May 12th, 2013
The thrilling tales of The Shadow kept audiences on the edge of their seat during the early parts of the last century. Learning more about the radio broadcasts and pulp novels that brought this unforgettable character to life can be a very rewarding opportunity, one that will allow you to experience for yourself the danger and excitement that made The Shadow such an iconic character. Younger fans and audiences that may have little experience with the pulp heroes, noir stories and the most iconic characters of previous Read the rest of this entry »
March 26th, 2013
Raymond Chandler is easily the most influential mystery writer of all time. His styleâ€”terse, sardonic and cleverâ€”and his memorable characters have been imitated by hundreds of writers who have come after him, but Chandler remains the most beloved and iconic of them all.
Chandler, born in 1888, began writing at the relatively advanced age of 44. Shortly thereafter, he published his first short story in a â€œpulpâ€ mystery magazine. The pulpsâ€”thick but inexpensive magazines published on cheap paper–exposed the masses to mystery, thriller and science fiction Read the rest of this entry »
July 2nd, 2012
The word, pulp, when associated with a book or magazine, connotes scantily clad women, cowering under a knife-wielding unshaven villain whoâ€™s up to no good. But beneath the suggestive cover, youâ€™ll find books by Mickey Spillane, H. P. Lovecraft, Louis Lâ€™Amour and L. Ron Hubbard.
Buy a pulp novel or magazine in the drugstore and youâ€™re almost guaranteed a good story.
When pulps reigned supreme, there were pulps that appealed to a vast majority of people: love pulps, sport pulps, crime pulps, adventure pulps, science fiction pulps, fantasy pulps and hundreds Read the rest of this entry »
June 28th, 2012
Penny dreadfulls, dime novels, pulp fiction. Always thrilling no matter the story’s name. Before the days of superhero blockbuster movies and flashy animated 3d cartoon series, even before the comic book itself, there was the pulp novel. Serialized or collected for one action packed or mystery driven narrative, these stories of amazing detectives or marvelous superhumans and adventurers still excite and entertain even today! Whether you’re an avid collector, someone who wants to start his or her own Read the rest of this entry »
June 24th, 2012
Many may find it difficult to believe that the classic pulp novels and magazines of seven decades ago still have relevance to this very day. Actually, none of this should come as much of a surprise since the famous works of Robert E. Howard and H.P. Lovecraft are quite timeless. As a result, their works and the works of others have long since inspired many creative talents to this very day. Truly, this is the prime reason why the work of the great Read the rest of this entry »
June 20th, 2012
Argosy magazine, first published in 1896, was probably the very first magazine that contained all-fiction stories and also the first to become know as pulp fiction. The name was derived from the pulp scrap wood that was used to make the cheap paper the magazine was printed on.
Over the next several years other pulp magazines became more and more popular with the reading public. The greater portion of the stories were about love, detective adventures, westerns and tales of war. It was during this time, approximately between 1900 Read the rest of this entry »
June 19th, 2012
If the author of that book you’re reading seems to be able to release books faster than you can read them, you might be reading a pulp novel.
Pulp novels can sometimes get a bad rap. When they first appeared, they were printed on low grade wood pulp paper and many were not well written. They were also sold at a low price and were filled with a lot of melodrama and sensationalism. But while the academics with their literary novels raised their noses, pulp fiction was playing an important role is increasing the literacy rate in Read the rest of this entry »