Unwinnable’s Pulp Book Club

Every month, Team Unwinnable selects a classic pulp story from the archive. Everything from mystery to science fiction to horror and more is up for grabs, so long as it is printed on yellowing paper and smells hard boiled. Join editor Cara Ellison as she moderates the discussion between a new reader and a returning reader and then jump in yourself when it all spills over into the comments section. Will we hate it? Will we love it? Will Cara have to dispose of the bodies? Find out the first full week of every month, ya mug.

For the spooky season, we’ve selected Roger Zelazny’s A Night in the Lonesome October, a satire and pastiche that draws from more horror stories than we can shake a Hand of Glory at. Discussion ran October 29 through November 2, with returning reader Stu Horvath and new reader Brian Taylor. The book is, sadly, out of print and commands high prices, but a free PDF is available on Arthur’s Bookshelf.

It is only natural to go from Dashiell Hammett to Raymond Chandler, and what better of Chandler’s novels than Farewell, My Lovely? Discussion ran August 6 through August 10, 2012, with first-time readers Stu Horvath and Jenn Frank. The book is available from Amazon, in both dead tree and Kindle versions, on the Nook and at your local library.

The godfather of hard boiled crime stories, Red Harvest follows the Continental Op as he tries to clean up the corruption in Poisonville. Discussion ran July 2 through July 6, 2012, with new reader Stu Horvath and returning reader Brian Taylor. The book is available from Amazon, in both dead tree and Kindle versions, on the Nook and at your local library.