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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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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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Flickering Shadows

Subtitled “How Pulpdom’s Master of Darkness Brightened the Silver Screen,” this 96-page monograph 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, his 1940 cliffhanger serial, his three Monogram “B” mysteries, his […]

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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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