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Western pulp fiction collection

The Western pulp fiction collection contains hundreds of pulp fiction novels published between 1920 and 1984. The term 'pulp fiction' was applied to perceived lowbrow genre literature, typically printed on lesser-quality (pulp) paper stock.

Pulp novels and magazines were the successors of penny dreadfuls, dime novels, and short story magazines of the 19th century. Because inexpensive pulp paper can deteriorate quickly, many pulp fiction novels were discarded over the years. A majority of pulp fiction novels fell into the Western or detective genres, but also spanned adventure, horror, science fiction and exploitation. Covers featured sensational imagery and pithy taglines to entice readers.

Books are arranged alphabetically by author and title.