Re: RARA-AVIS: Real Pulp

From: Marijane Meaker (
Date: 10 Oct 2003

Alot of people confuse paperback and pulp. I always hate to see Patricia Highsmith listed as a pulp writer or a paperback writer. All of her books were published first in hardcover, unlike my own. Pulp writers to me wrote for magazines like Black Mask at a penny a word. Gold Medal paperback writers were paid by the print order, a penny a copy, with the print order usually 400,000 a good deal more than most hardcover writers got...Some of the confusion lies in the fact there were a lot of cheap paperback houses which published junk. Gold Medal set the standard, then Lion Books and some others followed. Vin Packer

Michael Robison <> wrote:

> A lot of people, including some close to the genre,
> have an expanded idea of pulp that encompasses a style
> more than a time period and cheap paper. There's a
> "pulp" collection (MAMMOTH BOOK OF PULP FICTION?) that
> contains fiction written long after the end of WWII.

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