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An Informal History of the Pulp Magazine

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Original title: Cheap Thrills. This paperback edition with just black and white reproduction of the pulp magazine covers.
Mass Market Paperback, 192 pages
Published 1973 by Ace (first published 1972)
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John Adkins
May 15, 2015 John Adkins rated it really liked it
Shelves: ibooks, 2015
This is a good general history of the pulp fiction era. The author includes considerable first hand material in the form of interviews with early pulpsters. Other works go into far more detail on specific genres or magazines but if you are looking for a good place to begin you studies you could do far worse than to read Cheap Thrills.
Derek
Sep 23, 2011 Derek rated it it was ok
It was interesting to see the relationships between the companies and magazines (who is an imitator of whom, and so forth) which I'd never seen spelled out before, but in all this was an unfocused and shallow treatment. The chapters had a tendency to meander, starting with one subject and ending on another.

I'm not sure what Goulart's view on the subject was: sometimes it seemed that he warmed to the topic (cowboys and detectives) and others were beneath his notice (science fiction and horror).

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Mike Jensen
This being an “informal” history, I suppose the author is free to write about whatever interests him on the subject and skip what does not. Goulart assumes this privilege, so it seems off-base to criticize the book for not being comprehensive as some have done. The approach is more quirky, perhaps a bit fannish, but the author is highly skilled so this purposefully skewed approach to pulp history never fails to be entertaining. It also fails to give this reader what he wants.
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Jun 01, 2009 Freder rated it it was ok
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Ron Goulart is a cultural historian and novelist. Besides writing extensively about pulp fiction—including the seminal Cheap Thrills: An Informal History of Pulp Magazines (1972)—Goulart has written for the pulps since 1952, when the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction published his first story, a sci-fi parody of letters to the editor. Since then he has written dozens of novels and countles ...more
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