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The pulp fiction of the early 20th century is the granddaddy of the geek culture of today. Almost every popular trope of genre film, fiction and comics can be traced back to the disreputable magazines with lurid covers that for a brief moment dominated the newsstands of America. Science fiction was born in the pulps. Superheroes mutated from the man of adventure/detective books. Horror movies are still being made based on source material that came from the so-called “shudder” magazines. It might have taken them three quarters of a century to gain some air of respectability, but many of the pulp writers who were dismissed in their time as children’s authors at best and smut peddlers at worst have proved to be as influential as many of their more serious and literary-minded colleagues.