This is a good thread, Svent13. Wish I could contribute right away, but the sad fact is I'm pretty ignorant on this subject. I'll follow it with interest, all right, and go do some research on the internet right now. Of course Seabury Quinn is one writer for the pulps who's of interest. REH mentioned him at least once ... he complained that some of his readers, or some critics anyway, thought his stories were too bloody. "They'd probably prefer to read about the torture of some wretch, usually female, in luxurious and voluptuous surroundings," he groused, more or less, "such as Seabury Quinn's stories abound in. No reflection on Quinn. He knows what they want and gives it to 'em." Quinn certainly did, and so did REH on various occasions ... Fritz Lieber described it as "girls whipping girls and similar schoolboy tommyrot." But when REH put a scene like that into his stories, as in "The Slithering Shadow" and "Red Nails", he was often playing like hell to have his story become the subject of a Margaret Brundage cover as well as doing soft sado porn. Or are those really the same thing?
Seabury Quinn is on my list of authors whose works I plan on reading in the near future. I have read little to no of the old pulps, save for REH and maybe a couple others. Frederick Nebel is another. I've started reading the Khlit the Cossack stories, which I am greatly enjoying.
I've read a lot of critical remarks about the old pulps in general, and some of their lurid subject matter, but you can hardly blame the authors all that much. REH was making his living at writing stories, and it's like any other job, really. You want to keep working, you want to improve, you want better pay, you want to be promoted, you have to do what the boss wants. Unless you're lucky enough to have your novel hit the NYTIMES bestseller list and acquire the clout to do whatever you want, you have to more or less give the editors and the customer base what they want.
Edited by svent13, 08 March 2013 - 02:26 AM.