Monday, May 19, 2014

Pulp 101 - The Pulp Magazines Project

The Pulp Magazine Project
So now that we have covered what a pulp magazine is, I am hoping a few of you will want to know where to find them. While new pulps are still being made (something we will cover in posts to come) and collections are easy to find on sites like Amazon or in a few book stores, the real beauty of this medium is when it was made. Because so many magazines were printed before the advent of modern copyright law, most pulps are available in the public domain.
So where do I go to read some of these stories, you might be asking. Well, one of my favorite places to go is the fantastic Pulp Magazine Project. The Pulp Magazines Project is an open-access digital archive dedicated to the study and preservation of pulp magazines. It is a great resource (one I will use for future posts) on the history and cultural importance of the medium. But most impressive is its collections of pdfs and Flipbook archives of these classic magazines.
In the upcoming months I will be showcasing some of the specific stories and magazines that can be found in this public-domain archive. But until then, take some time to look through a few, open up a magazine or two, and you might be pleasantly surprised at what you find.
If you are having trouble deciding, check out this great issue of the mystery magazine Black Mask!

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