The Doomed SMART LOVE STORIES

I was rummaging through some of Daisy Bacon’s personal papers and re-discovered this advertisement for SMART LOVE STORIES. The cover used is from the February 1937 issue.IMG_1653

SMART LOVE STORIES started out as AINSLEE’S in December 1934. The original AINSLEE’S was a long-running Street & Smith publication that had been discontinued in December 1926.  Daisy was given the assignment of editing the new AINSLEE’S.

Cute story: Daisy doesn’t say much about either AINSLEE’S or SMART LOVE STORIES. However, columnist James Aswell wrote in his column “My New York” on August 7, 1934:

Recently Daisy Bacon, editress of one of the more romantic pulp paper magazines was presented one evening with a black kitten by a friend named Ainslee. She named the feline Ainslee in commemoration. Next morning at 9 her desk telephone rang and she was informed that the once-famous Ainslee’s Magazine was to be revived and that she had been picked as pilot. 

Whether or not that’s a tall tale concocted by the PR people at Street & Smith or whether it was true is not known. Daisy’s mother writes in her journal of a black kitten in September 1933 named Jet, who met a terrible fate by a neighborhood dog, but that’s as close as I’ve gotten. Poor kitty.

As it was, the reemergence of AINSLEE’S wasn’t a long one, and in October 1936 the title was changed to AINSLEE’S SMART LOVE STORIES, and eventually it was shortened to just SMART LOVE STORIES, which lasted until October 1938.

Altus Press Launches the ARGOSY Library

PRESS RELEASE
Altus Press Announces The Argosy Library

The First Series of Releases Features Popular Authors Such as Lester Dent, Otis Adelbert Kline, W.C. Tuttle, and George F. Worts

March 18, 2015: Altus Press today announced the premiere of its new line of books: The Argosy Library series. Founded at the end of the Nineteenth Century by publishing tycoon Frank A. Munsey, Argosy Magazine quickly became one of the most popular—and prestigious—fiction magazines of its day and spawned a publishing revolution. Known as one of the most literate pulp magazines, Argosy published thousands of short stories and novels, many of which features some of the most influential series characters in popular fiction. With the inauguration of The Argosy Library, Altus Press plans to bring back into print the best of the Frank A. Munsey Company, sourced from its suite of sibling titles such as Argosy, The All-Story, and Flynn’s Detective Fiction Weekly, among others.

The Argosy Library expects to showcase the varied mix of genres that made Argosy one of the most popular pulps of all time, and Series 1 does just that by showcasing adventure, mystery, western, science fiction, fantasy, and crime stories by some of Munsey’s most popular authors such as Lester Dent, W. Wirt, Otis Adelbert Kline, W.C. Tuttle, George F. Worts, and Theodore Roscoe, among others.

The Argosy Library will be released in series of ten books at a time—in matching trade dress—and will be available in softcover, hardcover, and ebook editions. In addition to being available separately, each series of releases can be purchased as a single, heavily-discounted set.

Series 1 of The Argosy Library is expected to be released in May.

For more information, please visit Altus Press.com.

Titles in Series 1 of The Argosy Library:

Genius Jones

by Lester Dent, introduction by Will Murray

The gold-dusted saga of a red-bearded young giant, raised in the Arctic on seal-meat and encyclopedias, who descends on civilization with a loud and solid crash. In his search for wisdom and adventure, the man Jones doesn’t have Aladdin’s lamp—but he doesn’t really need it…. Never before reprinted, it’s the longest novel Lester Dent ever published, and one of the most famous. This edition restores text cut from its original publication. Part of The Argosy Library of classics.

271 pages / $19.95 softcover / $29.95 hardcover

When Tigers Are Hunting: The Complete Adventures of Cordie, Soldier of Fortune,Volume 1

by W. Wirt

The sagas of Jimmie Cordie and his crew were among Argosy’s most popular series when it was brought to that magazine during its early ’30s renaissance. Quite clearly an inspiration for the creation of Doc Savage, this edition collects his first nine adventures. Part of The Argosy Library of classics.

240 pages / $19.95 softcover / $29.95 hardcover

The Swordsman of Mars

by Otis Adelbert Kline

Harry Thorne, explorer and swordsman, had scarcely more than heard of the Red Planet, Mars—when an amazing thing happened…. Otis Adelbert Kline is well-known as one of the best fantasy/adventure contemporaries of Edgar Rice Burroughs. This edition is sourced from the original magazine text and includes all of the original illustrations. Part of The Argosy Library of classics.

237 pages / $19.95 softcover / $29.95 hardcover

The Sherlock of Sageland: The Complete Tales of Sheriff Henry, Volume 1

by W.C. Tuttle, introduction by Sai Shankar

Once voted Adventure Magazine’s most popular author, W.C. Tuttle introduced the world to one of his longest-running, and most popular series characters, Henry Harrison Conroy, in the pages of Argosy. Collected here are the first four stories. Part of The Argosy Library of classics.

269 pages / $19.95 softcover / $29.95 hardcover

Gone North

by Charles Alden Seltzer

When Jim Fallon started for the Hudson Bay country, he wasn’t sure whether he was on a man-hunt or a wild goose chase—but he found his quest was fraught with real enough peril. Among the best novels ever written by one of Argosy’s most popular authors. Part of The Argosy Library of classics.

220 pages / $19.95 softcover / $29.95 hardcover

The Masked Master Mind

by George F. Worts

One of Argosy’s most popular authors pens this never-before reprinted novel of a trail of crime that ran from sleepy Maple Hollow to Steel City. Part of The Argosy Library of classics.

265 pages / $19.95 softcover / $29.95 hardcover

Balata

by Fred MacIsaac

Trees of living gold in the Amazon jungles, guarded by alligators, poisoned darts and rival hunters—such was the lodestone that drew an American expedition, and the unwilling Pete Holcomb…. Part of The Argosy Library of classics.

216 pages / $19.95 softcover / $29.95 hardcover

Bretwalda

by Philip Ketchum

’Twas the mightiest weapon the eyes of man had ever beheld; its mystic name meant “Ruler of Briton.” And from over the Northern Sea came a Viking’s thrall—the only man in the world who could wield that fearsome steel—to save good King Alfred and the homeland he scarcely remembered. Collecting—for the first time—all 12 stories of the Bretwalda saga. Part of The Argosy Library of classics.

479 pages / $29.95 softcover / $39.95 hardcover

Draft of Eternity

by Victor Rousseau

A groundbreaking science fiction, post-apocalyptic & time travel classic from the early days of The All-Story by an underrated writer. Part of The Argosy Library of classics.

183 pages / $17.95 softcover / $29.95 hardcover

Four Corners, Volume 1

by Theodore Roscoe

Mystery runs rampant in the quiet, upstate New York town of Four Corners…. Easily one of Roscoe’s best-written series, Volume 1 collects the first half of this lost masterpiece of the pulps. Part of The Argosy Library of classics.

201 pages / $19.95 softcover / $29.95 hardcover

The PCA/ACA Conference: Where Daisy Bacon and LOVE STORY Will Get Some Respect

I have to say I’m very excited to have a new blog site. It’s like a new toy. But customizing it might be a slow process for the next couple of weeks. I’m working on my presentation on Daisy Bacon for the Popular Cultural Association/American Cultural Association (PCA/ACA) national convention in New Orleans, from April 1 to April 4. The title of my presentation is “Daisy Bacon and LOVE STORY MAGAZINE: The powerful woman editor behind the biggest-selling romance magazine of its time.”  My presentation is scheduled for Saturday, April 4, and is in the Gender and Pulp Studies section.

The study of romance pulps is a very under-represented section of pulp studies. I’m hoping that my presentation will kindle some interest in the topic. I’m also hoping to check out some publishers while I’m there.

If you’re interested in the convention, visit the PCA/ACA website here.

New Site. New Look. Same Pulpy Content.

I’m back in the saddle – or at least halfway, that is.

If you’re wondering where I’ve been, or you’ve been trying to view my old blog at Blogger and found nothing, it’s because Blogger deleted the original “Laurie’s Wild West” blog several days ago. I had complained because a certain slime bucket person (a stranger) had hacked my blog and impersonated me in a comment. After I complained to Blogger, they just inexplicably deleted my whole blog! ALL of it. SEVEN YEARS OF WORK DOWN THE DRAIN. And there’s no workable way to contact them, at least that I’ve found.

It’s a good thing that all of the photos and my longer work was saved on my own computer, but a lot of posts that I wrote impromptu in the blogger software are gone. GONE.

I have sent Blogger several emails and tried to find out how to recover the blog to no avail. Rather than wait for them to figure out their error, I have just decided to start a new blog, here on wordpress.

Please note the new address: http://www.laurieswildwest.wordpress.com. I know some of you will be happy because this new address is shorter than the other one.

Oh, and by the way, Blogger also deleted my Londonholic blog as well, at the same time they deleted Laurie’s Wild West. Isn’t that special?

Ah well. I try to not let these kind of hiccups upset me too much. Life is too short. And this gives me the opportunity to start anew, with another company and more options for design. The topics will remain the same. pulp fiction, westerns, history, books, writing, and Daisy Bacon and the romance pulps will continue unabated. I don’t give up that easily.

The same information about my grandfather’s books.

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The same posts on pulp fiction news and cover themes.

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The same updates on the book on Daisy Bacon and LOVE STORY.

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And of course, miscellaneous photos and posts about my animals.

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So goodbye Blogger, and hello WordPress!