Depression-era pulp novels are the stuff of legend. In addition to pulp magazines of the same period, Quentin Tarantino likely had these cheap novels in mind as he penned and directed his classic and stylish film, Pulp Fiction.
Issued each month for years during the dark days of the Depression, these mystery and hard-boiled detective novels paved the way for the one-hour, weekly television detective dramas of the 1970s such as The Streets of San Francisco and Baretta.
Murder and mayhem were the order of the day as these 25 cent paperbacks rolled off the Simon & Schuster press month after month
With titles such as Gentleman Gallows and The Case of the Thing in the Brook, pulp fiction stands as a testament to our love of the macabre and the twitchy little diversion that made a long train ride or a rainy November afternoon pass into a gloomy, cold night.