Tuesday, October 28, 2014

[Link] What's wrong with New Pulp?

Editor's Note: Instead of an interview with a fellow author this week, let's go straight to the horse's mouth (so to speak) and let one of our regulars here, Percival Constantine, interview himself (in effect) in this insightful blog post about the fate of his beloved New Pulp movement in fiction.

I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. There’s a lot of reason to believe that pulp is alive and well in the mainstream. Seems like every new TV show has pulp elements in it. Superheroes, a total descendent of the mystery men from the pulps, absolutely dominate the box office.

Even with competition from far more visual mediums, pulp still manages to succeed in prose fiction as well. Self-published authors like Russell Blake and JF Penn do very well for themselves writing pulpy action/adventure thrillers, and Mat Nastos’ The Cestus Concern made it to the top of the Amazon charts.

But the rest of the New Pulp books? Not even close to doing that well. I don’t really know of any author who classifies themselves as a New Pulp author who is able to make a full-time living by writing fiction full-time.

I think the biggest problem is...

Continue reading: http://www.percivalconstantine.com/whats-wrong-with-new-pulp/