The term pulp fiction was once used to describe trashy story magazines produced on cheap, rough paper. Although many respected writers wrote for pulps, the magazines are perhaps best remembered for their fast-paced, lurid, sensational and exploitative stories. Pulp magazines often contained a wide variety of genres, including detective/mystery, science fiction, adventure, romance, war, horror/occult, and others. Find all your favourite pulp fiction titles here at AbeBooks.

Junkie

William Burroughs

Junkie

Burroughs' first novel was published under the author's sobriquet, William Lee, and chronicled Burroughs' descent into the underworld drug culture of New York, New Orleans and Mexico City.

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Odd Girl Out

Ann Bannon

Odd Girl Out

The author's first book, something of a classic of lesbian fiction. Bannon wrote a handful of novels on lesbian themes, and then retired from the writing scene to become a successful college administrator.

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The Thin Man

Dashiell Hammett

The Thin Man

A rich, glamorous couple who solve homicides in between wisecracks and martinis. At once knowing and unabashedly romantic, a murder mystery that doubles as a sophisticated comedy of manners.

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The Big Sleep

Raymond Chandler

The Big Sleep

The Big Sleep centers around the Sternwoods: an old, paralyzed ex-soldier, who made a fortune in oil; his two beautiful daughters, one a gambler, the other a degenerate, and a strangely missing son-in-law.

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Dead In Bed

Day Keene

Dead In Bed

Introducing Johnny Aloha - the private eye from Hawaii - Aloha means hello, good-bye and much love in Island parlance - his presence means murder anywhere.

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The Saint Steps In

Leslie Charteris

The Saint Steps In

Here is Simon Templar, alias the Saint, carrying his nonchalant man-hunting through the London underworld - a two-fisted man of action who can look at murder or a beautiful woman.

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Prelude To A Certain Midnight

Gerald Kersh

Prelude To A Certain Midnight

In London under the fog of war, a 10-year-old Jewish girl is murdered. The police have no clues and little interest. Crusader Asta Thundesley takes up the challenge.

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High Priest of California

Charles Willeford

High Priest of California

In this classic of Hard-boiled fiction, Charles Willeford crafts a wry, sardonic tale of hypocrisy, intrigue and lust set in San Francisco in the early fifties.

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Pulp Fiction

Quentin Tarantino

Pulp Fiction

Taking his inspiration from the popular, and often lurid, "pulp" crime stories of the thirties and forties, Tarantino intertwines three narratives and introduces a variety of fascinating characters; thick-witted hit men, a double-crossing prizefighter and more.

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Making His Way; Or, Frank Courtney's Struggle Upward

Robert Kenneth Jones

Recommended by Bookworm & Silverfish, Virginia, U.S.A

Making His Way

Two boys were walking in the campus of the Bridgeville Academy. They were apparently of about the same age--but there was a considerable difference in their attire.

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The Shadow Magazine Volume XV Number 1 Febuary 15th 1936

Maxwell Grant

Recommended by Nerman's Books and Collectibles, North Dakota, U.S.A

The Shadow Magazine

A very good plus pulp magazine. Light crease on cover, closed tear along spine edge. Spine is complete. Clean and bright cover. Nice copy. Printed in Canada.

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Shudder Pulps: History of the Weird Menace Magazines of the 1930s

Robert Kenneth Jones

Recommended by The Book Hive, Minnesota, U.S.A

A scholarly look at those lurid pulps of the 1930s and 1940s. Included in this review are Dime Mystery, Horror Stories, Terror Tales & Uncanny Tales.

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