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The Beginner’s Guide to Pulp Fiction, Volume 1: The Heroes, the Villains and the Writers (The Beginner's Guide to Pulp Fiction) Kindle Edition
Many writers who went on to greater fame got their starts working in the pulps. This guide includes entries on some of the most prominent writers, heroes and villains from the golden age of the pulps. Consider it the 101-level course on the pulp magazine writers and heroes that dominated popular entertainment in the first half the 20th century.
About the Author
He is the owner of Brick Pickle Media, a Minnesota-based communications firm and publisher, and the host of the Pulp Nostalgia Audiocast.
- ASIN : B07V2VZ375
- Publisher : Brick Pickle Media LLC (July 13, 2019)
- Publication date : July 13, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 258 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 140 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #898,642 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Volume 1 is subtitled “The Heroes, the Villains, and the Writers,” and as noted is meant as a “Pulp 101” work for those getting into the field. Which is fine. As someone who has worked to learn about the pulps, I’m not the main audience for this work, but I do look for such works to recommend to people getting into the pulp magazines, and I recommend this one.
We start off with a brief overview of the pulps. We could have spent more time on this, but what we get is good. We then have a section on the authors of the pulps, which covers about two-thirds of the volume. There are 70 or so authors given, in a range of genres. Only a few I was not familiar with, because they mainly wrote for detective and western pulps, which I’m not that knowledgable on. Some of the authors covered include Isaac Asimov, H. Bedford-Jones, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Lester Dent, J. Allan Dunn, Walter Gibson, Dashiell Hammett, Robert E. Howard, H.P. Lovecraft, Talbot Mundy, and Clark Ashton Smith.
Next up, we get a look at the hero pulps, focused on the ones who had their own pulps. So obviously The Avenger, Doc Savage, and The Shadow, and even some of the ones that only lasted one issue. Then the handful of villain pulps. Finally the heroes that did not get their own pulps, like Tarzan, John Carter, Zorro, and The Black Bat.
Finally, we get Lester Dent’s much-reprinted master plot. There is a short list of recommended reading and sources for new and reprinted works, though missing from this list are publishers like Bold Venture, Murania Press, Moonstone, Wildside Press, Fiction House/Pulpville, and Adventure House.
In reading this work, I did note a few errors, but these are minor and don’t detract from the overall work and wealth of information presented.
While this may not interest experienced pulp fans, as I noted, anyone getting into the field should get this. Being inexpensive, there’s no excuse not to get this work. Once you get this one, move on to Volume 2!
Well written and a quick read.
Sweet then offers brief descriptions of the most popular pulp characters, starting with the greats ala the Shadow, Doc Savage, the Spider and others. This is followed by a roster of the more colorful villains and then ends the section with a look at the B-heroes who, though popular with readers, never had their own titles.
Finally, Sweet wraps it all up by showcasing current publishers who are today endeavoring to keep the pulps alive, both in quality reprint collections and others offering up new adventures such as Airship 27, Pro Se and Flinch Books. All in all nice, informative package. We’re told a Volume Two is in the works and will be most eager to read it.