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Known for their sexy and outlandish cover art, pulp magazines and paperback books have quite the storied reputation and history. Originally named for the type of paper used in printing, pulp fiction has a large cult following that grew exponentially in the 1940's and 1950's. Pulp and other vintage fiction centered largely on sexualized, over the top exploits and crazy plot twists. There were a few highly popular genres featured in pulp literature, including horror, hard broiled detective mysteries, tales of deranged and misogynistic sadists, and even science fiction and fantasy. Pulp magazines featured ongoing, serialized stories, and pulp paperbacks were often serialized as well. Because of the cheap quality of the paper, pulp magazines and books were very inexpensive to purchase, often priced at 10 or 15 cents. With the rise of men's magazines in the 1950's, pulp literature began to wane, but with its zany and often offensive content, pulp certainly had a deep and interesting effect on American culture.



THE BITCH OF BUCHENWALD - The Sex Life of Ilse Koch by Como, Joseph

New York: The Ophelia Press Inc., 1971. 215 pp. Ophelia Book OPH-230. Edge and corner wear with some faint creasing on the covers and a crease on the spine; store stamped on the upper edge of the text block; no interior markings. Ilse Koch - the Bitch ...

From W. Fraser Sandercombe

$489.95


The Fire of Asshurbanipal in Weird Tales December 1936 by Howard, Robert E

Indianapolis: Popular Fiction Publishing Company, 1936. First Edition. Pictorial wrappers. Pages are toned, a few tiny tears to the edges, light wear. A nice, very good copy. Collects stories by H. P. Lovecraft, Otis Adelbert Kline, Robert Bloch, E. Hoff...

From Parigi Books, ABAA/ILAB

$360.00


Faithfully Yours by BREWSTER, Eliot

New York: Palace Promotions by Arrangement with Phoenix Press, 1943. Softcover. Good. First edition by this publisher, "condensed slight from the original." Digest size paperback. 128pp. Dampstain in the right-hand margin of the pages througho...

From Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABAA

$200.00


Weird and Occult Library No 1, 2, 3 by anon

London: Gerald G Swan All three issues of this rare pulp magazine, only these three issues of volume one were ever issued, pictorial paper wrapper, No.1 and No.2 are tidy copies, No.3 is chipped to spine tail, with creased wrappers, highly collected by we...

From Fortuna Books

NZ$350.00


FLYNN'S WEEKLY DETECTIVE FICTION by Various

NY: Red Star News Co., 1928. VERY GOOD condition in illustrated wraps. MAGAZINE, Vol XXX No. 3, Feb 4, 1928. Nicks, tears to yapp edges. Small open tear upper corner of cover. Small chips at spine head and foot. Pages browning, slight chipping. 478p...

From SCENE OF THE CRIME ®

$200.00


American Pulp Fiction - A Collection of Vintage Detective Magazines

Various places and Publishers. 1936-1941. Bound in pictorial staplebound wrappers. Collection presented in 3 large stylized soft portfolios with period black silk stocking tied closures. 11" x 14 Collection is comprised of : Official Detect...

From Heldfond Book Gallery, ABAA-ILAB

$850.00


The Thing From Another World by John W. Campbell

Cherry Tree Fantasy Book 408 (1952). Movie tie-in. Cover Art by Terry Maloney. British paperback, A fine copy, unread.John W. Campbell's classic "Who Goes There?" was the basis of the Howard Hawks' movie "The Thing From Another World" in 1951....

From Stockholms science fiction antikvariat

$1,000.00


STRANGE DETECTIVE Stories by Various

Il: Popular Publications, 1942. VERY GOOD condition in illustrated wraps. MAGAZINE, Vol 7 No. 3, May 1942. Some nicks, tears and chipping to yapp edges. Pages browning, some chipping. Fragile. Stored in Mylite sleeve with acid-free board. Cover pain...

From SCENE OF THE CRIME ®

$175.00


To Catch a Thief by Dodge, David

Dell (#658), New York. Copyright, MCMLI, MCMLII. Paperback (11 x 16 cm), 224 pages. Very Good condition. Some edge wear (rubbing) on rear cover along the spine. Creases along spine. There is a very small rubbed spot on front cover, at top between th...

From E. Manning Books

$130.00


Winged Death in Weird Tales March 1934 by Lovecraft, H. P.; Heald, Hazel

Indianapolis: Popular Fiction Publishing Company, 1934. First Edition. Pictorial wrappers. Pages are toned, small abrasion to fore edge, light wear to edges. A bright, near fine copy. Collects stories by Hugh B. Cave, Edmond Hamilton, Clark Ashton Smith,...

From Parigi Books, ABAA/ILAB

$480.00


NEW DETECTIVE Magazine by Various

Il: Fictioneers, 1944. VERY GOOD condition in illustrated wraps. MAGAZINE, Vol 5 No. 4, September 1944. Some nicks, tears and chipping to yapp edges. Pages browning, some chipping. Rubber stamp first page. Fragile. Stored in Mylite sleeve with acid-...

From SCENE OF THE CRIME ®

$120.00


BLACK MASK by Various

NY: Fictioneers, Popular Publications, 1949. GOOD condition in illustrated wraps. MAGAZINE, Vol XXXII No. 3, Jan 1949. Front cover, piece torn out bottom left. Nicks, tears, chipping to yapp edges. Spine worn and faded, water marks. Back cover has so...

From SCENE OF THE CRIME ®

$200.00


PRIVATE DETECTIVE Stories by Various

NY: Trojan Publishing, 1941. VERY GOOD condition in illustrated wraps. MAGAZINE, Vol 8 No. 5, April 1941. Some nicks, tears and chipping to yapp edges. Pages browning. Fragile. Stored in Mylite sleeve with acid-free board. Cover Painting --Feisty Su...

From SCENE OF THE CRIME ®

$200.00


KIM by Robert Colby

[ROBERT COLBY]. KIM. Monarch Books, Derby, Connecticut, 1962. First Edition. Monach Books #244 with the original 35 cents price on the front cover. Condition: Near Fine. Appears unread, with micro-chips , rubbing to extremities typical of pulp fiction pap...

From Astro Trader Books

$174.95


Five Sinister Characters by Chandler, Raymond

New York: Avon Book Company. Very Good/Not Issued. First Thus. Paperback. What is offered here are both of the first edition paperback editions published by Avon Book Company. The first was published in 1945 as part of the Murder Mystery Monthly series,...

From Weysprings Books, IOBA, PBFA

£195.00


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