What is New Pulp?
Pulp Fiction has many layers. More than a part of the past or a style of writing, Pulp is a historic event, has been since the first cheaply made, quickly written magazines hit the newsstands so many decades ago. Was it necessarily a whole new form of literature, then? No, not when you take into account the dime novels and such that preceded pulps. What it became, however, is an unstoppable force, an unbelievable influence on writers of the era and especially writers, both famous and unknown, of every year since. The simplistic, yet layered storytelling, the one-two punch of the dialogue and the action, and the over the top antics, characters, and resolutions that made readers believe in the amazing, the fantastic, and the incredible have leaked into modern literature in ways that no one expected.
As a publisher of New Pulp, something that has been going on really since the original era of the Pulps ended, Pro Se agrees with many who have said that we are in the midst of a Pulp Renaissance. With the advent of things like the internet, Print on Demand, and an overall increase in interest, Pulp is becoming more and more popular and noticed every day. This can be proven simply because of the number of writers, artists, and especially publishers that have set up shop in the last five or so years, creators who are simply out to do one thing-write Pulp. And even before this new crop of artisans, Pulp still had a strong foothold. Collectors, dealers, and fans of the original works and legendary stories have been active enough over the decades that Pulp has shown up at a variety of conventions and venues, even so much so that there are at least two major Pulp conventions a year, not to mention smaller dealer shows and other events throughout the year.
It’s a proven fact. Pulp, if it ever really went away, is back and with a vengeance. And out of this resurgence in interest, out of the dedication of dealers and collectors keeping the love of Pulp alive, and out of the creative, inspired minds of modern creators thirsting to express their ideas, stories, and thoughts through the prism of Pulp, something else has arisen. Something innovative, yet not disconnected from the established work. Something original, yet grounded solidly in inspirations and influences past. Something novel, but familiar at the same time.
This is the era of New Pulp.
Pulp will never die. What has come before will never change. The almost mythic purveyors of this most awesome fiction in its classic era will always be the best. But they have descendants in spirit, authors and artists who have picked up the banner and carried the standard of Pulp forward. The past of Pulp will be preserved by the historians, touted by the collectors, distributed by the dealers, and reprinted by the fantastic resources that have taken that on. Those unbelievably great adventures will thankfully never fade away.
And out of that legacy, out of that history, out of that imaginative period and body of work has come New Pulp.
What is New Pulp? For Pro Se, the explanation is fairly simple. New Pulp is fiction written with the same sensibilities, beats of storytelling, patterns of conflict, and creative use of words and phrases of original Pulp, but crafted by modern writers, artists, and publishers. New stories with either completely original characters or new tales of established characters from Pulp past. It’s really that simple. New Pulp is Pulp written today.