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Johnston McCulley Omnibus

Among the most prolific fictioneers ever to pound a typewriter, Johnston McCulley has earned pop-culture immortality as the creator of Zorro, who made his debut in 1919. At that time he was just one of many McCulley characters romping through the shag-edged pages of America’s pulp-fiction magazines. Most others appeared in Street & Smith’s Detective […]

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Satan Lives for My Love! — Sex and Sadism in Marvel’s Horror Pulps, 1938-1940

Before launching what would become the Marvel Comics empire, Martin Goodman published low-rent pulp magazines issued by a dizzying array of shell companies designed to insulate him from creditors. In order to compete in an already-crowded marketplace, he allowed editor-in-chief Robert O. Erisman to distinguish their periodicals with lurid covers and sensational fiction. Bearing Goodman’s […]

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Those Sexy Serial Queens

From the dawn of the sound era through the mid-1950s, action-loving moviegoers patronized their local picture palaces every week to see the latest thrill-packed episodes of their favorite chapter plays. And while they were primarily drawn to the intrepid heroes who battled dastardly villains in pursuit of lost treasures or secret formulas, they also paid […]

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Behind the Mask: The Making of Republic’s Lone Ranger Serials

In addition to being the most profitable chapter play in the 20-year-history of Republic Pictures—generating more than $1.1 million in worldwide revenue—The Lone Ranger (1938) set new standards of excellence for motion pictures adapted from characters originating in other media. It was a genuine phenomenon, securing bookings from major theater circuits and big-city picture palaces […]

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The Blood ‘n’ Thunder Guide to Pulp Fiction: Revised Second Edition

The top-selling, best-reviewed title in Murania Press history is now available in a newly revised and expanded edition! With nearly 2000 copies in print, sold in 23 countries, The Blood ‘n’ Thunder Guide to Pulp Fiction has been acclaimed as one of the foremost (the foremost, in the opinion of some) reference books covering the […]

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The Wild West of Fiction and Film

Pop-culture historian and Murania Press editor-in-chief Ed Hulse presents this collection of informative, extensively researched essays on the Westerns of pulp fiction and Saturday-matinee motion pictures from the 20th century’s first half. Most initially saw print in Blood ‘n’ Thunder; a few were originally written for other publications; and one is new to this book. […]

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Blood ‘n’ Thunder Presents, #4: Pulpourri

Webster’s Dictionary describes Potpourri as “a miscellaneous collection.” Murania Press describes Pulpourri as “a miscellaneous collection of well-written, impeccably researched essays on pulp fiction and how it influenced American popular culture of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.” This latest volume in the Blood ‘n’ Thunder Presents series has been assembled by Ed Hulse […]

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Blood ‘n’ Thunder Presents, #3: Fighting Crime One Dime at a Time

The Shadow, The Spider, The Avenger, Doc Savage, The Black Bat, The Phantom Detective — these swashbuckling heroes of mid-20th-century pulp fiction all had one thing in common: They fought crime from outside the law, unhindered by red tape and unmindful of such legal niceties as due process. They fought with fists and guns, for […]

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Blood ‘n’ Thunder Presents, #2: The Penny-a-Word Brigade

Return with us to those halcyon days of yesteryear, when writers of pulp fiction made a precarious living: sweating out plot details, trying to make their hackneyed characters seem fresh, working insane hours, often typing until their fingers bled. And usually for just a penny a word.  In this 120,000-word collection of articles from vintage […]

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