Plenty of Pulp

It's surprising to some that pulp fiction is more than just a film starring Uma Thurman and John Travolta. No, pulp fiction was once the most popular form of literature in the land. (They were called pulps because of the cheap paper they were printed on.) Back in the '30s and '40s, readers devoured tales of Walter Gibson's The Shadow, a character that later inspired Batman, and Lester Dent's Doc Savage, the precursor to Superman. The stories were full of adventure, sex, suspense and revenge. You know, action!

Author Paul Malmont conjures up the brainy creators of those characters in his new book, The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril. In his story, authors Gibson and Dent challenge each other to solve a real-life mystery, one that will be the basis for the greatest pulp novel ever. Why would Malmont, a relatively young, smart guy, be fascinated by a passé, 60- to 70-year-old literary tradition? Seems he found his first pulp fiction novel at a book fair when he was ten, and was hooked. Malmont signs and discusses The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril at 6:30 p.m.
Wed., June 21, 6:30 p.m.


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