In the 1920s, pulp fiction was a genre that featured stories set in rural America that featured a mixture of supernatural and traditional elements, according to historian John L. K. Smith, author of the popular pulp series The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
“The best pulp fiction writers in America were very far left, and they were also very far right,” Smith said.
“They were the kind of people who were trying to do something that they didn’t think would work.
It was a kind of anti-establishment kind of writing, and it was very popular.”
In the 1930s, however, with the invention of the printing press, the genre expanded into more diverse genres, including Western, horror, adventure and romance, and by the 1940s, it was well established as a major genre.
“It was an incredibly popular genre, and so it was a real boon to the publishers and to the writers, because they could do what they wanted with it,” Smith explained.
“If they wanted to, they could write anything they wanted.
And it was not only a huge amount of work, but also very hard work to produce it.
It required a lot of time and effort.”
Smith added that the genre was so popular because it was able to write the story that appealed to readers and was popular with a particular age demographic.
“Pulp fiction was really a response to a very specific demographic that was very strongly attached to the Western frontier,” he said.
“When I was writing this book, I wrote it for a different demographic.
I wrote this book for a younger audience.
It is a story that is much more of a romantic or a more Western type of story, and that was the target market.
The younger readers were attracted to it because it seemed like a more natural story for them to read.”
Smith said the genre would also appeal to those who were interested in science fiction, fantasy and other stories that were “realistic” and “serious,” and that the main characters in the stories were typically men who were also men.
“There is a lot in pulp fiction that appeals to a young male audience, and in those books there are a lot more characters who are women,” Smith added.
“In some of the stories, women are treated as second-class citizens.
In other stories, there is a whole group of people that are not treated fairly.
There are no women.
It’s really about that kind of realism.
And that’s what made it so appealing to the young male readers.”
Smith also noted that the pulp fiction genre was also a popular genre among children.
“Children are a very important audience for a lot (of) the stories in pulp,” he explained.
“And it’s one of the things that makes pulp fiction so popular.
There is a very, very large audience for kids.”
The history of the genre goes back to the early days of the pulp magazines, which were started in the 1890s by the pulp writers and artists who were part of the group of writers who created the American Fantasy Association.
“At that time, the publishers of those magazines were very interested in getting young writers into the business, and those publishers were interested more in the young and the impressionable than the older writers,” Smith noted.
“They were interested because young writers were getting into publishing and they needed a publisher.
And if they were successful, they were going to get the best publishers in the world.
And they wanted the best young writers.
And the idea that they were trying, through these magazines, to get young people into the publishing business was the big thing that was happening.”
Smith explained that the popularity of the magazine began to wane in the 1920’s, when it was “a kind of a joke” that publishers would pay for young writers to write for them, but they would “get away with it.”
“Pulp fiction really came out of the Great Depression, but the idea of putting a young man on a magazine cover was still a big thing,” Smith recalled.
“That is what the magazines were all about: getting young people involved in the industry.
And so they started publishing more and more of these stories.
And then it kind of went downhill.””
And the publishers didn’t want to see that kind-hearted young person getting paid for their work,” Smith continued.
“So they kind of pulled the plug on the magazines.
And this was around the same time that the first real pulp novels were published, which are the stories that we know as the pulp novels, but were written in the 1930’s.”
The end of the world in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King was the last pulp novel published by a major publisher in the 1940’s, and Smith said the reason it was canceled was that the publisher, Random House, wanted to keep the book from being too expensive.
“As a publisher, we were really unhappy with the idea,” he