| Maxie & Moxie
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|Genre: Weird Adventures
| Maxie & Moxie
|| Books in Series
|Genre: Weird Adventures
The World of Maxie & Moxie
The so-called weird menace pulps began with the
first weird menace title which was Dime Mystery. It started out as a
straight crime fiction magazine but in 1933 began the slide to the new
sub-genre of the actual horror fiction that was popular in the other
magazines decorating the stands.
The "mystery" in the title of many of these
magazines was often a misnomer as these pulps went far afield from the
mystery genre, often with supernatural threats and mad scientist villains.The
fighting Donovans, Maxi and Moxie are my answer to these investigators
of the unusual, where the crimes are just a little off center and the
villains might just as easily be bent on world domination, or making
mystical power grabs as just bumping off an old spouse.
Maxi and Moxie Donovan are people of their time, grounded in the day
to day yet encountering all the weird and evil the world has to offer.
Regardless of what they face, they know they have each other to depend
on, and after all, what more can anyone want?
Here’s what a critics say:
- HANCOCK TIPS HIS HAT TO
DEADLINE ZOMBIES-The Adventures of Maxi and Moxie
Good thing that Teel James Glenn knows what makes a good Pulp
'DEADLINE ZOMBIES' is a collection of New Pulp stories by Glenn
that center on the adventures of newspaperman Moxie Dononvan and his
actress girlfriend, later wife, Maxi. The title is slightly misleading
due to the fact that although zombies do make an appearance within
the book, all five stories do not relate to the undead. Oh, no, Glenn
sprinkles all sorts of oddity throughout the book, including living
puppets, little people of the Irish variety, mad alchemists, beastly
beings, and even fantastic starring appearances by historical figures,
most notably an excellent portrayal of Bela Lugosi. Themes of all
sorts abound throughout the stories as well, including magic versus
modernity and transformations and metamorphosis
The latter point is clear not only in what happens to characters in
the stories, but in the central pair of heroes as well. Moxie is a
beat reporter and Maxi a B actress as the first story opens, but by
the end of the book both of them have gone through job changes and
personal development as well, primarily by marrying one another. ..
Another strong point of the collection is the canvas which Glenn creates.
As fully formed as his characters are, his settings and details of
action within the stories is ten times as strong. Many times I lost
myself while reading, feeling as I could be standing on Governor's
Island or that I could hear Moxie's wooden leg (This is a great concept
handled well by Glenn!) clomping just behind me. The entire collection
of stories open up like a wide door and welcome the reader in, refusing
to let same reader out until the ride is over.
DEADLINE ZOMBIES is an excellent set of stories written with
the sensibility of classic Pulp and Noir while balancing well the
layers of description and characterization that constitute what many
New Pulp writers are doing today.
FOUR OUT OF FIVE TIPS OF THE HAT-I'll go to the newsstands again
and again for more Moxie and Maxi. Guaranteed. Copyboy!
Review of Deadline Zombies by Tony-Paul
…Just like a Saturday morning at the movies! Complete
with cliffhanger, a hero who cracks wise, a beautiful and equally
verbal heroine, and more weird villains than you can throw popcorn
at. Falling back on his cinematic background, Mr. Glenn has peppered
his stories with movie facts and fiction, dropping names like a
gossip columnist. Many of the movies stars mentioned may not be
recognized by younger readers, but to this ol’ diehard, it
was sheer nostalgia, Although I do wonder at Moxie’s unfortunate
habit of getting himself transformed into certain animals of the
equine persuasion, it’s still all great fun; even the preface
“The Reporter Hero” is an entertaining as well as interesting
read. If I had to make a comparison, I’d say this volume of
novellas could be called “The Front Page meets The Bowery
Boys.” Witty, sharp, and above all, great fun!
January 7, 2011
RATED: Four Stars
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure delight, November 20, 2010
By plaice (Cape Cod) -
This review is from: Deadline Zombies: The Adventures of Maxi
and Moxie (Paperback)
"Deadline Zombies" is a delightful read. The book is Glenn's
homage to the original genre, with surprising historical references
and the occasional contemporary twist. His dialogue is totally engaging.
"Deadline Zombies" is easy, fun escapism at its best.
- - 4.0 out of 5 stars Faux pulp whimsy, August 10, 2010
Here's the scoop, straight from the horse's mouth. Deadline Zombies
is about an inkslinger called Moxie Donovan, and his movie-star dame,
Wait a minute, I'm not going to keep that up for the whole review.
I could, but I won't.
This is a faux pulp, written to evoke the style of the 1930s
and 1940s. As somebody who has read all 181 Doc Savage adventures,
I have some familiarity with the period.
When he does bring in a reference from the 1940s, it made me smile.
A movie director introduces himself as Ed Ulmer...and he actually
is Edgar G. Ulmer (the Black Cat, but I associate him with The Man
from Planet X). Bela Lugosi is a character. There's also a suggestion
that Moxie covered the events in the Doc Savage adventure, Death in
Silver...nice touch. My favorite thing may have been the line, "I
felt like the Nicholas Brothers were doing a duet on my head."
The Nicholas Brothers were a famous acrobatic tap team, and that seemed
like a genuine reference.
It's all told in first person by Moxie, which gives it a bit of a
noir flavor. It's not really dark like noir, though.
Bottom line, though, I had fun reading them. The first story, which
is an origin story, was my least favorite, but I found myself really
wanting to keep reading a couple of the others. I'd read more adventures
of Moxie and Maxi.
By Bufo Calvin "Bufo Calvin"
- Review of
Headline Ghouls: the further adventures of Maxi & Moxie
Four Stars Reviewed 3/16/12
Reporter Moxie Donnovan has followed his actor-wife to Hollywood
and taken a job as a studio flack, but he hasn't lost his eye for
a story... and Hollywood is full of stories. It's 1938, Hitler rules
Germany and is supporting U.S. Nazi groups, the studio system is in
full force, America still suffers from the Great Depression, and hard-boiled
reporter heroes are the order of the day.
HEADLINE GHOULS follows Moxie, along with his hard-dancing, hard-drinking
wife Maxi, as they confront Hollywood blackmailers, Nazi cells, occult
Nazi gangs who use human sacrifice, New Orleans voodoo, and Germany's
attempts to infiltrate Hollywood. Moxie and Maxi play off against
each other with quick dialogue, an assembly of interesting friends,
and the glamour of the studio system in its heyday.
Author Teel James recreates the "pulp" style with over-the-top
characters, bizarre situations that combine mystery, nazis and the
occult, the hard-charging reporter hero, and plenty of fists, guns
and drinking. I especially like the way Glenn pairs the fact-hungry
reporter Moxie with his charming wife Maxi. Maxi, a Broadway dancer
turned Hollywood actor, is nobody's idea of a damsel in distress.
She can throw back drinks with the best of them and she's as likely
to rescue Moxie as he is to save her.
Teel writes about an America that's now in our past... an America
still struggling its way out of the Great Depression, still shackled
with the legacy of Jim Crow, yet also hopeful about the future. Teel
immerses himself deep in this past, throws out cultural references
and Hollywood trivia that will delight fans of old-time pulps, without
ever forgetting that we're reading for the story. If you read DEADLINE
ZOMBIES the first book in the Moxie/Maxi series, you'll definitely
want to grab HEADLINE GHOULS. If you're not yet a fan you owe yourself