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Good Pulp Books?
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.
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.
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.