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Pulp Reference

Historical, biographical, market-related, cover art collections, and overviews of the pulps.

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  1. DIGEST ENTHUSIAST Volume 9
    $10.00

    Filmmaker and author Susan Emshwiller reveals the inside story on her films, the work of her parents, Ed Emshwiller and Carol Emshwiller, along with nearly two dozen rare photographs of her famous family. Learn More
  2. THE ASTOUNDING ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF FANTASY & HORROR

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    A brilliant concoction of movie posters, stills, book & pulp covers, fantastic art and incredible timelines. Companion to and same format as Astounding Illustrated History of Science Fiction. Roots in Gothic literature move into the 20th century, movies of Peter Jackson, streaming TV series such as Grimm, and the fantasy of Neil Gaiman. From the wellspring of Frankenstein, Germanic fairy tales, and heroic myths discover the path through the 1930s pulps; the schlock horror of early modern movies, the invention of High Fantasy by Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. Learn More
  3. PHILIP K. DICK A Comics Biography

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    One of the greatest writers in science fiction history, Philip K. Dick is mostly remembered for such works as The Man In the High Castle and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? His dark, fascinating work centered on alternate universes and shifting realities in worlds often governed by monopolistic corporations and authoritarian governments. His own life story seems a tussle with reality, cycling through five marriages and becoming increasingly disjointed with fits of paranoia and hallucinations fueled by abuse of drugs meant to stabilize him. His dramatic story is presented unvarnished in this graphic novel biography, first published in France in 2017. Learn More
  4. BLOOD N THUNDER PRESENTS 4 Pulpourri
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    Assembled by Ed Hulse, co-editor of the best-selling The Art of the Pulps, from contributions by some of today's most distinguished pop-culture scholars and archeologists. Their lengthy, informative essays are profusely illustrated with pulp and book covers, interior artwork, rare photographs, and movie posters. And the works herein are entirely new to this volume. Hulse leads off with mystery writer Mary Roberts Rinehart's The Bat, which began life as a 1907 pulp yarn and over the next several decades was revived in books, movies, and even a hit Broadway play. More importantly, it influenced the creation of Batman by Bob Kane and Bill Finger. Learn More
  5. BLOOD N THUNDER PRESENTS 2  The Penny-a-Word Brigade
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    Return with us to those halcyon days of yesteryear, when writers of pulp fiction made a precarious living--sweating out plot details, trying to make their hackneyed characters seem fresh, working insane hours — usually for just a penny a word. In this collection of articles from vintage writer's magazines, those journeymen scribes explain how—and why—they did it. Represented in these pages are pulp fiction's leading lights: Lester Dent, Frank Gruber, Frederick Davis, H. Bedford-Jones, Erle Stanley Gardner, and many more. Learn More
  6. BLOOD N THUNDER PRESENTS 1 Pride of the Pulps
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    During the fifty years of the pulp era, these were the leaders--Adventure, Argosy, Blue Book, Short Stories, The Popular MagazineFamous Fantastic Mysteries and West. They were edited and packaged with loving care and consistently reflected the best that rough-paper magazines had to offer. American readers, ravenous for escapist entertainment, devoured them in weekly or monthly intervals. Here are six lengthy, in-depth surveys of these most prestigious, all-fiction magazines. Considerably revised and expanded from their original appearances in the award-winning journal Blood 'N' Thunder, these essays reflect scholarly devotion and fannish enthusiasm in equal measure. Learn More
  7. BLOOD N THUNDER GUIDE TO PULP FICTION
    $29.95

    Acclaimed as one of the foremost (the foremost, in the opinion of some) reference books covering the subject. Illustrated with 750 magazine covers and original paintings, a complete and lively history of this unique literary form, covering genres individually (hero pulps--two chapters--spicy, western & adventure, sci-fi, crime, aviation, horror & fantasy) and identifying key titles, authors, and stories.n Learn More
  8. BLOOD N THUNDER PRESENTS 3 Fighting Crime One Dime at a Time
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    15 of the best feature articles from Blood 'n' Thunder about the pulps. Explore pulps turned into comics, influences on The Shadow, Street & Smith's single-character pulps, The Hero-Pulp Revolution, Launching Doc Savage (by Will Murray), Forgotten Crimebusters, history of The Phantom Detective and The Lone Ranger pulps, Twilight of the Hero Pulps, Zarnak: The Pulp Hero Everybody Hated, and more. Profusely illustrated with cool pulp covers. Learn More
  9. DC COMICS BEFORE SUPERMAN Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson's Pulp Comics

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    The Major’s granddaughter Nikki and noted comics historian Dave Armstrong have compiled an in-depth look at the formation of National Allied Publications, which would become DC Comics...and the man behind New Fun, New Comics, and more. That would be the Major. As a bonus, Armstrong has carefully sought out and scanned three extremely rare series from these impossible-to-find issues, all written by the Major. The complete run of Barry O'Neill and Fang Gow (art by the superlative Leo O'Mealia), Blood Pearls (art by the innovative and delightfully bizarre Munson Paddock), Foe of the Borgias (art- Sven Elven), The Golden Dragon (art- Tom Hickey) and more! Learn More
  10. H.P. LOVECRAFT He Who Wrote in the Darkness

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    Beginning with his move to Brooklyn in 1925, this factual graphic novel follows HPL on his many moves, his introverted lifestyle, his initial failed attempts to break into Weird Tales and their later attempt to hire him as editor! Interspersed through the bio are pieces of several of his most famous stories, as he daydreams or writes them up and we see related art with Cthulhu, mythical Arkham and The Necronomicon, his "alter ego," Randolph  Carter, Charles Dexter Ward, etc. HPL liked hanging out in graveyards at night, and always seemed to return to his beloved Providence. Learn More

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