This volume presents a variety of new essays on the topic of popular pulp fiction and writers of the 1920s and 1930s, focusing on those major contributors to the Weird Tales school, which not only included Lovecraft, Howard, and Smith, but also Seabury Quinn, C.L. Moore, Robert Bloch, August Derleth, and others.
From their origin at the end of the nineteenth century to their decline in the 1950s, "pulp" magazines entertained the masses with lurid stories in such genres as adventure, Western, romance, crime, fantasy, horror, and science fiction.
Readers seeking a deeper understanding of the genre can focus on the Critical Readings essays, that explore it in depth through a variety of critical approaches. Among the contributors are S.T. Joshi, Jeffrey H. Shanks, Andrew J. Wilson, Garyn Roberts, and Richard Bleiler.
Each essay is 2,500 to 5,000 words in length, and all essays conclude with a list of "Works Cited," along with endnotes.
Additionally, a section on archived material comprises six articles culled from a trio of Salem Press reference books—Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature (1983), Magill’s Guide to Science Fiction & Fantasy Literature (1996), and Masterplots II: Short Story Series, revised edition (2004)—that have critically charted the most significant works of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. The works covered in this section belong to the “big three” of Weird Tales—Robert E. Howard, H. P. Lovecraft, and Clark Ashton Smith—as well as preeminent contributors C. L. Moore and Seabury Quinn.
- Additional Works on Pulp Fiction
- About the Editor