on 2 May 2014
Any longtime readers of Ed Hulse's superb Blood N'Thunder magazine (dedicated to pulp magazines, and cliffhanger serials), will know exactly what to expect from this book - and they won't be disappointed.
The author is a lifelong serial fan and authority (since falling in love with the genre in the 1950's), and his magazines and books all demonstrate a wealth of knowledge about the subjects at hand, as well conveying a vital sense of fun and enjoyment (which so many dry and pompous genre writers manage to leave out of their manuscripts).
Distressed Damsels And Masked Marauders stands as the single best book ever written about the much neglected subject of silent serials, with a ton of information about the production of the actual serials themselves - which at times makes you feel like you're they're on the set of these forgotten gems. The amount of research for this book must have been staggering (the writing of this tome took nearly a decade of work from Mr Hulse), as so much never-before-heard material is revealed - which really brings these (mainly missing) silent serials to life in a way that no previous works have managed.
The book is also packed with rare photos, and poster art, making it a visual treat too, and a must-have for any serial fan (whether experienced or new to the genre). Unlike some of the awful and overpriced serial books (particularly a couple of lousy McFarland & Co hack jobs, which are little more than IMDB-copied lists of credits and synopses), D.D.A.M.M. deserves a permanent place on your bookshelf, as it's one that you'll return to again and again.