Spanish pulp fiction

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“Culturas”, La Vanguardia‘s cultural weekly supplement this week (July 31, 2013) dedicated its front cover and lead stories (by Kiko Amat and Miqui Otero) to Spanish pulp fiction that has recently seen a revival after its heydays of the 1960s and 70s.

In a similar way as their American models, Spanish pulp authors concentrated on the Wild West, Crime, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Horror as well as sex, drugs and violence. The production was nearly industrial, and the sales channels were newspaper stalls and informal venues such as prisons, factories and school yards.

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Spanish pulp authors wrote under “American” pseudonyms such as Lou Carrigan, Clark Carrados, Ralph Barby or Curtis Garland, and set aside all academic literary aspirations using the language of “the man on the street”. The most widely read, Curtis Garland a.k.a. Donald Curtis a.k.a. Juan Gallardo Muñoz (Barcelona, 1929 –  2013) wrote more than 2,000 pulp novels with such evocative titles as e.g. Matando con música [Killing with music], El presidente que no existió [The president who didn’t exist], La novia en el ataud [The bride in the coffin], Sin tiempo que perder [No time to lose] o La hembra y el fuego [The female and the fire]. (Cf. a much longer list in the Spanish Wikipedia article dedicated to the author.)

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One of the main publishers was Bruguera (English Wikipedia article). There is a whole blog in Spanish dedicated to the memory of their publications.

One of the contemporary publishers of pulp is Aristas Martínez.

Kicks Books is reviving the tradition of the genre in the United States.

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