Pulp Quotes

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China Miéville
“Dismissing fantasy writing because some of it is bad is exactly like saying I'm not reading Jane Eyre because it is a romance and I know romance is crap.”
China Miéville

Michael Moorcock
“We must be bound to one another then," Elric murmured despairingly. "Bound by hell-forged chains and fate-haunted circumstance. Well, then—let it be thus so—and men will have cause to tremble and flee when they hear the names of Elric of Melinbone and Stormbringer, his sword. We are two of a kind—produced by an age which has deserted us. Let us give this age cause to hate us!”
Michael Moorcock, Elric: The Stealer of Souls

J.G. Ballard
“Kandinski looked up. 'Do you read science fiction?' he asked matter-of-factly.

'Not as a rule,' Ward admitted. When Kandinski said nothing he went on: 'Perhaps I’m too skeptical, but I can’t take it too seriously.'

Kandinski pulled at a blister on his palm. 'No one suggests you should. What you mean is that you take it too seriously.'

Accepting the rebuke with a smile at himself, Ward pulled out one of the magazines and sat down at a table next to Kandinski. On the cover was a placid suburban setting of snugly eaved houses, yew trees, and children’s bicycles. Spreading slowly across the roof-tops was an enormous pulpy nightmare, blocking out the sun behind it and throwing a weird phosphorescent glow over the roofs and lawns. 'You’re probably right,' Ward said, showing the cover to Kandinski. 'I’d hate to want to take that seriously.'

("The Venus Hunters")”
J.G. Ballard

Charles Bukowski
“Sometimes things are just what they seem to be and that's all there is to it.”
Charles Bukowski

Robert E. Howard
“It was no ape, neither was it a man. It was some shambling horror spawned in the mysterious, nameless jungles of the south, where strange life teemed in the reeking rot without the dominance of man, and drums thundered in temples that had never known the tread of a human foot.”
Robert E. Howard

David Goodis
“He told himself she wasn’t really such a bad person, she was just a pest, she was sticky, there was something misplaced in her make-up, something that kept her from fading clear of people when they wanted to be in the clear.”
David Goodis, Dark Passage

Vladimir Nabokov
“She is a great gobbler of books, but reads only trash, memorizing nothing and leaving out the longer descriptions.”
Vladimir Nabokov, Despair

John Gardner
“The instruction here is not for every kind of writer - not for the writer of nurse books or thrillers or porno or the cheaper sort of sci-fi - though it is true that what holds for the most serious kind of fiction will generally hold for junk fiction as well. (Not everyone is capable of writing junk fiction: It requires an authentic junk mind. Most creative-writing teachers have had the experience of occasionally helping to produce, by accident, a pornographer. The most elegant techniques in the world, filtered through a junk mind, become elegant junk techniques.)”
John Gardner, The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers

Charles Bukowski
“-What kind of d*ck are you? Celine asked.
-The best in L.A.
-Yes? What's L.A. stand for?
-Lost as*holes.”
Charles Bukowski, Pulp

Jarvis Cocker
“And as I touch your shoulder tonight this room has become the centre of the entire universe.”
Jarvis Cocker

“If these yarns were trash - and millions of parents must have regarded them as such - then they were the best of all kinds of trash. They were trash for connoisseurs of trash. Trash for people who understood just how good trash could really be.”
Don Hutchison, The Great Pulp Heroes
tags: pulp

Carroll John Daly
“His belly was flabby, and it got softer every time I hit it. I hit it often.”
Carroll John Daly, Race Williams' Double Date and Other Stories

Charles Bukowski
“Casi siempre lo mejor de la vida consistía en no hacer nada en absoluto, en pasar el rato reflexionando, rumiando sobre ello. Quiero decir que pongamos que uno comprende que todo es absurdo, entones no puede ser tan absurdo porque uno es consciente de que es absurdo y la conciencia de ellos es lo que le otorga sentido. ¿Me entienden? Es un pesimismo optimista.”
Charles Bukowski

Carroll John Daly
“The tin pan notes of a piano drift faintly into the night. A man curses and a window slams. Far distant an ash can clatters on stone and the almost human screech of a cat pierces the night.”
Carroll John Daly, The Snarl of the Beast

Chuck Palahniuk
“La prima regola del Fight Club è che non si parla del Fight Club.
La seconda regola del Fight Club è che non si parla del Fight Club.
La terza regola del Fight Club è che quando qualcuno dice basta o non reagisce più, anche se sta solo facendo finta, il combattimento è finito.
La quarta regola del Fight Club è solo due per ogni combattimento.
La quinta regola del Fight Club è un combattimento per volta.
La sesta regola del Fight Club è che si combatte senza camicia e senza scarpe.
La settima regola del Fight Club è che il combattimento dura per tutto il tempo che stabiliscono i combattenti.
L’ottava e ultima regola del Fight Club è che se questa è la vostra prima sera al Fight Club, dovete combattere.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club

D.A. Madigan
“Pulp is almost zen, very nearly pure stream of unconsciousness. Here´s a good guy. There´s a bad guy. They hit each other. Oh, the bad guy is unmasked and it´s the greedy banker who was trying to foreclose on the old Beesby place! Wow. Next story, please.”
D.A. Madigan
tags: pulp

C.J. Fella
“Normally, I don't take to drinking so early in the morning, but I bend the rules when I get my ass kicked before sunrise."--Thomas Morelli”
C.J. Fella, Rise of the Black Hand: The Case Files of Thomas Morelli

Chuck Palahniuk
“Questo è il mio pesciolino numero 641 in una vita costellata di pesciolini rossi.
I miei genitori mi comprarono il primo per insegnarmi cosa significasse amare e prendersi cura di una creatura vivente del Signore. Seicentoquaranta pesci dopo, l’unica cosa che ho imparato è che tutto quello che ami morirà.”
Chuck Palahniuk

Lavie Tidhar
“Life isn't a pulp novel, Joe, and death isn't either.”
Lavie Tidhar, Osama
tags: pulp

Lavie Tidhar
“And also they’re just good escapist fun," Vivian said firmly, and Gill subsided beside her, giving an apologetic smile. "To read about these horrible things and know they never happened, and when you’re finished you can put down the book and take a deep breath and get on with your life. To know it’s fiction – "
"Pulp fiction," Gill said ...”
Lavie Tidhar, Osama
tags: pulp

Charles Bukowski
“-Look, barkeeper, I'm a peaceful man. Fairly normal. I don't sniff armpits or wear ladies' underwear. But everywhere I go, somebody is pushing shots at me, they give me no rest. Why is this?
-I think you got it comin' somehow.
-Well, Eddie, you stop thinking and see if you can fix me a double vodka and tonic, touch of lime.
-We don't got no lime.
-Yeah, you have. I can see it from here.
-That lime's not for you
-Yeah? Who's it for? Elizabeth Taylor? Now, if you want to sleep in your own bed tonight, I'll have that lime. In my drink. Pronto.”
Charles Bukowski, Pulp
tags: pulp

Karl Ove Knausgård
“There's no difference between pulp fiction and highbrow fiction, one is as good as the other, the only difference is the aura they have, and that's determined by the people who read the stuff, not by the book itself. There's no such thing as 'the book itself.”
Karl Ove Knausgård, Min kamp 5

Tony Arnold
“Well, like, I've always thought somebody ought to write a novel in blank verse that starts out when the angels come inside the daughters of men and they bear the children which were giants in them days, which the flood wiped 'em all out, but their spirits become demons and have to follow Satan around for the rest of eternity. And them spirits still like to have sex, so when they infect nonbelievers or pigs, or what-have-you, that copulatin' urge is still inside of 'em, and so there's generally just a whole lot of ruttin' going on everywheres. And then one day there's a private detective who discovers a hidden tomb underneath a trailer park where his Mama still lives and there's a ancient codex that turns out to be a book that them sex-giants wrote about. the coming Hypocalypse. Something like that's what I like to read.”
Tony Arnold, Tales From the Horny Panda

Tony Arnold
“Well, like, I've always thought somebody ought to write a novel in blank verse that starts out when the angels come inside the daughters of men and they bear the children which were giants in them days, which the flood wiped 'em all out, but their spirits become demons and have to follow Satan around for the rest of eternity. And them spirits still like to have sex, so when they infect nonbelievers or pigs, or what-have-you, that copulatin' urge is still inside of 'em, and so there's generally just a whole lot of ruttin' going on everywheres. And then one day there's a private detective who discovers a hidden tomb underneath a trailer park where his Mama still lives and there's a ancient codex that turns out to be a book that them sex-giants wrote about the coming Hypocalypse. Something like that's what I like to read.”
Tony Arnold, Tales From the Horny Panda

Tony Arnold
“I know what it's like to be a under-valued, despised fat-ass in a uniform that frequents the used sex toy trailer way too regular. And nobody appreciates more than me the way ya'll protect the weak and innocent from minorities. But every time ya'll pull over some poor slob gratuitously, just fishing for some gotcha to fine 'em with, you disgrace the noble acts ya'll have to do like rescuing maidens from railroad tracks and pulling burning babies out of trailer fires. You cheapen the great things ya'll do with the low-rent, scum-sucking dirtbag shit you do by way of economic predation.”
Tony Arnold, Codename: White Devil

Callie Press
“Never believe everything you read; all writers are liars, it’s what we do.”
Callie Press, Queen Kegel and the Arena Planet: A Smutpunk Epic

Ana Nieto Morillo
“Duna avanzó en silencio entre los turistas, procurando no apartar la vista del suelo. No estaba acostumbrada a caminar descalza, pero era un requisito ineludible para acceder al Templo Karni Mata. Éste era famoso por sus habitantes, a los cuáles se veneraba y alimentaba desde hacía más de seiscientos años: las ratas.”
Ana Nieto Morillo, Ánima Barda (Ed. Impresa)

Trina Robbins
“The storyline also changed with the times, and went from Marla Drake held captive by Nazis in the war years, to mad scientists, gangsters and kidnapping after the war. Miss Fury's adventures were part pulp, part film noir.”
Trina Robbins, Women and the Comics

Tony Arnold
“She told me to answer yes or no, and to quit wasting her time. I told her I'd place it under my consideration, and would get back to her just as soon as humanly possible. That's when I made the mistake of mentioning my ex-girlfriend. I almost always gag whenever I talk about my ex. Sometimes that gagging leads to puking. Women don't like it when a man pukes on them. That's one thing I have learned about women.”
Tony Arnold, Wigglers

“There is real hope for a culture that makes it as easy to buy a book as it does a pack of cigarettes."--a civic leader quoted in a New American Library ad (1951) American Pulp tells the story of the midcentury golden age of pulp paperbacks and how they brought modernism to Main Street, democratized literature and ideas, spurred social mobility, and helped readers fashion new identities.”
Paula Rabinowitz
tags: pulp

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