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Weird Menace

The October, 1933 issue of Dime Mystery Magazine kicked off a new era in the pulps where terror, horror, torture, murder, and other bizare and sadistic means were meant to strike fear in all but the most courageous of readers.

The Weird Menace phase, also referred to as the Horror Pulps or Shudder Pulps, lasted the better part of the 1930's. But their peak period was primarily 1934 through 1937. These stories often followed a well defined formula.

Usually, some horrible, devilish, and to some degree, supernatural being was threatening the well being of all, but in most cases caused a great deal of torture and sadistic attacks on women. The pulp covers usually captured the essence of the torture and showed girls in various stages of torture and nudity.

Our hero, usually after his girlfriend has been taken hostage, must now confront the evil villian. After saving the day, our hero then explains how the devilish villian is only human and was using the latest in high-tech science to scare the victims so that he may gain in worldly possesions.

In some respects, this genre spilled over into the hero pulps like the Spider and G-8 and His Battle Aces for certain aspects of this type of story.

But the weird menace phase as featured in such magazines as Dime Mystery, Terror Tales, and Horror Stories was a unique era where the stories were meant to keep you on the edge of your seat with a mixture of page turning action plus the suspense and fear of the unknown.

Terror Tales

Pulp Fiction Magazine: Terror Tales

Beginning in September, 1934 the pulp magazine Terror Tales created and defined the shudder pulp genre. Each issue contained one full length terror tale and several chilling short stories. Authors included Hugh B. Cave, Arthur J. Burks, Paul Ernst, E. Hoffman Price and many more.

The Mysterious Wu Fang
by Robert J. Hogan

From the Weird Menace genre, but more specifically from the Yellow Peril pulps comes the evil villian Wu Fang. Written by Robert J. Hogan of the G-8 series, these thrilling, sinister detective novels takes you deep into the Underworld where heroes like Val Kildare, Jerry Hazard and Cappy dare to combat pure evil.

Dr Yen Sin

Dr Yen Sin
by Donald E. Keyhoe

The criminal mastermind Dr Yen Sin terroizes the nation in this short run pulp series from 1936. Michael Traile, the Man Who Never Sleeps, battles the unimaginable evil and devilish tortures.

The Scorpion

The Scorpion
by Randolph Craig

A holocaust of satanic murder-madness ... an entire city overcome by maniacal purple-eyed killers... and only the honest little old Dr. Skull has the wherewithal to foil this relentless madness.

The Octopus

The Octopus
by Randolph Craig

From the bowels of the City, hideously deformed monsters emerged; hungry for the food of human life, and the purple glow of ultraviolet sustenance. They had once been men and women, now they were mutant followers of the maniacal atrocities of . . . . the Octopus!

The Secret Six
by Robert J. Hogan

The Secret Six is a crime fighting team published by Popular Publications in this short lived series that only lasted four issues. King, on death row as an innocent man, is busted out of prison and begins to lead his team towards proving his innocence and fighting crime.

The Sinister Doctor Death

Classic Weird Menace Shudder Pulp Replicas from 1935.

 

More Weird Menace and Shudder Pulp Fiction

Product Format: Electronic PDF File

Shudder 3-Pack by Talmage Powell
Weird Menace 3-Pack by Hugh B. Cave

 

Product Format: Magazine

High Adventure 73: Secret Agent X- Ambassador of Doom by Brant House
Reprint: Ghost Stories June 1931 by Pulp Classics
Reprint: Sinister Stories: February 1940 by Sinister Stories
Strange Tales (new issue) #8

 

Product Format: Paperback

Secret 6: The Complete Adventures by Robert J. Hogan
Secret Agent X: Legion of the Living Dead by Brant House

 

Product Format: Pulp Replica

Replica: Horror Stories January, 1935 by Horror Stories
Replica: Horror Stories July, 1935 by Horror Stories
Replica: Strange Stories Feb. 1939 by Girasol
Replica: Strange Tales #1, September 1931 by Girasol
Replica: Strange Tales January 1933 by Girasol
Replica: Strange Tales June 1932 by Girasol
Replica: Strange Tales March 1932 by Girasol
Replica: Strange Tales November, 1931 by Girasol
Replica: Strange Tales, October, 1932 by Girasol
Uncanny Tales: April May 1939 by Uncanny Tales