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Blood ‘n’ Thunder: Summer 2015

This issue of Blood ‘n’ Thunder is highlighted by the first part of an extended survey of Famous Fantastic Mysteries, a forgotten pulp magazine that reprinted classic early stories of science fiction. Old-Time Radio authority Martin Grams offers a history of the long-forgotten King Kong radio serial, complete with lengthy script excerpts. Popular-fiction scholar Rick Lai presents […]

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Blood ‘n’ Thunder: 2014-15 Special Edition

BnT returns from a long hiatus with a special edition combining three normal-sized issues.  It contains more than 120,000 words and well over a hundred illustrations. The big “article” is H. Bedford-Jones’ 1929 treatise on pulp writing, This Fiction Business. Covering everything from plot ideas to the selling of foreign publication rights, this 27,000-word document […]

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The Perils of Pauline: Centennial Edition

During the summer of 1914 America’s moviegoers were enthralled by the daring feats of heiress Pauline Marvin, a high-spirited young woman with an insatiable hunger for adventure. Her dangerous exploits were dramatized by playwright Charles W. Goddard in half-hour installments released to theaters at two-week intervals. The episodes were connected by a single premise: Pauline’s […]

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Distressed Damsels & Masked Marauders

The silent-era movie serial——routinely dismissed, overlooked or undervalued by film historians——finally gets the attention it deserves in this meticulously researched, lovingly written book. Drawing on the well-established conventions of pulp fiction and blood-and-thunder stage melodrama, the motion-picture chapter play thrilled viewers of all ages and, more importantly, made weekly moviegoing a habit for millions of […]

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