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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 10
    $10.00

    Interview: Author, editor, and publisher James Reasoner delves into his stories for Mike Shayne; his Redemption series, the Wind River series. Ward Smith remembers Armed Services Editions—digests that are not digests. Peter Enfantino tackles Startling Mystery Stories No. 1–18, and a keen assessment of Manhunt 1954 July–Oct. Vince Nowell, Sr. dissects Sol Cohen’s tactics to save Amazing Stories. Richard Krauss examines Charlie Chan’s media empire, with special emphasis on Renown Publications’ digest magazine. Learn More
  2. ROY THOMAS BARBARIAN LIFE A Literary Biography of Conan The Barbarian Volume 1
    $19.95

    In thousands of four-color panels for Marvel Comics, Roy Thomas told the tale of Robert E. Howard’s greatest creation, Conan the Barbarian. Now, in this definitive biography and analysis, Roy chronicles Conan’s comic-book life, issue by issue, plot by plot, and artist by artist. For ten years, from October 1970 when Roy and artist Barry Smith assembled the first issue of Marvel's Conan the Barbarian, to October 1980 when Roy and artist John Buscema completed their last issue together on the series, Thomas wrote of Conan's gigantic melancholies and gigantic mirth—as well as the wars, the wenches, and the wizardry that bedeviled the Cimmerian from one issue to the next. Learn More
  3. DIGEST ENTHUSIAST Volume 9
    $10.00

    Interviews• 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.• Senior Art Director Victoria Green takes us behind the scenes of the art department at AHMM, Analog, Asimov’s, and EQMM. Articles• Vince Nowell, Sr. charts Ray Palmer’s digest dynasty from 1948 to 1958, followed by the bibliography of S.J. Byrne, one of Palmer’s go-to SF storytellers. Learn More
  4. THE ASTOUNDING ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF FANTASY & HORROR

    Regular Price: $35.00

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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
  5. 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
  6. BLOOD N THUNDER PRESENTS 2  The Penny-a-Word Brigade
    $24.95

    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
  7. BLOOD N THUNDER PRESENTS 1 Pride of the Pulps
    $24.95

    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
  8. BLOOD N THUNDER PRESENTS 4 Pulpourri
    $24.95

    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
  9. 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
  10. BLOOD N THUNDER PRESENTS 3 Fighting Crime One Dime at a Time
    $24.95

    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

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