These are web sites that I use or have used to get information on various
things, and which I thought valuable enough to bookmark.
Adventure House A good
site for buying pulps and pulp-related material.
Alternate History Travel Guides' Main
Document Yummy. If you've a taste for alternate history/contrahistory,
as I do, this is one of the best places on the web to go to. It has dozens
of takes on various contrahistories, some of which are very interesting
alt.pulp FAQ A
good general introduction to the pulps.
of the Ultimate Mystery Fiction Web Guide They've started updating
the site again, so now I can include them in good conscience. A very good
guide, perhaps living up to its name, to web sites on mystery authors.
Battle Aces An
outstanding guide to the pulp character G-8.
NEW Black Mask Magazine
A very worthy successor to the original.
Brian Misiazsek's Introduction to the Pulps A guide to game mastering
pulp adventures in the 1930s and 1940s. It may sound strange, but games
players often provide the best sort of information and research into a
time or place or thing, and this is definitely the case here.
Timeline of American Literature and Events Pre-1620 to 1920 The chronology
is actually not as brief as it could be, and ends up being rather informative.
Story Papers and Pocket Libraries Index A wonderful index of
what stories appeared when in what British magazines. Essential if you're
doing research into this sort of thing.
The British Library The library of Great
Britain. Although they only have a catalogue, I find I use it surprisingly
often for research. What that says about me, I don't know.
* A Celebration
of Women Writers An excellent and quite thorough guide to information
on the Web on writers who happen to be women. And they don't cover just
America and England; they are global in their coverage.
Books and Magazines A very good Australian site on Aussie (and otherwise)
children's books and their authors.
Crockett Johnson's Cartoon Characters Crockett Johnson is mostly forgotten
about today but during his time he was a cartoonist par excellance.
Johnson did Harold and the Giant Purple Crayon (remember that one?)
and Barnaby, a sublime comic strip about a young boy and his cigar-smoking
guardian angel. This site is exactly the sort of thing the Web is good
for: an excellent, illustrated introduction to an unjustly-forgotten creator.
A Lego Cthulhu. I like it.
* The Cthulhu
Mythos: A Guide An essential online reference source fot the ins and
outs of Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos. Sure, his style sometimes makes you
long for the clarity of a Stephen Donaldson, and yes, his work all too
often slips into unconscious self-parody, but when he was on (as in "At
the Mountains of Madness") he was quite good. And flaws and all, he's almost
Li-Que-Fasc A good online resource for Quebecois mystery/adventure
* The Difference Dictionary
is a lot of fun. It's meant as a supplement to William Gibson and Bruce
Sterling's The Difference Engine, one of the primal steampunk
texts. And it works very well on that level. But it also functions quite
nicely as a basic guide to some of the more interesting people, ideas,
and things of the Victorian era.
Hermes' Reviews Very interesting reviews of classic pulp and mystery
E.E. "Doc" Smith A
nice guide to Smith's work, with cover images and plot summaries.
* The Eldritch Dark is
a model for what fan sites should be. Really, just an all-around outstanding
site on the singular Clark Ashton Smith.
Fading Shadows, Inc.
A publisher of some nice pulp reprints and magazines.
Victoriana My own page, listing over 400 characters and things who
were in fantastic, mysterious, and/or adventurous Victoriana (and the occasional
Edwardiana). I concentrate on the less-known characters--not Holmes and
Wells' Martians, but Verne's Robur, dime novel characters like Frank Reade,
and penny dreadful characters like Broad Arrow Jack. There is nowhere else
on the Web to find this sort of information about as wide a range of characters
and books; I say this without false modesty but with what I think is a
well-deserved sense of pride.
Updates John Clute wrote the wonderful The Encyclopedia of Fantasy.
These are the updates and corrections to that.
Female Detectives in UK Fiction 1850-1900 Chris Willis' excellent site
on female British detectives during the Victorian era. One of the primary
online texts for researchers.
French Science Fiction
The home site for Jean-Marc Lofficier's outstanding new book on
French SF and Pulps, French Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror & Pulp
* Galactic Central If you
are doing research on old magazines this is the first place to go. Phil
Stephenson-Payne has done an outstanding job compiling this and deserves
every compliment we can send him.
is, as far as fantastic Victoriana is concerned, the place on the
Web to go. There are stories available here that simply can't be found
anywhere else, and are very hard to come by in real life. We all owe them
a debt of thanks. They also have an American
Branch which is more than just a mirror site.
* A Guide
to Classic Mystery and Detection Michael Grost's awe-inspiring guide
to mystery writers and the genre. One of the sites that justify the creation
of the Internet.
* Hero Pulps
A good introduction (marred by an unfortunate background image) to Doc
Savage, the Spider, Operator #5 (he's my man), G-8 (he's my other man),
and the Avenger.
* Hero Pulps
(II) A really good set of resources and information on the pulps.
Heroes of the
Spaceways A good site for information on Dan Dare, Jet Ace Logan, Space
Kingley, Captains Condor and Valiant, Rick Random, and various other Space
The Holloway Pages
Goodly amounts of information on Doc Savage, The Shadow, John Carter, Flash
Gordon, G-8, Sheena, and Ka-Zar.
House of Beadle
& Adams Online Most of the text of the book, online. You won't
do better than this for information on B&A. Thank you, Northern Illinois
University. Thank you.
* The H. P. Lovecraft Archive
Another good Lovecraft resource.
Hyperarts Pynchon Pages
The best source on the 'Net for information and criticism on Pynchon, that
most curious of authors.
to Science Fiction Anthologies and Collections A superb source for
finding out where your favorite stories and authors have appeared.
Internet Speculative Fiction Database
Another good source for finding out where your favorite authors and stories
NEW Invisible Library
"The Invisible Library is a collection of books that only appear in other
books." Worth taking a look at.
Jim and Julie
Rhodes Doc Savage Page A very lengthy list of links to Doc Savage and
other pulp-related sites.
NEW John Carter of Mars
About time the Virginian had his own site, wouldn't you say?
The Linkoping Science
Fiction and Fantasy Archive Information on and about science fiction
and fantasy books, gathered from the wide reaches of the 'Net and made
available to you! (Not, it should be mentioned, updated all that often,
The Literary Gothic The best guide
on the 'Net to Gothic literature.
The Locus Index to
Science Fiction A great index for finding out what's been published
The L-Space Web The essential online
reference source for All Things Terry Pratchett. Pratchett is a funny,
funny writer, and his Discworld books are the most amusing work
in fantasy in the last 40 years. However, it hasn't been updated in a good
long while (not unlike this site, until recently) and so in danger of falling
out of date.
Magazines Another excellent index to which authors and stories appeared
in which magazines and when.
A site "dedicated to the works of H.P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, Robert
W. Chambers, Edgar Allen Poe, and others of the arcane tradition."
* The 'Net Alternate History
List An outstanding list of Alternate History books and authors. The
best site on the Internet for information about contrahistory books.
The NetherReal. One of
the better Lovecraft sites out there.
Magnet Library Syracuse University's wonderful collection of cover
images from the dime novel New Magnet Library, which was the home
to, among others, Nick
The Official Home of Zorro Ignore that
awful Antonio Banderas movie. Zorro is one of the enduring pulp archetypes,
and not even mediocre film treatments can change that. This page is a very
nice guide to his diegetical history and his real history.
The Page of Fu Manchu
A wonderful site for finding information on The Insidious Doctor and his
People of Arkham An entertaining pisstake on Lovecraft's oeuvre.
NEW Perry Rhodan A
very good resource for that singular success story, Perry Rhodan.
NEW * Phil
Masters' Steampunk Links Online steampunk resources from the redoubtable
Album An amazing collection of cover images from various pulps.
NEW Prehistoric Fiction
A very nice site on the literary genre.
A publisher of and store for pulp reprints and pulp magazines.
and Adventure Heroes of the Pre-War Years I'm tooting my own horn,
but this is one of the best sites anywhere for information on pulp characters
apart from the top eight, the Doc Savages and Shadows and Spiders, etc.
There's lots of information on them, but where are you going to go for
information about Dorus Noel or Ted Scott or Kioga? This site has nearly
1700 (yes, you read that correctly--1700) descriptive listings for pulp,
mystery, adventure, sf, boys' fiction, radio, movie, and comic strip characters
from (roughly) 1902 to 1939. I cover characters from around the world,
and have information that is not available anywhere else--not in print
and not in English.
A nice site on Canadian pulp heroes.
* The Pulps Page
A good page, with both essays and links, on the pulps.
* ThePulp.Net What Dot.Pulp
became. Simply one of the two or three best sites on the Interent for information
on the pulps and pulp characters.
Title Index An index of pulp magazines and when they were published,
along with some market data. Of limited use, but invaluable if you need
this sort of information.
Ralan's Webstravaganza A great resource
for information on where to submit sf writing to.
Archive Search RARA-AVIS
is a very good mailing list devoted to hardboiled and noir fiction. This
site allows you to search the archives, which is a handy research tool.
(The folks there know what they're talking about, and you can learn a lot
reading some of the discussions)
Fantasy Author List A vast list of what fantasy authors to read, and
why, and with links to relevant web pages. I should add, though, that it
hasn't been updated in some months, which is a troubling development.
The Science Fiction
and Fantasy Research Database "Online access to over 50,000 historical
and critical items about science fiction, fantasy, and horror." It doesn't
give you the actual items, however, it just tells you where your search
terms were discussed.
Encyclopedia Update John Clute wrote the wonderful The Science Fiction
Encyclopedia. These are the updates and corrections to that.
* Series Book Magazine
Index A very useful database; "a subject index of hobby journals which
feature articles on juvenile series books."
SFF Net What used to be a very nice resource
for science fiction resources and fandom on the Web, but whose utility
has been marred by a lack of updates or even attention from its owners.
* Sherlock Holmes on the Net
The ne plus ultra of Holmesian web sites.
Solar Guard Academy A site concentrating
on the great science fiction heroes of the 1950s, from Rocky Jones (ack)
to Captain Video.
Historical Fiction Site A good site on historical fiction. Very good
site, in fact.
A decent attempt at summarizing the genre.
NEW * Terry
Pratchett Books The official site of our greatest living humorist.
* The Thrilling Detective
Web Site The best site on the 'Net for information on private eyes.
Really, a very good piece of work.
Twists, Slugs and Roscoes
"A glossary of hardboiled slang." Very much fun, it is.
Science Fiction Web Guide It's pretty damn impressive, although I have
to wonder how often they update the page or check on their links.
Ulysses for Dummies
It's a parody, admittedly, but it's still informative. Funny and effective,
Victorian Studies Database
Great information on publications in the field of Victorian Studies.
Web Sites The main site of the wonderful Mitsuhara Matsuoka. A veritable
cornucopia of Victorian sites.
The Vintage Library:
Pulp Fiction Central It's a store, with few if any freebies, but it
still offers you a good introduction to pulp fiction.
The Weird Fiction
Research Library A glossary of Cthulhu Mythos terms and a searchable
database of horror/weird fiction books published since 1991.
When the Stars are
Right A Lovecraftian timeline.
The Wold Newton
Universe It's like this. Philip Jose Farmer, in a stroke of inspiration,
decided that Sherlock Holmes and the Shadow and Tarzan and Nero Wolfe and
all the rest of the pulp and mystery and science fictiona and fantasy characters
that we loved as children were all related. And so Farmer wrote a couple
of books proving this, and drew up a family tree as supporting evidence.
This web page is a very good guide to Farmer's work on this. (Tell Win
I said "hi!")
The Intro Page