Pulp newsgroups

Newsgroups have been popular online gathering spots for pulp fans since the early 1990s.

We’ve put together a comprehensive list of newsgroups from a variety of locations — Usenet, Yahoo Groups and Google Groups — to help make it easier for you to find other fans interested in the topics you’re interested in. To participate in groups on Yahoo or Google, you will need to have a free account. Many of the Yahoo Groups are moderated (to help prevent spam) and may require approval by the moderator to participate.

In addition to the web-based groups on Usenet, Yahoo and Google, we’ve also included a section devoted to pulp groups on the social network Facebook.

Unlike our other links pages at ThePulp.Net, we’ve organized this one slightly different. We’ve listed the group’s name, followed by the topics discussed in the group, a participation rating and sometimes a comment. The participation ratings break down this way:
• Low: 25 or fewer posts a month
• Moderate: 26 to 100 posts a month
• High: Over 100 posts a month
• Extremely high: Over 1,000 posts a month

If you know of a pulp-related newsgroup not listed here, please let us know about it.

Web groups

alt.fan.doc-savage
Topic: Doc Savage.
Participation level: Low.
Comments: This Usenet group also can be accessed through Google Groups.
alt.fantasy.conan
Topic: Robert E. Howard’s Conan.
Participation level: Low.
Comments: Activity in this Usenet group has almost stopped. It also can be accessed through Google Groups.
alt.fantasy.er-burroughs
Topic: Author Edgar Rice Burroughs.
Participation level: Low.
Comments: Activity in this Usenet group has almost stopped. It also can be accessed through Google Groups.
alt.horror.cthulhu
Topic: H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu mythos.
Participation level: Moderate.
Comments: Activity in this newsgroup has picked up, with quite a number of active participants. It also can be accessed through Google Groups.
alt.pulp
Topic: The pulps.
Participation level: Low.
Comments: This Usenet group was the hub of the online pulp community in the late ’90s and early 2000s, but participation has dropped considerably in recent years. It also can be accessed through Google Groups.
AbeMerrittFans
Topics: author Abraham Merritt and his works.
Participation level: Low.
CoverUps
Topic: Sharing and discussions of pulp magazine covers.
Participation level: Moderate.
Da Shadows Nose
Topic: The Shadow.
Participation level: Low.
Doc Con
Topic: Doc Savage and the annual Arizona Doc Con.
Participation level: Low.
Doc Savage
Topic: Doc Savage.
Participation level: Low.
Doc-Savage
Topic: Formerly Doc Savage.
Participation level: None.
Comments: This group is inhabited by spammers. Avoid this group.
Echoes Fan Mag
Topic: The pulps and pulp-related subjects.
Participation level: Moderate.
Comments: Tom Johnson, publisher of the defunct Echoes fanzine, is this group’s moderator.
EdgarRiceBurroughs
Topic: Author Edgar Rice Burroughs and his works.
Participation level: Low.
FictionMags
Topic: All aspects of fiction magazines, including the pulps.
Participation level: Extremely high.
Comments: This is an incredibly active group with very knowledgable participants.
Flearun
Topic: Doc Savage.
Participation level: Closed.
Comments: Flearun, which was moderated by Chuck Welch of Doc Savage Organized, was officially shut down in early 2016. For existing members, the content remains online for now as an archive.
FredricBrown
Topic: Author Fredric Brown.
Participation level: Low.
GoldenPerils
Topic: All aspects of the pulps.
Participation level: Low.
Comments: Founded by the late Howard Hopkins, this group is named after his defunct fanzine, Golden Perils.
JusticeInc
Topic: The Avenger.
Participation level: Low.
OnlinePulps
Topic: Announcements of new pulp stories posted online, in particular those at PulpGen.com.
Participation level: Low.
OtisKline
Topic: Author Otis Adelbert Kline.
Participation level: Low.
Pulp-Chat
Topic: The pulps in general.
Participation level: Low.
PulpCollectors
Topic: Pulp collecting.
Participation level: None.
PulpIcons
Topic: Pulp-era fictioneers such as Robert E. Howard, Arthur O. Friel, Harold Lamb and others. But seems now to be abandoned.
Participation level: None.
Comments: As mentioned, this group seems to be abandoned. While still open, the archives are available for reading without joining.
PulpMags
Topic: All aspects of the pulps.
Participation level: High.
Comments: A broad, knowledgable base of members.
PulpRack
Topic: Information about posts at Duane Spurlock’s old similarly named site, The Pulp Rack, as well as discussions about the pulps.
Participation level: Low.
Pulp_Magazines
Topic: The pulps.
Participation level: High.
Comments: This group was formerly named Pulp Fiction Uncensored and had a low participation level. New management has been recruiting new participants.
PulpScans
Topic: Links and discussions about pulp scans, PDFs and e-texts.
Participation level: High.
PulpSwap
Topic: Trading and swapping pulps and pulp-related material.
Participation level: Low.
REHInnerCircle
Topic: Author Robert E. Howard.
Participation level: Moderate.
Comments: After a period of suspension because of changes to Yahoo’s groups, this formerly highly active group appears to have been re-activated by its administrators.
TheShadowFiles
Topic: The Shadow.
Participation level: None.
The_Spiders_Web
Topic: The Spider.
Participation level: None.
TarzansTreehouse
Topic: Tarzan and other Edgar Rice Burroughs’ creations.
Participation level: None.
VintagePulpFiction
Topic: The pulps.
Participation level: None.
Comments: This group is inhabited by spammers. Avoid this group.
WesternPulps
Topic: Western pulp magazines and related topics.
Participation level: High.
WoldNewton
Topic: Discussions of Phillip José Farmer’s Wold Newton concept and the pulps.
Participation level: None.
Comments: This once was a very active group, but participation has dropped in the past few years.

Facebook groups

In addition to the Yahoo, Usenet and Google groups listed above, the social network Facebook also features groups devoted to the pulps and New Pulp.

Most of these groups are “open” in the sense that anyone on Facebook can join and participate, but a Facebook account is required. For “closed” groups, you will need to request to join.

We haven’t tried to give these groups participation ratings because it is too difficult to determine how many posts are being made during a specific period of time.

As always, if you know of a pulp-related group on Facebook not listed here, please let us know about it.

Agents of The Shadow
Topic: The Shadow.
Comments: This group is affiliated with the old Cobalt Club website run by James Trimm.
Bronze Pastiches
Topic: High adventure heroes inspired by Doc Savage of the pulps.
Edgar Rice Burroughs: Worlds of Adventure
Topic: For fans of Edgar Rice Burroughs and his fantastic worlds of Tarzan, Barsoom and Pellucidar, as well as other ERB creations.
Emperor of Dreams: Devotees of Clark Ashton Smith
Topic: A group devoted to “the life and works of Clark Ashton Smith, last of the great romantic poets and author of many SF and weird tales in the golden age of the pulps.”
Fans of Edgar Rice Burroughs
Topic: Fictioneer Edgar Rice Burroughs and his creations, including Tarzan, John Carter of Mars, and Pellucidar.
Flearun – A Doc Savage Group
Topic: Doc Savage.
Comments: If the name Flearun rings a bell, it’s no surprise. Chuck Welch’s Hidalgo Trading Company runs this Facebook group that’s devoted to the Man of Bronze. It’s affiliated with Chuck’s other HTC pages on the web and the Flearun group at Yahoo.
G-8, Operator #5, The Red Falcon, Philip Strange, Richard Knight
Topic: This group focuses on the pulp heroes mentioned in its title.
H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society
Topic: “Chronicling the strange goings on of the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society.”
The International Robert E Howard Fan Association
Topic: “We celebrate not only the barbaric writings of Robert E. Howard, but his impact and influence in pop culture.”
New Pulp
Topic: Pulp-influenced stories and strips featuring new or established characters.
The Pulp Adventure League
Topic: All types and genres of pulp, including classic and New Pulp.
The Pulp Heroes
Topic: As the name implies, heroes from the pulp magazines, including The Shadow, Doc Savage, The Spider, The Phantom, Tarzan, Captain Future and others.
Pulp Magazine Authors and Literature Fans
Topic: All aspects and genres of the pulp magazines from the 1920s through ’50s.
Pulp Talk
Topic: Pulp stories of all varieties.
Pulpera
Topic: Mostly on New Pulp, but occasionally include classic pulp magazine topics.
Robert E. Howard Readers
Topic: The life and literary works of Robert E. Howard.
The Shadow Knows!
Topic: The Shadow and The Avenger.
Comments: The full name of this group is “The Shadow Knows! The Master of Darkness and Justice, Inc. — Richard Benson.”
Southern Pulpsters
Topic: A new group for pulp magazine fans who live in the Southeastern United States.
The Spider — Master of Men
Topic: The Spider.
Two Gun Bob — The Worlds of Robert E. Howard
Topic: The works of Robert E. Howard.