Say the words pulp fiction to anyone post-1994 and they’re likely to think of the Tarantino movie, whose use of the name has effectively given it an entirely different standing in modern culture. But long before that iconic film, pulp fiction was a thriving business in the publishing industry, as escapist fiction in books and magazines that readers regularly tuned in to to tune out of everyday life. It was responsible for laying the groundwork for many of the stories explored on this website, so it’s worth knowing about!
This fiction was published in the early 20th century, printed on cheap paper (literally coming from a wooden pulp) with a throwaway concept. Its rapid demands for writing encouraged hard and fast creative talent, which had a heavy influence on the emergence of new writers in the middle of the 20th century. In particular, science fiction genres, crime genres, adventures and romances had strong roots in pulp fiction. Read more