Doc Savage online e-text

(I get the impression from search terms that people are looking for examples of pulp fiction.  This is a longer work, so it doesn’t strictly adhere to Lester Dent’s formula; on the other hand, you can see how the author does things like switching viewpoint, and so on.)

 

BEQUEST OF EVIL

A Doc Savage Adventure by Kenneth Robeson

 

Chapter One:  The Kidnappers

THE car was long, low and built for speed. Its driver was not.

He was about as wide as he was tall—if he had been standing up—and he took up most of the front seat. The dapper, well-dressed man seated beside him was practically jammed against the right-hand door.

The car came out of a side street, swung left into Fifth Avenue, and almost took the fenders off a car parked near the corner.

Then a broad grin hit the face of the homely-looking driver. He was squinting ahead, down the wide avenue.

“Wow!” he said. “Fifth Avenue deserted. Watch this!” (more…)

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Pulp Report – First Story Progress

I’ve finished the first part of this four-part short story.  The goal is to write a short story according to the F-H system, and in combination with the Doc Savage formula. (more…)

Published in: on June 20, 2009 at 11:17 am  Comments (1)  
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The “Doc Savage” Pulp Story Formula – by Lester Dent

This is a formula, a master plot, for any 6000 word pulp story. It has worked on adventure, detective, western and war-air. It tells exactly where to put everything. It shows definitely just what must happen in each successive thousand words.

No yarn of mine written to the formula has yet failed to sell.

The business of building stories seems not much different from the business of building anything else.

Here’s how it starts:

1. A DIFFERENT MURDER METHOD FOR VILLAIN TO USE
2. A DIFFERENT THING FOR VILLAIN TO BE SEEKING
3. A DIFFERENT LOCALE
4. A MENACE WHICH IS TO HANG LIKE A CLOUD OVER HERO

One of these DIFFERENT things would be nice, two better, three swell. It may help if they are fully in mind before tackling the rest. (more…)

Published in: on June 16, 2009 at 7:32 am  Comments (3)  
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