011); and The Golden Anaconda , by Elmer Brown Mason (2009).

Weird detective collections include the popular Weird Detective Adventures of Wade Hammond , by Paul Chadwick, Volumes 1-4 (2006-09); Grottos of Chinatown , by Arthur J. Burks (2009); and The Magician Detective and Other Weird Mysteries , by Fulton Oursler (2010).


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Paperback, Published in Nov 2011 by Off-Trail Publications

ISBN10: 1935031171 | ISBN13: 9781935031178

Page count: 360

Richard Credicott, a young man from Freeport, Illinois, established himself in 1930 as one of the best writers in the new gangster fiction magazines appearing on the newsstands during Prohibition's twilight. This collection reprints all 18 stories he published in a brief and intense career, from magazines like THE DRAGNET, GANGSTER STORIES, MOBS, and DIME DETECTIVE; wildly entertaining tales of mob mayhem, Tommy gun battles, and tantalizing molls-gang girls with happy trigger-fingers. Extensive introductory material discusses Credicott's life, writing career, and legacy. His story offers rare insights into the ups and downs of breaking into the pulps in the early years of the Depression, and glimpses of Freeport during the tempestuous '20s, including the experiences of some real-life Freeport gangsters. As a special feature, reminiscences of Richard Credicott's life are provided by his son, Dave Credicott.

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