(PRWEB) July 05, 2012
Pulp magazines and radio dramas were the entertainment of the day in the first half of the 20th century, prior to the advent of paperback novels and television, with over 30 million Americans awaiting the next issue of their favorite pulp magazines each week. Today the re-emergence of pulp stories can be seen everywhere—from movies like Indiana Jones and Star Wars to the comic book serials that now dominate the box office, The Avengers and Spider Man.
One publisher who has been on the forefront of the revival of the great pulp fiction story is Galaxy Press, publisher of the fiction works of L. Ron Hubbard. “We are just over the halfway point in the release of our award-winning Stories from the Golden Age line, achieving our millionth sale last year,” stated John Goodwin, president Galaxy Press (http://www.GalaxyPress.com). “As awareness of this type of storytelling increases, we expect to rapidly see that two-millionth sale achieved.”
But Hubbard isn’t the only author finding a resurgence in interest in his stories. Adventure House, Vintage Library and Black Dog Books are three other publishers who have engaged an expanding audience through their reprints of such notable authors as H. Bedford-Jones, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett. Sales continue to increase as readers discover that many of their favorite characters, such as Luke Skywalker, Indiana Jones, Superman and Spiderman, have their roots in such perennially popular characters as Doc Savage, The Spider and The Shadow. “Hollywood has long known the treasure trove these Golden Age stories contained,” Goodwin stated, “now we are seeing the reader becoming more and more cognizant of this fact.”
Stories from the Golden Age contain 153 stories written by Hubbard that are being published in 80 volumes, in a wide spectrum of genres, including adventure, western, mystery, detective, fantasy, science fiction and even some romance, using his own and 15 pen names.
To assist readers to experience the thrilling stories for themselves, Galaxy Press is making available for free one of five of their Golden Age Stories as either eBook or multicast audiobook, given in its entirety, complete with cinema quality sound effects, by going to http://www.goldenagestories.com/sample-stories. Stories include: the supernatural romance, “Borrowed Glory”; a military Adventure, “The Cossack”; a science fiction story, “The Dangerous Dimension”–Hubbard’s first venture into science fiction at a time that was soon to become known as the Golden Age of Science Fiction; the fantasy “The Devil’s Rescue”; and a humorous western, “The Ghost Town Gun-Ghost.”
For more information about the Stories from the Golden Age, go to http://www.goldenagestories.com.