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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.

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


Junkie / Narcotic Agent by Lee, William (William S, Burroughs) / Hellbrandt, Maurice

Ace, New York, 1953. First edition. Condition: Very good plus; book has slight edge wear and creasing along spine, slight darkening on interior pages. Ace Double Books D-15.Burroughs' classic "confessions of an unredeemed drug addict". His first published...



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


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


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


Love Song by Farmer, Philip José

Brandon House, 9BH-6134 [$1.95], 1970. First edition, first printing. Mass market paperback. modest paper a little tanned as usual and covers a little rubbed [also as usual] else a very good copy [NB: rear cover has two cracks]. ...

From stephensbookstore


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, tiny chip to spine heel, a couple of minor closed tears and creases to front cover. A nice, very good+ copy. Collects stories by Hugh B. Cave, Edm...

From Parigi Books, ABAA/ILAB


The Juvies by Ellison, Harlan

Ace D-513 (35¢), 1961. First. Softbound. A fine bright copy. a paperback original. ...

From stephensbookstore


A Mad Look at Old Movies by DeBartolo, Dick

Softcover. 192 pp. Signet/New American Library, New York (1966). First Edition. First Printing. "First Printing, November, 1966" stated on CP. D2955 in the Signet series. 50-cent OP on cover. Bright, clean, unmarked copy in Fine condition. Light creases o...

From BookRanger


Antonio's Girls by Christopher Hemphill

Antonio's Girls - Antonio Lopez, by Christopher Hemphill, designed by Juan Ramos, devised and edited by Karen Amiel. First Paperback Edition 1982, Congreve Publishing Co. 128 pages, 11.25" x 9.25". SIGNED BOLDLY in 3 places in gold metallic ink pen WITH ...

From MSArts


Television News, May-June, 1931, Volume 1, Number 2 by Hugo Gernsback, Editor

Mount Morris, Illinois/ New York: Popular Book Corporation , 1932. Very Good plus, faded spot and faint prior owner name front wrapper, small corner creases, 1/4" loss of paper at bottom edge of spine. SCARCE in collectible condition. . First Printin...

From Dale Steffey Books


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 throughout, just t...

From Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABAA



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...



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...



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...



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