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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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Blood ‘n’ Thunder’s Cliffhanger Classics, Vol. 2

For nearly 50 years the motion-picture chapter play was a vibrant part of our country’s pop-culture scene. Following their favorite serials turned moviegoing into a weekly habit for millions of Americans. During the silent-film era, episodic thrillers were marketed to adults and children alike, but their emphasis on base melodrama and contrived thrills appealed more […]

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Blood ‘n’ Thunder Presents, #1: Pride of the Pulps

During the pulp era — roughly the first five decades of the 20th century — more than one thousand all-fiction magazines reached the nation’s newsstands, if only for a single issue. Of that number, just a couple dozen attained any reputation for literary quality, and fewer than half that many regularly published stories considered to […]

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The Blood ‘n’ Thunder Sampler

For more than 14 years, Blood ‘n’ Thunder chronicled the evolution of adventure, mystery and melodrama in pulp fiction, radio drama, comic strips, and motion pictures produced in the first five decades of the Twentieth Century. Exhaustively researched and engagingly written by hobbyists, historians, and academics, the non-fiction pieces in Blood ‘n’ Thunder raised the […]

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Return of Black Star

Pulp fiction’s first super-villain is back after nearly 100 years in obscurity—and his criminous exploits are just as thrilling now as they were a century ago! An early 20th-century metropolis trembles in fear at the mention of his name. His meticulously-planned depredations leave victims quaking in their shoes and baffle the police, who seem helpless […]

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Flickering Shadows

Subtitled “How Pulpdom’s Master of Darkness Brightened the Silver Screen,” this 98-page monograph—about the length of a typical issue of Blood ‘n’ Thunder—fully chronicles The Shadow’s career in films and television. Beginning with the character’s 1931 motion-picture debut in Universal’s “Shadow Detective” featurettes, Ed Hulse follows the premier pulp hero in his two Grand National feature films, […]

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Handsome Heroes and Vicious Villains

This companion volume to Distressed Damsels and Masked Marauders continues Ed Hulse’s groundbreaking history of American cliffhanger serials of the silent-movie era. It covers some 190 “chapter plays” released by production and distribution entities such as Universal, Vitagraph, Mutual, Arrow, Rayart, and Mascot, along with member companies of the Edison Trust and various fly-by-night independent operators. […]

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The Purple Eye

This wildly melodramatic thriller, originally published in the August 1933 issue of Dime Mystery Magazine, provided the template for countless pulp-hero novels published during the Thirties. Depression-era readers craved outlandish menaces to take their minds off their troubles, and The Purple Eye was at the top of the list. The Eye, maniacal criminal mastermind and […]

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