Pulp Fiction Is Not Just a Movie Title
October 04, 2010
This month, in addition to our displays on Halloween, pet selection, and scary stories, Lee’s Summit has a display of pulp fiction titles. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the term, pulp fiction covers all genres and several eras. But most of the time, when people talk about pulp fiction, they’re referring to science fiction and detective novels from the fifties and sixties.
Pulp fiction started out in short story format. It was published in magazines that were printed on low quality (or pulpy) paper. Its popularity peaked just after World War II, when paper was scarce and returning soldiers had a taste for more edgy stories. Favorites like The Shadow, Buck Rogers, and Sam Spade were soon household names.
Today, pulp fiction is being published (and re-released) by new publishers including Hard Case Crime and Harlequin. Contemporary authors are also joining the ranks of classic pulp fiction writers like Mickey Spillane and Dashiell Hammett. Even L.Ron Hubbard started out writing pulp fiction. Check out titles by Lawrence Block, Stephen King, and Ed McBain on this month’s display!
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