Pulp Friday: Hunting Party

This week’s pulp story is from the May 1949 issue of Adventure Magazine.  It is a standard U. S. Cavalry vs. Indians tale set in Montana and describes how an ably led patrol outwits an unseen stalking Sioux enemy.  Although fairly short, this story really captures the elements of this Western sub-genre.  The patrol of tough veteran cavalrymen is led by the experienced Sergeant Ambrose.  There is loose, familiar talk between him and his Corporal.  It all boils down to which side can outwit the other and whose field craft is superior.  The cat and mouse game played by the soldiers and the Indians builds in suspense and the final contact with the Sioux is brief but violent.

Playing out a scenario like this story using Boot Hill or with other rules sets would be a challenge.  Much of the traveling and pursuit would have to simply take place on a map and would be largely reliant on a good Game Master to keep the suspense up.  However, the Cavalry vs. Indians is always good subject matter for a western adventure as there are many movies and books one can use for plot hooks.

Hunting Party

T. C. (Thomas Calvert) McClary (1909-1972) wrote many western short stories for the pulps throughout the 1940’s and 50’s.  He is a native of Chicago Illinois and lived in Alaska for a while and is also known for writing science fiction.



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3 Responses to Pulp Friday: Hunting Party

  1. Jon says:

    Thank you for the link to the swell story. You know? I believe the illustrator for that piece is none other than Bill Peet. The Disney Story artist and children’s book illustrator. Really looks like his style. Cool!

  2. Jon says:

    Wow, that’s amazing. Thank you for the link. Nick is an exceptional artist, and I can’t get over the resemblance in style to Bill Peet. Although, Peet tends to live in a more “cartoonish” style. Great site, by the way. Cheers!

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