I was reading through the fantastic Patheos blog God and the Machine and was pointed to a wild Open Culture’s program called The Pulp Magazine Project. Already, I love it and have downloaded five of the old magazines to my IPad, starting with this doozey (the cover’s above):
The Lord of Tranerica
The leaping blue atomic flames that belched from Hannibal Spratt’s exploding time-machine sucked Harry and Celia, two present-day humans, into the mad, mechanical empire of 2439 Tranerica, where interstellar mechanisms held men and women in Robot slavery!
How can you not enjoy a pulp magazine with a feature story that crazed and jam-packed? Or with such a punctuated sentence ending?
There’s been a lot of gloom-saying about the state of publishing in the “digital” age in the past few years but I feel that we’ve living now in an age of great literary revival: all genres available all the time, filtered and suggested for maximum thought, insight and entertainment. Plus, book stories are still not gone, and so the excitement of stepping into one and discovering something you may not otherwise have been interested in reading is still available to us all the time. It’s like we, as readers, have access to the best of both the digital and analog world. I see no problems with this at all.
Maybe I’m being overly positive because I’m delirious from not sleeping in a few days, but I’ve powered through three completely different novels in 48 non-stop hours, including a bag of DC, Marvel and Image comics and the more I read the more excited I am to try writing in increasingly challenging styles and genres. And in an older time, so many resources may not have even been available to me.
Speaking of which, my own novel is coming soon, to be published by Stark Raving Group on their platform Bookxy (as well in all digital-formats, etc.). More to come on that when I’ve got more details myself.