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Profiles in Pulp: The First Science Fiction Magazine(s)

Is Amazing Stories the world's first science fiction magazine? Yes. Did it get there all on its lonesome? No.

On Cover Mentions

Cover mentions. Every author loves them, but do they actually help sell magazines?

The Retro Look and Stranger Things

Designer M. D. Jackson defends the visual style of the Netflix series Stranger Things, saying that its retro 80s look is a deliberate homage.

Boom & Bust: Lester Del Rey’s 12 Year Cycle

Taking a look at Lester Del Rey's theory of a 12 year boom and bust cycle for science fiction, 36 years on.

Manly Art for Manly Men

You don't have to be "manly" to paint "manly".

Monsters

Monsters have been with us in our imaginations from the dawn of time, but why is it that the most vulnerable of us love monsters the most?

Conan, by Crom!

Depictions of Conan have evolved over the years, from Emshwiller to Brundage to Arnold and now, to Jackson.

AMAZING THINGS You Should Know: Nebula Awards Skip Frank M. Robinson...

Frank M. Robinson's special award ceremony WILL be rescheduled!

The Club House 2/28/14

A trip back in time: Earl takes us into his library and pulls some influential fanzines from the shelves.

Bad Science Fiction and Fantasy Art

In order to understand what makes really good science fiction and fantasy art, you have to look at a few pieces of bad science fiction and fantasy art.

21st Century Pulp Artist

Normally in this space I rattle on about pulp magazines. Today we’ll look at a different type of periodical: comic books. Or, if you will,...

A conversation with the Hall of Fame illustrator Murray Tinkelman

This past February I had the great pleasure of speaking with Mr. Murray Tinkelman, the famous and award winning illustrator. This came about by...

Art Theft

I've been thinking this week about art theft. I don't mean art theft as in black stocking cap clad thieves pulling off a museum heist....

Review: Nine Horrors and a Dream by Joseph Payne Brennan

Nine Horrors and a Dream By Joseph Payne Brennan Ballantine Books. 1962. $0.35 Contents: 1 • Slime • (1953) • novelette by Joseph Payne Brennan 33 • Levitation •...

Who Knows What “Tomorrow” Brings?

Every family, every tribe, every cultural group has its own myths. We use stories, legends, folk tales, and even parables as means of understanding...

A Pair of Witchy Weird Tales

Witchery: A Duo of Weird Tales Keith Chapman Black Horse Books Kindle ebook $0.99 I've been on something of a pulp bent lately, especially Weird Tales type pulp....

Demons of the Night: Early Stories by Seabury Quinn

Demons of the Night Seabury Quinn Gene Christie, ed. Black Dog Books Tpb $19.95 182 p. Ebook During the heyday of Weird Tales in the 1920s and 1930s, there were...

A Commissioning Editor Speaks: David Moore of Abaddon Books

Britain's Abaddon Books is a seething brew of villainous steampunk, sleek spaceships, cruel sorcery, and blood-soaked horror. I tracked their commissioning editor David Moore down to...

NORVELL W. PAGE: WAN TENGRI – PRESTER JOHN

While Fritz Leiber was creating a boisterous style of Sword & Sorcery based upon E. R. Eddison and James Branch Cabell, Norvell W. Page...

SWORD & SORCERY BECOMES A SUB-GENRE: HENRY KUTTNER’S ELAK AND PRINCE...

Henry Kuttner deserves our thanks. If things had been left to Clifford Ball, Sword & Sorcery would have fizzled out in the pages of...

The Amazing Virgil Finlay

Whenever I think about black-and-white illustrations from the old science fiction magazines, it is always the work of Virgil Finlay that I picture in...

We Can Hear You Scream: An Overview of SF/Horror Literature

The fear of the dark, the unknown, the monster standing right behind you ready to tear you limb from limb...is part of the human...

NOT QUITE SWORD & SORCERY: EARLY FANTASY

Robert E. Howard may have invented Sword & Sorcery with the first King Kull tale, but he was not the only author working with...

Claire Winger Harris: Breaking Amazing’s ‘Cosmic Ceiling’

Brian Aldiss identified Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein as the first science fiction novel in his seminal history The Billion Year Spree. Although the genre often...

Jirel of Joiry: Sword & Sorcery’s First Lady

Circumstance plays a part in history. It was inevitable that a woman would eventually try her hand at Sword & Sorcery. It's our good...

Of Shadows and Serpent – The First Sword & Sorcery Tale

When people think of 1929 they usually recall the Great Depression and "Black Tuesday" (October 29th). I prefer to think of it as the...

Playing the Short Game: How to Sell Your Short Fiction (Part...

Introduction: Who I am and what this series will cover Hi and welcome. This is the first in a weekly series of posts I'll be...