Tuesday, June 12, 2012


PULP NOVELS – As a genre, the pulp novel is a wide open category; with everything from serious writers to sensational sleaze. And for many of us, interested in literary criticism, it can be argued the pulp never really went away. The picture gallery represents many of the pulps from my own personal collection. This was the golden age of the paperback novel, when it was the most frequently used format. American publishing history takes the reader back to our lost lurid literary past. With plotlines involving alternative lifestyles, crime, science fiction; amidst changing cultural norms. There are so many of these stories to love, but so little time, see below for my short list.

  • The Third Sex by Artemis Smith
  • Caves of Iron by Chris Davidson
  • Rendezvous with a Lost World by A. Bertram Chandler
  • The Black Angel by Cornell Woolrich
  • Casino Royale by Ian Fleming
  • Cannery Row by John Steinbeck
  • Junkie by William S Boroughs
  • The Nine Wrong Answers by John Dickson Carr
  • Jailbait Street by Hal Ellson
  • Cosmic Puppets by Philip K Dick
  • Twilight Girls by Judson Grey

Wednesday, June 6, 2012


RAY BRADBURY - He was a literary legend; Ray Bradbury is credited for bringing sci-fi into popular culture, in a way it was never appreciated in the past. There was a time when the science fiction genre was not literature and sci-fi films were relegated to B movie status. Now, nothing could be further from the truth. He was a prolific author with an impressive body of work. See below for the favorites on my short list. I have also included a link for the New York Times article.
1.    Fahrenheit 451
2.    I Sing the Body Electric
3.    Something Wicked This Way Comes
4.    The Martian Chronicles

Ray Bradbury, Master of Science Fiction, Dies at 91