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Blood ‘n’ Thunder: Summer 2014

BLOOD ‘N THUNDER #41 begins with a report on this year’s Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention. “Tricks of the Trade” offers an article by Arthur Burks, “speed merchant of the pulps,” on an occupational hazard to fictioneering. “Pulp Page to Silver Screen” explores the 1931 Western TRAILIN’, based on a Max Brand novel serialized [...]

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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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The Blood ‘n’ Thunder Guide to Pulp Fiction

During the 20th century’s first half, millions of Americans flocked to newsstands every month in search of thrills provided by all-fiction magazines printed on cheap pulp paper. These periodicals introduced and popularized such famous characters as Tarzan, Zorro, Sam Spade, Buck Rogers, Doc Savage, Hopalong Cassidy, and Conan the Barbarian, to name just a few. [...]

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