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The Art of Pulp Fiction: An Illustrated History of Vintage Paperbacks

The Art of Pulp Fiction chronicles the early history of American pocket-sized paperbound books designed for mass-market consumption, concentrating on the period from 1940 to 1960. Those decades saw paperbacks eclipse cheap pulp magazines and expensive clothbound books as the most popular delivery vehicle for escapist fiction. To catch the eyes of potential buyers they were […]

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When Dracula Met Frankenstein

In 1968 two ambitious young filmmakers, working on a shoestring, made a movie about a ruthless motorcycle gang. Titled Satan’s Sadists, it became the initial release of their new company, Independent-International Pictures, and was wildly profitable. Over the next two decades Sam Sherman and Al Adamson collaborated on a succession of low-budget films that attracted […]

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Blood ‘n’ Thunder, Second Series, Number Two

The second issue of the revived Blood ‘n’ Thunder opens with a special section devoted to Jimmie Dale, alias the Gray Seal, Frank L. Packard’s World War I-vintage protagonist whose adventures in Street & Smith’s People’s Magazine presaged the Depression-era hero-pulp phenomenon. Award-winning writer, editor, documentarian, and pop-culture historian Don Hutchison makes his first appearance […]

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The Spook Hills Mystery

What haunts the eerie “Spook Hills” of Idaho? What supernatural force endangers local ranchers? The Sunbeam Ranch, south of the Snake River country, is a cattle outfit operating in close proximity to sheepmen. That’s usually a recipe for disaster, but the usual squabbles over water and grazing land aren’t the biggest problems facing this district. […]

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