How I Discovered Pulp Magazines

Did you know that many of your favorite novelists were influenced by pulp magazines? So were many of your favorite movies, comic books, and TV shows.

You may have never seen a pulp magazine. You might think “pulp fiction” is just the name of a popular movie. Yet that movie got its name from pulp magazines. And like many others, movie reviewer Roger Ebert grew up reading pulps. So did SF author Philip José Farmer.

When people say that a story is “pulp,” they often mean that it’s like those published in the pulp magazines: lurid and full of action…