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Old 07-31-2007, 08:50 PM   #1
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Pollexfen, Muriel: The Conjuror of the Clouds. v1. 31 July 07

Here is a short story that features the Gray Ghost-- a wonder aircraft. It's over a hundred feet long with flapping wings (!) and propellers and it's armed with various weapons and bombs. It's operated by the mad genius inventor, Alsopp Ostermann, who's vision is to rule the world from the skies!! Of course, he always seems to be stopped by the young dashing Algy Brett, a young clerk in the British War Office.

There were actually six stories featuring Ostermann and his Gray Ghost printed in the pulp mag Adventure. This is the only one I have so far, but I plan to eventually find all six and post those as well. This may take a while because I can't find a lot of information concerning these stories. I will roam the dusty shelves of eBay and try to find them, buy them and scan them in.

This story is fairly self-contained, so don't let the fact that you haven't read the others deter you. It does refer to events in other stories, but they get explained when they are brought up (hmmm, was the writer getting paid per word?!).

For those of you who are in the mood to read something from the "extra-pulpy" section of our friendly neighborhood mobileread e-bookstore, this story is for you.
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Old 07-31-2007, 09:53 PM   #2
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Great! I'm not familiar with this at all, so this is a new discovery for me.

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Thanks Don! I have a couple of old pulps I bought on ebay and found some real gems in there. I basically have been trying to find anything published before 1922 so that there are no worries about copyright. The downside is that it's very difficult to scan these in without tearing them up.

I only spent a couple of dollars on them, but seems a shame to destroy them in order to save the stories. But anyway I found plenty of weird stories to scan, convert and post so life is good! I'll try to combine the serials when I can...
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