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Good Pulp Books? 12 Feb 2017 21:04 #243826

Greetings everyone. I've been interested in getting into some pulp style books lately. I have a lot of interest but don't know where to start since they were just kind of stories published in magazines for a while and not sure a lot of them are available. I'm interested in sci-fi and fantasy for sure but am also open to good detective/crime stories. Also interested in the Tarzan stories. I've also heard there's been a new wave of pulp books and stories. So I'm an open book, please teach me.
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Good Pulp Books? 13 Feb 2017 06:43 #243838

There is a fairly recent publishing house, Hard Case Crime, that specializes in new and reprinted pulp novels.
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Good Pulp Books? 13 Feb 2017 07:52 #243842

The Destroyer series. I loved them a long time ago. $3 apiece for your Kindle.
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Good Pulp Books? 13 Feb 2017 08:41 #243844

I loved the Doc Savage series. He is one of the most popular pulp heroes, and part of the inspiration for the creation of Superman. (Doc's first name was Clark, he was often called the Man of Bronze, and he had a Fortress of Solitude in the Arctic.) Doc was a physical paragon, a genius, and highly skilled at everything. He had a beautiful cousin who was always getting herself into trouble, and five followers who were all experts at something and good in a fight. They traveled the world, exploring, having adventures, and fighting criminals. Sometimes they dealt with lost civilizations or advanced technology, but there were never any real supernatural or extra-terrestrial threats.

Early in his career, Harlan Ellison wrote quite a few stories for the pulps featuring young gang members. They were originally published in the '50s, towards the end of the pulp era. Many of these stories can be found in a collection titled The Deadly Streets.

H.P. Lovecraft wrote most of his stories for pulp magazines, His supernatural tales of the Cthulhu Mythos inspired other pulp writers to use the same concepts. Lovecraft was pen pals with Robert E. Howard, who wrote sword-and-sorcery stories for the pulps, especially ones featuring Conan or King Kull.
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Good Pulp Books? 13 Feb 2017 09:52 #243857

I liked EE "Doc" Smith's LENSMAN books.

Most of Burroughs' stuff is now out of copyright and available through Gutenberg.

"The Spider" is a noir pulp hero that was the precursor to Batman: rich playboy, fights crime under a secret identity, etc.

And whatever of R.E. Howard you can get your hands on.
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Good Pulp Books? 13 Feb 2017 10:46 #243859

Don't know if it counts as "pulp". But Farmer's short stories gathered from his magazine pubs are great. I liked them better than Riverworld.

Lieber! He literally coine the term sword and sorcery.
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Good Pulp Books? 13 Feb 2017 13:17 #243864

dysjunct wrote:
And whatever of R.E. Howard you can get your hands on.

Yes, but especially the Conan stuff. (And the boxing stories if you can find them!)
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Good Pulp Books? 13 Feb 2017 16:20 #243875

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Good Pulp Books? 13 Feb 2017 17:31 #243877

One that gets overlooked and is really pretty obscure is Sabat. He is a character created by British pulp writer Guy N. Smith ("best" known for a series- yes, a series- of killer crab books). About 20 years ago I picked up a collection of all four books at Tower Records (RIP) called "Dead Meat". They were ULTRA pulp- sleazy, violent, gory, and just plain weird. Sabat is like this ex-SAS dude turned renegade exorcist. He has lots of kinky sex, is posessed by his brother, and he fights English black magic covens, hippie vampires, skeletons, Voodoo gods, etc. One of my favorites bits is when he realizes that the only way to beat Satanic forces is to use Satanic magic- "fight fire with fire". It's all something like The Destroyer meets Dennis Wheatley. Kind of ahead of its time in a lot of ways. But mostly forgotten now.
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Good Pulp Books? 13 Feb 2017 18:16 #243886

^. That sounds pretty damn spectacular, Michael. Certainly gonna keep an eye out. . .
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Good Pulp Books? 13 Feb 2017 19:24 #243893

I found the Moon Pool intolerably slow. I appreciated seeing the underpinnings of HPL's Dreamlands and Gygax's planar travels. It's also free at Gutenberg so no risk.
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Good Pulp Books? 13 Feb 2017 20:44 #243899

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Good Pulp Books? 14 Feb 2017 08:28 #243916

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Good Pulp Books? 06 Aug 2018 03:53 #279288

Fuck, I was beat to the punch for a favorite author. Yes, Vance. And Burroughs. A Princess of Mars remains a favorite recollection, though his work is highly formulaic.
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Good Pulp Books? 06 Aug 2018 03:58 #279289

Michael Barnes wrote:
One that gets overlooked and is really pretty obscure is Sabat. He is a character created by British pulp writer Guy N. Smith ("best" known for a series- yes, a series- of killer crab books). About 20 years ago I picked up a collection of all four books at Tower Records (RIP) called "Dead Meat". They were ULTRA pulp- sleazy, violent, gory, and just plain weird. Sabat is like this ex-SAS dude turned renegade exorcist. He has lots of kinky sex, is posessed by his brother, and he fights English black magic covens, hippie vampires, skeletons, Voodoo gods, etc. One of my favorites bits is when he realizes that the only way to beat Satanic forces is to use Satanic magic- "fight fire with fire". It's all something like The Destroyer meets Dennis Wheatley. Kind of ahead of its time in a lot of ways. But mostly forgotten now.

I think in the day you could even come by an Amok Press dispatch at Tower. I still cherish my fourth Dispatch.
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