Western Pulps The American West of the 19th and early 20th century was a rich setting for many action and adventure pulp fiction stories. Some of the most popular and longest running of all the pulp fiction magazines were dedicated to the western tale.
The postwar paperback trade was, in some ways, an organic continuation of the pulp press—penny dreadfuls, comic books, and magazines of sensational serialized fiction—that had flourished fitfully from the turn of the century.
Yet it is an error to read postwar paperbacks as merely derivative. Small enough to fit into a back pocket, these slim fictional volumes were nothing short of a new cultural medium.
The content, however, was enthralling enough to make the tiny tomes worth holding onto. Though sometimes reprints—resulting, incongruously, in The Iliad jazzed up with a breathless blurb and a sultry dame—postwar paperbacks were often original novels that heralded the birth of new genres.
These fledging genres were bound by a nearly universal emphasis on broodingly erotic sensationalism. Teenage drug addicts, corrupt private eyes, nudist alcoholic housewives—and, of course, lesbians—joined a newly sexualized cultural landscape, roaming their melodramatic fictional milieus of illicit alleyways and deviant suburbs.
But unlike unspoken doubts, paperback fiction was forever in the public eye. In short, the books sold—from thousands, to, in some cases, millions of copies. Further, pulp fiction books and publishers were embroiled in an extensive series of popular and legal battles over censorship and pornography well into the s; these debates sold newspapers and filled courtrooms.
A phenomenon was afoot. Lesbian pulps formed their own distinctive category within the wider medium, but the genre is not easy to define, nor are its borders obvious.
For one, because sales figures are not readily available, it is impossible to pinpoint readership. In short, it was not simply closeted lesbians in New Jersey purchasing the novels. Nor is authorship necessarily clear. Writers frequently wrote for several publishers, and, for that matter, under the veil of several genres.
Moreover, the genre swings somewhat wildly—frequently within the pages of a single book—between gratuitous scenes of gang rape and sentimental depictions of lasting lesbian relationships, between humor and misogyny, romance and alcoholism, bliss and rampant self-hatred.
Still, for all its variations, constants emerge. Plots were, for the most part, standard: The covers, meanwhile, provide their own sort of ballast.
Authors frequently complained that the illustrations rarely matched plots. The covers, to be glib, are not all the genre has to offer.Stories from the Golden Age is an novel, story series of trade paperback and multi-cast, unabridged audio books showcasing author L.
Ron Hubbard’s pulp fiction masterpieces from the s and s in multiple genres, including romance, drama, mystery, western, action adventure, and science fiction, among others. It would not be long before the Shadow and then Doc Savage, the Spider, Operator 5, G-8, Dusty Ayres & many more would come onto the scene and the golden age of pulps would be upon us.
In one of the most famous of the pulp titles would appear & help in another way to change pulp fiction. The first Golden Age of Science Fiction—often recognized in the United States as the period from to —was an era during which the science fiction genre gained wide public attention and many classic science fiction stories were published.
In the history of science fiction, the Golden Age follows the "pulp era" of the s and s, and precedes New Wave science fiction of the. The Age of the Storytellers, by Mike Ashley, is a guide to the popular fiction magazines of the golden age of storytelling, with comprehensive illustrated studies of 70 of the most important magazines, and detailed information on over 70 others.
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May 21, by Mike Chomko. Ned Pines’ Thrilling Group entered the science-fiction pulp market after purchasing Wonder Stories from Hugo Gernsback. Early in , editor Mort Weisinger asked his readers for suggestions concerning a companion to the rechristened Thrilling Wonder rutadeltambor.com result of Weisinger’s poll was Startling Stories, a new pulp.