This week we have a guest post by Steve DuBois, the author of the excellent “Monsters in Heaven,” which we published in Issue 4.
[Steve DuBois was kind enough to pull this article together for our on-going PULP CONSUMPTION series of articles. Have an idea for an article? Drop us a line through our contact us box. Payment is a digital copy of the issue of your choice.]
There are people who will argue that Joe Abercrombie’s work is the diametric opposite of pulp. Abercrombie is broadly categorized as a “Grimdark” author, and his novels—especially those of his First Law universe—do not show heroic virtue being rewarded. To the extent that there’s a governing intelligence at work, it seems to operate according to the principle of master-manipulator Bayaz: “God smiles upon results.” Make no mistake, Abercrombie’s work is in no sense “superversive”.
Abercrombie ain’t for everybody. He’s sure as hell for me, though. Pulp or no, the First Law novels are full of what makes pulp fun. His plots…
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