The term “pulp magazines” and later “pulp fiction” was coined due to the low quality paper used between the covers. Although the pages in-between the covers were a dingy cheap quality, the covers were beautifully decorated and designed to stand out thus, catching the eye and entice it readership. The paperback books featured vivid cover art and often dealt with taboo subjects: prostitution, rape, interracial romances, lesbianism, and male homosexuality. It was common to portray lurid portraits of pretty women in various stages of trouble and undress. Of course the handsome men attempting to rescue them were dashing, fearless and just “in time”. This capture the imagination of many teenagers and adults alike.
Recreating these cover is an homage to pivotal point in literary history that has been ignored and berated for its contribution to our present day story telling. Without it, the landscape of story telling would may have been limited to what was acceptable to law makers of the 40’s and 50’s. It is hard to imagine the literary landscape without these influences from our past.