The pulps were aimed at working class Americans and sold for about ten cents, compared to the more expensive slicks, which ran about twenty five cents. The pulps were lurid and exploitative, at least by the standards of the day, and were often written with an over-the-top style. They enjoyed strong sales until the paper shortages caused by World War 2, which marked the beginning of their steady decline.
In the weeks ahead, we’ll be looking at some of the more popular pulp heroes. Many of these books are still available as reprints, and offer an inexpensive opportunity for some escapist fiction. Keep them in mind on one of those evenings when the daily grind has taken its toll on you, and you find you may not be up to tackling War and Peace. You might just be surprised at how enjoyable these old gems can be. --CJ