India Today - - COLLECTIBLES -

If you get bit­ten by the col­lect­ing bug, like I was, you need to at­tend the two ma­jor an­nual con­ven­tions—Windy City in Chicago around the last week of April ev­ery year, and PulpFest which hap­pens in Au­gust in Philadel­phia—to meet like-minded col­lec­tors and buy and sell is­sues

The orig­i­nal mag­a­zines such as Ad­ven­ture and Ar­gosy are hard to find, and costlier to ship—they’re big­ger and heav­ier than most pa­per­backs. I built up my col­lec­tion of over 2,000 is­sues over seven years and re­lied a lot on drop ship­ping ser­vices to get them de­liv­ered. You can find plenty of sto­ries by th­ese au­thors in reprints from small press pub­lish­ers like Al­tus Press, Bi­son Books and Black Dog Books. Or try the an­tholo­gies The Big Book of Swash­buck­ling Ad­ven­ture edited by Lawrence Ellsworth and The Big Book of Ad­ven­ture Sto­ries edited by Otto Pen­zler

Tal­bot Mundy wrote many sto­ries set in and around In­dia, fea­tur­ing char­ac­ters like Athel­stan King, Jim­grim and Hira Singh. Sim­i­larly, Harold Lamb reached into In­dian history as a set­ting for tales of ad­ven­tur­ers, writ­ing a se­ries of sto­ries fea­tur­ing his lead­ing char­ac­ter, Kh­lit the Cos­sack, in and about Em­peror Ja­hangir’s court. Most of th­ese are col­lected in War­riors of the Steppes, edited by Howard Andrew Jones

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