Discussing the History of Pulp

John and Ian Lohr, a father-and-son publishing team from Wyoming, spoke at the Sunday afternoon panel “Pulp: the Foundations of the Forties and Fifties.” They shared their experiences working with the genre and invited the audience to participate in their literary rediscovery of science fiction classics.

John and Ian led the audience through a tour of early science fiction, tracing its evolution from its origins in fantastic oral literature through the outlandish adventure tales of the early 20th century to the scientific speculation we know today as pulp.  Together, the Lohrs reprint and distribute pre-1950 science fiction and horror, helping fans to find previously out-of-print publications. They described the complexity of acquiring the reprint rights of such works and how readily the fans at each convention they attend add to their list of material to find.

Ian has published a collection of the writings of Catherine Moore. He is currently working on a history of pulp fiction.  You can check their ever-growing catalogue of reprinted titles at www.lostpulpclassics.com.

Author of the article

Katya Jenson grew up reading her mom's collection of science fiction and still thinks sci-fi cover art peaked in the '70s. She works in the editorial department of an Atlanta publishing house, and freelances as a book editor and translator. This is Katya’s second Dragon*Con, and her second year happily polishing commas and murdering apostrophes for the Daily Dragon.