Downtown Wichita Falls, Texas, in the mid 1940’s was a bustling metropolis for a boy of 7 just away from the farm and ranch community where he was born. My father, a cook and cowboy by trade, had just started as one of the first cooks for the Casa Manana restaurant in 1947. He moved us to an apartment on Ohio Street, right across from the Gem Theater, between 7th and 8th Streets. It’s here that we would stay for the next three years. The Gem Theater became a magic palace for a young mind. But it had to share that distinction with the rest of the magic that was Wichita Falls. I attended San Jacinto and Carrigan elementary schools, as well as Reagan Junior High, and belonged to the Boys Club on 6th Street. Please join, and share your stories and pictures through a Guest Blog, of early Wichita Falls - or your home town. Contact me at or leave a comment. We could use old pictures of movie houses, drive-in theaters, and other nostalgic pictures related to our youths.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Classic Pulp Fiction Stories

FADING SHADOWS entered the genre fiction magazines with CLASSIC PULP FICTION STORIES in June 1995. It became our longest running title lasting for 91 issues, and ending in December 2004, almost ten years as the leading new pulp magazine since the era of the pulps. The cover shown here is issue #24, from May 1997, with another great cover by Albert Roberts. The issue contains 7 short stories and part two of a serial. Authors are Chester Ingram (pseudonym of Ray Capella), John L. French, Nick Carr, Naomi Walker, Lida Broadhurst, T.J. Glenn, Michael Laramie, and Sean Danowski.

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