The Spider is on the loose!

Posted by at 10:00 am Tuesday, April 15, 2014 in Bits of Pulp, Books, News, Pulps

Radio Archives' The Spider #11RadioArchives.com is offering a free Kindle copy of its The Spider #11.

The ebook, which is regularly $2.99, contains the fiction from the August 1934 number of The Spider pulp, as well as “Meet The Spider!” which is an introduction to The Spider written by Will Murray.

In “Prince of the Red Looters,” The Spider confronts The Fly. As the description says: “Go with Richard Wentworth as he battles this deadly crime organization which succeeds finally in having Commissioner Kirkpatrick removed from office and The Spider himself falsely identified as The Fly!”

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Bits of pulp: The history of SF pulps

Posted by at 10:00 am Thursday, April 10, 2014 in Bits of Pulp, Events, Pulp History, Pulps

Bits of pulp: The history of SF pulps

Startling Stories (January 1939)One of the focuses of this year’s PulpFest is the 85th anniversary of the science-fiction pulps of 1939.

To get you prepared, Mike Chomko has begun a series tracing the history of SF from before and during the pulp era.

Check out the PulpFest site regularly for the continuing story.

SPREADING THE WORD: Jeff Shanks and I are planning to attending this weekend’s Alt*Con here in Tallahassee, Fla., on Saturday, April 12, to spread the word about the pulps.

Assuming things work out, we’ll be doing a panel on the pulp origins of modern fandon, comics, superheroes and genre fiction, with plenty of pulp history thrown in.

If you’ll be at the con, please stop by and say hello. (Then join our Southern Pulpsters group on Facebook!)

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Bits of pulp: Cthulhu Brown

Posted by at 10:00 am Thursday, March 27, 2014 in Bits of Pulp, People, Pulps

Bits of pulp: Cthulhu Brown

These mashups of Cthulhu and the “Peanuts” comic strip gave me a chuckle. So I thought I would share them.

They’re by Baz, “a game artist and tee designer enthusiast.” You can see his Cthulhu creations and more at his Tumblr site.

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Bits of pulp: Did someone say dinner?

Posted by at 10:00 am Tuesday, March 18, 2014 in Announcements, Bits of Pulp, News, Obituaries, People

Bits of pulp: Did someone say dinner?

A Kanamit from "To Serve Man"Here’s a little something to decorate your pulp bookshelf.

It’s a 3-3/4-inch Kanamit action figure from the Twilight Zone episode “To Serve Man.” Bif Bang Pow! has introduced a new line based on the classic TV series.

The pulp angle? Damon Knight‘s story “To Serve Man” first appeared in the November 1950 number of Galaxy Science Fiction, a digest fiction magazine that first appeared on newsstands the month before with its October 1950 issue.

While the Twilight Zone Kanamit doesn’t quite resemble the Kanamits described by Knight (think “pig-like”), 7-foot actor Richard Keil offered an imposing interpretation.

A nice thing about the $10 action figure: It’s reproduced in vintage TV black-and-white.

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Congrats to 2014 New Pulp Award winners

Posted by at 5:39 pm Friday, March 14, 2014 in Announcements, Bits of Pulp, News, Quick Links

Congrats to 2014 New Pulp Award winners

Winners of the 2014 New Pulp Awards are being posted on the awards’ Facebook page as votes are tallied. (You don’t have to have a Facebook account to view the page or the announcements.)

The New Pulp Awards are the successor of the annual Pulp Ark Awards, which began in 2011. Pro Se Productions, one of the publishers of New Pulp fiction, has been sponsoring the awards since their debut.

Congratulations to the 2014 winners!

Update: You can see the entire list of winners in the 12 categories at the New Pulp Awards blog.

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An ‘amazing’ 88th; de Conan encounter; etc.

Posted by at 10:00 am Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Bits of Pulp, Pulp History, Pulps

An ‘amazing’ 88th; de Conan encounter; etc.

scientifictionAmazing Stories — the first all-science-fiction pulp magazine — debuted with its April 1926 number. That issue actually would have been hitting newsstands a month early, in March.

For those counting along at home, that would be 88 years ago this year.

While Hugo Gernsback’s portmanteau “scientifiction” didn’t stick around that long (nor did Gernsback at the magazine, for that matter), Amazing Stories remained in print — first as a pulp, then as a digest — through 1995, and sporadically through 2005.

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