[Free eBook] 1 free choose your own Wildside Press book offer [Multiple Fiction Genres]

As a special treat to celebrate 101 weeks since the inauguration of their “Black Cat Mystery & Science Fiction Community” this Labour Day holiday long weekend, publisher Wildside Press are doing a choose-your-own giveaway of 1 title from their catalogue, and a free subscription month or discount off the annual membership.

  • Freebie: coupon code 101WILDSIDE entered in the cart during checkout (requires account signup with billing address but no payment info) will give you 1 free book valued at $1.01 (or $1.01 cents off anything in the store).

This may not seem like much, but Wildside Press has a great many 99 cent discount Megapacks (expand the sidebar categories to see the selection) collecting reprint short stories from in-copyright vintage pulp fiction and modern genre authors, as well as novels and complete works of public domain authors.

The selection includes works from popular fantasy authors Lawrence Watt-Evans (creator of the humorous Ethshar universe, one of my personal favourites) & Darrell Schweitzer & the late R. A. Lafferty (known for his distinctively imaginative style of “weird fiction”), the late A. R. Morlan, whose sf/fantasy/horror stories enjoyed a cult following (and is their current free ebook selection with the short story The Hemingway Kittens), a collection of Josh Pachter’s Mahboob Chaudri stories originally published in Alfred Hitchcock and Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine starring a 1980s-era Pakistani detective in Bahrain, vintage lesbian pulp fiction novels by classic crime thriller author Fletcher Flora and many more authors.

And there are also themed megapacks such as Lady Sleuths and Golden Age Science Fiction if you’d prefer a multi-author sampling experience.

  • Discount coupon: 101WEEKS for 1 free membership month of the Black Cat Mystery & Science Fiction Community for pulp crime fiction & sfnal reprints (gets you 7 new ebooks every week from short story to novel length) on the monthly subscription plan (cancel any time), or $3.99 off the pre-paid $19.99 annual membership price, when selecting the PayWhirl option at the checkout.

Offers available until just beyond midnight Eastern Time on September 2nd, available as DRM-free ePub/Mobi/PDF bundle for all books.

[Free eBook REPEAT] The Golden Amazon by John Russell Fearn [Vintage 1940s Pulp Science Fiction]

The Golden Amazon by the late British author John Russell Fearn is the 1st novel in his long-running Golden Amazon series of vintage pulp science fiction adventures, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1944 by World’s Work and and later reprinted over the decades by Harlequin and Gryphon Books’ SF Rediscovery line. The series, which was very popular during the 1950s and 60s and ran to 21 original novels which were serialized in The Toronto Star Weekly and several posthumous ones as well, stars a scientifically-created superwoman with a greatly enhanced intellect and physical abilities, who was initially morally ambiguous.

This tale gives her obligatory origin story, wherein a scientist starts creating her as a reaction to the terrible cost of World War II, seeking to craft the perfect person to rule the world, who may wind up being too detached from humanity to use her power for its ultimate good.

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[Free eBook] Midnight Blonde by Talmage Powell [Vintage 1950s Pulp Mystery/Crime Short]

Midnight Blonde by the late Talmage Powell, a prolific multi-genre pulp fiction author, is a standalone pulp mystery/crime thriller short story, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Wildside Press. as one of their sporadic weekly giveaways to help promote their Black Cat Mystery Community for vintage pulp mystery/crime thriller reprints.

This was originally published in 1957 in the May issue of Manhunt magazine.

The story features an unsettling encounter between a man and a girl at a bar, who seems to be waiting for something ominous to happen.

Offered worldwide through May 27th (probably; will likely end up lingering a bit due to US Memorial Day holiday), available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] Triple Alibi by Dale Clark [Vintage 1930s Pulp Mystery/Crime Short]

Triple Alibi by Dale Clark, a pseudonym for the late Ronal Kayser, a Minnesota-born author of early pulp science fiction and mystery, is a standalone hardboiled pulp mystery/crime thriller novelette, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Wildside Press as one of their sporadic weekly giveaways to help promote their Black Cat Mystery Community for vintage pulp mystery/crime thriller reprints.

This was originally published in 1936 in the December 12 issue of Detective Fiction Weekly magazine.

The story stars a cop who begins to suspect that his annoying new partner may have secretly murdered his old partner for reasons unknown.

Offered worldwide through May 20th (probably), available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] Moonshine by Gil Brewer [Vintage 1950s Pulp Crime Short]

Moonshine by the late Gil Brewer is a standalone pulp crime thriller short story, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Wildside Press as one of their sporadic weekly giveaways to help promote their Black Cat Mystery Community for vintage pulp mystery/crime thriller reprints.

This was originally published in 1955 in the March issue of Manhunt magazine.

The story stars a man who decides to confront someone sneaking out of his house, only to have the situation spiral out of control.

Offered worldwide through May 13th (probably), available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] Half a Loaf by James Holding [Pulp Mystery/Crime Short]

Half a Loaf by the late James Holding, one of the authors behind the “Ellery Queen” shared pseudonym, is a self-contained short story in the The Photographer series of pulp mystery/crime thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Wildside Press. as one of their sporadic weekly giveaways to help promote their Black Cat Mystery Community for vintage pulp mystery/crime thriller reprints.

This was originally published in 1980 in the May issue of Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine magazine. The series is set in Brazil, starring Manuel Andradas, a hitman who disguises himself as a photographer.

This story sees him struggling with a conflict of interest when his next assigned target, a kindly doctor, treats his injuries after a seeming accident.

Offered worldwide through October 15th (probably), available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] A Question of Ethics by Jacob Holding [Vintage Mystery/Crime Short]

A Question of Ethics by the late Jacob Holding, one of the authors behind the “Ellery Queen” shared pseudonym, is the 1st short story in the The Photographer series of pulp mystery/crime thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Wildside Press. as one of their sporadic weekly giveaways to help promote their Black Cat Mystery Community for vintage pulp mystery/crime thriller reprints.

This was originally published in 1960 in the September issue of Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine magazine.

The series stars Manuel Andradas, a Brazilian hitman who disguises himself as a photographer (and is apparently one of the author’s best-known characters). This story is set in Rio de Janeiro, and sees him beginning to question an assigment upon meeting the target, who doesn’t seem to be quite what his employer claims.

Offered worldwide through October 9th (probably), available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] It’s Always Too Late by Gil Brewer [Vintage Pulp Crime Short]

It’s Always Too Late by the late Gil Brewer is a standalone pulp mystery/crime thriller short story, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Wildside Press as one of their sporadic weekly giveaways to help promote their Black Cat Mystery Community for vintage pulp mystery/thriller reprints.

This was originally published in 1951 and if you’re interested, there’s an introduction to the author and his works in this guest blogpost by David Rachels, the editor of the University Press of Florida’s retrospective reprint collection of Brewer’s short stories, Redheads Die Quickly and Other Stories

The story stars a man who turns to bank robbery, much to the surprise of his wife.

Offered worldwide through September 10th (probably), available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] Six Reasons for Murder by Fletcher Flora [Pulp Mystery/Crime Short]

Six Reasons for Murder by the late Fletcher Flora is a standalone pulp mystery/crime thriller short story, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Wildside Press as one of their sporadic weekly giveaways to help promote their Black Cat Mystery Community for vintage pulp mystery/thriller reprints.

This was originally published in 1964 in the March issue of Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine magazine in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine magazine.

The story is centred around the young wife of a former crime boss turned politician, who begins to imagine ways of getting rid of her husband after watching one too many western movies.

Offered worldwide through September 4th (maybe), available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] The February Doll Murders by Michael Avallone [Vintage Comedic Pulp Mystery]

The February Doll Murders by the late American author Michael Avallone is the 16th novel in the Ed Noon series of comedic pulp mystery/spy thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Story Merchant.

This was originally published in 1966 by Signet. The popular, long-running pulp mystery/crime series stars a P.I. in New York City, who often takes on cases with oddball clients, leading to zany adventures.

This installment features a plot to sabotage the UN, uncovered when a WWII Army buddy of Noon’s gets in touch with him to ask about the aftermath of an old war story, setting off a chain of events which inevitably snowballs into murder and conspiracy.

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