Monday, January 05, 2009

Pulpy New Year!

My new year's resolution: Read more pulp!

A lovely youtube, featuring hundreds of classic Weird Tales covers (h/t: Weekend Stubble):

Weird Tales is one of those things I've known about, but never really investigated. According to the entry in Fons veritatis, it has quite the history. Not only was it a publisher of H.P. Lovecraft, but it was also the first to publish Tennessee Williams! It apparently still exists in a new incarnation, complete with a web page, and with Ann VanderMeer as fiction editor (I enjoyed the steampunk anthology she edited along with her husband Jeff). Great fun!

UPDATE: The same site has videos. This one is a beauty:

UPDATE 2: Ted at The Late Adopter has sent another great pulpy link. Speaking of pulp, sitemeter tells me my post on The Lustful Turk has been popular with visitors from all over the world.


crystal said...

Weird Tales is great. Robert Howard or Conan fame used to publish there too.

cowboyangel said...

Oh my, very strange. Though we didn't connect in person on Saturday, we seem to be connecting at the pulp level. I'm working on a post about old dime novel covers from Street & Smith. Horatio Alger, Theodore Dreiser, Upton Sinclair, and Jack London wrote for them, "often disguised by house pseudonyms."

The covers aren't as cool as Weird Tales, though.

And there's no YouTube.

And no website with fun videos.

So . . . damn you. You've out-pulped me!

I liked the video short story. :-)

Does the web site have these old covers? the Youtube video went by fairly quickly - I didn't catch some of the titles.

Crystal, Thanks for mentioning Howard!

cowboyangel said...

Nice to have you posting, btw.

Liam said...

Crystal --
That's right. Viva Weird Tales!

William --
I guess it's just a pulpy time for all of us. I got that youtube from the blog I cited, but I guess you could find a lot of them with enough googling.

late adopter said...

Regarding pulp, I'm more of a Black Mask Magazine fan:

Liam said...

Thanks, Ted.

Jeff said...

That's interesting. I'd heard of Weird Tales but I didn't know it had such racy covers and stories. Was that brown paper wrapper material back in the day?

Back in the early 70s I used to enjoy Creepy and Eerie and anything else that had Frank Frazetta covers. Magazine cover illustration is a lost art.

KcM said...

For more pulp action, I'd also recommend Groovy Age of Horror, a blog dedicated exclusively to such matters.