by Mary Moore
Keith Shaw, a longtime Chandler resident, is on a mission to save the legacy of an entire category of American literature: pulp fiction.
An author and publisher of genre fiction, Shaw realized that great pulp stories—mysteries, crime stories, adventure yarns, horror tales, Westerns, and love stories—are in danger of extinction.
“Collectors save old issues in protective sleeves and stash them in dusty bins where no one can read them,” said Shaw. “Even in their protective sleeves, the acid pulp paper is eroding and the literature will eventually be lost.”
Although the works of authors like Dashiell Hammett, Ray Bradbury, and H. P Lovecraft have been republished, most of these classic genre stories have not been in print since their original appearance.
To save pulp literature for future generations, Shaw has launched the Pulp Preservation Project, an ambitious effort to scan and digitize copies of stories that date back to the 1940s. A video outlines the process on Kickstarter at: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2116713839/pulp-preservation-project and Shaw is trying to spread the word so the project can gain funding before the August 18th deadline.
“The project would be a valuable research tool for scholars as well as a boon to pulp fans and casual readers,” he said. “Some stories have never been reprinted since their original publication.”
The pulp fiction would be reproduced as originally written—sans censorship. Shaw believes that pulp literature provides insight into that time period, almost a slice of Americana. For more information, see the Kickstarter site (link above) or contact Keith Shaw at [email protected]