New Pulp “Must-Haves”

Over on a Facebook group known as Fantastic Fiction, author PJ Lozito (author of the superb Sting of the Silver Manticore) inquired as to what others considered must-haves for a shelf of New Pulp. I immediately threw out Derrick Ferguson’s Dillon series as a good place to start. Nearly twelve hours later, one person had asked who Dillon was and others had suggested various “classic character revivals” such as Moonstone’s Avenger & Green Hornet volumes and the new Prof. Challenger book.

But no one else had mentioned any of the other New Pulp creations or series.

New Pulp has had problems defining itself for “civilians” for awhile now — non-pulp fans who don’t know Pulp Fiction from the Samuel L. Jackson movie. But it has equal problems with some folks in the classic pulp brigade, who don’t read the new heroes because they prefer the classic ones.

For the record, here’s what I eventually listed as books that should be on a New Pulp fan’s shelf, in addition to Dillon: the Dire Planet series by Joel Jenkins, the Captain Hazzard stuff by Ron Fortier, Hounds of Hell by Fortier and Linzer, Green Lama Unbound by Adam Garcia, Wayne Reinagel’s books, Van Plexico’s Sentinels, PJ’s Silver Manticore, Martin Powell’s Halloween Legion, Chuck Miller’s Black Centipede. I could go on and on, listing YesterYear by Tommy Hancock, Fortune’s Pawn by Nancy Hansen, all the Sovereign City stuff,  etc. but those are the ones that first came to mind and I think they’re all worthy of a look. Those are the books that, to me, are New Pulp ‘classics.’

Revivals of classic pulp heroes is wonderful — I’ve done it and enjoyed it. I’ll continue doing it, as well.

But if any of the New Pulp crowd ever hopes to attain lasting impact with their work, we have to break through. For me, that means getting people to try The Rook, Lazarus Gray, Rabbit Heart, The Damned Thing and Gravedigger.

10 thoughts on “New Pulp “Must-Haves”

  1. That’s a problem that’s been biting us in our collective posteriors since Day One: how do we sell New Pulp to the mainstream when we can’t get the Classic Pulp fans to even look at our stuff?

  2. Could it be that you’ve created a little “club” for your selves that is fairly difficult to break into and more than a tad elitist? You tend to mention the same authors writing the same titles over and over – and not much else in the way of “new pulp”. PJ Lozito asked the same question in at least one other facebook group and I mentioned Warren Stolkholm’s THE STING OF THE SCORPION but that isn’t a title that I remember ever reading about here on your blog – He’s not one of the authors nor is it one of the books that you mention over and over.

    If you want to increase the knowledge of “New Pulp’s” existence then perhaps you should open your doors wider and allow more than just the half dozen creators who are all ready a par of the club to come in, participate, and interact with the members. If you always do the same thing, your going to always get the same results.

  3. I tend to mention books that I’ve read — besides my own books, I promote things that I enjoy. I’ve never heard of Sting of the Scorpion before today — that isn’t to say it’s not an excellent work, I’m just unfamiliar with it. I read a LOT of things and I read from a wide variety of publishers. If I read something and enjoy it, I certainly try to push it.

    Now that you’ve made me aware of the Scorpion book, I’ll look into it.

    When it comes to the best seller list, I do try to include all publishers and writers that fit the restrictions of the list and have sales ranks that warrant it.

  4. I would also argue that it’s not very difficult to break into the “new pulp” crowd — the various publishers are all VERY open to new writers and frequently take chances on first-time writers with zero experience, something that isn’t true in other genres. As for my own blog, again — I tend to promote the things that I’ve both read and enjoyed. Beyond that, I’m not sure what else you expect of me… I try to promote all of New Pulp via my bestseller list, which is not dependent on me having read it or having enjoyed it! LOL

  5. That’s why I always mix new and old. The Bagman may be distantly related to the old pulp heroes, but he’s his own entity–a thief and a psychological case. That’s why I had to write Bipolar Express; I promise, you’ve never read anything like it.

  6. There is a HUGE amount of talent in the New Pulp group – Barry and Derrick F (of Dillon fame) being two at the top of the list – but there is a big issue with how the movement itself is marketed by the group. It’s a shame because there are so many great stories being told by you guys (and Van Allen Plexico and Sean Taylor and Bobby Nash and…the list goes on and on). It’ll be great when one of the pubs gets smarter about getting the word out to the mainstream and stops worrying about the “old” pulp crowd as much. Those guys are grumpier than comic book fans…

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