Stereotyping in the pulps

There are those who believe that the past was uniformly dark. With the pulps, this attitude leads to an unreasoning belief that all pulp authors and editors were biased, that they never challenged any social or cultural norms and tacitly endorsed the biases and prejudices of their times. That this is wrong should be obvious,… Continue reading Stereotyping in the pulps

Pulp Art: Wings, December 1932 by Rudy Belarski

From time to time, I’m going to share an original pulp cover with you. This one, like a lot of them, is from Robert Lesser’s collection. The cover for Fiction House’ Wings, December 1932 by Rudolph Belarski, possibly illustrating Derek West’s The Wash-Out Kid. The magazine cover is missing from the FictionMags Index but I… Continue reading Pulp Art: Wings, December 1932 by Rudy Belarski

Issue Review: Gangster Stories, December 1929

When Prohibition was enacted in America in 1920, it made production and sale of illicit alcohol very attractive. Organized crime was attracted by the high margins in this trade and the noveau riche gangsters it spawned were celebrities in their day. Gangsters and their lives were topics of public interest. The first pulp publisher to… Continue reading Issue Review: Gangster Stories, December 1929

The woman behind Munsey’s science fiction/fantasy pulps

Famous Fantastic Mysteries was launched in 1939. The stories were reprints from the Munsey files – stories from the early years of All-Story, Cavalier and Argosy. For fans who had grown up after these titles had died or changed direction, this was their first encounter with the best of the stories from that era. It… Continue reading The woman behind Munsey’s science fiction/fantasy pulps

Welcome to the new blog

Welcome. This is the continuation of my blog, started in 2012 at Blogger. I started it to share my love of stories and authors from the golden age of fiction magazines. It’s been nearly a decade now, with nearly 400 posts in that time. It’s mostly been posts about authors and magazines, with a few… Continue reading Welcome to the new blog