"Thrilling Love" was a pulp fiction title containing
romantic stories by "popular authors." The
Pulp Fiction collection at the Library of Congress consists
of issues received on copyright deposit at the time of their publication.
The "pulps," so called because they were printed on cheap
high-acid-content paper, served as popular reading material, similar
to today's paperback; cheap, portable, disposable and often sensational.
This genre flourished from the 1920s to the 1950s. Titles focused
on specific literary types: romance, sports, western, detective,
science fiction, horror or military (during World War II). Writers
were frequently paid by the word, and to meet daily living expenses,
well-known authors sometimes wrote for these magazines under pseudonyms,
putting only their "literary" work under their real name.
Authors who got their start by writing for pulp fiction magazines
include Raymond Chandler, Cornell Woolrich, Dashiell Hammett, H.P.
Lovecraft, Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein and L. Ron Hubbard.
A. Cover of "Thrilling Love," New York
: Standard Magazines, December 1933. Reproduction information: LC-DIG-ppmsca-02922
(scan from color copy photo in Publishing Office) Repository: Library
of Congress Newspaper and Periodicals Reading Room.