I get asked a lot of questions due to my affiliation with New Pulp and I’d have to say that the #2 question I get asked about it is: “Where do I get started? What should I read first just to see what it’s all about? What writers should I be reading?”
I can understand the confusion. More than you know. There is a whole lot of New Pulp out there. Some of it is excellent. Some of it is downright astonishing. Some of it is good, some of it okay and a seriously depressing amount of it just plain flat out awful. And those of us who write/read and/or review New Pulp feel the crush of recommending books and writers to those of you unfamiliar with the genre but are desperately eager to know more.
That’s why back in June of 2014 I put together a list of “25 New Pulp Books To Get You Started.” The purpose and intention of the list was simply to give New Pulp virgins a place to start getting their brains wet and see if they liked these waters.
Since then, more New Pulp books have been written (a lot more!) and I saw the need to add more books to the list and so I did, continuing to add to the list each succeeding year. My goal was to keep adding to the list until I get up to 100 and then call it quits. And as of this year, that goal has been reached. The way I see it, if you can’t find something you like in a group of 100 books then there’s a good chance that genre isn’t for you.
I feel compelled to emphasize to one and all that this list is not intended to slight, ignore or snub anybody. Many of you who will read this have egos as fragile as spider webs (you know who you are) and are more than capable of taking it as a personal insult that your book isn’t on the list. Such is not my purpose or pursuit. This list is intended only to be a helpful starting point for those who have no idea where to start reading New Pulp. If you feel that my list is biased or incomplete or does not truly represent what New Pulp has to offer than my suggestion is that you come up with your own list.
Okay? We clear on that? Good. Then let’s get on with it. If you’ve never read any New Pulp and are anxious to find out for yourself what it’s all about then here are 100 NEW PULP BOOKS TO GET YOU STARTED:
THE SPUR: LOKI’S ROCK by Mark Ellis
THE DUNFIELD TERROR by William Meikle
SANTIAGO by Mike Resnick
THE THRILLVILLE PULP FICTION COLLECTION Vol. I by Will Viharo