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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Today I discuss the pulp appeal of Firefly/Serenity.
There aren’t many self-respecting fans of science fiction who haven’t at least heard about the masterpiece Fox television show Firefly, sadly cut down in its prime by network executives without a clue. At the time of its release, I was simply too pissed off at Fox for canceling my weekly date with Jessica Alba , and could read the writing on the wall. In the early 2000s, Fox had a nasty habit of airing promising sci-fi shows in the Friday night death slots. Firefly is no exception. And then Fox went and made it even worse by airing the episodes out of sequence and taking seven months between the first 11 and last 3 episodes. Fan outcry wasn’t enough to save the show—it rarely is—but creator Joss Whedon did manage to spin out a feature film, Serenity,to wrap up most of the story. Sadly, Serenity didn’t…
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In today’s article, I explain why Disney/Pixar’s Up is pure pulp fiction.
Disney’s Up is 100% pulp fiction. If this story had been written and published in Amazing Stories or Weird Tales, it could not have been any more pulp-y than it already is.
The main character takes an unusual mode of transportation and finds himself in a paradise. Here he comes across a friendly animal that leads him to the animal’s master. This master is a megalomaniacal explorer who appears to have slipped over the edge of sanity, using his mania as a means to ensure his solitude and terrorize the locals. After a brief struggle, the main character saves the friendly animal, thwarts the megalomaniacal explorer who falls to his death, and then the main character returns home via a similarly unusual mode of transportation with a new lease on life and a story few people would ever believe.
When you strip out the specifics, the names, and the fact…
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February 14 – pulling taffy
February 13 – the little store on the corner
pork roll, egg, and cheese
and malted milkshakes
February 12 – the button at the top of a baseball cap
swatting greenheads — ouch! baseball cap leaves a welt
February 11 – Pilsner glasses
empty Pilsner glass–clouds all day
Have you seen Jordan Peele’s GET OUT? You should.
By now I have to imagine anyone who loves horror movies has seen Get Out, so it’s probably preaching to the choir at this point, but if for some reason you’ve skipped over this film you are doing yourself a serious disservice. Seriously, stop reading now and just go watch the movie.
Are you still here? If so, I’m going to assume you’ve watched the film, so beware spoilers below.
Daniel Kaluuya as Chris Washington
It would be stupid not to discuss the popularity of Jordan Peele as a comedy writer and sketch actor, especially where it comes to his frequent collaborator Keegan Michael Key (if you watched the Super Bowl, you saw Key in at least two commercial breaks, and I’m sure you recognize him from character actor roles all over the place). If you’ve ever watched any of the Key and Peele sketch show, you have no…
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February 10 – Indian cotton shirts
my cat nestled deep
in cotton t-shirts
February 9 – beating the heat
the poet longs for sand
and sweet tea
February 8 – paintbox
phthalo blue–her eyes and the midnight ocean
February 6 – cutting the lawn
the hum of yellowjackets
lost to the lawnmower roar