Walter Kaylin

The “writer’s writer” of men’s adventure magazines, the late Walter Kaylin is one of the grand masters of men’s adventure magazine stories and overdue for rediscovery. From the late 1950s to the mid-1970s, he wrote hundreds of stories for the genre under his own name, his common pseudonym “Roland Empey,” or his less frequent nom de plume, “David Mars.”

Many of Kaylin’s men’s adventure stories are gritty action/adventure yarns, ranging from war stories to Westerns. Some are fact-based historical pieces. Most are superior examples of the faux “true” stories that were a hallmark of men’s pulp mags.

Weasels editor Robert Deis has written at length on Kaylin’s work on, and a 2010 interview can be found there as well.

Editors Deis and Doyle followed Weasels with He-Men, Bag Men & Nymphos, an entire collection dedicated to Kaylin’s work in men’s adventure magazines. Visit for details.