Category Archives: Vintage pulp paperback covers

Pulp Friday: Wild Beat, a tribute to Australian pulp writer Carl Ruhen, 1937-2013

Most people think of pulp publishing as American. But for several decades in the second half of the last century, Australia had a significant pulp paperback industry that produced a large range of popular fiction. By the mid-to-late sixties, Horwitz, … Continue reading

Pulp Friday: Key of Corruption

“She wanted her man to be sophisticated and successful – but there was a price to pay.” Life is busy at the moment, but not so busy I don’t have time to post a little Pulp Friday offering for your … Continue reading

Pulp Friday: passion pits and twilight zones, Kings Cross pulp fiction

“A startling and authentic story of wartime Sydney when the American ‘invasion’ turned Kings Cross into a passion pit of vice and black marketing.” Earlier this week I reviewed Louis Nowra’s terrific social history Kings Cross A Biography for the Overland Journal … Continue reading

Pulp Friday: Night Squad by David Goodis

“They gave him back his badge – and sent him down into the brutal throbbing heart of the slums.” The first Pulp Friday for 2014 needs no introduction, Night Squad by the legendary US noir writer, David Goodis. The cover … Continue reading

Pulp Friday: What Now My Love and the Tao of counter cultural pulp fiction

The counter culture and protest politics of the late sixties and early seventies resulted in some fascinating pulp fiction. A good example is What Now My Love by Floyd Salas, published by Grove Press in 1969. I’ve been thinking a … Continue reading