Category Archives: Vintage pulp paperback covers

Melbourne Writers Festival: Adrian McKinty & Australia’s pulp history

The Melbourne Writers Festival is upon us and I’ve got a a few slots in the program I wanted to pull on your coats about. This coming Wednesday, August 27, I’ll be in conversation with crime writer, Adrian McKinty at St Kilda … Continue reading

Pulp Friday: Outback Heiress

“Her past was a secret but she couldn’t hide her feelings for this daredevil cropduster!” It wasn’t just men who wrote for Australia’s burgeoning pulp publishing industry in the fifties, sixties and seventies, many women did, too. One of these was … Continue reading

The lost world of Australian pulp paperback fiction at the Melbourne Writers Festival

Part of the Melbourne Writers Festival, join me on August 30 at the Ian Potter Centre, NGV Australia, Federation Square, for a walk down the dimly lit back alleys of the lost world of Australian pulp paperback publishing. For a few … Continue reading

Pulp Friday: The Country Club Set

“When married life started to bore her – Virginia turned to a teenager for kicks.” Today’s Pulp Friday is a wonderful example of early sixties pulp sleaze, The Country Club Set by Elaine Dorian. The story is about a devious middled aged woman who … Continue reading

Pulp Friday: The Hands of Orlac

“Had a brilliant skin graft left him with a murderer’s hands? A tense and eerie film starring Mel Ferrer.” French writer Maurice Renard’s 1920 novel The Hands of Orlac concerned a concert pianist called Paul Orlac who loses his hands in a terrible … Continue reading