Pulps

Happy Birthday, Two-Gun Bob!

Posted in Pulps on January 22, 2015 @ 5:14 pm

On this day in 1906, in the small Texas town of Peaster, Robert Ervin Howard was born. Growing up in the Lone Star State, deeply attached to his sickly, possessive mother, he took his own life 30 years later as she lay on her deathbed. By that time he had become a modestly successful writer […]

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Collectibles Section Overhauled!

Posted in Collectibles For Sale,Pulps on June 21, 2013 @ 4:28 pm

This site’s section listing collectibles for sale is long overdue for revision, so I’ve just added a couple dozen items that should be of interest to most readers of Blood ‘n’ Thunder and other Murania Press publications. The new pulps include extremely rare and high-grade early numbers of The All-Story and The Popular Magazine, seven […]

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Ruminating On The Nature Of Pulp

Posted in Pulps on May 24, 2013 @ 3:49 pm

The other day, while scanning social-media sites and hobbyist message boards, I was struck by the proliferation of books currently being marketed as “pulp.” This, of course, is not an altogether new phenomenon: Although the rough-paper periodicals of yore ceased publication more than 50 years ago, the “pulp fiction” label has since been routinely attached […]

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Murania On The March Once More!

Posted in Blood 'n' Thunder,Movies,Murania Press,PulpFest,Pulps,Serials on December 14, 2012 @ 4:34 pm

I can hardly believe it’s been more than six weeks since I last updated this blog. Hurricane Sandy, which was just about to strike New Jersey when last I posted here, spared my immediate neighborhood but wreaked havoc nearby; we were dealing with power outages, blocked roads, and long lines at gas stations for weeks […]

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A “Major” Pulp Reprint Series

Posted in Pulps,Upcoming Books on October 18, 2012 @ 3:02 pm

Given the tireless efforts of small-press publishers to get vintage pulp fiction back into print over the last decade, I often wondered why L. Patrick Greene’s Africa-based adventure stories had been overlooked. From 1919 until 1947 (with six years off for World War II service) Greene chronicled the exploits of Aubrey St. John Major, who […]

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DIME DETECTIVE’s First Issue

Posted in Pulps,Recently Read on September 21, 2012 @ 5:24 pm

In 1930 Harry Steeger and Harold S. Goldsmith launched their Popular Publications line of pulp magazines with four titles: Battle Aces, Detective Action Stories, Gang World, and Western Rangers. Popular’s initial offerings enjoyed varying degrees of success, but it wasn’t until the following year that the new company really hit pay dirt. Newsstands across the […]

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Dark Knight, Meet The Spider.

Posted in Movies,Pulps on July 26, 2012 @ 8:53 pm

This probably deserves a longer post than I have time to write, but I wanted to make the point and see if anybody agrees with me.  So if you want to comment, please do it here (rather than on Facebook) and maybe we can get a good discussion going. This afternoon I saw The Dark […]

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The Unbearable Lightness of Leo

Posted in Pulps on June 22, 2012 @ 11:24 am

Lately I’ve been revisiting the “Thrilling Group” pulp magazines published by Ned Pines, whose numerous companies included Standard Magazines, Beacon Magazines, Better Publications, and Nedor Publishing Company. Pines, as many of you know, had a fetishistic attachment to the word “Thrilling,” which he used in no less than a dozen magazine titles. (He also had […]

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Promising Pulp-Mag Series Characters Who Never Really Caught Fire

Posted in Pulps,Recently Read on June 16, 2012 @ 1:55 pm

One of the items for sale on our Collectibles page is the November 23, 1935 issue of Detective Fiction Weekly. The cover story is Erle Stanley Gardner’s “The Silver Mask Murders,” featuring his short-lived vigilante hero The Man in the Silver Mask. This was the last of three novelettes Gardner wrote about this Shadow/Spider/Phantom Detective […]

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