Thoughts and comments on the world of the pulp magazinesNavigation
Blog: Thoughts and comments on the world of the pulp magazines
It’s easy to think of the pulp magazines as solitary items today — 70, 80, 90 or more years after they were for sale on newsstands — and forget that there was a whole business behind them. There were writers, artists, editors, publishers, printers, secretaries, vendors, and others who depended on getting magazines sold so that they could get paid.
Just like with retailers today, pulp publishers in the first half of the 20th century had to advertise to make readers eager to shell out their nickels, dimes, or quarters for the latest fiction magazine. The covers did a lot of the selling, but posters provided a larger canvas to promote the magazines, one that could be seen farther away.
A couple of years ago, I featured a selection of posters that publishers used to advertise their pulp magazines. I thought it would be fun to take look at a few more.Read More
Science-fiction author Paul A. Carter died Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, in Kingman, Ariz. He was 90.
Carter’s earliest work of fiction, “The Last Objective,” appeared in the August 1946 number of Astounding, though he had numerous letters published in a number of sf pulps prior to that. “The Last Objective” was adapted in 1951 for NBC radio’s Dimension X anthology series.
In addition to writing fiction for the pulps and, later, digests, Carter authored The Creation of Tomorrow: Fifty Years of Magazine Science Fiction, published in 1977. It looked at the impact of pulp magazines on the genre of sf from the 1920s through the 1970s. Kirkus Review, at the time, called The Creation of Tomorrow “an important book: invaluable from a bibliographer’s standpoint, of commanding interest for any serious student of science fiction.”Read More
The pulps are more than just the stories and characters depicted on the covers and inside of the magazines.
The pulps are the thousands of writers, artists, and editors who churned out the popular fiction magazines from 1896 through the mid-1950s.
Around this time in 2012, I started noting the anniversaries of births and deaths of pulp writers, artists, and editors on ThePulp.Net’s Facebook page and in its Twitter feed. It started out with just a few a month as I began collecting names and dates in a spreadsheet.Read More
Halloween is here. If you’re still looking for a last-minute jack-o-lantern idea, how about crafting a pulp-o-lantern?
I dusted off a post from three year’s back with a link on ThePulp.Net’s Facebook page a week ago, but never got around to linking to it again here at Yellowed Perils. Back in 2013, I resurrected several stencils for pulp pumpkin carvings that I had originally published in 2006.
If you’re carving one of these pulp-o-lanterns — or a pulp-related design of your own — please send along a photograph (or post on in the comments below the pumpkin link on TPN’s Facebook page). I would be thrilled to share them with fellow pulp fans.
Have a safe and fun Halloween!Read More
Longtime pulp collector and historian Robert Weinberg died Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016. He had been in poor health for a number of years.
In addition to being a fiction and comic-book writer and book dealer, Weinberg edited or co-edited a number of pulp-related reprint anthologies, including his Pulp Classics chapbook series, Hard-Boiled Detectives: 23 Great Stories from ‘Dime Detective Magazine’, Tough Guys and Dangerous Dames, and Rivals of ‘Weird Tales’.”
He also published Pulp, a chapbook fanzine on the pulps from 1970 through 1981, and wrote The ‘Weird Tales’ Story, a history of the “Unique Magazine” in 1977.
Weinberg, who was born Aug. 29, 1946, was 70.Read More
Bits of pulp is an irregular feature of Yellowed Perils, and gives me a chance to touch upon a collection of items that popped up on my pulp radar recently.
STAR WARS BUILT ON ANOTHER FOUNDATION? Here’s an interesting concept: The Jedi Order is the Star Wars equivalent to the Second Foundation in Isaac Asimov‘s Foundation series.Read More
Updated: Aug. 27, 2016.
Now that PulpFest 2016 is over, it’s time for my annual listing of convention reports.
I will be updating this post over the next few weeks as new reports are posted online. I will add a line at the top of the post to indicate when it has been updated.
I recorded over seven-and-a-half hours of PulpFest 2016 programming, and those recordings are now available for listening. If you subscribe to the Pulp Event Podcast through iTunes, podcasts for all nine events have been uploaded. If you’re prefer to listen to them from the website, head over to ThePulp.Net’s PulpFest 2016 coverage page. There you will find links to pages with photos and embedded audio for each of the events that I recorded.
Now on to the reports (listed alphabetically)…