Protecting Project Pulp No 4: Valentine Wood

Main Fiction: “Kroom, Son of the Sea” by Valentine Wood, first published in Top-Notch, June 15 1930. Valentine Wood was a pseudonym possibly used in this case by author Walker A. Tompkins.

Narrator: Bob Hoe.

“He was spending the remaining hours of his boyhood sharpening and resharpening the obsidian knife that he, in common with all the grown men of the Fish People, wore thrust through the belt of the sharkskin loincloth that was his sole article of clothing.

On the morrow he was to take his first term of duty as chief sentry on the Sentry Rock, above the submerged opening of the great Intake.”

Also in this episode: A brief interview with Pulp Fiction aficionado, Jason Carney

4 thoughts on “Protecting Project Pulp No 4: Valentine Wood”

  1. Started well. Then we get a litany of how he was better and handsomer than everyone else; after all, he was American. Stopped listening. I know, I probably missed a lot of good stuff. The fulsome praises just rubbed me the wrong way.

    Three out of four is not bad. The earlier instalments have been good to great; i will keep listening.

  2. Great story. Somehow it puts down the notion of pulp fiction as a flat and low brow literature, for the descriptive level got all a good piece of literature ask for. And please, let’s try not to aproach the Pulp Age from a politically correct point of view.

  3. Odilius, were you referring to my dislike? John Carter is presented as a superbeing due to being an American gentleman. Yet the way he is described works. Likewise Dick Seaton, again a superbeing, yet the laudatory is not suffocating.

    Not liking something is not necessarily a symptom of “political correctness”, even if the person voicing such opinions is not a U.S. citizen.

  4. Sorry, maybe we most pity Kroom for being so fair and American. “The nail that stands out is hammered down” or, in his case, up. In any case, I understand your point. But, pulp fiction apart, it’s a fact that the natives of many islands when first saw the Europeans arriving to their lands, took them for divine beings; thanks to ancient legends that taught about a future in which such people will come and conquer them. So, it’s something that goes back to a very distant past.

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