Pulp Bibliography

A collection of novels, films, comics and other media to inspire your imagination. Some of these are from the original pulp era (1920s-40s), some are later homages.

Adventure

  • 'Kenneth Robeson' (pseudonym for Lester Dent): "Doc Savage" (novel series, 1933-1949)

Crime and Detection

  • Raymond Chandler: "The Big Sleep" (1939), "Farewell My Lovely", etc.
  • Dashiell Hammet: "The Thin Man" (1934), "The Maltese Falcon" (1930), "The Continental Op" stories, etc.
  • Dorothy Sayers: "Lord Peter Wimsey" series, esp. "Murder Must Advertise" (1933)
  • Leslie Charteris: "The Saint" series
  • Maxwell Grant (pseudonym for Walter B Gibson): "The Shadow" (radio, magazine, 1931-49; film, 1995)
  • "Chinatown" (film, 197x), "The Two Jakes"
  • "L.A. Confidential" (film, 199x)

The Exotic Orient

  • Sax Rohmer: "Fu Manchu" series
  • "Big Trouble In Little China"
  • "High Road To China"

Two-Fisted Explorers

  • Edgar Rice Burroughs: "Tarzan Of The Apes", "The Land That Time Forgot", etc.
  • Arthur Conan Doyle: "The Lost World"
  • Rudyard Kipling, "The Man Who Would Be King" (novel, 1888; film, 1975)
  • H. Rider Haggard, "King Solomon's Mines" (novel, 1885; film, 1985)
  • "Alan Quatermain And The Lost City Of Gold" (1987)
  • "Raiders Of The Lost Ark" (1981), etc.
  • "Tales Of The Golden Monkey" (TV series, 1982)
  • Jules Verne: "The Mysterious Island", "Journey To The Center Of The Earth", etc.

Occult Horror

  • H.P. Lovecraft: "The Call Of Cthulhu", "At The Mountains Of Madness", "Herbert West, Reanimator", etc.
  • A. Merritt: "The Moon Pool", etc.
  • Robert E. Howard: "The Black Stone" etc. (though best known for his sword-and-sorcery fantasy, Howard also wrote a number of modern-day horror stories including many set in Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos.)
  • August Derleth: "The Trail Of Cthulhu", etc. [Cthulhu mythos], "Solar Pons" series [Homesian detective stories]
  • "The Mummy" (film, 1932, 1959, 1999)

Plucky Kids In Peril

  • Franklin Dixon (pseudonym): "Hardy Boys" series
  • Carolyn Keene (pseudonym): "Nancy Drew" series
  • HergĂ©, "Tintin" series (comics)
  • Philip Pullman: "The Ruby In The Smoke", etc.
  • M.T. Anderson: "Whales On Stilts!", "The Clue Of The Linoleum Lederhosen", "Jasper Dash And The Flame Pits Of Delaware" (200x) [Utterly crazed parody mashups of every old juvenile adventure series, from Tom Swift to Nancy Drew. These take place nominally in the present day, but the milieu is at least 50% that of the old pulps.]
  • Lemony Snicket (pseudonym for Daniel Handler): "A Series Of Unfortunate Events" series

Seafaring Voyages

  • Jules Verne: "20,000 Leagues Beneath The Sea"

Staggering Stories of Super-Science

  • 'Victor Appleton' (pseudonym): "Tom Swift" series
  • Jules Verne: "Journey To The Center Of The Earth", "From The Earth To The Moon", etc.
  • Alex Raymond: "Flash Gordon" (comic)
  • H.G. Wells: "The Time Machine", "The Island Of Dr. Moreau", etc.
  • "The Rocketeer" (comic, 198x; film, 1991)
  • "Sky Captain And The World Of Tomorrow" (2004)

War Stories

  • "Captain America" (comic, 194?-)
  • "The Red Baron" (2010)

All Of The Above!

  • Alan Moore: "The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen" (comic, 199x; film, 200x)
  • HergĂ©, "Tintin" series (comics)
  • M.T. Anderson: "Whales On Stilts!", "The Clue Of The Linoleum Lederhosen", "Jasper Dash And The Flame Pits Of Delaware" (200x) [Utterly crazed parody mashups of every old juvenile adventure series, from Tom Swift to Nancy Drew. These take place nominally in the present day, but the milieu is at least 50% that of the old pulps.]

uncategorized so far

  • Warren Ellis: "Planetary"
  • "The Phantom" (1996)
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