BOOKS: Killer, come back to me: Ray Bradbury | Florida News

Hard Case Crime continues to print detective stories in the pulp age.

The majority of these stories are new, written by current authors. Perhaps the most famous contributor to Hard Case Crime is Stephen King, who wrote three novels in / for the series: “Joyland”, “The Colorado Kid” and “Later”.

But other famous writers on the series include Gore Vidal, Joyce Carol Oates, Erle Stanley Gardner, Mickey Spillane, and more. Some of the works are works of the past, less known to some authors. Some of them, like Spillane and Vidal, died several years ago.

Add to list Ray Bradbury.

Bradbury is best known for his science fiction and fantasy novels and short stories, including “Fahrenheit 451”, “The Martian Chronicles”, “The Illustrated Man”, “Something Wicked This Way Comes”, and more.

But as a young writer Bradbury often sold detectives short stories – often thick anthologies filled with lots of stories and illustrations printed on cheap pulp paper. Later in his life he became interested in some police news that was published by more brilliant magazines such as Playboy and McCall’s.

With “Killer, Come Back to Me”, Hard Case Crime brings together Bradbury’s crime stories. Some of his crime stories touch on some of his most fantastic subjects, such as “Marionettes, Inc.” which is the story of a company that allows people to buy well-designed facsimiles – automatons , “puppets” – of themselves; and the creepy “Little Assassin” about parents who believe their newborn baby wants to kill them, etc.

But most of the stories in “Killer, Come Back to Me” are straightforward crime stories that correspond to the gruesome pulp situations of the 1930s to the 1950s.

Hard Case Crime fully embraces the pulp experience. Books are paperbacks. Most have illustrations inside. All printed on cheaper stock paper but not as cheap as pulp. The price of Hard Case Crime books isn’t as cheap as pulps, but readers should find a lot to enjoy here, whether they’re Bradbury fans, pulp fiction fans, or fans of crime stories.

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