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Vintage Pulp Fiction and Modern Fiction Stories

Although the depression was a great time for reading the pulp fiction magazines the have much earlier beginnings in the 1920s and 30s and was generally considered to have begun with Frank Munsey and the revamped Argosy Magazine. Pulps were generally thought of a American but Britain also had a similar pulp with the Pall Mall Magazine.

Vintage Pulp Fiction and Modern Fiction Stories

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During the 1940s, America was full swing into the depression years and needed not only inexpensive entertainment but heroes to admire and fuel the imagination. Pulp Fiction stories and illustrations fit the bill perfectly! To this day we still admire the early fictional characters such as Tarzan, The Shadow, Sherlock Holmes, Flash Gordon and Superman!

These characters and many others were brought to life by notable writers such as Edgar Rice Burroughs, H.P. Lovecraft, Agatha Christie, L. Ron Hubbard and Lester Dent, to name a few. The mastery of the writing, gripping detective novels, science fiction or fantasy, westerns or mysteries novels, fueled the imagination of the young and old alike and still influence writers and readers today. Many of the old pulps have made not only great reading, but have contributed to many of today’s movies and television series.

America began pushing the literacy level of all its citizens and as a result a whole new audience was gained for publishers and writers of that time. The pulp magazines were printed on cheap pulp paper and so could be sold for a dime. This allowed everyone being able to afford purchasing and reading these great stories. Before pulps, only the wealthy could afford the glossy printed expensive books and magazines. This was a limitation for publishers and readers alike. But the pulp magazines changed everything! Along with an artfully illustrated cover that could capture ones attention, even from a distance, publishers, writers, illustrators and readers were in a win win situation and it filled a need for that time in American history.

Although pulp stories are still in demand today, these early stories paved the way for future writers to create amazing new characters for us to have adventures with. Some of these notable characters are Indiana Jones, Hans Solo from Star Wars, Iron Man or the handsome leading characters from the many romance novels. The early pulp fiction novels were highly instrumental in shaping the writers of today! Hollywood has a lot of fantastic material to work with from past and current writers. Along with special effects, we have some pretty amazing story telling on the big and small screen.

We are also able to enjoy the old and new alike with downloadable e-books or audio books. Similar to the early days of radio where families gathered after dinner to be entertained, the audio books can be enjoyed on a personal level relaxing in our favorite comfy chair or on that busy morning commute to work. Audio books can also be shared with the family the same way we did in the 40s and 50s.

Whether it is vintage pulp fiction or modern fiction, we all tend to love a great story and often pass them along to family and friends. Human creativity has no limits so the future stories are much anticipated and the old still very much in fashion!

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