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49 cents worth of Pulp

Last night I completed a long and heavy writing job (because sometimes insomnia is good for you), and to celebrate a job well done I invested 49 eurocents in a 1200 pages ebook.
Because I’m cheap.
But who said that expensive ebooks are better?

51TTaxtf7NL._SY346_The book I gave myself as a good job, old man! gift is called SCIENCE-FANTASY Ultimate Collection: Time Travel Adventures, Sword & Sorcery Tales, Space Fantasies and much more.
Which seems to be just the sort of stuff I like.
And sure is, because the guy that wrote all that stuff was Otis Adelbert Kline – pulp writer, amateur orientalist and frequent contributor to ArgosyWeird Tales (of which he was the editor for one issue) and Oriental Stories.
He was also Robert E. Howard’s literary agent.
Great catch! Continue reading

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Other People’s Pulps: Weird Tales Online

A quick heads-up, tonight, for a very thorough and interesting article on OpenCulture.org, about the available contents of Weird Tales magazine online.
Turns out you can download, or browse online, a number of issues of The Unique Magazine, for free.


And it is indeed an illuminating experience – if you like pulps, or supernatural fiction – because you can read the stories in their natural environment, together with the illustrations, the ads, the letters column etcetera.
Quite a different feeling compared to reading the same stories in an anthology.

The article also points to a number of other resources, and it is quite a find.


Clark Ashton Smith on Fantasy

Clark Ashton Smith

Clark Ashton Smith (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’ve been perusing the wondrous halls of The Eldritch Dark, a website devoted to the writings of Clark Ashton Smith.
Sometimes I like to go back to Smith’s fantasies, as his voice and his approach to prose – while impossible to equal – are a great source of inspiration.
The Eldritch Dark collects the stories and poetry by Smith, but also an ample selection of his letters and essays.
The following is a short recap of the author’s position regarding the narrative of the imagination.
It is well worth reading. Continue reading