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Welcome to Virtual Pulp Press!

Ever since Quentin Tarantino's film, just about everyone is familiar with the term "pulp fiction." But do you know where he got that title?

Unlike highbrow literature from the 19th and 20th Century, pulp fiction was written entertainment for the regular guy, printed on the cheap paper from which it got its name.

Writers in pulp fiction gave the world escape from the dreary and mundane with heroes like Conan, Tarzan, Sam Spade and Buck Rogers. Over time, the pulps evolved into the action-adventure paperbacks of the 1960s-80s, as documented in Jack Badelaire's first issue of Hatchet Force. Characters like the Executioner, Nick Carter and Remo Williams inspired legions of imitators, as well as blazing a trail for other "men's fiction" authors to tittilate us with action adventure series set in WWII, the Wild West, the Banana Wars or outer space. Some of it was bad. Some of it was good. Most of it was great fun, giving us something to chuckle or smile about (however guiltily) for far longer than a feature-length film could entertain us.

Unfortunately, "men's fiction" had all but disappeared by the 1990s. Many avid readers quit visiting the book store over the succeeding years, since there were fewer and fewer books that appealed to them. Sure, some of the gutsy, testosterone-charged titles could still be found at used book stores, or thanks to online sellers, but either venue required hours of browsing to find the desired book among the multitudes of romances, chick-lit, horror and political or techno-"thrillers."

The good news is, there are developments coalescing to benefit those who enjoy reading pulp or pulpesque fiction. One such development is a renewed interest in the genre, represented in several blogs and Facebook pages/groups dedicated to the subject matter. Another promising trend is some great new fiction by talented authors inspired by the classics--some of which is arguably even better written than the inspirational source material.

Another significant victory for the genre is the opening of Virtual Pulp Press.

Unlike other online bookstores, Virtual Pulp Press is dedicated to a certain flavor of entertainment, and is focused on that whether the format is book or e-book; non-fiction, fiction, or film. Now fans of dude-lit or dude-flicks don't have to browse for hours to find titles in these genres among the mountains of other stuff. Virtual Pulp Press has already consolidated the nuggets so you can choose between several titles that appeal to you, instead of wearing out your eyes, wrist and mouse button trying to find one among the thousands that don't. To the best of our ability, we also weed out the phony, false-advertised "action adventure" or books that truly are action-adventure (classic pulp; new pulp; post-modern-pulp; dude-lit; whatever) but are terribly written. Virtual Pulp Press provides one-stop-shopping so you can spend your time enjoying your preferred flavor of entertainment, instead of searching for it. And ordering is painless. If you already have an Amazon account, you're good to go! If you don't yet, it's a quick, convenient process to set up.

Virtual Pulp Press has plenty to offer beyond that, though, because we aren't just out to make a buck. We have a passion for this material! We have a forum where fans of the types of books and movies we sell can share thoughts or recommendations; seek answers to nagging questions; or just cyber-shoot the breeze with fellow fans. From here you can follow blogs from folks who review books and movies, write articles on-topic or about related matters. We collect interesting videos, podcasts and other relevant content from around the web and post it to be enjoyed at the click of a button while you shop or browse.

We hope your experience here is a great one, and that you tell your friends about us.

 

 
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