Pulp Fiction: The Golden Age of Storytelling

This cheesy 2009 documentary offers a brief but fascinating overview of┬áthe writers who sweated out stories for the pulps from the 20s right through to the early 50s, across all genres, although it leans heavily towards sci-fi and fantasy -- in fact, its alternate title is "Pulp Fiction: The Golden Age of Sci Fi, Fantasy … Continue reading Pulp Fiction: The Golden Age of Storytelling

Pulp Fiction Art: Cheap Thrills & Painted Nightmares

This 2005 documentary by filmmaker Jamie McDonald is the first documentary I've heard of dedicated exclusively to the world of pulp art: those gloriously tawdry two-fisted illustrations of sneezing roscoes, hulking ghouls, granite-jawed dicks, slimy space monsters, scantily clad babes in distress and other wild and wonderful miscreants that graced the covers of the pulps … Continue reading Pulp Fiction Art: Cheap Thrills & Painted Nightmares

My Scrapbook: Sore Eyes

My Scrapbook When Cover Art Goes Bad (Actual Covers for Actual Books)   As a graphic designer, I'm sure I've inflicted my share of ghastly art upon the world (there's a particular rush-job Asian Film Festival Guide I hope never sees the light of day again), but these ill-conceived covers for private eye novels, for … Continue reading My Scrapbook: Sore Eyes