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Archive for the month “December, 2011”

History of Detective Story Magazine now available; New Contexts (12/10/2011)

With its premiere issue on October 5, 1915, Street & Smith’s Detective Story Magazine became the first of many pulp magazines to devote itself entirely to the genre of crime fiction. Born out of the early nickel paper Nick Carter WeeklyDetective Story published from 1915 until the summer of 1949 a total of 1,057 issues, a longer run than any other detective pulp in history…

For a brief history of this seminal magazine, click here.

Also available at the Pulp Magazines Project, new Contexts pages featuring publishers’ Index Card Files, Rejection Letters, and Canceled Checks for pulp magazine purchases, authors, and serials from WWI to the late 1940s.

New Issues/ Contexts (12/3/2011)

We’ve added three important new titles/ issues to the Pulp Magazines Project website: Air Stories, August 1927 (1st issue of the 1st aviation pulp); Astounding Stories, February 1932 (the 1st true science-fiction pulp); and Frontier Stories, May 1927 (launched in 1924, this pulp featured stories from the American Colonial “frontier” to the jungles of Borneo and South America).

Also available at the Pulp Magazines Project, annual circulation figures for pulp magazines published in the US between 1900 and 1922; and an essay on pulp and paper production, “So What Is Pulp?”, by Beau Collier of Darwination Scans.

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