Pop the Clutch
Welcome to the cool side of the 1950s, where the fast cars and revved-up movie monsters peel out in the night. Where outlaw vixens and jukebox tramps square off with razorblades and lead pipes. Where rockers rock, cool cats strut, and hot rods roar. Where you howl to the moon as the tiki drums pound and the electric guitar shrieks and that spit-and-holler jamboree ain’t gonna stop for a long, long time . . . maybe never.This is the ’50s where ghost shows still travel the back roads of the south, and rockabilly has a hold on the nation’s youth; where lucky hearts tell the tale, and maybe that fella in the Shriners’ fez ain’t so square after all. Where exist noir detectives of the supernatural, tattoo artists of another kind, Hollywood fix-it men, and a punk kid with grasshopper arms under his chain-studded jacket and an icy stare on his face.This is the ’50s of Pop the Clutch: Thrilling Tales of Rockabilly, Monsters, and Hot Rod Horror. This is your ticket to the dark side of American kitsch . . . the fun and frightful side!###Table of Contents:“Introduction” by Eric J. Guignard“The Golden Girls of Fall” by Seanan McGuire“Sea Lords of the Columbia” by Weston Ochse“Tremble” by Kasey Lansdale and Joe R. Lansdale“The Demon of the Track” by Gary Phillips“Outlawed Ink” by Jason Starr“We Might Be Giants” by Nancy Holder“Universal Monster” by Duane Swierczynski“Draggers” by David J. Schow“The Starlite Drive-In” by John M. Floyd“Dr. Morbismo’s InsaniTERRORium Horror Show” by Lisa Morton“Hot Babe” by Bill Pronzini“The Prom Tree” by Yvonne Navarro“I’m with the Band” by Steve Perry“Mystery Train: An Arcane Investigation” by Max Allan Collins and Matthew V. Clemens “Lab Experiment Turf War” by Jeff Strand“The She-Creature” by Amelia Beamer“Fish out of Water” by Will Viharo“I Was a Teenage Shroom Fiend” by Brian Hodge###Praise:“A fitting tribute to the 1950s with this 18-story compendium of hot rods, rock ’n’ roll, and creature features come to life.” —Publishers Weekly

Pop the Clutch Details

TitlePop the Clutch
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 14th, 2019
PublisherDark Moon Books
ISBN-139781949491012
Rating
GenreHorror, Anthologies, Historical, Fiction

Pop the Clutch Review

  • Ian Welke
    January 1, 1970
    I was lucky enough to get to read an advanced reader copy. Pop The Clutch sets a high bar for 2019 and short story anthologies. It’s rare that an anthology of this size is so consistently great, but Pop The Clutch delivers. The concept is brilliant: horror stories based on the 50s, or idealized 50s, hotrod, b-movie, greaser culture. Cue the Cramps for the Big Beat from Badsville. From the table of contents I recognized so many favorites I knew I was in for a treat, but the thing that surprised m I was lucky enough to get to read an advanced reader copy. Pop The Clutch sets a high bar for 2019 and short story anthologies. It’s rare that an anthology of this size is so consistently great, but Pop The Clutch delivers. The concept is brilliant: horror stories based on the 50s, or idealized 50s, hotrod, b-movie, greaser culture. Cue the Cramps for the Big Beat from Badsville. From the table of contents I recognized so many favorites I knew I was in for a treat, but the thing that surprised me was how much I liked all the other stories as well. And now I’ll have to check out more from those authors I haven’t previously read. A great read from cover to cover.
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  • Matt
    January 1, 1970
    You can't go wrong with a book that rips off the candy coating of the 1950's and rubs a bunch of dirt on it. While some of the stories in this anthology sorta fizzle out, they are all a blast to read. There are enough gems in here to make up for the not so good ones.
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  • Jimmy Tam
    January 1, 1970
    What an awesome, fun [email protected]@ book, all new short stories that are set around the wild and weird side of the 1950s! Rock & Roll and racing hot rods and one of the best line-up of authors I’ve ever seen in one place. Max Allan Collins (ROAD TO PURGATORY!) and Matthew V. Clemens bring a supernatural investigator who thinks he’s dead to track down a rock-singling werewolf. And Weston Ochse (SEAL TEAM 666) has two Korean War veterans off to rescue a pair of mermaids taken to sex slavery by the F What an awesome, fun [email protected]@ book, all new short stories that are set around the wild and weird side of the 1950s! Rock & Roll and racing hot rods and one of the best line-up of authors I’ve ever seen in one place. Max Allan Collins (ROAD TO PURGATORY!) and Matthew V. Clemens bring a supernatural investigator who thinks he’s dead to track down a rock-singling werewolf. And Weston Ochse (SEAL TEAM 666) has two Korean War veterans off to rescue a pair of mermaids taken to sex slavery by the Finnish Brotherhood. Steve Perry (ALIENS; CONAN; STAR WARS tie-ins) is in this, and Nancy Holder (BUFFY and SMALLVILLE tie-ins) and tons others. I think the best stories were “Tremble” by Kasey Lansdale and Joe R. Lansdale and “The Demon of the Track” by Gary Phillips and “Dr. Morbismo’s InsaniTERRORium Horror Show” by Lisa Morton and “Draggers” by David J. Schow. But all the stories were good in diffrent ways. Best of the best!
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  • Michael Flores
    January 1, 1970
    Great tribute to the fun side (“kitsche”) side of the 1950s! Great stories all the way throughout. Different takes on music scene, hot rod racing, monsters, creature movies, post-war culture, just cool all around. Art work by Steve Chanks is amazing! Adds an even higher level of caliber to the book. Favorite stories are Seanan McGuire’s The Golden Girls of Fall, Gary Phillips’s The Demon of the Track, and Bill Pronzini’s Hot Babe (and others).
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  • Eric Guignard
    January 1, 1970
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