Pulp Fonts

Pulp Fonts

In the 1930s there was an explosion of popular literature in the form of pulp novels and magazines, featuring lurid covers and scandalous content in a diversity of genres from suspense to mystery to science fiction to westerns. Pulp novel covers had a distinctive style and that included the use of characteristic lettering styles, and we’ve developed a special collection of fonts which capture the key elements of pulp style.


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Juarez: New Font

Juarez: New Font

Grand Concours is based on lettering designed for a poster for the equestrian competition which was held at the Paris Hippodrome starting in the 1920s. The Grand Concours itself started in the 1860s, and is basically the French answer to an American rodeo.


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New Font: Startling Stories

BUY NOW TRY DEMO Custom Preview Startling Stories was a pulp-era science fiction magazine known for its lurid covers by Earle K. Bergey and its eye-catching title designs. It was a companion to Thrilling Wonder Stories and Fantastic Stories. The magazine was very successful in the immediate post-war period, but as the golden age of pulp magazines faded in the …


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Featured Font: Orphiel

BUY NOW TRY DEMO Custom Preview Script fonts can be a real challenge to design, especially when they are designed to have interconnecting characters which require exacting kerning and character positioning.  When we first developed Orphiel we did a lot of kerning work on it, but despite a generally pleasing appearance, there were some inconsistencies in the kerning which were …


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More Pulp Art at Pulpcovers.com

Last year we featured an overview article on pulp novel cover design, and since then we’ve continued to look for other resources on mass market book and magazine cover design from the 30s, 40s and 50s. In a recent search I stumbled on pulpcovers.com, a site which features hundreds of covers, tending towards the more risque and unusual, including vintage …


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Futuristic Fonts – Updated and Expanded

It’s not easy to define what the future of font design will be, but we can certainly identify fonts which look like something from what we imagine the future to be. Fonts with a high-tech, mechanical look are always considered futuristic, and there are certain styles which have come to be associated with science fiction and other futuristic themes.


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Fantasy Fonts and Art Package

Our classic Fantasy Fonts & Art collection is a great resource for artists, designers, roleplayers and world builders who want to create visual aids for any kind of fantasy world or project. The collection includes 30 original fonts and over 100 images by outstanding artists, all collected together for download or on CD at a very reasonable price. The fonts …


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Rediscovering the Art of the Book Cover

In my endless perambulation of the web I stumble upon all sorts of sources of design inspiration, some of them intentional expressions of design ideas and others more accidental and serendipitous. One example in the latter category is Cover Browser, a site which features nothing but images of the covers of books, comic books, and magazines. I have no idea …


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Bare Shelves and Bleak Futures at Borders

I went into my local Borders bookstore this weekend because I heard that Pyr had just released the latest book by legendary Science Fiction author Mike Resnick. The book is called Flagship and it is the conclusion of a five-book series of classic space opera set in Resnick’s Birthright universe. The first four books have been extraordinarily well written and …


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The World of Steampunk

Steampunk is an increasingly popular literary genre which explores science fiction themes from the perspective of the Victorian era and based on technology extrapolated from the science and engineering capabilities of the 18th and 19th centuries. It has its earliest roots in the speculative writing of Mary Shelley, H. G. Wells, Jules Verne and Arthur Conan Doyle. It emerged as …


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Review: New Books from James Blaylock

Sometimes it may seem like what I write here comes a bit out of left field, but rest assured there’s always method to my madness. In this case a bit of foreshadowing, or laying the groundwork for what’s to come a bit down the road. Which brings us the James Blaylock and his work, including his most recent novel, The …


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Sighting – Abaddon

As I’ve written before, Abaddon is our most overused font. Everyone seems to love it, from fantasy book publishers to heavy metal bands like Godsmack. In its latest appearance it’s coupled with the work of one of the best young writers of fantastic fiction in The Hounds of Ash a forthcoming collection of related short stories from Greg Keyes. Keyes’ …


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