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What is Pulp Fiction?

Here is what pulp fiction is NOT:

  • Romance - love stories

  • Mommy porn - erotic themes for middle aged women

  • Vampires - stories with blood drinking vampires

  • Horror - see Stephen King

  • Fantasy - stories with magical elements

  • Dystopian - an imaginary place where everything is bad

  • Magical realism - depicts real world as magical

  • Cli-Fi - novels that address climate change

  • Bizarro Fiction - books with absurdism and satire

  • Spoetry - poetry from spam and email messages

  • Twitter Fiction - novels composed of tweets

  • Cashier Memoir - tales from the behind the cash register 

  • Motorcycle Club Romance - where Jax gets laid every time


Are Ron Costello’s books pulp fiction? Yes, and here's why:

  • Pulp fiction books are gritty, adventuresome, and heroically written from the author’s experiences on the streets;

  • Pulp fiction books have strong followers, almost like a cult. A group of loyal readers that can’t wait until the next book comes out;    

  • Pulp fiction writers use dialogue to define characters, not long-winded descriptions that bore readers;

  • Pulp fiction authors would fill an entire novel with just dialogue and have a fast-paced, can’t put down story;  

  • Pulp fiction writers are not afraid to use the f-word occasionally, plus shit, asswipe, and other words that people actually say or think;

  • Pulp fiction writers aren’t afraid to use real names if they think it fits. Most authors are afraid they’ll get sued but not pulp fiction writers;

  • Pulp fiction authors have crazy imaginations and create stories that are wacko yet believable; 

  • If you don't understand this then you’ve haven't read Catholic School General, Darkness They Could Not See, Insomnia, or The Visitor — and  you're not bugging the author about when The Shift will be out.


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