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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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The Island

The long-awaited sequel to Barehanded Castaways continues the adventures of a group of men with widely divergent backgrounds, shipwrecked on an island without tools, weapons or supplies — not even a wristwatch among them. Their struggle to survive, using only their wits and shared knowledge, made Castaways one of the most popular novels ever to appear […]

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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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The Best of Blood ‘n’ Thunder Volume Two

For more than a decade, Blood ‘n’ Thunder has explored American popular culture of the late 19th and early 20th centuries as manifested in its mass-market fiction—dime novels, nickel weeklies, pulp magazines—and such complementary storytelling forms as stage melodramas, motion pictures, and Old Time Radio thrillers. The first 21 issues of this award-winning, limited-circulation journal […]

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The Wilderness Trail

In 1810, the still-young United States of America continues its westward expansion as a national economy begins to flourish. But the country’s commerce is seriously disrupted in Kentucky, at the juncture of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, by daring pirates who strike from nowhere and then disappear into the wilderness. Captain John Norton, a young […]

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Pirates of the Pines

Number Three in Murania’s Classic Pulp Reprints series, this rousing adventure yarn was originally published in the October 20, 1915 issue of Street & Smith’s THE POPULAR MAGAZINE as “Fur Pirates.” Set in the wilderness fringing northwestern Canada’s great Carcajou River, its protagonist and narrator is 18-year-old Bob Cory, who lives with his sister Peggy […]

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Blood ‘n’ Thunder’s Cliffhanger Classics

The great movie serials of yesteryear are covered in 20 informative essays culled from the pages of Blood ‘n’ Thunder, the premier journal of adventure, mystery and melodrama in American popular culture of the early 20th century. There are no gushy fanboy puff-pieces in this book; each essay is backed by solid research and, in […]

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