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Paperback Warrior is the internet’s best podcast for vintage fiction reviews and features in the action-adventure, hardboiled crime, western, pulp and espionage genres.

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Episode 101 - Steve Frazee

October 3rd, 2022


It's a new era as Paperback Warrior storms into the next 100 episodes. #101 features a look at western and action-adventure author Steve Frazee's …

Episode 100: Cleve Adams

August 29th, 2022


It's the 100th episode of the Paperback Warrior Podcast! Tom and Eric discuss their favorite moments from the show's past three years as well as the …

Episode 99: James McKimmey

August 8th, 2022


On this last double-digit episode of the Paperback Warrior Podcast, Tom and Eric delve into the life and career of an underrated crime-fiction author named James McKimmey. Tom talks about a new Day Keene reprint and …

Episode 98: Gil Brewer

July 25th, 2022


Gil Brewer is a fixture of mid-20th century crime-fiction, and on this episode Eric and Tom discuss his life and career. Tom tells listeners about a …

Episode 97: Jon Messmann

July 11th, 2022


On Episode 97, Eric and Tom collaborate for a comprehensive feature on Jon Messmann, the prolific author and creator of The Trailsman series, The …

Episode 96: Windy City Pulp & Paper and Robert E. Howard's Kull

May 23rd, 2022


The boys are back in town! On Episode 96, Tom brings you all of the action at the Windy City Pulp and Paper Con from Lombard, Illinois and reviews a …

Episode 95: Steve Fisher

October 11th, 2021


On Episode 95, we explore author Steve Fisher's pulp titles like Captain Babyface, Sheridan Doome and Big Red Brennan. We also delve into Fisher's …

Episode 94: Philip Ketchum

September 20th, 2021


Autumn has arrived and so has Episode 94! On this episode, Eric reviews Philip Ketchum, a prolific author that excelled in the pulps and western …

Episode 93: Clark Howard

August 30th, 2021


On Episode 93, Eric presents the life and literary work of Edgar Award-Winning author Clark Howard. Eric reviews many of Howard's novels, including …

Episode 92: Ovid Demaris

August 16th, 2021


The Paperback Warrior Podcast rolls into August with Episode 92. On this episode, Eric explains the life and literary work of crime-fiction author …

Episode 91: William W. Johnstone

June 28th, 2021


Episode 91 is a special Father's Day episode! Eric and his father Chris discuss the life and literary works of William W. Johnstone. We delve deep …

Episode 90: Sgt. Hawk

June 7th, 2021


It's Episode 90 and we're bringing you a two-fisted 1970s WW2 paperback series called Sgt. Hawk by Patrick Clay. Also, Tom hits the road hunting for books in Alabama while Eric checks out new books from Justin Marriott …

Episode 89: Charles Boeckman

May 17th, 2021


On Episode 89 of the Paperback Warrior podcast, Eric takes the reigns for an action-packed 45-mins of vintage paperback discussion. The show hits the …

Episode 88: The Secret Life of Frank E. Smith

April 26th, 2021


On Episode 88 of the Paperback Warrior podcast, Tom and Eric have a heart to heart conversation about the future of the podcast. We also re-visit the life and literary work of Frank E. Smith, the Gothic paperback craze …

Episode 87: A.S. Fleischman

April 19th, 2021


On Episode 87 of the Paperback Warrior Podcast, we discuss the work of A.S. Fleischman. Also: Ronald Malfi, Barry Malzberg, Thrift Store Outing, Todhunter Ballard, Mountain Man, Eric Corder, and more! Listen on any …

Episode 86: Action-Adventure Teams

April 12th, 2021


On Episode 86 of the Paperback Warrior Podcast, we explore team-based action adventure series including Phoenix Force, Alpha Team, SOBs, and so many more. This is a jam-packed episode that men’s adventure paperback fans …

Episode 85: Clifton Adams

April 5th, 2021


On Episode 85 of the Paperback Warrior Podcast, we take a look at the life and work of Clifton Adams. Also discussed: Spur Award! Ninja Book Critic! Men’s Adventure vs. Crime Noir! Matt Helm! Nick Carter: Killmaster! …

Episode 84: Robert Terrall

March 29th, 2021


Welcome to Paperback Warrior Episode 84! Our feature this week is Robert Terrall, who wrote mysteries as Robert Kyle, John Gonzales, and Brett Halliday. Also discussed: Nursing Noir, Manhunt Companion, E. Howard Hunt, …

Episode 83: Paperback Sex

March 22nd, 2021


On Episode 83 of the Paperback Warrior Podcast, we discuss the evolution of sexual content in genre paperbacks. Also discussed: Carter Brown, Adult …

Episode 82: The Repulsive Horror of Russell Gray

March 15th, 2021


On Episode 82 of the Paperback Warrior Podcast, the guys discuss the repulsive horror fiction of Russell Gray. Also discussed : John Eagle, David …

Episode 80: Stephen King's Later

March 1st, 2021


On Episode 80 of the Paperback Warrior Podcast, we review the new Stephen King book LATER from Hard Case Crime. Also: Two series titles called Decoy? …

Episode 79: Edward S. Aarons

February 22nd, 2021


Paperback Warrior Podcast Episode 79 delved into the life and work of Edward S. Aarons. Also discussed: Richard Neely, Harry Whittington, Reprints, …

Episode 78: Norman Daniels

February 15th, 2021


Episode 78 of the Paperback Warrior Podcast explores the life and work of Norman Daniels. Also covered: Tokey Wedge, Jack Lynn, Bradford Scott, Walt Slade, Jim Hatfield, Bill S. Ballinger and more! Listen on any podcast …

Episode 77: Race Williams

February 8th, 2021


On Episode 77 of the Paperback Warrior Podcast, we delve into some hardboiled history with a discussion of Race Williams. Also: Archie O’Neill, Day …

Episode 76: Ralph Hayes

February 1st, 2021


On Episode 76 of the Paperback Warrior Podcast, we take a deep dive into the life and work of legendary author Ralph Hayes. Also discussed: Donald Hamilton, Edward S. Aarons, Steve Frazee, Russ Meservey and more. Listen …

Episode 75: Canyon O'Grady

January 25th, 2021


On Episode 75 of the Paperback Warrior Podcast, the guys discuss Canyon O’Grady, Ledru Baker Jr., Able Team, Bagging Books, Longarm, Trailsman, Robert Randisi, and more! Listen on any podcast app or at …

Episode 74: Science-Fiction for Dummies

January 18th, 2021


On Episode 74 of the Paperback Warrior Podcast, the guys discuss a genre they know very little about - Science Fiction! Listen and learn as Eric and Tom review several vintage SF paperbacks and give their candid …

Episode 73: Day Keene

January 11th, 2021


On Episode 73 of the Paperback Warrior Podcast, the guys discuss the life and legacy of Day Keene. Also covered: Arnold Hano, Hammond Innes, Howard …

Episode 72: Best of 2020

January 4th, 2021


We are kicking off 2021 with an all-new episode of The Paperback Warrior Podcast! Topics include: The Best Books of 2020, Vigilante Santa, D.L. Champion, Wilson Tucker, Harry Whittington and more! Listen on your …

Episode 71: Holiday Buyer's Guide

November 30th, 2020


It’s time for the Paperback Warrior Podcast Holiday Shopping Guide Episode! We discuss the dilemma of giving and receiving vintage paperbacks along …

Episode 70: Richard Blade

November 16th, 2020


Paperback Warrior Episode 70 features an overview of the Richard Blade series of sexy sword-and-planet adventures. Also: Phoenix Force! Howard Hunt! Clark Howard! Gor! Lyle Kenyon Engel! And more! Listen on your …

Episode 69: World War 2 Fiction

November 9th, 2020


The Paperback Warrior Podcast recognizes Veteran’s Day on today’s episode on World War 2 Adventure Fiction. Also: Stephen Mertz, Max Allan Collins, …

Episode 68: Don Smith

November 2nd, 2020


Episode 68 of the Paperback Warrior Podcast features an in-depth look into Don Smith’s “Secret Mission” spy series. Also: Shopping trips! Richard Stark! Jack Higgins! Scary Hillbilly Fiction! And much, much more! Listen …

Episode 67: The Weird Tales of Allison V. Harding

October 26th, 2020


On Episode 67 of the Paperback Warrior Podcast, we delve into the history of Weird Tales pulp magazine and the mysterious true identity of a “female” …

Episode 66: Men's Adventure Shootout

October 19th, 2020


On Episode 66 of The Paperback Warrior Podcast, we return to our Men’s Adventure roots with a discussion of several rare and iconic series titles in the hard-core action genre. Tom also tells a shocking and …

Episode 65: Paperbacks from Hell

October 12th, 2020


With Halloween quickly approaching, Paperback Warrior Podcast Episode 65 takes a deep-dive into the world of 1970s and 1980s horror paperbacks. We discuss the best and worst in vintage scary fiction with tons of …

Episode 64: David Goodis

October 5th, 2020


Paperback Warrior Podcast Episode 64 explores the legacy of author David Goodis. Also discussed: Black Berets! Eric leaves his house! Used Bookstore …

Episode 63: Orrie Hitt

September 28th, 2020


Today’s Paperback Warrior Podcast explores the life and work of sleaze-fiction author Orrie Hitt. Also this week: Chiefland, Florida! Quilting Babes! Andre Norton! Dean R. Koontz! Dial M for Man! Edward S. Aarons! The …

Episode 62: Charles Willeford

September 21st, 2020


On Episode 62 of the Paperback Warrior Podcast, Eric and Tom discuss the life and work of Charles Willeford. Also: Tom’s Dallas Book Tour, Richard …

Episode 61: Hidden Series Characters

September 14th, 2020


Would you believe that there are series characters from Lawrence Block, Donald Westlake, John D. MacDonald and others that you know nothing about? We …

Episode 60: Hard Case Crime

September 7th, 2020


On Episode 60 of the Paperback Warrior Podcast, we discuss the legacy of the Hard Case Crime paperback imprint with loads of reviews of the good, the …

Episode 59: William P. McGivern

August 31st, 2020


Paperback Warrior Podcast Episode 59 features a discussion of William McGivern with a review of his classic, Night Extra. We also discuss Armchair Fiction, Sterling Noel, William O’Farrell, Milton Ozaki, Reporter …

Episode 58: Jack Pearl

August 24th, 2020


On jam-packed Episode 58 of the Paperback Warrior Podcast, we discuss author Jack Pearl as well as many other topics including: Cancer perks! Ed McBain! Maltese Falcon! Len Deighton! Ace Doubles! Christmas in August! …

Episode 57: Richard Himmel

August 17th, 2020


On Paperback Warrior Podcast Episode 57, our feature is on the life and work of Richard Himmel with a review of his sexy spy paperback The Chinese …

Episode 56: Charles Williams

August 10th, 2020


You don’t want to miss Episode 56 of the Paperback Warrior Podcast. We tackle the career and work of Charles Williams. Also discussed: Vechel Howard, Howard Rigsby, Gil Brewer's Sin for Me, and a discussion of the films …

Episode 55: Lionel White

August 3rd, 2020


Paperback Warrior Podcast Episode 55 delves into the world of heist fiction with a discussion of Lionel White. Also discussed: Annoying Price Stickers! Louis A. Brennan! Music to Accompany a Good Book! Donald Westlake! …

Episode 54: Philip Race

July 27th, 2020


On Episode 54 of the Paperback Warrior Podcast, we unmask author Philip Race and tell you about the mystery man behind the pseudonym. We also review novels by E.M. Parsons and Tedd Thomey plus a used bookstore excursion …

Episode 53: Kendell Foster Crossen

July 20th, 2020


Kendell Foster Crossen was the creator of MILO MARCH and THE GREEN LAMA, and on Paperback Warrior Podcast Episode 53, we discuss his work and life. Also discussed: Elmore Leonard, Donald Westlake, Loren D. Estleman, …

Episode 52: The Morgan Kane Fiasco

July 13th, 2020


How does the revival of an obscure western book series lead to allegations of criminality and fraud? Find out on Episode 52 of the Paperback Warrior Podcast. Also: Vintage finds in the wild! We review Dead Wrong by …

Episode 51: Howard Hunt

July 6th, 2020


Paperback Warrior Podcast Episode 51 delves into the shadowy world of CIA operative, Watergate burglar, and vintage genre fiction author Howard Hunt. Also on the show: Shopping excursions, Reviews of End of a Stripper …

Episode 50: Thomas B. Dewey

June 29th, 2020


On Paperback Warrior Podcast Episode 50, we explore the life and books of Thomas B. Dewey, the Casca Controversy fallout, and a review of Hillary Waugh's Roadblock. Listen on any podcast app,, or …

Episode 49: The Search for the D.C. Man

June 22nd, 2020


Episode 49 of the Paperback Warrior Podcast tackles a literary mystery regarding authorship of an obscure series from the 1970s that may have been …

Episode 47: Mike Shayne

June 8th, 2020


On Paperback Warrior Episode 47, we explore the multimedia empire of Private Eye Michael Shayne and review a rare Harry Whittington book from 1959. …

Episode 46: Ebooks and Audiobooks

June 1st, 2020


On Paperback Warrior Podcast Episode 46, we weigh the pros and cons of vintage paperback conversions to ebooks and audiobooks. We also discuss news regarding the Milo March series and review some genre fiction classics. …

Episode 45: All-Spy Spectacular

May 25th, 2020


Paperback Warrior Episode 44 is our All-Spy Spectacular where we discuss the best fictional spies of 20th Century fiction including Matt Helm, James …

Episode 44: Ed Lacy

May 18th, 2020


On Paperback Warrior Podcast Episode 44, we plunge into the life and career of crime fiction author Ed Lacy with lots of reviews and revelations. …

Episode 43: Top 10 Review Countdown

May 11th, 2020


On Paperback Warrior Episode 43, we countdown the blog’s 10 most popular reviews chosen by our readers. Tom discusses new finds by old authors Robert …

Episode 42: William Ard

May 4th, 2020


On Episode 42 of the Paperback Warrior Podcast, we do a deep dive into the life and work of author William Ard (aka Jonas Ward) as well as a review of Clifton Adams’ DAY OF THE GUN and much, much more! Listen on your …

Episode 41: Ross Macdonald

April 27th, 2020


Paperback Warrior Podcast Episode 41 features an in-depth discussion of Ross MacDonald, including a review of the first Lew Archer novel. We also talk about Robert B. Parker’s Spenser series, Lawrence Block, Frederick …

Episode 40: Women and Minorities

April 20th, 2020


Episode 40 of the Paperback Warrior Podcast is our contentious “Women and Minorities” episode. If you can handle the heat, listen to the guys candidly discuss the work of Helen Nielsen, Amber Dean, Joseph Nazel, and …

Episode 39: Wade Miller

April 13th, 2020


On Paperback Warrior Podcast Episode 39, we take a deep-dive into the crime fiction work of Wade Miller, including a review of “Kitten with a Whip.” A review of Mickey Spillane’s “My Gun is Quick” inspires a discussion …

Episode 38: Jan Stacy and the End of the World

April 6th, 2020


Episode 38 of the Paperback Warrior Podcast presents a feature on the life and work of post-apocalyptic fiction author Jan Stacy including a review of the first installment in his Doomsday Warrior series. We also …

Episode 37: 99 Chicks

March 30th, 2020


It’s time for Episode 37 of the Paperback Warrior Podcast! This week we take a look back at the best books we read and reviewed for the month of March. Tom presents an unmasking of a rockabilly musician who also wrote …

Episode 35: Bruno Fischer

March 16th, 2020


It’s time for Paperback Warrior Podcast Episode 35. In this episode, we discuss the meaning of noir fiction as a jumping off point for a career retrospective on Bruno Fischer. We discuss the weird menace sub-genre of …

Episode 34: Men's Adventure Magazines

March 9th, 2020


Paperback Warrior Podcast Episode 34 explores the violent and sexy world of Men’s Adventure Magazines and the upstart publishing company reprinting …

Episode 33: Johnny Liddell

March 2nd, 2020


On our newest podcast episode, Paperback Warrior presents a feature on prolific crime-fiction author Frank Kane's popular series of Johnny Liddell …

Episode 32: Richard Deming

February 24th, 2020


This week we are doing a deep-dive into the life and work of Richard Deming, including a review of his novel, “She’ll Hate Me Tomorrow.” The first installment of the “Able Team” series is also reviewed, and Eric …

Episode 31: All-Review Western Roundup

February 17th, 2020


Saddle up for a wild ride as Paperback Warrior presents an All-Review Western Roundup. We discuss and review our favorite westerns including authors like Richard Matheson, Larry McMurtry, Louis L'Amour, Ralph Hayes and …

Episode 30: Fawcett Gold Medal All-Review Extravaganza

February 10th, 2020


It's our Fawcett Gold Medal All-Review Extravaganza! We discuss vintage paperbacks by John D. MacDonald, Lionel White, Dan J. Marlowe, Basil Heatter …

Episode 29: Larry Kent

February 3rd, 2020


Paperback Warrior Podcast Episode 29’s feature is about Australia’s popular Larry Kent series. Eric reviews S-Com #1, and Tom presents an early …

Episode 28: Travis McGee

January 27th, 2020


In the newest Paperback Warrior Podcast episode, we discuss John D. MacDonald's iconic Travis McGee character, including a review of the series' ninth installment, "Pale Shade for Guilt". We also evaluate the debut …

Episode 27: Jerry Ahern

January 20th, 2020


Paperback Warrior Podcast Episode 27 showcases a feature on the work of Jerry Ahern, including a review of “Survivalist #1: Total War.” We also …

Episode 26: The Saint

January 13th, 2020


On episode 26 of the Paperback Warrior Podcast, Tom explains the allure of The Saint series by Leslie Charteris, including a review of “Alias The …

Episode 25: Nick Carter: Killmaster

January 6th, 2020


On Paperback Warrior Podcast Episode 25, the guys take a deep dive into the world of Nick Carter: Killmaster. Tom introduces listeners to James Howard’s obscure Steve Ashe series, and Eric reviews the nautical heist …

Episode 24: Best of 2019

December 16th, 2019


It’s the end of the year and the last episode of the Paperback Warrior Podcast for 2019. In celebration of our inaugural year, we are revisiting the greatest books we read this year along with lots of edgy vintage …

Episode 23: Hall of Shame

December 8th, 2019


This episode of the Paperback Warrior Podcast celebrates the worst 20th Century novels the publishing industry had to offer. From TNT to Phoenix, we explore how bad things need to get before a reader will throw a …

Episode 22: Dark Angel

December 2nd, 2019


This episode: What's all the fuss over James D. Lawrence's 1975 series "Dark Angel" and why are collectors spending top-dollar to grab copies? Also, …

Episode 21: Sleaze

November 25th, 2019


In this episode, things get sleazy with a discussion on the hot genre of vintage sleaze fiction along with a review of Orrie Hitt’s 1959 classic, “The Widow.” Meanwhile Eric tells us about Ed Lacy’s “Room to Swing,” and …

Episode 20: Ed McBain

November 18th, 2019


Our feature this episode is Ed McBain’s popular 87th Precinct series coupled with Eric’s review of the first installment “Cop Hater.” Additionally, …

Episode 19: Hardboiled Censorship

November 11th, 2019


In this episode, we have a hardboiled discussion regarding censorship in our favorite genres. Eric reviews “Bloody Jungle” by Charles Runyon and Tom covers “Modesty Blaise” by Peter O’Donnell. You don’t want to miss …

Episode 18: Matt Helm

November 4th, 2019


You’re in for a real treat this episode as Tom discusses his favorite series of all time, the Matt Helm books by Donald Hamilton. Eric reviews “Death Squad #1” by Dan Streib while Tom covers the inspiration for the …

Episode 17: Slavery Gothics (Plantation Fiction)

October 28th, 2019


Episode 17 presents an investigation into the wildly popular sub-genre of Plantation Fiction, sometimes referred to as Slavery Gothics. Eric is proud …

Episode 16: Parker

October 21st, 2019


This episode delivers an informative feature on Richard Stark's iconic anti-hero "Parker". Tom also reviews the fifth entry in the Parker series titled "The Score". Eric takes his first look at the 1980s action series …

Episode 15: Adult Westerns

October 14th, 2019


Welcome to our western-themed episode of Paperback Warrior. Eric visits through Half-Price Books' flagship store in Dallas as well as a diverse local …

Episode 14: Ghostwriters

October 7th, 2019


Join us for a controversial discussion on authors who utilize ghostwriters to draft series novels under house names. Also, we look at the 1955 crime-noir "A Cry in the Night" by the tandem of Bob Wade and Bill Miller. …

Episode 13: Quarry

September 30th, 2019


We close out the month of September with a feature on Max Allan Collins and his series of books starring the hitman Quarry. Tom reviews "Quarry's …

Episode 12: Milton Ozaki

September 23rd, 2019


In this episode, Tom discusses the career of crime-noir author Milton Ozaki, including his 1958 paperback "Case of the Cop's Wife". Eric continues his WW2 theme from last week with a review of 1979's "Sergeant Hawk" by …

Episode 11: Jack Higgins

September 16th, 2019


We're on the road to adventure! This episode, Eric discusses author Jack Higgins including his WW2 novel "The Dark Side of the Island" from 1964. Tom reviews "The President is Missing!", a 1967 book by Henry A. Milton. …

Episode 10: Carter Brown

September 9th, 2019


It's our 10th episode! On this show we'll discuss author Carter Brown's career and his novel "The Loving and the Dead". Eric reviews a 70's …

Episode 09: Building a Reader's Library

September 2nd, 2019


This episode features Tom's guide to building a "reader's library" for your home or office. We discuss the new reprint from Brash Books called "Spy Killer" (1967) by Jimmy Sangster and "Bloody Vengeance" (1973) by Jack …

Episode 08: Buying Affordable Paperbacks

August 26th, 2019


In this episode, we discuss Frank Gruber's 1964 crime-mystery "Swing Low, Swing Dead" and Lou Cameron's police fiction novel "Code Seven" from 1977. …

Episode 07: Richard Matheson

August 19th, 2019


On this episode we are examining the noir work of successful author Richard Matheson, who's predominantly known for his horror and science-fiction …

Episode 06: Who is Peter McCurtin?

August 12th, 2019


On this show we'll discuss the mysterious career of author and publisher Peter McCurtin. We examine McCurtin's "Escape from Devil's Island" as well as two new reviews - "Duel in the Snow" by German author Hans Meissner …

Episode 05: The Executioner Mack Bolan

August 5th, 2019


In this episode, we discuss the massive Mack Bolan universe, including the origin, spin-offs and legacy of "The Executioner". Additionally, Eric …

Episode 04: It’s a Manhunt!

July 28th, 2019


Our newest episode features a look at the brand new Stark House “Manhunt” magazine compilation. Also, we check out the “Man from U.N.C.L.E” influence on spy fiction and offer two new reviews. We close out the month of …

Episode 03: Jonathan Craig

July 20th, 2019


In this episode we discuss the literary works of crime-noir writer Jonathan Craig, including his “The Girl in Gold” novel. We also look at the ‘Super …

Episode 02: Fawcett Gold Medal

July 13th, 2019


In this episode, Tom and I discuss the origins of the paperback book in 1939. Our feature is the widely successful publisher Fawcett Gold Medal, a …

Episode 01: Welcome to Paperback Warrior

July 7th, 2019


Welcome to the inaugural episode of the Paperback Warrior Podcast. In this installment, Eric and Tom discuss the creation of Paperback Warrior and their influences. Two books are reviewed, “The Sins of the Fathers” by …

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