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Dean McSmith has a surprisingly thoughtful review of Appendix N. Here’s just a highlight from it: There is a theme running through the entire book and it’s a powerful one. It’s loss, principally the loss of a number of great writers from the view of the public. Their memory holing is noted and lamented and […]

Daddy Warpig is off the chain again. And I have to say, I can’t remember the whole idea of Pulp Revolution ever sounding quite this thrilling, this inspiring, or this inevitable. You’ll want to take your hat off for this one! But wait, there’s more! You’ll find out why the new movie 47 Meters Down […]

You say you want a pulp revolution. Well, you know, we all want to read the stuff. If you really want to have an idea of a pulp aesthetic, you need to get a few actual pulp magazines and read them. One of the best ways to get pulp magazines and meet other people with […]

Seems like everyone wants to know what exactly this Pulp Revolution thing exactly is, and how exactly and precisely do we define it, and what stories are or are not included in the specific canon of this very specific bomb throwing literary book club movement thing. In the interests of clarifying nothing, and agitating everyone, […]

There’s so many of these it’s getting harder to keep up. Even better, there are some new voices here. The doubling of the scene that I predicted months ago…? It is well under way. Here are some recent shows that are well worth a listen: Brian Niemeier hosts Russell Nequist as they discuss his book […]

The elements of fantasy and science fiction are everywhere, but the core of what really made the old stories function has evaporated. For instance, Rogue One is routinely compared to The Magnificent Seven, but only the most superficial aspects of the classic Western’s premise are carried forward. The overall approach to how characters are established […]

If you have not read very much science fiction or fantasy from before 1940, then you are liable to struggle with this. If your concept of science fiction and fantasy is derived primarily from movies and television, then you will definitely struggle with this. And if Christian thought is so offensive to you that you’re […]

The broader pulp and pulp-adjacent scene continues to grow! First there was Cirsova Magazine. Then Puppy of the Month Book Club,  Lyonesse, Bryce Beattie’s Story Hack, and Now there’s Astounding Frontiers. This opening issue has brought out the big guns with serials from Castalia House regulars Nick Cole and John C. Wright. And if you wanted […]

Author James Desborough has responded to criticism from an unnamed Pulp Revolutionary. It’s a good video and well worth a watch. My take on this…? Looking at the pulps through a “modern” eye as he’s proposing has already been done. Decades ago even. There is nothing revolutionary about such an act. Notice how James grapples […]

Misha Burnett’s story in Cirsova #5 continues to turn heads. Here’s only the latest positive review: Five issues on, and Cirsova is keeping up with its high standard. Even tho the large chunk of this issue is based around this same shared fictional background, stories are as varied in theme, tone and style as ever, […]

That is what put the spurs on me to join in here – this group is /doing it/. Not just talking about it, or analyzing, but ‘hey, lets do a magazine…here’s the sub page…and now here’s the zine!’ -James Bennett The internet has made aristocrats of us all. Here we are scattered across the world […]

Leigh Brackett is something of a staple here at Castalia House and for the Pulp Revolution crowd at large, but I must admit it’s taken me quite a while to get to her stuff. I’ve seen Alex’s reviews, of course, and I’ve noted her constant exclusion by the “women have historically been excluded from SFF!!1” […]