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Good Pulp Books?

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06 Aug 2018 07:23 #279293 by drewcula
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A little past the pulp prime, but I'd recommend Casino Royale by Ian Fleming. If you dig that, there are several Fleming Bond books that are fun page turners.

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06 Aug 2018 09:12 - 06 Aug 2018 09:21 #279300 by Josh Look
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Tim, you need to get your hands on some Leigh Bracket. Find a used paperback of The Best of Leigh Bracket from the 70s, it’s an excellent collection. I’ve read metric tons of pulp, Bracket is not only my favorite but she’s entirely underrated.

She actually wrote the first draft of Empire Strikes Back. George Lucas claims he had never read her work before doing Star Wars, but I call bullshit. She passed before Empire was released, but it’s believed that she created Yoda and had Luke and Leia as siblings in her script.

EDIT - Tim, PM me your address, I’ll send you mine. I’m upgrading to hardcover.
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06 Aug 2018 09:22 #279303 by Shellhead
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Robert E. Howard was one of the big three pulp writers for Weird Tales, along with Lovecraft and Clark Ashton Smith. While everybody has heard of Conan the barbarian, Howard wrote some other interesting characters like Kull and Solomon Kane. He also wrote some good horror stories, like Pigeons from Hell.

A Rendezvous in Averoigne, by Clark Ashton Smith, holds a permanent spot in my bookcase. Smith wrote stories featuring the Cthulhu Mythos and contributed greatly to that pantheon. He also wrote pulp stories within several other settings, including Hyperborea, Poseidonis, Averoingne, and Zothique. Necromancy is a recurring concept in his stories. A Rendezvous in Averoigne is a good collection of his stories that offers samples of each of these settings.

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06 Aug 2018 16:13 #279335 by Brewmiester
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Doc Savage and the Shadow are my favorites. But for sanity's sake avoid the Doc Savage movie with Ron Ely.

Harold Lamb wrote a series of stories about Khlit the Cossack that are pretty damn entertaining.

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06 Aug 2018 16:29 #279336 by repoman
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All the Tarzan books by Edgar Rice Burroughs are fun but the first two Tarzan of the Apes and Return of Tarzan, which to my mind are all one story split in two, are especially great. I think I got every book 26 or more of them for my Nook for like $3.

All the Conan stories by R E Howard are awesome.

All the Fafherd and Gray Mouser books by Fritz Lieber are great.

Short stories by Issac Asimov and Ray Bradbury are superb and can be found in the many anthologies published over the years.

If you want sort of noir pulp read Dashiell Hammett who wrote the Maltese Falcon among others.

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06 Aug 2018 22:33 #279374 by Shellhead
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repoman wrote: All the Fafherd and Gray Mouser books by Fritz Lieber are great.


Yes, and Lieber also wrote some fine horror stories and some interesting science-fiction. It's hard to believe that there hasn't been a Fafhrd and the Gary Mouser movie or tv show yet.

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06 Aug 2018 23:40 #279380 by SuperflyPete
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Most anyhthing from Joe Lansdale, especially Cold In July.
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06 Aug 2018 23:42 #279381 by SuperflyPete
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Shellhead wrote: Robert E. Howard was one of the big three pulp writers for Weird Tales, along with Lovecraft and Clark Ashton Smith. While everybody has heard of Conan the barbarian, Howard wrote some other interesting characters like Kull and Solomon Kane. He also wrote some good horror stories, like Pigeons from Hell.

A Rendezvous in Averoigne, by Clark Ashton Smith, holds a permanent spot in my bookcase. Smith wrote stories featuring the Cthulhu Mythos and contributed greatly to that pantheon. He also wrote pulp stories within several other settings, including Hyperborea, Poseidonis, Averoingne, and Zothique. Necromancy is a recurring concept in his stories. A Rendezvous in Averoigne is a good collection of his stories that offers samples of each of these settings.


The El Borak stories from Howard are fucking rad too.
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07 Aug 2018 09:16 #279406 by Shellhead
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I've read a lot of Lansdale and Howard, but it sounds like I have more to read.

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