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A pulp novel is a type of inexpensive, mass market fiction that was popular in the early to mid-20th century. These novels were typically printed on cheap pulp paper, which gave them their name. Pulp novels spanned various genres, including crime, mystery, science fiction, romance, and adventure. They were known for their fast-paced, sensational storytelling, often featuring larger-than-life characters, thrilling plots, and lurid cover art. Pulp novels played a significant role in the development of popular fiction and influenced subsequent genres, such as film noir and comic books.

There were many popular pulp novel authors during the heyday of pulp fiction. Some notable authors include:

  • Edgar Rice Burroughs: Known for creating the Tarzan series and the Barsoom series (featuring John Carter of Mars).

Tarzan #7 The Untamed by Edgar Rice Burroughs Vintage 1972 Ballantine – Monster Books and Items

  • Dashiell Hammett: Famous for his hard-boiled detective novels, including "The Maltese Falcon" and "The Thin Man."

The Dain Curse by Dashiell Hammett Vintage 1945 Pocket Paperback Murde – Monster Books and Items

The Glass Key by Dashiell Hammett Vintage 1961 Permabook Paperback Cri – Monster Books and Items

Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett Vintage 1943 Pocket Crime Detective Th – Monster Books and Items

  • Raymond Chandler: Renowned for his noir-style detective novels featuring the iconic character Philip Marlowe, such as "The Big Sleep" and "Farewell, My Lovely."

Pickup on Noon Street by Raymond Chandler Vintage 1972 Ballantine Dete – Monster Books and Items

  • H.P. Lovecraft: Known for his influential works of horror fiction, often set within a shared mythos known as the Cthulhu Mythos. His notable stories include "The Call of Cthulhu" and "At the Mountains of Madness."


  • Robert E. Howard: Creator of Conan the Barbarian, a popular sword-and-sorcery hero, as well as other fantasy and adventure characters.

Bran Mak Morn by Robert E Howard PB Paperback 1969 Vintage Fantasy Pic – Monster Books and Items

  • Mickey Spillane: Notable for his hard-boiled detective novels featuring the character Mike Hammer, including "I, the Jury" and "Kiss Me, Deadly."

The Snake by Mickey Spillane PB Papeback 1964 Vintage Mike Hammer Crim – Monster Books and Items

I, the Jury Mickey Spillane PB Paperback 1953 Vintage Mystery Mike Ham – Monster Books and Items

  • Lester Dent: Prolific author best known for his work on the Doc Savage series, featuring the superhuman adventurer and scientist.


  • Erle Stanley Gardner: Creator of the popular lawyer-detective Perry Mason, known for his courtroom dramas and twisty plots.

The Case of the Demure Defendant Erle Stanley Gardner Perry Mason 1959 – Monster Books and Items

The Case of the Haunted Husband Erle Stanley Gardner 1950 Pocket Myste – Monster Books and Items

Case of the Hesitant Hostess Erle Stanley Gardner Perry Mason Vintage – Monster Books and Items

The Clue of the Forgotten Murder by Erle Stanley Gardner 1949 Pocket M – Monster Books and Items

The Case of the Counterfeit Eye by Erle Stanley Gardner PB 1943 Perry – Monster Books and Items

The Case of the Sulky Girl Erle Stanley Gardner Pocket 1950 Perry Maso – Monster Books and Items

The Case of the Fan-Dancer's Horse Erle Stanley Gardner Pocket 1952 Pe – Monster Books and Items

The Case of the Lame Canary Erle Stanley Gardner PB Paperback 1954 Per – Monster Books and Items

These authors, among others, left a significant impact on the pulp fiction genre and continue to be influential in popular culture.

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