Author Archives: James Calhoun

Will R. Bird’s “Strike Me Pink!” (1930)….

This is the fifth in an ongoing series where I’ll be posting PDF’s from my collection of WWI era pulp magazines. Will Bird’s stories do get stronger once the 1930’s roll around: his pacing gets better, the stories become more … Continue reading

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Will R. Bird’s “The Major’s Prisoner” (1928)….

This is the fourth in an ongoing series where I’ll be posting PDF’s from my collection of WWI era pulp magazines. Today’s story by Will R. Bird is entitled, The Major’s Prisoner and appeared in the January 5th, 1928 issue … Continue reading

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Will R. Bird’s “Heap Bad Medicine” (1927)….

This is the third in an ongoing series where I’ll be posting PDF’s from my collection of WWI era pulp magazines. Today’s story is one of Will R. Bird’s very early efforts, Heap Bad Medicine from the November 10th, 1927 … Continue reading

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W. Redvers Dent’s “The Original” (1930)….

Like so many young men of the period, Walter Redvers Dent (1900-1963) lied about his age and joined up at fifteen years old in 1916.  He served in the 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles before being wounded in August of 1918.  … Continue reading

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Will R. Bird’s “Impressions of Passchendaele” (1934)….

One of the many veteran’s associations that emerged after the Great War was The Ypres League, dedicated to preserving the memory of those who fell in the salient and to “keep an ever-living memory of their fellowship….with the survivors” (The … Continue reading

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Will R. Bird’s “The Kaiser’s Birthday” (1934)….

In the 1980’s, after graduating with a degree in Library Science from the University of Alberta, Arthur M. Smith began compiling a bibliography of the works of Will R. Bird.  It appeared in 1985, and is a staggering work of … Continue reading

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Canadian Motor Machine Gun Brigade with British Fifth Army March-April 1918….

A lovely little pamphlet arrived in the mail today, care of Patrick McGahern Rare Books in Ottawa.  If you don’t yet receive McGahern’s catalogues, click on the link above and fire them an e-mail to get on their mailing list.  … Continue reading

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